Friday, February 5, 2010

The morning after the great return

Howdy from the desktop computer with no internet issues. It's good to be home, but I already miss the open road. The house is noisier than I remember. The pipes, the heat, the way the sound travels when you are trying to sleep and people downstairs are awake, the dogs running up and down the stairs, etc.

It was nice to get home on a Thursday evening. I was able to run out to my knitting circle (I think we need a name) last night and catch up with everyone there. Our group has about doubled in size since I left. Very cool!

I have a nail appointment this afternoon at 3:30. Ken has already gone grocery shopping, made an appointment to bring the mini van in to get inspected, (it expired at the end of the January), and is now back with the mail. I guess that means it's time for me to go to work.

I'll continue to fill you in as best I can. This afternoon the RV goes to get winterized and to get the steps fixed. Next time we take a trip, at least the steps will close when we want them too instead of being stuck in the extended position. It could have been worse - they could have been stuck 'in' before we left. They would only retract once Ken put the RV in gear, but they did retract so it's all good!

Have a great day and welcome to another weekend!
~ Kass

Thursday, February 4, 2010

We're home!

We are back home - all the creatures are in the house and already readjusted. I only broke one nail getting the cats in their carriers. I am running out to see if my knitting group is meeting. I'll write more soon.

We had a lovely, uneventful trip home.

Thank you all for your good wishes and for your help in keeping the weather at bay long enough to make it home.

~ Kass

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Last night out on the road

As our trip winds down I am both sad and happy. Sad that it is over and yet happy that I love our home and where we live and we'll be back soon. Unless something goes horribly wrong, we should be pulling into our driveway tomorrow afternoon. We are currently in Hagerstown, Maryland.

We planned on spending the night in the Walmart parking lot but stopped a few parking lots over to have dinner at Uno's. We had a very lovely waitress named Amy who is from Ithaca, N.Y. She asked me how my pizza was and I commented that it didn't have much sausage for a 'sausage pizza' but that it was fine. She offered to get me more sausage and I declined. I didn't want to make a big deal about it - I just thought I'd mention it since she asked. Well, she told Steve (the manager), and he came over and wanted to make things right. I wound up with a new pizza (much better than the first) and we got to chatting. He said we could leave the RV parked in their parking lot if we wanted to. Ken asked about internet and he said Panera Bread was right around the other side and we should be able to pull in a signal from there. We finished dinner and drove around to the other side of the building. If you are reading this post - Steve was correct about the internet connection from Panera!

There is so much to do once we get home tomorrow that I don't even want to think about it. We have to unload everything so Ken can bring the RV up to Bob's Camper to get it winterized. I'm not sure how we are going to empty the tanks, but that's a story for another day. It's amazing the amount of stuff you bring with you when you take your home with you on the road. I guess where I am concerned, it's amazing the amount of stuff I bring with me everywhere!

Once home, we have to get organized there. I have to pick up the mail at the Post Office and sort through and pay the bills. We have a bunch of appointments coming up starting next week. Pets to the vet, humans to the doctor, book club meeting, Superbowl, 2nd Sunday lunch - I'm tired just thinking about it all!

I guess I'll post this while my computer cooperates. It likes to lose the signal mid sentence the last few days. That is another thing on the list - bring the computer in to Scott at Mad Macs and get it looked at.

I hope this week is going well for you and that life is treating you kindly.
~ Kassidee

Heading home

It looks like we can finally make it home. We are leaving Chattanooga this morning and starting the long trek north. Wish us luck!

I have to keep this short because we need to get on the road but I wanted to include a photo from our trip to the zoo yesterday. We all had a great time and the weather held. We did not get rained on. It's not the biggest zoo you'll ever see but there was something very sweet and intimate about the place and the animals. I fell in love with Hank (a chimpanzee). I think we caught a photo of him giving me a 'kiss'. I'll see if it's worth posting when I have more time. If you are ever in the area - Wednesday is dollar day. Admission is only a buck. It's a great way to spend an afternoon. Below, is a photo of my Mom and a very friendly goat in the petting area.

We had another awesome dinner at Terra Nostra with the best waiter in the world - Ismael. I should have brought my camera - not only is he a great waiter, but he is easy on the eyes as well. He plays tennis by day and waits tables by night. I wonder if he is related to the owners - that would make a lot of sense! Anyway - he is tall, dark, (buff) and handsome with a beautiful accent. He completes the dining experience there in a wonderful way.

