Saturday, October 31, 2009

We had only one tricker. This Cowgirl stopped by. We didn't have any candy ready, she was early.LOL

Shirl and Smokey were taking his grand daughter on the road tonight. I am sure they will have fun. We are beat after a LONG day. the work is fun this time. We had a BIG bon fire until the rain came. We are supposed to be cold tomorrow. Today was beautiful.

We had NO trick of treaters.

Gonna try to post this before it dies again.
NIte Shipslog.

Observations on Growing Older --- ORA

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your husband has retired'd give anything if he'd find a job!

~~~~But old is good in some things:...old songs...old movies, And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!

Send more ORA I am out!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Not a good night for posting anything....

Comments to everyone... I cannot get on to comment on any blog. I don't know if this will go or not. The signal is very weak on my side of the table. I can read, but it will not load for comments.

We are working pretty steady. Had a going away get together for Don and Evelyn who are headed to Fla in the morning. We are supposed to be headed that way, but had better stick around here for a little while.

Wishing everyone a happy halloween. Ora said she never went trick or treating, I never did either. But we had a lot fo fun.

Nite Shipslog.

PS: Observations on Growing Older --- ORA

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~Your husband has a night out with the guys but he's home by 9:00 week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~Many of the people in People Magazine you've never heard of.

~Your lipstick bleeds. Your mascara clumps and your eyebrows are disappearing. You don't have hair under your arms and very little on your legs but your chin needs to be plucked daily!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our new HOme

This is Plymouth Rock at Plymouth, Mass.
This is a replica of the Mayflower, tied up at Plymouth. I loved this ship. They brought a couple cows and goats for milk to make the trip more suitable.
Now today's exciting entry......

Today we moved from Shirl's RV park, you can't sneak off in a diesel. She heard us and came out. I paid for our day in the park by blowing some leaves. LOL

We are now in Mark's RV park. I spent most of the day running a 50 Amp ckt to plug this beast into. But now we have Full hookup.

Sherry has been on the inside of the house doing some cleaning. I have been outside. Then I started on the Garage. There is a lot of work to do here, I hope it helps in the short and long run.

Nothing of interest today, except we did get to eat Pizza at Ci- Ci's with Matt, L. Vegas and Mark. Today's weather has been great. Just beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by the log.
Nite Shipslog

Observations on Growing Older --- ORA

~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married. Now, " I hope they STAY married!"

~The best place to have a conversation with your husband is in the bathroom ... you have his full attention.

~Who wants to wear 3" heels anyway?

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch. When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

~You use more 4 letter words..."what?"..."when?" ???

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sherry got a quick shot of the Martin Castle going into Lexington. I read that Rex martin and his wife honeymooned in Europe where they fell in love with Castles. Returned to build this one. The were divorced before it was finished and according to what I read no one has ever really lived in it. (Must have been about wall paper, I hear that is the test of a marriage, hanging wall paper together. LOL) True or not I don't know. But I didn't give Sherry much warning to get the shot.
Then we came up on this sign, a road dedicated to my favorite horse in the world. Man 0 War.

This is our good bye shot of Ora and Mixon. You gotta love them, and like them too. We headed on down towards Tennessee. The weather was good

We did not plan it, but we traveled in the Peak foliage season. We got some beautiful views.

We over nighted in Tennessee on I-81 and it started raining. We had to bypass the rock slide on I-40. I love these low hanging clouds in the mountains. We were in rain most of the way home.

Sherry is shooting between wiper wipes. Notice her orange pumpkin bear, her Thanksgiving/halloween decoration.

This didn't come out real great but better than expected in the rain. That house is on a big clift.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! The Holiday in Express! Doesn't mean anything to you does it? WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL let me tell you! The Appalatchian trail is just down the road a mile or so. WE spent the night here while hiking the AT. It was our 47th wedding anniversary. I had carried a card and string of pearls in my back pack for the occasion. WE had a GGGRRREEEAT Time. So I have a warm place in my heart for the HR EXpress. They had a power failure that night and we didn't even care. That is it. In Irwin, TN.

The pretty views were so many .

This thourgh a rainy windshield.

Welcome to NC, we saw this sign twice. Because we drove through Asheville to I-85 in South CArolina then back into NC via I-85.

I just loved these low lying clouds.

We stopped at the NC Welcome Center and I opened the RV door and shot this pic.

WE are home now. It was raining so hard we drove into Shirl's RV park for a day. Tomorrow we will move to Mark's house to set up camp for a month or so.
This is going to be a test of endurance, his and ours I think.
NIte Shipslog
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A wonderful time in Lexington

Hello out there. While in Kentucky we got to meet some bloggers. On the last day we passed Man-o-war Boulevard and some castle to meet with the Great Ora and Mixon in Lexington. WE pulled into the WAl Mart parkinglot. Mixon and Ora pulled up and we did a lot of hugging. It was great to meet them. WE only get to see Mixon, who is a retired Chaplain, sitting at his computer table. We got to see the desk and their place. Mixon is a great handy man and had made a great addition to the house and the Garage. WE did get to talk about 'inspectors'. That is builders favorite subject. HA!
They too came into our Motor home for a visit here we are sitting on the couch in our living room. I uploaded a few more pictures but the system has died three times. I am afraid I am getting nothing up if I don't quit.
We had a super time and it was such a joy to converse with Ora about her implant. I figure soon I will have to make the decision. It is hard to express the feelings of finally meeting folks we feel like we know. Ora and Mixon are a super couple and made us feel at home. We drove away with a shopping bag full of books.
I got to meet Max for a mnute before he was banished. I never did see Pickle.
Take care, I am going to try to get this on Blogger.
NIte Shipslog.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Diamond Caverns, Park City, KY


IT NOW LOOKS LIKE THIS, The news says it will be blocked for months....... I would have hated to BE in that spot when the rocks started!!!!!

This guy was on the side of the road; Sherry would not let me let him ride on top
Of the Motor home.

YOu cannot help but take a picture of a beautiful tree this time of the year.

This is Kentucky after all, so we must have horses. This is the home and burial
Place of my (and millions of others) favorite horse, ‘Man o War’. He is buried in
Lexington, KY.

This is our second trip to Diamond Caverns. This stop we
decided to tour the actual Caverns. This one is a little
different, you take about fifty stair steps down the vertical
cavern until you reach the cave that is parallel with the
ground above, relatively level. The cost is $16 per adult.
We joined about ten others on the tour.
I love cave formations, I am always amazed.

Immediately upon reaching the lower level we were met by
Our guide who again went over the rules, ‘No Touchee’.

Below is where a stalagmite has been cut with a saw. It exposes the rings
of growth. The cuttings were to be table tops.

A narrow passage with a lot of 'bacon' formations from the roof.

You see above the ‘bacon’ formations hanging from the ceilings.

Since this is a private Cavern, this Podium was installed for one owner to perform Marriages. I think it did not pay off. The room was large, but not large enough for A crowd.

Beautiful formations on the ceiling. The cavern goes down 80 feet and crosses under highway # 255 and under the RV park where our RV is. The tour is one half mile with 300 stair steps all totaled.

Above was a smaller opening to a larger cave that is not on the tour.

A beautiful pool of mineral water.

It seems that no matter how many caverns you go in, you have the same beautiful formations.

This was a tight squeeze even for little Sherry! This large stalagmite is mighty close. Most of the path was wide, some places ten people could stand side by side, but this there is room for one to squeeze through.

I just love these sliced Geodes. You would think that the diamonds on the inside would Be valuable, but they are just a form of glass. They are still beautiful. I bought one once In New Mexico, brought it home and lost it. It may be in the storage trailer on Mark’s Property, it was only about six inches through, but it was not sawed yet.

Nite Shipslog

Observations on Growing Older --- ORA

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything ...especially golf.

~Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring then he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friends in Kentucky!!!

Since I learned that this was a burning bush, I thought I would have a little talk with it. Well guess what? It said friends were coming to dinner! Then it said Guess who?
Surprise, Driving all the way down from Owensboro to visit was, Gary!!!! Oh he also brought our good friends (whom we had never seen) Debbie and Terri.

We had a great time of introductions and life talk. It was great, and yeah, as you would guess they are as nice in person as on their blogs. Well Gary isn't a blogger, but he sleeps with one.

After an early dinner we all came down to our house. I only regret I didnot take a picture of Debbie inthe drivers seat, I got a kick out of that. So much so I forgot to take the picture.

Of course I had to brag to Gary about my tool rack and weasel some free mechanic's advice from an expert. (LOL). He gave me a tip on my valve noise in the Honda.

The visit regretfully comes to an end, the bloggers and the boss Gary. He really is as nice as DEbbie says he is.

Here we are looking out our windshield as they drive off, ready for the long ride back to Owensboro. This will be published before they reach home. I know they will be tired. Jeff did not come with Terri, he had some work to do so we missed meeting him. Next time we will get to see the love of Terri's life. It was a joy to see these folk that we only have talked to via e-mail and blogs.
Glad you could share our day. When the 'Shipslog' meets Gary, "Boondocks, flapdoodle & beyond" & "Memories and Sweet Serenity".
Nite Shipslog
Observations on Growing Older --- ORA

~When you needed the discount you paid full price. Now you get discounts on everything...movies, hotels

~You forget names.....but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you.

~The five pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Jessie Mozelle Bost Darnell

Sherry on the left, Mozelle, Kat, Shirl and Ruth the girls in the family. This is in Mo ans Jr. house. It was one of the nicest houses I ever built. The ceiling in this room was 16'. Mo came in once while I was building it and said, ' Jackie, how am I going to clean those windows way up there?' I told her that was her problem, I just built what she wanted. LOL
My Brother Jr. and Jessie Mozelle. At one of our Christmas get togethers. 'The sitting room.'

Jr. and Mozelle at an earlier Christmas party, This was at Kat's house I think.

This was Jessie Mozelle, she was always beautiful.

Boy, today I slept late, it doesn’t take long to retrain me. We relaxed most of the day and headed for Glasgow, Kentucky. We ate at a Captain D’s and shopped at WalMart.
The drive was beautiful. I love the country here, rolling hills with the beautiful fall colors covering them. This area is famous for caves and caverns. This trip we plan to go into the Diamond Caverns.

Shirl went to the receiving for Jessie Mozelle in Shelby. She met a lot of folks from her past. Shirl was very young when we lived in Shelby, not quite first grade. I was just a baby.

Dad being a pastor moved on to the next church, leaving two sons married and raising families in Shelby. Odis Howard the elder and BF Jr. next. Jun (as the family always called him) married the beautiful Jessie Mozelle Bost. She was quick witted and could sometimes make a cutting statement.
The last time we visited her she was kidding about her condition (Alzheimer’s). I asked, “Well Mo, I mean Jessie, how is it going?”
“Well today I am here, they tell me sometime I am else where and don’t know it. So today here I am, but tomorrow I might not be here.”
Shirl said,” Well you have a birthday coming up soon.”

“Do I? I don’t even know how old I am.”

Sherry said, “You will be 83 soon.”

Quick as a whip she said, “But I don’t look it, do I?”

We all got a good laugh. Sherry and I remember one incident very well. WE lived in Missouri and my dad always wanted some wagon wheels to put on either side of his walkway and drive. He asked if I could find some in Missouri. I did find four at $5 each. I had a one wheel trailer and loaded it with the wheels and some other stuff. It looked pretty ragged on the back of our 1955 Nash Rambler.

Jun’s china shop was about forty miles from Dad and Mom’s but on our way. So we pulled in to the ‘Jerry-Jo China Shop’. Mo looked out the window and warned everyone to watch for thieves, a bunch of Gypsies just pulled into the parking lot. We got another laugh on that one.
They buried Jessie Mozelle Bost Darnell today. She has been part of our family for nearly seventy years. We did not visit often, but we knew she was there. I wrote to keep in contact and I have a couple letters still in a folder she wrote to us.
Of course the family will miss her, she leaves two outstanding sons with very good families. I was always proud of my brothers, Jr. & Odis. They are both gone. Now we lose Mo.

Ruth, the remaining Sister In Law is still with us, Our family is dwindling. BUT everyone who has passed were outstanding folks and successful in their own right, their having been here will not soon be forgotten.
Sail safely Jessie Mozelle……
Nite Shipslog
Life is a vapor, seen, felt and gone.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Another moving day

It is going to be impossible to make it home for the funeral, so we are going to unwind in Kentucky for a couple days, then go home to N. Carolina. Breaking 'CAMP' in the rain is no fun, today was just that. WE left work late last night, got on some real back roads looking for Johnny CAsh's boyhood home. Finally got down to two ruts and had to turn around. The combines were working all night by light, because of the impending rain. It came. We did not find Johnny's house last night.

We decided on a whim (like we do many times) to try it again. Only this time we are driving sixty feet of motor home and van. We cannot do any U turns. We found it.
The house above was Johnny's childhood home. Funnny thing, Hazel told us where it was as we toured the Painted house. She said the guy that owned it now would charge you $5 to take a picture. Well. I stopped the motor home in the road, Sherry opened the door and took the picture in the rain. LOL

Sherry got us back on the road even though Jill (Paula's girl in a box) kept telling her we were wrong. But we made it back out on the rainy highway.

Crossing the Mississippi back into Tennessee.

Memphis Skyline in the rain, coming in from West Memphis Arkansas.

Sherry snapped this picture of St. Judes Children's Hospital, DAnny Thomas's main charity. It is a great place and a good dream.

We passed Nashville (Yelled at Sonya) and drove on into Kentuck.

There was plenty of beautiful color. The rain ceased a good ways before we reached Nashville. We fueled in the Sunshine. Of course it cost our 'First Born' for the fuel. LOL

Some more color.

Finally see a sign for Mammoth Cave. It isn't far to our destination.

Our destination, Diamond CAverns. Now we can dig up some diamonds and get the money to pay for the fuel and get our first born back. LOL

We signed in and drove into the RV park. I think this is the redest(?) bush I have ever seen.

Now we reach the park.

Friendly looking place, folks visiting in the road.

WE got parked under a beautiful tree, It is 'too late to cook' so we head out for a Veggie lover's Pizza in CAve City.
Thanks for taking the trip with us. Maybe we can see some Kentucky Bloggers whilest(?) we are here. That would be great.
Nite Shipslog

*******I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me. They were cramming for their finals.As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.
******Enjoy Your D ays & Love Your Life, Because life is short and a journey to be savored.