We Are ACTUALLY Back “On the Road Again!”

May 1st was my last post. It has been a strange time in the history of the world. COVID-19 has changed so much about our lives.

We left Texas in early April and worked our way back to Missouri. We arrived in Springfield, Missouri around the middle of April. My husband’s mom lives in Springfield. The first 2-3 weeks we only visited her on nice days and sat outside her apartment complex while social distancing. After we were sure we hadn’t picked up any illnesses while traveling, we started visiting inside her apartment. We always play a lot of Skip Bo when we are together which wasn’t any different this time. What WAS different is that I won several games! It shocked me as well as my husband and his mom!! 😂

After about six weeks in Springfield, we headed northeast to the St. Louis area to visit my dad. Dad lives south of STL in Arnold, MO. We planned our visit back to Missouri a little later this spring because on June 1st my dad turned 90 years young. We were going to have a big 90th birthday party, but COVID-19 kind of put a stop to that. 😥 We did celebrate by having his yard decorated. He was certainly surprised when he woke up on his birthday and saw the yard!

We also celebrated dad’s birthday with my sister and her husband (they live a couple of houses up from dad) and their son and his wife. It is tradition in our family that the birthday person gets to choose what is on the menu for their birthday dinner. Dad chose steak, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, and cake, of course. It was a great dinner which included a zoom call with all the rest of the family wishing dad a “Happy Birthday.”

The zoom call was chaotic but SO fun. Dad REALLY enjoyed it!

After spending a month in the STL area, we finally left on May 23rd for our summer destination – Colorado! It will take us several days of traveling before we get to our first Colorado stop. Hopefully we will be able to visit the parks and do some other sight-seeing things in the area without COVID interfering with our plans. We will see when we arrive. I’ll be in touch.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Crazy World, Crazy Times!

Staying in an RV park while under the “stay at home” order because of the COVID 19 virus, is “interesting” to say the least. We would normally be going to group gatherings, playing group games, and sitting in the evenings outside together visiting with neighbors around a campfire. Well, that’s not happening! 😔

We do go for long walks several times a day; sometimes with Zoey, sometimes without her, and sometimes all by ourselves to get some much needed “alone time.” 🙃

After a couple of weeks of staying home, we decided to go to nearby Mansfield Dam and the small park close to the dam on the Lake Travis side. The day started out hazy but later the sun came out and warmed things up. We DID keep 6 feet or more away from other people visiting the park.

Here are a few pictures from the lake side of the dam.

The park had some gorgeous little flowers blooming.

Next we went to the other side of Mansfield Dam.

This visit to the dam and park was a wonderful way to get out for an hour or so, while still doing a good job of social distancing.

To occupy all our time “at home,” we have been playing a lot of games. We like to play a card game called Three Thirteen. It is based on books and runs like in Rummy, but it is not a good two person game. Soooo, Jack and I actually play two hands each! “John” and “Barb” are each of our “second” hands. Playing order would be: Betty, John, Barb, and Jack. It was a little confusing for us at first, but it does make the game super interesting!

We also play Skip Bo, Dice 10,000, Scrabble, and Rummikub (rum-ee-cube). Rummikub is also based on runs and books like the card game Rummy, but you use tiles. There are some additional things you can do when playing your tiles, but those rules are too complicated to explain here. However, it is an awesome, FUN game for 2, 3, or 4 players. It looks like this.

I don’t know when I’ll publish my next post. With COVID 19 and everyone required to stay home, it may be a while. We are going to try to get back to Missouri where our 90-something parents are. We won’t be able to visit with them, but we can stand outside with phones in hand to talk while peering through the windows!

Please stay safe, stay home, and social distance when out for groceries. Above all, our prayer is you all will stay healthy.

So, for now ….. we are “on standby” until we can be ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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