Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Friday, August 18, 2017

Celebration Picnic

Last Sunday we attended a celebration picnic with members of my family. In the year 2017, we are celebrating several special birthdays. My mom will be 80 in October, I turned 60 yesterday, my brother turned 50 in March, and our daughter-in-law will be 30 in November. Kevin and I also celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in June. That's a lot of special days in one year.

My brother Ron rented a picnic shelter at a park in Hartford, and ordered lunch from a caterer he was familiar with. The weather was beautiful, the food excellent and the company enjoyable. My mom had invited her friend Bob's family as well. They've been dating for a few years, and we hadn't met his extended family. I think everyone had a great time.

Our family is pretty small, but with Korey and Cathryn living in Nebraska, we don't get together that often. It was great to have us all in the same place again. I know my mom and I really enjoyed everyone being together. In addition to my mom, there is my brother Ron and his wife Laura and their new puppy Snoops. Kevin and I were joined by our sons Eric and Korey, and his wife Cathryn.


 Here are all the special birthday family members for 2017.


 Its always very special for me to have our little family together. I love these people so much!!!


Korey and Cathryn were only able to stay for a few days. They stayed at the RV with us, so we had Monday together for a relaxing visit. We played some bean bag toss, sat around chatting and enjoyed a campfire together.

Yesterday was my 60th birthday. Every year we've been working in Beaver Dam, I've wanted to attend the Dodge County Fair. For some reason or other, we've never gone. Yesterday was the day we finally went. I really enjoyed the pig, duck and goat races. In fact, it was so much fun, we went twice. Other than that, we wandered through some tents selling the standard stuff and visited the animal barns. It's so amazing how hard the kids work on raising and caring for their animals. A whole world we know nothing about. I know the sale of their animals helps some of the young people earn enough money to attend college.


We planned to stay for the Oak Ridge Boys concert in the evening, but there were some pesky rain showers throughout the day, and they came back while we were waiting. By 8 pm when the show was supposed to start, it was still raining and we were soaked. The show was obviously going to be delayed, so we gave up and went home. Good thing the show was included in the admission price, so we weren't too concerned about missing it.

A few weeks ago, I saw this cool cloud formation. I see a troll laying down. You can see his chin, nose, eye, forehead, ear and tall hair. His arm is down near the tree. Does anyone else see it??


The campground will be near full again this weekend. Only two more weeks until Labor Day. The summer is almost over. Time sure flies. We plan to leave on October 9th, so not that many more weeks to go. I have to admit, I'm looking forward to heading south again. Especially, since we have a family trip to Mexico planned for the end of October!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Brother is Watching

When we began our full time RV adventure seven years ago, we decided to remain Wisconsin residents for a number of reasons including inexpensive vehicle registration costs. We have used our son's address for our mailing address since that time.

Several counties in southeastern Wisconsin require bi-annual emission testing including the county our son lives in. However, we spend the summer working at a park/campground that is in a county without the requirement. Diesel trucks are exempt, so it would just be for our 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that we only drive in the summer.

When I sent in our registration one of those first years, I noticed that you could report the vehicle is kept in a different county than your mailing address/residence. Since this fit our situation, I registered that car in Dodge County and never heard another word about. It saved us the hassle of having to get it tested when it wasn't necessary.

Two weeks ago we received a letter at our son's house stating that our car had been observed at our residence and we needed to get it tested. Reporting false information was a crime, and could result in a fine for us. There was a number to call if you wanted to talk to someone about it.

Well, I was pretty upset. I visit Eric about twice a month, so how was my car observed at his house?? Are the police in his town running the plates of vehicles parked in front of residences? Are we on some kind of watch list? I think I probably overreacted, but it was a strange feeling.

I called Paul at the DMV and had my whole story ready for him. He was probably the nicest public employee I've ever encountered. All I had to do to resolve the issue was send him a text with a picture of our pay stub from the county we're working in, and all was well. He closed the case.

I asked him how our name came to his attention. It turns out that repair facilities that do the testing for the state are randomly inspected by the DMV. There is a list of people who report keeping their vehicles in a different county than their address on their driver's license. When the inspectors are out and about, they cross reference the list to see if any of those addresses are near them. It just so happened that my car was at Eric's  house on a day the inspector was in that neighborhood.

I found out that people falsely report a different county to avoid testing a car that will fail the emission test, or to avoid a wheel tax in some counties or for cheaper car insurance prices than in the county they live in. Well, we weren't cheating, but I can understand why they check up on people.

It's amazing how much we are being watched without even being aware of it. Cameras are everywhere, and I think big brother is definitely out there :)

In other news, we've been very busy at the park. Weekends are completely full, and we've even had quite a few sites occupied during the week. In our free time, we've gone golfing a few times and visited Eric.

Last weekend was the annual quilt auction at the camp our son Korey works at. Each year nearly 500 quilts are donated and the camp raises nearly $100,000. I've been donating some quilts for the last few years. The winning bid for my quilt this year was $325. That's the most any of my quilts have earned. Yippee! I did donate another small infant sized quilt that went for $50. I enjoy quilting, and this is a great cause for me to donate to.


Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!