Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Myself, my sister, mom, and my brother
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We picked up Jim and Ellie and drove up to the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, which is about an hour from here. We met Joe and Sherri there and enjoyed lunch a then spent a couple of hours in the casino. I don't think anyone was a big winner, but no one was a big looser either. We all just had a good time.
Thanks all you guys for a great afternoon.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here is what happend. We got the cradlepoint, we decided on a Verizon air card, we took them home. Then, Mark, who can barely turn on his computer, had it hooked up and working in about 3 minutes. Great job!! We now have one air card with one service and a wifi system for the motor home. And, now, Mark sits in his chair, I sit on the couch and we both use our computers at the same time, while the air card sits in the cradlepoint on the shelf at mid-coach providing us great service.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It was exciting to get some pictures of the shuttle from it's recent trip to space, because it had carried with it all the signatures of the kids and teachers from Westpark Elementary. That is the school where our daughter Karen teaches and two of our grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren attend. It was exciting for us to see and I thought it would great for them to have a picture to remember an event they had the opportunity to participate in.
Friday, December 5, 2008
First of all we headed to the AT&T phone store to get me a much needed new cell phone. If I could figure out how to use it, I would give you a call. Or, if I could figure out how to get it off of "silent" I would know that you were calling me. Guess I had better get out the instruction book.
Then we were off to Wendy's to get some lunch. I love their chili and yesterday was a good day for it. Afterwards, we headed to Bed and Bath where I got some new cookware. I just had some bits and pieces here in the motor home and never just exactly what I wanted. Plus, I think now Mark thinks I will cook more. Maybe so.
Then for the fun stop...Costco's for food. See, I told you I might do some cooking. Okay, now, that we have done the budget in, it was time to go home and find a place for all the stuff we had purchased. And, everyone knows the rule...if something new comes in, something old must go out. So, I boxed up all of my old cookware and called my nephew and asked if wanted or needed it.
Last night we took Caden and Kourtney to Build A Bear to make a Christmas Moose each and to play at the mall playground for awhile. They had a great time. Sorry, I forgot the camera.
Today, started out really cold, about 28*. The warm up was slow. I had an early morning Weight Watchers meeting. Despite the extra layer of warm clothes, I lost another .2 lbs. keeping me under goal. This will start my 3rd week of maintenance, making it 2 down and 4 to go.
After the meeting, I needed to run a couple of errands and go by my mom's to drop off the box of cookware. My sister was there for lunch and we had a nice visit.
Upon arriving back at home, I find that Mark is still having satellite/TV troubles. He has talked to Tiffin, Panasonic, Direct TV, some electronics place, Direct TV for the 3rd time, etc. And...after much deliberation, they decide that the problem has to be in the receiver. However, Direct TV cannot just send us a new receiver box, but they can credit my account for $99 and I can go to Best Buy and get a new one. Then upon activation of the card, they will send me a box to mail them the old receiver. Do I really have to say that this procedure took all afternoon? And only time will tell if we actually got all of the problems addressed. We did manage to get the connection cable out of the window that we were having to use to pick up the local channels. That is a step in the right direction. Now, if the TV doesn't go off at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon, we will be home free.
Tonight I have been sorting papers, etc., which is not my favorite job. I still have several more stacks to go through. Tomorrow, I am keeping Kourtney as Karen has a Gifted and Talented workshop she has to attend for some CE hours and Kenneth has school tomorrow. Yeah, he is almost finished. He will be graduating with his MBA on December 14. We are very proud for him.
Well, I guess that about catches us up again...have a great weekend, and see you soon.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Over the last couple of days I have made a dent in the book orders, however, I got some new ones tonight. Mark has been working in the wood shop and has the toy box front ready for me as well. I should have most out of the way by the weekend.
We have Andrew and Lauren the last couple of afternoons after school and enjoyed them. I still haven't seen Zachary since we have been home, guess I will try to catch up with him this weekend. Kourtney was sick last night and today, so she stayed home with me today. Mark spent the afternoon with Scott and Andrew at the gun range. After Karen got home from school, I met up with Mark, Scott, and his crew at Pei Wei's for dinner. It was yummy even though it was a few more points than I needed. But, thank goodness, I had some to spare.
Guess that just about catches us up. Not much else planned for the rest of this week as we are suppose to have some really cold weather for the next couple of days, so we will probably stay close to the fire. Until next time, take care and see you all soon.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The storage space is great
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Today, we woke up to a chilly rain that lasted on and off most of the morning. Today was the day the service rep from Direct TV was coming to work on our dish, but he couldn't be of any help to us, so we had to make a few adjustments in how we pick up the local channels while we are parked here at home. That is so over my head, so all I can say is that Mark ran a cable through the window and now it works. LOL
Karen and Kenneth put up the Christmas tree today and then went shopping for a little while, so I got to play with Kourtney while they were gone. Mark spent the afternoon putting some more wax and glaze on the motor home.
Tonight, Karen's friend Ashley came over and we made chili dogs and then Kenneth made homemade Blizzards. Scott, J, and Caden came down for awhile. It gets kind of crazy around here sometimes, but nothing has changed over the last 40 years and I love every minute of it.
