Sunday, June 15, 2014

Note to Self: Crank Down the Antenna Before Leaving the Campground

Mouse Update: I’d like to thank everyone who left comments and/or offered tips on Facebook regarding catching Mr. Mouse. I am happy to report we won the war…finally. In the end, we chose not to use the glue traps. I had read a few reviews that said they could get out of them and I had visions of Mr. Mouse getting sticky stuff all over our stuff. Every kind of bait we tried was successful. The problem was he could get it out without setting off the trap. So, I finally came up with a solution. I took a small piece of hotdog and using some thin florist wire, wired the hot dog to the bait tray. He’d at least have to tug to remove it. It worked like a charm. We celebrated. And we slept like babies that night :)

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Recently, I read a remark about how it’s “always something” when you live a mobile lifestyle. I have to agree. Case in point: see what happens when you forget to crank down your antenna before leaving the campground which has a tree canopy covering the drive?

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We heard the snap and we both knew immediately what we had done. Once we were on flat, clear ground again, Rick climbed on the roof and dismantled what was left so we didn’t do more damage having it fly off and hit someone.

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We were traveling to Richmond IN to visit our friends Wanda and Darrell who kindly offered us their driveway for a few days. After the antenna mishap, we were sure ready for Happy Hour when we arrived! :)

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But before Happy Hour, Rick and Darrell took off for the local RV dealership and purchased a new replacement antenna. He got the last one. Maybe we’re not the only absent minded travelers?

In the next couple days, he succeeded in replacing the antenna and installing a new amplified wall plate.

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Now we’re back in business :)

Saturday, we drove to Morristown, IN to meet Rick’s sister Louise and her husband Glenn for lunch at the Kopper Kettle Restaurant.

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Our table was so large that I had to splice a picture together of the two of them :)

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Before we knew it, 3 hours had passed and it was time to go our separate ways. Thanks, you two, for meeting us. We had a great time and we’ll do it again next time we’re through :)

Our time here in Richmond is going by quickly. Wanda and I did some shopping and sight-seeing this afternoon while the guys stayed home and did whatever it is guys do :)

Tomorrow Wanda and I are making a run to Costco in Indianapolis and again, the guys will do their own thing. I heard something about washing cars…or something like that :) I promised we’d bring back one of those fabulous Costco roasted chickens for dinner.

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The hard part will be driving back 80 miles and smelling that thing the whole way! YUM!

We leave here Wednesday morning and continue our trek north. Thank you in advance for your wonderful hospitality, Wanda and Darrell! I’m positive this is the best campground in the area :) We’ve had a great time.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! Hope your day was wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An Unwelcome Houseguest…who likes peanut butter!

We are in southern Kentucky near the small community of Scottsville.

The Army Corp of Engineers have a very nice park on the Barren River Lake, Bailey’s Point Campground.

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This is a large campground of approximately 200 sites but they are divided up into 6 loops so it appears much smaller. Many of the sites are on the water. Most sites are too small for a big rig, but there are a few that will accommodate something Lucy’s size.

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As you can see, it is heavily treed providing nice shade but also hazardous during a storm, such as the one we had last week. We were fine and only had small branches and leaves fall on us, but there were many trees down in the campground.

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Sometimes, it’s just plain dumb luck.

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That brings me to our very unwelcomed visitor :(  Wish I could say he was as cute as Mickey here.

He arrived sometime on Sunday, uninvited and proceeded to make himself at home. Rick spied him out of the corner of his eye Sunday night while he was still up reading. I had already gone to bed. He set a trap, sure that by morning, everything would be fine.

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Morning came, and the bait tray had been licked clean. The trap was still set. Mr. Mouse was still on the loose.

So, we pulled out 2 more traps. Baited all 3 with a generous dose of peanut butter and set them in areas we knew he was frequenting by the “droppings” he so kindly left us. There was no activity during the day, but in the evening, we caught a glimpse of him so figured it was only a matter of time now. Surely one of those traps would get him.

This morning, all 3 traps were clean as a whistle! Nothing tripped. We’ve tested the traps. They are very sensitive. This is one smart mouse. On top of everything, I discovered that he is chewing up a little cotton rug that I have in front of the sink in the bedroom. Apparently he is using it for nesting material! Now he’s done it. This is war.

Rick went shopping and came home with a new, improved mousetrap

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and some of these glue traps.

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The original 3 traps along with the 2 new and improved models have been re-baited using a somewhat modified technique hoping to make him have to work harder for it.

We’re hoping one of them gets him by the time we go to bed tonight. If not, we’ll be forced to use the glue traps which I’d rather not have to do. But I will. Because he’s making me crazy. He’s gotta go.

If you have any great tips, please share! Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

Thursday, June 5, 2014

May in Tennessee

We just wrapped up a 5 week visit with our daughter, S-I-L and 4 grandchildren in Tennessee. We had a great visit and it was hard to say good-bye but we’ll see them next month in Wisconsin where we’ll have another family gathering.

While we were there, we got to enjoy the girls dance recital…

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It was wonderful! They put on an awesome show!

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While Patrick couldn’t be coerced to join his sisters in dance, he did entertain us on his guitar and even played an original composition for us.

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And, we were able to welcome the newest member to their family, Lily’s new pet hedgehog, Pip! He’s adorable :)

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When we weren’t with the kids, we took some time to do a little exploring. Just  a few miles from our park was the small historical town of Lynnville, home of the Lynnville Railroad Museum :)

This was a pretty cool little museum for such a tiny little town.

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We browsed all the memorabilia

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Then wandered through the railroad cars

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When we came out we looked across the street and saw Soda Pop Junction. I had read about this place and they professed to have Middle Tennessee’s Best Burger. We decided to find out :)

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See that awesome classic car? Well, check out the cars parked just a few doors down!

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It made me feel like I had gone back in time :)

The inside of Soda Pop Junction also gave me that feeling and rightly so. This place opened as an old-fashioned soda shop back in 1860!

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I’m happy to say the burgers were excellent! Next time we go, I’m going to have to try one of those old-fashioned sodas :)

We also found our way to Milky Way Farms in nearby Pulaski, TN one day.

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Frank Mars, founder of Mars Candy built this farm in 1930. At that time, the farm covered over 2800 acres. He raised Hereford Cattle and Thoroughbred horses. The land today is far less, estimated to be about 1000 acres.

We took a tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. manor house and rode through some of the grounds.

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Wow. There are 35 rooms including 21 bedrooms and 12 baths.

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How would you like to clean this dining room table? We were told by our tour guide (who happens to be the current owner) that the maids would put on clean socks and climb on the table and dust it with their feet. That works for me! :)

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Frank Mars died in 1934. His wife Ethel continued the operation until her death in 1945. In 1940, Milky Way Farm’s horse, Gallahadion, won the Kentucky Derby.

This was a fascinating place with a lot of history just a few miles from our park. Sometimes the coolest things are right in our own backyard :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle