Showing posts from November, 2009

Are you ready for some Football??

Well, it's Monday night and there is no more DWTS - so here we are at 8:00 watching the Monday Night Countdown to Football - the Saints and the Pats (sorry Melissa - go Saints - don't tell Justin, but I can't stand the Pats.) I probably won't watch that much of the game - I'll probably go in and crawl in the bed and read for awhile. Speaking of football - this Saturday will be a football day - I'm not going to say who I will be routing for because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings - but I definitely know who I want to win. That's all I'm going to say about the subject.

Work was SLOW today - it was awful - nothing to do - I ended up folding brochures all morning long. Not that many people came into the park - I don't know if that had to do with it being the Monday after Thanksgiving or because the restaurant is not open on Monday's and the tram doesn't run either. Doesn't really matter what caused it - there weren't…

Another Sunday at Work

Well, I promised a picture of our Christmas tree today - and here it is. Also, if you notice the TV in the background you will see that I was watching the Viking kick some Jay Cutler butt (how's that Crystal??) I bet that some of you that play on the fantasy football league wish they had picked up Brett Farve as your quarterback don't you - HA! Oh you of little faith - thinking the boy can't play anymore - guess he is showing you huh???? I do love to see that boy play! I know- some of you are saying that today wasn't much of a test - but he has played well all year (the best quarterback rating in the NFL - thank you very much!)

Work was very busy today - so much so I looked up and it was 20 minutes after 1 - and time for me to go home - Dan worked until almost 3 today - we had so many people leaving that they had to clean the bathhouses twice. Anyway, we did get some things done at the 'house' today, but not everything we were thinking we would get done. …

Saturday 11-28-09

Our cousins, Faye and Woody, came and visited with us today - it was nice having a chance to catch up and spend time with each other. We ran up to Panera Bread and had lunch - GREAT Black Bean Soup. While we weren't able to spend a lot of time together it was really nice to be together. We will get back together before the holidays and before we go back up to Dowling Park.

This afternoon I decorated our Christmas tree - I'll have to post a picture of it tomorrow - Dan is still working on putting lights up on the awning over the picnic table - he should finish them up tomorrow afternoon after work. (Yes, we have to go back to work tomorrow. Oh well, we all have to work at some time or the other.) We bought a new tablecloth for the picnic table and we went through some of the decorations - Crystal now has a box and Melissa has a box and then there is some boxes that they will have to go through together and pick which decorations they want. There are still boxes over at t…

Day after Thanksgiving

Dana, Mark and the girls came down to see us today - we took them for a ride on the big golf cart and saw some turtles and the momma alligator with just one of her babies - that picture is below. We fixed some hot dogs on the grill and had some macaroni salad along with potato salad and potato chips. It was a little cool on the ride, but I hope everyone had a good time.
Here is momma again - see if you can find the baby. After Dana, Mark and the girls left we took all the fall stuff down to the storage building in Lake Placid - saw Melissa and Justin for a few minutes - picked up some of the Christmas boxes to start going through. If it were up to Dan we would have put the tree up today - as it is, we will probably do that tomorrow IF I can find the right box of decorations. That will be the question - I mean, I only have about 20 crates of Christmas decorations to go through. I think that Dan's cousin is going to come down and see us tomorrow - and I do need to do laundry as …

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Hello everyone - I hope that you all have had a fantastic Thanksgiving - Dan and I sure did - we spent the day at our youngest daughter's first home - with her husband's family and my mother. It was a GREAT day - This is a picture of her dog Brady - who is a really good dog - even with 18 people in the house and two other dogs (and four of the people were little ones) she did great - and she didn't even get any food off the table (no pumpkin pie leaves this year!)
This is Melissa and Justin's dining area in their new home - this was taken before all the craziness of all the food hit - we set up four tables down the open area behind the couches and put all the food on the table and served things buffet style------------------------------

This is a quick picture of Melissa and Justin as we were trying to get everyone together to bless the food - Justin did a great job of saying the blessing (we all have so much to be thankful for!).

This shows the tables and the food -…


Okay - I've been asked to show pictures of the new unit again - so I have posted just a couple - hope this gives you an idea of the size of the new one - I haven't changed the picture on the heading of the blog - I probably will do that in the future.

For those that missed it - that is Dan sitting under the awning - we are still working on getting everything put away where we want it - and now we will have to start thinking about what we are going to do as far as decorating for Christmas - those that know me know that I love to decorate at Christmas (well, actually anytime) and that has been one of the hardest things for me to get accustomed to - well, we will see what we can do.

If you are wondering about the title of the blog tonight - well, my ribs have really been hurting today - there are times that I feel so badly I just want to sit down and cry - but, no not me! Anyway, when I got home tonight I did actually take a pain pill that we had left from one of our visits to…

Got the truck back, Finally!!!

We got phone call this morning that our truck was FINALLY fixed, and the best part of all - there was NO CHARGE!!!!!! Not even for the rental car! I was very pleased to say the least - now we did have to pay $102.00 but that was for the oil change that Dan asked them to do - it had nothing to do with the problem with the truck. I was so expecting some kind of charge - I mean every other dealership we have taken it to have charged us everything from $200.00 to over $500.00 plus we even had to pay for the rental car - but Bartow Ford said that all charges would be covered under our warranty - Fantastic!!!!! Now, let's just see if it is indeed fixed.

On the way home from Bartow, we went by our cousins house in Lake Wales - we haven't seen them in a while, so it was really nice to be able to visit for a little while. Hopefully, they will be able to come down and see us on Saturday - maybe we'll go out and eat or I could fix something here - the main thing is we get all ca…

Finally pictures of deer!

Today was a pretty easy day at work - it was really slow until about 10 o'clock. Then things picked up some and the day passed quickly. This morning, while things were still slow we had a couple of visitors at the ranger station. Finally I was rewarded for taking my camera with me to work everyday - the picture above was taken out the back door of the 'office'.

This one was taken as the two deer ran across the road and headed back into the woods.

A little later these same two deer crossed the road a couple of times further up the road away from the station.

This is taken out the back door also - the two heard a noise and that's when they turned and ran across the road - I really didn't do a good job of putting these in the correct order - but I think you can figure it out.
Everyone keeps saying that this week is going to be very busy - with Thanksgiving on Thursday - we will have to wait and see - we didn't have anyone check in today and we did have about …

Everything unloaded and in the storage room

Today was a rough day - it took almost all day to get the truck unloaded and everything put away - then we had to take the furniture that Justin and Melissa is going to use over to their house and get that unloaded. But everything is done - and the truck has been returned. I even got our laundry done over at the house today before I came home.

Dan brought the other motorcycle here - I don't know what he has decided to do with it - I'm still hopeful, but like I have said before, it is up to him.

When we got home we had a note from a teacher that Dan once had - Nancy Taylor - she had come by to see us and, of course, we weren't home. Dan was really sorry that we missed her, but hopefully she will come by again on another day. Linda, if you are reading this, let her know that we're sorry we weren't home but hopefully she will understand.

I'm still very sore - especially on the right side. I didn't do any heavy lifting, but I did help pack the cabinets. Good…


Loaded almost everything in Dowling Park Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and then drove home Friday afternoon - Dan has already left with the truck headed to the storage unit in Lake Placid. I have to get dressed and head that way myself.

Sorry I didn't blog the last couple of days - I didn't take the computer with me and I was just too tired last night (was in the bed by 8 o'clock). Will catch you up on all the happenings tonight.

Until then - have a good day!

Leaving for Dowling Park

Our second work week is over (Yeah!) and this week went really very quickly. I was surprised that it passed as quickly as it did. Anyway, we will leave in the morning for Dowling Park and pack up the storage shed. We rented the U Haul on line so it will be there for us to pick up tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully we will be able to load at least 1/2 tomorrow and then finish up Friday so we can drive back home Friday afternoon. At least that would be the plan - the U haul people are only giving us two days. So we have to plan our time well.

Melissa came over and picked me up this afternoon and we went into Lake Placid and bought groceries for Thanksgiving. We should have everything that we need except the fresh vegetables - I ordered another turkey (Melissa had only had one but it was a little small so we all decided we needed another one) and we also have a nice size spiral cut ham. I also ordered a vegetable tray from Publix which we will pick up on Wednesday afternoon (yes, I wil…


Okay, let me explain. First of all yesterday morning started out just fine - I got ready for work and was waiting for Dan to come in to take me to work. Instead I walk outside and Dan has "my" motorcycle cranked and wants me to ride it to work. I told him I didn't want to, but he insists (later he admitted he was trying to show off). Well, the next thing I know I have crashed into a picnic table and the camper next door to us. No, I didn't hurt the other guys camper - or the picnic table. To tell you the truth, yesterday I thought I had cracked a couple of ribs, but now I think I just bruised them. I do have a huge bruise on my inner thigh, and I am really, really sore - but I'm fine. Really! You don't have to worry anymore - we sold the motorcycle last night so I won't be on it again. Just in case you are wondering - yes, I went to work and stayed my whole shift.

After I got home from work I did take a couple of pain pills and then we had to go …


The title says it all - will explain more later today - let's just say that I can now get back on the computer!


How about some Football!!!

I know, I know - football is all I seem to talk about - right??? Well, I am so excited that I have actually been able to watch football that I want to talk about it all the time. Today is the first day that I have been able to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and watch some games - of course, the games that I was able to watch weren't that good (I mean come on - Green Bay and Dallas, please). However, the point is I WAS ABLE TO WATCH THE GAME!

We were really busy at work today - it was after 12 o'clock before I had a chance to even look at the clock. (Which made the morning go really fast!) We did have a problem with speeders today - the speed limit in the park is 15 miles an hour - well, people were just not following the limit. Well, our local law enforcement officer was in the park and wrote several tickets (at least five before I left work at about 1:10) at around $189.00 a pop. Things really did change after he showed up.

In case you are wondering - I am feeling 100 …

Football Saturday!!!!

We have TV!!!!! Last week before I got sick I called Dish Network and told them that our receiver was fried (must have happened when the power inverter fried). Anyway, they UPSed us a new one - it came in on Thursday (we can actually have things mailed and shipped to the ranger station). So, while I was lying in bed Dan actually got on the phone and talked to Dish and had the received activated AND got the local channels. We really didn't think we would be able to get any reception on the Dish - but look - it works!!! I have actually been able to watch football all day today - including the Alabama game tonight (and the Florida game this afternoon).

Dan went into Lakeland today and picked up the little cycle - I think we are going to try and sell it - Dan says that if someone in the campground takes a 'liken' to it we would see it for the same price that we paid Dale for it. Then we will have to decide what we are going to do with the other cycle - I would also like …


Sorry I haven't blogged in the last couple of days - I have not been feeling well AT ALL!!!! Have spent the lat two days in bed, but I am feeling much better today - so I will try and get caught up on all the stuff I should have done the last two days done today.

Will blog more tonight - just wanted to let you know why I haven't been on the blog!

Talk to you later tonight!

First week over

Today was a pretty good day - Dan didn't have any real "messes" to clean up today - and it was busier that I thought it would be. There were quite a few people who wanted to come into the for free. The nice thing was staying busy makes the day go faster.

After work I came home and straightened up the 'house' and got all the fall decorations that I wanted to put out - those that know me know that I can not go without decorating some and I just had to decorate the house. Of course I can't decorate like I used to do when we had a "stick and bricks", but I have some out and it does give us a 'homey' touch.

We are suppose to have some cooler weather the next few days - that will be nice as it has been fairly warm here. Anything under 80 degrees will be nice and it's suppose to be in the mid to upper 70's through the weekend. Tomorrow I'm going to finish working on the black book - I know that I've been talking about it for a …

Day 3 - 11-10-09

Each day is getting easier and easier and I'm learning more and more everyday. Today I learned how to take reservations on the pavilions and rec hall. I continued to answer the phone and the admissions to the park. I still have a lot to learn (like how to check campers in to the park) but that will come in the future. I have faith.

Dan also continues to learn new things every day - and he is still getting to ride around in the woods in the golf carts and "Mule". We talked about it today, and while we really enjoyed our job in Idaho, we are actually liking our job here more. We do different things every day and work with the public. Although, this morning Dan had a mess to clean up in the bathroom - not a good thing - but he did his job with no complaints (at least not to me). We'll continue to see how things go.

We heard from the job in Oregon - I don't think we will get this one - they are looking for people who will do the entire season (June through Octo…

Day Two

Today was a little different than yesterday - I worked with a different ranger today and it is definitely true that each ranger does things a little differently than the next. Not that it was bad it was just different than yesterday - the ranger yesterday was very talkative and the ranger today was NOT. I did get a little more responsibility - I got to answer the telephone - yahoo! Some things I didn't know the answer to and had to ask, but for the most part I was able to handle anything that was asked.

Dan worked a lot with the rangers - he still had to clean bathrooms, but he was able to spend time outdoors working and driving the "mule" - he was in hog heaven. Tonight he is complaining about being sore and his back hurting - but it this will be good for both of us. It requires us to do more walking than we are used to and Dan, especially, is having to lift things and use muscles that he hasn't had to use since he was working on the house in North Carolina. We…

First "official" day at work

Today was a lot better day than yesterday - I slept better last night and we were up on time - took my shower and got ready for work. Dan fixed us breakfast and after he ate, he headed off to work. Which left me to clean up the kitchen before I left for "the office". I walked down to the ranger station and was actually there about 10 minutes early. While walking toward the "office" a young doe ran out of the woods and came right toward me. She got within about 50 feet before she saw me and stopped. She just stood there and watched me for a good minute before she turned around and ran back into the woods. Of course I didn't have my camera with me and I told the ranger that I worked with that I was going to have to start bringing my camera with me every morning. We also saw two other deer while I was at the ranger station (a doe and a young buck). There is quite a bit of wildlife around here and you know that Dan is loving it.

Learning what to do in the …

Sunday Morning

Sorry I didn't post last night - was just too tired. Today is our first "official" day at work. Will let you know how it goes tonight - will also fill you in more about the festival yesterday. Just wanted to let you know that we are alive and well.

Talk to you tonight!

Shopping in Sebring

Today we went into town and bought the "blue boy" (finally!) and it was actually less than the one we looked at earlier - and it is made by the same manufacturer and, to make it even better, it is larger! Dan did not set it up yet - that will be a job for tomorrow (maybe). I say maybe because we have so many people in the park right now - we have the festival tomorrow and a lot of people have come in for that. I don't think that they will all be here after Sunday - which is my first day of actual work, but we will have to see.

Tomorrow, as I said, is the big CCC festival and we have been told to expect 2,000 - 3,000 people here for the day - the festival starts at 10 and runs till 4. I told Dorothy that I would help her with the vendors in the morning (7:30 - what was I thinking??????) then I was asked this evening if I could help at the ranger station from about 11:30 till 2:00 - that will get all my time in plus some. Anyway, I don't mind - if they need the help tha…

Finishing Getting Set Up

I promised that I would post pictures of the new unit today and so, here they are. We also put up the awning over the picnic table and the grill - Dan is so proud of his new grill. If you look closely you will see that I have also put out our Thanksgiving flag and on the front of the unit is our name tag. As you can see, this side of the camper only has one slide ..................................................................................
but the other side has three. You can also see some of the campground which is pretty nice. The stick in the foreground with the little red flag is for the road pavers - and just in case you are wondering - no they don't have the roads paved yet. Probably they will start with the actual black asphalt on Monday. Saturday is the big festival and we will help out some - but I really don't think we will work all day - we shall see. What else did I do today - well, I cut my hair a little - actually, I just cut some bangs. However, I di…


This morning Dan and I, along with the other hosts, had a meeting with Ranger Mike who had the duty of showing the hosts how to clean the restrooms. I decided that I would accompany Dan to the meeting just to lend moral support. I actually helped clean one of the bathrooms - then while they were working on the other three buildings I came back home and cleaned our own bathroom along with the rest of the house.

Then at 1:00 we had a meeting with the assistant park manager - which lasted about two and half hours. We did tour the maintenance facility and see some of the things that we are allowed to use - like the golf carts. (Which makes Dan very happy!)

Saturday we have a big festival here and we are going to help out with that, even though we don't technically have to go to work until Sunday - I'll probably help Dorothy (the volunteer coordinator) with parking cars. Dan hasn't decided what he will do yet - we'll see.

We went into town tonight (Sebring) and bought a few g…

We're Here!!

We have finally made it to Highland Hammock - but let me let you know how we got here.

We got up this morning and had our coffee and breakfast and then I did a couple of more loads of clothes - which actually caught up our laundry. Dan checked with the park about staying past the check-out time, which was not a problem. We left the park at 1:27 and headed for the dealership - At three o'clock we were finally on the road headed for Sebring.

We reached the park around 5:30 and were able to get set up before the sun finally set - of course, we only have 30 amp service instead of 50 and we don't have sewer - Dan is going to have to go purchase a "blue - boy" which will be about another $200.00 - but we might need it when we get to Alaska (we don't know what amenities we will have there). We have a couple of meetings tomorrow - Dan has one in the morning to learn how "to clean the restrooms" - that should be interesting. Then we all meet tomorrow afternoo…

Orlando ????

What are we doing in Orlando - actually Winter Garden - instead of Highland Hammock State Park???? Well, let me tell you the story.

We got back from Lake Placid yesterday with no problems - did our running around - went up to the house and took Ashley her birthday present- went back to the 'house' and decided to turn the air conditioner off and just have the fantastic vent last night. Everything was fine. We got up this morning - had our coffee and sat down for breakfast when Dan noticed the light on the refrigerator was blinking - he went over to look at it and saw it said "Low DC". He couldn't figure out what that meant - until he looked at the battery indicator and saw that they did not have any power. He went into the breaker panel and saw that the power inverter circuit was off - so he turned it on and immediately there was a burning electrical smell in the house. He flipped it off and we called our dealer. Well, to make a long story short (I know, a …

Back in Lakeland

We left Lake Placid this morning - didn't get pictures of Melissa's house due to having company again last night. Arleen came over to help hand out Halloween candy but we didn't have the first Trick or Treater. I think they all went to the Fall festival at the city circle. Dan and I really like Lake Placid - it is a neat little town where everyone knows everyone else. We think it will be a good place for the kids to live. We also really like the kids house - it is a lovely home and fits the kids well. We are very happy for them!!!

Anyway, when we left this morning Dan wanted to go by Highland Hammock State Park again and look at the spot they want us to park our camper - it is really going to be a tight squeeze to get our 37 foot RV into this spot because of the location of the trees. Dan says he can do it, but it will take him some time to get it in. We'll see how it goes. They still don't have the park paved yet - which is the reason that we are not there…