Today On the Mississippi

Sunny and hot today, rain this afternoon.

So big news for us is that our neighbors are gone.  Two of them on the right side of the camper (facing the river).  That is the thing about folks with RVs on wheels, they come and go as they please.  We do the same thing sometimes.  Our neighbors will probably be gone for a few weeks…or a month. Don’t know, but they will be back.

Meanwhile we have a lot of open space….yesss!!!!



Looking out the door of the camper (below).


Lots of action on the river in the last day or so:IMG_20180812_121056869_HDR.jpg

Our geese buddies are of course here.






And then also last night after 11pm:IMG_20180813_232108314.jpg

We have been here over 3 months and this is the first time I’ve seen a boat coming up the river so late at night. I couldn’t see the boat much – just the lights, so I don’t know what was going on.  Perhaps some night fishing?  The boat was traveling very slowly, which is probably a good idea when you are going upriver in the middle of the night when it is pitch black outside.  Weird.


Mandy: Did I just hear the word ‘treat’?? You have my full attention, Mom.  Now hand it over!

Happy Tuesday!

House – Aug. 13

A lot has happened on the house over the last couple of days. I didn’t post yesterday, just too darn busy.  But now we have our lender set up after shopping for a while, so hopefully we are good to go there! We are within the 60 day lock period and have gotten locked for our rate as well.  So now that we have locked in our rates, everyone else can breath easy that the rates will probably drop. 😉

So I will start with the outside of our house.


The siding is nearly finished.  In fact, it might be done today.


They poured the patio in the back.  It is supposed to be 12×12 but that looks so small to me.  I am going to measure it tonight. To me the squares look 4X4 instead of 6X6.   Anyway, I didn’t stand on it because it was wet.  I will get a better look today. I think we have 3 ft wide doors (but then I’m really bad at this…) but if the door is 3ft wide, I don’t see how that square of concrete is 6 feet wide.  Just sayin’.  I know Bruce is telling me otherwise, but I did in Missouri for a little while and developed that ‘show me state’ attitude. 🙂

Now inside the house.IMG_20180813_181938938_HDR.jpg

Photo: Kitchen to Sunroom

The inside is all not only has all the sheet-rock up, but is now also has the mud and taping done.  At least the first round.  Boy is it messy in there right now.


Photo: Living Room Fireplace


Photo: Dining room into Kitchen Pantry.


Today On The Mississippi

Sunny and humid today…hot!


(Above is our RV for the sake of having a photo.)

Been very busy today screening different lenders for our house that is being built.  I’ve been on the phone and computer all day long. We have a closing date now and as you can see from my other posts, the house is coming along.  SOOO I really don’t have any decent photos to post. There was a big Egret sitting on the bank and I tried sneaking out to take a photo. Shut the door to the camper and, believe it or not, scared it off. (again…I need to hone my sneaking skills.) All I got was a photo of a white blur. Not suitable for sharing.  Yes, even worse than my duck photos.

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Mandy: Sometimes it pays to ‘watch your own back’ – especially when Mom gets focused on something other than me! I try to tell her that’s not right, but occasionally she still thinks about something else.  Focus, Mom…Focus! Mandy, Mandy, Mandy!!!

Happy Friday and an even better weekend!!!

House – Aug. 9


The house is coming along nicely. They started the siding.  They have also gotten all of the sheet rock in.


Below is looking into the kitchen. There will be an island and right now you can see where the pantry is.


Below living room with fireplace in the corner.


Below is looking into the sun room.


Things move quickly at this point. No doubt it will slow down once they start having the trades in to do all of their jobs.

Today On The Mississippi

Hot, sunny and HUMID today.IMG_20180806_154259889_HDR.jpg

Mandy: It is definitely a tongue hanging, panting day!

Sunrise was interesting today. Not all pinks and purples, but more of just a red ball rising.  I was trying to figure out how to get a good photo of it, since my camera is actually in storage and I am having to take all the photos with my cell phone camera – though a pretty good one, not the best for trying to get some of these shots. Also a problem for my ‘duck’ photos.


Not the best for showing the ‘sun’. (above)


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I shot this one through a screen…yes, like a screen on a window and that allowed me to get the sun…though the sun was actually a red ball – not yellow.  Or at least so it appeared to the naked eye. Every other way I did it, you could not even see the sun.

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Of course, I can’t forget about that duck….out sitting on the log in the river’s cove. Mandy and I kept getting closer, trying to get a better photo, but we are going to hone our sneaking talents because it took off again before I could get close enough to not have to use the ‘zoom’ function.  (The telephoto function on my phone blurs things a bit.) Wonder where all the rest of them have gone.

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Mandy: Enough about that goofy duck already, Mom, Jeez!  It’s hot and I am leaving.

Good Thursday!

House – Aug. 8

The siding has been there for a week, sitting outside. They were supposed to get that up this week, but no action as of last night.  You can see in this photo that there is a house between our’s and the one that has siding.  Now that house is framed and nearly at the point where our house is at on the outside.


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However, they are all ready to do the sheet rocking on the inside.


Plastic, sheet rock and supplies for sheet rocking all around the place.


The house is also fully insulated now. (under plastic)


Foam insulation is actually now under the plastic – the photo below was taken earlier – before the plastic was put up to rock over.


Areas on the floor painted to keep track of where light and fan fixtures are.


The photo above is the dining area between the sun room and kitchen island.

Back of living room gas fireplace, before ready for sheet rock below.


We are supposed to have all lever door handles throughout the house. Below is the front door.IMG_20180808_174243540_HDR.jpg

It was an upgrade to get levers, so we are paying extra for them. However, this is what we found on the garage and door to the patio….


Round doorknobs, so that will need to be corrected before closing on the house.  So far we have been trying to catch things as they go along so the punch sheet before closing won’t be quite so long.  The brown part of the door is packing to protect the door.

The house is coming along nicely – so far we are very pleased with how things are going and the attention being given to the things we ask about.

Today On The Mississippi

The sun is out but there is a light haze hanging over us today. Going to be a hot one!

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Got some fishing going on out there!


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finally got a ‘decent’ (not great) photo of my little friend that swims around calling to friends all of the time.  We’ve become well acquainted…I try and sneak up and she takes off, a game we play. 😉

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Mandy: Sure…we sneak up…HA! (Mom is delusional). BTW this is what I do on hot days, you can see the reflection of the fan on the floor just above my head.

Good Wednesday to you!