Thursday, August 6, 2020

JULY 2020

JULY. 2020

The Month in REVIEW 

July 1, 153 days till WE leave AGAIN for 
FLORIDA. NOW probably NOT leaving till jan 4.

Friday July 3,  after work we decided to go for a ride to Lancaster. To a Pittsburgh Paint Store, to find the paint that was recommended by friends with a lifestyle to paint the edge of the rubber roof, which has been peeling for a long time. We arrived, the store was closed,  there was a few more close by, they were also closed.
So put off AGAIN for another day.
We wanted to eat out somewhere quick. Came the whole way home went to our favorite pizza place Ci Ci Pizza. Got it to GO. Went home to eat, bed 8:30. Long DAY.

HAPPY JULY 4th 

After work TTH had it's first REAL activity,  at least one that we cared about. A Band, someone we know. Steve and Terri. The band is called Famous Remors.
 Of course we drove the golf cart over there, it was at the Pavilion next to the lake. It was a full moon, here is a bad picture of it.  It was a great night we were there from 7 to 10. It was very hot out but Terry and I did line dance a little bit. It was a wonderful Fourth of July and we did meet up with some of our cricket golf cart friends. We Are starting a Club, lol.
At the end there was a patriotic golf cart parade which we jumped in the end and try to keep up, was a lot of fun. We had our little buggy 7 weeks already. Are golf cart friends said they didn't have enough battery power join us, she said the red light flashes when the battery is low, we have not seen that YET.

Monday July 7th 

I met Christine out in  Fort Indiantown Gap at Moose's LZ restaurant we had lunch together.  Although she was having a bloody nose the whole time,  she had a recent procedure that caused that. She Stopped at the hospital on the way home they tried many things to get it to stop. Heard she got home very late that night.
 I was going to take Jim some ribs home for tonight but they only serve them after 4

We actually called Cecilia and FaceTimed with her a little bit. It was nice the three of us being able to talk together again. Some cool pictures as I drove home through the Gap again. 
After I got home we had dinner later. I did bring Jim food from the restaurant. Then we went for our almost nightly golf cart ride. Jim said I DON'T think we are going to make the hill, BACK to H loop. I said RED light is flashing. We stopped at a empty site plug in for a few minutes.
THIS is how we learn. 
Can YOU tell he forgot his phone, I had mine.

July 9th      

Before work I had a phone consultation with a GI nurse about my UC, short version is I have to have another colonoscopy soon.

I worked the rest of week, working alot for casual call.

July 10th 

Friday night Travis wanted us to keep Mia overnight. He had to work late that night. So we planned to meet up at Moose's LZ restaurant again, that way Travis could eat before he went to work, and Jim could get his ribs.  Mia wanted clams, pretty funny for a kid. We took a lot of leftovers home.
       I worked all weekend so Jim was with her a lot, he made her pancakes in the morning they had fun with the mini golf cart, buggy. Travis was planning on coming for dinner Saturday night I made a roasted corn salad, grilled steak, tuna steaks, air fryer potato wedges, cold shrimp, leftover Ribs,   we ended up the three of us having dinner together and I packed up a plate or two and took it to Travis when we dropped off Mia off at Travis's place.  He was telling us all about how he has gotten into golfing.
                 
    Sunday July 12th,  after work I took the buggy down to the pool and had a nice dip, it was the perfect cooling off temperature, we've had 22 days  90 or above here in Pa this month. We are in free electric site in H loop, BUT we are in full sun.     I was talking to an older man from Texas in the pool, NO Jim did not go, he hates the pool, go figure.          

Monday July 13th 

Had the day off. NAIL Day YEA SOooo
Excited to get them done AGAIN.  And so nice to talk with Mary again.
I did a few errands before my appointment at 1. Vacuumed the car, stopped at store. The chicken store was CLOSED, I forgot.
Here Before and After pic. Nails
I found the fake spill I just had to get for Mary, too funny. The rest is my nail stash.
Sunday July 19th,  Moving Day
This DAY should have been a post all on it's own.
We packed up as normal, left 11:30 am, we only have 8 miles to go, from Hershey TT to Pa Dutch TT. We are on the phone with each other. I was first I can tell Jim what is ahead on a few turns that are right when you leave Hershey TT. We probably had less than three miles to go. And Jim said "something just let loose in the truck." My first thought was what does that mean, I guess I said it out loud he said, " I don't know." I looked in the rearview mirror, only could see out of the top half because the golf cart block some of the view. And I saw flames coming from somewhere, at that point I had no idea where. Jim continue to move a little trying to get away from the grassy bank. He pulled over again and when I looked the second time I saw flames shooting out again. Found out later that it was coming from the tailpipe.
At that point we had both pulled over. Turned out I turned off the phone but not the car. Ran back towards Jim and the RV, and Jim was putting out a fire that had started with the second Flames I saw with spring water jugs we had in the truck. I opened the RV door grab the fire extinguisher just inside the door,  used the fire extinguisher on the 1st fire, then ran down and finished it off on the second fire, wanted to make sure there was no hot spots. Someone hollered call 911, so I hollered call 911 also. While all this was going on, a man pulled over with a shovel. he said I don't have a fire extinguisher but I had a shovel. Another couple had stopped and she is the one that called 911. The fire truck came to make sure there was no hot spots. There's a lot of dry grass and very wooded area right up the bank from where we were. A police officer came to keep traffic over and away from us, and a guy stayed next to us with a green vest to keep cars over. The cop called Zimmy's diesel and they came with a rollback and picked up the truck. We called our friends Neil and Nancy who are already in the campground, and luckily home and he came and picked up the fifth wheel, Jim rode along and I followed, he backed us into a really nice Shady spot.
Found out later the cop had bought our first house we sold in Lebanon. 
What a crazy day, but all is well now. Zimmy's  took the truck to our diesel guy in Bethel, Hasslers on Monday. He said he could get to it next week the other place had no openings for 3 weeks unless they took it to Ephrata. The turbo let loose that was what happened. Something Hassler suggested we did a few years ago, but turned out we never did at that time. So as Jim says pay me now or pay me later.

Monday July 20
Today I didn't have to start work until 4 p.m. . Travis called he was playing golf in the area, and stopped in and had lunch with me. That was a nice surprise visit.
 
This week during our evening golf cart ride there's a lot of wild raspberries that grow around PA Dutch. So we would go on Raspberry picking rides and in a few days ended up with a nice Bowl. Also this is how we've been decorating the golf cart, our youngest granddaughter Mia called it the Flyers buggy.

The end of the month I worked 7 1/2 consecutive days. That was a nice long stretch.
July 28th I had a haircut appointment. Did a few errands before. I thought I knew where it was in Myerstown in an old building that used to be a furniture store called Pinkies. Turned out it was so different looking I drove right by it, had no clue where it was. So of course I do what I always do and call Jim. Told him I was lost shocker, he got me on the right track I was a little late but she was okay with it. My first real haircut probably almost a year I cut it three times myself.

Monday July 29th Jim noticed in the back of the fifth wheel there was water dripping again at the water heater. Turned out the new one was leaking again. What is going on, I guess we got a lemon, so he shut everything down, and now we're back to showering at the pool house bathroom every night. Called  our guy Jim Sycamore and he was just leaving work, he said I'll stop over on my way. He looked at it and we had a nice chat before he left. He said he turned it in under the warranty and now we're waiting again for new one.

There are two fawn's that hang out in the early morning around the area I go into work. Never see the mom around. but I got a good view of them today, here's a bad picture.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

JUNE A little what we have DONE

JUNE A little what we have DONE 

Can't believe it is almost July

JUNE  2020
Cute TT in a yard on my way to work.
They named it Jezebel.

Jim is working 40 hour weeks, VERY hard hot work doing HVAC.  I work 32 hours a week, one of the weeks was a 40 hour week.
We try as much as we can to see my MIL, she can't leave her facility without having to be quarantined when she gets back.

June 4th and 5th Thursday and Friday we had really bad thunder storms with tornado warnings. We were in one of the only loops in Hershey that had Electric. There was  also an issue with the water so that was off, more than it was on, for a few days.  It was very hot out, so we were glad for the electric and the AC, when so many didn't have it. A lot of RVs left early, or moved to a loop that had it.

We're having a lot of fun with the mini golf cart, called a Cricket, we call it Stimulus. 

Here's some red hot pokers we seen during one of our rides and a nice pipe line right of way that you sometimes see deer in.
June 7 we moved to PA Dutch TT, for 2 weeks. We had a nice spot, one  we never had before. There were two full-time families moved in behind us that I watched the one back in they were both in 5th wheels. And it took him half an hour to back his Fifth Wheel in, was kind of a shock when I saw their full-time family sign. They had constant barking dogs and screaming little kids oh, that was not fun, and pretty much annoyed everyone around them. We had talked to some people that we had seen in Florida in a motorhome behind us, they were not to happy with them either. Seems like a lot of weekend people here, empties out a lot for during the week.

Saturday June 13th after I got home from work we went out to Jonestown where we stayed for five days when we first got back to PA. A guy Jim used to work with, Steve his only child graduated college, Chase, so we went out for his graduation party. He is a really nice kid, enjoyed talking with some of his friends. They had some cute little poop cupcakes, not sure why I guess because it was a poopy year to graduate.
Monday June 15th we had a dentist appointment after work. What an exciting day,  go to the dentist, talk to some people and then went to Plaza Azteca our new favorite Mexican restaurant in Myerstown. They had a lot of lovely outdoor seating area, which they expanded with painted picnic tables, lovely shaded area in the back. We both took leftovers home which we pretty much never do, trying to cut back. The food was wonderful and of course Jim had one of these Bulldog margaritas oh, maybe two.

Probably over two months ago our water heater stopped working on electric. One night we went for a golf cart ride. When we got back, I noticed some dripping in the back of the camper under the water heater. After some quick investigation we realized that's where it was coming from. Jim had to quick take a shower and then turn everything off and drain the water heater. First I called the RV place right here next to TT, RV Value Mart, thought since they were right here, I would try them first, But NO, but they said they were booked up till July 3rd. So I called Sycamore Hill RV, and he was able to order one, he already had all of extended warranty information, and we made plans for him to come on June 18th, I had to work a later shift, I left right before they were finished. They are so busy, but they got it done, as usual they did a great job. Jim passed them on his way home as they were leaving the park. He did tell me we need to clean it out 2 or 3 times a year, they rust out and leak when they get all the gunk in them, like this weird jelly stuff. Once a year when you change the Anode rod is not enough when you are full time.The fortunate thing was they had just opened the pool here, although it's very cold, and they had the bath house open right next to it. So about four or five nights we were able to jump in the golf cart after work and go down shower at the bathhouse at the pool. We were very lucky it was available, and the golf cart made it so much easier.

For the fun of it I decided to count how many days until we leave for Florida AGAIN, if we leave when planned December 17th. Just in time to get a second dental cleaning, they have to be 6 months apart, so we'll just make it. Turned out to be a 180 days on Saturday. I usually start the countdown when it's a little over 200 days, Jim couldn't believe it was that soon.
Saturday June 20th is also our oldest granddaughters Sarah's  13th birthday. They had a little family get-together at Thomas's house on Sunday. Which also turned out to be moving day back to TTH. So we moved, will be here for a month we bought an extra week. We started a new thing where we move the work van first and then go get the RV. Makes it so much easier, can't believe we never thought of that before. We got a really nice site in lower H Loop, which has the free electric, so we won't have a big electric bill for the month. Any where else in the park you pay $3. A day for 50 amp electric. 

We had a nice visit with Thomas, and Kerri  on Sarah's birthday. We had a small piece of ice cream cake and we talked about many different things, of course food is always brought up, and we talked about some of our favorite restaurants we were looking forward to going to, even though it's a little different now doing that. We talked about the Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant, and Kerri said why don't we go now. So we all piled into the car and headed over there and had a wonderful dinner together, our treat, Something my parents would have done, NOW we do it.  I said it was a great idea let's just go now. Thomas and I both had my favorite burrito bowls, I also took some home for the next day. I took Thomas lunch for the next day, too a few days ago Jim had smoked another pork loin, I finally found one on sale at the little store up the road called Hilltop Acres. He also showed us a motorcycle he bought.

Here was a really cool wood carved bench I pass on my way to work everyday, Someone just added it to their flower bed out front of their house. My brother Drew is a wood carver, that's why It caught my attention.
Thursday June 25th I had to drop my car off at the Ford dealer to get it inspected. Also wanted to check the engine light it's always on, goes off every now and then. Of course when we dropped it off the light was off and they couldn't do anything about it. I did have to work on Friday so I actually drove the truck to work, for the first time. It was really fun. The head boss for the housekeeper's he said how cool it was and it puts his truck to shame, was kind of funny. I expected to leave it there and pick it up Monday after Jim got home from work because I have off, but they called Friday and said it was finished. It was only $104. not bad, really like my Ford Escape 2011 probably be my last car for a long time. I feel like I won't really need it once I retire, whenever that is.

The early morning's on my way to work this is who I see at 5:45 am at the gate at the guard shack.

Saturday June 25, after work in the early evening Jim took our buggy over to see two guys that were  our neighbors over at PA Dutch. He was looking to put new AC in his house, Jim was taking over his card. I didn't feel like going for a ride then but when 8:45 rolled around it was time for the Hershey howl. For a few minutes everyone in the park howls like a wolf oh, it's pretty funny. Got some GREAT sunset shots, one with the sun reflected off the FW.  Right after that Jim came back so I jumped on the buggy with him for a late night ride. It was a lot of fun.

 Sunday June 28th Jim has the weekend off but I worked. And I gave him a text to say hi on a quick break and he said the upstairs toilet just broke. I said WHAT, hard to get the details out of him, but the foot flush pedal snapped off in the back. We were having problems with it for a while, the flap wasn't sealing and the water would run. Flooded upstairs once not too bad, but it did make the basement hole wet in the front. An one day when we were moving, I said I want to quick  run up and go to the bathroom before we put the slide in upstairs, and I sat down quick, in a big full bowl of water, that was about to flood over. We were so fortunate we saw that before we moved. so between the pedal breaking,  and not sealing properly. Jim got on line with Camping World to see if they had one. so I left work 15 minutes early, they close at 4 so we had enough time to run up to Harrisburg to get a new one. we had a big discussion over the color of white and Bone. We replaced it with the original bone color which he said was different than the one we had, if it was it was not by much. I said since we're all the way up here we might as well go to Sam's Club. I think I remembered everything we needed there.  Then we drove to our favorite Sub Shop Bartolo's and got two large Italian subs. our favorite they are the BEST ever. They make their own bread and it's fabulous, Jim ate 3/4 of 1 and I had a half so I had a small piece for lunch the next day and he had a half to take with him. When  we got back he installed the new toilet right away, such a great talented guy I have.  Then we went for a golf cart ride and say hi to our friends that moved in today, Neil and Nancy over in B Loop. What a great day.

So Monday June 29th I had off and it's grass cutting day here at TTH, it's fun to watch someone else cut it, although I never did it just glad Jim doesn't have to. I got a lot of laundry done hung it all outside, and when the guy was cutting and drove by I offered him a water bottle, which he took with a big smile on his face he said it's almost too cold, I said It won't last for long. He thanked me. Very hot and humid day a beautiful day, but GREAT  to dry laundry in central Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow June 30th is Jim and I  36th wedding anniversary. We plan to go to another one of our favorite restaurants that we did not go to yet since we've been back, the Quentin Tavern they have a lovely outdoor deck,  they expanded I hear, which we've never been on really looking forward to it.  After I got off from work, I went to the bank for my MIL. Then I went to Redners for her and got her groceries. I dropped them off at her place. She met me at the door, said a quick hello gave her the change. Then I went back to the FW,  got ready, was tired,  had a VERY busy day at work,  but I  was so looking forward to it. 
My sweet hubby had these for me when he got home.
  Side View of Quentin Tavern, beautiful old building 
Cool OLD truck someone arrived in.  You can see part of the side deck here.
         Beautiful OLD tree, we sat under.

                                         My SWEET hubby