Sunday, October 27, 2013

Home Remodeling

Summer traveling with the granddaughters was great. The last leg of our trip included a stop at a Jellystone Park in Wisconsin where we met up with friends Jack and Mary, visited with Trevor’s brother and his dogs,
     camped and did some horseback riding with one of our daughters and her husband, and just by chance, ran into our other daughter and her husband (whose kids were traveling with us) at a restaurant near the place they had military training that week. It was such a surprise! And what a happy coincidence for the girls to see their parents!

Talk about coincidences, the only day we could squeeze in our horseback riding plans at Woodside Ranch in Mauston, WI was on our wedding anniversary. Woodside Ranch was where we spent our honeymoon many moons ago! There have been quite a few changes to the place over the years, but one thing that remains the same is their awesome breakfast ride.
Participants get to choose their own horse and then take a nice little trail ride into the woods to a big outdoor griddle where the cook is cooking up French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and eggs.
Coffee drinkers enjoy coffee in enamelware cups and everyone enjoys a delicious breakfast deep in the woods.
Our youngest granddaughter fell in love with horses that day and has since saved every penny earned or given to her toward the purchase of her first horse.
 She is too young to comprehend the responsibility, not to mention the cost of caring for and maintaining a horse, but we’re very impressed by how determined she is to make it happen. We hope it happens for her someday at a time and in a way she’ll be able to handle all the aspects of horse ownership.
Summer blew by quickly after that last stop with lots of visiting, a wedding and family time over Labor Day weekend.
Just when we thought the fun was about to end, we got to take Trevor’s parents on a cross country trip through plains, rolling hills and gorgeous mountains, to one of our favorite places, Washington State.
 We left them alone to experience the RV life in Anacortes for a few days while Trevor and I stayed downtown in Seattle. On our return, it was clear the RV life is not for them (or maybe they just hated the view),

 but we had a lot of fun showing them the sites around Anacortes like Washington Park, Mount Eerie (so beautiful!), the view from Cap Sante Park and the many antique shops downtown.
Saving the best for last, we took the ferry out to visit Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island the day before we left. We love it out there. So many beautiful sites to see, not only once there, but the way out is gorgeous as well. I found my dream home on the island that day and it just happened to be for sale! But at 1.5 million, Trevor said, “No!”(he’s so mean!
Leaving Washington, we set our sights on South Dakota to see the sites Trevor’s parents have never seen before.
We did the Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park, had the world’s tastiest, most awesome buffet lunch at State Game Lodge in the park, saw some pretty rocks, more wildlife, some stony faces, and snow.
Yes, snow! I haven’t touched snow in a long time. A snowball fight with Trevor was invigorating, but the temperatures have been so cool, I got cold! And I didn’t like it!
I cannot wait to get back down south where I belong!
In the meantime, we’re doing some home remodeling. Things are just plain getting beat up and worn. We love the beach, so we’re going with a shabby beach shack theme.
I think the theme works really well for an RV, because things get so worn and beat up, it just looks shabby. So why not make that a part of the décor, so you can be happy and enjoy it, instead of being freaked out when your cabinets get all dinged up when your dishes go flying out of the cupboards.
With the soon to be new décor, any dings will only add to the character and charm of the place. We still have a lot of work to do, but it’s going to be great when it’s done. I can’t wait to show you the finished project. Hope to be able to do that soon! Take care guys. We love you!

Love, Trevor & Roni