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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!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rving On My Mind / Spring Maybe? / Fingers Crossed

Rving on My Mind:
   When are we going to get out in the Rv? Mike is thinking about getting the cover off the fiver soon!  He has checked the weather forecast for the next week and it is predicting rain for most of the week. I think he has Spring fever as bad as I do! He is ready to head to Sam's so he can get 2 new batteries for the truck. He has done a test on the batteries, and thinks that the batteries may be bad. If that doesn't make the battery light go off, then it will probably mean that the alternator is bad. I don't know which of the two will be more expensive to fix. I guess we're about to find out!  Lol! Wish us luck!  Where will we go, what will we do stay tuned to find out! In the meantime this next item just in!

A P B : Spring Missing:
   Have you seen Spring in your area? The subject is described as having warm temperatures, lots of sunshine, with warm good smelling rain, and some light winds. If you have seen this suspect please return it to Ohio. Spring skipped out, instead of hanging around like that dang ground hog by the name of Phil said it would. Leaving us at the mercy of old man Winter for extra weeks of cold, and even measurable (gasp) snow! Ha ha! The suspect is believed to have headed South where warmer weather has been found! Ha ha! Can ya tell how desperate I am ? Lol! Just trying to have a bit of fun with this!
Sign of Spring:  
   What do you think? I hope that this is indeed a good solid  lead that Spring is indeed on it's way! This is a real picture, of real flowers, actually growing in our own yard! Ha ha! I am really  hopeful that this is the case, and not a cruel joke on the part of Mother Nature! Lol! Mike was good enough to take this picture for me yesterday when he went out to get the mail, cos at this point I really need the proof! There is just this one bunch so it could be suspect. Mike did say that they were real though. No tulips were blooming at the time of the taking, of said picture. However, the tulips are about half way up out of the ground, and there is still hope that they will indeed bloom! As rains, and some thunderstorms are predicted for next week, along with temps in the 60's to almost 70, it could be a real possibility that Spring will mosey it's way back to Ohio. You know what they say about April showers bringing May flowers, so keep your fingers crossed! If it does indeed rain most of the week like they are predicting, I'll try not to complain too much! The dogs have been in and out most of the day as the temp climbed to about  60. We need a revolving door for them ha ha!

Foot Blurb:  
   My foot is doing okay.There is less pain, I have had only 1 Vicodin today so far. I will take another before bed so that will make 2 instead of 4 a day! I am happy about that!

   I am trying to make my blog better as I go along since I have only been back writing it for a few months. You see the Rv bug bit me again so I've been a bit obsessed about it. Just because I don't write about Rving everyday doesn't mean I am not mulling it over in my mind all the time. I assure you that is exactly what I am doing. By the time my enforced foot resting is over, I will probably bore you to tears, with what my little mind comes up with to write about.

Half Time:
   Believe it or not, Half Timers get just as bad cases of Hitch Itch as Full Timers do! That itch desperately needs scratched in our case! We haven't been anywhere since last July  in the fiver! We hope to be seeing ya all in the near future somewhere around the corner and down the road! Lol! So until we are able to scratch that hitch itch we'll see ya in our dreams...



Friday, April 5, 2013

Rating Stars / My Blog / Words / My Wish

Rating Stars:
   I have added a star rating at the end of my posts so I can gauge whether or not you like the subject matter of my posts.This is not so I can get a bunch of stars and get a big head, ( inflated ego ) it couldn't be farther from the truth. I don't want you to just add stars to make me feel better. I want you to be honest with me. If I write about something that you like then add the stars. Sometimes ya don't want to leave a comment, for identity reasons. This way you can just add stars and your name doesn't have to be involved. It's fine with me if ya want to be anonymous, he he! Please, give it a try and you will be letting me know which direction to take with my blog. I am trying to make it better!

Sassy's Schooner Saga: My Blog:
   My title, listed above is truly a saga, a long story of where we have been and where we wish to go. I know this is a blog about Rving Half Time, and lately I haven't written very much about Rving. In order to get to the good stuff sometimes you have to follow a path in a round a bout way. Since this blog is about our lives, some everyday things need to be included. We will get to the Rving, and the good stuff as soon as we can, and believe me we are more than anxious to be getting our truck and fiver ready to go! I always get so excited when the cover comes off in mid or at the end of April! It takes me no time to get in there, get the slides out, and clean it up!  No, we didn't put the cover on with the inside dirty, I just like to give it a good cleaning and dusting before we start loading things back in it. When we close it up we take everything out that doesn't do well in cold temps. Then in the spring I put all my spices, cleaners, etc... back in the fiver. Being half timers we have to do this, but once we can be full timers everything will remain inside, and we'll just relocate somewhere warm. If there ends up still being such a place!  Lol!

Foot / Knitting Blurb:
   There is nothing new to report on my foot or my boredom, they are both still there! Ha ha! So this is indeed a short blurb. I have been trying knitting so we will see how that goes. I have started a small afghan to see if I can get back in the groove of knitting. I was surprised that I was able to pick up the knitting needles and do it right away after 10 years. I guess it is sorta like riding a bike huh? It is something to do, but crocheting will always be my first love. I think it is also faster to do! It may be that I am just faster at crocheting, because I have done it for so long. I have been doing it, (crocheting ) since I was 9 yrs old. I used to make clothes for my Barbie, and make up a pattern as I went!

Sun and Wind:
   The sun is shining today, and we have temps in the 50's. Although with the way the wind is blowing, I imagine it is somewhere in the high 40's with the wind chill factor. I can hear our wind chimes, making music almost constantly. I think we are having March weather, instead of April weather. Good time to go fly a kite if I could,lol! We must be about a month behind as far as Spring is concerned! Never fear though, Spring is on her way all the signs are pointing to it being so, like we have flowers  blooming. Yippee! I am not sure which kind, because I can't see them from the window. Hopefully, I can get Mike to take some pics for me for tomorrow's blog post!

