Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Month Ago

I actually could not believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. I think this is the longest I have ever taken off.

We have been cooking chili almost every weekend here and there. It's kinda been a hit and miss on making it in the top ten or the first in the trash. Last year our chili did great and this year it is only mediocre. The only thing to do is to keep cooking it and maybe it will turn around. This picture here was a couple of weeks ago in Dallas. Me, Candy and Jessie cooked with some great friends of ours and we all walked.
A three weeks ago my youngest girl Kylee started cooking with us and last weekend she won first place. She cooked against 48 other seasoned cooks with some being in the "Big Dog" category. I am so proud of her to do this on her second cook off. It makes it all worth it to see the younger generation doing things like this.

The House,
Well the house is coming along, slowly. Our goal was to be in it by May and that is not going to happen. I guess if I made it my number one priority then we would have made it. Here's the deal, even though it's a camper I have a roof over my head and I have a bed to sleep in. The house will get done when it gets done.
So let me show you some of the updates,

With the bathroom finished, I moved on to the hallway and the closet. I went ahead and tiled the hallway floor, but carpeted the closet. Then Candy wanted sliding barn doors to go with the horse stall look so I built the doors and installed them per her design. The hallway and closet is now completed.


We have already filled the closet with clothes and dressers just to get them out of boxes and out of the camper. It is so nice to be able to move around the camper again.

We have now moved into the bedroom and started work in there. We have the insulation in and the interior walls finished. This week I plan to insulate the ceiling and get the tin up. Once the bedroom is complete then we will shift gears and start on the kitchen. That is what will take the longest.  

Until next time,


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Old Man Winter

He came in late this year. So with nothing to do here in Texas, we went off for the weekend.

 Last weekend was my birthday, I turned 43. My company sent me to Las Vegas to celebrate in style.
This was our first time to visit Vegas and believe it or not, our first time to fly. So much to see, so much to do.
We spent four days doing things I have never thought we would do. I would not have chosen to go there myself because I don't like gambling, people or crowds, but I had to step outside of my box and just enjoy being around and doing things I have only seen on TV. How could I say no, it was a free trip, kinda. The flight and hotel was free.

They should be ashamed of themselves for price gouging the way they do. The hotel where we stayed, The Palazzo, a drink cost $12 bucks, but two miles down the street I found the same drink for $1.99 and there is no way you can eat cheap unless you get off the strip, then you have to pay for a cab ride.

The weather was great, upper 60's, and as I write this we are snowed in here in North Texas so I do miss that.

All and all I enjoyed the trip. We went to a lot of places and did a lot of things in such a short amount of time. Now I know what to expect the next time we go. I can't tell you everything we did because you know what they say, "What happens there, stays there." but I seen things I shouldn't have. LOL

No updates on the house, the weather has been too bad and cold to work on it and we don't cook chili again until the 14th. Maybe, just maybe we can get something done this weekend.

Until then, Viva Las Vegas