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The life of a workamper sounds like it could be exciting and glamorous (and sometimes it is!), but in reality it is a lot like normal life. Well, except for the green pancakes! Let me explain. We’ve settled into our normal work schedule of Thursday - Sunday here at Texas Lakeside RV Resort. So, that leaves us with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to explore, but more often than not, it becomes our days to accomplish normal life tasks like grocery shopping, visiting the library and reading on the beach. (Ok, that last one might not be normal for everyone, but we enjoy trying to make it a part of our normal schedule!).
So keeping our priorities straight, late on Monday morning we packed up our gravity chairs, grabbed our current book of choice (“Nomadland" by Jessica Bruder for me and “Promise Me Dad” by Joe Biden for Betsy) and headed for Magnolia Beach. Both interesting reads if you are looking for a new book to enjoy, here you will find our handy dandy little affiliate links. Then again, you might find one of the new fangled local libraries that will lend you the books for free! Either way, here they are...
We admit to being a little spoiled with Magnolia Beach being only 10 minutes away, so we try to take advantage of this benefit whenever we get the chance. As an added bonus, you can drive right out on the beach at Magnolia, so we literally backed up to the water’s edge, dropped our chairs out of the Pilot and sat down. It was quite breezy and a little chilly, but, hey, we had brought along Betsy’s blankie for her to wrap up in so we were all good. The water at Magnolia Beach is not the ocean, but rather the waters of Matagorda Bay. The Bay provides its beach guests with the same sounds of the ocean, but doesn’t distract you with the large waves. Not bad, just different. After a peaceful couple of hours, we were both getting a little chilled so we packed up and headed home. It was well worth the effort.
Tuesday morning we were up and ready to be a little more constructive with a trip to Victoria, TX to run some errands and do some grocery shopping. We have been heading to Victoria once or twice a month for groceries, but we could just as easily do all of our shopping in Port Lavaca, where there’s an H-E-B and a Wal-Mart. Going to Victoria affords us the chance for some different scenery, and also the opportunity to shop at an H-E-B Plus! and ALDI. I know, I know, sometimes it’s hard to convey how exciting things get for us sometimes. Betsy has grown to like the veggies and meat at ALDI and it’s hard to beat the egg prices at H-E-B Plus. Yes, that sign says 47 cents for 18 large eggs!
Along with groceries we snuck in stops at Lowes (Me), Hobby Lobby (Betsy), Target (for some Bubly a tasty sparkling water that we learned about on the Ellen Show and now here we are sharing it with all of you with an affiliate link! Bubbles for Everyone!) and the Post Office to send off Daddy Dutt’s birthday package. Upon returning to Port Lavaca we made a quick stop at the Port Lavaca Public Library to update our supply of books. This place is awesome, who knew there were places that let you take books out for FREE, read them, and then return them. I really gotta start getting out more!
Wednesday (or better known in our RV as Sunday) was the standard cleaning, Betsy prepping our lunch salads for work days and the standard TV, computer, reading trifecta.
Thursdays normally come and go as we get back in the swing of work stuff. But this Thursday was different. Yes, that’s right, it was Ice Cream Social Thursday! No, believe it or not, as much as this sounds like something Betsy would make up, it is actually a real thing. A couple of Thursdays every month from 5 - 7 PM we put together an Ice Cream Social. For our guests at Texas Lakeside RV Resort, this means FREE ice cream with all of the toppings or a root beer float. For Betsy and I it’s a chance to chat with some of our guests (at least the ice cream lovers) and make sure the kids don’t get more than one serving. Speaking of the kids, they were lined up and anxiously awaiting 5:00 PM when we opened the window. Ok, it felt a little bit like the good old days at ICED by Betsy, just with a lot less stress. After serving almost 50 happy customers (and a couple of the kids more than once, okay we caved) we closed up the window at 7:00 and called it a day.
Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a Green Pancake Breakfast, complete with Leprechaun Coffee, sausage links, and, of course, green pancakes! Our new workamping couple, Mike and Frances, joined us, along with our owners, Dana and Doug, to get the griddles and coffee makers fired up for breakfast from 8 - 10 AM. The clubhouse was all decorated in Irish green and was just festive enough for everyone to enjoy the free breakfast. We had a nice crowd and everyone seemed to be in the spirit with plenty of green hats and shamrock shirts.
Well, for two introverts like us, that turned out to be quite a bit of socializing during our four day work week. We were both actually a little relieved when Sunday was a normal work day cleaning rest rooms, cutting grass and filling the pool deck back up with lounge chairs. Spring must be on the way! Yea, yea, that’s great, but Betsy and I are looking forward to spending the next several days alone, reading, writing, and hey, maybe even another trip to the beach!