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Monday, January 31, 2011

The End of Another Month

We spent this last day of January in our typical Monday fashion. Randy did his morning chores while I was Zumba-ing it up at Curves. :)

Randy watched TV this afternoon while I finished up my Bible study lesson and then watched some TV.

This evening I went to Bible study. I came home to a yummy chicken pot pie that I had prepared before leaving for study. Randy put it in the oven so that it would be done once I got home.

And that's it. Gosh, when I re-read this post, even I know it's boring! But, every day cannot be an exciting adventure. If it was, how would we know what excitement really is?? :)

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, January 30, 2011

And It Ends Well, Too

We started our day in the usual way – coffee, computers and current events. (Had to work hard to come up with that alliteration!) I love that our church's worship service starts at 10am. Early enough to have most of the day, but late enough that we we don't have to scramble around in the morning to get there on time.

After worship service, we attended the church's annual meeting and potluck dinner. The meeting is held after the dinner. I like attending this meeting because I can see how important stewardship is to the church body. I am glad to say that this church does not spend beyond its means, nor is it frivolous with the money its members give. The leadership seeks God's direction in how they lead the church. They are very aware of Whose money they are spending. It's one of the many reasons we love this church.

We got home a little after 1pm, jumped into our comfy clothes and settled in our recliners. We watched some shows we'd DVR'd. It didn't take long before Randy was asleep. :) While he napped, I watched some of my shows.

Darrell & Judy surprised us by bringing a pizza over and sharing it with us. We enjoyed an impromptu evening of chewin' and chattin'. The four of us sure know how to have a good time. And it's always a good time when the Pattersons and Guilers get together.

Now, it's time to just get cozy and comfy for the remainder of the night. Aaahhhh, such a life. ;)

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Good Weekend So Far

Yesterday was a great day! I was too tired to post last night though, so you're getting another two-fer. :)

After hitting Curves first thing in the morning – and I do mean, first thing! I was there and working out by 7am. I've gotten to where I kinda like going in later, about 9am, but I had things to do yesterday so I needed to get in and get out.

Back home, I got my shower and had some breakfast. Then Randy took me to Jim & Susan's house as Susan and I were spending the day together running errands before coming back to their house for a fish fry dinner. Randy would come back later for that.

Susan and I had such a good time together! Our first stop was Hobby Lobby. Susan is making wreaths for a craft show later in the year and needed some ribbon. I just browsed a bit, finding some Valentine stuff for the kids.

We then drove into Mobile for a stop at Lifeway Christian Bookstore. This was the main reason for our outing. Our Bible study group decided our next study woujld be Beth Moore's “Here and Now – There and Then” which is a study of the book of Revelation. Susan needed to buy the books and video kit and Lifeway is the closest bookstore that carries it.

Needless to say we wandered about the store for quite a bit before we made the purchases for which we came. I can't ever just walk in and out of a bookstore without meandering for awhile. But, I was good and didn't buy a thing. Not that I wasn't very tempted!

By now it was lunchtime. We headed back toward home and I suggested we go to Cousin Vinny's, an Italian bistro in Daphne that we love. I was surprised that Susan had never been there since she's a native to this area. I'm glad to say the food was as good as always and Susan enjoyed it as much as I did. :) It's always a little nervewracking when you rave about a place – you want it to mee the expectation!

One more stop, at the grocery store for items for dinner, and we were back at Susan's house. When Randy arrived, it was time to get started on dinner. Jim and Randy were in charge of the frying while Susan and I took care of the inside cooking and preparation.

We had a FEAST! Fried speckled trout (right out of Jim & Susan's lake!), fried shrimp, homemade french fries, hush puppies and cole slaw.

Fish fry with Jim & Susan

YummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmEEEEEEE! The kind of dinner that will send you right to the cardiologist's office. But, boy was it good.

After dinner, we waddled ourselves to the sun room and continued with good conversation and socializing. Jim & Susan are great folks and we are grateful for the fabulous friendship we are growing.

This morning was another early one for me. I had two loads of laundry going by 6:50, so that I was done and back to the RV by 8:30. I grabbed a shower and breakfast and was back out the door by 9:40 to go to a dulcimer workshop with Pat.

The workshop lasted about two hours, so I was home by noon. Busy morning!

The weather has turned just beautiful – with temps in the high 60s yesterday and today. After I ate some lunch, I went outside to do my Bible study lesson. It was just too pretty to sit inside. Once I was done, I read some and napped a bit. I was woken up when the clouds took over and I got chilled. (I continued my nap inside!)

Randy enjoyed his day, on the computer and watching some DVR'd TV shows. He's so easy to please.:)

Randy went to work this evening and grilled pork chops for dinner. They were good, as usual. I added some veggies and leftover pasta. We ate good again tonight.

Now we're settled in for the evening, in our recliners and watching TV. Yes, life is good.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Busy Day

We had lots to do today, very unusual for us. :)

Our first stop was WalMart to drop off prescription refills. Since most of them needed to be transferred from another WalMart, it was easier to drop them off and pick them up later.

After that chore was done, it was off to play music with Jubilee Pickers. As is usual for us, we had a good time, played lots of songs and enjoyed the fellowship of the group.

Then it was time for lunch. Much of the group was going to a new Mexican restaurant, but Dick wanted to go to the Chinese buffet since we'd not been there since last winter. :) I don't get Chinese food very often 'cause it's not Randy's favorite so I was on board for that! Randy was a good sport and went along with the three of us. Good thing, too, since he was driving! :)

Once we were stuffed, it was time to go to the library. We dropped off books, picked out new ones and were on our way.

Back to WalMart. Picked up the prescriptions – without any aggravation this time! (You'd have to have read a blog post from December to understand that it wasn't so easy getting the refills last time.) Picked up some groceries and were out the door.

We got home a little past 2pm and have been vegging ever since. I didn't even make dinner 'cause we were still full from lunch. Not a bad deal for me. :)

Another fun day planned for tomorrow. I get to spend the day with my friend Susan and then Randy & I are going to her house for a fried fish dinner with her and Jim. Lucky us.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Grateful to Be in the South

Watching the storm that hitting the East Coast (and my family and friends back home!), I am grateful to be in Lower Alabama! No, we may not be having the mid-60 degree weather that I'd like to have, but hey, we're not shoveling out from under a snowstorm. So, I'll take this chillier-than-usual weather any day over that!

All that I accomplished today was an hour workout at Curves. Yes, an hour! I was so proud of myself. :) I attended back-to-back sessions of Zumba class today. And. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It! Yes, I said it. I actually loved exercising. Now, that's something to write about. :)

While I was at Curves, Randy was home doing his normal chores; dishes, making the bed, etc. And he got the yucky job of cleaning up after Blackie threw up. So glad I wasn't home for that!

Not much else happening. Just a typical day in the neighborhood.

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Playing and Working

I got to do the playing while Randy was home doing the working. Can't say I was too unhappy about that. :)

My Tuesday morning music group, Jam 'N' Folks, had a gig today. For the past few years we've been asked to play for the monthly meeting of First Baptist Church of Bay Minette's senior group. We play for about an hour and then they feed us! Such a deal. In the past we've set up in their fellowship hall, but oday we played in their sanctuary. Such a gorgeous room it is. I took a couple of pictures, but unfortunately they just don't do it justice. However, I'll share them anyway.


Isn't this stained glass window just fabulous??


Back at home while I was out playing, Randy was running an errand, trying to find mudflaps for the truck and vacuuming the RV. I am so fortunate to have a husband who cleans!! And believe me, I don't take it for granted. :) I thank God daily for Randy.

This evening Randy is out at Pops rehearsal. So, I'm catching up on some of my DVR'd shows.

Nothing on the agenda for tomorrow except a workout at Curves. But, you never know what may come up!

Until the next time . . .

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Last Week of January!

Can you believe that January is almost over? This month has gone by fast, at least for me. Guess that's not a bad thing, in a way. It means I'm one month closer to being home and seeing my kids. :) I do love our life, but I've said many times, I also really miss my kids.

This morning started rough for me. I woke with another headache. I'm sure this one (which lasted all day and still hovers tonight) is from the rain that's coming our way. Once it gets here, I should feel better. At least, I hope so.

I did go to Curves this morning. Randy dropped me off and took one of our propane tanks to be filled. I was going to be about an hour, so he forced himself to hang out at Camping World. :)

Usually a Curves workout is just a half hour, but I was going to try out the Zumba class as well as do a shortened version of the regular workout. I'm trying to step up my exercise program a bit. I really liked the Zumba class, it was a blast! On Mondays and Wednesdays two sessions, back to back, are offered and I think I'm going to do that from now on.

After we got home, I grabbed a shower and then sat down to finish up my Bible study homework for tonight. I had gotten a little behind. Once I got that finished, I just lazed in my recliner hoping my headache would fade. It didn't.

Bible study was really good tonight. Lots of discussion on God's faithfulness to us and our need to choose to trust in Him and take Him at His word. Gotta be a daily, maybe even hourly, choice Not always easy to do.

Dinner tonight was crockpot broccoli and cheese soup with biscuits. I love this soup!

Now we're just vegging and watching TV. Hope your week is off to a good start!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Not Much to Report

I haven't had much to share with you over the past few days, so I haven't blogged. Just seems silly to write about nothing except us sitting around the RV.

