Quiet Sunday

Good morning. I think I could get used to these temperatures very easily. Mid-high 70’s is perfect. My only complaint would be the wind we had yesterday. It made it a little difficult to work with the lightweight pine needles outside.

We were able to get our fire stick working yesterday. That’s a nice addition to our antenna TV. We now have quite a few options available to us for viewing. Yesterday was football, of course.

Enjoy your day. Loving our lifestyle.

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

 

 

 

One Last Day

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,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

New Friends

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,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Isla Blanca Park

Good morning. The weatherman says it is going to be another comfortable day with temps around 80, but it is also supposed to be overcast all day. That makes for a gloomy no sun day. The good news is no high wind advisory for today.

Our time here is almost up. Only a few days left. In reflecting back over this last month our stay here is not what we expected. From what we have been told, the weather has been exceptionally cool for this area (and everywhere else). I pictured us spending time walking along the beach or sitting in our lounge chairs on the beach enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and warm temperatures. That never happened. We did walk along the beach a few times but I never had the desire to bring my chair and sit. The wind was always too strong for my liking. Just call me spoiled. I love my Michigan beaches.

As I mentioned before, the campground is very large with many sites that are close together. Location wise our site is ideal. We can see the water from our site and we are close enough to the beach to takes walks anytime we want.  But the site has many flaws. It is rocky with lots of pits. There is no nice area to put out your chairs to sit and relax. The picnic table is cemented in the ground and is located so that when you open your door it is right there. When walking the park I’ve noticed some sites are nicer than others. Some have cement patios, others have nice grassy areas.

The campground is going through major renovations. I do not know if that means they will be cleaning up and redoing the sites or just some of the areas. I’ve also heard that they are changing the reservation system they now have in place. This change is not one long time campers welcome. I do not know, but I will assume that with the campground renovations will also come raised camping rates to help offset the cost of improvements.

The campground does have many activities that are available to participate in if you choose. I have enjoyed the beading group and the show and tell group. We also went to bingo. There seems to be something for everyone if you choose.

Will we come back? Probably not next year. We have enjoyed the area. There are many things to do and see here. We did some and left some for another time. But, there are still many places we haven’t visited and would like to see.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Pier 19

Good morning.  Good news. We are in for another nice warm day with a high of 83. Bad news. High wind advisory for the entire day with wind gusts up to 45 mph. I’m not sure we will be able to sit outside and that strong of wind gusts will even make going for a walk difficult. I guess we will just play it by ear.

Day 97.  I really enjoyed relaxing in the sun yesterday. The wind made it hard to keep my hat on my head, so I ended up taking it off. And yes, my cheeks got a little red. But it sure did feel good to have that sunshine on me. The breeze helped us not feel too warm while sitting outside, but it made it a little tricky to read or write. My papers kept trying to blow away.

With all the fresh air I was getting, I got so relaxed I didn’t feel like coming up with a meal for dinner. We also hadn’t eaten lunch yet. And, if you know my husband, he likes to eat. I on the other hand have been known to skip meals much to my family’s objection. I am doing better and I am trying to eat three squares a day.

Anyway, hubby suggested going out for a bite. We haven’t done it in a while and we wanted to try the restaurant very close to our campground, Pier 19.  We were told it not only had ambiance (right on the water) but good food and reasonable prices. How could we go wrong.

It was about 3pm when we arrived and the place was very busy. We were put on a wait list, but we only had to wait a few minutes for a table. Our booth overlooked the causeway connecting Port Isabel to South Padre Island. While we were sitting there I saw what I believe to be dolphins in the water. They jumped and dove back into the water so quickly. I got to see them do it a few times and then they were gone. That was such a nice surprise. 

The wait staff was very friendly and nice. They took very good care of us without being annoying. Our server went over the menu with us to point out the various selections and specials available. They have something for everyone on the menu; hamburgers, Mexican, seafood, steak and so on. It was hard for us to decide. Everything looked so good. We both decided to try one of the Friday lunch specials (11am – 4 pm). I had grilled grouper for the first time. It was served with rice and vegetables and was it delicious. It was cooked to perfection. I would definitely have it again. Clyde tried the seafood tampiquena. It was described as a seafood enchilada. His meal was just as good as mine was. We both had more than enough to eat and the prices were very reasonable. We left very satisfied. The restaurant and the food both get two thumbs up for sure. We highly recommend Pier 19.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Not What I Expected

Good morning.  It looks like another shorts day for me. I haven’t had very many of them since we started our journey. Before we left Michigan I thought I would be wearing summer type clothes all the time. How wrong I was. I’ve worn blue jeans and a lightweight jacket or sweater more than anything else. Yes, that is so much better than bundling up in a heavy winter coat with a scarf, hat and gloves. It is just not what I expected.

Even though the temperature has been warm enough for shorts the last few days, the days have been overcast, humid and very windy. Again, not what I expected but much nicer weather than those back home are getting.

We leave here in a week to start our trek back north. We will take our time, stopping along the way to visit with family and friends, see the sights and enjoy each day as they come. Looking ahead at the weather we will have here for the rest of our stay shows more of the same; cloudy, very windy and temps in the 70’s.

Day 94. Knowing we will be leaving here in a week and that the rest of our time before taxes are due will be either on the road or visiting with family and friends, Clyde spent the day getting them finished and ready to send off. While he did that I got to play. I spent the day beading a bracelet. It was a new pattern. I had purchased the beads for it when I went to Harlingen and the bead store there. I love how it turned out. And, like any craft project, there is a quiet satisfaction in figuring out how to do something new and completing the project. I have to concentrate and think, figure out how to make it, and I am using small muscle coordination in order to complete it. I like to think of it as a way to keep my mind active and young and my hands from cramping up with arthritis. If I’m wrong don’t tell me. I like keeping busy and creating. I will post pictures of my finished beading projects at another time. I still need to buy clasps.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn