Friday, June 23, 2017

House update

We spent Wednesday mowing at the property.  The weather was nice and there was a cool breeze blowing all day.  Of course, it was Tropical storm Cindy that was supplying the breeze, but that's ok, it felt good and she went southeast of us.
          Of course first Doug had to take the backhoe off the tractor and put the mower on.
                            That's a lot of grass to mow.  He also pushed over a dead tree!



                                           They worked on getting the siding on the houses.

What's really funny is I was so fixed on getting a picture of the siding going up, I didn't even notice the guy posing in the picture.  LOL  This is not the final color.  Just the siding.  It will be painted a grey.

Really glad that tropical storm Cindy decided to come ashore elsewhere.  Hope she didn't do too much damage where she did.
Here is a picture of tonights sunset.  Sure was a pretty one.

Later

Monday, June 19, 2017

More pictures from Galvaston area

I am just now getting around to getting the pictures off of my canon camera.
I think these bridges were near Port Arthur Tx.  The older of the two was used as the west bound and the newer one was the east bound.
I did not care for this bridge.  The side rails were almost non existant and I kept feeling like we were going to drive right off it.  I didn't take any pictures while on it for that reason.  I was too busy closing my eyes.
The gulf seems to be taking a lot of the beach and roadways back.  This crew was busy trying to stop it.  Lots of sand being brought in.  There were a few places that had eroded all the way up to the highway.
                                             No problems here.

They do build the houses high this close to the gulf.  
                                We had a long wait at the ferry crossing on Bolivar pennisula.

                                                          We watched the sea gulls



                                                    The pelicans too!
Doug fed the sea gulls out the window.  I tried several times to catch a picture but this was all I got.
                                              Look closely and you can see the dolphin fin.

                                  I couldn't catch the dolphins playing for feeding in the bay either.
We are going out to the property to mow tomorrow.  I will take pictures of the progress on the houses.
Later

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lake Charles and a return to Galveston

We left Marksville on Tuesday morning and headed to Lake Charles, La.  There we met up with a friend/co-worker of Doug and Jim's.  After meeting him and his lovely wife, we headed to eat.
Terry and LaDonna have recently moved to Lake Charles and they took us to a neat little taco bar in old downtown.  Fun was had by all.  It is always good to see old friends and make new ones.
Wednesday, we headed for Galveston.

I will try and finish this blog tonight.  It is Thursday and we had a full day today.  Libbie and I walked the length of the Strand, taking in all the shops.  I even learned how to pay for parking on my phone.  My I am learning all kinds of things.
We also toured the Bishops Palace today.  It was beautiful.  They are doing some renovations with more coming in the future.  The Greshams had the house built in 1892 and lived in it until it was purchased for the Bishop in 1921.

 Couldn't get a good picture of the rotunda around the staircase.  It was beautiful.
 One of the 11 fireplaces in the house.  This one is inthe parlor. 
This is a postcard box.  While traveling, Mrs. Gresham would send herself postcards from all of her
travels.  They were put in the postcard box.  She could then show the cards to her visitors and 
tell them of her travels. 

The front of the box was beautiful.  All hand carved.

Something else found in the parlor was the hand carved calling card basket.  No facebook or
messenger back then.  If you wanted to invite someone over for tea or supper, you had your servant 
deliver a calling card with day and time.  The calling card was placed in the basket for Mrs. Gresham 
to get and respond to.  Sounds like a lot of trouble to me.



                                                Sitting at the Bishop's formal dining table.
                                                  This was Mr. Greshams bedroom.
                         Mrs. Gresham's bedroom.They were connected.  His was a little bigger.
 Mrs. Gresham had the biggest and best bathroom.  His only had a sink and I am sure a chamber pot.
notice the three faucets on the tub.  One for hot, cold and rainwater.  Rainwater was better for your hair.
After a long day of walking, shopping and touring, we finished out the day at Nicks Kitchen.  The seafood was great.  Now to rest.
Later





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

While we take a break and hit the road with friends, work goes on

While we take a break (I don't know from what) and hit the road with friends and travel buds, Jim and Libbie, work continues on the house.
                                                             Here is our little house.
                               Front view, Living room in center with bedrooms on each side.
                                             Mike's house.
Right now we are in Marksville, La.  We met up with Jim and Libbie at the Paragon Casino.  We arrived on Friday, June 9th and leave tomorrow, Tuesday, June 13th.  We are headed to Galveston but couldn't get reservations until Wednesday.  We will stop in Lake Charles for the night and then head on to Galveston.  This will be Jim and Libbie's first trip there.  We had the short weekend trip a couple of months ago but there is so much we didn't see.  I am looking forward to the return to Galveston.
Here we are at our site at Paragon.  Think you are seeing double?  We are on the right and the bus just like ours pulled in today on the left.  Jim and Libbie are in the middle.
Later


Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Doug and more on house

Well it's been a few days ago, but, Happy birthday Doug!  #2 son, Michael took us out to dinner at Vic and Anthony's to celebrate.  Doug and I let Mike order for us and these were his choices for us.
birthday boy got the 40 oz. tomahawk ribeye.  Yes I said 40 0z.!

 I got the 6 oz. A5 Kobe beef filet from Japan.
Kaitlyn had the Kobe beef New York strip from Australia with fried fois gras on top.
Don't ask me why one Kobe beef is from Japan and one from Australia, or what the difference is.  I just know it melted in my mouth and was fantastic.  Mike had red fish so I didn't even take a picture of that. LOL
We had a great time.  Lucas slept most of the evening.  He is cutting molars and was not feeling to well by the time dinner was served.  He was very good though.  He just watched his tablet and fell asleep.
Doug couldn't finish his steak but he sure tried.  Believe me, he finished it later.  Buddy enjoyed the bone.
This weekend we went out to check on the houses.
                                                  Can't get Mike's house in one picture.

                            This is the back porch on Mike's house and our house.
Starting the trey ceiling in the living room


If the weather will just cooperate, they should get a lot done this week. Happy Birthday Doug!
Later



Friday, May 12, 2017

Baby ducks and house construction

                      We have baby ducks at the RV park.  Lots of them.  One mom has 10 another 7.
                        Someone told me these ducks were called "mexican squealers"   They do actually make a squeal sound instead of a quack.



                                                           Beautiful sunset at the park.
                                                               Love these succullents.
Now  let's get to the house building.


The lumber is going up!  Can't wait to see a roof.  The neighbor across the street took these photos for us.  He said the workers were singing as they worked.  Love it.
Later