Monday, August 25, 2008

Enjoying Daughter & Family

We are having a great time with our grand kids, Nicholas & Noah. They stayed at the camper on Friday night with Pappa & Grandma. We had a birthday party for Daddy Tom on Sunday with his family. It was a beautiful day. I have several pictures to share whenever we get back to Internet with our computer.

Today I am on my daughter's computer at her house. I'm not feeling much like writing so I will keep it very short. I just wanted to let you all know we got to Maryland fine last Thursday and all is well with us.

It is with a heavy heart that I read my emails & answered my phone early this morning. My sister, Romayne, called to tell me that my dear friend Cindy's father had passed away on Saturday in Jamestown, NY. I wish I could give her a hug!

Then I read my emails & the first was from my former boss, Bobbie. She wrote to inform me that my former coworker, John, had also passed away on Sat. from a heart attack. My composure just shattered! I kept telling him to RETIRE & he wouldn't listen! He just kept telling me soon. May God hold his family in His arms! Wish I could give Tomi & the kids a hug too!

Next I read the update for Reinard's adoption. Aaron & Marjorie have returned from Ethiopia with little Tobiah, but after many plane delays & arriving in Pittsburgh, he has spiked a fever & can't get it down. They are worried about which to choose - ER or Children's Hospital and their insurance. I said choose Children's or whatever Mom, the Nurse, recommends. And don't worry about the insurance, God will provide, He always comes through!

Please keep all of us in your prayers. It is so hard to be away from home base at times like these. Our friends & coworkers become our family so easily!

Will write again at a later date.

Until next time.......The Traveling Cardinal's

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Catch Up Time

Shame, Shame on me! I've been neglecting my blogging & I've been told several times to get it updated! Well, I guess the day has come!

Since I was last on here we have attended both sides of our families reunions & had a great time catching up with everyone.

We have taken our 5th wheel back to where we purchased it to get some minor items taken care of & hopefully some "warranty" items taken care of. Don't laugh too loud at that one! If you know what warranty means, there are a 1,001 definitions! I only wish they would thoroughly explain that one PRIOR to purchasing! They are not defined or designed for Full Time Traveling RVer's either! Enough said on that one or I could fill the page & then some!

So that brings us to this weekend. Today, we visited most of our neighbors in N. Warren during their annual Trash & Treasure Sale days & ate N.W.V. Fire Dept.'s great Chicken BBQ. It's surprising how quick 2 hrs. can go in our old neighborhood!

Bill is currently playing in the Horseshoe Tournament at Hidden Valley C.G. That's why it's time for me to sit here & peacefully catch up, while listening to my music. I still haven't figured out how to get music onto my blog yet from my favorite play list that I have on my Windows Media Player. I did sit here & figure out how to get them on my MP3 Player that I walk with.

This is my last week to relax & enjoy camping. Last Fri. was my last day of Latrine Queen. What a relief! It was nice to earn the extra money, but tiring for my body! I have to save my energy for this next weekend with my grandsons. We will be leaving here on Thurs. morning, Aug. 21st to travel to Bar Harbor RV Park in Abingdon, MD to visit our daughter & family. The little ones keep asking if we are coming yet. It will be a long winter & spring without seeing them for 9 months! They will be so big when we get back next year!!!

The weather is already starting to feel like Fall here in western NY/PA. We even saw a few leaves on the trees turning. We have this beautiful big pool behind us & I've only been in it 3 times! It says a lot for heated pools. Seems like the places with the coolest temperatures don't have the heated pools! I know, we didn't either.

My sister, Romayne & husband, Bob & daughter, Dee & Randy, traveled to Michigan to see her other daughter Deb & family this weekend. I hope they enjoy their trip. They deserve a great time away from home & a visit with their kids that they don't see very many times in a year either!

Here are a few pictures I've taken over the last couple of weeks:
Donna, Larry, Romayne, Bob & Bill at Wiltsie Reunion, Aug. 2008

More Relatives at Wiltsie Reunion, Aug. 2008

Den & his Ice Cream Golf Cart complete with music!

Beautiful sky at campground right before rain

This is a CUTE view at campground!!!!

This is the view we see on our way to Lakewood/Jamestown, NY for our Thursday night hot dogs. Coming from Baker Street down towards Southwestern Central School looking out over Chautauqua Lake. It always looks like the road on the other side should be connected, but this isn't where they ended up putting the bridge across the lake. It just looks like the obvious place, but it wasn't the shortest span. Our Thursday Night tradition, Johnny's Lunch Hot Dogs with sauce! The Best!
Diane (owner) & Bill chatting
Gus in the kitchen working

Nephew, Denny's, Ice Cream Stop, The Igloo, in Frewsburg, NY

Sunset from Sister, Romayne's house on Oak Hill in Frewsburg

Bullock Reunion, Bob, Sonya, Baby Eric, Mark & Suellen, Aug. 2008

Denny M, the Auctioneer. Who Bid WHAT??????

Dave E, Denny & Barb M, Linda M, & Melissa B.

When we went to have work done on our trailer, Bill & I needed to find something to do & we decided to go for a drive. We ended up in East Aurora, NY where Fisher-Price products come from. It was neat to go into the store. Found some bargains too!

Jay from Lime Lake Marine & RV who worked on our trailer, took us to his dad's farm. Took us right to the corn field for fresh sweet corn! They have over 1000 head of dairy cows. This was just one of many pictures. Many in pasture & several hundred more in barns. They milk 700 & when I was growing up I thought 36 was a lot!!!! But then, they don't have to carry the milk in pails anymore like we did!!!!

This is Lime Lake. A beautiful place.

Well, that brings us pretty much up-to-date. Sorry I get so far behind. I'm trying to get a Swedish Weaving blanket done before I leave the campground so my friend, Deanna, can show me how to finish it off. So I guess I could use that for one excuse. But if I can find one excuse, I'd find many, so I guess I'd better not start!

I don't believe the next RV Park we are going to has Wi-Fi, so I may not be able to keep up-to-date unless I journal from my daughters. So I know there won't be anymore pictures.

Until next time......The Traveling Cardinal's

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The "Parrot Party" Caribbean Style at H.V. Campground

Well, this was a busy weekend. Although we did find time to shop & relax too.

Friday night we sat by the fire until Bill's friend, Ned, came along & they played cribbage. I heard music & went for a walk. Later Bill & I walked over & stood on the roadway listening until another 5th wheel pulled in & blocked our view. Oh well, didn't want to impose.

Saturday Dee & Jerry went with us for breakfast early in the morning. My friend Toni had told me about Bon-Ton's sale starting at 9AM so I wanted to be there when they opened. I've been looking for a new bathing suit (you know that stretch stuff gets thin over the years!). They had one when I looked a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't want to pay that kind of price. So I got it 60% off, plus a coupon for another 20%. Not bad! Not the one I was looking for, but I liked the one I got better. We shopped a couple other stores & then hit the Dollar General store that was closing in the mall. 10 cents for anything & everything left in the store! Amazing what we bought in there for less than $1.00!! That was worth the gas of driving down to Warren!

After coming back to the campground, the early afternoon was lazy until it was time for Happy Hour, the judging of the fruit/vegetable crafts made by kids that morning. Cute ideas! That was followed at 5 by Cheeseburger Specials for the Jimmy Buffet style evening with the Caribbean air. We all had fun getting in the mood by dressing up a little. I decided to keep my grass skirt for more of a Hawaiian theme! The music was fun. Great listening. Not much dancing until most of the people had left & they started playing more of the oldies. Needless to say, I was one of the last to leave. You know, I hate to have a live band play to an empty building!!

Some pictures of the evening & night:
Decorated Laid Back Banana

Dee's Birds Made Out of Apples
Pineapple Lady
GUESS WHO? That's Us - Bill & Peggy
Cute Little Island Girls
Randy Q (the Boss) & his Gang Cooking the Burgers
1/2 of the Gang Eating

The other 1/2 of the Gang Eating

Frozen T-Shirt Contest - First to get it unfolded & On
He's Almost There - But Was Beat By A Girl!
Look Mom - No Hands! - Swim Noodles
The Rainbow After The Rain

Carved Watermelons - Fish, Sun, Tiki, Parrot by Mel & Kathy
Sunday was my family reunion. Gosh......All I've done is EAT all weekend. I'd like to miss W.W. this week! I was doing good, but I don't think this week will be good! I have 3 more days & I've already run out of extra points! Not good planning.
Today I played ladder golf for the first time. I've seen several people at lots of campgrounds play & wondered how to do it. At the reunion, Ronnie & Sheila L. had the game there. Well, by brother Ray, niece Sheila, nephew Randy & I played. It is harder than I thought. Needless to say, Sheila & I didn't do very well. The only one that had played before was my brother. Now you know who won!
THIS IS MY LAST WEEK TO WORK!!!!! We will be leaving here a week from tomorrow. The summer is almost over!!!! I don't know if I remember how to pack up our trailer for "on the road" mode. It seems like it's been forever & we are ready to move on. Will miss our families, but can't wait to see the kids & grandkids again. They are counting the days!
Dentist appointments this week. Hope we will be all set to travel in that respect. If we can keep our bodies & our trailer in good travel shape, we should be all set.
One more reunion next Sunday & then it's off to see the wizard!
Until next time......The Traveling Cardinal's

Friday, August 1, 2008

Not a very dedicated blogger am I???

Since it's been awhile since I wrote an update, I'll keep it short.

On the 26th of July we celebrated Christmas in July. Everyone had a great time. Kids loved their ride on the wagon with Mr. & Mrs. Santa. On Friday night, about 12 of us went Christmas Caroling from trailer to trailer. Brought back lots of memories of doing this in N. Warren. The park was so full, 4 guys on motorcycles (older guys) camped across from the owner's house on the grass next to the horseshoe pits! They all had their own little pup tents & little chairs. Never heard them leave the next morning! Of course they didn't have Harley's! They really enjoyed our Christmas caroling too. Even took our pictures.

Devon with Mr. & Mrs. Santa

Elf Becky Q - Love those shoes!

The week has been hot for a few days, then we get rain, then hot & humid again. Normal ol' NY/PA weather! Can't believe the weather man & they all cover their butts by saying "scattered thundershowers" or "a chance of....". I usually don't worry much about it because when they say 60% we don't get it & when they say 20-30% we usually get it!

This past week Bill completed his "honey dipping" job. It got to be a little much for him with the hotter weather. If I had been smart, I would have given up my job too, but being the nice person I am, I didn't want to leave them without a worker too soon in the season. Since this is a family campground in this part of the campground, August is the time families try to get those last minute vacations in. So my last day won't be until Aug. 8th. We will be leaving here on the 11th to go to Lime Lake Marina & RV (where we bought our trailer) to get ALL (I HOPE) issues with the trailer taken care of.

This weekend is the Jimmy Buffet Parrot Party. I have my Caribbean (Hawaiian) costume ready. Bill won't let me wear what I wanted, ya right, like I'd dare do it anyway! But I do have a grass skirt, a flowered top, a lei & the rest to wear. He said I'd better wear the blouse! Weight Watchers hasn't been that good to me, I don't think I'd dare do it either! Still have some belly fat to get rid of!

Will have pictures of this weekend on the next post.

The shots I had in my back last week helped about 1/100th. Needless to say, won't be here to take the next step in treatment, so I'm hoping just giving it a rest after I quit working will help a lot.

Tomorrow morning our friends Dee & Jerry are going out for breakfast with us & then to do some quick shopping. I need a new bathing suit really bad & Bon-Ton is having a great sale starting at 9AM. So I want to be there when the doors open. I saw a suit I liked in there, but I'm not willing to pay the price they were asking, so I'm looking for a bargain.

Wed. night I went shopping at Salvation Army for my blouse for the party this weekend. I was so excited when I found something that would work & it was half off. That means I paid $1.50. When the sales girl told me everything in the store (except yellow tickets) were 1/2 off, I went back in & bought 3 sweaters for my grandsons. I was really excited. They were almost new. I'm one of those bargain hunters & I hate to shop!

Just want to wish Snookie a Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry girl, I'm even behind in my reading! Had my nose stuck in a couple of good books again!

Time for a shower & to bed!

Until next time..........The Traveling Cardinal's