We are hoping to be home by Friday night. I'm not sure I'll have internet access again until we get back to the house. I will post when I can. Until then, I hope all your days are good ones!

~ Kassidee

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Back on east coast time and it feels so good!

It's nice to finally be back in my 'home' time zone. I do feel like it's not quite right to go cavorting through time zones. It even takes me awhile to change my watch when daylight savings time comes around (or goes away). Every clock in the house will be changed (by my wonderful husband) and I'll still be an hour off for a few days. It takes me time to adjust - I am not a big fan of change.

I am, however, a fan of adventure and learning. Perhaps it isn't that I don't like change so much as I do not like when things change 'for' me. I like changing them myself. Does that make me a control freak? Better not explore that here. I don't think there is enough time.

It is not currently raining so I think we'll go to the zoo. It seems the appropriate place to be on Groundhog Day. Oh yes - A very happy Groundhog Day to you! Poor little thing - all he wants to do is sleep and there are people waking him up to ask him if he's seen his shadow. I bet he didn't even know he was looking for it - so why would he know if he's seen it?

Does anyone know if he did, indeed, see his shadow this morning? I haven't heard. And why is it always a 'he' anyway? What's up with that? Where is Punxatawny Phyllis? Where is NOW when you need them?

OK - I do seem to be in a mood today. I better hit 'send' before I reread this post and delete it!

Have a fantabulous day and we'll see what I decide to write about once we get home. If this is any indication, it should be interesting.

~ Kassidee

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sitting in Tennessee

We are happily sitting in East Ridge, Tennessee. We had dinner at a little local Italian/Greek place - Portofino's. The food was pretty good and the waitress was very nice. I am stuffed full of sweet tea and chicken picatta.

I am off to feed my WoW addiction. It's supposed to be raining tomorrow (which is why we are staying the extra night) so I don't know if we'll be doing outdoor activities or not. And before I forget - Happy (almost) Groundhog Day!

~ Kass

Just when you thought you were making progress...

So much for being home by February.

And this is why there is a Jewish expression that says God laughs while we plan. There is more 'weather' headed in the general vicinity of where we'd be traveling when leaving Chattanooga tomorrow. Icy rain is what they are saying. We'll be staying in Chattanooga for two nights instead of one. We'll be back at the Travel L RV Park.

We'll eat at Terra Nostra tomorrow instead of today. That means I'll get to find another wonderful place to eat and I'll want to stay in TN longer and longer each time we go! I love it there. We've been to Rock City and Ruby Falls a bunch of times and it will be nice to have time to do something new. Last time we stayed more than one night there, we did the Incline Railway.

I am thinking either the aquarium or the zoo. We'll see what happens. More from the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. Happy Monday and Happy February. I hope you have a great month!

Time to hit the road...
~ Kass

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vicksburg, Missisppi

Hello from Vicksburg. There is not much to say. We drove all day, had dinner at Outback in Monroe, Louisiana and now we are parked for the night at Magnolia RV Park Resort. They have an incredibly friendly cat in the office.

We are having issues with Biko, who has decided he no longer wants to be housebroken. More about that when we return home if the problem persists.

Tomorrow night we stay in Chattanooga so we can have dinner at Terra Nostra again. Any excuse to eat there is a good one. One year, Ken and I drove from Lake Charles, Louisiana (where we were living) to Chattanooga for Valentine's Day. We drove 12 hours to have dinner, stay over and then drive 12 hours back home the next morning. (We'd have stayed longer but it had to fit into Ken's work schedule).

The really good news is that the holding tanks unfroze and we were finally able to dump both tanks. Ours wasn't full - but my mom's was - which was a bit of a problem. You don't want to know how we 'solved' it!

We have the Pro-Bowl on and Ken is doing some laundry. In addition to Biko - one of the cats decided to christen my t shirt I had out to wear this morning. It's been that kind of day.

I want to thank all my friends for their 'good weather' vibes. Things seem to be in our favor for making the great trek north. We are now east of the Mississippi River and will be heading north soon.

More good news: Pitchers and catchers report in a mere 18 days! Woo Hoo. Let's GO Mets!!!

I guess that's all for now. I hope you had a great weekend and that things are going well for you - wherever you are.

~ Kassidee