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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More Carla and Campground Happenings

Mom got her new glasses today. She asked if I wanted to take a selfie with her.  We had never done that before.  Obviously, we need more practice.

Mom and Me


Another process server called Mom's number thinking it was Carla.  Carla has been giving out Mom's cell phone number since the 90's.  We don't know Carla.  Mom called the process server and told him that he has the wrong number and we don't know her.  She explained that Carla has been giving out Mom's number since the 90's.  She also told him to check with AT&T if he doesn't believe that it is not Carla's number.  He kept saying "Oh, no, oh, no!"  I think he was saying that because now he knows that Carla has tricked him and he isn't giving her the proper notification that he thought.  We don't expect the calls for Carla to end.

Repo Man

We noticed a police car drive by our place yesterday, so we decided to see what was going on.  It turns out there was a repo man trying to take some one's car and their trailer.  A woman staying in the trailer blocked the repo man in, so the police were called.  There was a crowd gathered round.  It turns out that a guy who used to work here, but who was fired but still lives here sold another worker a trailer and car.  It appears the paperwork wasn't correct and the repo man came.  The best we can figure is the second guy made payments to the first guy, but those payments were not passed on.  The guy ended up loosing his trailer and car.  It was sad.  Luckily, his brother works here too and he was able to move back in with him.  We haven't heard any fights, but the second guy can't be pleased with the guy who sold him the trailer and car.

Utility Trailer Man

There was a guy who lived behind us in basically a utility trailer.  He has been here a long time.  He had a toy chihuahua that he doesn't have on a leash. The dog doesn't even wear a collar.  He allows her to roam on her own.  Last Sunday, I was laying outside and she hoped in my bed.  It's a good thing I am a nice guy and didn't eat her.  One time, we were at the dog park and she was there in the small dog park.  Someone told him that he needed to clean up after her and he kept saying "what?" and then he left.  We are glad he is gone.

The Greyhound Who Hopes His Dad Gets Home Before 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Still Pretty Boring

There is not a whole lot going on here.  It has been too windy for Mom to ride Buddy.  She will be able to go out tomorrow and maybe order her glasses.  It has been hot.  We were near 90 yesterday and today is a little cooler.  The air ran all day yesterday.  It is at least shutting off today.  Mom found a fan for me because I was panting a lot Saturday night.  I don't like the heat much anymore.  We may have severe storms here on Friday.  Yikes!

I am not allowed to pee on the roses because Mom says I might get a thorn.  :::sigh:::

April The Giraffe

Oh, my goodness!  When is she going to have that calf?  Mom checks on her several times a day.  We thought she was getting ready to give birth a few times, but nope!

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is still cranking out good food.  The Salted Caramel Cheesecake that Mom made last week was good. She also recently made corned beef and potatoes, spicy sausage pasta in a cream sauce and Marsala chicken pasta.  

Marsala Chicken

Eating Out

The folks ate at Gloria's this weekend.  It is a Latin restaurant.  They are known for a bean dip that they serve along with salsa and chips.

Mom's meal.  It is a skirt steak smothered in salsa, cheese, peppers and mushrooms.

Dad's meal.  Surf and Turf.  
They both agreed that they would like to go back again.

Sunday, they ate at their favorite Mexican place, Pappasito's Cantina.
Dad's meal.  That is a lot of food!

Kitchen Faucet

The kitchen faucet broke on the day that our warranty expired on our rig.  Mom tracked down the part that we need yesterday.  It took a few emails and phone calls, but she found a very nice lady who helped her.  The folks couldn't determine the brand of the faucet, but we now know. The brand is actually located on the backside of the faucet.  Mom used a mirror to see it.  The faucet has a lifetime warranty.  Mom didn't know if they would honor it since we didn't have the paperwork to register it.  She called the company this morning and it doesn't sound like it will be a problem.  Mom had to send them photos of it just to prove it is one of theirs.  The part is $60 and will be really easy to replace.  The faucet sprays Mom every time she uses it now, so she wants it fixed.

Free Pizza

Mom ordered pizza last Sunday when Dad was at work.  It arrived late, but Mom didn't say anything.  She was really surprised when she received an email from Pizza Hut offering us a free pizza!   We have already redeemed it.

Jokari Fizz Keeper

You may have noticed on our side bar this product.  Mom bought one of these because she loves soda.  She didn't like to buy bottles because she felt that she had to drink them quickly because they went flat. She wanted to try this to see if it worked because bottles are cheaper and easy to carry on Buddy.  She has used this on two bottles and both bottles kept their fizz until she was finished with them which was about five days.  There are reviews that say they keep the fizz for 2.5 weeks.  This replaces the cap and the little plastic ring should also be removed so that it fits correctly.  You then just pump several times.  

