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Sunday, August 2, 2015

On to Ohio for Grandkid Time!

Location: Garrettsville, OH (High 85, Low 63)

An early photo of Schaun and PapaFor as long as we have been grandparents, which is about six and a half years now, we have had to make do with short weekend visits. Even when we had the house in NY, Harry’s daughter lived a little over two hours away in MA. We would try to get out their way once a month to spend some time with the family. And since we have been fulltiming, we have had Schaun come and stay with us a few times in our fiver, but since our second grandson was born in January of last year, we have had only a few short visits with him. (The nearest campground in MA was over an hour away.)

So…we were so happy this year to find out that Gretchen’s job was going to 11822171_10207772681261768_663079953_o (1)be bringing her and the family to the Cleveland, Ohio area. As soon as I knew where they would be moving, I got right to work doing some searching and found a campground (Kool Lakes Family Campground) that looked pretty nice, and was just 30 miles from their home. And now here we are, settled in for the next month for our first real extended period of time with the grandkids! We are so excited!

11840390_10207773212475048_1838090116_oSchaun is away for the week visiting another set of grandparents, but yesterday Will, Gretchen and their little guy came over for dinner. It took about an hour of hanging out on the floor before he got comfortable enough to leave the safety of his father’s lap, but after that he decided we weren’t dangerous and started happily exploring.

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We took turns being the chase adult!






Run like the wind!



We will be on duty babysitting for the next four weeks, and are looking forward to having lots of fun times with the little guys. We have a whole month to make some good memories.

Friday, July 31, 2015

On Our Way Out of New York

Location: Canandaigua, NY (High 87, Low 62)

Looking back at our empty site...It was a whirlwind final few days for Harry and me. I had two last dental appointments and Harry had another annual doctor appointment. Despite our good intentions to get our appointments out of the way early, we both ended up having last minute commitments when the offices didn’t have any earlier openings in either May or June for us to schedule. Between that, and a few last visits with family, it sure made for a fast week.

We weren’t in a huge hurry to leave early this morning since we had a nice 230 mile trip ahead of us.


In one change from our usual routine, due to the fact that we had backed our rig up as much as possible into our site when we arrived, we had to hook up and pull forward this morning so Harry could pack up the bikes.



I’m always glad after a longer stay when all the slides come in and everything works!




Unlike our last trip, we had blue skies for the entire journey as well as clear roads.


11806618_10207762778854214_1439760932_oWe have always stayed at the Westfield/Lake Erie KOA on our way out of the state, but we decided to switch it up this time. We had such trouble in April getting level in the site that it soured us a bit. Also to get there in one day from the Catskill area makes for a longer travel day than we like. So we’re in a new campground this time – 11837099_10207762777694185_908063074_oCanandaigua/Rochester KOA. I know a lot of people don’t care for KOAs, but we do stay in them occasionally. We like our overnight stops to be relatively close to the highway and sometimes the KOA is the one that fits the bill. We did almost have a rocky start to this stay when the woman in the office directed us to our site in the wrong direction, but luckily one of the KOA employees happened to be right there when we got out to look at the site and got us going in the right direction before any major rig movements were required to get us turned around the right way.

11794027_10207762777334176_553599970_oThe living area on our spot is really nice, and would be great to enjoy if we were staying for a few days, but unfortunately we’re only here overnight. I might have to go outside with my cup of coffee in the morning though.

Tomorrow we’re moving on to Garrettsville, OH and another new campground for us!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easy and Tasty Grilled Pork Recipe

Location: Earlton, NY (High 87, Low 63)

Honey Garlic Pork Chops


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (I use lower sodium soy sauce.)
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 pork loin chops




In a small dish, whisk together honey, soy sauce and garlic.




Coat chops in mixture. I just pour a few spoonfuls over the pork chops. Then I cover the dish and put it in the fridge for a few hours.


Reserve left over honey mixture for basting.



Place chops on greased grill over med high heat, close lid and cook. basting 2 times.








On a quick side note, I couldn’t resist sharing a couple pictures from today. When I woke up this morning, Harry quietly got my attention and I was so glad I was able to grab my phone for a quick picture…




Apparently Harry’s leg also functions nicely as a body pillow.




Looking pretty comfy there. Smile

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shelf Floor Repair

Location: Earlton, NY (High 81, Low 54)

11770357_10207687862941363_205680412_oOne of my favorite things about our kitchen area is the great cupboard space we have. At the end of our main counter area there is a huge cabinet. It is where I store a lot of our bigger pieces, like the crockpot and a few of our larger pots and pans. 11770669_10207679981584334_799340419_o

We both follow the Heartland forum and there has been more than one thread about the flooring in drawers and cabinets “falling”.

