Sunday, June 29, 2008
The older part of the city suffered badly. Large trees were uprooted, and many fell on homes, or cars. We also had hail during the storm. Again we were fortunate to not be the recepients of any damage. The saddest situation was the deaths of two teenagers in Council Bluff, accross the river, who were killed when a tree fell on the car. We also lost four young men in the Bot Scout tragedy earlier in the month. How sad!!
Bye for now. We both enjoy the stories on the blog, and definitely miss the friends
betty and knobby
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Again, Thank You Leisure World Family.
I realize many of you have serious problems of your own and in your families and my heart goes out to you. God Bless each and every one of you. You are a great group of friends.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
When the first day of summer arrives in South Texas, it's time for a pool party at Leisure World. The early birds enjoy the pool, with more sideliners than swimmers. But sooner or later almost all get into the swing of things. Of course the food is the big attraction, as always. Lupe Leal and Jack Napier were the masters of the grill...with big hot dogs for everyone. With pop, iced tea and coffee provided along with the hot dogs...it was up to potluck for the rest! And what a potluck it was...a feast appreciated by all. After we recharged the batteries at the table, then the games came out. There was a squirt gun accuracy contest (filling plastic bowls held by your partner), a gorgeous gam contest where the ladies tried to identify their partners by their legs, water pony "horse" races, a duck race, water volleyball! More than most of these old folk were able to manage. It all wrapped up when the forgotten watermelon was broken out, and a south Texas sunset filled the western skyline. Thanks to George and Jack Napier and Lupe and Gloria Leal for all the planning, preparation and work. It was a great way to start a summer.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
We had ten here for Fathers Day. Lots of cooking, eating and cleanup. Too many mosquitos to be outside. We always play cards, one grandaughter sewed a lap quilt and the other three watched tv and teased each other.
Hope everyone had a good Fathers Day.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Leisure World celebrated Fathers' Day in style again this year. Thanks to Fran Foxhoven and Joyce Miller things were a little better organized and substantially more attractive than the menfolk managed for Mothers' Day. Unfortunately after taking the lead in planning, Fran wasn't able to attend. She spent Fathers' Day in the hospital. Dan explained that she was in great deal of pain last night and asked to go to the hospital. There tests and cat scan showed a major sized kidney stone. Dan said that a stent placement was done, and something else (?) to relieve the situation. Fran managed to draw a layout for the tables before the morphine kicked in too strongly. That left Dan subbing with Joyce for the festivities. "George" Napier was drafted to conduct the program. A quick rehearsal and she did fine! All in attendance has a great time...pizza, pop, beer, coffee, tea, and games! Hope your Fathers' Day was a good one.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Here it is, another hot, sunny, clear day. We are devastated by the reports we see of tornado and flooding damage in the Midwest. This morning television was reporting from Cedar Rapids, IA, where the Cedar River was rampaging...and they said that another 3 inches of rain was expected this morning. What has happened to the weather...that is the kind of deluge we expect with the tropical storms down here. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering at the hands of nature gone wild.
I thought maybe a couple of photos of the crops here in the Rio Grande Valley would be of interest. The first is corn just ready for harvest. This is grown as seed corn to supply the Pioneer plant located at FM1015 (International Blvd) and mile 6 road (18t.h Street).
The second is of a nearby field of milo (aka grain sorghum)with weighty heads about ready for harvest. This is the second cropping of milo this spring...the earlier fields were havested a few weeks ago.
Then I'll throw in a couple of candids of some of the Fulltime Leisure World residents at a bi-monthly "eat-out'...this one at Chili's in Weslaco.
We hope all are surviving the furies of Mother Nature Gone Wild...and will hurry back to enjoy South Texas with us.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
On the evening of May 24th I was riding back from St Paul when I spotted a deer running in the ditch the same direction I was traveling. The buck came up on the shoulder and stopped perpendicular to the white line. By now I has slowed to around 40 to 45mph. I hoped that he would stay there but no he decided to walk right across my lane. Too late. Hang on, brace and hope for the best. As it turns out the best was very good. I hit him in the middle of the gut and his forward motion was not enough to knock me over. The deer went for about a 2 second ride and then fell onto the oncoming lane. An SUV traveling behind me swung into the oncoming lane to go around me and hit the deer again. I ran out and pulled the poor deer into the ditch. The fellow behind stopped to check out his vehicle and then to help. I tried to ride up to his parked vehicle but something was scraping on the front wheel. We examined it and found the front fender folded part way over and rubbing on the tire. It was cracked across the top so I just ripped it off. Headlights were totaled and lots of damage to the fairing and front end. Forks and wheel looked OK. I asked to borrow his cell phone and I called Lorna and told her what happened and that I would try to ride it home if possible. If not then I would get to a farmhouse somewhere and call her again.
The fellow in the SUV offered to ride behind me. I turned on my fog lights and they still worked. So I drove down the road at 30 to 40mph for a few miles. I could smell antifreeze but it seemed like a slow leak. I watched the temperature gauge and it seemed pretty normal. So I pulled off to the side and told the guy in the SUV that they should continue on their way. I thought I shouldn’t have any problems getting home.
And so I rode the 95 miles home and arrived somewhere after 12:30. The suspension and everything seemed OK and I was able to maintain 50 to 55 mph for the rest of the trip. Temp gauge rolled up one notch to the middle as I came through Ft. Saskatchewan. When I approached the junction of Baseline Rd and 21 the gauge rolled up toward hot. I coasted down the hill and it cooled down a couple notches. Then had to use power to get the last mile home.
The whole experience was a bit surreal. Feel sorry for the deer but even sorrier that I will perhaps be without a two-wheeler for the summer. I know how hard it is to get reasonable time frame on body parts for a GoldWing. I got the apraisel today and it will be $5,700. Boy that plastic is expensive. I have insurance so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
We had such a beautiful day today. No rain. It dries up just long enough to mow the grass then the rain makes it grow faster. Our Frontier days didn't do very good with the stormy weather and rain. The tornado sirens went off twice sat. eve and events were cancelled. The farmers are going to have a hard time to get any other crops in if it ever dries out. Some say when this rain stops we will have a drought. Hard to believe right now. Sure wish I could send some rain your way. My cousins outside of Ft Worth wrote they didn't realize things were so bad here. It had been real nice there.
Friday, June 6, 2008
The crowd is small, but everyone seems to enjoy themselves, and this year Thea has the luxury of just playing.I seem to see several winning cards being returned to that particular area of the first table.
Shirley was even kind enough to call a winning card for me to celebrate my birthday! The forecast is calling for showers throughout the weekend. Hope they are right, the lawns could certainly use some moisture, and I think anyone younger than a teenager in south Texas may never have seen rain!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We were in Des Moines three days so the grass was very tall when we got home. I had to raise the blade on the mower and if I can't get it mowed again soon I will leave the blade up. Our carpet got wet in the basement as the sump pump didn't work. It must not have been plugged in good. I haven't had to water my flowers yet with all this rain.
Don and I joined Silver Sneakers at the YMCA paid by our Humana Ins. so now we will be in really great shape when we come down in Dec. It will take me that long just to get back to where I was last year before we got there.
I enjoy all your blogs.