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Old 04-18-2009, 07:02 AM   #2409
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Very glad to hear you made it home ok. I was travelling with you all day wondering how things were going. I stripped the paint off the plaques and the one on the side facing the house turned out to have aluminum letters and they shined up really nice. It was pretty much a 3 hour job. You learn by your mistakes, right? I finished the floor rug. I am about ready to do so pictures. Still need to work on th shower and get the new sink faucet put in but we are about ready for her maiden voyage on Thurs. We met with our friends last night to get the menus planned and Kathy and I are going to cut a batch of kudzu on Wed. to make baskets around the campfire. I am so excited. Sharon your advice was so appreciated and I am fired up to start the polishing but will wait for you unless pushed to do the windows! I have to finish the teaching contract and do the show in May and then I will start one panel at a time! Can't wait to see your pictures but please don't publish any that make me look too-you know-I am definitely not a photogenic person. Meeting Sharon in person was so great I hope I get to meet more of you Silver Sisters. How about a rally in our neck of the woods!!!!
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:12 AM   #2410
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Wow I am up - Hubby is too excited to see me sleep - so I ended up with a power nap I think and not waste my weekend away. The new garage is massive and I am itching to see the tour.


Dannie how about I will put the pics together and e-mail and you can select the ones you would like to show off - I am the same way girl and that is why I am behind the camera - just seems I am not the glamourous type tee hee - I just love to get my hands dirty....

I am off for the tour of the garage and then I will download some photos.
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Welcome home Sharon

Well hello stranger... been a long time since we have seen you both. Glad you had a safe drive and I am sure Peter is very glad to have you home. We will give you a call later today sometime after you are settled in...
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Girl you are running on adrenelain (sp)you don't have to let me edit-I trust you..for now.Sounds like you are having a happy reunion. Can't wait to see the new "man den." Never been a fruf fruf girl either-just give me my overalls and I'm happy. Now get some rest!
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Hi ladies, I just got home from the Bluegrass and Dogwood KY rally, located at Natural Bridge, KY. My 2 sisters and I all fit in the Caravel for 4 days, and we had a great time. We saw Lou and Larry there, and it was nice to see them again. And Hank and Lois were there as well, it was nice to finally meet them! Hope all is well.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:34 PM   #2414
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Laura so glad that you are out and about and enjoying some time with your sisters - Your caravel is a great little weekender - I met so many people that have been looking for one just like it.

Well Dannie - you must be all set now - did you leave today or first thing in the morning for your Maiden Voyage - keep the shinny side up as well as keeping her between the ditches and have a great time.....be sure to post when you get back.

I have been home now 4 days and I cannot seem to stop sleeping. I think as soon as my body hit the colder weather it thought it should go into hibernation mode

So my first experience staying south for the winter - although overly expensive due to partly beyond my control and partly poor planning - I LOVED IT!

I love the idea of NC and SC that give you the warmer weather than our northern chilly icy and snowy winters - but gives you the cooler weather than FL or TX I like the diversification of the georgraphy - although I did not tour around much - but I have mountains and lakes as well as the ocean. It is close enough that if I wanted a vacation within a vacation I could head to FL for some warm weather if I needed it or wanted a break from where I choose to hang my hat.

So hopefully next year I will plan to leave shortly after Christmas to get an extra month in.

I will not play frisbee with the girls!!! and I will pick up a US address somehow and get myself into a US phone for my local calling and use skype for international calls and the piddly 100 minutes on my Bell Mobility for the emergency calls only. My Imac worked great for my TV and Computer 24" screen is plenty big enough for my small trailer - and it is portable enough to move to the bedroom if I wanted it there - but I could see it from my bed when it was on the dinette anyway.

I have some simple renos that I am thinking of for the future in regards to retro fitting the existing dinette into a more functional system - one that will give me a partial reclining rear seat so that I can put my legs up and watch TV as well make the non folding table into a folding table so that I can have a bit more room and the dinette conversion to a bed would be made way bigger and way more comfortable - ha for Peter when we are using the trailer together - he can have the dinette with the girls and I will have the front bedroom ha ha.

Well I must post some pictures of my mini trip to Dannies and of her sweet Princess ...
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Alright ladies, Laura, Sharon, I am poised in front of the PC and can't wait to see pictures of your travels and Danalee's visit too.

Teresa are you meeting up with Paula for a woman's rally, I saw there is another thread that Paula started for a Rivette Rally? Wish I could come out and play with you all. There's nothing quite so good as getting together and laughing so hard that you can barely stand it.

Lou you have another Airstream, we want to see the inside!!!! Congratulations. I'm happy for you and saw you just returned from a rally, how was the maiden voyage?

Brock great picture and I am loving your TUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to make your way back for a visit or rally again.

Annie, Suz and Nancy, everyone back from their winter havens, let's hear more about your season away. Glad you're back, it's been quiet around here it seems. Everyone really busy I guess. Anyway I am starved for input. Tell me all.

Brad is home from Desert Haven Animal Refuge in New Mexico, he left in a snow storm in February and returned in a snowstorm in April but very tan and with a great collection of experiences and stories and new friends to tell about. We start work in May in Wisconsin so we are about to pull up stakes any time and head on over.
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Just to fill you all in a bit. I was suppose to meet up with Dannie for a few days on the way down from my visit with Paula in Williamsburg. Unfortunately my baby Taz got T-boned by Haily during a frisbee flight rendering Taz completely lame with a severed ACL in her hind leg.

I had a choice of cutting my snowbird trip short and heading home for the surgery - or pressing on South and see if I could get her in at the destination point. I was very lucky to get her in for surgery with a cancellation but it meant that I had to rush and fly right by Dannies in Walnut Cove and head to James Island County Park.

But I was able to fit in a visit on my way home which worked out perfect. Although we did not have a lot of time - it was well spent and Dannie and I had a super nice visit, and I hope to see Dannie a lot more too with my future AS travels

So it is my pleasure to introduce Dannie and her lovely Princess which she is doing some really awesome decor and renovations to.

And this would be Princess just barely tucked in under the roof.
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The choice of colours and the special touches that Dannie is doing to her Princess really reflects her talent and artist skills - hmm probably because Dannie IS an artist too - Dannies paintings are wonderful. So Dannie did you get your floor mural finished or did you take your brushes with you?

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The unique artifacts Dannie has found and interior design chosen along with her amazing sewing skills have really made the Princess one of a kind and so very retro homey if there is such a description.

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And not only is Dannie an amazing artist and a new found Airstream fanatic she is a great cook too - and Richard, Dannies Husband plays a mean BBQ Chef too

It was a very nice evening and we enjoyed dinner on the patio. Along with of course some of the last bottles of BlackCurrent Merlot and Port that I had to put under lock and key in order to make sure I had some to share - meaning I had to throw my own key away

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Two of their pussies looked on hoping for some morsels I think or just looked glamourous cause the camera came out - one or the other - sorry Dannie the names escape me.
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And this, I could not ask for a better spot to pull in after a 5 hour drive - the biggest pull through spot I have ever seen in my life. What a wonderful gesture their Local Baptist Church did in offering to let me stay in their drive.

Mind you I probably could have done the back up job into Dannies drive as I had just come off moving sites 5 times I could almost back my trailer blind folded - but hey it was night time and I was tired and I really appreciated the hassle free pull through

I could have run a chord to Dannies house but I was fully charged and there was no need - however it did dip down in the night so I needed to top up the propane. I had just enough juice to get me to my departure on Friday morning.

I did not fill my fresh tank enough either and did have to top up with the jug which was not a problem at all....Haily was still dehydrated from her bad experience of drinking too much sea water and she drank all my water!!!

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Dannie has a dedicated Art Studio where she works on all sorts of different art.
Dannie is busy here preparing a piece of jewelry for me to take home. And while it was drying - guess what - we finished the Merlot and forgot all about the piece - so now I have to go back down - darn - now I think that was planned either by myself or Dannie A GREAT excuse for a road trip don't you think. It was a lovely glass fired pendant with a brass swirly thingy that was the shape of an S
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And I will let Dannie explain this art form and how it is made - when she gets back - but I was really impressed with the intricate shapes and textures this technique of painting has - like a kaleidoscope...
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In the morning we took a lovely walk with the Girls to stretch their legs in prep for their long journey home. Walnut Cove is like a little step back in time - what a quaint village. The century homes were so unique and the gardens were beautiful with Spring just starting to come into bloom.
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During our walk Dannie introduced me to her friend Don who lives just down the road. He has the most amazing garden and although the flowers were not quite in bloom yet and coming of their winter I could just imagine what a whimsical and magical garden it would be in full bloom. Dannie popped round after giving us the tour of his garden to have a tour of the Princess to see Dannies progress and a quick look in the ModPod.
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The Girls were really patient while the three of us gabbed away and I went off to shoot all the neat things in the garden.
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And you don't have to own an airstream in Walnut Cove to be a flamingo lover you just have to know one
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I just love the wysteria!!! And Yes Dannie makes hanging baskets as well, this one Don added the flowers to his own taste vibrant like his garden.
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Dannie and I went for a short drive to the next town and had lunch in a really neat place that had a small museum of amazing antiques upstairs right from this little replica general store of yesteryear to dedicated rooms set up as little dens, bedrooms, funeral parlors, you name it and all the period pieces where set out just so.
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Friday morning came way too fast. But we managed to squeeze in some serious Airstream talk and ideas on future projects for the Princess.

and a visit would not be complete without the fairwell photo - I thought of cropping out the truck being used as a handy tripod but then I liked that the "silver" will remind me of a great Silver Sister Moment!!!

Thank you so much Dannie for all your hospitality it was a pleasure to finally meet you (and of course to you too Richard hope we gals did not bore you too much with all our gabbing)
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:23 AM   #2419
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new house is shaping up just fine.... there is still lots of work to do but now that I am home I can be an extra pair of hands - in between splitting and stacking wood - there are three huge piles of butts to get split.

We have a nice weekend lined up for weather - so a good dent on the roof will hopefully get done.
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Pete has been busy with one of his arenas putting in all new boards and glass. He also had to switch gears and do a bit of work down at the waterfront lot - putting in safety bollards at the edge of the parking area - so that the excavators can come in and build the huge rockery- retaining wall on the back side of the bollards.

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The big boulders to be used and if they need more we have lots over at our house. We decided to keep the stone indigenous instead of doing armor stone.
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The hydro was in too to re-route the overhead power lines and they are now buried.

We must be driving that little man of a Dr. nuts about now - he thinks we should not be doing anything - but ha we have flippin permits to do all this - he should have thought of that before wasting everyones time and money and when we get our final approval this coming June 11th - he will have H to pay or one whopping Bill for his Abuse of Process!!!!
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Wow! Progress! We look forward to seeing the final pictures of your many projects. You go girl! Sic that silly ol' doc who stands in the way of a woman with Silver!!!! LOL!
Sounds like Peter has been working really hard. Does he get the next vacation??????
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Wow! Progress! We look forward to seeing the final pictures of your many projects. You go girl! Sic that silly ol' doc who stands in the way of a woman with Silver!!!! LOL!
Sounds like Peter has been working really hard. Does he get the next vacation??????
Hey you - what is this I hear a new acquisition - the last I spoke you were seriously looking for a change - so You Did it??? Point me in direction of info or pictures on your new Airstream.

Ha for Peter - will be his choice - if he wants to go with me or solo - if solo then hmm he has a bit of work to do on a second airstream

Somehow I think we will be going together - but no firm plans yet.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #2422
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Hi there! Send me your email address, will you? I had my laptop go down and Larry had to replace the mother board for me. I lost most of my email addresses.
I will send you pictures of our new to us Airstream. It is a 1989 Excella 1000 that has been updated. A 29 footer! After the little 22 ft. minuet, I think I have gone to camper heaven. Larry has towed it to its first rally already. We headed to the KY Dogwood and Bluegrass rally for our first excursion. It was a blast. Since we picked up the trailer and went caravanning with Big Al and Jean down to KY, I had to pack up the van with whatever I would need to put into the trailer for the week.....Kinda' sounded like your trip down when you picked up your trailer on the way! I did pretty good and only forgot one or two items! LOL! The van was packed to the gills! Larry is in love with the hitch set up and so he has ordered a ProPride hitch which will be here in a couple of weeks. The trailer's PO let us borrow his Hensley hitch until we get ours. Larry got to drive it and decided he had to have one! The PO did lots of great work on the trailer. New Corian countertops, pergo type floor, new faucets etc. Cool stuff!
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