Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Anniversary to us!

Our one year anniversary of full timing in an RV. We are still loving it and of course, can't believe a whole year has passed. Last year at this time we were so stressed. We were staying at a dusty RV "resort" in NJ, while heading to our house to purge EVERYTHING, and also having friends work on painting all the rooms and putting in new flooring. Add to that the heat of summer, the "shore" traffic, learning our sweet Irish Setter Ryley had bone cancer, the expense of fixing up the house, maintaining the house and paying for an NJ priced ($50.+) RV site...I'm glad those days are behind us.
What a difference a year makes. We now do not have a house in NJ, so no bills with that house. We regulate our budget by how much we travel. More travel more RV park costs and diesel costs. The longer we stay in one place, lower diesel use and better rates on the RV site for staying a week at at time.
No worries about who will mow the lawn or shovel the snow while we're traveling. No $7000.00 per year NJ property taxes!
We are truly, truly lucky to have retired pre 55, with a decent pension, health insurance coverage,savings & our health to enjoy.

Fayette, OH
RV PARK REVIEW: This was a nice park that we could have easily stayed longer. It was EMPTY! Even the camp host wasn't around, so the park fee was on the honor system.
Sites were VERY unlevel, but surrounded by pine trees.
No sewer and no water. In spite of the lack of hook ups, it was still a nice park, with a nearby lake to swim in.

Vanish (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #5)Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 5 of a Rizzoli (detective) & Isles (med. exam.) female character series. But it's fine reading it by itself, as I did. I do plan to follow up with the other books in this series.
Rizzoli is a no nonsense women and very dedicated to her job. Isles is more calming and efficient.
Characters well described and a definite connection and understanding to them.
This particular story is based on young Russian girls, coming to the US, to become a "Pretty Woman" prostitute, thinking they'll land a rich husband. Instead, forced into abusive prostitution & held as prisoners.
The story evolves into who to trust? Who are the "good guys" and the "bad guys", etc.
I really couldn't put this book down. Loved it.

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North Utica, IL 61373

RV PARK REVIEW: Only overnight. Seems like an older campground that as they expanded wasn't well thought out.  We did have a pull thru with shade, but no reason to the layout of the park. Many permanents/seasonals, but well kept.
Another park near corn fields.  

RV LIFE: There was also a large field with cows and a bull. While walking the dogs in the morning, I strolled down a side street. Came upon a herd of cows...big cows. They were very interested in us.  One by one, they came over near us with just a fence between. Lyla looked up at them and sniffed, then proceeded to make herself comfortable and laid down. Devin was petrified! He is a real wimp! He was afraid and stayed behind "Mom" for protection, peeking out every once in a while. He was not happy see new scary larger than him animals.
Eventually, the whole herd of about 12-15 came over to the fence, including the bull with a ring through his nose. I love this life.

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