Monday, March 19, 2018

For Peeps Sake

Splash here with a ridiculously fun Story about the upcoming 2018 Blue Ridge Rally.  This year's BRR has been designated the Year of the Peep. How that all came about is a Story all by itself.

Mom's plan was to take it easy for the 11th BRR after our big blow-out 10th anniversary party last year in Tennessee.  Now I know what you are thinking . . . that is an impossible task for her because she LOVES planning rallies for her friends, especially the Blue Ridge.  Mom has always called her camping buddies "Peeps" and in a conversation with fellow Blue Ridger, Miss Carol from Maine, Miss Carol suggested that everyone could be "free range Peeps", do their own thing, and even help in the planning for 2018.  Hmmmm . . . what a novel idea.  And the Year of the Peep was hatched!

Blue Ridgers have indeed stepped up and volunteered for morning coffees and afternoon happy hours.  They have suggested party and meal themes.  They have offered to lead a bike ride and a book club. They have said they will bring supplies and decorations.  It's working Miss Carol, it's working!!

Of course Momma Sharon and I are tickled to death with the participation and enthusiasm by our Peeps so far.  There have been lively conversations on our Facebook page and the sharing of Peep-stuff galore . . . cartoons, ideas for crafts, peep items spotted in stores, and much much more.  I even have some stuff to share with you for peep's sake!!

This is MacNugget announcing the location for our 1st-ever Virginia BRR
MacNugget pitching in to help Momma Sharon plan
The welcome mat will be out for all our Blue Ridge Peeps!

We are seeing chicklets everywhere . . .
this little one came from Rural King 
These little Pez chicks are going to be part of MY decor
Check out our ID Buttons that everyone will be wearing 
We hit the decorating jackpot at Dollar Tree
Mom even found an apron that says "for peeps sake" . . . LOL
Dime Store Chic made this vintage creation for us!!

It's the Year of the Peep and we are already "having so much fun it should be illegal".  Thanks so much for dropping by today for another Story.  Check by from time to time to read another one, and until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Peeps!!"

Friday, March 16, 2018

Three New Flags

Every few months or so, Momma Sharon, Aunt Becky, and Miss Jeanne take a short road trip to nearby Gastonia to go shopping at Ford's. Ford's is a garden center in downtown Gastonia that has great yard art, plants, and flags.  Mom and I have a small collection of camping-themed garden flags. We keep our blue metal flag holder packed in Splish all the time so we can display our flags when we are camping.

Mom hit the jackpot a couple weeks ago with three new ones to add to our stash.  We didn't get to show them off this weekend at The Frolic, so I'll share them with you here in a little Show & Tell.

I think the middle one is my favorite of the bunch and we will have it on display next month when we head to a couple of South Carolina State Parks.

I gotta scoot because it's time for my Tar Heels to play basketball. Until there's another Story to be told, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & New Camping Flags

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We Were Supposed To . . .

On this 14th day of March, Momma Sharon, Murphy the Camper Dog, and I should have been on the road together heading south.  We were supposed to to be traveling down to Camp Lake Jasper in Hardeeville, SC to gather with Mom's Sisters on the Fly buddies for the Shamrock Frolic and kick off our 12th camping season.  We were supposed to be greeting Miss Jennifer and Miss Peggy, picking up our welcome bag, and settling into site #36 by the lake.  Supposed. To. Have. Been.

We've got lots of excuses, er, reasons why I am still in my T@Bport and our reservation has been cancelled.  My sweet Murphy Girl has had an uptick in seizures.  Dr. Furtado has doubled her meds just in the last week and we honestly don't want to take her so far away from home. As stress-free as we try to make camping for her, it really messes with her daily routine, and that worries Momma Sharon.

Speaking of Momma Sharon, there's a recent root canal with lingering soreness and pain.  And her fingers have been kinda fragile lately with an infection and increased calcinosis.  Take a look at what's happening here this morning and you can easily understand why she's glad to not be hitching me up.  

Did you happen to notice that bed of white stuff under her name tag? Yeppers, we got snow last night and it's cold as you know what.  Now that sounds a little whiny compared to what our friends up north are going through right now, but cold is cold, and my Camper Mom doesn't do too well in it.

So, we are home today dreaming about sunny campsites beside the lake, hanging out with friends we don't see but once a year, and kicking off our 12th season together.  It will happen  . . . just not today like it was supposed to.

I do have some more Stories to tell you in the next few days, so drop back by if you can.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Camping"

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

On this last day of 2017, I want to wish all my camping peeps and friends a big ole Happy New Year!
This past year was full of fun camping trips with all the people we love.  Murphy, Mom, and I made another trip around the sun together as we camped and cooked, hung out with our peeps on 8 different trips, and I wrote 58 Stories!  We covered almost 3,000 miles and had 56 sleep-outs together! Mom is a stickler for keeping details about our adventures together and here's how that all played out this past year.

My Camper Mom cooked dozens and dozens of Dutch oven dishes, we watched many gorgeous sunsets, and we hosted 4 gatherings for our friends.  It was a good year!

Miss Murphy surprised us all by making it to her 14th birthday in September and joining me on all but one adventure!

We experienced the highest of highs in November when Jessie married Charlie.

But we hit the lowest of lows in September when Roger Dodger left us.

Believe it or not, there are already 8 camping trips on our 2018 calendar, so there's lots to look forward to with Momma Sharon.

Happy New Year everyone.  Cheers!!  I hope all your camping dreams come true in 2018!!

"Peace, Love, & Camping"

Friday, December 29, 2017

Love & Light In 2018

Happy New Year to all my camping buddies!  I appreciate you dropping by today for the first of two Stories to close out 2017.

There's a T@Bber out there that is pretty famous and that goes for her trailer too.  She's a photographer, blogger, videographer, instructor, adventurist, and all-round cool lady.  Her name is Mandy Lea and even though we haven't met her and her famous Outback T@B named Rocky, we feel like we already know her.  She lives in and travels with Rocky year-round!

Back in November, Momma Sharon saw a post by Miss Mandy, offering three calendars for sale that featured Rocky and their adventures together.   So she ordered one for us and since 2018 is just around the corner, I thought I would give you a little preview.  I'll also post the website at the tail end of my Story where you can get your own calendar too .

If you'd like to follow Mandy's adventures, read her blog, watch her videos, AND score one of these uber-cool 2018 calendars, then just visit her here . . .
See ya tomorrow my friends!

"Peace, Love, & Cool Calendars"

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Little Tiny Trailers

Last week while Mom and Aunt Wendy were spending a few days in West Jefferson, they went into a Christmas Shop on Main Street. There were trailer tree ornaments, trailer bird houses, camping signs, and other really neat stuff in that same vein.

Daisy's Mom, Miss Crystal, has a huge holiday display of trailers that she showcases each year and it is pretty awesome.  Mom has a much, much smaller collection and she keeps it out all year in her Studio.  She also has some inside of one of my storage bins and sometimes she will display them on my shelves.

Last weekend at the Christmas open house at 2 Pink Magnolias here in town, she found a little blue and green camper (like me) that lights up and it immediately when into her shopping pile.  Then at the Christmas shop in West Jefferson, she found the perfect tow vehicle for it . . it lights up too!

Once she got back home, she hitched up the little green and blue camper to the green truck with a Christmas tree in the back and added it to our collection.

I told her to come down to the T@Bport, visit with me a little bit, and gather up all the other tiny trailers that we own and add them to the display!

Well, until I have another Story to write and share, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Tiny Trailers" 

Friday, November 17, 2017

My Incredible Incrateable

Hey Everyone . . . happy pre-Thanksgiving Friday!

I may be all buttoned up for my long-winter's nap, but Mom gave the the laptop so I could write a special Story for you today.  It's pretty incredible, this Incrateable that I want to tell you about!

A couple of Saturdays ago my Camper Mom and Aunt Becky headed out into the countryside between Newton and Maiden in search of the Devine Family Farm. It was a drizzly morning and not really the kind of morning to be adventuring out for a fall festival.  One look at the muddy road leading into the farm gave them second thoughts, but they were intrigued.

After finding a place to park on the grass, out of the mud, they strolled among the vendor tents spread out in the field.  There was one in particular that caught Mom's eye . . . Incrateables.

A local fellow, Todd Reed from Catawba, had dozens and dozens of milk crates with a variety of cool fabric-covered lids on them.  BINGO . . . the perfect footstool that Mom and I have been looking for for oh so long to go in between my bench seats!

She and Aunt Becky found the perfect fabric to compliment my Aztec Gold interior, but Mr Todd only had that lid to fit a wooden box, not a Sterilite crate.  So Mom put in a special order for a black crate with that special fabric.  Yesterday we got a call that it was ready.  Mr. Todd and Mom had a rendezvous at the Police Department for the delivery at 4:30!

And here is our incredible Incrateable . . . 

17"L x 14"W x 10"H, black, milk crate with a padded fabric-covered lid
Strong enough to sit on & prop your feet up on
Flip over the lid for a flat surface to eat, play, or work off of
Use the lid for a lap cushion for our MacBook
Take the lid off & use the crate to store stuff

Pretty cool huh?  I told Mom we could just leave it on my floor for travel and it would always be ready to use.  No more spilled coffee, no more losing pens between my cushions, no more trying to find something sturdy and flat to write on.  If we take the lid off and flip it over, we can play cards.  Mom could even carry it to a campfire and tote a little blanket inside of it!  Incredible . . . Incrateable!

Well, thanks so much for dropping by today for my Story.  I am working on another one too and until it's time to publish it, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Incredible Incrateables"