Living the Lifestyle

Good morning. What a perfect summer day we had yesterday. Oh, wait. This is January. It’s winter. That is one of the many reasons I love our lifestyle. When you live full-time in a motorhome you can go wherever and whenever you want (well almost).

We chose this lifestyle so that we could see our children, grandchildren and friends more often. We would also be able to see and experience other areas of our wonderful country. We have been living in our motorhome full-time now for 485 days. Oh, we have had our problems and issues (no hot water, hooking and unhooking the toad, stink bugs, etc.). But, you have conundrums living in a stationary home too. You just go with the flow and deal with it.

So, while I was outside, in the sunshine, sitting in my lounge chair reading a good book, watching my husband water the lawn, my daughter was up north outside, where the snow was coming down heavily, watching her new puppy happily prance and play for the first time in the snow. Even though we weren’t there to enjoy the moment with her, we were able to face-time and watch the cute little puppy play. Life is good.

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Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Last Day of Nice Weather

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We were able to face time with our 5-year-old triplet grandchildren while they opened their gifts. It was nice to be a part of their excitement. They are at such at fun age. We also enjoyed a tasty potluck dinner with other campers in the park. Clyde loves potlucks. He gets to try other campers favorite dishes.

This is our last week here in Gulf Shores. We leave here New Years Day to make our way down to Harlingen, Texas where we will spend the next 3 months. I am looking forward to the warmer weather and time with our friends.

The weather forecast for the remainder of our time here does not look good. Rain and thunderstorms start tomorrow with no stopping in sight. That just means we need to enjoy today outside.

I plan to collect my last batch of pine needles for basket making. I hope to have collected enough to make a few baskets throughout the year. The Longleaf Pine needles are best collected in the fall and the Longleaf Pine trees are only found here in the south. Our pine trees up north do not have needles ideal for basket making. They are much shorter. This park has many beautiful trees perfect for collecting the needed needles. The more we collect the better we get at finding and knowing which needles will work best.

After collecting we have been taking time to take the ends off the needles and clean them in hot water to remove any dirt and bugs. We then have to dry them thoroughly so they don’t mildew. Who knew the dashboard of the motorhome would be the perfect drying rack, full sun and out-of-the-way.

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Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Unexpected Pleasant Surprise

Good morning. It looks like another rainy couple of days in our forecast. Oh well, I guess it’s better than snow.

We had an unexpected pleasant surprise Monday night. Our son Scott had to go to Miami for work and stopped here on his way back north. He was able to stay with us all day Tuesday. He left to head back home just before lunch yesterday.

We were able to show him around the area. We walked the trail to the eagle’s nest and then went over to the pier for a nice walk. We had not been to the pier yet this year, but we did walk it last year while we were here.

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It was a cool, but pleasant day. We saw lots of pelicans by the pier. One fisherman was feeding them some of his catch. I don’t believe he was supposed to do that, but it was interesting watching the birds fight for a bite. On the other side of the pier, a coot was diving for his dinner. He was quite successful.

We also saw a cormorant perched on the top of a pillar. It is always fun to watch and see the wildlife.

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Pelicans

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American Coot catching fish

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Cormorant

Loving our lifestyle.
Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Good morning everyone. Happy Thanksgiving.

We decided to stay here in the campground today. We will watch some football, play some games, take a walk and enjoy a good meal. Not turkey though, grilled chicken breasts.

Have a safe and happy day. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Christmas Crafts

Good morning. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This year sure has gone by quickly. I have no idea what we are doing for dinner tomorrow. Our little convection oven isn’t big enough to cook a turkey, nor do I want to eat leftovers for the next month. It is only the two of us.

I have a couple of thoughts in mind. We can grill chicken or some other small fowl and have sweet potatoes, dressing, and other holiday foods or we could go to Cracker Barrel and just eat out. Clyde read that Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year. He hates crowds and hates to wait for a table.

If we stay here we can watch football. We like to watch football, especially when the Lions play the Bears. Both teams are favorites of ours as we have lived in both Illinois and Michigan for our entire lives. If we go out I don’t have to cook and we get more of a variety but, there are no leftovers and there will be a wait.

I had a nice time with the craft group yesterday. There were about 20 of us crafters; two large round tables full. I took a beading project to work on but one of the ladies brought a project for all of us to make if we wished. Most of us worked on her Christmas craft project. We made little trees out of circles of fabric gathered together with a dowel in the center and a star glued to the top. She had all of the circles of fabric already cut out for us. It was a perfect project for the time allotted and easy enough that we didn’t have to think about what we were doing. That enabled us to sit and chat. Which is why we get together. I made the gold tree, but I love the little green ones too.

Next week one of the ladies is bringing the supplies to make angel ornaments that are very cute too. It is always nice to see and get new ideas.

Another lady makes pine needle baskets that are absolutely beautiful. I wanted to take her class last year but she didn’t come to the campground until January and we were already on the road by then. She is here now and is offering a class on December 7th for a limited number of people. I signed up immediately. Now Clyde and I will have to go around and collect long pine needles. I was told they need to be 15″-18″ long. The longer the better and not to take them off the trees. And, we need to watch for snakes as they like to burrow under the fallen needles. Oh boy. Once I learn the basics of basket making I will be able to make them on my own. (Big Grin). I just need to gather enough pine needles before we leave here.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Catching Up

Good evening friends and family,

It’s been way too long since I’ve updated you on our travels. I could make lots of excuses, but mostly we’ve been having too much fun. Another excuse I’ll give is that I am having computer problems. I have to use it like a tablet and do not have access to the keyboard which makes typing so much slower. A trip to Best Buy is on my “to do” list. Enough with the excuses, let’s catch you up.

Last time I wrote we were heading to our daughter Karen’s in Berea, Kentucky. While there, we stayed at a small RV/mobile home park right off the expressway. There are two parks to choose from right across the road from each other. Both parks are very convenient for those just needing an overnight stop and those who want to visit the area.

As with our stays in Peoria, Illinois and Lebanon, Ohio, we enjoyed not only visiting our family, but also going sightseeing around the areas. What I enjoy most (2nd to visiting with those I love) is seeing and doing what they enjoy most. Each of them took us to their favorite places. The hard part is time goes by too quickly and we have to say goodbye.

We left Berea on the 6th and spent that night in Forsyth, Georgia in the Walmart parking lot. We arrived much later than we had intended. Traffic going through Atlanta was worse than we’ve experienced going through any other large town. Even Chicago! The best part of the drive was seeing the beautiful fall colors. What a perfect time of year to travel. It was a very nice Walmart with a huge parking lot. We were able to park next to an island so we could extend the bedroom slideout.

From there we went into Florida and spent 2 days at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs. We loved the park and the area.

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Today we arrived in Sopchoppy where we will spend the next 8 days in Ochlochonee State Park. We are looking forward to checking out the area. We have already seen wildlife. We saw our first white squirrel and a small doe.

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I will post more pictures tomorrow.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Caesar Creek State Park

Good morning. Time is flying by. I can’t believe we’ve been here, in Ohio, 3 weeks. I realize I’ve been very neglectful in writing. I’ve just been having too good of a time.

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We have been staying in Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, Ohio. It is a beautiful park with nice large grassy sites. We are in loop A which is a first come loop (no reservations). Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Electric is 30 amp which was fine when the park was fairly empty, but when we filled up on the weekends our power went off and on. The bathrooms are old but doable. As for wildlife, we have seen many deer. Always a plus for us nature lovers.

With our daughter living between Dayton and Cincinnati there has been plenty to see and do. Our weather has cooperated too (always a plus). I will have a hard time saying goodbye once again, but I am looking forward to seeing our daughter Karen and her family.

Tomorrow is a travel day. We head out and go further south to Berea, Kentucky. We will be there 3 weeks also. It is only about 3 hours from here, which will make it a nice easy travel day.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn