Loving our Lifestyle

Good morning. I’m back. I didn’t want you to think I forgot about you or my blog. We are back at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom. The campgrounds have been fairly empty during the week days and then fill up for the weekends. Now that the kids are out of school we should be seeing more families camping during the week.

We are just about done with all the doctor visits. Yah. It seems that’s all we do is make our plans around a doctor visit or test. It will be nice to put this stuff behind us and be able to make our plans for the fall and winter.

We have no idea where we are going or what we will be doing once we leave here. We know we will be visiting with our children in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. We don’t know in what order, but we do know that is where we will be heading. After that it is all up in the air.

We would love to go through the mountains but neither of us are comfortable with the driving we’ve done so far on the nobs and big hills. I don’t know how we would ever drive through anything higher. Our motorhome is not diesel. We have a gas engine and we tow our car. We are afraid we would asking to much of Winnie’s engine to go up and down the mountains. We just don’t know.

We have enjoyed some really nice summer weather. It’s funny that wherever we went on our winter adventure we didn’t have the nice weather we were hoping for. We kept hearing “this is the worst winter we’ve had in years”. Now that we are back where we started we are finally having beautiful days. We have had some rain, some cooler days and some very hot days but for the most part we have had perfect summer days.

We are sorry to hear about the flooding and heavy rain they had in some of the areas of Texas we visited. Our friend Steve told us they got 10″ of rain in a very short period of time. That is a lot of rain!

I have been able to get my reading fix in. I am now on “P” is for Peril of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. I will hopefully be able to complete the alphabet before we leave here.

Well, that’s about it for now. Have a nice weekend. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend

Good morning. Our warm weather has arrived. It was a warm one yesterday and I was a bit concerned about how warm it would be for sleeping. We have air-conditioning in Winnie, but with only 30 amps here, in this state park, we cannot use it as we continually blow circuits.  No worries. It cooled down and we enjoyed a comfortable nights sleep.

I mentioned the 30 amps in this state park, Brighton Recreation Area. We like this state park, despite the lack of 50 amps, for few reasons. The park itself is close to family, healthcare providers and shopping. But, it is also a nice park to kick back and relax in and it has a good sandy beach that is in walking distance from all of the park sites for the kids to enjoy.

The other campground that we use during our stay here in Michigan, is in Wixom. It is also a state park, Proud Lake Recreation Area. That campground has a few 50 amp sites for us with larger units and it is just as nice for relaxing. Proud Lake is known for having many trails for hiking and biking. It is also known for being a great place to go canoeing. The park even has a canoe rental area set up in the park. On the down side, it is not a good park for the kids to go swimming. The beach area (if that is what you want to call it) is all mud and no sand.

Because Brighton has the nice beach for the kids, we prefer to be here on warm days so the kids can enjoy their time with us. It is also a few dollars cheaper than Proud Lake. This weekend is going to be a hot one! Our highs are upper 80’s to 90º. The kids should have a great time. Now just to keep the rain and mosquitos at bay for the entire weekend.

This morning we will joining many others in the grocery store to stock up with goodies. We will be doing some grilling for sure. I also have a few books in at the library to pick up. I don’t know how come I have never read any of Sue Grafton’s books, but I’m glad I found a series to start on. I am almost finished with “A” is for Alibi.

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is a time to remember those who died while serving in the military fighting for our freedom. We decided to decorate the outside of Winnie a little to show our appreciation for those who served and those who are now serving in our country’s armed forces. Thank you.

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Loving our lifestyle. Have a great weekend and safe travels.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Setting Up the Patio Area

Good morning. It looks like the rain has finally stopped for the next few days. With temperatures in the 70’s all week, we will be able to sit outside and enjoy some perfect weather.

We moved yesterday from Proud Lake State Park in Wixom, Michigan to the Brighton Recreation Area, Bishop Lake Campground. It is another Michigan State Park that is close to family, doctors and is in the area of our old home. Both campgrounds are convenient and only about 25 miles apart. With a 15 day limit we will be going back and forth between the two campgrounds for a while.

As I mentioned before this is our home base where our doctors (and we do have a few), dentist, ophthalmologist and vet are all located.  Appointments have been made. So in-between sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather we will be doing what old people do – visit the doctors.

We finally got to set up our outdoor patio area to make it homey. It is the first time since we left here last fall that we have been able to do so. The weather just hadn’t cooperated with us anywhere. We even grilled out (hamburgers) and ate at the picnic table. Our son, Kevin stopped by on his way home from work to see us and enjoy our first cookout of the season.

 

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Bishop Lake Campground – site #4

In the picture above we hadn’t moved the picnic table yet. The beautiful flowers were a Mother’s Day gift from my grandson Tristan. He also gave us the patio rug last fall. This is the first time we have been able to put it out.

With all the rain we have been getting, the grass is a bit long and the mosquitos and gnats were bad yesterday. Hopefully they will be able to mow soon.

Today is our 47th wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe 2 years ago we took our first adventure in Winnie. Now look at us. We are retired full-time RV’ers. It has been 8 months now of living in our motorhome. I do not miss having a S&B home at all. Some may find that odd. This is our way to see our loved ones and friends more often and also see more of our beautiful country. Yep. Loving the lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

Circle Complete

Good morning. A chilly one too. It looks like it isn’t supposed to warm up much either, as our high today is only 50º. To make it even gloomier, the forecast is calling for rain starting late this afternoon and all day tomorrow. What a way to start our summer in Michigan.

Day 172. This was our final day of our first adventure in Winnie as full-timers. We traveled from the Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA in Ohio to the Proud Lake Recreation Area, a Michigan State Park in Wixom, Michigan without incident. This is where it all began last November when we left Michigan to become “snowbirds”. The circle is complete.

We left the cold Michigan winter to find warm sunshine in the south. That was a laugh. Everywhere we went people said “this is the coldest winter we’ve had in years”. Many said we brought the cold weather with us. Just kidding I hope. Even though the temperatures were colder than normal down south, it was still warmer than what our family was getting back home in the north.

We were able to visit family and friends, see places we had never been before and experience life in a new way. We had a few glitches along the way, but nothing major. Even those were far and few between. I would call them learning experiences. Next week we start the summer out with doctor visits. Not much fun, but necessary.

We have been full-time RV’ers, with no other home than our Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser, for 238 days. Next week it will be 8 months of living in a very small home on wheels. No regrets. I love our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Propane 101

We are continuing to learn more about our motorhome the hard way.  Is there any other way?  We had our propane tank filled up at Corrigan Propane in Brighton before heading out to St. Clair, MI. to see my sister and her family for a few days.  We knew it was going to be cold out and we would need to keep the heat on.  We didn’t want to run out of propane while we were there.  Our problem was that after filling Winnie up with propane the gauge wasn’t working to let us know how much propane we had used.  The gauge did work before filling it up.  We tried turning the propane off and then on again to see if that would work.  Nope. Nothing.

We didn’t run out while we were there, but being we had no way of knowing how much propane we had left in our tank we decided we’d better get it topped off before setting up at Proud Lake for our last 2 weeks in Michigan.  We also thought maybe when we had the tank filled up again the gauge would start working.  Nope.  After setting up the gauge was still reading empty.  We used about 5 lbs. over the 3 day weekend.

Now what?  It is Michigan and the weather is getting colder.  Heat is a necessity.  We knew we had a full tank of propane, but we had no way of knowing how long it would last using it 24/7 for heat.  We thought the next time we took it over to General RV to have them fill it up we would have them look into our gauge problem.  That time came sooner than we had anticipated.

Only 2 days later, in the middle of the night, the heat stopped working.  Isn’t it always at the most inconvenient times that problems occur? We took Winnie over to General RV first thing in the morning.  It’s a good thing they are nice and close to the campground.

When they opened Jennifer, our fantastic service rep, had them fill the propane tank up again.  We had not used much at all.  They determined the problem was an air pocket.  At that time they also detected the broken gauge.  We had them order the part and made an appointment for Friday to have it installed.  Tomorrow we will be back at General RV.  Hopefully this will be our last problem before we head south for the winter.

Still loving the life style.

Until next time,

Kathryn