http://www.blogger.com/html?blogID=4316350785635987648 Cave Dwellings: 2017

Everglades National Park, FL

Everglades National Park, FL
Loop Road

Monday, May 1, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, I am still on the planet…

Let me re-introduce myself..My name is Donna Cave, and I am (apparently), a VERY sporadic blogger..I am irresponsible, but not intentionally. My hubby, Dennis, and I are RVers…albeit ALSO sporadically..and NOT by choice. We live in Sandwich, IL in our sticks and bricks (for almost 43 years..close to forever).. And, yes, Sandwich is spelled just like a ham and cheese. Sandwich is in Northern Illinois, which I refer to as the “armpit” of the nation..Obviously, I would much rather be from a state that most of it’s former governors haven't spent some time  making license plates in prison. Some of you may remember me vaguely. I’m known for my nasty sarcasm, wicked kidney stones, and occasional four letter word…like SNOW.  OK, now that you are beginning to recall who I am, I will attempt a blog. I must warn you, though…Dennis and I have been trapped here in Illinois for one full year without hooking onto our fiver, so my blogs are limited to family stuff, corn fields, wandering around our back yard to look for a photo op, and more family stuff. By now you have probably figured out that this blog won’t be “riveting” material, and yes, it will be mostly about our family.
Speaking of family…(drum roll), we had an Easter party that I refer to as a Cave-A-Palooza. Here are a few photos…




 
 These cuties are some of our grands..L to R is Taylor, Campbell, Maddox, Sophia and Aiden…Aiden is the one who looks like he is up to no good…I have had that look!

 We have these get togethers a few times a year and so far there have been no bail bonds to pay, police called or noise abatement issues…key word here are “so far”.  Our granddaughter, Taylor, is a Senior in high school and will be attending Ball State University next fall with a Presidential Scholarship. Tay is our “thespian” and loves theater. This year she was in the Kaneland High School Spring Musical, “Singing In the Rain”, playing the very animated roll of Lina Lamont. Yep, you know darn well I have photos!
That is our Taylor in the big wig..
 AND.. our Taylor catching a pie in the face (for 3 consecutive shows)..
Tay can really belt out a song..and dance…I may be a big prejudice, but she was DARN good!!



 Taylor’s brother, Peyton, is a Jr. in high school and runs track and cross country..He is growing like a weed.
 Yep, Peyton is improving his PR every time he runs..

Below is the Wolff family…John, our daughter, Chris, and their two Wolff Cubs, Aiden and Maddox.
 Below, our son, Kelly and his wife, Cindy.
Below, their son, Dylan..Yep, I guess you could say we are all a little goofy..
 Below  is our step grandson, David and wife, Sarah..
And below,  are our 5 step GREAT grands, Zachary, Caitlyn holding Ashton, Sophia and Landon.

The Heisers, Taylor, our daughter, Terrie, Campbell, Peyton and son-in-law, Tim.

 

I’m pretty sure some of you know these faces…but in my Dementia riddled mind I assume no one remembers, so I refresh your memory…to refresh my own..JUST KIDDING!
Last weekend we had a monsoon for about 2 days..It just happened to be prom for 2 of the Heiser grands..and ..yep, more photos..(no, really?) 
 Our granddaughter, Taylor, and her date and boyfriend, Joshua.


They are both in theater..can you tell? No camera shyness here!
Hard to believe she is graduating..boohoo.
Below is  our grandson, Peyton and his date and FRIEND, (so he says), Rachel..

 Peyton had a surprise up his sleeve..or should I say his pant leg...
Not sure where he gets that...hmmmmm....

OK, you can wake up now and wipe the drool off the computer keyboard.  Hey, at least I showed up and did a blog!!! And don’t think you are off the hook so fast…With a graduation coming up,we have a few more photo ops, not to mention another musical (Campbell), choral awards night, middle school choral concert..and I will see what other events I can come up with to bore you to tears…OH, almost forgot..I have another Lithotripsy (kidney stone demolition) coming up this month…Stick around, it will be a BLAST!!!!
 Yep.

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 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!!!!