Sunday, March 29, 2009

Stop and smell the flowers

Well I have made it through the first week of work. It is sure different here at Livingston, than it was in Bushnell. It has been Very busy. Of course people are coming in for the Health Fair that starts on Monday, March 30th. Plus some were coming off the road to get away from the high winds that we have been having. Anyway the park is almost full. We only had 7 empty sights on Saturday. We are in the part of the park that they call The Oaks, but we will be moving to the Hill as soon as a site opens there. It's farther away from the office but closer to the clubhouse and activity center and we hope the TV reception will be better there. It's 12 feet higher in elevation up there.
A co worker came by the office yesterday and asked if Joe and I would like to go out to eat with a bunch of fellow co workers. I asked Joe and he said yes. We went to a place called Florida's. I am sure glad that Kay made reservations, because when we pulled up, the parking lot was full. Most of the time when the parking lot is full that is a good sign that the food is good, and this was one of those times. The food was excellent, Joe and I had the Florida's Sampler and it was plenty. It had ribs, catfish, french fries(for Joe) and a salad for me. Tom another co worker had the Chicken Fried Steak and it was so big that it took the whole plate and they had to put his sides on another plate. He had enough left over for two more meals. If you ever get to Livingston, I recommend that you go to Florida's. When we got back to the campground, Bob and Molly had arrived in the park. We went over and welcomed them to the park and went for a walk before it got dark. When we got back to their rig we decided to play a game of Hand and Foot. The girls won.
Today(Sunday) we told Bob and Molly about Floridas and we all decided to go and try it out today. And Bob and Molly loved it. The place is not much to look at outside but inside it is clean and the food is terrific. Molly and I had the special, which was baked chicken, roasted vegetables and a salad. Bob had ribs, vegs, and a salad. Joe had a huge barbeque sandwich. The bun was even toasted.
He and I had enough left over for another meal. Below are some pictures of the restaurant.

On the way back from the restaurant, Molly and I had spotted a field full of Blue Bonnets. They are everywhere here in Livingston.
We asked Bob to pull over so that we could take some pictures of the flowers. When he pulled over we all got out of the truck with our cameras and everyone started taking pictures. I don't believe I have ever played in a field of floweres before. I believe that is one of the best things about our life now. You can stop and smell the flowers(and even play in them). Life doesn't get much better.
What a wonderful day we had today.

Here is Joe laying down and taking pictures of the flowers. Now remember he is not much of a flower person. But I believe he was impressed with the beauty of it and the smell of the Blue Bonnets was wonderful.

Even Bob and Molly were enjoying the look and smell of the flowers.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

That dirty 4 letter word (Work)

We made it to Rainbow's End in Livingston Texas on Sunday, March 22.
This is a very large park. Checked into the office and they said I would start work on Thursday. We got set up and had something to eat, then we went looking aroung the park. We went to Social hour and got there just as they had started. The lady that was hosting social hour caught us as we walked in and we had to stand in front of everyone and tell who we were and a little explanation about our life. I found a pinochle game in the Club House. While I played cards, Joe watched Kentucky bsketball on tv. They sure do play a different kind of pinochle than what I am used to. But that seems to be the way with all card games at Escapee parks.
Yesterday (Wed) while Joe watched Ky play basketball on tv, a lady from the park named Vera and myself went to Bingo. While we were there we could hear the rain and thunder going on outside. I called and checked on Joe and he said he was trying to hold the Rv down. He did a good job, because when I got home it was still in the same spot.
Today we went to the Parks yardsale. They sure had a lot of stuff to sell. I went to work at 1:30. Everything is divided into two parts. The Oaks and Rainbow's End. Each has a register and seperate registration everything. But it was a learning experience.
It will be fun, and we will only be here for 5 weeks. Then we get to go and play for a month. Looking forward to not having to be anywhere for a couple of weeks and just do what we want.
Well gotta go, will post more later.

Monday, March 23, 2009

1st Annual Class of 2007 Reunion

We arrived at Alamo Fiesta Rv Resort in Boerne Tx on Sunday March 15, 2009 for our 1st Annual Class reunion. We all met last year in Quartzsite Arizona. It's amazing how you pull in and didn't know a sole and when you leave you have a whole new Rv family. They are very special people. And it's amazing how often you run into some of them on the road.

The top picture is from 2008 and the bottom picture is 2009.

Here are pictures of classmates that were at the reunion

We saw friends we had met last year and made new friends this year. There are a lot of people that went full time in 2007 that we just meeting this year.
A good time was had by all. Norah did a great job as Wagon master. but the whole class did their part in helping with everything. We had alot of different foods.
The first night was a baked potatoe night. You bring a baked potatoe and a topping to share with everyone else.

Tuesday was St. Paddy's Day. It started with a breakfast. Molly won a ribbon for 2nd place. But the funny thing is she also won first place for her burnt crossiants. I won't put a picture of those on here just her 2nd place winner.

Of course we had happy hour and am I seeing double, yes double margarator's. They were kept busy. One was for margarita's and the other was for strawberry daiquiri's. The following pictures are of some St. Patty
s (Paddy's)Day fun.

Every one brought a can of vegs or a can of non condensed soup and added to the pot. Molly cooked 2 roasts for the stew. Polish sausage was added to the vegs. It may not sound real good, but this is some good stew.

Here is Chef Bob, stirring the huge pot of Hobo Stew. Enough to feed the class of 2007.

Happy hour was a lot of fun. The food was green, the drinks were green and as you can see quite a few dressed in green.

Wednesday morning's breakfast was egg casserole, biscuits and gravy, and finger foods.
Happy hour was a Chocolate & Liqueur/Cordials tasting. Here is just a few pictures of the happy hour. What a good time. But almost anytime the class of 2007 gets together, we have fun.

Wednesday evening after the Chocolate Happy Hour, there was a Chili cookoff. We had 7 pots of chili. There were 3 judges. After the judges were through taste testing, everyone else took samples from each of the 7 pots. The winner was not announced until after everyone had finished eating. The judges said it was close. But the winner was Joe. Can you believe that. He's the one that tells everyone that he doesn't cook. But I now know that he can make Chili. He won first place and an apron and chef's mitt. How cool is that!

Thursday morning's menu was Eggs in a Bag. We had a great turn out for this. Some had never heard of it and some others had done this before. We had a good time, showing everyone how to make an omelete in a zip lock bag.
The Dinner that evening was Fried Turkey's. Yum Yum. Bob, Joe and Myself cleaned the turkeys, then Bob, Joe, Bill, Jim and a few others fried 3 turkeys and 5 turkey breast. And what a fine job they did. We called in Thanksgiving in March. Everyone brought a side dish and of course just like every other time, we all ate to much.

During the week there were a few workshops that you could participate in. Patty did a T-Shirt braiding class.
Hank did Geocaching, Marty did Genealogy, and Molly did a blogger workshop. And of course the clubhouse was open during the day. Some of the ladies did beading, crocheting, knitting and of course there was the puzzle table to help everyone relax.
I would say that this reunion was a success. Lets see where next years will be held.
To those that couldn't be there, we missed you and hope to see you next year, or on the road. Be safe and have fun.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Class of 2007's mini reunion in Florida

