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I'm Still Here

Yep — I’m still around.  A lot happening here at our home, but here are some highlights the last few weeks. 

We took a trip to Marathon Florida the end of April and spent 4 nights on site 22 @ Curry Hammock State Park.  And here is Tom @ the site one evening.  Great view, but you had to be standing up to see it and we were disappointed we could not have a campfire @ our site.  :-(.   What I thought would be fabulous a campground was really just OK.  So it goes.  But the good news is this place isn’t between 80-$100/night like some parks.  

It was too warm to spend much time outside unless it was early morning or after the sun went down.   Tom and I are not beach people.  I avoid the sun a lot - it’s the only way to keep my face from looking older than it already does.  Tough job and I think I’m failing.  So anyway we occupied our time checking out places to eat around Marathon.  We ate breakfast @ the Stuffed Pig a couple of times.  We liked that a lot.. they have a small indoor area and pretty big outdoor area.  We enjoyed cocktails @  a couple of places.  One I cannot even remember the name.  That’s what I get for not sharing info during the trip.  But this one I have some pics.  This is happy hour @ a place called Lazydays which is not affiliated with the RV dealer in Seffner, FL.

Tom had their crab cakes (he says they were excellent) and I had banana bread - way too much - but it was great too.  After eating so much food the previous days I convinced myself it would be better for me.  I felt differently the next morning.  :-(  

Anyway - looking at this pic I thought — good grief gal - fix the hair.  But you see South Florida and having a good hair day is simply not possible.  Not this time of year.  I was also way overdue on my visit with Miss Clariol.  But that’s fixed now.  At least for another month or so.  smile



After we got back home I finished the cornice.  Tom and I decided it was best to hire someone to install it.  We wanted to be sure it would never fall on our heads someday.  :-) Plus I didn’t think I could carry my side up a ladder.

This is Bob Hipps, a certified installer from Fort Lauderdale.  He assured me you could do chin ups from this as the brackets are screwed into the outer concrete walls. He also installed a new traverse rod for the new linen sheers. 



The next step — add the faux silk panels on each side.  I hope to get that done this week or next. I also need to get back to the Master Bed and Bath project.  Soon.  Very soon.




As if I don’t have enough to do, I decided to join Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Quilt project.  :-)  This is one quilt block per week for the entire year.  Whoa.. I know.. lots of blocks.  I’ve been reading her blog off and on for months and decided to jump in.  I’ve just been so fascinated with the Civil war since I watched Ken Burn’s documentary a few months ago. 



Anyway, this project started in January so I’m way behind but I’m working to catch up quickly.  I’ve cut the fabric for the first 17 blocks and finished 10 blocks so far. 

First 17 Blocks ready to piece





Here is one of the blocks — Fort Sumter.  



You can see the rest of them in my Flickr Album.  And be sure to check Barbra’s blog (link above).  She writes really cool stories that inspire each block. 

Til next time …

Reader Comments (6)

Just wanted to pop in and say hello. I found your blog several months ago looking for RV renovation ideas and added it to my Reader. Then, when I saw you mention doing the Civil War quilt blocks, it made me notice that you were a quilter, too. We have only had an RV for a year, but love it and I'm a quilter, too!

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I REALLY like the window treatment! Great job. Glad you and Tom are okay.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNITA

Hello ladies... Always glad to connect up with another RVer and quilter Anne. :-) Nita.. I've been meaning to write you a note.. maybe I'll do that next week.

May 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterLucy

Glad to see that there are some State Parks that can fit larger than 30' rigs. Looks like a nice park. About how long does it take to get there? We're looking at Grassy Key in November but it looks like a really long trip on two-lane roads.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody

So glad you got away for a few days but sorry about the view. We went to Hilton Head for a week in April and had a lovely time and we are leaving this Wed. to go back to Hilton Head for a long weekend. just love that place!

Looks like you are keeping busy at home! How much longer do you think you will be in Florida? Any future plans for Tom to transfer? We have a CAT office here in Salem. (hint, hint :)) Someone is going to be lucky when you get ready to sell that Florida home, you have done so much work there.

Happy Summer

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpat

Hi Jody... Marathon is @ Mile Marker 56.. It was about a 3 hour drive for us from Pembroke Pines, FL. It is slow going on the 2 lane road, but we knew that from our previous trip to the Keys in 2008. At that time we went further down - to Mile Marker 14. BTW - We drove thru Grassy Key -- it's a nice place. More manicured - very clean. They had some great sites right on the waterfront.

Pat.. Glad you are getting out and about too. I keep telling Tom we should make another trip up to Hilton Head because I like that place too and I really want to revisit Savannah. Hopefully I'll get my act together someday. We are not sure what our next move will be, but we are definitely getting closer to retirement. Our preference is to settle around Nashville when we that happens - we like the central location to continue RVing and it's about a 7 hour drive to our Illinois roots where the kids live. Would make it easier for them to visit us w/out spending $$ on airfare and vice versa. We don't plan to return too far North - we are done w/Midwest winters. :-)

June 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterLucy

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