Friday, January 20, 2017

What Do I Do All Day? (For Renda)

Last week a dear friend came to visit us in our fifth wheel.  While our husbands were outside hiking through the park, we sat and visited a while.  Sitting on the edge of her seat (she does not have the "do nothing" talent that I have), she looked around our tiny living/dining/kitchen room, and asked, "So, what do you do while Tim is out playing golf or fishing?"  And I promptly asnwered, "Well, uuuuhhhh...."  

I couldn't think of a thing.  We finally came up with a few things between us.  She reminded me that I like to make jewelry, and I have adult coloring books to color.  I remembered that I like to read, and I actually enjoy cooking in my wee little kitchen.

I don't know why my mind goes blank so often when someone asks me a direct question.  Honestly, if you asked me my name, I'd have to think a few seconds before answering.

But, now that I've had some time to think, and to actually do some of the things that I do, I've made a list.
This is for you, Renda...

* I write my blog.  

* I write in my private journal.

* Before I can write in my blog, I have to sort through and label the photos I've taken, to see which ones I want to use.  This can take hours.

* I pay bills.

*  I call or text my family and friends.

* I clean house.  Actual cleaning doesn't take long, but making everything fit sometimes takes a while.  A place for everything and everything in its place is the rule in such a small space.

* I sketch or paint.

* I play computer games.

* I walk Charlie.

* I embroider or crochet or sew buttons back on Tim's clothes.

* I look online a lot, planning our activities for the trip, making reservations for our next stop, etc.

* I look at Facebook, our church website, e-mails, texts, and news channels.

* I sometimes go shopping, but usually Tim wants me to wait so he can go with me.

* I watch old movies, especially the old musicals that Tim just doesn't appreciate.

* I plan meals and make grocery lists.

* I sometimes take naps.  😌

* And, as I said, I read (I usually have 2 or 3 books going at the same time), cook, color, and sometimes make or repair jewelry.

I'm never bored.  

So, what do Tim and I do together?  All kinds of things!  

There's always museums, zoos, and gardens to visit.  

Some days we will drive an hour or two to visit a small town we've never been to before.  

In the summer we might swim in the RV park's pool.  

We go do laundry at the washateria once a week.  

We buy groceries every two or three days.  

We eat out  3 or 4 times a week.  

We go to church.  

We take walks.  (Until this past year, I loved to go hiking with him, but my knees and hips have slowed me down lately). 

Sometimes we go see a movie.  

We both enjoy live theater, so if there is a local drama group performing in the area, we may go see a play.  

We visit with our neighbors in the RV park (Tim's better at that than I am, my shyness kicks in and I go mute).  

Sometimes we just drive around to see the scenery.

I love my little home on wheels, and I feel so blessed to be able to travel around and see the country with my Cowboy.  

As I've often said, the only thing that could make it better would be if I could convince all my family and friends to buy RV's and come with us!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Life

Our little church lost one of our dearest members early this morning.  I don't often mention complete names in this little blog, but I just want to tell the world (all five of you that read this!) how much we all loved Mrs. Ruby Haynes.  Ruby would have been 98 next month.  She had been a member of our church for 67 years.  She never met a stranger in all that time.  When visitors came to our church, she was the first to greet them and make them feel welcome.  Half of the church called her Aunt Ruby.

She loved Jesus even more than she loved people, and she was never shy about singing His praises.  If the pastor asked for testimonies from the congregation, she was the first to stand and tell everyone how much she loved her Saviour.  If she met someone at the grocery store, she never failed to ask if they had a home church, and, if not, invite them to ours.

Up until just a few years ago, she was still volunteering for everything that went on at church, and she could work rings around us younger ones.  She still taught her Ladies' Sunday School class up until just a few months ago.

She was especially dear to me, because she was one of the remaining few in our church who remembered my parents, and she often shared her memories of them with me.

And she always told me she loved me.  Well, okay, she loved everybody.  And I'm pretty sure that each of us thought we were her favorite person in the world.

She smiled.  A lot.  And that made the rest of us smile.

She wasn't completely perfect, though.  She was a real human being, and she could sometimes sound a little sharper than she intended.  But, whenever she felt that she had hurt someone, it broke her heart.

I have often said that I want to be just like Ruby when I grow up.

I think it's past time for me to start.

Do you have a home church?  Let me tell you about my Saviour...

