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

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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.

So, dear reader, meet our new Baby Beluga. 20130920-162953.jpg

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.

Driver and I took long walks with them. It was pretty perfect. 20130920-191040.jpg
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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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A Campin’ We Will Go

We made it to Magnolia Springs to camp with our church. It is so pretty here- it’s a Georgia State Park and dang skippy, they have a ton of Mr. Ranger Sir kinda folks who work here. There were at least six park rangers in the office where we checked in and then we saw two or three others in the park. Wow!
We bought the annual pass for all the Ga state parks so we can enjoy as many as camping time allows.
This is how we looked all nestled into our spot:

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Soon after setting up, HooMan and I did this:

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While the elderly Kerby did this:

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Once we were all rested we went for a walk. This place is overloaded with alligators! I was mostly happy not to encounter one. It was a beautiful and tranquil place. Baby’s Driver needed this more than any of us.

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I loved chancing up on this little note left by two young lovers. It was carved onto a wood bench overlooking the water. I imagine them giggling as they left their forever mark, walking off blissfully, hand in hand. A girl can dream, right?

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And this girl does dream. I am blessed to have nearly 37 years with Driver- we will make that landmark in November. Maybe you can zoom in to read the sign that welcomes Baby’s visitors:

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Here’s our “porch” all set up. We spent most of our outdoor time at a friend’s campsite.

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And we had lots of friends on this, our second trip. We camped with our church family, and that meant a big dinner (I have to tell y’all this: when I typed that line, “dinner” came out “sinner”!! Freudian slip??) and afterwards we settled down to an outdoor movie. A sheet placed on an RV awning and a projector that plays DVDs, a few lawn chairs and blankies were the perfect combination!

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The next day several of us girls gathered to knit. I had just gotten the latest Susan B. Anderson book: Topsy Turvy Inside-Out knit toys, so I simply HAD to bring it along. How sweet it was to hang out with my sisters in Christ as many learned how to knit for the first time.

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I finished the egg part of the penguin. The rest is in my lap right now, waiting for me to finish blogging!

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This morning was Sunday and Driver and I were looking forward to church. Pastor Mike and his family camped with us. Here’s our group:

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Lucky for HooMan it was bring-your-pup-to-church day.

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We love Pastor Mike. He is assigning some scriptures to be read aloud.

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All too soon it was time to go. Here we are all packed up, Baby ready to follow us home.

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April in Georgia means azealas, and these were so beautiful, waving gently as we exited the park.

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We are home now, a pile of laundry unloaded, a basket of food parked at the pantry door. Driver and I went for a quick dinner out, then went out to the porch to listen to the rain. Adele is playing softly in the background. We have said we already miss Baby and wish she were parked here. We both are pleasantly exhausted. And you know what?

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That laundry will be there tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. God’s grace and blessings to you.

Moving Baby

Since we live in a small cottage with a teeny yard and an HOA, Baby has to live in a storage facility. Kinda like extended day care for whale-sized babies!

The first place we took her was great, but far from our house and in a really busy part of town with a ton of road construction. After we made several trips out there we agreed it just wasn’t going to work. I called again to another place close to the house and voila! They finally had a space open!

The best part was the guy that owns the first place we took her to was super nice and gave us a refund for time we wouldn’t use. What a guy!

So we hooked her up

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And off we went!

Just as it was getting dark we got her all snuggled in. And wouldn’t you know… She already has a boyfriend!

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Down, girl!

Being closer to home meant we had more time to work on her. One of the first things was to tighten her wiggly table.

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It was actually in need of serious repair – but Driver was able to make it good as new!

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Another thing was to replace her Thetford potty with a brand new Thetford. We needed a taller one since we are getting creaky! We had a lot of trouble solving a how-to-get-the-water-from-the-floor-to-a-side-port issue, but after three whole visits to three hardware stores, we settled on a pump silencing kit because it had a flexible hose with fittings on either end. Wow! Innovation! That was a really big deal!

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At the end of the day we all felt like this

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But not “all” of us fit on that little patch of floor!

Tomorrow we head off to camp with the church. It’s exciting to go but it will be so much nicer when Baby is all fixed up and we can just take off!

I’ll post more from the state park- it’s got gators!

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed

Camp BoTown

Our very first campsite EVUH was at Beaver Run RV Park near Metter, Ga. It was just a hop, skip and a jump from our home and even closer to the Camping World parking lot (see previous post). Wherever Baby Beluga parks will be called BoTown, a combination of our name and, well, “town”.

This park was very nice and clean, and the peeps there were oh, so friendly and helpful. This guy’s name is Huey. He and his family are frequent visitors and he was so helpful and led us right to our spot; number 15.

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The place was really flat! That helped a lot for these first timers

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We set up camp, strung our little string of Tiffany lights (we decided we need a second string) and Driver replaced a burned out bulb by the door.

“You should bring a ladder,” I said before we left the house.

Well, who needs a ladder when there is a big picnic table nearby?

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This is Huey and Jingles. Jingles has bunny ears on because it is Easter weekend. We also met Huey’s wife and Jingles’ mom Janice. We hope to camp with them again someday.

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Huey even shared his wood and lightered pine, which gave us a pretty fire in the firepit.

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By evening, we toasted our little campsite and our big whale of a camper

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Our next trip is in 2 weeks, a weekend outing with our church. We are looking forward to a sweet time with our church family.

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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Tweaking Baby

Like all babies, our Baby Beluga is adorable, BUT she needed a bit of updating.

She is a 1999 model and needed to ditch that hey-baby-what’s-your-sign shiny goldtone hardware that adorned every cabinet and drawer.

I spent FO EVUH in Lowes, picking out the perfect ones. They had to be toned down, un-gold (yeah, that’s not a word), they had to be affordable and not butt-ugly (major challenge), they had to fit in the existing holes AND there had to be enough in the bins to do the job.

Baby’s Driver was roaming the store looking at lightbulbs, so I was digging in the bins, figuring out which ones we could use.

Finally, I found some that were per-fect-a-moso! Then driver walked up.

“Those?” He said with a bit of an “I-smell-something” look.

“I was thinking of these,” he said, reaching into a bin further down the aisle.

Driver is amazing and can do stuff like walk up and find the perfect hardware after I’ve been searching fo EVUH.

Wouldn’t you know, they met all the requirements and I loved them!

Here’s the old: they are SUPER shiny. And gold. (feel free to sing bonchickkabonbon, I won’t be offended)

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And here’s the new:

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Baby gets cuter every single day!

Oh! And I forgot to add this:

Baby’s Driver at work!

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