October, our last month of the yearg

4 Oct

What a crazy weekend. This will be the last time the park will be full. Oktoberfest seems to be coming a really big event. The weather was wonderful. I didn’t have a chance to go because of sweatshirt orders but I heard it was great. Our friends Rolly and Claire and their kids came in from Indiana so Claire could have a booth. She had a great day selling her beautiful jewelry made from vintage silverware. We also had friends Cindy and Roger from Lake Wabaunsee, Candy and Howard, Bruce and Julie and her kids, Diane and Brian (Dales sister and brother in law from California), Mike and Julie from Colorado Springs all came in for the day, some for a few days. Robin and Dean will be here tomorrow. I am so grateful she is coming in early. Due to my strange September with the back issues and accident, I am way behind in my sweatshirt orders. She is bringing her 6 thread machine embroidery machine so we can knock them out early this week. She was coming up anyway for the quilt retreat next weekend.
I think Denny and I are very ready for a break beginning Nov 1st. We’re going to a couple of hot springs and chill out. I can’t wait. We have been so busy and full this year, it’s almost overwhelming. We have had a great reviews ever since we opened but….I read our first negative one tonight. We have had a horrible issue with dogs that live across the river They are hound dogs and for a few nights they barked all night. We took videos of them and and showed them to the sheriff. Supposedly they talked to them that afternoon and it has been better except for 2 of their puppies were running around and we had to call the marshall to pick them up. Good grief.
Just finished a yummy chili dinner with our friends who are still here. It is so much fun to just sit around a visit. Excited about tomorrow. Some of us are going over to North Lake to watch the golden eagles catch fish!!!!!!! Claire and Rolly saw them today. After we get back Robin and I will begin getting my embroidery orders done. That will be such a relief.
I am binge watching “Call the Midwife”. Also binged “The Affair”. It is juicy.
Busy week ahead. Girlfriend stuff on Tuesday, Robin and I going to Denver Wednesday night so we can do a Ricky Tims Quilt Show taping on Thursday. Then we come back home and get ready for the 3 day quilt retreat. Whew! Tired thinking about it. That’s it for now.

September 18, 2015

19 Sep

Just home from an interesting evening with friends. We went to listen to a trio;cello, violin, and piano, that played in total darkness. They made the very important announcement to make sure everyone turned off their phones and covered their watches so there wouldn’t be any light. So right after they turned all the lights and began to play and guy in front of me had his phone in his pocket and you could see the light come on and off. That ticked me off right off the bat. I kept trying to focus on the music. Finally the little light went off and I began to relax, but realized I was sitting in a very bad chair for my back, so I started squirming. The little light came on again so I began closing my eyes which made me more antsy. The little light went off again and I started wondering if I could crawl out of my chair and across the floor and lean up against the wall without anybody noticing?? The little light came on again and that got me mad again. Then, a major hotflash!! I quietly took off my jacket to cool off. That stupid light is back on again!!!! I want to scream to tell him to turn of his stupid phone. Oh my back is killllling me. All of a sudden there is a candle lit, and then another. Finally the hour is over. I’m glad I went, but probably wouldn’t do it again.
Mitzi, Nancy, Sharon, Ginny and I went together. I always enjoy getting together with those buddies. I coming off a couple of bad weeks regarding my back and right hip. Cindy, Juli and Gayle were here over Labor Day. I had begun to have twinges in my hip a couple of days before they came. While they were here we did a couple of sight seeing drives and a little hike and a trip to Hooper Pool. By the time they left on Monday I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg. The rest of the week was spent going to the doctor, MRI and xrays and another doctor appt. After 4 days of pain pills and muscle relaxers and a great hubby who had to handle the office, the pain began to ease up. Now I am in physical therapy for awhile and learning to do lifetime exercises to keep my back stronger. When I went today, I was having a lot of dizziness so Diane did some manipulations which really helped the vertigo.
It has been a really busy September! We will be full next weekend and the next. I couldn’t believe all the phone calls for reservations we had today. It’s also the time of year for the trees to change. Not a lot happening yet but by next weekend it may be getting beautiful. It is a wonderful time to be here. Light breezes blowing through the trees. I love that sound. It is also really cooling off at night and our heat will probably begin to come on.
Interesting guy in the park for a month. He is traveling for 2 years and staying in a tent. He is writing about his camping too. We had a bicycle group fro the UK in last week that were riding across country to raise funds for the wounded warriors in UK. They said that the US is much friendlier to do that kind of trip in and everyone is so helpful. They were a great group and one of them was on a low to ground recumbent bicycle peddling with his arms. Remarkable.
Getting ready for my quilt retreat in a couple of weeks. I think it is full and I have some friends coming to it too plus some new people. Can’t wait to work on something creative. I am way behind on jacket orders and tea towels but hope to begin embroidering again tomorrow. My bowl holders continue to be a hot item and I am probably over 900 now over the last 3 years.
I have become a Netflix junkie. Totally binging on Damages now.
I haven’t lost a pound since I gave up eating ice cream at night. How can that be?????
Denny had to go to Pueblo tonight to order a new oven. So far we have replaced a refrigerator, dryer and now a stove. Next will be the dish washer I’m sure. We are getting ready to put a new roof on. A red metal one. Our friend Jim is going to help Denny put it on.
Well that’s it for now. It’s almost midnight and I think I’ll watch some Solheim Cup.

Friday, August 21, 2015

21 Aug

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Just returned from Trinidad dropping Jacque off at the train station.  She came in last Saturday morning. Had a great week and we still laugh at goofing stuff like we did in Junior High and High School.

I am sitting down, back on the heating pad and trying to calm my brains down. I did realize that I hadn’t taken my antidepressant this morning which makes me feel weird. Had a totally crazy week, still amazingly busy. We are full tonight. We did have a major electrical issue at one of the sites which blew out our little rental campers. Luckily our friend is an electrician and he came tonight and got us rehooked up.  We are so fortunate to have such great people in the community who come a runnin’ when we need something. Sold $160 worth of my shop items which also means I’m sewing a lot tomorrow. Jacque also helped me with getting items gathered for Mitzi’s garage sale. There is now a path in our 3rd bedroom for the first time since we moved here. She experienced the sweat shop a couple of nights and helped with ever popular bowl holders which all but 2 sold today! Our refrigerator in the kitchen went out yesterday so we are having delivered Monday. Bad timing but luckily we have refrigerators in the clubhouse and rv. (Just a heads up, I’m rambling so no more paragraphs) Billie and I have made a pact to lose weight for our Mexico trip. We’re going to start a 21 day regimen.  Mine is going to be to not eat after 6 pm or after whenever we eat dinner which is sometimes 7. I’ m also removing all Schwan’s ice cream out to the clubhouse and quit selling it. It is hazardous to my health!! Jacque and I were able to take a day off and we drove the backroads and I saw my first mountain lion. Very exciting and very fleeting. We also saw old mining shacks and old cemetaries. We continue to be full almost every night. I have many, many reservations for 2016 and 2017.  Yikes!!!!  My watercolor/batik painting classes also continue to be full. Carol does such a wonderful job instructing. Our next one is Monday and Tuesday this week.  My sister Judy and Marvin are coming Sunday to spend the week. Our main project will be working on Jackson’s tee shirt quilt. He is off to Notre Dame so she will mail it to him. when finished. Have been feeling pretty well except for my lower back. Lots going on there but my biweekly massages help a lot. I had a really sharp little pain in my gross fungusy big toe today. It turned out to a stitch from my foot surgery 3 years ago!!. Talked to Billie tonight. Life sounds settled. Elliott thinks school is too long and she’s upset that they haven’t started teaching Spanish yet. The principal of Cade’s school emailed Billie and said she is raising a fine young man. Kyler is happy at school this year and love’s his teacher. Was very happy to hear good news. The weather is gorgeous here. Very cool mornings and evenings but warm afternoons. Many of our garden veggies have fizzled. But…I do have some zucchinis and cucumbers. I had 2 small heads of cabbage.  My flowers are wonderful and the deer come in every night and eat apples off the tree. Meeko and Jumper continue to be busy and greeting the customers. Dale and Buddy are still here and helping with the many tasks that we have daily. We are already thinking of new things we want to do next year.  Oh, my fundraiser continues to do well. Over $1000 so far. I met some of the VA residents this week and actually saw the gardens. Now I’m even more excited about raising funds. I’m feeling tired and may go to bed by 10 tonight. I had two 2:00 am nights this week working on embroidery orders and I think it is catching up. Dale made a wonderful tater tot casserole tonight. Hamburger/tater tots/water chestnuts. Very interesting but good. Photos are flowers, vegetables, mining cabins, fawns, shark pencil cases we made, popular new embroidery design I am doing.  Nighty night.

There is never a dull moment running an rv park

28 Jul

This is such an exciting and rewarding business. It is also very interesting and emotional. One minute I am all warm and fuzzy because customers have come in and have been very complimentary and the next minute some jerk comes and all but calls me a liar. That has only happened a couple of times but as usual I tend to focus on the negative instead the 100 times more positive.
I was just outside just after dark and a doe came by to eat come apples off the tree. The campers love seeing the deer.
I took Mary up to Denver on Saturday afternoon. We had a nice evening together, dinner and painting nails then I crashed. I slept right through her leaving for the airport on the shuttle. It felt good to be out of the park and phones for 24 hours. I will miss Mary because she definitely has a handle on the office duties and she is a great cook. Dale is still with us through the end of the season. I am training a friend to help me out once a week which will be nice.
Interesting people coming through. A father and son doing a cross country motorcycle trip. A father and son from Switzerland doing the Trans America trail on their motorcycles. A couple from Oklahoma this weekend stayed one night. They lived right now the street from the family that was murdered by their sons with an axe. Yikes. Campers from all over the country still are coming through. Today I spent an hour booking people for 2016 and 2017!!!!!
I’m still trying to get going on my Weight and Win program. So far, nothing but I’m hoping if I can get some semblance of organization I can do it. Maybe after this week.
This is it for now.

July 20-21, 2015

21 Jul

It’s midnight so I am now running into July 21.
Up late trying to finish a project that Mary and I have been working on for 5 weeks. 150 embroidered travel trays for Cruise Holidays in Topeka. Its quite a process and we both now know what it would feel like to truly work in a sweat shop! We are down to our last 37. I’m embroidering the last few and then we still have to sew, turn inside out, topstitch and sew velcro on four corners. The velcro is the most time consuming and we are trying to think of alternative for next time. Actually sewing on snaps might be quicker.
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This is Mary’s last week with us so we have kicked it up a notch to finish. It has been great having her here and she will be very missed. With the increase in business I definitely need a 2nd person around a few days a week.
We have a busy week ahead. Wednesday is Potluck/Bingo night. Friday we have a little flea market/craft show/bake sale, that evening Mary and I are taking the “Pathway to the VA Veteran’s Gardens” quilt to sell raffle tickets. We have over $300 so far!! Photos of quilt and veteran.
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On Saturday we are having a giant pinata party. Remember the giant pinata we brought back from Mexico this winter??? We are going to bust it open.
We are hosting an art class today and tomorrow. I’m not able to work on my painting this time but hopefully next month. It is so cool to see our classes so far full this season. Now in process of getting the Quilt Retreat in October organized.
Our garden continues to flourish although nothing to really harvest yet. Have picked some herbs and some cabbage leaves but apparently things won’t truly be ready to harvest for a couple more weeks.
Billie and kids are getting settled into their new place. I so love their new home, especially all the space.
Joining a Weigh and Win fitness program put on at our local hospital. Back to my usual goal of losing $15. Since I am not exercising at all due to my back issues, I am getting fluffy and I’m still unable to fight the drumstick addiction although I have gone all day with no ice cream.. but, I am still awake so who knows.
Not much else to rattle on about.
We are getting ready to install a new interenet system in the park next week. Hopefully this will stop all of our internet issues and keep Denny from climbing the pole to reboot the router. (The campers do enjoy watching him do this several times a day)
Our weather has been wonderful and our Texans don’t want to leave. We keep moving people around in the park so they can stay longer. It gets quite complicated at times.
I keep wondering why I’m not writing about anything else but I guess my life is 100% the rv park right now
That’s it for now.

