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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Guitars

Niel has his guitars on his office wall.  Last year I decided to do a needlepoint that pictured his wall.  The result is below:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Leisure World Chapel: Joys and Concerns

Prayers are needed for all the following:

Dave Slater is home from the hospital but will need daily treatment for Diabetic issues for the next 6 weeks.  Carol Slater will get the results of a biopsy on Wednesday of this week.

Ellen Lord's daughter Diane had gall bladder surgery and is doing well. 

Betty Stoulil is at home. She is improved, but has a long way to go to get her strength back.

Ruth Caturia's sister passed away , memorial services will be held in the spring.

Gary Davis is having hip replacement in Houston this week.

Jim and Beth Staton's son Tony Staton is receiving Chemo treatments.

Linda Belcher continues to improve slowly. She is able to get out some.

                Anyone needing to Contact Pastor Belcher, call  210-464-3907 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Leisure Birders

Friday, January 13th, eleven Leisure Birders piled in the vans of McCleary and Hersom.  We headed to Port Isabel where we met George and Scarlet Colley (and their dog).  It was a perfect picture day for a professional birding trip on the Legena Madre.  No wind, partly cloudy and 80 degrees.

We counted 45 different species of shore birds, and dolphins.  Colley's dolphin dog (Rozzi) alerted us with his barks as the dolphins swan along the boat escorting us along the way.

At noon we disembarked and drove to Pirates Landing where we all enjoyed a good dinner.  We then drove across the causeway to Padre Island to the birding center, where we spotted more birds, a jack rabbit hopping through the brush, turtles and three alligators. 

A great birding day, before we ventured back to Leisure World as some had plans to participate in the Friday evening bingo.

Jan Scheetz...

The article and pictures are from Jan Scheetz, who asked me to put on the blog.  

Leisure World Style Show

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the rec hall was soon turned into a "BALLROOM".  Chief Judy Hukill was in charge and she put her crew to work.  The hall was arranged and decorated very elegantly, even the ladies bathroom.  A luncheon of croissant sandwiches (ham, chicken salad, and egg salad) with a side salad and a star cookie served to all. 
Judy Hukill (Thanks for such a beautiful day)
Helen Mott with her great smile, greeted all guests as they entered the hall, giving each lady a little "pin" which was handmade by Joannie Miller.

Ladies and gentlemen from Leisure World modeled great outfits from Bic's (McAllen), Wells and Lionells (Weslaco).  There were over 110 signed up for this event.
Bonnie Sell (Leisure World Manager)

Leisure World Managers Bonnie & Dan

Myril and Mary Ferguson
Pat and Louie Jett

Rita and Brent Langman

Gordy and Ardy Thompson
Dan Sell
Elizabeth Del Campo
Darlene Crandall
Linda Shires
JoAnne Kurtenbach
Sandy Swank
Lynda Rickel
Elnora Christensen
Karen Anderson
Norma Brown
Joannie Miller
Sharon DeCock
Sherry Petrie
There were many other outfits that the group modeled, this being just a few.  All did a super job.  Another fun day.

Special Thought

The thought for today has been neglected for a while. I'll get back to updating it soon.
Today I want to share a lengthy "story" that Jewett Powers posted on facebook.

"Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have
the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure
that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our
early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't
have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a
r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before
the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest
burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much."

Thank You!

As elderly retired folk, living in a park in south Texas, some have expressed their sorrow that we have no family near by to help coddle us when we are under the weather.  How wrong they are! In Leisure World we don't have just friends and neighbors, we have an extended and extensive family! Right now I am going through a session brought on by my own procrastination. As a very active diabetic I have poor circulation and need to visually make sure that I promptly attend to any sores or wounds. I let a sore toe get out of hand, and when my podiatrist took a look he reported ulcerated toe with bone exposed, and sent me to the hospital where it could be assessed, treated with antibiotics, and posed the possibility of amputation. That finally hammered some sense into this old man's head. After 5 days in the hospital, getting initial IV antibiotics, things are looking up. The ulcer is healing, and I have met a whole bunch of new doctors. I am also getting two IVs of antibiotics each and every day until February 24.
This is where the point of this leads.  I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of offers of help, by those offering to drive me to DHR for my IVs, willing to sit and wait in a chilly waiting room for two hours while I'm treated, and bring me home! I have been home for 4 days today, and have eaten two terrific dinners brought in by LW residents, am going to dine with another tonight! I have to be very emphatic to keep people from "taking care of us" to the extreme.  That, dear friends, is "family"...and I can not adequately express my thanks, my appreciation, my love! Thank you, thank you, thank you...from the very pampered Dave!


