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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, May 17, 2013

Quote for the Day / Foggy Friday

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Today's Quote:
   I think this is a good quote! It is uplifting and offers hope, and I'm all about that. I kinda lost my hope the other day, but I have it back now, and I plan on keeping it!  It's about not trying to live in the past, and reminds you to not be afraid to go forward with your life despite things that have happened to you. It is good for me to remember this! Sometimes it's hard to not get stuck on the things you experience in the now, or have experienced in the past. As of today, everything is in the past that happened yesterday, and the day before, and the day before etc...letting go of things that hurt you, anger you, and grudges you have held against other people, will free you to get on with your life. Besides, what good is a grudge against someone if they don't even know about it? The only one it continues to bother is you. Why give room in your heart to grudges and anger? All that does is take up places where love can grow. Me, I'd rather fill those places with love. It makes for a much happier me. Okay enough internalizing and wondering about life. I will quit wondering, (wasting time doing that) and just live it.

Foggy Friday:
   Boy was it foggy this morning! There was a 2 hour delay for school, and a terrible 15 car wreck on I 70 east bound near Springfield,Ohio.  I hope there were no serious injuries, but I know from the wreck we were in it doesn't take much to really hurt people.  You wouldn't know that it was even that foggy this morning by looking outside now. The sun is shining, and it is a perfect day with a temp of 79. Can't ask for more than that, not too hot, just right. Thinking about putting a few of my hardier hanging plants outside today.

   On Wednesday Mike got 3 shots in his back for pain from his pain specialist. I guess the Doc had trouble with the third shot because he kept hitting the metal from his back being fused in 2 places and they were using an Xray machine or Ultrasound machine. OUCH I am thinking that was most unpleasant! I hope it helps, and next Wednesday, he will get 3 more on the other side.

   Our son, Jamie is also having problems with his back again, so he goes back to see his back surgeon on the 29th of this month. He has to have another MRI done before he goes, and then I guess we'll see what happens. Unfortunately he has his Dad's back problems, and he has already had his back fused in one place 2 years ago. He is only 38 yrs old, and too young for disability! He had just made it back up to working 40 hours again. He is numb from the left side of his neck down the left side of his body to his knee. Not Good!


   Tomorrow is the big day, Katie is getting married. She has grown up to be such a beautiful woman, and I am so proud to have been able to take care of her when she was little. I know her Mom won't be the only one with tears in her eyes tomorrow! I wish them lots of love and happiness.

   Well it is time for this chick to get busy, and do something! It is just too nice to sit typing, even if I can't do much because of my foot there must be something I can do! Oh yeah, I can dust, hows that for excitement? Lol!  Well wait a minute, I think  I like the idea of working in the fiver better. Getting some things done in there would be more fun, even if it is still dusting.  At least I'll be in the RV, which is where I want to be, only sitting beside a lake instead of my driveway! Lol!  So I'll see ya's... soon


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday / Sorry No Blog Yesterday

   Yesterday was a bad day, and I just want to forget about it.  Maybe one of these days when I can get my mind around it, I 'll tell ya about it. After I heal, and I am not so emotional about it. I will say that sometimes words hurt more than being hit physically but... I will heal, and get over this, I refuse to do otherwise! 
Sometimes when I write a post, it turns out that I was the one that needed to hear what I wrote the most. Somehow those words always end up connecting with something I am going through a few days later. Okay you can imagine the Twilight Zone theme playing  here! Do do do do etc.. Lol!  It is weird, but it has happened more than once!  So now that's all I have to say about that, 'nuff said!

   Today is going a little better than yesterday did, and the healing has begun, and will continue.  I am going to get my hair blow dried and flat ironed. That always puts me in a good mood. After all, the wedding is this Saturday, I just hope I can dodge the raindrops until then! I will have to leave in a half hour, so I will likely finish this post when I get back.

Foot Blurb:
   By Tuesday evening I had, had enough of that stupid surgical shoe, so I took it off, and just wrapped my foot in the ace bandage, and went barefoot. Boy did that feel better! I have no pain, and the Doc did say to let pain be your guide so that is what I's going to do. Yesterday I pretty much went barefoot the whole day with no problems at all. Today since I have to go out I am going to wear my Crocs, I don't expect any problems, since I've worn them all morning. Well time for me to go so I will finish when I get back.

   I am back, did ya miss me? Lol! Got my hair did, and boy do I feel better now. Notice, I didn't say that I look better, haha.  I may not look better, (hehe) but I feel better when my hair is smooth, and not all bushy & kinky. Today has been overcast with lots of clouds, and a bit of rain showers every little bit.  I want to put my houseplants out this weekend, so I hope I can get them out in between the showers they are forecasting. It has been staying it the 60's for about the last 4 nights. So I will check the forecast one more time this evening, and then maybe tomorrow or Saturday they can go out. The Grand Girls only have about 2 weeks of school left now, and they are looking forward to going camping with us in June.  They love going to Indian Lake state park. Their Dad's pretty much grew up there every summer. Of course, we had a spot in a private campground during those years, so we always had a spot, and didn't have to make reservations then. The littlest one, Charli has not yet been camping.  I hope this summer to be able to take her with us. she is 2 1/2 right now, and we still have to take lots of stuff with us for her. Unfortunately 3 extra is all the fiver will hold. No matter how big an RV is, it gets really small with dogs, kids, and all of their stuff, especially if it is raining. So we will have to do separate trips, at least until she is potty trained. Well I think I have rambled on enough for today so I'll see ya's next time...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Reservations Have Been Confirmed!

   We have two reservations to report! Yippee! The first is on June 7th! We are going to a wedding in Columbus, Ohio, so we're going to go to Alum Creek State Park the 6th through the 9th of June. This will be the first time we take our 2 fur kids with us in the fiver, if we don't get earlier reservations somewhere else. This should make for some good campground comedy for all the other campers! Lol! Mike has several doctor appointments so this may be our first time.  Our other reservation will be starting the 10th of June at Indian Lake State Park. We are going to take 3 of our Grand Daughters camping. They love going to Indian Lake every year! This was one of the only times we could fit it into every body's schedules. So we will be doing these back to back, also with the dogs! This will really be pushing them, and us with new experiences! I hope we all survive! Then we want to take the youngest, Charli, 2 and a half, for a few days too! It will be her first camping trip ever! We just don't have room to do all the kids at once, and the dogs too, or the energy!

   How bout this weather? I think it kind of stinks! I can't ever remember having to wear a fleece jacket during the day on the 13th of May, and I wasn't too hot! This is more like Fall weather to me! My allergies are going crazy now, even though it is cold here, well maybe not real cold during the day but we did have frost warnings last night! It didn't make it into the 60's today though.  Supposed to be in the 80's by Wednesday, with thunder storms! Then may have rain for almost a week if they (weather forecasters) don't change the forecast! Let's hope the rain disappears before it gets here, or maybe it would be better to get it, and have it over with before we head out in June. 

   Reservations mean we have to get busy on the fiver. It hasn't been dewinterized, yet, is that a word? It doesn't look right to me, but anyway lots to do before the end of May. So if it is nice you can guess where, and what we'll be doing. I'll be cleaning the inside of the trailer, and Mike and Jamie will be getting the hitch back into the back of the Beast, as well as washing both the Beast and the Bear(fiver). Tomorrow, I have to go try on a couple of dresses in the fiver, cos  it is the only place that we have a full length mirror, and I can see which one I want to wear. I probably won't want to wear either one, cos I haven't worn a dress since 2008! LOL! I hate getting dressed up, but Katie's wedding is on Saturday so I gotta see what I'm going to do. I will have to make an exception, this year because we have 2 weddings to go to.  Then I think there is a graduation party in there somewhere too, but I don't have to dress up for that it's just casual. Oops, I kinda got off track a bit there, back to the fiver, I need to get all the stuff put back in the fiver that I took out last fall that wouldn't winter over. Then It has to be dusted, bed changed, fridge wiped out etc... if you Rv then I'm sure you know the drill. If ya don't Rv then the best way I can explain it is that you have to clean and keep clean 2 houses.

Foot Blurb:
   I haven't said much about my foot lately, aren't ya glad? Hehe! That is because there is not much to report. Most of the swelling is down, and it only swells if I am on it too much, and it is the same with the pain, except if I step wrong. The only aggravation I have is that my darn foot has peeled 3 times, and is still peeling! Gross it is! I also can't wait until the 30th of May when I see the Doc, and I can begin wearing my walking shoes. I am over this dog gone surgical shoe that doesn't bend, it is hard to walk in it! Okay, so now ya are up to date on the foot blurb, aren't ya glad? Well then again, maybe not, Haha!

Nightie, Night:
   Time for me to head to my bed! I am tired because I walked up the street and back, plus I did a few other things today. So until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day:
   This phrase of 3 words is 3 of the most powerful wonderful words that can be said to a Mother. It means I love you, and want to Honor you for being my Mother. It means so much to hear 
whether your spouse says it for them, or your children say it to you, it doesn't matter. It can be a look, a card, a hug, a kiss etc... Even a pet can say it, all it takes is a look to express Love. To a Mother it doesn't mater if you buy it, make it, or just give it. One of my most cherished possessions, are the cards my boys made in grade school for Mother's Day! It means, that you have done your very best to raise your child to be the best person He/ She can be. You have unconditionally (and a Mother's Love is unconditional) loved, and given your best to your child. This is what Mother's do, they will sacrifice everything for their children, and it is the only unconditional LOVE a child will ever get. The love of a Father is a bit different than a Mother's love, (I think it has something to do with the fact that a Mother carries the child inside her body), and I will address that next month for Father's Day, or maybe Mike can write that post and explain it better than I can. Nevertheless it is still unconditional, only a parent's love is unconditional, (love that doesn't have to be earned, no matter how bad you are, or what you do wrong), a parent doesn't quit loving you!

