Our Time in Nashville

Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Dates: Apr. 8 to 21, 2018

Malcolm worked in the office every day the first week we were here and the first four days of the second week. On Friday, April 20, he decided to work from the trailer. That gave us a chance to make sure everything was ready for our trip north to Kentucky on Saturday, the 21st.

Malcolm drove the truck downtown those nine days he worked downtown. He parked in the parking garage next to the office building and the receptionist gave him vouchers to pay for his parking. Val worked on projects in the trailer those nine days and rode the shuttle from the campground to downtown Nashville once each week to have lunch with Malcolm and the crew.

One reason we came to Nashville was so that Malcolm could officially receive his plaque for 20 years of service with the company (his 20th anniversary was February 23, but we weren’t planning on coming up in the dead of winter).

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Malcolm receiving his plaque from his boss.

On Saturday and Sunday in the middle of our visit, we took care of normal shopping and also visited a few thrift shops and antique stores. We also picked up a new hotspot from AT&T. Our old one was working fine, but this one has been getting great reviews for speed and stability.

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One of the neat antique stores we visited was Pre to Post Modern, which carried a lot of mid-century modern items. We didn’t buy anything, but it was fun looking at all the things they had.

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On the second Monday we were there, the temperature was right around freezing in the morning. Malcolm went to get into the truck and found the windshield covered in frost. These Floridians have no ice scraper in the truck, so Malcolm just waited until the defroster melted it enough to clear with the wipers.

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Frosty

A couple days later the temperatures had gone back to more spring-like levels. All the blooming trees have been blooming here.

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Pink blooms littering the ground and water feature

We ate at the Cock of the Walk restaurant a couple times while we were here. It is located next door to the campground, so it was an easy walk. As a matter of fact, you could see our trailer from one of the dining rooms.

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There’s our house (on the left)

We packed up the trailer this morning (Saturday, the 21st) and headed up the road to Lexington, Kentucky. Stay tuned for that visit in the next installment.

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Here, There and Everywhere

Location: Washington State visiting Grandchildren

Dates: Mar. 27 – Apr. 2, 2018

Once we were back from the beach trip, Malcolm and the girls worked on their pinewood derby cars for Awana. Malcolm and Violet both got sick shortly after we got back. Not sure about Violet, but Malcolm had the flu (we never got around to getting flu shots).

Violet’s car won 2nd place in her division for design. Malcolm’s car won first place in the adult division for design. None of our cars were terribly fast, though, but they at least made it to the finish line. Violet was home sick the night of the race, so Nana raced in her place and accepted her award.

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The rest of the week we all just had fun. Malcolm tried to work as much as he felt like even though he had the flu.

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Eventually, on Friday, Malcolm went to the doctor. They determined he had the flu and gave him a prescription for flu meds, though they wouldn’t guarantee that they would do any good since he had the flu longer than 48 hours. (They did help some).

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Cole came home from India on Friday afternoon. Elizabeth went to the airport to bring him home. He caught up on his sleep over the weekend. Malcolm was still sick on Easter Sunday, so he stayed home while everyone else went to church.

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The girls had an Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon. Scarlet sorted all her candy out by type.

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On Monday, Malcolm was feeling better. We spent the day getting ready to fly home. Our flight left late in the evening on Monday and arrived early morning in Orlando on Tuesday.

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Apr. 3 – 6, 2018

We flew in to Orlando early in the morning on Tuesday, the 3rd. We picked up our car from the parking lot and headed home. We slept very little on the plane, so we slept for a few hours once we got home. Later, we headed across the street and brought Callie home from our neighbors who were watching her while we were away.

We spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday catching up on laundry and getting the trailer ready for travel. On Friday morning, we hooked up the trailer to the truck and headed out for a couple weeks in Nashville.

Location: Tifton KOA, Tifton, Georgia

Dates: Apr. 6 -7, 2018

Our first stop on the way to Nashville was Tifton, Georgia. We had some slow traffic in Florida due to the heavy spring break traffic mixed with a tanker truck that had crashed and caught fire.

Location: Holiday Travel Park, Rossville, Georgia

Dates: Apr. 7 – 8, 2018

Our second stop was in Rossville, Georgia (just outside of Chattanooga). We again hit traffic due to a traffic accident and generally heavy spring break traffic south of Atlanta.

Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Dates: Apr. 8, 2018

Today’s journey from Chattanooga to Nashville took less than 3 hours up I-24. It was a generally smooth drive. There was a lot of spring break traffic again but it generally moved well.

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We’ll be here for two weeks while Malcolm works in the office here.

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Hello, Anyone There?

OK, we guess we’ll catch you up on what’s been going on the last 2 1/2 weeks.

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Mar. 11 – 14, 2018

Not much going on here. We drove over to Disney Springs on Sunday afternoon and ended up over at Saratoga Springs for dinner at the Turf Club restaurant (don’t we sound fancy?)

Monday through Wednesday was a combination of Malcolm catching up on some work and us packing up suitcases for our upcoming trip out to Washington state. We also arranged with our neighbors across the street to watch our cat. They had us bring her and all her stuff over to their place. We left her with them on Wednesday evening since we were flying out early on Thursday morning.

We got to the Orlando airport a couple hours ahead of our flight (we need to practice our timing a little better), quickly checked our luggage (Alaska Airlines pre-printed luggage tags for the win), breezed through security (TSA PreCheck is a life-saver) and got to our gate first.

Once on board our flight, we were treated to a nice sunrise over the airport.

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Location: Washington State visiting Grandchildren

Dates: Mar. 15 – 22, 2018

We arrived at the Seattle airport mid-morning, west coast time. Our daughter Elizabeth  came to the airport and picked us up and took us home.

We made a quick trip down the street with our younger granddaughter, Scarlet, and fed the local goats some carrots.

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Thursday afternoons, Violet goes to rock climbing class at the local YMCA. She’s a really good climber.

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Malcolm took our son-in-law Cole to the airport on Friday afternoon. Cole is flying to India for business and will be there a couple weeks. That’s one reason we flew out here to help out our daughter and to visit the grandkids. Speaking of grandkids, Malcolm was challenged to several games of Mario Kart.

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One of our experiments was making a Lucky Charms pie. The jury is still out on this one. We all had a piece after it was frozen overnight. It’s not bad, but not the best.

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Nana and Pa took Scarlet out to lunch one day at the girls’ favorite restaurant – Trackside Pizza. We weren’t disappointed with the amount of rail traffic during our meal.

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Malcolm got some work done during the week and we ran errands with or for our daughter.

Location: The Grey Gull, Ocean Shores, Washington

Dates: Mar. 22 – 25, 2018

On Thursday, Violet got off school early and had Friday off, so we all piled into the car and drove out to Ocean Shores, Washington for a long weekend.

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We arrived late in the evening and checked into our room, which is actually a one-bedroom condo with a full kitchen. We brought food and drinks so we could eat some meals in. Our condo was a beach view (Pacific Ocean), but having arrived after dark, we didn’t get to see it until the next morning.

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While admiring our view on Friday morning, we had a visitor land on our balcony railing. Our seagull friend hung around for a good half hour before figuring out we weren’t going to feed him anything.

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We did some kite flying on the beach and did some shopping in town. The weather was in the 40’s during the day and there was off and on rain.

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On Saturday, we stopped by the beach and there were horses out there. They were giving horseback rides on the beach. Violet talked her grandfather into accompanying her on a ride. She didn’t have to twist his arm too much.

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It was Violet’s first ride where she was in control and she did a super job. She was ready to ride again as soon as we got back.

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On Saturday night we were treated to a nice sunset for our last night at the beach.

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On Sunday, we packed up everything into the car, checked out of the room and headed to the beach to fly kites one last time before heading home.

Location: Washington State visiting Grandchildren

Dates: Mar. 25 – 27, 2018

Back at home, we’ve been falling back into everyday stuff. Malcolm has been working, the girls are back in school and Elizabeth is back to being Mommy. We’ll be here about another week. We promise an update when we get back home.

 

Anniversary and Other Stuff

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Feb. 28 – Mar. 7, 2018

With our company gone and the inside of the guest shed pretty much complete, we turned our attention to the outside. Malcolm pressure-washed the shed and applied primer and paint to the outside. We painted it a light brown (similar to the previous color) with dark brown around the eaves and off-white trim around the windows and door. The door was painted a deep blue.

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Paint in progress

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Nice, smooth paint (we used an airless sprayer)

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Pretty much done

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Ready to enjoy

We also painted the inside of the door a dark teal color (looks bluer in this photo).

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Inside of door painted

We plan on painting the other shed the same color scheme (except the doors will be the same medium brown as the body of the shed).

Location: Bay Lake Tower, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Dates: Mar. 7 – 9, 2018

We reserved a room at Bay Lake Tower at Disney World for our 32nd wedding anniversary. We left the trailer and drove over to Animal Kingdom park for the day while we awaited check-in time.

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At Animal Kingdom

Later in the afternoon, we drove over to Bay Lake Tower to check in. It is adjacent to the Contemporary resort. All of the restaurants and gift shops are in the Contemporary. Bay Lake Tower is pretty much just rooms and suites.

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Bay Lake Tower overlooking Bay Lake

Since we got the cheapest room available and at a fairly short notice (we booked in late January), the view wasn’t superb, but it was fine. It was too cool to sit outside on our porch anyway.

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Our view if you look to the right from our porch

Still, we had a great time. Dinner on Wednesday evening was at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian resort. We rode the monorail over from the Contemporary and enjoyed a grand buffet. We also got to meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s stepmother) and Cinderella’s two step-sisters – Anastasia and Drizella.

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Artsy evening shot of the Grand Floridian Resort

On Thursday, our anniversary day, we went to Epcot and enjoyed walking around. We had a fast pass for the Frozen ride, but it was not running when our fast pass came around. So, we used it to ride Spaceship Earth on the way back to the hotel. Once back to the room, we changed clothes and rode the monorail over to the Polynesian Resort for our dinner luau. But first, a picture.

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We’ve been to the Spirit of Aloha show before and thought it would be a fun way to spend our anniversary evening. Even though it was fairly cool, we were comfortable and the show was great.

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We got up on Friday morning, packed our stuff, checked out and dropped our luggage in the car. We walked over to Magic Kingdom for a few hours before heading on home. It was a fun anniversary getaway.

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Mar. 9 – 10, 2018

Back home, we’re now doing laundry and getting ready for another trip out this coming week to visit our daughter, Elizabeth, and the granddaughters. Our son-in-law is going on a two-week business trip to India and asked if we would consider coming out and keeping the girls company while he was away. How could we say no? We’ll be flying out Thursday morning.

 

 

Construction Wind-down and Visitors

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Feb. 8 – 27, 2018

When we last left you, we had just poured the concrete leveler in the front section of our outdoor shed. After it had 72 hours to cure, we started in on the finishing touches for the living portion of the building. Malcolm mounted the TV on the wall and finished up the wiring behind it (cable and power). He did this while the floor was ready to walk on, but before it was ready to cover.

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TV Mounted and Hooked Up

Once the floor was cured, Malcolm installed the laminate flooring in the main living area. He put down the radiant cushion stuff, then laid down the flooring on top. The entire process took just part of a day.

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Radiant floor cushion

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Laminate floor complete

With the flooring complete, it was time to install the trim then move everything back into the room. It also meant it was time to head to Ikea to get the fold-out couch/bed we had already decided on as well as a bookshelf.

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Couch set up

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All decorated up and moved in

As a reminder of how the shed looked about a year ago, here’s the same view back then.

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The Starting Point

We also finished decorating up the back portion of the shed. Here is the bathroom side.

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Bathroom complete.

With the guest shed complete, Malcolm was able to organize the other shed to provide more area to work on things. We found a nice fold-up workbench at Lowe’s. When folded up, our golf cart will fit in the shed. When the golf cart isn’t stored, the workbench folds down and Malcolm has a place to work on things.

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New Workbench

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Organized and ready for that next project

Aside from construction work, we also had time to go out for a Valentine’s Day dinner at Ohana Cafe in the Polynesian Resort over at Disney World. Malcolm got a fancy drink in a pineapple and we work our island clothing.

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We also gave the new guest quarters a test. Our son, David, and four of his Air Force buddies came down to visit for a long weekend. They arrived Friday afternoon (the 16th) and left on Monday around lunch time. On Saturday, they all drove up the road about an hour to take part in a mock battle using Airsoft guns (shoot plastic pellets).

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Enjoying our company

David and one of his friends slept in the trailer (on the recliners) and the other three camped out in the new guest house – one on the couch (not folded out), one on a cot and one on an air mattress.

On Sunday, the guys all piled into a couple vehicles and drove an hour down the road to go to Busch Gardens. It was a nice day and the park was fairly crowded but they had a great time.

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The crowd waiting to park at Busch Gardens

This Monday, the 26th, Malcolm joined several other residents of our neighborhood to work on sealing half of our street. They did a great job and were all done by 2:00 PM.

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Getting Ready to Start

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In Progress

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Complete and drying

Someone on Facebook had asked Malcolm why the development didn’t take care of sealing the streets. The reason is that our neighborhood is one of several in the entire resort. We pay monthly fees to our neighborhood and to the resort as a whole. To keep our neighborhood fees down, our residents decided to take care of this item by having the neighborhood purchase the materials and having our residents offer their time to apply it.