    I have been thinking about the impact words have, as I type the words in this post.You wouldn't think words could be that much of a weapon, but I have found that sometimes they are a very sharp hurtful weapon, how about you?  Have the words that someone has said to you ever cut  into your heart so badly that you were sure there should be blood?
    I am not talking about when your child says that they don't love you, when they are mad at you. Although that hurts a great deal, but after the first time you get over it, and realize that they said it because they were mad at you, not because they wanted to hurt you. A childish way to get back at you for making them do something they didn't want to, or a punishment like time out. Every parent hears these words, and I hope, recognizes them for what they are.They usually respond with I still love you and I always will, or something to that effect. It is a child's first introduction to a parent's unconditional love for them. It will be the only time in their lives that they encounter this unconditional love. I think there is only one greater example of unconditional love than a parents love for a child. No matter what they do, how old they are you love them for their self, and you would even give your life for them if you could. That is a real unconditional love, the same thing Jesus did for us on the cross, which is the best example of unconditional love.
   Who else feels that way about another person? Even the love of a spouse is conditional, although they may learn to love you unconditionally. But then even sometimes the words of a spouse can draw unseen blood. Mostly I am talking  about adult people, who seem to take great delight in saying hurtful things to others. Have you ever heard, back handed compliments like, gee you would be really pretty if you lost some weight, or you'd look really nice if you weren't as skinny as a stick, or how about man that outfit is not for you? Do people you have been with make fun of others, people with disabilities just for the way they look, regardless if they know them or not. Regardless of the kind of person they are inside,, do we judge people always by how they look? Have you ever been with people and they tell a fat joke. I use fat joke as an example because I have always had problems with my weight, and have had many aimed at me. How about a joke making fun of somebody, did you feel offended, or did you laugh despite the way you felt? These are just some of the examples that bother me. I have been in these situations, haven't you? What do you do, do you laugh with them or do you tell them they are wrong or say nothing despite being upset about what has been said?  Are you ashamed after you think about it, and do you wish you had the courage to speak up? I have done both.
   I think this is bothering me because I see it more and more especially, since I have Grand Daughters in middle school. I know how cruel other people can be. We have all had hurtful things said to us. Kids, teens, adults it doesn't matter what stage of life they are in, things are said and done that shouldn't be. I was always aware of bullying, I was bullied as a child and have been as an adult. What do we do and how do we stop it? Do you ever get over it and the scars it leaves inside you? I feel like bullies that are kids grow up to be adult bullies! How do we stop this cycle? Do we just try to go on and wait for karma  to get them? Ya all know what they say about karma right? Why are we so mean to each other, and people we know and don't know?
   I don't know why I got on this rant, okay well maybe I do. About a month ago I had parked in a handicapped place and I put my handicapped placard in the window and got out. There was a person walking by, they looked at me and said" Gee I wish I could have a handicapped sticker for my vehicle, I don't see any disability". I got mad and I looked at them and I said, "Okay how about I trade you my Congestive  Heart Failure and my handicapped placard then you'll be able to park here", and  "I'll be happy to be able to walk without getting short of breath, and park farther away from the store". I guess try as  hard as I did to be strong, it still hurt and bothered me. They started to apologize and I just walked away, I hope they felt really small and mean! You see not all disabilities show, and making snap judgement's about people is never good for anyone! 
   I have all these questions and no answers for them. I guess I have way too much time to sit and think about stuff. As an adult, I have grown thicker skin, and the barbs other people send my way don't bother me as much sometimes. I have learned to be my own person, and I try to be nice. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no goody two shoes, I'm just as  human, with all the faults anyone else has, maybe more! As I have aged I don't worry as much about what other people think about me. I try to go on with my life and be the person it is important to me, to be. What about people who are not strong how do we protect them? There I go with my questions again I have to stop! Lol! I never intended for this post the be this serious or this long! Your eyes are probably rolling back in your head after reading all this about now!  I'm sorry this is so long, but I felt led to write about this for some reason, so I went with it. Maybe someone needed to hear it I don't know.

My Wish:
   My wish for everyone is to just be kind to each other! Do something for someone just because you want to do it. Not because you wanted to get recognition for it, maybe it will become a cycle if we have the courage to let it begin with us. Help some one with something, it doesn't have to cost money it can be as simple as opening a door for someone. If you do have extra money and want to spend money, buy the person in line behind you a cup of coffee at the coffee shop, buy someone you don't know a flower etc... I promise you it will make you feel good and it will make their day! Then maybe they will do something nice for someone else, and it will become a cycle, that is what paying it forward means.

   Good Grief, next time I get on a rant like that Someone HIT me! LOL! Here I have kept you way too long reading this, but I hope I have given everyone something to think about, and by the way if ya have any answers to my questions, Please answer them for me! Then my poor brain won't get so fried  with all this thinking.  I wouldn't want it to explode ya know! Ha ha! Time for me to say Ta Ta for now, safe travels, and keep moovin' down the highway!  I'll see ya's ...


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Just Random Thoughts

   I was so bored today I was looking for things that I could do from my chair! I cleaned out the drawers in my end table and dusted it. My laptop got completely cleaned and wiped off, I think it is as clean as it was when it came out of the box!  I held my big lap puppy, while she took an hour nap! While she did that I was reading the Dog Whisperer's book, and it was telling me I shouldn't do that ha ha! Boy are they in for a rude awakening when I get back on my feet! Until then I'll try to get as many tips as I can to use in the war between us and them. I know it will be a war as stubborn as they are, and I am just as stubborn. I hope I will be the victor rather than turning tail and going down in defeat, because right now they are winning the war! Okay, as Cesar Milan says, saying that I hope I can train them is setting myself up for failure, don't try, Do It! See the result in your mind that you want to happen, and calmly make it happen. Mind over matter right? Gee, do I sound like a groupie? Ha ha!  I am impressed with his way of handling dogs, but I am sure he is much more strict than I will ever be! His methods do seem to work though. Okay enough of dog talk. Lol!

