RVing and the COVID-19 Virus: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

I know that you all have probably thought that I have dropped off the end of the earth. It has been a long time since I posted anything. I am sorry about that.

This post will probably NOT be the most interesting post I’ve ever written. Therefore, I feel the need to occasionally post some “fun” photos for your viewing pleasure. ūüėČ

Ricky and Lucy are always playing.

When October 1st came around, we left our good friends, Darrell and Malia, in Wisconsin and headed back to Missouri. We spent about seven weeks in Missouri visiting family.

When the time came, many of the “guys” in the family met at the farm in Thayer for deer season. The wives had some much needed “down” time; well, at least I did! When you live in an RV, time alone is a rare, precious commodity. While in Missouri, we enjoyed time with our parents sharing meals, watching TV, and playing cards, of course!

This is the new, homemade deer stand. It is huge!

Look how BIG it is.

This is our grandson, Jackson, enjoying the deer stand’s protection from the cold wind.

While in the STL area, Ricky and Lucy were old enough to have their surgeries so there would be NO puppies. Of course, they had to wear the “cone of shame.” They actually did pretty good adjusting to the cones while still chasing each other around my dad’s house.

Around mid-November we headed south to Foley, Alabama (warmer weather). We chose Foley so we wouldn’t be too far away to return to see family for Christmas. Foley is about 10 miles from Gulf Shores, AL, and the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve been in this area several times before, so we really didn’t need to “go exploring.” We walked along the beach numerous times and had a relaxing time.

This COVID-19 virus thing has really changed the way people do their RV/camping now days. Everyone is cautious and stays at least six feet away. Five o’clock Happy Hour is not so happy anymore. Most places have indefinitely suspended planned, group activities. People are still very friendly, but it’s just NOT like it used to be.

I was beginning to think COVID had gotten the best of us all. However, with the first vaccines being given recently to healthcare workers, I think we can reach “herd immunity” sooner than later! There just might be light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel! ūüĎŹūüĎŹūüĎŹ

I am happy to report that Jack and I have avoided this virus, and we hope and pray we can continue to do so. For the most part, all our family, on both sides, have been fortunate to avoid it. I’m sad to say that we’ve had friends who have gotten it. Some had SEVERE symptoms and will have a lengthy recovery time; others have not been so fortunate and have passed away. ūüėĘ We have been greatly saddened by each call we have received informing us of COVID infections and deaths. May God help us all to stay healthy and get rid of this virus! ūüôŹūüŹĽūüôŹūüŹĽūüôŹūüŹĽ

We did make a “shortened” trip for Christmas Day. We went to Edmond, OK, to see our youngest son, his wife, and our grandkids. Our oldest son decided not to come because he would have to fly to get there. He didn’t want to risk being exposed to COVID on the plane and passing it on to us. Also, we did not make our usual “rounds” in Missouri because we didn’t want to risk exposing OUR 90+ year old parents if we picked up the virus. It was definitely an unusual Christmas. Here are some photos of Christmas Day.

Jade (left) and Kylee (right).

Jackson (in the background) and Mike’s wife, Jennifer (foreground).

Jade

Kylee and Finn, their little Maltese.

Jackson

Our two sons: oldest, Jeff, is on the phone screen and youngest, Mike, is in the foreground.

Our annual family Christmas photo: COVID style!

On January 1st we headed to Florida in order to get further south, visit with some dear friends (after we isolated for the appropriate number of days), and see our oldest son. We will be here until April 1st. Hopefully, we will be doing some visits to outdoor places, so I can blog about them.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Deer Hunters’ / Girls’ Weekend

I fully intended to post pictures of the special “Deer Hunters’/Girls’ Weekend” sooner than this, but HEY!…..life happens.¬† Things have been SO hectic since the opening of Deer Season last weekend, and I’m just now able to find the time to write a new post.

A week ago Friday evening my husband met up with his B-I-L, nephew, our youngest son, and our grandson, Jackson.¬† They were headed to the deer woods¬†(aka: the family farm)¬†for the opening of deer season in our state.¬† They were “camping out” (in the barn/bunk house) and going to live like real hunters of years gone by¬†(a-hem…..well, sort of!).¬† My D-I-L, granddaughters, and S-I-L were headed to my house for a “Girls’ Weekend.”¬† LET THE FUN BEGIN!

They all arrived at my house by supper time.¬† I had planned “easy” meals, so I wouldn’t have to be stuck in the kitchen all weekend.¬† We¬†talked and laughed for part of the evening¬†while¬†the granddaughters played.¬† Later the¬†granddaughters¬†chose a movie for us to watch.¬† It was a thoroughly enjoying evening.¬† However, when we woke up Saturday morning, we found out that the oldest granddaughter, Jade,¬†had been up most of the night (along with her mom who was trying to help her)¬†with a stomach “bug.”¬† You know how that goes: when you’re the Mom, you would rather YOU be sick instead of your kids.

Needless to say, our Saturday plans were changed.¬† Instead of all of us going on a shopping trip and movie at the theater, my S-I-L, youngest granddaughter, and I just did a little shopping around town.¬† We first went to a locally owned¬†store called The Country Cottage.¬† They have the cutest most unique country decorations, delicious smelling diffusers, baby gifts, boxed bread and dip mixes, and just about anything you might want desire.¬† The best part was To our pleasant surprise, they already had their shop decorated for Christmas. Here’s my granddaughter, Kylee, enjoying all the Christmas decorations.

OMGoodness!  She looks so big and grownup in this picture!

Next we went to a local flea market.¬† My S-I-L likes to thoroughly enjoys visiting flea markets and yard sales.¬† She likes¬†to pick up special items to “repurpose” and¬†sell in her booth at a flea market where she lives.¬† I must admit, I am a tad immensely envious of her bargain shopping ability, her creativity, and her¬†crafting expertise!¬† You should see some of the things she has made!!¬† She has a blog you might want to visit to get some wonderful ideas. The blog is called Thymeless Sage and Random Rants.¬† The web address is:¬† http://thymelesssageandrandomrants.wordpress.com/¬†¬† I really think you’ll enjoy her blog.

My¬†granddaughter was very patient with us at the flea market and was very well-behaved.¬† It might have¬†had a little to do with the fact that we said she could pick a little something out to buy for herself¬†(as long as it wasn’t too expensive)¬†if she was “patient” with us while we shopped!¬† She quickly found what she wanted (along with a little “gift” for her sick sister at home – isn’t she a sweety!), but we didn’t let her get it until it was time to pay for our things the treasures we found and leave.

The next stop was an unusual shoe store we have in our town.¬† It’s called Nearly Perfect because the shoes come in from all over this region as “mismatched” shoes (shoes come from stores that have sold customers a right shoe of one size and a left shoe of another size, that have shoes come in damaged, etc.).¬† The warehouse sorts through them all¬†and matches them up with the same shoe and size.¬† Sometimes a shoe might be a little scuffed up and they have repaired and¬†polished it,¬†one shoe in the pair¬†might be a half size different, or shoe laces need replacing.¬† As a result, these shoes are marked down considerably!¬†¬† I can buy ladies tennis shoes (Nike, Avia, New Balance, Puma, Reebok, Keds¬†— all kinds of name brands!) for about¬†$26-$32!!¬† In the last¬†couple weeks I have¬†purchased 2 pairs of Life Stride (VERY comfortable)¬†dressy flats for $26 each.¬†¬†Just this week I bought a pair of black, knee-high dress boots which are quite stylish¬†for $35 (also Life Stride and VERY comfortable).¬† While we were there,¬†I got Kylee a cute pair of tennis shoes (Sketchers) for $26, and she helped me pick out a pair of shoes for Jade (with the help of her mom via cell phone texts and pics!) for $24.¬†¬†Whenever family come to visit us, they always want to go to Nearly Perfect to shoe shop.¬† With those prices, who wouldn’t want to shop there!

By Saturday evening Jade was feeling some better, however, we spent a quiet evening at home playing Chutes and Ladders and watching kid movies (well, the adults visited more than watched!).¬† Sunday morning Jade was finally able to keep a little toast down, and she was feeling herself again.¬† PTL!!¬† My S-I-L had to¬†begin her trip¬†home right after breakfast, so we said our farewells. ¬†I wish she could have stayed longer.¬† Sunday afternoon the deer hunters came home, unloaded most of their stuff,¬†and got cleaned up.¬† Jade was feeling just fine by now, so we¬†took the grandkids to see the late afternoon showing of¬†Wreck-It Ralph.¬† That was a really cute movie!¬† Sunday evening we listened to all the deer hunting stories.¬† Here are just a few of the deer hunting pictures (I don’t want to bore you too much).

Deer hunting with Dad is so cool!

Grandson, Jackson. Isn’t he cute in his hunting gear?!

You can’t camp without having S’Mores!

Jackson admiring his Great-Uncle’s deer….I think!

Late Sunday night¬†In the “wee” hours of Monday morning, Kylee and her mom “caught” Jade’s bug…Oh, NO!¬† They were to leave for home Monday morning, but their departure was somewhat delayed until they felt a little better.¬† It was almost noon by the time they thought they could travel.

Even though the weekend didn’t go exactly as planned (could have done WITHOUT the flu bug!), we had a¬†good time.¬† I can’t wait for their next visit!

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