Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

While the boys went to a car show, the girls went shopping.  I think we got the best deal, eh?

Sara and I went to Target, Kohl's, and Shoe Station before we decided it was time for lunch.  After some discussion of our options, we decided to go to the Corner Bakery.  That is our favorite eating place when we are having a girls’ day out.

Our last shopping stop was Penney’s.  I got several things on sale and so did Sara.  It was a successful outing!

We watched the Final Four college basketball playoffs.  Brent grilled steak for the occasion.  Baked potatoes and grilled corn on the cob rounded out another great dinner by the resident chef.

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Bill, Brent, and I went to the Waffle House for breakfast.  I usually call it the Awful Waffle, but Coleson takes exception to that.  I know of what I speak, and he’s never eaten a waffle there or anywhere else, for that matter.  

AW’s waffles are very flat, kind of like a flour tortilla with dents.  But they do have good biscuits and gravy.  Yippy, Skippy!  That’s what two of us ordered.  Brent has another favorite when he eats there.  So we all came away with happy tummies.

When Sara and Coleson got home from school they came out to the MH to visit.  Before long, Sara went one a friend’s house to spend the night.  Coleson went to a movie with one of his friends.  Brent went to visit Mike and Amy.  Bill said that the two of us should go out Honky, Tonking!  The only problem was that neither one of us could remember how!  Shucks, y’all.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

Once again I spent the morning working on taxes.  I know the old adage was “a penny saved is a penny earned.”  Bill has modernized that to be “a penny saved is a government oversight.”  I agree!  There’s nothing left in our penny jar.

Willie loves to come out to the motorhome.  After the kids got home from school they all came out to visit.  Willie thinks he owns the place and that there are always treats to be enjoyed.  Hm-m-m!  I wonder where he got that idea!  Sara thought it was funny that we were all sitting around in such a small area when Brent has a big house with lots of room.  I guess we just like being cozy.

Tonight Brent came home with a pizza.  While we were eating we watched a movie...The Help.  It was filmed in the Jackson area.  Bill wasn’t too swept away with it.  Neither was Brent at first, but he liked most of it.  He thought the ending was sad.  The acting in it was really good.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

In the good old days the solution used when giving a permanent was odoriferous, to say the least.  Well, that part of the process has improved, but isn’t completely taken care of.  I know that for a fact, because “old himself” hasn’t kissed me on top of the head since Monday!  That’s not good!

I spent most of the day working on taxes.  I made quite a bit of progress.  But you know what they say...if you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, its time to switch tracks.  I just hope I don’t get run over by the train.

Bill and I, plus Brent and his two hooligans, went out for dinner...Mexican of our favorite things to eat.  Everyone must of been hungry because some of the people at the table are now members of the “clean plate club.”

Before bedtime, Bill and I went into the house for a sample of Brent’s lime pie.  It is so-o-o-o-o-o good!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

At 9:30 this morning I drove to Ridgeland to get a “permanent.” I know it is only “temporary,” but I really did need it.  Usually, the process takes two hours or less.  Today it took nearly three hours total.  The problem seemed to be a lack of organization.  “The jury is out” on how well it was done until I see how “temporary” it is.

On the way home I went by to see my friend, Debbie.  On of her daughters, Kreatha, was there.  We had a good visit.  She showed some of the gem stones that she has “panned” for.  She had an  variety of stones.  Along with it went an amazing amount of knowledge about what she has found.  It was fun to talk to her.

Debbie’s musician son came by.  It was good to meet him.  I have heard his CD that he recorded several months ago.  I have been following his career via his parents.  It was good to put a face with the music.

I tried to do more on our taxes this afternoon.  I need HELP!!!!  I don’t think I will run away from home and become a CPA anytime soon.

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

I got up early to work on our taxes for 2011.  I have been somewhat confused with Turbo Tax.  Michelle is familiar with the program and she was able to help me.  We worked for an hour before I “cried uncle” and gave up, temporarily.  I will work on my own for awhile and then get back with her to finish up.

Bill, Brent, and I did some running around today.  We started out with lunch at a Mexican restaurant, then went to Cummins for filters for the motorhome and by the Water Department so Brent could pay his bill.  While I went to the chiropractor they went to Lowe’s.  Before returning home Brent took us to see a restaurant that a friend is opening.

