Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Birthday Betty, Music, Easter, Mudbugs, Hi and Bye

As in the last post, there continues to be a big turnover of people here at Betty's RV Park with many long term stays coming to an end and many travelers stopping for a few days of Betty's fun. Of course, not everyone understands what a great place this is. It seems that at least once a year someone will pull in, look around and keep on going. It's not like there are a bunch of derelict rigs or people here, but it is obvious these folks don't know what they are missing. Remember you can't judge a book by the cover. We usually figure they would not have been the kind of people we would like to hang out with anyway. And remember, for every person who has just pulled through, many, many more have asked to extend their stay and come back every year.  
 A tradition here is people gathering to say goodbye, travel safe and see ya down the road. Steve and Penny where the first to leave this week but they already have their reservations for next year.
Saturday was Betty's birthday and she wanted to go to the casino to celebrate, so we had a party on Friday. The birthday lady and her little princess, Lucette.
There were so many musicians for the party I could not get them all in one picture. Top left are David, Joe and Linda; right are Barry, Lynn and Richard; bottom are Don, Ann, Dan, Dave, and Wayne. Sorry I did not get a picture of Kristy. 
Every Betty's birthday bash has a theme and this year it was the 50's which Kathy, Nanc and Lynn had no trouble reliving.
Kathy, Celine and Merlene sporting their retro glasses fit right in.
Linda and Dave came by to celebrate with us.
John and I got into it with tees and a pack of smokes rolled up in the sleeve.
Sharon went all out with the college ring form her steady guy on a chain.
Sue and Dan got into the mood with the pink satin jacket and the pack of cigs rolled up in the sleeve of the white tee.
Betty's aunts and niece at the party. Left to right are Lillian, who will be 101 this week, Irene, Monica and the birthday girl Betty.
Calvin and Donna Touchet joined in the good times celebrating Betty's birthday.
Cordell and Monica played a big role in the party. She had several pictures of Betty from the fifties that fit right into the theme.
Betty will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Betty's RV Park with a cruise we will be going on in September. This is here first cruise and she's worried about going overboard so we bought her a personal flotation device. In the background are some of the plants we all bought for her since the cold weather this winter killed so many of hers.
Betty's RVers join together to wish her a great
Sunday, April 1st, was Easter but also a sad day as all these people left on Sunday and Monday. Top are Jean Paul, Celine, Merlene, Dan, Tom and Ann. This is an older picture of Tom and Ann as she had flown to Denver to see her grand kids earlier in the week. Bottom are Don, Ann, Wayne, Marlene, Sharon, John, Dan and Sue. While we are sad to see our friends leave, we are already making plans to see them down the road. Safe travels to all.
Wow this is the park on Sunday after five rigs pulled out. As I write, it is almost full again and nine new rigs are coming in this week so we are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
There was no Cajun jam session at the Museum Cafe in Erath this weekend because of Easter, so a few of the musicians came to Betty's to jam. The band was smaller on Saturday than the group that played for Betty's birthday, but it was still a great day of music and I even got a picture of Kristy with her accordion. 
Barry and Linda, who play over fifty concerts a winter in the Rio Grande Valley, where singing Jackson with Dan accompanying them on the tambourine.
The group was smaller but it was still a great Easter dinner.
On Tuesday, Joe and Kristy invited several people from Betty's to Joe's place for a crawfish boil. Everyone pitched in to help cook the mudbugs. The boil was at Joe's neighbor Glinda's who is purging them pictured top left. Next, Louie and Joe drain the water and Richard helps transfer them to the basket. Bottom, Joe and Louie lower the basket into the boiling water where they cook as Joe does what he does best, stirs the pot.
Look out Barb Nanc found the perfect ladies rub board and may be looking to learn to play.
A boil always involves a lot of standing around and watching the whole process, especially if the guests are not from Louisiana. Here are David, Nanc, Linda, Sis, Kathy all looking on intently while Cajun Kristy is on the phone.
Look at the size of these things. They are the biggest we have had this year.
Betty and Glinda, whose mother Zula we meet on our first visit to Acadiana in 2008.
Kristy and Joe. Thanks for a great day. The crawdads were wonderful.
The official testers of the first batch Barry, Nanc, Richard and Paul.
They passed the test so we all filled our trays. Lynn, Richard, Betty and Nanc are ready to dig in. I'm happy to report I ate my fill and had no side effects. I guess it was the one place where I ate them two years ago and got sick. 
A few new people arrived so we went back to Abshire's for lunch. Top left are Richard, Blaine, JC and Barry; right are Lynn, Gloria, Kathy, David and Nanc and bottom are Sis and Linda. There were only twelve of us, so the service was faster and the food was all great. I had to have the spicy shrimp salad I missed on our first visit and loved it. 
One last departure for the week after a two month stay, David and Kathy headed east for a few days before going to their new home in Oregon. Remember if you don't leave you can't come back. 

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