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ChristmasPoinsettasDecember is filled with lots of family holiday events and opportunities for us to get together with our loved ones. No matter your religious affiliations or beliefs December is built around vacations and family visits, and of course, parties. We hope you are able to take advantage of this time to enjoy your favorite people, the weather, parties, making gifts, giving gifts, cooking, baking and all the fun things that we hope to cram into the next 31 days before the “BIG BANG” and a new year begins. I like to visit a couple of websites at this time of year to check on the “Wacky” holidays and events in the current month and the coming year. One of those is:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/december.htm There are several websites that specialize in collecting “National Day” this and that and even finding links on the internet to explain how they came about. It is a interesting read and we do have some wacky national holidays out there. For instance,

December 4th was “National Wear Brown Shoes Day” Why not? Most of us has an old pair of brown shoes lying around
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/brownshoesday.htm

Today is not only Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day but it is also “National Letter Writing Day” – when was the last time you sat down and hand-wrote and mailed a letter?
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/letterwritingday.htm

December 21st is “National Humbug Day” Vent all your holiday frustrations before Christmas
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/humbugday.htm

Some of my favorites are about special food days. Although most of them aren’t “Officially” a national holiday declared by congress but who wouldn’t like to celebrate some of the following days:

Dec. 15th National Lemon Cupcake Day

Dec. 16th National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Dec. 17th National Maple Syrup Day

Dec. 18th Bake Cookies Day or even Dec. 18th National Roast Suckling Pig Day

We hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season, no matter which ones you are celebrating!



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VeteransDay1I don’t know what side of the medical marijuana debate you are on but, sadly for some, the amendment to make it legal was defeated this month in Florida. Personally, I haven’t used it since I was a teenager and only then a couple of times. I didn’t care for it but someone close to me uses it and has a prescription for medical marijuana to help with her symptoms from her doctors in California. She is a Vietnam veteran and has several degenerative nerve problems as a result of her service. She doesn’t like to use any of the “hard-core” pain pills that her doctor’s want to prescribe to her and “weed” helps her keep her pain level and symptoms under control. I don’t see anything wrong with it if it helps her but even with a doctor’s prescription she cannot get it anywhere legally here in Florida. She cannot grow it here in Florida even if the new amendment passed. For her sake, and others like her, I hope the amendment will get placed back on the ballot in 2016 with the inclusion of being able to grow your own at home if you are able to. Granted, that doesn’t mean you can grow a whole grove of marijuana but a couple of plants for your personal medical use should be plenty. With the rate my own body is deteriorating I may need to have my own medical marijuana prescription to help me in the future. I really don’t want to move to another state just for that.

Anyway we read a couple of articles on various websites and found them interesting. If you supported this amendment we hope all of you take the next two years to get more people registered to vote, sign petitions to get it on the ballot, express your opinions on your favorite websites, blogs and social media pages and above all, check the wording of new amendment should it reach the ballot in 2016. Sixty percent of registered voters must vote YES! in order for the next one to pass. You will have to get out there and vote. Nothing changes if you don’t participate!

Questions And Answers About Amendment 2 – Florida Medical Marijuana

http://www.unitedforcare.org/questions_and_answers_about_medical_marijuana_in_florida

Here is a quote from an article on WFTV news here in Florida:

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/amendment-2-voters-decide-legalization-medical-mar/nhy3k/

“Nationally, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have passed medical marijuana laws, but most were passed through propositions or that state’s legislature.

Only five states that allow medical marijuana have had more than 60 percent of a popular vote to pass it.”

If you want to change the above statistics, and in Florida it would be a great idea, you have to get involved by registering to vote and then voting! You can visit the United For Care Organization (link above under Q&A) to read through their website and get some ideas about how to help turn this around in the next 2 years. I mean it got 58% of the vote this year with your help it could pass in the next election.

We hope all our Veteran’s and their families have a great holiday on November 11th! And to all of our subscribers, readers, family and friends please have a save and Happy Thanksgiving at the end of this month.



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Insider’s Guide to Campground Hosting in Florida Parks!


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HalloweenWitchRanIntoPoleOctober is the best month for me. The weather is changing and getting a little cooler. The leaves are changing and one of my favorite holidays is at the end of the month. I love Halloween. Even though we are traveling around in an old RV and volunteering in some of the most beautiful state parks in Florida we still enjoy some of the events in the parks. We don’t normally have trick-r-treaters in the parks on the day so we don’t get them knocking on our door. This year we are in a day-use park and the gate will be locked at sundown. Plus, it is the last place down a long dirt road with only a couple of houses at the beginning of the road.

It is just fun to see all the kids and adults dressed up in costumes running up and down the road getting candy. Of course dressing up your yard is a lot of fun as well. I don’t like horror movies but do enjoy playing those old black-and-white movies from the 30’s and 50’s. I have always wanted to put up a white sheet in the driveway and play those movies while our visitors come up to the house. Of course, we really need to create a graveyard, have smog machines, ghosts dangling from the limbs and witches riding along zip line. The candy pales in comparison to all that fun. We just never had enough money to rig something like that. What would be your fantasy Halloween decorating ideas? Share them with us in the comments below.
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AroundCampground (6)Rude awakening about supposed dog lovers. Earlier this month we saw a young dog on the side of the road just walking back and forth next to the woods. We didn’t think much of it because it was almost time for the kids to get out of school and we were on one of the back-country roads. When we drove by again he was still on the side of the road walking back and forth. He was too far away from any of the houses in the area and it was densely wooded on both sides of the road. Luckily, I keep a small bag of dog food in the car and bottled water for our own dog, just in case. We stopped to car but the dog refused to come near us. He looked a little bit worn but in fairly good shape. He didn’t growl but was very skittish. I dropped some dog food in a plastic cup along with some water and left it for him. After we moved off he came over and ate it but went right back into the woods when we tried to get him to come near again. A little ways down the road there were a couple of locals talking on the side of the road and I stopped to ask them about the dog and if the county had a facility. It turns out the dog has been in this area for a few weeks and, no, the county did not have an animal shelter of any kind. The surrounding counties would not take in any animals from any of the others. There is a “No Kill” shelter about 30 miles away but they are full and could not take any more animals. Continue reading


Fishing (9)Mad, Bad or Glad? We all have these feelings about hot button issues, the weather, friends, family and co-workers. And on a few occasions we might feel all three of them at once. We can be mad at our sisters for taking our favorite outfit without permission, want to do something bad to her in return and glad that she thought our taste in clothes was appealing enough for her to take the outfit to begin with. The weather can drive you mad with all this heat, want to do something bad like slip into a neighbor’s pool while they are on vacation but also glad when the rain comes and cools everything off. Everyday we face a variety of emotions and we hope that we can deal with them as they come in a rational manner and without our friends and family thinking we have gone around the bend.
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DowntownLibraryLibraries are still a great resource. In my last post we mentioned a couple of great websites as sources for DIY projects. But we will always return to our local library whenever we want to get inspiration for anything we need to do. We have been very lucky as we travel and volunteer at various Florida State Parks in that the local library systems in our area have allowed us access to their materials while we were there. Even the small counties have great libraries with internet access, books, movies and programs that we can have access to.

There is just nothing like going into a library and spending some time browsing through all the material to read, be able to check out a couple of DVDs or just use their wireless internet. You know that most of the Florida State Parks are way out in the woods with little to no cellphone service. So we have had to depend on these places to access emails, do our research, etc. Since, we have very little space in our RV we couldn’t take all of our books with us and we have watched every single DVD we have at least a dozen times since we started traveling. The local libraries have kept us entertained and informed. And now that you can check out eBooks from the libraries we always have a great selection of reading material for FREE! Continue reading


OurSpotAtFlaCavernsSome of our Favorite DIY (Do-It-Yourself) sites on the internet include information on projects for the home, garden, recreational vehicles, tiny house and even cooking. Yes, cooking is a DIY activity too. You can pay someone to cook for you or you can go to a restaurant and the cooks will create a meal for you. So, we include these websites as well. I am sure you have visited some of these sites in the past and may have even signed on to get their newsletter. We hope you will tell us about some of your favorites in the comments below.

