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

Sunday, December 30, 2018

CHRISTMAS, MEDICAL AND SAN ANTONIO

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Mostly Cloudy; A Little Rain High 44) 

We celebrated Christmas earlier this week. Here is one of the Christmas windows at the Schreiner Department Store. We really liked the red trees.


On the medical front Jo continued her physical therapy. Some positive news on the lumps removed from JJ (the cat) and Bob. JJ's lump was cancerous but slow growing and unlikely to metastasize elsewhere. Enough surrounding tissue was removed and tested clean so hopefully all is well with JJ. Bob's lumps were cysts. JJ and Bob are recovering nicely.

Celebrating Jo's birthday month began a little earlier than normal this year with a trip to San Antonio for a free meal at First Watch. We also had a 50% off coupon at Carrabbas that expires soon along with a return at Costco so we made a day of it. Jo's birthday is next month so we look forward to more freebies for her. As far as going to San Antonio on Friday Jo tried to tell Bob that there would be more than normal crowds due to Iowa State being in the Alamo Bowl.


Bob thought that since we 16 miles northwest of the Alamodome and on game day it wouldn't be a problem. Well, Jo was right. We walked in and there is a couple with Iowa State t-shirts on waiting. Four tables in the place had Iowa State people and some more followed us in.

We woke up the last couple mornings thinking we were back in Missouri. At least the Iowa State visitors got some great weather before the Alamo Bowl. Bob is a little bummed that Iowa State lost in the Alamo Bowl. First of all congratulations to Washington State, great team with a great coach and incredible quarterback. But if you are looking for a silver lining it's that Iowa State proved once again it can play with the big boys now. Without 3 turnovers that lead to 14 points and without 10 penalties, 7 of which were false starts, this 2 point defeat MAY have turned out differently. The future is certainly bright as the majority of starters were underclassmen now with a bitter taste in their mouths just how close they came this year.

It's on to college basketball leading up to March Madness!!

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 50 Clouds with Drizzle High 67) 

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and for all to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

We went to the Christmas Eve Mass yesterday which was a childrens Mass. Here is Father Dave reading the Gospel of Luke with the children sitting in front of him.



It was so neat, as he was reading the kids acted out what we were hearing about Bethlehem. He then explained the Gospel and the true meaning of Christmas and then asking a few questions of the kids. As you can see the kids were so cute.

We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, December 23, 2018

FOOD TRUCK AND MEDICAL

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Plenty of Sunshine; Cooler High 60) 

We finally sampled the food truck craze going on and we picked a really good one, Bald Eagle Cafe, that sets up a couple times a month in nearby Ingram. 


We have sampled and split the burger with fried mac-n-cheese, fried egg sandwich, schnitzel sandwich and a gyro. Every sandwich was excellent.

We keep thinking the medical stuff will slow down but when you do weekly updates it seems like there is always something medical, this week more so than usual. Jo continued her physical therapy on her foot and had a second pain shot for her back. Bob had his yearly skin cancer checkup and a couple spots removed and sent our for analysis. JJ, our orange and white cat, had his teeth cleaned and suspicious lump removed and sent off for analysis.

We are now just hunkering down at home to avoid all the Christmas crowds with the exception of Mass, Jo's physical therapy, and any grocery shopping we need.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, December 16, 2018

MEDICAL AND MORE CHRISTMAS PREP

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 29 Some Sun; Then Clouds High 65) 

Not much going on this week. We finished up our prep for Christmas. Here is the manger scene we have above our fridge with remote controlled tealights and candles.


Jo continued her physical therapy this week. We took a day trip to San Antonio for shopping and eating. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, December 9, 2018

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND MEDICAL

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 30 Plenty of Sunshine High 51) 

This was a prelude for Christmas week. We worked on Christmas decorations. All the stockings were hung on the valence with care, in hopes that SantaCat soon would be there.


On the medical front Jo continued her physical therapy this week and Sandra had her teeth cleaned and a tooth extraction. Here is SantaCat consoling his sister after her surgery.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, December 2, 2018

SUNSET, PHYSICAL THERAPY, STEROID SHOT, EYE DOCTOR, AND A MINI-MOVE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 36 Mostly Cloudy High 72) 

Sunsets at Kerrville-Schreiner Park are positioned that we don't see them from the rig so we haven't taken many photos while there. We did see a great one after shopping at Wal-Mart.


We had another busy week medically. Jo continued her physical therapy and got a steroid shot in her back and we both had our annual eye appointments. 

After a month at Kerrville-Schreiner we departed yesterday for By the River RV Park, also in Kerrville but on the other end of town. We will be here for a few months.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, November 25, 2018

MEDICAL, MOVIE, THANKSGIVING AND CARPET CLEANING

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 51 Partly Sunny; Breezy High 63) 

This past week Jo had the MRI of her back and continued physical therapy on her foot. It wasn't all medical as we saw 'Instant Family'.


Inspired by a true story the movie simultaneously tugged at your heart strings while being comedic. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne were wonderful but the grandmas (Margo Martindale and Julie Hagerty) were terrific. A very good movie that we wholeheartedly recommend although there is some adult language, but like some movies it wasn't over the top.

We had a Thanksgiving meal with just the two of us so we could have leftovers which we finished off yesterday.

When you live fulltime in an RV you still have household chores and on Black Friday instead of shopping we cleaned the carpet with our Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner. Believe us, crawling around on the floor with the spot cleaner is much better than being jostled by the Black Friday shoppers. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, November 19, 2018

FOOD, DIFFERENT VET, PHYSICAL THERAPY, MRI AND SPORTS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 41 Cloudy High 58) 

We ate at one of our favorites this last week, Rio Ranch Cafe.


We had a scare with Tiger and had to take her to her vet. We caught an infection real early and she has one more shot next week so she seems to be OK. Jo is still dealing with her back pain so the pain center scheduled a MRI to get a better look at her current condition. They plan to do a steroid shot series to help with her pain so we are hoping that works. She is also getting physical therapy for her foot sprain.

This time of the year is one of the best times of the year sports wise. College football is winding down and college basketball is starting. This last weekend had Iowa State in a meaningful game in November with Big 12 title implications. Although it did not turn out like Bob wanted it still has been a great year for the Cyclones with a couple more games to play and then a bowl game. On Sunday the Iowa State women won the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) by handily beating the 24th ranked Miami. Tonight the Iowa State men are playing Arizona in the Maui Invitational and set a record for the most tickets bought by any school for the Maui Invitational.

It is a great time for sports for sure, second only to March Madness in Bob's opinion. 

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, November 11, 2018

DOCTORS, VET AND EATING OH MY

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 44 Considerable Cloudiness High 58) 

We have been in Kerrville for a little over a week and our time has been spent catching up with our doctors, a visit to the vet for one of our cats and of course eating at some of our favorite places.


 
We still have a few favorites to visit.


The next week will involve some more medical stuff and probably a steak at Mamacita's.
 
Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, November 2, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 36 Sunny: Pleasant and Warmer High 72) 

After a couple nights in Llano Texas we departed yesterday and made it back to our winter location in Kerrville, also in Texas. For the first month of our stay we will be at the campground in Kerrville-Schreiner Park.


It was approximately 65 miles, this is the route we took.



We will be in Kerrville for a few months getting squared away with all of our doctors and vets, eating at our favorite places and finding some more, and exploring of the area.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO LLANO TEXAS

Currently in Llano TX (Low 68 A Few Thunderstorms; Some Severe Around High 76) 

After an overnight stop in Cisco TX we departed yesterday and headed to Llano, also in Texas. We are staying at Riverway RV Park.


It was approximately 125 miles, this is the route we took.




We will be here a couple nights.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

COOPER'S OLD TIME PIT BBQ IN LLANO TEXAS (AND A PARK REVIEW)

Currently in Llano TX (Low 48 Currently Partly Cloudy 54)
Heading to Kerrville TX (Currently 54 Sunny High 64) 

Consistently rated as one of the best BBQs in Texas you just had to know we would someday eat at Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ in Llano. At Cooper's you order at the pit.


Bob has been craving some beef ribs and Cooper's did not disappoint. Jo said one of her bites tasted like prime rib. The pork ribs were good but a little tough and the brisket was good but we think we like Bill's BBQ in Kerrville better. We also got some peach cobbler which was really good.

While in Llano we stayed at Riverway RV Park that sits next to the Llano River.


Earlier this year flash flooding of the Llano River caused some havoc in Llano but this RV park was spared since up on a bluff overlooking the river. GPS brought us right to the park. The office staff was friendly. This is a Passport America park for 2 nights. The park roads and sites are gravel. We are in a long pull thru with a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. The hookups were convenient. ATT coverage was good for cellular at 4 bars and LTE was 3 bars.

We would stay again at this park. We depart today for Kerrville for the winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO CISCO TEXAS (AND A PARK REVIEW)

Currently in Cisco TX (Low 62 Currently Cloudy 65)
Heading to Llano TX (Currently 72 Sunny Intervals; Humid High 83) 

After 3 nights in Wichita Falls Texas we departed yesterday and headed to Cisco, also in Texas. We are staying at the RV Park associated with the Executive Inn in Cisco.


It was approximately 125 miles and man was it nice to be on better roads after our usual experience with rough roads in Oklahoma. To put it into perspective we were on some Texas County Roads yesterday that were better than I-44 in Oklahoma and we paid a lot of money in tolls for the privilege of loosening some fillings. This is the route we took.




We stayed hooked up last night. Executive Inn RV Park is OK for an overnight stay. We were in a long pull thru on asphalt that had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. We only used electricity. ATT service was good so overall we were happy. Here is the Lifestyle and truck.


We are heading to Llano Texas today for some good Texas brisket at Coopers.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, October 29, 2018

REVIEW OF WICHITA FALLS RV PARK IN WICHITA FALLS TEXAS

Currently in Wichita Falls TX (Low 50 Currently Sunny 57)
Heading to Cisco TX (Currently 50 Mostly Sunny; Pleasant High 83) 

Wichita Falls RV Park is a nice park in Wichita Falls Texas. After the red mud and so so park in Oklahoma City it was great to be in a very long pull-thru that was a little wet but no more red mud. Our GPS devices brought us right to the park. The office staff was friendly and except for the sewer connection at a weird angle the hookups were convenient. The roads were gravel as were the sites. The patio with picnic table was concrete. ATT cellular was strong at 4-5 bars and ATT 4g was real good at a consistent 3 bars and about 10Mbps. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


We would stay at this park again. We depart today for Cisco Texas.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 28, 2018

CATCHING UP - PRECIOUS MOMENTS CHAPEL IN CARTHAGE MISSOURI

Currently in Wichita Falls TX (Low 50 Plenty of Sunshine High 77)

Catching up on our recent tour of the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage Missouri which was incredible. 


The Chapel has often been described as “America’s Sistine Chapel” as an artful representation of Michelangelo’s own Sistine Chapel in Rome. Here is a photo from their website.

  

Tours for the Chapel are free and the accompanying grounds include an Visitor Center with Gift Shop, Royal Cafe and gardens adorned with bronze statues and fountains. The Visitor Center houses the world’s largest Precious Moments Gift Shop, as well as exclusive figurines. Here are some of the photos we took. You had to know if there was an RV related scene we would find it.



The visitors center was already decorated for Christmas.



The Chapel from a distance along the walkway.



The murals in the Chapel were amazing.






Precious Moments has long been on our bucket list so it was good to finally visit.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo