Sorry for being such a slacker on getting this post up but….. yeah, I know there is no excuses but really, we have been busy living our life and it is a good one.
When are you head’n north? - that’s the usual first sentence when a group of us Plantationers get together. Many fellow RVers are heading back to their summer spots, be it a home or another campground this time of the year and we’re no exception. Time zips by way too fast – it seems we have just arrived down here and got set up and now we’re talking and planning about going north. The activities here at the Plantation have slowed to a crawl. The Sunday Ice Cream Social is still busy and of course the ladies find ways to be together – whether it’s a luncheon or a shop hop for more fabric.
The yard work even has to be done in the south in winter. Since we have a wooden deck, we need to protect it from the summer sun down here. I accidently spilled some bleach on the deck doing something else and noticed how nice the deck ‘cleaned’ up so I took an old vehicle wash brush, a bucket and bleach and ‘swabbed’ the deck to clean all the black and grey off. It turned out better than expected so then we used a roller and smothered it with a sealant. Now when it rains, the water beads nicely instead of soaking in. We also had to trim our Sago Palms to remove the dead fronds caused by the ice storm in January. I tried to get by without cutting the lawn but the warm weather just pushed the grass and weeds out of the ground so I had to do it. Oh the woes of having a dedicated site!
As the season draws to a close, we eat out more often. To name a few, we had cherry pie for happy hour at Larry & Marti’s, dinner at Ann & Bill’s, a Mexican lunch out and a last lunch at one of our favs, Big Daddy’s Grill. The ladies went to a quilt show in Pensacola so the guys broke down and met them at McGuires for lunch! What a final couple of weeks and yes, I am a little bigger for it!
Here are some pictures of the quilts that inspired the ladies:
It seems that a local election is coming up and while Barb & I were out and about, we saw this sign. This guy is a shoe in for sheriff, with a name like this, he can’t miss!
Our departure was Apr 12th and several of our buds came by to wish us well – I know they only came by to make sure we actually did leave! And we’re off to visit with Lydia for a few days but we did not realize this was Masters weekend and we just had to get to a Walmart by 3PM so we could watch at least part of the third round. We have celebrated The Masters since the mid 80’s and not about to stop now. We knew we would be at Lydia’s for the final round.
Lydia arranged a parking place for us to leave the rig for the few days we were with her. We pulled in there late in the morning on Apr 13th, called Lydia and she met us and announced, hey we’re going to the golf club for lunch! It was great seeing her again and we looked forward to the few days we were there. After lunch, we settled in front of her TV for the final round, a few beverages, some snacks and good entertainment. Not that we need to eat more but if you know Lydia, you do not go hungry.
We had a wonderful time with Lydia and could have stayed longer but our ‘hobby house’ was calling us. On the cool and windy Tuesday, we took Lydia on a Geocache adventure and found 4 of 6. Before we left the plantation, we ‘cached’ a couple of times and found a travel bug. The ‘owners’ were full timers so we felt committed to give this bug a trip so we left it at one of the caches we found with Lydia.
Wednesday AM, we stopped at Roland’s tire to check a slow leaking tire before we hitched up. The tech read the work order incorrectly and broke down the wrong tire, cleaned the rim bead and replaced the valve stem then he had to do it again to the correct tire! No hole or leak was found but all good with both tires and all this for $15.00! Off to Walmart for some wine to import but they had just completed a software up date and their system would not accept our Canadian debit card – this could be a real problem next year! Back to the storage and connect and head’n north.
Wow, I75 was rougher than we remembered it to be. This leads me to thinking about the abuse that we put our tires through. They have to be the most important part of our vehicles – they connect us to the road and get us to where we’re going safely. I’m really glad now that the tire place took the time to break down the tire and rim to ensure everything was ok even though the tech did not see a leak.
Our next blog entry should have some info on our progress on the hobby house so stay tuned….