Our Schedule

Home in Alabama!

August 14 to August 28 . Hershey Preserve, Lebanon, PA

August 28 to September 4. Mooneyham Driveway, Bridgeton, NJ

September 4 to September 11. SeaPines TT. Near Cape May, NJ

September 21 to 28. NOMADS annual meeting. Memphis, TN

October 6 to 25. NOMADS Project, Gallant, AL

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Another bump on the highway.

Salem,  VA

Our plans were to leave Cullman on Sunday August 12, spend two nights on the road and arrive at Thousand Trails, Hershey PA on Tuesday, August 14.

As is quite normal for us.... didn't happen.

We did leave Cullman on Sunday around 10:15 right after church.   We drove 283 miles to a church campground in Dandridge, TN where we over-nighted.  Didn't even unhook the truck.  We needed a 50 amp site due to the hot weather and having the girls with us. 

We got back on the road Monday morning with the expectation that we would overnight in Lexington, VA (271 miles) and arrive at the TT park in Hershey  mid afternoon on Tuesday.   Then came the bump on the highway or better known as how can Leonard and Phyllis get screwed again.   Suddenly we heard a clattering.  At first we thought maybe a flat tire.  Oh how we wish it were.

We pulled over and as Leonard was walking around the trailer checking tires, I heard the sound coming from the engine.  Not a sound we want to hear.   The truck odometer had just turned to 200,000 miles the day before.   We were hoping to get 350,000 miles on this diesel engine.  It was not to be.

There was an exit only about 100 feet from where we stopped.  I got on our on-board GPS and found a Ford dealer 1 1/2 miles away. 

So... here we are.   Instead of  a lovely campsite on a lake, river or even in a RV park, here are our views.

New engine needed.  Hopefully it will be installed by Friday.  We don't count on it.  They did give us a nice loaner.  Brand new F150.   Thinking they want a sale.

Glad we brought a generator with us.  We ran it overnight and just cranked it up again a few minutes ago.   Have to keep things charged.

One of the first things I did when we got to the Ford dealer was call my daughter Amy.  She asked if she should come get the girls   Yes.  She left work around 3:30 near Baltimore and got here after 7:30.  She said she got back home 1:15 am.   It is better the girls be home and not have to sit here for the next several days.  Better for them, BETTER FOR US.

I have a nephew who lives about an hour and a half south of here.   Jason and Kelly offered to come get us.  We would have taken them up on the offer if we were not provided with a loaner.  Thanks for the offer Kelly and Jason.  We will be fine.

Leonard getting some sun and enjoying the view????

Hopefully no further problems.  Heck, who am I kidding.  There will be.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Looking for rattlesnakes.

Cullman,  AL

Almost time to head to the northeast and take the granddaughters home.  We leave Sunday morning stopping overnight at an Escapees park in Heiskell, TN and again at an RV park in Lexington, VA.  We will arrive at Hershey Preserve that will be our home away from home for 2 weeks.

Since moving to Alabama we have heard about the Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia,   Al.   Yesterday we drove the 81 miles each way to check it out and have dinner.   What fun.

You park on a higher level than the saloon.    You are picked up and driven down in a truck "taxi".

Lousy pictures.   We were moving.   It is a steep drive.  Coming back up was even more fun.

The saloon is built into a cave overhang.

Lots of outside seating under the rock overhang.

And seating in the saloon.   Alcohol served after 5.

This attraction is only open during the warmer months.... April to November and only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Live music after 6 with closing at 10.    They have a limited menu but reasonably priced.   We had a huge bowl of nachos and salsa.   Abby had a corn dog with fries.  Charlotte had nachos with queso and chili.  Leonard had a nice burger with fries.  I had a wedge salad with bacon, pecans and crasins with blue cheese dressing.   We each had soft drinks or ice tea with refills.  Total cost only $36.00

On the upper level near the parking lot are RV sites, a gift shop and horses riding stables.

We will go back.  Try it when in the area.

Until next time.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

We had to give up. Hopeless.

Hidden Cove CG
Arley, AL

I am sitting at the local TT campground using their Internet.   The kids are at the pool.

To continue with my V (VERIZON) issue.   No they did not show up on July 17.  We really did not expect them to.  Did you?   That made the 5th no show.

So.... in frustration we gave up.  For then.   Then the week of the 22nd Leonard bravely called Verizon again.   Once more we had to tell them our story.   All we wanted is to have the Cantenna (Verizon Antenna) hooked up.  That's all.   Once more it is "we are so sorry that you are having problems. blah, blah, blah.  Once more it was a long phone call and being transferred to many different people.   Did I say long? Is 10:30 am to 1:30 pm considered long?

Finally we thought we connected with a person that could help.  She sounded nice.  She sounded that she knew what she was talking about.   She sounded like she wanted to help.    We were given an  appointment for a technician to be at the house on August 1 between 8-12.   She emailed me the contract stating the charge would be $10.00 a month for a two year contract.   OK.  Also if we cancelled before 2 years we would have to pay a $350.00 cancellation fee.  What the heck!!!!! $240 if we kept the service, $350 if we didn't.   Did I read that right?

This was the 3rd contract I was sent.    This was the 3rd contract I sent back. This was the 4th person who told me it would be $10.00 a month for the antenna.

Now..... this was  totally unexpected (snicker, snicker).   Come August 1.   NO SHOW.

Leonard called Verizon shortly after 12.     After on hold for over 1/2 hour they checked our record.  They said the account was closed June 11.  NO!  That was the day I called to get the damn thing hooked up.  (Can you tell I am getting aggravated just writing about it???).    Oh, they say..... they see it was installed on June 23.  That's right.  BUT IT NEVER WORKED.

The nice lady (scarcism) on the phone said she found someone who could really help us... Patrick.  Patrick proceeds to tell us the fee is between $70.00 and $160.00 a month.   What happened to the $10.00 fee?     And he had no idea what we really called for.

So, bottom line..... we have a new Cantenna on the house.   We have a new router.   We just don't have it connected.  After all... Verizon had given us such good service and which we appreciate.  We are privileged to do business with them.  IDIOTS.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Still having problems

Arley, AL

I am at the local TT Campground on their WIFI.   I am still having issues at home.  Much has happened regarding Verizon since last post.   They PROMISE they will be at the house on August 1.  We will see.

I will update blog after that.  Maybe.  I hope.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Will it be ever be resolved?

Cullman,  AL

When cell phones first became popular we got a Bag Phone.  Remember them?   Bulky.  Kept only in the car.   Then we got flip phones.  At a later time we chose a provider mostly because if offered a service sort of like a walkie-talkie on the phone.   This provider did not have a great network but it was good for what we needed.

Then in 2010 we went full-time RVing.    We heard another company had the best network throughout the country.    We changed providers.   Let's call this company,  oh say "V".    In most places we had good coverage.   We were mostly happy with V.    We even had our Internet with V.   Len still has his flip phone.  I joined the 2000's last year with a Smart Phone.  No real issues.  Until now.

When we bought the house in December 2016 we noticed there was this strange thing on the side of the house.  It looked like a large tin can.  The person we bought the house from called it a Cantenna.  It is actually an antenna that would give us better Internet connection. 

Back then we stopped at the local V store.  They told us we would have to contact V directly.  We were doing ok, so didn't bother.   Well, my Internet on my little MIFI is getting slower.   In some areas here, people can't even get a good signal on the phones.

Now the V stores provide no service.  They are only in the business of selling phones.

I decided to try the Cantenna to get a stronger signal.  So, around June 8 I called V.   I asked about getting the Cantenna hooked up.   They made an appointment for June 23.  A nice young man, Chris, came to installed a new Cantenna and the router.  V contracts this type of work out.  He installed what we thought was needed.   Nothing.  He tried to call V.  Nothing. No answer.   He tried on June 24.  V said they would look into it. Nothing.  Chris has been a dear trying to run interference.

On June 24 I  called V.   I talked to a rep, who transfer me to another rep., who transfer me, etc.  I thought the problem was solved.  It wasn't.  On June 27 made two calls to this rep.  Both time I got  messages who said my call would be returned.  They weren't.

On June 30 I again called V.  I was on the phone 1 hour and 42 minutes.  I talked to 3 different people.  I was told my SIM card was listed to some one else.   I was also told they would take care of it and I would receive one months credit for that service for being patience.  Nothing happened.

