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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, July 12, 2013

I'ts been a Quick Week For Us!

   This week flew by for us. When ya have kids everyday, but one, ya don't get much done. That is okay with me though, because one day they'll be grown up enough, and won't need to stay with Gma and Gpa. I'll take it while I can get it, cause everything else can wait, nothing is more important right now. I can already see it happening with Kara. She is always busy with her friends now that she is 13.  It is a quick Hi and Bye when she is over with her Dad. It makes me a little sad. On the other hand I can see it is good for them to grow as a person and be with friends. It is a good / bad feeling for me. I am proud of them growing up, but I still want them to be little. It seems like just yesterday they were babies. But, as our 9 year old Grand Daughter, Tehya told us, " Life Goes On"! That doesn't mean that I don't miss and cherish all the times they were with us. It will just be different now that they are getting older.

Next Month:
   In August we're going to be making some plans to go on a few trips. We both want to go back to Holmes county in Amish country here in Ohio. We stay in a campground in Berlin, Ohio right in the heart of Amish country. It is so peaceful up there! Then we are going to be spending a week at Alum creek state park in Columbus, and where ever else strikes our fancy.  We really haven't been able to go very many places this year, and we have a serious case of hitch itch. It will be easier to go places after school starts in August, cos only Charli will need a sitter then. I enjoy Fall rving too, cos it is still warm during the days and good sleeping weather at night.
   Now that our dogs have had their first maiden rv trip and did pretty well, we can do more trips without worrying so much about how they're going to act. They didn't totally embarrass us the the last time. In fact I thought they were pretty good, and I don't think we provided too much campground comedy for the other Rvers! Lol! We hope not any way! Haha!
   I'd love to plan a Winter trip, say maybe February through the middle of April. Somewhere warm, if there is such a place left!  That will depend whether or not the lawsuit from our 2011 accident is settled by then. We have to have a court date by November, so we couldn't go anywhere before January or February, and not at all if it isn't settled. That was the reason we paid the other truck off in October of 2011 so we'd have extra money to play with in our full timing budget. Then Bam! no more truck, thanks to a person running a red light in November at  the rate of at least 55 mph. So that kind put a stop to our full time plans as we had to buy another truck, and then got a hefty payment to go along with it! So we've been stuck and have just been doing summer trips since then in Ohio, and around the neighboring states.

Stay Tuned:
   So please stay tuned to see what kind of plans we can make, and if we can get any reservations confirmed for August. I really would like to go to Hocking Hills state park here in Ohio, too.  So we'll be talking about places we want to go for a visit, the next few months. So until then, I'll be seein' ya's ...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   We had a big downpour this afternoon about 3:00 p.m. We had thunder and lightening and the electric was off for about 20 to 30 minutes.  We didn't have the bad stuff like the people up north got. It sounded pretty bad. Mike just told me that there is NO rain predicted for the next 10 days. I wonder how accurate that will end up being? I'm beginning to think we live in the tropics, we seem to be getting rain every afternoon. Lol!
I saw a pic on FB tonight that had 2 cats under an umbrella, the caption said, "Noah called, he'll be picking us up in 10 minutes" I thought that was cute!!! It seems like that's how much rain we have been getting here though. Do ya think someone should start building an ark?

Doctor Appointment:
   I had an appointment to get my prescriptions renewed today, so off we went with Autumn and Tehya in tow. My Doctor has  been reassigned to a new base, so I have to wait for a new one to be assigned to me, or I can request one if I know their name. Gosh, the pharmacy at Wright Patterson Air Force Base was packed, and we didn't get out of there for about an hour. Poor girls, had to wait all that time. They were good though, they shared, and took turns with their Game Boy, and my Kindle. So at least they kept themselves occupied with a few minimal little spats, you know how it is with siblings! Lol! One minute they love each other, and the next they can't stand each other. Lol!

   We are going to take 2 of our parrots to a day care tomorrow, to show the kids. They are interested in learning about them and their care. I will try to get some pictures of the birds and the kids. Our Amazon parrot Jake will be in his travel cage, and Paco, our Mollucan cockatoo will be on a T stand. Paco the kids will be able to pet, but Jake doesn't like to be handled by strangers. I hope Jake will at least be a good boy and talk for the kids. So wish us luck! We have to clip Paco's wings and toenails this evening, but we can usually just hold him instead of wrapping him in a towel like we have to do with the Amazon. Jake tends to resent it and he will bite! Amazons tend to be like grumpy old men, if they don't like something they let you know or they bite you! Pretty much if you have an Amazon parrot you can expect to be bitten at any given time. It's just their nature. Most times Jake just wants to play though and doesn't bite hard, with us anyway. I wouldn't trust him with kids though. Paco is a big baby though and loves attention and being petted.

   Well I think that is gonna be all for tonight! I have to get the dogs in their crates so we can get the birds ready to go in the morning. I'll  be seein' ya's...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It's Been A Busy Two Days!!!!!!!!

