Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Up and Down Weather

Our weather seems to be different every day.  One day it's sunny and warm and then the next is cool and cloudy.  We go from shorts and tee shirts to jeans and long sleeves.  At least there is no snow!!

Sunday afternoon John and I golfed with John B. and then spent the evening watching the Cowboys crush the Eagles (are you happy now, Ralph).  Monday was absolutely beautiful here with sunny skies and temps in the upper 70's.  John went to wood carvers in the morning and then we took a road trip to Del Rio for lunch and restocking the pantry.  We listened to Hanna and Sam's basketball games via the internet and managed to catch the final performances of the finalists on THE VOICE. 

Today was a little on the cool side with temps only reaching into the mid 60's with partly cloudy skies.  I played golf this morning with Kathy and Linda--we had to bundle up when first starting out, but by the third hole we were shedding our jackets.  John played 18 holes with John Bridger and then spent some time this afternoon at the driving range working on his swing.  Tonight was the first RV potluck of the season and about 17 folks attended.  Following the meal ten of us stayed and played 31.  I made to the last hand and lost to John B.  We got home just in time to see the finals of  THE VOICE--my guy won!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Keeping Busy

Christmas has come to Fort Clark with folks decorating the outside of their homes for the the holidays.  Our neighbors have nice light displays which we enjoy every evening and in another week or so we'll take a night time ride around the fort to see the lights.

With more Winter Texans returning, we are now back to a full slate of activities.  Wood carvers are meeting twice a week and men's and women's golf  have more players.  Even though the weather was cool and misty on Thursday afternoon, the couples golf scramble was held.  It was rather wet on the course, putting was difficult, and our shoes ended up caked with mud.  We were once again paired with Charles and Vida and this time we ended up with second place.  I was happy with that because if you win couples, you have to run the scramble the next week. 

Today was the first of the RV Saturday breakfasts.  It is served from 7-9 a.m. and for $3.50 you get two eggs,  sausages,  pancakes, and coffee or juice.   We got there a little after 7 a.m. and ate with folks we hadn't seen since last spring.  There was a pretty big crowd and everyone enjoyed a good meal.  Since there was a special tournament this afternoon, John and I played a round of golf this morning.  The rest of the day we just hung out around the house and then this evening Chuck and Lois came over for a night of cards and visiting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Same Old Routine

Now that more of the winter Texans are arriving here at the fort, we are starting to settle into the routine of acitivities each week.

Monday John went to wood carvers while I did some laundry and cleaning up around the house.  Once he returned home, we headed off to Del Rio for lunch at Wendy's and then on to Wal Mart for another string of outdoor lights.  One of the strands we put up burned out right in the middle.  John couldn't figure out what happened so decided to just put up a new string of lights.

Tuesday morning was ladies golf and I played a round with Linda G.  John and John B. also played a round in the morning.  On Wednesay morning nine guys showed up for men's golf, so teams were formed and they played best ball.  Tonight we played cards with Chuck and Lois--this will be the last time we'll play until after the first of the year as they are heading home to Illinois for the holidays.  We heard that the Rungers arrived back on the fort today, so that'll add another lady to our golfing group. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Busy Days

Friday morning John and I headed off to Del Rio to get the car serviced.  When we left the dealership, it was time for lunch, so we stopped at Wendy's for a bite to eat before heading home.  Since it was such a beautiful afternoon, we decided to play a round of golf.  The course is getting busier as more of theWinter Texans are arriving every day.    Friday evening I met up with Lois E. for bingo and returned home a winner.

Our warm sunny weather continued today, so John decided to take advantage of it and washed the car. He was just finishing up when John B. called and asked about playing golf this afternoon, so we met up with him at the clubhouse and ended up playing 18 holes instead of our usual nine.  Both John and I were pretty tired when we returned home and rested up for an hour or so (that means napping in the recliner).

For the past several years Brackettville has a Frontier Christmas celebration with a parade and vendors in the town square.  John and I headed into town and spent an hour or so walking around looking at the various booths and visiting with friends.  We hung out with John, Theresa, Chuck, and Lois to watch the parade of decorated golf carts and floats.  It was a beautiful evening with comfortable temperatures which made for an enjoyable time.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Change In The Weather

There was no golf or wood carving on Monday, and since the weather was misty and overcast, we decided to head to Del Rio for some shopping.  When we left the house, the temperature was around 65 degrees with a light breeze.  After spending an hour in the mall we came outside to temps about 25 degrees colder and strong winds straight out of the north.  Neither of us was prepared for the big drop in temperature which made it miserable getting from the car and into the stores at every stop.

The colder weather continued Tuesday morning, so ladies' golf was canceled.  With that change in plans, it was decided this would be a good time to get the Christmas tree up and decorated and start on the annual Christmas letter and cards.  The weather improved in the afternoon, so John and I played a round of golf.

More and more winter Texans are rolling in everyday and the RV park is getting a little fuller.  Our good friends John and Theresa finally got here along with some folks from Canada.  Wednesday morning was men's golf and there were enough guys for two teams.  John played with John B. and Georgia Jim.  ( There are several Jim's here, so we identify them by their home state--Georgia Jim, Wisconsin Jim, Minnesota Jim, etc.)

Today was couples' golf and John and I played with Charles and Vida.  On the final hole I sunk a birdie putt to put us three under par which gave us 3rd place.  Many of the winter activities are starting up once again, so we'll be kept pretty busy from now on.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fall Is Here

When we arrived here on the fort almost three weeks ago, everything was nice and green, including the trees.  Today as we were taking our morning walk we noticed that the grass on the golf course is beginning to brown and the trees are fading and losing their leaves.  It seems strange to see Christmas decorations without the snow and cold weather of the holidays in northern Minnesota.

John and I spent this holiday weekend just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather.  On Friday we played a round of golf and in the evening I went to Bingo with Lois.  Saturday was spent visiting some folks in the RV park, hanging out around the house, and putting up the outside lights.  

Today the Advent season kicked off with a special service in church.  Following a quick lunch, we played a round of golf with Linda G. and then spent the rest of the afternoon watching the Packer's game.  All in all, it was a very enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


We have been keeping busy over the last couple of days with golfing and holiday preparations.

Wednesday morning was men's golf, but the chilly weather once again kept most of the golfers home.  John found Milo was the only other guy to show up, so the two of them played a round together.  While John was golfing, I spent the morning finishing decorating the inside of the house for Christmas.  The only thing left to do now is to put up the tree.  Following lunch, we moved all the furniture and gave the floor a good mopping. It's amazing how many cobwebs and dust gathered under the furniture over the summer.

After the cleaning was done, we took a little rest and then played a quick nine holes of golf.  The afternoon was just too perfect to stay inside.  Our evening was spent making stuffing for the turkey and watching some TV.

This morning we were up early for our walk as we needed to get back in time to get the turkey in the oven. We invited Chuck and Lois for Thanksgiving dinner and they arrived right on time bringing their contributions of green beans and pecan pie.  We all enjoyed a delicious meal and then spent the afternoon playing a couple of different card games.  John and I ended the day watching some football and trying to recover from all the good food we ate today. Even though we didn't see the game, we were very happy the Eagles crushed Dallas in their home stadium.

Our beautiful turkey before it was devoured.