Saturday, May 11, 2019

WE SAW 'BREAKTHROUGH'

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 54 Rather Cloudy High 67) 

Seems like we are seeing less and less movies at the theatre. We made an exception with 'Breakthrough'.


We saw it for a couple of reasons. We really like Chrissy Metz who plays on 'This is Us' and because this was a Christian movie. Based on a true story 'Breakthrough' tells us about one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through the ice in a lake near Wentzville Missouri all hope seems lost. About 45 minutes passes but Joyce refuses to give up even after the doctors and nurses left her alone with her supposedly dead stepson whose heart starts miraculously starts beating. That is just the beginning of this amazing story which we highly recommend that you see.

We have learned to never underestimate the power of prayer.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, April 20, 2019

WILDFLOWERS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 45 Plenty of Sun High 82)

Late March to early April is peak wildflower season in the Hill Country. You can see them driving down the highways and interstate but getting a good picture at 65-75 miles an hour is challenging so we went again this year to Wildseed Farm near Fredericksburg, the nations largest working wildflower farm. You can easily get great pictures of wildflowers, kind of like a zoo for wild animals except it is wildflowers.


The entrance.


Walking trails take you to different wildflowers.




This way we can walk and relax and see the wildflowers and get great pictures and just take mental pictures while we are driving. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ON THE ROAD AGAIN (SORTA)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 51 Mostly Cloudy With a Stray Shower or Two High 68) 

Subtitled: Felt like we were camping.

We departed 'By the River RV Park' Monday and drove 0.25 miles to our new park, 'Crawfish Island RV Park' at the Blue Gar Complex also in Kerrville.


Here is the view out our back window.



When we got to our new site and raised the satellite dish we got the dreaded 'NO LNB VOLTAGE' message. Bob called Winegard and the most likely culprit is the cable between the LNB (low noise blocker) and the turret. So we were without satellite for Monday evening and boy did that feel like we were camping :-) 

Tuesday a new cable was tried without success so a different LNB was tried, also with no success. Winegard tells us that the problem is now in the turret so we are working with our warranty company to get the turret repaired. The satellite tech was able to manually point our dish and bypass the turret so we have TV.

We will be here for the foreseeable future so will have plenty of time to get this fixed. Jo recently had a MRI and her back problems have progressed to severe, the worst rating that the pain center has. Steroid shots didn't touch the pain so they are now working on cauterizing her nerves. With her current pain levels travel is out of the question. We are hoping that sufficient deadening of the nerves will occur so that we may be able to travel north to the Kansas City area this fall.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, March 22, 2019

IT'S MARCH MADNESS AGAIN

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 51 Cloudy High 73) 

No matter which 64 teams end up playing in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness, that started yesterday, it is always something Bob looks forward to. Last year his alma mater, Iowa State, wasn't in the tourney and it was still great. This year at one point it looked like Iowa State could make some noise this year, then they went into a funk, then they won the Big 12 Tournament, so they enter on a roll. They play one of latest games tonight.

Bob will be in front of the TV again today watching 16 games on 4 channels just like yesterday.


Picture-in-Picture (PIP) is going to get a work out over 13 hours today just like it did on Thursday.



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

CAJUN ETOUFFEE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 26 Clouds and Sun High 54) 

On Fat Tuesday Bob had a great meal of shrimp and crawfish etouffee while Jo had grilled catfish.


As we mentioned earlier in a previous posting this etouffee was not what we expected when we had etouffee on Valentine's Day. Turns out it was the cajun version. The creole version is what is generally available.


Basically the creole version is thickened with a brown roux while the cajun version is not and the creole version has more vegetables like peppers, celery, carrots while the cajun version is mostly onion and spices. The creole version that Bob has had before has been spicier so Bob added Tabasco to his cajun etouffee. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, February 24, 2019

REALLY ENJOYING SHRIMP AND OYSTER SEASON

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 37 Plenty of Sunshine High 65)

We have been very happy with the gulf shrimp and oysters being in season and have had boiled shrimp many times and purchased raw oysters too. Here are some raw oysters you can buy in a plastic container already shucked which we had with cocktail sauce.


Everything was so good we branched out to lobster tails on the grill.



Then pan seared scallops with parmesan sauce over pasta.


We also enjoyed shrimp scampi with fresh shrimp and we fixed oyster stew. It's a great time to be in Texas during shrimp and oyster seasons. It gets even better next month with Mardi Gras. A cajun place in town serves old fashioned cajun etouffee which is different than the creole etouffee which is what you see mostly. If we remember we will take a picture so you can see the difference.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, February 8, 2019

GOT A WEATHER ALERT FOR GRAUPEL TODAY

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 28 Light Snow and Graupel early then Cloudy High 37) 

NOTE: this entry will probably appeal more to weatherbugs. 

We got a weather alert today for graupel and we had to look it up. Turns out graupel (aka soft hail or snow pellets) is one of the many types of frozen precipitation.
 
Hail is a form of precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into ice. To be considered hail, the frozen precipitation pieces must have a diameter greater than 5mm (.20”). 

Sleet (a.k.a. ice pellets) are small, translucent balls of ice, and smaller than hail. They often bounce when they hit the ground.

Snow forms mainly when water vapor turns to ice without going through the liquid stage. There is no thunderstorm updraft involved in either of these processes.

But what is graupel you ask?

Graupel (a.k.a. soft hail or snow pellets) are soft small pellets of ice created when supercooled water droplets coat a snowflake.

Here is some graupel on our truck bed cover.


From the web comparing sleet to graupel with better photos.


It has been a wild two weeks going from running the furnace to needing to run the air conditioner to hearing graupel on our roof right now.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, January 27, 2019

2 WEEK UPDATE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Sunny High 62) 

A couple of boring weeks since our last entry. At least we don't have the cold weather that our friends up north are having.


The biggest excitement was a new screensaver for our DirecTV Genie DVR.


Flips thru wonderful scenery pictures of some of the places we have visited while fulltiming.

Till next time,


Bob and Jo

Sunday, January 13, 2019

WEEKLY UPDATE: MOSTLY PICTURES (BIRDWATCHING AND WEATHER)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 32 Mostly Cloudy; Cooler High 53) 

The weather that dropped a lot of snow in the midwest did affect us in Kerrville like it did our friends in Leawood Kansas after 10 inches of snow.


We also had a great sunset this past week.


We had some excitement this week at our birdwatching station. A squirrel was trying to get some bird seed. It sure entertained the cats.


Obviously scared by the cats the squirrel moved to the woodpecker feeder on a shepherds pole.


Looks like this bird on the ground is on the back of the squirrel, which it is not.


Looks like the squirrel is inside the feeder, which it is not.


This wore out the cats so much there are now sleeping all the time.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, January 6, 2019

WEEKLY UPDATE: STILL MOSTLY MEDICAL

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 45 Times of Sun and Clouds High 68) 

We've had quite the week weather wise. We didn't get any snow but we had some interesting temperature fluctuations. One day the low was 31 and then only got to 37 for the high. Yesterday was 72 and the forecast for today is 71 yet the overnight low last night was 26. This is what our truck looks like after that chilly overnight.



Medical wise Jo had her last physical therapy session for her foot sprain and then an evaluation. She is making progress, just not enough so she has another month. She also got hit hard by the cedar pollen that is really bad this year. So the cats won't feel left out JJ got his stitches out for his lumpectomy.

One of the perks of living in Texas is large gulf shrimp that we have been enjoying. It is also fresh gulf oyster season which we hope to get next week.

Next week looks pretty good weather wise and Jo has more physical therapy sessions scheduled.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 27 Mostly Sunny: Cooler High 48) 

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!! 


For a yearly review we include here what we sent with our Christmas cards this year. 

We had another great year of full-timing. Jo’s neck and back pain are always with us but she just said she was going to live her life and enjoy this great country as much as possible. This year was tough on her so we shortened our trips and tried to stay longer at each visit. 

We spent last Christmas at our new normal winter spot in Kerrville Texas and stayed till early April for Bob’s recovery from his thyroid surgery and other routine medical stuff. We then headed to Denver for Bob’s beryllium surveillance testing which turned out okay. Then we stopped in Albuquerque where our friends Bob and Wilma joined us on their way from Arizona back home. We also met up with our friends TC and Linda while there. 

From Albuquerque we headed north to Colorado and along the way had some unplanned events mostly dealing with water. We have been dealing with a slideout leak for a long time and each time something is caulked or sealed or taped we kept thinking we had it fixed but we never did.  We finally gave up and had a slideout topper installed in South Dakota. While in South Dakota we the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo that included autos and great memorabilia. Also in South Dakota we visited the Corn Palace in Mitchell, we thought it was going to be corny, but it turned out to be terrific. But in South Dakota the alternator went out on the truck causing a couple of day without the truck. Stay tuned for more water stories, good and bad. 

Now some good water stories finally as we had a 9 week 2 day stretch where we had 9 weeks backed up to Lake Michigan, St. Mary River and the Portage River, all in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The views out our back window during those 9 weeks were amazing. Friends figured in as we met some friends again (Bob and Carol, Herb and Jan, Bob and Sandy at The Soo (aka Sault Ste. Marie Michigan) including new fulltimers Steve and Vicki. After The Soo we spent 6 weeks in Houghton Michigan where our friends Bob and Wilma joined us for a month. Jo had a bad foot sprain while in Houghton that required an ER visit and a week doing absolutely nothing. It got barely tolerable so we planned to take care of when we get back to Kerrville. We left Houghton and then moochdocked at our friends Bob and Carol’s place and then on their 2nd site at an RV park in southern Wisconsin. 

Family figured in as we headed to Iowa and Missouri. A couple of weeks in Iowa seeing Bob’s family and friends.  We then headed to the Kansas City Missouri area where we met up with Jo’s family and friends. We also met up with our old unplanned nemesis, bad water. Even after the slideout topper we still had water so the mobile service, which was one of many to caulk and seal, found a couple spots that might be letting in water so they caulked them and we haven’t had a leak since. After Kansas City we headed down to Kerrville for some more medical stuff, luckily this time mostly just routine checkin appointments except for Jo’s back and foot sprain. 

As usual we jammed a lifetime of vacations into this year but there is still so much more to see and do. We aren’t too sure about our plans for next year, we hope we can escape the heat of Texas for awhile in the summer and then back to the midwest in the fall. 

We hope everyone has a Happy New Year!! 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo