Spring is in air and summer will soon be rolling in.
I imagine the days of bonfires and chilly days with a hoodie will soon come to an end.
Yes, it’s me…writing from south Alabama. Let me back track a bit.
Mr. Jer and I continued to roll with the punches since my last post the spring of 2016 and in turn, we had to take the rig off the road for a while. Last spring and summer, we had to swear off our decision for future traveling.
If you keep fighting with the horse driving the buggy who kept sucking you dry, and whom never seems to feel well, you’re kind of dead in the water. It was time to maybe find a new horse, no matter how expensive they are.
You see while making our way south for another workamping gig…we suffered two more major breakdowns with our horse in a weeks travel. Being pulled off the left side of the major highway in 100 degrees weather was not pleasant to say the least, especially with a leg out of commission!
What came next, full-time paid maintenance work at a RV resort. While not our idea of retirement travels, we find many reasons to keep the gratitude list healthy and alive. Mr. Jer gets to play with new toys and the air-conditioned ones are his favorite!
I signed up for housekeeping but let’s say it was short lived…it takes the right type of personality for that chore. I had to resign from all that, and currently am just Mr. Jer’s “helper!” We always made a good pair! And it’s been exciting to try out an electric tool or two again!
So my decision to stay with the blog got placed on the back burner. I kind of lost my happy and pretty much felt lost. Totally lost! As some will remember, I was riding through all these changes trying to get some MOHS surgery done and was in between doctors through our move south.
It was setting me back MUCH LONGER than it should have. But I found an amazing surgeon and was back up running marathons last summer…or at least walking circles again.
Now that we’re back in the work force, our seldom outings of sightseeing leave for limited material creating posts of substance. Plus, I was truly beginning to feel like a sore, worn out record with tales of hardship. We really had a dark cloud over us for longer than we ever could have foreseen.
But to catch you up to date since leaving our volunteer gig at the COE park in South Carolina, let me share a favorite snippet or two.
The Thrashers are my new-found friend. They are my morning smile and we are fortunate to be in the back of the resort on the side of the woods. Lots of activity time to from the residents of nature, especially with all the fellow RV neighbor chatter far to the south of the park. We have a lot of peace and quiet.
I was thrilled to learn of the Long Tailed Skipper Butterfly. The Wrens are my happy birds…a pair arrive every night at dinner, around dusk time, to hole up in the corners of our pop up tent.
The holidays were mild and this year a tad more decorative. We not only had the small annual Christmas tree inside, we created one or two from pallets outside to light up the dark winter.
When not spending our time in the park, we manage to continue with the bike trails, beach sunsets, junk viewing, quaint restaurants, and just taking a new route even if it says, “dead-end!”
Or what continues to be our favorite is the “Sunday Social.” A grassroots outdoor farm venue with American music that will knock your socks off, with potlucks and a community sense of belonging. I’ll have to create a post all about it soon. The grounds are irresistible.
Oh and yes, 2016 the year of the POTUS election and days of sorrow as an extreme liberal concerned for all human rights, our environment, climate change, and preserving our constitution to name a few!
Yep, my 1st march. I got the news from a fellow RV blogger who was in the area and that was it. Off we went. Something I felt strong about and gave me a hint of glimmer, be entertained with others of like. It was truly memorable.
Even far away from family, the grand kids have kept us entertained from afar. We now can video chat, receive colored story books, and have an occasional visitor.
And it was the day Ms. Emilee, our first-born granddaughter called and wanted to drive down from college in Nashville with our grand pup Annie. She was scheduled to leave for Regents U in London, and it would be a long stretch before we’d see her!
It was truly my happiest time of 2017 so far.
It’s the younger generation, their dreams and desires that keep the excitement up for us these days. They heighten the level of love for life, that underscores the moments of sorrow and unhappiness tenfold.
And let’s not close without one “foodie” photo insert.
Yes, we scored most of the park kumquats again this year. My daily pop a vitamin C pill. We’ve been off and on with our home style cooking. Now that I’m home more, I’m back to trying food of better substance and seeking new ideas. And I’ve started a mini garden! The excitement, my tomato plant has a bloom or two!
So there you have it. Many ask, “how long will we be off the road”…well, that continues to play out. I’d like to see my savings back in check, a new thoroughbred and a couple minor health issues cleaned up.
Knocking on wood we’ve only had two truck issues this year and finally have a dream mechanic! We discovered one problem that was the culprit of two previous issues that could have been resolved in the first place. And right now we are currently dealing with a leak in the RV that is still a mystery!
We take the bad with the GOOD. Right now we feel more on track. I’ve cut way back on social media and only follow along with Twitter (cozyupgirl) and Instagram (cozygirlfun). I’ll leave the blog back up and when there’s more of substance to add to this journey, I throw up some news.
Sometimes all you can do is not think, not wonder,
not imagine, not obsess.
Just breathe, and have faith that everything
will work out for the best.