Thursday, December 22, 2011


I have decided you would have to be really, really dumb to get caught in a speed trap down here. Two different times when driving north on I-65 we have seen one of those "information" signs along the way that actually says "Drive Careful, Troopers Ahead." So, if you get caught, you deserve to be caught!

We went to a great show at the South Baldwin Community Theater on Sunday, Dec. 11th - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" If you have never read the story or seen a video of it, I would urge you to do so. It's quite funny and very touching at the end. Brought tears to my eyes. There were many talented young people in this cast and it was a pleasure to watch!

We went to a great Christmas Festival at the First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores on Sunday, Dec. 18th. What a production! They had an adult choir, a children's choir, an orchestra, an organ and four grand pianos. Many talented people did solos as well. Very uplifting and wonderful to experience.

We have started rehearsals for our next Variety Show at the RV Resort. I will be singing a solo of two verses of Amazing Grace. I was going to do it a cappella, but the pianist has one of those great keyboards where she can make it sound like anything and she asked if I wanted to sing it with bagpipes. I tried it and it sounds really great that way, so that's what we are going with. 

We are going to attend a Candlelight Service at our church on Christmas Eve and then go play cards with friends of ours in the RV resort. We have learned two new card games from them already - Sequence (which is a board game played with cards) and Nickel Nickel (which I think is some form of Rummy). We have lots of fun with them.

Christmas Day we will have a dish-to-pass dinner at the RV resort. Hopefully it won't rain that day. 

We have had three days of rain in a row this week. And when it rains down here it POURS! This afternoon there was quite a thunder-boomer with lots of lightning. An impressive show, let me tell you. So now we have "waterfront property" at our campsite. It is supposed to be clear the next two days so we are hopeful that it will dry up (before it rains again on Sunday!)

We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Keeping Busy in AL

Hey, ya'll! We've been in Gulf Shores, AL for almost a month now and have been keeping very busy.

Between all the activities at our RV resort and all the activities at our church and all the activities around town we have been enjoying ourselves a lot! 

At our resort, we have had a Welcome Back dish-to-pass, and a Thanksgiving Dinner. I am also in the chorus. Our first Variety Show "Christmas Holidays" is tomorrow evening. We do audience sing-a-longs, skits, readings, and solos as well as women's chorus numbers and men's chorus numbers. I will be doing a solo of "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee." Our next Variety Show will be in January and will be "Country and Favorites." I will be doing "Amazing Grace" a cappella. I do love to sing!

Lynn goes for coffee with the guys Monday - Friday mornings, and I attend Women's Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. I also use their indoor pool and hot tub quite often. Lynn goes on long bike rides with a group of guys and he and I ride bikes through the State Park as well. 

At our church we have had a dish-to-pass Thanksgiving meal on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when I was privileged to be able to give the sermon for United Methodist Women's Day. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the service.

We also had what they call "Dirty Santa" gift exchange -- where you open a gift and other people can steal it from you when it is their turn to open a gift. I  had to open four gifts before I finally got one I could keep, but one young man had to open 7 or 8 before he got to keep one! It was a lot of fun! And of course they had a dish-to-pass then, too. 

We also put together lots of Christmas boxes for needy children on the Friday before Thanksgiving -- they ended up with 104 boxes which is amazing because it is not that big of a church. It was a lot of fun doing that together, too. 

Some of the things we have done in the area is go to great restaurants for lunch, especially since we bought an entertainment book and get discounts. So much good seafood down here. Yum. And not all of it is fried any more, either!

We also went to Christmas Open Houses at the Gulf Shores Museum, the library and the Civic Center where we listened to the Mobile Quintet as well as Brent Burns who is a local entertainer. He is always quite funny. 

We went to the Gulf Shores Christmas Parade on December 3. Gee, I wonder why they don't have one of those in Unadilla? BRRR

On Dec. 4 we went to St. Andrew's By The Sea (church) to listen to their Christmas Program, A Service of Carols and Readings,  which featured their chancel choir and their hand bell choir. Beautiful.

Dec. 5 we went to hear the Baldwin Pops Band at the Foley Civic Center for their Christmas program. That was wonderful as well. 

I guess that catches us up on everything. I hope everyone is having a good winter so far. I know we are!

Enjoying Alabama

Hi ya'll! We have been in AL now for almost four weeks, and have been keeping pretty busy.

Right now we are having a cold spell -- mid 50s during the days and 30s at night. But at least the sun continues to shine and it hasn't rained lately and there is definitely NO SNOW, so we can't complain too much.

We have been enjoying a lot of the wonderful area restaurants for lunch, especially since we purchased and entertainment book that gives us discounts. So much good seafood down here... yum. And not all of it is fried, either, thank goodness!

I have joined the chorus here at the RV park. Our first Variety Show is tomorrow night. We have our rehearsal tomorrow morning, and then it's show time! We are singing lots of Christmas carols, and having audience sing-alongs, a skit, and readings, and solos. I will be doing "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee." Thankfully I am the third soloist so my voice shouldn't be too strained by the time I sing, hopefully.

Our next Variety Show will be in January and that will be "Country and Favorites." I have signed up to sing "Amazing Grace" a cappella. I do love to sing!

Lynn goes bike riding with a group of guys once in a while. They rode to the area airport one day and watched the planes come in and had a chance to chat with a few of the pilots. He enjoyed that.

The church we attend down here has kept us busy, too. I was invited to preach the first Sunday we were here for United Methodist Women's Day, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I posted the sermon in a previous blog entry, if you are interested in reading it. I really enjoyed being a part of that Sunday service. Then we had our Thanksgiving Feast afterwards. 

We also had what they call "Dirty Santa" gift exchange -- where someone opens a gift and the next person can steal it from them if they want it. It was a lot of fun. I ended up having to open four gifts before I got one no one stole from me. One young man there I think had to open about 7 or 8 of them before he got to keep one! We had lots of good food to enjoy as well, as usual.

We have been keeping busy at the RV resort, too. They have lots of activities and we have met a lot of nice people. Lynn goes to coffee with the guys every morning and I have joined the Women's Bible Study every Wednesday morning. 

I have kept busy making lots of jewelry, too. I think they have a craft fair at our RV resort some time in January, so maybe I can sell some of the things I have made. So I have room to make more!