Monthly Archives: May 2015

We’re going to a dog hotel

One of the challenges we face with living in vacation rentals and traveling is finding dog friendly places.  We are finding that it can be done, but there are occasional road blocks.

When we leave this house in Davenport, FL in a couple of days we’ll be driving to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  It’s a long drive and that’s not always fun.  I, Brodie, have some lower spine and hip problems that make those long trips quite painful.  We also have the two dogs to think of.  If you can believe it, dogs do not always like being in the car for 8 or more hours.

Lucky for us there are affordable dog hotels.  We’ll be staying in one this weekend and I’m kind of excited to see what it’s like.  I know it sounds odd to have such a place, but if you think about it it’s only in the last century or so that people stopped traveling with animals.

We’ll let you know what it’s like.  Please pray that it will be peaceful.


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I’ll Miss This House

We’re down to just a couple of days left here in Davenport, Florida.  I have to say that I’ll kind of miss this house.  There are obviously some draw backs to living in such a packed subdivision.  But, overall it’s been a fun and peaceful stay.

The neighbors here have all been friendly.  We actually haven’t seen much of them, but when we have it’s been a good exchange.  There have been a few oddities here, but none that would cause me to not want to return.  It doesn’t make me sad to go, because the only place that I haven’t really enjoyed was our first stay on Fripp Island in South Carolina.

Part of our issues with Fripp were probably weather and house condition related more than anything else.

Even though we’ll miss this house and area, I wouldn’t buy this house for several reasons.  First, it’s just too big.  We don’t need this much space.  Second, the houses are packed very close together.  I’m not sure where the property lines are, but I think that I end up on my neighbors property every time I walk between the houses.

Anyways, that’s it for now.  Stay tuned for the next update from somewhere in the south eastern United States.


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Some of the Many Perks

This is our current home in Davenport, Florida. We are two exits from Disney and just minutes from all of the fun in Orlando. This house features 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, a huge kitchen, pool and hot tub, and 4 different living areas.

Would we ever own a home this big? NO! I have no desire to pay for or maintain something this big. But, just like a boat, the best giant houses are the ones that others own and pay for.

We wanted to get our family together for a few days of fun and this property was perfect. Since Monday, we’ve had 8 people funin’ it up by the pool.

 Here are my kiddos catching the first morning rays on the back side of the pool. My grand baby is there, too. When she makes her arrival in October, we plan on living very close to her for a little while. Pretty cool, huh? (They don’t know that I took this picture. They might kill me but look how relaxed and happy they are!! LOVE THEM!) 
So, just imagine that you could live in a small modest home when there’s only 2 of you but then you could stay in a huge villa to host your entire family. That’s our life. It’s good!


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3 Reasons to avoid carpet in a vacation rental

Jodi and I have stayed in several vacation rentals now.  Some have had hard surface flooring and some carpet.

In the ones with carpet there are always stains of some sort unless the carpet is brand new.  The stains are not always from messy renters.  Sometimes they are from normal foot traffic.

The house we’re currently renting for the month of may has light beige carpet in almost every space.  We’re finding that no matter how hard we try, we’re still need to spot clean the carpet.  These spots are not from dogs having accidents, they’re from normal traffic.

Take today for example.  I walked out, walked back in and didn’t realize that I had stepped in a small amount of mud somewhere.  (Yes it was mud, I tasted it to make sure.)  We travel with a spot bot, so no big deal.  I cleaned it and all is back to normal.  But a normal vacationing family is most likely not traveling with a carpet cleaner.

Hard surface floors are most likely more expensive initially than carpet.  But I would be willing to bet that in the long run they would be cheaper overall and last longer.


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We’re breathing again!

After a rough week or so of allergy garbage Jodi and I are breathing again!  Sort of.  I’m not sure what kind of allergen hell that the Orlando area has unleashed on us, but I don’t like it.

We’ve both been using allergy meds, antibiotics and inhalers.  Even with all of this, it only takes a minute or two outside to be short of breath again.  According to my allergy app it’s high dust that’s in the air now.  If that’s the case, then it’s death dust.

We’ve both had some allergy problems in the past, but this is a new level of allergic reaction.  It’s been fairly dry here, so maybe that is contributing to the problem.

Hopefully we’ll both be back to normal in another day or two.


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Doctor On Demand: Live MD & Therapy Visits

Jodi and I have both been dealing with some respiratory issues from allergies.  Unfortunately, neither of us could get ahead of the allergens and we both have ended up with respiratory infections.  Since we travel around, a standard family doctor is not something we have anymore.  So we can either go to an ER, a small clinic, or Doctor On Demand: Live MD & Therapy Visits, w/ Board-Certified Physicians and Psychologists on the App Store on iTunes.

Jodi tried it first and then I did yesterday.  It’s a pretty awesome setup.  I downloaded the app.  Created an account and answered some basic medical history questions.  Then I scheduled an appointment on the app.  I scheduled it for 10:30 am.  I had the app open on my iPad on 10:15 am and right on time a doctor came online with a video meeting.

She went through my symptoms, any medical history and finally a diagnosis.  She then prescribed the appropriate medication and they called it into the Walgreens using the location I had given them.

So, within about 1 hour I had met with a doctor and had the meds I needed to get better.  I will definitely go them again when needed.

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via Doctor On Demand: Live MD & Therapy Visits, w/ Board-Certified Physicians and Psychologists on the App Store on iTunes.

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We found snakes today

Jodi and I both saw black snakes today in two different places.  Jodi saw one around the bushes in front of the house and I saw one in the weeds while I was walking Daisy.

Kind of an odd thing really.  I don’t normally run into reptiles of any sort on a normal day.  But today, it was two snakes and a lizard hanging out over the front door.  Maybe tomorrow we’ll graduate from reptiles to mammals.

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Living in Davenport, Florida

Neither Jodi or I have posted anything in a few days.  We moved from Gulfport to Davenport, Florida last week.  We’re very near to all of the Disney stuff.  We’re now both fighting allergies or summer colds or the plague.  It’s been very dry here in Florida, so the allergens are having a blast trying to murder everyone.

Anyways, this is a much bigger house than we would normally rent.  It’s two story with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.  We decided to go big this month so that we had room for the kids and Jodi’s parents to come and stay.  It also has a pool and hot tub.  To be totally honest, after the smaller rentals that we’ve been in, I feel like I’m floating in space in this one.

One thing we’ve noticed is that a lot of the people living in this subdivision are not vacationers, but live here permanently.  That’s kind of a nice change because the locals tend to be nicer than the vacationers.

Well, I think that’s it for now.  I’m going to go and try to survive the plague now.  Wish me luck.


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