Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween Friends~~~~~

Just heard from DH and he is on his way home with our new home on wheels.  He can't quit talking about how awesome it is.  He says I will love the kitchen and all the storage is unbelievable as well.  Now I will be on pins and needles waiting for his safe return.  His flight was uneventful and this is really a good thing because he hates to fly.  Since he is an over-the-road driver he is very familiar with the West coast and shouldn't have any problems finding his way home. LOL  He plans to stop and show our daughter Emilee in Phoenix but plans to be home by Thursday.  Woohoo!!  (screaming)

I get butterflies in my stomach whenever I think about this new adventure we are about to so many of you have already been doing and you are all so uplifting and encouraging.  I am so glad I decided to start this blog now before we start traveling.  I am hoping that I will continue to get new followers as well.  Thank you to all of you that have already joined my blog.  Someday we hope to meet up with many of you.  We enjoy having a good time just so you know up front!!  heehee

Well...I certainly hope I can get some sleep tonight but I am already starting to think about how I am planning to decorate our "new" home.  And DH's "man" truck.....well enough said.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chill in the Air~~~~~

Holy moly the chill in the air this week has been a wake up call (time to dig out warmer jackets) and the goodness it has been distructive.  Gives new meaning to the future we have ahead of us for which we will be following the 70 degree temps around the country.  Oh my that does give me goosebumps to think about it.  We will not miss this part of the seasonal changes we have here in Iowa.  Winter is right around the corner and I have found it is getting harder and harder to appreciate the changes in our weather.  Used to be I loved winter and snow.....not so much anymore.  LOL

Nothing much else new to report except the rig will be home soon.  DH is flying to California Sunday to pick it up and start home.  I hope he has an uneventful trip with it.  He plans to drop down into Phoenix to show Emilee and she can't wait to see it and him.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sales~~~~~and stuff

As many of you prepare for your full time life on the road, I read alot about your yard sales, garage sales, etc.  Well I too am having a sale....but this one is a little different because I am selling horse related stuff.  I have sold corral panels and gates.  I have just sold several blankets and horse related items as well this past weekend.  It is amazing how much stuff one does collect to fullfil a dream.  Most of the things I have left are items my horses and I have won over the years, trophy's, blankets, halters, chairs.....etc.  It will be difficult to get rid of this stuff but I have the memories and pictures to keep forever.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure of most of the horses we have raised/shown:!/album.php?aid=43435&id=1676322462

As we move closer to our dream of travel, I find myself wondering how it will feel to leave it all.  The house, the river, the horses..............knowing full well we can come back and see the river, and even the house and barn but yet I tear up at times just thinking about it.  Not owning our home on the river any more is bringing out mixed emotions but I am sure this is normal.  Our new home on wheels will settle those feelings down, no doubt.  The river is beautiful and we have lived here for close to 35 long as we have been married as a matter of fact.  I remember when in the winter time it would be sooo cold it would freeze up solid in front of our home.  The kids had fun skating on it.  I even tried ice fishing a time or two.  I remember when we first started teaching the girls to water ski.  What a thrill that was.  They are both excellent.  But then that doesn't surprise me with how well their Dad can water ski and he was such a great instructor.  "It is easier to slolum" he would tell them.  We also had a jet ski and Emilee could ride that thing like no other, I remember.  I know I have some really cool pictures of her on it.  Oh and you can't believe how much fish I have taken out of the river....right off our dock.  My girls got sick of eating fish I think.  LOL

Yep there will be lots of fun memories to keep forever and ever......

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Sunday, October 24, 2010


From the reviews it looks like it could be a great movie to see.  My Mom and I are going to see it today.  It Was Awesome!!

I don't think the love of horses will ever be out of my blood completely.

I am not even sure why I had such a connection to the horse.  I was only in 8th grade when my Dad finally agreed to get me my first one.  Prince was his name or at least that's what I named him.  He was a mixed breed .... a Shetland pony and Arabian horse.  He cost $50 and that was alot of money to my parents.  I was a lucky girl.  He was so pretty.  Grey with a white blaze on his face.  He was born in Illinois on my cousins grandparents farm.  We lived in Iowa about an hour or so away.  At the time my folks owned a van called a Greenbriar I think was the name of it.  It had two bench type seats back behind the driver and passenger.  Dad decided to remove those two seats and bring Prince home in the Greenbriar.  I think it was Dad, me, one or two of my brothers, and maybe Mom.  I can't remember now....I can't remember how we got him into the vehicle either but I am sure my Dad was having second thoughts about his decision.

We made our way home back to Iowa with Prince who was a perfect gentlemen the entire way.  He only had one accident but then I now know that when a horse gets into a trailer they always do there business.  They say it is from nerves.  If I ever had a horse with a belly ache, I would load them up into the trailer and immediately they would let loose.  LOL  The belly ache went away though.  By the way, I didn't even have the trailer hooked up to my pickup.

