Peacocks and Turkey

Posted by on November 24, 2018

There was an ice cream social at the community room on Sunday evening (a weekly event) and a friend we know from the oil field (Peggy) invited us to meet her there.  Since we’d never met in person, we thought it was a good excuse to go enjoy some ice cream.

As ‘visitors’ we were asked to introduce ourselves…which I let Michael do.  🙂  Afterward we enjoyed some ice cream and cake too.

Card Bingo

After the ice cream social the group played card bingo, we watched for about 1/2 an hour or so before heading home.  Neither of us had ever played or seen the game played…seemed easy enough and something the we could handle.

We found we were out of propane and thankfully on Tuesday a local propane company came by and filled any tanks that needed it.  Michael took our tanks out and placed them in the specified location before we headed into San Antonio for appointments.  When we came home that evening they were full.  $40 for our two 30 pound tanks.

I had an appointment with a new provider on Tuesday afternoon on Ft. Sam.  We switched from Tricare Standard to Tricare Prime recently and I am now allowed to see providers on military installations as well as network doctors off post.

This appointment was mostly just to establish myself as a patient and get my meds refilled.  I really liked everyone I saw.  I was given a flu shot and told to get a mammogram and fasting blood work, which is all planned for before we leaving the area at the end of December.


We also made stops at the commissary and PX as well as at our mailbox.  Both Andrew and his girlfriend, Juli, were there so we got nice big hugs from both.  We chatted for a while and were introduced to Andrew’s new employee, Chris, who works three days a week so that Andrew can get some time away.

Trying to avoid a bit of rush hour traffic (which didn’t happen) we stopped at Capo’s Pizza for dinner.  We were there about a year ago and really enjoyed it….and we did this time too.  The pizza is delicious and the garlic knots are wonderful.

Papaw making a face for Paityn.

Wednesday we were back in San Antonio for Michael’s appointment with his Sleep Medicine doctor who ordered some tests (ct scan of his lungs & a pulmonary function test).  Hoping to get those out of the way before we leave the well.  We were in and out of the VA Hospital in about an hour which is almost unheard of!  He also got a flu shot and I made sure to get a ‘good’ picture of him getting the shot for our granddaughter, Paityn, who had asked the day before if I was a crier while getting a shot.

This isn’t even half of the birds that were around…there we several more up in the tree…outside the yard and behind the vegetation!

After his appointment we had a couple of errands to run before heading back home.  We let Google show us the way from the VA to the next stop and it took us through the back streets where we discovered a ‘herd’ of peacocks.  At first we saw about six near the street in someone’s yard, not fenced.  But as we started to drive away we found the real ‘herd’ in the next yard over (fenced).  There had to be 25 or more total…7 or so of which were males.  Most were on the ground but there were about 6 or so that were roosting in a tree.  It was really pretty cool


Back home, I made a pot (Instant Pot) of Broccoli Cheese Soup and some crusty bread for dinner and we ate it while relaxing in our new theater seat watching TV.

Back in 2009 we spent our first Thanksgiving alone since the Army had moved us to Montgomery, Alabama and the boys were on their own.  We started a tradition of going to two movies and having dinner out.  We’ve done it every year since if it’s just the two of us.  We did the same thing this year.

Nice seating in the VIP area for the second movie.

We saw, Green Book and Widows.  We both really enjoyed Green Book as it’s a story based on true facts.  It was serious yet had enough humor stirred into keep it from getting too serious.  The story is basically about a white man chauffeuring a black piano player around the deep south in the 1960s…obviously a bit unusual at the time.

Widows on the other hand kinda kept us wanting more.  A story about the widows of 4 thieves who were killed following a heist and how the man who they stole from wants the women to repay what their husbands stole.  It just needed more…oomph.

The Thanksgiving Menu

We had dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy a place we had never been but I think we’d go back.  They offered a family style meal with several choices to choose from.  We had ham, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, Tuscan creamed corn, butternut squash ravioli, rigatoni, 2 different salads…there was definitely enough food as we brought home 2 bags of leftovers.  Plus we each got dessert.

Barely got it all on the table!

Everything was very tasty…the only thing I didn’t care much for was the sauce served over the ravioli…a bit too sweet or something…couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  The butternut ravioli itself had very good flavor though.

It was a pleasant surprise to find Maggiano’s open.  We normally go to a Ryan’s or Golden Corral as when we first started our tradition there wasn’t much of anything else open.  Each year it seems there are more and more restaurants open…which is nice for in one way but in another I’d like to see places closed to ensure that the workers are getting time with their families.

We had left the house about 9:00 am and didn’t get home until roughly 9:00 pm so we were pretty pooped…and we went straight to bed to do some reading before turning the lights out.

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