Now two months in to our new volunteer assignment at the LBJ National Historical Park as Interpretive Guides at the "boyhood home"
and we are loving it! All except the hours. Working Sunday thru Wednesday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm with a 20 minute lunch break is WAAAAYYYY too much like real work. We get home most evenings and CRASH, spend our weekends relaxing.
Now I'm not complaining mind you....it has been a great to learn the job of "Interpreter" (which we find we really like). The volunteer Coordinators here have provided us with great training, (both in the classroom and on the job). If our work week was 3 days on, 4 days off, this would be the perfect place.
As on most jobs we are meeting a lot of great people and slowly getting to explore the area. There is a HUGE advantage to being 1 hour north of San Antonio where Bill's little sister, Jane, lives. Jane and her husband Tim know the area well and have been able to make some fabulous recommendations to us for stuff we can do with them, or not..... but all fun! It seems like we never have enough time to spend with them over the years.....For a few months anyway, we'll be able to get our Tim and Jane fix:-)
For the last 2 weeks we have been training for the "Texas White House" venue. The LBJ National Historical Park consists of two venues, 13 miles apart. You have seen the Boyhood Home...now take a look at LBJ's adult home, The "Texas White House".We have been preparing to take tours thru this much larger home, and have learned a great deal more about the man in the process: fascinating!
During our short breaks between tours we hang out in the "poolhouse".....too bad it has been drained.It is positioned by the outdoor pool, and on a nice day, the outdoor pool is a wonderful place to sit and relax. The breaks are short (10-20 minutes) now....but when the busy season starts in March, even those short breaks will vaporize and we will jump from tour to tour.
These busy weeks have been made easier to take, due to fun times with family and friends....times that would not have been possible without us having hit the road....chances to give and receive:
|Surprise visit from Tim and Jane (Bill's sister)|
|Molly is hanging in there, happy with her pain medication. Still, we know she is in her last weeks:-(|
|Jane and I at the rodeo/concert|
|Tim and Bill at the rodeo/concert|
|Mutton Busting: The BEST part of the rodeo! Hysterical!|
|After the rodeo...how bout a little Tim McGraw:-)|