Scorpion King of Coffee Creek!
The story behind this video ...
Brock is our resident critter killer - he is fearless for us. Except when it comes to scorpions. Then, he is terrorized by them!
It has been said that everyone has their kryptonite - well, Brock's is a scorpion.
A little over a month ago, he was at the office one morning, poured a cup of coffee. It spilled a little. He reached for a paper towel, and a scorpion fell out on his leg! According to the eye-witness report, he jumped, did a little dance and screamed like a girl! LOL ...
A few days later - Memorial Day weekend - Rick and I had a get together with all our kids and grandkids. Due to the storms that day, and the water that was running thru our yard, Scott allowed us to use the back porch of the Texas Star to have our family meal. Us being us - and as our family grows - Kent, Scott, Tom & Mary, Brock & April, all came for the meal. It was a wonderful time! Filled with laughter and tall Texas tales! LOL During the course of the time together, Scott tells -very animatedly- the story of Brock and the scorpion. Howls of laughter filled the air! Everyone was "rolling on the floor laughing" - not at Brock's terror of scorpions, but of Scott's re-telling, and of Brock's defense! LOL Just as the last of the laughter quieted down, April said - "Oh, there is a scorpion now!" To which Brock replied - "Stop it! That's not funny!" I looked and sure enough, a 3-inch scorpion was crawling on the floor under Brock's chair. I quietly said, "No, there is one - right there." Brock looked down, saw it, and I have never seen moves like that from anyone! Oh my word! Within a breath of time, he put his hands on the arms of his chair and he leapt out of his chair, vaulting about 4 or 5 feet away - never touching the floor! When he landed, he was like running in place, his mouth open, eyes wide, and little to no sound coming forth. We all just looked at him - Oh my word! LOL Then the realization that we had just witnessed his true "Scorpion Dance" hit all of us! The laughter was deafening! Brock's face turned umpteen shades of red, and he was laughing sheepishly, too.
Ok - this was so good that it deserved a place in "history". So, Rick and I talked to a lady in Sulphur Springs, and she made a T-shirt for Brock. We asked Scott to do the presentation to him during one of our Monday night meals. The intention was to do it the following Monday night. However, life just kept happening ... and 4 weeks later - finally ... Brock & April as well as Scott were all at the Monday night meal.
This is the video of the shirt presentation ... LOL - enjoy! Oh, and Brock - we love you! Thank you for being so sweet about all this!
Life at Coffee Creek ... so much better than life at the old house.
I don't mean that ugly or hateful. But we spent 2 years of our life sitting in that old house. I had to have 2 surgeries, Rick had to have 2 surgeries. We dealt with all the doctor appointments and therapies. We fought thru all the discouragements and bouts of depression. The loneliness was overwhelming.
Hours spent watching TV (mainly Rick) and on the Internet (mainly me). And it seemed that no matter what we did - even walking on the treadmill and using the elliptical - we just were not getting much better. Not spiritually better, not emotionally, not mentally, not physically. Sigh.
So, we prayed. And we prayed. And we prayed.
Asking God to deliver us! To save us! To make us to Live and not die!
Rick was approved for disability - based on his dialysis. And they paid him for the year before! So we were blessed! And we were able to buy an RV ...
Now what to do ...
So, we pray again. And our desire was and is - to minister. Not necessarily to pastor a church again, but to minister. And that opens up a whole world of opportunity. But where and how to get started???
So, we pray ... again. And in one moment of looking around on the Net - I typed in working out of the RV ... there is a sight for work camping. And there is a listing on that site that caught my attention - Coffee Creek RV Park. (1) I Love Coffee!!!!! (2)I look at the location - about 2 hours from our daughter, and about an hour from our son.
Email the owner - Scott Rash ... and he calls ... after a conversation - he wants us there! We spend a week trying out the RV, and then we spend a week closer to Joshua and his family.
And we are here ...
Loving the people ... enjoying the park ... and able to do the work!
There are 12 bathrooms here in the park, cleaned every day (or almost every day). Kathy is a work camper as well, and she helps with the bathrooms. There are 14 cabins here, and they are cleaned after someone leaves, and checked again before being rented again.
We have helped with escorting campers in ...
And I have helped Miss Mary Ann with the supply closet ...
Trash is taken off every day as well.
And Rick is the "pool-police" ... LOL.
We also help to clean the Texas Star and the Spur - the two meeting houses that are here. One seats about 150 and the other about 75.
Scott has asked us for 2-4 hours per day, 5-6 days per week ... or as needed. There are days that we are finished in 2 hours, and days that it takes nearly the whole day. And weeks that we have 2 or 3 days off, and weeks that we have no days off. Just depends on the busy-ness of the park.
The work is not hard. It is detailed - because everything needs to be Clean. But that's ok - cause we like Clean!!!!!
I try to keep in mind - how would I want the bathrooms, or the cabin, or the meeting houses, to look if it were us, or our kids, going to be using them? How do I want my own house and bathroom to look? I can do no less for Scott and Coffee Creek!
