Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our First OOPS!!!

Monday: We got up early, had coffee did out putering, cleaned the rig and took ourselves out for supper. We went to Tony's for an early supper in Cedar Key, which was fantastic. They are world famous for their clam chowder and rightly so. 

After supper we walked around the pier and decided to have coffee and desert here-we had pineapple upside down cake and it was delicious. We sat out on the water and watched the pelicans and ducks.

Cedar Key Fl

I finally got a picture of Buddy the resident aligator at Cedar Key Resort :

After returning to the park we stopped for a chat with folks Rick had met earlier in the day when he was out walking the dogs. Beverly and Boyd  are from New Brunswick just an hour away from us. We had to leave to get the furkids out for their we agreed that Bev and Boyd would come over and join us for a drink. We had a lot of gum flapping going on, and many laughs, come to find out Boyd and Rick knew a lot of the same people :) did Bev and I-so it was just like having company from home. Around 10:30 after we were sure we were making too much racket we all said our goodbyes, had hugs all around, exchanged phone numbers and emails and promises to meet up again back home, and they headed back to their motorhome and we headed into bed. I wanted to set the alarm for the morning but Rick said your always up with the birds so don't worry about it. And off to dreamland we ventured. We were so busy talking and laughing I didn't even think to snap off a picture!!

Tuesday: As luck would have it neither of us woke up till 8:45 this morning and we wanted to be on the road by 9. Well that isn't going to happen..(should have set that alarm). We had coffee checked our emails, and readied the coach for travel. Janna, Mike and Matt came out to say goodbye (Gail was away to town, sorry we missed you Gail)..and we got on the road around 10:45am heading for Carrabelle and our destination of "Ho Hum" park. Travel was good today, traffic was light and the weather perfect.
We pulled into this boat ramp which showed to be a nice rest spot. Paved loop to swing around in etc.

There was a class C MH already in there as well as a fiver and truck. All of a sudden we heard a big 'crunch and bang'...needless to say my heart stopped..I was sure the car swung into something. Rick immediately stopped the coach and we barrelled out to check things out. You can figure out the rest from the pictures. Once we realized the car was fine we both looked up toward the roof-Yup the tree was too low, and we were sure we had torn off the a/c units...Rick got out the extension for the ladder and up my brave soldier went, not knowing what he would find. Lucky for us it only tore the back shroud off the back a/c.. Why it missed the front a/c and the fan covers is beyond me. 
Yup We lost one shroud the back one!
And up he goes to access the damage!

Now do we go ahead to unhitch the car and back up?

doesn't look too bad 

There is a dent

All fixed up with a Red Green Special
 We carried on going ahead did the loop and got parked-I made a lunch while he did the patch job. During lunch another class A pulled in and we were running out yelling 'don't go that way'...good thing they heard us and stopped. We didn't have to share our duct tape!! Altho we would have if necessary. So all in all it could have been a lot worse and we are heading to Pensacola tomorrow and will see about getting a new shroud cover! We arrived here around 3:00.
Upon registration we were coming out of the office when I heard "hello are you Elaine"?-Elaine and Rick who were at Cedar Key Rv resort? I turned around and there was Joe of Joe's Journey. He invited us to pop over after we were all set up. We popped over on our way out for supper, and promised to drop in after we got back. 
Here we are parked up on lot 11

A cute park right on the water
We went to the 'Fisherman's Wife' restaurant and it was delicious.We jotted over to visit Joe and Carolyn after walking the furkids. Thanks Joe and Carolyn, for the laughs and the great visit. After hugs all around and well wishes for safe traveIs with our new friends-we headed back home-it is so nice to meet blogger friends-it seems like you've known them forever! They are heading out tomorrow also. We took a walk out onto the pier before heading back home it is definitely a must do while here.
Tomorrow is hopefully an 'early' travel day (yes I will set the alarm as we want to be on the road by 9) so I am heading to bed. Now I am 2 days behind on blog reading so that will be my job for tomorrow evening, to catch up with you all! Take care and 'be safe out there'....
"Just another wonderful day in Florida"-our next post will be from Pensacola. 

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Rainy Day!!

It rained on and off all night and was raining most of the day today, now while I do love the patter of raindrops on the roof, I don't enjoy the pounding rain-it wakes me up. It was a good day to stay inside toasty warm and perform some deep cleaning in the coach, and fill the cookie jar with baking. So it was a cleaning and cooking day. Rick took the furkids out for walks between rain showers-Lilly does not like the rain at all-then theres Tucker who loves it. Trying to get them to wait inside the door at the mat till they're dried off is a challenge. But they are catching on to towel drying. Lilly loves the attention the little diva and tucker has no patience for it, he just wants to barrel on in.
After a nice visit with our daughter and g/daughter via skype, we had a nice steak dinner with all the trimmings. Then another great skype visit with one of our sons. We settled in with our coffees for an evening of television and blog reading. I feel bad for all the folks who traveled to Daytona from far and wide to watch the race only to have it postponed, hopefully it will get underway tomorrow.
Have a super week folks, and stay safe out there.

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Travelling Laundry!!!!

First thing on the agenda today, after coffee and computers time was get the laundry done. There are two washers and two dryers here at the resort but they were in use, and where as I had 3 or 4 loads to do we thought we'd drive up toward the pier where we saw a laundromat! Upon arrival we saw that over 1/2 the machines (both washers and dryers) were out of order and the other 1/2 were  moldy and yucky.. even the change and soap machines were out of order. After some travelling looking for another laundromat and change we ended up back at the resort and the machines here thankfully were not in we got it all done.
Around 4:30  we headed into town with Matt, Gail, Janna and Mike  to the Low Key Hideaway tiki bar for happy hour. What a great spot, it is 'low key' and quite a quaint place.
This is the Tiki Bar-behind the hotel

A shot from the Tiki Bar area

The signage

The low key Hideaway-and RV park

The owners Cindy and Pat toured North America with an RV for almost 4 years then settled down here in Cedar Key. There are only 4 RV lots so I'm thinking reservations are definitely required for this quaint spot. Rick and I headed into the pier for a walk, then up to Robinsons seafood for supper. Today warmed up really nice and the sun was shining:)...tomorrow we will work on the get ready to travel "ta do list" as we head out of here on Tuesday in the direction of Pensacola. We will do Tuesday night at Ho Hum park in Carrabell. Have a wonderful Sunday folks and stay safe out there. Thanks for stopping by.

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sun and a bit of Wind-a good day!

After coffees and computer time today, we tidied up the mh, hit the shower, then the road. We headed into Chiefland to tour around that area. It was cloudy leaving the park but approx 10 miles down the road the sun was strong and shining. We drove firstly down to see where manatee springs was located, then into Chiefland. Chiefland is a nice little town. We made a quick stop at Wally World.There was a big flea market setup alongside a rundown Rv park. 
We decided to tour that-and that was an experience. Not anything we'd do in a hurry again. It was pretty much all junk but they did have a discount grocery area (and any food I looked at had expired dates on it) we sure didn't shop there. We arrived back home chatted for a few mins with Janna and Mike and Gail and Matt then took the furkids for a walk. I made an early supper because we wanted to hit the pier in Cedar Key and watch the sun go down. It wasn't as spectacular as it could have been because of the cloud cover but we enjoyed walking around the pier and having coffee and watching the sun go down. 

Coffee on a deck

These guys were just hanging around!
 This park (Cedar Key RV Resort) is a great place to stop and rest for a week. It is a beautiful resort with large sites, cement pad to park on and nice patio. It is very clean and well maintained. Not sure what we have lined up for tomorrow as the weather is suppose to be wet. We do want to visit the The Low Key Hideaway Tiki Bar before we leave here next week. And hopefully see some manatees!! We did see the resident aligator today sunning himself on the bank of the pond.
Take care all have a super weekend...and be safe out there.

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lots of Fog-but At least no Snow-A good Snuggle Day!

Today was wet and foggy although we didn't have any rain to speak of today. It is warm and we don't have to shovel the fog so we won't complain. We didn't do much today, took the furkids for a few walks around the park, read blogs and emails and pretty much lazed around. The furkids snuggled in for a nappy afternoon on the sofa. Sometime the bond these two share scares me. I worry what would happen to her if anything ever happened to him. As some of you know Lilly is almost blind. She has PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) which is a genetic  disorder that the breeder apparently didn't check for, and dear Lilly inherited :( So Tucker is her seeing eye dog. And he takes his job very seriously. He watches out for her constantly and is never far from her. He seems to know somehow that she is blind and feels it is his job to take care of her. She is only 5 and he will be 2 in May. 
Tucker and Lilly napping

Snuggled up napping 

The resident chef put on a Jambalaya Dinner at the clubhouse this evening and we attended. Banana cream pie was the desert and it was very good also.  I had never had jambalaya before and I loved -it it was delicious. Janna had warned me that it could be somewhat spicy-and it was- but not as spicy as I had expected it to be.  We are now settling in to watch some tv, and are hoping the weather is good tomorrow so we can get out and tour some more.
Have a super weekend everyone and be safe out there.

Home is where you park it

"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rain Rain and more Rain!!! Cedar Key Fl

Its a fact that Fl needs rain and wow we got some today. The day started off very nice weather wise-we had our coffee, read blogs and emails, cleaned up the MH, walked the dogs, showered up and headed into Cedar Key to tour the area. Quite a quaint fishing area. We walked around and visited on the fishing pier. There were a lot of people fishing!! A very nice area -
little islands on the way to Cedar Key

Fishing Pier

This guy was just hanging on the pier waiting for someone to give him some fish I think

I wonder if this was his wife hanging out waiting for him on the Pier to bring home the bacon? (Fish)
We did see some dolphins playing but no matter how quick I was with the camera I couldn't catch them in mid air. We strolled the streets and into the shops.
A shot of the main road....

A lot of places are built on Stilts


These guys were just hanging around
Before leaving we toured the cemetery over in Cedar Key-a beautiful old cemetery. We stopped at the store and then the post office as I needed boxes to fill up to send home the easter presents to the kids. We then ran to the dollar general to buy some packing tape-that store has pretty much anything you would need.  
We took the furkids for a walk upon our return and just managed to get back home before the heavens opened up!! And wow did it rain for a few hours. I checked emails, made us a lunch, watched some TV and took a nap..I just got up an hour ago so I hope I can sleep tonight.
Take care all thanks for stopping by, have a super evening and be safe out there.

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Arrived in Cedar Key RV Park Safe & Sound

We left Port Richey around 11am today and arrived at Cedar Key RV Park around 2pm. We were booked to be here for 3 days but the place is soooo nice we signed up and paid for a week. So we are here till next Tuesday. What a lovely park-nicest one we've been in so far on this trip!
We got setup and settled, then Janna and Mike stopped over for a few minutes and we all introduced ourselves. They were heading out to supper with friends of theirs that are leaving tomorrow.
Tucker and Lilly met "sweet little Emmi" and of course Tucker was flirting with her. He was standing on the sofa watching their rig..he knows that pretty little girly is in there.
I made a nice supper of pork chops and potatoes and veggies, and Rick tossed up a garden salad.
We took the kids for a walk, had coffee outside and relaxed for a bit then came in to check blogs and watch some TV. The park is beautiful....full cement pads to park on plus big patio.
Our lot before we pulled in-I'm sure you all recognize that pretty redish rig off to the right :)

We are parked

Jacks down, Slides out sitting on a chair with a happy hour drink in my hand:)

Now that we have a good (free) wifi signal here at this park I am hoping I'll be able to comment on all your blogs instead of just reading them. I was able to post on a few of them but my wifi was so bad it was booting me off all the time. And the verification issue was a big deal.

Lori and George it won't be long you'll be retired it will be here before you know it!! Teri we truly enjoyed Tarpon Springs-and can't wait to tour Cedar Key-Suzie I find it is now taking me quite a while to read all the blogs it is almost like a job-but I love it..Ron sorry we missed you the other day at Tarpon Springs..we could have met up for sure! Donna thanks for the compliment on Hannah she is our darling grand and we sure do miss her..,thank heavens for skype.Sue the Tuckman didn't get to meet tiffy but he sure sniffed her on me when we got home :) Allen and Lolita just about every place we've been in has been beautiful. Contessa and Jeanette unstructured sure does = perfection and fun. Donna-Rick was "un" really fast..I think it took him an hour last June 10th me it took quite a bit longer for me as I struggled with it..going from the speed of a race car to a bicycle (without pedals)..but I just kept practising and am now settled into it all :)..Your turn is coming and heaven knows you sure deserve it!! It will be here before you folks know it.
I want to give a big welcome shout out to our new followers-I try to follow everyone who follows us-but blogger doesnt' seem to have an 'alert' stage as to when a new follower hops on board with hello and welcome to you newbies-hope you enjoy following us. And if you have a blog we will be following you!
I just had a great skype visit with relatives back home in Cape Breton-and it sure was nice to catch up with that side of the family. 
Take care all & thank you for stopping by, and be safe out there! I'm off to catch up on blogs on this nice fast wifi.

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Monday, February 20, 2012

Super Fine Monday at Tarpon Springs!!!

Is Gingee in there Mom? Huh Mom Huh? Or that pretty Tiffy girl you saw yesterday? Huh?
Tuckman trying to pick up women
I guess I'm gonna have to enforce the parental lock downs with the boy!!!

Dontcha just love retirement? Get up late (7:30am)-drink coffee and read blogs! What a great way to start the day-and to be able to do it in the sunny south of Florida is definitely a bonus. I am getting pretty used to this lifestyle.
I do need to point out to you all that I'm struggling trying to comment on most of your blogs with this new verification (yeah yeah everyone is having the same problem so I won't whine too much)..but I just want you to know I am still reading your blogs and trying to comment! So behave cause I still know what your all up to!
Today was a great day-Rick and I took off with a plan to visit Tarpon Springs and Honeymoon Island. Tarpon springs was great - what a neat place and I'm pretty sure I ventured into each and every shop that was there. The water was beautiful the day was beautiful and what more could we ask for.

Marina area at Tarpon Springs

Pretty much every store had the same thing but I loved it anyway

We had lunch here at Yanni's - great food

costal waterway

Sponges anyone?

Boats across the way in the marina

gorgeous area
 It was a pretty hopping place. A lot of tourists there. We spent the whole afternoon there and never did make it to Honeymoon Island. But I figure that's ok because we're on a permanent honeymoon anyway :) 
Tomorrow we are heading down the road (or maybe its up the road I'm not sure) for Cedar Key RV Resort in Cedar Key (Thanks Janna-I never know where I'm going and can never keep the names of places straight-looking forward to seeing you folks) for a few days..not sure where we're off to after that. Apparently that is still to be determined. And Karen I'll keep up the safari 'spy' mission for you :) 
After having lived a life of structure raising five kids-and working in our business being structured for years..and taking care of an aging parent-I'm ready to be unstructured!! Now does that make sense to anyone? 
Tucker by the way is as right as rain and totally back to normal..thank heavens.
After returning to the resort, Rick ran to the laundry room and threw in the laundry for me. So he now informs me that as soon as that is done we need to make a run to Wally World and pick up some more groceries. Where did we ever find the time to work and make a living? 
So y'all stay safe out there, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy each and every day we are blessed with! Cause I sure don't think it can get any better than this!

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Super Fun Sunday Met more Bloggers!

We left here today shortly after noon...with all intent to stop in Largo and visit Donna and Ralph (Our adventures with Tassie) and pop into to see Arlene and Kevin (Roaming when we can) (we had met Arlene last month:)..then head on up to Tarpon Springs and have a looksee. Well time definitely has a way of flying by when your having fun!! Arlene came over to Donna and Ralph's and visited with us there then we all walked over to Arlene and Kevin's and had a visit there. What a great afternoon we had. We just arrived back at our motorhome in Port Richey around 8PM. When we walked back to Donna and Ralph's..the lady next door came out of her rv calling out to it was friends from home (she used to work with Rick at the phone company and curled on his curling team)..what a small world!!! We didn't even realize they were in Florida, let alone parked next door to our new found friends Ralph and Donna.
Needless to say we didn't get back in time to tour Tarpon Springs so if we feel up to it we may do that tomorrow. We head out of here on Tuesday up to Cedar Creek Rv resort. Donna and Ralph and Rick and I ended up going out to supper at a restaurant right next to their resort and the buffet was excellent. 
Thank you Donna, Ralph and Arlene and Kevin..for your hospitality and a great visit. Donna and Ralph are heading to eastern Canada this summer and we can't wait to see them again and return the hospitality. We may see Arlene and Kevin again down the road in April if all goes well.
Arlene, Myself, and Donna 

Kevin (Arlene's hubby) Ralph (Donna's hubby) and my Honey

Donna :)

Me and Donna

Ralph and Rick

Donna and Ralph and darling 14 yr old Tiffy!!

Safari - Just for you Karen!!!!
All in all it was a wonderful is so great meeting fellow RVers and bloggers its like you've known them forever-thanks again Donna and Ralph and Arlene and Kevin for the wonderful afternoon. And Karen heres a couple of pics I snapped just for you!!  Saw this coach on our walk to Arlene and Kevins. :)
A safari for Karen and Stevo...
Be safe out there and thanks for stopping by everyone~

Home is where you park it
"May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky~and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly"