Sunday, December 25, 2016

SILVER SPRINGS….

On Sunday Dec. 4th ….

Pheebe & I went over to Silver Springs  St. Park here in Florida…met up with Liz…Anita…Margie….But first on Sat. Margie & I met up at the Renningers Flea Market in Mt. Dora…No pic’s cause my phone died and lost all pix..Below is my site at Silver Springs…all set up with my new Clam screen room…

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There were only 4 of us staying at the camp ground…but on Wed. Irmi & Brenda came for a pot luck lunch…lots of good food and fun time…starting at front left…Liz …Brenda …Anita…Margie & Irmi…

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We did not do a whole lot on this outing…Margie had to leave Wed. after she had pot luck lunch…on Thur. i went for a hike with Liz & Anita…on the river trail…was not sure if i should go or not…more walking than i am use to…but sooooo glad i went…Thistle & Pheebe went also…and that is where i think she got a tick…Pheebe…

hikeLiz …Thistle & Anita ready to hike…

 

And this is what we found at the end of the trail where it meets the river….i hope you can see him sitting on the rail…

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And this is the boss man …he seemed to be looking after the troop….

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The story behind these monkeys at Silver Springs … supose to be the decendts of the rhesus macaques that were used in the Tarzan moves that were filmed along the Silver River…But from what i have read they were released by a tour boat operator in 1938…so take your pick…a couple years ago i was camping here with the RV girls and we went out kayaking looking for them but never seen any…so this was a great hike finding them…there were at least 30 of them …they ran across in front of us along that rail…there were at least 6 of them carrying babies on their bellys…sure would have liked to seen a baby or two up close…While Margie & i went to Renningers Flea…we went to Mt. Dora that night to see the Christmas lights thru out the town…well worth the trip…i would like to go again…be more prepared to see things such as the boat parade…we were planning on staying at the fair ground they had elec. to plug into but it was more than a little iffy …so we ended up at WM for the night then on to Silver Springs next morning…Well thats it for now thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings to all…GM&P

MERRY CHRISTMAS…

Pheebe & I went to the beach…

for the sunrise this morning…was not sure we would see much as it rained about 5 am…but even on the way over crossing the causeway bridge had some beautiful pre-sunrise pic…if i had a Gro-Pro on my dash i could have got some goodies…but it ended up with some good ones at the beach too…

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The RT was almost alone when we got there…a little decked out for Christmas…next year will be better we are hoping…

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On the way out  was a different story packed full parking lot…a bunch on the beach…

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Well this was our tree this year…not much not even decorated…I got it after Christmas last year at WM…cheap…The houses are from the 1940.s belonged to my maternal grandmother…i love them as a kid…you put Christmas light bulbs in the back…Father Christmas my daughter painted…along with the shell…

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And here is my Christmas dinner…ham just a slice of Smithfield not a whole ham…sweets i made…box dressing…do not like it so will make my own from now on…brussels sprouts sauteed in garlic olive and butter i made…mashed patatoes compliments of Bob Evens. i browned the ham and it made a great gravy….even tho i cheated it was delish…fast & easy…

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We have been working hard with a little play in between…got a big dent in my packing and purging of my stuff…doing some camping with my RV gal pals…had to get some work done on the RT…new brakes and rotors…a couple new belts and air filter…the rig is 10 years old so its no shame for needing fixed… hope to do a few post on camping and other happenings soon…but all for now thanks for looking and come back soon blessings to all GM&P

MERRY CHRISTMAS…

me phe

Thursday, November 24, 2016

SOME STORAGE IN THE RT…

Been working on the RT…..

on and off as i purge and sort…i need some place to put stuff…so as i run across things that i will need to travel in the RT i put those items in…but needed places to store them…storage not as easy as the Class C….

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So I started in the back…the problem with the back the door that carries the spare tire i can not use at this time…to heavy for me to put down and lift up…so i work around it…not to hard as you can access the storage area  from inside if needed…in the above pics you can see some of my first lay out of storage…my dad had all these little lock n lock boxes that he used in his big freezer…i was going to get rid of them until i had a light bulb moment…lol they would work good in the RT…my red tool bag is on the right might not use that and use another box…will see…but you can see I  still have plenty of room …

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Below is the cupboard inside that i will be using as my pantry….i can fit one box on the top shelf…one on the second shelf and a tray in back and box in front on the bottom shelf…on the second shelf i can fit can goods or what ever behind box…i am liking these boxes…

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Inside again up front that little shelf goes across that doesnt seem much good for anything…i found these little baskets 3 for a $1 at the dollar store …not sure what will end up there but thats what it looks like for now…any ideas what to store there??

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And at the back again…i want to show you where i store my Clam screen room…fits like a glove back there…and all the boxes and what ever will fit in front of it….i love that it fit there and i dont have to make room inside when i travel…have enough stuff to fit inside for traveling…

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Most of what you see here are empty boxes…i want to get my storage arranged so i know what is what…then as i know what i want to take or keep in the rig i will load it up…A week from this coming sat. going on a road trip camping again…on Sat will meet up with Margie at Renningers near MT.Dora…so we can check out some Christmas doings in Mt. Dora…then we are headed to Silver River St. Park for some camping with a bunch from the Women RV forum…looking forward to both these outings…will take the Clam and see if i can do a better job with it…so anyway if you all got some good tips & ideas about storage please comment…thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings GM&P

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

THE CLAM….

When Margie & I went …

camping earlier this year at Trimble Park near Mt. Dora…she brought her new screen room The Clam and we used it for the first time…and loved it…so when i had an opportunity to get one this fall…i went for it…i paid for it and Margie had it shipped to her via Amazon…and then brought it to Lake Kissimmee with her…she had got the larger 12x15…but with the RT i knew i had to get the smaller 6x7…and it is a good fit for me & Pheebe…

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Well it seems we forgot how to put the dang thing up…below Margie working on it while i was reading the not so informative directions again…have know idea why we could not do this simple thing…when we had alread done this once before…  later she put hers up in less than 5 min… …by her self…and it took us an hr. to get this up…You Tube works great for show how to put this up in 5 min.

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The fur babies watching their  two crazy mama’s wondering what in the world was going on…they were so good staying in the buggies…they probably thought they would get eaten by the big brown monster that was all over the place…several times we had to grab it to control it…lol…we made this much much harder that what it was…so easy to put up and take down by one person…

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TA-DA…and we did it…like i said we made this way to hard…one person can put it up in 5 min. and i highly recommend it…if i had a larger RV i would get the bigger one…it could fit over a picnic table …you see we got 2 buggies 2 chairs and a small table it mine…if no buggies you could get more chairs..you can order side panels for it ..keep out wind & rain…Margie got them for hers…i will also get them…

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We put this to good use at the camp ground…and we had a great time camping …No Verizon service at Lake Kissimmee but Margie had AT&T that work somewhat…

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And the rest of the story….

As usual i am late with my news…this was a few weeks ago…been busy…on a roll now getting crafts stuff together…when that is done or almost done i will feel i have made progress…Thanksgiving in a few days…staying home watching parade…watching dog show…and then the Steelers play…might or might not cook a turkey dinner. Then on Dec 3 heading out for more camping…today will be working on packing and then will leave at 5 for the last crafting with the chruch ladies…all for now thanks for looking come back soon …Blessings GM&P

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fleamarket…

Before we headed out to ….

Lake Kissimmee St. Park…I went over to the local fleamarket…Renningers bought out the Big Flea…and boy is it 100% better…

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I went with a purpose ….but had to have lunch first………..

1477153524500A slice of great pizza….

1477158339578And an all time fav…funnel cake…

And then on to my business…get a new ride for Pheebe…She likes to ride in her big sisters buggy so much and it works out so well while camping i decided to get a new one…reason being small rig needed smaller and one that would fit into the RT better…this buggy will collapse down flat…where the other one will not and this will  take up much less room and make for a better transport…

1477158428463Hippy-flower buggy for a wild flower child….

I was checking out all the buggys they had was looking at lime green & pink…and a red one…a couple just did not feel right pushing them…dont know why i did not notice this one first off…but soon as i seen it and pushed it ..this was the one…and doesnt it suit her just right…??? and she loves it…a hippy buggy for a wild flower child…lol

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I have been very busy …but i am taking breaks to go camping…as you seen the Lake Kissimmee St. Park post…i have more on that also…i had a yard sale with my stuff…i was happy it was ok..but did not get rid of enough…I have decided i cant afford to rent a storage unit…sooooo what to do…thinking maybe i will have to get rid of my craft supplies and my material….but i got my craft mojo back and i really would like to supplement my income selling …and also i have 4 small pieces of funiture i want to keep…so now thinking i will need to find my home base sooner rather than later…to much to think about …cause i still have sooooo very much to do…this last week i have been at the church helping set up for the bazzar…it is now over and we did great…but it was the last one …the church is dissolving and the building is being sold…it is a Lutheran church…i wish they would take it over so we could continure on…today Sunday i am takeing a break not doing much but watching football & washing bed linen…well all for now thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings GM&P

Sunday, November 13, 2016

ROAD TRIP….lAKE KISSIMMEE ST PARK

On Sunday the 23rd Margie, me & the fur kids….

took a camping road trip to Lake Kissimmee State Park…of course any adventure is not without some minor mishap or the like…Margie had step probems had to find some bungies to tie them up..then she was on her way…we met up at the park found our sites & settled in…by that time it was late afternoon and Kissimmee Cow Camp exibit was closing about 4:30…so off we went on  her scooter/golf cart thing to the camp….This is only open on the weekeds so it was now or never for this visit…

 

i was particulry intrested in this as i had just finished reading Land Remembered by Patrick  D.  Smith…it is an historical ficition about Florida in the 1800s….it was about the  cow hunter who “popped cattle” out of the Florida  wilderness branded them and drove them year round on long cattle drives to Punta Rassa on the west coast and shipped to Cuba..

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A little about the Florida cow hunter …he was similar to that of the western cowboy…Roundups…rustlers…long cattle drives and a fair share of violence were a way of life…the important difference between the cow hunter and the cowboy of the west ..the marshes…hammocks and flatwoods of Florida prevented the use of the lariat which was very effective on the open ranges of the west..Instead the cow hunter used  trained dogs and a whip know as a drag to drove the cattle…the loud crack of the drag (whip) moved the cattle and signaled to other cow hunters…because of this the cow hunters became known as “ Crackers” ….the loud crack of the whip….

1477253534886Florida cracker (cowboy) AKA ranger ….

In this cow camp you will meander down the trail to the cow camp and travel back in time to 1876…at the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter (park ranger & he did a good job portraying the cow hunter)  in a  frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive…He will be cooking…making coffee …tending the cattle and other duties of the the job….

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the cow camps were built along the cattle drive routes  the camp consisted of a holding pen for the cows and primitive shelter for the men… most likey the had a wagon loaded with cooking supplies…the lean “scrub cows” are descendents of the Andalusian cattle brought to North America by Spanish Explorers…

The cow hunters were paid in gold Spanish Doubloons …this became the common currency in the south Florida frontier…

we got there just before closing but the Ranger was kind enough to tell us some of the tail of the cow hunters and give a demo of cracking of the whip…it makes a very loud noise… heard it way before we got to the camp Margie though it was gun shots…it was very very intresting wish we could have made it earlier and see the whole demo…

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Cowboy (cracker) camp with chuck wagon….

I had this post startes some time ago but for some reason I used up most all my data on my Jet Pack…so had to wait on new month start…We had a great time on this trip…and i have more to tell…all for now thanks for looking and come back soon…GM&P

Monday, October 17, 2016

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It seems we got off…

pretty easy as hurricane Matthew whipped  up the coast…it was going to be much worse if Matt stayed on course…but just as it got to Brevard Co. it made a slight jog to the east and we got lucky…but not so much up the rest of the east coast…now we did have tons of damage but not as bad as it could have been….

signsign at the local Mcd plaza

The pic below was taken a week after …they used our Walmart parking lot as a stagging area for the work force that show up to put things back together again…took up over half the lot..barely enough room for customers…they all left a few days later…they also had 6 big buses parked there ….the only thing i could think of why they were there…maybe need to  trasport workers to motels…

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This pic is of a street across from the house…much debris strewn about…as i was out and about i think our neighborhood got more damage than most …but we were rigth on the intercoastal …so not suprised…

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Looking up our street standing in front of the house…

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And the back yard…i had that table wedged between the wall and the shed and it blew it right out and blew the mulch up against the wall and lifted the landscap mat up…

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More debris…in the back yard….the front yard here is open and everything just blew rigth tru …but not so much in the back…

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and my poor frog garden … at least i could put it back together again….

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When the weatherman pretty much established it was going to be a cat 4 hurricane i decided to evacuate…I  went to west coast of Florida to an RV friends house…and of course i was a nervouse wreck the whole time untill i finally heard the house was ok…i think the electric was off for 48-72 hrs. it was back on Sat. night so i came back Sun….i could not put up the hurrican shutters but dad good friend Ron did it…and i was able to get then down with the help of neighbor friend Vonnie…she came after work one day & helped…Now i am back to purging…packing for storage and sorting…with a little more yard work to do inbetween…it is a slow process doing it by myself…today i started to clean the RT…we are Leavin on Sunday for Lake Kissimmmee St. Park…for a 3 day camping trip with Margie & fur babies…I am excited this will be my really frist time staying more than over night…I am going to figure out how to stay in it long term for a few months…untill i can figure out where i want to plant myself…still want my home base to be in Florida but thats is about all i know…

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But this weekend she will be getting a new buggy…one that is smaller and folds up…this one does not do that…is to big and hard to store…it was hard to store in the class C and in the RT almost impossible…that is the one thing i have a problem with is storage …especially things i need to carry withe me…like i need hard back chair cant use reg camp chairs…and i am gettign a Clam outside screen room a small one but still need to carry it with us…it will be a challenge…well all for now thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings GM&P