Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Joe and Lucy



Joe Urius was a buyer for The Maytag Company, mainly steel. And Lucy held several jobs one of which was at a dairy farm doing anything that needed to be done.

Conversations

When we head for the Rio Grande Valley or other points south we are for the most part among the ever growing retired population and the folks we come in contact with have no idea what we were employed doing prior to retirement. Yesterday after playing golf I asked a few questions and found out that Ed Urbonovic worked his way up the ladder at General Motors and his wife Mary held several jobs one of which was bookkeeper/accountant/money manager at the school system.

Mary and Ed Urbonovic

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday Morning Shuffle



The new courts are great. No curving and a bit on the slick side. So if you have a bad shot -can't blame the court!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

A clearer view


Click on map for larger view. We are in Donna TX near Midway road. The squiggly line is the Rio Grande River. The red star is on Nuevo Progreso Mexico which is where we go to buy meds and margaritas.

Computer Class

Update 10/2/2013: Technology info changes very quickly. Info from 2007 is not going to have much to do with the same issues in 2013. Check with me if you have a question. *smile*

Today was an informal gathering of five and we talked about computer maintenance for the most part. The main questions were concerning spyware.

(Do not confuse Anti-Virus protection with Anti-Spyware protection) They are separate issues with different levels of danger.
Any questions? Email me at keep.movin.on@gmail.com


We got off topic which happens frequently but what better way to spend a drizzly morning than with interesting conversation. Our sunshine will return soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Day @ Magnolia Park



The Dessert Table

It gets real quiet once the food is served!!


Yummies in the Tummies

Pumpkin and Maple Turnover

Thanksgiving Day brings out all the good cooks we have in the park. If any of you had recipe requests bring the recipe to me and I will add it here. The recipe below is one I will make again at Christmas. It was a hit.
Each pie crust in the package makes one recipe.

Pumpkin and Maple Turnover
Prep Time: 10 min ; Start to Finish: 1 hr
Just 10 minutes prep time for this luscious (and easy!) dessert, and it's
off to the oven.
Ingredients:
Turnover
1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust (from
15-oz box), softened as directed on
box
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Dash salt
Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon maple flavor
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*
1.
Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll crust on ungreased large cookie sheet. In medium bowl, mix
pumpkin, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor, the pumpkin pie spice and salt until
smooth.
2.
Spread pumpkin mixture over half of pie crust to within 3/4 inch of edge. Brush edge with
water; fold crust over filling. Carefully move turnover to center of cookie sheet. With fork,
press edge to seal; prick top several times.
3.
Bake 23 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to
cooling rack.
4.
In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon maple flavor and the milk until smooth and
desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm turnover. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Let
stand 10 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
Preparation Directions:
*To toast walnuts, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently
until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown.
8 servings
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Weather alert!!


EEEEEWWWWW!

Special Weather Statement
WED NOV 21 2007

...COLD AIR TO POUR INTO DEEP SOUTH TEXAS ON THURSDAY...

BY THANKSGIVING MORNING BIG CHANGES ARE EXPECTED FOR RESIDENTS OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. AFTER DAYS OF TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE AVERAGE... COLD TEMPERATURES...GUSTY NORTH WINDS AND OVERCAST SKIES WILL BE THE NORM THANKSGIVING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. AREAS OF RAIN AND LOW OVERCAST SKIES WILL MAKE CONDITIONS RATHER DISMAL... ALONG WITH INTERMITTENT FOG.

TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 70S DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS ON WEDNESDAY WILL FALL INTO THE UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. BY FRIDAY MORNING...TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S WILL BE ENTRENCHED OVER MOST OF DEEP SOUTH TEXAS...WITH THE IMMEDIATE COASTAL AREAS REMAINING IN THE LOWER 50S. CLOUDY AND COLD WEATHER WITH PERIODS OF RAIN WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY...WITH TEMPERATURES ONLY RISING A FEW DEGREES...AS COLD NORTH WINDS AND OVERCAST SKIES DOMINATE OUR REGION. SIMILAR TEMPERATURE AND GENERAL WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST SATURDAY MORNING...WITH SOME SUNSHINE PIERCING THROUGH THE OVERCAST SKIES TO WARM THE VALLEY TO NEAR 60 DEGREES. THEN ANOTHER SURGE OF COLD AIR VISITS OUR REGION SATURDAY NIGHT AS AN UPPER LOW DIGS DEEP INTO SOUTH TEXAS AND ALLOWS MORE COLD...DRY AIR TO ENTER FROM THE NORTHWEST. THE NEW AIRMASS USHERED IN BY THIS FEATURE WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S AND 50S SUNDAY MORNING...WITH A WARM UP INTO THE 60S BY AFTERNOON. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL STILL BE IN THE 40S AND 50S MONDAY MORNING...BUT AS SUNSHINE FINALLY RETURNS FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY...TEMPERATURES WILL RISE BACK INTO THE 70S.

Passport Info

It seems they will be letting people ease into the passport requirements according to this US Government website.
And sometime next summer is when the hard and fast rules of having a passport will be enforced. BUT that is not what they are saying at the border. Are they telling people at the border they will need a passport January 1 2008 to push them into getting one? I do not know.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Food Trivia

Thanksgiving Food Trivia

Ben Franklin originally wanted the turkey to be America's national bird; he started referring to male turkeys as "Toms" because Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea.

The first and simplest of all pumpkin puddings made by the Pilgrims, involved picking the pumpkin, washing it, hollowing it out, filling it with cream or milk, and baking it whole. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after that first Thanksgiving.

