February and March in Florida – Part 1

Well, it’s been a busy two months in Florida. On February 1st we drove south to Frostproof, FL, to Rainbow RV Resort. This is a Sun RV Resort property and probably the NICEST RV park at which we’ve ever stayed. However, it was a little “pricey” and because we booked kind of “late” for the winter season, we didn’t have much choice. We have learned we MUST book reservations in FL for winter seasons EARLY!! You can see in these photos how nice this park truly is.

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse. Canadian flag is on this side because there are SO MANY Canadians at this park.

The Clubhouse. The American flag (although you can’t see it very well) is on this side.

Bocce Ball is VERY popular here. It is fun game to play!

Pickle Ball courts. Another popular and fun game.

Back of the Clubhouse where there are mail boxes. This building also has restrooms with showers, laundry room, fitness center, and a room with pool tables. There are several swings like the one in this picture around the clubhouse.

Pool behind the Clubhouse. It has two hot tubs.

These are Petanque courts. It’s a French game played with balls and is somewhat complicated. We couldn’t find anyone to teach us how to play because it is not as popular here as Bocce Ball.

Horseshoes.

Shuffleboard courts.

One view from the Clubhouse.

We barely got our RV and campsite set up and people were stopping by welcoming us. Jack always asks what are the best eating places around, and we learned about a little “mom and pop” 50s style diner called Frostbite in the town of Frostproof. So our first night there, we tried it out.

Frostbite was really crowded! We literally got the last available table. People that came in right after us were put on a waiting list. I’m telling you – this place was FANTASTIC! The waitresses were very pleasant and truly hustled to get everyone served in a timely manner. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. And the ice cream! Let’s just say it’s the most delicious I have EVER tasted! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we drove by this place, it was super busy NO MATTER what the time of day was. You will just have to stop by some time to experience it for yourself.

While in Florida, we kind of had in the back of our minds that we might look for another RV (a newer model) because there are SO MANY places down here to purchase RVs (retired Snowbirds + RVs = LOTS of RV sales lots!). We have spent quite a lot of time looking ever since we got here in November. In the middle of February we finally found something we liked that was in our budget. We traded our 2009 Winnebago Latitude (it was a GREAT “starter” RV for us and will always be one of our favorites!) for a 2016 Tiffin Phaeton.

Moving from one RV to another isn’t something to take lightly. It’s like moving from one house to another but with some UNIQUE problems to be considered:

#1: You can’t really pack things in boxes ahead of time because you have NO WHERE to store the boxes.

#2: Moving into the new RV after you go through the three hour (or more) “orientation” for it doesn’t really leave you enough time left that day to transfer your belongings from the old RV to the new RV. (Note to self: If we EVER trade RVs again we WILL schedule orientation one day and moving into the new RV for the following day!) We literally transferred our belongings as fast as we could from around 1:30 p.m. to almost 8:00 p.m. which was the closing time at the RV sales place. Talk about exhaustion!

#3: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT move into a new RV with only THREE days before the first grandkid comes to visit for a week followed by the other two grandkids coming to visit the following week!! We got everything into the new RV and had to put off the rearranging to meet our needs until after all the grandkids left.

Here a few pictures of the new RV (please don’t pay attention to some of the “stuff” that is still laying around; not everything had found its place yet).

It looks black, gray and white, however, when the sun shines on it from a certain angle, it is a really pretty burgundy or egg plant color.

The section with the three drawers on the left side of the countertop pulls out for more countertop/serving area. I wish I would have taken a picture of that section pulled out. Oh, well…

We now have a half bath in the mid-section of the coach. It came in really handy while the grandkids were here.

Master bathroom with shower, full closet, and stacking washer and dryer is in the very back of the coach.

I am certain I will be rearranging things in the new RV for at least another month or so. I will be happy to do it, though, because this is a really nice coach/home.

The next blog post will tell about the grandkids visiting us.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Retirement CHOICES

I didn’t just start thinking about my choices of what to do after I retired when I retired last May.  I have been thinking about various choices I might make for over a year now.  When I submitted my resignation and intent to retire last November, my quest began with an urgency only gained from the knowledge that it was now a REALITY!

Coming up with ideas wasn’t as easy as you might think partly because I live in a small town in a rural area.  What was easy was coming up with a list of things I do NOT want to do!  The list of things I didn’t want to do began growing by leaps and bounds.  However, I slowly began to come up with some realistic ideas:  have more time and freedom to visit family, work a parttime job in town (with flexible hours, of course!), do some substitute teaching (just some, not a lot), volunteer more at church, participate in a Mother to Mother Mentoring program, and employment as an online editor are just a few of the choices I am considering.  As of this date, I have not “officially” made any decisions but some possibilities are beginning to take form and might just become a reality!

I have taken action on one of the items on that list — visit family more!  Seven years ago on August 18, a granddaughter was born!  One of our sons, his wife, and three children live a good distance away from us (it’s an 8 hour drive to get there).  Because our granddaughter’s birthday was always on or right around the first day or two of school, we have never been able to go and help her celebrate on the actual day.  This year was different because I am retired!  We were able to go and be there on the actual day.  In fact, her parents helped us surprise her  — and WHAT a surprise it was when we met up with them at the restaurant she chose for her birthday dinner!  We also surprised her with a new bicycle.  I’ll only share a few photos with you today, so I don’t bore you to death!

Granddaughter, Kylee, gets a piano keyboard from her parents.

Surprise!  A new bicycle!

Finally, the birthday party with friends complete with activities such as painting pictures on canvases, making bead bracelets, and decorating their own cupcakes (my DIL comes up with great party activities!). I think decorating their own cupcakes was the big hit of the day!

Well, that’s enough of the birthday pictures.  Needless to say, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed participating in our granddaughter’s birthday celebration.  We look forward to being able to enjoy many more family celebrations such as this…thanks to my being RETIRED!!

Hey!  I think this RETIREMENT thing is truly going to be a new road in my life that I will enjoy immensely!

I hope you will join me as I go down this road, not because I have an interesting life or I’m an eloquent writer.  I am just an ordinary person living an ordinary life.  I won’t guarantee my posts will always be interesting, funny, or entertaining (although I will try to make them so).  I will guarantee that my posts will be varied:  my retirement decisions, trips to visit family and friends as well as vacation trips, and everyday things such as old favorites and new recipes, crafts I might try, and other projects I might tackle.

I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what my next post will be about (just like I had NO idea what this post would be about until a few hours ago)!  I’ll be just as surprised as you!  So, until then……God Bless!

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