Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The rain is gone.

The rain has finally stopped.  Yeah!!!! Even though we got lots of rain the ground is already dried out in some places.  This area could use days and days of rain.  Now we have humid hot weather.  That is ok with me.  I am just glad the storm is gone.  Fred is happy now that all the thunder has ceased. 
John went over to replace a flush handle on a toilet in one of the bath houses this afternoon.  He didn’t see many campers while he was there.  He did see a tortoise, a snake and four deer.
Later in the afternoon we drove over to Middleburg on a Wal-Mart run for a few groceries and to get a prescription filled for my hands.  As usual there was a 30 minute wait to get it filled so we looked around in the store and then picked up the items we needed.  When I returned to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription the clerk told me I needed to go back to the drop-off window because they needed to talk to me.  I thought, “Here we go” .  It seems there is always a problem with my prescriptions. LOL   The lady at the drop-off window seemed nervous when I told her who I was.  She entered my name in the computer and told me that one of my prescriptions would cost $500.00 with my insurance card and that the other one was $28.96.  Ok, the prescription I turned in had two items on it.  One of which I did  not need.  Lucky for me the one I needed cost $28.96.  I told her I only needed one of the prescriptions.  I told her that when I dropped it off but I guess they did not make a note on it.  Anyway, the one I need was not in stock.  To make a long story short, she ordered it and I  should be able to pick it up tomorrow.  Thank goodness it costs $28.96.    I sure am glad I didn’t need the $500.00 one….talk about breaking the bank. LOL
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rain, Rain and More Rain.

Nothing going on around here but rain.  It started lightly this morning and got heavier in the afternoon.  Tonight we had lots of thunder and heavier rain.  Fred was not a happy camper.  All the thunder sent him hiding in the bed.  Poor dog.

I hope tomorrow brings some sunshine.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Flag

Thank you to all those who have served our country in the past and are serving today.  Without their sacrifice we would not have the freedoms we enjoy.

As a result of Beryl moving through this area we were relocated to a cabin last night.  Fred was real confused about the move…..poor dog…..but he settled in quickly.   We were up by 7:30 this morning and ready to make the move back to the RV.  On the way to the RV we drove through the park to check out the damage.  There were a few tree limbs down and lots of leaves on the ground.  I don’t think it got as bad as they thought it would.  We are glad of that.  The only thing we had today was heavy rain.

After dropping Fred off at the RV we went back out to make a trash run in the recreational day use area from yesterday afternoon’s crowd.  Strangely, everyone who was camping for the night had to leave the park by 1:00 pm. but people using the day use area were able to stay until the park closed for the day.  There were quite a few people having cookouts in the day use area so that meant lots of trash to collect.   Later, John went back out to clean a mess that was left at one of the bath houses and got soaking wet.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Saturday morning started our normal duties of cleaning the 7 bath houses/restrooms and trash runs through the park.  But about 2pm the ranger called to say our area was under a watch for sub tropical storm Beryl.  If the status was changed to a warning the park would have to be evacuated including volunteers.  We are waiting to see what will happen with that.  We are not suppose to get the rain and winds until later in the day today so hopefully we can get our morning work done.  Due to the drought and the dry lakes the park is not all that busy.  I would estimate it at 40-50% occupied in the 3 campgrounds.  The weather service is estimating 10-20 inches of rain over the next few days and wind speeds up to 30mph for our area.

Update 1:13pm:  We are now under a warning and the park is being evacuated.  Raining hard right now from the outer bands.

Stay Safe

Friday, May 25, 2012

Back in Florida.

Up early and on the road back to Florida by 6:15 AM.  We stopped off in Tallahassee to meet John’s niece Amanda for a snack at a local restaurant.  Can’t believe it has been six years since we have seen her.  We had a nice visit with her and hope to see her again soon.  
John, Amanda and me.
We made it back to Keystone Heights around 6:00 PM.  The trip was uneventful.  I am happy to report that there were no mice in the RV upon our return.  However, a squirrel had a party with the water hose outside.  I guess there were no nuts for him to chew on. LOL
Tomorrow is a work day for us in the park.
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last day in Mississippi.

Marcy doing well today.  This is our last day in Mississippi before heading back to Keystone Heights, Florida.   Tonight Annie came by after work and we all had a nice supper together.


Butter beans, grilled squash, grilled eggplant, grilled chicken and sliced tomatoes. Yum Yum. 

Of course Fred was hanging around to see if anyone would sneak him a snack.  He even put on a show…..howling for us.


Fred being Fred.   He has enjoyed his visit.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay Safe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Marcy home from hospital.

Good news.  Marcy is home from the hospital and doing well.  The heart tests didn’t show anything that needed attention.  It appears to be possible spasms in the esophagus so she will be going back to her gastroenterologist.  Thanks for all the prayers.

John’s brother Harold and his niece Renee are celebrating birthdays today.  Happy Birthday Harold and Renee.  Hope you both had a great day.





Tonight we played two rounds of 10 Penny with Bob and Marcy.  John won both rounds and I was the loser. LOL  After two rounds of 10 Penny we played one round of Chase the Ace and I won. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Marcy not feeling well.

Marcy (my mom) hasn’t been feeling well lately and had a calcium score test run this morning.  After returning home she started having some uncomfortable feelings in her chest and left arm so Dad took her to the ER to have her checked out.  The doctor is holding her overnight for observation and further tests.  So far the blood work, chest X-Ray and EKG are within normal ranges.  She will be having a stress test in the morning.  Please remember her in your prayers.

