Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Snitches With Splash

Hi everyone and greetings from the South Carolina coast!  I snitched the laptop away from Momma Sharon this morning because she is a tad under the weather.  It's her crappy (pun intended) ole IBS flaring up again.  Not to worry though, we are spending happy time together with the camping pups.  Aunt Becky and all the girls are in Summerville hitting up the antique malls today.  I cannot wait to see what they bring home!

Last night about 10:30, Paul and Heidi rolled in.  I got to say hello to her this morning and welcome her to my beach party!  As they often do, a bunch of Beach Peeps were standing in the middle of the road talking. This time it was Aunt Becky, Miss Ellen, Miss Sue being silly, and Miss Heidi.

Mom and the pups made a quick run to Walmart this morning for some toilet paper (LOL), chocolate milk to settle her stomach, and co-axial cable.  Now the first two items obviously make sense, but what about that cable?

Our Blue Ridge Buddy, Mr. Warren, told us that to get CHEAP and GOOD digital reception in a campground, simply get a co-axial cable, strip back all the sheathing, and expose the copper wire in the middle.  Stick it up in the air, attach it to the TV, and voila!  Crystal clear reception for pennies!!

So while the pup-pups were snoozing, she snitched Mr. Warren's idea and got us wired for afternoon football and the Panther's game tomorrow!

Does it work?  You betcha!!

All my peeps are now taking it easy in the Clam and enjoying this grand camping day in the Low Country.  Oh yeh, would it surprise you to know that Mom and her buddies all made their reservations for NEXT year this very morning?  You gotta love their camping spirit!

I know you were expecting a Postcard today, but I hope my little Story about some Saturday Snitches was an OK substitute.  Have a great day wherever you are!

"Peace, Love. & Camping Snitches"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Jaunty Peeps

Well howdy everyone on this first Wednesday in October!  An incredibly beautiful day I might add.

Now if you want to see something REALLY beautiful, then take a gander at my Jordan Lake Peeps! Mom is all the time snapping photos of her friends, so this is a special Pictorial Story of my friends. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Stories this week.  I will be back soon to tell you about our last trip of the 2017 season as we head south for the Coastal Caravan.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Jaunty Peeps"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Breakfast By The Lake

Well hello again.  Splash here with a whole bunch of fun photos from our potluck breakfast on Saturday morning at the Jordan Lake Jaunt. Breakfast?  Yep, Momma Sharon and Miss Jennifer decided to shake things up a bit and have everyone gather by the lake for a delicious way to kick off the day.  

How can you argue with scrambled eggs and sausage cooked on the griddle, breakfast casseroles, yogurt parfaits, coffee cakes, and fresh fruit.  Who doesn't love breakfast!  Based on the smiling faces, I would say that our Jaunters LOVED eating breakfast outdoors.

Mom threw together a couple of collages of all the awesome eats for my Story today.  Enjoy!

My Camper Mom tries really hard to get snaps of everyone at her gatherings, so hopefully you will see your mug in these collections.

Because Mom is preoccupied with making soap this week, I will have Mac access for a few more days.  I invite you to drop by tomorrow for another Story from the Jordan Lake Jaunt.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Breakfast By The Lake"

Monday, October 2, 2017

Some Of My Favorite Snapshots

Good evening everyone.  Even though it's kinda late, I have a Picture Book from the Jordan Lake Jaunt to share with you.  There's always a lot going on at one of Mom's gatherings and she likes to capture snapshots that others might overlook.  So here's a small collection of photos that I particularly like!  Enjoy.

Pink flamingoes rule at Lucy, the Short, Short Trailer's pad
Books, brochures, name tags, and fall decor greet the Jaunters
Got firewood?
Mom & others brought items for the flea market
Getting ready for a 30-mile Saturday morning ride!
Yard art at the Small Cafe in Pittsboro at breakfast
The perfect spot for a nap or a book or a cold one
These flamingoes welcome folks to Margaret & Lynn's campsite 
Uber cool set-up at Duncan & Gina's house
Chris, Kirsten, & C@lypso sharing the love
t@rdis is working on adding states to the map
Joe goes high tech in his search for TV stations
You won't find a cuter vintage trailer than Erin's PlayMor
C@lypso's color explosion
Saturday night sunset over Jordan Lake 
Time for me to say "nite, nite"

It's time for me to turn out the lights and call it a night.  I'll try to get my Jordan Lake Story written for you a little earlier tomorrow.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & My Favorite Snapshots"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Meet Our Friend Kathryn White Eagle

Wow, what a fun weekend I had with Momma Sharon, Aunt Becky, Murphy, and Sophie at the Jordan Lake Jaunt.  I got to meet so many new friends just like Mom did!  Plus, I got to hang out with some of my old buddies like Lucy, Tiny Home 2, Mouse-Ke-T@B, and T@Bventure.

