Hot Water Tank Woes

Good morning. It’s going to be another pleasant day here in Harlingen; high 70’s, but unfortunately not much sun. That’s much better than bundling up in winter coats for sure.

Yesterday Steve came over to see if he could fix our hot water tank. We have been without hot water for a couple of months now. One day it just stopped working. The water just stopped coming out of the hot water faucet. While we were on the road, Steve had us try a few different things, but none solved our problem. So, until we could get here and have him take a look at it himself, we have been taking showers at the campground facilities and heating water in the tea kettle to do dishes. Not much different from before we got the motorhome and enjoyed camping. Only now we are full-time RV’ers and I would really enjoy the modern convenience.

Clyde and Steve went and bought a part Steve thought might solve our problem, but after taking a look, it turned out that was not the problem. The two of them spent most of the morning crawling around on the ground checking things out. If you know the workings of a motorhome, everything is compact and never easy to get at to repair. In the end, Steve called Winnebago to get some advice on where to look next. They gave him another idea. Hopefully, this will solve our problem. They will take a look at it again tomorrow.

While they were working on the hot water tank, I was busy cutting a couple of pieces of vinyl to cover the bottom section of the screen door. We are hoping to block Patty Peppers view to the outside world so that she won’t see as many things to bark at. While Clyde and Steve were out shopping they stopped and bought a 1/2 yard remnant of black vinyl to use. Steve’s idea was to cut two pieces, glue them together so that the black will show both from the outside and inside of the door. We attached the vinyl with Velcro to the inside of the door so that it would be easily removable when we wanted the air to flow through. It worked perfectly and it looks very professional. I love it when a plan comes together.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a nice but cool day with a high of only mid 50’s. It will be a perfect day to check out our new surroundings.

Day 159. We said goodbye to Karen and Rob, filled up with propane at the Oh! Kentucky Campground (which is located right off I-75 in Berea, Kentucky) and we were on the road by 10:30 am. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a travel day.

I use the mobile apps on my phone Park Advisor and RV Parky quite often to locate places to stay or to get gas and propane. This time it was Park Advisor that helped me find a place to dump our holding tanks. A Flying J off I-75 (exit 171) in Walton, Kentucky met our needs and had good reviews. We were able to use our Good Sam’s card to get a discount on both our gas and the dump fee, which is always nice.

We arrived at our destination, Lebanon, Ohio around 1:30pm. Our daughter Melissa met us at the entrance of her subdivision to guide us through. She moved here right after Christmas, so this is our first opportunity to see her new place. There is a lot of new construction going on and the roads are quite narrow. We wanted to weave our way through the subdivision only once and be headed in the right direction to park our motorhome in front of her home. Her driveway is quite level, but not long enough to fit all of the motorhome. We can comfortably use our motorhome with only the bedroom slide-out opened. So, that is what we opted to do.

With the necessities taken care of, it was time to relax and enjoy our time together. Patty Pepper made herself right at home by eating all of Lady’s food as soon as she came in. You would think we starved the poor dog. It is good to see Patty Pepper adjusting so well to our new lifestyle. It doesn’t seem to take her anytime at all to relax and feel at home at each new location.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Goodbye Peoria

Good morning. Today is a travel day. Our destination is Berea, Kentucky to see our daughter Karen and her family. Berea is about 455 miles from here, which is too far for us to travel in one day. We would like to go at least halfway or maybe a little further today. How far we travel in a day is always dependent upon the weather and the traffic. We plan on spending the night in a Walmart parking lot. We can usually find a Walmart that is conveniently located right off the expressway and has plenty of parking space. That way we do not have to unhitch the toad and we are able to get a little shopping in before we settle down at our next destination spot. I like to locate 2 or 3 different Walmart stores ahead of time to give us options.

Day 143. Our last day with Scott and Tina was bitter-sweet. We sure enjoyed our time with them and we hate to say goodbye. We didn’t get to see Scott’s wife Melissa, as she works late, so our goodbyes with her were made on Sunday.

We went over to Tina’s house in the morning, while she was at work, to take showers and do a couple of loads of laundry. With the state park not having the water turned on for the season just yet, we’ve needed to impose on Tina (she doesn’t mind a bit). We are also able to use her washer and dryer. As we had just washed our clothes on Sunday, this day we only needed to wash our sheets and rugs. The rugs seem to get dirty faster when you live in a motorhome even if we try to take our shoes off at the door. I also wash Patty Pepper’s blankets with the rugs. Because she is a pug, and pugs are notorious for shedding, her blankets get disgustingly dirty very quickly.

While we were waiting for the laundry to finish drying, Scott came over to see us. It was lunchtime and we were all hungry so we did what we do best-went out to eat. Scott took us to a little diner close by called Lucky Dog’s Pub and Eatery. It’s a burger joint with good food and a very nice wait staff.

Later for dinner we met up again with Scott, Tina, Jo and her 2 boys for dinner. For our last meal together they decided to go all out and took us to Osaka Hibachi & Sushi Bar. It was a fun place to go with our large group. We all enjoyed watching our food be prepared in front of us and the comical performance the chef put on while doing it.

Saying goodbye was hard. It never seems like we have enough time together. The only thing that makes it any easier for me is knowing that in a few months time we will be back again for another visit.

On our drive home (back to the campground) I was pleasantly surprised to spot the same owl I had seen the other day and I was able to get a picture of him before he flew off. It was as if he was posing for me.

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How cool is that! I just love spotting wildlife and being able to capture the moment with my camera (this time it was only my phone camera).

I best get my move on. I’ve got a few things to do before we head off. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

Easter with Family and Friends

Good morning. Happy Easter. It is a very cold morning here, only 24 outside. I sure am ready for spring to come and stay. I can remember as a little girl getting dressed up in our Easter finest; a pretty dress, patent leather Mary Jane shoes with white ankle socks and an Easter bonnet. We sang Easter songs; like “In your Easter Bonnet” and “Here comes Peter Cotton Tail” as we were getting ready to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s. Fond memories.

I don’t remember it being so cold on Easter except for one time. We were camping near Washington D.C.. When we got up in the morning there was snow on the ground. Why I remember that I don’t know. Today, thankfully, there is no snow, just very cold temperatures.

Day 133. We took a long drive (a little over 2 hours) to our daughter-in-law, Mel’s childhood home, where we spent the day with her family. We enjoyed a wonder Easter meal together. It was so nice of them to include us. Patty Pepper even behaved herself and got along with Ruby, the little dog who lives there. Although, Patty Pepper did drink all of Ruby’s water and ate all of her food as soon as we got there. No manners at all.

Today we are going to our daughter Tina’s for brunch and spend a relaxing day talking and playing games with Tina and a few others. We will also bring our laundry. It is so nice to be able to do a load at a time in a relaxed atmosphere.

Have a wonder day. Enjoying our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Missouri Wildlife

Good morning. Today we are heading a little further north to another Missouri state park. We have explored and seen all that there is here during this time of year. It’s time to move on and explore another area.

Day 123. As Clyde was taking Patty Pepper out for her first thing in morning walk he noticed three deer right in our backyard. He quietly called me on my phone to alert me to his findings and I was able to get a few pictures of them from our motorhome window. They weren’t very big and seemed as curious about us as we were about them.

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Later in the day I was able to get a couple of pictures of the two birds I had seen yesterday.

We have enjoyed our stay here, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.

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Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

Lake Wappapello State Park

Good morning. What a quiet night. Not even an owl hooting. The only sound we heard was the furnace turning on and off. It looks like we have only a slight chance of rain this morning and then cloudy sky’s with a high of only 49. Tomorrow sunny and a high of 53 if we decide to stay one more day.

Day 121. We had decided before we left the Walmart in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas that we would like to find a campground not too far into Missouri, which would be around lunchtime. We were hoping to get into the Corps of Engineering Campground in Greenville, but we could not get anyone to answer the phone so we did not know if they were open or if they had any available sites. We knew there were State Parks in the area also, but again we didn’t know if they were open. We decided to do what we do best and just wing it.

I was having a hard time finding the exact location for the Corps of Engineering Campground. Our Corps book gave vague directions and google maps was not cooperating either. Usually I have no problem getting directions. As we drove we saw a sign for a State Park and decided to go for it. We had no idea what we were in for. The road to the park was “white knuckle” the entire way. We went up very steep inclines, down the same “hills”, no shoulders, straight down drop offs, and the road wound in and out and all around. We were going deeper and deeper into the woods. It seemed like it took forever to find the park. Our favorite type of driving-not.

When we finally arrived and saw cars and people we took a sigh of relief. We just sat there for a few minutes to let our stomachs settle before going in to see if we could get a site. I know I teased Clyde for not wanting to go into the mountains, but if we were both this nervous driving in the hills of Missouri, I don’t think I’m cut out for going through the mountains in our motorhome either.

The park ranger was very nice. She told us yes they were open and to just go find a site and set up. They use the honor system to pay. After you set up you fill out an envelope, add your cash or check and drop it in the box. We were happily surprised to find out it was only $8 a night with 30 amp electric for us, as senior citizens. They have a dump station and a place to fill up with potable water if we need it.

We got back in our motorhome and took another deep breath. We had to go up another very steep hill to get to the campsite. I think we were holding our breath, hoping we would make it all the way up. Like The Little Engine that Could, “I think I can, I think I can”.

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Road to Campsites

There was only one other camper and they were leaving as we were coming in. We had our choice of any site. The problem was all the sites seemed to be next to a cliff, not easy to get into or very level. A couple of sites were pull-through. We decided one of those would work best for us, as we knew they were long enough for us to fit into. We had just gotten set up and leveled out when it started to rain. Boy did we time that good. We only drove about a hundred miles, but some of them were very stressful. We were glad to be set up and have a place to relax for a couple of days.DSC_0022DSC_0025DSC_0026

The park itself is deep in the forest on Lake Wappapello. So far we haven’t seen much wildlife. It is so tranquil here. A perfect place to be one with nature. And, Patty Pepper won’t have anyone to bark at. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza

Good morning. Well, the time has finally come to start our trek north. Winter is over for us. I just hope it is where we are going also. On our way north we will be going through states and areas we have not been before. We have not made any reservations and we have only a basic idea on which way we will be traveling to get to our first planned visit. We will try to avoid high winds, bad weather and mountains.

We are headed first to Peoria, Illinois where we will spend a good week and a half visiting with our son Scott, his wife Melissa and our adopted daughter Tina.  It’s been too long since we spent any length of time there and we are really looking forward to visiting with them.

But, today we just know we are going north. Our goal is Wharton, Texas. They have a Bucee’s and a Walmart. We were told by our friends Gary and Gale that we must stop at a Bucee’s. We love new experiences and we are looking forward to seeing what this pit-stop will be like. Depending on the time of day we get there will determine if we stop for the night or just keep going. We will see.

Day 117. Yesterday was spent doing laundry, packing things away, cleaning, checking the motorhome to make sure we are ready to leave and spending our last bit of time with our friends.

Steve’s mom Edie and his step-dad Delbert invited us over for pizza dinner. We have been hankering for pizza. We haven’t had any since we left Michigan in November and I don’t even remember when the last time was we had it there. Edie is a pizza lover too and was telling us how good the place was right by here. We were looking forward to trying it.

It was a nice evening to sit on their back deck and listen to their wind chimes. While we were sitting there talking and waiting for Steve and Delbert to get back with the pizza three Muscovy ducks waddled by. They are all black birds with a large white patch on their wings and red around their eyes. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America. I was disappointed I wasn’t able to get a good enough picture of them to post for you. It was the first time I had seen this type of duck.

When the pizza arrived we went inside to enjoy it. And enjoy it we did! It was just as good, if not better than they said it was. We ordered the supreme with everything on it and everything it had. I enjoyed every bite. The restaurant is Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza in Harlingen, Texas. I have no idea what Brooklyn style pizza is, but it was excellent. The group also said they enjoy eating in the restaurant and that the other menu items are just as good. I guess we will just have to come back next year so we can try that too.

Our time here has come to an end. We can’t thank Steve, Judy, Edie and Delbert enough for their hospitality and friendship. We also want to thank Steve’s friends Kay and Ruth Ann for the use of their golf cart. Clyde and Patty Pepper sure enjoyed buzzing around in it. Patty Pepper especially had a good time riding in style. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we are so glad we got to spend this time together.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn