BBQ, Birthday Dinner Party & Reunion Wrap-Up

I think it’s safe to say that this particular Lexington Marine Reunion has been a most enjoyable experience for all who came and celebrated together. Last night at dinner we also celebrated Barbara Wilson’s birthday with presents, good food, happy tears and lots of laughs….and desserts! Wait until you see the size of the bread pudding they serve at the place we are dinner last night!! The place was called County Line Rd BBQ and it was pricey  but very good.

First order of business once the waitress took our order was to surprise Barb with her gifts. I was unaware we were going to to that, however, so we gave her her gift later. Here she is getting her blingy Texas hat, so she never forgets San Antonio or the great time she had there.

Can’t eat BBQ with your bling-y bill in the way!
Barb and Sharon sharing some good story

After consuming what seemed like tons of meat, some people just had to have dessert!! Claudette started it by ordering a delicious blackberry cobbler a-la-mode and so two others followed suit. The waitress was kind enough to bring everyone extra spoons so we could all sample a bite. Thanks a lot lady!!! Then, unbeknownst to Chuck, the bread pudding he ordered fed about 10 people!

Bad camera angle, this thing was way bigger than that!

Does Chuck look perplexed or what? (My hubby’s words) He literally shared this bohemoth with the whole table. Rich and I were so stuffed, we had to walk back to the hotel!

We have to thank the Delgato family for their wonderful gifts, including covering the meal  for the birthday girl and Claudette, they are the most generous, sweet folks. “Gigi” and his wife Tonni and their kids showed such hospitality, maybe because they as a family are so blessed. The Lord has been very good to them-Tonni is a four time cancer survivor. She is beautiful inside and out!

A couple of beauties!

Unfortunately the party had to end as they needed to get home but not before expressing their gratitude at seeing their old Marine buddies. I truly hope it goes another year so my husband doesn’t miss out next time! Once we got back to The Crockett, we convened at Ernie’s for a nightcap, small talk, and the next Astro’s game. Which we won!!! Then we said our goodbyes since the Miles family had to leave early to make their flight, and Ruthie isn’t an early riser. We did get to say bye to Chuck at breakfast, I think he beat a hasty retreat lest we see him get emotional. You can tell these people really share a special bond that can’t be broken by time, distance, or loss.

Come back tomorrow when I share our side trip home at the famous Silos at Magnolia in Waco, Texas! A true example of extreme decadence! Thanks for stopping by!



What To Name This Post?

Good morning everyone and how are you today? I hope you all had a pleasant weekend and my prayers are going out to all those affected on the east coast with Irma and also those in the northwest dealing with forest fires.

We have not been back to work on the house yet, preferring to visit family and friends, some day we will get on with our remodeling. Friday night I was visited by a tickle bee

See the tiny bee on my fingernail?

You can also see my nails needed to be redone, which my sister-in-law, Connie took care of for me on Saturday.

Fabulous work!
Nails by Connie

Saturday night we finally got to go see our friends Kerry and Michelle in their new (temporary) home in an RV community in Grapevine. We had a great time and I took a few pics but they were kind of dark.

Michelle and Kerry’s RV
The view from their spot on Lake Grapevine
Back into the park

Life is calm and quiet here, with most people chilling inside their mobile homes, walking around the park or down by the water. We hung out a while, Michelle took me around the park on her new golf cart and showed my their more permanent spot they will move to in a couple of weeks. Then they will stay until mid-December, leave the park for 2 weeks and after that, they can return to their spot. That is life in an RV campground for a while until they decide they want to live in a house again. There is a playground, washer and dryer’s, a restroom and even a small store inside the park. I figure I could last a month, tops!

Yesterday I grabbed the ideal dress to wear to church, noticing right away what a perfect match it was to my nails!

Like I planned it, really I didn’t!

Way to go Cowboys by the way! We had my dad and Dave’s mom over for dinner yesterday, but they went home before the game. I hate late games for that very reason. My boys evidently celebrated the event at a friend’s house, hopefully, they were on their best behavior!

Please keep us in your prayers as my mother-in-law has yet another procedure this morning to drain the fluid from her lungs. Keep our friend Billy in your prayers as well…he was hurt in a motorcycle accident after striking a deer, broke both legs below the knees and could possibly lose his left leg. Pray the doctors can keep that from happening and continue to pray for the victims of Harvey and now Irma.



Day 257-Free Days-It's Bunco Time!

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The weather could not have been better for the continued work on the yard we had to do today. Although we are no where near done, we got a lot accomplished in the last two days. Friday evening we began the hard work of taking out bushes and 4 inch thick ground cover from the front of the house. David had chopped and cut the bushes down to stumps, today while I worked on digging out roots from the beds, he chopped and dug out five of the seven bushes he cut down. Whew! He will be sore tomorrow, he had mowed and weed-eated the yard right before that! I wish I had taken before and after pics…maybe tomorrow.

Getting my nails done

Then later on, I went and got a much deserved mani-pedi and attempted to work on a product review for the website. Bunco time came too soon however and so it will have to wait until next weekend. My thought was to have a feature called Saturday Spotlight where I would review a product, service or book-starting with SiteGround since I erased my previous post. I think it only fair to try again with them first. I want it to be right, and since it is not polished, I will wait.

Bunco could not have been at a more fitting house, it turns out Starla collects bunnies (among other things) and she had such a cute collection of them, plus the food was delish and we all got drunk on sugar from all the wonderful treats she had. Yes, I have to admit to cheating quite a bit tonight.

I only ate half, but still….😉
The lovely spread of goodies
These treats got labeled “crack”!
Some of Starla’s bunnies
Her centerpiece made out of real carrots!

I thought I was finally going to win a prize, I had nine “baby” Buncos and even had a big girl Bunco, but alas, it was not to be. 😔

He who gets a Bunco gets the pink dice

Here are all the winners of prizes, and they were wonderful this time too!

Garden goodies!

Carol beat me out with 13 baby Buncos

It was a great night and I had a blast, even though I’ve yet to win a prize. My prize is getting to fellowship with these fun and crazy ladies once a month, eat food that is not necessarily “good” for me but really good, and play a silly dice game that brings us all together. Look out for May, I may be hosting at my house next! 😆

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Blogger Recognition Award


I have to thank sweet Suze for this nomination and I will attempt to follow the rules:

  • thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog-again, that would be Suze over at Obsolete Childhood , thanks again.
  • write a post to show your award (this be it)
  • attach the award to the post-there’s a picture but I need to link it up
  • give a brief story about how your blog started
  • give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  • select 15 other bloggers you want to give the award to
  • comment on each blog and let them know know you have nominated them &provide a link to the award post you created

I can’t really remember the reason why I started the blog, wait, yes I can. I previously had a blog called My Paleo Pantry and I wanted something different, where I could talk to people and help them at the same time. So, I created Kimmy’s Patio-a place where we can talk about anything-to share all kinds of news you can use, or as a kind of daily diary, or just whatever you guys want to hear or discuss. This year we have talked about everything from my Paleo lifestyle to the recent birth of my granddaughter, Rayven. You have followed along as I’ve been on vacation and various fishing trips and I have followed all of you and shared in your joys and disappointments. Nothing is taboo here…at least for me.

To anyone wanting to start a blog, think about why you are doing it. Do you want to make money, share something meaningful with your audience, or a little of both. Do you want to make a difference, or just hear yourself talk? Really think about how you can help people, and you will succeed.

Oh my goodness, there are so many deserving blogs out there-I’ll refrain from naming some of the same blogs Suze did, even though we travel in the same circles, some may not want to do this twice in two days. (even though it’s an honor, it’s some work too!)

Virginia Views– One of the first blogs I ever followed, Dor is a sweet gal, writing about her life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sharing recipes and and more about country life, check her out for her take on peace in the valley.

Hearts Everywhere-A daily account into the life of Russian immigrant turned New Yorker, Galina is an excellent writer, chronicling her life and experiences through a yearlong project of personal essays. She is brutally honest, and sometimes brash, yet always an interesting read.

Does It Count If My Fingers Were Crossed– Known to her blogging buds as Mrs Magilla, Shannon Butler is hilarious and relevant, crazy and chatty…a real hoot to read. Go check her out, but don’t be surprised if she smacks you with some reality!

Quintessential Editor– Obvi, right? Wrong! Not your everyday editor, Corey is a novelist, slayer of dragons and new father, all rolled into one. For writing tips and services plus insights into his latest quests and conquests, check out his terrific blog…if you dare. Oh, he’s a pet lover as well, sometimes sharing pics of his kitty and his cutie pie, Thor. (Who would have guessed his child would be named that?)

Photo’s And Word’s of a Wandering Mind– Join Ladybuggz and “T” as she works through living with chronic pain to bring you beautiful photos and bits of humor from Vancouver, BC and Port Alberni. She’s been blogging since 2012 (way longer than me) and always manages to bring a smile to my face. We’ve become quite close this year, she has that way of making you feel like you’ve known her forever!

Mehrling Muse– You must go visit Anne as she spins tales about life in the mountains of North Carolina. She shares her family and makes you feel like you’re a welcome addition. A transplanted New Yorker, she is at once funny and introspective, she is the pen pal everyone misses having from their childhood.

Old Guy Walking– Kevin is a wonderful guy who does a weekly feature called Thursday Doors, where he shares pictures of interesting pictures of doors from places all over the midwest. He is an interesting and accomplished man who’s education in history makes for compelling reading and his photos are breathtaking. Go check out his doors and his historical accounts and tell him Kim sent ya!

Storyshucker– If you like good stories (and who doesn’t?), you must head over to Stuart’s blog, where he spins some marvelous tales. I could stay and read all day, if I had more time. There are plenty of stories to keep you busy, each of them prize worthy if you ask me!

I’m going to stop with eight, although I’m supposed to nominate 15, these are at the top in my blogosphere, sans the ones that Suze named. I’d nominate her back, but I don’t want her to cuss me out, since that ain’t exactly proper blogger behavior, lol!