Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 30, 2008

Today is a very special day.....It is my Mom’s B-day. I wish you all could meet her she is one very special lady and I love her dearly. That is the only problem with this rv life........Mom and I are best friends and it is hard not to have her close by.....I miss you, Mom. Hope you had a fab b-day and I’m glad you liked the flowers I sent.

It warmed up rather quickly today. I decided to work on one of my projects. I have a small table that I use behind our recliners. I put a lamp on it and at night it gives us some softer lighting for tv viewing. I found it at an unfinished furniture store and so it needs to be painted. I managed to get it sanded, sealed, and than sanded again ready for the paint coat. Now, I just have to decide on a color. Black would be my first choice, but black seems to attract and show every little piece of lint on the planet. I’m leaning toward a soft green.......gonna have to “think” on that for a while.

After lunch we decided to tackle the mighty foothills again. We are determined to get to the end of that trail we found our first week here. Today we retraced our steps from the first attempt. We went up the big hill past the water tower and up and up and up. The trail finally leveled off and we both felt it would be making the turn back to the park at any moment. No such luck. After about an 1 1/2, we came upon a fork in the path. We decided to take the fork that seemed to head back towards the park. It was not long before the path turned into a dry creek-bed (a lot of those around here). The creek bed had lots of twist and turns, but since we were headed downhill we felt we were ok. As we “sank” into the creek bed, I lost sight of all my landmarks---all I could see were the foothills immediately surrounded us. I was really starting to get concerned when “Look! Up in the sky....It’s a bird, it’s a plane....yes it’s a plane!” I shouted at my husband, “Look they have sent out a search and rescue plane, we are gonna be alright” I was sure the park had missed us, after all we must have been out here for days by now and just to delirious to realize it. But alas, it passed us by and we continued our trek downward. Finally, I began to see signs of civilization as the creek bed dumped us back at our original starting point! Whew! What a relief. I was so afraid we would end up miles from the park and have another journey just to get back to the fiver. What an adventure. We were all so happy to be back to the fiver.....yup, nap time!

After my nap and once I got my legs working again, I did some BBQ chicken on the grill and we finished off our leftover sweet potatoes and green beans. Then it was back to the recliners till bedtime.........

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

December 29,2008

Today again got off to a cold start, but the temps rose up into the 60’s by early afternoon and lots of sun. It feels so good just to see and feel the sun on my face!

We decided to take the furballs out for another desert hike. This time we headed off in the opposite direction than last time. We were hoping we could see where the trails come together, but this trail never did climb up into the foothills. It was pretty much flat and eventually just lead us around into a circle. It was still a nice workout for both us and the furballs. Towards the end of the walk, Cosmo starting acting kinda finny. DH said it reminded him of a bucking bronco. I checked his feet and legs and could find nothing there. I even put my hand on the sand to make sure it wasn’t hot, but it was cool to the touch. We finally decided he just didn’t like the feel of the sand on his paws. Guess he better get used to since we are surrounded by the stuff! Perhaps some booties are in order---that should be a sight!

After our walk, it was back to the fiver. Yes, you guessed it, more napping.....for all of us. I tell ya, this rv life is killer!!

We had hamburgers on the grill and left over cauliflower potatoes for supper. Another cold night on the way, so we turned up the electric mattress pad before bedtime. It is so nice to slip into a toasty, warm bed at the end of the day.

Monday, December 29, 2008

December 28, 2008

Thought you might like to see a photo of our site here in Benson, AZ. Lots of rocks and no trees, but the price is right and it will do for now.

At least my toes are better this am. A little sore and somewhat stiff, but thank goodness no signs of anything broken.

We did absolutely nothing today. Laid around and watched football and napped! I did finally get up and make some choc chip cookies----just what we needed LOL! I was smart enough to take some next door for Howard and Linda---at least that way we can't eat them all!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

December 27, 2008

The day started out quite early......little Belle it seems developed some gastronomic problems during the night. So, up and out we went.....the process would be repeated 2 more times before Belle had resolved her intestinal issues. Upon the last outing, just as I was putting the dogs back in the fiver I heard a startling sound. It was the mournful sound of coyotes, howling in the early morning hours. I say mournful, but quite frankly I think they are having the time of their lives out their in the desert. I have to admit, they sounded quite close which was a little unnerving for a city gal. Yet, I stood silently still and listened while they talked with one another. Wondering what the topic of conversation was that evening. Finally, the cold forced me back inside. I’m looking forward to listening in on their conversation again some night, hopefully a warmer one.

We spent most of the morning snuggled up in our blankets, until the temp finally rose above 40. At that point we took our showers and decided to make a trip into Tucson today. I had been looking at various wal marts for the Hoover Nano Sweeper. It is a small compact upright sweeper which has received very good online reviews. The wal mart in Tucson had six in stock so around 3pm we headed out. I decided we had better take our Garmin. I went to retrieve it from an overhead cabinet. I stood on one of the recliners to reach it and I lost my balance on the way back down. I landed on my feet, but with my toes on my left foot somehow curled under. Ouch! I now have a limp when I walk! I wonder if this qualifies me for handicap parking?

We are only about 40 miles away from Tucson, so the drive took no time at all. Wal mart was overrun with folks returning gifts and purchasing new ones. We finally managed to find our way to the sweeper isle and made our purchase. Once done, we decided supper was in order. We found a nice little Mexican restaurant. I decided I needed to have a Margarita, for medicinal purposes, of course. Well, they brought me the largest margarita I have ever seen. I drank and soon the pain of my poor little toes were but a distance memory---at least until we left and I had to hobble back out to the truck! Oh and yes, the food was excellent.

After dinner, we decided to find the Camping World located in Tucson. We did find it, but it was closed so that will have to be another day and perhaps another margarita. It was around 6pm and we headed back to Benson. The furballs were happy to see us return. Supposed to be another cold night on the way..............we will see what tomorrow brings......I’m hoping my toes are feeling better tomorrow.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 26, 2008

SNOW, yes SNOW!! It actually snowed here today for most of the day. Nothing stuck to the ground, just to our truck. What a day! I can’t believe we drove over 2000 miles to avoid winter and we are suddenly in the middle of it. It is actually warmer in Indiana today than here in Arizona. The next few nights are going to be really cold as well--20’s. That means turning the water off at night and draining the hoses. We will have to use the water tank and the pump at night till things improve. The daytime temps are supposed to be on the rise, reaching the high 60’s by the end of the week. One can only hope we survive till then.

We did manage to take a trip to the post office and pick up our mail from South Dakota. No surprises there at least. DH dropped me off at the park laundry on the way back. I really don’t mind doing the laundry and there were several others so it was a nice social hour. I learned there is going to be a community camp fire Friday night and that should be a lot of fun.

The rest of the day was spent snuggled up in the easy chair with blankets and furballs. Only venturing out to the great outdoors when the furballs needed a potty break. That requires a major clothing event for me......two sweatshirts, ear muffs, gloves, and long underwear is all a must when the temp dips below 25 degrees. My toes may never see daylight again. I so miss my flip flop days.........

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day 08

We had a quiet Christmas Day. We put the turkey breast on around 12:30. Bill was in charge of the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and fresh baked bread. Yes, my DH cooks and he is very good at it. I did the home made noodles, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. We sat down to dinner around 3pm and if I do say so myself it was excellent. We did not forget the furballs..........they had some turkey and a small helping of mashed potatoes. I had taken them on short walk before dinner to help with those extra calories.

After dinner, we took a little break in our easy chairs before the dishes. Dish duty wasn’t to bad, I washed and Bill dried so it actually went rather quickly. We have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow and probably the day after.

The weather was overcast and a bit of rain fell in the am, but the temps were in the low 60’s most of the day. Unfortunately, it does look like there is another cold front on the way.

What was left of today was spent in our easy chairs, watching re-runs and napping til bedtime........not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.............and to all a goode nite!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December 24, 2008

The day started out beautifully. The sun was shining and the temps were on the rise. We decided to take the furballs for a walk---back to the dry creek-bed. While there I spied what looked to be a trail---we decided to check it out. Wow, what a trail! It went up and up and up...when we reached the plateau what a beautiful view. It looked like the trail continued on for quite a ways and we were all tired at this point. We decided to turn around and head back down the way we came, but we will do this again and be better prepared next time to see it through to the end.

Back at the fiver we all just kicked back for awhile. Next thing ya know it was dinner time. It was so nice we grilled steaks.

Christmas Eve. Bill and I went to a “gift exchange” here at the park. You know it was one of those deals where they call your name and you can either pick a gift from the table or steal one from someone. Then if someone steals your gift you get to steal one from someone else. Everyone was to bring two gifts, valued at $10.00 for the gift pool. I should have known better, but I made the mistake of taking two of my hand-painted porcelain ornaments for the exchange. I use to sell them for $20.00 so I thought it was a fair gift and I really thought someone would be pleased to receive them. Unfortunately that was not the case. The gentleman who ended up with one of my ornaments was very disappointed. He even brought the ornament over to our table to complain about his bad luck. Well, I felt really bad so when they called my name I went and “stole” the ornament so he could choose something else. I was really concerned about the second ornament waiting to be opened by some other poor unsuspecting recipient. Fortunately it was one of the extra gifts left at the end of the night. When someone “stole” Bill’s gift he was able to retrieve it from the table. So, we went home with what we brought and that’s ok with me. My feelings were a little crushed, but I’m a big girl and it will pass. I learned the big “hit” of the evening was either booze, food, or lottery tickets----who knew!

Here’s wishing everyone a joyous and meaningful Christmas Day! Bill and I will be spending a quiet day with just us two and the furballs, of course.......

December 23, 2008

First off, I want to say Thank you to all of you that sent Anniversary Wishes. They were appreciated and I enjoyed hearing from you all.

I was awakened sometime last night to the sound of some powerful wind gust and of course the fiver shook with each one. I thought briefly about our internet satellite dish, but we have never had problems with it's stability so I just went back to sleep. Still windy when we woke and no internet. The satellite was still standing, but just barely. I went out and found a large rock to weight down the front leg and that seemed to help. After breakfast, DH went out and re-positioned and once again we have our internet up and running. He left the rock and re-secured everything so hopefully we will not have this problem again.

We finally decided to head out to the dog walk with the furballs. That was fun. Most of the area consist of a dry creek-bed so there was lots of softer sand to walk in and the dogs liked it much better than the rocks around our fifth wheel. They seem to be really enjoying themselves. When we got back to the fiver they settled into their favorite napping spots and we headed out to find the local grocery and Wal Mart.

We found a local Safeway Market. The prices of a lot of their items, especially meat seemed to be on the high side, but they offer a discount through their member card. Just what we need another card to carry around, but we signed up for it to take advantage of the specials. Down the road a bit we found the Wal Mart and picked up a few items there.

Back at the fiver I tried a new recipe for a sugar free lemon pie. It uses sugar free vanilla pudding and sugar free lemon jello. It is very easy to make and pretty tasty! DH is a diabetic so I’m always on the look out for sugar free recipes. If anyone is interested let me know I’d be glad to post it or email it to you.

DH was in the kitchen next to make the dog cookies. Yes, Bill actually makes the furballs their treats. Normally we bake them in the regular oven, but for some reason we could not get the pilot light to stay lit. He tried several times. It would light, but as soon as he released the button it would go out. He is going to get the manual out today and see if he can do some “troubleshooting” on it. That should make for an interesting tale for tomorrow’s post. Anyway, the dog cookies were baked in the convection oven and did just fine. It just takes longer because we have to break them down into smaller batches to bake.

Supper consisted of meatloaf and cauliflower mashed potatoes. Then we snuggled down for a little tv......not much on there so I jumped into the chat room for awhile and then it was time for pie...........mmmmmmgooode.............

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

December 22, 2008

We arrived at the SKP Saguaro Co-op of Arizona Park in Benson around noon. We were in luck it seems. They had a space available so we paid for a month’s stay. In the course of the registration, we mentioned we knew Howard and Linda and ask what lot they were in.....the clerk looked up and said, “right next door”! Now, how lucky was that!

We got to our lot and found Howard and Linda were both out and about for the day. We got set up and around 4pm we decided to go out and get some dinner. Just as we were set to leave, Linda rounded the corner in their jeep. Ya should have seen her face when she recognized the two of us. Big hugs were exchanged!! Then she invited us to come over to the rec area for “happy hour” to meet and greet. Howard was finishing up his golf and would be joining us there. When Howard walked into the clubhouse I stood up, arms outstretched and yelled his name. Again the look on his face was priceless when he realized who was yelling! More hugs! We had a awesome time getting to know the other folks and then later a bunch of us headed over for the famous .25 cent wing night at the country club. There we got to see Deb and Don Zink. It was so nice to see some fellow rv dreamers---like coming home!

It was a great day, but we were both so very tired from 3 days of travel. Looking forward to staying put and spending time with everyone. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with Linda’s social life at present. I think the next few days may be spent resting and relaxing.

Almost forgot---today is our 25th wedding anniversary and we couldn't have had a better day!

December 21, 2008

Another day on the road. We made it to Deming, NM around 5pm. The park we stayed out was called the Hitching Post RV Park (sorry no link for this one). Nothing fabulous here, we had interstate on one side and a busy highway on the other and a train somewhere in between. You could say it was a little noisy, but it quieted down around midnight. There was a Wal Mart and a Dairy Queen close by so we unhitched and had dinner at DQ. Then we made a shopping stop at the Wal Mart.

Another cold night, down into the upper 20’s. We have decided to see if we can stay at the SKP park where Howard and Linda are located in Benson AZ. We are only about 175 miles away, so tomorrow will be a short travel day. If the skp park has room we may stay awhile.......I’m ready for some down time!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

We made it to Midland, Texas around 5pm yesterday. The first rv park we found turned out to be a very trashy trailer park. We moved on down the road and finally found a park called Midessa Oil Patch RV Park. They told us they were full and we were just about set to get back on the road, when the owner came running out to tell us they had a cancellation. I said a prayer, thanking God for that one. It is a very nice park. All the perks, including a pet "off lease" area. (The free wifi is painfully slow at times). Once we got the trailer set, we took the furballs down to the pet area and they sure enjoyed finding all those other doggie smells. The temp was still in the high 60's so we took them for a short walk after their run.

Back at the fiver, we tuned in the tv and settled in to watch a little before bedtime. It was not long before we were all asleep. Around 9pm we decided to call it a day and head to bed.

At 2am we realized the furnace was not coming on. DH checked the propane and everything was fine there. Came pack in and played with the thermostat. It took a couple of On then Off, but it finally came on and stayed on. HEAT!! Worked fine rest of night. Have no idea what that's about.

This am the temp is around 27. I had to put my long johns back on---not wearing a smile on face--for that one. We didn't have to unhitch last night so we should be able to get off to an early start.............til next time

Friday, December 19, 2008

Today was a great day. The sun was actually shining and the temps were in the low 70's. The other grand event for the day was breakfast with Speedy and Sherri. We met at the Cracker Barrel and a had a wonderful visit. We feel like we have been friends forever! Thanks guys for working us in to your busy day, we appreciate it. I'm looking forward to the day we can rendezvous at the river lot in Indiana. We will sure show you a goode time!!

As you can see we finally got our internet up and running---that's why there are so many post today, I uploaded most of them from my off line journal.

I did manage to get a couple of shots of the rv park, Lakeside, where we have been staying. As you can see it is nothing special, but nice folks that run it and it is a good place for short term.

Dh got the fiver ready for travel today. Checking tires, wiping down slides, you know the drill. Than later this evening, his brother and sister-in-law stopped in for our goodbyes. We will miss them, but we are so ready to move on and try to find some warm weather that sticks around for more than just a day or two.......until the next post......

Today was spent with family. Dh’s brother came by in the morning for coffee and we had a nice chat. Then we decided on lunch and after lunch we all headed over to the Buckner Nursing Home to visit Mama and talk to the administrator there.

As I have said in earlier post, we are considering moving Mama due to the cost of care at Buckner. Today we filled out papers to see if Mama qualifies for aid thru Buckner. Apparently they have funds available for those who qualify. The board will meet after Christmas and we will have a decision. We all have our fingers crossed!

We also found out Mama may be eligible for some VA money, so we are looking into that as well.

We feel we have done all we can at this point, so we will be moving on come Saturday. We are trying to beat the cold front that is coming Saturday night. We plan to get an early start and drive as far west as we can. I’m sure we won’t completely miss the cold front, but since it is moving east and we will be moving west, we gotta a good chance of minimizing the amount of time it is upon us.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today is finally laundry day. The temps are into the high 30’s low 40’ so we decided to load up the dirty clothes and head on down to do the wash. It had been a little over 2 weeks so we had plenty. The laundry mat we found was at least clean, but the machines were old. Anyway got the chore done with DH help in about an hour and half. Not to bad since we had about 6 loads.

Headed out to Wal mart next to pick up a few odds and ends. I spied a “chilies” restaurant so we had a late lunch. It was really good. DH had a big burger and I had their Honey BBQ Chicken Tenders....YUM

Back at the fiver DH headed off to once again fill an empty propane tank.

Once DH was back we settled in for a night of leftovers and a little television before bedtime.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

As I said, we woke up to ice. I went to take the furballs out for their morning walk and poor little Belle basically “fell” down the steps and I was almost there myself. Fortunately, I managed to “catch” myself before hitting the ground. Little Belle was somewhat embarrassed, but OK. The steps were covered with a thin layer of ice. They stayed that way the whole day. We had nothing to put on them to melt the ice and we were not about to venture out to do any shopping today. Even the grass was slick.

Internet is still on the fritz. The only contact I have with the internet world is through my iphone--thank goodness that is still working.

We spent the entire day “veged” out in our recliners. Only venturing out when the furballs needed a bathroom break. Each time was an ordeal. I would go down the icy steps first, then help each dog down the steps. What a pain! At least the wind has finally died down.

We are all starting to go a little stir crazy here..........

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Just another day in paradise? I think not. We have been without internet now for two days. I’m posting in my offline journal and when we have internet back I’ll up load the entries. So, that is why you have not seen any new post. We are hoping it is the weather that is blocking our signal. We have a hughesnet satellite system. At least my Iphone is allowing me to check my emails and I can do some surfing, but the screen is small and my eyes ain’t what they used to be!

The weather yesterday (Dec 15) was so awful. We had terrible winds and cold. I don’t think we made it out of the low 30’s. I only ventured out to take the dogs to potty. DH did make a run to Wal Mart for a few groceries. That was pretty much it for the day. We had sloppy joes and mac-n-cheese for supper. DH filled the water tank and drained the hoses for the night---supposed to have freezing rain overnight and morning----which we did!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Yesterday was wonderful. There was of course wind, but the temps were in the 70’s. We actually opened up windows and I was able to put shorts and a T-shirt on for the first time since we arrived here in Forney. LOL!

We took the furballs out for a nice walk. There are a lot of dogs here in the park, so we decided to head out to the field surrounding the park to walk our two pups. That turned out to be a big mistake. It wasn’t long before I noticed Cosmo was walking kinda funny. Upon closer inspection, I found several little sticky burs stick to his legs and paws. Belle was covered with them too. I removed as many as I could, but I knew they were just going to be picking up even more as we headed back to the fiver. Next thing, Cosmo managed to get himself tangled up in a thorn vine. His fur protected him from injury, but what an ordeal. Time I had him untangled the dang thing was wrapped around my leg---Ouch! I don’t have all that fur to buffer those thorns. Managed to finally free myself and made our way back to the fiver. The rest of the day or a large portion of it was spent combing out and grooming the dogs. Dh spend the rest of the day washing the truck.