Foot Blurb:
   The pain gets a little less everyday, and I am hopeful that I can decrease the Vicodin by one pill sometime this weekend. I think the more time that passes the harder it is going to be for me to sit still. You can only read and be on the computer so much before your eyes give out!  End of blurb.

   Today I have been listening to one of the Music Choice channels on cable: Solid Gold Oldies. They have played some good songs today, and it has been good background noise. When we are traveling we have satellite radio. It should be about ready to start back up. We usually suspend it in November and start it back up in the Spring. We even take turns every other day, one day we will listen to the 60's for me, and the next day we listen to the 80's for him. I think it is funny, Mike is older than me and he likes the 80's music. I like the music from the era that he mostly grew up in the 50's and  the 60's. In 1964 I was 10, I am really telling you my age now, and I guess I grew up in that era too. I really don't like much of the music from the later years 70's, 80's and 90's. Although I did listen to it some when I was in school. From the time I was 11 or 12, I have followed the group, Herman's Hermits. They are my favorite band, and I still go to concerts to see him. The lead singer, Herman is  Peter Noone, and he is still doing concerts at the age of 65. Believe it or not he still sounds the same, he hasn't lost his voice like some of the singers from that era. I was able to see them at the Ohio State Fair back in 1968 or 69 for the first time. I have seen many of their concerts since then.  Songs like " I'm Henry the Eighth, Mrs Brown You've Got  a Lovely Daughter, and There's a Kind of a Hush are some of their recordings.They outsold the Beatles in records one year! Yeah records, ya know those big things we used to buy songs on, before Cd's and instant downloads. Ha ha! As Herman always says, "Everything was bigger in the 60's". Lol! His new band, Herman's Hermits, staring Peter Noone  is going to be playing at The Fraze Pavilion in Kettering,
Ohio in June. I will be going to the concert, it is only about 30 minutes from me. I am a lifetime member of his Fan Club. They really put on a good show and I am really looking forward to the show!  You can't go to one of their concerts and leave at the end without a smile on your face. I really am and have always been a groupie to this band, Ha ha!  Well, what should I talk about next, do I really have any more random thoughts? I guess I do, so here goes.

Knitting Maybe:
   I have been unable to crochet for the last 2 years because of the arthritis in my hands. I think I will see if I can hold some knitting needles. The grip you use on knitting needles is different than you use on a crochet hook. It is a much looser grip, and I might be able to manage it, if  I can remember how to knit. I haven't knitted in probably 10 years. Crocheting was one of my favorite things to do, I used to do it all the time. I have a bunch of crochet pattern books, and not one knitting book. I wonder if I can find a how to knit web site on the computer to refresh my memory, and some afghan patterns to keep me from going crazy. I already have a gazillion skeins of yarn,so I think I will see if I can find something on the computer tomorrow. I have started taking a new medication for my arthritis prescribed by my rheumatologist, and if I am lucky I may be able to to crochet again if the medication works. So I think I will hang on to my crochet hooks and patterns for awhile, and maybe I will once again get to be a happy hooker,(pun intended) but it means crocheter not the other definition, ha ha! Come on now get your mind out of the gutter! He he! 

