I’M AN AWFUL BLOGGER! WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?
OMG! I can’t believe I haven’t done a thing with this blog in a year! Bad blogger! Bad blogger! What can I say other than I’ve been busy. Actually, I find it hard to stick to a schedule and take time to post what’s going on. I will try to do better in the future.
WHAT’S A BLOG WITHOUT PICTURES? A BLOG.
I always wanted my blog to look a little like RV Sue’s. Well, guess what folks – it won’t. Not now. Not ever. She has a way with words and pictures. I just don’t. I kept putting off posting an entry because I lack photos and didn’t know what to say that would be interesting. Not only did I not have great photos – I didn’t have photos in general. Somehow I thought no photos, no blog. But that just isn’t so. So if you still want to continue to follow my blog here is the big warning. Don’t expect many pictures. If I keep waiting for pictures, you’ll never hear from me again. Hahaha. So here is what has happened in the past 12 months in 1200 words or less! With a few pictures sprinkled in. Just don’t expect them in all my posts!
THE PAST 12 MONTHS IN 1200 WORDS!
May 2014 – arrived back in Ohio after attending the Escapees International Rally in Goshen, Indiana. One of my favorite places to visit is right down the road in Shipshewana – Lolly’s Fabrics. I’m a quilter so the first place I head for wherever we go besides a restaurant is a fabric shop. Stocked up on some great fabrics including a cute panel for Christmas placemats. Rolled into Heritage Hills RV Park at the end of the month. Some nice changes at the park. My favorite was the pool.
June 2014 – Spent time with family and friends and hit the pool whenever I could which wasn’t as often as I would have liked thanks to the cold Ohio weather. Lots of campfires, and cookouts. Our days were busy visiting my mother-in-law who is in rehab after fracturing her pelvis they day we arrived home. It pretty much takes up most of our time.
July 2014 – Mostly a repeat of June expect for the great fireworks that Jim Ondak does at the campground. The guy does a super job! Better than some cities put on. It’s the best part of staying at Heritage Hills RV Park. I painted my bobbing birds and put them in the park store for sale. Sales have been good so far. Still making daily runs to the nursing home for mom.
August 2014 – Haven’t taken off my sweatshirt yet as it feels chilly to this winter Floridian. I swear the leaves were already starting to turn. Already making plans to pull out, but it all depends on how mom is doing with her rehab.
September 2014 – Ho hum month. Watched the grandsons play football and finally got mom settled back into her condo. She still isn’t cleared to drive, but she’s doing great with her walking and daily activities. I’m ready to pull out, but hubby is still set on staying. He is worried about his mom, so we plan to stay until she can drive. This kills our plans to be in Key West in October. I’m bummed, and suggest we just do November, but hubby isn’t as enamored with the place as I am. I’d live there year round!
October 2014 – It’s positively freezing here so I’m miserable. Cold makes my knees ache so bad I could cry. Mom gets cleared to drive. I have our route planned out so we pull out and head south. We decide to take it slow. We spend four days at Kandals RV Park in Holmes county Ohio which is Amish country. Definitely a tourist trap. The quilt shops were disappointing. I was hoping for high quality fabric like Lolly’s, but it was all cheap imports. At least the food was terrific. Headed south then to Singing Hills RV Park in Cave City, Kentucky where we spent a few days and toured Mammoth Caves. Only took the short tour as my knees can’t do the long walks anymore. The cave crickets were creepy! Ick. Next stop Barton Springs Campground in Normandy, Tennessee. Our site was right on the lake and absolutely beautiful. Of course we had to visit Jack Daniels since hubby is a Tennessee Squire. Great tour and we fell in love with Tennessee Fire (Jack Daniels with Cinnamon! Yum!).
Another quick layover in Adairsville, Georgia at Harvest Moon RV Park. We did find a great place for dinner there, the Adairsville Inn. Food was great and true southern! Plus the price was very affordable with the bill being just $21 for both of us. Second quick night in Georgia was rather scary. Stayed at Southern Gates Campground – not a place I’d recommend. A little too much like Deliverance to suit our taste.
Finally we hit Florida! We need a couple repairs so we layover at Alliance Coach in Wildwood. They are already booked pretty solid so we’re glad we had an appointment, but it still took them 3 days to get it done. Again we found a great little restaurant called Southern Cotillion Café in Wildwood. Wow, another great dinner! A nice surprise at Alliance was running into some friends, the Millers and the Metcalfs. It’s always good to be able to spend time with other Full-Timers. With the slides adjusted, and the awning motor replaced we head over to River Lodge. We are finally back in place in our winter home.
November 2014 – So nice to be back where it’s warm, the sun shines, back with old friends, and I can go to the pool every day! We make some new friends too. We always do. Our little circle of full-timing friends is really growing. They spend Thanksgiving with us. I made my famous Turkey in the convection oven. There are huge pine trees in the park and I make Christmas ornaments from the pine cones (which are huge also). We set up our Christmas tree and decorate the rig for the holidays. Our neighbors, Ron and Ginny Castro, do workamping. They offer some great advice about how to get started in it.
December 2014 – Weather is still really warm and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Quiet month as lots of the people here go home for the holidays. We do prime rib for Christmas dinner with some friends and enjoy the fact we are lucky enough to be able to live the lifestyle we love.
January 2015 – Winter hits Florida – well not what I call winter, but it is cooler in the evening. A couple nights it came near freezing, but the days are beautiful. We spend five days at the Tampa RV Super Show. Our first boondocking experience. We survived, but it is definitely not something we care to do unless it’s an emergency. Almost came back with a new rig, but common sense prevailed and we left with our bank account still intact. When we got back our daughter, Jennifer, came for a week. So nice to have family down. We basically relaxed, but did a little sight seeing. Favorite spot was the Homassassa Wildlife Park and there manatees.
February 2015 – What can you say about this month? I know – Russell Stover Outlet! Love it there. Nothing like saving money. The chocolate is 75% off. I spent $12 and came out with a shopping bag full of wonderful chocolate.
March 2015 – Fun month spending time with friends, trying our new restaurants, and enjoying some good wine. We visited Dakotah Winery and brought back a couple bottles. The best blueberry wine I’ve ever tasted. The following week we visited Whispering Oaks Winery. Both wineries are terrific. I made corned beef and cabbage, although it was a day ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. When you are retired you don’t always know what day it is. Every day is a holiday! Love it.
April 2015 – Planning the trip north. Yuk. I’d like to stay until June, but hubby wants to get back to check on his mom. We talk to her several times a week, but after her fall last year, there is always a concern about her being OK. Decide to take same route back that we used coming down, just not going to take time to play tourist.
May 2015 – Yeah (at least I think it’s a yeah – not sure yet) we are back at Heritage Hills RV Park. Wow, what a different park from when we left! More sites, more parking, bigger playground, more bathrooms, and lots more people! Don and Cheryl (owners) sure have been busy. It’s a little hard to get used to the chaos after spending months in a quiet park full of retirees. I miss the old run down park, but this is wonderful for family camping. Everyone seems friendly and the nights are quiet. My grandsons will love it. Lots to do and plenty of kids to hang out with. It’s nice to sit by a campfire with old friends.
SO NOW YOU ARE ALL CAUGHT UP!
That’s our past year. If I succeed at being a good blogger, my posts will be more regular – pictures or not. Even if it’s just a few words at least, it’ll be something. I need to get some sort of organization back in my life. Retirement is grand, but I want to have a focus. I don’t want to fall into the trap of telling the same story over and over again, and forgetting what day St. Patrick’s is again. I want a beginning and an end to my day, week, month, and year, not just a blur. There’s so much to tell that I will forget if I don’t capture it when it is still amazing to me. With that said – here’s a toast to new start. Wish me luck!