By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers
A letter from Joyce Carpenter, wife of the RVers’ friend, James “Butterbean” Carpenter:
THANK YOU FOR THE CARDS … ALL OUR RV TRAVELLING-BLOGGER FRIENDS MEAN SO MUCH TO BUTTERBEAN AND ME. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU.
NOW NEWS OF A HISTORIC EVENT: BUTTERBEAN IS HAVING CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS IN HEAVEN AND WITH US HERE ON EARTH IN HIS GREAT WONDERFUL LOVING SPIRIT. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LET EVERYONE “OUT THERE” KNOW, BECAUSE YOU ALL MEANT SO MUCH TO HIM AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP WAS HIS MOST IMPORTANT CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. YOU ALL TOOK HIM PLACES HE COULD NEVER GO AND SHARED ALL THE BIG AND SMALL EVENTS OF YOUR LIVES WITH HIM — FAMILY OF CHOICE — HE REALLY LOVED YOU ALL SO MUCH, AND I THANK YOU FOR MAKING THESE LAST FEW YEARS OF HIS LIFE WHEN HE WAS SO CONFINED TO THIS RANCH HE LOVED SO MUCH THE BEST YEARS OF HIS LIFE,
LOVE AND BLESSINGS, BE SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BUTTERBEAN AND ME – JOYCE
Monique and I crossed the uninviting northern tier of Texas in 2012, enduring miles of Lone Star nothingness to visit his ranch. We veered onto the byway that led us to their place, turning left to cross a cattle guard. There was Butterbean, wife Joyce and their menagerie of horses coming out to greet us. Their home, mostly hidden by their Georgie Boy motorhome parked in the front yard, is a traditional rustic one-story, featuring walls lined and countertops speckled with items they collected over the years before and since their move from the Dallas area.
Both had retired to the work of taking care of the half-dozen or so American miniature horses plus Rosie, the mare who was the first to beg Monique for attention. When not outside with the herd, Butterbean spent his time on the computer, monitoring RV.net and other websites and blog sites.
From time-to-time we are able to accept invitations to visit our readers. And while all of our experiences have been enjoyable, without a doubt, our visit to the ranch will stand out as most memorable. I don’t want to sound maudlin, but we gained an extra bit of fulfillment by being there on the edge of Nowhere, saying Howdy to Butterbean and Joyce … and Rosie, and their tail-waggin’ dog, and the American miniatures.
From the “Never-Bored RVers,” We’ll see you on down the road.
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