12 Sep

school ellitoo
tundra mouse
trinch generator
Up early on this chilly Friday morning, 36 degrees, chance of snow in the high elevations. Gotta love Colorado in September. Lots of campers though. Denny is in the clubhouse getting the sausage cooking and mixing the pancake batter for a pancake breakfast for the group of Gray Wolves who have spent the week with us.
Again, interesting people in the park. One man came in last night in a small camper and he is going to all 4 corners of the US for a trip that he and his late wife had planned. He decided to do it on his own. We also had a world famous Motocross rider this week. Trampas Parker, of course I didn’t know he was famous until I saw the back of their trailer when they were leaving and it had all the information on him. I wanted to run out of the house to catch them and try to get an autographed photo but decided not to do that. Denny was happy I didn’t do that also. It’s very interesting how many drop ins we are getting each day. From everywhere!! Florida, Peru, Washington, California.
Finally after many snafus because I actually still believe that I can remember things, I have made a chart so I can write down custom orders of sweatshirts, micro bowls and paw print paintings. Now just because I do that doesn’t mean I won’t still screw up but it does show that I really really tried to be on top of my orders.
Excited about next weekend, Quilt Retreat. I have 8 quilters, 3 of them friends from Arkansas and Kansas and 1 husband friend who is going to cook for us. I will be making another camping quilt which was ordered way back in June. Sherry is coming a day early so we can do a Quilt shop hop that will begin in South Fork. I will be so glad that after we close I can sew

some items other than Micro bowl holders!!
I did go on a really fun outing yesterday with Nancy and Ginny. Nancy has purchased a jeep and she took us up to the top of Trinchera Peak or at least as far as we could go. I have wanted to do that for 14 years!! It was fun to go over tree line. I miss camping and riding around the mountains since we gave up motorcycling. Now I’m thinking one day we will get a Jeep also. No big wildlife sighted but I did get this cute tundra mouse who apparently is working on a next in the rocks. I bet he is getting ready for winter. Ginny and I were sitting by what used to be a gold mine. They dynamited it this year and closed it up but there is still this really old generator up there. Still amazes be about the old miners and how they actually did all that work in these isolated areas.
Last night we attended a fabulous concert by Carlos Nakai. He is a Native American Flutist and he had 2 others in his group. I could have just gone to sleep listening to them. Unfortunately we had to leave at intermission because I still had work to do in the office.
Speaking of the office. You know when you have a paper jam and they warn you to be careful how you remove the jam so not to damage the printer? Well, I really yanked a big jam and damaged my printer and now Denny has to run to Pueblo today and get us another one. I print tons of things everyday so it is desperately needed.
Time to sew a couple of pink bowl holders for a cancer survivor who is in the park. Had some ladies come in the shop who really just wanted to know how to make some of the items I make and not purchase any, they even asked for the pattern!!. They did end up buy one of each. Not that I haven’t done the same thing before, but….I’m a little more considerate.
Totally into Breaking Bad. Wow, it is so intense that I sometimes don’t know if I can finish the episode.
Photo of Miss Elliott on her first day of school. Billie says she loves school. Cade has a broken left wrist due to a bicycle accident. He is out of hockey for a few weeks but should be able to play when he gets the cast off.
That’s it for now.

Laboring over Labor Day weekend

29 Aug

tiny house

bear paw

many paws

I thought I would just ramble for awhile.
Thoughts about owning an RV park in it’s 2nd year. Do we like doing this?? Yes, very much. It really fits our personalities. How do you handle the hours? It just becomes our life, 7 days a week, 18 hours a day. I answer the phone from 8 am to 9 or so. The office stays open at 8:30 – 8 or so. Later if someone may need help getting into their site. The office is just part of the home. When we hear the buzzer ring, Denny, Dale or I will come in to see who has come in. Of course Meeko and Jumper come running too. I bet I get up and down 500 times a day. I may count it one of these days.
(Since I started posting 30 minutes ago, I have checked someone in and answered an email regarding a problem I’m having embroidering my sweatshirts.)
Now back to writing. Another thing that happens daily is getting interrupted all the time. That’s part of the business. This morning it took me 4 tries to finish my breakfast. It has been better this summer because we have all been able to get away from the park for golf or outings. Last Tuesday Mitzi and I went to Alamosa and to Hooper Pool. It’s a really cool pool. It’s filled from a natural hot spring and is a balmy 97 degrees. It was so nice to just float around in that warm water and be surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. (Just answered phone)
We still are very blessed to have friendly campers so we never have much drama. The most drama we have is with the automatic Jelly Bean dispenser we have in the office. It is so funny because they’ll put their hand under the opening and get some beans, but then they’ll drop one in the tray and when they reach for it then a whole bunch of jelly beans come flying out all over the place. One day Denny had a map out to show a customer a place to go and he accidently had it under the opening and jelly beans came rolling out all over the map. I tell the customers that that is the most excitement they’ll have in the park. :) I’m glad I begged for that at the white elephant over Christmas.
The park will be full this weekend. I forget that it is still pretty hot in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. It feels like fall here. In the low 40’s at night. Hopefully the temps will increase my sweatshirt sales. The Bird’s Nest continues to do well. We are on to another endeavor. Denny is making cement paw prints in various colors. Then I am painting some of them. Putting peoples names on some of them. We’ll see how they go. They can also be left plain and used as stepping stones in your yard which is very cute. He is also making baby ones.
(Just interrupted by phone call to see if a guy could bring in a tiny house on a trailer and park here a couple of days and a customer came in to tell me there was a snake but I didn’t have to go chase it off and another lady came in with a picture of her desert tortoise for me to paint on a stepping stone)
Now my train of thought is a mess.
Another ramble, even though I was challenged to do the dump a bucket of cold water on my head, I didn’t do it. I have had mixed feelings about the whole concept. Bernie, our sister in law just lost her brother to ALS and our niece Cathy lost her brother to ALS a couple of years ago. It is a horrific disease. (Just interrupted by a guy looking for a gasket for his water hose) My concern is that zillions of dollars have been raised due to this fundraising which is so incredible!!!! But, in a year are we going to be reading about “What happened to the millions of dollars raised for ALS research?” It seems, whenever there is a massive fundraising after a disaster or huge event and people are so generous with their donations, then next thing we know is that the money cannot be found. I just don’t trust these organizations and prefer to send money where I absolutely know the right person is getting it.
Interesting tenters in the park today. They are from Maine on their way to Washington. They are beginning the Trans America trail here and taking it to Oregon. The young men went to Maritime college in Maine and are both working on ships. 3 months on, 3 months off. How cool is that. They also had a young lady with them who was riding a big KTM. After seeing these guys and our Harley buddies come through last weekend, I do long for some riding days. I will settle looking forward to the bicycle trip in November. My bike looks pathetic in the garage with a flat tire and all dusty. I had to quit my Zumba for a couple of weeks due to a Soaz muscle/tendon or something in my right hip. Going to start back up on Tuesday though which I am happy about.
Time to get back to #1 embroidering a sweatshirt, #2 Painting a stepping stone, #3 starting laundry, #4 typing up weekend activities to pass out this afternoon, #5 sewing some curtains for the bathhouse restrooms.
This is last photo of the chaos in the kitchen/painting area/putting sweatshirts in embroidery hoop room. :)

So glad I have a patient hubby.


10 Aug

Elliott is really enjoying ballet and she will be in the Nutcracker as an Angel this year. The video is from one of their rehearsals. She is the 2nd one from the left on the back row. She really seems to be paying attention. I’ll definitely need to be in Topeka the first weekend of December!
Loved having the deer family in the park this weekend.
Spending the last hour cleaning up my computer desktop. I can’t believe how much crap I had accumulated. Next project is cleaning out emails which I hate to do but have a few thousand of them is wayyy too many.
Finished up watching the final episode of “Longmire”. Going to be many months before it starts up again. Trying to think of another series to watch. Maybe start “Breaking Bad” from season 1.
Drove up to the Uptop Ghost Town for a concert. Carlos Nunez and his band. Celtic with a latin flair. It was wonderful and there was a great turnout.
Had a full park again this weekend. Had a group come in from Colorado Springs. They were really fun. The Roaming Elks. Had another couple come in and check out the park for 2016!! They have a group of 20.
We had fun at the Swinging For AIDS golf Tourney. Due to Linda being in the office and Mitzi taking care of the dogs, we were able to stay all night in Denver since it was an early tee time. Took my $825 donation. We had the drawing last Monday. My Mom was one of the winners!! Haven’t heard how much money was raised yet but usually it’s around $30,000. Don said they are going to Namakkal in January, but I won’t be able to go this year. Not sure if I want to travel with all the Ebola issues going on. There was a mission group going to Africa but it was cancelled due to the outbreak. What a horrible plague.
Going to be very busy the next several weeks. I am going to have a booth at Oktoberfest so will need to make or paint something everyday. Denny and Dale are making paw prints which I will also sell. We have an order to make at least 7 prints right now.
I’m waiting for my embroidery machine part to get here. I’m way backed up on sweatshirt orders.
Still battling an infection and taking another round of antibiotics. Should find out when I can see the urologist that comes down to the health center here. Really, really would like to get this issue cleared up.
Tomorrow night we have our monthly pot luck and bingo game. Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout. We have nice prizes since this is our last one.
My deer video has had 610 views. That’s the most views I’ve had on my Circle the Wagons FB page.
I guess that is about it for now.

I’m wearing my first pair of bling butt jeans and a bling belt

30 Jul

J and Lisa

Kim Novak

The 2 photos are of Lisa and I and my new friend Kim Novak!! Isn’t Lisa a stunning bride. She has such long beautiful hair. Kim and Lisa’s Dad were such gracious hosts. It was very laid back. They live out in the country and have a magnificent home with guest cabins. Their place was on 140 acres with the Rogue River running through it. They are also a sanctuary for wood ducks. I had never heard of them and they have big bird houses all over the property for the ducks to nest in!! Great trip and nice to get my head out of reservations for a couple of days.
Bid farewell to Mary today. She helped out for 6 weeks which was great. She had a good time and should be back next year.
Denny and Dale are in Denver and Pueblo today. #1 taking Mary to airport motel there #2 going to golf stores. Not sure what they are going to come home with. The 3 of us are playing in a tourney in Denver next week so we are trying to gear up for it. :).
Have my bling jeans on and a big bling belt. The belt cuts into my stomach when I bend over but I’m going to wear it. The Big R store here sells all sorts of western wear and cowboy boots. Next will be the cowboy boots which I’ll need in the fall. Going to Segundo for dinner with several friends tonight which should be fun. Always game for a night out with the girls.
Time to go now.

En Route

25 Jul

I’m in the Salt Lake City airport waiting for the next leg of my trip to Medford, OR. I’m so surprised to see a smoking room!!
Feeling a little relieved to be away from the park for a couple of days. I feel I handle the day to day duties pretty well, but still not handling issues when they arise as we’ll as I’d like to. This week one of the monthly campers was very rude to me when I was trying to get a handle on seasonal and monthly reservations for next summer. I had in my Jbirdmire cowboy hat and stood my ground but it was still uncomfortable the next few days when I would see them. Yesterday he came into the office which I thought was an apology but instead I was told ” it was a personal affront to us when you said we couldn’t have that site in July”. A personal affront!!!!! F********** excuse me!!! What I think is strange is that was in the office when Denny was there but didn’t say that to him. I did tell the guy that there was no need for him to talk to me like that and I didn’t get all “” oh I’m so sorry, blah, blah, f******* blah”. Maybe there is some other way I should do seasonals. I also have to call another customer to tell him he can’t stay next year after all but I guess I’ll deal with that next week. I need to let my tummy calm down. Business is really good but I can’t let the whole park be a seasonal or monthly park. Okay, enuf whining.
Mary and Denny are holding down the fort. Of course, once again, I leave when we are full and with a 14 camper group which is a good size pancake feed.
Heading to my friend Lisa’s wedding in Medford Oregon. It will be interesting because I will be meeting Kim Novak!!! She is Lisa’s stepmother. The wedding is on their ranch. Can’t wait to see it.
A friend, Cristen stayed with us for 2 nights. She owns the quilt store in Springfield MO where I bought my sewing machines.
Speaking of sewing, we still sell out of bowl holders! Mary and I made several last night. The 2 of us can whip them out pretty fast. It’s been fun keeping track of the Birds Nest sales this year. It’s rather impressive. We have sold about 80 bags of ice which is also impressive. It takes 4 trays of ice to fill 1 bag so we spend a lot of time doing it.
Have finished 2 months of Zumba and still love it. I ordered a DVD for later be ause when school starts the classes will be at 6 am. That is a little too early for me. The balance and stretching exercise class at the park is going well. I’m doing it also. Can’t believe how bad my balance is but it is getting better. Try standing on 1 foot for a minute and see how you do.
Still hooked on Longmire.
Saw a really scary movie with Mitzi and Ginny. “Deliver Us from evil”. It was a 20 jumper and a 1 screamer. We love our scary movies!
Had my hands wiped at security in the airport. It tests if you have messed with explosives. They said it was a random check?? I don’t think I looked like a bomber.
Still battling an infection but think I’m getting a handle on it. On my 3rd round of meds. They tell me it is stress related!! It may be terminal if that is the case.
I was thinking, telling someone they can’t come to the park isn’t as bad as a doctor telling someone that someone didn’t make it!!
I’m done rambling but glad I was able to blog. I miss writing but I’m too tired at the end of the day. Almost 3 months under our belt.

