Sunday, December 30, 2007
Through the screen door-
Chico's owners Chet and Irma Johnson have had Siamese cats in the past and they were without a kitty to love for awhile. Irma had her heart set on a flame (orange)-point Siamese and she was going to hold out for one. They went to shelters and told their friends they were looking for a flame-point Siamese kitten...all to no avail.
This fall they came to Texas and there was a "white" kitten wandering around the park for several days. Cynthia Daigle took it upon herself to find a home for the kitten and someone told her about Chet and Irma so she took the kitten to them and they exclaimed with delight because it is indeed a flame-point Siamese. Chico is happy to find a home with them and they are happy to have him. Isn't it strange how things work out?
Saturday, December 29, 2007
ANY USE OF FIREWORKS THIS NEW YEARS HOLIDAY WILL BRING INCREASED WILD FIRE RISK FOR ALL OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. IF USING FIRE WORKS...MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS...KEEP FIREWORKS AWAY FROM GRASSY AREAS...AND KEEP WATER OR A HOSE CLOSE BY THE IGNITION. ALWAYS HAVE ADULTS PRESENT WHEN DISCHARGING FIRE WORKS.
A STRONG COLD FRONT IS SCHEDULED FOR PASSAGE THROUGH THE SEMI- TROPICS AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT NEW YEARS EVE... DRIVING WINDS NORTH AT 20 TO 30 MPH AND BRINGING DRY...COLD AIR TO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. GALE CONDITIONS ARE ANTICIPATED TO DEVELOP WITH SEAS AT 12 FEET OVER OUR MARINE AREAS BY SUNRISE TUESDAY.
A high of 58 and a low of 36 for January 2- BRRRRR
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
The women folk and maybe some of the men folk too are preparing finger food for our Christmas eve party at Allen Hall. There will be lots of treats for everyone and we are looking forward to tingling our taste buds.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We have a great little library. You can make donations or borrow a book to read. No restrictions on length of time. You can take it with you on down the road or read and return.
Wildflowers of Texas. -A poster in the library
Merry Christmas from Magnolia Park!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Recipe: Bernie's Fruitcake 12/16/2007
Author: Bernie Craig
2 C Flour
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3 T butter-room temp.
4 Jars Whole Maraschino Cherries (Drain 3 jars)
2 C Pecan halves or pieces
2 C Walnut halves or pieces
1 LB. Raisins
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Add
remaining ingredients one at a time in the order listed, mix gently.
Pour in ungreased tube pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Increase heat to 325 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let cool in pan
then remove. Wrap in foil or plastic and store in refrigerator. Allow 1 to 2 days for
flavors to mingle before serving.
I never liked fruitcake until I tasted Bernies. :-)
'Twas the night before Christmas
In Texas, you know,
Way out on the Prairie,
Without any snow.
Asleep in their cabin
Were Buddy and Sue
A dreamin' of Christmas
Like me and like you.
Not stockings, but boots
At the foot of their bed,
For this was in Texas,
What more can be said.
When all of a sudden
From out the still night,
There came such a ruckus
It gave me a fright.
And I saw 'cross the Prairie
Like a shot from a gun,
A loaded up buckboard
Come out at a run.
The driver was geein'
And hawin' with will,
And horses, not reindeer,
He drove with such skill.
C'mon Buck and Poncho,
And Prince to the right,
There'll be plenty o travelin'
For ya'll tonight.
The driver in Levi's
And a shirt that was red,
Had a 10-gallon Stetson
On top of his head.
As he stepped from his buckboard
He was really a sight,
A beard and a moustache
So curly and white.
As he burst in the cabin,
The children awoke,
And were both so astonished,
That neither one spoke.
He filled up their boots
With such presents galore
That neither could think
Of a single thing more.
When Buddy recovered
The use of his jaws
He asked in a whisper,
"Are you Santa Claus?"
"Am I the real Santa?
Well, what do you think?"
And he smiled as he gave
A mysterious wink.
Then he lept in the buckboard
And said in his drawl,
'To the children of Texas,
Merry Christmas, ya'll.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
H.E.B., Texas grocery stores, have what they call the feast of sharing every year where they feed all who come for dinner. They have the system down pat and feed an amazing number of people in a very short period of time. We went today and were back home in 45 minutes. We were served Ham, potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables,a roll, apple pie and drinks. It is very nice of them to treat all their customers that way.
The trees are losing their leaves. It happens every year but always surprises me. It is such a slow process and the new leaves will be coming back in about 6 weeks. Every area of the country has seasonal cycles. It is merely different in various places.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You can email Tony at JOTONYSPAG@webtv.net
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
We have been enjoying (?) above normal temperatures in the Rio Grande Valley. That means the AC has been running. We have not had to shovel any snow and the propane salesman's pocket is not overstuffed with dollars. The electric company is doing quite well however.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Karl, Lloyd and Carol hand out smiles and donuts every Tuesday morning at coffee.
Many of us turn out to find out the latest park news bulletins.
Afterward some of us head to Peter Piper Pizza and some of us head to the golf course.
Not sure what the rest of us do!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I haven't heard anything mentioned about the Christmas Parade here in the park yet but I am sure there will be one. You still have time to prepare your entry.
There have been some new arrivals in the past week and I am sure there will be a trickle from now till after Christmas when the bulk of people get here. Some have been here and then go back north for Christmas to return later.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Mary and Ed Urbonovic
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust (from
15-oz box), softened as directed on
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
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon maple flavor
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*
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
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.
Bake 23 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to
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.
*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.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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.
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
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
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:
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
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 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
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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
Saturday, November 10, 2007
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
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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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
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.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
HI to all---
I must say Kay, they do not look all that happy about leaving Magnolia Park.;-)