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,



Busy Day

Good morning. It’s going to be a hot one today – 90’s and full sun. I think you might find us in the pool this afternoon.

Day 111. We had a busy day yesterday. It was golfer’s appreciation day at the local golf store here in Harlingen. We are not golfers, but our friend Steve is, so we stopped in for a short visit. We had a nice lunch and received a coupon for a free round of golf at one of the nearby golf courses.

After that Steve took us for a ride around Harlingen. We stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial and Museum located by the airport and Marine Military Academy. This huge memorial is the original mold used to cast the famous Marine Corps War Memorial that is outside Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. It is an interesting story about how the mold came to be erected in Harlingen. I would rather you read about it here, than me try to explain it to you.


When we got back from our sightseeing tour with Steve and Judy, Clyde and I hopped in the car and went to Hobby Lobby for some beading needles (which they were out of) and some beading thread. Much to my pleasant surprise they were having a 50% off sale on beads.  Of course I took advantage of the sale.

In the evening we went to a concert held inside the dance hall of our park. The singer was Leslie Blasing, a well know entertainer from the RGV area.  Steve spoke very highly about her and I can see why. She has a beautiful voice and sings a variety of music from all genres. She is someone I would go hear again and listen to at home or in the car. We had a very nice time and got to know a few more of our neighbors.

As you can see, we had a very busy day. I also got some beading in. (Big smile).

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,




A Normal Routine Lifestyle

Good morning. I’m so glad we picked this year to go south for the winter. I’m not sure why, but this winter seems to be colder all over the U.S. than previous years and with more snow. So while family and friends up north are wearing winter coats and shoveling snow, I’m down here wearing shorts and sitting outside in my lounge chair enjoying the fresh air. What a life.

Days 108 & 109. We’ve settled in here, at Park Place Estates, living a normal routine lifestyle. You know; shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning, crafts, playing cards and sitting outside enjoying the fresh air.

I did go to the bead store and was able to get enough supplies to keep me busy for a while. As usual, I have so many ideas running through my head it is hard to know which project to start on first. And, because I will be gifting most of what I make, I cannot share my ideas or finished projects just yet. I know, boo. But be patient. I will share.

Staying in this RV park feels more like living in a small neighborhood. Everyone knows each other. You often see small groups of people gathered together, either standing around at the curb talking or sitting outside in front of their homes chatting away. Even though we are not permanent residents or even long-term winter Texans in this park, they make us feel welcome. I can understand why some full-timers choose to find one place to stay for the entire winter instead of traveling around.

We are just not ready to settle down. We have too many places we haven’t been and would like to see. If you ask us which of the places we have been this winter we’ve liked the best we couldn’t say. Every place has been completely different from the other. I’ve enjoyed each place for a different reason. That is what makes this lifestyle so wonderful.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,




Craft Fair

Good morning. It is a good morning too. The temperature is already 69. Our high for the day is 86. I might be able to sit outside and do some beading, although they are predicting high winds for later today.

Day 105. Steve’s mom Edie invited me to go with her to the craft fair in the activities building in the park. They have been holding it about once a month. Both park residents and outside vendors had items for sale.

Before we looked around at all the crafts, we had a donut and coffee. The park also served biscuits and gravy if you wished. My donut and coffee was $1.25. We sat and chatted with others from the park. Edie is a long time resident that knows everyone. They are all so welcoming and nice.

Judy, Steve’s friend, joined us to walk around and look at the crafts. The crafts were your typical items held at every other fair. Many of the items I have made myself. I look at the prices of the items they have for sale and wonder how some of the crafters can make any money. They seem to be selling their items for the cost of materials with no mark-up whatsoever. There were also three Author’s selling and signing their books. I had a nice time walking around looking and visiting with everyone. It was nice of Edie to invite me and Judy to join us.

While us girls were having coffee and donuts and looking at crafts, the guys went out to breakfast. Steve and his step-dad go out every Saturday morning and they invited Clyde to join them. Clyde enjoyed himself and their company.

I spent my afternoon enjoying the fresh air and beading in my lounge chair. Clyde went and got a much-needed haircut. He hadn’t had one since our daughter Melissa last cut it in November before we left on our adventure. When he got back he decided to try out the hot tub and take a swim in the pool. Oh, what a life this is.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day. And, thanks for taking time to read about our adventures and/or our daily lives.

Until next time,


One Last Day

Good morning. Well, this is our last day here on South Padre Island. It is hard to believe we have been here a month already. It’s even harder to believe tomorrow is the first day of March. Spring is almost here. They say March winds, well we have certainly experienced those here and it isn’t even March yet. Today is another high wind advisory day. I’m glad it isn’t a travel day. We leave tomorrow morning for Harlingen where we will be spending two weeks visiting with an old friend.

Today we will spend part of the day cleaning and getting things put away for traveling. We also have a mobile RV wash and wax truck coming this afternoon to give Winnie a good cleaning. It is important to get all of the salt from the ocean air off her. We want to keep our motorhome as nice looking as possible. We have seen 3 different companies come through the campground washing different recreation vehicles. They seem to keep themselves quite busy.

Day 101. As we were getting ready to leave yesterday to do our laundry the propane gas truck pulled up. We had scheduled a fill-up for today (Wednesday) but they decided to come a day early. That’s ok. We were still here and it was good to get it done. We like to keep the tank as full as possible because we have found it isn’t always easy to find a place that can accommodate a motorhome.

After the propane was filled, we were off to do our laundry. We had no problem getting the 4 machines we need. After we got our loads going the place got busy. It seemed like it was campers wash day. I visited with one lady from the Show and Tell group and one lady from the Beading group.

We were back home in time for lunch. I spent the afternoon divided between sitting outside enjoying the warm sunshine and beading. Just doing what I love most.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,






New Friends

Good morning family and friends. Only today and tomorrow left here and then we are off to Harlingen. With today being another overcast, humid and very windy day I won’t mind getting our chores done. Today is laundry day and we will be making one last stop to Walmart for a few items.

Day 100. Wow. It is hard to believe we have been on the road for over 3 months now. Spring is on its way. Yesterday at Show and Tell I found out almost half of the winter Texans were heading north right along with us. They still have another home to go back to and like to be there for various reasons in the spring. It might also be some of them don’t want to be here at the same time as the spring breakers.

I enjoyed my last time with the Show and Tell group. The ladies are fun to be around and talk my language-crafts. I oohed and ahhed at many of their items. The Red Hat ladies were having a luncheon afterwards and a couple of them showed off their hats. Of course, being artistic ladies, they had either embellished a hat or made one from scratch. Love, love, loved them. So creative. One of the red hat ladies showed a quilt she had made for their raffle.

In the afternoon I went back for the beading group. I took the bracelets I had made since joining their group to show them what I had finished and learned thanks to their tutelage. They were very surprised to see I had so many bracelets completed and that I caught on so quickly. They were also happy to see they had hooked me onto their craft. We spent time admiring each others bracelets. We talked about different patterns and where to find them. We discussed the different beads and color combinations that would look nice together. And, of course we beaded. It was a nice afternoon.

The ladies were sad to see me leave and begged me to come back next winter. They were already planning what to make next year. It felt nice to be included in their group. They have been together many years already. I told them we will see, but that we still have places to go and things to see before we decide where to settle back down. Every time I wear one of my bracelets I will remember these new friends.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,





Market Days

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I get together today for the last time with the ladies from both the Show and Tell group and the Beading Group. I’ve decided to show the ladies Patty Pepper’s sweater I knit her and a hat I knit for myself, I will also show them the bracelets I’ve made over the past week. I enjoy going. It is a nice relaxing time with women who enjoy the same things I do. The down side is you don’t really get to know them very well. You only meet with them a few times and then we are on to a new adventure. But then that is the lifestyle we have chosen. No regrets. I am ready to leave here and I am looking forward to our next stop, visiting with our old friend and making a few new ones.

Day 99. What do you think about when you hear Market Days? When the kids were growing up, Market Day at school was once a month and you purchased a few food items for a fund-raiser.

South Padre Island advertised their Market Days in a free paper we had picked up and we also saw a sign along the road telling about it. It was held once in January and again yesterday at the civic center. We were not here in January, but we thought it would be nice to go see what they had this time. We were both thinking fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as some homemade baked goods and maybe some crafts and flea market items.

We got there just after it had opened to an already packed parking lot and lots of people walking around. We thought great. It must be pretty good if it attracts so many people. I had thought it would be held outdoors, but it was inside the large civic center. The entrance fee was $1 each.

We enjoyed walking around looking at all of the different booths set up. There were a number of jewelry exhibits. Some were selling handmade items, others had beautiful new jewelry for sale. And, there was also flea market jewelry items for sale.  We also saw handmade soaps, artists paintings, clothing, and an abundance of assorted flea market items. The one thing we didn’t see was food. It was definitely not a farmers market.

We enjoyed getting out and walking around but didn’t see anything we couldn’t live without. That’s how we shop now that we live in a tiny home. We are always thinking do I need that item and where would I put it if I bought it. It sure does cut down on impulse purchases. We did buy a bag of kettle corn from a vendor set up outside of the civic center. We went for food and bought food.

Until next time,