Tuesday, July 31, 2012

7/31/12 - July Close Out

Overall, July was wonderful.  It was my birthday month, and it was full of gifts.  I am grateful to God for each one of them.

The picture above is from this past weekend.  That's me, Bubba (my nephew/brother) and John Alvin (his cousin).  Bubba and his wife BJ invited me to join them at Lake Whitney for the weekend.  I love that lake!!  It was wonderful!  Of course it doesn't hurt that they have a nice RV and boat, and John Alvin was able to join us because he has a great place and lives on the lake.  It made me long for my nomadic life even more, but in the meantime I'll take weekends like this one anytime!  :)

On the way to the lake I passed an RV retail place that had a Class B with slide outs.  I practically wrecked doing a u-turn to go back and see it.  I stood at the fence and drooled for awhile.  They weren't open yet.

The Class B wasn't there when I came back through on my way home, but I took a picture of this Scamp they had parked in the back.

It may not look like much but when I looked them up, I got really excited!  This model is only 13 ft. and it comes with a shower and rooftop a/c.  Check out this picture from their specs site.  The bed converts to a dinette for day use.  I'm in love!

The Month In Review

I completely blew my normal routine for isolation and writing this month, but I don't regret one single moment.  I considered each outing a vacation and birthday treat.

I started off the month attending church with my niece and her family to celebrate their successful VBS.

VBS Song Recital - Wesley, Kenzie and mom, Charlene
Wesley and Nonni
Kenzie and Oliver
On July 4th, I got to enjoy a cookout in Bubba's beautiful backyard.

I also got to see Smiles again this month.  You remember her, right?  She is the puppy I rescued.  She is very lucky and very happy.  The picture is blurry because she was all over me and wouldn't quit wiggling.  Too cute!

For my birthday, I heard from lots of friends and family.  And Charlene had a party for me and her daughter who was in town.  That was awesome too!

However, one of the best gifts I got was peace and quiet at my apartment... let me explain....

Until my birthday weekend, I had not had a full night's sleep in this apartment.  Not one!  My birthday was Saturday, 7/14.  On 7/12 the apartments did a drug raid and announced that they are putting a police substation in the complex.  In my building!  That may sound ominous to you, but to me it was/is a big relief.  The noise and parties stopped almost immediately.  Then, as if that wasn't enough, God gave me another blessing!  The very next day, on Friday, 7/13, the new manager told the family of 7 above me (in a one bedroom), that they had to move to a 2 bedroom or find a new place to live.  They moved out while I was at my birthday party.  How awesome is that?!?  Peace.  Quiet.  Sleep.  Happy birthday to me!  :)

My furbabies are enjoying the peace and quiet too.  We all crashed!

Miss Hope, Nonni and Bentley
All in all, I'm closing out July a very happy camper.  :)

Taken at my 54th bday party by my great niece Kristen  :)


  1. I had gotten worried by not hearing from you. I'm glad you've had a good time. Happy Birthday, John.

    1. Ahhh, thank you John. I'm not sure what's up with me not blogging in awhile - just busy I guess. Good to hear from you too.

  2. in order of importance: LOVE the furbabies sleeping in peace, Love your new Do, HAPPY HAPPY about the police moving in and the quiet... all of that is just wonderful.
    your cousins back yard looks more like a PARK to me. the scamp is adorable. one of the bloggers has a scamp and she leaves her hubby and dogs home and goes out about once a month with her scamp and camera and a bag of books for alone time in state parks.

    1. Thank you Sandra! I have been very blessed. That's my brother/nephew's backyard and you're right - it IS a park! LOL. Can you email me the blog name of the scamp camper. That is so awesome! Love and hugZ, D

  3. Oh my! You have been busy. Glad to hear things are working out I was little worried for a moment there.
    Glad you're keeping cool the dogs are fine. The day is coming when you'll get that motor home.

    When you have that home, you will eventually I'm sure make it out to San Diego. you'll be welcome to stay at my house in our driveway, My wife and I will show you the town. Take care my friend Dave

    1. @ David, or do you go by Dave? Either way, thank you! I hope you're right about that day - some days I have doubt - mainly because I want it so badly and it's going to take awhile. One step, one day at a time, right? Regardless, comments like this really help and I sincerely mean it when I say thank you.

      And absolutely! West is my direction of choice. Hit the ocean and bank right. :) When that day does come, I'd love to meet you and your wife! Just don't give up on me. I'll get there as soon as I can.


    2. That was such a great month, so many good things. Just keep a positive attitude and this waiting will soon be a memory. Sure is nice to have a police presence for pease and quiet.
      Lake Whitney isn't too far from where I will be after Labor Day. Hopefully we will be able to get together in September.

  4. Woweeeee!!!!! Thats awesome about the place quieting down, surprised I didn't get a text about that....those little Scamp trailers are way cool....how much did they want for it? Great to see you posting again!!