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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Winding down

Cullman,  AL

Our summer with the girls is coming to a close.  Next Friday we take them back to their parents in Maryland after 2 months of travel, play, sight seeing and exhaustion.  Since we came back to Alabama in mid July we've visited:

 in Birmingham where Abby layed on a bed of nails

and Charlotte led a group of kids in "catching jewels"

If you are ever in the Birmingham area and have a child with you, this is a must see.

We've also spent time at

We love the NWR system and so do the granddaughters.

We did not see a great variety of wildlife outside, but the inside displays were  informational.  Perhaps we just hit a time when most of the birds, duck, geese, etc were on vacation too.

Our fifth wheel is going back to the manufacturer in Indiana in November.  It must be emptied of all personal items.  In this Alabama heat and humidity it took us several days.  After emptying everything  I came up with the idea to take the girls to one of our favorite Thousand Trails parks ... Hidden Cove for 5 days.  This campground is about 22 miles from the house.  SOOOO....... let's see. What do we need to put back in the trailer.  Lots.  We are now at Hidden Cove until Friday.  Oh yea, we are doing without some things that I forgot.  But that's okay.

The girls are enjoying the pool here and improving their swimming skills.

And even tried some fishing.  No luck.

Some will remember that not long after we moved here, our good neighbor bush hogged the area that was once a pond and we plan to return it to that state.  He also used his bob cat to remove trees in the back and both sides of the property.   Thick growth had returned in the future pond and the areas behind and on the sides had also grown too thick to mow even with our John Deere Zero Turn.  This is due to us being gone 6 weeks and heavy rains most days.

Today we drove over to check on the house.   We will Celebrate.  Our neighbor had bush hogged the pond area along with the new growth behind and on each side of the house.   Gotta love someone who would take his time to surprise us like this.

Until next time....


  1. So many new memories with the girls. So many great places visited and boy that pool sure looks good.
    You sure have a great neighbor there.

  2. What a fun summer with the girls. I bet they wear you two out some days.

  3. That's awesome! What a fun summer! That is my goal - to have the boys for a longer time, at least a month, or month and a half, in the summers. I really want to experience new places with them every year. :)

  4. How nice to have such great neighbors, especially with all the issues you've had this year.

  5. I know Abby and Charolette had a grand summer with y'all and made some never forget memories. You have exposed them to many different experiences that will enhance their learning. Enjoy the next few days with your grands and safe travels back to Maryland.
    So nice to have such a good neighbor as you do and I know he is appreciated greatly.