Thursday, May 31, 2012
Yesterday was a pretty quiet day. We did have a nice surprise. It rained for 30 minutes. We have been on the road for 32 days and have only seen rain one other time. We are in a drought here, so the rain was very exciting.
|Rain as seen through our RV windshield|
Mama fixed sliders for dinner. Sliders are just small hamburgers on small buns. Mama thought they were good. She used Hawaiian bread buns as per her recipe. She thought they might be sweet, but they weren't. She added onions and cheese to the burgers.
Day 33 - Today
Mama checked her bank account this morning and was shocked to see that the charges duplicated. She called the bank and Kelly checked into it. She said the charges went through last night, but the pre-authorized ones have not dropped off yet like they should. She talked to her boss who said it is nothing to be alarmed about. They will credit our account today for the money that was taken out last night and they will either force the others to drop off or will wait until they clear and then credit our account again. Mama would prefer for them to force them to drop off and get this over with. It's a good thing she checked it again today because we have bills that are being paid tomorrow and once again, our account is too low for those to clear due to this duplication of charges. Mama asked if they will try to find the crooks and Kelly said it is next to impossible. The bank will charge the stores the money that was taken, but the crooks will probably get away with it. Mama told her she feels like she has been violated and it makes her very angry that people get away with stealing like this. Kelly said she understood. She said they are a small bank and they have to deal with this from time to time, but the bigger banks really have it bad.
We are supposed to have storms today. We like rain, but storms are scary in a motor home. The weather man says the chance of tornadoes are pretty slim, so we hope he is correct. Houston is close enough to the Gulf of Mexico that if a tropical storm or hurricane develop in the area, we will have to move inland. I think we would be hit mainly with tornadoes and high winds, but I am not positive on that. Nothing is out there right now, but the news here definitely pays attention to all the tropical storms when they develop. I guess that is a way of life here. It's something we don't have to worry about in Missouri.
The Greyhound Who Would Like To Catch The Crooks And Teach Them A Lesson
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
On a happier note, Mama thought the dinner last night was really, really good. It was also a very easy meal to make. Dad really liked it too, so it is definitely on our repeat list. It is called Easy Ham And Au Gratins.
1½ c frozen potatoes, O’Brien, Ore Ida®
1 c cubed ham
1 c cut green beans, drained
10 oz can cream of potato soup
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
¼ c sour cream
Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Mix potatoes, ham, green beans, potato soup and cheese and cook on low in crock pot for 5 to 6 hours. Stir in sour cream before serving and cook until hot.
What could be easier than that? Not much. There are no photos. It was good, but it didn't look "pretty" in photos. LOL
Our weather has turned steamy this week. It is very humid and we are actually having a rain shower right now. That was not predicted. We have had one rain shower in the past five weeks. We miss rain. It has been cooling off quickly at night. Our evening walks are usually quite pleasant.
The Greyhound Who Still Needs A Cowboy Hat
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
|This is Scout's favorite spot. It's on the folk's bed under the AC vent.|
Dad checked our electric usage and was shocked at our bill. It is up to $95 after just two weeks. Mama checked it after the first week and she thought it was only $17. She either figured it wrong or we have been using a lot more. We started keeping the blowers on our AC at night and we think that is the cause of the bill going up so much. Keeping the blowers on has been helping us all sleep through the night because it is just a constant sound. Dad got a fan out for their room last night and used that instead of the blower. We are going to check our usage from yesterday until today to see how much we used. Most campgrounds make you pay for your own electric if you staying a month. They give you a discounted site rate, but you have to pay your own electric bill. We could pay a weekly rate and get the electricity for free, but it would end up costing us more. Mama said it looks like we are paying as much for our RV electric as we do for our 1200 square foot house. Dad said it is because RVs are not insulated very well. We have really been trying to conserve, so we are quite disappointed to see the bill be as high as it is.
Dad hung up the spice racks yesterday and Mama is very pleased with them. She now has more room in the pantry and the spices are easy to reach.
This morning, Mama cleaned our carpet. She tried to do it a few weeks ago, but realized she was missing a part to the SpotBot. She found the part at a vacuum store this past weekend. I didn't care much for the carpet cleaning, but it does look much better now. It was getting really dirty.
Our dinner is in the slow cooker. We are having Easy Ham and Au Gratins. It looks like it will be good. We will give a review of it tomorrow.
The Greyhound Who Stays Cool Under The AC Vent
Sunday, May 27, 2012
|View from the top of the monument. You can see the Battleship Texas in this photo.|
|The reflecting pool. Battleship is in the back on the right side.|
|Another view from the top.|
|The star is at the top of the monument. Mama couldn't get a good picture of it, so she took a picture of a picture that is in the museum. You can see the windows where she took the other pictures from.|
|Another picture of the battleship from the top of the monument. She did a zoom on this picture.|
|The monument, but the top is cut off in this photo.|
|A faraway picture of the monument.|
|White Pelicans in bay|
The folks went shopping today at Camping World. They bought some spice racks to hang behind the stove. That will free up some much needed space in the pantry. They also bought a cover to go over the window in the door. The sun shines through the window now even though it is frosted, so we are hoping it will keep it a little cooler. Dad bought some covers for the tires on Goldie. It's important to keep your tires covered if they are sitting in the hot sun and not moving like ours are doing here. They visited a few other stores, but didn't really buy much. Camping World is an hour away, so that was two hours just in travel time.
They ate at Spring Creek BBQ Mama had ribs and Dad had sausage and beef. Mama said it was good, but she would rather go back to the place they ate last week, Willy's, because it was really good. No pictures of the food. Mama forgot.