John and I kept Ava for most of the day.  She is cutting two bottom teeth but is still in good humor and laughing a lot.  Of course we had the camera ready.








Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dinner with Nathan Bell and Family.

Tonight Nathan "Dawg” Bell invited John and I to his house for dinner.  He prepared grilled pork chops, roasted potatoes, Italian green beans, cheddar bay biscuits with a strawberry shortcake trifle for dessert.  Everything was very tasty.  Thanks Nathan for a great meal.   After the meal Nathan, Connie, their son Logan, John and I played a round of Phase 10.  Logan was the big winner.  Way to go Logan.
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Remembering Carter Hill.

A memorial service was held today to pay tribute to Assistant Fire Chief Carter Hill who passed away on May 3, 2012 after a long illness.  It was a heartfelt memorial attended by his family, the fire family, city officials and lots of friends.   The final bell for Chief Hill was sounded at the conclusion of the service. Needless to say, it was a very emotional day for everyone.  Times like these are never easy.
Chief Hill dedicated his life to serving others and will be greatly missed. A slide show celebrating his life was presented a the service. The final page tones are at the end of the slide show.  Click the following link if you would like to view it: HERE

Stay safe.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cookout at Annie and Terry’s.

The weather has been so nice while we have been here in Mississippi.  This afternoon we had a cookout at Annie and Terry’s.  Bob and Marcy and Robert, Kelsey and Ava came out.  Of course we had our cameras ready for grandbaby pictures.


Kelsey and Ava.


me and ava

Me and Ava.

john and ava

John and Ava.

Ava at the cookout

See Ava’s two teeth poking out on the bottom.




Ava in her little floatie.


Kelsey and Ava.


Ava after her float in the pool.  She loved the water.


Annie and Ava.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Running around town.

Busy day today.  John ran into town to get a haircut while Annie and I spent the day roaming around and visiting all the new stores that have opened since we home last.   The City of Madison now has a Home Goods Store, Petco and soon to be Michael’s.  Lots of road construction still under way around our old neighborhood.   We left around noon and didn’t make it back home until 5:30.  Since it was so late and we were all hungry supper consisted of spaghetti and French bread.
Later Bob and Marcy came over and we played Chase the Ace, Spinner Dominoes and Mexican Train.  Lot’s of laughs and high scores. LOL
Annie trying to distract John as he makes a play.
Bob took Marcy’s high card in Chase the Ace.  She was not happy about it. LOL
It happened again. LOL
Fred and Ash (one of Annie and Terry’s dogs) watching people going down the road.
Fred making himself at home.
Annie and her little dog Gordon.
Fred enjoying extra attention from Annie and Terry.
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary Betty and Joe

Today our dear friends Betty and Joe are celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary to them.  Miss you guys and hope to see you soon.

Ran a bunch of errands today.  I decided to get my hair highlights done while here in town. While I was as the salon John visited the guys at the firehouse. I know he enjoyed that.
Tonight Bob and Marcy came out for some more 10 Penny.  Dad won the first game and I won the last. I am sure we will get a few more games in before we leave.
Last night John settled in with his laptop to update things and probably play a few games and all of the sudden everything went black.  It died just like my HP laptop did last year.  That really sucks.
My sister took off from work the next couple of days so we can play.   We will see what trouble we can get into.
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Visit with Ava Grace

Yesterday (Monday) after we got in from Florida we gathered at Annie & Terry’s for some 10 Penny.  It was Dad’s (Bob)lucky night.  He won the round.
Bob just went out and Marcy is fixing to count her losing hand.
Bob making a purchase that gives him just what he needs to go out.
He is making sure she counts all the points. LOL
Fred was happy to see everybody.
After running a few errands getting a few other things done John and I spent the afternoon visiting with Robert, Kelsey and Ava Grace.  She is getting so big so fast.  Of course we took pictures.
We ended the evening playing a round of Mexican Train.  I can’t believe it but I actually won this time. LOL   Speedy……Dad said to come back to Mississippi and play a round or two. LOL
Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Travel Day and Sad News

Today we left Florida heading back to Mississippi to visit family and friends and to attend the memorial service for retired Asst. Fire Chief Carter Hill.  It was an uneventful trip.  We stopped by Robert's work and surprised him then by Bridget's mom and dad's to surprise them.  Annie was the only one that knew we were coming and she was able to keep it a secret.  Dinner of hamburgers at Annie's tonight followed by a round of ten penny.  Bob won the ten penny game.  After checking Facebook late this evening I found out that the fire department's administrative assistant's mother passed away today. 

One of the Mississippi State Fire Academy staff instructors also passed away this morning. 

WOW, what a tragic day.  Bridget and I sent our condolences to the families affected and ask that you say a prayer for them.

Stay Safe

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.  Hope everyone had a nice day.  Today was a work day for us but it was a light work day.  We were finished with all of our cleaning and rounds before lunch time.  Around 5:00 we drove around and did the re-check then John took me to the local diner in Keystone Heights called Keystone Inn Family Restaurant.  They are known for their great fried chicken.  In honor of Mother’s Day the restaurant had a huge buffet.  The fried chicken was quite tasty.  Thank you John for a nice dinner.

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Mom Hatch                                                           Mom Hill

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Daughter-in-law Kelsey and Ava Grace

My sister sent me some pictures from her visit at my Mom and Dad’s today.  Robert, Kelsey and Ava were also there so Annie got some great photos.

Robert Kelsey Ava Mothers day

Robert, Kelsey and Ava

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Robert and Ava

Ava and Nee Nee

My sister Annie and Ava

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Ava and Kelsey

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.