When you are living on a “fixed” income you have to find ways to do a lot of things for yourself. Even though we are traveling around Florida in our old Class A RV, we have very little room for stuff and storage is at a premium so we have to find inventive ways to create extra storage, fix things that are broken and just try to make our little home a little bit more comfortable. So, we scour the internet for “Free” information that is shared on websites, forums and social media pages. Even pictures posted on PINterest can give you ideas how to change something in your living space to make it a little nicer and even cook a great dessert.
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SolarFreakinRoadwaysFinally A Great Invention that not only saves money, uses no electric, produces more energy than it uses and is created using recycling technology! Solar Roadways are the wave of the future and you only have a couple of days before their IndieGoGo.com campaign comes to an end. As of right now they have exceeded their initial fund-raising goals and we are very happy for them. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t help them out a little more and get on the ground floor of this amazing technology. I watched the video from Facebook and it is pretty awesome. I cannot say enough about this project. It hits all the high points and we wish them luck and look forward to seeing their roadways replace all the asphalt as soon as possible. The campaign has some great prizes for donating you really should check it out.

Please look over their campaign page https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways
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EasterHolidayOur April Holiday this year is Easter. Sometimes Easter falls in March for some reason. But we celebrated it in a Florida State Park with my two daughters, one of their boyfriends and one of my granddaughters. We were at Wekiwa Springs State Park and, of course, my granddaughter wanted to go swimming the springs. There were quite a few hardy souls swimming around in the 72 degree water but there was little son and it was a little too cool for her to go in. We had a family dinner at the picnic table and an Easter egg hunt for one afterwards. You know it is not where you celebrate the holidays it is with whom you celebrate them with. We would have liked for my sons and other granddaughter to come as well but money is tight all over and they couldn’t come.

Easter is both a religious and secular holiday and a great time to visit with family and friends, catch on the gossip and find out what everyone has been doing since Christmas. With us traveling all over Florida being volunteers in the State Parks it is hard sometimes to keep up with everyone. Mainly, we call a few once or twice a month, email when we can and go onto Facebook for our family and friends news. When we have good cellphone reception with do a video chat. Modern technology can be a good thing to help you keep in touch. I hope that someday soon more people will have the ability to video chat with friends and family wherever they may be. I can’t help but wonder what is taking so long. So, all you inventors out there get busy improving our technology!

We hope that everyone was able to spend the holiday with their loved ones.








happy-st-patricks-dayWear Green on St Patrick’s Day. Whether you are Irish or not St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to get your green on! I love the color green in all its various shades. I think we are a little Irish way back in our family tree somewhere and love the thought of everyone wearing some kind of green. I don’t know about the eating green foods or drinking green beer though. I may have to draw the line there. I have been known to drink green Koolaid and eat Green Popsicles, and I love lime in my drinks. I know, I know, the day about celebrating Irish heritage and their are big parades in typically large Irish cities such as Boston and New York. The Irish immigrants to our country contributed a lot and should be remembered.

From St Patrick’s Day on Wiki: “It is primarily celebrated as a recognition of Irish and Irish American culture; celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late 18th century.” Now-a-days, it is mostly an excuse to drink and party. Which, I guess, is not all that strange considering that the Irish are best known for the drinking habits. But there has to be more than that to have all those parades all across the country. We hope you will take a little time out to read about the Irish, their many contributions and share those with your children and grandchildren.

Hey, one of my sons was born on St. Patrick’s Day and his sister was born on the next day 10 years previously. Our house has some major celebrating going on around this time of year.