Monthly Archives: June 2017

A Day Off . . .

Jan and I had the day off today while the rest of the horde went sightseeing in San Antonio.

So I spent the morning working on a new client’s website, trying to get all the photos cleaned up and sized correctly. The company sells custom-made knives, 14 different hand-forged blades with your choice of over 30 different handle and bolster materials, both natural and man-made. Here’s a sample.

Short sword

This is a Short Sword, with a Mountain Maple bolster and an Ocean Fleurinite handle. It runs around $400, depending on bolster and handle materials. Just beautiful workmanship.

Long time friend and blog reader Tricia took me to task this morning for not using a timer on the camera so Jim and I could have been in the group photo also.

Family Group Shot with Annisten

I said, “Just give me another day or so, and both Jim and I will both be in the photo.”

And actually, everyone wasn’t in the original photo either. Here’s the actual original one.

Family Group Shot

Not that Annisten, the little girl in pink sitting on the right sofa armrest, wasn’t there. She was taking a nap.

So after she got up, I took this photo of her, by herself. standing in the same position with the same lightning.

Annisten Shot 2

Then with the magic of Paint Shop Pro (my Photoshop clone) I got this, the one you saw.

Family Group Shot with Annisten

So as soon as I can get photos of me and Jim standing behind the sofa we’ll in the photo too. Stay tuned.

About 4pm Jan and I went in to Columbus to have dinner at Los Cabos once again. She’s been fighting back problems the last couple of days, but she was feeling a little better this afternoon so we made a last –minute trip to eat.

Jan had the Combo Fajitas,

Los Cabos Jan Fajitas

while I had the Plato Loco,

Los Cabos Plato Loco

with a Soft Beef Taco, a Beef Tamale, a Cheese Enchilada, and a Beef Enchilada. All really good.

Then coming home I made a quick stop for a few things from Brookshire Bros.

Coming back to the rig, I dug our Weber grill so we can use if for our cookout tomorrow. It’s been a while since we’ve used it so I hope the propane bottles haven’t leaked down. We’ll see.

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Tomorrow Jan and I are going to be on babysitting duty, watch all the kids while Brandi and Lowell take all the adults sightseeing. So we’ll be getting an early start so we can be at Brandi’s by 10am. Yikes.

Thought for the Day:

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. – Sir Winston Churchill


The Gang’s All Here . . .

Jan and I headed into Katy once again this afternoon, about 12:15, but with a first stop at the Park Office.

I realize this morning that since we hadn’t left the park after we got here on Sunday, I hadn’t paid my $3/day 50amp fee yet, so I stopped off to take care of that.

We got Brandi’s just as Lowell arrived with Curtis, Tana, and Gwen, after picking them up at the airport. They had flown in this morning from Orlando after doing the theme park thing there. So we finally had the whole crew in one place.

Early in the afternoon we surprised our daughter-in-law Linda with a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday To Linda

Then everyone ended up in small groups scattered around.

Jim Tana Lauren Annisten

Piper Linda Debbie

It was really funny listening to Jan, who did medical records coding for 35+ years, Miss Piper, who’s now doing psych facility coding, and Curtis, who’s also in the medical field, throwing medical codes back and forth.

Jan Piper Curtis

Chris brought all his gumbo paraphernalia with him today and started working on a big batch of Seafood and Andouille Sausage Gumbo for dinner. Really made the house smell good, and the gumbo was even better.

Chris Gumbo 2

Jan and Brandi made up garlic bread to go with, the perfect addition.

Chris Gumbo 1

Then it was cleanup time with a lot of helping hands.

Reunion Cleanup

Later in the afternoon I was finally able to get everyone (except me and Jim who were taking the photos) somewhat lined up so I could get a group shot for posterity.

Family Group Shot with Annisten 2

top left to right: Our son Chris, his wife Linda, Jan, our son-in-law Lowell, our daughter Brandi, Jan’s sister Debbie, Debbie’s daughter-in-law Laura, Laura’s husband Jason, Debbie’s daughter Tana, and her fiancé Curtis.

bottom left to right: Tana’s daughter Gwen, Laura’s daughter Avery Jane, Miss Piper, Landon, Laura’s daughter Ella, Debbie’s daugther Christina, and Laura’s daughter Annisten. And of course, Baxter the dog. I think I got them all.

That’s a motley crew if I ever saw one.

Jan and I finally headed back to the rig about 7:30, and after a quick stop at the Brookshire Bros. in Columbus, we were back at the rig by 8:45 after another fun day.

Tomorrow we get a day off, since most of the bunch are going over to San Antonio for the day. As far as Jan and I, Been There, Done That. Several Times.

But Saturday it all starts back up again with a cookout. Then Sunday we’re going down to Sugarland to watch Landon play Ice Hockey.

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Wrapping up, I had been worried about the status of my Arizona CCW permit. I mailed it off from Apache Junction April 12th to an address right down the road in Phoenix. So now at the 2-1/2 month mark I was starting to get antsy.

Every time we would talk to Brandi I’d ask if they’d gotten anything for me from Arizona. And always, NOPE.

And I was sure that I had ask for my CCW permit to be sent to Brandi’s, but I was wrong. This evening, when I went through our mail that had come to our son Chris’ I found the letter with my permit. enclosed. And it was dated May 2nd. When means it got sent back out one day less than 3 weeks after I sent it in.

Fast service.


Thought for the Day:

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch. – Robert Orben