Time For Work, Visiting and Relaxing Then Moving on – to Columbus, TX

2/26/13 – 3/7/13 10 Days at McQueeny, TX (Sharon & Bob William’s Home – driveway)

We didn’t do any exploring here, partly because we’ve been here before and seen lots. We’d highly recommend the Alamo and Riverwalk, as well as the Market Square. As I’d mentioned before, we’d saved up a variety of maintenance jobs for this time as well. I was also getting tired of blogging, so this was a good time to give it a rest.

Tuesday: John checked hot water rod, cleaned out old water, put in new

Sprayed where RV touches ground for pests

Replaced burnt out passenger side tail light and brake light

Installed new Rand McNally 7710 GPS, in Miss Zanzibar

Trish emailed tax info on Mom’s estate to CPA. Errands: At Costco got new “shoes” on CRV, bought groceries

At Camping World: 2 water filters (sediment and charcoal), water pressure regulator

At H E B (owner’s name-H E Butt): groceries – best grocery store in Texas, exists only in Texas. They have the best prices, even offers where, if you buy one item, then they give you, free, complimentary items. They buy direct from farmer, fisherman, producer and with an emphasis on local food. They make many items fresh, in the store, as you watch, like guacamole and tortillas.

Sharon and Bob treated us to dinner out at “El Ranchito” – great Mexican food – similar to that in Mexico City, which is milder than Tex Mex food.


John measured RV for putting See Level water level sensor in, replaced broken propane light indicator.

Trish arranged for rock chip fix (in windshield) by Glasshoppers Auto Glass

called Schwab for financial assistance

called Jirah (LED Light company) re attempt at ordering additional lights: can’t use cc, nor make note, and shouldn’t have extra shipping/handling.

Errands: At Home Depot got thermostat wire and In-Sure wire connectors, needed for John to install the SeeLevel sensor for the fresh water tank.

Celebrated Sharon and Bob’s anniversary with dinner at Outback Steakhouse.


John completed water tank SeeLevel installation!!

Trish called realtor re putting mom’s condo on market soon

Put month’s images into computer and Adobe Photoshop

Jirah will send 8+6 (14) LED lights on Monday to Columbus TX


We both washed and waxed the Honda CRV


John washed the RV roof while I washed the front and back ends


At Mass the congregation was primarily Hispanic. The music (2 guitars) was loud, so both John & I sang out loud. We washed both sides of RV, waxed front, P/S (passenger side) and part of back. Made Marsala Chicken for supper


Waxed back and D/S (driver’s side) of RV.  Sharon did our 2012 Tax Return.  Such a huge relief!   She is superb at this tax stuff.  So sorry she doesn’t live nearby, but we may well try to visit each year to let her help us out…  🙂  Packed up rig and drove to McQueeney RV Collision, then set RV up. They wanted to work on it first thing Tuesday morning, so this way the engine would be cold then. Back to Sharon’s at 5 pm for supper of pizza.


Engine oil changed, chassis lubed. At Sharon’s by noon. Washed clothes, napped, reconciled Mom’s estate account in Quicken, then to El Ranchito for supper.


Put TPMS sensors back on Honda CRV. When Costco had put the tires on they had to take the sensors off but weren’t allowed to put them back on. Spent much of the day planning an Elser family get together to celebrate John’s mom’s 90th birthday this September. Dinner was a new creation, since we planned to make clam sauce but realized at the last moment that we had no clams. So we substituted hamburger cooked with Taco Sauce packet ingredients in our white sauce, put over spaghetti. It was a hit!


Isn’t it amazing how many chores seem to accumulate while you’re trying to explore this world?! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Bob and Sharon, time to visit, read and relax. Darn nice to have that while we’re working away. Thanks Sharon and Bob for putting up with us for 10 days. Our trip to Columbus, TX was mostly on I-10. Boy, what a difference from West Texas (of course this is going between San Antonio and Houston)! Lots of traffic, especially trucks of course. Whereas we saw few vehicles on Hwy 90 in West Texas. By the way, Sharon said that Junction City (north of Austin) is where they divide West Texas from South Texas (where we are now) and North Texas. This area is wetter with lots of trees, mostly mesquite and ash. They even had green grass, although they’re experiencing the same drought as the other southern states and their aquifer just keeps going lower.

Because our GPS was directing us one way (taking a very early exit) while the campground instructions directed us another way (taking a late exit), I called the campground, for clarification. She gave us another way, that put us on I-10 going back the way we’d come, so we could take a more appropriate exit. With her directions we didn’t travel for miles on a Hwy (GPS idea) or drive through the city of Columbus (campground directions), but a slick way on Hwy 71. Sure glad I thought to call her! Thus we arrived in fine shape, then getting grocery shopping done at H E B, and enjoying some TV, followed by a walk before grilling up hamburgers for supper.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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