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6/18/19

Snow Pile

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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BUSY has been the operative word for the last few days. The OFM is going to have to grab some extra rest pretty soon.

The Castle’s bed has been slowly getting less comfortable for nearly a year. The OFM finally paid attention and diagnosed the trouble. The mattress topper was about 8 years old and had begun to collapse. So out it went.

A trip to Walmart worked out well for a change and a new topper started residency in the Castle.



After a nap and two nights sleeping on it we declare the trouble solved and eliminated. $40 for another 7 years of good sleeping is a bargain in our world.

One of the things that kept the OFM so busy was working on the three paintings that are not finished. This next painting has been posted before but it is in the process of small but important changes.  For the moment it is named FREEDOM and will get to rest and mature a little before the next “improvements”.



On the walk this morning right after the rain quit, we were just moseying and meandering along when the OFM noticed a big pile of snow behind a park building.



So naturally Mr. Nosy had to wander over to wonder about all that snow. As he was standing there looking ignorant as usual, the sign on the entrance to the building caught his attention. MAINTENANCE ENTRY FOR ICE RINK

Well of course DUMMY. They had recently finished the ice skating resurfacing and that was the pile of skimmed ice from that effort.   At least it gave us something to write about tonight. 

You never really know what you might run across when you are out meandering about trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/17/19

Color Editing

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Does photo color balancing really make any difference to the OFM Teams pictures. We feel it does. We try the auto balance feature of the program we use to “handle” the photos for this blog. It is a free program named Photoscape and you know it is simple to use if the OFM can use it.

Now to show the extremes of balancing just the color can cause. Sometimes it is really great and sometimes it is really sad. Here is the picture of a rock in Flint Creek near the Castle. It is pretty ordinary.



These next few pictures are the original picture from above with the hue and saturation being messed with to create a whole different picture. These are extreme changes for certain but it does show how much difference the editing of the photo color balance can change the photograph.








As you can see, editing can make or break the picture with color balance only.  Editing does take a good bit of practice to learn how to achieve the look you are wanting.

The other editing the OFM uses a lot while editing is cropping. Cropping will be covered in a later blog.

Doing this type of thing to the photos takes some time for each one. We basically have to handle each picture that is published to get it to appear as close to what we  want it to be like. The OFM will readily tell you he is later kindergarten in ability at this editing stuff, but it is a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/14/19

Vegetable Gardening

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Back a few weeks the OFM Garden Planting Team went over to help the Ward Household acquire some vegetable garden plants and get them into the ground.

The shopping was a great success and lots of fun. Then the planting work began and the supervisor was merciless. This is the first time in over twenty years that the OFM has had female supervision and it was painful. She was very particular and watched every move to be sure it was done exactly to her specification. Madam Piper was definitely up to the job.



Gardener Gavin kept his fingers to the dirt to stay on her good side and worked himself to a frazzle.



Even as we neared the finish the supervisor was still everywhere and nothing missed her noticing it.


By the end of the heavy work we were all tired and ready for rest and refreshments.

Yep family time can be a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/13/19

Trees

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Why does the OFM collect so many rocks in his shoes? They all grow to basketball size with very sharp points when they enter the shoe. The minute your foot is removed they shrink so small that the reading lens in the OFM’s trifocal glasses can barely make them out. On a rare occasion a rock will mess up and jump into the OFM’s shoe near a bench. It is almost heavenly to be allowed to sit while a shoe is untied, the rock dumped out and them sit comfortably to re-tie the shoe. One of those happened today. It was wonderful. Here the wonderful bench was with a nice view even.



Lots of large and/or tall trees live along the path. Most of the time the foliage is too thick to get a photograph of one of them. But this one was standing in the sunlight this morning begging for a picture. The path is maintained at 9 feet wide so you can guess how tall the tree is.



We have been noticing a few trees with white splotchy patches of bark for the last week. Then today the OFM realized that all of them have a white band about a foot above the dirt line that goes all around the tree. What kind of tree is it? Do the white splotches indicate anything special?


The OFM tried lengthening his walk this morning back to 3.5 miles and we found out that is a wrong event to participate in. It looks like we are going to be limited to 3 miles and just learn to love it. It is a pretty enough area that we had not gotten bored with the walk yet.

The OFM ordered some more art supplies today. Now all we need to do is spend some time using them. Since he enjoys making bad art so much, we cannot figure out why he doesn’t do more of it. It seems like a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/12/19

Meal Times

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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What a busy day it has been! But not much to talk about.  A couple of emails asked about what the OFM has for breakfast and other meals. That is easy to answer. If we are near decent restaurant food, we eat out, especially lunch, to give more time for trying to have tooooo much fun. 

Breakfast is either cold cereal with soy milk or eggs, stir fry potatoes, onions and three breakfast little sausages. The beverage is orange juice followed by water. Here is a typical breakfast plate the OFM makes up.




Today we had pulled pork , with pickles and cole slaw on a bun for lunch with sweet tea. It comes from Lawler’s BBQ places around here. We like it very much.

Then today the fixin’s for chicken stoup were on hand so the ingredients were slammed together and simmered to perfection again. Contents are chicken breasts, rice, onion, celery, carrot, fresh ground black pepper. It is always really good according to the OFM and how fast he makes it disappear.



We did get one nice picture of some delicate pink flowers today. Other that this one most all blooming is over until next year.



The OFM Travel Planning Team spent a lot of time looking into this Fall’s travel possibilities. As usual there are way too many opportunities for nice travel.  That means we have a good bit more planning to get done in the next two months. This RV life never seems to relax, there  is always something else to go have fun with. Maybe that is a good thing to always be busy trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/11/19

Golf

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The OFM Walking Team hit the trail a bit earlier today. It was 60 F. The walking was nicer today with the cooler DRY air. We made the three miles easier than the last couple of times and it was a lot more pleasant to NOT be running gallons of sweat for a change.

Along the way we noticed this very nice mimosa flower next to the trail. It was politely sitting there offering to have its picture taken. We took it up on the offer.




Not a lot is happening now that it is lush growing time in the wet warm woods. But the OFM managed to notice this skeletal leaf cluster hanging on the side of a tree. The back lighting made it look different than in the later day when we normally slogged by this point. Check it out.




The OFM Golf Team managed to get over to the golf course and play 9 holes this afternoon. The OFM was well pleased with the new to him soft shafted irons in Ladies Flex. After ALL those shots his hands and elbows still were not hurting. That is a wonderful happening.

He naturally did not play well. The score of 47 is not great but the way the irons performed was great. All shots with the new equipment went in a straight line toward the target. Now we have to play enough to figure out the yardage for each club so a correct choice can be made in the future. He was basically short or long on almost all shots.

Then more important news for us happened today. With the two grand kids now, the OFM asked his son and wife about when would be the best times for the Teams to come to Alabama. After a bit of discussion we arrived at the best times for the OFM Teams to come up here in far north Alabama for the next few years. 

The schedule changes in some small details but remains basically as before. The Whole OFM Mob  will arrive in north Alabama in April and leave north Alabama just ahead of winter in September. Now we can get busy planning for this winter and where to be out trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/10/19

Aftermath

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The OFM slept like a concrete log last night and woke up still worn out. But the day began anyway. After breakfast he decided he needed to hit the trail again for the 3 mile walk. An off we went.

At the beginning of the part of the walk that goes along the waterfront was a new pond left over from yesterday’s storms. That is the picnic area near the event area. We will see tomorrow if it is still there.



  Along the trails this morning was lots of evidence of the severe rains that hit. Lots of small cuts through the trail toward the water were newly formed. Some places the surfaced part of the trail was cut clear down to the mud. However all the water did kick off a bunch of flowers to blooming. Here is some getting ready to show off.



The tiredness in the OFM showed up after about two miles and the pace slowed.  He was really happy to see the start of the last 1/4 mile stretch toward the Castle.



A lot of research went into figuring out where to go when we leave here. Nothing was decided except it will not be into colder territory.

Since the TV went away it dawned on the brilliant OFM that maybe we ought to get the  TV antenna off the roof. That way it will not get caught in any overhead stuff to cause tears or holes in the roof.  So here it is just before being added to the garbage pile.



It has been a bit over four years now that the TV had not been used. So lighten the load.  The square aluminum struts were salvage since they can be used to build things in the future.

It was a very busy day and the OFM is still recovering from Gavin and Piper activities. It is very nice but very tiring. Raising kids is for young folks. But playing with the kids is a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/9/19

The Chunk

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Quick to the point. The OFM and the grand kids and their parents had a great time today. Here is the OFM dancing with his grand daughter whom he affectionately calls “The Chunk”. 



As you can see he can barely hold her. We ate great oriental food and had tooooo much fun all over the house.

6/8/19

Rain Play

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The new toys of yesterday got played with today. After the stove was scrubbed then the bathroom got a good cleaning. The Old Fat Man rested a bit. Then a bit more cleaning. Ok enough of that for today. The rain continued on.

The new toys were calling. The OFM had never used professional level paints before and it was quite an experience. It is a lot more pigment in the paint and handles somewhat different than the cheaper styles of watercolor paint.

But he persevered and some paper was wasted. It will take a bit of practice to get the hang of the pro paints.




It was meant to be just a bunch of lines to feel out the new paint. But eventually the OFM had to try to make it look like something. What is it supposed to look like we have no idea!  Anyway he had some fun learning about using this higher quality paint as a way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/7/19

Toys And Memories

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Something got the OFM to thinking ( yes he can) about something. Then that reminded him about the Wisdom book we keep adding to in the Castle. It has been with our teams for over twenty years now.

It is just a cheap old school writing book probably from Walmart. However the information inside is critically valuable to the Teams. It is a recording of many of the life’s lessons that have entered our lives.



What is in the book? Any thing the Teams thinks has some importance at all.  We go back through it now and then when a refresher in living is needed. For this blog entry we grabbed part of a page so our readers can see some of what we think is important.



New Toys came in today and the OFM danced around like he could actually dance (he can’t). There are some rainy days in our near future so he will get great fun in wasting more paper.


The day was an incredibly active day so we are planning on an early shower and bed time. It will be nice going to bed early from being tired from trying hard to have tooooo much fun.

6/6/19

Soldier Fly Larvae

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Wouldn’t you  know it? After  a  post of nice flowers yesterday, it would be a yucky post tonight.

We have had a mass attack of soldier fly larvae.  About every half hour three to seven of them come crawling out onto the bath mats in the bathroom. They are about 1 inch long and well behaved. 

SOLDIER FLY LARVAE


They pick up easily with a bit of toilet paper and get to see the inside of the black water tank. They are firm and easy to spot as well as capture. BUT WE DO NOT WANT THEM IN THE CASTLE.

We have already gotten the OFM sore bodied by having him check with flashlights and mirrors every nook and cranny we can from inside the Castle looking for the source. 

If the rain stops tomorrow we will be unpacking the adjacent exterior storage bin to examine what is going on in there. It will also be a good time to wash the bin out and clean it up. WOW that sounds like lots of fun.

The best news is some new art supplies are due to land at our location tomorrow. OH BOY NEW TOYS. That might be a way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/5/19

Close and Intimate

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The day started with a very achy OFM. Somewhere along the way yesterday he used a muscle and his body objected with great vigor to that silly action. But he kept on keeping on anyway. 

However the 3 mile walk was more of a one mile slow meander on the flat solid sidewalk over near the golf course. It was a warm morning of a day that is supposed to get rainy. As the Meandering Team meandered along the OFM started feeling much better. Not right, but definitely much better. 

That turned out to be important since a wonderful sight appeared clear across the street in the welcome planter by the water fall sign. The flowers were doing their job of attracting attention to the Point Mallard Park system.

After being careful to make certain the traffic was slow enough ( no vehicles in sight) the OFM meandered at top meandering speed across the road. The ants that out ran him across were gathered at the edge of the grass to see if he became a grease spot or not. We made it with time to spare.

First we checked out all the flowers and found many of them to be beautiful so pictures were needed. Then the OFM remembered that the cheap camera we have can take close up pictures also.  So another hour and a half was spent finding out how to take close up pictures. Actually all the Teams members were surprised he was able to understand something that complicated like manual focus. But he did, so we got busy doing something productive for a change.

The first flower is the one named Yellow Flower. It was a very nice flower that cooperated well for holding still in the breeze.




We liked that picture so much we went in closer for another intimate shot. WOW now this one got a lot more personal.



That is nice isn’t it.

That effort seemed to work out so well that the beautiful red ones nearby were envious and politely asked for the OFM to take their picture also so the whole world could see how pretty they are. So we did. The red flowers were really looking good in the bright sun in our opinion.



Naturally the seductive red flower asked us to come a little closer and the OFM was quite ready for some action he thought. How do you like how the action turned out?



After all that effort and then having to meander back across the street to the side walk, the OFM was getting worn out. So we took the path back to the campground and on to the Castle. It was a successful short walk and the OFM’s body was feeling much better. 

It was lunch time by now and the OFM chowed down on the last of the chicken and rice stoup from a couple of days ago. It was very good to our surprise.This seemed to be a very good start for a day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/4/19

Flashing Leaves

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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What a difference nine hours of good sleep made! The better attitude that went with it certainly made today a lot better. The morning walk produced nothing spectacular it seemed but when we got home to the Castle the silly camera had 43 pictures stored inside it. And sure enough as usual about 10% were good enough to add to a blog dissertation. 

One of the nice events was remembering to check on the local wild berry crop. We are happy to report that they seem to be coming along well. Starting tomorrow we are supposed to be getting some rain so that should help the little prickly devils out with getting bigger fast. Check’em out.



Parts of the woods that the path goes through is fairly dim due to the overhead canopy of tree growth. As we approached one section flashes of light seemed to be erupting here and there in a section ahead near the path. We saw more of the flashes as we got closer. The OFM took some precaution and slowed the pace until we could tell what was going on. It turned out to be a neat experience.

Some large leafed plants growing less that two feet tall with large leaves were waving in the breeze coming off Flint Creek.  Now and then a stronger gust of wind would come through and flip a bunch of the leaves over as they waved in the wind. On top of that at this few minutes of the day sunlight came through the canopy in a myriad of thin streaks to reflect off the overturning leaves. That is what was causing the flashes of light. It was an amazing natural phenomena. 

The OFM tried to catch it on camera but all we could get is a shot of the momentary turn over of the leaves. A thin but sufficient cloud was passing by as we came into the area. A movie camera would have be awesome to have. Yes the little camera takes film clips but the OFM is too dumb to know how to use it that way. Here is what the leaves looked like without the light flash.



Back at the Castle with time to ponder important things is a bad event when it involves the OFM. He got to looking at the TV on the wall behind the dinette. Hmmm That silly TV has not been used in at least four years. Why is it still in the Castle? We don’t know was our answer. Hmmm is there something better to use that section of wall for in our small home (149 square feet). 

The Teams are excellent at coming up with ideas when no limits are involved. And we all did come up with some “ideas”. But one idea did seem to have merit and Teams vote was unanimous. So it was off to Walmart for supplies. 

Sure enough Walmart had the item we planned on purchasing, but they also had a couple of alternatives. So it was  time for a Team meeting again. The Team meeting was going rather well if a little animated as the OFM acted out some of the ideas. He called it planning. Keep in mind that as usual most of the Team members are invisible to normal humans. And we all know the OFM is not normal.

For some reason the aisles around us cleared out and we had lots of room for discussion. The final decision was to purchase a bulletin board to fill the area. Then the OFM can pin the paintings that are in progress to it so his interest will do a lot less waning.

The TV was removed and is now at a new home in a different campsite. We got the bulletin board mounted and the idea seems to be a good one for a change. The OFM even let us put two in progress paintings on it already. On the right is our Piper and Gavin calendar.



Now we think that personal OFM paintings and pictures of the grand kids is a much better item to have on the wall than an unused TV.

Yep we certainly improved our chances of having tooooo much fun today. 

6/3/19

Rough Monday

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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It was definitely Monday. Work was too intense to have fun.That is just wrong. We will work on keeping that out of our lives in the future. 

Wash the clothing. Do the grocery shopping. Clean the Castle a good bit. Nurse the old body a bit and do not take the long walk today.  And on and on and on. Took one picture that came out all shaky.

We are hoping that all our readers had a wonderful day of trying to have tooooo much fun to make up for the Teams failures on that issue. Early GOODNIGHT tonight. Hope that is ok.

6/2/19

Busy Nothing

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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It has been an “interesting” day to say the least. Not all of it good but at the same time nothing really bad. The pictures taken during the 3 mile morning walk came out too shaky for publishing.

Another instance, the ham the OFM picked out about six days ago has been in the refrigerator since then. We got it out for some ham and beans at lunch. The ham tasted really funny so it went to the dumpster.

Next thing is we had a hatch of 1 1/2“ long brown caterpillar looking larva start showing up now and then inside the Castle. They were picked up and chunked out to the drainage creek. What they are we do not know, but we know we did not want to share the Castle with them.

A few more minor things like that happened. Then we got all the Teams involved in planning what and when for after the summer is over in three months. As far as we are concerned the day after the Labor Day holidays is the start of fall travel that leads to winter travel ETC.  Our only special goal is to skip the Texas coast this winter. A dry climate winter sounds good to us at the moment.

Where should be our roaming location? If you know please comment about it in the comments and we will put it into consideration. The Teams had five winters in the desert of SE Washington state in the past so we know we like it in the winter desert.

Miscellaneous things like these popped up all day to keep the OFM from getting bored. Tomorrow we know we will be doing laundry and grocery shopping. For some silly reason laundry chores do not bother the OFM and grocery shopping he actually enjoys. Crazy old fool isn’t he.

So there you have the goofy Sunday we had trying to have tooooo much fun.

6/1/19

Good, Easy Prep Meals

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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We frequently hear folks say that cooking is too much bother when RVing. Well we have a quick easy meal prep that we use regularly. 

We start with chicken boiled until nearly done. then it is cut into pieces to please you.



The pieces and any new spices chosen are put back into the water the chicken was boiled in. Then a package of Knorrs or any other rice/pasta mixture you choose is put in with the chicken pieces. Cook as the package tells you to cook the pasta/rice.




Then let it set about five minutes with a couple of stirs to blend everything well. SERVE.  It is good and easy and serves three folks or freeze the left overs for later meals.



Yep a good meal cooked easily is a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun. 



5/31/19

Still Alive

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Just a “still alive” posting. The morning walks are still happening. Some maintenance and cleaning on the Castle is occasionally incurred. The OFM is looking into replacing all the tires with the new and better model of Goodyear Endurance trailer tires, but that is still research in progress.

One bit of activity is putting new styrofoam in the cabinets that had the roof leak. The OFM tore the extra foam he had added years ago out of the cabinets in his hurry to get the water inflow stopped. Now he is replacing it all. It sure helps the Castle to cool or heat more easily. The replacement foam cost $9.95 plus tax at Home Depot.

We really noticed on the morning walk this morning that the flowering is 99% over and the rapid growth of the vegetation is in 110% of full speed. At least there is enough leaves now that nearly 7/8 of the walk is in shade now. No complaints here for sure.

As you can tell there is no great excitement around here helping us in trying to have tooooo much fun.



5/29/19

New Place

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The OFM must have had some really wild dreams last night. He went to bed feeling tired but well. He arrived at pseudo-wakefulness this morning and nearly screamed in pain from hip joint displeasure. So after breakfast and a 1/4 pound of ibuprofen he decided to call the hobble (walk) off for the morning. As things healed during the day it did get better and better until we got in a nice mile of strolling late this evening.

Not a lot happened today but lunch was a pig stuffed potato that was excellent. It was from the new to the area Lawlers BBQ over by the Honda dealer.



Enough was left of the potato that the Teams had a nice evening meal from it also.

This evening we had some trash to take to the garbage dumpsters near the golf course. we headed over and got the garbage put in its proper place. Then the OFM thought he would like to take his hip for a walk at the golf course. We meandered around a bit. As we meandered out of the course a rose bush showed us that everything was coming up roses.



When we returned to the Castle the OFM was still pain free and we had had a nice walk,so the Teams decided we had had a pretty good day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/28/19

Cool Turtles

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Things are getting a bit slower around here now so do not be worried if a day or two now and then gets skipped. Today barely had any events but here they are.

During the hot as blazes walk this morning all the vegetation was fading fast. No flowers were out and about. Even the turtles were staying in the water trying to keep cool. The OFM saw a sight he thought was neat but we tried to discourage it for photography. We failed. Here is his pride and joy of a log end.



After a quick shower to rinse off the walk sweat, we hit up a couple of stores for some unsuccessful shopping. Then it was a stop at Golden Corral for some fish, vegetables and fruit for lunch.

On back at the Castle the OFM cleaned up a little and some paper and oil pastels came out to play. Here is as far as the playing got in a few hours.



That was it for the day. The temp we had showing outside amongst the tall trees, humidity, and no breeze was 93. It made staying in the AC a great place for trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/27/19

Old Tree Sentinel

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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It was earlier again this morning when the OFM Walking Team set out on the quest for pictures for the blog. As we entered the area where millions of vehicles had been parked, it was a ghost town. Then the OFM thought back to when we walked through the campground a few minutes before. At least 40% of the vehicles were gone! All the noise about 2300 last night must have been them leaving. We do not regret them leaving but they were a reasonably well behaved crowd.

Here is the vendors area that surprised the OFM two mornings ago with it being full of vehicles.



So the walk continued on and the OFM was doing well so we managed to get in 3.5 miles today. Just do not count on that every day.

Along the way this swamp scene popped into view. Of course we have been walking past the scene for seven years now before the OFM noticed it. We think it is very nice.



This afternoon the OFM decided it was time to change the Castle’s water heater anode rod again. The Castle likes a new one just about every year. Naturally the OFM had to get himself soaked during the process, but at 93 degrees it actually was good feeling. Any way the old rod was not as bad as some other times but it did get changed out. It was time even if it would have lasted for a few month more.



The OFM Art Team had a great time this afternoon finishing an oil pastel painting that had been lingering for much too long of a time. It will be titled Old Tree Sentinel. 

Some how in spite of the miserable heat outside we managed to do a good job of trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/26/19

The Grouch Smiles

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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The OFM got his act together earlier this morning and we hit the walking trail for a good walk. After a good distance we came to one of the loop option trails. The OFM stopped us to consider the situation. It was HOT, HUMID and absolutely no breeze. He claimed he did not feel “right” for a longer walk. Old elderly men need to be cautious for sure.

So we took the shortest path back to the AC in the Castle.  After we arrived back the OFM checked his “feel” and declared it the proper choice. Just too much heat for long walks. However when he checked Google for the distance it still was 2.3 miles.  That is plenty for the OFM Walking Team when the heat index is showing 94.

A little art attempt was started and after a couple of hours it was put aside to let the concept of the picture jell a good bit more. We will be moving on to another picture while that one ferments.

The ugly surprise we got  was when we went to check where the Farm and Tractor Show was being held. It seems it was yesterday and we missed it! All was not lost however. When the OFM was checking the schedule, he got a big surprise that when the fireworks finish tonight the Memorial Day Celebration is officially over. That means that Monday is move out day for lots of the crowd. We will really enjoy that event.  Again, this year has been decently behaved. Last year was a chaotic mess for the whole two days and nights. The crowding in of all the folks was the only real difficulty and it was not that bad in reality. The OFM is a grouch when it comes to crowds.

We are hoping that by Monday afternoon it will be back to being a normal packed in Eastern type of campground. The Teams will be ready for some elbow room by the time Rolling Time (cooler weather) gets here next fall. For outdoor things cooler weather is much better for trying to have tooooo much fun.


5/25/19

Hordes Arrived

Adventure Location: Decatur, Alabama
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Morning came very early so the Walking Team made it to the open area of the main area of Point Mallard Park by 0730 with hopes of beating most of the folks to the area and get in a good walk. Well we did beat most of the folks but not nearly all of them. Early this evening the line of cars waiting to enter the main area was over a mile long.

So any way we got to the usual walking entry point and hit the brakes. Here is a couple of pictures of part of the mob of vehicles. To the left the open fields were already full.



Straight across the waterpark parking was already filled and vendors were doing a brisk business in the area to the left.


The OFM shook too much and the third picture was a big multicolored blur of folks and vehicles.

We turned left to head off to the hot air balloons lift off area but the crowds coming our way caused us to grab a picture and turn right back into the campground.



As we walked down through loop D we grabbed this picture of the “camping” happening in this area.



What we have here is nearly every campsite is occupied by someone that has a herd of relatives and friends coming in for the weekend and staying with them. So the sites in general have 4 to ten more folks than normal. That makes for crowding like unreal as you can see above.

At the same time it is nice to see all the kids and other folks having a good time. Still as of tonight no unpleasantness of any significance has been evident. Just LOTS of happy folks.

It was evident the walk was not going to happen so we went out the other side of the campground near the golf course to check the road coming in to the main area. Packed as far as we could see was the scene.  Naturally someone had done the usual and soaped the entrance waterfall.



The wild life was staying out of the way too. This turtle was hot footing it across the golf course away from all the people.



So the OFM Teams went back to the Castle and made stoup for our next four meals. Yep it is good.


We made a point after that, and Sunday and Monday, of staying out of the crowds as our way of trying to have tooooo much fun.