Friday, September 08, 2017

Go away Irma!


Good morning!

Been watching The Weather Channel as Brandon is in place in Melbourne Florida waiting on Irma to make up her mind on her direction of travel. He has all the supplies he needs, a generator and his hurricane shutters up.

Next Thursday is our bug-out day from Elkhart Campground after 6 seeks. We leave northern Indiana for the year on September 24th and head to central Indiana for fall medical and veterinarian appointments.

We plan to move over to the storage condo in Goshen for a week to do some maintenance on the motorhome and close up the place for another year. I have to put a new ladder on the rear of the motorhome, the present one has gotten damaged over the past 6 months, evidently it was backed into somewhere. We bought a new one at Tiffin in Red Bay Alabama in June, it's the same as the old one but I have to match the hole placements for the “stand-offs” from the rear cap. Also I have to tear into our water bay to find a leak that's on top of the waste tanks, I believe it's a two-way valve where the coach fresh water tank is filled with water or the direct fresh water supply. Only seems to leak when the tank is being filled. Much easier to do these projects at the storage condo since it isn't an emergency to get the repair done since we can move out and parts are available in the area.

That said it's raining today as it did yesterday. We need to get to Goshen to trim the shrubbery. At present it's about 1/3 done and must be done by the 19th so the trimmings can go with the trash and not sit in the garage until next spring. It's supposed to clear this afternoon and be clear Saturday and Sunday; rains return on Monday in the present forecast.

Till next time. . .

Terry

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Not much happening. . .


Hi all, been an uneventful month since our last post.

I had my hernia surgery about five and a half weeks ago and the healing process has gone well. I'm a bigger baby than Dale was with her back surgery as I'm not back to our daily 2.5 mile walks yet, but soon should be. Dale has been doing her daily walks here at Elkhart Campgrounds every morning when there aren't any conflicts. I've been following the Doctors orders for the most part and not lifting any thing over 10 pounds. One of the strange side effects of my surgery was the weight gain of 12 pounds over night after the procedure, it took a few days to take it off, the weight gain primarily was due to fluids administered, I guess.

We had a minor wreck with the Flex on Wednesday after dinner with Jim and Luanne Cripe at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Goshen on senior night. We were northbound on a 4 lane divided highway when a young lady decided to turn right into the side of our Flex from the 3rd of four lanes at a stop light. That's right 3rd of 4 lanes, two through lanes and a left and right turn lane at the light. She admitted fault to the investigating officer and we both had the same insurance carrier. Damage is to both driver's side doors and the rear quarter panel. So the Flex is scheduled to go into a local Ford dealer's body shop the Tuesday after labor day and should be fixed in about a week. The good news is that since we were Ford owners and the Flex was under 5 years old we will be getting a Lincoln SUV as a loaner at no charge. Sounds like they take good care of their customers, we'll see how the repairs go.

We've been hitting various restaurants with friends and family in the area the past 3 weeks, once I felt like venturing out. Had dinner with Ray and Linda Carris at the new location of the Chubby Trout in Elkhart. I was impressed with both the food and the quiet nature of the restaurant. We had been at the old location once and never returned since the acoustics were lousy, kinda like dining in the middle of a bowling alley. We also had a visit from Tab and Deanna McBlane our fellow Alaska travelers from a few years back, that meant a visit to Das Dutchman Essen Haus in Middlebury, one of their and our favorite eating places in the area. Tab and Deanna had to get a Peanut Butter Pie fix as is the norm for one of their visits. Last Wednesday we had dinner at The Flippin' Cow just north of the campground for their Burger Night with cousin Marty and Betty Pace from just across the state line in Michigan, tonight we're meeting up again at Stacy's Steakhouse outside of Adamsville, Michigan for their steak for two dinner special. We did make a solo trip to Heinnie's Steakhouse on our 46th Anniversary August 28th … bad news as Dale sent her “medium rare' prime rib back twice and still didn't get her normal quality of prime rib, over done for her taste...excuse “someone” turned the oven up over the weekend.

We are here at Elkhart Campground for another 2 weeks and then we start our trek south, starting in central Indiana for our annual doctor appointments for us and the dog. Then it's off to see the kids!

Till next time. . .

Terry and Dale

Thursday, July 20, 2017

AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!

That was something we hadn't planned to do today. Terry had noticed a leak in a drain pipe in the ceiling in the basement. He tried a couple fixes and helped it some, but noticed it was leaking toward the far wall, which would be under the kitchen. The leak was in a pipe under the floor of the kitchen. The real PROBLEM is that the finished basement room directly under the kitchen is completely plastered, ceiling and all. We have been having some water spots on the ceiling in that room and suspected it was from the front door stoop. Not so. He came upstairs and took the drawers out of the cabinets and asked me if I thought he should go down through the cabinets. I said no. Reason being. . . going down through the cabinets, then the floor. . . . what if the leak was 3 foot out from the wall? He would then have to tear out more cabinets and the new floor in the kitchen. I said. . . NOPE! Tear out the ceiling. A plastered ceiling is much easier to repair. Well, he measured perfectly and cut a hole. The pipe was pulled apart and the two parts were not even touching each other. This is the drain line for the kitchen sink and dishwasher. When he cut and fixed the other end is when it came apart. So up till then it was a slow leak. The plastic pipe appeared to have never been glued. Once he glued it back together, it was fixed! Whew!

So we probably will not plaster it back. Terry will put a door of some sort and keep it as an access. There should be an access anyway as there is a drain cleanout right there as well! Problem solved! 

Till next time. . . 

Dale

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Family Camping

Brandon, Megan and Brynlee arrived on July 2 and we visited with Mom on the way home from Indianapolis. We spent time with them at the house and they were able to visit with some friends and relatives and took time to watch fireworks.

On Wednesday, we drove the motorhome to Belleville, Michigan, near Ann Arbor to camp. Brandon's best friend from high school is getting married Friday and we are going to take care of Brynlee while they are at the wedding. So we are just hanging out here till Friday. We are camped at the Wayne County Fairgrounds and it is really not a bad camp. Kind of a no-frills place but there are a lot of RV's in here and it's a nice comfortable and safe place to camp.

Tonight is the rehearsal dinner and Brynlee and Megan can both go to that, so they will be busy this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow then we will get Brynlee and keep her all night. We will do fine. She is easy to put to bed and she is excited about camping in Grandma's RV. Saturday Megan will get her to take her to a museum where she is meeting a friend. Later in the afternoon there is a picnic for the bride and groom to which we are invited as well, so we are anxious to go. And then we will get Brynlee back in the evening and keep her for the next week, traveling back to Goshen. Brandon and Megan are flying to Denver for his annual sales meetings and they will return back to Goshen at the end of next week. And on Sunday they fly back to Florida. What a whirlwind of activity for them. Our part is pretty simple.

We did receive word yesterday that Terry's Aunt Frances passed away early yesterday morning. She had been in poor health and has had a difficult time since Uncle Bill died. Rest in Peace, Aunt Frances.

Till next time. . .

Dale


Monday, July 03, 2017

Three-month checkup!

All is well. I saw my back doctor on the 21st and my back x-ray looked just like the one two months ago. So that is good, all is well.

From Indy we traveled on up to Warsaw to visit with Mom again and then headed toward Goshen. We parked in the drive for a few days and got the house ready. Brandon and his family arrived on July 2.

Till next time. . .

Dale

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Carrollton, Kentucky

We left Franklin, Kentucky, and drove north on I-65. When we got to Louisville, we detoured around the eastern part of the city and drove on to Carrollton, Kentucky. Terry, navigator supreme, has been trying to find new and interesting places to spend the night instead of always going to the same parks. He found a city park in Carrollton, Kentucky. It turns out this is an absolute jewel. It is a new park, about five years old, and has 33 sites, all paved and all full hook up sites with 50 amp. It has a bathhouse which is very nice and clean. There is a small playground, shelterhouse and a dump station. It is right on the Kentucky River. In fact it is called 2 Rivers Campground because the Kentucky River runs along the one side. The Ohio River is here as well, hence the name "2 Rivers" and you can walk from the RV park along the Kentucky River, under the bridge and right into "Point Park" which is on the Ohio River. The roads are all paved in the park and the sites are all level. For once, it looks like someone who knew what they were doing actually laid out the park because the facilities are spectacular for campers. The sites are long, most are pull through, except for the perimeter and the hookups are well positioned. They do allow some discounts and we ended up paying $103 for 3 nights. Not bad. It is very clean and park attendants drive through a couple times a day. We called in, made a reservation, and paid by credit card as there does not seem to be any park host or anything. There is a checkin/out station with a 5th wheel which we assume must be a work camper, but no one has been there since we arrived. Perhaps they had some emergency.

I have been able to get out in the mornings and walk before it gets too hot. It hasn't always been possible to get my walk in when we are traveling, so I am glad I have been able to do that here. It is nice and flat and the roads are paved, so it is easy.

Yesterday we drove down to "Lock #1" on the Kentucky River. Terry thought there were locks on that river and he was correct. We didn't have to drive too far. You have to look at it from the fence. It is a small lock at a dam which has water flowing over it. The lock would only be for fishing boats or pleasure boats as it is quite small, but it is interesting just the same. Boats that had passed by us at the campground were sitting down here. I'm guessing it must be deeper there at the dam because boats were stopped and people were in swimming. The water was pretty murky and muddy and I wouldn't be in it, that's for sure. There were two homes on the hillside at the lock that are very old and were in total disrepair. But they were roped off. We wondered if they were historic and renovations might be planned. There are several more locks along the Kentucky River, 14 total. I think several of them are closed, however, and some have been renovated. Lock #1 looks like it has been redone.

We leave here tomorrow and will camp just south of Indianapolis. We have to be in Indy on Wednesday for my THREE-MONTH checkup with the neurosurgeon who did my back surgery. Can you believe it's been three months? I can't. . . Wow the time has flown by. I'm so glad I had it done.

Till next time. . .

Dale

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sightseeing around Franklin, Kentucky

When we stay for more than a day at a camp, we always try to find out a little of the history of the area. So we did an internet search and found "15 things to do in Franklin, Kentucky." One of those "things" was to visit Octagon Hall. Octagon houses are a real oddity and we actually had one in the small town of Shirley, Indiana, not far from where we once lived. It was a wood framed house and the local preservationists had purchased it and moved it to an area where they began working on restoring it. You can read more about it here: Shirley, Indiana, octagonal house.

So off we went on an adventure to learn more about Franklin's Octagon Hall. As usual, I searched the internet and learned more about the house before our visit. That is a good idea whenever you know you are going to visit because you know what to look for and may have question you can ask the docent. The home was built by Andrew Jackson Caldwell beginning in 1847. It wasn't completed until 1859. It is the only surviving octagonal house in Kentucky and one of only a few in the country that were built of brick. During the Civil War it became an asset to both Confederate and Union forces as both an observation post and a camp. There were many hiding places where troops would hide from the enemy. It was used as a hospital by both Union and Confederate forces at different times. It survived the Civil War without being burned down and has remained a private family residence all these years until it was obtained by The Octagon Hall Foundation which offers tours to help fund the cost of preservation. It is now used primarily as a museum with artifacts from the Civil War including many items recovered from the homestead itself. In addition there is quite a collection of artwork depicting many scenes from the War

Legend has it that the Hall is haunted and it has been a frequent "haunt" by paranormal investigators who confirm that it is indeed haunted. Our guide said they haven't identified any of the ghosts, but they believe them to be family members who have died there.

In addition to the hall, there is an original slave cabin, slave and family cemeteries, a summer kitchen and a well on the property. It has not been restored, so your $5 helps to go toward making improvements and maintaining it so that future generations may have a peak at the past.

We had a thunderstorm while we were there that produced quite a lot of water, so we weren't able to get outside pictures. It was a very informative stop and if you find yourself in the area, you might want to take it in. It is definitely worth the price of admission.

Till next time. . .

Dale