May 25 Saturday, 2013
We will be leaving Paradise Pines this coming Tuesday after being here for 10 weeks on Monday. Florida has been our home for a little over 5 months now! We doubt we will stay still anywhere this long again, at least anytime very soon. Three months is long enough to stay put and out of the cold.
Sitting still has a couple of advantages though. You get to know a lot of people and you save some money. We save money in 2 main ways, much less fuel in the truck and campground fees are roughly half the cost of daily fees. Since I wasn't really watching how we spent money when we started I'm not completely sure about our spending habits when traveling. However, I believe we are spending more on entertainment and clothing sitting still. Still, we are saving more than we are spending. This will allow us to spread out the spending on fuel and higher camping rates as we travel this summer.
This past week, we spent some time making breakfasts to freeze for Disney with the Grandkids next week. Monday we made 30 slices of French toast and froze them. That should be enough for 2 breakfasts. Then on Thursday we made the 1st batch of pancakes and then ran out of mix. So on Friday, we went to Wally World (Wal-Mart) and got more mix and made the 2nd batch for a total of 50 pancakes. That should be enough for 2 more breakfasts for a total of 4 so far. We plan to go to Wally World to finish up food shopping on Monday morning by getting fresh stuff. We are planning to have most of the breakfast meals at our site. The rest of the meals will be out.
Tuesday we decided to get the front side windows tinted the same as the rear and rear side windows on the truck. There is a lot of competition here in Florida for tinting so we got a good deal here. We did it for a couple of good reasons like making the interior cooler and making it easier on our eyes with the sun while driving. We also did it because the truck looks so much better with the windows the same tint now. We like it very much.
You can usually tell who is leaving the resort when they wash their rig. So Monday I washed ours so everyone would know that we are leaving. Too make sure everyone knows, we washed the truck on Wednesday.
This morning, I am going to top off all of the tires with air. I already know from the tire pressure monitor that I have 3 low tires, 2 on the truck and one on the RV. After we post this I will be right out getting this done before it gets too hot. Did I say it was 96 yesterday!
Tonite we are invited to our new friends', John and Christiana, place in Lake Como for pink cocktails. We are told these are made with tequila rose, vanilla and vodka. This should be a good time to see them once more before we leave.
Then tomorrow we will pack the truck. Packing the truck requires putting my bike on its side up near the cab, the ladder goes behind the 5th wheel hitch, and I'm hoping that our friend Cindy’s bike will lie on top of the ladder under the 5th wheel. Patty’s bike will sit folded behind the driver’s seat. Next, we will put the big red cooler with all of the drinks we have for Disney on the other side of Patty’s bike. Monday we will get Ice and fill the cooler.
Monday, we finish up packing the RV. When we sit for a long time we tend to use the basement (outside storage compartment) for storing sun screen, bug spray, and extra beverages. Now we need to put away the grille, camp stove, chairs, and outside lights in the place of those other things we have in there now. It’s all very easy, just takes a little time.
Leaving day Tuesday, we will follow our usual leaving scenario. Patty does the inside stuff like securing the cabinet doors and pulling in the 4 slides. This time she the added job of putting our plant Rosey in the shower. She has gotten too big here in Florida to ride in truck with us. I do the outside stuff like draining the tanks, putting away the water and sewer hoses, and then putting away the electrical cable after disconnecting it. Then we connect the truck and we are off to Disney. All of this takes us about 45 minutes; but maybe an hour this time since we haven't done it for a while.
Next week the Grandkids and their parents arrive at Disney on Wednesday Morning. I am thinking that making a Blog post next week may be hard to do.
|Patty with her cousin Lee who lives in Tampa.|
|Us at the comedy club Slide Splitters on Thursday night. We won free tickets.|
|Ok, so I saw this at Wally World and thought it was funny!|