Friday was cold, as usual. I went over to line dancing with Judy, but only lasted a half hour. Seems my knees are not cut out for those moves. They were on fire after just 30 minutes. Not sure why, but I guess it doesn't matter, they hurt. So, I left the clubhouse and took myself off to Curves.

Back home we just hung at the RV, watching TV, playing on the computer, etc., etc.

Yesterday I was up early and had two loads of laundry going by 6:50am. While I do not like setting an alarm, I do like getting the laundry room to myself and not having to jockey for machines. By 8:30 I was back home and getting a shower. :)

Randy & I had a gig with the Pickers at 11am. We were playing for a charity event to benefit the Sheriff's Boys Ranch located here in Summerdale. This is a great organization that gives boys from rough homes a chance to thrive. One young man who is about to graduate from high school spoke during the event. He told us that he came to the ranch as a freshman because his family was riddled with drugs and alcohol problems. He said he knew he'd never survive if he didn't get to live at the ranch. What a great kid! Now, he's going to college and plans to get a degree in criminal justice. He is the first person in his family to graduate from high school! Can you believe that? In the 21st century?? And this young man is just one of many who have benefitted from this organization. It was great to have just a small part in helping keep it going.

Last night we had an impromptu get-together with Darrell & Judy at their house. Eating appetizers, chatting, laughing. Yeah, that's a great way to spend an evening.

This morning we woke up to frozen pipes. We let the water drip last night since the temps were supposed to be in the high 20s, but I guess we didn't let it drip fast enough 'cause we had no running water this morning. Ugh. One of the less fun things of living in an RV in the cold. (Of course, it's not SUPPOSED to be this cold in the south!) But, we had water in the fresh water tank, so we survived.

We went to church, then out to lunch at Big Daddy's with Jim & Susan. This could become a nice habit. :) We really enjoy spending time with them.

We had an afternoon of beautiful sunshine. I even spent an hour outside in my recliner, reading. It doesn't matter that I was wrapped up in a blanket, does it? :) I still loved finally sitting outside in the sunshine!

Not much else happening. Since we are not fans of any of the football teams involved in the playoffs, we're getting caught up on some DVR'd shows.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More Music

Randy surprised me last night when he said he was going with me to Pickers today. He played the psalterywith us last year but had said before we got to Alabama that he had lost interest and wouldn't continue playing this year.

Apparently, he changed his mind. And that was just fine with me. :)

So, we left the house about 8:35 and headed to Fairhope for a morning of music. Everyone was happy to see Randy and welcomed him enthusiastically. Such a wonderful group of people.

We did hear from Chason, the collision repair guy. He's working on finding the parts for our truck and is having a bit of trouble because they are after-market parts. Ugh. Take my advice, do NOT buy a conversion vehicle! If you have to have repairs done for any reason, it becomes a frustrating exercise. Anyway, Chason is pursuing the companies that he needs to talk to, but it's slow progress. Randy & I are just grateful to have such a conscientious person working our case.

That's about it for us. The rest of the day was pretty lazy. Tomorrow's lookin' that way, too. ;)

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just What Friends Do

Unfortunately, my plans for the day changed drastically when I found out last night that my friend, Pat, was in the hospital and had to undergo a heart catheterization this morning. Everyone was caught off guard with this news – even Pat!

Pat's procedure was scheduled for 7:00 this morning. There was no question that I was going to accompany Dick, Pat's husband, while he waited for the procedure to be over. Having lots of experience in this type of waiting game (my parents have been through these procedures several times), I knew it would be a long day. And it's no fun to go through that by yourself. Dick was gracious in allowing me to tag along. :) I think he knew he really didn't have a choice!!

I am grateful to say that Pat aced the heart cath, but it was found she did have two blockages that needed to have stents implanted. Three stents were placed in two vessels. The doctors were pleased with how the vessels opened right up with the stents in place. Isn't medical technology amazing? Thank God for His provision!

A little before 3pm, Pat got back to her room and settled in. Randy & I (yes, Randy came over later in the morning) decided it was time for us to leave. Sassie, Dick & Pat's dog, had been on her own since 6am so we headed home to take her out.

Looking forward to Pat coming home tomorrow.

Definitely not the way I had wanted to spend my day, but it's the way I needed to spend it. That's what friends do. Friends step up and out of their comfort zone when someone needs them. And it's a privilege to do so.

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuneful Tuesday

Almost didn't happen for me today; music, that is. I was awoken out of a dead sleep at 4:45am with a nasty, sick headache that started over my eyes and went over the top of my head all the way down to the nape of my neck. I do NOT understand how this happens. Anyway, I stumbled around and got some medicine and went back to sleep knowing my alarm was set to go off at 6am.

