Thursday, August 17, 2017

Help the bed isn't moving!

Tuesday we moved to another site because the site we were on was not level and in order to level the motor home one side had to be up way to much with the right front wheel being off the ground.
The site that we wanted came open so we took it because, we were in it last year and had a good satellite view and fairly level. But when I tried this time I could not get a clear view.  I guess the trees do grow a lot in a years time. 
After we were set up and leveled, the electric plugged in I extended the front slide while Nancy was with the bedroom slide as we always do.  Only this time I heard Nancy yell "the bed isn't moving".
I went back to see what was going on, she was right the slide extended but the bed was not.
We had planned on going to the store when we were finished with setting up but now the plans had changed.
After removing everything from beneath the bed, taking the mattress off then removing the screws from the plywood platform I could see the whole problem.  After 15 years of use the screws holding the mattress platform in place had broken. With the platform back in place I began the process of screwing down everything and with many more screws for good measure.

Yesterday Nancy and I both started out with aching backs from all the heaving lifting from the day before, but we had to get ready to go to the store.
First was a stop at the Pelancho's Mexican Grill for a bite to eat.
Here is my bride of 60 years and eight months enjoying chips and salsa before our meal.

We both had the Burrito Supremo Nancy took the chicken and I had mine with steak with both of us said it was good.

After our meal we went to Walmart to do much needed shopping for groceries and other things that we had run out of.
Then it was another stop at Kroger for a few items that were a cheaper price.
By the time we got back home putting away the things we bought and the extra work the day before we were completely exhausted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cumberland Gap

We pulled out of Jarod and Chelsea's driveway shortly after noon time to move on down the road.

After going through the town of Danville we took route 150 which is a nice country four lane road.
This road is sometimes up and down the countryside.
As we were coming down I saw all the yellow and thought I knew what it may be but not sure.
Then as we came beside of it yes it was tobacco and by the looks of it, it will not be long until harvest time for it.
Drove through Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.
Then we were on I-75 where this big diesel blew passed me. Traffic was very heavy with large truck, cars and rv's.
Soon we were on route 25E and even though it was raining and heavy fog in spots I was glad to be off the interstate.
After four hours of driving with stops to fill up the motorhome and a lunch break we arrived at the Cumberland Gap National Park.
The campground in the park is The Wilderness Trail Campground.
We will be here for a week or so before going into Tennessee.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.   

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Enjoying another day

Here we are in another driveway.   This one is at the house of Jarod and Chelsea in Danville, Kentucky.
Here is their large log cabin.

Today will be our last day here and tomorrow is another moving day.
Part of the gang of fourteen that was here yesterday gathered around the table getting ready to eat.
One of the little ones enjoying the trampoline.
The inside of the house that they call a cabin is all wood with Nancy in the foreground looking like she has had a full day.
Jarod and Chelsea's house has the back yard next to the forest so every now and then a critter comes to visit.  Here is a large wild turkey walking through the yard.

We have had a good time here with the young ones.  This is our first time here with Jarod and Chelsea.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Danville, Kentucky

Our time with Jackie has come to an end. As usual it was good to spend the time with Jackie she has been so good to us and as each and everyone of our family that we are visiting its just like coming back home and that is another reason we enjoy this full timing lifestyle.

But like always there is a time to get back on the road for the next stop.
we said our goodbyes yesterday and was on our way to get to Danville, Kentucky to visit the weekend with our nephew Jarod, his wife Chelsea and the four children.
But first we had to stop at the Walgreen in Winchester to pick up our prescription medicine that I had filled on line.  Also a stop at the Walmart for a much needed grocery fill up.
We then had to go to Lexington in order to take route 27 south which is a nice four lane road, just a little up and down the hill side.
This route has a lot of farm land and old barns that I like to see as each one is different with the different landscape around it.
The route takes you by the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
We walked through the cemetery a few years back looking at the many grave sites reading the grave stone of the young men that gave their lives for our country.
This looks like a great place to eat and I bet they have fresh meat on the menu.

We did arrive at Jarod's, unhooked the car and backed the motor home down the drive way to its place for the weekend.
Vicki and Rebekah came down from Lexington for the weekend also.
We had a good spaghetti dinner that Jarod and Chelsea had prepared for us.
We had a very good visit with everyone but then it came time to come to the motor home for our medicine and rest some before going to bed.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.   


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Matewan, West Virginia

After living in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg area for 30+ years our son has moved back to Matewan, West Virginia the town in which he grew up.  He has excepted a position with the town.

Matewan is the town in which the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud took place.

The Hatfield's on the West Virginia side of the Tug River and the McCoy's  on the Kentucky side shooting at each other.
It was also the scene of a battle between the coal miners and the Baldwin Felts detective agency (hired by the coal company. They threw the miners out their houses then the miners had to live in tents. The battle led to the deaths of several people.

So Monday Nancy and I drove the 125 mile trip to visit with him and his wife Mishell.
After catching up on the news of what has happened between us it was time to have something to eat.

We had dinner at the local Mexican Restaurant and the food was really good and really filling.
Here is Joe, Nancy and Mishell walking back to the house.
I walked down the street to look in the store windows to see what has changed from when we left the area.
It was good seeing Joe and Mishell but came time for us to be on our way back. Coming back home was a tiresome drive with the rain, fog and construction work going on.

Needless to say yesterday was a resting day.  More resting for Nancy than me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rain, Rain

Yesterday was about the same as it was Thursday.  It rain nearly all day long so it was time for a little inside cleaning since it was raining.
I did all the windows inside and around the window trims.
Once the rain stopped for a short time and that gave me a chance to clean the front of the motor home.

Jackie cooked me some more chicken and dumplings Thursday so I enjoyed them again.  This time she also baked a butterscotch pie with a tall meringue on top of it.

With all the rain it gave Nancy and me time to catch up on some blogs.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Haircut, Eating, Shopping

Tuesday Jackie and I moved the patio table and chair so we could finish up under the table with the coat of sealer.

Then I asked Nancy if she would want to go get her hair cut in Morehead?
She said she did so off we went when we got to Morehead the first thing we did was to have us something to eat.
We both wanted a Mexican meal so we went to Don Senor's. We ordered our meal and first as usual the waitress brought us chips and salsa.
Nancy had the Beef and Bean Burrito  with rice and refried beans.
I had the Steak Chimichanga with rice and refried beans.  Both of our meals were very good and filling.
After eating Nancy had her hair cut at the Great Clips. I sat in the car waiting for a while on her because they had a few customers ahead of her.
After Nancy came out I went to Kroger to do some shopping while Nancy waited in the car.
Yesterday Jackie and I placed all the chairs and table in their place we were finished with the porch
After coming back to the motor home I painted around the cargo bays to make them look better. 
Around 3:00 pm I checked the painted and it was dry so I closed the bay door and in a short time it started raining. The rain lasted the rest of the evening and almost the rest of the night.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Country Roads

Jackie and I have been busy for the last day and a half.  Her porch had gotten a little weather beaten so we put a coat of sealer on it. So now it has a nice new shine to it.

Yesterday I was wanting hot dogs for supper  so I had to run down to the small gas station which has a small amount of groceries for a pack of hot dog buns. I had everything else.
A repair shop across the road from the store.
I enjoy driving along this two lane country road as I do all the two lane roads.
Here's a yard with five apple trees.  Maybe some of these apples will be  fried and that with biscuits in the morning will taste mighty good. Or another tasty treat would be fried apple pies Ummm.
Here is a pleasant scene of cattle on the hillside.

If you have time two lane roads are good to travel at a very slow pace and take time to stop along the way you will be surprised at what you may find in one of the small towns you travel through.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Monday, July 31, 2017

A nice weekend

Saturday our daughter Vicki came from Lexington for a day visit.

It just happened to be the day that we needed our black tank emptied.  In order to empty the black tank I have to get the motor home in the travel mode because we have to go 12.5 miles down the road to the Cave Run Campground to use their dump station.
So I disconnect the satellite line from the dish that I have to use while here under the trees, next was the electric cord.  After that it was bringing up the levelers, backing up the motor home in order to remove the ramps that I pull upon for leveling ad we are ready to be on our way.

Vicki was going with us and maybe a little excited since she has never rode in our motor home in the 17 plus years we have been rv'ing.
After doing the dumping it was back to our spot at Jackie's to do the sitting  up again with around an hour from start to finish.

