Saturday, April 30, 2011

First Show of the Season

Pat's Art Show Exhibit
By Keith

Creative Artists, an organization of artists here in Cedar Rapids, held its Spring Art Show today.

Pat was one of the exhibitors. And she did find a new home for the painting in the upper right corner of the picture! It always puts her in a good mood when someone likes her work well enough to purchase it and make it part of their home.

Wow!  Pat is a wonderful artist.  Beautiful flower pictures, and a beautiful warm smile (Keith don't read the previous part).  J 
Note: This Gary is from Oregon. I work with him to keep the website running. We've become good virtual friends while doing so.  Keith


Mimi Quietly Passes Away

Mimi Emory on Jan 28, 2011
By Keith

This message just came to me from Ione:

"David Emory called me this morning to let me know that Mimi had passed away.  She was with them in San Antonio, had just bought a house, and was moving today.  They found her slumped over in a chair this a.m., and didn't have any answers about what had happened."

Mimi was our across-the-street neighbor on Third Street for each of the six winters we've spent there. She was active and loved to play cards! 

Over the last year, health issues tried to slow her down but she was having none of that! She was bound and determined to spend this past winter in Rockport, where she loved it and had many friends. She was always pushing the limits of her body's capability, thinking that would help strengthen it, no doubt. 

And perhaps it did. She made it through the winter, a couple of hundred feet, then a rest, then a few more hundred feet, and so on. She WAS NOT giving in to the frailties of her 80+-year-old body.

It sounds as if she was still doing things important to her right up to the end. One must admire a lady like that! She was not about to give up—and didn't. 

Her son, David, had the trailer next door to hers and often visited over the weekends. You may contact him at this address:
David Emory
11506 Cavendish Circle

San Antonio, Texas 78251

NOTE: Thank You, Ione, for providing this information in such a timely manner.


Friday, April 29, 2011

What Does It Mean---

                      ---When I Don't Post Frequently?

By Keith

Does it mean I don't think of my friends at or from Rockport 35 RV Park? Certainly not!

Does it mean that no one has sent me any interesting news from the park on which to comment, or which could be posted directly? That's one good answer.

Does it mean that I was expecting Dianne to post something, thereby relieving me of the responsibility? That would be unfair! And it's not true.

Does it mean that I have other things to do, which tend to keep me busy? Yep.

Do they keep you busy because you are so slow? Probably.

Does it mean that you're out flying, and would rather fly than write? No and Yes. I've not flown yet this year. Yes, I would rather fly than write!

P.S. It would be nice if she did post more though, wouldn't it?


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another Friend Home Safely

Here's an update from Carol and Rocky:

Hi Pat & Keith,
While visiting the blog I realized that we have been back home in northern Michigan for two weeks already.  Whew!  Where does the time go?  After following the tail end of a storm front all the way from Rockport, Texas to Westland, Michigan, we visited with family and friends for three days.  We then headed for Cheboygan, Michigan, our home.  When we had just 125 miles to go, we experienced a blow-out on the fifth-wheel.  Fortunately, it was on the right side so we had room to change the tire without the whirwind of traffic woes on I-75.  West Branch, Michigan had a Wal-Mart store so we opted to purchase a another spare tire.
We arrived home on Monday, April 11th with temperatures in the 40's, however, since that time we have had a 2", 4", and 8" snow fall, typical of Northern Michigan.  We are supposed to have a beautiful Easter Sunday, so we will share this holy day with our Heavenly Father and family.
God Bless
Carol and Rocky

Thanks, Carol/Rocky. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Update on Gary

I just received this from Connie Rothmeyer:

"We got home today from the hospital around noon.  Gary's lung is still not completely free of clots or fluid but is stable now.  He is on oxygen for a while and is to take it easy for the next couple of weeks.  He will go back to have blood work and an x-ray Wednesday and then see his doctor.  We will be anxious to see if he has improved more.  Thanks again for all of your prayers.


Glad Gary is home and I bet he is really glad! Thanks for the update!

Their email address is


Congratulations on Fifty Years of Marriage!

Sonia and David: Married April 22, 1961

Fifty years ago today, David and Sonia became Mr. and Mrs. Enman!  

Reaching this milestone is quite an accomplishment! Many of us haven't been married that long if you add all the marriages together!

The fact that David is a "technical type" just proves that it can be done! Good job, Sonia! (Take note, Pat and Dianne!)

Sonia said, "It's been a wonderful life, and we have fabulous children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We look forward to God's blessing for many more."

I and all of the blog readers wish the same for you two, Sonia.

Their email address is


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Back Home in Minnesota

Yesterday I received this report from our Third Street neighbors:

We made it back to Jasper, Mn. with good easy trip.We  need afew more warm days to get Spring fever.I enjoyed looking and reading the Rockport 35 news. Keep it up.

Dale & Rosalee* Facile
* Known to us as "Tootie."

Dale and Tootie

by Dianne

Update on Dick Carlson

On April 11th, Lucille called Rick to say they were just south of Lansing, MI and had pulled into a rest area because Dick was not feeling well and needed to lie down. Since his dad had just had a health issue a few week’s prior, Rick’s concern promoted him to drive to their location (two hours away). He sent his parents home in their car (Lucille drove) and Rick drove the truck and 5th wheel. Early the next morning, Lucille called saying Dick was not any better (weak, faint, disoriented) and she called an ambulance.

Upon admission they found he had a high fever and was dehydrated. And so the IV was started and tests were done. Bacteria in his blood lead to a few more tests. Once they determined the culprit, antibiotics were prescribed and another night’s stay to be sure the antibiotic was doing its job. Seems he has a bladder infection. He was released on the 14th and is doing much better. He sends his thanks for all your prayers and well wishes.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just in Case You Had Doubts

By Keith

Here's a quote from an official brochure from Ms. Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services:

"The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care."

I'll bet you feel better already!


Look What We Have!

By Keith

Here's the view from my office window this morning!

April 16: Snow in Cedar Rapids

But the good news is two-fold:
  1. It is beautiful, and
  2. It'll be gone shortly!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Blood Clot . . .

This email just arrived from Connie Rothmeyer:

Connie & Gary
"Dear Rockport 35 friends,

We were home exactly one week and this past Wednesday they put Gary in the hospital with several large blood clots in his right lung.  His condition is serious but he feels better today because they have his pain under control and oxygen on him so he is breathing easier.  We know that we will be there through Monday and possibly longer.  They are just waiting and watching to see what the blood clots do (we hope dissolve). ...  
Please lift him up in you prayers.   ...
Connie Rothmeyer"

We certainly with Gary a speedy and complete recovery. And Thank You, Connie, for letting us know.

You can send Gary and Connie an email just by clicking here:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers

By Keith

You've probably heard the rash of news reports over the last couple of weeks regarding air traffic controllers who were sleeping on the job.

The reports make it sound pretty terrible and very unsafe. After all, how could a plane possibly land when the guy in the tower is sound asleep?

An aircraft can land perfectly well with NO help from a controller, I assure you! But admitting such a fact on national television is not very newsworthy so the event is made out to be a "terrible thing."

The word "safety" is usually dragged into the discussion. Controllers exist to enhance safety, that is true. Essentially, they serve as the traffic cops of the sky. But they do not "drive" the airplane!

Most, if not all, of the reported incidences occurred at night. Late at night, after all the other controllers have gone home. Why had they gone home? Because they were scheduled to work during the busy part of the day. When there is close to zero traffic, say one plane every 10 minutes—or even one plane every four hours—there is little need for more than one controller.

Obviously, there was not enough traffic or radio communication to keep the controller awake. Perhaps the aviation world would have been better served had he been sleeping at home in his bed, rather than in the control tower.

