Ever been so excited???

When someone says they have a surprise for you, it can be exciting. Like, when we were kids and someone had a “surprise” – we just couldn’t wait to find out what it was.

It’s been ages since I was that kid and even longer since anyone said they had a surprise for me. Still, I was like a kid again when my friend Tammy presented me this:

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She made it on her Babylock Ellisimo Gold sewing / embroidery machine- a project those of us in the biz call “in the hoop”. I love how the frog and hedgehog peek out of the windows!
She even used sleeping bag fabric for the inside!

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I am thoroughly enjoying it! It was the sweetest surprise and so thoughtful!
As long as we are talking camper crafts, here’s a project I made with my Silhouette electronic die cutter and a smidge of adhesive vinyl.

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The cup, by the way is from Academy Sports and has a spritzer feature that I am sure will have a ton of use around camp!
Thanks so much for stopping by! God bless.
Kathy Bo

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On the coast in May

We decided to scoot away for a few days in May, and returned to one of our favorite places, Blythe Island, near Brunswick, Ga.
It’s a little county-owned rustic campground with a lake, ample camp sites and a picturesque dock overlooking the deep water.
We were so happy our new camping friends were able to join us here! Donna and Benny are just awesome. We met on our last trip to Tybee Island and I was so hoping they would be able to come on this trip! It makes camping even better when you have buddies to hang out with.
This camp is quiet and tranquil, and a place where locals come to launch their boats.
I took this group of photos on our first day, as I’m clearly fascinated with how this guy got his boat into the water!

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And off he went!

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Later that evening, the four of us went to what MUST be the most out-of-the-way seafood restaurant known to man. It was about 30 miles away at a little known marina. We’ve been here only twice in 16 years because it’s over an hour from home.

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This restaurant / marina needs about $1.5 million spruce up. It was sad to see that it’s really gone downhill.
Once we got back, Ninja Man (aka Driver) put his big screen (aka sheet) up and watched the NFL draft. He streamed it from our Dish Network at home via his iPad, via a projector. I’m forever impressed with his talents.

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Just before we left for camp, our pup Hoover had to have surgery. He is recuperating well but decided he needed to be hand fed. Of course, whatever makes him feel better, right?

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This is the lot we are in- just as we were starting to set up camp.

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We camped from Wednesday until Sunday- just enough to miss home but also just enough to wish we never had to leave!
Ninja Man hosted a movie night and our friends brought Avatar. Oh my goodness this movie was so vibrant after dark on the outdoor “screen”.

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Before we left home we picked up our organic FarmBag and we had quite a selection of veggies to grill.
Here’s what I did: wash, chop, season, butter and wrap.

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20140511-195049.jpgHere’s what Ninja Man did: grill. (And watch the NFL something on his iPhone).

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After a lot of fun with our friends and long relaxing days (I took a zillion naps) it was time to pull in the slides. And yes, that is our trash on the hood of the truck. If we put it on the back we are 99% certain to forget it. This has been proven many times.

20140511-195456.jpgMiele (Mee-Lah) kept an eye out on Baby Beluga during the drive home while Hoover snoozed in the back seat.

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All in all, it was a great trip with sweet friends and easy days. Oh, and my previous post about the “Truth”- well, Travel Day was SOOO much better going and coming this time. Maybe, just maybe we are getting the hang of this thing.
Thanks for visiting and God bless.

Post-Christmas trip!

We stopped by the storage lot this morning to get Baby Beluga ready for our next trip. I’m excited because it’s a week away on the coast! Though it’s too cold to take a dip, there’s a lake with a beach and plenty of walking to be done. We will also bike to the deep water pier and watch these:

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Yes, MANATEES! Oh, I can’t wait!

So Baby was dutifully waiting for us, all big and wonderful that she is.

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We will go back this evening to turn on the fridge and leave in the morning. Since it’s chilly out, there will be much crafting, movie watching and sitting by the fire pit. It’s gonna be a week of easy. I’m loving it already.
Watch my blog for more!
Thanks for visiting, and God bless you in the New Year and always.
Kathy Bo

A month to preview full-timing

We have been parked for three weeks, hooked up to water, sewer and electric. Notice I didn’t say “and fabulous Internet and cable TV.”

While Driver and I were considering staying the whole month, we lived here for two weeks until we decided the drive for him to go to work was too tedious each day.

We realized then that full-timing at retirement will be lots different when he is here with me and doesn’t have to be somewhere five days each week.

For now it’s a nice practice run. Here’s what we have learned:

We love it.

We really do.

No surprise, especially considering how we made a decision after that long trip in July, to go ahead and get “the” RV. It makes perfect sense if one considers that we can pay for it better now than when he retires and I have twice as much husband and half as much money each month.

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She’s a biggun. But then again, she’s a Beluga for Heaven’s sake.

You can see our house peeking out just a wee bit at the top of her. It’s the gray one. Yeah. Hidden.

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Driver was all excited once he towed her home. I think part of his excitement was that he would get to tow her again right away since she couldn’t stay parked there.

And her visit was oh, so temporary because we have tiny yards and an HOA that frowns upon such things as 5th wheels parked at the curb.

Off to the storage place she went, but not for long. We decided to take her the very next week to a campground about an hour from the house, to practice, as I said early on in this post.

We packed a lot of clothes, food and – since I would be holding down the fort for a while- a ton of papercrafting goodies came with us.

I made a lot of things including this
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And if you love crafting, you can see even more here on my crafting blog

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Is that we are just about 10 minutes from The Boy and his wife Emily and the grandLittles.

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We ended up staying two weeks and for the rest of the month we are coming back on weekends. It is so sweet and I do love this lifestyle. It will be even better when we can do it for long months on end. For now, I think a little house somewhere is in order, just to take a break now and then.

