I woke up at 6:15 a.m. my nose started running like crazy not feeling that well. Went to the bathroom once you start blowing your nose, it just won't stop running I did try to lay down for a little while longer. I woke up about 45 minutes later Jim was just getting up. He was going to go fishing but it was thundering, but never did anything. About 8:30 when it stopped I heard him leave with his fishing rod. And I got up felt like crap. The TT maintenance guys were over first thing looking at our neighbors electric. Had some coffee, was hungry because we had such a light early dinner last night. Jimmy ate three times I only did twice. I made a us each a smoothie, put his in the fridge, drank mine while I made pumpkin paleo pancakes and egg. Was watching my Today Show. Jim came back right before noon, we sat outside for a while then came inside and went back outside. It was very beautiful out. I washed the sheets we made the bed later. Jim put the grill on and grilled one pork chop for later. I will add it with the leftover one tonight. He also grilled green beans and zucchini. I mixed up a batch of turkey burgers with applesauce. Jim grilled them. I made some cauliflower tots, Jim did not really care for. Then while the oven was on I made 4 little mini pumpkin custards with the leftover pumpkin from breakfast. I put everything away. We ate lunch outside. Jim went for a walk later, I didn't feel up to going, just was feeling tired and just a little off. Jim saw our neighbor when he came back, and he asked him about his electric. He said they couldn't get it on so they have to move their permanent site, shortly after that they were gone, guess he's going to do it another weekend they need to bring the truck back. What a pain that will be, he seemed to have a pretty good attitude about it. Jim put some stuff away outside it is suppose to rain a little tomorrow morning. I took a shower, made dinner a little later, watched a little TV and chilled.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Woke up did our morning routine, had an English muffin in a dippy egg for breakfast. Watched a little of The Today Show. My eyes are still itchy, and I have quite the runny nose, and sneeze like crazy every day. We had to go to Walmart to get my pills. We left before lunch. We found a few more things I wanted at Walmart, Jim was trying to get a fishing license there. But their Verizon was down which shuts down everything. Some lady was telling us in Walmart about this other store I wanted to go to. Their meat was supposedly so much better than Walmart. I really wanted to get some steaks from Texas. Walmart said they were from South Dakota I think. I stopped and got my pills and I actually got a three months supply of each which will be nice. Jim was getting hungry so we made a quick stop for the first time in a Whataburger. He had a patty melt minus the hot sauce, he said he really liked it he also liked the grilled onions and the grilled Texas toast. I did not get anything, had a couple of his french fries, not that good was easy to stop. Then we headed over to the other store that I was never in, that the lady recommended in WM called Brookshire's. Jim said he could wait in the truck, which I said was fine. I went in mainly just to buy meat. She said they always have a good sale on a couple different meats every week. I bought him a couple of steaks that were from right here in the town we were camping in, which is Quinlan Texas. I got some chicken tenders, mainly because they were small packs I could squeeze in the freezer. I also found some pork chops, and some beef cubes. Course I bought a few other things that I couldn't find at Walmart, then when I went to check out they said you can only use cash or checks, because apparently the same problem Walmart had, was Verizon's down everything shut down. I said well if you'll take a Pennsylvania check. That was pretty much a no-go so I texted Jim when he brought in cash, it was like $47 worth of meat. Quite the expensive month for food shopping. Then we headed back to the FW put everything away. When we got home, our neighbor was here that has a permanent site, and that we never met before. They wanted to see if we had electric, because they did not. Their fridge was on electric so they had to throw everything out , Jim chatted with him for a while. TT told them they couldn't do anything till tomorrow morning , if not they would just go back to Dallas he said. Jim was never able to get a fishing license, so he did it online with his phone. I put the pizza I saved for today in the oven made a salad for dinner, although an early one.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Today we wanted to take a day trip into Dallas and get a early start. Jim was up for a beautiful sun rise.
