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This the story of our journey, Into Something Good, going Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and trying to Hold Onto Our Dreams. How we got on the way to becoming HALF time RVers! Our Ford 350 super duty diesel truck is our horses, we call it the Beast . Our 2008 34'7" 3 slide Cedar Creek Silverback fifth wheel is our Prairie Schooner Wagon,we call it the Bear. Just like the first RVers, the Pioneers of Yesteryear traveling around the country searching for a rich full filling life! Come along with us for the ride and read about our triumphs and mishaps along the way! About to be Part time RVers in a Cedar Creek Silverback 2008, 34'7", 3 slide 5th wheel, which is our Prairie Schooner Wagon, and a 2006 Ford 350 super duty 1 ton diesel truck is our horses, or oxen, only we have to feed it diesel instead of grass, and oats, which costs a lot more! Retired Air Force empty nesters off to see the good ole USA! Favorite Quote: "Life is a Blank Canvas, Made For Me to Add the Colors" Goal: I am trying to add as many colors as I can to my life!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Watching Autumn and Tehya:
Yesterday afternoon while I finished painting the bead board the girls played on the laptops, and had a blast! They both played games and most of the time they played the same games, and played against each other! Of course during that time I had to let them each try to paint the wall. Why is it so hard to tell a Grandchild " NO"? I want them to be able to experience things, and I let them try to do things that sometimes they aren't able to do well, but they seem to get a charge out of trying. I was afraid that they would both get paint on their clothes, which they didn't, and they decided that painting walls was fun but hard work. Maybe I didn't do so bad letting them try to paint after all, it seemed like when my boys were small I was always telling them, no you can't do that. Once I started doing day care I learned, that with kids you have to pick and choose your battles. So I guess that's why I let my Grandkids try things as long as it's something that won't hurt them. It's too bad we can't go back and change things we did with our own kids. That would be one thing I would change. I was way too uptight and worried about them getting dirty!

I get to go play with 27 girls, for Autumn's Birthday Party, and make beads bracelets, paint sun catchers, and paint sweet little faces! That will actually bring back memories of the 17 & 1/2 years that I did day care. As long as it makes Autumn happy, it will be worth it, and I have to say I had a blast most of the time when I ran my day care.

I again watched Tehya today, and then we picked up Kara at her school in Dayton. Kara is spending the weekend with us, and then going to Autumn's party tomorrow. Jamie, her Dad is working double shifts this weekend, so we'll have some fun with Kara. We're going to do some shopping and then go to the birthday party. Kara also has a fitting for her dress for Gary's wedding. She is so excited to be a junior bridesmaid! Well my weekend is going to be busy enough for me, and I'll probally be very glad for Sunday to arrive! So I'll plan on being back here if I survive, so until then...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


It was back to Wal Mart today to get a gallon of paint so I could paint the wall between the living room and that apartment Mike finished building and putting bead board on today. Luckily I was able to get the same color that I had on the rest of the walls. Gary wants to hang his flat screen tv on it, so I had to get it painted. The trouble with bead board is all the little grooves, and having to paint it with a brush so you can get paint into all of them. The second coat will go faster, and I can use a roller for that one if I am still sane after I get all the grooves painted that is. I only have 1 and 1/2 more sheets of bead board to go!

I will watch Autumn and Tehya tomorrow afternoon. Autumn has a teacher's in service day tomorrow, and is out of school for the day. It seems kind of stupid to be off on Thursday, and then go back on Friday for one day. You would think that they would go to school on Thursday, and then be off Friday for a 3 day weekend. I don't think the school system has much common sense! Oh well, I'd best not get on my soap box about that! Since I will be watching Autumn and Tehya in the afternoon, we will take the laptops in the house so that they can play games on them while I finish painting the wall. That is the only way I can see that I will be able to watch them and paint the wall at the same time. Wish me luck! They are pretty good, and love to play on Grammy and Papa's laptops, so it shouldn't be a problem. Shoot they can almost do anything I can do on the computer, and are much more used to using one than I was a few years ago! I have to have both coats of paint on the wall and they have to be dried by Friday night, so Gary can get his tv on the wall. It should work out fine.

Mike ordered the new converter today! We should have it in about a week. I can't wait to get the fiver back to normal. We have been having to use a battery charger every few days to charge the battery since the converter isn't working, a real pain in the you know where! It has been a slow 3 months since we had the power surge and ruined the Microwave, the converter, the Dirt Devil, and the direct tv box. Of course only getting paid once a month instead of every 2 weeks hasn't helped, and does take some getting used to. Our poor fiver will be almost back to normal. We have opted not to fix the Dirt Devil at this time, and have purchased a Hoover Nanolite until we have finished the apartment. It won't be long until we have to winterize the fiver and live in the apartment, so we have to use what money we have on it. Then we can use the Nanolite in the apartment after we get the Dirt Devil fixed. It will cost about $115.00 to fix the Dirt Devil if Mike does the work himself. It's a good thing he knows how to do things like that! He has saved us lots of money doing things himself! Then again with the Hoover Nanolite, it's so small and lite we may like it better than using the Dirt Devil with that heavy hose. It may just be easier to run than the Dirt Devil. We'll see and I'll report back on it a bit later. Well it's that time, so until I write again...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Wally World:
Today we made a run to Wally World to get a few things that we needed. The dogs were getting low on their food and so were the birds. With that taken care of we are free to go help our Granddaughter Autumn celebrate her birthday this evening! So she'll have both sets of Grandparents with her this evening. She won't know who to go to first! Oh well it will be fun . Every child should be spoiled once in a while!
I was in the RV Dreams chat for a little while last night, but I kept getting bumped out for some reason or other so I gave up! Maybe I'll be able to get in tonight after we get back from Autumn's (family) Birthday Party. Her party for her friends will be on Saturday. She only invited 27 of her girlfriends!!! Oh my, how are we going to keep 27 little girls occupied for 3 hours? I am taking sun catchers for them to paint, and beads for them to make necklaces, and bracelets with. Now I wonder what we'll do for the other 2 hours to keep them busy? Haha! I hope my daughter in law, Julia has something else up her sleeve! Kara is going to spend the weekend with us so she can go to the birthday party too! It should make for a full weekend for me!

Happy Birthday Sweetie!! It's so hard to believe that you are already 7 yrs old! You have brought us unbelievable JOY and HAPPINESS, and we are very Proud of you! It seems like it was yesterday, that I was filming your birth, I hope you get to watch that video when you get older. It meant alot to me to be able to be there while you were being born!

Take care all and those of you who are traveling, be safe! I hope to talk to ya'll later so until then...

Monday, September 22, 2008


Back Among the World Wide Web:
I can't believe how much I missed all the technology we have today, while we were without electricity! I guess I'll have a greater appreciation for it now instead of taking it for granted! It's funny, you know you have no power, but when ya walk into a room ya still turn the light on! LOL! I've spent the last day and a half catching up with all my fellow blogger friend's blogs, and learning everything that happened in the world while we were without electricity! We actually bought a few newspapers the past week, just so we could get some news. I never thought that I'd really miss the news. You really feel cut off from everything when you don't know what is going on! It's really funny how "IKE" hit here. The neighbors across the street had power while our side of the street was dark. Our blocks here in this little area called "Crystal Lakes" are small. Before you ask, no this is not the Crystal Lakes of all the Jason movies fame. There only about 6 houses to a block, and the street behind us was black too. So the tree limb that fell on our lines also took their power out too. Actually this used to be a resort area back in the days before the depression. There used to be lots of cottages and people from Dayton, and all over Ohio came to vacation at the spring fed lakes out here, and get away from the city heat in the summer. Then after the depression hit a lot of people lost their homes, and had to move into their cottages to live. Many of the cottages had no foundations, and just sat on the ground. Most were torn down or remodaled to be lived in year round. So there is a little history on this area between Dayton and Springfield, Ohio. There are still a few of the log cottages still here, and I'll try to get some pictures of them soon so you can see them. They are really neat, and very quaint.

Surprisingly, I was out in the yard yesterday and still weeding in the flower beds. I still have about a foot and a half of one to finish, then they'll all be done! Man it is sure rough on you, when you have had knee surgery to weed though. I have a little garden seat with wheels on it, which helps, but boy does my knee sure get stiff. At least the front yard looks good again, so it hasn't been a total loss being without electricity.

Gary's wedding is coming up on November 8th, so we have been working on plans for that. Mariah's Mom, Rhonda and I have just about got the reception menu figured out, and the guest list, unless Gary or Mariah add more people. I have to finish the corsages, and then I'll be free to start on the bouquets. I also have to do a silk arrangement with lights in it for the head table. So I'll be busy doing that the next 2 months.

Hurricane Ike:
Many are still without power and their homes in Texas and Alabama and my heart really goes out to them. I am so thankful that most chose to leave the area, and in doing so saved their lives! I imagine it's hard not being permitted to go back to their homes or whats left of their homes to see the damage. There are still people here in Ohio who have no power also, so I feel for them too. Let's all keep sending all of those affected by this disaster our prayers!

Tonite I plan to catch up with all my friends in the RV Dreams chatroom and see what everyone has been up to while I've been away from technology the last week, and I hope to see many of you there so until then...