Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ch ch ch changes!

On Thursday there was a barn raising! At least an event that passes for one in the RV world. Anne and Scotty, along with help from a few friends removed their old, torn awning and replaced it with a new one. They also had new screens made and those were put into place to make sure the fit was good. Boo was not allowed to participate!

The new screens are darker and have a uv protective factor. We may have to upgrade!

John, two Jim's, Scotty and Anne did all the work. I took pictures! Anne is a happy camper :)

Also on Thursday we learned that Jeni and Don Wilson are no longer the general managers of our resort. Bentsen Palm RV Resort is making changes and the manager from Retama is going to manage both places. The Wilson's have already reserved their site for next season so we'll still get to spend time with our friends!

The new manager is interviewing all the work campers and change is in the air! Hopefully the changes will be good for all concerned.

Friday the Scott's hosted a happy hour to thank the helpers and to break in the new patio. Pulled pork, slaw, beans and chocolate fondue with strawberries. YUM!

Our resort is emptying out. The views are improving but each day finds another friend on the road.

On the road again..... can't wait to get on the road again

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Garden

I travel with my garden! I repotted my herbs, I like to cook with basil, parsley, oregano, chives and thyme. I would love to have more herbs but when we travel the plants sit in the shower and it can be a hassle schlepping them in and out of our rig.
Last Mother’s Day my daughter Sonsearae gave me an Orchid and so far I don’t see any bloom stalks coming out but it has put on new leaves. The cactus that Anne gave me also has new leaves. My pony tail palm is getting big! I may leave it at my daughter’s house when we visit her in Tallahassee.

The window box was planted with lettuce and in our warm spring the seeds sprouted right away. I can’t wait to pick my own lettuce!

Jim started his last shift today. For the past week or so he's been getting the rig ready to travel. Minor repairs, etc. We plan on leaving April 5th and we'll go from here to the Rockport/Fulton area for some beach time.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Repairs and Sickness

A couple days ago Jim started to investigate a water leak. When he got up yesterday he determined it was the hot water tank.

So yesterday Jim spent the day taking the hot water tank out of our rig. thank goodness we have friends that know how to repair things. With help from Scotty, Jim was able to remove the tank, find the leak and determine the fix. A local shop was able to solder the seam. Jim then cleaned it up and painted it. We had to shower at the bathhouse last night and I have to admit I really don't like the nubby mats that keep you from slipping in the shower. It hurt my feet! It was like walking on gravel....

Jim had showered and shaved earlier and by early evening he was a whooped puppy. As the evening wore on I told him to go to bed.

Last night Jim got sick! Up all night and spending it on the toilet....whatever it was has passed through his system and he's sleeping it off. Scotty has been a true friend and got the tank back in, turned the water on and once again we have hot water! I told Scotty that Jim would clean up the tools and mess and don't you know, he cleaned it himself! Couldn't ask for a better friend!

I spent a good part of the day doing laundry. That is when I had water.... :) Changed the sheets on the bed. Our Mail from Escapees arrived today, I do love my mail.

Jim has ha some rice and water but not anything else. So far everything is good. I expect he'll be heading off to bed soon

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Soup's On!

Since I had a fridge full of veggies I thought I'd make some soup. It smells good in here and I hope to have this for dinner tonight. I threw in some dried beans and they're taking their sweet time cooking. Also tossed in some barley but don't tell Jim, he doesn't care for it. :)
Yesterday was Jim's last work day, five on ten off is good! We also went to a party at Jeni and Don's (managers). Almost all of the work campers were there and we all brought dishes to share. Brats, Spanish rice, fiesta salad, mac and cheese, a broccoli salad,fruit and starters of cheese and crackers and nuts. Dessert was supplied by Joyce and Gail, browines and something pink (I think strawberry something or other). No one went hungry! From the sounds I'm guessing we all had a good time.
Jim is taking care of water filters and the hot water tank today. Dishes are piling up! It's almost time to pull up stakes and hit the road. About 20-25 rigs pulled out today and on my morning walk I saw a lot of empty sites.
I only walked a mile or so. I need to start moving more because I need to lose some weight, my clothes are to tight :(

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gloomy day

So the first day of Daylight Savings starts gloomy...and humid! Jim is working and I'm watching cooking shows, they make me want to get into the kitchen and try new dishes.

