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Traders Village RV park 

We left Duscon, Louisiana this morning. Our work camping situation came to an end sooner than expected. We’re disappointed that it didn’t work, but we feel that we did what we could. One of life’s curves I guess. 

Regardless, we decided to use the unexpected open schedule to head west to Texas for a short time. We’ve stopped for a few days at Traders Village in Houston. 

Soon we’ll go east. Most likely to Florida. Jodi has been looking for a good location to stay through the summer.  Then we’ll regroup, replan, and move out. 

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Prayers Please

Daisy always seems to know when Brodie needs hugs and today is really one of those days. Brodie will be having knee surgery today. While this is a very common surgery that he has had before (15 years ago on the other knee), he has not had any surgery since his PTSD diagnosis. Panic attacks are very unpredictable and have proven to be a challenge during this process.


One benefit of living like a gypsy is planning your travel around world class medical care facilities. We are so fortunate to be staying 4 miles from Andrews Institute. 

The doctors and the facilities are top notch. However, the surgeon’s bedside manner is pretty bad. Fortunately, Brodie will be snoozing the next time they’re both in the same room. It’s alright. We don’t need a friend, we just need him to be a good surgeon (I’m saying this to remind myself).

We could really use some prayers today:

-Brodie has had anesthesia challenges in the past. We don’t need this today!

-For some reason, the testing/procedure rooms cause panic attacks and flashbacks. We need those to stay away!

-He won’t be able to eat until around 4:30 today. We don’t need hangry Brodie to cause panic attacks.

If you have a minute, please pray for us today. I will keep everyone posted.

-Jodi

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Today was much better!

We are out of Florida and headed west toward the Grand Canyon. I’m sure you’ve heard that Harry Potter’s girlfriend is hitting the Florida cost right now. Well, we weren’t sticking around to meet her.

We seem to be right in front of the big storms but the storm clouds have been beautiful!!

The trauma of last night’s lock-out has passed and all is well.

-Jodi

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Locked out of the RV

Last night took a very unexpected adventurous turn at about 11:30pm.  Jodi and I were ready for bed, but we decided to take the dogs out one last time.  We were out for about 5 minutes when Jodi called to me and said “the door is locked”. Oh……No…….

Sure enough, the door had somehow locked behind us.  First time this has happened.  We tried for several minutes to use a tool to pop the lock to no avail.  We have a second set of keys for the RV, but they were locked in the Jeep.  Not good.

I must admit here that I was not handling this situation well.  The day had already not gone as smoothly as I tried to make it.  Locking ourselves out late at night was bad icing on a really bad cake to me.

I had luckily brought my phone out with me.  Jodi looked up a local locksmith and within about 15minutes he and his wife were on the scene to help.  This is where the story gets insane.

The locksmith tried to get into the RV, but couldn’t.  We had heard and he confirmed that these doors are very difficult to get into.  We then had him go with plan B.  Unlock the Jeep and we’ll get the spare keys from there.  Only hurdle we had was that once he unlocked the door the car alarm would start screaming and here we are in a tightly packed park.  I got tools to start disconnecting the battery while the locksmith unlocked the Jeep, but before I could get the battery disconnected, he opened the door.

We were off to the races!  We get the keys and are trying to get the RV unlocked, which is not cooperating for some reason.  Because of the screaming alarm, our two dogs are going nuts.  Jodi couldn’t keep her hold on them without leashes.  Then a guy and his wife that evidently live here permanently in a very small RV across the street come over yelling for us to shut the alarm off.  Jodi and I both are trying to explain that we’re working on it while at the same time control our dogs that are loosing it.  The two angry RV dwellers continue to berate and threaten us with calls to the police, the park owner, the president, congress, while we try to grab our dogs and get into the RV to get the key to go the Jeep to shut off the alarm.  This is the best I can do to get the whole crazy thing into words.

The good news is that we got in, got the car alarm off and we both slept soundly after I was able to calm down.