After they got home, Daddy started talking about going to Sonic for ice cream. Mama said we could go! We have not been anywhere since we got here three weeks ago. Mama packed our frosty treats and off we went. It felt so good to feel the wind in my hair and to see something outside of the campground.
|Here we in the Jeep eating our frosty treats. Mama didn't want to buy us anything since our tummy's were so messed up last week. We are back to normal now and she does not want to give us anything new. We didn't care.|
|Our view at Sonic.|
The Greyhound Who Went To Sonic
|Texas Battleship - it was hard to get a picture of the entire thing.|
|Some of the many guns on the ship.|
|This was the bakery.|
|A view of the San Jacinto Monument from the ship.|
|Another view of the kitchen.|
|One of the many bunk rooms.|
|These bunks were just in the hallway. No privacy.|
|Commissary - it was loaded with cigarettes and magazines.|
|Another view of the commissary.|
Many of the sailors were said to be from rural areas and living on this ship was their first time having indoor plumbing and electricity.
Boy Scouts are allowed to camp on the battleship and Mama said she bets they have a great time. There were a lot of boys that were running around the ship and they were very excited.
The battleship is located in the bay by the San Jacinto Battleground. That was the battle that won Texas' independence from Mexico. Many of the soldiers that died that day are buried there. However, look at this poor guy. They put a parking lot around him.
|Grave with parking lot around it.|
They then drove to Monument Inn. It is a restaurant that Mama had read reviews on. It is a seafood restaurant and even though Mama is allergic to shellfish, she wanted to eat there. It is on the bay and there are views of the bay from the tables. They did not have a window seat, but they could still see the boats and the ferry taking cars back and forth. They serve cinnamon rolls with their bread! She ordered a chicken fried steak. It came with fries and a salad.
|Portion sizes seem to be large in Texas.|
Anyway, back to the meal yesterday... Dad had the fisherman's platter. Mama didn't take a photo because Dad didn't want her taking a photo of his food. He's strange. LOL They had fried mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. They both said it was a good meal, but not great. If they are ever in the area again, they might try it again.
After lunch, they visited the The San Jacinto Monument. It is 570 feet tall. It is a memorial for the men who fought for Texas Independence. We will write about that later as this post is getting too long and Dad just said he is ready to take me for a walk. Duty calls, you know.
The Greyhound Who Needs A Walk This Morning
Friday, May 25, 2012
We are having a very lazy day today, so there is not much to report.
|I rearranged my bed today.|
|Scout is starting to like Mama and Dad's bed too much. She wants to sleep there all the time now.|
Last night, Mama fixed a pork roast in the crock pot aka slow cooker. She heated up Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes (pre-packaged) and corn. It was a pretty good dinner. Tonight, she is fixing chicken pot pie from her Emeals menu.
Tomorrow, she needs to go grocery shopping. She does not like shopping here because the cashiers seem to move in slow motion. It takes so long to get through the line. She is going to go early in the morning in hopes that there are less people there. After she gets back from grocery shopping, she hopes to stop at a vacuum store that she called today. They said they have the part that we need for our SpotBot. She wants to clean the carpet, but we left an important part at home. Then, the folks are going to do some sightseeing. I guess Scout and I will just stay home and watch the world from our windows.
The Greyhound Who Knows How To Fluff A Bed
Thursday, May 24, 2012
We thought the park was filling up with holiday campers yesterday, but two of the campers next to us pulled out this morning. I bet we will have new campers pulling in today or tomorrow. It's always interesting meeting our new neighbors.
Last night, we went out for our evening walk and we met the people who live across the lake. They have a very nice motor home. The lady bent down to pet me and spilled wine all over me. The good thing is that it was white wine. Can you imagine if I would have been stained with red wine? She was a nice lady. She was wearing some sort a furry long thing in her hair or on her clothes and I grabbed it. She didn't get mad, but she kept waving it in front of me while she petted Scout. It was hard to resist. She really liked Scout, of course. Everyone thinks that Scout is the sweetest thing. If they lived with her, they would see that she can be bossy.
Scout is feeling better now. Mama thought I had what Scout had, but I think it might have been from taking all the medicine for my leg. I'm better today. Scout didn't want to go to sleep last night. Mama had to take her on two long walks after 10 p.m. Mama was not happy about that, but we both slept all night, so that was good.
|What am I looking at?|
|It's a black cat in the woods. Not a very good photo, but it moved fast when it saw the camera.|
The Greyhound Who Was Bathed In Wine
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|I'm watching the flags because it's windy today.|
|You probably can't see the flags, but there is one on each post throughout the whole campground.|
|I'm supposed to be looking at the camera, but I refused.|
|Scout looked at the camera, but she was not happy about it.|
|See, she is really not happy about it.|
|"Fine, I will look, but I'm not going to look cute!"|
|The entrance all decorated.|
|There is a fire department located near us and we enjoy watching the firemen.|
Last night, Mama fixed Beef & Cheese Enchiladas and Refried Beans for dinner. The enchiladas were made by cooking 1/2 pound of ground beef and 1/2 cup of onion and then draining. Add in 1/2 cup of sour cream and a 1/2 can of corn. Divide the mixture onto each flour tortilla. Mama added mozzarella cheese to the filling because she didn't have a lot of cheddar cheese and she thought it needed more cheese. Then, add a few drops of enchilada sauce and roll up the tortilla and place it in baking pan. Repeat and then add 1 cup cheddar cheese to top and add remaining can of enchilada sauce. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. The photo may not look that attractive because Mama used non-stick foil to make the clean up easy. She added more sour cream to the top after it baked. She would have added black olives to it, if she had them.
Tonight, we are having a crock-pot meal.
The Greyhound Who Likes Walks Before The Sun Comes Up