I’d did manage to speak with our neighbor next door and he recommended a laundry mat. He also informed me that the night before last he had been robbed! Apparently he had left some of his equipment outside and unlocked and during the night someone had taken it. The folks that own the campground here also have a warehouse just down the lane and it was also broken into and robbed of equipment. They think it was someone here staying at the park, because next morning the fifth wheel just down from us was gone, left in the middle of the night, and left without paying about 2 weeks worth of lot rent. It is really scary that we were so close to all this, but luckily nothing was out of place here at our fiver. DH has now started locking all the compartment doors and we also make sure the bikes are secured at night. Such a shame.

As evening made its way to us, the wind died down and we actually had to turn on a couple of fans. Settled in and watched a little tv before going to bed. We did close all the windows and made sure the thermostat was set for 65 before turning in. There is another cold front on the way, supposed to be in the low 30’s when we wake with more high winds and clouds. Just another day in

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spent most of yesterday visiting DH's brother and sister-in-law. Mama was the topic of the day. Bill and Sonny are going to go over to the nursing home to see what they can work out. I have a feeling we will be moving her to another facility. Time will tell. For lunch we headed over to the fairgrounds where they were putting on a chili contest. Let's just say my lips are still on fire and I had the "mild" version.

When we got back to the fiver the furballs were really wound up, but it was just to chilly to take them on much of a walk. They were antsy all evening and then the wind kick up and that really made them nervous.

Today's temp's will be in the 70's. We have already opened up a couple of windows. DH is going to try and wash up the truck a little. The wind is still with us, so I fear he may get wetter than the truck. I'm going to take the furballs on a nice long walk. I'm hoping to meet some of our neighbors. Most of us have been secluded in our homes trying to stay warm. I really need to find a laundry mat soon, so I'm hoping someone here at the park can point me in the right direction. The park here, does not have much in the way of facilities--basically full hookups and that's it.

Speedy, if you are reading this, we will be here for another week. Hopefully we can find a window to visit with one another.

Thanks to Debbie and Rod for the park info. I would still love to visit the river walk with all the lights, but I think DH is eager to move west to warmer temps. Can't say as I blame him. The weather has just been so miserable, last year at this time we were in Tampa and the weather was marvelous........

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yesterday, we headed over to Buckner to visit DH's mama at the nursing home. Mama has Alzheimer's. She is doing as well as can be expected. At the beginning of our visit she actually seemed to know who we were, but as the day went on she seemed less and less aware. One thing I did notice---she always seems to be happy with a smile on her face. She may not even know where she is at and we may all be strangers to her, but Mama's still smiling, still interacting as best she can. That is the blessing here, to know that whatever world Mama is in at least it seems to be a happy one. She is a special lady and from day one she made me feel apart of this family. I hope her world continues to be a happy and carefree place.

I was in chat room last night and we sure had a good time. It seems most of us are feeling the cold weather these days. Speedy, one of the rv-dreams crew, was there and we are making plans to visit with one another. It will be so nice to see him and his wife, DH and I are really looking forward to it.

We did have a bit of a cold morning to wake up to night before last. It seems our propane tank became empty and for some reason it didn't make the switch over to the other tank as it should have done. DH was outside in the wee hours of the morning switching tanks. There for awhile we thought we had a bigger problem cause he just could not get the gas to flow from the other tank. Finally, he unhooked and than re-hooked the tank and that did it. Gas and then the wonderful, glorious heat came!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today the temps warmed up a little bit--I think we might have actually seen the low 60's. The sun came out my afternoon and the wind has died down. The weekend is supposed to be warm, but windy and then another temp drop for next week. We actually thought about heading out, but looks like we will stay for another week. We have some family issues to sort through.

I talked to both my mom and my son today. Everyone back in Indiana is doing fine. They don't seem to be a bit sympathetic to my being COLD here in Texas. My Dad, who is in Florida, sent me an email today telling me it was 82----thanks for that Daddy.

Supper is cooking, a nice rump roast and baked pototoes. At least my insides will be warm!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

No, Jenny, they have not worn out their bandannas. We put those on them mainly when we are in travel mode. They just love them, though, you can tell by that extra little prance in their steps.

