01.01.11 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2014

2014 GRAPHHIC2014 wasn’t the travel filled year we would have liked.  We did travel to Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas but that’s the extent of our 2014 RV travels.  We stayed longer in our home state than we originally planned because of selling our sticks and bricks house, which finally happened December 3rd, 2014.  Probably near the top of our list of God’s blessings this year was the house sale.

I’ll break down the highlights by month starting with,

vector-color-dot-background_134330483January 2014 – Spent time in Mississippi at TLC Resort in Pass Christian.  Kim and Chip came to visit us there and Chip and Madisyn came to visit us.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We discovered the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoyed touring it which included a visit to the pottery buildings,

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In mid January we traveled to Florida.  Our first stop was at Suncoast Designs in Hudson, Florida to have most of our windows removed, refinished/resealed, and reinstalled.   A lot of “fog” had built up inside those windows and when they reinstalled the windows they looked new.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483With the window refinishing complete we headed to Bee’s RV Resort in Clermont, Florida.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Three highlights of our stay there included

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483 Attending our first RV Park Worship Service and found we really like that concept, and

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Taking our first wine factory tour and having a blast.  It was at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard where after the tour we enjoyed their wine tastings.  We ventured outside, where we discovered a sprawling lawn with a bandstand on one side, a food court on the other and people sitting on the lawn enjoying the food and the music.  Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate, sat on the grass enjoyed the music and had a good time!

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483While in Florida we made a trip to Universal Orlando and had a wonderful time there as always.  We walked, rode and played as much as two old folks with aching bones can do and enjoyed every minute of it.  Here are pictures from that adventure:

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483February, 2014 – Visited our friends Russ and Annie in St. Augustine where we parked Dora in the yard next to their sticks and bricks house which is just a couple of blocks off the Atlantic Ocean.  We heard the beautiful ocean sounds from our RV and enjoyed some beautiful times on and around the ocean beach. Russ took us one afternoon for a ride in their car on the beach.  What a fun experience that was! We enjoyed some good quality visiting time with our friends and even attended Annie’s yoga class for cancer patients.  A first for Roy and I. We spent two days touring St. Augustine.  Some of the things we saw were the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, The Fountain of Youth Park which is a big place with lots of exhibits and beautiful peacocks, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos, St. George Street (a walking shopping street), and San Sebastian Winery where we took a tour and enjoyed our first ever class on wine tasting, St. Augustine is an amazing old town steeped in history and we enjoyed every minute of touring it.sa beach roy and russ2014-02-01_15-27-37_481vector-color-dot-background_134330483From St. Augustine we headed to Arrowhead Campgrounds in Marianna, Florida where we enjoyed seeing these beautiful bald cypress trees.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent Valentines there and enjoyed a Valentine’s Dinner with a nice group at Arrowhead.

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We had Dora weighed for the first time and found she is well below the maximum weight limits!

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483In February I posted a blog post about Things I Deeply Believe in.  You can read this post at https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/02/12/what-i-believe/

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Around this time in early 2014 we joined the RVillage family as followers and as part-time occasional employees.  We love RVillage and encourage any  RVer or  hope to be RVers to join – FREE – RVillage.com. Check it out!RVillage_Logo_YouTube-300x113

vector-color-dot-background_134330483On to Robertsdale, Alabama for two weeks at Wilderness RV Park.  We enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade in nearby Mobile with Amy, Richard and Ricky Geist. Very different from a New Orleans parade but still lots of fun!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy revised our Dora and the Explorers logo and this is the result – cool right!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in February we came back westward and stayed at TLC Wolf River Resort for three weeks. One of those weeks we were blessed to have Madisyn stay with us.
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horizontal linevector-color-dot-background_134330483March and April, 2014 – Once the excitement of Madisyn’s birthday was over we spent some time in our own sticks and bricks driveway.  It was the time of year that I usually did gardening pruning and preparing them for their glorious blooming in the spring so we did that this year to get the gardens ready for putting the house up for sale in early summer.

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We moved over to Jellystone Yogi Bear for a while and of course got some good visiting time in with Chip’s family.  yogi2

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made our way to San Diego, TX at the end of March where we stayed for 6 weeks tending a ranch for a couple visiting Europe.  We fed peacocks, chickens, guineas, dogs, cats and watered flowers and vegetable plants and mowed the grass.  In between we explored the ranch on the ATV and were amazed at the flowers and beauty we found in that dry place.  We disliked greatly the heat (one day in April it was 106 degrees), strong winds and sand storms that seemed constant.  We did like the solitude and being in a totally different place than we were use to.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went to Corpus Christi and toured the USS Lexington, a naval flight carrier that is now a museum in the water there.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483May, 2014 – As we left the ranch I drove Dora for the farthest I have so far! 2014-05-12_16-39-09_396

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Bishop’s Landing in Willis Texas – beautiful wonderful resort.  We enjoyed some peaceful time there feeding squirrels, enjoying the cool breeze off the lake and exploring the area.  Seeing a crawfish festival nearby captured our attention.  It was interesting and big (like all of Texas is) and we paid $6.50 a pound with a small piece of corn and half a small potato. I’m pretty sure they cook it quite differently than we do.  They put red pepper on it after it’s cooked and it didn’t taste like it was cooked in salted water.2014-05-17_13-35-32_28

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We arrived back in Louisiana to end May.  We found the most delightful place at Quiet Oaks RV Park in Kinder, LA.  This is by far the quietest, most restful, well-maintained, yet quaint and pretty RV resort we’ve stayed at.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent the months of early June through early December with our RV parked in our side yard in Hammond Louisiana while our sticks and bricks house was on the market.  The first month and sporadically throughout the rest of the months we spent time doing work on and in the house and gardens.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy took a full-time temporary job at Southeastern Louisiana University repairing computer hardware for which I am most grateful!  This is what he looked like by the end of most days after working at Southeastern all day and then working at the house all evening.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In his off time, in addition to the mountains of work done on the house, we did the following:
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy had a successful surgery to remove lumps from his chest and back.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We traveled to Mississippi to visit Walter’s Peach Farm and stock up on peaches and nectarines.  My first time freezing peaches was really successful and we’re still enjoying eating them!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I helped with our church, Trinity Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School, and as always received a blessing from being with these amazing children.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy pressure washed Dora’s RV engine.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent time with Madisyn doing all sorts of things.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Later in the summer I helped with Trinity’s “His Kids Special Needs Day Camp”.  These children are exceptional bright lights and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned about getting greatly discounted pricing on brand name prescriptions which made my year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned a lot about online job searches and even got involved (knowingly, so I could document it) in a job scam.  Was kinda fun seeing how it unfolded!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn’s first day of big school (kindergarten) made us realize how very fast she is growing up. madisyn kindergarten
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We started our search for our new home.  We looked in all the surrounding towns at houses on land and land alone where we might build, or put a modular home on to rent out.  Our wonderful real estate agent Jamie Johnson guided us well!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We were reminded why living in Louisiana during the summer is NOT FOR US!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483August brought football season and we just knew it was going to be “the big year” for our teams; Southeastern Lions, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. More on that later in the year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I wrote more blogs about topics close to my heart than I did about our travels.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In September I started a new blog post called Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays to bring some smiles, giggles and a warm heart to those in need of it. Check it out at: wackywonderfulwednesdays.wordpress.com  It is published every Wednesday.  At first it was part of our Dora and the Explorer blog, but later in the year it moved to its current location.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We saw Madisyn practice in her cheering class and attended her Open House night at big school.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kim, Braxton and Bentley better.  They have blessed our lives immensely!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Showed support for our New Orleans Saints with our new family socks!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Went with Chip’s family (Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley) to Ms. Heather’s Pumpkin patch where we played with the children and enjoyed the time together.  This little family brought so much joy to our lives this year.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We became RVillage Ambassadors which is a new role we’ve accepted to spread the RVillage word as we travel – when we get to travel again!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483One of the air conditioning units had an electrical fire and stopped working totally, and the other stopped working properly.  Roy diagnosed the problem and replaced the needed parts again proving his brilliance once again!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made the decision to replace our old Splendide Washer/Dryer unit with this brand new beauty!  Larger capacity and it works great!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I attended a concert by William Carey University Chorale at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church. AMAZING!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483My eye specialist diagnosed my left eye with having macular degeneration but thankfully it’s not bad enough to  need treatment.  It causes the vision in my left eye to be slightly wavy, but the right eye is fine and helps that from being too big of a vision problem.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We received two stinky offers on the house which we rejected.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in October we received a good offer FINALLLLLLLLY on our house from a nice young couple and WE ACCEPTED!!!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483After an extensive property search and a couple of near misses we found our little slice of Heaven here on earth on Rohner Road in Amite, Louisiana abound 15 minutes up I-55 and another 15 minutes down Highway 16 !  Almost an acre, on a pond, cows as neighbors, rolling hills, babbling brook.  What else could we ask for!
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Decidevector-color-dot-background_134330483d upon a set of house plans for our new small house and decided to hire Ronnie Glover as our Construction Project Manager for the house we’ll build on the property we found in Amite.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In November I started a third blog about “Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s”.  It started out on Dora’s site, like the Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays one, but moved to its own site at :   rosalynsalzheimersblog.wordpress.com .  I hope to share our experience caring for Mama with Alzheimer’s and other people’s information that was shared with me plus helpful info I find on the internet.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We purchased a Onan Generator Auto Start control for when we are boon docking.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483At Thanksgiving I helped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn and their church Soul’s Harbor, serve over 2000 boxed lunches to people in the Hammond area at Thanksgiving Servolution.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended several worship services with Chip and Kim at Soul’s Harbor.  Amazing church growing fast and moving into the building above this month!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy especially, and me a little, spent extensive time checking off the items on the home inspectors nit picky list.  These new buyers wanted and got a perfect house!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We enjoyed hosting our last family gathering at the house in Hammond.  My sister’s children and grandchildren joined our family at our very empty house.  Our large back patio was fine for all of us to fellowship and enjoy each others company which digging into banana splits!
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December, 2014  was indeed a busy month.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We said goodbye to our sticks and bricks house in Hammond, turning it over to the new owners in early December. A bitter sweet moment leaving behind good and not so good memories at this beautiful place we called home for several years. This is the best move Roy and I as a couple could make and we thank God for His constant presence with us through out this process.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We parked at Berryland Campers in Hammond for a few days and enjoyed a wonderful visit from our RV friends Russ and Annie.  We showed them around our hometown and took them to church with us which we all enjoyed.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We  signed the documents making us the legal owners of one beautiful piece of property in Amite, Louisiana where we will build a new house along with a pad with hookups for our RV.  With all our permits obtained, the slab form built and the well completed, we sat for a couple of weeks without any construction because of the hard rains and holidays when the workers wanted to be home with their families.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent our time wisely chopping, sawing, mowing and finally manicuring (not finished with that yet) the bushes, weeds, small trees to create a beautiful setting for our new home.  Roy spent almost every day for two weeks on this and I helped!  My main job was clearing out the massive amounts of heavily thorned bushes and vines around the pine trees.  The picture below is before I started!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483View of the pond from under the pine trees after I cleaned out all the brush from that area. I’m about 2/3 way finished now!
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Our son Chip was in “One Night in Bethlehem” a scene by scene drama of the events surrounding the birth of Christ.
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We went with Chip’s family to see the “One Night in Bethlehem” presentation and recommend it highly for future years in Hammond.
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We received a blessing when hearing our church, Trinity’s Adult Choir Christmas music.  Such a glorious thing seeing these people I love so much lifting their hearts in praise of their Lord!  And they got new choir robes – whoot whoot!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Southeastern Lion’s didn’t make it to the playoffs, LSU’s Tigers played in only a very minor bowl game and unfortunately our New Orleans Saints will not play in a playoff game this year.  Very disappointing season for the Saints, but like we use to say for years, There’s always next year!
Madisyn was in her first parade in Ponchatoula, LA for Christmas with her dance class, so of course we went and enjoyed the time there with Chip’s family.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We experienced three weeks of boon docking at our new property before we got utilities hooked up (weather, holidays) and learned a lot from it to prepare us for the future when we go out to the deserts!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Dirt was spread all around and the forms built for our house and for the patio next to our RV!!  Gravel for the RV pad and for the houses driveway was spread.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483My Facebook account was hacked (from my phone, left unattended!) for the first by these goofy people!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our well pump was completed giving us water, though only in theory, since we didn’t have electricity to get it to the RV for a while.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended the Loranger Christmas Parade with Madisyn, her mom and family.  Enjoyed jambalaya and hot chocolate afterwards at their church River Rock. Madisyn sat on Santa’s lap afterwards and whispered into his ear her Christmas wish list!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn was in her first ever Christmas play at River Rock Church which we throughly enjoyed watching, then eating with their church family afterwards.  She’s the only one in green (with a white jacket) in the picture!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Chauvin family Christmas gathering was at Chip’s house this year (way larger than our RV) with plenty of space for the kiddos to enjoy their new toys.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483RVillage.com went from brand new to over 12,000 followers this year!  RVers are loving it! I’m thinking they will go  over 13,000 by early 2015. 12688
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went through variations of digging out the ditch by the pond and putting a culvert in.  A sudden flood of water from nearby properties draining into our pond caused a emergency situation with Roy in the middle of it trying to save our culverts from floating into the pond.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy had to remove the culvert (after the storm passed) and hand dug (with a shovel of course) the ditch deeper, wider and more level, put the culvert (which is actually two culverts put together to get the length we needed) in and secured it in a way only his brillance could come up with!!!  This man’s abilities know no end!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We obtained a 911 address for Dora which is now 60124 Rohner Road, Amite, LA 70422.  Here’s our new mailbox!
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Ovector-color-dot-background_134330483ur year ended with us getting power and water to the RV and not soon enough end to our boon docking experience here.!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We ate dinner with our church family on New Year’s Eve – yum, yum!
That’s our year in review for 2014.  When I started this post I thought it would be short because we spent so much time parked in our sticks and bricks yard but I was wrong.  A lot has happened this year.
We’re moving in the right direction with our home and our lives.
I am most thankful for the addition of Kim, Braxton, and Bentley to our family (not they aren’t married yet but they will be).  They have returned a joy to our lives that’s been missing for a while.  We have a family again and it is a good one.  I know God will bless us all as the years continue.
I made a New Years Resolution, first in many years, to let go of trying to fix a situation that has caused great heartache and stress in recent years.  Not saying I love the people in the situation any less, just that trying to fix the situation is a thing of the past.
After spending three days working on this year in review blog, I’m making another one.  That is to work on the 2015 year end post a little each month, so it’s not overwhelming early next year!
Links to our Reflections on God’s blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 are below.

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The plans we’ve made so far for 2015 are only two – build the house and rent it out, then travel out west for many months!
Happy New Years everyone from Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin!  We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2015!
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Click on the links below to go there!

Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays published on Wednesdays

Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s published on Fridays

02.04.14 Super Bowl Party!

1554389_10201495989587779_1999147746_nWe have been so busy having fun since arriving here that I’m behind on writing. We’ve done and seen some cool things that I want to share with ya’ll, so I’m starting with Sunday when we went to a different part of the Atlantic Ocean beach and then Annie and Russ’s friend Beth’s condo to watch the Super Bowl game.

On Sunday afternoon we ventured out to the Atlantic Ocean beach again, in a different location. The walkway this time was very long and ended at a point about 4 feet above the beach. To get down to the beach you’d have to slide or jump and since lots of sand would get in my britches I chose not to jump or slide. Another day I will!  Be sure to note the sign  posted by the beach saying that if you get food stamps you don’t have to pay for  your fishing license.  We thought that was very funny! We left there and went to Annie and Russ’s friend Beth’s condo to watch the Super Bowl game.

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What a bust the game was but we had fun visiting and cheering against each other.  We were for the Broncos and Russ was for the Seahawks since they were the underdogs.  Boy did he get to cheer much more than we did!  We eventually converted to the Seahawks just to be able to cheer for someone.

