Our Big Night Out


Man! What a time we had last night! Well, it was a time anyway.

We met some friends at The Red Dome Restaurant in Quitman, Texas. We had dinner, great conversation, and then, and then we decided to throw caution to the wind and go and see a movie.

Oceans 8, at the Historic Select Theater. One screen, one snack bar, and one auditorium, and retro prices. Can you say, “Old Fashioned”? Yes, it’s the oldest continuously operating movie theater in t

The History Select Theater and now also Lake Country Playhouse in Mineola, Texas, is a historic movie theater and you could NOT beat the atmosphere. It doesn’t even matter what’s showing; it’s not about the movie anyway. I can’t remember having that much enjoyment going to the movies in a long, long time. It just seemed like there was not as much pressure as going to the movies “in town.” It seemed like it was OK for us to enjoy our time without having to report to our friends that we saw “The Latest”, or “The sexiest”, or the “Wildest”, or “Bloodiest”, or the whatever the movies are supposed to be.

We live a part of our life at Providence R V Park out by Lake Fork. Arguably, the best bass fishing lake in the state of Texas, or maybe the USA, or, depending on who you talk to, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

This R V Park is a little different. It feels sort of like a pressure relief valve, and I don’t know any one who doesn’t need RELIEF from the daily pressure of life we all seem to live with. I have a permanent place here, my own personal relief valve, and I just don’t think I can give it up. My wife wants me to live a lot longer and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think that will happen without my relief valve.

And part of that relief is the people in our community. People who live here are probably the best neighbors we could have. They come from all walks of life, professions, backgrounds, but sooo friendly. Real salt of the earth types. And I would bet if you ask them, they could sense the relief as well.

I love it here.

Come and see!




Making the Switch?

I was just having a conversation with our newest guests at Providence R V Parks this morning. You would think when someone talks about living full time in an R V they are probably older or retired or just can’t take care of a house like they used to. Well, you’d be wrong!

These people are mid- thirties, young by my standards, “seizing the day” type folks! They know where they are going, and how to get there in style… AND LIVE! We couldn’t be happier to have them added to our community in the woods.

Are you ready to make the switch?

Providence RV Park

Secure, Serene, Secluded

Wow, she’s a beaut.

Well, we got a really big one in today! RV that is. Brand new, Landmark 43-footer. Three big slides,

three ac units, self – leveling, etc. It is amazing to me to watch the unit level itself, by itself, without my help. It’s got it all, and it’s beautiful.

And the young owners are so pleasant to be around. Matter of fact, I’m glad ALL our people are here, and fun to be with, and they all help make up our pleasant and peaceful community.

What a really nice place to live!


Coffee, BBQ, Gatherings

Residents at Providence RV Park, Quitman, Texas, regularly enjoy spending time at the local Speakeasy, ur uh, coffee house. This weekend we met a number of our residents at the Dogwood Festival. (Of course, I tend to think they came for the BBQ.) Whatever the reason, we’re a community within a community.

Residents at Speakeasy

Secret Squirrel Saga


Secretly Watching

Well, the secret sect of squirrels didn’t touch the feed corn in the new feeder I set out in order to catch them in the act…of just eating. They did, however, take the grapes out of the old feeder, but alas, I didn’t see them. REALLY? Are they that finicky of what type of feeder their free food comes out of? Maybe they want it on a silver platter. Or are they truly stealth squirrels and know when they are being watched? Hmm. I think I’ll start watching for deer.

Dogwoods in Quitman with Providence RV Park

Dogwood Tree – The flowers of the dogwood tree form a perfect cross, which is why it became associated with Easter as a tree of renewal and beginnings. This sturdy nature gives the Dogwood pirit additional symbolic values including strength, protection and a firm will.

Yes, the dogwood tree means a lot to people around here. We have several at Providence R V Park. They are a great addition to nearly any landscape theme, a very attractive tree. Also, here comes the magic words, LOW COST Trees.

And as good a reason as any for folks around here to get together, have a cook out, play some dominoes, have competitions, and eat lots of food. I call it the “Lake Fork Effect”. It extends from Minneola to Hawkins to Winnsboro to Sulphur Springs to Yantis to Emory to Quitman to pretty much all around here.

I even heard there is a Dogwood Festival in Austin.

Just remember, THE QUITMAN, TEXAS DOGWOOD FESTIVAL will be just about the best around, especially if you like eating BBQ.

Join us that weekend, bring your R V, we have 6 spaces available for that week end.

Also, come by our booth at the Festival for more info.



Spring and Secret Squirrels

New Feeder

Old Feeder

We have night squirrels at Providence RV Park. Those that only come out at night.  And I think there’s a secret group of them. They make their presence known though because they take the food I leave for them, mass quantities of food, even their favorite ears of corn.

Are they grateful? It’s a secret. Their secret. I wish they would tell.

I put out a squirrel feeder outside my window – not so close that I would scare them. I just wanted to watch them enjoy the bounty I share. Ear after ear after ear has disappeared without even a site of their tail. The secret sect of squirrels.

Huh, but I’m going to outsmart them. I bought a feeder that looks like a strong green wire that just wraps around the ear of corn and hooks to the tree. It doesn’t even have a front porch for them to perch on. They’ll have to eat it while in the tree. No grab and run routine will work. If this doesn’t work, I’ll add solar lights. If that doesn’t work, I’ll ask James to install a motion sensor with a bell to wake me. Well, I can ask anyway.

Day 1 is past and the corn is still there. They’re probably so well fed they could miss a day. I’ll keep you posted. You would think a swish of their tail and glimpse of their stuffed cheeks wouldn’t be too much to ask.

I’d better go check my bird feeder.


Providence RV Park by Lake Fork.

Spring is Coming Again to the Park

Green of Spring

Dogwood Flower

It’s like we said in one of our video blog postings, the leaves really do look better on the trees instead of under our feet like in Fall. It’s a great time to come and visit the different spots we have and see where you’d like to park your RV for a month, a quarter, or park and set it up for a whole year. It’s the easiest way to keep up with all the fishing tournaments, festivals, like Dogwood, and hunting in the area. And don’t forget the Tyler Rose Festival.

Come and see us, pick your spot, set up your RV in our quiet and secure park, and enjoy going around and seeing what you can see out here in East Texas. There’s also a lot you can do. There’s First Mondays, crafts, garage sales that stretch from Terrell eastward thru Mineola and beyond, and from Mineola up HWY 37 to Quitman, then up 154 to Sulphur Springs. Who knows what you’ll be able to find at one of these.

And some of these “garage sales” are the largest you’ll ever see.

Then, after running around all day, you can return to your RV spot at Providence, where it’s quiet, and rest, take a nap, or just have a glass of iced tea.

In other words, Spring is Coming Again To The Park.

You might as well enjoy it!


P.S. – I really do like it here!

RE-TIREMENT AT Providence R V Parks, at Lake Fork

I used to hear the word “retirement” and what came to my mind was buying a new set of tires, re-tire, for my car.

I then saw friends and relatives “retiring” in the conventional way, you know, Stop working,

Slow down, take it easy, travel, have fun.

These friends and relatives I observed, always tired more easily, generally had less energy, etc.

But the one thing I noticed the most was this sense of “no purpose.” Sure, there’s lots of things to occupy my mind and time, and spend my money on, everything but purpose.

Forgive me, but it’s like having a car, your own car, still usable, you know, “A lot of miles left in this baby!” And yet we tend to trade it in, sell it off, or worse, just stop driving it, using it. The paint is a little rough, needs an oil change or maybe a tune up, OR just maybe it only needs to be Re-Tired, and not retired.

Re-Tired, given a new purpose or direction. In the park we have a young man of 80+ years who while not in the shape he was in at 30 years, but neither am I, still walks with purpose, with an idea in his head of what he’s going to do next. Good for him! I only hope when I’m 80+ years young, I’m still kicking as well as him.

We don’t have a retirement community here at Providence R V Parks at Lake Fork. We do have some retired folks and will take more.

You might think of us as a RE-TIRE center. Put on a new set of tires and keep rolling.

Send me your retired, your wise ones, your “I love life” ones.

Yeah, you could call us a RE-TIRE R V Park



Fishermen’s Special

Laughter is good medicine, so take a healthy dose.

Ask for the fisherman’s special – it’s just a load of crappie.

Providence RV Park, Quitman, Texas, welcomes fishermen.