Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back Home In Kentucky

We made the drive to Wilma's brother's house in Kentucky on Thursday. Most of the ride was uneventful except the patches of rain we went through. It came down so hard that we had to exit the expressway and wait for it to pass. Most all of the Semi drivers just kept driving through the driving rain, passing everyone else on the highway.

Friday we just sat around the house resting. A much-needed rest for both of us. The pets had to get their annual rub down from Uncle Fred.

Saturday morning while drinking our coffee under the shade tree in the front yard, we heard thunder in the distance. Within an hour we went inside as the rain started. Then hail!
Wilma braved the rain and hail to get a couple pieces of the hail. 

Looking forward to Monday to see the Eclipse. We are in the "Full Eclipse" area and we have heard that it will get dark enough to actually see the stars in the sky during the full eclipse. 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Home From The Rally

We arrived back home yesterday around 4 PM, minus our 5th. wheel.

When we left the FROG Rally, we headed for Recreational Specialties to drop off our 5th. wheel to have them paint the front cap under warranty. Ron, the manager, told me that the paint used in the manufacturing of the cap did not have the ultraviolet blockers added to the paint, and that is why the paint faded.
Taken from the roof of the RV. Notice the white fade of the paint.
He assured me that they will have to completely remove the cap from the RV, sand it down, prime, paint, then re-apply the graphics. It should take them until the middle of next week to complete. Then they will be moving our 5th. wheel to the manufacturer of the RV, Prime Time Manufacturing where they will be removing both slides. Repairing the problem with screws damaging the undersides of the slides. Then as the slide tore the linoleum, the complete floor has to be inspected and repairs made, including new linoleum.
Damaged floor from the slide.
It feels a little weird arriving home without our 5th. wheel, but I feel confident that the problems will be repaired, hopefully once and for all.

Wilma and I both are happy we are home from the Rally. One thing we didn't like was the 2 train tracks within a stone's throw from the Rally. They run both night and day, at least 6 trains an hour, each train traveling very fast shaking the ground for 3 to 4 minutes each. I guess it would be heaven for a train enthusiast but not for us.

Today we start back to our busy lives and preparing for our Kentucky trip leaving this Thursday.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, August 7, 2017

FROG Rally

We are here at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Indiana for the annual FROG Rally. FROG equates to "Forest River Owners Group". As our 5th. wheel was manufactured by a company named Prime Time, and are included in the Forest River Group.

We arrived Sunday around noon to a great bunch of volunteers greeting us and welcoming us to this event. We were escorted to our site by a volunteer riding a golf cart. Directed for easy parking of the trailer by two other volunteers. How great is that!

We checked in at the Registration center where we received a packet of information along with our name tags. Next, we hitched a ride from the many volunteer operated "taxies" golf carts designed for 6 riders. We were asked "Where to?" and then taken to the Service registration building. There we checked in with the Prime Time folks and were confirmed of the "free" service work that will be done on our trailer.

Being in the handicapped area, we were able to walk back to our RV after our meeting with the service people. We noticed that another RV pulled in next to ours and we struck up a conversation with them. It's their first time at this rally, and they are from the Ohio/West Virginia border area.

Later they joined us at 5:10 PM for our walk to the area where the dinner will be served at 5:30 PM.
Just a small portion of the line to the dining hall.
Maybe we should have left earlier as the line seemed to never come to an end. We temporarily forgot that with 750 RV's here that should equate to approximately 1500 hungry people to feed.

Once inside we sat at the first table next to the exit. A wonderful breeze was coming in and we figured after eating we would exit as we have heard the "welcome speech" before.
Looking to the left of our seat.

Looking straight on from our seat.

Looking to the right from our seat.

Clicking on the link below will show a video of how many people are here waiting for our meal.

And a great meal of a pork chop, chicken pieces, bbq sauce, baby potatoes, mixed veggies, coleslaw, etc. was enjoyed by all. 

Monday agenda for those wishing to go to any of many seminars:

As Wilma isn't into any seminars, we will probably go for a ride in "Amish Country" and check out the several small towns. 

Or we may want to walk through all of the new RV's being offered for sale, or maybe walk through the Vendor's area and see what kind of great deals on items that we just can't live without. Who knows? That's the great thing about these Rallys. 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dad's Kitchen And Basement Floors Complete

I have been so busy with getting Dad's house ready to be put on the market for sale these past few weeks, working 8 to 12 hour days. Wilma mentioned that she will be so happy when the house is sold so she can get her husband back. Even finding time to help my sister with her humongous garage sale, which is how we are selling items of Dad's to build up his savings account.

This past week I've dealt with a flooring installer. I needed to have the kitchen floor updated. The old "peel and stick" tile Dad installed years ago was so unsightly and discolored. A linoleum choice was made by looking at samples on a tablet that was available for immediate installation. It came out looking darker than what I expected, but it's installed now and looks so much nicer than the old floor.

I couldn't find a "Before" photo of the old floor for comparison, but I assure you this is a huge improvement!

Next came the basement stairs and floor covering. I first wanted an indoor/outdoor carpet. Our painter suggested a regular carpet but DO NOT have any padding installed under it. Have it glued down to the floor. The carpet installer agreed with him and mentioned that it would look and feel much more comfortable.
Old tile is what was in the Kitchen. Stairs to the basement before new carpet.

 Basement floor before any repair work was done on the walls.
Basement stairs after carpet installation.

Beams installed, walls painted, and carpet installed. 
Nice comparison on the "before and after" photos above of the basement don't you think? 👌

I just have to install a new bathroom vanity in the bathroom in the basement and the house will be ready to be sold.

Speaking of that.....
Last Tuesday the neighbor next door asked if her sister could contact me as she was interested in purchasing the house. Why of course! Amber phoned me Wednesday and we made arrangements for her and her husband to come and look at the house on Friday at 4:45 PM.

Speaking with my sister prior to the meeting, we agreed on a price we wanted to ask.

Amber and her husband showed up right on time to see the house and seemed excited and was pleased with what she saw. Her husband put on the stern look for me, which I didn't buy. I knew he liked it as much as her! Within a half hour, we discussed prices and they gave me an offer. I told them I would get back with them as it wasn't the asking price. Amber was anxious that I not sell the house prior to getting back with them. That statement made me realize that they wanted the house bad and were willing to go higher.

I arrived back at my home and gave Sister Catherine a phone call with the exciting news that we had an offer. (One not far from our asking price).
She informed me that at the garage sale today she spoke to a lady that said her daughter and her husband were looking for a house to buy. Further discussions with her revealed that the location and type of home the daughter was looking for was exactly what we have for sale! Catherine is making arrangements to show the house this upcoming week.

As Catherine knows the previous offer, she is confident her showing will go well, and we could have a "price war" on our hands. We, Catherine and I, have a strong feeling we can have the house sold within a week. That would be so wonderful and take a huge burden off of our shoulders.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.