Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Presidential Library

Hello Friends,
Today our goal was to visit the George W. Bush Library in Dallas on the campus of SMU.
So far we have been to the Truman, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Nixon, Jackson, Washington, Jefferson and now George W. Bush libraries  or homes. All were excellent and worth the visit. I was a bit surprised at the security to enter the Bush library.
Here's proof! We enjoyed an excellent lunch in their restaurant and made the drive back to Melissa, TX. Where we were camped.
Sunday we had a double treat as we were able to join long-time friends, Chuck and Kathy Vance, at their church, Stonebriar Community Church where Paston Chuck Swindoll preaches! Afterwards we had a long leisurely lunch with lots of catching up talk!
Monday had us heading to Waco! More of that later!
TTFN,
Cathy

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Today we took the cure!

Hot Springs is a marvel of nature...an awesome production of pristine water flowing through tons of rock over thousands of years to produce the most delicious mineral water on the planet! People have been coming to this area to enjoy the benefits of the water for thousands of years....Americans for over a hundred years. We decided to partake of the traditional bath experience in a bathhouse that is over 100 years old using all original equipment. Men head into their area on the first floor...ladies go up the elevator to their area on the second floor. I wish I could show you...but no pictures are allowed. You strip...are sheathed in a large sheet and head to the huge marble tub filled with 100 degree mineral water. An attendant makes you comfortable then turns on the whirlpool ...a very antiquated contraption, but does the job admirably. You soak for 30 blissful minutes...then the attendant exfoliates your legs and back with a loofa and you are ushered onto a table where hot cloths await. You're wrapped in the hot towels and a cool cloth is wrapped on your face! After 15 or so minutes you're then steamed in a cabinet....only 3 minutes for me....then finally you get the needles shower to rinse! I also had a lovely message. Let me tell you....a wonderful treat!


Selfie in the dressing room


The dressing room
That's all I could show...you'll have to make the trip to Hot Springs to see for yourself!
Tomorrow we head to Dallas!
TTFN,
Cathy


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

185118

Hello friends,
That is our mileage as we left Kansas City to begin our journey! Actually...we began months ago...and have worked very hard for the past couple of months to prepare....but...leaving ... that's a very big step. Our adventure will end when we decide to stop...that's about all I know for now. There's so much to see and do that I can't begin to list even for a bucket! We are back at Hot Springs National Park. We felt like we deserved the royal treatment and tomorrow we go for the "cure"!
I decided I would keep track of the National Parks we visit this time around...although we have been to quite a few already...there will be repeats I'm sure!




Tomorrow ...THE BATHS
TTFN,
Cathy

Monday, October 16, 2017

The struggle is real....


Hello friends!
We're beginning our sixth day of estate sale crazy! I now know why people opt to stay put in their large homes filled to the brim with "stuff".  Talk about painful...on many levels. We've spent hours, no days, hauling, sorting, hauling, grouping, pricing stuff! When the dust settles we hope to rid ourselves of almost everything we've acquired....almost. We've moved 60 boxes into a 5X10 storage unit and there it will remain until we claim it after our travels are finished!
Our living room



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 Our kitchen
Soon it will all be gone....for better or worse...we are on our way!
TTFN,
Cathy

Welcome to our sale!







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