Cave Dwellings: 2017

Our Brand New Cougar....

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Kidney Stones, OH MY!

Well, this has been quite a Winter..There have been a few roadblocks thrown our way...Den's multiple colonoscopies, my kidney stones, and a dash of angst, anxiety and panic thrown in for giggles. I actually did realize I was having some depression issues this Fall. This was complicated with health issues, which kicks up the stress levels.
I won't bore you with the details , but I had my 7mm kidney stone "blasted" last week...Now I have a meteor shower of fragments to pass, but at least they are much smaller. I also noticed my mood has improved since I had that done. I know that infections can cause mood swings, and I suspect I did have a touch of an infection after carrying that stupid stone around since last August. I am hoping to continue feeling better and by the way...LET'S GET THIS SPRING THING GOING!!
This has really not been a bad Winter..I had to quit whining, because I know for a fact it could have been a lot worse! I am managing to handle it by going through some of our travel photos..
 Here are a few photos taken at Falcon State Park, Falcon Heights, TX
We took this trip January, of 2009
 The birding there is amazing..and they sure weren't afraid of us!

The Javelina weren't frightened either...THEY frightened ME ! The first time they wandered into our campsite, I was sitting outside..I promptly ran inside!!
One of our favorite things we did while in the Rio Grande Valley was visit Los Ebanos, TX. This is where they have the only remaining hand pulled ferry. This ferry crosses a VERY narrow spot of the Rio Grande between Los Ebanos and Gustavos Diaz Orgaz MX. 
 Yep, that thar is Mexico on the other side..
The little town of Los Ebanos was named after the Ebony Trees there..Here is the huge Ebony Tree that the wire cord which carried the ferry is wrapped around...
When we were there, they were working on it, and there was a cute little store to get stuff at..I'm not sure if it is still there. This ferry operates only when the owner decides he wants to..The day we were there it was not operating..
OK, enough of my travel log..My biggest frustration is not finding any cool things to blog about here at home..I have been waiting patiently for Spring so I could watch our grandsons play in their sports..track, baseball, all that good stuff!. Two of the Heiser kids are also in the Spring Musicals this year, and the older brother is a track runner. Our two Wolff Cubs in Zionsville are in soccer, flag football, running...anything sports..So I do have that to look forward to!! 
I have also been enjoying coffee with my YaYas on Tuesday mornings!
Usually there are 4 of us, but one of us (the LUCKY one) was in Florida for the Winter..GRRRRR!
OK... Hey, at least I managed to pull this off...kind of..I am not good at blogging lately, but will try to get better at it...Thanks for checking in..

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My life is currently on 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 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 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 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.....