Monday, July 19, 2010

Another great week at Parksville Lake

Here we are. We decided to come down to Parksville on Sunday afternoon. Once we got down here and loaded the boat of everything; luggage, food, computers, etc., and then the five of us the boat was quite loaded.

It looked like it was going to rain and we were hoping that we would make it to the cabin before the bottom dropped out. We did. We made it with everything in tow except 2 coolers and then the heavens opened. What a nice sounding rain on the tin roof.

The signals to the Verizon air card are terrible even with my antenna. It shows 2 bars but won’t get out on the network somewhere in the air. Haven’t been able to check emails, upload to the blog or check out the women’s forum.
Saturday and Sunday the Kings came down. Roy brought the pontoon boat and we enjoyed that for the afternoon.

We went to Copper Hill to eat at the Copper Kettle on Monday night and met nephew David and his wife Jan. David has received a promotion at BB&T bank and has bought a house up there so we went by to see all he had done to fix it up. Oh my, what a beautiful place. He has even put in a heated pool on the side of the mountain. He has built a man-cave in the basement and it looks like a great place for hanging out. I told him I would house trade with him. They could use Somewhere and I would stay in their house for a week or so. Sounds like a good plan to me. Of course we would have to meet some place for the exchange because I sure couldn't’t get up his drive.

Monday night we had a good rain. Just about the time we went to bed and again the bottom dropped out and it rained, rained, rained.

The sunsets have been beautiful. We have made homemade ice cream every night we have been here. We have had rain at night and it makes for such good sleeping. My nieces and nephews and their families have been down here. Such fun just relaxing and chillin’.

Only thing I miss is Sedona. She is with Theda as we have the potential for having black bears show up down here around the cabin and Sedona wouldn’t stand a chance. She is better off with Theda.

Sister Shirley fell at the boat dock a few weeks ago and she is going to have to have rotator cuff surgery on the 20th. I’ll stay in Etowah a few days after her surgery to help out. I had surgery on mine about six years ago and can still remember what it was like. Hopefully she will recover quickly and get back to her old self and possibly better with the old shoulder.

When I went to shore on Monday night I got to check voice mail and I had a message from Nan wanting to know where I was. She said the ladies on the Women’s forum were asking about me since I had not checked in lately. I checked in on the forum and let them know where I was and why I hadn’t checked in with them. It sure is nice to be missed and know that people are making sure I’m okay.
I did have an email from my new friends from FL, Bobby and Sharon. They have informed me that they are preparing to go full-time in their RV. They said I was a good example for them. I am happy for them but I sure know how difficult it is to get ready for full-timing. Lots of sales, giving away and sorting. I’m happy for them. They are just right for this lifestyle. I would like to know how he will pull the RV and the boat! LOL

Tuesday was a lazy rainy day so we just sat around the cabin and read and ate. Shirley and Doug went into Etowah because Shirley had a physical therapy session but they came back for the evening.

Wednesday we had a lot of the kids come down. Michael Slack and his family except Teri, Charles, Rita, Heath Slack came down and then there were the King boys. It was fun eating and tubing and swimming. The day sure slips away when lots of people are down here. We counted that there were about 15 down for this day. Got a little too much sun but was okay the next morning.

Thursday we went into Cleveland. We went shopping at different stores and then ate at Cracker Barrel. There were a few things we needed to pick up at the grocery to get ready for the big weekend when everyone will be down here. I was able to pick up a book for Jonathan’s birthday, Foreign Influence, by Brad Taylor. The Kings’ came down and set their tent up on the island where they will stay for the weekend.

Friday was Jonathan’s 35th birthday. He and Taylor drove up from Kingsland, Ga. Also with them is Jonathan’s friend, Dena, and her son, Josh, and daughter, Meghan. They stopped by on their way to my nephew’s David’s house where they will stay for the night. Lucky them, air conditioning. As I’m writing these notes it is raining and I’m feeling sorry for the Kings. I’m sure they are getting wet. Hope they got to put their rain guard on the top of their tent. They said it was nice sleeping in the tent last night watching the shooting stars. Wanda fixed us pizza tonight for dinner and they were all eaten. We decided for the morning we would have a big breakfast. I know I have told you all this before but our big breakfasts consist of, biscuits, sausage gravy, chocolate syrup (gravy), eggs, bacon. We have had that several mornings this week but because Saturday is going to be a busy day we will not cook a “big” breakfast but you can bet we will have one on Sunday. Once everyone was gone Don decided he wanted so homemade ice cream. So about 10:00 pm we made homemade ice cream and then moaned & groaned all night. LOL I had sent a text to the family camping on the island that we were making ice cream but they didn't get it until the next morning. Oh well...

Saturday was a big day for the family. We got up to an overcast day but that was okay because it kept the heat down. We decided to have a "clean-up" breakfast where we cleaned up all the leftovers in the frig, you know, biscuits, pancakes, made fresh gravy, eggs, chocolate syrup, sausage and bacon. Now that I've written this, it was a big breakfast once again. No complaints here. People started coming in early. Saturday was the family day for cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and the fixins. Ended up with about 42 there on this day so for the week, guess there were about 50 of us around. Everything was so hectic I didn't get one picture. I know, hard to believe. If you look at last years' post on this topic, you will see most of the same people.

Jonathan's Dena took some pictures of their adventures so I'll borrow some of them off FaceBook.

Yep, typical fashion of all the boys fighting and trying to out do one another. Do you think they will every grow up? Probably not. It's all in fun.

Sunday was leaving day. Jonathan and his crew got off the island about 10:00 in the morning and prepared for their 6 hour drive back home. Of course they had to be sent off with a good breakfast. Saturday night we played SkipBo and Sunday afternoon was no exception. We played SkipBo and talked about our family and how much fun the week had been.

Loading up was hot but we made it in one trip and got back home to Etowah to the nice cool air conditioning and cell/broadband service. How spoiled are we?


1 comment:

Beckles said...

Oh how I love to hear about your wonderful week at the lake and with family! OMG, homemade ice cream every night.....heaven! Thanks for taking the time to share.