Reflections, by Charlotte Byus

Happy Father’s Day

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I am very lucky, my Dad was loving but firm, funny but go-by-the-rules type of man. He did not have an education like men do today. His was hard knocks and figure it out yourself and a fine job he did. Every morning he would take the Houston Post to our cleaning shop and after all the clothes were cleaned and pressed he would rest and slowly read

Life in the Park

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past week has been fun, old friends are back and new ones are introducing themselves to us. We are basically a quiet group, up just after sun up and in by a little after dark. Remember dark is almost 9pm! Some of us have started that business of walking again and chattering as we go, that helps when you have sweat in your eyes and cramps in

Time with Family

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
For the last few weeks, RR and I have spent time in Pearland with our first born, Chris, and two out of three of her children. We leave here on Thursday and come back on Saturday. We work on Sunday. Dianne always has projects, small and large. This time it was to put the water fountain together and put up lights on the patio. We came in on Thursday

Media

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past week my daughter and two grandson’s have witnessed the harassment of local and international media. Both grandsons attended Santa Fe schools for many years. Yes, they knew the children and teachers. They were friends of the older siblings and parents. On the morning of the shooting, Jon was on the way to work,

So Long My Friend

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
For many years RR and I have been friends with a couple that have two houses. One in California and one here in Crystal Beach. We have played scrabble, Mexican Trail, cards and had many a good dinner or lunch together. We have been through the good and the bad together. She has taken me to the doctor and visa versa. We have

Three days of Fun

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
This past weekend was fun and entertaining to say the least. As members of the Lions Club we few try to assist in the Beer Booth each year for Crab Feast. And a fine job we did! RR and I worked Friday afternoon and into the evening. The bandstand is directly across from our work station and we had the best seat in town. The bands were great

Letting Go

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
I have no idea why this has just dawned on me but it has. I’m not sure if it was started with the thyroid scare and surgery or the breast surgery. Sitting here in the ferry line in the peace and quiet by myself my brain/heart has been talking to me. I know I’m slow but it has taken two years for me to realize a few things. I really did not think I was that slow but I’ll

An app for that!

cbyusBy Charlotte Byus
Last week RR and I did something scary, we went to Baybrook Mall. For the younger world, that is just fun, but in a big dually and two old people this is not fun. First you have to travel down the Gulf Freeway in that lovely construction in lanes that scare an 18 wheeler driver, much less us with limited sight. Well, we made it, and now finding a space

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

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