Tornado Warning

Tornado warning means an entirely different thing when your house is not attached to the ground. All my life I have watched the news and seen tornados and how they affect mobile home parks. Well today for most of the day we have been under a tornado warning. The rain started pouring last night and there have been winds reported as high as 88 mph (equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane). There have been downed trees and things flying since yesterday. When you live in a house generally your only concern is that a tree could fall on you or maybe you could loose some of your roof. Growing up and surviving several hurricanes it became not that big a deal overall.

However, when your house is portable you tend to have a different perspective. Not only could a storm damage my roof or knock down a tree, it could literally pick up my entire house and relocate it into the next county. This is a very real thing. When in a house I know where to go and what to do for a tornado. In the RV I have NO bathtub to hide in! Not to mention if I did it wouldn’t help much. Something I had never really “heard” before during tornado warnings was the following line,

DO NOT STAY IN A MOBILE HOME DURING A TORNADO. Mobile homes can turn over during strong winds. Even mobile homes with a tie-down system cannot withstand the force of tornado winds.

Plan ahead. If you live in a mobile home, go to a nearby building, preferably one with a basement. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert and shield your head with your hands.”

This was repeated consistently over the course of my morning. I sat and thought about what I would do if there was an actual tornado. In our current park the closest building is about a city block away from the RV so we wouldn’t dream of running there. The nearest ditch has about 18 inches of water from the torrential downpours all night so… nope wouldn’t do that. Luckily we had scheduled an appointment for our baby to go for a checkup. It was her 60,000-mile checkup so it took a majority of the day and we got to sit safely in a big brick car dealer building and pray Serenity would be there when we got home. She was there and we barely had wind here. I watched some of the damage while we were at the dealer on the news. I hope all the people are okay. I am glad we were safe. Tornado warning is over and we made it through unscathed.

It’s good to be home…

Something you have to come to terms with before you buy an RV is that most RV parks are near noise. If you live out in the boonies and you are not used to sleeping around noise this could become a problem. For me not so much. The house I grew up in, in Tampa, Florida was 2 blocks from I-75. From there we moved to a nice little house directly across from a train station in Acton, Massachusetts, from there we moved to a nice major road in Bedford, MA. We have never really lived in a quiet neighborhood. When moving from RV park to RV park you can pretty well settle on the fact that you will be near one of the following: train tracks, airports, highways, hospitals or fire depts. This makes for a variety of sounds. In Largo, Florida where we were for a week visiting my family we had a multitude. We were on a major road near a train track and some type of fire station or police station. All manner of noises at all times of night. The problem has become moving to a park in the middle of nowhere. The last 2 weeks we were staying in a beautiful park in Davenport, Florida. It is about 30 minutes South of Walt Disney World. It is at minimum 30 minutes away from anything. There are no trains, no planes, no police cars dashing about. The first few nights I would wake up because it was… TOO quiet. LOL I got used to it after a few nights. Now we have moved again. Tonight we are staying in a parking lot near where we need to be for repairs in the morning. So far I have heard police cars and trains… it’s nice to be home. LOL

Planning for the Future

Slow day today. We were thinking of going to Disney today but my body decided that wasn’t going to be an option. I started taking a higher dose of meds per my doctor and my

body hates me for it. It will mellow out in a few days but until then I am sitting.

While sitting I started scanning old photos that I have boxes full of. The goal is to get them all scanned and most of them tossed, except for the special photos.

Bill and I also started going over plans for our future move. We had it very easy when we started in November. I had a niece that was waiting for her aunt to come love on her and it was snowing in the northern states so we drove due south and then due east.

Since we have been here a few months we haven’t had to think much beyond where we will be next week. So we started discussing possibilities. We would love to go visit so many places but in order to actually stay places long enough to see things we can’t go everywhere right now. We finally agreed that Washington D.C. is the main stop on this leg and so we started planning our path up and what we would like to see along the way.

If you could visit anywhere along the east coast where would you go? We are trying to decide places to stop along our path. We are very interested in seeing some of the Civil War sites but would love suggestions. I need to research and learn more about our options.

Dad’s 82nd Birthday and a visit with Isabella

I love watching people with babies, especially my family. I love how different people act around babies. It’s kinda like how people act in Disney. LOL They smile more, they coo and giggle. I am hysterical around babies. If you like to people watch come sit and watch me with my niece, it’s a riot. I turn into a big gushy ball of goo. She is so precious I just want to love her and smother her. She has these big brown eyes that are round just like her daddy. She has these little cheeks just begging to be kissed. She is just lovely. Her mother does an excellent job of making her even more adorable in her outfits. Bows in her hair and tu-tus. All types of fun dresses.

So knowing how much Eunice loves bows and hair decor I flipped when I saw the cutest little tiara at Disney. Isabella HAD to have it. I personally did not grow up a girly girl. I was a tom boy and proud of it. I could beat most of the boys at anything I put my mind to. In some ways though I feel I missed out on the girly part of growing up a girl. I am determined that Isabella will not miss this. LOL

Tiara

So next week is my Dad’s 82nd birthday. Tonight we got together with family and went out to dinner. Isabella was the star of the show but Dad didn’t mind.

He adores her just like I do. You can see the gleam in his eye as he looks at his youngest grandbaby. It’s hard not to gleam with her around. She is almost 5 months now and she looks almost 7 months old. She is growing like a weed. I am going to miss her desperately when I leave Florida this Spring but I will be back to love on her this Winter.

George Foreman Evolve Grill-best kitchen item I own

So when we first moved into the RV I was visiting a friends RV and they had one of the new George Foreman Grills. I had an old one years ago and found I just didn’t use it much. I realized that having the grill might be a good plan so I went out and found the new George Foreman Evolve Grill. The thing that drew me to it was you can have the grill plates for meats and veggies but it also has a set of waffle plates to make waffles on. We are waffle eaters so it was a great plan since the extra plates are much lighter (if not actually smaller) than the waffle iron we planned to bring. After bringing it home I learned there were other plates available. Well I just received the Omelet plates in the mail this week and tried them this morning. If you like traditional folded omelets this is not the pan for you. If you do not mind a more frittata like omelet this is a fantastic idea. We made an omelet stuffed with spinach, red bell pepper, feta cheese, and Bill’s had some olive, add a couple eggs and close the lid. Go about your business for about 4 mins and then you have breakfast. We are horrible about remembering to turn on the propane tank when we park and on rainy or cold mornings after we first move we frequently will just throw in the towel on going out to turn it on to make a warm breakfast. This is a great little tool and I look forward to experimenting with it to find all it’s hidden gems.

One website I read had someone using it for everything from stuffed pancakes to meat pies. I can’t wait to see what else I can cook in it. Yum!