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Our Brand New Cougar....

Our Brand New Cougar....
Aug. 10th, 2003

Cave Dwellings

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My life is currently on hold...so I am reliving RV memories...

At this time, Dennis and I are both tending to some medical issues..He is having his 3rd colonoscopy in 6 months tomorrow..This means he will be prepping during the SuperBowl..It's a good thing the Chicago Bears aren't playing, that could be a deal breaker..As more me and my stones...I am having lithostripsy this Thursday in LaGrange, IL..Actually called ESWL, Extracorporeal Shock Wave, this is suppose to break up the kidney stones into small sand-like pieces so they may pass easily through your urinary tract..Key word here, is EASILY!! We shall see...Soooo, hopefully once all this junk is over,we can begin to plan our next Winter's trip...In the meantime, I am revisiting some old Winter trips..This one was the Winter of 2011-12.
We spent most of January at Falcon State Park, Falcon Heights, TX. The birding there is fabulous!! Lots of exotic and colorful birds...

Nice pull through sites, some with full hook up and some with just W and E...

The Pyrrhuloxia  look like Cardinals , but are different...and they LOVE to look into shiny things and peck at them..They see themselves and think it is another bird, so become aggressive..not good for  your mirrors, so everyone covers them with WalMart bags to prevent the scratching...The Orioles do the same thing...
Above is a female Pyrrhuloxia....
 Above is a Green Jay...These are sooooo colorful!!!
 And here we have a Titmouse...adorable..
There is also a nasty little critter that you want to avoid at all costs...the ever present fireants!! When they bite, you better have plenty of Benedryl handy, pills and ointment!
I refuse to give these creepy things more than one photo...They are evil!
Falcon Lake is actually the dammed up Rio Grande, so Mexico is just across the bridge...However, I don't recommend crossing here, or at Roma down the road...Best place to cross is in the "Valley", at Progresso...much safer...well, somewhat safer. 

There is a lot of fishing that goes on here at Falcon Lake, but make sure  you don't cross into the Mexican waters (other side of the lake), this may not bode well for you...

There are lots of trails to walk here...This is the last time we were there, so if  you do want to go, make sure you get on the website and check it out first..It is pretty remote, and the nearest shopping for groceries of any kind is Rio Grande City, about 40 miles away..The town of Roma is pretty neat, having some very old historic buildings...
 Some of these old buildings were used to film the movie Viva Zapata! made in 1952 and starring Marlon Brando..



It's fun to park and just walk around the streets. There is a place that overlooks the Rio Grande and into Mexico where everyone wants their photo taken..including Dennis and moi!
 The Border Patrol has stations everywhere to keep watch on the very narrow Rio Grande at this point.
 Just behind us, across the river, is a very different world than we are lucky enough to have here in this great country!!
 Looking out of the back window of our Hiker..Their campsites are really nicely set up...


 Lots of places to ride  your bike, and the weather is usually darn nice. We always seemed to end up there in January, but once we stayed 6 weeks. That was when you could stay longer than 2 weeks. I advise getting a Texas State Park Pass if you intend to camp in Texas...it is well worth it!
I really do love this park and all it has to offer. I'm not sure when we will get back, but I hope to someday...
...and they have fabulous sunsets there, too!!!!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lots of Winter fun with family...But I'm still FREEZING!!

So, here it is a brand New Year..We aren't exactly where we hoped we would be this January, but I have to say we have gotten in some great quality time with our family!...But I could do without this cold and snow!
 It seems that we get a minimum of 8" every time it snows here!! And the squirrels are invading my brand new bird feeder!!!
Our grandson, Campbell, performed with the special singing group MidKnight Special for a Xmas program...He seems to be following in his older sister's thespian and musical talents..
 That is Campbell, 5th from the left...next to the reindeer..haha.
His big sister is thrilled for him...
...And so were Grama and Papa...
Since we have been gone for most Xmas's this past 9 years, we decided to spend Xmas Day with our youngest grandkids in Zionsville...They are ages 5 and 8, and we have never seen them open gifts on Xmas Day in person..What a fun time that was! We were invited to John's Mom and Stepdad's on Xmas Eve for drinks and dinner...

 They have a lovely home in Carmel, IN ,not far from Chris and John's..
John' s mom,Jan, and I get along great..We are two proud gramas alright!
You know darn well that I cannot behave long!!
Xmas morning John's Dad and Stepmom came over to Chris and John's for the opening of presents!!

We are soooooo glad to have been there for these kids!! It was a wonderful Xmas Day!!!
This year started with a bang big blow...as in wind! We have had non stop wind so it seems. A few days ago I took my walk in 50 mph wind gusts!!!


OMG! I felt like Dorothy!!!And you know who almost got her Ruby Slippers!!!
Not to worry...MY Ruby Slippers are safely tucked away for another day!
As most know, I have a huge love of theater...and my kids know this for sure. So, when Terrie and Tim invited me to go with them to see the theater production of the musical, The Little Mermaid, I was thrilled. (Dennis likes it when our grands are involved, otherwise...not so much..) The musical was amazing!! I cannot stop singing "Under The Sea"...
The above is a "file" photo..I would have been thrown out on my arse if I even PRETENDED to take a photo during the performance!!! We did get a couple before it began though...

Of course, before we went to the 8PM performance, we had to get dinner and ice cream...Our dinner was at a place called Shinto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge... What fun!!

Taylor just cannot behave....wonder where she gets that?????
Our Hibachi Chef was named Chris...He was fabulous..making us laugh, lighting fires, and flipping broccoli florets in our mouths with his spatula...and yes, I caught mine..How could I miss with my piehole!!
After hibachi food, the kids wanted some ice cream before we went to the theater...OK..Grama will buy..
 Campbell ate a bowl bigger than he was!


These kids are so darn much fun at these ages...Tay is 18, Peyton is 16 and Campbell is 12. Good kids, if I do say so..
Soooo ,now that I have given you reason to nod off, I will leave you alone for another period of undetermined brain lock...I gotta say, being home all Winter is draining my creativity!!!! Sometimes you just have to wait until the urge strikes you but in the meantime.....
YEP!