Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I'm Back!



There is still not much going on, but I am pestering Mom today and she said maybe we should work on the blog.  They are cutting the grass, so we can't sit outside. Grass cutting is an all day event here.  They first edge the entire place, then come back and cut the grass, then they weed eat and then they use a leave blower.  Mom put in a request for them to trim the plants that are blocking our entrance to the dog walk.  The plants are literally blocking our way.  The new manager said she would tell them. We hope they take care of it today.   We are surprised they are cutting grass because it is so wet. We have had rain every day since last Thursday.  Cindy didn't bring us much, but another system is getting us.  We have had lots of thunder.  No real storms, but lots of thunder.  Saturday, Mom opened the refrigerator door and BOOM.  It shook our entire place and Mom screamed.  We know two whippets who are staying here from California and they have been really scared.

As you may remember, Mom likes to cook. She has been trying to cook healthier meals.  She did pretty good last night.  She tried these seasoning wraps. They are supposed to go around chicken, but she put them on tilapia.  The wraps are 25 calories and you don't use any oil.


This is the inside of the wrap.

See, you just wrap it around the food and fry it.

This is how the fish turned out.

Mom loves capers with fish, so she topped the fish with them.
Mom also fixed fresh string beans and potatoes in the Instant Pot.  She has decided that she really can't tell the difference between the fresh and the canned after they are cooked and the fresh are a heck of a lot more work, so she may just go back to canned.  She cut up the beans, onions, garlic, potatoes and some bacon and put it along with some chicken broth in the Instant Pot and set it on the soup mode for 25 minutes. It came out perfect. I love green beans and Mom seems to be on a green bean kick, so I am happy.  She didn't give me any of the onions or the garlic because she said that is a no-no for pups.

Green Beans and Potatoes with a little bacon

This is the chicken broth that she used.  Have you tried it?  They also have a beef one that she loves.
The final part of the meal was zucchini.  She cooked it in olive oil and seasoned with garlic salt and pepper.  


It was a good meal.  The green beans with potatoes were probably the least healthy part, but they sure were good. Dad said the zucchini was a little limp.  He liked the wraps she used on the fish.

Tonight she is fixing chicken marsala.  She has made it from scratch several times, but tonight she is trying a Campbell's skillet sauce.  She hasn't decided the sides for sure.  She may fix a little pasta and probably a salad.  


I will let you know next time if the folks liked the chicken marsala.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Loves His Mom's Cooking

Friday, June 23, 2017

All Is Well

Tropical Storm Cindy only brought us a few light showers.  Mom and I walked in the rain a few times, but it wasn't bad at all for us.


We are back to our normal life now.  

A few interesting things happened last week. We watched a guy move into the site next to us.  He had a fifth wheel and he got it all set up. He then looked over at our site and saw that it was slightly flooded from the recent downpour.  He moved to another site.  He got all set up and then he moved again.  After 2.5 hours of moving sites and setting up, he left.  Yep, he left at 3 p.m.  I guess he wasn't happy here.  Also last week, the general manager was let go.  Mom was upset because she was really nice.  We miss her.

This is our neighbor now.  Isn't he small?
This may be our last update for a while. There is really not much going on.  It may be time to stop blogging.  😲

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Is Taking A Blogging Break



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our First Tropical Storm

Should I be scared?
We are under a tropical storm warning.  The people on the news keep telling us to prepare.  Mom doesn't really know what that means since it is just supposed to be rain. They are saying now that the wind could get up to 45 mph. She did buy us some water and we have plenty of food.  We have a generator if we need it.  She asked the office if there was a chance we could flood because the news was originally saying we could get 6".  There is a guy who is staying here who happens to be an environmental engineer and he was in the office.  He told her that we will be fine.  He said the lake is a retention pond and it will keep us from flooding. He said that we may be trapped inside the park because the roads outside of the park will most likely flood, but we won't. That was a huge relief. Dad may not be that lucky since he will be at work.  It sounds like the storm is weakening, so we may not even get much rain.  I think they are saying 3" now. It will, of course, start in the middle of the night so going outside in the morning may be tough. I guess we will just get wet.

I talked Mom into taking me to Petsmart today.  How did I do that?  Well, she took the trash out and when she got back, I got all excited.  She took me outside and I kept going to the Jeep and crying.  She decided that we could go for a ride.  She didn't even realize that she was wearing her old shoes and old clothes.  We drove past a dog kennel and the dogs were outside.  I cried with excitement.  She then asked if I wanted to go to Petsmart.  What kind of question is that?  Of course!  Petsmart is the ultimate place to me.  We walked through every aisle several times.  It is hard for me to take it all in.  We then headed to the car and then I pulled my famous stunt.  I did my business.  Mom had to pick it up and take it to the trash can which is at the front of the store.  Well, since we were at the front of the store, we may as well walk through it again.  I always go back a second time.  The second time in the store, I can relax and really shop.  Mom found some treats and asked if I wanted them.  They smelled good, so I said sure.  We got in line to pay and then I gave Mom the most adoring looking that told her that I think she is the best.  She gushed at me.  Do I know how to work her or what?  I didn't want to get back in the car, but I didn't want to upset Mom, so I jumped in and we headed home.  Mom told me I was a good boy and now we are relaxing.  Actually, I think we need to take another walk because while windy out, the temperature is nice.  It is cloudy, so it is not hot.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Is Ready To Meet Tropical Storm Cindy



Monday, June 12, 2017

Christmas in June?

Yes, apparently, Hobby Lobby thinks it is time to start selling Christmas items.  Mom says that is the earliest that she has seen Christmas items at a store.



We were surprised this morning when we arrived at the dog walk and saw the farmer cutting the grass in his field.  Mom used to enjoy looking at all the wildflowers in it and now they are gone.

There were several birds that were upset too.
The folks drove to Kemah, TX this past weekend.  It a town on the water.  Mom had a coupon for a free appetizer at Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack.

Fried Oysters and Shrimp.  Dad said the shrimp was good.  The oysters were okay.

Fried pickles - their free appetizer.

Burger with bacon cooked in it.  Mom said it was okay.
They actually serve several alligator dishes but Mom has had alligator the past two weekends.  They will probably go back some day.

The following photos are the view they had while eating.  The boardwalk is in the background where the roller coaster is.




Yesterday, the folks took me to a local park.  We walked for a short distance.  It was pretty hot, so we made it short.  I think the only reason Mom took me was because I begged and begged to go when they left earlier in the day to do some shopping.  Mom took me to McDonald's earlier in the week. 😀

I am getting used to the robotic vacuum.  Mom figured out that if she uses my bed as a barricade, I don't freak out.  Although, I look a little scared in this photo.


Mom and I stay inside when it is hot out.  Last Friday night, the folks and I sat outside until well after our bedtime.  That was odd. The weather was nice and cool.

Here I am relaxing inside where it is nice and cool.
The instant pot has been busy making potato salad, mashed potatoes, pastas and even steamed veggies.  Mom still really likes it.  Today, it has a roast in it.  She is using it as a slow cooker.  It is not the best slow cooker though.  She may have to use it as a pressure cooker if the roast is not done.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Loves Air Conditioning

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Another Friend Is At The Bridge



We are very sad to say that one of our greyhound friends has left this earth. Rosie went to the bridge last night.  She had just turned 12 in May.  We met Rosie several times at meet and greets when we lived in Missouri.  She was a definite pro at those. She loved all the attention that she received and she knew there would be treats involved.  Rosie loved her treats.

Rosie wasn't a fan of the heat, so her Mom made sure she had a fan and a cooling mat.

She lived a wonderful life and her family is heartbroken that she has gone to the bridge.  She leaves behind her Mom and Dad, her brother, Hairy and her sister, Lily and, of course, many friends.

Rosie in her younger days.






Hairy, Rosie and Lily

As you can see from the photos, Rosie enjoyed a relaxing life.  She was a very sweet girl and is greatly missed.  Rosie, please send your Mom a sign.  I know she is waiting for one.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Alabama Has Bigger Gators

 When we stayed in Alabama, Mom loved a place there that served alligator.  She has been hoping to find a good place here, but she has been striking out.

This is the gator she ate in Alabama.

Look at the size of the gator bites.  Very nice!
She has eaten gator twice here.  This is the gator she ate here on Saturday.

It is so little, that you can't even taste the meat. They serve it with gravy.
I guess the quest will continue for good gator.

Mom is enjoying having a car again.  She did a few mystery shopping jobs on Friday.  She didn't have to rush out on Saturday and do the grocery shopping like she has been because now she can shop during the week.  She bought a Sam's Club membership. She used to have one but hasn't since we have been on the road.  We can't really buy much in bulk, but we do have a decent sized freezer. She doesn't go out every day because she would just be spending money.

Our lantana seems to like it here.



We have lucked out and haven't been in the areas that have been flooding around here.  Galveston has had a lot of rain.  Our site holds water really well, which isn't good.  There are several sites like ours.

This was taken after a few days of no rain.  It is really flooded now since it has been raining nearly every day.  It doesn't rain all day, but just a little rain does this.

A few years ago, Mom was sitting outside and all at once water came off of the roof of the motor home and soaked her.  I was sitting outside with Dad recently and I decided it was time to go inside. Dad said a few minutes later, water came off the roof and got my bed.  That was a close one.  Mom said if I had been outside when it happened, I probably wouldn't have ever wanted it sit outside again. 
Yesterday was a stormy day.  I pretended like it wasn't happening.
Are you ready for Fall?  Hobby Lobby is.
A pretty bush near the office.
The campground is very quiet.  If there is gossip, we don't know of any.  There is one lady who is a fast walker. She never talks to us or smiles. In the beginning, Mom would laugh on the inside because she said she felt like we were in a cartoon.  The lady would pass us while we were walking and the next thing we would see is her on the next street.  She would pass us several times on our walk.  She walks at 5 a.m. and then again around 7 p.m.  She has several different outfits for her walk. Sometimes she has weights, sometimes she runs.  Mom and I are not fast walkers.  We take time to smell the grass.  BOL!

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Does Not Like Humidity

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