Sunday, June 14, 2015

OHIO HAPPENINGS

Sunday, June 14 – We are doing well and still enjoying the fabulous Ohio weather. We've had a couple humid and muggy days, but for the most part, the weather has been terrific. Bella, our cat, especially has been loving the green grass the the chipmunks to chase. She's out on her leash all day We have to practically drag her in the house in the evening...ha ha!

Bella enjoying her one of her favorite places.
Bella

Marsha has been busy visiting friends, lunching, volunteering at the our church, crafting, and tending to the flower beds. That girl is so busy, she actually has no free time! Smile She's off nearly everyday on some adventure. One of her latest outings was going to the Cleveland Indians game with a group of her church friends. They travel in style.

Indians bus

The next photo was the highlight of her day.  So, can you guess which team didn’t win the game?

Marsha with ketcup

She actually taped the game in case she got on TV again. Look at the upper left-hand corner. Recognize anyone?

Marsha on TV

Paul continues his house projects. He's finished replacing all the windows in the house – a two year summer project and is putting the final touches on the siding he removed or replaced during that endeavor. That's the last of the “big” projects he has planned for this summer.

removing siding

cutting wood

putting up wrapping

new windows

Paul bottled some wine and has two additional batches brewing, a couple of nice “summer” wines – Kiwi-Pear, a Sauvignon Blanc, and Pomegranate, a Zinfandel. Those should be done by the time we return from our Michigan trip to enjoy before the end of summer.

Paul and wine

Paul sealing wine

Our newest addition to the Weaver Cellar Wine….Rockin’ Raspberry. Excellent.lastest wine

We have plans to head to Michigan and the Upper Peninsula soon after the 4th of July. Paul's spent plenty of days there, during his working years, fishing with “the boys.” One of his friends had a cabin on Lake Huron, and they spent many a weekend chasing Salmon and Lake Trout over about 35 years.

We've spent the last six or seven winters in the American Southwest. We will probably end up in Texas this winter but are planning to start out in Florida for a couple months (mid-September to mid-November). We are planning on making a quick loop down the east coast to Key West and then back up the Gulf Coast before heading west on I-10 for Texas.

If you are an experienced “winter Floridian” and have some “must see” adventures that you care to share with us, we would enjoy some suggestions.

That should catch us up on our Blogging for now. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Monday, June 1, 2015

SPENDING SOME TIME WITH KELLY AND DAVE

Monday, June 1 – We spent a couple days recently at Kelly and Dave's house helping them with some “new home” projects. One of the things Dave wanted to accomplish was burying some downspout pipes and getting some fill dirt to improve the grade in their backyard.


Dave's a pretty resourceful guy. He spoke to a trucker he spotted in the area and was able to get 20 tons of fill dirt at an unbelievable price. Due to the weight of the truck and load, Dave had it dumped in the cul-de-sac so his driveway wouldn't get damaged. We volunteered to help move it to his backyard (YIKES, what were we thinking.)

We planned on arriving early Saturday morning making a day of it! When we pulled up to their house at 8:30 am, most of the dirt had already been moved. WOW! Did Dave and Kelly have super powers or what? No, they have a neighbor with a skid loader (Bobcat), and he was moving all that dirt for them. All we had to do was some leveling and moving some rocks. Awesome to have neighbors like that!


So what was going to be an exhausting day, turned out to be a half day of pretty simple leveling, burying a few downspout pipes, and cleaning up the street where the dirt was piled. Cool.

We surprised Kelly and Dave with four colorful outdoor chairs for their deck. It was a "House Warming" gift to them. We think they like them.


As we mentioned in our previous post, Chardon, Ohio, where they live is located in Ohio Wine Country. There are over 30 wineries in the area. A few weeks ago, we spent the night at their place. Dave's parents were up for the night too, so the six of us headed to several wineries for some tasting. We visited two wineries, DeBonne Vineyards and South River Winery, and a local distillery, Red Eagle Distillery.


 DeBonne Vineyards

They have the wine for sure.

South River Winery

Dave, Jackie, Kelly, Dave, Paul and Marsha's chair.

They make Ohio made Bourbon, Rye and Vodka.
We enjoyed several “tasters” and shared a couple bottles of wine. Luckily, one of the wineries served sandwiches which is a “must” when visiting several wineries. We then returned to Kelly and Dave's house to chat and play some cards. They have plenty of bedrooms so we took advantage of their hospitality and spent the night. It was an enjoyable evening with “the kids” and Dave's parents.

While we were visiting, we took a walk back into the woods on Kelly and Dave's property. Dave was looking way up high in the trees and discovered a nest of little critters. The first photo shows how far away we were from the tree. The second one what we discovered.




Used Blogger to upload this post. It is difficult. I just don't like not having the control I did with Live Writer.

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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!