Friday, February 5, 2016

Back Online Again

I have been offline lately due to the fact that our computer's hard drive crashed and after taking it to a repair service and learning that it would have to be replaced, decided to purchase a new laptop.  I'm sorry to say that nothing could be retrieved from the old one, so I've lost some important emails and photos.  I have been busy getting the new computer set up with our email accounts and downloading  and installing the programs we had on the old laptop.  I still have a few more left to install.

Our weather has been very typical for winter here in southwest Texas.  The overnight lows have been near freezing with the daytime highs in the low 60's.  The winds have been a little on the stiff side which makes it feel even colder. 

We have been playing golf just about every day and have won couples for the last two weeks.  This Thursday we were paired with Garth and Rosie (they are the best golfers on the fort) and ended up 12 under par.  John finished his relief carving and is now starting on a snowman project.  As soon as I get my photo programs back on the computer I'll post pictures of his latest work.

This Sunday we'll host our 5th Annual Super Bowl party.  Most of the folks will be rooting for the Broncos.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Catching Up Again

Last Friday morning John and I headed to Del Rio where we met up with Mark and Elaine Netland, friends of ours from home.  We ate breakfast at IHop and then returned to the fort where we gave them a guided tour and spent a couple of hours visiting before they left for Austin to spend time with their daughter's family.  Once they hit the road we went over to the RV park for washers and then hosted card night at our house.

Very strong winds were in the forecast for Saturday, so following breakfast at the RV park, John and I headed out for a round of golf.  We were about half way through when the winds began to blow.  In the afternoon John, Paul, and Dean went out to play, but gave up as the winds got even stronger.

We are now into the Texas winter with lows near freezing at night and day time highs ranging from high 50's to low 70's.  With mostly sunny days, it's very enjoyable spending time outside and our golf games are improving slowly but surely.  This week John is taking part in a three day carving seminar to learn about relief carving.  Before taking the course he did a relief carving of an apple.  He is also finishing up a leaf dish carving.  Today was couples' golf and since John was at the seminar, I played with Paul.  We were teamed up with Dean and Linda and ended up two over par.  The winds were over 20 mph which made it quite an adventure to be out on the course.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Slight Improvement In The Weather

Our weather has been improving over the past several days.  The sun has been shining and the highs are reaching more tolerable temperatures.  Morning lows are still quite chilly (mid 30's) so John and I need to bundle up for our walks around the golf course.  The last of our Winter Texan friends have returned to the fort for the season and things have pretty much settled into a predictable routine which keeps us active and very busy.

Saturday evening we had a delicious Chili supper with the Miners' and, following the meal, played cards.  The ladies beat the men quite handily.  Sunday morning was church followed by lunch at Burger and Shake with the Bevins and Endris.  Since it was still a little on the cool side, I opted out of golfing to watch football while John played a round with Paul.  In the evening, we headed back to church to watch the movie "War Room".

Monday morning John was back at carvers while I worked on getting a new password program installed on our laptop and taking care of the laundry that had somehow managed to pile up once again.  In the afternoon John played in a scramble at the golf course while I enjoyed some quiet reading time.  Our evening was spent watching the college football national championship game.

Even though Tuesday stated off quite chilly, the day turned out to be very nice.  I played golf in the morning with Kathy, Mary Ellen, and Linda.  We all started off bundled up with several layers of clothing, but by the third hole we were down to a single layer.  It was much more enjoyable playing in sunshine and warm temps compared to last week's cold.  John played a round of 18 holes with Paul, John B. and Dean.  They split into two teams and John and Dean were the winners by quite a few strokes.  Last night a good crowd showed up for the potluck supper and cards.  John and I were both losers once again. 

Today, Wednesday, was a busy one.  John headed out following breakfast for men's golf where 12 guys showed up to play a round of nine holes.  This afternoon we went to the RV park for the first annual RV Park Tournament.  Sixteen folks were divided into two member teams and then each team participated in chipping and putting, washers, and shuffle board.  Each team member accumulated individual points which were then added together to total team points.  I was teamed up with Jim Runger and due to our outstanding shuffle board play, were the first place team.  I also got fourth place in the individual scoring.  Everyone had a blast and are looking forward to having another RV Tournament next year.

