Friday, August 30, 2013
The campground is starting to fill up with the holiday weekend campers. We expect the place to be full tonight, but it has a long way to go for that to happen.
Mama isn't feeling well. She thinks it is just allergies and not a cold. She has been feeling bad since Wednesday night. She is really hoping it rains today and washes the stuff out of the air. Scout and I have been good and even let her sleep all night last night. We have been pretty bad lately about waking her up, but we think we figured out why. Those yummy bladder sticks make us thirsty. We eat them around 7 p.m. and then drink and drink. Well, at 2 a.m. our bladders need to be emptied. I set a new record on how long it takes to empty my bladder....1 minute and 20 seconds. Yep, my previous record was 50 seconds. Scout sometimes lays down when I emptying my badder because it takes so long. BOL! I have always had this talent. One of the ladies who helped bring me to St. Louis told Mama that she couldn't believe how long I took. What can I say? It's a gift. BOL!
Mama has been chatting with a nice lady who reads our blog and actually lives in the area. Miss Donna has invited us to some events that are coming up where her greyhound group, Greyhounds Only, will be attending. She has a greyhound named Scout, too! Anyway, Miss Donna has been giving us a lot of information on restaurants, vets and other tourist information. I think we might be meeting her next weekend at an event.
We hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend!
The Greyhound Who Thinks He Can Break His Record Again
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
|A sign in our campground.|
|Since our site is all gravel, Mama need something to hold up our light. She found this plant on clearance. It was pretty sad looking, but now it looks happy.|
|Abe Lincoln was there.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln|
|A spinning wheel|
The Greyhound Who Heard Rumors That His Nails Are Going To Be Trimmed Today Gulp!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Dad has been talking about getting Mama a scooter for well over a year. Mama has resisted. She is nervous about riding it. She changed her mind after seeing Tom Hanks ride one in a movie recently. BOL! Dad has done a ton of research on scooters, but recently discovered that in Texas there are restrictions as to what qualifies as a scooter and what qualifies as a motorcycle. Mama told Dad that she is not taking a motorcycle class and taking a test. Dad would have to do the same and he doesn't know when he would be able to do it since it is possible that he may just be dropping us in Texas for the winter and not staying. The folks started looking at the approved scooter list that Texas has. If you buy one that is not on the list, you have to get a notarized affidavit from the dealer which isn't a big deal but Texas can still turn it down if they find it not to be on the up and up. The folks set out on Saturday to search for a scooter. Mama fell in love with one. It is a Yamaha Vino. The Vino is on the list, but not that particular model. The salesman said he would sign the affidavit, but after speaking with him later in the day, he wasn't quite as sure. The folks decided not to take the chance on it.
Mama has been wanting a Buddy 50, but Dad thought you had to mix the oil and the gas since it is a 2 stroke. You do not. It does it automatically. Dad is now fine with getting a Buddy 50 and it is on the TX approved list. Yay! Problem solved, right? Wrong! Texas and Illinois have different rules on what is considered a "moped". In Texas, a Buddy 50 is considered a "moped". In Illinois, it is not and a license plate is required. If it is a moped, no license plate or registration is required. Okay, that shouldn't be a problem because in Texas you need a license plate, so we can just register by mail. Wrong, or we think it is wrong. In Texas, you have to have a "K" endorsement on your driver's license in order to drive a scooter. Mama doesn't think Texas will allow her to register the scooter via mail because of that. She needs to take a written test to get that. Her insurance agent said to give them a call and they might. She is going to call them later today and hopes she gets a nice person. BOL! If it turns out that Texas will not let her register by mail, then she can get a temporary license and registration in Illinois that is good for 30 days. Yep, she will only be able to ride if for 30 days and then it will have to sit until we get to Texas. Dad said he wants to get it now even if it has to just sit for a while. They bought a motorcycle carrier for it yesterday so they are ready to buy one on Saturday unless something happens to change their minds.
The dealership they went to on Saturday that had the Buddy 50 had an extremely rude salesperson. Mama said he must be related to the Pigman. He was rude when Mama called him on the phone to see if he had any in stock and really rude in person. Apparently, Mama is stupid for thinking that the price tag hanging from the scooter was the actual price. It said $1,999. It was white and had a storage container on it. The folks wanted black, but Mama said she really liked the extra storage. There was a black scooter inside without a storage container and it was priced at $1,999. It turns out that the $1,999 does not include the price of the storage compartment. Mama thinks there should have been something on the price tag indicating that, but the salesman implied she was stupid for thinking it was included because it cost him $300 to add it and did she think it was less money because it was white. The paint color doesn't matter. Really? There was a lime green one priced at $1,799 next to it, exact same model. He also said she was trying to get him to rig the registration. She just asked if it could be extended after the 30 days. If you are wondering, they will not be buying from him. Mama said there are other dealers in town and she refuses to deal with him again.
