Thursday, August 26, 2010

A bump in the road of life

I had planned to catch you up on our travels back to Colorado as we have been moving pretty often and not much going on.To those outside my family who already know, I write with a heavy heart as I just hours ago we learned my sister Mona passed away in her sleep last night.She was only 59 years old. Much to soon and the second time now I've lost a little sister.I will get things caught up on the blog as soon as I get through this bump in the road of life.

We have an exciting journey planned for the next six months and I plan to share it with all.

Rest in Peace Little Sister

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Preparing to get back on the road

We have been taking it easy and resting as much as possible the last two weeks as it's time once again to hit the road.It's hard to believe we have been here almost two months now. Our time here has been wonderful and we will miss it but at the same time we are getting a little "hitch itch".

It has been a little warmer so the daytime is spent indoors with the air conditioner running then everyone kinda migrates outside in the evenings. Other than a couple times the night time is still cool and pleasant. Buddy has been limiting his walks to once in the a.m. and once in the evening, so he and I are getting a little pudgy around the middle.We will have to work on that again. He likes to check out new territory so these next few weeks on the road we can walk a little more.

Some might think full time RVing is all fun and games but there are times when it is no different than living in a stick house. When we had a house there might be weeks on end where we didn't do much other than normal house hold chores and an occasional visit to a favorite restaurant . We plan on coming back here so didn't push to see everything. We are also trying to give our budget a break as our travels between here and Silver Springs, Florida in November will stress it a little.It always cost's more when you are moving often because you have to pay the higher nightly rates to park.We try to use our Passport America 50% off as much as possible but those that accept it are sometimes few and far between.

Last week we went to Denise's house for our oldest Grandsons Birthday Supper. We had Kraut burgers which are his favorite and they were Delicious( They are bad for Linda's and My diet so we don't eat them much). Nic is now 25 years old and I can't for the life of me figure out where these last 25 years went. Our kids shouldn't be 25.. let alone our grandchildren ! Guess who didn't get pictures before he had to leave to celebrate with his friends?

We did catch another car show today where I got some more shots of cars I hadn't seen yet.It's refreshing to go to a car show and see different cars each time. The setting was a retirement community nestled against a wooded hill ( I'm from Colorado..It's not a mountain) with a nice field and pond out front. On the way home we stopped by a benefit " dog and car wash" to see if we could get Buddy a bath. We decided to pass when we got there as they just had some kiddie pools in a parking lot and a garden hose with cold water. Yes he is spoiled, but that's o.k. I will do it myself as I have inherited the job.Linda bathed him for almost 7 years so I guess it's my turn.

I'll probably do some short posts from the road as a progress report until we get to Greeley.Chasing A Rainbow.

This is one of many Antique cars RVR'S bring to the park

Some of Retirement Community Apartments

Monday, August 2, 2010

Taking it Easy

Other than another car show on Saturday this week has been another week of visiting with various people in the park and getting some planning for the future done. Linda is getting our legal stuff updated on our estate so things will be as simple as possible for our kids.Of course my thought is if there is money left we didn't have enough fun.:). In about 3 weeks we need to leave here and head back to Colorado to see the Dr. and clean out our storage space. Although we don't reserve spots too far in advance I like to have rough idea of each place we are going to stop and campgrounds available.That way if something comes up we aren't on a must keep schedule and won't have to push ourselves. That is my job.Get us to Colorado and make sure we have a safe place to rest in the evening.

We really like the park we are in now and plan on coming back. The only downside is the way they play what we all in the park refer to as "musical spaces". Every so often you will see RV'S moving around the park and settling in to a different space. Ours was 2 weeks ago. If you aren't a permanent resident but want to stay for a few weeks or a few months they are very unorganized in space allocation. Although they state you can't reserve a specific spot they will make you move because some one else was booked into your spot previously. To be fair that usually happens when you ask to stay longer than you originally booked for, but to me it seems silly to move you to another spot and then the spot you were in has had no one in it longer than 2 days at a time.They could have left us there and let the over nighters move in and out of the one we are in now. We all have a good time with it because the good points far outweigh the one small problem.

Linda and I were looking out of our Kitchen window the other day watching our new neighbors move in. An older gentleman was guiding him in and I asked Linda"Is that that old nosey guy up at the end helping him?" After a few seconds we both realized we were doing the same thing out of our kitchen window he does standing in the street,being nosey. Got a good laugh out of that. By the way they are a nice young couple expecting their first child any day now.

The car show was at the local Ford Dealership and had a good turnout. They had a beautiful new 2011 F 450 King Ranch setting there. Even though I'm not a Ford guy I had to look(it's a guy thing). What a truck and this baby would pull most 5th wheels out there with ease.Then I looked at the sticker.Talk about sticker shock...$ 65,900.00. WOW! Ford is very proud of this truck. I'll stick with my Dodge. Pictures below are some of the hi-lites of the car show. Chasing A Rainbow.

These two were in the RV Park on their way to a Model A show in Vancouver. They drive these cars on the street.Both very nice restorations.