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Morning Sun on the Water, Rockport, Texas

7/24/17

Welcome Home

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas




Sierra is finally out of the hospital. It was nice to hear Sierra’s first words to the rest of the Team members...”When are we rolling??????” Now that is a great attitude. The OFM can now make plans for stops along the way that will have electrical hookups. It was a month yesterday from that miserable wreck and it is time for some serious trying to have tooooo much fun. 

7/23/17

Better Thoughts

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The Alabama crew is doing pretty well at taking pictures of folks up thataway to keep the OFM frustrated with his situation. That situation will change pretty soon. You can count on that.
 In the mean time here is Piper in another great pose we titled “Here Comes That Camera Again”.

Here Comes That Camera Again


When we get there in person it is our guess that between grandson Gavin and grand daughter Piper maybe we can figure out something to do for trying to have tooooo much fun.

7/22/17

Non-Insurance Company

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Here it is Saturday morning and Sierra is still at the repair shop but is finished with the repair. The problem is getting National General non-Insurance to do their part. Answering phones and returning calls is not part of their business plan. When the OFM went to the repair shop he found out that National General non-Insurance has sent the shop a few hundred dollars less than the agreed on amount.

So Sierra is being held for payment from National General non-Insurance to the repair shop. Naturally National General non-Insurance has not been answering the phone as the OFM tries to get more days added to his rental car contract.

Speaking of the rental Hyundai Veloster, after five days of living with it the OFM has changed his opinion of the little car. It is no where near as good as he reported in the previous blog.

So now the Teams are trying to figure out how to get a bit of service from a non-service non-insurance company. And Folks that is not the way for trying to have tooooo much fun.

7/20/17

Front To Back

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

With a lot of time on his hands for the next week and a half before we leave for north Alabama, the OFM has been just moping around because it is too hot for him outside during the day. We finally got him going on a painting he has been off and on planning. It is a simple painting done in oil pastels. It has to be simple for him to even attempt it.

It was inspired by a much larger picture of some flowers that he took last month. The OFM took a liking to a particular pair of flowers and sketched them. Then while reading about a new to him technique he got busy and started the painting. Today it got finished. He is still learning a lot about artistic painting. The plan is to print a photo of this painting on some regular paper from one of these photos and then mark up the print with the things he notices he would like to do different or correct. That should be a good learning tool don’t you think?

After about a dozen oil pastel paintings, this effort convinced him he needs to work larger than the 5x7 rough size he has been using.  The Castle is small so he was trying to limit the storage space needed. However the small size that worked well for watercolor is really cramping his ability to smear the “crayons” around. So it is time for an improvement by using larger paper.

If you have followed this blog for a while you may recall that the campground in Decatur Al is in an area the OFM did a huge amount of artistic photography in during the preceding few years.  The Teams are thinking that this same area will inspire a lot of paintings due to its variety of views and beauty.

OK. Enough. Let us see the paintings!!!!!!!!
Well not so fast. It seems that we discovered something interesting during the photography session.  So tonight we have two different shots of the painting and the lighting makes a lot of difference. They will be shown without frames tonight so you get the RAW painting to laugh at. Here is the front lighted painting.




Then the OFM happened to stick it up on the insulation covering the window to store it for a minute. The difference astounded us all. Here is the back lighted painting.




One other thing was extremely evident while painting this scene. The cheap oil pastels purchased at Walmart were not even close to being able to handle the painting. They are heading for the dumpster in the morning. The professional quality Sennelier oil pastels were infinitely better and worth every penny more they cost. On top of that they made it easier for trying to have tooooo much fun.

7/18/17

Bad Car

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


Monday was an important day in the life of Sierra. The OFM had to get up early that morning to make sure Sierra got to the truck hospital for its surgery. We made it with a few minutes to spare and the OFM is confident that Sierra is in good hands for the surgery and recovery.

We were picked up by Enterprise and taken back to the rental location and treated very well by the folks there. The vehicle we received is a very new  Hyundai Veloster and it is by far the worst vehicle the OFM has ever driven including his dads worn out garbage trucks. However the AC works well and the insurance is paying for it.

Speaking of insurance, the claims jerk finally called and we got a few questions answered. The main one was about the $500 deductible that the Teams has to pay to get Sierra out of the truck hospital. The agent says they are trying to get total compensation for the expenses including the $500 deductible for me. So maybe in a few years the OFM might find a check to him in the mail. We will not hold our breath.

Now that things are moving better towards rolling down the road, the OFM is feeling a lot less stress.

Flushing the water system went very well today and everything is ready to roll. Our overnight test that included a shower for the OFM’s unwieldy oversize body. We made the 24 hours with water to spare. Now we have a benchmark to work with and that is a very good thing. It will be nice to not carry the excess weight when we are not needing to carry a full tank of freshwater for boondocking. 

Now we can turn our attention to setting up campground reservations for the four day tow to Decatur Alabama. It is summer time and we will be traveling into a weekend so reservations is likely wise for at least two of the days. If it was cool at night, the Teams would just boondock at the interstate rest areas along I-20 like we have done in the past, but the hot nights cry out for AC and 120 volt power. Sweating while you try to sleep is not a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

7/16/17

Grand Kids Picture

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

An onslaught of pictures came in on the family website and the OFM has been busy catching up on his family. A lot has happened in the last month and it was great getting to see some of the new family adventures.
Check out this Gavin and Piper picture.

Gavin and Piper

The best that we can tell down south here is that things are going well up north. We are ready to get rolling shortly after Sierra is repaired. It is time to get serious about trying to have tooooo much fun again.

7/14/17

New Game Plan

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM was not really ready for such a busy morning but it was too late to back out. The cereal was in the bowl and vanilla soy milk had been applied so he had to chew on along in spite of the bed calling him back.

After breakfast we made a short stop at the bulkhead near the Aquarium. Shortly an 18 inch speckled trout hit the wrong thing and was unceremoniously flopped on the pavement. After measuring and unhooking the fish, it was tossed back to grow up. A few more casts and it was time to move on.

As Sierra was rolling along  its fancy system alerted that it was time for a lubrication change. So we pulled into Walmart and was second in line for the DEED. The nice lady that checked Sierra in told the OFM it would be about 45 minutes. She missed it by 3 minutes. The OFM decided it was time enough to make some laps of the store. He got in a few laps  and stopped to check on Sierra just in time to see the fellows letting Sierra back down to earth.
Soon the credit card was put to work and Sierra was rolled away.

BUT the OFM remembered we needed some things from the grocery department. Sierra went around the the RV parking area and parked to wait on the OFM Grocery Shopping Team to do their job. And we did a great job of it. The credit card got another work out and away we went to the Castle. It was 0923 is all.

The major change (news) is that the OFM canceled his reservations for Rockport for the winter. We will be rolling to be in Decatur Alabama on August 1 and no idea of when we will leave or where we will go if we leave. The OFM wants to get back to a less restrictive adventuring mode. We have never done any winter time in SW Arizona and many other places. All the Teams agree with him that it is a better way for us to try to have tooooo much fun.

7/13/17

Wasting Paper

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

OK the OFM is eating breakfast and reading the Internet items of interest when he loses part of his vision. Oh Great another migraine. So most of the morning was spent “getting extra bed rest” as the symptoms slowly ease away. Now we get to take it especially easy today since it is way to hot for a well old person to be out in it.

He did go out for a Whopper and senior drink. But it was right back into the AC he went. So what can an old sick fool do? He leaves a message on the insurance jerks recorder to call back to answer a question please.

The the OLD Fool decides to play with his paints and paraphernalia to see what happens. A technique the OFM is using with some success is to paint essentially the same scene in several different mediums and styles. The purpose of this is to find a style that the person likes and or does well. 

The OFM has a couple of mediums he likes to use. One is watercolor and the other is oil pastels. He is well aware that he will never do any art effort well so he is striving only for the likes (fun) part. In other words he is having fun making colorful garbage fodder.

This after noon his aching (remember migraine in progress) head is having weird thoughts. Why not just use the watercolor paint just as it comes from the tube? A search on the Internet found only one reference to an artist that does that. That artist does it a lot and his nice work has a brightness like oil pastels. So the OFM set to work wasting watercolor paints smearing them on paper. It turns out that it is a good way of painting to have fun in his opinion. It also pointed out that his extremely cheap paint brushes are extremely incompetent for spreading paint with some body to them.

Here is the result including obvious errors of learning.



At least it has been a nice way to stay inside the AC while trying to have tooooo much fun while waiting on an insurance jerk.

7/12/17

Sierra Repair Scheduled

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM finally got some information out of the insurance company. Sierra is now scheduled for entering the vehicle hospital in Aransas Pass on Monday for a five day stay. Sierra should be well rested for the travels on over to Alabama by August 1. This is really good news for a change.

