Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

It has been a long time since I let you know what we were up to. I am sorry about that. The job I have has been keeping me so busy that I feel like I am chained to my chair.  It has been such a blessing.

God has really provided for us in the past couple of months. We have finally finished work on the deck, and it will be a great place for our Thanksgiving family dinner. All the kids and grandkids are healthy and happy. There is nothing more I could ask for.

This job will allow Tom and I to travel next year. I can do it from anywhere and so we are planning a trip in the spring. It seems like we have been putting it off for a long time, there always seems to be something else that needs to be done. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to thank God for his great blessings.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Notes

Wow, I can hardly believe the summer is almost over. It has been so hot and humid that we have been  moving slow. Now the cool breeze and temperatures under 90 are very welcome.

It has been a very busy week. Things are falling into place for the winter months and we are really happy about that. First and foremost, we leased our Katy house! After 5 months of listing for sale or lease we finally found the perfect renters. They are a couple close to our age with three (count 'em) three dogs. That really scares some people off but not me. They are older dogs, perfectly trained and really loved. You can tell.  Anyway, that financial burden has been lifted and after meeting the people, we know they will take good care of our house. It is a blessing.

Jennifer wrecked her car Labor Day Weekend when traveling to our family reunion. She and Bryce were not hurt, thank you Jesus, but the car was totaled. She has been driving our spare car since then but this past week she bought a new one. It is a Toyota Matrix and I think she will really be happy with it. So we went to Houston so Dad could help made the deal and pick up the Rendezvous. Naturally while we were there we had to spend the night with her so we could have a little Evie time.  She is 5 months old now and so happy.

And finally, ta da, I found the perfect job.  I will be working full time from home! And since we know home is where the RV is, that makes life good.  I start training tomorrow and then will be able to work when and how much I want. Who could ask for anything more? I will let you know how it goes.

Tom is doing well. Retirement agrees with him. He has been working diligently to get the deck finished and we are really loving it. It is nice to sit out there and watch the kids on the playground and the ducks in the pond. Tom has even put a line or two in the pond and caught a couple of small bass. He put them back to grow up and be his dinner someday.

I hope you all have had a good summer and are looking as forward to cool weather and holidays as I am.  I will talk to you soon.

God Bless and Keep following the Traill.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What happened in Vegas?

We had a blast in Las Vegas with our good friends Gary and Lora Flemming. We are blessed to have friends that, no matter how long in between visits, it is just like yesterday. When you can just pick up the conversation after years apart it says a lot about a friendship. We are all a little older, a little grayer, but can still play pinochle and that is the main thing.  LOL

We spent a joyful week with them at The Orleans and after all the moving, stress of getting the San Antonio house livable and just being tired of making retirement decisions, just enjoyed ourselves. It has been quite a few years since we went to LAS and it has changed so much. The older casinos are gone and new ones have taken their place. The slots, I do love them, have changed with the times as well.

Everywhere you look you see Penny Slots. There are still the older 25 cent Blazing Sevens machines that have only one payline (Tom hit the progressive on one of those the second night we were there) but you really have to look for them.  Now is it mostly video games playing anywhere from 9 lines to 50 lines.  It is also really deceptive. You could be playing $5 a pull without realizing it.  You have to be careful and not just hit Max Bet unless you know how much that is.

Anyway we went all over the Strip visiting different casinos, we went to Hoover Dam and we sat in the Lounge of The Orleans and played pinochle. Lora and I beat Tom and Gary 3 games to 1.   I won over 100,000 pennies and played on their money most of the week. Naturally, I did give it back to the casino, I would not want them to run short.

Anyway, it was wonderful being with G & L and it is good to be home. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. We watched the fireworks over Caesar's Palace from G&L's room. I will check in again soon. 

God bless you all and I hope you keep following the Traills.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What happened to June?

Another month has just flown by. Coming up on the end of June and it seems like it just started.  Tom and I have been very busy at our new home. It is interesting to note that although we have owned this place for about 12 years, we have never really lived here. It is a double wide mobile home that we bought when the kids were going to college. After looking at the cost of dorm and apartment housing, it was just lots cheaper to buy this and let the kids live here. Over the past decade it has been home to Jennifer and Kimberly several times. It has been empty for the past 2 years and when this retirement thing came up it just made sense to move into it. We are closer to Tammy and 3 of our grandkids and it will, when we get finished redoing stuff, be much lower upkeep than the house.

Kimberly and Julius worked really hard cleaning, painting, supervising workers getting it ready to move in and we have finally gotten just about everything put away. Our next big project is to re-build the back deck. After all these years, the boards have taken a beating. Now they are cracked, split and just plain dangerous. So, we are doing that the weekend of July 16th. But before that we deserve a treat...

Las Vegas here we come! Our bestest friends, Gary and Lora Flemming, who are living in Korea, are in LAS for some kind of convention or something.  We will fly there on the 30th for a week to see them, gamble a little and probably play a lot of pinocle. We just can't wait!

The house in Katy is still not sold. If you are a praying person, we sure could use some. We want to get on the road, but really can't do it until we no longer have the house expenses. If you are thinking of moving to Houston, give me a call .

God bless you all and I hope you keep following the Traills.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The move is done.

It has been quite an eventful month for the Traill's. We got a new grand baby, Tom and I finished our contracts and we have moved to our mobile home in San Antonio.

First things first, Evelyn Lucile Patton was and is the prettiest baby in the nursery when she was born. That is not just prejudice, Take a look for yourself:

See? Was I wrong?  No. She came into the world by C-section being breech and has been asleep every since.  She just sleeps and sleeps and sleeps.  One of these days she is going to wake up and Kimberly and Julius are going to have a whirlwind on their hands....

Tom and I both had contract work for part of May. He has decided not to do any more for the company he retired from. I hope to continue to get a couple of contracts a year for extra money, but that is work from home kind of stuff. I don't want to live in anymore hotels if I can avoid it.

So, the house is on the market and we decided it would sell better if we were out of it. It took a little time but we are totally out of the Katy house and totally in San Antonio. We keep throwing away more and more stuff as we empty boxes, but it seems to grow as we unpack. Are we violating some law of physics or nature? Something like: "Necessary items increase in direct proportion to the amount of space decreased in a downsize move, therefore there is never enough space for everything..."

Anyway, there is a bit of repair work to be done to the house and we are hoping to get a call soon saying the house is sold. We are going to Las Vegas to see our good friends Lora and Gary who are living in Korea. Obviously they are going to Las Vegas also. It would be hard to see them in Korea from Las Vegas... duh.

May God bless and keep you....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Babies are a gift from God

God has blessed us once again with the birth of our 5th grandchild, Evelyn Lucile Patton on Friday night May 7. Evelyn came in at a whopping 8 lbs. 7 ozs.  Kimberly and baby are doing fine.

Mother's Day has become more and more special to me as my daughters have become mothers themselves.  Motherhood is a special club with emotions and feelings that cannot be comprehended by others. I suppose the same is true of Fatherhood. But that is another post...

I pray for all those mothers out there on this, our special day. May God bless and keep you with His tender watch care.  I am going to see Evelyn now and breath in that special new baby smell... :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Busy Couple of Months

It has been a long time since I posted. So much has happened and we have been really busy. We renovated the mobile home we own in San Antonio so that we could move into it. Our son-in-law, Julius is a contractor and he and Kimberly did all the work. New carpet, paint, plumbing, A/C and heating system and cleaned it up so nice it looks almost like new.

We moved most of the furniture in it from the Katy house which is now on the market. Tom is living there with an office and a bed, not much else. He was contracting with his old company for 3 months but that is finally over. They asked him to extend but they could not work out the details, so he is totally done and finally feels retired.

I have had a contract in Houston and have been living in a hotel for the past 6 weeks. I have 2 more weeks and then we will both be done with work for a while. We will be in our San Antonio house and hopefully the Katy house will sell soon. Our plan is to leave in early July in our RV for a couple of months. We are not even sure where we are going, we just know we are going!

God has been so good to us getting everything done. The end of our old life is near and our new life is beginning. Someone once told me that God can't give you something new until you let go of the past. We trust and believe that His plans for us are made.

God bless and keep you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Moved but not moved.

Tom and I spent last weekend getting settled into the San Antonio house. The movers were really quick and we were unloaded by 2pm on Friday. It went really smooth and had no incidents on the way. That was unusual for us these days.

Now the focus will be on selling the Katy house. Not much furniture is left in the house. We are selling the king sized medical bed because it is just too much. All that is left in the house is the office furniture and the bed.  We have boxes to move but are not going to worry about it much. We will take boxes while we go back and forth and getting rid of whatever we are not going to move. It has been hard deciding what to keep and what to dispose of.

