Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Chilling out in Foxwood Hills, South Carolina
We left Texas as scheduled on Wednesday March 20th after a delicious barbecued rib dinner done by cousins Maureen and Don. Also have to mention we participated with friends from the Garden Club in the annual TG St Patrick's Day parade. A very fun green event - 4 PM parade in the park and it was about 90 degrees but we biked on. Didn't miss the Bike Club Picnic at Anz ---- Park on the Rio Grande before our take-off day.
So onward to Sulphur Louisiana (8 hour drive) for one night - with a cookroach encounter in the room - so our night was free? Don got a great photo of it before stepping on it so he could show the manager.
March 21nd night (another 8 hour drive) was at Harrah Casino - Veranda Hotel in Tunica Mississippi. No bugs and no winnings either but the room was only $20 since we have player cards. Good Deal.
March 22 (after a 9 hour drive) we arrived at Kinston Manor and the Villas at Foxwood Hills to spend a week before moving on to Tom and Diana's in Chesapeake Virginia. It is cooler here - about 50 degrees but there are daffodils blooming but the hardwood trees are still leafless. Our goal of the week is to make it through another 3 day Dr Oz cleanse/detox (we are now on Day 2 and surviving) and rest up before heading north to the cold in another week. I participated in the indoor pool aquacise class yesterday morning and today instructed the class for the ladies - about 8 of them that are in this neighbourhood and use the pool. They usually do it from an adudio CD that plays - same one for the last 10 years??? Thought they could use a change?
This is an old timeshare rustic resort that Don found on SkyAuction. It is showing it's age and tomorrow there is an auction of weeks that can be purchased in their program for as low as $100. We won't be doing that. One of the big drawbacks is no internet in the units so we have to go to the clubhouse but there is a free movie channel so we have watched a few of those.
Time to close now. The last shake of the day is calling me. Our new Vitamix is getting a workout.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013  Soon to Move North again.
It has been a busy March and we leave Texas on March 20th so we are trying to get organized for the trip between events.
Don's slowpitch team won their championship against the 1st place team (who hadn't lost a game all season) on a very windy Tuesday morning. He then took the game ball and presented it to this team manager's widow at the "Fun-eral" the RV park they resided in was having that afternoon. On the Thursday of that week, Don played in the CAN-AM slow-pitch game and Canada won! So ends his ball season.
The Chili and Jello Dinner went very well with 10 couples participating. Brenda was the maker of the prize winning chili and was rewarded with a chili pepper sunvisor.
The Garden Club mulched the new garden near the entrance to Trophy Gardens. Hoping the plants make it through the hot dry summer - there are severe drought conditions in the RGV.
I had a trip out to South Padre Island with the Bike Club but it was a very windy day and we had our bikes but didn't ride them because of the wind. We did enjoy the Island's Birding Centre and a nice lunch at Daddy's on the Island.
I also went with TG friends to a Ropa and came home with 20 ties dug out of the gigantic clothing piles.
Enjoyed a few more lunches out with friends - Amelia and Ruth and I at the Corner Bakery Cafe in McAllen, Sue, Bev, Bonnie, Barb and I at Feldman's Liquor Store Deli, and the Morning Exercise Group at Renee's Boutique in Mission. Bonnie and I biked 14 miles (roundtrip) on Monday morning to have breakfast at the local Shriner's Club - biscuits with gravy tried - not my favourite.
Did my last night rocking babies at the Hospital NICU - they had 2 sets of twins - 2 boys and 2 girls - all born to parents as their first children. The little one I spent the most time with was born on Dec 5th so she had been there for awhile and was still less that 5 pounds.
Tomorrow is St Patrick Day and there will be a parade and party after it. I am decorating my bike to ride in it. Pictures later.