Famous Dave’s

Good Morning. Although we ended our stay in the sunny warm climate of Texas a little too soon, I do not regret it. We do not get to spend enough time with our loved ones who are spread out in different states. That was the reason we decided on the full-time lifestyle and bought a motorhome to do it in.

The only down side right now is that because the temperatures can still dip below freezing, the state park has not turned the water on. That means we must conserve our water and take our showers at either our daughter or our son’s home. Which is fine with them.

Day 130. As we are retired and have lots of free time to do what we want, when we want and the others have full-time jobs, we only get to see them a few hours a day. Yesterday Scott had a few hours in the afternoon, between appointments, to spend with us. We decided to meet him at his home to play some cards. Today it was Hearts; a good old-fashioned card game that can be played with a regular deck of 52 cards and an odd number of players.

When we left Scott’s home it was getting to be dinner time for us old people. We have started to enjoy eating dinner around 4pm instead of the 6pm we did all of our working years. Call me lazy, but I didn’t feel like cooking. We decided, being we were out already, we might as well stop for a bite to eat. I do not enjoy fast-food. I have gotten so that I do eat, nor does my system tolerate fried, greasy food. We also like to try places we have not been before or that we do not have in the area of Michigan where we lived.

Today we decided on Famous Dave’s. Famous Dave’s is noted for their barbecue. They are a chain restaurant with locations in different states. We went to the one in Peoria, Illinois. It is not too far from the campground we are staying in. Clyde ordered ribs and I ordered grilled salmon. I do have to say the food was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed my salmon, it was cooked perfectly. Clyde enjoyed his ribs. He said they were meaty and tasty. It was a little more expensive than what we would have liked, but well worth it. And, even though our dinners were much better than what we would have gotten if I had made something when we got back to our motorhome, we have got to stop eating out so often. It is killing the budget.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Fish Dinner

Good morning. I think we are going to have another beautiful day here in the RGV (Rio Grand Valley). The weather app shows partly sunny with a high of 87 and very high humidity (which we could do without, but I take what I can get). I think I will be outside all day. (Big grin).

Day 106. Yesterday was a bit too windy to do any beading outside, but I did spend some time in my lounge chair reading over some patterns and planning my next projects.

While I was busy printing off some patterns and getting a few things done inside Winnie, Clyde took Patty Pepper to the dog park. It was built last year and is a nice big area that has a double fenced section so that when you enter the park other dogs can’t escape. He said it took her a good 5 minutes to leave the entrance area where she was busy sniffing and investigating. They had the area to themselves and Patty seemed to have a good time running around without a leash.

Later Clyde tried out the pool and hot tub. He loves relaxing in the water, be it a lake or a pool. When the kids were little I had to be the mean one and tell him right along with the kids that they had been in long enough and it was time to get out. They would all stay in the water until they were burned to a crisp and their skin was shriveled up like a prune. But they sure did sleep good at night from all the fresh air.

We were invited over to Steve’s for fish dinner. He enjoys fishing and cooking. That’s a good combination. We were very happy to be included in enjoying his catch along with his mom, step-dad and friend Judy. We sat on his covered patio and relaxed while he cooked on his grill. He served two types of fish. One was breaded. Both were delicious. My favorite was the non-breaded. I believe it was Red Snapper. It was cooked to perfection and so good. I can’t remember what he said the other fish was. He even sent us home with a doggy bag. (Another big grin).

Loving our lifestyle and finally our weather. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

Isla Blanca Park

Good morning. The weatherman says it is going to be another comfortable day with temps around 80, but it is also supposed to be overcast all day. That makes for a gloomy no sun day. The good news is no high wind advisory for today.

Our time here is almost up. Only a few days left. In reflecting back over this last month our stay here is not what we expected. From what we have been told, the weather has been exceptionally cool for this area (and everywhere else). I pictured us spending time walking along the beach or sitting in our lounge chairs on the beach enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and warm temperatures. That never happened. We did walk along the beach a few times but I never had the desire to bring my chair and sit. The wind was always too strong for my liking. Just call me spoiled. I love my Michigan beaches.

As I mentioned before, the campground is very large with many sites that are close together. Location wise our site is ideal. We can see the water from our site and we are close enough to the beach to takes walks anytime we want.  But the site has many flaws. It is rocky with lots of pits. There is no nice area to put out your chairs to sit and relax. The picnic table is cemented in the ground and is located so that when you open your door it is right there. When walking the park I’ve noticed some sites are nicer than others. Some have cement patios, others have nice grassy areas.

The campground is going through major renovations. I do not know if that means they will be cleaning up and redoing the sites or just some of the areas. I’ve also heard that they are changing the reservation system they now have in place. This change is not one long time campers welcome. I do not know, but I will assume that with the campground renovations will also come raised camping rates to help offset the cost of improvements.

The campground does have many activities that are available to participate in if you choose. I have enjoyed the beading group and the show and tell group. We also went to bingo. There seems to be something for everyone if you choose.

Will we come back? Probably not next year. We have enjoyed the area. There are many things to do and see here. We did some and left some for another time. But, there are still many places we haven’t visited and would like to see.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Time for Ice Cream

Good Morning. It looks like we are going to have another nice day with a high nearing 80 and partly sunny.  I’ll take that. I’m not sure what we are going to do today, but we will definitely get outside.

Day 89. It was such a nice day yesterday, I walked almost 2 miles. Don’t you just feel so much better when you are out in the fresh air and get some exercise. This beautiful view doesn’t hurt either. As we walked around by the water, we saw the birds sitting in the sand on the beach and others perched on top of posts. We watched other people enjoying the nice weather too. Some were walking the beach or fishing. Others were sitting in their lounge chairs reading or relaxing as they watched the waves hit the shore. And, there were a few people gathered together just enjoying the company of other campers. Everyone was doing the same thing we were, enjoying the beautiful day.

We took a short drive into Port Isabel to Walmart for a few supplies. On the way home Clyde suggested we stop for ice cream. He has been hankering for some since we started on our journey and I keep saying no, it’s not warm enough to enjoy it. Well, he finally wore me down and I said yes. It’s not that I don’t like ice cream, ice cream is a weakness of mine and he knows it.

We decided to stop at this fun looking tourist souvenir store that said ice cream instead of going to dairy queen, which we can get anywhere and isn’t really true ice cream. This store was huge. They had all kinds of souvenirs but mostly shells and items made from shells. The post cards were the cheapest we’ve seen anywhere and they had a large selection to choose from. He took that as a sign to get some more to send out. The ice cream was good and a nice treat. We may have to stop there again before we head north.

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Enjoying our lifestyle. Enjoy your day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

De-Winterized

It was finally warm enough to work on de-winterizing Winnie.  This is the first time we did it ourselves.  Last year we paid to have the RV service center do it for us.  It’s a good thing we have manuals and a son who is mechanically inclined.  Thanks Kevin, you are really appreciated.  We made sure the antifreeze was drained and all plugs were in place.   Even though the RV Center said they found a leak at the shut-off valve to the ice-maker we found none.  All we can deduce is that the valve was loose and needed tightening.  We will be vigilant and keep our eyes open though for any leaks in the future.

Next thing on our to-do list is to caulk our windows, etc.  I need to figure out exactly what kind of caulk to buy.  We are still concerned about the chassis battery.  We think we still need a new one, as it is not holding a good charge.  And then there is the jack that didn’t retract all the way.  All 4 jacks were suppose to be worked on and fixed last year. We took Winnie in more than once for the same thing.  And you wonder why I have no faith or trust in the RV service department.  Other than that, we are ready to go camping.  Can’t wait.

Until next time,

Kathryn