Sunday we finally returned to play mahjong but this week we missed Tuesday and will not have the clubhouse available on Friday due to the fashion show and Sunday because of the Super Bowl party. So a forced respite of sorts.
Monday was our day to get outfitted for the fashion show. I am wearing brown boots, legging type sparkly jeans with a pink rusched tank top, pink suede fringed jacket and a straw colored hat along with turquoise necklace, earrings and hat decoration. Not my normal wardrobe! Ted will wear his own jeans, belt and boots since he is so hard to fit along with their plaid shirt and beige felt cowboy hat. Our second outfits are a bit dressier. I have a black ensemble with rhinestones up the side of the slacks legs, tank top covered in rhinestones and a 3/4 coat with rhinestones on the lapels. My black boots are decorated with silver ankle bracelets and I will have a silver necklace and earrings plus a black hat. Again, not my normal attire. Ted will wear their black dress pants with his own black boots, their fancy cowboy belt and black and grey embroidered shirt and his own black hat. If anyone shares photos of us I will post them.
Eileen and Tom’s friends came in from Florida and they wanted to take them to Gonzales Burgers and then over to Mexico. The burgers are huge and I finally got Ted to agree to a 1/3-2/3 share until it came to the condiments. We couldn’t agree so I ordered my own burger and nothing else, He got his with nothing but onions and ordered fries. I gave it the old college try but got about 2/3s through it then took the remaining meat and gave it to him, he ate it all as did everyone else but they all ate fries and onion rings too. A lady came in by herself and told us she had lost 100# on WW, had waited seven years to come back to Gonzales Burgers and came alone so she didn’t have to share. She was such a delight and found she could only eat half her burger and hardly touched her combo fries and onion rings! We talked about maintenance and how hard it is down here with the constant food onslaught. I wish her well!
The day was absolutely gorgeous and it was a pleasure walking around Progresso as both Eileen1 and Eileen2 checked prices on Voltaren that so many use for aches and pains. We stopped in dozens of drug stores until my head was swimming. All I needed was hairspray and toothpaste so I bought it there rather than stopping on the way home. Finally she said to take Jim and Tom to Poncho’s Bar and get then a margarita while both Eileens and Ted pursued the best price!
Eventually they made their purchase, joined us for a drink and we came home. Our street was hosting an outdoor meet and greet (bring your own chair and drink) so we grabbed chairs and water and headed to the corner. We met folks visiting from Cincinnati and the man went to Elder! We talked to them for a long time plus Marissa, just in from Nebraska,
Wednesday the other four visited the Basilica of our Lady of San Juan, a beautiful church and grounds with life size sculptures sprinkled throughout of the Way of the Cross. They went back to Mexico then visited the Iwo Jima Memorial in Harlingen. It is the original casting for the one in Washington. We took the day off and went to card bingo in the evening. We had just started when the four of them came in. They missed the first game but got set up for the rest. I won a quarter game and got $11! Good laundromat money.
Ted shoots on Thursday so the five of us went to Riverside Club to catch the boat ride that would take us upriver where we could view the wall from the side facing the river. They were finishing up the last half mile that day.
That evening we went to Cheddars for dinner and we said our goodbyes because their friends were flying back to Florida Friday morning.
The big day arrived to a sold out fashion show crowd. Red plates, black napkins and rose petals graced the tables while the models scurried around getting into their selections. Ted had to use the men’s bathroom at the pool because the one in the clubhouse was blocked by a table. It was a lot of fun and he was a good sport.
I think everyone had a great time. The delicacies served on platters at the tables were exceptional. We raised $1,050 to be used at the elementary school for such things as jackets, warmer clothing, tennis shoes, socks, etc. Many children have flip flops, T shirts and shorts. When the cooler, and sometimes cold, weather arrives they are unable to dress properly. Despite the poverty in the school it is a designated Blue Ribbon School with very high test scores.
And today is 2/1/2020! I have started working on our summer travels. Some dates have been finalized so I can move along now.