Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Remembering.....

It was six years ago today that I lost my husband, Michael Yeaw. We had been married 19 years and had planned on many more. But that turned out not to be an option. In the winter of 2001 he was diagnosed with Head/Neck cancer.

The survival statistics on this type of cancer aren't the best but there are those that have beat the beast. Mike fought a good battle for almost three years. He worked right up until the end. He maintained an amazing positive attitude. In fact we went on his first, last and only long distance motorcycle ride less than 6 months before he passed...and he was eating via a feeding tube.

My friend Karen is honoring her husband's ten year survival of Head/Neck cancer by holding a ten week auction with all the proceeds going to The Oral Cancer Foundation. The items up for auction are listed here.

I hope you will take a look, maybe bid and then send the link on to all your family and friends. Head/Neck cancer is a silent killer that no one seems ready to talk about. Let's change that!

Michael, you are missed by all your family and friends. We love you and you will always be in our hearts!

Donna

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Where to go today?

Thought I'd share some websites to help you plan your future travels or choose your next interesting spot to visit!
Still looking? Try these links....
Airshows
Auto Shows
Barney Live
Baseball Card Shows
Blue Angels Schedule
Boat Shows
Branson Shows
Bridal Shows
Broadway Shows
Car Shows
Cat Shows
Christmas Light Events
Coin Shows
College Bowl Games
Comic Book Conventions
Computer Shows
Concert Tickets
Craft Shows
Disney On Ice
Dog Shows
Fashion Shows
Festivals & Fairs
Film Festivals
Firework Shows
Gem, Jewelry, & Bead Shows
Gun Shows
Harlem Globetrotters
Haunted Houses
Home Shows
Horse Shows
Hot Air Balloon Festivals
Indianapolis 500
Job Fairs
Kentucky Derby
Las Vegas Shows
Local Events
Masters
MLB
Monster Truck Shows
Motorcycle Shows
Music Festivals
NASCAR
NBA
NCAA Basketball
NCAA Football
NFL
NHL
PGA
Quilt Shows
Renaissance Festivals
Ringling Brothers
Rodeos
RV Shows
Sesame Street Live
Shrine Circus
Stars On Ice
State Fairs
Super Bowl
Supercross
Things To Do USA
Thunderbirds Schedule
Toy & Train Shows
Trade Shows
TV Show Tickets
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis
Victoria Secret Fashion Show
World Series
WWE

Enjoy...and be sure to bookmark this blog post so you can use it later...I know I will...LOL!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Saturday, November 27, 2010

More chores done....

Today was cleaning and chore day. While I tore apart my computer and end table area, Stu busied himself putting Sadie's new dog crate together. We've had it for a while but haven't had time to get it set up.

He changed the orientation on the dining table (his computer area) and we moved the file cabinet and my computer desk over to make room. My current end table came out. It has a great storage area in the bottom...I had to find storage spots for everything.

So I concentrated on sorting through stuff. Some went into the tote headed to our storage area. Some went in the trash. Some got relocated. Some went into a box headed for the CARE table at the next Escapees park we stay at (people donate stuff, others put in a donation for CARE if they want it).

The crate fits perfectly and makes a nice roomy end table for me, albeit a bit taller than we thought. It will do Sadie very well for her permanent crate. We just have to wait till she's not peeing her bed at night. LOL!





In addition I did several loads of laundry in the rig and Stu took all our quilts over to the campground laundry. We cleaned out another dozen stink bugs - both dead and alive. LOL! The last thing left is Stu trying to figure out how to take the lamp off the old end table so he can use it on his. There isn't enough room to replace his little end table with my big one.

All in all, a good day's work....

One other thing happened today. I visit several motorcycle forums like Motorcycle Trailer Towing, RVing Riders ~ Riding RVers and Motorcycle Camping. In the Trailer Towing forum a reader put up his gorgeous, used once, diamond-plated motorcycle cargo trailer. The price was right, we have a friend interested in ours...so we are now the proud owners of BRAT2.





The trailer is in Dallas so we still have to figure out how to pick it up...might have to call on some friends. We're excited...we've looked at several websites and we got it for half price...and it's never been used.

Not major plans for tomorrow...supposed to be as cold as today. Sadie did a little "whining" about it. LOL!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winding down in Jamestown....

