It has been almost two months since I last posted a blog. Gosh, I am not sure where the time goes. Well, I do, but, when we are in the same place for an extended time, it is hard to write about routine days. But, just to keep things straight, our routine days include beautiful weather, pool time, eating...lol, and projects.
But, here it is mid April and I realized that it was about time for me to catch up. So, in the midst of those routine days...
We are still at Retama enjoying Springtime in Texas. We have stayed busy with the everyday activities. Tuesday is girl's day, Weight Watchers, shopping, and lunch. And, now the guys are going out for their own lunch time on Tuesday and any other day they can get away with it. We have water aerobics three days a week, but...
the weather has warmed up to the point that we can now get in and enjoy the pool almost everyday. Not a bad way to pass away the afternoons.
And, of course, there is always
someone that wants to cook up a
And, as always, there have been a few projects. The guys have been working on constructing a gun range for target practice. There is a section
of land down by the river that belongs to our developer. They were using this area to go and shoot, but it needed some cleaning and clearing. So, after some discussion and approval from Mike, the guys put their plan in process.
Thanks, Neto for mowing the property and for bringing in the materials to
make the road and parking area.
While Neto was taking care of this, Mark and Mike started the construction of
the shooting stations.
made sure they stayed nourished every morning, bringing them donuts...well, I guess donuts are nourishment!
Once the benches were constructed, they were installed
down at the range.
Next project...the target holders. They found
these sign holders...work perfect!
They also have a section set aside for
Mark, Mike, and Niles have had great fun putting all of this together. And, now, there is a safe and nice place for them to go shoot rifles, shotguns, and pistols. But, they couldn't have done it without all the donations from Mike, Bentsen Palms, and the Retama guys! Thanks to all of you. Now, enjoy, and...
Stayed tuned for future improvements which are already in the planning stages.
I have had a few crafty projects going on of my own. Remember when I took that mosaic class awhile back. Well, that just ignited the creative side of me and I set myself up a
work table in the coach house and have made several more
crosses. I even sold one of them.
I also made this
stepping stone for the front island.
Now, in between all these projects, we did take a day to rent the
Harley to go with the gang on a ride to Port Mansfield, which is about 90 miles Northeast of Mission. We traveled along Military Hwy to 281 to Harlingen, and then on to Port Mansfield. Along the way, we saw
sugar cane fields.
farmers plowing, and
crop dusters fertilizing the fields. All getting ready for Spring.
Once, we arrived in Port Mansfield, it was straight to
lunch at Sweet Gregory P's Smokehouse for lunch. Of course, if the truth were told, this was the whole reason for the trip. But, let me assure you, this Texas girl thought this was some of the best barbeque I have ever eaten. And, then, the homemade banana and bread puddings made it all worth the trip.
Lunch was so good that
Niles needed to take a nap. So, while he recovered from lunch, the rest of us took a trip into town and down to the
docks. This is the boat that the guys took on their deep sea fishing trip a while back.
We also visited
with a few of the locals. Soon, it was time to return, pick up Niles, and head back to Retama.
And, it's also back to the projects. As the days get warmer, we found that the water hoses are a great place for algae to grow. So, Mark took this
hint from Bernard, and put our hoses and electric lines in this PVC to protect them from the UV light.
And, as the days get warmer,
a lot of our friends decided it was time to head North. But, there are a
few of us still here, We are just hanging out, enjoying Springtime in the RGV where
Linda's flowers flourish,
Kathy's new roses are blooming, the copper soap treatment
have made our Ixora's beautiful, and the
hummingbirds are enjoying them all.
Yes, Spring has sprung in the RGV. And, while we enjoy this beautiful weather here, we wish each of you a beautiful Spring and safe travels.