Friday, May 27, 2011

OMG we bought a Class A Motorhome

The past several weeks have been really frustrating. Except for Jay and Shalmir's wedding, which was totally awesome.  I am so happy for them. The wedding was totally beautiful (as was the bride).

 They have been off to Jamaica for a week in the sun and surf.  Enjoy you two.

So, we were planning to leave after the wedding for Cagle Recreational area of Sam Houston National Forest for Memorial Day weekend.  Well that is what we planned. While at Potter's Creek Park we kept having breakers pop.  Oh no!  We called a RV repair service that makes RV calls and were told the breaker box needed to be replaced. This was on Monday. We will order the parts, no problem.

Tuesday, we will order the parts, no problem.  Call from repair guy, should we order the parts? Yes, darn it. (Tom talking,  expletive's changed for Gage).  Order the parts!!!

Wednesday, We take the RV to shop for work to be done and check into Howard Johnson's for 2 nights, just in case.  The parts were ordered and arrived at 5:30 pm.  Oh no, they did not send the circuit board with the box.  How could they miss that little detail?

Thursday, we are still at HOJO's but call to see if RV will be ready.  Oh no, they did not deliver the circuit board until 7:30 pm.  The repair shop was closed... jeez who knew they would knock off so early??

Friday, we check out of HOJO's and go to breakfast.  What are we going to do today? Oh no, no RV, no hotel, temperatures in the low 100's and the dog in the car.  We could drive around all day but with gas prices as they are...

We decided to go look at 5th wheels.  Just for fun. In the course of our travels we ran across a used 1998 National Dolphin. This is an immaculate 35' Class A Motorhome. New carpets and floors, 53k miles, nothing needed but someone to drive it.  Tom volunteered.  It is really more than we ever asked for. It is a consignment sale that is priced just right for us.  So we bought it.  I am still in shock.  Tom is happy with it as well. 

Now we have several issues. We have to sell our current truck, buy a toad, arrange for our son in-law to take our current baby RV and store it for us. On top of all that, we got hired by a gate guarding service that wants us to go to work next week.

We are going to be busy this weekend.  I would like to say, however, all this was accomplished with only one DID.

When Tom went to answer the door for the RV service tech he tripped over Dieter and out it came, "DID this place is too small for us and him." I did NOT say, "Come on now, surely you can see something that big when it is in front of you!!!"

Luckily, God answered this prayer pretty quickly, before it became the Dog or Me.

We are now at Kimberly and Julius' house in San Antonio until we can take possession some time next week. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Travel Day - Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis, TX

Our first camp.  It is really lovely here and they have sewer connections. That was our number one priority yesterday. We stopped at CCRV and bought some high powered deodorizer for the black tank and within minutes it was a 100% improvement.  Lesson learned:  no boondocking without dump stations reasonably close by.

The drive here took about an hour and we stopped by the grocery store and got food for a couple of days here at the park. There are not many here this week so we were able to pick our spot.
We have Wed and Thur to get the rest of the cleaning and putting away done and I am looking forward to a little down time while we are here. No television service and we don't have a satellite yet so we are just reading, watching DVDs, taking walks and reading (at least I am reading).

Nothing really special going on. That in itself is sufficient to make our stay a good one. Will check in again before we leave. 

Happy Traills...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Renovation is finished at last.

All the work we started in San Antonio is finally finished.  I will post pictures soon on a special page I am going to do on renovations. It is still to messy to actually let anyone see.  LOL.

It has been a whirlwind the past couple of weeks here in Corpus with Carol and Jerry. Not just the construction, but several milestones were reached as the month has passed.

We held a craft supply sale last Sunday afternoon.  Carol and I have been quilter/sewers since the early 70's. As such it has always been necessary to have every gadget, ruler, book and fabric on the market. It has long been many a DID around our house whenever Tom actually looked at the incredible stash of stuff I have collected over the past 35 years. Carol is the same.  We decided to have a sale. With my 8 moving boxes full of stuff and her unknown amount stretched out on tables on the driveway it was truly a moving moment. We saluted the past and awaited the throng. And so they came.  We did not think to take a picture until most of the stuff was gone, but here is a glimpse.

We were incredibly successful and both of us made bunches of money. Still it was a little sad seeing our collections leaving us.  After taking the money I told the ladies, "From our stash to yours, with love."  They humbly understood the sentiment.  All quilters are a little nuts.

Saturday last we were privledged to watch as our niece Laura crossed the stage to receive her degree magna cum laude after years of working, being a mother and studying. It is always such a joy when we can watch our progeny succeed in their life. Below is L-R - Michele Houk (my niece), Laura, Carol

Attending our youngest grandaughter, Evelyn's first birthday party the week before started the month of milestones. We will surely miss seeing the grandkids as we adventure forth but it is not so bad when we can webcam with them. Technology is grand!

One last milestone is coming up. My big brother, Jay is getting married this coming weekend. I am so incredibly happy for him.  He has been single for many years looking for the right woman to share his life with. He was smart enough to grab her quick when he finally found her.  Jay and Shalmir, I am looking forward to watching you exchange your vows on Saturday.  God bless both you and your marriage till He comes again. 

So milestones galore. They are wonderful but Tom and I are ready for some peace and quiet on the road.  The past couple of months since the decision to go full time was made has been exhausting. Now it is our turn. Going where we please, doing what we want. And right now what we want more than anything in the world is to dump the black tank.  We have only used it sparingly since being at C & J's but it is full. I mean ... FULL ... full. The fragrance is starting to permeate and we are checking out of the C&J RV Resort and Used Car Lot today and moving to Lake Corpus Christi State Park and its lovely dump station.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Corpus Christi, TX - Work and more work

This week has been extremely busy getting more of the interior construction done on the RV. We are camped in my sister Carol's driveway as we finish up the remodel of this little home of ours.

We thought we had reduced our possessions enough but are still throwing stuff away. At least it is little stuff. I have a rather peculiar method of organization. I put things away and live with it for a little while. If I don't like it I move it somewhere else.  That, of course, is a little frustrating for Tom.  Nothing stays in the same place very long, so he can't find anything. Today I moved his socks. That was a DID moment.

I hurt my wrist pretty badly today and that slowed down my moving stuff. I have a weak wrist from an injury several years ago that never healed properly and sometimes the littlest thing will irritate it.  Today it was lifting the laundry basket. Just that after all these weeks of using it was enough to put me out of commission for a couple of days.  It is some better now, but I will be pretty much useless for a couple of weeks. That is bad news for me, but good news for Tom.  His socks are safe and will probably be stationary for a while.

It was a red letter day for Carol and Jerry. They left on Wednesday and drove to Oklahoma to pick up their RV.  They got a great deal on a Cedar Creek 5th wheel.  It is a real beauty.  I am so happy for them.  They will be on the road soon as well.

Tomorrow is our youngest granddaughter's first birthday.  We are going to make a day trip to San Antonio to celebrate it. She is such a beauty and is very close to walking.  Being the exceptional child she is, she really loves her Grammie (that's me).

I know this is short but I just can't type anymore tonight.  Take care all.

God bless and keep you.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Travel Day - Corpus Christi, TX

Our first Travel Day. We made the drive to Carol and Jerry’s house (my sister and brother-in-law) in about 3 hours. We took it slow and made several stops along the way. It was a beautiful day for driving.

It was really odd leaving San Antonio, pulling out of the driveway knowing we would not park there again as residents. While we may go visit the kids there, it is not home anymore. We are officially address-less. We are not homeless. We have a true mobile home now.

In true DID fashion, the departure was not without its mishaps. I will not list them at this time as I am really tired. Tomorrow looks to be a sleep in day with multiple naps possible in the afternoon. Evening will be a planning session for identifying the final projects required and scheduling of same.

The month of May looks to be a busy one. We have a birthday, graduation, and wedding followed by a holiday weekend. I must admit I did not know we were popular enough to get that many invitations in one month.

I have neglected to take pictures of the RV but believe me when I tell you, it is stuffed to the gills and more stuff will have to be purged before June 1. Tomorrow will be the naming ceremony for the RV. I will have pictures for that. I love the blog name suggestions but want to leave it open for now. If you can think of anything appropriate, shout it out.

All in all it was a good day. God gave us good weather, little traffic and a few laughs along the way. Who could ask for more?

God bless and keep you.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ready to rock and roll!

After long thought and not knowing what the future will probably bring, I have decided to rename the blog but have no idea what to name it. If you have any suggestions, just let me know. I would like your input.

Today is the first day of our Retirement adVentures. We have officially moved out of our San Antonio home and spent our first night together in the newly revamped RV. We laughed a lot as we fought through the stacks of stuff still waiting to be put away. Tired and aching from moving and using muscles that I thought had atrophied long ago, we fell into bed. Tom turned over and immediately I heard, “Ouch! Damn it, Donna, I just hit the cabinet with my knee.”

Yes, it is really close quarters in our rolling home. It will be very interesting to see if we can actually live together, in this togetherness. ROFL. Today was spent organizing and reorganizing and trying to find just that little niche that will hold just a little more. There is not a muscle in my body that does not ache today. I am looking forward to a couple of days of rest.

Tom has the truck packed and tomorrow we roll. First stop Corpus Christi. We will be there a couple of weeks doing the finishing touches on the interior. Minor things like cabinet doors to keep our clothes from falling out at each move have to be finished.

I spent the day re-organizing the kitchen and pantry storage areas. I think I probably have at least 20 items that can be thrown away but who knows. It is hard to decide what is really necessary. The day ended in ecstasy. No, not what you are thinking. Lizz came with her table and gave me a massage that worked out a lot of the kinks! She has magic in those hands. Thanks, darling for the gift you gave me.

I am done in and going to bed in a few minutes. God bless you all.

DATE: May 1, 2011

Current Location: Kim & Julius’ house, San Antonio, TX

Mileage: 31402 starting adventure

Weather: 90’s with a 20% possibility of rain

States visited since May 1, 2011: Texas