Friday, May 12, 2017

We Have Buttons!

Heyeee campers and friends!  I know it's Blue Ridge Rally time when two things happen.  

#1 - I get a bath.  My Mom scrubs every inch of me, she hits every nook and cranny, she checks around my window seals for spiders, dusts every flat surface inside of me, and gets me looking fabulous since I'm the host T@B for this shindig.

#2 - Momma Sharon takes care of her final chore . . . making ID Buttons.  Those buttons are famous and collectible and just plain cute. How can you go wrong when our California T@Bbin' buddy and artist, Sara, is involved.  I could tell that Mom was tired and distracted because she boogered up four of them.  

Now 4 out of 100+ doesn't seem too bad to me, but she's a perfectionist when it comes to these little badges.  On top of that, she found one set of duplicates and then messed up 3 of the 4 she re-did because she forgot to put the little Newbie star on them.

Well I'm here to report that they are finished, have been checked and re-checked to make sure everyone has one, and they are now packed away for the trip.

Mom printed 11 sheets of buttons, then cut them out
Miss Kathryn's button is assembled
Checked, double-checked, & packed
Even the Big Meadow crew gets a Blue Ridge button
The most special ones are the 10 For 10 ones . . . these 8 Blue Ridgers haven't missed one single Blue Ridge Rally!!

Now that Splish is packed and the final item has been checked off our list, it's time for a little R&R so Mom can catch her breath before the Blue Ridgers start rolling into Big Meadow Family Campground on Sunday.

This will be my last Story for a couple of weeks.  Momma Sharon will take over the blogging duties during the rally and caravan and we both invite you to pick up your Postcard every day to see why "we have so much fun it should be illegal."  Until I'm back with more Tales, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Blue Ridge Buttons"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Knock, Knock

Betcha think I have a knock, knock joke for you.  Nope.  That was the sound we heard at the front door this morning.  The UPS man usually doesn't knock, but he did today.  Maybe it was because it was drizzling outside and he didn't want my package to get wet.  Or maybe he knew that we were anxiously awaiting its arrival.

I am excited beyond words at what showed up on our doorstep this morning . . . it's a CAMPING CART!  Sorry to yell, but dad-gum-it, we are gonna love having this at the Blue Ridge Rally next week.  Except for the Made in China part, this is going to be one cool camping accessory! It's blue to coordinate with me, it folds compactly to fit in Splish's truck bed, and Momma Sharon has already thought of half a dozen ways to use it at Big Meadow.

Timber Ridge Camping Wagon
A cover holds everything in place
Velcro straps keep it tightly folded

My Uncle Rob has a cart that he takes when they go to the beach and Pod told me that they haul all kinds of stuff back and forth.  Miss Crystal has a cart too and Daisy told me it was Packer green and yellow.  So this idea of a camping cart is nothing new.  And you know how my Camper Mom will snitch a good idea in a heartbeat!

Unfolded and ready for a test drive

Murphy was out on the deck with Mom, supervising everything, so it is only fitting that she got to test it out.  I have my doubts that she would actually sit still long enough to be strolled around the campground. She had her 6th-month check-up with her doctor this morning, so Mom has been snapping photos of her today to celebrate great test results.

That's our camping pup who will be with us at the Blue Ridge Rally
Murphy giving it a paws up

The wheels on the cart are heavy duty and will roll well over Big Meadow's gravel.  The construction is sturdy, there's a rigid bottom that folds up and stores in a side pocket, and it has a handle for pulling it around when loading and unloading in Splish.

Welcome to our camping family little cart!

Knock, knock.  Who's there?  RU.  RU who?  Are you as excited about the Blue Ridge Rally as I am? With that silly joke and my Camping Cart Story, I will see ya later.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Camping Carts"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BRR Sneak Preview

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Momma Sharon and I are 12 days away from our Blue Ridge Rally.  While I am daydreaming about all the fun, Mom is actually working hard to check items off her to-do list so that fun happens.  If you are familiar with our rallies, you know that we like to put together little welcome bags full of goodies.  That's what this Tuesday is all about.

I'm not going to show you the final products, but I will give you a sneak preview of a few of the happies that every Blue Ridger will get upon arrival.

Happy #1 will use one of Sara's fantastic designs that Mom tweaked a bit . . . 

Happy #2 will use Sara's official 2017 BRR logo . . . 

Happy #3 is compliments of Blue Ridgers Dave & Sheila . . . 

Happy #4 involved a reconnaissance trip to Lowes this morning to gather some paint chip samples . . . 

So that's my sneak preview and it's all I'm going to tell you!  Momma Sharon, The Campmeister, will be in her Studio all afternoon working away.  12 days and counting and until I have another Tale to tell you, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & BRR Happies"