Reflections, by Charlotte Byus

Natchitoches, Louisiana

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Natchitoches was settled in 1714 on the banks of the Cane River, this makes the town the oldest settlement in the entire Louisiana purchase. What a beautiful town. Front Street winds around the river, every building is a historic site. Having lunch or dinner in any of the restaurants, bars/pubs or markets is a treat, just looking at the interiors will

People

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
When we left for the last storm we really didn’t meet very many people. I am not sure why, I can only assume it was because we were not gone very long and we spent quite a bit of time sightseeing. This time has been very different. The people who own the park we are staying at have been very friendly and helpful and we received a discount

Lemonade

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I love lemonade, and my friend Shannon has me started on adding tea to my lemonade. I think it is called an Arnold Palmer and it is very good. That is not what this story is about. But you’ll see where I am going. This past week could not have been worse for our State unless it slid off into the Gulf, and I guess parts of it ARE in the Gulf. From one end

That Darn Phone

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Earlier this month, we had August Birthday Dinner at Di’s home. We had a wonderful day with all that could attend, some grandchildren, brothers, sister and both daughters and son-in-laws. There was great food and laughter. We also did some plumbing at Di’s home. When it was time to go, I accidentally left my phone on the coffee table at

Phone Day

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This world for our children is so busy. Our babies have grown and almost grown babies of their own. With school starting and school activities starting it has always been difficult to hear our children’s voices. Our youngest daughter knows her Mom is an early riser, so we chat in the morning on her way to work, sometimes that could be 6 am, and we are

Thank You

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Two very small words and they mean so much no matter how often you hear or say them. In February RR was in the hospital for several days and friends and family came to stay with him while I had doctor appointments too. And then there was the family, kids and grandkids that swarmed the room for their Dad and Papa. My heart was so full

Farmer Ben

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
As many of you know I love flowers, bulbs, seeds, someone else’s yard, you know what I mean. Our friend Ben has been trying to work with several of us in the park for wheels. He is trying to teach us veggies 101, from seed to produce. “Here is what you need to know”, is his favorite saying, and we stare at him like a deer in the head lights. We are

Stretching the Brain

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
A few weeks ago I made the journey back to work. I am working a few days a week with wonderful people and enjoying being out of the house. Now, with that said, I am trying to stretch my brain cells again. Learning new things at my age is difficult at best, but fun, I think. I decided it was time for one of us to get out of the house-on-wheels

Mothers Day

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Happy Mother’s Day to every Mom reading this story. Our daughters are grown and have grown children of their own, so trying to juggle that one day for Grandmothers and working children became a problem some years ago. Both of the girls and I have enjoyed spending the first Saturday of May touring the homes of Galveston for many

Youth

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past week-end we had our youngest Grandson, Matthew, stay with us. He had seen a pair of tennis shoes he really wanted and his Mom said fine, if you work and pay for them. Grandma and Papa were helping. Well really he was doing us a favor as the work we needed done was washing the home-on-wheels from roof to bottom. You see, we do

Why???

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This page is dedicated to all the men who tolerate women who cannot start a sentence without the word “WHY?”… A friend brought this to my attention the other night. Of course, I had to look at myself, Ugh! I guess it is one of those Venus-Mars things. As children, we started most sentences with Why and with that an answer was given and we

Back When

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
When we “old” people got married we had “A” shower and most of the time it was a kitchen shower. We started to collect from there and collect and collect. Tupperware was the first collection most of us started with, our favorite colors were of course, avocado green, harvest gold and something else that I cannot recall at this moment. We all

Fun At Sea!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
We, RR & me, went to sea with Rene’s family to celebrate Jason’s year after that horrible accident. Jason still has problems walking up stairs but does a great job walking on flat land. He has some really fancy hearing aids that can answer the phone and listen to music and every once in a while hear what his wife is saying. LOL! We spent a

I’m Back!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I had to get my head on straight for a week or two.
As you know we have been scanning 51 years of pictures. While doing his job of scanning, RR said, “I want to send these pictures to Denise as they are of her Dad and Mom during their time in Seabrook Shipyard and all our adventures together.” So I called Denise and she happened to

Last Week!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
We have had better and we have had worse. The week started with RR finally admitting he was Very sick. Got him to the Dr on Tuesday but it took the Dr and several nurses to get through his thick head just who bad it was. No was his word the five days before but it did not work today! Off we go to the new Jeannie Sealy hospital. If you use UTMB

Fun in the Sun

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I bet I had more fun than you did on Sunday! My day started out not going to church, shame on me. My buddy was sick and unable to get out of bed for church, so being a bad Christian I stayed home, too. But that entitled me a fun four hours in the sun. Sunday was beautiful and sunny as you know and four of us played in the sun with

Paint Rock, Texas

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Next time you are in Fredericksburg and have a day to spare, head up Highway 87 to Mason, Texas. There is a Fort Mason there with lots of history and a beautiful view of the hill country. Several nice shops in town and a really good cafe for lunch. Travel on down 87 to Brady and take Highway 83 right to Paint Rock, Texas.

One Year Later

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
It has been one year since we left the conventional life of house, yard and plants. Those were the important things to me at that time and I really cannot say what RR’s important things were. It has taken me some time to realize how much easier life is, but I did it! Yes, I still have to dust, mop and vacuum but Guys it takes so little time and

Bambino

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I am beginning to think I am writing the Day-Tripper reports. But, what this is all about is Pictures! Going through all the years of pictures, I have new stuff to write about, such as, Bambino. A really fun trip was when Dianne, our first born, and I took off down River Road visiting old plantations. This is a three day fun trip; from here you head to

Mom’s Room

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Last week I spent several days at the farm with my sister and nephew. Even though Dolores and I were raised in the Heights of Houston, going to the farm feels like going home. Many rooms at the farm have changed as it is now Dolores’ home. The kitchen is the biggest room in the house. When it was built, there were only two rooms and a

Natchez, MS

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Our family has made several trips to Natchez for their spring or fall pilgrimage. It is a short drive from here or Houston and a lovely drive at that. This is a good family trip many B&B’s, Hotels and Motels. The tours are usually four homes in a morning tour and four homes in the afternoon tour. If you have enjoyed the Galveston Mother’s Day home tours,

Warm Food

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
The only good thing about this weather is the wonderful warm food you can make. Right now in the slow cooker is sauerkraut, pork ribs and potatoes, RR’s favorite. Mom was German and Dad was Cajun/Scotch-Irish, what a mixture, but the food was good! Very seldom did Mom make rice but when she did, boy was Dad happy. Coming from

No News

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Yipes, here it is Thursday and I have nothing in my head to write about. Well there are several things that have happened this week that I could write about but I really do not think you want to hear the car repair story or the annual doctor visit. Have I told you about Momma Kitty? Well you see RR cannot resist a kitty meow of any kind. Let me tell

New Friends

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
When you live in a house you have neighbors that are next door for several years or many years. You know each other’s kids and grandchildren and birthdays and so on. When you make a decision to change this way of life everything changes including making new friends. As one example, we have a couple across from us from Wisconsin. They came

Fun At The Mall

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
As you know by now, we purchased our home on Bolivar 22 days before IKE. With that said, we sold our home of 30 years in League City in 2009 and became full time residents of the Peninsula. We know the Webster and League City area just like the back of our hand; the mall, Baybrook, was just starting to bloom when we moved to League City. Now

House Sitting

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Our first born daughter asked if RR and I would house sit with Scooter and Matthew this weekend. We said YES! On our way to Pearland we stopped at Spec’s for a few items we were running low on. Of course, RR is 5 steps ahead of me on the way out of the store, I always try to pick up the magazines just out the check-out door. Today I had a

Rainy Days

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I hope most of you were able to make it through last weekend without killing each other. Rain, Rain, go away is an understatement. RR has been working on combining our 35mm slides and putting them on the computer and a jump drive. His next project will be the storage boxes of 51 years of picture albums. I spent much of the rainy days

Wednesday

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I woke up very early as I was excited that RR was coming home. My contribution for our Thanksgiving dinner is dressing, two dips, veggies and chips. That is a lot of chopping and dicing. Get out the electric skillet, now it comes to the great decision; bacon grease or butter, I have both. I’m not going to tell which I used as the kids

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