So I wasn’t totally surprised a few weeks ago when I was moving things around to fin11780209_10207679975824190_345542936_od that we were having a similar issue. It’s hard to see but if you look closely you can see that the cross piece is just hanging on the left hand side. Obviously not holding anything up. (When Harry started the repair he pulled out one staple which is all that had been holding it together in the first place. I’m surprised that it lasted as long as it did.)



Harry had an idea about how to reinforce the shelf and yesterday was fix day.

He cut some pieces of wood to fit underneath the shelf.






It’s a good thing Harry is in decent shape!





He attached the pieces of wood at top and bottom with corner braces he had picked up.




It’s not going anywhere now!



Another area fixed! Every time Harry makes another repair or modification we are more content than ever with our decision not to trade this rig in for another fifth wheel.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Amazon 2014 Financial Recap

Location: Earlton, NY (High 88, Low 58)

As I was going back through previous blog posts looking for posts to add to the two new categories on the sidebar, I was reminded that I never did the financial recap post I intended to do in January after we got our last check. So…better late than never, here it is…

Last year we started at Amazon on August 26th. In all we had 17 weeks to work for peak 2014. We had a different kind of season last year, as we took advantage of a bonus offer and moved to Louisville, KY for the last four weeks. In KY we made $10/hr, and in Jeffersonville we made $10.75/hr. (They have now standardized the pay so that this year all campers will make the same no matter which fulfillment center you work in – $10.75/hr.)

The first week at Amazon is always a partial week. The first day involves going over all the typical new job stuff. The second day is usually a tour of the facility and safety training. With an additional two days of short work shifts the first week is about 25 hours.

Besides the first week, Harry and I worked nine 40 hour weeks, two weeks with some overtime, two 60 hour weeks, and three 55 hour weeks. Those last weeks before Christmas were busy ones!

It paid off though. Between the two of us, we made $8271.04 each (gross). Plus at the end we received a bonus of $735.73 (gross) for our hours worked for a total of $18,013.54. This does not include the extra bonus that we received for moving to work at the second facility for the last month of the season.

Not a bad result for four months work. This year we expect to be starting the week of August 30th. That should work out to be about sixteen weeks worked this year. But we got a raise and we’re hoping again to get in as much overtime as we can. So hopefully we can come close to last year’s totals.

It won’t be long and it’ll be time to find out.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baked Chicken Tortillas

Location: Earlton, NY (High 89, Low 61)

We made it to 92 degrees yesterday but the rest of the week looks to be high 80s and even 70s. One 90 degree day so far this summer out of an average number of ten. I’m ok with that!

As promised, here is the recipe that I made yesterday…

  • 1 cup bottled salsa divided
  • 8 oz fat free sour cream
  • 6 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper or chopped green
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

11770683_10207665213655145_1973019995_oPreheat oven to 350°.




11768649_10207665453301136_1960635578_oCombine 1/2 cup salsa and sour cream in a small bowl, and spread evenly over each tortilla. (Four are shown but there were actually six being prepared.)




Divide chicken, tomato, bell pepper, and onion evenly down center of each tortilla, and roll up.


11770154_10207665417500241_890563704_oPlace rolls, seam sides down, in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Top with 1/2 cup salsa.




Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Project Pictures and New Recipe Link

Location: Earlton, NY (High 88, Low 68)


Today started out as a pretty much perfect Sunday morning…chilling outside with our cups of coffee catching up on the morning news. It was really nice to have a relaxing morning after a week where we were getting up early and then out busy all day.


Harry was pleased with his week’s work – the completion of two sets of shelves in my sister’s basement. 11770347_10207656968009009_1841070301_oHe put three similar shelving units in the garage of our old house and all the practice has paid off.  Harry said that he thinks these are his best constructed ones yet. I think that one day after this picture was taken they are already well on the way to being filled up.







I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry got recruited next year to build at least one more!

11756903_10207666493447139_403085588_oWe took a walk around the campground this afternoon to see lots of people around enjoying this beautiful summer day.

 11751552_10207666520487815_353436262_oIt’s really nice here because we see people out enjoying themselves but, so far at least, we haven’t encountered any blaring loud music or people running through our site or any of the other annoyances you get sometimes.

I made a recipe today (baked chicken tortillas)  that I am going to do a blog post about tomorrow. I was thinking about the fact that I have done at least a handful of blog posts about cooking, but my recipes are all buried and not easily accessible, so I decided to add a new blog link on the side so they can be more easily located. So far I only have one recipe there because I have to find them first! Hopefully it won’t take me too long to locate them all and add them to the list. Sarcastic smile