A busy February 1st!

Today has been a busy day! Finally got into my chiropractor & upgraded to the unlimited visits for the month of February. He is very reasonable, it is only $240 for our entire family for the whole month with unlimited visits each! Ahhhhh! I’m already feeling relief! I just can’t go so long without getting adjusted anymore. My back has been so damaged for so long, it’s just going to have to be a part of my health routine from now on, like going to the gym or exercising. Then after this month I should be able to go back to weekly visits.

Harold got to come home this morning too, it was an unsuspecting pleasant surprise. The out of town job he was on this week delayed. So we got to spend some time together today with Stormy running errands. We are thankful for the jobs, even though he is having to work out of town for 1-2 weeks at a time, it will help us finish getting ready for the move to Oregon in a few months. We are thankful to have been able to pay off a large bill today because of it, that we needed to get taken care of. Thank you Lord! Just a few more to go and we will be debt free (everything but student loans) before we leave.

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Got my onions replaced today. The one on the left has been out for about a week. the one on the right is the fresh cut onion. For those that don’t know, we help stay cold & flu free by placing an unpeeled onion cut in half in glass dishes throughout the RV. It only takes one onion cut in half for us. The onions absorb the cold/flu germs. We’ve done this for two years now & it works quite well. I prefer the sweet onions as they do not have as bad of an “onion” smell. The cheap onions can sometimes have a very pungent oder. But it is worth a little onion smell for a day to not get sick.

I also got my cast iron pans cleaned & oiled. I don’t use any soap on them, but sometimes I do need to use a little hot water & my scrubber and rinse them out. I then put them on the burner to heat them up till all the water has cooked off then turn the burner off. While it is still hot I give it a good rubbing with olive oil. I’ve heard some say not to use olive oil because it makes your food stick, but I’ve had really good luck with it. I cook exclusively with extra virgin olive oil now and I can usually just wipe the pan out with a clean towel when I’m done. I’m loving cooking with my cast iron.

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I even tried my hand at homemade mayonnaise & ranch dressing today. The mayonnaise didn’t work out though. I used my extra virgin olive oil & the flavor was just way too strong. I’ll need to see what other lighter flavor oils are on the health food shelves. I want to use an organic oil as we are trying to get away from commercially processed foods, GMO’s & chemicals. But, I got the blending good though as it was light & creamy, just tasted awful. Lol.

Now my ranch turned out really good. Stormy helped me mix it up & it is Stormy & Daddy approved. So at least we had that success today. Ill post the pics and recipes first of next week as the rest of this weekend will be very busy.

Tomorrow we start early as we head to a class to learn to process different animals and learn to tan hides the natural way using no chemicals. I plan on taking lots of pictures, videos & notes.

Then Sunday we are off to my sister’s to celebrate my niece’s first birthday. Holly is coming to visit & go to the party with us. So we will have an awesome, but very busy weekend. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend too!

Till next time,

Rachele T.

Holly’s Moving Day

Enjoying a meal together before the move.

Holly’s moving day finally arrived on Sunday. We had spent Saturday getting everything packed up and loaded into our truck ready to go. Sunday I took Holly to the Whataburger for a meal before I drove her to her new place. I know I’m going to miss her silliness and quirkiness, but it makes me happier to see my kids getting out into the world and beginning their own lives. To me that’s what being a parent has always been about. I’ve enjoyed every stage of my children’s lives. From the first time they wrap their little arms around my neck, to the first little kiss, the first mama, and smile, to the first steps, learning to potty all by themselves, learning to feed themselves, all the firsts, including moving out on their own.

Holly’s new place with her best friend!

I know as a parent I may not always make all the right decisions, I know I haven’t, but, to do the best possible with what I have to work with, that’s really all we can do. Love and encourage our children to pursue God and the dreams and talents He has given them, protect them from harm, and guide them to become the man or woman of God they were created to be. To me that is my job as a parent. I can only hope my kids will each grow to become an even better parent than I was. By taking the good things I did and repeat and take my mistakes and learn from them and become better.

Beautiful skies on a beautiful day, full of hope for a good future!

After getting Holly all settled in I snapped this picture of the skies on the way home. It was just such a beautiful day. The weather was awesome and the skies were so blue and clouds just so white and fluffy!

Sugar playing fetch by the lake.

 

After Sugar and I got home I took her down to play by the lake. She had a blast running and playing. She even went for a short swim when she got excited and leaped into the lake. But once she hit that chilly water she was quick to swim out. But she had fun.

Caught an Otter going for a swim

We even saw an otter swimming and having fun in the lake. Probably what Sugar tried to swim after when she jumped into the lake.

Stormy having fun at Grandmas, they were practicing first aid.

With Holly moved out, Harold working in Mississippi and Stormy spending the weekend with Grandma, Sugar and I spent the rest of the evening by ourselves. This was the first night in years I had more than a few hours all to myself. I planned on a quiet evening and early bed, but I ended up cleaning out the cupboard and shelves and organized the kitchen drawers. Of course. 🙂

Sunday was a full day all to myself, besides Sugar. We took a couple walks, cleaned the house, then I headed to Starbucks to use the internet. That was an interesting afternoon to say the least. Met a few intriguing individuals. One could probably write a book on the people of Starbucks. LOL. I’ve enjoyed my time to myself the last two days, but I’m ready for my Stormy and hubby to come home.

Till next time,

Rachele T.

Propane Problems

Propane Problems

Wednesday evening right at bedtime our second propane bottle ran out. I thought no big deal, I had another 30lb on the grill. So I pulled off the two empties and loaded them in my truck to take to get filled first thing Thursday morning. That didn’t last long, maybe about two hours :/ then that tank was empty two. Brrrr! That was a cold night!

Chocolate Lava Cake

I sure was glad the propane store opened at 7 am! I was sitting there with three empty bottles to get filled. After getting home and hooking everything back up I thought yeah, we’ll be warm in just a few minutes. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was like trying to get my diesel truck started after running out of gas, not easy. An hour later the pilots finally stayed lit and we had heat again. It was 10 am before we finally had the heat back up to a normal temperature and me and my girls had thawed out. I definitely didn’t feel like cooking any breakfast so I took my girls to IHOP for pancakes. 🙂 Yumm!

The rest of Thursday was just pretty normal, cleaning, dishes, laundry and a girls night with pizza and chocolate lava desert from Dominoes! MMMMMM!!! there were yummy. Then we settled down for a nice warm night!

Frozen Regulator

About 3:20am Friday morning I was woken up when a pack of coyotes starting howling and yipping just behind my RV. I could hear them running and playing around our RV. I listened to them howl and play in the field around the RV park for a little then they ran off and I could hear them in the far off field toward the pond toward the back. As I was trying to go back to sleep I noticed it seemed chilly. So I got up to check and it was cold! The heater was blowing cold air and it was about 50 degrees inside. Oh no! Now what? There was no way I was out of propane already! AND I could still hear the coyotes howling out in the back field! Oh my! I was not looking forward to going outside! Thankfully no run-ins with any coyotes, but I also couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I was getting no propane out of either bottle. The only thing I could think was that some condensation had gotten into the regulator and it was froze up. I remember last year our old regulator did the same thing and we had to wrap it to keep it from freezing. So I grabbed a couple of bath towels and wrapped the regulator to see if I couldn’t get it to thaw. After a few trips inside and out, I was still not getting any propane inside. It was now 4:30 am and I was freezing! So i locked everything back up and curled back up under the covers to try to stay warm till morning.

Cool car Stormy took a picture of at the Hallsville Brookshires

Later Friday morning I was woken up this time by sirens blaring just down the road. It was one siren after another, I figured there must have been an accident. I found out later that a poor kid was killed about a mile up the road. 🙁 So sad. Since I was awake I started back on the propane. As it started to warm up outside I started getting more propane inside. Finally it was enough to keep a flame lit and we were back in business again.

Stormy’s Wonderful Treasure

Friday was a busy day once we thawed out. One of our errands took us to Hallsville. We made a stop at the Brookshires and Stormy spotted a really neat car that she just had to take pictures of. She absolutely loves cars! Our real reason to stop at the Brookshires was because Stormy had seen a Brave doll there a few months before and had been saving her allowances to buy it. But as we started looking we couldn’t find it anywhere. Stormy was starting to get real sad. But, there was one more place to look. Way in the back of the store was a small end cap of clearance items. As we looked we didn’t see anything. They must have sold out. Then as we turned to walk away something caught my eye behind another product. As I reached for it and pulled it out, it was the Brave Doll my Stormy was looking for. There was no price on it, it was originally $7.99, so we knew it had to be less than that. After it was rung up the cashier announced her total was only .80 cents. Stormy was so happy.

Corner store on fire

At the end of the evening we were finally on our way home. As we came around the corner toward the RV park we noticed a bunch of emergency lights at the convenience store. I guess they had a fire. A few minutes later half of the emergency vehicles turned on their sirens and tore off down the road. (I later heard that there was a double fatality a few miles down the road. 🙁 Very tragic. )

Propane tanks wrapped up for the night.

After we got home I decided to wrap up our propane tanks and regulator. It’s supposed to get below freezing again tonight, but hopefully it will not freeze. But we are definitely piling on the blankets anyway, just in case.

Time for Bed!

It has definitely been an adventurous two days. But it is time to cuddle up under the covers and say goodnight to all our friends.

Till next time,

Rachele T.

 

Fort Meade, Maryland

My brother William!

We stopped for the night in Fort Meade, Maryland and stayed with my brother. It was great to get to spend some time with him.

My brother William showing Stormy how to properly lift.
My brother William showing Stormy how to properly lift.

I’m very proud of all that my brother has done in his last 19 years in the Army. Unfortunately, it has taken its toll on his body and he is looking at the next year or so getting multiple surgeries on his ankles at Walter Reid to try and fix everything that got busted up so that he can hopefully continue to be able to walk without as much pain.

Got stuck behind this truck in a traffic jam on the way home.

We had a great evening getting caught up, but unfortunately the night went by too fast and we had to head out for home the next morning.

Welcome to Tennessee!

One the way home we got caught in a traffic jam behind a casket truck, we thought it was kinda funny. 🙂

We came back through Tennessee where we stopped for the night.

Till next time,

Rachele T.

Franklin, NY & Delaware County

My Uncle John & family. He is the Mayor of Franklin, NY.
  My Uncle John & family. He is the Mayor of Franklin, NY.

Thursday we traveled over to Franklin, NY to visit with my uncle and his family. He is the Mayor of Franklin. It had been a long time since we had gotten to visit, so it was good to get to see them again.

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My Uncle Jimmy!

Franklin is a beautiful upstate NY town, very quiet and peaceful. My other uncle, Jimmy lives just outside of town up on the mountain.

The Delaware County Fair was going on the day we were there so my Uncle John took us over to it.

Uncle John took Stormy on her first bareback ride on one of his grandkid’s horse.

Uncle John took Stormy for her first bareback ride on one of his grandkid’s horse.

Holly & Stormy enjoying their Cotton Candy at the Delaware county Fair in Upstate, NY
Holly & Stormy enjoying their Cotton Candy at the Delaware county Fair in Upstate, NY

She really loved it. We spent the afternoon at the fair and had a blast. the girls rode lots of rides and ate cotton candy. It was a great time!

We couldn’t have planned the day any better. We really enjoyed our visits and drive through such beautiful scenery. Hopefully we can return again one day.

Till next time,

Rachele T.

Maryland

My girls, Holly & Stormy, posing in front of the hotel in Laurel, MD

Friday morning my girls and I just rested. We were  just flat exhausted from the hours on the road and decided to sleep in a bit. We did get up to enjoy the free hot breakfast that the hotel had. They even had a hotcake machine! I’ve seen the hot waffles, but this was the first pancake maker I’ve seen at a hotel breakfast. But right after breakfast we all went back to bed.

Our friends from TX, Glenn and Drewann in MD

Later that afternoon we got to visit with some of our friends that we used to go to church with back in Texas. They moved up to Maryland last year and it was such a joy to get to see them again and get caught up. It’s so good to hear how God is blessing their lives.

Park and stage behind the hotel

We had a little while before my sister and brother where going to be done with their weeks so we wandered out behind the hotel where there is a beautiful lake and park. They have a playground for the kids and a stage for live bands. Some of the locals where telling us that they show free movies out there and will have all kinds of concerts and events there.

Stormy, my sister, Cindy, Me and Holly

My sister, Cindy, also lives south of DC in Virginia, but she happen to have a bodybuilding competition in Maryland on Saturday. She arrived Friday evening at the hotel where we were staying and we got to visit with her between her evening preps. She looks so wonderful.

Me, Michele (my brother’s wife), Will (my brother), Holly, Stormy, Davita (My brother’s daughter)

Friday evening my brother and his family drove down and took us to dinner. We shared stories and laughed for hours. It is good to see my brother stateside for a while. He is currently serving in the US Army, but after multiple injuries over the last several years he is starting a long process of surgeries at Walter Reid in DC for the next year or so. My prayers go out to him and his family for a speedy recovery. And hopefully I’ll get to make it out this way to see him again.

My sister, Cindy!

Saturday morning we got to visit with my brother and his daughter for a little bit, then we just relaxed at the hotel room the rest of the afternoon. That evening the girls went to check out the hotels indoor pool and I headed over to my sisters competition. She looked awesome! And took home fourth place in two different categories. Yea sis! I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments. I know she will hold the first place and overall one day soon!

Goodbye Maryland

It’s hard to say goodbye to the ones we love, especially when we don’t get the chance to see them very often. But I am very thankful and blessed for the time we got to spend with each one and look forward to another chance again one day.

Hwy 81 N thru Pennsylvania sure was pretty

Sunday morning rolled around and it was time to pack up and head off on our next leg of this journey. We decided to take the scenic route and head over to Hwy 81 outside of Hagerstown, Md and head north to upstate New York. It was beautiful and the traffic flowed along well until we reached New York where it got a little congested for a bit.

Welcome to New York

We made it in to Albany, NY, where my sister Tina lives, and where we will stay for the next few days here in New York. It is wonderful to get to spend time with her and we are so thankful for her gracious hospitality.

Looking forward to trying to see everyone while we are up here.

 

Til next time, enjoy your journey,

Rachele T.

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