WE’VE GOT NEWS!

Several months ago, while in Nevada, we were discussing our future plans. Where should we go this summer? Can you believe how much gasoline and diesel fuel costs are skyrocketing? Where should we go this summer? Can you believe how much food prices are rising? Where should we go this summer?

Can you tell we were having a hard time deciding where we should go this summer? We even considered setting up a Go Fund Me account to help us pay for gas to get back to Missouri! 🤣 Just kidding about that!

After MUCH consideration, debate, and sleeping on it several nights, we decided that we are going to stop full time RVing. Noticing how much our parents have aged over the last few years and diesel prices rising so quickly were BIG factors in our decision. Also influencing our decision was the fact that we only have six more states to visit to meet our goal of seeing all 50 states (Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware). We decided we could see those states taking several car trips pretty easily.

Once we arrive in the St. Louis area, we will start unloading the RV and moving into my dad’s house (at least temporarily; maybe permanently; who knows 🤷🏼‍♀️). Then we will begin the job of SUPER cleaning the RV and getting it ready to sell. Hopefully we will be able to sell it quickly and get close to what we want for it.

I will definitely keep blogging when we visit those six states, however, it will not be as frequently. There are also A LOT of interesting things to see and do in St. Louis and in Springfield when we go visit Jack’s mom. I will also blog about those places.

Before I go, I thought I would post some random pics just for fun.

This is a picture of my mom and me from several years ago (BEFORE we started RVing). Mom passed away in August 2019 from that dastardly disease, dementia. Here is a link to a poem I wrote about dementia: https://realliferealfeelings.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/the-dastardly-demon-dementia/
Lucy (L) and Ricky (R) sitting next to me on the bench seat at the table in RV.
Lucy jumped into the basket holding all the blankets and made herself right at home when we visited the grandkids on OKC!
Ricky making himself at home in Finn’s bed in OKC. “It’s kind of a tight fit Mom!”
Jack and me eating pizza at a small casino in Pahrump, NV.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

BACK TO MISSOURI

We spent three months in Pahrump, NV this winter (see previous posts). We left there March 27 and spent six days driving (high winds forced us to spend two nights in one location). We finally arrived in the Oklahoma City area to visit our youngest son and his family.

We had a good time in Edmond visiting our kids and grandkids. We watched movies, played a lot of card games, laughed, and ate way too much of our daughter-in-love’s great cooking. Our son, Mike, doesn’t do too bad on the grill either.

Next stop: Springfield, MO. Many of you know that my husband’s mom lives here. We spent nearly every afternoon visiting with her and playing Skip Bo (her favorite game). For 94 years young, she is a sharp Skip Bo player and wins most of the games!

We also visited with Carol and Delano, Jack’s sister and brother-in-law. We like to play Mexican Train Dominoes when we visit them at their house. I still cannot remember to put my train up or take it down! It’s so frustrating. However, we really enjoy the game and their company.

We spent Mother’s Day with Lill, Carol, and Delano. We brought carry out chicken fried steak dinners from Cedars Restaurant for a lunch celebration (Cedars has THE BEST food!). After lunch Lill, Carol, Jack, and I played team Skip Bo. It was Lill and I against Jack and Carol. Lill and I won the first game and Jack and Carol won the next two games. They were all very close games, and it was such fun.

Jack’s mom while we were playing Skip Bo. The reading glasses she ordered online arrived, and she was trying them out.

Also on Mother’s Day, Carol, Delano, Lill, Jack and I went to go visit Jack’s brother’s grave site and place flowers. Carl served as a Marine in the Viet Nam War and was VERY special to all of us. He passed away last August, 2021, from COVID. His wife, Sharon, passed away about six years ago after a valiant battle with breast cancer. They are both buried at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery just outside of Springfield. OH! How we miss them both SO much!

One day we took Lill over to see her ONE HUNDRED AND TWO year old sister, Jerry. We had a wonderful visit! For 102 years old, Aunt Jerry is still pretty sharp and has a hilarious sense of humor. I wish you could have heard some of Jerry’s stories from when she and Lill were growing up!

Aunt Jerry on the left and Lill on the right.

This is totally just for fun! The “kids” taking a nap with me! 😴💤

Today, May 12, we are heading to the St. Louis area to see my dad. Stay tuned!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again” (LITERALLY!🤣)!!!

Betty

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