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 all. It looks like we will have another nice day with the temps hitting 80 but overcast. No clue what is on the agenda for today and that’s ok. Our days do not always have to be planned.
Day 96. Yesterday I spent my day beading. I added the clasp to one of the bracelets as I was making it. That worked out nicely. So far I have 3 bracelets finished and I have started on the 4th. I bought the beads specifically to make the 1st two bracelets but, the 3rd was made using the beads I have on hand. It took a while to find a pattern to make the 4th bracelet I am currently working on that would work with the beads I already have.
As promised I am posting a picture of my finished bracelets. The top two bracelets I found the patterns online. The bottom bracelet was started in the beading group as a group project.
Top: Flower Chain Bracelet Middle: Lizbeth Band Bottom: Crystal Tiles
Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.
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. It looks like it’s going to be a bit nicer outside today than it has been the last couple of days; cloudy with a high in the mid 60’s. We have no plans made yet for today and that’s ok too. If we decide to go somewhere that’s fine, if not, that’s fine too. As other full-timers have pointed out, this is a lifestyle. We are not on vacation. We do not have to be doing something and going somewhere every day. If we had decided to spend our retirement years living in a smaller home, apartment or condo we would not be going somewhere everyday. I didn’t before my hubby retired. I was content to stay at home working on my crafts or reading. I was never bored. But then, I had many projects in the works I enjoyed doing. That has not changed.
Day 86. I was up and out of the house bright and early. As most of you know, I am a morning person. I like getting up early, so it was nice that a group I wanted to join in on got together in the morning.
First on my agenda was the Show and Tell group. This was my first time to join them. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many ladies came to show off what they were doing. There were probably more than 30 of us. The variety of crafts was nice to see. A few had made greeting cards. They were part of a group that meets during the week. There were quilters and sewers that also meet during the week. A couple of ladies from that group that did not bring something to show, told us about their sewing and/or embroidery machines or a quilt shop experience they had. A couple of ladies from a craft group showed us their necklaces made from dominos. Others showed us their knitting and crocheted projects. The craft types were as varied as their experience. Some ladies were very experienced and very talented. Other ladies were beginners proudly showing us what they had just made and learned. We enjoyed every one of them. It was a good group and I will definitely go back.
When the Show and Tell group was over, it was time for the Beading group who met in the same room. I had met with this group last week for the first time and I knew I wanted to go again. I had my supply list for this weeks project, but I had not made it to the bead store, about an hour away, to get everything on the list. I brought my beads hoping I could get started on the project with something in my stash. I was and one of the ladies was nice enough to help get me started. She spent a good portion of her time teaching me and a couple of the other ladies how to read the charts and directions. I really appreciate her giving of her time to help us. Time sure went by quickly. I didn’t get very far and the perfectionist that I am will probably start it all over to make sure it looks just right. I am looking forward to working on my bracelet, going to the bead store and going to the group again next week. This is a hobby I enjoy and one that is conducive to working on in the motorhome. You can never have too many hobbies.
After dinner it was time for Bingo. Clyde was looking forward to getting out and seeing what Bingo night was all about. We had never been to an organized group of Bingo players before. We got there early because we weren’t sure where it was held at and found the place to be packed. We were surprised because Bingo is only open to those who are staying in our campground. It’s a good thing we got there when we did. I guess they were anxious to get started. It was a cheap evening out. $5 for 10 cards and we needed to get a couple of daubers to mark the cards ($1.50 each). They gave out money prizes after each game, door prizes and a 50/50. The couple at our table each won $5. We were not as lucky. We had a nice time, but I’m not sure Bingo is our thing. We may or may not go again. We probably should though, as we did buy the daubers.
Until next time,