Saturday, March 9, 2013

This will be the last post on this Blog. Blaine has taken over from Emrys and his new Blog can be found at this site.  Blaine's Barks

The new Bog is still being put together so it's layout is still is still a little rough. Please be patient. Like Blaine says, "It's a work in progress".

Hope you enjoy.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Decision Is Made and Tomorrow's The Big Day

DeBary, FL.

67 deg. cloudy, WSW wind @ 16 mph.

Forecast = Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 64°F. West northwest wind to 21 MPH, gusting to 29 MPH.
Tonight: Clear. Lows around 41°F. Wind chill around 34°F. West northwest wind 7 to 16 MPH, gusting to 23 MPH.

Jim and Linda have been busy trying to figure out what to take to the house and what to keep in me to transfer to their new (to them), Motorhome. They've probably taken more to the house than they should have, but until they actually get the Motorhome, they really won't know just how much will fit into the smaller cabinet space and storage compartments.

The other day, (I think it was Monday), Laura brought Anna to the house to see it. If you remember, Anna lives up in Jacksonville and was down here to visit.

Anyway, both Jim and Linda said that it seems like Anna really liked the house and she and Laura even helped Linda make some changes to the curtains in the Florida Room which runs across the front of the house.

Thanks Anna!!! : )

OK, it's time to announce who's going to take over this blog.

After much persuading, Blaine, (Jim and Linda's pet), has agreed to give it a try. He's really hesitant, but I've assured him that all of my followers have been very understanding when I made mistakes and that I was sure that you would be tolerant with him too.  

So,  ,  ,  ,  why Blaine??? Well to be honest, he probably knows more about Jim and Linda than most anyone else. He's been with them since before they went full-timing, he's traveled to all the places that they have gone during the last 12+ years, and he will be in the RV when they're traveling and in the house when they're not.

He could even ride along when Jim and Linda take CLT (Cute Little Truck), someplace! ; )

I don't know just yet how we'll make the transfer, but in the next couple days, he and I will get it figured out. I've helped him start a new main page, so there will be a new URL. There's no post on it yet, but I'm sure he'll post in the next few days. As soon as he gets the page set up and makes his first post, there will be a link to it here.

Tomorrow is the big day!!!! Jim and Linda will take me to the dealer in the morning and then, after the inspection of the new MH and the papers are signed, the new MH and myself will be taken to a CG in the area where Jim and Linda will transfer the rest of their belongings.

After that, Jim and Linda will bring the new MH back here to Highbanks and someone from the dealership will come an take me to the dealer's lot.

A little about my time with Jim and Linda.

I've had a great time, and it's been fun taking them to the places they wanted to go. I'm really sorry that I'm just too big to go to some of the parks that they want to go to though. Jim says that he really likes how I handle the Interstates, and both of them seemed to have really enjoyed my spacious interior, but they both like to get "off the beaten path" when they travel, and, as Jim found out, I'm really too large to do that comfortably. (At least for him).

I also understand that since they've decided to buy the house that I'm just too big for their needs. There's really no sense putting a 45' MH in storage for at leas 1/2 of the year and in fact, it would be very hard on me.

So, hopefully I'll find someone who wants to travel long distances and stay in larger RV parks. I'm sure I will. I'm really in pretty good shape for my age.

All in all, I've had a great time and have enjoyed writing this blog. I'll miss Jim and Linda, their family and all of their friends that I've met, but things change and I'm used to that. After all, I am a house that has wheels, and I never know where I'll be on any given day.

Who knows, buy this time next year, I could be on my way to Alaska!!! ; )

Did you know that today is "Oreo Cookie Day"?

Just one last thing.

I would like to thank all of you who have followed this blog. It has really meant a lot to know that so many of you were interested in my ramblings. Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!!!

Please follow Blaine's Blog when he starts posting.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Moving Linda's Chair and First Guests

DeBary, FL.

36 deg. clear, NW wind @ 9 mph.

Forecast today - Mostly sunny. Highs around 57°F. West northwest wind 11 to 17 MPH, gusting to 24 MPH.

Tonight: Clear with patchy frost. Lows around 37°F. Wind chill around 29°F. West wind 8 to 15 MPH, gusting to 21 MPH.

It felt really cold here yesterday. I don't think the temperatures ever got out of the 50's and there was a 25 to 30 mph wind blowing most of the day. That didn't stop Jim, Lindsey and Denny from moving Linda's recliner over to the house though.

Denny came over around 10:00 and Lindsey and Laura came just a short while later. Within a few minutes, the guys had the legs off of the chair and were very carefully maneuvering the chair down my steps and through my door. With the 3 of them, it went pretty well and soon the chair was in the back of CLT and on its way to the house.

Getting the chair into the house was much easier because of the wider doors and steps, and soon it was sitting in the living room with it's legs back on. : )

By a little after 11:00 Jim and Denny were back here and Laura and Lindsey were back home.

