A little family time...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Even though we have several weeks here in the mid-Atlantic, it can be difficult to schedule time with family. We're running errands, visiting doctors, making repairs and they're busy with work, family obligations and their own leisure time activities.

Last Saturday night we finally managed to meet Stu's youngest daughter and her husband for dinner. Oh yeah, they brought along our newest grandbaby for me to meet for the first time. What a little doll!! Here are a few photos....



On Sunday we watched Jesse and Olivia, Stu's oldest daughter's girls, play soccer.
Jesse (hot pink shorts) takes her soccer seriously.

Her older sister, Olivia, does as well!

The newest, baby Waverly, models the latest hat fashions.

We are obviously enjoying our time here in the US, spending time with family and eating all the food treats we can't get in Ecuador (still need to get my Double T Diner Philly Cheese Steak and Rustico's Italian dinner).

We also took a ride on the new trike over to Ocean City, MD. I had never been and being off-season it was a real treat even though many stores were closed. Thrasher's Fries were first on our list, we walked the boardwalk for what seemed like miles, met some friends that Stu used to work with and talked about living in Ecuador, splurged at Dunkin' Donuts and bought a couple of t-shirts before ending the day at the Frog Bar and Grill. ;) LOTS of photos to follow later...when we aren't borrowing WiFi and I can get them all uploaded.


Today we are taking Livie and Jesse to see "Box Trolls" but first they wanted to sit on the new trike. Looking good!


Tomorrow Stu is going with a couple of buddies to the Dover Nascar races, I hope to get some writing done...or maybe just do a Syfy TV binge. ;) On Monday we move back to our MD driveway home for two weeks before driving the rig back to TN. Still more friends to see, more family time coming and a couple of medical appointments to keep.

Oh, writing? Not so much...I feel bad I haven't been able to tackle it but I do feel family comes first. Then sleep - yeah, they wear me out. LOL!


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Sunday, September 21, 2014



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We're here!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We had an uneventful trip from TN to MD, camping in Walmart and Target parking lots, dining in Denny's and McD's for the WiFi and, of course, getting our file of Cracker Barrel food.

We arrived around 1-2pm on Tuesday and the first chore was to unload the trike before we nestled into our spot. Well, the battery was dead. So we turned on our inverter, plugged in the Battery Tender and headed over to Five Guys for a late lunch. There we lucked into WiFi from the next door business. When we got back, the bike started without a hitch and we settled into our spot.

This is a photo our stepdaughter took and posted on Facebook...we're the bums in the back yard. LOL!


We are now comfortable: good Wifi, DIRECTV working and the first couple of medical appointments are history. Another medical appointment in the morning, followed by lab work, a movie or two, some Sam's Club shopping and dinner with our Thursday night friends. (Well, they are friends all the time but we have dinner with them on Thursday nights...LOL!)

Sunday we hope to see two of the grand-girls playing soccer and sometime SOON I will get to meet baby Waverly. Monday afternoon we will load up and move over to another family driveway in Delaware, see family and sort through the packages that have arrived for us to mule back to Ecuador. We'll be there a week, then back to this driveway for another two weeks before heading back to TN.

So much to get done, friends to see, doctors to chat with, glasses to get, shopping trips, movies and dining out...when am I supposed to write? Sigh, but it will all get done - sooner or later. ;)


Our first couple of weeks....

Friday, September 12, 2014

The airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador - quiet...


Family...


Clouds...


Rainbow...


Storms at sunset...


HOME...


Phone service/Internet...


Last ride...




New motorcycle...


New brakes/bearings...




INSECTS...


No bird nests thanks to our snake and owls...




Tomorrow we do our final cleaning and putting things away in preparation for heading to Maryland. We should arrive sometime Monday...

PS. Be sure to check out our Retired in Cuenca blog for some culture shock notes and my author blog, My Write Spot, for more about The Writers' Police Academy.

Made it to TN

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Driving through southern GA at sunset, before the rain hit.
Just a quick note for those not on Facebook, we had an uneventful and comfortable flight back to the US. No issues picking up our rental car, spent two days with family in Vero Beach before heading north to our property in Tennessee. No major traffic since we left on Sunday, no major weather issues either.

We arrived around 5:30 on Monday, batteries dead on the Freightliner. Severe storms fried the trickle charger but we could still get inside the RV. Once inside...well, almost wished I wasn't. Not enough ventilation had left a coat of mildew in areas close to the windows or down close to the floor. While Stu worked on connecting everything outside and draining the anti-freeze, I started cleaning inside.

We had left mouse bait inside and they had about emptied it out, leaving little destruction and lots of turds. Stu has more work to plug entry spots next year. LOL!

Tuesday was errand day, paid the deposit for turning on our water, put in the order to turn on our phone, did some shopping. Yeah, there was the sticker shock. Spent $400 between groceries and a few toiletry items. Gulp! At least Stu had food while I am away till Monday. ;)

Ran into Cookeville for a movie, our first in nine months. Buttered popcorn (for me) - YUM! Poured while we were inside, severe weather warnings and we were watching "Into the Storm". [giggle]

I'm on my way to the Writers' Police Academy conference...EXCITED!!!