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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tuesday 2-19 Park Dinner

A chilly day

It drizzled all day and didn't get out of the high 50's. There was also a little wind.

We started the day off by going to the Tropic Star to dance A with Joe and our friends from Georgetown. Joe had eight squares plus two extra couples. We stayed and did the Hot Hash tip. We had a super morning of dancing with friends and to Joe. We love Joe, he is always positive and enthusiastic.

In the afternoon we hung around the Minnie. We studied for our C1 class and read.

At 5:00 we went over to the recreation hall for the  J-Five annual Pork Loin Dinner. It was a full house. The dinner consisted of smoked pork loin, pinto beans, potato salad, corn, barbecue sauce, bread, ice cream and punch or coffee, all for only $5.00. The plate had more food on it than we normally eat and we were still full when we went to bed. The food was delicious. 

Our Pork Loin Dinner

In the evening we went to Pharr South to attend our C1 class with Darryl. He has finished up his C2 review session on Tuesday mornings so he asked us if we wanted to move our class into the slot, we all agreed so now our classes will be on Tuesday morning at 10:00 instead of 7:00 at night. We should finish the list of moves next week. We are having fun. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday 2-18 William Florian Show

Smile and have fun

We woke up to a cool morning with a north wind. The temperature got into the 60s, very pleasant. 

We started the day out by going to town to get Larry's hair cut. We got  to Supercuts before they opened and by the time they opened there were a few people waiting. Luckily there were two hairstylists. Larry got right in and out. They did an excellent job.

On the way home we stopped by a local park to walk and get a bit of exercise. There were quite a number of young folks participating in a workout program, they were laughing and having a great time.

Time for a haircut
In the afternoon we decided to go to Bronc Wise's A2 Workshop/Dance. Our friends from Sun City were there (John & Diane, Mike & Brenda, Bruce & Pam). It has been over two months since we have seen them. Our friends Jim and Mary Beth from the Tyler area were also there. Bronc worked on Trail Off and Checkmate the Column. He put us in different positions with both moves which made it challenging. We had three squares plus an extra couple. We were told that today was the last week for this workshop/dance because Bronc only had the hall through February and he will be out of town next Monday. We had a fun time dancing to him and with friends.

Having fun with friends

In the evening I went over to the recreation hall to listen to William Florian, he was the former lead singer of the famous 60's band The New Christy Minstrels. He did the greatest hit songs from the 60's from The Mamas & The Papas, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger and The New Christy Minstrels. While performing he told stories of his life in a humorous way. The songs he sang everyone knew so we sang along with him. He had Linda join him when he sang "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane". At the end he had a few people come on stage to be the Mamas & Papas when he sang one of their songs. The closing song was "You Are My Sunshine". William did a great performance.

William Florian

Linda and William getting ready to do "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane"

A group from the audience and William performing as The Mamas & The Papas

Monday, February 18, 2019

Sunday 2-17 J-Five Valentine Parade

Cool overcast day

Today started with a little drizzle and a little breezy. I didn't get out of bed until 8:30.
Last night J-Five had a Valentine Ball where the new king and queen were elected. Today they had their annual Valentine Parade. At 12:30 people met in front of Donna and Tom's house to decorate three golf carts and a flat bed trailer for the parade. The parade started with four men caring flags (the United States, Canada, Texas and Military). Next came a golf cart with a gentleman dressed up like Cupid. Then another golf cart with the new king (Kim) and queen (Fiona). Next was Mary as the princess. Then another two golf carts. Next was the walkers (me and three other ladies making noise). Next was the previous kings and queens in the flat bed trailer. As we walked around the park people came out of their homes and cheered us on. The people in the golf carts threw candy at them. I was only going to take pictures but I decided to walk in the parade. It was a lot of fun.
King Kim and Queen Fiona followed by Tom and Donna

Cupid on the back of a golf cart

The king and queen followed by Princess Mary
In the evening I walked around the park for a half hour to get some of my steps in. Today I only did a little over 5000 steps because I just didn't feel like doing anything. We had a relaxing day.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saturday 2-16 Ice Cream Social Dance

Ice Cream Social

It was another beautiful day with the temperature getting to 90 degrees. Sure glad we have air conditioning.

We started the day off by going to the J-Five Saturday get together. The gentleman that bought and served the donuts is going to be 88 tomorrow, he looks decades younger. At the very beginning of the meeting Mary came in dressed up like a sheriff and blowing a whistle. Then she started reading out citations for some of the activities going on in the park such as at the game show night when Marty won a car, she asked her if she filed for the taxes on it. When she entered the room everyone was caught off guard. She did an excellent job of impersonating a sheriffs officer. Everyone laughed and had a great time. When Mary was finished we continued with the meeting. They went over all the activities that's going on in the park for the next week.

The Winter Texan Fiesta started yesterday, it is a two day event with Artesand Market Days and an Outside Concert. It is free to attend and lunch was free if you picked up tickets in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office. We planned on going today but there were hundreds of people waiting in line to get inside the building. We decided to come back later, a couple of hours later there was still a huge line so we decided to pass. 

We walked through a couple of western wear stores, Boot Town and Boot Jack. Larry wanted to buy me a pair of boots but most of the boots didn't have much color to them, you could find boots with colorful shafts but the foot parts were mostly dull brown, not only dull but as with a lot of clothing today they make them look old and scuffed up. Why would anyone want to buy a new pair of boots that look old and worn. We also looked at clothing but we didn't find anything we wanted. After walking through Boot Town we walked through Northern Tools which was right next door. We were just killing time but it was nice to walk through the stores.

We stopped and had lunch at Taco Rico. We had one of their Panchos, they are nachos. It was too big for us to finish. It was good. Then we walked next door to Paris Bakery and bought a piece of carrot cake and a cinnamon roll. When we got home I heated up the cinnamon roll and we shared it, the carrot cake was so dry that we threw it away.

We spent the afternoon hanging around the Minnie. In the evening we went to the Tropic Star to attend Joe Saltel's Ice Cream Social Dance. Ron cued the round dancing and only had six couples. Joe had six squares and an extra couple. We danced with Barb and Larry. We had fun dancing to Joe and with dancers we don't usually dance with.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Friday 2-15 Day of Dancing

Hot and Humid

Today it got up to 95 degrees. It was hot and humid in the morning but by the afternoon the humidity went down

We started out by going to Joe Saltel's Plus Dance at Casa Del Valle RV Park. We were short one couple to make ten squares. We were lucky in being able to dance with our friends Barb and Larry in the open tips and a couple of other tips. Joe did one line dance, I and a few more folks joined Joe. We sat out the last tip so I could take pictures. It was hot in the hall so it was a bit uncomfortable, maybe they were having problems with the air conditioner. The dance was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed dancing with Larry and Barb.

Joe having fun calling the dance

Our friends Larry (plaid shirt) and Barb (green blouse)

On the way to Randy Dougherty's Freaky Friday Dance we stopped at Taco Bell for lunch. By the time we got across town we had about a half hour for lunch. We know when we go to Taco Bell we will have plenty of time to eat and we like the food.

After lunch we were back on the floor dancing to Randy. We were short one person to make five squares. I sat out one tip so Larry could dance with Shirley, she is single, he was also able to dance with her on a tip when we were out. Other men also danced with her, I think she only sat out one tip. Randy brought his dog Abbey with him today.

We attended eleven dances this week, I'm tired so I spent the evening relaxing. LIFE IS GOOD!!!!  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday 2-14 Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
I hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day. We had a wonderful day with the temperature in the low 80s. 

We started out by going to Tip of Texas RV Park to attend Randy Dougherty's A2 DBD Workshop. We had four squares, 15 couples and one extra man who was waiting for his wife to show up, Randy filled in until she arrived. Randy went over different positions that a caller can put dancer in when doing a Counter Rotate, Chain Reaction and Linear Cycle. Mary Lee brought in Hershey Valentine Kisses for everyone for Valentine's Day. Each kiss had a message on the bottom. We had a great time.