Cranberries are almost 90% water and good, ripe cranberries will bounce; bounceberry is another name for them. They survive a long time, too: Some cranberry beds are over 100 years old and still producing!

The The potato, which originated in Peru, took a long journey to reach North America. The Spaniards took it back to Spain in the 16th century; from there it made its way to Italy and northern Europe, then to Bermuda and the Virginia colonies of North America. Instant mashed potatoes were introduced commercially in 1955. , which originated in Peru, took a long journey to reach North America. The Spaniards took it back to Spain in the 16th century; from there it made its way to Italy and northern Europe, then to Bermuda and the Virginia colonies of North America. Instant mashed potatoes were introduced commercially in 1955.

Monday, November 19, 2007

For News Freaks

I am not a news freak. If anything I am an anti-news freak. It is my belief that too much focus on the news creates and/or intensifies a negative attitude. When medical people treat depression the first thing they do is suggest the patient stop reading newspapers or watching news on TV. But for you news freaks who do not agree with my way of thinking here is a website tailor made for you.
A click on the website below will let you know what strange & dangerous things are happening in the world at any given time. The site updates every 6 minutes, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on. You may be surprised at what is happening right here in the U.S., perhaps even in your own state or city.

Global Incident Map: There is a lot happening in our world every minute:

http://www.globalincidentmap.com/home.php

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Doves

QMags

Okay folks, this one has me a bit excited. I used to be a magazine freak. I bought several every month and clipped out articles of interest etc. Well, when we went full time I gave them up for many obvious reasons. But recently I discovered you can get your subscriptions online! Now I suppose this has been around a long time and I didn't know about it but it is new to me!! We have always enjoyed Motorhome magazine but it was one we gave up for the cause so to speak but this morning I ordered it and read it from cover to cover. It comes in Adobe Acrobat Reader .pdf file and it took a tiny bit of study on my part to easily read it. So if you would rather get your magazines online click on QMags and see if they carry the magazines you like. Save a tree!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mexico Trip

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We went to Nuevo Progreso Mexico for the first time this season. The crowds were light and the beggars many. I checked on some medication prices and they were down a little from last year. The pancho's at Garcias above the Canada Store are as good as ever. We used our passports when we came back but they are taking their time at the check station and there was only one customs official on duty. They are telling people at the border that a passport WILL BE REQUIRED after January 1st 2008. This should be interesting. I hope they are building a big jail because I do not foresee everyone abiding by it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Audio Books

TODAY'S TIP:
Audio Books for the Visually Impaired

A friend who is completely sightless, has used this perk from our
government for many, many years, and I only today heard from him that it
is available for anyone who has a disability. I thought it was only for
those who had been blinded because of being in a war, but it is for all
of us who qualify because of physical reasons.

The Library of Congress will provide (free) audio books upon request. My
friend has been able to get them even if they were not already on tape,
by simply making his request and the LOC will have it made for him.

Home Page of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped http://www.loc.gov/nls/

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Walkin',yes indeed

We are walking twice a day, a little over a mile each time. I am feeling the benefits of doing so. It is also an easy way to be nosy about what is happening in the park.
Don and Judith Raglin who were workampers 2 years ago are back this year. They have both had some health issues taken care of but are doing fine now.

There are several older mobiles leaving the park for one in Mission. It is a new park over there and they are recruiting units from other parks. Ours has some empty spaces now and some pretty nice locations if you have a hankering to bring in a new one.

Shuffleboard starts tomorrow at nine. It will be the first time on the newly surfaced courts.

The forecast is for a cold front to come through. The high tomorrow is projected to be 74 degrees. Sounds good for a change. We will be able to turn the AC off tonight.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Here we are!


Roses on Pine street
Below is a line up of golf carts. The people who own them are attending
the non-denominational church services.

I should be doing other stuff but here I am posting things on the blog!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lots of projects

There are lots of projects taking place in the park. Similar to what happens up north in the spring; cement is getting poured, decks getting built. I think the park looks pretty good as we go for our twice a day walks. Things look neat and clean.
Speaking of our walks...it is 1.1 mile if you walk on every street in the park and that is what we do. I know some who walk around the edge instead and they will have to tell me what that measures out to be.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Roadrunner Offer

For those of you wanting a roadrunner connection for Internet here is a link to their current offer.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Monkey Business


On Rose Street



I spotted some monkey's in a tree this morning on my walk.

Our location


Click on any image for a larger view
A beehive of activity at the shuffle board court this morning.
The new benches are being installed. Pictured below are Elmer, Butch(hidden), Eddie, Larry and Don


The scoreboards are being moved to the opposite end.
It will give everyone a whole new outlook.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Passport Info

We have ours but this site has the latest info on the requirements.
http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/whtibasics.shtm

We're Here!!

We left Canyon Lake TX at 7:30 AM and arrived at the park about 2:00 PM.
We hit the ground running getting settled in and cleaned up so we are both a bit pooped this evening. We have had many visitors already getting us all up to speed on the changes that have taken place. The shuffleboard courts have been refurbished!! I know that will be a big surprise for a few of you. Larry has made new benches and they are talking of putting the scoreboards on the other end which makes sense all the way around when you stop to think about it.
There are other surprises too with people who do not plan to come back this year. Some have quit altogether and others are taking a year off. And here I thought I was going to have an easier time with the directory this year. NOT!!!
It feels good to be here and it always feels like home. The trip down was without incident and we are grateful.
I will try to post on both sites. I usually do personal stuff on www.brooker3.blogspot.com and Park stuff on www.magnolianews.blogspot.com. But it always seems to overlap. Aha!! I know! You will have to check both to see where we stand. Come on it isn't that tough as there is a link to the other one on each site. Right side near the top.

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