Friday, April 17, 2020


Minuet in G
(a 1979 Argosy made by Airstream that loves the memories of "Just Before")

Just before...the Corona-virus...
Just before...the Pandemic...
Just before...we did not have social distancing...
Just before...we did not have to wear masks except at Halloween...
Just before...most of us didn't even know about Zoom...
Just before...we didn't have to check out the parking lot of Walmart before me went in...
Just before...the kids were still in school...and parent were still sane...
Just before...only kids played with sidewalk chalk...
Just before...we didn't know where our next roll of TP was coming from or
the next container of Clorex wipes. 
Just before...
Just before...
Just before...

Vannie and Dave and I had a totally awesome adventure at McKinney Falls State Park in Texas...
"Just Before".
The Salvagio's (Emilie, Roy, Vincent, Maddie) met us there...
"Just Before".

Dave is getting all set up.
Great camping spots...And right in the middle of Austin, TX

Of course, everyone could not fit in me....
So...The boys had the tent,
and the girls had me.

Ahhh...the tent is up...I'm all hooked up...
Time to relax.

Get the puzzle out...
No IPads allowed at McKinney Falls...Well, almost.!

Looks like Vincent and Emilie were the ones that lasted to the last piece.

Meanwhile...Maddie was starting a
 personal relationship with a lady bug.

Let's hike the trail...Lots of great ones at McKinney Falls.

What could be around that next curve in the path???


You get 3 guesses as what these are...
(China Berries)
Vannie said these brought back so many memories
of the China berry tree at her Grandmother Burns' house
in Bernice, LA.  Lots of good times playing under that tree
with her Cousin, Janie.

3 more guesses...
Can't walk on a trail with seeing of this....

McKinney Falls
in all it's glory...

The cypress trees were showing off for us.
Such beautiful formations and reflections...

Even the bluebonnets had to peek out...
Well, it is Texas, Folks.

...and what should appear out of nowhere...
The Ice Cream Truck
Must be Magic.!!!

Look what Dave found...
a fire wood vending machine...
In all of our travels, we have
never seen one of these.
Even has it's own tiny solar panel...
Just put in your credit card..and voila...
one of the doors opens up...and there is a stack of wood.
Must be magic.!!!
There is magic happening everywhere in this place.

So now...hopefully, Dave can twitch his nose, and start a fire. 

He twitched and twitch, but it took Roy's expertise to finally get it going.

Maddie was watching all these shenanigans from her perch. 

Vincent was the first to try it out...
Looks yummy

Time to settle down...
The boys were nestled in their tent reading their books.
The girls were playing dolls in me.
Time for a good nights sleep.

We had 3 days and 2 nights...
"Just Before"...
Time to pack up...

The Salvagio's packed up their tent and headed home.
Dave and Vannie got me ready to head out
to the Lone Star RV resort on I35 south in Austin.

Little did we know what was going to happen in the upcoming weeks.

McKinney Falls closed the next day.

...and you know the rest of the story.

So thankful for this time together...
"Just Before"

Stay Safe...Love your family and friends...
"Don't Worry, Be Happy."
Lyrics by Bobby McFerrin

Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now

Ain't got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don't worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don't worry, be happy

Ain't got no cash, ain't got no style
Ain't got no gal to make you smile
But, don't worry, be happy
'cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now

Now there is this song I wrote
I hope you learned it note for note
Like good little children
Don't worry, be happy
Listen to what I say
in your life expect some trouble
when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy, be happy now

It will soon pass, whatever it is
Don't worry, be happy
I'm not worried, I'm happy.

Be sure to check out YouTube for this song...
You'll be glad you did.