Monday, January 31, 2011

A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day.

We had nowhere to go and nothing we had to do.  It was the first time we've had a day like that for a long time and we were looking forward to it.

We got up early, had breakfast and drove to a local equestrian/bicycle'/hiking park.  It’s all part of the Hillsborough River watershed area.  The Hillsborough River is where Tampa gets its water so the land surrounding it is protected from building.

We stayed on the main road which was mostly dry and sandy.  On the way back we saw an armadillo so I left the trail to take a picture…picture hasn’t been downloaded yet. 

We got back in the car after our 3 mile hike and I felt something crawling on my hand.  I thought it was a tick, so I quickly grabbed it in a paper towel for Al to identify when we got to our next stop.  Sure enough, he said it was a “Brown Dog Tick” which is the most common type of tick.  Lyme disease is caused from tick bites so I certainly didn’t want to see that!  We had only left the main trail for a minute, but we figure that was when I got the tick.  Florida does have a lot of ticks, so it’s something to be aware of, both for people and pets.  Al gets quite a few tick calls from the veterinarians that he sprays.

The tick hadn’t bitten me (yet) but after that I kept feeling like bugs were crawling all over me!  We came home and had showers.  No more ticks were found!

After lunch our plan was to sit outside and read.  It was in the mid 70’s and sunny, so it was a beautiful day to be outside. 

We decided to each take 5 minutes and straighten the house.  Well that 5 minutes ended up lasting the rest of the day.  Al decided to clean out all his storage bins and I pulled out the vacuum and cleaned up cat hair, did some laundry and organized.  We’re still trying to figure out how to best organize this place and constantly tweaking it. 

Today we’re meeting a bunch of other rv people that are in the area now.  We’re meeting in Lakeland for lunch.  It was put together by Donna/Froggi and should be fun to meet other rv’ers/bloggers.


Did you know the saying "God willing and the Creek don't rise" was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water?  It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century.  He was a politician and Indian diplomat.  While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington.  In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and the Creek don't rise."  Because he capitalized the word "Creek" it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.


  1. See ya' at lunch. Glad you found your lost kitty cat. I want to ask you a question about Thousand Trails today. The Creek don't rise story was interesting - never would have thought about it that way. Reading blogs is very educational!

  2. I am looking forward to lunch today... We have been fulltiming for 7 years and still reorganize. LOL We'll see you at lunch...God willing & the Creek don't rise. LOL
    Have fun & Travel safe

  3. I'm so glad you're going to the luncheon with Donna and Stu and Sadie. Donna and Stu are such neat people, we met them in Elkhart last year at the Gypsy Journal Rally. But we haven't got to meet Sadie yet. Have a fun time.

  4. Glad you didn't get bitten by a tick, they're nasty things. Great story about the 'Creek' too!

  5. The "re-organization" process never ends for us. When you're living in such a small space, you're constantly adjusting as your needs change or you bring in something new. Introducing the cat to our little home has prompted a lot of that. Thank you for the great advise on the cat, by the way. You had already been a big help just by reading your blog. I knew to block the holes under the bed before we ever let Bentley loose in the RV by reading your blog. I'm jealous of your weather. It's nice here right now, but beginning this evening, we're bracing for a winter storm and extremely low temperatures for this part of the country. I'm not looking forward to the cold and the wind and possible icy roads. Brrrr! Take care and enjoy that sunshine!

  6. Wish I could come to lunch, but it's a bit far away!

    We have ticks here and the dogs used to get them often even if I put a repellant on them.

    I've been bit a number of times, and firmly believe I had limes when I was seven in Wisconsin. It hadn't been named yet.

  7. Glad you felt the tick crawling on you before it bit you. Wayne was bitten years ago and got the Lyme disease and it took along time for him to get over it.

    Enjoy your lunch with fellow RV bloggers.

  8. Oooo, I know that feeling once you find one bug or tick that creepy crawly feeling is terrible. Glad your having some nice days. The wind is blowing like crazy here.


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