Footnote: the angry neighbor must have left for work or somewhere about 6:30 this morning because he laid on the horn in his truck for a couple of minutes before leaving.  Guess he wanted to make sure we knew what his horn sounded like too.

Brodie

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2 More Days!

We finalized the repairs on the RV today.  Let me say first that if you buy and RV, especially a used one, buying an extended warranty is well worth the money.  During all of the back and forth to get the original problems fixed, the motor on the front slide out stopped working.

Things worked out well on two counts.  First, we had already returned it to the service center because it wasn’t fixed correctly the first time when the slide out motor started having problems.

Second, we had purchased an extended warranty from Good Sam, so the repair was covered other than our $250 deductible.

Now, everything’s done and when Jodi returns from Atlanta we’ll load up and head out.

Brodie

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Back to our home in The Villages, FL

We have returned for the second year to this vacation rental in The Villages, FL. We love it here! Of course, it’s somewhat empty because most normal people do not want to be in central Florida in July and August. But, we really enjoy the slow pace and the lack of crowds.

We have such a beautiful view from the living room. Even though it’s too hot to sit outside, we can still enjoy the wildlife and golfers from the comfortably air conditioned house.

It’s also nice to have wifi and a robust satellite TV package. Not all of our rentals have such nice electronics and services. But, that’s alright. It helps us appreciate these luxuries when we do have them.

Daisy loves the couches at this house. I don’t blame her! They’re very comfy and feature electric recliners. Nice!

Although the temperatures have been in the high 90’s with “feels like” temps around 106, we still enjoy being here. I’m sure we’ll return next year.

This house is perfect for hosting company and we’re so excited to have several friends coming to visit during our stay.

-Jodi

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Where we’ve been and where we’re going:

 
So, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated our travel map. I had to switch to dots because the stars were too big.

The red dots show where we’ve been and the green show future confirmed locations through August 2016.

Fripp Island, SC

Acworth, GA

Perdito Key, FL

Perdito, FL

Gulfport, MS

The Villages, FL

Gulf Shores, AL

The Villages, FL

Hot Springs Village, AR

Harker Heights, TX

Port Charlotte, FL

Port Saint Joe, FL

Augusta, GA

Tuscumbia, AL

Future Cities:

Acworth, GA

Ocean Springs, MS

Waco, TX

The Villages, FL

Whew! That list is getting long!

-Jodi

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Lunch with Strangers

Jodi and I went downtown Port St. Joe today to have lunch at a small cafe named Sisters Restaurant today.  It’s good and the crowd shows it.  There was a line when we arrived that continued to grow after we got there.

Jodi and I got lucky and a table was open in just a few minutes.  Bad thing was it was a table for four and it was the only table until more people left.

Instead of sitting at a big table by ourselves while other’s stood, we asked the next couple in line if they wanted to join us.  They did and it made for a fun time.  We almost always like talking to and learning about new people.  Plus, the food did not disappoint.

If you’re ever in Port St. Joe, go to Sisters and find some new people to learn about.

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Cooler weather tomorrow!!!

This month in Port St. Joe, Florida has had some annoyingly humid weather. Even with temperatures in the 70’s to low 80’s, walking outside means almost immediate sweating. 

But, as of tomorrow cooler temperatures are in place for at least a week. Joy!!!!

  

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Attack of the biting flies

As of yesterday some type of biting flies have moved into the neighborhood.  Jodi and I tried to walk the dogs on the beach yesterday and didn’t get far before we had to turn around and head home.  We were all getting swarmed and bitten by some type of flies.

I went back out this morning to walk Daisy along the beach.  We made it about 3/4 of a mile down when I started noticing the flies again.  At first there were just a few and then they started swarming.  Obviously, or in todays vernacular: tots obvs, we turned around and headed back to the house.  Unfortunately, the flies were faster then me and they were piling up on my back by the time we got to the screened in deck.

So far we haven’t been able to find much info about why they’re swarming now, what to do about them, etc.  Hopefully they’ll just blow away before long.

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