On hold here in Clermont for repairs

 


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


11.07.2020-On hold here in Clermont for repairs
Our trip from Wildwood, Three Flags RV, to Clermont, FL, Orlando TT RVP, is generally a quiet and almost boring sixty-minute drive.

We we’re about half way to Clermont when we heard a bang in the coach about as loud as a “cherry-bomb” fire cracker on the 4th. We imediately looked back and headed the coach to the side of the highway. Our slide behind the drivers seat released and was hanging out about six-inches. Up to this time we had gone about two-years with absolutely no problems with the RV. We cautiously drove the coach to our next location in Clermont and gave Patrick Monahan a call in hopes he’ll be able to but us back together again. Long story short we had a “solonoid” die and created the problem; Thankfully it was nothing we might have done. The damaged solonoid also created a great deal of pressure on the “hook” that serves as a backup for such a situation. The hydrolic presure, about two-thousand PSI, of the slide also caused damage to that back-up system. The covid virus, we soon discovered, would create another problem. Getting parts takes an act of Congress because of the virus. Parts manufacturing has taken a beating with companies trying to get caught up and filling back-up orders. We we’re planning to leave in three-days but might be here for at least three weeks.

“TRUMP DUMPTED”


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


11.07.2020-Joe Biden is the President Elect.

To quote Joe:

“WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY,” – NOW!

To Quote Paris:

“WELCOME BACK AMERICA.”

 

11- 2020 Random Notes

 


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

 


11.04.2020 -Some of us are tuckered out.
We’ve been living on a steady diet of a Trump/Biden  campagne season, but, as you can see, one of us is losing interest. She’s just a teenager and has made it up to today.

Scoots just could not take it any longer. Little did we know that it would not be untill the next Saturday, the 7th, that NBC would officially claim that Joe would be the President Elect. The streets are packed with the young upon hearing the good news. 
As you can tell from the text today is the 7th and, YES, the TV is still on. It’s going to be nice watching this administration govern without “tweets.” It is also reassuring knowing the Biden will read the Daily Briefings without the need of pictures. The country needs great deal of fixing and that will happen over time. I’m optomistic that the Republican Senate will find a spine to govern for a change with no fear of a retalliatory tweet from Trump. I can’t wait for January 3rd. 
God Bless Joe!

11.18.2020-

Don and Deb-   
It only make sence that we are getting to know our neighbors. Deb and Don own a beautiful Sunseeker 2016, I think. Even they have a little problem pop up from time to time.

No name yet-BILL? Beaver Marquis
Bill has turned out to be our new paperboy. Every morning after they have finished readint the Sentinel he dilevers it to us. Once again, this is a Beaver Marquis Classic RV. Beaver, to the best of my knowledge, is no longer being built. All Beavers we’rebuilt to last, unlike what is on the market today. Well worth to dollars they command.

11.18.2020-Let me introduce Ken and Donna. We known about this nice couple for several years but finally got around to meeting them this day. Their last name is “Grenier” as well. Carla, for some reason, continues to receive updates on their stays for month to month. We enjoyed their visit very much and hope we meet up again in the future.

The nicest day of he year. Temp 76, no humidity, bright sunshine and only slightly breezy. This is the reason so many move to Florida.

 

 

 

Our voting ballots accepted!


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


10.25-20–Our ballots have been accepted.

We took no chances on this years voting ballots. the day we received our ballots we had them completed and properly placed in its return envelop. Just to do our part in helping the postal service keep from getting over burdened we hand delivered our ballots to the Sumter County Elections Office. We were not the only ones there. Dozens of voters were both entering the office to vote and many, like ourselves, were dropping off our ballots in person. As I mentioned in the blog about a month ago everyone, this year, must vote as though their lives depend on it.

Stand with me and Vote and pray for a good election

PLEASE VOTE…

 

9-2020 Random notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


9.25.2020-We met Mario
I’ve written so little these last eight-months I’ve almost forgotten how to type. It’s not that nothing happens during these “Groundhog day”  episodes. Like most everyone else there are days we shop, or wash and even visit a doctor or two…Wow! This week we did have a very nice experience. A young guy living in a beautiful Forester C-Class RV came into our life. It was just a short visit or two, typical thanks to the Covid-19 protocols. His name was Mario and works for major employer in Florida. I actually had him pegged in his early thirties but to our surprise we was a little older. He’s an AI tech geek who works out of his RV and travels perpetually…Great life! He left us today leaving for Peace River RVP for a few days the off to Pompano where he’ll visit with his daughter in Fort Lauderdale. Carla and I enjoy it so much to learn how others are full-timing especially if they can earn a living at the same time. Currently we’re staying at Three-Flags RVP in Wildwood. It will be awhile before we pick up and really get back to travelling again. We leave here in 12-days and will go back to Clermont and just keep bouncing back and forth for the near future.
Enjoy and be safe...

9.26.20-Waxing, waxing and more waxing


The job is almost completed. Usually twice a year the coach needs a waxing. It never looks that bad until I begin applying a new coat of wax, then, well; What a difference! This year I just don’t have the stamina of previous years so I’ve broken the job up in parts. In the last 4 days I’ve done both sides of the coach and most of the front. The back generally takes much longer since the exhaust fumes do collect upon the surface of the coach. It should be completed by the end of next week with some cooler days on schedule for next week. We’ve begun looking at destinations for next year trying to think positive. I’ve mentioned our friend Ann in the past. She is selling her “camp-home’ here in Three Flags RVP and has purchased a residence in Collierville, TN about five-hundred miles west of Maggie Valley, NC. We’re not exactly setting it up as a destination spot but will plan to travel in that direction. We’re familiar with Collierville, having stayed in that area and gone to church in Collierville in the past. It will be nice revisiting the town once again. Our goal next year is to really begin seriously looking for a home site and North Carolina still looks very good to us. From the preliminary reports I’ve seen on Climate change NC will get hit but not that badly. Rising seas will not be much of a concern since MV is at 3200 feet ASL.

 

8-2020 Random notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


8.01.2020-Monday


It is so hard to believe that we’re now into August. Carla’s birthday is on Wednesday and unfortunately on that same day, I am going for a procedure that, hopefully, will, given some time, begin to rid my body of all this “arthritic pain”. I’m so tired of swallowing a prescription med that’s not helping that much not to mention a ton of Tylenol 500 mgs. Will let you know how that works out. In the interim we continue to shelter in place enjoying the coach in our never ending repetitive way of life. Right now, in preparation  for our move back to TT Orlando we are very watchful of the oncoming hurricane.  We move again on Tuesday one day later than originally planned thanks to our Anniversary gift is expected on Tuesday. 

8.30.20-Sunday


Only seems appropriate to have at least one more note before the month ends. It’s getting so bad that I’m forgetting how to type. Personally, for those who might be interested, I’m at 100%. The arthritic aches and pains I’d been dealing with are hardly noticeable. The Celebrex is working full strength but the discomfort in my shoulders and knees would not go away. My doctor, last Tuesday decided it was time for a Cortisone shot, so I got a shot of DepoProvera. As it turned out this was the missing piece. Nobody should have to endure arthritic pain, I was one of the lucky ones.

We leave here to go back to TTO (Orlando) in ten-days on the 9th. We continue to live like so many others, basically in sequestration. Except for Walgreens, Sam’s or Walmart we rarely leave the reservation. 

We did find comfort in the Democratic National Convention. So nice to know that our President-Elect “Joe” has the ability to speak at a level higher than a five-year-old. We did not follow the RNC, just to much projected doom and gloom and blaming the Democrats for everything negative that might happen when all these things are happening on Trumps watch, so we checked out only pieces of this presentation. He’s so good at creating a bad situation and then taking any accolades and all the credit when a bad situation gets resolved. Then came his acceptance speech, all 70 minutes worth. There was a section towards then end for about 90 seconds he spoke nothing but gibberish. 

The highlight of the month was hearing Mary Trumps book on Donny; Audible is so awesome! I can hardly wait to hear the book by Cohen. Just the information in Mary’s book alone should be enough to not elect Donald as dog-catcher, let alone President. Did you notice that he never once mentioned the ongoing and growing virus pandemic in the country or impart any words of empathy to the almost 200,00-Americans that have passed on his watch do to his not taking the appropriate action when he should have. Heck, even Brazil is having better results than us. But he’s all we’ve got, at least for the next eight weeks. Now even the mid-west is suffering high numbers of Covid-19, even though I was told that would not happen there because so many in this part of the country own 4000-acres of land, guess that did not workout so well. I should not say anything because Florida can’t brag about anything. We keep doing the same wrong things and keep expecting a positive outcome; that’s the definition of Idiocy. I have both family and some friends that drink the Trump-Aid juice every day, can only hope that this period of our history will someday come to a close. 

7-2020 Random notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


7.13.2020-Monday

A couple of weeks ago we traveled from 3-Flags in Clermont to Orlando. Shortly after we arrived we were subject to a very severe storm. Everyone got through it OK, especially the awnings.

.Below you can see what a very nice resort this park is.  At times the Wi-Fi is dimished but n average is good enough. We’re now going to the C-Section of this park.

We, like everyone else, must enjoy the views HE presents to us during these Covid-19 days. This sunset was one of  those vistas.

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Scooty’s Birthday. Her gift were a couple of grass plants. She’s now nine-years old.

This day we were treated to a sky-writer. The clouds were challenging. It took a while but eventually the note was “Love U Jesus.”

Honestly thought this park would be much more crowded than this. Guests still come and go but the park is still about one-third empty. 

7.14.2020-30th Anniversary
Yes I remembered! We celebrate simply as travelers, but during these virus days we’ll just enjoy each other and treat ourselves to a 24 ounce Rib-Eye Steak to be followed with a healthy dish of Rocky-Road ice cream. It’s a simple life but still very enjoyable.

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6-2020 Random Notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


06.21.2020-WOW! I’m back! (Father’s day)

It took me three tries to get the password right, it’s been that long since I’ve posted anything.  We’re back in  Wildwood, Three Flags Resort, until this coming Thursday when we leave to go back to Clermont, The Orlando RV Resort. We’ll stay there for three weeks and return back here next. It’s only a one-hour drive in the coach to go to and from these resorts. We, like so many of us, continue to remain hunkered down during  this Covid-19 episode. We’re living a “Groundhog-Day” lifestyle still. We have no intention of deviating this lifestyle, at least not this year. There’s a lot to be said for “feeling safe.”

As you can tell from the picture above we’re sharing this campground with other full-times and we, for a change, have plenty of real-estate to call our own. We’re not the only ones bouncing between campgrounds, almost everyone here is doing the same dance. All for now. Like I mentioned on Thursday we’ll be back in Orlando. Be safe!

5-2020 Random Notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


05.27.2020-Wed.
Well, here we are- it is definitely beginning to feel like “Groundhog Day” is here to stay. I need a hobby. Jut like everyone else we get up in the morning and virtually repeat are same actions we’ve repeated for the last one-hundred days. Not complaining! I know of one-hundred thousand individuals who would gladly change places with me. The mask business has come to a slow down, which gives us one less endeavor to occupy ourselves. This is a “Cat in the Hat Day” with heavy rains coming down for at least the next another hour or two. It’s almost lunch time so eating always fills in the gaps nicely. Take care and continue to be safe.

05.01.2020-Travel day
It does not happen that often any more, at least not this year, but Carla and I still love the sound and feel of traveling, even if it’s only to a campground you know so well that the camp director and camp manager know you by sight and by our first names. Nonetheless, it’s still travelling. We’ve just spent six or seven weeks in Clermont/TT Orlando and that was way to long. It was necessary and we thank the staff and management of Thousand Trails for assuming a “Big Brother” mentality by closing it’s campgrounds from all outside possible people many of them might be virus infected. With our Cottage Industry” of making face masks for family and campers, not one person expressed any animosity towards TT for this decision. We were totally cut off from the outside world for those seven weeks and TT even extended the “stay closed” attitude for another week for those that wanted to stay at no additional fees. We were allowed to take the car or walk outside the campground acres, which few opted to do except for Walmart and pharmacies, and none of us died. The one draw back was taking tour coaches or trailer out of the campground property. You can leave but you will not be permitted to come back to this campground nor may you take your RV to any other TT property.
It irks me to see all those on TV marching in protest of the lock-down and insist on less restrictions: they deserve what they get for these actions. Their argument has been that those living in Nebraska, Michigan, Montana, Dakotas and many other states should not have to succumb to a lock-down. To all those I say tough! We’ll just sit here and watch the tested and death rates rise.
On a different note our trip today only took an hour. We left at 9:30, spent some time a Lazy Days for a coach check-up, the settled in at Three Flags and were enjoying a lunch at just after twelve-noon. We enjoyed a Sudoku puzzle then what do we do next. We turned on the tele and noticed there was a note at the bottom of the Dish Guide telling us we have free Showtime through May 3rd, so we checked out the Showtime programming. What a surprise! On one of their channels was “Back to the Future.” Once that ended a note on the screen was telling us that Back to the Future II would come on next…Awesome! After II was over another note appeared telling us to stay tuned for Back to the Future III. I hadn’t seen those flick since 1985 give of take, and it was a pleasure experiencing them once again. Sheltering at Home is not that hard to take.
Still enjoying our four-hundred-square-foot habitat on our slightly bigger campground site and not minding it at all. Life is Good.


4-2020 Random notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



04.09.2020-Thursday
We awoke this morning with not very much to do. To his credit our beloved Governor finally issued a “Stay in Place” recommendation,not even an order, that I knew of. The last couple of day Carla has been investigating Personal Face Masks. If available they’re affordable if you buy fifty or more; other than that they’re quite a bit more expensive. We spoke about it and felt a more affordable option should be available to all of us. It also had to be washable and reusable. Below is what she came up with. What we’ve created are also quite fashionable. 

See the blog on this product.

04.10.2020-Good Friday
Good Friday, as a family ritual, has always been a very quiet day, especially between 12 and 3 pm, Carla and I will follow that ritual today no doubt. We have received so many nice comments on the face masks that we’ve sent out. The latest one was from Abby, our surrogate granddaughter. She took her mask to work, Sea Ray Boat Works, and she is now making masks in preparation for their employees coming back to work after a three-week furlough next Monday. The company is in the process of obtaining some “medical grade material” from a local hospital to make an even better mask for their workers.
oops-noon time.

4.16.2020-Thursday
What a nice break for a change; rain and 74 degrees. Seems hard to believe we’ve been “Staying in Place” for six weeks. I’ve heard this might be recommended until 2022. Carla and I continue keeping busy by making face-masks and doing our cross-word puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. We usually finish the day with a Netflix  or Prime movie. This week we’re revisiting the Harry Potter movies. Just a word of caution, at least from us, is to continue staying in place. We’re told the  Pres in going to “Open the Country.” Good luck with that  but in his infinite wisdom he feels this is the way to go. Thankfully the east-coast Governors are planning to play it safer that that. Even the Republican Governor of Massachusetts is thinking in terms that safer is better. South Dakota, Florida and a few other states with Rep. Governors are thinking that opening is a good idea; can’t wait to see how that goes! Governor Cuomo and several East-Coast Governors are forming a simple consortium to handle day to day needs in the fight on this virus. Governor of California and a hand-full of states on the West-Coast are doing like-wise. The Governors are stepping up and are being the “adults” concerning leadership. The President also in his infinite wisdom assumes he has “absolute power to govern” the states. Evidently he skipped reading the 10th Amendment. Our Constitution, whether he likes it or not, does not allow the President to act like a king or dictator.
Pres Trump stated that “When somebody is President of the United States, his authority is total.” The Constitution was written precisely the deny that particular claim. It also reserved to the states (& individuals) rights not expressly given to the federal government.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 13, 2020

04.26.2020-Sunday
Like many, regardless of faith, we’re tasked with partaking of our Mass devotions using live stream on our computers. Please view the St. Vincent de Paul blog when you have a quiet hour. The afternoon was topped when we joined Bob and Bonnie at there coach across the road from us. Carla had a question or two concerning TT reservations. Within the hour we had meandered back to our coach to discuss the reservation query. It did not take very long before the conversations began taking on a religious tone. I’ve been told never discuss politics or religion but the conversations that evolved were very genuine and enlightening. On many occasions my blogs drift to many of my religious feelings and more importantly how thankful Carla and I are for this lifestyle we’re living. As it turns out we’re not the only ones with these reflections. Our conversations were very instructive and informative. It’s reassuring whenever we bump into folks like us who also feel He is in charge and as much as we might wonder why our life these day are so demanding and confining for sure, Someone has a plan and we just have to deal with it and offer it up until things get better.

4.27.2020-Monday-Lat week in Clermont- TTO
That’s right four more days and we pack up and leave Thousand Trails Orlando (TTO) for Wildwood. Once again, Big Brother at Thousand Trails is trying to watch over us, by extending an extra week at no charge, for us and those that pay, at TTO.  That was nice but we’re anxious to go to Wildwood. At least TT is exhibiting and doling out helpful and remedies to keep everyone safe. Contrarily our President is pondering the positive benefits of drinking Lysol and injecting bleach and the many ways we might be able to irradiate ourselves with UV light; every four-year-old, most likely, knows that that would be very dangerous to do. But, then again, he tells us he has a “stable genius” brain, thanks to a relative who spent years at Harvard. Personally I would only trust him with a spoon, let alone the nuclear codes. I have a son that works at MIT but that has nothing to do with our brains. Friday is our go-to day as we will pick up and head out to Wildwood. Of the TT Campgrounds Wildwood,to us, feels like home. We continue to create our face-masks. We’ve lost count but I’m guessing we’ve made around one-hundred-fifty with twenty ready for sale. We’re not ready to trade in the coach for a “new ride” at least not yet, LOL.  It does offer us a nice diversion two-days a week as we prepare another small batch of masks. 

04-30-2020-Thursday

Our last day for this stay-period tomorrow we leave for Wildwood, Three Flags RVP. I look around s I type and I do believe we’re not going to be the only ones to leave. Looks like everyone is packing up their belongings.

I’M Fine




HAPPINESS, is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



04.19.2020-Sunday

Like so many of you we receive calls each week from family and place calls each week checking on family members and how they are doing. One reply we get is “I’m Fine.” This reminded me of a poem I read a while back and found it the other day. 

I’m Fine

There’s nothing whatever the matter with me.
I’m just as healthy as I can be.
I have arthritis in both my knees
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.

My pulse is weak and my blood is thin
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
I think my liver is out of whack
And a terrible pain is in my back.

My hearing is poor, my sight is dim,
Most everything seems to be out of trim.
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

I have arch supports for both my feet,
Or I wouldn’t be able to go on the street.
Sleeplessness I have night after night,
And in the morning I’m just a sight.

My memory is failing, my head’s in a spin.
I’m peacefully living on aspirin
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

The moral is, as this tale we unfold,
That for you and me who are growing old,
It’s better to say “I’m fine” with a grin
Than to let them know the shape we’re in.

— Cardinal Cushing

I may not have all those symptoms, at least, not every day. But from day to day and week to week quite a few make an appearance from time to time. Hope all is well with you!

Face Masks-reusable, washable




HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

04.02.2020-Thursday

We awoke this morning with not very  much to do. To his credit our beloved Governor finally issued a “Stay in Place” recommendation, not even an order, that I knew of. The last couple of days Carla has been investigating Personal Face Masks. If available they’re affordable if you buy fifty or more; other than that they’re quite a bit more expensive. We spoke about it and felt a more affordable option should be available to all of us. It also had to be washable and reusable.

Below is what she came up with. What we’ve created are also quite fashionable. 

Carla just noticed that one of the materials we have available has an RV pictured. Below is the beginning of the process to create a face mask. Cotton pieces of fabric must be measured and after that we iron-in a vapor-protection material. You will notice my ironing abilities. It takes both of us at least twenty-minutes to complete each mask. Before the final product is completed, each mask will be ironed at least four times.

Crating these facial masks is not a walk in the park. It’s time consuming, thankfully, since we have nothing but time on our hands. It also a family project. Below Carla does the critical work with her sewing machine. This activity allows us to contribute to the cause without chancing the probability of compounding the effort without chancing our getting sick  ourselves. 

After I have cut and ironed in the moisture barrier the item goes to Carla.

The moisture barrier is sandwiched between two pieces of cloth and now it’s time for Carla to stitch the three items to resemble a single piece of cloth.

Once she stitches the pieces of cloth together the unit then moves to me again to trim the corners and snip off any and all lose threads. Once I’ve finished cleaning up the product I do an inside-out bringing the insides out. Then I iron-out the product in preparation for Carla to create the pleats and pin them in temporarily. The next step is for me to iron the product once again, that is the pleats, dodging the pins. then I pass it back to Carla. Below is the next step. Carla will re-stitch the perimeter of the mask but then removes the pins and re-stitches the sides of the mask; that is, to double or triple stitch the pleats..

Above and below are just two samples of what we’re producing. As we build more product I’ll be showing them off as well. 

The product then goes back to me to once-again iron out the mask  to create the final product. This mask is well-worth the $5.00 we’re charging.

To see our latest selection go to: GOTOSELECTION


Covid-19 alt. explanation






HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



3.28.2020-Coronavirus

I know, you’re saying here I go again, climbing onto my Digital Pulpit. As I’ve said before; It is my blog. 

So much has happened in the last three-months, since China. You must give China some credit though, it did handled this pandemic in a rather Draconian style but definitely got the results it was hoping for; I don’t believe our government could issue such demands of this population even if it had the courage to do so. 

Our world, after existing for billions of years, I believe, has created many forms of defenses from anything that threatens its well-being. Our never ending battle over pollution just might be one of those threatening items. As pollution slowly begins to overtake many of Mother-Natures safeguards: like our many Coral Reefs and the ice and snows of both the North and South Poles, Mother-Nature, I believe, is not about to sit still and let humanity destroy what she has worked so hard for so many millennia to create. As pollution builds and the seas warm up, even if we don’t see it happening, Nature, in self-defense, will fight back. Mother-Nature could give a hoot about humanity as it behaves this day and age.

The Coronavirus has been attributed to China by many in high seats of government, as being the originator and host of this virus. What if China was picked by Nature to begin a purge. In order to halt this drastic activities of humanity, governments all over the world are trying many different actions to try to control this virus. First was to avoid large gatherings, popular everywhere. then closing businesses followed by school closings. With so many out of work the airlines began to cut back. Cruise ships stayed at port and humanity learned to huddle in place in our homes. Testing would have saved many individuals, but that’s another story. The fact is that no one has a clue as to how to control this enemy. Immediately, however, we saw the Canals of Venice go from murky brown to clear; who would have thought! I wonder, how many other wonders are at work as humanity take a rest from polluting this one world we have. I’ve heard that we only have a couple of decades, if that long, to rectify our polluting ways. Should this “huddle in place” strategy be a new way of living, even for a few months, maybe it might be enough to give Mother Nature as chance to fix herself and hopefully we might discover a better way of living. Carla and I are in our third week of “social distancing;” it’s not that hard or bad. 

On the other hand if we continue to neglect Mother Natures Planet, Mother Nature just might retaliate in full force. Populations all over the world might be decimated. Governments will fall. Even China might not survive; I wonder if we’d still have to pay back the the twenty-three trillion we’ve borrowed from them. Even our own country might have to bite the bullet. Fruits and vegetables that flow so freely from all over the world into our country and eventually to our tables might cease to exist. Work and business as we’ve known might evolve and a more Socialistic form of government or at least a new work ethic might be created. Schools might be replaced with home-style education. Even many in the “work-force” might not have to leave their homes every day. Our government is paying out trillions of dollars to supplement lost wages to almost everyone in the country; could this be the creation of a new society.

Thank you for taking the time to read this dissertation. At this point I will end, but with so much time on my hands who knows what I’ll think of next. It is sad that Mother-Nature has to resort to such a harsh action to tell us to begin caring for this Blue-Marble of ours. It always makes an impression on me whenever I see an old black and white movie set in the early nineteen-hundreds, that life was slower, people cared more for their neighbors. I think HE was a bigger part in everyone’s life than HE is these days. Getting ahead, accumulating more and more wealth and forgetting to care for those less fortunate than ourselves just might not be as important in the future as it is today. Living in the retirement life style gives all of us retirees time to contemplate on so many of our behaviors of the past and how we should be doing and acting better.

Be well, stay safe and huddle at home and try to rediscover the beauty of family living once again.

Prayer always helps.

Paul

 

Time to VOTE BY MAIL in Nov.






HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



The time has come for politicians and the Supervisor of Elections to initiate mailing ballots to the electorate, that is the voters in America. The privilege and responsibility to complete your voting  preferences and carrying your vote to the mailbox is safe and easy with the luxury of taking all the time you need to make the right choices, especially when it comes to reading those long drawn-out dissertations called amendments

Of course it’s not an imperative to change your voting habits. I always looked forward to standing in line for three-hours in great anticipation of stepping up to the voting booth and making my selections. This year has been and will continue to be revolutionary for every American. This year we will also have the privilege of commingling with many, some of whom might possibly be carrying C-Virus. If everyone stands three-feet apart from one another then the voting line should not be any longer than one-quarter-mile or more, especially with the potential for a high turn-out of voters scheduled for this coming election, not to mention the possible contamination in the voting booth and even the drop-off counter.

Over nine-million Americans are full-time RVers and I doubt very much if any pass on the option to vote, and for us having our ballots find us is much more expensive than if we had a stick and mortar home, but it’s worth the expense for the luxury of completing the voting ballot over the kitchen table munching on Frito’s and beer.

Irregardless of how you  should decide to vote, you must vote.

This is an important election.

Paul

Harbor Lights Restaurant



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



02.14.2020-Valentines Day-Harbor Lights Restaurant

Sometimes a simple task of going out to Dinner may be difficult to achieve. Often times we find ourselves in a new town and even a new state. 

We were not supposed to arrive prior to 4 PM, but as usual,we were about twenty-minutes early. It was only about a twenty-minute drive from the campground. So, we decided to take a promenade around the grounds. Above your first impression might be to say, there must have been something nicer, but it gets better. Below is the back of the diner. Lush green grass and trees embellished with moss  from top to bottom.  

Harbor Light also provides a quaint walking bridge to bring you up to waters edge.

Inside, as you can see, is not sullied with big screen TVs and posters for beers of every type. Just a very simple down-home comfortable feeling. As I mentioned Ann was nice enough to accept our invitation to come out with us this evening. What we could not find were any harbor lights.

January blog and notes



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01.26.2020-Sunday
We’ve moved along quite a bit this week. Most importantly are our travel plans. They now extend to July 02, 2020. The coach looks like brand new with the Diamond Shield now having been removed. A couple of days ago Scott Russell dropped by to say hi. Carla and I will be paying the family a visit in the next couple of hours. As of now our plans call for us having dinner at a local Texas Roadhouse this evening. Most importantly I have finished converting all the posts up to 2020 into the PDF format. These links can be found on the right hand column on the Web Site. In some cases these files may take a few seconds to download, but once downloaded they open up instantaneously. This PDF format produces a very clean-cut product and very easy to read. The best attribute of the PDF format is that the pictures will not move around nor will they fail to materialize.

I am giving an example of this PDF: 2014-RV Travel PDF FINAL 1.19  They’ve only been available for viewing for only a few days but they have received quite a few hits already. In the meantime we continue to view the Impeachment broadcasts.

01.27.2020-Monday-Carla continues to firm up our reservations
for 2020 and points North.

Spoke to my daughter Cheryl and we’ll try to meet up with her and husband Paul in May. It’s taken several months but all the PDFs for all our travels since 2014 are complete and I’m already having some hits on them. Yesterday we spent some time visiting the Russell’s especially since they’re just a stones throw from our site just to catch up and exchange travel stories. Shortly after visiting them we opted to take ourselves out to Texas Roadhouse for an early Dinner.As always the experience did not disappoint. Carla and I want to thank Cheryl and Paul for their Texas Roadhouse gift certificate again. We each had the 6-inch Filet but I had mine with shrimp; delicious! It’s hard to believe that our 2-week stay at Orlando Thousand Trails is coming to an end. Tomorrow, Tuesday, a day we normally would do tanks, won’t be the case.  We’re not sure, but, we think that Tropical Palms (TT) will not have a sewer option, so we’ll wait until Wednesday to pull tanks for a change.Are stay there is only for three-nights than off again, this time back to Wildwood, Three-Flags Thousand Trails Resort. After Three-Flags we try something new. We’ll head just North of Wildwood,FL to Bushnell RVP an Escapees Resort. We’ve just joined Escapees this year.

01.28.2020-Goodbyes to the Russell’s.
We continue to bump into friends, both new and old. We’ve kept in touch with Scott and Vanessa since the first day they began RVing full-time. Little Kora, now ten, will not be “little” much longer considering how fast she is growing.

Right now their plans are to stay at this campground possibly for the year, but it’s still up in the air. I have no doubt we’ll be running into them in the near future, or at least next year at this time. Today we work on the kitchen sink. Yea! Even RVs have sinks that can get clogged. Scott gave us a powdery substance, he says, works well, so we’ll give it a go. Today is our last day here, tomorrow we move to Tropical Palms RVP in Kissimmee, FL. This is a whopping ten-mile drive from here. This will be a short stay, four-nights, basically a gap-filler, to logistically allow us to get into Wildwood, Three-Flags RVP, once again.  With so many campers staying here from the North, not to mention Canada, we have to sometimes do these gap-fillers to make everything work. Once again, we try very much to stay for free whenever possible. 

01.29.2020-Wed,-TROPICAL PALMS, Kissimmee, FL
For a change we took on a 30 minute drive to this RVP. The trip was so short and quick we had to hang out at a local Lowe’s to kill about forty-five minutes to facilitate our arriving at the appropriate time of 1 PM.  By 2 pm we had found our site and are now looking to the skies for a possible shower. This is an Encore(ENC) and Trails Collection (TC) which means we stay duty free. The park is quite nice, the roads, however, are very narrow and do require patience and some skill while backing in to the sites. As we were told the resort provides 50-amp, cable, satellite availability but no sewer options except for a pump-out station in the park itself. 

01.31.2020- End of month again
We’re enjoying our last day at Tropical Palms. It’s been very relaxing but four days was enough. It was a free stay and I would not hesitate to re-visit this RVP again in the future. On a political note it look like Trump will dodge another bullet. It appears that it will be up to the populace to render a verdict now. Once it warms up a bit I’ll have to refill the fresh-water tank and that’s about it since none of  the sewer hoses are out. We closed out the month of January with a movie as usual. Anything was more relaxing than watching the Senate vote on the need for discovery and first hand witnesses, but that’s another story. The film we chose was Les Miserable. Without a doubt it is in the top-ten of our DVD library.

2020 trip destinations



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

 

It’s taken three executive sessions, many cups of coffee and patience, but we’ve begun planing out 2020. We have most of the sights locked down.

01.01-Wildwood, FL at 3-Flags TT RVP
01.13-Pompano, FL at Gulf View  TT RVP
01.15-Clermont, FL Orlando TT RVP
Future destinations
01.29-Pompano, FL at Tropical Palms TT RVP
02.01-Wildwood, FL at Wildwood TT RVP
02.15-Sumtner, FL at Bushnell SKPs RVP
03.01-Clermont, FL at Bee's RPI RVP
03.09-Yemassee, SC at Yemassee TT RVP
03.20-Gloucester, VA at Chesapeake TT RVP
04.10-Colonial Beach at Harbor View TT RVP
05.01-Port Republic, VA at Chestnut Lake TT RVP
05.22-Salem. CT at Salem Farms PP RVP
05.29-Bernardston, MA at Travelers' Woods TT RVP
06.05-Wells, ME at Moody Beach TT RVP
06.19-Bangor,ME at Cold River RVP PP-$150.00 ...get oil change possibly
06.22-Westfield,CA at Grand Bay
06.25-Debert, NS at Debert PP RVP

TT being Thousand Trails, never the nicest but cheapest.
PP Privately owned RVPs
SKP (Escapee RVP) something new for us this year
RPI are Resort Parks International.
Below,for those who appreciate visual aids is our proposed trip for 2020 
starting in Florida and, temporarily ending in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The final 
leg has not been determined yet, we're trying to rest up right now.
 


 





 

 

 

 

 

Tripping to Orlando



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01-15.2020-Tripping to Orlando TT RVPark
What a feeling. I honestly feel like the coach is as close to new as possible. The front of the coach is sporting a new image, and it looks so beautiful. We started just after 9 AM and finally settled in on our site around 2:30. We have it all; 50 amps, water, sewer and satellite.

 

Repairs, medical and Connie



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

01.08,2020-Wednesday-we’re still here!
As I mentioned on my 12/29 Journal entry, we’ve been fortunate to have celebrated several Christmas’s’ with good friends and family. What’s been happening with us? Long story short about 2 months ago, in preparation for our visit to my brother Dennis for Thanksgiving, I mixed up a batch of my Christmas Cookies. In my infinite wisdom I decided to skip the electric mixer and do it by hand; big mistake! The following day I awoke with a sore wrist. I just shrugged it off and took two Motrin in hopes it would go away; no such luck. It only got worse and worser. Yesterday I through in the towel and got an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor to try to fix things. Up to that appointment time my pain level was at least an 8 and getting worse. Dr.Thomas was able to squeeze us in, knowing our lifestyles. First was a CT scan followed at 3 pm by an MRI. The verdict was that I would live but in some pain until it fixes itself some day, hopefully. Two or three things wrong with me but no tears, rips or anything fixable. Most notably was fluid in my marrow; I must have a leak someplace. To say the least it hurts to type, open cans, lift anything, sleep or even put on my socks. Just getting old. So, the blogs will contain shorter texts, not that I ever wrote that much to begin with, until things get better. In the meantime Carla and I continue to enjoy the cooler temperatures of Florida, upper sixties and low seventies, and she has to put up with my grumbling. We depart Wildwood, Three-Flags, on the 13th.


 


 

 

2019 Blogs & Journals PDFs



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you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



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01.01.19-NEW YEARS DAY
01.02.19-PASTA, WINE AND GREAT COMPANY
01.03-19-FIXING OUR COACH BOOBOO
01.06.19-WE VISIT DENNIS’ NEW CONDO
01.06.19-WE VISIT DENNIS’ NEW CONDO
01.10.19 ANN CUNNINGHAM’S NEW HOME
01.12.19-SAYING SO LONG TO OLD FRIENDS
01.13.19 PREPARING THE COACH FOR TRAVEL ON MONDAY
01.14.19-LAKE CITY FL. 
01.15.19-HURRICANE MICHAEL DEVASTATION
01.15.19-HURRICANE MICHAEL DEVASTATION
01.16.19- ROBERTSDALE RVP FOR 2 NIGHTS
01.18.19- FRIDAY- WALMART IN HAMMOND, LA
01.19.19- SAT. HAMMOND, LA TO LAKE CHARLES, LA
01.20.19-SUNDAY- LEFT SULFUR, LA FOR WILLIS, TX
01.21.19-VERY CHILLY, BUT NOT COLD
01.22.19-DEERWOOD EAST PROPERTY, GONE!
01.24.19- THURSDAY-CARLA IS STILL WEATHERING A HEAD COLD
01.28.19- WE VISIT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
01.30.19- WE VISIT THE BUSH LIBRARY
01.31.19- WE WILL RELAX TODAY

02.01.2019- TRAVEL TO SEQUIN, TX
02.02.2019-SAT.-GROUNDHOG DAY-MADINA LAKE RVR
02.03.2019- NOTHING SCHEDULED BUT THINGS TO DO
02.04.2019-HOSE DOWN THE COACH-PAUL KOURTZ
 02.06.2019-wed.-THREE VENUES TO VISIT TODAY
02.12.2019-Tuesday COACH MAINTENANCE
02.13.2019- Wednesday-FEEDING CONTINUES
2.14.2019- VALENTINE’S DAY
02.15.2019 TRAVEL TO FORT STOCKTON-FRI
02.16.2009 TRAVEL TO EL PASO, TX-Sat
02.17.2019 TRAVEL TO DEMING, NM-Sun
02.18.19-Mon. TRAVEL TO BENSON, AZ-SLIDE STUCK
02.19.2019- TUESDAY- COACH FIXED AND SNOW
02.20.2019-WED-MISSION AND BONEYARD TOURS
02.21.2019-THURS-DAY OF REST
02.23.2019-Sat.Our Lady of Lourdes CC
02.24.2019 PRICE TO PAY TO PLAY
02.25.2019-BOOTHILL & TOMBSTONE
02.26.19-POLISHING THE COACH ROOF

3.01.2019-this MONTH SHOULD BE RELAXING
3.02.2019-TAKING QUEEN MINE TOUR
3.03.2019-MOVING TO SITE 171-IN BENSON
3.04.2019-TRAVEL TO TUSCON THEN COTTONWOOD, AZ
3.05.2019-LAZYDAYS AND VERDE VALLEY RV RESORT COTTONWOOD.
3.06.2019- Just met Chris & Jen-ASH WED.-VERDE VALLEY RVR
3.06.2019REFLECTIONS ON VERDE VALLEY RV RESORT
3.07.2019-THURSDAY-IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ROMAN CC
3.08.2019-FRIDAY-COLD AND WINDY
3.09.2019-SATURDAY-IN SEARCH OF THE VERDE RIVER
3.08.2019- FRIDAY-COLD AND WINDY
3.09.2019-SATURDAY-IN SEARCH OF THE VERDE RIVER
3.10.2019-SUNDAY-TRIPPING TO JEROME, AZ
3.11.2019-MON.-VERY NICE MORNING TURNING TO RAIN LATER.
3.13.2019-Wed.-rainy night with cool temp during day.
3.14.2019-Thursday-we visit Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
3.16.2019-SATURDAY-TODAY WAS A 10.
3.17.2019-SUNDAY-ST PATTY’S’ DAY-
3.18.2019-MON.-WE MOVE TO THE GC TODAY, EAST RIM.
3.19.2019-Tuesday-WE VISIT THE RED ROUTE… WEST RIM.
3.21.2019-THUR.-DINNER AT YAVAPAI TAVERN
3.22.2019-FRIDAY-TRIPPING TO LAS VEGAS, NV
3.23.2019-Sat.-CLEAN VEHICLES, CHURCH, PIZZA AND BEER.
3.24.2019- MONDAY-ANOTHER DAY OF CHORES.
3.27.2019- COACH GOES TO FINDLAY RV FOR FIXES
3.28.2019-The Atomic Testing Museum
3.29.2019-WAX THE COACH
3.30.2018-MORE WAXING- ALMOST DONE
3.31.2019-SUNDAY-TRYING TO GET Caught UP

4.01.19-APRIL FOOLS DAY
4.02.19-WE VISIT THE FASHION MALL
4.03.19-COACH GOES BACK TO FINDLAY ON WEDNESDAY.
4.04.19-BREAKFAST AT SAM’S TOWN AND FINDLAY
4.05.19-TRIPPING TO ST. GEORGE, UT
4.06.19-SATURDAY
4.07.19-SUN-ENJOYED DINNER AT ROADHOUSE
4.08.19-Monday-experience Zion National Park
4.11.19-Thursday-Experience Kolob Canyon
4.12.19-FRIDAY-REST
4.13.19-Sat.as a husband and spoke to my son Michael
4.14.2019-Palm Sunday
4.17.2019-WEDNESDAY-Just like living a regular life,
4.18.2019-TRAVEL TO KANAB, UT STAYING AT CRAZY HORSE RVR
4.19.2019-GOOD FRIDAY-EXPERIENCE KANAB CANYONS
4.20.2019-EASTER EVE.
4.23.2019-TUES. MICHELLE’S BIRTHDAY
4.24.19-COACH SLIDE GETS ANOTHER INEXPENSIVE FIX
4.25.19-TRIPPING TO SALINA, UTAH
4.27.19-SATURDAY- REGLAR STURDAY
4.28.19-MERCY SUNDAY-ST. ELAZABETH’S CC
4.30.19-TUESDAY-COACH APPTS.

5.03.19- Dennis’ Birthday-Arches
5.04.19- Experience Petroglyphs ???
5.05.19-Sunday-Mission Church
5.06.19- Monday-Tripping to Heber, UT
5.09.19-Experiencing Salt Lake City
5.11.19- Sat. Another quiet day
5.12.19-Mass at St. Lawrence CC
5.13.19-Travel to Burley, ID
5.14.19-Travel to Vale, OR
5.15.19-Arrive in Bend, OR
5.17.19- Friday-Oregon Living
5.18.19-Sat-St. Francis of Assisi Church.
5.21.19-Tuesday-new diet.
5.22.19-Wed.- Just killing time..
5.23.19-Thursday-Crater Lake today
5.24.19-Friday-Rest up and wash the coach
5.25.18-Sat-Holy Trinity Church
5.26.19-Sunday-Relaxing
5.28.19-Tuesday-Lava Land and Lava River Cave
5.29.19-Wednesday-Big Country RV and Smith Rock
5.30.19-Shopping, Camera and Mueller Report

6.01.19-Saturday-relaxing, Mass, Pizza, beer and hopefully a good movie.
6.02.19-Sunday- Day of rest
6.04.19-Tuesday-It was a year ago that I finished my chemo and radiation
6.05.19-Oregon Observatory
6.06.19-Birthday celebration
6.07.19-Walk around the campground
6.09.19-Sisters Rodeo
6.10.19-Mount Newberry Experience
6.11.19-Washed the vehicles.
6.12.19-Last full day at Sunriver RVP
6.13.19-Thursday-Day from H–L.
6.14.19-Tripping to Newport from Albany
06.15.19-Saturday
06.16.19-Sunday- Father’s Day
06.17.19-Mon.-Wash Day
06.21.19-Friday
06.22.18-Saturday-Blogs caught up again-Comments are flagged.
06.23.19-Sunday-South Beach Fish Market
06.26.19-Monday-Tires
6.28.2019-Friday-Cell Service
6.30.2019-Sunday-getting lots of rest

7.01.2019-Monday-Met the Totinos’
7.02.2019-Tues.-Walk to the beach.
7.03.2019-Wednesday-Good-bye to the Tobias family.
7.04.2019-Thursday-we celebrate the 4th
7.07.2019-Sunday-Campground Dog Parade
7.08.2019-Tillamook and shopping
7.11.2019-Thursday
7.16.2019-Travel to Portland, OR
7.20.2019-St. Michaels Catholic Church
7.21.2019-Sunday-River Walk and Fire
7.23.2019-Tuesday-Mt. Hood
7.24.2019-Wednesday-Mueller
7.25.2019-Thursday-Abbey
7.26.2019-Friday-Walk-tiny homes
7.27.2019-Sat-nothing
7.29.2019-Monday-HHR fix
7.30.2019-Tuesday-The Multnomah Falls

