Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you use body scrubs?

It's always a good idea to remove dead skin from our bodies so why not pamper yourself with soothing oils at the same time you scrub!

Mojito Body Scrub
Nothing says self-care like taking excellent care of your skin in a spa-like atmosphere. This combination of brightening and uplifting oils is the perfect treat for yourself.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
8 drops lime essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, mix oils and sugar. 
2. In shower or bath, apply the sugar scrub in gentle circular motions. Rinse.

Storage: While this recipe is intended for a single, immediate use, you can multiply the amount and store for later use. In larger amounts, the scrub should be kept in a glass container in a dark, cool place.

Vanilla Almond Foot Scrub
Our feet are very sensitive and a bit of pampering will have us walking on the sunny side in no time. A good foot soak, scrub and massage seems to make your whole body happy.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup raw, virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup whole almonds
1 cup unrefined granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla oil

Directions:
1. Measure coconut and sweet almond oils into a glass measuring cup. Place cup in simmering hot water bath until coconut oil melts. Remove from hot water bath.
2. Meanwhile, measure almonds and pulse in a food processor or blender into a finely ground meal. 
3. Add almonds to melted oils. Add sugar and Vanilla Precious Essentials. Mix thoroughly and place in a pretty jar or tin.

To Use:
1. Soak feet in a basin of hot water until soft. 
2. Rinse feet, pat dry, apply 1 to 2 tablespoons of scrub and massage all over feet and toes. 
3. Rinse away almond and sugar granules, massage remaining oil, then wipe dry with paper towels.


Storage: Store in an airtight container in a cabinet, protected from heat. Good for up to one year.

If you have any questions or need any of the Essential oils just let me know!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer came and went!

For a couple days it was hot!  We had to run the Air Conditioner day and night.  But after the front and rains came through we're back to cooler temperatures.

Scotty is home and doing well.  Stairs are a bit of a problem but I think that's just because of the narrow door in their rig. He uses crutches and has been outside.  Each day he should get better!

Last night Jim and I went to the Concert in the Park in Fair Haven


The Spurs USA are out of Saratoga and we enjoyed the country music.  They opened with San Antonio Rose


We were told there were over 600 people attending and I believe it.  When we arrived the place was packed.  I guess everyone likes country music


This beautiful fountain is in the park


One of the many dogs that folks brought.  I did not win anything this week...and the 50-50 paid out $685!

We slept well under the duvet last night.  We both like cooler temperatures for sleeping.  I was up at 0600 and around 0645 the deer arrived..doe with two fawns

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Scotty

Yesterday Miss Anne and Mr Scotty headed into Rutland very, very early in the morning to check into the hospital.  Hip replacement surgery was on the agenda for Scotty.  This procedure has become quite common but it is still worrisome for those who wait.  I'm pleased to say the procedure went well

We drove to meet up with Anne to share the vigil.  When we arrived Scotty was still in recovery and Anne was hungry so we went to Friendly's for a late breakfast.  We still  had time to kill so we wandered around Bed, Bath and Beyond managing to kill an hour or so and finding stuff to buy.

Back at the hospital they were just getting him into his room so we had to wait a wee bit to see him.  He's in a private room and his nurses were taking very good care of him when we finally entered his room.  Bearing in mind that he was still under the influence of drugs he was in good spirits, smiling and chatting with everyone.  

While we were there two more friends arrived and the party like atmosphere was a bit much for me.  I decided Jim and I should leave.  I could see Scotty was wanting to nod off and sleep.  Anne remained until later keeping him company and keeping us updated.  He was still smiling at dinner time!  If you know Scotty he can manage anything and this is just another bump in the road.

Anne has already driven up this morning and we'll join her later once we get an update.  Scotty could come home today once he's passed all the tests!  They want him up and walking before he can be released.

Not much else happening right now.  Day to day chores and quick meals for now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Weekend

We're settling and sort of getting into our routines.  We had plans to go out Saturday for a round of shopping the farmers market, lunch out, grocery store etc.  But Jim has been dealing with an infection in his gums and Saturday was a day at home for him.  He spent most of it in bed just dealing with the pain.  Anne and I did go to Rutland for shopping, stopping in Michaels and the grocery store.  I'm pleased to say that a lot of the foods I prefer to consume can be bought at Hannafords

The weather has been wonderful!  I think we had the AC on the first night here but haven't used it since then.  It's cool enough at night to run an exhaust fan with a window open.  I've even been hanging laundry outside!


Our guys enjoying some down time


Sunday Jim was much improved and ready to do something....anything!  The guys were busy with a project that took most of the day, again spoiling plans to head to a farmers market!  No matter, once they were done they enjoyed a cold beer while Anne and I had coffee, then we all piled into the car and headed out to dinner at the Wheel Inn in Bensen.  I know I ate to much but it was very tasty!  The guys pretty much cleaned up their plates while Anne brought home most of hers

After dinner we went for a drive while our beautiful tour guide pointed out places of interest.  Then one more stop for some ice cream (not me!)

We were back home in time for us to shower and watch Endeavour on PBS

Friday, July 18, 2014

Staying busy

This is our view....we like it a lot!


Yesterday after my morning chores Anne and I went to Poultney...her home town.  As we drove along she pointed out 'memories' and points of interest.  We stopped at the hairdresser and while she got a haircut I watched and the three of us chatted.  Soon we were on our way driving through town and my tour guide pointed out more interesting places and shared memories with me.

We stopped in the cemetery because there was a terrible storm and damage was still evident all around town.  Anne wanted to check on personal head stones and make sure her loved ones were OK.

After that we went to lunch where my good friend treated me, thank you my friend.  We crossed the street and discovered a store where I should be able to get my preferred milks and creams!  Yay for me!

While we were gone the wonderful men in our lives were busy cutting grass, making sure our rig was level, and doing general chores.  When we got back Jim was napping and I think we woke Scotty.

We're really enjoying the weather here, the past couple days we've had the windows open all day with nary an AC running.  The nights have been dipping down into the 50's

After a dinner of hot dogs and garden salad we tidied up our kitchens, changed into long pants and piled into the car for a trip into Fairhaven for a concert in the park.  The band was great!




Everjazz played mostly big band tunes with some rock.  We all had a good time listening, tapping our toes and chair dancing.  At intermission they gave away door prizes and I won!


Actually it was Jim's ticket that won but he made me go up and get our ice cream bowls.  They're from North Granville Pottery Co.  They're the perfect size for me, Jim said he'd never get his fill using them!  It's a perfect way to remember our visit with Anne and Scotty.

We were home just before 2100 after a short drive into the crossroads of West Haven.  Our tour guide pointing out where they were married and other points of interest along with more memories.  Since it was so late in the day I was looking for critters and Anne pointed our a deer in a field...perfect way to end my day!

Today was a day of chores.  Laundry and a bit of cleaning.  More work on the water system and our jacks.  We had a dinner of pasta, salad and garlic bread.  Then the guys went back to yard work while we ladies did dishes.  



Thursday, July 17, 2014

We're in Vermont!

New state for both of us!  

After we left York we headed to a campground in Northern Pennsylvania for a two night stay.  Other than taking a drive in the rain to refuel we just stayed home.  We had quick storms each day but the second night ended with a pretty sunset.


Our original plan was another stop for two nights in New York before heading to West Haven, Vermont.....but...we've been having problems with our jacks and we discussed changing plans and heading straight to Anne and Scotty's in West Haven.

Yesterday morning Jim was able to raise the front jacks and he hitched up and we were on the road around 0830.  I cannot remember the last time either of us was ready to head out the door at that hour!  For some folks 230 miles isn't long but we'd rather not do it if we can avoid it.

When Jim tried to use the compressor to air up the tires it didn't work.  So the first part of our journey was slow so as not to overheat this one tire that was low.  We decided to look for a place to air it up.

After winding our way on some curvy, hilly back roads we finally got on the Interstate, again checking for signs of somewhere to air the tire on the rig.  Meanwhile we're driving about 45 miles an hour on the Interstate!  We were pulling into a rest stop to check the tires when I suggested calling our road service and Jim was attempting to do this when I asked this guy that was traveling with three of four trailers filled with cars and motorcycles if he had a compressor.  He Did!  We pulled up next to his cab and took the time to help us out.  He wouldn't take payment so I gave him a hug.

So we were able to continue our trip without the fear of a tire blowing!  That certainly took a load off our shoulders.

Despite this tire issue we made good time and arrived just before 1500.  We pulled into the narrow driveway and to avoid trees Jim pulled over a tad to much on the left and our bike rack/hitch dug in and he couldn't power up the incline to bring the rig onto the property.  He and Scotty tried using boards under the tires but it was a no go.  A neighbor was called to assist but we had to wait for a bit.  So we did what we like to do....drink beer and sit and talk!

