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Happy 37 years of …..

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

We did it!  We have made another year in this journey called life.  There have been so many adventures with lots of fun and many bumps but we made it.  37 years, 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, 8 years houseless (which no one thought we could do it, even us!) and life keeps moving forward.

Paul picked our spot for dinner since we are in Texas and he is working so no big adventure this year but he found something that had promise.

Cooper’s. Maybe my family is from Katy, TX!

The food was plentiful, not the best but the beans were all you can eat along with White bread and Parkay!  I would give it 2 stars for effort and the ribs and beans were tasty.  I didn’t like the bbq sauce and to me it’s all about the bbq sauce.

Quarantine continues, Baby Lacey

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Life is moving very slow and interesting now.  Paul has headed out to finally get to visit dealers in the middle of the country while we are still locked down at home.  I am staying home and quarantining waiting for our second granddaughter to arrive in mid-June.  Amy is very nervous about this virus and June cannot come soon enough.

I am in San Jose as Amy was able to schedule inducing labor for June 11.  I will stay at home with Carrie and we will be the first and only family able to meet her once she is born.  They are fortunate that none of us have been ill or exposed so Nick will be able to be with her.

Friday morning Lacey Logan Carpenter entered our world.  She is beautiful and Carrie is so excited about her new baby.

                         GiGi is too!

New Puppy, quarantine

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Our life will always be better because of Duke.  He was with us through all our years on the road and was so use to us roaming but last year on our trip to Florida he got sick and by the time we got home I thought we might lose him.  He had diabetes and once it was treated he was doing so good.  We returned from Europe to a happy, well adjusted puppy again but then in June he went blind and by the time we got home from yet another trip the vet was not able to restore his vision.  He was doing well, the diabetes was under control but between being blind and deaf during our winter escape to Arizona I knew he was just not the same dog.

We got home in March and right after quarantine started.  He was not interested in walking outside as I think he just didn’t remember SunCity, so we loved him and cared for him and in April we made the decision, it was time.

Paul was very sure he didn’t want another dog and wanted to wait at least a year. I was so bored with the shutdown and missing my buddy so much I started looking for a new baby.  It was difficult and I knew it would take some time but our friend Dennis had the sweetest Labradoodle that I started looking for the breed although Emma was way to large but I learned they had miniatures. I did some research and finally reached out to Emma’s breeder and it just so happened she had a litter with one remaining (not normal) so I finally convinced Paul and we went to Paseo Robles and brought Teddy home

He is the sweetest and hopefully one day Paul will love him as much as I do.  We are hopeful that he will be about 28-30 lbs at full grown.  Time will only tell all, but I am so happy!

I’m loving the sunshine!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

We arrived in Mission Bay on Sunday, me with a cold.  Boohoo!!!

Only a couple days but the sunshine is perfect.



FMCA Rally

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

We always want to go to Rally’s but usually you need to plan well in advance, something we are not really accustomed to.  So Paul decides he wants to go.  It this Wednesday and I want electricity because I just do not enjoy being packed in and then the guy next to you needs to run his generator all day so he can watch CNN!  I emails the contact and yes of course they have plenty of room so off to Palm Desert we go!

We spent 5 days in Indio enjoying the weather and learning (spending lots of money) and getting lots of ideas for the future.  Each evening they have entertainment with the first night BINGO!  I won, had to split it with 3 people but still we doubled our money.  There was a Brooks & Dunn tribute band that was pretty good.

Looked like them, didn’t totally get the sound but were really entertaining

There was a comedian that was very funny without any foul language so Paul and I were definitely fans.  And the last evening was a doo-wap acappella group that I really enjoyed.

We also attended several seminars.  Paul learned about LED lights, not sure how much more he needs to know! He also learned about replacing the batteries in the RV so we don’t need our generator any more!  I think we will be using the generator for awhile.  I learned about taking a caravan tour to Alaska and during the seminar realized that it’s not something we will do.  I takes 2 months minimum to really go all the way to Fairbanks and Paul is not even a little interested  so I’m looking into a one way cruise so we can see more Alaska.

And we replaced the awning which was torn off in Avila!  We didn’t like the one that was there and it didn’t want to be there as a small wind gust came up and completely ripped the awning out of its 3 tiny screws!

As far as rally’s go this one was really fun.  I wish we were more in a group because the rv groups that come together have a lot of extra activities, but then again we get all that fun in SunCity.



Happy 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

We missed the ball drop but the next morning was perfection.

Avila Beach continues to be one of my favorite places and we get to spend 3 whole days in paradise.

So I don’t have any new New Years Resolutions but will continue to work on the ones from years past; be kind to strangers and yes family! Eat more healthy and exercise.  All doable but somehow it always takes a backseat.  My resolution for this year will be to try harder.

As always Avila delivered on beautiful weather and a great start to 2020!


Our first Trip

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

We are back in the saddle again!  Paul left Roseville on Thursday and I will catch up with him Friday afternoon in the car; Just like the Full time days we will be heading north, visiting friends, working a little and enjoying the country once again.  This trip is our first in our new Jayco Melbourne Prestige.

Finding Paul is like hitting a moving target.  I left Roseville about 11 am and met up with him just north of Ukiah along the highway.  I missed the exit but the good news is we had great cell service so I took the next exit and he caught up to me.  We hitched the car up, had a little lunch and headed north into the redwoods.

About 4 pm we pulled into Richardson Grove and they had a great spot for one night!  That’s all we need.  The campground was full but by 8 pm all was quiet and I thoroughly enjoyed falling asleep in the dark of the forest.

The RV handled the windy road great and towing the car went smoothly until we stopped for the night in Humbug State Park near where we will spend a week with friends in Port Orford Oregon.  We found a site that would work for the one night and got out to unhook the car, dead battery!  Hmmm, thought we had gotten that all fixed up, apparently not.  So on to plan B.  We called our destination in Port Orford to see if we could arrive a day early and then our friends, Ed and Peggy to meet us there and help either push the car or jump the battery.’

Everything went fine, got the car going and we are off to a fabulous week with friends.

The adventure continues

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Before we left for Europe we dropped the Van off at a dealership as a trade-in and ordered our newest RV.  A 2020 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP was scheduled to arrive May 24th.  That didn’t happen so we searched the internet and found a 2019 Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP  and after careful thought we sent a deposit and then picked it up in Bakersfield June 3.  Its cozy but way more spacious than the van and we can pull our car.  This is going to give us much more flexibility on the road and help when Paul wants to work and Duke and I need somewhere to hang out.

We had our first quick trip in it to San Jose where we parked in front of Stephanie’s new home and spent the weekend moving her in.  We did take a break and enjoyed Saturday with the kids and went to one of Paul’s favorite activities, Roaring Camp Railroad.


The RV worked wonderfully and today when we got home we set it up for towing.  Paul got it all ready and we hopped in for a test ride.  First mistake!  Lots of noise!  Something is not right!  We get out and the hitch has come undone from the RV and the hitch is shoved up under the RV!

If you look closely to the bumper below the taillight you can see a memory making mark!  After some forward and back movements  in both the Car and the RV and a large hammer we got it disconnected and hooked up correctly and the test drive went well.  We are on our way to Canada in July.

Winter of 2019

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Let’s go to Florida!  That’s the plan so we bring in the New Year with great friends and then New Years morning we head south, stopping to visit mom, dad and my brother then to Los Angeles to work.  Things are going great, we finish up work in El Cahon Friday afternoon and head into AZ.  The next morning…………… back to San Diego


We are headed back to Roseville.   We arrive in Roseville at 7 pm Thursday, Jan 10, had an MRI and went home!  It’s a long story, I’ll spare you the details.  The good news is the following day I got the all clear and by 3:30 we were on our way to San Jose to see the kids one more time before heading to Florida!  Yep, we are determined to get to the Florida Keys later this month.

One more hug!

We are going to do the express trip and try to make up some time.  Saturday we traveled 600 miles to get us into AZ.  Today will be another 700 miles to get us to Texas!  My ass is killing me.

Good morning from the rest stop outside of Phoenix

East of Tucson

So far so good!  Looking forward to some beach time !

Stephanie’s first lobster

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The next morning we pack up the tent and head to Walmart.  The mattress Stephanie borrowed didn’t hold air and Paul loves to go to Walmart.  The biggest problem is we have no room for a lot of stuff so we stick to a list and only plan a couple days meals.


Northeast Bays

Northeast Bays

Then it is off to Browns Lobster Pound for lunch.  At the lobster Pound you tell them how big of a lobster you want and they pull one out and you have to ok it!  Stephanie didn’t enjoy it as much as me. She did not want to look her dinner in the eye before she ate it.  Lobster isn’t as cheap as the last time we were here.  Cost is $13.49 per lb for a 1.25 to 1.5 lb lobster.  Of course the one they pull out is just over 1.5 but even I’m human, I’m not going to have him put back and hope for a smaller one.  We got 2 lobsters for $52.  Still pretty cheap and it’s so fresh.  Paul found a picnic table outside and we enjoyed our lobster overlooking the marsh.

Tonight we stayed at a state park right on the dunes and enjoyed a beautiful fire.

We drive along the coast for most of the day and then Paul found us a spot for another lobster lunch in Maine.  We thought it was cheaper but then when we got it for $10 a Pound we were told we couldn’t eat it there.  It was $15 a Pound to eat it there because it was a meal.  We didn’t want the roll and cole slaw so we took our lobster and drove down the road figuring we could find a nice picnic area. No such luck, we end up eating our $40 lobster on our laps in a parking lot of a closed up business!  Mot exactly the local we were thinking.

Found a bay with a short walk.

Found a bay with a short walk.

This is what Paul loves about the tiny RV.  He can stop anywhere.  I do admit we did get to find some interesting roads and spots. Still is too tiny but we are adjusting.