First Night with Georgette

Last night we went camping at the Weeks Driveway Campground.

Because the anticipation was high, followed by a high level of excitement, sleep was minimal.  However, the primary goal was to take a trial run before heading off to a public campground.  Spending the night with Georgette allowed us to learn more about her and we learned a lot.

One thing I learned is that the learning curve to RV ownership is bigger than I thought.  The dealership was good at going thru everything with us, but I needed to just get in there and go through everything myself.

We also made some discoveries that will require a trip back the dealership to repair some warranty items.  For example, getting the gray water tank cap fixed.

We, or should I say hubby, learned the importance of making sure all the caps are on the tanks before use.  I think he would agree that it’s especially important on the black tank.  I had no idea what happened, but Naomi came in to tell me that daddy opened the door and “Whoosh” lots of water came pouring out.  Yuck!!!  (For those who may not know, the black tank is toilet waste.)

Lili quickly claimed the top bunk and Naomi the bottom.  They have curtains that help block out some of the sound and light in the RV.  FS1 has the pull down bunk above the cab, but no curtain.  I don’t really sew, but I need to come up with curtains or something that blocks out the noise and light for him as well.

We’ll likely need a few camping weekends to gain a real comfort with Georgette, but there is great potential for a lot of fun times ahead!!

 

 

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From RV’s to Birthdays to World Naked Gardening Day

A couple of days ago I blogged about our new RV.  Yesterday my post was about Lili’s birthday.  Today, will be a different topic altogether.

My blog is becoming quite diverse I suppose.  Maybe there is interest in stopping by for a visit just to see what in the world I might be writing about next.  Or not.

I really never intended to write about anything and everything, but there is a lot happening in our life and in this world.  When there is good material, I should write about it.

For example, gardening.

This year I planted 4 blueberry and 6 red raspberry bushes.  I also planted 2 sweet plum trees.  Then those pesky rabbits got in the garden.  I didn’t realize it until they hadn’t eaten the majority of leaves off everything.  Of course it doesn’t take long for 4 rabbits to devour some young fruit bushes.

Lesson learned!!!!  Now each fruit plant has a cage around it, but the rabbits continue to stick around just waiting for the next tasty meal and I am keeping a watchful eye on the bushes in hopes that they will begin growing new leaves.

Maybe they would stay away if I participated in World Naked Gardening Day :-)

Yes folks, the 1st Saturday in May is in fact World Naked Gardening Day!!!  (Warning!!!!!  If you click on the World Naked Gardening Day link, you will see naked gardeners.)

Wear your birthday suit and spend time in your garden.  Apparently, next to swimming, it’s the most family friendly activity people are willing to try.

I’m not one of those people willing to try naked gardening.  Among other reasons, I fear the following scenario . . . .

I’m being ushered out of my garden in handcuffs telling the officer – “But officer, it is World Naked Gardening Day.  It’s not just a national holiday, but a WORLD holiday so you can’t arrest me.  Plus, shouldn’t you be out of uniform and in your garden instead of taking me out of my garden?”

For some reason, I just don’t think the local police would accept World Naked Gardening Day as an excuse for running around my back yard naked.   However, if gardening in the buff would keep those darned rabbits out of my garden, I would consider putting a naked scarecrow out there instead.

If you participate in World Naked Gardening Day, please feel free to leave a comment.  No pictures necessary though.

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Lili Turns 8

In October, 2007 we travelled to Guatemala and held this baby girl for the first time.

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In March, 2008 we returned home and brought home this baby girl.

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Time passes so quickly and today we celebrated Lili’s 8th birthday.

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Happy Birthday my precious Lili!!!!

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Meet Georgette

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It was so exciting to see our name attached to this beautiful RV!!!!

 

 

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The newest member of the Weeks Family!!

 

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This is one excited camper!!!

 

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The galley

 

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Living area

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Another excited camper!!!!

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One of two bathrooms

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Bedroom

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King bed!!! We don’t have a king bed in our house :-)

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Lili loves her bunk

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FS1 will sleep in the bunk above the cab and he is so excited!!!!

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It’s ready for us to get behind the wheel and head for the campground.

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Comfy sofa Naomi? This is a recliner sleeper sofa by-the-way.

 

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The walk-thru was complete, the paperwork done and we were on the way home

 

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Georgette

Yes, we or should I say I, have named the RV.

The moment I found the definition of Georgette I knew I had found the perfect name.

Georgette means farmer. We don’t have our farm but we will have a Georgette and that will work for now.

Stick around because next week I will post photos of Georgette.

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Nothing Like a Good Book

And a great photo showing how awesome having an older sister can be.

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Lili loves to read to FS2 and Naomi likes to be part of the action as well.

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Why, Oh Why

We live in a small community, population 1300.  Technically, we live in a village.  Our little village has a grocery store, a couple of gas stations, a restaurant, bar, bowling alley, a school, a couple of parks, and several churches.

To get to one of those larger towns or small cities, we travel country roads lined with farms, corn fields, and soy bean fields.

Although hubby and I have put homesteading on the back, back burner, it’s no secret that I long for a home in the country with a big garden, small orchard and small farm animals.  Even though I’ve seen these same farms and fields for many, many years, I still find myself examining each one as we drive by.  I look for all those things I long to have on a homestead one day.  Mostly though, I find myself asking, “Why, oh why?”

Why do so few of these farms have gardens?

Why aren’t there chickens roaming these farms?

Where are the goats or sheep?

Some have cows, horses and pigs, but for the most part they are nothing more than a home in the country.  Homes with plenty of land for growing food, but no food being grown.

I realize that the majority of these farms are inhabited by farmers who are growing the corn and soybeans along these country roads.  It’s how they make their living.  Some of these farmers raise cattle or pigs for market, but aren’t raising food for their families.  Why, oh why?

I know it shouldn’t bug me, but it does.  Of course they have every right to farm and earn a living.  After all, not everyone is going to raise their own food and someone needs to raise food for the masses.   However, I see these farms with large plots of grass that must be mowed.  Plots full of rich black soil for a garden and orchard.  I see all the space for housing chickens and goats.   Land that would be just perfect to do all the things I wish we could be doing.

One farm in particular has set vacant for as long as I can remember.  At one time, I’m sure the home was a charming farm-house, now sitting empty and weathered with age.  A home that would likely need to be torn down and a new home-built in its place.

Two barns also sit on the property, just longing for animals and bales of hay to take up residence.  There is plenty of room for a garden and orchard and I ask why, oh why can someone allow this property to sit unused?

Until the day we are able to claim some land in the country as our own, I will continue to examine all the little farms I encounter in my travels.  Farms that keep the dream alive.  Farms that leave me asking, “Why, oh why?”

 

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