Friday, July 3

Karla and Devon

I am loving this picture of my niece Karla and her son Devon. I love it so much because they both look happy!

Jason and Little Leo-Twins!

It looks like Jason and little Leo dressed alike today. They are both really cute and need adult supervision.

Wednesday, July 1

Between the rain drops

We have had several projects going this Spring and I must say I am glad they are winding down. I do have some others in mind, but it will not break my heart if they need to wait till next summer. Today I painted the chairs and table we bought at the auction a week or so ago. Then I painted the front door railings that Butch had put together earlier in the Spring. I have a few pictures of the things we have done or partly done.
 The painted tube in the lower left is waiting for its two partners. When we went to Sebring Florida, Jerilyn spotted an art piece at a museum and we decided to duplicate it. I asked the artists I know to paint a section of pipe for me. Jerilyn has finished hers as you see. I am still waiting for Colleen and Jason. Artists cannot be hurried and I have learned that over time. It extinguishes their creative process. So I am patiently waiting...;-)
 I worked on the chairs today and I am quite pleased with how they turned out

Below is the backyard from a different angle than I usually use.
 This is the latest flower bed and my emphasis is low maintenance.

 I have been asked who did the ironwork on the back steps and the answer is it is pieces from a wrought iron railing that used to grace the front steps. I like to use what we have if I can make it work.

What will I do in Retirement??

There's more to "RV retirement" than just a lawn chair
by Bob Difley
This is the decade when baby boomers start retiring, taking to the highways in search of the "real America," exploring our national parks, and boondocking in our national forests and in the southwestern deserts. 

Part of that dream — since you can easily recall how hard you've worked all your life — includes snoozing in a camp chair by a babbling brook full of rainbow trout or at the edge of a meadow filled with grazing elk.

Sweet relaxation. You deserve it after all those stressful years. Kick back, enjoy doing nothing. But then all of a sudden what you see in the mirror is not really you, it is someone that looks like you but has 20 extra pounds of softness around the middle. What is happening?

What has taken its toll is the frantic activity of work, raising a family, mowing the lawn, all those activities not associated with an RV lifestyle have vanished, leaving an activity — and calorie-burning — vacuum. Just driving from campsite to campsite and setting up your camp chairs and barbecue is not enough exercise. That's the bad news.

The good news is that once you've gotten the relaxation-means-doing-nothing out of the way, a whole new concept of calorie-burning physical activity opens up, enabling you to stay active, keep in physical condition, and feeling good without all the stresses you once felt.

The RV Lifestyle — and especially boondocking out in America's open public lands — offers myriad opportunities for physical play, of which I offer here only a smattering:
HIKING — Hiking is a wonderful way to see the surrounding area, places you can't get to by vehicle, hidden canyons, following mountain streams, wildlife watching, finding hidden Alpine lakes. The beauty of it is that all you need is a sturdy pair of hiking books, preferably two — one pair for winter and wet conditions, the other for hot summer hiking. Put together a day-pack, ready to go at a moment's whim, consisting of a few energy bars, compass, small first aid kit, sun hat, windbreaker/rain jacket, small folding binoculars and sunglasses. Hang it right by the entry door so you can grab it on the way out, along with your water.
BIKING — Mountain or road bikes are easy to carry on your motorhome, fiver, or tow/toad. Various types of bike racks abound that keep your bike handy when you discover a neat place to explore. And if you don't think biking is good for controlling your weight, look at those Tour de France riders. If you haven't ridden in awhile, start with level Rails to Trails — old RR routes (their trail finder page will help you find a trail wherever you are) and graduate to more difficult trails as your skill and endurance come back. With a bike you can cover more area than when hiking — and there are great trails all over the country.
CANOE/KAYAK — Roof-mounted racks can carry your paddle boat to wherever you go, and paddling will provide access to backwaters, lakes, rivers, bays and other watery places also not achievable by other means. It is a quiet mode of transportation, with only the slight splash of a paddle dipping in and out of the water, enabling an intimate approach to ducks and wildlife —and it's a great upper body workout. Ask at a canoe/kayak store if they have demo days when you can try out various types. And no, you don't have to worry about learning the scary skill of "Eskimo rolls." After more than 25 years of kayaking, I have never turned turtle.
BIRDWATCHING/WILDLIFE WATCHING — Keep a day-pack hanging by your entry door with binoculars, field guide, pad and pencil, and grab it when you leave. You never know what you might see. Birding is popular with us RVers since we are always traveling to new areas and seeing new species. Look for tracks of wildlife and practice identifying and tracking.
PHOTOGRAPHY — If you grab your camera when you go for a walk, you will find many things to photograph creatively, and before you know it you've walked a few miles without even thinking about exercising. With a photo editing program on your computer you can then stimulate your creative juices to produce a work of photographic art. Make photo collections, such as old fences, birds, wildflowers, dilapidated barns, waterfalls — the subjects are endless.
These are just a few of the activities that will keep you out of that camp chair and on your feet, stimulated rather than complacent, curious rather than bored, feeling good rather than tired. Here are a few more activities to consider: square dancing, swimming, snorkeling, climbing to the highest point in every state, walking or bicycling a Rail Trail in every state, rockhounding, geocaching, building homes with Habitat For Humanity, and lots more.

Bob Difley is the author of the eBooks Boondocking: Finding a Perfect Campsite on America's Public Lands and the Snowbird Guide to Boondocking in the Southwestern Deserts, both available at

Tuesday, June 30

Jefferson Computer Class

First of 6 computer classes at the library Monday night. 12 students and I think that is a nice number. It went well even though I felt a bit rusty. Next week we work on copy and paste. I always get as much from these classes as the students do. Keeps me on my toes and doing research.

Monday, June 29


Jim, Janet, and Buddy in Jefferson

They promised to return!

In our backyard!

Magnolia friends Jim and Janet Rader are parked in our spare spot. They were on a trip to Omaha for the Antique Road Show then making a swing toward home by way of highway 30. They at first planned to stay at Spring Lake. We drove out to Spring Lake and with the 4th next weekend it was very full. We put in our spare RV site for exactly this reason. So glad to share our special spot in our special town with our special friends.
Jim, Janet and Butch are playing golf as I write. I do hope to get a picture of them soon. In the meantime here are pictures that Janet took yesterday shortly after they settled in. Maybe we can go up in the Belltower this afternoon. Or go for a ride on the bike trail....or both!