Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We are now homeowners in Florida

The deal is done. Today we had settlement on our home in Cocoa Florida.  This is a very short post to let you all know what is going on. We will keep you posted. We have been very very busy the passed month and have not had time to post.  We have not had time to read any blog updates. We hope to catch up soon. Welcome new followers. Sorry for the inappropriate adds, trying to get them removed.

  We see that even more  of our Alaska trip photo's have disappeared. I am getting photo's to add. The blog for Alaska is listed as 113  with no words under our labels. Don't know what's happening to some items on our blog, but trying to resolve.  

Thanks for following along.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A few answers to some of the questions you have asked

A few  answer  to some of the questions we received. 
Yes it is a gated community. 

Will we rent?  Maybe, but probably not.  We will see. 

Can you fish the lake?  Yes , boats with electric motors only. 
Can you swim in the lake?  No, there are gators.

Can we park our RV by our home? No, but there is a secure parking area.  Only problem it involves backing the RV about 100 + yards to our spot.
Location? About 200 yards off route 520, and about ¼ mile off I95, exit #

When is settlement? January 24 or sooner.

Is there RV parking if we come to visit? No, but there are 2 RV parks in about a mile.
Yes we will continue to RV.
Is our RV for sale? Not yet, we would probably trade  the truck and Rv at the same time, but not making that decision at present.
A photo to make you laugh, did you ever see lemons this big, now behave yourself,  these are lemons from a friend. 

Having a lot of upload problems. Trying to remove some of the inappropriate ads on or blog. Can't speak to anyone at Google, can't even find a way to let them know our wishes to have some ads removed.    I am also way behind on reading blogs we follow. Hopefully will catch up soon. Welcome new followers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Changes in the wind - new home base

      With the stroke of a pen we became homeowners.  We have purchased a home in Cocoa Florida. It is in a mobile home park. It is a double wide In a 55 or older community, with its own private lake. Our home is on the lake with our own dock.  We will make settlement in the next three weeks.  We do not consider the deal complete until finial settlement.  But our offer has been accepted and all papers have been signed by both parties. Just waiting for final title search. With the many medical problems we had in the past year we decided (well Linda did) it was time to find a home base.  We were actually looking for a home base last year, but  with little inspiration.

    And now, for the many question.  We do not have answers for all of them.  We still plan on rving.  We love our present RV. We can and have been living in it for the past three years.  We have lived in RV’s for the past nine years.  So RVing is part of our lives. We have rv’d over 40 years.   

    We may trade our present RV for a smaller one now that we have a home base and do not need to take all our worldly possessions with us while traveling. This change in lifestyle happened at a good time as we will be attending the largest Rv show in the country, in about two weeks. It will give us chance to look at the many Rv’s that are available and perhaps inspire use to trade down.

     Buying a house and talking about life style changes and trading our present RV is mind boggling. Our family and friends have questions and in time we will have answers, but not today. Right now we are trying to decide what color we want to paint the living room.  The house has two bedrooms, two baths, living room, kitchen, entry, Florida room, shed and car port.
From the front, see lake in background
Our dock

Looking through the screens in the sunroom

The master bedroom

The living room
The entry

The sunroom or Florida room



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013- the year in reveiw

    We started the year in the Orlando area of Florida. We spent the first three months and two weeks in April just hanging out and spending time with friends. We did a lot of sitting around solving all the world problems and playing games. We attended the Florida State Fair, the Strawberry Festival. Our biggest adventure was a boat trip to Key West.

 We attended the Great Tampa RV Show and two Rallies with the Carriage Club. The second week of April was the Carriage Club Florida National Rally. Can you find us?

We got to ride a steam train. That's Linda and our friend Sharon

After the rally we headed to Indiana. On the way north we had a fender bender. Photo doesn't show all the damage.

We stopped in KY to visit Mammoth Cave National Park.

      Next was a stop in Memphis TN for a few days. When we got to Middlebury we had some work and upgrades done on our RV. We did spend a lot more time there then we intended. A build in buffet and residential refrigerator was added  to our RV.

We spent our 48th anniversary in Michigan.
Bloggers we met in Michigan. Us Bob and Linda on the left and Jo and Bob on the right.

       Next we spent about 30 days  in MI. We really enjoyed all of MI, but especially the Upper Peninsula. We hope to get back to the UP and spend more time there. Next we move through WI. We do want to get back to  Superior WI again and explore that area. From there it was on to MN.
     In Minnesota we met a fellow blogger . That is Bob with Judy.

   Then it was onto North Dakota D. Had a great time at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the area.  Again an area we want to return to. On to Glacier National Park. Another area we want to return to. A stop in ID and an area we need to explore. Next came WA. While in WA a medical problem for Bob sent us back to PA. We had intended to tour the West coast of the US until the Fall of 2014, then return to PA by late October of 2014.
      We added a few new states to our map this year. We don't count a state unless we spend one night in that state with our RV. The states we added this year are Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Idaho .
    Once we got to PA our first visit was with our kids and their wife's. Then the doctor appointments and tests  started. Bob had his first MRI. It was determined Bob had Trigeminal Neuralgia. While treating that problem a couple more medical emergencies  developed for Bob. One sending him to the hospital via an ambulance.
   Linda also had a ulcer develop in her esophagus which needed to be treated. So.....we got to spend a lot more time in PA then we intended.  But on the bright side we got to spend a lot more time with our family. This was the first year in the pasted 8 years we got to spent Thanksgiving with our kids. It was a great time. So we got many positives out  of a few negatives.
    This year we got to meet three fellow bloggers. We also visited several new to us National Parks. Our blog now has 50 followers, and many more that don't sign up to be followers.  We have over 68,000 views of our blog.
    On December 2nd we got to leave cold Pennsylvania. We arrived in warn Florida on December 5th. We got to visit Walt Disney World several times this year. We never get tired of WDW.
 We also reconnected with many friends in Florida. We finished out the year in Florida. These are just the highlights listed here. You can see many more adventures we had in 2013 by clicking on the labels on the right side of our blog.
     This year we had a few bumps in the road but we have been lucky for the last 8 years. If we had to stop today we had a great ride. We have many memories to look back on, and this blog helps us do that. September started our 9th year on this adventure. We are making planes  to go to Louisiana and not sure after that, but we have to be back in Pennsylvania by April, so I don't think we  will get to far west. A few bumps in the road slowed us down a little this year but we are still planning to continue on this adventure. There are still places to discover, and we are ready to discover them.  At least all bumps  happened at once.  I'm sure we missed some things, but we tried to hit the highlights.

Thank you to all that are following along on our journey, and check back often.