Tuesday, March 31, 2015

back in familiar territory

That is we backed in to our driveway around 2:00 this afternoon.  The washing machine is already running as this will be a one week turnaround before we head back out next Tuesday.

Stay tuned!

Monday, March 30, 2015

breathing Missouri air

Tonight we are back in Missouri settled in to a campground near Sikeston, MO.  I have altered our original planed route and we have driven north on I-55 for the past two days.  Mississippi sure is a long state in the north/south direction.

We have seen a lot of red bud trees and service-berry and even 3-4 dogwood in bloom.  This morning was overcast with spotty showers and then the sky opened up with plentiful sunshine the rest of the day.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

headin' toward the house

We have surely enjoyed our time on the coast but it has come time to head back homeward as we have appointments next week.

We put a great big hook on the  back of the trailer and are dragging as much of these warm temperatures as we can back with us.  Hopefully the snow from this weekend will be all gone by Tuesday when we arrive.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2nd birthday

Today was Jo's birthday that she has celebrated for most of her years as the day her mother said she  was born.  This afternoon she had a nice call from our daughter and while on the phone our 2nd claimed daughter (Tammy) joined in for a happy birthday song.  Then we enjoyed left-overs from last night's birthday dinner with still some good shrimp remaining for a topping another day to a salad.

This has been a very restful and WARM get-away that we have enjoyed enough that we just might repeat this campground again in another springtime.  The atmosphere here is calm and quiet without a lot of activity which is just right for us old folks.  If you look at our map of campground locations on our web-site you can see that this gulf shore is lined with campgrounds that we have visited which shows that this area is to our liking.  We always seem to find that our time hurries by while here and alas tomorrow we turn back northerly toward the ol' Martin Manor.

In a freak accidental phone call this afternoon we did talk with some old friends from our years in Rolla who told us that over the past couple of day they have had snowfall.  We plan to drag some of our great warmth back as we travel northerly.

Friday, March 27, 2015

1st birthday

Jo has two birthdays and today was the official "birth certificate" one.  I took her out to one of the great seafood restaurants that we have found and it was super.  Again, I ordered a half dozen oysters on the half shell and the server brought us a Methodist measure serving of seven so I let Jo have one, it being her birthday after all, but no pearl was found.  Tomorrow will be the traditional birthday as her mother always said that she was present at the birthing and knows what day it was.  Nobody knows when the country doctor took time to fill out the birth certificate and just couldn't remember the exact date of birth so that is the date we are stuck with for SS and Medicare.

The meal was great with enough left overs for a couple more meals.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

rainy day

This is our first rainy day while here.  We had a light shower early one morning a few days ago but this is the first to last through most of the day.  It hasn't been a hard rain but just steady showers with a little thunder.  Sometimes the thunder could be mistaken for a jet airplane flying over as the nearby Keesler AFB is going to have an air-show this weekend and the Thunder Birds are supposed to arrive sometime today along with other flying craft for the show.  We don't mind the rain as the pitter-patter on the roof provides a nice tempo for a good nap.

Sorry to hear about the storms with hail, rain, and high winds back in Missouri.  I called our good neighbor and found out that the severe stuff had missed the ol' Martin Manor pretty much.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

necessary days

Sometimes there are days when "necessary things" must be done, such as yesterday and today.  The holding tanks got emptied, a propane tank got filled, the windows started to be washed (broke my scrubber/squeegee tool, darn it), the floors were vacuumed, a latch to the propane compartment has been fixed (when it is supposed to move and doesn't there's WD40).

JoAnn also found the name for the nice pink bush in our campsite.  I've ask our campground manager twice and she thought the name began with "L" but said she would get back to us.  Here it is again...
What Jo found is that the genus name does begin with "L" as in (Lychnis flos-cuculi) but we prefer the common name of Ragged Robin because we can pronounce it.  The book talks about it being native in northern new-England and Canada blooming in May-July so because it is here in the south that blooming season is earlier.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

a leisure day

It was a leisure day for sure.  We had a rain shower early this morning but then this afternoon the sun came out and we still have temps in the low 80s.

Jo brought her crochet hooks with her and picked up some yarn at Wall Mart so has kept her fingers busy.  I opened up the mandolin and hit a few licks and we both have read a few pages in our books.

If you haven't already googled the artwork of Alice Moseley here is a link to some of her work and the museum of Bay St. Louis mardi gras.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Alice Moseley

We had a very nice seafood lunch in town and then visited a museum of Mardi Gras costumes from the local celebration, quite elaborate and flashy, like New Orleans but on a small scale.  In the floor above that small display was a museum of Folk Art and antique collectables of Alice Moseley.

She was 65 years old when she started her paintings never having picked up a brush before that.  In a video she told that after a painting was complete it was hard to come up with a title so she came up with witty sayings first and then put those thoughts into her paintings.  One titled "three sheets in the wind" had a man with his jug sitting down by the pond and the family had hung three white sheets on the clothes line to let the preacher know to pass right on by at this time.  Another titled "How could I know that they would all grow" shows herself standing in front of her house with her yard full of colorful flowers, we bought a small print of that one.

It was a very pleasant afternoon.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

to the beach

This morning we took a nice drive along the Gulf beach road.  We found a very quaint spot for lunch on a pier over the water and the shrimp po-boys were very good.

In the town of Bay St. Louis, MS we found these buildings with painted murals.

Then Jo took this picture of folks enjoying the beach.

This is the pink bush by our trailer.  It sure looks like some form of spirea but still haven't heard from the campground manager.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jo finds a pearl

Today was a nice restful day.  This evening we went to a local restaurant for our first seafood dinner in the area and it was GOOD.  Whenever in this area I always order a 1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell because I really like them.  Some times Jo will try one and she did this evening and then spit out a pearl.  It was smaller than a BB but the restaurant shuck-er agreed that it was indeed a pearl even tho it was not much bigger than the grain of sand that started it.

On the way back to the trailer we saw a large military airplane flying by and then 5 objects fell from it and soon the parachutes opened and glided toward the ground.  There is Keesler Air Force Base nearby and we are sure that is where this exercise originated.  The only problem was that while we were watching this maneuver I missed my turnoff and had to go 10+ miles out of our way to get back to camp.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to all Irishmen, engineers, and those that are Irish only on this day and wearing the green.

It's been an eventful day here as I completed several chores that needed to be done involving a trip to Lowe's for needed supplies.  The front face of our hide-a-bed below the cushions is attached with six screws and several time before this, as well as this trip, it has vibrated loose and fallen off, that was reattached.  Jo's computer table also had surrendered to those same vibrations and almost fell apart.  There was one board that was splitting apart and thanks to Lowe's I found one that was only two inches too long and made a replacement after being cut to proper length.  Then I sat up the satellite dish so we can now get our Dish Network channels along with the good over-the-air network channels.

Jo has the Irish menu underway for this evening with the crock pot working overnight last night, it sure smells good inside this afternoon.  The Guinness is good also.

Monday, March 16, 2015

nice day

We came down south for warmer weather and then see the weather forecast for KC, MO today predicted to reach the mid 80s, who would have thought.  Here the forecast for the next week is for highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s, we can enjoy those temps even with a few showers thrown in.

Don't have a name for the flowering bush beside our campsite but have ask the campground manager and she said that the name begins with an "L" and she is supposed to let us know, it's pretty anyhow.

We did some grocery shopping this morning for the necessary ingredients of corn-beef and cabbage to be put into the crock pot overnight.  Jo plans to make some soda bread to celebrate St Patty's day tomorrow along with my Guinness, of course.  We have to celebrate the patron saint of the engineers.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bay St. Louis, MS

We have arrived at our destination for the next two weeks.  This is a very nice campground but we are some distance from any beach although an easy drive to anything in the area that we might want to venture out to.

Jo is happy as just south of Memphis we began to see daffodils blooming and then around the middle of Mississippi fruit trees began to show blossom, mostly ornamental pears and other fruit trees.  Now here in the campground there is a pink blooming shrub that Jo says is a (   ) right beside our rig.  Did you know that she likes flowers?  I'll fill in the blank when she has time to determine the name.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 day two

Another damp drive today but our GWF was kind this morning with warm temps (a foggy mid 60s) and no rain while breaking camp.  There wasn't any hard rain and only light showers infrequently along the way with no precip during setup here in Canton, MS, a little north of Jackson.  Tomorrow we arrive at our destination for the next couple of weeks near Bay St Louis, MS.

Friday, March 13, 2015

beginning 2015

Today begins our travels for this year with a trip from home to Marion, AR with a side trip along the way to Springfield to visit Wilma.  Our GWF was with us today and we say thank you.  It rained over last night but was only a light mist in fog as we put the final last minute breakfast items in the trailer and headed out.  As we entered Arkansas it began raining hard and still dense fog in areas but most of the way at least a half mile visibility.  Arriving at our campground again the rain diminished to only a light sprinkle and my jacket worked well without the YELLOW raincoat.