Jim was up right before me today, I got up kind of early at 7:15. we relaxed with our coffee for a while, and watch the news. The hardest part was deciding what to make for breakfast. Jim said he dreamt about real pancakes, so I made a batch of the last of the mix I had, with blueberries. Of course I had to make a couple dippy eggs and a couple pieces of uncured bacon to. It was really good and kept us satisfied for a long time. Jim got bored with TV and went outside for a little while doing whatever. I cleaned up the kitchen and then went and got ready to go look around. We drove around a little, not much to see, in Quenlan Texas, Jim kept counting the beer and liquor stores. After we went for a little drive we went into Walmart. I wanted to go food shopping. Jim wanted to get beer and a fishing rod, I also wanted to get my pills at the pharmacy. Before we left I made sure I had enough of Jim's, but kind of forgot about mine. They didn't have my pills ready today, so they would have them tomorrow after 4. So we will stop on the way home from tomorrow's adventure to pick them up . Then we stopped and filled up our water jugs. And I had a bag of clothes that I purged, we found a donation box and got rid of those too. Then we got home ate the last of our soup that I had left over. I bought two small pizzas at Walmart, thin crust for me, regular meat lovers for him, we ate 1/3 saved a third for tomorrow and froze a third for travel day. As soon as I made his soup he started his project for the day, he wanted to wash the RV & truck. Both very dirty. He did a wonderful job as usual.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
I was out of bed first this morning. Another night where we had no heat on at all. Which is fine when you're still in bed, but once you get up it was a little chilly. I put the furnace on and warmed it up a little, Jim got up shortly after that. I made the coffee, and a smoothie and some eggs and sausage for Jim. Today we actually planned on leaving later. Checkout is at 11 am here, and we only had a 2-hour drive so we relax a little with our coffee before we got moving. I took a shower and washed my hair, and Jim did the outside chores, I worked on the inside. Said goodbye to our neighbor Regina, exchanged cards, she actually gave me a hug and thanked Jim for opening her wine the other day. I wrote on the back of our card, when you're planning to come to Pennsylvania if you need another bottle opened. We left two minutes of 11:00 and headed towards Lake Tawakoni. Turned out to be a very pleasant drive, took about two and a half hours to get there. It was so close I didn't even pre make a lunch, we just had one stop with a quick pull off in front of a gas station and post office. We arrived at TT at 1:30.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Today was my turn to get up first. I made the coffee. I got to watch one of my shows or two, Jim was up probably close to 9 a.m. I had a bowl of cereal earlier, but when he got up we got ready and went over to the family center they serve breakfast on the weekends. Nobody was around, he had biscuits and gravy and eggs I just had half a biscuit and cookie, they had leftover probably from last night. She told us to take the whole tray, no way. I did put four in the freezer though, for a travel day treat for later. Jim watched the hockey game when we got back. I was busying myself doing little sewing jobs I've been putting off. I never want to do when I'm still working. Did a couple loads of laundry. We had lunch of salad and leftover ribs. While I was inside, I heard Jim talking, I looked out he was talking to our neighbor woman who is alone . She is from Texas, she wanted to open a bottle of wine and could not get it open, Jim said she tried everything . So Jim to the rescue , he loves to save damsels in distress. Then he went outside to enjoy the Sun. And I watched another movie I've been wanting to watch. I read the book first, Heaven Is For Real. Can't get through that without crying. Then just spilled water all over the place so we cleaned that up he took the rug out to dry. Then I came out and sat outside a little bit, worked on the blog. talked about tomorrow's travel day , we're only going to leave around 11 a.m. . Because check-in is later, we only have about a good two-hour drive though. Heading to another TT in Texas. While he was outside he called and talked to his mother for a little while. They said it was going to rain today but it never did. It is just beautiful out Jim said it was about 78 degrees. But you could feel the humidity today I guess because of the rain we had yesterday.
Jim woke up very early, at 6 a.m. , he couldn't sleep any longer. I woke up a few hours after that. Around 9 a.m. we had a brief thunderstorm and heavy rain , didnt last very long . Then I made us breakfast, a smoothie for us, and eggs for Jim, he always has to have his eggs. We did our normal morning routine. We decided to take a little day trip. We ate a grilled Burger to hold us over till later. It turned out to be fairly nice the rest of the day. We had a few drops come down later but not bad. We're very close to the Oklahoma border. We had to mail something back home to a Lebanon address, from this rinky-dink post office from Lebanon address in Oklahoma.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
I woke up first this morning, I guess I did sleep well. Jim rolled over and said no not yet, I said no worries babe. I went downstairs and made the coffee, can't remember how much to put in, I didn't make it for a while. It was good but his is always better. Since we have the satellite hooked up and we changed our location I'm able to record The Today Show. So I started it over since it was on for an hour and a half already. Then I had a bowl of cereal and I made Jim eggs and a muffin from yesterday's lunch. Then he went outside and got a bucket of soapy water and backed the truck up to the front nose of the FW and got his bug spray and washed the front nose of the RV, it was full of bugs. we each had a bowl of vegetable soup for the start of our lunch . Then he got the smoker going, we put on a chicken then took that off and grilled couple Burgers on it I had thawed out. We had a burger today and we will have a leftover one for tomorrow too. Then he had to get it hot again, then we added some boneless ribs, to get a little smoky flavor on them.
For some reason I could not sleep last night. I was in bed from 11:30 to 1. Finally got up and read some of my RV blogs, went back to bed. Jim was up first this morning, I reluctantly got up anyway. I made us both oatmeal with cherry topping. Sounds weird, but I had a little left over from previous desserts, very good, no added sweeteners except a pack of stevia. We watched some of the Today Show. Then somehow we got motivated to do some household chores. Jim went outside and cleaned out his hole, as we call it. I wish I had a before and after. He cleaned it also not just straightened it out. Used the torque wrench and did all the RV tires , and check the air and filled all 10 , truck, RV. He got a bucket of soapy water and wash the back window so we could see out. Then he took the electric heaters out , we have a little one in the bathroom a small one in the middle of the RV, and he also pulled the electric fireplace out, which is in the back, carefully brought it outside and while the air compressor was out he blew all the dust and dirt out of all three. They don't sell firewood here, when we checked in the lady told Jim pick up whatever is dead laying around. So he took the truck and went for a firewood run, that was later. Brought back a lot of Twigs that were great for kindling. Meanwhile back inside, I got out the vacuum and vacuumed the RV. Jim helped me vacuum, dust the high spots of the Cabinetry, both pantry and fridge where I can't reach . Washed a load of cleaning towels that have been accumulating for a while. I picked up all the rugs, Jim shook them outside for me, and I wiped all the hard floors down. Then we got ready and went to town to look around. It was a little drive to get there, Jim said there was towns closer. We are very close to Oklahoma apparently. Would love to pop in and say hi to Blake Shelton. Funny story, as I'm sitting outside with Jim, doing a blog post from a day and a half ago, which doesn't seem like that long. He decided to read from a few days earlier, right before you post it. And apparently he said I have it all messed up. We went to different KOA in a row and apparently I mix them up, OMG. Now he's trying to fix it. So back to our adventure, we found at Sam's Club but decided not to waste a beautiful day walking around, which we really didn't need much in there. Every restaurant you can imagine is around, we found a Cracker Barrel, have not been in one for a long time. The only time we would really go to one was when we were on holiday. We sat right in front of the fireplace, was beautiful, asked the waitress if he could throw more wood on the fire, as it burned down a little. She said oh it needs wood, and immediately went and got four pieces and threw it in, I wish Jim could have done it.
Wonderful to wake up and not have to go anywhere. Jim is up shortly before me and made coffee. I woke up about quarter of 8 because I wanted to watch The Today Show. We have satellite but need to change or service address to get local channels from Texas area. We can get them with our TV antenna on the roof though. We just can't record, and watch it later or watch multiple shows. Our last address was from Palm Springs and that no longer works here. Easier said than done. I made a smoothie we shared another wonderful orange we will really miss only two left, they were from the pickup truck in Benson Arizona. If you go by I highly recommend you buying some. They were 12 oranges for only $3. Then I made paleo blueberry pancakes we each had two pieces of uncured bacon and eggs. Made the bed watched a little TV, wanted to shower but decided to go for a walk first. We walked down towards the lake, it belongs to Army Corps of Engineers, then we walked around a couple loops that had 30 and 50 amp sites in it. Hardly anybody around. The lake was quite large, had a little Island we saw two fishing boats on it.
If you can meet with Triumph and disaster and treat those two Impostors just the same, if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by names to make a Trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to broken and stoop and build them up with worn out tools, yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, and which is more, you'll be a man my son. IF by. Rodger Kipling.
Starting the day with a poem that I heard on the fourth hour of The Today Show with Hoda and Kathy Lee.
We woke up on this another travel day, hating to leave this very nice KOA in Abelen TX. We left about 9:30 , there is alot to do. We did our normal travel day moving routine. We have a master list before we leave that we go over together. So we do not forget anything. We headed out towards lake Texoma for a 6-day stay at a Thousand Trails. The travel day started out very nice, Not a lot of traffic, most of it seemed to be because of all the oil fields around. If you are selling white trucks, you would be very wealthy, that's all you see out here, very dirty ones, mind you. We always see rest areas early in the day when we do not need them. But later we couldn't find one, finally we pulled into a Pilot, just so we could go potty, grab lunch, and fuel up, in that order. We only stopped one time today. We arrived TT Lake Texoma a little after 1:30. No one man's the guard shack there so we went inside. She told us where some 50 amp sites were. Here you have to pay for electric for your 50 AMP, also found out later reading their paperwork if you have a pull through site, you have to pay for that too, doesn't matter if you have 30 or 50 amp. Also you can only stay on pull throughs for 10 days or less. Also it says use water as you need, no washing Rigs or vehicles unless you are a member staying over 14 days, according to their paperwork, never heard all that before. Which is fine, they all have there Thing. The place is quite large Close to 400 acres, with about a 180 sites. Most we've seen were all very large and quite nice. We had to decide between a back in with an old picnic table and no fire ring, a huge site with a picket fence out front. Or a pull through site where you face out to the front, someone can park directly behind you so you're back to back in other words. That's the one we chose, seems like there's a lot of empty sites so no one, chances are would even go in there. We will be here for six nights so Jim put a lot of things out we have not done for a long time. Like the flag, table cloth for picnic table and larger rug. They said they didn't sell firewood, but he can pick up whatever was dead laying around, which was a lot. After he got set up outside and I finished doing inside things, also put out alot of things I didn't do for a while. Which makes it feel so much more like home, we were both looking forward to not moving for a while. We ate the last of the vegetable soup. Then I used the last of the turkey meatballs in the freezer, I made a little spaghetti in the pot. Had salad,for dinner. Jim made a fire, I watched TV alone, went in and out a few times. I walked over to the family center to look around. It is right across the road from us. Lovely night sky and fire. Very quite, NO one around.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Haven't moved on a Monday for a while. It was hard to get up this morning after our big walk. Jimmy's up first per usual. I got up after 8. There's so much to do in the morning. I made a smoothie first some eggs for Jim. And didn't even sit in my chair this morning, immediately started getting ready. It was after 10 a.m. till we finally left, I know Jim wanted to leave earlier, but that's on me. We only had three quick stops, we were on back roads, and travel service roads for the trucks and a ton of oil fields everywhere.
Jim woke up at 7:30 I got out of bed just after 8 a.m. . I wanted to watch Willie Geist on his Morning Show he has on Sunday. Don't know when it's on, apparently missed it. We had our wonderful coffee and shared a really good oranges. I made a smoothie for each of us. The Sun was shining so bright and warming it up, I started opening Windows and the door. I threw the sheets in the washer and got that going. Then I started to make fresh date nut balls with California dates, so much better than the dried-up ones they sell in Pennsylvania. But remembered I needed to buy unsweetened coconut to roll them in, so I put it on hold till we get home tonight. We bought a rotisserie chicken yesterday at Sam's and I took the rest of the meat off the bones and made a chicken casserole that is made in the microwave. I have had this recipe for a million years , since my mother and I took a microwave cooking class at Boscov's upstairs, when microwaves first came out, I've been making this. You just mix up the chicken with mayonnaise, cream of chicken or celery soup whenever you have, a can of rinsed sliced water chestnuts, chop celery and onion mix a little melted butter with half box cornbread stuffing to coat it, you mix some in and then you put the rest on the top. Microwave for 20 minutes. We had that for an early lunch with steamed green beans. I mixed up a batch of the paleo chocolate chip cookies. We each had two cookies for dessert and will have one for travel day lunch tomorrow . Jim took a shower. We made the bed together , then I took a shower and we got ready and left for our adventure for the day. We drove to the Carlsbad Caverns.