While I was waiting for the movers to arrive in San Antonio I got a call from one of the contract companies I am registered with. They had a long term (6-8 week project) they offered me. I was really happy to get the offer. I start on Monday, March 15. Surprisingly enough, the job is in Houston. I will be living in an extended stay hotel in north Houston. It is a good contract and will take me to around the first of June. Tom's contract with Dresser will be about the same time so we will be busy. Our new grandbaby will be here by the middle of May. Mother and baby are doing great.

I am hoping we will be able to take a trip this summer. Something to look forward to.

Till next time, God Bless and Keep You.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It is finally happening!

The San Antonio house is ready and tomorrow is moving day. Tom and I have been packing, cleaning and throwing away. Three sacks and one box to Goodwill today opened up a spot for more boxes. The plan is rather complicated.

Step 1: Move the furniture and most of the other 'stuff' to SAT. We are leaving Tom a bed, his office and a couple of dishes. He is staying in Katy till the house is sold because he is working here and has to go to the office a couple of days a week.

Step 2: I will move to SAT and get the house set up and ready to live in. It really looks great with the new paint and new carpet. There will still be a lot of 'other stuff' left in Katy. I will be going back and forth to get the rest of the house emptied and cleared out.

Step 3: Sell the Katy house so Tom will be able to move to SAT with me.

I am really happy to get this rolling finally. Kimberly's baby shower is March 20th in SAT and I hope to have the house ready. BTW I know the San Antonio house is a mobile  home, but I just always call it the house. When I call it the mobile, I usually call it the RV. Three residences are just too many :)

Tom's current contract runs through the end of April. I am crossing my fingers that we may be able to take a long RV trip after the new grandbaby gets here.

The movers will be here at 8:00am and I still have a couple of things to get together.  Pray for our successful transfer. God is Good.

God Bless and Keep You.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Time Marches On

The days seem to go by faster and faster these days. Tom has been working on his contract job and I have been sewing a lot. Remember how I was cleaning my hobby room? Well I came across some really pretty fabric and got sidetracked and made some placemats. I have always liked Crazy Patch and took these scraps and made these four placemats.

You can't see the whole thing but I really like how they turned out. I need to get some Scotchguard before I try to use them. I think I will make some more.  But First - I have to get back to cleaning the hobby room now.

The San Antonio house is almost finished. As soon as the new carpet is installed, hopefully this week, I will start moving in. Tom will stay here as long as he is working and the house is not sold. We need to get some of the 'stuff' out of the house before we put it on the market. Target date is now March 15th. It keeps getting pushed back. I know it will go really fast once we are able to use the other house. 

The diet is going well. Another couple of pounds each. We are in a groove now.  I am really looking forward to Spring. This cold weather is a pain. Once it gets a little warmer I am going to drag out the bicycle and try to navigate the hills in the park. Wish me luck.

Until next time, God Bless and Keep You.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I see progress - Katy, TX

All of a sudden things seem to be coming together. After a couple of months of planning, the San Antonio house is finally getting close. Thank the dear Lord for Julius and Kimberly. They spent this past week getting it leveled, prepping for paint, repairing all the leaky faucets, having a plumber come and set up for a gas dryer and prepped the walls for the new paint. Lowe's came and measured for the new carpet that will be installed at the end of this week after the painting is done. A busy, busy week.

If any one needs help getting a  house ready to sell or to live in, Julius and Kimberly are brilliant at it. With the baby coming in May, Kimberly is not able to look for a permanent job so she has been working with Julius and I think they have found a great niche. He can repair anything, construct anything and supervise workers like he has been doing it for years [of course he has been doing it for years in Tulsa]. They are going to advertise Patton-of-all-Trades on Craigs List and try to start a business helping people who want to sell their homes prepare and stage their homes to sell faster. It is tough on those who don't know how. Please pray for them as they start this new venture in the Houston Metro Area.

On the Traill side, Tom started his contract with Dresser last week. He will be working 1/2 time for them for a month or two. He was so funny coming home the first day. It sure didn't take him long to remember why he retired [rofl]. Still, it is good to have a little income to pay for all the upgrades we are doing. The sewing room is coming along nicely, but I don't want to throw anything away. That is a killer.

