03.04.13 Madisyn’s 4th birthday, bad bad Dora, new asking price and hot nutritious dinner!

We have had visitors to our blog from Greece, Australia, Pakistan, Italy, Panama, Qatar and Ireland since the last time I updated countries.  Still can’t figure out why but I think it’s cool!  We also have 23 followers now.  I love to look at the stats and see the countries, how many followers and what they searched for to reach us.

We’re still stuck on not knowing what state to consider our domicile.  We have been researching Tennessee heavily due to its extremely low automobile insurance rates.  It would be perfect for all aspect except for mail forwarding. We’re still trying to find a good mail forwarding service there.  I’ve searched Google, Yahoo, many RV forums and don’t find that one key thing.  If we don’t find one in Tennessee we’ll go with South Dakota.  They have all the attractive RV friendly aspects and a few mail forwarding services.   I see us more as Tennessee residents but if we must do it, off to South Dakota we’ll go since you have to spend one night there to get our driver’s licenses!

Precious Madisyn’s 4th birthday party was this past Sunday, the theme was Pop Rock Princess and she certainly was just that!  For once I’m very thankful we hadn’t sold our house already because the party location was changed to our 574862_301198886673503_305735208_nsticks and bricks house (where her mom and dad live) due to the cold, windy weather and it was a smashing success.

2013-03-02_18-22-20_260Our empty dining room provided plenty of space for setting up three tables and all the decorations. Her mommy Liz’s creative ideas all came together with some really cute decorations, food and favor ideas.

The children had a blast jumping in the castle inflatable, dressing up, breaking open the rock guitar pinata, eating rock candy, star shaped sandwiches, rock star cake and just plain old playing!

46954_300842490042476_853496952_nThe rock candy I wrote about before wasn’t a total success. About half of them didn’t grow any rocks and the other half grew about half the rocks we hoped for. It still 2013-03-02_18-20-21_977came out cute and we used the ones that did grow. Check out the picture of the ones that did grow!  That was probably as much sugar as the kids needed anyway! We believe they didn’t grow to what we hoped they would because the directions said to set them in a warm sunny window and they sat in a cold house with very little sun coming in the window.

Some of the Pop Rock Princess theme foods and decorations 2013-03-03_13-54-05_764 2013-03-03_13-54-14_629are shown in the pictures.

It’s events like this that cause us to pause and wonder how we’ll handle not being around for all this fun when we’re on the road.  We’ll just have to plan to be back for birthdays and Christmas.

We’ve really enjoyed Madisyn’s little visits when we get home from work and other times.  Now that Roy’s retired he’s getting to spend more time with her which he cherishes. She puts a smile on our face when we’re down or not feeling good and is just so loving and such a bright little girl.  Since we’ll be 602723_300839843376074_436011214_ntaking to the road soon, I guess this good thing will come to an end in due time.  I like to think that God is giving us this time with her to build memories that will hold us in between visits when the time comes for us to leave.

On to why there is a Bad, Bad Dora in the title.  Dora has been difficult about filling her rear air bags, the motor in one of her slides broke and was changed, the lights went out in the bedroom night before last and the air conditioning that runs when we’re driving wasn’t putting out cold air.  I’m sure she could be doing worse things than this and we are thankful this is all that Dora’s up to but it’s frustrating to Roy to say the least!  Hence Bad Bad Dora! They are probably all things Roy will be able to take care of now that he’s retired. He’s already changed out the slide motor, he found the fuse that was causing the lights to go out, and when time allows he’ll work on the air suspension and air conditioning.  The two air conditioning units in the RV works great, just the dashboard a/c is a concern.   Being retired you’d think Roy would have the time to just jump right on it, but as of about an hour ago he has 5 computers he’s working on for customers.  It’s a good start to his part-time business!  When we go on the road he’ll be offering his services for hire to other RVers at parks where we stay.  If anyone reading this in an RV ever need their computer worked on look out for our Dora and the Explorers sign!

My honey had a hot nutritious meal ready for me when I got home from work yesterday.  What a treat that was!!!  As busy as he is now, he is still at home and I’m not.  It sure is nice to come home from a hard day at work to a nice dinner.  Really makes me feel loved!

We made the decision to once again lower our asking price for the house and our agent is making the change known.  The current problem in our area is that contractors are building brand new homes for between $85 and $95 a square foot.  Since we are competing with them for sales we have to lower our price to at least $95 a square foot.  Another couple we know who are selling their house got the same advice from their agent and dropped their price.  I asked our agent to shout this drastic reduction from the rooftops if necessary!  Git ‘er sold!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!!

02.26.13 Making rock candy, Roy’s retirement, When Jesus Saves, Dear friends visiting, Open house~~~

Granddaughter Madisyn ‘s 4th birthday party is Sunday.  rock candy finishedThe Pop Rock Princess theme is conjuring up a lot of neat food ideas, etc.  Her mommy wants to make candy rocks on a stick and I’m getting to help!!  You know the ones we loved as kids.  I only remember getting them when we’d visit Rock City near Chattanooga in Tennessee.  She found the idea on Pinterest and it will go great with the Pop Rock theme.  The recipe says to make the mixture at least a week ahead of time so last Saturday was the Pinterest project day!

2013-02-24_13-42-59_197Our son Chip, his wife Liz and Madisyn are living in our sticks and bricks house until they can find an apartment of their own.  It’s nice having them back together again as a family and we sure enjoy getting to play with Madisyn often!

Here’s a picture of all the cups lined up with either hot pink or purple sugar solution in them.  It sits for a week while the sugar crystals form rocks on the wood sticks.  We’ll see next weekend how successful we were.  However they turn out, we  had a deliciously sweet fun time making them!

Our dear friends, John and Donna Mollere, came to visit us on Sunday afternoon.  They are the couple who allowed us to bring their Class C motor home to our house and live in it a while so we could get a real feel for RV life. We really learned so much from that experience and it helped us make a more informed decision when we chose Dora.  They haven’t seen our sweet Dora since we purchased her and today they came to meet her!  John and Donna have a lot of RV experience and John gave Roy great guidance when we were learning and looking for one.  They both approve of our Dora!  Donna told us about their visits to the  Amish country in Pennsylvania and we’re thinking we’d love to take our RVs on a trip there.  They are some of the only people we know personally who have an RV.  While they don’t live in their motor home, they love to travel in theirs and can really be good guides to us in our travels.  It would be great to see them while we’re on the road.  Anyone else who would like to do some traveling with us, get hitched and come along with us or meet up with us!  We’ll be posting blogs of where we are and where we plan to go so you’ll know where to find us!

2013-02-17_18-17-56_233 In this picture I am holding up the red tube used to empty Dora’s “stuff” every two weeks. The tube has its own holders (the grey things underneath) but it seems to dip just before those grey things start holding it up and we want to make sure it’s really empty and cleaned out so I help hold it up a bit!  My friend Susan told me this picture reminded her of Eddie emptying his RV tanks in his bathrobe in the snow on the movie Christmas Vacation.   I’m at least a little better dressed for the occasion!

We had another Open House for the sticks and bricks Sunday and again no one came.  On Tuesday (today) we had a broker’s open house and 20+ came through the house.  I think this would have been a great thing to have four months ago, but at least they saw it today.  Their comments were encouraging, yet they recommended a price reduction since the real estate market is just not supporting what it should.  We really don’t want to cut the price again but may have to at some point.  Once Roy’s computer stuff is cleared out of the upstairs computer room we’ll consider it, we’re just not quite there yet.  There is no real urgency to selling the house, just our desire to be on the road now that the weather is so beautiful!

We just completed the Healthy Church Conference II – Awakening at our church, Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, LA.   It started Friday and we heard three great sermons from three wonderful preachers.   Our choir director Jessica Davis Bryan is brilliant at picking songs that perfectly support the sermon message.  One of the choir specials was “When Jesus Saves”.  I’ve never heard it before and the words of the song were such a perfect depiction of what happens to us when Jesus saves us, not just the salvation part but how our lives change in amazing ways.  I wanted to share the words of the song here but couldn’t find them anywhere and I know lots of tricks for finding lyrics to songs!  I did find a You Tube video of the gospel group Gold City singing the song.  While they are great professional singers, but I really loved hearing our choir delivered the message so powerfully!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18zUPOs7qu8.  I am going to miss the Trinity Baptist Church choir so much when we leave.  There is something about hearing them sing Christian music that comes in a close second in my heart to a great sermon.  Whether it is hymns, psalms or contemporary I love almost all Christian music sung by anyone!  The rock Christian stuff is not my taste but as long as the message is true to God’s word I’m sure there’s someone that it can reach.

Roy’s last day of work before retirement is this Thursday, February 28th.  He’s worked in several fields over the 40+ years he’s worked.  He’s delivered papers (as a kid on his bicycle), assisted in making dental crowns, he’s welded, sheetrocked, remodeled houses (with me!!), some air conditioning, installed carpet (for 30 years) and most recently repaired computers at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Probably some things in between that I’ve forgotten about.  He can truly do or fix anything!  Just ask Madisyn!  I’m proud of all2013-02-24_14-05-39_258 he’s accomplished in his work life.  Roy has a strong work ethic which I believe he’s passed along to our sons.  He’s worked very hard our whole marriage doing his best to provide for me and the boys.  He’ll still be available at home for computer repair so give him a holler and he’ll fix ya up! This is his new computer repair area (previously known as our dinette booth in the RV).  It will undergo some cosmetic changes to better fit it for computer repairs but for now this will be his new work home!  Happy Retirement Roy!!!

Again, this has been a random collection of thoughts and events but that’s what’s going on for now! Ya’ll come back now ya hear!