The rest of my day was spent working on taxes, plus watching Dancing with the Stars.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 25, 2012

March 25, 2012

Bill, Brent, and I meant to go to the Waffle House for breakfast. When we got there we discovered a long waiting line.  Brent knew of another breakfast place so we went there.  It was OK.

After a short rest back at the motorhome, Bill and I went geocaching.  We found three caches fairly quickly.  After that we had three DNFs.  Ugh!  It was a beautiful day to cache, but that didn’t seem to help.  

We watched the NASCAR race from Fontana, CA.  It was rain shortened which is always a bummer!  We like to see an actual winner cross the finish line.

Brent invited friends over for dinner.  Of course, the food was great as usual...chicken, potato and onion casserole, green beans, and lime pie.  It’s always fun to be here for one of his gatherings.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012

Bill and I went to lunch with our friends, Paul and Debbie Henderson.  Afterwards we went back to their house to visit.  We never run out of things to talk about.  Can you imagine that?

It was sunny...a beautiful day to sit on the patio and look at all the spring flowers.  We couldn’t see the lake from where we were sitting so I didn’t get to add alligators to my “critter list,”  but Paul has told me before that gators are there.  I’ll take his word for it!

When we got back home Brent was making a lime pie.  He found the recipe on the Internet.  It was really good.  He said it was very easy to make.

Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

Brent and I had an errand to do on the west side of I-55, so we went to Cool Al’s for lunch.

Cool Al’s is an interesting place.  It has great fool and, as Brent says, we’ve never gotten sick from eating there.  I wonder, every time I walk through the front door, how they can possibly  pass a Health Department inspection.  I always feel as if I am sticking to the floor when I go in.  I won’t even attempt to describe the hallway to the restroom or the restroom itself.  There weren’t enough words in my Thesaurus to begin to describe the conditions.

Why eat there, you ask?  Well, the food is great!  It is all cooked fresh.  It isn’t a fast food place and usually takes about 20 minutes to get served.

Brent and I both have “strong stomachs,” not giving too much thought as to what’s on the floor or in the corners. The place is always busy when we go there, so there must be lots of people with our fortitude.

When we finished we drove to Ridgeland, the next town north, so I could get an appointment for a permanent.  I’ll be able to do that next Tuesday.  Yea!

We spent quite a bit of time today watching the college basketball playoffs.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

It seems that for the last few days I have been more of a weather reporter than anything else.  Maybe that will change.

Bill and I had an important meeting this morning that lasted nearly two hours.  We thought we deserved Mexican food for lunch after that so we went to El Sombrero.  Their food was good, as usual, but it was certainly a noisy place.

After lunch we went to Verizon to purchase their router, called myfi.  Hopefully, it will be faster.  One of the main reasons we wanted it was because the service is $10 a month less than what we have now.  And the $50 rebate paid for the new “gizmo.”  It was a win win situation, except...

...after fooling with it for awhile, we took Verizon up on their offer to install it for us.  It seems to be working really well.

Brent fixed ribs for dinner, plus an apple cobbler for dessert.  Yum, yum!  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

We woke to no worse weather than the last two days have been, but before noon that all changed.  

We had high winds and heavy rain.  A lot of lightening and thunder accompanied the rain, some of it very close.  At one time the siren sounded for about 15 minutes, but stopped and didn’t come back on for the rest of the day.  

A light rain was still falling at bedtime.  That was on the outside.  Duh!  On the inside, our back air conditioner had leaked.  The bed had a large wet place through all the covers, clear to the mattress.  

More fun and games in the Dane household!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012

The first day of spring was just about like the last day of summer.  Until mid morning when we were hit by a windstorm.  It was a drastic change all of a sudden.

Brent and I went to the Apple Store so I could ask questions about my iPhone.  After that we went to Olive Garden for soup, salad, and bread sticks.  As always, it was a good place to eat lunch.  We went to Target before heading east.  A stop at Sam’s Club was the last thing on the list before returning home.

We spent the rest of the day on chores around the house.  The weatherman is calling for a storm to come in during the night.  Before bedtime, the wind was blowing briskly.  That may be the beginning of the storm.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

It was a blustery, cloudy day in Brandon today.  No rain involved, but we didn’t have to worry about getting sunburned.

Bill and I went out to lunch and then went on some errands...Hobby Lobby, Walmart, that kind of thing.  It seems as if there is always something that needs to be taken care of.

Tonight I went into Brent’s house to hard boil some eggs.  Brent had heard on a cooking show that eggs should be put in a pan of water, set over a high flame, boiled for one minute, and left to finish cooking in the hot water.  Bill had read that vinegar in the water made the eggs easier to peel.  Brent’s “recipe” worked, but Bill’s idea didn’t make a difference.  When the whole project was finished, Brent brought me an egg salad sandwich.  It was very good.  I’m so glad he’s a good cook!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18, 2012

March 18, 2012

There were some dark clouds overhead this morning.  By noon, most of the dark ones were gone and there was a breeze blowing.

We relaxed and watched the NASCAR race from Bristol.  Several years ago we visited that raceway...not for a race...just a tour of the track.  It was amazing how jammed into that space it is.  Its just a big bowl.  We were lucky enough to visit the track owner’s “box.”  It was impressive!

Tonight I worked on a beading project.  That’s the first time I’ve had any time to bead for quite awhile.  Its always nice to get back to it.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012

Willie had his first geocaching adventure this morning.  A cache was hidden in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot.  Coleson made quick work of finding it.  There was a dense fog as we got back onto I-10 at 8:00.  

The ride back to Brandon was uneventful.  It was a shorter drive today because of the miles we went yesterday.  In spite of that, we were tired when we pulled into the driveway.

The rest of the day was basically for R and R.  Most of the unloading of the MH was put off until tomorrow.

Our total mileage on the motorhome was 550.  I don’t know many miles were put on the Honda.  We did a whole bunch of running around in Pensacola.  All in all, it was a great trip with lots more things to go into our memory bank.  

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

We didn’t leave the campground until 10:30 this morning.  After stopping at Walmart for fuel we headed for Alabama.  It’s not that we are so crazy about Alabama, and especially Foley, Alabama, but that’s where one of the three Lambert’s is located and we MUST eat at Lambert's when we are anywhere near one.  Its the law of the jungle...especially our “jungle.”

Bill and I did our state line routine as we crossed the bridge into Alabama.  The road from Pensacola to Foley is a good one.  The only problem is that often times some “old” person pulls out in front of us and then pokes along, with no obvious concept as to how much road it takes to stop a behemoth this size.

After parking at Walmart we took the Honda to Lambert’s.  As usual the food was very good and we took enough leftovers for meals for tonight and tomorrow.  I am no good at catching anything (except maybe a cold), especially hot rolls, which is the only way to get one at Lambert’s.  The “passer” took pity on me, handed me a roll, and said I was his running back.  We cheered for the Broncos!  

When we finished eating we drove south to Orange Beach, went across the Intercoastal Waterway, and drove west to the end of the island.  There were a lot of interesting beach houses to see.  When we turned around, we drove several miles east, crossing a bridge only to discover that we had crossed back into Florida.  Brent made a u-turn and we went back into Alabama.  Brent honked (kind of), but I was the only one yahooing.  I’m going to have to work with these Mississippi kin on the “state line routine.”

We found a geocache in a state park and Brent and the kids had time to drive go-carts on several tracks at an amusement park before going back to the moterhome at Walmart.  We ate part of the leftovers before hooking the CRV on and driving north to I-10. 

Our destination was Bass Pro Shop where we will park for the night.  Bill ended the drive in the dark, which is not his favorite thing to do, but knowing we were heading for a well lighted parking lot helped.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

We had a lazy morning.  Willie had several walks, which made him a happy pooch.  His tail was on high speed he was so happy.

Brent knew a great place to eat in Pensacola...Charley’s.  It is a small buffet in an old house.  The food was really good.  Lots of locals eat there, which is usually a good recommendation.  We chose to eat there today because meatloaf was the special, and that’s one of Bill’s favorites.

Before returning to the base we went in search of a geocache hidden not far from Charley’s.  It was under a gazebo and was a bit of a challenge.

Three went to the beach when we got back home while two of us took naps and Willie stood guard over our abode.  He’s good at that, but he’s better as a speed bump!

We had a movie to return to Walmart’s Red Box.  Once that was accomplished and we ate dinner we went in search of a couple of caches.  Both were lamp pole caches and were easy to find after dark.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

We decided to “cook” breakfast this morning...scrambled eggs with bacon, hash browns, toast, and juice.  When Brent took the cover off the stove, he asked Bill, “How long has it been since this bad boy was used?”  Bill couldn’t remember!!!!  Brent thought they should pray over it before they turned on the gas.  What a couple of clowns!!!

After our feast, Brent and the kids went out to Pensacola Beach for some white sand and surf time.  I chose to take the time off and clean out some of the clutter.  It was a hard choice to make, but I also felt that my poor old body needed some rest.  We have been going full tilt since we got here, and “The old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be, many long years ago.”  Some of you might want to sing along!

When the beach group got back and people had napped or rested and snacked or ate leftovers for dinner, we rented a movie, The Big Year.  I only had seen one of the birds that they were looking for...the blue footed booby.  I took a picture of it in Mazatlan,  not knowing it was rare.  I just thought it was interesting with those bright blue feet.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

No rain today and the sun was shining brightly.  We started the day with a trip to Fort Barrancas.  It was built between 1839 and 1844 using slave labor.  It was part of the defense system protecting the Navy Yard in Pensacola Bay.  In one of the tunnels we encountered a bat hanging from the ceiling.  It wasn’t very big, but was our first encounter with that kind of little critter.  The fort has been well preserved and was interesting to tour.  

Bill chose not to go to Fort Pickens on Gulf Islands National Seashore.  To get there we drove through Pensacola, over Three Mile Bridge, through Gulf Breeze, and across another bridge to Pensacola Beach.

We found a funky little local eatery in a strip mall in PB.  The food was good.  With happy tummies we drove west to Fort Pickens.  On the way out to the fort we saw an osprey on its stick nest.  The fort was used for over a hundred years and had a lot of battle scars.

When we got back to the motorhome Brent and the kids went to the beach while Bill and I made a quick trip to Walmart.

At 6:15, four of us went to a hockey game.  It was a first for all of us.  We cheered for the home team, the Pensacola Ice Flyers, a farm team for the Detroit Red Wings.  We all had a great time and, as we drove home, we were all trying to figure out when we could go to another hockey game.  We were hooked!

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

It was raining really hard this morning.  We decided it would be a good day to go to the Naval Aviation Museum.  A lot of other people had the same idea.  Those who weren’t on Spring Break were there on a school trip.  

Sara wasn’t too interested in the airplane displays so we went to the IMAX theater.  The boys toured the museum until Grandpa got tired.  Brent and Coleson came back for Sara and me.  We decided that we needed a snack (Surprise, surprise!) so we drove into Pensacola.  I suggested Steak N Shake.  It was an adventure getting there.  By that time it was dinnertime.  SNS was a good place to be...good hamburgers and great milkshakes.  

It was dark when we got back to the motorhome, but it wasn’t raining.  Yea!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 11, 2012

March 11, 2012

I guess that I need to clarify something.  I walked down from the top of the lighthouse.  There was NO elevator!  That was a joke that I made up! 

Brent, the kids and I set off to explore the Pensacola area.  We walked around the old downtown area.  My iPhone showed a geocache not far from that area so we searched it out.  We were also looking for a place to eat.  Brent had heard about a Brazilian restaurant that served a variety meats at your table.  He found it...Rodizio Grill.  

We were served a tray of appetizers...polenta sticks, fried banana  chunks, and cheese covered with yucca flour dough and fried.  As we would eat some they would bring more.

The salad bar had several kinds of pasta and potato salads, several bean dishes, three or four kinds of cubed cheese, and a small choice of salad-making items.  There were also small hard rolls.  The pickled quail eggs were the most unusual item, I think.

Most of the meat they brought was chicken, marinated with a variety of sauces.  We also had chicken hearts.  Later they served beef, which was our least favorite dish.  I really liked the grilled pineapple.  The meat was served sliced, as much as you wanted or as little.

For dessert I chose the lime cheesecake.  It was really good.  Sara had a whipped yogurt and strawberry dish.  Coleson had chocolate cake, which wasn’t very good.

The restaurant hadn’t been open very long and the service was extremely slow.  Would I eat there!  But it was a dining adventure, for sure.  

On the way home we stopped at the base exchange for a hairbrush for Sara, plus a few other things.

We had meant to tour Ft. Pickens today, but by the time we had such a lo-o-o-ong lunch we left the fort for another day.  Brent and his tribe went to the beach and Bill and I napped.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012

We were on the road at 9:04...not bad for loading five travelers and a dog into a “hallway on wheels.”  We took back roads to Star, where we turned onto Hwy. 49.  Mississippi back roads can be a challenge and a true test of Bill’s driving skills.  He passed with flying colors!

When we crossed into Alabama, Bill and I did our state line thing...honk, honk!  Yahoo!  No other family members joined in the celebration.  I guess they will have to be retrained!

We stopped in the Mobile area for lunch.  One of us stayed in the motorhome, ate a PNB and jelly sandwich, and rested,  two ate chicken at a new place, Foosackly’s, and three of us walked across the street to Sonic’s for burgers, fries, etc.  If you totaled the eaters and came up with too many mouths, don’t forget Willie!  He loves hamburgers, just like his dog cousins, Hapa and Joey. 

Traffic was heavy going into the tunnel under Mobile Bay, but thinned out soon after we came out and got on the bridge over the bay.  Brent was asleep in the “naviguesser” seat so we did a silent crossing into Florida.

We parked the MH at a campground on Pensacola Naval Air Station and immediately went to the beach.  It was dusk by the time we got back home, but it was wonderful being on the beautiful white sand beach again.

Brent, Sara, Coleson, and I drove around the area, mainly hunting for something to eat.  It took a long time to find our way around in the dark, but we were finally successful.  

On the way home we stopped at the Pensacola Lighthouse.  Once a month they offer night tours and this was the night.  We signed up for the 9:30 tour.  During the hour and a half that we had to wait for our tour Brent, the kids and Willie went to the beach.  Bill didn’t want to go to the lighthouse with us.  He was tired from all the driving today, so he and Willie stayed home.

The first of the tour took place in one of the basement rooms and was mostly about the ghosts that some believe live in the lighthouse.  Then we started the climb...177 steps to the top to see how the light works.  And the view was fantastic!  Now those of you who know how afraid I am of heights will know what a challenge it was for me to climb to the top.  But I made it!  Yea!

When I got back down, I went outside on the porch to get some fresh air.  Several people ask me if I went to the top.  I said, “Yes, and the guide ask if I wanted to take the elevator down, but I said, if I can climb to the top I can walk down.”  Some of them believed me, including Brent.  It was classic!

Friday, March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

It rained hard all night.  And the lightening put on quite a show.  The storm passed before breakfast.  It left behind soggy ground and a much cooler temperature.

We spent most of the day finishing odd jobs in order to be ready to do a "Willie Nelson" in the morning.  We hope to be “on the road” by 9:00.  

I think everyone is excited about going to Florida, even Willie.  He doesn’t know exactly what is going on, but his tail was in high gear tonight.  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

Today I started “Willie proofing” the motorhome.  Saturday morning we are all heading for Florida...Pensacola to be exact.  We may not stay there the entire week of Spring Break, but that is where we plan to start.

Willie is a good traveler, but his tail is lethal.  One wag can do a lot of damage, especially to the things on the dashboard and the computer cabinet of our house.  Because he is such a happy dog his tail wags most of the time.

Brent and I went out to lunch before going grocery shopping for our trip.  I think we bought enough to feed an force.

I spent part of the afternoon getting our tax information finished.  When we get back from Florida, I will try to get things ready to file, with the help of Turbo Tax.

At 9:30 tonight it started to rain, really hard.  Hopefully it will go away by Saturday.  Bill prefers to drive on dry roads, if he has a choice.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

Brent went to the VA early this morning.  Bill was up on the roof and I went to Walmart for Rxs.  Sounds much the same as yesterday, doesn’t it?  

Well, things were a bit different later.  When Brent got back from the VA Hospital he said that he had to go back at 2:30 to see another doctor.  There was a place that he wanted to take me for lunch and since it was also in Jackson, not far from the VA, we could do both things.

The restaurant served Mediterranean food.  It was very good.  And a very busy place.  After eating we went to a funky little shopping area.  What better way to kill 20 minutes than to go in and out of little shops?

While Brent went to his appointment, I sat in a large waiting room and watched a news report about Payton Manning being “released” (aka fired) from the Indianapolis Colts football team.  I learned more about the situation than I really cared to know, but it was a good way to spend my time.

We got back home at 3:30...15 minutes before the kids got home on the school.  Willie was so excited to see them get off the school bus.

We went to a neighbor’s (Polly) house for dinner.  Wesley and Robyn were there, also.  It is always a fun time when the group gets together.

As you can tell, our day was varied...and interesting!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

While Brent went to the VA Hospital to have his wrist checked, Bill and I stayed home.  Bill was trying to get the skylight finished and I stayed around to help when I could.

The skylight has turned into a harder job than he had expected.  All he has to do to complete it is to finish attaching it to the roof and caulk it.  Hopefully tomorrow will be it!

I spent time on our taxes and will continue to work on them tomorrow.  Not much fun!  But it has to be done.

So you can see that we are all managing to stay busy although none of us would choose to do these kinds of things.  Such is life in the fast lane, as the saying goes!

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

It was another gorgeous day in Mississippi.  I needed to do several errands so off I went.

Of course,  there were two craft stores involved as well as the Post Office and the chiropractor.

After lunch, I started another beading project...a cross.  Each one takes about three hours to complete, once I get my supplies all in order.  It’s so relaxing.

Bill worked on replacing the skylight over the shower.  It was just about an all day undertaking and he still isn’t finished.  Hopefully, it will only be a two day project.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012

Brent fixed biscuits and sausage gravy for brunch.  It was really a great treat.  Brent is such a good cook.  Yummy for my tummy!

It’s fine weather today in Mississippi.  It looked like a great day to cache, so in the afternoon, Brent, Coleson, and I set out to see if we could find some geocaches to log.

The first one we found was one that we have looked for before.  This time we were successful, thanks to Coleson.  From there, we drove several miles to a cache hidden at a water tower.  The last conquest for the afternoon took us on a path into the woods.  Once again Coleson came through for us. 

The sun was setting when we decided it was time to call it quits for the day.  

I finished a couple of beading projects this evening, so I felt as if I accomplished something for the good of the cause.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3, 2012

March 3, 2012

No rain in the forecast for today, but it was cold.  I was bundled up most of the day.  

Sara had spent the night at a friend’s house and we picked her up at noon.  Coleson was playing with a neighbor kid so when we went to get Sara he didn’t want to go.  We let Grandpa pick out a place to eat lunch.  He chose shrimp so we went to Penn’s.  Their food is good.  We all got shrimp, in one form or another.  It was really good.

Once we were back home, I worked on our taxes.  After I was thoroughly depressed, I decided it was time for some fun.  I started a beading project.  That’s always relaxing to me.

Brent’s neighbor and family came for dinner.  Afterwards, the adults played a board game called Logo.  It was a lot of fun.  Wesley and Robyn won, but we all enjoyed it so much that I think we were all winners.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

It certainly was warmer this morning than in places we’ve been for a long time.  And its sunny and a bit humid.  Good caching weather, but I don’t have any caches loaded in any of our GPSs. My iPhone is our only hope.

Brent and I picked Coleson up early from school.  We went to the Trace Grill for lunch before going to the Apple Store.  Brent has had a lot of trouble with his PC.  It has gone on for several months.  At long last Brent has decided that he would be better off with a Mac.  Finally!  He decided on a desktop model rather than a laptop.    Brent also needed to get Sara’s iPod reset.  By the time he got all of that taken care of it was time to head back home.

We made a quick stop at Sam’s Club.  Most of the things that Brent needed they didn’t have.

Not long after we got back to Brent’s house we started getting reports of tornados.  Luckily, none of them came close to us.  We did have lightening and rain, heavy at times, later in the evening.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

Bill was up early and on the road this morning...heading for Brent’s.  Like turning a horse loose, heading for the barn.  He pulls at the bit.  That’s Cowboy Bill!

I was in the front seat (I’m the naviguesser!) as we wove our way through Shreveport to I-20.  Once we got on the highway it was pretty much a straight shot to Brandon.  (Bill said now I get to be a nagivator!)

There was ground fog over the swamps and bogs.  It made a perfect Halloween March!  Four months late or eight months early!  I kept a lookout for alligators in the swamps, but the only thing I saw that might have been one was a strange log floating along.  Hm-m-m-m!

As we drove through the Clinton area we heard a strange noise, but it didn’t last very long.  We heard it two more times.  The last time we realized it was a tornado siren.  Yikes!  When we got to Brent’s he put my mind at ease.  At 12:00 noon on the first day of every month the emergency systems are tested.

When Coleson and Sara got off the school bus this afternoon, they were very excited to see the motorhome.  We got big hugs all around.  The kids have both really grown.  It was great to see all four of the Mississippi kin.

Today’s Travel Totals: Mileage, 235