Monday, May 18, 2015

BUSY IN CANTON, OHIO

Monday, May 18 – We haven't blogged the last several weeks because we've been chillin' out here at our summer home in Canton, OH. That doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We've accomplished a lot in the month since arriving.

our house

We've been concentrating on outside work taking advantage of the magnificent weather we've experienced. We've trimmed trees, spread tons of mulch, edged all the flower beds, built a little retaining wall around our birding area, washed the 5th wheel, purchased a utility shed, ran underground electric to the shed and our RV parking spot, planted some shrubs and flowers, and kept the grass mowed.

wash rv

retaining wall

shed

edging

trench

electric

We also found time to make one batch of wine. More to come for sure.

making wine

Marsha worked on her birding area. She loves the birdbath we brought back from Mexico.

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Tons of detail in the bath area.DSC01970

We also caught our first raccoon of the season. Marsha caught it drinking out of her bird bath and said…Enough is Enough!

raccoon

raccoon

That sounds like a pretty busy month, but we really enjoy the outdoors and doing yard work. That's one of the things we missed during our years full-timing. We still have several projects we want to finish on the home remodeling front. We'll get busy on that “to do list” next month.

We enjoyed visiting with our daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Dave. They purchased a home last fall and are doing their own list of projects. We spent a couple weekends at their place helping out and exploring their area.

They live in Chardon, OH, which is the maple syrup capital of Ohio. They learned to tap their maple trees and make their own syrup. Yummy!!! They also live in the winery area of Ohio, so we spent an evening along with Dave's parents visiting a few wineries. We’ll cover that in the next post.

We've sure enjoyed seeing Kelly and Dave and plan on spending much more time with them this summer. We are also considering a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan later this summer.

We hope that explains our lack of blogging and fills everyone in on what we've kept ourselves busy with since arriving in Ohio.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BACK IN GOOD OLD CANTON, OHIO

Saturday, April 18 – Yes, this post is very late. So sorry. We arrived back in Canton early Tuesday. We have been busy transferring everything from the fifth wheel to the house, mowing lawn, cleaning leaves, visiting with our daughter and friends.

We will be at our “summer” home till sometime early fall, then off we go again. We probably won’t be posting all that much during the summer. We will still be reading though.

We wish y’all a wonderful, warm and safe summer.

Perry house

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ARKANSAS TO TENNESSEE TO KENTUCKY

Monday, April 13 – We've moved steadily Northeast the last two days. Man is this country BIG! It sure is a l-o-n-g way from Houston, TX, to Canton, OH. As we reported in the previous blog, we traveled from Houston to Benton, AR, the first day. The second day we traveled from Benton, AR, to Dickson, TN. We stayed at Tanbark Campground. That place was packed! They had RV's parked everywhere. Not a great place to visit but satisfactory for an overnight stop. They accept Passport America. That was still too much to pay for this place.

Tanbark Campground

Tanbark Campground

Looking right.
Tanbark Campground

Looking left.
Tanbark Campground

Today we traveled from Dickson, TN, to Verona, KY. We are staying at Oak Creek Campground. This is a nice “family” campground. Gravel streets and sites with 50 amp electric and water. The sites are nicely spaced with a green grassy area between the sites. There is a dump available, which we'll access in the morning. Paul wants to be sure to clean the holding tanks out well, we may not use them for a couple months.

We are in a circle that seems to be reserved for over-nighters or short termers. There is another circle of sites that appear to be reserved for summer, weekenders, or longer-term residents. It also appears this campground would be full of families during the summer and on weekends.

Site #1
Oak Creek Campground

Oak Creek Campground

Looking right.
Oak Creek Campground

Looking left.
Oak Creek Campground

There is also a nice stream flowing along the back of the campground. Of course, Bella (our cat) loved exploring this area. She just loves a cool drink out of a stream or lake. Heck, she'll enjoy a puddle too!

Bella

Spring is just beginning to show its face here in Kentucky.Oak Creek Campground

Tomorrow, our forth travel day, will finally end in Canton, OH. That will be our summer home for the next several months. We've gone from summer conditions in Houston, TX with temperatures in the 90's and the sun scorching us, to late spring in Tennessee, early spring in Kentucky and if things continue, we'll be experiencing late winter in Ohio. Our daughter, Kelly, reports nice temperatures in the 60's, but the trees haven't begun to leaf out yet. That is going to be strange!

Thanks for traveling north with us the last four days. Check back and see what we find back in Canton, OH.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!