Yesterday was Sunday. I know that because it was the second football day in a row. Usually the first football day is Saturday, so the second football day would be Sunday. I remember one time after my Dad retired, he complained because he no longer got weekends and holidays. I laughed then. I guess I’m still laughing, because now it’s us. Saturdays and Sundays are a little different in our lives, we try to keep a low profile and stay out of stores and local attractions, preferring to visit those places during the week, on the theory that they won’t be as crowded then. Sometimes it works, but most of the time we think places are just as crowded anyway.
So yesterday was Sunday, and I did actually go to the store, but didn’t stay long, just got the few things I needed and got back home. Jim grilled a pork tenderloin for lunch and we enjoyed that along with green beans, rice and “hoppin John”.
The rest of the day we spent watching football and the weather. We got some thunderstorms last evening, noisy enough to have Jasmine trying to hide under the bed, which is a little difficult, since our bed is on a solid platform. The point is, she doesn’t usually react like that to thunder, so it must have been pretty loud to her.
Today I was up early and headed off to line dancing. The regular teachers aren’t “on duty” yet, and the couple who’s filling in until they do start left today for a rally, so there are just a few of us going over the the club house to “practice” this week.
New friends Sandy and John, whom we met at Defeated Creek, were arriving here at the Plantation today, so we invited them for dinner, as is our tradition, started by folks in the RV-Dreams community. When we know someone who’s coming in to a campground we try to provide their travel-day dinner. Many times we’ve been the grateful recipients of such dinners, so we’re always happy to do this – besides, it’s fun!
I made a baked chicken spaghetti casserole. Judy and Darrell joined us, and even brought a salad and apple pie that was the hit of the evening.
John and Darrell enjoy happy hour conversation:
Judy, me, and Sandy also enjoyed some happy hour conversation:
We swapped stories as we visited through happy hour, on in to dinner and long after dessert.
I want to close tonight with an interesting observation on this lifestyle. When we first retired and started traveling, we basically knew the people we hung out with in our hometown. There were several people we spent time with, and quite a few people we knew socially. But we didn’t know anyone “on the road” until I started discovering various blogs. The first friend we got to know in person was a very special woman I “met” on the Weight Watcher’s web site, and she talked about blogs she read, so I started reading them too. That led us to our first rally, the 2008 RV-Dreams first rally. From that website and rally our community started growing and continues to grow all the time. The many friends we’ve made are precious and priceless! We wanted to travel and see this beautiful country, not thinking that the most beautiful part of the journey would be the wonderful friends we’d come to know.
What a great life.