States we've Traveled

States we've Traveled

Tribute to Ms Southwind

Tribute to Ms Southwind

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blog moving to a new place

I have finally made the decision to move my blog to a new place .. i have been struggling with what to do and finally I feel that since Ms Southwind has been retired in respect and honor of our time together i should retire her blog and move our adventures to a new place. So I like to say this ...

Ms Southwind you will be missed and you were truly loved and adored, the 3 yrs we have had together will never be forgotten and always cherished.

here is the website to my new blog .. please come on over and join me on the adventures of

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Padre Island Malaquite Beach Campground

We finally arrived at Padre Island! You can camp right on the beach here. Of course if your in a big rig like us, i wouldn't recommend it .. you may get stuck. We chose to pay $4 a night with my access pass and park on pavement.



Tent camping is another story, you don't have to worry about the getting stuck and can take advantage of it! This is a breath taking place.

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As you can see weekends were taking advantage of the nice weather and enjoying the water. I stuck my feet in the water but that is all i wanted to get wet at this time.


Lexi enjoyed her walks on the beach, although she wouldn’t get her feet wet. When the waves got near her she darted to shore. It was funny to watch.

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As you can see we were parked right behind the dunes and had a clear view of the Gulf. It was breath taking and i truly enjoyed it.


This is the view out my front door and this what i got to enjoy as i was eating lunch. This is the life!


We saw this poor jelly fish that was washed up on the shore.


We are really enjoying ourselves and we are having so much fun that we have decided to stay another night. We have done really good dry camping. We ran the generator around 7 pm while i fixed dinner and hubby got to watch a bit of tv.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hitting the road!

We got up and got the last minute things done and said our good byes. We finally got on the road around 9.15 am! We stopped about 20 miles after getting on the road at a Love’s truck stop so hubby could check tires and some other things. Since this is only the 2nd time we have pulled the trailer being caution is a good thing.


The wild flowers are still in bloom and so pretty i enjoyed getting to view them from a distance that they didn’t bother my allergies.

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Then we finally got into what is known as Texas rolling hills. That was fun.

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We finally knew we were getting close to Corpus Christi because we seen lots of oil refinery’s and you could smell the oil in the air.

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The we started seeing the signs i was looking for .. yeppie!!




look what the temp was .. oh no and were staying without hookups and no generators after 10 pm ?





Actually once we arrived at the beach the temps dropped from 94 to 82! There was a nice breeze that cooled things off.

We arrived, hubby got us backed into our site in no time and we setup. It’s been a tiring day and now it’s time for relaxation!

Friday, April 30, 2010

tomorrow is moving day!

We have pretty much everything ready to go .. just a few last minute finishing things. The truck is hooked up, all the hoses are unhooked and put away. All we have to do in the morning is put the slides in, put the front jacks in and unhook the electric .. well of course the TV antenna needs to be put down as well.

It’s been really hot and humid here in Texas today, it barely rain enough to call it rain. I’m praying it will be a bit cooler at the beach esp since we will be spending one night without hookups! Our new home is just not set up for days of boon docking .. yet.

Hope you all have a great weekend and i will post as soon as we get settled into the RV park .. until next time …

Thursday, April 29, 2010

laundry and getting ready

I got up a bit on the late side today. I was tired and still am. I got the laundry started and then i stripped the bed. Picked up the rugs and dog covers. I did 9 loads of laundry! I moved everything from our extra freezer into our refrig freezer and it’s packed. While we are boon docking with no hookups i don’t want to have to worry about the freezer so i was so glad when i was able to fit everything into the freezer inside. It runs on elec/propane.

I also took all my pictures and things down, scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen floor. Vacuuming is going to have to wait until tomorrow i wore out and ran out of time today.

We put some things and straightened and re-arranged some things in the outside compartments. I got lots done today and lots more to do tomorrow.

We went out to Sam’s for dinner and had a great last dinner with our friends until we meet up with them again another time. We got home and i finished up getting the bedroom ready to roll.

Tomorrow i will clean and finish those last minute things that need to be stored away. Also filling up with fuel and picking up a few last minute items.

I talked to our friends we were going to visit in Wy and they are in Co and said that it’s cold and snowing there. So glad we did change our plans. I had all of winter i can stand!! I am getting so excited and so ready to hit the open road and see new territory!

Hope your all having a great week … until next time …

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hitch Itch

001 I am really getting the hitch itch! I am ready to hit the road. It’s been great spending the winter in Texas and the wild flowers are blooming and they are beautiful! I finally got some pictures of the red bells .. from what i understand their similar to the blue bells. I didn’t get a picture of them while they were blooming because i was sick. I’ve enjoyed Texas despite the horribly cold winter. Although I have found that i like staying a couple of months and then I'm ready to hit the road. Normally we stay 4 months or so before moving on.

002We are planning to spend our first night boon docking on the beach at Padre Island. It’s something i have always wanted to do and then we have reservations for 4 nights at an RV Park. Hubby doesn’t like to go very long without hook ups and since moving into our new home we have never boon docked in it and this is going to be our trial period. Right now we only have one house battery and that is not enough. Hopefully this summer we will get our new home set up for more boon docking. We also do not have our generator set up for our new home yet. Hubby has to do that as well. But first he must get to feeling better.

003I don’t really have that much to do to get ready to roll. Our new home is so much larger and not really that much is out. I have to take down my pictures as i do not have them securely hung on the wall yet. I took the dog cages apart today. Finally this past week the dogs have finally adjusted to our new home and no longer want to sleep in them. I cleaned the truck out and got it ready for the dogs. I rearranged the outside storage so that we can fit everything inside the fifth wheel. Used to when we traveled the car was loaded down .. now we can not do that with the truck because the back seat is for the dogs.

I am going to wash bed sheets and all our clothes before we head out and run the sweeper. Of course that will be later in the week. I’m still easily tired so i am doing a bit here and bit there.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Change of plans

We are still leaving our winter destination a week from today! May 1st is our pull out date. I’m excited, yet a bit sad. It’s been a wonderful making new friends and as always it’s sad to leave them.

We had planned to head to Co, Wy & SD for a short visit before hubby’s dental work begins but because of the weather and friends those plans have been scratched. Instead were going to Padre Island near Corpus Christi where we had hoped to visit earlier in the season.

We have reservations for 4 nights in an RV Park and from there we plan to stop in Louisiana and then on to visit friends in Mississippi.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ms. Southwind is gone!

Well we got the news that we were dreading. Yep, Ms. Southwind has been totaled. It’s a sad day in our home, but one we expected. Our years together were great and Ms. Southwind will be missed. I will cherish the memories we’ve shared during our short time together.

I am still re-cooping from being sick. I am feeling better but still no energy. It doesn’t take much to wear me out and get me to coughing my head off. I did laundry today and it was more then i could take. I spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping to recover.

The weather has been great here in Texas … the only down side is I'm stuck indoors! I can’t even open my door because what ever is outside bothers me. I have been taking this time to spend hours online searching and looking for places to stay and things to do on our next adventure which is fast approaching.

May 1st we are heading out of Texas toward Colorado and into Wyoming and South Dakota on our way back to the Midwest for the summer.

If you have any suggestions of great places to stay, things to do let me know. Hope your all doing great .. until next time

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Day of Rest

After my night in the ER, i got up late and went to Wal-mart to get my prescriptions filled. I got home and was exhausted! So today was spent just relaxing and resting. It’s what the doctor has ordered. I am stuck indoors and just opening the door to let the dogs out bothers my breathing and allergies. What ever the rain brought in is still out there.

Hope your all having a great day. I was hoping to get some pictures of the beautiful flowers that are all in bloom here. Their wild flowers, red, blue and yellow. I hope i can get pictures but for now I'm stuck indoors. Regardless of the nice temps outside i have the air on inside. I'm suppose to stay in air conditioning and stay indoors. Anytime i go outside my face is to be protected by a mask and my outdoors is to be limited.

I have a feeling this is going to grow thin very fast as i'm outdoor girl. Hope you all have a great week

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I went to church today and then out to dinner with friends. After stopping by Wal-mart to get the weekly items we came home. As reported earlier i have been fighting my allergies. I started feeling worse as the day went along and since it cooled off i decided to turn the air off .. big mistake!

Around 6.30 pm i started coughing and coughing and it kept getting worse and then i got to where i couldn’t talk and then finally around 8 pm i couldn’t breathe. Hubby took me to the ER and when i stepped outside it got worse, but better once the air was on in the truck. I arrived at the ER and they got me right in. Chest x-rays and diagnosed with an upper respiratory Infection and Asthma attack. The doctor said this was all brought on by a combination of things, first my allergies I've been fighting, all the smoke inhalation from the fire and this weekend of working in a musty, moldy building for the yard sale and one of the worst years for Texas pollen.

We got home around 11.30 pm and i was feeling much better but exhausted. I used all my energy just trying to breathe. I have been prescribed numerous medications, inhaler and lots of fluids and rest.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yard Sale

We volunteers are doing a yard sale to raise money with some of the donations that are made. We have worked all day Thursday, Friday and until noon Saturday. I am exhausted! We did great and made $1500 for the shelter.

The volunteers all went this afternoon to pick strawberries, we opted out. Me and vines don’t do good together i break out and I'm just exhausted from the busy 2 weeks I've had. In fact i spent my afternoon napping! Yes .. i took a nap .. when i do that I'm sick or exhausted and I'm actually both! I have been fighting allergies since arriving in Illinois and still here in Texas. Although they are not near as bad in Texas.

I hope your all having a great weekend …

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is hubby’s birthday. I baked him a double layer chocolate cake with home made cream cheese icing.

Happy Birthday honey, i love you

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Arrived back in Texas!

We got up early and called the salvage yard where Ms. Southwind is parked. We stopped by and picked up some medication we had forgotten. Then we headed on our way. Once again hubby started out driving but he is not feeling well so i took over. We drove and drove and finally arrived back at our new home around 5 pm. We are so happy to be home!

We hugged and said hello to the volunteers that are still here. Several had pulled out while we were gone. We carried in what we needed and just collapsed for the night. It’s so good to be home!

Time to head back to our new home

We got up this morning and finished doing some errands. Hubby decided he thought he could travel and were both ready to head back to our own home. We love seeing family and spending time with them .. but were missing our own place.

We have found it doesn’t matter where home is .. after your away from it awhile you begin to miss it. So we loaded up the truck and everything we are taking back with us. The rest of our stuff is going to be stored in Gabe’s shed until we can return to get it. Around 1 pm we headed toward Missouri. Hubby drove a couple of hours and learned he his not himself yet and so i took over driving.

We arrived back in Bald Knob, AR around 9 pm, we went by McD’s and got us a bite to eat and then headed back to the Budget Inn. We stayed in the same room as we did before and spent the night.

Monday, April 12, 2010


We got up and got things around, then it was time to head to the dentist. Hubby is having some dental work done. Everything went well at the dentist and hubby got the gum treatment done. Now we wait for 4-6 weeks for healing for the next process of dental work.

Hubby wasn’t feeling to well so we headed to Gabe’s house so he could lay down. We have been homeless all week long since the motor home caught fire and we had to leave it in AR. We’ve been staying at our son Gabe’s house (thanks Gabe .. love ya).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Meeting a new sister!

Today I went to my sister Patty house for a mini gtg with family. I got to meet my new sister i found out i had while i was in Texas!

My new sister Cheryl is pretty awesome and it was a wonderful day and i look forward to getting to know her more.


My big brother Ronnie


My dad and new sister Cheryl


Left to Right … Ronne, Cheryl, me, Patty and my dad


After a great afternoon with sisters and brother. I went to see my grand kids. As you can see they were having a blast riding their new toy.

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It was a wonderful day and i enjoyed seeing my family so much.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

cleaning storage and laundry

Friday .. We spent the morning cleaning up the house and doing laundry .. Later in the afternoon we stopped by hubby’s mom and seen her. Then we went to the grand kids .. the grand daughter ended up coming to spend the night with us.

Saturday .. we got up and got ready we went to the oldest son house and picked up Tyson and Tobeman. Then we headed up to the storage unit to do some cleaning. What a job that was! It did get rid of lots of stuff that wasn’t needed but we have more to go through but we were all tired and decided to do it another day.

Hubby and I were exhausted and decided since it was finally just the two us for a change we’d go out to dinner. We chose the local Chinese place and it was pretty good. We got home late and got ready for bed.

We are having a great time but we sure are exhausted! Were not use to this busy schedule we’ve been keeping.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A night out with friends

We got up early and got moving. Hubby has a dentist appointment. After seeing the dentist and getting the bad news we headed back to our son house. It’s looking like it’s going to be a long drawn out event with hubby’s teeth. 4 months!

Tonight we went out to eat with some old friends and had a great time. We went to Applebee’s. I had the Philly cheese and onion rings it was so good .. hubby had the cowboy cheeseburger and fries.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Toby!

Today my grandson turn 2 years old. We are going later to see him and have a birthday party!


Toby had so much fun blowing out his candles that his dad had to keep relighting them so that he could blow them out even more. Then he really enjoyed digging his fingers in the icing and eating .. Although his mom had to refrain him until she got him his own piece. I didn’t get pictures of that part as my camera was full of pictures .. i gotta get another memory card!


He ate his entire piece of cake and boy did he enjoy it. We had his favorite food for dinner .. Spaghetti!

We have been having a great time seeing our family. The past few days i have been visiting with my sisters while hubby is off with the boys. We went out with our son Gabe and his girl friend for dinner last night at the Chinese restaurant. We were a bit disappointed as our favorite restaurant back here is not as good as Beijing in Texas. We still had a good time and got home late.

We are enjoying seeing family and spending time but man O man it’s been exhausting! We are up early and to bed very late with lots of activity going on during the day. Lots to get done and more yet to still do.

The insurance still hasn’t gotten an adjuster out to look at Ms. Southwind, hopefully today. So i still have nothing to report on what will be done.

Hubby has his doctor appointment tomorrow and after we find out what their going to do i will report.

The weather has been wonderful here! In the 80’s, today they are calling for rain after lunch and it does appear to be cloudy at times.

Until next time …

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Grand kids at the park. Toby’s day at the park the day before his birthday. He loves the park, so does his sister.

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