Tomorrow will bring more of the same as the guys have already planned a day of football. I think Karen and I will sneak away for a pedicure.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Autumn leaves are falling,
The things we take for granted
Let's give thanks for what we have,
Happy Thanksgiving to all and may you enjoy a blessed day.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
and through the tunnel under the Mobile River
and across the Mississippi River
where there is work
and to our last turn towards Marksville.
We arrived at the Paragon Casino RV Resort which is also a Passport America Park. The guys got the motor homes parks and the did their usual, clean the bugs off the windshields, while Ellie and I got the inside set up. Then we were off to eat dinner and then try our hand at the slots for awhile. No luck here, maybe tomorrow.
There is a cold front coming through and the temps are suppose to be in the low 30's tonight. Hopefully it will warm up quickly tomorrow and we can enjoy the day in Marksville.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Yesterday we took a afternoon drive over to Mobile Bay and down to Dauphin Island. Today Ellie and I went to Weight Watchers. I made my goal this week and will start on my six week of maintenance to earn my lifetime status. I was sooo excited. I started this in 2002 and quit before I made lifetime. After Ellie's visit and stay at Camp Taz, she was ready to get back on program. She encouraged me to also pick up where I left off a few years back. So, thanks Ellie, and this has been fun having a buddy to count points with and I know we will continue to do so even when we aren't together. And, congratulations on your big loss today.
Speaking of points...
Tomorrow we are joining Randy and Terry for lunch at Lambert's. Not sure what that will do to the point count, but we have made it through Paula's, Uncle Bubba's, and Mrs. Wilkes, so we can conquer Lambert's too! LOL
Tonight we got together with Glynn and Sylvia for dinner at Jim and Ellie's motorhome. Jim boiled some shrimp, Ellie made Broccoli Slaw and Peach Cobbler, Sylvia made Chicken and Fruit Salad, and I made Stirfry Veggies and Rice. We had a great visit. Glynn and Sylvia will be leaving tomorrow making their way towards Jacksonville. Safe travels to you too, it's been fun and hope to see you down the road.
Well, I am going to wrap this up before I loose my connections. See you all soon.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After church, we got back to the campground to settle in for the afternoon. I decided to put on a pot of bean soup and in the meantime Mark decided he was going to make a run to Home Depot and by the grocery for a few things. Later this afternoon we will get together with Jim and Ellie for a bowl of soup. I hope Jim remembered he is making some cornbread.
As I think about starting a new week here in coastal Alabama, I am researching a few attractions I would like to take in before we leave on Thursday. Mark also has a few restaurants to work into the schedule as well. So, you will have to stayed tuned to find out how those plans develop. Until then, I hope you have had a great weekend and a blessed week.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We have made one trip to the beach, however, the day was pretty overcast and not really the perfect beach day. I hope we get to make at least one more trip there before we leave the gulf coast
This was Mark and Jim's idea of walking on the beach
We have had a day or two that we just hung out here at the park, which was really nice. This is a great park for getting out to just walk and take a deep breath.
Today, we have just been doing a few chores. Mark and Jim went to Camping World to get a few things they thought they couldn't live without. After lunch we are going to get out and about for a little while.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We had a nice travel day. We headed out on I-10 where we encountered a little more construction, but nothing like yesterday. We made a couple of stops at rest areas and one fuel stop before heading south on 59 to the Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama which is just east of Mobile.
Thanks "Flo" for showing us the way
I am glad to see these prices coming down
We have just recently joined Escapees and this is our first stay in one of their parks. We are looking forward to seeing what it all about. The price is certainly right at $13.50 a day or $80 a week. And, you don't pay until you leave.
We got parked and set up. We were all hungry, so I made flat out pizza and Ellie made salad. After eating and cleaning up the kitchens, we got out to take a quick walk around the park, however it was getting dark and our walk was cute short. We also stopped by to say hi to Glynn and Sylvia. They are parked just behind us on the next row.
Randy and Terry are also here in the park and we are anxious to get to meet up with them tomorrow afternoon. This is another couple that I think we should know as we have been following each others blogs for awhile now. Isn't this a fun lifestyle.
We are also looking forward to the sites, sounds, and tastes of the area so stayed tuned for our new adventure.
Monday, November 10, 2008
and a look up the Savannah River...where work on the river is always busy.
Good-bye Savannah...and off to new adventures
Flo directed us to our turn off
and it wasn't long until we came upon a lot of construction on I-95
and I mean alot of construction
we finally arrived...now on to Tallahassee
Tallahassee RV Park is a nice park, but tight getting into the park and around to the office to get checked in, but then easy to get into the spaces...
Ellie had made a beef stew in the crock pot today. So, after setting up the motorhome, I made a salad and dessert and dinner is served. After dinner, Ellie and I decided to go for a walk around the park and take some pictures. She wanted to try out the new camera lens. However...
