Monday, June 30, 2014

This and that and still no baby

Not a lot going on here but waiting for a baby.  We are trying to get a few things done around the motorhome.  Well Doug is trying to get a few things done.  Me, I am just walking around taking in the sites.

The hibiscus on the next site to us is blooming.  These blooms are plate size.  They are very pretty but don't last very long.
Doug installed a booster for our tire pressure monitor.  We were having trouble receiving the monitors on the car.  They would tend to come and go.  A call to TST and they told us we needed to hook up the booster.  Only problem was they had sent the wrong booster.  They sent us out the correct one and Doug put it in yesterday.
He put a switch on it so that he could turn the booster on and off when not in use.  This he bought locally.  I don't know why they didn't include a switch.  It makes a lot more sense to me than leaving it on all the time.  But no one asked me.
Buddy was helping out but got tired and had to take a nap.
 A quick trip inside to take the old extended antenna down and test it out.
It's a thumbs up!  It works on all 10 tires now.  It also says the car has a low tire we need to add air to.
 I walked across the street to the pond to check on the ducks.  The males were having a pow wow.
                                                     One of the females with her 4 babies.
This female is hid in the ivy.  She is sitting on eggs.  Someone else is waiting on a baby or two or three!
Artwork by Ashlynn.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A new slide topper

The pictures aren't very good and you can't see how bad it really is, but this mess was our slide topper/window awning.  We had a tear repaired not too very long ago but I guess the fabric was just worn out.  The mechanism was worn out also.  It would catch and stop the slide from going out. This caused a tear in the fabric again.  Between the rotten fabric, the worn out mechanism and Amarillo's wind, the topper was a mess.  We checked around town and found a topper and had it installed yesterday.  Custom RV ordered it for us at a cost of $437.00 and they installed it for another $320.00. The labor was about $100 more than they had said it would be but it was by the hour at $110.00 an hour.

It looks great!  It should for that price.  We now don't have an awning over the window though.  Ours was a one piece does it all.  I think that was part of the problem though.  We will order a window awning and hopefully it won't be as expensive to install.  That will be a project for next month.  We are on a fixed budget you know.  Now Amarillo wind, please be kind.
Baby news...
Two more weeks before baby Logan is due to make his arrival.  I still think he will be born around the 4th of July.  I think Lori is ready now!  Ashlynn was born after a marathon shopping and site seeing spree.  Think we should try something like that to get Logan to make an appearance?  Maybe a ballgame (watching not playing folks) or Nascar will do it.
It's a waiting game and I never have been good at waiting.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Been busy but nothing to write home about

We have just been enjoying spending time with our granddaughter and son and daughter-in-law.  We haven't done anything newsworthy to write about so I have been off grid for a couple of days.  Ashlynn (granddaughter) did trick me into eating some of Wilburs Revenge hot hot hot BBQ sauce at Famous Daves.

 She thought it would be funny and it was, since I survived.  I don't eat spicy foods because I don't tolerate it very well.  She didn't know this and thought it was so funny.  After a glass of milk and 2 glasses of tea the numbness started to leave my mouth.  Little stinker.  She apologized when told that I don't eat spicy foods.  I told her it was fine, she didn't mean to try a kill me.  LOL
Today the guys smoked a pork tenderloin and a couple of racks of baby back ribs.
They sure turned out good.  It was some good eating at the house tonight.
They will need to do this again soon.  Think I will get a pork butt and maybe a brisket for the next smokeout.
We got back to the RV just in time.  We had or should say have a pretty good storm around us.  So far they have gone north and south of us.  We left Lori and Brian's house just in time.  They lost their electricity because of a down power line and it looks like it will be a while before it is restored.  3500 people are without electricity in Amarillo and 2200 of them are in their neighborhood.  LOL  I told them to come stay at the motorhome,  we have electricity.  We are under a watch until 5 a.m. so it might be an interesting night.  Wind gusts of 60 mph, yep might get interesting.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today my Granddaughter turned 8

It doesn't seem that long ago but Ashlynn turned 8 today.  She has grown into such a pretty young lady.  Today she played her last volleyball game of the season.
She did a very good job.  Of course, Lori had to explain the scoring to me.  Sports was never very high on my priority list so I know very little.

They played a very good game.  They won the first one, lost the second and tied the third.  Way to go girls.
After the game we went to Olive Garden to celebrate her last game and her birthday.  Her choice of place to eat and this one is one of her favorites.
After supper we called her Uncle Mike and Aunt Kaitlyn so she could open their gifts to her. She was very excited with all of them but really loved the dress that Aunt Kaitlyn made her.  It was an Elsa costume!
She loved it.  All in all it was a great day.  Happy Birthday Ashlynn!  I love you!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oasis RV Resort

I have been a little busy and haven't blogged in a day or two but I wanted to show you where we are this week.  Oasis is a very nice park with lots of room between each site.
                          The sites are very wide and are all concrete. with gravel between the sites.
                                                              We are on a corner site.
This is one of three restroom, shower and laundry facilities that are scattered around the park.
 This is the club house and pool area.  This picture is from the front.
                 This one is from the side showing the pool, hot tub and how big the club house is.
And last but actually the first thing you see, is the office.  They also have a pizza and wing place inside.

 There are every kind of RV you can think of here.  From the newest and biggest motorhomes and fifth wheels to FEMA trailers and "homemade".
 Someone is living in this one.  It has lots of room as it it very long but note, no windows and no A/C.
This is a nice park model.
Of course, this is one of the reasons we are here.  She was waiting for me to finish taking pictures so we could go swimming.
Today is her birthday, she is eight years old.  Happy Birthday Ashlynn!  We love you to the moon and back!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back in Amarillo

Traveling in northwest Texas you see a lot of oil wells, flat lands and just nothing.  LOL
It is pretty country though.  This was two railroad cars in the middle of a field.  They are grain cars of some kind.

                                              There were lots of wind mills and power cables.
 We didn't get in our usual campground and had to find another.  I don't know if anything special is going on other than Fathers Day weekend and just being summer.  We had to go out a little further than we like but we wound up at Oasis RV Park.  It's a nice park but I like the closeness and the people at Fort Amarillo.  We will probably move there after this week.  I will post pictures of this park tomorrow.
I do have a picture of the storm that blew up last night.  Well not the storm, the sky.  It was pretty but I bet it meant someone was getting hail.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On the road again

We left after seeing Mike and Kaitlyn off to Louisiana.  It was a pretty day for a drive.  We headed down 290 like we did when we went to the lake but stayed on Hwy6 when we got to Waller.  The big thing in Waller, Tx. is a Buc-ee's!

If you have never been to a Buc-ee's you are missing a treat.  Yes it is a "service station", but what a station it is!  Big rigs easily get their fuel but that isn't what makes your jaw drop.  It's the store attached to it.
It's a grocery store, auto parts store, deli and gift shop and more all in one place.
The store goes on forever.

Nice gifts too!
                                                  And goofy ones... LOL
To order from the deli, you go to a computer and pick what you want.
The printer prints you a receipt with a order # and the amount due.  When it's ready they will call out your number and you pick it up and take it to a check out along with any other purchases you have.

If you come to Texas and see a Buc-ee's you must stop.  I know sounds weird, just do it.
We have stopped for the night at Jellystone Park.  It is about 20 miles south of Ft. Worth in the town of Burleson, TX.  This is a great place to bring the kids. It's a camping trip on steroids.  They have activities for the kids, swimming pool,  water park,  rides, fishing, arts and crafts and much more.  There was 3 pages of activities that they gave us when we checked in.  
The next few pictures are of the grounds and inside the store and cafe.

These iron sculptures were scattered around the park.  They really are pretty.

I love this horse.  It is very large, almost life size. 
To help you keep up with what's going on for the kids.

The only complaint I have about the park is the birds.  Those grackle (I think that is what they are called.  They are large black birds with a fan shaped tail)  It is dusk now and they are in every tree. They make more noise than the kids do!
Ban the birds!  LOL  It's not my kind of resort but it is great for kids and grandkids!

P.S.  I took another walk in a different direction this a.m. and the birds seem to only be bad in the area we are in.  There are more trees in this area.  So it was just a lucky us situation.  I forgot to mention that if you don't have an RV, they have lots of cabins to stay in. The cabins are very nice log home looking places with screened in porches on some.