Yesterday day after church Jackie Nancy and I decided we wanted to go to Reno's Roadhouse for dinner.
Reno's was a little crowded but we had only a short wait period.  All three of us had the beef tips with grilled peppers and onions. It was a good choice because it was grilled just right and tasted really good. 
Jackie's said she would pay for the meal, thank you very  much Jackie.
Reno's claim that they have the best burger in  town.  With all the other burger places in town that would probably be disputed.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Wednesday was a busy day because we had to go to Morehead to do some shopping.
We asked Jackie if she needed to do any shopping, which she did so after we were ready off we went.

Our first stop was to Walmart for some things that we needed and Nancy needed some of her things from the cosmetic section so she went in to find them.
I can't seem to find the things that Nancy has to have from Walmart for some reason.  It might be that if she would remember the right name on what she wanted it would help me a lot.

After all three of us got what we wanted at the Walmart it was time to eat so we went to Fazoli's to eat. We all had the baked spaghetti with cheese on the top.  That with all the hot bread you can eat was very filling and I think all three of us ate way to much bread.

After eat Jackie and me went to Kroger to buy some extra groceries that we needed while Nancy sat in the car.  She was very tired from walking around in Walmart and it doesn't take much walking for her to get tired.

After getting back home and putting away everything all three of us were too tired to do any visiting.

Thursday and Friday was doing the normal things taking out garbage, vacuuming and cleaning inside.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catching up

Just doing the everyday things while visiting.  Like the trash needs carrying out each day and put in the covered bin beside the road for the truck to pick up once a week.
To eliminate the trash from over flowing Jackie has a large burn bin for burning all the paper.

Then there is the filling of the fresh water tank a couple of times a week.  I don't leave the water hose connected because I don't want the hose stretched out over the driveway.

I did finally get to put a couple more coats of varnish on the new boards of the slide out. That makes six coats and its begining to have that deep shine that I want.

Nancy and I did do some small things that get  neglected over time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Humming Birds

Our daughter Vicki came up from Lexington Friday to spend the weekend with us.

I went out to the car Saturday and noticed this bug on my front tire.  I thought it was still alive until I inspected it a little closer. It was covered in mud and the back of it was slit open leading me to think maybe it was the first stage of life being left behind. I have no idea what it was.  Any of my readers have an idea?

Jackie had us a chicken and dumpling dinner Saturday because she knows how much I like Chicken and Dumping's.
After dinner I noticed the humming birds around the feeder.
I went outside and sat down in a chair close by trying to get a good photo.
After several shots I thought if I would stand up the light on the subject might be better.
What do you know I got the colors instead of the shadows.
Nancy and I have always liked watching Humming Birds.

We are enjoying our time here with Jackie and with Vicki coming from Lexington just added to the joy of the visit.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Christine

Riding along the two lane hilltop road where we are for a few weeks visiting Nancy's sister Jackie.
She does live out in the woods and this is part of the road I have getting to her house. Even though she is out like this the place is very populated with houses and cabins on different roads that fork out from the main road. Kind of like the chalets in the Smokie Mountains.

Here is where we are parked while we visit Jackie.  Complete with 30 amp hookup and a water spigot on the side of the house to fill our fresh water tank.
This time I parked a little farther back to avoid most of the incline of the driveway.

Yesterday was Christine's (Jackie's daughter) birthday so the four of us went to Mt Sterling to the Cattleman's Restaurant for Christine's birthday dinner.

After dinner we said our goodbyes to Christine because we had to go our separate ways.
Jackie was with Nancy and me because we had stops at Walmart and  Kroger to get a few things.

With the full day we had Nancy was feeling extra tired and being late in the evening there was no additional visiting for the day.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cave Run Lake

Monday after a slow getting ready disconnecting the water, electric and sewer lines next was hooking up the car to the motor home.
I went inside were Nancy was with Peach and Don I said my goodbyes and off we went with the time being 1:10 pm.
Our first stop was the Barboursville Mall there is also a Walmart located here which is the reason for the stop to get a few groceries and other things.  After putting away the things I bought we were on our way again.
Soon we were crossing the bridge crossing the Big Sandy river the divides West Virginia and Kentucky.
This is where the Marathon Refinery is located as you can tell by looking at the large tanks beside of I-64.
We had one more stop before traveling on and that was Flying J to buy some gas at $2.16 a gallon with the Advantage Rewards Card.
I bought just enough gas to get me to where the gas will be a cheaper price.  I always check with Gasbuddy along our route for the best price even a few pennies makes a difference when you are buying 50 to 60 gallons of fuel.
While we were there we had a bite to eat before traveling along.
We passed by the Carter Caves exit.  We took the tour through the small caves when our children were young and we all enjoyed it. Like most caves the temperatures inside are much cooler than the outside temps.
After pulling off the interstate exit 137 in the town of Morehead we were on the road to Jackie's house.
But first we had to cross the bridge over Cave Run Lake then a mile farther we pull off the main highway to Jackie's.
Next was to take the car loose from the motorhome to park it, then back the motorhome up a small incline where it will be for a few weeks for our extended visit.
As I was traveling to get here I was thinking about parking the motorhome a little different this time so maybe I would not have to raise it so high to get it level.  What do you know that little thinking while I we traveling down the road paid off!
It didn't take me as long to set up this time and the leveling was much easier.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Flea Market Day

Yesterday was a little different as Don and I went to the flea market.  As many of the flea markets this one is also open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I did notice that another thing in common with other flea markets that there are a lot of empty vendor spaces.  I asked Don why are the vendors not here anymore?  He told me they had raised the rent and again it seem like the trend of the flea markets is raising the rent.  I can understand why the vendors are leaving, if you don't have the product that keeps selling you can not afford to keep paying the costly rent.
Even though the flea market was crowded in spots here is an example of where these vendors must have the things most people are not interested in.
We went through the all whole market. Don was on his own scooter here at the flea market but the photo shown here he was using the Walmart scooter.
Don has had some health problems and can't do very much walking but that doesn't slow him down to a stand still.  He may be 85 but knowing him he will bounce back to be his old self.
We were at the flea market close to a couple of hours before we called it a day.

Nancy and I visited some more in the evening time, then we came back home to do our evening things before bedtime.

Today will be our last day here then tomorrow we will be going to Jackie's for some visiting with her.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Same good "stuff"

Everything's about the same each day here.
Don and I go to the post office to check to see if they have any mail that arrives for them, I had a letter to mail, so that was different instead of waiting on Don I went inside to drop the mail in the out going box.

We went to Walmart to buy a few groceries each of us getting the things that we needed for the day.
After getting back home it's a short wait until Nancy is ready we go over for a day of visiting.
It is good to get together and visit since we get to do this as we make our rounds each year.

There was a time when we all live close to each other when our children were growing up and we miss this time together.
But as they say nothing stays the same.  As the children grow up and leave and the guys retire we all spread out in different parts of the land.

Yesterday evening Peach had us a good Pork dinner with sides of potatoes, pinto beans and cornbread.  It tasted real good, there's nothing like a good home cooked meal.

Today will probably be the same as usual with us going to visit and enjoy being together.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Logan's Steak House

First thing I did yesterday after getting ready and eating breakfast was to go and get me a haircut.
I was long over due and the barber was close by so it didn't take long.

After that it was coming and waiting for Nancy to get ready.  It was late afternoon when we went over to visit and see what we were going to do for the day.
Don and I went to the post office so he could pick up his mail.  Also we went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription for Nancy and I that they had to order so that completes our meds for the month.
When we got back we decided it was about time to eat and with the discussion on where to eat we were off to Logan's Steak House. 
We visited a little more until it was time for Nancy and me to come home to take our medicine.

We had another good day with the family.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Culloden, West Virginia

Nancy and I were up and ready to hit the road so after breakfast we go ready.  By the time we did all the things that needed to be in getting the motor home ready to roll down the road.

We ran into some rain a couple of times alternating with sunshine.
When we got to Ripley I took I-77 south I told Nancy we should have went on the two lane roads because it would probably been a better road surface.
West Virginia needs to take better care of their roads.
Well one place they were working on it.  Maybe I should say a small piece of it since they dug out a section six foot square.  It was about the same as the other repair places we ran over the whole sixes miles that we came.  Nancy said as we were coming "you are going to have to check to make sure nothing has fell off."

We did get to Peach and Don's house unhooked the car backed the motor home in the drive way.
I had to take extra time setting up because it was really hot with the sun beaming down on me.

We have been having a real good time visit and Jackie came over to be with us for a few days.

So it amounts to another visit with talking and eating, of course the visiting is better than the eating.
You can eat anytime but the visit with family is special, as we get older very special.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.