Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Spring Migration Started Early

Spring Migration. For the past week, we have been enjoying chasing the new species that are arriving daily.  We have been happy to see the Orchard and the Bullocks Oriole, the Summer Tanager, the Northern Parula and the Hooded Warbler, and the wonderful Painted Buntings and Indigo Bunting to name several we have seen so far. Pictures of some of the sightings.

The Orchard Oriole

The Sora

Eastern Screech Owl

Bullocks Oriole

Hooded Warbler (male)

The Least Bittern

The shy Painted Bunting in the grass

Great-tailed Grackle (one of Latona's favorites)

We watch the weather daily, and listen to the experts and head to South Padre Island on what might be a good day. We wait with the many bird watchers and photographers and anticipate the treasures that may appear.  Tomorrow is another birding day ...yippee!

Beach Clean-up We went to,the Turtle Inc presentation the other day and heard about a volunteer chance to help clean the beach.  We joined into the activity and had a good experience. Each time I picked up something, I rejoiced for the turtle trying to build her nest in the area, and the little babies that would emerge in about two months.

Beach Cleaning in Anticipation of Turtle Nesting Season

Birds migrating over our heads.

Some of the other "cleaners"
We were some of the older folks in the group.😄

Texas Onion Festival In March we had another opportunity to visit a Texas festival...the Texas Onion Festival!

Mariachi musicians - this group was made up woman who are also teachers. Very good!

Andalusian Horse that was part of the horse show at the Onion Fest.




Easter Celebration in Texas

The blooming of all the flowers has been part of our celebration. Prickly pear bouquet!

Prickly Pear flower

Wild,or,Mexican Olive

Lantana

Retama

Coral Bean

Pink/red Prickly pear

Orange Prickly Pear


GratitudeLatona and I are very grateful for all the beauty and joy of our lives. Perhaps the gifts we cherish the most are the wonderful friends who share our journey.  These sweet friends came for a visit this winter, and we want to celebrate them and the times we shared.

Tracy and Cindy

Cathryn, Patti and Latona

Soon, we too will be heading north.  We are looking forward to so many things as we "migrate"
back to family and friends.  Most of all, we look  forward to being with YOU!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Times Up - Back to Blogging

Back to Texas
The drawing for the winter was to make a return trip to Texas!  We decided to leave in November and made our way to Pennsylvania to see Mom and my siblings.  We had seen our children and grandchildren, said a "goodbye" to each one, trusting we would seen them again in the spring. On the road again!

I took a pause posting on the blog but I can honestly say that I missed this opportunity to share a few thoughts and some of our pictures. So we are back!

Women's History Month

On the road, we always find interesting things to see and learn.  This cabin, called the Pucketts Cabin, was along the Blue Ridge Parkway and reading about this woman's life has stayed with me since then.  Orleans Hawks Puckett married at 16 years of age, and until the age of 50 she herself had 24 children none of whom lived more than a few days.

After that age, she decided on her "practice" and became the midwife of the mountains. It is believed she delivered over 1000 babies, and never lost a baby or a mother. She charged one dollar for her service and delivered the last baby when she was 102 years old, the same year she died.

There is now a Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Ashville, North Carolina that continues her legacy to care for children and their mothers.  She is one of the league of women who helped build the history of this country and we honour her!

Rodeo Experience
                       


One of the true experience of Texas is a small town rodeo.  Los Fresnos provided us this chance.  We wandered around and saw the animals and listened to some of the music. I had a most delicious brisket sandwich and we enjoyed a lemonade and French fries. By 3 o'clock we were packed into the stands and had a wonderful first hand sight that included bull riding, calf roping, and bronc busting.

We made a collage of those events in picture one. But perhaps the most enjoyable event was the mutton busting shown in picture two.  Children ride on a sheep, and see how long they can stay on the critter. It was histerical! 

Turtle Release


We had some cold nights and days which meant many of the Green Turtles in the shallow, sea grass filled Laguna Madre were stunned and rescued by Turtle, Inc. After the rescue, the turtles were warmed up and as soon as the weather cooperated, they released about 65 from the beach on South Padre Island. It was a thrilling first for us! 
       
Birds Abound
                     
One of the reasons we come to the Rio Grande Valley is the varied bird life.  I kept thinking to call this collage we made "Birds of Color".  It makes me realize that nature tries to show us how to live our lives. These diverse birds live together.  They have "learned" how to share the same space and how to get along. 

First Day of Spring - the Cacti are Bloomimg


                            


We have been thrilled with all the wildflower blooming and the other day on our hike we saw the beginning of bloom on the Prickly Pear and the Horse Hobbler Cactus.

It makes us realize that soon we will be migrating back north.  We will stay here until early May so we don't miss the Spring Migation and then it will be On the Road Again!  We are happy and grateful!
Love to you from L and L. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️






Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time Out

After five years, I have decided to take a break from writing/photos.  Thank you for reading my posts over the past.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Family Shots #2

Around Thanksgiving, I try to,wrap up the blog postings for the year so that I can order a printed Blog Book for that year. This year I decided to finish the postings with pictures of our children and grandchildren (previous blog posting Family Shots #1) and with a special final post to include my siblings, my mother and Latona.  

After our last visits with the children and families in October, we started our journey south. Usually, we include visits with my siblings in Pensylvania and New Jersey. Now that my mother is with my youngest sister in Douglassville, PA, we decided to spent a longer visit there.  Happily, my brother and sisters all came together for a big pork and sauerkraut dinner with us and mom.  

Brother Joe and Mom

Joe's partner Nancy and daughterJenna

My sisters Sherry and Dotty

Dottys husband Forrest
                                   

Sherry and her partner Jim

Special adopted member of the family Hoppy.
                                    
       

And Mom's cats Hansel and Gretel


                                                         *********************

My mother and me 74 years ago.
                              

My mother and me a few days ago.

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This blog is a tribute to my mother. She grew up in a church-sponsored orphanage, losing her mother at four years of age and her father to an accident on the railroad. She is filled with a grit about life and a survival spirit that must have originated very early in her life. Although she has faced health issues in her life, she never let it determine her way of being with us.  She loved us and did the best for us, like making sure we had enough food to eat even if it meant she didn't have any.  She made our clothes from others hand-me-downs, and made us happy to be warm and clean. She still gives us gifts and has even paid for our funerals and cremations. Wow!   And she taught us her faith.  Her favorite hymn is The Old Rugged Cross. Now she is 96 years old and lives with Dottie and Forry.  In spite of increasing blindness, she continues on, engaged and alert.  Yesterday, I picked up a puzzle page beside her chair and realized that she attempted and filled in the Soduko for the first time! What spunk! I am so grateful for all that she had done for me. I love you Mom.


This blog is also a tribute to my siblings. These people are some of the most generous and kind-hearted people you could meet.  They take us in every time we come for a visit, planning wonderful meals, movies, outings, beer, electricity, and most of all give us their time. They love Latona as much as they do me. Most of all, I want to say that we really love each other and want the best for each other. We do not squabble over money or items of possible inheritance as many families do.  ðŸ˜
My sister and her husband happily take care of mom and give her a wonderfully secure home for her final days. I am so very proud of them and proud to be one of them! 


This blog is also a tribute to Latona. We have been partners for over thirty years and have walked many paths together, from Baxter State Park, to the Appalachian Trail, to visits to all fifty states, and to thirty-four countries around the world.  We were blessed to have a wonderful home in Eddington on Chemo Pond and now have managed five years of full-time travel in our Leisure Van. We have an enduring love filled with comfort and contentment.  There is a Shainia Twain song that describes our love. She is " Still The One!"

         God is Love and I have been blessed by His love in every aspect of my life. THANK YOU!

Family Shots #1

Folks often have responded very positively to pictures that I have posted of our visits with our children, grandchildren and now grandpets.  It made me realize that our friends and family don't get a chance to see them very often, if at all. You may have seen them over the years, but here are some very recent pictures. This is a short post that includes pictures of Phillip, Katrina and Carrie and their extended families.

An evening with Phillip watching his beloved Yankees.

His son and daughter, Simon and Azure.

His mother likes popcorn just as much as he does!

His dogs, Frankie, Cole, Cammi and Budget.

We wanted a picture with him😍

Latona's daughter, Katrina
              

And her partner Mike with Louie
                                        

Katrina's daughter Torrey with her Meme. She loves to go on a hike with us and we love this special time with her.

The leaves were like a special bouquet on our hike.


Latona and Katrina


Carrie and Jay having a lighter moment.

Sari and her goat Samme and Spotty Chicken.

Lyla and the horse she loves, Lucy.

Our our visit with Carrie, she and I had fun working on the goat house project.

More of the grandpets!

Although, we travel during the winter and are separated from our families for many months each year, they are never far from our hearts. When summer rolls around, we visit with each of them in between our camping trips to Campobello.  We love to talk with them and share with them.  

They are facing the issues of their lives with faith and spiritual wisdom. They love their children and their those around them. They are generous hearted people.  

That is all we could ask!  We are grateful to be their mothers!