Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kind Of Blah and Working With The New Program

Thonotosassa, FL.

51 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds around 10 mph.

Jim didn't seem to be able to get in gear yesterday. I don't think he felt really bad,  just kind of "blah."

So, he really didn't do anything except fool around with the computer, read, talk to Denny and Dave for awhile when they stopped by, take a nap, and then go to "happy hour" over at Gordy's.

Meanwhile, Linda spent much of the day working with her new Family Tree Maker program and  figuring out the way the different parts of it work. She's slowly starting to get data entered into the program and says that she's really enjoying working with it.

Did you know that today is "Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day?"

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Little Jury-Rigging and Denny And Bev Arrive

Thonotosassa, FL.

50 deg. clear, wind NE @ 3 mph.

Forecast = Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s near the coast and in the mid 70s inland. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Since we've arrived here at Southern Aire, Jim hasn't been able to get my TV antenna booster to work, so he got out his multimeter and discovered that there was no electricity going to the switch that turns it on. He checked all the fuses and they all tested good, so yesterday morning he jury-rigged a wire going to the switch. It's now working and my TV is getting a whole bunch of channels off of my antenna. : )

There's either another fuse someplace or a wire is broken, but for now, this works. He'll keep looking for another fuse, (possibly under the dash someplace), or maybe he'll find someone who has an idea of what is wrong.

A little after noon yesterday, Jim took his bike and rode over to the site where Denny and Bev are parked when they come to Southern Aire. To Jim's surprise they were already here and Denny had their Winnebago Brave mostly set up.  Now, everyone is here except Gordy's wife, Dorthy.  : )

After talking for awhile to get caught up about their trip down here from Illinois and saying "Hi" to Bev, Jim came back here and took his nap.

Then, about 3:30 there was a knock at my door. It was Denny and he was here to say "Hi" to Linda and to talk some more. Then at 4:00 he and Jim both headed over to Gordy's for "happy hour".

Oh, I almost forgot!!!! Jim also installed that new "Family Tree Maker" program for Linda yesterday morning. Now, she has to learn how to use the program to enter all the family data that she has obtained throughout the years. She worked on it for quite awhile yesterday and she's getting it, but it'll take some time to figure everything out.

The evening was spent reading, watching the Pro-bowl and working on the computer.

Did you know that today is "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day"?

pop!!! pop!!! pop!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Frostproof To Thonotosassa

Thonotosassa, FL

51 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s near the coast and in the lower 70s inland. North winds around 10 mph.

We didn't have far to go, so Jim and Linda took their time getting ready to leave the Lakemont Ridge Home and RV Park in Frostproof yesterday morning. Things went smoothly though and by 10:05 we were pulling out of the park and heading back to US 27.

Jim thought about going up to Lake Wales and then heading West from there, but decided that the easiest way to go would be to take 27 back up to I-4 and then head SW from there. It added a few more miles, but it didn't require going through as many city areas.

Once on I-4, we headed SW to exit 10 where we turned North on County Road 579. 579 then took us up to Thonotosassa and the  Southern Aire RV Resort

It was 11:45 when we pulled up next to the office, so it took us an hour and 40 minutes to travel 83 miles.

Those of you that have followed Myrddin's blog know that Jim and Linda have been here before to visit the "Illinois Bunch", but it's a first for me. My first impression of the park is that it's an older park, there are quite a few "permanent" RVs here including park models and trailers with rooms added on and the sites are, for the most part, fairly small. There are however, lots of large trees to provide much needed shade when it gets hot, the park is very clean, the RVs and Park Models are very well maintained and all the interior roads are paved and in fairly good condition.

Being that I'm as large as I am, there aren't too may sites that will easily accommodate me, so my site is not real close to where the "Illinois Bunch" are. It's OK though, Jim can either ride his bike or walk over there, (like he did yesterday evening for "happy hour"), and if Linda wants to go see them at their RVs, there's always CLT. : )

When we arrived and as Jim was walking up to office he met Dave and Dee Dee heading back to their RV from the Clubhouse. He talked to them for just a minute and then when he went into the office, they came to the parking lot to see Linda and me. : ) 

After Jim finished the paperwork in the office a man in a golf cart led me to my site and helped Jim get me backed into site #300. It's a nice fairly level site with full hook-ups and 50 amp electric and will be very good for the 8 nights that we'll be here.

Dave was out for a walk so he stopped by and talked for awhile during the afternoon. He just had triple by-pass heart surgery this last fall, but he says he's doing fine now and feeling well.

After Dave left, Jim did a few more set-up things outside and then came in and took a little nap before heading over to Gordy's RV for "happy hour". ; )

All of the "Illinois Bunch" aren't here yet, but Jim had a nice visit with Gordy and Dave and Gordy's neighbor, (Dick), who is not one of the "Bunch". While at the happy hour, Jim found out that Dave, Dee Dee and Gordy were going to go to Bob Evans for dinner, so Jim called Linda and it was decided that they would go along.

Dinner and conversation were both very good and after eating Jim and Linda came back here and watched a little TV before going to bed.

Today, I think the Denny and Bev are supposed to arrive. Then, everyone will be here except Gordy's wife, Dorthy, and she won't be flying down here from Illinois until about the 9th of Feb.

Did you know that the name Thonotosassa comes from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Company, Getting Ready and A Cook-Out

Frostproof, FL.

53 deg. clear, SW wind @ 4 mph.

Forecast = Areas of fog early in the morning...then partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

About 9:30 yesterday morning Roland brought his brother, Russ, over to see me. Russ was very interested in my inside amenities and asked Jim and Roland a lot of questions about me and RVs in general. After spending some time inside of me, Jim took Russ and Roland out and gave them the "tour" of all my outside features, including my basement compartments and engine.

It seemed that Russ liked me and I think that he might like to try RVing some day. ; )

After they left, Linda put in another load of laundry and Jim went outside to check my fluid levels and a few other items to make sure I was ready to go today. Then, after the laundry was done, he drained my black and gray tanks and put the sewer and water hoses away.

While he was doing all of that, Linda was busy inside of me baking a cake and making a cabbage salad to take over to Roland and Louise's for a cookout later in the day.

About 5:00 Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to Roland's. Once there, Roland and Russ cooked burgers, brats and hot dogs on the grill while Louise, Doreen, Vicki and Linda got things ready inside.

After eating, they all sat around and talked for quite awhile.

It was fairly late by the time CLT brought Jim and Linda back here to the park, so when after they got back, they just watched a little TV and then went to bed.

Again, it was hard to say good-bye to very good friends. Jim and Linda have known Roland and Louise for about 11 years and have enjoyed each others company from the beginning.

Did you know that today is "National Kazoo Day"?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Back To Wally World, A New Restaurant and Dinner With Roland's Family

Frostproof, FL.

68 deg. S. wind @ 9 mph.

Forecast = Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning...then a slight chance of showers early in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Roland stopped by yesterday morning and picked up Jim. Their first stop was to return some merchandise and pick up a prescription for Louise at Wally World. Then, on the way back, they stopped at the Four Seasons Restaurant for breakfast.

Neither Roland or Jim had been to the restaurant before but had heard good things about it. It turned out to be really good with very good food and friendly service.

It was a little after 10:00 by the time they returned and after sitting outside and talking for awhile, Roland headed for home.

During the rest of the morning and early afternoon Linda and Jim worked on getting the inside of me cleaned up. It had been awhile and there was plenty of dust and dirt to keep them busy for a few hours. ; )  Then, after taking a nap, Jim and Linda headed over to Roland and Louise's.

About 5:30, Roland's Brother, (Russ), his wife (Vicki), and his sister (Doreen), arrived for a visit. Roland's brother and his wife live in North Carolina and they had stopped by and picked up Doreen, who lives in Georgia, on the way down here.

After talking for awhile, it was decided that they would all go out to dinner someplace. Well, being that the breakfast was so good at the Four Seasons Restaurant, and it was close by, they all headed over there and had very nice meals.

It was after 8:00 by the time Jim and Linda returned back here to the park.

Did you know that on this date in 1926, John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tests, Hanging Out, and Plans Canceled

Frostproof, FL.

64 deg. overcast, SE wind @ 4 mph.

Forecast = Patchy fog early in the morning...then partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

I was wondering what was going on when Jim woke Linda a 7:30 yesterday morning. She usually doesn't get up that early, so I guessed that they were going someplace or someone was coming here to see them.

Well, it was the first guess. About 8:30 they took CLT and headed over to Roland and Louise's. Once there, Linda and Louise took Louise's car and headed down to Avon Park, FL, which is only about a dozen miles from here.

You see, both Louise and Linda needed to get blood tests and since Louise was getting hers yesterday, Linda figured she may as well ride down there with her and get hers done at the same time. ; )

After they were finished with the blood tests, Louise went to Wally World to pick up a few items and a prescription, (Linda waited in the car), and then they both went to a restaurant to get something to eat.

While they were doing that, Jim and Roland hung out at Roland's and solved most of the problems of the world. ; )  CLT also took them to a Micky D's to pick up a couple sausage biscuits, that they brought back to the house to eat.

Just before noon, Jim came back here to the park, and then in a little while, Louise dropped Linda off on her way back home.

There was a plan to go out to dinner with Roland and Louise, but Louise had an upset stomach, so those plans were canceled. : (   Instead, Linda cooked a couple micro meals in the microwave.

The evening was spent watching TV and reading..

A Point to Ponder:  How fast do hotcakes sell?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lakemont Ridge, Wally World and Pizza

Frostproof, FL.

61 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.

Forecast = Patchy fog early in the morning...then partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.

Roland came over yesterday morning and had coffee with Jim. At first, they stayed inside of me and talked because it ended up being foggy outside, but after awhile, the fog lifted and they went out an sat on the patio and talked.

After they had talked for awhile, they decided to take a walk and ended up out at the entrance of this park, where Jim took a couple photos.

The photo above is of the sign you see as you're driving down County Road 630.

As soon as you turn into the entrance, this is the view you have.

As you follow the road into the park, you will see the  new office/clubhouse on your right. Way to the left edge of this photo you can see a travel trailer parked in front of the office while the owner is inside registering.

From the office, if you look back towards the direction you had just come from, you'll see me and CLT parked on site #450. (That's the main road running along the side of me).

At first, I was concerned about being right next to the main road, but there's not that much traffic and what traffic there is doesn't cause any problems.

About 10:00, Roland went home for awhile. When he came back he and Jim took his car and headed to Wally World. Roland needed to get some groceries and other things, so Jim rode along and helped him shop.

After they were finished shopping, Roland dropped Jim off on the way back home.

Not much happened during the afternoon. Linda worked on her embroidery project, did a load of laundry and read some. Then, about 5:00 Roland and Louise stopped by and picked up Jim and Linda. Earlier in the day, they had decided to go to Pizza Hut for dinner.

After dinner and great conversation, they dropped Jim and Linda off on their way back home.

Another good day with very good friends. : )

Did you know that in 1889 and Italian tavern owner named Don Raffaele Esposito developed a pizza featuring tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil- ingredients bearing the colors of the Italian flag? He named it the Margherita Pizza, after the Queen of Italy, Margherita Teresa Giovanni. Thus, modern-day tomato-and-cheese pizza was born.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DeBary To Frostproof and Roland And Louise's House

Frostproof, FL.

59 Deg. clear, SE breeze @ 4 mph.

Forecast - Patchy fog early in the morning...otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

After getting the rest of the utilities unhooked and the last of the items inside of me stored and secured, Jim fired up my engine and pulled me out of my site. By the time he got CLT (Cute Little Truck), hooked to the back of me, it was almost exactly 10:00 when we started out.

Within about 15 minutes we were back on I-4 and heading SW. As usual, I-4 was very busy, (especially through Orlando), but the traffic moved along pretty well and there were only a few times when we had to slow down. Not far past Kissimmee we turned South on US 27 and followed it down here to Frostproof and the Lakemont Ridge Home and RV Resort, which is less than a mile off of US 27.

It was 12:00 when we pulled up in front of the office, so it took us almost exactly 2 hours to travel the 91 miles down here. Not too bad considering the traffic on I-4 and all the stop lights on 27.

Jim went into the office and registered me and in about another hour, I was in my site and all set up. : )

After I was set up, Jim called Roland to let him know that we were here, and in a few minutes, he came to see me. After talking for awhile, he invited Jim and Linda to come over to their new, (to them), home at the Southern Pines Resort.  Jim told him that he wanted to take a little nap first, and then he and Linda would come over.

So, after Jim's nap, he and Linda took CLT and headed over there.

CLT says that they've got a really nice place. As you can see by the photos that Jim took, it's a double-wide home and it has a car port and a workshop on the side of it.

This is a little room that you walk into as you come through the front screened-in porch. They call it a "Florida Room".

This is the dining area.

Looking from the dining area into the Kitchen.

Jim took a photo of the living room area too, it didn't turn out very well, but you can see how nice their house is.

For dinner, Roland grilled some salmon steaks on his grill and Louise cooked collard greens and rice inside. That along with a salad and some bread that Linda had taken over there, made for an excellent meal.

About 8:00 Jim and Linda came back here and then after watching some TV, headed to bed.

Did you know that on this date in 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California? The discovery led to the gold rush of '49

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm Ready and One Last Visit With Laura And Lindsey

DeBary, FL.

52 deg. light fog, no wind.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Patchy fog early in the morning. Highs around 80. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

The only thing that's left for Jim to do outside this morning is to put the water hose away, unhook me from the cable TV and roll up the electric cord.

Almost everything inside of me has either been put away or secured, and it' shouldn't take more than about 1/2 hour to take care of the rest.

I think I'm ready!!!!!

For dinner last night, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to Arby's. On the way, they stopped and bought him a drink of 87 octane. Then about 8:00, Jim and Linda again took CLT and headed over to the Perkins Restaurant to meet Laura and Lindsey one more time before we leave.

Laura was on her way home from work, and this had been planed in advance.

Again, it was hard to say "good-bye" : (

So, today we'll be heading to Frostproof, FL. The plan is to spend 5 days there visiting with Roland and Louise. It's only about 95 miles, so depending on the traffic, it'll probably take us a about 2 hours.

Did you know that today is "National Pie Day"?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just About Ready

DeBary, FL.

65 deg. 45 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Not a whole lot to blog about this morning. Jim and Linda have me just about ready to travel, but other than getting me ready, not much else has happened.

Linda did another load of laundry, Jim put his bicycle in the back of CLT, and they both went to Walgreen's to pick up a few items and then to the grocery store to stock up for the next week or so.

Oh, I've been able to get another photo loaded with the very slow Internet connection that I have here. Jim took this one a few days ago. It's a shot taken from the Marina here at the Campground looking across the St. John's River.

I thought it was a kind of neat shot of the river, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Did you know that the St. John's River is 310 miles long and is one of only a few rivers in the United States that runs North?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Air Filter, Getting Ready and Dinner

DeBary, FL.

53 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecasts = Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Once Jim went outside yesterday morning, he got out a few tools and removed my old engine air filter and installed this new one.

As you can see, it's very large and the filter element is permanently fastened inside of the canister. And as you may imagine, it's also quite expensive.

It's really not too hard to install though, and in about an hour and a half, Jim was finished and putting away his tools.

After he finished with the filter, he drug the tow bar out from under me and re-installed it on the front of CLT.

After lunch, Jim took a little nap before going out and putting some more water in my fresh water tank.

Besides doing some laundry, Linda has been starting to get the inside of me ready to travel. It's amazing how much stuff has been gotten out during our 2 month stay here. And as you RVers know, everything has to be put back in its proper spot so everything fits and stays where it's supposed to while we're traveling down the road.

Being that Laura has to work all weekend, Jim and Linda made arrangements to meet her, Lindsey and Ashley for dinner at the Perkins Restaurant. It will probably be the last time that they'll be able to spend much time together before we leave, although as I understand it, Ashley may stop by here on Sunday, and Jim and Linda may try to meet up with Laura Sunday evening after she gets off work.

The evening was spent doing the usual stuff.

Did you know that on this date in1954, The Nautilus was launched in Groton, CT? It was the first atomic-powered submarine. U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Little Surprise and My New Filter Is Here

DeBary, FL.

41 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

After spending some time working on the computer, he got on the phone and called the Deland Truck Center to find out if that new engine air filter for me had come in. Well, Dennis, the parts manager said that it had come in and that Jim could come and pick it up anytime.

So, after lunch, Jim took CLT and headed over there. But, on the way, he stopped by an Office Max store to check on something he had been researching for quite awhile on the Internet.

It was a surprise but I guess I can tell you what it is now, because Jim has already given it to Linda.

It's a new "Family Tree Maker" program.

You see, Linda has become very frustrated with the old one she had been using. You may not remember, but the old one is a shareware program that is no longer being supported. Greg, the computer guy who Jim and Linda bought the new computer from, tried his best to get the old family tree program to run under Windows 7, but it just wasn't working, the latest problem being with trying to print out information once it was entered.

So, after Jim and Linda had talked about it, it was decided that the only way to really have access to the information was to get a new program and re-enter all the information.  : (   Now, this means a lot of work for Linda, but she enjoys doing family tree stuff, so it may not feel so much like work at all. : )

After doing the research and looking at reviews, Jim determined that this new program had the most features that Linda would like and was one of the easiest to use, so he thought he'd surprise her and buy it here before we started traveling.

 The new program hasn't been installed yet, but she's been reading the book that came with it, and is excited about all the features. : )

After stopping at Office Max, Jim went to the truck place and picked up the new air filter. I think he's going to install it today.

Laura stopped by for awhile again yesterday. She has to work all weekend, and knows that we'll be leaving on Monday, so she's been stopping by whenever she gets a little time.

Did you know that today is "International Fetish Day"?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Little Work, A Little Rain and A Little Visit

DeBary, FL.

48 deg. clear, light NW breeze.

Forecast = Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

It was sunny most of the morning here in DeBary yesterday, but in the afternoon, it started clouding up and then we had some rain later in the day.

Jim spent some of the day straightening up CLT's pick-up truck bed. After almost 2 months, everything in there had gotten scrambled around. That was OK, but now, there has to be room to put Jim's bicycle in there before we leave, so they had to be put back where they belonged.

While he was doing that, Linda was reading, watching some TV and working on a new embroidery project.

Like I said, in the afternoon it started to rain, so Jim took a little nap and did some reading too. Then, about 4:30, Laura stopped by to say "hi". She had been out to lunch with a friend of hers that she hadn't seen for quite awhile.

It sounded like she had a good time visiting and catching up on what her friend had been doing lately. : )

For dinner, Linda heated up a couple TV dinners and made some biscuits to have with them. Then, as usual, the evening was spent watching TV and reading.

A Point to Ponder : What is a male ladybug called?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tires, They Won't Rent Me A Site but Problem Solved

DeBary, FL.

53 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy in the morning...then considerable cloudiness with a chance of afternoon showers. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Jim's big project yesterday was to check tires.

The first thing to do, of course, was to get out the compressor and hose. After getting it ready he started on my tires, first on my left and then my right. I'm pleased to say that out of all of my tires, (8 of them), and after more than 2 months, only one was about 5 PSI low!!!  : )

After checking my tires, he checked and filled CLT's tires and then his bike's tires.

The other item he took care of was to call back Roland and Louise, (very good friends of theirs who visited us up in Rantoul this past summer and who are now down at at park in Frostproof, FL.), to see if I could get in their park for a few days. He had called them the other day and they said that they would check.

Well, guess what?  Even though they have sites sitting empty, they told Louise that they would not rent a site to anyone for less than a week!!!! : (   That won't work for us this year because Jim has made reservation at another park, (starting on the 28th).

Needless to say, Roland and Louise were very disappointed and so were Jim and Linda. : (

Anyway, after Jim and Roland hung up, Jim got on the Internet, found another park that is only a few miles from Roland and Louise's park and made a reservation there!! 

They were very happy to rent me a site for less than a week!!!!! : )

Jim called Roland back and told him the good news. Now when we leave here, we're heading to the Lakemont Ridge Home & RV Park in Frostproof for 5 days before heading to Thonotosassa, FL to spend some time with the "Illinois Bunch".

After that, we start heading out West. : )

For dinner, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to the Pier 16 seafood restaurant in Orange City. They hadn't been there this year yet and always enjoy eating there. Again, both the food and service were very good.

Did you know that on this date in 1957 the first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight came to an end at Riverside, CA? The plane was refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lots Of Ambition

DeBary, FL.

47 deg. scattered clouds, no wind.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

I don't know what got into Jim yesterday, but he sure had a lot of ambition.

In the morning, he went out and checked all my batteries. I have two 12 volt starting batteries and six 6 volt deep cycle coach batteries, and he checked the electrolyte level and filled all of them with distilled water. Then he got out the garden hose and some spray stuff and cleaned them.

Since he had all of the battery stuff out, he then did the same to CLT's battery.

After lunch, he opened my generator compartment, slid the generator out with its electric slide and checked the oil and water levels. Then before sliding it back in, he started it up and let it run for awhile.

Since the hose was still out, he got out the squeegee with the very long handle and cleaned off the front of me, (especially concentrating on my windshield).

Now, I suppose you're wondering why Jim was doing all of this. Well, believe it or not, we've already been here for almost 2 months, and in 6 more days, we'll be leaving. I've enjoyed being here, but to be honest, my tires are starting to itch and I'm ready to do some traveling!!

After taking a little nap, Jim went out and cooked some pork chops on the grill for dinner while Linda cooked some noodles and some corn inside on my stove. After dinner they both watched TV and read some before going to bed.

Today, I think Jim may check the air in my and CLT's tires. Yesterday, I heard him say something about doing it and it definitely needs to be done before we leave.

Did you know that lead-acid batteries were invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Plante' and are the oldest type of rechargeable battery?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lunch At Gram's Kitchen

DeBary, FL.

32 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

About 11:00 yesterday morning, Laura called and asked if Linda and Jim would like to go out for lunch. Well, like any good RVer would do when there's family and a meal involved, they said "Of Course"! ; )

So, because Laura had some shopping to do, it was decided that they would meet Laura and Lindsey over at Gram's Kitchen about 1:30.

Needless to say, they had a great meal and a great time visiting with Laura and Lindsey, so it was a couple hours before Jim and Linda came back here to the park. Once they came back, it was basically football on TV for the rest of the day.

Did you know that on this date in 1870, a cartoon by Thomas Nast titled "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" appeared in "Harper's Weekly?" The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time?

Saturday, January 14, 2012


DeBary, FL.

36 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Mostly sunny. Highs around 60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.


Yep, it's cold again down here in FL. : (  I guess I can't complain though, they had around 6 inches of snow in the Chicago Area and right now, it's only 6 degrees in Rantoul, IL. That's only about 15 miles from where I spent last winter!!!

Another real slow day here yesterday. Jim and Linda cleaned the inside of me but neither of them seemed to have much ambition, so they just watched TV and read the rest of the time.

Oh, Laura stopped by and picked up Linda. They went to a 1/2 price book store where you can buy all kinds of used books for at least half the price of new ones. Laura found the book she was looking for and Linda picked up a book that she hadn't read yet, that's part of a series.

I guess that pretty much wraps up yesterday. Like I said, "Another real slow day".

Did you know that on this date in 1951, the first National Football  League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, CA?

Friday, January 13, 2012

New DVD/VCR Unit and A Couple Little Glitches

DeBary, FL.

57 deg. clear, SE wind @ 5 mph.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Jim called the Deland Truck Center yesterday morning to see of my new air filter had come in. Dennis, the parts manager, said that it hadn't come in yet, and he would call as soon as it did.

After making the call, Jim decided that he would tackle the installation of the new DVD/VCR machine in the overhead cabinet, over the driver's seat. It didn't take him long to get the old VCR out, but it took a little doing to get the new combination unit into the available space. The new unit is about 3 inches deeper and 4 inches wider than the old one so some wires had to be re-routed and a small modification made to the cabinet.

Once the unit was in the cabinet and hooked up, Jim turned it on and began the preliminary settings. Well, the opening screen didn't come up like it was supposed to and a message on the TV screen said "No Signal". : (  Well, Jim went back though all the connection instructions to make sure all the connections were correct and then started the settings again. It was at this time that he realized that one of the settings wasn't correct. After changing that setting, everything started working and now it's working as advertised.  : )

This is really a pretty neat unit. It's made by Panasonic and as I said, it's a VCR/DVD combination unit. You can record off of the TV onto either DVDs or VHS tapes, you can copy a VHS tape onto a DVD or copy a DVD to a tape. It can play CDs and has both USB and SD slots on the front, for among other things, looking at individual photos or watching them as a slide show.

So, the unit is installed and all that still needs to be done is to either modify the existing face panel or make a new one. In the meantime, when the cabinet door is closed, you can't even see the unit. So, everything is working, the unit is secure in the cabinet and we're good to go. : )

After lunch, CLT took Jim and Linda over to the bank so that they could get some cash. When traveling, (like we're going to be doing soon), they've learned that sometimes cash is the only thing accepted, so they make sure they have some on hand.

Later in the afternoon, Dennis from the Deland Truck Center called back and said that he had called his supplier and found out that the air filter was back ordered, but was assured that it would be here for sure next Wednesday, the 18th. : (  Jim reminded him that we were leaving here on the 23rd of this month and he again assured Jim that it would be here.

For dinner, Jim cooked burgers on the grill and Linda put together salads inside. The evening was spent watching TV and reading.

Did you know that Friday the 13th will occur 3 times in 2012?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

They're Down and Thank You

DeBary, FL.

52 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast =
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

They're down!!!! Yep, even before Linda was up yesterday morning, Jim started taking some of the Christmas decorations down. Then after Linda was up and had her breakfast, they took the rest of them down and put them away under my bed. : )

Now, don't get me wrong. I like the decorations, but once the holiday is past, I start wanting to get back to normal again.

We had a little rain here in DeBary yesterday. Nothing much, but there were a few fairly heavy showers.

Nothing much else to report, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who follow this Blog. I'd also like to welcome the new followers who just started following in the last few months. To me, it's still  amazing that there are so many people who are interested in what a Motor Home has to say.

Thank you very much!!

Did you know that on this date in 1915 - The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A New Machine and The Swamp House Grill

DeBary, FL.

66 deg. clear, SE wind @ 3 mph.

Forecast =
rainA chance of showers through mid morning...then widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Monday, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to the Mall in Sanford. They needed to pick up the moccasins that they had taken to the shoe repair shop. After picking up the shoes, Jim went into the Sears store that was right next to the shoe shop.

The reason for going to Sears was to try to find a VCR/DVD Recorder to replace the VCR unit (that no longer works), in my overhead cabinet next to the TV.

You see, over the years, Jim and Linda have recorded many things off of the TV on tapes and now since everything has gone to DVDs the tapes have become obsolete. Well, with this machine, it will be possible to transfer many of those tapes to disks and also record new programs off of the TV.

There is one little problem though. Although there is enough room in the cabinet for the machine, the faceplate that covers the opening around the VCR unit will not work with the new combination unit. : (

So, the original faceplate will have to be extensively modified or a new one made. I don't think Jim has decided what he will do yet, but he says he should be able to install the new machine for now and worry about that later.

About 4:00 Monday afternoon, Laura stopped by for awhile. No special reason, just wanted to visit.

Yesterday not much happened except that for dinner, Jim and Linda went over to the Swamp House Grill, which is part of this park, the Highbanks Marina and Campground. Although it's convenient and a neat place, (overlooking the St. John's River), Jim and Linda don't often go there because it tends to be a bit more "pricey" than the places they usually go to eat at. But, for Christmas, Ashley and Anna gave Jim and Linda a gift card for the restaurant, so last night they decided to go.

Linda had large garden salad with chicken, and Jim had the fish and chips. Both were still talking about how great the food was when they returned. : )

Today, I think Jim and Linda are finally going to take down the rest of the Christmas decorations. Jim took down the ones outside the other day, but the tree is still up, and I have bows and wreaths still hanging inside of me. It shouldn't take too long, but it's one of those things that has just been put off.

Did you know that more than 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Full Moon

DeBary, FL

55 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.

partlycloudyPartly cloudy. Patchy fog early in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

I wasn't paying much attention to the moon, but after CLT came back from taking Jim and Linda, first to Wally World and then to the Mall, that I started thinking about the phase of the moon.

You see, CLT said that some of the people driving their cars were really doing some stupid things. He said that people were pulling out in front of others, making turns out of the improper lanes, driving too fast and in general driving like they weren't paying attention at all!!

Now, if you ask the "experts", they say that the moon doesn't have a thing to do with how people act.

Well, I disagree!!!!

I have personally seen a difference of how people drive and do things when there is a full moon. Jim says that when he worked in a retail store many years ago, you didn't have to have a calendar or look at the moon to know when there was a full moon.

You just had to deal with crazy acting customers!!

I once knew a lady who worked in a mental hospital and she said that the patients there really had problems when the moon was full.

Now, maybe the "experts" don't agree, but from experience and listening to what other RVs and their owners say, I think they may want to do another study on the subject.

How about it? Can you tell when there's a full moon without looking at the calendar or looking up at the moon?

Did you know that the Farmers' Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Yesterday's Schedule

DeBary, FL.

52 deg. light fog, no wind.

Forecast = Partly sunny. Patchy fog early in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

What Jim and Linda did yesterday.

   Jim:  Play around with the computer.
           Go outside and close gray water tank valve.
           Look at maps.

          Do a load of laundry.
          Work on grocery list.
          Read book.

         Go to Grocery store.
          Put groceries away.
          Take nap.
          Watch football on TV
          Cook steak on grill for dinner.
          Watch football on TV.
          Go to bed after the news.

          Go to Grocery store
          Put groceries away
          Read book.
          Watch football on TV.
          Cook vegetables in side of me for dinner.
          Watch football on TV.
          Go to bed after the news.

Did you know that today is "National Static Electricity Day"?

Shocking!!!!!  ; )

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Mattress And Refrigerator Projects

DeBary, FL.

46 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast =  Mostly sunny. Areas of fog early in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Jim and Linda stripped the bed first thing yesterday morning and then Jim went to work installing the new control/pump unit on their Sleep Number mattress. It wasn't an especially difficult job but in an RV, doing something like that means you have to work in more confined spaces.

It didn't take long before he had the old unit out and the new one installed with the hoses neatly routed to the mattress.

While Jim was busy with that, Linda started the laundry and then cleaned out the refrigerator. It had been a long time since she had gone through it and sure enough, there were some items in there that, (well, lets just say), were not so good anymore. : O

After the mattress project, Jim took the "not so good anymore" items over to the dumpster and then talked to Allan, (The neighbor on my right side), for awhile. He and his wife, (I can't remember her name for sure, but I think it's Teresa), just returned from a trip up to Kentucky in their car, to be with family over the Holidays. He said it was pretty cold up there, and they even had some snow while they were there.

After the laundry was finished, and the bed remade, Jim took a little nap. ; )

The rest of the day was spent watching football and British Comedies on TV

Did you know that on this date in 1790, George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sleep Number Mattress and Dinner With Laura And Lindsey

DeBary, FL.

45 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Areas of dense fog with visibility one quarter mile or less at times early in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Another slow day here yesterday. Jim took CLT and headed over to Wally World yesterday morning, but they didn't have what he was looking for. On the way back here, he stopped by the CG office and found out that UPS had delivered a package that he and Linda have been waiting for.

Now, if you're like me, you're wanting to know what was in that package. : )  Well, it was a new control/pump unit for their Sleep Number mattress.

It seems that lately, it has been more and more difficult to read the numbers on the controls that you use to inflate or deflate the mattress to the desired setting. One by one, the segments of the display numbers have quit working and now on one of the controls, it's almost blank. : (

Well, Jim called Select Comfort about a week or so ago, and ordered a new one. There is a warranty on the unit, but being that the mattress was purchased way back in 2005, (two Motor Homes ago), the price was pro-rated and he had to pay about 1/2 of the cost. Jim and Linda both thought it was worth it though, because they really like the mattress and a new good mattress of any kind would cost a lot more.

So, today, I think Jim is going to change the control/pump unit. Linda wants to wash the sheets anyway, and while the sheets are off of the bed, it would be a good time to do it. 

Oh, by the way. The new control/pump unit is different from the old one. The old one had 2 controls with wires running to them from the pump unit. The new one has one wireless remote control that is used to change the settings on each side of the mattress and the pump unit is somewhat smaller.

Jim and Linda decided that they wanted to go out to eat last night, so they called Laura and Lindsey to see of they wanted to go too. Well, they did and it was decided that they would meet over at the Perkins Restaurant in Orange City around 5:00.

Jim and Linda were gone for quite awhile, so I'm pretty sure that besides having a nice meal, they sat and talked for quite awhile. : )

Did you know that January is "National Soup Month"?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Warming Up, An Errand and A Little Shopping

DeBary, FL.

42 deg. clear, no wind.

cloudy Widespread dense fog early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs around 70. West winds around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Still not a whole lot happening around here. Laura and Ashley stopped by for a little while Wednesday afternoon. Then, after another chilly start to the day yesterday, it warmed up nicely to close to 70 degrees. Since it was nice out, Jim and Linda decided to run some errands and do a little shopping.

The first thing they did was to have CLT (Cute Little Truck), take them over to Sanford, FL. where there is a big mall. Linda had a couple pairs of moccasins that needed repairs, so they took them to a shoe repair place in the mall.

After dropping them off, they headed to a book store where they bought a book that both of them have been wanting to read. Next was a Batteries + store where Jim tried to find a little battery for a remote control for my electric cord reel and basement door locks, but alas, it looks like that battery has been discontinued and is no longer available. : ( 

From Batteries +, they stopped at a Steak & Shake for a sandwich before having CLT bring them back here to the park.

After they returned, Jim went out and hooked me back up to the city water supply, since they're not forecasting freezing temperatures for this area for at least the next 7 days. : )

I don't know what the plans are for today. I was looking at the calendar yesterday and realized that we only have 17 more days before we leave DeBary, so if Jim and Linda have stuff to do before we leave, they had better get going and get it done!!

A Point to Ponder : How did the headless horseman know where he was going? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's is Chilly!!!!

DeBary, FL.

27 deg. clear, no wind.

sunnySunny. Highs in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
nt_sunnyMostly clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight
It is Chilly!!!!!  The highest temperature I saw on my thermometer yesterday was 48 degrees!!!!
At least from here, they're forecasting it to get a little warmer each day, and no more freezing temperatures in at least the next 7 days. : )
Not much to report this morning. No one was out and about yesterday, (including Jim). I don't think anything exciting happened in DeBary and except for the weather, there wasn't much on the news. 
So, rather than just bore you with my  jabbering, I'll just wish you a good day, and I'll catch you tomorrow. : )
Did you know that the Lowest USA (48 contiguous states) temperature was -69.7° F / -56.5° C, at Rogers Pass, Montana, 20 January, 1954?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

They Were Right and Getting Ready

DeBary, FL.

39 deg. clear, gusty west wind @ 10 mph.

sunnySunny...windy. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph and gusty.
Clear and very cold. Lows in the upper 20s. Locally colder across rural areas. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight.
Yep, they were right. The temperature just kept dropping yesterday and now the wind is picking up, so being that it's only supposed to get into the upper 40's today, it's going to feel really cold with the 15 to 20 mph winds!!! : (
Jim took CLT and went to Home Depot yesterday morning. There were a few things he needed and he wanted to get a couple water filters for me. Then on the way back here, he stopped at the Winn Dixie grocery store and pick up a few items that he and Linda needed.
After lunch, he went out and put some water in my fresh water tank and then put the fresh water hose away to get ready for the freezing temperatures. The hoses can usually stand some freezing without bursting, but if the fittings freeze, they usually end up broken or cracked.
Everyone here in the park who has plants outside were either taking them inside, if they were potted, or covering them up if they were too big or planted in the ground. Many were also draining water hoses and putting them and anything else that could freeze away.
Linda hasn't been feeling real well the last few days, so she spent most of the day reading one of the books she got for Christmas. For dinner, she just heated up some chicken and got out some potato salad. That, along with some veggies made a nice meal.
I don't think there are any plans for today. If the weather is as nasty as they're forecasting most everyone will be staying indoors. Besides, by the weekend it's supposed to be back into the 70's again, so why go out today if you can wait a day or two?  ; )
Did you know that today is "National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day"?

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's A Big Deal!! and A Surprise Visit

DeBary, FL.

58 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.

Forecast today = high temp. 64 deg. sunny, NW  wind @ 10 to 15 mph.  Tonight = Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 22 to 25 after midnight.

Wow!!!! Did you read that forecast above? We are about to experience a big change in the weather down here in Florida!!!! In fact, tomorrow night, they're forecasting lows in the upper 20's!!!!!

Now, I know that for some parts of the country, the 20's are not cold at all, but for Florida, (especially this far south in the state), it's a big deal!!!!


Jim didn't feel too well yesterday so when Laura and Lindsey called to ask him and Linda if they wanted to go out and get a sandwich for lunch someplace, Jim told Linda that she should go ahead and go, but he thought it would be better if he didn't.  That being the case, it was decided that Laura and Lindsey would stop by an Arby's restaurant, pick up some sandwiches for everyone and bring them over here.

So, about 1:30 they came over with the sandwiches and everyone enjoyed a nice lunch together. (Jim didn't eat anything).  What a nice surprise, I didn't expect to see them yesterday. : ) 

They were here for about an hour and a half before heading home.

After they left, Jim took a nap. By the time he woke up, he was feeling better, so Linda made egg sandwiches for for both of them for dinner.

The evening was spent watching TV until bedtime.

This morning, Jim seems to be feeling fine. Don't know what it was, but it didn't last long. He didn't eat or drink anything out of the ordinary on New Years Eve, so don't think that was the cause.

Did you know that on this date in 1965 - "Broadway" Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking Forward

DeBary, FL.

50 deg, clear, no wind.

Forecast  = High temp. 78 deg. mostly sunny, SW wind @ 5 to 10 mph.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

It seems that almost all of the people who write the blogs that I follow are talking about what has happened this past year. Well, I'd like to be different and talk about what I'm looking forward to in this New Year.

Oh yeah, I could talk about sitting in an RV lot for almost 1/2 of the year and then being purchased by Jim and Linda, but if you want to hear about what I've been doing since being purchased, all you have to do is to go back in my posts on this blog and read about it.

Instead of looking back, I prefer to look ahead and think about what may be happening to me this year.

This should be a very exciting year for me. Jim has a trip pretty well planned out for a trip out to Oregon and then back to Illinois. So far, our travels have been rushed. We were in a hurry to come down here to Florida to get some repair work done on me. Then we rushed up to NC, VA, and back down here so that we could get to DeBary by Thanksgiving.

When we leave here in about 3 weeks, our travels should be much more relaxed. First, the plan is to go and see Jim and Linda's friends, Roland and Louise, in Frostproof, FL. After a short visit with them, we'll head to Thonotosassa, FL. to join up with the "Illinois Bunch" ( Deny and Bev, Dave and Dee Dee, and Gordy and Dorthy).

After spending a week with them, we'll start wandering towards the West Coast.

Along the way, the plan is to stop by and see some of Jim and Linda's friends who are staying at RV parks on or near our route, see some sights, and slowly work our way to California.

Jim has always wanted to go to Death Valley but one thing or another always gotten in the way, so on this trip we're planning on making that a major stop. After Death Valley and as the weather warms, we'll slowly wander our way up to Portland, (hopefully along the California/Oregon Coast), to see Jeff and Heather, (Jim's son and his lady), who Jim and Linda haven't seen since 2008.

Being that Jim and Linda so seldom get to see Jeff and Heather, we'll probably stay in Portland for at least 3 weeks before starting to wander back to the Mid-West, getting back there sometime in July.

Now, this whole trip is going to be a learning experience for me. You see, my previous owner was always in a hurry to get from point A to point B and we'd cover a lot of miles each day. From what I understand, Jim and Linda don't travel that way. Instead, they don't get on the road until about 10:00, only travel about 150 miles a day and then every few days, stay for a couple of nights if the CG/RV Park is nice.

A much slower pace than I'm used to.

I also can't ever remember being all the way to the West Coast, so that will be a new experience for me. So, I'm really looking forward to this year. : )  It should be fun and exciting and I hope you'll enjoy reading all about our wanderings.

Oh, another thing. There may be a big change in this blog. Right now, I'm experimenting with a different Blog Host and the jury is still out whether I switch or not. I would imagine that in a week or so I'll know what I'm going to do, and I'll make sure that you're the first to know.

A Point to Ponder : Have you ever thought what life would be like if your name was Anonymous? You'd get credit for everything nobody wanted credit for.