Camper Crisis and hearing voices

I’m baaaack!

Hi there!!

Hi there!!

We have arrived in Florida, and my parents are busy cleaning out the camper and other odds and ends, so I thought I would do a post!

We are in Lake City, FL until Thursday, when we leave for Cedar Key, FL.  I did have a major crisis the other day, when my parents left to go run some errands.  They usually give me 1/2 of a small Milk Bone when they leave, which I love!  However, when they left, instead of eating the treat right away, I kept it in my mouth and ran to the back window to watch them leave.  Then I dropped the treat behind the couch!  Oh, it was horrible.  When my parents came home an hour or so later (hey, I can’t tell time), they knew something was wrong when I didn’t greet them at the door.  This is what they saw:



My mom looked under the couch to see what I was staring at, but didn’t see anything.  But I kept whining, so she got a flashlight and looked under the couch again.  I helped point out where my treat was.

I can't reach it Mom

I can’t reach it Mom

My dad remembered that the couch folds forward (it folds into an air mattress I guess), so they were able to reach my treat, and all was well with the world again!

For awhile, that is.  Then I kept hearing voices, familiar voices, but I couldn’t figure out where they were coming from.  I would run around the camper, barking, and then I would hear laughter from those familiar voices.  I asked my mom if this is why people go get a CAT scan?  She tried to explain that those voices were from the Face Time and Skype that they were doing with our families for the holidays!  I’m a dog, I don’t understand all this new technology stuff, but I know they both appreciated being able to see and talk with their family (even if Skype turned my mom’s family into purple and green blobs!!).

Other than that, I am really starting to enjoy this camper life.  We have been on the move a few times in the past week.  I know that when I get out of the crate in the truck, I am always at home.  Same bed, same location for my treats and dog food, just a different view.  I am really settling in nicely, and am enjoying the sunshine along with warmer weather!  I hope all is well for everyone out there!

I think my parents will start posting again when they get to Cedar Key.  If not, I will keep you updated!

Quote for the day: “If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them”  – Phil Patoret









Merry Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  We decided to stay in Montgomery until tomorrow, when we will leave for sunny Florida.

We miss seeing our family and friends this holiday season, but everyone is welcome to join us in Florida!!


Quote for the day:  “Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.”  – George W. Truett

And from our favorite Christmas show, Charlie Brown Christmas:

Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmas time, searching                 for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism           of the modern age. He finds his answer in the passage below:

“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field,              keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid … And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you a child     is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord.”

 “And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe                     wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly,                     there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host                     praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.”

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” –   Linus Van Pelt

Chalrie and Snoopy



Rosa Parks, Montgomery Alabama

“Women who behave rarely make history” is the slogan at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, in downtown Montgomery, AL on the Troy University campus.

On Monday we visited the museum honoring Ms. Parks, known as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.  Photographs are not allowed inside the museum.  It contains a visual re-enactment of the historic day, as well as many documents, photographs, memorabilia from the era.


Rosa Parks Museum

Rosa Parks Museum

The bus system in Montgomery was segregated.  African-Americans would enter the front of the bus, put in the fare, exit the bus, then walk to the back of the bus and re-enter.  All the while praying the bus driver did not take off, which happened on many occasions.

On December 1, 1955, 42-year-old Parks boarded the bus on her way home from work.  By law, the first 10 seats of the bus were reserved for whites, and Ms. Parks sat in the row behind those.  The bus was very crowded, standing room only, and when the bus driver noticed a white man standing, he stopped the bus and ordered Ms. Parks and 3 other African-Americans to vacate their seats.  Ms. Parks quietly refused, and the bus driver contacted the police and had her arrested.  Her case went to trial on December 5, where she was found guilty and fined for disorderly conduct.  This was despite that fact she was not in violation of the law, as she was not sitting in a “white only” area.

After her arrest, thousands of flyers were distributed by the Women’s Political Council of Montgomery, requesting a boycott of the bus system on December 5.  At the same time, a group of ministers and local activists formed the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and decided they needed to continue boycotting the bus system.  The elected a new minister to Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr., as president of the MIA.  Dr. King advocated non-violent protests, and they organized car pools so citizens would be able to continue getting to their jobs.  The MIA met numerous times with the mayor and city bus officials, to work out a resolution.  They were not seeking to overturn segregation of the bus system, they just wanted fair treatment.  The museum displays many copies of documents and petitions they filed that were repeatedly turned down.

