Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day

We are still in Chesterfield, Virginia, and are having a good time. This morning we were up bright and early (6:15 a.m.) as to go over to the Keefer's to watch Jenna open her Santa Claus presents. Jenna is our Great-niece and she will turn a year old on January 14. It was fun watching her open all her presents with the help of Mommy (Dana) and Daddy (Brian). Lots of pictures were taken but I cannot post them as I forgot to bring the upload cable.

We all came back over to Betty (my sister) and Roy's (her husband) to prepare breakfast for a big crowd consisting of Betty and her family (7), Aunt Blanche and my cousin Fred from Atlanta, Aunt Lizzie Y. and Uncle Bryan (my mothers sister and brother), my cousin Mary and her husband Harry, neighbors Bridgett, Arlene and Al, my Mother and Russ and myself. Roy and Russ left Dana's at 8:30 to come and begin frying the bacon and sausage. They also made waffles, biscuits, and scrambled eggs. Both Aunt Lizzie and Aunt Blanche bought delicious
baked apples. Everything was great.

Just as soon as everyone was finished eating and all of the breakfast leftovers were put away and the roast for dinner was started then the card games began. We first played a dice game where you bought three chips for $3. In this game you rolled dice and you passed your chips either left, right or to the middle. The object of the game was to be the last one with a chip. I did not win here.

We next played 31 where you are dealt three cards and you are trying to beat at least one person. At your turn you can either pick a card or knock. If you have the lowest hand then you must pay a $1 to the banker. Again it is whomever has money left at the end of the game wins. Didn't win here either.

Just before dinner was ready eight of us went to see Dave and Lori's new house. After two years of hard dedicated work on it they were finally able to move in. This house is a work of art and all done by these two fine young people. We are all very proud of them.

Once back at Betty's we had roast beef, potatoes and carrots, string beans, homemade rolls and all kinds of pies that Betty made. Once everyone was full, it was back to the card games. Again Russ and I had no luck but it was fun. Everyone left at about 10:30 pm and those of us left were ready for a good nights sleep.

This morning Betty took off for shopping and Russ, Mama and I went for a ride to check out a couple of the Elks Lodges in this area. We enjoyed just taking some of the roads that we used to use and see how much the area has built up.

I had dinner tonight with Cindy and her family. I took each of the children an outfit and a toy, so hope that they enjoy what I got them. I also took Morgan a birthday present as her birthday is Sunday.

On my way home, I stopped and called my brother to check on he and his daughter. I just wish that I could get through to him and have him understand that we do care about him and want to help him the best that we can.

A very busy but fun past couple of days.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Going to Richmond, Virginia for Christmas

After spending the past two days down in Frostproof with my mother we loaded luggage for all three of us into the car and headed to the Orlando Airport. We first made a stop at the Advance Parking Area to leave the car at a price of $7 per day which includes valet parking, covered parking and shuttle service to the airport.

We arrived at the Air Tran terminal at 11:45 am and got our boarding passes in short order. I had checked online about getting seat assignments and they wanted $6 for this service. I decided just to wait until we reached the airport and take whatever they gave us. I sure am glad that I did as as seats were immediately behind business class and there was adequate leg room for all of us.

Our flight time was 1 hour and 30 minutes with very little turbulence. The Captain, Michael Boos, and his crew were excellent and very accommodating. My brother-in-law, Roy McCarthy, picked us up at the curb and we were on our way to meet my sister, Betty, my nieces Lori and Dana and their spouses Dave and Brian and my great niece, Jenna for dinner at a new restaurant in Chester by the name of Sibley's. This is a very good Bar-B-Que restaurant. We all came away very full.

It was then on home for us all and we enjoyed watching the movie "ELF" on TV. I went out and took a few pictures of my sisters decorations on her house and found out how cold it was outside. Tonight it is suppose to get down to around 29 and then tomorrow it is suppose to be raining. I hope that it will clear off a little so that I can go Christmas shopping as we did not want to travel with anything.

Tomorrow my mother's doctor will be stopping by to give her a cortisone shot in her knee. Can you believe a doctor actually coming to the house on a Sunday. He said that the reason that he is going to do this is that he will be the only one in the office next week and it is easier to give this shot in the home. Nice guy!!!!!

I forgot to bring my cord to upload pictures so will do that when we get back to Orlando next week.

Hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Slow Week

The past week has been very pleasant with nice and warm days, some clouds, temperatures in the 80's and fog to start the day but not lasting long at all.

Russ has been going up to the recreation hall to play pokeno during the afternoon. I have been doing a lot of reading and computer work while he is gone. On Tuesday's we travel down to Frostproof, Fl., to see my mom and we stay to play BINGO, leaving after we have gotten our share of money returned. This week I won one pot and my mom won one of the big pots. We keep on trying and have a good time at it. Nancy Leivas also comes up to play Bingo from Sebring.

Today we took the motor home over to RV Connection for them to inspect the refrigerator doors and order new ones as the spacer on the bottom is broken and they do not have replacements except to order new doors. We also have to have maintenance on the frig for it to have another year warranty on it. We will have this done when the doors come in.

After having the frig looked at we took the motor home back to Thousand Trails Orlando and put it into storage for the next two weeks while we are in Richmond, VA. for Christmas. We fly out on Saturday morning and it will be the first time that we have been home for Christmas in over 23 years. My mom is also going with us and it has been that long for her also. This should be a very interesting time as my niece has her little girl and it will be her first Christmas, I will get to see Cindy, my daughter that I gave up for adoption, and her three children. My other niece just moved into her new house so we will be spending time there. We are really looking forward to this trip and all that it is sure to bring.

We wish all of our family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Yesterday (Sunday) my sweet husband made us a big breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, his country ham, home fries and toast. It tasted great and we both enjoyed it very much.

We decided to take a ride over to Camping World in Kissimmee, Florida, to see if we could find filters for the in-coming water. We did not find what we needed but did find bicycles for each of us. With staying here at TT for the winter we will get much use out of them. The only problem is that they only had one in stock and the other one should arrive in about two weeks. I got a good deal on them as the original price was $209, the sale price was $179 and they let me have the two for $299. Another good thing about these bikes is that the fold up and fit in the back of the car.

Today we went to Lakeland, Florida, and had lunch at Golden Corral with the Holiday Rambler 400 Club. We joined this group in 2007 when in Du Quion, Illinois, at the Holiday Rambler International Rally. There were 34 people there for lunch with most of them having known each other for many years. We knew a few and enjoyed meeting others. We will continue to go to the luncheons once a month while here in Florida.

We then stopped by RV Connections to set up an appointment to have the refrigerator serviced and have them order the doors. We will take the moho over for them to look at it on 12/18 and then put it in storage while we are back in Virginia for almost two weeks.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only 17 days away.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Home For A While

We finally left the Monaco Repair Facility on Thursday about noon and moved down the road about 5 miles to Three Flags RV Resort on Hwy 44 in Wildwood. The reason for going there was that I had changed our reservations at Thousand Trails from Thursday until Saturday as I did not know when we were going to be finished with the repairs. We ended up having only the slide worked on and will get the refrigerator taken care of after Christmas. They are going to have to order new doors and if we had done it at Monaco we would have had to wait for them to come in and be installed. That could have been as long as a month or more.

We will be in Space G30 until 12/19 when we go down to pick up Mama in Frostproof and fly back to Richmond until 12/31. On 1/1 we will come back here to Orlando and spend the next three months. This will be something different for us as we are use to moving after being in a spot for two to three weeks. There is much to see around here to we will spend our time being tourist some days and full timers other days.

Last night while at Three Flags RV Resort, we went up to play BINGO. Buy-in is three cards for $2 and you can play their horse race for $1. I won one and a half games for a total of $8 and Russ won one game for $3. We had spent $5 for cards and horse race plus $2 for ice cream. We came home $4 ahead so we had a great night.

During the day Russ has started waxing the house so he is staying busy and out of trouble for now. He will complete the job one of these days.

We have nothing planned so will just have to wait and see what the next few days have in store for us.

Until next time, take care.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Slow Day

We are still in Wildwood, Florida, at the Monoco/Holiday Rambler Repair Facility. After waiting the entire morning for Brady, our service writer, to come by Russ went to the office and happened to see him there. He said that he really did not need to come out with the description of our problems that Russ had given yesterday, he knew what we needed. The next available technician would not be available until Thursday. They already know that they are going to have to order parts so why can't someone come and just get that started.

During the night we had a very hard rain. It woke me so I got up just to make sure that all the windows were closed and no leaks anywhere as we only had three of the slides out. When we awoke this morning, it was 44 degrees out but did continue to warm into the 70's this afternoon.

Around noon I took a ride over to "The Villages" and went to Wal-Mart. Did not buy anything just walked around looking and stretching my legs for a while. I came back by the moho and picked Russ up and we went and ordered fruit to have sent to his mother and sister for Christmas.

It was turkey vegetable soup for dinner and now some tv.

Until the next time, take care.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Service Work

This morning we left Thousand Trails, Peace River Preserve in Wauchula, Florida, at 8:14 A.M and headed north on Hwy. 17 to Bartow, Florida, where we picked up Hwy. 98. We traveled north to Dade City where Hwy. 301 joined Hwy. 98 and we followed this to Wildwood, Florida, for a total of 109 miles.

Russ checked in with the receptionist here at Camp Monoco, Florida, and we were told that the Service Writer would hopefully be out to see us this afternoon, if not, in the morning. They did know for sure that we would not be able to get a service technician out until Wednesday or Thursday. We did not have a reservation for service so will just have to wait until they can fit us into their schedule. The reason that we are here is that we keep breaking a bolt when putting in the road side slide in the living room and the spacer piece on the refrigerator door have broken and we have to lift up on the door to get it to close.

Late this afternoon we took a ride over to The Villages for supper at Golden Corral. This is one of the largest that I have seen and the food was very good and plentiful. It was back to the moho and TV until bedtime.

For tomorrow, we will just have to wait and see what the Service Writer tells us and then decide how to spend our day.

Until then, take care.