Our Schedule

Home in Alabama!

July 16 to July 21. Burchfield COE Park. Near Tuscaloosa, Al

September 21 to 28. NOMADS annual meeting. Memphis, TN

October 6 to 25. NOMADS Project, Gallant, AL

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Texas to Kentucky

Back Home in Cullman,  AL

Our Granddaughter Lindsey graduated HS with honors on Friday, June 1.

On May May 30 Leonard and I took off for Conroe TX and the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails RV Park.   Nice park.  We've been there several times.   They have expanded with a new lovely looking loop.  However, poor planning.  Many of the sites are so steep to enter motorhomes and many trailers would scrape bottom backing into them.  We tried. No go.  Found a more level site.  The entire time we were there, those several steep sites were unused.

Conroe is about 50 miles from where the family lives in Pearland.    I HATE HOUSTON TRAFFIC.  The graduation was in an arena in Houston.   Took us an hour just to get out of the parking lot. On Saturday D'Juana and Joe had a crawfish boil of their house.  Even on Saturday, this is what to expect.  But Joes brisket and D'Juana's broccoli rice were well worth the trip. 

We left Conroe on June 3 and drove to Leonard's hometown of Vinton, LA where we camped for one night only.   We wanted to visit our friend Diana.   Her beloved husband Teaux had passed the week before.  We both adored Teaux.   Diana introduced us to a local Italian Restaurant.   The BEST sauce I've ever had.  We pray for Diana's peace and healing.

Then on June 4 we headed back to Alabama.  We had planned to park a night of the road as it is over 550 miles.  But we both wanted to get home.  So we pushed it a bit. 

Glad we did.   As for several previous days Leonard was being bothered by a rash and itching.  It got worse and worse.   Once home, it was so bad we went to the ER in the middle of the night.  We wondered what was causing it.   Then it hit us...... he started taking new meds for gout.  Yup, that was it.  No more meds.   No itch.  No rash.

We were home for a week and a half.  On June 14 we trailered to  WAX COE park near Mammoth Cave, KY.

There we met up with daughter Amy and SIL Scott with granddaughters Charlotte and Abby.

The girls are now with us for about 7 weeks.   

Yesterday they helped Grandpop pick up rocks from around the new pond area.  We are loaded with rocks.   Abby got to drive the tractor.

More on the pond at a future posting.

Until next time.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Country on my mind

Willis,  TX

During our drive from home in Alabama to the RV park here in Willis TX we listened to our favorite radio station........ Willies Roadhouse on Sirius   Satellite.  As I listened to this older country music, I realized I had gone to concerts of so many of the artists from that time period.

Growing up in the 50's and early 60's the popular music was 50's Do Wop.  Yea, I sort of liked it then.  Can only take it in small doses now.    What changed?

Around 1961 or so Ray Charles came out with a cross-over Country song...... I Can't Stop Loving You.   I loved it.  So much so I bought the album (old term, I know) that included that song.  Modern Sounds in Country Music.   Great Songs.   Born to Lose.   Hey Good Looking.  You Win Again.   I was hooked.    Then he came out with Modern Sounds In Country Music 2.   More good stuff.

Loved Country Music then, love it now.    But, I must say not so much today's stuff.   Don't even know most of the artists names.    I am old don't forget?

So this morning I got to thinking... who have I seen in concert?    I made a list, bet I forgot some.

Many of these acts performed at a local theater back in New Jersey.   Pitman Theater once was a Vaudeville house.   Back in the 70's and early 80's they booked some greats.   I saw:

Tom T Hall (the great story teller)    Jerry Reed,    Roy Clark,  Mel Tillis,   Marty Robbins,  Bill Anderson,  Tammy Wynette,  George Jones (who once walked off after only 3 songs)   Loretta Lynn,   Charlie Pride,  Old Ridge Boys (I've seen them multiple times in several places)    The Statler Brothers (again lots of times),  The Gatlins.

About the Gatlins.     When we saw them, it was very clear that Larry was under the influence.  Glad to know he got help and that is behind him now.  I really like him.

