Wednesday, September 28, 2016

South Carolina and a poor internet

If this will publish I will get a blog entry on tonight.
  (Mattresses about fill the whole hall way, but we squeeze by)

We are loaded with stuff for the house and are about halfway to our new home. It is a little hard to stay on the internet and SUPER SLOW!
 (The little FIT is FULL)

At breakfast I learned something very neat.  From the very beginning of my chalk-artist career entertaining kids, I had a story the kids loved, I called it ‘Rastus learns an important Lesson’. It was about a farm kid in the spring who wanted to go swimming but mama said, “Only after you plant the beans.”

So Rastus worked awhile and decided to rest. He set the beans on a stump and sat down, but he spilled the beans. He started trying to get them back in the bucket, but came up with the idea of just covering them with dirt and heading for the swimming hole. Of course when the beans came up Mama gave him a lecture about ‘Be sure your sins will find you out.’

Well as Daisy and I sat waiting for our breakfast I asked about her time on the farm, Daisy was born in 1925 in Eastern Tennessee. She told me of a time She and Ann were supposed to ‘drop’ pumpkin seeds in the prepared hills, then they could go on home. She said after a few rows, she and Ann dug a hole and threw all the seeds in it, and of course in a couple weeks dad knew what they had done. She said they got a lecture on ‘Be sure your sins will find you out!’
 (L to R= Ann, Shirl, Daisy, me, and Sherry Note the BIG cake. Most everyone in the restaurant got a piece)

It is too bad I am not still working with kids, I could have a TRUE story of Ann and Daisy and the Pumpkins seeds. These girls are dears, they also baked us a going away cake, a lemon pound cake.

We had a great time with Shirl, Ann and Daisy, then hooked up and headed south.

Looking forward to pulling into Deltona in the afternoon.

Nite Shipslog
1925 Model T, New when Daisy was born.
1927 Erskine New when Ann was born
1936 Chevy New when Shirl was born.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ready to hit the road, but first...

There are a lot of folks who do not believe there are older folk than we.  To prove they are, we are invited out for breakfast today by Ann and Daisy, Ann is in her late 80's and Daisy early 90's. Shirl is also to be there but I cannot discuss her age, however, she is no longer in her 70's.  So all us old folk will meet and eat. Laugh and cut up, then we will come back to our home on wheels and head south.

Shirl has allowed us to store our bed and a lot of other stuff in her basement.  We took the bed out today and it is out in the carport now. We are PLANNING on putting it in the motor coach in the morning. We are hoping it will ride in the hallway.

I have loaded the coach basement with tools and supplies.  The little Honda FIT is loaded with end tables and a night stand.  Once we get the house painted we plan to visit some estate sales and furnish the rest of the house.  

We have something unique here that I sorta hate to leave. We have a hen that wanders around the house here. WE have new neighbors across the street and they let her out to roam and forage. She is a friendly chicken and stops to talk to me. This was a dead end street when we bought here. Last year the city allowed a new housing development access to our street so WE NOW HAVE TRAFFIC. (More cars in 30 minutes than we did have all day.) There were 4-5 chickens now they seem to be down to 1. They did have to cross the street so that may have eliminated the others.

Anyway the 'yuppies or millenniums' of the development, ride bikes and jog past our house.  I was in an intense conversation with Ms Hen yesterday and not noticing a jogger had stopped, he seemed to be interested in our conversation. I was explaining to Ms. Hen that she should leave an egg every once in awhile to pay for her food. She loves the droppings from the bird feeders. Sherry said the jogger resumed his jog sorta shaking his head. He probably has never seen a Rhode Island Red with her clothes on. I talk to our lizards and birds also.

Chickens were a new item to Stella.

Anyway, unless you read this early, we will be on the road. We plan to stop overnight in South Carolina. 

I do want to thank you for commenting and reading.  I appreciate lurkers also.  I love to read the comments.  You guys are sweet for taking the time to stop by, I know you have much more important things to do, so I really do appreciate it.

Nite Shipslog

Even in the 1920's,  Reckon he was texting?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tonight is empty

I am at a loss for a subject.  We have had family over tonight. Both Jude and Stella dropped in.  We had lots of family in, even sister Shirl graced us with a visit.

Sherry created her famous fish stew and few the crowd.  Lots of reminiscing,   Just family time over food, we ate in shifts and made the coach seem larger.

Mark is up from Florida, Jennifer and Stephen brought Jude over.  

Both our sons (grandpas) were here, and gushed over their grandkids. Of course I think that is so SILLY! (LOL)  I would never do that.  HA!

I have been packing for our trip back to Florida.  I have been pretty busy but actually still had time for a volunteer job for Sherry's brother.

I hope you had a great week end. I am tired.

Nite Shipslog

Every boys dream in the 1950's!  (the Vette)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Neighbors and neighborhood

When we bought this house in Belmont, it was done over the internet, we were in Ypsilanti because Sherry's little brother was not expected to live at the time. (He did recover and is doing well)  I had nothing to do for 6-8 weeks but play with the computer the hospital had in the waiting room. Since we were there most days 18 hours, I had the computer to myself many hours.

I saw this house for sale on Ewing drive. I used Google and flew in to give a look. It was on a dead end street in an older neighborhood. I made an offer and they accepted.  The pictures looked good. LET ME TELL YOU PHOTOS OF HOUSES CAN DISTORT YOUR VIEWS. hahaha. Our Grand daughter and her Stella rent it now.  WE park behind it.
(Picture for you folks up north) 

I would have said 'E-wing' drive but of course my girl says it is "You-ing" drive. The first neighbors we met were David and Delana Ewing and I was given a Reader's Digest history lesson of the area. David’s Great great-great grandpa arrived in the area and bought up Hundreds of acres. Therefore there were a lot of Ewing's on this street. David was born in the house we bought.

Our Next Door neighbor is Jake Ewing. His name isn't really Jake but he has been called that forever.  While we were gone last year his wife had to go to a nursing home. When we are home, every day I see Jake leave early to see his wife and come back late.  They have been married longer than we have. Jake and his wife are wonderful folk and great neighbors. 

Once I was cutting the grass and stopped to talk to Jake. "Jake, I am not sure where my lot line lies, I know I am probably on your side but I am just cutting around the trees to make it easier on you."

"Shucks Jack," he retorted, "I have 30 or 40 acres here, I am not worried about ten feet.  But cut all you want to."

Across the street is Bobby. He told me an Aunt willed the house to him.  His mom lives with him.
( I love being on-the-road, but not sure about this one!)

Sherry lived in Belmont all of her youth, she knows someone in every family that borders us.  We are mostly 'waving ' neighbors, but this is a real 'neighborhood' of helpful and kind folk.

Bobby says he hates to see us pull out, he likes to know we are around.  David and Jake always act like they are happy to see us.  I think they have also read most of my books, so of course they are also smart (LOL).

I said all that to say we will leave again next Wednesday. I will tell them we will see them in the spring, if I get a chance! If not, they will know we are off again.

Nite Shipslog
 1956 Chevy truck and a 1956 Buick Special

Saturday, September 24, 2016

We are not suitcase people

Returning from Florida we realized again, we are not suitcase people. We both agreed if we were wealthy we would not enjoy traveling and living in hotels and motels.  It is a chore for us to pack and unpack, we have become accustomed to having everything with us. You know, our ‘stuff’, our home and you cannot pack everything. LOL

At least six times while working on the new home, I said to myself I will go out to the motor home and get:
1.  A short piece of wire.
2.  A pipe wrench.
3.  Circuit tester.
4.  Ladder (we found a 5 gal. bucket to stand on for short stuff)
5.  Nut driver
6.  WD-40 (bought that, lol)
7.  A hammer.  (I improvised using my tow bar attachment)
Looking at the motel room we stayed in, I had to smile. This is more square footage than we have in the motor home, but we much prefer being in the motor home.
We are also not ‘king size bed’ type folk.  We sorta want to touch each other at times. TOO much space in between with a king size bed.
The reason for the house as I have said, is for the time when Sherry gets too old to drive the 26000 lb Motor coach (LOL).  Right now we aren’t ready to concede that (big smile).  But we have no illusion that the time will not come, so we do want to be prepared.

In the mean time we plan to spend some time there, but more time in the coach. The home will also be available to family for a place in Florida to unwind. 

We timed our drive, we stopped several times, including once for coffee and once to eat and the drive was less than 9 hours door to door.

Nite Shipslog
We saw one of these today, 1955 Chevy. One of my most favorite cars. Those are the colors also.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Another Honeymoon

In Florida the closing went well. WE now own a nice little two bedroom one bath home in Deltona, Florida.  That is half way between Orlando and Daytona  Beach on I-4.  The house is 5 mins off the interstate.

Sherry arranged for the water and electric to start the next day.

First problem was getting in. No one had a key. I kicked a doggie door in and reached up and unlocked the door. The main problem was the AC room, I had to take a hammer to the knob. Then we installed new locks on all the doors.

We found the place was as advertised.  Even fairly clean.  There is a new stove and a new dishwasher that is not completely installed. 

With no power it was a very good time to check the power panel. The panel was so weird I had to laugh. Either the man doing it was old and did not see well, or a complete neophyte to electrical rules. Electrical wiring has a plastic coating for insulation. Most folk know that. Black is the hot wire and white is common. 4 breakers had wire installed still wearing it's insulation. To get contact you strip back about a 1/2" showing copper wire and install. 5 breakers the wire was not even clamped to the breaker.  I was a happy camper. That was fixed in no time.  I felt good about the wiring.

The Hot water heater lines had been hacksawed in two. Sherry read on the heater that it was 15 years old so we decided to replace it.  We went to Lowes to pick up some plumbing and electrical stuff, Walmart to get some cleaning supplies. Stopped and had Pizza. 

There is a new A/C unit that would not come on. I know very little about A/C so when we return, I will check all the electrical connections, if they are good will find an A/C man.

On our anniversary the 22nd at Lowes we loaded the new water heater in the Fit and headed to install it.

So in 1 ½ days the house is about ready to paint. The water heater is installed, no leaks. The house single bowl kitchen sink will be replaced with a double one Mark has. Sherry has her blinds measured. There is a small problem with light fixtures to work out (we didn't have a ladder). I will need to run a gas line to the water heater, then fix the A/C and we are in business.

Yesterday was our anniversary so we quit work at about 4:30. Sherry loves the Red Lobster so that is where we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Oh, we forgot to take pictures.  But we did a SELFIE:

Oh yes on the way home today Sherry looked over at me and said "That was a great honeymoon."  We both cracked up laughing. I said, "I'll bet we have had more honeymoons than any couple alive."  WE laughed because for years anytime we were off by ourselves we made it a honeymoon. This one was no exception.

Nite Shipslog

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


We got the  word that the closing was to be on Wednesday.  So we quick made arrangements, Sherry did her blood work for an upcoming physical, and we headed South.

We  didn't have any problems finding Gas and the trip was good. It is nice being able to talk in the car.  We are settled in a motel in Deltona.

I am on an old Lap Top. I forgot my pass words so had to change them to get on to read e-mails and to make this entry.  If I am absent for a few days, it is because I have lost my way.  hahahaha

Nite Shipslog

Imma try to install a picture. of cars, it just might lock up the system.

.a beautiful pickup from the early thirties.