Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I think I will find a nearby Radio Shack and get the cables and cords we need for our new entertainment system. I also need to find a cable hook-up cord. Not sure if I need to go to an RV store or not for that.
I'm still beyond tired, but I'm pushing through it and getting things accomplished. I can rest when I'm dead, right? LOL!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Today the trip finally took it's toll on us. We did nothing today, other than nap and lay around in my chair. Pirate did a few errands, but the only thing I got done was to drive down to my TFL's house and take care of her precious Poochie Pie Anna and Louie the incredible white ferret. I could still sleep some more and not feel rested. I tried as hard as I could to keep my energy level up and keep moving. I haven't even been out to the Gypsy Rose today! My mind has been working overtime, though. I'm arranging cabinets and how all of our clothes and linens will fit even as we speak. Gosh, I'm not sure at all where I'm going to store towels at. That teeny cabinet in the bathroom isn't going to work.
This morning, my muscles refused to work. With the big trip, then being so active, plus all of this wet weather...I am totally wiped out. I'm not even sure if I can make dinner for my Pirate tonight. Wow, am I ever glad we don't have a hard deadline to be out of the condo!
In other news, our youngest daughter Tracie has some wonderful news!! She landed an assistant manager position with an apartment complex in Seattle!! Her dreams are coming true, as well! We knew Seattle didn't stand a chance against Tracie's determination and drive! And Tracie's new job is only a couple of blocks from her roomie's work, so they can carpool until their current lease is up. The reality of Seattle traffic has hit!
We're headed toward the other end of the spectrum...a nice, slow pace like back in the 60s. This was one of the reasons why we thoroughly enjoyed the Mid West while we were there...open, friendly folks not in a fool rush.
I suppose I should get up outta this chair and get the bones moving....cuz tomorrow is going to be a busy day!
Also, the overhead cabinets in the kitchen are sweet, yes, but up too high. I need to purchase a step-ladder with rails!
I will take photos again when I am all moved into our Coach. I've got a litter box out in the 'garage' for now, but will get a smaller covered one. ACK! Where to put everything....sigh! Oh, to have this be the biggest 'dilema' in my life is so wonderful!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
As I look at each item, I almost kick myself for 'wasting' money on the things we cannot take. Did it give me pleasure when I bought it? Did I use it? Then it was worth it. Pirate just took all of the ties and suits he had amassed, and yes, amassed is the right word here, down to the Shelter. He was astounded by how many ties he owned. Oh, the things we take along with us on this journey called life.
We probably really needed these 'things' when we purchased them. Why else would they be here, right? With limited space, you are forced to rethink everything. If it's really, really necessary, you'll find a spot for it. But at the sacrifice of something else! I thought I had already pared down my wardrobe...HA! With only two drawers, three very small shelves, and half of a small closet (which part of my side is taken up by the Splendid Splendide) I'm a little be overwhelmed! And what am I going to put in some of the other cupboards? The ones above the couch...what will go there? What will go here, what will go there...Holy Moly!!
I guess I've taken a long enough break...so it's back at it! Hope everyone is having a super fantastic day....
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I had purchased, online, some of those handy dandy helper gadgets for my shelving issues...well, none of them fit!! My cabinets are just a wee bit too small. At least the drawer thingy will fit under the bathroom sink. Wow...I have my work cut out for me.
Before we left, we did not shop for groceries...no sense having to throw out spoiled food, right? So after nine days of 'road food' we come home to eat more road food! Today we are going grocery shopping, to a dr's appointment, and sometime in all of this we need to work on the condo and keep forward motion going. I would love to just crash and burn, as my pain is so bad. I am thankful my dear Pirate did all of the driving, but being disabled and in chronic nerve pain doesn't make 5000 miles sitting in a truck pleasant. I just feel so badly for what Pirate has had to do alone, I am pushing through the pain and just doing things anyway. I don't really have a choice!
I'm glad we don't have to sell the condo through 'regular' means, as that would mean deadlines to meet. We CAN do this at our own pace, but this beautiful family is living in such a small space I feel the pressure of wanting to make their dreams come true as soon as possible. This condo unit will be happy to have childrens' laughter once again echo in the halls.
As I was cooking our dinner last night, I was amazed at how inconvienant our house kitchen is! LOL! One thing I love about my Gypsy Rose is everything is right there. As these poor knees climb the 14 stairs, I want to already be in my new place!!
I will miss having three bathrooms, but we're old and know that sometimes, you are sick, sometimes things happen in the bathroom that aren't for the faint of heart...and it just is what it is! You know the 'honeymoon' is over when you can have explosive diarrhea with your spouse close at hand and not be embarrassed! LOL!!
The storms that we drove through in the Mid West are now causing havoc and destruction across the nation. Wow, are we blessed! I feel so badly for those effected, and for those RVers who are/were looking forward to a great weekend...please stay safe out there!!
Today I will work on packing up the 'treasures' and working on those remaining boxes of photos. It all seems so overwhelming with so much work still to do...one thing at a time and one day at a time! I am going to be good to myself in that I will take the time to label each and every box with the items inside. I know it's a pain now, but will be worth it later when trying to find something!
...speaking of finding things...has anyone seen my set of RV keys? I still can't locate them, lol!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Anyone who already knows us, knows that we are very blessed people. I want to take this time and point out a few things for those who are just getting to know Pirate & Kitty. About two years ago, we were thinking we'd move somewhere where it's always warm, oh, say Panama, for instance! Somewhere we could just fish, relax, do whatever...and Panama has a great standard of living as far as prices and with the Armed Services Bases, it's basically 'Americanized' down there. Eventually, we came to the conclusion we'd like to travel the USA in an RV. So, I started researching and dreaming....
Once we decided what we were going to do, it all started rolling. I found our RV, we started making purchases with RVing in mind, saw ourselves living in one, figured out what we needed to make it happen. We invested our time and energy, and it seems the Universe did the rest FOR us!! Our truck 'landed' in our laps. Even losing our diabetic Schnauzer to cancer was what was best, considering he was blind and last winter was one big ice storm.
The timing continued to just chug along like WE had planned all of this!! Even the timing of the delivery of the Coach coincided with us missing all of the Memorial Day Weekend traffic and hassle. There is just NO WAY it can be denied that a Higher Power, God, Intelligent Design...whatever label YOU want to put on it...is involved in all of this. Even the people we ran into along the way at motels, stores, rest areas...they were all there to tell us something, show us a short cut, a tid bit of knowledge. We take nothing we learn for granted, because we know we will NEED that information later.
We 1) decided what we wanted 2) put the effort and research into what we needed 3) allowed what came our way to come our way ....we didn't step on our own toes is the best way I can describe this part. 4) we are thankful for it all...even the worst, which was Boone's death.
We hope that we can inspire others to follow their dreams. Life is for LIVING!! Not for existing and just getting by. What is really important to you? Your 'things' or those you love? Get back to the simple life. You don't need botox and surgery to be happy, even Jessica Simpson doesn't look like Jessica Simpson without airbrushing and make up...so give it up. You don't need that certain car or huge house or whatever it is you 'think' you need. You were born with what you needed to live your life. So stop making excuses and start living it!!
We learned so many things on our 'shake down cruise' home, and I was going to go back and edit my 'swype' mistakes, but it is what it is and so I'm leaving them as is. We will post later about the tips we learned, such as dumping a bag of ice into the toilet as you travel down the road to 'loosen things up.' But for now, I have a lot of work to do!!
Here's to dreams coming true!!! Cheers!!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Then out of that area and before we connected back up with 90...gravel washboard road. Only one light fixture came loose!
We hope to make kennewick today, which is home. This phone has fabric us several times on this shakedown cruise. So thankful for it.
We pulled out of the walmart in laurel, mt at 6am. We'll see if we make it, but pretty sure we will. I am so proud of pirate and his handling of each situation as it arose yesterday. I sure married a good man!!
