Brighter Days

Spring has finally arrived!  Warmer and brighter days are hopefully here to stay for a while.  Of course, in a few short weeks, I will most likely be lamenting the heat, so I will definitely enjoy these more temperate days while we have them.  This past weekend, we scalped our yard, pulled weeds and unwanted grasses and got the back porch area ready for outdoor dining once again.  We are also breathing a little sigh of relief that the new tree we put in the back yard last year is blooming heartily this year.  Thankfully, we will not be using the warranty on it, but I’m still glad we had the one-year warranty for it, just in case.  However, my ten beautiful crape myrtles are looking a bit suspicious, and I’m going to be devastated if we lost them over the winter months.  I have babied them so much over the past few years since we planted them to try to keep them alive.  Right now, though, it’s not looking good for them and will probably cost $500 or more to replace them.  Honestly, I’m not sure we will do that if they die off, due to landscape water restrictions in place now, which were not in place when we planted them years ago.  Keeping a decent yard these days is tough, tough, tough.  I so hope to see this beautiful sight in a few weeks once again.

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Storm season has also begun just to the north of us, it seems.  I followed the storm chasers online in Oklahoma a few days ago, and I was sad to see that Moore got clobbered once again.  I have a cousin that lives just north of Moore, and we tease him that Moore is a magnet for tornadoes.  Sadly, I think that is a true statement, for some reason.  Thankfully, he and his family are fine.  It is a beautiful place to live, and I see why people want to live there, for sure.  I’m just not sure I could handle living right in the worst part of tornado alley.  Tornadoes are bad enough where we live at times, and don’t think I would make it too well in an area with even more of them.

Our new vacation year began again on March 1 when Hubby’s yearly allowance renewed, and we will be headed out of town on Wednesday evening for a long holiday weekend.  We will be traveling to the northern tip of the hill country once again, just as we did last year when we discovered what a wonderful time of year it is to camp there with wildflowers blooming all around and nice temperatures.  We are traveling about two weeks earlier than we did last year, but hopefully we will still see some great flowers and just enjoy a relaxing time together with the dogs.  We are also going to check out our first COE campground, even though we will just spend one night there.  I’ve looked at this particular campground before, but this is really the first trip that it has made sense for us to make a quick stop there.  Hopefully I will have a good report to share about it later, as I have not yet read about it on any other sites by RV travelers or other campers.  We know the lake is down 14 feet, but at least there is still a lake there to see.

I wish you all a blessed holy week and a Happy Easter!  We hope to attend a sunrise service at the park early on Sunday morning and are looking forward to that special time once again.

D
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Author: DK

Blogger at My Five Fs (Faith - Family - Food - Fotos - Fun) and Animal Wonder. Empty-nester that now shares life with my hubby and our two standard poodles. Enjoys camping in our RV, taking and editing photos, trying new low-carb recipes, baking pretty decorated cookies for special occasions, walking daily, spending time with family and friends when we can, playing with the dogs, and is grateful to God for every single day of this blessed life and for the opportunity to share and connect with some great people here.

20 thoughts on “Brighter Days”

  1. Plantings have a mind of their own, don’t they! A friend in Seattle was just telling me last night how 5 prized trees in their yard (several different species) looked to have succumbed to their winter too. And I know how we struggled with a couple of ours at the school — sometimes even if you give them ‘ideal’ conditions they decide on their own that they just aren’t happy. Go Figure!

    I hope you enjoy the COE campground. We love all the ones we’ve been to save one.

    And do return home refreshed and ready to continue the estate business…. That was one time in my own life that I hated — having to deal with lawyers and death at the same time. argh.

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    1. We were treating the crape myrtles for possible azalea scale late in the fall and thought we might have it beat. I truly hope they make it. The problem ironically may have been too much water in the fall, since they are quite drought tolerant. I just don’t know but will be very sad if we end up losing some or all of them. They are so beautiful when they bloom in late June. We are very interested to check out a COE park and were quite surprised to see that this one has full hookups, including sewer. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t have much else except the lake… no hiking trails, etc. But, we are looking forward to checking it out for a night. I will do just about anything to get out of town and away from this estate business right now. Ugh. Definitely hoping for a nice getaway and a little break from it all.

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      1. I’m horrible about diagnosing plant ailments!
        Did I miss your saying which COE campground you are going to? I know of Potter’s Creek and Cranes Mill but we are not very familiar with the Corps in Texas.
        What’s your take on Monahan’s State Park — we’re plotting and scheming about a May/June change in plans.

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        1. It is a neat little park for a night or two. We have only been there in winter months, and it will be HOT in the warmer weather months, for sure. If you don’t mind the heat, you will enjoy a quick stay, as it is a very unique camping experience, camping in the sand. I might stay away if the wind is blowing a gale, too. It is sand, after all. There is no camping at White Sands National Monument, so this is your next best option if you actually want to camp in the sand for that experience. I’m glad to help with more information as you plan your route north, if I can help you. This is my “neck of the woods,” after all. haha And we are hopefully going to Hords Creek COE, Lakeside Campground… if we get our act together and get out of town on time, which is iffy at this point. Hope we can “get ‘er done!”

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          1. Thanks for the comments.

            Now that the crowd is departing we are rethinking how long we want to stay. I didn’t think of us as being part-of-the-crowd; we’re kind of stand-offish around too MANY people — but I’m not sure how we’ll like the park with most of the population gone. I can already see ways in which they are cutting back on services for the summer (lower temp in the pool, etc.). So it’s a lot of thought and a little discussion right now. And we have till the end of this month to decide what May and June may bring, seeing as our rent is paid for this entire month.

            I had looked at Hords Creek just this morning as part of a large loop through Texas and it comes down to just being lazy — after 4 months here I have to get back in traveling mode and I’m not sure if I’m ready to do that yet.

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              1. We made it to the lake late last night, and it is a beautiful place. Full hookups and practically the whole area to ourselves. Looked at your map and may have some suggestions for you. I like this place but there are others that I would certainly recommend before coming home here, especially as the weather will get hot and humidity here very soon. Glad to see your jaunt thru far West Texas a great choice, for sure.

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                1. It’s good to hear you getting out again.

                  I’m always open to suggestions. We sometimes make what seem abrupt changes to our plans but even when we make a change I try to retain the comments and suggestions so that we can use them whenever the occasion arises.

                  I’m not yet sure what we’ll do. As we drove around getting groceries this morning Peggy asked me about Davis’ mountain temps and when I mentioned the elevation she freaked a bit — but I’ll look that up and find out real numbers of her. But, we are beginning to come to the conclusion that we just aren’t ready to settle in places quite so long quite so soon. Maybe 4 months IS too long in one place; I think Peg might have preferred not to stay one more month — I think she’s ready to move on.

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                  1. My only real suggestion would be to hit the road right away, if you want to see more of Texas during nicer weather. Don’t know if that is possible now, but it would be wise to do that to avoid the more oppressive heat and humidity in some areas, as well as the worst of the storms in May and June. Camping in a supercell storm is not my idea of fun at all. April is one of the very best months across most of the state as far as weather and scenery. After our April trips, we generally head north to camp until fall months or just travel elsewhere by car or plane. And just FYI, most pools in the southern part of the state are generally of heated by the sun in the warmer months. They will be toasty warm on their own in a short time. May can also be tolerable at times, but it can also be really hot, too.

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                    1. Thanks for the input. Of course hitting the road right away is out — until the end of the month, but we’ll see how things go. In such a large state we are completely out of our element in knowing how or whether to attack it. I never even thought about super cells. Grrrr…. I THINK that we’ll wing it without reservations so that if the weather is too unbearable we can just totter off to the North.

                      I’m thinking we may rethink what we do about ‘wintering’ — it was lovely to be where there was a pool…. been years since we were able to enjoy a pool for more than a day at a time. But we’ll figure it out in time and have fun along the way — that’s always been our thing. We’ve rarely had things ‘just perfect’ but we always manage to enjoy our life together and have fun doing it.

                      So, throw out the script and let’s get on with this adventure.

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    1. Nice to meet you! Yes, born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and happy to still be here. God is good, and I am so very blessed, for sure. I’m away right now but will check out your blog soon. Thanks for stopping by,

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    1. Well, send some of that rain our way, please! Spring is starting out a bit dry, but it’s still early in the season. Hope you are doing well. Missing your writing… Hint, hint.

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    1. Easter at this park is very special to me already. There is just something about being out in God’s beautiful creation that makes it a wonderful time of celebration and reflection for me. I actually saw some life earlier today in a few of the crape myrtles, so I am a bit more optimistic about them right now. Ours also bloom in late June, too.

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