January 20 to February 14, 2014 NOMADS Project, Mercedes, MS

February 15 (Approximately) to June - Gate Guarding, TX or LA.

June, 2014 - Up to Alaska!

September - NOMADS Annual Meeting, Branson, MO

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Getting reacquainted, and Quinta Mazatlan and Judy's test.

Mercedes, TX

One more week of our NOMADS project here in Mercedes.  Got lots done, lots to do.

On Tuesday night we met up with Carol Kerr a fellow blogger.  She introduced us to her friend Jeff.  We got together with Carol in Austin a couple of years ago and again in North Dakota.  Funny how RV'ers keep connecting.   We had fabulous BBQ at Willie's over in Alamo, TX.  Surely we will meet again down the road.

Yesterday we NOMADS visited Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen.  It is one of the few remaining adobe homes in Tx.  It was built in 1935 and constructed of 12 inch abode block.  The Main house has 6,739 sq feet of living area.  Some pictures of the house.

Quinta Mazatlan is now the McAllen wing of the World Building Center.  It has nature trails and water features.  Over 100 species of birds and 100 species of tropical and native trees and flowers have been identified here.

Judy..... your test for today.....

And what about this colorful bird.  Leonard modeling the birthday gift from granddaughters Charlotte and Abby who designed him a one-of-a-kind shirt.

Until next time......

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Back to the Rio Grande Valley

Mercedes,  TX

Yes, we've been back in this area since January 18.  But before here we spent a bit of time near Corpus Christi.  Judy, what are these?

We've completed our second week of volunteering with two weeks to go.   One project is some painting and renovating at a local mission.

Outside of the building is getting a good facelift.

Some of our ladies made new curtains for the inside. (Not me - I don't sew.  If Leonard needs a button replaced, he does it.)

On January 21 the group helped celebrate Leonard's birthday.   HOORAY!  Finally old enough for Medicare!

You might remember the dear family we worked with last year.   The 6 of them lived in this small trailer.  They have recently moved into a much larger house trailer.   Yesterday this trailer had to be moved from the property it was on or $200.00 more paid to the property owner.   So on our day off, Leonard, the 2nd oldest son in the family Jose and I moved the trailer.   All tires had to be aired up.   It was quite the challenge but we got 'er done!

This week coming we will work on getting some furniture for Nohemi and her five beautiful children.  They moved into their new home about a week ago and there was not one piece of furniture in it.  We did take a bed and dresser and small end table to it yesterday also.  

The entire family made us feel us good.   When they saw us they all came running with hugs.  Nohemi kept telling us in her broken English that she missed us.  Makes every mile we traveled to get here worthwhile.