Six o'clock came and the alarm sounded. I quickly shut it off and laid there with my head pounding. Randy got up and got me a warm wet compress. After a couple of applications of that, I was able to get up and sit in the recliner. I wanted to get some coffee in me because that often helps, why I don't know, but it does.

About an hour later, I was feeling better and got myself something to eat and more meds. I really wanted to go to music today because we have a gig next week and I didn't feel I could play in the gig if I didn't go to practice today. By 8am, I was almost 100% so I got ready to go.

I am so grateful for Randy. He always takes such great care of me when I get these headaches. I am a very blessed woman to have him as my husband.

This evening Randy is out at the Baldwin Pops Orchestra rehearsal. I'm glad he is going back to it this year. It's something he really enjoys. I don't think they have a concert for quite a while, but he'll have a good time at rehearsals.

I'm enjoying having the RV to myself. It doesn't happen often because Randy doesn't go out without me very much. I go out much more often without him. So, he gets a lot more alone time than I do. :) But, it is nice to be by myself once in a while.

Not much planned for tomorrow. I'm going to line dancing and Curves, but that's all that's on the calendar.

Until the next time . . .

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, Monday

The weather is getting better down here. :) We've had a couple of days of sun and high temps in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Yeah, that's why we come south for the winter.

Got myself out the door early this morning and worked out at Curves. Then, I came home and met up with Judy for line dancing over at the clubhouse. I really need to step up my exercise, so I'm hoping between Curves and line dancing, I'll see some weight loss and less achiness.

This afternoon I worked on organizing my music while I watched TV. Randy watched his DVR'd shows up in the bedroom.

I went back to Bible study tonight. It was nice to see the women again and be part of a study. I missed it.

Tomorrow's music Tuesday in our house – me in the morning and Randy's back at the Pops in the evening.

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Good Weekend

Yesterday was a fairly laid back day. Unfortunately, I didn't sleep well at Friday night, finally falling asleep sometime after 3:30am. I was back up before 7am and heading over to do laundry. I had lots of laundry to do – almost two weeks worth! I got lucky and had the laundry room all to myself the entire time. That's why I get up so early on Saturdays to do the laundry – I don't have to share. :)

Once I got that done, I came home and made us a nice brunch of crustless quiche and sausage biscuits. It was yummy.

The rest of the afternoon wasn't so yummy. Out of nowhere, I got hit with a nasty headache. I ended up in bed for the afternoon, sleeping it off.

We cleaned out the refrigerator for dinner and watched TV the rest of the night.

This morning we went to church. It was great to be back at Silverhill Covenant Church. Randy & I were welcomed with much love and excitement. So very nice.

After the service we went to lunch with Jim & Susan. Catching up with them was so nice. We really enjoy the friendship that has grown between the four of us. Looking forward to spending time with them over the next few months.

Coming home with a full belly just set me up for a nice little nap this afternoon. Much to my surprise, it was two hours later when I opened my eyes!

This evening the park was hosting International Food Night. More than 25 people signed up to bring dishes to share and for $3/person, one could wander around sampling all that was available.

Internatl Food NightFolks are lined up!Our table

Not a bad deal. We raised $350 for the Escapees CARE ministry. The food was great, as usual.

The Chenilles performed and was a hit. I love being part of that group – so much fun.

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Don & Jenny came, too.

Don & Jenny

When we were together the other night at Darrell & Judy's, we told them they needed to “experience” seeing The Chenilles perform. :) Everyone needs to do that, at least once. So, they came and did enjoy the performance as well as the food.

Now, we're back at the RV, settled in for the night. It's just so good to be getting back into the routine of the Plantation and being with friends. You're never lonely, bored, or hungry at an Escapees park. Or, if you are, it's your own dang fault!

Until the next time . . .

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rough Start, Great Ending

The alarm went off at 6am, but it was quickly turned off as my head was pounding. Randy got up early, but I slept in until almost 7:00. A couple of cups of coffee and an hour later and I was feeling much better.

The collision guy was supposed to come to check the damage on the RV Wednesday, but didn't make it. He called yesterday and said he'd be over today about 8:30. He came about 9am and did his write-up and was gone by 9:20. Now he has to send the estimates on the truck and the RV to the insurance adjuster. So, we wait.

Once the collision guy left, we were out the door. I needed to go to Curves and Randy went with me to take a propane tank to get filled. I was excited to find that we only paid $22.75 for our 30 lb tank instead of the $30 we'd been paying in South Carolina. Every little bit helps!