Every Monday night we have a meal together ... meeting at the Texas Star. So much laughter and good conversations. Everyone pitches in and brings food ... and everyone helps to clean up. It has been a good way to meet our "family" here.
John ... finding out this past week that he grew up in Cumby, TX! And that we know some of the same people and places! That was cool! Praying for him - he is fighting cancer. I Hate Cancer!!!!!
Glenda ... she is so precious! Her hugs are a treasure! She sang in country music for several years, has recordings - cool!
Kent ... he is fast becoming more than a friend - he is a brother!
Brock & April ... precious and sweet. My "kids" - lol ...
Eddie and Patty ... Glenda's son and daughter in love. He reminds us of Uncle Lonnie. He drives a truck - so of course, he and Rick hit it off! Lol
Marvin and Pam ... oh how very sweet they both are!
Lucky and Debbie ... he starves the park when he cooks! Oh my! How good it smells! And it tastes just as good!
Lisa ... a sweetheart! Praying for her - she is facing shoulder surgery this next month.
Jeff ... he is work camps, too. Hard worker ... great sense of humor. His son plays well with our grandkids.
Tommy and Kathy ... they work camp as well. He also works in the oil business and is gone a couple of weeks at a time. He is a Longhorn fan - which is fine, until football starts! And then, Roll Tide!!!!! Lol
Steve and Janet ... precious couple. They help out around the park when things get crazy. And they man the office on Sundays so that Don & Mary Ann can get a break.
There are others that I know by sight and by RV not by name yet. But all of the "home folk" are precious! They are friendly and open, helpful and engaging.
--it is good to have friends ... co-workers ... neighbors ... people that you can talk with and count on. It is good.
Scott has put us in a yard! When we first got here, the space he parked us in had little grass growing. He said that he had tried to get grass to grow, but to no avail. But after me falling out of the trailer twice and landing on the hard and rocky ground, and us dealing with the Mud when it rained ... thankfully, Scott bought the sod and put us a yard in! It looks awesome!!!!! I find myself praying over it - that it will take root and grow! Not only because it is cooler, and less muddy - but I think of the cost to Scott and the work that he, Jeff, and Glenda put in to lay it. So, yes, I pray over our yard!
--and it rains! So now we don't have to water, and as much as it has rained this morning? Probably won't have to water for several days! Thank you God!!!!!
Rick built a "porch" - of sorts. It is not a large one, but larger than that bottom step of the trailer! Not so easy to fall now. (Even if i did fall - SPLAT! - ON the porch the other morning coming back from taking a shower. My feet were wet due to the rains, and I guess my foot slipped off when i stepped up on the porch - SPLAT!!!) Course, Kent - who works for the Texas Highway Department - says that he is going to bring home a can of the fluorescent orange paint and put me an "X" on the porch ... at least give me a target for landing! LOL
Update on Rick ...
He is doing good.
His blood work has been a good report these last 2 months. His total blood count has been between 10 & 11. His potassium is perfect. The only thing they are concerned about is the phosphorus content. His phosphorus binders have been changed. He is still trying to get the "habit" of taking them with every bite of food. And it is hard for him to give up all the foods that are higher in phosphorus - he likes milk and cheese and ice cream, he likes most of the other foods as well. But he is learning some substitutions and he is learning moderation as well.
His blood sugar is more under control - he is no longer taking Glimepiride. We take his blood sugar as soon as he gets up each morning, and if the number is 150 or less - no Lantus! 150-200 is 15 units. 200+ is 20 units. So far, this last month, he has only had to have a shot a couple of times per week. Really gives him a picture of how much food and activity plays in the struggle with blood sugar numbers. When he eats late, or over-eats supper, and when he does little to nothing after supper? The numbers are higher the next morning. And since he Hates shots ... he is doing better!
Dr Greenwell is well pleased. Told him to keep doing what he is doing. Said that this camping is the best thing for him! We have had a few people question us about doing this ... even to the point of arguing with us over it all. We shared this with Dr Greenwell - and he said for me to give anyone who has objections HIS phone number and HE will stand in for us!
He did fall out of a moving car - that he was driving - about 3 weeks ago ... long story! Lol ...
In the Rv we have a washer/dryer combo that sits in a closet area. We put the cycler on top of the washer/dryer. Perfect fit. The only thing - I need (want) a shelf above it all to hold supplies. Rick has been looking for the "perfect" board to fit in there. 3 weeks ago, on a Monday, we had worked hard and long and hot here at the park (after a busy weekend). About 5 p.m. I was thirsty - and I asked him if he wanted something from Dairy Queen (1/2 mile from the park). We decided to go get a drink. We came to the highway intersection, right at Dairy Queen, and we stopped at the 4-way stop. Rick looked down at the road, and there lay a shelf board. A finished and rounded board - perfect shelf. He said, "Hey, I think that board would be right for your shelf. If it is still laying there and traffic is light when we come back, I am going to stop and get it."
We got our drinks. Came back thru the intersection. Board is still there, traffic is almost none. So, he drives over to where the board was laying, opened his door, unbuckled his seat belt, and leaned out to get the board. Now he has done such a thousand times in his life - picking something up out of the road. However, when he leaned over, his foot hit the accelerator of the Honda! And the car took off - leaving him in the road!!!
