Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Museum visit.

I didn't write anything about yesterday's museum visit. We went to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, NC. It was a very interesting tour. Rick saw all the old farm equipment. And there were buildings that were modeled on farm life in NC back when tobacco was king. The life was hard but the people built a life for themselves and their families. We didn't do much else because it was supposed to rain so we came back to the RV. Tomorrow is laundry day. We were going to do laundry today but opted to spend the time with Rhonda. She took us to a great little place for hots and fries. The food was wonderful.
Wow! The wind is really blowing tonight and sounds scary but so far we haven't moved much in the RV. Rick is already in bed snoring so he isn't scared abit....LOL
goodnight family....I love you all! 

Life in the next lane!

Spent a lovely day today with my beautiful niece, Rhonda. We tour several shops and I would have toured more of the Pottery Barn but Rick thought we needed to get her home to her family. So off we went to her home and we waited till Jarred got home from college so we could see him. He has grown up so much and of course Ally was there. She had a little drama today at school. Mom to the rescue and will take care of it. We missed seeing Chris as he was still working when we left. What a nice family they are and it was good to be with them for a few days.


Monday, October 17, 2011

In Smithfield NC

Up at the crack of dawn this morning...wellll....8am is very early for me. We had loaded the tow last night so it was easy breezy this morning getting ready to leave. We left about 10 am and drove up I-95 looking for the Smithfield KOA. Ursa certainly didn't have a we pulled off and called the place and found out we were about 300 yrds from the about luck! Nice park here. Free cable and wifi a bit more expensive than the last place but worth it. And much cheaper than a motel.
We called my niece Rhonda and she and her daughter Ally came to lead us to their home. She lost us at a traffic light. So we called and talked our way till we caught up with her. She took us the back way and I was sure we'd get lost coming back but Ursa led us back to the old rv stable.
Now about that is beautiful. I know now why Rhonda only weighs 100 lbs....she looses weight keeping that house clean. It is big and lovely and just fits them to a tee. Zander their dog is just too cute and demanding as are only dogs in a family. We played ball and chased bubbles and barked a little to heighten the fun! Then we had supper....yummmm....cabbage rolls and mashed tators and dessert....yummmm.... We took some wine, had a drink before supper. I took the candy so they could have a taste of Mom's cooking. Her Mom, who is my sister, is an awesome cook. She taught her daughter very well!! After that great dinner, we came back to the RV and took the dogs out then off to bed went the kids and Rick. Sadie thinks I should be in bed now and is huffing at me. She thinks she can tell me what to do....most times she can but tonight I have good internet coverage and need to finish some things up in case it goes bad
I had a call from an old friend, Carey Baxley, who we had planned to visit while up here. He called to tell me his brother-in-law had died and he missed seeing us when we were in Charleston. Next trip he is going to give us another tour of Charleston, SC which we are looking forward to doing with him and his lovely wife!
Now, I don't know what we are going to do tomorrow but it should be great!
Love to my family and goodnight all!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Heading out tomorrow

We are heading out tomorrow to visit Rhonda and Chris in Clayton. We spent a very quiet day here. We did take a trip into town and found 2 jars of JFG at FoodLion. Those who like JFG will know what it is ...the rest of you ....well, some things are best not known in a family....LOL
We found our route today on that short trip. Some times its better to recon in the car before you start out in the rv. The car is stowed on the dolly and ready. We won't leave until after 9am cause we figure most people who are pissed at having to go back to work on Monday morning will be at work by that time! Rick fixed biscuits and bbq chicken on the grill and baked tators. I made salads and got everything he needed ready and will do the clean up. Supper was good...yummmm
Not a long blog tonite because we didn't do much today but rest.
Miss you family....and love you all!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Charleston SC

Saturday is almost gone and we just kicked back today. Rode down to Beaufort and Port Royal. Also, drove near Edisto Beach. We went into a little road side stand that was selling locally made foods and produce. Got some great chicken salad here that we had for lunch,also, some berry cobber...yummm... I was looking for a sweet grass basket but we never did see one. We saw them in Charleston on the tour we took Friday. We went on Adventure Tours and the tour guide was very good. She knew quite a bit about Charleston even tho she was originally from IND. I didn't realize that Charleston has a college in the center of town besides the Citadel which is a military school that only allowed females to enroll in 1995. Pat Conroy, the author,went to the Citadel and based a book on his adventures. In the 1800's there was an earthquake and some of the buildings in Charleston became twisted so they put in rods to straighten the buildings up. Interesting history, not to mention that Fort Sumter sits in the harbor and was the starting shots of the Civil War. We didn't go to Fort Sumter. You have to take the water taxi and we didn't have time.
In my opinion the ONLY way to tour Charleston is by tour bus. The traffic was just unbelievable!! And the students on bikes had no qualms about riding out in front of the cars, bus, etc....crazy people I tell ya!! They also have a free trolley but you don't hear any of the history of the town. Oh one other bit of history I thought interesting is that Charlestonians like thing to "sound" nice and they re-name things to sound more pleasant. So they call the cemetaries "Gardens of Charleston". Did I tell you about the color blue that is called Haint Blue? The Gulla people were very superstious and believed that spirits couldn't cross water or heaven, depending on which city your in when you hear the story, and they painted their doorways and ceilings and window frames a color of blue that looked like water or the sky. Just a side note here. I didn't know this legend when I painted my ceilings a light blue, I swear!...LOL...
Now one more thing before I finish this entry and that is I am adding the names of places we've eaten at and gotten good food and service. Today that place was Gilligan's. It was again seafood which I love! Their address is:
2601 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 379-2244
Ask for Rhonda....a great server!
The food was very good and the place was clean and our table was by the window so we could see the salt marshes. If your near this area they have several places so stop and try them!
Now, I am going to go lay down for a bit. The people next to us started a fire with the foulest smelling wood. I like to smell wood smoke but now my rv stinks and I hope I can get id of that odor! Yuck! So, I'm off to spray whatever I have to sweeten the air!...LOL
Night family....I love you all!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Finally, I can blog again!

This is our 3rd day traveling and I now have good internet service. The last place we were staying was Red Gate Farms Rv Park in Savannah, Ga. Nope, we won't be staying there again. We never did see any of the owners. Everything was done over the phone. It is a busy place so someone must like staying there. We weren't impressed, web pages We spent the day yesterday in Savannah on the tour. We saw Juliette Gordon Low's home, Ships of the Sea Museum and the Owens-Thomas Home.It was interesting and we learned alot about the Girl Scouts and their founder. She was almost totally deaf and died at 56 yrs of age. She accomplished quite a bit during her life. Girl Scouts will be 100 yrs old in 2012. The Owen -Thomas home was interesting and considered very modern for it's time. The home had flush toilets before the White House did and a "jack and jill" style bathroom for guests. 2 cisterns supplied the home with water to have running water and indoor flush toilets. Ok.. the up and down staircase here about did me in with this bad hip. The Low home had an elevator to go up 3 floors. That was nice!
It was so humid and hot in Savannah that I thought it was July and not October!! Savannah is a beautiful city but living there without ac must have been a nightmare! When we got to the river front district we were hungry. We saw a place called The Shrimp Factory and thought we'd try it. A nice gentleman standing in front gave us a $5 off card so in we went. We had a dozen fried shrimp that came with chicken flavored rice and the best salad I ever ate. Also, there were blueberry muffins and honey butter. The dip for the shrimp was honey mustard. All the dips and butter and salad dressing were home made right there....yummmmm.... The food and service were excellent. The meal was $15 each and we got $5 off the total price. Awesome place and much easier to get seated there than other places around town, like A Lady and Her Sons (no reservations after 9:30 that day) and the Pink House. We thought about trying Mrs. Wilkes place but decided seafood sounded better after all we were in Savannah!!
We had to walk 4 blocks to get to the car after going to the Ship museum. I was so tired when we got back to the rv.We took showers and were in bed by 9:30.....of course then I was up at 1am and then 3am and then 4:30 I just stayed up and played some on the computer.
That wonderful time we had in Savannah wasn't so wonderful today. I had several spells of throwing up about 8am this morning. I think I got too hot and was dehydrated and my body rebelled! Poor Rick he had to do just about everything with out help. I felt so bad that I couldn't do much to help him get us ready to travel again. But we are here now in a very nice rv park called Lake Aire RV Campground in Hollywood, SC. Rick is grilling chops and baked tators for supper and I am goofing off writing on the blog. We will be here till Monday when we head north to Rhonda's place.
I am sharing the address of The Shrimp Factory. If you get near Savannah and love seafood then forget Paula Dean and try The Shrimp Factory!
313 East River St
Savannah, Ga (912) 236-4229

And ask for Emily cause she was a most excellent server! More tomorrow!
Love you folks!