God, grant me the serenity to run an rv park

10 Jul

The video is kind of like how my brains feel today and actually the last few days. We are in the height of our season and I’m trying so hard to keep up with the reservations, the cancellations and rebookings, the moving of rv’s from one site to another, staying calm when the customers are a little upset at something, keeping calm when I may have made a mistake and then the customer admits to saying “oh, I guess we were waiting to see if there was going to be a possible opening instead of that we had booked that night”, this after I have spent 5 minutes apologizing and trying to figure something out, etc. This is all going on while I have a whining Meeko at my side because he wants to be petted and is also beginning to freak out because there may be a storm coming. I have printed 3 sheets out of July just this morning due to all the changes going on. It’s all good, it’s good to be busy, it’s all good, but even the Jbird, aka J Birdmire, my alias when I have to deal with an issue in the park, may have to say “I may need help in July for the month. Thankfully Mary is here to do that and she is getting quite adroit at handling issues. The other day I went to the doctor and while I was gone a lady came in and said she didn’t like her site because it didn’t have enough grass. Apparently she had come in the office several times waiting for my return. I had a phone call from Denny warning me of the situation. Well, she was at the desk once again as I walked in the door, (I was not feeling well at the moment and I think I gave her the Birdmire stink eye). Mary told her to let me get back in the office before any decisions could be made and she ran out the door! Anyway, we got her moved, her husband was totally mortified and very apologetic.
Soooooo, today is about over. I just returned from a round table with an representative from Senator Udall’s office. Lot’s of interesting subjects and lot’s of dynamic women in the group.
I weighed in at 153 at the doctor’s office yesterday so just 3 more to go to get to my 150 mark, then we’ll see if I want to try for 145 and that’s as low as I go. My clothes were falling off of me last week at golf.
I am going to a wedding in a couple of weeks in Oregon. My friend Lisa is getting married. I need to buy a semi formal sun dress for the wedding. It sounds cool where I’ll be staying. Her dad and step-mom, Kim Novak, live out in the country by a river. I will be staying in a little cabin with 3 other women for the weekend. It will be fun even though it is a very quick trip. Leave on a Friday and back home on a Sunday.
We tried a little business venture here at the park last week. We bought 2 used adult trike bikes, (have I already told this story)?. Anyway, we were going to let campers ride them to town. Well, I thought I would ride one to town and discovered they were a little difficult to get used to. (Have I already written about this too?) My first several pedals I totally could not get control and rode right into the ditch. Thank goodness that the insurance company said this was not a good thing for us to do and now we have them for sale. Once I got used to it, I did okay. I did sell one on Sunday to a lady so we are down to 1. We are also trying to sell 2 metal fire pits which we can’t use since we can’t burn wood anymore. Now we have this really cool propane fire pit that everyone loves. No smoke either.
Back to sewing bowl holders. Once again my shelves are empty. Sold out this weekend. Mary and I have it down to quite a science now and are getting them done quicker.
Denny has recovered from his cold. I was worried that it was going to get really bad but he went to doctor yesterday and got on a Zpack and is feeling much better.
Daughter Billie and her family are in Arkansas seeing my Mom. She says Mom looks great. Billie has the worst travel trips. This trip her oldest son Cade woke up in the back seat and said that he wasn’t feeling well and proceeded to do projectile vomiting all over the car. She said they pulled over and were throwing out several items. Then they had to go to Walmart and buy blankets to throw over all the seats until they could clean the car. She said it was really gross!!!! I hope this doesn’t deter her from coming out here in August. The kids had so much fun here last year.
Well……I think that is about all for now. Hope everyone is having a great summer. It has been very warm here and still dry, the storms keep bypassing us. Talked to a guy who is here for a couple of weeks and he said the grasshoppers are so bad in Hesston, KS that when you go outside you have to pick them off of you. And…they are big ones. Sounds like the grasshopper plague and a Little House on the Prairie book.

July 6, 2014

6 Jul


We had a great 4th of July weekend. My friend Linda is here from Kansas for Art in the Park. I sat with her in the booth yesterday afternoon and it was so nice and relaxing. It was overcast and with a nice breeze. I just threw together some items to put out. I sold several boxes of notecards, a scarf, 2 tea towels and my 2 quilted notecards! Not bad. Mary once again put together a little group for the parade. Linda and Ron, who are a couple from Texas, drove their truck and it played several patriotic songs. We put a Circle the Wagons banner on the front. Then Mary and several kids were in the back throwing candy. Dale and Buddy drove the golf cart. It is unbelievable the attention that Buddy gets whenever he is out and about. Everyone loves him and wants to take photos with him. The park was full and everyone seemed to have a good time. We purchased a propane fire pit since we aren’t allowed to have wood fires anymore. We started it last night but I was soooooo tired I was in bed by 9 pm.
Still enjoying our nightly showing of Longmire. Linda is now hooked into with us.
Not much else to write about. I am once again out of bowl holders, have an order for 4 placemats, and a quilt. After taking a couple of days off, I will be back at it tomorrow.


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