Sunday, March 29, 2009

Did We Leave A Bit Too Early?

Photo of snow on steps of trailer.Here's our trailer this morning. But the weather has been beautiful today. The snow is already about 50% melted.

No problems; just beauty.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

We're Sooooo Glad to be Home---

Photo of Keith's trailer in snow storm
The good news is that it won't last long!

About three inches have already fallen, and it is predicted to snow until 10AM tomorrow.

Are you Winter Texans glad you're still down there?


"Is This All?"

Photo of Pat at breakfast tableA slice of toast and glass of orange juice isn't much of a Saturday breakfast when you've become used to the great Saturday breakfasts served at Rockport 35 RV Park.

All winter, a small group of men volunteered their services to provide a great breakfast. The menu alternated between pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Each with all the trimmin's, of course.

And Marv made sure the coffee cups remained filled!

Plus, it was a great place to visit a bit with your friends!

Good food and good friends; we already miss them both!

Thanks, guys, for making Saturday morning breakfast one of our "can't miss" events of the season.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

We're Home!

Pat and I arrived at our home in Cedar Rapids, IA, safe and sound today (Thursday) about 1 PM.

When I get caught up a bit, I'll post a few things about our last days at the park and probably some pictures of our visit to the Clinton Museum in Little Rock.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Calhoun's Botanical Garden

Photo of Terry and Linda in garden
One of Rockport 35 RV Park's points of interest this year has been Calhoun's Botanical Garden. Here, in a rare and never-before-published photo, we see Linda and Terry enjoying all the TLC (Terry's Loving Care) which has gone into this unique garden.

We all benefit from Terry's volunteer efforts, as he is the chief coffee and tea maker at the clubhouse. And the chief (I say this because he wears the read apron) cook at the Saturday morning breakfasts.

And the poemster-in-residence. And the major washer of rigs. In short, Terry's one busy man and his efforts are appreciated. Thank You, Terry!

Linda does not sit idle. Whenever there's a social event, you can bet that Linda had a hand (probably both hands!) in it. We've had several successful social functions this year, thanks in large part to Linda and her partner in planning, Karen. The success is also due to the ability of these two and a few other ringleaders to "rally the troops" and make a great event.

Terry and Linda are leaving March 22. Thanks for all you've done and Safe Travels, Friends!


Tony's Shed: Finished!

Although it's been finished for some weeks now, only today did I remember to take a picture of Tony's Shed.

Last year, many will remember, this spot was but another patch of sand and brush. Then it was cleared, leveled, and footings and floor poured.

Then lots of guys at the park jumped in and assembled and erected the steel. When we left last year, it was open on both ends. Gene Lackore served as on-site construction superintendent.

Now the rear has an enclosed and insulated storage area which actually extends inside the building, too. And the front is finished, complete with an overhead door and a "people door."


Friday, March 20, 2009

Stuck Steps

The other day I tried to raise the steps (three steps) on my Hitchhiker. I got them about halfway up, then they'd move no more.

There are 20 pivot points on the step mechanism. With the high humidity here, possibly with a little salt mixed in, the pivot points had rusted to the point that they wouldn't pivot easily.

After a few squirts of Metal Protector (AMSOIL's more-or-less equivalent of WD-40) and gentle nudging, the steps now open and close freely.

Next year, I'll lubricate them when I get here and maybe once or twice during the stay.

If you're planning to leave soon, you might want to check your steps now—rather than doing it during the "mad rush" that often happens while getting ready to leave.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today's the day all Irish and Irish wannabes wait for; enjoy the day!

Once again, I'll use a slide show as the way to deliver some pictures of the event.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Computer Help

The Tuesday at Two computer help sessions are over for the season.

No one showed up last week, and I have plenty to do this week so we just won't have one.

Several were helped by the sessions held this year. David and I were glad to have been helpful. We thank others who contributed to the sessions by helping other residents.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trouble Leaving a Comment?

A few folks have said that they had trouble leaving a Comment on articles here on the blog.

To leave a Comment, click on the word "Comment" below the article on which you wish to comment.

A box will open up in which you can write your comment. Then go to the drop-down menu and select "Anonymous." (Unless, of course, you are logged into Google, which most of you probably aren't.) I suspect this is the step which has caused it not to work for some.

Then click Post or Save or whatever it says.

I encourage you to use this feature! Also, even though you select "Anonymous," you certainly can leave your name in the text box!


Oysterfest Parade

If you chose not to fight the traffic and sit in the sun to watch the Oysterfest Parade last Saturday, fear not!

You can see a few highlights of the hour+ parade right here in 1 minute and 51 seconds!


Monday, March 9, 2009

JW: An Award-Winning Wood Carver

February 14, JW went to the Chip O Texas Carvers convention and judging in Harlingen. Wood carvers from a wide area attended, with a huge number from the Rio Grand Valley.

JW received a First Place ribbon on his clock entry, shown at the right.

A plaque of a horse head garnered an Honorable Mention.

He just completed carving and finishing two hummingbirds drinking from flowers. To me, carving these intricate figures would be a real challenge. They look great; good job, JW!

If you're a wood carver, see JW or Gordon and they'll help you get "connected up" with other carvers in the area.

We miss Gene and Bill, regular wood carvers who elected to remain in Iowa and Minnesota this Winter.


Culture in South Texas

There have been a few slide shows presented on this page. Most have been of events in which several of our park residents participated.

This one is different. As far as I know, I was the only one from Rockport 35 RV Park present. That makes it even more important that I bring this educational slide show to the page.

Remember, you saw it here on first!


Saturday, March 7, 2009


A few people have told me that they have tried to leave a Comment on an article but that it did not work.

I just tried it and it seems to work. Click on comments, write your comments, let me know who you are if you care to, and select the appropriate title in the "Comment as:" box. Anonymous works.

I should be automatically notified that there is a comment waiting for approval. After I approve it (that's deemed necessary to keep really bad stuff from appearing), it will appear—but you'll have to click on the word "Comments" at the bottom of the article to see them.


Please Help---

I've added a simple poll at the top of the right column. I'd appreciate it if you'd pop over there right now and take the poll.

Reason for the poll: I'd like to know whether or not various features of this site are useful to those who visit the page. If they are fairly useful, I'll leave them; if not, they're likely to go.

Even better would be an email from you stating what you like and what you don't care for on this site. Click here and you'll be ready to write:

Don't forget to vote!


What's a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

You may have heard the term "a trillion dollars" recently.

Ever wonder how much money that really is? Take a look at this page, as it gives a graphic view of just how much money that really is. Remember, those are $100 bills!

If you've heard this amount with reference to the various bailouts, there's one thing you should remember:

That trillion dollars is the money that once was yours and mine, or would have been your grandchildren's or great-grandchildren's. (They'll still be paying for it.)

This graphic was made with Google's Sketchup, a really neat program, free, for drawing. Your grandkids will love it!


Friday, March 6, 2009

Bike Ride at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

This week the bikers at the park took their bicycles to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, about 20 miles north of the park, and rode around the loop.

Rick took some great pictures which he shared with me so that I could share them with you. Enjoy!

By the way, if you're interested in Workamping as a volunteer our National Wildlife Refuges can be a great gig! If you're interested, here's a good place to find such a "job:"

Another good place for all types of Workamping jobs is the magazine Workamper News. If you'r eintersted, come by and I'll give you an old issue. Or visit It's as simple as that!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Rest of the Story

You've seen the sign on the side of the Exxon station:

Milk $6 for 2 gal

Now the rest of the story: 1 gal is $3.99!

I was on a run to the Fulton Post Office and was in a hurry, so I paid for the convenience at the convenience store.

But it'll never happen again.

And I told the clerk as much. I also suggested that they post the price of one gallon on the cooler.

I doubt that they will. But it doesn't matter to you, because you have that valuable information right here on the 35 RV blog!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Week at Rockport 35 RV Park

There was a lot going on at Rockport 35 RV Park last week. It didn't get "reported on," if that's what you can call appearing in this blog, until now.

Please remember that many regularly scheduled and ongoing activities are not covered here, including:
  • Bible study for both men and women
  • Exercise sessions
  • Swimming
  • World solutions (with coffee)
  • Mahjong
  • Wood carving
  • Karoke
  • Line dancing classes
  • Continuous jigsaw puzzle solving
  • Cards
  • Pool
Here goes, latest first:

Saturday's Cards with Kathy

Kathy held a the last big card-making workshop of the season Saturday afternoon.

There, one could design and construct their own unique greeting card! (I suppose "create" would be more politically correct, wouldn't it!)

A number of ladies took advantage of this opportunity, as you can see in these pictures.

And More Cards

This was the fifth week of Saturday Poker, Texas Hold 'Em style, at Rockport 35 RV Park. And it produced the fifth different winner!

Ron persevered over Ruth, then held off Sonja for the win after a long and hard battle. Congratulations, Ron!

Previous winners were David, Sonia, Walter, and Bob.

Special thanks go to Gene for making Poker at the Park possible. Gene supplied two top-notch table tops, the chips, the organization, and lots and lots of help. THANK YOU, Gene!

Gene and Caroline have now moved on to San Marcos, so the "official" poker games are over. There could always be an impromptu game, though!

Serving With A Smile

Saturdays start off with a delicious breakfast, cooked and served with a smile by a crew of volunteers. (This picture was not taken last week, but is certainly representative of the kitchen crew.)

The club house is a great place to meet your friends, meet new friends, get caught up on what's happening, plan what's about to happen—and have a great meal!

If you've enjoyed the breakfasts, which will continue through March 22, be sure to tell the guys Thank You!


Friday night is bingo night at the park, with a good number of residents joining in.

Sorry, I didn't show up to take pictures but the games are very real none-the-less.


Friday afternoon a group gets together for a game of bridge. They'd like to expand the numbers, so if you're at all interested, show up on the next Friday!

Friendship Dinner

Thursday always means there'll be plenty of good eats and good fellowship with your friends and neighbors at the Friendship Dinner. It's a weekly event here at Rockport 35 RV Park.

Computer Class

Thursday morning, David led a class on search engines. He explained what they were, how they worked, and how to use them to efficiently find what you want on the Internet.

This was the sixth, and last for the season, Thursday morning computer class. Previous classes covered Beginning Beginners Computing (two lessons, each presented two times) and photo handling using Picasa.

David and Keith contributed their time and knowledge in the hope that their friends would find their computer lives easier.


Thursday morning and also Tuesday morning is "craft day" at the park. There are always creative ladies working on something or other!

90th Birthday Party

Photo of Richard and Mary at his 90th birthday party.Because Richard will be back in Missouri on the anniversary of his birth 90 years ago, the good folks on Fifth Street decided that such an event should not go unnoticed so they had a party for him on Wednesday. And a great party it was!

Photo of birthday party guests.Lots of visiting and, of course, a birthday cake. there were two reasons it had no candles:
  • They couldn't find that many candles, and

  • There is a burning ban in effect.
But we did have ice cream!

Richard is looking forward to an even bigger party on his 100th, and so are we!

Photo of Lucille on bike.Especially gratifying was to see Lucille pedal in to the party on her three-wheeler. She regularly rides it these days, and walks unaided. It was just about exactly one year ago now that she fell from the stoop and fractured not one but both legs!

Keep pedalin', Lucille!

Computer Help Session
Each Tuesday at Two, Keith moderates a session in which he and others attempt to solve problems or answer questions having to do with computers, websites, etc.

Attendance has varied from about a dozen to just a few. Many have found help at these sessions.

Tuesday's Craft Class

This Tuesday, the "lesson" of the day was making a bracelet using beads. Pat led this activity.

Photo of beaders making bracelets.
Several pretty bracelets were produced in this session, and more in the days ahead.

But not everyone does the same thing. Here Nancy is working on some needlework.

Mexican Dinner

Monday night we donned our sombreros and sarapes and headed for the clubhouse for a another great meal, this time one with a Mexican flavor. A great time was had by all. The pictures can tell the story.

I've made the pictures into a movie and posted it on YouTube. The quality of the photos isn't as good as the slide show for the King Ranch trip. Perhaps I'll do it over when I get bored.

The organizers did a great job; Thank You!

Sunday Night Ice Cream

Photo of Sunday night ice cream!
Each Sunday evening, ice cream is served, usually by Marv and Jeanie, to a good-sized crowd of ice cream lovers. You can't beat two scoops for a buck, and all the visiting you care to participate in!

The pictures were not taken not last week but on February 1. But it doesn't really matter, because the ice cream was just as good and most of the people are still here to enjoy ice cream.

Worship Service

Our clubhouse doubles as the Come-As-You-Are Worship Center. (Or is it the other way around??)

Each Sunday, beginning at 8:30, Allison and Tony lead a non-denominational Bible-based worship service.

Many who attend are thrilled that this opportunity to worship so conveniently exists and that it is scripture based.

And some of us just love the "songfest" which opens the service. Where else can you hear and sing a half-hour's worth of those old hymns you heard when you were a kid?

This picture was taken February 1, the day that Step of Faith presented the message with their great blue-grass gospel songs.


There you have it, folks—just one week in the life of the great people at Rockport 35 RV Park.


The Hurrier I Go - - -

- - - the behinder I get. Or so it seems.

Right now, I'm about a week behind in updating this blog. As you can see, I'm trying to get caught up this morning.

Now if you would write some of these articles and email them to me so that all I had to do was put them on the blog, the site could be up-to-the-minute fresh and have things you thought should be in it.

What do you think of that idea?

Keep those cards and letters comin'!

Email me here:


Great Photos and a Small Business

Connie Workamps in Montana during the summer and lives here in Rockport during the winter. Both locations have interesting and beautiful scenery. And Connie likes to take pictures.

While wrestling with how to best share her hobby and her faith in the Lord, she hit upon God's Little Love Notes—note cards with a picture of His creation and a verse from His word, the Holy Bible.

Her cards are on display and available for purchase in the park office. She also has a website:

Check the site out and bookmark it, in case you want some of Connie's creations later.



Names of new friends and how we deal with those names reminds me of my home town. You see, my home town (Lime Springs, Iowa) was a Welsh ghetto in the early to mid-1900s.

In case you're not aware, the Welsh are not very creative when it comes to names. The surnames Jones, Hughes, Thomas, Roberts, Williams (and Barb would add Vaughn) and probably a few others would cover 75% of the population. And they were no more creative with first names, so even having the same first name and last name was not uncommon.

My great grandfather, for example, was William Williams. And I knew at least one Tom Thomas. So how did one keep all these folks straight?

Nicknames, of course. Names like "Crazy John" and "Cross Eyed Bill" (yep, not politically correct these days, but it was used, it worked, and it was true) and "Pump Man Bill" and "Bobby Short." These are the folks I grew up with!

The same system works here at Rockport 35 RV Park. We've long had "Colorado Bob" and "Wyoming Bob."

This year, we've been forced to expand our repertoire. Now we have "Canadian John and Barb" and "English John and Barb." And we have "Bernie's Barb." See how well it works—three Barbs and not a question about which one you mean!

We haven't settled in on definitive "titles" for all the Rons yet. But for Pat and I, "Sandy's Ron" and "Sylvia's Ron" work for those two.