Walking the Trails

Day 15. Today we decided to take our pug, Patty Pepper, to a dog park we noticed on our way home from Walmart the other day.  It is not very far from the campground.  When we got there we found out it would cost us $3 to park.  Now, $3 isn’t much, but we have a dog that doesn’t socialize well with others or strange dogs.   And, as there were a number of other people and dogs enjoying the park, we decided to just take her for a walk back at the campground.  I’m really glad we did.

The park has many walking and bike trails, all well-marked.  The weather was perfect for a nice long walk and so was the view.

According to our phones, we walked about 1 mile.  This was far enough for our little pug and me too.  I’m still trying to get back to my old self after not being able to physically do much for the past year.  It feels good to be out and about enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Just Relaxing

Day 12.  Yesterday was not too productive.  We took our time, got a few things accomplished but not everything on our list.  The day was warm enough but overcast and the humidity felt like it would rain.  Not a good day to sit outside.  Today is suposed to be much nicer.

I did get my cleaning and grocery shopping done.  We had our choice between a Walmart that looked like it was groceries only and Winn Dixie.  We are very familiar with Walmart, but not Winn Dixie, so we decided give them a try.  The store was a lot smaller than we are used to.  We found what we needed, just not the variety of brand choices.  Next time we will try Walmart.

Next door to Winn Dixie was a small dollar store.  We were looking for some postcards to send out.  They had a few, which we bought, but not the variety we had hoped for.

I did get my mini Christmas tree decorated.  Today I will get out the rest of my decorations.  When I am done decorating I will post some pictures.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Settling In

Good Morning.  It’s time to catch you up on our last couple of days.  While I was waiting to check us in at the Texas T Campground, I chatted with a couple other campers that were also checking in.  The gentleman ahead of me was going to Gulf Shores, Alabama where he lives.  The lady I was chatting with said she was going there also.  When they asked me where we were headed, I responded “not sure, west to Texas”.  I explained this was our first trip and that we haven’t been anywhere yet.  She then said they had spent a few winters in Texas, but now go to Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama.  They love it there.

When we got settled in for the night, I looked on the map to see where Gulf Shores was.  It looked perfect for us; south, beach, warm weather and lots to see and do.  The question was do they have availability and could we afford it.  I wouldn’t know until I called.  I called. They had room for us until January 1st only and the monthly rate, even with their outrageous taxes (15% resort fee, 11% lodging tax and a $4. transaction fee) was doable at $24. per night with full hookups.  We will have to leave on New Year’s Day because they are fully booked for the next few months, but we got a spot and I know where I will be spending Christmas.  That was important to me.

Day 10.  We left the Texas T Campground at 9:30 am.  Our total miles for day 9 were 273.  We stopped at the welcome center in Alabama to see what they had for our new destination.

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Taking our time, we stopped at a rest area in Dodge City for lunch, then to Greenville, Alabama where we spent the night in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  We had a perfect spot where we were able to open our bedroom slide out over a grassy area.  We felt comfortable and safe there with other campers and truckers.  It was a long day totaling 549 miles for the day.  We did repay Walmart for their hospitality by getting some needed items in their store.

Day 11.  Yesterday was a short travel day, only 149 miles.  We made it to our destination by noon.  While I checked us in, Clyde unhooked the car from Winnie.  The sites are all paved with a picnic table and grill.  We do not have a fire pit.  We can see the gulf from our site, but we do have to drive to the beach area, which we did check out.  The sand reminds us of Cancun, so white.

Day 12.  Today we will be busy getting settled in.  Grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning and decorating for Christmas are on the agenda.  No hurry, we will see how much we get done.

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

My Kitchen Area

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My kitchen area may be small, but it is functional and doable.  I’ve got everything I need close at hand.  My son, Kevin, hung up my spice racks for me.  Don’t they look nice there.  I was going to have him hang a paper towel holder, but it didn’t work out.  The paper hung too low and the way the holder was made, once up, you couldn’t get a new roll of paper towel on it.  In its place I added one more spice rack.

I love having my cooking utensils close at hand too.  They add a little color to my area.  In my wicker basket I have my silverware, pot holders and hot plate.  I still have to cut the rubber mat to fit the wicker basket and glue it to the bottom so that the basket doesn’t move while driving on the road.  I did it to my little garlic jar that I had in my S&B.

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The little cutting board hung on the wall is for decoration only and was a sweet gift from my daughter Karen.

I think my kitchen area is just about complete.  I am quite happy with how it all came together.

Until next time,

Kathryn

New Spice Racks and Paper Towel Holder

In trying to make our motorhome more homey and user-friendly, I searched the web for a paper towel holder and a spice rack.  I knew I could buy one of those cheap white plastic paper towel holders that screw into the top of the cabinet, but I was looking for something with a little style.  The space is only 5″ high where it will go, which limits my selection.  I found a really cute black iron paper towel holder  online at Bed Bath and Beyond, but it is 6″ high.  I ordered it anyway because it just might work depending on where the paper towel sits.  It is supposed to come today.  I can’t wait to see if it will work.  Another good thing, if it does work, is that my daughter Melissa and I went into the store and had them order it for us.  Ordering it that way eliminated the shipping charges and we got to use a $5.00 off coupon.  Can you say “sweet”.

Paper towel holderWhile looking for the paper towel holder online, I came across the perfect spice racks for Winnie.  I had my daughter Melissa order them using her Amazon Prime account.  The spice racks came yesterday and fit perfectly.  I can put 3 of the 4 across the back of the stove wall and still have room for the paper towel holder.  That sure will free up cupboard space for something else and make it easier to find the spice I need.  I can’t wait until my son Kevin has time to put them up for me.

When I get them both hung up I will take a picture and show them to you.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Repairs and General Maintenance

Good Morning everyone.  We haven’t been able to do any more camping, but we have been working hard to obtain our goal of being full-time RV’ers.  It sure is a slow process.

We took Winnie over to Cummins-Bridgeway to have the air conditioning looked at.  When driving we had no cool air at all.  Ugh.  It was a good thing we did take her in.  They found a few other repairs that needed to be taken care of.  The sway bars were broken.  Whatever that is.  No idea how they break.  They might have been broken when we bought her a year ago.  There was also a leak in the oil cooling seal or there about.  And, as we knew already, we needed a new chassis battery.  They mentioned in their notes when we picked her up that the 2 coach batteries were in poor condition.  If they would have said something to us we would have had them replace them also.  Maybe they didn’t have that type of battery in stock.  Who knows.  Anyway, it was as rather expensive visit.  It’s a good thing we had purchased the extended warranty which covered $970.  It still cost us $1,300.  I’m just happy to have her back and repairs completed.

The next week we took her to General RV to have the left front jack looked at.  It would go down but not back up.  We had to assist the process with a board.  The other repair we needed to have looked at was the stove igniter switch.  It wouldn’t light the stove.  I needed to use a match.  The jack they said wasn’t anything major.  The stove igniter switch needs replacing and they had to order the part.  When it comes in we will pay for that.  They told me there would be no charge for them to install it.  While we were there we had them replace the 2 coach batteries.  Another expensive day – $550.  But, I am really happy to have the peace of mind that the repairs are done.  We just have to get the stove part in and installed.

On the home front, we had a garage sale the week-end after the 4th of July.  It was a perfect weekend weather wise.  We managed to eliminate a few things from our pile, just not enough.  Many items ended up being donated.   We’ve been working hard giving away and purging items.  We are getting there, slowly but surely.  Hopefully we will soon be ready to list our home and it will sell quickly.

Until next time,

Kathryn