Final Thoughts:
   See my title for this post is apt, what a bunch of random thoughts I have running around in my head. I guess I have too much time on my hands to think. Lol! I just have a lot of things on my mind and nothing I can do physically to take my mind off of them. I am going to get this posted and quit rambling, I hope I will be able to get my thoughts together better for my next post. So be kind to one another, and always pay it forward, it will be good for everyone! Until next time...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Good Dr. Visit / Found Another Great Quote

   I had a good Dr. visit this afternoon. I got my first look at my new foot. I figured it would look like a rat had chewed on it or something lol, but it looks really good. I didn't like looking at the pin going into my foot, it is really long and it creeps me out!  The big toe is nice and straight, and the big bunion is gone! It was quite a shock to see it like that after looking at it the other way all my life. I didn't have it done for cosmetic reasons though, I had trouble walking with all the arthritis in the big toe joint and the way my big toe was angled over like this \ , only the angle was much worse.The new look is just a side benefit, but a pleasant one! I still do not like feet, but I guess since I gotta have them to walk they might as well look better too! Ha ha! That's the good news, the bad news is I have another 5 weeks that I can't put any weight on my left foot! Pity party for me ha ha, but most important don't forget Mike, he has to do almost everything for me, and the work around the house too! The right foot is almost as bad as the left one was, but there is NO WAY I am going to have it done until fall or after the first of next year! As long as I can walk without too much pain, I will wait as long as I can to get the other one done!  Mike also hinted that he will put me in a nursing home to heal when I get the next one done lol, is he kidding or not, ha ha your guess is as good as mine! Does this mean I am a bad  patient? Probably, and I'm not sure right now that I am ready to take that chance!  Ha ha! Next week I get the stitches out, but that dang pin has to stay in for another 4 to 5 weeks! Okay that was a long blurb this time, the rest will be short. So the countdown has begun, 5 weeks as of tomorrow ! Wish me luck, I think I am going to need it.

Good Quote:
   I found another great quote on Facebook today, and I think it is very similar to my favorite quote that I have mentioned a few times here. If you remember my favorite is: " Life is like a blank canvas, made for you to add the colors". This one says: "Life is not like a written book you can pick up and read, it is like a journal waiting for you to fill the pages". They are both good  and remind me of the movie, Forrest Gump and his quote, " Life is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get". As I said they sound alike and, they mean about the same thing to me. I don't know who said them, so I can't begin to give credit to either person. I believe they were both very deep thinkers, and understood a great deal about life. Meaning you get out of life what you put into it, the way you live your life adds the words to the page, and the colors to the canvas! Words and colors can both paint pictures in your mind. No I'm not  a hippie or a flower child tripping on anything, unless you count the Vicodin I am taking for pain he he! Kidding aside it  is not that great of a drug, it hasn't added any pretty colored  words or pictures to my mind! Maybe if I took more than was prescribed (which I don't ) it might. I think I'd rather trip  (figure of speech) on my own life more than a drug induced fantasy. There is something about reality that I think would be better than trying to stay high on other stuff all the time, not to mention I hope reality isn't as dangerous as drugs! You would get bored, I think pretty quickly if everything was always good or bad all the time.  Without ups and downs there would be nothing in life to build character from.  How you learn about mistakes, and joy is by living through them. Okay that is enough psychology, and I don't have a license to practice so no more deep thinking for me. Lol! 

   Gosh, I can't believe it 3 of the kids that I had in my Day Care from the time they were little are getting married this Spring and Summer! Talk about something that really makes ya feel old!  Funny how I still think of them as the little ones they were when I took care of them. Even though I know in reality that they are all grown up, it was still a shock to me when I got the invitations! We'll have to plan our Rv trips around the weddings at least through June, because I wouldn't miss them for the world!  Two of the kids are already married and have their own little ones now. Time flew  by while we were busy trying to live our lives, they were busy growing up and becoming adults too. Sad for me but also exciting, a bittersweet pill for me to swallow.  What was is no longer, but what is, is an exciting new road to follow now on the fringes on their lives. I am happy that they all have good memories of me, and the times they spent in my Day Care, I loved them like they were my own! I could not have given them any greater gift than that, they had my time, my patience ( which was much more then, than it is now) and I made it fun for them. So fun sometimes I had trouble getting them to go home, but that was okay too, and their parents didn't mind sharing them with me! They knew they were safe and loved. I actually got to do something I loved and I got paid for it, how many people can say that!

Time Got Away From Me:
   Time for me to finish this post! It has gotten long, and I talked about stuff that was 180 degrees from what I planned  to talk about! Somehow that always happens when I start to write this! Oh well, most of the time I am not at a loss for words! Lol! I guess that is good. So see ya's soon...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter:
   In my world, He has Risen and I hope you have a blessed Day! There are celebrations all over the world today because Jesus has risen! Whether you celebrate this or not I'm sure it has had some impact upon your life at one time or another, I know it did on mine.  Whether you go to church or just get together with friends and family it is a day for celebrating. Why? Because Jesus died for our sins! We have everlasting life through him. I think you can have your religion and enjoy the idea of the Easter Bunny at the same time, as long as the  emphasis is made between the two. My kids always had Easter Baskets, and my Grand Kids have always gotten an Easter Basket from us. The idea of the Easter Bunny is for kids, like Santa, and I think they should be told what happened so long ago on Christmas, and on Easter Sunday. I think they should make their own decision once they are adults what their religion is, and what they want to believe. I think they still need direction and for someone to be a role model for them in whatever you practice. That is just my opinion, but I believe everyone has the right to choose what they want to believe. To me religion and politics are subjects that are personal and should not be force fed to others. So this is about the most you will ever see on my blog about religion. I wish you Love, Peace, and many Blessings on this Holy Day!  If I had one wish to ask for I would ask for everyone to Pray for these things, and remember to Thank God for his blessings. I wish you enough, which is somewhere in the middle of what you need, and what you want!  A good balance in life I think!

My Foot:
   My foot is doing better each day, now that I am on top of the pain. This pain is different from having a joint replaced. The only way I can describe this pain is like someone is snapping a rubber band against your foot. It is a sharp sting and is annoying when it hits. My doctor said that the pain would lessen a lot after today, so lets hope so. I guess 4 days makes a big difference. So that is the blurb for today about my foot. I'm sure before too long I will just let it go and not mention it. I imagine you are reaching your limit about it, and getting as bored with the subject as I am. Needless to say I can't wait for this 6 weeks to be over!

   Yesterday was a beautiful day, with sunshine and warm temps here in Ohio. Today is kinda gloomy with clouds and some rain. Did you ever hear the saying, that if it rains on Easter Sunday it will rain 7 Sunday's in a row?  I have seen it happen, but I don't know if that is the reason, or just an old saying that I heard my Grandmother say. I always think of that when it rains on Easter though. You can be sure if it does rain on Easter, that I always count each Sunday to see if it happens or if the cycle is broken! Lol!

   I have to come up with my first Avon order on April 9th, and I have yet to figure out how to link my Avon account here on my blog. I think I should have waited until I was more mobile to start with Avon. I may have to suspend it for a while until I get back on my feet.  We'll have to see.

   Some of you snowbirds are getting ready to hitch up, and start your travels again! Do you always go back to the same place for the winter, or do you change places to keep it interesting?  Whatever you do I'm sure you are starting to get a bad case of hitch itch, and are getting ready to roll!  Here's wishing you safe travels as you go out on the highways and byways of your nomadic lifestyle.  I guess half timing is not so different from full timing if you stop and think about it. Full timers stop traveling for the Winter and stay somewhere kind of warm. Us half timers haven't given up our sticks and bricks house, and we spend the Winter at home despite the cold Winter.  Probably complaining a lot more than you full timers!  Ha ha! Such is life huh, we can't always be happy and it does give us something to look forward to, and dream about: Full timing for us!

   It is now time to end this post for today, so  Happy Easter again, and God Bless! I hope you have safe, and happy travels even if it is only to work and back.  So until the next time I sit down with my laptop and talk to ya, see ya's...