2016 Update – Part Two

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.  (Part One was posted yesterday)


  • I completed and shipped my brother’s wedding gift so that he received in time for his first anniversary.crocheted table runner
  • A whirlwind car trip. Sixteen days. The first leg was driving from DFW to Detroit to visit one of Bill’s cousins.  On the way we stopped at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn Indiana. Karen in her racecar.While in Detroit, we visited the Henry Ford MuseumBill at Henry Ford MuseumThe next leg was driving to upstate New York to visit extended family and friends,
    Hayes Cousins

    Hayes Cousins

    and also attend a surprise 80th birthday party for one of my aunts.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    The third leg was south to north Alabama to visit Charles, Rebecca & Liana.  And then finally back home.  We had a wonderful time and would do it again in a heartbeat, although maybe we’d shorten it by just a couple of days.  The last two days we were getting a little antsy in the car.

  • While on our trip, we closed on the sale of our Alabama trailer/property.


  • David flew to Connecticut to attend a wedding.
  • I paid down a bunch of bills from the proceeds of the Alabama sale. Oh, that felt so very good.
  • We started the process of refinancing the mortgage on our Texas home, with the goal to get it refinanced before the election. I was pretty certain rates would go up after then.
  • We bought a new lawn mower, which works really nicely on our small yard.Black and Decker Lawn Mower
  • The Neon continued to have sensors and such fail, leaving the driver (usually me!) stranded. Not fun!
  • My Texas Star Hibiscus grew and grew and grew!  And I had blossoms galore.Texas Star Hibiscus

To Be Continued….


  1. Roberta

    I thinks it’s funny you spent all that time driving in a car on your vacation and when you got out, you went to a car museum. Glad to see you channeling your inner race driver, though.

    Love the hibiscus flower.The first time I saw one of those was in our local butterfly wonderland.

    • Karen

      Bill’s relative in Detroit wanted us to call when we were a couple of hours out, so we did. And then he insisted that we visit this museum. Said we’d enjoy it. And that we were coming into Detroit too early. I guess he wanted us to wait and drive into Detroit during rush hour! But, we dutifully followed his suggestions and visited the Auburn Museum. It was a nice diversion, though. Quite interesting, really. And, of course, we won’t talk about the Henry Ford, where we got to see all sorts of vehicles and steam engines and farm equipment – some of which Bill had used on the farm not that many years ago. That gave us a good laugh.

  2. Cee Gee

    A whirlwind car trip, definitely if that is the car you drove. hehe Nice pictures.

    • Karen

      Are you referring to the race car for the trip? Or the continually-breaking-down Neon?

      • Cee Gee

        The race car in your photo. 🙂

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