The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Lunch With Some Pink FlaminGoes

A couple of Pink FlaminGoes came through San Antonio which is always cause for celebration. They took in the Alamo and Riverwalk their first day. We planned to meet for lunch and their only request was no chain restaurants....someplace that represented San Antonio.  Mi Tierra immediately came to mind as a San Antonio landmark. Margareta and I picked up Barb and Kat and we were off.

Next, we headed across the courtyard to El Mercado or Market Square....another great San Antonio landmark. We found a fabulous display of pink flamingoes.


Kat decided she couldn't live without one. Of course, you can see that they are big Oklahoma State and the big game was here in San Antonio.....orange was everywhere.

It always great to get together with friends especially when you can introduce them to San Antonio. With a short amount of time here, they got a great taste and will be back.

Christmas Cheer

I got a real nice surprise Christmas Eve day. Some of you will remember that I had two blowouts on my 5th wheel while on a trip out to Arizona in October. Bought both of the tires at the same place at the same time, they were only two years old, in perfect shape as I keep them covered when not in use, and the 5th wheel is definitely not overloaded. They were also higher rated than the original tires, were properly inflated and blew out within 150 miles of each other all of which combined made me feel pretty confident they were defective. Discount Tire in Albuquerque and Flagstaff (where I replaced the tires) filed claims for me with Goodyear. Goodyear was dawdling around with taking responsibility so I ended up filing with Progressive so I could get the RV repaired (about $8000 total for the two claims). I paid the deductible on each claim and Progressive went after Goodyear. Christmas Eve, I got two checks from Progressive returning my deductibles because Goodyear paid up. It made my day not only getting the money back and taking away the claims but because Goodyear had to accept responsibility.

We had a good Christmas with family this year. We had the big Christmas dinner with prime rib on Christmas Eve at our house. Christmas day was at our son and DIL's house. The grandkids were here for the holidays and called us at 8:30 AM Christmas morning to find out how soon we would be over. It works out better this way so the kids can have all their presents there and other toys to play with during the day. Helen made mini-quiche as well as a couple of regular size quiche for brunch along with sausages and croissants. Later on we had prime rib sandwiches so it was a relaxing day for everyone.

My son and I managed to keep my husband's new Grom motorcycle a secret for a whole month before Christmas because Steve stored it in his storage building for me. It is a small bike compared to his other motorcycles but he and Steve both wanted one. I put the title in a shirt box and he had to go out to the garage to find the bike.

Hoping all of you had good Christmas's too.

The Beauty of Christmas is all Around Us

Just wanted to share some of the really beautiful Christmas displays in South Central Texas.

Marble Falls, TX



Pedernales Electric Coop, Johnson City TX



Park by the square, Blanco TX







Travis Park, San Antonio TX


The Riverwalk, San Antonio TX



There is so much beauty at this time of year, if we just stop and take the time to look! Have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are.