We brought chicken and sausage gumbo. Chicken tenders and pizza rounded out our  Super Bowl fare!  It was a fun evening visiting even though the game was awful.

You’ll probably recognize Russ and Annie from previous pictures when we were in Minnesota.  The other lady was our gracious hostess Beth.  Those of you who know me well will appreciate it when I say that Beth can out talk me any day!!

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I’m glad to see that Annie has Beth and other good friends to see her through her cancer treatment and be there for her to cheer her on! Her treatments are rough but the cancer is growing much smaller.  Praise God! She shared with us that the treatment for her specific type of breast cancer was just released a couple of weeks before they diagnosed her.  God does work in mysterious ways!

Tomorrow we head out for a three day tour of St. Augustine which is the oldest continually inhabited city in the nation!  Lots to learn about and see and we’ll share it all with you guys!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

02.01.14 Dora is a slim chick!!!

We put off having Dora weighed as long as we could, but today was the day we got her on the scales!  The annual vehicle registration folks from South Dakota sent us a form to complete last month and it asked for her weight.  We gave them the manufacturers maximum weight from the manual but that wasn’t good enough. They wanted he weight at a Certified Truck Scale giving her actual weight.

Having never done this before we asked inside the truck stop how to do it.  They explained and it was a little confusing.  A very nice trucker behind us in line followed us outside and showed us how to do the weighing.  His name was Ray and this is him in the picture below.  The other picture is of the weighing scale we used.  Ray even helped Roy understand the information that was provided to us after the weighing.

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We have good news!!!

Dora is well below her maximum weight limits.  Her actual front axel weights 9340 pounds and the maximum weight limit is 12,000 pounds.  The actual drive axel weighs 18020 and the maximum  weight limit is 19,000 pounds. the total including Boots, our toad, is 32,300 and the maximum weight limit is 41,000.  Diesel pushers can handle much heavier loads than gasoline RVs which is a good thing for us.

Knowing your RVs weight is important because you don’t want to put more weight in her than she can carry along safely.  Knowing that Dora’s weight is well below the maximum weight allowance means we could carry even more with us but it really just means we’re not over taxing her as she strives to carry us along the roads of our beautiful country!

We just landed in St. Augustine and had a great visit with Russ and Annie (and Maddie). Annie looks beautiful, even with no hair and is such a fighter I am deeply inspired. We got to catch up with them some and made plans for things we want to see while we’re in this area.

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We’re parked next to their garage by their home just a couple of blocks from the Ocean.  With our windows open we can hear the ocean waves from here! We met and got to visit with Claudia, the really nice lady who rents their house while they are gone.  There is a canal behind their house where they can sit on the dock and enjoy the waterway!  This part of Florida is great.  We’re getting ready to take a walk down to the ocean!  The rain has stopped for the day leaving a gentle breeze for us to enjoy!

There is a lot to see and do in St. Augustine and I hope to share most of what we see with ya’ll in future blogs.  So ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!!

01.30.14 Mount Dora …… is that a mountain named after our RV Dora?

stop expecting normalNever, ever in our previous non RV life would I imagine myself pulling into a strange shopping center parking lot and calling it home.  Yet that’s what we’ve done a few times including today.  We have our own supply of water and can generate our own electricity for a little while so we’re set!

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Dora and Boots all by their lonesome in the big empty parking lot!

We’re in Mount Dora, Florida right now with Dora’s slides out and out belly’s full of Papa John’s pizza from the store right outside our door!  There’s also a Hobby Lobby here, so my afternoon may include some fun shopping time!

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Papa Johns on the left and Hobby Lobby on the right

Next time you’re sitting in your car in a parking lot imagine that your car is really, really big and that you’re going to spend the night there in your own bed.  That’s sort of a little bit of what living in an RV in a parking lot is like!!!

We’ve learned to get back to the basics in our lives since living in the RV, especially in a parking lot.  Living on our own water means quickie showers, no clothes washing and using dish cleaning water sparingly.   If I miss anything it’s being able to take a hot tub bath when my bones are aching! We have half the clothes we use to have but they are fun clothes now! There’s not enough space to have extras of everything though we always make sure to have plenty of toilet paper!!! We had a huge yard at our house and most places where we stay we only have a few square feet of outdoor recreation space, yet we spend way more time outside now chilling than we ever did at the house with all that space! We thought we needed all that space in the house to live in, yet find we do quite well in our tiny little RV space.  Ours is bigger than most but even at that it’s no more than 400 square feet!

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Since starting this RV fulltiming life, we certainly do need less, smile more often, dream big, laugh a lot and really, really realize how blessed we are!

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01.30.14 Bye Bye Bee’s RV Resort!

541509_550572981639824_1052114858_nWe are leaving Bee’s RV Resort on our way to St. Augustine to visit our friends Russ and Annie. The weather is really bad in St. Augustine right now (the Louisiana weather must be making it’s way there) so we’re going to stop at a nearby Sams for the night and try to drive there tomorrow.  Even though it is dreary outside every Christian knows that
Today is a beautiful day simply because God made it!

Travel days at the Chauvin RV are actually deep cleaning days.  Everything gets removed from the tops of counters and floors so they don’t get damaged when we travel and perhaps swerve or hit a big bump.  This means everything is open for cleaning which we do before we leave.  Floors get vacuumed and everything gets cleaned and sanitized.  I try to have all our clothes, towels, etc. washed and dried before we travel since sometimes we stop at locations that do not have sewerage hookups where we can empty the laundry water.  It might seem like a lot to do just to travel but since we travel at least once a week, I don’t have to do too much in between cleaning wise other than a little tidying up when needed.

I took some pictures I haven’t posted of the resort and wanted to share them with ya’ll.  Heaven forbid I should have some pictures on my camera that I haven’t shared!  We wouldn’t want that now, would we???!!!  Bee’s is definitely a 50+ RV park as I haven’t seen any children and they have shuffleboard!!!  It also seems that older folks have more animals and since we were parked near a big grassy area we saw most all the pet owners walking their little ones.  Most RV park rules say they have to be on a leash and you must clean up their poop and put it in a bag.  So every dog owner out walking had their mandatory poop bag with them.  Roy still says no dogs for us so I guess I won’t get a poop bag soon!

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Dora as seen from Boot’s eyes!
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Welcome to Bee’s
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Internet Cafe attached to the office
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Up close pic of the old gas pump in the office
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The manager’s dog – the resort mascot
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Our home for several days
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Shuffleboard anyone???
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Someone who lives here is growing tomatoes!
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Super cool golf cart like thingy parked next to us
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One a walk I came across these guys and they followed me when I’d talk to them!
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This was very large and I thought very pretty!
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Here are my two little friends again. They would stand right next to me and I couldn’t take a picture of them until they’d move away.
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Landscaping at someone’s home in the park

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01.26.14 Honey Pot, Lakeridge Winery, Abracadabra and RV Park Worship!

Our stay at Bee’s RV Resort has been an enjoyable one thus far.  This is really a place where the snowbirds land when leaving the cold north for the sunny south.  Most of the park are plots of 800+ square feet that you can buy and it’s yours to bring your RV whenever you want, whether it’s weekends, all winter or all year.  The ones you own have pavers that that make your little area very nice. Across from where we are parked is a big open field.  Yesterday a man was flying a remote control plane doing all sorts of stunts and I enjoyed watching him for a quite a while!bees airplane bees lake bees pavers

Our first night here we enjoyed dinner at the Honey Pot Eatery here at the park where they served all you can eat fried or baked fish, corn fritters, french fries, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread and baked apple dessert.   They have all you can eat dinners on Tuesday (chicken), Thursday (meat loaf and pot roast) and Friday is the fish night.   This was our first time eating in an RV park restaurant and WE LIKED IT!

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Saturday we did some sightseeing in Clermont and surrounding towns.  Beautiful highways and everything is stretched out, not all bunched up.  Lots of rolling hills, palm trees and pine trees.  Everything looks new and well kept.

We saw a sign pointing the way to Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard and we pulled in to check it out.  It’s a beautiful place with a sprawling lawn on the side for picnics and gatherings.  We enjoyed the tour and wine tastings (which was all free) and browsed the shop downstairs before heading outside.

