Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Alive and Well in the RGV...

I don't have to tell's been a long time since I last blogged.  I could give you a lot of excuses, but, I won't.  So...all, I can say is, I just got lazy about pictures and writing.

However, with a little persuasion, I decided, I better play catch up.  So, when I last left you, we were still  hanging out in Fort Worth enjoying the


holidays with family.  Christmas was great, and...

Kinley, enjoyed her


first New Year's.

We planned to head out right after the New Year, but, Mark was determined to see the


swimming pool project at Scott and J's finished and ready for water, so we stayed home a while longer.

Finally, we were well into January and it was time to head South.  We made a stop in San Antonio for a few days to visit with Rod and Deb.  While we were there, we managed to find a couple of TV's Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives...Mark and Deb's favorite show!  First, there was


Beto's, home of the world's best empanadas.  The next day, we went to


Texas Pride Barbecue.  Both...good finds!

After spending time with great friends, it was time to say "see you later" and make our way on to the RGV.  It was nice to be back to our winter home.

And, since our return, we have kept busy...

We rented the Harley again, and joined


rest of the gang for a bike ride.


Greg and Bonnie led us out to La Gloria to the


home of the bloodless bull fights.

We saw some of the


matadors practicing to face off with one


of these guys.

Then, it was off to Rio Grande City for lunch at


Che's, an old haunted hotel as the story goes.

What a great day.

We also participated in the Walk Through The Village, which is an


open house for those outside our community to come see Retama.  We had a beautiful day and lots of visitors.

This past weekend, we joined in with friends and neighbors for a


cookout at the


palapa, which is located down by the



Our days are warm and the nights are cool...and

I stay busy with the girls...there is our weekly Weight Watchers meetings followed by lunch.  We swim, and shop, and, just hang out.  I am looking forward to taking a mosaic class at the Stained Glass shop over the next couple of weeks.

Mark has been occupied with the guys.  They have been going to the indoor shooting range and recently attended the class where they were issued their concealed handgun license.  Of course, they also find time to have breakfast together on Fridays and do a little shopping of their own.

Then, we have started a new project of our own, thanks to Garry and Pat.  They are


redoing their patio and offered us the


old pavers.

So, Mark has been busy


cleaning them.  Tomorrow, Victor is coming to dig out the grass space behind our drive and then Mark can begin to make the 4' extension with the pavers.  Thanks Garry and Pat!

But, no matter how busy we get...there is always time for Happy Hours


and friends.

Wow..we are alive and well in the RGV!


  1. Handgun??? What happened to that guy that was with me in Canada that said he did not believe in guns??? Now he is packing! Welcome to the club.

    Joe and Sherri

  2. Oh, how I've missed you! :) So good to hear you are enjoying life (not that I am surprised!). Take care, my friend.

  3. Great post! Looks like you've been busy. Nice digs!

  4. Welcome back!! I have missed reading about yall!!

    Jeremy Kinder

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