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

Friday, June 16, 2017

One Month Already ......

Monday May 29- It's Memorial Day. So after taking care of our duties at the campground we went over to Seth and Katie's house for a fish fry. The weather was really nice. Jeff got busy battering the fish and cooking it up. We never get much fish to the table because they eat it as fast as Jeff can cook it.

So after eating we just hung out and enjoyed the sunshine and played some bags. It was a really good family day. The food was excellent and the weather even cooperated.

When we got back to the campground everyone had left. It was really quiet, just how we like it.

Tuesday May 30- Today Jeff had to take the window he had repaired back in to mail it back. The frame on it was bent so he couldn't get it in. He didn't want to force it, so back it goes. They are paying the shipping this time. We have dealt with the fogged window this long I'm sure we can wait a little longer. It's movie day here at Collin's Road Theatre. On Tuesday it cost $5.00 to get in and they give you a free popcorn. Can't beat that. We saw Gifted. It was a good one. We had leftovers for supper. Ashton called to tell us his solar powered car that he built won first place in the race.

Wednesday My 31- It was a beauty of a day, with lots of sunshine. I took a walk to the other side of the lake. I also sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine. My birds are really arriving. I am becoming my grandma.

Wednesday night is the night the kids play volleyball so I go in and watch the kiddos. They ran a bit late tonight and I didn't get home til 11, that's late for me. Good thing I don't have to get up and go to work.

Thursday June 1- A new month....we went to town to get groceries. We are really loving the Aldi's in this area. Jeff has found they have grass fed beef so he got some to try. They are even in patties already. There was a Lowe's right across the parking lot so we went to look for a faucet for the kitchen sink. We found one that we both liked. It looks like we have another project that won't take too long to do. I will let you know how that goes.

Friday June 2- It's the last day of school. We had lots of traffic in the park today, but we have no spots left. We went to town to get a dairy queen ice cream cake to's out! Then we went out for pizza too.

Saturday June 3- We had a busy day planned for today. After getting our chores done around here. I took my walk...trying to get into a habit. After lunch we packed up for a road trip. First stop Le Claire Iowa home of the American Pickers. Since we visited the store in Nashville we felt we should check the one out here in our home state. It's only about 100 miles from us. It was quite a hot day.

We liked the store. Lot's of people said they were disappointed but we both liked it. If you watch the show it's neat to see the things that they have picked on the show. The employee's here were super friendly...more so than Nashville. After looking around here we headed to the main street. The downtown area we both loved. It has lots of little shops. I found a super nice quilt store. It is also the birth place of Buffalo Bill. There is a museum there but we are going to do it next time. The shops and restaurants are really nice. We had a great time there. Next stop Davenport Iowa which is only about 1/2 hour away. First we went to the mall and Whitey's for the best chocolate malt ever. We looked around there for awhile. Then back in the car for supper at The Cracker Barrel...yum. Then our last stop, at Rhythm City Casino. It is fairly new. Jeff did a little gambling but we really came to watch a Beatle tribute band......American English. We have seen a couple Beatle tribute bands but not these guys. The venue...not my favorite. The band was good but not my favorite one. What we did like about this band is they played different songs than the other two.

The price of the tickets was only $10.00. They started the show at 8:00 and was done at 9:30. Then I had to drive home in the dark. It was all on the Interstate so that helped. It was a full day and we both were tired when we got home.

Sunday June 4- Big day at the park today. It was time for the annual Pigman Triathlon. They always have a huge turnout and today was no exception. We weren't even going down until we learned of a friend of our sons competing in it. It was his first time. So we went down to cheer him on.

We stayed around here all day long. It is really hot and the bugs are crazy. The campers are late leaving today. Seth brought  Hailey out around supper time. She will be staying all night on Sunday since school is out now. Then we can take her to gymnastics on Monday. That way the kids don't have to leave work early and we get a chance to see what she is learning. Also after putting there house on the market on Friday, Justin and Molly sold there house today. They even got full asking price. Now they have to find a place to move.

Monday June 5- We had a full day today keeping Hailey entertained. She is easy, but she likes to do things. She must have been tired because she slept in. After breakfast she played WI, Jeff got a new fishing game that she loved, especially when she caught the fish.

Next we went outside and made a life size drawing of Hailey. I had her lay down and I traced around her. She really thought that was great fun. I am really surprised how much time she spent on it. We had fun together.

Before we knew it, it was time to leave for gymnastics. She fell asleep on the way there. We didn't know it but now her class is 2 hours long instead of 1 1/2. Boy we love watching her but 2 hours is a long time. On the way home we stopped at KFC. Justin gave us a rubber chicken that was good for an 8 piece meal. Jeff went in and when he came out we had a good laugh. We got chicken and all the fixins too. Hailey said I thought all we would get was chicken not all this stuff. It was funny. We had to take a picture to show Justin.

To finish off the night Justin called to say he and Molly found a house, they put in an offer. Hailey stayed again tonight because her daycare starts next week.

Tuesday June 6- Hailey woke up and wanted pancakes again. So we got her taken care of. That girl doesn't like butter or syrup on them. She prefers strawberries and whipped cream.

After eating we decided to make a potholder. We had some time to kill before going in to pick up her brother Ashton. We are taking a road trip to Iowa City. We like to go to the pet store and play with the puppies. It has kind of become a tradition. The kids love it and so do us adults.

They even got their hands on a ferret and the bunnies. We made it out without a purchase, which is always good. We had lunch at Panera which didn't go as smooth as the pet store. We dropped the kids off at home. They are leaving tomorrow on a camping trip with there other grandma. So I helped pack them up. We came home and heard from Justin and Molly. They got the house. They are excited about that.

Wednesday June 7- It's a nice morning. Jeff wanted to try and fix our back left bigfoot. It seems to have gotten water in it and is not working right. He called the company and they gave him some ideas on what to try. So Jeff siphoned out the old fluid and we put in new. Then we ran it a bit, still not working quite right. So repeated the process again. It still isn't working just right, but lots better. We will get more fluid and try it again at a later time. We don't have many campers here so it's super quiet. I went for a walk around to the other side of the lake. I went out on the fishing dock and spotted a lot of fish. They have put lots more structure in the water since they have done the shore line restoration. Now it is really low, they have to wait for mother nature to fill it up. We stayed here around the campground all day. The hummingbirds were going crazy today. I saw 3 birds on one feeder. They just are them.

Thursday June 8- Today was a running day. Jeff and I had a list of things to do. First we needed to recycle the fluid and the battery we replaced earlier. Then we decided we needed passports, so we stopped to get the photo taken. Jeff's was OK, mine was horrible. My eyes are half shut. I look like I'm either on drugs or drunk. So I will be getting a retake on them...for sure. We had to make a Walmart run, and finally the grocery store. We got everything done and everything on our list completed.

Friday June 9- We stayed around the campground all day. It was suppose to be super hot but with the clouds and the breeze it was nice outside. The dogs even enjoyed the outside today.

We did get some scattered showers today, but they didn't last long and cleared up by the time Judy arrived. She is here for the weekend. I haven't seen her since we've been back. So we have lots to catch up on.

Saturday June 10- We started off the morning with a walk. She makes me accountable. I need her here all the time to get me back in shape. We went to town. Judy loves my hanging chair and I told her they have them at Theisens. They were even on sale. So off we went, got her that chair and Noah helped us with it.

We had lunch at Panera's...our new favorite restaurant. Then to Sam's to get our Boulder Canyon chips. Can't get them around here without paying a fortune for them. So while we were in Sam's we found more chairs. It is a floating bean bag chair. I can't live without it so we got them. She couldn't live without one either.

We went home to prepare supper. We had chicken and vegetable kabobs. They were super good. Then we changed and went to Pork Days in Center Point. Justin and Jordan were playing from 6-9. It was really hot but they played in a shelter so you were out of the sun and there was a breeze. It turned out really nice and we had a fun time.

Jeff even joined them for a song. It was a good time for everyone. We still got home at a decent time too.

Sunday June 11- Oh my my it is a scorcher out there today. We went to church. It felt good to be there after missing last Sunday. The worship was especially good and so was the message. When we got back Judy wanted to take a walk. I tried to get out of it but she won. It was so hot. When we arrived at the other side of the lake we took a rest in the shade.

The walk back seemed way longer and way hotter. The good news was Jeff had the rig nice and cool for us. We had lunch and before long it was time for Judy to head for home. The time went super fast. Time flies when you are having fun. That's what we We always have a great time together. Lucky to have such a special friend. Til next time.........

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Is This Spring...?....It's Iowa

Monday May 15- Starting off the week trying to get back on schedule with some walking. I love walking around the lake to the boat ramp from here. It takes about an hour and during the week it is so quiet. It also gave me a chance to see what they have done to restore the lake. It is going to take some time to get it back to the level it was, but when it does the fishing is going to be great. So after my walk I made us a big lunch. We are going in to town to get Hailey for gymnastics. We pick her up at school and made our way to the gym. She was excited and wanted to make sure we were watching.

We watched this best we could. After taking her home we came home had a quick bite and watched the weather. The bad stuff missed us again. 

Tuesday May 16- Nothing planned really for today. It is very warm out there with lots of wind. Justin called to see if we could come over and help with the organizing of the basement,also wanted Jeff to fix a couple things. After supper we went in. They are keeping some of the stuff I couldn't get rid of. I decided to go through all of it to see if it still ment anything to me. Good news is I got rid of about 1/2 of it. He is going to take it to Goodwill. While there I missed a call from the bank fraud place. It seems someone tried to use my numbers. Great now I get to call the bank and get a different card. That is going to take a couple weeks. Oh well at least the $350.00 charge didn't go through. 

Wednesday May 17- Woke up today and it looks like serious rain. It was doctor day for us. Jeff had stuff and so did I. On our way in the heavens opened up and it just poured. When we arrived at the doctor it had slowed some. When we came out of the doctor the sun was shining....crazy weather. Since our appointments were so early after we went for breakfast. Before heading home we made a few stops. After putting our stuff away and after lunch we hear a knock at the door. The aren't many campers here and since the wind we have been closing the big door. I open the door and there are Ken and Mary, they volunteer at Jonathan Dickinson with us. They live in Philadelphia and are returning from a trip west. What a surprise that was. Since the weather was still good we sat outside and visited for awhile. They are only staying one night so we had to make the most of our time. We decided to take them for supper at Brogans, down in Palo. It a little restaurant/bar the food is good and the beer is cold...also inexpensive.

We had a  nice supper and good conversation. I looked outside and I mean it was pouring. The rain was coming down sideways. We waited for it to slow down a bit. We decided to head out when the sirens went off. Well needless to say they really didn't understand all that. They don't really have that kind of weather where they come from. We told them we were going to a storm shelter it was just up the road. We took cover and watched and listened to the weather.

Boy it was scarey for a while. I never heard such a weird noise. The good thing was it passed fairly quick. We made our way back to the campground and we had stuff blown around. Nothing damaged just tossed around. Our home  was safe and the dogs that's what matters. The rest of the weather missed us. We just had more rain and the temperature really dropped.

Thursday May 18- It is very cool this morning and looks very rainy. Ken and Mary came over for coffee before heading out. It was a nice visit and we are planning a trip out there way this fall. The rain didn't look like it was stopping anytime soon so we went to the movie. Went and saw The Case For Christ. We both wanted to see that one but both were a little disappointed. It wasn't bad but not great either. When we got home Jeff's friend Lenny called and invited him to join them at there Thursday Jam session. He went and I stayed home and did some quilting.

Friday May 19- Again with this crappy weather....rain, rain, rain. All day long. I decided to go in to Seth and Katie's to get some laundry done. I also told Hailey I would clean her room. Jeff came with. We decided to drive through Morgan Creek and spotted Janie and John's rig. We haven't seen them yet and thought we would drop in for a quick visit. They have been full time rving 2 years longer than us. We caught up some and promised to get together soon. Jeff dropped me off at Seth and Katie's and went to pick up Ashton. They went to see the movie Aliens. I didn't care to see that one so I stayed back and cleaned. Boy what a task that is. How can a 6 year old girl have so much stuff. She hides it every where. Katie helped when she got home and so did Hailey. It was hard for her to part with any of her stuff even if it's been hiding under her bed for months. We got home and it poured again.

Saturday May 20- Brrrrrr it's super cold today and gray. I decided to go through all of my scrapbook supplies and see what I can part with. It turns out I didn't need quite a lot of it. We have had a few issues with our battery so Jeff decided it's time to replace it. Went in and picked up one and some groceries too. When we got back I made some chicken pot pies for supper. With this cooler weather you can make those cold weather comfort foods. It was a super lazy day and long.

Sunday May 21- Guess's cold and gray again. Went to church and came back home to watch the few campers here leave. Since it was so yucky I just stayed in and quilted. The funny thing by about supper time the 6 walk in sites we have in this loop were tagged for the whole week. Looking ahead to next weekend a holiday.

Monday May 22- Woke up and saw sunshine....don't worry it didn't last long. It didn't rain though so I got my walk in. We spent the day inside. Today we picked Hailey up at school for gymnastics. Today it was picture day so we could go in the gym and get some pictures. She wanted me in there all the time.

It was fun watching her show us all she has learned. After class they had awards and did a photo booth. Hailey was proud of her award..most improved. She has worked really hard this year.

It was a good night at gymnastics. We dropped Hailey off and had supper there. They had left over chicken noodles another cold weather comfort food. It was good.

Wednesday May 24- Another cloudy cool day. I'm sounding like a broken record. Jeff made us a campfire this morning. I was still cold. Hung around here most of the day. At 3:30 went to town to make a few stops before our concert tonight. Went to pick up some bird seed and ended up purchasing another really cool outside chair. We kid about this. The store is Theisen's and they have free popcorn while you shop. That free popcorn always ends costing a pretty penny. We had a bite to eat at Panera before heading downtown to the Cellular Center. We were going to see Blue Oyster Cult and Boston. We purchased our tickets on groupon. They were only $25.00 each.

Blue Oyster Cult didn't sound good but Boston sounded great. The crowd wasn't as big as I thought either. I'm not a huge Boston fan but they are great musicians. It was worth the money.

Thursday May 25- A little something different this morning....SUNSHINE! I took advantage of the day. I walked over to the boat ramp and spotted this critter. It was so nice I couldn't hardly stand to go inside. I sat out and enjoyed the wonderful weather. Our son Justin and his friend Jordan are playing an outside gig tonight. We have been watching the weather all week and today was the only day they aren't calling for any rain. The show started at 6. We love those early shows. We made our way to The Blind Pig. We got there early to get a bite to eat and get a good seat. Seth, Katie and the kids are coming so we needed a bigger table. Jeff ordered a tenderloin for his supper, he said was great.

It was a wonderful night outside for a show and they had a real good turn out. Jeff even got to go up and play a couple songs. I don't think he was quite as nervous as last year.

It was a successful show and fun was had by all. The weather even cooperated.

Friday May 26- Guess what..raining again. We didn't think we could stay in all day so went to a coffee shop close by to do some updates on our computers/phones. It rained most of the day but at about 5 o'clock the sun came out. We had talked about going to Uptown Friday Nights. Justin and Jordan have another show tonight too. This one doesn't start until 9 o'clock at Cedar Rapids Landing. Last night they both played guitars but tonight they are doing there new thing. Jordan on guitar Justin on the drums. We haven't seen this show yet and wanted to attend. So first we went to Uptown Friday Nights. The Strays were playing. They played at Justin and Molly's wedding. I think if we would have waited for there show we probably would have been too tired. It was a nice night and both shows were really good. Here are some pictures of the first show. It is at the McGrath Amphitheatre which is located downtown right on the Cedar River.

We left a little before the show was over. We walked back to Cedar Rapids Landing to watch Wellstrung play. On the way we saw this gaggle of ducks. That was quite a group. It didn't take us long to get where we were going. When we got there the place was fairly empty. When they started the show it still was really empty. Didn't care we had the best seats in the house and a private show.

About 10 o'clock people really started showing up. Molly and her family came to so we had quite the cheering section. It was a late night for us but, well worth it. The show was awesome and they sounded great.

Saturday May 27-Had some sunshine today. Our park is full and so the shower house is really getting used. After cleaning we just hung out here for a while. We have been running and having late nights...not so used to that. We had a couple of our windows repaired. The seals break and the window fogs up. It really bugs Jeff. Well when we got them back one of the windows frames was bent so Jeff couldn't get it in. Called the company and we are going to send them back. So we went in to the Fed Ex place and the shipping label wasn't able to scan. So we couldn't get it resolved so we will bring it back another day. We had lunch at Five Guys....then went to Home Depot looking for a few things. I want to replace our kitchen faucet. Found a couple I think will work but didn't get it yet. Next stop over to Justin and Molly's. Then are cleaning up there place to put it on the market. We gave them some help then came back home. Went to check on our shower house and Jeff smelled something hot....our new hot water heater has some issues. Looks like no hot water the rest of the weekend...not going to make anybody happy.

Sunday May 28-It was a sunny day today. We started off the day going to church, we are greeting today. When we came back our park is still full...extended weekend. Since we haven't seen much sunshine I sat out and enjoyed it. I went in later and made some stuff for our family fish fry tomorrow. We had a wonderful dinner tonight with fresh corn on the cob, which was suprisingly better than we thought it would be. We took a walk around the 2nd loop tonight before coming in. Just as I was getting ready to go to bed I hear a big bang...fireworks.....don't like them things. Tomorrow we get together to eat fish.