Monday, December 31, 2012

Getting closer to our Destination

We woke this morning to some very cool temperatures. Cool for Jasper, FL. anyway.

Jasper, FL Morning Temperatures 55F is inside the Motorhome

Inside the Motorhome it was a cool 55F. Outside a cool 34F. Even Kybee was looking for a warm spot in the Motorhome this morning.

Aww this feels so nice and warm.

We left Jasper, FL. around 10AM with just over 250 miles to our destination for the day, Spanish Main RV Resort in Thonotosassa, FL. another Passport America park with a fee of just $11 for the night.

We pulled in around 2:30pm. The office was closed, but there was an envelope on the bulletin board with our name on it, along with several other envelopes with other camper names on them. I opened the envelope and there was a map of the park highlighting our spot. I noticed right away that it was a different site than what was told me when I made the reservation a month ago. About that time the Manager walked up to me and assured me that the map had the correct site for us. Told us to have a good stay here, as he was headed out for the night. We shook hands and wished each other a happy new year.

I proceeded to drive the Motorhome to the site following the directions on the park’s map, as Wilma followed me in the car. Arriving at my site, there was a 5th. wheel set up and was in no way going to be leaving. I returned back to the office where several ladies who also work for the park, tried to help us. They did manage to contact the Maintenance Man, who drove over to check out our site.

He returned and told me to park in site 10409, a couple sites down from the one we were supposed to be in.

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We managed to squeeze into the site, and I’m happy that I only have to stay here 1 night! Again, “you get what you pay for”. Barely squeezing between the trees, but we are here safe and sound.

Squeezed into our RV Site at Spanish Main RV Resort

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Entered Florida Today

Reminder: You must be on the blog site to view the slideshow at the end, also move your mouse over the photo’s for additional info. 

We woke up this morning in Georgia to Sunshine! How many days has it been since we have seen sunshine? I can’t remember, it’s been so long ago. I just had to take the best photo yet:

Morning Sunshine on MY Sunshine!

Wilma drinking her morning coffee with the Georgia Sunshine lighting up her face.

It's Official, we are in Florida

We only had a 50 mile drive to reach our next destination in Jasper, FL. We are staying at the Florida Gateway RV Resort another Passport America park.

Entering Florida Gateway RV Resort

We don’t know how old this park is but it looks to be a fairly young park with plenty of room for expansion. What is developed is ‘top notch’ in my book! See the slideshow for all the photo’s of this resort, and click on their link above.

There are some campsites that are equipped with outdoor hot tubs, stone fire pits, BBQ Grills and outdoor sinks.

The best campsites are here!

Our Passport America discount gave us a campsite for $22.00, on the grass and very close to our neighbors.

Our Neighbors, VERY Close campsites!

No complaints what so ever though, as our neighbors are a great young couple with 2 young boys. They are just starting out camping with their new Dodge Diesel Truck and Prowler trailer.

Give this park a few more years to improve and it’s going to be one of the best in Florida!

Enjoy the slide show.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Valdosta, GA. Wal-Mart camp.

We had just 289 miles to travel today, but with another heavy traffic jam it took us 7 hours to arrive at Wal-Mart here in Valdosta, GA.

We first breezed through Atlanta with it’s 7 lanes of traffic.

Count them, 7 lanes of traffic in Atlanta. Yep, I'm in the wrong lane. Not ready to exit yet! I was surprised that the traffic wasn’t worse than it was. It took us about 45 minutes to get through the city.

Atlanta, GA I-75 with 8 lanes for traffic. Saturday morning around 10am.

Overcast skies with drizzle made it a challenging drive. My gosh do the locals of Atlanta drive fast! Speed limit of 65 (which I was doing 60) and they were flying by me like I wasn’t even moving. Thankfully no problems through Atlanta, we thought “free sailing the rest of the way”. But it wasn’t to be.

The speed limit says 60, we were doing 0 to 7mph.

There was a lot of chatter on the CB of a stalled car in the right lane of only 2 lanes on I-75 sixty miles north of Valdosta. We timed it from when we first came to a stop 10 miles before the bottle neck, until we entered the construction zone, 1 solid hour. But again, by the time we arrived at the construction area and the bottle neck, there was no disabled vehicle. Just stop and go traffic thru the construction zone which was at least 20 miles long.  But not all was lost While we were doing the stop and go, Wilma prepared our lunch of sandwiches, chips, cookies for desert and a bottle of water. Smile

We arrived at Wal-Mart safe and sound, after the Garmin took us the wrong way off the interstate. Baring teeth smile But we managed to find it with the help of my “Smart phone”. I guess that’s why they call them “Smart phones”.

Our campsite at Wal-Mart.

We went into Wal-Mart to purchase our gourmet meal for the evening. Chicken, Chef Salad, and Red Skin potato salad.

Dinner is ready. Come on in and eat.

Wilma gave this area the thumbs up for tonight. Even though there are another 3 more RV’s in another area of the parking lot. We are in the same spot that we had last year and there were more than a dozen RV’s where we are at now.

A vacant bird nest just outside our window at Wal-Mart.

And the scenery isn’t that bad either. Just outside our window we have a vacated birds nest with Sams Store in the background. Winking smile

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Now in Adairsville, GA

We left Lexington, KY this morning by 8am. With the roads clean and dry, no snow or ice, we made good time. Getting closer to Tennessee, with the higher elevation of the Mountains we noticed some snow on the mountainsides.

Snow in the Mountains of TN.

As we climbed higher in the Mountains, the temperature dropped. Ice covered the trees.

Ice covered trees in the Mountains of TN.

But it wasn’t long and we were entering Georgia. It also wasn’t long and we found ourselves at a dead stop on I-75. Turning on the CB I heard that there was an accident 6 miles ahead with 2 of the 3 lanes blocked completely. Seems an RV was involved, jack knifed, and was on it’s side blocking 2 lanes. We don’t know how much earlier the accident happened, just that we were at a dead stop.

RV Accident 6 miles ahead, we come to a dead stop on I-75

An hour later we passed the scene of the accident. Nothing, no sign of any accident except some dirt on the side of the interstate where it could have happened. The rescue and clean up crew did one great job. Hopefully no one was hurt, although I suspect someone’s planned trip South was ruined.

The scene of the accident was just 25 miles from our next stop in Adairsville. Even so, we pulled in to Leisure Time RV Park around 3pm for the night. This park is a Passport America park, with the discount it cost us just $15.00. All I can say for this park is “you get what you pay for”. The only plus I can think of is free wi-fi.

Oh well, it’s a place to stop for a restful sleep, hopefully a quiet night. Sorry..we didn’t even want to take a picture of the place, if that tells you something. But here is a photo of Kybee. This is where he travels in the Motorhome.

Kybee's travel position, in front of the heater vent.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

On Our Way To Florida!

It started around 3pm. Did not stop until in the early morning hours of the day we were planning on leaving for Florida. We woke up to at least 10 inches of fresh, slippery, snow!

10 inches of snow fell over night!

I had to grab the snow shovel and clear a path just to get to the Motorhome. Plus last night I had to start up the snow blower and clear the area behind the motorhome so I could back it out into the street.

Had to shovel snow to get into the Motorhome.

As we closed up the house and got into the Motorhome, my driving skills were going to be put to the test. First I made it a total of about 50 feet before I was stopped by the snow depth in the street. Clearing that hurdle another was going to challenge me pulling out of our sub division onto the 4 lane main street. That one stopped me in my tracks half way into Gratiot (M-3) blocking 2 of the 4 lanes. I usually rock the vehicle when stuck, but it’s hard to do that when you have a car hitched to the motorhome. So I gave it the gas, spun the dually tires, and so slowly was able to clear that hurdle. Rolling on the floor laughing

Last look as we leave for Florida.

As I write this blog, (the next morning) Wilma and I are sitting having our morning coffee at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. It’s a around 27F. outside, but on the good side….NO SNOW!!!!

Our plans are to arrive at a campground in northern Georgia for the next two nights. We were planning on staying at a Wal-Mart tonight, but I found a campground that will charge $11 for the night. Hopefully I’ll be able to contact them this morning and secure a spot for us.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Merry Christmas Wish from Us to You!

We woke up this morning to a fresh coat of light snow. Only about 2 inches, so it just added to the festivities of the day.

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Wilma stood outside on the deck having her morning smoke and coffee, with a thousand “things to do” today and tomorrow.

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The family was expected to arrive around 11am to open gifts and have a delicious baked chicken dinner with Wilma’s famous salad.

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The recipe was passed down from my mom, but Wilma’s version of it tastes so much better!

The family arrived on schedule, and the gift opening commenced. Smiles were seen from ear to ear, every where around the room. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed their gifts.

This evening I will be going over to see Dad, which will be the last time I see him until our return trip. I will be speaking to him on the phone every evening though, making sure everything is ok with him.

Again, Wilma and I wish you a Joyous Merry Christmas.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Surprise! It’s Tree Trimming Day.

