This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Sunday 2 February 2020

Glad to be back but the weather could be warmer

Blue Jay RV & MH Resort, Dade City Florida

Hello everyone!
It is so wonderful to be back home even though it is only our temporary home for the winter. Benno was waiting with the doxies at the the Tampa International Airport cellphone lot and picked me up after I had called him 04.30 PM on his cell to get me at the arrival exit. This airport has a designated cell phone notification car waiting lot with large display panels showing the arriving planes and when the baggage of each arrival flight is being processed. After my 10 and a half hour flight from Frankfurt Germany, my pre flight from Hamburg to Frankfurt and two-hour drive in my rental car at 5 a.m. in darkness and pouring rain to the airport, I was tired and could hardly wait to fall into Benno’s arms. Two little doggies wagged their tails inside the truck as I got in and Benno whisked us away into the rush hour traffic of Tampa.

Tired but so happy to be back

Meanwhile here at the park we got some new neighbors occupying the spot next to us and another new RV one site over. The spot behind us is still empty and the folks next to that space left yesterday for a campground in the Florida Keys. An older type park model was torn down during my absence the next street over and the two new halves of a brand new park model still sit at the same spot as they were before I left waiting to be moved into place. There are always comings and goings at RV Parks and the longer you stay at the same spot, the more you find out about the residents. It is a nice and quiet community here and I find everyone very friendly. 

Apparently there were some windless days here while I was in Germany and Benno used those to get some practice in with his drone. I can tell he enjoys flying it and he showed me some of the moves. I realize it is easier to watch than to control this little machine, that’s for sure.

The weather in Germany was typical for this time of year and area we were at. Most days or I believe 98% of our stay we had an overcast sky with occasional rain or drizzle around 3-6 deg. C/37-42F, so just above freezing and in that part of the world at 6 p.m. it is already pitch dark outside. However, apart from the weather, our accommodations were wonderful. We had rented a vacation flat, fully furnished. It was on the first floor of a beautiful home with a balcony accessible from both of our rooms overlooking a nicely landscaped garden. The owners lived downstairs. My sister and I had each our own bedroom and own living room. We shared a fully equipped kitchen; separate dining area and a spacious bathroom with two sinks. There was nothing we missed or could have asked for and it made our stay a pleasant experience however sad the occasion.

My rental car with a glass roof

Our balcony but a bit cool to sit outside

A tribute to our Mom, may she rest in peace

After unpacking, taking inventory of the almost bare refrigerator before going shopping, one of my first chores was to try and revive the two flowering plants I had pampered and nourished before I left. Somehow they didn’t fare so good in my absence, but I am sure it must have had something to do with the weather. I am now trying to relax; knowing that our Mom is at peace and so are we.

I think the flowers will survive

Thanks for following my blog and lets see what we are going to do next.


  1. Glad you are Safely back after taking care of your mother's affairs. Now you can relax and Enjoy the Florida Weather.

    It's about time.

    1. I am trying to, but it is not as easy as I thought it would be to relax. Enjoyed todays sun though.

  2. I am sure Benno and the dogs are as happy to have you home. With your mother's affairs taken care of and her at peace, you can be relieved and carry on. I can see that before long you will be flying the drone as well as Benno does, and have one of your own. Take care to you both and keep having fun.

    1. I am just happy that Benno enjoys the drone and gets better at it every time. Yes, my crew was very happy to have me back and I got a lot of cuddles :)

  3. What a lovely picture of your mom!

    Good to read you arrived home to your crew safe and sound.

    1. Thank you. Mom was a grand lady but suffered a lot in her last years. You can't imagine how happy I am to be back.

  4. Welcome 'home' to Florida and those loving cuddles from the family. Life goes on and now you can start settling into a routine.
    The weather should be wonderful compared to Germany!
    Hopefully the plants survive and nice job flying the drone!

    1. Thanks. It'll be a while until I will be relaxed and back to normal. Yes, the weather helps, especially when the sun is out. Benno felt so bad about the plants. Let Benno be the champ with the drone.