Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Did it to Myself

I love landscaping. . .

I love Spring Cleanup. . .

I miss all of it now that we are RV’ing. . .

so. . .I told my brother and sis in law, that if they would host the

Williford Family Reunion 2014

we would come and help with the

Spring Yard Work and Landscaping. . .

Lord have mercy. . .

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I forgot how BIG their yard is. . .looks good. . .right?

not to mention how out of shape we are. . .LOL!

we worked outside for two days. . .

then needed an entire third day to recuperate. . .

it was all worth it. .

 

Family Reunion Today

’til next time,

Janice and Dave

 

RV Tip of the Day

A Collection of Space Saving Ideas

Monday, April 7, 2014

and off we go. . .first stop. . .Orange TX

we were rolling before 9A. . .still not sure how THAT happened.

I have learned to not even turn on the computer on travel mornings. . .

and. . .we had unhooked everything, and put away all the

outside paraphernalia yesterday, in anticipation of expected rains. . .

that sped things way up this morning. . .

put in the slides. . .hook up the jeep. . .and off we go!

Strouhal Tire Company - Conroe TX - Old 75 - Motorhome Inspection

rolled into the Strouhal Tire Store real quick for a motorhome inspection. . .

wow. . .they are really set up for big rigs. . .I like this place a lot. . .

this will probably be our new go to place for MH tires and such. . .

did you know the inspection price for a MH is the same as for a car. . .$14.50. . .yaaa! 

Done. . .that was easy!

Texas Star RV Park - Vidor TX

an easy drive of only about 100 miles followed. . .

two hours later. . .all set up for the next week!
Texas Star RV Park - Vidor TX

not too bad. . .easy access to Interstate 10 and all the places we need to be for the week. . .

We have lots to do getting ready for my family’s reunion this weekend. . .

Looking forward to all the fun. . .

til next time,
Janice and Dave

 

RV’ing Tip of the Day

I wasn’t necessarily so crazy about “another social media site”

especially designed for RV’ers. . .but I hafta say. . .

this is a pretty cool place. . .check it out:
RV Village

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Summer 2014 Trip. . .here we come

this is it. . .our last day at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe,

until we return sometime in the fall. . .late fall is my plan.

Bluebonnets

as a Texan, I feel absolutely obligated to show you this

field of bluebonnets located right outside the park’s gates. . .

and I would of course love to show you the dogwoods

that are blooming around the park. . .

they look like baby’s breath sprinkled out through the woods!

 

and seriously. . .that’s it. . .nothing exciting going on. . .

other than trip planning,

and as usual.. .the jello already been shaken,

and remolded at least three times, with,

I am sure, several more changes to come. . .we’ll see!

 

Hope you’ll check back next week,

should be a little more excitement.

 

Would love to hear all y’alls

travel plans. . .

I know friends are headed to California

to work at Mount Whitney. . .

the highest peak in the lower 48. . .

that sounds exciting,

and another couple are headed to West Yellowstone

to work in the very same gift shop

we worked in Summer 2010. . .

they are going to love every minute. . .

 

so leave a comment,

and tell us where you’re headed. . .

til then

Janice and Dave

 

RV Tip of the Day

Two different RV couples we know

have had issues with their refrigerators lately. . .

with summer coming on,

I thought this might be a helpful article:

RV Refrigerator is NOT COLD ENOUGH

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Full Time RV Living–Family Reunion–‘bout time

For Dave’s family reunion we were able to rent the

Family Center here at the park. . .

how convenient was that?

Evans Family Reunion 2014

our beautiful Aunt Barbara and Uncle Wendell. . .

two very, very special folks. . .

Evans Family Reunion 2014

just the cousins with Aunt Barbara and Uncle Wendell

everyone seemed to have a great day. . .

out of 14 total. . .

10 were able to make it. . .not bad!

Evans Family Reunion 2014

and of course, my favorite part of the day. . .

he’ll always be my little boy. . .ha ha!

 

other than that, we’ve been doing chores. . .

I’m still sewing solar shades for inside the coach. ..

I’m a marathoner. . .not a sprinter. . .

so however long it takes to get them done is okay with me!

 

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somewhere between Columbus and Conroe,

we lost the shroud for the A/C,

so of course, with rains expected. . .

that became a priority

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$100 and couple hours later. . .that’s done!

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and a water filter change. . .

think there’s a little rust in the water here?

maybe, just a little.

 

Monday, we head for Orange TX

to prepare for my family reunion. . .

and after that. ..

Summer Travels 2014

it’s getting very close. . .

 

til next time,

Janice and Dave

 

check out more family reunion pics

at Evans Escapades



 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Full Time RV Travel - Everybody LOVES the Blue Bell Creameries


Blue Bell Factory Tour (30)
after all. . .what’s not to love.. .
yummy, delicious, creamy frozen creations. . .
all under one roof. . .fabulous!
Blue Bell Factory Tour, enjoying the goods
so. . .although we’ve been for the tour several times,
when the gang wanted to go. . .we were definitely onboard for the ride!
Blue Bell Factory Tour - Blue Bell flowers
the lovely Blue Bells that the creamery is named for. . .
Blue Bell Factory Tour - Blue Bell Flowers in a field
grow wild in fields around Texas in the summertime. . .
Blue Bell Factory Tour
I admit to being an ice cream snob. . .
so when I go to an ice cream social at the RV Park,
if it’s not Blue Bell.. .I just do without. . .seriously!

Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Daz will fill the bill. . .
but they are so pricey, I’m usually too cheap to spring for them. . .
so when we are out of state, I just had to be deprived. . .
Fortunately, Blue Bell has been branching out. . .
and we found Blue Bell as far north as a
Walgreens in Pennsylvania last summer. . .YES!

I fell in love with all the art
displayed throughout the museum area. . .
I hope you enjoyed it as well. . .
Blue Bell Factory Tour
and of course to end the tour. . .
Blue Bell Factory Tour, David acting goofy. . .
Dave needed to ham it up with Belle. . .can’t take that man anywhere Open-mouthed smile

Another wonderful day spent with RV friends. . . life is good!

Til next time,
Janice and Dave

Read more Blue Bell Creamery Stories and see more pics here:
Ed’s RV Tips – Ed Hurlburt’s Blog
Debi’s RV Cooking – Debi Hurlburt’s Blog
The Suite Life – Janice & Rick’s Blog
Fulltime Adventure - Kathy Detweiler

If you’ve done the Blue Bell Creamery Tour,
send me the link. . .
I’d love to share your story. . .

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Painted Churches in Schulenberg TX


Painted Churches Tour, Schulenberg TX with RV Friends Ed and Debi Hurlburt (Cut N Shoot TX), Rick and Janice Binns (Ohio)
The paintings inside a “Painted Church” are something you need
to experience first hand. . .there’s no explaining
the feeling that comes over you as you
stand gazing at the amazing artwork on the ceiling. . .
repeating “wow” over and over.
We spent the day exploring them all with
Rick and Janice, and Ed and Debi. . .
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however. . .in Schulenberg. . . 
where German and Polish Bakeries abound,
with fabulous kolaches, we must fuel up before the touring begins. . .
The Kountry Bakery fit the bill perfectly. . .
then on to the Chamber of Commerce Downtown
for a driving map and brochure before the tour begins. . .Beautiful House in Town on West Street
with a short drive through town to enjoy the historical homes. . .
note the stained glass windows on the second story,
and though it doesn’t show in the pic
all the first story windows are beautiful leaded glass.
Looking good coming over the Piano Bridge - Schulenberg TX

The churches are spread out in various small communities
around Schulenberg. . .with this Historical “Piano Bridge”  built in 1885
(named because of the noise the planks made as they were driven over)
being on the way to our first stop at the church in Dubina. . .
Rick’s truck looks really great sitting up there, doesn’t it?
Here’s the part we didn’t realize. . .Blog weak Bridge
AFTER we had driven OVER  the bridge, parked up ON the bridge to get pics. . .
walked AROUND the bridge exploring it. . .we drove on the the first church,
and discovered this sign. . .isn’t that great. . .glad we saw it afterwards. . .yikes!
Painted Churches Tour, Schulenberg TX with RV Friends Ed and Debi Hurlburt (Cut N Shoot TX), Rick and Janice Binns (Ohio)
The church in Dubina is not open to the public. . .
however, you can go into the vestibule,
and peer through the gates. . .so it wasn’t a total loss.

What we heard as the reason for it being locked
is that some of the statues and paintings
are inlaid with real gold. . . sounds like a plausible explanation.
(not sure of the validity)


Painted Churches Tour, Schulenberg TX with RV Friends Ed and Debi Hurlburt (Cut N Shoot TX), Rick and Janice Binns (Ohio)
this is the church at Freyberg. . .it is not as intricately decorated on the inside. . .
however, it is my favorite. . .it’s what I think of when I picture a country church!

It was a wonderful day, spent with friends,
ending back at Schulenberg for a late lunch
at the Country Smokehouse. . .

We saw several more churches on our tour. . .
I did not take pics of them all, as Dave and I had done this tour before. . .
you can read that story and see those pics here
If you’re in the area, you gotta do this tour. . .
If you’ve already done this tour, and have written a
blog post about it, please send me the link:
so I can add your link to this post for others to enjoy. . .

Til next time,
Janice and Dave

read Ed’s story and see his pics here

really great inside pics of the churches: Carolyn and Wally's Blog 

more great church pics and info plus
a wonderful recipe for Crockpot BBQ Brisket: Debi's RV Cooking

info about the surrounding area, and church pics:
Where's Weaver Blog



RV Tip For the Day:

I’ve never lived in an area with an extreme, extended winter season. . .
so I found this post about Why Folks Become Snowbirds very informative.

Friday, March 14, 2014

It’s a Beautiful Morning

Deer, Cardinals
just can’t beat waking up to this view. . .and sunshine. . .
it’s gonna be a great day

It’s Spring Break Week. . .
but only one of the grands could come spend a few days. . .
the oldest one was working. . .
the next oldest was sick. . .
the youngest had softball stuff going on. . .
which left only the middle grand daughter, Morgan. . .
who, at 15,
was more than content to spend her day
sitting on the couch with her computer,
and the TV Remote. . .

I guess it’s time for me to have a reality check. . .

We always had so much fun with them when they were little. . .
but I’m beginning to think at this age,
maybe just taking them out for dinner is a better plan.

I truly do understand. . .guess I’m just still hanging on. . .
not quite ready for them to be all grown up. . . (sad face)

Oh well. . .on to the next adventure!

Til then,
Janice and Dave