It's about time.

I'm sure there are many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours on your career, raising your children. buying a home and paying all the bills that are related to being homeowners. We've retired now so we downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer. Now it's our time to follow our dreams.

What about you? Wouldn't you say, "It's about time".

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What’s This Strange Stuff?

Our Location today is Wapakoneta, Ohio .

Again another great night for sleeping with the windows open and the temperature just dipping below the 60 F mark. This helped Kathy get a good night’s sleep so that she’d be ready to navigate us on another stretch of our journey home. We won’t talk about how I slept besides I was only piloting our rig down the highway.
We were up having breakfast by 6:30 this morning even though we really weren’t in a hurry to leave. We watched the weather forecasts while having our breakfast. Listening to the rain hitting off the roof of the trailer at least verified that part of the forecast was correct. We just seemed to be dragging so by the time everything was stowed away we didn’t pull out of the park until after 9:00.
As we were about to leave town traffic was being detoured due to an accident and strangely it was taking us past the Sevierville Verizon Outlet. Mysteriously the truck turned down the side street that led around the rear of the building. Kathy and I went in and spoke to Michael the second vice manager of that location. He already knew of our problem that was being caused by Chris from the Inverness location. Using his company smartphone he photographed our payment cards and had them E-mailed in less than a minute. That should be the end of that nightmare. That stop took less than ten minutes tops but by then the rain had stopped and the traffic was running freely towards highway 40.   
Once we were safely onto I-75 heading north towards Lexington Kathy needed a snap to make up for the early hour she’d gotten up at. When she woke twenty minutes later she nearly went into a state of shock. She hadn’t noticed the pinkish line on the morning forecast that would be crossing our line of travel. That pinkish line was a mix of rain and s@#w and everything was turning white. 
The pavement was wet but clear and there were no problems being caused other than a few moments of intense snow fall. This was the pattern that continued for the next two hours. Has Mother Nature forgotten that this is Spring and we shouldn’t be having this kind of weather.
Just before noon we stopped at Cracker Barrel to stretch our legs and enjoy some downtime. We lazily took our time eating our meal and enjoyed a couple of cups of coffee to warm up. It was nearly an hour before were ready to continue on.
The temperature actually started to get warmer once we cleared the mountains and were travelling in just the hills. It was after 4:00 when we pulled in to the Flying J in Walton, Kentucky. By the time we fueled up the truck and had a light supper at Denny’s the day’s travels had caught up to us. 
We went back to the trailer where we turned the heat on to warm the trailer. Kathy started reading her book and I started writing the blog. Just after 6:00 a strange thing started to happen. The sun was shining brightly and the wind had died down. After an hour of relaxation we had both caught our second wind.

While I closed up the computer Kathy called ahead and made a reservation in Wapakoneta. Minutes later we were back on the highway for another two hours. We figured if we were going to be in cold weather we might as well be comfortable. With the cold temperatures in the forecast for the next couple of days we’re not quite sure where we’ll stop tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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There's permanently a baby crying, a dog barking,

or a woman yelling somewhere in your home.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Exploring a Different Part of Town.

Our Location today is Sevierville, Tennessee.

Once again last night we slept with the bedroom window open all night expecting to be awaken by rain. The Weather Reports from multiple stations had guaranteed that we would have rain last night. This morning we both woke to see dry pavement on the roads and on our patio. 
Face Cups.
After breakfast was finished while we were on the computers we received a call from Gary the manager at the local Verizon Outlet. He explained what was happening as far as the credit to our account. Kathy and I talked about not being captives in the trailer waiting for further communication from them and thought we would explore a section of town that we had only seen from afar. 

Shortly after 11:00 we headed down the parkway in search of the Old Mill section of town. We weren’t too far down the road when the skies opened up it finally started raining. We continued turning down a number of roads only to end up back on the parkway. The reason that was happening was due to Pigeon Forge being built on mountainous hillsides most roads around here don’t travel in straight lines. After driving like this for nearly an hour and getting ready to return to the trailer for lunch we finally turned onto the right road. 
This young man was making one small flower pot each minute.
The best part was the area was right next to the Municipal Parking Lot where parking was free. You could also get on the Pigeon Forge trolley cars that would take you all over town for the huge price of fifty cents. Kathy and I were more interested in looking around more of the local Artesian Shops where the locally made wares were being made. 

The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen was one place where locally produced preserves were sold and if you were not sure if you would like the product the clerk behind the counter would let you have a sample taste. Next The Old Mill General Store we found a T-shirt for me to add to my collection. It was now past 2:00 and we were getting hungry so we went to The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille where we enjoyed French Onion Soup and Porter Burgers that filled us up. We only ate half our sandwiches and brought the other half home for supper later. 
French Onion soup with a bun.
The rain finally stopped by 4:00 when we stopped at the local Verizon Outlet where we spoke to Michelle the assistant manager. She explained what she was told would take place in fixing our accounts by the Inverness Florida Outlet. She was even able to answer a few other questions that we had never been explained before. 
We each brought half home for supper.
Since the Weather Forecast in the Knoxville district was for severe thunder storms this evening and rain through the morning tomorrow. I decided to empty and clean the waste tanks and hook up the truck before having supper. This way if it is raining in the morning when it’s time for us to leave I can stay a lot dryer. Not sure where we will end up but heading north for sure! Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Out of debt, out of danger.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Exploring and People Watching.

Our Location today is Sevierville, Tennessee.

Sleeping with the window open all night was like putting us in a hypnotic trance. We even slept until nearly 8:00 this morning before starting our day by having breakfast. We watched the Weather Channel and learned that after today we are going to experience more cold wet weather. 

With that thought in mind we hurriedly did our morning reading before heading out on a walk around the park. The rear of our trailer faces the river and everyone uses that area as a dog walk so we started walking towards the north end of the park until we had no choice but to return to the asphalted roads. Other couples were sharing the same thoughts and we passed many along the way. We had only gotten half way to the front office when the warm rays of the sun were becoming too intense for Kathy. 
Back at the trailer we sat outside waiting for her to catch her breathe. This also gave us time to sit and people watch as well as seeing a stream of RVs pulling out. We were also watching the park tractor moving trailers to and from the storage area. 
Monument to Dolly Parton at Sevierville city hall.
Many people that only live a short distance from the park have their trailers stored here. When they leave the park tractor comes along and moves the trailer to storage. When those same people are returning to the park the tractor tows the trailer out to an available site so when the people get there they only have to finish setting up for their stay. 
We shared a Bacon and Tomato sandwich with potato salad on the side.
After having a light lunch we decided to do more exploring of Sevierville. In the process we stopped at the K-mart store where we picked up a case of bottled water and with only 277 days left before Christmas Kathy purchased our first gift for this year. 

Driving through the rest of town I turned down one of the side streets expecting to end up close to our park. Roads that run in mountainous regions do not travel in straight lines and are not short. We ended up emerging at the far end of Pigeon Forge not far from Dollywood. 
Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge.
We treated ourselves to an Ice Cream Cone at Baskin Robins for an afternoon snack. Driving back up the strip you could easily tell that most of the street rods had already left or were in the process of leaving. There were pickup trucks pulling trailers with up to four street rods on them. 

Back at the trailer we continued our people watching while enjoying this summer like weather. At one point we saw a gentleman rowing a Zodiac type inflatable boat up the river behind us. Moments later that same man goes flying down the river no longer rowing. Somewhere he had added an outboard motor and he kept going back and forth just having fun. 

For supper I fired up the Weber and grilled some nice Farmers Sausage while Kathy made a nice pasta salad with peas for a side. We also have leftovers for another meal.

The Weather Report for this evening has changed and now everyone that plans to leave in the morning are scrambling to get hooked up tonight. We’ll be taking care of business tomorrow and hitting the road on Tuesday. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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Be a coffee-drinking-individual, espresso yourself!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Change of Plans.

Our Location today is Sevierville, Tennessee.

Last night we really lucked out and didn’t even need to run the heaters to keep warm while we slept. When I finally got up at 7:30 I felt quite comfortable. It was strange though when Kathy got up just before 8:00 she said she felt cold. Normally it is Kathy that is always saying she is too warm. 

During breakfast we spoke of trying to get our Verizon mess cleared up but with our hitting the road on Monday it would be nearly impossible. After some discussion we decided to extend our stay here at Sevierville. Once we’d read our morning blogs and E-mails we walked up to the office to do just that if our site was not reserved. If we would have had to move sites we would just hit the road. We lucked out so now we won’t leave until Tuesday. 

Back at the trailer I immediately called Chris at Verizon in Inverness Florida to let him know our change of plans. Chris has been trying his best to straighten things up for us. He informed me that Gary the manager of the Verizon outlet in Sevierville would not be in until Monday so that’s when he’ll be calling him. All I know is that somebody will put this credit on our account how I don’t care. 

Kathy started making her Taco Soup while I started emptying the refrigerator and freezer. Yesterday we had noticed frost building on the cooling fins inside the fridge. We’ve been running it non-stop since arriving in Florida but we did the same last year and didn’t have this happen. I figure that this year we were in areas of higher humidity and each time the fridge or freezer is opened the humidity builds up inside. 
Ice Cream truck driving through the park.
By lunch time we had everything put back in the fridge and Kathy had finished making the Taco Soup. Kathy always says the soup taste better after it sits a day or two so guess what we didn’t have for lunch. Instead I fired up the Weber and grilled some hotdogs for lunch. Everything tastes better cooked on the Weber. 

After lunch and checking the computers we decided to be lazy for a while but to sit outside under the awning. We enjoy talking to one another and people watching. There were also a number of rigs pulling in for the night. 

As the time wore on I again fired up the Weber before adding some nice thick Spareribs and Sweet Potatoes. Using the proven method of low and slow given by George it took nearly an hour for everything to be done to perfection. Kathy had sautéed some Spinach to finish off the meal and it was all delicious. 
After supper we again sat outside enjoying the fresh air and the sounds of children playing a few sites over. Since we’ll be here an extra day we’ll just have to find something to do tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.