Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Only If It Could Tell Stories The Saga Continues........

You might recall several postings back I told about going into the woods next door where we park our home on wheels and discovering this vacant home. At the time I did not know a lot of the background on the family that use to live here. No more, I've learned the home belonged to The Haley's Jr. They lived in the home 30 years prior to their deaths in 1985. Just think the home was vacant for nearly 25 years. The home prior to that I believe was Mr Haley's father who were the original owner. I believe the home was approximately 65 years old. Mr. Haley Jr retired from Lone Star Steel. After retiring he did a lot of woodworking. They had four children, two girls and two boys. It's also our understanding their is a sibling buried somewhere on the property many many years ago.
You may note I used the past tense of "was" approximately 65 years old. I used this as it stands no more. Also mentioned in my previous posting my BIL was looking at buying the property which now has become a reality. The following photos is the tearing down and burning of the old home. Soooo.............. sad but progress must go forward.

Spring is so much in the works here in Northeast Texas. Here are some photos to prove my point.

Dogwood Tree at 1st United Methodist Church Lone Star

Cattle Ranch near Lone Star

Lake Lone Star

Iron Bluff Cemetery

Another Texas Historical Marker

N.E.A. Skinner grave marker

The hills of Lone Star... US Steel Tubular plant a.k.a. Lone Star Steel in distant background

US Steel Tubular plant entrance and part of the plant

More photos of spring here in Lone Star

I believe this is a cattle egret here in Lone Star Lake

Enough photos . The economy, the lower cost of a barrel of oil and China dumping the market with their steel tubing has temporally (we hope & Pray) closed the plant here in Lone Star. You can't even imagine what effect this will have on the economy of this area not to say its been all that good prior to the shut down. We're hoping they will start up again soon even though some of the workers believe it won't happen until this fall or next winter.

My BIL land next door has a lot of trees and under bush which we've spent the past several days clearing. It looks a little rough and shaggy now but when through and maybe next spring with his home being built things will look pretty good. Will post pictures of the place when its finished.

Well I'm down for the three count. Sooo...Until the next time.
MtnAire Travlers.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring has arrived in Northeast Texas

We've had a slow drizzle for the past four days and you can really tell the difference in the surrounding areas. The dogwood trees are in full bloom now and the red bud's are fading in color and popping their green leaves along with the other trees. The birds are happy as you can hear them just a singing and see them hopping around on the ground hunting for worms. Our temperature this week is suppose to be in the lower 80's during the day and low 50's at night. The old timers hear say the weather will change again before Eastern weekend. I recall we always have a blast of cold about that time. My BIL said it snowed here last April.

Here are some more photos of our spring.

As we drive around in this area we have been stopping at the Historical Markers and are amazed of the history in this area. Here is one of the Markers near us off Hwy 259 South of Lone Star.

The price for the 8-horse team and loaded wagon was $1.00. If that toll road was still in operation today I'm sure for a motor home the toll would be quite high. This road from Jefferson to Pittsburg I believe is Hwy 729 today.

Well as you can tell I do not have a lot to report since we are here at base. Soooooooo heres to you . Until next time...............MtnAire Travlers

Sunday, March 8, 2009


It seems when one does not travel as much your blog posting gets farther out. That being the case here, it's been nearly a month since my last post. We had hoped to join the Dreamer's in Kerrville, TX but due to one thing or another we had to cancel. Our lost but maybe the next time as I'm sure these fun loving people will do this again. Even though we are not there we have been keeping up with them by reading their blogs.
I had this dream last night as captioned in the photo to the left and it turned into a nightmare. I awaken in a sweat and realized that I was not at the funeral home after all. HE..HE

We did Canton 1st Monday and was surprised to see the crowd that was out that weekend. The RV spots where all full (I guess it was a lot of snowbirds returning home). Saturday was the biggest day. We had a good month and was very thankful particularly with our economy in such a turmoil. The weather was very cold that weekend and the wind really did a number on our back drops. Sandy and I both have been fighting a sinus infection. I guess it's because of the trees putting out their leaves and blooms. The fruit and red bud trees are so pretty this time of the year. It won't be long until the dog wood will start popping and I will get some pictures of them for posting.
I've also spent a number of hours scanning old photos and down loading them to CD-R disc. So far I've probably have scanned about 600-700 photos. I'm doing some of the "Through The Years" photo folders of my parents and us kid's growing up as well as my family. It's sorta been fun going back in time. As I looked back through those years there were so many fond memories. Even though my parents were by no means wealthy they raised us three kids loving the Lord, as well as provided us with a good education, shelter and food for our tummies. Each generation wants their kids to have a better life than there's. That's the way it should be as long as we remember to indwell in them the love of God and Country, principles of life and love of our fellow man.
My BIL has been remodeling and painting one of his old storage buildings and I've been helping a little. The refurbishing included a covered front porch and face lifting by painting. It turned out looking nice. He plans to do some more buildings in the near future. Also he informs me is going to purchase the 4 acres next to us (remember the posting "Only If It Could Tell Stories") and build his home on it. Also if we were interested we could put in a slap, electrical and sewer dump for our motor home. Will have to ponder that offer far awhile.

Mike and Pam (BIL & SIL) became Grandparents last week in the birth of their first Granddaughter Caris Hayden Schutz 6lb-10oz.

Here are the proud parents Jeff & MJ Schutz.

Proud grandparents Mike & Pam Schutz.

Well I've run out of things to post. Soooooo
Until next time ...... MtnAire Travlers