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

Family Holidays

We basically spent the month of December (Dec. 6 – Jan. 6) in north Texas. Aubrey to be exact. We wanted to stay closer to Oklahoma and Missouri for our trip to see family for the Christmas holidays.

When we arrived in Aubrey, I knew that I needed some much needed time for myself. We had just spent a little over 9 weeks in the STL area with my dad after my mom passed Aug. 23rd. Then we spent a week in Springfield visiting Jack’s family. Next, we spent a month having fun with Mike, Jenn, and the grandkids in Edmond, OK. Needless to say, I kind of “crashed” when we arrived in Aubrey. I was way more exhausted than I thought, as I slept in most days until 9:30 a.m. or later!

I also needed some time to privately grieve. Jack was patient with my mood swings and my need to just be “lazy” and take care of myself. We still had some Christmas shopping we needed to do, and we even made time to see a movie. When the time came to head out for our Christmas trip, I felt refreshed, invigorated, and ready to go.

First stop was Edmond, OK. Our oldest son, Jeff, drove up from Florida and met us at Mike and family’s house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We went to the Christmas Eve service at Mike’s church. After the service, we took a family photo.

Back row (L-R): Jack, Jackson, Mike, Jeff. Front Row (L-R): Betty, Jade, Kylee, Jennifer.

After church we went back to Mike’s to have our Christmas and open presents. Here are just a few pics.

Finn and Zoey really do like each other and get along great, even though Zoey has this funny look on her face.

The day after Christmas we drove to Springfield (Huffman family) and then on to St. Louis (LaTurno family) to have Christmas with the rest of our families. Here are a few of those pics.

All in all, it was a busy but great Christmas!

We headed back to Aubrey, TX, after the New Year, spent a day or two getting the RV ready to travel, and then headed to our next destination.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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