Monday, April 30, 2018

4/30/18 - Roadtrip 2018

Five weeks.
3900 miles.
Some mishaps.
Lots of fun.
Excellent weather (in Texas).
Beautiful US of A.

We left Millsboro March 23, 2018 on our exciting adventure. Little did I know by the end of the day I wanted to kill David and sell the blasted trailer. Needless to say things got better, well for most days.

So not to dwell on the negative, I'll move on to the good stuff.  After all, we all get sick of the negative, right?

David did the lion share of the driving, ok, he drove 3800 miles. I drove a little over 100 miles on I-10 and wasn't that scared.  I even passed a few 18-wheelers! I didn't do any backing up as the few times I tried around here I failed miserably.

Max, the happy traveler, loves camping! He gets to smell new pee sites and gets to deposit some of his own. I think the best time Max had was when we were still in Terlingua, TX and he got to run in the desert off-leash and even did some rock climbing with me.

Here he is in Boerne, TX
 On our way south we had to stop to see this guy for some gasoline.
Pedro says...

We did quite a few nights of boondocking.  P.S. I don't like it.  One night we stayed at a Pilot/Flying J and saw how them Georgia boys go muddin'.
That's some red Georgia clay right there
I got to eat some mudbugs in Loooosiana. They were pretty good too. David would not. He doesn't know what's good!
Mudbugs from Hammond, LA

We got to see Meghan quite a few times whilst we were in Texas. She came to camp out with us in Terlingua and Boerne. More about our adventure in Big Bend in another post.  Boerne (pronounced Bernie) isn't far from her apartment.
We spent a few nights in Uvalde, TX. It's the start (or end, depending on your perspective) of the Texas Hill Country. We went for a ride out in their country, beautiful!

 Then we got to the Pecos. These photographs were taken from the east so we didn't see Yosemite Sam.

On the west bank of the Pecos was my first sighting of a Chupacabra, it was after a goat. By the time I got my phone up to take its picture, it vanished.  More about the Chupacabra in my upcoming blog of Meghan and my adventure in Big Bend.

And finally...west Texas! I get serious ranch envy when we go out there. I love that beautiful area of Texas.

Temperature in the 90's.
5-10% humidity.
Sunny, sunny, sunny only interrupted by darkness.

I love this place!! Can you tell?

I got to spend the day with Meghan on her birthday. I hadn't seen her on her birthday in quite a few years.  We even got our hairs cut!

It was a sad time for me to leave her and to leave Texas. We had a blast together and you'll see that in a future post.

David, Max and I had a wonderful vacation. My bed felt so good when we got home. Here's hoping the next trip will be soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

3/13/18 - Rhyme time with AARP

You probably already know that I, at times, have problems with TV advertising. AARP, you know, the "old" folks gang has come out with advertising that rhymes. The dude in the ad is "rapping" without the music. First off - Are you trying to get people to join AARP by rapping? Second - I HATE rhyming things that aren't poems or songs. Third - What are we? Kindergarteners?

Rhyme time by AARP

More on the rhyming thing...

I don't know if it's the dots on my brain, I'm turning into a curmudgeon OR both but certain things really, really bother me. One of the many things is rhyming, especially business slogans. Business slogans that don't rhyme don't bother me. WTH?

"Where Courtesy Dwells and Service Excels" btw, if you check out that link, it's for a funeral home but you have to look at the name of the cemetery. What do you think when you see that?

Yeah, after reading this I'm leaning towards curmudgeon.

We are leaving next Thursday, can't wait!

#allthehashtags #keepDawnsnarky #iamacerbic

Saturday, March 10, 2018

3/10/18 - In 12 days

In 12 days we will be headed south on our maiden voyage of RV lifestyle. The end of January we purchased a small tow-behind trailer. We had originally thought this was going to have to wait until I received social security. I found a new, 2017 Coleman trailer half price in Manassas, VA, it couldn't be passed up.

I'm hoping I'll be able to take you with us where we go.


Monday, January 8, 2018

1/8/18 - 2018 Baby!

I wanted to do an end-of-year post to recap the fun that was 2017 but...stuff happens. Here it is, 2018 Baby! I kept my resolution for 2017 by not killing anyone and will once again resolve to not kill anyone in 2018. I am also adding one more resolution for 2018, no broken bones.

2017 was not a good year for broken bones.  I broke my pinky toe on my left foot three times, the first time was the day before I went to San Antonio, TX to visit Meghan. I broke the pinky toe on my right foot once and broke the pinky finger of my left hand on Christmas Day, not cool. My finger is still pretty swollen and still hurts, two weeks later.

My visit with Meghan in SATX was awesome. We ate good, saw a lot of cool stuff and had a great time just her and I. This year I plan on visiting around Thanksgiving. It's hard going through the holidays without her. Of all the states she could have moved to, I'm glad she picked Texas. If I ever move away from Delaware, that's where I'll be.

2017 I spent the summer with Cali. She turned 7 in March and Nash turned 3 in August. They are my joy!

David had spinal surgery on his neck, removing and replacing three discs and then fusing them together, in August 2017.  His recovery was slow and then he got pneumonia. That poor guy went through a lot.

I am blessed to have Richard, Kristin and my grandbabies so close. When I need help they are right here. It's nice to be able to just walk over and get some baby love.

David's brother Mike came from Illinois for a visit. It was very nice to have him after David had recovered from surgery.

All in all, 2017 wasn't all that bad.

Now...2018 Baby!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

9/2/17 - #whatbafflesme - pt. 2 - Youtube

I had Cali all summer and we've had a great time.  I'm also very excited that school starts Tuesday...Heehee.  Normally we do stuff in the mornings, she goes home to eat lunch with Mommy and Daddy and she comes back and we rest, watch tv or in her case, watch YouTube.  Usually we are laying in GiGi's bed so I know what she's watching.  If I'm not in there with her I check on her often.  She likes watching American Girl videos or ones with Barbie but as of late she has found a YouTube channel that is a family entitled 8 Passengers. It seems to be a family with 6 kids from Utah.  The family is pretty and for Cali, it's entertaining.  They post new content on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with occasional bonus videos.  I suppose the mom is a SAHM because she is the videographer.  It looks like she has been doing this for a couple years.  You can see doctor's visits, potty training, home schooling and vacations to name a few. They have over a million subscribers, seriously, you can check for yourself.

For this, it is a double banger #whatbafflesme.

#whatbafflesme number 1 is:  Will this Mom ever look back on her children's two-years in front of the camera or phone or GoPro and realize how much she has missed?  Sure they have gotten free stuff for creating "advertisements" with her family.  Will her kids look back on this and say, Hey, I was potty training, that's private?  Does she realize that while watching some of this with Cali all I can do is stare at that spot on her lip?  Ok, maybe that was a low blow but seriously, her face is big in the camera and she has a spot on her lip!

#whatbafflesme number 2 is:  Who the hell are these over a million subscribers that have nothing better to do with their life than to watch someone else's family?

Don't get me wrong, there are thousands, maybe millions of people with YouTube channels that post everything their family is doing.  They take the time to do the videography and then they have to edit their videos and then they post them.  As a mother and grandmother I would be concerned with who actually is watching this.

Time has sure changed a lot since I was a young mother.  I hated going to work because I'd rather be home rocking my babies.  I'd rather be reading them a book than watching television.  I'd rather be snuggling with them than anything.  And now as a grandmother I'd rather be doing those things with my grandbabies.

Life goes by too fast.  You blink and they are grown.  In an instant they are leaving the nest and all you'll have are memories.