Reflections, by Charlotte Byus

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

Cleaning, UGH!!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
The bad thing about beautiful days like today is you open the windows and see all the dust and cat/dog hair! How rude! RR is off on a fun trip with his BFF. So it gives me time to sort, spindle and throw away our stuff. I know he will never miss it, hehe. I also need to head to the storage unit as we made such a mess last time we were there, I’ll never find

End of the Line

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
As you know, we have been back for several weeks, everyone has asked us “What was your favorite place or town?” I do not have an answer, that has worried me. I have looked at the person just as a deer in the headlight would. I finally asked RR what was his favorite place, he said, “Everyplace there was a memory to make and

Patience

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Patience – A Noun. Definition: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Silly me, I thought after last Wednesday most of the U.S. would go back to normal or at least be quiet for a day or two. I really am old! But having said that, having been a teen and early twenties in the

It’s been Fun!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Reminiscing as we headed home to Bolivar, there was lots to say. The problem is, the thoughts are all jumbled in my heart and head. For one, I am so proud that RR has not strangled me. When I get nervous, I chatter and that is a bad thing when two Big Rigs are trying to pass us and make our home dance. Then of course there is the gasping. We have

Biloxi and area Part II

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Our second day we traveled up and down the scenic coastline highway. We started in Gulfport and headed west toward Long Beach to Pass Christian, over a beautiful bridge around to Bay St. Louis and down to Waveland. We turned around and headed back but could not resist stopping and putting our toes in the warm Gulf water. There are about

Biloxi and area Part I

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I have put off writing this story for three weeks, poor Tom didn’t think I was going to finish. In my heart I guess I really did not want to write this one, you see, it means the trip of a life time is over. Almost every day was a new adventure and almost every day was fun, well almost. Anyway, back to Biloxi, we really had a hard time finding a place

Heading SOUTH

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
The last week of September we traveled many miles. Monday we left Lancaster, PA on I-76. Even though it is an interstate, it is a PA toll. I’ll pay any amount not to travel a bad road with our house behind us. Just sayin’. Then down I-81, love that road, except for the trucks. We landed in Lexington, VA. We stayed at Lee High Camp. This camp

Mystic Seaport (Connecticut)

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Mystic Seaport is a must see for everyone. There are three sections to this village, they are the shipyard, the village, and galleries. The shipyard is still working in many ways as they were 200 years ago. They are using modern equipment where they can, such as turning a 100 ft log into a mast. Many very old sailing vessels are repaired here and you can

What A Day!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This morning our game plan was to head to Connecticut to see the Sub-marine Base and Museum in Groton. The USS Nautilus is there for touring and what a tour it is. You can walk, climb and crawl through the whole submarine and the tour has a hand-held remote to walk you through the entire ship. There is so much more to see aboard than

Smallest States!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Yipes! Our plan was to spend one week in Rhode Island and see sites from here and Connecticut. What could there be to see in two of the smallest states in America? Wrong! RR has been working on sites for us to visit this morning. So far, if we stay two weeks we may make most of them. I looked at the list and did not find one place to take off and we

More from Maine

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
First off, the people are really nice people. Very patriotic people, speak before spoken to and very honest people. When we first got here I noticed the news is so different from Houston, it was boring. After a few days I discovered why, they do not have crime here! There has been one murder since we arrived six weeks ago and I must say

Lubec, Maine

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Yesterday we took off way too late for Lubec Maine, which is as far east as you can go and not be in Canada. We realized yesterday we are running out of time in the beautiful state. So off we go for a three to four hour drive to Quoddey Head State Park and Lighthouse. Only one problem, the fog was rolling in just as we got there about 4 pm so pictures are

Bath, Maine

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I know I am a broken record when it comes to Maine, but it is beautiful in the summer. We are staying in the town of Homer, just outside of Bangor and everything on the water is a 1-1/2 hour to 2 hour drive. I must say Gertrude (GPS) has never sent us the same way twice. I think she knows we will turn her OFF if we ever figure our

Nesting

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Stephanie calls it nesting, I call it house work. Since we decided to stay another month in Maine, we are taking this time to put things back together. Our beautiful home on wheels has taken a beating for the last few months on very rough roads. We are staying at Pumpkin Patch RV park and we have met a man named Bob who is a

New York

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Our time in the state of New York was mostly spent with RR’s first cousin, Denny. These two have been friends all their lives, their Mom’s were best friends too. Even living thousands of miles apart they talk and email each other often. When they are together they are a hoot. Denny’s career was radio, most of the time he was part of

Baltimore

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Back down and around a mountain, through three interstate highways, and we are at Baltimore. Wish we had a week to see such a beautiful city, but we didn’t – so we did the best we could and hit the inter-harbor area. Baltimore has done a beautiful job of combining the old with the new. The skyline is full of new age architecture, glass and steel, every bit

Virginia and Pennsylvania

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I almost hate to write this but it is part of our trip. Southwest Virginia (coal country) is dying. It is one of the most beautiful states I have ever seen. There are NO rolling hills, it is all mountains and trees. So many of the towns are closed up. The downtown areas have beautiful old buildings that are boarded up. There are signs in the windows about

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