Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 2018 - Back At The Cabin...

Another season starts for us at our little getaway this month.

During the winter, the Gazebo we had collapsed due to 5" of snow on top of the canvas topper, so we had a local guy tear the thing down and throw it away.  This is what it looks like now with the gazebo gone.
Cabin area with our gazebo gone.
We decided to get a couple of umbrellas to keep the sun off us on hot days instead of getting another cheap Gazebo.  We'll just wait until this summer to see if an umbrella is sufficient.

We also had to get a new awning for the trailer.  It had holes in it and the springs were broken an it wouldn't roll up anyway.  As the saying goes - it's always something. :)

Hay fever has got Kathy and I down for the last week.  The pollen is REALLY bad this year.  I actually went to the doctor because I was having trouble;e breathing, but in the last week ( today is 5-16-2018) we've had a little rain and that knocks the pollen off the trees so it's a little better today than a couple of days ago.

What else did we do?  Oh yeah.  I hired a plumber to re-plumb the PVC piping under the cabin.  Whoever did it before did a terrible job and there were leaks everywhere.
Old plumbing.  Lot's of leaks and lots of couplings.  Everything redone now.  Looks great!
So the gazebo, cabin plumbing and trailer awning were the big renovations to get ready for the 2018 season.  Now I'm getting ready to pimp out the golf cart!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Getting Used To Our New Lifestyle

We've been in our 2 bedroom apartment for 6 weeks now and are finally getting used to living in a much smaller place.  We have a downstairs unit and like any apartment living there are things you have to get used to or accept as part of being here.  One is having someone tromp heavily in the unit above you...  boom, boom, boom as they walk from room to room and the other is an occasional party by kids that can get a little too loud once in awhile.  That's only happened twice so far though.  The complex is very strict about being quiet after 10 pm.  The college kids that like to party have been warned twice and they next time someone complains, they'll get kicked out.

It's a gated community, so we like the added security!  I can't get over that our rent is as much as our house payment was, BUT there's no maintenance to worry about which saves us about $600 a month.  No more yard work, termite protection plans, bug spraying costs, etc.  If a light bulb burns out, we can call maintenance and they'll come by and replace the light bulb for us.  Sweet!

I sold my 2013 Hyundai Genesis  and leased a 2018 Honda CRV.  We bought the Genesis for road trips between Jacksonville and Tennessee, but because we now have a cabin 3 hours from the grand kids, and our other SUV has over 100K miles on it, I decided to get a new vehicle that got better gas mileage and served our purpose better.  The Honda is sweet little SUV and I enjoy driving it because of all the newer technology, i.e. adaptive cruise control, slow follow cruise control ( great for traffic) and self stopping crash mitigation feature that helps bring the car to a complete stop to avoid rear ending someone.   In 3 years, I can turn it in and get something else if I want.  AND the car I drive will always be under warranty!   I thin we're done buying houses and done buying cars!

April fast approaches and both Kathy and I can't wait to get back to the cabin.  We still have some work to do on the trailer - replace the awning and springs and I need to hire an electrician to go through the cabin and fix some circuits that are causing trouble.  I don't mess around with electricity!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Our Home Is... sold.

... for sale.  Today's date: 12-3-2017.
Once again Kathy and I have decided to make a change in our life style.  Our home in Jacksonville is too big for us ( 4 BR and 2 bath) and as we get older, we find it gets more difficult to maintain the home.  So we're downsizing to an apartment to be able to live a more "lock & go lifestyle."   Now we will be able to "hit the road" whenever we want to and won't worry about hurricanes blowing our roof off, is the grass getting mowed, etc.  A relief.  So let the new chapter in our lives begin!  Here's some pictures of the last house we'll ever own.

Up date: Offer received on 12-12-17.  To close on or before 1-31-2018.
We closed on 1-31-20178 
Formal Dining Room
Formal Living Room
Guest Room


Family Room
Family Room 
Covered patio for grilling!  My favorite spot.
Master bedroom
Master Bath

Florida Room

Back of home

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween 2017 at PVC

I "borrowed" these pictures from some folks who were actually AT this event at PVC - so thank you!
Unfortunately we had to return home before the annual "progressive Halloween parade" took place this year.  I just wanted to show how much these great people get into the mood!  We missed a good party!  Anyway, here are some pics:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bedroom in Trailer is done.

We've been working hard to convert the trailer we have into a bedroom that will hold a king size bed.  I made some repairs on the sub-floor, installed new carpet, painted int interior and now we just finished putting out new bed in.  We love it!

Before Renovation - queen bed shown.

New king size bed and dresser bought at a 2nd hand store.
Scroll down to  May 19 post to see more cabin pictures.

Hurricane Irma Pics

Well, Irma has come and gone.  It did some damage to a lot of trees in the campground where we are, but no one was hurt.  We lost power for about 13 hours, but the people across the creek are still without power after 7 days.  Here are a couple of pictures to get the idea.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma is Coming

Date: 9-7-2017.
Oh boy.  Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane to hit the US in recorded history is passing over Puerto Rico as I type this and heading towards southern FL.  Key West and Miami are going to get hammered and THEN it's supposed to turn directly north and head straight up the middle of FL.

Kathy's Mom and sister are in Jacksonville and we are in GA.  We can't leave GA to get to them because of the traffic created by people evacuating FL.

This morning the news said the northern GA may also be subject to category 1 strength winds around this coming Tues./Wed.  Oh crap.

Stay tuned.  I'll update this post after the hurricane passes.