Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken at Winchester Bay, Oregon

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sick Call, But Well Enough to Head North

At Llano Grande RV Resort, Mercedes, Texas...

Our time here in the Rio Grande Valley is coming to a close. We've had a good time visiting with friends and enjoying the magnificent warm sunshine with nearly constant breezes to keep mosquitoes away. One almost has to suspend belief to realize that we have been here in our shorts and tropical shirts in the dead of winter. We see scenes of northern snow and ice on television, but it seems unreal because we're so detached here from that sort of thing.

We were traveling this time with friends Steve and Jackie, whom we met by chance in Austin a couple of years ago when we parked Phannie next door to their rig at an RV park. We started off with plenty of energy here in the valley, going to dinner with our RGV friends, taking in a movie, shopping, and even going to the annual barbeque cookoff here in Mercedes. In this photo, old friend Ed and I are chowing down on some BBQ chicken. (It was very, very good!) And no, Ed and I didn't collaborate on our attire; we just can't help being fashionable, I guess.



Along with Steve and Jackie, we also took in the Iwo Jima Museum in Harlingen. This was a small museum, but we were surprised how much we learned about the importance of the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. If you're ever down here, it's worth the visit. There's no charge, but they gladly accept donations.


Jackie and Steve at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Harlingen
It couldn't be, of course, that our idyllic time down here would be unmarred. It didn't take too long for all of us to notice after the museum visit that we were beginning to get cold symptoms. As the days passed, we all developed full-blown colds that would pretty well ground us for quite a few days. Steve and Jackie had the worse of it, but we've finally begun to get around again, just in time to leave, it seems.

We haven't been exactly idle since we've been laid up. We got Phannie's carpet cleaned by Lee at All About Floors; they do a great job. I also assembled all of our financial records needed for taxes that will soon be destined for our CPA, who will give me the (normally bad) news in a few weeks regarding how big a check I will have to write.  

We're headed to Port Aransas and Galveston from here, where we'll be attending another rally for our RV club, the Texas Bluebonnet Allegros. We'll say goodbye to Steve and Jackie there before heading farther north to Branson, but we'll probably meet up with them again this summer in Red Bay.

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Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I don't appreciate it enough each day.

8 comments:

  1. Hope you all are feeling better real soon. Travel safe and bundle up if you are heading north!

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    1. Hi, Patsy! We're doing much better, thanks. We are admittedly heading north a little early, but we have tickets for a concert in Branson in mid-March. We are bound to get a little frost, I'm thinking, but maybe it won't be too bad.

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  2. Nice that you feeling better, Enjoy Port Aransas and Galveston. Then Branson is always fun with lots of great shows. Travel safe,

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    1. Hi, George! We will be heading out to the desert southwest for next winter's playground. Hope we run into you, especially at blogger fest!

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  3. Sorry to hear you were under the weather. Hope you will be feeling in top form for your upcoming trip north.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thanks, Rousseaus! I always appreciate your positive outlook and comments!

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    1. HaHa! I think there are a lot of things about which you just don't really care all that much when you're retired. Fashion is definitely one of those.

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