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.

The end of month 2 of Circle the Wagons

30 Jun

It’s the end of June and we have survived our first 2 months and despite all of my faux pas, we have continued to flourish. Here’s a good one I did today. Mary and I were organizing the July reservation sheet. I noticed a reservation for a week for a guy who was supposed to arrive yesterday. Thought I’d give him a call to just double check dates. When I called, the man answered and I said “hi, this is J from Circle the Wagons RV Park and I was just checking to see if you were still coming?.” He said “I’m already here”. I said “You are??? What site are you in?” He said “16”. I said “Oops, well that’s good and please say hi to your wife Tommi. Are you having a good time??” Jeeeeeez!!! What’s really bad is that this is the same couple that checked in last week for 2 weeks and I didn’t have a reservation for them even though I remember them making one last year. I totally apologized but they told me they still loved me. :)
It was a full day. Today was our first day to have chair exercise class. We had 12 participants!! Now before you say, “chair exercise, that’s for olllllddddd people”, let me tell it is a good little workout. We have to do 20 reps of everything. For me the hardest was the “hug the bear” and balancing on one foot for a minute. Very happy to have this going on the park. Tomorrow is Zumba and golf so I really like Tuesdays.
Denny and Dale put new screen doors on the clubhouse today so the fly issue during the summer should be much better. We are having a terrible time with little bugs and grasshoppers and mosquitos in the grass. Didn’t have that issue last year. Actually thought we would have a big storm today but once again it passed us by.
Not much else happening except still preparing for the big weekend. I’m staying up a little late tonight to catch up on ice bags. We sell them as fast as we make them. Mary and I may have to do shift work to keep up.
Thought you would love the first fawn I’ve seen this year. We have a very tame doe in the park which is causing a few problems. If the campers would quit feeding her she may go away. Our friend Don saw a doe the other day walking around with the fawn trying to come out!!! We couldn’t believe he didn’t try to deliver it!!! Hopefully it popped out eventually. Never know what you are going to see in the wilds of Colorado.

Saturday morning June 28

28 Jun

You never know what duties you will have as a campground owner. My friend Mitzi is our dog walker for campers who need it. Soo…she just came in and said “do you have any paper towels?” Apparently one of the dogs had an issue and needed some cleaning up and it’s brother decided he needed to check out this issue and had doo all over it’s face and ears, etc. So anyway, I just came back from helping with the problem.
It’s a beautiful morning. It has been getting warm in the afternoon but the nights and mornings are cool. Unfortunately it is very dry and mosquitos!!! Yikes.
We are having our first campground gathering tonight. An appetizer party in the courtyard. Denny is out spraying the gravel so hopefully we won’t get all chewed up.
Saw the movie “Fault in the Stars”. I hate movies that make dying of cancer look cute. There’s nothing cute/romantic/ etc. about that.
Tip: Don’t eat Jujubes and then put your mouthguard in for the night. #1 Makes it difficult to remove it in the morning. #2 Difficult to get the Jujube off the mouthguard.
Have finished my 4th week of Zumba!! Really like that exercise and I know it’s a great weight bearing exercise.
We are hooked on “Longmire”. Modern day western type mystery. From a book series. We ordered the Season 1 and watch an episode each night. Now we have Mary hooked on it too.
Just about finished with our 2nd month of the season. Wow. It has been great. Just a few more seasonals to come in on the first.
We also just purchased 2 trike bicycles which should be fun for campers to ride to town on. First, we’ll get a couple of helmets.
Okay, time to get to work.


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