Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cinderella Pet Rescue Fundraiser

Today Retama Village had a fundraiser to raise money for the Cinderella Pet Rescue. This is a no-kill rescue
run by volunteers. Several volunteers are residents in Retama who provide many services including free dog grooming to turn many abused and neglected animals into princes and princesses. They believe that this service gives these animals a better chance at finding a good home because people are seeing them with their best paw forward. I am hoping to start volunteering in the fall when we return.

Our sister community, Bentsen Palm, held a pet parade yesterday and raised over $2100.

We don't have the figures yet for Retama but I'm hoping we top that. We had over 100 people attending thedinner which was cooked by Retama residents that volunteer at Cinderella. Much of the food was donated by HEB grocery and Olive Garden. Many business' in the community donated gifts and gift certificates for raffle prizes. 100% of the money taken in from the cost of dinner and all the money from the raffles tickets goes to the dogs and cats at Cinderella.

The dogs shown in the signs are actual dogs residing at Cinderella who are now looking for forever homes.

As you can see from the photos below we have quite a group of dog lovers in this community. We also have quite a group of people who LOVE to eat and socialize. But this was for a very worthy cause.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Picnic at the Palapa

Today Retama Village & Bentsen Palm Village had a shared picnic at the Palapa on the Rio Grande River.
Picnic at the Palapa

The property is owned by Rhoades Enterprises (the developer of the Bentsen Palm communities. Bentsen Palm Village is the RV park & Retama Village is the community with RV lots (with coach houses or casita's, port houses & houses).

I was amazed at the turnout. There was over 200 people that showed up & we all settled under palm trees or the palapa for a fun filled afternoon. The activities committee served up Brats, hot dogs, chips & home baked cookies all  for the low price of $1.00/hotdog or brat. It was delicious & after the food was all gone the games & kite flying began along with a lot of happy people learning how to relax.

The top right photo Al is on the left then Cec & Bill Burton & Jacolyn & Brad Dadles with their backs to the
Picnic under the palm
camera. As you can see in this photo the Palapa is still empty & not many people are here yet but we have settled in under "our" palm tree & just enjoying wonderful weather.

In the middle photo our group is slowly starting to grow & continues to grow as more of our friends arrive & gather around the shade tree.

The photo on the bottom is the Palapa which was quite busy. There was seating in the Palapa for about 50 people & of course lots more gathering around. There were also groups gathered around each Palm tree trying to stay out of the sun.

We also watched the navy & border patrol riding along the Rio looking for illegals trying to cross the border.
The Palapa

The Bentsen Palm Pontoon boat sailed by waving to all of us.

All in all it was a blast & by the time we left I was ready for an afternoon nap. Our friends Bill & Cec were already plotting & scheming with Al for our next play date & we had just barely finished up this one.

This is a hectic week: pizza night on Wednesday, Thursday morning is ladies breakfast, Saturday is a barbecue event in Mercedes & Sunday is the Cinderella Fundraiser (a no kill rescue) in our club house. I am exhausted just thinking about it all.....

We are leaving the end of the month. I have mixed feelings about this. I need a rest but boy am I going to miss all the fun here!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Our New Pergola

Well our new Pergola (patio cover) is finished. It looks great & everyone in the neighborhood has stopped
Pergola being built
by to congratulate us. You ask what a Pergola is, well this is what Wikipedia has to say about it: A pergola, or arbor is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building, or serve as protection for an open terrace.

Those that don't have one are going to be thinking about having one put in now.

I am starting to enjoy the new coach house & especially the patio with the pergola. I am now trying to learn how to relax & "do nothing" from time to time. I'm not one for sitting around doing that so it's a learning experience for me.
Pergola


Tomorrow we get the solar shades put up on the windows & when we come back in April we get the Plantation shutters put on inside windows of the house. We will then be done....until we sell it & move up to a Port House or house like everybody else in here. LOL

Anyway, the little house on the Prairie is starting to feel comfy & cozy.

We sleep & watch tv in the coach but I work in the house & we eat dinner here.

When we come back in the fall we will start living in there more & will probably set up satellite or cable for the TV. But for now we have nice little home & annex. Heck we even have room for company to stay over now complete with their own queen size bed &
bathroom!

Our plan when we return in the fall is to add some colorful bushes around the patio to create nice little outdoor room.

Now that the Pergola is done you can see the entire layout of the RV Supersite with our coach & coach house.