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Old 04-11-2007, 08:50 PM   #715
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Oh the warmth from the fire feels soooo good! Just think, where I came from 13 days ago it was 78* and sunny. Right now it's blowing like crazy and earlier the wind whipped lake so rough it looked like it was boiling. Still, I like the clean white snow but have out grown the icey cold and DIRTY, gray days at the end of winter.

Our first big adventure in Cupcake and also away from the cold, was a success and everything, except the oven, went well. If we run out of wood ya'll come over and we'll crank up the "MAGIC CHEF GONE WILD" in Cupcake. I tried to use it for the first time since we've had her and took a lot of stuff to bake with and also take the chill off - the first week we arrived it was cold. The oven temp is wild at 550* on any setting! It needs a new thermostat. You know, those things they no longer make for stoves that old. I will be persuing the issue so ....... I CAN BAKE IT!

The trip home was uneventful, even while I was driving. I towed from Bowling Green, KY to Fort Wayne, IN and on to Freeland, MI - 475 mi., backed out of a drive way under Ike's direction, and helped with hitching. Cool beans.

Well, here are a few more logs for a while longer and I'll bid you all good evening. Hope all is well with my sisters. I'm really getting geeked about the SSR and meeting you person. (I'm not telling anything, but wait til you see my wine choice!)

nitey nite,
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:50 PM   #716
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Smile Tossing some multi colored flame stuff on the fire...

Hey Sue,
Glad to hear you had such a nice time and towed it!! Good luck with the oven thing, bummer...I love the vintage ovens...maybe I'd better make like Shari and Sharon, and just get another trailer

Woohoo girls we got the reupholstered cushion stuff in today, and you know that means I am ready to go!!

I'm gonna practice towing/fueling/backing/getting around in a couple weeks so if you're south bound on 75 watch out baby...
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:35 PM   #717
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All this talk of driving and towing is making me so excited!
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:13 PM   #718
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Truck stops! use truck stops. Lots of room. Don't bother with the RV line. Pull in with the big boys and girls.
I thought of something else.... When going around a corner look in the rear view mirrow. Look down at the trailer tires. Make sure they stay on the road.
My F-250 towing mirrows (great mirrows) are split. The top ones are big which allows me to see down the sides of the trailer and the lower ones which are wider angle can see the lanes next to me as well as the trailer tires.
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:07 AM   #719
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Thanks Michelle, I will do that! I am most nervous about the fueling stops mostly cause I don't want to bump or to be bumped! Truck stops sound like the solution...that and avoiding driving through colonial towns with narrow streets like Front Royal or Culpeper, Virginia
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Front Royal and Culpeper! Old stomping grounds! I used to keep my plane at the Culpeper airport.
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:18 PM   #721
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Hi Silver Sisters,

On Tuesday, April 10th, as the sun rose over the hill at my house, I realized that it was time to go visit my AS. Rain, snow, or shine I had waited as long as I could. Later that evening after dewinterizing, I was watching the evening weather and had a sinking feeling. Had I made a mistake? My adventurous spirit took over and I decide we were already commented! As you can see below, this is what it looked like out the AS windows. We were hooked up to electricity, had plenty of propane, and full fresh water tank. We were prepared as we could be. It was amazing! We were warm and snug all the while the wind was 25-35 mph with higher gusts outside. It was so serene and peaceful. Just what I needed. On Friday we were rewarded with beautiful sunshine and a blue bird day. The last picture is a sunset on yet another wonderful day! Come on everyone get out there, YOU CAN DO IT! Danielle and I did.

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Old 04-15-2007, 08:16 PM   #722
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Towing Mirrors

I can recommend those sm. convex mirrors that stick on your regular mirrors. They're available at various places like Wal-Mart, auto supply & RV stores, etc.
Years ago, way before electric mirrors, there was one on my left hand mirror. Since we had two Suburbans at the time, it was helpful in getting out of the garage without peeling the side of the truck off. We have one (convex mirror) now that was factory optioned and I can tell you they're great for cornering, watching the road and line edges while still being able to see the "big picture" on the right hand side. The stick on ones aren't expensive and if you don't like it you can just take it off.

tin sista, I thought you were a tow girl already. In fact, I had begun to think I was the only one who hadn't (reference: Carol, Sharon, Sandi, Vickie, Jamie and whom ever I've forgotten!) Sisters! This will be Steph's FIRST TIME!!!!!
That means she's a ...... well, a, um, you know, .... a, a, almost a first timer ? ? ? ! ! !

Vickie & Danielle - good job and great pictures!! What a surpise it was to hear you two had gone to River Ridge. Did you have to re-winterize? Cupcake is at the camper center plugged in for the furnace fan and propane is on. Mother Nature, please let it get warmer soon!

