Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Passport Questions

Q. When will the travel initiative be implemented?

In the proposed implementation plan, the initiative will be implemented in two phases. The proposed timeline will be as follows:

January 8, 2007 – Passports, Merchant Mariner Documents (MMDs) or NEXUS Air cards would be required for all air travel from within the Western Hemisphere for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. This is a change from the previously scheduled date of January 1, in order to accommodate holiday travel.

January 1, 2008 – It is anticipated that on January 1, 2008, U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid U.S. passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes may permit a later deadline, both the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to put all requirements in place by the original deadline. Advance notice will be provided to enable the public meet the land/sea border requirement.

Monday, October 30, 2006

I have the high speed connection!! Up and running. All things Internet are easier and oh so much less frustrating with a high speed connection. As my sister always says, "I am pickled tink!"

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thanks, Don Loring, for the pictures and story on the new kitchen and thanks to all the people who put in so much hard work on it. It looks great! I will get with the program soon. I plan to announce on Tuesday that I will resume Computer Classes on Friday November 3rd at 9:00 AM. I hesitate to call them classes but we will get together for a discussion and see what develops from it. Now on to a different subject...I walk by this tree twice a day and I am impressed with it each time. It looks as if someone has hand polished every leaf. I didn't know if it would show up in a picture so thought I would try. It does somewhat but it is much more impressive in person.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

First Breakfast from the Updated Kitchen

The updated kitchen is finally in use due to the hard work of some good workers. The work crew was composed of Don Soole, Don Howard, Tuffy Wolfrom, Don Louks, with Char Wolfrom doing some of the gopher jobs as she put it.... The crew did a great job and worked hard for a little over a week in hot weather (don't think that it was cool working in the hall cause it wasn't) putting in some pretty full days to get it all done for the first breakfast.. When you all get here you need to thank them for the nice job.. We all are going to enjoy the benefits from their efforts.. The following pictures don't do them credit enough...
This is just a start says Don...
It's coming along ok so far....
Some one said "There's a lot of work here"
It's almost done .. Looks good
The Kitchen Gang waiting to serve from the updated Kitchen...
Nice crowd for the first Saturday Breakfast...
Butch pets another Angel.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Road Runner Broadband: Time Warner Cable Internet - High Speed Service

Road Runner Broadband: Time Warner Cable Internet - High Speed Service
First off I went to Time Warner on the Internet to see what they had to offer.
This is what I found this year. This particular offer is without a contract and for 6 months which both held appeal for me. It does expire on the 31st of October but then they will have other offers. They always do. Once I have Roadrunner(Internet) up and running I will add my router to it and be set up for WiFi again this season. And why am I posting this, you wonder? I know not all of you give a hoot but then some do and this post is for those who do.
Thank You
Barb the roadrambler

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Gladys Trueblood left this morning to move up north to be close to her kids and grandkids. She sold her house right away after she decided to make the move.. We hate to see her go as she is always had something to tell and talk about past old times in Magnolia Park.. She was in the park for 24 years so she saw a lot for sure... We wish her well in the future.. Just keep in touch once in a while...
Gladys Trueblood...

Lush & Green

They have had a lot of rain here this summer and so it is very lush and green
everywhere. We went by a grapefruit orchard and the grapefruit are green! We
had never seen that before. They always tell us the juiciness of the
grapefruit depends on the moisture they have had so they should be extra
juicy this year.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

We could vote on our favorite and this was mine entitled "Rebirth"
Beautiful day on the beach despite the 90 degree temperatures. There were lots of windsurfers and this fellow in front of Butch was just commencing his run.
This sculptor was in the amateur section but I cannot imagine why.
Tools of the trade
Note the way it looks like water running out of the holes in the castle
These are master sculptors and the intricate open work on this one was especially good.
Reeling in Memories
Nita told us about Sandcastle days on South Padre so we could not pass it up. The art work is beyond words.

Friday, October 20, 2006

We have arrived in the deep south of Texas and it is warm. Nicely so at 72 degrees. Our friends who travel to this neck of the woods will be unhappy to learn that we are still dealing with construction...lots of construction on business 83. The good news is, it is further east of us than it was last year.
Those coming down in something that runs on diesel fuel may like to know that we filled up at the Shell station in Kingsville for $2.27.9 That is the cash price which is 6 cents lower than the regular price. There is an ATM at the station. The Shell station is located on the east side of highway 77 on the south edge of Kingsville.
Also remember that there is a new code for the gate this year. I am reminding you because we forgot about it. I can't give it to you here but look up the letter you received about it before you head down...or ask some kind friend with a memory.;-)
Today went much better than yesterday. Great traveling weather and we listened to a good audio book on the way which helps the time fly by. We are enjoying 'The Keeper of the House' by Shirley Ann Grau very much. "Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them. Shirley Ann Grau is a major American author whose works are often set in New Orleans and Louisiana's Creole region. She often reflects the isolated bayous and their French-speaking residents, but her fiction is equally at home with the fiercely independent people of small Southern towns or the sophisticated life of the New Orleans' upper class. The Keepers of the House won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1965."
I have been a member of www.audible.com for many years and always get much enjoyment from my membership. If you check it out and plan to join, let me know so I can send you an invitation. I would need to send you an invitation for me to get credit. Regardless whether you join or not an audio book is always a good idea for those long lonely stretches of highway.
We are here plenty early and it is apparent as we look around the park but Butch needs to get a blood draw on Monday and get reacquainted with his south Texas doctor. We also know it will not be long now before all our old friends and some new ones will trickle into the park and we will be here to warmly greet them.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Party Time at Magnolia Park

Well folks it's party time almost anytime at Magnolia Park.. You don't even have to drop a hat so to speak. A few days ago it was mentioned about some birthdays coming up and a few people said why not have a party and as Don Soole told me tonight it just snowballed from there.. So here we have a party for several people at once.. Don't ask me to name them cause I would leave some one out for sure and I don't want that.. We had a donation hat to pay for the food that was ordered from Pizza Hut.. The cake was made in the park and every one brought there own drinks. It was nice to see the people having fun and catching up on the news..
Don Howard holds up the Birthday Cake that was shared...
This photo will make some people happy???
Nice to see the crowd in the Hall..
Some of the happy folks in the Park..
Guess who in Magnolia Park would wear these?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Happenings at the Park

The big news is we have new workcampers in the park already for the year. This morning at coffee they were introduced to all that were there.. We had a pretty good turn out and a lot of catching up on summer doings was done as you can imagine.. The names of the workcampers are Nick and Laverne Montalbano, so when you come in for this year you will already know their names.. HA HA You might surprise them with that.. A few more people are slowly coming in for the season. I am not going to name them as I don't want to forget someone, besides some more may or should come in tomorrow.. If you aren't on the way down here you should be.. I know or have heard that it is getting kind of cool up in the north country.. It's nice and warm down here. More later....
New Workcampers
Tuesday Morning Coffee
From Mary in Illinois: A Lick And A Promise

"I'll just give this a lick and a promise," my mother said as she
quickly mopped up a spill on the floor without moving any of the furniture.

"What is that supposed to mean," I asked as in my young mind I
envisioned someone licking the floor with his or her tongue.

"It means that I'm in a hurry and I'm busy canning tomatoes so I
am going to just give it a lick with the mop and promise to come back and
do the job right later.

"A lick and a promise" was just one of the many old phrases that
I remember my mother, grandmother, and others using that they probably
heard from the generations before them. With the passing of time, many old
phrases become obsolete or even disappear.This is unfortunate because some
of them are very appropriate and humorous. Here is a list that I came up
with that I remember my parents and grandparents using that we don't hear
much anymore. Perhaps you have some memorable old phrases of your own that
you could add to the list:

A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a disagreement)

An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive.This phrase is
said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who told a story about a
devious man who asked how a grinding wheel worked. He ended up walking
away with his axe sharpened free of charge)

A bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt person can cause
all the others to go bad if you don't remove the bad one)

At sea (lost or not understanding something)

Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person)

Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as useless as a
dog barking at a knot.)

Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won't let loose)

Been through the mill (had a rough time of it)

Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult)

Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk)

Calaboose (a jail)

Cattywampus (Something that sits crooked such as a piece of
furniture sitting at an angle)

Dicker (To barter or trade)

Feather In Your Cap (to accomplish a goal. This came from years ago
in wartime when warriors might receive a feather they would put in their
cap for defeating an enemy)

Hold your horses (Be patient!)

I reckon (I suppose)

Jawing (Talking or arguing)

Kit and caboodle (The whole thing)

Madder than an old wet hen (really angry)

Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt usually a
young person who thinks too highly of himself and needs a lesson)

No Spring Chicken (Not young anymore)

Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish)

Pert-near (short for pretty near)

Pretty is as pretty does (your actions are more important than your

Scalawag (a rascal or unprincipled person)

Scarce as hen's teeth (something difficult to obtain)

Skedaddle (Get out of here quickly)

Sparking (courting)

Straight From the Horse's Mouth (privileged information from the
one concerned)

Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling (Not doing
anything of value)

Sunday go to meetin' dress (The best dress you had)

We wash up real fine (is another goodie....)

Tie the Knot (to get married)

Too many irons in the fire (to be involved in too many things)

Tuckered out (tired and all worn out)

Under the weather (not feeling well this term came from going below
deck on ships due to sea sickness thus you go below or under the weather)

Wearing your "best bib and tucker" (Being all dressed up)

You ain't the only duck in the pond (It's not all about you)

Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I'll get this whole kit and
caboodle done and sent off to you. Please don't be too persnickety and get
a bee in your bonnet because I've been pretty tuckered out and at sea
lately because I'm no spring chicken. I haven't been just stringin' around
and I know I'm not the only duck in the pond, but I do have too many irons
in the fire. I might just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give
this article more than just a lick and a promise.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Monthly Craft Sales Starting

The first of the monthly craft sales got started on the 7th of October with quite a good turn out for customers.. The vendors had a good time of selling their goods to start out the season. They all said it is a good deal of work but that they enjoy it.. The barbecue sandwiches were to be had (cooked by Don Howard) and were enjoyed by many of the customers and vendors alike. It was agreed that it was a good start for the year.. Too bad that a lot of you missed out on the fun, but remember there is always next month to come and join the fun and laughter.
Don Howard ( Barbecue Cook)
Food workers at the Saturday Sale

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