Thanks everyone!!!!!! : )

Denny had seen a little of the house when he helped to take the chair over there, but Bev and not, so  about noon, Jim, Linda, Denny and Bev headed over there.

After taking a tour of the house, everyone sat and talked for awhile. This is Bev relaxing on the love seat,

and Denny and Linda relaxing on the couch.

Both Jim and Linda said that Denny and Bev seemed to really like the house and gave it some very nice compliments.  While they were talking, Jim made the observation that Denny and Bev were the first people to visit the house that weren't family. Later, he said that he's glad that the first guests at the house were Denny, (probably his oldest friend) and Bev. : )

After visiting for awhile, everyone came back here to the CG. Denny and Bev went to their RV, Jim was tired, so he took a little nap, Linda watched some TV. Later in the afternoon, Linda put together a ham casserole and baked some brownies. Then around 6:00 they headed over to Denny and Bev's where they all enjoyed a very nice meal of casserole, corn, warm bread and brownies.

Around 8:00 Jim and Linda came back here and then watched TV until bedtime.

Another very good day with family and friends.

Thanks everyone, for all your help.

Today, Denny and Bev will be leaving. : (   They have reservations at a campground on the coast North of Daytona. They'll stay there for a few days before heading up to S. Carolina to see Denny's sister and then heading back to Illinois.

Did you know that March is "Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig month"?

Oh!!!! And thanks everyone for the great comments and congratulations that you left on yesterday's Blog!! They are very much appreciated.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


DeBary, FL.

46 deg. clear, W. wind @ 8 mph.

Forecast = Partly cloudy. Highs around 61°F. Northwest wind 8 to 18 MPH, gusting to 29 MPH.
                  Tonight, Partly cloudy. Lows around 37°F. Wind chill around 29°F. West wind 8 to 16 MPH, gusting to 23 MPH.

All I can say is WOW!!!!!!

I knew that Thursday, Jim and Linda were going to head over to an RV Place, (LaMesa RV), near here to start looking for a Class C to take my place, but I never imagined that on their very first day of looking, they'd find one!!!!

Yep!!! You read that right!!!! I couldn't believe it either, but when they came back here, CLT (Cute Little Truck), told me that they had found an RV that they liked, taken it for quite a long ride, and was pretty sure that they'd made a deal on it!!!! I knew that they had been gone for quite a long time, just to look at RVs, but I never imagined that they would find a unit that they liked this soon!!!!.

You could have knocked me off of my jacks with a feather!!!!! : O

So, what kind of RV is it??? Well, I don't know a whole lot about it yet, just what I've overheard, but from what I can gather, it's a Class "C" 2006 Gulf Stream BT Cruiser with a Ford 450 chassis and the V10 engine. It's 27' long, has 2 slide-outs, and appears to have been used very little.

The RV had just been traded in and wasn't even cleaned up yet so Jim and Linda got to see it before the dealership did their "magic" on it to make it look nice. Both Jim and Linda said that it definitely needed cleaning, but nothing in or on it seemed to be excessively worn or abused. And, Jim said that when he took it out for a test drive on city streets, 2 lane roads and the Interstate, it handled very well and seemed quite stable for a Class C.

So,  ,  ,  ,  ,  when will the trade be made??? This coming Thursday, March 7th!!!!

Now, this brings us to a big change of plans for Jim and Linda!!! If you remember, they were scheduled to leave here this Thursday and they were going to head out to try to find an RV. Well, being that they've already found one, they have decided to stay here at Highbanks for an additional month, get the new RV all set up and ready for their summer travels and leave Florida on or about the 7th of April.

By this time, they should also have the house ready, and have most everything set for their return this fall.

Early yesterday afternoon, just as Jim and Linda were coming back from taking more "stuff" over to the house, Denny and Bev arrived here at Highbanks. Their Winnebago Brave is parked in a site just a short distance from me. Denny has been over here to see me and yesterday evening, Jim and Linda went over there and had a nice meal of Pizza with them. Then, after talking for a couple hours, Jim and Linda came back here and watched TV for awhile before heading to bed.

Both Jim and Linda said that it was really good to see them again, and are really glad that they were able to stop by for a couple days. : )

This morning, Denny is going to help Jim and Lindsey move Linda's recliner over to the house. Like I said, it's probably going to be quite a job to get it out of my door because even with the wooden legs taken off, and the chair turned on it's side, it's as wide as my door.

It came in through that door though, so they should be able to get it back out. ; )

Then, this afternoon, Jim and Linda will take Denny and Bev over to the house so they can see it. They are some of my faithful Blog followers, so they have some idea of what it looks like, but would like to see it in person.

OK!!! I know this post is getting quite long, but I have just one more thing I wanted to tell you about.

I think I may have found someone to take over this Blog!!! : )   It's still too early to tell for sure but I think I've convinced him to do it. I've agreed to help him get started and we have already gotten some of the intro and the layout of it set up. He hasn't totally agreed to to this yet, but I'm confident that with a little more help, I'll be able to convince him that he can do it and that it will be fun.

