Thursday, September 11, 2014

Waiting......

The waiting game....Ron and his crew are good at what they do and because of that they seemed to always be continually running behind.  So...we sit...we wait.  I do know the refrigerator is here.  We decided to go back with a Dometic, but this time it will have an ice maker for Bill.  We also decided to go ahead with the automatic awning.....expensive....but we think we will really enjoy the convenience of it. 

The shower....wow that has been quite the experience....finding a replacement has not been easy.  We just were not happy with what we were seeing in the RV showers.  Decided to look towards residential units.  Problem was that most of those needed a two to three week delivery time.  We had just about decided to patch the thing and wait til next fall, when we ran across this little number at Menards.  You can see it here.  It is going to be tight and they will need to relocate the drain, but they think they can make it work.  Fingers crossed on that one.  Since they are completely replacing the unit we are also going to have new vinyl flooring installed.  Found a bargain ($50.00) at a local surplus store. 

Since we were sitting here twiddling our thumbs, we naturally did some shopping.  I was really tired of some of the 'cheap' light fixtures in our unit.  It has been hard to find replacements for the 110 volt ceiling lights because they have their own on/off switches.  I found some that I really liked and Bill figured out how to remove the switches from the old lights and add them to the new........
Love these and Bill also switched out the sockets so they take LED bulbs!

Next up were those ugly plastic 12 volt lights....but I finally found some replacements that I liked online and turned out the supplier was right here in Elkhart!  We spent part of the day, yesterday installing these little babies.  Again LED and I love them....they even look like they 'match' my new ceiling lights!

Weather here took a turn for the cold side.  Temps are in the low 60's overcast and drizzle.  Had to dig out my long pants and sweatshirts!  Aw well, I do love the crisp fall season!  Warm Cinnamon flavored coffee...mmmmm!  Just wish the waterworks would shut down for awhile!



Friday, September 5, 2014

Elkhart Indiana and Repairs

We finally got outta Lafayette and traveled to the big city of Elkhart, Indiana.  Currently parked at our favorite repair shop, RV Specialties.  Ron Green and his crew have always done a great job for us!  This time around we are in need of a new refrigerator and replacement of our shower.  We are also thinking about upgrading our awning to an automatic system.  The good news is that we are parked right here at Ron's facility and are pretty comfortable with power, water, and a dump station when we need it.  Hoping to have everything completed by next weekend.

Our next stop will more then likely be Kalamazoo Michigan.  There is a great little county rv park called Markin Glen.  We have stayed there before and it is beautiful with paved sites, full hookups, walking and biking trails.  Even a small beach area on the lake. 

Eventually we will move up and over to another little rv park known as Pine Ridge RV in Birch Run Michigan.  The park is located about 3 1/2 miles south of Frankenmuth...which is a fun little German town.  We plan on staying there until time to head to Sterling Heights Michigan for our Son's wedding.  Birch Run is about an hour north of Sterling Heights....so an easy travel day.  We were unable to find anything closer.   We did get an ok from the hotel to park our rig in their parking lot area for the weekend wedding celebration....but we will be boondocking....not something we are especially fond of.  We have booked a room so at least we will have access to shower, but we do plan on staying in our fifth wheel at night....can't leave my furbabies ya know!

That's the 'Goodelife' for now.....I know many of our rv friends our heading to their winter locations about now....so be safe and enjoy your travels!


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Wedding Bells are getting closer!

Yes....that is the happy couple!  Isn't love a beautiful thing!

The wedding is less then 2 months away and we are all so very excited for the big day.  My Mom and I are hosting a bridal shower in a couple of weeks.  I think we have invited around 40 friends and family members.  Should be quite the happy gathering!  Can't wait!

In other news....we had a little excitement here at the AOK Rv park.  I know I have mentioned before that we are here because it is the only rv park close to our family and friends.  The park is a bit run down and we only have 30amp service.  On the up side, we do have some great neighbors.  Unfortunately one of those neighbors had enough of the constant traffic through the park and made an accusation about someone selling drugs here in the park.  The police were called.....but as far as I know....no one was arrested.  Funny though, we did notice a decrease in traffic after that day.  Our neighbor, however, decided it was time to leave and relocated.  But before he left....he made some phone calls.  This park is plagued with sewer problems....back ups especially during heavy rains....occur on many of the sites.  Our current site has never had a problem, but we have been on some sites where it was a problem.  We always let management know, but nothing ever seemed to be done about it.  Well....seems our neighbor had been not only reporting the problems to management, but also documenting it as well with video.  So....the day after he left.....a surprise inspection took place by the State of Indiana including our local board of health.  I don't know what all transpired, but I do know that one of the worst sewer sites was dug up and repaired the very next day.  Makes one wonder about what we can't see.....underground....hopefully the 'state' will be keeping a closer eye on things.