The bus company was losing $3,000.00 a day as a result of the boycott, a substantial sum in 1955.  So the bus company raised fares, which kept even more riders off the buses.  The boycott lasted 381 days, and did not end until the US Supreme Court ruled that the bus segregation law was unconstitutional, and the buses were integrated in late December of 1956.  But it was only the busses.  The bus stops remained segregated.

The museum does not contain the actual bus involved, as that is on display in the Henry Ford Museum.

After that, we were going to go to the Hank Williams museum, but that was closed at the time.

Hank Williams Museum

Hank Williams Museum

Giddy Up!

Giddy Up!

And of course no visit can be complete than a photo of the State Capital building in Montgomery:

Alabama State Capital

Alabama State Capital

We stopped at Sam’s Club on the way back to the campground.  Alabama charges a hefty 10% state sales tax, even on grocery items!!!  If you are going to be visiting this state, stock up on groceries before you get here!!

Quote for the day:  “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks












Goodbye Amazon & Campbellsville, KY

Greetings from stormy Montgomery, Alabama!  Yesterday (Saturday) was our last day of work at Amazon.  After 3 months it was time for hugs and “see you later”.  I don’t do “goodbye” anymore….too sad for me.

We really enjoyed our time at Amazon, as we met lot’s of wonderful people and learned so much on how to live our dream of full-time RV’ing.  It is a good community to belong to.  On our last day, the Camperforce team was having a final meeting at 3:00pm.  Normally we work until 5:00pm.  About 2:40pm, I noticed dozens of smiling folks in their Camperforce t-shirts heading towards the break room for the meeting.  So I logged out of my scanner, put my last tote on the conveyor, and joined the parade of happy people!  Dan joined a few minutes later.

They thanked us again for working for them, and we received a t-shirt and some bags of M&M’s!  Then it was back to the campground, where we prepared for our Sunday morning departure.  We had 2 routes planned, as there were storms and high wind advisory’s in effect.  In the morning we decided to head south thru TN and AL, as it looked like the storm would be going thru Atlanta.  We had perfect weather until we were about 30 miles from Montgomery, AL.  It has been raining like crazy since we arrived.  Makena is hiding somewhere, as there has been a few booms of thunder.

On our way down we enjoyed the delicious Christmas cookies that Dan’s mom had sent to us last week!!  Tonight we can enjoy the Wisconsin cheese from Dan’s sister and brother-in-law!!  (Makena really misses Camp Meyer!)

We weren’t too happy with the rain, but then my sister and my friend Amy sent photos of the snow that was falling back home in Wisconsin.  Yes, we will deal with the rain and 55 degrees!

We plan on staying here for 2 nights, and may go out and play tourist in the Montgomery area tomorrow.  After that, we have not decided where we will end up.  We were hoping to be able to watch the Packers/Steelers game, but they have the Patriots/Ravens game on tv here.  Oh well, it’s better than People’s Court, Divorce Court, America’s Court and Paternity Court that we had endless episodes of in Kentucky on our single channel.

And now for what many have been waiting for…..the final weight loss totals!!  Despite eating more (a lot more!!!) I ended up losing 8 pounds and 5% body fat in the 12 weeks that we were working at Amazon.  But the “biggest loser” was Dan.  He weighed himself this morning, and said he lost at least 20 pounds!!!!  Woo-hooo!!!   (he won’t give a specific number). Makena said she plans on making sure we do plenty of walking with her, so we don’t gain back the weight!!

Quote for the day:  “In two decades I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.”   – Erma Bombeck


The End is Near!!!

Monday night we received an e-mail from Amazon with our end dates, by shift, for the workcampers.  The end dates are spread over 3 days, depending on your shift.  Our final day is Saturday, December 21.  We are the last of the groups to go, and we are happy that we will work until Saturday, as it will give us 20 hours of overtime this week.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is our off day.  We plan on getting everything ready for our departure on Sunday.  Amazon pays for 1 extra day on your campsite, so people do not have to leave right after working 10 hours.   As to where we will end up Sunday night, we are leaving our options open.  We can’t get in to the campground in Cedar Key, FL until January 2, so we have a week or so to wander around down south.  We have several campgrounds picked out in Alabama.  It will just depend on the weather and how tired we are.  We are even hoping we can watch a bit of the Packers game on Sunday.

It has been a pretty busy week at work, and they are always having contests every day in picking.  We have both won multiple gift cards for Kroger grocery store, Subway and Domino’s.  In addition, the vending service had prepared a chili and bake potato lunch for us on Sunday.  Candy canes were handed out on Monday, and yesterday Amazon had soft pretzels and cheese for the afternoon break.  They also had an attendance drawing for the workcampers.  One person won a Kindle Fire HD, and 9 others won Amazon gift cards.

