Thursday, December 30, 2010

It”s Almost Gone

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The Beginning of the Eclipse

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Yes, the year 2010 is on it’s last days. We have made good use of the the year. Our wheels were rolling most of the time, although we managed to spend plenty of time seeing friends and the sights.

We left the RGV last year about the middle of March and made our way up the coast spending time in Corpus Christi and Rockport. From there we went to Bourne where we met a group of the Class of 07. After a fun filled time we traveled to Colorado Springs, home of our daughter and her family. Chuck had a repair job done, and a not so successful try at cataract surgery. We had planned to fly our grandson from California out to the Springs, but there were no longer nonstop flights, so we decided that we would pick him up in Vegas. We headed into the southern part of Utah, seeing the Arches, Brice's Canyon and Mount Zion. Wow, we think those should be on everyone's ”bucket list”.

Come to find out there were no direct flights from Sacramento to Vegas either. Our son and DIL decided that they could use a little road trip and drove him down. About that time the weather decided to heat up big time…..110 to 115. The air conditioner never quit. Then it was on to San Diego, where we camped right on the beach on Camp Pendleton. We figured we had about 2 weeks with our grandson before he had to be back for all-star baseball practice. But after buying tickets for 3 different attractions, we were notified that he had to be back in 5 days. Marine World, San Diego Zoo, and Animal Kingdom in 3 days, we were done in, but he made it back in time for practice in the afternoon. We spent a few weeks visiting friends and family. Then several couples joined us in going to southern Oregon for a week.

Friends Barb and Bob/Chuck live in southern Idaho, which was our next destination. Sun Valley is in their back yard, gorgeous country. We left there planning on seeing some of Yellowstone that we had not taken in the last time we were there, but the weather played a large part in making the campgrounds unable to accommodate us due to the large amount of rain, and parking being all grass. But we did make an unexpected stop that was a real treat in Medora, North Dakota. Each summer they put on a first class musical and we took that in. Then it was on to Wisconsin, a visit with a few relatives and we were off to Elkhart. We spent 2 months in that area, taking in Nick’s Rally, the Escapee’s Rally, and yes a third, the Montana Rally. Each one was great in it’s own way.

A “Gathering”, Lisa’s, was happening in Tennessee at Defeated Creek! What a great campground, but the locals love it too, it is pretty much reserved up for the weekends well in advance. Then it was down into the panhandle of Florida where we caught up with Kevin and Arlene who were work camping at the Topsail State Park. Once again a beautiful park. We left there for the infamous Betty’s, where we were meeting a few other couples for Thanksgiving. Great, great, great. Finished off our stay in Louisiana by popping into Kinder, for a last casino fix. Texas has none, so it is a long time between dues paying, which is just as well. We hit San Antonio, and after a few weeks we finally made it back to the Rio Grand Valley. And dagnabit, just writing about it made me tired, but it was a great year. Can’t wait and see what next year holds in store, as we have no plans that are not written in Jell-O.

We are getting settled in, doctor appointments for both of us. Told Chuck we are in the repair, replace or discard part of our lives. Big card party tomorrow night, also a dance, but think we are more for the cards. Bought a golf cart so we can tool around the park, either sell it in the spring or store it.

Have to share, our great-grandbabies, Roinn & Kylee




Monday, December 20, 2010

It Feels Like Home

Unlike a lot of full timers we have no place other than a mail box in Livingston Texas, that we can call our home base.  This is our second year at Alamo Palms and the welcome we have received from so many of the people that we met last year, and all our new neighbors, gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling.  This has to be one of the friendliest parks in the valley, and the busiest.  There is so much going on, there is no way you could not have a good time. 

Today is Chucks birthday, make that his 74th one, wow, how did we get so old so fast.  We don’t think we are any where close to what our bodies seem to be, which at times, is at the bottom of that famous hill.   As long as we stay away from “boot hill”, all is well.  The park is having a viewing of the lights tonight, and they are having hay rides and breaking out all the golf carts so everyone can partake.  After wards one of our neighbors has invited a group over for a get together.  Sure that it will be fun and we will get to meet more of the neighbors.  I’m going to sneak over a cake for birthday boy. 

Yesterday was our first trip to the flea market.  Ordered a outside roller shade for the back window, and to have the fabric replaced on the awning.  Can not touch the price here, so get’er done.  Wonderful to buy huge bags of oranges and grape fruit for 3 dollars each. Plus got the ingredients for Chuck salsa.  Nothing else interested us.  The market was really very empty compared to last year, but maybe after Christmas.  Can’t say the same for the restaurants, they are full from 4:30 on.  We usually have linner (lunch/dinner) before 4, that way we beat the crowd and pay lunch prices.  Nothing cheap about us, I’ll have water with lemon, please, add a sweetener and whala….lemonade, group.

Well, I’m off to play bridge, Chuck had a doctors appointment this morning, and he has not made it back yet.  Hope they are not holding him hostage again. 


Friday, December 17, 2010

Find the Pickle

It was a tradition in our family to hide a pickle in the tree, come Christmas Eve it was a great joy to be the one to discover it.  Can you find the pickle?

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Did get the decorations up in time to be able to enjoy them.  Do love the memories of all the places they were acquired from.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Great Escape

Our stop over in San Antonio was for one reason, for Chuck to get fitted for new hearing aids at Audey Murphy VA Hospital.  In the process of doing the mandatory physical they found fluid in his lungs, especially one of them.  After a few more tests they decided that he should be admitted and the fluid removed.  Once that had taken place they scheduled several other tests, but after two days of waiting, Chuck decided it was time to make a jail break and head for the border. He will get in touch with our doctor here ad get things started next week.  Right now he is so tickled to be here, actually he is playing cards as I type, he does love his games.

As of now we are in the resort that we spent last year at, Alamo Palms.  We really enjoyed our time here last year with the exception of the size of site.  So this year we booked one that is in an area that is mostly mobile homes, and we do have space.  Room for another RV with space to spare.  Not complaining though, oh no.

Getting the decorations up now, they don’t consist of all that much.  I have limited my keepsakes to an occasional ornament, and over the years they have grown to quite a collection.  But they also take very little space.  I hang a long lighted garland over the big slide and use that to display them.  Brings back many memories of the places we have been.  And I love the new side board, five feet of display space.  Pictures will follow, once it is all done tomorrow.

Life is good, no it is great! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Love’n Texas

We have been in San Antonio, at the Lackland AFB famcamp for a few days now.  The weather was absolutely lovely the first few days, but it has cooled of some.  Still very comfy. Today we decided to take in the lights at the Riverwalk, better than fighting the crowds of the week ends.  And it was mission accomplished, there were very few people there.  We had a very nice dinner at Tony Romas, which actually cost us nothing but an hour of our time.  Yep, one of those freebies for listening to a time share spiel. We got way laid on the way to the Riverwalk and “offered” a 75 dollars credit card just to listen,  we decided we had time to kill, so why not.  Well, when  they offered this time share for the low buy in of 68,000, and we laughed they basically couldn’t get us out of there fast enough.  Ah sucks, guess we are just trailer trash, on the other hand we get to go every and any place, and sleep in our own bed.  Hard to beat that. 

Oh, back to the lights, I personally, thought they were disappointing. 

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Pretty yes, but I had read about all the luminaries and there were none, it was just lights streaming down from the trees.  Worth seeing, yes, glad we did it, yes, but the margarita at dinner, priceless.

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Being officially Texans we must have our truck put through a safety inspection when we enter back into Texas.  After searching on the internet I got a few address where this could take place, but they were erroneous.  So we just went in search driving the vehicle repair area, and came upon one. 

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I certainly feel safer now that I know that everyone has to go through this procedure. He basically took our money, scraped the old sticker off, put the new one on, done, finished, have a good day.  By the looks of the building we shouldn’t have expected much more? 

Chucks appointment with the VA is early Thursday, and he had hoped to get fitted and tested for new hearing aids, but now it seems that first he has to have a physical.  Have a feeling we will be coming back for his testing and all.  Know that it won’t hurt to have another physical but he did have one in California this spring.  Oh well, it is what it is.

                     Life is Good.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cut Loose of Betty’s Web

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What a great time we had, the friends, the food, the laughter, and the card games, that unfortunately were won entirely by the men.  Not once did the women emerge victorious……but we are plotting revenge as I write. 

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We took a tour of the Tabasco factory one day which was very interesting.  The plant was not running, instead  there was a short movie, and then we walked through the plant.  And of course the country store, my oh my, there were a lot of Tabasco items to taste, even ice cream, and of course we had to make several purchases.  Thanks for the tour Denny and Suzie, we really enjoyed it. 

bettys 031Barb and Roger came by for a short visit, and we went to a restaurant that Betty said was her favorite.  Very good food, unique wall décor, and great margaritas.  What more could you ask for.

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Thanksgiving we all made a dish or two, and someone even did a turduckin.  Can’t honestly say that I would buy one, it was interesting to try it though.

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Hey, they have only the best in Louisiana.

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We had food and more food, what a feast.

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The next day Bob and Molly were off to Red Bay to try and get the repairs completed on their motorhome.

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The Little Green Man behind the wheel of their toad.  Looks like he has a new job.

Sunday afternoon We went with Keith and Donna to the play, Tuna Christmas, and it was fantastic.  Two men played all the parts, and did a awesome performance, it was  laugh till you………..well at my age, let’s just leave it at that.

Monday we left Betty’s and followed the Greens to the casino at Kinder.  It was a short 80 mile jaunt, and we settled in a very nice park here at the casino.  Good time yesterday, slots seemed to be very loose, today, no so much.  But today was seniors day and they were bringing them in by the bus load.  Played blackjack and pleased to say that we are leaving here winners.  Not buy a new RV winner, more like a new bumper sticker, spare no cost , winner.  But a winner none the less.

Tomorrow we will be rolling down the road, headed for San Antonio, almost 400 miles, looks to be a good 2 day trip.

                       Life is Good.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Enjoying Betty’s RV Park

We had planned to arrive at Betty’s, in Abbeville, Louisiana,  on the 23rd, but heard from Molly that there was a swamp tour scheduled for that day, so cancelled some plans, pulled in the slides, and were rolling down the road ASAP on Monday. 

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Bye Biloxi

The 220 mile trip was uneventful, although traffic seems quite heavy.  We arrived at Betty’s about 3, and after squeezing in we were ready for the daily “happy hour”.  Great seeing old friends, and making new acquaintances.  If you have been here you know what it is like, if not, you must put it on your bucket list.  Of course after happy hour, we were off to eat at Suire’s, a local restaurant that is a real treat, very good food.

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Interesting contrast of the white herons and fall foliage. Tuesday we were off for the swamp tour, there were 16 in our group, and our guide and boat were waiting for us.  So very glad that we made the decision to take this tour.

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Words are not sufficient to describe what we saw.   Even though a lot of the trees look like they are dead or dying, they were quite healthy. Bryan, (our guide) was very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting. 

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Would love to take this tour again at another time of the year, as the changes would be drastic with all the plants in bloom and the changes in the trees.  The beauty was so unexpected to me, the unusual shape of the trees due to the way that have adapted to survive.  In our travels there are so many places that I’ve just been blown away by.  How lucky we are to be able to see and enjoy it all.  Gives a new meaning to stopping and smelling the roses, and do so appreciate that we have been lucky enough to do it.

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Natural man-made duck blinds.

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And then it was off to find some food.  Being as we were to be spending a few hours with out restrooms, most of us had limited our in take and were starving.  Okay, those of you know that Escapees never starve, we travel on our stomachs. But it was a good excuse.

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We have not been in this area, so a lot of the menu was strange to me, but Bob tried a combination platter, (crawfish boulette, crawfish macque choux, crawfish pie, fried alligator were just a few items on the platter) and Molly and I managed to taste almost everything, and it was so good, even though we weren’t too sure of what we were eating.  Most of us went for the fried catfish and it was also very good. 

Right now we are waiting on Roger & Barb, as they are coming for a visit, and we are……..what else…….going out to eat.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are having a huge dinner at the campground with everyone bringing a dish or two  or maybe even three.  Old habits die hard, and seems everyone has their family favorites.

Also have made reservations for a local play on Sunday, Christmas Tuna, which the reviews are raving about.  Should be fun.Monday we will be making our way to San Antonio, where we will park for a few weeks, while hopefully Chuck can get new hearing aids ordered.

Happy Thanksgiving, Life is Good.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Biloxi Days

Having just done a grocery run at the commissary, I have to do a little rant. Do the companies think we are just totally STUPID? I just bought a pound of bacon, (14 ounces) 4 pound bag of sugar, 1/2 gallon of ice cream, (11/2 quarts)and please tell me, how do they put 34 ounces of coffee in a 3 lb can and make it completely full? The darn can did not get smaller, just the contents. Oh, and then we are told there is zero inflation. Yeah, I guess we are that dumb, especially my home state of California. Starting to thread in that forbidden territory in blog land here, so thanks for letting me rant. Had thought that the cost of living in the south was less costly, but seems that everything is much higher than up north. We took in a casino last night, and they have no freebies here, actually they even make you buy the clip cord for your players card. NOT! We did not stay all that long, winning was not happening anywhere we could see or hear. Didn’t take us long to get over getting our dues paid.

Thursday night we went out for pizza with Darrell & Judy. Great getting to spend time with them, they have a ERUP lot at the Plantation, so guess you could say they are our future neighbors.

We left the Rainbow Plantation yesterday, and the ride was only about 100 miles, so it was no time till we were here. Our daughter had called and I was yakking and Chuck missed the turn and it took us a bit of a hassle to get back on track, but turning around when your as long as we are is a hassle no matter what. We are staying at Keesler AFB and they are full. We got the last site. Nice campground, river and lake across the road. Will bet no one lets their dogs or cats run loose here.

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Same beautiful white beaches, love them.

We will be here till Tuesday morning at which time we will be making our way to Betty’s RV park. Can’t wait to see everyone again, it was the Escapees rally that our paths last crossed.

Happy Thanksgiving to All.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lunch At Roadkill Cafe

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What a great time we had at the See’ya farewell lunch.  Those of you who know us from the RV Dreams, know that our nickname is Roadkill, so we couldn’t get enough pictures.  Actually the food was good, there hours are their own, when they run out of food, they close.  Seems to work, they were pretty full and it was early for lunch.

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Last night there was a soup’er supper at the campground.  They had 23 different kinds of soup, and for a few dollars you could have a sample of as many as you wanted.  There were some wonderful soups, and I only tasted four.  My favorite was a curry, pumpkin mushroom.  It was so good.  After that it was followed with the weekly ice cream social.  Today it was all about rain, just a slow steady but wet rain.  A do-nothing day.  Life is Good.

Life As I Now Know It

I  would never trade my amazing friends, my  wonderful  life, my loving  family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As  I've aged, I've become  kinder to myself, and less critical of   myself. I've become my own  friend. I don't chide myself for eating   that extra cookie, or for not  making my bed, or for buying that silly  pink flamingo that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde in front of the RV.  I am entitled to a treat, to be   messy, to be  extravagant.

I  have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon;  before they  understood the great freedom that comes with  aging.

Whose  business is it if I choose to read or play on the  computer until 4 AM and  sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to  those wonderful tunes of the 50 &60’s, and if I, at the same time,  wish  to weep over a lost love  ..... I will.

I  will walk the beach in a swim suit that  is stretched over a bulging body, and  will dive into the waves  with  abandon if I choose to, despite the  pitying glances from the  jet set.  They, too, will get  old.

I  know I am sometimes forgetful.   But there again, some of life is just as  well forgotten. And I   eventually remember the important  things.

Sure,  over the years my heart has been broken.  How can  your heart not   break when you lose a loved one, or when a child  suffers, or even when  somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?   But broken  hearts are  what give us strength and understanding and  compassion.   A heart  never broken is pristine and sterile and  will  never know the joy of  being imperfect.

I  am so blessed to have lived long enough  to have my hair turning gray, and to  have my youthful laughs be forever  etched into deep grooves on my  face.

So  many  have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn   silver.

As  you get older, it is easier to be positive.  You care  less about   what other people think..  I don't question myself  anymore.   I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So,  to  answer your question, I like being old.  It has set me free.   I  like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever,  but while  I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what  could  have been,  or worrying about what will be.  And I shall  eat dessert every single day  (if I feel like it).

Author Unknown

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Love’n This Area

Yes, we have really enjoyed our stay here, could it be that the beach being so close it has something to do with that?  My favorite place in the whole world is the ocean, but don’t want to live right on the beach.  This Escapees park is also very nice, as a matter of fact we are on the waiting list for a lease lot, which will take some time, but will make the decision when we closer to the top of the list.  The main reason would be to have a home base and storage shed, not that we will be stopping traveling, but that decision is not really in our hands, at our age.  LOL

We have been eating so much seafood that Chuck was starting to complain, so the other day we came across Lamberts, the home of the tossed rolls, and we decided that we would give it a try. We had heard about Lamberts but never eaten in one, but we had been told that the portions were huge, plus they keep bring sides to the tables.  No one mentioned that they serve there drinks in mugs resembling a gallon jug, and Chuck ordered a glass of milk. He never orders milk except at breakfast. Well, he certainly GOT MILK!  

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Munching down on one of those rolls.

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The food was okay, and now it Lamberts is checked off the bucket list.  From there we took a ride over to the beach, watched a volley ball game and just enjoyed the wonderful weather.  It is so awesome, but they are saying that a few days of rain are on the way.

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Further up the beach we came across a large work crew moving sand into a huge sieve, then back in the trucks to be placed back where it had come from.  They say they aren’t really finding anything, but the deep cleaning is good pay, and steady work while it lasts.    Such a shame, the sand is so pretty.

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Today, Nolan & Donna stopped by for a short time, they are staying not too far from us.  Glad we got to see them as they are on the move again tomorrow.  We are having a lunch on Monday, with some of the people that are here, sort of a farewell, seeya down the road lunch, at the Roadkill Café.  John & Sandy and Jim & Ellie are heading towards New Orleans.  We are staying a few more days, and we are still up in the air on our destination for the next week or so.  Why do I feel like I’m getting no sympathy with all my woe is me, where oh where will we go?  See, it is not all lollipops and roses out here.  Yes, that is being written with tongue in cheek.  Life is Good.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The End of the Rainbow

We arrived at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation RV park yesterday, after a short 60 mile trip.  We took HWY 89 the whole way, and it was a lot of stop lights and small towns, but not a bad ride.  However the inside of the RV looked like a giant egg beater had spent the entire time on high speed.  Nothing broke, just amazing how some times it seems to work like that.  When we got here we knew that John and Sandy, were here, but there last names eluded us, so we just registered, pulled into our assigned site, and low and behold there they were right next to us, AND Jim and Ellie, were behind us!  Had thought they had left already.  We had a nice travel day dinner, thanks John & Sandy.  Traveling is pretty good, Arlene & Kevin had us over for a farewell dinner the night before.  Thanks guys.

Today we took off to get some shopping done, I needed a keyboard, mine had just quite working, bummer.  But first we made a stop at Camping World, been a long time, got the chairs that Mary demo’ed, and a few other things.  Then picked up the keyboard at Best Buy.  From there we passed a sleep number bed store, and ours, after 20 good years, was in desperate need of being replaced, so ordered that.  By then we were in search of foooood.  In the mall was a seafood place that we decided to try and it was wonderful.  I had a lunch combo with oysters, shrimp and fish.  Chuck went for bacon wrapped shrimp, we will certainly get there again before we leave the area.  Then it was off to Wal-Mart for cokes and OJ.  This is where I hit the mother lode.  They had capris on a large rack, all priced at ONE dollar.  Bought a dozen, for less than the price of one.  I’ve been needing some more (probably not a dozen) and this time of year they are hard to find.  Really glad now. 

We are back home now and it is dark already, darn, I’m not one of those people that like that extra hour in the morning.  No pictures today, I’ll have to do better,  Life is Good.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


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Yes, that is how we spent some of the day visiting with Kevin and Arlene.  What an absolutely beautiful place this is.  My keyboard has died,am typing this with the on screen one, so is going to be short.


A house we saw that looked like it had been abandoned, actually the whole development of about 25 houses seemed that way.  Soon as we win the lotto tonight,  will have to look into it.

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Love the paint job.

Till next time, Life Is Good.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Time at Tyndall

How the time has flown.  We have been fighting colds, and checking the obits, just to be sure there was a reason to get out of bed.  Think that we have finally made it to the land of living again.

We arrived here at Tyndall  well over a week ago.  Got to spend some time with Kevin and Arlene.  We managed to take in several movies,  Secretariat and Red.  Both were very good, funny how the same actor, John Malkovich, was in both of them.  We actually seen Red as a second choice the first day, being as we got our theaters mixed up, so the next day we made up for it.  But the heat and humidity was so high the movies were a good place to be. 

