Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Doctor Visit; Truck Repair Quote; Shopping; Another Potluck

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Doctor Visit; Truck Repair Quote; Shopping; Another Potluck

Dean was up early this morning - before me!  I heard the coffeepot going, so I figured the coffee would be ready soon, and I finally drug myself out of bed.  I found out later I forgot to make the coffee yesterday, which I always do right after I've cleaned the kitchen up each morning.  Not sure what sidetracked me yesterday that I forgot, but I'm really glad I didn't get up first.  Dean handles things like that much better than I do!  LOL!!  He wakes up cheerful every morning, ready to talk.  I like to wake up slow and for things to be quiet, which is why I prefer to get up first - unless I forget to make the coffee before I go to bed!  😃

This morning on Facebook my niece, Nikki, posted a picture of a coffee cup with this saying:
         I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning....
         and I love the sound of no one talking to me while I drink it.    
That is me!!!!  I think it runs in our family!  HAHA

Dean is playing golf again this morning with Dave and Lin.  They are picking him up at 7:45.  My appointment with the chiropractor is at 8:30 and since Dean is golfing, I am driving our dually, Max, all by myself to get there.  I left a little early to allow some extra time in case the traffic was busy.  I arrived about 8:15.  Last week Dean backed the truck in the parking along the street side of the lot, so that is what I did too.  With the back up camera it is pretty easy since you can see the white lines.  After I was checked in, the office manager told me, I was watching you back your truck in.  You did a good job.  Woo-hoo!  I decided early on that if we were going to do full-time travel there would be times I would want to go somewhere by myself and that meant I needed to be able to drive this vehicle too.  The first time I drove it by myself outside of Oswego, which was in Branson, I was a nervous wreck.  I've made myself drive it several times since then and I'm feeling much more comfortable!  

My appointment went well and I was back at the rig by 9:45.  While I was working on the blog I received a text message from sister Crystal with a picture of the snow today in Oswego.  Brrrrr!  I called her and we were visiting when someone knocked on the door.  It was Bernie, the guy who took our picture the night we arrived here in the park.  He had the thumb drive with pictures of all of the people in the park, with their names and lot #'s, so I could load it on my computer.  He asked if my computer was on and I said, yes it is.  He asked if I wanted to load it now, so I took it inside, put the thumb drive in USB port and nothing happened.  My computer had shutdown and it would not restart.  I told him what had happened and gave him back the thumb drive, and he will now email it to me.  I tried several times to restart the computer - nothing happened.  I took out the battery and reinserted it and tried to restart it - nothing happened.  I unplugged it, moved it to another plug in and tried to restart it - nothing happened.  I continued to try several times over the next couple of hours to no avail.  

Dean finally got back about 12:45.  I told him about the computer, he came in here, took out the battery, messed with it and within minutes it was working again!  Errrr!  Well, at least it's working, right?

We had a few errands we needed to do this afternoon, but before we left I received a text from Nancy saying they were going to have another potluck tonight at 4 if we wanted to come.  Of course we do, and I'll take the leftover cornbread and some brownies.  I'm glad I made those brownies last night!  

Since it was almost 1:30 we didn't have much time so we headed out.  Our first stop was at an auto body repair shop to get an estimate on the truck bumper repair.  Wow, it costs so much to repair vehicle damage.  Almost $700.  We'll give it to the neighbor so he can turn it in to his insurance.  

We are still looking for a clothesline, and we found a hardware store on google maps nearby so we stopped in.  They didn't have any in stock but would have some in a week or two.  The manager gave us their card and we'll check with them next week to see if they are in or not.

By the way, while we were looking at Mike and Peg's new rig last night, a big motorhome pulled in next to our site.  When we returned home, we noticed their slide was very close to where our clothesline would be.  We were not sure if there would be enough room to use it.  I was pretty disappointed.  This morning Dean went out and measured it - there is just under 4'6" from the center of the pole that will hold the clothesline, to their rig so we think it still might work.  The hardware store didn't have the dimensions but hopefully that information will be on the box.   Dean wants to visit with the new neighbors as well and let them know what we plan to do before we make the purchase, as well as knowing the exact dimensions so we know it will work.

Our last stop was at Walmart to get a few groceries.  Well, at least I thought it was a few.  We ended up leaving with 4 bags full.  By the time we got back to Bentley, I had to get things put up right away.  It was time for us to gather our stuff and head to Dave and Nancy's.  Nancy made pulled pork in her Instapot and it was delicious.  In addition to the leftovers from last night, we also had potato salad and cole slaw. Another delicious meal. 