And because of the console in the car, I cannot get across to reach the brake! I didn't think of the parking brake - I just screamed and shoved the gear shifter into park. Jumped out and ran back to check on Rick.
Traffic was heavier by now, and at first I could not see Rick. When I got to him, he was on one knee - the other leg was numb. I couldn't get him up. A big truck stopped, blocked traffic, and the driver got out. He helped me get Rick up. And we got back to the car.
Rick has had burns (because of the hot pavement) on his knees, as well as some road rash where he fell out of the car. So, we have been dealing with that as well these last 3 weeks. Sigh. The best thing we could find to put on his knees that actually gave him relief was olive oil.
We talked to Dr Greenwell last Wednesday, told him what happened, and he looked at his knees. Said they were healing very well. No antibiotics needed. Thank you Lord!
This could have been so much worse!
--oh, and the Honda is fine! Rick said that I should have pulled the parking brake, but I was in a panic, and didn't think. All I could see was the car heading for the concrete overpass!
Work camping @ Coffee Creek!
Before now, we had never done this work camping "officially". Every RV park we have stayed at we have helped out in some way, but not in the "name" of work camping. So thankful that God has allowed us to be here at Coffee Creek work camping!!!!!
Don & Mary Ann & Scott are wonderful people. They truly care about people. They are full of laughter and love and life. A true joy to be around.
If you get a chance, come see us here! RV lots ... and cabin rentals - y'all come!!!!! You won't be disappointed!!!
We are about 25 miles from Stephenville, TX ... about 25 miles from Weatherford, TX ... about 15 miles from Mineral Wells, TX ... and about an hour from either Ft. Worth, TX or Abilene, TX ... so, there is PLENTY of things to see and to do!!!!! Or you can enjoy a quiet walk on the nature trail, or splash in the pool. Use the fitness room, or play games in the Wild West room. Fish ... walk ... rest ... relax ...
Call the office and talk with either Mary Ann or Scott :) ... Y'all come, ya' hear!!!!!
Coffee Creek RV Resort
Early morning thoughts ...
Life ... sometimes good ... sometimes not so good. Lately it has been crazy and busy for us ... God is always good and faithful. Even on our worst days, He is still God, and He is still good. His Grace is still Amazing ... and His Love is still Unending. That is our hope ... our promise ... and our sanity!!!!!
We were blessed to be able to go to Paris and see our beautiful daughter graduate with an Associate's Degree. She has worked so hard for this! I know that she has done without sleep and without "fun" to study and to work in order to pay for this. And I know that there have been many times she has questioned "Why even try?" She has felt alone in her struggles. But I want her to know that she is NEVER alone! We are so proud of her! We could not be more proud of her! She has done this while working, while raising 2 kids, while keeping house and cooking meals. It was an honor to be there and be LOUD and PROUD!!!!!
--and yes, sweet daughter, i know that you do not like your picture ... but i am one PROUD momma!!!!! So, this one MUST be here!!!!! (forgive me - lol! love you!!!!!)
Our kids blessed us Memorial Day weekend - Pat & Charlie came out, rented a cabin, and brought Mandy, Elijah, and Brooklyn!!! Then, on Sunday that weekend, Joshua, Dessie, Shell and Kyla came over!!! So much laughter and joy!!! Grannee got hugs and wet hugs!!! LOL
We had a meal together Sunday afternoon - in spite of the rain! Scott allowed us to use the back porch of the Texas Star for gathering under cover - and it was so much fun! We invited Scott, Brock & April, Kent, Tom & Mary - and oh the stories, the laughter!!! The food was good - but it was not near as good to me as the fellowship!!! So good to be surrounded by loved ones - family and friends!
Precious time ... awesome memories!!!!!
We have been helping out here at Coffee Creek - 3+ hours per day, as needed. Some days are longer than others - depends on what needs done, and how many "hands on deck". :)
On our first day here, Mary Ann told us "we are just a big family here at Coffee Creek" ... and now, we believe that!
We have coffee time every morning at the office ... laughter, stories, teasing, prayer requests and praise reports ...
We all pull together and work to clean and repair and maintain the level of Coffee Creek RV park and resort ...
We have Monday night meals at the Texas Star (one of the meeting rooms) - I think this is my favorite time of all. Again, yes, the food is good. But the fellowship is just AWESOME!!!
We are so blessed and fortunate to be here ... every day we thank God for bringing us here!
Rick has gotten a good report from the doctor and the dialysis center the last 2 times we went. Praise the Lord! Dr Greenwell told him to keep doing what he is doing! His blood work is showing good. His medications have been decreased. His blood sugars are running more normal - even without medications, and on less than 1/2 of the insulin he was taking! He is sleeping better - tired does that! LOL
Dr Greenwell told us this last Wednesday that he thought this was the BEST thing for Rick to do! And he said that if anyone had anything negative to say about what we are doing - give them his number and he would handle it! LOL
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
You can read it here