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

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pleasant Creek State Park/Palo,Iowa

April 22, Big moving day, we are heading to our new home for the next 5 months. We lucked out with the weather, it was really pretty. We didn't leave early, no reason to its just about 15 miles. When we arrived we knew where to go and what we needed to do. We are located in the first campground loop. Our site number is 27. All the sites in our loop are pull thrus, but all the sites are 30 amp. That will be the hard part. We've survived 30 amps many times before. Just have to be careful when we turn on things. Since we are hosts we have a water hookup and sewer. The second loop has 50 amp service. Still no water or sewer hookups. Our site is the campground host spot but our sign hasn't been put up yet. Guess we aren't on duty yet. Carl stopped by to welcome us, he is the park ranger. Next we were welcomed by Joan the park manager. It's very pretty out here and our site is located right across from the lake. The feel of all those that work here is super friendly. Really excited about our new position. We had one more visitor, our son Justin brought out his puppy Barkley, he's a miniature dachshund. He's staying with us a couple days while both our boys go to Chicago to watch the Blackhawks.

Wednesday April 23, Oh my gosh.... Note to self, 3 dogs in 1 bed= no sleep. Our dogs are fine in bed but throwing that 3rd one in there was horrible. I couldn't even get him to lay down til after 2. Then he just wouldn't sleep, it was a long night. The weather today cloudy and rainy so I stayed in and quilted. The dogs are starting to get used to each other again. It was a long day with the weather, but it was good for me to get rested up. Watched tv and waited for updates from the boys about the hockey game....they got a lot of excitement for there money and a victory for the Blackhawks.

Thursday April 24, Again today it's very rainy and chilly. Welcome to Iowa spring.
Jeff went to town to get a different wifi hotspot. We had sprint and it just wasn't working. Now we have Verizon and it's way better. My phone is still sprint and it's not working all that great but with a booster I can work with it until our contract is up. The phone parts ok but anything with internet is so slow and sometimes impossible. While Jeff was in town our daughter in law called to say Hailey needs to get picked up from the daycare early. I called Jeff and he went to get her and take her to there house cause Seth was on the way home. I stayed at the rig with 3 dogs. Did have a bit of excitement....had a bird fly into our back window. He hit hard and then feathers were flying everywhere. Never found the bird but lots of feathers. When Jeff came home he had an extra passenger. Looks like we will have a overnight guest, princess Hailey. Justin came and got his puppy, so 1 dog gone but one princess added. We had to play inside cause of the weather. Found out that Sissy is pretty good at playing memory. We didn't use the whole game but she had a great time as long as she won.

Friday April 25, We got a nice day. One thing about it here, there's lots of wind.Hailey wanted pancakes for breakfast, hello kitty pancakes. Joan called us to set up a time to show us what to do at the shower house. It doesn't seem too bad, I think we can handle it. We got the dogs and walked up to the playground. Spent a lot  of the day outside cause it was so nice. We headed into town to watch the Blackhawks, they won in overtime.

Saturday April 26, It was the first day of our job. We headed up to the shower house to get started. It's not gonna be that bad. We just need to get a routine started. We headed into town, Seth & Katie was cooking out on the grill. I made potato salad. It was another nice day and we played outside with the kids. Went to cold stone for ice cream.  It was yummy but kinda cashy. We came home and spent the night at home, watching TV.

Sunday April 27, Happy Birthday Judy (my best friend). Jeff woke up and didn't feel good. It's suppose to be stormy today. We were suppose to go to Justin's house and watch the  Blackhawks. Since the weather is really suppose to be bad and Jeff's not feeling well we decided to stay home. At the last minute Jeff felt better so we grabbed the dogs and headed in. The weatherman was right and the sirens went off, we were in Justin's basement watching the Blackhawks win the series!! The game was over and the storm looked as though it passed. We headed back, both Carl and Joan called to check on us. We didn't know what to expect, there was a tree that was blown down. Our camper was safe. We went in and it started raining again.  Then our power went off. Jeff went outside to check things out, he couldn't get the 30 amp plug to work. So we used the 20 amp plug and really watched it really close. 

Monday April 28, Rainy again. We are still running with 20 amps. Went to the shower house and did our job. Then we headed to the camper store to get a new plug. The one we had is damaged and can't be used. When the power went out there must have been a surge or something. It was cold and rainy all day do we spent a lot of time inside. I did finish quilting all the rows on my quilt now I just have to quilt the borders.

Tuesday April 29, Rain,rain,rain.....Carl the park ranger came and checked out our electric box, it's melted and needs to be replaced. He worked on that, it was just sprinkling then. We had to have the power off so it got down to 58 inside....brrrr. After it was fixed it took awhile to warm up. Stayed inside most of the day. Where's spring?

Wednesday April 30, Another rainy day, seriously this is crazy....I'm definitely tired of this rainy gloomy weather. Went to town had pizza before watching Ashton's hockey practice. Maybe May will be a little more like spring? We can hope.