Dec 9, 2018 - Texas Life - Week 2
Hello All, Well, this weeks big event was the Tree Trimming party on Thursday night. This is an annual event and as usual the world renowned Kitchen Band was on stage to provide some entertainment. Yours truly was just a spectator this year (Santa was not asked to put in an appearance). Everyone had a good time and as always with us seniors, everyone brought a snack to share so there was plenty of food for all. The next big event is later today when we have the biannual Christmas cookie contest. And our favorite cookie baker has been hard...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2018 - CARE Christmas Decorations
The CARE Center is really decked out for Christmas. I’m enjoying seeing everything because this is my first Christmas here. Today the cold weather helped to make it feel more like Christmas – not that our northern neighbors would agree! They laugh at our “cold” weather.Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2018 - The weekend in San Antonio
Well, we went to bed tired on Thursday evening thinking of sleeping late on Friday...but, as normal I was awake a little after 6:00 a.m. I stayed in bed listening to the rain on the roof of the Bus. I tried to be still and quiet so Sue could in fact sleep later. I was sitting up on the side of the bed reading email and looking at the Birthday wishes I had received on FaceBook when the phone rang. It was Beth and her girls ready to sing me Happy Birthday. After we hung up it was time to get up and have breakfast. And that we did. And we...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2018 - Beautiful sunshiny Sunday!
Date: December 9, 2018 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 44º High 64º Wildlife count: Year List: 366 Birds: We joined Keith and Gail for breakfast at Jimmy’s Egg this morning before worship and had plenty of time to get to worship on time. Worship was excellent! Robert preached about Jesus as the Son of Man, working from Daniel, and quoting Athanasius, that Jesus became a son of man that we might become sons of God. It was terrific. We shopped at Lowe’s on the way home to try to end our mouse problem, buying two different kinds of...Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2018 - Cool, rainy bird walk, but good!
Date: December 8, 2018 Weather: cool, windy, rainy Temperature: start 54º High 58º Wildlife count: red squirrel Year List: 366 Birds: One couple arrived for a bird walk this morning, and it was after noon before we got back – a delightful walk. These folks were from CO, and new to the Valley, so it was fun sharing life birds with them, even though we were wet at times and pretty cold. We went back after lunch to make a copy of the eBird list for the desk, then, since it was raining, we came home and relaxed. Lunch was the left-over from...Jump to full entry
Dec 7, 2018 - Long afternoon bird walk
Date: December 7, 2018 Weather: cloudy, a little drizzle Temperature: start 66º High 81º Wildlife count: Gray squirrel Year List: 366 Birds: Least Flycatcher Only one person arrived for a bird walk this am, and he had a plane to catch, so we only had an hour. That was perfect, as we walked the Chacha trail together. We only got dripped on a few times, so it was not bad. After he left, we completed some paperwork, then came home, where we paid a bill, then I worked on the Christmas letter. After lunch, the weather was better, so we walked...Jump to full entry
Dec 6, 2018 - Easy Yukky 300 mile day
Up about 7:00 to get ready to head for Boerne. It should be an easy 300 mile day...or so it would seem. I was out gingerly with Ziva soon after 7:00 for her abbreviated nature walk. And believe it or not, it was spitting rain. Just what we were needing for our drive. Then off to breakfast at the RV park's inhouse restaurant. A quick light breakfast and we were back to the bus to get ready to travel. We were around and off by 9:15 or so. We were headed for Waco which we made by 11:15 or so. We had to run the wipers intermittently most of the...Jump to full entry
Dec 6, 2018 - Delightful and long bird walk
Date: December 6, 2018 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 63º High 79º Wildlife count: Javelina Year List: 365 Birds: Two couples joined us this morning, and Peggy R and two friends went out on their own. It was a delightful morning, starting at Pintail – the hawks were everywhere, though we did not see any Hook-billed Kites. One of the gentlemen had led walks, so we all just really birded together – 62 species. We walked 5 miles and didn’t get home till 1 for lunch. Our rove was pretty simple – just out Chacha and relaxed on ‘our...Jump to full entry
Dec 5, 2018 - Farewell to Danny Dopson
Today we at CARE learned of the passing of one of our own residents, Danny Dopson. He has been in and out of the hospital a lot since I’ve been here. We will miss him. We are glad that his widow, Nancy, will continue to live here. As she said, this is her home now.Jump to full entry
Dec 5, 2018 - Trip to Salineno
Date: December 5, 2018 Weather: cloudy, breezy Temperature: start 58º High 68º Wildlife count: Year List: 365 Birds: Black-tailed Gnatcatcher After a quick What-a-burger breakfast, we enjoyed a delightful ride out to Salineno, while we listened to the Bush funeral preparations. The walk at Salineno was delightful and we saw some really good birds. We sat in the yard with Michael, Merle and Lois for about ½ hour. On the way back, we stopped at Denny’s for lunch around 2. Leftovers was a quick bite for supper – a great way to enjoy a day.Jump to full entry
Dec 5, 2018 - Oh, what a day...
The title is not to be confused with the upbeat "Oh What a Night" by the Four Seasons back in the 1960's. Today was not an upbeat day like we had hoped for our first travel day. It started a little later than we planned...partly because we had been sitting in one place for almost five weeks. When you are traveling every few days the routine of prepping the Bus for travel is second nature...and when you are not in that routine...oh, well, you get the picture. Today we were up a little after 7:00 and starting to get ready. We are eager to...Jump to full entry
Dec 4, 2018 - Farewell to Cousin Maxie Hoerster
Today I learned of the passing of my cousin, Maxie Hoerster, of Fredericksburg, Texas, just a few days before her 90th birthday. She had been in poor health for a few years and was living in a nursing facility. I had always enjoyed my visits with her.Jump to full entry