Sunday, February 13, 2011

That's More Like It...

I am happy to report that we have made it through the cold and colder days that plagued South Texas.  Our days are warming into the 70's and should reach into the 80's this week.

With the warm days, the


Killdeers are enjoying the pool, and the


Egrets have once again taken flight.

However, it makes me sad to report that so many of our flower and shrubs did not fair too well in the cold and


we have had to cut them way back.  In addition, I am having to replace


the flowering plants that I had planted a few weeks ago.  I am pretty sure the little shrub is going to have to be replaced as well.  I am just not sure, what I am going to replace it with.

Mark also has been waiting for the weather to warm, so he could take on the project of cleaning up our palm tree.  Palms are bad about getting ants and bugs, so in order to prevent the little critters


from making their home up and down the trunks, they should be cleaned.

After working for several hours,


he had it looking really good.  In fact, I think he has been commissioned to take on several more up and down the street.

The temperatures warmed enough for Ramon to come and start work


on our new shower.  Tomorrow he will be back to start the


tile work.

Kathy, my newest friend from Minnesota and our next door neighbor, does stain glass for a hobby.  I ask if she would consider making a piece for my bathroom window.  She agreed, and today she came and took measurements and


started on the pattern.  In the next day or so, we will go on a shopping trip to pick out the colors and glass.

This afternoon was so beautiful and warm, we decided to take


Kathy and Bob down to the Rio Grande River.  This is on the property that is owned by Rhodes Enterprises and as Retama owners, we have access to it.

We were thinking it would be a great place to bring the rest of the gang for


for a cookout and picnic.

Bentley and Winsor, who belong to Kathy and Bob,


agreed with us that a picnic beside the river would be a great plan.

While we were there,


the Border Patrol boats were busily cruising up and down the river.

We continued our drive down the 1016 road where we noticed


that the cabbage and the


oranges seemed to have faired pretty good through the cold weather.

We are thankful that the warm days have returned to the RGV.  And, this was


the finish to our beautifully warm weekend...and that is more like it should be in Texas!


  1. Sorry about the plants you lost. We have warmed up here too and are enjoying out long weekend. Hope to see you in a few months.

  2. Aw that is too bad about your plants.. you worked so hard on the flowerbed! bummer.... will be exciting to watch your tiling job unfold.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard