Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pedis and Lunch

Yesterday seven ladies in the park went to have pedicures and manicures.  Here are some of the ladies picking out their choice of nail polish colors.


Merlene took this of me “in the bath water”
Carol and Betty taking a soak
Dodo, Cookie and Perri
Here’s Betty showing me her finished toes….Mardi Gras glitz polish


The nail place was pretty busy so it took about two hours to get us all done, so by then it was off to lunch at El Camino’s.


I’m really picky about my Mexican food and seldom eat it out after we leave the Colorado/New Mexico area.  But I was in a group so I went along and was pleasantly pleased. It’s not Mexican as we know it (no heat or spice) but presentation was good and the portions were huge. Most of us had half a Botano (taco salad flat on a plate) with Cookie having a burrito and Perri had an enchilada plate. 

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The ladies had a good “day out” together


Remember, you are loved

Monday, December 30, 2013

Museum Cafe

Saturday we drove to Erath to attend the Museum Café’s Jam Session.



Merlene and Dan dance a lot at the jam sessions, so I tried to get a picture of them……

Here’s take one
second try
here’s fourth attempt
ahh, almost
dang, missed again

Dan kept spinning Merlene around at the last second and no matter how I tried to anticipate his steps I always got the back of his shirt.  Finally, I stopped them and asked them to pose…..and then I moved and it came out blurry…..damn


There another interesting thing at the Museum Café and that is the ladies restroom.  It’s different and we lovingly show it because it is so different….note the 2x4 bracing.  Yes, ladies go in together.


Music was good and there was a good crowd even with the rainy weather.

Remember, you are loved.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Palmetto State Park-Intracostal City-Richards

Yesterday was a full day of fun!!!  It has been cold and dreary and we’ve been inside for a few days (except for happy hours, of course).  So we decided to take a drive just to get out.

We hadn’t visited the relatively new Palmetto State Park yet and it is only about 13 miles from Abbeville, so we decided to take a ride.  We were very happy at what we saw.  Very pretty and well done park.

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In the campground the roads are paved, the sites are large with some graveled and some with concrete pads.  Rates are $18/night.

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Located on the Vermilion River there are all the water activities available. Looks like they rent canoes also.


As we drove around we came across some wild pigs

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Since we were so close, we decided to drive down to Intracostal City.  Not much there as much of the town was swept away in a tropical storm/hurricane.  Couldn’t find out when. There are some off-shore businesses and shrimp boats.


We found the houses interesting as they are elevated because of future storms

It was a pleasant drive with interesting sites and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.

When we returned to Betty’s there was a discussion of going out to a crawfish dinner.  Because Cajun Claw had 25 people in line we decided to go to Richard’s…pronounced Ree-CHARDS with the accent on the second syllable, the French influence.


When we arrived at 4:15 for a 5:00 opening there were only a couple of people in line but we added 21 people to the line.  Soon many more people came.


Once inside most of us ordered boiled crawfish with some ordering shrimp.

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Single order of three pounds cost $20.95 with a five pound serving cost $33.95.  They come in trays and are served with boiled potatoes.  Jim and I shared a five pound platter, but Tom ate a whole five pounds by himself.


You mix up a sauce to dip your seafood in made from mayo and assorted hot sauces
A single serving of three pounds
Dodo’s boiled shrimp served in a pie plate
Bernie’s fried seafood platter
Our leftover-couldn’t eat anymore
Tray of discarded heads and shells
Large mudbug.  It is a little early in the season for crawfish so we ate small to medium size crawfish.

Most of us peel and eat the crawfish as you go but Vivian peels all three pounds and then eats all the meat.  She got about two cups of meat

For those of you who haven’t seen a crawfish up close here you go. You push in the tail and twist to separate it from the head. You peel the tail to get to the meat. Many people suck the head to get the fat or put their finger in the head and lick their finger to get the fat.  Very delicious.


We finished about 6:45 p.m. and since we left to eat before having happy hour, we decided to go back to the park and enjoy some libations together. 

We had a wonderful day with a nice drive, interesting views, great dinner and wonderful camaraderie.

Remember, you are loved.
Read the story behind this saying HERE

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Time 2013

Holiday activities here at Betty’s RV Park began with a Dirty Santa exchange on Sunday.  Most of the gifts were of the alcoholic type.


There was a lot of packages going back and forth depending on the type of booze or wine being opened.  Lots of laughter and good natured ribbing circulated.

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We were happy to receive an electric grill and a weather station, which we really needed since ours just died.

In Colorado it is a tradition to have tamales for Christmas.  In our previous life Jim and I went to Jim’s brother, Ron’s house Christmas Eve for a huge Mexican Fiesta meal that he and brother, Don, prepared.  Tamales feature prominently in the meal which they bought locally.

There are two other couples from Colorado staying here at Betty’s and we were talking with Tom Troy about this tradition.  Finding tamales in the middle of Cajun country is a challenge…there aren’t even a lot of Mexican restaurants around here.

Tom got a lead for a place in Lafayette that sold tamales so Tom and Jim went on a venture Tuesday, Christmas Eve, to find some.  The restaurant did indeed have tamales, but they wanted $40 a dozen…that’s not a typo.  Their reasoning was that they were really big tamales.  Thanks, but we’ll pass.

 The guys drove to another Mexican restaurant and found some for $17 a dozen…now that’s better.  So we had tamales for Christmas after all.


On Christmas we gathered at 2 p.m. in Betty’s inside patio room for turkey, veggies and tons of desserts.  I made two Apple Crumb Pies that were well received.


All lined up and ready to go

This is a little blurry, but took it with one hand.  Think we had enough food.  Jay’s Crawfish Pie there in the front with the large spoon, was a big, big hit.  Had three pounds of crawfish meat in it with copious amounts of butter…best I ever had.


Of course, we all ate too much and practically rolled back into the same room at 4:30 for happy hour.  Bernie and Dodo provided Reindeer Farts (pardon me) which consisted of layering Kahlua, whiskey and Bailey’s in a glass.  Oh my, oh my….delicious.  We toasted the day.



What a wonderful time we had sharing this precious holiday with all these wonderful people who come together in community as part of Betty’s family.

Remember, you are loved.