June 27, 2015

28 Jun

Finally I feel like blogging. Probably not a lot to write about but some tidbits.
The last I wrote was May 21. So much has happened since then.
It’s been a fabulous summer so far for the campground. This summer we have been full several times since the 1st weekend in June. Lots of groups and people from all over the country and Canada. I have had has many countries this summer but maybe later on.
May was a little crazy and cool and rainy but June has been pretty warm and just little showers. We actually need rain again. Every afternoon we get these big, beautiful thunderheads but the storms kind of go around us.
In May I had my first Quilt Applique workshop. It was great and had a full class. I was able to get to know some local quilters and it was fun getting to know some fiber people. I also had an art work shop in June and we had another full class. I’m calling it “let’s get out of our comfort zones” The ladies really enjoyed it. Why don’t men take these workshops?? Anyway another one is scheduled for next month. Below is Gayle with her masterpiece and she hasn’t painted before.
Billie and the kids came out the first week of June on the train. It was a fun visit. They did the waterpark, Sand Dunes, Hooper Pool, fishing, made walking sticks with a gentleman here in the park and ran around. They were able to stay in the cabin so that was cool.
2 weeks ago Sunday, I was in the game room cleaning up and 2 ladies walked in and yelled “hey where are the showers? I pointed down the hall and they just stood there. Once I looked at them it was Mary and Gayle!!!!!! I was sooooo shocked and we screamed and hugged. Then Mary told me she was here for 6 weeks and I almost fainted. I really needed her because I have been swamped in the office but I didn’t want her to fell that she had to be here this year. Anyway it has been great and we are in mass production of 150 travel trays that need
embroidered and sewn and velcro added. My shop had a great weekend and I have 3 bowlholders and 2 pillow covers to make this weekend.
Busy time ahead next week. Claire, Carleigh, and Karen are coming in on July 1. Claire has a booth in Art in the Park selling her beautiful vintage silverware jewelry. They will leave July 6 and Judy and Marvin arrive July 7. The 4th will be fun with parades and a full park. Most of our seasonals will be in finally. We’ll have a decorated pick up that plays music and our golf cart with the Circle the Wagons mascot “Buddy the big dog”.
Very excited for Billie and her upcoming move into her new place. I’ve seen photos but anxious to see the house. That will happen on July 10. The had to take Easton back to the shelter and then he’ll go into a retriever rescue shelter. He just needs to be with a family who is home most of the time. She sounds happy and the kids are having a fun summer most of the time.
I actually felt happy yesterday for the first time in awhile. I had talked to Billie and KC. Denny, Dale, Mary and I were all eating dinner at the table last night and I just felt content with our little Circle the Wagon family. Stomach has been doing better and back is doing great. I’m not doing any Zumba or golf and not anything twisty. We are all suffering with allergies:itchy noses, itchy eyes, skeeter bites. Moisture is a blessing but it brings other issues that we aren’t usually bothered with during the summer. It is so lush and the trees are so full of leaves and all of our veggies are growing in the greenhouse, and all the flowers we have planted are so bright and colorful and the grossbeaks are bright orange and flying around and singing and the hummingbirds like the flowers and the campers are being great and friendly and complimentary.
That’s it for now. Need to bag my last bag of ice and get to bed. Tomorrow Denny and Dale finally get to play golf with some friends. Mary and I are going to sew, sew and sew. Will be fairly busy in the office checking people in but should be able to make a dent in projects.

The beginning of our busy part of the season

21 May

We are approaching Memorial Day and as of now we are 95% full. I have received the first cancellation due to crappy weather. We cannot complain about moisture but…..it would be nice to have some sunshine. I want the campers to see the beautiful Spanish Peaks which are packed with snow. At this rate we could have snow on them until late June. It would also be nice for it to dry out because the road coming down to the park is a mess as are all of the roads in La Veta. Dirt roads are quaint but a nightmare with this much rain and snow. Hopefully we have some hearty campers coming in this weekend!!
Enough of the weather. Yesterday Sandy, Ginny and I drove west of Alamosa and bought some herbs at Catlins. What a fabulous greenhouse. Thousands of flowers and plants. The coolest thing I bought was a potato planter. It’s a bucket contraption that you turn upside down and plant the potato seeds and in 8 weeks I’ll have taters. Excited to see how the greenhouse works for us. It definitely is warmer in there even without the sun.
My first retreat has received several participants. I think I will have 10 for the applique class. I’m excited to finally get that moose put together!!. It will begin May 29.
My emotions are feeling better. The increase in medication has definitely made my mind not as negative.
Justin’s dad ordered the stone for his gravesite. It finally was finished and placed on the site. It’s beautiful and made Billie feel better. She hated having it unmarked.
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I’m counting down the days when they arrive on June 7th. They are taking the train which the kids really enjoy. I’m trying to think of some things to do but when they were here before the really like hanging around the park.
Time to put some packets together and eat some pancakes. Denny makes us a yummy breakfast every morning. The puppies love pancake morning because they always get some.


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