Saturday, October 24, 2009


The Palmview crime stoppers held the 1st annual skeet shoot at the palapa on the River today. They had a good turn out for the first one.
Despite how it looks, they did not shoot Mexicans. They did shoot towards Mexico, but I'm pretty sure there was no one swimming there!
This is Mike's new boat and boathouse. It is where the hidden cove was. It looks very different all cleared out. It will still be hard to find the entrance from the river, especially if you are coming from the east. We will have to see..............................

Stairs to the boathouse.
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Friday, October 23, 2009


Linda and I did some shopping today. Nothing special, but it was fun to poke around Michael's craft store. We looked at more Halloween stuff than anything.

We went for a bike ride in the State Park before dinner. There weren't many birds out but we saw thousands of butterflies. These are a few of the pictures I took.

I was surprised to see a few Monarch's

This historical marker is at the State Park.

This picture is out of focus, but it was a beautiful little butterfly. The colors and patterns reminded us of Stained Glass. I'll try for a better picture tomorrow.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oct. 20, 2009

Things here in the Valley are great. Sorry that I am having trouble blogging everyday.

Today Linda and I took pictures of some of the butterflies that are here in the park. It was a windy day, but there are so many that it didn't matter.

Tonight we got together with Pat & Vern for margarita's.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's Monday again?

Today was another cloudy day until later in the afternoon.

Scotty washed the roof and we cleaned the vents and fans. Something that was long overdue.
It took all morning and into the early afternoon.

We had a short break and then rode our bikes over to Pat & Vern's for dinner. We had hot dogs and beans and I took Taboule because it didn't need to be cooked. It was fun and we had a good visit with them.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Today was over caste and cooler. The kind of day that makes you not want to do anything. Need I write more?
The tour in the GATV got postponed because it rained over night and it was too muddy.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday and the formation of the First in Club

Today was cooler. It ended up a great day. Tonight we saw fireflies.

Don & Ginny returned to BPV yesterday. Today we all got together for margaritas and the first meeting of the First In Club. It will be open to anyone that come during the first week of Oct. and is booked for 6 months. This year is the first year. So the charter members are;
Don & Ginny Wilson
Mark & Teri Brown
Pat & Vern Shearer
John & Anne Scott

There will be perks for members all year. The goal is to make people want to come in Oct. next year.
We will have have Margareta nights in Oct for members. Probably a cook out. T-shirts or buttons to ware.
Tomorrow Don is taking us all out in the large ATV to see the new boat ramp. Mike got a new pontoon boat this summer. It's going to be for our use for a fee.


Today started out sunny but the front came through around noon and it cooled down and we got a little rain.

We went to Mexico with Pat & Vern for a couple of hours. There was a bike rally there. We saw a lot of really cool bikes.
It didn't seen very different from last year. The only obvious thing was that the military guards all had face masks. Not sure that's a good thing.....

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Guess what? Today was another hot and humid day! Surprise! BUT it's all supposed to change tomorrow.
Pat & I went to HEB this morning and I got some food to put in the little fridge. It's nice to have cold milk again.
Scotty & I both got our hair cut today. That was long overdue. It was also the highlight of the day.
We visited with Pat & Vern tonight for a while.


Today Scotty and Mark took the fridge out and ordered a new cooling unit. I was left with this lovely space. I tried to figure out where else we could put the fridge because I think a washer & dryer would fit in there perfectly. But, there is no other place for the fridge to go and of the 2, I would rather have the frige. The new part should be here the first part of next week.

This is what the back of the fridge looks like. Scotty is taking the cooling unit off in this picture. We will have to send it back when we get the replacement and they will rebuild it to see to someone else.

Pat & Vern Shearer arrived today. They came to my rescue and lent us their dorm sized fridge. It's not big, but it's great to have any fridge to use. We still have Teri & Marks cooler too.

Pat & Vern have a broken cable on the bedroom slide and Scotty & Vern are going to try to fix that next.

It was hot and humid again today. We can't use the pool for a few days because instead of turning the heater on for the hot tub, the pool heater was turned on by mistake and it is now 102 degrees! It may cool down enough to use in a couple of months!
Pat & Vern went to dinner with us at Pizza Hut. It's great to see them and hear about the places they traveled this past summer.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oct. 6th

It was another hot day in the Rio Grande Valley. The humidity is high for this time of year too.

I had an exciting day of doing the laundry.

Scotty spent the day trying to figure out what is wrong with our refrigerator. The freezer ran, but the refridgerator wouldn't keep cool.

Teri & Mark (they are here doing work-camping) lent us a cooler and I was able to put the frozen food in the refrigerator in the office.

Mark has a business doing RV repairs. So he brought his manuals down and tried to help. Tomorrow Scotty will have to take the refrigerator out and see if he figure out the problem. Wish us luck!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Just a day at the beach

We packed the cooler and headed for S. Padre Island this morning. We had a great time. We stopped at the convention center and checked out the birds and 1 alligator from the boardwalk. They have finished the walkway and it's really nice. We saw a wood stork, stilts, 4 different types of herons, Rosette spoonbills and the usual pelicans, ducks, gulls, etc.

We parked the car on the beach and set our chairs in the shade it gave. We enjoyed the warm water. The last time we were at the beach we were in Maine and the gulf is certainly much warmer than the north Atlantic.

Scotty always loves to drive on the beach. So we did some of that too. We also checked out the park on the southern end so we would know where to go when we return in 2 weeks for the Sandcastle weekend.

There are so many butterflies that I just had to post a picture of 1.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sizzling Sunday

Hot hot hot! But it's so much better than being cold cold cold!

Scotty worked on the awning again and put the bows in it to make it more stable. Then we put out the rope lights.
I made a potato salad and Scotty grilled burgers on his new Cobb grill for dinner.
We rode our bikes up to the pool this afternoon, to cool off a bit. The heater hasn't been on for about 5 months, but the water is still warm. But we enjoyed it.
I saw some beautiful butterflies today, but they wouldn't sit still long enough to get a picture.
I also made a butterfly feeder, and hung 2 small hummingbird feeders. I hope they like them.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Our Anniversary

Today is our 28th anniversary. We had a nice day together. We went for a bike ride in Bentsen Palm Rio Grande State Park first thing this morning, before it got hot. We saw the usual birds and 1 javalina.

After we showered and changed we went into McAllen to shop at Harbor Freight. They were having a sale. We poked around for a while and bought a few things. Then we went to Lowe's to get the pvc to use for posts on the awing enclosure. I got a few packets of seeds for the garden too.

After that we went to Hayashi which is a Hibachi Restaurant. It was great! We ate way too much and still had some to bring home.
Tonight the swallows did another fly-by. It could have been a new flock, since it wasn't as large as last night. It just amazes me to see things like that.
The full moon rose in a clear sky. Winds still from the south which has kept the front to the north giving us another beautiful day.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Oct. 2, 2009

These are just 2 of the many amazing flowers here this time of year.
Scotty put the awning shade up today and did some other things that make it feel more like home. I went to the HEB and spent way too long there getting groceries and relearning where everything is. It's a nice store.
Scotty cooked pork chops in our new Cobb grill. It came out good. I made toss salad, garlic mashed potatoes and fresh apple sauce to go with it. M MM M M!
We went for a swim in the pool before dinner. The water was warm but still refreshing.
Tonight there was thunder and some lightening, but no rain.
Terri told us that the black cats that are here are corporate cats. So we have been calling the little one that has befriended us (much to our dismay) Little Black Corporate Cat. What else?
All in all it was a good day.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Oct. 1st. Bentsen Palm Village, Mission, TX

Today we drove the 275 (or so) miles from Helotes to Mission. The drive was a good one despite the traffic jam that met us as we got to the on ramp to the 1604 loop. There had been an accident, but it was cleared in short order and the traffic moved on.
We were set up on our site (826) and had turned on the AC by 4PM. This little humming bird was very busy and found my feeder right off despite all the flowers. There are flowers everywhere!

The following pictures are of the new corporate headquarters of Rhodes Enterprises & SolStar Network.

The building is located in the back parking lot, next to the wood shop. It seems to be the biggest change I've seen so far.

Tonight as the sun set, the swallows came in. There were thousands and thousands of them! It was amazing.