Only 20 more hours of work!!  (My feet will be happy, as they are getting a little worn out from all the walking).  Actually 18 hours, as we have a “release party” on our last day starting at 3:00pm.  But we will be paid for the full shift.  Not really sure what they will do at the release party, so I will let you know.  We have already submitted our exit interview.  This was the first year they gave the questionnaire ahead of time to the campers.  I am sure they will get more thoughtful comments as a result.

Makena keeps running towards the truck when we let her outside.  I think she is getting anxious to move on as well!!

Quote for the day:  “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s  ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” Ellen DeGeneres



Odds and Ends

After 6 days in a row, and about 75 miles of walking, we had a day off on Thursday. We were expecting to go back to work today (Friday) for mandatory overtime, but it was cancelled. At first we were disappointed, but we appreciated another day of rest. And we made sure it was a day of excitement, with laundry, defrosting the freezer, clipping Makena’s nails, and making a big pot of chili to go with another Columbo movie!!

On Monday, we did get together with Karen and Al, whose blog I have been following for awhile now. ( It has been fun getting to meet all the folks who have helped to inspire us to live our dreams.

This week we did have a telephone job interview, for Crazy Horse Memorial. We did accept the jobs, and we are both looking forward to spending May thru September of 2014 in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. We will be working in the gift shop. You can check it out at: So if you are out that way, please let us know so we can get together. They do have a campground right at the memorial, so we can walk or bicycle to work.

There is one thing this time a year that I will miss…and no it isn’t snow and bitter cold!! My sister Margie and I have been having a “cookie bake-a-thon” for over 25 years. We spend 3 days doing nothing but making Christmas cookies. Day 1 is planning and mixing the dough. Day 2 is baking, and Day 3 is decorating/frosting and boxing up the cookies for gifts for family and friends. And of course at the end of each night, we would have a tasty Tom and Jerry!!!

When we were at the grocery store the other day, I just felt very sad when I looked at the display of baking ingredients….

Here are some past photos:

Margie and I

Margie and I


The supplies

The supplies


The finished product!

The finished product!


Chief cookie inspector

Chief cookie inspector


end of the night!

end of the night!


Quote for the day: “Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies  and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets  for a nap.” – Barbara Jordan









Still plugging along….

The internet at the park has been down for several days, so I had to wait to make a new post.  We had been using our phones as a hotspot, but then we received a message from Verizon that we used 1.9 of our 2 GB, so we had to shut that down as well!

We are just strictly in work mode for now, no more playing tourist until we are done at Amazon.  If all goes well, we will be working 16 of the next 18 days.  We should find out in the next week what our tentative end date is for our workcamping job at Amazon.

Black Friday was a busy day for us, as well as Cyber Monday.  I had been averaging 11 miles of walking per day at work. On those 2 days, I hit 15 miles.  In our welcome packet that we received when we started, we had a sample of BioFreeze pain relieving gel.  Well that got used up in a hurry after this week!  We worked 5 days in a row, and had a restful Wednesday and Thursday off.  Our highlight of the week was getting propane, as we completely ran out.  (lesson learned:  running the furnace really sucks up the propane!).  We have since purchased a space heater from Amazon!

It was also nice to see the sun on Wednesday.  It is dark when we leave at 6am, and dark when we arrive back at the camper at 5:30pm.  We didn’t realize how much we missed seeing daylight, until we had our off days. Makena also enjoyed having us home during the daylight hours as she was able to get some extra play time outside.

We are now working 6 days in a row, as we have 1 day of mandatory overtime, and 1 day of voluntary overtime (for the workcampers).  The regular Amazon employees must do the 60 hours of overtime.  But it is only for 2 weeks, and we have a full jar of Icy/Hot, and a full bottle of ibuprofen ready for the task!!!

Another highlight for us this week was the arrival of Columbo: The Complete Series!  We have picked so many of that set, that we decided to order one.  The only problem we have with it, is that we are so tired when we get home we fall asleep while watching it.  It takes us about 3 days to get through one episode!  The set consists of 35 DVD’s of all 7 seasons of the tv show, as well as 23 made for tv movies!

Amazon had a job fair last Monday for the workcampers.  It was nice meeting with some employers such as Yellowstone Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Things to keep in mind for future years!

We hope all is going well for everyone!


Quote for the day:  “Just one more thing…..”  Peter Falk