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On the side a bandstand is set up with live music played from 1-4 pm.  Lots of people were sitting in lawn chairs enjoying the music and eating.  We could smell the food cooking off to the side and made our way over there.

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Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate.

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We didn’t have our lawn chairs with us so I sat on the grass and enjoyed my meal while listening to the music.   I hope to bring our chairs back with us one afternoon this week and sit for a spell enjoying the beauty of the surroundings there!

We next went for some more sightseeing and spotted an ice cream parlor (I’ve been looking for one for days) called Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory.

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We’ve never been to one like this.  They use a mixture of cream and sugar, add the ingredients you request to the mixture and then hit it with some nitrogen.

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It looks like a wizard’s pot over flowing with smoke. They mixed it right in front of us and we could feel the coolness seeping out of the bowl as it rolled over towards us.

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Roy got a Turtle which was ice cream, caramel, walnuts and chocolate.  I had a banana split.  It was absolutely the best tasting ice cream concoction I’ve ever had and quite a treat to get to watch our serving being made.

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Today was a first for us, our first church service at an RV Park.  When we saw it on the list of activities we decided to attend and how blessed we were for having done so.  The Rogers family, 6 children (in their 20s) and their dad, sang several songs of Praise to God.  They were accompanied by different types of instruments for each song.  Each one of the children had a very special gift for singing and we enjoyed them immensely.  The preached message was from 1 John and I have to say it was a special blessing to be able to worship God with fellow RVers.  I will be keeping a eye out for other RV Park church services in the future.

The park has a Jam Session on the activities schedule from 2-4 so we may be strolling over there in a bit to check that out!  We’re planning on going to Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure this week along with making a stop at the Disney casting center to apply for whatever looks interesting when we get there.  I’ll write more about all that soon!

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01.21.14 Day One – Window Repair Journal

946388_561649743884436_1886688389_nWe pulled in on Monday, the 20th at Suncoast Designs in Hudson, Florida.  Checked in at the office and parked Dora for the night.

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This morning, Tuesday, the 21st, someone came to assess the work they are going to do for us.  I was still sleeping so there are no pictures of this part! They do all their work where we are parked in our spot.  We don’t move inside, they do it right here.  That is good news because having to move in and out everyday would be a pain and this is much more “user friendly” to have work done this way.

About 9 am the first pair of guys, Joe and Jim, came to remove the window shades and take the screws out of the windows.   They were really nice and worked quite efficiently going from window to window with their process.  With the curtains removed you can really see how much fog had built up inside our windows and how badly we needed this done.

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A storm that was expected later in the afternoon arrived after the first two windows were removed.  We put out our awnings so the guys could continue working closing up the windows.

2014-01-21_12-12-51_206 2014-01-21_12-04-54_517After an hour downpour  they were able to continue with the work on the remaining four windows.  We originally planned to do 4 windows but after reevaluating the condition of two more of them we added those to the list.   There are five more windows in our RV but none of them looked anywhere like the ones we’re having done.  Since those five would have doubled the cost, and we are not made of money, we’re happy to get the 6 done.

The foggy windows are our number one dislike with our RV being an older model.  Roy found this company months ago and it’s taken us until now to fit it into our travels.  I hope in the next blog about our RV window repair we’ll get to share pictures of beautiful clear windows!

They give a brief tour of inside the building where they do the work of disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the windows.  We took the tour and saw the specialized equipment they use to do this work.  The tour guide said they try to do between 20 to 50 windows a day.  These pictures are from that tour.

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All the old windows are out now and the 6 windows are cardboarded up.  The sun is coming back out and Sunny Florida is back to being sunny today!

Brad Kirby, a young pastor whom I admire a lot, posted this quote on his facebook page and it is so very true.  I want to share it with ya’ll.

“If you’re still breathing, you haven’t run out of chances for a fresh start with the Savior.”

That thought is way much more important than us changing our RV windows. If you take anything away from today’s blog, please spend some time thinking about that statement. If you already know Him as your Savior great, if not the Christian life is a wonderful road to walk with Him at your side!”

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