Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bingo

To wally world to shop today. lazy afternoon. this evening we went to the club house to play

BINGO! whoopee!!! about 10 games played. 3 cards for $1. and and extra dime for the coverall. I started playing tiddly winks with the buttons. And about fell asleep. The caller was good. but slow, compared to other bingo callers I have heard. But it was good to meet some of the other people in the park. And I won the last coverall. $5.00 yeah!



and all I can think of is "and I have a dog and his name is B I N G O! and then you spelled it out.



Time for bed. Good night and HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE!!! jkc

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

laundry

Wed. Dec 30.


I have done laundry for three days now and I am done for the time being. We really did not have that much laundry, but I was using the machine in the RV and it holds a small load. and today I did our carpet covers. the carpet cover is a thin, foam like material that goes over that beautiful white carpet that is in this RV. I am constantly amazed at how much stuff we drop on the floor and the spots this stuff leaves. or an upturned coffee mug. ugh! The dryer takes forever. But, we are in sunny Florida, well, we have had some sun lately, And there are two umbrella type clothes lines just behind our coach. yeah! I hang out clothes at home from early spring to late fall. I am delighted. did use the dryer in the park laundry for the towels. but so nice to hang everything else out.


No special New Year Eve plans yet, so to everyone out there. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! JKC

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TIME

Hi! Time has passed. It rained here Christmas day, off and on. cool Saturday was cool, but we did some shopping and came home. Sunday evening we did go to the Native American Church Service. And I found out a few things.

Their leader, a Christian, lives in Plant City, belongs to the Thonotosassa Methodist Church and has given flute lessons, using the old church as his class room. There were several different Native Indians taking the classes and apparently they wanted to have a meeting place. The church lets (or rents, I do not know that) use the church Sunday evenings. There are several different tribes represented, that gather together for this service.



the leader said the service was at 6:30. so we got there about 6:15. Well, this is also a social time. And I talked with a lady and her mother. They had welcomed us back to their service.

They had lived in Anderson. and Pendleton. The mother said her father had worked at Remy. And she wanted to know if it was true that Remy and Guide had been torn down. YEP!



The Service----The leader had a small receptacle that had small animal horns as part of the dish. He put some sage in it, lit it, and then let it smolder. This smoking dish was taken around the room and stopped in front of each person. They wafted the smoke toward them with their hands and then touched their chest, face and forehead. He made a second trip around the room and then took it out. the leader then prayed to the four directions or seasons. E.S.W. and North.



The sermon was about baptism and belief in Jesus. He baptized four people. Then they were ready to do the "drumming" A man got up and said I want to sing a song for (his friend) The friend apparently is in the service and is to leave in two weeks for Afghanistan. So the friend, an older women, 2 other persons stood together. The singer had his small drum and sang. Mostly in Native tongue. And a prayer was said for the mans safety.

And then the drum songs. This time they put the words on the wall so many could sing along. And more got up and danced. The "dancing man" with a head band, necklace and moccasins, was more what I thought of as an Indian dancing. Not really physical, but with more movements and rhythm. I enjoyed this.

Then they had baskets of food that were given away and then a meal. We did not stay for the dinner. It looked good, a usual pot luck. But by then it was almost 9 pm. We old folks were ready to retire. I am sure I left out parts, but that was the general picture.



Saturday night we had a phone call from friends. They were parked at lazy days, about 5 miles from us. so we took off and went to see them. They had thought we were in Indiana. Monday, we met with them, went out to T.G.Fridays for lunch and to Parksdale for dessert. And Parksdale did not have parfaits. Oh, only in the summer. Well, last February was not summer.

The sundaes are just too big. We will have to split one when we go again.

Anyway, we had a good visit with our friends.



Sunday our son called. more news about his bees. he found when cutting down a tree. Will tell more about that another time.



Had calls from our daughter and daughter-in-law. nice. Oh yes, I almost forgot.

WE have new cell phones. And we are trying to get used to them. Basically the same, just a little different. And I have 200 text. Something I have to learn about also.

Talk to you later. jkc

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Service

Hi! Merry Christmas everyone!!

We went to the Thonotosassa Methodist Church Christmas Eve Service this evening. The bulletin stated. We are so blessed to fellowship together, with our Native American family this Christmas Eve, to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

an so we were. a usual Protestant beginning to the service, with a few words from the pastor. and then he turned it over to the Native American group. The leader talked about their faith and that they knew Jesus as a grown man. Not as the Christ Child that we were taught. He talked of their faith in the Creator and learning about Jesus. He told of some of their customs.
How one man said he couldn't see the use of the drums. So----did they have pianos or organs many years ago? He played a tune on his beautiful wooden flute, an old tune, lovely.
then there was a duet, a man and woman sang a song. But what interested me was the drum.
Very large in the center of the room, with chairs around it. It was covered with a blanket until time to play it. And they did and sang. some of the women danced----not fancy, just around the drum, with a rhythmic step. How soft and how loud the drum and singing could get.
I asked their leader after the program about the shawls the women carried.
they are special. the men give their wives these shawls and there is special meaning to them.
He asked me if I had a prayer shawl. Well, they meet at this church the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings at 6:30. if I come he would loan me a prayer shawl.

I do not know the story as to how this group and this church are working together. But I will let you know as I find out more. Interesting. Have a very blessed Christmas. I believe I have had a special evening tonight.

P.S. We were waiting in the car, as we got there Early. When this car came up beside us and I thought Ernie was going to come unglued. it was a 1959 Ambassador, 4 door sedan, with continental kit on the back, looked great. the gentleman got it when he was 14, from his Grandmother. (His Granddad had bought it new.) It was probably worn out then, But it looks great now. He is a mechanic. Another lady and I thought we might not get our husbands to come into the church as they were really looking the car over carefully. He had the original sticker on the window. $3388.70. Good deal!
Good night. jkc

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mostly Busch Gardens

My man figured out what we had done wrong and now you have some pictures. So I may repeat myself on a few of them.


This is the one at Allatoona Lake, Georgia. Such a nice place to camp.





and while I am writing. We have made our first trip to the Plant City Flea Market and of course that requires a stop at Parksdale Farms for a strawberry parfait. so good.


Yes, they are picking strawberries here. And I found one spoon. A baby spoon in a pattern we like and are trying to add to our collection.

And here we are at Charlie's RV Park. Thonotosassa, Fl.
We did get a schedule of activities for
the month. so more goes on here than I thought.




The Christmas On Ice Show. a very nice program with one small child to help out. All good skaters.



this peacock was just standing there. We wanted him to fan his tail, but he wasn't interested in us.









the ice rink just before the program.




the white tiger. so magnificent. And they do have a nice habitat here, but it would be so much nicer if they had more room. the other white tiger was pacing in front of the observation window. Two yellow tigers in this habitat also.






The pink? -- orange? flamingos.









