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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lazy Days

Sorry for not posting yesterday - I completely forgot! I guess I got so caught up in Dancing with the Stars that I didn't think about the blog. Of course, there really isn't much to share with you all.

Yesterday I found the local Curves and did my duty. Later, Dan, Randy & I got a "picnic" lunch together and took it to Debbie's office and had lunch with her. We were even able to help her a little with some tasks she needed to get done.

I cooked dinner for us last night - Spinach & Cheese Quesadillas. Yum. I love those. They've become a staple in our house, er, RV. :)

The evening ended with the six of us spread through the house watching our various shows.

Today looks like it's going to be even more laid back than yesterday - if you can believe that! I did go to Curves this morning, but that's been about it.

I am cooking dinner again tonight. I know, I know. Hard to believe, but I figured if Debbie has to go to work every day and they are kind enough to let us mooch accommodations, it's the least I can do. Tonight's menu is meat loaf, broccoli and potatoes au gratin. The potatoes are actually from Omaha Steaks are not the casserole kind of au gratin, but each potato is stuffed. We'll see what they taste like.

Now that your heart is racing from reading about the exciting day we've got planned, you can settle down and get it back to normal! ;) Hopefully, tomorrow I'll have something more to share 'cause I think we may do some sightseeing. Hang on 'til then!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Settling in at Dan & Debbie's

After another great meal at Cracker Barrel, we pulled back out onto I40 East and headed to Dan & Debbie's. It was an easy 2.5 hour drive. We arrived about 11am.

Dan & Deb are in MD right now, helping Deb's mom get settled in at home after her surgery. We expect them to roll in sometime around 9pm tonight. I gotta tell ya - it's great to have the kind of friends we have in Dan & Debbie. They allow us the use of their home as if it were our own. We came in and got settled. I even started a load of wash and got a shower! Feels like home. Thanks, Dan & Debbie, for treating us like family!! :)

Here is a picture of their home. Isn't it lovely?

Oh, and here's our "site" at Camp CB. Great, huh? :)

Well, that's about it for today. A short post, but we'll see what happens this week. I'm sure I'll have more to share as the week goes on.

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Overnight at the Cracker Barrel!

Yes, we are spending the night in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel in Mebane, NC. I know, I know - you all are thinking Randy has achieved CB Nirvana! :) Actually, we're just trying to save a few bucks on site fees. Of course, by the time we have breakfast here tomorrow morning, we probably won't have saved a penny!

Anyway, this is something we've never done before - stayed overnight somewhere that is NOT a campground. Usually for overnighters we try to find a cheap campground to pull into, but we decided to give this a try. Many full-time RVers do this on a regular basis. Some even stay at truck stops for a couple of days. I'm not THAT enamored of saving a few bucks!! But, we'll see how we do. The big thing about doing this is that we have no utilities, none, nada, zilch. Since we have no generator, we have no utilities; other than propane that is. So, we'll be reading and going to bed early.

Oh and for those of you who are keeping count - after breakfast tomorrow, Randy will have 58 CBs under his belt - literally!

Tomorrow we'll get to Dan & Debbie's. It's only a couple of hours from here. That's where we'll be for the next week.

And I'm trying a new color for the type this time. Let me know what you think.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, September 26, 2008

Like the New Look?

How do you like the new look to the blog? I love it!! My friend, Amy, made me the header. Isn't it great? She sent me a different one first, as a joke, but I loved it, too, 'cause it showed just how well she knows me. Be sure to click on it so you can read what is says! Here it is:

Isn't it wonderful to have people who know you so well and love you in spite of it?

I also removed the Shout Box 'cause it wasn't being used very much. Plus, I really like getting comments on the individual postings.

Oh, and we made it to Tennessee and we're set up for the night. We'll be leaving here tomorrow about mid-morning and stop for an overnighter somewhere in North Carolina.

Until the next time . . .

We're on Our Way to North Carolina

Whew! Nice to be back online. I will admit it - I'm a computer addict. I really miss being able to play around on the computer when the internet connection is iffy. Oh, well. It's all good now.

As I write this we are on I75 southbound, heading to Heiskell, Tennessee. That's our first stop on our way to Winterville, NC. We've got three days of travel ahead of us. Our stop in Heiskell will be at the Raccoon Valley Escapees Park and then we'll travel until we (read Randy!) gets tired and we'll stop at a truck stop for an overnight. Sunday we'll arrive at Dan & Debbie's house sometime in the afternoon. Three days is about the limit on the number of consecutive travel days Randy likes to do.

Now I need to give you a recap of our week in Kentucky. On Monday we ventured into Covington which sits on the Ohio River just across from Cincinnati, Ohio. There is a riverwalk along the Ohio with several statues of people who made an impact in this area. There are also lots of gorgeous historic homes along the walk. Randy & I really enjoy these walking tours; you get to know so much about an area when you just stroll along its streets and read about its history.

A couple of things to note about this historic district. First the bridge that connects Covington, KY and Cincinnati, OH is a suspension bridge that was a precursor to the Brooklyn Bridge. J.A. Roebling designed both of these bridges.

You'll also find the boyhood home of Daniel Carter Beard here.

Beard is credited with the founding of the modern Boy Scouts of America. He formed "Sons of Daniel Boone" to work with inner city boys and this organization merged with others to become the BSA. You can see pictures of the other statues and homes on our picture website.

