Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 FALL TRAVLE PLANS…SUBJECT TO CHANGE

August 17 – Looks like we settled on travel plans, at least through the Christmas holidays. We plan on leaving Ohio mid-September heading for Gettysburg, PA. We'll enjoy the history of the Civil War and meet up with some friends before heading a short distance down the road to Baltimore, MD.

gettysburg

We'll enjoy the Baltimore waterfront and Annapolis, MD, and then turn south. We want to stop in Richmond, VA, to see the state capital, and the rest of the city before moving down to Charleston, SC. There's a lot to see and do in Charleston so we'll be there about a week.

CHARLESTON

After Charleston, it's on to Florida. We'll stop in Jacksonville for a quick visit and then to Fort Walton Beach, FL, for some relaxation time on the beach.

fort-walton-beach

We'll make our usual stop at the Silver Slipper Casino CG on our way through Mississippi to enjoy some additional beach time and hopefully win a bunch of money! This may be our last stop here because the once reasonable price is beginning to suffer from price creep! It is a wonderful CG – right on the beach!

silver slipper beach

Then it's on to Betty's RV in Abbeville, LA, to enjoy some Cajun lifestyle. They've had significant flooding recently so we'll be sure to check it out before stopping. We stopped at Betty's back in May 2010 and would like to return to some of the zydeco bars and other sights we visited in the past.

bettys rv

We'll bypass Houston temporarily for a quick visit to San Antonio and Austin. We've visited these cities before we started full timing. We want to revisit some of the neat places in each of these two cities and explore some new areas.

san-antonio-river-walk

We will then return to Houston to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter, Carrie, before heading to Arizona for the winter.

As the saying goes.....This is written in Jell-O and subject to change. At least we know which way to turn when we pull out of the driveway.

That's it for now. If you have any suggestions or “not to miss” adventures along our route, drop us a note and let us know. Travel safe and we hope to see many of our friends in Arizona this winter.

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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

PAUL’S SURGERY

Sunday, July 24 – Just a quick update on Paul’s knee replacement this past Tuesday. The surgery went super. The doctor told Marsha he had to use the biggest knee they make. Marsha told the doctor, “Now he will think he is the MAN!”

Paul is doing all his home exercises and begins PT on Monday. He is able to handle the pain…with a little help from his capsule friends.

Paul surgery

Thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers, good thoughts, emails and phone calls. We are truly blessed to have you all in our lives.

Marsha wanted to share some of her wildlife friends.

blue jay

finch

humming bird

finch

bunny

chickmunk

woodpecker

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ANNUAL WINE TASTING PARTY

Tuesday, July 12 - Marsha had her 5th Annual Wine Tasting Party Saturday, July 2. It was another smashing success. Carrie was in town from Houston for the 4th of July weekend. We sure enjoyed having her here for the wine party. We had many returning judges from previous years.

We started with a few games to work up a thirst and an appetite. We enjoyed several hours of cornhole, bocce ball, and the annual running race while the judges arrived. This year we divided into two groups…those 50 and under and the geriatric group. The younger group ran around the entire house… Jake was the big winner. The geriatric group ran in a straight line about 60 feet…lol Marsha’s brother, Rod, won, but Marsha wants everyone to know she came in second. What a speed demon.

The young ones getting ready for the race.running race

Marsha’s hair is flying, she is going to fast.
running race

Paul was a far third.
running race

Of course, what's a party without food. Everyone enjoyed tons of food prepared by Marsha, Kelly, and Carrie. Many of the tasters brought their favorite dishes to add to a overflowing food table. No one was going home hungry!

food table

Once everyone was fed, it was time to get down to business. Dave, our son-in-law, again filled the role of wine guy announcer, sommelier,  and did a spectacular job.

dave

sommelier

We had 5 white wines and 6 red wines to judge. We chose the winner of the “white division” and one for the “red division.” We then had a final taste off. The 2014 Nouveau, a red, by August Hill Winery won the show. We notice many of the tasters are beginning to prefer the dryer wines. Does this mean their pallets are becoming more refined?

August Hill Winery

After the tasting, we enjoyed many more hours of visiting with friends and playing games. It was another great party, Marsha!  Now to begin searching for the next winner during our winter RV travels.

While Carrie was in town, and the weather was super, we took some new family photos. The last time we had a professional. This time we thought we would take our own photos. Nearly all the photos came out great. These are our favorites. What do you think?

family photo

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family photos

family photos

Regular readers of our blog may remember that Paul had knee surgery in Houston this past February. Well the surgery did not solve the knee problem. Paul consulted the doctor that replaced his hip once we arrived in Canton, Dr. Lykins reported that Paul’s knee is one of the worst he has ever seen. So, Tuesday, July 19, Paul will have total knee replacement. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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