January 16, 2017, Mary Casey became 94 years young.  On the following Tuesday afternoon, many, many Leisure World friends met at the hall to share this special day with Mary.  Red roses were on the table from Lloyd Walker, with an abundance of birthday cards/wishes for Mary and all enjoyed cake and ice cream. 
Always a fun time to get with friends.  Thanks to Linda and Jim Wright and Mary and Stan Gainer who hosted the party and thanks to all who helped.  What a wonderful day...  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Card Bingo

Every Sunday afternoon, 4:00 PM, Card Bingo takes place in the Leisure World rec. hall.  This afternoon we had approximately 28 who shared the fun.

Bill and Clarice Pratt are leading our card bingo this year.  All you need is four in a group, 14 nickels and 3 dimes, and some good luck to win a hand. 
Ready and waiting for the first card to be called...
Roxy always has a smile, hoping to win this hand...
 Ruth Elliott and Don Kurtenbach waiting on their turn to maybe win...
 Dick, always has a pot of coffee ready for those who might like to have a cup...
If you've never played and would like to learn, come on out and we'll be glad to teach you.  It's a lot of fun and a good time to spend your afternoon.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dave Slater

Please say a prayer for Dave Slater who is in the Renaissance Hospital in McAllen, Texas.  He has some complications but should be coming home soon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Got a phone call one day, "LET'S GO TO MCALLEN", OKAY, So that day, Joannie Miller and Phyllis Connett (Dolly and Diller) headed out on an adventure, mission, whatever you might want to call it and had a great time.  We did accomplish all that we had set out for (boots, blouse, food, and lunch, Plus) and had a great time together.  OUR LAST STOP - even though we were so tired, we had to have a KRISPIE CREAM donut(s).  But, we did bring some back to share with our spouses.... 

As you relax and "consume" your sweets, you can watch the making of the donuts...    WE HAD A GREAT TIME, GUESS THAT IS WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR.

Red Hat Gathering

On Wednesday, January 11th, the Red Hat Ladies of Leisure World met at the rec hall for a "Birthday Bash".  The purpose of this gathering was to celebrate every red hatter's birthday, even if it wasn't on this particular day.  BUT, there was one lady (Sharon DeCock) who was celebrating this day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SHARON...  Ladies dressed as if it was their actual birthday.  Red covering shoulders and purple headgear.

Phyllis Connett made plans for the outing, recruiting the below ladies to help out for the day.  Phyllis went as PHYLLIS DILLER, even dying her hair purple for the day...
Phyllis introduced Joannie Miller as DOLLY PARTON. 
Yvonne Grimmus and Kay Bullard was introduced as BETTY WHITE AND RACHAEL RAY.  Betty White played the role of a chef on the Mary Tyler Moore show and Rachael Ray has her own cooking show. 
Then Minnie Pearl was introduced.  Carolyn Cornelious (better known around Leisure World as CC) played this part.  She was an excellent Minnie Pearl.  You can't see the tag on her hat, but check out the knee highs...
Mary Gainer was introduced as DALE EVANS.  Didn't get a picture of her with the guitar.  Mary did a great job of singing "Angel Unaware" which was written by Dale Evans.
From the left:  MINNIE PEARL (CC), RACHAEL RAY (Kay), PHYLLIS DILLER (Phyllis), BETTY WHITE (Yvonne) DOLLY (Joannie) and DALE EVANS (Mary)...
We told a "little" about our birth names, sang, played some games and all went away with a small gift, and we had the most delicious ice cream sundaes.    

We apologize for those coming late and didn't get a chance to sign up.  Plans were made for the amount of people signing up and personalized cards were made for all who had signed up ahead of the date, therefore, it was not a last minute thing to handle when someone came to the door and wanted to join. 
Phyllis made each of her "Team" red/purple reversible aprons to show her appreciation for the help putting on this outing.  These outings cannot be planned without a great team.  Thanks to all who helped (including some spouses) and thanks to all for coming.  We had a great time.