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

Friday, June 5, 2020

Cold Pennsylvania May

Cold Pennsylvania May 

May 18, 2020

First week we got to Hershey we pretty much just went to work. We drive our mini golf cart in the evenings after dinner. We named it Stimulus. 
Some of the things that we saw on one of our evening drives.
We dropped off things with my mother-in-law, couple times a week and say Hi. She's ready to go somewhere, anywhere. We asked her where she wants to go for lunch, when she can finally leave, she said, Somewhere far, far away. She is So funny. She's only 6 miles from the CG here in Hershey. 
We bought a rain cover for our little buggy, as we sometimes call it.  It gets alot of attention, it is So cute, guess alot of people never saw one. Had to keep sides down alot, so cold here after dinner. Pennsylvania, REALLY, I'm over it.

Jim also spent some time with his friend on the weekend I worked,  and he got a load of wood. I got my flower pots too.

Monday May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

We both had off today. Didn't go anywhere all day. Jim got out the smoker then we smoked two chickens, a little pork loin, last a tuna steak.
During the cooking we had a quick visit from another Pa guy we were in 3 Flags TT with Dan and his dog Molly.
 When they were finished be cleaned off all the meat from the bones. I put the bones in the IP, made two kinds of soup. First I made creamy chicken corn chowder, and smoked chicken beans and rice soup. Froze some of it, it was pretty fabulous. Now we have enough food for the coming week, or longer.

Over the weekend I got a message on Facebook from a longtime friend we used to line dance with. Sally and Joe Templin, they were planning on coming to TT Hershey for a couple nights in there MH.
I saw them come in Tuesday afternoon, got to say hi, but then I had to leave for work. They had their eight-year-old grandson with them. Wednesday night we had a fire and they joined us, they made some s'mores with there grandson, as we all got to chat and catch up.
They left some time Thursday morning after I had left for work at 11.

Saturday May 30, 2020

We both had off this weekend, Jim always has off weekends, he does work an occasional Saturday here and there. But I usually work every other, even though I'm not full time now.
Today we went shopping for a few things for his mother, dropped them off. Got to stand outside and chat a little bit. Made plans with her for tomorrow. Then we bought some groceries at Walmart for us, and a few other Walmart necessities. I bought a new larger frying pan for my induction burner. Used it once so far pretty nice. Then we went out to our oldest son Thomas. I still had an Easter treat for Sarah which we took a long. He bought pizza so we had pizza together. His wife was a little cautious, suggested to us to washed our hands when we came in. We had a wonderful visit so nice chatting with them face to face. We didn't leave till about 7:30, stayed a little longer than we planned, it was just so nice to see everyone. I got to go in my granddaughter's bedroom and see her new poster she made, a collage of her new crush, maybe her first crush, of Harry Styles. wish I would have gotten a picture. I was trying to think who I liked when I was 13. She'll be having a birthday next month. Guess the answer to that is Donny Osmond, don't think who I liked was so much older then I was though. Harry is 26 my GD is 13.
We headed home for the rest of the evening, what a wonderful day.

Sunday May 31, 2020

Can't believe tomorrow is June. Today we went to get a sub to share for lunch and a weird version of a chef salad for my MIL. She did not want the traditional chef salad ingredients, and wanted us to add mushrooms. We sat outside her building on two lovely benches. It was a beautiful day it was getting very hot for me in the sun till we left. Found out later she walked back to her room,  the chef salad on top of her walker seat and when she went through the door most of it hit the floor. She was also carrying eggs and bananas, that we picked up for her. After we left we went back to the FW for the rest of the evening. Jim made a fire but it was so cold I did not stay out very long. But I did come out at 9:45 to watch the ISS go over head. It went right over the camper, looks like a giant star moving in the night. Asked  my phone and found out it goes 4 miles in a second, that is crazy fast, think Jim figure it out 17000 miles a second.
Stayed up a little later than we wanted to but it was worth it. We both had to get up early tomorrow for work. The rest of the week we pretty much just worked came home took a golf cart ride after dinner.
It's fun when we drive around and stop and chat with people for a few minutes. One day the first week of June we stopped to  talk to our friends Neil and Nancy, as they had a fire. Then we drove a little farther and said hi to our friends Mike and Candy that came in, who also have a Lifestyle FW from Chambersburg. Then we drove and saw people line dancing at their RV and I realized it was people we danced with in Orlando, Wanda and Jack,  we went and said hi to them that was really fun. They said they've been dancing everyday but one since they left their. And it was all new to them before this trip. Great catching up with them.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Week In Review

Week in Review

May 11, to 20 2020

We are both back to work. Jim is full time, I am casual call. Which is just under part-time hours in a week.
Saturday and Sunday I had off the 16th and 17th. Jim and I got in the truck and made a trip to West Virginia, 2 hours away to pick up our new toy. A mini golf cart called cricket. I found the lady driving it in Florida at Wauchula Peace River Thousand Trails. I said it was so cute she asked me if I wanted to buy it. and so we did. We've been emailing since we met planning when we could get back and be able to come pick it up. We stopped at a rest area before we got to their house, they had beautiful irises blooming. Some guy from there started talking to me while I was waiting for Jim to come out of the bathroom. He said you want to see something cool. He pointed out a tree stump full of termite. There was a couple birds with nests right next to it and they were gorging on them and feeding their babies.
 So we went to their house to pick up the cricket was in a beautiful gated community they have 8 Acres and the house is for sale if you're interested. Her husband came out he was recovering from being sick, he was sick, NOW recovering and she was sick now, so we never got to see her.I did ask if it was CV-19, he said NO. He had a mask on and so did the both of us. 
 We spend a lot of time looking at the cricket and learning how it all goes together. It all breaks down into a small package for travel. We just bought ramps the day before at Harbor Freight to get it up into the truck. It only weighs 303 lb, super cute. We spent a good hour there. We headed out around noon found a place on the way home to grab a quick lunch. Stopped at a Papa John's for there really good sandwich they have called Papa Diaz. Don't think that's spelled right. I think we stopped going through Carlisle. Got back to the campground and took the golf cart out down where Jim Parks his van, there's a little bit of a hill so it made it a little bit leveler. I drove it back to the campsite. later we took it for a good drive stopped and said hi to Neil and Nancy. then we ended up putting it in the back of my car. tomorrow is travel day to Hershey Thousand Trails 8 Miles Away. fit in the back of my car perfect. I said when we unload it will look like my car is giving birth.

Sunday May 17, 2020

We arrived in TTH. Got a big site we like towards the back. We got to see  ranger Kathy we last saw in Florida at TTO. She got us a GREAT site there. She is SO nice, she said she gets so excited when she sees people she knows.
We got set up, got the Cricket out, had quick lunch. We went shopping for his Mom and us. Picked up some Chinese food next door to Redner's. Dropped off his mom's groceries and some Chinese for her. We had to get spring water up the road. Then back to the RV, had our food put all the groceries away. Had to get everything done today because I was asked to work for someone. That I couldn't say no to, she worked all winter so hard plus I got more hours so I was working Monday the 18th for her. So we got a lot done today. Nice to be back in Hershey.