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!”


Crazy World, Crazy Times!

Staying in an RV park while under the “stay at home” order because of the COVID 19 virus, is “interesting” to say the least. We would normally be going to group gatherings, playing group games, and sitting in the evenings outside together visiting with neighbors around a campfire. Well, that’s not happening! 😔

We do go for long walks several times a day; sometimes with Zoey, sometimes without her, and sometimes all by ourselves to get some much needed “alone time.” 🙃

After a couple of weeks of staying home, we decided to go to nearby Mansfield Dam and the small park close to the dam on the Lake Travis side. The day started out hazy but later the sun came out and warmed things up. We DID keep 6 feet or more away from other people visiting the park.

Here are a few pictures from the lake side of the dam.

The park had some gorgeous little flowers blooming.

Next we went to the other side of Mansfield Dam.

This visit to the dam and park was a wonderful way to get out for an hour or so, while still doing a good job of social distancing.

To occupy all our time “at home,” we have been playing a lot of games. We like to play a card game called Three Thirteen. It is based on books and runs like in Rummy, but it is not a good two person game. Soooo, Jack and I actually play two hands each! “John” and “Barb” are each of our “second” hands. Playing order would be: Betty, John, Barb, and Jack. It was a little confusing for us at first, but it does make the game super interesting!

We also play Skip Bo, Dice 10,000, Scrabble, and Rummikub (rum-ee-cube). Rummikub is also based on runs and books like the card game Rummy, but you use tiles. There are some additional things you can do when playing your tiles, but those rules are too complicated to explain here. However, it is an awesome, FUN game for 2, 3, or 4 players. It looks like this.

I don’t know when I’ll publish my next post. With COVID 19 and everyone required to stay home, it may be a while. We are going to try to get back to Missouri where our 90-something parents are. We won’t be able to visit with them, but we can stand outside with phones in hand to talk while peering through the windows!

Please stay safe, stay home, and social distance when out for groceries. Above all, our prayer is you all will stay healthy.

So, for now ….. we are “on standby” until we can be ….. “On the Road Again!”



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