We Are ACTUALLY Back “On the Road Again!”

May 1st was my last post. It has been a strange time in the history of the world. COVID-19 has changed so much about our lives.

We left Texas in early April and worked our way back to Missouri. We arrived in Springfield, Missouri around the middle of April. My husband’s mom lives in Springfield. The first 2-3 weeks we only visited her on nice days and sat outside her apartment complex while social distancing. After we were sure we hadn’t picked up any illnesses while traveling, we started visiting inside her apartment. We always play a lot of Skip Bo when we are together which wasn’t any different this time. What WAS different is that I won several games! It shocked me as well as my husband and his mom!! 😂

After about six weeks in Springfield, we headed northeast to the St. Louis area to visit my dad. Dad lives south of STL in Arnold, MO. We planned our visit back to Missouri a little later this spring because on June 1st my dad turned 90 years young. We were going to have a big 90th birthday party, but COVID-19 kind of put a stop to that. 😥 We did celebrate by having his yard decorated. He was certainly surprised when he woke up on his birthday and saw the yard!

We also celebrated dad’s birthday with my sister and her husband (they live a couple of houses up from dad) and their son and his wife. It is tradition in our family that the birthday person gets to choose what is on the menu for their birthday dinner. Dad chose steak, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, and cake, of course. It was a great dinner which included a zoom call with all the rest of the family wishing dad a “Happy Birthday.”

The zoom call was chaotic but SO fun. Dad REALLY enjoyed it!

After spending a month in the STL area, we finally left on May 23rd for our summer destination – Colorado! It will take us several days of traveling before we get to our first Colorado stop. Hopefully we will be able to visit the parks and do some other sight-seeing things in the area without COVID interfering with our plans. We will see when we arrive. I’ll be in touch.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

COVID-19 Update

Jack and I have been doing fine. With the COVID-19 “shelter at home” orders, we get a little irritable with each other (we call it the heebee geebees! 🤪) every once in a while and have to “separate.” However, we only have a few ways to separate living full time in an RV. 😝 One of us may go for a long walk ALONE. Sometimes Jack will watch cowboy shows in the main part of the RV, and I will watch Star Trek shows in the bedroom. We love old TV reruns. So far we have avoided the corona virus and all other illnesses. I hope all of you have been staying healthy and are doing fine, also.

The only other thing that has been difficult about sheltering at home because of the corona virus, is the recent loss of our sweet little Shih tzu, Zoey (See the previous post for info about that). Everywhere we look in the RV, we see her and the memories we have. It is getting easier each day, and we will always cherish the time and memories we have made with Zoey as she traveled the USA with us. If you have ever lost a fur baby, this little poem will be meaningful for you, as it was for us.

NOW, if you have been following my blog for some time, you will remember my desire to visit ALL the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites while we traveled. We have visited her birth place in Pepin, Wisconsin; Walnut Grove, Minnesota; Independence, Kansas; Burr Oak, Iowa; DeSmet, South Dakota; Vinson, Iowa; Spring Valley, Minnesota; Keystone, South Dakota; and, Mansfield, Missouri (where she lived while writing her books and where she and Almanzo are buried). I had such fun visiting all these places! (You can go back through my blog posts to read about each of these visits starting in the fall of 2017.)

Anyway, if you read her books or even just watched the television series, Little House on the Prairie, you will probably see the humor in this internet meme that has been going around since we have been confined to our homes.

I hope you got a little chuckle from that meme.

I am praying that you all stay safe and healthy until our lives can get back to normal. And, yes, I do believe we will get back to normal some day!

So for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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