09.24.18 Top three blog posts and Renting Dora

Monday, September 24, 2018 – The three posts with the most views on this blog, Dora and the Explorers, are about as different from each other as they can be. Everyday the WordPress system gives me stats that include the number of view that day for what blog posts were viewed. I can also get the stats for a month of views, a year of views or the views from the beginning post on Dora and the Explorers. Two of the posts I find very odd that people would be interested to such a big extent.  I thought I’d share the top three with you.

Number One with 1609 views is 06.25.15 RV Entrance Door Lock Repair – TriMark 030-0900

Weird right?  Lots of people must be needing to repair or replace that exactly motor home door lock!

Number Two with 1224 views is 09.27.15 Getting settled in Las Vegas, Nevada!

What’s weird about this one is that it’s just information about Las Vegas.  Not about all the things we’ve seen with photos and videos which I think are much more interesting.  Those don’t have anywhere near as many views!

Number Three with 808 views is from 10.13.12 Conroe TX Here We Come

Obviously a lot of people liked the first two but the number three post is something everyone should read.  It was the wildest, scariest, weirdest day of our RV Lives, maybe even all our life.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

Also, I’m sure you’ve notice advertisements on my page.  If you do see something that you might be interested in please click to check it out.  I get a few cents per click so thank you in advance if you do check anything out.  Every penny counts!

We’ve also started listing Dora for rent on a bunch of Facebook groups and the Marketplace.  It’s caused quite a lot of new activity.  Just had three folks interested on one weekend tailgating at LSU.  One of them booked and paid first so they got it!  We are ordering an exhaust extension for Dora so we can provide it (for a fee) to anyone wanting to tailgate at LSU.  Let us know if you’re ever interested in renting Dora.  If you tell us you saw it here on our blog we’ll give it to you at a special price!

All the information you’d need to know can be found at: at: https://rvshare.com/rvs/details/1099791   Dora MUST BE RESERVED through RVShare.com so that you are covered by insurance.

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09.20.18 Madisyn’s school’s family dance with her family

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – When I got the phone call from Madisyn asking me to go to her school’s dance with her on my birthday, this Grannie’s whole insides lit up! She’s given me permission to write this blog post and share her photos!

Her new school had a Family Dance and Madisyn probably had the most family there!  Paw Paw, Grannie, Chip, Misty, Kallie and her mom Liz.

The adults mostly sat in the chairs along the walls watching the little ones (1st grade to 5th grade) run around and dancing some.  They all had those glow stick necklaces around their necks and glowed the night away!  Not sure I liked the choice of music but the kids like it and some even danced!  The  6th – 8th Grade had a Back to School Dance the week before.  In two years that will be Madisyn going to the big kids dance!

Madisyn’s family (minus Grannie who took the photo) Kallie, Misty, Roy and Chip before the dance.  Notice the fingers over the adults heads, yes that’s my husband and son doing that!

Chip, his wife Misty and Madisyn

Madisyn and Chip

Kallie, Misty, Madisyn, Chip

Roy and I and two of our granddaughters Madisyn and Kallie!Grannie and Madisyn

Madisyn and her sissy Kallie taking care of her!

Paw Paw dancing with Madisyn!  I think she survived!

The photos above are all of Madisyn and her family.  She spent a good bit of the evening with her friends and classmates and it was fun seeing her having such a good time!  Thanks Madisyn for letting all of us join you at your family dance! Love you doodlebug!

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09.06.18 SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?

I came across these on a friend’s Facebook post recently. These are too good not to share!  Enjoy!!

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite .
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right.
The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous .
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
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08.29.18 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Clayton Jennings

Psalms 139: 13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
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Our culture loves to define people by their shortcomings and flaws.

If you struggle in school, you’re stupid.

If you’re not as good looking as the people on magazines, you’re ugly.

If you’re not bone skinny, you’re fat.

If you’re not wealthy, you’re broke.

If you’re not perfect, you’re a mistake.

I hate that I have to raise my daughter in a society that cares more about people’s appearance and status than their heart.

I hate that I’ve been guilty of perpetuating the very standard by which my own daughter will one day be measured by as people judge her worth.

I’m thankful that God is not like us.

The way I see my daughter is the way God sees you.

I could never see her as anything less than beautiful. I could never stop loving her no matter what she does. God sees you that way.

You were fearfully and wonderfully made and God loves you even when others don’t.

You might be struggling with your shortcomings, your inabilities, and your appearance.

I hope you start to see yourself how God sees you and I hope you learn to die to the opinions of shallow people in a cheap society.

You were made in God’s image. Nothing can change that. Walk in your worth.

By Clayton Jennings

Every verse in Psalm 139 is such a testimony to the love and intimately personal knowledge and care of our Lord for us.  I couldn’t leave just a verse or two out there so here is the whole chapter.

Psalm 139 New International Version (NIV)

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.