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Live each day to the fullist

Live each day to the fullest!

This morning I happened to go on Caring Bridge to check on a person. While I was there I thought I would see someone else. When I got to their page, sadness swept over me. She had passed and I didn’t even know it. I picked up the phone and call John to give me respects. I felt bad but he said I know your heart was here don’t worry about it.

I think sometimes we fail to acknowledge how short life can be. In an instant, it can all be taken away from us. I know I am guilty of this. But today I have renewed myself to live a fuller life and to enjoy the people around me. So I ask this of you as well.

Take the time to live and really enjoy life! Because tomorrow is promised to no one.

Have yourself a great day!

Creamy Kidney bean salad

Creamy Kidney bean salad
Serves 2
This creamy salad will have people wanting more and the recipe!
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  1. 2 (15.5 oz.)cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (not dark)
  2. 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup sliced celery
  4. 1/2 cup sliced green onions (6 white and light green, large)
  5. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (mayo to taste) not miracle whip
  6. 1 tbsp. dill pickle relish
  7. touch of Dijon mustard (not more than a teas)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients; stir until coated.
  2. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired.
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Creamy Macaroni Salad

Creamy Macaroni Salad
Serves 12
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  1. 1 lb elbow macaroni
  2. 1 cup or so Hellman's mayo (not miracle whip)
  3. 2-3 green onion
  4. 2 stalks celery
  5. Hidden Valley dip mix with dill (1-2 tablespoons)
  6. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (1-2 tablespoons) to taste
  7. 1 tablespoon salt to taste
  8. 1 tablespoon pepper to taste
  1. Cook the macaroni per the instructions and rinse after cooking to stop the cooking process
  2. Cut up the celery and green onions into small pieces
  3. In a large bowl add the macaroni, celery, green onions, mayo along with the spices.
  4. Mix well and taste.
  5. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving or over night and then check to see if it needs more mayo. The macaroni has a tendency to absorb the mayo.
  6. Depending on your taste, you can add more of the dip mix for a stronger dill flavor
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Cinci = cold

I arrived at the FMCA campground about 1 pm on Friday after stopping at Best One Tire to get a new tire installed. My wallet feeling about $500 lighter but it was a cool and sunny day. Normally I would spend my 2 free days included with my membership and sometimes one additional day to enjoy the food that is so good here. This trip the weather has been very cold so I decided to only spend 2 days and move further south in hopes of eluding this cold.  Getting out of the city on Sunday morning is pretty easy.  It was 29 degrees when I got up on Sunday morning burr, I have been burning through propane like crazy to keep warm. I had the wet bay heater on to keep things warm in that part of the coach. The normal fun and excitement of being in Cincinnati wasn’t there this year, the cold had zapped that out of me. This leg of the trip is typically a fuel stop day and this one was interesting. I generally pick two or three places to stop to get fuel based on price and ease of getting in and out. I traveled to the first place that I  thought I could get in and made the turn but to my surprise, the road which looked like I could use on Google maps was not big enough and was blocked by a truck. So panic set in and now I needed to turn around so I could get back on the highway.  I got lucky and found a factory with a large parking lot which allowed me to swing the coach around then back to the highway. On to the second stop. Running low on fuel is never something that thrills me. Running out of fuel is not on my bucket list. Bad things happen when you run out of fuel.  This happened to be a small truck stop with a restaurant there. I managed to get in out of the tight drive getting my fuel and off to Singing Hills Rv park in Cave City.  The rest of the day was uneventful to speak.  

I usually enjoying Singing Hills park, the owners are great. I was able to get the spot I had last year which is easy in and out. The blasted cold seems to be following me. I am going to look at my route and perhaps change things up to get me into some warmer weather. More on that in the next post. The image is of my site at Singing Hills Rv Park




I-75 south

image of motorhome parked at the fair grounds
Looking from the grandstands at the fairgrounds

My stay in Bowling was great as it has been in the past, with one exception. Myles Pizza my favorite pizza joint closed before I landed in BG. That delicious pizza that filled my plate is no more because the owner decided he didn’t want to give the recipe away even to the new owner would buy it he said no. So the recipe goes with him to his grave and all the people who loved Myles pizza suffer, very sad.

It is always nice to visit with friends and I also installed a new surge protector. Another article on that later. Chloe enjoyed walking around the fairgrounds too.

I had ordered new tire valve extensions and had a local truck tire shop put them on. Well during the install we found out that I had a bad tire. They didn’t have the tire in stock plus their price was somewhat high. So I called Pomps whom I have purchased the tires from and they told me to check with Best One tire.

The day we left it was early, I wanted to get out early because the traffic around Cinci is usually bad. So I figured if I get out early I can get ahead of that traffic and get into the FMCA park early.

I stopped at Best One tire and had them put a new tire on the rear. They are submitting the old for a warranty claim, hopefully, I will get a fair amount back.


French Lentil Soup

French Lentil Soup
This is a tasty and filling soup, despite being meatless. The original recipe called for water in place of the stock or broth I prefer. The stock/broth, plus lentils combined with rice gives complete protein content for the soup. I also converted this recipe for use in a crock-pot.
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
  1. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 1/2 cups French, green, or brown lentils
  5. 64 oz (two cartons) of chicken stock or low sodium broth
  6. 1 celery stalk, diced
  7. 1 turnip, diced
  8. 1 bunch sorrel or spinach, cut in 2 inch strips
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 large carrot, diced
  11. 1 large potato, diced
  12. 1 can low sodium tomato sauce
  13. salt to taste (you'll need more than you think)
  14. 1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice
  1. Pour olive oil into a sauce pan and gently saute onion and garlic over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Rinse the lentils and add to crock pot. Add the stock, cut vegetables, sauteed onions and garlic, and the rest of the ingredients except the salt and rice.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. After 8 hours check on the soup. It should be very dark brown, and about half of the lentils will have broken down completely.
  5. Season the soup to taste and add the rice.
  6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired. Definitely serve with bread, because folks will want to get every drop of this soup out of the bowl!
Adapted from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila'Latourrette
Adapted from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila'Latourrette
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The Road to Bowling Green, OH

It’s Monday morning and after a hectic Sunday (the day before leaving). My goal was to be on the road by 6am. I wanted to get out early since Monday rush hour traffic can be brutal. I pulled out of Big Rock campground at 550 and headed to I-88. The traffic wasn’t too bad and even I-355 was moving well.

Then it happened, the dreaded beeping noise which generally means the leveling jacks are not up or low on fluid. I knew the jacks were up so that left low fluid in the pump. The beeping can drive you nuts, so I thought since I was just traveling on 80 for a short time then getting off and traveling east on route 30, I would wait and stop. I got over at route 30 and found a shopping center with plenty of room to maneuver. At 7 am, it was empty. I stopped, figuring it would be a quick fix: just put a little fluid in and off I would go. And then…ut oh! I couldn’t find any fluid. Crap.

So I pulled out of the shopping center thinking, “I can find a truck stop on the way that has the fluid I need.” I couldn’t just pull into an auto parts store with a 40ft coach and towing the Xterra — I’m about 56 feet long.

Route 30 going east in Indiana isn’t as popular as I imagine it use to be. I finally saw a sign that said Hank’s Truck Stop: Best Fried Chicken in Indiana, 2 miles. Bingo! That’s the place. I pulled in and turned around, finding a nice spot in the gravel drive. I went inside, purchased some fluid and filled the pump tank up. WHEW! that’s done. I started up the coach and no beeping sound, what a relief. By now it was about 9:30 am and I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet. So I started the generator and had me a breakfast sandwich, then walked Chloe.

Route 30 improves further east: not the rough road it was through IL and into Indiana. You can generally tell the repressed areas by their roads and buildings. They don’t have the money to fix the roads, so sometimes they are pretty rough.

The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. In fact it was a pleasant drive. I had called the fair grounds to let them know what time I would be in. We pulled into the fair grounds about 3 or so. Right on cue one of the maintenance guys met me. I was getting ready to unhook the truck. He said we are going to park you over here behind the grandstands this year on the blacktop.

image of motorhome park at the fairgrounds
Where I parked at the fairgrounds

So I followed him to the spot they wanted me in and started to setup.

image looking out of the front of motorhome at the fairgrounds
Looking towards the front at the fairgrounds
image of motorhome parked at the fair grounds
Looking from the grandstands at the fairgrounds
image of the grandstands at the fairgrounds
Parked near the grandstands.


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Final day at Big Rock!

Today is Sunday and originally I had planned to leave today. But sometimes the list of prep work is so long that it can not be accomplished in one day. Or rather I did a little procrastination. The day was filled with putting things away and taking some things to storage which do not go with me during the winter. My mind was filled with thoughts of what needs to be done and what can wait till another day.

The last day at Big Rock is always a sad day. I will miss my fellow employees, Anthony the ranger who was in charge of the park. Also the campers. Camping is such a diverse group of people, young couples, families, weekend campers and full timers. Working here for two years, you get to know some of the regular campers. Yes during the winter months I miss them. But I know the new season is coming and they will be back.

Over the last two years I became friends with one camper in particular. He and his family are great people. He sets up a huge kitchen for his family and cooks his heart out every weekend they come out. From BBQ grills to Ronco rotisserie cookers he has it all in his kitchen. Sometimes I would just stop by when I was working and he would always offer me something to eat. I can tell you all of his food is great.

One weekend George came in on a Thurs night to start setting up as sometimes he did. He said to me I have something for you. I said what did I do to deserve this? He said just because of how you treat me and my family. He gave me a Ronco rotisserie image of ronco rotisseriecooker! I was blown away by his kindness. So look for some articles about me using the famous Ronco!



Getting back to the last day, George had invited us for dinner. It was hard to say no to a friend. So I told him I didn’t know when as we had to run to storage to put stuff in there. We ended up having dinner about 9 and George cooked steaks on the grill with a rice dish that was out of this world good. My steak was cooked to perfection! We chatted with them for a bit then it was back to work.

I pulled the coach out so I could get the truck hooked up and then when I left in the morning it would be ready to go. Just one more thing that doesn’t have to be done.

There was so much more that happened on the “last day” but I think I have rambled on enough.
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Look for the Ronco posts, because I am so excited about cooking in the “set it and forget it” cooker!


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