8.01.2019-Thursday-Preparing to travel
8.02.2019-Friday-Travel to Island City, OR
8.03.2019- Sat.-Arrive Mountain Home,
8.04.2019-Sunday-Would be wash day.
8.05.2019-Monday- Petroglyphs and Carla’s birthday
8.06.2019-Tuesday-Tying up some lose ends
8.08.2019-Travel day to Idaho Falls, ID
8.09.2019- Travel to Butte, no Bozeman, MT
8.10.2019-Sat. travel to Hardin, MT for a 4-day stay.
8.12.2019-Little Bighorn Battlefield
8.13.2019-Final Day at Hardin, MT
8.14.2019-Arrive in Rapid City, Rodeo
8.15.2019-Coach needs fixes
8.17.2019-Daughter’s birthday
8.19.2019 Monday- Custer State Park
8.20.2019- Tuesday
8-21.2019-Ellsworth Air Force Base
8.24.2019-Saturday
8.25.2019-Sunday-Badlands of South Dakota
8.26.2019-Monday-Preparing to leave Hart Ranch.
8.27.2019-Tuesday-Travel day
8.28.2019-Forrest City, IA-Winnebago
8.31.2019-Saturday-Labor Day Weekend @ Winnebago

SEPTEMBER 2019 PDF

9.01.2019-Sunday-St.James CC
9.03.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL
9.04.2019-Wed.-Day 2 at Squaw Creek
9.05.2019-Day 3
9.06.2019- Mike’s Birthday
9.10.2019-Tuesday
9.11.2019- 9/11 18th Anniversary
9.12.2019-Day of rest.
9.16.2019-Monday-Final day at Squaw Creek
9.19.2019-Thursday-Resting till the 25th
9.21.2019-Saturday-Mass at St. Anthony of Padua
9.22.2019-Sunday-Vunderbar!!!
9.23.2019-Circle Printing
9.24.2019-Travel to Park City, KY
9.27.2019-Fri-End of month coming-Johnny Cash movie
9.28.2019-Roof antenna
9.29.2019-Sunday-A quiet , warm day

OCTOBER 2019 PDF

10.04.2019-Flue-shot day-Medicare
10.05.2019-Sat.-Blog season comes to an end.
10.08.2019-Tuesday-Last day at Diamond Caverns.
10.09.2019-Wed
10.10.2019-Thurs. Leaving Knoxville, TN
10.19.19-Sat.
10.26.2019-2019 Tour comes to an end.

Nov. Dec. 2019 PDF

11.17.2019-Saturday-good bye hot and humid
11.10.2019-Sunday
11.03.2019-30th Anniversary of our First Date
11.01.2019-All Souls Day.
12.14.2019-Boat Parade
12.15.2019-Visit with Abby and Michael
12.16.2019-Mary Ann’s Christmas
12.18.2019-Off to Excel
12.29.2019-Sat

 

2018 Blogs & Journals PDFs



Please take the time to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog. I relish the positive ones and will learn from the negative ones.

HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



To my readers.

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6.20 Wednesday This is our third day here in Cedar Rapids
6.17 Sunday Spoke to both my kids today. 
6.11 Monday. Today we would visit Rose Chapel 
6.9 Saturday – Today we arrived at Neshonoc Lakeside RV Park, 
6.8 Friday – Today was a 300-mile trip. With no Cracker Barrel we stay at the local Walmart.
6.7 Thursday – Tuesday and Wednesday’s rides were uneventful 
6.5 Tuesday We arrived in Perry Georgia,
6.11 Monday. the Neshonoc Lake
6.17- final day at Winnebago in Forrest City, IA. 
6.20 Wednesday-our third day here in Cedar Rapids, IA, 

7.31-Ellsworth, ME 
7.30- Scarborough, Maine
7.29 Sunday-Sts. Anne and Patrick Catholic Church
7.27- Sturbridge Village
7.22- from Elmira NY to E. Greenbush, NY to Sturbridge, MA
21st- from Jefferson, OH to Elmira, NY
7.20-Friday- Hubbard House Underground RR Museum
7.19- Jefferson, OH 
7.18 Wednesday -last full day at Twin Mills
7.16 Monday- King Dragon Buffet
7.14-Saturday
7.13-Friday
7.12 Thur.- Miss Ann invited us out to dinner this evening,
7.9 and 10 Tuesday:
7.8 Sunday: Cook-out
7.7 Bear Cave in Buchanan, Michigan.
7.6 Friday: Reagan Home
7.3 Mom’s Passing
7.4 Happy July 4th..Cedar Rapids-MacDougall’s
7.2-Yogi Bear RV Park in Amboy, IL.

8.27 Monday –
8.26..Plans change.
8.23 Thursday:
8.22:-arrived at Alpine Lake RV Resort
8.2-Trip to Cornish, NY
8.19 Sunday-Mary Ann’s and gave her a steak dinner
8.18 Saturday-St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
8.15-Prouty Beach & Campground
8.16 Thursday..field trip to Littleton, NH
8.14-Webb RV Dealership
8.7 Tuesday-revisit Southwest Harbor -Beal’s Restaurant
8.9-Where are we going after September 12
8.10 Friday-Thunder Hole and Wildwood Stables
8.5 Sunday-Carla’s Birthday…
8.4-Sat-St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth, ME
8.2 Thursday:eat at Beal’s Lobster Pier & Cadilac Mtn
8.1 Wednesday: Nervous Nellie’s and Stonecutters Kitchen

9.30 Sunday- Leaving Woodstock, VA
9.29-Sat. Leaving Hershey, boondocking and Chinese
9.28 Friday-Saving Mr. Banks and Kavanagh
9.26 Wednesday-ongoing saga on Kavanagh
9.24-Bushkill experience
9.23- Sunday-Freedom Tower
9.22 Saturday- St. John Catholic Church
9.21 Friday-Onion Soup Day
9.20-Thurs.-Newfoundland
9.19- Wed. A potential miracle!
9.18-to E Stroudsburg, PA
9.17 Monday Leaving Rondout Valley
9.15-Mass in a country church
9.14-FDR Estate
9.12 -Wed.-things can change on a dime at times!
9.7- Friday… Finding Miss Odette
9.6-St. Joseph Catholic Church
9.3- Monday. Alpine Lake in Corinth, NY.
9.2-Labor Day -spending our morning watching 3 families
9.1-Meghan McCain took Trumpblicans to the wood shed

10.31-Anniversary of my cancer operation
10.30-Arrive at Rose Bay in Port Orange,FL
10.29 Monday-Travel day to Kingsland, GA
10.27 Saturday-Travel to The Oaks in Yemassee, SC
10.25 Thursday- Rain!
10.24-Wednesday-Four field trips scheduled.
10.23- Tuesday-dinner with Ann Cunningham at Applebee’s.
10.22- Monday-Travel day to Carolina Landing in Fair Play, SC.
10.21 Sunday-Carolina Landing in Fair Play, SC
10.20 Sat-t Margaret of  Scotland and call from family.
10.18- Very chilly night, last night, about 40 degrees.
10.17.18-Ice Cream in Maggie Valley.
10.12-Friday-Hurricane Michael is gone.
10.9 Hurricane Michael cometh! Childless Vineyards.
10.8 Monday- Carla and I take a walk.
10.7- Sunday-Improving the blog  & journal appearances.
10.6-Abby’s birthday
10.5 Friday- Our last day at Lynchburg RVP
10.2-Tuesday- Appomattox National Historic Park

11.30.18 George H. W. Bush dies
11.30 Friday- Finally settled in a campground
11.27-Waiting in the waiting room at Alliance.
11.25 Sunday Travel to Alliance RV
11.24-Visit with Dennis for early Christmas and Mass
11.23 Friday- Deck the halls at Dennis’. ,
11.22 Happy Thanksgiving Day   
11.21- Wednesday-Today will be another watch grass grow day.
11.20.18 Tuesday-Travel to Pompano, FL
11.19 Monday- Just another day, watching grass grow.
11.18 Sunday-visit Dennis in Boca Raton, FL.
11.17 Saturday- Quiet day; just church, pizza and beer.
11.16-Friday-Hot Dog Day at the campground
11.15- Lunch with Abby and Michael at Dixie Crossroads
11.15.18 Sunshine Travel RV Park, Vero Beach,FL
11.10 Travel Schedule updated for 2019
11.10 Of course this is Saturday. 
11.09 Friday-Breakfast and Christmas with Mary Ann.
11.08 Thursday-Another nothing day.
11.07 Day after voting day.
11.06 VOTING DAY
11.05 Monday-It’s your obligation to vote tomorrow.
11.04 Sunday- Pork dinner with Mary Ann at the coach.
11.03.18 Saturday – Saturday would mean Mass, pizza and beer
11.01.18-Thursday- All Saints Day and Ozzies’ Trike.
11.03.18 Three days left…the most important midterm election

12.30.2019 NEW YEARS EVE, EVE
12.29-MOVE TO A NEW SITE, SAME PARK
12.25.18-CHRISTMAS
12.24.18-CHRISTMAS EVE
12.23.18 RESERVATION CHANGE–CHRISTMAS EVE EVE
12.22.18-SATURDAY-NOW AT RIVERSIDE RVR, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL
12.21- FIRST DAY OF WINTER WITH VERY STRONG GUSTY WINDS
12.20.18 ANOTHER CAT IN THE HAT DAY-HEAVY SHOWERS LAST 2 DAYS
12.18.18- CHRISTMAS IS ONLY SEVEN DAYS FROM TODAY
12.17.18-NEW ENTRY IN THE “REFLECTIONS” SECTION.
12.14.18 FRIDAY- CALL FROM DWIGHT
12.12 WED. DECKING THE HALL
12.11.18 EXPANDING OR TRAVEL PLANS FOR 2019
12.10.18 MONDAY-CHRISTMAS LETTER DAY
12.08.18-TRAVEL TO ORLANDO RVP  
12.07.18 FRIDAY, ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK.
12.06.18 #41 IS LAID TO REST 
12.05.18 PRESIDENT GEORGE H R BUSH AT THE CATHEDRAL
12.03.18 PRESIDENT GEORGE H RBUSH AT THE CAPITAL ROTUNDA
12.02.18 SUNDAY SHOPPING AND TEXAS ROADHOUSE DINING
12.1.18-SATURDAY-GEORGE H.R. BUSH PASSED LAST NIGHT.


 

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To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Introducing this “pdf” version opens much faster and pictures will open at once. Once you DOUBLE CLICK the file will open at once.

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To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Introducing this “pdf” version opens much faster and pictures will open at once. Once you DOUBLE CLICK the file will open at once.

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To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Using the PDF version requires about a seven minute upload time depending on the speed of your server, which is an imposition on your part, and for that I apologize. First click on the link below then click on the file address. The file will open in seconds 

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To my readers.

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01-01-With the end of Journals, I have to consider using each blog for possibly multiple entries. Basically, I enjoyed the journals. They permitted me the option of  mundane notes to readers or just a quick insight into our comings and goings. 

01.02-Our objective this month is to plot out our destinations for 2020. Nothing concrete yet.

01.13-Monday-in Ft. Meyers. FL
We got an early start this morning in preparation for out trip to Golf Air RV Resort in Fort Meyers, FL. We were here no more than an hour when Carla made contact with Connie, a fellow RVer although part-time and family, to join us this later this afternoon. Our purpose for this trip here is to have the Diamond Shield removed from the front of the coach. We contacted him as well, but have not heard back from him yet. We were optimistic for satellite but that was not to be thanks to a tree intersecting the line of sight needed. The campground does offer cable but we haven’t figured it out yet. This might turn out to be a two-day stay for Carla and I to keep each other company.


01.13- Monday-PDF Blog, Travel and Connie
What a full day. In the morning we packed up and traveled to Ft. Meyers, FL. By mid-afternoon Connie and Sharon, family of Carla’s were visiting us in the coach and by evening I had finished transferring the 2019 blogs to PDF format.  The PDF format is so easy to read, but it does take a few seconds to DOWNLOAD. Currently PDF format is up and published for 2019 and 2018 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Diamond Shield is off and above are a before and after view of the project. I’ve waited almost seven-years for this day,but it was well worth the wait.

Christmas Letter for 2019



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Christmas 2019

12.25.2019-As in every Christmas Letter Carla, I and Scoots hope this letter will find you and your family in good health and spirit. Our tripping, this year, began right after New Year’s. Since then we’ve stayed in 28 new campgrounds, viewed 23 different states, traveled 8,000 miles, and enjoyed 283 delightful evenings. The families are all doing well. Cheryl and Paul continue working and bringing up their family of two little dogs. Mike and Chandra this year took on the responsibilities and joy of a 25-foot sailboat and are members of the local yacht club in Quincy; I still miss the feel of an ocean mist when out on the water! Richard and Christine, still in Naples, continue making improvements to their home; I can identify with that activity. Dennis is well and enjoys his new home in Boynton Beach, FL. We’ll be joining him in the middle of December to enjoy the annual Christmas Boat Parade. On Carla’s side the Ozdarski clan, like all of us, continue to get older. Mark and Jodi’s girls as well. One in grad school now and the other is a teacher. Karen continues working for an insurance company and we know she’s secretly counting down her days to retirement. Paul & Pat continue to enjoy their family, especially the grandchildren. Mary Ann, Carla’s sister, continues to appreciate her Florida and Vermont homes. Abby & Michael are working together at Sea Ray Boats. Last, but not least, Scoots is hopeful in shedding a pound or two this year.

Carla and I concentrated on Arizona, Utah and Oregon. There’s always something new to experience. In February Carla practiced feeding the local Piebald Deer while I stayed in the coach and took pictures. Then off to Benson and visited the OK Corral in Tombstone. Later we spent time visiting Paul and Cindy, our former Director. They are and always have been like family to us. The Grand Canyon was next and before this stay was over, we enjoyed at least four snow falls.  In April we were in Utah for six-weeks and viewed the Mormon Tabernacle, genealogy and if it was there, we saw and experienced it. In May was Oregon, which was supposed to be just a drive through. We finally left Oregon in August, three-months later. Really enjoyed OR. Between the Sisters Rodeo, Mount Hood, Mt Angel Abbey and so much more; it never ended. In August we experienced the winds and rains of a tornado a dozen or so miles North of us in Billings. We buried ourselves under our mattress expecting the worse and praying for a safe outcome.  In September it was Illinois and we viewed the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It would be great to try to list all the many locations and sights we’ve experienced but there are just too many. For the curious please go to our Web Site: www.paulandcarlatakethefifth.com/blog

As in almost all our escapades we visit Don and Joyce in Iowa. Real Family are those who open their home to you to share a meal or two (or more with plenty of corn) and spend time together with their family as though we’d never left. We are thankful they are part of our extended family…Awesome!

As with last year we look back in retrospect, we’re both so thankful to Him for each month He grants us. Our lives continue to be very happy and healthy.

Carla, I and Scoots wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas

and a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year

Carla: carlagrenier@aol.com or 407-461-3957-Paul: pjgrenier44@gmail.com or 407-461-3700

Mail forwarding address: 5753 Hwy 85N #1730 Crestview, FL 32536

 

Christmas with Mary Ann

 

 



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12.16.2019-Christmas with Mary Ann in Port Orange, FL

.One of the gifts we gave her was a Worley Gig. I did not realize it required assembly.

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. We never refuse a Texas Roadhouse gift certificate.

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. Above a napkin holder in the shape of a cow; glad those days are over for us. Below Mary Ann opens a gift for her cat Charlie. This is one of those as seen on TV but is sold everywhere. A mechanical device built to tease and frustrate any well behaved cat.

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. Mary Ann is a part-time Vermonter. She has a thing on Moose. I saw this in a thrift store. On the bottom it read “for store display only,” but it also had a price attached so the clerk rang it up for us.

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Above Scoots just does not understand why she has to wait another week for her Christmas gifts.

 

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Christmas w Abby and Michael


 
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12.15.2019-Abby and Michael visit for an early Christmas

This would be the second time in a week that we’ve cleaned the coach in preparation of family visiting us. The dust is gone, the twinkle lights are shining and we’ve begun hanging many of our travel novelties from the lights.

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It’s such a joy to have family, yes family, take time out of their busy lives and spend a few hours with the old folks. It’s so easy to watch our kids grow and develop into young adults, and before you know it, they’re on their own and have little need for those of us who have watched them grow and develop, and have seen them embark into their twenties. It’s still a thrill taking part in their youthful conversations.

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The meal Carla served was scrumptious. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a delightful melody of melon and berries and was served solely as an appetizer to the smiles and antics of our guests as they opened their gifts.

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Not having seen either of them in almost a year. Our concern was; have they changed? Luckily both Michael and Abby are now young adults with the youthfulness they possessed in their earlier years. Michael and Abby enjoy our key gift for this year; a copy of our travels in a 2020 calendar. 

Still studying the travel Calendar. Carla patiently goes into detail concerning the individual pictures. I can’t help but think that given a little time for them to get on their feet, they to may embrace the joys of traveling. I only hope they don’t wait until they are 67 like me, life is just to short.

The day is moving along so fast. Outside the temps are in the high 70’s and beckons us to leave the comfort of the coach inside and go outside and explore even another unanticipated gift for the kids. Years ago we were given a Manger for the Christmas season but this one was made up of tiny kitty caricatures. The younger folks can enjoy this much more than us. From the looks on their faces they enjoyed it.

 

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Just as the October blog resembled a Journal more than a blog, so to will this November Blog be likewise. Since it is not in the Journal section it will have pictures if applicable.

11.01.2019-All Souls Day.
I had great expectation for last night, Halloween,” but was let down. Not one trick or treater’s came to the door. Now were stock with all these Hershey w almonds candies. They have to be eaten someone has to step up and finish them off. So this describes how uneventful last night was. We awoke this morning to temps we were hoping for. Low seventies and no humidity…Awesome! Today will be a go to church day and we’ll be taking Mary Ann with us as well. Once again it’s an awesome day here in the Sunshine State.

11.10.2019-Sunday
Just another day. We’ve enjoyed visiting with Ann who is Wintering at this campground in her Park Model home. It’s a beautiful home and she loves it. We’ve experience a couple of hot humid days but, in general, the humidity has abided as well as the temps. Tomorrow, Monday, Veterans Day, we have a 7:30 apt at Lazydayz to have a few small repairs done to the coach. We also hope to check in with Eskapees and hopefully become a member of that organization as well. They have a program that give you residency rights in Florida, as well as, several other states. We will need this should the Tropic home close this month. Other than that nothing much is scheduled for the week. Carla has done some of her Dr. Appts. and mine are coming up soon.  

Yes, you’ve seen this church before. As much as I really don’t care for Florida, walking into this church after a one-year abstinence felt like coming home again. The church, Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, FL is simply awesome. Every weekend it brings in over five-thousand parishioners and take in more money than the average middle class family with two working takes in annually. They deserve it though. They cater to every need of the parish, from food to the type of music it likes to hear during services. Every weekend it takes over twenty-five lay people, 2-3 priests, Deacons, many alter adult alter servers and a host of young alter servers. Most hymns are from the hymn books but they are partial to the more popular chants. The parish appreciates it, as they all participate in the service. Virtually each Mass has standing room only. Beginning next weekend they will be offering an additional two Masses in addition to the five they currently offer. It’s an awesome parish. If I was a Pastor of a struggling Church I would attend the Masses and take notes. The folks here have a winning formula, and they know it.

11.14.2019-We relax and continue watching the Impeachment telecast
We don’t really have many things to do on our to-do list but a vacuum for Carla and possibly a new Sunday missal. We found Carla’s vac at the Wildwood Vac and Sew store. For myself we tripped to St. Timothy CC in Lady Lakes, FL to check out their Gift Shop. I was looking for another annual St. Joseph weekly missal but settled for a forever St. Joe Missal. Not exactly what I was looking for. 

Then we did a little shopping at Walmart. We did Sam’s as well, going in for lunch, but ended up dropping over $100. We waste nothing, if we buy it, it will get used or eaten. It just continues to concern me how easy it is to spend one- hundred dollars.

11.23.2019-Saturday
Not exactly like watching grass grow but we did spend quite a bit of time watching the Impeachment inquiries on television. It’s so hard to believe that we impeached Nixon for a botched break-in and Clinton for having an affair and now we have Trump with more affairs than you can count, more obstruction of Congress than you can list not to mention he an habitual liar. I’m OK, just had to get that off my chest! Other than that I did get the coach washed on Friday in preparation for our leaving on Tuesday morning. Today I finished the job by doing the Windows. Carla busied herself with vacuuming, her new hobby, and washing the inside of the windows.

Today being Saturday night it’s Mass, pizza and movie. Our church in Wildwood is St. Vincent de Paul, a church and Parrish that knows how to relate to its parishioners. This church is packed, standing room only, at every Mass. Over five-thousand attend every weekend. The 4pm Sat. vigil Mass is the heaviest attended. Average weekly donations come in at over fifty-thousand dollars, not bad. Their adding on a multi-million addition to the church and ne other building to handle the growth in this parish. Tonight Carla chose “There’s Something About Mary”, a movie everyone saw about twenty years ago, us also. It was very enjoyable watching it again. Nothing planned for Sunday. Will, most likely empty the holding tanks and pack up the coach making it ready to travel on Tuesday morning. This is a tough time of the year, no field trips or anything else to talk about.

 

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10.23.2019- The Miracle of the missing Rosary Beads

To be technical this incident was both a minor miracle and a “sign.” To me, however, it felt like a miracle.

This story actually began yesterday, Tuesday Oct 22, 2019. Yesterday, as many families do, Carla and I will say the Rosary, usually between 12 and 3pm. No, the time has no significance. By this time we’re finally dressed, breakfast and lunch are out of the way and dishes have been washed. That Tuesday would be no different than many other day up to about 9PM that evening. After saying our Rosary, Carla will always keep hers on the desk by her lazy-boy chair.

I don’t have that luxury so I always bring mine back to our bedroom and place them on my work jeans by my bed. It’s a very small ledge that can only support the books I’m reading and my work jeans if folded into thirds so they won’t fall to the floor. So my Rosary should not accidentally fall to the floor I usually gently make a depression in these jeans and place my beads in this small pocket depression. Yesterday I did just that. Around 9:45, just before the Rachel Maddow Show ended we got ready for bed. I noticed my beads were not in the indentation I made earlier. Actually the indentation was not there either. I began looking for them to be assisted by Carla after I’d searched for about 15 minutes. I’ve been known to look for something and not thoroughly check the area that well. Both of us continued the search for almost thirty minutes, even using those little four-inch LED Flashlights, since lighting in a coach is not that intense. That night we finally gave up and we went to bed discouraged for not finding a very noticeable item in the limited living area the coach provides.

Since Sunday last I’ve been obsessing over a very heavy idea and was just asking, who else but Bishop Sheen, for a sign as to whether it would be OK for me to procrastinate possibly several years before looking into this idea. Hoping for a positive answer I left it to him to give me some type of sign that might indicate approval. NO! I was not expecting a burning bush even a vision, but I told him I would hopefully recognize it should something take place.

Getting back to the original story. We decided to leave for Yemassee today, the 23rd Wed., in place of doing the entire 280 mile trip on Thursday. This would give us a 150-mile trip today and a 130-mile trip on Thursday; the kind of trips I relish. To prepare for the trip some preparations must take place so that nothing will break since our home has the luxury of being in motion unlike a real house. The refrigerator has braces that go up to keep the food items inside in place from moving to much, small items on the desk and countertops are already on non-skid materials and other items like books, computers and shoes get thrown on the bed for safe keeping. Some of those items include the items on my bed-shelf; books, jeans and Rosary. This morning the shelf held only three books and one pair of old work jeans, so on the bed they went because anything would fly of this small shelf even if placed on non-skid material. Once again, the Rosary was nowhere to be found. I even went so far as to take my old jeans and stretch them out and re-fold them, to no avail. The shelf was bare. Even on the floor around the shelf and around the bed area, no beads. Once again the coach bounces around quite a bit, especially leaving a campground, so anything, especially and plastic and metal Rosary would surely hit the floor even as we just departed from our camp site. Campgrounds roadways are bumpy and contain many gravel depressions.

We arrived at our overnight destination, a Cracker Barrel in Columbia, South Carolina around 3:30 after being on the road since noon. We were both hungry so after parking the coach parallel to the outside perimeter curb, we extended the passenger side slide to have easier access to the bedroom.

We were just about to depart the coach to grab lunch when I noticed, sitting by itself, on the ledge with no barriers to keep them from falling on the floor and no non-skid material to keep them in  place, did we see the Rosary beads. Anything on this shelf would have hit the floor within seconds of our starting the coach and departing our site. The trail from our site to the county road was about two-miles long and had many deep curves and angles to mandate that anything on this 8×16 inch shelf should never be sitting there awaiting to be found. There is just NO-WAY this item could have been there over the course of this trip.

The two pictures I’ve provided are, of course, staged. I had no idea this scenario was about to take place. As you can see in the picture just above, the beads or on the spot that was occupied by 4-5 books I’d been reading. This is the shelf that we made bare prior to beginning of trip  to Columbia, SC. This shelf, even though it hasn’t been polished in months is as slippery as glass. Even the slightest turn by the coach would have sent the beads flying to the floor, yet we found them in that was made bare only four hours ago. 

I feel satisfied that my query to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was answered.

I have nothing else to add to this documentation.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Miracle of the missing Rosary


 

10.23.2019-

The Miracle of the missing Rosary Beads

To be technical this incident was both a minor miracle and a “sign.” To me, however, it felt like a miracle.

This story actually began yesterday, Tuesday Oct 22, 2019. Yesterday, as many families do, Carla and I will say the Rosary, usually between 12 and 3pm. No, the time has no significance. By this time we’re finally dressed, breakfast and lunch are out of the way and dishes have been washed. That Tuesday would be no different than many other day up to about 9PM that evening. After saying our Rosary, Carla will always keep hers on the desk by her lazy-boy chair.

I don’t have that luxury so I always bring mine back to our bedroom and place them on my work jeans by my bed. It’s a very small ledge that can only support the books I’m reading and my work jeans if folded into thirds so they won’t fall to the floor. So my Rosary should not accidentally fall to the floor I usually gently make a depression in these jeans and place my beads in this small pocket depression. Yesterday I did just that. Around 9:45, just before the Rachel Maddow Show ended we got ready for bed. I noticed my beads were not in the indentation I made earlier. Actually the indentation was not there either. I began looking for them to be assisted by Carla after I’d searched for about 15 minutes. I’ve been known to look for something and not thoroughly check the area that well. Both of us continued the search for almost thirty minutes, even using those little four-inch LED Flashlights, since lighting in a coach is not that intense. That night we finally gave up and we went to bed discouraged for not finding a very noticeable item in the limited living area the coach provides.

Since Sunday last I’ve been obsessing over a very heavy idea and was just asking, who else but Bishop Sheen, for a sign as to whether it would be OK for me to procrastinate possibly several years before looking into this idea. Hoping for a positive answer I left it to him to give me some type of sign that might indicate approval. NO! I was not expecting a burning bush even a vision, but I told him I would hopefully recognize it should something take place.

Getting back to the original story. We decided to leave for Yemassee today, the 23rd Wed., in place of doing the entire 280 mile trip on Thursday. This would give us a 150-mile trip today and a 130-mile trip on Thursday; the kind of trips I relish. To prepare for the trip some preparations must take place so that nothing will break since our home has the luxury of being in motion unlike a real house. The refrigerator has braces that go up to keep the food items inside in place from moving to much, small items on the desk and countertops are already on non-skid materials and other items like books, computers and shoes get thrown on the bed for safe keeping. Some of those items include the items on my bed-shelf; books, jeans and Rosary. This morning the shelf held only three books and one pair of old work jeans, so on the bed they went because anything would fly of this small shelf even if placed on non-skid material. Once again, the Rosary was nowhere to be found. I even went so far as to take my old jeans and stretch them out and re-fold them, to no avail. The shelf was bare. Even on the floor around the shelf and around the bed area, no beads. Once again the coach bounces around quite a bit, especially leaving a campground, so anything, especially and plastic and metal Rosary would surely hit the floor even as we just departed from our camp site. Campgrounds roadways are bumpy and contain many gravel depressions.

We arrived at our overnight destination, a Cracker Barrel in Columbia, South Carolina around 3:30 after being on the road since noon. We were both hungry so after parking the coach parallel to the outside perimeter curb, we extended the passenger side slide to have easier access to the bedroom.

We were just about to depart the coach to grab lunch when I noticed, sitting by itself, on the ledge with no barriers to keep them from falling on the floor and no non-skid material to keep them in place, did we see the Rosary beads. Anything on this shelf would have hit the floor within seconds of our starting the coach and departing our site. The trail from our site to the county road was about two-miles long and had many deep curves and angles to mandate that anything on this 8×16 inch shelf should never be sitting there awaiting to be found. There is just NO-WAY this item could have been there over the course of this trip.

The two pictures I’ve provided are, of course, staged. I had no idea this scenario was about to take place. As you can see in the picture just above, the beads or on the spot that was occupied by 4-5 books I’d been reading. This is the shelf that we made bare prior to beginning of trip to Columbia, SC. This shelf, even though it hasn’t been polished in months is as slippery as glass. Even the slightest turn by the coach would have sent the beads flying to the floor, yet we found them in that was made bare only four hours ago.

I feel satisfied that my query to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was answered.

I have nothing else to add to this documentation.

Fourth of July Eve*


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7.03.2019

I know the importance of this great day, it’s the 4th of July eve. It’s also the fourth anniversary of my mom’s passing. After four years it should only be a foot note in this journal, but I haven’t gotten there yet. As everyone knows only one person can be the driver of a car and there’s only one captain of a ship, in my mother’s case the responsibilities of her care and well-being fell on the shoulders of my brother Dennis. I know that Carla and I could have stopped gallivanting around the country and tried to help him and her but that would have been too many cooks in the kitchen. Dennis was the person, due to his proximity to where they both lived, to devote himself to her care, along with her caregivers. For that I will always be most appreciative for. On a relevant note I may be the only one, but I still wish to have had another hour with her, and for that matter, my father as well. Another hour to share tea and toast in the morning or just a chat on the porch. An hour to thank them and, most importantly, apologize for my shortcomings and ask for forgiveness. But as life would have it, we always feel there’ll be time the next time I visit.

Why this train of thought; just a word to any of my readers to take time, once or twice a year, and touch base with someone close to you. Don’t let time rob you of the luxury of mending a fence or two. It doesn’t have to be a parent, per se. We all have someone we’ve let slip though the cracks, someone we used to be close to and even someone you might have had a difference of opinion with. Don’t procrastinate, pick up the phone, or better still, pick up a pen and touch base the old-fashioned way; snail mail, and for heaven’s sake, don’t e-mail or text. If this personal dissertation reaches only one person to re-connect with someone in their past, then this posting has served its purpose. Mom and Dad, I Love you!

 

Tripping to Kanab, UT (pictorial)

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.19.2019-Tripping to Kanab, UT

We got up fairly early on this morning, don’t know why. The coach was already prepped and ready to go, so we took our time and enjoyed a simple breakfast and then by 9:30 we hit the road to Kanab. The picture below exemplifies the beauty of the road we were traveling, let alone the traffic density.

The views as you can see from the pictures above and below were just short of breathtaking.

Our sojourn east and a little north was completed in a little over ninety minutes.

 

 

Above is the view we have from our coach. Yes, for a change we got a corner lot. It’s not really a big deal but it is nice to have the extra real estate. The site was an easy putt-thru but we did have a problem with our surge-protector on this site. The campground has relatively new owners and they’re redoing quite a bit of it. Our surge-protector was telling us the source was not grounded, the manager showed us that it was. Then he realized that the junction box itself was not grounded.  About a half hour later we were enjoying MSNBC for the first time in two weeks. 

“Everything we were, we carry with us.

Everything we will be, is calling to us,

from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

 

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

April 28, 2019

This is me climbing into the pulpit once again.
My blog/My option.
Read only if you’re looking for
a better chance for salvation.

This text is taken from the St. George Catholic Church letter in St. George, UT.
In a very short and concise manor Fr. Picos has done a great job
in telling the story of Divine Mercy Sunday.

 

Jesus spoke to St. Maria Faustina and said, my daughter, speak to the world of my inexhaustible mercy. I desire that this feast be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners. The very debts of my mercy will be opened that day. I will poor out a sea of graces upon those souls that will approach me on this day.

A great gift from Jesus to you.

According to this great promise, Jesus is offering all souls a  chance for a new “Baptism” each year, giving everyone an opportunity to “wipe the soul clean.” If a soul taking advantage of this great gift in all sincerity and with proper contrition was to die after receiving Holy Communion, on the Feast of Mercy and before committing another sin, they would go immediately to heaven, without any time in Purgatory – regardless of past life.

The remarkable grace of the Feast of Mercy is also very much akin to the grace of Baptism.  The Sacramental grace of Baptism received by an adult is not only the removal of original sin but is also the forgiveness of all personal sins and any punishment due to them, so the soul cleansed on the Feast of Mercy is like the soul of one newly baptized in the promises mentioned, however, Christ joined the forgiveness of all sins and punishment to the Holy Communion received on the Feast of Mercy.

In other words so far as that matter is concerned He raised it (the Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy) to the rank of a “second Baptism.”

To fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy it should be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. This Novena begins on Good Friday, for 2019 it’s on April 19th.

The Feast should be preceded by a novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy beginning on Good Friday.  (Leaflets are available in churches). For the computer astute individuals you may goto:

Click here togo to the Divine Mercy Novena online

Most churches have a special Divine Mercy Mass scheduled for the Sunday after Easter, check or call the local parish church for more information.

Confession and Communion on that day (Mercy Sunday). Confession should be as close as possible to the Feast.

An Act of Mercy should take place, such as

Merciful Word- such as Forgiving and comforting.

Merciful Prayer- Prayers of Mercy for someone.

Merciful Deed- Any of the Corporal works of mercy (see below).

1. To feed the hungry;

2. to give drink to the thirsty;

3. to clothe the naked;

4. to harbor the homeless;

5. to visit the sick;

6. to visit the imprisoned;

7. to bury the dead.


“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

Travel to Cottonwood, AZ

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.04.2019-TRAVELING TO COTTONWOOD, AZ

 

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Our trip to Cottonwood, AZ was as usual, uneventful. The road, US 40 and US 17 were excellent. The item that impressed us the most was the extreme detail Arizona goes through to make they’re overpasses so esthetically pleasing. Some, I would dare say, were close to works of art.

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Our goal is to reach Verde Valley RVP. We don’t anticipate any challenges on that.

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Once again , love these sunsets.

 

Taken from the Journal of the day:

Carla and I began this sojourn six years ago. Our primary purpose was, as we’ve told all, to see America. Our secondary purpose was to find a location that offered 3 and one-half seasons. This has been a very elusive location. Cottonwood, AZ has met or surpassed almost all our objectives. They do get heat, but little humidity. It does snow but only occasionally and it goes away quickly. It does have cooler temperatures but not cold. It does rain, but only occasionally. Verde Valley RVR is not the nicest, nor is it one of the biggest. It is growing and growing nicely. It offers everything we’d wanted except for Wi-Fi in the location we currently have. The church, Immaculate Conception RCC was a very strong selling point. Between the pastor and a couple of the parishioners they sure made us feel at home. Our friends Tom and Sue are over 200 miles away but Cindy and Family are about one-hour from here. On the long side would be our dear friends in Iowa, Don and Joyce. Cedar Rapids is 1200 miles from here, closer than from Florida. Boynton Beach, where Dennis lives, is also 1200 miles away. JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT……FOR US!.

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We will also experience Immaculate Conception C Church, which we will grow to like very much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us,  
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Queen Mine Tour

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground X 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground X 14 nights

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3.03.2019-Queen Mine Tour
The Queen Mine is located in Bisbee, AZ. The day, as nice as it would have been on its own, was made even nicer by having Tom and Sue join us on this venture.

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History of the Mine
Bisbee’s Queen Mine was one of the richest copper mines in history. The mine opened in 1877 and eventually closed when Phelps Dodge discontinued mining operations in Bisbee in the mid-1970’s. The Queen Mine opened once again as a tour for visitors in 1976, nearly 100 years after the mine originally opened.

Tourism

Today approximately 50,000 people a year visit the Queen Mine Tour to commemorate Bisbee’s prosperous mining heritage and experience what it was like working underground where temperatures are 47 degrees year-round.

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Visit the Mine

To take the tour, enter the changing house, pick up your mine token, and get outfitted with your slicker, helmet and miner’s headlamp. Board the mine train and descend into the mine. Tours are conducted by miners who worked in the mines and tell their own stories from personal experiences.

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915 S.Tovreaville Road 
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: 520-432-6000
information@bisbeeaz.gov

 

I did take some pictures in the mine itself, but the lighting wasn’t sufficient enough to give a decent picture. Ur tour guide was an actual miner back when the mine was open, which gave way for many short stories about life working in a mine.

 

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This was a mockup of how a mine would be worked. Many of the workers, even our guide, was responsible for growing the mine and building the support structures to insure safety.

 

 

 

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Carla was really ready to go digging. 

Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Travel Lakeville, TX to Benson, AZ

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This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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02.15.2019 Lakeville to Fort Stockton, TX
We got a very early start on this trip, about 320 miles.

Yes, this is a Camel farm or habitat area. I’m not sure what you would raise camels for.

So many beautiful vistas we got to enjoy on this long sojourn.

In the rest area in Fort Stockton trip where Carla started a conversation with an older gentleman traveling with wife#2, and three Huskies and a black pup, traveling in a van. This gentleman gave Carla some very good tips for our trip forward. A Mesa (below) is a raised parcel of land that has a very flat top. A butte (above) is a pyramid shaped hilly area that comes to a point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also experienced a massive amount of wind turbines, I mean hundreds of them.  We ended the day watching the video Hunter Killer, a flick we recommend.

02.16.2009 -Fort Stockton to El Paso, TX-Sat
On the western side of Fort Stockton on our way to El Paso we came across another Rest Stop area that really deserved talking about, more info in the blog.

Today we continue with day two of our trip to Benson, AZ. The roads to El Paso may not be I-95 type but more than adequate for the traffic on these roads. The 16-wheeler trucks still give me concern when they’re passing us. Once again Texas will impress us with another distinguishing
rest area.

  

Above is another example of how El Paso keeps its highways very clean cut, especially in the road signs and the arched pole holding them. We are continually warned about what and how to handle a sand storm. Between route info on the pavement ad signs, it’s hard t make any mistakes.

The  road infrastructure in this city is awesome.

Every fence of every overpass is different and distinctive; works of art.This day being Saturday Mass was on the schedule.

   

We were fortunate to experience the St. Patrick Cathedral. After Mass we treated ourselves to a steak and ham meal at Crocker Barrel.

02.17.2019- El Paso to Deming,NM
Traveling to Deming we came across another great rest area, the Pecos County Safety Rest Area. This venue was so nice going to try to make a simple blog on this location; they even have a actual footprint of a T- Rex sometime in the past. With Cracker Barrel only a short we could not pass up a good breakfast. Just like last night the weather was cold, about 32 with a strong wind. We rounded off the day with the movie Speed Kills with our Saturday night pizza twenty-four late but very good.


This rest stop area gave the history of this part of the country.

Wind turbines seems to be a second industry here. These turbine blades seem much smaller than the ones we experienced in Vermont. Below is the sign we’ve been looking for.

The cattle industry is huge here. For the next 15 miles venues like this, on both sides of the road, never stop appearing. I’m talking about thousands of head of cattle. Below another overpass decked out in beautiful environmentally friendly and minimal maintenance stone landscaping. Florida should take their lead. 

Another highway art piece. The Roadrunner appears to be the New Mexican Mascot, not sure though.

Ahhhh! Only a few mere miles to go.

02.18.2019- Deming to Benson, AZ
Yesterday when we arrived in Benson our driver’s side slide got stuck in the half-in/half-out position. Wayne came in and added hydraulic fluid and all is well. We’ve made an appointment with Lazydayz on April 4tht to have them look and see if the hydraulic line needs repair or replacing.

Another fine rest stop. Each rest area is beautiful, clean with covered outdoor eating areas. Not to mention a work of art o their own. Below a centennial marker from only a few years ago for Arizona.

As with New Mexico, Arizona also takes pride in their highways. The fence work depicting cattle crossing is unique. The natural landscape of the area is equally eye pleasing.  Below has nothing to do with Arizona, it’s a Casita trailer. Only a few days ago we met and spoke to an older lady who RVs  eight months of the year in her Casita. For so small it has it all, besides being very light weight for towing.

We finally make it to Valley Vista, in Arizona, or are we in Wisconsin? Second day here we woke up to two inches of snow and very cold temperatures. 

 

 

 


“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us,  
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

St. Jude, dog lost, dog found.


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This month’s Travel Plans:
Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Feb. 1st Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Mar. 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight

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St. Jude, dog lost, dog found.

2.14.2019- VALENTINE’S DAY
Last night, just before bed, Carla and I were talking and she mentioned that the couple who’s dog got lose and ran away from them had returned home on its own. I’m still not really an animal lover but we do get attached to our pets. Last week, when the incident happened, the parents of the runaway dog approached us to keep our eyes peeled just in case  we might spot the animal, that was about a week ago. For people like us and them if we we’re living a normal lifestyle, we could just say, not to worry he’ll come back some day, but we’re transients. Almost all of us must pick up and leave,  then all you can hope for is a phone call some time in the future.

Those who know me know I have infinite faith in St. Jude, as he’s been there for me on numerous occasions, when I felt all hope was gone, imploring his help ALWAYS brought a positive result. Feeling bad for these folks with the lost dog I began the 9-day novena to St. Jude in hopes he might resolve this situation, that was two nights ago and the dog had been missing for 5-6 days. The day Carla mentioned that the dog had returned home was day two of the novena. I have beseeched St. Jude’s assistance so many times over the course of my life I’ve lost count. Would the dog have come home on its own, maybe-may be not. The anguish these folks were feeling was terrible. The positive result was all that matters.

For those not familiar with the novena I will print it out FYI.

O Holy St Jude!
Apostle and Martyr,
great in virtue and rich in miracles,
near kinsman of Jesus Christ,
faithful intercessor for all who invoke you,
special patron in time of need;
to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart,
and humbly beg you,
to whom God has given such great power,
to come to my assistance;
help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition.

(this is where you present your petition for this novena)

I will never forget thy graces and favors you obtain for me
and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to you. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid.
(Say 3 Our Father’s, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.)

This novena has never failed me, except once, but that’s another long story, my petition was answered, not so much as what I was requesting, but for what was what I really needed. The novena, from what I’ve been told, will always be answered if your petition is for what is right and good for you. Don’t even think of asking to be a lottery winner, that request won’t even get a hearing. And do not expect answers right away, Jude is not FedEx. On at least two occasions my petitions were answered months after the novena was finished.,

I will now get off and away from my pulpit, but it is my blog, so items of interest to me will most likely always find a spot for me to rant on about as I have today. 

 

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, 
is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

Dennis’ Boynton Beach Condo

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This month’s Travel Plans:
2. Jan. 14th Lake City, FL – Overnight (147m)
3. Jan. 15th Marianna, FL Overnight (169m)
4. Jan. 16th Robertsdale, AL – Wilderness RVP (RPI) x 4 days (165m)
5. Jan. 18th Hammond, LA Overnight (183m)
6. Jan. 19th Lafayette, LA Overnight
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX staying at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP for 12 days.

01.06.19-Visit to Dennis’ Boynton Beach Condo
Today we visited Dennis’ Boynton Beach Condo. So we got on the road at 7:30 and did not get home that evening till about 5pm, with 30 minutes for a McDonald’s lunch and then spending about 45 minutes with Dennis at the condo.View from the back of his condo.


Above is his kitchen. Marble counter tops, about 2.5 inches thick; awesome! Even the back splash is covered top to bottom with marble.


The condo is not as big as what he has right now but this is plenty big enough for him. It  has two bedrooms. The master actually looks out onto the Intracostal Waterway.

Pictures up and down are the views from his balcony looking North and South at the Waterway.


The most awesome part of this condo is its location. All serious boats and yachts must stop and wait for the bridge to open making it a great visual
experience for Dennis.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you’ll agree Dennis is really going to enjoy his new lifestyle. I might be wrong but I’m certain his caregiver, Camille, will enjoy the location as well.

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

Rain and more rain a coming!

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12.20.18 ANOTHER CAT IN THE HAT DAY-HEAVY SHOWERS LAST 2 DAYS
Just like everyone else on the east coast, we’re stuck inside as it pours outside. Half hour ago we were in a “tornado watch window”, that wasn’t to reassuring. The Window is scheduled to last for another two hours, so if I don’t finish this entry; well, that will be that! Since we have to rely on satellite and satellite relies on clear skies, television is possible but not very enjoyable. Nice thing about MSNBC they’ll repeat their “breaking news” every two hours so what you miss at 10am you’ll catch at noon. Today we’ve opted to listen to Christmas Carols, a very nice change. We just finished listening to some Perry Como oldies. I know, you younger readers are asking Perry Who? (Google it!) Only five days till Christmas, can that even be possible? Once again it will be jacks up come this Saturday morning. We’ll be traveling to Arcadia, FL staying at the Riverside RV Resort. Our stay in Clermont has been relaxing and beneficial, with so many retailers close by. A week ago I had all my shopping done, since then I’ve returned just about everything and opted for other choices. Our Christmas’, thanks to our lifestyle are simple, to say the least. Many of our gift choice are mostly one level above stocking stuffers, but are very humorous. This all relates to that saying: “Happiness is to have everything…” you know how it goes.

“Everything,we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

Boston Market Rib Eye Dinner

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  not the NEED to have EVERYTHING.

Picture is courtesy of Boston Market:

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Above is what Boston Market says you will receive, below is what you actually get. Much thinner than is seen in the above picture. It’s not to say it lacked excellent taste, because it did, it’s just that you will get a much thinner piece of meat. We got the same thickness, or lack of thickness, in all four meals. Four $15.99 size is everything.

 

Mary Ann’s (Ozzie) new toy…Trike

11.01.18 Mary Ann’s new toy
After Mass we went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I was a little leery about the menu but my meal was excellent. When we got back to Mary Ann’s she told us of her new toy; an electric trike. We both fell in love with it.
She loves it and so did we. Both Carla and I had the opportunity to test it out. Reluctantly after a good ride I did bring it back to her. This is not a toy, it can reach speeds of up to fifteen miles per hour. On top of that, in Port Orange, she can use it both on the  roads and on the sidewalk. I would not take it on I-95 however.

Chattooga Distillery

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10.24 Wednesday-
This trip will ultimately bring us to three separate venues.
We were just casually driving on our way to the next waterfall when this sign jumped out at us. I mean, could you just drive by without checking out some “Moonshine?” The first of the three venues was this typical general store. It sold everything from grass seed to liquors.

We were there only a few minutes when the storekeeper told us of their other location was bigger and had a better selection; so off we went.

Just up the road from the country store was this very symbolic western town. It wasn’t just a façade, all the storefronts were occupied. Some of the units had, sheriff, barber shop, ammunition and a restaurant/B&B. Below, I’m not sure. A little to small for a “tiny home!”  I’ll let you contemplate other options.
 
The views from this part of the world are awesome! We’re up high enough so we can see for miles. Below is the second venue.


This property is years of creative building and plantings. Above is a silo with an herb garden in the forefront. Rows and rows of grape vines, not to mention other plantings.  This is the area in the back of this building. Mostly used for large group meetings and weddings.

The storekeeper back in the original location was right. Much more stuff to look over and purchase. Jams and liquors are very noticeable. Yes, we did not leave empty handed.

Below is another gathering area, smaller than the outside area. The fireplace was awesome.


The views are as awesome as the plantings around the property.

Our third and last venue in this area was just up the road, where else, was a distillery. Ben was the barkeep. The storekeeper gave us his name.  I have a feeling this is one very bi family operation, I might be wrong, but I feels like it. More vineyards below.


Last time we saw Llamas was n a farm in Maggie Valley. What is it about Llamas?


Our last look of mama Llama. It’s time to leave. Off to our final destination which would be “just down the road.” For more information on this venue: goto: Chattooga Belle Farm

Issaqueena Falls, Walhalla SC

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The road to this location was very relaxing and would be awesome if we were more timely with the foliage.

The couple in this RV were from Lake Placid, FL. Lake Placid is known as the Mural City. They were not full-timers but did spend a good part of the year traveling. I did a blog on Lake Placid about three years ago.
The Legend] of Issaqueena
Many versions of the story of Issaqueena exist. One such tale tells us Issaqueena was a Cherokee girl who fell in love with an Oconee Brave, while another regales the story of a young girl named Issaqueena who was captured by the Cherokee and given the name Cateechee.

“Cateechee” then met and fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. Yet another variant has Issaqueena falling in love with a white silversmith named David Francis.

This is a covered bridge that spans the stream leading to the falls. This is a very small narrow stream. How it manages to transform itself to such a beautiful waterfall baffles me. Early on we begin seeing the beginnings of the falls not to mention the beautiful sounds of water falling freely

As you walk through the covered bridge to the other side you come to an observation area looking down to the stream and looking out over the hills.

Regardless of who Issaqueena fell in love with, the numerous adaptations all end roughly the same way.
Issaqueena overhears her tribesmen planning a surprise attack and sets out ahead of the braves to warn her lover — naming the local landmarks of Mile Creek, Six Mile, Twelve Mile, Eighteen Mile, Three and Twenty, Six and Twenty, and finally Ninety Six along the way. The towns of Six Mile, Ninety Six and the creeks still exist.

She then marries Allan/David/Oconee brave and starts a family. The family then builds (depending on the story) either a “stumphouse” home or a home on Stumphouse Mountain, just north of what is now Walhalla. Her tribesmen, still seeking revenge for their spoiled attack plan, finally track down Issaqueena and chase her through the woods. She eludes her pursuers by leaping off a nearby waterfall.

The tribesmen, believing her to be dead, call off their chase and Issaqueena, who had actually landed on a ledge and hid out of sight behind the great wall of water, was able to return safely to her family and live happily ever after.

The rendition with the Oconee brave has them both throwing themselves over the falls rather then die at the hands of the Cherokee while the narrative with David Francis has the happy couple ending up in Alabama.
The Legend of Issaqueena is a prime example of local lore shaping an area but historians frequently disagree about how much (if any) truth is surrounding the story.

The trail to the falls is steep at times but not dangerous to most visitors. I, on the other hand have recently become a klutz at walking, and am slightly more cautious than most.

The downhill path Harkins the thoughts of having to walk this same path, next time, going all the way uphill.

For one, according to local author and Cherokee language historian John Currahee, the name “Issaqueena” is actually the transplanted Choctaw word “isi-okhina” meaning “deer creek.”

“(The legend) may have some vague factual basis but the Indian maiden’s name was not given until 1895 when she was called ‘Cateechee’ in an essay,” stated Currahee. “It was not until 1898 that Cateechee became Issaqueena in a poem, the duality explained by saying that Issaqueena was a Choctaw captured by the Cherokee and given the name Cateechee among the Cherokee.

“Both the poet and the essayist owned up to inventing the two names out of thin air, although the poet seemed to know that Issaqueena did come from the Choctaw language,” Currahee said.
The poem Currahee was referring to is the epic “Cateechee of Keowee” penned by J.W. Daniels in 1898.
No matter which — if any — version of the legend a person chooses to believe, the 100-foot waterfall itself is truly a fantastic sight for all and should not be missed.
Story credit – Easley Progress online

What it looks like from the top of the falls

Maggie Valley, town of

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 10.18.18- I write this blog on Maggie Valley with mixed feelings. Those who know me know that I have always had a very strong affection for Littleton, NH. Long story short, it will always be tops on my list. Next would, most likely be the New London, CT area. Not that we had lived in NL, but not that far away. Carla and I spent many weekends at Crocker’s Boatyard on our boat. Thirdly I had placed Maggie Valley in that spot.  It too has many memories, especially of our weekends spent in our cabin up there. We’ve been back tor or three times over the last five years,

but this time I’ve been having mixed feelings on this beautiful piece of America. As you can see from the pictures the valley is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains.


Back in the day of Cobbler’s Cabin we would drive nearly nine hours from Florida before we encountered this road sign. The only other welcome sight would be the cabin itself.  Always liked this shot of Cobbler’s Cabin.

Oh ! Above is Abby enjoying her first taste of snow.

Back to my mixed feelings. As you’ll see in some of the pictures to follow, Maggie Valley does not have an actual downtown, never realized that before. Waynesville, on the other hand has a very definitive downtown, but like MV is inundated with strip shopping centers. Not sure if I could keep myself busy if we were full-time residents of MV; especially in the winter months. Almost think I would have to be involved in a local business to make the time go by. Definitely not working for someone else, I don’t do well with that. Many log cabins like you see above dot the mountain sides. Best to see them in the evening with the glow of their lights and the sight of smoke coming from so many fireplaces.
Ingle’s above is to MV and NC as Publix is to Florida and Stop and Shop is to Mass. The store, inside, is so beautiful, almost makes it a destination. We still have difficulty in passing up an ice cream shop.  We’ve been in here before but never realized they serve “Blue Bell” ice cream and it was so good. Not only that, a steal at two sugar cones for $3.49.

Yesterday we ventured away from the coach, got our ice cream then decided to try to find a cabin we almost bought before Cobbler’s. It was a very narrow road which was, as with most mountain roadways, very steep.  I was just telling Carla, hope no one is coming down the mountain. Within ten seconds pops up a van. We slid over to the side  as far as we could and he likewise was way over on the right side. We passed by each other with inches to spare. This is not atypical. A four-wheel drive vehicle, for us, would have been more beneficial. As you might have suspected we sadly could not locate that log home.  On our way back down the mountain we came across a Llama farm; never thought I’d see that in MV. At the bottom of the mountain was a Christmas Tree Farm. Thousands of trees. Christmas trees are a big business in MV and NC in general.  

Abby’s Art Creations

10.18.18-This is Abby Pfister. NO! She’s not family, but there’s rarely a day that goes by I’m not concerned about her well being. Not a daughter but definitely a surrogate daughter. As I’ve mentioned in the past she’s been part of our lives since 20o5. Since graduating from HS she’s been working hard at developing her talent as an artist. Her artistic talent has grown exponentially over the last ten-years. I have provided a link to her art work and gallery.

goto: Abby Pfister, Art Gallery

Below are just a small portion of some of her works. If there’s something here you like or something you’d like to have her create for you should be able to contact her at:

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8.10 Friday : The following text is courtesy of National Park Service. (NPS texts in italics)
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Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, a skilled horseman, wanted to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island.

His construction efforts from 1913 to 1940 resulted in roads with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape. His love of road building ensured a state-of-the-art system.
Rockefeller’s interest in road building grew naturally from his father’s. John D. Rockefeller Sr., the founder of Standard Oil, had built and landscaped carriage roads on his Ohio and New York estates. From his father the junior Rockefeller learned many techniques that he applied to building his Mount Desert Island carriage roads.

The park maintains a herd of twenty-four horses of different breeds to pull the carriages.  The tourist trip to view bridges lasts about two hours then they are given a two hour respid. They never work three shifts.  About every twenty minutes the park employee, giving the tour, would stop in a shady treed area to allow the horses to rest a bit. Our trip included at least three steep climbs. At the top of each hill the tour guide would give the horses a breather from the climb.


An Integrated System
Rockefeller participated in the construction process. He walked areas staked out for road alignment and observed work in progress. He knew the laborers by name and used experts to design the bridges and engineer the roads. Throughout it all, he paid rapt attention to the most minute details, from the placement of coping stones to the cost of a running foot of road.


State-of-the-Art Roads
Acadia’s carriage roads are the best example of broken-stone roads—a type of road commonly used at the turn of the 20th century—in America today. They are true roads, approximately 16 feet wide, constructed with methods that required much hand labor.
The roads were engineered to contend with Maine’s wet weather. Stone culverts, wide ditches, three layers of rock, and a substantial six- to eight-inch crown ensured good drainage. Rather than flattening hillsides to accommodate the roads, breast walls and retaining walls were built to preserve the line of hillsides and save trees. Rockefeller, naturally gifted with the eye of a landscape architect, aligned the roads to follow the contours of the land and to take advantage of scenic views. He graded the roads so they were not too steep or too sharply curved for horse-drawn carriages.
Road crews quarried island granite for road material and bridge facing. Roadsides were landscaped with native vegetation such as blueberries and sweet fern. The use of native materials helped blend the roads into the natural landscape.

The Carriage Roads Today
Maintaining the extensive carriage road system is no easy task, and the National Park Service could not do it alone. Between 1992 and 1995, an extensive rehabilitation of the carriage roads was financed by federal construction funds along with matching private funds from Friends of Acadia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and cultural distinctiveness of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities. Woody vegetation was removed from roads, shoulders, and ditches, and drainage systems were reestablished to arrest erosion. The crown and subgrade layers were restored, and new surface materials were applied to replace thousands of cubic yards washed away over the years. Coping stones were reset or replaced, and some of the historic vistas that once greeted horseback riders, carriage drivers, and walkers were reopened.

  • Bridges
    Rockefeller financed 16 of 17 stone-faced bridges, each unique in design, to span streams, waterfalls, roads, and cliffsides. The bridges are steel-reinforced concrete, but the use of native stone for the facing gives them a natural appearance. Over time, the stone cutters grew very skilled and Rockefeller often requested them not to cut the facing too well lest the rustic look be lost.


To ensure that the carriage roads will continue to be maintained close to their original condition, the park has formed a partnership with Friends of Acadia. In 1995, Friends of Acadia established an endowment to help protect the carriage roads in perpetuity. Each year, the organization contributes more than $200,000 from this endowment to the park for carriage road maintenance. Volunteers working under the guidance of Friends of Acadia contribute thousands of hours cleaning ditches and culverts, clearing brush, and assisting park staff with other restoration projects. The commitment demonstrated by Friends of Acadia in maintaining the carriage roads is only one of many ways the organization helps support the park.

A portion of park user fees, authorized by the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program, also helps fund carriage road maintenance. Between 2001 and 2004, federal funds and park user fees paid for a major re-pointing, cleaning, and water-proofing of all carriage road bridges within the park. User fees have also funded annual projects, including repairing stone walls and opening overgrown vistas. More than one hundred vistas have been cleared in the past ten years.

  • Roadside Grooming and Landscaping
    Rockefeller employed a crew of foresters to remove debris from the roads and roadsides. Nationally known landscape architect Beatrix Farrand consulted on planting designs to frame vistas and bridges and to heal scars left behind by carriage road construction. The Fire of 1947 destroyed much of her work.


Rockerfeller employed only local road and bridge builders. Once the Park authority was created workers from all over the country wee employed for the roads and bridges, but when it came to projects onhis property he insisted only local talent be used. The town and state appreciated his employment strategy and in thanks would go along with almost all of his ideas for the park.

  • Signposts
    Cedar signposts were installed at intersections to direct carriage drivers. The posts were stained with Cabots shingle stain #248. The lettering was painted first with one coat of flat yellow paint, then with another coat of enamel yellow. Today, numbers that match maps and guidebooks are attached to the signposts and help carriage road users find their way.


Most bridges were constructed in about one year. This one was much bigger and took a couple of years to construct.

Rockerfeller insiisted that at the ends of each bridge tree should be planted, if none were there already, so the horses could rest and, most importantly, the riders could stop in shaded comfort to admire his construction abilities.


Below would be the residence of the gatekeeper. If a guest would come they would arrive at the closed gate and with his whip would swipe the arm of the bell to announce to the gate keeper that they had arrived. The gatekeeper would then come out, unlock the gate and let them in.

  • Gate Lodges
    Two gate lodges, one at Jordan Pond and the other near Northeast Harbor, ornament the roads and serve as impressive welcomes to the system. A third gate lodge was planned at Eagle Lake, but was never built. During carriage road construction, engineer Paul Simpson and his family lived at the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge.

The result of Rockefeller’s vision and attention to detail is an integrated system of carriage roads that blends harmoniously with the landscape.

These rocks were sheered off from the tops of the mountains and carried by the glasier of 25,000 years ogo and deposited in the lower portions of the park.

  • Coping Stones
    Large blocks of granite lining the roads serve as guardrails. Cut roughly and spaced irregularly, the coping stones create a rustic appearance. These coping stones have been affectionately called “Rockefeller’s teeth.”


The roads were initially constructed to provide a culvert for water from the rains could drain off. If this were not done the water, much of it, would have nestled in the ground and when the winter cold temperatures would come the ice could easily destroy the roads. Below we are returning home and our trip is virtually done. Of the almost seventy bridges that were constructed on the Rockefeller grounds we only experienced three on this trip. A couple of “bridge pictures” were incorporated in this section from our other travels in the park area.

The carriage barn.

West Salem, WI

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6.10 Sunday

There’s not much to talk about in this blog. The Wards have taken us on a car-tour of W. Salem, WI. The day was just perfect for sightseeing.


The only time we actually got out of the car to experience a venue was at an open garden area that runs parallel to the LaCrosse River. The garden was broken up by countries. Below, of course are Tom and Sue.

This was an actual water-wheel. Not sure if it has any practical use, except for looks. Below are a couple of sight-seeing tour boats, possible water-wheel-looking, not sure.

I may  be mistaken, but I think this is the entrance to the Japanese Garden section. There were many more pictures but they all seemed a little redundant. It was an excellent stretch of the legs.

May 2018

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5.12
Nice to be back again. Since my last entry in April much has happen. For one thing it’s now May and Carla and I are in our twenty-second month here in Florida.
To make matters worse the Web Site has been down for the last three weeks. I guess it wasn’t the Web Site but rather the server. It’s been hair raising logging in each day to a message board stating “this Web Site has been deleted.”
On May 9th I went in for my final chemo. The results of my blood work qualified me to skip the two booster shots I normally have after chemo, so the trip has finally come to an end. On the 29th I go in for a PET Scan and within a few days from then we transport the results to the surgical team in Tampa. If nobody finds any surprises we could be on the road before my birthday in June.
Both Carla and I are so thankful for HIS watching over us these past twelve months. We’ve had an amazing life together, some years were a little more challenging than others, but, all in all, It’s been a Wonderful Life. Once again it’s very nice hitting the keys again.

Paul

RVs Cheaper than a home, well?

4.10.18-Saturday night before Easter Sunday

It was Saturday night before Easter Sunday. Nothing special, our usual meal of pizza, beer followed by, hopefully, a good movie. I went to the freezer to pull out a pizza and noticed it was not nearly as firm as it should be, but it was still very cold and it cooked up very nicely. All set to eat the frozen delight and it was off to the fridge for a couple of beers. Once again not nearly as cold and refreshing as they usually should be. By bedtime we knew we had a problem and by morning we were off to the plaza for a couple of 20-pound bags of ice.

We were not shocked. It was only a couple of years ago we were forewarned that this would happen, but no one gave us the reason why. By Tuesday we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we needed a new unit, after all this living with ice is both expensive and does not quite do the job. We figured it would possibly go around $3500, more or less, the good money was on the “more.” Tuesday the 3rd we would have to go to Alliance RV here in Wildwood, FL for them to install a new unit on Thursday. We decided on a residential unit; these run on AC current and or batteries.

At Alliance we sat down with Mike to go over options for the replacement. The new unit would cost around $1300 before installation, I could understand that. Then he mentioned we would have to remove and upgrade or inverter, to gadget that turns DC current into AC which is what the fridge needs to function. Okay with that, then he mentioned they cost about $2700 before installation. I thought it was getting a little expensive but it is what it is. “Oh, by the way”, he said, “you’ll also have to add two additional batteries to your battery pack, about $250 , once again, before installation.” I’m still Okay, but it felt like we were in the process of buying a new RV. He said that would be about it except for the need to  make a modification to the wall cabinetry it would have to be fitted to, no options there, can’t leave it in the middle of the floor and, of course, there’s the expense of installation, the unit, inverter, cabinetry and, of course, the ever loving batteries that would have to occupy one of our storage bins, under the coach, because the battery closet has no room for expansion. Oh, he forgot, additional wiring would be needed for the new batteries in this new location. All in all with sales tax, of course, the job should come in around $8000, more or less!

We were not really thinking of going to Paris this coming winter, but I think it’s possibly a sure thing we’ll spend the winter months and longer just admiring our new Samsung Refrigerator. He did assure us that these new appliances will never permit soft ice cream. The new fridge will save us on propane, which the old unit needed for cooling. The savings on the propane alone should pay for the fridge in about forty-four years, more or less.

For what it is worth, we continue to enjoy the RV lifestyle and continue to come in at under the total cost of property taxes and home-owners insurance on the home we used to own in Titusville.

How’s your refrigerator doing?

 

 

 

 

Not fully installed:

Well it’s finally here! Not fully installed, but installed enough for us to go out and re-stalk the fridge. We arrived at Allison RV on Thursday evening in order to be serviced as early as possible. Well, not everything goes as planned. The electrician was not able to complete the installation by the end of Friday night, but he will be back on the job on Monday morning, we hope. We are optimistic, however.

The cooling beast is in:

Well the cooling beast is in. It’s so big, and best of all, it came in under the projected cost, about $7100. We did notice that when we bring in the slide holding the new fridge, the slide experiences a bump as it is being retracted. This is another issue we’ll have to tend to probably end of this month.

 

Pay the Ghost/The Quiet Place

4-08.18

Movies we’ve watched. It is very seldom to brag about a movie, but the last couple of days we’ve been impressed. Saturday night we watched Bruce Willis in his flick called “Pay the Ghost.” This is a must watch film. Sunday we took ourselves out to the Brownwood Village, part of ” The Villages.” We spent an hour or so walking around; a village very similar to Mystic Village. Our purpose was to go to their movie house and view “The Quiet Place.” Dennis tells me it is also available on “On Demand” a viewing option we don’t have. This also is a must see film. You do NOT want to see this film alone!

I did receive some good news on Friday. I’ve begun the final phase of Chemo. Turns out it will be completed by the beginning of May, instead of June. There will still be a need for a PET Scan and then we must hand deliver it to my surgical team in Tampa, Dr. Rosemurgy and his staff.

April 2018- grandchild Abby

http://www.rawartists.org/abbypfister

4.01.18

I am always so proud of my kids, but sadly they don’t share their everyday challenges with me as I would hope they might. Abby, our surrogate granddaughter, seems to have been in our lives for so many years now. A few years ago she graduated high school and decided to take a year off. She’s always had a yearning to draw and/or paint. We always hoped the best for her in that field but very few are very successful. She’s tough and has proven to have the tenacity to continue with very little encouragement. As of today she’s been contracted to do several paintings, where she now gets paid for her talent.

She describes herself, in her own words as:

I am Abby Pfister, a self-taught artist from Florida’s space coast. My passions include painting and drawing. I enjoy all mediums but mostly use acrylic, gouache, pastels, and watercolors. Many of my paintings and illustrations include healing geometric symbols which have been considered sacred by many past civilizations. I enjoy using art to heal and express myself as well as uplift others!

I am drawn to Sacred Geometry and esoteric knowledge. My art is a representation of the divine connection between all of us and primordial source energy. Many of my inspirations come from nature itself, these shapes and patterns lie in every leaf, cell, animal, building, and human being. Sacred Geometry and art can be found everywhere in my daily life, a constant inspiration.

As I looked over her website this afternoon I was trying to think of anything I could do to help her along in her quest for success. As of this week I’ve had almost 135,000 viewings to this blog. The last twelve months I’ve been averaging 70 views a day and I’ve had little to nothing to say.

It is my hope that some of my visitors will take the initiative to visit Abby’s’ website. Her work is so creative and very original. Please take a couple of minutes and click on the link below the picture she created for us , and check out her portfolio of artwork. I call this beautiful painting “Creation,” I don’t know if she might have her own name for it. I realize it is a little difficult to appreciate it’s full beauty but if it had been a typical 16 by 20 you would be looking at a “sea scene” blanketed with ominous stormy clouds typical of what earth might have looked like after HE had finished creating the worlds oceans. I would only hope that she might re-create this production as a full picture as opposed to the letter “G” portrait.

Her work is a little different, but if you wanted something your phone could capture, then just take yourself to one of those big box stores, pay out $9.99, take it home  and hang it on your wall with full knowledge there are ten thousand copies of this item hanging in other homes everywhere.

As I mentioned, Abby’s creations are original and will grow on you not to mention her work is very pleasing to the eye.

Thank you.

 

Son of God. Movie view on Netflix

3.31.18

We, possibly like many of you, experience the Lenten Season with some daily sacrifices and, of course, all the obligations of the Holy Days. By the time Carla and I get to Holy Week, at least I, find myself wishing I’d done just a little more. But, now it’s Holy Week. Usually in the evening, after viewing the local and national news stations, we’ll search for a movie, if nothing else is worth watching. On Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday we try to find something appropriate related to the weekend.

This year we found a good movie on Friday but the Saturday movie will be an annual event for us in the future. We found it on Netflix, but I will intensely look to try to acquire the DVD.

Son of God. It’s a two-hour production and worth every minute of watching.

Hope you have a chance to view it some day.

February 2018

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2.10
We are now in our 17th month of basically sitting in one spot. Not really complaining. It’s ten am as I look out my window and realize that I’m not the only one sitting in place. It’s what almost all RVers must do this time of the year, it’s just that we’ve been doing it for so long.
This week was a good week. met with my Oncologist, radiologist and a member of my surgical team in Tampa. All agree that all is doing well. I began stage two this week, radiation. I’ll be doing this in conjunction with a pump injecting 5FU into my system. This will end in 25 days. Then it’s six weeks of Chemo to bring this ordeal to an end. We are very optimistic of coming back to life again the first week in May.
Carla is doing well also. She’s having cataract surgery over the next two weeks. Other than that she’s not complaining either.
My neighbors are coming back TO LIFE AS WELL. Many sitting outside their campers reading or engaged in a hobby or two. The campground is virtually 100% full, with only a hand full of spots available. RVers walking their dogs. Never realized how much walking a dog needed. Lots to be said for a cat.
Carla decided to get dressed, guess I’ll take the hint.