Monday, March 13, 2017

The Best of 2016 (Part 1)


While we were working at Amazon Michael bought new living room furniture. When we returned home, we found that the new furniture did not fit the current room configuration. So . . . what to do? Take down a wall of course! Later in the year we patched the walls, repainted and added chair rail. 

We have owned our current motor home since 2006. After 10 years of wear and repeated shampooing the carpet was definitely becoming shabby. Time for a refresh so out with the carpet and in with vinyl plank flooring. What an improvement and so much easier to care for!

After all that remodeling the cats needed some R and R!


In February we made our annual pilgrimage to DIS for the Daytona 500. Had a great time as usual.

When we removed the wall in the living room I lost storage space so we built a custom storage unit in the bedroom to hold all of my craft supplies . . . and the cats. Lol!


March saw us attending some of our granddaughter Sarah's Winter Guard competitions. . .

and spending a day at Bike Week.

We also used some recycled materials to build a gazebo for Bob's mom. It will provide her fish with shade and some protection from the weather.


We spent the month of April enjoying an early retirement party for a dear friend, getting together with family to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, repurposing a storage cabinet to become a media cabinet, attending more of Sarah's competitions, completing all the necessary semi-annual doctor and dental appointments and finally heading north for our summer workamping job. Along the way we stopped to visit good friends in North Carolina.


Our summer workamping job was at Darien Lake Resort and Amusement Park. Darien Lake is located about 20 miles east of Buffalo NY. The complex has an amusement park, a water park, a hotel and a campground. The campground has several types of accommodations. There are guest houses, cabins, rental rv units, clamping tents and regular campsites. It opens at the beginning of May and closes at the end of September. Our initial job was working the gate house at the entrance to the campground and hotel but we soon discovered that it was not our preferred position. So we became camp hosts which we loved! We assisted the guests to their sites if needed, answered their questions, acted as a liaison between the camping office and the guests and cleaned up around the units and campsites after the guests departed. Our job was not glamorous and sometimes it was dirty but it was rewarding and much less stressful!

Some views of the amusement park, the water park and some of the rental accommodations.

Geese and babies, our motor home site, baby grapes behind the mh and the beginnings of my container garden.

In May the park was open only on the weekends so we had time during the week to do some sight-seeing.  We spent a day at Letchworth State Park and another day touring Fort Niagara.

More to come!

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