Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Blast

Ever since first grade ended, Aurora’s been going to Summer Blast, a summer camp which takes place at her elementary school. She’s really enjoyed it. Today was the last day of camp, and to make it really special, the kids put on a final performance – with parents and grandparents invited. It certainly was a blast. The campers performed several songs, with the highlight being Pocketful of Rainbows by Elvis Presley.  I have to say, Aurora did an excellent job!

Here’s a picture from the Summer Blast final performance. Aurora is in the front row, third from the right, with a blue flower in her hair.

This is Aurora with Kelly, her best friend from summer camp.

And here's Rob with Aurora after the show. She was glad we came, and so were we.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pajama Storytime

Last night we met Amber, Aurora and Clark at the library for Pajama Storytime. If you’ve never been to Pajama Storytime, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderful children’s program at Laura’s Library (named for Laura Bush, with a statue of her out front) that takes place on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM.  Here’s what happens: The children arrive in pajamas and sit on the floor on big pillows. Then the librarian (also in pajamas) reads picture books and sings songs with them. When it’s over everyone gets get milk and cookies – even the parents and grandparents!

This picture is from the song portion of Pajama Storytime last night. Aurora’s in the middle with her back to the camera, and  Amber and Clarkie are on the left clapping and singing along.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hey, that's us!

It’s such a relief (to me, if not to you) to have a blog where we can just wear our regular clothes.  In our last blog, Life is Just a Bowl of Chicken, where our goal was to recreate retirement photos, I had to shop for exactly the right outfit for Robert and me for every post. It was very time consuming, though we did end up with a lot of age-appropriate clothes.  We also ended up with a lot of cute pictures, which is what this post is about. Because, even though the Chicken Blog was deleted years ago, a handful of those pictures are still around. And, much to our surprise (since no one ever asked us), they’ve taken on a new life as real retirement photos! Here’s a screenshot of a website for a tax consultant in Kansas. Do you recognize anybody? Yep, that’s us! In fact, we’re all over the place, on websites from Costa Rica to California. I’ve thought of contacting them, but they probably don’t even know where the pictures originally came from. But I do – and it’s just wacky!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Don't forget to scream

Last night Amber invited us over for dinner. After dinner, Clarkie serenaded us by strumming Chuck’s guitar and singing a unique version of Row Row Row Your Boat. It went like this: “Row row row your boat, gently down the stream, if you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream – AAH!” He sang about 15 verses, each time with a different animal. But between every verse, he ran full speed from the guitar stand in the dining room to where we were all sitting in the living room to get suggestions for the next animal. As soon as he heard one he liked, he ran back to the guitar and sang. It was hilarious.

Here’s Robert with Aurora and me with Clarkie.


Thursday, July 23, 2015


Two years ago, Robert and I decided to try the two-condo plan, splitting our time between Florida and Texas. So far the plan has worked pretty well, except for the mail. Since we switch places every two months, we can’t use Temporary Forwarding, which the post office wants a minimum of three months for. And we can't use Vacation Hold, which the post office wants a maximum of one month for. After trying various things – like lying to the post office about the two months - we finally set it up so our bills come by email and our snail mail goes to Austin, where a neighbor gets it for us when we’re gone. Nothing goes to Florida. But when we’re there, I still check the mail every day, which for some reason Robert thinks is funny. Yes, if I want to hear him laugh, all I have to do is say, “I’m going to check the mail.” But here in Austin it’s a different story. I think I’ll check the mail.

Yes! Mail! Woo hoo!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


One of the interesting things about Austin is that there are deer everywhere.  At our first house in Austin, we could watch deer from our living room and bedroom windows.  Robert trained Joey not to chase the deer, but he never got tired of looking at them.  Now that we live in a condo, we don’t see deer from our windows anymore, but they’re not very far away. In fact, almost every time we take a walk around the neighborhood, we see deer. It’s always awe-inspiring to see them. They’re such gentle animals – and the fawns are so cute! This morning, Robert went on his usual morning walk and took the camera. Here’s what he found.

These two were relaxing in the yard of a single family house around the corner.  Aw….

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Hi!  Welcome to Fun with Rob and Ellie, which came close to being named Here and There, except it turned out there are already dozens of blogs – and a movie with Cyndi Lauper – named Here and There.  But as far as I can tell, there’s no Fun with Rob and Ellie. (When I told Robert this, he said, “I wonder why?”) Anyway, this is going to be a simple blog about what Robert and I are doing, unlike our last blog, Life is Just a Bowl of Chicken, where we painstakingly recreated retirement photos, or the one before that, Joey the Golden Retriever, where I listened carefully while Joey told me what to write.

Right now we’re in Austin and the weather is perfect for swimming in the pool at our condo. So yesterday afternoon Amber, Chuck and the kids came over to do just that. Afterward we went to Whataburger for dinner.

Here’s Amber, Clark, me, Robert, Aurora, and Chuck on the back patio. It was great to see everyone!

So, welcome again to Fun with Rob and Ellie. I’m glad you’re here!