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Tricia and I have decided to change things up a little bit this Holiday Season and come off the road for a month.

We're spending the holidays visiting Tricia's brother just outside of Austin, TX and were lucky enough to score the campsite right next to his at the RV park where he is currently located.

The bad news is, YES that's a railroad track just 25-yards behind our campsites.
The good news is, it's a slow train that only goes by here once or twice a week, always in the early afternoon and there are no crossings within miles of here where they are required to blow the horn.

Several months ago Jim purchased his own Class A Motorhome to live in. With no immediate plans to hit the road himself, he elected to buy a 17-year old RV with only 20,000 miles on it. Other than being a little dated on the inside, and a little weathered on the outside, it's still in remarkably good shape.

He's already begun the process of making it roadworthy buy purchasing all new tires, new awning slide covers and a new water heater. Minor improvements like changing all the light bulbs over to LEDs, installing new toilets, along with a robust whole-house water filtration system were at the top of his list of things to tackle first.

We're already two weeks into our one month visit and we've taken full advantage of having a temporary mailing address to have numerous Amazon packages sent to us. Several trailer projects that we've been putting off will finally get taken care of while we're here...

...and Tricia will enjoy an extended visit with her brother for the first time in nearly 6 years.

TUESDAY - We haven't been getting out and doing much over the last two weeks, except tonight we made the drive down to Austin to check out the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar which included live music.

Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World". After looking at row after row of incredible mixed-media artwork we listened to a set performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard, a well known and well liked local Texas folk artist.

With twelve albums of original songs over the last 30-years he is quite an accomplished artist.

We had a great time looking at the artwork knowing we wouldn't purchase anything because we have no place to display it. The music was different than what we usually listen to, but with the audience participation doing sing alongs, it really brought out the pleasures of listening to "live music".

FRIDAY - Tonight we're staying a little closer to home and visiting the "Walkway of Lights" right here is Marble Falls.

The Walkway of Lights is in it's 33rd year! It displays 2 million lights in over 350+ lighted sculptures at Lakeside Park on the banks of the Colorado River in downtown Marble Falls.

It's completely FREE to the public, but they do have a donation box near the entrance.

I should mention that I didn't go out tonight as I wasn't feeling 100%. Don't worry I'm much better now as I write this post a few days later.

On the way home a planned stop was at the local VFW Post to partake in Karaoke Night. Tricia's brother was the only one in their small crowd to actually get up on stage and belt out a few tunes.

His selection of songs to perform were Brick House by the Commodores, followed with Fire and Rain by James Taylor. It was his first time up on this stage, and I do believe he is still welcome to come back anytime he feels the urge to sing.

The VFW Post is open to the public on Karaoke Nights, but if that policy ever changes he still gets an entry pass thanks to the time he served in the Marine Corps.

Christmas (which means "Christ's Mass") is a holiday that is celebrated on December 25. It is a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.

Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

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