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Old 01-14-2015, 09:45 PM   #29821
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Now Wayne, for over 40 years our marriage has been based on trust, including trust that we will be wise with our money. If Mary wants a new diamond, car, dress etc. she goes and gets it. If I need a new tractor, 4wheeler or rifle I go get it. From the first days of our marriage things were split right down the middle. After setting up our first joint bank account we walked out of the bank and divided up, She got all the Checks, I got all the Deposit Slips. So far it's worked out!
How I do understand the principle of what is yours is hers and what is hers is hers. Yep, understand it well.

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I just made our reservation for GC@CL. I hope that some of us can get together again at Cooper lake. last year it made for a nice warm-up for the GC.
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If there is a mini-C with SarahW, can us and Jeannie and Dave come also?

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Hey, that sounds like a great idea. The only present problem in the way is that Sarah works her husband so hard that he will have to wait until she gives him permission to retire. I think that is in February.

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:48 PM   #29822
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The grass is always greener Bob - but I cannot tell you the number of winter Texans who have told me they didn't drive all this way for this. Several not coming back. Now yes - they may have worse weather wherever they go next year cause you can't depend on it anywhere. After all, it weather.

But you also can't wet on my shoe and tell me it's sunshine and roses. We do look at the weather in DFW and see about a 10 degree improvement here. But a lot has gone into our planning for full time and that 10 degrees doesn't measure up. It is a good reminder that life has its ups and downs and seldom lives up to expectations, but who needs that really.

Personally - Don and I went to sushi lunch today - to Sam's and Walmart and a great day. Better if you happen to be a duck.

Stuffed tempura jalapeņo - rainbow roll.
Last year we looked for ways to save money. Starting out, we wanted to visit everywhere but did restrain ourselves and tried to stay in one area. Illness made me stay in one place longer than I wanted. This year, same thing we planned out three different parks to stay at one month at a time, I found out I needed surgery, and had to stick around an extra month. I know you committed to reservations around the RGV, so you probably feel a little stuck there just like I do. We got into Yuma, mad reservations and paid upfront the month.
Long story short, I'm here 2 weeks and I'm done with this sitting for a month stuff.
My goal next year is 2 weeks and out.(Health cooperating of course!) If I get tired of somewhere I want to leave. If the weather gets crummy I want to pick up and leave.
I will balance out expenses by boondocking 4 days then campground for 1 or 2.

I know your frustration with the weather is growing, but I also know as you do that weather is weather. Only way to guarantee good weather 90% of time is South Florida. While that may be good for many, I've been there done that and then some.
The West is where its at for us, and I think each area has its best month. I would imagine December and January can be iffy in most places.
Pick up stakes and run Steve, run!!!!😇😇😇😇😇😇😇
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^^^^ Hi Deb. Hey Dave.
I told Don today that I have actually considered doing just that.... pulling up anchor and heading west.

Tonight - RVM1 pointed out that our weather is about to break this weekend - maybe even mid 70s and dry.
I told him it's cause the RGV weather gods heard my threat to leave. Yes I paid for three months and got the 4th free. But let's face it sunk costs are sunk. We didn't do it to save $ - but ok bonus. We did it because it was closer than AZ or FL - we need to be in Hot Springs in April and at Annies' parents in Normal IL for her dad's birthday May 1st. And - having just retired and set out - we needed to get settled in - bays - closets organized - etc., and figure this whole full time living thing out a bit. So it was a reasonable assumption. Still a viable option if the weather breaks - but I can't do half of what I wanted to because the weather says - nope - your not emptying your bays and organizing. Nope - you're not going to smoke 35 lbs of brisket... and so on. So - maybe it's not meant to be... this winter.

As I have said - this is a nice enough place and the sitting here wouldn't bother me a bit - if there was sunshine and even these Temps without the fog and dew and rain and drizzle. In fact we came here to sit a bit.

So here's some good news on the weather front - I have learned to sleep to 7:30 and even 8. Don't really need naps and I feel a lot better being retired. That is a big win!

So it's not all bad and next year it's Arizona and the next Florida assuming things go as loosely imagined. We shall see. As Marty said - hopefully bad weather doesn't follow us around.

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Steve sorry to hear Mother Nature disappointed you guys this year. Suggestion for next year, San Diego! It's beautiful there! After we spent last summer there for two weeks we were sold. It's upper 60's low 70's right now. We stayed right on the bay in a beautiful park. Lots to do and see! Love it love it! If I was totally free I would head West for the winter!


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Steve... what on earth do you want to smoke 35#s of brisket for? there are only 2 of you and you have limited fridge space! Are you planning on feeding your whole RV Park?


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Steve... what on earth do you want to smoke 35#s of brisket for? there are only 2 of you and you have limited fridge space! Are you planning on feeding your whole RV Park?
One of the permanent residents / park model guy does a smoked meat BBQ - monthly luncheon - BBQ with Vinny here. Thought I would maybe join in the fun.

He can put his smoker under the carport. I could take mine down there in the rain... lol.