So,  ,  ,  ,  stay tuned!!! As soon as I'm sure that he's going to do this, I'll introduce him to you.

Did you know that yesterday was Jim and Linda's 28th wedding anniversary?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shopping, Moving and Company Coming

DeBary, FL.

47 deg. clear, NW wind @ 7 mph.

Forecast = Mostly sunny. Highs around 73°F. Northwest wind 9 to 15 MPH, gusting to 21 MPH.

Tuesday ended up being a grocery shopping day. That is, after the rain and storms finally cleared the area. We didn't have any storms here in DeBary, but it did rain quite hard for awhile.

While it was raining, Jim and Linda were going through drawers, cabinets and other storage places inside of me to further try to decide what stuff they still need to take to the house.

This has been one of the hardest parts of moving and downsizing RVs. If they leave too much inside of me, and there's not enough storage in a smaller RV that they purchase, then what do they do with those items? On the other hand, they need to be sure that they have enough along to be able to live comfortably for the next 2 or 3 weeks, or however long it takes to find an RV.

Yesterday, they took a whole bunch of stuff over to the house and put it away. Jim also loaded up his bike and took it over there so he wouldn't have it in the back of CLT. Then, after they returned and were resting/napping, Laura called and wanted to know it they'd like to meet over a Steak N Shake around 5:30 for dinner?

Well, again, that was a "no brainer", so around 5:15 they headed over there and had a nice visit with Laura and Lindsey while enjoying a sandwich. : )

Oh, do you remember that around the 1st of February I mentioned that Denny and Bev, (part of the Illinois Bunch), were going to stop by for a few nights? Well, tomorrow they'll be arriving here at Highbanks and will be staying for 2 nights!! They'll be coming in their Winnebago Brave but as of today, there's no sites empty real near me, so I may not be able to see him.  : (

I'm sure Jim and Linda will have a good time visiting with Denny and Bev though and they've already planned a Pizza dinner for tomorrow night. : )

It should be a fun time!!! : )

 Did you know that today is "National Tooth Fairy Day"?

Monday, February 25, 2013

More Moving And Re Arranging

DeBary, FL.

64 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 81°F. East wind to 10 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 45%.

Not much new happening around here. Each day, Jim and Linda have been taking more stuff over to the house. Some days, (like Saturday), they also did things like put up a different shower rod in the bathroom, do  some cleaning and, reorganizing some of the stuff that they've already taken over there.

One of the main things that they reorganized was the kitchen cabinets. Linda wasn't satisfied with where the pots and pans were and so they ended up moving them to a more convenient place, and then while they were at it, re-arranged many of the other cabinets.

Linda decided that she wanted to move her desk, file cabinet and chair over to the house, so Saturday, after working at the house, Jim and Linda stopped at a used furniture store, (a different one that they had stopped at when they first started looking at used furniture), and purchased a used, smaller desk, desk a couple of small chairs, plus couple floor lamps for the house.

Being that those items were going to be delivered around noon yesterday, (Yes on Sunday), Linda called Lindsey and he came over around 9:00 and helped Jim move the desk and stuff to the house. Then about 1:00, the furniture guy came and brought the desk and chairs they they had bought, inside of me.

Thanks again, Lindsey. : )

Before we leave here on the 7th of March, Linda's recliner will also be moved over to the house. That will be a big job because it just barely fits through my door. In fact, besides Lindsey, they may need additional help getting it out of me.

So, the move continues. Jim has still been researching floor plans of various Class C RVs and has found a few that he and Linda may like. They'll need to go and actually see them and spend some time inside of them to see if any of them will meet their needs though.

Oh, in case you're wondering, I still don't know what's going to happen to this blog when Jim and Linda trade me on a different RV. Neither Jim, Linda or CLT seem interested, but I haven't given up, I'll continue to try to find a solution.

Did you know that on this date in 1836 - Samuel Colt received a patent for a "revolving gun"?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Slow Process

DeBary, FL.

54 deg, cloudy, NE wind @ 5 mph.

Forecast = Partly cloudy with patchy fog. Highs around 77°F. East wind to 9 MPH.

It's a slow process, but it seems to be working well. Every day, Jim and Linda take anywhere from 2 to 5 boxes/totes full of stuff over to the house and put the stuff away that same day. It's taking a long time this way but they're not wearing themselves out either. Many of my cabinets, drawers and other storage areas are now completely empty now and soon I'll be carrying only the basic necessities that will be needed for the next couple weeks. 

Other than moving stuff to the house, not much else has been happening around here. When they're not moving stuff, they're sorting out the things that they think they'll need here. Already, a few things have been moved to the house and had to be brought back. : )

Yesterday evening, both Jim and Linda were tired from moving so they went to Gram's Kitchen for dinner. Again, the food was good and so was the service.

I don't have a clue as to what's going on today. I know Jim would like to watch the race on TV this afternoon. That may work out because I think that both he and Linda could use a day off from moving.

Did you know that on this date in 1878 - The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT? It was a single page of only fifty names.