This afternoon I had practice with The Chenilles over at the clubhouse. This group of women sing silly songs for different events held at the clubhouse. We are singing Sunday evening during International Food Night. It's a lot of fun.

This evening we went to Darrell & Judy's for coffee and dessert and to meet Don & Jenny. Don & Jenny are newlyweds and “part-timers.” Jenny really had wanted to RV full-time, but life events got in the way. (Don't you hate it when that happens?!??!!) Then, she met Don and they married and now live in TN, but are enjoying their time out on the road. This is new to Don, but he seems to be enjoying himself.

As it usually goes when RVers get together, there was food and much laughter and conversation. Randy & I enjoyed getting to know Don & Jenny. And, of course, we always have a good time with Darrell & Judy.

Nothing planned for tomorrow. Gotta do laundry, but that's it. Weather supposed to be getting warmer!! Yippee!

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back to Music

It was great fun getting back to the Jubilee Pickers and playing music. But, it's amazing how much I've forgotten! I kept having to refer to my “cheat sheet” which shows me the different chords. Plus, my right arm was tired from all the strumming by the time we were done! I've got some work to do.

After music, I went to the library, got my card renewed, and checked out a couple of books. I love being able to use the library again!!

I made a quick stop at WalMart and got home about 1:30 this afternoon. I was ready to settle into my recliner and relax. I even caught a short nap.

This evening Dick & Pat made a standing rib roast and scalloped potatoes while Darrell & Judy bought green beans. Randy & I provided the home and table service. The six of us enjoyed the meal and the company.

I'll repeat myself – it is so good to be back “home” in Alabama.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ready for Some Warm Weather

Much to my displeasure, the alarm went off at 6:00 this morning! Of course, I set the alarm, so why was I so surprised when it sounded? Because I'm lazy that's why!! :)

After I got up, dressed, and had my quiet time, I got out of the house around 6:35am and went to Curves. It was so cold outside – only 29*!! But, Randy, being the great guy that he is, started the truck for me, so it was fairly warm for me. Anyway, I did my workout and came home.

Once I was home, I curled up in my recliner and watched TV – ALL day. Well, I did take a little walk with Randy & Blackie mid-afternoon, but that was it. I just couldn't get warm, for some reason. Finally, in the afternoon the sun came streaming through the back window. Then, I got nice and toasty. Ahhhh.

Dinner was leftovers. And there'll be more TV this evening. Yes, I know. We are slugs. :)

More cold weather is in the forecast. Low to mid 20s at night. We'll have to disconnect the water for the next few nights. I know it's not as bad as friends and family are getting in the north and I shouldn't complain. BUT. WE. ARE. IN. THE. SOUTH.

Okay, I'm done. :)

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Settling In

At 5am my eyes popped open and I was awake. Wide awake. So, I got up. Boy, it makes for a long day when you start that early. Yes, I know many folks get up that early every day – but those are people who WORK. I. Do. Not. So, I really shouldn't be waking up that early. Just sayin'.

One of the music groups I play with, Jam 'N Folks, had a gig nearby this morning, so Randy and I went. They sounded really good and played some music I hadn't heard before. It helped me get excited about getting back into playing. I haven't touched my dulcimer since we left Alabama last year. So, rusty though I'll be, it will be fun getting back to it.

After the gig, Randy & I stopped at Petersen's RV to see if they do body work on RVs. Unfortunately, they do not. We really like Petersen's as they done good work for us in the past. Chris, the owner, did recommend Freeman's Collision in Foley, so we went there.

We met the owner, a nice gentleman, who immediately got a technician to look at the truck and get started on the estimate. They also do some body work on RVs and Chason will come out tomorrow to look at that damage to ascertain whether they can do the work. We like both of the guys and hope they can do the work.

Once we got home, it was time to grab some lunch and relax for the afternoon. I did get a short nap. Larry & Cindy stopped by to welcome us “home.” It was good of them to do that. :)

This evening Pat and Dick came over for dinner. Dick loves spaghetti and meatballs so I make it for him a couple of times while we're here. With salad and garlic bread, it was a good meal, if I do say so myself. :)

We've settled in for the evening and I'm thinking it's gonna be an early night. Actually, now that we're back in Central time, we'll probably be hitting the bed by 10pm most nights.

Tomorrow I'm planning to go to Curves. Need to get back into a routine. Can't wait to see my friends there!

Until the next time . . .

Monday, January 10, 2011

What a Trip!

Okay, the plan was to break camp and leave Hardeeville around noon on Sunday. Yes, the plan “was.”

Randy went out around 8:30am to check the pressure in the tires. He found that one of the right rear tires on the truck was almost flat. Apparently, it picked up a nail or something. We figured we'd have to postpone leaving because it was Sunday and there'd be nothing open. Thankfully, we were wrong. Firestone was open and could fix the tire right away. YAY!

Randy got himself out the door and was back about 11am with a fixed tire. We continued with our breaking camp routine and pulled out of the park about 1pm. Not too bad, just an hour later than we'd originally wanted to leave. We were headed for a Cracker Barrel in Tallahassee to spend the night.

All was going well and we left I-16 and headed south on I-95. And that's where it all went kaBAM! Literally. It happened so fast, I thought we'd run over something. Well, we did. A deer. AFTER it ran into us first. Very scary.

Randy pulled over onto the shoulder so we could see what exactly happened and the damage incurred. Boy, were we lucky. Yes, there was damage.

Truck 1 Truck 2 RV 2

Yes, it's gonna be a pain getting it fixed. But, it could have been so much worse. The truck is drivable. The damage to the RV is minimal, so that's good. And we are okay. No damage to us. We were thanking God for His protection, I'll tell you.

We'll get to see how well our insurance company takes care of us!

We did get to that CB in Tallahassee, sometime between 7:00 & 7:30pm. We were both beat. Ate some egg salad I had fixed and climbed into bed.

This morning we got up around 7am, had breakfast at CB and hit the road a little past 8am. Gratefully, we had an easy, uneventful trip to the Plantation in Summerdale, AL. Thanks to the change from Eastern to Central time, we arrived about noon.

We were welcomed by Dick & Pat, Bob, and Darrell & Judy. J stopped by, too. It's so nice to be “home.” After getting set up, we spent some time catching up with Dick & Pat. Then, it was on to dinner at Darrell & Judy's. They were kind enough to feed us so we wouldn't have to cook on a travel day. And boy, was it yummy! Judy made her famous lasagne and brownies.

Now it's time for the weather to warm up!

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Getting Ready

This morning we met Cheri for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. It was so good to see her one last time before we leave this area. We spent a couple of hours chatting and enjoying a good meal. (Is there any other kind at CB???) Then it was hugs and good-bye.

Back at home Randy got working outside, putting away yard banners, storing the Christmas tree and emptying tanks. All the chores necessary to readying the rig for travel. Inside I straightened some things up and made a batch of egg salad for the road.

I also went over to Gene & Judi's to share with them the pictures I had taken yesterday during our trip to Hilton Head. Judi had brought their camera, but had forgotten to put the battery in it before leaving the house. :) We chatted for a bit and will say our “see ya laters” tomorrow morning.

We'll take our time getting on the road tomorrow, probably not leaving until close to noon. When we're going to spend the night on the road, we leave later than usual because we don't want to end up in a WalMart or CB parking lot at 2:00 in the afternoon. So, we'll drive as far as Randy is comfortable, pull off for the night, and then just have a few hours to travel to get to the Plantation. :)

If you'd like to see some more pictures from our day at Hilton Head Island or any other pictures of our travels and family, click here.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, January 07, 2011

Exploring Hilton Head Island

About 10am, we hit the road with Gene & Judi and headed to Hilton Head Island. It took less than a half an hour to get to the Visitor Center. We were fortunate that the woman on duty was very knowledgeable about the island, having lived there for over 30 years. She shared lots of antidotes about the island and its history.

I learned about Mitchelville, a town that was created on the island for escaped slaves. It was named for a Union general, Ormsby Mitchel, who helped the slaves build the town. Mitchel helped emancipate these people before Lincoln ever gave his famous proclamation. You can read more about it here if you'd like. Very interesting part of our history that is not well known; at least it wasn't to me.

We left the Visitor Center and headed to the beach. There are some phenomenal homes along the way.

Beach houses at Hilton HeadP1120971

And the sun was shining beautifully on the water. Although it was rather windy, the weather was gorgeous.

Dunes & seagrassJudi coming up from the oceanRandy, Judi & Gene

From the beach we decided it was time to grab some lunch. The woman at the Visitor Center told us about a local “hole in the wall” restaurant called The Sea Shack.

Sea Shack-where we ate lunch


In the summer folks are lined out the door at this place. Randy & I love these local places and Gene & Judi agree. We found that the recommendation was right on! Gene, Judi & I got shrimp platters; Gene, broiled; Judi, fried; and I got blackened. Randy got broiled scallops. All of our food was just scrumptious! Even the sides were good.

We left there very happy. :)

After such a great lunch, we needed to do some walking. Our next stop was the Harbor Town area of the island. There are many different neighborhoods on the island, all of them with their own personalities. Harbor Town is located in the Sea Pines neighborhood and boasts its own functioning lighthouse.


There is a marina here, many shops, as well as housing. We enjoyed walking around the marina area. I even got a pelican fix!

