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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trying Times

I never would have dreamed it would be so hard to buy a couple of acres of land. We have been looking and looking and looking, to no avail.
Every time we find a spot that looks perfect, turns out there is a problem, too much land, not enough land, floods in spring, to close to water, to far away from water, and on and on and on.
We have decided on a builder ( I think ) and a floor plan. 

This is my favorite floorplan, you have garage for the car and rv and cozy living space.

Thinking of adding a loft, since the ceiling will be so high, great place for storage.
We are thinking we would be outside most of the time anyway, so I would want to expand the patio area.
If we could find the two acres we need!  I just don't see it happening this year. The summer is almost over.
The only thing we can do is keep looking.

Monday, June 10, 2013

43 years, oh my

We celebrated our forty third wedding anniversary last week.  We decided to have a night on the town.
 I don't understand why buy we never go into the city (Chicago) when we are home.  When we travel we are always out and about visiting different restaurants, museums and shows. But here at home hardly ever.
We went to the Apollo Theatre  to see The Million Dollar Quartet. 

It was a sweet little theatre in the Lincoln Park district of the city.  We had great seats and enjoyed it so much. 
Before the show we went to a great Italian restaurant nearby Sapori Trattoria.

It was a great evening and I hope we don't wait another year to do it again.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rain,rain go away......

I swear it has been raining ever since we got home.  Thunderstorms, humidity, yuck, yuck, yucky weather.  Where was our spring? We went straight to hot, humid summer.  
I thought about doing a recap of some of the places we spent time this past winter, but I think I will start fresh with what's going on now. And I promise I will try to be a better blogger going forward.  
FYI I did update the other blogs with resorts we stayed at and restaurants we visited.

I do have something to get excited about. Our niece is getting married in PA. on July 13. After that we are going to Traverse City , MI for two weeks.  It will be good to get on the road again.  I love living in the motor-coach!   The wedding is going to be so much fun, my sisters and their families are also going. We have rented an entire B&B for two nights and everyone (except Jay and I ) are going to stay there.
I think it will be like one big pajama party!  

We only get to see my two nieces and their babies once a year at best. Both of them have boys, two and one, and they are adorable.  I hate that they live so far away. They post lots of pictures and videos on facebook, which is great, but it is not enough, they are growing up so fast. 

We are looking for land, but so far no luck. It will happen, I know it will. God will lead us to a place and it will happen when it is supposed to.  I have told J I will be willing to stay at one of the yucky places around here while we look if he just wanst to go ahead and sell the house now. 

There are lots of things we have to figure out, one being a mail forwarding service. I have to do some research, I don't have it figured out yet. 

But let's face it, of all the problems we could be facing at this point in our life, mail forwarding is a very small thing.

Hope you have a good week, hope it stops raining.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How Time Flies

For the last six months, every day after I finish reading all my favorite blogs, I think I need to do a posting. And then I don't. I think I have a problem finishing, I am a great starter, always ready to go, so excited, full of ideas.  But I am not so great on the follow through.
We have had a wonderful time the last seven months, been so many places, had great meals, great shopping, met wonderful people and I let it all fly by with no blogging.
Even though we are home now and there won't be as much excitement I am going to try to get back in the routine of blogging again.  Maybe I will post about some of the neat places we visited this winter.
We are determined to find a place where we can park the motorhome somewhere around here 
The minute we came in the next door neighbors daughters came over I said "if you are going to sell you house please give us first shot". She and her boyfriend are apparently set on having our house.

Now all we need is a place to park the RV when we come home to visit my family. That is the stumbling block.  We can't sell the house until we find some place to park.  Since there are no RV parks around here at all, we are thinking of buying a piece of land, putting a building on it and making it large enough to park the RV and have a living space. 

So that is the plan for now, find a piece of land and price buildings. 

Wish us luck.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I have a new addiction.....

I few months ago our Dish Network introduced a new channel, GMC, it shows reruns of family friendly TV.   I am addicted to re watching all the Seventh Heaven and Judging Amy reruns.   I tape at least five episodes a day and watch the in the mornings when J is out riding.   I love watching real families interact, not Reality families.   I love that there is no swearing, no nudity, no violence. 

I actually feel offended by what is being shown on TV now.  Before I started watching these reruns, I think, like everyone else, I had grown numb to the horrible stuff that is on our TV now.

After watching these shows that taught you a lesson, showed real love, I am now shocked and ashamed  of what we have been watching. 

We have made a commitment to stopping watching some of the shows we had been following. 

That decision had made me start thinking about the types of books I am reading.  I have always been a mystery reader, that was my favorite genre. 

 I do make myself read a non fiction or biography every four or five mysteries.  But what started as a fondness for crime "chick lit", you know J. A Jance, Sue Grafton, those types of mysteries has developed into reading Jonathan Kellerman , James Patterson, and their books are much darker, much, much darker.

  So I think I am going to take a hard look at my reading lists too.

It is so easy to get pulled into things, desensitized, causing us to involve ourselves in things that we know are against our core beliefs.

I have to be more on guard against what I allow into my life. 

FYI, today is a good, good day. I have found a great company to come and detail the inside of the coach.  I am going to try to find a company like this in all the big cities we visit.  

It is impossible for my with the fusions to get into all the nook and crannies and it really bugs me.

Can't wait to know we are going to have a spanking clean, dust free coach at the end of the day.

Yesterday we went looking for chairs for our dinning room table.  When did we stop making furniture in our country?

Even the chairs at Pottery Barn and a fancy furniture store in Palm Springs were from China!

We are going to wait till we get home and try looking there. Do any of you know of a furniture company that stills builds in the USA?