I spoke to Christ again asking if he heard anything.  He said he would contact V and get a 3-way call.   He did this on July 3.   I was then on the phone 35 minutes.  I talked to a supervisor who said she would take care of it.  But could do nothing that day.  And she was off July 4 and 5.  She would call me July 6.   She did.  I was on the phone 33 minutes.  She sat up an appointment for someone to come to the house July 14 between 8-12.   NO SHOW.

That afternoon I called service.   They said the appointment was scheduled for July 15  which is today.  Between 8-12.   I stayed home from church waiting.   Guess what??????  If you guess NO SHOW, you would be right.

In frustration I had Len call.   He was on the phone with them one hour.  We are now told the appointment is really for tomorrow July 16 between 10 and 4. 

First told appointment was for July 14,   Then no..... it's July 15.   Now told July 16.  So tomorrow we again have to sit and wait.   What do you think?  Will this be resolved?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Pond

Hidden Cove RV Park
Arley,    AL

We are currently spending a few days at Hidden Cove, one of our favorite parks.   More on that later.

As promised ....  our pond.   When we bought our property in December 2016 we wondered if there was once a pond between the house and the road.

At settlement we asked the previous owner if there was a pond at one time.  She confirmed there was.

A few weeks after we moved in our neighbor, Hilton, came over and bush hogged the area.

Of course it didn't take long for growth to grow.  While we were away over the summer, we were delighted  when we returned to see that he had bush hogged again. 

Last October we bought a tractor with a bush hog attachment and Leonard was able to keep some of the land cleared.  Since there is a natural spring there, some areas were just too wet to handle.

A few months ago we contacted an excavator who specializes in pond building (or is that digging).
He moved the Track Hoe in one afternoon and started digging the next day.

Immediate water rose from the spring.

Before the levees were built and ground leveled.   They later brought a bull dozer in to build the levees.

Looking better.   Levees built and leveled.

We have a creek that runs along the side of our property.   A temporary dam was built and an overflow for water constructed.  Now to wait for the rains.  It came.  Water flowing into the pond from the creek.

Len and the girls picking up rocks so grass can be sowed.

Visitors even before the pond was full.

The pond is full after recent rains.   Now waiting for ground to dry enough and rains to stop so we can seed it for grass.

We greatly enjoy the view from our porch.

Until next time.....

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Texas to Kentucky

Back Home in Cullman,  AL

Our Granddaughter Lindsey graduated HS with honors on Friday, June 1.

On May May 30 Leonard and I took off for Conroe TX and the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails RV Park.   Nice park.  We've been there several times.   They have expanded with a new lovely looking loop.  However, poor planning.  Many of the sites are so steep to enter motorhomes and many trailers would scrape bottom backing into them.  We tried. No go.  Found a more level site.  The entire time we were there, those several steep sites were unused.

Conroe is about 50 miles from where the family lives in Pearland.    I HATE HOUSTON TRAFFIC.  The graduation was in an arena in Houston.   Took us an hour just to get out of the parking lot. On Saturday D'Juana and Joe had a crawfish boil of their house.  Even on Saturday, this is what to expect.  But Joes brisket and D'Juana's broccoli rice were well worth the trip. 

We left Conroe on June 3 and drove to Leonard's hometown of Vinton, LA where we camped for one night only.   We wanted to visit our friend Diana.   Her beloved husband Teaux had passed the week before.  We both adored Teaux.   Diana introduced us to a local Italian Restaurant.   The BEST sauce I've ever had.  We pray for Diana's peace and healing.

Then on June 4 we headed back to Alabama.  We had planned to park a night of the road as it is over 550 miles.  But we both wanted to get home.  So we pushed it a bit. 

Glad we did.   As for several previous days Leonard was being bothered by a rash and itching.  It got worse and worse.   Once home, it was so bad we went to the ER in the middle of the night.  We wondered what was causing it.   Then it hit us...... he started taking new meds for gout.  Yup, that was it.  No more meds.   No itch.  No rash.

We were home for a week and a half.  On June 14 we trailered to  WAX COE park near Mammoth Cave, KY.

There we met up with daughter Amy and SIL Scott with granddaughters Charlotte and Abby.

The girls are now with us for about 7 weeks.   

Yesterday they helped Grandpop pick up rocks from around the new pond area.  We are loaded with rocks.   Abby got to drive the tractor.

More on the pond at a future posting.

Until next time.