The Longdogs

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

72 And Counting

We just celebrated another birthday at our house. The birthday boy asked for Chinese takeout for dinner which worked really well for me since I am still having problems with tendinitis in my shoulders. We did it family style so there were lots of choices since everyone got to request a dish.

The birthday boy asked for a butterscotch pie instead of a birthday cake. It tasted good and was sugar free but I need to remember to reduce the amount of milk when you make it into a pie.

Cards tended to be on the funny side which is what Dave likes. I think the grandkids picked this one out.

A new tinted visor for his helmet!

Hmmmm, we have a doggie "untrainer" living at our house.

This is what a 72 year old motorcyclist chose for his birthday. I think he has the only one on the road in San Antonio, lol. It is definitely unique.

Happy Birthday and many more...…………………..

Happy Birthday America!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July whatever you did and wherever you celebrated.

I would have loved to be out in the RV but holidays are just too crowded and some of the celebrations get a little too wild so we celebrated at home.  First, we all headed up to Gruene. Steve and Cameron on one motorcycle and Dave on his bike with Helen, Morgan, and I in the car. Angus and Harley stayed home as it is just too hot to take them right now.

We had a relaxing visit at the Gruene Coffee Haus. Steve knows everyone there and they know him too. Grandpa Dave and the two grandkids went next door to the Toy Shop. They always enjoy walking through isn't just an ordinary toy shop, there are toys for everyone.

We headed home after a while and the kids and granddaughter got started on dinner. Helen had mentioned shrimp earlier which didn't really sound very 4th of Julyish but it turns out that it was only for an appetizer. The main meal was kabobs. Helen made the chicken and bacon kabobs.

Morgan was in charge of putting together the vegetable kabobs. I was in charge of watching and taking a few photos.

And then they were ready for the grill.

Steve took over the grilling job. It's great to have a daughter-in-law that likes to cook and a son that doesn't mind helping. I have been having a problem with tendonitous in both shoulders so it was especially nice.

The meal turned out to be absolutely delicious.

Later on in the evening, the kids and grandkids headed out to see the fireworks. Dave and I stayed home with Angus and Harley. Unfortunately, the fireworks at Ratama Park were not anywhere near as spectacular as these. Neither Angus or Harley are afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms. I just closed the doggy door so they wouldn't run in and out checking on the noise in the neighborhood.
Happy Birthday America

Helen's Birthday Bash

We are very lucky to have a great daughter-in-law so we are celebrating her not just her birthday. This year, she, my son Steve, and our grandkids were in Canada for her birthday. They went to Calgary where we have relatives and made a big trip out of traveling there and back as well as while they were there. So.....we waited to have her birthday until after they got back. This is the family birthday hat.....Helen found it so everyone wears it on their big day. It looks like a birthday cake with candles and frosting. We ordered Chinese dinners for everyone but I didn't get a picture of that.  Too bad because it was great.

Singing occurred right after Steve brought in her cake.

There is a tall skinny candle you can't really see. The cake had strawberries on the top of it so the bake shop put the birthday greetings on a ribbon across the top of the cake.

And then there were presents.

Helen likes really small clutch type purses but I found one that will also hold her phone.

Happy birthday Helen!

Anniversary in Fredricksburg TX

Yesterday was our anniversary. Neither one of us could think of anything we really needed or wanted so we decided it would be nice to just spend the day together. Now we do spend time together but this was going to be fun time together. So we decided to go to Fredricksburg. It's been quite a while since we have been there.

We enjoy walking around and looking in some of the shops.

The buildings don't change but sometimes the shops. We are both good lookers. Well, at least I am. Dave has ended up with a number of hats from Fredicksburg.

We stopped by Clear River for coffee and found these unique seats nearby. You never know what you will see as you walk around. We enjoy sitting on a bench and people watching. Again, you never know what you will see.

Fredricksburg is unique.

From artisons…….

To a store called Dogologie that carries everything you can think of for your dog.

If you have time, you can take in the Nimitz Museum but you need a whole day for that.

We had a really great day and probably walked a couple of miles. We were worn out by 4:00 and it was too early to eat so we headed home through the backroads. Still too early when we went through Johnson City and Blanco. By the time we were on highway 46, Dave started wondering about a restaurant but by then there were none between us and home. We decided to take a turn to the left and head to New Braunfels to try out Montana Mike's Steakhouse. It was definitely a good choice and a great end to a great day.

Roses at the Bandera Rally

It's always fun heading out to a least when the packing is done. And then picking up some last minute groceries and meeting up to head out.  My friend Mary Jane and I caravanned up to Bandera TX on Wednesday and got settled into our spots at Skyline Ranch RV Park.

The rally actually didn't start on Wednesday but some of us just like to get there early and stay as long as we can. Plus, we planned an evening at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. On Wednesdays,, they fire up huge round grills filled with charcoal. You bring whatever kind of meet you want to grill and buy a side setup (baked potato, salad, roll) from them. It's a very popular event with winter Texans and RV groups. In addition to pickups, cars, and motorcycles, it is not at all unusual to see horses tied to the rails out front.

 We had quite a group of women having all kinds of fun there.

They had a great band. It's all outside so it got more crowded as it got a little cooler.

Thursday, we headed over to Camp Verde General Store for lunch.

Originally established in 1857, The store was first established  to offer goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Fort Verde which was a mile to the west. By the time the US Army closed the fort, the store and post office was a vital part of the community of pioneer ranchers in the area.

The great camel experiment began in 1854 when Secretary of War Jefferson Davis petitioned Congress for $30,000 to obtain camels for the Army for supply transport. 20 camels and 4 drivers were secured from Egypt. They arrived in late August 1856 with 40 more arriving the following spring. The fort was captured by the Confederacy in 1861 and recaptured by the Union in 1865. By then there were over 100 camels. The fort was deactivated in 1869 ending the great experiment and word is the camels were turned loose.

All I can say is that the Monte Cristo sandwich and homemade chips Mary Jane and I shared was huge and delicious. Brenda has the Pecan Cobbler...….scrumptious.

I can also vouch for the Peach Cobbler Mary Jane and I shared.  Sharing is good! Notice the chocolate camel décor on the desserts?

Sometimes a power failure at your site will make you move.....not a big deal when you have Roses to help you.

Saturday was a time of kayaking for some of the group. 

There was even a bunch of cowgirls during this rally.

Olivia is an intrepid fisherwoman.

About four rigs were christened by our president and the rest of the Roses.

We took time for the group photo. and after a fantastic potluck with tacos provided by the hosts and tons of sides by everyone else, we played a rousing game of Cowgirl Jeopardy. pictures of this fun event.

A few of the women left Sunday morning after a Hitchup breakfast but most of us just went and sat in the river. No better way to cool off on a hot Texas Spring day.

This really was a fantastic rally!

Until We Meet Again Willy

Our Willy went across the Rainbow Bridge today. It's so hard to let them go but he's had a long good life and it was just getting too hard for him. I'm sure Ginger, Heidi, and Gretchen were all there to welcome him and he was happy to be able to see and hear once more. I'm sure he ran eagerly across to meet them with legs that were strong once more.

Young and handsome!

I was here first Harley

Young and patient with his kids.

 RV Poster Baby

I was just checking the table out Mom.

A pearly white smile in younger years

And, probably my favorite...…...Muddy Paws!

Rest in Peace Sweet Boy