First Snow of the New Year 2017

January 5-6, 2017 We had our first Snow here in the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo received 3.7 inches. Temp dropped to single digits plus minus zero F. wind chills during the night. In fact we will get to 2 degrees F. tonight.img_3354

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Thomas E Creek Medical Center

Our VA hospital tries to take care of our veterans. We have several volunteers that do many things at the VA. I drive the parking lot shuttle on Friday afternoons. The veterans we pick up are so grateful for us especially on days like today. They have served their country and put their lives on the line so this is the least we can do for them.

Heading for Dover Delaware

Leaving Williamsburg VA for Delaware. I am fascinated with tunnels especially if they go under water. Where we live in the Texas panhandle you have to drive an hour or so to get to any lake big enough to get a boat on it.

So we set the Garmin up to take us through Norfolk VA then through the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge Tunnel. The highway takes you out over the bay and then through two separate tunnels befor you reach the other side. Then  on up to Dover, This was the main reason for this trip. Delaware was the only state that we liked having visited all 50 states. Yea this bucket list was complete, now to just amble around until we our ready to go home.

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Camping With the Kids

We drove over to the kids house so we could convoy together. of course IMG_1629Mama wanted a selfie together with the grandkids. We had a 400 mile drive through the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, and into Colorado. The kids had a camp site at Fun Valley RV Park. Mom and I really ruffed it we stayed in a Motel in South Fork Colorado which was about 12 miles west of Fun Valley. Ok just in our defense all the cabins and trailers that Fun Valley rents out was already taken and we don’t do tents for I would not be able to get up in the mornings,

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Hot Out Side.

Here it is July in the Texas Panhandle. We have been having record-breaking temperatures. The last few day the temps, have been in the lower 100, today is supposed to be 103 with the wends around 15 MPH which makes it feel like a hear dryer out side.

I was looking at some pictures of the IMG_1475family that we took last December at Christmas time. I came across this picture of my daughter and oldest grandson eating home made snow ice cream. Yes we had a blizzard here during Christmas and Caleb decided he wanted some snow ice cream so he went out and gathered up some clean snow. He even made the snow ice cream for everyone to enjoy.

You know during the blizzard we wanted to warm up, and now in this heat we want it to cool off. Just hard to make people happy. 🙂 🙂

Quick update as of 5:00PM we have reached 108 Deg.

Blizzard of 2015 in Amarillo Texas

We are having a nice little snow storm here in the Texas Panhandle. The snow flakes does not seam to be all that big but the 20 and 30 mile an hour winds with gust up to 50 miles an hour has the snow drifting up. I heard of one report of a snow drift being 29″ deep so far. We have kids in from South Texas and also from Kansas, they are not supposed to go home till Tuesday but they may have to stay a little longer which want hurt my feelings.

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Lake Meredith

The Lord has really been blessing us this summer. We had been in a drought for several years. Lake Meredith is about 50 miles North East of Amarillo. At one time it was at a record high of almost 102 feet andLake Meredith thin just two years ago it was at a record low of 26 feet. Today it is standing at 58 feet due the record amount of rain we have been receiving. In fact just the last 4 days days it has risen a foot. This is the greenest I have seen the Texas Panhandle in years. Here is a link telling about it if you are interested.

http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/lake-meredith-rises-nearly-a-foot-in-4-days/29032/hfPh-uqMVUa10dtgSadhxA

July Fourth 2015

It is a beautiful day here in the Texas Panhandle. This is a day when we as Americans celebrate or Independence. On June 11, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formallyIMG_0568 sever their ties with Great Britain. It was adopted on July 4 1776.

Last night we had a storm blow in and it dumped 2.5 inches of rain at my house. We had some flooding on the street that runs beside the house but there was no damage done. This morning the sun was up and nothing but blue sky’s. I went out and put up the flag and it was furled so neat hanging straight down, so I thought I would get a picture of it and share it with you. Hope that all have a very blessed 4 of July.

Praiseing the Lord its Raining

We are in a drought which now is as bad as it was in the 1930’s thus the post blog where I talked about the dirt in the Texas Panhandle. We praiseRain the Lord it has been raining off and on the last couple of days and the forecast says it should last for at least a week. We have received a little over an inch here at my house which looks and smells great. The weatherman said last night that we would need at least 16 to 18 inches to be able to even start breaking the drought. All I can say is thank you Lord we will take all we can get.

Dirt in the Texas Panhandle

This has been a crazy weather season in America. We have been having tornadoes, flooding and high wends in different parts of the US. Today 4/29/2014 we are having wind gust up to 60 and 70 miles an hour here in the Texas panhandle and since we have been in such a drought the dirt is blowing every where, Thanks to a lady here in Amarillo getting this picture I thought I would share it with you all. I am thankful to the Lord that we are only getting the wend and not the tornadoes  like they or having back east. To top it off we are supposed to get down to freezing tonight.Dert storm

Happy Birthday America, 2013

The Amarillo Globe News has been sponsoring fireworks for the past 59 years and the Amarillo Symphony has been playing for the last 3 years. I only took a couple of pictures of the fireworks so it does not give it the looks of the way it was. After the sun went down the fireworks started and they were coordinated with the music from the symphony it was wonderful, but you would have to been there to get the whole experience. The last two years we have not had a full-time conductor for the symphony, the conductor was just chosen and this was his first concert after accepting the job. The Texas panhandle is known for being windy but last night was perfect very little wind. The night before though was a different story most of the second chair players had to fight the wind while trying to turn the music so the new conductor was broken in to this part of the country.
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Part of the SymphoneyEvening in the parkA beutiful sunset in the Texas panhandel

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