Wednesday December 20- We were excited to get back here..Jonathan Dickinson State Park. It feels like we are coming home. We had good weather to travel in and not very far to drive. We knew the roads we were traveling on too. We are arriving before our volunteering begins. We are campers until January 1. We are on site 4. It was an easy in site, we have full hook up and 50 amp. We sat up and walked around to see who was here that we knew. We got here just in time, there is a Christmas potluck for the volunteers. We crashed it. They had a good group show up. There was food, games and lots of talking.
It was a fun night. We visited with the ones we knew from last year, and introduced ourselves to the new ones.
Thursday December 21- It was a foggy day to start, after it cleared up it was a beauty of a day. We finished setting up the things we didn't get to yesterday. I sat outside and enjoyed the day. We got a text for Jeffrey and Maren last night. They wanted to bring supper over to our rig tonight. Well we said sure, come on over. They just pulled in today. Usually we will have supper for those that pull in but they had leftovers and we said bring it on over. It was a great dinner and it was nice to get caught up with them. We always compare our mishaps and discoveries. It makes you feel better when you hear others have problems as well. It was another nice night.
Friday December 22- Today we made plans to go to Costco with Jeffrey and Maren. They are members. First we had lunch there. I got a foot long hotdog with a soda for $1.50. Jeff had a chicken thing. Then we did a little shopping. We picked us a up a rotisserie chicken for supper. They have the best ones. They are big, good and only cost $5.00...that's a win win. When I got home I did some laundry and made the sides to go with our chicken.
Sunday December 24- We started off the day by going to Christmas Eve service at church. We even got dressed up. Kip and Amanda joined us today. Generation Church had a special service set up. They also had special stuff set up outside for the kids. They had snow making services brought in, crafts, hot chocolate....it was very festive indeed. As you walked in to the church they had a donut wall. It just keeps getting better and better. We found our seats and to our surprise it continued to get better. The worship...awesome. The message was awesome too. We all left feeling blessed beyond measure. As we walked out we were greeted by the grinch. We grabbed us a donut for the road and did I say...they were awesome.
We came home and just enjoyed the wonderful weather. Took the dogs for a walk and got stuff ready for our Christmas dinner tomorrow.
Monday December 25- Merry Christmas everyone!! We had a quiet morning. The dogs had fun opening there gifts. It was Miss Ruby's first Christmas so she was quite fun to watch. We talked to the grand kids as well. They told us what they got...very excited.
We made sure we talked to Miss Maddyn our newest member. She had a great Christmas as well.
We had Amanda and Kip join us for Christmas dinner. We had ham, cheesy potatoes, asparagus and hot bread. The food was good but the company made the dinner. So glad we could share a meal with friends. The day was long, it usually is for me. With us being away from the kids I think thats why it seems so long.
Tuesday December 26- Today was a big day for Miss Ruby. We took her over to Peggy Adams Rescue. We set up an appointment on line to have her fixed. Both Jeff and I were a bit nervous. When we pulled up to the place we were both very impressed. You can tell it is well run and we felt pleased with our choice. We left Ruby and we went home for the day. I can tell you today was longer than yesterday for sure. We were to go back at 5 o'clock to pick her up. We wasted the day. We couldn't wait to get back over there to pick her up.
We were very happy to get our girl back. She was a bit upset with us for sure. We now have our hands full trying to keep her quiet. We held her all night long. She did good.
Wednesday December 27- Miss Ruby almost slept all night. She woke up at 4 a.m. and I just couldn't listen to her whine. She seems a little more spunky today, so that's good. We are having a hard time keeping her settled down. We had company for happy hour, Jeffrey and Maren came over. We also got to watch the Iowa Hawkeye's play and win in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Thursday December 28- Ruby tried to get up early again today. I just told her to lay back down and she did. It was a nice day outside so I spent a lot of time outside with Ruby in her play pen. She really likes to be outside. I also got my quilt out and started back on that.
Friday December 29- It's very gray misty and cool out today. We had planned to go to The Twisted Tuna today for happy hour. We weren't sure we were going to go because it's so chilly. We went for it. First we stopped at Aldi's then on to happy hour. We met Amanda and Kip, we also met Gator and Chris. They are volunteers at the park. They are just finishing up there gig here. It was a bit chilly sitting outside but they had some heaters going so that helped.
There was live music, special prices on pizza, drink specials and we had great company. It is a nice place but if the weather was better I'm sure it would be a great place. We will be visiting this place again....for sure. Our friends left before us because they were on motorcycles. We had a heater in our truck.
Saturday December 30- It was a gray and gloomy day. It rained a bit off and on. I decided to make a trip in to town to get a few things. I wanted to get some pictures printed off to make a scrapbook of our new granddaughter. The good news is by the afternoon the weather had improved. We had made plans to go to Tiki 52. Jeff and I rode our bikes and brought Ruby with us. We met Gator and Chris, Jeffrey and Maren, Kip and Amanda. We were having such a good time we stayed longer than we should have. It was kind of dark for our bike ride home. We have lights but Ruby kept putting her head in the way blocking my light. I don't want to ever do that again. We noticed a bump on Ruby's incision and we were concerned about that. We called the emergency number they gave us, I left a message and they called back with in the hour. They made me feel a bit better about it. We will be watching it closely.
Sunday December 31- New Years Eve....we started the day at church. It was another great message. We headed right home because today we are moving to our volunteer spot. We will be in site V-1. This is the same spot we had the first year we were here. We loaded up the truck with stuff first and brought it over. I didn't have to take apart my swing chair or pack away some stuff. We got moved without any problem. Then we got busy setting up our site. Jeff wanted to make sure everything was just right since we will be here until April 15. We got everything set up pretty good. Then at about 5 o'clock we went to Gator and Chris's site. They are having a new years eve happy hour. There were a lot of the volunteers there and we had some beverages, snacks, a campfire and even some moonshine. It was a fun evening. We did not stay up to bring in the New Year but we sure finished the year up in a nice way. Happy New Year everyone. I hope you have a healthy happy new year!