This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Sunday, 29 January 2023

So many miles

In the absence of mountains that we could hike to get out for some exercise and change of scenery, why not hop in the truck and drive somewhere for hours at a time. No, I am just kidding, but in earnest, this month we drove from our RV Park all the way to Ft. Lauderdale and return in a day. You see Benno wanted to visit a business in Ft. Lauderdale regarding parts for the autopilot of our boat and nearby there were a couple of marine stores that were of interest to us as well, those where the famous “Sailorman” and the biggest West Marine Store in the USA. The excursion was a semi success of what we were looking for and each one-way took four hours via the Florida Turnpike. How much did the toll road cost, I don’t know, as the charges will be in the mail, I guess.

Well, we weren’t done with driving as the next day our truck took us to Daytona Beach to a Home Depot that carried Starboard (an excellent plastic material we use on the boat) and another West Marine that had a lot more to us merchandise than their flagship store in Ft. Lauderdale. At least this trip was more scenic as part of it went through the Ocala National Forest and overall the roads were more enjoyable.


Here in central Florida we had some rollercoaster weather in January. The cooler days we used for more visits to shopping malls browsing merchandise, while the nicer days were spent here in the park.  As I had mentioned before, there is some activity everyday of the week in the community hall. One of the residents owns a food truck that they tow out onto the lawn beside the community hall every two weeks or so. It is called “Spanglish Skillet” and features mostly Mexican food. It was out yesterday while a local band played pretty nice tunes on the patio that their amplifiers carried throughout the park. 


Our neighbors two RVs down had planned a hotdog get-together with some of their friends that coincided with the bands performance and food truck appearance. It was too late to cancel either event and so we spent some time listening to the tunes and then sat around in groups at our friends’ gazebo waiting for the performance to end and the food truck to pack up before a huge pan with 60 barbecued and smoked bratwurst sausages were brought out and the potluck dishes were opened. What a fun day that was, although it had been on the cool side!


Speaking of food, at one of my store browsing trips I spotted this egg ring set at “Bed & Bath” in the town The Villages, that I have been looking for. Now the fried eggs fit perfectly onto the English muffins and I like that.


And today we turned the key in the truck again for a visit to the IKEA store in Orlando. The store is located in a large shopping district where you can shop until you drop! Yes, I found a few things that were on my list and I didn’t go overboard with purchases. Benno and I took turns to go into the store as we had the dogs with us in the truck and today we are back to 27C/80F.


Thanks for dropping by again.

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Our days at the RV Park

Ok, I admit its time for another update. Life is good at the RV Park and we have settled right in. Before yearend we were allowed to relocate to another spot here in the Snowbird RV Park. The owner, who loves to play with his new big Kubota tractor, had added gravel and sand to the now vacant site to make it look equal or better to the other recently updated pull-through sites. There are still many old-timer snowbird residents here in the park that have come down here for many years. However, if they decide to sell their RV unit and if it’s older than 10 years, it has to leave the park even if the new owner is willing or would like to stay at the site. It seems to be the trend now that RV Parks do not want to take in any older then 10 year RVs. Such was the case with our new spot. We are happy here with four very tall palm trees at a good distance.


After a while we got to know many people here and there is no shortage of communication if you want it. The clubhouse is busy every day with activities of all kinds, but we prefer the one-on-one kind of socializing that is more personal. On the outskirts of the park there are paths through the bush, i.e. woodland along a canal or runoff from the wetland where we sometimes take our dogs for a walk. I heard there are alligators around, so you have to keep your dog leashed, your eyes open and of course in case you see a gator don’t try to pet the beast. Some gators can grow as big or over 20ft here in Florida.


The refrigerator in our RV is much smaller than the one we have in our house and because of its size it produces a good excuse to make a grocery run into town much more often than we would back home and that gets us out of the travel trailer. Leesburg is ok for most things, but it doesn’t have as many fashion stores as Ocala has. Last week we drove that way because we needed a small part from Camping World Ocala. We combined that with a stop at Northern Tools and the large Aldi supermarket in Ocala, as well a quick (maybe not so quick) stops at Ross and T.J. Max that netted me a new top and pair of pants, as well a new t-shirt for our birthday girl Elsa. Well done, Marlene!


