Thursday, December 12, 2013


 We left Bastrop on Friday and went down 71 to Columbus only 53 miles away.

 We had been here 6 years ago,
 There are deer, but not too many. It is nice to look out the window and see them. They aren't too afraid of us but still act wild. A notice ask campers not to feed them.
 We ate here six years ago. Chopped beef sandwich was $1.50 then, today $1.99, still delicious.
 We went to the United Methodist church in Columbus. A very friendly congregation and were invited to join some of them after church at Becky's Cafe.
 They were building this activity center to meet many of the communities needs. It will be a safe place to go for bad weather, will have a full kitchen and food pantry. They are very excited and proud of this project.
 Sunday afternoon was a Community concert at the high school called Behold the Star.  It was made up of a 60 member choir and a small orchestra.
 A children's choir joined them for the first half of the program. They did a great job and sounded beautiful.
 The director Stephen Spanihel has a great voice and sang Angels among Us while they had people in the community that serve as police, EMS, servicemen, clergy, local judge, etc. come down the center aisle with their children. It was very moving.
 The Masonic Lodge in Columbus. Feb 4,1850 dispensation was granted to form the Caledonia Lodge. Past Master Tom Flemming opened the building for us to tour.

 Any birders know what kind of bird this is? It had a bright yellow breast and little larger then a robin. Thanks to those who wrote and told me this was a western meadowlark.
 On Thursday we went to see the painted churches of Texas. These churches were built by German and Czech in 19th century. They look like many country churches built around this time

 but look at the gorgeous painted insides

 Each church had a graveyard close by. We were interested in how the grave plots had concrete boundaries.  Also another interesting thing we saw was the photograph of the person made into the marker.

 The other churches had all been rebuilt once or twice, because of storm and fire damage. This church in Praha is the original building and is under going  a lot of renovation to perserve the structure. The ceiling will not be touched. All of the churches still held services, either weekly or monthly, but this seemed to be the  most active one.

 Our last stop of the day was not on the painted church trail but is a Methodist church founded in 1879.
 Every church is beautiful, and has a great story to tell.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


 On November 23 Larry and I drove into Austin to the LBJ library and museum. It was a very interesting museum. I was just 14 when he became president and Larry went to Vietnam under his administration. President Johnson did a lot for Civil rights, Head Start, Medicare and much more.
There are exhibits on the 3rd, 4th and 10th floor. The other floors hold the presidential archives and are only available by appointment.
 The Oval Office as it was during the Johnson administration. It is to seven-eights scale.
 You can see downtown Austin and the capital building from the office where Mrs. Johnson worked.

 We went into Austin and  took this 90 minutes bus tour.
 The Texas Longhorn stadium.
 In the hill country looking at downtown Austin. Up in the hill was the mansion of the owner of Dell computer.
 The capital building. We walked to it after the bus tour but it was too  late to go in and get a tour. We ate a nice meal and then headed back to Bastrop. Being the Friday after Thanksgiving we had no traffic problems.
 Back in Bastrop we walked along the river and looked at all the Christmas decorations  they had just lighted.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Here are some interesting facts about Bastrop.
 Monday was a very rainy, cold day and the only inside work we had to do was to finish the bathroom at the house we have been working on this fall. So only four of us went to work.
 Bub, Larry and Gary set up a tent to put the saw under.
 Four in the bathroom was a little crowded.
 Larry installed the toilet.
 Gary and Bub installed the shower stall.
 The trim was finished even around the window.
 We were done by lunch and called it an early day.
 Tuesday was a little cold but not rainy. Steve and Vicki helped finish the shed. Steve crawled under to attach the steps.
 Larry put in the venting.
 We thought it looked like a  bird house.
 The shed is finished by noon.
 Avis and Gary finished the steps at the home they were working at last week. So that project is done.
 Dan, Marilyn and Richard started a new house, building two decks and a ramp.
 The back deck.
 Wednesday we all went over to this property to work. Half the crew worked on the front deck and ramp whle the rest finished up the back deck.
 Larry and I took that set of steps and attached them to the back of the house.
 Avis cut the stringers for the back steps.
 Installing the stringers.
 The front decking.
 Cutting the boards kept Midge busy.
 I helped Bub screw on the boards to the top deck.
 Larry, Gary and Dan worked on the ramp.
 This is what we got finished by the end of the day, we were hoping to be finished but will have to complete it next week.
 Thursday we went to the Bastrop Methodist church for Thanksgiving dinner.
 The church cooked 5 turkeys and we all brought a covered dish. There was lots of great food and we had avery nice Thanksgiving.

 With bad weather and Thanksgiving it has been a very short week, but we have got a lot of our homes finished. From left to right are Larry and Dottie, Richard and Marilyn, Dan, Gary and Avis, Bud and Midge, Steve and Vicki.

We had planned to go to DQ for an evening snack, but when we stopped by on Tuesday we saw it the sign that said they would be closed on Thanksgiving. Sorry Dan.