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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Poem To Which I Can Relate

An email from Marge Langer arrived this morning...and as a true "old fogy" I identified.  I'll share it here.

I remember the bologna of my  childhood, 
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom  unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer or shop.

The kids were a lot more  contented,
They didn't need money for  kicks,
Just a game with their friends in  the road,
And sometimes the Saturday  flicks.

I remember the shop on the  corner,
Where cookies for pennies were  sold
Do you think I'm a bit too  nostalgic?
Or is it....I'm just getting  old?

Bathing was done in a wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy  suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mama pressed everyone's 'duds'.

I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I  swore
Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
And we hadn't much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was  destroyed?
We ate what was put on the  table
And I think life was better  enjoyed.

Author, Unknown  
If you can remember those days you can
forward this or not,  whatever your heart desires,                                 
no warts will appear if you don’t.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

My Didn't It Rain!

Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from Dale Parkinson inquiring about the weather. I advised him that it was raining gently and I thought most of the weather went north of us. Boy was I wrong! When it started it didn't know when to stop. Unofficial totals I have heard say Weslaco got over 10 inches! Here are a few snapshots of the area around #152 Queen Palm.
The water was approaching the office door by late afternoon.

A look across the street showed Chandler's doublewide completely surrounded.

There was another 6-8 inch rise in the water level after this, with the flood entering the pool.

South on King Palm from our front steps...still a lot more to come.

Plastic decorative pumpkins from the bench out our back door went wandering...this one is cruising King Palm.

Starting to get too dark for good van is "tire deep" in my carport.

The sewer access manhole in my side yard is a couple of inches under water now.

Should be just about starting in the laundry door...I didn't wade over to check.

By now the water was tire deep on my golf cart parked next to my screened deck. It eventually had about two inches over the deck!

I'm just one of the folks who will have to do some skirting repair.

Manager Dan co-oped Pete Knutson and his boat to conduct a "rescue mission".

Didn't need a warning sign to not run over the boat trailer parked in the middle of the street in front of the office.

The rescuers are returning with their cargo.

Sharon and Red could still smile and wave...not sure I could have done that.

Now comes recovery, hope we don't get any more rain for a while. This was the deepest flooding we have seen in our 19 1/2 years in the park. Hurricane Donna was second in line, probably near a foot lower!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


For those of you who are not in the valley yet, or are on the way, you might want to trade your vehicle in for one like the picture below.  Been raining since early this morning and hasn't stopped much in-between.  Can't hardly tell where driveways and streets meet. 
Due to the rain and flooding, the cookout was cancelled for the evening.  As you can see in the picture below, the rain was across most streets in Leisure World.  
  Guess we'll have a bowl of cheerios tonight.... 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cherry On Top

Cherry On Top - This is one place you do want to visit.  If you have never been there, you will be surprised to see what is in store for you - not only the "goods", but the grounds around the property.  I have been there several times and will difinitely go back again this year.  Whistling ducks around the huge pond and the other animals that roam the grounds.  You should check this out - STRAIGHT SOUTH ON BRIDGE...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Leisure World Cook Out

Another great "cook out" took place on Saturday, October 10th.  There was approximately 31 who gathered at the Leisure World Hall for a great time of fellowship and good food. 
 Shirley and Beth preparing for the Saturday evening feast...
Dave and Carol taking in the money for the cookout.  Guys around the table with their "stories" while waiting on the night to begin...
Jim Staton prepared the grills, then the lucky Leisure World residents got to do the cooking.

 "They" were suppose to say "CHEESE" as they looked toward the camera...  Finally everyone had their plates full and relaxed while the evening went on.

Two new couples in the park sitting with Carolyn - Gene and Sue, and Oli and Joanne...
Thanks to those who donated the delicious desserts which after a certain announcement, some of us had taken the chance for an extra piece...  The picture above was taken after all had at least one piece of dessert.  All mightly good...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Our Valley!

Have your family and friends expressed concern for your safety when you winter on the US/Mexico border? Share this article with them! It is a "Staff Report" from this morning's McAllen Monitor.

"FBI statistics showed cities along the Texas-Mexico border have a lower murder rate than other major cities in the U.S., according to a news release from Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office.

U.S. Rep. Cuellar, D-Laredo, released on Thursday evening a compilation of the 2014 statistics from officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigations that shows a lower murder rate in cities near the Texas-Mexico border, according to the release. In 2014, there were 242 murders in Houston and 116 murders in Dallas compared with 14 murders in Laredo, six in McAllen, and five in Brownsville and El Paso combined, according to the release. “Many people, both in the political arena and out, mischaracterize the southern border region as very unsafe. But today’s numbers, for yet another year, paint a very different picture. These statistics clearly show that some of the safest cities in the United States are on the U.S.-Mexico border,” Cuellar said in a prepared statement. “The murder rate is actually higher in Washington, D.C. where I work than in McAllen, El Paso or Brownsville, all along the Texas border with Mexico. These numbers should cause people to rethink some of the things they may have heard about the region. Misinformation like that hurts our local economy and makes it difficult to attract skilled workers and encourage investment.” Along with a lower murder rate, the statistics from 2014 also show fewer robberies in cities along the Texas-Mexico border with 10,186 and 4,202 in Houston and Dallas respectively compared with 415 in El Paso, 196 in Laredo, 138 in Brownsville and 68 in McAllen, according to the release."


A new "Italian" restaurant opened on the western edge of Harlingen this past summer (for you old-timers, it is located where the Lone Star Steak House was for many years). It is Stefano's, and it has been  crowded every night since it opened. There are probably several reasons for this...Jim Staton says it's due to offering live music on the patio....others comment on the quality of the food...but it is my opinion that portion size has a lot to do with it.  While the other reasons are valid, I offer as proof of my stance....20 Leisure Worlders gathered there last evening for dinner....and 20 of them had take out cartons filled with their left-overs in their hands when they left for Weslaco! Case closed!

Since I once again forgot to take my camera, I owe a big thank you to Dick and Phyllis Connett and daughter Carrie for the photos displayed here!

This is one of the main courses that show why I feel that portion size contributes to the popularity of this eatery!

Maxine found a secondary use for her napkin when the air conditioning kicked on!

Linda was a late arrival but wasted no time in catching up.
Everyone enjoyed the meal and the company. At least some of us will be returning for some really great tasting Italian food (and lots of it!)

Thursday, October 8, 2015