Monday, June 20, 2016


Monday, June 20 – Yes, it is true. We lived long enough to see one of the Cleveland teams win a championship!


No team in 32 tries had ever come all the way back from being down 3-1 to win the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the unimaginable on Sunday night, a 93-89 Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors to win the franchise's first NBA championship. The Cavaliers are only the fourth team in history to win Game 7 of The Finals away from home. A game for the ages!

LeBron James flies over Seth Curry.
Laborn over Curry

LeBron James was unanimously named the MVP of the NBA Finals.

labron james

A parade will be held on Wednesday. Cleveland will be celebrating for years and years to come. The curse is over!!!

By the way, Marsha wants everyone to know that HER Cleveland Indians are in first place. Go Tribe!

Besides watching basketball and baseball, Marsha is enjoying reconnecting with old friends and catching up on their lives. She has also spent some days volunteering at the church and working on her hobbies. She has joined the quilting group at the church. They make quilts to send to Lutheran World Relief.

Marsha quilting

She also is tying blankets to send to a church in West Virginia. Our church does a mission trip to Webster Springs each summer. The ladies are making blankets to send to the community at Christmas time.

Marsha and tie blanket

She is still crocheting plastic mats for the homeless and making baskets and giving them away. Paul actually talked her into keeping her latest creation.

Marsha's basket

If that isn’t enough, she has another new hobby – Pleachet. This is a very unusually hobby. This is a crochet type hobby involving wool to make hot pads, trivets, or rugs. She really enjoys this hobby but has found it difficult to find 100% wool to use. This is required so the heat from the hot pan or dish does not catch the pad on fire! She makes visits to Goodwill and the Salvation Army stores. She buys skirts and jackets, tears them apart, cuts them into strips and then finally begins her next project.

Paul is trying to figure out where to add on to the 5th wheel so she can carry all these hobbies this winter. :-)

Marsha pleachat

Her first one. She said she has learned so much from her mistakes.
hot pad

hot pad

This is the first update of our June activities. We will do another one later in the week.

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


Sunday, May 15, 2016


Sunday, May 15 - All is well here in Canton, Ohio. We've been here a month and have been pretty busy working around the house, enjoying our hobbies, and watching spring arrive here in Ohio.

Speaking of Spring, it is so pretty here in Ohio during the Spring.

Apple trees in full bloom.
Spring in Ohio

Grape blooms making an appearance.
Spring in Ohio

Spring in Ohio

Even Bella is enjoying the outdoors.
Bella in the Hostas

Paul enjoys mowing grass, but with his arthritic knee it has become quite a pain. To overcome this he decided to buy a new riding mower. Didn't he once say, “Never again!” Ha Ha! He's really enjoyed zooming around doing the mowing. A little over-kill on our small lot but this getting old thing needs to be dealt with. :-)


During our full-timing years, Paul missed mowing the grass and having a workshop. He's using that workshop to do some improving to our summer home here in Canton. We returned to Ohio a little early so he could replace the soffit and fascia on the house before Marsha's flowers poked up during the spring. Wouldn't want to step all over them and ruin some of her previous year’s hard work. The previous owners were pretty sloppy do-it-yourselfers. Last summer, we replaced most of the vinyl siding so next on the list was the soffit and fascia. That only took a couple days so Paul moved on to a bigger project.

Paul working

Paul working

He is building a second bathroom down the basement. This is a common home improvement in our neighborhood of small bungalows. He's in the thick of it now having just finished installing all the underground and under the cement waste lines. That was hard work!

Before construction.
downstairs bathroom

No way could he could have done any of the underground plumbing without a little help.

downstairs bathroom

downstairs bathroom

See the big pile of dirt in the next photo. We had two of those piles. Any dirt, rock or cement that didn’t go back in the hole as fill, we had to carry upstairs. We made tons and tons of trips up the steps and outside carrying two buckets at a time. We really are too old for this!

downstairs bathroom

Installing a sump/grinder in order to “up flush” sewage waste.downstairs bathroom

It passed the test run….it works!downstairs bathroom

downstairs bathroom

He now moves on to the “enjoyable” part of the work – building the walls. He's in no hurry to finish....he doesn't want to finish too early and spend the summer sitting around.

downstairs bathroom

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Saturday, April 9 – We pulled our of freezin' Springfield, IL, this morning heading east towards Ohio. We are watching the weather very carefully. We don't want to get into any of the white stuff.

Having commented on how nice the roads have been so far on our trip from Texas, I must say that Indiana wins with some of the worst roads in America (goodness….maybe worse than Louisiana!). Man did we hit some bone jarring holes in the road! By the end of the day, Marsha commented this was the worst results of bad roads she's seen in the 5th wheel. Things were thrown all over the place.

Our day's journey was a bit longer than planned. We had a planned to stop at the County Fairgrounds in Van Wert, OH. Upon arriving we found no one at the office, no one to answer the phone numbers, and no electrical power at the pedestal. With COLD weather predicted for the night, we decided to push on towards our final destination of Canton, OH, another 3-hours drive. Paul reported feeling pretty good, and felt he would have no problem extending the drive. Bella, our cat, was not too happy. She is not a fan of LONG drives.

So we continued our drive east on US-30. This road in Ohio was a welcome relief to our day's drive in Indiana. It's not often that Paul makes positive comments about Ohio roads, especially in early Spring. We cruised right along, and before we knew it, we were pulling into our driveway in Canton, OH. We did pass through some snow showers but nothing bad and especially nothing sticking to the roadways.

This is what our house looked like in Ohio on April 9. Maybe we arrived a bit too early.

House in Canton

We decided to wait until morning to move things from the RV to the house. Only a few necessities for the night. Paul did take the time to drain the water lines in the RV to prevent any freezing over night. The predictions were for temperatures to reach the low 20's by day break.

So we have arrived at our summer home in Canton. Bella found her nice warm spot in front of the furnace vent. Marsha has busied herself rearranging her life from RV living to the comforts of home. Paul is planning all types of summer projects.

We'll blog occasionally on summer doings and a couple trips we have planned. If you pass through Northeast Ohio give us a shout out and we'll try to meet up. Be safe with your summer travels.

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