A couple of days ago this next picture was taken. We call it Net The Moon. A shrimp boat in the harbor and the moon lined up for the picture. We liked it and used some electrons on it.



We have about two weeks left here so it is time to start putting the Castle in order for traveling again. The Teams feels like we will enjoy a couple of months in north Alabama again. Of course, Piper and Gavin will be willing to help the OFM Teams try to have tooooo much fun.

7/11/17

Bucket

Adventure Location: Alabama

This picture came in. It is grandson Gavin after a HARD day at the beach. Sometimes you have to wonder what is going on in a five year olds thought process. 


Maybe Gavin came close to having tooooo much fun!

7/9/17

The Squeal

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM awoke very early for him this morning. The outside temperature at 0600 was only 79 so he hurried his breakfast and we headed for the harbor to try to get in a decent walk. We made a pretty good size loop of the area. However he kept on slowing down with the excuse to take a photo or two. We think he was just too fat to keep up a good pace. He did get a few nice pictures we will be seeing for the next few days.

We were there in time for the first light fishing sun to peep over the horizon.  It made for a nice photo we think.




Over at the Education Center is a new sculpture on the porch. This rusty pelican is pretty cute at a distance but up close it is really nice piece of art work. Stop in to see it and sign Jessica’s visitors book.




As the OFM whizzed past some of the finger docks this still reflection caught his attention so he used it as an excuse to rest AGAIN. cheeesh. Wimp.




The OFM was able to have a nice long phone call with his DIL this afternoon. They talked of many different things, not the least was the OFM's hoped arrival date. Then towards the last Piper started to awaken and the OFM got to hear her squealing with joy. Wow that was neat. Now the Teams are really antsy to get rolling.

With a little luck things will start to happen tomorrow. There are emails and calls to both the insurance company and the repair place to see what is going on. It would be nice to have Sierra back in complete repair in time to make it to Alabama by August 1. Then the OFM really would be having tooooo much fun.

7/8/17

Significant Progress

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Bright and early this morning about 0930 the OFM tangled with the bathroom closet. That is the closet with the hanging clothes and some in small baskets. When he started the clothes went from the right wall in the next picture to past the door divider just out of view to the left. That is a lot of clothes that left the closet.


While he was in there, he attacked the upper shelf and its myriad of things. Now the top shelf has a trouble since there is room for whats left to slide around during travel. That will be addressed tomorrow he says.
After some rest and lunch he confronted the sink area cabinets and drawers. The cabinets were in good shape since they had had a big clean out in the last year. The drawers were a different story. Each drawer was dumped onto the table and then washed out and given a light application of chlorine to help purify them.


Then things that should be there were put back. Things that should not be there were put over on the couch for relocation. By the time all this  was done and the dining room cabinets checked it was supper time. The dining room cabinets had very little to change since they were part of last years big clean out also. But a little bit of stuff did leave the Castle.
We hope that tomorrow will bring to completion the clean out/reordering of Comfort Castle. This will give the Teams a chance to see how much stuff we actually need and what storage facilities will be needed for our travels.
Some good news is that the outside storage has always been in minimum content. We will go through them but likely very little will need to be changed. From the looks of things this effort needed to be done no matter what happens in the near future anyway. Too much stuff to take care of can get in the way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

7/7/17

Whatcha doing?

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Whatcha doing OFM? “I am frentically cleaning out leftover things from my past life.” The OFM doing things in a hurry, oh give us a break. The only thing he moves fast for is a chicken fried steak.

His real objective is to lighten the load in Comfort Castle. During the last year or so he has had to cut back on his physical endeavors like yakking, biking and wild country hiking. Most of the equipment for his past fun has been moved to other folks that can still do those things. He is a bit sad he has aged out of some of that fun, but on the other hand he is extremely grateful that he did all that wild stuff while he safely could. Of course sometimes he was more successful than others but he did try and did not wait (see blog motto above).

What started this off was a little cabinet reordering. Suddenly there it was; a remanent of a past activity. Why is this still here? We will not use it again so out it goes. That really sparked some cleaning out, repacking and general “get that out of here” activity. It has been quite a surprise at the amount of small items hidden in the corners that no longer belonged in the Castle.

We even found clothing that has not been used in over five years and definitely will not be needed in the foreseeable future. Three pair of pants and a few shirts left the Castle. Some other “spare” clothing items that have not been used since we have no idea when have joined the exodus. 

A major side effect of this is more empty cabinets and storage bins. Then a side effect of more storage bins and empty cabinets has led to the OFM taking a close look at Comfort Castle to see if the Teams need to get smaller in the trailer department. Our box is about 148 square feet now with a lot of empty space. Comfort Castle has always been bigger than we really needed but being built for off road use it was very handy. The rolling weight of the Castle is about 5800 pounds. Dry, Comfort Castle weighs 4888 pounds according to the builders listing.  Looking at other trailers that seems to fit our needs now, it appears that we can drop about 2500 pounds of towing weight and not lose any significant ability other that of off road on bad terrain. That would really make Sierra a very happy light duty truck.

We are still waiting for the insurance company to take action on Sierra. Then a week for Sierra repairs will be needed. So we have chosen two objectives to fill the time in this miserable hot part of the country while we wait to hold Piper.
1. We will be taking a careful look at what we can and want to do during the next few years.
2. After number 1 is understood we will be giving a change of trailers some serious consideration.

Who knows what the Teams will do but you can bet that we will be out trying to have tooooo much fun somewhere.

7/5/17

Piper Day One

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Piper and Mom made it home today. Both are doing well. Here is Piper in her one day old pose.


The OFM is over there on the couch practicing holding a baby again. He recalls that holding a baby is a good way of having tooooo much fun.

7/3/17

PSW

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Her name Piper Scarlett Ward. 


Grand daughter and Mom are doing well. According to Dad she came into the world bigger than her brother Gavin. And grandpa is stuck in Rockport until his truck is repaired. This is not the way to have tooooo much fun.

7/2/17

Super Nice Lady

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Her name is Pat and has been a blog reader for a good while. She happened to be in the same RV park the Teams moved into in April. Little did we know how nice a lady we were about to meet in person.
Pat and her husband are setting up a nice place to live here in town. They are from upper east Texas. She is an artist and will be making art here when they get all situated. Here is Pat showing the OFM one of her nice bits of recent art work.


Her Koi painting is very nice.


We are hoping she will rub a little art ability off on the Teams so we can have better paintings to show on this blog. We know she has the knowledge but she might have to beat it into the OFM’s empty head. He seems to only think about trying to have tooooo much fun you know.

7/1/17

Rusty Electrical Equipment

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Rockport is packed with folks for the festival and fun of this Fourth of July  holidays. The Teams swung by the harbor to see if it was time to do a little fishing before it got too crowded. There was not a place along the breakwater for us to fish. We guess that was alright since the waves were running to high for decent fishing anyway.

The OFM took us back to the Castle and we stayed in the AC most of the day looking for something for tonight’s blog entry.

The only thing he found is a couple of corrosion pictures of some equipment on a power pole down by the big tent.This first picture is of the galvanized steel equipment for throwing a switch mounted way up high on the pole.


Grounding that equipment to the pole’s ground wire was this mesh wire and a few bolts. Notice the nice green patina that the salt water has given the conductor.


As you can tell this has been a rather slow day for trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/29/17

Bad and Badder

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM has been slopping watercolor around again. Then he pushed some oil pastel around again. These are the same scene with major errors of performance in each one. Both are terrible but both were lots of fun to paint. Both were done on cheap Walmart art paper. Both were done with cheap Walmart paints from Daler Rowney. These are nearly the worst art paint that can be purchased but both are likely much better paints than the OFM is as an artist. But the price is right for a fool fooling around.
Here is the watercolor effort.


And here is the oil pastel effort.



The Teams will pit the OFM up against any other painter when it comes to trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/28/17

Memories of Unfinished Adventures

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM has been getting itchy feet and the Castle is getting itchy tires. It must be getting time to do some adventuring. Frequently today the OFM has been reminiscing about western adventures in his past. He and The Truck definitely have been some places. 

One scene that keeps coming back to him was from out on the Bullfrog-Notum road in Utah. We were miles and miles from anywhere. There was free camping all over the place just waiting for us. The desert was receptive to wheeled travel. We pulled off the “road” (a two tire track through the desert terrain) and paused. The OFM got out and meandered up a hill nearby. He got to the top and waited to hear a non-natural sound. He was there for many minutes looking across the country side at this.


There never was a non-natural sound. We planned to return “someday” and it has not happened---(yet). What a place it was for trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/27/17

Flags and Clouds

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM was rolling out of bed about 0630 with great plans for the day. Suddenly the sound of little hooves sounded on the roof. Whoa it was really the sound of big raindrops pummeling the skylight. There went those plans. It poured or rained or drizzled until about noon. The landlord says his rain gage registered four inches of precipitation.

Down by the harbor is a big field used for special events. Apparently something is happening soon because large tents and lots of flags are flying. Workers are scrambling around putting things in order. The Teams know where they WILL NOT be when the activities start up.


Just across the street the Cranky Crab From the Deep leaped onto some pilings near the water when some children got close. It was a close call but Mom got the children away just in time. That was not a happy crab.


Back at the community park with the walking trails we noticed the OFM life clock bush. It had a seed pod showing how the OFM was a couple of years ago. He was vibrant and exciting (Ed. that is only in his mind).


A few feet away there is a worn out old seed pod. It looks a whole lot like the OFM feels most of the days now. But as you can tell both of them are still holding on to whatever they can.


A small migraine this morning did set the Teams back a bit but you can be sure tomorrow we will be busy trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/26/17

3 Trout

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Remember the multi paths we took for walking. On one of the paths is an artistic tree. One of the limbs was cut off a long time ago. The stump area has weathered quite a bit but we never did pay much attention to it. Granny J would have a fit about the Teams not paying enough attention since she was the universe’s master at attention to details. We miss her. Here is the tree and the path.





It is a nice tree and furnishes very good shade to the walkers along the path. We guess that most all the walkers do not realize the work of art they are passing as they mosey along the path. The limb stump has weathered to give us a “growing” of a duck. Do you see the duck?

We are very ashamed it took so long for a Team member to notice the duck. Of course if you move very much to the left or right the duck disappears. We consider it a wonderful find.
Before heading down to the local Tex-Mex for lunch we stopped at the breakwater near the Aquarium to fish a little.The result was three nice speckled trout in twenty minutes. Those fat little girls went right back in to grow up some more. That was fun!
After lunch the crash adjuster called and we had a productive conversation. The result was that he gave the OFM a list of photographs to take of Sierra and email him. They are in Ohio and will be doing the repair estimate from up there and handle billing etc so the OFM should not have  to put out any money. The adjuster could not definitively say the Teams insurance rate would not go up but he also said that this in not an accident that is usually held against the policy holder.
We are hoping the OFM can settle down to a good nights sleep tonight so tomorrow we can get busy trying to have tooooo much fun again.

6/24/17

Exercise By Meandering

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Very active describes today. The morning got off to a slow start so we did not get to the walking paths until nearly 0915. The heat was strong already and the OFM was trying to figure out where to walk with the least misery. As we pulled into the community park he noticed that none of the normal loops were without some major stretches of sun drenched hot asphalt trail. Then his “brilliant” brain came up with the idea of not walking a “trail loop” but rather just going back and forth on a stretch of shaded trail loop. Now that seemed like a good idea to the rest of the Teams.
From the parking area we set off on the main loop headed through the trees.


The layout of the loops were familiar to us but which parts had shade at this time of the morning was not. So it was a by the seat of our pants walk. It actually worked out very well. We even got to meet two new pups and their parents.
When we got over near the ponds the path split and we stopped for a minute to consider which way to go. You can see in this next picture all the folks out in the long stretch of bright blistering sun.


 We chose to go to the left from the picture taking spot. It was shaded for a nice distance and the OFM took a right turn to what he remembered as a shaded trail section.
OOPS things had changed and a lot of tree trimming had been done and we hit bright sun very soon. So we stopped, turned around and headed down another part of a loop which turned out to be a great decision cause that is where we met the two neat pooches. From there we were able to loop around in the shade and catch another short side trip. On this side trip we found a neat tree event to report in a later blog.
Then it was turn around time and head back to the recently customized Sierra. It was getting hot even in the shade. We do not walk for distance since the OFM has days he can walk briskly and days he only hobbles along. We aim for an hour of whatever kind of walking he can do that day.
We feel that an earlier start will give even more trails to walk since the sun will be lower. We got enough pictures of neat things that the OFM is raring to go back again right now.
Not that they are any good, the OFM even painted two pictures he has been laying out for a few days.  Then a short rain hit the area and dropped the temps down to the very low 80's with a gentle breeze. Man o man it has been an interesting day. The OFM has chores tonight to edit some of the many pictures taken so he can use them in a later blog. It is great when the trying to have tooooo much fun goes on into the night.  

6/23/17

Not Much Happening

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The OFM and Sierra were coming home from Walmart. It had been the second day in a row of not much happening. About 1630 we were cruising along at less than a mild stroll in the Walmart parking lot when a very nice young man decided that his big Dodge truck with a strong brush guard and winch needed to customize Sierra.


We had a very pleasant visit about it all and then we went on our separate ways to talk to our insurance companies. 
The OFM Teams adjuster is due to contact us on Tuesday to discuss options.
And so ended another fine day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/21/17

Summer Fun?

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Summertime misery is here with a vengeance.  About 1100 the OFM was getting a bit to hot and we packed it in to head back to the Castle. Sierra told us it was 98 out there ten feet from the cool gulf water. We can expect this very hot weather until late September. The Teams are ready to head to Gavinland as soon as a spot opens up for us in Point Mallard, Alabama. It was 79 there for the high today.
The Castle’s AC ran for over four hours straight this afternoon without a rest. Right now we are sitting on about $3 a day for running the AC. The OFM went out to water the grass a bit. The grass was wilted very badly. He even sprayed water on the roof of the Castle and the AC coils. Nope the AC did not cycle. Good grief it is not nice in Rockport, Tx this time of the year.

The tree shade on the Castle stops about 1200 and the sun’s rays really cook us through the windows on the door side. We have 3/4“ foam insulation in the windows but on the sunshine side it still gets hot around the windows. 
The foam is great convection insulation but what we need at this campsite is the radiant energy reflector added to the convection insulation. Lowes had some Reflectix in stock this evening so we brought some home with us. The Reflectix will be against the window pane then a small air gap and then the 3/4“ foam insulation.

Hopefully installing the Reflectix radiant barrier will get done tomorrow, but we also have laundry and a few other chores to help us stay busy.

Staying cool is the main object tomorrow.Trying to have tooooo much fun will not happen if it is too hot for the wimp OFM.

6/20/17

The Ultimate Fish Lure

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The speckled trout were just waiting for the OFM this morning at his 0830 appointment. The second cast had a fish and go into great aerial feats of acrobatics ..... and shake loose. However in the next thirty minutes the OFM landed six specks from 16“ to just over 18“. Numerous others were hooked, fought and came loose during the close quarters fighting near the bulkhead.
The lure that did all the good is this H and H lure.


We used a 1/4 oz jig head and the lure lasted through all the fish today and several from the last couple of weeks. The lure is usually productive when you find the fish.
The main other thing we have been doing is reading about watercolor techniques. The Aransas County Library here in Rockport has a pretty good collection of art books. The OFM is determined to get good enough that when he paints a rock you can tell at least that it is not an airplane. We know that for him that is a very lofty goal but he does need the challenge.
The art effort is actually very worth while since it keeps him out of trouble for the most part. The we use the cattle prod to keep him focused on trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/19/17

Really Busy Today

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

It has been a day of new things with a couple of things very important. 

Number one on the list is the new grand daughter is now going to be born on July 3. The latest exam caused the doctor to decide that the baby was ready to be born. It certainly makes for extra excitement in the day and changes of plans.

Number two  on the list is my old friend (93) Ivan and the OFM had a great visit today. Ivan had a stroke a couple of weeks ago and is back in his assisted living home. He is doing really well and we had a great time for a couple of hours today. He is one really GRAND fellow to visit. The two hours went by in a flash. The Teams are really excited about some ideas that Ivan presented for us to consider about our future travel plans.

Number three is first thing this morning the OFM caught two fat speckled trout that were 18“ each. It has been a good while since he has caught any fish much less two nice ones. They were released after measuring.

Number four is the OFM swapped Internet Explorer out for Google Chrome and his computer is running a good bit smoother now. The swap went fairly easy for a computer illiterate like the OFM. We are enjoying the better performance for sure.

There were several other minor excitements that made for a really full day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/18/17

Well Blow Me Down

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


Let us talk wind. This year has been the Year of the Wind it seems. Kayakers have had little chance since early April, when we returned to the area, to ply the waters around here in comfort. The wind is blasting everything way too often. Fishing from the shore requires careful choice of location. Otherwise your cast can end up behind you.

A walk at the beach park a couple of days ago yielded some wind pictures. It was also very hot which is typical for Texas this time of the year.

AS the OFM was trying to walk on one of the beach park paths the wind was causing him to wobble around while walking. Surely it was not his bad knees or hip causing him to appear like a drunk wobbling along. We have proof in pictures.

 

Notice the absence of palm limb stubs on the left side of this palm tree. Also notice the stubs remaining are very well eroded by the strong winds. They are practically just threads of palms blowing in the breeze. Then a bit above that the threads are just plain old blown away. Yep the winds are a factor most of the time the last couple of months.

Next we get to add the hot unadulterated sunlight that tans even the concrete. Every little piece of shade is used. By 0900 the sun is scorching every living thing even the OFM. He tries to get back inside by 1000 to save his body.

 

This bird was hiding on the lee side of the palm tree. We do not know if it was first there to use the shade or to get out of the wind that was trying to knock the bird over. Sometimes the shore birds have fits with he wind knocking them around as they stalk some food.

The OFM enjoyed his walk because his body allowed the nearly half mile of slow walking without much pain. that made the walk along the shoreline of Little Bay a nice way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/16/17

Seagrass?

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


Well here we go with another failure. The OFM was trying out his oil pastels to paint a scene with some marsh grass in a corner of it. He worked it and worked it and worked it and still came out yuck.

 

Thus we have another paint failure from an artist perspective. But from a fun basis it was a fantastic success. Yep we had a lot of fun messing around with this one and it is a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.
 

6/15/17

Gittin Colorful

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The A/C has been running steadily most of the day. It was a major slap in the face with hot wet heat when the OFM stepped out this morning about 0800. He did not seem to think it was a good day for a long walk, but we headed down to the Rockport Beach area anyway.

Sierra chose a nice shady less hot spot near the Art Center to relax while the OFM Fools Team went walking in the hot wet very bright sunny weather. The OFM did remember to grab the camera before we headed out. As it turned out the walk was nice but hot. Several opportunities came along for pictures so we were glad the camera was with us.

A few minutes after we started our path passed a city maintained garden and the lady that does most of the garden maintenance was hard at work. We said our howdys and the OFM complimented her dedication and ability at keeping the gardens so nice and blooming. Here is a little red bush in full flower. It was down right attractive.

 

As we continued along the side walk from in town came into sight. It winds along Little Bay for a mile or so right next to the water. The OFM was feeling good enough that we headed on down the walkway along the water and it turned out to be a good choice. There was a good number of electrons burned taking pictures along the way. These yellow flowers were in bloom in great quantity all along the sidewalk.

 

A good thing is the flowers and bushes partially hid us from the view of some of the wildlife living in the marshlands just below us. This gave us cover to spy on them without bothering them. This next picture was the result of about twenty tries to catch the bird catching a fish to eat. It is a picture of the fraction of a second right after a strike. It came out pretty nice we think.

 

A bit longer in the sun and the OFM realized he was getting a little too hot, so we started back for Sierra. The OFM made it back to Sierra OK but we did stop and pause in the shade of palm trees a few times. When we got back to Sierra the temperature had climbed from 88degrees in the shade to 92 and the humidity was showing 82%. That was close to miserable and time to head for the Castle, which we did. The OFM definitely had had enough heat for the day.

When we got back to the Castle some excitement of the good kind awaited us. The OFM had received a shipment of Holbein Oil Pastels the day the leak showed up in the Castle and today was the day to play with them the first time. One thing about oil pastels you can get them smeared all the way up your arms to your shoulders as well as on a fat stomach that gets too close to the table while playing with them.

The good part is that soap and water cleans it off easily. The OFM was having lots of fun like a kid with a new box of crayons. Paper towels are your best friend when playing with oil pastels. At least he finally got around to making a color sheet so he will be able to tell what the color looks like when applied to the art paper ( or his tummy covered with the formerly white Tee shirt).

 

It certainly was nice to sleep until a natural wake up occurred. Then head out to just look around for something for having tooooo much fun again.


6/14/17

Its A Wrap

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The news for today is we are calling the repairs to the Castle finished. The OFM took Sierra back to the “golf” field in Sinton this morning and hit some more golf balls. The wind has been to strong on the coast for much successful fishing. The local cleaning tables have not had much business.

Starting in the morning we are officially on the trying to have tooooo much fun plan again.   ZZZZZZzzzzzz z z z


6/13/17

Whacking

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM used the less hot morning to go hit some golf balls at a field nearby. He had a great time and noticed that his knees did not give him much trouble. It seems they liked the few minutes of easing back after a couple of hundred yards of walking and searching. Then he hit a ball and did the walk again. We probably put in a half mile of total walking, sometimes a little briskly, but his knees are not squealing much at all tonight. Maybe we are onto something important.

Back at the Castle the OFM got busy cleaning up after the repairs. The amount of dust and dirt all over everything was amazing. We are guessing the open and closing of the door so much in the last three days brought in a few layers of grime.

It is not all finished. While we are redoing the cabinet contents, we are also cleaning out some things. We find desert dirt piled in some back corners so the vacuum cleaner is always close by. By the time this event is over the Castle may weigh about 383.697 pounds less.

Since we are now in the “outside activity in the morning before 1100“ part of the Texas weather cycle, the OFM is planning on some more golfball wacking practice in the morning. After that we should have the Castle inside finished by supper time.

It will be nice to get back to our preferred itinerary of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/8/17

Two Fish Day

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The day was varied but interesting. This morning the OFM Fishing Team managed to land an 18“ speckled trout about 0900. It put us a very good fight. When it was put back in the water it flashed off in a hurry.

 

In the late evening the OFM caught another fish just like that one but he did not have the camera to take another picture.

Nearby was some pretty flowers that the OFM took pictures of. It took a few tries to get a picture that was not too blurry or faded out. It turned out to be some very pretty pictures.

 

Late afternoon there was a rain squall came through. The OFM figured it was a good time to take a nap. So he laid down on his back and put his hands behind his head. AHHH This feels goood was the thought just before the big drip from above hit the inside of his arm and ran down his side. Oh no he exclaimed. The Roof is leaking.

Yep the roof was leaking. When the rain quit the OFM went out and found a1.25 inch gap in some caulking. Then in another place found more gaps. The ladder was put to work and caulking was done to the cracks. It looks like a tree limb may have impacted the Castle and down some damage to the roof. We have our local reliable RV repair man coming to check the whole roof for more damage. He had several calls about leaks today so it will be a day or two before he gets to come over. After the OFM panic and repairs that will be soon enough. The OFM is not feeling steady enough to be running around on the roof at this time. Falling off the roof is another way of not having tooooo much fun.


 

6/7/17

Quick Art Center Visit


Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


Today was tooooo busy alllll day Again. The OFM is very tired from carry lots of rocks in his pockets today. All his pockets had to be kept full of heavy rocks to keep all the mosquitoes from carrying him home for their meals. We saw several cows being whisked out of the fields headed for the marsh areas. We heard that it takes at least a 12 pound sledge hammer to kill just one of the biting savages.

So we stayed close to Sierra since the OFM did not want to walk very far while carrying rocks and breathing mosquitos. Sierra parked at the Rockport Art Center and the Teams looked around it for a few minutes. A few minutes of blood is all the OFM thought he could spare. Here is the inviting front porch. The rocking chairs are empty because the mosquitoes carried off the most recent occupants.




Near the entrance is a ligustrum bush that was blooming. They have nice flowers that are also fragrant. We stopped for a few seconds to take this picture. It was difficult to hold still with the huge mosquitoes jerking on the OFM’s arms and legs.




As the OFM headed away from the porch we came close to this palm tree trunk that has a great pattern. For some reason the OFM thought it was cute, so enjoy his idea of cute.




And as we turned to amble back to Sierra the OFM spotted this bloody looking plant. If anyone knows its name, please tell us.




We made it back to Sierra and got inside the cab safely with about 79% of our original blood with us. WE can feel safe to say that playing in the mosquitoes is not the best way of trying to have tooooo much fun.



6/5/17

Lots of Storms

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Today was tooooo busy alllll day. The OFM was on the run from dawn until now at 2200 at night. Lots of things happened or were put into motion and he is TIRED.

The number one thing is the Teams will be leaving Rockport in late July for Gavinland. Gavin has a sister due in late July and the Teams want to get her introduced properly to the Teams lifestyle.

Today was also a day of dodging a new thunderstorm about every two hours. That does get tiresome by late afternoon. Here is a picture of the supper storm. You can see a bit of the Whataburger building in the corner of the picture. The OFM ran in the store, got his food, inhaled it and was back in Sierra before the first raindrop hit the Teams.

 

After that it was quickly back to the Castle and batten the hatches. Computer work has taken up the last of the evening. We worked on a special project for a friend that was a lot of fun. The project is secret for now but may be announced when it is completed. This way no surprises get spoiled. We are hoping that tomorrow will be a good bit less hectic while we are trying to have tooooo much fun.




6/4/17

Weather Break?

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

After a way too hot and verrrrry humid day today we are trying to set records for stormy weather. Here is the “small break in the weather” the weather forecasters talked about.

 

Right before that picture was taken at the harbor, the OFM had caught a speckled trout and tossed it back into its home waters.

Between the late evening storms and the hot and humid earlier part of the day it has been very interesting for trying to have tooooo much fun.


6/3/17

Where Is The Fun?

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched?

 
Maybe the frog was looking for tooooo much fun.