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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

That Didn’t Sound Good

Location: Catskill, NY (High 77, Low 49)

Well, all’s well that ends well, as they say…but we did have a little scare last week with our fiver…

It began when we were in our bedroom in the evening and sat down on the corner of our bed. All of a sudden we heard a sound like wood cracking and we felt the bed go down on one side. After some investigating, Harry pulled out the big draIMG_2827wer at the foot of our bed and crawled underneath with a flashlight. He came out looking a bit shaken…turned out the screws holding the roller under that side of the bed had completely failed (heads sheared right off) and the bed was now sitting on the floor as opposed to the roller.

We had a small moment of panic as we realized that we couldn’t bring in the slide without the roller under the bed. Ok, maybe we were more than a little panicked. Luckily we had plans for the next day with our Heartland friends Bonnie and Dick, and when we called to cancel, Dick had some helpful advice for Harry on how to fix the problem. So we were actually able to go to bed and get some sleep with plans to tackle the issue in the morning.

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In the morning we got to work….pulled off the mattress, and then Harry removed the screws holding the plywood on.

 

 

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We were surprised to find that once the mattresses and plywood was removed, it was actually very easy to lift the frame and place the roller back where it belonged.

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He used vice grips to remove the useless screws from the aluminum frame.

 

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This is where the roller is supposed to be.

 

 

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$1.81 in supplies!!

 

 

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The hardest part was getting the holes drilled straight.

 

 

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Fixed!!!

 

 

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Two happy cats enjoying their bed put back together!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

All Good Things

Location: Peru, NY (High 71, Low 55)

IMG_2830I found myself this afternoon thinking about the old saying that all good things must come to an end. Not that we don’t have events coming up that we are looking forward to, because we are. But at the same time today feels like the beginning of the end in so many ways…our last day up here in the Adirondacks, this IMG_2850week the last few days that we will be here in NY for the summer…the start of saying good-bye to friends and family for another seven months. I love our lifestyle and the fact that we are looking forward to another winter spent without having to dress up for freezing weather, plan for snowstorms and IMG_2944everything else that comes along with a winter spent up north…but I also hate when it comes time for saying goodbyes. Unfortunately, this is the week of farewells.

We’ve already had our first – said goodbye yesterday to my mom and stepfather. We had a great couple of weeks up here. We didn’t do a lot of running – managed to run four times for a total of 17 miles. But we were still pretty active – went for a hike of 11 miles one day and went on four IMG_3023bike rides for a total of 130 miles. I have several blog entries to do to get caught up on the past couple of weeks and will try to get to those over the next few days. We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of the back roads around here from the seat of our bikes.

IMG_2991We also got our email from Amazon about our drug testing. At Campbellsville, KY, we get our start date first and then shortly after that, we are sent an email with a location in our area where we need to go to have the drug test done. We were happy to get a location in Plattsburgh, which is the only real city in the area and is less than ten miles from the campground IMG_3010where we stay when we are up here. We went right away the same day that we got the email and took care of that last little required piece. Our start date is the 26th of August, which is now only a little over a week away. We have been surprised to discover that we are looking forward to going back to Campbellsville despite the long hours and work that we know will be coming along with that.

Tomorrow morning IMG_2998we will be packing up and heading back to Catskill for a few last days. Time for a couple more get-togethers with friends and family, the annual checkup for our two furballs, which I’m sure they will be excited about, and then on Friday we will be saying so long to another great summer in upstate NY.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Enjoying the Adirondacks!

Location: Peru, NY (High 73, Low 55)

IroquoisWe had a pretty quick and uneventful trip north this past Monday to Iroquois Campground in Peru, NY. We have stayed here several times and have always been on the same site. It is pretty wide-open, although there are enough trees surrounding us that we always have issues with our rooftop satellite. Luckily we get the main channels through the antenna and we are not around too much to be looking to watch tv.

