Friday, November 28, 2014


Friday, November 28 -  We spent Thanksgiving with our daughter, Carrie, and twenty of her friends. This is the 6th year for Carrie's Thanksgiving dinner. She always invites her friends that can't get home for the holiday. We've been able to attend five of the six dinners. We knew many of the "kids" that attended again this year, but there are always a group of new attendees.

This is year, Carrie reserved the activity center at her apartment complex for the party. Luckily, the center has a kitchen for preparing the dinner.

Think there are enough cooks in the kitchen?
cooks in the kitchen

As a bonus, the room has three TVs, a pool table, a shuffle board game, and even a swimming pool which no one used, of course. It did necessitate a bit of juggling to prepare all that food in the small kitchen, but she did a great job. She prepared two delicious turkeys, a sweet potato dish and cranberry sauce.

How many people does it take to put marshmallows on the sweet potato dish? marshmellows

The guests also brought covered dishes, including pies and other desserts, potatoes, corn casserole, and an assortment of beverages.


First wave of friends.

Second wave of friends.

We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed time with many of Carrie's friends. As usual, the youngins were having a great time after dinner, so we found a good opportunity to head home. Thanks Carrie for a great time!

Since we arrived in Houston, time has flown by. Marsha flies back to Ohio on Thursday, December 4. She likes to spend a few weeks with her family, friends, shopping and decorating. Paul and Carrie fly back on Monday, December 22. We probably won’t be doing much blogging between now and Christmas but will still follow along on all our favorite blogs.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


November 27 – Thank you to all our friends who sent an email asking if we are Okay. We are doing great. We have been busy doing this and that but not anything really worth posting.

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving day at Carrie’s with 20 of her closest friends. We are definitely thankful that we can share the day with such wonderful young adults. They make us feel so much younger than we actually are.

Wishing all our dear family and friends a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.




Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Saturday, November 8 – It was so nice to read so many comments about our first volksmarching. We thought we would give our readers just a bit more information about it. All information is taken directly from the AVA website.
What is Volkssporting? Volkssporting started in Germany and simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing. You may choose your time to start within the start/finish “window” and participate in the sport at your own pace. Walking is also called “volksmarching” in Germany.

The trail around and through the Park is full of Old Oak trees. They are beautiful.

 Carrie and Paul

This is as wild as it got.


There are  44 pieces of municipal art in the Park. We will visit more of them on our next walk.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is an open-air theatre where one can listen to a concert or watch a play while picnicking in the park. It is family friendly and always FREE! There is seating under the covered area, and yes, it is free too! We picked up a schedule and saw a range of events from Godspell to Journey Through China (performed by Chinese dancers) to Swing, Jive & Pop! Intro Dance. There is something going on at least 12-15 days out of the month.


The Japanese Garden was built to symbolize the friendship between the United States and Japan, and to recognize Houston's thriving Japanese community. The garden is built on 5 acres and combines a traditional Japanese Garden design with a touch of Texas.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

McGovern Lake with its paddle boats.McGovern Lake

Reflection pool
Reflection pool

There is even a café…Pinewood Café. Pinewood Cafe

What an magnificent park for the people of Houston to have and enjoy. As a matter of fact, we decided another walk is needed to see many of the things we missed. We are looking forward to our next volksmarching.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!