Happy Givingthanks Day – a nontraditional celebration


Holiday meals on the road can be pretty lonely. This year, thanks to the good folks at Braunig Lake RV Resort in San Antonio, we spent it with about 60 other fulltiming “orphans.”. Braunig has a tradition of hosting a turkey dinner for residents – they provide the turkey, potatoes and stuffing, and the guests bring a dish to share.  IMG_20151126_121339555

As with all potlucks, the array of dishes was amazing. All the usual suspects, plus some unexpected additions, like bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles. The food was so good, we forgot to take pictures of it!  I brought cranberry applesauce, and a bowl of bacon coleslaw. IMG_9586


The recipe is simple – make coleslaw the way you prefer, then add in thinly sliced green pepper and thinly sliced green onion and crispy crumbled bacon. I used two bags of shredded cabbage, 1 medium bell pepper, three green onions, and half a cup of crumbled bacon.  I prefer to use sweet and sour dressing, but couldn’t find any (What the heck Texas?) so I used a jar of Whitehouse Coleslaw dressing.IMG_9589

Sat with two lovely couples from opposite ends of Canada. We had lots of shared interests, so conversation was lively. We ended up staying two hours, then left with a package of leftovers. A good day.IMG_20151126_131525145


Hitchcock’s “The Birds” comes to life in San Antonio


Lions and Tigers and Grackles…..Oh my!

We were a little intimidated by the number of black birds surrounding us on a recent visit to a grocery store in San Antonio. The birds were grackles, which do not look threatening  unless there are thousands of them.IMG_20151114_174749037

IMG_20151114_173930803_HDRTo get a feel for our experience here is a short video. I don’t think a scarecrow would stand a chance with this group of birds!


Tell me a (his)story…


Some of you may be old enough to remember Paul Harvey’s radio show, during which he told historical stories with a surprise ending. His tag line after the big reveal was, “And now you know the REST of the story.”

We heard several Harvey-worthy tales at the Alamo yesterday from fabled folk like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie – all part of the celebration honoring the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo.

My favorite story was told by a reenactor who is also a certified artillery instructor. He totes a canon around with him, and occasionally fires it.


He let us hold surprisingly heavy cannonballs and taught us about “grapeshot,” which is a canister full of small cannonballs that when fired, hurls the balls in all directions – similar to a shotgun blast.


He also told us about a military man who took the traditional cannonball, hollowed it, then stuffed the inside with gunpowder and added a fuse. When the cannon fired, it lit the fuse, and when the fuse lit the gunpowder, the cannonball exploded, hurling bits of metal everywhere. The name of the man who invented this? Henry Shrapnel.  And now you know the REST of the story.