|Bandido and Poquita Standing Guard at the Front Window|
Roger here... Since our return from Austin, our lives have rolled on. We are all (Bandido included) adjusting well to our adoption of Poquita. There will be several pictures of her at the end of this post.
This post will highlight a few of the random events that have taken place in our lives over the past few weeks.
SHORT TRIP TO FLORIDA....
My friend, Jay, asked me to fly to Southwest Florida for a few days to join him and his son-in-law, Chad. Jay was checking out his Florida home and enjoying some time away from his business. Since our wives, Dianne and Nancy, were not there, it was a guys-only vacation. One evening we participated in a champagne-flight meal at a local restaurant --- something new for me. We had a lot of great meals at various restaurants during the visit.
|Happy Birthday to Kaia|
|Dave, Amanda, Kaia|
MORE SOUTH TEXAS ISSUES...
Another first for Dianne and me. We attended a political rally in an old movie theater in downtown McAllen. We have both been following (and supporting) Beto O'Rourke in his bid to unseat Ted Cruz for a seat in the U.S. Senate. We wanted to see him in person and hear what he had to say. We arrived 30 minutes early and were among the very last people admitted before the theatre was at capacity. The picture below was taken from the very back of the balcony where we stood. It was packed.
We continue to support Beto and his views.
While walking our dogs in the neighborhood one morning, we were approached by Frank McCaffrey, a local TV reporter (ABC Channel 5) who wanted to interview us regarding the possible closure of Bentsen State Park if the "wall" was built. I agreed. The slant of the interview had to do with home values and tourism if the park were to be closed. I gladly expressed my views. The mayor of Mission, TX also presented statistics indicating the loss of dollars to the city from tourism that the state park attracts.
A HICCUP IN MY EXERCISE PROGRAM...
Uh Oh! Despite my efforts to shield my skin from the intense southern sun, my dermatologist identified another skin cancer (my third). This one on my hand was a squamous cell. All of the cancer was eliminated. I have been so lucky in finding these problems and having them removed before they metastasized. This one required a skin graft since it was near my knuckles.... several weeks of recovery. I was not able to lift heavy objects or do any real exercise that would put pressure on the wound. I could not walk dogs. I could not swim laps. I could not lift weights. I was very bored!
FINALLY! AN ORGANIZED SHED...
This outdoor enclosure surrounds all of the service connections to our house --- air conditioner, water softening, electrical box, lawn watering, etc.
I have finally spent some time installing shelving and organizing my tools. Life is so much easier.
Dianne here -- Roger was in his element, having the time of his life organizing tools - what he loves best!
RANDOM OUTDOOR SHOTS FROM OUR BACK YARD...
|A woodpecker frequents our hummingbird feeder|
|Hummingbirds Everywhere as they fly south|
We had geraniums in these pots. They did well over the winter, but did not survive the summer heat, even with frequent watering. These Ixoras should do much better.
This was the last catch-up post. Chronologically, the next post was the one from South Padre Island that has already been posted. I am planning to post again in October when we take the motor home to the hill country of Texas for two weeks.
PET PICTURES OF THE DAY... POQUITA (Spanish translation --- little bit)
Dianne seems to think that she has a baby that requires new pajamas.
I have witnessed this behavior from Dianne in the past :-).
(I'm already looking forward to buying her a winter coat for the 50 degree days this winter -- D.)
|Chillin' on Mom's Chair|
Poquita is the first dog we've had since our whippet, Jasper (the "original traveling whippet") that watches TV. She reacts to the images and sounds as if they were in the room.
Dianne again: her favorite shows are Lucky Dog (a show about shelter dogs that are trained and adopted) and The Incredible Dr. Pol, especially when the screen shows cats!