Monday, November 30, 2009

Greetings from Jim and Choyce

We've missed them at the park the last couple of years, but did hear from them the other day:

How are you and Pat doing? I was just surfing and came on your blog. Choyce and I are doing well, we're getting ready to head south as soon as Christmas is over. How's everything at Rockport 35? Do all the same folks still come down? If Choyce ever gets tired of walking on the beach we may come down. We really enjoyed the few years we were there. Tell Allison & Tony and others we said Hi.

Jim and Choyce Capehart

Jim is the brother of Joanne Hickman and favored us with plenty of guitar music at the jam sessions.

This site, as Jim discovered, is a good way to keep up with your friends from the Rockport 35 RV Park all year long.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our National Anthem the Right Way

Do you enjoy the singing of our National Anthem by today's "stars" who feel the need to embellish it for us? If you don't, I think you'll enjoy and appreciate the rendition provided by the men and women of our service acadamies in the above YouTube clip.

This was presented a few years ago at the Super Bowl game.

This is the way I like it sung; hope you enjoy it, too.

Thanks to Julee, who sent it to me, we can all enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Julee Arrives; Rockport Social Season Begins

I just received word that Tom and Julee arrived at Rockport 35 RV Park late Monday.

Tom already has his fishing license and Julee has her wi-fi hooked up and is working down her list of emails.

Julee said it is hard to get anything done because there are so many people who stop to say, "Hi!"

But that's one of the neat things about this park: all the great people who chose to live there, for "ever," for the winter, or for a week or month. It's like going home! And for us it will be, as this will be our fifth winter there.

Tomorrow Julee'll be at the Women's Club playing bridge, I suspect.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Experiment

This is posted more-or-less as an experiment. To see if I could do it and if it would work, really. (I could, and it does!) As Pat reminded me, "it really doesn't have anything to do with Rockport 35 RV Park."

True. But I'd be glad to see you; aren't you glad to see me?

Reference is made to a contest on The Lime Springs Page. That's a site, sort of a blog, actually, related to my hometown. The contest is to identify those in a 50+ year old picture. Readers of this site are highly unlikely to be winners, but try if you wish!
It's here:

Saturday, November 7, 2009


You might have read that back in August Pat and I took the trailer to Washburn, WI, where she attended a workshop on painting with watercolors. One of the subjects covered was painting portraits.

photo of watercolor protrait of Chet Until this class, she had generally avoided portraits because her images didn't seem to come out looking enough like the original subject to be acceptable.

That all changed because of the class! There, she learned a relatively easy way to create portraits. (Easy for artists, that is. It's still magic to me.)

Here's a sample with which she is nearly finished. This was from a photo I took last winter. Because we know the person, we know that the person and the photo both have plenty of "character"—always good for a painting.