Walnut Ridge

Good morning. We are no longer in the warm sunny region of the country. It got cold last night. So cold we even had to turn the heat on! It was 54 in our motorhome. It’s a good thing we have a generator. I cranked that baby on, turn on the heat and the coffee pot. Priorities you know.

Day 120. We ended up going a lot further than we had originally planned. The weather was dark, dreary and sprinkling with the prediction of more rain and colder temperatures. There was no point in stopping. Who knew what the weather would be later or if it might even get worse than it already was. We had hoped for nice weather and getting some sightseeing in, but that was not to be. Steve was right. It looks like we should have stayed another week in the fun and sun of the RGV (Rio Grand Valley where we were wearing shorts and sandals. Unfortunately, I guess I will have to put them away for a bit. Not too long I hope.

I can’t believe we have driven all the way across Arkansas. We ended up in the small town of Walnut Ridge. There is a Walmart here, not a super Walmart, just an old-fashioned regular Walmart. It is a very nice store with very nice friendly people. We are parked along the outer edge of the parking lot that is next to a field. We have plenty of room to put out the bed slideout. It is a very quiet Walmart with no truck traffic. The only thing we heard during the night was the rain and the trains going by. There is a Don’s Steak House within walking distance, which we did not try.

Our drive here was uneventful and boring. We had areas of construction and miles and miles of open dead fields waiting to be plowed and planted. We saw very few cattle or livestock of any kind. I guess that’s why we just kept driving. Nothing of interest to stop and see. When we did pass through Hot Springs and Little Rock the weather wasn’t cooperating with us so we just kept going. The drive might have been different if we had gone a different way, but Clyde is afraid of driving through the mountains in our motorhome pulling a car. Maybe another time. This is only our first year.

Today we will be driving through Missouri. Hopefully we will find something of interest there to draw us in for a couple of days. After looking the map over we think we will take the scenic drive up through the state and hopefully we will find a park that is open (some are closed for the winter) for a night or two. Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Don Wes Flea Market

Good Morning Family and Friends. This is our last day here in Harlingen, Texas. We will be starting our trek back north for the spring and summer. I just wish I could take this weather with us. I really don’t want to put on a winter coat again. I love wearing shorts and sandals every day.

Day 116. Yesterday Steve, Judy, Edie, Delbert, Clyde and I went to the Don Wes Flea Market in Donna, Texas, which is near Weslaco in the RGV. The place is huge and packed with shoppers, mostly winter Texans. Vendors are both inside the buildings and outside. The place reminds me of when we used to go to the fairgrounds in Illinois to a craft fair that was held once a year. You can find both old and new items, as well as food. Some of the food items were oranges, onions, honey, kettle corn etc. All as fresh as you could get. Many of the vendors are winter Texans. It was fun to walk around and look. Parking was free. We did find a few items to bring home.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Pool Time

Good morning. Daylight saving time. Spring forward. We had to set our clocks ahead one hour last night. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think personally I would rather not have to switch back and forth. Yes, you get more daylight in the evening, but I’m a morning person and I don’t care about having more sun in the evening. Now when I get up it will be dark longer. I’d prefer sitting outside in the evening, at dusk, watching the sun set than having more fun in the sun. I remember when the kids were little trying to get them down for the night. They would complain that it wasn’t bedtime yet. It wasn’t dark out. Daylight saving time just messes with your head. Yep, I do know how I feel. Let’s not have daylight saving time anymore. Let’s go back to the way it was before we changed our clocks.

Day 112. Boy, it was a hot one yesterday. Temps were in the 90’s and full sun. It felt like a real summer day in Michigan. This was the first real hot sunny day we’ve had so far. I spent my morning sitting outside beading. It was perfect. Not real hot yet and sunny. My kind of day.

While I was enjoying myself outside, Clyde went to breakfast with Steve and his step-dad. It is their Saturday ritual and it was nice of them to include Clyde. He enjoys being with the guys and loves a good breakfast, a nice combination.

As the temperature began to rise, we decided it was a perfect day to go to the pool. It was nice to relax and swim a little. I can’t seem to get in a pool without doing a few laps. It’s just ingrained in me from my youth and being on the swim team. It’s also good exercise.

When we got back from swimming we turned the air conditioning on for the first time on our journey. That just goes to show you how cool our temperatures have been this winter. We’ve not needed to turn the air on. I really was fine without having it on now, but you-know-who was not happy with the heat. And, it was a good idea to check it out and make sure it still worked ok. It’s kind of like turning on the furnace for the first time in the fall. You need to make sure it works ok before a real cold spell sets in and you find yourself in need of a repairman.

It looks like we are going to have another nice hot day today too. Maybe we will take another dip in the pool. What a life. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Busy Day

Good morning. It’s going to be a hot one today – 90’s and full sun. I think you might find us in the pool this afternoon.

Day 111. We had a busy day yesterday. It was golfer’s appreciation day at the local golf store here in Harlingen. We are not golfers, but our friend Steve is, so we stopped in for a short visit. We had a nice lunch and received a coupon for a free round of golf at one of the nearby golf courses.

After that Steve took us for a ride around Harlingen. We stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial and Museum located by the airport and Marine Military Academy. This huge memorial is the original mold used to cast the famous Marine Corps War Memorial that is outside Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. It is an interesting story about how the mold came to be erected in Harlingen. I would rather you read about it here, than me try to explain it to you.

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When we got back from our sightseeing tour with Steve and Judy, Clyde and I hopped in the car and went to Hobby Lobby for some beading needles (which they were out of) and some beading thread. Much to my pleasant surprise they were having a 50% off sale on beads.  Of course I took advantage of the sale.

In the evening we went to a concert held inside the dance hall of our park. The singer was Leslie Blasing, a well know entertainer from the RGV area.  Steve spoke very highly about her and I can see why. She has a beautiful voice and sings a variety of music from all genres. She is someone I would go hear again and listen to at home or in the car. We had a very nice time and got to know a few more of our neighbors.

As you can see, we had a very busy day. I also got some beading in. (Big smile).

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Fish Dinner

Good morning. I think we are going to have another beautiful day here in the RGV (Rio Grand Valley). The weather app shows partly sunny with a high of 87 and very high humidity (which we could do without, but I take what I can get). I think I will be outside all day. (Big grin).

Day 106. Yesterday was a bit too windy to do any beading outside, but I did spend some time in my lounge chair reading over some patterns and planning my next projects.

While I was busy printing off some patterns and getting a few things done inside Winnie, Clyde took Patty Pepper to the dog park. It was built last year and is a nice big area that has a double fenced section so that when you enter the park other dogs can’t escape. He said it took her a good 5 minutes to leave the entrance area where she was busy sniffing and investigating. They had the area to themselves and Patty seemed to have a good time running around without a leash.

Later Clyde tried out the pool and hot tub. He loves relaxing in the water, be it a lake or a pool. When the kids were little I had to be the mean one and tell him right along with the kids that they had been in long enough and it was time to get out. They would all stay in the water until they were burned to a crisp and their skin was shriveled up like a prune. But they sure did sleep good at night from all the fresh air.

We were invited over to Steve’s for fish dinner. He enjoys fishing and cooking. That’s a good combination. We were very happy to be included in enjoying his catch along with his mom, step-dad and friend Judy. We sat on his covered patio and relaxed while he cooked on his grill. He served two types of fish. One was breaded. Both were delicious. My favorite was the non-breaded. I believe it was Red Snapper. It was cooked to perfection and so good. I can’t remember what he said the other fish was. He even sent us home with a doggy bag. (Another big grin).

Loving our lifestyle and finally our weather. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn