Diary

If people are staying at home with family members, especially kids and special needs family young or old, they may want to make a Just in Case list of things their kids or family members need, health issues, doctors names and numbers, etc. Since we don’t know when or if it will hit and how hard, making sure that your family is taken care of in the best way possible if you have to be absent for any length of time would help both future caregivers and your family. Most of us don’t like to think about this, but it seems a real possibility that caregivers could get sick, leaving behind kids that are healthy or showing no symptoms. It would be hard to play catch up with a kid who is worried about a sick parent, or lost them due to illness, especially if they have special needs. I have also thought about including personality quirks about my kids. Some are easy to get talking but others need to be snuggled first before they will open up. Having a “cheat sheet” would lessen the learning curve.

COVID Cheat Sheet

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Old Diary

Climate Data / Los Fresnos 2017

May 31: High 99º; Low: 70º

May 30: High 99º; Low: 77º

May 29: High 96º; Low: 74º

May 28: High 98º; Low: 70º

May 27: High 99º; Low: 74º

May 26: High 97º; Low: 68º

May 25: High 93º; Low: 78º

May 24: High 91º; Low: 74º

May 23: High 93º; Low: 75º

May 22: High 97º; Low: 67º

May 21: high 95º; low 73º 

May 20: high 95º; low 77º

May 19: high 95º; low 78º

May 18: high 93º; low 78º

May 17: high 93º; low 79º

May 16: high 91º; low 74º

May 15: high 90º; low 78º

May 14: high 97; low 72

May 13: high 90º; low 67º

May 12:  high 100º; low 73º

May 11:  high 93º; low 74º

May 10: high 91º; low 75º

May 9: high 86º; low 75º

May 8: high 82º; low 72º

May 7: high 85º; low 63º

May 6: high 90º; low 61º

May 5: high 85º; low 58º

May 4: high 86º; low 66º

May 3: high 90º; low 76º

May 2: high 93º; low 79º

May 1: high 93º; low 79º

April 30: high 85º; low 65º

April 29: high 93º; low 79º

April 28: high 95º; low 67º

April 27: high 87º; low 74º

April 26: high 101º; low 76º

April 25: high 90º; low 72º

April 24: high 84º; low 57º

April 23: high 78º; low 63º

April 22: high 89º; low 72º

April 21: high 83º; low 71º

April 20: high 88º; low 71º

April 19: high 87º; low 66º

April 18: high 87º; low 68º

April 17: high 87º; low 72º

April 16: high 83º; low 70º

April 15: high 87º; low 70º

April 14: high 84º; low 68º

April 13: high 85º; low 68º

April 12: high 81º; low 69º

April 11: high 86º; low 71º 

April 10: high 86º; low 76º

April 9: high 85º; low 71º

April 8: high 82º; low 68º

April 7: high 80º; low 60º

April 6: high 79º; low 56º

April 5: high 83º; low 64º 

April 4: high 90º; low 66º

April 3:  high 92º;  low 66º

April 2: high 91º; low 69º

April 1: high 92º; low 66º

March 31: high 93º; low 75º

March 30: high 81º; low 61º

March 29: high 88; low 73º

March 28:  high 86º; low 73º

March 27:  high 86º; low 70º

March 26:  high 87º ; low  69º

March 25:  high of 91º low of 68º

Starting today I’m going to try to accumulate some climate information about our little place in the sun, Los Fresnos.  I’m going to (try to remember to) post one of these “Aside” posts every day with the day’s high temperature and any salient notes.  I know we have just gotten into “Spring” but we’ve heard all sorts of stories — exaggerated and otherwise — about what to expect down here during the summer — or the warm months — and this is my way of sorting fact from fiction.

Not sure how long I’ll remember to do this, but it’s a start anyway.

March, April, May Weather Record

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Old Diary

Sometimes you just have moments.  For an instant the whole world sings in harmony;  nothing can go wrong;  everything is right; and you — you are at peace with the universe!  Friday I had another one of those moments..feel good

Fridays are not our hardest days but they are the busiest. We can pace the rate at which we clean campsites — so our Sunday grueling cleanup marathon when the greatest number of campers leave is hard work but a rather zen experience. Not many people around, we make our rounds, do our thing, and chatter away about everyday topics.  Sundays are those “Good Tired” days.

Fridays, though, are no so manageable.  You can’t control when other people roll up to the entrance.  Not the people; not the weather; not the rate at which they arrive.  Fridays are a little bit of pandemonium mixed with a little bit of boredom, with humor, angst, and outrage thrown into the mix.

The Gatehouse we DON’T have.

The Gatehouse we DON’T have.

Having no gatehouse, there’s no way around putting on a lot of steps on Fridays.  If I can refresh your memories, our site sits just opposite the kiosk at the entrance to the park.  20160430160819321We’re back from the road about 20’ which means when someone arrives we have the option of sitting in our chair (either inside the coach or a lawn chair outside) and waiting for someone to come to us, or getting out of our chair and going to greet them on the opposite side of the road some 40’ away.  What sort of hosts would we be if we always waited for people to come to you?  So, when people drive up I stop what I’m doing (reading) and greet them.  The regulars know the routine — some of them don’t even STOP.  The newbies arrive looking bewildered.  The periodic guests know the routine and stop for a chat and then move on without a lot of interaction but they are, after all, campers and campers tend to be: a.) chatty, b.) friendly, c.) not in a hurry.

So, Friday evening we had been sitting there outside the coach. The sun was shining, About 2/3 of our campers had arrived by 6 p.m. and we were sort of winding down.  I’d just finished greeting three or four arrivals in a row and after walking back to the coach and the lawn chairs I sat down and just started giggling.  I was so happy.  It was a goofy moment.  Nothing particular had happened but all was right with the world.

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The campers were friendly, inquisitive, easy to get along with.  No one had hit us with strange questions or problems we didn’t have answers for.  We were full in the main campground for the weekend and even managed to sell almost all of the overflow sites.  We were doing just what we were supposed to do. And it was just… right.

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From a little way up the road the arriving driver doesn’t even know we’re here!

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Only once you’re nearly upon us do we appear over there on the far left.

They come along from time to time — these moments when all is well with the universe.  I love them.  To be honest, I think I have more of these perfect moments since we started full timing than I ever did before.  But before retirement I was … perhaps… in too big of a hurry to appreciate them.  I was always doing.  To appreciate most of these moments I have to be still.  There has to be a pregnant pause when the Universe can speak to me, and when I can hear it speaking — over the din of everyday life.

I think… and it’s only an idea… that these moments come along when you are doing exactly the right thing at the right time.  They are more about your place in the cosmos than they are about how one might relate to any problem or challenge.  I think you can be challenged and be at peace too.  perfect peaceBut it’s a different phenomenon. When I was younger and struggling with all the things every young adult struggles with I really liked the scripture from Isaiah.  I thought knew what it was to be content in God no matter how how rough the road might be.  But that was nothing to do with being in sync with the universe.  It’s one thing to be in perfect peace amid struggle and confusion.  It’s quite another to find that one place you belong out of all the places in the universe.

It wasn’t about having a volunteer gig — though what had happened was because we were here.  I would not have been interacting with all those people otherwise.  But I don’t necessarily need a volunteer gig to find that kind of “this-is-where-I’m-meant-to-be” moment — and I know too well that this-is-where-I’m-meant-to-be often changes.  I’m not meant to be in the same place all the time.  My restless spirit tells me that.

So, anyway… today is a celebration of joy.  There are a lot of really interesting folks out there.  A lot of them are campers — fortunately.  I’m glad I’m rubbing elbows with them for now.  Really glad.  Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here again tomorrow to chat.

 

 

Spontaneous Silliness

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Food

GERMAN POTATO PANCAKES

2 1/4 cups coarsely shredded peeled potatoes
1/2 cup diced onions
1/3 cup flour 1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
Pinch of pepper

Combine all ingredients.

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a hot skillet.

Pour batter (1/4 cup at a time) into the oil. Spread to
flatten. Fry on one side, then flip to fry on second side.
As a variation, you may add less onion and add some chopped
apple instead.


Finally decided to post a recipe for Potato Pancakes.   There are times when I crave the simplest peasant food and this always hits the spot.

Potato Pancakes 1

Potato Pancakes

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