Friday, November 14, 2008

At the CARE Center

We are finally here at CARE. Our friends Ed and Hazel arrived on MOnday, and we have been doing things together every day since. Monday nght I fixed pizza for us all, and Tuesday Ed had I went over to the blood drive to to our thing. Tom and Hazel both take colesteral meds. We went up to Lufkin on Wednesday to the candy factory. Afteer a trip to Sam's we went over to there motorhome to have snacks and margaritas. They fired up the margarator, and we all had a good time. Yesterday we took off for Houston to some RV dealers. They are looking for a diesel motorhome. Tom and I love to look. Emily isn't going anywhere. There were some beauties there, though. After coming home we went and made banana splits. YUMMY!!
Today we all had our orientation at CARE. Since Ed and Hazel were on the schedule for this evening, we figured it was the time to do it. Tom and I are on starting Monday morning. The folks we take over for leave that morning. From now on we will all be busy, and not off at the same time. Not that we won't be together doing chores. We have found out that we won't be as busy as we were last year. That means we will be able to spend more time with the residents. Most of them just need someone to talk to about things. We have recieved bunches of Escapee hugs, and smiles all around. It's nice to be back.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GreatTime With Great Friends

Yesterday Ed and Hazel came to Livingston to vote. They found us at the laundry, we had to do something while Emily was getting fixed. We went back to our site and sat and talked for awhile. The decision was made to run into town to try this BBQ place for lunch. The smoker was going out back, and we placed our order. We took everything back to the CARE Center, because Ed and Hazel wanted to visit with all the folks. Everyone was so happy to see them. They had to leave about 2:30 so they could get back before dark. The drive takes about 4 hours. They'll be back to stay on Monday. The plan is to hang out till we get down to volunteering. We'll have a great time. Margarita time!!
The call came that Emily was ready to come home about 2:30. When our friends left we walked home, got the car, and took off to the fix-it shop. Joel West did a great job. The weld that holds the air bag to the chassis broke, and the bracket cut the propane line. He replaced the gas line, and bolted on the air bags so they won't come off again. He also did some work for a recall on the refrigerator. This morning we had nice hot water, and I cooked oatmeal for breakfast. It's nice to have Em back together again.
It was good to Ed and Hazel. It'll be really great to be with them at CARE again. They are such good friends.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Back To The Opry

When we arrived in the park last week, the first place we visited was the CARE Center. One of the first things they asked was if we wanted to go to Liberty to the Opry. Of course we said yes. Last night was the night. The theme was "Legends of County Music". We heard some great music from some great musicians and singers. The house band is soooooo good. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We went to Chili's to eat before the show, as the service at Ann's Seafood, where they usually go, has not been so good the last couple of times. Maybe we'll get there ourselves. We are not crazy about Mexican food, but we were able to get food we liked, and where full when we left. Dessert came at the Opry. I had coconut cream pie, and Tom had lemon meringue. The best coconut cream I've ever had.
We went off to vespers this evening. They always have communion. Volunteer speakers do a fine job of keeping the services going. Last week Tom helped serve, and this week there were so many folks that more cups had to be filled to make sure everyone got served. That's a really good thing.
Tomorrow we have to get Emily ready for the visit to the fix-it shop. The refrigerator is our main concern. We have the freezer empty, and I'll defrost it tomorrow. We have to be there by 8 in the morning. It's up and at 'em. And don't forget to vote on Tuesday. Let me tell you, we are surely the minority here in Texas. They are so Republican. They are also very ready to tell you so. Even if you don't ask. You gotta love them.