Yes, our doggies are now both 7 years old. Of course Elsa got her Birthday Wiener Sausage as usual and Reggy got one too. 


A while back I said I would post photos of the other four dachshunds here in the park. Finally I got around to go over and snap a few photos of them. They are a lively little bunch and there was quite some yapping involved until we all got acquainted and then it was tail wagging and kissing. 


We sure enjoy our time here. There were a couple of freezing nights at Christmas time that destroyed a few delicate flowers, but otherwise everyone survived. The funny thing was that the Par-Gas, a local propane supply store, closed down for the holidays from Friday night until Tuesday morning and the TSC store that also sells propane had a problem with their equipment and could not sell any. So many people ran out of propane because it was so cold. We too needed a bottle filled on Tuesday morning and when we got there, there was a huge lineup all the way out to the highway and at the fill station cars and trucks were triple parked. They filled that day 280 bottles of propane, most of them the large 30 lbs. ones. Btw it costs $18 for a refill. 


Not only did this fella fill all those 280 bottles,
he also carried the heavy bottles to the trunks of the cars
for all the women 

Tonight we are grilling some marinated pork loin for dinner and the rest of the food is prepared on the stove. 

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year and thanks for dropping in again.


There are some very old and majestic looking trees here in the park
and I just had to show you a photo of it

Monday, 26 December 2022

Happy Boxing Day

To all our faithful blog readers I hope your Christmas celebration were just as you had hoped for. Although there was some nasty winter weather in many areas of the USA and Canada I hope you were not affected by the snowy and blustery conditions accompanied with a deep frost. As per the news the worst is over and people are slowly digging out of their houses and clearing snow drifts from their driveways and cars.

Back home things seem to be not too bad, but of course I don't know how in what condition the roads are. Hopefully most folks were able to stay at home and the ones that had to go out I hope they were careful and took their time.

Look at the nice snowdrifts in our backyard

Benno and I enjoyed the Christmas Day in our RV. The dogs got their walks but otherwise things were very quiet here in our RV Park. We managed to talk to our families and so knew that everyone had a good Christmas.

The turkey breast I had purchased cooked in our small electric turbo/oven/toaster for about two hours and turned out perfect. Dinner was delicious and our dessert was a big plate of German type Lebkuchen goodies that are a tradition and from which we nibble every so often.

Hoping everyone had a good time and is looking forward to celebrating the end of this year next week.

Thanks for dropping in again.

Saturday, 24 December 2022

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our family, friends and everyone that keeps reading my blog! Also a very Happy Birthday to our son who is fortunate to call this day also his birthday and he was Benno’s and mine very best Christmas present ever!


So it is very quiet here in our RV Park today. Part of it is this chilly weather that keeps everyone in their respective RV with the heater on a comfy setting. Yes, it was freezing last night and will be cold tonight too, but no snow!


Photo was taken in the afternoon while the Hydro crew was still working

We were monitoring yesterday the progress on the repairs for the blown over hydro pole. With the blizzard like conditions, high winds and way below freezing, the repair crew sure struggled. Checking with our neighbors we were told that later in the afternoon the truck with the auger that was trying to dig a new hole for the replacement pole had to give up and call for a larger unit to come and take over. I believe the repairs took over 12 hours and were finally done sometime during the early night and my poor neighbors were without heat and electricity until then. There were power outages everywhere, which also caused Internet outages throughout yesterday and today.


Our sprinkled travel trailer

Hopefully the worst is over and folks can get into the festivities of the season. Here in our RV Park many sites have Christmas decorations and lights strung up. Our rig has the traditional sprinkle lights shining onto the side of the travel trailer and indoors I have strung a garland across the slide out decorated with Christmas ornaments in lieu of a Christmas tree so we have more room to move around.


Our garland all decorated and lit

Here are photos of some of the Christmas decorations in the park.


This is our park's office


Have a Happy and Jolly Christmas everyone!