Now that I am back home safely tucked into my T@Bport, I talked my Camper Mom into letting me take over the blogging duties this week with a whole bunch of new Stories.  My first one is about our special friend, Miss Kathryn.  I really like camping with Ruby the T@B, Mom loves Miss Kathryn's company, and Lilly the Schnauzer is one of Murphy's friends, so it was a triple-fun camping time for us all.

On Friday, Miss Kathryn stopped by for a visit just before her walk along the lake shoreline.  Rich and Sue were visiting and she told us all that she was going out to look for bald eagles, eagle feathers, arrowheads, and ancient pottery shards. Well that grabbed Mom's attention because one of the items on her Bucket List has been to find an arrowhead.  She wanted to go right then and there, but wasn't finished eating her late, late breakfast.

Miss Kathryn came back after her stroll and said she found lots of stuff and in a blink of an eye, they were off together!  The water level on Jordan Lake is down very low and that exposes lots of places that Native American hunter gatherers would have occupied centuries ago. Once Momma Sharon knew what to look for, she spied many special pieces!

Eagle feather . . . don't worry, Mom didn't remove it
Combing the shoreline with Miss Kathryn
Arrowhead find marked with a pinecone & feather
2 arrowheads, several flakes from arrowhead making, &
a scraper with an edge hardened by fire!
In addition to their little archaeology expedition, Miss Kathryn and Mom talked about healing salves, tinctures, and ointments using native plants.  She gave us the recipe and ingredients for making an anti-itch remedy using jewel weed and alcohol.

Thanks for dropping by today to hear a Special Story about a Special Lady.  The great news is that we will all be camping together in three weeks at Myrtle Beach State Park and I cannot wait!  Now if you'd like to read more of my Jordan Lake Jaunt Tales, just come on back tomorrow and I'll have another Chapter ready for you to read.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Special Camping Friends"

Friday, September 29, 2017

At The Lake

Greetings from Jordan Lake Recreational Area near Pittsboro, home of the Jordan Lake Jaunt, cooked up by Miss Jennifer and Momma Sharon!!  You know how my Camper Mom likes to throw a party for her camping buddies, and that's what we are all about this weekend.

On Wednesday around noon, we (Mom, Aunt Becky, Murphy, & Sophie) pulled out of my T@Bport and made our way along Highway 64 to Pittsboro so I could have a sleepover with my buddy, Tiny Home 2.  

Mr. Bob hooked me up to power and I was all set for the night, all cozy beside my friend while the pups and the adults hung out together, went out to eat supper at The Mod, and chatted away the evening. Aunt Becky and Sophie slept in the guest room, while Mom and Murphy bunked with me.  It was a great way to start our weekend.

Yesterday, Thursday, we followed Tiny Home 2 about 15 miles down the road to Jordan Lake and Loop B of the Poplar Point Campground.  Site 11 is our home for the weekend as we meet new campers and greet old ones.

As soon as Mom and Aunt Becky hopped out of Splish here came the mosquitos. They put on the spray, got Murphy and Sophie situated in their pen, and then got to work getting me all settled in. They both have certain chores that makes the work go faster.

Thanks goodness for a good breeze blowing in off the water!  It was still hot though (93-ish) and it didn't take long for them to work up a sweat.  Our site is shady, level, graveled, and suits us just fine.  We have a view of the lake and it's just a short walk down to it.  Now the walk to the bathhouse is a whole 'nuther matter!

Well, that's all there is to my Story today.  Mom is going to send you a Postcard that will tell you what all she, Aunt Becky, and the pups have been doing.  Thanks for dropping by to hear my little Jordan Lake Tale!  Until I have another, aways remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Camping At The Lake"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Splash's Skeeter Spray

Greetings Peeps.  In a perfect world, I would be writing this Story to you from Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina.  But life has been far from perfect since early Sunday morning.  My buddy Roger, Aunt Becky's husband, passed away that morning.  It was sudden, it was unexpected, and it was heart-breaking.  Roger used to stand out on the back steps and I would see him off and on all day and night.  I will miss him for sure and remember him forever.  

Momma Sharon cancelled the first two portions of our camping trip to Andrew Jackson State Park and Dreher Island State Park.  We will go next April when the weather is warming up again.  We are still going to Jordan Lake State Rec Area weekend after next for the Jordan Lake Jaunt that we are co-hosting with Miss Jennifer.  Plus Mom and her camping buddies have talked Aunt Becky and Sophie into going along with us.  That will be good for all of us!

Now I gotta tell you about this skeeter spray that I mentioned up in the title of my Story.  There are a few things you need to know, so let me set the stage.  #1 - Aunt Becky is a mosquito magnet.  #2 - the bug spray that she uses makes Momma Sharon choke when she breathes it.  #3 - they are always on the look-out for a product with natural ingredients so they aren't pouring chemicals on their bodies.  #4 - Uncle Rob makes a bug spray that they like to use.  #5 - Mom likes to look for recipes for stuff like this.

OK, that gives you the backstory.  A month or so ago, Momma Sharon saw a recipe for a mosquito spray on Facebook with some interesting ingredients:  stale beer, cheap blue mouthwash, and epsom salts.  Last week she bought the ingredients and today, she made her first batch of Splash's Skeeter Spray.

She opened up the beer and let it sit around for three days, measured out the epsom salt, opened up the mouthwash and poured it all in a big red bucket.  After stirring and stirring to get the salt dissolved, she poured it into a re-purposed spray bottle, wrapped some lime green duct tape on it, and scrawled on "SPLASH'S SKEETER SPRAY".  The yellow beer mixed with the blue mouthwash and our skeeter spray turned green . . . LOL!!

Aunt Becky is going to be our guinea pig next week!  We're gonna spray that stuff all around her to keep the bugs at bay.  I sure do hope it works!!  And if it doesn't, well, Momma Sharon didn't sink a lot of money into this experiment.

Mom and Aunt Becky are taking a little road trip to Virginia tomorrow to talk to the folks at a particular campground about hosting our VA DOG next June.  I'll probably get to tell you all about it in an upcoming Story.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Remembering Roger"

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Surprise Visit

I had a surprise visit from Momma Sharon today!  Wendy, Gracie, and Murphy wanted to go see Aunt Becky, so Mom took the opportunity to take care of a little Splash-business while here.  We've got some hurricane-related weather coming through on Monday and even though the biggest portion of the storm will be to our west, she wanted to put my stabilizers down and close up my windows nice and tight.

She's been looking off and on for over a year for a footstool to put in between my benches and she found one at Target yesterday.  It has storage inside of it, a cushiony top on it, and is velvety black.  I predict she will be putting our coffee tray, that Miss Rebecca gave us, on top of it.  I can just imagine all the uses for it, but I think we will only use it when it's just the two of us.  At night, it can sit up on the bench out of the way.

During the summer when heat builds up inside of me, my vintage felt pennants have a tendency to fall of the walls.  She decided a couple dabs of glue were needed to shore up the sticking power on the pennant side of the Velcro.  That was a quick fix.

Did I ever tell you about the clothesline that we got from Mr. Geo at the Blue Ridge Rally?  He used the template Mom had posted in the T@B Files on Facebook to make several sets and sell them at the rally. I've been trying to get Momma Sharon to make me a pair for years! She decided that it was easier to let Mr. Geo do the work and buy one of his sets . . . LOL.

He showed us how to install them on my grab handles.  All we needed was some clothesline and Mom found that at the ACE Hardware in Townsend.  Threading it through the four holes was easy-peasy.  We got to use it at the Asheville KOA while on the post-BRR caravan.

I knew as soon as I saw them, that the gray color Mr. Geo had painted them would soon be changed. A can of blue spray paint took care of the make-over.  Mom brought them down today, along with some small felt pads, to finish the transformation.  I think she is going to sand the blue paint off the inside of curves because it's leaving blue paint on my handles, and I don't much like that.  The felt pads worked perfectly on the hot spots that were touching my trim.

We are already looking forward to our next camping trip a week from Thursday and I'm happy that Mom got a few little chores taken care of ahead of time.  I'll be telling you a Story or two about that camping trip in the next week or so.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Surprise Visits"