I personally question the need for even one controller when traffic is extremely light. But for some reason, scheduled air carriers feel really uncomfortable about having their planes land where there is no controller on duty. Some years ago, here in Cedar Rapids special arrangements were made to keep the tower open an extra period of time so one airliner could land!

Just because the news reporter is excited about this "terrible event" is no reason you should be! Air traffic can continue just fine, thank you, and be just as safe.


A New Feature

By Keith

I've added a new feature to the Rockport 35 RV Park blog: a quotation of the day.

It appears at the top of the column to the right.

I enjoy quotations! Do you?


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Birthday, Allison!

By Keith

According to Facebook, today is Allison's birthday!! (I didn't check Snopes, but if it's on Facebook, it's gotta be true, right?)

Hope you're just kickin' back and taking it easy, now that most of us which keep you so busy have left for a few months. Enjoy it while you can; we'll be back!

Happy Birthday!

First comment:

Happy  Birthday ,Allison!  This  is Anna Marie   just  wishing  you  a  belated  birthday wish ..Hope it  was  a really  good  one  as  all  of  your  birthdays  should  be Love  and best  wishes  for  your  birthday  blessings as  always  wish I  knew  you  better  only  seen  you   few times in my life may  God Bless  keep and  save ..  I  also have  another alternative  email  address  see ya  hope it  was  great  even  though I was  late ...Anna


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Little Eagles!

Most times during the day, there are well over 100,000 people watching the eagle's nest at Decorah, Iowa. to make it easy for you to watch, I'm embedding it in this post.

Live Broadcasting by Ustream

The second egg hatched last Sunday. The third and last egg should hatch any time.

Every once in a while (every 10 minutes or so?) the baby-sitting eagle gets up, sometimes to feed the little guys. That's when you can see them.

It looks like fresh fish for dinner tonight!

You'll have to put up with a 30-second commercial when you first start watching, but that's a small price to pay for the education.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Official Announcement

By Keith

I've worked hard to keep this blog free of politics, but feel publication of this important announcement is warranted.

Yesterday, President Obama officially announced that he is running for a second term.

Today, I am officially announcing that I will not vote for him. (It takes great restraint, but I'll refrain from listing even some of the reasons.)

I suspect few readers of this site are surprised but I wanted there to be no doubt.

First Comment:

That makes two of us Keith!!!  I won't vote before I will vote for him.

BTW - darling granddaughters!!!

Third Comment:

I with you Keith.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Story time with Grandpa

By Keith
Keith, Molly, Leah

Here I am with my two favorite girls, Molly and Leah! They came from Minnesota Wed. with their mom and dad.

I just had to post this. I wasn't going to be outdone by Dianne!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Watch an Eagle Hatch!

Everyone in Iowa probably knows about this due to intense local news coverage. But others who might find it interesting probably have not heard about it. The 35 RV Blog to the resuce!

There's a video camera focused on an eagle's nest near Decorah, Iowa. That's about 100 miles straight north of Cedar Rapids. 

The picture is available on the Internet at

Right now, 10:30 PM Friday night, there are about 70,000 people watching it!

The news tonight on TV was that on one of the three eggs, a beak has poked through. A hatching is imminent!

Click the link above and watch an eagle hatch! Or two or three!


Home in Michigan

by Dianne

Well, after nine days on the road, we made it home. The long trip back was intentional since we had family visits scheduled in Alabama and Ohio.

We drove into a light snow storm in northern Kentucky which continued through Ohio. Nothing serious but certainly one weather element we did not want to see.

We did have a little snow remaining when we got home, but much of it melted today with temps in the mid 50s.

The highlight of our return trip was stopping in Alabama to see our granddaughter, Peyton.

She turned one on March 26th and we celebrated at her birthday party on the 27th.

She is beautiful, smart, and a very happy child. Can hardly be a grandparent without bragging some.

Would love to hear from our fellow RV 35 travelers as you arrive home or to your next destination. Send Keith or me an email with highlights of your return trip, or just that you arrived safely. We'd be more than happy to post on the blog and share -- let's keep in touch.