Saturday, August 5, 2017

We're Back!

A New Day

Hello friends! Three years since my last post....time flies! And howdy!!! For several reasons, which I won't enumerate, we have decided to dramatically downsize and hit the road again! Our lease is up on Halloween and we will be leaving the apartment life behind! Where to begin....we're even more aware of the swiftly passing of time....talk about biological timeclock, whew....we have bucket lists full of places to see and adventures to have...when we started way back in 2012, YouTube was no big deal. Blogs were where it was happening. Blogs required very little technical ability, very little equipment, and although semi-sophisticated, most anyone could achieve respectable success. Enter the world of VLOGS and YouTube ....a true minefield of equipment, technology, click bait, monetizing and astronomical numbers! I have to admit that I enjoy watching YouTube and I have learned that there are some vlogs I adore and many that bore and a few I abhor! I am learning what I would do...if I vloged, and what I would try never  to do!
So we have a good camera ....check A GoPro....check An iMac ....check. iPhone.....check and iPad...check. Ready to go! Not so fast....the GoPro is still confusing, the Cannon camera has too many bells and whistles and the iMac is also on a learning curve.  Once we get on the move my plan is to get serious and learn how to operate this stuff!
For now, our lives are focused on five catagories: 1) store 2) sell 3) take 4) donate 5) trash
No photo...but here's a feeble attempt at a video.


New mods to our Casita. https://youtu.be/kQhFMU9fFTI

TTFN,
Cathy

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOLD!

105 Arrowhead Way is no longer our address.
 Weird feeling. We are very happy, but also a bit nostalgic as another chapter of our lives closes....However, we are opening a new chapter full of travels and adventure, so...here we go!
August 2014 will be full of beginnings
Our daughter Amy will marry Tommy Porter!
Our daughter Sarah will move into her very own apartment to be shared with her children!
Our granddaughter Izabella will begin her senior year of High School
Our grandson Zion will begin 8th grade, his last year of middle school.
Paul begins Medicare (?)
I begin planning our trip to Europe! (2015)
Paul gets ready for his first trip on a Zip Line!
Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!
TTFN,
Cathy



Sunday, July 13, 2014

CATCHING UP....AGAIN


December2013








Christmas in Missouri






Amy visited and made our holiday very special!



In January we lost our dear sweet Fiona.  We miss her every day.


In March we celebrated Mother's 87th Birthday!


Paul helped with the Brookside neighborhood St. Patricks Day parade


Amy visited again! Had such a good time!


April...the Plaza is getting so pretty!

Got the camper out in April


Enjoyed a good visit/camp with our Canadian friends Brian and Marla



Shared a fun week of camping and exploring the Smokey Mountain area with good friends Mike and Barbara Parker



Met, once again, Amy's fiancé Tommy Porter



Worked hard on our house in North Carolina so we could sell it


Grandson Zion headed back to K.C. With us for a bit of a summer vacay


Celebrated Independence 

Zion caught a whopper!

Spent some good time at Bass Pro
That about sums up our life so far....Waiting on the house to sell, then, hopefully more adventures!
TTFN, 
Cathy










Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ten Sleep, WY.

I don't have any pictures to share. We were driving through the Big Horn Mountains heading east. The road was good, but we were in a mountain range, so the drive was intense. This part of Wyoming is breathtakingly beautiful, but we could not stop to take photos....when we came to the valley of green grassy farms with shade trees, rambling streams, beautiful ranches and farms....well it was perfect. I told Paul that I could live HERE...in Ten Sleep!
Tally Ho,
Cathy
Ok, I couldn't resist this photo.....We miss our friend Fiona!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Apology time

Friends, we have been off the road living in Kansas City, Missouri since Halloween. KC is my home town, but I never thought I would live here again and it certainly wasn't in our plans to go off the road so soon...but....life has a way of changing all our best laid plans.
My parents live here and we both (Paul &I) felt the need to be closer and more available. They are very independent, but you never know. We were able to get an apartment in their building, which, by the way is very very nice, so almost over night everything changed.
Our apartment is just 850 Sq. Ft....a whole lot bigger than the Casita, but much smaller than the home we moved out of....so we had to "simplify" big time. We've been here just 2 1/2 months and we both love the area, have found a wonderful church and it is so nice to see family...but we miss our NC friends and family too. We also miss the road.
One thing is certain...CHANGE happens.....