Jaz tried to plead with us not to leave her, but her mom said she had to stay home
A look down the road from where we are parked
some cute yard art
and some pretty flowers
We continued our walk around the park and found this guy
who reminds you of the rules to follow while in the park
and we discovered that lots of football fans stay in this park...but after all we are in Tallahassee
or just park here
Tomorrow, we will travel on to Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama...so until then I hope you
and we will see you in Alabama
Sunday, November 9, 2008
On Saturday morning, after sleeping on the situation, I got up deciding that we would go to Best Buy and replace his computer. At first he was not agreeable, but after explaining to him...
that we don't share too well and especially computers. And it was fact that he needed his own and that was going to be the end of the story. He still argued to some extent, but finally, I brought him around to my way of thinking. So, we went next door to tell Ellie and Jim we were headed out to Best Buy. And, at this point, you have to understand that Best Buy is where Jim looses all sorts of will power. You see, he has had his eye on this camera lens for a while now and what better opportunity than now to get it. So, if I recall, the comment was, "Give us a few minutes and we will be ready to go too."
So, the four of us were off to Best Buy to make our purchases. Mark's computer had to make a run past the Geek Squad, so it was going to be a couple of hours before we could pick it up. Now, that just gave the guys the opportunity to say, "What's for lunch?" First however, we made a run through a Linens and Things store that is going out of business. I found a few things I couldn't live without and then it was off to "Moe's Southwest Grill" for lunch. After lunch, Ellie and I went to Ulta for some new makeup, etc. while the guys went to Books A Million to look around.
Now, it was time to go back to Best Buy to pick up Mark's computer. When we arrived, we found that it would still be about 30 minutes before they would be finished with it. So, we sat in the car, enjoyed the warm sunshine, and read about Ellie new WiiFit game she had purchased while Jim was getting his camera lens.
It wasn't long until Mark picked up his new toy, and we headed back to the RV Park and the guys seem to think that there was no reason for Ellie and I to cook dinner and that they would like to make one last trip to the "Pink Pig". We really didn't agree with them, but it was a loosing battle. We arrived at the RV park to check on the fur kids, and to plug in Mark's computer to let it charge. However, when I went to plug in the power cord, it didn't fit!! We had a power cord to an HP and take my word for it, it didn't fit the Toshiba. So, we put everything back in the box and Mark and I headed back to Best Buy. They were waiting on us when we got there because they too had made the discovery that they were holding a HP with the wrong cord.
Now, all is well, and we are headed back to the RV Park, called Jim and Ellie to tell them we would be there shortly and then we would go to the Pink Pig for dinner. We got back, plugged in the computer with the right cord, picked up Jim and Ellie and headed for the Pink Pig. Only, when we arrived, we found out to Jim and Mark's disappointment, they were closed. So, we came back to the motor home where Ellie and I put together tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and key lime pie. What a day this has been.
It is now Sunday afternoon, and we have had a good day and everyone is back on tract for getting taking care of their chores. Laundry is done and I am finishing up things inside while Mark is doing some outside chores. Jim made a wonderful "Low County Boil" for lunch and Ellie is now off to do laundry. We have our reservations made for tomorrow night at the Tallahassee RV Park where we will stay for only one night before heading to the Escapees RV Park in Summerdale, AL on Tuesday.
Again, we have really enjoyed Savannah, and look forward to the next time we can visit the beautiful low country. I will leave you with this picture of a pineapple that sat atop the corner post of a fence. You see pineapples everywhere, which is the symbol of true Southern Hospitality. See you down the road.
And by the way, I am not sure what ever happened to that mosquito that started this whole story.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Our first stop was at Colonial Park which is an old cemetery
These headstones are so old that the inscriptions could not be read
Here is another sign that indicates the age of the cemetery
This little guy was just having fun hanging out in the park. After roaming around in the cemetery, Mark and Jim went to get the car so we could go to Forsyth Park. Ellie and I decided we would take Flo with us and walk. These are a few of the things we saw on the way.
A carriage ride as seen from the other end of the alley
I love the front steps of the houses
The steeple of the Methodist Church...and
and we have arrived at Forsyth Park
where we found this beautiful fountain
and these beautiful flowers
and if you lived in this house, you could walk across the street to the park every day. We enjoyed the park until the guys decided that it was way past time to get lunch. The choice of the day was seafood. So we decided to take one last trip back out to Tybee Island.
Welcome to lunch
These guys hang out in front of the resturant!
Mark, Ellie, and I had shrimp salad sandwiches with a cup of crab soup. Jim chose a crab cake with a cup of clam chowder. Afterwards, we headed to the beach
for one last trip over the boardwalk
past the sand dunes
to the beach
where we saw this big ship headed out to sea
and wondered what happened to this fisherman?
and watched these little guys paddle around waiting for something to eat.
After a long walk down the beach and back, it was finally time to leave. We headed back to the RV Park and Ellie and I made plans to go to Walmart to pick up groceries for the next couple of days. Tomorrow and Sunday we will get the motorhomes ready to travel on Monday.
We have had a great time in Savannah and hope you have enjoyed our time here as much as we have. Thanks for going along with us.