Home Away From Home

Off to Milton, West Virginia

Wow, it got cold last night. It was supposed to get down to 43 degrees last night so I put two blankets on the bed. It was warm and toasty but unfortunately I couldn’t go to sleep after my phone conversation with Helen Jo. She sent me a text a little after 9:00 asking me to call so I did and we discussed Mom’s situation. Apparently Helen Jo has had a tough week with Mom and sees Mom rapidly declining cognitively. Now the question remains – what to do. Do we give up her apartment or not? I wrestled with it until about 3:00 this morning and as usual came up with no solution. I’m worried about Mom but am also worried about Helen Jo. She admittedly cries at the drop of a hat. I don’t see Jerry and me taking any more trips in the near future as being away from Mom and Helen Jo is just too hard on them. Being pulled in several different directions is so difficult! Helen Jo texted this morning and said that she decided to go over and have lunch with Mom and found her much better, blossoming when she sees her friends.

After packing up and breaking camp we left at 10:00. I had walked down to Sandy and Landy’s to tell them we were leaving and they said they’d be about an hour behind us. I programmed the wonderful Rand McNally GPS with the address of the campground and then I did a search and found the campground listed and did a route to that. Believe it or not they were different! Another problem with this GPS and I don’t think updating will solve that problem.

Although it was cloudy and dreary when we left it soon cleared up and has been a pretty, sunny day for a change. We stopped around 12 at a Rest Stop for bathroom breaks and a quick lunch of salsa, chips and apples – yea! Were only there 13 minutes and I took off driving. Drove just a bit and Jerry saw a sign for gas at $2.85 at a Pilot so we stopped there and filled up the RV and the car. Tracked the mileage and we got 7.13 this time. While we were there Jerry tried to start the car and the battery was dead yet again. Think we will be getting either a battery charger or a battery disconnect soon. Although I said I’d keep on driving he said he was grumpy and would be better off driving. Just entered West Virginia at 2:10, only 26 miles from the campground in Milton.

We checked into Huntington-Foxfire KOA in Milton a little before 3:00. They gave a pull through and we can keep the tow dolly hooked up with the car. Will make leaving in the morning so much easier and faster. They have wonderful Wi-Fi so I’ve been updating the GPS after installing the Dock on the computer. Also getting all iPad and iPhone updates done! After we set up we went for a brief walk around the campground as Jerry wanted to see how we’d be leaving tomorrow. When we entered the park there was a sign denoting sharp right turn. Boy, were they right but we came in with no problem. Set up and had a roast in the crock pot in 25 minutes! Not bad.

Spent the rest of the day updating, reading and just resting recuperating from 10 days of traveling! Sandy and Landy got here around 4:00 and discovered that the power cord on the trailer had snapped so Jerry has been over with Landy supervising I guess. They have no brakes on the trailer and no brake lights. Not good in the mountains. Don’t know what they will decide to do tomorrow but so far Landy has been unable to repair it for travel.

Before we left Kinston we bought a roast, an eye of the round I think, and cut it in half planning to cook half of it in the crock pot. We had planned to do that Saturday night when we got home from the ballgame but realized that it didn’t need to cook all night and we weren’t going to stay up late enough to cook it so we decided to fix it Sunday when we got to Milton. The roast was cooking as Jerry was helping Landy (BTW, he did get it repaired) and I was updating gadgets. About 6:00 I decided to check it and wow – it was done! Instead of the spaghetti we were planning to have we had roast, creamed (chopped) potatoes, left over veggies (cabbage, peas, mushrooms, onion and peppers). It was one of the best meals we’ve had on this trip. Because of the rain we haven’t been able to grill so that has changed some of our menus.

On to bed with a couple of blankets and a good nights sleep!

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