Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


Yesterday was one of those magnificent days we enjoy so much. The temperature climbed into the 80's during the day with bright sunshine and a light breeze. Awesome for January!

Our Llano Grande Stars softball team played our 4th game of the season yesterday and won by a score of 13-7. We really played well as a team, with good defensive plays and the bats came alive on offense. I continued to bat 1.000, going 2 for 2 with 1 rbi and 2 runs scored. We play again tomorrow at 9:30 AM.

The wives of the ball players are managing the concession stand this week so I had a couple of hot dogs and a cold drink after the game. Marilyn had her Spanish class while I was at the ball game so she is working in the concession stand on Thursday this week.

When I returned home after the game, Marilyn was sitting in the lounge chair studying her Spanish. She is really into that and continues to do well.

I took a shower and dressed in shorts and a tee shirt. We spent most of the remainder of the day being lazy, reading or sitting in the sunshine. We did go for a short bike ride but that was the extent of our activity for the afternoon.

As evening approached I decided to cook my sweet pepper skillet stew. It is made with hamburger, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, red, yellow and green sweet peppers, Rotel tomatoes, beef broth, mushrooms and a teaspoon of sugar. The spices I use are fajita seasoning, along with red and black pepper and salt to taste.

We had planned to bake biscuits to have with that dish but forgot. :) Maybe it was the wine I enjoy while cooking. :)

Gilbert & Heinz dropped by while I was cooking, and they joined me for a glass of wine. We made some plans to attend the breakfast buffet at a sister park called Victoria Palms, on Sunday. I think that our entire group will be going so we should have a good time.

Marilyn and I watched "American Idol" and worked our puzzle books before going to bed. I like crosswords while Marilyn enjoys doing the sudoku puzzles.

Yesterday was a wonderful day but we do expect today to be a little cooler with sprinkles of rain. No problem! I plan to help John repair his day/night shades and spend some time reading the book Ted gave me. I am part way into the book and it has grabbed me. It is a thriller and I can hardly put it down.

It is hard to believe that we will be in northeast Missouri within a couple of weeks. The thrilling part of that is the new grandchild who will arrive shortly after we get back to Missouri.

We talk with Jennifer every day on the phone and she is sure ready for the baby to arrive. She can't seem to get comfortable and doesn't sleep well. She thinks they will wait awhile before having another child. At least a year or so. :)

Marilyn & I were awakened around 4:00 AM this morning by the increasing velocity of the wind coming in our open windows. Then we heard the rain begin. I got up to close a few windows but had to go back to bed and listen to the patter of the rain drops on the roof. That is a soothing sound and it is so easy to sleep with that sound lulling you into a peaceful slumber. Anyway, I did enjoy it for awhile but the rain stopped and now I am up and at 'em.

I had better get off the computer and get started with making a pot of coffee. My better half will be awake as soon as she smells that wonderful aroma of fresh brewed coffee. :)

We are going to have a wonderful day here in the valley, and I hope each of you have a wonderful day wherever you are. You know me, I just can't wait to see what this day has in store.....



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