Reflections, by Charlotte Byus

Breezy Day

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Saturday was our rain day for Swinging for Santa. What a beautiful day it was. Little on the Breezy side but the sun was shining and the wind gave the guys and gals an excuse for the game scores. Golf is not my game even though I have “had” to watch it on TV since I was five years old. I totally understand the concept of the game but I am not

Thanks for the Memories

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past week I heard that Sears South Main was closing. Of course, that caused my memory to head on back there. As a young child, I remember most families shopped downtown. Now Sears was a way out of downtown, but if you were shopping downtown you also headed for Sears. Long before the stores downtown had an escalator, Sears did

Great Friends

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past weekend we invited some friends over for burgers and beverages. This was on Friday night and ended on Sunday afternoon. RR and the guys started talking about the steps we had planned on putting up to the 5th wheel. And then the napkins came out with pen in hand and all of a sudden we had a plan for a small deck, rails

My New Friend

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Ten days ago, RR & I began a new adventure. We have been housesitting for a friend and her dog name Sophie. We have not had a dog in many years, our last dog was Shannon, an over-spotted and over-sized Dalmatian. Sweet dog and a best friend of our cat, Nothin, they did everything together. I mean everything, even catching June bugs. Nothin

October Birthdays

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
We do not have a large family where we could celebrate every month for birthdays. We have a few in June, July, way too many in August, and October, and two in November. You saw the fun we had with our first born for her big 50 and I was so proud of her for now being mad at us for celebrating that age. I truly think she did better than

Somewhere in this I think I got Older! Oh Lord!!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Most of us at my age grew up washing dishes, hanging clothes on the line, and helping Dad with the yard. There was no choice. You made your bed and hung up your clothes or put then in the hamper. You always hung up your towel and used it more than once and you used a wash rag for your bath or shower and you used whatever Mom

Fall Bug!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
While we were in Deep North East Texas, a cool front came in, and I mean cool. The mornings were in the mid forties! Wow! Had the fireplace on while the coffee was making with an afghan around my knees. Of course, there was very little humidly in the air all day, that was wonderful. So I have deemed today the start of

Thoughts

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
What I am not going to write about is what is going on in this world. I am afraid to, I am not too sure about anything any more. Last week we started home from Marshall. Going to Marshall we used 610 to 59 and up north we went. Coming home we decided to use the slower route, we came down US 59 to US 69. The road is slower but less traveled. There

East Texas Wineries

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
As we all know, there has been a huge influx of wineries in the Hill Country of Texas, but did you know about all the wineries in east Texas? Oh My Goodness, what fun. The other day we took off to visit some and had a wonderful day. There are 19 vineyards and wineries in this area. From Nacogdoches north to Jefferson, from Palestine

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

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