We Can Tow It !
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June 20, departure day for Vickie, Danielle & me is 66 days away!
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Don't worry about those small streets. You have a small rig ;-) yours is at least 6 feet shorter than I am!
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Good Morning Everyone,

Hi there Suz! It's great to have you back. Sorry you had to come back into snow. Hopefully we are done!!! Congratulations on your new found ability. I hope to get more experience with the 34' with the trip to Moraine View. Suz, you asked if I re-winterized? The answer is no. I drained the fresh water tank, left the furnace on 45 degrees (just had both 30# propane bottles refilled on Saturday) and opened the cabinet doors at both sinks. I will return to River Ridge on Thursday. Friday Betty Lou II gets a bath.

Steph, so glad to hear that your cushions finally arrived. You will be styling as head out on your first adventure of the season. How did they turn out?Can't wait to hear all about your travels.

Irish, you asked if it is always this bad when there is an AS in the driveway. You bet it is!! It only gets worse. That is the way it is with me, anyway. I don't have the ability to have mine in my driveway anymore but it still speaks to me even though it is 100 miles away.

Hopefully the wifi at the campground will be up and running before too long and I will be able to keep up with all the postings.

The weather is changing and it is time to make all those daydreams come true!

Have fun everyone...

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Good Morning everyone

Well it is still dam cold and here we are back home. Been back for over a week and so far yuck.... where is the warm weather... we want to get the 5th wheel ready for sale and go and fetch the Argosy and get started on her. Our fingers are itching to get going. Great to be home and see Sharon and Peter again. We have missed family and friends.. but I do love spring at home , just wish it would hurry up.. checked the garden yesterday and see that the tulips are half up and have started cleaning out some flowerbeds.. that is when it is warm enough to go outside or it is not trying to snow.... .. the weather is only like this because we left Florida...
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:09 AM   #726
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Hi Annie,

So glad to hear that you made it home safely. So sorry to hear that the weather has been so bad for you. Do whatever you have to hang on just a little longer. It will be worth it! It must be unbearable to leave the warmth and sunshine to come home to cloudy and cold. I know Sharon and Peter are happier now that you and Marvin are back. Sharon mentioned at the February Rivette Rush how much they missed you two. I look forward to meeting you at the RSSR.

Come on warm weather, PLEASE!

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A cool spring morning here, still need a campfire!

Well the sun is shining, but the wind is a wee bit chilly, so here's another log on the fire, coffee/tea anyone?

Vickie I'm so glad you ignored the Michigan weather and listened to your pioneering spirit and headed back to the Airstream!! I love that photo of the sunset!
The cushions came out just as we had hoped! We had the bottom side of the dinette and bench done in vinyl for when Sam and his cousins/camping friends are eating mac and cheese then we flip the cushions over and its the fabric for adults. The sofa is all fabric. Sam and his dad already played a game of go fish at the dinette, its just right for playing cards, coloring, doing puzzles, etc. I think Dave will put pix up soon.

Annie, hope you get that warm weather soon!!

Yes Suz it will be my first time refueling and campsite backing, though I am sincerely more worried about Dave's nerves and the well being of innocent bystanders and their vehicles I'm just going to take it slow like Carol advised!

Great tip about the towing mirrors!
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:43 AM   #728
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Well here is a first in a while - time to find and squeeze in a post....

Have been checking in real quick here and there just to see how you are all doing with this crazy weather!!!

Vickie you wild and crazy gal - YOU TOW GIRL!!! way to push your Mom Danielle - You Go Girl tooo!!!!

I am still knee deep - make that nose deep in house plans and strategies to get this house built on the waterfront lot. Have re-grouped and re-designed the house and whole site plan now - working with an engineer and almost ready to submit application #2.

Good thing the weather has been too cold to work on the LadyBug or I would be really chomping at the bit. Looks like she is starting to warm up the end of this week. But today as Annies says - too dam cold!!!! and really windy up here.

It will be nice to see spring.

I was having a chuckle at you guys calling for the snow last week and tinsista snow/deer pics - tee hee then WHAP! we got dumped with 6 inches of heavy wet snow - that is just now gone again but left us in a wet mucky state again.

Raining here today and yesterday.

Have been busy doing little things like entertaining, picking up all the new kitchen supplies. Peter cemented the hearth in place as we have an insurance guy coming out this week to check the fireplace. I am about to sand the front entrance and test a hard varnish product on the soft pine floors to see how it holds up with 3 big dogs in and out.

But I will soon have to shift to LadyBug mode as we still have a trip to Okemos for the new axle, Fridge and all sorts of other goodies. But I have to get the inside all sorted out and cleaned refreshed and the tub refinished. Big ideas and now time do not go well so I think we are going to have to tone it down a bit just so we can get her on the road then do a bit at a time.

Well that is all my news

Glad to see a few more gals in the mix - Heather, Michelle how are things with you both.

Anyone bin anywhere lately.

PS I have almost run out of wood just enough for a few more spring fires and it will be time to load up the wood shed again.

Off to make some banana bread.....
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