On the Road Again…..

We left the STL area on Friday, September 15, to go to Springfield, MO, by heading west on I44.  It was an uneventful trip which is what we like.  😊  We did pass a town along the way where one of my former students and his wife live and run a local restaurant.  I snapped this shot of the exit (we didn’t have time to stop because we had an appointment we had to keep) and told him the next time we came by we expected a free lunch.  I tagged him in the picture on Facebook and he was quick to reply, “Keep it under $20 and I will see what I can do!” was his reply.  He was a great student to have in my class and has grown to be a super nice young man!  Catch ya next time, Chuy!

We had a 1:00 p.m. appointment scheduled at Camping World in Strafford, MO (about 15 miles from Springfield), to check on a small water leak where the water comes into the RV and goes through the filter.  Fortunately it was a pretty simple fix (an O ring, or something like that).  However, it took a little while to wait our turn and get everything checked out.  The repairman decided to check the other side of the filter and that connection also had a little leak.  Thank goodness he checked that out, or we would undoubtedly have been back!  He also fixed some kind of support fixture for the filter so it wouldn’t vibrate and jiggle as much while traveling in the hopes to avoid future leaks.  I’d say we got our money’s worth! 

We are staying in a mobile home/RV park in Springfield similar to the one we were at in Fenton, MO.  It’s nothing fancy, but we are here to spend time with family; not be “tourists.”   We had a pull through spot at the end of a row that gave us one side without “neighbors” and plenty of room to walk Zoey.  Like I said, it was nothing fancy, but it did have a small pool, clubhouse, and a laundry facility which was nice and clean (except there was no place to hang permanent press clothes when you pulled them out of the dryer still damp).

We stayed in Springfield for four nights.  We played several games of Skip Bo with Jack’s mom (she was not a “happy camper” because she didn’t win!).  One afternoon/evening we visited with Jack’s sister and her husband and played Mexican Train Dominoes (now THAT’S a fun game!).  One day when it rained all day we didn’t do much except try to figure out how to setup all our online bill pay accounts — that took ALL day.  Needless to say we were a little a LOT stressed that day!!  One day we did laundry, cleaned house the RV, and took Zoey to the groomer for a bath and haircut.  Our last night in Springfield we finally got to visit with Jack’s brother.  We took him and Jack’s mom out to eat supper.  Can you guess where we went?  Here’s a little hint: 

Yep.  Cheddars.  They have a really good the absolute BEST hot chicken pot pie!  It comes with a salad and the BEST croissant ever!  If you haven’t tried it, you really need to.  I have never really liked pot pies (hated them when I was a kid!), but this one is worth the money (salad AND pot pie for less than $8.00!).

“Th-th-th-th- That’s all folks!”  



RV Ramblings:  First Stop – Family Time

After leaving Dexter on September 1st, we traveled north to Arnold, MO, for some much needed time with my family.  We will be staying here for a couple of weeks before moving on to our next destination.  

We are staying in an older RV/Mobile home park called Belleville RV & Mobile Home Park which is actually in Fenton.  It is only about 10 minutes (or less) from mom and dad.  Even though it’s older, it is quiet, secluded, and clean.  It’s off of Hwy. 141, however, if you didn’t know it was there, you would probably miss it.  

I have no idea how long this RV park has been here, however, I noticed something very interesting after we pulled in and while we were hooking up all our RV stuff.  Take a look at THIS picture:

Yep!  That would be where you plug in your old landline telephone!  I would think it has been deactivated for some time now.  I guess back in the “old days,” RVs came with landline phones and you needed an RV park that had telephone lines to plug into in order to use your phone.  MY!  How times have changed!!  

My sister, Peggy, and her husband, Ed, who live in Indiana, had already been in STL for a few days visiting mom and dad when we arrived.  We got here in time to eat supper with them and dad at a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate their 43rd anniversary.  Peg and Ed left Saturday morning and my other sister, Lisa, and her husband, Rob (who live just up the street from my parents’ home), got in late Saturday night from a vacation week trip to Cancun.  

We had a relaxing Sunday and Labor Day Monday.  On Tuesday morning Jack needed to make a trip to see his mom in Springfield, MO.  I stayed here while he went to Springfield.  Jack, his brother, and brother-in-law made a trip to Thayer, MO, on Wednesday to check on the family farm and farm house that they still own.  There were some “issues” with the house.  After working most of the day, they think they took care of everything and headed back to Springfield. 

Jack’s mom really enjoys playing Skip Bo, and she usually wins.  She particularly LOVES it when she can beat Jack!  Jack sent me a text that said, “How in the heck am I supposed to win?!” accompanied with this picture:

That is A LOT of wild cards!  Needless to say, Jack’s mom, Lill, won big that night.  However, Jack got his “revenge” on his last night there and beat her several times.  

Jack left Tuesday and wasn’t coming home until Friday.  I was staying in the RV with our dog, Zoey, and everything was fine.  That is until I noticed that the gray water needed dumping!  I had been shown WHAT to do, but I had never done it before…..much less do it unsupervised and while I was ALONE!  I stood outside peering into this compartment and thought, “I can do this.”  After a couple of minutes I texted this picture to my husband with the message “HELPPPPPPP!”  

He gave me some very thorough instructions, and I am happy to report that I dumped all the gray water and didn’t even have problem!  😁 Fortunately the black water/waste was no where near full, so I will most definitely leave that one for the hubby to take care of!

We will be here until this coming Friday morning.  Then we head out to ……… well, you will just have to wait and see!  

Thanks for stopping by this blog.  I hope you have a blessed day!

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