Posted by: David Bent | May 3, 2015

April – May 2015

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April-May 2015

April showers have come and gone.  Wow, what a month!  We had several major T-Storms come through our area in the month of April.  These storms produced a large amount of rain and in some areas, hail and tornadoes.  We on the other-hand only had two tornado watch alerts [Storm systems likely to produce a tornado] however, no tornado developed.  The good news, we had enough rainfall to fill all our water tables and reservoirs.  Central & SE Texas is no longer considered to be in drought conditions.

My first weather station stopped reporting weather data and I discovered that the thermo-hygrometer sensor failed.  So, I purchased a new upgrade station.  The new station is more streamline and is also solar powered.  It has a direct WiFi connection to the base station which is linked directly to the Weather Underground Network.  No further need to have a hard-wire connection between the base station and my computer.

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[Weather Underground website link:  http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KTXLEAGU30#history]

Just click onto the link above and you can see [real-time] weather data from our backyard.

Marcia’s sewing group girls, finally finished their first dresses.  This was the major project for the month of April and it took nearly four weeks to complete.  Two girls [sisters] were so excited, that they came twice a week until they finished their dresses before the other two girls in the group.

Halfway into the project, Marcia came down with a respiratory virus.  It appears that she contracted the virus from one of the girls in the sewing group.  Well, this really set her back.  Fortunately, all the girls were able to complete the April project before Marcia really became disabilitated.  She finally had to  cancel the class this last Friday. [May 1st]

Well, it looks like we will not be making our annual trek to CA this summer.  However, we are thinking about making the trip back to the “Left Coast” sometime in September.  We will just have to see how everything works out this summer. [Weather permitting]  As you know, hurricane season starts on June 1st. [Continues until November 1st].  The current forecast models indicate that we should have a slow season. [We will just have to keep a close watch on what happens in the Gulf of Mexico]

Katie and Matt are planning their wedding for July of 2016. Of course, Marcia has been helping as a consultant on helping Katie decide what styles and choices will work.  The wedding will be help in Avila Beach, CA  [Details to follow]

Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of June, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

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Posted by: David Bent | March 29, 2015

March 2015

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March 29, 2015

I know, it’s already the end of March.  So far, there really hasn’t been much to report as far as what has been happening with TheBentLife family.

The only significant activity has been Marquise’s cataract eye surgery.   Two weeks ago, Marquise underwent cataract eye surgery for her left eye.  The procedure was performed at Baylor Vision Medical Center in Houston.  Marquise has had all of her diabetic related eye surgeries done there.  They removed the cataract and implanted a new lens in her left eye.  The actual surgery only took 30 minutes.  Within 24 hours, she was able to see out of her left eye once again. She now has 20/20 vision in that eye.  [Without glasses]  Her right eye has not developed any cataracts and will be used for nearsighted vision, while her left eye will be used for farsighted vision.

The second major event was the engagement between Katie & Matt.  Matt, formally proposed, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos, CA.  The wedding date has not been announced however, the wedding will take place sometime next year in CA.

Today is Palm Sunday.  As we celebrate the beginning of Easter Week and the special events that took place two thousand years ago.  At the end of this Holy week we are reminded that “He is Risen”  and ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us.  We must remember that Jesus will be returning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Time is short and the urgency for witnessing unto all the world is paramount.  Daily news accounts of events around the world are falling into place in accordance with Biblical Prophecy.  We are in fact watching the “Last Days” unfold before our eyes.  So, as Christians, we must be ready for Jesus’s return. Studying the Word of God, praying unceasingly, and singing praises to our Lord.  We must fill our lamps with oil [Receiving the Holy Spirit] and be ready for the Bridegroom on His wedding night.

Next month we all must pay our dues to the government.  April 15th is always a dark day however, Jesus reminded us that what we are giving, already belongs to the government. We are just giving a small portion back to them in accordance with the law, with interest.  I do wish they eventually pass the “Fair Tax” bill and do away with the IRS.

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Posted by: David Bent | February 9, 2015

February 2015

February 8, 2015

Wow, we’re in February already.  The New Year has started off, with us running at a fast pace.  January, had two Family Birthdays.  Marcia’s birthday was on the 21st and Briannah’s was on the 22nd.  I am not allowed to give out Marcia’s age however, Briannah turned 10 years old!  She is growing up so fast, it takes my breath away.

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We sent Briannah a big box of Birthday gifts and she called us just after opening them, to give us a very big Thank You!  Marcia had a quiet Birthday and we just celebrated with what she wanted to do for the day.

Most of the month was working on Year End budget summaries and setting up the 2015 budget tracking program.  We also filed for our Social Security Benefits and Medicare.  It was time for these two “Baby Boomer’s” to start collecting; after all the years we paid into the accounts.  Now, we have a little extra income to spend on ourselves, outside of the mandatory monthly budget expenses.

I also, collected all our documentation for this year’s Income Tax Filing. [Oh, Bother]  It’s that time of the year. I wish they would just go to a Flat-tax program and repeal the Federal Tax Code & the IRS.[Note:  I do not think this will happen until we get a conservative GOP/Republican in the White House. [One can Dream?]

The weather has been cooler with a few isolated showers during the month of January.  So far, it has been a mild winter.

I have my annual medical physical this month. It is always an adventure of poking and prodding along with blood lab tests, that we all have to endure. I will provide an update on the medical exam results, next month.

Marcia started a weekly sewing class for several neighborhood preteen girls, this past week. The first class was last Friday. [02/06/15]  All four girls attend the same school and took the school bus that stops in front of our house.  Marcia, took pictures of them stepping off the bus and they all gave her a great big hug.  The girls have their own “Cubbie Box” to store their backpacks, along with their shoes, and coats. They each have a clear plastic box to keep all their sewing tools organized.

The first project for the day, was to teach them how to work and sew on the sewing machine.  This was accomplished by, first, drawing a pattern on a piece of paper, [using bottle cap lids].   Sewing down straight lines they had drawn on paper. Once, they got comfortable sewing, they cut felt using their pre-drawn patterns [ multi-sized cap lids]  and sewed [connected] all the felt circles together to make a chain.  While one girl sewed, the others worked on their patterns and their “Cubbie” ID tags.  Marcia was in her teaching element and had a wonderful time preparing a new generation of dedicated sewers.

Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of March, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

Posted by: David Bent | January 7, 2015

January, 2015

January 4, 2015

The Big December Road Trip Adventure:

Now, that we are back home in Texas, I thought I would share our latest Christmas road trip adventure we took to California.  We left on Tuesday, 12/23/14 at 4:00 am in the morning and drove all the way to Los Cruces, NM, [via I-10] arriving around 5:00 pm [MST].  We stayed the night at the Drury Hotel Suites.  They allow pets and have a great dog facility.  Madison fit right in and seemed to really enjoy being with us in the motel room.  The Hotel also provided Free “Kick Back Dinner” & Free Breakfast along with free WiFi.

The Hotel provided us with a great hot breakfast before we headed out for Flagstaff, AZ.  We took I-25 north to Albuquerque, NM, then West on I-40 to Flagstaff.  We arrived at approximately, 5:00 pm and had dinner at the Sizzler restaurant, before checking-in at the Drury Hotel. [Christmas Eve]  The hotel was booked full and the lounge area was full of families, guests, children, and pets.  I couldn’t believe what a chaotic loud circus it was.  We stayed in our room, getting cleaned up and ready for early retirement.  [Note: we did not see much of the scenery, as it was dark when we arrived and dark when we left on Christmas Day.  We left around 4:00 am and headed for the Mojave Desert via I-40.  We crossed into CA at Lake Havasu. This was the first time we had driven this route and it was amazing to see mile upon mile of sand & nothingness as far as the eye could see.  Also, there was little to no traffic and the thought of breaking down out in the middle of the Mojave, [was a little disconcerting to say the least]; caused us to thank God for blessing us with a sturdy dependable vehicle.

We crossed the desert and climbed through the Tehachapi mountain range.  We took I-58 to Bakersfield, then I-5 up to Hwy-46.  We headed West to Paso Robles, CA then ended our trip in Atascadero, CA  around 3:00 pm [PST] on Christmas Day.

We spent the next hour, unpacking our vehicle and setting up our guest room/office.  Katie, the grandchildren and Katie’s fiance [Matt] made a make-shift [tented guest room] in the garage, downstairs from all the upstairs noise and family activities.  They had even setup an office work space for me so, I could work my regular [Houston] hours during our stay.  [This was a working road trip]  I had to continue to clock in [Houston] time every business day the dealership was open.  Fortunately, the dealership was closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. [Then, later on New Years Day]  That meant, that I had to get up at 5:00 am every working morning, to cover customer eLeads & voice-mail messages at 7:00 am [CST]. The upside, I got to clock-out at 5:00 pm [PST].

Once all the luggage and Christmas presents were unloaded and we pretty much got ourselves settled in; we had Christmas dinner.  [Hot homemade clam chowder in a Sourdough bread bowl].  After dinner, we enjoyed opening our Christmas stockings, and individual gifts.  This is a family tradition, where one member of the family [Briannah] passes out all the gifts to each family member.  Then we start at the youngest member, who then, opens just one gift.  The activities then shifts to the next member, then the next, until we come full circle.  This allows everyone to see the gifts being opened and receive the thank you hugs, before going to the next family member. [Also, time to pick up wrapping paper(s) and boxes for the trash]  This approach allows us to extend the gift presentation time to 2+ hours of family enjoyment.

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We had so much fun watching the Grandchildren and Adults opening Christmas gifts on Christmas. [Briannah was Santa’s little helper…loving the moment when she realizes that the gift she picked out, was hers! ]

Friday, was my work day so, I was tied to the computer and phone most of the day while family did their thing, visiting, shopping, and resting up.

Marcia & Marquise helped around the house and assisted with food shopping along with loving on the grandchildren during the next week.  I on the other hand, had to work Mon – Thursday.  We [the Family] played “Bunko” New Years Eve. We celebrated the “Texas Time Zone New Years” clock count-down and went to bed around 10:30 pm [PST].

On New Years Day, we got up at 3:00 am and headed to Phoenix, AZ [via Hwy-101 & I-10]  We passed through Pasadena during the Rose Bowl Parade and saw the overhead Goodyear Blimp.  Of course all the Interstate exits were closed and there was no way we could get to the parade route.

I-10 traffic was light all the way to Phoenix.   Shortly before reaching Phoenix, it started snowing.  We experience snow flurries for several miles however, it did not stick to the roadway.  We arrived at the New Phoenix Drury Hotel around 4:30 pm and settled in.  This was the best Drury Hotel by far.  The temperatures starting dropping and it started snowing during the later evening hours.

We had a great nights sleep and left at 10:30 am [MST] after breakfast.  We had a six hour trek ahead of us as we continued on I-10.  We finally made it to Los Cruces, NM, staying the night at the Drury Hotel.  By this time everyone was pretty familiar with the routine, including, Madison.  Our last and final trek was on Saturday.  Travelling the entire width of Texas.

The final trek started out smoothly, we left on time, the roads were clear, and we were making good time until we reached Fort Handcock, TX. [Outside temperature = 22º]  I-10 was frozen over.  There was about 2-3 inches of ice [and snow] covering the entire four lanes of traffic. [Posted Speed Limit 80 MPH] Vehicles and trucks were down to a crawl [30-35 MPH].  I stayed behind an eighteen wheeler in the RT/Slow lane.  The ice in this lane had broken up and the truck traffic had plowed a path that allow us to continue without experiencing traction loss.  This set us back approximately [4] hrs on our time schedule.  Instead of arriving home around 3:00 pm, our estimated time of arrival was now, 7:00 pm Saturday evening.

In spite of this delay and cold weather conditions, I was able to get my Saturday morning work done by stopping at a [frozen over] Truck Stop [Van Horn, TX].  As we headed Eastbound on I-10, we counted [9] Tractor Trailers on their sides in the median and/or off the side of the road, [broken apart] Approximately, seven (car type) vehicles had spun-out and ended off the road between Fort Handcock and Fort Stockton, TX.

The weather continued to be clear all the way home and we made good time.  We arrived in League City at 7:30 pm.  Once we got settled, we ordered Chinese Dinner(s) and chowed down after a long grueling day [15 hrs.] on the road.  Now, it was getting use to Houston time and enjoying our “Home Sweet Home.”

From all of us at TheBentLife family, we would like to wish you a Very:

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Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of February, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

Posted by: David Bent | December 11, 2014

December 1, 2014 [Updated]

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Bent Family News & Activities:

November was a very busy month for us here in Texas.  After the whorl-wind  activities in October with Marcia’s sister, Elizabeth (Becky) visiting for the Houston Quilt Festival. Then, along with transitioning our house into the Thanksgiving mode, we have all kept quite busy around here.

We spent time  unpacking all our Thanksgiving decorations and getting the household ready to celebrate Thanksgiving & Hanukkah this year.

We all had a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Deep Fried turkey, stuffing, greens, mashed potatoes or pie.  We had sweet potatoes, green bean salad and  cheese cake berry desert.  After dinner, we spent the rest of the night playing board & card games.

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Sunday was a day of rest and recovery.

Now, we are taking down all the Thanksgiving decorations and putting up new Christmas decorations for this years celebration of our Lord’s birth. Marcia is the one who is pulling everything all together and has created quit a wonderful mantelpiece design this year. [JOY]  As we get closer to Christmas, I will start posting pictures of this years Christmas adventure.

Now, that we are fully into the Christmas Season spirit, we will continue to finish our home exterior and interior decorations during this coming week.   So, starting next weekend, we will be listening to all our favorite Christmas music in the background.

TheBentLife Family Announcement:  Christmas Road-Trip Adventure — Starts: Tuesday, 12/23/14 headed to CA.  Returning to Texas on or/about: January 1, 2015 — Arriving back home: Sunday, 01/3/15.  We will be taking “Madison” [Our Dog] with us so, it will be a full load, coming and going.

Christmas Eve  = Flagstaff, AZ    Christmas Day = Atascadero, CA

I will be updating this page during the Christmas week with additional family activities and pictures.

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Posted by: David Bent | November 2, 2014

November 1 2014

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October has finally come and gone.  It was a busy month.  First, I spent the entire month celebrating my 67th birthday.  I had a wonderful time just enjoying and taking care of  pet projects and personal wishlists.

I upgraded my cellphone to a Samsung Galaxy S5 (Android].  Wow, what an improvement over the last phone I was struggling with.  Now, I have a smartphone that really is a smartphone with memory and long battery life. This makes all the difference in the world with my personal communication with family & friends as well as a great tool for my job.  If you have been procrastinating in upgrading to a new phone, I recommend this model before jumping onto the iPhone 6 following.  I have not had any software issues or upgrade issues with the Samsung whereas, iPhone 6 users have had several glitches and problems with their new phones.  An optional smartphone [upgrade] would be the Samsung Note Galaxy 4.  I will be moving up to the Samsung Note Galaxy 4 [ or newer version] the next time I upgrade; in about two years.

The family provided me with several nice gifts and a great Birthday dinner.  I opted out of having a Birthday cake this year, as I no longer enjoy eating all that sugar.  I have cut back on sugar and other foods that are detrimental to my body.

Marcia worked on several quilting projects during October and re-organized her Crafts Room.  She also redecorated several rooms and got everything ready for her sister’s [Elizabeth]  visit at the end of the month.  They spent the first weekend of November attending the Houston International Quilt Festival .  They stayed at the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel Saturday night. The hotel provided shuttle service to and from the festival, located at the George R Brown Convention Center.

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I spent the weekend watching the “Wings Over Houston” Air Show from my backyard.  This year the Navy Blue Angels were the featured group.  I really enjoy watching their flying skills and spectacular performance. [It got really loud from their engine acceleration(s)]

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This weekend the temperatures dropped down into the daytime highs of [70] and night-time lows of [39].  We are having wonderful Fall weather once again.  This is my favorite time of the year.  Last night the time changed back to DST [Fall back the Clock] So, we gained one hours this morning.  And Yes, I did not forget to turn back the clocks one hour before I went to bed.

We had .37 inches of rain last week and approximately 30 inches of rain so far this year.  This is great news, as our Drought issues have ended and we have plenty of aquifer water table levels to meet our local water needs.  [Local Weather Snap Shot]

Now, that it is November, the next favorite time of the year is, “Thanksgiving.”  This year we purchased a deep oil fryer for the Turkey bake.  It will only take approximately 20-30 minutes to cook the Turkey.  I have enjoyed this style of Turkey before [at work-site]  and it is really, really good. The other type, is smoked Turkey.  I have really enjoyed the Huge Smoked Turkey Legs at Wings Over Houston. [One leg will last you ALL Day!]  Next month, I will post pictures of our new adventure in cooking.

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So far, everyone is well and healthy.  We have truly been blessed with good health and a lovely home in the great Lone Star State of Texas.  Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.

Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of December, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

Posted by: David Bent | October 5, 2014

October 1 2014

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September has finally come and gone.  It was a wet month [2.0+ inches of rain] for September.  We are now officially out of the drought status for the state.  October came in with a cold front and our temperatures dropped down into the 60’s.  However, they climbed back up into the 80’s over the first weekend. [Humidity 40-52%]

Good news for September.  Marquise’s eye sight is completely restored in her left eye after surgery and recovery. She is now off all restrictions.  So, Marquise and Marcia resumed their weekly bike rides and completed a 12 mile route on Saturday.  Of course, they were both a little out of shape after the three month hiatus.

I have been busy completing several “Honey Do’s” around the house…installed a new kitchen sink faucet, Cleaned the outside siding [power wash] and rear patio as well as working on landscaping [Flower Beds, Walkway].  All necessary Fall chores that need to be done. [Plus the weather was perfect for the task(s)]

We have been enjoying the opportunity to once again sit outside on the patio during the late afternoon and evening hours, watching the clouds, birds and other wildlife. [plus the peace & quiet of nature]  So far, the mosquitoes have not been a problem.

There are a few of events we are looking forward to at the end of the month.  First, is the International Quilting Festival at the “George R Brown Convention Center in Houston.  This is an annual event both Marcia & her sister, Elizabeth love to attend, together.  Second, is “Wings Over Houston” air show at Ellington Field [Airport] this year the US Navy Blue Angels will be the featured team. Third, is the annual Oktoberfest in Galveston. All these activities are in October,  However, this year “Wings Over Houston” is on the first weekend of November.

This year my Birthday falls on a Thursday.  Therefore, we will probably celebrate on the weekend.  Other than going out for a birthday dinner, [Japanese Restaurant]  I am not sure what else the family has planned at this time.

Also, this month, are the wonderful Jewish Festivals we celebrate as a family.  We are looking forward to “The Feast of Trumpets” [Rosh Hoshanah] (Sept. 2015)  We are praying and reading the Word of God [Worshiping in Spirit and Song] in order to fill our cups with the Holy Spirit.  [Waiting for King of Kings, Lord of Lords — Return]

(1 Corinthians 15:52 NIV in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. )

We are living in amazing times…as we watch the daily news, we can see Biblical Prophecy happening everyday, providing us signs and wonders that encourage us to prepare ourselves for the day of our Lord.  His coming, will be in a twinkling of a eye…in the very near future.  Are you ready?  [John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.]

Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of November, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

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Posted by: David Bent | September 7, 2014

September 1, 2014

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 September 1, 2014

It is amazing how quickly summer has come and went.  School has started and we are heading into an early Fall season.  So far, God has been gracious to us and we have not had any Hurricanes this season . However, we have returned to our normal T-Storm rain cycle. [20-30 minutes of mid-afternoon rain every other day]  We have had over 24 inches of rain so far this year.  We are still in Hurricane season until November 1st.  Once we reach the end of September there is little chance of anything major developing.  It is rare to have a Hurricane landfall in October.

Not much has happened since my August posting.  The most significant development has been Marquise’s health.

She had to drop out of today’s Hersey, PA bike ride event with her bike team, “Team in Training.”  On August 28th, she had major left eye laser surgery at Baylor Eye Medical Center here in Houston.  This surgery was done to repair her diabetic Retinopathy.  Four days before the surgery she had a new Pre-op procedure done at Baylor.  This procedure consisted of injecting a healing recovery enhancement medication directly into the eye. This was a new procedure to help speed up healing and vision recovery after the surgery.

This second surgery removed the scaring and cleaned up any additional blood vessels that were leaking.

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She had the same procedure in her right eye a couple of years ago and it was successful however, without the new pre-op procedure and there were complications which required additional corrective surgery.  Needless to say, she has been recovering from the surgery for the past week.  Including, carpooling with one of her coworkers, as she is not allowed to drive until after the first week.  She also had to drop out of the bike event as her doctor did not encourage/recommend her participation.  She was off work for a couple of days after the surgery and has to refrain from riding her bike or performing any physical exercise during this recovery period.

After one week of recovery her vision has started to return in her left eye much quicker then before.  She has not had the pain issues she had before and it appears that her eye is on the road to a full recovery.  The new procedure worked wonders.

Today is the Hershey, PA bike event and Marquise’s team, “Team in Training” arrived a few days before the event and established a home-base as well as doing a trial run on the course.

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So far the team is having a lot of fun.  They had a good start and have already reached the first Rest-Stop in the 100 mile event.  [They received Hershey Kisses]  The team is in contact with Marquise and will continue to report their progress during the event.

Friday, we had several tornado funnel clouds approximately 10 miles from our house. [Texas City, TX]  There was no report of property damage or injuries.  All the area school districts locked down and sheltered in place for about two hours.  This was the closest funnel cloud sighting we have had in the ten years we have lived in Texas. Marcia was out shopping and saw the dark ominous clouds to the south and new that something was going on.  She shortened her shopping adventure and came home to seek shelter from the approaching storm.  We never received any rain or wind during this event as it was isolated to the SE area of League City, Dickinson and Texas City.

Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of October, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

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Posted by: David Bent | August 10, 2014

August 1, 2014

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August Newsletter:

We’re back!  It has been a few months since I have posted our Newsletter.  Time has really flown by and there has been a lot of things that have happened since my last posting.

First, my work schedule continues to be pretty much 24/7, monitoring customer email leads and making sure everything is processed properly. There have been a couple of platform changes and upgrades in our operating systems so, there has been an accelerated training curve as well.  In mid-July we finally got the After Hours Services back up and running.  So now, I do not have to worry about any customer eLeads after 7:00 pm.

Second, Marquise has been training for a 100 mile bike riding event scheduled in September. She is part of a bike group called, ” Team In Training.”  The group will be traveling to Hersey, PA and take part in the 100 mile event.  The team provided transportation for the members as well as their bikes to the event.   [Click On-to-Pic]10169455_10203006640300589_3484106225798676145_n

Marquise has set up a “HOPE-HERO” donation page: [http://pages.teamintraining.org/txg/trdechoc14/MarquiseNBent]

In June, Marcia & I traveled to CA and “House-sat” for her sister, Elizabeth who lives in Avila Beach, CA.  We stayed a full month, taking care of the residence and their pet dog while Elizabeth & Jack took a European Cruise.

During our stay, we entertained the grandchildren at the residence, during the second week. [Briannah & Nathan]  Marcia taught both of them how to sew on a sewing machine she bought for Briannah.  We also purchased a new clarinet for Nathan so he could practice during the summer, since he had to turn his school clarinet back in at the end of school. Nathan sounds pretty good for only playing the clarinet during this past school year.

The third week, Nathan and Caleb traveled to Yosemite with their Boy Scout Troop for a Boy Scout Camp.  They spent one week in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range near the National Park.

This was a working-vacation for me.  Between my [Houston-time] work schedule, I was able to enjoy visiting with several of my previous co-worker retired friends in the San Luis Obispo area.

Of course, we spent as much time as possible with Katie and the grandchildren, visiting their residence in Atascadero and going out to dinner in the evenings.

Just prior to coming home, we spent a day in Paso Robles at the “Ravine” [Water Amusement Park] The grandchildren really enjoyed the water slides and pools, providing a much needed cool down from the heat.  This was the first time I had been at the park since it was built.  Marcia had visited then park on one of her visits with the grandchildren during a previous summer visit.

The CA visit was wonderful and we really enjoyed the patio view overlooking San Luis Bay and Avila Beach.  The cool morning Pacific breezes [fog] was a nice change for the Texas heat and humidity.

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While we were away from our League City, TX residence, we made arrangements for a neighbor teenager and his mother to check in on Madison once a day.  They let her out so she could take care of “pending pressure” duties as well as played with her in the backyard.  They also, made sure she had plenty of water and gave her dog treats when she behaved well.

Our flights to CA and return to TX both went well.  This was the first time we experienced TSA -VIP check-in security services.  We didn’t have to take our shoes or belts off and we did not have to go through the full body scanner.  Below, is a view of our landing approach to IAH and sunset over Houston.

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Well, that’s what has been happening around here.  I will update the page if there are any breaking news items that develop between now and the first part of September, when I will post my next newsletter.  In the meantime, please sign our “Guestbook Page” and visit our Facebook site for further family & friend(s) news and activities.  Have a great month.  Blessings, from TheBentLife Family.

Local News & Updates:                                                           

Galveston County Local News

Local League City News

City of League City 

Bay Area News

The Police News

State News & Updates:

Houston Chronicle

Austin News (Statesman)

Austin Chronicle

Texas Legislature OnLine

Dallas Morning News

Miscellaneous Info:

Galvestion County News & Info

Johnson Space Center News

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Posted by: David Bent | April 21, 2014

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