Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Living In The Jungle

Monday November 27- We have become really comfortable here. Jeff thought maybe he would get bored spending a month in this park. Today is was a nice day so we hung around here. I decided to give Belle a haircut. She really needs it. I did that first thing so it wasn't quite as hot. She was really good and it looks really nice. I spent some time at the pool this afternoon. I really like the pool. It's super big, heated, and it's not busy. Did I say you can bring your floaties...... Well you can. I have been using my new floating bean bag chair. It is awesome.


Tuesday November 28- Another pretty day, so no movie. We decided to drive thru The Safari next door. We have done this before, but who could not get excited about a drive thru a safari? I got my camera ready and my phone to capture so shots. We really like this place. It's small enough to make it personal. It is not overly crowded so you don't feel as it you must rush. They have 2 lanes to drive on and places to pull over and watch. They give you a C.D. that talks about each area and what animals you will see.

























The park is 245 acres, home to over 800 animals from all over the world. These animals are all roaming free,except the lions. They do roam across the roadways frequently so know that the animals have the right of way. As you can tell by the pictures, that is true. Jeff had an ostrich that really seemed to like him. It's also awesome getting such a close view of these critters. It takes about an hour and a half to drive through it. Then you park and do the walk through exhibits. We saw spider monkeys, even a brand new one that was just born in October. There are monkeys. flamingos, birds and giraffes. You can feed the giraffes for a small fee.







The gals at the giraffe feeding station were super nice. It cost $2.00 for 3 pieces of lettuce. Those giraffe know what to do too. It is a blast. They get really close to your face. Such beautiful animals. After the animals we played a game of putt putt there as well. If you have small children this place would be great. They have a petting zoo, a splash pad and some kid rides. All of this is included in your price...well feeding the animals cost extra. We headed back home to check on our dogs. Here are a few more pictures from my camera.




















We finished out the night by going out for supper at Outback Steak House. It was good.

Wednesday November 29- Today it actually looks like it could rain. I decided to go to town by myself. I need to go to Walmart. Jeff likes to skip that task. I found it and I spotted some other places across the street from there I had to stop at. I had a list of things to get and I think I got them all plus some. I found a Petsmart, Hobby Lobby and Big Lots. I got home just in time to get my stuff unloaded and me loaded back into the truck to go to the movie. We have been planning on going to the show for a while. The weather man kept saying rain but the sun had other ideas. I guess if you keep predicting rain, eventually you get it right. Well Jeff found this theater online. We headed that way. The place looked a little sketchy but we went in. It was a good deal because tickets were only $5.00. We saw the movie Wonder, we both liked it. Our popcorn was good too. There weren't many people in the theater either.

Thursday November 30- Well we inherited some free tickets to the safari next door. We only had a couple days to use them before they expired. So we went again. The couple told us we have to feed the Lori birds. So we wanted to make sure that happened. It was another beautiful day to do it.










Again lots of pictures to share. It was just as wonderful this time. When we walked in to feed the birds they surprised me. One flew and landed on my head , my arm and I didn't even have any food yet. They know what's coming for sure. We loved the birds. So happy for those given tickets. We would have never experienced those birds. We went home, walked the dogs and just enjoyed the day. We had plans to meet Kip and Amanda for supper tonight. We met them last year while volunteering at J.D. We were on our way over when I received a text saying that the place they had chosen was a no go. So we met them at another place, it wasn't opened yet. So we picked Duffy's together and headed to it. We are in downtown West Palm and it is super busy. Come to find out they are having a tree lighting or something. Well our food was good. The company was what we came for and it was great. Then I had to get dessert, which was marvelous.



When we went to get out of there the traffic was crazy. There were cars everywhere going no where. It took us a bit to get out of the mess and on the way back. We had a great time catching up with friends.


Friday December 1- A new month and the last one of the year. We didn't have any big plans today. Jeff got me an instant pot for Christmas so since it came early we thought we might as well give it a try. We had some stew meat and added potatoes and carrots. It was really good. It was so quick too.

Saturday December 2- Today Jeff washed the truck and I cleaned out the inside. Boy did it need that. When we travel it's hard to wash it because a lot of places don't allow it. This place does and so we took advantage of that. Ruby likes to be where we are so when we are outside, she likes to be in her playpen. After all that hard work I went to relax in the pool.



Sunday December 3- Today we decided to make the trip over to Generation Church. We go to the first service which is at 8:30. The drive over wasn't bad. It took about 45 minutes. As we walked up it was wonderful to be welcomed back.


It was wonderful to be back. The worship...great....the message...great...the people.....great. So glad we made the trip. After the service we went for breakfast at one of Jeff's favorite places...First Watch. He had a omelet, I had a cinnamon roll pecan waffle. Mine was extremely yummy. Jeff will tell you his was as well.


After breakfast we went to Trader Joe's to get some groceries. Had quite a list and managed to find everything I needed. A really good day.


Monday December 4- Happy Birthday to our daughter in law....Katie. Then I received a text from Justin saying that he and Molly are at the hospital. So today we anxiously waited for some baby news. I took the truck and went to town to get some pictures developed and my prescription filled. While out I figured I might as well do some shopping. I went the other direction on highway 7. I found TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning. They were worth looking at. I found Miss Ruby a Christmas shirt. She looks extremely cute.



It was a long day waiting for news. I kept texting and he would text back but this baby is taking it's time. Finally after waiting most of the day I thought maybe she would wait and give birth on my birthday, but while I was in the shower I saw a text come thru....She's here...Maddyn Jo Marlin. Born at 7:57 p.m. She weighs 7 pounds, 4 ounces and is 19 inches long. She decided to share her birthday with Auntie Katie. We are over the moon happy. Our baby is a daddy. We are so happy for Molly and Justin. We can't wait to meet her face to face. What a super great day.


Tuesday December 5- Happy Birthday to me....We couldn't wait to facetime Justin to see our new princess. Jeff asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. Well it clouded up so we decided to take in another movie. This time we went to a theater located in the mall at Wellington. After finding the place we got some popcorn and went in. Wow...it was a nice theater. Only 72 seats because they are all recliners with a table. We felt right uptown. The movie was good too. We went to see Lady Bird.


All day we were on cloud 9, getting new pictures of our princess. Seth and Katie went to meet her and sent pictures. Here are a few pictures of my favorite birthday gift.







On the way home from the movie we stopped at the store, Jeff got me an ice cream cake. We got home and made a very yummy supper, followed by the cake...today was wonderful.


Wednesday December 6- The kids and baby were suppose to be going home today. Justin called to say the baby is breathing fast so they want to check on it. Well you know how that can go. They ended up keeping them over night. So we are worried for the kids and baby. Jeff purchased me a ticket to fly back next Wednesday. Seth also called today to tell us Ashton's games this weekend are going to be live streamed. We will be able to watch him play. We were talking back and forth all day trying to figure out what was going on. It was a long day. Justin said she did really good while they did the sonogram.





















Thursday December 7- It is a scorcher. Walked Ruby early. Jeff worked on waxing the rig.We spent the day waiting to here from the hospital. Tried not to bother them to much because I knew they had enough on there minds. Late in the afternoon Justin texted saying they are going home. Oh boy what a relief. They couldn't get out of there fast enough. All is right with the world.




















Friday December 8- Today a day of relaxing. Miss Maddyn had a good first night at home. It is so humid and hot here. Me, I'm going to the pool. It was more crowded today than I have ever seen. I think the snowbirds are showing up. Took the dogs to the dog park this morning, boy if that isn't something to see. No pics because they are so fast the pictures are a blur. We wore them out that's for sure.



























Saturday, December 2, 2017

Made It To Florida


Monday November 13- Today was a travel day for us. We were on the road a little before 9. We also had great weather to travel. We made a couple stops at rest areas like we always do. Just to check and make sure everything is alright. We like to get the dogs out too. We made our way toward the ocean and had to make a right turn on to A1A. Oh boy was it a tight turn. Jeff is always careful with his tires but it was nearly impossible to not hit that curb, we hit the curb. You could also see that there was some damage to the area from the recent hurricanes. We found our park, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area. There are 2 different campgrounds. One is on the ocean side the other on a inter coastal. The ocean side is older and the sites are smaller. We didn't stay there. It was good to because the wind over there the first 3 days was crazy. Our campground was new and the sites were big and easy to get in. We landed on site #58. We have 50 amp, water but no sewer. We did notice that a few sites do have sewer...maybe next time. The shower house was located right across the road. They were awesome, clean and fairly new. They also had washers and dryers. This is our first visit to this park and we loved it from the start. They have a really nice boat ramp too. We settled in and walked around a bit. We are here for 5 days...first Florida stop.





















Tuesday November 14- It looked good out there this morning so I put Miss Ruby in my basket and we went for a bike ride. Rode down by the water to check it our. The sunshine didn't last long the clouds rolled in and wind with it. We even got a few sprinkles, so back we went. We hung around home and did some cleaning.






















