A dreary, rainy day. The rain stopped awhile to give us a chance to get out and walk, but we didn't go very far because I've had a bad backache yesterday and it hasn't gone away yet. I can tell it's just a muscle spasm, and it's not incapacitating as long as I watch my movements. And use my heating pad and ibuprofen.
Bob figured out a way to work on a puzzle today, with our limited table space. He wanted to do one of the nice puzzles that he got for Christmas, but they are just too large for our circumstances in the trailer. Instead, he bought a small 500 piecer at the dollar store to see if that would work better. He's using a cutting mat that I brought along, balanced on our small end table, covered with a felt pad to roll up if needed. He uses a tray about the size of a cookie sheet to put all the pieces on to sort. And he might get it all together in one day if there is enough time. We can improvise quite well!
Speaking of dollar stores, I should be keeping a score sheet on how many we pass by! They are everywhere!
And speaking of cookie sheets, we have a small one that just fits in our little oven, and we made a homemade pizza with it for lunch today. Buying some fresh dough helps with that part, as long as we can get it in the stores we stop at. We only use half of it and freeze the other half, then put on our assorted toppings. I have some non-dairy mozzarella cheese for my half, and although it doesn't act the same way that Bob's cheese does, it still is good. We've learned to be flexible with time and temp in our small propane oven, it's kind of a guessing game to see how things cook in there. It would no doubt be better with a pizza stone, but I don't have one to fit here, plus it would be extra weight to haul around. I could probably splurge on a better cookie sheet than the old beat-up one that I brought along!
With a large meal for lunch, we need a smaller meal for supper. So tonight was chips and our own guacamole! Except I didn't have any limes, so it was missing that. Bob seemed to really like it anyway!
I got time to work on some of my handwork with English paper piecing on another project, while watching some of Season 1 of The Mentalist! Patrick Jane is still struggling with Red John!
I received this picture from my mom:
She has done a wonderful job with a fabric kit that I had not gotten around to for 3 years! The hardest part was the fact that there were a lot of different fabrics, and in order not to run short on any one color in the complete layout, she had to rely on teeny tiny little pictures in the instructions. I had helped her get started with that at Thanksgiving time, then some more sorting at Christmas, and after that she was on her own! It really turned out beautifully! I think I'll get to quilt it this summer, and then we'll have to fight over who gets it!
We did some cleaning and upkeep in the trailer today, then set out for Quincy and Tallahassee for provisions. Like the pioneers, you know! We searched out a Tractor Supply store to fill a propane tank. Our furnace runs on propane, and we use it every night and during the day sometimes, to keep it around 67 during the day. Our trailer has 2 tanks, each 30 pounds or about 7.5 gallons. LP gas is around $3-ish/gallon here, so it was around $25 for the fill. And a tank lasts a little over a week at the rate we use it. When tank #1 runs out, it switches to tank #2 and we take the empty out to get refilled. At some of the "fancypants" campgrounds, there is a service that will pickup, fill the tank and return it to your site. A regular barbecue sized tank holds 5 gallons, for comparison.
The rest of the journey was to Aldi for chocolate and cashews, gas for the truck and groceries. No other sightseeing today! The best sight of the day was sunset:
No filters and no color adjustments were used in the making of this picture!
Today was a fun day for me to head out on my own, sometimes I really need that! I went to Tallahassee, about a 40 mile drive to the area I wanted to go to. My main goal was to check out the Bernina Connection store for a fabric fix! They had a class going on, so there was some chatter and action going on that reminded me of being at Bear Patch! I did find a couple things that I was looking for, at Target and Trader Joe's. We needed some new Command strip hooks and things, life in the Airstream would not be the same without Command strips!
Back at the campground, we set out for a walk to the Jim Woodruff Dam that creates this reservoir. We walked as far across as we were permitted before the barbed wire stopped us! Jim Woodruff was a Georgia businessman who spearheaded the development of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Project, according to Wikipedia. That's a lot of syllables!
Lake Seminole is the body of water at the top of the picture, and our campground is off to the right along the shore.
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