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We have only been here a few days and we have made the most of it so far. On Tuesday we took a really nice bike ride along Lake Champlain. We haven’t really been biking since last summer so our posterior regions were a little sore, but otherwise we were in great shape for the 20 mile bike ride. Our 7 months of running is paying off!

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Wednesday was a pretty relaxing day. I had a massage in the morning and Harry and I took a short walk. Then in the evening we went to a free “Concert on the Bluff” at the local community college, which is actually where I started my college studies. IMG_2799

I haven’t been back to the grounds since I graduated back in 1986. It was so strange to walk around the grounds and buildings and have it hardly even look familiar. Of course, almost 30 years is a long time! It was definitely more beautiful than I remember! IMG_2803

 

The concert was very nice. It was a local artist singing Adirondack-style music. There were children and young people dancing along, which was as much fun to watch as the performers.

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It was a beautiful night and there was a really good crowd.

 

 

 

LCrun1This morning Harry and I went for a six mile run along Lake Champlain. It was a really beautiful morning for a run, and even better, it was cool enough that we were able to go out a little later than 6 am!

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We stopped for a water break and to take a couple pictures by the lake.

 

Since then, the rest of the day has been pretty laid-back. There have been thunderstorms in our area for the past several hours so we have been inside for most of the day. After today, we have a stretch of really nice weather coming, and we have some fun outdoor activities planned!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Another Month Underway

Location: Catskill, NY (High 77, Low 63)

It’s been two weeks now since we came back from our weekend away in Cape Cod. I know this is such a cliché, but I just don’t know where the summer has gone.

We’ve been busy all the time, most of the time with normal everyday activities.cairotownpark2 Five days a week we’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn (as in 5 am!) to go down to the town park for 6 am and do our morning run. Even though the weather has been awesome, with most highs in the high 70s and low 80s, that’s still pretty hot for running. Running in the early morning is definitely the way to go. That time before the sun really comes up, when the coolness from the night is still in the air, is the cairotownparkbest! Our total for July was 100 miles. We have one more month before we start at Amazon, and then the more challenging time will begin. We are determined to keep up with our running even while we’re working at Amazon, so we shall see if we can do it.

harryofficeWe’ve just about gotten to the end of time for working at my sister’s office. I don’t even know how many boxes of files I scanned, but I do think I made a nice dent in the paperwork in their file room. Harry did his part too. He painted a hallway, and my sister’s office, and put up a nice shelf system in her office as well. It looks great!

IMG_2780We also had one more four day visit with Schaun. Even though the place is a little tight with all the stuff that a five year old ends up with all over, it always is so much fun to have him here, and sad to say good-bye until the next time.

 

For the past few days, we’ve been having fun with friends that we met at a Heartland icecreamrally in Florida our first winter (and new fulltimers!) Bonnie and Dick. We’ve shown them around the local area, including a trip to Albany today, and this evening we went to one of our favorite ice cream spots. Yum.

We have one more weekend here before we leave on Monday to head up to the Adirondacks until the 18th of August. Then we will be packing up to head down to Kentucky where we will be getting started at Amazon on August 26th. Our vacation time is just about over.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Weekend Away

Location: Catskill, NY (High 81, Low 62)

IMG_2718It’s been such a quick month so far that I can’t even believe it. We had a few quick trips planned throughout the summer, and the most recent one was this past weekend, when we traveled to Plymouth, MA for a Heartland rally.

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It was a nice weekend, but went too fast, as they always do. We spent some time chatting, enjoyed some good food and relaxed. We felt like we were on vacation.

 

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The last time we were in Plymouth was four years ago in September 2010. It was about two weeks after I had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.

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I was definitely feeling MUCH better this past weekend!!

 

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We had lunch at a restaurant in Plymouth with an awesome view of the water.

 

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We both had a bread bowl of clam chowder and it was so yummy.

 

 

It was such a nice weekend and of course, went by much too quickly.

