Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

After a somewhat restless sleep, I’m blaming Bill for this one, on Saturday, Mar. 17th we woke up at 10 to 8 when Clemson jumped off the bed. I knew I’d been awake through the early morning hour of 4 – 4:30. Bill was dreaming or something and his restlessness kept me awake. Tonight, I’ll have to strap him down, perhaps! He informed me that our pooch was up at 1:15 to go out so I felt obligated to get up first this time.

I opened blinds and the sun was bright and shining in a solid blue sky. What I didn’t notice at first to the east were the low clouds pushing upwards. By 9, there wasn’t much blue left and the sun had been ousted out. The temperature was 50F inside and 41F outside. I lazed out and didn’t go for my morning walk.

The kayaks and paddle boats got a lot of use today

And even some fishing
Hey! It’s St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all can find the potted gold at the end of your rainbow today. Wear green! If you want to read some history about this day, check out our friend, Nancy’s, post here. Not wanting to get pinched, after washing up I went in search of something green to wear today. And found it, of course.

So, to show off our green, we got silly

We're trying for that perfect picture

Almost there
 Bill was up by the time I got the Keurig ready and we made the bed together. It is easier for two than one but regardless, it gets made within half hour of rising, if not immediately. One of my pet peeves, the bed must be made asap. Even when we had a sticks and bricks home, we agreed that it had to be made up before we started our day.

Oh my goodness! These are so cute!
We had our tea and coffee together reading blog posts. It is a nice feeling not to have to skim and read quickly, as I tend to do while using our hotspot. Especially at the beginning or middle of the month. We pamper our usage. Here, with the really good free Wifi, we are on the internet a lot more, on our laptops and on our Samsung phones. Too bad we can’t move the unused 14 gb to the next month, now that would be a nice Bell gesture, wouldn’t it?

By 9:30 I made us our bacon and eggs and had dishes cleaned up by 10 or so. Bill hopped in the shower while I started my post and debated what to do today. Looking around the park from our window, there are a few trees coming out in blossom. So many signs of spring, a beautiful time of year. It is one of the many things I look forward to back home on The Ridge. Watching my plantings pop.

Bill takes the black pot in to the Maintenance shed
Bill was reminded yesterday, with the stronger winds, of tornado season in this area. It is an inevitable part of travelling home at this time of year across the mid-states, so we like to prepare as best we can. Today, we will take the time to put ours and Mom’s important papers, passports, into our laptops and keep them handy. The park has a storm building not far from us and we know the staff will come around to advise us to move if and when necessary.
So there he is, my sweetie helping the neighbours

I sat with Bill in our recliners with our books. Soon enough he was closing his book and his eyes. In the next hour I would finish Rattlesnake Crossing. It was so good. I figured Clemson would want to go for a walk so I prepared to do that when Bill hopped up and said “I’ll go with you”. So, we tried our best to keep Clem on the short leash (yes, we’re still trying to get him to walk nice after all these years) and walked all around the park.

I dropped the completed book off in the clubhouse. Coming out I found a floater and hook from a fishing pole so walked out the dock and gave it to a fellow who was ‘attempting’ to fish with his son. On the way back, Bill walked down to the beach area to pick up a large bucket that was washed up onshore. He carried it back and took it into the Maintenance shed. They can use it for garbage or as a planter at least and it won’t end up back in the lake.

Ron and Freddy in the dog run
Getting closer to home we noticed Ron was out playing ball with Freddy in the open play area and walked over to their site to chat. Loree (I spelled it wrong, yesterday) came out so we got to meet her. She thinks we may have met once before at Rock Glen, maybe in 2014. We must have stood and talked for an hour and realized just how much we have to talk about. They were heading in to the Casino for supper to celebrate their anniversary.

While over there, a Cardinal 5th wheel pulled in beside us but we really only paid attention when they parked their truck on our site. Hmm. Next thing I know, Bill had noticed they were having a problem with hooking up their water/flushing system and went over. Turns out, it is their first time out with the new rv so I’m sure they have a lot to learn and I’m sure they were grateful for the help Bill gave them over the next 30 minutes or so.
Loved watching this dog chase the stick
Inside, I did what I said I would do and went through Mom’s file, pulling the most important things out. I’ve got them in my laptop bag. Some of those papers are not so important for any reason other than for the ‘logins’ and ‘passwords’ for her personal documents. I just don’t trust my memory. Then I went about finding another book to read. The boys at the end of the lane were back working on the roadway today and water pipes so it wasn’t too surprising when we were once more told that our water was shut off. They hit a water line. Oh dear. That was around 3:30.

Playground area but I didn't want to play alone

These guys were putting their pontoon boat in the water
 Inside, we started supper around 5. I washed (with bottled water) 2 potatoes and cut them up for French fries and Bill started B.W. Weber for grilling our sausage. By 5:45 we were eating and everything tasted great. I bought more cottage cheese yesterday so enjoyed some with my meal. We couldn’t do dishes quite yet so just took it easy after eating.
Sailboat Bridge across Grand Lake
With a chance of rain tomorrow, I decided to take a walk while the sun was in the sky. It was great to get to know Ron and Loree better and figure we’ll do that again before they leave. The temperature at 6:15 is 59F with very little wind so we have no complaints about this day. Our water was turned back on at 6:30. This has been a good day. I hope you’ve enjoyed yours too.

The view across the pond
Bill went next door to make sure they managed to get things running now that the water was back on. After a while, I joined him and while he showed Theresa more things about her new trailer, I chatted with Brenda. They are from Missouri and are just staying the night before moving on. Theresa is a brave lady with a new truck and rv and is soon on her way to work at Yellowstone Park for the summer. Her travel mate is Bama, a wee chihuahua. Good luck!

Ah, there's the special one!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from us!
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  1. Love that last pic of you three. So kind of you to help the neighbors!! Unfortunate about the water. Hope they get it fixed for good.

    1. Thanks, I do too even though it's got a bit of blur. Hopefully the water is back on now for good. :)

  2. Sounds like a nice relaxing day. How fortunate for the newbie that Bill came along to help. Such a nice fellow that man Bill.

    We too will be gathering our important papers to keep with us in case of need.

    Continued safe stay and travels.

    1. We had a nice day and Bill loves to help when he can and he does know his stuff when it comes to rvs. :)
      You two stay safe as well!

  3. I also believe in making the bed everyday!

  4. Nice to be prepared for the weather when travelling through that area.
    Ron and Freddy out there playing ball he is such a wonderful playful dog. And Ron and Loree a supper couple we always enjoy chatting with them.

  5. Glad you wore your green and got the perfect picture ​to prove it.

    Your 5th wheel friends were lucky to park nearby and have Bill nearby to help them on their first hook-up.

    I've lived in tornado country for many years and never have seen one. Glad to read of your preparations. I get complacent and that's not good.

  6. I'm trying to get caught up on blogs..I spend too much time chatting with my sis in law.haha..looks like you two are enjoying where you are!