Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Wednesday, March 19 - Paul's begun packing up and getting ready to roll. We have a tentative departure date set for Sunday morning, March 23. We like to pull out early, and Sunday morning is definitely the best morning for driving through Houston.

Having sat here for five months makes preparation for leaving a little interesting. Repacking many of the storage areas is the first priority. Now where did I store these things before??? :-)

This little guy visits us often. We think it is a Texas Mockingbird.
Texas mockingbird

Paul did get up on the roof and gave it a good scrubbing the other day and caulked a couple areas that looked a little suspicious. Of course, if he washes the roof he must wash the sides. All that yuck runs down over the sides and makes quite a mess. It's nice and clean now and should be good until some day this summer!

We think this guy was ready to take a dip in the pool.
visit to the pool

We took time this morning to meet up with good friends, Jane and Joe. They are fellow RVers we've spent the past several winters with down in Mission, TX. We received a call on Monday saying that they would be passing through Houston Tuesday morning and wanted to meet up for breakfast. Yep, they're driving through Houston during rush hour...YEEK!  We decided to meet on the west side of town. They'll need a break after that drive! We're a little more familiar with town and can bypass much of the traffic and of course, we won't be driving an RV. The good thing is that Jane and Joe are from the Chicago area, so they are use to driving in heavy traffic.

us and jane and joe

We met at Denny's restaurant in Katy. Located on the I-10 “feeder road,” it was an easy on and off for our friends. Since they are heading west, this location means they've finished the drive through Houston traffic.

They arrived right on time, and reported the drive through Houston was interesting but uneventful. We enjoyed sharing stories of our winters…They were in Florida, and we were in Texas. Florida beat Texas for better weather but was much more expensive. We'll have to give Florida a try in the future.

After enjoying breakfast and visiting for over an hour, it was time for our friends to move on down the road. They have reservations in the Fredericksburg area tonight. It was great to see Jane and Joe again. It's been over a year since we last saw them, but it seems like only yesterday. See you down the road good friends. Be safe and have a good trip.

Spring training has begun, and Marsha is in all her glory.
cleveland lndians 

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


  1. Safe travels as you head toward home.

  2. It is always fun to meet up with good friends!!!! The best part of RVing is all the wonderful, lifelong friends you make.

  3. It is always fun to meet up with good friends!!!! The best part of RVing is all the wonderful, lifelong friends you make.

  4. Yeek is right for being in that city during rush hour. The last time we went through Houston it was early Sunday morning and I'm hoping we can plan it for that same time when we travel through again but who knows. I just know it won't be rush hour! It's still COLD up north!

  5. Safe travels....
    We made it to Arizona safe and sound

  6. I can't believe you've been there for five months! Time sure does fly. We've been here for a month and a half and we are so ready to move on. I hope that it finally warms up in Ohio and the snow melts before you get back:)

    Carrie is sure going to miss having you near by for visits and get togethers. Sad to say good bye to one daughter but excited to get home to other:)

    Glad you had the opportunity to meet your friends for breakfast as they travel through:) Always nice to reconnect.

    Happy packing!

  7. Will Boston repeat this year??? Yeah baseball!!

  8. Looks like we'll be missing you in Houston this season; maybe next year we'll get to meet in person.

  9. Great to meet up with friends passing through town. We have driven through Houston a couple times on a Sunday Morning, piece of cake!

  10. We may be hitting the road for home on Sunday as well. We're still debating the pros and cons.

    I think I'll leave our roof until we get home before I get up there and wash it. Who knows - I could fall off and that wouldn't be a good thing.

    Safe travels home.

  11. My dad never minded driving through Houston with the 36' MH and toad and would not avoid rush hour, but then again he too is from Chicago lol. We picked Sunday to drive through El Paso, both times to avoid traffic.
    Happy packing and safe travels :-)

  12. Houston is the worse! A few years back we were on I10 in Katy approaching Houston. Put directional signal on to get off. We were in the lane to get off when a van came flying by on the shoulder of the road, side swiped us and never even slowed down. Entire passengers side of our car smashed in. They must have had damage too. Luckily no one hurt. In Jan. we had misfortune of hitting there during rush hour. Took two hours to get through. How do the people there stand it!

    Thinking it's time our roof gets a good scrubbing too. Thinking I need to drop some hints. Big hints.

    Safe travels on Sunday!

  13. Ohhhhhhh, I remember driving through Houston on a Sunday afternoon! Pure torture.. what are you going to do with the stuffed you purchase??

  14. Safe travels to the two of you. Hopefully spring is just around the corner for those up north.

  15. that header pic is just glorious. . .really, really great!

    Dave has big plans to attend Spring Training in AZ next spring. . .he's right there with ya Marsha. . .although our Astros train in Florida. . .


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