Dean and I were talking after we returned home about what a good time we have with this group, always lots of laughing and great travel stories.  We feel so blessed to count them as friends.

Shortly before we left for Dave and Nancy's a gentleman came to the door and wanted to know if we were interested in having our rig and truck washed and waxed.  They are offering a special price and it was less than any pricing Dean had found.  Dean looked at me and I said if you want to, that's fine, so tomorrow morning he will be back to take care of it.  Bentley and Max will be clean boys again!!  They definitely need a good bath!

We haven't heard back from Gabriel yet on the gate valve repair - our luck and he'll want to come tomorrow in the middle of the rig getting washed.  Lol!

It is supposed to get cold tomorrow afternoon and stay cool through Friday, but then it is supposed to warm up with Saturday being back in the upper 70's. I have another appointment with the chiropractor on Wednesday morning and we have plans for Thursday.  

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Church; Cooking; Get Together with Heartland Friends

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Church; Cooking; Get Together with Heartland Friends

I think we have settled into a new routine for waking up here in Texas.  Again it was between 5:30-6:00 when I woke up this morning.  Since we are going to church this morning, we will not be walking today, so I took my time reading emails, devotionals, and facebook this morning before having my breakfast.  While Dean showered, I made the bed, then washed dishes from last night and this morning, and had things straightened up before I showered.  I decided I would take the time to clean the shower as well.  Once I was finished with all of that we still had a little time before we left for church.  

I received a text message from Nancy asking if Dean would want to golf with the guys in the morning.  I have a doctor's appointment at 8:30 tomorrow with the chiropractor, but I told Dean to go ahead I could drive myself.  I know he's a little concerned about me going by myself, but it really isn't that far from our park, and I don't have to get on any expressways, interstates, etc.  It's a pretty easy drive from here so I'm sure I'll do just fine.

Dean and I left our rig and walked to Gary & Janice's (the couple who invited us to church) so we could ride in the church van.  We picked up two couples and Darlene on the way out of the park.  One of the couples was our neighbor - if we had known that, we would have waited and they could have just picked us up too.  Lol!  We'll know for next time.

Nancy sent a second text a short while later inviting us to come over to their place this evening for a potluck meal. One of the couple's will be leaving tomorrow and another couple will be coming in this afternoon so we'll be able to enjoy an evening together.

We enjoyed the church service.  They had two gentlemen from the Gideon's there this morning.  I always think of Leon Pearce, when I hear about the Gideon's as he was active in the their Association.  What a wonderful organization they have in providing Bibles to folks here in the US and all over the world.

Afterwards, we drove to the Texas Rest Stop - Dairy Queen for lunch.  I ordered a cheeseburger, and Dean had a combo meal.  I thought we were getting small burgers so I was surprised when they brought them out to us - they were huge.  I'll know better next time.  We returned to the rig about 1:30.  Soon after we got back, we drove down the road to Dollar General so I could get a few things to make my Mexican cornbread.  When we got back I made a batch of brownies and the cornbread.  I baked the brownies in the convection oven and the cornbread in the propane oven.  I'm glad I have the option of both.  Most folks do not like or use the propane ovens in their rigs because you have to either get on your knees, or practically stand on your head to light them, but I've got it down pretty good now.  I like the propane oven when it is cooler outside, as it helps to warm the rig up.  By the time they were done, it was almost time to head over to Nancy and Dave's.

The couple I mentioned that arrived this afternoon is Mike & Peg.  They just purchased a new Landmark 5th Wheel RV and we all got to take a tour after they arrived. What a beautiful rig. By the way, Peg is a wonderful seamstress and has already made some of the cutest decorations and wall hangings to personalize their rig.  

After our tour of the rig we headed to Dave and Nancy's.  Our menu for the evening was Nancy - jalapeno poppers; Cec - chili; Deb - queso; Flora -salsa; and me - Mexican cornbread.  We had a few other things as well, such as chips, cheese, crackers, and some sweets.  What a wonderful meal it was!

About 6 or so it started cooling off and everyone was ready to head back to their warm rigs.  We all said our goodbyes to Phil and Cec since they are heading back home early tomorrow morning.  It was our first time meeting them and just like all of the other Heartland folks we've met they are a great couple.  So glad we had this opportunity to spend time with them.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Cool Morning; Bentson RGV State Park; Meeting Our Neighbors; Comfort Food for Dinner

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Cool Morning; Bentson RGV State Park; Meeting Our Neighbors; Comfort Food for Dinner

It was almost 6:30 when I got up this morning.  It was pretty cool and I do think I sleep better when I'm snuggled down in the covers where it's nice and warm.  Dean got up before me and the coffee was almost done by the time I crawled out of bed.  

It was 8:30 or later before we finished our coffee and I was done reading my emails.  We had a little breakfast. I did the dishes, made the bed, and picked things up a bit.  My back was bothering me a little this morning, so I got out the ice pack Dr. Whitaker gave me and I laid on it for almost 20 minutes - the recommended time.  Dean laid down and talked to me while I was laying on the ice pack, and we decided we would go buy our park pass today at Bentson RGV State Park.  We ate a sandwich and the last of the pineapple we bought at Don-Wes last week.  It sure was good.  We are still waiting for our oranges to ripen - and they are getting close.

It still felt cool in Bentley, so I pulled on a sweatshirt and Dean pulled on a long sleeved shirt before we headed to the State Park.  We purchased our pass at the Park Office, got our wristbands and then headed out to walk into the park.  From the Office you walk about a quarter of a mile before entering into the park, crossing an irrigation canal on the way.  Shortly into the park, you pass the ranger station, where we stopped and visited with the lady ranger on duty.  I noticed there were several feeders out and while we were talking to her these beautiful birds started flying in - it was the green jay we had heard about.  What a beautiful bird.  Unfortunately, my pictures did not come out so I'll take some others next week to share with you. 

We found out from the ranger that Dean should not only carry his park pass with him but also the receipt.  We will put these two items together and leave them in the truck so we are sure to have them with us when we go walk each morning.

The park was quite nice and has a number of trails, as well as a tram that we can catch if needed to return to the park office.  Here are several pictures I took as we walked approximately a mile in today and then back to the main park office.  

We are walking into the park from the Park Office (looking back towards the office).

It was much warmer outside that we realized and we were soon wishing we had not worn heavy shirts and jeans.  

We also talked about trying to find a couple of good, used bicycles that we can use to ride in both our RV park and the state park.  All together there are about 10 miles of trails within the park.  It would be nice to walk some days and bicycle on other days.  At least with the tram we can walk as much as we want and then catch a ride on it, if needed.  

We wished we had remembered to bring our binoculars with us, and definitely need to make sure we get them in the truck with us before we come back.

We walked a little over 2 miles this afternoon before returning to Bentley.  I noticed our neighbor was outside so I told Dean I was going to go over and ask her where she found her clothesline.  He walked over with me and about an hour later, we were still visiting when her husband returned from a shopping trip he made.  They found their clothesline in a local hardware store and while they couldn't remember the name of it they gave us an idea where it was located so we'll be on the lookout for it.  They did tell us it was locally owned and not tied to a chain store of any kind.

We had planned to drive over and visit our Heartland friends at the park next door to us, so once we left our neighbors, we loaded up our trash to drop off at the dumpsters.  As we drove by we checked to see if they were outside...and no one was, so we came back home.  We'll plan to do that after lunch tomorrow if they are around.

While we were talking to our neighbor Kim, she mentioned Gary had asked us to attend church.  I told her yes and I was waiting to see if Dean would go with me....and while we were there Dean said he would go too.  Kim and her husband David also attend.  Gary, the gentlemen I met yesterday, borrows the van from the church and takes people here from the RV Park.  On our way to the dumpster, we also stopped at his site to let him know we would be going with them tomorrow.  We will walk over to his trailer a little before 10:30 tomorrow and leave from there.  Afterwards everyone goes to Dairy Queen for lunch.  This will be a great opportunity for us to meet more folks here in the park.

By now it was getting close to dinner.  At first I was ready to go find somewhere to eat, but since we are going to DQ tomorrow, I decided I would cook.  I made chicken and noodles in the Instapot.  This is a very easy recipe I found on Pinterest, that I adapted slightly.

I used 2 cups of frozen, chopped rotisserie chicken (from chickens I had purchased at Sam's), 16 oz. of frozen noodles, 32 oz. chicken broth, 1 t. salt, 1 t. pepper, 1 t. thyme and 2 T butter.  I made sure the broth covered everything and then manually set the Instapot for 8 minutes.  Once the 8 minutes were up, I let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and then I released the rest of the pressure.  I thought the noodles needed a little more time, so I just put the lid back on and let them set another 5 minutes (no further cooking).  That was just about perfect.  They were quite good and we will definitely use the recipe again.  The recipe also called for a bag of frozen vegetables (peas, carrots) but I didn't have those.  I think next time I'll try adding those and we'll decide if we prefer it that way or the way I made it today.

While I was working on our dinner, I glanced out our window and noticed the sunset.  It's not as pretty as the sunrise we see here in the park each morning, but it is still worth sharing.

Dean has settled into watch TV. I want to get this posted tonight.  I hope you've had a wonderful day.  I enjoy hearing from you...hint...hint!

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Laundry; Waiting for Mobile RV Repair; Shopping; Propane

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Laundry; Waiting for Mobile RV Repair; Shopping; Propane

First things first - I apologize for the incomplete post on Wednesday, January 10 when I forgot to include the name of the Mexican Restaurant Dennis gave to me.  It is Las Margaritas.  I put the ??? marks in place so I would remember to include it - and while I thought I re-read each of those posts before I actually posted them - I evidently missed that one or at least that part of it.  

It cooled down a little last night but we went ahead and kept the windows open in the bedroom and it wasn't too bad snuggled down under the covers.  It was close to 6 before we woke up, so we were a little late taking our morning walk, not until 7:30.  This morning we stepped it up a bit both in distance and time.  We walked just over 2 miles and our pace was 17:14 min/mile.  Hopefully we are getting back into our regular groove.  It is hard walking around in a circle here in the park 5 times in order to get in 2 miles.  The one thing about walking in Oswego at the park, there is so much to see between the park and fairground area where we can walk much further distances without repeating the route, that the time just seems to fly by - not so much here with the same scenery.  That is why I think we will enjoy walking in the Bentsen-RGV State Park that is only about a mile down the road from us.  

Once we returned we ate breakfast and I did the dishes from last night and this morning - not too many, made more ice tea for the day and got the laundry together.  Hopefully I will be able to get it done this morning.  While I am at the clubhouse (where the laundry is located) I'll check out the various events coming up.  I think I'll sign up to bring something to one of them.  The next Sunday Sundaes is on the 21st so maybe I'll make some brownies or a cake for that. We need to mingle more and get to know more people here in the park. 

We will be here at the park today until Gabriel either shows up to work on our rig, or calls to let us know when he will be coming.  A propane company also visits the park on Wed and Fri.  We have a tank that needs to be filled so we hope to catch them, as well. While we do not need the tank at this time, we want to get it filled so we don't get caught at some point without propane.  Dean is outside emptying our black and grey tanks, so we'll be good for another week or so on that chore.

My back is feeling much better - still a little sore but much improved.  I've noticed that it bothers me more sitting on our love seat than it does when I sit on the couch; or when I am working on the blog it is better if I am sitting in a chair at the table/desk; so I will be adjusting where I sit from now on in hopes I can keep it from flaring up again.  

I hope we are able to get out and do something later today.  I really need to make a Walmart run and I'm just ready to do a little sightseeing, even if it's just a drive around the area.  We also need to find a place to get an estimate on the truck damage so we can turn it in to our neighbor.  

Dean just told me he sent Gabriel a text message asking if he would make it here today.  At least we'll know if we need to hang around or not.  I don't mind waiting if it means he will be here and get it taken care of. 

Dean didn't want to take me up to do laundry in case Gabriel showed up, so I drove the truck up there.  As I left I noticed a guy coming in our direction and he was really looking at our truck as I drove by.  I thought, I bet that is Gabriel, just as he turned into our lot.  Dean was still outside.  He was only here today to make sure he had the exact parts he needed so he could call it in to our warranty company.  Hopefully he'll be able to get it taken care of the first of next week.

I only had two loads and they were done in no time.  While the machines were doing their magic, I decided to take advantage of a bicycle machine in the clubhouse.  Between the time I washed 2 loads of clothes and dried both of them ($5 worth of quarters to get 15 minutes of drying time for each .50) I managed to pedal over 7 miles.  Yes, 10 rounds in the dryer to dry two loads of clothes.  We will now be be looking for a clothesline to purchase that we can put up in our lot.  The dryers here do not work that well and one of them did not work at all today.  The washers here are great and clean.  I watched our neighbors put out two loads of laundry on their clothesline today.  They seemed to be dry in just a very short time.  We did have a pretty decent wind today but I think it would be pretty easy to do them in the morning and have them dried by noon or so.  

While waiting, I also walked into the main part of the clubhouse and looked at all of the signup sheets for various things, worked on a jigsaw puzzle that was laid out on a table, read several chapters of a book I have on my Kindle and visited with several folks as they came in.  One guy, Gary wanted to know if I went to church.  I told him I did when we were at home but we haven't gone here, but I would like to.  He invited us to church this Sunday.  I told him I would visit with Dean and would let him know.

This event looks like it might be fun to watch!

After the laundry was done, we decided to go shopping and try to find a clothesline.  We checked all the places we thought we might find one - Walmart, Lowe's, Bed Bath & Beyond, and an RV Store -- with no luck.  We'll have to ask our neighbor where they found theirs.  As many as we have seen in the park I would have thought it would be pretty easy to find one.

Dean thought this would be great for him to use as his golf cart back home.

Look at the smile on his face!!!

Our last stop was at Walmart before heading back to the park.  We needed a few groceries and DEF for the truck.  We just had some crackers, cheese and summer sausage for dinner with a little trail mix as a snack later on.   While we were eating I heard something and looked out the window to see the propane truck was next door to us.  Dean hurried outside to catch him and managed to get the tank filled.  We won't have to worry about that again for awhile.

We do not have any plans for tomorrow but I'm sure we'll find something to do.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Chiropractor Visit; Waiting for Mobile RV Repair; Jobs around Bentley; Catching up the Blog

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Chiropractor Visit; Waiting for Mobile RV Repair; Jobs around Bentley; Catching up the Blog

When I woke up this morning, around 5:30, I felt much better, my back was not hurting much at all, but I'm still going to keep my appointment.  It's not the first time it's felt better when I got up and got worse throughout the day.  After yesterday, I'm not willing to take a chance.

After our breakfast of cereal this morning, we were soon ready to head to the chiropractor's office.  According to Google Maps it will take about 20 minutes - we allowed 30, and I'm glad we did.  We weren't early by much more than a few minutes.  I was the first person in the office and after getting copies of my Driver's License and my Insurance Card they gave me 5 pages of  papers to fill out.  Good grief!  They wanted my life history!  It wasn't too long after I turned it in, that they took me back.  They weighed me, took my blood pressure (it was very good), and then moved me to a room where the doctor would see me.  I only had to wait about 5 minutes before he showed up.  He was very nice and quite thorough.  He had me do several different things - walk on my heels, on my tiptoes, touch my toes, and then he moved my legs around to see if I had any binding or pain as he moved them.  I did fine on all of those.  Based on that he did not feel I needed any x-rays - and I was glad of that.  He explained he would have his assistant come in and place an ice pack on my back and then they would add pads that would provide stimulation on my shoulders and my lower back.  I thought I was going to come off the table when she put that ice pack on my back - for those of you who know me well, you know how much I hate to be cold!  Fortunately the pads they added were warm and with the stimulation providing extra warmth it wasn't anytime and I no longer noticed the cold.  

Dr. Whitaker's adjustment was quite similar to our Dr. Frisbee in Oswego, except he used a little gun like thing to punch things back into place.  I was pretty sore in several spots on my back but I felt better when I left.  I noticed immediately as we walked out to the car that my knee was a little sore.  I remembered it had been bothering me earlier this week when we were walking, like it has in the past when my back was out.  I'm sure I won't be having that problem anymore, as the adjustment will most likely take care of it too.

On the way back we took Tom Landry Blvd. where we saw

this mural.   I'm including it for my son, a big Cowboys Fan!

After we returned to Bentley, Dean called Gabriel, the guy who is supposed to work on our gate valves.  He called him before we left to let him know we would be gone for awhile, and Gabriel asked Dean to call him when we returned.  He told Dean he needed contact information for our warranty company, and I sent him a text with what he needed so he could call it in for approval.  He has the parts on hand but will need their approval before he can do the work.  It was after lunch sometime before he responded he had received it - so he was probably providing work for someone else in the meantime.

Since we didn't want to leave and possibly miss Gabriel we had a few chores we've been wanting to get done.  I asked Dean if he could use the air compressor to clean the vacuum really well. I had asked him several days ago about cleaning the main burner on the stove since it was plugged and I had not been able to use it; as well as lifting the top part of the stove so I could clean underneath around all of the burners.  We got all of those "to-do's" out of the way.  

We walked outside later and I noticed the couple on the east side of us here in the park had one of those clotheslines that are on a stand and then spread out, similar to the one below.

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I told Dean with the dryers not working any better than they do here in the park, it would be nice to have one of those I could hang our clothes on to dry.  We noticed there was a pole outside of our RV placed in the concrete.  Dean said he bet that it was used to hold a similar clotheslines by the previous owner.  We are going to look into it at least.

While we were out there the gentlemen in the park right next to us, on the west side, hollered at us.  He noticed we were from Kansas and wanted to know what city we were from.  His wife had grown up in El Dorado.  We had a nice visit with him before he had to go in and help his wife.  

We fixed a quick lunch and then spent the afternoon just being lazy - watching TV, reading, and waiting, hoping we might still see Gabriel yet today.  I decided to work on the blog and get it caught up.  At 6 I stopped long enough to fix our dinner - baked potatoes, with broccoli and cauliflower over the top with butter and cheese.  It was simple, but very tasty!

I think we are headed to Dairy Queen in a few minutes.  I happened to find a coupon, buy one blizzard and get one of equal size for free!  Can't beat a deal like that and the last time we had a DQ blizzard----Garnett, maybe?  

I feel so much better tonight.  I still have a twinge of pain below my right shoulder once in awhile but it is nothing compared to yesterday.  I have an appointment for a follow-up on Monday morning at 8:30.  I'll be ready to go, go, go now!  

Our blizzard was great and they have a great special on right now - a burger, fries, drink and a mini blizzard for $5.99 - their normal burger, fries and drink is $6.19 and a mini blizzard is normally $3.09.  We might have to try that out sometime soon.  I also noticed they had an app you could download and save $7 or $9 the first time you used it.  Can you tell I've turned into one of those Senior Citizens that looks for those "good deals"?  

Not sure what we will be doing tomorrow.  It will depend on if or when we hear from Gabriel.  I can at least get the laundry done tomorrow if we need to be here in the park waiting for him to show up.  It's hard to believe we have been here an entire week already.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Making Brownies, Morning Walk, Golf & Rag Rugs?, Lunch Out, The Truck Has an Ouchie, Oh My Aching Back

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Making Brownies, Morning Walk, Golf & Rag Rugs?, Lunch Out, Oh My Aching Back

I've been going to bed pretty early because my back has been hurting but this morning I was feeling pretty good.  I'm glad since we have a big day planned - both of us, but we are not doing the same thing.  As soon as I was up this morning I made a pan of brownies that I will be sharing with others later this morning.  It is still a little cool in the mornings, so instead of turning on the heater or the fireplace this morning, we used the heat from the oven to warm things up.  We did do our morning walk, about 1.25 miles.  That is 3 times around the park and we need to increase it and try to get 2 miles.  We enjoyed walking at our park in Oswego - so much more to see!

Beautiful sunrise this morning!

It ended up being quite late yesterday before we ever got water back so we never did get to shower or do laundry so both of us hit the showers this morning.  So glad it is back on today - since we will be around others!!  After breakfast, washing dishes, making the bed, and all of those daily chores we must do, I was nearly ready to head out for my activity for the day.

At 9:30 two of the Heartland friends at the park next to us stopped to pick Dean up.  They are going to golf this morning and their tee-time is at 10:00.  Soon after he left, I carried my brownies to the truck, and drove down the road a short distance to our friends, Dennis and Pam's Park.  Pam invited her cousin Kathey (who we visited just a few days ago) to teach a rag rug class at their park.  There was probably 12-15 women who showed up.  If you know much about me, you know I am not crafty.  I am not a sewer, and really not that interested in trying things like this but I've always loved these rag rugs, so I decided I would at least go and see if it was something that interested me.  Pam's mother used to make these rugs and come to find out she did this and was blind.  Wow, that is amazing to me!  Kathey learned to make them from watching Pam's mom.  There were a few ladies that caught on to this and did a wonderful job.  I was not really one of them.  I kind of understand but as with most crafts I'm not interested enough to put in the effort needed to make them look great, but I brought my work home and I may mess with it some more when I have some spare time, and feel better.  I do wonder if I had been feeling better today if I might have been able to do a better job.

The ladies seemed to enjoy the brownies - and we shared the leftovers with another gorup that was playing cards over in the corner away from us.  While we were there we discovered they had the water off again today.  That water line that broke must be a real pain to get repaired. 

After the craft session, Kathey drove us over to Pam's motorhome where Dennis and Kathey's husband Olin was waiting for us to go eat lunch at Mambo's (seafood restaurant).  Poor Dean lost out - hope he's eating lunch at the golf course!!

I will admit by now, my back was hurting pretty bad.  In fact when I lifted my right arm and moved it to the right, or even tried to lift my right leg over my left leg it really hurt and once in awhile it almost feels like a spasm on the right side of my back, just below my shoulder.  I was so glad Dennis was driving us.  Before we left I asked Pam if she had a couple of Tylenol I could take. 

The meal was quite good.  I ordered the fish & shrimp plate - 2 pieces of fish and 6 pieces of shrimp.  It included a salad and a roll.  It was a lot of food but it was too good to leave any of it.  All of this for $7.99!  

Afterwards, we returned to the park so I could get the truck.  Dennis gave me some maps of the Rio Grande Valley area showing where all of the cities are located and the major roads.  I have one for the RV and one to take with us in the truck.  It will be very handy to have as we travel around the area.  He also gave me a couple of other booklets - one of things to do in the RGV and another listing the RV resorts in the area.  I had asked them about a good local Mexican restaurant to eat at but since Dennis isn't that crazy about Mexican food they didn't really have a favorite, but he checked around for me and recommended ?????.  I googled it and it sounds very good, so it is on our list of restaurants to try in the near future.

I'm so glad the drive back to our resort was under a mile because my back was really giving me fits.  I decided to take another tylenol after I got home, as the pain had not let up much, if at all.   I was not back at the RV very long before the guys dropped Dean off out front.   He had not eaten so he made a sandwich.

A little while later, I heard this sound like somebody hit something and even asked Dean if he heard it too.  A short time later I heard a car drive away and we never gave it another thought.  

After suffering awhile longer, I had Dean put some Biofreeze on my back - it often helps when nothing else does, but it didn't seem to phase the pain either.  It finally got to the point I could not get comfortable and I was just having spasms every time I tried to move.  I finally got myself into a somewhat comfortable position on the couch and dozed off.  

Later after I woke up Dean asked me if I had locked the truck when I got back from Dennis and Pam's.  I could not remember so he went out to check it.  I had not locked it, but he noticed there was some plastic on the ground beside the truck.  When he walked around and looked he noticed someone had hit our truck.  He walked over to the neighbors right across the street from us and asked him if he had hit our truck.  He said no, he hadn't hit it.  Dean told him that someone had, so they walked out to their vehicles and sure enough the back right light on their car was broken - that was the plastic on the ground at our vehicle and you could see some slight damage to their car.  He said his wife must have done that when she took the car earlier.  That was the sound I heard.  I guess we should have got up and went out to see what happened, but I would expect that if we heard it, whoever did it would have realized they had hit something and come and said something.  He was very nice about it though and told Dean to get an estimate and he'd turn it into their insurance.  We'll look into that tomorrow.

Dean had noticed an advertisement for a chiropractor in "The Winter Texan" and suggested I give him a call and see if I could get in to see him.  It was about 4:30 when he mentioned it and their advertisement said they were open until 6:00.  First I checked for reviews online and all of the reviews were very good so I decided to give it a try.  I couldn't go on like this.  I've had back pain before but nothing like this.  They could not see me this evening, but they can see me at 8:30am tomorrow.  I said I would be there.

By later in the evening, I was miserable and told Dean I was going to take something, then going to bed. Hopefully I will feel better in the morning.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Walk; No Water - Again; Fixing Gate Valves; Visting A State Park; Great Steak Dinner

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Walk; No Water - Again; Fixing Gate Valves; 

I have been sleeping like a baby.  The last two mornings I didn't wake up until after 5:30.  Dean even beat me out of bed this morning and had the coffee almost done when I got up.  It got pretty cool last night.  I think the temperature was about 39 or so when we got up and we had to turn the heater on for awhile.  About 7, we took our morning walk - and we had to bundle up a bit, but by the time we were done walking our 1.5 miles, it was beginning to warm up nicely.

I don't think I mentioned in the previous two posts but the temperatures both days were in the 70's.  Wow, I love this warm weather.  Especially when I see how cold it is at home, and talk of black ice on the roads, etc.  I do pray that everyone stays safe and warm and I do not mean to rub it in.  I'm just so very thankful that we are able to be here and do this in our retirement.  It is such a blessing to me.  When my feet get cold it seems like I can't get warm enough so it's a wonderful thing not to worry about that.

We do not have any plans for the day.  Since I didn't get quite all of my laundry done the other day - there wasn't enough room for me to do the full set of sheets I needed to wash, I only did the bottom sheet.  I decided to go ahead and strip the bed today and wash sheets, and after my shower I will have enough to wash a load of towels, too.  Then I won't have to worry about doing laundry again for a week or so.  I've decided to break it up and do two loads every week and not let it build up since we are limited on the number of loads we can do at one time here.

I fixed breakfast of eggs, sausage for Dean and bacon for me, with some toast.  We do have a little water in our holding tank, so Dean switched us over to that so we could use our bathroom facilities and the kitchen sink. I started to do the dishes and realized we did not turn the hot water tank back on when we got back to the RV yesterday.  The water will stay pretty warm in the tank for quite awhile, so sometimes if you aren't using much water you don't really notice it until much later---evidently we didn't last night!  Because of that I couldn't do dishes, I couldn't shower, and since it is off in the park, I couldn't do laundry so I decided I would catch up the blog.  Here it is 2:52pm and we still have no water in the park.

In the meantime, Dean decided he was going to work on two of our gate valves that allow us to empty one of the gray water tanks and the wastewater tank.  He got into the underbelly to see if there was anything simple he might be able to do for them to work better.  He decided he would call a mobile RV unit to see if they could work on them, since we have an extended warranty for this type of thing, and it is going to require the purchase of some parts.  He wanted me to go out and pull on the handle while he was under the rig and could see what was happening.  I couldn't even pull the handle out - no wonder he wants to get something done.  The worse part is when you push it back in, it won't go all the way so water leaks out of the tanks.  He did buy a piece that he added, which has a valve within it that keeps the water from running entirely out into the sewer, but we still need to get this fixed.  He started to call one of the Mobile RV companies he found online, but then we decided maybe he should check with the office first to see if there was someone they recommended.  He walked to the office and when he returned, he told me they recommended the company he was going to call, A1 Mobile.  They said there was only one guy that worked on these in the area during this time of year and gave Dean the number.  Dean called him and he will come out on Thursday to take a look at it and see what parts are needed.  We will be very glad to get this taken care of.  We had hoped to get it fixed before we left Kansas, but our dealer was backed up with several units and couldn't get to it.  

We decided to drive a short distance down the road from our park to check out Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park - World Birding Station.  Lin and Debbie told me about this park on our way back from Mexico the other day, and how much they enjoyed watching the birds there, and it was one of the only places where you could see the green jay.  We just went to the park office to obtain information today.  We learned it would cost $5 per day, per person to visit; and an annual pass would be $70.  However, whoever purchases the pass can enter the park as many times as they want throughout the year, and can bring up to 5 other people with them each time they visit.  That is a perk in itself since some of our friends might be interested in visiting with us while we are here.  The park has several walking trails so we are seriously considering purchasing the pass, and it opens each morning at 7 - when we normally walk.  Not only would we enjoy the bird watching, we would enjoy walking these trails much more than our walks around our RV park each morning; and the pass would would also cover entrance fees to all other Texas State Parks for 2018.  We plan to take more time as we travel back to Kansas so we could take advantage of staying at some of the state parks at that time.

They feed birds at birding stations in the park every morning, so the opportunity to see birds native to the area would be great.  Dean and I really enjoy watching birds and seeing the different species, so a good chance we will follow up on this soon.

Later in the evening Dean grilled a wonderful rib-eye steak that we shared and I seasoned a couple of potatoes with olive oil and sea salt that we baked on the grill.  Wonderful dinner -  it was only $10 for the rib-eye and it was better than anything we could have ordered in a restaurant, and was perfect sized for the two of us.  My husband really has perfected grilling a steak!

My back has really been bothering me the past couple of days - it started on the trip down here.  It's not in the usual place I have pain when my back bothers me, and it seems to get worse as the day goes on.  Sure hope it will quit on its own, but I'm beginning to wonder about that.

Dean and I both have outings tomorrow, so check back to see what we did.