Camping at our Elks Lodge

Camping at our Elks Lodge in Texas

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This is our camping site at the Grapevine Elks Lodge. We pay $20.00 a night. We have electric & water hook-ups and plenty of social opportunities. The lodge has a drawing & meal on Wednesday nights.  Thursday nights is Karaoke nights @ 7. Friday night is a nice dinner & dancing.

Kevin and I attended the Wednesday night meal. It was chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, 2 different salads, and 2 different desserts. The volunteers were friendly and helpful.  I’m happy to be part of this lodge.

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Grapevine Elks Lodge #2483

Lodge #2483 began in 1971 in Hurst, Texas. Kevin and I were given a tour of the lodge when we joined. The kitchen area looks clean and efficient. The dance floor looks like fun. A new outside area was recently added. It looks like a good place to relax with a drink or meal outside.

Members Only Park

This is the members-only park we have access to. Joey (our yorkie) likes to sniff at everything in the park. lol

If the weather is nice Kevin found a few places we could go on our morning walk up the street. I’m involved in several Fitbit challenges this week. I love it! It keeps me accountable. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day.

Overall, the Grapevine Elks Lodge is a great place to join the elks. The location is near the Globe Life Park in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play baseball. The lodge is military veteran friendly. Kevin and I both served in the Army. The members are friendly. Whenever we enter the lodge a member takes a moment to talk. I’m very happy with our membership here.

Happy RVing!

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas
This park is near Bridgeport, Texas.

This park has a 5-mile walk. It’s called the Armadillo walk. We have our Fitbit’s charged and ready to go. 🙂 My Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps a day.

 We found a 30 amp site with full hook up next to the clubhouse. The street is called Hollywood Blvd. 🙂 The satellite reception and internet work well at our site. I think we’re going to have a nice quiet Easter here.

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 The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a new find for us. The long forked tail on this bird is used it catch insects.

We applied for our elk’s membership in Texas this month. I’m excited to join the elk’s organization. If everything goes well we should be elks soon. Its good to be part of an organization that helps others. Also, the elks have RV parks all over the USA.

Happy RVing!

Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!

Bird Spotting

  • Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
  • Killdeer
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mallards
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Mockingbird

Wildflowers

  • Texas Verbena
  • Texas Thistle
  • Wine cup
  • Coreopsis

Sky Watch Friday

 

 

Birding, Healthy Eating & Fitbit

Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California

Birding – We started a new bird list for 2017. This list will track our bird spotting for the year of 2017. We recently added the Great Blue Heron, Great-Tailed Grackle & the Double-Crested Cormorant to our 2017 bird list.

Healthy Eating- I received a wok for Christmas. I’ve been trying to make healthy meals with it. I’ll leave a link below.

Walking- Kevin bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 for our 25th anniversary. I’m so excited. The device tracks my heart rate, steps, miles and sleeping activity. It helps me calm my anxiety with a breathing technique. It also notifies me if I sit too long. At this point, the Fitbit Charge 2 is my new favorite toy. Kevin and I walked 15,686 steps in one day.  🙂

Happy RVing!

My Fitbit Profile. We could motivate each other.

How to Stir Fry

Emerald Cove RV Park

Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California

Our time- here is spent walking, sky watching, going to the jacuzzi, reading, birding and geocaching.

The campground- is filled with people. I usually don’t see this many RV’s here. We have a good spot in the second row with a slice of a river view.

Photography– My pictures were taken with my iPhone today so be patient with the quality.

Skywatching- The moon was full last night. I saw it in the sky with some clouds. It looked like something from a scary supernatural movie. lol

Happy RVing!

Temecula’s Newest Farmers Market

Temecula’s Newest Farmers Market

I think much of my inspiration comes from nature. I feel alive when I take a long hike with my dog or when I just spend time outdoors, appreciating the beauty of this world. I even feel alive and inspired when I walk through farmers markets appreciating and learning about local fruits and vegetables.“–Amanda Schull

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Farmers Market Haul- dill plant, onions, pumpkin squash, acorn squash, mexican limes and alfalfa honey

The Vail Headquarters Farmer Market is a pleasant surprise. I saw flags, soap, jewelry, crafts, peanut brittle, fudge, essential oils, tamales, veggies, fruits, honey and more. Its a good size market.

Most farmer markets are friendly places. I like that I can ask questions to the local vendors and they love to tell me about their products. The Vail Headquarters Farmer Market is a friendly farmers market. There isn’t a bunch of traffic here like at the Saturday Old Town Farmers Market in downtown Temecula.

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The local vendors took their time telling us about their products here. The squash vendor gave us one acorn squash for free. He also gave me several recipes for cooking squash.

The honey vendor explained where the bees came from for her products. She also let us taste each type of honey so we could find the honey that was right for us.

The plant vendor told me how to care for the dill plant I bought. I like the extra help I got here. I’ll definitely come back to this market.

What’s your favorite farmers market?

Happy RVing!

Farmers Markets we experienced

 

2017 Year Plan

2017 Year Plan

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey

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I made a list of New Year’s Resolution for 2017. Its more of a plan for 2017. Why? The plan helps me to see things that need to be changed. It also helps remind me to keep good habits alive.

Physical

Be Healthy & Active

-Keep Weight Down using weight watchers simply filling method & weight watchers smart points program

-Exercise by walking

-Cook Healthy by steaming veggies in a pressure cooker & using a wok to stir fry

-Eat fresh foods like fresh veggies & fresh fruits grown by local farmers

Mental

Keep my mind peaceful & free of anxiety 

-Breath, Slow down & Look up at the sky

-Be positive

Build my mental muscle 

-Learn more about birds

-Keep Reading

-Learn a new hobby if the opportunity presents itself

Social

Open my friend circle (scary)

-Be Friendly by taking time to listen and talk to others when the opportunity presents itself

-Be open to new social experiences for instance elks, rallies or club house activities

Keep connected with family

-online social network like facebook, Instagram and snap chat

-calling with facetime

-by attending family get togethers when were in town

Spiritual

Keep connected with my beliefs

-pray daily

-meditate on scripture

What’s your New Year’s resolutions?

Happy RVing!

2013 New Years Resolutions 

2014 New Year Eve

2015 Holiday

Links

Need help with weight

Simply Filling Weight Watcher

Help with resolutions

50 New Year’s Resolution ideas

Camping in one spot Tuesday

“The battle for peace has begun.” -Star Trek VI

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Vasquez Rock in California- This rock is in many movies & tv shows. We saw this while camping at Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails in California in 2015.

Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays

Daily

Kevin and I had our usual southwestern egg beater omelet with low-fat cheese, extra bell peppers & onion. Also, 2 turkey sausage and 1/2 english muffin. Kevin cooks the sausage and omelet. I cook the veggies & make the english muffins. Team work!

We did a 4k around the campground. Our fellow campers were outside as usual. I saw a group of American Coots along the pond. They’ve been fascinating me lately.

We had our dental appointments today. I like the dental office staff. It wasn’t terribly expensive. Kevin and I are on a budget so I appreciate that. The fluoride treatment is gross but I understand it’s necessary.

After, our dental appointment we watched a few youtube channels on tv. We have two nieces that have youtube channels. We try to watch their channels so we can keep in touch with them. Kevin and I also found a few RVer’s & Geocachers we like to watch on youtube.

Kevin cooked salmon, onions and mushrooms. He also steamed asparagus for dinner. Then we had peach 80 calorie Greek yogurt, flaxseed, almonds with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on top for dessert. Kevin and I played trivia crack & words with friends together on our iphones. Kevin played video games on tv and I read my book.

I hope this gives you a glimpse into our daily life as retired RVer’s camping in one spot.

Happy RVing!

Vasquez Rock Info

youtube blogs we watched 

If I missed your youtube channel then leave a message below. I’ll add it to our list.

Family utubers

SoCassie

Daily Bumps

Missy Lanning

Steps to Wander

The Johnson Fam

Fulltime RVer’s

Technomadia 

Nomadic Fanatic

Less Junk, More Journey

We’re the Russos

Geocachers

Geocaching Vblogger

Geocaching Doc