Sunday, October 31, 2010

Great Smoky Mountains T@B Rally

Want to read the blog messages in chronological order? Click the links below.

Let the fun begin !!

Let the fun continue !!

Food & festivities !!

Rally finale !!

Visit Sharon's blog with more pictures and more details.
(That's me with the Jack-O-Lantern T-shirt and silly hat.)

Ken hard at work vacuuming leaves; Bonnie registering a new arrival.

Rally Finale !! (Rally #4)

Rallee fin-al-ee. Everyone folded their awnings, packed their grill (and other accessories) and headed home. The TaDa (T@B Daddy) was the last to leave. ~~ Comparison: Saturday afternoon versus Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Food & Festivities !! (Rally #3)

Lots of food!! We could have fed an army!! A picture of the "left overs." ~~ Costumes!! ~~ Ken & Bonnie---our alumni---were honored, and wished much enjoyment in their recent retirement and new (KOA) Workamper job. ~~ Aprons because they might find themselves preparing and serving food?!

Let the fun continue !! (Rally #2)

Potluck at 6 o'clock. I'm taking a big green salad.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Let the fun begin !! (Rally #1)

Eight cute little trailers (if I counted correctly); more due to arrive. ~~ The pumpkin fairy delivered during the night so I had to join the others carving jack-o-lanterns. You can see an image of what my "T@B" pumpkin is supposed to look like. The finished product leaves "a lot to be desired"! It was a cold morning and my fingers were numb as I worked with "Jack." A co-laborer observed that my tongue was hanging out, as I worked, and used my own camera to document the moment. ~~ More fun to follow!!
Eleven cute little trailers at six o'clock.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Where will you spend Eternity ??

A brief message that I encourage you to read.

Information regarding May 21, 2011.

More valuable information.

Check out the videos from eBibleFellowship.

Visit The Latter Rain web site.

Listen to Family Radio on the Internet.

An article about Harold Camping.

From a Fresno, Calif., interview.

Johnny Cash sang God's Gonna Cut You Down -- but there is still time to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At Last, a Mobile Phone for Seniors !!

I just received this as an e-mail (from a kind, considerate friend) and have to share it with you. This is "my kind of phone"!!

Postscript: It's a joke!

Lorraine's OK !!

Very sincere appreciation to the many readers who wrote expressing concern regarding the spider bite. I feel fine this morning!! The only reason I lost sleep last night: A wicked storm dumped tons of rain water on this area of Tennessee. (Elsewhere, too?? I don't have TV news.) Lots more autumn leaves on the ground. Not raining right now (8:00 AM) but my weather station says clouds, rain and lightening today; sunshine for the rest of the week. Good weather for our T@B Rally!!

Postscript,10:10: From the Internet, details about the local weather:

Today: Partly sunny. Showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning and early afternoon...then a chance of showers late in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 10 mph or less. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers until early morning. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 10 mph or less.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday night: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 mph or less.
Friday: Sunny. Highs around 60. Light winds.
Friday night: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s.
Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.
Saturday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Sunny: Highs in the upper 60s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Monday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Postscript, 11/01/2010: A nurse friend, at the recent T@B rally, said I was very, very fortunate the spider bite wasn't serious or fatal!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scary True Story !!

This is not a "Halloween" scary story; this is a true incident. I left the T@B about 11:30 en route to Wal-Mart and other shopping. I stopped, first, at Arby's for lunch. I departed with my beverage refill. Second, I got a haircut at Great Clips. Third, I returned a defective Benji DVD to Wal-Mart. I bought a few groceries. Later, back in the KIA, I took a sip of my beverage. I **thought** a piece of ice came up through the straw but ***in my mouth*** it didn't feel like ice. I spit it out into a napkin. IT - WAS - A - SPIDER !! The spider was alive and I think it bit the inside of my mouth!! This happened about 2 o'clock this afternoon. Right now, my right ear aches, my right eye hurts ~~ There's an "alarmist" side of me that wonders if I should see a Doctor. But the "holistic health" side of me avoids all sorts of conventional medicine. I haven't been to a doctor in years; I don't take prescription drugs; I don't even take aspirin!! I attribute my good health to the fact that I ****don't**** visit doctors and/or drug stores!!

Please don't think I'm morbid for adding the following poem. It was copied from a Church bulletin; the author is unknown.


I have slipped away to the Homeland,
To my mansion wondrous fair,
Rejoice with me then in my gladness
Remember I have left every care.

Grieve not for the house that I lived in,
As you lay me away 'neath the sod.
Remember the one who dwelt in it
Has gone to be with her God.