After a bit Anne and I started getting dinner ready.  She planned on kabobs so I helped skewering the veggies.  Just as we were ready to start the grill help arrived to power us up the hill!

Whew now we could get set up....but wait!

The slides and jacks would not work!!!  So Jim and Scotty fiddled with whatever was necessary to fix it and like the brilliant man he is Scotty came to the rescue.  Soon we heard jacks being lowered, Jim got the truck unhitched and then they worked some more and the slides came out.  
Anne and I set the table outside, started cooking and soon we all sat down to a lovely dinner and more great conversation.

It was after sunset when we finally called an end to our day.  Jim and I did the basics for setting up and showered.  The best part for me?  Taking my shoes off!  I think I had them on roughly 12 hours.

We watched Tiny House Nation and then went to bed.

We'll stay here until the end of October or so.  When they leave we'll leave.  So I guess you could say we're home for awhile.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A little bit of this and that

Last Friday after we left the Landis Valley Farm and Museum we drove into downtown Lancaster so I could go to the Central Market, the oldest Farmers Market in the country.  But that didn't happen...traffic was bumper to bumper and there wasn't any space to park our big, black beastie.  If we hadn't already been tired from trekking all over the grounds in Landis we might have searched for a spot further away and walked back.  I guess we'll just have to come back and explore more of this area.

We also had plans to stop for some groceries, but that didn't happen either.  Half way home we both agreed to skip it.  We could do it Saturday when we take Boo for his grooming.

Saturday we had a lazy morning and after Jim picked up some propane we headed out around 1130 for Boo's appointment at noon at Petco.  After dropping him off we drove around looking for a place to have lunch.  We ended up at Hoss's Steak and Sea House.  You order at the register and your meal and drink are delivered to your table.  Meanwhile you can help yourself to the salad bar.  And we did.  Nice big salad for both of us.  I think we could have stopped at that.   We both ordered stuffed roasted chicken (full breast) with mashed potatoes and gravy.  Well I only had a few bites of chicken and Jim finished my serving.  We split the stuffing and ate our potatoes.  We brought one home and Jim can have it for dinner.  Jim also had some soft serve ice cream and I had half a cup of soup just to taste it.

We left stuffed!  But it was soooooo goooood!

From there we headed to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get a cartridge for our soda machine.  Walking around helped with our groaning bellies.  So we continued with Pier One for me and Dick's Sporting Goods for Jim.  

I can't remember the last time I wandered around in Pier One.  Did you know they sell jewelry now?  It's just as colorful as everything else in the store!  I got to talking to one of the sales ladies, Julie and she said she wants to RV!  I gave her one of my cards so I hope she's reading.  Hi Julie!

Jim found me talking to Julie so we said goodbye and we both headed to Best Buy but once inside we got the call to come pick up Boo.

Once again we skipped the groceries...Boo always get stressed being poked and prodded during his grooming so we just went home

Here he is recuperating and he sure looks better

Neither one of got hungry until after 1800...I just had some soup and Jim had peanut butter and crackers

Today was the day for groceries!  Jim dropped me off while he went and fueled up the truck ($3.89 a gal).  Now we're all set to travel tomorrow.

Tonight we'll watch a couple shows on PBS

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

Jim read about this online and on Friday we paid a visit.  Once I had the dishes done, the bed made and Jim shaved we headed east towards Lancaster, then north a wee bit.  Less than an hours drive covering roads we'd already seen during the first part of the journey.

 With 100 acres, more than 50 buildings and about 100,000 objects we knew we wanted to see as much as we could. We located the entrance and decided we needed some lunch before tackling the huge complex.

At the intersection was a place with over 100 beers and pizza...so that's where we had lunch!  Jim had a pizza while I indulged in an Italian Sub.  We both tried a brew we'd never had before, keeping it light.  Actually mine was a cider that was quite refreshing (not real sweet).

There is a fee, we paid $10 each (senior) and it was worth every penny! Our visit started with a film explaining who the Pennsylvania Dutch are and why the Germans and others came to this area.  If you're interested in the history you can read more here.

The Tavern on the left is a reproduction of a typical 1800-1820 public house and on the right is a gun shop from the same era




The Tavern had open hearth cooking and a garden out back.


