Wednesday, January 2, 2013


JANUARY 2 – Well, after several days snow delay, Marsha made it to Houston on Saturday.

Marsha was up and at the airport by 5:15, only to sit on the tarmac for what seemed like forever. She could see nothing out her plane window.
looking out plane widow

It took 25 minutes to deice the plane.
deice plane

Where is the runway?

High above all that snow.

The day after Marsha landed in Houston, we traveled to Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. We arrived on December 30, just in time to welcome in the New Year. We attended the New Year's Eve party at the Activity Center here in Leisure Valley Ranch with many of our long time friends.

We had a brief “warm-up” at Angie and Rick's home renewing friendships with them and Susie and Chuck. After that social, we headed over to the party.

The New Year's dance was a great time. We danced, enjoyed time with friends, and had the traditional champagne toast at midnight.

Rick, Angie, Paul
Rick Angie Paul

Another year where the hat won't fit on Paul's head.
Paul's hat

Leisure divas…Marsha, Merrilyn, Angie
Marsha, Merrilyn, Angie

Ringing in the new year.

On New Year's Day, it was football time. We pretty much hung around the TV watching football. Marsha did prepare our traditional New Year's dinner. We were surprised that South Texans do NOT have pork and sauerkraut for dinner on New Year's Day. They eat tamales. As a matter of fact, we had a little difficulty finding a pork roast at the grocery store. We ended up settling for a pork shoulder. Regardless, the dinner was delicious.

Unfortunately, cool and wet weather arrived with us to the RGV, and we've been forced indoors for the first week on the new year. We did stop at the Visitor's Center in McAllen to pick up several brochures on different sights to see, so we'll be “out and about” soon. So stop back and check out what interesting sights we've found.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


  1. Over here we had the traditional meatball dinner for New Years day. Say what? Welcome back to the Valley.

  2. I hate, hate, hate flying when they have to deice. Glad you made it back safely. When is that David going to break down and get on the ball with the engagement ring??? I keep waiting for the news.

  3. It seems to be cold everywhere!

  4. Glad you made it safely in that icy plane, Marsha.

    Looked to be a real fun New Year's Eve party and I guess you even stayed up till midnight! Good for you - we didn't make it - again!!

  5. Are you sure you don't drag that cool wet weather around with you everywhere? Seems like you get more than your share, no matter where you go. Next thing you know, it will snow there in Texas! Well, look for some sunshine, and stay warm and dry.

  6. I'm with Jeri - deicing and flying - not my favorite things. Glad to see you're back to having fun times.

  7. It was Black Eyed Peas here for New Yeras, what's up with that? I guess you have be from Ohio for the pork. Have a great year.

  8. You look like you had a good time at the party ... we have cool weather here too, but it sure beats what we might have had up north.

  9. Interesting to learn about all the 'traditional' New Year's meals based on where your heritage! We do kielbassi and sauerkraut.

  10. In Indiana, it was a cabbage and ham tradition. And the cabbage was cooked with scrubbed change. Whoever got the money in their serving was to have a prosperous new year.

  11. I can't even remember what I ate on New Years. Guess it wasn't very memorable...

  12. Glad to see you settled for a bit. It takes bad weather to get you guys to slow down.

  13. Don't have a traditional New Year's dinner - usually just left-overs!! But I'll eat sauerkraut and pork anytime. Love that smelly old stuff. I always make some pork in a separate pan for my DIL - she can't handle the kraut.

  14. I hate flying no ice deice no deice bad weather nice weather doesn't matter Atavan is my choice of meal...glad you made it in time Marsha and didn't get left behind..looks like a great party :) take care

  15. Glad you made it safely to TX Marsha. I too do not like to fly when the plane needs to be de-iced. Happy New Year to you both!


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