We've been camping at Defeated
Creek. We made the reservations six months ago to get a choice spot
on the lake. Yeah, weather after the first few days was predicted to
be cold, with rain and wind and snow flurries. So what? We went anyway.
We packed hoodies, thermals,
and quilts. We had firewood and a comfortable, well heated fifth
wheel camper. We had plenty to do inside: TV, movies, internet
access, library books, hobby gear.
One day we drove the scenic
route up Highway 70 to Cookeville for lunch, some shopping and the
required stop at Ralph's Donuts. We rode our bikes, hiked around the
campground, took photos, sat by the fire, and even fished a little
bit when it wasn't raining.
I started and finished two new
crochet bags. We made homemade soup and chili. We saw seventeen deer grazing together right behind our campsite.
We watched a lot of people
leave. We could have come home early, but we didn't. So what if the
weather wasn't perfect? If we waited for things to be perfect, we
might never start anything or go anywhere.
So what if people say we're
nuts for camping in winter conditions? We were cozy and warm, relaxed and
happy. And that's all that matters. Life's too short to wait...so what if it's cold?
I routinely jot down funny,
random or interesting ideas so I can expand on them later for this
blog. As I looked through my notes to begin writing, I
realized that some of them don't need expansion or explanation. They
are good enough on their own.
When a friend needs duct tape,
don't ask questions and don't offer advice...just deliver her the
roll with a smile. And be sure to wipe off your fingerprints just in
Life would be easier if
everyone came to the realization that you just can't fix stupid.
If the stands at Bristol are
less than half full for a Sunday race, something is very, very wrong
with NASCAR. There was once a waiting list for tickets and it was
only used if someone died.
You don't always need a reason
to give someone a hug, a hand, or a call.
You might be a redneck if
you've used Channel Locks or Vise Grips to pull the cork on a wine
Children should be taught to
stand on their own two feet and be independent. They are not
entitled to indefinitely live with or be supported by their parents.
It's not denial...I'm just very
selective about the reality I accept.
Signing off with this belated
St. Patrick's Day quote:
After this very stressful
winter, I am more than ready to take off in the truck with Jerold. Soon we're
going to hitch up our fifth wheel and head to our favorite
lakeside campground, where we can sit by the fire and relax. Or
fish. Or read. Or do whatever the heck we want.
We've been restocking the
trailer with food, clothing and supplies, probably more than we need.
The bikes and hiking boots are loaded, along with hobby gear for us both. Early spring is a fabulous
time to camp. The air is fresh and cool, there are no mosquitoes,
very few kids, and poison ivy hasn't sprouted yet.
My mama is eager to house-sit;
it's a welcome change for her to be up here in the country. Her room
is always ready. I have magazines, books, music and movies for
entertainment. Her favorite foods are stocked in the pantry and
We're good to go, so let the 2013 travel adventures begin...are we there
Useful Notion: Let spring be a natural tonic for all that ails you. Get outside, enjoy the sunshine on your face, smell the fresh rain, notice the budding plants, listen to the chirping birds. Discover the inspiration and peace that comes from nature.
is a wonderfully lazy, lasagna loving fat cartoon cat created by Jim Davis. He's
sassy and funny, and his cynical outlook on life always makes me
smile. Here are a few of my favorites from his many nuggets of
“I'm not over-weight, I'm under-tall.”
“Never trust a smiling cat.”
“Eat every meal as though it were your last.”
"I can...but I won't."
“I'm not messy. I'm organizationally challenged!”
most active thing about me is myimagination.”