Glad it is not Snowing!

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We are so glad we are not in Nashville with a foot of snow.  We miss all of our friends and family, but we do not miss the snow.20160122_151637If the temperature is below 65 degrees, they close the pool and put the thermal blanket on it.  It is 63 this afternoon.20160122_151706And it is too windy to play Pickle Ball.20160122_151556This is our activities board.  We check it everyday.  Bunco on Sunday night, Yeah!20160122_150740This is Lexie, a Dachshund.  She is so sweet. She is one of my favorites. One day I would love to do a montage on all of the dogs in this Resort.  99% of the people here have a dog.

Stay safe and warm wherever you are.

Tampa RV Supershow

We took a side trip to the Tampa RV Supershow this week.  We stayed in the Holiday Inn across the street and walked over.  It was 2 days of walking, talking and looking.  We love this show because you never know what you are going to see.  20160114_084609_001Look close at the plant.

20160114_083707They line up for miles to get in.  We arrived on Wednesday before noon.  This is Thursday around 9:00 AM.20160114_084449The Jamaican steel drum band greets you as you come in the gate.20160113_112718Dogs in strollers, out number children in strollers 90-1.  I wish I could have taken pictures of all of the dogs. Wow, there were a lot.20160113_113826Even the wood carver understands a true rivalry. 20160114_08470820160114_084732They have it all. You have to remove your shoes to enter these Bad Boys.20160114_111136The street entertainment is as much fun as the RVs.20160114_11121720160114_093111Like I said, they have everything. 20160114_153152This is the roof of the beer garden.  I just thought it was cool.

Well, that was our 2 days in Tampa.  We always have a great time at this show.  It also reaffirmed our love for our 5th Wheel, issues and everything.


New Home Saga continues

When we last talked about the new home, we were supposed to have the disc brakes installed on December 22, but not all the parts came in.  We decided to move on to Blueberry Hill in Bushnell, Fl instead of waiting in Ocala.  This was a very good decision for us.

After all the drama of not going to River Ranch and finally securing a place at Blueberry Hill RV Resort until April 1, we moved to our new site on Friday January 1st, 2016.  Literally, this is about 100 feet away.

Got the 5th wheel hooked to the truck with no problem, moved and got everything unhooked, no problem.  Went to put the slides out and BAM, GRIND, BANG, POP.  The main living room slide went out crooked and the side bar is all chewed up.20160101_153625 - Copy

This is New Years Day and you know no one is working.20160101_143033 - CopyThat roller is not supposed to be visible.  We called our Service guy on Saturday and he was very concerned.  They have an office and dealership in Bushnell and we are right across the street. He will get someone to call us from the Bushnell office.20160104_094125Not sure if you can see it, but the whole slide is crooked.20160109_083504This is inside on the opposite end of the roller exposed.  Yikes!!

We get a call that no one can come on Saturday and someone will be at our site on Monday Jan. 4 to do an inspection.  Someone finally showed up right before lunch, after several phone calls from us to both Ocala and Bushnell offices.

The tech came and took pictures, said he would not be able to fix this in the field, will have to be brought in.  Just so happens, this is the same slide that had to be repaired before we could pick it up in November.

FYI, we have documentation of everything.

So we wait, and wait and finally, one week later on Friday Jan.8th, Cliff calls for a meeting with the owner and we drive to Ocala.  We met with the Owner, both Service managers and the Sales manager.  The owner apologizes and acknowledges they have a communication problem.  We have waited for one week and no one has called to tell us anything. He assures us someone would call us on Monday to schedule a Tech that is qualified to fix our slide issue.

You might recall from previous blogs, we also have 22 items that have not been fixed and we are still waiting to hear when all the parts will be in for the disc brake installation.

We know that God works in mysterious ways.  Thank goodness that we did not like River Ranch and decided to stay in Bushnell.  If this had happened down there in the middle of nowhere, this would have been disastrous.

Monday Jan. 11 – 1:00 PM – Just received a call that someone should be here from the Ocala shop by 3:00 PM. And the saga continues.

But don’t feel too sorry for us, we are in Sunny Florida, we are going to spend 3 days in Tampa this week and then an all day tour of the newly renovated Daytona Speedway on Monday week.

Just FYI, this blog post is as much for our documentation as it is just keeping our family and friends up to date.



Quick Update

20151226_090419On Friday December 26, 2015, Cliff and I decided to drive to River Ranch, Florida and check out where we were planning on staying for the next 3 months.  We drove through Clermont, Florida and found it to be a beautiful town with a large body of water in the middle.  We tried to have brunch at Cheeser’s Palace Cafe, downtown, but they were closed.  So we went to Keke’s Breakfast Cafe.  Pretty good for a chain.20151226_100743

Then off to River Ranch. We were really excited to see the place.  We took Hwy 27 down to Lake Wales, then Hwy 60 East, 25 miles, to River Ranch.  It was a big place and seemed to have a lot of activities for anyone staying at the Westgate Resort.  We knew what site was ours, so we drove around until we found it.  It looked just like the pictures, but the roads were kind of tight.

We went back to the main area and found the post office, the exercise room, the general store and the laundry facility. It had 2 washers and 2 dryers for over 500 sites.  Oh my, how is that going to work?

We never did find the shuffleboard courts and we were 30 minutes to closest Walmart. Oh my, how is that going to work??

We came back to Bushnell disappointed.  We talked to the girls in the office at Blueberry Hill and were able to secure a place here until April 1st. (After a few days of nervous waiting) Site F-10 in the front section, on the far side away from Walmart.  More walking involved to get there, which is good exercise.

The man we were going to rent from in River Ranch was as disappointed as we were, but we decided Blueberry Hill RV Resort is the place for us.

20151228_173152Bingo on Mondays and Thursdays.  I have only played twice and I thought I had won.20151228_175639You had to fill the whole ticket and get the one with the star.  I am not sure how I didn’t win. Oh well, it was fun.20160104_094500This has been in the front yard since the day before the Music City Bowl. Not finding many fans down here.20160102_110937I saw this when Sandy and I went shopping.  I really like it, but have no place to put it, so I am putting it on the blog so that I can go back and look at it anytime I want to.20160104_094238This is the covered carport at our new site F-10.  We moved on Friday Jan.1st, which I will cover later.

So we got the TV set up outside and the fire pit going.  We are ready for NFL football and the college basketball season.