Quiet Sunday

Good morning. I think I could get used to these temperatures very easily. Mid-high 70’s is perfect. My only complaint would be the wind we had yesterday. It made it a little difficult to work with the lightweight pine needles outside.

We were able to get our fire stick working yesterday. That’s a nice addition to our antenna TV. We now have quite a few options available to us for viewing. Yesterday was football, of course.

Enjoy your day. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Great Horned Owl

Good morning. Wow, what a wicked night of storms we had with heavy downpours of rain, thunder, lightning and wind. I’m glad we are about done with it. The rain is supposed to be over soon, then we should have a fairly nice day. No sun in the forecast though.

Yesterday morning we had a break in the rainy weather, so we decided to head to the beach to see the big waves. We timed it perfectly. The sun was out and the temperature was warm but not too hot. The waves were coming in hard and fast. The red warning flags were out. The birds were enjoying the weather too. It is fun watching them run up and down the beach. Sea foam was washing up the shore. We didn’t find too many shells though. 

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Then we went to the nature center to learn about the Great Horned Owl. Her name is Doctor and she is about 3 years old. She was placed here because she had been around humans too long and no longer was able to fend for herself. We didn’t get her complete story because the weather was making her uneasy and she was stressing out, so the ranger had to cut her time short.

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We made it back home just in time for the big storm to hit. We hunkered down for the rest of the day playing cards, reading and watching football. 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

A Nice Day Outside

Good morning. It is going to be another nice day here in Gulf Shores, Alabama with a high around 70º. Only partly sunny, so not as nice as yesterday but a far better day than anyone else I know is going to have. It is nice not to have to bundle up in a winter coat and hat.

Yesterday morning we went down to the beach. We enjoyed watching the birds. We collected some sea shells and got our feet wet. The water was cold. Not a day for swimmers.

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When we got back we spent some time getting our patio set up. This is the first time since summer that we have been able to sit outside. It was beautiful out but, even in the sun I was a bit chilly. We even turned the football game on the outside TV for a while. We weren’t able to watch either the Lions or the Bears game, but Clyde was happy just to get a station that came in good and enjoyed the game that was on.

After dinner we decided to go do our laundry. It was piling up and we were running out of clothes. Soon we would need to turn our underwear inside out-not. The park has a very nice laundromat that equals any you would go to outside the park. We picked a good time to go. There was only one other couple doing their laundry. After $20 we were able to go home. I did say we had a lot of dirty clothes.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Weighing the Sides

Good morning.  Looking at the temperature this morning I realized it is the same temperature as it was when I went to bed last night – 64.  Our high for today is 75 and for the next 8 days the weatherman is predicting a possibility of rain and overcast, no sun.

And speaking about the weather, I just can’t believe how often and how fast the fog can roll in.  One minute we look out our window and see the water, the next it’s gone.  We have foggy mornings back home, but not as often or in the middle of the day like we’ve seen here.  The humidity in the air is thick.  You can see the drops of water on the window outside.  I thought it was raining until we realized it was just the results of the humidity. There are no good hair days with this much humidity in the air.  Curly hair is even curlier and straight hair is limp and lifeless.  At least we are all having bad hair days.

Day 78. The sun popped out for a short while yesterday and I got to sit outside and bask in it. It felt so nice. It was too breezy to do any needlework outside, but it would have been a good time to read a book if I had one.  I’ll have to work on getting one for next time.

Our daughter Melissa bought Patty Pepper a fenced yard that is open on the top but with sold sides. She is hoping it will help keep her quiet. The theory is if you can’t see it, you can’t bark at it. We finally got to try it out. We put her bed in it to help her feel more comfortable, but she never did settle down and relax.  She didn’t bark as much either, which is a plus.  I think she will just need to get used to it.

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Our campsite, compared to others in the park, is a good one.  We sit so that the motorhome gives you shade from the afternoon sun.  We are on a corner lot, which helps us not feel as Claustrophobic as we would on some of the other lots.  And, we are close to the water.  On the down side the picnic table is permanently placed and is directly in front of our door.  The ground is mostly rocks and sand with very little grass and not very level.  You have no place to make a patio and put out your chairs.  The burrs are awful. They are all over the park. Our poor pug can’t take a step without getting one in her. I’m still weighing the good vs the bad here.  I’ll let you know which way I lean later.

We are enjoying the cable.  It’s nice to be able to turn to a channel and get a clear picture.  And, being super bowl Sunday, we enjoyed the game. I love a good close game like this one was.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Shoreline

Good morning.  I’ve always been a morning person.  I enjoy getting up early and starting my day having a little “me time” with a fresh cup of coffee.  I’m finding this is also the best time for me to gather my thoughts and write about them here.

With me being a very early riser and my hubby not so much, (he likes to sleep in to at least 7 am) it has taken me a while to figure out how to live in our very small space without disturbing him.  I am now setting up the coffee before I go to bed so I am not making a lot of noise.  I can’t help it if the wonderful aroma of fresh coffee fills the air.

Day 64.  As I mentioned yesterday morning our plan was to watch the football playoffs which we did.  Neither of the teams we were rooting for won, but we enjoyed watching anyway and I got a chance to work on my UFO.

It rained on and off all afternoon and even though the temperature was a pleasant 70, the wind made it feel much cooler.  Clyde took Patty Pepper on a few walks between the showers.  He took her down along the water’s edge but the shoreline is very rocky and she had a hard time walking.  While they were down there he found an interesting formation in the ground.  We have no idea what to call it or how it was formed.  Maybe it was formed because of the water washing up. Just a guess.  Anyway I thought I would share his picture with you.  I am looking forward to taking a walk down there with him when it is nicer to see it myself.

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Until next time,

Kathryn