If I hear one more sound,

we’re going home right now!

Early Friday afternoon, a couple with two kids parked their new camper right next door to us. They had two boys, one about 5 and the other one around 9. While the parents were setting up, the kids, yelling and screaming, headed off to the playground.

Gregg McHenry and I helped the guy with his shore power hookup and found out they had only owned the camper since Oct. and this was their first chance to really take it out and spend a few days enjoying Lake Conroe.

But it looks like the weather and close quarters brought that to a screeching halt. It rained Friday night and then pretty much all day Saturday. Later in the afternoon, I went outside to get something out of the truck, and I heard a lot of kid-yelling coming from inside the camper. Then sometime after dark, they suddenly packed up and left.

Sometimes family togetherness is a little too much, especially locked in a 30 foot camper with two kids in the pouring rain.

As far as this morning we headed out for breakfast about 10am, back to the Cracker Barrel right down the Interstate. Although they were very busy, we only had a 10 minute wait. Not too bad.

Jan had her favorite Maine Wild Blueberry Pancakes with a side of ‘glass’ bacon. ‘Glass’ bacon is bacon that’s so well-done that if you touch it, it shatters.

I call it ‘burnt’.

I had their Apple & Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal with apples, pecans, raisins, and cranberries. I’ll have it again.

Leaving the CB, we drove over to the Kroger’s Marketplace in Willis to pick up a few things. The ‘Marketplace’ concept is apparently new for this area, but one we’ve seen before. It’s a Fred Meyer’s.

Fred Meyer’s is a grocery store chain located mostly out west and owned by Kroger’s. Jan and I first encountered one in 2008 when we spent 5 months in Fairbanks, AK. We also found them all up and down the west coast.

Besides an extra-large selection of groceries and other items, they also carry furniture, housewares, and even a jewelry department. It’s kind of like a mini-Wal-Mart. A very nice store. Hopefully they’ll open more like it around here.

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Thought for the Day:

Practice doesn’t always make perfect, but it usually makes better.

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2 Responses

  1. When we stayed at Cagle Recreation Area near New Waverly in Augusst of 2011, the Kroger in Willis was having it’s grand opening. We went and went crazy! Our grandson Logan, who was 10 at the time, told his Mom they had to stop on their way home. Love that store! I did not know about the West Coast stores owned by Kroger, though, so thanks for that info.

  2. Judy,

    As it turns out, Kroger’s is the 2nd largest retailer behind Wal-Mart.

    They also own 30+ store brands, including Fry’s, Ralph’s, Loaf & Jug, Kwik Stop, and Tom Thumb, as well as bunch more you’d recognize.

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