Ruby Haynes February 19, 1919 - January 19, 2017

from our church's facebook page:

          Our sweet Miss Ruby Haynes went home to Jesus early this morning. She was an active member of Harmony Baptist Church for 67 years. Miss Ruby taught Sunday School, VBS, volunteered at the Center of Hope, was a devoted prayer warrior and always told people about Jesus.

She "always told people about Jesus."  Yes, Lord, I want to  be like her.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

(We Interrupt this Blog, to Bring You) My Own Little Rant

We've been on the road for about two months now.  For the most part, it's been great.  Fun, relaxing and interesting.  Even thrilling at times.  Like when we had to flee Disney World in the middle of the night because of the hurricane that was headed in our direction - that was some excitement we could have lived without!

I've kept telling myself I would update the blog "tomorrow", but every time I sat down to do it, it was like a dark cloud was hanging over me, so I just stopped thinking about it.  The dark cloud, of course, was the presidential election.  Honestly the trip hasn't been nearly as memorable as the election.  Unfortunately, the election is memorable for all the wrong reasons.

I thought when it was over, I could concentrate on writing about the fun stuff.  But it seems that the chaos from the campaigns will never end.  So, maybe, if I put a few of my thoughts and fears in writing, I can let it go.  Or maybe that will just make the scary stuff more real.  Who knows.

For decades I've thought the USA might be headed towards civil war.  I thought it would be between the "haves" and the "have-nots".  Now I don't see anything as simple as a two sided civil war in our future.  It looks more like a melee, a free-for-all, a bar fight.  Black vs. white vs. Hispanic vs. Asian vs. whatever, male vs. female, young vs. older, rich vs. poor vs. middle class, Christian vs. Muslim vs. atheist/agnostic, Democrat vs. Republican vs. Independent, management vs. labor, gay vs. straight, state's rights vs. centralized government.

According to the above labels, I am a older white female Christian, lower middle class, conservative on most issues, liberal when it comes to caring for those who can't take care of themselves.

I have nothing against anyone who is anything else.  Even if they have a different point of view, I wish them no harm, I would even do anything in my power to help them out.  I do have friends and family from all walks of life, and I love them all, even though we don't always agree.  But at some point, I am afraid that I will be pushed into a position where I am on one side or another.  Not that I would choose to be at war against anyone, but that we will all be at war whether we want it or not.

And then there's the actual criminal element...drug dealers, sex traffickers, organized crime.  And the future can look truly scary.

And that's why I am so thankful that I am a Christian.  Because I know Who holds the future.  Praise Him!

We Christians will vote our values.  We will campaign for our values.  We will discuss our values with others.  For instance, I would try to talk a friend out of having an abortion. To be clear, I would not help her get an abortion.  But I would nurse her back to health after her abortion, and help in any other way I could.  Without preaching.  And I'm not the only one.

Because I am a follower of Christ, I think it is important to reach out to people who think differently than me.  We are commanded to love our enemies, not just the people who think like us.  That's why I am so horrified to see all the hateful things being said by the media.  And not just the media, but by my own friends in their blogs and on Facebook.

Why do the liberals keep being so negative?  If they keep rioting because the government is not to their liking, the government will eventually be forced to come down on them.  It's like a self fulfilling prophecy.  "The government is against us, so we're going to riot"  - then the government steps in to stop them, and they say, "See, the government is against us."

Why are so many conservatives gloating because their candidate won?  No one knows what kind of president he will be.  He has four years to prove himself.  Wait a while before you get too excited.  Gloating just reinforces the notion that you are heartless and a hater.  The fear mongering media is partially too blame, but you have to admit that some of things that your candidate has said sounded pretty bad.  And it's a shame that so many hate groups have supported him, like the KKK.  Yes, he has denounced them, but that still doesn't look too good.

As Christians, we need to spread peace as much as we possibly can.  Hate has no place in our faith, other than to hate the evil one, Satan, who is the root cause of all this strife.  He has deceived so many to believe his lies.  But, Christian, he is deceiving you, too, if you are believing the lie that you must hate your fellow man, whom God created, just as He created you.

Okay, have I made everyone mad now?  That certainly is not my intention.

Rant over.  Back to my regularly scheduled travel blog.

We are staying in Georgetown this week.  Today is the first day of the Southern Baptist Covention of Texas Bible Conference and Annual Meeting.  It's being held in Austin this year, and we are going to commute the 30 miles to attend.  It starts at 6:00 tonight and I can't wait!  I am ready to hear a good word from the Lord!!

The conference lasts 3 days, then Cowboy wants to spend a couple of days fishing, then we should be home in time for church next Sunday.

I really will try to post more pictures of our trip before the week is over.

Pray for our country.
Pray for our elected officials.
Pray for each other.
Praise God.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Disney World

Well, I told myself I would catch up on the blog tonight, but here it is nearly 9:00 at night, and I haven't even finished transferring all of our pictures to the computer tonight.  So this is going to be very short and sweet.  Short, anyway.

We've been planning this trip for months, and we finally left home mid-September.  First night was spent in Henderson, Texas.  We got to meet our son for supper that night.

The next two nights we were in Marksville, Louisiana, where Tim played golf, and I just played house.  That's what it feels like to me to live in the 5th wheel, just like playing house.  Meals are simple, and I enjoy fixing them.  Takes about 5 minutes to wash the dishes, maybe 2 minutes to sweep the floor.  Most of my day is spent reading, sleeping, or watching t.v.  Evenings, we have a quick and easy dinner, then watch whatever dvd's we've brought along.  This time, it's the last two seasons of Star Trek Enterprise.  My Cowboy is going to owe me a month's worth of musical comedy when that's over.

We spent 4 or 5 nights in Abita Springs, Louisiana.  Golfing and fishing for Tim, more laziness for me and Charlie Chihuahua.  We had a problem with the pickups air conditioning, and we were thankful that the GM dealership there could fix it.

Then we spent one night somewhere in the panhandle of Florida (I'll have to look up the name of the resort and the town it was nearest to), then spent a long day driving to Clermont, Florida, where we spent four nights.  Tim, of course, played more golf.  I went shopping.  We also got all our laundry done, so we wouldn't have to worry about it while we are at Disney.  That's the only thing I don't really like about living in the trailer - doing laundry at the laundromat.  But at least I can get it all done in the time it would take to do one load at home.  I do wish we had a washer/dryer in the trailer.  Although, the ones made for RV's are so small, it would take even longer to wash clothes than it does at home.

We arrived at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground on Saturday.  So far we've spent one day at Magic Kingdom and one day at Animal Kingdom.  We have so much planned for the next few days that I may not  write any more until next week.  But here's a few pictures I took at Animal Kingdom today.  I love the animals at AK, but I think I love the plants and flowers even more.  I think it's the most gorgeous park I've ever seen.

This was our dining room for lunch.  The weather was perfect for eating outside.

My Cowboy.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

And They Said It Wouldn't Last!

Happy Anniversary Cowboy!

They did say it wouldn't last.  They said it when we started dating.  We were too different they said.  They said it again when we got married.  We were too young they said.

And, to be honest, there were times I thought "they" might be right! 

But here we are, 44 years later.  Still together.  Still having fun.  At least, most of the time.  And when life just isn't fun, when there's illness, injury or loss, we mourn together.  Then we go on.  Together.

We celebrated the day by going to the outlet mall and Bass Pro Shop at Round Rock, then going to see "God's Not Dead 2" at the Cinemark there.  Love those reclining seats in the theater!

We agreed this movie is even better than the first God's Not Dead.  I had a hard time with it at first because it seemed so far-fetched.  I mean, the main character didn't do anything wrong.  But when I got to thinking about it, these kinds of attacks on Christians are actually happening all too often.  It's just so bizarre.

Anyway, if you haven't seen the movie, please go see it.  It is very well done.

After the movie, we stopped and had dinner at a little Asian place here in Georgetown, Mama Fu's.  Weird name, but good food.

So, a very quiet anniversary, but a very good day.    

I like being married to this crazy man!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pray for America

Yesterday we drove into Austin for the Decision America event which took place on the steps of our state capitol building.  Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states this year, holding prayer rallies for our country and talking to people about taking a more active role in the political process.  He is "urging Christians to vote,to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to his people."

If you want to know more, the website is Decision America.

Tim in front of the state capitol building.  The Cowboy managed to get up close enough to actually see Franklin Graham speak.  I didn't want to fight the crowds, so I found a nice shady tree on the capitol lawn to sit under.  I couldn't see anything on the stage, but I could hear just fine.  And I watched the live stream on my phone for a while.  But then I just sat back and enjoyed "people watching."