In order to get from Illinois back into to Iowa we had to cross the MacArthur bridge which at the time was a toll bridge.  In fact, my Dad, who was a Burlington Fire Fighter his entire life would work the toll bridge as well to make extra money.  He really enjoyed it though.  At any rate, we made our way across the bridge and stopped to pay our toll.  If you could have seen the look on the toll booth guy when we pulled up, it was one of those priceless moments.  A good laugh was had by all.  By the way, we kept the window down and Prince would stick his head out and the people would have to take that second look.  It was a very memorable trip that we all still laugh about when we start reminicng about the "good old days" when life seemed simpler to us.  But then we were just kids.

Memories they are great!

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ahhhhhhhhhh~~~~~Rain and Bed

Go so well together......I know you feel the same way.  Now this looks and feels like a typical Iowa morning in October.  Duck hunting season is now in full swing and my brothers are out there as I type trying to get their limits with their trusty Labs by their sides.  Along with our Dad.  He is no longer with us except in our hearts but he certainly doesn't miss the duck hunting with the boys because they have some of his ashes floating (in a duck decoy)right there amongst the others.  Some may find this morbid but I think it is a very respectful way to honor our Dad....who lived as my brothers do for duck season every year~~~~~~

I come from a family of four other siblings all boys.....yep I am the only girl Mom and Dad were "blessed" with.  They say the sex of your child is determined by the male.  Gosh that used to bug me but it is now totally understandable since my Dad would not have been able to handle more then one of me.  Just ask any one of my brothers they will tell you.  I wouldn't want it any other way though.  My brothers, Mike, Tom, Tim and Scott are the best in the world.  We are truly blessed!  Our Mother is still the center of all of our lives.  She is our rock, our leader, our friend......she lends her ear as needed but never judges...I think she is proud of her litter.  LOL  We are lucky to have her with us~~~~~~for many more years to come.

Craig comes from a family of 3 other siblings.  Janet, Julie and Scott they are....his Mom and Dad did it right and kept it equal.  Craig fits in between Janet and Julie.  The two Scott's of our families are the babies.  His stories of his childhood are very entertaining and joyful!  He of course was a typical boy but was and still is the apple of his Mom's eye.  Speaking of Momlou, she is loving, caring, a great listener (has to be a mom thing), she does not judge, and lends her support to all of us.  We are truly lucky to have our Moms still in our lives because so many others our age do not.

My goodness I have rambled on this morning.

Until next time~~~~~Travel safely

Friday, October 22, 2010


Woohoo!  Though someday it won't matter what day of the week it is.....
Today is going fairly smooth so far.  So there is not much more to say except "TGIF"!

Home at last.....picked up my Pinot after work.  In fact, just poured my first glass.  Yum it is delightful.  The horses are fed and watered, the dogs and I got our exercise in and they are patiently waiting on supper.  Hubby is on the road so hope to hear from him soon.  It is going to be a good night.  I can tell.

Oh yeah it is a great night.....Craig just called.....scroll up it's ours, yep you are looking at our new home!  It is a Royals International with a F650 Super Cruzer.  I can't wait to see it!  He said the pictures do not do it justice and I will be very happy!

The is getting closer!

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another day another dollar~~~~~

A great guy (now retired) I used to work with used to respond, "What ya do get a raise?". It always made me laugh at myself for saying "Another day another dollar". 

As we continue our day to day struggle with the alarm clock to get up and get to work to make those dollars, we are getting closer and closer to retirement.  Those dollars will give us the opportunity to live as we have been able to live while gainfully employed because we have invested wisely, and therefore can now look forward to "no worries" after retirement.  Woohoo!

It seems almost to be like a dream but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I keep getting butterflies in my stomach everytime I look at that tunnel.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where do I begin~~~~~

I am planning this blog as I write here and now. So please bear with me. I have been a follower of so many of you, learning and discovering what our future has in store. We are wanna be full timers who plan to start in 2012 if all falls into place as we hope it will. We have decided on a 5th wheel and truck for our home on wheels. We have a home on the Mississippi River in Iowa along with around 10+ acres of land, horse barn, and horses. We plan to sell it all and move about this beautiful country as soon as we can. We will start out with short trips to begin with.  Anxious to get started is putting it mildly.

We have two beautiful daughters, 3 great grandkids and 4 hilarious dogs. Our daughter Tammy lives in Iowa along with most all of our extended family and Emilee lives in Arizona. Pretty convenient don't ya think? 

We plan to travel along with our other family.  Cj is our Corgi, Libby is our Jack Russell, Oprah and Mandy are our poodles. I have purchased a book (3"thick) all about pet friendly camping in every state of the union....after all we want our puppies to be welcome where ever we go.

We have worked hard and plan to retire hard because we deserve it! Stay with us as we prepare for our Fiver Adventures!!

Thanks for listening to me with my first post.

Until next time ~~~~Travel safely