At last nights class Randy invited the C1 students to attend todays C1 Workshop. We took him up on his offer. There were enough people to have four squares and two extra couples. We danced every tip and had a fun time. We did very well considering it was the first time we have actually danced C1 with all the calls at normal speed. We did make some mistakes but the other dancers helped us through the moves we had trouble with. We had fun, 

Every year Fiesta Village RV Park has a baked potato dinner for Valentine's Day. We bought a couple of tickets from a square dancer. She sold 72 tickets to square dancers so they reserved 9 tables for us. They limit the event to 360 people and they sold every ticket. We got there early so it gave us time to relax. The potatoes were huge and there was no way Larry and I would eat the whole thing. We decided to only get one and an extra plate. We didn't want the other potato to go to waste so we told them to keep it. The potato was loaded with butter, cheese and chili, pork n beans was on the side. They had a table for you to get sour cream, onions and jalapenos. For dessert there was vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. The potato was cooked perfect, the food was delicious. We had a great time visiting with our square dance friends as we ate.

Standing in line for our bake potato dinner

Sour cream, onions and jalapenos.

Almost to the front of the line

Our baked potato loaded with chili and cheese

Kathy and her baked potato dinner

Some of our square dancing friends

Larry and some of our friends

Larry and Kathy

In the evening I went over to the recreation hall and played card bingo. We had  30 people so the payback tonight was $4, $4, $4, $4, $5 and $9. I won one game but another two people won so we all got $1.30. I had a lot of fun.

We had a busy Valentine's Day but it was a lot of fun. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday 2-13 Gorgeous Sunny Day

Gorgeous Day

We woke up with cool temperatures and sunshine. It was a perfect day, got up to 75 degrees with a light breeze.

We started the day out by going to Darryl Lipscomb's A dance at Pharr South. One of our friends, Rae has been out for a couple of weeks and today she came back. It was very nice to see her. We had eight squares and two extra couples. The dance was run by computer so most of us danced every tip but Darryl did have a couple of open tips. The last tip we sat out to rest because Darryl was going to to do a C1 class level tip at the end of the dance. We had one square for the C1 tip and two of the couples were in the class. We had a great time dancing.

After the dance we visited with Marcie and Don Caldwell, they're one of the couples we dance with at Sun City. They are very happy we're taking C1 lessons, this should allow us to do a bit of C1 dancing in Sun City without going all the way into Austin.


An hour later we were at the Peppermint Palace for a C1 class. We had three squares and an extra couple. Bronc introduced us to six more moves and reviewed the moves Darryl introduced us to last night. It's getting very challenging remembering all the moves. I will need to study more and memorize the different moves.

In the evening we went to Alamo Rec. Veh. to do C1 class with Randy. He almost finished up the list of moves, he just left two moves to teach us. He invited us to attend his C1 Workshop tomorrow afternoon. He said he would work on the moves he has taught us in our class.

We had a wonderful day of dancing. LIFE IS GOOD!!!! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tuesday 2-12 Just Having Fun

Having fun with friends

We started the day out by going to the Tropic Star. On the way into the hall we ran into Barb and Larry walking their dog, we dance with them at the Sundancers in Sun City. Larry and Larry have been communicating via email and it looks like we will dance with them Friday morning and possibly Saturday night.

For this mornings A dance Joe had eight and a half squares. Jim asked us to join their square for the Hot Hash tip at the end of the dance. We had three squares. A Hot Hash is where the caller starts calling at a normal speed and then keeps speeding up as long as the dancers can keep up. We broke down once but it was a lot of fun. We had a fun time dancing to Joe and with our friends.

During the dance Joe announced that Bunny and Bob were celebrating their seventieth anniversary, WOW, 70 year together. Congratulations to them!!
In the afternoon I took a nap. Then I studied the C1 moves we will be introduced to tonight. I also worked on my annual book.
In the evening we went to Pharr South for our C1 class with Darryl Lipscomb. We had three squares, five of the couples were students. Darryl introduced us to seven more moves. Wow, we're about 75% through the moves. We still need floor time in order to know the moves. You can memorize the definition of the calls but until you dance the calls over and over you will not be very proficient.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday 2-11 Game Night at J-Five

A beautiful sunny day

The day started out overcast but by the afternoon the sun came out. It was a beautiful day. It got into the low 70s. 

This afternoon we went to the American Legion Hall to attend Randy's DBD Workshop. He worked on Follow Your Neighbor and Acey Duecy. He put us in different positions using both calls. We had 18 couples, which was 4 squares and 2 extra couples.

