Friday, November 27, 2009

Did absolutely nothing today. I don't do black Friday. My goal that day is too stay home, lay low, and today I didn't even get out of my jamies! DH actually dared to go out and get a haircut.......and it went well for him. Lucky him.

Tomorrow I will need to venture out, but only to the grocery. Heck of a time to get low on milk, but hopefully no one is hanging out at the grocery looking for bargains. DH did mention something about Wal Mart. We shall see how that goes......

One thing I did manage to do was catch the last hour of one of my favorite movies...'The Long, Long, Long Trailer' with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. One of my favorite scenes is where Lucy is driving and Desi is in the passenger seat or as he calls it the 'suicide seat'. He's got that 'deer in the headlights' look on his face as Lucy navigates through a small town pulling their 3 ton trailer behind them. I imagine that I have that same look on my face at times when DH is behind the wheel. Don't get me wrong, DH does a great job of driving. It's just that sometimes, we don't always see eye to eye on the speed at which he chooses to travel down the road....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Remember I mentioned something about shopping? This is the result. My flamingo before she is plugged in......isn't she a beauty?
And now......WOW! Isn't she way cool? And her wings and neck actually move.....Ha! I'm so excited!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone........I'm so thankful for all my family and friends and of course my beautiful pink flamingo!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

It seems my blog on my recent 'bad hair' day has spiked quite a lot of interest. Apparently, I'm not the only gal out there living with a bad haircut. Thanks for the support.....always nice to know you are not alone. I keep thinking I will eventually get used to seeing myself with this extra short hair, but every time I look in the mirror.....I just look some cartoon character.......ok, enough of that and on to better things.

Cosmo seems to be back to normal....on both ends.....LOL! So, I think today it is safe to leave the fiver and do a little shopping. One of my neighbors, here at Rice Creek, has a lighted flamingo on her site that I just fell in love with. I found it online, but I'm betting I can find it here locally. If I do, I'll be sure and share a photo.

Finally success! We did manage to get our direct tv satellite up and running. Only one problem, DH did not get the paperwork sent in for the network channels. So, we still have to rely on our antenna for those for now.

We are still getting comfortable here in Florida.....I'll say one thing it sure is 'wet' here. I'm not talking rain, I'm talking humidity and heavy dew....none of which are my favorites. We are currently running the AC and we would much prefer to have windows open, but it is just too humid. The weather report says it will get better after Thanksgiving.....I guess I should not beats the heck out of snow!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Yesterday we stayed pretty close to the fiver for most of the day. Cosmo was still having some problems. We did venture out to the beauty shop so I could get a hair cut. That turned out to be a mistake. One of the things about full time rving that I don't just never know who is going to be cutting your hair. I guess I have been lucky so far, but yesterday my luck ran out. I went to the shop I had went to last time we were here, but had a different stylist. She was very nice, but very young....not a lot of experience I'm betting. Any rate, I ended up with the shortest hair cut I think I have ever had in my life. Oh, I know it will grow. I just feel a little self conscious about it right now. Kinda like having a big red bump on the end of my nose........I think everyone is looking at it and wondering what it is..... To make matters worse, when we got back to the fiver Cosmo had had another incident. I had been smart enough to protect the carpet before we left. I had placed a big vinyl table cloth over it so although the mess was an easy clean up it was still an unpleasant mess to come home too.

This AM Cosmo seems to be feeling better and we made it through the night without anymore "incidents". Hopefully the illness or whatever it was has run it's course. Wish I could say the same about my hairdo!

Planning on staying close to the fiver again today. I want to make sure Cosmo is completely recovered and I feel the need to clean everything and get some laundry done. I guess I just want to 'disinfect' everything after Cosmo's illness.

Lastly.......we have been unable to get our satellite tv dish up and running. It is our first time setting it up and we are certainly struggling. Not sure what we are doing wrong at this point, but I imagine we will be working on that today as well.

As you can tell, things are not exactly.....going our way.....these days. But this too shall pass, I'm sure the 'goode' times are right around the corner.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Yesterday proved to be a very interesting and eventful day. We started out with a sick doggie. Poor Cosmo seems to have a bit of an upset tummy. He did finally eat a little scrambled egg, but some of it came back up. He is able to keep water down, so we will just keep a close eye on him for now and hope he improves.