But we aren’t making any big decisions just yet; we are simply loving Baby Beluga and all that she has to offer.

Right now I’m blogging from camp, sitting in a camp chair with pups in the “yard”. We have just finished dinner, Driver is preparing a fire and it’s a perfect Friday night.

Sweet moments indeed.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

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Our time at Fort Wilderness!

When it comes to parking a 5th wheel, Fort Wilderness gets a bad rap on some websites and particularly on the Fort Wilderness FW sites app. We read about the narrow roads inside the various loops – and how difficult it is to back in.

While its true there are no pull thru sites, negotiating the roads and parking our rig just wasn’t a big deal – and we are VERY new at all this!

Driver figured it out – he tends to do that – and showed me how the site we were assigned had been widened, so perhaps the folks who created the app haven’t updated it. Sure enough, a wide swath of concrete made our site easily accessible. We did get a preferred site, so it could be that only the upgraded sites are wider so do ask before reserving.

Here we are all set up.

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There’s a lot we didn’t do, like dress up the outside. We had torrential downpours every few hours! But with no kids or grandLittles along we didn’t mind it much at all. We actually enjoyed just being “away” and not on task.
In between thunderstorms we set out to discover Fort Wilderness. Sometimes we rode our bikes, other times we set off on Good Ole 140!

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We rented the golf cart and happy that we did! The property is HUGE!
We also took a few boats places like across the lake at Downtown Disney.

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While cruising, we found out that Disney’s Pleasure Island will be completely transformed in 3 years. Total remake. Can’t wait to see the latest and greatest!
Speaking of cruises, we could not believe this… We were hanging out at the Ft Wilderness beach, chatting with a boat captain who was waiting on a group of folks who had booked a private cruise to see the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. Well, the group cancelled and the captain offered the tour to us! We boarded, along with a family of 5, none of us believing how fortunate we were! This trip is well over $300 and we went for free. Such a blessing. Just being on the water, in the dark, waiting, then seeing those lights and then the fireworks- our front row seats were simply A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!!!

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The fireworks were incredible and we even heard the “magical” story over the boat’s radio. Wow, wow and WOW. What a night it was.
We spent the next day at Epcot, the only park we would visit during our stay. The campground amenities were great so we enjoyed swimming, walking the pups, biking, dining, and hanging out at the campfire- when it wasn’t raining!
Here I am with the Chippendales! Oh wait- its just Chip!

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Here’s Cowboy Bob- he was great! I haven’t done a campfire sing-along since my kids were little!

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And of course, there was a campfire!

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Later, we sat in Good Ole 140 and enjoyed a drive-in effect during movie time.

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That’s all for today- thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Baby Sets Sail aka Shakedown Cruise

Baby was ready for her virgin cruise.

Well, not really.

I spent a good while watching Driver do this:

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One of baby’s slides became “dead as a wedge” according to driver. The motor worked but the thing wouldn’t budge. I Googled the situation, read a bunch of Greek to Driver, and he scooted up under that thing and WHAM! Fixed it. I even made a video for others like us who are having the same problem.

Little did we know replacing a roll pin with a handy dandy rivet so we could get the slide in would be the least of our troubles.

Driver got Baby Beluga out of our teeny driveway by going cross-country. “I’m sinking!” He yelled. Thankfully, he didn’t really sink, it just felt like it.

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But that’s not all. We took off and our brand-spankin-new hitch was….FAULTY.

Yes it was.

Scared the stew outta us.

Baby Beluga shoved us into Camping World – 10 minutes from our home – and with no one there to help (the Faulty Hitch Guy left moments before we arrived) we had to boondock.

What is boondocking, you ask? Well, it’s when you park anywhere and spend the night. Or week. Or whatever.

Camping World has a limited number of slots with electric hook ups and over to the far side of the parking lot, they have water and black water (poo) dumping stations.

This is us- 3rd one from the left.

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We were so disappointed to spend our first night waiting on a service tech to fix our rig, but we made friends with fellow parking lot guests so that made us feel better.

And we saw this:

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How stinkin cute is THAT?! I, being the shy one, walked up to the window and almost said, “What the crap?!” But caught myself in the nick of time and instead said,”that is adorable! What is it?” The 30-something guy behind the wheel explained that the big one is his dad’s and he is the driver (elderly dad was in passenger seat) and he and his wife sleep in the wee one.

Stinkin cute, I say.

So there we were, feelin like a couple of boondockers, so in utter desperation I decided to cook. We have a cute propane stove and oven in the galley, and I made this:

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I don’t have much in the way of traveling spices so I packed chicken breasts and some butter and curry. Cooked that, and since Driver wanted sauerkraut and sausages, my other pan was busy so I took up the chicken and poured the can of beans right into the buttered-curry-chicken pan.

Wow. It was deelish!

And his sausage dinner plus my chicken dinner combined with a little battery operated tealight candle made for a great celebratory meal for our first night.

After their boondock dinners, the pups did this:

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And I’m an avid crafter and had to get ready for a card making class I’m teaching next week, so I set up my supplies on our little table.

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And made these little 3X3 cards and a box to put them in.

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I think my friends will enjoy making them!

The next morning we had quite a bit of interest over our decrepit hitch.

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An exchange, more than a little bit of upset plus $160 later, we had this:

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When we drove off around noon, we were certain – without a doubt – and even though the Camping World people did not agree – that other hitch was seriously faulty because the new one was silky smooth! Easy towing and Baby Beluga didn’t bully us a single time as we drove the hour to the campground.

By 2pm we were settled in and camping, just like we’d dreamed for over 20 years.

It was bliss.

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