Saturday, December 5, 2009

Is it Saturday already?

Where is the time going? Still so much to do and only so many hours in a day.

We saw our friend Mr. McD and he thanks you for your good wishes. He is doing well and shouldn't have any long term effects from this infection. I did find it a tad disturbing to see this calendar on the wall of his room. Anyone notice anything odd about it - besides the fact that it's a month behind? No wonder I keep running out of time to get things done.

Ken is off getting the oil changed in the RV and the flat tire fixed. I hope we don't need a new one - I can't imagine what an RV tire costs to replace. It would be nice to hit the road without incurring too much more expense.

I have finally figured out the problem of dog and cat tags. I am going to buy Shrinky Dinks and make my own! We can't find any local stores with ID/Name tags unless we spend 8 bucks a pop and have them engraved in a very slow machine. That isn't going to happen. That's a nice meal even if only half the pets need new ones.

Tonight we are off to see John Prine in Northampton. That should be fun! We will have dinner at Viva Pasta - a great little restaurant that we really enjoy. I also have to bake a cheesecake for a cheesecake feasting party we are having tomorrow with friends. Everyone is bringing a cheesecake and we will stuff our faces in a friendly cheesecake bake-off.

There is so much more that I want to type but there just isn't time at the moment. The snow is falling and it should be a winter wonderland by nightfall. As I peer out the window, I can see that it is starting to stick to the evergreens. I guess I should go check the roads as well.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous weekend and I will try to get back out here tonight after the show. I'm off to make believe I'm getting things done!

~ Kassidee

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flat tires and flat feet

We took the RV up to to Bob's Camper & RV to have the step mechanism looked at. We need a new switch so that the steps retract by choice as opposed to only when the RV starts. We'll work around this problem until our return. Of course, depending on how much the part is, we may learn to work around this problem for longer than that!

While we were there I got voicemail from a very good friend and found out he was in the hospital for an infection in his foot. He is diabetic and I can only assume that is where the problem started. Exit the plans we had for today - enter a rerouting of the plans to include a visit to the hospital before we leave town!

A world about Bob's - they are the nicest, most helpful and honest people you are ever going to meet. All that and a cat who sits on your lap and purrs while you wait to find out how much more money the RV is going to cost you before you even leave town. What more could a girl ask for? LOL

There is so much to say and so little time to type at the moment. More errands to run but now we'll run them further away from home and sneak in a visit to our friend. Please keep good thoughts for him - you can refer to him as Mr. McD. In addition to the infection, he is also anemic. Maybe I'll bring a steak.

- Kass

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Well - I didn't want to post on fb that I started a blog and put the address out there - but the private message thing wouldn't send when I tried to do it that way. I didn't have the patience to go to my mail program and make sure I had all the e mail addresses so I gave up and posted it on fb.

I also was reading a book on blogging today that said whatever you do - don't go with a black background. I guess I'm open to your opinion. Leave the blog design as it is or believe the book is right and change the design. I just think it's funny that the only thing I really did so far out here was pick a design and within the first few pages of a book on blogging I already screwed up!

I was going to say more but I think I'll wait until tomorrow.
Happy Dreams and Good Night,
- Kassidee

Going 'live'...

Hello again! It's less than a week before we head out and there are a few (hundred) things I should probably be doing besides writing right now - but when has that ever stopped me before? LOL

First - I finally gave the blog address out to the masses. Ok - maybe not the masses but to my wonderful friends and family. I hope you all forgive me for sending a 'group' e mail that was just written once and distributed to all.

Second - I guess I should fill you in on the trip itself. The plan is go south and then west before heading back home. Sounds simple...BUT we are traveling with my mom who has MS (multiple sclerosis), her wheelchair and her walker. If that isn't quite enough, we are bringing all of our pets. Between us, we have 7 cats and 3 dogs. Ok - two and a half is only 4 and a half pounds - but still, it's an RV-full to say the least! (And before you ask, YES they all get along!)

I can only imagine some of the stories that will come from this crazy idea of a road trip that started when my friend's Dad sent me an e mail saying he would like all his children in Florida for an anniversary celebration. With an invite like that - how can you say, "No"? I love you Bernie! You are the best!

Seriously, if it wasn't for my 'Dad' (Bernie) this trip would not be happening. The funny thing is - the last place we'll be before heading back home is visiting my 'real' father in Las Vegas. When I told him we were coming to town, the first thing he did was tell me about a hotel near his condo and how affordable it was. Gee - thanks Dad! LOL Of course, that is the joy of the RV -
Wherever you go - you are already home.

I guess that is as a good a place to stop typing as any, for now.

Have a great day~

The Gods Must Be Crazy

I found a gadget I really like and I even got it to work. The random image of a Hindu God or Goddess is making me smile when I log in and see it. Maybe by the end of this trip I will know a few more of them a bit better than I do now. Maybe not. Retaining information does not seem to be my strong suit these days.

I spoke to a few people today who I will see on this road trip. Some are 'old' friends. Old as in long time...Over 25 years...sheesh! Where does the time go? Some are new friends I met while playing World of Warcraft.

Yes, I know - I'm a non-violent pacifist (most of the time) but I do enjoy the game and I have made some wonderful new friendships through my guild and the game. I am looking forward to meeting as many guildies as I can on this trip.

I must admit that I am a bit concerned about anonymity and blogging. While I want to be honest about who I am and where I am (and where I'm not), I don't want to leave myself wide open to dangerous situations. I almost feel that my friends can put me in more risk than the people reading this that I don't know (if there are any!).

Perhaps I am just being paranoid. To quote the late, great, Harry Chapin: Only time will tell.

Speaking of Harry Chapin we are taking a drive this weekend to go see John Prine. That should be a lovely evening. Ken and I have been looking forward to it for months. Ken has never seen him and I haven't seen him in decades. There is that time thing again - rearing it's ugly head.

And speaking of's time for me to hit the hay. (My grandfather used to say that). Apologies also to my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Brotman, for starting a sentence with the word 'and'. She told us we should never begin a sentence with 'and' or 'but' - if I remember correctly. I may remember but apparently I don't listen.

Sweet dreams everyone!
- Kass

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I am attempting to customize this blog space but so far with limited success. I can't figure out how to make the gadgets save the info I'm putting in instead of reverting back to their original state. I'll keep working on it.

In the next few days I will also give you the who where and what's of this upcoming journey. Stay tuned....

Another day, another post

This morning, someone asked me if I had posted to my blog yet. I asked, "Do I have to post every day?" The answer was affirmative. I replied, "But what if I don't have anything to say?" The response to that was, "When has that ever been a problem for you?"

And so, I am posting - today and every day regardless of whether or not I have anything interesting to say. If you get bored by my every day posting - I'll tell you who the conversation was with and you can blame that person. (You know who you are!)

Now that we have batteries in the RV we have discovered that the steps are not working properly. Luckily they are 'stuck' in the out position so they are still usable and when we start up the RV they do retract - but there is no way to close the door and have them retract while we are not 'mobile' and that is not a good thing. We have an appointment Friday morning to see if there is quick fix for this problem or if it is something we have to learn to live with.

Saturday morning Gizmo is going in for an oil change. The minivan has new tires on the front and I suppose we should start thinking about the CRV since that is the car we take behind us on our travels (aka the toad).

I am off to buy more yarn to knit more socks. Oh yah...and today is Ken's birthday! Happy Birthday Honey! Hmm...perhaps I should have commented on that sooner. We are going to dinner tonight with very good friends at one of our favorite restaurants in town.

Ok - I have fulfilled my 'duty' of posting today. I may or may not post again later.

Happy Travels - and don't forget to stop and smell the roses..or at least look for a rose .....or at least just stop and smile for no reason at all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We have the technology!

Ok - The RV is inspected (detected, selected and neglected) and I seem to be actually putting posts out where they are readable but others. I guess I should let folks know I'm here doing this.

We are off to run errands and get organized (ha) and all the 100 last minute things there are to do before taking an extended trip in the RV. More about her later. At last call she was going by Gizmo but I'm not sure that is actually her name. We are open to suggestions!

Later Gator!

Already Lost

Well - we haven't even hit the road yet and I'm already lost. I tried to log into this blog so I could type some more and it took about 2 hours to figure out where I 'left' the log in page. I think I figure it all out now and we'll see what happens. I guess that is the down side to doing things at 2 in the morning. Of course, if I had done it at 10 in the morning it wouldn't have helped that much! :)

That being said - Ken is out driving the RV which has been parked for far too long and trying to get the 'kinks' out before taking it to get inspected. Keep your fingers crossed. This trip may be nixed before it even starts.

I'm going to try posting this and if it works - I'll be back later to write some more.
Happy trails :)

Life is about the journey - not the destination

I am starting this blog because I am, once again, heading out on the road and want to keep in touch with my friends and family. I hope this will be a simple way to stay in touch and communicate with people I already know and maybe even some new folks along the way. Who knows?

What I do know is that it is 2 AM and I should get to bed.

We are leaving a week from Wednesday. There already isn't enough time to do everything we need to do before we leave. It should be a fun week.

Talk to you soon, I hope.
- Kass