In June, we put recessed fluorescent lighting under the upper kitchen cabinets and after the job was done, I reinstalled a shelf too low and we couldn't get all the stuff back in the cabinet so Monday was a day to repair that mistake (hey, it only took me 6 months)! We also bought ourselves a new fry pan with no where to store it so while we had all the 'stuff' out of the cabinet, we (Barb) designed a new addition to the cabinet to house the new pan! We have to complete this project before we leave here. Off to Home Depot later this week.
Tuesday, we decided late (2PM) to play golf. It is a small window to play comfortably as the temps don't get warm enough until mid day then it cools down by 4:30ish so we really only thought we could get 9 holes in but did better and made it around 14 complete holes before it was too cold to play. Boy, a mishit sure vibrates through these old bones!
We're making plans for our New Years festivities. We're getting together with the other golf host and the park host here and making an evening of it. We'll let you know what transpires in our next edition!
Wow, what a busy day at the golf course. I thought the pro shop was giving away green fees as there were 30+ carts out that had to be cleaned! It was unexpected as the day before Christmas eve, I thought that no one would be out golfing!
Since Madison is reputed to be the "The Prettiest Small Town in America", Barb & I drove over to Madison to view the magnificent homes and see their Christmas lights. With nearly 100 Antebellum homes that have been carefully restored, we thought the decorations would be beautiful! To our disappointment, there was very few light displays at all! They decorate their homes with tons of evergreen wreaths, of course, don't show in the dark.
We had an enjoyable Christmas albeit a quiet one. We spoke to the kids on Christmas day and they were having a nice Christmas too. We went for a walk through a part of the state park, enjoying the sun and warmer weather. We bought a turkey breast for dinner and when we returned, we proceeded to prepare our Christmas dinner. Being only our second Christmas away from our family, it was strange not rushing around on Christmas Eve and Christmas day but it was enjoyable, just the two of us!
We spent boxing day on the golf course. It was cool but we managed to get the round in. But maybe the best part was after the round – hot chocolates with Amaretto and whip cream topping. Hummmm yummy! Skiers have apres-ski so why can't we have apres-golf in cold weather!
A few days ago, there was a terrible head on crash just inside the state parks gates. The roads enters through the stone gates with a sight curve then a down hill grade. A car entering the park hit a truck pulling a horse trailer with 6 horses on board leaving the park head on and the young driver of 18 years in the car died on impact! According to all reports, he was 'texting' while he was driving and missed the curve and crossed the centre line! What a waste! His family will not be having a merry Christmas and will be saddened for all Christmas' here after.
Texting while driving is illegal here in Georgia too but that didn't stop the young driver. How have we gotten here where we have to pass laws to replace common sense.
It has been wet here so I used several blocks to support the jack. As I'm jacking the trailer up, the blocks are sinking into the gravel! After a couple attempts of block adjustments, I finally pulled out an 8 foot 2X10 and placed it under the jack and finally got the trailer high enough to replace the repaired tire! So, why does an inflated tire seem heavier than an empty tire? I don't know but it was a struggle to get the 235/75/16 tire mounted back on the hub!
We had the other golf hosts over for happy hour. They live here in Georgia and are trying to sell their house and contemplating full timing. They're not convinced they could do it without a home base. We regaled them with our adventures and I'm sure their heads were spinning when they left and even more unsure of their future!
We tried playing today and then our cart duties – boy are we tired tonight.
Went in to Madison to get universal joint repaired. The recommendation was a good one, job done and not too expensive.
Went to the pro shop to meet staff and see what our duties will be for the month. As usual, everyone is very welcoming and laid back. Our tasks are to maintain the golf carts after they have been used, wash and dry them, park and plug them in – nothing strenuous! Barb has the more difficult task, she has to vacuum the pro shop at closing.
The tough part is waiting for the last golfers to come off the course. Darkness is our friend, it drives them in before we get too cold. The night temps have been cooler than normal – of course they are, we're here! We've had to disconnect our water a few nights to avoid freezing.
Not to busy of a week for us so far. We've taken advantage of the driving range to get the rust out of our golf swings, not to mention the kinks in our muscles!
On the way down, we noticed a vibration in the seats and then heard the ugly squawk of a worn universal joint. I asked around the gold club for a good mechanic to take the truck in for repairs.
Up and at 'em to get to the golf course to work and play! First, gotta check the bikes. Holy crap, the rack has bent down and the back bike (which happens to be Barbie's) is inches from the ground. There must be a lot of leverage on the rack to completely split along the sides and bend down almost 90 degrees!
Since we are only 15 miles from the park, we put Barb's bike in the trailer and leave mine on the rack. Ensure it doesn't touch and tie up the bike bag too. Onto our golf hosting assignment!
We call the pro shop for directions to our camp site but he directs us to the trading post (park office) in the park. They do not know anything about our assignment or our parking site. So, back to the pro shop to get the GM involved to get us to our site. Within 20 minutes, the other golf host is coming to show us where we are to go.
The park has removed a double wide and built 4 (only 3 usable) RV sites. We are lucky the one left for us is graveled and level! The other sites are a little short etc. Our site is a 5 minute drive to the golf course – not as convenient as the site at Meadow Links in Ft Gaines, Ga., but hey, we have 50Amp electric service with water and sewer connections so who can complain?
We meet our neighbors and get set up. Monday we'll meander down to the pro shop to meet the staff and see what's in store for us.
The border crossing was slow in the line but once at the guard shack, went relatively quickly. He asked several new questions this year as well as the usual ones regarding fruit and meats. He asked us specifically if we had a house, condo or apartment and who was looking after it if we were going to be gone for so long – first time for these questions!
The traffic was lighter than expected traveling on the USA Thanksgiving weekend. After hearing that snow was expected in Toledo that night, we pushed through to the Flying J at Walton, Ky for our first night stop over. We didn't want to experience the nasty weather we tried to avoid last year.
Next day, traffic increased as we approached Atlanta. We ended up at the Super WalMart in Covington, Ga., we needed to stock up anyway! As we crossed the parking lot, a guy asks us if we came from the camper! We say yes and he says we were dragging our blue tarp as we came into the lot! Hey, that's our bike bag he's talking about! Looking back, we see that it looks a little lower than usual. We thank the good Samaritan and decide to check it out in daylight before we move out.
This has to be the biggest Super WalMart we have ever seen! Wow! It is huge inside. As we are in line to check out, a lady comes by calling a girls name! She had lost her 17 year old daughter in the store!