Mow, Rain, Mow, Rain, Got the Picture?

Thursday April 16

April showers bring May flowers – Right? – well they also make the grass grow like crazy.  We were told the mow cycle is about every three weeks during the summer, well right now it’s about every 6 days!  We have 6 1/2 acres of lawn, flower beds, trees, roads, and sites to maintain.

Ditches to maintain

                                                        Ditches to maintain.

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                                                Horse shoe pits to refurbish.

After the morning showers were over, we started the mowing, only to the stopped by the afternoon showers.

Friday April 17

Guess what?  Morning showers, mowing, afternoon rain! The object is to get it to look like this each week.

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Peggy cleans the bathrooms at least once a day, everyone wants clean showers and bathroom – it is the mark of a well maintained RV park.

Each bathroom has two showers, today a guest didn’t turn one of the showers off completely, and of course the water hit the handles, splashed out of the shower and not only messed up that bathroom but migrated to the other bathroom.  At first we thought we had another leak (this would be number 7 this month), but after tearing off the finished wood we only found it was migration.

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Tonight we went to see the movie Paul Blart – Mall Cop 2.  

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Ruby Cinemas, Franklin NC, has brought back the movie (for a second run) Do You  Believe?  If you haven’t seen this great movie, go out of your way to find it.

Saturday April 18

Guess what we did today? You got it mow between the rain drops.

Look at all the diffent types of fuel we have

Look at all the different types of fuel we have, diesel, mower gas, Lawnboy gas, Stihl gas, blower gas, chain saw gas and oils. Hope we can keep then straight.

We have a tiny office we work out of, but do most of the paper work in our fifth wheel.

The receptionist must be away right now!

The receptionist must be away right now!  More media center than office.

Our main steed, the mighty Kubota Diesel.

Our main steed, the mighty Kubota Diesel.  It mows, grades roads, thatches grass, pull stumps, plows ditches, and spreads chemicals and fertilizers.

If this lawn vac was any bigger we would have to rent it is own RV spot.  You can actually crawl in and sleep in it.

If this lawn vac was any bigger we would have to rent it is own RV spot. You can actually crawl in and sleep in it.

I forgot the 30 ton log splitter, eat your heart out Tanya.  Our fertilizer is on the back shelf.

I forgot the 30 ton log splitter, eat your heart out Tanya. Our fertilizer is on the back shelf.

This is how our sites look.

                                             This is how our sites look.

Sunday April 19

We got up and went to Franklin Covenant Church  this morning.  Friends Jeremy and Julie told us about this church.  She and her friends did worship dance here on Easter Sunday.  This is a very friendly church.   After church we watched it rain most of the day and did paperwork.

This is what the rain is supposed to do, May pictures of Franklin RV Park last year.

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Monday April 20

Guess what we did today?  If you guessed mow between the rains you win the prize.  Peggy got into weedeating.  Because of the rain there are a lot of areas neither the tractor nor mower can get to – so we weedeat.

Lots of weedeating along our streams.

                                         Lots of weedeating along our streams.

Of course we have guests in the park, so the cleaning keeps going on and on.

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                                   Cleaning supplies for everything!

We do enjoy our birds.

We do enjoy our birds.  We currently have five feeders in the park and dozens of birdhouses.  The blue jay seems to push everyone out!  This is from our dining room.

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“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

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Back Online in Franklin NC

We have been offline for two weeks and are now back.  We had been using a Jetpack from Verizon for our internet needs.

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Somehow I had something messed up and we ran out of “data” on April 1, also the internet at Franklin RV Park was not running properly  — thus we couldn’t get out.  Both are up and running now so we are back in business.  

As most of what we are doing is boring work stuff we will be posting every 3-4 days. 

Monday April 13, 2015

We still haven’t got our fifth wheel the way we want it as we are too busy getting the park ship-shape.  Today we painted the second coat of paint on the horse shoes (4 sets), and we typed & laminated the rules for the following games:

Horse Shoes

Lawn Croquet

Rules of 9 Croquet

Corn Hole

Ladder Golf

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We also are getting the Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Frisbee,  Farkle,  LCR (dice game), and Mexican Train (dominoes). We had to get bean bags and balls on rope as some are missing.   We are also getting the supplies for “Playing Card Bingo.”  We plan on having fun this year.  We went off to Dodge Packaging  in Franklin to get some cups, plates and napkins for our events at the park.

I think we didn’t mention that Miss Peggy was the big winner at the Passport America rally in March.  She won the game of Murbles (a $50 value) during a giveaway the last night and the storage bag is signed by the developer of the game!

Playing Murbles

Playing Murbles

Tuesday April 14, 2015

Today is a rainy day, thus inside work was done.  We cleaning, inventoried, and organizing the buildings at Franklin RV Park.  The buildings are the bath/shower & office,  workshop (it is large), tractor barn (also large), and pump house.  We also have a fuel storage shed and a cute (very tiny) unused shed that used to house the phone wiring and internet system.  Everything in this park has been upgraded in the last few years.  Water (which is great tasting), sewer, phone, electricity, cable, and internet are all in great shape and working well.  As it was raining, I drove over to Highlands, NC to take some items to the owners and visit with them for a while. 

We went out to FATZ Cafe tonight,  they have a special for old geezers every Tuesday night. called Classic Tuesdays.  Click on the link to see the menu.  FATZ is a small 45 location restaurant chain in the Southeast.  We have never had anything we didn’t love here.  Miss Peggy had the:

CLASSIC COUNTRY CALABASH
Our signature fresh chicken tenders, marinated 24 hours, hand-breaded to order and perfectly fried, served atop red-skinned mashed potatoes and topped with white pepper gravy and your choice of signature side.
… and I had the:
CLASSIC CALABASH CHICKEN & GOLD RIBS
Baby back ribs basted with our Carolina Gold BBQ sauce and paired with our World Famous Calabash Chicken®.  Served with our all-natural French fries.
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The best part of the whole deal is that it was under 20 bucks with the tip, the portions are very large, and the servers are expertly trained!  Needless to say we will be visiting FATZ again on a Tuesday as it is only 3 miles away.
Wednesday April 15, 2015 – Happy Tax Day
Today is a rainy day, we have used St. Brendan Isle mail forwarding service for years.  Our 680th shipment from them was lost in the mail.  This is the first lost mail since 1997.  They do (for a short time) keep a scan of each envelope that we receive.  They were able to email me a copy of these scans for the lost mail.  I had 2 letters from Social Security so today off I went to the SS office in Franklin.  When I got there my ticket was #23 and they were helping ticket #16.  I don’t know why, but I was called next!  We got everything settled in short time.  After that it was off to the Bi-Lo grocery store.  Bi-Lo has 214 stores in the south and Wednesday is an extra 5% off for old guys.  We had some serious shopping to do, the bill came to $160 but with the specials, coupons, and 5% discount we paid $103.  A good trip!  We spent the rest of the day working on paperwork and reviewing old records from the campground.  We received an email that Sonic sent us about 1/2 price cheeseburgers as it is tax day.  We got cheeseburgers for supper.  Sonic is kinda of an old-fashioned drive in with carhops on roller skates at many locations.  
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They have over 168,894 different drink combinations – I won’t name them all!
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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome  the world. 

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Bad Travel Day To Franklin RV Park

We started out bright. and early on our trip north.  We had a quick breakfast  and headed north.  We had only gone 2 miles when we ran into a six miles stretch of 15 MPH speed travel due to construction.  Signs of things to come.  We saw a bus on the side of the road with a flat.  When we stopped for lunch the bus pulled next to us at the Flying J fuel station.  He had some damage (minor) from the blow out.  The driver told me he has had three blow outs on his fifth wheel in the last three years.

We are driving a lot more miles than we want to today – but we need to get from Florida to Indiana to North Carolina by April 1  –  and in that order!

We were cruising along at 3:30 on I-85 about 40 miles south of Atlanta and BAM, the front left tire on the fifth wheel blew!  Now the tire is a good tire so I figure it must have been something on the road.  We were very lucky as there was a sizable area to pull over on the right side.  Of course I was passing a slow guy (55 MPH) and was in the left lane.  We started the slow process of calling the extended warranty folks and it looked like 2+ hours of wait.  I got on the phone (it was 5:01 PM  by now) and 2 referrals later we found a small family owned outfit that does road service.  Our guy showed up at 5:30, and had the tire on by 6:00.  We had minor body damage which I will repair later.

8 year old spare mounted on trailer.

                                      8-year-old spare mounted on trailer.

That is one messed up tire, but the tread is still top rate.

                         That is one messed up tire, but the tread is still top rate.

By the time we hit Atlanta slow traffic, we didn’t get north of the city until 7:15 PM, we planned on parking in the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club lot in Gainesville, GA, get something to eat, and do some serious shopping.  Guess what – NO RVS ALLOWED signs everywhere!  This isn’t a national Wal-Mart policy, so it must be something local.  They lost our business for food, groceries, and gifts!

I was running very low on fuel and it was dark by now, we drove east a little and saw a very big lot shared by Goodwill and Rent-A-Center.  Miss Peggy went up to the Rent-A-Center store and begged help from the manager.  He called the local police and told them he okayed us to spend the night. It always pays to be married to a good-looking Redhead!  We walked to KFC for supper at 9 PM, we unhooked, and Miss Peggy guarded our home while I went for fuel.  After fueling we settled in for the night with no slides out and 31 degrees outside.

We started out early, got a breakfast sandwich with a walk to Burger King and hit the road.  We finally pulled into Franklin RV Park  at 10:30 AM.  It took us 1 hour to get into the tight site for the host, but we did it.  We arrived at Enterprise Rental Car 15 minutes before they closed and our car was still out on rental!  All worked out okay.  We went to lunch, grocery shopping, and to K-Mart (still mad at Wal-Mart).  Back at the RV Park we moved the fifth wheel over about 14 inches to the left and started to settled in.  Miss Peggy went to do laundry.  BTW it will be 17 tonight, and there was snow on the ground when we opened the gate at the RV park!  So we had to drain the RV of all water before bed tonight.  (and we were in Florida yesterday???)

The old sailor is ready for business.

                                         The old sailor is ready for business.

Hung out the "Camp Host" sign.

                                         Hung out the “Camp Host” sign.

Yes the back of the trailer is about five feet off the ground - welcome to the mountains,

Yes the back of the trailer is about five feet off the ground – welcome to the mountains.

This will be our home until November 15.  We are getting up early in the morning (before the sun is up) and off to Indiana.  When we get back I will be shopping for a tire replacement amoung other things.  The RV park will open up the day we get back.  It looks great, but there still is lots of work to do.

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Passport America Rally Last Day Naval Aviation Museum

We started out listening to Rod Coe from Yankee RV Tours talk for about 30 minutes.  We can’t say enough about this company.  It started to look like rain, so we broke down camp and loaded up the ATV.

 

Rod talking about New England.

                                         Rod talking about New England.

We had decided to go the National Naval Aviation Museum yesterday so off we went about 11 AM today.   We decided to go eat fresh shrimp on the last full day in the gulf area.  We went to The Shrimp Basket for lunch.  It is a small family owned chain that specializes in fresh seafood.  It was very good.

Off to the museum, we didn’t expect it to be as good as it was.  We could easily spend two days here and the best of all (unless you want to see a IMAX movie – we did) is that it is free.  Here are a couple of photos from visit.

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Check out the prices!

                                                          Check out the prices!

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If you try to get in one of the two hour (free) personalized tours.

      If you go – try to get in one of the two-hour (free) personalized tours.

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Tonight was our farewell meal (Papa John’s our favorite pizza) and dance.  We were surprised to find out two of the couples we spent time with last night went to the Shrimp Basket and the aviation Museum today also!

 Miss Peggy even got the old guy on the dance floor.  

Tomorrow is an early start as we want to get north of Atlanta prior to 5 PM.

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. –  John 1:14  

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Passport America Rally Day 3 Trip to the Beach

As rallies go this is a little slow on the exhibitor and seminar side.  (We are again combining two days into one post.)  On Tuesday we started out with a coffee (hot chocolate for Miss Peggy 🙂 ) and donuts, and then went to hear Rod Coe from Yankee RV Tours.  If you have ever thought about a RV tour –  check out their website.  Rod does it right, he gets only the best sites for RV parking, knows the best restaurants, and has personalized guides everywhere they go.  He is very serious about making the tour the best you will ever do. 

Rod Coe, Owner, Leader

After listening to Rod for 90 minutes we went and did a little work at the fifth wheel, and then went to a movie.  On the way to the movie we got a burger and I found there was a Whataburger in the area.  We had never been to one, and boy are they good!  The movie we went to is Do You Believe?.  It is done by the people who did the God’s Not Dead movie and has stars such as Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth, and Mira Sorvino.  All I can say is don’t miss this great movie!

We got back to the equestrian center and went for a ATV ride on their horse trails.  We took over a mile ride, I didn’t know the trails in the woods were so extensive.  We will try to take another ride and take the camera with us.

Tuesday night we had roast pork dinner with all the trimmings and it was an improvement over the chicken from Monday night.  Our entertainment was Brent Burns.   He is a great comedian and song writer.

 

Brent cutting up!

Brent cutting up!

On Wednesday we again had the coffee and donuts, then again listened to Rod Coe talk about the Canadian Maritime Providences – he is that good.

Miss Peggy made mini pizza for the two of us and we went to Fort Pickens (part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore)  The fort was built-in 1829 and in service through World War II.  At one time 1800 men were stationed here.  Lots of walking and lots of history.  21.5 million bricks were used in the construction!  A single battle from the fort during the civil war is believed to be the largest bombardment in history.

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A rose in the war zone.

                                              A rose in the war zone.

The canons could cover the entire harbor entrance.

              The canons could cover the entire harbor entrance.

Miss Peggy and I spent sometime enjoying  the beach.

                            Miss Peggy and I spent some time enjoying the beach.

This evening we had a diner of gourmet Chinese food and it was pretty good.  The evening entertainment is Debbie Owen and Tony T.  The played oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. and they are pretty good.

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They played and sang for two hours.  We are getting to bed late tonight!

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Moving to Pensacola Florida

Today is a combination of Sunday and Monday.  Both days are travel days so there wasn’t much to talk about yesterday. 

We started out Sunday morning going back to Orchard Christian Center in Lake City.  We enjoyed a great sermon from Pastor Eddie.  After having Dr. Debra give me the one-two about losing 40 pounds I didn’t get the wonderful donuts they had before the service.  😦

We planned on leaving Ocean Pond at 12:30, but after lots of goodbyes and hugs, & then emptying all the tanks on the RV, & then filling up the fresh water tank (from a very slow hose) we got away at 2 PM.  

This beautiful rig pulled into the camp before we left.

What a nice paint job.

                                        What a nice paint job.  Truck and fifth wheel!

 Shortly after heading west on Interstate 10 we ran into some rain. And some more rain, and more rain.  We had planned on overnighting at Homes Rest Area (I think the biggest rest area on I-10 in Florida), but when we stopped to get diesel and gas (for the generators and ATV) at Flying J we saw it was 5 PM and decided to spend the night.  After all they had a Denny’s Restaurant on site.  Flying J’s and Pilots are where we usually stop for fuel as we get a discount and there is never any problem getting in.  Flying J is our favorite as they have special fuel islands for RV’s.  They also have a restaurant, laundry, nice restrooms, a lounge to rest in and even showers.  Here is where we spent the night, right in the pretty grove of trees.  We haven’t spent a night at a Flying J in a while, and it took a little time getting used to the noise of trucks coming and going.  That settled down by 10 PM.  I was so tired I was in bed by 9 and even forgot to take my pills. 20150322_170847

We got away the next morning after breakfast (remember the Denny’s?.  :),  I had a “healthy” Grand Slam breakfast and it was pretty good. 