Our stay in Jamestown is winding down. We've been able to meet up with several old friends, a few new ones and still managed to miss meeting up with everyone on our list. Sigh... But we'll be back in the spring.

We had a nice Thanksgiving at Joanne's house...forgot to take any photos, was too busy enjoying the company. Sadie really enjoyed herself though, check it out: I LIKE Turkey Day.

Today we headed out to the property to close off the driveways. You can see more at
Done for the season..... We stopped by Tractor Supply where we picked up another dog pillow that we can use in the truck for Sadie as she outgrows the current crate. The sunset was gorgeous and I snapped a few quick shots.


Last stop of the day was Wal-Mart where we picked up another tote for storage. Tomorrow Stu will put Sadie's new crate together. We'll rearrange the furniture to fit it in as an end table. I have a lot of sorting out to do of "stuff" currently in and around my current end table. I'm hoping a lot of the stuff can go into storage, time will tell....LOL!

My replacement phone arrived today so we plan to head to Cookeville on Monday. We'll take in a movie, probably Unstoppable with Denzel Washington. We'll make a final stop at Petsmart and probably at Sam's Club as well.

The weather right now is frigid...highs in the mid 40's and lows in the upper 20's. We will probably head out on Wednesday, making a stop in northern Georgia to see our riding/RVing friend, Sharon, before moving on to the Cartersville KOA just north of Atlanta. We'll visit my youngest daughter and grandkids over the weekend. Then it's on to Sumter Oaks RV Park in Bushnell, FL for the rest of December.

Sadie and Stu decided to rest a bit while I did some blogging....LOL!




Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Just a quick note to wish all our followers as well as family and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving. I thought I'd pass along this quote...

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie

Last night we had dinner with good friends of mine, former neighbors when I lived in Sparta, TN. It's always wonderful to see old friends and get caught up in their lives. After dinner we headed to Verizon where I found out my phone is definitely busted (no calls in or out, no texting, no Internet....sigh). They will mail me a new one here to the campground, hoping it will be in on Saturday or Monday at the latest.

While I waited at Verizon, Stu made a Sam's Club run. I was done before him and walked over to Belk's where I found some slippers on sale. I needed something that I could walk outside in as well as something that kept my ankles warm. Found the perfect ones!

Today was chore day...we were out of breakfast fixins so Stu spoiled me and we stopped at McD's for a Big Breakfast. It's been at least three years since I had one...it really was a nice treat. (What can I say, I'm a cheap date.)

From there we stopped by the Post Office and on the Wally World for groceries. We picked up a couple more jackets and a Christmas sweater for Sadie. Heck, I bought three for the price of one at PetSmart.

From there we headed out to check out the work on the property. You can see what we thought as well as some photos at Fire Lily Base Camp blog. Sadie had a blast playing with Keta again!


Tomorrow we are going to my good friend, Joanne's, for Thanksgiving. We're bringing the pies....and the dog. She has several dogs as well as horses....Sadie will have a blast!

The weather here is due to turn cold...highs in the mid-40's and lows in the upper-20's. As it stands now, as long as my phone arrives by Monday, we will be leaving on Wednesday. We may stop in Chattanooga for a couple of days, not sure...again, depends on the weather.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rested, recouped and recovered...

Oh my, yesterday was interesting...that's the best way to put it. We got a slow start to the day, sleeping in a bit to recoup from hours on our feet at the Blue Ridge Log Cabin factory tour. We hit the road about 11:30.

It was a beautiful day and I started snapping some shots of the scenery. Nothing spectacular but pretty just the same. We thought we have about a 2 hour ride ahead of us. Little did we know...


All it takes is one turn...and you are committed. For anyone that has forgotten or doesn't know, we are almost 60' long when traveling. We weigh about 25k pounds combined. We are 13' high. We are not your average little trailer....LOL!

So, the GPS directed us to turn. I looked at the road and my stomach fell. I just had a feeling that this wasn't a good idea. Once we made the turn, the adventure began. Narrow, twisting roads that barely had room for us at times. No shoulders or worse, ditches in the place of shoulders...on both sides!