And the Christmas tree at the entrance of the park. the two men on stilts posed and made nice faces for the people with cameras.


so these are the pictures we had hoped to be on the first blog.
Not quite in the order we first put them, but you can see the colors and the flowers. My laundry needs to go in the dryer and so I will write later.

jkc


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Busch Gardens plus

At the Entrance of Busch Gardens. These guys on stilts were quiet an attraction. Children looked in awe. Very busy day, you could tell many were on vacation. We enjoy going here to see the sights. The floral arrangements are so pretty. The poinsettes are such a dark bright red. Beautiful.
Pink? flamigo's!! They were really orange looking. The pictue really does not do justice to their color.
This is where we parked at Allatoona Lake Dam, Corp of Army Engineers Park, near Acworth, Alabama. We like this park. A few miles off I-75, but so pretty and quiet. Electric and water. We like the town also.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Getting settled in Thonotosassa

The weather people say it will be cold this week end. It did not get below 60. Next week at night it might get down to 38. Now that will be cold.

Yesterday, Friday, we made a trip to Wall Mart. When we came off the interstate to come to the RV park here, a homeless man on the corner told us that our front tire on the car was low.

So we checked it when we got parked and by golly, it had a nail in it. So, Ernie put air in it and it held till we got there. A stop in the store to get milk and we started home.

I have the Christmas decorations all out. Put the small tree on the dash. I used the cushioned board I use when I play cards to put the tree on, with a manager scene and some lego angels.

I have several lego Christmas pieces. Santa, reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees. than I pin some ornaments I got in New Mexico on the padded piece above the slide out. A few things stuck on the windows and Walla! I am done. The tree is one I made at a rally. Made of pins and crystal beads, with a string of lights in the middle. Doesn't look too bad from the street.



Today we made a trip to Ace Hardware to find some very small springs. One broke in the door lock system. So nice that Ernie can fix these things. ON our way to the store we went over the interstate. at the north and the south exits there were two men with cardboard signs, homeless, will work for food. We wondered if they knew each other and were plying folks for what ever they could get.

Later we went over to visit parents of one of our card playing buddies. We enjoy visiting with them and I like to attend their church. A Methodist Church, small, but bigger in the winter. Like ours used to have more people in the summer. Hope they have a Christmas Eve service, as that is something to go to different church's when we are out on the road at Christmas.



We found some snow crab legs for only $4.99 a pound. Very good.

Have a magazine and a book from the laundry building waiting. Later----jkc

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thonotosassa, Florida

We are now at Charlie's Campground in Thonotosassa. Pulled in about noon. Friends from Muncie were about ready to go to lunch. They got here last Friday. Come go with us. So we parked the RV and car. Went out to Taco Bell. Good visit. Got back to the RV and hooked up the Electric, water and dumped the tanks. Put the boards under the jacks and then put out the slide. Hey!! now we are set for a while. I did do a little laundry. Amazing how socks collect!.

But before we got here------Wednesday, after we left Ashburn, GA., we came on down the road. Stopped at a rest park and before leaving we did a walk around the coach. Hmmmm
the seemed to be a lot of oily--diesel stuff on the tow bar and shield of the car. So after a call to our son and Ring Power (a Cat. diesel dealer) in River view, Fla. we decided to stop at the Flying J out side of Dade City for the night. I did not hear the usual music and no.23 your shower is ready, like I usually do, and that was good. Up at 5:30 to be on the road and at Ring power at 7.
we have a fuel supply line on our dear Cat engine. Ernie says that we have put so much diesel thru it that it wore a hole. Anyway, after 3 hours and some money we were on our way again. We came back up the road to I- 4, turned at Lazy Days and on up to Charlies. Never a dull moment.

We have not seen Charlie yet, he said to park in the same spot we had last year and he would talk to us later. Not sure what the fees are this year, but I know we are not moving for awhile.
The neighbors said that Parksdale had strawberries and that the flea market at Plant City was really full of vendors. So we know what we will be doing next Wednesday.

It is getting late, almost 10. hardy har. good night. jkc

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On the Road

Well, Monday was a good restful day. McKinney Campground is in Georgia, near Acworth. the town is just off the interstate 75 and the campground is only about 5 miles in, but it is a winding road, going around Allatoona Lake Dam to this campground. There are several campgrounds at this particular Corp Park.

Talked with a neighbor who was from England. 9 years ago they sold everything and bought a boat. Sailed across the ocean blue to various ports. They came to the States this fall and bought a class C -RV. Moored the boat in Fl. they have a year's visa here and will be doing this country. Interesting people.

To town for some groceries. We like this store, Ingles, it is only about 11 years old, but neat and clean with a nice variety of produce, meat and frozen foods. Drove thru town and then back to RV of some more R & R.

Took off this am with Ernie driving. We were going to take the by-pass around Atlanta.
We got on 285 just fine, but then I insisted that he take the right curve instead of the left, which the GPS said to take. Guess what? We were going the wrong way. so we finally got to a turn off that we could turn around and since we were both not too happy, (traffic is terrible) we got back to the I 75 exit, we took it. Forget the by-pass.
Finally got to a rest stop south of Atlanta and went in the building. Had a nice chat with the gentleman manning the booth. He and the lady are hired by the city of Macon. Not Georgia
transportation. I confessed to my error and we all had a laugh. He commented that we could laugh about it, which is good. We told him we were going south and that I wanted to take a short detour to this little grocery, filling station store across from the Georgia Veterans State Park. Oh, yes, he said. Stricklers. Have the best steaks around. And sausage and May Haw Jelly.
We did make it there, I am driving now, pulled up in front taking several parking places. (Ernie said to) and went in and got our meat and jelly. The butcher and owner laughed, oh, yes we get people from all over the country that like to stop here. He had just made the sausage that morning.
So, on down the road. We were going to stop at a particular RV park and Ernie decided to get on the internet and look up the Passport campgrounds to see if they had any new ones since the book was published last January. Yep! and it is nice. Passport campgrounds charge half price to members of Passport. They get more customers from that book than the other big books of campgrounds that charge full price all the time. Or only a 10% discount. Wanee Lake Country Club and RV Park. A 9 hole golf course, swimming pool, bar and then the usual RV needs. Full hook up, WiFi, etc. So we gave them info about FMCA. Don't we always?
Stayed in tonight, Possible get to Tampa Wednesday. We shall see. It is 64 Degrees at 8:15 pm
jkc

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Alatoona Lake

Sunday evening the 13th. Colts won!



We are parked for 2 nights at the McKinney Corp of Army Engineer Campground. This is the third time we have stayed here this year. and the host and hostess remembered us!



It rained during the night and so we slept in this am. Slowly got up and got ready to move on.

the rained stopped long enough for us to hook up the car and we were off about 9:45.

Ernie driving. Stopped in Knoxville at the Flying J for Diesel. Only 2.60 per gal. 10 cents less that what we payed in October in Indiana.



We stopped about 2 for lunch and I complained that I had not driven yet. me and my big mouth! Would you believe that near and around Chattanooga there was a construction zone?
It used to happen about every other time I drove the Georgie Boy RV. but rarely with this one.
I did ok, but pulled into the first rest stop in Georgia and let Ernie take over again. Good experience, I guess, but those truckers are bigger than we are, and we are big enough!



360 miles and we are tired. Ernie was in bed by 7:30. I said lets have soup for supper and not go out to eat. (I do not do much cooking the first 2-3 days on the road in the winter.) I am glad we stayed in as I was tired also. We will stay 2 nights here, there is a neat grocery store in the town of Acworth, so we will get something for meals. We put in water tonight, which makes me
a happier camper. We always take 2,3 or 4 gallons of drinking water when we start out. Too cold to put water in the RV tanks. And we get by just fine. But it is so nice to turn on the faucet and have fresh water. We have a small water softener that filters any water and then I have one of those filter water pitchers for drinking water. We have not had many problems with bad water.


so I have been playing free cell and writing here. If I went to bed at 8 I would wake up at 1 and then toss and turn till time to get up. So I enjoy quiet time for me. Have a good night rest everyone. jkc

Mon. morning. Remember I said that it was wet and rainy last night? And that we filled the water tank so we could shower and wash dishes? And we have not been in the coach since we had all water openings open so we could use the air compressor and blow out the water!
We do not want anything to freeze and cause a leak.
This morning when we got up we did not have any water coming out of the faucet to wash. Just air! We have an indoor gauge that tells us water level. It said EMPTY TANK. Ernie said which bin do we go to, to find the leak. Everything was dry. Finally I said "did we close the valve that lets the water out?" NO So we are now filling the tank again. Live and learn! First week in a RV is rough!. Have a good day, we hope ours is better. jkc

Saturday, December 12, 2009

SOUTH TO FLORIDA

THE COMPUTER IS VERY SLOW THIS EVENING. WE ARE PARKED AT WALNUT MEADOW CAMPGROUND, BEREA, KY. WHAT A DAY!

We were to leave Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. Huh! Mother Nature changed our plans. Wed. and Thur. were very windy days. And cold. Neither one of us wanted to drive the RV in the strong wind, let alone get it packed and ready to go. Sooooo
Friday, we loaded and this morning we drained the water out of the pipes, put antifreeze down the drains, in the house, and then put the final stuff in and left at 11:30.

First stop was Greenfield, for lunch. We were to go south to I 74. Ernie drove to Greenfield and then I took over after lunch. When I took off, neither one of us thought it strange when I turned north instead of south. Just as I turned on to I 70, oh no! Hey, Ernie, this isn't 74, is it? Yes, oh no it isn't. So on to S.R.3. No where to turn aroundon I 70! So I drove to Greensburg to I 74, on down the interstate and to the first rest stop. Ernie took over the driving and we came on down the road without further problems. The wrong turn was not really a problem, just added a few extra miles.

When we come down I 75, we like to stop at this RV park for the night. They are passport, so it is half price. $12. for full hook up. We do not have water in the holding tanks yet, and they usually park us right next to the shower house. They have worked on them in the last year and they seem cleaner. But still cold. And still no paper towels! Next time we come thru I will ask the person in charge to come with me to check and see if there are paper towels in the rest rooms! enough already!!

Our one restaurant that we liked, closed last year. So we went to the other place. Called the
Dinner Bell. A popular, good cooking place, not expensive, clean. We had roast turkey breast, dressing and 2 sides. plus hot rolls or cornbread, and small cranberry sauce. I brought home a
"doggy bag" Just too much. (there are the usual places, like Bob Evans, etc., but we like to try the local fare.)

Alan called. Found a bee hive in a tree today. Will check with a friend that has hives to see if they can save the bees. Lots of honey, too.

Long day, will turn on the electric blanket, use the electric heaters and hope to sleep well. It is quiet here so should get a good nights sleep. We will save using our furnace for when we are not hooked up to electric.

Have a good night. jkc

Saturday, November 21, 2009

November

Hi! It is November 20th. I just today put the peat mulch around my miniature roses. I wait as long as I can, until just before freezing temperatures. All day cold. It has been so pretty the last two days. I have washed sheets and bed spread and hung them outside. They are cold when I bring them in, but are dry when they warm up to house temp. I do miss my out door dryer when we travel. But now all the outside work is done. My roses are the last items to be taken care of. My Aunt gave me a small miniature rose bush several years ago. And then when we dug up the old oil barrel I divided the bush, hoping at least one would live. They all lived and now I have a row of roses. Pretty as they bloom all summer.

Hopefully we will take off in about 2 weeks. or less. Will go to Florida again, maybe go West this summer. Talk to you later. jkc

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Winchester Speedway

Saturday October 3rd, was a windy day. We started the day by going to an Ethanol plant in Union City. A very interesting tour. the amount of corn they used daily is amazing. and they run 24/7. Not that many people to run the facility. We had "Mike" lead our tour. He is their maintenance chief. When ask if this was state of the art and could they build more just like it, He answered, "Remember, I am the person in charge of maintenance, yes, I would make some improvements first."

The Hoosier Cruiser had a great "pitch In" lunch. Good cooks in our group.
A lazy hour or two and then off to the Winchester Speedway. it was old timers week end.
They had on display several old race cars. From the 30's on up thru the 60's. They took laps around the track in between the main races. Fun to see those old cars go. No roll bars, cigar shaped cars.
The sprints with the winged top, ran qualifying 10 lap races. 2.06 minutes. 1/2 mile track five miles in 2.06 minutes. Fast! We missed the last two races. And that was ok. It was windy and
cold. so we stopped at McDonald's for a hot drink and burger.

Sunday, coffee and donuts, a short hymn sing and devotions. A good way to go on our way back
home. Via Flying J. to load up on propane, diesel fuel and dump the tanks. Getting ready for
winter.

We have drained the water tank and Wednesday when the sun is supposed to be out we will
get out the air compressor and blow out the lines. Drain the hot water heater and do other
maintenance to prepare for heavy frosts. We hope to be gone before snow. We shall see what
November brings. Have a good day. jkc

Friday, October 2, 2009

Randolph Co. Fairgrounds, Hoosier Cruisers

Friday night, October 2nd.

We arrived early on Thursday, here to help greet each coach as it arrived. When we weren't talking to those that had arrived. Happy hour was great if you did not mind standing under an umbrella every so often. New recipes to taste and want the recipe. maybe we should have a Hoosier Cruiser Cookbook.

To the chicken Shack for dinner. Ernie and I had chicken gizzards. We know, they are not good for you cholesterol. But they were delicious. Home and to bed by 9.

I am wearing a short boot on my left foot because of a torn muscle on the bottom of my foot.
Not bad, but tiring. Even get to wear it to bed for 3 to 6 weeks.

Friday, after hearing it rain most of the night and at breakfast the clouds cleared and the day was dry. Windy, but dry. Half of us went to Workhorse Custom Chassis factory in Union City, Indiana to go thru the plant. No workers, which in a way is a bummer, not seeing the actual work being done, but nice as we could hear our guide and really look at the various stages of putting together a chassis.

And when you are located near Winchester, Indiana, a stop is required at Mrs. Wicks Pies and restaurant. We had the special for the day of a toasted cheese sandwich, a cup of vegetable soup and drink. And then a piece of pie. I had black raspberry, slightly warmed and Ernie had butterscotch. Both delicious. And then we went back to the store and found two "damaged" pecan pies. (crust broken) and a good sugar cream pie. Mrs. Wick's sugar cream pie is supposed to be Indiana's State Pie.

After lunch and a pit stop at the RV it was on to the Ghyslain Chocolatier Company in Union City. Oh, My, you should see the chocolate sculptures that were displayed in this company. We had a taste test between Hershey's chocolate and Ghyslain's. I like them both, but I guess Gjyslains was smoother and more chocolaty. any way------- then we were shown how they make some of their chocolates, some of their molds and a video about the history of the company. they also have two restaurants and you can have a lunch during your tour if you like.
They do all of the food prep at the Union City facility. croissants, breads, meats, desserts, etc.
they ship all over, have trucks that go a 450 mile radius. they had seconds for sale. Flavored
chocolates and turtles. Mama turtle was full price. she had almonds in her hollow tummy that were her eggs!. The small turtles, 12 in a box, 6 different nuts in their tummy's, and each type a nut a different color on the back of the turtle. Pretty and neat. We were told we could take the boxes home, wrap them in saran and freeze them for 3 months. defrost for 12 hours in refrig and then enjoy. We will!
Back to the RV and I said I needed to do a Wall Mart Run. Ooops, we were ready for some R & R, but realized that when we got home from there it was time to line up for supper. We had an early time to avoid the crowds. This time we went to the Randolph Grill in Winchester. Had a choice of steak, chicken breast or tilapia. I had the tilapia and Ernie had the steak. We had a salad and a baked potato. and then came a mini dessert. Just a small amount of chocolate with a dab of whipped cream and raspberry flavor in the bottom of a tiny cup. Some were oreos and some were apple. Just a nice touch to a good meal.

And then when we got home I decided to write on the blog. I could not get the pass word right.
Ernie finally bailed me out and had to create a new password. This happens to me every now and then. They do not always ask for you to sign in or to give the password and I forget the password. Woe, is me.
Have a good day Saturday. We will! jkc

Friday, September 25, 2009

Later

It is a week since our rally. thought I better finish telling about it. Saturday, we went to

Carolee's Herb Farm. Site seer, you should have been there. Acres of gardens and herbs. Gardens for the butterflies and humming birds. Do not put a garden or food out for other birds near a butter fly garden. The birds will eat the butter flies. A children's garden and a faerie garden. And all kinds of plants. A kitchen garden also. She had a variety of spinach that can grow on a vine. Doesn't wilt during the summer. Looked good. She has a book and several small booklets. Tea pots and fairy houses. A nice morning trip.



That afternoon, we went to a quilt shop and then back over to the Minnetrista grounds. They were having a green space/idea fair. Interesting. Back to the campground for some visiting and then a big party. We had seen a cd the night before of all our members. Not your studio pictures, but at least we can look up a picture to see who we are talking about.

Tonight was a free catered meal and than a Magician. He was good. And the audience was super. He was having a good time, because we were also. I think it is obvious when a performer is doing well and has the audience right with them. Makes it more entertaining.



Sunday, after coffee and donuts we had a devotional period. Our leader had us singing several of the old time hymns and then had a short message.



We got home, got the essentials out of the RV and called our daughter. It was her birthday and we planned to take her out to eat. No, she wasn't up to that, but we could order a pizza and come over. So we did, along with a German Chocolate Cake, courtesy of Pepper Ridge Farms.

I added some star shaped candles and we had a party.



Monday, we crashed. Did very little. Tuesday, we got a call from our son, On Wednesday he

was scheduled for a heart catherization in Anderson. so we spent most of Wednesday at the hospital. His heart was clear and in good condition. So now it is to a G.P. to find out what is causing the chest pains. But a big relief that it is not his heart.



Thursday, was the start of a neighborhood garage sale. I had very little, I took it over to our neighbor and helped her all day. In a drizzle. And back and forth to the RV to help Ernie with changing the oi in the transmission. Today, my nose is very stuffed! Is it my allergies or do I have a cold. We shall see. So, now you are caught up on J. and E. See you later.

Friday, September 18, 2009

September Rally

Friday evening. good two day. Yesterday we just enjoyed seeing everyone. One couple had not been to a rally in several years, so they were quite welcomed. Ernie finally found the quarts of oil he had been hunting for the last two weeks. Sat and talked and then went out to supper to the Texas Roadhouse. There were 11 people and it took 32 minutes to get a table. Actually 2 tables. It was good, Ernie and I shared a rack of ribs. We had a campfire (courtesy of Dick S. and his portable fire pit) and we were all there for an hour or so.

Friday, This am we took a tour of the Minnetrista/Ball Mansion. This was quite interesting. The Minnetrista is an organization that has preserved the Ball Brothers Homes and surroundings. They have beautiful gardens and various activities through out the year. The exhibit this month has been memoribilia from t 1968. Do you remember what happened in 1968? The home we went through was the wood built home. Has a secret passage to a porch.
Not really furnished, but interesting in the number of rooms in the home. Smaller than what you would think for a "mansion"

Ernie and I called friends that live in Muncie and went out to Arby's for lunch They came back to the fair grounds with us and we had a good visit. Then the best tour.
At PAWS! The Jim Davis Art Studios. The artist for Garfield. They do not give tours at this facillity. But our Presidents wife knew a lady that had worked there for over twenty years and we were able to get a private tour. After working hours. Our guide was a gentleman who had retired from business and then came to work for Jim Davis. for another 20 years. He was only 88. We heard how Davis got started with Garfield, from the comic strips, to getting in the newspapers, and merchandising. He was with National companies and then bought out his Garfield business from these companies and does all of this from his own complex. They had a very large room with articles that "veners" come in to see and decided what they would like to have in their stores. We saw his 4 Emmy's and many other awards. We could even touch the emmys. Just a great tour that we were privileged to be able to do this trip. More later,
time for supper jkc

Thursday, September 17, 2009

HOOSIER CRUISERS

Thursday, Sept. 17,2009

We arrived around 10 am. Got a good spot to park, not far from the building we will be using for meals etc. there are to be 41 coaches here for this rally. It is the 35th year for the Hoosier Cruiser Club. Many things are planned. So we shall see what unfolds.

Ernie had a torn muscle in his right leg (calf) last month and so his varicose vein surgery has been postponed. But we have managed to take down the shutters (6 pair), strip the paint off of
those aluminum things, prime and paint. They do look so much better. Back to the dark green that they were many years ago. Have done a few other chores also. Bleached out the fresh water tank in the RV and I have started polishing the outside. Have both ends and the passenger side done. Anyone want to help get the other side done?

Another chocolate thought I got on the e-mail. Earth is the only planet with chocolate!..
don't go to the moon if you need a chocolate fix.

Don't go to the moon if you need your chocolate fix.

see you later. jkc

Thursday, August 20, 2009

FOOD?

For those of you still checking out our blog. I was cleaning out one of my cook books today. You know the kind that you are supposed to put those recipes in that you cut out of magazines and newspapers. Or friends give you. And some how they never get put in properly in that cook book. I found this and had to pass it on to other chocoholics.

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate is a VEGETABLE!

Chocolate is derived from the cocoa bean
Beans equal vegetable.

Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Both of them are plants, in the vegetable category. thus, chocolate is a vegetable.

To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food.

Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

Remember STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS

Send to 4 women and you will lose 2 pounds.
Send to all women and you will lose 10 pounds.

Now the last two statements I am not sure about. The other just makes sense, doesn't it?
jkc

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pictures from Warsaw

Our rally masters for the Warsaw rally are seated there in front. Standing at the other table is the lady, Carol Knarr, Storyteller.
She spoke after our dinner about Kosciusko County.

And what do the men do at rally's? Check out problems with members RVs. Do you know who these guys are in the picture?

Happy Hour! We had a good time visiting and trying out new recipes for snacks. Good ones. It was nice to get the group together for the hour or so each evening at 4.


this is the inside of a boat.
You have to see the next picture to see the finished product. We visited the home of the original catamaran boat. Splendor Boats. And we watched the fiberglass process. The owner stated that their product was one of the few that put the foam insulation in the hull of the boats. He stated he developed the catamaran style The boats are customed made for each individual. He does not use a dealer. You come to him to plan your boat. Now his grandchildren run the plant.



The owner of the Splendor Boats talking to us, standing on one of his boats. 28 feet is the longest they make. We were able to get in the boats on the showroom floor and see the fine craftsmanship.




The young man with his back to you is one of the grandson's of the owner. He asked if we had any questions. Yes, where does that piece you are working on fit in a boat. He smiled and said. "We diversify, so that we keep busy year around. This piece is the housing for a fan that will go into a large chicken coop. We were at Silver Lake, near Mentone, which is the egg capital. Interesting.




A bell helicopter. We visited the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, in Mentone, IN. This is a helicopter that had been used in one of the "wars" Mr. Bell was born in Mentone and altho his family moved to California he did not forget his home town. There is a library that he funded and then he had his memorabilia
sent to Mentone for the town to have a museum.






Looking at the helicopter.




This power cement wheel barrow. Mr Bell developed this to make it more efficient to pour the runways when building airports. Very Useful. This one was found in California and brought to Mentone and restored. Two weeks later, they found one in North Webster, not far away. Now they have two!


The famous egg in Mentone. The largest egg, what about the hen? Just a few of the pictures of an interesting rally.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hoosier Cruiser Rally

We took off on Thursday, July 6th. I drove from just north of Anderson to the Kroger Store in Columbia City. We have found that in Columbia City do NOT try to park you RV in the Wall Mart parking lot. There is much more room at Kroger.


We enjoyed seeing friends. Seemed like a lot of new members, a least to us. We have not been to every rally the last year and so do not know some of these newer members. Happy hour Thursday at 4. Lots of good snacks, but we still had room to go out to eat at the Golden Corral.


We traveled to the Wagon Wheel Theatre to see the show Chorus Line. It was enjoyable.


Friday, was a pitch in breakfast. Several egg, sausage, or potato casseroles.
And Zucchini bread!



And then off to Silver Lake to the Splendor Boats facility. Home of the original catamaran boat. We watched how the fiberglass was applied and a boat put together. Actually when the young man asked if we had any questions we ask how the piece he was working on fit into a boat. Well, it doesn't! he said. This is the housing for a fan for a large chicken house. The area is one of the largest egg producing areas in the U.S. We do not build boats all of the time, we diversify.


We need to keep working all the time so we do take other jobs.


They build custom boats. What size do you want, up to 28 ft. long. What will you be using your boat for. fishing, skiing, cruising around a lake.? What equipment do you want on it. The owner had worked for Rinker boats. He developed the catamaran concept. Great looking boats on display. Does not use dealers. You come to him for your style of boat.




Then on into town in Silver Lake to Whetstone Woodenware. The make kitchen utensils. Many different spoons and bread boards., forks, Beautiful items. We were taken to the work shop.


Tom Sitler a retired school teacher, Math, and basketball coach is now working there, rough cutting many of the articles sold in the shop. He was interesting. I ask him his name, and when he said Tom Sitler, I ask if he played basket ball in the early 50's. Hey, don't date me! No, I said, did you every play basketball and know a my brother John from Syracuse?


He smiled the biggest smile, Yes, Silver Lake H. S. made Syracuse Basket ball team very unhappy one year, at the 1951, County tourney,


Syracuse had a top team with tall players. John was 6'4, and there were a couple more tall players. Silver Lake beat them in the tourney, and we were all short. Then he went on to tell me that John had become a pharmacist and was still around. I had to tell him no. John, my brother died last Sept. But interesting to meet Mr. Sitler.


Another couple and Ernie and I ate at the Homestead Restaurant for lunch.




Ernie and I went to Syracuse to take some dishes to my sisters. Ernie went to garage sales, while I helped my sisters go thru some closets in our parents home. We had a good visit while cleaning.




Back at the Warsaw Fair grounds we had hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the fixings. We had missed happy hour. Business meeting for the Hoosier Cruisers followed. Home to fix my Heart Healthy egg-sausage casserole. (Sat. morning I decided as I was serving it, that I had too much French bread for the crust.)




Saturday, after breakfast we traveled to Mentone, IN. to the Lawrence Bell Museum.. Lawrence Bell, was born in Mentone and his memorabilia was sent to Mentone with the instructions that a building be built that could house a aircraft on loan from other museums. So the town worked to find funds and now have an interesting museum. They have a Bell helicopter, and many interesting articles about Mr. Bell. They also have an area that is more of a museum for Mentone.




Back to the RV for lunch. I took part in a Trash or Treasure Hunt in Pierceton, In. Pierceton is an antique shop town. Our task-----we were given a sheet of paper. Listed were 8 items to find in 8 different antique shops. The items were not listed as to where they were located. Fun,


don't tell where we found this or that. around 40 of us looking for these items. Then we had to decide if they were true antiques, or not. Reproductions did not count. Fun day.


After a catered evening meat, by Ruby Tuesday, we had a story teller. Carol Knarr, originally from South Whitley. Another Kosciusko town. She gave some history about Kosciusko. How it got its name. and connections to the early wars. And then one of our members gave her some interesting stories he has learned as a history buff.



Ernie has some picture, so I will write more with those. good night. jkc

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Back Home

It is Thursday and it is not wash day, but I did. 4 loads and hung many tee-shirts out side on the line. The last load did not get completely dry outside, so it is now hanging on hangers in the bathroom. We took the RV to the west side of Anderson for some repairs. And Ernie just told me what we are having done. I can see it, he showed me on the Freightliner chassis that was at the FCOC rally, but I cannot name it.

So----- I have been pulling a few weeds among the flowers. The impatiens did not suffer from heat as I thought they might. In fact they look great. But the tomatoes have a problem. Maybe from too much dampness, or blight or ????? anyway, some of the plants are sickly.

And the peony bushes have black spots on some of the leaves. Now what do we do.

We are tired tonight, relaxing from being gone two weeks. Time to rest. have a good day

jkc

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Day at Allison & the 500 Track

Hey! Hey! Hey!!!! Look at these trucks! there were 15 of them. And we got to drive them on the Allison Transmission Test Track. Yep, We did!! I Did!!! 4 of them!. What an experience! We were told to go out and get in one of the trucks, we would have a person from Allison with us to tell us how to drive them around their test track. The track had several stops, turns and curves. so I got in a big one.
This is a Western Star 4900SA, Cat C15, 475 hp. Weighted at 61,900 lbs. With a 53 foot trailer. You see these going down the road with a load of big gravel or rocks. Very nice, except "jake" brake was on and I still have trouble using it, until I have driven several miles. Here I am ready to climb aboard the first one I drove.

And there I am, ready to take off. My helper, Ty, was very nice, told me I did a great job.? And told Ernie that I had done a good job also. Then I drove a semi. Freightliner Columbia MBE 4000. -12.8L 450hp @ 1900rpm/1550lb-ft @1100 rpm. Weight Empty (w/trailer) 29,260 lbs. Weight Loaded (w/trailer) 56,200 lbs. Each rig was loaded. with something so we could tell how it felt to drive a loaded rig. Then I got into a "box truck" Piece of cake after the other two. On the other side of the stand were off road dumpster trucks. Big ones. the track for these had a hill. A straight up hill. As I was driving up the hill my helper said just keep the flags on either side of the road in view. And that is all I could see, beside the sky. Stopped at the top and then came down and not seeing the road for a few feet coming down.



This is one half of our group from the red bus. A total of 80 of us made this filed trip. One bus to Allison's in the morning. We also had a tour through the factory. Just a portion, but our guide was a floor supervisor and made the tour very interesting. Allison's had a box lunch for us, a good one. And then we all got a protable, round cooler with the Allison name on it. Our bus took us to the 500 mile track at Speedway. We had tickets for the museum and a ride around the track. A good day, I do believe.


The Indianapolis Speedway Museum.




One of the cars in the museum. We left at 7:30 and back to the campground by 3. I just got up from a nap. This evening I get to help with supper. There is a cater and we are to have prime rib, baked potato, salad and dessert. The helpers serve and see that there are drinks available. etc. Not sure what the entertainment will be tonight. Last night I did not stay for the entertainment. Came home, showered and was in bed by 9:15. This good life out here can be tiring sometimes. We leave tomorrow (Wed) morning. See you down the road or along the way. jkc


















It's pizza time! We had had a full brunch about 11'30, and it is tradition that after our annual meeting that we have pizza. this used to be done at the National Convention. It was decided not to do that as sometimes it is difficult to get enough pizza for 500 people as everyone comes out to the meeting at National Conventions.
Our Style shows participants. They were really funny. You can see the young man in front in the blue dress. These crazy old people he is probably thinking.

A full picture of a Freightliner chassis and the semi that carries it to different areas for display. It is awesome to see what we ride on every day. That tire at the side is a new tire that they are trying out. This tire is double tire and replaces dual tires. It cost a mere $800 and with rim it is $1200. Supposed to be a super duper tire, giving a better ride.
Just had a group picture taken. I may be in the background.

It is not yet 6 am. The ambassadors for the Freightliner Club, they travel with the semi group, were parked behind us. They just left. A diesel engine is not very quiet when it starts at 5:30 in the morning. We said it would make a good alarm clock as we have to board the 7:30 bus for Allison's and then after lunch the 500 mile track. A busy day. See you. jkc

Monday, July 27, 2009

Teavanna

Sunday was a good day. A delicious brunch was served about 11:30 and then we were free for the afternoon. Many of us went into Greenfield. The Antique stores were open, did not look to see what other stores were open downtown. We found a few pieces on the second floor, inn a flat open cardboard box. So today, Monday, we went back and found four more in that box on the second floor. Last night we had a style show, with the men being the models. Yes, they were dressed in women's clothes. Tags still on them, straight from Goodwill. Fun. They even got one of the members Grandson to dress up in a sparkly dress. He could not figure why those old men were laughing so hard at each other, before the show. We did not win at the money drawing again last night. Do not know if we will donate the $5 again tonight.

Teavanna------sort of a Red Hat Tea. We are not a formal club, we do not want to pay any dues to the Red Hat Society. If you join the National group there is a yearly fee. Sorry, not for us. A teavanna is a gathering where you may taste different teas. Small desserts are also served. The hostess gave two of our ladies hand sanitizer and a toothbrush for all of us. But they were to disguise it and also tell a story about it. They were very clever. One of them wrote a great poem. About how wonderful, strong, etc. the FCOC Women are in the club. fun.
We all got to take home our small tea cups and we also got a nice door prize. I got a new tea pot!!

Tomorrow we have to board a bus at 7:30 am to go to Allison's for a tour. That is early! I have not gotten up before 7 since leaving Bowling Green. Happy hour coming up and then another good meal. Talk to you later. jkc

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Freightliner Rallly at Greenfield, Indiana

Standing in line for supper. We stand in line frequently, usually for a meal. But once in awhile for other things. Saturday's rain did not stop us. We got out our ponchos or umbrella's and kept moving.

Happy Hour on Friday, the day we arrived. or maybe it is Saturday. Anyway, we have happy hour every day. With a variety of drinks, water, soft drinks, beer and wine. Take you pick. Friday we had plenty of hot and cold ore-devores. and there are two of these pictures. Unless I figure out how to get rid of one of them.


Got it smaller, anyway.



Cummins engine on the demo chassis. Freightliner brings a big semi full of things for the fellows to look at and dream about. The demo chassis goes in the semi and is lifted to the top so that other stuff can be loaded in to be used or shown at rallies.




Another look at the faboulous Freightliner chassis. The engine is in the rear of the motor home. this is what the living part of the RV is set on, carefully and securely, we hope.





The chassis and trailer that all the stuff comes in. At a big convention, like the one we just left at Bowling Green they have a large awning and a tent,that fit along the side of the trailer so that they can put out information about Freightliner and have the chassis under cover, less sun on potential customers. Or owners that have questions. RV owners can come to the "booth" and ask questions about their chassis and talk to service techs. The service techs may also come to your coach to address your problem.







The Hoosier Cruisers that worked the FMCA Booth saluting our captains, Greg and Bettie Wessel. We think we did a good job for FMCA. We had a lot of fun, the work was not hard, as we got to talk to a lot of people coming thru, some actually buying products with the FMCA logo.
Write later, we are having a church service and I would like to go. jkc







Friday, July 24, 2009

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio



click on picture.
We are parked, if you look at the picture, in the left hand corner, the corner of the small picture, that is toward the middle of the big picture is about where we were parked. HI, It is Friday evening, the 24th. Where have the days gone. We are now in Greenfield, Indiana, at the S. & H. Campground with the Freightliner Chassis Owners Club. Until the 29th. Back Up.


Well, I thought I wrote when we arrived in Bowling Green, but I do not find it in our archives.

The campus is a lovely campus. A bit far from the morning tent area & vender's building over to the student union and Hall where our seminars were held, but between the buses and handi-cap golf carts every one usually got where they were going. 2600 plus coaches. I guess the best story was one of the members was in town and a young boy, 8 or 9, ask a lady what all these people with the tags around their neck were, an old peoples club? She had to laugh, well, the majority of us are older and to a young person are probably really old. We just act younger, maybe. sometimes and once in a while feel younger, when our arthritis is not bothering us. etc.


Our club, the Hoosier Cruisers, were the volunteers in the FMCA clothing booth. We had a good time and tried to keep things neat after various persons had tried on some of the shirts etc.

At the summer conventions we have a youth program, as many grandparents bring their grandchildren. They are taken to zoos, bowling alleys, local amusements parks, what ever is available. They also have officers just like all the clubs within FMCA. One young man, about 14, tried on the jackets that were on sale. Can you hold this while I go get my Dad? We hid it under the table as it was the only size medium we had. And he came back with his Dad, and and the other lady waited on him. She was telling him she said all the mediums were gone. Luckily I saw him and said, No We have it saved. He was much relieved and the gentleman with him was smiling. I later saw the young boy with a younger brother at one of the vendor booths. The lady said these are my nephews and the are learning the business. So I told them about the free ice cream given away that day and later found out that they got their ice cream. I am not sure of the relationship of the gentleman with him. Uncle, Dad, or Granddad, since they were at their Aunts booth.


Tuesday nights entertainment was great. 4 to 5 male singers. We had seen them in Florida at the Brookville rally. Wednesday nights was cancelled because of rain and Thursday night it was Phil Dert and the Dozers. A 50, 60 70's group that sang rock and roll songs of that era.

We bought a few things, renewed our tow in insurance, special deals at rallies, had a good time.


we had over 30 coaches from Indiana there. Weather wasn't bad, the rain was light and it dried off in the afternoon on Wednesday.


Started for Greenfield by 8:15 today. Stopped at the first rest stop and changed drivers. I drove until the next one. Just before we stopped Ernie said. "I saw Don several times, but never Sandy. Friends from S. Carolina, now Florida. As we were talking with other FCOC members at the rest park, they drove in. So, we got to ese Sandy after all.


We did attend some of the seminars. The Geeks were at the top of our list. They are computer experts and give very good seminars. I also took in a show and tell On the road Quilters show.

No, I do not quilt. But enjoy seeing their projects. We had several first time people from our club and they all thought it was great. Well run, for as many volunteers that they use. over 800. Ernie is waiting for the computer, so I better stop for now. Will try to write more often. jkc

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More friends



Lucky us! We are at the entrance of the Uiversity stadium and across the street from Starbucks, Big Boy and a few other eating places. And we are easy to find!



Sunday, July 19, 11:20 am

Went to the devotions this morning. Almost missed it as I thought it was at 9:00. Nope 8:30. We got there OK. It was good. The pianist and vocalist were from the 1st United Methodist Church from Campus. and the speaker we had heard before. Glad we went. And saw several people from Indiana and then a friend from S. Carolina, now living in Florida. Except they have been on the road since June 1. We do live a hard life out here in RV lan
Saturday We went to garage sales. Talked with one group of "students" selling out! We are on the Bowling Green State University campus. The young man has two more years to get his Doctorate. In College Administration. Getting married next Saturday. They asked a lot of questions about the RV's on campus. So we invited them out to see our 11 year old coach. They were impressed, nicer than some of their rooms they had had in college. Most of the garage sales were students about to leave campus for the last time. No silverware here! While driving around Ernie took some pictures of the many RV's parked here. Just a small portion of the 3000 expected.

Then off to the Easy Street Cafe. With Carol, Jerry and MaryAnn. We had ribs and they were good. We had to wait half an hour. Busy place, And most of the people had on FMCA name tags. We are asked to wear them as we go about town so that the Business people know we are out spending money in their city. And we do.

This after noon Bowling Green is having a downtown "Bash" Stores open, sidewalk sales, entertainment, etc. an additional Welcome FMCA from the city.

This evening we go to the volunteer "supper" that the National Officers give for the 700 plus volunteers that staff these conventions. Ernie and I, plus others from our club will be working in the FMCA "store" Would you like to buy a jacket, t-shirt,cap or map holder. The store has them all with the FMCA logo.

Time to fix lunch. Saturday while out shopping we found a farmers market stand. They had the most delicious tomatoes. Bought 3 and then went back later and bought 6 more. Almost like straight from an Indiana garden. Write later. jkc








Friday, July 17, 2009

Bowling Green, Ohio, FMCA Convention

Hi! We are in Bowling Green at the University. Prime ? Spot. At the entrance to the field house off of the main drag. I guess we could go to the Waffle house across the street for breakfast, or Big Boy for a sandwich. Anyway, we are parked and ready for next week when our RV convention begins.

Have met with some of our fellow Hoosier Cruisers. Went out to Bob Evans for supper with 3 Hoosiers. Then over to another area where some Hoosiers were having "Happy Hour". Left there and on the way out ran across some friends from National Great Lakers. Good to be back seeing friends from our clubs and just friends from all over.

Yesterday, we went back to the BIG antique store to check on the gravy ladle. It was scratched and so decided not to get it. Looked around some more. Drove into Findley, and spotted a farmers market booth. Got two ears of corn, oh, so good, fresh and not over ripe. Beth gave us some cucumbers from her garden and it was great having fresh vegetables with our lunch.

The weather has turned a little chilly. We were all putting on sweaters and/or jackets this evening. Nice not to have to run the generator to run the air conditioner. No air needed. Ernie ask me if I wanted the heavy bed spread that is on the bed. I had taken it off and into the house and brought out the summer spread that is on our bed there. I still have the old down comforter in the coach if we need it.

just rambling on-----Ernie just remembered, if we want to run the generator we will need to get out our "exhaust stack" It fits on the exhaust pipe of the generator and pipes it up over the coach. Does not blow into the neighbors RV front door. so, must get busy.
jkc

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On the Road, Finally!

It is a Wednesday in July, the 15th, to be exact. We have only been out one other trip this season and we have been missing out on good times. But, we are both ok and ready to go!

To Bowling Green, Ohio, and the FMCA Convention. We are now at the Pleasant View Campground, at Van Buren, Ohio. Site # Barn 2. yep, at the end of the row. We have water and electric so we are doing fine.



We had barely gotten parked when a friend in the Maestros, also from home, called. Where are you guys? Go out side of your rig to your car, turn right and walk to the end of the row, I said. Only I walked up to their coach before he got out of it.

After lunch we picked them up and went to the biggest of all antique shops. Lots and lots of stuff! With prices on the high side. The four of us decided we prefer flea markets, garage sales or auctions. Antique shoppes are usually high. We did by 3 spoons. two were lets see, as they were black, almost like they had been burned. But with Maas, silver polish and Ernie's power they came out quite nice. The bowl had some scratches, we had notices that, but wanted to see if they would clean up before we bought another piece we wanted.

Back to the RV. After supper Beth brought down a fresh blueberry pie. Delicious. Talked until after 10. Slept well. Today ?????
a free day.

We had a bird feeder on the front lawn, we had seen some cardinals in a front tree. so we put out a shepherds hook to put the feeder on. Worked fine, and then this past week we noticed that the feeder would be tipped over, still on the hook. And one time it was on the ground. The other clue was that the neighbors dog was checking out the feeder and one day would lay at the end of our driveway, facing the culvert.
A day later Ernie discovered the problem, a squirrel came ambling by, around a tree or two and then on out front of the house. and then the bird feeder was tipped to let out the seeds. Aaa ha!

Since we were leaving I took down the feeder and moved the shepherds hook a day early. Ringer did not go out to the culvert again. Who knows where the squirrel went. We had not seen squirrels for many years. But the neighbor to the north has a walnut tree and an English walnut tree in the lot between our houses. And our trees are now full grown.
We have also had some problems with the computer being slow recently. We wonder if it is because the corn in a field north of us is in direct line of a tower. And the corn has gotten tall.
????

About time to get busy, at doing something. Talk later.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Strawberries

This week it was mow the lawns time. Ernie mowed the neighbors and I did ours. Our neighbor has had surgery and is not allowed on a mower for while.
anyway----- I did get ours done. Not like someone else does it, but the hay was cut and the yard looked better. While mowing I had to go by the strawberry patch. This time i picked two quarts of nice juicy red berries. so good and fresh!

We also got the poppies transplanted. They were taking over my little flower bed next to the garage. Even if only a few live, that will be great. It is time for them to die down anyway, so I will have to wait till fall to see if they will live.
And all the annuals have been planted. Looks much better. Does anyone need hens and chickens? I have two buckets and a flat full of them. Will take some to our rally this week end. Not much new, just enjoying the good weather so we can be outside. Oh, the nicest thing. We got out the swing. Several years ago our son made me a swing to fit the old iron swing set the children had. Nice long swing.
Great to sit on and eat watermelon and just spit the seeds out anywhere. One year
we did have a plant come up, we mowed it down. And relaxing to sit and watch the birds at the feeder and bird bath. They can splash water around very well.
Have a nice day. JKC

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Flowers

We arrived home and the flowers were blooming! I was so worried that I would miss the show!


The poppies by the house were almost gone, but out in the garden, well, it used to be a half acre vegetable garden, the poppies were just starting to bloom. And the peonies were so full and pretty. Bowed over because of the hard rain, but still blooming and smelling good. The irises were partly gone, the brown ones were in full bloom and I found a yellow bloom. The big suprise were my minature rose bushes. Full red bloom! I had not seen any buds when we left and so this was a special treat to see them all full of blossoms. These roses were a gift from my Aunt and when we had to dig up the little garden near the house to dig out the old oil barrel I was worried they would not transplant. I say they, because the one plant had roots going in all directions and I was able to divide them and they all lived. So I have a whole row of roses.

I sent praises to God for this show of nature.



Still do not have the lawn mowed, but have gotten the bills paid. Oops another one in the mail!



And a friend ask me how I kept my shirt so white. I had to confess that this particular shirt I had not worn much. I do use Clorox II when I wash. And I really think it helps when I can hang clothes out on the line. When we get home from our winter season I take all the white t-shirts out of the coach, wash them and hang them out in the bright sunshine.

I had two long lines this year, mostly Ernie's and some of them mine. I use solar power when ever I can at home, and once in awhile when we are out on the road. A few campgrounds have lines to use.



Time for lunch. jkc

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memories from the Glass Rally

Frustrated Maestros at the GLASS Rally,. They are playing before the Friday evening entertainment. Three of the Hoosier Cruisers are in the chorus. The group does a lot of practicing and they are great to listen to during the rally.
Illinois Joe, one of our long standing members of Hoosier Cruisers. He commented that he was having a great time at the rally, looking forward to next year!. Then things changed. Rode his bike to town, had a flat tire and walked the bike home. He was told not to take it to start with as the tires were quite old. But, the next day he rode his wife's bike to town. FLAT TIRE! Walked home again. We do not know the comments this time! Next day, in line for ice cream, Joe found a ticket on the ground. Oh, boy! Then, he felt guilty, someone would not get their ice cream. When he got to the door a gentleman was searching all of his pockets. No ticket. Kind hearted Joe, had an extra ticket and gave it to the man.




Rem and Judy are in serious conversation and did not acknowledge the lovely clown that was

talking to the child. Neither was the child looking at the clown.




The Traveling River Boat Show. This man and his wife stroll thru the grounds singing for all of us. He plays the trombone and sings a lot of the good old songs.





The first ice cream social, courtesy of one of the RV dealers. Isn't is interesting how senior citizens stand in a LOOONG line for an ice cream sandwich? That's Susan beside Jane and Doug a little farther to the other side.







And this longer line was for a free PINT of ice cream. Only vanilla, we used to have a choice!


But, we aren't complaining.
Look for Greg & Betty, and Rick & Sandy.




This one was not supposed to be added, but someone did!. Great car, it won Best of Show, a 57 Chevie.




This one was Ernie's choice. A 1955 Pontiac. It is a neat car.




This one is a 1936 DeSoto Air Flow. A very nice car. He thinks it is all original!





and this is the crowd at the car show. It was a four hour show and they also had entertainment that was enjoyable. A nice addition the our rally.







AND on the way home I wrote these notes.





We are almost to S.R. 30. Left Berien Springs, MI., earlier. Down 31 to 30. It is grey and much cooler today. We had great weather for the GLASS Rally. About 860 coaches there.



It rained one night, but the days were sunny and nice. Went to two seminars. One on fruits and vegetables. 7 fruits a day and 10 vegies. All in a capsule, that she just happened to have in her booth. It was an interesting class. And she didn't really try to sell her product. I did not realize bananas had a lot of sugar. so I did learn something.


The other class was about geneology. He had several good points. some places to look up on the Webb.



The rest of the 4-5 days were spent visiting with friends, new and old, doing some garage sales and an antique shop. Did get to our association meeting, Had a two hour time limit and we were done in less than one. Ross had his agenda and everyone was happy. We were, as we got to stay for the entire meeting instead of leaving early as we have had to in the past. This meeting is held the same day that the Hoosier Cruisers serve the evening meal.






This job gives our club a per capita benefit for our club. We have made over $300. the past few years. That night we had pasta, potato or cole slaw salads, rolls, baked beans and 1/2 grilled chicken. With a variety of cheese cakes for desserts. Plus drinks. We save one half of the chicken to have for lunch the next day. We are to clean the tables and sweep the floor before leaving for the evening entertainment.




Sunday evening we did another meal with the National Great Lakers. On Sunday evening not only must we sweep the floor, but we have to take everything off the tables, fold and stack the tables and chairs to have them ready for the rental company to pick up the next day. We are tired after two day of this work.




The GLASS rally is the only area rally that provides meals. You get two breakfasts and a Friday evening snack. (sandwich, salad, roll and dessert) then you may buy the optional three meals . A breakfast and two evening meals. The caterer is from Holland, MI., and provides good food. The chickens are cooked on a long outdoor grill.






a good time----see you later. jkc