Full-Time Lifestyle 1st Anniversary

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Jubilee College State Park

Good morning everyone. This post is a few days late as our 1st anniversary as full-time RVer’s was last Saturday the 15th (also our daughter Karen’s birthday). I’ve just been so busy having fun I haven’t had time to post. I guess that’s the way it should be.

We have completed one full year of living the RV lifestyle. It sure has gone by fast. Looking back I had my doubts we would ever be able to start our adventure. We had so many road blocks that kept getting in the way. My health being the biggest one. But, here we are living the lifestyle with no regrets.

Many people have asked if I miss not having a home. My answer is always the same. Winnie is my home. I do not miss owning a large home or do I need all that space. I have everything I need right here. I do not have to pack and unpack a suitcase or sleep in a strange bed. We are always home wherever we are.

The best part of living this lifestyle is that we get to visit our children more often. With our grown children living in 4 different states we didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we would have liked. Now, we are trying to divide up our time equally between the states and we still have time to see family and friends who live farther away.

We have been asked many times which of the many places we went was our favorite. I can honestly say I don’t have one. We enjoyed so many of the places we went and saw for different reasons. We enjoyed the Corps of Engineering campgrounds for the wildlife and wilderness settings. We love any campground that is by the water. I mean, who wouldn’t.  And, we love any place that gets us closer to our friends and family.

Another question we have been asked numerous times is what has been downside of living this lifestyle. The answer is not too much. The same things you find unpleasant living in S&B home you will find just as unpleasant living in a motorhome. You still have to clean, things breakdown, the weather is not always pleasant and you sometimes have to deal with unpleasant neighbors. We just get to move if we don’t like where we are.

We have learned a few lessons along the way. First, take your time and don’t try to rush when setting up or leaving an area. Second, don’t try to do things when you are tired. That is when accidents happen. Just ask Clyde.

We have had a great first year living this lifestyle and I am so happy we are able to continue living the dream.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

1st Campfire of the Season

Good morning. It looks like cooler weather for the next few days and no sunshine. At least there is no rain in the forecast. I think we have all had enough of that for a while. The rain sure brought the mosquitos out in full force. And, that is during the daytime. I can’t remember when I’ve had so many bites on me and bad ones too. We did go to the store and bought a ton of bug spray; both for our bodies and to spray around the campsite. Hopefully it will help.

When we were coming back from shopping the head park ranger for this campground was sitting on a large mower right in front of our campsite. I stopped to say hi, as I had gotten to know her last year when we camped here. She remembered me right away and asked how I was doing. I asked her if she could mow our campsite as it was getting long and the mosquitoes were awful. She reiterated what the camp hosts had told Clyde, that the staff was told not to mow occupied sites do to the liability issue. But, she was happy to do it for me. I’m a happy camper. The area looks a lot better and hopefully the mosquitoes will find another area to haunt.

 

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Brighton Recreation Area – Zachary, Kevin, Brooklynn, Xavier and Clyde

We enjoyed our first of many campfires of the season. It was time for pie iron pizzas and s’mores. Yum. Our grandson Tristan also joined us after he got off of work.

Enjoying our lifestyle. Have a good day.

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

 

 

 

 

Camping Season is Beginning

Good morning. You can tell camping season is beginning and that more of us “snowbirds” are making our way north. Instead of us being the only campers in the campgrounds as we venture north, or sharing it with one or two others, we now see a steady flow of campers coming in and out. Most RV’ers stay only one night and continue on their way. Over the weekend this campground filled with families taking time to enjoy a couple of days of family time together. There was even a tent camper in the tent area of the campground. By Sunday evening the campground was back to about a half-dozen RV’ers.

This is our last day in Ohio. Tomorrow is a travel day. We will be ending our winter adventure and be back where we started. Time sure has flown by quickly. It is hard to believe we have been full-time RV’ers for 236 days.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Making Reservations

Good morning. I’ve been thinking. My morning routine is no different now than it was before we began our journey. I get up early and make my coffee. I enjoy a cup of the freshly brewed caffeine while I look out into the woods and fields and tell you about our adventures. Sometimes my view isn’t as serene. I might have a highway or other RV’s out my window. But, still the routine is the same.

Day 137. I decided it was time to get busy and make our reservations for the months of May, June and July. We know where we will be during that time period. In Michigan, in the area where we owned our home.  We both have doctors appointments that will take up a bit of our time. Clyde will need to have cataract surgery on both eyes and the recovery time for that will mean we need to stay put for a short while.

We have two state parks in the area that are convenient and nice campgrounds to stay in. There is one private campground in the area we could use in a pinch, but I prefer our state parks. Michigan state parks have a rule that you are only allowed to stay in one campground for a maximum of 2 weeks. You then need to vacate for at least 5 days before you are allowed to return to that campground. I understand the reasoning behind that rule. This deters squatters and allows the parks to be used by many campers instead of just a few.

Planning out which of the two parks to stay at when was a bit tricky to maneuver around the holidays, but I managed to get it done. I just hope that we can now schedule his surgeries to coincide with our reservations. He will not be allowed to drive or lift heavy things during his recovery time. Unfortunately, the doctor’s office would not allow us to schedule his surgeries ahead of time. Changing our reservations would be not only costly (the parks are now imposing a penalty for cancellations and changes in reservations) but a big hassle.

I’m sure it will all work out in the end. I’m just glad I will not have to be concerned about the campgrounds being fully booked during those times. Still loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Pool Time

Good morning. Daylight saving time. Spring forward. We had to set our clocks ahead one hour last night. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think personally I would rather not have to switch back and forth. Yes, you get more daylight in the evening, but I’m a morning person and I don’t care about having more sun in the evening. Now when I get up it will be dark longer. I’d prefer sitting outside in the evening, at dusk, watching the sun set than having more fun in the sun. I remember when the kids were little trying to get them down for the night. They would complain that it wasn’t bedtime yet. It wasn’t dark out. Daylight saving time just messes with your head. Yep, I do know how I feel. Let’s not have daylight saving time anymore. Let’s go back to the way it was before we changed our clocks.

Day 112. Boy, it was a hot one yesterday. Temps were in the 90’s and full sun. It felt like a real summer day in Michigan. This was the first real hot sunny day we’ve had so far. I spent my morning sitting outside beading. It was perfect. Not real hot yet and sunny. My kind of day.

While I was enjoying myself outside, Clyde went to breakfast with Steve and his step-dad. It is their Saturday ritual and it was nice of them to include Clyde. He enjoys being with the guys and loves a good breakfast, a nice combination.

As the temperature began to rise, we decided it was a perfect day to go to the pool. It was nice to relax and swim a little. I can’t seem to get in a pool without doing a few laps. It’s just ingrained in me from my youth and being on the swim team. It’s also good exercise.

When we got back from swimming we turned the air conditioning on for the first time on our journey. That just goes to show you how cool our temperatures have been this winter. We’ve not needed to turn the air on. I really was fine without having it on now, but you-know-who was not happy with the heat. And, it was a good idea to check it out and make sure it still worked ok. It’s kind of like turning on the furnace for the first time in the fall. You need to make sure it works ok before a real cold spell sets in and you find yourself in need of a repairman.

It looks like we are going to have another nice hot day today too. Maybe we will take another dip in the pool. What a life. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

A Normal Routine Lifestyle

Good morning. I’m so glad we picked this year to go south for the winter. I’m not sure why, but this winter seems to be colder all over the U.S. than previous years and with more snow. So while family and friends up north are wearing winter coats and shoveling snow, I’m down here wearing shorts and sitting outside in my lounge chair enjoying the fresh air. What a life.

Days 108 & 109. We’ve settled in here, at Park Place Estates, living a normal routine lifestyle. You know; shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning, crafts, playing cards and sitting outside enjoying the fresh air.

I did go to the bead store and was able to get enough supplies to keep me busy for a while. As usual, I have so many ideas running through my head it is hard to know which project to start on first. And, because I will be gifting most of what I make, I cannot share my ideas or finished projects just yet. I know, boo. But be patient. I will share.

Staying in this RV park feels more like living in a small neighborhood. Everyone knows each other. You often see small groups of people gathered together, either standing around at the curb talking or sitting outside in front of their homes chatting away. Even though we are not permanent residents or even long-term winter Texans in this park, they make us feel welcome. I can understand why some full-timers choose to find one place to stay for the entire winter instead of traveling around.

We are just not ready to settle down. We have too many places we haven’t been and would like to see. If you ask us which of the places we have been this winter we’ve liked the best we couldn’t say. Every place has been completely different from the other. I’ve enjoyed each place for a different reason. That is what makes this lifestyle so wonderful.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn