Monday, January 27, 2014

2014-3rd Attempt

Well folks, this is the third attempt at my blog today...seems its been so long since I've blogged I'm not sure where to start. I have been feeling major guilt over not keeping the blog up to date. It seems the longer you get away from it the harder it is to regroup and get back to it. I have been reading and keeping up with you all periodically, and now that most of you are on Facebook, I get some daily updates on your lives from there.
We have been busy!!! We helped our friend next door purchase a new RV trailer, and get all moved in and setup. Rick has been busy, rebuilding her steps to fit her new rig. He also installed a new floor like ours in our other friends 5th wheel..they were happy to get rid of the carpet.
We had a great Christmas, volunteering  at the local legion again this year, and we served up 666 dinners for the sick, shut-ins and seniors.
Ready to serve at the Legion


After our work at the legion they fed us too!

 Followed by a wonderful dinner back here at our resort.



New Years, we attended the resort dance and party with friends and a great time was had by all. 
Why do flashes make your eyes 1/2 close :) It had to be the flash lol
The sad part of our New Years was the loss of darling boy Duffy. His mom and dad had to let him go on Dec. 31st. We were visiting in NC in Nov. and helped him celebrate his 15th birthday. He certainly had a wonderful long life, thanks to the excellent care he received from his owners. He was a registered therapy/hospice dog, and certainly deserved all the medals and awards he won over the past 15 years.
Darling McDuff -RIP dear boy across Rainbow Bridge
On Jan. 1 our boys arrived from the west coast of Canada to spend some time with us. We visited Sanibel Island..On the 3rd we all headed down to Key West for a long weekend. 
Pilot house Key West-Beautiful place to stay

Taken from top of Mallory Square


Taken from top of Mallory Square
What a wonderful time we had. The boys flew back home  on the 7th, our time together sure went by fast, but we were so grateful to them for coming to visit.
Our Boys Rob and Craig
Sanibel Island-bowmans beach


We met up with Rick and Gail  and had a great lunch together and another fun happy hour visit with them while they were parked just up the road from us at the Ortona park....
Gail and Rick-it was so nice to spend time with them
We headed on over to the Tampa RV show this year, meeting up with our dear friends, Donna and Ralph and Buck and Jeannie, it was nice that we all got to park together for four days. We ran into a lot of fellow friends and rvers at the Tampa RV show...was so nice to see everyone!!
Jeannie Myself and Donna-we have such a good time together
My cousins came down to visit while we were in Tampa and I hadn't seen Dan or Deb for many years so that was a nice surprise!! On Saturday my sweet cousin Lori and her hubby Randy came to Tampa for the day..it was a wonderful gathering of cousins. We were so busy catching up we didn't even think to get some good pics.

We have been busy with potluck dinners, bean bag baseball, euchre, and mexican train. 

Rick has also been busy renovating here in our own Motorhome. We removed the big TVs and he re worked the cabinetry in the front and installed  a nice new flat screen TV. In the bedroom he removed the big one that was in there and hung the new flat screen on a door and I now have a huge closet area behind that tv. (and yes its found space so of course I claimed it as mine). We no longer hit our heads on the big protruding TV in the living area :).
He removed the roll out shelf and storage shelf on the computer station area in the front, it was something we never used much as we have laptops, and he  installed our fireplace in that area. So its nice to have that floor space back. We plan to remove the carpet on that part of the slide and tile it with 4x4" tiles.We purchased new solar shades, for the living area, and I'm very happy to see the day nighters gone!! Rick had no problem measuring up and installing them. 
Not easy to capture a good shot the colour is charcoal apricot-they are like MCDs but are not MCDs and the price was fantastic!

Sure pays to have a handy man. I'm very pleased with the new shades!!

Hope you are all doing well! Enjoy the rest of your winter it sure seems to be going by very fast...

Happy and Healthy 2014 to each and everyone of you!!

Rick Elaine Tucker and Lilly




Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Friends!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all of our RV blogging Friends....near and dear, far and wide...All the very best of the very best in 2014 to each and everyone of you..Be safe be happy and please remember the reason for the season!!!!



Monday, November 25, 2013

Finally Time to Update!!!!

We are finally at our resort..after being on the road since Oct. 31st..we sure covered a lot of visiting on the way south this year. Now I remember why we used to wait and do the visiting on the way home...it was cold on the way down.

We had a wonderful visit with our daughter Becky and SIL Matt in VA...we stayed a week with them. It was 2 years since we saw them so we crammed quite a bit of visitation in our one week with them. We shopped, visited, shopped, visited, shopped some more and we also toured the Monticello house which is the estate of Thomas Jefferson. Definitely a must see if your in the area.

Our Beautiful daughter Becky

Becky myself and our son in law Matt

Nothing like a mama -daughter hug

Monticello a must see if your in the area very interesting history here


We left the Richmond area on the 11th and motored over to Shelby NC to visit with Cathy Brent and Duffy. Altho Brent was still in New Bern we had a great visit with Cathy and Duff and as an added bonus Tina Cathy's sister was visiting from Ontario. We were pleased as punch to be there to celebrate Duffy's 15th birthday. What a special boy McDuff is..he was out of one of our litters 15 years ago. 
The Birthday boy-Happy 15th Birthday McDuff you are so special

He's definitely a 'superman'


After a wonderful visit there we motored onto Hendersonville NC to visit with my dear Aunt Kay, my cousin Pat and her Hubby Steve. 
Even tho Aunt Kay is 86 she moves like a 40 year old and I can't keep up with her. 
My wonderful Aunt Kay 86 years young



From there we met up with our friends Larry and Marilyn at Walkabout Campground in Woodbine GA. and spent the weekend together. Mar had a great supper all ready for us upon arrival...thanks for the great weekend...
Marilyn and I

Hows that for a cool chandelier...at a pub the four of us had supper at

After woodbine we were Florida bound...stopping in Lee Florida to visit friends Jeannie and Buck...always a great time at there place for sure. Buck has a great setup with full hookups. We left there on Thursday and arrived here after a long drive day. Did the basic hookup, and went out to supper with friends here in the resort. 
Friday was a deep cleaning day, laundry and organizing of the cupboards, closets and dressers...and we finished setting up the outside. Then it was off to Clewiston for supplies at walmart and the liquor store of course.

Today, dear friends Debbie and Kenny came to visit us and brought their new fur kids...two darling yorkies!! And what cuties they are. 

Saturday evening we played cards with Cheryl and Cal, and now we're crashing for the rest of the evening..
The weather has been excellent, hot and sunny, in fact its 9:54pm and Rick just left for a quick dip in the pool to cool off.
Sunday it was back to town to grab some forgotten supplies, and hosted our first dinner party, full roast beef dinner, wine and desert then a round of card playing.

I see some of you are at your winter homes safe and sound, and others are travelling, while some are still on the count down to leave. 
Be safe out there everyone...!! 
Elaine Rick Tucker and Lilly

Thursday, November 7, 2013

We are in Ashland VA and new wiper motor is installed

We arrived in Ashland VA which is just north of Richmond on Monday afternoon and were greeted by our daughter at the campground. We are staying at the "Americamp Campground" just off I95 at exit 89.



We have spent the last few days visiting and catching up with our wonderful daughter that we have not seen in almost 2 years since our trip to Mississippi.

The new wiper motor for Ossumer arrived as scheduled on Wednesday afternoon from Portland Oregon. This morning although it was cloudy and looking like it might rain I decided that I would try to get it installed. First we had to make room to work so Ossumer had to loose his front door to the generator.



We got the door off and a tarp down to catch any bolts or such that we might drop and loose in the gravel. The step stool is for us to sit on with our back to the genny and then reach up inside to install the motor.




The pic above shows the new motor installed. This was only a 10 minute job and went really well just a little uncomfortable reaching up to get the 3 bolts installed that holds the motor on the bracket and one nut that holds the linkage to the motor.

While trying to source a supplier for this motor I found that this same make "Denso" supplied the motors for many different motor homes so if others ever have this problem this could be a good starting point , just Google Denso wiper motors.

We are here in Ashland till Monday when we head to North Carolina forsome more visiting with friends and relatives then it will be off to Georgia to meet more friends we may never get to Florida.

Rick Elaine Tucker and Lilly

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Carlisle PA

Had a nice drive today from Fishkill NY to Carlisle PA. We are parked at Western Village RV Park a place we have visited before . The fall foliage is still beautiful here compared to home in NB where all the leaves have been on the ground for a few weeks.


This is the wiper motor that gave us all the grief on Thursday sure did not need it today nice sunshine although a little cool.

Tomorrow morning we continue south with a stop in Chambersburg PA to have a quick visit with Debbie our neighbor from The Glades Resort, then on to Richmond VA for a weeks visit with our baby girl Beck.

Safe travels to all the snowbirds making the migration south.

Rick and Elaine Tucker and Lilly.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wally Docking in Fishkill NY

Hi Yall we are finally in Fishkill NY...wally docking! 

Rick took the wiper motor off yesterday and we called around and toured around looking for a replacement but that was not to be. The Guy at Napa was wonderful he called anyone and everyone he knew, sadly it was to no avail. So we came back to the rig and fired it into the underbelly, cable tied the wipers together in the center of the windshield and said ok it is what it is. I did find the motor online in Portland Oregon, ordered it (great pricing 112.00) and we are having it delivered to our daughter and son in laws in VA. We plan to arrive there on Monday (weather permitting).

So we hunkered down for the day in Lewiston yesterdatm because of the nasty weather, we all ran to walmart for groceries, then back had supper and play mexican train for the evening.

Today we motored out of Lewiston toward our goal destination of Fishkill NY. The weather was suppose to be clear and cloudy all day with a 0% chance of rain. Murphy's law...

About 1 mile from our exit to Fishkill we had a bad traffic snarl (we think it was road work past our exit). We were 1.5 hours travelling that mile..and of course about 1/2 hour into the inching along it rained a shower. Wouldn't that just be our luck. At one point I was getting pretty freaky (it doesn't take much to make me nervous)...and Rick hopped out of the rig cut the cable ties and worked the wipers manually. Yesterday he talked about rigging up a rope and brining the ends in the window..but I wasn't sure that was the answer. 

Upon arrival here we ran into Walmart and picked up some Rain X..cleaner and invisible wiper stuff and he did the windshield while I made supper. We met a really nice guy in there auto department shopping, who saw us reading every bottle with Rain X on it..I was ready to buy them all..bless his heart he told us he has a hotrod with no wipers and that it was the greatest stuff. He told us what to get and how to use it...now wasn't that nice of him.

The weather looks clear for tomorrow so our goal is to arrive in Chambersburg PA for the night. While there we hope to see our dear friend Debbie (our florida neighbour)..and our boy Fritz, who is at the vet as I type this he's had a pretty sick week of it and has been at the vet almost as much as the poor boy has been home. Thankfully it isn't life threatening it is severe gastritis and they will rehydrate him and settle things down. He's such a dear boy. We are all praying for a speedy recovery for him.

After supper Arch and Annie joined us and we played cribbage. Of course the boys beat us 2 games to our 1...Arch starting out of the gate with a 24 count hand sure helped them out.

The furkids have been wonderful travellers as usual...sleeping the time away on the sofa, waking only for quick pee breaks and treats.

Ok I'm off to shower and crawl into warm jammies and snuggle in with my book. Keep 'sun' dancing for us folks..my little friend back in Canada has been sun dancing for us all day..thanks Linds...I'm sure your pretty tired!!!!

Take care all...and be safe out there!!!

Elaine Rick Tucker and Lilly



Friday, November 1, 2013

We Are on The Road...But Sadly Not without Incident

We are safe and sound in Lewiston Maine, arrived late yesterday afternoon...

We left Riverview at approximately 7:30 yesterday -Arch and Ann and Rick and I....smooth sailing and no problems or holdups crossing the border, and stopped in Bangor to activate mifi and our cell phones. It was a good smooth travel day, no wind..but we hit rain between Bangor and Lewiston..

About 30 miles outside of Lewiston the rain started and a while later we heard a massive groan and crunch and our wiper motor fried....we limped the rest of the way into Lewiston without wipers..ughhh...

The important thing is we arrived safe and sound, went to supper in the hotel where we are parked up, and had a great nights sleep.

Hopefully today we can hit the Napa store after Rick takes the motor off and find a new one without too much of a hold up and once again be on our way. It could have been a lot worse than it was for sure!! So we are thankful...

We are all staying put today, due to the major wind and rain storm on the eastern seaboard...so we will hopefully get fixed up and be ready to roll out in the morning.

Have a safe travel day for those of you who are on the road..and we will update later today..

Rick Elaine Tucker and Lilly..



Monday, September 30, 2013

Medical Procedure Scheduled...."Tomorrow"

Yes I got the call last week...thankfully my new Dr. is wonderful ...somehow some way she got me scheduled for my 5 yr checkup...prayers and fingers crossed for clear reports would be appreciated..today and tomorrow will be 'crappy' days..these tests sure take a lot out of the old body..but on the upside I will lose around 10 lbs in two days...not fun but has to be done!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Counting Down to Departure!!!

Wow almost four months since I've blogged...!!! I started our last blog with an opening of "We arrived back in our driveway"....yesterday was the first time we've been in our driveway in almost a month..we have had a summer of road ripping and construction right outside our door, over and over again..what a mess..but thank you to the contractors for allowing us back into our driveway for at least this weekend. They are building a sidewalk to nowhere...it stops/ends just past our house. I've said all along its a make work project..and just another way for the government to raise our property taxes...the racket, dirt ,mess and pounding has been unreal. From 7am till 7pm daily.

This was day "one" of looking out the front window...so as you can imagine it was all downhill from there-this was right on our front lawn. 

Rick was a busy boy, doing some construction in our backyard, putting in a nice solid pad for RV parking..
And Ossumer seems to enjoy his new digs, facing the river..



Today I had to reset my blog password...no wonder I could read you all and not post..took me awhile to figure that one out. Its been so long that I've forgotten my password and had to reset..I've always been setup as 'logged on"...not sure when that changed...Oh yes I have been keeping an eye on you all when I've had a few spare minutes...and thankfully alot of you are on facebook so we've been in touch..
The summer has definitely sped by us...we have enjoyed our time with our family but where did it go...as you know we've been working on and off for the local RV dealership (a very fun job)..prepping units, delivering, setting up etc. The rush is over thankfully in that aspect. I tho have been working in the dealership office helping out for a few weeks and I will finish up on October 11. The the rush will be on for lift off South by October 31.
We have had lots of company this past summer, our motorhome has been put to good use by our visitors, even though it didn't move off the pad often. 
We did get one trip to PEI with relatives while they were here, and a trip or two up to our camp land. But no major travelling. I think this is the first weekend in the last five that we haven't had visitors.
Rick has been a wonderful house husband while I have been working during the week. I hadn't planned on working full time hours but they needed office help (their gal is on maternity leave)...and her replacement only stayed until the middle of August..so Elaine to the rescue. It is a fun place to work..and I am thoroughly enjoying my time there. Plus I'm loving the paydays. 
Exciting new items to share with you:
We finally got ourselves a new family doctor (in mid August)...we are so pleased about that!!! She is young and very diligent...we've had two visits to her so far and we love her! 
I have still not had my 5 year check up :(..but that is not her fault..our previous Dr was suppose to send in my referrals back in May, then in June, July and August and that has not happened..even tho when she called him he said he did..according to the specialist they have received nothing,maybe he is angry that we've changed? Our new one still does not have our charts :( and Dr previous who is now on a months vacation is unreachable for me to even growl at.
Dr. B is going to try push thru referrals for my 5 yr checkup but I truly can't see that happening before the end of Oct. She did set us all up with our meds for the winter, and our blood work was done 'again' and we're setup for that in the spring.

Excitement # 2-We just found out that our youngest daughter who lives in Mississippi is moving. Matt our son in law received a fantastic job offer in Richmond VA area and they have to be there lock stock and barrel by Oct. 1st. We travel thru there on our way south and are very excited to be able to stop and visit...and we can also stop on the way back!!! This will make them so much closer to home...my prayers have been answered!!!!
Excitement # 3 - Anne and Arch from Nova Scotia are arriving here on Oct 29th, and will stay here with us..visit some family in the area and the four of us will tandem travel out of here on the 31st. They are heading west this year, and have a wonderful trip planned, check out their blog for their travel itinerary ...but we can travel together  as far as Roanoke VA area, where they will branch off west and we will visit with our daughter and son in law. It will be nice to travel part of the way with friends. We haven't seen them since last winter in Fl !!!
We are heading back to the same lot and resort this winter..thinking maybe next year we will plan the west coast. I'm just ready to get back south for a much needed rest, and see all our Fl friends.
Safe travels folks, I can see we are all getting the itch to get going...I will start blogging again for sure once we are on the road..meantime I will be jotting around like a mad hatter with my work, lists, organizing to be gone for 6 months.

But at the end of all the rushing and madness there is usually a......

Thanks for stopping by!!! Am pleased to have finally gotten myself back into the blogging groove...

Am off to work on lists....

Be safe out there...
Elaine, Rick and the furkiddos...