Time is Flying By

Good morning. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Time seems to fly by. We haven’t done anything spectacular to talk about. We’ve just been busy doing everyday things you are all doing too. Sometimes it’s just the two of us and other times we are with family.

We played games. The weather was nice enough that we enjoyed playing Rummikub under the shade of a tree on the picnic table. I don’t enjoy sitting at a table without a back on my seat anymore. So it’s a good thing we kept the stadium seat we had when we owned our home. We got a second stadium seat at Costco last year for Clyde. They work really good on the picnic table bench.

I finished all of the books I had gotten from the library. I’m moving along the alphabet in Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series. I will be starting on “J” next after I get to the library.

We did enjoy our stay at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. We knew it was time to move on because we ran out of water in our tank and the black holding tank was getting full. So it’s either go dump or move on to another campground.

We planned ahead and yesterday moved back to Brighton Recreation Area. We have the same spot as last time. I like it here. It is a nice level site with shade and plenty of room. After setting up we made a trip to the library and the grocery store. The librarian had a couple of books waiting for me and I found a few more on the shelf. That should be good for a while.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

A Day at General RV

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. The weather was very cooperative and for the most part kept the rain at bay. The hot temperatures made for an enjoyable time at the beach. We grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. All in all, it was a great start to our summer.

Tuesday was moving day. We left Brighton Recreation Area and headed over to General RV in Wixom to spend the night. We had scheduled an appointment to have work done on our motorhome the following day. The RV dealership has a few spots with 50/30 amp outlets to accommodate RV’ers like ourselves. This is their busiest time of the year and the parking lot was crowded. We sat and waited a long time watching all types of RV’s coming and going and being moved around. It took them a while but they were finally able to open up an area for us to spend the night.

We weren’t the only unit spending the night. There were a couple of RV’ers (one was a 5th wheel toy hauler and the other was a motorhome) who had purchased new units and were in the midst of moving their belongings from the old unit to the new one who spent the night too. The couple in the 5th wheel toy hauler told me they had their old unit 20 years. They were leaving for home (Las Vegas) in the morning. We call them “happy campers”.

Our spot opened onto a nice grassy area, so we were able to open both the bedroom and dinette slide out. We could have opened the full slide out too, but we didn’t find it necessary for just the night.

In the morning we went in and talked to our service writer, Jennifer who was happy to see us. We discussed all the issues we were having and wanted to have checked out. Living in a motorhome full-time does put a lot of wear and tear on the unit. We had no major issues, just a good number of smaller things that needed to be looked at and taken care of. We knew we would have an all day wait.

We left our home in their capable hands and went to go do laundry. We were having such a good time over the weekend with the grandkids, we didn’t have time to get any clothes washed. Lets see . . . work or play? Yep, we decided correctly. The grandkids come first.

With laundry done, we went back to General RV to check on the progress on our motorhome and wait for the work to be finished. I had a good book to read while I waited. Clyde and Patty Pepper watched TV and people watched. We couldn’t believe how good Patty Pepper was. She only had a couple of episodes of barking when she saw another dog with their owners. For the most part she laid at Clyde’s feet and slept.

It was after 5pm when we were given back the keys to our motorhome. A couple of the items on our to-do list need new parts that were being ordered. We will have to go back to have that work completed. But, for now we were finished and on our way to Proud Lake State Park, which is only 5 miles from the RV dealership.

When we pulled into the campground they were just finishing up cutting the grass on our site. Nice. With all the rain we have been having the grass was quite long. Clyde was even able to get the piles of grass raked up. Now the site looks great.

Our grandson Tristan had just gotten off of work and stopped by to see us. He helped us finish setting up and of course I fed him dinner before he had to head home. It is nice that he lives so close to the campground. We will get to see him often.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Campfire of the Season

Good morning. It looks like cooler weather for the next few days and no sunshine. At least there is no rain in the forecast. I think we have all had enough of that for a while. The rain sure brought the mosquitos out in full force. And, that is during the daytime. I can’t remember when I’ve had so many bites on me and bad ones too. We did go to the store and bought a ton of bug spray; both for our bodies and to spray around the campsite. Hopefully it will help.

When we were coming back from shopping the head park ranger for this campground was sitting on a large mower right in front of our campsite. I stopped to say hi, as I had gotten to know her last year when we camped here. She remembered me right away and asked how I was doing. I asked her if she could mow our campsite as it was getting long and the mosquitoes were awful. She reiterated what the camp hosts had told Clyde, that the staff was told not to mow occupied sites do to the liability issue. But, she was happy to do it for me. I’m a happy camper. The area looks a lot better and hopefully the mosquitoes will find another area to haunt.

 

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Brighton Recreation Area – Zachary, Kevin, Brooklynn, Xavier and Clyde

We enjoyed our first of many campfires of the season. It was time for pie iron pizzas and s’mores. Yum. Our grandson Tristan also joined us after he got off of work.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

It’s Good to be Back

Good morning. It looks like another beautiful day outside. I’m hoping it continues through the weekend, but according to the forecast, rain is predicted for Saturday. I think a campfire is in order if we can hold off the rain. We haven’t had one since last fall. Again, the weather just hasn’t cooperated with us.

The ground crew came around while we were out yesterday and mowed all around us but didn’t mow our site. When Clyde talked to the camp hosts about it they said the park doesn’t mow occupied sites. Ugh. The grass is long and the mosquitos are bad. I hate to complain, but they could have mowed part of the area around us. I can see not wanting to go to close, but we didn’t even have a car on the site. We are here for two weeks. Does that mean no lawn mowing the entire time? Not cool. They need to rethink their mowing policy.

It sure is nice to be back in our old stomping grounds. We went to our local library the other day and the librarian recognized us immediately. She asked how our winter was, if we enjoyed Texas, how was I feeling, and how were the triplets. Wasn’t that nice of her. We don’t even really know her and the library has many patrons. She said it was nice to see regulars coming back. I guess that’s me. I do like a good book.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a nice day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Camping Season is Beginning

Good morning. You can tell camping season is beginning and that more of us “snowbirds” are making our way north. Instead of us being the only campers in the campgrounds as we venture north, or sharing it with one or two others, we now see a steady flow of campers coming in and out. Most RV’ers stay only one night and continue on their way. Over the weekend this campground filled with families taking time to enjoy a couple of days of family time together. There was even a tent camper in the tent area of the campground. By Sunday evening the campground was back to about a half-dozen RV’ers.

This is our last day in Ohio. Tomorrow is a travel day. We will be ending our winter adventure and be back where we started. Time sure has flown by quickly. It is hard to believe we have been full-time RV’ers for 236 days.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA

Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a perfect sunny day with a high in the low 70’s. I plan on being outside as much as possible.

Day 168. I’ve been trying very hard to get back in shape. Or should I say back into condition, as there is nothing wrong with my shape. My daughter Melissa bought me a Fitbit which helps me keep track of my steps and my heart rate.

This day we decided to get our steps in walking around the campground. Melissa came over early and we walked while Clyde cooked breakfast. Although the trail we walked the day before was relaxing and pleasant, I got a more vigorous workout walking around the campground. We had more inclines to go up and down. We also walked a brisker pace. It feels good to get your heart rate up and feel your muscles tighten a bit.

While walking around the campground we were able to checkout the different sites and amenities the campground has to offer. We walked by a small enclosed dog park area with a double gate which is always nice. Two small dogs were enjoying the area.

In the back of the campground is an area where you can get your motorhome filled with propane. It didn’t appear to have an area that you could pull through easily. It looked more like you had to pull in and back out. I could be wrong though. I will have to take a closer look at that area.

The campground also has a nice grassy electric only area for tents. Smaller campers would also fit, but I believe they have designated the area for tents only. The park has a small pool and a nice playground area.

The restrooms, showers and laundry area are all in the same building as the office and camp store. We did not check those areas out yet, sorry.

As for the campground itself, you can see they are working hard making improvements to the sites. The pads are gravel with a gravel patio. Each site has a new picnic table and a fire pit. Grass has been seeded and is trying to grow. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are also included.

Now for the not-so-good. When we checked in we were told they only had only one premium site available. That means 50 amp and full hook-ups. Which is great. But, with us being at Melissa’s most of the time it isn’t necessary and why pay extra for something you don’t need. Melissa was busy checking online to see what was available and found that wasn’t true. After some hassle, we were able to obtain a 30 amp electric and water only site. We were told that was the only one available for that long of a time period. We can see that isn’t so either after being here a while.

The prices are ridiculous. We are paying $45 a night and that is with their KOA discount card that cost us $30 for the year. The pool isn’t open yet and they have no activities going on at this time. You would hope they would have an off-season rate, but they apparently don’t.

We have never paid this much before, even when we were on the ocean and had full hookups. But, as they are the only campground around and can get away with it, they do. Unfortunately we do not have a choice. On the plus side, we are less than a mile from our daughter.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Goodbye Mouse

Good morning. I can’t believe it’s Friday again. Time sure is flying by. It seems like the older you get the faster the days and weeks go by. I want to savor every minute I have with those around me while we have this time together. Life is short, but it seems like the time we have with those we love is even shorter. Especially with everyone scattered all over in different states. This is our last week-end here with this group of family. Next week we will be leaving Peoria and heading to Berea, Kentucky to see our daughter Karen and her family.

Day 138. Yesterday we stayed in and just relaxed. I had fun beading bracelets and Clyde got some steps in. One of the times he left with Patty Pepper to walk the garbage down to the dumpster I was on the phone with my daughter Melissa. I had just gotten up off the couch and was headed to the refrigerator to get my water when I was greeted by Mr. Mouse. He was just as startled as I was. We both froze in our spots not moving an inch. If I moved I was afraid he would take off and I wouldn’t be able to find him again. So I did what any normal person with a phone camera would do. I took his picture.

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Mouse in the House

Sorry I couldn’t get him to turn around and smile for the camera.

My next thought was how was I going to catch him and get him out of my house. I saw a clean disposable plastic cereal bowl drying on the counter that Clyde had used for his breakfast. Could I reach it and if I did would the mouse still be sitting in the same spot. I had to do something. We both weren’t going to stay frozen in our tracks all day. Meanwhile, I was still on the phone with my daughter who was trying to give me ideas. I decided to go for it. I grabbed the bowl and plopped it down on top of the mouse. Now what.

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Mouse under blue bowl

Step 1: Trap mouse. √ done. Step 2: Get mouse out of house. But how was I going to do it. The clean wastebasket was right there. Thankfully Clyde had just taken our garbage to the dumpster. The problem was how to get the mouse into the wastebasket.

I decided I would slide the bowl to the steps going out of the motorhome. I could put the wastebasket on the step. Then I could slide the bowl with the mouse into the wastebasket. It worked! I now had mouse and bowl in the wastebasket. Now what. I couldn’t stand there holding the bag with the mouse forever and I certainly wasn’t going to kill the little guy. Ugh. I just didn’t invite him into my home.

I decide to release him back into the wooded area. So I walked outside and flung the bag with the bowl and mouse in the direction of the woods.

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Mouse Released

I did my job. I would let Clyde pickup the bowl and bag when he returned. Hopefully the mouse would be gone by then and would not return.

So far in this park we have seen 1 squirrel, 1 rabbit, 1 feral cat (who wasn’t doing a very good job of keeping the mice away), a few birds and now 1 mouse.  We saw deer tracks in the snow, but not the deer.

Still loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn