It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since we got back from the rally. I have worked out-of-town both weeks and the weekend in between we finished getting our house ready to sell. We definitely did NOT want to miss the Memorial Day weekend house hunting traffic, so we scheduled two open houses; one on Saturday, and one on Sunday. The downside was no camper time while we got it ready for that. Lee snuck out a couple of times and setup some basics and he put the new reclining love seat in and removed the original couch, but there was still lots of work waiting us when we hit the campsite Friday night. The first day and a half was spent squaring things away and it was weird unpacking for a seasonal stay versus moving around all the time. When you’re on the go everything is placed for ease of packing up and making sure it’s secure. When you’re stationary you can put anything you want wherever you want, which is nice, but totally different from the rally arrangement. While I situated things Lee worked on the support box under the couch. In the pictures below you can see we bought a love seat with zero clearance so each side can tilt back and out. It’s SUPER comfortable but does look pretty weird in that small a space. That being said I don’t regret the purchase at all and until we can get to Amish country and buy a custom couch I am super happy. I started down the path of thinking where would guests sit…how it looked etc, but as Lee quickly mentioned guests will mainly be outside and “Do you want to be comfortable or not?” The man had a point and once I sat in it I was sold…slightly weird looking or not. One last note Lee built a box for below the couch because the new one sticks out a little farther than the old one, so it needed something to rest on. The box didn’t look very good until he removed the padding and leather from the old couch and used it to upholster the new base. It looks great. The man is a genius!! (It’s true. I am a genius. – Lee)
Here’s the wooden box he built
Finished box on the bottom
My daughter Kay curled on the couch
That was the other thing..my daughter who is 18 gave up her Friday night and came out to visit us right after work. It was so fun, we had hot dogs and marshmallows and she kept us entertained all night with weird facts from an app her phone has. She’s a good girl and it was sweet she came to hang out. The lack of wifi was a bit of a bummer for her though.
One of my other favorite things was I got my rock collection sorted out. I like rocks and have collected neat ones in all my travels. I really thought I was going to have to give up my rock collection…partly for weight and partly because vision of rocks flying around the camper was giving me nightmares. Lee and my in-laws all threw themselves behind solving my rock problem though (so sweet) and helped me find these very nice plastic containers at The Container Store. I will be able to strap these in when we move and I now have three different rock carriers with plenty of space for more to come!! I don’t know about you, but it’s the little things in life that give me true joy…so thanks to Lee, DeDe and especially Denny for helping me make this happen. (If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend The Container Store. It’s my personal mecca. The have anything you need for putting anything into anything. They even have little boxes you can put littler boxes into. – Lee)
My rock collection…left to right Gold…Black…Red
Finally on Saturday Lee hung my Audrey Hepburn picture (which I fretted would not work and make the room smaller and turned out to be perfect) and covered the cabinet mirrors with Artscape Window Film. I really hated the fact that the cabinets across from the bed had mirrors for a variety of reasons…not the least of which is that I am not that crazy at looking at myself all the time. (I am not nearly as happy as she is about it. Who doesn’t want a wall of mirrors facing the bed??? Bow chicka bow bow, baby. – Lee) So I did some research and found a window cling at Home Depot. We weren’t sure what it would look like on a mirror since it’s made to go on a window, but Lee, ever practical, said buy one roll and if it doesn’t work you’re only out $22. Not only did it work…it completely surpassed my expectations…LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And, again, the room does not look smaller which was a concern. So here’s my updated bedroom thanks to my great handy-man hubby. (The Artscape window film is really easy to work with, and looks great on windows, and apparently, mirrors, although the more colorful and detailed patterns probably wouldn’t look as good on a mirror as a simple etched or frosted glass look. All you do is rough-cut it to fit, spray the glass with water that has just a few drops of liquid soap in it, and then position it and squeegee it until there are no air bubbles or water left. There’s no adhesive, it just works based on the laws of fluid mechanics. Or magic. Then you use a very sharp razor knife to trim the edge, and sit back and enjoy the adulation and kisses from whoever you did it for. Hanging a picture is even easier and hardly ever requires squeegeeing anything, so the work-to-kisses ratio is more in your favor. – Lee)
My Audrey Hepburn picture
Before and after with mirrors
Lee at work
Finished product looks so much better
Sunday night we had our friends Georgia and Jim over. They had not seen the campsite yet and we were happy to be ready to share it. I went with hot dogs and chips but I did make my Mom’s amazing potato salad. Usually I’m lazy and buy a vastly inferior product at the grocery store, but making a small batch for just the four of us was super easy and it lasts well in the fridge. I have the recipe at the bottom if you want to try it out. It’s truly yummy delicious. I also have been looking for years for that hot dogs that mimic those of my childhood memories and I finally found them. Jordan’s Ball Game Treats are very inexpensive and taste just like the hot dogs I ate when I was a kid. I am sure they are terrible for you…but I’ll take a good ole basic hot dog over one of those fancy ones any day. (Fancy hot dogs??? What the hell are fancy hot dogs? I don’t think she knows what hot dogs are made of. – Lee)
Oh I also keep forgetting to mention Lee put up a bird feeder on the window that Dede and Denny gave us and a hummingbird feeder. We have had friends in both along our travels and since they are right outside my desk window I can sit and watch without scaring them away. I included the hummingbird feeder mixture in the recipe section because it’s easy to make but I keep forgetting the ratio.
Bird feeder and hummingbird feeder outside my desk window
Georgia and Jim (two of our best friends) came over and we had a great time. Their son worked for Lee and he is the son we never had. He chose the same career field as Lee and is doing very well in it so we had a very enjoyable night talking about our kids, our plans for the future, and of course showing off our new camper 🙂 It was also cool that despite having intermittent rain all weekend it was perfectly dry all night. Thanks so much Georgia and Jim for helping us kick off our seasonal summer!! Look forward to many more nights by the fire.
Speaking of the campsite here are the pictures of the campsite and our friends Georgia and Jim.
Campsite at night
Kay and Lee hanging out by the fire
Big rock on our site
Very well wooded site.. love that…we have neighbors but can barely see them through the tress
Connie’s Best Ever Potato Salad
1. Peel potatoes and cut into 4-5 pieces
2. Boil covered until you can easily cut through with a butter knife but remove before mushy. Rinse with cool water
3. Boil eggs and allow both eggs and potatoes to cool
4. Use a fork to mix egg yolks, mayo, mustard, and good seasons
5. Mix potatoes, green onions, and egg whites
6. Mix dressing into potato mixture gently stirring.
7. Refrigerate until served (best if made the night before)
Connie’s Best Ever Potato Salad
Hummingbird Feeder Solution
- 1 part sugar (must be the real deal)
- 4 parts water
Stir well prior to filling up the feeder
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