Friday, September 21, 2018

Moving South (Zolfo Springs, FL)

We have covered a few miles since my last posting.  We are still making our way south towards Key West, FL.  

We stayed for the first time in Three Rivers State Park with a site on the river.  We had a great view of the airboats passing by while letting the cats explored.  We only stayed for one night and wished we had planned for more nights.  Maybe next time. 
 Our next stop was at the Suwanee River State Park.  We have been here before and had enjoyed walking the Lime Sink Run Trail several times.  This time of year it is not so much fun between large spiders making huge webs to walk through and mosquitoes having lunch on us.
Needless to say, we only walked it once this time. 😐
I did get a few good photos between ducking and dodging....
The big wheel below is from an old paddle wheel steamboat near the river path.  A much better walk under big shady trees with Spanish moss.
Next stop was Clermont, FL near Orlando.  Since June, my schedule has been to get out early before the day becomes too hot and humid for walking.  As soon as I return, we take cats out.  Hard to believe Fall officially starts tomorrow.  The weather still feels more like mid-July.
Most days have been very hazy so we end up spending most of our time indoors unless we have some shopping to do.
One good thing about hot days is that it does motivate me to get moving early enough to get those golden moment photos!  I'm rarely out the door before sunrise. 😀 ...or out of bed. 😴
By noon, the clouds are building up and soon we have a downpour that will last for about an hour or two.
We even had a nice rainbow one day.
Did I mention that our site backed up to a cattle's field?  It must have been a large fenced in area because the cattle only showed up once in awhile. I have never seen such happy cattle with so much energy by showing off their prancing and head butting skills.
We had a couple of visitors one day.  One of the Sand Cranes was begging for food until I showed him open hands.  Can a Sand Crane looked disgusted?  This one certainly gave it a good try as he walked away from me. "The nerve of some people.  Take a photo and NOT offer any food! Really!"

One more photo of the lake reflecting the clouds before we left the Orlando TT campground.
Dan discovered a Cat Cafe nearby.  I have read about the cafes in Japan and never thought we would have the opportunity to visit one in the US and here was one within a 10 minute drive from our campground!
 
The Orlando Cat Cafe is a partnership between the Axum Coffee and the Florida SPCA. All cats are up for adoption.
We ordered a small lunch with drinks from the cafe and paid $8 each to enter the Cat's room.  They limit the cat's room to 20 visitors at a time.  It was a slow day for visitors so it was nice and quiet for the cats.  We spent our time eating lunch, watching cats play or wander around, and hearing about their stories.
A very relaxed atmosphere for cats to meet their humans.  After visiting a Humane Society and seeing so many stressed out animals in cages, I have to admit that I was a little worried that I would feel very guilty for not adopting a cat, but they all looked very happy with their new temporary home.  Except for this one....such a woeful look.  Her look must have worked well on someone because her photo is gone from the adoptable list.
I felt good that we were able to donate some time and attention to the cats.  Adoptions have been very good since they started the Cat's Cafe.  I hope this idea catches on in other towns and we start seeing more of them.  

On The Cutting Board
I finally finished quilting all four quilt tops.  
I'm binding them now....
...and getting plenty of supervision from Max.  😻
2 down and 2 more to go!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rainy Days and Rainy Nights (Foley, AL)

We left Texas last week and made it to Foley, AL in two days.  Our first day of travel was uneventful except for driving through pockets of rain.  The second day was more fun as we crossed through Louisana's waterways and many swamps.  I spotted two 2 alligators!   The highlight of my day!😁
We also crossed the Mississppi River.  As we were going over the bridge, I was reminded of Clive Cussler's Flood Tide.  The adventures in this book brings Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino to the Mississippi River to foil the evil genius.  It was fun trying to imagine the two men on a boat pretending to be local fishermen while an old cruise ship tries to sneak up the Mississippi.  Yea, I know.  Sounds a little over the top, but I do love reading all about Pitt's adventures and I love visiting locations featured in fictional books.
Mississippi River
 Our first day in Foley, AL was a trip to Florida's state park office to get a new pass.  We stopped at Orange Beach which was quite busy with the last vacationers before school started.  I have missed the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.  The sand is soft and as fine as sugar grains that it squeaks if you drag your feet while walking.  Oh! And the big Turtle to the left offers free beach toys for the young visitors to borrow while they are on the beach.  It looks like the visitors are doing a great job of honoring the Turtle because the bin had quite a few toys in it.
Orange Beach, AL
A couple of days later, we visited the Foley Depot Museum & Model Train Exhibit.  The following are photos of the park.


With the look of rain coming our way, we decided to move inside to see the model trains.
 
