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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cedar Rapids Here We Come

Saturday April 14- I wasn't sure we would be traveling this weekend. The forecast was horrible. It was calling for rain and thunderstorms on Saturday and snow and sleet on Sunday. When we got up first thing I did was check the radar. It looked clear, not even calling for rain til after 9 a.m.  Well Jeff wasn't making the trip until he was sure the park was open.  I called Justin to see if he would drive out there to make sure it was open, it was. We knew the water wasn't going to be on. We decided to stay at Morgan Creek which is a county park. It is closer to both of our boys. We could haul water and take showers at their houses. So we packed up what little we had out and headed north. I was watching the temperature drop as we drove. It did spit rain a little but what was bad was the wind. It was a  constant 30 mph winds at least. I had to keep both hands on the wheel at all times. We really lucked out, we got there, set up and the rain started coming down harder. So happy we didn't have to drive in that. We picked site #6, we backed right in and turned on the furnace. It was really cold in there. After setting up we went over to Seth and Katie's, to see Ashton and Hailey. We brought Miss Ruby to meet there new puppy Waffles. That was something to watch. Justin came over too. Molly and Maddyn are shopping. We will meet up with them later.


We decided to go get lunch at Bushwoods. We were hungry and the food was good. We came back and played with the kids awhile. Then we headed home for a while to take care of Belle and drop off Ruby. We had made plans to go to the very last hockey game of the season for the Roughriders. We had just enough time to go by Justin's so Papa could meet Maddyn.

 
 This was the first time Jeff got to see her. I haven't seen her since December, she has changed just a bit. We stayed long enough to get plenty of hugs.  After visiting for while we had to go get Ashton and Hailey. The game starts at 7 and we had to get tickets yet. We picked them up and headed to the stable. When we pulled in the parking lot we were all surprised by how many cars were there. Then when we got inside to get tickets the lines were probably 15 people deep. While waiting in line a man came up and gave me a voucher to get a free ticket. I gave it to Jeff and then Hailey and I got out of the way. When Jeff came back he said he got all three tickets for $16.75. It seems somebody gave him 2 more free tickets, ......jackpot. We found our seats and the game started. It was a great game and the crowd was on fire.  The kids sat and really watched the game.
























Hailey managed to spot Ricochet, the mascot. We had to get a picture of that. It was a great night with the kids. The Roughriders ended the season with a 4-1 victory.


Sunday April 15- We had made plans to pick up the kids for church this morning. When we woke up boy did we have a surprise.....We had hail with a side of snow. It was also very cold out. We decided to cancel the church thing. They are calling for a big snowfall. Miss Ruby wasn't really sure about the white stuff..





















The forecast was wrong, which made us happy. It quit snowing and warmed up. We had planned to get everyone together today for a meal. I didn't really want to go out and neither did anybody else. I thought it would be a good day for soup. I made some chili and chicken noodle soup to take to Justin's. Everyone showed up and it was nice because we didn't have to hurry to get out. We could visit all we wanted. It was a great day and the soups where really good too. It felt good to have everyone together under one roof.






Monday April 16- Today we had some phone calls to make. First we called Nashville to see how that is going. We had sent the estimates and was waiting to hear what was next. She, Michelle was very pleasant and told me that the check would be put in the mail today. Wow that was good. Then we had to call a vet in Vinton to get the dogs checked for heart worms. Our vet retired and we couldn't get any meds without the check up. We have that set up for Friday. It was really cold outside. We decided to make a trip out to Pleasant Creek to see the park and our camp loop after the upgrades. It looked like a beauty of a day until you stepped out of the car.....brrrrrr.





After driving around the park and our camp loop we went to the office to talk to Carl. We don't want to come out here until the water is on. It is a long drive to haul water. There is still one more cold front that is suppose to make it's way thru. We will stay put until that passes. On our way back we stopped in Palo to see Lenny and Dawn. They were home so we stopped to catch up. We heard about there winter and we shared about ours. When I got home I got out Maddyn's scrapbook and finished that up. Justin gave me pictures from her newborn photo shoot. Once I got started I didn't want to stop, so I was up later than normal.

Tuesday April 17- Today we just worked on getting some stuff done around here. Jeff was in need of a haircut, so got that done. Our grandson, Ashton has a school project he has been working on. He called and asked if I could help him make a quiver for his arrows he has made. I told him I would help if he needed to do it. I went and found some options. We also had lunch out at the Olive Garden. We had a gift card from Christmas. It is not my favorite place but today it was especially good. We went in to Seth and Katie's after supper. The kids are leaving tomorrow to go to Hawaii.So we got to see them before leaving. Katie's mom is coming to stay with Ashton and Hailey for the week.

Wednesday April 18- Today the weather was suppose to be horrible. They are calling for sleet, freezing rain, and then up to 6 inches of snow. Seth gives me a call in the morning and wants to know if I could come in and be there when the kids come home from school. He also wants me to stay over night. They didn't want Marilyn to have to drive in that crappy weather. She lives a ways away. We are only a couple minutes from them. I told them I would. We were lucky with the weather, we got a little but most of it went north of us. The kids came home from school and they were surprised to see me. I let Ashton pick out what he wanted to use for his project. Then he got started on that. He did a really good job. I took advantage of there washer and there bathtub. We even got the kids rooms cleaned up.


Thursday April 19- Did I mention along with the 2 kids they have 2 dogs? One of them is a
puppy, a huge puppy. Well there puppy likes to get up at 4:30 a.m. I don't sleep well in others beds so that 4:30 came super early to me. I got up and got the kids ready for school. Jeff came in and took Ashton to school. I walked Hailey over to her school, which just happens to be right behind there house.



Friday April 20- Boy did it get cold last night. It was in the 20's. We left at 8:30 to get the dogs to the vet on time. We have been there before but now it will be our vet when here in Iowa. I brought all there records and helped her understand them. Both dogs were tested for heart worms. They passed so now we can purchase them on line. That will be handy. While in there Carl messaged me saying the water is on and that we can come out anytime. So when we got home that's what we did. Didn't have much out, no water or sewer so that was easy. We made our way out there and pulled in to our site, #27. There is still some work that needs to be done, but our site was fine. We got all set up. We got a few more things out but still have things to get set up. We will have to get some of our stuff that we store at the kids house. For supper we went over to Justin and Molly's. We had got some homemade weiners, so we took those. I wanted to give them that scrapbook I made. We also got to play with the newest Marlin, Maddyn.






















Saturday April 21- After walking Ruby I made my way up to the 2nd loops shower house. The host up there isn't there yet and ours in closed. We also have an empty loop because it is still not open. So we will be taking care of that shower house until the host arrives. We have some projects around here to do before our loop is open. There camp loop is almost full. It's not really that warm yet but I think the people in Iowa are ready to get out and start some camping. I made a quick trip in to town to get some supplies to get started on a T-shirt quilt for my son. I got back and then we went to Justin's. I was going to babysit for Maddyn and everyone else was going to the show. We had a great time Miss Maddyn and me. She was super good and a lot of fun to be with.






Sunday April 22- Since we didn't get the kids last week for church we told them to be ready and we would be over to get them this morning. When we arrived they were ready to go. So off we went.


It was nice to be back at River Of Life Church. The kids were good too. After church we went out for brunch at Perkins. Everyone had a great breakfast. Next stop was a furniture store. We have decided to replace our couch. We want something that will fit in the back when we close the slides. We are tired of moving it back and forth. We are even thinking about a sofa sleeper. Well living in a RV has plenty of challenges, especially finding a sofa that has a smaller depth. Then we have a smaller door to try to get it in. So we are taking our time. What is really bad is that we will probably have to special order it. If you order it and it doesn't fit you are just stuck. So we need to be sure.


I think the kids were really ready to be done furniture shopping. We left with some more options to think about. Took the kids home and made our way back to the campground.



Monday April 23- Today...get things done day. We decided to take back the fabric samples to the furniture store. Going to wait on the couch because we aren't sure it will fit in. A Walmart run, Aldi's, and Lowe's. Now we are looking for blinds. Ours are starting to act up. If you have these fold shades you know what I mean. We found some we really liked but boy ore they cashy. I used the price chart but there are lots of hidden expenses when you start figuring the price. We had him stop half way thru because it got to high. WOW...that's all I can say. We came home with a lot to think about and nothing purchased yet. So we will still be looking at options for a couch and blinds.


Tuesday April 24- Today I had to get up really early and get ready. I have to be over a Justin's at 7 a.m. I am going to watch Maddyn today. Their regular daycare lady is on vacation. When I got there she was still in bed. She gets up happy. We had a fun day together. She doesn't take many naps during the day. We took a couple walks and did some playing. Jeff came over around lunch time. He brought the truck in because he was going to pick up our stored stuff at Seth's house. He watched Maddyn while I went to pick up my prescriptions. While Maddyn took a short nap I used there big living room floor to lay our the blocks for a T-shirt quilt I'm trying to put together. It's impossible at our place with the small floor and Miss Ruby. The afternoon went by quick we even went for a walk. Dad came home and relieved me from my babysitting duties. We had a fun day together.


























Wednesday April 25- Today it is still chilly out there. I went to take Ruby for a walk but had to come back cause my feet were freezing. Let it warm a little then I started putting up my hummingbird feeders. I want them ready when my hummingbirds come back. We called our mail service to see if our check from Yogi Bear in Nashville has arrived. Nope, oh no I don't want to have to deal with the mail again. I called them but they weren't available so I left a message. She messaged me right back and after some going back and forth I decided to give it a couple more days. Hope it shows up and didn't get lost. I sat outside and worked on quilting a quilt I have been working on for over a year. It is really hard to hand quilt because the puppy liked to chew on the batting.


Thursday April 26- Another day of daycare for Maddyn. I arrived around 7 and she was already up and happy to see me. I brought my laundry and my camera to see if I could get some good pictures of our princess. I took her for a walk in the morning and after a real quick nap I got some pictures. She was very cooperative...and happy.




She really didn't take much of a nap but more like little power naps. I tried another photo session in the afternoon. As I was laying down on the floor a lady poked her head in the back door telling me that the dogs had gotten out. Well the door goes to the garage and I had the big garage door open so I'm guessing the wind blowed open the door. So I panicked grabbed the baby, put her in the stroller and away we went to hunt down the beasts. I spotted Barkley following a couple walking. He was just prancing behind them like he knew who they were. They heard me yelling at him and stopped. He stopped too and then started coming to me. I also found Bella. So here I am with a stroller and trying to capture 2 dogs. Oh did I tell you I didn't grab any leashes? So I put Barkley the weiner dog in the compartment under the stroller and carried Bella. Oh boy what an ordeal. At least we all came home unharmed. Wow that was a close one.



I also got lots of really good pictures too. Oh and our mail service called...we have recieved our check for our broken window. I messaged Michelle at Yogi Bear and thanked her. Before heading home I stopped by Seth's to pick up our heart worm medicine for the dogs. I had the evening to myself because Jeff went in to Palo for his Thursday jam session.

Friday April 27- Today I started off by calling and singing to my best friend Judy, it's her birthday. Jeff wanted to go get some guitar strings because he broke some last night. While he was in the guitar store I went to Gordmans. I don't usually like that store but today I found the pet section and so many t-shirts for Ruby. Well I found plenty I wanted but only got 3. They were also very inexpensive...win win. We went for lunch at Emil's Hideaway. Jeff got some taco chili, I had chicken tenders. Our lunch was really great. They even have Kathy's pies. So we got a piece to share for dessert. It was YUM!



We came back to the campground after lunch. We are going back in tonight to watch Justin play at Chrome Horse. In the afternoon the Griffey's came by and we visited with them for a bit. The camp out here quite often. The just got a new RV and are going to pick it up on Wednesday. Nice to see them and catch up. One of the positives of this life style....all the people you meet. Then when you get back to there area you get to reconnect. The evening was spent at the Chrome Horse watching Wellstrung.. While we were there I get a message from Seth, he is still in Hawaii, mom can you call me. I went outside and called he said there flight tomorrow had been canceled. They found another flight but need me to go relieve Marilyn tomorrow. So that's my plan tomorrow.



Saturday April 28- I started the day cleaning the shower house. On my walk back I got a call from Amanda, she is volunteering in Curry Hammock. One of our favorite spots. She told me that they already love it there. We caught up and promised to keep in touch. I got back to our site and got busy putting up and filling up my bird feeders. We haven't really seen any birds yet but I want to be ready when they get here. We left to go to see the kids and give Marilyn a break. We watched them jump on the trampoline and Jeff fixed Ashton's bike.






















We went to get an early supper at Ruby's Pizzeria. Since it was a weird time there wasn't a soul there. We ordered our pizza and while waiting a man came in asking for money so he could get something to eat. Boy that was weird, we told the people at the restaurant that it happened. Well we waited for our pizza and when we got it, it wasn't what we had thought we ordered. Nobody liked it. It had lots of sauce on top. When we ordered it that was one thing we said we didn't want. We wanted a thick crust sausage pizza. We didn't really understand Chicago style or Detroit style. Just a thick sausage pizza. Needless to say not a good experience today. Back to the kids house and more jumping on the trampoline. There parents should be here by 10 tonight. Jeff went back to take care of the dogs. He was coming back to pick me up when they got home. Well Jeff misplaced the keys so for a while I thought I would be spending the night. He found them, the kids made it home safe and all was good.

Sunday April 29- Such a busy week today I'm not doing much of anything. It is sunny out but really cool, especially the wind. We just watched as all the campers are leaving the park...


















































Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hitting The Road


Friday March 29- Well it's the day, it is time to head north. It took us a bit longer to get going. Jeff was checking the tire pressures on the truck and they were all off. He took them in to be rotated and they didn't check the pressure....go figure. We had good weather to travel. We only encountered a couple stupid drivers so we call that a win win. We left Jonathan Dickinson around 9:15. Our first stop was Blueberry Hill RV Park in Bushnell Florida. We have used this park a number of times. It is right off the interstate and they accept Passport America, so it is a half price stay. We love those. The sites are all pull through. We had B-2. After setting up I got Ruby out for a walk. She traveled really good in her kennel. It has been awhile since she has traveled and we hoped she would do ok. After setting up we watched the clouds roll in and the rain fall. It didn't last all that long. Then I walked over to Walmart which is right across the street. How convenient.



We stayed around here the rest of the day. It was a big day for Maddyn our grand daughter, she got to meet the Easter Bunny...It looks like she liked him.


Saturday March 30- I had big plans to spend my day hanging out at the pool, but mother nature had other plans. It cooled off a bit and was super cloudy. It looked like it was going to rain most of the day. It didn't really rain, but it sprinkled a little. I did get to take Miss Ruby to the dog park to play. There was a lot of dogs there. She has never had any fear of other dogs, big or small. She was wiggling to get down so I let her down. Well she took off running like a crazy dog and all the dogs ran after her. Oh by the way most of the dogs were really large. The chased her in to a corner and she looked like she needed me to rescue her. I did and then she acted a little nervous. I hope that didn't give her some complex...we'll see.





Since we are leaving tomorrow Jeff went and filled up the truck and got us some meat from Sonny's BBQ. We got a picture of Maddyn after she helped dye Easter eggs. Looks she did a good job.


Sunday April 1- Happy Easter!! We are leaving today. It started out gray and foggy. We were on the road about 8:00.  We had planned to stop in Quincy Florida, a RV park right off the road. We got there around noon. The information we had was check in and pay at the Marathon gas station. Jeff parked and thought he would go look at the place. That's when a lady came out of the gas station and yelled you have to check in here. Jeff went over to give her the information she wanted and then pay. Well when he said he had Passport America she said oh....you can't check in with that until 2 o'clock. Well we weren't going to sit in a parked truck for 2 hours waiting so we decided to go on up the road. We thought we should fill up with fuel because we weren't sure how much farther we would drive. The diesel at Marathon was bio diesel. So right across the road was a Shell station I wanted to see if it was bio diesel as well. Jeff was waiting in the truck when she came back out and yelled at him....You can't park there. Let me tell you she was really having a great day...We found another park, called them to make sure they had a spot and we could check in when we arrived. They told us to come in and they would be waiting for us...super friendly. We drove to Cottondale Florida where The Hitchin Post Coral & Campground was. It is a family owned place and they were super helpful and friendly. We checked and paid. Then she jumped in her car and escorted us to our spot. They even left us a mat to put outside our door. We had 50 amp service,water and sewer. we stayed in site #15.





We are only here for 1 night. I took Ruby for a walk and we found the doggy park. They have one for big dogs and one for little dogs. She went in and she was the only dog in there so I think she felt safe. They had a swing and a ball hanging from the trees. They didn't have a shower house but had lots of games for you to enjoy.





















Monday April 2- We got up early and was planning on getting an early start but the fog was crazy thick. It looked like it cleared a bit. We were on the road at 8:15. Well we ran in to more fog as we traveled. I think by about 10:30 it pretty much had cleared up. We were driving to Montgomery Alabama. We are staying at Woods RV Park, again we have stayed here many times. Another easy one right off the interstate. This time our site was 204, a pull through. We set up and called Nashville to see if they had spots for tomorrow night. They only had 1 night available at Two Rivers, so we had to call Yogi Bear. They had 2 nights there so we made our very expensive reservations. It's crazy to go to Nashville for only 1 night. What's the fun in that. Tomorrow on to Nashville.





Tuesday April 3- On the road around 8:00. We took our time and made plenty of stops. Check in time is 2 o'clock. We arrived right around 1:45 in Nashville at Yogi Bear RV Park. Jeff went to check in. We made our way to site #205, a pull through. After setting up and walking the dogs we went to get fuel and some early supper.







We went to the Opryland Mall, which was just down the road. We decided to give Chuey's another chance. We ate at this place 2 years ago and was so impressed. Last year we went and it was not good. Our food was cold. Well this year it was really good. There chips and salsa are really good.
After eating we went in the mall and tried to walk off some of our supper, before going back to the rig.

When we got back from supper we watched the weather because we have some coming right at us. It started raining about 9 o'clock and we really got some rain.

Wednesday April 4- Well yesterday it was in the 80's. With the rain came a cold front. It started out in the upper 30's. That is quite the difference. We had to go to Camping World first to get the propane filled. They run a special on Tuesday, Wednesday. They fill them up for a 25% discount. We came back and called a shuttle to take us to Nashville. We called Music City Shuttle. Sara our driver came and picked us up and she was just as friendly as could be. It cost $10.00 per person round trip. They come to get you and then on the ride home they pick up on the hour. Really quite the deal. They picked  us up at 10:30. They dropped us off at the A T & T building which was a block away from the Ryman Theater.





















We made our way down to Broadway where all the Honky Tonks are. We had planned to just go in and listen to some music. Some of the places we went were, Tootsie's, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Honky Tonk Central and Nudies. The music was awesome. We spent some time in these places. We walked in for a quick listen to a few others. We stopped for lunch at Jacks BBQ. We each had a beef brisket sandwich which was really good. The weather was a bit chilly but at least the sun was out.








We spent the day walking up and down Broadway listening to music. It was fun. Then at about 3:45 we headed up to catch our shuttle. So we didn't have to worry about traffic or driving...nice.


Bye Bye Nashville...til next time.
When we got home we took care of the dogs and decided to go to Cracker Barrel for supper. When we got home we were both tired from all our walking. Sat down in the recliners and I looked out the window by Jeff's chair. It looked weird. I lifted up the blind and saw that the outer pane of the window was shattered. They were mowing today...and they got our window. I called the office but they were already gone for the day. I left a message. Oh boy, not the way you want to end your day.





















Thursday April 5- We were up early because we had broken window on our mind. The office opened at 8 a.m. I wasn't waiting for a call back from my message. I was there when they opened. I went in and talked to the manager. Both of us were ready to battle because of prior experience. She seemed really nice, didn't say it wasn't them. She took information and we were to call our insurance. I showed Jeff the paper and after looking more closely we didn't like the way it was worded. I sounded like well, maybe we did it. Jeff went back up to talk to them and came back with our money back for the 2 nights we stayed. Did I say it's almost $80 to camp per night here. Well we taped up our window to keep it from falling out as we traveled north. We got on the road around 10:15.


ouch!


I called the insurance company while we were driving. She said that our insurance would go up. That's all I needed to hear. So I called them back at Nashville and told them we would need another plan. They asked us to  get 2 estimated and we would go from there. We traveled to Rend Lake and found us a spot. It is suppose to be a cold and wet weekend so no problem getting a site. We stayed in site #85. We filled our water tank because there are no water or sewer hookups. The good news is our pad was concrete so very clean. It was a really pretty day when we arrived but we knew it wouldn't last.

Our View

site #85 at Gun Creek Campground


Friday April 6-It was way cooler today but not as cold as predicted. We had to go to town today to and get a few things. We also look forward to eating at there Pizza Hut here. We don't always agree on things but both of us agree this is the best one we have ever been to. We have been here every time we come and always super good food with super good service. We did have a problem getting diesel without it being bio-diesel. We finally found it at WalMart which usually is just the opposite. The problem was they were closed up because they were doing an update on there computer system. Jeff will have to come back in tomorrow.


Saturday April 7- Well it was 30 degrees when we got up, but we had some sunshine. If you sstayed inside it at least looked warm. Jeff had to go back to get fuel. The rest of the day we stayed around here and kept warm...moving again tomorrow.


Sunday April 8-It was another chilly morning. We packed up, went to dump and headed on. Next stop Ed Babler in Chesterfield Mo. It was a fairly easy driving day, the St. Louis area was a bit tricky. We really only had one little section of backed up traffic because of road work and lanes blocked off. After getting through that it was easy. We use this park a lot too. We like the park and love the hosts. We pulled in to site 7. There are no water hook ups or sewer. They have one water spigot one but it was going to be a hassle to get to it. We used what we still had. They said the water would be on tomorrow. We parked close to one we can fill then. Didn't really do much today because it was really cold.

A familiar site
Ed Babler site #7





















Monday April 9- Today was a big day for us...we are going to pick up our brand new Chevy Spark, At Weber Chevrolet in Creve Couer Missouri. We are hoping it will be a good experience, we are remembering our first try in Miami. We found it no problem. Everyone there was super nice. They filled up the car and showed Jeff how everything worked. This place has been in business for over 100 years. The lounge has a lady that works there most of the day. She keeps everything clean and makes homemade cookies. They had doughnuts and a great coffee machine. They seem to care about there customers. After taking care of all the paperwork we left the truck there and drove our new car around. Jeff had purchased a watch from Best Buy that was really close. So we made our way there picked that up. I even got me a brand new vivo fit 3. Next stop Guitar Center, Jeff needed something from there. Then we went back to the truck. Jeff got in there and I jumped in the new one. We made our way back to the campground. We did make a couple more stops before getting back. We both really like our cute little white car...I think we will call her White Lightning.



Tuesday April 10- We have another busy day planned. First we both can't wait for breakfast. We are going to the Waffle House. We both love them and this one was great. So was our breakfast.


After eating we had our stops all planned out. We have 3 RV places we are going to try and get an estimate for our broken window. I know it is probably not going to be easy. Out of the 3 we had 1 give us what we needed. It just took us a whole morning to that. The good news is we have enough time to go to the zoo. We love The St. Louis Zoo. It is a great zoo with no admission. We go quite often so usually we just pick a few things to see. We don't try to see it all. We already have and manage to see everything we want each time. Here are a few of the critters we saw.....

























After the zoo we headed towards home, stopping for a late lunch/early supper. Jeff wanted to try a new place that he saw. It is called Rock & Brew. Since we are eating at a weird time it wasn't busy. They had a special today...$5.00 burgers. That's what we had and they were good. We got home and tended to our dogs. We are traveling tomorrow so we did some picking up.


Wednesday April 11-Keokuk here we come. This is our home town. I will be following Jeff on this trip. This is the first time we have had a chase car. I took Ruby with me and away we went. It was really different for me. It was fine and I don't think this will be an issue.


We made one stop in Hannibal Missouri before pulling in to Keokuk. We stayed at Hickory Haven Campground site #13. It's a pull through with 50 amp service, water and sewer. 

Our stop in Hannibal Missouri at the Welcome Center
When we get to Keokuk we usually have plenty to do. This time wasn't any different. We got set up and I ran to go see my sister, and stopped by to surprise my best friend at her work. I got home to get Jeff and then we took off again. We are to meet friends down at The Southside Boat Club. It is a good place to go and see lots of people. On Wednesday night it's taco night, and they are awesome!!




Thursday April 12- Today we went in and got our taxes done. We just happen to know the perfect place to do that at....My last place of employment. We visited with my good friend and tax preparer Teri. One to our next stop, my sister to put a quilt together so she can get to quilting. The weather today really improved, it is sunny and warm. Jeff washed our new car. Then I went to the nursing home to visit a very special lady...Thelma, she is always so happy for company. We had a nice visit. I hurried home because my bestest friend is coming out after work. We had a lot of things to get caught up on. It was a nice evening.

Friday April 13- More running in store for today. We had some doctor appointments today. It just happens to be in the city were some volunteers we worked with live. So after our appointment we met them for lunch. It was good to see them and hear about there winter. We had a great lunch too.

We headed back to the campground. We have been watching the weather because it is not looking good. We want to get to Cedar Rapids where the kids are. It is calling for lots of rain on Saturday and snow on Sunday. We both really want to get there but with the cold weather, we have found out that the parks do not have the water on. That makes camping a bit tough for us. We are keeping our eyes on the radar. Now to finish out our Friday.....We met my sister and her husband down at a local restaurant for catfish. We like to call it the trough...it's a buffet. When we arrived at home I made a few phone calls letting people know we were home. We had quite the party..Judy, my best friend came out. So did Jeff's brother Fritz with his wife Shawn. Teri and Matt from my work, and our neighbors. It was quite a gathering. It was nice to see everyone that's for sure. It is always a whirlwind when we land in town. Hopefully tomorrow we will be arriving in Cedar Rapids and seeing the kids....fingers are crossed.