Hi all, Dianne here. We are all set up at our spot at Markham Park, just outside Ft. Lauderdale. Here are some shots of our camp site. As you can see, we set up our screen house. We normally don't bother with it, but since we'll be here a month and there's very little shade here, we went ahead. Roger set up his hammock inside, and he's put it to good use.
It's not the most beautiful camp site we've ever had, but it suits our purpose this month just fine. Top priority was to escape the cold, and we've certainly done that. It's sunny and HOT out in the sun. Inside, it's breezy and absolutely perfect.
The second reason we are here, is that we are scheduled to have our Datastorm Motosat installed. That is why we chose this area, because the installer is near Ft. Lauderdale.
A third reason we love it here, is there is an absolutely awesome dog park, named "Barkham at Markham." Here are some photos:
There are separate areas for "Little Barkhams" and "Big Barkhams."
While we are here this month, our intention, in addition to sightseeing, is to get ourselves organized for fulltiming life. One of the first things we did after arriving was to clear out our winter clothes from our closets, and store them in the storage bays. Whew! My closet needed that! We also plan to completely organize the bays and make a master list of where everything is stored. It's too easy to forget where we've put things.
I'm finding it very easy to live in this small space where everything is so convenient and low maintenance. Here's a photo of the inside of my kitchen cabinet doors. I'm including this in case my daughter, Robyn, sees this. She gave me the collapsible silicone measuring cups and spoons as a gift, not even knowing how PERFECT they are for motorhome living! Thanks, honey!!
Also today, I picked up needle and thread for the first time in about 5 years and once and for all fixed the arm
cushions that kept falling off our chair.
We've had this chair since we cleared out Roger's parents' estate in 2003, but this is the first time I've had the time + inclination to fix it. This is the third chair we've had in this spot. We removed the big, bulky recliner that was here (it had seen better days from its prior owner), and at first moved a Lazy Boy recliner from our house. It worked well, but still was cumbersome to move around and arrange. Roger had one of his brilliant ideas to replace it with one of these porch chairs. It swivels, reclines, rocks, and is very, very comfortable. The upholstery even matches our interior.
Between this chair and the sofa, we both have very comfy spots to watch TV at night. Only problem is, whoever gets the couch must share it with two leggy whippets!
Roger here.... Just a note to my brother, Dick and his wife, Pam: I am sure that you remember Mom and Dad's comfortable porch chairs - the ones that had the cushions on the armrests that would not stay on. Dianne's reintroduction to sewing has now solved the problem - at least so far today.
I started a little more intense exercise program yesterday. At home, I did 30 minutes on an elliptical machine most mornings. We obviously do not have room for the elliptical machine in the motor home, so I needed to add something, other than the long daily walks, to my morning routine. Yesterday, I started jogging before breakfast. So far, so good. It will be easier when I get back in shape. Yesterday, I took Chaplin with me - I had to pull him along. This morning I took Jasper with me - he had to pull me along.