In the evening I went to the clubhouse and participated in J-Five game night, we played Family Feud. As we entered into the clubhouse we picked a card. The card represented what team you were on. The game was run off a computer. There were eight teams of five or six people. Then each team was asked a question and each member had to guess what answer was on the board. The  board represented the top 6 to 8 answers that was given during a 100 people survey. If your answer was on the board you were given points. The points vary from how many people had the same answer. It was a lot of fun, people really got into the game, they had fun names for their teams, if the answer wasn't on the board you get bonged. Everyone laughed and had a great time. Each member of the winning team received a $10 gift card from Walmart. What a great night of fun with our J-Five friends.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday 2-10 Beautiful Sunday

Beautiful sunny day

When we got up it was in the 40s and nippy. By the end of the day it was in the middle 60s with blue skies and sunshine. 

This morning we hung around the Minnie but after lunch Larry went outside to do a little project on the Minnie. The other day the mowers came around and mowed. When Larry dumped the tank he discovered there was a hole in the hose, the mowers probably hit it with their weed wacker. When we were in Walmart we bought a replacement hose. Larry decided it was a perfect day to repair it because it wasn't too hot or too cold. He drug the old hose over to the side of the Minnie and removed the connections off both ends of the hose. Then he put them on the new hose. He had to replace this same hose about 6 years ago for the same reason, he said it was easier this time.

I don't know if I told you that Larry bought me a new pair of tennis shoes off of Amazon, we had been to a couple of Academy Sports stores and they no longer carry the shoes I like but Larry found them on Amazon. Well, after Larry did his project I took my old shoes and the Minnie old hose to the dumpster and got rid of them.

It was so nice outside we decided to go to Zinnia Park in McAllen, which is very close by. We walked around the park for about a half hour. The park was very nice. It had a splash park, playground, sand volley ball court, a big grassy field to play in, a couple of ramadas, picnic tables and bathrooms. There were a lot of people using the park. Kids were playing in the splash park and on the playground. Other people were picnicking. One young girl was running around with her dog. She had a lot of energy and ran fast. We had a great walk in the park.  

Kids playing at the splash park, burr it had to be cold

Part of the grassy field to play in

Kids playing in the playground with parents

When we got home we visited with our neighbors. Then we had dinner. 

After dinner I walked around the RV park to get my steps done. I did 10,000 steps. We had a wonderful day.  

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday 2-9 Cold Wet Day

Cold wet day

We woke up to a brisk 41 degree. When I go to bed at night I lower the temperature to 66, that way it's comfortable to sleep. When Larry woke up he reset the thermostat to 72. When I woke this morning the heaters were both running and they ran for most of the day. It stayed in the low 40s.

We went over to the clubhouse for the Saturday get together. The donuts were there, Marty introduced the new people in the park and went over things that are going on, they drew names for door prizes and Mary did the closing of the meeting with a joke.

Yesterday, when I was barbecuing I was trying to get my steps done by stepping in place. My Garmin Vivofit 2 quit. There was no warning the screen just went black. Larry took it apart to get the battery number. This morning we went to buy new batteries. We went to two Walmart's, the 99 Cent Store, and Dollar General, nobody had them. Found them at CVS but their price was outrages, we ended up getting them at Target. We could have bought 10 from Amazon for less than we paid for two but we already have some at home. The chances that we'll use 10 of theses batteries are slim. The original batteries lasted over a year and when they needed to be replaced the device told me they were low. When we got back to the car Larry replaced the batteries and now I'm back in business. When we get home we will put a couple of spares in the Minnie, of course we might not remember they are there or where we put them.

After buying the batteries we decided to have lunch. We swung by Denny's but it was too busy so we ended up going El Pollo Loco. We had a coupon for a family dinner, that had four pieces of chicken, two small sides, four tortillas and your choice of a Loco Salad, Loco Nachos or tortilla soup and two Churros, we knew we couldn't eat all of that so we had them package it to go. We shared the nachos, a couple of tortillas and the Churros and took the rest home with us for dinner. The food was good.

Fried cinnamon bread stick
Our dinner from El Pollo Loco

The Mennonite organization had a fund raiser today from 8:00 to 2:00. We got there about 12:30 and were disappointed to find almost nothing there. All the quilts were gone and the booths were torn down. There were only a couple of tables with small items being sold. The food court didn't have any Mennonite food, just a vendor selling Mexican food. We thought maybe they would have some type of homemade dessert. No desserts.

