Endings and Beginnings

It’s hard to believe that 2014 will soon be over and we’ll be ushering in a new year.  It always amazes me when we get to this point in the year; I always wonder how we got here so quickly.  Where, after all, did the year go?  As I get older it seems as though time marches on faster and faster.  Perhaps it’s because we’re so caught up in our daily life of work and daily chores, that we don’t take the time to stop and savor the moments in our life that are truly meaningful.

Throughout our lives together, Dave and I have been truly blessed.  The majority of our working life has been spent moving from state to state, working contract to contract; however, where-ever we were stationed  we had the good fortune to meet some truly fantastic people and strike up long-lasting friendships with them.

For Dave and I, 2014 was a year filled with great changes in our life as we set about implanting our plan for an early retirement.  For me, retirement began at the end of August and Dave’s began in the middle of October.  Shortly thereafter, our dream of living life on the road in a motor coach became a reality and we have enjoyed each and every minute of it.  Oh sure, there have been minor inconveniences along the way, like having to have the windshield of the motor coach repaired twice (still waiting on a third replacement); the thermostat regulator to our refrigerator going out during a torrential rain storm right around the Thanksgiving holiday; and discovering a leak in our bedroom slide that soaked our carpet (during the same torrential rain storm); and finally learning how to set up the coach electrical systems for mobile and park modes, etc., etc.  All of these issues, and the future ones that I’m sure we’ll have to deal with, go with the lifestyle of living life in a motor coach.  Issues or not, both of us are excited to see what 2015 has in store for us as we continue our journey.

To each and every one of you, we wish you love, laughter, prosperity, good health, and happiness in the coming year.  We are so grateful to have each and every one of you in our lives.

Pictures from around Epcot

Bambi
Bambi
Mickey and Minney
Mickey and Minnie
Christmas tree
Christmas tree
Victoria Gardens at World Showcase (Canada) in Epcot.
Victoria Gardens at World Showcase (Canada) in Epcot.
Another view of Victoria Gardens
Another view of Victoria Gardens
Our first selfie!
Our first selfie!
Canadian Lumberjacks at World Showcase (Canada).
Canadian Lumberjacks at World Showcase (Canada).
Holiday decorations.
Holiday decorations.
Christmas Tree at World Showcase in The American Adventure.
Christmas Tree at World Showcase in The American Adventure.
Donald Duck hanging out at Mexico in the World Showcase.
Donald Duck hanging out at Mexico in the World Showcase.

 

Terra Cotta Warriors display in the World Showcase (China).
Terra Cotta Warriors display in the World Showcase (China).
Pluto
Pluto
Snow White
Snow White

 

 

 

 

Finally settled

We moved from Bushnell, Florida to the RV resort in Clermont, Florida on Tuesday, December 02.  We really liked the resort in Bushnell; however, the drive to Disney was over an hour in each direction.  The resort in Clermont (right next to border of Kissimmee) is only 6-miles from Walt Disney World, and we’re excited that it will save us over two hours of drive time.  On top of that, we’ll be much closer to Tampa which will afford us the luxury of exploring new territory.  The other nice thing about the new location is that there are several restaurants and shopping venues to choose from.  We’ll be at this location until the end of March and then we’ll most likely spend a couple of weeks in Destin before heading north.

Because we are so close to Disney World, we’ve been spending a lot more time there.   Every evening we get to hear the fireworks at our RV site beginning around 9:30 p.m.  Once in a while we get a glimpse of the fireworks, but generally the landscape doesn’t allow us to view them.   One of these nights we’re going to stay late enough at the park to actually see them.  We just need to work out the logistics of feeding the fur balls so that they don’t starve to death before we get home at a later hour.  Perhaps if we climbed up on top of the rig we’d be able to see he fireworks, but I’m not that courageous and I don’t want Dave up there in the dark.  I’d prefer not to put our health insurance to the test.

On Saturday the 6th we took a drive to the outskirts of Tampa as we’re scouting out RV resorts for next winter.  We’ve seen some really neat and interesting country side on our travels and we actually found the Driscoll’s plant in Dover, Florida where strawberries and blueberries are packaged and then sent on to various grocery stores (like Kroger, my favorite grocery store) for purchase.

One thing that we have noticed on our travels to various stores that we have back in Indiana, is that the store layouts here are completely opposite as to what we’re used to.  It makes it bit confusing in regard to finding what you need quickly.

The weather here has been absolutely wonderful with warm, sunny days and cool, comfortable evenings.  One of the first weather reports that we heard when we arrived in Florida was that of a weatherman stating that the temperatures were going to “plummet” into the low 60’s.  Dave and I just looked at each other and burst out laughing.  Plummet?  Temperatures in the 60’s?  Seriously??  We did a happy dance!  The best part was going out the next day and seeing people (we assume that they were the locals) walking around with coats and gloves on as northerners find these types of temperature in the winter to be quite refreshing.

Alvin has discovered the little gecko’s running about outside and has tried running after a few of them.  Waddie is still quite content to lie in her “bucket” (her kitty bed, but we call it her bucket) and either sleep or look out of the window all day.  Generally she just sleeps.

I’ll be posting a few of our pictures from Walt Disney World on the blog site, but thought I would start with this one first as it pretty much sums up my experience with Walt Disney World thus far.

Two of my FAVORITE characters in the whole park....Chip and Dale!   If I could have broken into song at this point, I would have!  LOL
Two of my FAVORITE characters in the whole park….Chip and Dale! If I could have broken into song at this point, I would have! LOL