Below are some photos of the Model Train Exhibit.  The guide turned off the lights so we could see the town with all the night-lights on.  He told me that a group of men got together at one house and spent 14 months building this small, not to mentioned, very detailed town.  The town got so big that they had to cut it into pieces to get it out of the house.  A great place to bring everybody.  The kids were really enjoying the display with the lights off.
 Lots of moving parts.  The ferris wheel is going around while the drive-in behind it is playing a movie with Lucille Ball.
Towards the back, the Fireworks building is on fire.  The firefighters are trying to put it out. 
 My favorite part is the man trying to escape the bear.  According to the guide, the bear is protecting the moonshine still from the revenue guy.  🤣LOL!
And what train track doesn't have a Hobo camp?  Looks like they have found themselves a nice little camping site.
 They even have a list of Hobo Codes. The "Jail with good lodging" is a good one.
 But, my favorite one is the "Kind Lady" code!
Kitty!
Lots of rain in this area which hasn't cooled it off.  It is still hot and humid.  After seeing what is happening in other areas, I am quite happy to deal with this weather.
The fires and the floods seem to be getting worse.  If you are in the NW or the NE states, I hope you and your families are safe.
On The Cutting Board
I'm getting a few things done.  Well, sort of.  I'm not sure what is up with me lately.  I just want to work on a few things and then I put them aside for later.
I started an English Cottage garden themed for the Happy Campers.  I'm really loving the Hollyhocks.  I have actually found them relaxing to make and a joy to watch them grow.
I have finished embroidering quite a few of them, but this is as far as I have gone on them.
Now, I am working on a new ABC Animal quilt.  I'm on the 'B' now and should have the 'C' done soon.
Maybe once the weather cools off just a little, I will fill more like pulling out the sewing machine and getting all the UFO projects done.  In the meantime.....
Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Traveling East (Willis, TX)

Travel day tomorrow and I have just realized that I have not posted in almost a month.  
Dusty loved our great site on the Colorado River
To tell you the truth, I really don't have a whole lot to show for all that time.  I'm not sure what I did except to go for morning walks, supervise our cats' outdoor time, read, and of course, work on some projects.
Colorado River
Here are some photos that Dan and I took during the past four weeks.
Evening visitor
We were on the Colorado River when I posted the last time.  Plenty of wildlife running around the park.  The cats kept alerting on the armadillos as they would waddle by our site looking for bugs and grubs.  Hitch and Dusty really wanted to chase after the little guys.  We said no and made sure they just watched from a distance.  We always ruin their fun. 😾
Deer behind our site
The deer were especially spunky running from one end of the park to the other in the evenings.
A mini Bus??  Not sure, but I thought it was cute to share
You probably remember the damage done by Harvey along the Texas coastal area.  The Colorado River flooded the lower half of this park during that time.  Below is the site we had in 2015.  This link takes you back to my post when I was worried about the heavy rains and the river was rising fast.  The park lost about four sites last year, but they have done a good job getting the area back up to speed except for some electrical problems.

We are now finishing up a three week stay on Lake Conroe before moving to Nacogdoches to get some work done on our coach.
New developments in the Conroe RV Park
The temperatures have been in the high 90s plus humidity equals a real-feel of 105℉+.  I have been trying to get in a walk every morning with cooler temperatures below 85℉.
Great view of my morning walks near Lake Conroe
After Nacogdoches, we will move to the Gulf Shores area in Alabama.  I'm ready to go see some new sites and to visit a few old ones as well.

On The Cutting Board
I honestly do not have a single thing to show you.  I know I have been working on a few projects, but I haven't finished a single thing!  I saw this on Facebook.  A good reminder to get some of these projects done soon.
Well, I should start packing, but I think I will do a little sewing first.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Recycled Roadrunner (Columbus, TX)

We have been spending most of our time hanging around the campground near the Colorado River in Texas.  Just taking it easy.  I haven't been taking a lot of photos so I thought I would share the photos from the Las Cruces Overlook Rest Stop.
Desert Willow and picnic area
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for viewing the mountains and the valley.
The picnic areas are covered and kept very clean with a grill.  Big rigs can stay overnight if you don't mind dry camping.
We really did not need to stop, but I wanted to see the recycled Roadrunner that watches over the valley. 
He was definitely worth the stop!
The artist did a wonderful job of catching the roadrunner's face using soles of shoes, wires, and a reflector with a bicycle tire for his eye.
I could see his wing had keyboards, stereo parts, and toys.  Can you see the horse?  He is just below the film wheel.
The tail had wire mesh with smaller items like cell phones, strips of metal, and belts.   All in all, it was quite interesting.  If you happen to be on I-10 and driving through Las Cruces, I highly recommend stopping here even if you are not ready for a rest.
A couple of more photos to share with you....
Moon over Benson, AZ
This is my favorite with a deer being more curious about the cats.  The cats were rather blasé about the whole encounter.  They just sat there giving her their bored look as she got closer.  She did not act threatening, but after taking this photo, I stood up to scare her away.  I felt she got a pretty good look at the strange critters and did not need to get any closer.
Curious Deer watching our cats near Medina Lake
On The Cutting Board
Since we are spending quite a bit of time around the campground, I have been able to finish another six Happy Campers.  Now, I need to spend some time taking photos and getting them listed in my shop.
 Here are some close-ups of the embroidery on the new ones.



 I started appliquéing the vine along with leaves and sweet peas on this quilt.  I should have this one done soon.
I want to get the second quilt top done before I start quilting the tops.  Time to get back to my Sweet Pea vine!
Happy Quilting!

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