Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Merry Christmas to Our Friends in Rockport!

by Keith

Pat and I want to wish all of our friends from Wilderness Oaks and its predecessor park a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

[caption id="attachment_749" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Photo of Pat & Keith Williams wishing friends a Merry Christmas Pat & Keith Williams
Former Park Guests[/caption]

This is the third year we're not spending at that park but we have not forgotten about all the great people whom we met while there! We acquired some great friends during our seven years there!

Thanks to the fact that we are mobile, we have gotten to see a few of you in person! That's always a great treat!

Because of facebook, we're able to keep track of many more friends from Rockport. Keep posting! We enjoy the comments and the pictures.

Our Activities

Our major activities continue much as in the past.

[caption id="attachment_750" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo of Pat at an Art Show Pat at an Art Show[/caption]

Pat paints watercolors twice a week with her friends. She was in one exhibit this year, which resulted in placing a few paintings in a gallery. One of them recently sold, so she's a happy camper!

I still work part-time as a flight instructor. This year was pretty exciting, as one of my students recieved his Privat Pilot Liceness only 28 days after his first flight lesson! I've never heard of anyone doing it in fewer days. It beats my previous record by four days. It's a record which I am highly unlikely to better.

Website work, including serving as webmaster of this site, takes up additional time. And so does our AMSOIL dealership. We've been Dealers for over 35 years now. This year we earned a promotion to Direct Jobber status, which is a significant step—sort of like being named a director in a company. Now I have to work hard to maintain the position!

Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Caption Contest!

Submit Your Catchy Caption to the Caption Contest!

by Keith

Every once-in-awhile, a photo pops up which is just begging for a special caption. You'll see one such photo below, thanks to Tom. What an opportunity for a Caption Contest!

Rules are super-simple! Just come up with a caption for this great photo and submit it in a Comment.

Photo which triggered a Caption Contest!

Give this picture a caption!

There you have it! The contest begins immediately and will end sometime!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today Was That Day

Today Was That Day

by Keith

Today was that day The Big White Horse (my F-350) got its annual washing and waxing! Our old friends from pre-Wilderness Oaks days remember the drill well, I'm sure.

I'd wash the truck, then find a nearby empty lot (remember those days?) with shade and start waxing. Paste wax. Rub it on. Wait. Buff it off. It was hard. And usually took two days.

[caption id="attachment_731" align="alignright" width="300"]Photo of Pat and just-waxed F-350, because today was that day! Lookin' Good!
Both Pat and The Big White Horse![/caption]

But it looked really nice when finished!

One of the reasons it took so long was because many friends stopped by to "offer encouragement." And chat for a bit on their way to "wherever." That's what we loved about living there: the friendly people.

New Process

Last year, I tried something new: Mother's Spray Wax! I waxed the entire truck in about an hour! It lasted well! It was outside here in Texas for 3-4 months, then back home and inside nearly the entire summer. It still looked good, although the water did not bead up as it does on a fresh wax job.

[caption id="attachment_730" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Photo of Pat, an F-350, and a Hitchhiker trailer. Friends will remember these:
Our Hitchhiker, the F-350, and Pat![/caption]

I was satisfied so used the same wax today. The main reason I like it: it's so easy to apply. The actual waxing only takes about an hour! My plan is to wax it again before I go home at the end of March. Or course that was the plan last year, too!

There was a downside to the process and the day, however. Down here in MIssion, only one person stopped to chat. Folks here are not unfriendly, but certainly we haven't developed the close friendships which we enjoyed in Rockport.