Today On The Mississippi – September 24

It looks to be a beautiful day on tap with the high in the low 70s.  Though they are saying we could get storms. Below is actually the MOON rising last night.  My camera made the sky a little lighter than the sky actually was, but thought I’d share regardless.  We have been seeing some beautiful night skies over the river.


This morning –


Lovely sunrise.

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Reflection of sunset using the side of the RV.

This last weekend we got to spend a little time with our kids on Sunday morning. We didn’t do Saturday because they were hanging with some friends of theirs so we decided to meet Sunday morning at a little farm, or Orchard, both actually… to pick raspberries and veggies. Perhaps even a few apples.


Above is my oldest daughter and grandson.

I didn’t get any raspberries, but they got a few. The we went on to look at all of the pumpkins growing. Lots of signs by several of the patches saying they weren’t ripe yet.


There were some pretty large ones out there.


We didn’t pick out pumpkins because it was still a bit early for that.

We did pick brussel sprouts, green bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans and Jalapeno peppers.  They also had some tiny pears that were very tasty, so we got a bag of those.

They had all sort of things out there to pick, carrots, zucchini, strawberries, squash, herbs.  Of course you needed to come at the right time.  But it was fun. Normally we go to other more commercial orchards and they have playgrounds, shops and just a ton of stuff to do, very commercial.  But it was nice to go out to a beautiful area and just be able to pick all sorts of things.

After hitting Target to get a few more things with the kids, we went to their house and took care of our cats, then we left the kids and we went back up to our area and our RV.  On the way we pass 101 Market in Otsego, which I really like a lot. They have been setting up for their Fall Festival, which I had no idea was so big and awesome! The kids weren’t with us, but they would have enjoyed it.


Some photos from the Family Fall Harvest Festival.




Face painting:






Pumpkins everywhere of course!




Petting zoo.




Corn Cannon











more food.


Not only does it have a HUGE corn maze outside, it also has corn to play in.


However, you will get no help from me when it comes to getting it out of your pants when you are done!


More pumpkins and, HEY, a train outside. Sorry, all the cars are full, gotta’ wait for the next one!


And more pumpkins and a HUGE Pumpkin you can jump in with a rope spider web to crawl on out in front of it.


This place has EVERYTHING including……


Lots of very nice Halloween and Fall decorations to purchase.  And of course, Pumpkins!!! So clean and spacious, the parking lot was full and people parked down the road, still it didn’t seem overly crowded. Nice place!

House – September 20

A lot of rain overnight, so though I haven’t been over to the house yet…it must be more of a mud pit than it already was yesterday.   I will probably get over there later today to see it. Can’t get around the outside much because I already lost my shoes in the mud once…not doing *that* again. (It sucked them right off my feet…was not a fan of standing barefoot in a bunch of mud trying to get my shoes back, they were stuck down in the mud about a foot deep, fool me once… duh).   Long story….

Yesterday the cleaners were there when I got there.  I’m kind of surprised they did this already, but I suppose it helps them see what they still need to fix and unveils the floors to make sure all is well with the floors.


Cleaning the main bath, no mirrors yet.  They must be saving most of the interior glass work for last.


Kitchen…I would really like to get in and look at it better, but I haven’t gone in at a time where I could do that without bothering someone.


Floor in living room – still wet from them mopping.


This was a really dark and rainy day out so the photos reflect it and the cleaners had all the lights on.


Sun room – where the ceiling fan will go is a light bulb for now.


Doors are installed for the closet in the office….and occasional bedroom.


Guest bedroom floor is looking good…I forgot to look inside the closets – that is where all the paint was on the floor.  I will be looking to check that out too next time I manage to get in…which may not be until the walk through at this point.


This is the bench area as you come in the door from the garage.  The door to the left of the photo is actually the door to the ‘flex room’ which will be our storage and cat room.


Laundry room sans washer and dryer which are a slate color.


Master bedroom floor.


Master bedroom – knock down ceiling – awaiting ceiling fan installation they installed just a light bulb.


Master bath – elec. plate missing on the wall, no glass yet. The shower to the left of the photo does not have the glass in yet…that wall you see behind the door is going to be glass. It is a big shower with a drying area, so no curtain needed. You go in and out of the shower on the end you cannot see in this photo.


AND we even have a toilet…who knew… 😉

Linen closet is below:


The master bedroom closet it HUGE…love it! (Below)


It is probably as big as the flex room.


We will be putting in built ins like we had at the old house.  It takes some time to do that as we did it ourselves at our old house, but it turned out great and we loved it. So we will do it again, just have to figure out how we want to configure it and what pieces we need. That will be going up soon after we move in because we don’t have drawers otherwise and will be living out of boxes except for the hanging items.  Don’t want to spend money on furniture we won’t keep using.

The next photos are for Bruce.


Master bedroom – tv ready. Special connections in the wall. TA DA!


Window screens were in the garage. You can see how wet it is outside…the first part of the garage floor is wet – looks like there is a blue piece of tape which means something needs to be done.  I’m thinking they need to get the paint off the garage floor?


AND it looks like the 50 amp for the RV has been completed, though I couldn’t get over to the box to look at what is under the cover, so will try to look at that.  Might wear my puddle jumpers so I don’t lose my shoes again in the process.



Today On The Mississippi – Sept. 19

Still pretty dark outside and not a lot of light coming in the camper at this point, even though all the window shades are open.

It looks like this outside:


That is not ALL rain, there is some fog out on the river.  The temp outside is 55 degrees right now.

They said we were supposed to be getting rain later this morning but…


I’d say they are a little off on that.  They are saying ‘no sunshine’ today and with how things are looking at this moment, that’s a pretty believable forecast.


Happy Wednesday!




House – Sept 18

Folks were working in the house when I got there in the afternoon.


So I went in and snapped some photos.


The place is pretty much just an all out mess right now. It has broken out in blue dots of tape all over the place. Marking imperfections would be my best guess.


Some of the paper protecting the floor has been torn off from people coming in and out to do their work.


This is the main bath….guest bath or whatever you want to call it – toward the front of the house. Faucets are on and TA DA…we have a toilet!


Cultured marble counter top and faucet in main bath. (above)

Below is the laundry room, the washer and dryer will be delivered the day after closing.


Yes, pretty unimpressive but hey, it is just laundry!  This time I have a counter and sink in my laundry room.  There are shelves on the wall they are not in the photo….to the right over the washer and dryer.


Thermostat and, not sure what the thing above it is,…April Air?  Looks like the paint around these two things could use a little work as well, but not seeing any blue tape.  If it isn’t looking better by Oct. 4th…it will end up being a walk-thru item to be fixed.

There are two closets in the guest bedroom.


Right closet.


Left closet – yikes look at the flooring.  They will be cleaning that up before we close.


Kitchen – the pendant lights are up, dishwasher is in, which is hard to see in this photo, but you can see the handle of it on the bottom right, next to the sink.


Guys working on the master bathroom. There will be a large mirror over the vanity.


Fixtures in the shower.

Right now, it is pretty hard to even imagine this place ever looking nice…or clean. 😉






House – Sept 17

Went over around noon and couldn’t get in.

But I noticed they had finished the lawn sprinkler system…it looks all in place.


Not sure what those red lines across the dirt are for.  Probably utilities of some sort…should have read the red flag, they probably go together


Also seeing blue squares of tape on things…as you see on the front door here. I am going to assume this is to indicate things that need touching up or fixing before the ‘orientation’ (or walk-through) about a week prior to closing on the house.


Today On The Mississippi – Sept 18

It is 58 degrees outside and dreary. People are beginning to leave to go to…where ever they go for the Fall/Winter season.

The place here is starting to close down.


Pool is drained and covered – done for the season.

Lots are starting to empty. Mandatory closing date is October 14th.


That is when we will be removing our RV.  Because we close on our house October 11th, we will be sleeping here that night because we get our furniture October 12th.  Unlike the old house, we can’t keep the camper at the new one for storage.  We have a storage space lined up elsewhere. Of course, we will have to pay to park it there.  Our camper can sit in our drive way for a few days for us to ready it for travel, but we can no longer leave it plugged in during Spring, Summer and Fall, with the food in the fridge – ready to go all of the time.  So it is a bit of a trade off… 😦  But it is…what it is.  So the camper will be coming to our house on the 13th or 14th, depending on how moving in is going.

Also, we will be trying to keep it around because of our Daughter in Chicago is expecting and we plan to go to Chicago and stay in the area around October 19th.  We do have a plug for it installed in the new house outside of the garage area to have it plugged in for the few days it is allowed to sit in our driveway.


It is pretty apparent that Fall is arriving in Minnesota. Mandy and I were walking and the wind was very gusty, a storm blowing in bringing with it cooler temps. Leaves were swirling all around us with the threat of rain.  I could feel the temperature dropping from the upper 70’s to the upper 50’s as I walked. It was like the AC had been turned on outside.

I had been at Target earlier and saw the wall clouds moving in, so I hurried to get home to walk Mandy before the rain began.


Also, this last weekend, we did some shopping for the house…mostly looking, not buying, because we don’t have anywhere to store the items we want to put into the house right away…because of not getting our furniture until the next day. Then met up with our kiddos for dinner and just some general walking/shopping …messing around.

We had a strange visitor while shopping –


Chewbacca is that you? Turn around….Chewy let’s see your face!


Wait…I know this guy…!  Fool me once…. 😉

Happy Tuesday!

Labor Day Week – Part 2

I ended things in Part 1 with us taking off from the flooded campground near Chicago and heading out to Florida.

Trip went well, it is a long two days of driving for 12 hours each day and pulling in someplace where we can get a drive thru so we don’t have to unhook the car, setting up, eating, sleeping and then packing the camper back up and taking off as early the next morning as we can.


Hey! That’s us being reflected in the back of that semi!  No we weren’t tailgating, we were sitting still during some stop and go traffic.

On to our visit with my Dad.


Dad is doing fine and had made fast friends with his neighbor’s dog, Elvis.


Dad carries dog treats in his pants pocket just for Elvis (well and other dogs he runs into when he is out and about).

We had dinners at Eaton Beach or Bonefish Grill every evening. Good stuff!!

Did some driving with Dad so he could re-see many areas he had not seen for quite a while. Went to the Market of Marion and walked around.

We are going to be down to Florida again in a few months and plan on visiting Dad again, but also to stay a few days at Beverly Beach a bit south of St. Augustine. So we also drove out there to see what we would be getting into for the next trip out to Florida.


Just a beautiful beach


Our motor home will be right above the beach with this view-


Yes, there was a motor home in our spot when we visited, but we were standing right next to it.


So there spots are on a seawall sort of thing…cement…the yellow is the curb where the wall stops, then there are stairs down to the beach.  It was actually a rainy day – you can see if you look toward the cloudy area – looks like rain coming our way.  But it was hot and sunny when we were there.  Not many people on the beach though…a weekday right after the kids returned to school after summer. I am excited to spend a few days there.

One of the days we were out messing around we saw this:IMG_20180906_121146722_HDR.jpg

Hummm – and it turned out to be:


Yes, a Black Bear cub.


We didn’t hang around…his/her Mom must have had it stay in the tree while she looked around other places.  Though it wasn’t doing that good of job hiding. 😉


We were looking for the Mom, but didn’t see her until we went down the road a little ways and on the other side was a Mom ‘possibility’  A big Black Bear.  Not really sure it was the cub’s mom or not…and we didn’t stop to ask her.  Tried to get a quick photo of the larger bear, but just couldn’t get a good shot from where we were (which was not all that close). 😉



We also went by Dad’s old house which was a manufactured home, single wide with a screened in porch and an added sun room.  Built quite a long time ago….nearly 40 years ago?  39?  Not totally sure. But when it was sold they came in and took it away to re-purpose it and donated it to FEMA. New residents build a slab home…looks pretty nice.  But then so did my Mom and Dad’s house.  Still, it was interesting to see the change.  My Dad took his golf cart over by the house on a daily basis and watch the entire transformation.  I believe he has even met the folks that now live there.

That’s pretty much the story for the Florida portion of our trip. Good trip back – again a couple of really long days driving back. But no problems!

And Today…On the Mississippi:

Hot Hot Hot and Humid!!


Mandy: Shade….think shade, Mom!

Happy Monday!