Reflections, by Charlotte Byus

Oh My!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
The last few weeks I have not had much to write about, I have tried, but most came out fussing or complaining. I kept the notes but realized I needed to work on Charlotte and find my happy place. The following was not funny at the time, but a day later I really had to laugh. Yesterday was Friday the 13th on a Sunday. Every Sunday there are two ships

A different type of Spring Break

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
We all here on the peninsula can tell a story about the horrors of Spring Break, but this is about a different type of Spring Break. Several weeks before Spring Break, I ran into friends that lived down the street from our home on Boyt Road, we were all voting at the community center. Karen told me she had asked her church to assist in helping

Yea! Spring!!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Well this is how I judge Spring. The Salt Grass Trail and all the other riders have lumbered down the Main Streets of Houston so it must be Spring. I have judged all my planting by this time. For 52 years this judgment has never been wrong, well there was the year RR and I met on the Salt Grass Trail, the next week was all ice and frozen from

March

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I am really in a turmoil about how to write this but I will try to share and not scare. With that said, I would have never written or told anyone about what we have been through BUT, with sharing with a few friends, they have all gone to have a mammogram. And if this helps someone else see that this is a necessary step in any man or woman’s

January & February

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This article will have words like “breast” and “cancer” in it, if you want to stick your head in the sand, do not read this or next week either. Now, let me tell you a story that started in January with my annual doctor’s appointment. You know blood work, Mammogram and truth to Dr about the last year. Well the good news is

Midnight

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Long, long ago, well about two years ago, a very small totally black kitty adopted Beachside RV Park. No one knows where she came from but she decided this was her new home. Momma-kitty was not too happy but she allowed this lil’ girl to stay for a morsel or two. RR is a sucker for cats, me too and “Midnight” became another park kitty. We watched

Rainy Day

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I don’t know about you, but every rainy day I say I am going to do something productive. Most of the time that could be a nap or finishing a book I’m reading. One of my resolutions, I would try to slim down what is in cabinets or drawers. I have done “pretty” well. I do have a nice size bag for Second Going, but there is so much to do and or

A Ferry Ride

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
So many people on the Peninsula truly dis-like the Ferry system. Some parts I understand, and others, it is our government at its best/worse. I get my mail before I head out for a boat ride, or I enjoy the ships and tugs coming and going. But, the most fun is watching the tourists. Let’s face it, how many times have you laughed because

Well Darn!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
When the first knee went down in protest during our National Anthem I quit watching football. That was very hard to do, you see we have been fans of many teams along the years. For several years, we along with several other friends had season tickets to the Houston Oilers. We had all the gear, including cow bells our youngest daughter made for

Last Week’s fun

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I am not going to write about the horrible ice, cold, and weather in general, but I will say I do not like it! Please let the good ole days of winter come back, you know those days of 70 for a high and 60 for our lows. Anyway, about last week: we had fun with my sister and our youngest granddaughter Emily. My sister and her friend came down from

Sad Day

[This heartfelt story was written two weeks ago by Charlotte, and was somehow overlooked by the publisher, I apologize. Place yourself back to January 2 when you read Charlotte’s words.]

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Today is January 2nd, it is always a sad day for me and RR. You see, we were married in December, we have enjoyed decorating our homes year after year, RR calls me his December Bride. Our first Christmas in 1965, we could not afford a tree and we did not have any decorations. The Saturday before Christmas our dear friends

Observation

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I have been trying to write this story and observation for over two months. In October I decided I needed to get out of the house for at least a day or two. A friend suggested I put my application in at a company that had just started accepting applications. So I did and was accepted to work one day a week. As you can tell I am trying to keep that part of

Set in our Ways

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This year our Christmas day was so different, different than any of our Christmas days ever. My Mom and Dad always had an open house for friends and family. The morning was always about opening presents with my Dad in his red flannel shirt and rolled cotton on his face. Most of you may not know what rolled cotton is, that is real cotton wrapped in

December 12

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Our Anniversary was this week. It was a lovely day, sun was shining and not snowing! When RR woke up I got my morning kiss, hug and Happy Anniversary wish. After this many years, as you well know, you do things on this special day, like wash clothes and dishes. Sometime after breakfast, I started thinking about what to do for dinner. My first

Oh Dear! A trip to Wally World!!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Normally RR and I do not go to Wally World together to browse for things we are thinking of purchasing. This is one of those stores we are in and out with a list and maybe a nerve left over. Not this time, we headed out on our beautiful water ferry, and went straight to Jack-in-the-Box for tacos. You have to be fortified to spend extra time

Dickens on the Strand

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Saturday we took off for Galveston. The line at the ferry was fairly heavy but no fear, a fun boat ride was had. I already knew the construction in the Strand area was bad as I had tried to make my way to the Credit Union earlier last week. So using back streets and side streets, I was able to get us to the parking garage on

The week of Thanksgiving

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Lord, where to begin? As of today, I feel like I might live a day or two longer. Three days with a stomach virus totally overrides the rest of the week. On Tuesday, RR started our preparation for leaving the beach and heading down I45 toward Pearland. Getting the house ready for a few days of abandonment, checking the weather to see what

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

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