Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The great migration from Virginia to South Carolina is complete. All of our stuff fit into the truck. I had stayed awake nights wondering how we would move one particular piece of furniture because it is so big , but The Man hired a kid from the corner service station to help us and all went well. He was at that age where he wanted to show off how strong he was, worked for us. We got here in SC and had the local movers, Jonathan and friends, help move us in.
That's me in the kitchen behind all the boxes.
I don't think we will ever get it all done.

BUT I do have a wee Christmas tree and a poinsetta!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Yep! we did it. We are now the official owners of the condo. We have already started junking it up and more to follow this weekend. We have met one of our neighbors a young Air Force guy. He is very sweet and friendly, much better than our last neighborhood. There we never knew our neighbors and we lived there for 10 years.

The sofa comes Friday and the appliances are to be delivered on Sat. Oh the anxiety from the choices is killing me. Then to VA on Wed. The younger son and his friends will be here on Sat next to help us move in if I feed and water (?) them.

I am about ready to murder a poodle. This is the third day in a row she has decided to get me up at 0:dark 30. I don't know what her problem is but it is causing great sleep deprivation on my side of this relationship. And when I get sleepy, I get cranky as a three year old.

Today is Turkey Day. We are headed over to the sister's for the feast. There will be about 15 people and probably twice that many food choices. Me? I am taking 2 pies-pumpkin and apple, a fruit bowl, yum, and green bean casserole. I was going to make these biscuits/muffins but the trial batch turned out good just not pretty. Maybe by the time the daughter gets here I will have it figured out.


Sour Cream Muffin

Pre heat oven 350. Find muffin /cupcake pan
Melt 2 sticks butter.
Add to 2 cups self rising flour and 1/2 pint of sour cream. Stir til mixed. Put in ungreased pan. Bake 20-25 minutes
Good with strawberry jam!

Mine were good but they never browned on top. Maybe it is the camper oven. Plus I think you need the small muffins not the 12 in a pan size, but like I stated, they were good. And I will not go buy more pans!So there Paula Dean.

We move our camper Friday to a KOA campground about 3 miles from the condo. It is also about $100 a mo cheaper than this one, but lacks a dog park. I figure the dogs will get enough exercise running around our empty house.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Condo, condo...... Who has a condo...

We do, almost. We are supposed to close on it Tues. Then we get the furniture that Jonathan has been storing for us ...that which he will let us have back. Then Thanksgiving with my sister and family.

My washer and dryer are to be delivered Saturday and maybe my furniture for the living room. Off to Va to get our stuff out of storage on my birthday. We will move in hang around til the 19th of Jan moving and getting settled.On the 19th we will head to FL.Guess we will be back at the condo (aka the Cumberland) til summer and off once again ....This time to see the awesome daughter and our friends.

These old fuddy-duddies went to a rock concert Wed night..it was fabulous. If you ever have a chance to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra, go. Heavy metal yes, fantastic laser light show, flames, smoke, and Broadway voices. It was breathtaking. Not anything like I imagined. I love Queen and there was quite a Queen influence plus a little Meatloaf with the rock opera and a little Pink Floyd influence with the lasers, but my goodness it was good.

I think, however, one of the top requirements to be in the show is to have long "slingy" hair. I did get tired of the hair gyrations...actually it got rather humerous.But the lights, the lasers, the flames ,and the sound made up for it all. My camera pictures got totally washed away with the lights and all.So no pics, sorry.We bought the album, but not the t-shirts. So much fun. I was so excited it took me hours to fall asleep.

We also went to see Quantum of Solace. Don't bother. It was such a disappointment. I loved DC in the first 007 but this one was awful.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


As if we need one....we bought a Wii and have been having a blast with it. Each time the boys come over, they give the old man a run for his money on the games.Photobucket
But he holds his own pretty well. Also we bought the Wii fitness . It will give you quite a workout if you follow through with it on a daily basis, now really does that sound like me?

He has also really worked on his stained glass projects and has one completed and installed. It looks great.
The other one is a secret work in progress. This, of course, involved another toy to be bought!

Then there is his geo-caching. He is out every day in the woods looking for these trinkets and logging them in when he gets home.



He went to Angel Oak the other day and was just amazed at the size of this old tree. Of course the developers around here want it taken down, but so far it has won each battle.PhotobucketPhotobucket

And me? I wander around thinking of all the things I have to do, make lists of things I have to do, get ready to do them and before you know it it is another day.

I have been spending quality time with the family, cooking, trying new recipes and working on genealogy. Genealogy, now there is something. I am at a stumbling block right now that only a trip to KY will solve......do I see a camping trip in the summer???????

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I feel so bad about this but honestly since I arrived in town I have either not had good WIFI, not had the correct computer, or something!But I am back again with all kinds of news and fun.

First off.....we are buying a house. This has been in the works since we were in the blizzard in Yellowstone. Having nothing to do there because of the SNOW in June,we started looking at new homes in Charleston, SC on the internet. We were stunned to discover 1) we could afford a new home 2) we liked condos and no yard and 3) we were ready to do this. Huh! no one was more surprised than we were to find out we were ready to settle.

So I came to Charleston and looked at the one we chose and just loved it....good thing since we had signed a contract, sight unseen. Then construction was delayed and delayed again. Actually had they started it when they should have we would be moving in this month. So on to Plan B, there is always a Plan B in my life. Sure enough there was one to be ready the last of Nov. and we grabbed it.

We will live in Dorchester County just about 3 miles into the county and about that far from our younger son's condo.We love the entrance into the subdivision:
then there is our street with the brick road:
not yellow darn it! Then our house. As you can see they are hustling to get it done by Nov 28th.
There are 4 units in the building and we are on one end.

We will live in the last unit on that side of the road before the wetlands.Photobucket As a matter of fact there are wetlands on the side and behind our house. Plus there is a nature walk right there too. The puppies will love this!

Enough about the house already...Pictures to come when we can get inside.

We are in our favorite campground in Charleston, the only campground in Charleston. It is the only campground that we have been in that has such a great dog run. this thing is huge. We have two dogs that like to run. Here are some poodles having the time of their lives.






Monday, September 22, 2008

What to do????

Our plans all along have been to spend thru October in Elkhart Indiana to visit with family in Indianapolis and Chicago and friends there in Elkhart and Chicago. I got a call saying that my stepfather ( age 87+) is failing in health and that we need to come home. We are in the process of buying a condo in Charleston and thought this would be a great time to check on the building progress.Then Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna hit and get the East coast in an uproar. So I decide my place is in SC with my family in case there is a tropical disturbance and we need to get family out of Charleston.

The Red Cross called and activated Erwin to go to Houston to help with the recovery for Ike...so here we are once again going our separate ways. I drove down to Charleston with the dogs, about a 900+ mile trip. Erwin stayed in Elkhart to get work finished on our 5th wheel and finish up paperwork for the Red Cross to be able to leave on Sept 17th for Houston, Dallas or wherever.

I arrived in Charleston with no problems and left the dogs with our son. My stepfather once again has rallied and seems to be doing fine. The Atlantic disturbances have calmed down and Erwin is there and I am here. At first it was OK I had a car and could go where and when I wanted without inconveniencing anyone...then a tractor trailer hit our son's truck. He needed wheels and mine were available, thank goodness. But I will get them back tomorrow. The builder has not even started our condo building and with the economy in such a mess right now I don't know when he will begin.

So what to do what to do.

While we were in Salt Lake City I got interested in genealogy and have been working through ancestry.com to trace my family history. That has been fun. When my dad told me we were related to over half the county of Pulaski in Kentucky, I really thought he was joking...but apparently he wasn't. So a trip to Pulaski County to the historical library is definitely in order. Erwin should be able to do most of his research right here in Charleston.

For some reason I brought along a lot of knitting projects so that works out too.

I did not bring the cord that connects my camera to the computer, so no pictures right now. I did not bring a phone charger.Necessities in the world I tell you!

But I had only planned to stay at my parents for a week. Now I am here until Oct 14th at least.....arghhhhhhhhhhhh.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Oshkosh 2008

Erwin and Bob always spend the week of Oshkosh together. They get there, camp and work the flight line. In the meantime, Bob's wife and I stay in Chicago and do girl things. the perfect thing for all concerned.



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