We both lost another two pounds last week so are on track there also. I joined 24 Hour Fitness to get some exercise in and did 2.5 miles on Thursday. That was a miracle. There is a website called that has some great diabetic and diet recipes that we have been enjoying.  I found that if I see one I like and scroll down, people have reviewed the recipe and added lots of help and suggestions on cooking and seasoning. Diet food seems so bland and I really like having options. After all I AM one of the Worst Cooks in America, a title I take great pride in.  I made some sugar-free Oatmeal Pecan Cookies that are less than 55 calories and taste awesome.  We have two for breakfast in place of toast. Nice way to start the day.

Hope all of you have a great week.  God Bless and Keep You.

Monday, February 1, 2010

So much to do, So little time.

This past week has flown. I worked almost all week which was good. I did not get my hobby room cleaned up, which is bad.  I am too embarrassed to put in a picture. Forgive me all you non-messy people. Anyway, I have to get busy and finish what I started in there.

We have completed 2 rooms with new paint and cleaned the outside of the house [actually Julius did all the work]. We were hoping to get the house on the market by now but just can't seem to get there. Julius and Kimberly are in San Antonio now getting the work done on the mobile. Once it is finished we can move some of the furniture we are keeping there and hopefully can make the Katy house more 'showable.'

Tom took a contract with Dresser to finish up a couple of projects he was working on before he retired. He will have to go in one day a week but most of the work can be done from home. He is happy about that.

Neither of us knew retirement was so much work. Tom figures it will be 6 months before we can really relax. With so much to do, selling the house, moving, working part-time [although I don't think Tom will do much more part-time, he likes not getting up at 4:30 in the morning] there has been very little fun yet.  We are hoping to take a 3 month RV tour this summer after the new grandbaby is born. No idea where we will go yet but it is something to look forward to.

Well, I have to get back to that messy hobby room. God Bless and Keep you till we meet again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A restful time. Canyon Lake, TX

Friday last was a real surprise to us. We got up early and headed to San Antonio. Tom and I were to meet an estimator to give us a price on what it will take to ensure the mobile is connected and stablized properly. When we got there we found the deadbolt lock to the door was broken. We could not get in.

We called Chris and Tammy, who had been in the mobile a couple of weeks before and they said it was working well at that time. They headed our way. Julius and Kimberly were in San Antonio because Kim had an appointment and they arrived shortly there after.  The estimator and his son came as we tried to get in. Then Charlie, our neighbor and air conditioner man arrived with his fiance, Michaela. It was a party by that time as we sat outside and tried to figure out how to get in without breaking a window.

As a SAPD sergeant, Chris has seen a lot of break-ins.  He grabbed a hammer and with a railroad spike [question: who keeps a railroad spike in their car?] he broke the lock casing and unlocked the door. After a couple of more hitches we were in.

Now we had a broken lock. Tammy called Chris' nephew, Sean, who is a locksmith and about 15 minutes away [God provides]. We got him busy replacing all locks on the outer doors. Another expense we were not counting on .

Once in, Tom and Julius went through every room deciding on the work to be done. There is quite a bit. If we are going to live there we want it to be the best we can get it.

After we were done there we all went our separate ways. Tom and I headed to Canyon Lake to see Jay. We ate and talked and did nothing else. It was a very restful time and we really needed it. Sunday morning we got up early and headed back. We had left Dieter outside while we were gone and I wanted to get back to him since the temperature had dropped to the 30's at night.  He loves the cold, but I was still worried about him.

Now it is time to get the house ready to sell. I am really dreading cleaning my office/hobby room.  It is a disaster.  LOL.  Until next time, God Bless and Keep You.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

So many decisions. Katy, TX

Sorry for the long delay in posting our doings. There has been so much going on that I can't keep up. I got a contract a couple of weeks ago and have been working 12 hours a day. By the time I get finished working, I don't want to even look at the computer. It is mind numbing work and I quit each night with sore fingers and tired eyes. I am not complaining. It is a good company and I hope to continue to get work from them.

Tom has accepted a contract for a month's work with Dresser, Inc. It is 24 hours a week and he can work mostly from home. It will be nice for him to be able to be here to work and still be able to get things done here.  The clock is ticking and we are getting anxious.

Tom has been busy getting all the financial things done that happen when you retire. The retirement account had to be moved and that took quite a bit of research to find the right one. Also, since we are trying to sell the Katy house, there is a lot to be done around here.  We hired our son-in-law, Julius, to do the manual work. He and Kimberly just moved back to Texas from Oklahoma and we are taking advantage of that to get a lot of things done so we can put the house on the market, hopefully by Feb. 1st.

We also have to do something about the San Antonio house.  It requires quite a bit of updating before we can live there. New carpet, painting, plumbing repairs, the list seems endless. We have listed it for sale as well. If we can sell it we will just buy our RV and happily go on the road.  If not, we will have to move there until we are able to get it gone.  Only God knows what will happen. Sure wish He would tell us.

We have been on our diets for 2 weeks now and both have lost about 4 pounds each. It is a good start. If we can continue losing 2 pounds a week we will be really happy.  I really am, however, tired of thinking about food all the time. Seems like we are always planning what to eat, re-planning what to eat, preparing what was planned, trying to eat 5 times a day.  It is a nightmare. I guess that is a part of it.

The stress levels are pretty high right now. I have worked 17 days straight and Tom has been working on all his stuff.  We are going to take the weekend off and go see my brother, Jay, at his ranch on Canyon Lake. A more blessed and calm inducing place does not exist. I hope we come back refreshed and ready to hit it again.

We are still the Happy Traills, despite all the stress. God is good. His mercy is everlasting.  God bless and keep you all.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Catching our breath.

What a crazy week! It was a shock to be told this morning that it was Sunday. I don’t remember consciously identifying Friday or Saturday. Jennifer and Laura (our daughter and niece) had been planning a cruise for months and I told Jen that Tom and I would keep Bryce for a couple of days while she was gone. So on Wed night, we picked up the ‘boy’ to keep till Saturday morning. {A pic from Christmas}

Now Bryce is three, and he was three the whole time he was here. LOL. He is the sweetest, most curious, most active three year old we have has since his mother was three. To make matters worse, I got a call on Wednesday about noon for a job that started at 4:00pm that day. That meant I would be on the computer non-stop for at least a week. It is a great job that I can do at home and have been looking forward to getting some work from this company.

So now we have a different situation from when I told Jen we would keep Bryce. I usually keep him occupied so Grumpy (that is what Bryce calls Grandpa) can keep his sanity. Now it was Grumpy’s turn to keep him busy and away from me as much as possible.

Now Tom is not the patient sort, as most of you know. He is also an engineer, which means he likes all his ducks in a row. A three year old with the attention span of about 3 minutes was a challenge for him. His ducks were scattered all over the house. He finally found a website: that has great games for all ages of kids. They then sat happily [at least Bryce was happy] at the computer for hours counting dogs and cows, doing puzzles, playing word football and cleaning attics. I think this would also be good for those who think their minds are going. Tom told me his mind was going.

Anyway, Saturday morning finally came and we passed the tyke back to his father. It was a joy to have him and he had a good time. Jen, just a note: if he asks for ice cream every night before bed, he wants to eat it right out of the carton like Grumpy does.

I will be working on this project for at least another week so will be burned out on the computer and probably not posting. Until I do, God Bless and Keep You.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Losing Weight - Katy, TX

It is about 1:00 in the morning and I can't sleep. Tom and I have been talking about the need to lose weight. Between the two of us we have been carrying around another full adult. Eating for 3? Also, with our health issues we are both at risk for major problems. Ewwww, that was hard to write. So, I decided to do some research. Here is what I found.

Statistics say that more people in the US are obese than in any other country.  Knowing this and having been told for years by my doctor, I decided to look into this a little more. WebMD is a great source for information on all things medical, so I went there first. What I found was not encouraging.
  • Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat
  • A person is considered obese when his/her weight is 20% or more above normal weight
  • Morbid obesity is when a person is 50-100% over normal weight
  • The body mass index [BMI] is the most common measure of obesity
I did a little  more research and found a BMI Chart:

Wow, I am orange. Just barely, but still at 30.8 with a normal of 18.5-24.9 it is obvious I need to do something about that. I did Tom's also and it told us both to 'Take Action.' Another stupid chart showing Healthy Weight Range told me I needed to lose 44 pounds.

Now I have been the same weight for about 8-10 years. It varies 4-6 pounds, but inevitably when I weight in at the doctor's office it is the same over and over. I have told myself that I needed to get in shape, lose weight, quit smoking, blah, blah, blah for years. I have tried for a day or two then that breakfast at McDonalds or the fried chicken at KFC just called my name. It is hard and time consuming to even think about it. BUT, I have to try again.

