It's Good To Be Home

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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43 Sundance Lane in Winter Haven

Flag of United States  , Texas
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yup, it's always good to be home. We got settled in and started to see old friends and make new ones, too.  It's still early in the Winter Texan season, so not everyone is here yet, but that's OK, it would probably be a little overwhelming to have everyone arrive at the same time.

We have tons of different activities going on here... all kinds of card games, bingo, other board games, various arts'n'crafts, several dance or exercise classes, including aqua aerobics and water-ball, plus golf, pool and a lot more.  Also, every Thursday there's a BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, etc.) and Fridays we have what we're now calling a 'Covered Dish Event' (used to be 'Potluck Fridays at Five').

The first larger gathering was for Thanksgiving.  They did a really nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Clubhouse and I think about 110 people attended.  The only thing I don't care for about that kind of dinner is that I don't have leftovers for the next few days, etc.  I love making turkey sandwiches, as well as, just repeating the turkey dinner stuff, so I made some stuffing, potatoes and gravy to go with a rotisserie chicken.  Also, at the dinner they had pumpkin cheesecake for dessert, which was good but I always want pecan, or even apple, pie... so I bought a pecan pie to satisfy our craving.

A week of so later, we had a Crafts Day at the Clubhouse and they also sold some pies... so Terry bought another pecan pie.  Unfortunately, he didn't realize that it also had coconut in it, so it spoiled it for me. 

I've also been busy organizing a bunch of things, both inside our RV and in the Texas room (for those of you that might not know what that is, it's like a small apartment, with a living area, a kitchenette area, a bathroom, and also a storage/laundry room, plus there's a carport).  It's probably going to take at least a couple of months, or more, to do everything.  There's always something else to do instead of 'chores', etc.

Part of that something else has been, organizing and making stuff for our Christmas decorations.  I already had a couple of those spiral trees, a wreath with bells and a couple of rope lights for outside, and a fiber-optic tree and a little bit more for inside.  However, needless to say, I wanted to do more but I only had a limited budget, so I had to get creative. I made three signs to hang on the lattice, one says Feliz Navidad, one says Merry Christmas and the third says Mele Kalikimaka and is totally Hawaiian with flowers.     

The main project was that I made a life-size Santa, Hawaiian-style!    He's sitting in a lounge chair, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and red shorts, with a silver garland/floral lei, a drink in one hand and waving a Shaka with the other hand.  I also made a sign, for in front of him, that says 'Mele Kalikimaka,' Hawaiian for Merry Christmas and 'Hau'oli Makahiki Hou', Hawaiian for Happy New Year. Terry sunbathes right next to Santa... he almost just blends in.

Our location is at a 'T' intersection, so it has quite a bit of exposure   Our neighbor's property on one side has a beautiful Norfolk pine tree,   that reminds me of Hawaii (you can see part of it in the above photo of the snowflake decor next to our red SUV) and I would have loved to decorate it in Hawaiian style with lights and red bows, but it's just too big.  All the new lights that I bought are LEDs, so Terry won't have a heart attack with the electric bill. Eventually, I'll change over all the lights to LED, I like what they look like, as well as the savings (they cost more to buy but are supposed to last longer, too).. 

On Dec 8th, we had a Christmas luncheon with the 'Tip-O-Tex' FMCA group at Farr's Buffet in McAllen, about an hour's drive from here.  About 40 people attended, including several couples who were with us at Bandera, and we got to meet some others, too.  After lunch, we all drove the short distance to the Quinta Mazatlan, an adobe mansion, built in 1935 in the Spanish Revival Style.  We got to tour the rather luxurious residence that is one of, if not, the largest adobe structures in Texas (10,000 sq. feet).  Two families had lived there over a 60 year span, then it was a restaurant for a short while, then the City of McAllen bought it in 1998 and opened it to the public.      

We will have another Tip-O-Tex luncheon gathering in Jan and in mid-February a bunch of us (at least 12-15 motorhomes) will spend three nights at the KOA RV Park on South Padre Island, only about a half an hour from here.  They're all nice people and we have a fun time together.   

I really love the Christmas season and all the displays of lights around the park.  Some of them reflect in the water of the Resacas (canals) that are all over the park and it just doubles the viewing pleasure.  Here's a few samples:                          

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