This evening we played cards with Chuck and Lois--Chuck and I partnered up and were the winners.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Super Busy Friday

John and I skipped our morning walk in order to get an early start on our day.  We left the house before 8 a.m. and headed to Del Rio to take care of some shopping and a few errands.  Our first stop, of course, was McDonald's for some breakfast.  It seems like quite a few folks also wanted an early start to their day as we had to stand in line to order and there were only a few spaces open for seating. Following a leisurely meal, we headed to Wal Mart to restock the pantry and pick up a birthday card and a few other household items. Next stop was Stripes to top off the gas tank and then on to HEB to purchase some fresh fruit.

One zipper on the golf cart cover was missing some teeth which made it difficult to open and close.  Chuck gave us one of his extra zippers and told us the name of an upholstery shop right outside of Del Rio where we could get it repaired.  We took the new zipper and side cover with us and stopped at the shop on our way back out of town. Joe, the owner, said he could have it repaired in one hour, so back we went into Del Rio and spent an hour at the mall.  Unfortunately, we did not escape without spending some money.  In one hour Joe called and said the repair was done and we could pick up the side cover.  It's now back on the golf cart and operating good as new.  

Once back home, we unloaded the car, ate a quick lunch, and headed off to play a round of nine holes before going over to the RV park for washers.  John was one of the winners this afternoon.  This evening we met up with Chuck, Lois, Barb, and John for some cards.  Tonight the ladies were the winners for a change!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Warmer Weather On The Way

Wednesday dawned cool and overcast with a fine mist.  John and I took our usual morning walk around the golf course even though we got a little damp.  Wednesday morning is men's golf, so following breakfast, John headed down to the clubhouse to see if anyone would show up to play.  Seven guys decided to brave the elements so they divided into two teams--John's won by one stroke.  Since we were housebound the rest of the day due to the weather, I decided to bake some bread and John worked on his latest wood carving project.

 Today started out cloudy, but by noon the skies cleared and the temps warmed up very nicely.  This afternoon we played couples' golf and were teamed up Dean and Linda.  We all struggled with our game and ended up one over par.  At least the weather was beautiful and we had a good time.  The forecast is calling for clear weather and warmer temps into next week. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cold Weather Continues

The cold, damp weather of the weekend has continued into this week so far.  John and I just bundled up for our morning walk and following breakfast, he headed off to wood carvers.  While he was gone I took care of changing the bed linens and doing some straightening up around the house.  We spent some time in the early afternoon reading and catching up on a few recorded TV shows and then he was off to the Monday afternoon scramble.  The evening was spent watching the Kansas/Oklahoma basketball game which went into three overtimes.  It was one of the most exciting college games we've seen.

Today, Tuesday, dawned chilly and gloomy once again.  Due to the lower temps, the ladies decided to wait until 1 p.m. to play some golf.  John, Dean, Paul, and John B. were much braver and played a round of 18 holes.  On their way to the number three fairway, John stopped in to add a hooded sweatshirt to his layers of clothing.  Even though I had earlier said if the sun didn't shine I wasn't going to play golf, I broke that rule this afternoon and joined Mary Ellen, Bonnie, Kathy, and Linda for nine holes.  It was suppose to warm up a little this afternoon, but somehow that forecast didn't materialize.  We played through 8 holes and called it quits.  We were all pretty tired and cold.

This evening we headed over to the RV park for the potluck supper and enjoyed a delicious meal and good fellowship.  Afterwards we had 18 folks stay for cards--both John and I came away losers tonight.  

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cold and Wet Weather Greets the New Year

New Year's Day dawned cold and cloudy.  John and I bundled up and took a walk around the golf course and since a holiday scramble was scheduled for the afternoon, we played nine holes in the morning.  The clubs felt like ice in my hands and I did manage to tough it out, but I told John if the sun isn't shining when it's colder, I'm not playing.  The remainder of the day we just hung out around the house.  

Saturday we had an all day rain, so following breakfast at the RV park, the day was spent watching recorded shows on the TV, reading, and just vegging out.  Today was cloudy and a little warmer, but not much.  Following church, a group of us went to the golf course grill for lunch and then went our separate ways home.  John called John B. and the guys played some golf.  As for me, no sun, no golf.  I spent the afternoon watching the NFL.  This evening Chuck and Lois came over to watch the Green Bay/Vikings game.  It was an exciting game and I'm glad to say the Vikings won!!