A couple of years ago we went to a Mennonite festival in Indiana, it was huge, hundreds of quilts, buildings full of booths, horse drawn wagon rides and a food area with all kinds of homemade Mennonite food. We enjoyed homemade ice cream and a couple of pieces of pie.

Friday 2-8 Saying Good-bye to Jeanne and James

It's cold

The cold front is here, it didn't get out of the mid 40s and the wind blew out of the north all day.

This morning we said good-bye to Jeanne and James. We have had an outstanding week of dancing with them. It gave us a change to attend some Plus dances and have fun.

We went to Casa Del Valle to dance with Joe Saltel. He had 49 couples, which was 12 squares and an extra couple. He said it was the first time this season at this location where he had 12 squares, earlier this week at Tropic Star he had 20 squares. We danced with a lot of good dancers. Joe called a great dance. After the dance we said good-bye to James and Jeanne.

Joe calling his morning dance

James and Jeanne having fun dancing with friends

Ruth having fun dancing to Joe

 An hour later we were at Mission First Methodist Church to dance to Randy Dougherty. It was his Freaky Friday Dance. We had 27 couples, which was 6 squares and three extra couples and a single man. We were shy 1 person to make 7 squares. We had an outstanding afternoon dancing to Randy. Once again he called Counter Rotate in different positions. We had some of the same problems, sometime we succeed and sometimes we didn't. It was fun and everyone was laughing. We danced with excellent dancers.

Once back at the Minnie we stayed inside to keep warm. Our small heater was having a hard time keeping up so I got out our second heater. While keeping warm we did our routine of reading and I worked on my annual book. I did go outside a couple of times. I took the garbage to the dumpster and recycled our cans. The other time I barbecued hamburgers for dinner. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday 2-7 Another Hot Humid Day

We had another beautiful sunny day, it got up to 87 degrees but the humidity was high. A cold front came in about 4:00 with a strong north wind. It is suppose to be much cooler and rainy tomorrow.

We started the day out by going to Randy's A2 DBD Workshop. We had 15 couples so we were one couple shy of having 4 squares. Randy worked on Acey Deucey and Counter Rotate from positions we usually aren't in. The Counter Rotate is very difficult. Usually, the dancers keep hold of hands and rotate a quarter but with these positions the dancers worked independent of each other. At times the dancers were successful but most of the time we weren't. We had fun. Everyone was laughing including Randy. 
Square dancing with friends
After lunch we went to the Peppermint Palace for Bronc's A2 Dance. We had three squares and two extra couples just like last week. Smooth dancing..

In the evening I went over to the clubhouse and played card bingo. We had 27 people and the pots were $3, $3, $4, $4, $4 and $9. The park supplied cookies for refreshments. I didn't win any money but it's always fun to hang out with the J-Five people. When I got back to the Minnie I went outside and stepped in place for about 15 minutes to get my 10,000 steps. We had a great day.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wednesday 2-6 Plus Dancing and Class

Having fun with friends

We had a wonderful day. It got up to 85 degrees but felt hotter because the humidity was once again really high.

I got a surprise, yesterday I received a Christmas present from Louise, it arrived via Amazon. It was a beautiful shawl. Now I have something else to wear square dancing. This morning I wore it dancing. I got lots of positive comments. People thought I bought it in Mexico. Thank you Louise.

The front of the shawl

The back of the shawl
We started the day off by going to the J-Five get together. We hadn't been there in a week so it was fun getting caught up on what's happening in the park. The donuts did not arrive until after the meeting started so they stopped the meeting for a few minutes.

Our morning dance was with Joe Saltel, it was his Wednesday Plus Dance. He had 82 couples, which was 20 and a half squares. We danced with Jeanne, James, Carolyn and Burt. We sat out the last tip and Dee was dancing the man's part so she wore my hat, that way the square knew she was dancing the boys part. It worked out great for the square. We had great squares of dancers. We had a super time dancing to Joe and friends.

Joe Saltel calling the Plus Dance

Jeanne and Dee having fun dancing together

In the afternoon we went to the Peppermint Palace for our C1 class with Bronc. We had two squares, five couples were taking the class. Bronc went over another seven moves and reviewed a few more. The class is going good and we're having fun learning the moves.

We usually go to a C1 class with Randy on Wednesday nights but this week the park is having something else in the hall. We stayed at home and relaxed with a book. We had an outstanding day.