We finally made it to winter church (First United Methodist Church of Mission) on Sunday, and really enjoyed the “praise and worship” service. This is our 6th year attending here. Brother Bill Duke preached a short, but good, sermon, and we took communion as it was the first Sunday of the month. A late breakfast at Diaz Diner, one of our favorite eating places in the Valley, followed. Sue Mercer joined us at the Rio Grande Valley’s 29th Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide on the same day each year, celebrating those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium. The RGV’s Tuba Christmas features 580 tuba players in a packed gymnasium; it is the largest assembly of tubists ever in North America. Though unusual, the concert was very good.
When I went out Saturday morning to sweep the patio and drive, a large Monarch butterfly was nectaring on the shrubs between Jim and Regi and us; it is late migrating to Mexico! The tripod was dug out of the motorhome basement, the camera attached, and several photos taken. It truly is a beautiful butterfly.
In the afternoon, we attended McAllen Memorial High School’s musical production of Cinderella with Van and Bonnie Holmes and Sue Mercer. It was incredibly good and featured a large cast. Several of the high schoolers had really good voices, and will have a bright future.