Scenic Trail

Good morning. It looks like today will be another overcast day with a good chance of rain this afternoon. That’s ok, we will just plan our day around it.

Days 166 & 167. Friday went as planned. Melissa went to work, Clyde watched the Star Wars movie marathon on TBS for as much of the day as he could and I beaded. I made 3 ankle bracelets and one wrist bracelet to go with the ankle bracelets. The main bead color is Flamingo. I used #8 Miyuki beads. This is the first bracelet I’ve made from the Northern Star pattern. I am sure I will be making more. I find many of my beading patterns and inspirational ideas from Linda’s Crafty Inspirations blog.

Saturday we walked along the Little Miami Scenic State Park trail. The scenic trail covers over 50 miles from Cincinnati to Greene County, Ohio. The trail is a pleasant walk that is paved and wide enough for those walking, jogging or biking. Clyde’s only wish was for a bench or two for him to sit and rest.

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Little Miami State Park Trail

When we finished our walk we had lunch at the Little River Café where we had parked our car.

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1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air Camper

In the parking lot was this unique camper. Clyde talked to the owner who told him there were only 5 made just like it. What a conversation piece.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

April Showers

Good morning. Another rainy day. We have had steady all day rain the last couple of days. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. That will be nice. The trees are starting to bud here in Kentucky. That is a good sign. I think everyone is tired of the unseasonably cold weather the country has been having.

As for what we have been doing the last few days hasn’t been anything out of the normal. The kids are in school and Karen is back at work. Clyde and I are just relaxing and doing what we would be doing no matter where we were.

I’ve been busy beading. I love how making the same bracelet pattern with different beads looks so completely different. Below you can see what I mean. I have four bracelets each of two different patterns.

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I also made earrings to go with a couple of the other bracelets I made. The bracelet pattern is the same as the one used in the lower bracelets in the picture above.

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So as you can see, I’ve been busy having fun beading. Today is Karen’s day off so we will be doing a little shopping.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Seymour, Indiana

Good morning. Today is the final leg of our journey to visit our daughter Karen and her family in Berea, Kentucky. As we traveled more than 1/2 way yesterday, that leaves us only about 165 miles to go, about 4 hours give or take.

The weather is finally nice once again. I just hope it stays that way for a while. With temperatures around 75º today and 80º Friday, who can complain.

Day 143. On travel days we like to be on the road by around 9 am. We dumped our tanks and had the toad hooked up ready to leave the park on time. Then we had a little hick-up, which delayed us a short bit. No biggy. We are retired remember. We do things on our time. Besides, by 10 am we were gassed up and on our way.

We took our time, had lunch at the Farmland rest area in Illinois just before we hit the Indiana border. PB&J for us now. No more eating out all the time. We are back to the basics, home cooking, which isn’t all that bad.

I was able to do a little beading while we were on the road. At times it becomes a little challenging to thread a bead with the condition of some of these roads. We were bouncing all around. No matter, I still enjoyed myself.

We stopped for the night a little before 5 pm having traveled a total of 291 miles to the Seymour, Indiana Walmart. 5 pm isn’t a bad time. It gives us plenty of time to heat up our leftovers and eat our dinner. Then we like to go into the Walmart to do a little shopping. As I’ve said before, it is nice for us because we can get a few things we need before arriving at our next destination and it is a way for us to show Walmart our appreciation for allowing us to spend the night in their parking lot.

This is a busy Walmart with many truckers coming and going. There is another motorhome here also. It is an easy in and out also. That is always a big plus.

If you wanted to eat out you could walk to Steak ‘n Shake. We watched a few of the truckers do just that. There is also Applebee’s across the street.

Not a very exciting day I’m afraid, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Brasky’s and so much more

Good Morning. A very cold morning it is. We got down into the teen’s last night and we won’t see the temperature here in the Peoria, Illinois area above freezing until after noon. For our southern friends, who enjoy letting us know what we are missing, it looks like we are going to be getting more snow; 2″-4″ more on Monday and Tuesday. Someone forgot to let old man winter know it was time to leave.

Day 139. We enjoyed a nice day going to various places with our son Scott and his wife Melissa. It was very cold and windy so the plan was to do inside activities for the day. We got together mid-morning to have brunch but the restaurant Scott had in mind was closed and reopening in a new location in a week or two.

His 2nd choice was to wait a half hour and eat lunch at one of his favorite pizza places that was in the same shopping complex as his 1st choice. The outdoor shopping complex, know as Junction City, is very inviting with a number of different shops and restaurants to peruse.

Melissa suggested we go into the Pumpkin Glass Gallery & Studio which turned out to be a very nice jewelry and bead store. The bead section of the store has everything a crafter could want. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Scott kept apologizing to his dad for bringing us in here. I, on the other hand, thanked the two of them numerous times. I didn’t have any problem killing the 1/2 hour we needed to wait for the pizza place to open. I was able to get a few things I had been needing and wanting. With a very happy smile on my face we left to feed our bellies.

As we walked into Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza you could smell the delightful aroma from the wood fired brick oven. I couldn’t wait to try the pizza. We were not disappointed. The pizza was delicious. I especially loved the crust. It was flavorful crispy and soft all at the same time. I will definitely want to come here again.

Scott and Melissa then took us to the Luthy Botanical Gardens. On a nice warmer day we could have walked around the grounds and enjoyed the many themed gardens. Today we stayed indoors and checked out the greenhouse where they have many tropical plants and flowers.

Our outing would not be complete without having something sweet to eat. Trefger’s Bakery is in a huge old building with plenty of parking. We walked around trying to decide which of the many mouth-watering delights we couldn’t live without trying. They have breads, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, cookies, pies, cup cakes, cakes, and so much more. We each made our choices. The bakery also has an area where you can sit and enjoy your baked goods and a cup of coffee. We didn’t have any coffee, but we did try our baked goods. Yum. Another good choice by Scott and Melissa.

It was time to split up for a while so that each of us could take care of a few things. We needed to go back to the motorhome and let Patty Pepper out. After that we went back to Scott’s and Melissa’s for a game of Trivial Pursuit. A game that took longer than Monopoly. It’s not one of my favorite games, but I enjoy spending time with family.

As I’ve mentioned before, Scott’s business is entertainment and events. He started out as a DJ but his business has evolved into much more. He is still a DJ at heart and has standing gigs around the Peoria area. Once a month he is at Brasky’s Bar & Grill where he plays music and does karaoke. We went with Melissa to kick back and have some fun. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The karaoke was a hoot. Clyde and I both enjoyed our evening.

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*Scott with Clyde, Sue & Melissa*  Singing “Love Shack”

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Hobby Lobby

Good morning. The pretty white snow is just about gone. All we have left are areas where the sun wasn’t able to warm the ground enough to melt it. Between the snow and all the rain we’ve gotten in the last couple of days, the ground is exceptionally soft and muddy.  The good news is the temperature may reach close to 60 here today.

Day 129. Yesterday I was able to finish a beading project I had been working on. Today I will start another bracelet using the same pattern only in a different color. Both bracelets are gifts for my girls in the colors and pattern they requested. I enjoy making things for my family because I know they appreciate and use everything I make them. They also are aware of the time and love I put in to each item.

Hobbies are not cheap and when you are on a limited budget you have to be frugal with your purchases. That is why I so love a good sale. In Michigan where we lived, there is a JoAnn’s and a Michael’s close by to stock up on craft supplies. We did not have a Hobby Lobby store. Since being on the road, I have found I really like Hobby Lobby for my beading supplies. They carry a very large, nice selection of beads and beading supplies.

Monday when we were in Hobby Lobby I found out they were having a 1/2 off sale on beads. The sale is through this Saturday. So yesterday I went with my shopping list to take advantage of the sale. The Hobby Lobby in Peoria, Illinois carries a much larger selection than any other Hobby Lobby I have been in yet. It’s so nice to find a good selection and a great sale all at the same time. They don’t carry everything I need and I will probably need to find a bead store to finish my shopping. But, I love a good sale. And, if what you want is not on sale you can download a coupon for 40% off.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Avanti’s

Good morning. Well, the rain did cometh and come and come some more. It is still raining. With the rain and warmer temperatures the snow is disappearing. All night we kept hearing the heaving chunks of snow fall from the roof of the motorhome. I guess we don’t have to worry about the weight of the snow on the roof or slide-outs anymore. Now instead of the pretty white snow, we have areas of snow, puddles of water and mud everywhere.

Day 128. We spent most of the day snuggled inside. I was beading and Clyde was putzing. Our son Scott came and got us later in the day to do some shopping. He needed my opinion on a craft project he was doing, which meant a trip to JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby. My kind of shopping. We also made a stop at Kroger’s for some groceries.

Before we headed back home we stopped for a bite to eat. Scott took us to Avanti’s. It is an Italian style restaurant with 6 locations in the Peoria, Illinois area. We went to the North Peoria location on Knoxville.

Avanti’s is well-known for their pizza and gondola sandwich. If you’ve ever tried their bread you would know why. The bread is to die for. It is made from scratch daily and is absolutely delicious.

We have had carry out from them many times before, but I can’t recall eating inside one of the restaurants. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded. We were seated right away, but we had to wait an exceptionally long time for a server. Normally a server would ask for your drink order while you browse the menu. Our server forgot to ask about drinks and went right to taking our order. Maybe she did that because she knew we had been sitting for so long without service. 

I ordered chicken parmigiana and the guys ordered the all you can eat pasta special. The food was very good, but for me, the best part was the bread they bring you while you are waiting for your dinner. Would I eat there again. Yes, but I think I would be just as content to order carry out and stick to pizza and gondola’s.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Pool Time

Good morning. Daylight saving time. Spring forward. We had to set our clocks ahead one hour last night. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think personally I would rather not have to switch back and forth. Yes, you get more daylight in the evening, but I’m a morning person and I don’t care about having more sun in the evening. Now when I get up it will be dark longer. I’d prefer sitting outside in the evening, at dusk, watching the sun set than having more fun in the sun. I remember when the kids were little trying to get them down for the night. They would complain that it wasn’t bedtime yet. It wasn’t dark out. Daylight saving time just messes with your head. Yep, I do know how I feel. Let’s not have daylight saving time anymore. Let’s go back to the way it was before we changed our clocks.

Day 112. Boy, it was a hot one yesterday. Temps were in the 90’s and full sun. It felt like a real summer day in Michigan. This was the first real hot sunny day we’ve had so far. I spent my morning sitting outside beading. It was perfect. Not real hot yet and sunny. My kind of day.

While I was enjoying myself outside, Clyde went to breakfast with Steve and his step-dad. It is their Saturday ritual and it was nice of them to include Clyde. He enjoys being with the guys and loves a good breakfast, a nice combination.

As the temperature began to rise, we decided it was a perfect day to go to the pool. It was nice to relax and swim a little. I can’t seem to get in a pool without doing a few laps. It’s just ingrained in me from my youth and being on the swim team. It’s also good exercise.

When we got back from swimming we turned the air conditioning on for the first time on our journey. That just goes to show you how cool our temperatures have been this winter. We’ve not needed to turn the air on. I really was fine without having it on now, but you-know-who was not happy with the heat. And, it was a good idea to check it out and make sure it still worked ok. It’s kind of like turning on the furnace for the first time in the fall. You need to make sure it works ok before a real cold spell sets in and you find yourself in need of a repairman.

It looks like we are going to have another nice hot day today too. Maybe we will take another dip in the pool. What a life. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn