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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vacation With The Other Woman Irma(geddon) 2017 (week 3)

Monday September 11th

Winds and rain are coming our way so we get out of Hamilton fairly early.
We made good time and before we know it we are at West Memphis Arkansas.
We even made it under a bridge marked 13'8" and still have all three air conditioners on the rig:)
Diana has been trying to find us a spot for the night and she has had success.
Looks like we are going to Pocahontas Arkansas.
As we traveled Highway 412 I took a picture of the clouds.










The clouds were just another reminder of how Mother Nature is totally in control and so is Irma. 
I noticed these fields of yellow as we drove.
Watching the news later in the evening I found out they were rice fields.
The farmers are working hard to get their harvest done and trying to beat the winds and rain that is due to hit from dreaded Irma.
We make it to the Mulligans RV Park around 2:30 and get situated.
It's not much but we do have full hookups and we are not complaining.
We had dinner at the trailers and our outdoor sitting was cut short due to the tiny mosquito that our neighbor had warned us about.
After messing with the Tailgater Dish and finally throwing in the towel it did its usual thing and started working.
Lookout Branson cause we are coming to your town tomorrow.  
Tuesday September 12th
We are out of the park at 10:00 am.
It's cool and damp this morning.
Very light mist as we latch on.
We stopped and grabbed lunch around 11:40.
Little did we know that the next part of the trip is all curvy roads and up and over a mountain range.
Highway 160 in  Missouri to be exact.
I swear Bronco was even getting a little car sick with all the movement in the vehicle.


We are staying at the Branson View Campgrounds.
Our friends Kathy and Joe Compton are work camping here and she was able to get us a couple of spots.
As we come into Branson the GPS on the Ram decided that she was confused as usual and we took a route that was a bit different than Diana and Chris.
Thank goodness we are in contact via the walkie talkies and I told them not to follow us.
Our route just made a big circle up by Silver Dollar City and we were at the park about 5 minutes after Diana & Chris arrived.  
Kathy checked us both in and made us feel very welcomed.  
















It is so good to see the Compton's and do a bit of catching up from when we last saw them at Desert Gardens in the Spring.
We just decided to grill and chill at the trailer tonight.
Kathy was telling us that Joe was getting a show together for a benefit and he was singing.
She also said that he had been talking about bringing out his equipment and singing in the RV Park.
We suggested that he just do that this evening since he had a captive audience.  :)

We walked down to Joe and Kathy's RV and Joe was all set up with his speakers and mics etc.
We had no idea that Santa Claus was Joe's next door neighbor.
This man was the nicest person, and had a story for everything.
Sadly he didn't stay out very long as he said he was battling a headache and was going to go and rest.  

Joe is ready to get his music going and he starts to sing.
He hadn't even gotten through one song and we hear someone behind us yelling "hey, I am trying to watch some football here"......
Shocked and we were giggling about it, but then we realize that the guy was serious.  
Guess there won't be anymore singing this evening.....oops!!!!!  
Sadly it wasn't even "quiet time" in the park.
Geez we were just having a little fun and Santa that lived right next door said it wasn't bothering him.
Will be interesting to see if there is a complaint at the office tomorrow! 
We retire back to the trailers and sip on a "Irma-Rita before retiring.

Wednesday September 13th

We girls wanted to do a little retail therapy today so we got the guys to take us to The Tanger Outlet Mall.
Can't say we found any bargains, but we got to walk around and shop a bit.
Not a lot of places to eat there so we opted for a Hot Dog place.
We had a terrible hot dog...  :(  
You ask how can you screw up a hot dog???
Not sure but I sure have eaten better!
What is a shopping spree without going to Walmart.  
We stopped and grabbed some of the necessary items we needed.
We chose to eat at the trailers this evening and get ready to go to our first show in Branson.
Joe and Kathy are going with us this evening to see The Baldknobbers .
They were even able to get us free tickets to the show...(thanks to Kathy and Joe)
We really did enjoy the show and even more appreciated them getting us into the show at no cost.

Joe mentioned Andy's Frozen Custard, and all our eyes lit up.
A first for us!  (and we even have an Andy's very close to our house in Yukon.)
Wow, is all I can say.
I got the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer with Chocolate Ice Cream.....need I say more.  :) 
In sugar overdose now, so it is time to call it a night. 


Thursday September 14th
Today we explored some of the shopping areas around Branson
Last night at the Baldknobbers show they had mentioned a knife place and of course the guys ears perked up at the word "Knife",so we headed there this morning.  
It was in a shopping area that had a Coleman Camping Outlet Store.
First time we had ever been into one of them, but we came out empty handed.  
The knife place was mixed into a crafters mall so we walked around and checked out the local items.
The guys were totally disappointed that the knives didn't turn out to be much at all.
Diana found me a coffee pot cover that I had been wanting, so we didn't go away empty handed.  :)
Chuck found a coat at the Leather Store he just couldn't live without.  
Not like he is going to need it anytime soon, as it is in the high 80's here today.
There was a Mexican Food restaurant in the center and it was time for lunch, so we just went ahead and ate there.
The lunch fajitas were really good.


Back at the trailer we talk to Kathy and Joe and they are up for another show tonight.
Kathy suggested one and our plans are to go to eat around 5pm at Fudruckers, and then head to the show after we eat.
The first show we were planning on going to was Sold Out.....so we resort to Plan "B".
None of us are sure what that plan was but we are sure we can come up with one.  
Plan "B" ends up being The Billy Dean Show.  
Again we got in for nothing, as our friends Kathy & Joe worked their magic....this is getting to be kind of nice.  :)
The show was really good and I for one had no idea how many of the songs that Billy Dean had written in his lifetime.  
It was a very nostalgic evening.  
And guess what!!!!
It was right across the street from Andy's Frozen Custard, and I am sure you know the rest of the story.......yes we did partake once again.
I even had a repeat of last night, but I failed to say chocolate instead of vanilla ice cream.
It was good, but I think I prefer the chocolate version best!  
This is our last evening to get to spend with Joe and Kathy as they are traveling to their home town of Lamar, MO for their first "official" singing gig.
Their names are in lights at the Thiebaud Auditorium and as the markee says it's "Compton's Karaoke Journey.  
All donations are going to the Hurricane Relief.  
We are wishing them luck and hope they have a great turn out.  
It can't be unsaid that we have truly enjoyed spending a few great days with these two as they have really shown us a good time while we stay in their campgrounds.  
At least we have been able to forget the word "Irma" for a few days  :)

Friday September 15th

Our plans are to go to the old downtown area and walk around, but first we need to address a tree limb that has been on Chuck's mind ever since we parked the rig.
He is concerned that we are going to run into it when we pull out on Saturday.

Chuck goes and talks to the front desk and explain his concerns.
It isn't very long and here come 3 guys down with a saw.
It is agreed that the limb needs to go.
If one of the guys had his way, he is convinced the whole tree needs to be removed....LOL

Limb taken care of and it is time to get on our way.
As usual the downtown area is a very busy spot in Branson, 
We have to park quite a ways from the downtown area, but that gave us a chance to walk through some vendors that were set up off the main street.   
What visit isn't complete unless you check out the 5 and Dime.
It was complete mass hysteria in the place.  
We were able to escape without even purchasing anything.  

Our lunch today was at The Branson Cafe.
What a tiny place but the waitress could sure make their way around.
If you need to go to the potty, you follow the yellow line through the kitchen and back to the back of the place.  
Since we have totally messed up our diets with the Andy's ice cream, we might as well indulge and have a piece of the chocolate pie for lunch.  
It was really good, but at least Chuck and I shared a piece instead of getting a whole piece to ourselves.  :)


Time to relax before we got to our show tonight.
Dinner and a show, can't beat that!   
The lines were quite long when we got to the will call area, but it really moved quickly.
By the time the guys got the vehicle parked and walked up we had gotten the tickets. 
Kathy told us to be there by 4:30 for the pre-show.  
We did just that, and enjoyed the entertainers.  
Just like cattle, the bell rang and we were all herded into the arena area.  
We find our seats and the experience of the evening begins.
The show is really interesting and the bonus is that you are fed as they entertain you. 
The food was very good as well.
It is served without forks knives or spoons so your hands are your utensils.
The servers were really great and were able to take care of the people in a timely manner.  
I am so glad that Diana suggested this show, as it was really a fun time and I think we all enjoyed the whole experience. 
Back at the trailers we finish our evening with the last of the "Irma-rita's.
This is our last night to spend away from home, as we are heading back to Oklahoma in the morning.  We have really
had a great trip, even with Irma trying her best to ruin it.  
One thing about us and Diana & Chris....we can always find an alternative plan....it just takes some thinking on all our parts.  
We are blessed to have such great friends to travel with.  :)

Saturday September 16th 


Getting out of spot was a breeze now that the tree limb is gone.

Chris on the other hand had a little bit of a fright.
He opened his electric box to disconnect the trailer and grabbed a frog.
He said he wasn't sure what he had grabbed and he jumped back to see the frog leave.  
Thank goodness it wasn't a snake!

Our GPS was a bit confused as we pulled out and we got into a small traffic jam, but it didn't last too long.  
When you are pulling a 43' plus size rig the U turn that Lupy is suggesting just isn't going to happen.  
Traffic isn't bad after we finally get out of the Branson area. 

We had a bit of a scare as we were driving the hills outside of Branson.
When topping a hill there was a very very slow moving truck in front of us, and Chuck had to slam on the brakes.  
About that time we see Chris passing us on the left side.  
So glad he did, as we had to come to almost a complete stop due to this guy.
Chris is now in the lead, and Chuck tells him to keep on leading....its our time to follow  :) 

We stop at a Rest area for a quick lunch and keep making miles.  

Our last stop was at the midway on the turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
I had just opened the door to the trailer and I heard this bang.
In my mind, I thought maybe Diana had closed her door on the trailer.
She comes around her trailer and asked if I saw the accident.
Seems a truck driver hit the back of the trailer rig that was parked next to them.
So that was the bang I heard.
What a surprise to the driver that was sitting in his rig minding his own business.
He was nice enough to help the driver that hit him get his truck straightened out and on down to a parking spot.
It didn't do any damage to the parked truck, but I think there was some fender issues with the truck that hit him.
Excitement for sure.

We make it home safely and so do Diana & Chris.
What a wonderful 3 weeks even if "Irma" tried her best to ruin our Florida vacation.
Already planning for next years great adventure to Topsail...we will be able to book it in about a month.
Hopefully hurricane season will be a little less active in 2018.

Hope that Diana & Chris enjoyed their trip as much as we did.
They are the "best" friends we could ask for.
So glad we have such great friends to make memories with.


Chuck and I will be heading to Arizona mid October, so I am thinking we will have some Blog worthy post to write about.




 






Sunday, September 10, 2017

Vacation With The Other Woman Irma(geddon) 2017 (week 2)

Monday September 4th

Irma is still on the warpath.....but we are keeping a close eye on her.

We travel I-10 to Florida 330.
We have smooth sailing as it seems everyone is heading north away from the sea. 
You would think they had closed the ocean but everyone was heading home after their long weekend.
We made it to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park by noon and they said our site #143 was ready for us.
Diana and Chris site #142 was still occupied.
We are allowed to park our rig so Diana & Chris park theirs and ride with us back to our site.




The people in #142 didn't seem to be in any hurry to be gone by the 1:00pm check out.
We were almost set up by the time the people left.
It was close to 1:30 by the time they actually pulled out.
Rude is all I can say!
One of the park rangers came by and talked to them and shortly after that they pulled out.
We finally have Diana and Chris in their spot and getting settled in.
again, the Love bugs have to be cleaned off the trucks and rigs before we do much else.








We get on our bikes and head to the beach around 4:30.


 We noticed a lot of people out about waist deep in the water and they were hunting for Sand Dollars.
They were quiet abundant and of course we had to join in.

Irma is still out in the ocean wreaking havoc but all is good in our little neck of the world.
We do have a Purple Beach Warning Flag today, but we didn't feel like we were in any danger of getting eaten by anything.  :)






Tuesday September 5th

We are up and decide to catch the 11am tram to the beach.
We forgot our swim noodles.
Tomorrow we will be prepared for sure.
We even went to Walmart last night and bought a net so we can hunt for sand dollars today.
Sun is out and it is warm.
Perfect weather for the water.
Ate some lunch on the beach and then Chuck and I headed back to our trailer for the 2pm tram so we could check on Bronco.
Diana and Chris stayed until 4.
What a great day to enjoy the water...and forget about Irma.




With Irma on every one's mind Chuck goes and fills up the truck with diesel.
He says the lines were crazy.
He also ran by the fish house and got some of the wonderful peel and eat shrimp we found last year.
The first station Chuck went to was out of gas and the guys at the fish place told him of another location to try.
We ate dinner at the trailers this evening and retired fairly early.

























Wednesday September 6th
Yes we know Irma is bearing down and we went to the park rangers to find out their plans for us.
The rangers tell us that if they see Irma as a threat, we will be evacuated.
You see the big problem is if the winds get too high, (35 MPH) they actually close the bridges down that take you back to the main land and at that time you would be stranded on the peninsula that we are on right now.
With that news we decide to drive over to Grayton Beach and visit the Red Bar for lunch.













Our Bloody Mary had a lot of trimmings on them and even had a caper berry in it.
Only reason we knew it was a caper berry is our waiter told us.  LOL






















Fish and Chips were very good and of course we had to have a piece of the Key Lime Pie for dessert.

















Back at the trailer we get ready to make our way to the ocean.
We were equipped with goggles so Chris and Chuck can go sand dollar hunting for us.
There were a lot of jelly fish in the water today.
They didn't have the tentacles so we didn't have to worry about them stinging us.
Our bounty of sand dollars was very good today.   











We stay until the 5pm tram run and then we go back to the trailers and get cleaned up.
Still watching Irma and praying that she turns out to sea and leaves us alone.
It was a great evening to sit outside and watch America's Got Talent on the TV that Chuck has put in the storage compartment.
The winds are a bit more breezy tonight, as we have a cool front coming through and they are hoping that it will be strong enough to get Irma to turn back towards the east.
Time will tell.




Thursday September 7th
We drive into Destin to eat at Harry T's for lunch today.
The food was good and the view from the open air dining was great.
The waitress tells us that they are thinking this area will get very busy with all the people that are evacuating the mandatory areas of Florida due to the hurricane.














Seems like Irma is the talk of the town.
She is getting to be a pain for sure!


















When we pulled back into the park it was about 2:30.
 There was an Alligator Nature Walk at 3pm, and we are going to try to go to it.
We get another chance to ride our bikes which makes us very happy.


















We met our ranger named Chris (he looks like a young Bill Murray)
We learn about all types of eatable plants during the walk to the lake.
He explained about the Thai Thai plant and the Palmetto along with a lot of others.
We also learned that we could live off of a whole lot of these plants if we were in a reality show like "Naked and Afraid"  ROFL....















We get to the "No Name" lake and he explains that there is a female gator and her 1yr old baby in this lake.
We didn't see the 7' long mom but we did get to see the baby.
It was about 2' in length.
It was a very informative walk and I think we all came away with more knowledge about all the animals and plants that live in this area.

He told us about the coastal dune lakes that were in the preserve.  South Walton's coastal dune lakes are said to be as much as 10,000 years old and were formed by winds that redistributed sand and created the shallow basins (with most lakes averaging only about 5 feet deep).

 I am going to add a link for anyone that would like to learn about them.

Coastal Dune Lakes

We didn't want to fix dinner tonight so we go to a little Mexican restaurant that Chuck and I had eaten at the year before.
I would love to say that it had gotten better, but it still was about the same.
The service was OK, but far from from exceptional.

Fun day but Irma is beginning to get on our nerves....she still hasn't turned!  



Friday September 8th

Not in a hurry to do much of anything today.
Irma is on every one's minds.
So tired of this hurricane
We are in hopes that the weather models will be correct and she will turn easterly and leave us alone but so far she is not turning  :(



We cleaned on the sand dollars today and finally resorted to bleaching them.
They turned out great.









We made out way to the beach around 2pm.
Flies were biting today.
Lots of jelly fish in the water.
Fairly calm waves.
The guys went out and got more sand dollars for us.
We left at 4 as it was just not that enjoyable sitting with the flies biting us.
Back at the trailer we get cleaned up and decide to try the 98BBQ Restaurant that is less than a mile from us.
Ribeyes for all but Diana.
She got ribs.
Ribeyes were pretty rare for medium but they were flavorful good.
Diana says her ribs were OK.
The fried okra was very tasty.
Back at the park for the 7pm music in the park.





Lukewarm and The Backsliders was a pretty darn good band.
They sang folk music.
I failed to take the thermocell with us and the mosquitoes started biting so we left.










Saturday September 9th
Another day with Irma on our mind.
We go and have breakfast with the Rangers.
It was a fun and informative breakfast, and yes the topic lead to more Irma talk. 
We are again reassured they will let us know if we need to leave.
There were about 8 new people at the breakfast that were evacuees from another area in Florida.











We took another bike ride as we wanted to see if there were any routes to get to Walmart.
Although there were a lot of trails and we could see Walmart from our trail the fence didn't allow us to go there. :(
Diana and I venture to the Publix for some groceries.
We saw first hand a bit of a frenzy as it was quite busy with shoppers.
The store had signs posted they would be closing Sunday at 5pm.
We got our groceries and went back to the trailers to have some lunch.

After lunch Diana and I went to a store I had been to last year called "Retail Therapy.
We both came home empty handed.
The day really consisted of watching the updates on hurricane Irma.
It isn't looking very favorable for us right now.
The guys watch the OU ballgame and Diana and I sat inside and watch the weather channel
I think it's inevitable that we are going to have to evacuate tomorrow.
Leave us alone Irma.

Sunday September 10th

I hope Irma is happy with her latest tantrum since she is causing our vacation to be cut a little shorter than we planned.

We get up and decide it's probably best to leave the park.
The winds are gusting more this morning.

As we finish the packing of the trailer someone knocks on our door.
It's Marsha and Jack.
Through our app RVillage she has contacted me the night before and said they would like to meet us.
(I had truly forgotten about going by to see them since we were in "pack up and get out mode")  
I was so happy they came by before we left.
They were talking about whether they would stay or leave and since we had decided to go they thought they would go ahead and leave as well. 
We exchanged our phone numbers via our "business" cards and said we would keep in contact.

Around 9 am a Park Ranger comes by and says the words we knew were coming.
We are told we are under "mandatory" evacuation.
Thank goodness we were ahead of the game and almost ready to pull out.

We are barely on the road and Marcia text me asking which way we were heading.
No real plan as of yet but we wanted to get across the bridge on 331 before they close it due to the winds.
Ends up they are right behind us.
Marsha shares their route with us and they fall in behind us.
We cross the bridge without incident.


Our route took us through the town of Defuniac Springs, Florida.
We pass a Walmart that is completely full of RV's of all shapes and sizes.
We just keep heading north in hopes of finding a less congested area to pull off.

We decide to stop in a wide spot in the road in the town of Andalusia Alabama for lunch.



We had just gotten stopped and a man walks up and introduced himself as "Andy"
He was with the City of Andalusia and said they had free camping spots down the road if we were interested.
How nice is that.
He was a very happy kind of guy and made us all laugh and forget why were hotfooting it out of the area.









We will continue going away from the storm and so will Jack and Marcia but the offer was so genuine.


Andy took a picture of us with our new friends.











After we ate our sandwiches we all had a piece of that wonderful key lime pie that we had purchased at The Donut Hole.  (this pic is of the pie when we first purchased it.  Not that much was left, but we all got a good taste anyway.)

If I had only cut it a little better we wouldn't have a sliver left.
Oh well it may be great this evening for a little taste of sweet.
We said our goodbyes to our new friends and asked that they keep in touch and let us know where they end up for the night.





They have wind alerts for Birmingham tomorrow and have closed the schools.
Seems Irma is going to disturb a lot of people when she finally makes landfall later tonight. 


We boondock this evening at a truck stop along the way.
We have been traveling Highway 22 for quite awhile, and it's time call it quits for the day.
Hamilton, Alabama will be our home for this evening.
The parking area wasn't busy when we pulled in and we parked out at the back of the lot, under the lights.

Diana cooked up an awesome taco salad and we topped it off with Irma-Rita's. :)
All was good until a strange dude pulled up and mumbled something that none of us could hear.
I walked up to him and Chuck followed.
You know when you get that strange feeling something just isn't right.
The dude was wanting directions to get to Tennessee.....WHAT!!!!!
I told Chuck to just back away, and tell him we couldn't help him.
Left Diana and I with a strange feeling.
The guys just made sure their guns were close by!

I text Diana after we closed up for the evening and told her if they need anything to call, and don't open the doors for anyone!!!
All was quiet the rest of the night.
The steady hum of our generators drowned out the trucks pulling in and out of the parking lot.
Worn out from Irma, I think we all actually slept fairly well, even with our little scare.  :)

By the way we got a text from Marcia and they had made it to the spot they were wanting to stay for the night as well.
The next few days I get updates and they are doing well, and stayed out of the rain bands that came with Irma.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Vacation With The Other Woman Irma(geddon) 2017 (week 1)

Little did we know that "the other woman" would be the Hurricane Irma that is spinning out into the Gulf and being very bipolar.
Yes, we know it is Hurricane season, but we are keeping an eye on what is going on.
Surely she will decide to turn out in the middle of the ocean and leave Florida alone.
Texas has just experienced the worst hurricane to hit the coastal areas in years.  
Harvey has left the Houston area in a very bad way with all the flooding rains it produced.
Hopefully Irma will go away.....that was our wish anyway!  

