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Sunday, October 28, 2012


     I just read a status update from Addicted to Saving and she was asking if camping was your thing or not and it got me to thinking of the first time I camped with hubby and the last time we camped!!
     The first time was on our very short honeymoon.  We got married a month after our daughter was born and grandma was baby sitting for the long weekend.  We packed up our tent, (a small 2 person dome style), equipment, and headed off down the road!  We went up north in Michigan about 4 hours from our house. We got to a campground late, way after dark! We set up the tent and went fast to sleep. During the early morning, Mother Nature came to visit!! Double time!!!  It had stormed and I, well let's just say, I needed the facilities fast!!!!  I got there just in time to wait for the cleaning crew to finish up the bath/shower building. While I was cleaning up, hubby was putting a tarp up from tent to van so as to create an area where we could get fresh clean air without getting wet!  So, we spent 3 days and nights in the tent playing uno, backgammon, and rook!  Then we packed up and left in the rain, of course, I was just wanting to go home, back to some sunshine and warmth!  And then the sun came out about an hour of being on the road!  And with the sun coming out, our smiles and our moods became even brighter!  After another hour or so, my new hubby turned to the right and I asked where we were going, and he told me he just wanted to look around. ( I thought he had to pee!)  We drove around a curve and up a hill only to spot an area as big as a football field of an inlake! A true state park watering hole!!! LOL  It was big enough that about 8 to 10 campers (old style on truck), could spend the week/weekend.  I love, that in our state of Michigan, we have honor parks.  This is a park with no facilities, outhouse only, that you pay a very nominal amount ($3-?) for a 24 hour period that you will be renting the space! You just drop your money in a lock box and go about your business!  So cool!  Anyway, we had a very nice time swimming and playing!

     The last time was in Lansing, Michigan at the Common Ground Music Festival.  We were to see Boston on Monday night and Meatloaf on Wednesday and to stay at a local campground with a tent (now bigger, but still a tent) and air mattresses.  We set up on Sunday evening and then went for a walk. 
     We woke up Monday morning soaking wet! We had to pull everything out and hang everything on a clothesline that hubby devised! (He's is so handy to have around!!!) It was an ok day and it did not rain at the outdoor concert!  It was a great time!
     We woke up Tuesday morning soaking wet!  The spray we used was definitely not working!!!  So again, everything out and hung to dry!  I don't remember what we did Tuesday but it was dry and gray! 
     Wednesday was just like the previous days .... everything out to dry again!!!  Are ya loving my vacation as much as I am now???  Best part of the whole experience was Wednesday night with MEATLOAF!!!  Totally awesome but it was a little sad as he announced that it was his last tour!  Talk about putting emotion in your songs!  Whew, he did it so well!  And no rain!!
     When we left the concert, hubby asked what I wanted to do.  I said we are only 30 minutes from home and I am not going to wake up one more morning soaking wet!!
     We went camping many other times that were fun and interesting but the first and last are my most memorable trips! 

Enjoy each and every minute in that minute!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Announcing .....

This is my sister in law's new website!!!  I am so excited for her!!  And I'm sure she and it and everyone associated with it will be a great success!!  Yay for Jean!
If you know anything about cars or car news you have heard of Jean Jennings!  And with the launch of JeanKnowsCars, you will get to know her as I do!!! She will be known as the most hilarious, witty, smart, fun, generous, genuine, loving, and most important, kind person on the web!  And how do I know that?  Because she is so genuine!!!  And that so comes through on this video about her hat collection !!  I have nicknamed one of them her Alabama hat! (Roll Tide Roll!!)  She says no, but secretly ......whisper whisper ..... I think she's a roootin for the Crimson!  Tee hee hee!  She's so much funnier than I! lol Doesn't really matter cuz when you're near Jean, YOU WILL BE LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!
Check out this video on her hats ......

Don't ya just LOVE her? So I hope this gave you your smile today!