Tuesday and Wednesday we spent at the cabin of a friend of Ray & Judy's. Ray & Judy have carte blanche use of this cabin, which is very cool for them. It sits on Elmer Davis Lake, nestled among hickory and cedar trees. It is a very peaceful setting. We really didn't do much that was different than we would do at home, but being in that environment made it feel different.

Backyard view from the cabin
While there, we did visit a local winery, Elk Creek Vineyards. There was no tour scheduled, but they have a small cafe there with very good food. We sat outside overlooking some of the vineyard, enjoying good friends and beautiful weather. We even bought a couple bottles of wine!

Thursday was another slow day. I got up and went to Curves, for the second time this week. Randy rode along with me so he could fuel up while we were out and about. Got diesel at Flying J for only $3.84/gallon! Isn't it sad when that price gets you excited?? :)

Back at the park, we stopped at the visitor's center where there is a display of life in this area back before the Ice Age. If you're interested in the history of Big Bone Lick State Park, click here. Apparently the name comes from the mammoths, mastadons, and other animals that called this home at one time. There is a replica of the different animals whose bones have been found in the park by archeologists and explanations of the way they were lost due to the changing of the environment. Interesting.

After that, we walked along a trail looking for the bison that are kept in the park. We found them as well as three deer who were foraging in the woods. There's just something about being able to watch wildlife, don't know why it's so fascinating, but it is to me.

Well, that kinda sums up our week in Kentucky. Nothing exciting, but we were so glad to get to spend time with Ray & Judy. We don't get to see the often, but it's always a pleasure when we do. We plan to stop here again next June on our way back from our trip out west.

And a couple of random pictures. The first is of some cows we passed on our way to the cabin. Is this where Oreos come from?????
And we introduced Ray & Judy to our favorite ice cream place, Bruster's!

Tennessee, here we come! Until the next time . . .

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Anniversary & Offline

First, I want to wish our daughter, Lindsay & her husband, Jason, a very, very


They've been married seven years today and have given us a beautiful granddaughter in Reagan. I pray that they will continue to strengthen their marriage as the years go by and find themselves more in love each year. Dad & I are proud of you!!

The second thing is that we're going to be offline for a few days. The internet connection here is very slow, so I'm finding it difficult to load pictures or even get a page to load in order to post an entry. So, I decided to wait until I've got a good connection and then post a few entries all at once. In the meantime, if you're fairly new to my blog, take this opportunity to read through some of the older posts. We've had lots of fun over the last 3.5 years!

Take care. Until the next time . . .

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Slow Sunday

I slept in until almost 8:00 this morning! That's very unusual for me; I'm usually up by 7 at the latest. But, we had nothing to do and nowhere to go, so it was nice to sit, have coffee, read the blogs I follow and just enjoy the morning.

I gotta tell you, and I don't mean to be ugly, but it's really cool to be in a full campground on a Sunday morning and watch most everyone else break camp 'cause they have to go home - and we DON'T!! ;) Now, many of the full-timers out there dread the weekend campers. I don't; I remember when our family could only camp on weekends or for vacation, so weekenders don't bother me. But, it's still fun to know that when the weekend is over, WE don't have to go home 'cause we ARE home!!

So, today we just enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and relaxed. Randy & I have gotten very good at relaxing. If it were an Olympic event, we might even be able to make the team! That's how good we are at it.

That's it for now. As I'm typing this, I'm watching the Emmys. And that's my evening. Tomorrow we're going to check out Riverside Drive which has historic homes and a walking tour. I'm looking forward to that.

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Here are some pictures from our first day in Kentucky. Enjoy!

As we cross the Ohio River from Ohio into Kentucky

Our home for the next week

Our site, #58

Randy's trying to set up the satellite

Ray, Judy & Corkie

Friday, September 19, 2008

We're in Kentucky!

We had a leisurely start to the morning. Because we had an appointment to get the rig weighed at 9:30, we didn't have to rush to get on the road. And, with having dumped the tanks yesterday, there wasn't much to do this morning. That was kinda nice. The really good news is that the rig is well under the weight capacity! That's very good, means we're not dragging around too much stuff and the stuff we have is well distributed. Now, I can tell my doctor next time I see her that I was underweight! :)

Once on the road, it was an easy drive. We had less than three hours to our destination of Big Bone Lick State Park in Union, Kentucky. That is a very short drive and it is so nice when we have those. The park's check in time is 2pm, sooooo since we were going to very early, we decided to spend some time at a Cracker Barrel on the way! :) This was our 55th CB since we hit the road. As usual, the food was too good and too much. But, we managed to do it justice. We are such troopers! :)

The state park is very easy to get to and it's less than 10 miles from our friends, Ray & Judy. Very convenient. However, to get to the camping area of the park, you have to go up a very steep grade. Even our truck chugged up that hill. The camping area is very nice, but our site is not level at all. We are set up, but the rig is still low on one side. We're gonna have to do it again, 'cause it's just too uneven. Ugh. That means pulling in the slides and all the stuff that goes with it. What a pain. Oh, well. There are worse things! The park is full this weekend - families everywhere. Should be an interesting weekend.

I wanted to share some pictures with you, but our internet connection is pretty slow here. Maybe I'll post some tomorrow from Ray & Judy's.

Tomorrow we'll go over to Ray & Judy's and spend the day catching up. I also get to do laundry. YAY! Actually, I am grateful that they are letting us use their washer and dryer. So much nicer to sit and chat with friends than going to the local laundramat. Although, this park does have a laundry room which surprised me. I didn't realize state parks would have them. Anyway, that's it for tonight. Judy says she's got lots of fun stuff planned for us, so I'll have stories for you as the week goes on.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Last Day of the Rally

Again, I started the day with a session at Curves. Once back home, I got a cup of coffee in me, took my shower and headed over to the hospitality room so I could help at the info table for a couple of hours.

Randy & I attended just one seminar today and that was lead by Nick Russell on the topic of Frugal RVing. Most of Nick's talk centered on common sense things such as driving slower to conserve fuel, using discount camping clubs, staying overnight in local establishments that allow it, and so on. We do most of these already, so it was nice to have affirmation that we are doing what we can to be as frugal as possible.

After the seminar we hurried back to our rig to get it ready to go to the dump station. Since we are having the rig weighed tomorrow, we wanted to dump the tanks so we could get an accurate weight. In order to dump, we have to do most everything we do in order to travel: bring slides in, anchor cupboards, store loose objects, and so on. A pain, but necessary. After I did my inside chores, I headed back over to the hospitality room to help out some more and Randy headed to the dump station. Doesn't he get all the fun jobs! :)

This evening we went out to dinner with Darrell & Judy to a local diner. It was an inexpensive buffet; food was good, company even better. We'll be saying good-bye to Darrell & Judy as they are going to Nashville to workamp for a couple of months before coming to Alabama. It's been good spending time with them this week.

The rally ended this evening with more door prizes and two grand prizes. And the Guilers walk away with . . . nothing. Oh well, the anticipation of possibly winning is always fun. The two grand prizes were quite nice; a gift certificate to the next Gypsy Journal Rally (worth $99!!) and a very nice portable refrigerator/cooler that runs on propane, battery, or electric. Very cool prizes.

Oh, wait a minute - the Guilers DID walk away with a prize. At least, I did. But, I'll share it with Randy 'cause that's the kind of girl I am. Nick & Terry, our hosts, called everyone who had volunteered up to the front of the room. After thanking us and talking nice about us to the crowd, they gave each of us a $25 gift certificate to any Gypsy Journal product or event. Isn't that nice? So, we can use it toward next year's rally. Not a bad gift at all. :)

Tomorrow we leave here and travel to northern Kentucky to Big Bone Lick State Park. We'll be visiting with Ray & Judy, friends we first met in Florida 3.5 years ago. Gosh, it's hard to believe it's been that long! We last saw Ray & Judy in April when we spent a day with them while we were at the Monaco service facility in Florida and they were "snowbirding" just south of Tampa. But, this will be the first time we'll spend significant time with them in 2 years. Really looking forward to it.

Hope you've had a good week. Take care. Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gypsy Journal Rally, Day 3

I was up early again this morning (5:50!!) and was out the door to go to Curves by 6:10. Aren't I the industrious one? ;) I told Randy I have slept better the last two nights than I have in a long time. Not sure why, but it's been nice.

Oh, and before I go further about today, I have to print a correction. The name of the seminar we attended yesterday was "Highway History and Back Road Mysteries." I got the name backwards. Now on to the events of today.

We were at coffee and doughnuts by a little after 8am. Both of us had seminars we wanted to attend; I went to Camp Hosting at State Parks and Randy attended Tire Monitoring Systems. I don't know that we will ever workamp again, but hosting in states parks is attractive to me. Brenda & Ron Spiedel did a great job of giving us lots of information. Randy said he learned quite a bit in his seminar, too.

After that first seminar, I went to the hospitality building to help out with t-shirt and book sales and general information. I find this is much more my niche than attending lots of seminars. I've signed up to help out more tomorrow. Randy attended a second seminar on Fire Safety; this has been one of the more popular seminars. Apparently, the fellow who leads it is very informative and keeps your attention.

Apparently, we have been courteous guests of the town of Celina because the local paper did a feature on the rally and put the article on the front page! It's nice to know that we can have a positive impact on the economy of a small town. The fairgrounds management has also commented that we have been good guests. Isn't that great!

The day's events ended with a pizza party for all 230 folks in attendance and entertainment provided by "One More Time," a married couple who do a variety act. They were cute and humorous. Lots of audience participation. It was a fun way to end the day.

Lots of pizza . . .
for lots of people!
Our entertainment

Tomorrow the rally will end. We'll say "so long" to new friends and hope to see them on the road some time. Most of us will pull out on Friday morning heading to various destinations, but feeling good about what we've learned and who we've met. Pretty cool.

Jon & Kathleen

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gypsy Journal Rally, Day 2

I am so proud of myself! I got up early this morning and went to the local Curves! And I met another woman there from the Rally. We're going to go together tomorrow morning. This Curves opens at 6:30am which is great! You can get in and out and have the entire morning available. I wish the one in York opened that early.

The Rally activities began this morning with coffee and doughnuts. Yum! Of course I rationalized the doughnuts because I'd exercised this morning. And I wonder why I don't lose weight! ;) We met Bob & Molly from the RV Dreams forum at coffee and doughnuts. There are several of us from that forum who are attending the Rally, but this is the first couple we've met. (Jenny J, we said hello for you!) Here's Judy & Darrell:

Anyway, Randy wanted to go to a seminar at 9am on electrical management systems, but there was no seminar I was interested in at that time. So, I came back to the rig, got my shower and then hung out with Judy until the next session began at 10:30. Before that seminar, we did walk around the vendor area to see what we could spend our money on. Lucky for our budget, there was nothing we wanted or needed.

The 10:30 seminar Randy & I went to was called "Back Roads History and Highway Mystery" hosted by Nick Russell.

It was pretty interesting as Nick told stories of little known folks, small towns, and other trivia. He and his wife, Terry, really enjoy traveling through those small towns and searching out the odd and unusual. I found the seminar to be a little long at 90 minutes, but I also like to be a little more engaged rather than just sitting and listening. But, I'm glad I went.

After a break for lunch, Randy went to another seminar on RV weight safety. I was done for the day as far as seminars go, so I hung out at the RV and played my dulcimer for about an hour. That's the first time I've played in a couple of months. I have been so lax in playing. Guess I need a group to hold me accountable. Anyway, Randy got back to the rig about an hour or so later and we had a quiet rest of the afternoon. I even took a nap.

Neither one of us was hungry for dinner (when was the last time THAT happened???), so we just went over to the door prize activity at 7pm. It looked like the Guilers were going to be skunked again, but our number was called for one of the last prizes for the night. We won chemicals for the black tank! YAY! :) What a deal. We also met up with another couple, Jon & Kathleen, from RV Dreams. It's great getting to put names to faces.

That was it for today. Tomorrow there'll be more seminars and the evening will be capped off with a pizza party. All of us RV Dreamers will be getting together for that. I'm sure there'll be lots of stories told and laughter shared.

Until the next time . . .

Monday, September 15, 2008

First Day of Gypsy Journal Rally, Celina, OH

We arrived at Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio a little before 12:30 this afternoon. It was a pleasant drive on I-70 west with beautiful weather. No sign of Ike, praise God. But, we do still need to remember all those who have felt its devastation; they will be deal with the after effects for a long time.

We are here for the first Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally. This rally is hosted by Nick & Terry Russell, publishers of the Gypsy Journal newspaper.

Randy has subscribed to this paper for several years now and really enjoys it. Nick writes about their travels across the USA. He has a great wit about him and it is reflected in his writing. The rally's purpose is to allow RVers to mingle, share stories and become more educated in the various aspects of RVing. Many of us are full-timers, but there are others who are not. All of us can learn from each other and the instructors here. We are looking forward to a fun-filled three days.

After setting up the rig, we went over to registration to get our name tags and schedules. We also signed up for the pizza party later this week. The first session began at 2pm and it was announcements and the introduction of the vendors and instructors. The next session we were going to attend wasn't until 4pm, so we went back to the rig to finish setting up the dish.

Our set up
Just a few of the many RVs that are here

The plan was to meet Darrell & Judy back at the session at 4pm and then go to dinner afterward. Well, once we got back to the building where the session was to be held, we all decided we were hungry now, so we'd skip the session. It was just a RVing Q&A with a panel, so we figured we wouldn't miss much - and our stomachs were talking so loudly we probably wouldn't have been able to hear anything anyway!! :)

We hopped into Darrell & Judy's truck and set off for town to go to the Mexican restaurant we'd seen on the way in. I also wanted to find the Curves so I'd know where to go in the morning. On the way to the restaurant we didn't find the Curves, but we'd look again on the way back. Dinner was okay; I've had better Mexican food, but it was still good. And, of course, the company was even better. Darrell & Judy are the kind of friends where we can talk and laugh or just be quiet together and it's all okay. Those are the best kind of friends!

After dinner, we went up to WalMart (can't go anywhere without a stop at the local WalMart!) to pick up a few jugs of water. The set up here is electric only so we have to conserve our fresh water. Our tank is full, but we need to use that for showers, so we buy water to use for making coffee, tea brushing teeth, etc. I also needed to pick up some stuff to make salads.

On the way home we drove down the street Curves is supposed to be on and this time we found it. No sign outside except for the writing on the window. But now I know where to go! No excuses! It's even close enough for me to walk to! I'm gonna be getting my exercise this week. :)

The day ended with a door prize session. I couldn't believe how many door prizes that were given out! And this is just the first night - there are door prizes each night of the rally, not a bad deal. Unfortunately, our number wasn't picked, but we've got a couple more nights. Darrell & Judy won a $10 gift certificate to a local pizza parlor.

Clouds were rolling in this evening

Tomorrow promises to be a full day. Lots of sessions to choose from and vendors to patronize. We've already made an appointment to have our rig weighed. We've never done that, so it's good to have it done. That will be Friday as we are leaving.

That's about it for today. Hope your week is off to a good start. Until the next time . . .

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sitting in WINDY Cambridge, Ohio

TWO posts today!

Good grief, it's windy!! This RV is rockin' - but NOT for the reason you're thinking!! ;) We arrived at Spring Valley Campground in Cambridge, Ohio sometime after 4pm. This was a long day for us, but well worth it as we have just a little more than 3 hours to drive tomorrow.

We left Dover, PA just a few minutes before 9am after having said our good-byes to the neighbors and owners. We truly love Cedar Lake Campground and feel like it's family. Our trip was uneventful, which is always a good thing. We did take a wrong turn and took a bit longer to get to the PA Turnpike, but we saw pretty scenery along the way, so it's all good. :)

Not much else to report, so I'll just share a couple of pictures. Until the next time . . .

Crossing the Ohio River; from West Virginia into Ohio
Entrance to Spring Valley Campground
Our site!

Reagan's 3rd Birthday and We Say Good-bye

Yesterday was a full day! It started with continued preparations for travel. Since it was not raining, we decided to go ahead and close up the living room slides and get that area ready. As with most of the wives who full-time, my job is to secure all of the inside items and put the furniture in travel position. While I was doing that, Randy was doing the outside jobs - wiping off the slides, storing items, getting the hitch into the truck, etc.

A little after 10:30am we headed out to Lindsay's for Reagan's party. Although the party wasn't to start until 1pm, I was to be on Reagan duty (read: keep her out of Lindsay's way) and Randy was on "extra hands" duty.

Before we got to Lins', however, we topped off the fuel 'cause we didn't know what prices were going to be out on the road since Ike apparently has taken a toll on the oil rigs in the Gulf. We had filled up Wednesday on the way home from the RV show because we found a station with diesel for $3.97/gallon!!! We couldn't believe it! But, between Wednesday and yesterday we logged another 100 or so miles, so we figured we'd fill it up to brim again. We got diesel for $4.19 (not the same station) and were happy with that. It's still better than $5!

Once we arrived at Lindsay's, we jumped in with both feet! Reagan was raring to go. She was so excited about her birthday. As I walked in the door, she did greet me with hug, but then it was "Did you bring me a present???" And teasing her a bit about why I should have brought her a present, I gave it to her and she was a happy girl. She and I then proceeded to play until guests began arriving; then, Reagan began her hostess duties. :)

As usual, Lindsay did a marvelous job with the party. She is so darn creative. Each year she has a theme for Reagan's party, and this year was a garden party. There were butterflies and flowers for decorations, dirt cake for the dessert, and pails with flower seeds and flower cookies as goody bags for the kids. And there was a pinata for the kids! She found one that had strings to pull to spill the goodies instead of using a stick/bat - figured that was MUCH safer with a bunch of little ones. She's a smart girl, my daughter. :) Everyone had a great time - adults and kids alike.

The Birthday Girl
The setting
Blowing out the candles
Beautiful family

All too soon it was time for our good-byes. We had stayed well past everyone else 'cause I wanted some time with the kids before we left. But, it was going to be "quiet time" for Reagan and I figured she'd settled down much better if she didn't have an audience. ('Cause let me tell you, she loves an audience!!) This is always the hardest part of traveling - saying good-bye. UGH! I'm okay once we're on the road, but looking at those faces and leaving them, I just don't like it. But, we persevered, got great big hugs and waved good-bye and blew kisses and, as we pulled away, I cried. Not a lot, but I did. But, then again, I always do. And that's okay, I'm allowed.

We are now officially "on the road again." :) We are traveling along US 30 in PA heading west to Ohio. We'll stop in Cambridge for the night and then continue on I-70 to Celina, OH where we'll hang until Friday morning. We are attending the Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally. Darrel & Judy will be there, too! I'm sure I'll have stories for you this week.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ending the Week with Good Friends

I started my day at Curves and this was my last session for eight months! Well, at least here in PA. :) Gerry, the trainer who is usually there when I exercise, had my travel passes ready for me so I can go to any Curves in the nation, no matter where I am. So, no excuses!! :)

Later, I spent the remainder of the morning with Lins & Reagan going to a couple of places where Reagan is a member of the birthday club. The first stop was Toys R Us. This birthday club gives the child a $3 coupon toward a purchase. Reagan also got a Geoffrey balloon and a crown. She picked a collection of fairy figurines as her purchase. We then went to the local mall to collect Reagan's birthday surprise there. Guest Services has a goodie bag prepared for kids when they come to collect. She got another balloon, too. So, Reagan made out pretty darn good on the day before her birthday!

After a quick lunch with the kids at Subway, I went home to get ready for Lee & Cheri to come this evening for dinner. Randy had been home all morning trying to get the rest of the rig washed even though it kept either raining or threatening rain all morning. By the time I got home, though, it was pouring and he had to stop. He was pretty bummed 'cause he had just a little bit left to do.

The afternoon was just lazy as we didn't have a lot to do to get ready for dinner. The menu was simple; steaks on the grill, salad, and green beans. So, we watched some TV and then, around 4:00 the rain stopped so Randy got back outside to finish washing the rig. He was a happy guy!

Lee & Cheri came over about 7pm. I was very excited that they were finally coming!! We have been living in the RV for four years and this is the first time they've seen it. As usual, we had a great evening together. Randy did a good job on the steaks and after dinner, we sat and talked the evening away. We are so grateful for their friendship.

Tomorrow promises to be a HUGE day. It's Reagan's 3rd birthday and we are celebrating it with a party. Lindsay always does such a wonderful job when she entertains. She is so creative and this year the theme for Reagan's party is a garden party, complete with flowers, butterflies, and dirt cake! I can't wait to see what she's done.

And, of course, it will be good-bye until Christmas for most of us. We'll see Lins & family in mid-October when we meet them in Disney World. It's always hard to say good-bye.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Today is a day for remembering. Many blogs will post entries about this being the 7th anniversary of that horrible attack on our wonderful country; and rightly so.

We must remember how it felt to be so violated, but we also need to remember how out of that tragedy came a unified spirit unlike those of my generation has ever seen in this country. While we take a moment to remember those whose lives were lost that day and those whose lives were forever changed because of those losses, let's also remember how the ones of us who were left rallied around those that were hurting and how we stood up for our country.

While that was a time of extreme sorrow, it was also a time of extreme pride and patriotism. And I am sad that that spirit has been lost in these last few years. We have become a country divided again because of politics instead of continuing to be a country unified because we are all Americans. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, you are an American first. And I, for one, am proud to stand beside any one of you who joins me in being grateful to live in a country where it's okay to agree to disagree and still be neighbors. That should be the legacy of 9/11 - that we stand together as one country against any one who would dare to violate our boundaries.

On a lighter note of remembering, Lindsay & I had lunch today with one of Lindsay's oldest friends, Karen and her mom, Faye. Karen and Lindsay have been friends for almost 20 years, having met in the youth group of our church when they were in middle school. Karen's mom, Faye is a wonderful woman and I have always appreciated her gentle spirit. We had a great time together, reminiscing about when the girls were young as well as talking about their lives today. What fun it is to be able to reconnect with folks from our past and find that connection is still strong. Here are some pictures of Karen, Faye, Lins & Reagan.

Faye & Karen

Lins & Karen

Lins, Reagan & Karen

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RV Show and a Reunion

What a gorgeous day we had today! Perfect weather for walking around an RV show! This RV show in Hershey, PA is supposedly the largest on the East Coast and I believe it. There RVs are far as you could see and beyond - every make, model possible.

We were mostly interested in checking out park models. A few years from now when we're not traveling full-time we want to set up a park model in Central PA. So, after meandering around the various RVs, we honed in on the park models. While there aren't quite as many makes and models of park models as there are RVs, there are still lots to look at. We found a couple that we like, so when the time comes, we'll know what we want.

But, the best of the day? That was when we met up with Darrell & Judy! It was great being with them again. The true nature of friendship is when you haven't seen someone for awhile but you can pick up the friendship right where you left off - no awkward pauses, no trying to think of what to talk about, just jumping back in and laughing and chatting like you just saw each other yesterday. What fun. And we get to do it more next week when the four of us meet up again at the Gypsy Journal Rally in Ohio! YAY!

RVs, friends, beautiful weather - a full-timer's perfect day. :) Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Dinner with Friends

Today started out as a nasty, rainy day. Just as I was leaving Curves, the sky was almost as dark as night and the rain poured. And it continued throughout the morning and early afternoon. About 1:30 the sun came and it became a fairly nice day.

Even in the rain Randy worked on getting some things ready for travel. He had to grease the hitch and prep it for putting it back in the truck. He takes it out when we are sitting for any length of time. Plus he was putting things back into the storage area, which isn't an easy task!

Tomorrow's supposed to be gorgeous - sunny and mid 70s. That's what I'm talking about! Perfect weather. The kind of weather I would love to have year 'round. ;) Just right for walking around an RV show!

This evening we met David & Beth for dinner at Carabba's. We went to church together when we lived in MD. Beth and I worked together at the church for awhile. We really enjoy our times with them. The evening is always full of laughter and good conversation, just as it should be with good friends. When we are in this area, we always try to see them at least a couple of times. Thanks, David & Beth, for another great evening, but even more for your friendship. We love you!!

Really looking forward to the RV show tomorrow. It is so much fun seeing the new rigs as well as all the vendors who set up shop during the show. PLUS!! We get to see Darrell & Judy for the first time in SIX months! Can't wait for that. Should be a great day.

Just wanted to share a picture of a special young man, Private Lee (Marty) Fortenberry. Marty has just finished his Basic Training and is beginning his Advanced Training in the U.S. Army. He is the son of our close friends, Lee & Cheri. We are so proud of Marty and his desire to serve our country. If you think of him and our son, Kevin, please say a prayer for their service as well as that of all of our armed forces.

Hope you're having a good week. Until the next time . . .

Monday, September 08, 2008

Less Than a Week To Go!

It's Monday and even in this retirement life, getting started on a Monday seems to be hard to do. It shouldn't be that way since every day is Saturday for us (with the exception of Sunday), but I guess it's a mental thing. And I'm pretty mental! ;)

Anyway, today we had to begin our traveling chores with earnest. No more talking about it or thinking about it, it was time to get to it. Randy took the truck in to the shop for a front end alignment. Upon his return, he finished cleaning the skirt for the screen room. He had taken down the screen room last week and clean most of it, but the skirt still needed finishing. Later this week he'll be washing the RV.

I took down the pictures and got them ready to stow for travel. I also pulled in our garden window - I hate doing that 'cause it's awkward. I have to lean over the dining room table to pull it in and screw it tight. I also stowed the loose videos that have been sitting around and secured that cupboard. Then I filed several articles I had torn out of travel magazines. Oh, and i always washed dishes! That is a big deal 'cause that's Randy's job. But, I felt sorry for him because he had to work outside today, so I did them. Aren't I just the best wife!! :)

It's hard to believe that we've less than a week before we travel. I know, I know. I keep saying it, but it's true! We've got a couple of dinners this week with friends and the big RV show on Wednesday. But, my brain is beginning to fill with travel stuff. On one hand I am looking forward to our fall trip because we'll be seeing friends along the way as well as new destinations. And the blog will be MUCH more interesting!! On the other hand, it's going to be hard to leave family, as usual.

That's about it for today. Until the next time . . .

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Off Duty & A Birthday

We are off duty! :) Lins & Jason got home a little before 5pm this evening, so we were off duty then. We really had a good day with Reagan. Because the weather was just gorgeous today, we spent the majority of the morning playing outside. Reagan loves to be outside! And, of course, that helps for naptime. :)

Today is Lindsay's birthday!! My little girl has grown into such a lovely young woman. And I don't mean just on the outside, although she is an attractive girl. No, she is lovely on the inside, very caring and loving. I have always said that every parent should have a child like Lindsay. She has been a joy to have as a daughter. From the time she was born, she was the compliant one - wanting to do what was right and she gave us no trouble as she grew up. Now, as I look at her all grown up with a family of her own, it truly amazes me that she is mine. I am grateful that God allowed me the privilege of being her mom.

Happy Birthday, Lindsay!! You are so very special to me!

We (really, Randy!) begin the prep for traveling. Plus we've got some dinner dates set up so we can our good-byes to friends. And then we have our last blowout on Saturday - Reagan's b'day party. Gosh, hard to believe it's only a week away!

Hope you all had a great weekend and stayed fairly dry. Until the next time . . .

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Time with My Sister and Babysitting

As I said in my short post yesterday afternoon, Randy & I spent the last evening with my sister and bro-in-law, Paula & Lou. I really wanted to spend some time with Paula before we left, so we had intended to meet them for dinner (they live a little more than an hour and a half away from us) and enjoy an evening out. But, the more Paula & I talked about trying to eat out on a Friday night, the more we thought Randy & I would just drive to their house and we'd order in. I specifically told her she wasn't to cook! Paula and Lou still have to work and we didn't want them having to do anything extra for us after having worked all day.

Randy & I got to their house a little after 5pm and, sure enough, they were planning on cooking!! I knew it - my sister never listens to me! :) They grilled steaks, salmon and potatoes and we had corn on the cob and broccoli with cheese. YUMMY! I have to admit it was really nice not to be out in a restaurant. It was much more relaxing and we got to chat even more. After dinner, Lou set up the Wii and we had a blast bowling (I came in second!) and playing some of the other strange games that came with the system.

All too soon it was time to say good-bye. This is the toughest part of full-timing; leaving family and friends. And I have the privilege and joy of being able to call Paula my friend as well as my sister. Aren't I the lucky one!

This morning we got out the door to go over to Lindsay's because we are babysitting Reagan these next two days. This is Lindsay's birthday weekend (tomorrow is her b'day) and she's taking advantage of our being here to go away with Jason. And I'm so glad she did. Not only do we get to spend lots of time with Reagan, but I strongly believe parents need to get away from their kids and spend time together as husband and wife. So, even though the weather's lousy up here, I'm hoping they have a great time together.

We've been on "Reagan duty" since about 9:30 this morning. And at the risk of offending older parents out there - there's a reason young people have children!! Just put Reagan down for the night (it's 9:15) and I am a tired woman. My lower back is asking what the heck am I thinking?!!?!!? :) Reagan is one busy little girl; never stops. All morning she was playing Olympics - diving, swimming ("I am Michael Phelps!"), and of course, gymnastics. I was the audience. And there is always the need for me to get on the floor with her. I gotta say, I should sleep good tonight. :)

Hope you're safe and dry wherever you are. Hanna is making her way up the East Coast, so we've been wet and windy all day, but the sun's supposed to come out tomorrow (no, I'm not going to sing!).

Until the next time . . .

Friday, September 05, 2008

Just a Short Post

Just a note this afternoon, 'cause we're going down to my sister's for dinner a little later and I don't think I'll feel like posting when I get home tonight.

Felt more like me when I got up this morning. I decided to hit Curves a little later than usual, though, 'cause I wanted to get my nails done today, too, and the nail salon is just down the street from Curves. So, I spent this morning having my coffee and reading the blogs. I got out the door about 8:30.

Did my time at Curves (I make it sound like prison time, don't i?) and then spent an hour or so getting pampered at the nail salon. There's nothing like a pedicure, I'll tell ya! ;)

Looking forward to spending some time with my sister and bro-in-law tonight. The summer's been so busy we've only seen each other at family functions so we've not had any good sister time. That should be remedied tonight. Randy & Lou will have to fend for themselves! :)

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, September 04, 2008

UGH!! Didn't Like That Eye Test

Woke up kinda groggy today; didn't have such a great night's sleep. How the heck do you get a headache in the middle of the night??? I've always wondered that, but it happens often to me. I'm thinking last night's was a leftover from the eye exam yesterday. I often get headaches after eye exams because of the bright lights. So, of course, I was SO looking forward to this eye test today.

