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Mar 5, 2013 - Fort Parker State Park, TX

With strong, gusty winds… February was gone, and spring announced its impending arrival. During our final week at Canyon Lake we enjoyed a few final card games with my parents, and drove down to Corpus for a visit with Cindy’s mom. A gusty weather front provided 19mpg on the way down… but 12mpg on the way north, against 40mph winds. Doing 75mph in order to make an appointment in SA by 6:30, the powerful diesel didn’t even flinch… but in return, I had to take her out for a “drink” afterward… and she’s no cheap date! I was meeting a guy to...

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Mar 30, 2012 - Leaving Fort Parker

There were many things to be done that had to wait until the last minute: last shower before emptying the gray (water from the shower and sink in the bathroom, water from the kitchen sink) and black water (waste from the toilet) tanks, last evening of TV and early morning news before lowering the antennae, and last use of microwave and lights before disconnecting the electricity. I had been parked in the same place for so long that the clover had completely covered the water hose and the electric cord. I had to pull weeds before I could...

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Mar 29, 2012 - My Last Full Day at Fort Parker

Early this morning, the Great Blue Herons were fishing near my trailer. They would stand forever near the reeds, steadily staring, looking for a fish. Then, in an instant, they would dart into the water and snatch a fish. I saw one heron eating a wiggling fish and it was still wiggling as it slid down its skinny neck. they are so majestic when they take off and land from flight. This is my last full day at Fort Parker State Park. Judy stayed until about noon and then headed back to Garland to get to a 2:00 dental appointment. After she...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Hitting the Trails of Fort Parker

Judy and I slept in. I think Judy got a good night’s rest on my mattress; I’m so glad since she frequently suffers from arthritis aches and has a hard time sleeping. After a lazy start to our morning, I borrowed the park’s Gator and took Judy on the park trails and to see the dam. We enjoyed the park and, especially, the wildflowers. I tried out my new Audubon app on my phone; it has a guide for birds, flowers, mammals, and trees. If my phone could pick up a location, it would help the app limit the selection of flowers, or whatever, but I...

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Mar 27, 2012 - Farewell Luncheon

Off to a busy start for a busy day! Today is my farewell luncheon at Frankie’s (the best restaurant that I’ve found in the Mexia/Groesbeck are) at 11:30. Betty is coming by to pick me up. Judy is driving in from Garland. She may come to the trailer and ride with us or, if she is running later, she may just meet us there she will be driving right by there. I decided that I wanted to get my wash done today, before Judy arrives so she can have clean sheets and I will have the majority of my clothes washed before I leave Fort Parker and the use...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Last Volunteer Day at FUMC

Today is my last day for volunteering at the church. The phone calls and incoming visitors don’t keep me very busy, but everyone seems very appreciative of the fact that I am there to meet and greet. One of the nice benefits to volunteering for the church is that I am able to work on my park curriculum via the Internet at the same time. To complete my investigation of the Groesbeck restaurants, I went to S&H. Several people had talked about S&H so I decided to check it out. It is located in a gas station. It seems that I have been missing...

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Mar 24, 2012 - Too Tired for the City-Wide Garage Sale

My late night arrival from my Dallas trip made it hard for me to get up. Today is the city-wide garage sale in Groesbeck. Individuals as well as groups such as the FUMC have their stuff ready to sell. The Garden Club of Groesbeck is sponsoring an art and crafts sale as well as a food concession. Some of my friends have work schedules that start as early as 7:00 a.m. I thought I might get up and get in early to eat breakfast and check out the craft sale (mostly for ideas since I don’t have room for much of anything) and the various garage...

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Mar 23, 2012 - Breakfast with the Coffee Group Before a Trip to Dallas

Today is my turn to help with the breakfast food for the Groesbeck Coffee Group (a.k.a. Gossip Group). They have been meeting for 30 years at 9:00 on Friday mornings to visit and share news. Each week, two people bring some breakfast foods for all to enjoy. Today, Kay and I are bringing the food. Kay has a key to the church so she got there around 8:00 so I could have enough time to bake my egg casserole. I arrived about 10 minutes after 8:00 and Kay already had the oven heated up. i made my egg casserole (one of those easy one with bread...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Fishes and Loaves

I volunteered this morning at “Fishes and Loaves.” Church on the Rock of Groesbeck began this effort for feeding the impoverished of their community. The need is so great that they are now partnering with the FUMC. In addition to helping on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month with the distribution, every Sunday the members of FUMC are encouraged to bring a particular type of food. For example, last Sunday was canned tomato products and next Sunday is canned meats. All of the volunteers were to show up at 9:00. Of course, not being from...

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Mar 21, 2012 - Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor

The trailer is still so wet that I don’t want to spend much time in it. Fortunately, the bedroom area did not have any leaks so I can sleep in a dry spot, but every time I step on the carpet, I am reminded of how wet everything really is. I spent my morning in the Park Office working on editing and finishing up all of my park curriculum. I emailed my contact in Groesbeck ISD. Since Ranger Tom got her card, she has been promoted from High School Principal to Assistant Superintendent in charge of curriculum. In her current position she will...

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Mar 20, 2012 - And the rain came...into my trailer!

Well, my tale for today begins about 1:00 a.m. last night. About 1:00, the storm arrived. I had just gotten to sleep a little after midnight and I was awakened by booms of thunder. Luci always has to respond to the claps of thunder with a round of barking. So, between the thunder, the sheets of rain hitting the trailer and Luci’s barking, I didn’t get much more sleep. About 3:30, I got up to go to the bathroom. The vent and the skylight were once again leaking in the bathroom. I situated the towels on top of and around the sink counter and...

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Mar 19, 2012 - I'm Making Progress with my Swedish Weaving project

Mondays are my full day at FUMC Groesbeck. In the morning, I go into the church office to answer the phone, transfer calls and greet visitors. Not long after my arrival, one of my friends, Linda, came to paint the frame of the newly installed glass window in the pastor’s door. Linda is my friend that I have gotten to know through the Stitchers group, the Friendship Luncheon, and through the Friday morning ladies gathering. Since she was working about six feet from my desk, we had a wonderful opportunity to talk. She got finished about 11:30...

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