Harbor Town pierP1120984Got my pelican fix

Finally, it was time to head toward home. We had one more stop, however, and it was on the way. The Coastal Discovery Museum is housed in the Discovery House at Honey Horn, a 68 acre property with a 300 year old history. It was privately owned until 1998 when it was purchased by the Town of Hilton Head and opened as a museum with outside exhibits. This website will give you lots of information about all you can do here.

We followed the “Around the Horn” trail which led us to outside exhibits including:

Osprey Outlook P1130007

Oyster Alley BoardwalkP1130014

Heritage GardenHeritage Garden

Bottle Tree (African lore believed that the bottles drew the evil spirits away from the house)Bottle tree - to draw evil spirits

Fiddler Crab Boardwalk P1130022Gene & JudiR&T under a live oak

We were also enamored of the gorgeous live oak tree in front of the house. These trees are just fascinating to me.

P1130027P1130028Sun beginning to set on Discovery House

Now, it was time to go home. We had a lovely day; good weather, good food and good friends. Doesn't get much better than that. Randy & I especially liked getting to spend more time with Gene & Judi. And we'll be able to do more of that when they join us at the Plantation in a few weeks!

We didn't do as much sightseeing as we'd hoped while here in the Savannah area, but I'm sure we'll come back sometime. And it will be here when we do! :)

Tomorrow we're meeting Cheri at Cracker Barrel for one more get-together breakfast before leaving. Then, the afternoon will be spent getting ready to leave on Sunday. I'm ready to see all of our friends at the Plantation!

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Grocery Shopping

Yes, another exciting blog post! :)

That was the great adventure of the day – going to the grocery. Of course, it was the first one of the month, so it took a couple of hours. But for some reason, we spent less today than we have the past couple of months. So, that's a good thing! :)

When we got home, we had the chores of putting everything away and portioning out meat for freezing. I'm not sure which is worse – doing the actual shopping or putting it all away. And yes, I know I say that every month!

Once I got dinner in the crockpot (enchiladas), it was time for lunch and catching up on the programs that had been DVR'd while we were in PA. That put Randy in front of one TV and me another. :)

And that's how we spent our afternoon.

Told you it was an exciting post!! :) Tomorrow we're taking a drive with Gene and Judi to Hilton Head Island. Hope we get some good pictures!

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Getting Back to Reality

Just didn't feel like posting last night when we got home. So, I'll give a “two-fer” tonight. :)

After a very long, but gratefully uneventful, drive, we arrived home about 8:30pm. Gosh, we were both so glad to see our RV. :) Randy got in first and was back out immediately and was getting our extra tank of propane out of the back of the truck. Seems both propane tanks were dead and it was a balmy 47* degrees INSIDE the RV!! Ugh. Welcome home.

First thing I did was turn on the electric heater. It took about a half hour to get the propane lines and tank warmed up enough to kick the furnace on. I kept warm by unpacking.

Just one of the adventures of full-time RV life. :)

Woke up to a dreary, rainy day this morning. We took our time getting ourselves out the door. We needed to run a few errands; first-of-the-month banking, getting those propane tanks filled; as well as a trip to Curves for me.

This afternoon we met cyber RV friends, Gene & Judi. We have several mutual friends and have been following each other's blogs but haven't had the pleasure of meeting until today. They are staying here at Hardeeville RV Park, too.

Gene & Judi graciously invited us over for coffee this afternoon. As it often happens with RVers, we felt immediately at home with one another and began chatting. Suddenly, it was two hours later! Isn't it wonderful to be able to feel comfortable with folks so quickly? One of the best things about this lifestyle – no strangers. ;) As we left we made plans to get together one more time before Randy & I leave on Sunday.

Thanks, Gene & Judi, for a great afternoon!

Tomorrow's our big monthly grocery shopping day. One of my least favorite things to do. But, I do like to eat, so I'll suffer through. :)

Until the next time . . .

Monday, January 03, 2011

A Little Sad . . .

Our morning started with a visit to the GP. Both Randy & I take blood pressure meds so our doctor likes to see us every three months to ensure that all is going well. Since we're not always in the area during those particular intervals, we see her whenever we're in this area. Glad to say we both checked out fine and are good to go until May. :)

This afternoon Lindsay, Reagan, Randy & I ran some errands and ate lunch at Isaac's, a deli-like restaurant with scrumptious sandwiches and soups.

Once we got home, it was quiet time for Reagan and me. :) We watched the latest Shrek movie. It's still funny, four movies later. I will confess, however, I missed some of it when I zz'd out a couple of times!