The Greyhound Who Is Staying Cool On The Couch

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More March Happenings

There isn't a lot going on around here.  The folks haven't been doing much sightseeing because they have seen everything they want to see.  Dad had a three day weekend, so they went to Camping World.  They have a $25 gift certificate, but didn't use it.  Mom did buy a measuring cup that also has measurements for teaspoons and tablespoons.  She seems to like it.

Campground News

We noticed last week that one of the workers drove down our street in his golf cart.  That is not usual, but then the manager drove past.  He doesn't seem to venture into our section, so that was odd. Then, the worker drove past again really fast.  The next day, we noticed that a guy who had his truck on blocks cleaned up his yard.

 He placed all his junk in the back of the truck.  Yesterday, we saw his truck on a flatbed truck being taken away.

The junk was left behind.  People like mattresses in their yards for some reason.
It kind of looks like they are no longer living there, so we may see their home towed out one day.  It seems like the only thing that gets you kicked out here is not paying rent.

I mentioned in my last post that they were working on the streets here.  It was quite loud.

It takes a lot of men to work on the street.  Five to supervise and one to do the job.  BOL!
We were outside when this was being loaded up. The truck ran for at least an hour. Very loud!

Trying to enjoy nature.
Our neighbor decided to move her swing.

This is our view now.  The swing has a canopy on it.
The first customer for the deluxe sites arrived today.  The sites are complete except the grass still needs to grow.

This is the tent camping area.
Spring is here!

Eye Exam

Mom had her eyes checked on Monday.  She has very healthy eyes!  She has been wearing her old glasses because the glasses she got last year hurt her eyes.  It turns out that she was given the wrong prescription in those glasses.  She is going to order new glasses but it was too busy on Monday and she didn't want to wait. She was going to go today, but it is too chilly to ride Buddy. She is probably going to go next week after spring break is over here.

Instant Pot

Mom made another cheesecake yesterday, but she hasn't tasted it yet.  Dad didn't get home from work until 2 a.m. and she is waiting for him. This one is a Salted Caramel Cheesecake.  She tried a few other new recipes such as a Marsala Chicken Stew and homemade Sloppy Joe's.  I don't think she was in love with either of those.  I really enjoy the chicken or hamburger and rice that she has been making me.


We are very happy with our new Wi-Fi service.  We have only used 16 GBs and we are halfway through the month.  We have 250 GBs.  The folks have been watching YouTube and Netflix.  It doesn't do anything for me, but they are happy with it.

April the Giraffe

Is anyone else waiting for her to give birth?  Mom thought it was going to happen this morning, but no, she is still pregnant.  It has to happen soon.  If you don't know what we are talking about, you can check out this link  April

The Greyhound Who Wasn't Happy That His Dad Sleep Late This Morning

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Happenings

It is a very busy day here at the old campground.  They are still working on the new deluxe sites and with that, they are widening the street.  It looks like they will make some much needed repairs to the other streets.  Equipment is all over the place this morning.
Watching for squirrels last week.

Magna Shade

We had quite the surprise when we opened our windshield shade this morning.  Our Magna Shade that attaches to the outside of our windshield was gone!  Yep, the wind took it away.  That is pretty amazing because it was attached with several heavy duty magnets.  It was in the neighbors yard.  Mom brought it in and tried to rinse it off.  It is really large and since it has magnets on it, the magnets kept attracting to each other and it just ended up in a big clump in the shower.

It is windy here most of the time, but today, we can feel it in the RV. That is unusual for us. I bet small trailers are really rocking today. Mom hopes that Buddy stays on his wheels.

Thrift Shops

Mom had fun shopping at the thrift shops last Friday. She found a candle warmer at Goodwill that she really likes.  She has a thing for purple, so it was love at first sight.

Instant Pot

We have had several more meals in the Instant Pot.  Pork Fried Rice, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Chili Macaroni and Cinnamon Apples.

Baby Back Ribs
 Dad really liked the Baby Back Ribs.  It starts out with a dry rub in the the Instant Pot and then transferred to the air fryer for the BBQ sauce portion.  Dad said the ribs were full of flavor.

The cinnamon apples recipe was written badly and Mom needs to adjust it.

Carla Returns

Years ago, Mom received phone calls looking for a Carla Williams.  Bill collectors would call all the time.  They didn't believe Mom when she said she didn't know Carla.  Well, it appears that Carla has started giving out Mom's cell phone number again.  Mom had a message from a process server that she is coming by today with papers to serve her, I mean Carla.  She said she will try her at home and work and to consider herself notified.  We wonder what Carla did this time.

Nice App

Mom is constantly trying new recipes.  She made a really silly mistake.  She forgot to write down the recipes that she is trying this week.  She is now trying to backtrack and match recipes with the groceries that she bought.  She bookmarked a lot of recipes for the Instant Pot last week on the Internet.  After that mistake, she started looking for an app that would help her. She came across PepperPlate Recipes.  It is a free app. It will automatically copy some recipes, while some you have to copy and paste.  You can set up a menu for the week. You can also create a grocery list from the recipes that you are using.  That is what Mom really likes.  It syncs to your other devices.  She will have the grocery list on her phone for shopping.  She has been using a shopping list on her phone, but she had to input it all and with this app, it fills it in for you.  She sometimes uses her tablet while cooking.   There is another app called Paprika, but it is not free.  It costs $30 to put it on all her devices, so she is using PepperPlate.  

Rough Dogs

Mom doesn't allow me to play with other dogs in the dog park. She is scared I will get hurt.  Yesterday, we saw an incident that allowed her to say "See, that is why I don't want you playing with other dogs."   This dog came running at a smaller dog and smashed him into the fence.  Ouch!  The dog seemed to be okay and his Mom didn't seem concerned but the smasher dog's Mom put him back on a leash. He is a mean dog and he and his brother are always pulling their Mom around to the point that she has fallen.

The Greyhound Who Doesn't Like Wind To Blow Up His Butt

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Adventures With Our Instant Pot

I mentioned in the last post that Mom bought an Instant Pot for her birthday.  I am really enjoying it. BOL!  It makes really good chicken and rice.

This is it.  It is very quiet when it is on.
She has bought a few things to go with it.

This thing seems to be made for people who live in small spaces.  What is it?

It is a vegetable steamer.  It actually curls up a little to fit inside the pot.
Mom also bought a 6" pan to make cheesecakes and other items.  It has a cheesecake in it now.

Speaking of cheesecakes, Mom made one yesterday.  She has always wanted to make one, but thought it was too hard.  It is really easy in the Instant Pot.

This morning, she put eggs and potatoes in the Instant Pot using the vegetable steamer.  She then made potato salad for dinner.

Potato Salad
I told you that hard boiled eggs peel easily.  Here is proof:

The only thing that Mom has made that she was not thrilled with were pork chops.  She fixed them in a mushroom gravy.  They completely fell apart. She probably cooked them too long.  However, the thing that she really didn't like was that the bones splintered, so there were little bones all over.  She said she would debone them the next time.

Tonight, she will use the Instant Pot and the air fryer to make baby back ribs.  She will cook the ribs in the Instant Pot and then put them in the air fryer to brown them more.  Most recipes say to use the oven broiler, but we don't have one.

She wants to try chicken wings. They only take ten minutes and then she will brown them in the air fryer.

If you are interested in learning more about cooking with an Instant Pot/pressure cooking, just check out YouTube. There are tons of videos.  Mom watched a lot before she bought one.  She didn't know in the beginning if she really wanted one, but then she saw how easy it was  Cooking is kind of a hobby for her.  She loves trying new recipes.

The Greyhound Who Loves His Mom's Cooking

Monday, February 27, 2017

Our February Happenings

February has flown by.

We are still at the campground with the messy people.  The guy behind us went hunting.  We are not sure what he killed, but the skin is hanging on a tree.  Some of the people who have left reviews on the park, have said it is a ghetto RV park.  Yep, our section is pretty bad. The other section is not bad.

Mom got nervous when we walked by a guy at 5 a.m. who has a really odd truck. His door was only open enough for his legs. His feet were facing in the direction of the truck.  He passed out while bending over the seat, we assume. We noticed that someone left a review on the campground and mentioned that a guy lives in his truck. We don't think he lives in it, but he is strange.

Are we scared living here?  No, we are not.  Most everyone is friendly. They are just really messy.

A new deluxe section is being added to the RV park.  We have been watching the construction of that area. The problem is, the people who stay there will have a view of the storage yard.  BOL!

Mom's birthday was last week.  Dad was off for a four day weekend.  They went to Denny's for breakfast, Smashburger for lunch and then Saltgrass for dinner.  Mom said it was fun. They went to Ikea, but didn't buy anything.  It seems like they spent all weekend eating.

I am still squirrel hunting most days.

We had been trying to figure out what they are building.

It is really loud.  We watched them bring the pipes up and then they would take them down. They did this for ten days and then it was moved and they started doing it all over again.  A neighbor told us they are drilling for gas.  We don't know.

Mom bought an Instant Pot.  She kept hearing other RVers talk about them, so she started watching YouTube videos and decided that she had to have one.  It is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, browns meat, makes yogurt and it is also a slow cooker.  It has replaced our Ninja.  Remember when she thought the Ninja was the greatest thing?  Well, the Instant Pot has caused Ninja to be taken to Goodwill.

Mom made pasta in the Instant Pot the other day.  She browned the meat and onions and then added the water, spaghetti sauce and the pasta and the Instant Pot did the rest in six minutes.  Mom added cheese at the end.  No draining.  Just one pot to wash.  It keeps food warm for up to 10 hours which is a nice feature because Dad can be quite late some nights.
Pasta made in the Instant Pot
Mom made me rice and chicken this morning in the Instant Pot.  Yum!!!

One of the things that we have a problem with as an RVer is a good data plan for our computer.  We have had 5 GB for $50 for the past five years.  That is not much.  Mom's phone now has 8 GB and she can use that as a hot spot.  She was pretty excited to have that much.  It allows a few YouTube videos, but no streaming of movies. On the 17th, Mom learned of a new plan that offered 250 GB for $60.  She jumped on ordering it.  The problem is/was that it is only supposed to be for certain states and Texas is not one of them. She reached a rep who allowed her to order it.  We wondered for a week if the right equipment would arrive and if it would work for us.  We heard of several people who were canceled and some received the wrong equipment.  Our equipment arrived on Friday and it is correct.  Mom hooked it up and our account says we have 250 GB!  We opened a Netflix account and we can watch three hours for a gig.  The folks are pretty excited.  We hope it continues to work for us.

Me and my frog
Temperatures were near 90 on Mom's birthday.  
Mom may be getting a different scooter.  She is still debating it.  She loves Buddy, but he doesn't go fast enough for some roads.

I think that about sums up our February.  I patrol the park six or seven times a day.  I have lots of canine friends here and everyone seems to know my name.

The Greyhound Who Is Relaxing In The AC Today

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cowboys, Weather And Life

We are halfway through the month and this is our first post.  Nothing really exciting has been happening here.

The Dallas Cowboys lost last night.  We were cheering for them since we are here.  It has been fun being in a playoff city.  People have been decorating their yards and people have Cowboy flags on their cars.  It was a good game.  It started off slow for our team, but then it turned very exciting.  During the game, we had heavy rain that knocked out our satellite.  Mom and Dad were rushing around trying to get it to work on the antenna. After the game, tornado sirens went off.  Mom's phone keep saying "TORNADO WARNING".  She was scared.  I guess we didn't shut our front door correctly because we had a waterfall coming inside.  Mom open and shut the door and then it was fine.  We had a stream going through our site and our door mat floated away.  We found it later.  It rained really hard for quite a while.  There was flash flooding and some cars got stuck on the highway.  Our campground has flash flood warning signs, so we were wondering if everything was okay here.  We were finally able to go out when the rain slowed down, but didn't venture far as the water was covering the folks shoes.  Around 11 p.m., I decided I needed to go out again, so Mom took me.  The streets were still flooded, but we walked through it anyway to see if the water was out of the bank.  It wasn't, but we discovered this morning that it had at some point last night. The sites on the opposite of end of the campground were flooded.  We are more on an incline.  We are drying out today.  It has been raining since Friday.

This guy left his awning out while he went to the game last night.  He also lost his Cowboy canopy.  He was not happy.
The water came up over the bridge. This leads to the tent camping area.

Debris in the tent camping area.

This area was full of water last night.

We have seen water gushing through here at times, but all is quiet now.
It was cold here last weekend.  We were below freezing for a few days.  We went through $60 worth of propane in just a few days.  It was 14 degrees one night.  We were nice and warm, but heating an RV is different than a house.  Mom does not like living in an RV in cold weather.

A little snow caused a ton of problems on the roads.

This is how we lived when it was cold.  We kept the blinds closed to keep the heat in since it was not sunny.

It wasn't terrible for me.
The folks went to an RV show last weekend.  Mom wasn't happy that parking was $15 and it was $12 a person to get into the show.  She said it was okay

The folks have, of course, been eating out.

Burger Extreme

Salsa at Abuelo's.

Mom likes the inside of Abuelo's.

Shrimp fajitas

Beef Chimi
The folks thought the food was good at Abuelo's, but not as good as Pappasito's.

Mom has been binge watching Downton Abbey.  She really likes it.  She is on season 4.  Normally, we can't stream videos, but the Wi-Fi is great.  One of the workers here told us that he streams movies all the time.

We have some sad news.  Our friend, Lee, has died. He had been trying to get a new liver, but he ended up getting a virus and also pneumonia. He went into the hospital and died within 24 hours.  It was quite shocking.  He and his wife enjoyed our blog. We visited him in Memphis a few years ago.  He was a high school friend of the folks.  He introduced Mom and Dad to each other.  Last year, his wife died. Her death was unexpected.  She developed a virus and was hospitalized for a few weeks and then died. They were both in their early 50's.

We also lost a greyhound friend. Declan also known as Deccy.  He was a fellow blogger and lived in England.  He is missed by his folks and his many fans.

The Greyhound Who Is Happy To See The Sun Today