I loved this recreated Log Farm! It represents the Pennsylvania German farmstead of 1750-1800.  Don't you just love the fence?


These are Lineback Cattle and they are huge


The gardens were typically set out in a cross with raised beds





The root cellar and close up of the log home


This gentleman was quite informative, this is the back of the smokehouse and it has an oven where he was cooking some sausage that smelled heavenly!  The roof is clay tiles


My grandparents had geese so I know these belong here.


Upon entering this home we were in the kitchen with a huge fireplace that extended almost all the way across separating it into two rooms.  In the back was a bedroom that could be divided into two rooms.  Upstairs was a loft space where guests and children slept on mattresses 


The Brick Farmstead




Heirloom Seed Building


In the Farm and Machinery Building we saw this Conestoga Wagon along with other machinery and tools from Colonial times into the twentieth century.  Below is a wheel from an early steam powered machine used for threshing.


This is the Landis Brothers childhood home and after some schooling they returned and they lived here until they died.  It was built in the 1870's by their parents.



There isn't time in one afternoon to see it all.  And not all the buildings were open.  Some had docents that were dressed in period clothing to explain and demonstrate.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Young Living Copaiba Essential Oil

Today I want to tell you about Copaiba Oil.  I expect you've never heard of it. But like a lot of products that come out of the rain forests it's been used for years by the indigenous people to heal and maintain a healthy body.  Please read and let me know if you think this could help you

Using The Powerful Copaiba Essential Oil

From the heart of the Amazon jungles of Brazil, copaiba oleo resin is tapped directly from the tree. 

Copaiba oil, pronounced Co-pa-ee-ba,  has  diuretic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, disinfectant, and stimulant capabilities.
Healers and curanderos in the Amazon of Brazil rely on
copaiba to treat chronic pain, and it is used as a topical
anti-inflammatory agent for all types of skin irritations and
infections. They also employ the oil as a strong antiseptic
and expectorant for the respiratory tract (including
bronchitis and sinusitis) and as an anti-inflammatory and
antiseptic for the urinary tract (for cystitis, bladder, and
kidney infections).

In Peruvian traditional medicine, three or four drops of the resin are mixed with a spoonful of honey and taken as a natural sore throat remedy. Peruvian traditional medicine also uses copaiba in the treatment of a wide range of ailments, including urinary problems, stomach ulcers, stomach aches, gastritis, infections, bronchitis, herpes, tuberculosis, antiseptic, arthritis, cellular mutations, tumors, Fibromyalgia, and pain.

Of all essential oils studied, copaiba contains 55%,  the highest levels of a sesquiterpene known as beta caryophyllene, which exerts powerful anti-inflammatory action as well as anti-ulcer and gastroprotecive properties. And according to researchers at the University of Quebec, caryophyllene also has other biological properties, such as "antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and local anesthetic activities.

In a 2004 review of over two dozen essential oils
published in the International Journal of Aromatherapy
copaiba was ranked second-highest in ability to block
a compound involved in systemic inflammation:
5-lipoxygenase. It ranked much higher than helichrysum
and German chamomile, two other potent
anti-inflammatory essential oils.
Marc Schreuder said that copaiba was helichrysum on steroids. He has been studying copaiba for eight years and says it is his number one favorite oil with frankincense coming in at number two.

I'm taking it as a supplement for Diabetes and Blood Pressure.  I just put the drops in some juice

How to use:
Dietary supplement:  Put 2 drops in a capsule.  Take 3
times daily or as needed.

Topical:  Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area.
Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin.
Use as needed.

Aromatic: Diffuse up to one hour 3 times a day.

Copaiba  Amplifies the effect of any Essential Oil
Combining Copaiba for additive effects:
Peppermint + Copaiba = Peppermint  x4
Cypress + Copaiba = Cypress  x5
Thieves + Copaiba = Thieves  x3
Oregano + Copaiba = Oregano  x 4
Peace and Calming + Copaiba =  Slumber Party

Copaiba and Lavender are also great together.

Copaiba order code  #3431 at my Young Living website

Morphine Bomb Recipe - Pain Relief Recipe  created by Carla Green
5 drops Frankincense
5 drops Balsam Fir
5 drops Copaiba
Put each oil in a capsule and use as often as needed

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bube's Brewery

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away...sorry, I couldn't resist.  It's been 50 years since the Beatles hit our shores and some words and songs bring back memories.  Whether you liked, loved or hated them, John, Paul, George and Ringo changed and touched upon many facets of our lives.

But getting back to yesterday, we headed to Mount Joy so we could have lunch at Bube's Brewery. Jim chose this I assume because he read the history of the establishment.  It happens to be the last one of it's kind standing!  We drove highway 30 east, crossing the Susquehanna River at Columbia.  The river sure is wide but looks shallow.  Where we crossed I didn't see any river traffic.  We followed the river road through Marietta getting turned around looking for the post office.  Didn't find it, but we were treated to a lot of wonderful architecture in the shops and houses.  

Jim finally talked to Ethyl and she pointed us towards Mount Joy via Donegal Springs road and the brewery.  As we drove done the street we passed a post office!  I'm sorry I didn't have my camera as the whole complex needed to be photographed.  Check out their website to see what I mean.  Tall brick building with colorful doors and woodwork and inside full of nooks and crannies that I wanted to explore.  Alas, no tours were being given.

We sat in the biergarten, second table from the left.  The space was lovely, with all the potted plants and trees, circular brick paths and the perfect weather.

Jim had a cheesy sandwich and I ordered a Philly.  My sandwich was good but it tasted like any other Philly I've had...nothing special.  We both had beer of course.

On our way back home we stopped at Sam's Club to pick up a few things.  We like getting our trash bags there along with their brand of facial tissues.  We have the room to store some stuff and buying in bulk saves money.  I also picked up some groceries too.  Sure don't want to run out of food!

Once home we put away our purchases and Jim napped on the bed while I snoozed on the lounger.  Then it was time to feed Boo and have our afternoon coffee.

Do you get the channel FYI?  Last night they premiered a new show, Tiny House Nation.  Interesting show about living small.  The folks showcased live in a smaller space than ours!  You can see the full episode here.  I look forward to seeing more of these shows.  We still get strange looks because we live in this rig.  Those with big houses can't figure out why!

Today was a day of rest for at least one of us.  I did more laundry and I'm almost caught up.  I made some fried rice for my lunch then I defrosted the freezer and I still need to fix dinner.  

I did manage to watch some TV between chores.  Several episodes of I Stop for Flea Markets was on.  I love going to flea markets but I can't see me redoing furniture to sell or use.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

laundry

My Tuesday was filled with laundry.  

Not a difficult task but one that needed to be done.  We stayed home and I stripped the bed and we have clean sheets again.  Plus I managed to do a couple loads in an attempt to catch up!  I love my washer and dryer..it allows me to stay home instead of schlepping.

I pulled some red beans from the freezer and for dinner we had red beans and rice.  Do you freeze meals for later use?  It sure came in handy today, I didn't have to cook.

Jim walked Boo a couple times and I went along once.  Boo sure likes the asphalt road here.

This RV park recycles aluminium, glass and  plastic.  I think this is great!  More and more we're seeing this in our travels.  Americans are consumers and we need to find alternative uses for our trash.  Recycling is a good thing!

Not sure if it's like this all the time but as the day goes by our wind picks up.  By late afternoon we have to put the awning up. Last night before sundown we had a blustery storm roll through, even lost the satellite feed.  Not much of a storm, it was over in thirty minutes or so.  We even managed a pretty sunset.

At my request Jim did the dinner dishes while I enjoyed a glass of raspberry port.  

Have you ever seen the show Buying Alaska?  Not sure about living there but the show does capture the beauty of the state.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Young Living's Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Did you know that Young Livings Essential Oils can give you pain relief?  Using them won't be addictive and in many cases you'll smell good!


There are many reasons for pain and many ways we can use essential oils to help reduce it. It is wise to see your doctor to determine the source of pain or in dealing with chronic pain. 

Many of the essential oils that are helpful with arthritis and bursitis are also effective for tendinitis.

In acute painful conditions when tendinitis symptoms occur, immediate application of a cold compress or ice is appropriate. For chronic complaints of tendinitis, daily application of a therapeutic essential oil blend will help to alleviate discomfort and to prevent further swelling and pain. However, rest of the affected joint is crucial for complete remedy of this ailment.

The ingredients in Young Living's Super Cal and ArthroTune repair inflamed tissues. Sulfurzyme, formulated with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), equalizes water pressure inside the cells. The cell protein envelope then will allow water transfer in and out freely. When water pressure is higher
inside the cells than outside, it creates pain.


