Showing posts from March, 2010

Dinner at the Lodge!

Dan and I worked this morning - it really wasn't that busy, but we did have customers in and out. I did a little bit of work for one of the rangers and got some inventory put away. It was enough to keep me busy and before I knew it the shift was over. Carol and Neil came in around 2:00 this afternoon. We did some running around and caught up with some of the things going on with family and friends. We were going to go to some of the stores, but many of them had already closed (by then it was after 4). So, we weren't able to go to as many places as we had wanted - but then we came back to the Lodge and had dinner (YUMMY!). Then it was back here to sit around the campfire and talk for awhile. We will meet them back at the Lodge for breakfast in the morning (our first time eating the breakfast buffet). Then they will hit the road to go back home - Carol has to be at work on Friday. It is really good to see them and I wish they could stay longer, but I also understand th…

Being a Camp Host

Today we spent a lot of our day here in the park - Dan actually worked when we weren't on duty - he decided that he needed to get some of the fire rings on our "loop" cleaned out. So, he worked on that for a little while today - still need to do some more work on them and we'll do that probably the first of next week. We work tomorrow morning (don't know how busy we'll be in the store). I don't know if Dan will do anymore with the fire rings tomorrow while on duty or not, guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Tomorrow afternoon Neil and Carol should be here - they are only staying one night and one day - so we will have to make the time count. I'm sure that we will pack all kinds of things in to this 36 hour period (the least of which will be sleep)! I'll be sure to let you know what is going on.

We did go into town to mail the application to Texas and our tax return (I didn't want to wait until the last minute to mail it - even though …

Feeling better

Today was a cold and windy day. However, I really think that spring is on the way - there are some trees that are beginning to show their leaves - just budding out a little, but in a couple of days - a week at the most- there are going to be leaves busting out all over the place.

I spent most of the day on line today - trying to get a job lined up for this coming winter (November 2010 thru February 2011). Dan talked about maybe changing our plans and not wintering in Texas - and maybe doing the northeast next summer, but he changed his mind again this morning. He decided that he wanted to go back to the west next summer - maybe Oregon, Washington state or even northern California. So, we will try and get something in Texas this summer. Then next winter (2011) we would stay on the east coast and go up into the northeast during the summer of 2012. Now, I know that is planning WAY ahead, but it is good to have a goal. As soon as I know that we have something lined up for this comin…

Party Anyone???

Last night we had a little cookout here at the "house" for the hosts that were leaving today. It was the first time that we have had a group here at the house and I think it very well. We grilled hot dogs on the grill and Dan fixed some Chili on the camp fire. I also fixed some baked beans in the crock pot and fresh peach cobbler. We had all the fixing's for the hot dogs and sour cream and cheese for those that wanted that on their chili. I made a pot of coffee for dessert and I think that it went well. This is a picture of the table after everyone finished eating.

Here are some of the other hosts sitting with Dan - both of these couples are the newbies - they came in to replace Tom and Susan and Sharon and Bob (who left last week).

I'm not sure what Susan was talking about, but she had every one's attention! It was a little chilly last night - as you can probably tell with everyone bundled up - but we put the sides up on the EZ Up and it protected the fo…

Old Sautee Store

I know, I know - I didn't post last night - I really don't have an excuse other than I was tired and I went to bed. I wanted to make sure I posted tonight though - so here it is.

Yesterday we drove around some to see the country side. We really haven't done any just riding around and Dan was about to have a fit - so we just decided yesterday would be a good day to do that (on our way to Ingles to turn in our movies). Well, we found this old store - the Old Sautee Store that was established in 1872 and has been in continuous operation since then.

It was really a neat store - the front part was set up just like it was back "in the day", but the back part was a regular store. They had some really neat inventory - really pretty things - in fact, I bought a pair of crocs that are lined with a "fur" like material (might be nice when we are out in Alaska) and a couple of things for the "house".

When we left the Sautee Store we went across th…

2012 - not my cup of tea!

Okay, tonight we watched 2012 and it was not exactly our cup of tea. We did watch it all, but it really was not what I thought it would be. I knew that it was a "disaster movie" but come on! Between having to turn the sound up to hear the speaking parts and then WAY down so the 'special effects' didn't blast us out of the house it seemed to be a constant battle. Anyway, like I said, it just wasn't our cup of tea.

Now- The Blind Side was FABULOUS!!!! It was, by far, the best of all the movies we have watched in the last few days. I would definitely buy this one - even Dan said he would like to have it. One minute your laughing and the next your crying. It was a really good movie. So, I would recommend it to anyone!

I worked today - and it was really very slow AGAIN! I think I had three sales the whole shift - and one of those was my own sale. I did have one cash sale - for a total of $.85. Just wasn't our day.

After we came home - I fixed lunch - c…

The Blind Side

I guess I'll just start naming the blog for whatever movie we are going to (or have) watch(ed) that day. So, as you can tell from the title, tonight will be The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. I have been wanting to see that movies since we were down in Sebring, but I just never got the chance. I even thought that it could be a "girls night out" movie when my oldest daughter Crystal and Kim came down to Melissa's for Christmas - then Dan had to go and ruin all our plans by getting sick and going in the hospital - silly man. Seriously, I was not able to see it while we were down in Sebring and the movie came out today - we were lucky enough to get it this morning when we took back the other movies. (Also rented 2012 - will watch that tomorrow night)

We had to go into town first thing this morning - as we ran out of propane yesterday afternoon while I was trying to cook dinner. I had two burners on the stove going (one for the spaghetti and one was browning the m…

Julie/Julia and Snow

Today it snowed. No, it did not stick to the ground - I mean the temperatures were up to seventy on Saturday so the ground was too warm for the snow to stick - but it snowed off and on all day. Just a spit every once in a while and then it would come down really hard - in fact, this morning, it was snowing so hard it was almost like a blizzard - no seriously! Anyway, it was "colder than kraut" today (this is an expression of Dan's and I have no idea what it means other than it was really cold today)! I'm just ready for the temperatures to get a little warmer - I really don't want it to get hot, but a little warmer than forty would be very nice.

Tonight I am watching Julie/Julia and really laughing - this movie is really cute. I just love Meryl Streep and she is so very talented! Not to mention Amy Adams - she is so cute!!! Anyway, I think I really like this movie and would go and buy it to add to the collection (our vast collection of about 20 DVD's).

You Have GOT to be Kidding Me!!!

Boy on Boy - I'm starting to think we need to start building the ark. I mean, come on! It has done nothing but rain (and I don't mean sprinkle) all day today - it was so bad this morning that Dan decided he didn't think we needed to drive two hours into Franklin and then two hours back in it, so we did not go to church this morning. I was really looking forward to going, but I do think that you do have to think about safety on the roads when you have a lot of rain to contend with.

So, instead we just sat around the house and watched movies and read. I did a little of my word searches and Dan worked as little on his Suduko. This afternoon, when it did decide to let up a little we headed into Cleveland to buy some groceries. We went to Wal Mart and to Ingles and picked up the few things we needed and then it was back home. We picked up a couple of more movies at Ingles - "Have you heard about the Morgans" and "Julie, Julia". We watched "Have …

Blue Ridge

Sorry I didn't post last night - all the hosts got together last night and had dinner at the Lodge to say good bye to one of the hosts that is leaving this week (Tuesday, I think). Anyway, we all went to eat and the Lodge was swamped - and understaffed. The waitresses asked if we could lend a hand and bus tables for them - so all of us girls pitched in and started cleaning tables - we worked for about 2 hours just as fast as we could. It seemed like just as soon as we would get one table done there would be someone sitting at it and another two needed to be cleaned. Now we are talking about three dining rooms - there were four of us girls and we worked our little buns off! The good thing about it was - we helped the girls at the restaurant when they needed us - and I really didn't mind. Plus, I slept good last night!!! However, by the time we got home all I wanted to do was climb in the bed and relax - I only read for about 15 minutes before it was lights out and sleepy time …

Steak and a Movie

This morning Dan went with Tom (one of the other hosts) and worked on a project here in the park, while I was busy cleaning up the house again. I guess when you live in such a small space you mess it up faster than you do a larger house. It doesn't take long for the house to get messy if you don't put things away when you are through with them - and to tell you the truth, Dan has a tendency to not put things away. But that's okay, it gives me something to do. After I got things straightened up I put some eggs on to boil so I could fix egg salad. Then I made a couple of phone calls that I needed to make - like to Quest Diagnostic to get them to update the insurance information.

After Dan got home, he warmed up some of his roast from the other night and I fixed myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (the egg salad wasn't finished yet). Then it was off to the store. Our first stop was the local store - Betty's- just to check it out. We had never been in the …


Today was a pretty good day at work - we actually had some people in (okay just a couple, but at least that is better than Monday) and I actually had a deposit! The next time we work will be on Friday morning and I'm not sure if we will be busier (weekends are usually busy - and this weekend it is actually suppose to be warm - 69 degrees - and sunny - that will be amazing since all it has done is rain, rain, rain!). Also the park is hosting a special event this Saturday - an astronomy thing - and we should get some people in for that. However, since we are working Friday morning I don't think we will get the business from this. The people that come in for the weekend usually show up Friday afternoon/evening - so, I don't know how busy we will be on Friday morning. We do have a few more people in the park today - I think about six different units came in during the day. I guess things are looking up. (Oh, in case you are wondering, I didn't have any problems clo…

Scrub a dub, dub

Today was cleaning day - not only did I clean the 'house' but I did all the laundry also. In fact I am finishing up Dan's jeans in the dryer now. It was just one of those kind of days - not a whole lot of substance, but sure was a lot of work. Dan went with the other guys today and painted some stuff for the park. While he was gone, not only did I clean the house, I cleaned up the fire ring area. Dan had cut up a tree (well the rangers had actually cut down the tree, Dan just cut it up into firewood). It sure did give him quite a bit of firewood but it also made a huge mess on the gravel by the house. So, today I went out and cleaned up the mess so the outside looks half way decent also. Dan was even impressed, at least he said it looked good.

We had our host meeting this morning and it went pretty well. I guess I 'm going to be the Easter bunny on the Saturday before Easter (4/3) - I'm not really sure how I was "volunteered" to do that, and I don't kn…

Slow isn't the word for it!

Today was our day to run the store by ourselves - shift was from 11 to 3 and we had exactly zero customers - that's right I said zero, nada, zip, no one! That was the longest four hour shift ever! I cleaned, I swept, I refolded merchandise, and I read. I went outside and watched the deer, I made a couple of phone calls. Anything to pass the time. Anyway, the shift finally ended and we were able to come home. Tomorrow morning we have a host meeting (I guess they have these monthly - but this will be our first one.) So, at 9:30 in the morning we will experience our first monthly host meeting.

I did give Ellen a note today asking to be off the afternoon of the 23rd, all day the 24th and the morning of the 25th of April, so we can go down to Atlanta for Mom's 80th birthday. We'll see how that goes. Dan is also thinking about trying to leave before the 29th. He says that whenever our last day at work is we will leave the next day - That would be after we get back afte…

Franklin, North Carolina

Today, just for the fun of it, we decided to drive up to Franklin and just look around at our old "stomping grounds". Plus we wanted to see how long the trip was - we might be able to go up for church on Sunday mornings. Well, we found out it is only about an hour and a half away - so church would definitely be do able. To tell you the truth - it was really nice to be back in the neighborhood. We rode around town (not too much has changed) there are some new places to eat (fast food) and a new performing arts center that really looked nice. We rode out to our old neighborhood and went in and looked around. We went up to the cabin to see if Bob and Debbie happened to be home - they weren't, but we left them a note - so maybe they will get in touch with us. We also rode up to the road that our "big" house is on and went to Marge and Jim's house - I sold them the house when I was in Real Estate back a couple of years ago. They are actually Dan's da…

Busy Day in the Neighborhood

I opened the store this morning. It started out to be a really good day - I was actually able to get the safe open by myself. (The last time I opened I had to have Dan open the safe - I couldn't get it open!) Plus, we were busy - there were actually people waiting on the porch for me to unlock the door. Anyway, whenever it would rain (which happened quite frequently) the store would fill with people. There was a boy scout troupe here this weekend and parents and scouts were in the store buying all kinds of things - from coats and rain poncho's to camping supplies to food items. The credit card machine was working (YEAH!) and things went well. When Judy came over to take over - my cash drawer balanced and the credit card slips balanced (double YEAH!). There is one thing about being busy - the time goes by much quicker. We don't have to work again until Monday - and then we have the store the entire time - we have shorter hours on Monday - 11 to 3 - so I both open a…

Rainy Day in Georgia

Rain, Rain, Rain - all night, all day, and suppose to continue tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. It sure does make good sleeping weather, but I do have things I have to do sometimes. Today I did a load of laundry - then we went to the grocery store. We didn't go to the local store - Dan was working on some stuff outside (in the rain) and when he finally came in he had to dry off before we could go anywhere.

When we finally left to go to town - he wanted to go to Cleveland to the Carhart store (don't ask me why - he didn't buy anything and he certainly didn't need anything!) and then to the hardware store. Now, this was one of those stores that has just about everything in it including the kitchen sink. They actually had the clamp Dan has been looking for, so I think he will be able to finally finish his outdoor lamp (this thing has cost a small fortune!) tomorrow after work. Then we walked into the local drug store - it has a lunch counter and all kinds of neat thing…

1st day at work closing

Today was my first day at work where I closed by myself - and I think I did it right - I mean there really wasn't that much I could have messed up. The lady that had the morning shift did not have any business (zero, nada) and I had two sales - both cash - one for a jacket and the other for two bars of ice cream (that one was Dan and I). So, there wasn't that much I could have messed up - other than the paperwork that we have to turn in and I'm pretty sure I did it correctly - guess I'll find out the next day that I work. Actually today wasn't that bad - a little boring (I did read some) but I also straighten the shelves and refolded some of the merchandise. Just a typical day I guess. I'm sure that it will be busier when the weather clears - it has been raining here for two days and is suppose to rain through Saturday. Not many people want to be out in the rain.

After work - most of the hosts met at the Lodge for dinner - Dan and I had soup and salad bar …

Back Home

Well, there is no place like home even if you are sleeping in your own bed at your Mother's house in Atlanta. (Let me explain that little line - when we sold our house in Dowling Park there were a few pieces of furniture we kept - some of which we took to my mother's house in Loganville. Those pieces included our bed - so when we go to her house we sleep in our own king size bed - YAHOO!)

Let's get to the details - yesterday we decided that we would go on down to Mom's and see her and take Crystal out to dinner for her birthday. We left here around 10 in the morning and I called both Crystal and Mom on the way down to let them know that we were on our way. This time we didn't forget anything that we needed (I even remember to take the coffee beans that I wanted to try and get ground with me!) We got to mom's around lunch time. She didn't want to go with us to get some lunch - she said she had had a late breakfast so Dan and I went into Loganville to do…


This is going to be short and sweet (and I'll fill in the details tomorrow). We came down to Atlanta today and are staying at my Mom's in Loganville for the night. We meet the girls (Crystal and Kim) at Applebee's for dinner since we missed Crystal's birthday on Sunday due to the "Fire Alert". It was a nice time. Back at my mom's and ready to go to bed. Have a good night and I'll catch you up on the details tomorrow!

Have a good day and --------------------

I'll talk to you tomorrow!!!!

More of the same

Today was just another day of the same ole thing. Seems like all I do anymore is laundry - of course, when you have a small machine you do have to do it more often, and believe me, I am NOT complaining about having a small machine. I do have a machine and I can do it here in the unit and not have to go to a laundromat or down somewhere else for a couple of hours. Today, while I did the laundry, I was also able to make lunch of egg salad sandwiches, do some stuff on the Internet, and watch TV. So, that was not such a bad day after all.

Tonight, I fixed dinner - Cashew Chicken. Then it was back on the computer to do some of my everyday "farming". In other words - today was not a very exciting day. The weather was nice and Dan was able to do some work outside - putting the rope lighting around the cover over the picnic table. It does make the outside look more "homey", if you know what I mean. That was about the extent of our day.

Oh, I guess I should say somet…


Today was an exciting day! It started out like any other day - Dan and I went to work and that went well - other than the fact that the credit card machine didn't work. (I thought I was doing something wrong, so I called the gift shop over at the Lodge and talked to the girl there - I wasn't doing anything wrong - it was the machine!) Anyway, we completed our shift and the money in the register balanced (YEAH!) Then we came home and packed. We had these great ambitious plans of going into Atlanta this afternoon and see Crystal (my oldest daughter for her birthday) and then go out to my mom's and spend the next couple of nights so we could plan her birthday party in April.

So, we started out on this adventure - we don't get out of the park when we realized that we forgot all our cash at the house. So, we turned around and came back to get some money. We start out again. This time we make it all the way through Helen when Dan asked me if I got the medicine - No, …

Seems like all I do is Work

I thought I was retired - I sure don't feel like it today. First thing this morning I cleaned the house really good - you know the whole nine yards - vacuum, mop, dust, bathroom, shower, kitchen, even cleaned the mirrors and windows! I didn't need to do laundry - had done that on Thursday.

Then it was on to balancing the checkbook, paying bills, and getting the "little black book" caught up to date. (Boy, we didn't do well this month with expenses - a lot of one time things and a lot of expenses getting ready for the Alaska trip - service on the truck, Vet bill, ferry ticket, work on the unit. Then there were the one time expenses - the generator was the "biggie" there. And of course, we can't forget changing insurance companies and paying for a year of insurance on the unit and the truck.) Well, to say that we didn't stick to the budget would be a HUGE understatement! Oh well, we will get back to it this month. (Seems like we have a goo…

Yahoo - Antenna works!

My antenna arrived today and it WORKS!!!! I am soooo happy! (Dan says it doesn't take much to make me happy - and maybe it doesn't, but that's okay too!) While I was work today (I'll tell you about that in a minute) Tom, one of the other volunteers, brought the box to Dan and then Dan brought it to me. I could hardly wait to get home and see if it would work. In one way I was really nervous, not knowing if it would work or not, but once I put the antenna on the window and plugged it into my air card - turned the computer on and boom - three bars!!!! I wasn't getting any before - so, yes, I am a very happy camper (literally!) I am so happy to be at home and being able to post, blog, and farm. Yeah!

Okay, enough about that - how did work go. It was a very interesting day. First, I got at the store just in time for a shipment to arrive. I let the morning person check in the order - I didn't want to do that first thing on my first day. Anyway, I knew how…

Ordering stuff

Today was the first time we had to order our medicine since we have changed insurance companies - or I should say the School Board changed the prescription provider. We used to have Walgreens mail order and that was a piece of cake. However, for some reason, we were changed to a company called Medco (I had never heard of them before). We were told that the transition would be seamless - that Walgreens would transfer all our prescriptions over and there would be no problems - yeah, right! As I said, I called today and, you guessed it, there were problems. Believe it or not, the new company had my prescriptions (all three of them - from my hormone, to my Boniva, and even my migraine medicine) but NONE of Dan's medicines - which are much more important than mine. Anyway, to make a long story short Medco requested that Walgreens send the transfer over and hopefully we will have his medicine the end of next week to the middle of the following week - I should have mine the first …


Believe it or not - we had orientation today! Actually the weather was not bad and the temperatures would have been nice except for the wind - that wind was wicked!!! We went over all the paperwork that we needed to and then we did a halfway tour of the park - some roads were still closed due to the snow and then our ranger that took us had to be in a meeting at 1 - so we didn't see everything, but enough that we will be able to function. We were back home by 1 and then we decided that we would come up to the Lodge to eat lunch (we hadn't done that yet). Oh, did I tell you that, on the days that we work - and today was a work day- we eat at the Lodge for 1/2 price?? Well, we came up and ate and it was less than $9.00. We have decided that it might be a good idea to eat our big meal in the middle of the day and eat light at dinner. At least, we think we will give it a try and see how that goes.

After lunch - we went home and spent a little time with the pups. Then we lef…

Snow in the mountains!

Early morning snow!
Around 8 this morning - across from our unit.

Around 10:30 down by the store.

Around noon - up from the unit.
Well, I tried to do something today - but it didn't work. I had written the blog at home in Word and I was going to come in and cut and paste it to the blog - but it didn't work. I guess that it is in a different format - anyway, it wouldn't paste to the blog - it would paste back to documents but not the blog. Oh well, good try. The major story for today was the snow! As you can see from the pictures above we had quite a bit of snow today- it started around 4 this morning and didn't stop until around 5 this evening. Dan says that we probably got about 4 inches total - it was beautiful! Big, huge, wet flakes most of the day - with pretty heavy snowfall at times. However, most of the time it was a nice steady snowfall. Dan and I walked around the circle and I took pictures with the cellphone camera, but I haven't downloaded them to…

Back at the Lodge

Well, I'm back at the Lodge tonight posting again, so you can tell we did not have much success in finding a booster for the air card. We went into Cleveland and looked at the Ace Hardware store (which we were told had booster's), at the Radio Shack, at the Verizon Wireless store, and the Auto Zone (where the person at Verizon sent us - go figure!). Anyway, no one had the booster - so, my next trick is going to look on line at the Verizon web site. Maybe, just maybe, they will have something. I don't know. I wanted to come to the Lodge tonight anyway to watch the final episode of The Bachelor (okay, I know that it's just stupid, but I happen to like it - so sue me!). I'm pretty sure that I know he is NOT going to pick the one I like, but I just have to see for myself. Then I think it's next Monday, Jason and Molly (last year's Bachelor - you know, the one that jilted Melissa and went back with the girl he had sent home of the final two - I'm su…