Back at Mom’s

Japanese honeysuckle blooming in late November

We arrived at Mom’s house Monday afternoon.  Gail was here waiting for us, and Mike had already headed to Jacksonville to visit his children.

We are parked in our usual spaces under the big live oak tree in front of Dad’s old shed where the electric outlets are.  Last time we were here we tripped a breaker, so Gail is plugged into Mom’s back porch now.

Two of the horses next door

Mom, Hope, Gail and I have had a wonderful time visiting.  Gail and I sat outside until late this evening enjoying the warmth and ambiance of the propane campfire.

Ann has gone to Jacksonville to pick up AJ, and our baby sister Jeannie and her husband will be here tomorrow, too.  Cecil and Ron had a good time visiting this evening when Cecil got off work.

So we are home again, and all is right with our world.  🙂

Our camp — Gail’s van and our Casita on either side of Daddy’s shed

Sheba has spent the day barking at the horses next door, who completely ignore her.  Sunny enjoyed playing with the neighbor’s little chihuahua.

And to my absolute delight, Sheba has not jumped on anyone since we got here.  She still wants to, but has finally learned that people like her a lot better when she doesn’t!

Inside Gail’s van

The shower in the Casita is draining well now, so that’s a relief.  But the furnace is making funny noises like the fan is hitting on something, so I’ll take the cover off and see if I can see anything loose tomorrow.

I just love Gail’s van.  If I ever have another RV, it would be so much fun to get a van and build the interior to suit myself like she did.  It feels so cozy and homey inside!

Another shot of Gail’s van



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  1. We absouletly love Gail’s van too. We had 1996 19′ fully self contained Chevy Horizon camper van we traveled and lived in for 22months. Her van is jut the thing we are looking for when we can travel again. With all the family there it looks like you are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


    • I’ll pass on your comments about Gail’s van. She will be delighted!

      It looks like it’s going to be the best Thanksgiving yet! What a treat to get to come home and camp with the family!


  2. Emily

     /  November 21, 2012

    Have a great holiday with family. Weather looks good (I hope for you too.)


    • So far the days are warm and sunny. The nights are cool, but it makes sitting around the campfire that much more fun! 🙂


  3. It’s true – there’s no place like home for the holidays! Gail’s van looks wonderful inside and out. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


    • Thanks, Kim. Gail is going to get a big head with all these compliments! But I’m thrilled to pass them on to her!

      Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful, too!


  4. cozygirl

     /  November 21, 2012

    Super sweet view out at daddy’s shed…just perfect! And lv Gayle’s van so much! Have a blessed holiday surrounded by your family in such a perfect spot! Xo


    • That shed brings back so many warm memories of Daddy and his projects… and all the things he fixed for us. 🙂

      I’m so tickled with the compliments on Gail’s van. She is absolutely crazy about it and wouldn’t change a thing.

      Thanks for the special holiday wishes, and I hope yours is the best ever for you, too.


  5. Loved the picture of the honeysuckle blooming. Is this a normal thing for that part of FL in November?
    I know that you are enjoying the warmer weather. Great you can combine camping in FL, for free, and being with family for the holiday!


    • I think it’s normal, Lynne. I’ve been gone so long I don’t remember, but everyone kind of shrugged when I commented on it, so it must not be unusual. 🙂

      We are loving the warm weather, loving the company, and really appreciating the free camping! But I’m pretty exhausted from the non-stop visiting. Gail and I plan to sleep in tomorrow! 🙂


  6. There’s nothing that can compare to being “home” for Thanksgiving.


  7. You know your Torturing me with that van. 🙂 Oh well something will come along.
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family.


    • Jo, you will find your van at exactly the right time. Sure hope it’s soon! 🙂

      And yes, we had a marvelous Thanksgiving Day!


  8. Hazel

     /  November 24, 2012

    Nice van conversion! Does she have a sink and toilet too?

    We’re finally on the road south and still adjusting to living together in a VERY tiny space. It’s quite cold here in Virginia so, besides long walks in the woods, we have to stay inside. I think the Casita is better suited to solo camping or camping where it is warm enough to be outside most of the day. Only 5 1/2 months to go…


    • Hazel, her van has a sink and a porta-potty.

      We do fine with the two of us in the Casita, but we spend almost all of our time outside during the day. The only time we spend much time inside is evenings. Then we are reading, surfing, or doing crosswords. We do have the twin beds, and that helps a lot.

      But if you like to spend a lot of time inside during the day, I think the Casita would feel too small.

      Wishing you the best and am anxious to hear how you fare in yours! 🙂


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