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Monday, June 29, 2009

Another Month Over

We had a good weekend, beginning with Reagan's sleepover on Friday which was great. Then, we met Jason & Lindsay for breakfast Saturday morning. We wouldn't be seeing them the rest of the weekend because Lindsay's dad and stepmom were coming for the rest of the weekend.

So, our weekend was relatively quiet. We spent Saturday catching up with our neighbors and then watching several of the shows we'd DVR'd during the week we were with my folks. Very lazy.

Sunday morning we were to cheer our friend, Cheri, on while she participated in her first triathalon. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. Cheri had given us her start time and we thought we'd get to the finish line about a half hour before she got there. We missed her!! UGH! I was so upset I thought I'd cry! She was quicker on her bike time than she thought and we missed her finish by about 10 minutes or less. I couldn't believe it. But, we did get to celebrate her accomplishment by going to lunch together. I was so proud of her - she had never done anything remotely like this before and she trained hard for six months. She is amazing!

I ended the weekend with a cold. Yuck. How do you NOT have a cold in the afternoon and then in the evening you're all stopped up? Can anyone tell me?

Today we went to Reagan's swim lesson. She loves the water, but does not like to put her face in it. The teacher is a little too aggressive with this; she insists on taking Reagan under when she is not ready. Lins finally told the teacher today that she is not happy with that - she doesn't want Reagan to hate the water. Other than that, Reagan is doing really well.

Warming up with a little bball
All ready!
Working hard
Very proud of herself

We stayed for a bit afterward, eating lunch at the pool. I love watching Reagan enjoy life. She is such a happy little girl and just giggles at everything. I am so glad to be here!!! We left shortly after noon; I was wiped out by then.

The rest of the day has been spent in my recliner. I did some cross stitching, but not much else. Oh, I also made dinner - Chicken, Ham & Rice Casserole. So, I guess I wasn't as lazy as I thought.

Now that we are sitting still for a few months, I won't be posting every day. There just isn't enough to share to keep you interested! :) But, be sure to check back once in a while 'cause I'll probably post a couple of times a week. I so appreciate everyone who reads the blog.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pennsylvania, At Last

Knowing that my mom was gonna be okay, Randy & I left Ocean City about 8:30 this morning for our last leg of this long trip. Figured it would take us a little more than four hours to get to Dover, PA. I was pretty much on target - we pulled into the campground a little past 1pm.

We set up camp as quickly as possible 'cause I had other things on my mind - getting to Lindsay, Jason & Reagan! :) Of course, it still took a couple of hours. It always does, no matter how fast we try to do it. And it was the hottest day we've had this week, doesn't it figure. So, once we were set up, we had to get showers before we could go anywhere.

Finally, about 4:15 we headed over to Lindsay's. I couldn't wait to see them! And it was a great reunion. We got lots of hugs and kisses. Randy got his Father's Day gifts - a couple of SciFi movies. And I got to sit with Reagan while she went through the thimbles we'd gotten her while we've been on the road. After seeing how many thimbles we could get on our toes and fingers, it was time for dinner. Lins made us a good taco dinner. Yum.

Then, we got to bring Reagan home for a sleepover with us! I love it. She is such a person - so chatty and interested in everything. I find it fascinating to be with her. We took Blackie for a walk when we got to the RV, read some books, watched America's Funniest Videos, and then got Reagan settled in for the night. She's sleeping in her "camping bag," as she calls it, at the foot of our bed. I'm so grateful to have this time with her and am really looking forward to more of this all summer!

Reagan's "Happy to see Pop and Nana" face
According to Reagan, this is her "thinking" face
Portrait of Blackie, by Reagan

It's good to be home.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another Quickie

And no, not the good kind! :)

Sorry I haven't updated since Sunday, but this week did not turn out the way we had expected. We were really looking forward to spending time with my folks and playing. But, my mom's health interfered.

Mommy ended up in the hospital on Monday afternoon, having yet one more heart cath. A blockage was found and the doc performed angioplasty to get rid of it. Of course she had to spend the night which is usual procedure afterwards. We thought she'd come home Tuesday and we'd get on with our plans. Yeah, right.

Doctors decided there was another blockage behind the heart in a small vessel that was stented last year and they would need to do another cath to clear it. Well, after much discussion among the docs (apparently), it was decided that it would no good to do another cath and the situation would be treated with medicine. But, of course, Mommy would need to remain in the hospital while they adjusted her meds. Needless to say, she was not happy. (Why do we say "needless to say" and then say it anyway?? Just a thought.)

So, our week has not been fun-filled as anticipated. Daddy & I have spent each day at the hospital and Randy has hung out at the house. We're hoping that after another test today, Mommy will be able to come tomorrow. We'll see.

Our plan is to leave for PA tomorrow as scheduled. Of course that could change. I'll let you know!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

Today there will be many blogs with posts on this topic. I thought about not doing one just because of that. However, I have been blessed with a dad who loves my sister and me and our families with his whole heart and I wanted to honor him with a few sentences.

My dad married my mom when I was six years old. Yeah, read that again! :) My mom was a single mom with two kids. Daddy came into our lives when I was four years old and it didn't take long for him to be "daddy." While it can't be easy to marry a "package," Daddy did it with everything he had. His family accepted us without reservation and there was never a hint of us vs. them. I guess that's why blood has never meant family to me - family is who loves you, period.

I know my sister and I have caused my folks some heartache, worry and hair-pulling, but there was never EVER a time I didn't feel loved. Did Daddy get mad? You're darn right he did. Did he discipline us. Oh, yeah. But, he has always loved us. He may not always voice it 'cause he's a simple man, but it was there. And he never turned away from me when I needed a hug or a shoulder to cry on. His home is open to all of us for any reason with no questions asked.

Daddy has continued to be a strong force in his grandchildren's lives, and now his great grandchildren's. All of these kids know "DadDad" loves them and is always ready to make his world famous milkshakes for them. All they need to do is ask.

I thank God each day for my dad. He didn't have to be my dad, he could have just been my mom's husband. But, he didn't. So, Daddy, thanks. It's doesn't say enough, but I am grateful. I love you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We Are Home!

After a couple long days of travel, we are home; safely ensconced at my parents' house in Ocean City, MD. Man, it feels good to be here. Now, let me catch you up on the last few days.

After a great visit with Ray & Judy, we left Kentucky on Thursday morning just as the rain started. Thankfully, Randy doesn't mind driving in the rain - I hate it. So, while he drove, I cross stitched. The rains stopped a few hours into the drive. We did manage to make a meal stop at a Cracker Barrel in West Virgina. :) It was our 73rd.

Back in the truck, we continued to drive until we hit Covington, Virginia. At that point, Randy had hit his limit and was ready to stop for the day. We had made it about halfway through our journey. We stopped about 7:30pm and had been in the truck for about 9 hours. Whew! That is a looonngg day for us. :) We spent Thursday night in the WalMart parking lot. And yes, we asked permission to do so.

Up and about early, we hit the road about 7:45am. The sun was shining and Randy said he felt pretty good and we were going to push to get to my folks on the Eastern Shore of MD that day. Again, a long drive for us. It would be another 9 hour day. It was an easy drive, though. The only tough part was the West Virginia Turnpike (I-64). It was one rough road. Ugh. You'd think since you have to pay to drive on it, they'd maintain it better.

We knew we were close when we got to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. There was a bit of a back up, but the traffic was moving and we got through with no difficulty.

Once past that, it was just a matter of time. It took us two more hours to get to my folks'. We arrived at 5pm.

It was so good to get here. My folks look great and it was wonderful to be get lots of hugs. It was also great to get a nice warm shower after two days in the truck!! :)

Now we are just relaxing and getting caught up. We'll be here until Friday morning when we'll head up to PA and get settled for the summer. AND we'll get a Reagan fix. :)

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quick Update

Hey there! We're fine - sorry I haven't posted since Sunday. We had pretty lousy internet signal at the state park, so it was just too frustrating to try to post. Anyway, we are on I-64 heading east out of Kentucky, on our way to my folks' place on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The plan today is to drive as far as Randy feels like driving, then stop somewhere overnight, and finish the drive tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Right now we're driving in the rain - fun.

We had a great visit with Ray & Judy, as always. Hope to get back here in late September after we spend a week in Pigeon Forge with the kids.

Take care. May not post again until we get to my folks'. Until the next time . . .

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Blue Grass State

I didn't plan our trip from Sikeston, MO to Florence, KY very well. I thought it was going to take us two days, but when we were going over the trip on Friday, we found it was really just a little more than six hours. Ugh! Now, what do we do? Drive just three hours, spend the night somewhere and then drive another three?

I called Kentucky State Parks to see if we could get into our site on Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday. Well, that was a no. So, we decided to drive as long as Randy felt like it and left Sikeston around 11am on Saturday morning.

We drove to LaGrange, KY around 5:30 or so and decided to stop for the day. And there just happened to be a Cracker Barrel parking lot there for us to overnight in! Wasn't that a coincidence! :) We settled in for the evening after going into CB for dessert and coffee. :) This was our 72nd CB since retiring. Checking 'em off slowly but surely!

This morning we got on the road about 9am - after having breakfast at CB, of course! Didn't save any money on this parking lot overnighter! We drove just a few miles to a Pilot Travel Center to fuel up. Our destination, Big Bone Lick State Park, was just 51 miles up the road. Check in time was not until 2pm and we had just an hour's drive. I called to see if the folks in our site had checked out yet, but they hadn't. The camp host said we were welcome to come on in and just pull into a vacant site until our site came available. Not having any other place to hang out, we decided to do that, hoping our site would open up soon.

We got to the park about 11:30 and our site was still occupied - check out time is 1pm. No problem, it looked like they were in the process of breaking camp. Well, seems these folks took the 1pm check out time seriously. They took forEVER to leave. Of course, they were within their right to do so; we were just antsy. Finally at 12:50, they pulled out. And we pulled in. :)

We were a bit more anxious than usual to get set up because Ray & Judy were having a cook-out with their kids and wanted us to join them. No matter how fast we try to set up, it takes an hour and a half. We could have just done the basics, but I didn't want to come home and have to do more stuff. Better to get it done and relax. All was finally done and Randy went off to the bath house to get his shower while I showered in the rig. We finally got back in the truck to head to Ray & Judy's about 3:30 or so.

It was a great reunion! Much hugging all around. We first met Ray & Judy in January 2005 in Palmetto, FL at Frog Creek Campground. They were our neighbors and have become great friends. While we no longer go to Frog Creek, we make sure to keep in touch with Ray & Judy during the year and have visited them in Kentucky three times now. They are a wonderful couple and we always have a good time with them.

Tomorrow we'll go back to their place. They are kindly allowing me to do laundry there and we'll just sit and chat and get caught up with each other's families.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, June 12, 2009

Lazy Day in Missouri

This was a lovely, laid-back day. I woke up to bright sunshine and thought I'd slept very late - I hadn't, it was only 7am. With no plans for the day until later this afternoon, it was nice to just get up and have coffee and spend a leisurely morning on the computer. Very relaxing.

I spent the morning uploading all the pictures I had taken while in Branson. Then I posted a blog entry to share some of the pictures with you as well as links to the remainder of them. I hope you take a look!

This afternoon Randy & I went to the original location of Lambert's Cafe (I kept calling it Lambert's Restaurant - oops!). As I had mentioned yesterday, there are three locations and we have eaten at the other two, so obviously we couldn't stay here and not eat at the original! :) We decided to do a late lunch/very early dinner and went about 2pm. Boy, were we surprised! There were people everywhere! I never would have thought the restaurant would be that busy on a Friday afternoon. Why aren't these people working??? ;)

We didn't have to wait as long as first thought - 45 minutes. I bet we only waited 15, tops. As we were being seated, we found that this location is HUGE. Probably twice as large as the other two. And we were disappointed in the food. It was as good as always. Randy got his usual meat loaf with mashed potatoes AND two sides. I tried something new - fried shrimp. There were probably 10 large shrimp (isn't that an oxymoron:
large shrimp?) and two sides. Yummy!

Waddling out of the restaurant, we took a drive through downtown Sikeston. :) Actually, we were looking for the post office as I had a card to mail. We did find some large, gorgeous old homes on the side streets. Very unexpected from what we saw along the main drag. After fueling up the truck ($2.33/gallon) for the drive tomorrow, we came on back to the rig.

Now, Randy is napping and I'm writing this. We'll take our time getting on the road tomorrow as we plan to just do an asphalt overnight. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Pretty flowers in the park
Until the next time . . .

Pictures, Pictures, and MORE Pictures!

Here are the pictures I would posted in my previous entries had I been able to do so! :) Hope you enjoy them!

Castle View RV Park - where we stayed with Dick & Pat

BillyGail's - where we had breakfast twice; don't be fooled by its look, the food was great!

Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Webshots link)

Main Street
Overlooking Basin Spring Park
Christ of the Ozarks on the Great Passion Play grounds
The Great Passion Play amphitheater
Thorncrown Chapel
College of the Ozarks (Webshots link)

Students working in the weaving room
Church built by students
Gorgeous inside, isn't it?
Well, now you're all caught up. :) Hope you enjoy the pictures! Until the next time . . .