This evening has been very laid back. Just watching TV and enjoying each other. Of course, I was grabbing as much snuggle time as I could. :)

And I'm feeling a little sad because tomorrow we'll be leaving in the early morning to head back to SC. We've got an eleven hour drive ahead of us, so we want to get as early a start as possible. Of course, I'm sure we'll hit rush hour traffic along the way, but we'll deal with it.

It's always hard to leave the kids. For me, this is the absolute toughest, biggest drawback to our lifestyle. I know a lot of folks don't struggle with it, but I sure do. Once we're back on the road, I'm pretty good, but when we first leave? Not so much. Oh, well. Just a little less than five months and we'll be home again.

Snugglin' . . .


Until the next time . . .

Sunday, January 02, 2011


Wow, today was a whole lot different than the last few days. :) Although I woke up at 6am for some unknown reason, it was pretty much a veg out kinda day.

Lins wanted to “de-Christmas” the house, so I helped Reagan take the decorations off the tree. It was fun looking at all the decorations they have amassed over the years. I got a little teary when I found some of Lindsay's decorations from when she was little. I teased her that one of them was an antique 'cause it had her birth year of “1979” on it! ;)

In the afternoon we watched the Ravens beat the Bengals. It wasn't a pretty win, but a win nonetheless. And in the house, everyone dresses for the game – even Reagan.

Reagan - our Ravens cheerleader

We found out the Ravens will be playing the Chiefs in the playoffs. Mac & Lynette? Guess it's on now!! hahahhaa

Dinner was out this evening at Chili's. A nice change. And now? All four of us are settled on the couches, watching TV. Reagan has gone to bed and it's quiet time for us.

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Just another couple of pictures . . .

DadDad & Grandma with their 5 great grandsDadDad & G'ma with 5 great grands

The Christmas Dog ;)Christmas dog 

Endings & Beginnings

Yep, the end of the first decade of the new millennium – maybe. Depends on whether you think the new millennium began in 2000 or 2001. But, that's a discussion we'll save for another day. :)

No matter what, one year has ended and another begun. That seems to happen about every 365 days or so. I am one of those who really doesn't get what all the hoopla is about regarding New Year's Eve. I mean, yeah, I get that we've passed another year, but other than that, it's really just another day when you wake up. Guess I'm a party pooper. But, every party needs one, doesn't it? At least that's what the song says! :)

Randy & I did actually stay up past midnight this year. First time in a long time, too. We watched Reagan while Jason & Lindsay went out. Don’t they look great?

Lins & J ready for New Year's Eve

We will begin our new year with the last of the family Christmas gatherings. I know! This will be our third. That's what happens when you have lots of family. Jason & Lins have already celebrated with her father and family; his father and stepmom; and his mother and extended family. Now, it's time to celebrate with my parents, sister and extended family. Gosh, when there are divorces, it wreaks havoc with scheduling family events! :) But, we are fortunate that relationships are very civil among everyone and events are worked out so that everyone gets their time with the kids. I pray that our kids will break the cycle and our grandkids won't have to deal with this.

Sorry, that was a weird sidetrack. A little insight to how I think during the holidays. Scary, huh? :)

Anyway, we will have a wonderful time this afternoon; filled with laughter and love. Just how it should be. I'll post more later!

Hooweeee! The party is over and Lins, Jason, Reagan, Randy & I are crashed out on the couches. It was a great afternoon of family, fun, laughter, and lots of love. Our family never fails to have a good time when we all get together. Lins does a fabulous job of hostessing. We made baked ziti for the main course and everyone brought a dish. There's never a shortage of food. :)

Before everyone showed upAll set up for the party! P1120918 

Everyone is having a good timeChowing down P1120922 P1120931 P1120942

The only downer was that Kevin & Sam; Chuck, Ginny & Tommy; and Eric, LuAnn & CJ couldn't be here this year. :( But, there's always next year! We missed you guys!! xoxoxo

We had another round of present exchanges. This is the crew: My folks; my sister and bro-in-law, Paula & Lou; three of their kids, Lisa, Joe & Megan (and spouses); Lisa's kids, Jimmy, Kylie & Kelsey; and Megan's baby, Ryleigh. This is the first time all of us were together this Christmas, so my folks had to give us, Reagan and Lins & J our presents. Of course, we all needed to give the cousins theirs. So, there was a flurry of activity as all the presents were handed out.

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My folks watching the meleeDadDad & G'ma

After that craziness, it was dinner time. As I mentioned, lots of good food and desserts. I am SO NOT looking forward to my doctor's appointment on Monday!!!

It was so good to spend time with my family. All too soon it was time to say good-bye. Another Christmas over and a new year begun.

Randy & I wish all of friends and family a year filled with contentment, peace and blessings that warm your heart. May 2011 be a great year for all of us.

Until the next time . . .