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February 15 (Approximately) to June - Gate Guarding, TX or LA.

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September - NOMADS Annual Meeting, Branson, MO

Monday, July 28, 2008

Back to the grind

We got back this afternoon after camping with friends and family since Thursday down near Ocean City MD. We stayed at Castaways RV Resort. For the two previous years on this trip we also all stayed at the same campground. However, it was then Eagles Nest.

This Campground is completely renovated. They have done a remarkable job in less than a year. Since it is on the bay and right across from Assateague Island they can command a hefty fee. This year it was $59 a night. Next year it goes to $79. with a 7 day minimum. Too rich for my blood.

This cost is fine for those folks who use this as their yearly vacation. However, we would always go for just 4 days/nights. Since we hope to be fulltiming by next July it is a non-issue. And as fulltimers we sure would not be paying any $553.00 per week!!

We did have a good time and lots of good eating. Most of our friends and family stay until Wednesday. Not us - it is back to the salt minds tomorrow. Oh to be able to have just taken off in what ever direction we chose when we pulled out at 11 am this morning and not have to think about w o r k i n g and j o b s.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Not the end of mowing

Len took the mower to a friend who fixes small engines, etc. He picked it up this morning. Lew checked it out and put some oil or something it in. He then mowed for 15 minutes and no problem. Too hot to try it out today. Maybe tomorrow?

Amy, Scott and Charlotte are up from Cockeysville, MD. They are at a family reunion on her father's side. Then going to visit friends. They won't be here until around 9 tonight.

In 45 minutes Len and I are scheduled to serve dinner at the Matriarc Center at Seabrook House. Being only 1/2 mile up the road, we have not even started getting ready.

We shopped last night for supplies for next weeks camping trip. Len has installed the stabilizer bars under the fiver. Anxious to test them out.

Well, time to get ready....

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Finally - time to rest

We had a great two days with Charlotte. Friday night we took her to the ending program and picnic for our church's Vacation Bible School. On Saturday we took her to Storybook Land down near Atlantic City. My, has that place grown since last we were there. Of course that was when grandson Justin was little and he turns 21 in September. About that same time we took daughter Cassie when she was visting from Louisiana and she must have been about 8 or so.

At first the rides scared Charlotte but she got over that real fast. After about 3 1/2 hours in the park we were ready to head home. Today we went to church and then left the house a little after 12. We met Amy about 1/2 way between our homes and got back home at 3:30. Len turned the TV on but I would be willing to bet he's zonked out.

We saw lots of RV's on the road. Bet they were headed home from a fun weekend. Only 12 days and we head out for a 4 1/2 day campout.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Might be the end of mowing

Well, I got about 1/2 the yard mowed and heavy smoke stated pouring from the mower. I yelled to Len who was still working on the stabilizers for the fiver. He ran in the house and got the extinguisher. By the time he got back out an apparent fire was out. He started the mower again. Within few seconds more smoke. He started it three more times and more smoke. So, I guess the mower goes to the shop. No way will I buy a new riding mower for only the next few months. And if this is going to cost a lot to repair, that either. I would rather the field be left to grow and pay someone to mow the rest of the yard.

Tomorrow we are leaving work an hour early and headed toward Baltimore. It's been a month since we have had Charlotte with us. We meet Amy at the Cracker Barrel at exit 80 on I95. That exit is about 3/4 of the way to their house. She's been telling Charlotte that Grandmom and PopPop will be coming to get her for the weekend. We are excited.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I am learning how to do this little by little

Okay, I managed to get this blog started with relatively little effort. Friends from our RV WW site have helped. Thanks for the input Karon and Ellie. WTG Mary and Maureen. I even figured out how to add a picture. It is of Leonard and our youngest GD Charlotte who will be two on July 28. We had her with us camping back in April.

Hubby loves to build things and tinker in his shop. He especially likes metal working and welding. The last few days he has made braces to better stablize our Fifth wheel when it is set up. As anyone knows who has been in a fifth wheel, if it is not just right there can be some sway when walking around inside. The braces he made would cost more than $250 at Camping World or through an RV dealer. The cost of the materials was less than $30. and he's had fun making them. He sure does come in handy. I am anxious to see how they improve our rig when we next camp which isn't until the end of July.

We have had two real hot, humid days. It is expected to cool down a little tomorrow. If so, I will jump on the riding mower. It takes at least 3 hours to mow our yard as it is a little over two acres. One more job I will not miss when fulltiming! (well maybe a little)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 8, 2008

In May 2006 camped for a week in Charlottesville, Va. We met a couple who were workamping and fulltimers. Being new to Rving we had never heard of people actually living in an RV. WE WERE HORRIFIED! You mean people actually roamed the country and had no "home"??

We continued RVing through that summer. By September we were hooked. We decided that we would become fulltimers when Leonard turned 62 in January 2011. Yea, that was our plan.

However, the next Spring we had a 48 year old mechanic at the plant where I worked come to work and 15 minutes later was dead of a heart attack. One week later a supervisor died of cancer at 52. Me, being, 5 years older than Leonard did not want to work until age 67. So, we crunched the numbers and decided to start fulltiming in 2009, a full two years earlier than original

What have we done so far? Sold our 1988 motorhome, bought a 2002 38" Cedar Creek Fifthwheel trailer, participated in two yard sales, sold our horses and horse trailer, sold our rototiller and weed whacker, gave away lots of stuff and put the house on the market.

Okay- that brings us to today. Our goal to head on out is only 207 days away. Everything is contingent on selling this house. We will see....