Good morning. Well, this is our last day here on South Padre Island. It is hard to believe we have been here a month already. It’s even harder to believe tomorrow is the first day of March. Spring is almost here. They say March winds, well we have certainly experienced those here and it isn’t even March yet. Today is another high wind advisory day. I’m glad it isn’t a travel day. We leave tomorrow morning for Harlingen where we will be spending two weeks visiting with an old friend.
Today we will spend part of the day cleaning and getting things put away for traveling. We also have a mobile RV wash and wax truck coming this afternoon to give Winnie a good cleaning. It is important to get all of the salt from the ocean air off her. We want to keep our motorhome as nice looking as possible. We have seen 3 different companies come through the campground washing different recreation vehicles. They seem to keep themselves quite busy.
Day 101. As we were getting ready to leave yesterday to do our laundry the propane gas truck pulled up. We had scheduled a fill-up for today (Wednesday) but they decided to come a day early. That’s ok. We were still here and it was good to get it done. We like to keep the tank as full as possible because we have found it isn’t always easy to find a place that can accommodate a motorhome.
After the propane was filled, we were off to do our laundry. We had no problem getting the 4 machines we need. After we got our loads going the place got busy. It seemed like it was campers wash day. I visited with one lady from the Show and Tell group and one lady from the Beading group.
We were back home in time for lunch. I spent the afternoon divided between sitting outside enjoying the warm sunshine and beading. Just doing what I love most.
Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.
Until next time,
Good morning family and friends. Only today and tomorrow left here and then we are off to Harlingen. With today being another overcast, humid and very windy day I won’t mind getting our chores done. Today is laundry day and we will be making one last stop to Walmart for a few items.
Day 100. Wow. It is hard to believe we have been on the road for over 3 months now. Spring is on its way. Yesterday at Show and Tell I found out almost half of the winter Texans were heading north right along with us. They still have another home to go back to and like to be there for various reasons in the spring. It might also be some of them don’t want to be here at the same time as the spring breakers.
I enjoyed my last time with the Show and Tell group. The ladies are fun to be around and talk my language-crafts. I oohed and ahhed at many of their items. The Red Hat ladies were having a luncheon afterwards and a couple of them showed off their hats. Of course, being artistic ladies, they had either embellished a hat or made one from scratch. Love, love, loved them. So creative. One of the red hat ladies showed a quilt she had made for their raffle.
In the afternoon I went back for the beading group. I took the bracelets I had made since joining their group to show them what I had finished and learned thanks to their tutelage. They were very surprised to see I had so many bracelets completed and that I caught on so quickly. They were also happy to see they had hooked me onto their craft. We spent time admiring each others bracelets. We talked about different patterns and where to find them. We discussed the different beads and color combinations that would look nice together. And, of course we beaded. It was a nice afternoon.
The ladies were sad to see me leave and begged me to come back next winter. They were already planning what to make next year. It felt nice to be included in their group. They have been together many years already. I told them we will see, but that we still have places to go and things to see before we decide where to settle back down. Every time I wear one of my bracelets I will remember these new friends.
Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.
Until next time,
Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I get together today for the last time with the ladies from both the Show and Tell group and the Beading Group. I’ve decided to show the ladies Patty Pepper’s sweater I knit her and a hat I knit for myself, I will also show them the bracelets I’ve made over the past week. I enjoy going. It is a nice relaxing time with women who enjoy the same things I do. The down side is you don’t really get to know them very well. You only meet with them a few times and then we are on to a new adventure. But then that is the lifestyle we have chosen. No regrets. I am ready to leave here and I am looking forward to our next stop, visiting with our old friend and making a few new ones.
Day 99. What do you think about when you hear Market Days? When the kids were growing up, Market Day at school was once a month and you purchased a few food items for a fund-raiser.
South Padre Island advertised their Market Days in a free paper we had picked up and we also saw a sign along the road telling about it. It was held once in January and again yesterday at the civic center. We were not here in January, but we thought it would be nice to go see what they had this time. We were both thinking fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as some homemade baked goods and maybe some crafts and flea market items.
We got there just after it had opened to an already packed parking lot and lots of people walking around. We thought great. It must be pretty good if it attracts so many people. I had thought it would be held outdoors, but it was inside the large civic center. The entrance fee was $1 each.
We enjoyed walking around looking at all of the different booths set up. There were a number of jewelry exhibits. Some were selling handmade items, others had beautiful new jewelry for sale. And, there was also flea market jewelry items for sale. We also saw handmade soaps, artists paintings, clothing, and an abundance of assorted flea market items. The one thing we didn’t see was food. It was definitely not a farmers market.
We enjoyed getting out and walking around but didn’t see anything we couldn’t live without. That’s how we shop now that we live in a tiny home. We are always thinking do I need that item and where would I put it if I bought it. It sure does cut down on impulse purchases. We did buy a bag of kettle corn from a vendor set up outside of the civic center. We went for food and bought food.
Until next time,
Good morning. We have no plans for today other than enjoying this beautiful weather. Unfortunately, that also includes the high winds forecasted for today. I won’t be sitting outside with my beads, but I could work on knitting. I do have cotton yarn I am making dishcloths out of.
Day 93. This was my fun day. First was the Show and Tell group. About 30 of us gathered together to show and tell what we had made. I brought my 4 hand sewn, needle turn applique pillows (shown below) which I brought in a schlep bag I had also made.
Others brought jewelry they had made. One of the lady’s brought a lap quilt she had made. Another brought a baby hat she had knitted. Many of the ladies came just to chat and see what others were working on. It was a fun time and I enjoyed their company.
Later was the Beading group. I brought my completed bracelet (except for the clasp) and the completed base of the 2nd bracelet. (I will post pictures after I add the clasp). My tutor from the previous week was so happy. She had brought in a beginners pattern for me, but laughed and said I didn’t need it anymore. I was no longer a beginner. She said if I could figure that pattern out on my own, I could make anything. That was so nice of her to say. I was just happy to show her she hadn’t wasted her time helping me.
I love looking at what the other gals had made and were working on. I love seeing the same bracelets made in different colors. It gives me ideas for next time. I have one more time with these wonderful women, then it’s time for us to move on. I will miss this group.
Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a good day.
Until next time,
Good morning. It looks like another beautiful day here on South Padre Island. There is a wind advisory in effect for the entire day (30-39 mph), which could make sitting outside a little interesting, but I’m just happy for the warmer weather. It seems that wind is the normal here on the island.
Today I have my Show and Tell group and the Beading group. I am looking forward to both of those. I’m not sure what to take to show and tell. I have a few different types of projects I could share. Last week I shared my embroidered scissor holder, pin cushion and covered Altoids tin box. That was a combination of embroidery, sewing and bead work. I’ll have to think about it some more.
Day 92. Laundry Day. We went to the same laundromat as last week, but we decided to go in the afternoon this time in hopes that it wouldn’t be as crowded. Wrong. It as just as busy with people waiting for machines to be free to use. We managed to get washers right away, but had to wait for a dryer. I’m just glad we now have clean clothes to wear for another week.
As I’ve said before, we really enjoy walking in this park and along the beach. We couldn’t believe how many people were still on the beach when we took our evening walk. It’s the most people we’ve seen on the beach since we arrived here. I don’t believe the majority of them were campers either (too many children). It must be the combination of a beautiful day and the weekend. Patty Pepper even let a few kids pet her (our not so sociable dog).
All in all it was a good day. I worked some more on beading. A day wouldn’t be complete without working on a project of some kind.
Loving our lifestyle. Enjoy your day.
Good morning. I’m looking forward to another beautiful day. I love days where it’s not too hot or too cold, but just right for sitting outside or taking a walk. Today is the grand opening of the new Sea Turtle Rescue Center building. I think we will go and check it out. We will probably go to the Birding and Nature Center again too. We didn’t get to check out the inside last weekend when we were there because we were tired and hungry.
Day 90. Yesterday I worked on my seed bead bracelet. You know, the one the beading group is making and that I was able to get started on because one of the ladies in the group was nice enough to spend time teaching me. But, I did not have the concept completely down in my head before I left. When I got home, I spent hours trying to figure it out. Frustrated and disappointed with myself, I finally had to set it aside with the plan of going back to it another time, when my head was clear and fresh.
That day was yesterday. The morning person I am can think clearer then. I got out the pattern, studied the diagrams, read and re-read the directions, studied the diagrams some more and voila! The lightbulb in my head went on. I finally understood how to do it. I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to keep going. I was able to finish the entire base of the bracelet. Now I will need to study the directions and diagrams some more in order to go any further. Hopefully I will be able to figure it out with having to bother someone in the beading group.
While I was busy having fun, playing and creating, Clyde was busy working on our taxes. Fun, fun, fun. We took a couple breaks and went for walks to enjoy the day and stretch our legs.
Enjoying our lifestyle and each other. Have a good day.
Until next time,