The Clock Museum

After the carousel museum we went down the road to the American Clock and Watch Museum. I enjoyed this one less than the carousels but Lee loved it, and again it was only $8. If you are wondering why this is in Bristol, CT (I did) apparently the town had 275 businesses around the clock and watch industry. The collection pieces are from several of those businesses and local leaders.

I really enjoyed the older clocks and in particular a display about Yankee Peddlers. Clocks were very expensive and were sold by the peddlers, often paid on installment plans. They had many beautiful examples of those clocks and some posters.

They also had a few really large clocks including one working one that was three stories tall. We learned every Friday two volunteers come in and wind the working clocks which takes them a few hours. The sounds were extremely soothing in the various rooms and I did enjoy reading about the history of many of the clocks.

The signage was excellent and I learned a lot including how the banjo clock was created. They were beautiful and there were some gorgeous examples

They also had a grandfather clock room filled with huge clocks.

Even clocks from around the world. In particular the Japanese clocks were fascinating. They count time in a completely different way based on sunup and sundown and I’ll be honest it hurt my brain a little trying to figure it out. The concept of time has deep impact on a culture and having a completely different way of measuring it says something about that culture. I am not smart enough to know exactly what but there is something there.

My absolute favorites though were the clocks that did something else. There were a variety of clocks used in businesses and I loved those.

This was my absolute favorite though a cool coffee table clock!! Beautiful.

I don’t know that I would go out of my way to see this museum but it is a couple miles away from the carousel museum which I would absolutely go out of my way for. Either way it was a nice inexpensive way to spend the day.

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October 2021 Budget

It occurred to me as I am posting these budgets that folks might think you need this much money to live on. As you can see on our budgets page we have lived on far less, but now that I am making corporate money again we are less concerned about what we spend. That hasn’t really made it into our budget so far so you see these huge variances, but I wanted to take a few moments and go category by category and talk about what is fixed or variable. A big part of our thought process is “buy it now while we are making good money” so we wont need it later when it would sting more. Please see below for my thoughts about the categories.

Campsite Fees – When we are living on less money this is definitely an area that we kept extremely low. A combination of work kamping jobs with free sites for many months at a time, and boondocking helped with costs but now we are all full hookups and strong cell signals (need it for the job) along with staying wherever we want. For example the closest campground to my oldest grandson just went up to $1600 a month. (Two years ago they had a monthly rate of around $700) There are a couple places farther away that are a little cheaper and in the past we wouldn’t have been able to afford staying here. Now we drive less and stay closer.

Cell/Internet – This has not changed the entire time we have been on the road. Being able to stream and have strong internet has always been a priority for us and no matter how broke we were we didn’t cut corners here. Some people only use wifi and other creative solutions but we have steadfastly just paid the money.

Clothing – Although most of my clothes have been thrift store bought Lee has almost always bought new. The difference was we bought very little and now that we have money again we have splurged again. A chunk of this is souvenir T-Shirts but I also spent money on some new clothes for the first time in years. Most of this though is discretionary spending.

Entertainment – When we are watching our budget we only do things that are free or near free. Now we are doing what we want. Again, discretionary.

Food – This has always been a struggle for us, but when we had less money we ate out much less. Now we eat out several times a week. We’ve always spent too much on groceries and that has actually gone down a little but is still more than many people.

Gifts – I bought very little for others (except the kids on holidays) for several years and now I can splurge on those grandbabies.

Home Repair – In general this category has not changed much over the last couple of years. With the exception of a couple of renovation projects we have to repair what’s broken and have never scrimped much on this category. That being said by anyone elses measure a chunk of these purchases is discretionary.

Truck Fuel – I think this has stayed pretty consistent although when we were work kamping we probably traveled a little less. We are getting steep discounts on fuel when we travel though which has helped keep costs down.

Truck Maintenance – This is what it is. The first five years we had a pre-paid maintenance plan so all we had to cover was the occasional deductible and tires, but now we pay for what is broken. Many people do their own repairs to keep costs down, but Lee is not comfortable with that and since I am not willing to do it, we keep going to Ford dealers. Since we have one vehicle and it matters whether it runs the peace of mind is worth it to us.

So that’s my thoughts. We are choosing to spend $7K a month and if you go back and look we lived many many months on $4K. I just dont want people thinking it has to be this way.

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New England Carousel Museum

As we are traveling we often stop at small, little known museums and almost always they are worth more than their reasonably priced cost. This was definitely true of the New England Carousel Museum which is not only a museum, but a birthday party and wedding venue, with a bonus small fireman’s museum as well! I love carousel horses but didn’t know much about the history of them, so not only did I find it beautiful but I also learned a ton. Plus one free ride on their indoor working carousel comes with the $8 admission. Can’t get much of a better bargain than that.

I learned that carousels actually started as a ride for adults where people in baskets were pushed around poles. Carousels were also used for jousting practice by nights and later were an adult ride where patrons tried to catch a ring to get a prize. Now of course they are considered relatively tame childish entertainment, but if you look at the horses you can see the beginnings.

I also learned that there were three major styles in American Carousel art. And make no mistake these are intricate carvings done by several notable families. The styles are Coney Island, Philadelphia, and Country Fair and the museum has groupings of each, In addition there are European style carousels which have their own unique flair as well. When I was a kid I vaguely recognized I preferred one style of carousel and horse other another and when I saw them all together I really could see the differences. I would love to say I was able to group these pictures by type but to be honest I took pictures on what caught my eye and they are all jumbled together. Using the picture below though maybe you can figure out what group they belong in.

They also had several stations that showed how the work was done. I found this fascinating to see the animals in various stages of completion.

I also really liked the super old ones that were sprinkled in some side rooms. Many of the older ones were in VERY unusual shapes including a combo Theodore Roosevelt and a horse which was odd yet compelling.

In addition to the animals, the museum has other items including music machines that worked, banners, and other carnival machines. These weren’t the focus but they were sprinkled throughout and added some variety to the collection. When we asked one of the museum people to turn on one of the machines they happily did so and we got some great video.

Another group of animals were based on marine creatures and were absolutely beautiful These were all relatively new and I would love to see more carousels using these designs in the future.

Finally we made it to the carousel and since there was an active birthday party it was running. Lee and Kay wouldn’t ride but I couldn’t help taking a spin.

The Wedding venue area even had a section of miniature carousels. These were absolutely beautiful and works of art in their own right.

And finally in the very back on the top floor there was a small fire protection museum. Not sure how it ended up there, but since I am in the fire safety business I loved it. Even found a couple of valves made by my company many years ago. The fire bells were particularly beautiful and in amazing condition for their age.

Talk about getting your moneys worth. I highly recommend this museum and if you live in the area it seems like a fun place to have an event or birthday party. Next up the clock museum!

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A Death In The Family

The same day we got back from Kent Falls, Lee got the call that his father had passed away from lung cancer. Since both he and his caregiver were vaccinated we don’t believe COVID was a factor, but since it was so quick honestly its hard to know. Lee and his Dad have had a complicated relationship and our becoming fulltime RVers (which he never approved of) didn’t help. So I am not going to talk much about it here, except to say Lee drove back to Columbus the next morning and stayed a week to help his step sister and his caregiver. Because his father wanted no service of any kind, I stayed home with the dog with Lee’s blessing. The one thing Lee did care about was the family photos and papers and thankfully he was able to bring those back with him. He has spent the last week going through those items and has been going through the grieving process.

While he was gone I unfortunately didn’t have a vehicle because our truck is still not done. Turns out the clamp for the secondary cooling system wasn’t tightened properly during the initial repair and it looked like a relatively easy fix. Unfortunately our tech was hospitalized for COVID before he could finish the testing, a second tech was out with COVID, and the Service manager was on vacation. They were unable to work on it for an entire week, and when the techs came back somehow the keys had been lost. That was a new problem and unfortunately the only solution was to order a new key. As of this writing we still are using the rental car and our insurance company is beyond livid at the way the Ford dealer has handled this repair. On the plus side I spent some of that time adding a new page to our website called National Parks where I list all the blog posts about trips to National Parks and Monuments.

We have made the best use of the rental car though because Lee drove the two hours to Keene and cleaned out our old storage unit. Our daughters Kat and Kay still had stuff in there and because Kat just had a new baby and is renting a new house we decided that we would ship her stuff to her as a housewarming present. I didn’t have the first clue how to accomplish that, but I was motivated and it turns out that UHAUL has a set price for moving containers. I had no idea they did this, but for one price you can get a U-Box container and they will move it end to end. It wasn’t cheap (around $1500 all in) but much cheaper than many other alternatives and relatively easy for Lee to manage. On a cold and rainy day, he ended up moving the items back and forth from the Storage place to UHaul and we all breathed a sigh of relief when it was done. In particular we were concerned about moving Lee’s grandmother’s heavy sewing machine, but this solution will work great for that and a couple other heavy items.

We also found a small stash of our stuff that we have gone through and are taking a couple of items to Kyrston (including a giant wooden bear). Truly it would have been better if we would have done this a long time ago, but it is done now and we all feel better for it. Everyone has their own stuff and Lee and I don’t need to worry about it anymore.

The UBox includes 24 packing blankets
To the right is a street light that was turned into a lamp. It’s crazy heavy and another reason any shipping costs based on weight weren’t a great idea.
Finally empty storage unit
Have no idea how this bear is getting to Kyrston’s but Lee has a plan.

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First Time at Kent Falls

Lee and I were both really happy top learn there are a surprising amount of waterfalls in Connecticut and based on Kay’s recommendation we decided one beautiful Saturday to drive an hour north to Kent Falls. Since it has been so long since I have seen waterfalls of any kind, I was excited no matter what to see some, but it turned out that these falls were absolutely gorgeous and are now in my list of favorites. It’s not actually one big fall, but rather many smaller falls all linked together and the climb up the beside them was absolutely gorgeous with the fall colors. There is no way my words can do it justice, so hopefully my pictures will suffice…all I can say is if you get a chance to stop by please do. Out of state vehicles had to pay $15 to park, but it was totally worth it.

There was a small covered bridge leading to the falls which you can see behind the big yellow tree.
At the very top

Honestly my pictures don’t come close to capturing the beauty but hopefully the video does a better job. My only complaint was the bathrooms were very dirty and out of toilet paper, which my $15 should have gone to help pay for. Other than that it was a lovely hike although I did have a bit of trouble going down. Instead of going on the slick steps, I chose to walk down a more gradual winding path but unfortunately I twisted my ankle on a root. Thankfully I had my Merrill hiking boots on which stopped the injury from being more serious but I did strain a tendon and spent over a week babying it to get it back to 100%. Still it was totally worth it and I am so very happy we saw it.

Oh and I forgot to mention on the way there we stopped and saw a covered bridge. These are always fun and a New England trip wouldn’t be the same without seeing at least one.

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First time in Mystic

It’s funny how there are places that stick in your head and one of the best parts of this lifestyle are when you get to see them as you travel. It’s always cool, even when they turn out to be just ordinary places, but once in a while the place meets your imagination. That certainly happened with Mystic, CT which I heard about from the movie Mystic Pizza and the town is a quaint seaside place very similar to how I had pictured it. The pizza place still exists and having a slice was one of the highlights of the trip. It took a little time to find it though and even more to find parking, because Mystic is definitely a “park and walk” kind of place. What was cool though (for us at least) was we hit the drawbridge right when it was lifting and we got to not only see a lift bridge but also see two boats sail through. Excellent bonus!

The town is on both sides of the inlet but you have to cross the bridge to get to the Pizza place and shops
Cool tugboat
Cool seawall

There is a really interesting set of shops over the bridge that have an eclectic selection of local stores. Unlike other towns that are all chain stores, this one had room for local owners. We didn’t go into every one because masks were mandatory but we did go into several and really liked what we saw.

My favorite store was Queenies because they had a ton of merchandise with sassy sayings that made me laugh out loud. I didn’t buy anything but appreciated the humor and grabbed their online info in case I wanted to get something as a present for one of my kids some day.

I also liked that while shopping there were lots of items that regular people could afford to buy. Don’t get me wrong there is serious money in this town but it doesn’t cater exclusively to the wealthy.

As I mentioned though the best part was Mystic Pizza. I had a slice and it was really good. The dough was awesome and the cheese was perfectly cooked. We also had a great conversation with one of the waitresses about full time RVing and love when we meet people who say that is a dream of theirs. Our #1 piece of advice is always to be debt free, and hopefully those conversations will help folks along the way.

Mystic Pizza
We sat at the bar
Yummy

It was a nice day and we both got lots of steps in although the mask requirement made me feel a little claustrophobic later in the day. It was humid which didn’t help and the sea breeze didn’t reach the smaller side street we were walking on. Still I am really glad we got to see it and I added that to my list of those experiences I probably never would have had if we hadn’t become full timers. I feel confident saying that because we lived 2-1/2 away from Mystic for 15 years and never went. It took changing our life to make that wish a reality.

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First Time at The Book Barn

As many of you know Lee and I love real books. But since we read them and donate them we try to usually get good prices and used book stores and thrift stores are our favorite places to find them. Over the years we have been to used bookstores all across the country, so when Lee mentioned the Book Barn I was all in. I was expecting a pretty standard used book store, but boy was I surprised. First of all it is not one building but several and in mutitple locations throughout the town of Niantec, CT.

I should have known it was something special when we pulled up and the parking lot was full. Not only that but there was a line of people waiting to drop off books and they had multiple people working the station where they paid for the books they received. The books store claims to own 500,000 books and from what I saw that may very well be possible. Better still almost all paperbacks were only $1 and hardbacks mostly ranged from $4 – $7. Those prices were fantastic and when I wondered how they could make a profit with such low markups, Lee said “Volume”. Which is probably true.

Right off the bat I walked into the $1 hardback section and it was hard to get me out. I loaded up on cookbooks and took them out to the car and then kept looking around. The property was surprisingly large and had several smaller buildings, a kids play area, a garden, and live goats.

The main building was a bit of a disappointment, but I did think the labeling on the shelves was great. It was mostly reference material but I couldn’t find any of the books in the genres I like.

There was tons of staff, but despite that I did have some trouble getting my questions answered. It turned out that my two favorite genres were actually located in separate buildings in different parts of town which to be honest annoyed me. I was going to not even go see but Lee talked me into it and I was so glad he did. Not only did I find the largest collections (and I do not say that lightly) of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal novels I have ever seen but everything was $1. It was really fantastic and the employees at the annexes were much nicer than the main building. They were experts in the genres and made some great recommendations on new authors to try. I was in heaven.

One good thing about going to the annexes was we got to see more of the town. They had some beautiful seaside inns and a nice restaurant (fantastic clam chowder) along with an Italian bakery. I really enjoyed the small town of Devens, but the Book Barn is the definite draw. If you are ever in the area and love books like us I definitely recommend it just make sure you give yourself plenty of time because it is quite the adventure.

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First Time at Wesleyan University

I haven’t talked about this much, but one of the main reasons Lee and I were able to become fulltime RVers at such an early age was because we didn’t have college debt for ourselves or our daughters hanging over our heads. Lee never went to college but instead joined the military right out of high school like his mother and father before him. My two oldest daughters did go to local colleges for some credits, but both primarily worked in the restaurant industry and school wasn’t a huge priority for them. My youngest looked at her options and since she wanted to become a linguist joined the Air Force and spent 6 years as a Korean linguist in the Air Force. These choices allowed Lee and I to stay out of debt (my college was paid for primarily by my employer) which was great, but we never got the traditional university experience that many people have with their children.

Fast forward to last year and our youngest left the military and entered Wesleyan College on a full scholarship through the Posse Foundation, which takes military leaders and supplement the GI bill so they can go to more expensive schools. Wesleyan is considered a “junior ivy” and we were both thrilled when she was accepted into the program and that college. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we couldn’t visit her at all last year, but this year we finally made it to see her school. I was lucky enough to attend a university when I was younger and live on campus so I understood the college experience, but this was a first for Lee and the environment was as foreign for him as our visit to the Air Force base was for me.

We started with a tour of the campus to get acclimated and I have to say it is huge despite only having around 3,500 students. It is also interesting that the buildings are so diverse, because the school has added on over the years (or bought up surrounding property) and the buildings are all very different. It was also a beautiful, crisp autumn day when we walked around and there was a live football game happening which added to the fun. It was everything a university should be in my opinion, but let me just show you with my pictures.

One of my favorite buildings was the big library on campus which was absolutely gorgeous. They had extended the original building but left the façade inside which gave it a cool building in building look. Lee was suitably impressed by the stacks!

Kay did an excellent tour and it turns out that many famous people have gone to Wesleyan college. I was the most excited about Bill Belichick the coach of the New England Patriots, but Kay talked the most about Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton. He actually wrote the play In The Heights while he was a sophomore at the college and held dress rehearsals in one of the buildings there. Because the college has a well renowned film department there are also many other alumni including Joss Whedon and Michael Bay. It was cool to see the areas of the school that were dedicated to its alumnus in particular the dormitory where the writers of How I Met Your Mother lived as students. They included Wesleyan references in the TV show but I never really put two and two together until I walked the campus.

I loved that they added a picture of Lin-Manual next to former presidents of the school.
This is the dorm the How I met your Mother writers lived in

I would love to say I saw the entire campus but after around 12,000 steps I had to call it quits. We did see the major stuff though and the next day we came back to attend the monthly meeting of Kay’s campus Vets group. This group of young people from all branches of the service were really interesting to meet and I loved hearing about their experiences adjusting to campus life. Going from the strict military to an ultra liberal college campus is not easy for everyone and the group is about helping make that transition easier for people. I even made a big pot of chicken and noodles for the potluck and was glad I got to meet these people who were such a huge part of Kay’s life. We also got to visit Kay’s apartment and I finally met my grand dog Tonka. He is a rescue and a real cutie and her place is a nice apartment in college owned housing. Her roommate Elle is also a vet and a grownup and they seem to have a good thing going. Where to put vets is part of the problem as they don’t do well with the younger college students. They try to provide single housing or pair them up to help with the transition.

Lee and I are are excited about exploring the rest of the area and we have made a list. Kay has a pretty busy schedule but she will come with us when she can.

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Connecticut State Sticker

Before I jump into Connecticut, we had to get there, and unfortunately once again we had truck issues on the drive. The first day wasn’t terrible, but the second day we were back to little to no power when we went up hills. This led us to believe that we might have some sort of pinhole leak in the new radiator and the smell of burning coolant supported that. Thankfully engine temperatures did not require pulling over, but babying the engine did add time to the drive. The good news is the insurance company was extremely apologetic and agreed we could take the truck to a Ford dealer in Connecticut. We also learned that eventually we would be getting our $1,000 deductible back from the other insurance company which was welcome news as well. The hardest part of the drive though was Jack getting used to his new seat in the truck. He likes being up high and was not happy when he wasn’t eye level with us so we piled his two dog beds together and made a temporary solution. I told Jack that the grandbabies came first but he was unimpressed by my argument.

Jack being unimpressed by his new seating arrangement

Those of you who have read the blog for awhile know that we have criteria for when we get a state sticker. For us we not only have to spend the night in our RV in the state, but also do something unique to the area. As we are finishing our seventh year we are down to just a few states, but those have been super tricky to get. You would think it would be easy, as most of the remaining states we have driven through, but the coordination has been tough. Since my youngest daughter Kay is going to college in Connecticut I thought that one would be easy, but finding a place to stay was challenging.

We have spent lots of time with her sisters over the last two years, but because of her school COVID restrictions have not been able to visit. When Lee started looking for a place in Connecticut near her there weren’t a ton of choices and the later we got into October the worse it was. Finally I called a place that closed October 15th and explained our situation and asked if they could extend for us. It turns out that the campground has 8 full hookup spots that they leave open longer and the owner thought she might have a spot. Ultimately she took pity on us and squeezed us in and I was happy to pay $1000 in cash for the month. The spot itself is really huge and best of all there is a giant field that Jack can run in. The only downside is we are under walnut trees and the the loud crack of walnuts hitting our RVs is a little distressing at times. Still I was thrilled we found a place only 20 minute drive from our daughter and it is really beautiful.

Kay is going to Wesleyan College which is in Middletown, CT and I was surprised by how familiar the surrounding area was. When I used to travel for work, before we hit the road, I spent a ton of time in Berlin, CT which is right next door to Middletown. I was thrilled when I learned that a couple of my favorite restaurants were pretty close by and had a blast taking Lee to the Cromwell Diner and Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant. When you visit a place enough for work you get a favorite hotel and favorite restaurants and there was nothing better after a long day of working than pot roast at the Cromwell diner. It had been 8 years since I had been to the restaurant but it has the same owners and the pot roast tasted exactly the same!!

As we were roaming around I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and it was great showing Lee all of the places I knew in the area. I was particularly excited when we drove by Stew Leonards grocery store and Lee and I had to stop. One of the interesting things about traveling is all the different grocery stores we visit but NONE and I mean none is as unique as Stew Leonards. My best explanation is Kroger meets Chuckie Cheese meets IKEA. The grocery store has a path (like IKEA) and each section had cool animatronic characters and design. There are tons of employees, lots of in house made product, and videos that show how things are made. I would have loved to have taken my kids here when they were small and even though the prices are on the high side the entertainment value more than makes up for it. If you are ever in the area, please take the time to stop in. It earned our state sticker for us and is definitely a unique place.

We also were excited to find several disc golf courses in the area and Lee took Jack to one that was dog friendly. They had an absolute blast that day and as we all know a happy Jack makes for a happy family. Have I mentioned lately that it really is all about Jack? Yes I have become one of those people.

The best news is we are only 30 minutes from the beach and it allows dogs after September 1st. I missed the crashing waves, as the water is actually the Long Island Sound, but we did enjoy a beautiful walkway that meandered through the dunes. Going to places like this off season is the best because it was clear from the parking lot the state park would be packed in season. It was another nice way to see the area and a first for both of us because we had never seen the Long Island Sound.

All in all it was a great way to get our state sticker and next up we are touring the Wesleyan campus with Kay. It’s an absolutely gorgeous campus with a variety of architecture and definitely deserves its own post.

Lots of cool stuff for such a little sticker

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Back Seat’s Back…All Right!

First off, sorry for the cheesy title, but I just couldn’t help myself. I’ll get to why it makes sense in a little bit, but first I need to catch you up. A lot has happened, so hold on! Lee and I rolled out of Columbus with our newly “fixed” truck, excited to be back on the road again. Unfortunately right off the bat there was a terrible accident in WV so we rerouted ourselves to head north towards Pittsburgh. Normally this would have been just fine, but about 2 hours into our day the truck started acting funny.

When we were going up hills, or really anytime the turbo should have kicked in, the truck was seriously lacking in power. Our choice was to keep going or head back, and for a variety of reasons, we decided to just keep going and see. The thermostat temps were OK, the truck was just a little sluggish and it wasn’t clear what the deal was. But we kept tackling some crazy grades and except for one stop in Pittsburgh to let the engine cool a bit things were stressful but OK.

It’s hard to drive when something might be wrong, but maybe not, and with the trailer its not like you can just pull over and find service. Since we knew Bill and Kelly were on the other end of our drive we thought it was best to keep going and finally made it to Hickory Hollow.

We love Hickory Hollow and not just because Bill and Kelly are there. It’s a huge beautiful campground with really nice owners and lots of space for Jack to run around. Jack was thrilled to see his friends again and Bill used his meter to check and see if we had an error code and discovered that the repair shop didn’t add enough coolant into the secondary coolant well. Turns out the truck put itself into a slower mode to protect itself due to the lack of coolant. Insanity but we were glad we made it and were cautiously optimistic adding the coolant would solve the problem.

Hickory Hollow is near the small town of Somerset, PA and since we had scheduled 8 days we decided to really check out the area. Kelly and I went to multiple thrift stores together and Bill and Lee went and played disc golf. We also ate at several really cool local restaurants and had campfires a couple of nights. One of the coolest places we went is called Bargain Clothing. It is only open 2 days a week and has stacks and stacks of new clothes. Insanity really, but Kelly and I had a blast pawing through all the stuff and looking for stuff in our size. We both found some treasures.

Another day we went to see the wind chime installation at the 9-11 memorial park. The chimes were not fully installed when we came last year and unfortunately there wasn’t enough wind (it needs to be 10-15 mph) for sound on this visit. It was still pretty though and we got some great pictures.

On the way back from the chimes though something really cool happened. We passed a salvage yard in Stoystown and it was huge. I have been looking for months in multiple cities for a back seat for our truck. Told you I would get there! About a year into being on the road Lee removed our back seat and put in his tool chest. Later this came out and he built a wooden stand for storage that let the dog sit up high. We never missed the backseat, and then we had grandkids. With babies you need a rear seat to attach the car seat to and the last couple of years it has really put a crimp in our taking Oliver places. This would also be an issue with Elliott so the seat became a priority.

Unfortunately new ones are $1,000 just for the part and I didn’t want to spend that much. Imagine my excitement after months of searching when Stoystown had one!!!. Lee went right away and it only cost $100 for the seat and then another $100 for the seatbelt hardware. $200 was a huge bargain and in a few hours we had a back seat again!!

Lee did an excellent job and we both felt that the universe was smiling at us. Now if the transmission fluid fixed the turbo problem we would be all set driving. We had a great time with our friends and were so grateful for their help but off we go to see our daughter Kay!

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