It’s Thursday, So I Thought I Would Do A Throwback

This was my very first post.

A lot has changed since then

but we are still retired

and enjoying it!


December 4, 2014

And So It Began

I was born with out hip sockets they were there but just cartilage. So I have had pain in one form or another because of this. I was told I would probably have early arthritis and would need hip replacement someday. I also had become overweight so that didn’t help with the pain.  I changed my diet and lost 30 pounds. I was not in pain all the time. So with this new pain-free life, I didn’t want to spend it working. So I decided to retire and begin a new adventurous retirement life. My husband was in total agreement as he had changed his diet too and was feeling better too. So what to do?

First step was to buy an RV. When you retire that is what you do right? It took us about 4 months to find the one that called out to be our RV. His name is BOB which stands for Bug Out Buggy. I wanted to call him Hank because he is a beast of an RV. He is 28 ft long and has a big engine. But BOB just fit better and has stuck.

We spent the next 6 months getting BOB road worthy. He needed some engine work. He had been sitting in a barn for sometime before we bought him. We had to replace his pip sensor. Change his oil and other routine maintenance. We also ended up doing some remodeling to the coach. We totally remodeled the bedroom and bathroom. replaced the plumbing system and removed the refrigerator, and the heating furnace.

We took it for some test runs before we went south for the winter,an overnight trip to the in-laws, a week-long trip around the panhandle of Nebraska and an overnight stay at a nearby lake.

Our trip to Arizona was supposed to be a stay for the winter, but it turned out only lasting a month as the weather turned unusually cold even down south. This when we discovered that we needed to put in a ventless blue flame heater. 🙂

So we returned to Nebraska with a better idea of what to do for our next RV adventure. We are planning to go south again but this time we are going to southeastern Oklahoma.

I will probably post some of my Facebook status of our Arizona RV adventure at a later date.


One of the changes since then is we have a grandson now and want to spend lots of time with him.

He was born on my 48 th birthday, so I want to build a great bond with him before we head out on another extended journey in BoB.

We want and need to do more work on BoB’s coach

and of course you need moneys for that.

So on that front we have been staying close to home to save money.

We have been doing our garden, a few photos from last year’s.

and fishing to cut down on the grocery bill. Some of last year’s catches.

I have been crocheting trying to sell my items and some paperback books on Ebay.

David will be ramping up his urban gold mining this spring and  summer also.

The trip to Oklahoma is still on hold for now.

Stocking A Toy Box for Martin


I finally started getting toys and a toy box for Martin here at our house. I wanted to do this so that he has toys here and Kay doesn’t have to drag stuff with her every time they come out for a visit. Kay and I found some good stuff at the Senior Citizen’s Garage Sale yesterday.

Kay found some really cool blocks for Martin.

They each have different things in them.

There were 16 of them so she said I could take half for my toy box for Martin.

She also found this play ring which has a c-clamp, Crescent wrench and an open end wrench.


Kay found this floor gym so I bought it for $2.00.

I also bought him a nice little receiving blanket for 50 cents.

We us them to wipe his drooly slobbers and he likes to chew on them.

Kay also bought 13 onesies and shirts for a quarter each practically a new wardrobe.

Cute Little Monkeys!

                        Cute Little Monkeys!

We just received 3 boxes of items from David’s, Uncle Leo’s estate.

They had these plush animal key chains which we thought Martin would enjoy.

And this plastic hand clapper thing.


A Beanie to Match

My daughter really liked Martin’s baby blanket that I crocheted for him. She really liked the stitch that I used.

The pattern is Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket by Tamara Kelly

A very close up view so you can see the stitches and edging better.

A very close up view so you can see the stitches and edging better.

She liked it so much she wished I could make a beanie that would match the blanket. Well not long after she had told me that. I was surfing the internets when lo and behold I found the link to the beanie pattern. So I got right on making a beanie.

44a Martin's matching beanie Colored

This was made to match his blanket.
Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanies by Tamara Kelly
I didn’t use the brim for this pattern I did 4 rows of single crochet to match the edging on his blanket.

When I dropped off the beanie, my daughter said she really liked it. Also this beanie actually fit Martin properly. The pumpkin beanie was a bit small and his Santa hat was a tad big. This one was just right. (Kinda sounds like we are in Goldilocks and the Three bears there doesn’t it. LOL) So now she wants a beanie in this pattern for herself. Good thing Tamara has the adult pattern too! It might be a while before I get to it though.


My Grandson, Martin’s Baby Blanket Is Finished!


I finished it in the afternoon of November 16, 2015.

I forgot to write down what day I actually started it.


The Blanket Stats

The pattern I used was Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket by Tamara Kelly

The yarn is all Caron Simply Soft 6 oz./ 170.1 g , 315 yds/288 m skeins of 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted.

The colors are:

9712 Soft Blue

9784 Cobalt Blue

9608 Blue Mint

9508 Charcoal Heater

9701 White

The edging is 2 rows of single crochet of cobalt blue, blue mint, and charcoal heather. I didn’t use the white in the border per request of my daughter, Kay.

The final measurements are 35 1/2 inches by 27 1/2 inches.