Wednesday November 15- Today we had to make a trip to Petsmart. Ruby or Belle managed to slice the canvas part of her playpen and Ruby escaped. Now Jeff doesn't trust it. We needed to come up with another option. So in to town we go. Took Ruby with us. We purchased a folding crate with a plastic tray on the bottom. We can put her little kennel inside with her pee pad and she still has room to move around. We feel better about leaving her in this one. She seems to like it.


Thursday November 16- Happy Birthday to our youngest son Justin! In honor of his birthday we decided to celebrate and go to Marineland. It is billed as the world's first oceanarium. We got there just about when they opened. It is located right on the ocean. We paid our fee, plus the tour and to feed the dolphins. This is no Sea World, but we didn't expect that. We knew what we were going to see. I love that this place in on the ocean. We had a great day too.




We made our way down the walkway to meet our guide and get our tour. We first stopped by the dolphin tanks and watched some of there residents. Who doesn't like to watch dolphins?






















After we watched the dolphins for a while, then we went into the building and started the tour. It was very interesting. The big tank had windows to watch and film the dolphins. They filmed the underwater scenes for Sea Hunt here. When they opened this place they thought dolphins were like fish. Nobody had trained them. They hired someone from Barnum to come train the dolphins. He took the job but wasn't sure if he could train them. This was one hopping place in the day.





















Here Jeff is checking out the 3-D  camera. We also had some aquariums and we were lucky enough to see this eel. They say he hardly ever comes out of his hiding place. Our tour guide was full of answers for our questions. Come to find out this was her first tour but she did a wonderful job, she made it fun.




After our tour, we had to pass by the dolphins again. Yes we had to stop and watch. Our next adventure was to touch and feed the dolphins. We paid extra for it. Jeff and I had a gal take us to the habitat. We got to meet Zach. We got to feed him some fishes. We got to pet him. He just stayed right there and let us pet him. We both loved it. We couldn't really take pictures because we were all wet. They had someone taking pictures for us. We didn't get the pictures but he had some funny shots. We had a great morning there. Next we drove on up A1A toward St. Augustine. First we stopped at a little place one the workers at Marineland told us about, South Beach Grill.





















Very nice little spot right on the ocean. The food was really good. We even got to see some turtles while we ate. It was a good pick. Then onward to St. Augustine to check out the fort.





There was a fee to go in but a lady came out and gave us a pass to get in. We did a quick look around and then made our way to the business district. Again we just wanted to walk around and see a little bit of the city. It seemed to be a really nice place to visit. Here are a few pictures from the day.























We didn't do much shopping except for the awesome fudge we bought. Then we headed back to our rig to see how the pups did.


Friday November 17- It was cool this morning but the wind had died down quite a bit. We grabbed Miss Ruby put her in my basket and rode our bikes over to the doggy beach. It was Ruby's first visit to the beach. We think she liked it but she wanted to eat everything she saw.
























After a little beach time we went back. It was such a nice day we decided to take the kayaks to the boat ramp and try a little fishing. We haven't had them things in water for so long. It was nice, but the fishing wasn't good. Oh well it was a nice day just to enjoy being on the water.




When we got back we visited with some neighbors. He is a firefighter. It was nice getting to visit with Rick and Diana. Tomorrow we move to another spot. We really like this park and would come back again.

Saturday November 18- We are heading south again today but not very far. It's only going to be about 1 1/2 hour ride. We love those travel days. Super easy drive, and easy to find our R.V. park. We arrived in Mims Florida and Seasons in The Sun  R.V. Park. Really a nice park. We are only staying 2 nights here. Our site #132. We have 50 amp service, water and sewer. This park offers plenty. They have 2 pools, a hot tub, tennis courts, dog park, and laundry. It is well taken care of. We set up and I went to the pool. Jeff took the dogs to the dog park.























While I was  at the pool I was talking to some people and found out a pizza place we are going for supper. Super nice people here. Our pizza was really good and so was the service....yummy.



Sunday November 19- Cool morning, we found us a Waffle House for breakfast. It was a whole lot better than our last visit. When we got back I went to the hot tub. The pool area opened at 10 and that's when I got there. Jeff joined me for a bit. Then he went back and I sat by the pool. Came back around noon and decided to get my laundry caught up. The clouds came in and we had a little rain.  Jeff surprised me with tickets to watch the Blackhawks play the Florida Panthers....so excited.


Monday November 20- Today is another travel day. We didn't have much unloaded so it was easy to pack up. We got on the road a little after 9. We have about 160 miles to travel. We are heading to The Lion Country Safari KOA. We stayed here our first year out. This time we will be here a month. Last time only 3 nights. They escorted us to our site #82. It is a pull through with 50 amp, water and sewer.  We unhitched and got set up. This time we got out some stuff. I even put together my hanging chair. It was nice to have our stuff out to enjoy. I decided to get a grocery list made out and get to the closest Publix to beat all the holiday traffic. Well the store was only about 4 miles away. The store was still pretty busy. I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. Now we have all the stuff we need for the holidays. We walked around the campground checking out everything. They have a really nice pool here that is heated. They have a doggy park as well. What we like the best is all the animal noises you here. The lions really moan, mostly morning and evening. You can also hear some monkeys. If you close your eyes it's almost like you are in Africa....kind of.





Tuesday November 21- Happy Birthday to our daughter-in-law Molly. This will be her last birthday before she becomes a mom. We woke up to rain, and it had rained quite a bit. I thought we might get rain for the whole day so I started cleaning. Going through drawers and closets. I made breakfast for lunch and before I knew it the sun was out. So off to the pool I went. Jeff came up later and brought my new floating bean bag chair. I read the rules and it doesn't say anything about floating stuff in the pool. That made me very happy. Jeff loves the chair too.


As you can see we had the pool practically to ourselves.


Wednesday November 22- When I got up this morning I decided to get stuff started for tomorrow. That's what I did when I lived at home. We don't do all that food now but it's still nice to have things ready to go. I also made our dessert today. Pumpkin Pie cake, which is so good. Making it a day early means we can sample it tonight. I gave Ruby a bath. Went to the pool but when the clouds came out it was cool. The park is getting so busy. Thanksgiving weekend is going to be hopping around here.


Thursday November 23- Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We have plenty to be thankful for. We got up and got the turkey started. We went for a walk. You can't believe how much stuff some of these campers have brought. They are having some big family feasts. We sat outside and our food was ready about noon. So we had an early Thanksgiving. It is OK but it made the day extra long. Everything turned out really good and we both got stuffed.




We had leftovers for supper. We talked to our kids and the grand kids. Again it was quite a long day.

Friday November 24- Today I decided to put up my Christmas decorations. This year I'm doing things a little different. I brought some things I had packed up at my son's house. I thought I would change things up. I think I like the way they look.






It was another nice day outside so I sat outside. I didn't go to the pool because this place is super busy with families. I thought I would let them enjoy the pool. While I was outside, Ruby must have eaten something. Jeff went to give her lunch and she didn't eat. She got sick. I was holding her and watching her. She had both of us super worried because she kept drooling. We almost took her in to a vet. It was a long afternoon. About supper time she started to perk up a bit and get back to her spunky self.  Learned a lesson, don't let her hang out in the grass. We put her in her collapsible playpen from on. She really likes it in there and she is safe. We are still keeping a close eye on her.


Saturday November 25- We are so happy that Ruby is back to herself. Today we are going to watch the Blackhawks play the Florida Panthers. We thought maybe we wouldn't be able to go but are happy we can. We wanted to leave early and go out for supper before the game. There is a mall right across the street from the stadium. Well before leaving we thought maybe we could get some work done. Jeff washed the rig and started the waxing. I did the laundry and gave Ruby another bath because after being sick she needed it. She does pretty good, even when I blow dry her hair.


We hit the road around 2 o'clock. The drive down was easy. When we got to the mall, well that was a mess. That place was packed. Not a parking spot to be had. They were even parking on the grass between the trees jumping the curbs. Well it was a bit stressful. We decided to go to the stadium, pay for parking and walk across the street to eat. When we pulled in the parking lot nobody was there. We parked, went over to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. It to was really busy. We didn't have to wait long and our meal was good. We finished off the meal with a slice of red velvet cheesecake. So good.


Next we made our way back across the street and into the arena. We got there an hour early and there wasn't many there. We found our way to our seats which were really good and sat down. There wasn't hardly anybody in there.




























Well the game started at 7 o'clock. I couldn't believe how many empty seats there were. Another thing that was funny was the fans. I think there was almost as many Blackhawk fans as Panther fans. Well it was a good game with the Blackhawks winning 4-1. I'm so happy I finally got to go to a game. Thanks Jeff. When the game was over I drove home and it was fairly easy to get out of there. They had everything set up and people directing traffic.

Sunday November 26- It was a late night for us last night. When we got home Ruby wasn't really ready to get back into her pen for bedtime. She kind of whined until after midnight. Then she was up earlier than normal. I worked on downloading pictures. We walked around the campground. We also watched lots and lots of campers pull out. The weather was warm and sunny so I decided to go to the pool. It was quiet and very relaxing. We went to the store. Jeff got a great deal on tickets for the Lion Country Safari park. Can't wait to do that. We both are really liking this park. It's quiet, well except for the animals. It is well taken care of. It is also in a good area. We have found lots of things we want to do. I think the month here will go fast.