Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roswell, New Mexico

John wanted to be on the road by 7 a.m. and we managed to leave the house right on time. Our first stop was McDonald's in Del Rio for a quick breakfast.  We drove through some misty rain, but by the time we reached Sanderson the skies were sunny and the weather was just beautiful.  For lunch we stopped at a DQ in Fort Stockton where we grabbed a couple of strawberry shakes and fries to eat on the road.  We had never been in this part of Texas before and found some of the scenery quit beautiful and other parts rather boring.  After crossing the New Mexico state line, we hit some traffic--mainly oil trucks and quite a few pickups.  This seems to be oil and gas country.  Our stopping place for the night was Roswell, NM.  We enjoyed some time in the hotel's hot tub and then went for supper at Applebee's.  Following a delicious meal, we walked around Target, did a little shopping, and called it a night.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Mondays mean wood carving for John and laundry for me.  It was a little warmer when we took our walk this morning and it turned out to be a very nice day.   John headed to wood carvers after breakfast and I got busy with changing bed linens and other laundry.

Most of my day was spent packing as we're leaving tomorrow morning for Pagosa Springs, CO to spend Thanksgiving with Amy's family.  We'll be gone for at least a week.  John played in a scramble this afternoon and his team came in second place.  Now there won't be any golfing until we get back here to the fort.  I think John will go through withdrawal.  We plan to take our time getting to Colorado and will spend one night on the road in Roswell, NM.  We looking forward to seeing some the country we haven't seen before.  Hopefully we'll have good roads and no snow.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

First Frost

John and I were very surprised when we got up this morning and saw the outside temperature was 30 degrees.  We didn't know a freeze was in the forecast.  Since it was so chilly, we had to bundle up in layers, winter hats, and gloves for our walk.  Once the sun got above the horizon, it didn't take long to warm up--we hit a high of 59 degrees this afternoon.

This morning we headed off to church and then out for lunch at Burger & Shake with Chuck and Lois.  Since the afternoon warmed up so nicely, John and I played a round of golf.  The beautiful day brought out quite a few golfers.  We did manage to get in some football in between activities, but overall our Sunday was a pretty quiet one.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Change In The Weather

The morning was overcast with high humidity when we left the house for our walk.  Even though the forecast called for high winds, there was no breeze while we were walking; however, we were back at the house only a few minutes when the wind started blowing.  With the temps dropping, it made for a chilly day.

Since we are heading to Colorado for Thanksgiving and won't be back here until December 1st, John and I decided decorate the inside for Christmas.  We'll wait on the outside lights until we get back.  John brought the decorations inside from the shed and I got everything put out this afternoon.  While I was busy with that, John played in a golf tournament with Dean and Jim.  There were nine teams competing and in spite of the tough conditions with the wind, they got second place.  This evening Chuck and Lois came over to play cards.  The ladies won only one game this evening.  I think we'll have to play a different card game next time.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quiet Friday

We had another beautiful day, but according to the forecast, tomorrow is going to be about 20 degrees cooler with strong winds.  John and I got our morning walk done nice and early and then played a round of golf.  Right now the course isn't crowded, so we can play just about any time.  While we were walking the golf course, we found more wildflowers hidden in the brush.

This afternoon we gave the house a good cleaning.  By that I mean John mopped all the floors.  Even though the house is closed up over the summer, the Texas dust still finds a way inside.  John and I just got all the furniture back in place when Chuck and Lois stopped in for a visit.  We made plans to play cards tomorrow evening.  I think we can now say we are officially settled in and cleaned up both inside and out.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Warm Weather Continues

This morning was a beautiful one for a walk.  The sun was just peeking over the horizon when we started out and we enjoyed the sunrise and seeing some of the local wildlife roaming over the golf course.  Everything is still nice and green and the wildflowers are still blooming.

This morning John did a small repair job at the condos and then ran into town to pick up the mail and a few grocery items.  Following an early lunch, we headed down to the club house for couples' golf.  Today we were paired with Wallace and Lou.  Lou had a great day and carried the rest of us.  Our team ended up seven under par which gave us second place.  This was our second week in the money.  Since next Thursday is Thanksgiving, couples' golf will be on hold for a couple of weeks.  
This evening John and I were both pretty tired, so we spent a quiet evening vegging out in front of the TV.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beautiful Day

The temps were a little on the cooler side--47 degrees--when we left the house for our morning walk.  There was not a cloud in the sky and it wasn't long before the day started warming up as the sun rose above the horizon. 

Wednesday morning means men's golf, so this morning John headed down to the clubhouse where he met up with seven other guys--several more Winter Texans were back to join the group today.  They split up into two teams of four to play a best ball scramble.  John's group ended up one under par while the other was one over.

While John was gone I tackled the finances.  The desktop was getting covered with receipts and mail, so I decided it was time to get things back under control.  

Following lunch, we vegged out a little and then decided to play a round a golf since it was such a beautiful afternoon.  The nice day brought out quite a few golfers.  We had just returned home when Stan M. stopped in for a visit and asked John to take on a minor repair job.  Our evening was spent watching Survivor and a couple of shows recorded on the DVR.