Our destination is Pensacola Florida and a four-day Passport America rally.  Passport is the original discount RV park people.  You can check them out a www.camp4less.com  If you want to join (and we firmly suggest all RVers do) use our number R-0265685 and we get some type of spiffs. 🙂

Here we are all set up at the equestrian center in Pensacola;

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                                  …here is the pile of manure in front us! 

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They cleaned it up about 3 hours after the prison inmates shoveled it out of the stalls.  Flies, Flies, Flies.  Miss Peggy seemed okay about the inmates (she even wanted to take a snack over to them – but there more than  10 & we didn’t have that much snacks – besides the guys with the guns might not have liked it), but boy is she upset about the flies!  Florida makes very good use of inmates and I am happy to see them out working and making a little money. 

Someone ask where both sets of batteries are – look on either side of the steps.  This the last photo of the inverter with the AC electrical hooked up.

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Here are a few pictures of the opening diner tonight at the rally.

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We hope we pick up a few pointers for our upcoming work at Franklin RV Park.

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InstaIling the New Inverter Day 5

Today is our last day at Ocean Pond, the weather hasn’t been cooperating with me on the inverter project and today I put in over 7 hours.  Boy am I sore.

The new battery box is now lines with plastic gator foam.  You can see the new cables peeking out.

The new battery box is now lines with plastic gator foam. You can see the new cables peeking out.  It is already for the batteries.

Th batteries are installed (90 minutes later)  The batteries are taller than the opening, I had to install hold downs, and the hook up of the new cables is awful as you can barely get tools into the opening.

The new batteries are installed (90 minutes later).   The batteries are taller than the opening, I had to install hold downs, and the hook up of the new cables is awful as you can barely get tools into the opening.

The next job is to tackle the existing batteries.

I had to remove all the old cable and pull the batteries out.  I checked them (they are only a couple of months old).  The new cable is twice as big as the old ones so they barely fit.  This was 90 minutes also.

I had to remove all the old cable and pull the batteries out. I checked them (they are only a couple of months old). The new cable is twice as big as the old ones so they barely fit. This was 90 minutes also.

The next project was to remove the existing inverter and prep the stop for the new.

As you can see they are not the same size.

                    As you can see they are not the same size.

I could never figure out why the old wires were not put in straight.

           I could never figure out why the old wires were not put in straight.

I had to move the battery transfer switch as I need the room for the inverter.  This switch senses if the generator is turned on and turns off the shore power.

I had to move the battery transfer switch as I need the room for the inverter. This switch senses if the generator is turned on and turns off the shore power.

Unfortunetly, I have to unwire and reqire the entire device.  Another hour.

Unfortunately, I have to unwire and rewire the entire device. Another hour.

New location, look at all the room I freed up!

                                New location, look at all the room I freed up!

Finally, with the sun setting, the new inverter is in.

         Finally, with the sun setting, the new inverter is installed.

It looks like a lot of extra cable, and there is.  The cable from the new batteries to the 200 amp fuse is six-foot long.  The cable from the old batteries has to be the same length for proper working specs.  Thus an extra four-foot of black and red cable is floating in the opening.  I will coil that up and tie it to the top of the opening.

After a very quick shower we went off to the final campfire.  Here are some scenes from tonight.

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Do I look tired or what, it is after dark but the flash makes it look earlier.

Do I look tired or what, it is after dark but the flash makes it look earlier.

Susan is one of the hosts at Ocean Pond.

                                   Susan is one of the hosts at Ocean Pond.

Eleven of us were at the fire tonight.  Gospel music was sprinkled in with Haggard, Cash, folk and praise & worship songs.  We all had a good time.

Miss Peggy and I make blueberry and cherry camp pies for the eleven.

Miss Peggy and I make blueberry and cherry camp pies for the eleven.

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InstaIling the New Inverter Day 3

This is where we left off yesterday.  After tearing out a few more electrical pieces we went off to Lowes.  The main thing I needed was a small load box.DSC02471

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You may not notice it in the picture, but I have removed the entire main panel and lowered it 1/4 inch.DSC02476

This is the small sub-panel I went to Lowe’s to get, now comes the fun. The dimension stated does not include the cover.  😦

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After removing the cover and installing the breakers and ground plane plus putting in the main power input this is what I have.  I then spent 45 minutes cutting the sides off the cover as you have to put a cover on for safety purposes – things don’t get easy.  This will provide the circuits for all the outlets, the TV/Stereo setups, and the microwave.  These are the items we want to be able to run off of the inverter when we don’t have outside AC power nor want to run the generators.  I have left a 20 amp breaker open for future expansion.  I have already run a separate 120 volt AC circuit just for the airbed.DSC02479

I then prepped the inverter for the move tomorrow.  The batteries (four of them) will tie into the little black box at the end of the 18″ red cable.  That box is a DC 200 AMP circuit breaker.  The control panel on the front of the inverter will be taken off and moved (via remote cable) to the main control area inside the RV.DSC02478

With rain off and on today, plus the trip to Lowe’s, an electrical supply shop, a short walk, and the fruit/veggie stand we only got in about 5 hour of work.

We started the neighborhood fire at 6:45 tonight and were rained out by 7:45!  We hope the rain runs its course tonight, but it is raining pretty hard right now!

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InstaIling the New Inverter & Dr. Debra Visits Ocean Pond

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After taking an extra-long walk, I started in the process of adding two new batteries and the new larger inverter.

 In this picture you will see the old inverter removed (it has the fins), now comes the problem the new inverter needs twice as much room as the old one :). DSC02460

To help this problem and the fact that I had to get on my hands and knees to see the gas gauge and generator controls, I decided to move them up from here (they are the two loose things) DSC02457

To here:

DSC02456 They are now out but not moved!  Why you ask – I thought this would be a 15 minutes project, just add wire and move them up four feet. Well the area above is solid wood so it took me 90 minutes to get the wires moved.  I found out there are 9 wires and I don’t have 9 different colors.

Dr. Debra came out to Ocean Pond Camp at 2 PM to check out Miss Peggy, Miss Mary Ann and myself.  She also brought a diet plan for me! DSC02462Miss Mary Ann getting an adjustment on her knee. 

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I started back on my project at 3:30; I finally got the generator controls installed. DSC02469

DSC02470This is the wiring behind the panel, what a mess!  I will be rewiring it. 

After another (shorter) walk we had a quick diner and went over to the community fire.

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Day of Rest and Family Visit

We started out slow today as Dr. Debra ask us to take it easy for 24 hours.  We got a call from Miss Peggy’s step sister that they had a change of plans and they were going to be going through Lake City today about noon.  Gosh had to shower and shave two days in a row. 

The Big Red Truck wanted to show off her new shoes.

Old Shoes

                   Old Shoes – think we got our monies worth out of them?

New Shoes  -  She is proud.

                                         New Shoes – She is proud. 

We did a couple of small projects, found out Miss Jackie & Randy read the GPS wrong and it would be 1:30 when they got into the area.  After a long walk (Dr. Debra scolded me about losing some more weight) we went into Lake City with stops at the post office and Wal-Mart.  We meet Miss Jackie & Randy at  Applebees.  Being it is St. Patrick’s Day I had corned beef and cabbage, the others had regular Applebee’s food.  After eating lunch and catching up on kids and grandkids we got back to Ocean Pond very late in the afternoon. 

I Couldn't get Randy to smile for the camera - he was smiled out for the day!

  I Couldn’t get Randy to smile for the camera – he was smiled out for the day! 

We had some fruit and veggies and went over the community campfire at Lenny & Mary Ann’s.  Seems Ken is out of the campfire mode, but he and Helen came over anyway. 🙂  We talked for hours around the campfire and solved some of the problems of camping in Bushnell, FL, the mail system, and Detroit.  I was still tired from Monday’s late night and was ready for bed tonight. 

Here are three picture as a blast from the past.

Official family portrait from 1984.

                                                 Official family portrait from 1984.

Miss Peggy and I on a no kids getaway in Tennesse.  There was snow on the table when we got up.

Miss Peggy and I on a no kids getaway in Tennessee. There was snow on the table when we got up.

Snorkeling with the kids in 1991.  Mike was reading somewhere!

       Snorkeling with the kids in 1991. Mike was reading somewhere!

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