   For a Mother, everyday is Mother's Day because you have a child. You take care of that child, feed, dress, discipline, teach, in essence anything that child needs you provide, and you LOVE! Boy do you Love! Children often don't understand the difference between something they need and something they want. It is our job, sometimes  to the chagrin of the child to decide which it is.  Sometimes they get mad at us, and say things they don't mean, they may say, "I Hate You"!  Those 3 little words are the most dreaded words a parent can hear from their child. (cos, kids instinctively know this hurts you) My answer would always be that's okay I love you enough for both of us. It always defused the situation.  I think every child at some time, or another, has said this to their Mom or Dad. Probably since there has been people in the world, I'm sure these words have been uttered at one time or another. Did I say these words to my Mom, did my boys say these words to me, did you ever say these 3 words to your Mom? You Bet, and I'm ashamed to say I did, and my boys did too.  It's simply the nature of a child to try to get back at someone when they are mad or pouting. That's why this little barb stings so much! We just have to remember that they are a child, trying to get their way, and not take it to heart. The teen years are the worst for hearing the "I hate you" line, and it isn't until those same kids become parents themselves, that they understand what these 3 words do to a parent. Do I wish I could take them back, of course I do, did I ever say I'm Sorry, of course I have. Did my boys say they were sorry for saying them?  Yes, after they had kids and experienced what real unconditional love is, each one of them did. I was so proud of them at that moment! They now knew what I was trying to teach them, all it took was a child of their own. That is just one of the little hurts a Mom locks away in her heart, that love grows over, and heals. Do we forgive our kids, YES, almost instantly,( it's almost like labor pains, you forget the hurt once the baby is here) and you forget the hurt when this happens too, never to remember again.
   Then there is also Mother's protection for her child or children. Believe me when I say ya don't want to get between a Mother and her kids, cos if ya do I promise you, ya won't know what hit you! LOL! Mother's can be vicious when it comes to protecting their kids, ( just as bad as a Momma bear with cubs can be) if someone is threatening her kids.
I am happy that I was able to experience motherhood, and wouldn't have missed it for the world. I am a much better, understanding, more loving, upbeat person for having experienced it. Being a parent is the most worrying, rewarding, scary, amazing, tiring, loving journey you will ever take! It never ends until you do, then I hope to be looking down on them! Just because your kids are grown, doesn't mean you are done being a Mom or Dad. It's a lifetime job, and I wouldn't want it any other way! 

The Payoff  For Motherhood:

    Grand kids! Yippee!  I got to practice being a Grandma before any of my son's even had kids, because my oldest son married a girl that had a little girl, and a little boy. So they became my first Grand Kids, maybe not of my blood, but my Grand Kids just the same! I learned a lot from Brittany and Erin. Brittany is about to make me a Great Grandma in October. That is hard for me to believe, I still remember taking Britt to buy her dress for her first kindergarten Christmas Program. Erin is now in high school, I think he'll be a sophomore or junior next year, and is way taller than me. I remember holding Erin, (when he was 1 1/2 or 2) when he got stitches in his head after a the car accident he was in, that was so scary!
    I was fortunate enough to watch 4 of my Grand Daughters come into this world. Believe me when I say that is indeed the payoff, that, and the first time you hold your Grand Child in your arms! Once you become a Grand Mother, believe me you are right there behind their Mother should someone try to hurt one of them! So the cycle continues, and this time around you don't have to be the disciplinarian, you get to watch your kids deal with it ! You get to sit back and laugh, (and you will) and try to keep your mouth shut until you're asked for advice. Also, you get to spoil them, my Sons are forever telling me, and my Grand Daughters, she wasn't like that when I grew up! She was mean, and would punish us all the time if we were bad. If we didn't clean our rooms we got grounded, or got our favorite things taken away for a while. Haha! The girls just smile, and say Grandma wouldn't do that, I have to say yes I did! I think something happens to you when you first hold that Grand Baby, I don't know what it is but you become a softie, your heart melts again, you learn that some of the arguments that you had with your kids didn't matter so much when it came right down to it. You don't want to tell them no, but for their sake sometimes ya have to, or make a promise that you can't keep.  I tell my kids to pick and choose their battles, and they say, but you didn't with us. I tell them that yes I did, they just didn't see it cos, they were looking at it from a child's point of view! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Haha!

I wish all of you out there a Happy Mother's Day! I hope that I have many more with my Mother! I didn't get to spend it with her today, but I will see her soon! My youngest Brother is at her house today. I want to dedicate this post to my Mom, she taught me everything I needed to know about being a Mom, and I couldn't have had a better teacher! I Love You Mom! So until tomorrow, see ya's...