Lou and Carol Butaud update

Update from Lou and Carol:

We hope to close on our Boerne home by April 24. And, on our new home in Boerne soon thereafter. Yes, Boerne. Health concerns, mostly related to Carol’s concerns about leaving her current medical team in the middle of her five year evaluation for lung cancer, have caused us to abandon our plan to move to Louisiana. We feel confident that this is the best option for us at this time. We are also currently evaluating if we are going to change from our current preferred mode of travel (RVing ) to more cruises and destination vacations by air and spending more time with children and grandchildren. Our RV could wind up somewhere near Lafayette, as a second home —– and, then again, maybe not. Another big decision ahead. Our new address will be 206 Branson Falls, Boerne, Tx 78006. Home phone will change, cells numbers will not.

Safe Travels, Lou and Carol

Lou and Carol Butaud update

From Lou Butaud

March, 2018

Just a note to let you know what’s going on in our life. Carol and I have decided that our current home with six acres to mow and 1,000 feet of fence line to trim and lots of oaks to maintain, fertilizing, and the constant things to maintain with a property like this one is just too much for us to handle any more. We also believe this home has peaked in value and we are in a “Sellers” market here and going to a “Buyers” market in Lafayette. So, we are putting the house on the market within the next ten days or so and when it sells we will move into our RV.

We have already completed our Stage 1 move to a Boerne storage unit – moved about 6,000 lbs of stuff. Will move about another 6,000 in Stage II. And, that’s after getting rid of about 5,000 lbs of “stuff”. We also looked at a retirement village here in Boerne, but after visiting, decided that was not for us. And, we looked at Garden homes in Boerne. But to duplicate a home like we can buy in Lafayette, it would cost us about $80,000 more in Boerne. Once this home sells and after we clean up some loose ends in Boerne, like MD appointments and such, we will move the RV to Lafayette and begin house hunting.

As a result our traveling days will be over until we can get resettled – and then, we will reconsider what we want to do going forward. Hopefully, we will be resettled by September. This has been a very difficult decision for us because we love this place. Wasn’t sure how Carol would react to all this when I first approached her with the idea, but she is probably more enthusiastic then I am. In fact, I sorta got cold feet a month ago but she squashed that idea. We will miss our friends in Boerne, but will be going to long time friends and family in and around Lafayette. We are pretty much exhausted from packing, sorting, “getting rid of stuff”, scheduling (and rescheduling) carpenters, painters and electricians, and all of the other jillion things that go with a move like this, but we feel we are over the first hill and now headed for the next one.

Lou

Update on James Smith

From Gail Smith

We cannot thank all our friends and family enough for all the kind calls, texts, visits and prayers during James’ unexpected stay in Cardiac Care Unit in Ft Worth. A routine procedure to correct his atrial fibrillation resulted in emergency complications that were scary to say the least. After 6 days in CCU, we are heading home and will get continuing re-checks along the way. James is feeling fine and is anxious to get back to normal life asap.

Thanks again for your love and concern.

Gail

Dues, Notes and Rallies

Dues

Dues are now due. To have your info included in the upcoming roster, dues need to be paid prior to April 1.  Best do it now! (Better facilitates bookkeeping.)  Dues are only $20  (Send to Treasurer Bud Odom, 211 Walnut, West Monroe, LA 71291).

Please note: Some have paid in advance and again paid while we were in Victoria so you may want to check your records.  We have one person who now is paid up to 2024!

E-Letter and Notes

Linda Brian would like to send the E-Newsletter to both spouses, so make sure she has both your emails.  Not just one….

Similarly, this blog is sent automatically to the email address of all who “follow” the blog.  So make sure that BOTH spouses enter their emails in the “Follow” box on the left.  That way both of you will get all the new posts forwarded.  We won’t use your emails for any nefarious purposes, and you can always cancel if you wish so no harm no foul.

2018 rallies:

James and Gail Smith will be hosting the Business Meeting in the fall. No place or date yet.  A reminder to sign up for the 2018 rallies, info in the “Upcoming Rallies” menu on the left.  Or click on the place name in the list below, no excuses that you couldn’t find the info! In summary:

January 19-28, 2018, Quartzite, AZ – Hosts Hoovers, 928-927-4206

June 28 – July 5, 2018, Mount Vernon, Kentucky, no host, Renfro Valley RV Park 800-765-7464, call for reservations after January 1, 2018.

July 5-8, 2018, Georgetown Kentucky for Noah’s Ark and Creation Museum – no host, Whispering Hills RV Park 502-863-2552

July 8-15 – Ohio Amish Gathering – Gambles Hosting– Scenic Hills RV, Millersburg, OH 330-893-3607

July 16-22 – Elkhart, Indiana- Phillips – More info later.

Aug. 5 to Aug. 12, 2018 depart – Buena Vista, CO – – Tag along, Mt. Princeton RV Park, 719-395-6206 No hosts

Aug. 12-19 – Chama , NM – No host, Sky Mt. Resort RV, 575-756-1100, call now because it fills up quickly.

 

2018 NY Rally, more….

Our 2018 NY rally has come and gone, and it was a huge success.  A few pictures are posted below.  For the complete report see under “Past Rallies” or click here

Gail Smith has posted a President’s report.  It can be viewed under “Officer’s corner” or just click here

Finally, please check out all the upcoming rallies and plan to join in on the fun.  You can find them under “Upcoming Rallies” in the main menu.

Have a great 2018!