Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 is about over!

Soon 2009 will be History! It went very fast for me.  How about you? This is our 3RD winter down here in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas near McAllen. It has also been our coolest. Not that it's real cold, just Wet, Cloudy, Foggy and plain Dreary. We had another 3.5 inches of rain this week and every morning it is extremely Foggy and it's mid morning or noon before it burns off and then it is still quite cloudy. The Sun has peaked out a few times but not near enough to satisfy me.

However, from what I hear it's been that way a lot of places. This wet cold is the worst.....seems a lot colder here at 45-50 deg than it is in AZ or SD at the same temp. It reminds me of Florida. I always said I got as cold in Florida as I ever did back home in Nebraska. But to look at the good side, we never did have to scoop any snow in Florida, nor have we had to here in South Texas. I've sure scooped my share in Nebraska!!

Cool, Cold, Foggy or what ever, we still manage to get in our "walk in the park". Every morning at 6:30 we head out in the Black Dark Fog to do our 1 hour 4 mile walk in the Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, about 2 blocks form where we live.  Almost every morning we see several Javelina's. I have some pictures below:

They like to eat the food that the birds waste out of the bird feeders.......

 They let us get fairly close, as they are used to people.  Cute little guy, isn't he?

We have seen as many as 13 in a group. One morning we saw 2 tiny little babies.  They were following their "momma" and getting breakfast when ever she stopped for a moment.

Remember this couple? I showed you a picture of them way back in 2007 when we first started walking this Park every morning. This is Red and Louise, Winter Texans from Michigan. They have been coming down to the Rio Grande Valley for over 25 years. They come to the park every morning and arrive at 6:00 am. They are professional "Bird Watchers".They know their birds! Much of the time they carry a large spot light.. What a lovely couple they are!! We have gotten to know them quite well. They seldom ever miss a morning. Rain, shine, cold or warm, they will be here. They are both 85 + and walk several miles every morning.

Each year when we come back we always ask each other, "Will Red and Louise be here"? Back in Jan of 2007 when I took this picture it was super cold.  We were all bundled up and still freezing to death but Red and Louise were still out there. They started out years ago in an RV but have now downsized to a Park Model.  However, they are still very active and a great inspiration and idol to Pat and I. We sure enjoy them.

I'm hoping it will clear off enough that we can get get on the Harley for a little ride this morning. It's still real dark out there, but I went out and walked around, it looks promising. Although there is no place to go here and absolutely nothing to see, I still love to ride.

We don't send out paper Christmas Cards anymore but here's a special card for all our readers.  Just click on this link:                    

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!

Thanks for stopping by.   


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Connie and Rod said...

Mike & Pat, thanks for the beautiful Christmas card.

For 80 year of age, your friends are incredibly young. I'm sure they have many other secrets up their sleeve for living such a long and healthy life. Walking certainly helps. The fact that they walk 4 miles a day is unbelivable. I hope my husband and I are as spry when we reach that age.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

squawmama said...

Good Morning... how wonderful that your friends Red & Louise are so active... That is what keeps them healthy and YOUNG!!! Those little Javelins are just way to darn cute... I would love to see them. It is so funny... My mother made one of those Christmas Trees too about 40 years ago... I have it in storage back home in Florida. It must have been the in thing at that time... and like you it is very precious to me... Have a wonderful day. Hope you get your bike ride in!

Travel Safe

Al Bossence said...

Hey Mike, I spotted a couple windmills yesterday that might brighten up your dreary days. I put one in last night's blog & will put a 'shadow mill' in to-night's blog:))

Rick said...

Thanks for the great Christmas card! Those Javelina's are sure strange looking little critters. Hope the weather down there warms up a bit soon.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Here are some beautiful Christmas ecards for you:-)

Christmas Choir
Jingle Bells

Jerry and Suzy said...

We live in javelina area here in Benson, and we hear reports about them being in the park, but have never seen them. Maybe we have to up and moving around outdoors at 6:30 like you guys!

Jacquie Lawson sure has nice cards. That's the same one we sent out this year! It's lovely. Thank you, and Merry Christmas with a capital C.

Mark and Dortha said...

I loved the Christmas Card.

Mark and I will be down to Retama after New Year's for the month. Will you guys still be there?

Could you order up some warmer weather?

Wishing you a Merry Christmas.