"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Thursday, February 25, 2021

We're Still Kicking!!

At the time of my last post, almost two months ago, a lot, and not much, has happened.  We had plans to leave for Arizona on the fourth of January.  We were looking forward to being in different surroundings.  The desert was to be a welcome respite.

My brother in law became ill the week before Christmas.  He was thought to be in good health and figured he had a bug of some kind.  After a few days of the same, he visited the emergency room due to dehydration.  Some tests were done, he was admitted to the hospital, and passed this life on January 19th.  His death was such a shock.  Reminds one of how quickly our lives can change.

Needless to say, our travel plans were scrambled.  We cancelled the reservations we had at Kartcher Caverns, Lost Dutchman, and Organ Pipe.  Missed seeing all our Quartzsite friends for two years in a row.  

A major benefit came from staying home, though.  The state of Mississippi has done an awesome job of rolling out the covid vaccine.  Wanda and I have received both shots.  Our Governor handed the job over to our department of health, and the national guard.  A website, along with a phone number with real people to talk with, was put in place.  A few bugs the first few days, but has worked flawlessly since.  As vaccine becomes available word is spread by television and social media.  One goes to the website, or makes a call,  and picks your appointment time and location.  It's drive through, but the longest time we spent in line was around fifteen minutes.  Seeing all the car lines in some other states makes me thankful to live in  a "backward State". 😂

Once thing settled down from brother in law's passing, we wanted to go someplace.  Arizona was out of the question at that late time.  We looked around and decided on East Bank campground.  Though the address is Bainbridge, Georgia, twenty miles away, the campground is within about a mile of the Georgia, Alabama, and Florida lines.  The closest town being Chattahoochee, Florida.  It also sits within a quarter mile or so of the Eastern/Central time zone.  Our phones were constantly showing the wrong time, depending on which cell tower they was using.  We could have used better weather as it rained, and was cold with high winds most days.  We were joined there by friends from Alabama and made the best of the two days of sunshine we had.

Once back home we spent our time waiting on Spring to arrive.  We fed birds and other wildlife.

And then came the Arctic front.  The local weather folks were beside themselves.  They were talking about its coming two weeks beforehand.  More folks should have listened to them.  Thankfully, Mississippi was spared when compared to Texas.  Our part of the state had mixed conditions.  At our house it was sleet.  Almost three inches of frozen pellets of ice.  Sleet causes very little damage in the way of falling trees and power lines.  Just a few miles away it was freezing rain.  Trees and power lines down everywhere.  We never lost power, but endured four days with temperatures from 12-31*,  We had no frozen or busted pipes when it was over.  Now, we wait for our electric bill as our heat ran forever, it seemed.

                                                           That's sleet coming down.

Our driveway.
Our road.

                                                                           It's all ice.

Not happy!
We were feeding Cardinals, other small birds, and squirrels; then the black birds appeared.

We're already planning for next year, though.

                                                 Looking forward to days like these, again.

Let it snow..


That;s all our news for now.  We do plan for a few days on the road in March.  Another short trip in April, then a month long journey In May.  Plans, without them you'll never get there.....jc


  1. Oh,I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother in law.
    It's nice to "see" you again.Your weather looks like ours did in NY state from that artic front.May God bless you for feeding so many creatures.-Mary

  2. Sorry for the loss of your Brother-in-law. Hopefully he wasn't in too much discomfort. Makes one realize how fragile life actually is.
    Glad you've had your Vaccination and weren't affected by Power Outages.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your upcoming travels.

    It's about time.

  3. Life is fragile and we are sorry to hear of your brother-in-law's death. Lots of people should have paid more attention to the weather forecasters! My family in Arkansas had 19+ inches of snow and never lost power--a miracle!

  4. Very sorry to hear about loss of your BIL...The impact of the Arctic front caught a lot of us off guard....Good to see you are taking some trips...Due to the storm, had to postpone my "Farewell Casita" trip...Going to go to Sandy Creek CoE, hopefully sometime next week for a week or so. Then I put the for sale sign on the Casita.
    I liked the photos of your place and photo of Sally is priceless. take care buddy! Horst sends

  5. So sorry for your loss, but excited for your plans! Maybe we'll get a chance to catch up next year. Congrats on your vaccine. We get our second one in 10 days.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your BIL!!! Wow!!! Life can sure take you by surprise!! Sending our condolences to you and the family!!
    The weather totally missed us!! For that we are grateful. We got rain and cold!! Glad you have some trips planned. We are about to do the same!!

  7. Sorry about your BIL. My BIL has been in the hospital for 6 weeks and is not doing well. Hope to hear you are getting out in the RV soon. Miss your posts.


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