Friday, March 3, 2017

Come Meet Hendo & Hendo's Mom

Come out and meet Hendo & Hendo's Mom!!

We will be giving a presentation on our 2014/2015 Appalachian Trail Thru-hike!

Saturday 11 March 2017

1400 hrs / 2:00 pm

Rock Springs Nature Center
3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL 62521

Happy Trails!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas 2016

Just because I am living in a camper trailer doesn't mean I couldn't or wouldn't decorate and enjoy Christmas.  Since there is no room for a live Christmas tree I opted for white pine roping which I used to decorate around the door on the outside and inside around the top of the ceiling.  The wreath on the door was live fir boughs, so when Christmas was over the wreath and roping all went in the trash, so there is nothing to store until next year.  Our "Christmas Tree" was a temporary decal which I affixed to the outside of the camper, $8.00 at Walmart!!

Inside I added some Christmas cheer to the door using a table runner which I hung over a dowel rod and stitched into place.

White pine roping and red lights hung around the top of the ceiling along with my collectible Christmas ornaments.  I have room in a rubbermaid bin for some Christmas decoration storage, collectible ornaments, stockings, window and door hanging.

Stockings hung on the bathroom door with care.

I used a different table runner to cover the kitchen window.  Yes, I love poinsettias and they are my primary Christmas decoration theme.

Light and greenery around the ceiling along with my ornaments.

Wazir and Pacha dressed in their Christmas sweaters.

Me, Ilene dressed up for Christmas as well.

Some delicious, Qabali Palau, Afghan Rice I made over the Christmas holiday!!!

CJ's Funeral

As I previously posted, my CVMA sister, CJ/Jan Berard was diagnosed with cancer this fall.  Her doctors had stated that she could have 6-9 months to live.  I immediately traveled down to Florida to visit her and had a great time.  Unfortunately, 6-9 months ended up being only 6 weeks, and over Thanksgiving Mom and I traveled to Pennsylvania to attend CJs funeral.  
Hendo and CJ

As always Murphy raised his head and our trip started out with me replacing the sway bar bracket in the parking lot of a restaurant.  Other than that though the trip went off without a hitch and as much as we could enjoyed our Thanksgiving holiday with amazing friends.

Ilene replacing the sway bar bracket in the parking lot of Granson's restaurant.  Good thing about RV living is that you always have all your tools with you.

Finishing up repairs.

My CVMA sister, Desert Rose was unable to attend CJs funeral, so she asked me to get a white rose for CJ from Desert Rose.  I tapped into my inner arts and craftsness and made a heart shaped wreath, with CVMA colors and a white rose in CJs honor from Desert Rose.

While in Pennsylvania I had the opportunity to meet the woman who made the Quilt of Valor I received when I was MEDEVACd back from Iraq in 2007.  Cindy is an amazing woman and I was so happy to get the opportunity to meet her!!!

Cindy gave me this beautiful "Thankful" figurine as a Christmas gift and I managed to figure out a way to mount it in a shadow box and display it on my wall.  Cindy was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy it living in an RV, but I told her not to worry I would figure something out.  I thought it turned out pretty good.