Just when we thought it couldn't get worse...we hit a construction zone. The road was so narrow that we hit every cone on the center line. I watched one get kicked out behind us and go tumbling down the hill (better than US going down the hill...). No sign of workers, just several miles of cones.


Then as we rounded a corner we spotted the workers...they were definitely incredulous. When we passed the third truck, a worker sitting on the back waved and hollered something at us about losing the trailer... I don't blame him, there were turns where I wondered how we were going to make it. At one point the trailer went off the edge of the pavement and dipped way over and back up again. I dreaded to see what happened inside...

There was no place to turn around, no place to turn off, no cell phone service to let our friends know we were running late. Stu did wonderfully...Sadie was terrific considering she was overdue for a potty break...me, I was a basket case. I tried not to stress Stu, that meant just closing my eyes and trusting. Phew!

Eventually we came out onto better roads, the kind we should have been on...but we found a pull-out where we can get off the side of the road for potty breaks. Stu found this underneath the trailer...LOL!


Still no cell service but in about 10 minutes we were at our friend's house. DOUBLE Phew! We got backed in, unloaded the bikes and finished setting up. Too late for a ride, we headed into town in their car for a nice evening of good food and great conversation.


I was exhausted and so was Stu...we slept hard and eventually got up and ready for today. We knew we were riding but had no idea when or where. After talking to Arthur and Irene it was decided to take a ride into town for lunch, via scenic roads, and then back where we would pack up Sadie and go for another ride.

Arthur and Irene are from Massachusetts...in fact, they lived in a town right around corner from where I was born and spent the first 15 years of my life. They retired and moved to Greeneville, TN almost two years ago. They have never looked back. Recently they traded in both of their motorcycles and got a 2011 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide. It's a beauty!


Both rides were wonderful....the first was about 75 miles out and back and the second maybe 50 miles out and back. As usual Sadie loved it...we stopped at A&W and went inside. We got a table where we could see her. She sat there and behaved so wonderfully, looking around, watching people and being good. We will do that more often, always where we can watch her and see how she does.

We head out in the morning, back to Jamestown. We've had a great time here and will be back...heck, we have a 50 amp hookup! LOL! Oh, we got a call from our excavator today...they laid the gravel. So we'll see how that looks on Wednesday...glad they beat the upcoming rain.

We have dinner in Cookeville with friends from Sparta (my old neighbors). It will be a late night after a travel day...doubt I will blog. Back on Wednesday for sure!

Forgot to mention...the only damage was the microwave opening up and everything stored in there fell out. Oh, and the revolving glass dish...shattered. That was fun cleaning up...NOT! There were a lot of other scattered items, but nothing else damaged. Another phew!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I love the smell of fresh cut timber....

We had a good night in the parking lot of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, Sadie slept through the night - pretty good since we lost an hour moving over to Eastern time zone. We fired up the generator, had breakfast and did a little computer catch-up.

Before we realized, it was almost 10am and time to head up to the factory. Low and behold, we walked out the door to find our sales rep, Matt Phillips, pulling in to give us a ride up the hill. Thanks, Matt!

I won't go into the details of the day. You can read that here: Blue Ridge Log Cabins - Factory Tour and Model Homes. It was a great day and we are comfortable with our decision to stop looking...we have found our builder. We were very impressed and hope anyone considering building a log home will check them out.

Now to the inverter issue....we tried following the shutdown, restart procedure...twice. Nope, still not working. In fact now we have a perpetual message showing, "Error....trying to restart" with the same error number. Guess we'll be making a call to Xantrex on Monday. Tonight we are plugged into the model home so we have basic power without running the generator all night. Thank you again, Matt!


Tomorrow morning we head back home, making a stop in Greeneville, TN for one or two nights. The friends we will be visiting are also riders and we hope to get in at least one ride before leaving.

We do need to get back to Jamestown and see if the trash on the property has been burned yet. We really don't want to stay on in to December, we'd like to get to Florida where it's warmer and we can ride more. Once the trash is burned, then they still need to level and grade the main driveway and put down the gravel.

Oh, don't forget to check Sadie Speaks to see how she dealt with the log cabin day...

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Moved from TN to SC

We spent most of the morning getting the rig ready to roll. There was a fair amount of de-oozing to do, including loading the motorcycles. We finally hit the road shortly before noon. We knew we had a long day ahead of us but the weather was perfect!

