Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Good morning world, it's a brand new day. It is thought the highways will be very congested today with people stopping to see the eclipse. Someone posted a humorous thing on Facebook yesterday which read "If you are wearing a red Make America Great Again cap you can watch the eclipse without those sissy-ass eclipse glasses." Now that's funny, but rather irresponsible as you know it's going to happen! OMG eye doctors are going to be inundated with new patients.


It took a long while to cool our rig down last night. Mark suspects we have mud daubers nested in one of our air-conditioners. We took the dogs with us when we went to Walmart for groceries. Coming back, we had so much stuff in the backseat that Robbie sat on my lap and BZ laid on the middle console. About 200 yards from our campground entrance on a big hill of the narrow road to Whispering Hills Mark pulled over so far I thought we were going into the ditch as a large SUV whizzed passed us and clipped our truck mirror! He stopped as did Mark. They decided that each had a broken mirror but no other damage fortunately so that was the end of it. However, we were a little shaken up. Kudos to our Dodge  mirror design which folded in on impact. The glass broke, but didn't shatter. Mark was able to superglue it today so we could continue on with our trip. The other fellow was going way too fast for the conditions; we don't know how he hit our mirror but avoided our dually fenders. Mark figures he must've swerved at the last second when our mirrors hit. Anyway, we shall carry-on.

Sue, Wayne, Diane and Kris were playing dominoes last night. They had a boat ride in the Windsorcraft to visit Jill and Bob in Deception Bay. (We went to visit them by boat years ago but were chased away by a thunderstorm.) We waved to them from the dock but that was it as Wayne and Sue headed back for home.

Entering the Smokies

We will be staying at Pigeon Forge KOA campground, for two nights. It's a pricey bugger, $97 a night but with a furnished patio and barbecue! We're living large. 😜

Just 97 miles from Asheville ... hmmm

We arrived in KOA Pigeon Forge campground at 1 o'clock. It is a gorgeous place and totally full. It's a good thing we called two days ago to reserve. 

Seiverville looking toward Pigeon Forge 

The sky has a steely gray glow with 20 minutes to totality. Cool. 2:29 PM the katydids started singing! 

Hey! Is that a UFO above the sun? Calling my Ancient Aliens pals ... πŸ‘½

(and NO HAT!) πŸ˜‚

After the eclipse we had a late lunch of shrimp followed by a nap. Perhaps our clocks needed resetting after the eclipse. Ha ha ha. 

Rod and Shay left a message that they closed on their property and were sitting on the patio overlooking the lake. They sounded so happy, and perhaps a little overwhelmed with where to start next. Congratulations you two! πŸ‘πŸ»

We sat outside for happy hour and a salad ... no one ever said there isn't entertainment in an RV park. Heck "grandpa" next to us has 6 guests and 6 (big) dogs in a 24' travel trailer. 😱 Poor G'pa was outside walking around with his cane in the 89F heat. πŸ˜…

It's doggy bath night so I will close with an Arooooo

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good day sunshine ☀️ ... tomorrow's the big American eclipse!

Eastern time zone ... just "lost" an hour. 

Ohio blue skies

Ohio bridge to Kentucky 

Ohio River

Tailgating? No, there was a traffic jam getting onto the ramp due to construction. πŸ˜‡

Wow, Whispering Hills has really grown since we were here in 2011. The beautiful shady sites are all gravel parking lot now. It's a shame, but we very likely will find another spot next time we are in this area. It was 90° when we arrived and our living room air conditioner could not keep up. Mark suspects that we have a mud dauber nest living on the AC fins. We shall see when we get home. Wow, we had a lovely evening watching a couple of movies and eating dinner before going to Walmart for a few necessities.

Meanwhile, Diane and Kris visited with Bob and Jill by boat. Sue and Wayne took them on the Windsor craft today. Nice. It sounds like they are having a wonderful time.

Tomorrow morning we are driving to pigeon Forge in Tennessee to stay at the KOA campground. We are hoping the traffic will not be too bad as we should be arriving there around 2 o'clock. Well, as Mark says, it is what it is.

So that's it for tonight. Tata till tomorrow. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Good early morning sunshine. It was only 54 when we got up at 7 a.m.  All the camping kids were in hoodies and shorts! We had a good sleep. 

Well Diane and Kris arrived this morning at K's cottage after an adventure filled trip!

Coffe first ... 

then off to Lakeside Inn or a big breakfast! 

Wayne, Kris, Diane and Susan. 

Driving through Wisconsin enjoying the scenery!

Mark and sandstone tower on I94S

We stopped for lunch at Travel America, fueled up and made a chicken salad. Now we're back on the road to Tin Cup RV park. 

We caught up on everybody's lives via email today! Pam has been back teaching school for three weeks and working at the group home on Saturdays. Obviously she has been very busy! Pat and Ken are still in New York but leaving for home tomorrow. Rose and Jim will be home on Thursday from Ohio. So, we have all decided to meet for dinner at Guadalajara on Saturday! 

We arrived at Tin Cup RV park at 5 o'clockish ... we got a shady 30 amp site "downhill." Sweet. Robbie and BeeZee are happy ... they ate dinner and now have their toys out! Afterward we walked around and then sat outside with drinks. Nice evening. 

Tomorrow, we're off to Georgetown Kentucky. 

Sue and Wayne have taken Diane and Kris for a ride on the Ranger and then home to teach them Mexican dominoes. πŸ‘πŸ»

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Good morning! We said our goodbyes to Sue and Wayne at 7:30 and began our week-long trip home to Florida. 

We encountered construction around Sioux Narrows. It looked as if the road had been washed out. There were a few severe rough patches! 

Loonies and Toonies are packed away along with our Canadianisms. Eh?  On the International Falls Bridge, the Canadian/US border, we saw a Cedar Creek fifth wheel entering Canada. We waved as we passed and then spotted their license plate, they were from Florida! Ha. 

We spent 15 minutes at the border today. The agricultural inspectors, 3 of them, came onboard ... and left with our cherry tomatoes. (They were in the original store-bought container.) 🀷‍♀️

Duluth, Minnesota has striking scenery. Too bad it's a gloomy day, but great for travel. 

After a couple of stops, we arrived at Rice Lake RV park at 4:15. It's very clean and nice. Most of the sites have seasonal campers ... but 10 are reserved for travelers like us. 

Tonight, we are doing a load of laundry, on board, and cooking a pizza. Our Scotties like this site as there is a dog outside our window! Exciting ... even if it is a quiet black labrador. 

Tomorrow should be an easier day, drive wise as we will not have the 200 miles of two-lane roads we had today; nor a border crossing. We are headed for Tin Cup RV Park in Mahomet (Champagne), Illinois, 476 miles. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good morning! It's going to be a busy day here between moving and leaving Chippy's Hollow clean and prepped for Diane & Kris. But right now we're watching the morning news with our doggies. 

Well it's now about 230 and the RV is loaded ... Sue is washing bedding so I will get the bed made once the floors dry. Busy busy. Both Robbie and BeeZee seem very happy to be back in their RV. I'm sure they were wondering as we have been loading up. Ha ha. Poor  kids. πŸΎπŸ’•

Sue sent this picture of the dinner party guests ... 

Rose (stunning in white,) Sue, Dennis, Donna, Jim, Chris and Judy. Thanks for taking the pic Wayne. 

Earlier this week Sue and I went by the road to Harper's place (Dave and Shirley) from the RMYC days. Well it turned out that Shirley passed away a couple of years ago in Kenora, predeceased by Dave. (That's a story and a half.) 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Good morning ☔️ showers! Finally the forecast rain arrived, 12 hours late. I think everything needed the thirst quencher. 

Yesterday, Sue and I repainted ... she their road sign ...

and me, 

"Flies with Eagles"  πŸ¦… granite rock. Mark discovered this huge rock on K's property years ago, hauled it up a steep hill where I painted the face (following the natural lines) and Wayne set it into concrete. Cool 😎 

It was packing and (partial) moving day ... into the RV for travel home on Friday. 

Tonight we're all going to The Dub for burgers and fries ... then to pick up a load of fertilizer for the lawn. It's great to own a truck! 

On the way back to the cottage, we went through Keewatin to the liquor store, which was closing just as we walked up. 

If we hadn't stopped to take this picture we might have been drinking wine. πŸ˜‚

After watching a TV show with the Scotties we walked upstairs to K's for Mexican Dominoes night. Sue was the eventual winner but we made her work for it. πŸ™ƒ

Tomorrow is fuel up, load up and dog sit K's dogs while they PARTAY at Jim's. πŸ₯‚πŸΎ

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good morning ☀️ ... Mark is pressure washing the glider for oiling later. Sue, Wayne and I went to town ... and Dollarama (again!) πŸ˜‚ Back home by 1ish, Wayne and Mark got new batteries into the Windsorcraft! πŸ‘πŸ»

Sue and I were artsy-fartsy and painted! The old "Flies with Eagles" πŸ¦… needed repainting. I did that while Sue repainted their entry road sign. We were gettin' it done ✅. 

At 4:30, chores finished, Sue poured white rum drinks and we enjoyed Italian bread with Mount Dora specialty olive oils. Tonight, dinner is at Chippy's Hollow ... Mark is cooking spaghetti sauce with meatballs. 

Randy and Dawn were delayed at Muskegon, Michigan airport today. They had to get another flight.

Ha ha ha, Dawn looks lovely and relaxed after visiting her family, but look at Randy. LOL. We know he was hamming it up! On the right is Dawn's sweet mom, Jan. We're looking forward to seeing Randy and Dawn in Florida. 

It's now 615 and the chef is ready to serve 🍝.

(I don't see any sauce on the white walls???) 😎 Nice! Sue bought Mark a manly apron ... 

After dinner we played Ellen DeGeneres's game of Heads Up! It was quite hilarious and towards the end I recorded everyone playing. We had lots of laughs. Randy and Dawn phone about that time and we're having dinner at Guadalajara. One of the Heads Up! questions had to do with the state of Michigan. One of the clues tossed out was "where Randy and Dawn just were" ... The answer was Michigan, but Sue yelled out Guadalajara. LOL. Pass the wine. Ha ha. 

Well that's it for tonight. Tata

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Well, it's Monday and around here that means laundry. LOL. I think we are ready for a relaxing day after yesterday ... a busy one. Mark dropped me at the laundromat and went to McMunn & Yates for a turnbuckle (cable tie.) He's going to square-up the screen door so it doesn't drag on the deck. Me? I shopped around Keewatin Place and found a few teatowels for Chippy's Hollow! 

When the heck is Dollarama going to open? Sue and I have been waiting hoping it will have some good bargains. Do we need anything in particular, no.

HA! $30+ later ... πŸ‘πŸ» ... this store is just what Kenora needed! (When Sue saw all our bargains she jumped in the Escalade and went to Dollarama!) Everyone loves a bargain! 

First day of school for granddaughters Hailey and Isabella ... 

Happy happy day for parents Tiffany and Matt ... exciting for the girls! πŸ’• 

Randy and Dawn are apparently having a blast in Michigan with family and friends. They fly home to Florida tomorrow. We are sure looking forward to seeing them, their pictures and hearing stories of their trip. 

Sue and Wayne cooked a pork loin, baked potatoes and a salad. πŸ‘πŸ» We played a game of Crazy 8's Countdown ... which Wayne won; then 7 card Rummy which Sue won. The Rogers were unlucky tonight. X 🎲 

We packed up and headed to C.H. To watch the 10 o'clock news. It's Scottie snuggle time. Ta Ta. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday August 13, 2017

Good morning sunshine 🌞 and squawking crows. I guess that's the price for sleeping with all the windows open. Haha. 

Today's fun is brunch at Kendall House, a Queen Anne B & B in downtown Kenora. Sue was highest bidder on "It's a Dog's Life" fundraiser auction recently ... brunch for 4. 

Brunch was delicious ... and nicely served. 

Afterward we toured the Kendall House B & B ... lovely! 

As we were walking around the house, Sue and I noticed a Backgammon game at the hall entry. Sue asked and sure enough, the owner had just purchased it from "It's a Dog's Life" auction site ... (discovered in Chippy's Hollow game cabinet by me and donated by Sue.) Haha. Coincidence! Of course Wayne shared the story of playing Backgammon with our dad. 


Such a nice home and so well cared for. 

Emma kept us company in the dining room. πŸΎπŸ’•

Hmmm, our photographer took a nice pic of us blocking the sign. πŸ˜‚

Back at Chippy's ... we prepped for our perogies and sausage dinner with the K's then enjoyed happy hour on the dock. Egad, we'd have loved to have water toys like paddle boards, kayaks and jet skis. The neighbor kids have it made! 

Randy and Dawn are having fun on their Michigan trip visiting Dawn's family. 

Ha! Randy looks as if he's trying to keep everyone's names straight. 😜 Lookin' good! See you soon in Florida. 

Tonight, after dinner we took a "sunset" cruise on the Ranger ...

Pretty, but it looks like rain's coming in from the west! 

Julius and Shorty Hotpants came for the boat ride ...

it was nice to get out for a ride before tonight's rain. 

Ta Ta til tomorrow. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Good (wee hours) morning. πŸŒ™ The sky was perfect for viewing the Perseid meteor shower. Before bedtime Mark and I saw 2; one meteorite lasted a few seconds. Cool. So when I awoke at 3 o'clock I headed straight to the balcony again. Alas, the waning moon was bright thus hindering the view. (It was awesome before bedtime ... we don't see the night sky 🌌 like we all remember as kids; too much light pollution (or cataracts?) perhaps.) 

Tonight (8/12) will be "the best" viewing before moonrise. For your area go to ... 😜

It's 11:30 and we're off to S-Island for a cruise. 

At 4 o'clock we went to Logan and Sue's for happy hour, just across our little bay. They had an amazing spread of treats plus drinks. Also invited were Ann and John, our next-door neighbors. Everyone is very interesting and it was a fun mix of people. 

Ann, John, me, Logan and Mark chatting. 

When it came time to go home, about 100 yards away, the Windsorcraft didn't start. LOL. 

John and Ann towed us home on their Jetski. Ha ha ha ... I guess it's battery shopping tomorrow!

Tonight, we are having pizza upstairs with Sue and Wayne.

Dinner was good; we played dominoes afterwards; Wayne was the big winner. At 10 we went to the dock  to watch the perseid meteor showers. It was a beautiful evening, no bugs and just a slight breeze We saw several meteors in about an hour! Cool beans!

Tomorrow, we are going to Kendall house, a bed and breakfast, for brunch! Sweet. 😎

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Good morning y'all. Yikes! I slept in til Mark opened the blinds at 9 o'clock! Sweet. Sue and Wayne had already left for town with their Shizzles ... 3 stores needed a cash deposit. πŸ˜‚

Us? Well I wanted a boat ride last evening ... so "first thing" this morning has turned into noonish. Ha! We'll just putt around the Inlet for an hour ... that is IF I can get into the Crestliner. (It's a big step for titanium knees = Ebenkneezer, as Mark says!) 

Yay! I got in all by myself! 

Coming home ... what a gorgeous day! (I wish we could have taken Robbie and Belize, but I forgot their lifejackets in Florida.) 

We left for the dock party at 5:30 ... good fun! There were 32ish like-minded folks partying and plenty of hors d'oeuvres. Yum yummy. 

Panoramic F-U-N with awesome guests! πŸ’• It was so nice ... great weather and NO bugs! πŸ‘πŸ»

We were home a little before 9 o'clock having had a fun time. πŸ˜‚ 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Good morning! 🌞 It looks as if we'll have a lovely day here at the cottage. It's time to begin packing and cleaning Chippy's Hollow as we plan to cross the border for home next Thursday. 

Mark and I took the Scotties to the dock while he took a few casts ... 

Catch and release a small jack. 

BeeZee loves to watch Mark fishing! When he catches something she "yells!" πŸ˜‚ Crazy girl. 

So RanDawn are in Michigan for a week enjoying her family. Hope we'll get a few pictures of the weekend's reunion! 

We had banking in Kenora this afternoon and picked up a bag of dog kibble to see us home to Florida. (I thought we'd brought enough, but not so.) $12 at home, $28 here. Ka-Ching. 😳

Happy hour was delightful ... a few boating way out on the bay; but quiet and peaceful where we sat. 

Tonight was doggie grooming ... a brushing and pedicure.  πŸ’…πŸ» 

Tomorrow is a dock party at the Wallace's home. We'll be cooking chicken balls with garlic honey sauce as an appie.