Friday, March 16, 2018

Warm Laundry Day, Working Out, Trip to Grove, New Friends

On Friday, (yay Friday! Our working friends are saying) Mar. 16th I was up at 7 to greet the day. The clouds were trying to keep the sun from making a grand appearance but I could see the brightness peeping through regardless. I opened blinds and then slipped on a jacket and went for a walk. This time I took along my camera with the ZOOM lens. It was a beautiful morning at 55F.

Started with some cloudy skies
 Thanks to our friend, Rose, we now know that all of that debris on the shoreline was from the flooding last year. Now it makes sense why it was up so far and why so much stuff floated in. It would take quite a bit of manpower and elbow grease to get it cleaned up again so you can walk down to the water. Right now, I wouldn’t want to attempt it, you don’t know what is there.

The sun was fighting to take over
Bill and Clemson met me up by the pool as I was on my way home. It still surprises me when he does that and I love surprises. 

Back inside we made tea and coffee but then drove over to the Laundry/Exercise/TV room with our dirty clothes. There are 3 washers and 3 dryers and with only 15 – 17 rv’s in the park right now, there is no rush. So, we took all 3! Bill and I even worked out on the treadmill, bike and elliptical machines while waiting for clothes to dry.

Look at him go!
The laundry was all done up and put away by 10:15. We each had breakfast, oatmeal for me and cereal for Bill. 

A pool picture for my sister, Donna
With an inventory taken of our dairy products and other things we were running low on, we took a drive into Grove. First, we stopped at Harp’s, their grocery store, and then to Walmart for the cheaper prices on dairy. Lastly, we pulled into Walgreens where we purchased our Omega 3’s.

Crossing the Sailboat Bridge over Grand Lake
going into Grove
I registered for their Rewards card so I got the second bottle half off the price. I don’t get deals like that back home! Back at the Suite, it feels good to be stocked up again for a couple of weeks. The temperature has risen to 78F yet the winds are quite strong today. Our Camp Host came around again asking not to light a fire or grill today, the winds are forecast to hit 40 mph at some point. No problem, we cook inside tonight.

Bill did the banking on line and I recorded our purchases in my registry. I’ve documented every penny we’ve spent since we left home and kept all our receipts in a folder. At some point we’ll figure out what we need to claim when crossing into Canada. With that bit of business done, I swept the floors in the Suite, things were getting a little out of hand!
Yup, if I owned this beauty, I'd park way back here too
I sat outside with my book, not sheltered from the wind but in the sun, snug up against the Suite, I was plenty warm. I watched as rv’s continued to pull out and others continued to fill the spots. Some fifth wheels, class C’s and class A motor homes. As I was sitting there, reading, I heard someone say “excuse me”. A man walked over from the Holiday Rambler I’d watched back in earlier.

Holiday Rambler backs in across from us
He said his wife sent him over to ask if my name was Patsy. Too funny and my response was “No way!” but soon clarified “yes, it is”. It just never ceases to amaze me when someone who knows me from my blog only, comes and introduces themselves to me. I love that!

Ron and Lori are from Arkona, Ontario and know George and Suzie, Gerry and Melinda, Rob and Pat and George and Rose for starters. Their home park is Rock Glen RV Resort, as is ours. Lori was busy inside setting up but came to their door and waved at us. Ron took their brown-eyed Freddy for a walk and suggested we get together tomorrow. I poured myself a drink and continued to read and watch.

At one point I took the 6 books that we have both read over the last two weeks up to the big clubhouse. They don’t have a huge book library in the Bear’s Den but at least there is someplace to leave and pick up books. I found a Stuart Woods as well as a John Sanford book, the latter was one of Suzie’s recommendations, so brought those back for us to read.

Not a field of green, but a field of purple
another hint of Spring!
I came back inside when I felt the heat and my drink hitting me. “Where’s the couch?” Ha ha, I stretched out on the sofa and had a little snooze. At one point, Clemson sat with me but when he got too hot, he moved to my recliner to have his own nap. We knew we wouldn’t be cooking outside so we had to discuss supper. The usual question is how hungry are we?

This day kind of went to the birds
Bill made it easy by saying he was good with just a toasted sandwich and when I opened the fridge to see what I’d like, my ‘doggie box’ from the other night’s dinner stared me in the face. Yup, leftover baked potato and hot roast beef sounded good to me. And it was. We cleaned up the few dishes and when Clemson wanted out, I took him for a walk around the block.

Back inside by 7, I finished preparing my blog and then sat to read more of my book. This one is the J.A. Jance book, Rattlesnake Crossing that follows Skeleton Canyon. Her stories of the Arizona desert are quite interesting now that we’ve been to so many of the places she writes about. Tombstone, Benson, Huachuca and Sierra Vista, places I’d never heard of before the winter of 2016/17.

and this was the sky today
This has been a fun day. I hope you can say the same!

goodnight my friends

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Love This Pace, Feet Up, Seat Back, Books Open, Tour of the Park

We were up at 7:15 on Thursday, Mar. 15th, commonly known as the Ides of March. By the time I opened blinds and got our hot drinks prepped, I realized I wanted to take a morning walk. Bill made the bed and I told him where I was headed. I can’t get into trouble here, I can walk where I want without stepping out of bounds. I love that about the parks.
Need to have a seat?
This park used to be called Bear's Den
so a lot of their 'decor' features the little guys

The sun wasn’t up yet so I got to witness that beautiful site. I walked around the outside perimeter of the park, past the bigger rental cabins and down along the dock. 

Rental cabins
It is unreal to see all of the debris on the banks, meaning just how far the water comes when it floods here. One good thing though is that it brings all kinds of crap up that you really don’t want in the water. A Shop-Vac?? Lordy oh Lordy!

Yes, that is a Shop-Vac washed up on the beach
It is a beautiful morning, around 48F already and it is nice enough inside with just the fireplace running all night. On the park’s dollar, no complaints there! Bill and I have been really good at preserving our 19 gb of data per month and let me tell you, having it free here is just a blessing. We don’t open a lot of videos in emails on our phones or laptops, unless it is really important, so we apologize if you send them and we don't open all of them.

Back at the Suite, we sat with our drinks and grapefruit and read emails and blog posts as well as comments. 

The most important thing I saw this morning
were 6 chubby breasted robins
I know we have a few birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks or so and made a point to get the cards out while I’m thinking of it. Things pop in and out of my head so fast, I have to act quickly when it is ‘in’. I just now need to keep an eye on the dates so I don’t miss the special days. I hate being late with cards.

Mini golf
A view from the far end of the clubhouse
Around 9:00 we hopped in the shower and got that out of the way. By 9:45 we were eating breakfast. I made Bill bacon and eggs and I had the last half of my breakfast quesadilla from the other day. Before too long, the park staff came to advise us they were turning the water off in 20 minutes for maybe an hour. They are doing some work at the end of our row. No problem for us, it gave us time to brush our teeth and clean up dishes.
These will end up outside or in the ground somewhere soon

A nice large dining (or whatever) room

Pool or ping pong, anyone?
The Bear's den and book room
That was the extent of my/our activity for the day. Bill walked up to the office and gave them a copy of Clemson’s papers, proof of shots, and I walked up to put a card in their outgoing mail box. All 3 of us sat outside together for a while and then the boys retired inside. 
Clemson is the best relaxer of all of us!
I was very happy in my chair with my book in the sunshine and the breeze. From my vantage point I could see and hear the work going on at the end of the street. Those guys certainly earned their pay today!

The hard working guys never stopped all day
Notice the Wifi post? No wonder we have such good reception!
I came inside at 5 and sat with Bill for a while before supper. There have been a few in and outs today, trailers, I mean. We are happy with our site, it faces the west which means I get as much sun as I want from 10 am until sundown. The sites are very wide, giving each unit lots of space to spread out.

Bill walked up to the office
For supper tonight, Bill grilled cheeseburgers and at the same time, heated up the leftover dressing from the other night. Again, mine was lettuce wrapped as opposed to a bun. It was good and we were filled up. After dishes, I had to slip outside to catch a picture of the big orange ball going down for the night. Just a few low-lying clouds made for a pretty sight.

And the sun makes its descent
Not much happened today but it still made for a really nice Ides of March. I hope you can say the same!


And then after sundown, we get this blanket

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