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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Visiting the RV Dealer

Snow 112908 leaving moms

Snowing as we leave mom's house

On Saturday we left home on our way to Chetopa RV Center in Chetopa, KS. It took us about 2 hours to get there. They don't have an Augusta on the lot but we still wanted to go and meet with the dealer in person so that we could get a feel for him. He is very knowledgeable about the RV's and tow vehicles. We learned a lot regarding several things we had on our list.

We will be ordering a new 2010 Landmark Augusta probably next weekend. The dealer is going to the National RV Show in Louisville, Kentucky the first of next week so we wanted to wait and see what the new changes are going to be. We read on the Heartland site that they will be making 2 major changes so we want to know what those will be before we order.

Chetopa RV

Pulling in to Chetopa RV

The dealer gave us a great price on the 5th wheel with all the options that we want. WooHoo!!! Can't wait. We need to get it ordered soon so that it will be here in plenty of time for our trip to Kerrville the first of March. The dealer said that after the RV show there are usually tons of orders from dealers for stock in their lots. He said that since our order would be considered a customer sale that it would be made before the stock orders.

I have a poll for our friends and readers...which color scheme do you like best: the first is called Harvest and it is a darker and richer color.

and the second is called Slate and it is a lighter and more fancier one...

We need to decide on the color scheme. I like them both but the slate seems to just fade into the carpet and walls. The Harvest is darker and seems to stand out more and show the rich colors..Please HELP..we need to make the decision before next weekend.

Now we have to decide for sure what hitch we want. We have researched several and thought we had our mind made up, but now are reading more and checking forums to get some input. Also, I need to start making my lists on things that need to go into, bathroom, bedroom, basement...have to make sure that I have enough room for my shoes!! lol and my vinyl lettering supplies. Oh yea, and Mac's stuff.

I finally got our TT put on Craig's List this morning so hope it sells soon.

Here are some more photos of the Bobcat...

Bobcat dining table side

Bobcat kitchen refrigerator side

Bobcat rockers

Bobcat sofa

Wish us luck!!!

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away...

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Perfect!

We came across the perfect RV for us. We have been looking at a Landmark Augusta for some time now. Yesterday Mac found "The One". A dealer in Arkansas has one just like we want..everything on our list, dual pane windows, big refrigerator, 2 air conditioners, washer & dryer, and fireplace, plus the right color scheme. Must be fate....

Only thing it doesn't have is a generator but that is an easy fix.

Here are some photos of "Gus"...

















Hope you enjoy the photos...We got an email from the dealer and Mac is going to call and talk to him tomorrow. Hopefully it is deal time!!

Life isn't measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before I start on my ramblings...I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all will be enjoying the holiday.

Mac and I are going to take my mom and brother out for dinner this year. That is nice for me because I don't have to cook and cleanup all day.

None of our kids or grandkids will be traveling here so I just don't want the mess.

It has been a long week...we have spent time with our financial advisor and found out that we are not in as bad of shape as we thought we would be. We did find out that if Mac retires on January 2, 2009 instead of December 31, 2008 he will lose $51,000.00 in his retirement account. It is the was it is figured. If he retires the 31st of December they will use the rate as of August 15th, which was still good. So that is what we decided to do. He actually only has to work next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will be on vacation the rest of the year...
I have a list of stuff for him that should keep him

Really, we have some things in the house that need to get finished so that we can get it on the market, so this works out ok. I'm just jealous because I will still be working for awhile yet.

Also, we got some news this week that we may have one of our grandsons come to stay with us for awhile. He has been living with his dad and that is such a bad environment. Will keep you updated on how that is progressing. This is our grandson, Jordan.

We are going to see him tomorrow to see if he will be willing to come here for a while.

I went to the beauty shop yesterday to get a trim and get my hair colored. I had it cut off about 5 inches when we went to Missouri and had my hairdresser cut about another inch off and had it thinned and textured. She did a 3 color procedure on it and I really like it but was totally shocked when I looked in the mirror. My hair was dark blonde with red and lighter blonde highlights and now it it a medium brown with blonde and red what a change but I think I needed that. I was getting in a rut and this has kind of lifted my spirits.

Well, I am hoping that we can get some more sorting done this weekend, but we will have to wait and see.
Good luck to Jim & Dee on their search for the Pinehurst tomorrow! I hope that it is just what you are looking for!!
See you in chat!
Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take our breath away...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Where Did Fall Go?

This is for my chatter friend Dee. She says that I should write more often so that she will at least know that I am still ok...

Today we woke up to temps in the 30's. Where did Fall go? It seems like summer ends and we go straight into winter. When did that happen?

I sure didn't get done today what I had planned to do. I worked in the office for awhile and got quite a bit of stuff ready for the trash. Need to pack some of the stuff that I have sorted I have sorted. Maybe tomorrow.

Mac even went grocery shopping for me today.

I haven't been feeling very good for a couple of days now and I woke up this morning with a headache, sore throat, and achy feeling all over. I just kind of lazed around the rest of the day. I feel like I should be doing something, but just can't seem to make myself get motivated.

Mac and I went to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor last week before we headed to Missouri for my Aunt's funeral. Well the doctor told me that my growths on my thyroid are only a little larger and won't be needing any surgery at this time. I will have to have another sonogram in 12 months. Now Mac on the other hand...the growths on his vocal chords are growing back. They have grown back about 20 - 25% but the doctor doesn't want to do surgery since they are still so small. He is going to have to have hernia surgery sometime before the end of the year, and if he does, then Dr Metz will take the growths at the same time.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Where has this year gone? I don't think that we have any special plans for Thanksgiving this year. The kids all have plans with their family so we will probably just take mom and Jerry out to eat.

Mac is really close to time for his vacation to start. He starts on November 26th, and retires on Jan 2nd. Then he starts his Environmental Inspection Job around April 1st. He's determined not to start sooner because he doesn't want to miss the Kerrville
He will be on vacation for about 4 months and I have a long list of things to get done around here so that we can get this house on the market as soon as possible since I will still be working. Maybe. I'm ready for a long vacation but if he is going to be working out of town a lot, and I can't go with him full time because of my mom and my brother, I guess I might as well work. If I still have a job.

Well, I'm gonna get off here and check out the chat room!

Life isn't measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Long Weekend

Well we finally made it home from Missouri.

Mac and I had doctors appointments in Kansas City on Thursday and we had decided that we would just leave from there and head on to Seymour, Missouri and see if we could make it in time for my Aunt's visitation service. We got there about 7:30pm and went inside. I haven't seen some of my cousins for 10 years! I wasn't even sure if I would recognize them. We spent about 1-1/12 hours at the funeral home visiting with family.

We then went to check in to our motel. It's a good thing we were only staying there one night. There was no air conditioning...
We got up Friday morning and showered and dressed and headed over to Holman-Howe Funeral Home for the service. It was a very nice service. We had lunch at the church and then headed out to my cousins for the family to gather. We visited and were introduced to all the new family members. This was the nice part of the day. We took some photos and got new addresses to exchange cards and letters. We left Harold & Joyce's about 5:30pm and headed out to see an uncle & aunt on my dad's side that I hadn't seen in several years. We visited with them for about an hour and then headed on to Springfield, Mo to check into our motel.

Saturday we went to Camping World in Strafford, Mo to see if that Augusta had made it in. Of course it hadn't so we ended up buying a few things we needed for the RV and took off to Bass Pro. We needed some wood chips for our smoker. We ended up spending about 2 hours there looking around and going through the Health Fair they were having.
When we left we started talking about where we wanted to go for a late lunch and decided to go to Ozark, Mo to "Lambert's Cafe" Home of the Throwed Rolls. It was great!! Prime Rib was their special and we both ordered that. By the time they had brought around Fried Okra and thrown a few Hot Rolls our way we were almost full...and the main course hadn't even come!!! Well dinner came and we started on the main course and more servers came around with Fried Potatoes with Onions, Macaroni with tomatoes, Black Eyed Peas, and of course more Thrown Rolls. We were stuffed.(:)

Then we left Lambert's we decided that we were close enough to Branson to drive on down to look around. Saturday was the first night of the Christmas Shows and several of the Theaters had already decorated the outsides with Christmas lights and decorations. We spent a couple of hours there looking around and started back to Springfield.

We decided to make it an early night since we were leaving to start home on Sunday morning.

Today we got up and showered, packed up all our purchases and luggage. Got it loaded in the car. I had Mac take me over to the "Super Cuts" in the shopping center next to the motel and I got right in and had my hair cut. about 4-5 inches cut off...

We left Springfield about 12:30 heading home. I took a few photos of the fall colors..It is very pretty here this time of year.

I got a chuckle out of this Exit Sign...where do you think the rest of us humans are supposed to live???

We stopped at Osceola, Missouri at Osceola Cheese Store...Yummy. We bought some different cheeses and some beef sticks. We also had some homemade ice cream cones. I had Butter Pecan and of course Mac had Vanilla. They were wonderful. Stop there if you ever happen to pass by.

We missed our turn and ended up going about 60 miles out of the way. I have included a few photos of Truman Lake since we ended up going by a branch of it on our long way

Here is my chauffeur for the weekend..Isn't he great!

We got home and took a plant and some other things over to my mother since she was not able to make the trip to the funeral. She said that she had been sick all weekend so it is a good thing that she didn't try to go.

Well, it's been a long weekend and time to get some rest. I'll see you all on chat.

Right now, after the loss of my aunt, I can really relate to the following quote..

Life isn't measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take our breath away...