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, October 18, 2014

Wrapping it up.....

Monday September 29-We had a guest last night...normally Hailey's really good about sleeping all night but....not this time. She kept waking up and so I ended up sleeping on the floor next to her. Well I didn't get that much sleep. She didn't have a fever, she sounded a bit croupy. She slept in and was fine in the morning. I promised her we would make cut out sugar cookies before we left so that's what we did. Then she asked if we could go look at more toys. She is still looking for birthday gifts. Then we dropped her off at home then headed back to our rig.

Tuesday October 1-The weather seems to be changing, it was really cool out there today. The leaves are starting to change as well. I finished the rest of the wood in our rig. Boy it sure made a big difference in how it looks. Its like we gave our woodwork a drink. It looks a lot richer. Our to do list is getting smaller.

Wednesday October 2-Today again it was really cool outside, good weather for soup. So we made soup. It was a slow day around the campground. I don't think anyone even used my shower house.

Thursday October 3-Today I got started making Hailey's birthday snacks. I made her sheet cake and when I flipped it out to cut out had a bit of a problem. The center of the cake stuck to the pan. I panicked at first but I could still make it work. So I cut out Olaf from the movie Frozen. I put it in the freezer so I could frost it later. We went into town. Jeff decided he wanted to get a shingles shot. He called the insurance company and they told him it would be paid for. He had tried before and they told him it would cost him $197.00. So this time he had a print out that said it was covered, well guess what....they said it would still cost $180.00. Well needless to say he didn't get the shot. When you here someone say its paid for its real hard to pay that much money. Decided to go in and watch Ashton's hockey practice, the last one we would get to see. He did really good, showed so much hustle and was really listening. Since we ate at Burger Fry last week and loved it we decided to get one more trip in there. It was extremely yummy....again. We even got a milkshake this time and it was homemade and so good.

Friday October 3-Brrrrrrr. Not only is it really cold and wet, its super windy. I made cupcakes for Hailey's birthday and also some princess orderves.  Jeff and I went to the movie Gone was really good. We had planned to go to the October Fest in the Amana Colonies tonight but it was so cold we cancelled. We did still drive over to pick up Jeff some beer from the brewery there. Jeff had it last year and they only make it for the October Fest. We stopped by Bushwood to have a drink with both boys. Somebody from there work was quitting. The grand kids were there too. How nice is it to be able to see them whenever you want. We are trying to soak up as much love as we can before taking off. We finished off the night with dinner out at The Butcher Block. Justin and Molly ate with us. We weren't very impressed with the food or the service. The company was good so that saved the night.

Saturday October 4-Big Day today,,, Its Hailey's 4th birthday party. I got up and got started frosting her cake first. Its Olaf the snowman from Frozen the movie. It was a fairly easy cake to decorate and I think it turned out really good. Next I had to frost all the cupcakes and make them pretty. We went over to the party early. Its still really cool out but at least the rain had moved out. When we arrived Hailey was all dressed up in her Elsa dress...a pretty little princess. She even showed a little excitement over her cake. The party was a big success...the weather was just chilly, the cakes turned out and I even got some good pictures this year. I sure felt great after I had the cake and cupcakes finished. Sissy got so many gifts and she is so animated when she opens them up. It really didn't matter what the gift was she loved them all. We left went home for a bit to take care of our babies. We have been leaving them a lot lately. The day wasn't finished yet. Jeff and I met Seth and Ashton at the stable to watch the Rough riders play. It was a real good game. We didn't know what we enjoyed more the game or watching Ashton. He was sitting down on the ice with some kids he knows from hockey. The camera man was there and Ashton did his best to be in every shot. They interviewed him, and put him on the big screen more than once. He participated in the Mac arena dance, the YMCA dance and the chicken dance. The best part was when the mascot Ricochet came out and started messing with him. The mascot sat on Ashton and Ashton pulled his tail. Then Ricochet took Ashton's shoe, smelled it and acted like he was gonna throw it on the ice. If the game wasn't entertaining enough watching Ashton was. It was a real fun night. To bad we wont be able to attend any more games this year.

Sunday October 5-Oh boy it was a lazy day....I don't think we did much. Picked up some stuff outside. Mostly we just rested up from that crazy busy weekend.

Monday October 6- Happy Birthday Hailey!! She is officially 4. It was a real busy day for us. First we had to take the dogs to the vet. It was time to get there vaccinations. Both dogs are doing good, but both have gained must be something in the water. The vet was in Center Point. We used them last year and really like them there. Stopped to fill up the truck up and headed back to the campground. I got busy...I needed to get the laundry done. Then we loaded up the bikes and cleaned up. We took a trip into town to say Happy Birthday to Sissy and to get our last kisses and hugs. While we were there Justin called to say that Jeff's package arrived. Jeff was excited for this package. It was the series of The Wonder Years. Had to go by and pick that up. Then we headed home.

Tuesday October 7-Another busy day....Started by cleaning the shower house, its been really easy lately cause nobody is using it. Then we started putting things away inside. I loaded a plastic tub with the things we are gonna leave here. Jeff took it up to the shed that Joan said we could use. Called Hickory Haven campground in Keokuk where we are heading next. They have plenty of spots. Then Jeff checked his email and saw that my new phone is going to the wrong address...we thought this was that calls for another phone call to Verizon. Boy sometimes I think they just try to make things difficult. Well we think its fixed but no way really of knowing until Thursday, that's when its suppose to be arriving. Next we asked Joan to come join us for chili for lunch. She came and it was a nice visit. With fewer workers here now we haven't seen much of her. After she left...back to work. Loaded up the boats and decided to put the rugs away since they are nice and dry. I got a hammer to loosed the stakes with. I guess I'm not qualified to use a hammer because while I was trying to get one stake out I managed to hit myself in the mouth with the handle....ouch. I didn't make a sound after it happened. The first thing I did was check to make sure my teeth were still there...they were. Then I went in to get some ice and take a look, yep that's gonna leave a mark for sure. After about a 1/2 hour I went and showed Jeff...he agreed that I shouldn't use the hammer. I was just happy My teeth were ok.

Wednesday October 8-Jeff and I both woke up early...I guess we were both thinking to much. Then I remembered about the lunar eclipse.....BLOOD MOON. We went outside and took a look. Pretty cool. Both of us woke up super early so didn't have to rush to get ready to leave. We pulled out around 10 o'clock and dropped off some cookies at the office on our way out. It feels weird to be pulling the rig...its been awhile. We stopped once because one of the tire sensors went off again. Jeff wanted to make sure it was a false alarm, and it was. Didn't have any problem finding our campground because its located in our hometown. It was a nice day to travel and set up. We just happened to get the same spot we were in last spring. This campground is a  good Sam park. We had a full hookup with 50 amp service. The antenna TV wasn't as good as we remembered. The park was fairly busy. They are housing some workers that are working at a new fertilizer plant in Weaver. Well we hit town and the running started. First we went and got supper at the Southside Boat club. They are serving Papa Chico tacos on Wednesday night. Its a favorite restaurant that used to be in town. Our boys use to bus tables there. Those tacos were as good as I remember. We stopped at the fire station and visited a bit before heading home. Jeff's brother Fritz who lives across the street came over and talked. We made the trip back because our niece, his daughter is getting married on Saturday.

Thursday October 9-Had a full schedule today, the bad news its rainy, I mean its pouring, its horrible.  First we had to get prescriptions filled for Jeff. Then stopped by to see my sister Dru I gave her some quilt patterns to use. Next we met a friend for lunch, so nice to get caught up with her. We had an appointment with our financial guy, who just happens to be my old boss. So not only did we check on our mutual funds I got to visit with my old coworkers. So we were there for awhile. It just wouldn't quit raining. Stopped at the store before heading home. Then we went across the street to meet our nieces husband to be. Funny thing his name is Taylor, that just happens to be our nieces name too. We visited for a bit and headed home. Good phone actually came...we thought that a miracle! So it was mailed to my sons house. He is coming to Keokuk to the wedding on Saturday so he will be bringing it to me....yeah!!

Friday October 10-Another day of running but its not raining at least. I had Jeff run me by Stan's  Bakery, they have been here forever and by far make the best creme horns on the planet. Next stop was at the city offices to see about Jeff's health insurance and to pay for his life insurance. One more stop before heading home. It was to see Peggy Vass, she is the mother of my best friend all through grade school. I spent alot of time at her house when I was growing up. Jeff knew her from work. She was a dispatcher at the police department, which was in the same building as the fire station. She was happy to see us, and we were happy to see her too.

Saturday October 11-I had made plans to meet a friend at the local coffee shop, Java River. She was my best friend all thru grade school. We were also going to meet a friend from high school. I haven't seen her since I graduated. We had a great time sipping coffee and catching up with each other. The time flew by. Had to get home before Justin showed up. We got home and changed our clothes for the wedding. Justin and Molly arrived and we had to get to the church. The wedding was small but very nice, next drove to the reception at our old churches multi purpose building. There we got to meet and catch up with family and friends from church. Home after that. I got my new phone out but didn't get started on it yet, tomorrow we'll start on that. I'm sure it will be a pain, to late in the day for that.

Sunday October 12-Today we went back to our home church...NTCC. It always feels good to walk in there. They are in the middle of changing preachers. They have a new preacher but our old preacher doesn't officially retire til next week. He's been there for 40 years. Its good to come home to the church and people you know so well.  I wanted to spend some more time with Judy before we take off so this afternoon was the only time left for that. We took a short road trip to find her a party outfit. We had a successful trip she found something to wear. It was pretty dreary outside but that didn't matter to us we just wanted to spend some time together.  I did get most of my phone set up, with some problems but that's not surprising.

Monday October 13-Rain Rain Rain...We had planned to leave today but that was moved to tomorrow with this weather. I met again with John about my investments. I needed to mail in my old I phone, picked up a few groceries and caught up all the laundry. The campground here has a nice laundry facility. Now I think we are ready to move on down the road. Let the adventure begin.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome Fall

Monday September 15, I have kinda designated this day as my cleaning day. I usually do some extra cleaning at the shower house, so I guess I just carry that momentum back to our home. My friend had to meet with the surgeon today so by keeping  busy I wasn't constantly worrying. She called to say she would have surgery on Wednesday. It's been rather cool here, below normal temps. So we decided chili would be a good fit for supper.

Tuesday sept. 16, Pretty uneventful day. Went to town to pick up some things. Jeff needed more wax cause it's time to wax the rig again before hitting the road. We tried a new restaurant for lunch, Jeff got a deal $20 worth of food for $10. The restaurant was Oyami. It's a Japanese grill and sushi house. We were extremely happy we only spent $10 because our meals were terrible. The chicken was hard to eat. Maybe the sushi is good. Don't think we will be visiting there again.

Wednesday Sept 17, Didn't get much sleep last night, thinking about my friends surgery today. I was waiting by the phone all morning. Her husband called as soon as he talked to the surgeon. Everything went well, she'll be home later tonight. I felt better after hearing from him. For supper Justin invited us to go with them to Smugglers Wharf. Molly's mom Tammy joined us as well. It was nice to meet her. We had a great time visiting but the food and service were just so so.

Thursday Sept 18, I got up really early to get my cleaning done. Then I loaded up my stuff into the truck and headed south to Keokuk. I'm going to spend a couple days with my friend. I'm going to take care of her. When I got there I was pleasantly surprised. Judy is doing great, she's not even feeling any pain. It was a great relief to see her and make sure she's ok. It was also great to just sit and visit. The weather was really nice so we sat outside on the deck and enjoyed the sunshine.

Friday Sept 19, Another full day at Judy's . Again the weather was picture perfect. Judy's friends from work came out for lunch. I heated up some soup, and had lunch outside on the deck. Another friend from church stopped by for a visit as well. Nice to see them. In the afternoon I drove Judy to see her mom. It's nice to see Glo. She's a character and she's just gotten more spicy with age. We sat with her for awhile, she started off a tad grumpy so first we had to get her in a better mood. By the time we left she was happy as a clam.... Time well spent. Headed back to Judy's and didn't do much of anything, just letting her rest up. 

Saturday Sept 20, I woke up before Judy today, I loaded up my stuff cause I'm heading back home. I talked some more before leaving around 9:30. It was really good for me to come back and see how Judy's doing. I think she enjoyed it too. I made one stop on my way home. I went to Dave's Old Fashioned meat market for some homemade wieners. The drive home was long. It was nice to be home, and back to my own stuff. So glad that Judy's doing so well and she's got a great attitude.

Sunday Sept 21, Slept really good in my own bed. Jeff and I got ready for church. After church we went to pick up the grand kids. We went for lunch at Pancheros, one of there favorites. Then on to the movie theater to see "Dolphin Tale 2" we liked it, the kids liked it so it was a great day spent with 2 very special kiddos.

Monday Sept 22, We got up super early today. Jeff took me in to Seth & Katies. I'm going to Chicago with them to attend the Chicago Blackhawk Training Camp. Jeff is staying back and hanging with Ashton. We drove into town, really lucky with the traffic. Drove to our hotel Crowne Plaza, it's really nice. Unloaded our stuff then headed downtown to get lunch and do some shopping. We grabbed a taxi to P F Changs for a light lunch ... It was yummy. The lettuce wraps are really good. Then we walked around and looked at some shops. I was looking for a specific shop....Garret's Popcorn Shop. I got me a bag of carmelcorn so I was happy. We didn't really buy to much but it's always an adventure exploring. We grabbed a taxi back to our hotel. We unloaded and headed to the united center. On our way made one stop. Seth wanted me to experience Billy Goats. So after a beverage we contined our walk to the United Center. The line to get in was already quite long. The tickets to get in were only $5.00. It was general admission. The first 12,000 got free   Duncan Keith bobble heads. We stood in line for about 1 1/2 hours. The doors opened at 5, then the scrimmage between the Blackhawks and the Blackhawks started at 7. Jeff in the mean time had a big night planned for Ashton and him. Ashton called to say they were living like kings. First they went to Planet X.... A place to play laser tag, putt putt golf, rock climbing, you know all the good stuff. After they headed to Red Lobster to feast. Ashton had crab legs and Jeff unlimited shrimp. They had a wonderful time together. Ashton is only  9 but already seems to be outgrowing us. In the meantime in Chicago. We got our bobble heads and found some really good seats. It was really exciting to see all the players in real life that I've watched on TV. I know it would have been more exciting to watch a real game but I had a blast. They played each other the red team and the white team. After the game they had a shoot out that was fun to watch too. I loved it. Someday I hope to attend a real game. After we walked back towards the hotel. Again another stop at Billy Goats for  Hamburgor, fries and coke... No Pepsi. Got back to the hotel and couldn't wait to get my shoes off . My dogs are barking...we walked all over was great, but my feet are feeling it.

Tuesday Sept 23, The beds were super comfy. We got up and headed across the street for breakfast. The restaurant was called Eggsperience. It was wonderful but kinda cashy but the food was awesome . My daughter inlaw had an egg white omelet that was enormous, she said it tasted as good as it looked. Seth had French toast and he gave me a bite.... It was yum. After eating we headed out stopping at Total Hockey to get Seth and Ashton's skates sharpened. Then back  in the car and to the outlet mall in Aurora. The funny thing here was we noticed a Disney store, we didn't know they had one. Katie and I were outside the store when the lady unlocked the door asked if we wanted to come in. Well yes, we were there very first customers. Seems this is there first day, we found the Frozen section and a really special dress that Katie couldn't say no to. Just so happens they have shoes to match. So she had to purchase them as well. I know a little girl that's gonna have a great birthday. The rest of our trip home was uneventful, the way we like it.

Wednesday Sept 24, Jeff wanted to go to town. Seth and Katie told us about a new phone plan they are advertising. It's a sprint ad, I have Sprint now and the coverage is not that good here in Iowa. The cost was gonna be less and I would get a new phone. Well, we stopped in the Sprint store to talk. Then next door was the Verizon store, went in to talk to them. They are offering a plan, unlimited talk, text, and 2 gigs of data for $60. If you are a new customer they give you another gig of data. Also a new IPhone, pretty much free cause they give you $200 for your old iPhone. It seemed to be just what we were looking for so ordered a phone and a new phone plan for us. Hopefully this will work better for us. Then to celebrate went and got pedicures. Jeff's first one ever and I think he liked it. For supper we just had leftover soup ...a new recipe (chicken tortilla soup)....taste even better the second time around.

Thursday Sept 25, Its a gorgeous day and I decided to start on the wood in the rig. I got some stuff called Restore a Finish. You just rub it on the wood, it really is making it look better. There is a lot of wood in here. It needs to be nice out  cause you definitely want some ventilation while applying this.  It's gonna take a couple days to get it all done. I got a call from my friend after she talked to the oncologist, it sounds like everything's looking good. Have to wait for a test to see what's next but it sounds good. We went in to watch Ashton's hockey practice cause we won't be around much longer to watch. He did a great job. He listened and showed great hustle . To reward him we stopped at a new restaurant.... Burgerfry. Oh my my that place has great burgers and frys. Seth got a milkshake and we tried it. Should have ordered a shake....well next time.

Friday Sept 26, More plans today ... It's either feast or famine. I worked on the woodwork again today. Didn't get it finished but I finished the bedroom and bathroom. We were getting ready to head to the Amana Colonies when Jeff got to talking to one if the campers here. We probably visited with him over an hour. When we left,we didn't feel we had time to go into town. We went to the RV park there in the Amana Colonies. The Carriage/ Lifestyle group was having a get together. Jeff met them thru there forums . They were camping there, we couldn't do that but asked if we could come over to meet them. They were having brats and burgers tonight.  Everyone we met was nice. The food was good and it was nice to compare stories.

Saturday Sept 27, It was summer like out there today. After getting my laundry started I got busy making some deviled eggs and pecan bars to take back to the rally. They are having a pot luck tonight. We left to go over early, this time we went into town. I wanted to visit the quilt store which I must say is fabulous, lots of beautiful fabric. I also went to the bakery, I have to get the crispies, my favorite. Jeff went to the brewery there. He loves there Millstream octoberfest brew. After we both got our shopping done we drove over to the RV park and the pot luck dinner. We toured a couple of the rigs and then everyone ate. Again the food was great, and the company better.

Sunday Sept 28, We went to church at Cedar Rapids Family Church. Went to the second service. Hailey is coming out tonight so we ran to the store to get some supplies. Came home to get rested up after all our running.  Went into pick up Hailey. We had promised to take her to Toys R Us to look for a birthday gift. She had a great time looking around. We got some ideas of what to get. Then we went to Justin's for Italian beef sandwiches.... Love them. We headed back home and got Hailey settled in. When she comes to visit we pretty much do what she wants. What a fun busy weekend.