I must preface this statement by saying that I expect NO sympathy, NO violin fingers, NO “Wow! That’s too bad!”. I gotta say it…the Texas Winter this year has been brutal at best. For a while it seemed that a person just could NOT get far enough South to avoid it. I have worn shorts about 6 times in almost 3 1/2 months, so our laundry full of jeans and sweatshirts takes at least 3 machines instead of 2. However..and this is a BIG HOWEVER…the rest of the nation has faired much worse that we have. Call it Climate Change , Polar Vortex, Old Man Winter…whatever..This has been one of the coldest freekin’ Winters ever, and has broken many records along with hoses, water pipes and power lines…And now, Den and I are going to head yet farther North ..SAY WHAAAAT?.
“Dude, I love the sunglasses and white parka, but the nose belongs to a guy named Rudolf!”
This Wednesday, Den and I are heading toward Fort Worth, TX to an Army Corps park called Lake Benbrook. We have friends living in Hurst, TX (a suburb of the Dallas/ Ft. Worth metroplex), and haven’t seen them in about 7 years. He was a friend of Den’s before we met and Bob and Dennis worked at Caterpillar Tractor together. Then Bob got married, and Dennis got divorced..Bob moved to Dallas to work for Bell Helicopter, and Dennis…well, he just moved on but he did stay at Cat! When
I caught Dennis Dennis and I got married, Bob was our Best Man.
Left to right, Flower Girl,Kim Burkhardt; Den’s sister, Evonne; my friend Renene ; my sister, Darlene; Moi and MacGyver; Bob (our Best Man); Michael, my brother; Ronnie, Den’s bro-in-law; and Ring Bearer Scotty, Den’s nephew. Three of these people are now gone…Den’s sis, my sis, and Scotty.
We have been in Texas before to visit Bob and Donna. The last time we saw them we were in campingTexarkana and they came to visit us at Wright Patman Lake. We always have lots of fun with Bob and Donna and I wish we lived closer…Wait a minute, that may NOT be the best idea. If memory serves, there are many stories of Den and Bob drag racing their 1967 Chevelle and Camaro, respectively. Maybe it’s just as well that we don’t live tooooo close! Hey, these two guys may have grown OLD, but that doesn’t mean they’ve grown up!
After our week around Fort Worth, we are heading over to Jefferson, TX for one week, then up to Texarkana for our final week. Texarkana is usually our “launch site” for the 2 night trek back home. Target “launch date” is March 26th this year. Much as I hate to leave, I do look forward to seeing all our family..You know darn well, that this is my cue to sneek a few family photos into this blog…
Yep, family is everything!….See Y’all in Fort Worth!! (Bring your parkas, mittens and mukluks, just in case!)