Thursday August 31st
Before we even get started on the vacation, our plans have changed.  
Due to the devastation in Texas we are not going to be going to New Orleans as we planned.
We will be taking a higher and drier route through Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama to get to our final destination of Florida.
We meet Diana & Chris in Shawnee, OK this morning around 10:30.
Big Bertha and Big Bertha's sister are ready for a trip.








The valve stems are leaking on Chris's trailer tires and before we get on the road we address the problem.
There is an RV shop across from our meeting place and Diana walks over and askes if they fix tires.
They don't but the lady says there is a guy just down the road that does.



We were given the name Dee Reemer.
Diana and I are both google queens and we begin looking on our phones for this person.
Nothing was found, so we decide to trust the lady and just head north about a mile on highway 177 and find this shop.
Sure enough we find it...Deremer Tires....LOL
It took the guy with Chris's help about an hour to change out all the valve stems.






On the road and we stop at Catfish roundup for lunch.
One reason we stopped is they have really good catfish and the other is that they have enough parking for us to pull these beasts in without a problem.

Since our plans have changed we have no reservations for the night.
Being this is going to be a busy weekend with Labor Day upon us, I called the Downtown Riverside RV Park to see if they had any open spots.
We were able to get two spots in their overflow area.
We were fine with that.
Our GPS did its usual thing and we got separated from Diana & Chris.
Recalculating and back on the road we had a very interesting drive to get to the RV park.
Diana & Chris are checking in by the time we get there.
We have had cloud cover most of the day and as soon as we pull into the RV park we had a very brief shower.
The showers are from the Hurricane aftermath of Harvey.  
The overflow area was perfect as the other spots look fairly tight and we have room to move around where we are at. 
We unhooked and get set up.







Diana surprises us with some new cups for the trip.
What a great idea.....we can have cocktails in style.
We also get our first taste of the 1800 Margarita Mix Jalapeno and Lime.
It was delicious!











Since we are in Arkansas, we decide we need to get a Walmart fix and head to one Diana has found.
Our supply list has already grown and it was a good stop for all of us.  


Friday September 1
Made it to Ameristar RV Park in Vicksburg Mississippi.
The park is associated with their casino.
We are told they have a shuttle service to and from the casino that is just down the street.  
Nice to get set up fairly early in the day.
Since we are in Lovebug country, we cleaned the front of the trailer and truck that had left overs of them.

We set out to find Diesel and food.
Little did we know that our GPS would take us for a joy ride.  
Basically we made a very large circle and our destination ended up being right across the street from where we got the diesel.
Once again we get separated from Diana & Chris and they have a table ready for us by the time we finally show up. 

The Gumbo Pot was obviously the place to be as they were quite busy.
One of the waiters came by and asked if everything was ok.
He then asked if we knew about the Do-dah day.
He proceeded to tell us this:
Do dah checks come today or do dah come tomorrow.
We got a good laugh from that.
Diana & I spotted this tasty looking drink and asked our waitress about it.
She tells us it is their "house" margarita and they are only $5.
Yes, we would like one  :)

The food was tasty and the house margarita was good as well.






We have to go to the Casino and try our luck....of course we do!  
Diana was the lucky one tonight....on the other hand  I lost and so did Chris.
Chuck was even as he didn't put any money into those one armed bandits.  LOL


Saturday September 2nd
Our route today is a little different than last years as we are bypassing the terrible 10 to 15 miles of very rough road.
We are hoping the route we are taking is better. It's an extra 70 miles but maybe the trailer will still be intact when we get to Mobile, Alabama.
We make it to Hilltop RV Park in Robertsdale, Alabama to stay for a couple of days.
Not the most well kept place but it is large enough to handle our rigs.
Would have been nice if they had mowed the area.
As we pull in it starts to rain...Harvey you need to give it up!  






Covered with Love Bugs.
Chris didn't get as many bugs.



We get parked and begin the task of getting set up and clean off the days LoveBugs mess.
It was a fairy brief shower and of course quite muggy afterward.








I had noticed a restaurant right off the highway as we pulled off to go to the RV Park.
We ate at the Derailer Diner  for dinner.
Cute place and the food was alright.
But the desert!!!!


















Diana read on the menu that they had a desert that  was voted Alabama's top 100 dishes to eat before you die.
Of course we had to try it.
It was pretty darn good!









Back at the trailers we sit outside until we couldn't handle the bugs any longer.
Of course I didn't even think about getting out the thermacell device until the next morning. 

Sunday September 3rd 
We drive into Orange Beach Alabama.
Along the way we stop at Walmart and Camping World.
Bronco got a new dog bed...hopefully she will decide to sleep on it!

We ate at "Chronic Tacos"  for lunch.
One reason I thought this would work was they had outdoor seating so we were able to take Bronco with us.
After lunch we drive to the beach access area.
It is there we found we couldn't take Miss Bronco to any of the outer beaches.
They have a lake and dog park just up the way so we go there.
Diana and Chris go back to the beach access and check out Orange Beach.
We start back towards the trailer.
Got into a torrential downpour for a few minutes, again thanks to Harvey.



As we drove through Mobile yesterday, our detour took us by a Ralph and Kakoos.
It was decided that we would have to eat dinner there, so that we did.
















We started dinner with a cocktail called Voodoo Juice.
We even got commemorative cups that light up.
Dinner was good but not as good as the location in Shreveport.


















So excited to finally get to Florida tomorrow, but Irma you are on all our minds!










Friday, August 25, 2017

Laundry Room Painting and my Chippy Door 2017

Before
Do you ever just get the urge to take on a project and about half way through it, you wonder "what was I thinking"?

This little project actually began a few weeks earlier, when my sweet husband made a small dream that I had wished to come to be for quite a while now.















The door






When I closed the retail part of my business, I had a few doors that I just couldn't let go.
They were transported to the house and I have used one already as a divide between Chuck's portion of his office and my area.
I love the look it gives, and adds a little bit of buffer if you are on the phone with a client.  :)









I also had a really cute old and rickety pink door.
My dream has been to use this door in the house in place of the solid door that closes off the utility room.
It would leave a more open and airy look to the hallway.
I had always wanted it hung as a barn door, but it just wasn't big enough to do that.




It did however fit in the opening just perfectly!
The old door has seen better days, but I just love the old glass and the patina its age shows.
It needed some gluing and sanding, so I got busy sanding and with Chuck's help we got it glued back in good shape.




It didn't get a new paint job as I really just wanted that chippy old look for the house.
The door is now hung and since I see inside the laundry room all the time now, I am ready to move on to the next project.




I had wanted to paint the laundry room cabinets for quite some time.
Yes, I am a fan of CeCe Caldwell Chalk paint, and I know from experience it is a fairly easy project.
Surely I knew there were 18 cabinet doors and 5 drawers in this room that I use on a daily basis.

After emptying the room out, I begin the painting of the cabinets that are directly over the washer and drying.
Man, that was easy.
Remember with chalk paint you have to paint several coats.
I found that 3 coats was giving me the look I was after.
Then you have to seal them.
I use paste wax to finish and seal the paint.
It just always gives me the finish I like on the wood.











Let me tell you, I am so excited with the change this has made in this room.

Now I gaze to the other walls in the room.
Geez, there are all those other cabinets to do.
So I just make myself get busy and paint....and paint.....and paint.




I really didn't spend every day working on them, but seemed like it took me forever to get finished.






The outcome was well worth the work, as I think it really did update the room.

Door is up, and painting is done.
I used the existing fan that we already had in the room, but I made a new light cover for it.
My dream of a "farmhouse" laundry room was coming to be.







The final thing that was done in the room was the folding table that Chuck helped me with.
I had pinned a lot of ideas on Pinterest, so I had an idea of what I wanted.




We found the lumber at Lowes and I had the guy cut it to fit...(well, almost...if you want exact, you don't get them to cut anything!), but it works fine.


I knew the look I wanted, but wasn't sure how to attach this to the wall.
Chuck came to the rescue once again and made it happen.
I am so excited to walk into this room, as it just has such a nice feeling to it.














Another small but helpful touch was the galvanized pipe laundry hanging area.
Love the Industrial look.













This project is finished and of course I have a few more on my list, but they may have to wait for a bit, as it is about time to do some traveling.
More adventures and fun to come.