Gorgeous while it lasted!
Friday night Jim and I went to Joyce and Al's for a get together with four other couples to celebrate Jeni's birthday. I was told not to bring anything but next time I will! Two of the couples are work campers and we'll (I'll) get to know them better next season. They had starters, crackers with cheese and dips, some pretzels and nuts. Burgers were the main attraction and once the sun went down we needed some hot food! After all this a cake was brought out and along with some brownies and another pineapple cake we had dessert.
Last night we had Italian night at the clubhouse. All tables were taken and each table had 4 couples. At our table we had lasagna, chicken tortellini with pesto or marinara sauce, pepperoni bread, garlic bread sticks and two pies (butterscotch and pecan). I took a anti pasta plate and while there were leftovers no one went home hungry!

Why is it that food is the basis of all our entertainment? My waistline shows it! Today we'll eat at home but another patio party is scheduled for tomorrow!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time flies when you're having fun!

What can I say? By the end of the day I just don't feel like thinking and writing this blog.

When Amy and Dan came by to say goodbye the other evening I told Amy to write her blog more often so we'd know how and where they were. I guess I should do this too!

Obviously we're still here and our departure date keeps getting pushed back. But we'll leave in early April. We have stops planned for Rockport/Fulton area and Houston/Galveston area. Because of fuel prices we may have to stay longer but we'll manage.

Jim is doing resort facility work. This includes locking and unlocking our gates (morning and night), cleaning the pool and assisting with arrivals and departures. There's other small chores too and he gets to ride around in a golf cart with a walkie talkie. He'll be doing this work next season too and we'll have to move up front near the office.

We went to the Don-Wes flea market yesterday with Anne and Scotty. They were shopping around for screening and awning materials. We've never gone on a Wednesday before and there sure were fewer people! On the way there we stopped and had lunch at Olive Garden, we all had soup and salad.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Friends and Neighbors

The first of the month always sends people traveling! Two of our neighbors left this morning and from what I understand we have at least 15 checking out today. I'm sure they're heading to points of the compass east, west or north of here. Can't get much farther south unless you head into Mexico

Woke up to cooler temperatures today. And no wind! I should have explained about the grit yesterday, it's from all the tracts of land that are being plowed and planted with all manner of crops. So when the wind blows we get grit! :)

While sunrise was pretty with no clouds it's not very interesting so I took a picture of the moon
you can see the moon in this shot along with some of the color from sunrise
Jim is off kayaking on the Rio Grande River and I'm listening to Big Band music thinking about traveling. I've wanted to travel since high school. Being the oldest of 6 children my first thought was to escape home and there wasn't money for a higher education and I wasn't interested anyway. The travel bug hit me early
I’ve had the travel bug since I was in my teens. Male cousins joined the Navy or Army and I wanted to go along once I heard about where they’d been stationed. How wonderful it would be to see the world!
Right after I graduated from high school I joined the Navy and at the time (1966) there was a monthly quota for females and I had to wait until November to go to boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland (now closed). After boot camp I had orders for Jacksonville, Florida. I was stationed at NSA Jax. I traveled there from Detroit in a train down the east coast. When I got to Florida I didn’t have to check into the base for a few more days and decided to travel to Daytona to visit an Uncle who had a motel on the beach.

It was February and snowy and cold when I left Detroit but my destination of DAYTONA, FLORIDA was hot and balmy to me. I soaked up the heat and humidity and went swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. I loved every moment of being in charge of me for the first time.