At least the detour was beautiful...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
We can't use cruise and have to make sure the turbo didn't kick on and weare fine. Really looking forward to getting home and getting this truck on the shop. Anyone know a good diesel mechanic in the tri?
We are going to just park tonight and hope we get home tomorrow. Shakedown cruise...perfect phrase.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We are very road weary! Ere staying at our first Good Sams, Als Oasis in South dakota. Very very nice spot outside reliance, sd.
We went to lower the front landing gear and saw that we lost one of our feet. God only knows where, lol. It's nice to have power, as we still need to figure out how to run only of battery power.
Going to rest my weary bones after I thank Brookey for watching over Willard and Tracie and Lindsay and Fella for staying with him this weekend. I don't know if Tracie called my folks to come visit or not while she's in town...if not, I'll be sure to hear about it.
We stayed at a Walmart last night, didn't put the slides out for courtesy sake. I learned a BIG lesson yesterday...put absolutely everything you need for the day in the truck...you can't just go inside and reach things at every pit stop.
Will update y'all later
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We're taking of in the morning for the long trip home...wish us luck.
So, last night was interesting, to say the least.
This site has trees in the way, so no awning out, couldn't hook up the sewer...if we were impatient or rasty nasty, we probably woulda ran screaming and given the coach back on the three day right of recision laws. Lol! It's funny that Boone came to visit me as we pulled away from the dealership... I started crying, with no reason why! I think he was saying hang in there Mom!
It's back to the dealership today...we'll see how today goes
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
We have a little 'issue' that we're not sure about, so we're happy Christine suggested parking tonight close to the shop. We're only 3 miles away, thank goodness. #1 is half way down the gravel road to our spot, we started hearing this God Awful squealing noise, metal on metal. I say it's the hitch, but what the heck do I know. ??? We weren't going to unhook tonight, but we had to so we could see if it was coming from the truck. NOPE! Also, since there are so many things to remember, we can't figure out how to do the water!!
The morning will be interesting! I promise picture will follow once we get home!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
OK, so, we sure saw a bunch of pretty country. Can't wait to go exploring the Badlands on the Harley some day. We may have to stop and take pics on the way home. It's as flat as they say on the Plains! WOW, this Mountain Girl was really surprised. It was similar when Tracie and I moved to Tri-Cities and couldn't tell our North/South/East/West on a cloudy day...we're used to mountains and hills to judge direction by! Thank goodness for GPS!
We called Rich at the Wixom General RV Center and he said we should make it there tomorrow, but we're not holding our breath. We're OLD!! hee hee He also said that The Gypsy Rose is in the shop getting her W/D installed. YAY!! I know they don't was huge loads or anything, but it's going to be nice to have the option. I spent too many years in my early motherhood with NO W/D, so I don't care if I have to wash them one item at a time, at least I CAN if I wanna!!
We have seen several smaller Class C's along the road the entire trip...heading West...and they are ALL Ford-based 'Chalet' units...some smaller, some larger, but all Chalets! We're wondering that since we're not far from Winnebago, MN if they are driving their units elsewhere?? We seem to see them in groups of 3-5. Interesting! A funny thing: Pirate no sooner remarked that he hadn't seen any Hummers with these high gas prices, and sure enough...one passed us on the left!
We're starting to get pretty road weary, but Scooter is riding like a champ! No complaints from her except when Daddy has the audacity to step out of the rig to fuel up (how DARE he?). I sent Pirate off to find a bar and some food to bring back to me...I couldn't leave her with that sad look on her face. She knows, and she works it!! hee hee
Okie Dokie, got me some research on the internet to do....We're almost there!!! YAY!!!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Started the day off by seeing a HUGE Grizzly Bear in a roadside attraction...from the freeway. Man oh Man was it HUGE! I'd hate to run across one in real life. So from Bozeman, MT to Rapid City, SD....we were tired critters when we pulled in!
Saw some antelope along the way...I saw a big huge pheasant in Buffalo, MT when we stopped for diesel and a potty walk. Sturgis was awesome, got some t-shirts for the boys while we were there at the Harley shop.
We're going to try and get all the way across South Dakota tomorrow. Wish us luck!!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Scooter did SO WELL on the trip...we are reminded that our Boone would not have done well on this trip...or traveling at all. Scootie only needs to stop every 2-3 hours, and with Boone, it woulda been every half of an hour. Brookey and Tony are watching the WillBilly. Hopefully Miss Tracie will be able to come down and stay with him. (It does NOT help that on TV there are starving kittehs) Momma don't like being away from him!
We're gonna hit it first thing in the morning, so it's a shower and bed for this kitteh. Pirate is sacked out with his widdle puppeh by his side.
Purr purr purr purr purr
Friday, May 13, 2011
This picture is from the start of Tracie and my adventure in life alone. Taken January 1989…right after we left a marriage that just wasn’t meant to be and moved in with my folks. Wow, Tracers, we sure went through some hard times, but we landed in the exact right spot, huh?! Can you believe where we both are today?
Tracie is in Seattle, all safe and sound with a promising job interview yesterday. She negotiated I-5 traffic and got a rock chip in her window as a souvenir. She is so happy to be following her dream in HER city, she didn’t even get upset! We are so proud of our youngest ‘chicklet’ as she spreads her wings and soars with the eagles!!
Miss Scootie pants has to go to the vet today and get updated on all of her shots and we will grab a copy of her vaccination records. I have read ahead that some RV parks do require your pet’s shot records. Glad I have been researching this all along…we’d have been stuck between a rock and a hard spot! I’m not going to do the same for WillBilly…I think our pets are over-vaccinated as it is! I had my Big Boy Boone titer tested and he did not need one more vaccination had he lived to be 100 years old. But, we are a nation of laws….and I’d hate for someone NOT to vaccinate their dog. If Willie catches something inside our house or trailer, then it was meant to ‘get him.’
I have some natural flea spray (clove oil) and this is about as harsh a chemical I’ll put on my babies. For Scooter’s ‘backne’ or “Schnauzer Bumps” we are using emu oil and it’s clearing it up rapidly!! Yay for holistic methods! It’s taken all of the red from her irritated skin and is soothing the itchies, too! The ‘bumps’ or blackheads, are also falling off! Thank you once again to her groomer, Nicole at Purrcision Pooch in Richland, WA.
I signed us up for Netflix yesterday…I did sign up for the DVD delivery, as we will be ‘in town’ basically until September, so we will have the chance to watch them…NCIS series!! I just used Tony’s address from the ‘git’ and once we hit the road for ‘reals’ I’ll take the DVD service off. It’s only $2 more/month, and only $7.99 for the instant access. We plan to hook our laptop to the TV to watch our movies on the ‘big screen.’
I also found an awesome TV app on my android phone! Watched the latest episode of NCIS on it this morning!
So, looks like we’re leaving tomorrow for Michigan…wish us luck and we’ll be posting down the road! Pardon any misspellings now, as I’ll mostly be update with ‘blogger-droid’ from my phone. My kitty-paws don’t do fine motor skills well anymore, so this swyping thang is working for me…but I still won’t be able to ‘really’ double-triple check my mistakes, so just enjoy the pictures, lol!
My big worry is going to be my Willie…and he’s just not going to be happy and there’s just not anything I can do about it….Brookey will be over, and of course, Tony will be over twice a day. Tracie will be here a few days while we’re gone, but not sure which days yet. Yep, Willie will have TONS of company…but it’s still not his Momma by his side. =(
I LOVE YOU MY TRACIE LYNNE!!!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Miss Tracie was here on her way thru to Seattle. Heather and Manix stopped by with Bella and ended up having dinner with us. Tony was here for dinner, so we had a full table, full house, and full hearts. We were only missing our Amy to be a complete family. This was the first chance Aunt Tracie has had to see Miss Bella, so it was a very special occasion.
Grandpa tried to teach her something bad here:
Manix had mentioned that occasionally she accidentally flips people off...so Grampy Pirate had to show her how to tell folks they're still NUMBER ONE!
Both girls mentioned how bare things were getting in the house and garage. I loved to hear them giggling and catching up...like old times when this big ol' condo was always filled with kids and laughter. Sure miss those days, Ladies!
Tracer is safe and sound in Seattle tonight, and we're wishing her success as she begins her job search. She already has some leads and most of those who have contacted her are just waiting for her to get there and show up for some interviews. Seattle isn't gonna know what hit!!! Wahooo!!! It's also very, very comforting having her only 3 1/2 hours away--for now! It's Mom & Dad's turn to fly the nest next!!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
“Just in case” y’all hadn’t noticed…WE LOVE OUR KIDS!! Our youngest, Tracie, is currently 2 hours away or less from here…Seattle via Mom & Dad’s house. Tracie is following her dreams and is moving to Seattle to live with one of her Lifers, Lindsay. I have so much admiration for Tracie to step out on Faith and go for it. She has some job ‘possibilities’ when she gets there, but no actual j-o-b to go to. We know our Tracie, though…and Seattle doesn’t stand a chance!
It will be so very handy for us to have Tracie in Seattle, as Pirate’s sister Cathy lives there, and our oldest, Amy, is in Bellingham…a mere hour North! Tony will be ‘all alone’ in Tri-Cities soon. We are so thankful to him for being our point man and all-around go-to guy.
Bettered hit the store while Tracer is still in transit…don’t you just love the picture? It is my tassel and hers together…20 years difference. I certainly had some struggles along the way, having her so young and doing almost the entire thing alone…until meeting Pirate when she was age 14. So, yep, we’re kinda tight! purr purr purr
Okey dokey, the Pirate is ready to hit the supermarket….we need things for the weekend with Tracie and also to get ready for our trip to Michigan….I’ll bet not only everyone in the neighborhood will hear us squeal…YOU probably will be able to hear us, too! SQUEEEE!!!!!!!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Finally, we know the day we’re leaving! We have an appointment for the hitch on the 12th, then on the 14th, we’ll shoot on out to Wixom, Michigan and go get our new home!! I don’t know if everyone is this excited for their new Coach or not, but I can hardly stand myself! LOL!
We’re sitting here waiting for the phone call to take Ruby to her new owner. I’ve been working on the ‘to scan’ picture pile all day, and Pirate has been working on cleaning up Ruby. He took her for a bath and is cleaning, dusting, vacuuming her out for Mikey and his family. I’m really happy Ruby is staying ‘in the family’ but sad my TFL Brookey wasn’t able to purchase her.
I’ve got a list of items I’ll need to take with us to Michigan…working on fine-tuning it. We’ll need to bring our own bedding, towels for bathroom and kitchen, the new coffee pot, thermos, of course our personal items for 10 days…as well as what Scooter will need and her Service Dog vest. But what I’m more worried about is Willie.
Willie will have to stay at home while we’re on the shakedown cruise. We have never been apart for that long before! Momma don’t like! I’m sure Willie don’t like, either! Tony will feed him and clean the outhouse, Brookey will come by as often as possible, and hopefully Tracie will come stay a couple of days…she doesn’t know what her schedule will be yet, of course. Sometime in there my folks will come over to see Tracer so I’m sure Willie will have lots of company. I just hate that he has to sleep alone. He always lays on top of me at night, usually on my stomach or legs. Nothing like the soft lullaby of a warm purring kitteh to drift off to.
You like the Pirate/Kitty graphic I found? I was waiting for an occasion to use it, hee hee.
One step closer to the ROAD!!!
Monday, May 2, 2011
Next Saturday, my Tracie will be home! She will stop through on her way to Seattle. It's gonna be an awesome Mother's Day for this Kitty! I am still undecided as to calling my folks to see if they wanna travel to the Tri to see her...I will, though...I promise!!