Our New House

It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.

Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…

We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.

I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.

So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.

Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.

I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

A new toad?

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I wish! Last night Susan's cousin came over to check out our humble home. It is no doubt dwarfed compared to his 15,000 square foot home on the lake but mine has wheels and I can take it with me. I like that. Anyway, after the visit, Jim and Jenifer took us to a local jazz club for some food and drink. On the way home Jim was so beat that he asked me if I would mind going to his house and driving his convertible Lexis to our house so he wouldn't have to drive to our house and back to his. He said, in fact you can keep it all weekend and return it on Sunday. Twist my arm! The problem is, it rained today. Well we still have tomorrow.
We were going to go to Universal Studios tonight to see the Mardi Gras but since it wants to rain here we will just have to do that another time.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Another day at Disney

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Today was The Disney's Animal Kingdom. I didn't feel as beat after the Animal Kingdom as I did after The Magic Kingdom. Not sure why. Maybe I needed a day to loosen up. The Animal Kingdom was very cool. Being the nature lovers we are, we got up close looks at the big cats, gorillas and more. They have a really cool Jungle Safari ride that takes you around to see many animals. The driver does a good job pointing out where the animals are hiding and gives you a little education on them. There is so much to do at Disney World that we will have to go back a few more times to see more.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

How did I ever do it

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We just spent the day at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. We are either getting old or out of shape. Probably more like old and out of shape. We were beat at the end of the day. I guess sitting under my awning outside the motorhome all day is taking it's toll. The Magic Kingdom was, well, what can I say. Living all my life 1.5 hours away from Disneyland in California, I went at least once a year and The Magic Kingdom is very similar. But we had a great time. We couldn't ask for better weather. What I don't understand is why they have to charge so much. It cost about $60 a person to get into each park and then there is food and snacks to buy. The place was packed so they must be making a fortune with the prices they charge.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

More of the house

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The above is a photo of only part of the inside of the house.
Susan's parents have gone off to Massachusetts and her cousin is going to Paris so we have some time to our selves. We are going to checkout Disney World and Disney's Animal Kingdom then Universal Studio in the next week. Universal Studio is having Mardi Gras nights every Saturday night for the month of April with real authentic floats from the New Orland's Mardi Gras so it should be worth checking out.
It has been somewhat hectic, but very enjoyable, for us with all the visiting we have been doing in the last couple of weeks. We have been gone just about every evening, not getting in until after dark. Not our usual mode of operation since going fulltime.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

What is it?

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You have to click on the photo and get a closer look at this face. Yes it is a cat. This is Sinatra, Susan's cousin's cat. This cat looks like it ran into a brick wall. They also have a 3rd generation Manx named Frank and a cool little puppy named George.
The last couple of days Susan and I did NOTHING. We went nowhere and did nothing but sit around the motorhome. We will be here until the end of the month so we can do nothing and not feel guilty. Next week we will be doing the tourist thing so I should have more to write. Until then I am catching up on some maintenance items on the motorhome and car.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

We're still here

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...in Orlando Florida. The park we are in is very comfortable and everyone is so friendly. We have been so busy spending time with family that I haven't had time to update the journal. We haven't even had time to do much sight seeing. We will be here for the rest of the month so I am sure we will find time. In the mean time we are just having a ball. Susan's cousins are lots of fun to be around. The above picture is her cousins house that we are spending most of our time at. This place is beautiful and is located on a peninsula that stretches out into the lake so there is a lake view from every window in the house. The sunsets are magnificent over the water. I know it was a very hard decision but he just sold the place. The upkeep in a place like this is just huge. Next month he will be moving into his other home in the country club across the street. I believe this is the same country club that Tiger Woods resides at. The weather here has been great. We have had mostly warm days in the high 70s to low 80s with little humidity and the evenings are very comfortable. We are keeping a close eye on the weather up north and might take our time traveling to let the storms clear out.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

The Snow Birds are going home

Snow Birds are a name given to people that live in the cold northern parts of the country and travel south for the winters. They settle into the RV parks for months waiting for the weather to warm up back home. Well they have been pulling out of here at the rate of one or two a day now. The couple between us and the lake have left leaving us with a great view. Nice!
I have been as busy around here as I was when I owned a home. Since we are settled in for a month, I have been cleaning and fixing. Fortunately the weather has been great. I would hate to have to be doing this during bad or cold weather. They are calling for a thunder storm Thursday and Friday. Good this will force me to take a break for a couple of days. We have been here for 4 days now and haven’t even done any sight seeing. Since we will be here for a month there is plenty of time for that.

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Orlando Florida

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4 month and we finally made it to Orlando Florida. We will be here for a month while visiting with family. Susan's parents are going to fly out to visit family also, so we will get a chance to spend some time with them too. Glad we got out of Tallahassee because they are still having some pretty sever weather and more tornado watches. The weather was warm and humid when we got here and last night we had a small thunder storm drift through. I even got up and turned on the air conditioner. Today the weather was cooler and comfortable. I spent the day cleaning up the motorhome. It sure looks nice. I have been waiting a long time to do that. A little more detailing and it will be good to go for another few months. I still haven't got a chance to take that Air boat ride to go gator hunting yet. I have been wanting to do that since Louisiana. I hope I can "get 'er done" while here.