I think our state capitol is beautiful.  
This was the view from where I sat, quite a way from where all the action was.
It was a beautiful day.

I snagged this photo from the Decision America webpage, here.  
Hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws by posting it here.  
Anyway, as you can see, there was quite a crowd.

It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I'm so glad we got to participate.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This World Can Be So Confusing

It's been a slow week here at Jim Hogg Park.  Well, not for other people.  Just for us, I guess.

The annual Red Poppy Festival was held in town, and I hear there was some great entertainment there, but we were content to skip the crowds.  Cowboy's done some more fishing, and I've had time to read to my heart's content.

Even here at the park, there was swarms of activity over the weekend.  Almost every campsite was full of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and families. Again, we were content to just watch all the goings on.

Today is Monday, and the park is back to being sparsely populated, mostly by retired couples like us.  In fact, most of them are probably even older than us.

We have made a few outings.  Yesterday we worshiped with about a thousand other people at First Baptist Georgetown.  The sermon was from Judges 8:22.  How Gideon at first refused to be their ruler, saying the Lord would be their ruler.  Then he collected gold from them to make an idol, causing them all to worship the idol.  The pastor talked about how we start with good intentions, then let idols into our lives.  We must constantly renew our faith in God.

After church we stopped at HEB.  This may not sound too exciting to you, but I enjoy going to that store about as much as I enjoy Disney World.  And if you know me at all, you know that's a LOT!

Later, we drove out to the Corps of Engineers Parks at Granger Lake, to see if we might want to camp there someday.  We decided probably not. We like being a little closer to town.

Having all this leisure time has given me a chance to spend a lot of time on Facebook.  I have rejoiced over photos of baby showers, weddings, and fun times.  I have laughed at funny babies, animals, and, well, people in general!  My heart has ached (and I have prayed) for families struggling through illness, loss, and broken relationships.

But this gender neutral bathroom thing is the thing I have puzzled over the most.  Everyone in the world has an opinion.  Some for, some against.  There have been some pretty heated posts.  People on both sides get very emotional.

So, of course, being the arm-chair philosopher that I am, I've got to share my opinion, too.  I know you're all (all 2 and a half of you!) waiting breathlessly.

I have given this a lot of thought.  Really.  I've had the time.

It's no secret that I'm a Bible believing Christ follower.  And the Bible states very clearly that it's wrong for men to dress as women. And vice versa.

However.  I do not expect non-believers to behave as Christians. If you profess to be a Christian, and still think you should be a different sex than the way God made you, I simply suggest you spend more time in the Word.  Personally, I couldn't be a Christian if I believed God made mistake.

But.  This bathroom thing.  I'm not really opposed to it on Christian standards.  I'm not even opposed to it because of safety issues.  I mean, I wouldn't want a my son going to the bathroom with a pedophile or rapist any more than I would want my daughter to be put at risk.

And. I would never shun a lesbian or bi or gay or transgender person in any other situation.  Hey, let's sit down and chat, or go see a movie, or come to my house for dinner.  I may feel a little awkward til I get to know you.  But I always feel awkward around new people.  I'll probably invite you to my church, because I usually invite people to church.  And I'll probably talk about Jesus.  Because I'm always talking about Jesus.  But if you can handle what you think is weird in me, then I can probably handle what I think is strange about you.

But if you look like a man, I just do not want to go to the bathroom with you.  Yuk.

Is simple modesty really such a thing of the past?  No one, and I mean not a single solitary post that I have seen on Facebook, has mentioned modesty.  Embarrassment at having to pee with a person with male parts is in the room.  Or adjusting a bra strap.  Or any of the other personal things women do in there.

I know people who are not Christians who are still modest about the way they dress and act. (And I know Christians who are showing a lot more than I think they should!)   But it seems, among my friends on Facebook anyway, modesty is only associated with conservative Republican Christians.

Business owners have a right to make the rules in their stores.

And, come to think of it, are stores required by law to have restrooms?  If they have restrooms simply as a courtesy (and, of course, to get us to stay in the store and shop longer) what right to we have to be angry about who they let into their restrooms?

That being said, I do hope Target changes their policy back soon.  And, although I'm not joining any official boycott, I won't be shopping there until they do.  Because I might feel the urge to relieve myself.  And I simply can't in a room where men are.

And that's a shame.  Because I've been in love with Target since I first stepped foot in one decades ago.

I sure hope HEB doesn't start having transgender bathrooms.