Back to the internet. There is a website called that helps you discover healthy choices, makes a determination on what food groups and how much you can have, develop menu plans and encourages exercise. The problem is WebMD and MyPyramid differ on the number of calories I can have to lose 2 pounds per week. No one agrees on this. One says 1200 the other says 1600. Which is right? Well, I am going with the 1600. I don't have any idea if it will work anyway. I am going shopping tomorrow to buy healthy foodstuffs [that means rabbit food] and a food scale.  We are going to give it a try. Wish us luck.

Sorry to be on my soapbox, but sometimes I need to write down things I have learned, things I have to do, to get them straight in my mind. You are just the lucky recipient of these nocturnal musings.

For those of you who had to get up and go to work today after the holidays, knowing there is not another holiday until Easter, I feel for you. The first day back after New Years is kind of depressing. But remember, a new year brings new beginnings, new challenges, new accomplishments and new rewards. I pray God will Bless and Keep you.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dreary Sunday - Katy, TX

It was cold and miserable today and I am still coughing like crazy. We had to get the RV moved to the driveway and set up so Julius can stay in it while he is doing work for us on the house. It is always a challenge when backing up into the driveway. It is steep and even though we have a 3-car garage, it has to be put in just the right position. Tom was backing it up and I was directing. This is always a  mistake. I have never learned the secret hand signals necessary to tell him which way to go. I have searched the internet for possible hints to this weighty subject, but to no avail.

When I am motioning him to come back we do fine. Otherwise it tends to be a disaster. Such was the case today. It did not help that I had on a very bulky coat with a furry hat to keep my ears covered. I think this was the problem. He thinks the problem is my directions. So after driving back and forth about ten times, he gets out of the truck and says, "Donna, we aren't communicating well. I need to explain to you how to let me know which way to go." If you really believe he said that, you don't know him. It was somewhat more emphatic than that. He had it a couple of times in the perfect place but just kept moving. We did, however long it took, successfully park the RV in the correct spot.

I think I am going to take a survey of RVers to establish a database of hand motions for backing up. Any contributions are surely welcome. All those wives who have obsessive compulsive husbands are encouraged to reply.

The rest of the day was spent on internet surfing and game playing. We are still looking for information on private health insurance. We have COBRA but it is so darned expensive. The policies we find are either too expensive or do not cover what we need covered, i.e prescriptions. I am a walking medicine cabinet and we would go broke in no time unless we get a break there. So, the search continues.

We ended the day with a game of Scrabble. It was an actual game, not a virtual one. It is really rare to sit down to a table and have to actually pick out the tiles and place them on the board. For those of you under 25, this is the way we played games in the olden days. :P I won by an amazing 4 points by catching him with a Z and V to count against him!   YAYAYAYA me!

So ends an exciting day in the life of the Traills. I know you just can't wait to hear more.  Until next time, God Bless and Keep you.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Quiet Day

Today has been kind of a nothing day for me.  I am getting over another cold and just taking it easy. I will be glad to feel better again.

Tom started back from Tulsa with the RV. It will be a hard day for him. Spending 2 days driving is really hard on the body.  He had our son-in-law, Julius, take a picture out the window so I could see where he was.

BRRRRRRRRRR. I told him to get back to Texas ASAP.

After 10 hours, Tom made it home with the RV. It sure was good to see it! [And him, hehe.] He did 1001 miles in 2 days. Quite an achievement. I hope the next time we take the RV on such a distance we can have a couple of months to do it.

Now we get some rest, tomorrow is a day for making decisions.  God Bless and Keep You.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Today is the first day of a new year. It is a time of new beginnings for the Traill household. Tom is officially retired now and we are making plans for the next couple of months. First and foremost is helping Kimberly and Julius move to San Antonio from Tulsa, OK. As I type this they are driving with Tom to retrieve their belongings and our RV to bring back to Texas. I was going but have a cold and the weather in Tulsa is too cold for this Texas girl.

In the coming months we will be selling the house in Katy, TX and moving to the house in San Antonio. A lot of renovation is necessary for both projects. It should be an interesting time. In this first post, I am including a picture of the whole family.

We spent Christmas at Jennifer's new house. It was a really fun time for all. God has blessed us all this past year. We are anxious to see what God does in the coming year.

With all the changes coming up, Tom and I have made a resolution to re-evaluate our spending (yech) and activities. Along with the usual, lose weight, get more exercise, quit smoking; we have added get some part time work for Tom and me. His company wants him to contract some and I have a couple of things I am looking at. The perfect scenario would be to be able to work from home, but who knows?

We are happy to share with you the things that we are doing and plans as they develop. In the meantime, may God Bless and Keep You.