Young Living's PanAway 

PanAway is a blend of wintergreen, which has an active principle similar to cortisone; clove, which contains eugenol, used synthetically by dentists to numb gums; peppermint, calming for nerves; and helichrysum, soothing to localized discomfort.

Many people have had relief from arthritis symptoms, sports injuries, sprains, muscle spasms, bumps and bruises.

Apply on location for muscles, cramps, bruises, compress on the spine and Vita Flex points on the feet.

Headache - Rub a couple drops of PanAway on the back of the neck, on temples or forehead, inhale.  Create a soothing compress by rubbing 1-3 drops of PanAway on location, cover with a warm cloth. Leave for 30 minutes.

PanAway is part of the Everyday Essential Oil Collection which includes the following oils and should be part of your natural medicine supplies



How to use:
Joy: For topical or aromatic use. Diffuse or apply topically on location, such as wrists, chest, and the base of the neck.

Frankincense: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk.
Lemon: For dietary, aromatic or topical use. When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of soy or rice milk.

Lavender: For dietary, aromatic or topical use. When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of rice or goat's milk.

Peppermint: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk.

Purification: For topical or aromatic use. Diffuse, apply topically on location as needed, or put on cotton balls to place in air vents of home, car, hotel room and office. Diffuse and rub on feet for cleansing.

PanAway: For aromatic use. Apply to the bottoms of feet and follow with topical application on location. Rub on temples, back of neck, or forehead, or inhale for a soothing effect. Use with a warm compress along the spine.

Peace & Calming: For aromatic use. Diffuse in bedrooms, living areas and office. Apply to bottom of feet, wrists and outside of ears. Blend with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex for a calming massage.

Thieves: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk. Diffuse for short periods of time (1/2 hour or less) in the work or home environment.

Valor: For topical or aromatic use. Apply on bottoms of feet and to throat, wrists, chest and the base of the neck.
For more information, including cautions, please refer to individual product descriptions

To purchase PanAway or the Everyday Essential Oil Collection please visit my website


Monday, July 7, 2014

York

After two weeks we left Mt Solon Virginia this morning around 1030.  We made a brief stop at the dump station and then we were off.

Most of our drive was on Interstate but it was beautiful.  We passed through West Virginia and Maryland before rolling into Pennsylvania.  One stretch of the trip took us over Catocin Mountain...Maryland I think.  There was a sign stating that 40 foot trucks were prohibited, it sure was an interesting, circuitous drive!

We're at Ben Franklin RV Park in York, Pennsylvania for a week.  Not sure what we'll be seeing...Lancaster isn't to far from here and I was last there in 1967 on boot camp leave.  I did my Navy boot camp training in Bainbridge, Maryland.  But it's no longer there.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

   I hope today is filled with family, food and fun!

I wonder if our founding father's envisioned this life we're living?  Do you think they'd approve of our country as it is today? 

We've been enjoying our drives around this area and we've been to Harrisonburg a couple times.  It's another nice city to visit and explore.  Really interesting was the drive itself.  You can learn quite a bit about an area if you pay attention.  We've passed many poultry farms and in Bridgewater there is a Perdue processing center.  As I've mentioned before there are a lot of farms in this area and I'm betting most of them use Cargill products.  We passed the Cargill plant on our drive.






A surprise to me was the Mennonite community who also live in this area.  While we did see a sign for horse and buggy, we didn't actually see any.  I did see some ladies in traditional dress shopping.  We also saw a fairly good sized church.




The campground started filling up on Thursday, trailers and 5th wheels mostly.  Most of them aren't really into taking care of their rigs.  They drive way to fast over the uneven grounds and I can only imagine the damage they're doing to their rigs bouncing over the uneven terrain.  There is some kind of ground hog or mole that enjoys burrowing throughout the campground and walking is fun and I can only imagine how the trailers, cars, trucks etc are making their lives miserable!  A few of them have brought their golf carts...I guess walking to the bath house takes to much effort. I have noticed that a lot of these families are overweight.  Mom, dad and children in some cases.  Sad.  Some have screen rooms (wish we had one) and some have canopies to sit under.

Also on Thursday evening we had a nice thunderstorm.  For the past few days we had some light showers but this storm was a drenching one!  I'm sure all the fields of corn and crops soaked it right up.




Burgers, potato salad, baked beans and corn on the cob for us today, washed down with cold beer...did I mention alcohol beverages are prohibited here?  The flies are thick so we'll eat indoors and watch patriotic movies on TCM.