We came back to Catskill today, where we will be hanging out for two more weeks. It’s going to be a jam-packed couple of weeks, with another visit from our little guy, my mom and step-father at my sister’s for the weekend, friends from Jersey arriving next week for a few days, and then heading north to the Adirondacks two weeks from today! Phew!

We are still waiting to hear from Amazon. According to what we’ve read on the camperforce page, we should be finding out at least five weeks before our scheduled start date. Based on that info, we are assuming that we will be starting sometime in September, and not August as we had originally thought we might. Less money, but more vacation time. Gotta look on the bright side! Smile

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I’m Still Here!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 83, Low 62)

s1Yes, yes, I’m still here!! I was just sitting outside, enjoying our wonderful weather and thinking, I really should check in and let everyone know we’re still alive and kickin’ here in Catskill, NY!

 

We’ve been having a really nice, laid-back, relaxing summer so far. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. We had maybe three or four hot humid days, but other than that, it’s just been perfect summer weather.

 

s2Harry and I have been doing a lot of outside living this summer, hanging out under our awning and doing some reading. I also have gotten into my sudoku puzzle book and have been enjoying that.

 

We are still doing great with our running. The picture to the left was taken on one of those humid mornings at the s4park when we ran super early to beat the heat. I never would have thought that I’d be out running at 6 am! So far since being been back in NY, I’ve run 47 miles in April, 105 miles in May, 67 miles in June, and 20 miles so far in July. That’s 239 miles so far since April.

Harry and I are enjoying our running so much that we did something that’s maybe a little crazy!! We are going to be in Marathon FL for the month of January. About a week ago, my sister was looking at races and found a 5k/half marathon in Key West that month. We went online to sign up for the 5k (that’s about 3 miles) and after looking at the route for the 5k vs. the half marathon (which goes completely by the water), we said “what the heck, let’s go for it” and signed up for the half marathon in Key West on January 19th!! That’s…oh about 3 weeks after we will be getting done at Amazon. s3Yes we are nuts!! But we are also very excited. That’s going to be an awesome place for a race!

Speaking of Amazon, we have not yet heard when we will be starting there this fall. We got a newsletter last week that said we should be finding out within the next few weeks. We are looking forward to getting our date so we can have a better idea what our August will look like.

Our time in Catskill is starting to wind down toward it’s end, which is really hard to believe. We are going to Cape Cod for a Heartland rally the weekend after next, which should be a lot of fun. And then in early August, we will be heading north to the Adirondacks for a couple of weeks.

We are having a great time during this whirlwind summer!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Leaps and Bounds!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 80, Low 66)

Leaps and bounds! That’s the way I feel this summer has been going by. I just can’t believe how fast the weeks are racing along.

IMG_2575The last time I wrote we had been up in the Adirondacks for a long weekend, and a half marathon in Lake Placid. After getting back to Catskill on that Monday, we stopped to have a little routine maintenance completed on the rig before pulling back into our spot here at Brookside Campground.

IMG_2591 I am really feeling settled in to our spot this year. We bought a stand to hang a hummingbird feeder from, and a hanging plant from the other side. For some reason just that little addition has made it feel so homey to me.

 

Last Tuesday and Wednesday we had various odds and ends to do around here, plus we went over to my sister’s office for part of one of the days. Harry worked at painting one section of the hallway, which looks really awesome.

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On Thursday, we headed to Massachusetts for the beginning of our next planned event – a week with our little guy.

 

 

We had a great time! First of all, our weather was absolutely spectacular! Last year we had to spend the whole week inside because it was so hot and humid. Not this year.

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Time playing outside, a trip to the local water park, playing at the playground, trips for soft ice cream and going to the movies…it was a great week! And now, after having brought Schaun home to MA this afternoon, it’s time to enjoy the fact that we are retired childless individuals!! (And I know two cats who are also very happily enjoying their quiet spaces once again!)

Tomorrow we get back to normal life…. Ahh!