At other local places in New Jersey I saw Kitty Wells ( that's MANY years ago ) Eddie Rabbit, Charlie Daniels,  Crystal Gayle,  Doug Kershaw.

1980 while working in Missouri we went  to State Fairs.   There we saw Crash Craddock (Does anyone remember him) and Merle Haggard.  We sat outside on bleachers in over 100 degrees waiting about 2 hours for Merle to arrive.  Anyone suspected he was sitting in the air conditioned bus parked nearby.   People were getting rowdy.  The announcer said he was running late.  Sure we thought!  But, a bus rolled in and out he walked.  And gave a good show.

Len and I saw Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.   They had their son, John, in the act.  Believe me, his parents didn't pass on their talents to him.

Yes,  I've seen a few more recent stars...  Martina McBride,  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and the great King George...... George Strait.  One on my loves.

As I look at my list I realize so many of the greats are no longer with us.  But their talent lives on.

Ah yes, I do enjoy listening to true Country Music and remembering all those acts I've had to thrill to see.

Who have you seen?

Until next time.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Cullman,  AL

We haven't done a heck of a lot the last couple of weeks but we have had some visitors.

 Almost 2 weeks ago my sister, niece and great-niece came for a too short visit.  My sister Debbie, Great-niece Emilie and Niece Kelly.

Emilie is completing her Junior year of HS and is considering various colleges.  While they were here we all went down to Tuscaloosa to University of Alabama.   Kelly had made plans for us to all tour the campus.     What a huge complex.  Impressive.  U of A is one of a couple on the top of Emilie's list.   First we went to a bus tour, then a walking tour with one of the students.   Nice but at 98 degrees  the walking tour was a challenge. 

We've had other visitors since they left.    A wren family building a nest in our crock on the porch.

Frequent visitors from across the road.  Each time he and his mate come closer to the house.

Most visitors are welcome.   Not this one.

This weekend... Flag the flag and buy a Poppy.  We've done both with gratitude to our Military.

Until next time.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A visit, a recital and more renovations.

Cullman,  AL

We've had a busy, fun week.     Our friends Jerry and Carol has a Tiffin Motorhome manufactured in Red Bay, AL.    They like to take it there once a year for its oil change, check-up and renovations.  We love visiting with them and Teddy.   

Teddy makes himself comfortable.  He's a sweet boy

The three of them left Red Bay Saturday morning in the midst of a typical Alabama downpour for the 80 or so miles to Cullman.     Once here and settled, Len grilled the pork chops they provided  and the marinated veggies I made.  Also had cole slaw on the menu.    We spent the entire afternoon visiting.

At dinner time we went into town to our favorite Bar BQ place.... Jim and Nicks.   Thank you Jerry and Carol for the treat!

Sunday morning they attended church with us (not Teddy).  After a lunch of tacos they scooted back to Red Bay. Their plan is to get to Illinois by Mothers Day to celebrate it with Carols 95 year old Mother. 

Our granddaughter Maddie takes piano lessons.   Tuesday night was the recital.   Glad we got to go as it was the first time we heard her play.   You did good Maddie!

Continuing our work around the house and property.    I've mentioned before that we need many cedar trees taken down.   This week Len cut down 3 that were between the house and future pond.  They hid two beautiful cypress trees from our porch view.

The other project was replacing the vanity top to the guest bathroom.

Old top.

New solid surface top.

That's it for the last few days. 

Until next time......

Friday, May 4, 2018

This evenings visitors

Cullman,  AL

I've written before how my front porch is my favorite spot in the world.    What makes it especially nice is all the critters I view.    This is just the last hour or so.

They all seem to prefer the seeds that have dropped on the ground rather 
than directly 
from the feeder.

Another ground feeder.

The Mrs.

The Mr.  (and friend)

Love hearing their Coo

A bright show of colors.

One of these things is not like the other

This guy is on the telephone pole.  I can hear the noise he is making. 
 I am thinking he is tapping our phone.

Enjoy the sights where you are.

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Up a Creek

Cullman,  AL

As I have noted before, the back of our property was dense brush.  We've slowly removed some of it.   There were areas we could not easily get to. 

Last month surveyors were surveying the adjoining property behind us.  They left pink flags and placed a marker at one corner of our property.   We managed to find it a few weeks ago.   We were told that an old barbed wire fence ran along the back end of the property.  We found that too.

Yesterday seemed like a good day to follow that fence from the marker to a creek that runs along the opposite side of the property.     To do that Leonard had to use a machete to chop our way through.  We made it.  I have the scrapes and bruises on my arms to show.  From there we hacked our way back out to land we had cleared.

Today Leonard is on the tractor again and knocking down trees and brush to clear a path to the back.

He's having fun.  At least he says it is.    Here is the creek as it looks back there.  Nice!

Wish it looked that way in the front of our property closer to the road.

We will get it cleaned out eventually. 

Not too long ago all that area between those sheds and the wooded section was thick with trees and brush.   We could  hardly walk between the buildings amid overgrowth.  Now more grass to mow.

Exiting times ahead.    Later in the week our friends Carol and Jerry (and Teddy) will be visiting for a few days.

They are fulltimers who own a beautiful Motorhome made in Red Bay, AL.  They are there now getting some renovations completed.    At some point they will have to temporarily vacate (hope it is soon) for the work to be done.    Here we are!   Looking forward to spending time with them again.  Let's hope it is not like last time they visited.   We were under a tornado watch.  Don't want to scare them off forever.

Then on May 14 my sister, niece and great-niece will be here for a few days.   My great niece is visiting colleges and has an appointment to tour University of Alabama!

Loving the Spring weather.  Hope it is as nice where you are.

Until next time.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Meet the Easts

Sulphur, LA

This past weekend we traveled to Louisiana for the 3nd formal reunion of Lens siblings and their families.    Leonard is the 3rd oldest of 10.    There are 9 surviving siblings.  Seven attended the reunion.  In the front is Laura (Pet), Lydia (Monkey) Angelitta (Sissy).  In the back is Robert, Leonard, Myron and Royce.   A typical display of baseball caps.

Our plan was to leave home last Thursday, take two days to drive the 560 miles and leave today to come home, again taking two days.  We were going to tow our travel trailer and stay at a local RV park. Plans change.  Our truck went in the shop last Monday for a new rear.  We were assured it would be done Wednesday at the latest.  This is Monday again and the truck is still not done. They tell us tomorrow.  We'll see.

For two days we had to rent a car.   Finally the dealership gave us a 2018 Ford Escape to use.  We are used to the leg room and the comfort of a F350 Super Duty.   An Escape has very little leg room. Not the most comfortable trip.  But we sure did save a bundle on the cost of fuel. 

Due to these changes, I cancelled our RV reservations and we stayed at Lens brother Royce and SIL Susies.   And we left home on Friday, drove straight thru and back on Sunday, straight thru.

The reunion, as always, was a delight.  One hitch... Leonard woke up Saturday morning with a gout flare-up.   The worse ever.  And he didn't bring his gout meds that he takes when he feels a bout coming on.  By yesterday he could not walk on his own.  He had to grab on to something to be able to keep off his foot.   He took two long naps on the drive home.   Once home I retrieved a set of crutches we have here so he could get in the house.   He collapsed in his recliner ( after taking those gout meds) about 4:30 yesterday afternoon where he has mostly remained since.   He was asleep by 6 and slept til 7:30 this morning.    He is asleep again now as he has been most of the day.   He says the pain is substantially lessened.

Some random shots:

Each year each "team" (Team Lydia, Team Royce, etc) are assigned a color.  You will note many people are wearing pink.   That was the color assigned to Sissy and her family.   Her one son told us their shirts should have said  "The Sissy's". 

Games are played throughout the day with points awarded.  The team with the most points have their team name engraved on a trophy and get to keep the trophy until the next reunion. 

We thank daughter D'Juana for handling the ordering of our team shirts this year.  She also was REALLY good at herding and leading our team in each competition.   We couldn't have done it without her.

I'm not saying which team won this year but with humility post the winning team holding the trophy.

It will be proudly displayed at D'Juana and Joe's house.

Until next time.....