Is anyone still reading this? BOL! We debated rather or not to even discuss it but this has been the topic of discussion in our home for the past week.
If you are wondering, Scout and I are doing fine. We have been busy chewing our bully sticks. We really love the bladder sticks, but they don't last nearly as long. Mama was too tired last week to help me with the blog. She is having trouble getting used to get up at 4:30 a.m. when Dad's alarm goes off. I think she is feeling better because we let her sleep to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. BOL!
It is going to be really hot here the next two days, so we are going to just chill inside.
Mama called Texas and they said it was not a problem at all to register through the mail. Mama told them she didn't have an Endorsement K and they said they didn't care about that. It sounds like she is going to be a Scooter Mama soon!
The Greyhound Who Hopes A Scooter Will Bring Him More Hamburgers For Lunch
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Yesterday, Mama decided to walk to town. It is not a bad walk, but she is having trouble with her tennis shoes. They have split open due to walking on wet grass. She sealed them up with glue and bought new liners for them. She thought the liners would be really good, but her feet were really aching when she got home. She looked for shoes this past weekend, but couldn't find anything she liked so I am not sure what she is going to do. She really likes New Balance shoes but these only lasted three months. Do shoes normally come apart at the seams when you walk on wet grass or are these just not made well? She doesn't know but it is the second pair that have fallen apart in the past year. She is thinking of trying a different brand.
Here are some photos of our neighborhood.
|This is a bed and breakfast.|
|This house is being renovated.|
|The post office. Ivy covers the backside.|
|The court house. It was built in 1905.|
|Another photo of the court house.|
|The is the burger. It was larger than the photo indicates and Mama was stuffed after she ate it. |
|Our new bag holders.|
|This was our old system. It was hard to load and the top fell off more than once sending bags flying out. It didn't hold our big bags which the folks prefer.|
The Greyhound Who Tried To Class Up The Blog By Calling Them Waste Products Rather Than Poop Bags
Monday, August 19, 2013
The Rochelle Railroad Park is located in Rochelle, IL. From the Roadside America website: "Rochelle, IL is the home of the Rochelle Railroad Park. The Park sits in front of the country's only Quad Diamond rail intersection where the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail Lines intersect. On any given day over 150 trains cross this intersection. The park is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and features a pavilion with radio traffic of both lines pumped in on speakers so you can hear what train is next to come flying through this busy intersection. The pavilion is elevated so that when sitting on the picnic tables in the pavilion you are at eye level with the engineers running the trains as they go by. The park also features a Hobo Fire Pit that you can build fires in at night and watch trains go by."
|This is what makes the tracks unique. See how trains can come in any direction?|
The folks then headed to Dixon, IL to see Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. He lived in Dixon from the age of 9 to 18. He lived in this house from the age of 9 to age 12, but these were his formative years or that is what they claim. Ronald Reagan did consider Dixon his hometown.
The house was completely restored for President Reagan's birthday in 1984. He visited the house with Nancy and his brother Neil. He commented that if the house had looked that good when he lived there, he would have never left. The furniture in the house was not original as that furniture is said to have been burned in a fire at a storage facility. The President and his brother had looked through a catalog before their visit and picked out items that they remembered from the house and those items are now in the house.
|Ronald Reagan's boyhood home.|
|This is where Ronald Reagan hid his pennies. It is a loose tile by the fireplace. When he saved 5, he would take them and go to the movies.|
|The top photo shows Mr. Reagan putting pennies in his hiding place when he visited in 1984. Those pennies are in the frame with his photo.|
|Curling irons were heated with lanterns.|
|Neil and Ronald's room.|
|Ronald, Nancy and Neil sitting on bed in the boys' room.|
|Statue of Mr. Reagan|
|Does it look like him?|
After leaving the house, visitors are encouraged to drive by the church and high school that Mr. Reagan attended. At the riverfront, there is a nice statue of Mr. Reagan. He rode a horse in a parade when he visited Dixon once and that is where the idea for this sculpture came from.
The Greyhound Who Thinks This Post Is Way Too Long