Last January in Quartzsite Arizona, in the middle of the desert something happened and just keeps on happening. The class of 2007 got together and had a great time. We had great fellowship, huge campfires, awesome meals and a bonding with each other, just like we had known each other all our lives. When we all went our seperate ways, who knew that when someone said we will see you down the road, that that really is what happened. Seems like everywhere we go we see at least one if not more of our fellow classmates. It is just terrific.
We have been in Fla since Oct. 31st. I am camp hosting at Sumter Oaks Rv Park. When we got here, Paul and Connie Anderson were already set up on site 11, thier favorite site. Then Von and Christina Starkey arrived for a few days. Everyone enjoys playing Mexican Train or Hand and Foot(using Skip-Bo cards). Thanks Molly and Bob for teaching us the game out in Q. Then some more of our class kept arriving, can't tell the dates but here is a list of classmates who came to Fla. These are not in the order that they arrived at Sumter Oaks. Paul and Connie, Christina and Von, Trisha, Bob and Molly, Leland and Cathy, Bobbie and Jim, Bill and Leslie,Linda and Ron and from the class of 2005/2007 Smokie and Pam and Bill and Helen Moll. Also good friends Jim and Eileen Keller. Joe's dad and our daughter Jenelle also came to visit. I would like to appologize incase I have forgotten anyone. If I have let me know and I can edit this post.
We thought we were coming to the Sunshine state to keep warm. Wrong. While we were in Q lastyear, it was warm during the day (in the sunshine) but as soon as the sun went down it got Cold. People would tell us that it was colder than normal. Well now we are in Fla. and they are telling us the same thing here, and in Q it is warmer than usual this year. We believe the cold weather is following the class of 2007.
But no matter where we go or what the weather is, we always have a great time getting together with our fellow classmates. The following pictures are just some of the good times we have enjoyed with classmates, while in Florida. As you will see most of those good times include food.
The following pictures are not in the order that they were taken. But I thought you would enjoy them.

New Year's Eve at Sumter Oaks RV Park
Connie having fun!

Whistle Stop in Bushnell. Good food and big portions.

A great little restaurant Werdahecamiat. Not much to look at but they had really good food.

Connie fixing her famous Lasagna. It's big enough to feed an army or the class of 2007 which is a small army and there was enough for everyone to take home leftovers.

A small gathering at the Hayseed in Webster Fla.This luncheon was at the same time, as the luncheon in Texas. We all had a great time and good food. But our fellow classmates in Texas were not so happy. Apparantely, over half of them did not get their food. And the ones that did had a very long wait. Sorry guys.

In this picture Connie, Joe and myself went for a airboat ride at Sleepy Hollow. I really enjoyed the ride. We saw some baby alligators and lots of birds. The driver took us over the water, the land and even did some 360's. It was great.

Here we are waiting for our $5.00 steak, potatoe and corn on the cob. What a deal.

We decided to do Thanksgiving in Sumter Oaks with the Class of 2007. As you can see the Class will use any excuse to get together and have a great meal. Here is Joe, Bob, Jim and Bill frying turkeys. Which were awesome.

Here is the group after we filled our bellies and looks like we are waiting for the Margarator.

One day the group decided to go for a canoe ride.

Here are the leaders of the pack. Paul and Connie. It was a interesting day. Enjoyed the day with friends and had lots of laughs. Have you ever floated down the river, 5 canoes abreast. We decided we were tired of paddleing so we just got in the middle of the river and each of us held onto the next canoe and that way the ones in the middle were able to take a break. It worked real well until you came to the real shallow spots. That was a little tricky.

After the day of floating the on the river, of course we had worked up an appetite, so we ate at the little place that was right as you came out of the water. Here is Connie trying to get her mouth around the huge sandwich.She's doing a good job

This is the group at Golden Corral. Bill and Helen were with us. They are with the class of 2005. Joe's dad was down for a visit and he joined us for dinner.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


March 8th, 2009 Miss Jaelynn Faith Jones turned 1 year old. The first picture has a table set up with pictures of her events in her first year. My how she has grown. Here is a picture of her dress. It was beautiful. Not as beautiful as the birthday girl. There is a picture of the front and back and her hat. Also one of her eating her cake. I had a wonderful time in Ky with family and friends. I'm glad that my wonderful husband bought me a plane ticket to Ky so that I didn't miss this special day. Anyway here are some pictures of her special day.

The morning of her birthday, sleeping like a princess.

Jaeylynn with her proud parents (Jennifer and Corey).

Look how much she has grown. I can't believe she's a year old.

This is my niece, Jordyn she is 13 going on 20. Where does all the time go. It just seems like yesterday that they moved to Ky. and she was asking me Maunt Marcia (that's a combination of a aunt and a mom) will I be as tall as you and dad. Well now she is almost there.