 
 
View from our balcony. You can Google Country Club Plaza to see our neighborhood.
So, I am sorry for keeping you in the dark...this has been a bit overwhelming on several levels. But here we are and we are happy to be here! Mini Pearl is in climate controlled storage and we will be having more adventures, you can count on that.
Tally ho,
Cathy

Friday, September 13, 2013

Living LARGE in a small space

Most, if not all of you know we have been living in our Casita since May of 2012. Most of you also know that our total square footage is approximately 98 Sq. Feet! We have one drawer, one closet for two people and a bossy westie. Our refrigerator is 4 cubic ft. Which also contains a small freezer compartment...big enough for several pints of Ben and Jerry's. Fortunately, our "TV" or tow vehicle is a stretch Nissan Pathfinder which we pack out pretty heavily😊. Paul has 3 cupboards in the camper for his clothing. The cupboards are all around 3 sides of MiniPearl. There are a total of 4 other cupboards which house food, canned goods, coffee and tea and dishes. The one drawer has knives, forks, spoons and miscellaneous cutlery...ie:  Can opener, cork screw etc. I have a crock full of spoons , spatulas and tongs and a magnetic knife holder also.
That's my new tea cozy from Maine above...
 
 
That's an old metal tray which has tons of souvenir magnets sticking to it
 
 
This is a new erasable magnet board I bought at Target to hold more of our magnets. We enjoy looking at them and marveling at all the places we have been!
 
 
This is our one closet....oh my goodness.... we sure can cram a ton of stuff in here. Talk about living LARGE. Found these three drawer cloth cabinets at Target. Finally, I have an easy way to access my clothes. One drawer for undies, one for pajamas, two for tops and two for bottoms....I feel luxurious!!!
And yes, that is tp, also houses our TV, DVD player and misc storage along with the first aid kit.
No, I am not ready to stop our journey....I am loving it!
Tally ho,
Cathy
 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

THAT'S A WHOLE LOTTA CORN....

We have been traveling through America's heartland.....OHIO.....INDIANA......ILLINOIS.......and IOWA.

HERE'S

 
This could be a photo of any of these states! Never saw so much corn!!!
But wait....there's more...
 
 
 
 
 
America must be full of corn. Literally.
We did see other interesting, uplifting and edifying along the way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul's boyhood home in Vandalia, Ohio
 
 
Picnic with family
 
 
more family fun
 
 
And more FAMILY! Hooray!!!
 
We had a great time in Dayton and made some very good memories. Thanks to all our Lafferty family we love you all.
We stopped for three days in Indianapolis area.
 
 
 
Stopped to see yet another covered bridge.
 
 
amazing!
 
We were number one on the list for this housing.....
Now, they are privately owned, still beautiful though. Fort Benjamin Harrison is no longer. We visited it as an Indiana state park. Very nice.
 
 
Next we headed west to Springfield, Illinois to rub shoulders with the Lincoln family!
YOU MUST VISIT THE LINCOLN MUSEUM....have seen none to compare. What a wonderful time we had. 5 Stars
 
 
Paul got to hob nob with generals McClellan (L) and Grant but they offered him no refreshment....
 
 
Another must see is the Lincoln tomb
 
 
stunning
 
 
 
 
 
"Now he belongs to the ages"
 
 
We are in Iowa. Amana colonies and German cooking....out of this world. Paul sure did enjoy his wurst!
 
Tally ho,
Cathy