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Friday brought some good news, long time friends, who spend their summers in Maine, winters at home in Florida, were making the seven hours trip to spend a few days with us.  I fixed dinner and asked Arlene and Kevin, to join us.  We had a great time, finished up the evening teaching them hand and foot.  After breakfast at the clubhouse, the next day, the guys were off to play golf and the girls went shopping at the Pier Park Shops. 

florida2 002Believe it or not we just were not in the mood to shop, though we each did manage at least one purchase, but it was very minor.  Lunch was at 5Guys, and they lose to In & Out in my book.  The guys golf game was fast, the club house was already closed when they finished, so they were back at the RV early too.  Spent the rest of day playing cards and talking ole times.  The next morning we had plans to go for breakfast, but my cold had really hit me hard.  So I said my good-byes out an open window, feeling like typhoid Mary.  It was great visit up until then. And I just realized that I did not take one picture of Dick and Jane!

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The next few days were not any thing to write about, sneeze, cough, cough and then did it all over again. Yesterday felt much better, did some laundry and few other “round-to-its”.  Which leads me to today, and it was pretty much a wasted day.  It rained most of the day, Chuck had to have his blood work done and it was a bit of a hassle finding some place to do it.  Got my hair cut and that about does it. 

Friday we are moving west about 50 miles to the park that Arlene an Kevin are working at for a few days.  The weather is suppose to cooperate so am looking forward to seeing that area.

Till next time, Life is Good.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hello Florida


Our trip was totally uneventful, which is just the way we like it.  Except for our trusty, can’t travel without it….. GPS.  Panama City came up as 230 miles  or so, but when I put in Tyndall AFB it added on 50 miles.  No matter how we looked at the maps it just did not seem possible.  Well, come to find out it wanted us to go 24 miles beyond our destination and make a U turn!  This is our newer one, put the info into the old one and it was right on the bottom.  The problem is that screen is so much smaller and have come to enjoy the larger screen. 

The fall colors were wonderful on the trip down, and most of the road were good.  we have put our jacks down at Tyndall AFB famcamp.  A very nice park, large spaces, literally a jungle between sites.  Large club house, breakfast Saturday, pot luck Tuesday night.  Both Kevin ad Chuck are hacking and coughing so they are not much fun.  Plus we noticed a squealing noise of sort coming from a wheel on our truck that we have to have checked out.  We did take a ride along the coast towards the east, Saturday, and some of the beaches were nice, but the little towns were not ready for tourists. 

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Arlene and I did find a great area to take a stroll in the water, and it was warm, hardly any one there.  We found a market selling fish and shrimp, and bought some rock shrimp, which we had never seen before.  Word of advice, don’t buy.  The shells are very hard, which makes it a real pain to shell and clean, and the taste was nothing like shrimp.  Have a feeling the locals do not eat these little rascals.

Today did a whole lot of nothing, the humidity has climbed today, rain is in the forecast.  The guys have a t-time in the morning, not sure if that will be a go.  We are planning on staying here till the 5th of November, and then we will move a bit more west. 

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Looks like a great “3 hour cruise” boat.  Life is good.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Defeated Creek, Tennessee

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We have thoroughly enjoyed the time we have spent in this beautiful setting. The campground is set around the lake, with the outer rim having FHU’s. Being as I was late to come to the party in making reservations, and it being fall break for school, we could only get 4 days. But once here we managed to come by one of the non-reservable sites and extend our stay. The rate is one of the lowest that we have paid over our years RVing, 9 dollars a night, FHU’s, with the Golden Age discount.

Lisa & her sweet husband Tony.

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They have out done themselves seeing that we have a good time. And they certainly have succeeded. Thank you Lisa for getting this set up. Think that we will have to make it a yearly “gathering”.

As usual our get togethers have consisted of “have ya et yet?”, and what’s the menu for tomorrow?

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We have taken a few outside trips, Olive Garden, Golden Dragon, and yesterday called for a trip to the original Cracker Barrel. Some of our trips consisted of just the girls, and Lisa was our chauffeur, driving her van, with I Love My Seniors. We did not realize that she was not referring to her students, but to us! LOL

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Some unusual scenery along the way one day. Kudzu, a plant brought in to fight erosion, and it has done one heck of a job of that. It covers everything, looks like something from outer space or Disneyland. But no erosion!defeated camp 039

Usually our nights are spent gazing in the campfire, enjoying the company.

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It has truly been a great relaxing retreat. Not that the life we are living is in any way stressful, but we will be leaving here feeling like we have had a full 10 day massage.

In a few days we will all be heading in different directions, we are dropping down to the Florida panhandle, no place special in mind, just checking it out.

In closing would like to take a moment to honor Bruce and Margie, who will be missed, tho we never met, still felt we knew them. So sad, reminds us that every day is precious.