Friday, 23 December 2022

You can‘t let your guard down

So it has been just over a week since my last posting. In the meantime Benno and I were sick. Yes, the dreaded Covid caught up with us. It is all around here in Florida and it is hard to pinpoint where we got infected. However, our participation at the ice cream social was not one of our better choices, I think. Since we were both vaccinated and boosted, symptoms were pretty light for me but Benno got it a bit worse. (Don’t men always suffer more when it comes to colds?) We are both much better now but Benno keeps taking Robitussin Cough+Chest Congestion DM medication. On the suggestion of our next-door neighbor, who works at a local CVS pharmacy, Benno took Mucinex DM pills and drank Electrolyte Solution that kept him hydrated when his first symptoms started. First he did not want to touch this Electrolyte solution and was pointing out he used it to fill the car battery with this stuff and he does not want it to burn a hole into his stomach on top of this Covid crab! Well after some research I convinced him that it is not the same stuff and it is for babies too, I ask him to try at least. Voila, he is feeling a lot better now!


We are in for a couple of very cold days and nights for Florida standards and they happen to fall on Christmas Eve and Day. Well, we are planning to stay in anyway and a turkey breast purchased at the Publix supermarket is going to be roasted in our oven. 


The weather had been mixed the last week with a couple of cloudy days but overall nothing to complain about. The Gum tree next to our parked travel trailer is giving us a bit of grief with its constant shedding of leaves and dropping of prickly Gumballs. Add to that the wet grass from the morning dew, and it makes a mess. A couple of spots here in the park have recently become vacant and we are waiting to move over to a new spot without trees. It should happen in the next few days, hopefully.


Back home in Canada a vicious winter storm is in full force with extreme freezing temperatures. This morning I checked our NEST cameras (we got four) just as the snow started to come down with strong winds whipping around the house. The doors of our garbage cubicle were open and flapping in the wind and my nice neighbor Teresa came to the rescue to shut them close. As a point of interest, our NEST Cameras, as well the NEST Thermostat for furnace and air-condition and the NEST Smoke detector we can view and control where ever we are per laptop, iPad and or iPhone. Some years ago, while I was in Germany attending my sick mother my iPad had come on with a message that there was smoke in our house in Canada and the alarm came on. I quickly sent Benno a message asking, “What did you burn?” Turned out he burned his breakfast toast in the toaster oven because he forgot he had it set for pizza that he made the night before. Apparently the toast was not fit for human consumption.


However, just about that time this morning the Hydro pole across the street fell over onto the road with live wires attached. As of now as I am typing this, the Hydro crew put a pole back up but the power is still off at our and our neighbors houses and that means no heat going. Of course it is -17C that feels like -30C with the wind.


I leave you with some of the promised photos of the new dog park that Elsa and Reggy totally enjoy to run around in. I’ll keep you updated tomorrow of how things went back home.


The smaller dog park is behind the gates

If you look closely Reggy and Elsa are at the far end

Thanks for dropping by again.


Thursday, 15 December 2022

A rainy day in sunny Florida

Although I had promised to take a photo of the now finished dog park extension, you have to be patient with me as I forgot to take a camera or phone with me the past few days when I took Elsa and Reggy there. The owner told me there would also be hoops, barrels and other obstacles for the dogs to play and train with in a box at the far end that we could use. Wow!

Last Monday we needed to do some grocery shopping. My fridge is slowly making room for local food and we combined it with some other things we needed in Leesburg. Home at lunchtime and then we headed out again to Webster, which is about 15 minutes drive from the park. Every Monday there is a huge flea market with fruit and vegetable stands and next to that area an everyday sign/garden ornaments etc. business. We were a bit late for the flea market as most vendors were ready to pack up. It didn’t matter as I had already bought what I needed in Leesburg. But now I know and perhaps in coming Mondays I’ll check out what is available.


Yesterday it was Reggy’s 7thbirthday and of course both dogs got their annual wiener sausage. It’s a fun event for us to watch them gobbling their treat. This time we skipped the party hats and silly paraphernalia.


The weatherman had forewarned us of a system passing through with a lot of rain for today. He was spot on with the prediction and right after breakfast it started to rain. Then it poured in a torrential downpour close to the tropical experience on the Rio Macareo in Venezuela on the trip to the Rio Orinoco for hours, like coming out of a fire hose. My goodness so much water but at least it disappeared in the ground and doesn’t stand around like back home where we have clay soil. There was not a soul to be seen in the park. Benno and I curled up on the bed with books and the dogs napped all day long until about 3 p.m. when we had a break in the weather and I quickly went out with them so they could do their business.


Tomorrow the sun should be back out and we will emerge from our hibernation. Thanks for stopping in again.