Over our coffee this morning, Wilma and I discussed what items were on her checklist that needed to be done today. I planned on a trip to Wal-Mart, Costco, Post Office, get a hair cut, and set up my Sister-In-Law’s computer so she could start doing Google Hangouts and Facebook Video chats.

Wilma also had a number of items to do today. A trip to Meijer's, a Dr’s. appointment, and take Brooke Christmas shopping.

About an hour after Wilma left, I headed out to Wal-Mart's. Just as I walked out of the door toward my car, a City tree trimmer truck drove up.

Our City's Tree Trimming Equipment

I stopped in my tracks as I was hoping to have a word with them. To my surprise the driver exited the truck with a smile and asked if I would like my two trees trimmed. “Yes, the other trees in the neighborhood were trimmed a few years ago, and I’ve been waiting for our turn ever since”. He smiled and said he would “fix them up for us”.

I grabbed the camera so I could get those “before and after” photo’s.

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It wasn’t long after our little chat that the crew of two were hard at work trimming the trees.

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I left to take care of my errands today, and when I returned they were both cleaning up the fallen limbs. The driver approached me and said they were not completely done with the second tree as it was getting close to the end of the day. They would be back tomorrow to finish, weather permitting. He said there is rain mixed with snow that might arrive tomorrow, which they cannot work in, but that they would return when the weather permits.

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I accomplished all my errands today. Wilma did also. We hope the weather holds out so this trimming job can be completed tomorrow.

Tomorrow…..another day closer to leaving for Florida. With a thousand things yet to do to get ready. I’m very sure both Wilma and I will be busy again tomorrow.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holy Holiday are we BUSY!

My last post was back on November 10th. so I guess that shows just how busy Wilma and I have been. So much to do and the days seem to be going by even faster than last month.

The day is approaching fast when we venture on our very first “Snowbird” trip to Florida. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long long time. So much to get done before we leave. Where do we start? The Motorhome, House, Friends and Family, Doctors, Dentist, Post Office, Insurance Company, the list just keeps going and going.

First was all the Doctor visits. Not only to our family Dr. for our annual physicals, but also to the “Specialist Doctors” for their “special exams” that were needed. Wilma had been given the “A-OK” and I am waiting for the results of one exam…. As I write this the results were just phoned to me. I passed with a clean bill of health also! That was a great relief for me.  Both Wilma and I were given a clean bill of dental health from our Dentist, and my eye Dr. said I’m in good shape for another 6 months. Even Kybee, our Pug, following his surgery, was given a clean bill of health.

For a few years now, we have hosted the Family Thanksgiving Dinner. This year was a complete success as everyone helped by bringing items to pass. I started a “Menu” using Google Docs, and everyone added their name and what they were going to bring. This worked really nice as each family member could see what the others were bringing and what needed to be brought. Needless to say, we had plenty to eat.

 Plenty of Thanksgiving Food to go around.

Wilma has been working frantically on getting all the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped. I really have to give her credit here because of the great job she has done. I believe everyone will be happy with what they receive.

Not only is she busy with the gift buying and wrapping, she is trying to keep a list of items that we need to pack into the Motorhome for our Snowbird trip. That list keeps getting longer and longer.

I am checking my list of things to do also. The “Home Monitor”, furnace, vehicles (car and motorhome), neighbors, and the house in general. Just too long of a list to mention here.

One item I just have to mention though is batteries. I have a tire monitor system that I use for the Motorhome and the car when it’s connected to the Motorhome. In a previous post you can read how this system has already paid for itself the first trip I made with them.  Each tire monitor uses a small “watch battery”. As I put on the first tire monitor, I noticed it wasn’t working. Must be a dead battery. Off I go to buy new batteries. I chose Meijer, a very busy local store something like a Wal-Mart. They checked and were all out of the size I needed, and I needed 12 of them! I guess that size is popular for Christmas gifts. I did notice the price before I left and headed over to Batteries Plus a local store that specializes in batteries. I expected to pay much more per battery there than at the local discount stores. What a surprise I had when they were 25% CHEAPER than Meijer's! Even their AA batteries were cheaper. I just found a new store that I will be doing business with when it comes to batteries, and other items as well like light bulbs, cell phone accessories, etc.

Got to go and continue packing the Motorhome, so…

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Lights & Fast Food

Wilma and I talked about it earlier and we decided that I only should put up a few Christmas lights outdoors this year, instead of lighting up two sides of our home. So today I took advantage of the warm spell we had and put them up around the deck on the side of our home.

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I realize it doesn’t look like much, but when it gets dark the LED lights cast a beautiful glow of different colors against the white deck railing. I really don’t care to put the Christmas decorations up at such an early date, but it was nice doing it in the warm weather. I believe the temperature got up to around 60F. today.

As Wilma has been feeling under the weather the last several days with a cold, she really didn’t feel like fixing anything for supper. She asked if I would get her a Whopper with Bacon and Cheese and a large French Fry.

Whopper with Bacon

I decided if I was going to get her the Whopper, I would swing by Subway and get me a sub, which is what I ended up doing.

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I know as one ages, the mind starts going a little. But I can’t remember when it was that I was last in Burger King. But I did recognize that the entire restaurant was remodeled.

Paying for the burger and fries gave me sticker shock! Not just at Burger King, but Subway also! We could have had a complete hot meal with desert at our favorite restaurant for what I paid for our meal this evening. So I guess it will be quite a while before I venture into a fast food joint again. You just can’t beat the local Family Restaurants, and I’m not talking about those chain restaurants.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Breakfast with longtime friends

I first met Bob way back in 1981. Was introduced to him while at our place of employment, General Dynamics. Within minutes I knew he would be a friend of mine for life.

Everyone probably knows someone that would “give you the shirt off his back”. And Bob is this type of guy and more.

The last time we were together was back in early 2011. Many months have passed and we decided it has been too long, and that it was time for another little get together. So this morning we all had breakfast at our favorite restaurant Dee Dee’s Family Restaurant.

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The date was wrong in the camera by a month.

We must have been there at least 2 hours catching up on our busy lives. What a great time we all had, and are looking forward to the next time we get together. Which I know will be sooner than later.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Brooke Breaks leg, Surgery

Thursday morning we get a phone call from Angel, our daughter. Brooke fell on her bike on her way to school and that she is taking her to the hospital.

It was an extremely long day for Wilma, Angel and Brooke. She was admitted to the hospital with a severe broken leg. So severe that it will require surgery. The surgery was scheduled for first thing Friday morning, so our daughter Angel, stayed with her throughout the night.

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Wilma and I were up at 4:30am Friday so she would be with Brooke prior to her going down for surgery. They didn’t end up taking her until around 9:00am.

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Prior and after surgery Brooke kept everyone updated on Facebook.

After surgery, the Dr. talked to Angel and Wilma. He informed them that it was a very bad break and the bone was shattered at the rear of her left calf. A plate and 8 screws were needed to mend the bone back together.

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The Dr. said that after some physical therapy tomorrow morning, she might be ready to go home Saturday afternoon. She has a cast from her toes to her knee, and she will have to learn how to walk with crutches.

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This is how I first saw her after surgery.

Not wanting to wake her I placed a kiss on her forehead. Many prayers are being said for her complete recovery.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pre Halloween Block Party

It started with a beautiful sunset sky Friday evening. You know the saying, “Pink by night Sailors delight, pink by morning Sailors take warning”.

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We knew that our neighbor was planning on hosting a Pre Halloween Block Party Saturday evening, so we figured the weather will be good for an outdoor party.

Saturday the temps were in the low 50’s with the cool wind blowing from the North. By evening they were expected to fall into the mid to low 40’s. This wasn’t going to hamper the party at all though as the hosts were planning on having the party rain or shine!

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Grand daughter Brooke was a Rock n Roll Star. She played the part to the T!

As evening fell, the neighbors gathered in the boulevard for the party. The cool breeze that was blowing all day seemed to slow a little as the evening progressed. The hosts provided the Brats, hot dogs, paper plates and soft drinks. Everyone else brought a plate to pass around. No one went away hungry as there was more food and goodies than one can consume.

The hosts even erected a large screen to project movies for everyone to enjoy. What a great idea! They even supplied bails of hay for the kids to sit on to watch the movies.

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I was amazed at how clear the picture was as the screen was made with a standard white bed sheet.

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For those feeling the chill from the cold breeze, there was not one, but three open pit camp fires. The warmth from the fires seemed to take away the chill.

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Another neighbor, being a huge sports fan, didn’t want to miss a minute of our Detroit Tigers playing in the World Series. So he brought out his projection TV for the “sport fans” attending the block party.

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By the time the game started though, I was pretty chilled to the bone, and decided to call it a night and headed home. Wilma and Angel stuck it out and lasted about another hour before they came home.

All in all it was a great time for all that attended. Plenty of eats, fun and atmosphere.

Detroit Tiger update: we lost and are down now 3 games to none. Crying face

Until next time be safe and God Bless.