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Traveling Again

We left Branson West about 8:45 this morning, heading east. We had a six hour trip ahead of us, to Sikeston, Missouri. After a short stop for an early lunch, we arrived at Town & Country RV about 3pm. So, we actually made it here in less than six hours of driving time. :)

This is just a stopover on our way to Florence, KY. We'll be here until Saturday morning. The only thing we plan to do here is go to Lambert's, home of the throwed rolls. :) You may remember I've posted about our visits to this restaurant while in Alabama. There are three Lambert's locations - Foley, AL; Springfield, MO; and here in Sikeston, the original Lambert's. We've also eaten at the Springfield location, so after tomorrow we'll have eaten at all three restaurants! Wish we could say the same about Cracker Barrels! :)

The internet connection is much stronger here, so I'm hoping to get all my pictures from the last week or so uploaded. When I do, I'll post some here and also give links to the albums in our Webshots site.

That's it for now! Hope you're planning to have a great weekend! Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

NOAH, the Musical

For years now, we've had folks tell us we need to go to a show at Sight & Sound Theater. There's one in Lancaster/Strasburg, PA and another here in Branson. Now, we spend most of each summer in York, PA which is less than an hour from Lancaster, but we've never gone to a show. We come to Branson and the show we decided to see is at Sight & Sound. Don't ask me why, we just did.

So, when I saw the ad for NOAH, the Musical here, I just wanted to see it. So, that was the major plan for today.

The day started with a trip to Curves for me. Randy dropped me off and went to fuel up while I exercised. Man, the prices of fuel are going up daily. When we got to Branson West, the cheapest diesel was $2.15 a gallon; it went up to $2.29 a few days later and yesterday it was $2.35 - and it's still the cheapest in town! But, at least it's less than gas which is what Randy says it should have been all along.

After Randy picked me up from Curves, we stopped at an RV parts and supplies store to pick up a couple of things. Why is it anything for an RV is more expensive than it would be for anything else? Anyway, he picked up three small items and the bill was $73.00! Ugh. Oh, well. This is still a great life! :)

Dick, Pat, Randy & I left about 2:30 this afternoon for our show. Wow! Everything anyone has said about shows at Sight & Sound is absolutely right on. The talent is amazing - from the actors to the props, it's fantastic. The ark was built right on the stage!! And then, we were part of it, with the animals along the sides of the theater! Now, all the animals weren't real, but many of them were. They were walked on stage by the actors, some of which came right through the audience. It was a great show. Worth every penny.

The coolest thing was the end where "Jesus" came on stage to share God's desire that all people come to Him. He completely wrapped up the story of Noah and the ark by sharing how it was an analogy of heaven and the home God is preparing for each of us, if we just accept it. Very touching.

I encourage you to see a Sight & Sound show. It is well worth the time and cost of the ticket. "In the Beginning" is showing this summer in Lancaster. I'm going!

Tomorrow is our last day here in Branson West. The four of us are going back to Billy Gail's for breakfast. Then Dick, Pat & I have appointments to get our hair cut. That'll probably be it for the day. We'll probably use the afternoon to get the rig ready for travel.

Until the next time . . .

Monday, June 08, 2009

College of the Ozarks

A very picturesque college campus is located just outside of Branson. It is College of the Ozarks. It is a unique Christian liberal arts college in that students pay no tuition, they work for their education. Admission to this college is based on financial need as well as academic prowess.

Founded in 1906 by the Presbyterians, it began as a four year high school program and continued until 1956 when it was decided to add a two year college program. The four year college program began in 1965 and in 1967 the last high school senior class graduated along with the first college graduates. From that time on, it has been a four year college.

The grounds are gorgeously maintained and some of the buildings were actually built by students. There are all kinds of job opportunities. We went into Edwards Mill and saw students weaving on looms and making baskets. All of these handmade articles are sold in various venues.

It is a pretty cool concept. Dick & Pat said there is another college like it in Berea, Kentucky. At College of the Ozarks, students work 15 hours per week and one 40 hour week each semester in return for a portion of their tuition. The balance of the tuition is paid by alumni donations and scholarship funds. Students who qualify can work for their room & board by working a 40 hour week for 12 weeks during the summer. Other students must pay for their room & board out of personal funds or scholarships.

Also found at the College is The Keeter Center which is a lodge, conference center, and restaurant. We had lunch there and it was just delicious. Very well presented and the service was fantastic.

Another fun day in Branson!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Dick, Pat, Randy & I took off yesterday and headed southwest to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, just an hour from our campground. Eureka Springs gained its fame for the healing spring in the center of the town. Native Americans came for the peace and the white settlers found it in the 1850s. It was also neutral ground where both Federal and Confederate soldiers came during the Civil War for medical treatment.

In addition to the spring, you'll find many unique shops, cafes, and artists up and down the main street. For my Maryland buddies, it very much reminded Randy & I of Main Street Ellicott City.

The drive to Eureka Springs was a pretty one. If you're a scenery junkie like we are, you would love it here. Everywhere you look there is another picturesque scene.

Just as we came to the edge of town, we stopped at The Great Passion Play grounds. This play was first performed in the summer of 1968 and in 2003 not only celebrated its 35th anniversary, but also welcomed its 7 millionth visitor! The amphitheater where the Passion Play is performed is very large. The scenery was in its place and if you tried just a bit, you could imagine the scenes unfolding. We have never seen a Passion Play, but I would imagine it is rather powerful.

There was no performance going on, but Pat & Dick wanted to show us the statue of Christ that is on the grounds as well as the amphitheater where the play takes place. This statue is called "Christ of the Ozarks" and it is HUGE!!!!! Jesus is standing with his arms stretched out to the sides as if He is welcoming all to Him. (And, of course, He is!) It is a very peaceful setting.

There is also a piece of the Berlin Wall on the grounds. It's 10 x 10 feet and has a bit of Psalm 23 written on it. Pretty cool.

Our last stop of the day was Thorncrown Chapel, another place Pat really wanted us to see. This very unique chapel sits in the woods just outside of Eureka Springs. It is 48 feet tall and its wooden structure contains 425 windows with over 6,000 square feet of glass. It is the dream-come-true of Jim Reed, an Arkansas native, who purchased the land on which the chapel sits for his retirement home. So many folks found this location a great spot for viewing the Ozark hills, that Jim got the idea of building the glass chapel as a place for those folks to enjoy the area in an inspiring manner. We found it to be a place of peace and tranquility. Another unexpected jewel in our travels.

I sure do wish I could share my pictures from yesterday with you. I know I keep saying that, but it bugs me not to be able to do so. I'm just gonna have to remember to do a picture post when I have a better connection. We leave here this Thursday, so hopefully at the next stop.

Today was a lazy day. I got up early and did three loads of laundry and that was pretty much it for the day. We were heathens and didn't go to church. :) I did go out to the store with Pat to get some stuff for dinner tonight and we also picked up tickets for "Noah - the Musical." We're going to that on Tuesday; it's a Sight & Sound production, just like we have in Lancaster, PA. Yeah, I know. I had to travel thousands of miles to go to a show we can go to back home. Hush.

Pat fixed dinner for us tonight. It was scrumptious - pork roast, green beans, a potato dish, and dessert. I contributed a tossed salad. Yummy.

Tomorrow we're going to visit/tour the College of the Ozarks in Branson. It's a unique college where many of the students do not pay tuition - they work for their education in various trades. Should be interesting. I'll let you know!

Until the next time . . .

Friday, June 05, 2009


Well, we didn't get to go for our drive to Eureka Springs today. We had to take Blackie to the vet. He's been favoring his front left paw for a couple of days and this morning he wouldn't even walk on it. When out for his morning walk with Randy, he was hopping and walking on three legs. So, we needed to get him checked out.

While on our way to breakfast at Billy Gail's Cafe, I called the vet and was able to get Blackie an appointment at 10:40 this morning. So glad they had an opening because they are not open on Saturdays and we were very concerned about having to wait until Monday for him to be looked at.

Dick & Pat, Randy & I thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast at Billy Gail's Cafe. As you drive past this place, you would never imagine actually stopping! There are two buildings that look like if you blow on them, they'll fall over! But, when Randy & I drove by it yesterday on the way to Castle View, the place was PACKED!! I'm talking cars parked on the side of the road. We figured we had to try it out. So, we did; and let me tell you - while the prices were a bit steep for breakfast, I thought; the food was delicious. And if you ever go there and order pancakes, PLEASE only order one (unless you eat like Randy). The pancakes are almost crepe-like and very tasty, but they are HUGE, at least the size of a 10 or 12 inch skillet. I think I heard the bottom of the car dragging along the road as we drove home. :)

Once we got home, we got Blackie and headed back out to the vet. We really liked Dr. Allphin, he took a lot of time with us and was very informative. Blackie so hates to have his feet messed with, so he was not a happy camper. He had to be held down by the nurse while the doctor flushed out the wound to be sure there was nothing stuck in his paw. That was it. We were given an antibiotic as the doctor thought there was the start of an infection. Now all it has to do is heal.

Back home, it was time to chill. I got the spaghetti sauce and meatballs into the crockpot for our dinner this evening. Pat came over and we played our dulcimers for about an hour and a half. That felt good. I hadn't touched my dulcimer since Tucson!

I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner with a salad and garlic bread. It was yummy! Dick & Pat joined us. Later we had ice cream and berries for dessert at their place. Perfect way to end the day. :)

Looks like there'll be no pictures on the blog until we leave here. The signal just isn't strong enough to upload pics. I'll put them on Webshots once we get a stronger signal and let you know. Or maybe I'll do a picture blog post one day! :)

Tomorrow we plan to take that drive to Eureka Springs - hopefully.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Such a LONG Drive!

NOT!!! :) We traveled a whole 25 miles today - from one side of Branson to the other, actually to Branson West. It took us all of 45 minutes. That is our shortest day yet. Our shortest up 'til now was an hour and a half. I don't think we'll ever top today, though.

This area is so lovely - very green, with rolling hills. I could settle here for a while very easily. And this side of town is so different from the theater district. It's more country and quiet. Very nice.

We pulled out of Turkey Creek RV about 9:15 and arrived at Castle View RV about 10am. We had scoped out the site we wanted when we visited Dick & Pat on Tuesday and it was still available today. Since this is a membership park, it works a bit differently than most parks. Here we parked in the site first, then we go to the office to register. Our site is catty-cornered from Dick & Pat. It's a great site, morning sun and afternoon shade. Perfect!

Once we were set up, we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and visiting with Dick & Pat. We grilled hot dogs for dinner and just enjoyed one another's company. Tomorrow we're going for drive to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I'm sure the scenery will be gorgeous.

I tried uploading a couple pictures tonight and the internet connection is just too slow. Hopefully, I'll be able to share some soon. We'll see. :)

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Weather Interruptus

Last night we drove over to Castle View RV to see Dick & Pat. It was wonderful to see them again! As always, we just picked right up where we left off - sitting around and chatting. Their park is very nice and we scoped out a couple of sites we'd like when we move over there. As you drive into the park, there is a gorgeous view of Table Rock Lake.

After walking around the park, it was time to get something to eat. We piled into Dick & Pat's car and went to Danna's BBQ. It was a no frills restaurant with pretty good food. We ate our fill and went back to Dick & Pat's for the rest of the evening.

Our plan was to move to Castle View today, but the weather had other ideas. Rain was in the forecast, but we thought we could get up and get out before it came. Didn't happen. Just as Randy started dumping the tanks, the skies opened up. Well, I stopped my inside duties, got another cup of coffee and got comfortable in the recliner. I knew we weren't going anywhere today. :)

We got one more rain shower this morning and, of course, then the sky brightened and there's been no more rain since. Hopefully, it will remain dry through the night, so there won't be a lot of mess to clean before we break camp. The new plan is to move tomorrow morning and play with Dick & Pat for the next week. We've got lots to do!

Until the next time . . .

Monday, June 01, 2009

The First of the Month and a HOT SHOWER!

Another warm day in Branson - 90 degrees! Not quite ready for it, but here it is. :)

I finally got back to Curves this morning. I hadn't gone in a week; not because I didn't want to, but I couldn't find the one in Sedalia - it wasn't where it was supposed to be! I hate to admit it, but it felt good to exercise. I've really found I miss it when I don't go. UGH! Did I really just say that?

Anyway, after Curves, I hit the bank to get our monthly influx of cash. Then, I went to the post office to pick up the new air mattress. Randy has been sleeping on the couch for the last couple of weeks because his mattress died. It wouldn't hold air and he would end up on the platform of the bed. Not very comfortable. We had the new mattress sent here. Of course, they sent the wrong size! It is usable, but we called and are getting another sent. Nothing is ever easy.

When I got back from all the errands, the RV guy was here and finished! YAY! He was able to fix the leak on the water heater and it didn't cost a bazillion dollars. Really nice guy. If you're in the Branson area, we highly recommend RV Medic. We now have a working water heater! It felt wonderful to take a hot shower in my own bathroom again.

Once I updated the finances, it was time for a trip to WalMart for the first-of-the-month grocery run. Always a big deal. That chore done and it was back home.

Another exciting day in the life of Randy & Terry Guiler. I know all of you just hang by your computers each day just waiting for our posts. Well, now you can go about the rest of your lives. :)

Until the next time . . .