We wrapped up the old year with Jim, Ellie, Randy, and Terry. Judy made her world famous lasagna, I prepared a salad, Ellie made up some garlic bread, and Terry brought a sweet bread. Jim brought his portable bar (a cooler full of beer) and we just hung out chatting, chewing, and chuckling away 2011. We made it to the fulltime RVers midnight (nine o’clock – it was twelve o’clock somewhere) before the yawns began to roll in. Randy and Terry managed to hang on until 10:00, but they were “hitting the road” on Sunday heading for their workamping gig so needed to get home and hit the hay.
We spent the first day of the year with friends; first at church and later at the clubhouse. Throughout the coastal South, eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. Hoppin’ John is a rice and black eyed pea dish with bacon or ham and spices. We put some raw onions, jalapeno peppers, and Texas Pete on it as well (well, I did – Judy went with the mild version using some salsa instead). Anyhow, we’re looking forward to “a prosperous year filled with luck”.
Today I plan to get the front of the RV up on blocks (anyone know where I can get a couple of junk cars?). It’s time to address the landing gear problem. Once I get the “road side” landing gear leg out, we can make our decision of what the fix will be – either overhaul the existing system or replace it. To be honest with you, I’m leaning toward replacing it. I don’t like the way system was manufactured in the first place and can only see more problems in the future, but I will be able to be more objective once I know what the issue really is.
Judy will begin her basket weaving endeavors at the clubhouse today. I’m not sure when I’ll see her again, but at least I’ll know where to find her. There is sooooo much going on at the clubhouse that one could easily keep busy all day everyday. Judy wants to attend line dancing, quilting, beading, and knitting/crocheting, just to mention a few. I’ve signed up for a painting class as well. We’ll keep busy, that’s for sure.
No matter what, we are planning to take it real slow and easy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know (but I wasn’t the project manager on that job either). We want to take time to work a little and rest a lot each day; after all, we’re supposed to be retired and sitting in a rocking chair is part of that scenario. Plus, we have lots and lots of reading to catch up on. In any event, it’s just nice to be home again.
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