The weather here in the Valley is just wonderful—cool at nights and warm during the day, and a bit more wind than usual—near perfect.
Al and I played Palm View Municipal Golf Course on Friday, part of the city of McAllen, Texas, recreation department. It is a nice municipal course, but the fairways were cut short, and the greens were bumpy. A couple of Border Patrol agents completed our foursome, and they were a hoot, hitting mulligans on every hole. Getting used to them hitting so many balls took a bit of adjustment as Al and I both had high scores for the front nine. One of the agents had to work in the afternoon, quitting after the front, and our scores improved considerably. On Friday evening we attended Mariachi Aztlan and Mariachi Junevil Aztlan at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. Guest artists included UTRGV Ballet Folklorico, Jorge Ivan Velasco (a fantastic Mexican harpist), Mariachi Los Coyotes from La Joya High School, and Mariachi Los Lobos from Palmview High School. They all were perfect, but we particularly enjoyed Mariachi Los Coyotes. The fine arts talent in the high schools and university here in the RGV is amazing, and almost unbelievable.
Despite gorgeous weather, Saturday was one of our first quiet days since arriving in the Valley. Our morning began with birthday greetings for Aker, who was celebrating her first birthday. FaceTime is awesome for grandparents keeping in touch. We visited with Wayne and Loretta, former Norfork, Arkansas, neighbors on Saturday and really enjoyed spending time with them. I sure miss coffee with Wayne every morning.
The sermon at church on Sunday was a great one, focusing on love. We’ve heard many preached on the topic and based on the same scripture, but none as passionate. A late breakfast/early lunch and a brief nap followed church, and I ventured to the National Butterfly Center hoping to get some good photos in the hot (near 90°) weather. There weren’t many butterflies, but a few posed just long enough for pictures.
Kay and I wake up each morning thankful for the infinite blessings that have been provided; we are truly a blessed couple.