Thursday, April 19, 2012

Maiden Voyage and Soapbox

Clayton, NC

We enjoyed our maiden voyage of the PaddleSki 435 with Tricia and Dan on Monday at Falls Lake.  They are staying at their NC “home” for a few weeks and we enjoyed visiting with them some before going down the road to a put in that was in a quiet cove.  It was a breezy day so it was nice to be sheltered some.
Boink!!  Boink Back!!
No, they weren’t hitting each other in the head! 
We just can’t take a “proper” photo.

The sky was a beautiful clear blue which complimented the Spring green colors of the trees wonderfully!  I had commented to my Mom a few days ago that I have enjoyed the “greening” of Spring more this year than any other time.  She immediately knew what I was talking about because she said, “It’s because you’re retired!  You have time to enjoy it!”.  She is so right!

So we are still here in the driveway taking care of the money pit (aka house).  The garage door opener quit working so we called someone to come fix it.$  Then the air conditioner in the house was not blowing cool air.  Called someone to add coolant.$$  Now there is a beaver in the pond that no one wants to claim as their pet so we have made a call to have that taken care of.$$  Good to get these things done while we are here.

I did want to say thanks to Bill and Nancy for buying their Journey at Lazy Days.  LD sent us a nice gift card for referring them so we used part of it to pay for a seafood dinner with Gin’s parents.  They had come to see us and bring the new quiet water pump we had ordered.  It was a good meal.

(Stepping up on my soapbox) We have voted by absentee ballot today in the upcoming NC Primary.  We ordinarily wouldn’t bother with who is going to be our party’s candidate, but there is a referendum to add a NC Constitutional amendment to “provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”  There are already laws in this state that ban gay marriage.  Why do we have to put it in the Constitution too?  My personal opinion (which I seldom voice) is that it’s just plain discrimination!  I’m sorry if one’s religion doesn’t approve.  I can understand that.  Really, I do.  Don’t allow a gay couple to marry in your church.  However, marriage is a legal entity.  Many straight couples get married outside of their church but their union is still legally recognized!  So it should be with any two consenting adults!!  Why can’t a gay couple just go to the justice of the peace, exchange vows, and be legally recognized?  It’s just plain discrimination!  It should NOT be in any Constitution!  (End of rant…stepping off of my soapbox)

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Much o’ Nuttin and Paddle Ski


Ok, so I’ve been lazy about posting.  I apologize but we really haven’t been doing anything blog worthy.  The house and yard are in great shape thanks to the neighbors.  Mark and his son Jordan spread pine straw here to give it that curb appeal.  Jordan is keeping our grass cut too.  We’ve enjoyed reconnecting with them all while we’ve been here.  We relaxed on the back porch and listened to the bullfrogs in the pond one warm afternoon.
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We’ve enjoyed fresh asparagus from the garden area and we’ve had a rose or two in the MH.
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These are all things that we otherwise would have missed out on if the house were already sold.  Still, I wish we had our freedom.  I keep telling myself that it will happen soon.  We lowered the price now hopefully that will spark some interest.

The Sea Eagle Paddle Ski 435 came in yesterday so we unwrapped it today and got familiar with it.  We hope to take it out on Falls Lake in a few days.  We’re excited about that!  Step 1, 2, and 3.
Paddle Ski is here! Almost there!
Paddle Ski is ready to go!

My last scheduled dental appointment is coming Tuesday so we plan to go somewhere soon after that. We need to act like full time rvers instead of displaced home owners.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Odds and Ends

Clayton, NC

We left the RV Resort in Roanoke Rapids and arrived in our driveway on Sunday.  It felt really odd to pull in to the old subdivision again.  We have said our final goodbyes to our neighbors twice already but have returned after the house didn't close each time.  Really, really odd.

Another odd thing happened on Friday while sitting outside at the park in RoRap.  A couple was out for their evening stroll and the woman asked if I had a blog.  Well I said yes and she said that she was a follower although more of a lurker.  Bonnie and Richard have their house in NJ on the market and they are on their way to Texas to go to the RV Dreams Rally.  Another small world moment in the rv lifestyle.  We chatted for a while and enjoyed their company.  Hope their Mifi is doing well now.

Yesterday we sold our kayaks.  Let me back track a bit.  Gin checked Craigslist a few days ago to see how many were for sell and what would be a good price to ask.  As it turned out, someone had posted a "want to buy" ad for our exact models and they lived only a couple of miles from our house.  After emails were exchanged, Gayle came over and ended up buying both of them and our two hullavators.  We plan to replace them with a Seaeagle Paddle Ski soon.  It was so nice to get them off of the roof of the Suki.  It looked so sleek.  We took the opportunity to give it a full body spa treatment today (wash and wax and vacuum).  I must admit though, it will be hard to find the car in the parking lot after shopping. :)  Those kayaks on the roof kinda made it stick out in a crowd but now I can take it through a car wash whenever I want to.  An end to an era but the Paddle Ski will suit our needs just fine.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life's journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.