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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.

October is also the month we finally have published our first eBook for Our Great Adventure – 2 Women Hit the Road website. It is called Insider’s Guide To Campground Hosting in Florida Parks. It is a great resource for those who would like to volunteer Workamp in Florida. And they can really use more volunteers. You only need a self-contained RV/Trailer and a couple of months to spare. Right now they have been published in eBook format on Amazon and Smashwords. We are working on a fully integrated Acrobat Reader format with lots of pictures and an index that we will be selling on our website. All three links are on this website: http://our-great-adventure.whatthehellblog.com/help-us-on-our-adventure/buy-our-books/

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.

valentines-day-picturesValentine’s Day Boom or Bust? We all have gone through those lonely Valentine’s Days without a date or even someone to remember you on this day. Personally, I say go out and buy yourself something special. If you like chocolate then get yourself a big pile of it to share with your friends and family. Hey, why not have a “RED” party and have everyone come over wearing red outfits, eating chocolate covered strawberries, red velvet cake and recipes with tomatoes and any other vegetable that reds. You can drink red wine or even red Koolaid. Just because you don’t have a special someone doesn’t mean you have to mope at home alone. If you have kids get them involved as well. It may be a day for lovers but that doesn’t mean us single people can’t have a little fun too.

Even if you don’t have any friends or family you can still have a little fun today. Treat yourself to YOUR favorite meal and splurge on a Day-Spa Treatment. The important thing is to have fun! If the weather is nice pack a picnic lunch, bring your favorite book and lounge in a nice park for a few hours. The main thing is to get out. If the weather is bad then, of course, you can always set up a picnic lunch on your living room floor and maybe watch a couple of your favorite movies.

If you know somewhat who is also single, no family and little friends why not invite them along for your picnic. It doesn’t mean you have to feel romantic just two new friends having a good time together.

CharlieBrownNeverGiveUpWhen you read the paper do you read the funnies or the obituaries first? That question has been asked on several occasions and may or may not denote how healthy a person you are. I know that there are lots of people that go directly to the sports pages or just read the headlines. But even those who read their local newspapers online usually do one of these. Personally, I am a funnies person. I like to read my favorite cartoons before I delve into the other areas of the news such as local events, weather and only occasionally read the obituaries, if ever. Who wants to start their day off with the sad news that someone has passed away? Besides, I think I read somewhere that you will live longer if you read the comics more often. Having you day start off with something amusing can help you have a better attitude the rest of your day. “Laughter is the Best Medicine” isn’t it?

I even read all the cartoons and funny stories in the Readers Digest before I read any of the other stories. In fact, I have been known to just read those parts while I am in some waiting room somewhere. I like to read over the funny cartoons that people share on Facebook and send in my email. Yes, some of them can be quite annoying but you just pass over them until you get to the next one you like. I do not recommend reading funnies while you are work, however, because smiling and laughing may give your boss the idea that you enjoy your job and may not have enough to do.

Here are a couple of fun websites to get you chuckling:

http://www.gcfl.net/archive-index.php – Good Clean Funnies List
https://www.cartoonbank.com/ – The New Yorker Bank of Cartoons
http://news.yahoo.com/comics/ – Yahoo News Daily Comics


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