Nevertheless, Randy & I got ourselves out the door and to York Hospital where the Eye Center is located. I was late getting in the clinic because we had never been to this hospital and, although I called to find out just where to go, the signage is not the greatest outside the hospital I was to go to Outpatient Registration to register for my appointment. Wouldn't you think there'd be some direction to where Outpatient Registration is
outside of the hospital? Well, there wasn't. We found it eventually and I was only a few minutes late. Enough whining about that.

I'll whine about the test instead! :) Actually, it wasn't a test, it was photography of my eyes. Of course, there were the requisite eye drops to dilate the eyes. It's interesting, dilation used to make my vision very, very blurry; but not anymore. Don't know if they're using different drops or what. Anyway, after my eyes fully dilated, I was taken back to have pictures taken of my eyes. Whoa!!! The technician told me it was going to be a series of bright flashes 'cause it was basically just a regular 35mm camera taking the pictures. BUT . . . I was totally unprepared for just how bright those flashes would be. UGH!!!!!!! I actually had a roaring going on in my head. I had to keep my eye wide open all the while the flashes were going off. Not an easy task, I'll tell you. I'm just glad it's over and I hope that I don't have to do that again for a very long time.

Once we got outside, I could tell my eyes had been dilated! No blurry vision, but the sunshine was penetrating all the way through my brain. Thank God for Randy. He was my seeing eye husband. :) Since I was such a good girl during my trauma, we went to Bob Evans for a late breakfast. And we were joined by Lindsay & Reagan! So, we got to hear a little about Reagan's second day of preschool. Apparently, she isn't having separation anxiety - she took off into her room, holler good-bye to her mommy and never looked back. What a kid!

This afternoon was filled with napping, that's it. As expected, I had a giant headache so I hit the recliner and never knew daylight until about 4:30 this afternoon. My head still hurts, but it's better. I'm sure by tomorrow morning, I'll be my cheery self again - I better be, I gotta get to Curves! :)

Last night of the GOP Convention. I sure did like Governor Palin's speech last night. I think she's going to be a tough cookie and a good running mate for McCain. This is going to be an interesting couple of months.

Here are a couple of pictures of Reagan from her first day of preschool.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Starting the “get-ready-to-travel” Routine

I just realized that I didn't post last night! Good grief, I know I turned 50 this year, but does that mean my mind is going, too? I'm going to blame it on getting home from my folks' and spending time with the kids put me off, NOT my age! :)

We did go right to Lindsay's yesterday afternoon on the way home from my folks'. Reagan had her first day of preschool yesterday and I needed to hear all about it. Plus, we went out to dinner to celebrate her entry into the education world.

I swear Reagan grew up while we were gone. She had a cute little dress on that just made her seem so grown up. I can't stand it! She thoroughly enjoyed school and Lins said she'll be taking over the class soon if the teacher doesn't watch out! I'm just grateful that she had a great first day and loved it. It is so cool to watch your kids, now the grandkids, entering new stages of life.

Today both Randy & I had eye doctor appointments. We are in the process of changing all our doctors to this area and this was the last of them for this year. We really liked the doctor; he was very personable, chatty even. His staff was equally pleasant. I remarked to Randy that I felt the practice has a very "small town" feel to it. And that is a compliment. I got out of the office without needing new glasses, but Randy's prescription changed slightly enough to warrant a new pair. I do, however, get to have a special test done as I am "glaucoma suspect." I go through this all the time, but am grateful that the doctor is thorough and cautious.

It was grocery day, as well. Had to do our first-of-the-month grocery run. I always do a big grocery trip at the first of the month 'cause that's when we have the most money! :)

Finally, I made a hair appointment - finally!! It's getting out of control. One of our neighbors in the park has a daughter who is a hairstylist and owns her own shop. So, I'm gonna give her a try. I'm hoping I like it 'cause I hate trying to find a new hairstylist! Plus, her rates are very reasonable and that's not easy to find either.

That was it for today. So glad to be back home, sleeping in my own bed. Time is going to go by fast now for we leave in less than two weeks. Some of our full-timing friends are on the road already, making their ways south. Darrell & Judy, glad to hear you're safe in NH and enjoying the kids and g'kids!

Back to watching the Republican Convention. Can't wait to hear Governor Palin speak tonight. Should be interesting.

Until the next time . . .

Monday, September 01, 2008

It was a NO Labor Day for Me! :)

Gosh, if I keep having these lazy days, no one is gonna want to read my blog!! Sorry, folks, not much to report again today. I did make a big breakfast for Randy and my folks; eggs, scrapple, sausage, and biscuits. That was about the extent of my doings, although I did make more progress on my cross-stitch project for Reagan.

Tomorrow will be bank day, gotta get that cash for the month! Then, we'll pack up the truck, well, Randy will pack up the truck and we'll head up the road, back home.

While we didn't do a lot while visiting with my folks, it's been nice hanging out with them. So often we see each other at family functions so there's not a lot of one-on-one time. I love my folks so very much and it's nice to just be able to sit and talk together. We'll see each one more time at Reagan's birthday party before we leave for our fall trip.

So glad that Gustav was less than thought he'd be! Now, we need to be praying for Florida and the southern East Coast with Hanna & Ike on the way.

Hope everyone's had a great long weekend. Until the next time . . .