For the little old house that I lived in
Was wind-shaken, old and decayed,
It had weathered the storms and the tempest
And the lightening around it had played.

The Savior who loves me so dearly,
Who walked by my side all the way,
Saw my little old house was crumbing
So He bade me haste away.

For me He has finished a mansion
In the Homeland over the sea;
He has it all ready and waiting,
And so He has come after me.

And in it I shall dwell forever,
Away from all sickness and pain,
For Jesus has purchased my freedom
And cleansed me from every stain.

Meet Jennifer Wysong

I challenge you to follow Jennifer Wysong, a Peace Corp Volunteer in Senegal. ~~ Counting my many blessings!! (This old lady [Lorraine] will stick to missionary, and volunteer, projects in the United States!!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rain !!

It's inevitable!! Rain when I attend Teardrop trailer rallies!!!! It rained for days--in June--while I was in the Adirondacks. There was no shelter for the group to gather under so our Socials were limited. ~~ Likewise, the lobster feed and potluck--in July--on Cape Cod was spoiled by a downpour. (Oops!! another blog [date] that I didn't completely document!! So-o-o-o-o many awesome activities; too few hours [with WiFi] to prepare and publish!!)

The "yard sale" items on the picnic table were covered (last night) with a plastic tarp. However, the corners were dislodged by wind and items are soaked. Many maps and guide books were saturated and already in the waste basket.

Maybe I should travel to dry parched areas and set up camp?!?! Perhaps RAIN will follow me and bath the earth?!?!

Postscript, 12 noon: One-half inch rain water in the dishpan sitting on the picnic table.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Perfect day !!

The outside temperature is 80 degrees (2:22 PM). The sun is shining, there is no wind. The autumn colors are spectacular!! There is a carpet of beautiful leaves all around my T@B. I have the five acre (+/-) area all to myself. The KIA is parked behind the T@B and doesn't interfere with the awesome view out my three windows, and the door.

I've had a wonderful Sunday dinner!! I cooked a combination of brown rice and wild rice; I lightly steamed a zucchini squash and a summer squash. I ate the meal on a plate. (Frequently I'll eat soup out of the small pan used to heat it.)

I've listened to Sunday worship messages on Family Radio. I shifted things around so I could get to "decorator items" (usually packed). I have a very small fry pan, and a very small pot, that I hang in my very small kitchen. The utensils are orange in color and an attractive "decoration"; I'll never use them. (The picture doesn't accurately show the color.) I bought them in a Wal-Mart in Quebec, Canada. (I've never seen them in Wal-Marts in the United States.)

For the first time in all my travels (over 7,777 miles) I put a tablecloth on the picnic table. I added a candy bowl with Werther's Original Caramel Coffee treats. (Not for Halloween trick-or-treat but for my visitors.)

I pulled many things from the back of my KIA and have them on display on the picnic table. Perhaps other T@BBers can use some of the items I've decided **NOT** to haul any longer. I decided to jettison the items while in Campbellsville but chose to share them with RVers rather than the Goodwill Store. I'll make a "yard sale" sign.

The last two nights, I relaxed with a Benji DVD. Such a cute, smart, dog!! I've had plenty of time to read. My latest selection: Following God With All Your Heart by Elizabeth George. Not everyone agrees with my lifestyle but I'm very happy to trust God for my itinerary. My Heavenly Father (God) has provided so many blessings during my recent seven months travels. (Tremendous blessings throughout my lifetime!!)

I've mentioned Family Radio several times the last couple of weeks. I respect the Christ-centered teachings from the King James Bible. The "Rapture," and "Judgement Day," have been revealed to the Bible study teacher, Harold Camping. Mr. Camping has his critics!! I, too, have critics and have been accused of being a fanatic. I choose to be a fanatic for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I have signs hanging in the windows of my T@B: "Got Jesus?" and "Rapture Coming Soon To a Loved One Near You. Advanced Seating."

I recently ordered four thousand tracts from Family Radio in California. This winter I plan to travel and distribute tracts explaining an event to transpire on May 21, 2011. ~~ "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, King James Bible)


I have hundreds of Ladybugs in my T@B this afternoon. I wondered "why?" and did a Google search. Below are just a few of the answers.

Q. Why do ladybugs come into my house in the winter time?
A. Ladybugs are attracted to the light colored houses. Especially, homes that have a clear southwestern sun exposure. Older homes tend to experience more problem with aggregations due to lack of adequate insulation. The ladybugs come in through small cracks around windows, door ways and under clap boards. They want to hibernate in a warm, comfortable spot over the cold months of winter. Ladybugs gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you see one, you can be sure more will follow. The best way to keep them out is to repair damaged clap boards, window and door trim and to caulk small cracks.

Q. Once the ladybugs are in my house, will they eat anything?
A. No. Ladybugs don't eat fabric, plants, paper or any other household items. They like to eat APHIDS. Aphids are very small, but very destructive pest that feed on plants. (If you have rose bushes, you have probably seen aphids.) Ladybugs, while trying to hibernate in your house, live off of their own body fats. They, also, prefer a little humidity. But our homes are usually not very humid during the winter. In fact, they are rather dry causing most of your ladybug guests to die from dehydration. Occasionally, you might witness a ladybug in your bathroom getting a drink of water. Now, that's a smart lady!

Q. How can I get them out of my house?
A. If you don't have a lot, just leave them. They will leave when spring arrives. Disturbing them will only cause them to stress out leaving yellow markings on your walls. The yellow stuff, you see, is not waste matter, but rather, their blood. Ladybugs release a small amount of their blood which is yellow and smells, when they sense danger. Some people have said that it does stain on light colored surfaces.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meet Andrew Hyde

I hear a variety of comments--and questions--regarding my solo travels. I refer you to Andrew Hyde and his travels. Please note that he's traveling with a backpack and fifteen items. (I'm traveling with a thousand [?] items!!) Please read his blog. My travels are bland by comparison!!

Campground Appreciation Day !!

I'm lovin' it!! This KOA campground is delightful!! The autumn colors are beautiful!! I had the "30-amp" area all to myself so I didn't pull down shades; I awoke to a lovely vista. (A "pop up" arrived after midnight and they set up camp by flashlight.) The restrooms are wonderful--and they offer clean cotton hand towels like we would use at home!! Furthermore: Tiled showers with plenty of hot water!!

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, "I'm a cheapskate," so I notice all these amenities!! In less than ten days I've traveled from (1:) a wind-swept barren, crowded, campground in Kentucky, to (2:) a crowded campground in Tennessee, to (3:) a highly neglected campground with too much voltage. Parking at (4:) Cracker Barrel, or (5:) Wal-Mart, has saved money (and made the travels possible). Hear ye, hear ye: I'm grateful for free overnight locations!! But I want to voice my appreciation for seldom-experienced luxury!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Greetings from Newport, Tennessee

I've been without WiFi. I'm such a "cheapskate," I refused to pay $3. extra per day for WiFi at the Escapee's Raccoon Valley RV Park. It's a nice Park and the people are friendly!! I had dozens of visitors because my T@B is so tiny compared to their huge rigs. I socialized..., I went to Church with friends.

On Tuesday morning, I traveled less than fifty miles down the Interstate to a Christian Retreat Center with Campground. The fee was only $12. per night--and free WiFi!! The sites were quite primitive because (IMHO) no maintenance. With one of my handy-dandy gadgets, I tested the electricity at the post and it registered OK. I unhooked the KIA and T@B, attached the electric cord from the post to the T@B. Yipes!! 135 volts!! Inside my T@B, I have a voltage meter that lists low voltage, and high voltage, in red. One-hundred-fifteen to 125 registers in green (safe).

With my handy-dandy gadgets, I walked to the office and talked to the Pastor. The office also registered 135 volts and I expressed my concern. Pastor said:
"I've been here 26 years and we've never had a problem." He called Appalachian Power Company and someone assured us that "It's OK." It was suggested that my voltage meter probably had never been calibrated so it was wrong. The men were "condescending" toward me and I sensed they thought I wasn't qualified to be discussing damage caused by high and low voltage.

I walked back to the campsite and hitched the KIA and T@B--and departed (1:30 PM). (I had intended to stay ten days.) I'm a graduate of the Escapees' RVer Boot Camp; I've followed the T@B forum discussions regarding every problem imaginable. I choose to believe that too much voltage can damage my refrigerator and my wiring!! Correct me if I'm wrong.

I spent Tuesday night in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel in Pigeon Forge. I spent Wednesday night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Newport, Tennessee. For the next two weeks I'm parked in a beautiful KOA campground in Newport. I'm a week early for the upcoming T@B rally. This is a luxury!! (But cheaper than a new refrigerator and/or wiring.) And I have free WiFi!! (Of course we can debate "free.")

I'm so thrilled to have Family Radio again (via the Internet). It was my constant companion in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

Below: My site at Newport / Smoky Mountain KOA campground.