Today On The Mississippi

Ugh…so yucky outside.  Today is overcast, humid and HOT.


Above is one side of the river’s cove.


Above is the other side.


That is a robin standing by the cove, small and hard to see. If you think it looks kind of ‘swampy’, yes…the cove is not real attractive right now.  It has been hot and though storms pass close to us, the rain just does not come.  So the river is not moving as swiftly and the water in the cove is getting lower and lower.  The ‘muck’ isn’t really moving out because of the lack of water stimulation. People here are watering their lots.  The river is so calm and moving so slowly that you really have to look carefully to see it is still moving (as rivers do).

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Mandy: Boy, am I crabby today, doesn’t matter if it IS Friday…it is not a good walking day and I think a fly bit my butt when we were outside.  THEN Mom made me stay in the grass for a little bit, when I wanted to be on the road, because of a car coming by. Since they go only 5 mph here and stop to talk to everyone, it took forever to go by…..and I am SO mad at her right now for making me stay when I didn’t want to. Not a good shadow day either and I am going to stay INSIDE!

Mom: Oh…so YOU’RE mad huh? You didn’t exactly make me happy.   I’m thinking maybe you are being spoiled a little too much.

Mandy: Mom, you canNOT spoil me too much…that’s not even a THING.  🙂

Have a Fantastic Friday.

Today On The Mississippi



The sun is just peaking above the trees across the river. Sunrise is getting later each morning, of course, since Fall is not that far off. Not trying to rush it, but it is almost State Fair time and that always makes me think about the Summer yielding to Fall.

Sunny today, around 85 here.  Looks like we will actually warm up even more next week, so though the change of seasons is just around the corner, the heat is still very persistent.

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Mandy: I’m done eating!

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Mandy: Let’s go, Mom! Outside, outside, walk, walk, walk!!


Okay…walking….and as we go we see some lovely lots right on the river. They keep their lots up so well. Nice.


I see a pink plastic flamingo has landed on the bird house.  Hopefully the birds inhabiting the house were ready for the company!

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Mandy: Mom said it was another great shadow day. I’m lookin’ pretty good! 🙂

Have a Terrific Thursday!

House – Aug. 16th


Today I was out to the house before noon. I could see that they were done with the siding. The open areas at the bottom is where they are going to put the brick we chose.

The house is supposed to be kind of a light gray/green. And the peaks are supposed to be a moss green.  However, to me it just looks like light gray and dark gray in the peaks.  Our roof has green in it, so I was hoping to have a little green on the house itself. I am kind of disappointed in the ‘green’ not really looking green.  The weird thing is that I thought it looked blueish when it was laying on the ground in front of the house.  So at least it doesn’t look blue.


They were pushing dirt around today, working on the grade and such.


Water was gathering in between the houses, so they might be working on getting that ready soon, as they have to put in sprinkler systems and sod before we close. Our house is on the left of the photo.


They were also there sanding the walls and getting it ready to paint.


You can see the tools right outside the front door, the guy is in there working, but you can’t really see him…unless you look hard enough at the doorway. I didn’t go inside.  I figure we will go inside later this evening.



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Sunny, not quite as hot, a little less humid. Temp today will be in low 80’s.

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Mandy: Have I ever showed you my patio?  Here is me on my patio.


We use connected expens as a fence. But Mandy is never left out in it for more than a minute or two while we transfer items from outside to inside the camper.  I am always worried she will get loose, even though she never exhibits any signs of wanting to escape. Ya’ just never know, so better safe than sorry.  She is always on a regular leather lead attached to a humane choke. Her tags are kept on the collar she has on all the time. So she is living a double collar life. 😉


Mandy: Yep, see this is my lead…just an everyday ordinary leather lead. I keep telling Mom how lucky she is I walk so well all of the time. But she just never lets me off of it when we are out.  Hey…is that a bunny over there….???



Mandy: Go get it Mom! I’m going inside where it is cool, so let me know how that works out.

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Mandy: Heh-Heh….well why do it yourself when you have someone else do it for you, right?

Happy Day!



House – Aug. 14

It’s getting there.


I’m thinking they will most likely finish the siding this week. They are getting it done, but it is a slow process.


I did measure the patio just to be sure. 🙂  It’s right. AND I will say it looks bigger when you are actually standing on it.


Above is the front door. Nothing else was done in the house when I went yesterday evening. They have things open to let the walls and ceiling dry before they start sanding the walls and prepping for painting.

The patio is the only concrete poured so far, there is the front porch, garage floor and sidewalk still to go. We are now within 60 days of closing.

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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. 🙂

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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.