Christmas Decorations

Day 16.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – in Winnie.  I’ve completed decorating our motorhome for Christmas.  I didn’t go all out, just enough to help us get into the holiday spirit.  Just remember, whatever I use to decorate with has to be stored somewhere in the motorhome as this is our only home.

It’s going to seem funny not having any snow at Christmas this year.  It is our first Christmas away from family and cold winter weather.   The family I will miss (already do), the cold weather-not so much.  I do love snow, just not the cold.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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On the Road Again

Day 9.  After spending a very enjoyable week with our daughter Karen and her family it was time to say good-bye and hit the road.  But, before we did that we needed to fill up with propane, as our tank had run dry.  Kentucky was cold too.  Maybe not as cold as Michigan, but cold enough to run the furnace 24/7.  We thought we could fill up at the campground across the road, but when we pulled in we were told they had run out of propane and didn’t know of anywhere else to get some.  So we hit the road with the plan of looking for some along the way.

Where to go next.  We had discussed taking I-75 south through Kentucky into Tennessee, but we found out just as you enter Tennessee we would have to climb a knob or mountain or whatever and as Michiganders who have not traveled much through mountains in a car, let alone in a motorhome pulling a toad, it was not something we wished to do just yet.  So, I needed to find an alternate route to take us southwest.

The route decided on took us across the Cumberland Parkway, then through Bowling Green, Kentucky and south on I-65 through to Tennessee.  We passed through Nashville and found a campground right off the expressway, the Texas T Campground.  It is a very popular place for overnighter’s on the road.  We were very happy to have gotten a site.  They provide free Wi-Fi, and have pull-through sites with full-hookups.  This meant we didn’t have to unhook the toad.  Nice!  They also give discounts for AARP members and Sams Club.  We have both. 

Oh, we did find propane at a Flying J gas station.  The tank is 22 lbs. and we took 22 lbs.  Guess you could say we were empty.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Artisan Center

Day 3.  Today we visited the Artisan Center and the Log House Craft Gallery in Berea, Kentucky.  Berea’s motto is “Where Art is Alive”.  The city is noted to be “The Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky”.

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 Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

As a crafter myself, I enjoy seeing what other talented artists have created.  I was not disappointed.  The variety of different types of crafts created were numerous, all unique and well done.  All of the items displayed in both places were for sale.

After our visit to the art centers we went to Hobby Lobby’s to further entice our creative juices.  Some purchases were made.  We decided to buy our small Christmas tree for Winnie, along with the lights and ornament, as all Christmas items were 1/2 off.  I was told I was not allowed to put it up until after Thanksgiving, so you will have to wait a little bit to see how it looks.

We are enjoying our time with our daughter Karen and her family.  It is always too long between visits.

Enjoying the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Destination: Berea, Kentucky

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Day 2.  We were up early, anxious to get on the road.  A few of the other overnighter’s had already left when we woke up.  We were on our way by 7:20 am.  Traffic was quite heavy for the first hour.  After the traffic settled down, we stopped at a Burger King for our coffee (which was awful) and breakfast.

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Shortly after our breakfast break we entered our destination state of Kentucky.  We made it to Berea, Kentucky by 11:00 am, ready to visit with our daughter Karen and her family.

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Walnut Meadows Campground was easy to find off I-75.  Our daughter Karen prearranged our reservation for us.  We were given a pull-through site with full hookups.  This made it easy to unhook the car and get settled in quickly.

The owners are a very nice older couple who made us feel very welcome.  The campground is small with many permanent residence. It is also very convenient for shopping, restaurants and the well know Artisan Center, which we can’t wait to visit.

Loving the lifestyle,

Until next time,

Kathryn

One More Trip to General RV

We thought we were done with repairs on Winnie.  Nope, not quite yet.  When I went to plug in my blow dryer into the bathroom outlet, it wouldn’t work.  We checked the breakers, reset the switch and still nothing.  Hopefully Jennifer can fit us in sometime this week to have it looked at before we leave on Sunday to head south.

As long as we are at it, I will have them look at the dinette slideout. It is making a lot of noise going in and out.  I hope it won’t be anything major.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Another Day at General RV

Friday was another full day at General RV to have the new propane gauge installed and to have our water problem looked at.  We were having problems filling up the fresh water tank because the water was going into the toilet tank.

As usual we got up at 4 am to teardown and drive to General RV, where I sit and wait until they open at 9 am and Clyde takes the car to work.  They have 50 amp electric hookups available for customers to use, which we took advantage of.  I don’t mind the wait.  I have everything available while waiting that I do at the campground.  No matter if the problem takes an hour to fix or all day, I still have to wait until Clyde gets off work to drive us back to the campground.  If the problem is fixed early I sit and wait for him in Winnie.  If it takes longer, I wait in the lounge area where I read a book.

This time it took the entire day to repair Winnie.  The water issue took the longest.  The problem was two-fold; a broken part in the toilet and another part broken on the outside where you fill up the tank.  The part needed outside they had in stock.  The part for the toilet needed to be ordered and who knows how long it would take to arrive.  We are planning on heading south in a week.  Waiting for a part was not our first choice.  The other option was to put in a new toilet.  A toilet is a lot more expensive than the part, but the labor to put the difficult to get at part was more than the labor to install a new toilet.  In the end, we decided to install a new toilet and not have to worry about getting the part in time before we leave Michigan.  The difference in cost:  $30.  We also will not have to worry about another part on the toilet breaking.

Hopefully this is the last of repairs and issues for a while.

On another note, I can’t believe how many campers are here this late in the season when the temperatures are in the teens.  We even have a tent and pop-up camper here.

Still loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Getting Hitch

Time to get the hitch on the motorhome so that we can tow our car 4 down.  We have a 2016 Ford Focus, which we chose because it was a lighter weight small car that could be towed 4 down.   We ordered the parts we would need at General RV and made an appointment for October 30th to have the work done.  We were told it would be an all day job needing both the car and motorhome, which was ok with me.  I have a book to read while I wait and hubby is at work. This is our most expensive project so far and hopefully the last, costing us about $5,000 for both parts and labor.

It did take all day.  After the work was completed it was dark and raining very hard.  We were given a lesson in hooking the car up to the motorhome and headed on our way to Brighton Recreation Area.  We were low on water due to a water main break that affected all of Oakland county where we had been previously staying.  So the first thing we needed to do was fill up our tank even though we were tired and it was dark and raining.

With no lights to see what we were doing, we still needed to unhook the car from the motorhome.  We decided it would probably be easier to do while we dumped and filled up with water.  We were tired, cold and not thinking as clear as we should have been.  We unhooked all the components between the car and motorhome and as the last chain was unhooked the car began to roll down the incline.  The end result was a car door that wouldn’t close and front panel that needed replacement.  Lesson learned the hard and expensive way – always take the car out of neutral and put it in park first before doing anything else.

Our car is now in the shop being repaired.  Hopefully we will be able to remember how to hook the car up to the motorhome when we get the car back in about a week.

Still loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn