Gearing Up for the North Texas Rally

Posted by on September 27, 2017

Tuesday was pretty quiet except that we visited the Times Square Cinema here in Tyler to take in this weeks movie.  This week it was Mother!.  We’d seen previews for it at previous movies and it looked interesting.

Well…yeah…not much to say.  It started out good…for about the first 5 or 10 minutes.  Then it got kinda weird…and then just got weirder and weirder and weirder.  And when I say weird…it wasn’t weird in a good way.  NOT a movie I’d recommend.

For dinner I tried a new recipe in the Instant Pot and was very happy with the results.  I’ve tried various recipes for Beef Stroganoff over the years and was never really impressed much but this one was tasty and easy…two of my favorite things!  Click HERE for the recipe.

Enjoying the cooling temperature

After dinner we joined a small group of Heartlanders that had set up shop between our rig, Ballard’s and Finnegan’s.  It wasn’t long before others joined us (a total of about 13 or so at one time or another).  We sat outside until it starting getting a bit too dark and the bugs started attacking.

After we got home from the movie on Tuesday I got a message from one of our gate guarding friends, Shirley, who lives in the area that she’d been at the same theater we were at and didn’t realize until she saw my post that we were there too!  We ended up making plans to meet for breakfast Wednesday morning.

We LOVE being able to visit with friends and family around the country!

We met Shirley at 9:00 am at the Cracker Barrel just up the road from the park.  Shirley and her mom share gate guarding duties and work part-time like we do…mostly when they want to make a little extra money for holidays or projects they want to work on around their homes.  We had a really nice visit over breakfast and plan to do it again the next time our paths cross.

We had quite a few additional rigs come in today…probably about 9 or so.  They’ll continue to come in throughout the week as the rally doesn’t officially start until Friday.

A group of about 18 rally-goers went out for Mexican for dinner Wednesday evening but we chose to stay back as I already had dinner in the works….another new recipe!  This one was for Baked Ravioli, which I’ve never made or even considered making.


I used some of my Mama’s spaghetti sauce that was in the freezer and it turned out really good.  It’s a real easy recipe and we both enjoyed it a lot.  Plus we have enough left over for 2 more meals.  It’d be a great meal for company.  Who wants to join us for dinner??

Terry, Paul, Nan and Mary Ann

After dinner we went for a walk around the park which is really starting to fill up now.  We checked out the outdoor pavilion which has an outdoor oven, tables, counter tops…very nice.  We also checked out the pool which has no steps to enter just a slope to walk in.  It’s more of a soakin’ pool than a swimming pool as it only 3.5 feet deep at its deepest point.  I did a little wading and the water was just perfect!

We joined a small group that had congregated next door for a short while, visiting until it starting getting dark and the bugs started biting again.  Nasty little buggers!



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