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Procrastination and Karma

I have been procrastinating about posting about the trip to Frog Creek, so Karma got me…I am sitting here with a wicked case of sinusitis, so I am resigned to sitting in my chair and I am not going to procrastinate any longer!  Here goes…….

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Frog Creek RV Resort and Campground is in Palmetto, FL, on the Gulf of Mexico.  It is an interesting place!  When we first got there we were assigned a spot in the front of the park where the long term people live (think sardines).  Paul was told he would have to take the bike off the trailer and then pay for a storage spot for the trailer.  He had told them when he made the reservations that we had a 10′ open trailer and there was no mention of a storage fee.  They said they could accommodate us in the Primitive Area, there would be water and electricity but no sewer.  They have daily pump outs, so not a big deal.  Fortunately, he was directed to the site…anyone that has read this blog knows that I can’t read an RV park map to save my life!  The site was beautiful, uneven but beautiful.  It took until the next day to get it properly level.  But guess what?  Internet access in the far edge of the park was non-existent.  I tried, but it just wouldn’t reach that far!  Not a big deal, it will just make this post longer!

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Sasha had a blast!  The dog park was in sight of our site.  If she had been trustworthy, I would have let her go over on her own!  Just kidding!  She made so many friends;  Bailey Rae, Bella, Otis and so on and so on.  She was a social butterfly, which was nice because when we would leave during the day to explore the area, she would visit with her friends when we got back.  Something to look forward to I guess.  Speaking of friends, we made several too.  Bailey Rae and Bella’s mom and dad were right behind us.  We got talking and they told up that they will be staying at Jetty Park at the Port in February.  We will meet them for a visit while they are in our neighborhood.

One of the places that we went was Anna Maria Island.  Since we were in a cold snap, it was kinda cold on the bike, but we stopped at Lobstahs for a late lunch.  Great restaurant, the Lobstah Mac and Cheese was soooo good and soooo rich!  We also went to the Manatee Viewing Center another day.  Because of the temperature being so low, the manatee’s were gathered in the channel next to the Tampa Bay Power Plant.  There were close to 30 of them and they put on quite a show.

2014-01-21 14.48.42This is my manatee friend…he was the only one we were allowed to have contact with!

We really enjoyed our stay at Frog Creek.  They had a lot going on, activity wise, including breakfast a couple of mornings that we were there.  They also had pool activities, not that I would venture into an outdoor pool this time of year.  I don’t care how heated it is!!!  We will definitely go back, and some of our new friends gave us the names of several other pet friendly RV parks similar to Frog Creek that are in a day’s drive from home.

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First Aid Kit, circa 1966

I remembered today that I wanted to check the First Aid kit in the White Knight.  It the last thing remaining from the previous owners.  Well, being a Paramedic, I think I have a good handle on what makes up a usable First Aid kit.  I opened the box and 1966 came out!  First, the smell…..ewwwwwww!!  I had to pry most of the cardboard boxes out, they were stuck to the metal box.  I found some really interesting items, like a tin of 5grain aspirin, a shrink wrapped road flare and a bunch of dried out smelling salts!  I had a smaller kit that I tore apart and with that and what I could salvage from the kit shown, I managed to put together a decent kit.  So….if you are nearby and need medical help, consider me ready to help!!!

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This is right after I took everything out.  Most went straight to the trash, some parts were salvageable.  Paul thought maybe it would interest a collector, but the smell was enough to throw that idea out!

I know it was 1966 because it had paperwork and instruction manuals with that date on it.  That was a longgggg time ago!

 

2014-01-16 16.56.59   Isn’t it pretty???  And it doesn’t smell anymore.

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A shameless plug~

A little background to this plug;

My parents loved Black and White Frappes more than just about anything.  They were easy to find in Maine, just about any soda shop or lunch counter had them.  After my mom died, my dad would spend winters with me in Florida.  He found one place that had Black and White’s but it didn’t last long and he passed away before he could find more of them.   My goal now is to find them wherever I go and have one in their memory.  Well…this summer I found Black and White Frappes that my dad would love!  Yup, the now famous Wahlburgers!  This is the restaurant owned by the Wahlburg family, in the Hingham Shipyard south of Boston.  The reason it’s a shameless plug is that they have an A&E show starting next Wednesday.  It’s all about the restaurant and it should be really neat to watch.

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And it changed again!

During the month, I have been following the Zero to Hero project with WordPress.  One of the days the exercise was to look at different themes.  I tried a new one, and after about 3 days I decided it wasn’t for me.  So….I changed it again, and this time I think I have it.  I also added widgets to the sidebar which I couldn’t (or didn’t know how to) do with the bright colored theme.  In writing this blog, it had to feel right or I wouldn’t want to bother writing.

I have a couple of other posts on my mind, but they will have to wait as we are preparing for my birthday trip.  I’ll be back soon!

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The windows are DONE!!

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During:

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After:

 

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What a difference it makes.  Those old nasty window “things” are finally gone and clean crisp curtains are now up.  I love how they look, and once I got a sewing machine and some fabric, it was a piece of cake!  Paul is happy too…no more fiberboard showing.   Since I was on a roll, I made a shower cover.  Originally, there was a shower curtain over the accordion door, but like everything else, it was old and nasty.  I had an additional piece of fabric, so I quickly whipped up a covering for the door.

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Simple and to the point!

We are now getting ready to leave for my birthday…I need another project…any suggestions?

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A New Year

Today is January 2, 2014…I have been lax in writing in the blog and I am determined to fix this.  WordPress is having a “class” called Zero to Hero in 30 days.  I will be posting things that don’t necessarily follow my theme, but for the half dozen people that read this, bear with me!  Today I will tell you a little about me and my blog.

I decided to write a blog for a few reasons;  Since we bought a motorhome, I wanted a place to share our travels and pictures and the things we did.  Facebook is just not the appropriate place, as so many people can see when we are traveling.  Safety is a huge issue for both of us. I have started following several other RVers on blogs, and have gotten wonderful ideas of places to go, things to do and remodeling to be done. 

As for me, I am a career Fire Dept Paramedic getting ready to retire in 2 years.  Paul is my significant other and between us we have 4 kids and 6 grandchildren (5 are from my kids, 1 is Paul’s daughter’s first child).  Although we live in Florida, we are both from New England, Maine for me and Massachusetts for him, and visit there every summer.  An interesting fact…Paul and I met online and have been together ever since!  “Our” baby is our little copper dog called Sasha.  She is actually Paul’s constant companion and keeps him on his toes.

The next post will be all about the curtians in the White Knight.  They are finally complete!  I promise to post pictures!

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