We are still in Forney Tx and it is so cold. Last night we had sleet and temps dipped into the low 30's. Today is cloudy and still the temps have not risen above 31, but the wind is so nasty it feels even colder. We are all wrapped up in sweatshirts and blankeys. If things don't improve by next Monday, we are outta here. I only paid for one week so we can leave without loosing any lot money.

DH did get steel valve stems put on all the tires yesterday. He feels he got a great price. He got all 7 done for $65.00. The stems themselves ran $8.00 each so that was only $9.00 labor. DH was so impressed with the boys that did the work he gave them a $10.00 tip.

Today I'm working on transferring my files from my old computer to my new one. Then DH will inherit my old computer. It is still a great computer, just didn't have a fast enough processor for some of the photo programs I like to run. He usually just surfs the web so he should be fine.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We made it almost to Shreveport LA our third night out. Apparently there is some pipe line work going on there and we found park after park full up. Finally found a park that had one spot left and the park was full of construction folks--loud trucks and good old boys on a Saturday night. It was good to be stopped for the night, but the park left a lot to be desired. They charged us $29.00 for the night even though the sign said $26.00. They knew they had us, we had no where else to go. So sad that there are so many greedy folks in the world waiting to take advantage of folks in need. The name of the park is Woods Ranch RV Park, I recommend you NEVER stay there.

We arrived in Forney, TX around 2pm the next day. Bill's brother and sister-in-law were waiting by the exit ramp to the rv park. It is called Lakeside RV Park. The lake looks like more of a pond to me, but this will be home for the next couple of weeks. I will get some pictures and share with you later. It is close to Bill's brother and that is what makes it doable. It is also close to the interstate so we do have some road noise. The good news is we parked on an end lot so the area to the right of us is a nice big open space for the furballs to enjoy. When DH plugged in the surge protecter we found the wiring had been reversed, but the owners came by the next day and put in a whole new plug. Yeah! We also noticed the truck had a low tire. It was the outside tire on the driver's side. DH determined it was a bad valve stem. He wishes they would have put steel valve stems on these tires.

Today we will check out the nearby Wal Mart and look for a place to repair the tire. I think DH is going to have those steel valve stems put on all the tires. Merry Christmas to us!

The weather has been OK. It was warm yesterday, but windy. A cold front is on its way today, but the weekend is supposed to warm back up. I hope so---my little toesy are just itching to be back in flip flops..........

Friday, December 5, 2008

He is so cute! This is Bill upon our arrival at Cypress Lakes RV Park in Calvert City, KY. We arrived there last night around 5pm. It was so cold low 20's. We were afraid we might have to dry camp in a Wal Mart parking lot. We had checked with two parks before this one and one was closed and the other could not accommodate our large of a rig. It is an ok park, certainly fine for an overnighter. There is a small lake--- the pups and I took a walk the next morning to checked it out. I'm sure it is very enjoyable in the summer months. We were sure once we hit KY we would see the temps rise...........NOT!

We were up and back on the road around 10:30 today. We made it as far as Grenada, Mississippi. The temps a little better low 30's but still where is the warm weather!! The park is fine--again we are only staying one night. It is called Frog Hollow and the owners have put "froggys" everywhere. It is very close to the interstate so there is some road noise, but all our windows are closed and the furnace is a running so we are feeling or hearing no pain!
Plus free Internet---always a good thing.

I wanted to also share about my new computer.......Which I am currently doing this entry on Yeah!! It seems the first two companies I had ordered from were both out of California. Apparently, there is a lot of fraud that is occurring there at this time. So, in an effort to protect us, our credit card company automatically blocks any amount over $200 coming from CA. It would have been so nice if they would have informed us of this before we tried ordering. We ended up ordering from Amazon. The had a good price and overnight shipping (which was a must at this point) was only $3.99 and no sales tax. Unfortunately, UPS managed somehow to leave my computer in Indianapolis the day it was to arrive. We had to postpone our get away for yet another day and hope the computer showed up the following morning. It did and life is again Goode!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I have to make this a short post.  We are finally finishing up our packing and unless the weather gets really ugly, we plan on being on the road first thing in the morning.  At our next internet connect I'll fill you in on all the details.............