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Monday, September 26, 2011

Doctor's Appointment

Today we took another trip into Lakeland - only this time was for Dan' six months check-up with the doctor.  He really doesn't have any complaints - just has to go in every six months because of the medications that he takes for his high blood pressure (which was pretty good today) and his cholesterol.  He did not have to have lab work done today - we won't have to have that done until we go back in another six months.  We do have a couple of other tests that we will have to go back for in the next couple of weeks, but hopefully they will not be anything to worry about.

The thing about going into Lakeland - it just ruins the whole day - the appointment was at eleven this morning - so we left home at nine. We were out of the doctor's office by about 11:30. We did go out to the shopping center on the south side of Lakeland and go into Kirkland's Home Store. We really didn't need anything, but just wanted to look around. Ended up buying a lamp for the end table by the chair in the bedroom for $30 (lampshade and all) - I didn't think that was too bad, you can pay that much for just the lamp shade.  Anyway, we liked the looks of the shade and think that it looks pretty good in the bedroom.




Now, by the time we left Kirkland's it was about 12:30.  Neither one of us was hungry since we had gone through the drive thru at McDonald's on the way up to Lakeland for a sausage biscuit.  So, we decided we would wait until we got back home before eating lunch.  After our two hour trip back home it was almost 2:30 before we made it back to Lake Placid.  I fixed us a chicken sandwich before going back up to the bank to take them the "Point of Sale" form for the camper. 

That little trip took another couple of hours, as we can't just take something in and drop it off - oh no, not us.  We have to sit and talk to all the bank personnel  - from the girl that we always deal with to the bank manager and assistant manager, even one of the tellers.  You can never say that we just run in somewhere and just leave - we ALWAYS take at least thirty minutes to do a five minutes transaction.  The only way we can do something in a hurry is to use the ATM.  Anyway, that is one of the advantages of living in a small town - you do get to know the people at the bank and anywhere else that you frequent.

For example, we usually go out to eat for breakfast to a place call Main Street Diner at least once every weekend.  Well, the waitresses have gotten to know us, and since we ALWAYS order the same thing (creatures of habit we are) it has almost gotten to the point where, when we walk in, they ask us "The usual?"  That's a neat thing about small towns - if you can get used to it - and Dan and I happen to like that aspect of small town living.

Anyway, back to the point I was making before I got side tracked is - we didn't get a whole lot accomplished today.  I did cook dinner tonight - spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, and garlic bread.  We are trying to figure out where our first "check out" trip with the camper will be and WHEN it will be - probably sometime around the third weekend in October.  We will have to wait and see - but I'll keep you updated on  "Traveling In The Outback" blog.

Speaking of "Traveling In The Outback" - thanks for the comments about the new blog - I think that you have to be a "follower" before you can leave comments on the blog - I also know that some people have been having problems making comments on the blog at times and have just sent me messages on my email address or on facebook.  I hope that all of you that read this blog will follow along as I start with the other blog too.  I will make sure that each is different from each other.  (If you haven't looked at the new blog yet, please do - the blog address is TravelingInTheOutback.blogspot.com - I would love to have you come along on this new adventure with us!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Told You!


In my last post I told you that Dan was bored - well, actually I told you that Dan was bored on my last TWO posts. I also told you that when Dan is bored it usually cost us money. Well, I dodged that bullet for a couple of days, but I knew it was just a matter of time. Well, Thursday Dan decided that he was tired of being bored and he decided to spend some money!

We are now, the proud owners of a "new to us" 2007 Keystone Outback  23RS camper.  We have been looking for this particular model of camper for about eight months and we just couldn't find one that we thought we could afford - or if we did, it was in Washington, Michigan, Delaware, or Virginia - or it sold before we could be get to it.  Anyway, it always seemed like it just wasn't want was in the cards for us at the time.  Then last week, after we got back from Kississimee, I went on Craigs List and looked - just for kicks - when, lo and behold, look what I found.  In all places, no not Lake Placid - but in Bartow - which is up close to Lakeland.  We contacted the guy and went up on Thursday afternoon to look at it.  Well, to make a long story somewhat shorter - it was exactly what we wanted, it is in really good shape, and the price was right.  Sooooo, next Saturday we pick up our "new to us" camper.


So, what makes this the "perfect" (at least for us) camper?  Well, let me give you a little bit of background.  Before we went on the road full time the camper that we had right before the Montana was an Outback 21RS - which means the camper was 21 foot long when it was closed up, but the bed in the back slide out (thus the RS - meaning 'rear slide') when you set up camp.  It was really a nice camper except for one thing - the rear slide bed was a queen size - and in the front were two bunk beds.  Now, those of you that know us, know that the two pups sleep with us and the queen bed just isn't big enough for me, Dan, and the two pups.  So, Dan slept on the bottom bunk.  That proved to be the problem with the 21RS - it was too hard for Dan to get in and out of the bunk bed.  Everything else about the Outback we loved - the kitchen was great, had a wonderful full size bath - just a good size overall, and it is very light weight - so we can pull with our F150.  When we started thinking about getting another camper we immediately thought of the 21RS again and Dan thought that he would "modify" the top bunk with a piano hinge or something like that where he could fold the top bunk in half so he would be able to get in and out easier. 

Well, as I was looking on-line last December, I found the first 23RS.  What is the difference between the 21RS and the 23RS beside two feet?  Well, in that two feet is an additional queen size bed - so, in other words, we have two queen beds.  One in the slide out the back and one up front with a twin bunk over the top:

Outback Floorplan
Now, this is the floor plan of the unit - ALMOST.  Everything is the same except on the back bed there is overhead cabinets on one end and a shelf at the other.  Everything else is the same - including us having the outside camp kitchen which includes a two burner stove and an outside sink.  Not too shabby huh?  (There is also a microwave over the stove in the kitchen that is not shown on the floor plan.) 

We are super excited about getting the camper and getting it all packed.  We have been over to the store room and gotten all the camping gear out and will be going through everything to see what we will want to put in the new camper - my goal is NOT to spend any money that we don't need to spend.  We might have to start out with some things that we will replace down the road, but for now it will work.  I know, I know, you are saying - you were in a camper full-time a little over a year ago - you should have everything you need.  What you need to understand here is - when we were in the Montana that was our home - so when we went back to 'sticks and bricks' we took all the stuff and put it in the house.  We had our pots and pans that we had in the house -our dishes, bowls, silverware, linens, etc. were what we used everyday - we didn't have "extra" stuff laying around.  We do have things like sleeping bags, and stuff that was down in the basement - but not the things that go 'INSIDE'.  That will part of the job of getting it ready to go.

Which brings me to something else - for all of you that are still following me on this blog I do appreciate it and I will continue to write this one - talking about the everyday life in south Florida - but I am also going to start a new blog that will the "travel" blog - I would like to invite ALL of you to follow along on the new blog - TravelingInTheOutback.blogspot.com.  It will cover all the travelings in the new camper.  Tell your friends, neighbors, and relatives - would love to have you all "Travel in the Outback" with us!

Take care and I'll talk to you soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dan's Bored - Part Two

Saturday morning dawned bright and hot, as is normal in mid September in South Central Florida.  I thought that maybe, just maybe Dan would be happy with our little adventure from yesterday (if you missed it read the blog from a couple of days ago).  When I got up, poured my cup of coffee and walked out to sit by the pool - our usual routine for the weekend.  I take a look at Dan and I see, by that look, I am still in trouble.

Me: "So, what's up?"
Dan: "What do you mean?"
Me: "I know that look - what's up?"
Dan: "You want to ride up to Kississime?"
Me: "Why?" (as if I don't know, but I want him to spell it out!)
Dan: "I want to go look at the camper."
Me: "What camper?"
Dan: "You know what camper."

Well, of course I knew what camper he was talking about.  We had looked at these campers on line since May, but just hadn't been able to find the right one at the right price.  Well, the RV dealership (a Camper World) had a used one and had dropped the price from about $20K to $16,900.  Well, I'm not stupid and I know that when Dan get it in his head that he wants to at something I just better hold on and see where he leads me (remember I told you that it sometimes costs us money!)

Anyway, we load up in the truck and head up to Kississime to the dealership - as we are getting close Dan decides that we are going to "play dumb" and not tell the salesman that we are looking at this particular unit and see what he shows us - I tell him that I am keeping my mouth shut and letting him "do his thing".  When we get to the dealership the unit that we want was actually sitting right up front and we go over to it and look.  It is in pretty decent shape - there are some things  that I am not real happy with - but nothing that would be a deal breaker IF the price was right (stained carpet, a tear on one of the seat supports, no TV, no bed linens).

Finally a salesman shows up and Dan plays his little game.  We look at several different units, but always go "back" to the unit that we went up there to see.  I just keep my mouth shut.  At some point, I don't remember exactly when, Dan comes clean - and tells him what unit we want, that we have been full time RVer's, and we know what we are doing (yeah, right on that one).  We go into the sales office - Dan tells the poor guy (who is new to RV sales) that he doesn't want to "Play the game" - he is going to make an offer and that's going to be it.  Now, Dan actually makes an offer (I told you that this is going to cost me money), but the offer includes tax, tag, and title - in other words - out the door- and it's less that the "sale price".  The salesman goes to his boss - who comes back with a price that is above what Dan has offered.  Dan says "I told you I don't play games - this is my offer, and that's it.  Thanks for your time."  We get up and walk out.

Now, I have been holding my breath the entire time.  We actually get in the truck and come back home with NO RV.  Does that mean Dan is not bored anymore?  Of course not, but maybe, just maybe it will be kept in check for a little while.  I'll keep you posted.

I am working on some ideas that might bring in some additional income - so just say a little prayer that if this is what the good Lord wants me to do this it will work out.  Take care and I'll talk to you soon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Samantha and My Chair

Do you all remember how much trouble Dan and I went through to find the "perfect" chairs for the house?
I looked at hundreds of chairs and thousands of different fabric combinations for JUST the right look.
Okay, well maybe not hundreds of chairs and thousands of fabrics but I certainly looked at more than just a couple and I agnoized over the right choice.

So, imagine my surprise when Samantha has taken over my chair.

You think I am kidding?

Well, look at these pictures and you will see that I am telling the truth - honest Injun!





                                                               Talk about ignoring me. 

The really funny thing is - she will make the chair rock.  Really, she will sit in the chair like this and then push on the back and make it rock.  I really think that if we had an extension on the lever she would kick that chair back and just chill out.  Honestly, if I don't make it to the chair first I'm just out of luck! 

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to sit some where else!  Guess it could be worse!  You Gotta love that pup!



Check in later - for "Dan's bored - Part Two"!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dan's Bored

I don't know about the rest of you, but when Dan gets bored it usually means work for me, or it costs us money.  That is just the way it works in our house.  So, last week, when he looked at me and said those two dreaded words "I'm bored" I knew that I was in trouble.

Me -  "What do you want to do?" 
Dan - "I dunno."
Me -  "Do you want to go for a ride?"
Dan - "I dunno."

Now, we could go on and on like this for hours unless I actually come up with "something" to do.  So, on Friday I actually had an idea that might not cost me too much money.

Me - " Do you want to go see if we can find some garage sales?"
Dan - "Okay."

So, we pour a cup of coffee to go, load up in the truck, and head out.  Now, for the first time since we have been in Lake Placid there were NO garage sales in our neighborhood - nada, zip, none.  Dan decides that we will go look in a different neighborhood - Lake June West - which is a little more upscale place than ours.  Well, there must be something in the air because there are not any garage sales that we can find in all of Lake Placid. 

Now, I'm thinking - What am I going to do now? when Dan decides that he wants to ride down to Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park, since we were pretty close to the park and I had never been there, but that had been one of his jobs when we worked at Highland Hammock State Park almost two years ago.  Well, to tell you the truth, there really wasn't a whole lot there - but it did give us somewhere to go for a little while.

When we came out of the park Dan stopped to look at the map because he decided that he wanted to go look around Lake Francis.  We know someone who lives on Lake Francis and Dan was determined to find their house.  Anyway, we are just sitting at the end of the road at the park entrance - on the left is an open field.  We had been looking down at a map trying to figure out how to get to the north side of Lake Francis when I look up and say "Deer!"  There in the open field is a beautiful doe - she seems a bit skittish but then she starts to feed when she determines that we aren't out to harm her.  When all of a sudden I look over toward the orange grove and there is an eight point buck!  He is GORGEOUS!!!!!  Well, the doe takes off running for the hills and the buck takes off after her.  What a show!  I guess that was worth going out on a ride around Lake Placid.  Oh, we did find our way to the north side of Lake Francis and we did find the house we were looking for.

After spending about 3 hours riding around Dan decided that he was ready to go home, but I could still see that "bored" look in his eyes.  That leads me to the Saturday adventure- but I will leave that till tomorrow - check back in and see what Dan has gotten us into now!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Projects and Hamburger Casserole


Pictured above is my Hamburger Casserole all ready to be sprinkled with cheese and go into the oven.  If you recall, this was the main dish that I served at my youngest daughter's birthday party here at our house over Labor Day weekend, and they feed a crowd.  I fixed three and I could have gotten away with only fixing two as we had one whole casserole left over (at least it gave Dan and I something to eat the following week - actually, I froze 1/2 of the casserole!)  So, why you might ask, am I showing these pictures again?  Well, one of my friends asked that I share the recipe, so at the end of this post I will add the recipe for those of you that might want to try it.

Now, for the project that I accomplished this week.  This is a picture of all the food out of the freezer in the house.  I really should have taken a picture of the freezer BEFORE I took all the food out, but I was a little slow on the uptake.  Sorry.


Anyway, I was sick and tired of never being able to find what I wanted in the freezer - knowing that I had bought something at the store, but not being able to find it when I wanted to cook it. Do any of you ever find yourselves in that position? Probably not, but I was determined that it was going to change.




So, I measured the shelves in the freezer and then went to the Dollar Store.  I searched until I found just the right size plastic bins that would fit on each shelf of the freezer.  I came home - unloaded the freezer, wrapped all the meat in packages for just Dan and I and proceeded to get the freezer organized.
Here is what I ended up with----------


Each bin has a different type of meat - chicken, beef, pork.  the bottom basket are large items (right now, two whole chickens that I will cook in the crock pot and a ham steak).  In the door of the freezer I have hot dogs (chicken franks) smoked sausage, and fried rice.
(Oh, yes, the top shelf has Dan's ice cream - Blue Bell Butter Pecan, and Homemade Vanilla)

I took the remaining three bins and organized the freezer in the garage.

Top shelf has all the frozen fruit (blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries) that I have put up when I found fruit on sale this summer - I would try and buy a couple of extra pints and put them in the freezer while we ate one.  Then I have breakfast foods - homemade breakfast burritos, sausage biscuits, and pancakes (these I can just throw in the microwave on mornings when I don't feel like cooking).  The third bin are some streaks that my daughter bought from one of those door-to-door sales people - these are some she had left over and she gave to us.  Actually, the flavor of the meat has not been bad, I just don't recommend this as a way to buy meat (although, I did this one time when the girls were little - it lasted us almost an entire year which really helped with the food budget - so, if you think it is good meat and you have to money upfront, it might work for you).  Before you ask, yes, those are 1/2 gallon milk jugs with water in them - they are for the cooler when we go out in the boat.  The next bin is full of frozen vegetables, and the bottom bin has bread.

Now I can walk up to any freezer in our house (now, I only have two side by side refrigerators and the only freezers I have are the ones that come with the refrigerators) and see what I have.  So far it has been great.  Dan can even find stuff.  I can tell him exactly where to look and he doesn't have to move everything around to find that package of hamburger meat or the bag of cooked shredded chicken.  I know that not everyone is as OCD as I am, but it sure does make one more area of my life easier.

Now, for that recipe:

Hamburger Casserole




1 ½ lbs ground beef 1 can Cream Mushroom Soup

1 med. Onion chopped 1 cup cheddar cheese - grated

½ med. Gr. Pepper chopped

1 #2 can Whole Tomatoes

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

3 tbsp. Catsup

1 8 oz. pkg. macaroni



Cook macaroni in boiling salted water. Brown ground beef, onion, and pepper. Add cooked macaroni, tomatoes, tomato paste, catsup, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.



Pour into a 13X9 baking dish. Add can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, mixing throughout. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Laundry Room


Laundry - oh the joys!  Everyone has to do it - so we might as well make it as enjoyable as possible.

This is my new laundry room------------

I guess that I have shown you pictures of many of the rooms in the house, but I don't think I have ever shown you pictures of the laundry room.  While it might not be a room that is visited by people who visit our homes I believe that it is important that the laundry room be decorated just like the rest of your home.  Of course, that's just my opinion.  Now the picture above was taken right after the laundry room was finished.  You will notice that there are no shelves up or pictures or anything like that. 

So, a couple of weeks later, the next step looks like this -----------------






One of the other functions of the laundry room is some storage - while I have great storage in the new kitchen I still needed some storage for large items like the blender and food processor.  Of course, I had to decorate the shelves too!  Actually, one of the things that we did was to make the shelves adjustable so if  we need to change the way we use these shelves we have the ability to do so.

Our laundry room is right off the kitchen and you come in from the garage through the laundry room. One of the things that I wanted to do when we were remodeling the house was to make this room more assessable and comfortable. Now, that doesn't mean you will go into the laundry room and sit down and spend time, but if you have to be in there doing laundry you want to be as comfortable as possible while you are doing it. One of the things that I insisted on doing was changing the door coming in from the garage - it had been just an old 1980's solid door which closed in the room. I wanted a door with a window in it that would add natural light. Dan thought it would be too expensive. Guess who won - okay, so I actually did win one!

I also was able to add a shelf from IKEA on the wall by the garage door.  This shelf has dual purpose.  It is place that I can hang clothes as I take them out of the dryer, it gives us a place for Dan to put his hat (as you can see from the picture), and it will also give us a place to hang sweaters or jackets when weather turns cooler.

Now, the way the laundry room looks now -----------







As you can see - I have done a little more decorating, especially over the cabinets.

Well, while laundry might not be the most enjoyabe job to do - by making the room neat, organized, and yes, even decorated, it makes the job a little less of a chore!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where were You on 9-11-01?

One Writer's take on 9/11, No political statement here - just a question.  I can tell you exactly where I was that September morning.  I was still teaching - third grade that year.  I had just picked my kids up from P.E. and another third grade teacher and I took our kids into the main building to go the restroom before going back to our classrooms.  The custodian came up to us and told us we needed to go up to the office, but he wouldn't tell us why.  The other teacher told me to go and she would watch the kids - we used to do this, to check our mailboxes or to go the restroom ourselves, so it wasn't unusual for the kids to just see one of the teachers watching them.

When I walked into the office the TV was on - and I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I asked the office staff what had happened, because at first, you have to believe it was an accident - and they told me - "We are under attack."  The principal told us NOT to say anything to the students - she felt it was the parents job to tell them, but I think she just didn't know what to say.  I mean, how do you explain to a school of elementary school students the insanity of what had happened when you don't understand yourself?

We made it thorough the day somehow.  The students knew that something was up, but they didn't know what.  However, we did our best to make it a "normal" day, whatever that meant.  The next day we were told to answer any questions the students had, but not to make it the focus of our day.  How do you do that?  The next year we had a curriculum to teach about that fateful day - but on 9-11-01 I had to pretend that everything was fine.  I couldn't call my kids to make sure they were okay - I couldn't call my mom - I just had to carry on.


9/11 audio released..threat
I hope that we never forget the people that lost their lives on that day - including those in Pennsylvania.  I wish we had the unity in our country today that we had those first days and months after the attacks, but I promised not to get political.  I think that President Bush was right when he said that one day 9-11 will just be a date on the calendar, like Pearl Harbor, but I sincerely hope and pray that the lives that were lost on that day will never be forgotten.

Where were you on 9-11-01?  I bet you remember.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Melissa's Birthday Weekend

Last week is a blur.  I really can't even remember the last time I posted on the blog - I just know that it was close to a week ago - more or less.  Let's see if I can remember how last week went.

Okay,  I do know that I last posted on Wednesday, the 31st.  So, Thursday, we went to the grocery store and bought groceries for the weekend.  I had planned the menu's for the weekend and knew what we wanted for the party on Monday as well as all the get togethers while the girls were here from Atlanta.

Friday saw me in the kitchen just about all day.  Most of the day was spent making the meal for the birthday party - both my girls love a dish I made all the time when they were growing up - Hamburger Casserole.  Melissa had asked me to make it for her earlier in the summer, but with everything that was going on with the house it just didn't happen.  Not that it is that difficult to make - it is just time consuming.  Anyway, we decided that I would make it for her party, since both the girls love it and have been wanting me to make it.  With the count of guests at about 30 I knew that just one casserole was not going to do - so I ended up making three - two with bell peppers in it and one without ( since Kim is allergic to bell peppers).





These are two of the casserole dishes ready for the refrigerator.  All I would have to do the day of the party would be to put on the cheese and bake them for 30 - 45 minutes.  Then, along with a large tossed salad and some garlic bread, dinner would be served.  Of course we had plenty of desserts - ranging from homemade peach cobbler (which I made Monday morning) with ice cream, to peanut butter pie, to cupcakes, to watermelon.  Of course there were all the snack foods for people to eat while swimming - so I don't think anyone went home hungry!

But after I got all the food ready and in the refrigerator (and Dan fed for the day) then I had to get the house clean Friday night.  By the time I got in the bed Friday night, I was tired!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early - leaving the house by 8:00 am to get down to Ft. Myers to pick the girls up at the airport by 10:20.  We did get there a little early and I knew that I didn't have enough glass casserole dishes (I had borrowed one from my mom, and I still needed to make the peach cobbler and I was going to do a French Toast Casserole for breakfast one morning - so I thought I needed more), so we stopped at a Wal Mart and. picked up a package of three glass casseroles that were in three different sizes.  Just as we were getting off the Interstate at the airport exit I saw a plane and told Dan that wouldn't it be funny if that was the girls plane.  He told me it was too early, as it was only 9:45, but as we were walking through the parking garage after parking, Crystal called and they were already at baggage claim - it HAD been their plane - they were early!  Funny!  Anyway, by the time we got over to to the terminal they had gotten their luggage and we were ready to head back to the car - the nice thing about that whole situation, since we were only parked about 10 minutes (if that), the parking attendant did not charge us anything - Nice lady!

On our way home we stopped for our ONE meal out during their entire visit - lunch at Chili's in Arcadia. Then it was home - where the girls were greeted by the pups.  A short time later Melissa came over all ready to take a dip in the pool, however Crystal and Kim did not have bathing suits - for some reason they just don't seem to have a need for swim suits in Atlanta - go figure!  So, we decided we would take a quick trip up to Sebring to Wal Mart and see if we could find a couple of suits for them (or at least something that they would feel comfortable wearing in the pool).  By the time we got back home it was time to start thinking about cooking dinner - on the menu for Saturday night was hamburgers and hot dogs which Dan was SUPPOSE to grill out - but, you guessed it, it started raining just when he was going to go out and start up the grill.  So instead, I fixed the hamburgers inside on the griddle and just boiled the hot dogs.  Then I whipped up some cole slaw, cut up some tomato, got out some lettuce and cheese - before you knew it dinner was served.  Justin and MeMe (my mom) arrived and we all sat down to a nice family meal.  Melissa, Justin, and Mom didn't stay long after dinner as everyone was tired - after visiting for a little while we all decided it was time for bed.




Sunday morning I made Breakfast Burritos before heading out on the lake - we went over to the house that Justin's parents rented on the far side of the lake and spent a little while.  Crystal and Kim seemed to enjoy their time on the boat!


Crystal



Monday dawned sunny and hot - Melissa came over early and she and Crystal spent some time in the pool before any of the other guests arrived.  Just about the time everyone was suppose to come it started raining!  We were starting to think that we were jinked - but then the skies cleared, and at about 3:30 people started showing up - by 5:00 the house was packed.  In fact, I was so busy with greeting people, getting things ready, cooking, talking and all the other stuff you do when you are hosting a party that :
#1) I didn't get any pictures of the actual party
#2) I didn't get any  pictures of the party food
#3) I didn't get to eat that much of all the food I fixed!
Oh well, it was fun and I think the birthday girl enjoyed herself and that is what is important.
Monday evening, after everyone left, we took the girls out for a sunset cruise on the lake.  Crystal liked to sit in the front with the dogs - but Sam had left her sitting alone in this picture.


Then, of course, we have the captain of our ship.

Tuesday was spent going through some things that had been in storage and I wanted to know if the girls wanted any of it before we have our garage sale.  Then the girls went over to see my Mom before it was time to pack up.  We did leave for the airport a little early because the weather turned bad - with lots of rain and wind.  However, we got the girls to Ft. Myers in plenty of time and their flight home was uneventful.  We had such a great visit and we can not wait for them to come back at Christmas!  However, when they come down then they will be driving and will be taking the stuff we went through back home with them (yeah!).

The last couple of days Dan and I have been putting things back in order and just sorta taking it easy - I did complete a project today - but I'll wait and show you that on my next blog.  I hope you guys have a great week and I'll talk to you soon!