Family, Projects, and a Little Bit of Polk History

August 28, 2016 (by Angela)

While Jim is working in Alaska, my weeks have been pretty busy, so time has gone by quickly. This past week has not been an exception. After the fun of family on Sunday, Monday was still a family day, but in a different way.

My Mom had a regularly scheduled medical appointment on Monday. Since her vision does not allow her to drive, I was at her house by 9:30 a.m. to pick her up to go to her medical appointment and run whatever errands she might want to run while in town. We had an unusually long wait at the doctor’s office, so Mom was not in the best humor when we left. I was hungry, so we went to Sonic and got a burger and lemonade. I think that made both of us feel better. The only other stop she wanted to make on this trip was the pharmacy where Mom got her prescriptions re-filled and her annual flu shot. After getting her home, I returned to the camper, took care of the Chewie, and then I decided a nap was in order. I’d awaken with Jim at 4:00 a.m. Don’t feel sorry for him. He had three legs of air travel in which to sleep.

Tuesday was to be the nicest day in terms of lower heat and humidity for a while yet to come, so it was project day for me. I have been wanting to clean the under side of the awning for a year, and it never seemed to be the right time or weather would not cooperate. In addition, I wanted to get the mud of Ohio off our new trailer tires and treat the tires with an UV protectant. After learning we have a few ripples, or bubbles, on a small section of our roof, I didn’t want to go to the trouble of putting the tire covers on until we determine whether or not the repair can be done on site or we have to move the camper to get service the next weekend Jim is home, but I wanted them to have some UV protection. These two main projects, along with other inside chores, kept me busy for the day.

The tires look better

The tires look better

Slowly but surely, it is looking better

Slowly but surely, it is looking better

Wednesday, the humidity went back up along with the temperatures, and late afternoon and evening brought a series of storms rolling through. I don’t mind the thunder, lightning, and rain as long as the wind is not too rough. This was the case with the storms we had, so it was good sleeping weather as far as I was concerned. During the day, I’d continued with indoor projects. I wanted to get the camper clean as Jim would be home Friday, but over all, it was the most “down” day of the week.

Thursday was more family time. I went to Florence, Alabama, to spend some time with our youngest grandchild and his parents. On the way there, a beautiful, young Red Angus bull decided to step out into the highway. Luckily, I saw him in plenty of time to stop, so neither he nor I were in any real danger. This was near the small town of Minor Hill, Tennessee. Having grown up on a working farm, I knew all too well what a potential danger, loss, and liability it is to have livestock out, so I stopped at the local gas station and market to tell them about the bull and to see if they knew to whom it might belong. Success there, I knew someone would be out to see about the bull soon, so I headed on my way. It was so much fun to hold and play with Hershel, and I enjoyed talking with Rachel and Nathaniel.

Baby Hershel

Baby Hershel

Friday, I was up and full of excited energy. I did the last minute cleaning after breakfast and taking care of Chewie. Then I began making Blueberry Zucchini bread, which Jim calls Zubread. He loves it. It was almost done when he arrived home from Nashville, but not quite. After traveling all night on red-eye flights, Jim needed a shower and a nap in a bed, so that is what he did. When he woke, he snacked on Zubread and shortly after we had a real lunch. It was so nice to be able to sit and talk with him and watch TV together. That was pretty much the day: the two of us hanging out together. The only exception was that I did laundry. He would need clean clothes when it came time to pack.

Saturday, was a history date and some more family time.  Jim had never been to the James K. Polk home in Columbia, Tennessee. Polk is one of the three U. S. Presidents from Tennessee, so I knew he would love it.  After blueberry pancakes, bacon, and coffee, we dressed and headed to Columbia. It was a really interesting visit. Even though I had been there when in high school, I appreciated the history more than I did back then, and the site has been improved since 40 years ago. Below are some of the pictures we made during our tour. The wagon on the home page is there now because Jim and I both think of those as the original RVs. After the Polk home, we had the opportunity to pick up two of our grands and take them out to have lunch followed by ice cream. It was a lot of fun. We had tried three times to connect with Liam and Presley once they were out of school and before we left on our July trip, but it never worked out. I’m glad it worked on Saturday.

Presley, Liam, and Jim

Presley, Liam, and Jim

Sunday was “I need Jim’s help” project day. But first, we were going out for breakfast at Soda Pop Junction in Lynnville,Tennessee. It was the first time I’d had breakfast there, and it was really good and affordable. I got a huge piece of country ham, two scrambled eggs, and two huge, fluffy biscuits for $4.99 plus tax. YUM! Back at the campground ground, we had a list of five or six things that he or I wanted to do together or that needed to be done, and we got all of them accomplished. Yay! The last chore of the day was for Jim to pack to return to client site on Monday.

Lots of yummy food

Lots of yummy food (Shared with Jim and took some home)

Cover on door to keep the heat out

Cover on door to keep the heat out

Black contact paper on bedroom door glass for better napping

Black contact paper on bedroom door glass for better napping

The blog URL added to back of camper

The blog URL added to back of camper

With the alarm set, Jim and I hit the hay rather late considering, but I think that was because we slipped a nap in between some of our afternoon projects on Sunday.

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