We’ve been at The Cabin over a week, and (needless to say) it’s been wonderful. The days have been, for the most part, perfect Vermont days, the nights cool and the mornings have been starting with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and the crackle of a fire. (OK, so the fact that those things tend to happen around 5:30AM are a bit disconcerting, but I have found that drifting back to sleep for a bit is a very doable thing!) Instead of trying to write at length about what all we’ve been doing, I thought I would just try to find one picture per day to share the essence of that time. (Of course, at the end I’ll have links to more pictures, if you feel so inclined!). Here we go –
Thursday – Arrival!
It felt so good to be opening the gate – we knew beautiful days were ahead of us!
Friday – Rain, Rain, stay and keep up quiet!
Saturday – The sun returned, and we did some tramping about to see some of the changes in the landscape in year we missed coming.
Sunday – Sweet worship at our home-away-from-home church, and then the SPLASH party in the afternoon!
Monday – We missed the eclipse, but we had a wonderful visit with Continue reading One A Day
If last summer (spent on the West Coast) was all about experiencing uncharted (for us) territories, this summer has been all about reconnecting with dear friends and establishing new relationships.
Yes, it has been a very good summer! Before we head out tomorrow for several weeks at our beloved Cabin in Vermont (little happy dance here), I thought it was time to do a bit of a wrap-up of our Montrose Summer. Continue reading Before we go
There were lots of things I LOVED about our very first cruise. (Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas, sailing out of Galveston, TX with stops at Routan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico for you seasoned and curious cruisers.:))
Continue reading Cruisin’ Musin’
This past week has been crazy wonderful. Or maybe I should say it’s been crazy AND wonderful! We started off the week with the 2017 SOWER Ministry Texas Round-up. With the campground full (30 rigs), and the fire pit going all the time, it was a wonderful three days of fellowship. Since I haven’t even begun to sort through the pictures (and hilarious videos) from that, the ‘Round-up reflection’ will have to wait. Because pretty much from the moment we waved good-bye to last RV pulling out on Wednesday, we (ok, mostly ME) have been in GET READY FOR THE CRUISE mode. While our traveling companions are more seasoned Cruisers, this is an absolute first for us. (I’m pretty sure taking that ferry across Lake Champlain doesn’t count.) Here is just a partial list of our cruise preparations this week-
Collecting seasick remedy/preventions and sunscreens
Better safe than sorry, right?
Getting a hair cut –
Yes, I am getting a “Flo-bee” haircut by Jenny. Quite the experience, let me tell you!
(Gary got a hair cut too – just no documentation!)
Getting a pedicure
Seven of us ‘left-overs’ from the Round-up descended on a local nail salon to get the full treatment.
We had such a blast as those two hard-working manicurists worked their way through our toes!
That shop may never be the same.
Last minute shopping – We made sure we had swimming shoes (we’re going snorkeling at one of our stops) and floppy hats for the sun.
We girls had several fashion consults with each other to make sure we were taking the right clothes. I’m sure the Cruise Fashion Patrol has long since retired, but it sure was fun putting together outfits and coming up with our “Dinner Wear”.
(The guys, of course, threw 3 pairs of shorts, a jacket and 4 shirts in their suitcase and they were good to go.)
Tonight we’re gathering for a Clean Out the Refrigerator dinner, one final check to make sure we have all our ducks in a row, and then tomorrow morning we head to Galveston. To say we are super excited (and maybe a little nervous, it being the first time and all) is a bit of an understatement. We’ve decided to go completely unplugged for the week so don’t be expecting any daily updates. My iPhone will only be used for picture-taking, and my tablet for devotions and reading. The computer is staying home. And this little corner of the internet will be oh-so-quiet for the next week-plus – since we return and then hit the road right away the following morning!.
Thanks for stopping by – and we’ll ‘talk’ again soon!
I don’t know if you remember, but almost a year ago (April 2016) we had a little incident with our main awning.
Yeah. Not good. We looking into filing a claim with our insurance, but when all was said and done (the awning (like the motorhome) was 13 years old, and the value of the awning had depreciated significantly) we decided not to go through the insurance. Gary also was hankering to change it over to an electric one and felt he could probably handle it himself – with enough additional muscle power from some good friends. Since we are working this month with many good SOWER friends AND our checking account had bounced back from the holidays, we went ahead and ordered the new awning. And this weekend, the main activity in Gary’s book was AWNING INSTALLATION!
It truly was a team effort –
The directions said that you only needed one guy on a ladder and two guys supporting the awning arms. What they didn’t stipulate is that the two guys on the “arms” needed to be twenty-something body builders. Let’s just say “supporting the arms” was a really heavy assignment.
We eventually wrangled up a couple more ladders (mostly just to support the weight of the thing) and they finally got the awning threaded into the channel on the rig.
Once it was up and secured, though, then the fun really began!
It was a little tricky getting the wire from the rear end of the awning to the power source (at the door), but Gary made it happen, and by the end of the day Saturday, we had a power awning.
Kudos to John and Rosie and Jay whose hands-on-help (quite literally) and additional ladders made it all come together – and to the rest of the gang who were cheering us on!!! We do so love our SOWER Family!