Here I sit….

At the Library again. lol  I am taking advantage of hubby having a few days off where I can come to the library.  Once he is back at work, he will be taking the van with him. That will leave us at home without a way to go.  If we need something, we have a grocery within walking or biking distance.  But, because Disney is over 15 minutes from where we are at – I let him take the van.  Its better on gas AND his brakes are not fixed on the truck.  It has been sitting in the parking place for a while. lol  Before he was at Disney, he would cautiously take it to work since work was 8 minutes away.  But I dont want him driving the truck knowing that the brakes are almost gone.

I am trying to be quick so that we can go and get things done.  He didnt make it to the top of the roof yesterday to spray the sealant.  It rained last night.  The bedroom area did not leak.  He did need to move his chair because a drip kept dripping on his bald head. lol  We put a small trash can to collect it and  put plastic bags over the plugs and sat down and watched The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2.  OH WOW!!  Really good, but so sad it is over.

This morning, after we had scrambled eggs and turkey bacon, hubby pulled out our neighbors ladder and climbed on our very bad roof.  We know we need to have it replaced – we just dont have the money right now.  I was out there with him to make sure if he fell, I could call an ambulance.  Yeah, there is just no way I could catch him if he fell off the roof.  hehehe  I absolutely do not like him getting up there.  But it had to be done.  He used the whole can in certain areas – the ones that we knew it leaked.  I am not ready for it to rain soon, but I am eager to see if it repels the rain.  I will let ya know!

I am being rushed today, so I will leave you with a few pictures from when we were at Animal Kingdom the other night.  The first two are from a street party they have. The costumes were so beautiful. They are now lighting up the tree and telling a story on it. We did not stay for the story, but I did get a quick pic of the tree lit up.  Hope you all are having an awesome day!  Thank you for reading.

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Battery Back-up, Blow-up, SCORE!!!

Oh my gosh, I was in car hell yesterday.  We started off the day with me hammering into my hubby that I need a car – bad.   Everything he said I countered with, “Well, I could go and do that IF I HAD A CAR!”  Bless his heart.  We left out of the house for him to take me to the store to get a few groceries, which I would not need a chauffeur if I HAD MY OWN CAR. He took us to lunch and while sitting there, I started talking about how we could go and see the van that I found online.  He decided to go ahead and call out and use Friday as a “find my wife a car” day.

He called the people that had the van that I found online and I could tell by his expressions – he was not really thrilled with the way they were doing business.  “OH, we have someone coming at 4pm to buy the van….. We had someone drive it this morning.   etc, etc, etc”  We went ahead and went to look at it.  Oh my gawd!  It had been wrecked, but was not falling apart.  You would think when a person calls and says “we are on our way” that they would have pulled the vehicle up and made sure everything was ok with it.   We got there and the sales person in his faded and holey sweat pants and old t-shirt told us, “Umm,  well, let me get the jump box. Battery is dead.”  We barely drove it, turned around and left. He tried everything he could to get us to stay and pay $1000.

We left and I got onto my tablet and started searching again.  I found another van at another place for $995.  We went to the place and not one person came up to us.  Now I have to say that the inside was really neat.  I have included a few pictures.  image

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We also saw a huge turtle while there. image When we finally got someone he said, “I’m not a salesperson, but I can help you.”  We told him which van, he had it pulled up AFTER they put air in the tire. Yup, it had a flat tire. When we got over to it our not-a-salesperson had disappeared and the service person came up, tried to hand hubby $3 to go put gas in it for a test drive.  HUH?  When we walked up to the van facing it, we could tell the front had been wrecked.  I opened the passenger door and noticed that there was a paper mat on the floor.  I picked it up and noticed that the floor was wet and had mildew all over it.  EEEEEWWWWWWWW   It says to me that the car had a leak and it was apparent due to all the rain we have had. Honestly – I already have a leak in my house…….I dont need one in my car too. lol

After a few other places, we ended up at a dealership that works with people who have slow credit, etc.  We are trying to repair our credit. It is so bad right now due to hubby losing his job last March and not finding one until recently.  They qualified us before we looked at anything.  They were able to tell us what we qualified for.  We did a test drive, did all our paper work and became the owners of a new-to-us van.  We were able to get a 2010 Town and Country Stow n Go.  We are beyond tickled.  We were not going to get  into another financing situation, but we decided that since the other places were selling  nasty cars for what we could afford to pay out-right, we might need to rethink our situation. With what we had as a down payment, we were able to get low payments, and with hubbys job and tax season – we should be able to pay it off sooner than later.

I will leave you a few pictures of our new addition.  Have an awesome day and thanks for reading.

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YES!!  This is my new van.

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Suck, tarp, suck

It has been a busy day!! We were up early this morning and taking care of business.  Lol  We finally went and got a PO Box so that we no longer will receive mail here at the campground.  We also had our phones turned back on. Yup, the Perpetual Campers are no longer quiet!! Hubby took us to breakfast since we were up so early.  All I wanted was coffee. Ok that wasn’t all, but I wanted coffee. Hehe

After we had breakfast, we had to go over to Walmart (OOOOHHHH, how I hate you Walmart) to get a few things.  We needed a tarp to place on top of the camper.  It will not cover the entire camper, but most of it.  We still have one area of concern, but we will try to fix it soon.  The tarp was much needed because all it has done is rain.

I am so tired of this truck.  This is what I have to use just to get into the darn thing.  imageIts called Short-leg-itis and I suffer from it.  When I get out, I just kinda turn my body to the outside, hang my legs over and drop to the ground.  Drats!!  When I got home and did this, the truck door came back on me and knocked our left-overs from breakfast right out of my hand.  Lets just say that someone’s dog will have a really nice “dinner” at some point.

Our neighbor is so sweet.  He helped hubby put the tarp on the camper. He actually got on the top and spread it out for us.  We asked him not to, but there he went – up, up and away to the top. We are very grateful for all of his help.  We now have a “Band-Aid” on our camper.  Now that we have the camper covered up, I have to get to work on the huge wet spot on the inside. image

For this, we purchased a small Stanley Dry/Wet Vac for $20.  I get down on the floor, turn it on and SUCK, SUCK, SUCK the spot.  I think that was probably the best $20 we have spent. Lol

Internet has been really crazy today with all the rain.  Because we have dial-up, half the time (during rain) we have it and then we don’t.  Gotta go make dinner for my munchkin.  Have an awesome night and thanks for reading.

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I have taken a few days to myself.  They were much needed.  I have not felt completely well, and that is probably from the warm-to-cold-to-warm-to-cold.  You know, all the typicals with a cold. Stuffy nose, scratchy throat, etc, etc. I will be glad when the rain goes away.  We are going to need to go to an RV store this weekend and see if they have a tarp that we can pull over the top of the camper.  We have discovered that where the slide out is at – there is ANOTHER leak.  UGH.  We need a sealer to go in the front of the camper at the top – right where our heads are when we sleep.  Lol  Luckily we have yet to feel the water drop on us.  I have opened up those cabinets and put industrial size garbage bags down with towels on top of them to catch any water that may come in. Suggestions on where to go:  camper sales (like camping world) VS camping equipment store (like Bass Pro Shop)?

Have you ever seen the movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn?  Well, there is one segment of the movie where she is asleep on the couch and water is leaking into the home and hitting her right on the forehead.  But she is so exhausted that she sleeps right through it and dreams that the drip is really a piano playing and she is at this huge New Years Eve party.   I only imagine that I would sleep right through it and have a dream of being anywhere but where I am at. Lol  Just like Goldie Hawn.

We are on the search for a car.  Hope to have a not-so-new new car for me this weekend.  I absolutely HATE being stuck at home.  Hate it.  Not much I can do though since I cannot drive the truck.  Its just too big.  I would hit everything in my way.  Buildings, cars, people – I mean EVERYTHING. Hehehe  I will feel like I am part of the living again. Yeah, I don’t do good with being dependent on others.  I know that I probably would not go to many places.  I am very much a homebody.  But there are times that I really need a vehicle.  I need to be able to take son to auditions, or run to the store, etc.  So, hopefully a new car will be in the cards for this weekend.

That’s all for me folks.  I am going to lay down for a bit.  Hopefully I am not getting a cold from the cold.  Its been warmer the last few days, but cooler climates are coming again. Lol  Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading.

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Breaking wind!

The sun has finally came out today.  From what the weather man was telling last night – it was going to be near evening time before the rain would go away.  I absolutely hate bad weather.  It has become worse since we have moved into our “condo”.  We have known that we need a new roof.  UGH!!  One price we were quoted was about $5000. Its just not worth it.  If we go to resell our condo, we would never recoup that amount of money. SIGH!  So, knowing that we are in our drier season, we have become very lazy about our roof.  Well, today we noticed that we have a leak – right above our heads – in the bedroom.  NO!  We were not in there when it started to leak.  We caught it right as it was starting and put things in place to catch water.

Let me back up a little. We knew last night that the weather would be bad.  I went out yesterday to call son inside from playing and noticed my neighbor outside doing things in her yard. I went over to talk with her for a second and noticed that she was securing all the small items in her yard.  When I asked her about it, she looked at me and said, “News is stating that we are going to get 160 mph winds.” Ummm, ok crazy lady.  Figuring that it was going to get bad, I decided to secure some of the things around our yard too.  I came inside and never saw anything about 160 mph winds.

So son and I had dinner later in the evening and sat down to watch American Idol.  Last season – we gotta see it.  As soon as it goes off, they give a teaser that coming up in the weather section of news – they have information about a huge storm coming our way – stay tuned!! Ok, I am watching!  Whats going on with our freaky weather.  From what they told us, its all part of El Nino.  I was so flipping amazed that I had to take a picture of the TV.

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Yup, that says 160 MPH winds.  Wait!!  WHUAAT?  So, my neighbor isn’t crazy or smoking something.  It really said it.  The bad weather was supposed to start rolling in around 6am, which it did.  I was laying in bed at 8am, awake and listening.  I could hear the rain hitting the top of the condo and the wind was swirling all around.  But it was nowhere NEAR hurricane strength winds. From what the news stated, the rain would be very heavy – and it was.  They said that the 160 mph winds were in the upper level heading toward north Florida and Georgia.  Whew!  However, we were advised that our winds would gust and reach up to 40 MPH. We were also told that there could be possible tornados.  I can report that I do not think the winds got near 40, but it did throw caution at us and made us think about the safety of our condo during bad weather.  We now have a plan in place and will use it if we are ever faced with bad weather.  Of course – my plan:  bad weather is coming so the Perpetual Camping Family is heading to a hotel. Lol  Would have been at one last night if we would have had the money.  Like I said, I have never liked bad weather and this condo makes me like it even less.

In the rain, we did take our truck across the road and hit up our local Aldi for the groceries we will need to start our diet.  I sat down this week and put together my shopping list.  I also put together my menu for each day.  We will need to eat at specific times, so I needed to plan our meals so that I can send things to work with hubby that may be easy to keep in his lunchbox.  We came back with our items and I put them all up.  For lunch, I used my new oven and made baked chicken breast sprinkled with curry and an arugula salad on the side.  Theres a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy! Lol

Need to go check on our leak in the bedroom and then catch up on some blogs I missed yesterday. Have an awesome day everyone. Thanks for reading.

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I’m hot and I’m cold…..

Today is a new day.  But lunch was the same. Lol  Yup, we had the rest of our turkey loaf.  I put it in our little convection oven.  Once again, it came out moist.  We are so happy with our little oven.  We did our measurements this morning and OH MY GAWSH!!!  We gotta lose some weight. Lol  I am also working on our menu for when we start in a few days.  Dr Phil 20/20 diet seems to be a great weight loss tool and I am seeing people on FB with huge success.

Ok, it is official – I am TIRED of this weather.  I had this little “condo” so warm last night.  It felt so nice.  It was down to 43 last night.  Of course, when hubby got home around 11pm, he said, “Why is it so hot in here?”  Ok, just take your hot rear right on back outside and sit for a bit! Lol  Son and I will stay right here where we are comfy.  The high today is 62, but it feels so warm in here.  I am sitting here in shorts, tank top and socks and I am a little hot.  The door is wide open, but the air and heater are both off.  That’s the best about living in this little “condo”, we can sit here and let the fresh air in and have it feel really nice.  However, tonight I will have that little heater going again. Which brings me to the scratchy throat I had this morning when I woke up.  That’s all part of the winter weather here in Florida. Lol  But, throat relief tea will help with this.

Well, good luck to all who are playing the Powerball Lottery tonight.  It would be nice to win something that could help us with this financial situation we are in. Just so you know – I am NOT holding my breath for that win. Lol  It would be nice if we did win though, I would definitely be able to start that non-profit to help single moms that I have wanted to start.  It would also be nice to be able to get the brakes fixed on the truck and get me a car.  Oh, and have our flipping phones turned back on.

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Well, I have got to get son off the playground and started on school.  I am trying to let him go out when the other kids are in school so that he go and play without the bad antics that these kids pull.  Always drama with them.  I know that son needs the exercise and needs to wear down his energy too. Plus, if it stays warm like this, I might actually be able to get into our small bathroom and shave my legs that has turned into a forest I think. lol

Thank you all for reading.  Have a perpetually awesome day!!

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Turkey 911

What a day, what a day!!  I thought the day was going to be really good.  First of all, I received a package at our office.  I knew that my friend Marlene was sending me a package and was expecting it today.  OH MY GOSH – she got me a Black and Decker Convection/Toaster oven!!  What the what???  Really??  YES!!  Now I can bake things without worry.   I am so excited to try it out.  So what will my first dish be? Hey, I’m starting to wonder if my friends are secretly trying to keep me cooking!!  A new cookbook and a new convection oven!!  I am feeling the love girls.

New Convection/toaster oven. Isn’t it a beauty?

Well, I did put out ground turkey to thaw this morning.  You all know that while hubby is working, I am making dinner for lunch and lunch for dinner.  I wanted bake.  I love to bake my food.  Baking is fun!!  I took out half of an onion and chopped it up.  Then I took out the rest of the ingredients I needed and mixed them with the ground turkey and made a small turkey meatloaf.  I have the other half, mixed, in the fridge for either dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow.

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My observations with my new little oven:  The meatloaf cooked in an hour.  It also was extremely moist, which I was scared it wouldn’t be.  It also did not produce any liquids as it cooked – which is probably why it was moist.  Yes, it did heat up the home.  But that is ok.  Our turkey loaf was extremely good.  This little oven is going to come in very handy with our diet we are starting in a few days. I just need to research it and  see if I can use my Pyrex dishes in it.  I am sure I can, I just want to make sure first.

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We got a knock on our little “condo” door today. I went to the door and the guy asked for my hubby.  We walked outside to see what this guy wanted.  He was here from our auto insurance company.  When we turned the car back into the bank, we knew we would receive some sort of phone call or something the bank.  Well, the bank called our insurance company to file a claim regarding the damage to the trunk where we were rear ended the same day as dads funeral. We did file a claim with the insurance company of the person who hit us from behind. We did receive a payout for the car since it was technically totaled.  The car was still drivable, so we decided to take the money and get our car note caught up at that time and go buy a truck to pull our camper.  We really do need the truck since our car would no way pull the darn thing.

So the bank is now trying to get our insurance to pay for damages to the car and has even went as far as to say we keyed the car before we left.  Ummmm, excuse me?!?!  I took pictures before we left that day and showed them to the insurance guy.  They are going to try everything possible to get the money for the damages PLUS the life of the loan from us.  I just don’t know what they can possibly do since we received money for the car from the other insurance agency.  All I know is that they cannot squeeze blood from a turnip!

After hubby made a few phone calls, he got ready for work.  Son took his bike to the playground to play for a little bit before we did school.  We have the door wide open and I heard a scream. Of course, momma bear came out!! Hubby was like, “How did you hear that?  I didn’t even hear it.”  Man, that’s cause you are not a mom. Lol  This ole mom walked outside and my little drama king was halfway home, saw me and screamed, “CALL 911!” Of course, I asked why. “BECAUSE, I WRECKED MY BIKE. I FELL AND I’M BLEEDING!!”  I can see that he did in-fact scrape his knee.  But it does not require 911 or going to the ER.  I brought him in and cleaned it up.  Boy is he playing it hard now.  “oohhhh, my knee…..”  Yeah,  he is an actor alright.

Hubby left out and said he would call me on the way to work.  I sat and waited, and waited and waited.  Then I picked up my phone and tried to call him and discovered that our phones have been turned off. The phone company did it.  Drats!!  And the Perpetual Campers go quiet!  Well, except for the internet.  At least we still have it. Lol

Thanks for reading. Have an awesome day.

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When it rains….

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How does the old saying go, “When it rains, it pours?”  Crickey!!  Well, I just need to let everyone know that we did not win the lottery last night.  Its now the biggest it has ever been!  It is estimated at $700 million on Saturdays drawing.  Yes, we will have a ticket for it. Even if we won a few thousand from it – we would be happy.

Hubby heard something happen within his truck last night on the way home from work.  We didn’t think too much about it.  This morning, we got up and had to run to the store to put petro into the truck and stop at the grocery.  We needed a few staples for the condo and was just making a quick trip.  We started off on our little adventure and I saw hubby get this “look” on his face.  What?  He didn’t say anything.  We got to the very first redlight and he started slowing way before we got to it.  When we stopped, he looked at me and said, “Our breaks are out.”  We are in a truck that weighs over 5000lbs. If we hit someone from behind – we are going to do major damage. We get to the gas station and put a little gas in the big ole red beast.  Then we pull right over into the parking lot of Auto Zone.  We looked over everything and could see oil pouring on the back driver tire.  The cashier came out, looked at the rear tire and told us the caliper was blown!!

Great!  Just flipping great!  So, we had to give our car back to the bank and now we have a truck that cannot be driven until it is fixed – which we don’t have the money to fix it right now. It probably will not be until the end of this month before we have the money to have  it fixed.  That means that the money we were going to use to purchase me a not-so-new-but-new-to-me car will have to be used for the truck. UGH!!!  If it is not one thing it is another.  We literally have no way to go.  A guy that hubby started training class with is going to let him ride with him to and from work, but I am not sure if that is just for this week and next or what.   But hey – at least my migraine is gone!

On top of it, our phones will be turned off next week.  Will need to figure this one out.  I am so mad right now. We have worked so hard and so long at trying to keep everything going and on and now that we are in the flipping home stretch – its all going to you know where!  I know we were on borrowed time and were really lucky that we were able to go this long.  We definitely had lots of help over this past year and we appreciate it all.

Ok, I think I am going to go bury my head somewhere and lick my “wounds” for the rest of the day.  I am so ready for changes to come.  Once again, thanks for reading.

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