Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WICKHAM SHAKE DOWN….

 

A shake down at Wickham…

Even tho it was boiling hot ….did a shake down camp at Wickham …My RV friend from NC was spending some time over by Lake Wales FL…called me one Friday and ask if i wanted to camp out at Wickham for a couple nites…I said yes anything to get out of camp driveway…We did not set up outside except for a couple chairs…we could only spend time out early in the moring and sometimes early evening…

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We put the chairs up beind my rig in the shade…and on Sat morning i used my microwave/convection oven for the first time…made blue berry  muffins….i think then needed a couple more min. in order to brown up a little better…had that and some fruit…0807160839

We had to make a trip to the $ store to buy some playing cards…because it was to hot to explore or be outside…that was a chance for me to test out the generator with the A/C to keep Pheebe cool worked great…we spent the rest of the day & evening playing card game  Hand & Foot…a new game i learned to play at Hardy Lakes ..love it but never get a chance to play except with RV buddies…

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When we got back from the $ store we noticed that we had company..kind of hard to miss he was so big…he was munching on the brush behind the rigs…

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Here he is hot footing it across the camp site…i have to say turtles move along a lot faster than one would think…it was at this point Pheebe noticed him…she didnt bark at first just kept looking & looking…then she let lose…lol…i think he is a box turtle…

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And the rest of the story….

As far as the shake down goes…i really did not make any head way about what to do or how to do it as to the organizing  …i have figure out the basics like on most RV’s…one thing that i was leary about emptying the tanks with a macerator and not the gravity flow dump…but it worked out good…there are a couple buttons i need to identify…and try and figure out why my back door will not open from the inside…i turn the key lock outside and it is open…but the leaver inside does not budge…anyone reading this and has an idea please commet…now i have to figure out what to put in for trips …and how to organize it…this will take some time…you really need to do things and arrange different in a RT…or class B like RV…Well all for now thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings GM&P

Friday, August 12, 2016

FLEA MARKET….

 

While in Mt. Dora we went ….

to the famous Renninger’s Flea Market…they hold an Antique Market there a couple times a year also and people from all over the US come to sell their wares…i have know about this flea and wanted to come for years…now i am here and cant buy anything…no longer have a store…but it still fun to look..it is in my blood lol…Me & Pheebe…at a doggie store …we looked at all the goodies..and tried on doggie clothes…

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Below is a pic of Pheebe in her buggy…i was supprised that she took to it right away…and is very good as long as no one gets to close and tries to talk to her…she has this cute little hat we were trying on…i could have been a little bigger because of her ears…i am going to try & make one…

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And here is little Annie trying on her pretty in pink dress…both doggies seemed to like getting dressed up even Pheebe that was a big suprise to me…We got a lot of attention in that ladies booth…everyone with a dog stopped to check it and us out…there were a couple women there from England they kept taking pics ….also they were waiting for Margie to put the pink dress down they wanted it..but in the end Annie went home with the dress…. not only were people taking pix but they all were showing pix of their doggies…In Dec. we are planning a trip to Daytona Beach to a dog parade …this time i will enter Pheebe…i need to make a post about taking the doggies to a show/gathering we went to in the spring …i thought i did but dont see it…see how bad i am about getting the blog posting done…

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We went early to the fleamarket and most of the booths outside were not open yet…but the ones that were open had some really neat stuff..click on pix to see detail…

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In another day & time in my life i would have been drooling over all the neat stuff…it was right up my alley having owned and operated a vintage/antique store…i was always looking for this stuff for my store…it is still in my blood  because everytime i see this and  or go to places like this and even yard sales i see all the potential sitting waiting for a new life..but in the end i know i cant do it…it is a lot of hard physical work i can no longer do…but sometimes i sure want to…

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And Margie met this giant walking down one of the aisls…they had anything & everything there …and we did not get to see it all…i know i would like to go back sometime…now that i have the Roadtrek i feel more confident in going places and not have to worry about where & how to park..so maybe a few more trips there are in my future….even an over night get away…

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And we also ran across this guy named Jack…he seems very content to just lay in is dog house and people watch…this was a T-shirt booth we got a couple cute lonnnng shirts to use and bath house apparel….needless to say this was another adventure we enjoyed very much while visiting Mt. Dora….

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And the rest of the story…..

seems to me the weather …all over the country just not in the boiling hot south …Florida is just almost to hot to breathe when you go out side…we are stuck in camp drive way most of the time…but last weekend my friend Carol called and ask if i wanted do a mini GTG at Wickham so that is what we did… she drove over from Lake Wales area to meet me..i will make a post soon…Pheebe is cooped up in the bedroom in the house way to much..but even she does not want to stay out…she does her business and runs right back in…and i know i am cooped up way to much also..Pheebe & i had a melt down last week …but i think we worked it out …she is doing much better about minding me while we are walking…and the dog/car & people chasing ….well  all for now thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings GM&P

Thursday, August 4, 2016

TRIMBLE CAMPING…

Margie, Annie, Pheebe & me….

Took a camping trip to MT. Dora Fl. and stayed at a county park campgroung in Orange County…What a wonderful little CG only 15 sites and everone of them is a good one…below Margie on the left and me on the right…nice big & level…The name of the CG is Trimble Park Campground…it is always booked solid Nov, thu April….the CG is only about 2 miles from MD…if i remember right it is two week limit stay…

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This is a pic of my site…all sites have the same = picnic table ,paved patio. BBQ grill, fire pit with two benches and a latern hook…beside the paved patio

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The fire pit area was great with two permanent benches…fire pit on a cement paver…these are some of the nicest sites i have ever seen…i liked camping in my class C but it is no more…

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The CG is on Lake Beauclair next to Lake Dora…This is a pic of the CG dock…one of the things i like about this park is it looks like old Florida… but is in the middle of cities…

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You seen the back in sites …here is a pull thru…think they have two..again nice & level…it was warm while we were there…not the heat wave that we now have going now…but warm enough..but in the woods setting it was not cool but nice…a few times durning the hot part of the day we spent in rigs with A/C…but again it was June in Florida…

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And here is Margie happy as a clam in her Clam outside screen room..She had just got this screen room and we wanted to try it out..it worked out great …we had a couple chairs, two doggie buggies, and a couple other things and we had plenty of room …room for more people and chairs…we put it up in a couple min. might have taken us a little longer because it was new to a couple  old ladies…but it is easy up & down one person can do it…i am going to get one…will be great using with the RT …extra room…you could  also put it over a picnic table..see little Annie peaking out of the Clam?…

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And the rest of the story…..

We had a great time at Trimble…but have not been able to take any more trips…we wanted to do at least one every month this summer but July has been just to hot…We have plans for the end of Aug … i have been going thru all the boxes filled with stuff from the Itasca …it is way to hot and i can only do it a couple hrs. early in the moring..i have things in the RT but just sitting around not in their home…need to figure out what goes where…not putting everything back in…just the basic then will put in what i need with each trip..not much more going on…Pheebe and i take our morning walk at the home park…it is easy to go down there early about 6am and walk around before people start coming…usually only a couple fishermen that come before  sunrise and leave soon after and usually one or two boats coming to launch,..not to many distractions for Pheebe…we try and walk for 30 min. and take our sunrise pic for FB each morning…well thats what i have been doing not much of anything…so will end it here…thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings GM&P

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

ROADTREK TIME….

Well if any of you are on FB….

You know by now that i traded the “lemon” in on a 2006 Roadtrek 210 Poplar…pic below at camp driveway…

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She is 21 ft long just the right size…See that spare tire?? that is a problem for me…it weighs about 70lbs…and you need to let it down in order to open the other back door…to heavy so i will have to try and work around it…I seen on FB an add for a “lift”for the tire..at a price of over $300.00 …i will work around it..other than that the water is a little hard for me to hook up but i can do it…

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In side the cockpit is same as any other Chevy or GMC for that matter…my GMC  Savanah had the exact samething as was the Lemon..nice and clean all around…no ware on the seats either…

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Pic below looking back …twin beds…one bed and on sofa…or double bed….i like the one bed sofa idea…but having problems convincing Mz. Pheebe….the table that goes between beds/sofa is leaning on the right…at this time i will store it…as i dont see me using it…There is a third seat to the left by the side door…i have seen some that have been removed in favor of storage…but for now i will keep it…there is storage under it and i like to sit there with the door open….

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Looking form the back to front …fridg on the left and bathroom/toilet closet on the right…and storage closet…tv on left lay in bed and watch tv…one reason i would like twin…

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And below is the kitchen area…nice sink the counter space is more than i had in the Lemon….the two buner stove top is coverd on the left of sink…with stainless steel around the burner…lot of drawer space and cabnit…so far i like the storage better but i will miss my back bay…

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Right now i have the bed made up to a 1/2 bed..i need a litte room to move around back there and if it is made to full then no room …either way this or twin..i have some ideas for more storage…

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On a funny note…when i was taking the Lemon to pick up the RT…i left dads and stopped at WM …got out to go in and looked back and what did i see a hitch hiker bottle of windex riding on the bumper…the 2 mile trip is not with out bouncing and such…but there it sits…lol…our last trip to WM…

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And the rest of the story….

What brought on this turn of events…well i have not been happy for the last 2 years driving the bigger class C…going to PA and over the mountains made me change most of my rt to I-95 that i hate also…and down here in Florida with all the heavy zooming traffic was getting nerve-wracking driving it here…5 years ago i had no problem driving it…turned 70 and that changed with a few other things….the big problem with all the leaking was getting worse by the week…other little things kept popping up and the boo-boo i did and then finding all the mess under the boo-boo but was not caused by it..then i started to have electrical problems…the lates being that a wire got burnd off in a junction box…got that fixed by the dealer that had the RT…then i was afraid to plug it in and i think i let my house battery get to low and killed it..not sure it is dead but i could not get it to charge up…but then what do i know…i totaly for got that i needed to turn battery off if not going to be charging…anyway to the RT…i seen this rig everytime i went down Wickham Rd at a small mom & pop type dealer…one day i pulled in to take a look…then went back about 10 times over next month ….hanging out in side with Pheebe to make sure it was campatible with us…and asking a million questions…by the end of the month i think they were getting tired of me…lol…but really nice peeps…so  i figured i better get rid of the Lemon while i had the chance …dealer checked it over twice knew all the repairs needed and still gave me a good deal… the trade in was what i paid for it when i bought it…so i took the deal…there were a couple things that popped up that needed attention on the RT…and even tho it was sold as is he fixed everthing…rebuilt the geny even with new carbarator the whole ball of wax…i could smell propane around the tankk when turned on..one tech could smell the other said no…anyway said i could not take it like that …so they worked on it and found many leaks …and put in all new fitting and gauges…i also made sure everything else was working…i took it for two test drives and thought i heard some noise…anyway over the month i forgot about it…then after i traded and took it home the more i drove it the more noise it made…so took it back over …remember this “as is” we took it for a test they heard noise….so what was needed was bushings on the sway bar…they got them and fixed it…and i was good to go…i would send anyone to this dealer and would deal with them again…this was the short story lol…took me a lot of yes i am going to do it..then no i better not…could not make up my mind…i give thanks to my friend Margie…she was with me on this the whole time and and good advice and in put…the same Margie i went to MT Dora with and other road trips and more to come…i am now very excited with the RT and cant wait to camp …but it is way to hot here in Florida right now…i did take it on a day trip will plost later about it…enought for now…thanks for looking and come backsoon…blessings GM&P

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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One of the days while at Trimble CG…..

We headed off for a day trip to Mount Dora…My RV friend Margie her Annie & me & Pheebe had mini GTG at Trimble Park a county park with a CG…

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The Orange Blossom Cannonball is a tourist railroad company operation excursions.. trains run on a track owned by the Florida Central Railroad…we went from Mt. Dora to Tavares…

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We journeyed back to the days of yesteryear and the Movies of the Old West…A 1 hr. & 45min round trip…features a 1907 wood burning steam engine & old wood cars that have been used in in movies like 3:10 to Yuma and True Grit…Appaloosa over 20 in all…Traveling in vintage coaches that many movie stars such as Robert Redford..Johnny Cash…George Cloone once preformed in…

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Margie & Annie waiting for our ride to start…these railroad cars are all wood and you get the true idea of what the clickty – clack of the railroad means and sounds like….Cool Beans..

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Me & Pheebe waiting to roll also…this ride was a litte on the pricey side but i never do things like this so I went for it…needing some fun in my life….One thing i like about Mt. Dora it was very dog friendly….

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We went to lunch ….

after our train ride…at “Lets Do Lunch”…small clean light open atmosphere with a small menu..this was a new restaurant in town with great food even with the small menu…

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Margie enjoying her lobster roll…i had a ruben this time we were having lunch…Margie said it was one of the best she has ever had…my ruben was fantastic also….i did not get the lobster roll because never having one i want to make sure i had a good one…the lobster that i have had i did not like…

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We so enjoyed our lunch at “Lets Do Lunch” that we went back the next day…That is when i had my lobster roll because Margie told me it was good for my first one …pic below…i loved it so much i will be eating more of them…Margie told me to always ask what kind of roll they use and if it is a hot dog bun dont get it…

 

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Pheebe girl waiting patiently  looking out the window for her first train ride…she was such a good girl the whole day long…you would never know she has some “issues”  lol….

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And the rest of the story….

About my blogging or the lack of….I really like to write on my blog…not sure many read it..but i guess it is mostly for me…when in my “old age” comes around i can sit back and read about all the things i have done…i think there is only one person in my family that reads it my DIL…she use to anyway…maybe my GGG …grand kids will get a kick out of the escapades of their Grammy…but then again some one will have to preserve it…i read somewhere you can have a book made of your blog (hint hint)…like i said like writingit just need to get going doing it more often…todays blog is the first about our trip to Mt. Dora… more to come about this GTG..and i have some other minin GTG like our trip to Sebastian Inlet State Park…and some time i will write about my motor home…right now i am trying to work a deal to trade it so that will be a post all by itself…been taking my dad to a bunch of doc appointments he is failing by the month…in March i got my cataracts taken care of …and i am sooooooo happy that i can see again…in fact they must have been bad for a very long time because i didnt know how bright and colorful things are..like looking thru dirty tea stained glass then it got whiped clean so clean you cant see the glass just all the bright light…very happy ..this is my first summer in Florida…and i am not a happy camper…and Pheebe is not happy….she has a lot and i mean a lot of energy and not being able to be out and about  during the day makes her very restless at night keeping me awake…never had day after day after day of relentless smack you in the face heat….all i will say about that now but i am sure i will have more whineing about it again…well all for now thanks for looking and come back soon….blessings GM&P

Saturday, July 9, 2016

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY…..

My Maggie left for the Rainbow Bridge…I miss her so very much…. Pic’s some of her most favorite places to hang out..

 

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Watching and looking…

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Loved riding in her “Buggy”….

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Watching for those pesky squirrels….

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Protecting her home in Greenville …loved being out on the porch…

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Maggie 7 13 2006 – 7 9 2015

Love you my Maggie Girl…

Friday, July 8, 2016

UP-DATE PHEEBE…

Pheebe…Pheebe….Pheebe….

What can I say about Pheebe…she is sweet …loveable…funny…a hugger and a snuggler..then there is the the crazy little elf terrorizing the neighborhood….

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As many of you know Pheebe has been a  challenge and a handfull…awhile ago when i first started to post pic on for this post she was still a handfull and more…but shortly after she turned a year old in Feb. things started change little by little…

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Subtle little things started to happen every once in a while she would listen to what i told her…from the first she did come when i called…had her at Hardee Lakes and was able to have her off leash a few times…and every time she would come to me when call back…and she still does…even on leash…

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Some of her big problems are…car chasing when a car passes us by…she goes berserk even after the car passes she will not let it go up to 15 min she is stilll carrying on trying to get it…. bikers same thing…people she is not so good with…does not like at all…untill she has been around them a few days…at first she would carrying on with all dogs…big or little…very hard to walk with her…she runs like the wind back & forth all around in and out …not good on a retractable leash with the skinny string…when i am saying carrying i am talking hysterical out of control…she has sooooo very much energy..and gets out of control easy…

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By chance one moring while camped at Wickham on our wald…we met this dog and his Mama…after talking and wondering why they were so eager to see each other…we figured out this was Charlie Pheebe’s brother…

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You could tell they knew each other the way they tried to run and greet when we were quit a way down the road ..they could not wait to see each other…the ran and played and played…so happy…

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Pheebe continues to make progress …but still has a long way to go… I feel when she leaves puppyhood behind she will be a great little dog…all for now thanks for looking & come back soon

blessings to all GM&P