We did make it to the new Ikea store in Tampa. WOW! What a place. The second floor is all set up with 'room displays' and then the ground floor is where you actually can purchase what you saw upstairs. The folks that put this place together are really very good at marketing. Once you enter, you will see arrows on the floor, you are supposed to follow these arrows through the store. I didn't even notice the stupid arrows until DH pointed out to me that I was going in the wrong direction. Excuse me....are the "arrow police" going to arrest me....but, to keep the peace I dutifully followed the path. The other thing I notice was the lack of windows and the only other doors (other than the main entrance and exit) were labeled emergency exits alarm will sound. That is what I mean about the 'marketing' this place takes away all other distractions. They want to keep your focus on the merchandise. The pathway meanders and winds back and you feel compelled to continue your journey through the entire store. Once you are is not easy to get out! As to the merchandise......we did like what we saw. For the most, part......reasonable prices and reasonable quality.....the style definitely lends itself to the more modern and urban lifestyle. We did; however, find a convection oven and a cook top that we loved and we think are sized right for our fiver. We have some research to do, but if we could make them work they would be a big improvement over the standard drop-in oven we currently have......we'll see.

Now, on to the next big event......we were trying to get a hold of my Aunt and Uncle. Neither of them were answering their cell phones......which is very odd. We stopped by my Uncle's Electrical Shop and neither of them were there and no one seemed to know where they could headed to Elmer's. Elmer's is our family's favorite bar/lunch stop. When we Auntie and no Uncle.....but we stayed and had a great lunch and then headed to the Ikea store. Finally, a phone call from my Aunt. It seems some friends of the family had decided to 'tie the knot' that day down at the court house. The happy couple wanted to keep it a secret until after the deed was done. Long story short.....we all met up at Elmer's and celebrated the event with the bride and groom.......Champagne all round.....good thing DH is my designated driver. I was feeling a little goofy by the time we left, but it sure was fun......and that is what I like about being down here......we never know what is going to happen, but we always seemed to have FUN!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just a quick post to let everyone know we made it to Tampa. The park we are in is not the greatest, but it is close to family and that is what we wanted. Lots of errands today and we will attempt to set up our tv satellite for the first time....that should prove interesting......

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

(You can click on the photos to make them larger)
As is our site at the Albany RV Resort in guessed it Albany, GA. As you can see it is a very nice park. Our site was large and almost totally level. Most of the sites have concrete pads and believe it or not all the lots have trees. You actually feel that you are tucked away in the woods. Yet, there is plenty of room for slides and maneuvering. The only criticism I the road noise. You are fairly close to US 19 and that is one busy highway. But, for a quick overnight or two.....this place is great.
This is a photo looking back into the rv park. Our site was located at the very front of the park. If you were further back, the road noise may not be as big of an issue.

We stayed here Monday, Nov 16. That day turned out to be a very long travel day, around 350 miles, not our typical day. We started out early and were still feeling good after lunch and we pushed ourselves just a little too far. By the time we found this park, it was dark. The highway we were traveling was very busy and there was construction. We saw the sign, but the garmin had us looking for a road that didn't exist. We passed the park, but finally found a 'cross over' and were able to get turned back around and this time we found the drive way to the park. The office was closed. I got the flashlight out and was in the process of reading the "after hours check in procedure", when one of the 'permanent' park residence happened by and offered his help. Thank goodness.....the park is not very well lighted and so it was great to have someone ahead of us leading the way. Once in our site, we found we didn't even need to unhitch. It didn't take us long to find our recliners and start relaxing.....winding down from the day.

In the morning, we wanted to continue our journey on US 19 south. Even though our garmin (we have another name for her....which I can't say here...LOL) let us down last night, we decided to give her another chance this am. You see, we had no idea we came in on US 19, she was calling it something else. It was dark, we were tired, and totally turned around last night. Well, the garmin sent us back out and in the wrong direction. She was trying to put us on interstate which we did not want to do. I didn't catch her mistake until we had gone about 15 miles out of our way. So, we get turned around and finally on US 19 heading south. Imagine our surprise and laughter as we passed by the rv park. Up until that point, we still didn't realize we had been on US 19 the night before........boy, did we feel silly...

Yesterday we ended up in Crystal River, Florida. A much shorter travel day and we found the park and were all set up by 4:30. The park is Elite Resorts. Again another very nice is even gated. After we were situated and the furballs had been walked, we headed out for dinner. The 'check in' gal had recommended a good seafood restaurant for us. DH is not a big fish eater, but he knows I love it so off we went. It was a little bit of a drive to find the place, but the food was excellent. I had snow crab and DH had grouper which he really enjoyed. Then it was back to the fiver for a relaxing evening. Today.....Tampa here we come

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We are driving down US 19 South on our way to Yankeetown, Florida. We had a really long day yesterday and I’ll post more on that and the park we stayed at in Albany, Georgia......

I have to say being on the internet while driving down the road is way---cool, except for the slight case of motion sickness it gives me...LOL!

Anyway, DAD......warm up my bar stool at Elmer’s......We are almost there.......

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thought I might share some photos today. This is the rose my sweet little Grandson Triston gave to me while we were visiting him in Corydon.
The view...
Lane which leads to our camp site
Our Campsite

Yesterday, we awoke to a strange noise. It was early......5 or 6 in the morning. We thought it was a train whistle at first, but neither of us had seen a train or tracks anywhere close by. Over and over again it sounded.....finally the furballs and I went out for their morning 'constitutional' and then I knew.......It was a fog horn sounding in the mist. The fog was thick on the water and hanging above me in the trees. It was really quite beautiful. That was a first for me.....being awakened by a fog horn!

We have not been doing anything to0 strenuous these days. Just kicking back enjoying the fall scenery and the warm and sunny days. We will be back on the road again tomorrow. Heading down to Tampa to spend the holidays with family and friends.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What a wonderful day. Once again we awoke to bright sunshine and blue skies. We had our breakfast and showers and then the furballs and I went on a short walk. By late morning, we decided to head into the little town of Rogersville and pick up a few groceries. When we came out of the grocery, I noticed a little BBQ Shop across the street. It is called Wick’s BBQ and DH and I decided to check it out for lunch. It is carry out only, but they did have some picnic tables set up outside. We ordered their lunch box specials.....pork sandwich, potato salad, baked beans and a medium drink for $5.95 plus tax. We thought that was an excellent deal. I won’t say it was the best BBQ I have every had, but it was dang close! In fact, we ended up taking a pound of the pork BBQ home with us.

Back at the fiver, we decided to take one of the trails around the lake. It was a nice little hike. We saw several deer along the way and the furballs even managed to do a little wading in the lake. I’d say we hiked along for about 2 hours or so and now we are back in our easy chairs settling in for the night. We can watch the sunset over the water from our recliners.......what a life!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our first morning here in Joe Wheeler state Park. We were up by 6am. Yeah, that is a little early for us, especially DH. The furballs and I went out and it is a beautiful morning here amongst the tall pines. The fragrance of the pine needles is wondrous....feels like Christmas. I’m a peace, completely and totally. God has to be smiling least in my little corner of the world.

I broke out the griddle for breakfast.....bacon and pancakes. After breakfast, the furballs and I took a walk around the campsites. It is pretty quiet now, but I have a feeling this weekend will be a busy one. This morning we ran across a small dog who was unleashed. The owner seemed to be in the process of cleaning out her car. As we walked by, the dog approached and started growling. This caused the owner to look up and she shouted out to me that the dog wouldn’t harm us. Me and mine.....we just keep walking....her dog starts after us. Next thing I hear, is the owner shouting (!@#***!) at the dog as she falls out of the car with the loud clammer of what I can only describe as pots and pans. Me and mine......keep walking.....I don’t even look back. She is still giving the dog ‘heck’ when I hear her (I assume) DH stick his head out the door, “Honey, did you call me?” Me and mine......we just keep my Daddy says. “Troubles bout to start.” He! He!

No troubles here......the skies above are blue, there is a gentle breeze blowing through the trees, and is ‘Goode’........I think we will stay awhile.....

One last note, those of you that leave comments, you will notice I have started moderating my comments. I got spammed the other day, so I felt I had no choice. Sorry for the inconvenience, but better safe than sorry.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We left O'bannon Woods somewhere between 10:30 and 11:00am. We decided to take 135 S which turns into 79 to cross the Ohio River. That worked out very well.....much less traffic.....just a few small towns to go through before jumping on 65 S. We stopped around 12:30 at a rest stop for lunch. Hot dogs all around.....yeah, even the furballs. Of course, their hot dogs are low fat...LOL! Back on the road and our next stop was the Bluegrass Music RV Park. This used to be a KOA. It is a pleasant enough overnight stop, but I would not want to spend a lot of time here. You are very close to the interstate and a truck stop is practically next door. We had full hook ups and a nice level pull through. They also honor Camp Club so we paid $23.27 that included tax. I certainly would not want to pay the full rate of $38.00 plus tax. The park looks to be under renovation and the new owners are very nice and helpful. I also used the laundry while we were here and it was acceptable. I'm guessing the higher rates reflect the close proximity to attractions in both Kentucky and Nashville.

We headed down to Bowling Green for dinner. We were both hungry for Mexican and the RV Park recommended "Peppers". It was about a 20 minute drive, but the food and the service were excellent.

Back at the fiver, we settled in our easy chairs and watched a little tv before bed.

Today is another travel day as we are heading to Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama. We stayed there on our way back from Florida the year before and really enjoyed the park. We plan on spending a few days there before continuing our journey south. I have no idea if our verizon air card will work there........but we are close enough to town that I should still be able to get a blog post or two in while we are there. Till journeys

Monday, November 9, 2009

Here we are at our campsite #B95 in O'bannon Woods. I don't recommend this one. As you can see it runs down hill and it is on the busiest camp road. Traffic runs in and out all the time. We made the mistake of relying on the entrance park ranger to locate us. We were unfamiliar with this park and with our 40 foot trailer we did not want to spend the evening trying to find a spot we would fit in. As you can see this is a pull through.....all I can say is it sounded good on paper...LOL! The park was not that crowded, but they have a horse camp area and they were full. For most of the weekend, we had trucks and horse trailers running up and down the road. Then there was the shower incident. Since we only have electric here we opted to shower in the bath house. In I go on my girlie side and there are 3 shower stalls. Nicely done with an area for dressing and drying and then you pass into the shower area. All individual and private. So, I take the first stall. Get undressed and situate my towel and toiletries. Enter the shower and '?!@#!' no handle to turn on the way at all to turn on the water. Ok, I'm the only one in here so I slide my toiletries under to the next stall. Grab my clothes and towel and slip over to the next shower area. Hang everything up AGAIN and enter the shower. Well, '?!@#!!!!!!', there is a shower knob, but no matter which way I turn water. Did I mention I'm naked here! Finally upon entering the 3rd shower....I was rewarded with a working knob and somewhat warm water.......ahhh....clean at last!
This is the road the horse trailers like to 'race' on, but as you can see the place is pretty empty. Once the traffic settled it was very peaceful and we had great weather.
Here is Triston's mom and Grandpa relaxing at the campsite.
Triston and Grandpa with his (Triston's) favorite Batman Helicopter.
All in all it was a pleasant enough stay. We have been here since Friday evening and will leave tomorrow (Tuesday 10th). Last evening we had dinner at a Japanese Steak House. Ya know the kind where they cook the food at your table....lots of razzel dazzel complete with a burning onion volcano. My Grandson loved that one!

By the way, is anyone else being overrun with Ladybugs. They are everywhere here and we can't keep them out of the fiver. We keep sucking them up with our vacumn, but they just keep coming. Ok, well best get a going on dinner......tomorrow we, see ya down the road.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

As promised, here are some photos of the Terre Haute KOA

The donkeys are very friendly and you can by food to feed them
Cute little covered bridge leads to play ground and dog play area
And of course, this is where the donkeys....hang their tails!

Today we are in O'bannon Woods . I will have some photos to share tomorrow. Overall a very nice park. They only have electric sites, but water is widely available throughout the park. Lots of trees so forget your satellite dishes. Our antenna pulled in some Louisville stations and our Verizon air card is working well. We have ATT cell phones and have a decent signal on them as well. I'll give some more details in the next post after we have some time today to take a closer look at everything. Right now it is time to kick back and enjoy this beautiful day. Our five year old grandson is coming to visit I'm sure Grandpa and I will be plum tuckered out this evening....LOL, but that is a "Goode" thing.......

Friday, November 6, 2009

After a grueling 2 1/2 hour drive......we made it to Terre Haute.....yeah, we are still in Indiana. We didn't leave the river till almost 3pm, but the important thing is we are finally on our way. We spent the night at a KOA and I'll post more on that later with some photos.

Poor little Belle had to have 3 teeth pulled at the vet. She was very unhappy with us when we picked her up after her surgery. She wouldn't eat or wag her tail......basically she just went straight to her bed. The next morning she was feeling better and is now back to her old self.

DH just went out the is time to hitch-er up and get on down the road. Next stop.....Obannon Woods in Corydon Indiana. We will be spending a few days visiting our grandson and his Mom. It is so good to be 'back on the road', even the furballs seem to have an added 'pep' in their steps.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I’m spending today and tomorrow here at the river getting things ready to travel. Our internet connection comes and goes here.....but hopefully I can get this posted today.

A few of you have asked ‘where in the south’ we are headed? Well, right now our plans are to head to Florida. We will be staying in a park in Riverview, which is very close to the Tampa area. We will be there through December. Come January, we are heading toward Texas. DH would like to spend some time in the Rio Grande Valley. So, let us know if any of you will be nearby.....we would love to see you.

Now, the temps here have taken a nose dive into the 30’s at night and 40’s to low 50’s during the day. A while back I mentioned the troubles we were having at times with our furnace. We thought we might need a new thermostat, but we received a comment that it might be due to ‘flame out’ protection with the furnace. He suggested the next time it happened we simply try turning the furnace off than on. If that works, than it is more likely the furnace that has the problem and not the thermostat. Well, we tried it and sure enough when we turned the furnace back on it fired right up. So......mister anonymous......if you are reading this.....where do we go from here?