Saturday, May 23, 2015

CAMPING WORLD, THIRFT & a CHICk..

I have been…..

putting off this trip for awhile…was going to stop on my way north but things are not working out for that…so the other day I took off in dads car holding my breath… that it would make it…and my back would hold out…my back does not do good driving that old car…

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this store is located in Cocoa FL only a 30 min. drive north of Melbourne..it is not a very big store but it had most of what I  needed…the one thing I  do need they did not have…want those hooks that your put over your ladder on the back of rig…to haul things on…I did sign up for Passport America got 3 extra months and renewed my Good Sam Club…while  I was there took a look at a few rigs…I did see one used that I would not mind having …25 ft. I really think I want smaller…I forgot to take pix …below is a new retro TT….I took this pix just as I was getting in the car outside the fence…I wish I had  a vehicle that I could rent a U-haul trailer and practice pulling and backing up …if I could do it I would get a TT…I really miss not having another vehicle besides my rig…it is just a tad to big to drive on an every day basis…I do not go and do very much because of that…I think I would be a lot happier with my circumstances if I could do more…I feel trapped most of the time….well moving on…

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I took I-95 up to Cocoa but took US-1 back…wanted to check out a few things while I was out and about..I  passed a road that I need to take to a quilt shop so pulled into a plaza to check maps on my phone …and there just happened to be a big old thrift store in front of me…so of course I had to take a look…besides it was hot and I needed some A/C…so in I  went…

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This was a very big hospital thrift store…lots of clothes …thrift stores, flea markets don’t hold the interest and fun for me like they use to…there was a time many years matter of fact when I had my store that I could not get enough …because having vintage/antique store I repurposed things I got a lot of stuff at these places including yard sales also ..and every once in a while I would run across a great buy on some antique and make a good profit on…but that’s no longer part of my life so most of the thrill is gone for this sort of thing…

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I finally got out of there and on the right road to this store…this is a wonderful quilt and fabric store…sooooo much in there quilts hanging every where and material way to much for this new-B to take in…I got overwhelmed and had to leave…I was hungry also ..so maybe if I had been fortified with food I could have handled it…. lol…but  I  will go back this winter…

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So guess where my next stop was…yes my fav fast food place…I always get 10 pc. nugget with waffle fries with ice tea…now no ice tea…kidney doc says no more…so get root beer…after that it was time to head back to Melbourne…

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And the rest of the story….

Was able to work things out so my RV friend and I will caravan on to the north country…we will meet up on 95 north of Melbourne and plan from there…we are in no hurry so we can go as slow as we want …might even get to see a few sights…hope I can use my new Passport America card for my 50% off !!! well that’s if for now …thanks for looking and come back soon blessings to all G&M

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A day trip…

Took a day trip….

to the campground for the monthly tank dump…got my fav go to spot for this job...it was a beautiful day on the east coast of Central Florida yesterday...most of the day it was only 79 got to 83 but there was a great breeze blowing thru the rig...not quite a wind just a big breeze...did an early walk this AM and it was great..for some reason it is more enjoyable here at the campground than in the neighborhood...check out time is noon...we will be ready after dumping and flushing tanks .. but not happy to leave...if today is like yesterday I might just spend the afternoon in the day use

 

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A little about the campground….

in May at the end of a very busy winter…this winter the cg was jam packed full all the time it was hard to get a spot even just to empty tanks…then in March they had the Run Away Country Music concert …then the Vets come for two weeks in April…now it is dead…

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My site is at the beginning of the A loop..the pc above goes around to the back of my rig…all along the left side would be full of rigs in the winter months…there is a pond over there also…nice sites…the pic below goes in front of my rig and there is also a pond on the right with sites all along ….

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My picnic table is located behind the rig…pic below is sitting looking across the road that is in above pic…in the busy time you would not have this view …there would me a rig parked there…if I were going to be here longer than over night I would ask them to move the picnic table to the front…

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And the rest of the story….

We plan on leaving Florida on the 26th day after Memorial Day…trying to work things out with Soos so that we can caravan together at least to Winchester VA where I will be stopping of for a visit with DD and family…I really don’t have much to do got most done …just the last minute things…sure would be nice if the price of gas would go down again..I hope to have a great time this summer visiting with family…last year I did not get to see much of them…did not get to see my son’s kids at all…there will be very little working on the house…I do have papers in the attic from my business days that need destroyed….being that I spent the entire winter being sick…I am due for a break…like I said I really don’t want to leave here …but need to get Maggie dog food that is just up the road a bit…so might go there and to Publix then come back to the day use area…so thanks for looking and come back soon …...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FLOWERS & THINGS….

 

This is a pic that…..

held the nest of 4 baby Mockingbirds….that is until the roaming black cat got them…I am sure that’s what happened one night they were there and the next morning they were gone…anyway I really like this bush…don’t know what it is…dad use to keep it cut back so far that it never bloomed ..why even have it…so one day I told him I would take care of it and not cut it ….and I have been taking care of it ever since…bad storm almost took it out a couple years ago…but its doing good now…

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Close up of the pretty yellow flowers…

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And in camp driveway as I walk out the door there is a beautiful Magnolia tree…it is the kind that blooms for a couple months…a few blooms at a time and so sweet smelling..I have one just like it but not as big in front of my porch in PA…

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I came to Florida…And this tree has fascinated since I came to Florida…the branches are smooth and round with no leaves..this is the first year I have seen them bloom…all the rest of the year they look stark naked…almost dead…I think it is called Plumeria Flower.. I was told they use the flowers to make Lies ..very fun flower…20150507_070951_resized

My Maggie girl…pic of the day…sweetie pie!

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And the rest of the story….

Sitting here waiting to take dad to the doc….I also decided to leave for PA on the 26th two weeks from today…told neighbor lady this morning while doing morning walk…ran into her….now just have to finished getting ready …not a whole lot left…90’s next 6 days ..it is time to head out…need to spend a night at WP campground to empty tanks …most likely next weekend….thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all G&M

Monday, May 11, 2015

A DAY AT THE PARK……

Last week we took…

another day trip to Wickham Park day use area…I could kick my lazy self for not going more often when the weather and temp was not so nasty hot,,,,below is pic of the pond we parked across the road…usually we are on the other side of the road….on this side there is some shade…

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And this pic was what we saw out the door…put my rocking chair out there and Maggie's bed …a nice place to spend the day….we also did some walking…took a walk to the campground about 1/2 mile away also…

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When sitting in the rocker looking up this is what I saw…this park is filled with these pine trees…gnarly old things but they are really beautiful….the pics I take of them do not do them justices …maybe  if I had a better camera ….

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When I moved the rig up a little closer to the pond and more shade…I went out the door and these to guys came running up…to greet me….lol…

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But when they found out they were not going to be fed…the turned and waddled off….and I could tell they had an attitude because they are use to being fed ..even tho there are signs saying not to feed the wild life….they are kind of an odd pair…to be hanging out…

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And the rest of the story…

Today day after Mothers Day….we are sitting in camp drive way…slowly working prepping rig to roll …seems like it is taking me a long time..I guess since the jell-o bowl plan is not to leave until day after Memorial Day I have plenty of time…I did not see the Mocking birds this morning so I peeked in the bush…and I think that dang black cat got them …..grrr…I like cats but do not like that trait they have…I know they were there yesterday as I watched mom & dad feeding them…I wonder if they will lay eggs in that nest again.. anyone know??  Dad has to go to the doc for pace maker check tomorrow…I think I will check on a new day trip area…pic below …shows what a commercial area I live in…as this is not far from dads south on US-1…click to make it larger…on another note…I did not move my b log to Google + yet nor do I  want to but they just might do it for me…I would like to know if I still have readers & did you move to Google + I know of one b log that move … I can not longer read…I guess that Google will move all off us at some time…your input will be greatly appreciated …

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Well guess I better get busy …thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings to all G&M

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

LITTLE BIRDIES….

A couple weeks ago…

when I walked by this bush behind my rig…I made a little patio back there..anyway a bird flew out in front of me…so  I took a look ….in the bush…

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seen a nest in there…so got my phone poked it in and this is what the pic showed…sweet little eggs …well I kept looking for the bird but a did not see her…not on the nest or flying out if I walked by it…I was bummed I figured that I scared her off…felt bad for the poor orphaned eggs…

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Then I got to thinking maybe not my fault…maybe one of the neighborhood cats got the eggs…I can not see in the nest not even on tip toes…so I got phone out again and held it in the bush over the nest….and low and behold look what the pic was…Two more eggs!!  I have not seen the mama bird at all…I was wondering if because it was so hot here the last couple week she doesn’t have to sit on the nest so much??? any one know..??? ..I don’t even know what kind of bird it is…I don’t know my birds well enough to know let alone what the eggs are…

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Well tonight after watching the news…took Maggie out …then did a few things in the rig before retiring there for the night…thought about the nest when I walked by…wondering if the eggs were gone or what …well poked my phone over the nest again..started laughing I was excited to see four wide and I mean wide open mouths waving back and forth…I took my pic and pulled out quick…and the little orange beaks popped right back down …all this time they never made a peep…surly this mama bird is busy feeding all those little hungry mouths…I think I might lay on the bed and lift up the blind and see if I can watch her…before I worried about eggs now I have babies to worry about…they are so so sweet!

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And the rest of the story…

Most of the time I am wondering around getting the rig ready to roll …when the time comes …not sure when yet…I would like to go now…but cant yet…Getting Maggie her test for heart worms so I can get a 6 mo. supply of med…they need to get the test each year before they will give the meds…did spend last Sat at Wickham Park in the day use area…did some walking and people watching…had to get a new house  battery…so went out of the park at lunch time and checked at Auto Zone …I wanted a sealed  deep cell marine battery they had one but it was a year old…so they called the store over on beach side and they had new one dated March of 2015 …they would send it over but not until 6 pm…so said I would be back then…went and they put it in for me…nice sales people at this store…I wanted a sealed one because one it made me nervous to try and think if it needed water or not and two hated trying to remember to do it…it was a bit pricy but worth it to me…I think the old battery was over 7 years old…I will get a sealed one in the engine when the time comes…a few more things need to get check out on the rig before I leave so will be doing that soon…well that’s all for now thanks for looking and come back soon..blessings to all G&M

Friday, May 1, 2015

HAPPY MAY DAY….

Good morning ...its MAY DAY!...no one celebrates it any more...I remember when I was in grade school...we would all dress our best (Sunday school clothes) I would always get to where my Easter dress that day for school...all would troupe up to the high school and put on a program of singing and dancing around the May Pole...they had streamers hanging down and the lucky chosen few would get to grab one and dance around inter twining it until the whole pole was covered..with beautiful pastel ribbon...our parents were invited to this program...it was a very exciting and happy day for us kids spring was breaking and we were outside in the middle of a school day…it couldn’t get any better...I just read somewhere that some celebrated by making up small baskets with goodies and then running up to the porch of friends and leave and get away before you were caught...ahhh the good old days...I did get chosen one year to wrap the ribbons..

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Pic’s are from the web…the one on top looks a lot like the one we had in the 1950’s …the one below just looks pretty so I though I would post it…we had pretty pastel ribbon just like it…anyone else have May Day memories???

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Thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings to all G&M

Friday, April 24, 2015

MANATEE LOOK-OUT & COOL BRIDGE…

The other day….

I had to take dad for his doctor check up…that building behind the sign is the office…it was not too hot yet so went for a walk…I ended up across the river at this little park…Melbourne is full of this little parks…this place is where Manatee come in from the Indian River (intercostal water way) in the winter where the water is warm…lot of tourist come here looking for them…

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Standing at the sign looking down the walk way sheltered pavilions and benches …this is a very quiet and peaceful place to pass some time…to the right and across a large parking lot is the Old Town of Melbourne,….lots of shops you might see in a tourist area…this weekend they are having an Art Show on the main street I am trying to make a plan to go…take the RV early to that large parking lot and spend the day…I have to go early because this is a very popular show and very busy…and I need to get a parking place…my problem is the weather…it is going to be hot and humid temp 91 ….so to keep cool when needed…I will have to run the generator …not sure if that will be a problem or not….anyway I am still thinking about it….There is more to this park but this is where I was this day…

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Turning around and looking the other way ….is the bridge that a walked across from the Doc office to get here…so this is the way I went to look for more interesting things…and I didn’t have to go far to see some…

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The brick walk way went all the way underneath the bridge there is more of the park on the other side…and take a look at what I saw!! so very cool…and a neat surprise…all the cement pillars were painted with typical Florida…artful scenery …the ocean beach ….I spent a lot of time looking at it all…both sides of the road the pillars were painted….on all four sides…

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On the other side were surfer's …light houses… birds and even a fisherman…amongst other cool things…I think it is great when one runs across things like this totally out of the blue and unexpected…another thing about this is it is very clean and well kept…. signs stating no loitering or littering under the bridge ….the Melbourne Parks and Rec’s take very very good care of the parks…

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A few more pic’s of the art work….

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Sail boats and looks like a Blue Heron…

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I did have a problem when I thought about walking across the bridge …(not liking high places)…but I decided I need to try and do something about this problem..maybe a little at a time on some not so high places like this bridge….the time of crossing I was not sure what I was more afraid of…the height or the traffic that was buzzing by way to fast…it is US 1 that runs up the east coast from Key’s to Maine…and in most places in my area of Florida they drive way to fast…and I mean fast…just up the the road from here is where that guy hit my Toyota truck and knocked it clear off the road and and into a parking lot in a 35 speed zone… way over 35 he was traveling….

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Anyway I made it over and back…US 1 is also a scenic byway…in Melbourne it is very busy and fast…with lots of vehicles I tried to get a break in the traffic to get a pic…this bridges cross over the Crane Creek that flows into the Indian River Lagoon…I do admit that there is a lot of things to see and do along this highway…I have thought I would like to travel it from one end to the other…but maybe avoiding when it goes thru big cities…

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And the rest of the story…

Still not much going on around camp drive way…it is  getting way to hot for even a day trip… this tin box heats up real fast…and if you cant find a shady place to park …no trip…I am still planning on heading  to PA for the summer…not sure yet when but getting things ready to roll…not sure what  I will do today but will find something…all for now thanks for looking and come back soon….blessings to all..G&M

PS…Made a post on my other bl og if you want to take a look….link below

http://redapplejunction.blogspot.com/