Welcome to our travels and adventures


Welcome to our travels and adventures

Some Say–Better Late….

I need to say sorry to my readers as I have not been very diligent writing my posts. The last post, I mentioned some of our activities like eating out and the ladies fabric shopping.

1702073 Feb 14 At Shrimp Basket With A GroupWe had a couple of February1702073 Feb 14 My Valentines Gift Lucky Me celebration meals, Valentines of course and a bunch of us went to the Shrimp Basket where it was all you can eat shrimp night. Well, not all of us eat shrimp so Bill and I did our best to eat what the others did not! I’m pretty sure the restaurant were happy to see us leave!

 

1702072 Feb 13 Anns 70th Birthday At JessesThe other celebration was Ann’s birthday. She does not like to celebrate it but we managed to wiggle ourselves into her birthday lunch but only if we didn’t sing or otherwise embarrass her in the restaurant and we didn’t. We went to Jesse’s in Magnolia Springs, always a great spot and it did not disappoint and we had a great time.

 

There are other thing we do too, we play card/board 1704023 Apr 01 The Mixed Group Tablegames on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s Fast Track on Friday nights between 6 of us and then at the club house on Saturday nights with as many that show up for Pegs and Jokers. Sometime we have 18 players and we break up into 6 per table. Did I mention we also go out to eat!

 

 

Another thing I neglected to mention was that my PC died and that kept me busy for a few days but it is a good thing I backed up recently so no ‘real’ damage done but still aggravating none the less. I’m sure you have had a similar experience, what do I buy now, there is so much hardware out there that it is a mind boggling exercise to make that decision. Since I don’t do a lot of ‘real’ processing of data, we decided that a 2in1 PC/Tablet may be the right decision and so far it has been.

On the last Monday of each month, a bunch of us go to a Mexican eatery that has a Mariachi band playing for the guests. They always stop at our table of 16-20 people and play a few songs. It’s always fun with good food and margaritas!


1702111 Feb 22 Carrabelle SignWe took a few days off from all the fun and excitem1702117 Feb 22 Sitting At Lydia Pauls Deckent here at the plantation and went over to Carrabelle Fl to visit with Lydia & Paul. We checked out the campground opportunities and decided that it would be more costly to drag the rig down there than taking a BnB for our stay. So we stayed at the Old Carrabelle Hotel, just 5 minutes from Lydia’s campground.


1702120 Feb 23 Old Carabelle Hotel Our BnB

Walks on the beach, games, touring 1702126 Feb 23 Lydia On The Beachand of course, eating out….. We had fun and it was great to see Lydia and Paul again. Our BnB was perfect for us. On our first evening, we tried the TV but only got a few channels and me being me, well, I screwed up the tuner and could only get a channel that looked like a heart monitor! The BnB owner was there the next day with a new TV and this time, Barb made sure I didn’t touch anything that can break!


1702148 Feb 24 Looking At The Counter AreaWe’ve always wanted to try out the Derailed Dinner truck stop on I10 so on the way home, we did. The food is good, the beer cold and the décor unique. The décor is centred around old cars and railway paraphernalia, interesting. Tractor seats along the lunch counter, a railway car as a dining room and other neat stuff.


We arrived back at the Plantation in time for our1702169 Feb 26 Barb And Terry At Clubhouse annual Mardis Gras celebrations so now is a good time to publish this post and hope you come back for another blurb soon – I will write another soon, honest!

Hope all is well where ever you are…..

January Weather is Great at the Plantation

January brings more great weather. Lots of sunshine and warm temps. That also brings some severe storms but I think here at the Plantation, we are in a geographical anomaly that forces the storms to bypass us either to the west of Mobile or they stay in the Gulf south of us. We get the rain and some winds but not the devastation or, maybe we’re just lucky!

1701003 Jan 03 Ann Joan Doug And BillNow that the Christmas and New Year celebrations have settled down, we are back in the routines of eating out, ladies quilting and the men sitting around the coffee table in the club house and more eating out. When the ladies need to acquire their fabric, their choice is A&E Pharmacy in Pensacola Fl. Their 1701007 Jan 09 Lunch At McGuires With Ann Billdear husbands hate to see the ladies agonize on that drive over so we accompany them and after the shopping, we go to McGuires Irish Pub for lunch and maybe a beer!

 

1701012 Jan 10 Finishing Up The 3D FlowerBarb taught a fabric 3D flower 1701016 Jan 10 Ladies 3 D Poppiescourse for the sewing/quilting ladies. She had about 15 ladies to teach – now, I wonder how that kind of class compares to today’s high school class!

1701023 Jan 11 Looking Down The Other SideThe ladies seem to start the social ball rolling all the time – I guess not unusual. They – about 25-30 or so do a monthly ladies luncheon. This was started several years ago. The men – well, it took one of the ladies to set a location and a sign-up sheet for the men to do the same. I guess we couldn’t do it for ourselves.

1701027 Jan 12 Barjello Quilt We Are Going To LearnThe quilt group found an instructor  to come to one of their meeting to teach them1702066 Feb 08 My Butterfly Bargello Finished how to start and build a Bargello Quilt. The picture shows you how the end result should look. Here is Barb’s Bargello with 3D butterflies.

1701042 Jan 20 Barb Gets Her Valentines BearWhile we were out shopping later in January, I gave Barb her Valentines gift but the catch was she could only visit it whenever we went back to the store!

1702036 Feb 04 My Eagle Has Landed

 

1702025 Feb 04 My Nature Of Things Hung In Garden RoomBarb entered the Robertsdale Quilt Guild Quilt show with a few of her pieces, the 3D Bald Eagle, and her Nature of Things quilt that is mostly hand sewn and now hangs on our bedroom in the rig.

1701053 Jan 25 Terry Cleaning Up The Yard

 

And while Barb is out and about, being the social butterfly, I’m back at the rig trying to make the yard look better, trimming the shrubs, weeding the walkway – I do that with spray so it’s not too onerous!

 

 

1701043 Jan 22 Barb Serves Sambuca Coffee Beans At Flatulent Fest

 

One of the festivities here is the ‘Flatulence Fest’ where 20+ cooks bring in their favorite soup, stew or any dish made with beans. Barb & I had difficulty deciding our favorite so we did Sambuca with floating coffee beans! It was a hit, we were out of our ‘dish’ early!

 

 

Well, that’s about all the news we have for January. I have included a few pictures below on some of the wildlife we see and some of the weather we don’t. Hope all is well where you are and come back again for more scintillating prose on our life….

 

 

1701026 Jan 11 Bald Eagle By The Water  1701040 Jan 17 Bunny On Our Deck  1701600 Jan 01 Pat & Rosss House In Lindsay

It’s Christmas Time at the Plantation

Well, it’s that time of the year again and it’s no different here at the Plantation – except maybe the number of people coming for dinner!

There are a few events that lead up to the day, group happy hours, lighted boat parades, blue grass and touring Christmas light displays – not that different than back home right?

1612074 Dec 24 Betty Jerry Host Happy HourThe new comers to the row here – Jerry & Betty – hosted a happy hour for all the residents here on ERPU row – about 27 people. Of course these are bring your own beverage and nibbles to share. It was warm enough that we had to move the food table to the shade so some of the treats didn’t melt down into a puddle. Some of the folks also kept moving their chairs out of the sun. It was a fun time with lots of chatter going on.1612052 Dec 16 Rod Milt Getting Official Greetings

TruGrass, a blue grass band, were performing again at Wales West and we try not to miss their concerts – they are talented and enjoyable musicians. Wales West also puts on a terrific light display for Christmas.

1612048 Dec 16 Good Will To All In Lights 

1612054 Dec 17 With Hetzels At Fish River Boat ParadeThe next night was the Fish River Lighted Boat Parade and again, this is another event we try not to miss. Some years we have been late arriving (2014) but always fun. The weather was warm and dry. Bill & Ann joined us and with our favorite beverages to fight off the cold.1612062 Dec 17 Fishing Anyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1612075 Dec 25 Under The Christmas TreeIt’s Christmas morning and the jolly man1612077 Dec 25 Barb With Her Present found us all the way down here in LA! Barb & I have a casual morning, having our gift exchange – yes, it is more difficult each year to find something for each other, enjoying our traditional rum & eggnog and breakfast. Barb went over to the clubhouse early to set up our table of 12 for dinner. After breakfast, we still had time to enjoy the weather out on the 1612079 Dec 25 Terry With His Giftsdeck on a Christmas morning – another reason we come down here!

1612084 Dec 25 Christmas Morning On The Deck

 

 

 

 

 

1612100 Dec 25 The Clubhouse Is FullIt seems to be an Escapee thing to be early when food is involved and today is no different. Many people arrived at the club house by 1:15 for our 2 o’clock Christmas dinner. Soon the room is full of the 120+ diners and the chatter is1612067 Dec 21 Back Front Of Ornament deafening – until dinner is served of course! Barb likes to make a small take away for each place setting or couple. This year she made cloth Christmas balls that can be hung on the Christmas Tree.Bridgette made us all tree shaped napkins so we had a very festive table.  After the meal we all stay to socialize as we can’t hear anyone during the festive affair and this works great.

On Boxing Day, we had Bill, Ann, Jerry and Betty 1612108 Dec 26 Ann Betty Jerry Bill Leave In Afternoonover for a brunch. Last year we heard a lot of talk about Canadian bacon and what we saw of it was a little insult to what was referred to as our back bacon. We brought down a slab and decided to prepare and serve it to our American friends so they know what it really is.

 

At our family Christmas in Ontario, Corrie and Dean announced that they were soon to be grandparents! Our minds immediately went to Mackenzie who is out east at university but they were talking about Dean’s son, Paul! Whew….. anyway,  congratulations Paul and Sabrina on the arrival of your son Mason. 

Mason, our new family addition is pictured here with Corrie, his grandmother.1612603 Dec 30 Corrie With New Grandson Mason Dean Coole

Well, that closes out 2016 for us our friends are a treasure and our family is growing again, we are so blessed.

I hope all is good where you are.

Alive and Well in Alabama….

If you have been wondering what and where we are, so am I! It has been sooo long since I have updated our blog that I can almost remember what to do….

Here it goes…. the last blog showed us entering the north end of Alabama and we arrived here at the Plantation around dinner time that day. We stopped to pick up some groceries for a few days and Bill had started the fridge so it would be cold on 1612003 Dec 01 Getting Ready To Check Outour arrival. We were on a bit of a time constraint coming down because the quilt ladies were going on a shop hop for fabric and other quilt supplies 2 days after we landed. We left a day lee way in case we had problems on the trip down, so Barb had a day to recuperate so she was fresh to shop! It is good to be back – we do miss our little house but we also miss the fun, the activities and the friends we have here so it is a trade off. The day off kind of disappeared – we hit the road running and we haven’t stopped since. There is nothing wrong with that – we like to be busy.

1612006 Dec 03 Terry Up On RoofOne of the ‘jobs’ that has to be done when we get here is attending to the rig. It survived better this summer as we prepped it better when we left in the spring – charcoal in pans, cat litter top absorb moisture and odors and the dehumidifier running to help reduce the humidity. We made  it much easier for Bill then we did for Ron.  Thanks for a job well done Bill.  1612005 Dec 03 Look At The Sago SizeThis made less clean up inside than we had the previous year. But the outside takes a beating – the humid weather along with the deathly sun, the outside looked terrible but nothing that soap, water and elbow grease can’t fix. You may notice in the pictures, how big the sago palms are getting…. when we took this site, the lower fronds were on the deck!

 

1612007 Dec 05 Barb Decorating For ChristmasNow that we’re all clean inside and out, it is time to set up for Christmas. We have hung the outdoor lights and now we decorate inside. All without our customary rum & eggnogs – we overlooked the eggnog the last time we were out shopping.

1612018 Dec 09 Betty Jerry Taber Thank You Dinner

 

We have new neighbors and friends on the row here, Jerry & Betty have finally got their site. To thank everyone for all the help to get them moved from one site to this one, they kindly took us out to Big Daddy’s for lunch! That was very generous of them and of course we welcomed them to the street!

1612027 Dec 11 Hank Sandy Chuck Kelli Barb Stacy DallasStacy, our neighbor turned 75 and wanted a few of us to go with her to McSharry’s Irish pub – who am I to say no – so before long, she had 15 other neighbors and the p a r t a e was on! Soon, with the dinner served and the beer cold, Stacy was on the floor – almost the table – doing the jig to the live Irish band playing in the corner. It was a fun time. I’m sure I may have said this once before, but I am sure there is a law somewhere the prohibits us oldies from having this much fun! If there isn’t, I’m sure we’ll be taxed some how….1612036 Dec 14 All The Ladies In The Room

The ladies of the park all go to a luncheon once a month at a predetermined restaurant. Usually, about 40 ladies attend and all have a good time. The men are not that well organized but we manage to find our way to some watering hole to keep ourselves fed.

 

This little excerpt takes us to the middle of December. Here is a picture of the front of our site and an azalea bloom on one of our plants in the back. I will post more soon if you dare to come back or have not fallen asleep from boredom!

1612038 Dec 16 Front Of Our Site1612041 Dec 16 Azaleas In Bloom

 

It’s Getting too Cold Here

Well, it won’t be long before our sights will be set on the trip south. If you haven’t heard, Terri, our daughter has been promoted to Partner in her accounting firm. This is an unusual move for a non-accountant individual and an honor. To celebrate, she invited about 120 people to her house to help her celebrate breaking the glass ceiling! Of course, mom & dad were invited so we packed a bag for an over-nighter!

They do throw a great party and here are some pictures:

1610115 Oct 22 Cheers From Terry1610117 Oct 22 Nancy Stavros Arrive1610121 Oct 22 Christines Cupcake Tree1610130 Oct 22 Terri And Her Mom1610132 Oct 22 Mark Tamara Terri Barb Diane Sherry Mike

1610124 Oct 22 Look Of Successful Partner

1610144 Oct 25 Barbs PaintingBarb took a painting class and the neatness 1610142 Oct 25 Barbs Paint Tablewas it was in a pub in Port Colborne! How good is that plan? Barb takes a class and I sat and watched sports or read and sipped a cool one or two. Now that is what I called a civilized paint class!

 

 

 

1611035 Nov 26 All Around The Table For Advent

 

The next grand event was our family Christmas dinner. It was held at the end of November and we all gathered at Dawn’s – our middle daughter in Napanee Ontario. To avoid the long drive back to Fort Erie after a huge meal, we took a B&B in Belleville. This was the same one we used when we were here to visit Dawn while she was in the hospital for a few days. Terri & Mark shared the B&B suite with us so the party continued after we left Dawn’s.

 

 

Sunday, we arrived back in Fort Erie and started packing the truck, organizing the house and emptying the fridge for the trip south. Our plan was to leave early but not by the alarm, just go when we were ready. Our plan for the first day was to get somewhere north of Nashville so the wee hours were not necessary. The border cr1611071 Nov 28 View Of Frost In Ellicottvilleossing was smooth and we were on our way. Stops for nature and fuel was the only plan. Things change as we got to I65 at Louisville, the weather was threatening and by the time we were just north of Bowling Green, it was getting bad. Strong cross winds and driving rain brought traffic to a stop on the Interstate and that is dangerous but drivers were pulling over but since they could not see the road markings, they didn’t know if they were off the road or not. The driver in our right lane was gradually moving into our lane and they were not aware. I carefully moved behind a big rig in the outside lane and followed his taillights. Being up high, he could see over the road spray and could see the road markings – at least that was my theory. Anyway, soon we were through the storm and decided 1611076 Nov 29 Arriving In Alabamaenough was enough, let’s find a motel so we pulled over at White House Tn and stayed the night. The next day, we had clear and sunny weather for the remainder of our drive. We pulled into our site just after 6, put groceries away and settled in to relax for the rest of the evening.

The rig was in great shape, no musty smell or dampness – I guess we prepared better this time. Bill was our caretaker and he said the dehumidifier was running every time he was in checking on it.

 

 

I hope all is good where you are……