Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken near Monument Valley, Utah

Saturday, June 6, 2020

On The Move Again


At Hitchin' Post RV Park, Hallsville, Texas...

So, whaddaya think about the new cover photo? The old one at Winchester Bay, Oregon was nice, but even I was getting tired of it.

Yes, I know it's been a while since we announced our arrival back in Texas, but when we get back with the kids, there is usually so much going on that it's not easy to find time to write a blog post. This visit was especially short because our nurse daughter wanted our exposure time to be short in the Houston area. We couldn't miss grandson Mason's birthday, however, so we just tried our best to keep our distance from people and keep our hands washed and sanitized. I don't think our hands have ever been cleaner--so much so that I've had to use some lotion to help combat the dryness.

Up to this point, we've felt quite good about staying mostly in small towns and away from crowds, and it seems to have paid off. Even though our time at Thousand Trails in Conroe was short, we were able to get together with nearby friends. We had an enjoyable lunch with Ed, Dave, Janice and Debi:


We have a number of friends whom we didn't get to see this time, but we're hoping for better times ahead for visits.

We were delighted to take a tour of Ed's and Debi's new property on Lake Conroe, of which they are rightly proud. They have some big plans for improvements and even a boat house:


We also had to catch up on some medical appointments, but the real quality time was spent like this, with Sutton (1), Pryce (6) and Mason (11).


I think I'm pretty lucky to have grandsons to hug on me like these do. There may be a small chance they think I'm a pushover, but I'm really very strict. Why, there was this one time when I actually thought about saying no to something they wanted!

After a tearful goodbye, we are now on our way to Red Bay, Alabama--Phannie's birthplace--to take care of a few cosmetic items and some routine maintenance stuff.  After that, we will be heading toward the Rocky Mountains to escape the Texas summer heat.

By the way, I need to bring you up to date on Sandy's foot problem. It seems that the orthotic we received, while somewhat helpful, is not very effective in easing her pain. Luckily, we have found a surgeon in Houston who has high confidence that her condition can be alleviated through surgery. That will take place in late September, after we return from this trip. Meanwhile, I'm going to try to keep her off her feet as much as possible.

Now that we're on the move again, I'll have more to share, so hang in there, y'all!

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; 
please forgive me if I fail to appreciate it each day as I should.

We don't stop playing because we get old; we get old because we stop playing. 
 ---George Bernard Shaw

"I get up every morning, and I just don't let the old man in." ---Clint Eastwood



13 comments:

  1. The new cover pic is spectacular. Absolutely love it!

    We feel very special indeed to have had lunch with you guys.

    I'm quite certain those boys KNOW you are a pushover. . .yes indeed.

    Have a wonderful, fabulous trip. Safe travels.

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    1. It was great to see y'all again. Too short a time! 42 for sure this fall!

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  2. The new photo is really nice. Looks like you just washed and waxed the rig.... it is looking good. Be careful in Red Bay...…. somehow those people get into your walled, and you don't even notice.

    Safe travels,

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    1. Well, it does scare me a bit. However, for someone like you with such deep pockets, you should consider it a worthwhile investment in the Red Bay economy. I'm going to remind Bruce Deaton that you and I are friends, so he'll give me a volume discount.

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  3. Aww....we intended to come see y’all! Now your headed for Red Bay....so sorry to have missed you. I can see you sat idle for way to long and now your not letting any moss collect! Loved the pictures of your sweet kiddos and the new cover shot. Be safe and please let’s get together this fall!

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    1. I know, it was just too short. Mindy was so nervous about our being there any longer than necessary, she almost insisted that we leave. Why don't you meet up with us in Colorado or Wyoming?

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  4. Love the cover photo at Monument Valley, Utah. Such a beautiful state and gorgeous Ntl parks.
    I think the grandkids might love their Papa. Love the toothless grin on the little guy on the left. :)

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    1. Grands are grand, aren't they? I didn't know how much until I had some!

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  5. I love the new cover photo. You sure have some handsome grandsons. I do hope Sandy gets some relief come September.

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    1. Hi, Cheri! Yes, she had suffered long enough. Thank you for your good wishes!

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  6. Mike, I can't believe how quickly those grandsons of yours are growing! I'm sure they were as thrilled to see you and Sandy as the two of you were to see them. It sounds like Sandy is on the right track for relief - good for her! While no one likes having to go through surgery, I'm sure both of you will be happy to see her painful situation resolved. Travel safely to Red Bay and beyond. I'm looking forward to hearing about your Rocky Mountain adventures.

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