All this makes us even more anxious to begin our journey to Elkhart.  We are going to head out right after Labor Day....having a few repairs done and then on to Michigan.  The Bride is from Michigan and that is where the wedding will take place.  Michigan is such a beautiful state....especially in the fall.  We are going to be in the Sterling Heights area...which is just north of Detroit.  If anyone out there in RV land knows of any good rv parks please let me know......


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beatles, birds, and refrigerators.....

Let's start with the refrigerator.....it is broken!  Yup, opened the freezer section just the other day and nothing but water, water everywhere.  Thank goodness we have a backup.  Our fifth wheel came with 2 RV refrigerators.  The down side to that....is the downsize...we got used to having two so downsizing all our frig items to one was a bit difficult.   We think we have a broken coil, but we will have to have our RV repair guy take a look and see.  So...looks like we will be down to one for a while.  We are heading to Elkhart  in September for some other repairs and we will just add that to our list.
We had some uninvited visitors to one of our slide outs....it seems 'mama robin' decided this would be the perfect place to raise her little ones.  They really were not causing us any issues at this point....so we let them be and I'm happy to say that they have since all 'flown the coup"!  I was hoping to get a photo of mama feeding them, but she just didn't trust me enough for that one!

Then there were the Beatles!  The singing kind....went out last night with family and watched a great show!  This particular group of 'impersonators' have been together 30 yrs and their sound and 'look' were very close to the originals.  We had a great time and a beautiful night for it.....low 70's cool and comfortable. 

I guess that is about all the news for now......the summer has really been going by so very fast.  Next up will be a couple of bridal showers and before we know it we will be back on the road!

Friday, July 4, 2014

LIfe's Ups and Downs.....

Yesterday was just full of bad news......my Mom called early to let me know that my step father was going back into surgery.  It seems fluid had collected around the first surgery site and was causing problems with swallowing and eating.  I spent yet another long day at the hospital, but the good news is the surgery went well and we are hoping once the swelling goes down his swallowing will improve.  Right now he can't even eat or drink and is relying on IVs for all his nutrition and fluids.  NOT FUN!

As some of you may remember, last summer we were fortunate enough to have a dear friend offer us his property to park our fiver on.  It was so very generous and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Beautiful country....lots of peace and quiet.  WE loved it.  Got the call just a few days ago that they are selling the property.....called to see if we were interested.   We had to pass.....as we are looking to settle (eventually) in Arizona.  I know they will have no problems selling and we wish them all the best....BUT...a little sad too.  We will miss them and their little piece of paradise they so generously shared with us!

And...finally....some RV friends just lost one of their sweet fur babies to cancer.  My heart and prayers go out to them.....

Life is full of ups and downs.....I'm ready for a few UPS now!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cosmo Update and more....

It has been very busy around here these past few weeks!  Our first priority has been our Cosmo boy.  A couple of weeks ago he had an MRI to try and determine what was going on with his back legs.  The MRI showed a slight bulge in a couple of his vertebrae, but nothing operable.  The findings suggest he may or may not improve, but at least for now he is fairly stable and has not gotten any worse. 
The MRI also showed a couple of areas of concerns.  So we gave them the go ahead to do an ultrasound and that gave them further evidence of the bladder stones, but also a mass showed up in his adrenal gland.  Scary stuff!  They recommended surgery for the bladder stones and the removal of the adrenal gland. 
I'm happy to say Cosmo came through a very difficult surgery with flying colors.  Purdue had him for almost a week, but he is home now and almost fully recovered.  He still has a wobbly behind, but doing well otherwise.  The MRI very likely saved his life as the pathology report on the adrenal tumor came back positive for cancer.  The good news is all the other organs seemed to be clear and they believe they found it early enough that it had not had a chance to spread.  His prognosis is good.....we just need to monitor him with blood work a couple times of year. 

 Next up was my step father....he needed surgery on his neck for a nerve issue causing him quite a bit of pain.  He came through the surgery fine and is home recovering.

I have certainly had my fill of medical procedures and hospitals!

Much more fun and happier things are on the horizon, such as the bridal shower my Mom and I are giving for my soon to be daughter-in-law in August!

 Come September, we plan on heading up to Elkhart to have our shower repaired.  We have a crack in the shower pan.  Bill did a temporary fix so were aren't leaking water everywhere at least!  From Elkhart we will head up to Michigan, that is where the wedding will be held.  Have to say I'm ready to go....ready to be back on the road!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day.......DaddyO!  I love this photo of you and Miss Shirley swinging!
Hope you have a fabulous day!  Love ya bunches!