Friday, December 19, 2014

Gulfport / Biloxi, Mississippi

I especially wanted to visit the beach here, as Kessler AFB was the birthplace of my eldest daughter. We lived only a couple blocks away from the beach at the time and I used to take walks down to the beach with her in the stroller. It was overcast the day I stopped here to take a few pictures.
I loved seeing the sea grasses waving in the gentle breeze.

Walking along the water brought back those special memories
 
I had walked quite a distance out from the motorhome parked in one of the pull-offs available, and turned back to take this photo.
Coming into the city of Biloxi....
Lighthouse at Biloxi, draped with long strings of lights for the Christmas season.
As I was leaving the area I was able to get this one last shot, especially for my daughter, as a keepsake of her birthplace.
Words cannot express my feelings at having returned to this place after sooo many years. It was quite an emotional time for me.I know that she understands...
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Next stop - Mississippi!

Two days after leaving Kentucky I entered Mississippi  Nov 4th on route 59, and made my way to daughter #3's home just north of Hattiesburg. I was set up on no time right handy to their home.

 To make a long story short, I spent 5 wonderful weeks there, getting to know her future husband and some of his family. Also spending time with my daughter,
seeing some of the local sights
 
 painting, having coffee together in the mornings, going to Hobby Lobby together (for art supplies and to keep each other in check :)  )
 I also enjoyed very much attending her church with her. It's called OverFlow and is located in McGee, MS. A really down-to-earth pastor and a congregation full of love,
as evident in their ministry.
Also daughter #4 and family made the trip from Dallas, TX to come spend a few days at Thanksgiving time.
 Lots of hugs and good times! Daughters made Christmas wreaths, enjoyed shopping and painting together. Bond fire in the evening with family and friends topped it off!
Time to leave the area was hard, but I needed to get on with my travels.
We said our "see ya later"s and I left to head down toward Gulfport.

Playing Quicky Catch-up, Chapter 4

Saturday, Nov 1
The temperature had dropped and it was windy so I ran the heater all day. I thought I was being a wimp, till I saw a boy with a ski mask on, lol! Camp host, Jerry, got the handles off the rectangular basket I keep my movies and DVD's in, so it would fit properly in its place. This way I don't need to bring out one movie at a time to see if its the one I want to watch. I have been doing quite well with this organization project of mine. Need to fit a lot of stuff in small spaces.
I decided to take a break and do some painting. This was my 4th painting of Energy Lake.
I loved how the sun threw shadows of the trees on the ground while the leaves were falling.
Sunday was a rest day, I painted a little more and got stuff put away as we would be leaving in the morning. I mapped out my route, I would take I-24 east to Nashville, then I-65 south to I-20/I-59. We used to travel the 20/59 when driving truck, and I had always loved the route.
I got the Rav4 hooked up in the morning with no problem although it was on a slight incline. I made good time and drove to Tuscaloosa, AL before stopping for the night. I was only 3 hrs from Daughter #3 just north of Hattiesburg MS. My fridge was giving me fits again about not running consistently so I wanted to get there asap to get plugged into electric.  
 
Next chapter- tomorrow...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Playing Quicky Catch-up, Chapter 3

The next day I drove into Cadiz, stopped at McDonalds for a coffee and use their wifi, and then drove on to Hopkinsville W*M. I got everything on my list; a new battery wall clock, a set of plastic drawers for my knitting and sewing supplies, and a few plastic food containers. The drawers fit nicely under the pull-up-n-out table between the 2 chairs, and hold all my supplies. I use the table for my sewing machine, computer, or if I am painting.
I brought material with me to make new curtains for the coach. My mini blind wont stay up, keeps falling, so have the window behind the chairs temporarily covered with a flannel sheet. Looks bad I know, but does the job.
That night was down to 31*! My furnace and electric heater ran off and on all night. Almost time to head further south!
 
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Playing Quicky Catch-up, Chapter 2

After getting some much-needed rest, I put a beef roast in the crock-pot. It was foggy that morning. I made a list of groceries needed and cleaned the windows on the toad, which I hadn't had time to do before leaving home. I took a short ride to Taylor Bay, stopped at the Hemitite Cemetary, where many earlier residents were buried, before the lakes were made and they were forced out of their homes. Some of the names on the ancient-looking graves seemed to be Indian names. I drove on to the wildlife observation area where I saw several deer grazing in the fields about 5 pm. It was a very peaceful time again at Energy Lake.
Arriving back at camp, there was a good supper waiting for us. The roast beef, coleslaw, and potato salad. Yummy!! I was beginning to regain my appetite.
Izzy was happy to be on the leash and taking walks with me again.
I wore her out and she slept like a baby! She took to being in the RV again like a duck to water and is very content. I am very happy to have her with me. She is great company, and I like it when it is just the two of us. Life takes on a certain simplicity, and we are very content.
"Nap time"
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Playing Quicky Catch-Up, Chapter 1

 
I will never, ever totally unpack my RV again.... EVER.
So long to get packed back up, I ended up throwing things in the back seat and rear of the toad just so I could get moving. I finally left PA about 1 pm on Oct 27th. I drove to Hubbard Ohio and stopped for the night at a truck stop between 2 trucks. They did not keep me awake. I slept like a log!
When I got up in the morning the gas for the fridge was not working. I had to get plugged into electric for the night so paid the price and spent the night at Elizabethtown Crossroads Campground. The owner there worked a bit with my fridge and got it working on gas again. He said it might be air in the lines from non-use. Hmmmm.... o-k I guess.
The next day I traveled to Bowling Green, thoroughly enjoying the exquisite colors nature had lavishly bestowed on this area of Kentucky this year! I decided to take an unplanned  detour and drove by the old home place and snapped a few photos. It was good to go there, as I was finally able to put closure to that part of my old life. I really had enjoyed the farm, but that is past, and I cannot go forward by looking back and second-guessing my decision to sell the place. 
 
At the end of Williams RD
 
The soybean fields of the farm
 
Leaving it behind and closing the door....
 
I met my friend Debbie, that day and we had lunch together. It was good to see each other again. We do keep in touch and she will always be a part of my life. Then I drove on over to Energy Lake where I got set up, took Izzy for a short walk, went to bed early, and crashed!
 
Look for the next chapter in my adventures!
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Closer to Leaving

Packing up! All repairs (that I know were needed) are finally done! Just waiting on a couple Rx's from my doctor. A lot has happened in the last 3 weeks. My computer was jeopardized, my debit card compromised, and I am fighting depression from lack of sunshine. No matter, all has been repaired except me, and that's coming. Hens have been "fostered out" while Izzy and I take a much needed vacation.