   Monday I had Charli and Tehya and Autumn here. Charl left about 2:30 p.m. Autumn had to leave at 1:00 p.m. to go swimming with a friend,  and get ready for Cheer Camp in the evening. That left Tehya and Me, and Grandpa. So armed with Tehya's school supply list we headed to Dollar General to get some of her school supplies.  Grandpa probably took a nap! Haha! We started buying the three girl's their school supplies a few years ago, just to help out their parents. Wow, some of the things on the list are just ridiculous, and they aren't cheap any more. It costs a lot of $ for school supplies now. With everything they have to have, along with the community supplies, it costs us between $45.00 and $65.00 every year times three for us. It is only going to get worse if the school levy doesn't pass this year! The community supplies are disinfecting wipes, tissues, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, etc... I wonder how much of the other stuff ends up being community? Like they each have to have 48 pencils! I might have used that many the whole school year in high school. I  don't understand why they need that many pencils at the beginning of the school year, unless they are expected to share them. Fourth graders now need ear buds also, for the computer time they get. Some of the teachers are down right picky about the things on the list. Only a certain kind of stuff will do. Only plastic folders, with brads and pockets in red, blue, green, and yellow only. A protractor, in clear only, no colors! That was really hard to find! Then a calculator, Texas Instruments brand, T I-34 II for a 7th grader, we couldn't find that specific one, so we didn't get one! We went to Wal Mart and got the rest of Tehya's supplies, and all of Autumn's supplies today, except the calculator! Why do they need 4 - 3 ring 2 inch binders, plus 50 clear sheet protectors, and 30 dividers, per child in 7th grade? Those 4, 3 ring  2 inch binders are $5.97 EACH! Just plain solid colors, not even fancy ones, which are even more a $ a piece! Needless to say I'm a little ticked about all this extra stuff !! Don't get me wrong, we'd do anything we could to help our Grand Daughters, and we do, and it's not their fault the schools say they need all this stuff. Thank goodness their other Grandma buys their book bags and lunch boxes every year! I haven't even seen Kara's list yet, so we still have to get her supplies! If we had to do it all we'd be broke! Then after all that expense, they have school pictures taken a couple of weeks after school starts! They are so expensive too, for $20.00 you usually only get 4 of the 3 X 4 pictures and about 6 wallet size pictures. Sorry, I didn't mean to go on a rant, but this is getting so ridiculous!!!! Okay, I need to take a big breath and release it and let the stress go. Lol! It might go quicker with a couple of glasses of wine! Haha! 

Well that is about all I can write today, I think it has rained about 8 of the last 12 days, we had a real downpour while the girls and I were out shopping. Thank goodness it had stopped and the sun was out for a bit when we were ready to leave. As soon as you walked out of the store though, the humidity smacked you right in the face. I think it was actually more humid after the rain than before. Okay it's time for me to fix dinner so I'll get this posted, and I'll see ya's ...

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday July 7th, 2013

   Well today has been a lazy day for me. I really haven't done very much. I should have walked the dogs but I didn't. Today when I got up, my fingers were all swelled and throbbing , along with the rest of my joints. I don't know if it is the medicine change or all the rain. Even my toe joints hurt today. My fingers feel like fat sausages, and I can't move my rings  up and down over my knuckles. So I don't know how long this blog post will be today. What ever it is is ain't good. Lol!  We'll see how much typing I can do. 

I got my ice cream maker (electric) out and tried a new recipe. I am to lazy to crank ice cream and we don't eat that much anyway. My freezer only makes about a quart. The little taste I had tasted good, so we'll see how it tastes after a few hours in the freezer. The ice cream maker freezes it most of the way and then it finishes setting up in the freezer of the fridge. So that is tonight's dessert. If this recipe is good then I want to make some fresh strawberry ice cream. I have made vanilla and butter pecan in the ice cream freezer and they were really good.

   Yesterday was an all day rain event here. We took a drive, (yes, in the rain) over to Mike's Sister's house. Their Mom was at her house. We thought we'd drive over to see her, it is about a 45  minute drive. Her birthday is next Sunday so we went to see her and visit for a while. We knew we wouldn't make it down to Columbus next weekend for her birthday so we visited this weekend. It rained on us until late afternoon when we started home. Then we had a break until we got home, it started  again, and rained most of the night. I don't see how we could still have a drought shortage from last year with all the rain we have had this year.

   Friday was pretty quiet here, except for all the fire crackers still being let off. I think our neighbors must have spent a small fortune on them, cos they have been doing them for the last week and a half! I will be glad when they are all gone. It is getting old after a week. Yeah, I know I am being a party pooper! Haha!

   Tomorrow I have Miss Charli at 5:45 a.m. and then Autumn and Tehya at about 7:30a.m. So it will be a busy day, and I am hoping it doesn't rain all day! It would be nice to be able to be outside part of the day with the girls. Maybe a picnic?

   Sorry this is gonna be short today due to my fingers throbbing, I will try to make it up to you in the next post.  Let's hope it is from the rain and not the medicine change, cos if it is the medicine change I want my Motrin back! Lol! I got used to my joints not hurting all the time, and I didn't miss it at all. Okay enough belly aching for now, lets hope it feels better tomorrow. So I'll be seeing ya's...