I snapped a few shots out the windshield but none do justice to how nice the day way. Most of the color is gone but we did see a few trees with bright leaves. The prettiest part of the day was the sun glistening over the tops of the trees as it closer to setting.


Sadie, once again, was a trooper. Note the crossed paws...she does this a lot when she's relaxed. LOL!


It never fails...when we sit more than a week, SOMETHING will be forgotten when you roll...no pun intended...LOL!


We arrived in Campobello around 7pm and found the parking lot at Blue Ridge Log Cabins. We got parked and started setting up for the night. Oh oh, the inverter decided to not work. We researched the error code and found a restart procedure that is supposed to clear it. The downside is that everything...EVERYTHING...has to be turned off for 30 minutes. Well, it was late, dark and cold...we fired up the generator and Stu will try the restart in the morning.

You can see a few more photos here: Jamestown TN to Campobello SC

On a sidenote, here is one more game for your Kindle: EA Sudoku - $3.99  

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood...

Oops, wrong television show....this one doesn't have a catchy theme song, just a catchy motto - Make it Right! If you have ever watched it, you know who I am talking about...Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes (HGTV).

We found out a couple of weeks ago that Mike was going to be in Nashville to kick off his magazine hitting the US market. We both love the show and figured, why not! So we loaded up Sadie and her crate and headed to Nashville.

Stu wanted to take a different route down to I-40, about the same distance and time as the usual route we take. It turned out to be a gorgeous, twisty, mountainous road that we WILL ride on the motorcyles!! This road would have been part of what we would have driven the other day in the fog...boy, we were glad we didn't go any further that day.


We arrived at Books-a-Million shortly after 1pm. Stu took Sadie out for a potty run while I went inside to get in line. While long, it wasn't as long as it could have been. We did hear that 30 minutes earlier it was much longer. We chatted with others in line as well as workers for the tour. (We got several nice recycled tote bags, magnetic clips, a pen and other stuff.) We got a real kick out of a mimi-Mike, right down to the Sharpie tattoo of Make It Right on his arm!


Before we knew it the clock had rolled around to almost 2pm, the end of the tour stop. We chatted with the gentleman controlling the flow of folks in to talk to Mike. We told him we had driven 90 minutes to see Mike...he said no problem. Turns out he was the Publisher for the magazine...we never did get his name. Stu called him VIP since that was on his hang tag.


We got our photo taken with Mike, chatted with him for a minute while he signed our copy of the magazine and then headed to the cashier where Stu had stashed a new lapdesk that I found on sale, 50% off. Yippee!!


We stopped and posed for a couple of outside photos and headed back to the truck and our ever patient pup.


We spent about 30 minutes playing with her in the grassy area. Stu had brought the training lead along and it was perfect for playing fetch.


Right around the corner was a Costco and a Petsmart. We needed a few things so Stu did the Costco run and Sadie and I headed into Petsmart. We picked up exciting things like more tennis balls, some training clickers, collapsing water/food bowls for the motorcycle and some food. I looked at the sweaters and jackets but at $25-30, I'll stick to the $9 Wally World version.

Heading east through Nashville, we hit a little traffic but nothing serious. We made it to our next stop on time...Cracker Barrel in Lebanon. We were meeting some online friends who had hosted a campground gathering back in October. We had planned to attend but life got in the way (Stu's knees) and we had to cancel.

We spent the next 2+ hours chatting with Lisa and Tony from Carthage area. What fun folks...we were kept laughing until we finally parted and headed home. We finally arrived home around 8:30 and settled in for the night. Great day!!

Tomorrow we load up the bikes, pack up the rig and hitch up the truck for our trip to Campobello, SC where we will be attending a factory tour and model home show at Blue Ridge Log Cabins.

Sometime Sunday we will arrive at Arthur and Irene's new home in Greeneville, TN. They are long time friends of Stu and the camping club back in Maryland. They retired from Massachusetts and move to Greeneville...oh, and they ride Harleys. The weather Sunday and Monday is supposed to be gorgeous so guess what we'll be doing...LOL!

We'll be back home by Tuesday, just in time to go out to dinner with some of my good friends from Sparta, TN - Tom and Karen.

Life is good!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and St

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