Again - really some nice things going on here... lol.
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One of the permanent residents / park model guy does a smoked meat BBQ - monthly luncheon - BBQ with Vinny here. Thought I would maybe join in the fun.

He can put his smoker under the carport. I could take mine down there in the rain... lol.

Again - really some nice things going on here... lol.
Steve you know Denise and I love to go storm watching. That consists of cold windy rainy weather, whether you like it or not. We head for the ocean and sit as close to the waves as we can safely get and listen to music, read, play cards or nap. Life in the cold is fun if you make it fun. When the weather permits we go outside dressed appropriately and watch the waves crash on the beach and toast Smores over a bonfire. If its raining we watch the waves crash on the shore from the comfort of a furnace heated glampmobile.
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Tim, that is so hauntingly familiar!
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Steve you know Denise and I love to go storm watching. That consists of cold windy rainy weather, whether you like it or not. We head for the ocean and sit as close to the waves as we can safely get and listen to music, read, play cards or nap. Life in the cold is fun if you make it fun. When the weather permits we go outside dressed appropriately and watch the waves crash on the beach and toast Smores over a bonfire. If its raining we watch the waves crash on the shore from the comfort of a furnace heated glampmobile.
Possum - it's uncanny. I was just saying - you know what would make this better - an ocean and waves crashing into some rocky crags and a bonfire. :thumbup: oh yeah - and trains blowing horns all night.
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Hey, Steve, it's not much better weather wise here in Florida panhandle!! Also have friends on S FL who are complaining about cooler than average weather this year. Also rain every day, albeit warmer than yours. We lived on our boat in S Fl, and Bahamas for several years, and 50% of the time the weather was less than fun. However I'll take riding the waves or the rainbow over the alternatives (work) anytime even with iffy weather. Don't get discouraged. 😁😆
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Hey, Steve, it's not much better weather wise here in Florida panhandle!! Also have friends on S FL who are complaining about cooler than average weather this year. Also rain every day, albeit warmer than yours. We lived on our boat in S Fl, and Bahamas for several years, and 50% of the time the weather was less than fun. However I'll take riding the waves or the rainbow over the alternatives (work) anytime even with iffy weather. Don't get discouraged. 😁😆
Great to hear from you Mike.
Oh yeah I'm with you on the ride and the weather, well it's part of the great journey. But - the drizzle and greay skies seem to be almost relentless - and doesn't have any storm quality at all. Almost a test pattern...

44 degrees with a real feel of 38 right now and 91% humidity. Been scratching my head for what these are ideal conditions for - and I keep coming up with being a duck... When a retired gentleman and lifelong ship captain for the state of Maine is disgruntled you know you're in good company!

Chasing the sunshine may be more difficult than I first thought, but I am mutant - hear me roar. We can take it and make into whatever we want it to be. I am glad that we aren't breaking camp and moving today
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Steve sorry to hear Mother Nature disappointed you guys this year. Suggestion for next year, San Diego! It's beautiful there! After we spent last summer there for two weeks we were sold. It's upper 60's low 70's right now. We stayed right on the bay in a beautiful park. Lots to do and see! Love it love it! If I was totally free I would head West for the winter!

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One of the permanent residents / park model guy does a smoked meat BBQ - monthly luncheon - BBQ with Vinny here. Thought I would maybe join in the fun.

He can put his smoker under the carport. I could take mine down there in the rain... lol.

Again - really some nice things going on here... lol.
Steve, as much as you enjoy smoking meats, have you considered buying one of those four poster awnings they sell at Sam's or Walmart? Even the local camping store would have one. Not that expensive if I remember?

Cheer up, it's going to 70˚ in Pharr this Saturday, and Sunny.
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Great to hear from you Mike.
Oh yeah I'm with you on the ride and the weather, well it's part of the great journey. But - the drizzle and greay skies seem to be almost relentless - and doesn't have any storm quality at all. Almost a test pattern...

44 degrees with a real feel of 38 right now and 91% humidity. Been scratching my head for what these are ideal conditions for - and I keep coming up with being a duck... When a retired gentleman and lifelong ship captain for the state of Maine is disgruntled you know you're in good company!

Chasing the sunshine may be more difficult than I first thought, but I am mutant - hear me roar. We can take it and make into whatever we want it to be. I am glad that we aren't breaking camp and moving today
Hey Steve & Mike and the rest of this mutastic bunch of mutants,

Today is another sunny day and a balmy 53° at 8:30 am. The weather is always a variable, and being retired means you can take each day in stride. Sure it may be overcast, Greg, gloomy and chillier than you like, but you aren't knee deep in snow, and it is winter let's not forget that little fact. Sometimes you may spend more indoor time than you want, well I suppose you can wait it out or get some foul weather gear and beat back the nasty enough that you can do what you want. I just know that this cold spell is a cycle that we will get through. When I was a kid I can remember trick or treating while trudging through 2 feet of snow, its been many years since there was that much snow in lower Michigan in October.

Just take each day in stride, life is just to short to sweat the small stuff.

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