Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Getting Ready to Roll and a Golden Plan

We spent most of the day getting things ready to roll.  When you sit for awhile it always seems harder to "get going."   We love the Oliver and the ease of travel and finding awesome places to camp but I don't think I (we) have this minimalist thing down right yet.  I seem to acquire too much especially when we are sitting and not doing too much!!  But there is a place for everything and everything is in its place...mostly!!

As most of you that read this blog already know, our son is moving to Baton Rouge to continue his work with Chartwells Food Service at LSU.  He is excited and a bit nervous but that is normal and most times a good sign.  We are going to be the resident "dog sitters" while this move is taking place.  We will take his dog, Jo Jo with us tomorrow and head north!!       
JoJo
I know, I know, Baton Rouge is NOT north of Auburn!!  But we are taking the looooong route!!  Actually, we are heading a little south of Tupelo to a city called Van Fleet where we are going to take a look at a English Cream Golden Retriever.  We had a Golden Retriever about 3 years ago that we dearly loved.              
Jackson

 He came to our family at probably the absolute worst time.  We had him one month before I was diagnosed with cancer!!  With the surgery and then the months of treatment to follow there just wasn't much time to work with him, socialize him and help him with obedience.             
Jackson

He was big, quite big and strong and during this time he managed to pull or I should say jerk Mike's shoulder pretty badly and shortly thereafter Mike was diagnosed with cervical stenosis in his shoulder/neck.  Now we don't know if walking Jackson caused that or not but it was a reality...a painful reality.  Our neighbor at that time also had a Golden named Nelson and Jackson and Nelson were best buddies.  They asked us one day if they could adopt Jackson since we were so bogged down with medical issues.  We were so relieved and happy that Jackson would be able to live with Nelson and agreed to let Jackson go.  We still miss him and see him every once and awhile.  He is doing great!

That brings us up to the current.  We have always had a Golden in our life.  The first time we full-timed we had our sweet Cody traveling with us.   
Our Cody 

So we located a breeder of  English Cream Goldens in Mississippi and have been in touch with her over about three weeks.  We have agreed, if we like him, to adopt one of her puppies from the parents, Baron and Aspen.               
Baron 

Aspen

They are beautiful!!  He is a male and from the pictures looks like a nice boy!!   We have never owned the English Golden before and look forward to falling in love with these sweet Goldens.  
The Puppy

So our plan is to head to Van Fleet, Mississippi tomorrow while our son packs his moving trailer  Didn't we get lucky??  Too old for that kind of work for sure!!  He will head to Baton Rouge on Tuesday and we will head that way....soon!!  There just might be things to see along the way you know!!  Looks like we will be having a few Three Dog Nights coming up.

My crown arrived early!!!  Yay!!  I was able to get the permanent crown put on last Tuesday.  While I was there I had the dentist take a look at my front tooth that had developed a tiny problem during treatment...that stuff is awful!!  Anyway, it had developed a tiny spot on the front and I wanted it fixed.  Since this tooth had already had a tiny filling in the back and now this one at the top he felt the tooth had been compromised too much and would be weak and possibly break.  Well who wants a chipped front tooth so I told him to go ahead and fix it.   You guessed it...another crown!!   I saw him Thursday and he prepped the tooth and put a temporary crown on.  So I am now waiting for that permanent crown!!!  This time it will have to wait till July 10th.  I will be very careful with it in the meantime!!  

I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father's Day!!

                     Happy Father's Day!!!!






Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Morning Hike

It seems winter hung on for as long as it possibly could!!  Just when you thought it was going to warm up...another chilly day!!  So finally, old man winter decided to give it up and just as many of us thought, we skipped most of spring and went right into summer!!            


But last week we had an unusually nice couple of days.  Really pleasant temperatures but best of all....no humidity.  In the south that is huge, wonderful, amazing and nothing short of a miracle!!!                   

Mike and I took advantage of the nicer cooler temperatures and decided to go for a hike in the woods.  Not a walk in the campground but a true hike!!  We used to hike a lot but recently we've been somewhat sidelined but we are now getting back in the groove.               

We chose one of the many hiking trails in the park and set off with our cameras to enjoy and have a great morning!!  It was a beautiful hike with such solitude...we had both forgotten how nice it is on a trail early in the morning!!  

I will just let the pictures tell the beauty!!  I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by to visit!!               


            
             
                     
                
         
This guy and a few other animals is all the wildlife we saw on this hike      

"Lets take our hearts for a walk in the woods & listen to the magic whispers of the trees."    Anonymous
 



Friday, June 8, 2018

It seems it has been raining ever since we got back from the Oliver rally in May!!  How do you say...water logged!!  



 We returned to our "home base" to get a few things in order before our son moves to Baton Rouge.  We got a little lazy and rented a storage unit here in Auburn to store a few RV related items and our Christmas stuff.  Our main storage unit is in Lagrange and it houses our furniture and most of our boxes.  Having one here meant we could leave things we weren't using whenever we were in the area or pick things up when needed.  So we knew we had to close out this unit since this will no longer be our "home base."  It is amazing how much stuff a person can collect without even thinking about it.     


About two weeks ago I was eating something and ooops!!!!  I broke part of one of my back molars.  As luck would have it my dentist in LaGrange was going to be gone for a week.  I was able to see him briefly, get an x-ray and he filed part of the rough edge down so my tongue wouldn't be getting nicked each time it hit it.  Last Tuesday I was able to get in to see him.  He drilled out all the old filling and put on a nice temporary crown.  My permanent crown won't be in for about three weeks.  Since we won't be here I will have to wait until the end of July when I return to LaGrange for my doctor(s) visit to get it put on.  Unless....it comes in early!!         


As you can see...no excitement here!!  Things might begin to get more interesting in a week or so.  We plan to go to Baton Rouge and help our son, Stephen, get settled into his new apartment which probably means we'll be taking care of his two doggies!! 
           


If all goes well we will scoot over to Livingston, Texas and become Texans!!  With Stephen no longer living in Alabama we have had to get a mail forwarding service through Escapees in Texas. We've had our mail sent to Stephen's apartment lately. We knew we needed to decide which state we would domicile in and after reading and researching we decided to make Texas our domicile.  This is what we did when we full-timed before and it worked for us then so we feel like it should work for us again.  
We should be pretty busy for awhile and hopefully get in some fun exploring as well.  

Thanks for stopping by and visiting...even though things are kinda boring right now.          


"Be true to yourself.  Make each day a masterpiece.  Help others.  Drink deeply from good books.  Make friendship a fine art.  Build a shelter against a rainy day."       John Wooden







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On to Another Great Campground

                           
It was sad leaving after the rally was over because we all had so much fun and we met a lot of people and got other's ideas.  We got packed up and were on the road by around 9:15 for what would have been about a 4 and half hour drive.  We decided to stop half way and spend most of the day and night at Oak Mountain State Park...glad we did.  When we entered the park, the lady at the gate said we had a 5 mile drive to the campground...wow it is really a big park.  We asked for a woodsy site near the lake, if one existed....well, it did.

   


We ate lunch and just chilled the rest of the day and night.  While we were sitting outside, we spotted a woodpecker and took a few pics.
         


Later in the afternoon, Mike found a trail that took him down to the lake and he got some pics of the lake and area.




We had a great stay and the area our site was in was so very quiet and woodsy, one wouldn't know
you were on the outskirts of Birmingham.  The next morning we packed up and headed back to
Auburn to meet some of our commitments we had made prior to leaving.   







Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 Oliver Owner's Rally

   
As we last posted, we arrived Friday in Lake Guntersville State Park for the 3rd annual Oliver Rally.  We booked reservations 8 months ago and have a prime lakeside site.  As the day rolled on, about 80 Oliver Travel Trailers were nestled in the mountains of north Alabama.
     
This front Oliver is ours

 The Lodge here is on top of the mountain and overlooking the lake as it intertwines through the hills...it is really a beautiful setting.
     




We had activities all throughout the 4 day rally as well as free time to visit around and meet a lot of people.  The schedule changed a bit as rain was in the forecast for Saturday afternoon, and as we all came to realize, that change was a good call.  Unfortunately that storm came up so fast that a couple of folks lost their awning because of the high winds.
   


Sunday afternoon we had our cookout at the beach pavilion and then a big bonfire after the cookout.  It was quite a fire and the cookout was very good. That night we just kind of walked around and took our environment in...what a peaceful night.


       

                     
 On the last day of the rally, we had the afternoon to visit other Olivers to see their mods as well as their decor.  That night, we had a buffet dinner followed by a program and closing remarks. However the evening was briefly interrupted by a beautiful sunset. We all kind of eased outside to take a few pics.
     



Tuesday morning came and we slowly got our things put up and broke down camp...that was a sad moment because we all had so much fun!!