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Monday, August 31, 2009

Today's Yard, August 31

It's about as scenic as the rainy grey day it is. But it is a potential budget breaker. That's a Japanese grill & sushi bar right here in the parking lot with me. I love sushi. I just don't like PAYING for sushi. We'll see how long I can resist. It helps that younger daughter and I went to sushi buffet yesterday for lunch and ate all we could eat. I might hold out 'til Thursday.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Today's Yard August 28

Friday Morning, peace surrounds me. Kings Mountain State Park campground fills up over the weekend but few are here now and they are apparently still sleeping. From my picnic table I can only see one rig: the camp host. Another is behind me, across the road. A scattering of others out of sight.
The weekend is well begun: email's caught up, I've been for a walk & a scoot ride and the new song is down to the minor tweaking stage. It's a genre I never thought i'd write in, musically, but I don't really create songs. More like I give birth to them. So this 59 year old woman gives birth to a rap tune - what's up with that? Not that any gangsta would rap these lyrics.
30 years ago I was giving birth for real - Today is my younger daughter's birthday. I'm blessed with assignments near her all month so later today I'll go there and we'll celebrate.
Life is good. May there be a road!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today's Yard, August 27

Same park, different day/site. No problem this time- I could have been level without wood if I'd left the awning rolled up. But there was a tree and pulling forward meant I needed one little board.
Did I mention that last weekend the few boards I had left over were picked up for firewood? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't think of taking wood from an occupied campsite. Probably kids. I should have put it away when I finished leveling.
Anyway, this time the setting up was easy and it's time to kick back and enjoy life... edit the Song In Progress, clean house, grill food, walk the loop, hunt up some small firewood to go with the logs someone left in the site when they left.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Today's Yard, August 24

I lucked out - I have a nice big 'yard' this week at work, with a big shade tree for aftenoon shade. Works for me :)
Now that work's done for the day, I'm sitting in the doorway sipping SodaStream soda and watching the shoppers - and the medium sized mantid that scooted up the tree a moment ago. Just enjoying the good weather and wishing it were not bad manners to grill in the parking lot.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Today's Yard, August 20 pm

Gypsy's Rule #3: Pick out a campsite first, THEN go register. I didn't. So they assigned me site 2 at Kings Mountain State Park. I didn't feel all warm and fuzzy about it when I saw it, so I drove the loop hoping to find one to swap for. Found a lovely level pull-through - and it was reserved for tomorrow night. Tried a few others. Tomorrow night this is going to be a happenin' place. Finally I gave up and settled down on site 2. Took a long time and all the wood I carry to get level, and taking the scoot off will be a real challenge. I didn't take it off before because if I couldn't get level I was not staying. Now I'm set up and it's a beautiful day to ride...

Today's Yard August 21

Parked in front of daughter's house in SC, a feat which requires lots of leveling wood. Visiting & doing chores that require internet, then off to shady state park later today.
This was actually the yard for most of the past week, as the store I worked at was only 10 miles from her house. I got to have dinners with her and see my grandson, and even glimpse my son-in-law occasionally - he's working LOTS of hours. I love it when work schedules me to be near kids and friends - I know from experience that I wouldn't see them nearly as often if I had a stationary job somewhere 2-300 miles away.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Today's Yard August 14 2009

Now that's more like it: sunny, cool, and not a supermarket in sight. Friday is cleaning day in the Escaper. I am motivated to do it quickly and get back outside.
Gypsy Jane's Rule #1: while coffee is brewing, make the rig drivable - even if you don't plan to drive. You never know when tumbleweed fever will strike.
I'd love to say I always do that! It's a goal, OK?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Today's Yard, August 13th 2009

After a week in hot humid shadeless West Columbia SC, I'm enjoying a shady campsite across from the lake at Chester State Park, where there's a pleasant breeze.
It's a peaceful spot where I intend to reflect upon a life-changing event in my life 10 years ago today.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today's Yard, 8/4

Or thereabouts. I took this pic last week & forgot to post it. I had LOTS of afternoon shade. Not this week, though. It is SO hot and I really wish for a parking spot like that now.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Today's Yard, August 3

I figure if it's a convenient walk from where I park, it's part of my yard. This community park is less than a mile and a nice reward for getting exercise. After all, I could have driven 2 miles in the other direction to Panera Bread and indulged my Facebook addiction.
When my daughter visited last week she said she couldn't live in such a small space as my motorhome. I told her I don't. I don't live in that small space: mostly I live out here, in the infinite and ever-changing yard.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Today's yard Aug 2

Goodbye Izaac Walton, 'til next time. I spent the weekend here, as did my friend Sue. We shot archery, took my canoe blackberry hunting, swam, ate...
This morning we broke camp in a steady gentle rain. Cleanup, water chores, dump and drive. Need to be down in NC tonight for work tomorrow. I do love and appreciate my job but it just doesn't compare favorably with a weekend at the lake with friends. And I know I'll not be back here before Labor Day.
Ah but it was fun!