Friday, May 26, 2017

What? More wine tasting?

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Unfortunately our time in this area is coming to an end :-(
We can't believe that we've been here since September 30th!
It's been so nice being with family,
reconnecting with friends,
and our church family as well.

Greg & Connie drove to Greenfield yesterday to spend
more time with us.
Of course we spent time wine tasting :-)

We get some nice free tastings courtesy of the RV park,
so we started out at Paraiso.

We all really like their wines..

..but you can't beat the view from the deck!

We took our tasting outside and sat by the fire for a bit.

The grapevines are starting to get tiny bunches of grapes on them.

 After a bit we moved down the road to Hahn,
our favorite winery,
with the same spectacular views.

Since we're very familiar with their wines,
we opted to just buy a bottle and sit outside.
The weather was perfect,
and the company even better!

Afterward we made our way to the Windmill restaurant for
an early dinner.

Of course we're always hoping to see Greg & Connie
again somewhere down the road.
We are going to visit their daughter Carrie in Palm Springs
on our way to Texas.
Looking forward to that!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A little help for our friends

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Saturday we took a ride up to Morgan Hill
to visit with Greg & Connie.

When we went to the Pleasanton RV show
and bought our new Vilano, they did as well :-)
They finally picked theirs up and brought it back
to their space at Coyote Valley RV Resort.
As we know there is a lot to do to get it ready
for habitation, and Greg wanted George to help
with some outside projects and installation.

I helped inside by lining all the cupboards and shelves
with the rubberized shelf liner.
Connie got things put away while we chatted.

Afterwards they took us to dinner to a great place,
Rock Bottom.
It was a nice night, so we sat outside.

We are really going to miss them when we leave :-(

On that note...

We got a job!
We will be working at Hidden Valley RV Park
near San Antonio, TX.

I happened to see on a workamping Facebook group
a post from the owner that they needed help,
so I emailed her right away.
She called us and told us the details, and we accepted!

We've been to San Antonio,
stopping there the first year out to California.
There is a lot to do in the area, it'll be a great place
to be for the summer!

George and I will be leaving here on the 30th,
stopping in Bakersfield to see family.
Eventually we'll get to Hidden Valley on June 4th
which is in Van Ormy, TX.

Very excited!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day celebrations

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

Sure amazing how fast the hills turn brown!
We had only been north of here a couple months,
and the rains stop, temps rise, and the results are dramatic.
This park doesn't seem any busier than before.

Mother's day was spent with a picnic,
and doing a bit of wine tasting.

George and I took Mom,
and we met up with Adam & Jennifer,
and Jennifer's mom & dad, and aunt & uncle.

We started out at Odonata winery,
where they were kind enough to put up tables
for us to have a picnic.
It was so windy, no way we could sit outside!

Mary, Steve, Mom

George, Mary, Don, Steve, and winemaker Dennis

Steve, Martha, Mom, Jennifer
 We then went to Paraiso Winery,
did some tasting,
and checked out the possibility to have
the wedding there.

George, Martha, Jennifer, Steve

I signed up for the flowers at church to surprise Mom,
which she was!
I got a lovely card from Adam, and a nice call from Austin.
Of course George's daughter Heather called too :-)

We continue our search for a paying or work-for-site job.
It's frustrating, because there are a lot of jobs to be had,
but not necessarily where we need to be.
Our plans are to be in Texas or nearby for summer,
to put us near Amarillo by end of September for doctor appointments.
After that we want to travel to the Vilano service center in Mississippi,
then head to Pennsylvania for a bit to visit family there.

Something will happen soon we hope!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wow, out of the blue..

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

As you can see, our address has changed.

On Tuesday we were 'asked to leave' the KOA
where we have been workamping since early March.

We loved working there when we first started.
The work we were thrown into was
a bit out of the ordinary,
as there was storm damage,
and an upcoming KOA inspection.

I worked in the office, learning the ancient KOA DOS system.
A few mistakes were made, but not life or death ones by any stretch.
When not in the office I was asked to do outside weeding,
painting, and anything else deemed necessary.
I helped the manager by organizing his office,
and updating his filing system, entering a myriad of information
onto Excel spreadsheets for him.

George started off by helping clean up storm damage,
fixing and organizing things around the property,
even rewiring some electrical things.
Once the inspection was over,
it was daily departing sites,
escorting guests to sites, etc.
More than occasionally George was pulled off of one project
to start working on another.

There was a lot of  'miscommunication' on both sides,
and a lot of this has caused us to feel more stress there
than was worth the pay & site.
The hiring on of 3 other workamper couples recently
made us wonder if we were really needed.

Most recently we've been feeling 'unwanted' in various ways
by the management couple there.
As it turns out, they are berated by the owners about everything,
which in turn causes them to berate others.
They say sh** rolls downhill, right? :-)
Apparently the management couple have given their notice
to leave there anyway.

Much to our surprise, we were called in yesterday morning
as we walked in to start our shift.
They took us to the back room and in a not-so-kind way
asked us to leave.
As you can understand both our jaws dropped!
When we asked what was going on,
they gave vague references to us
not finishing projects,
not doing our jobs,
all without any specific references.

Of course we were totally floored,
neither one of us saw it coming,
and we've had nothing but positive experiences
at every other job we've worked.

We packed up, turned in our yellow shirts and keys,
and got the heck out of there :-)
I wouldn't let them see me cry!

I immediately called the RV park where we were staying
from September to March, and was told we could stay
here for two weeks.
It's the busy season, so not sure we can get a monthly spot.

In the meantime we're doing some searching
for another workamping job.
Our plan is to find a summer job either
in Texas or maybe Pennsylvania.
I need to be in TX for annual doctor visits in September,
and we need to get to PA to see George's family!

We'd like to stop at the Vilano service center for a punch list
of things for them to address under warranty.
They are in Mississippi, so it could be on the way to PA.

Oh what a joy life can be!
We are keeping our chins up,
and I sure appreciate all the positive comments
about this situation on Facebook.

Love you all!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lovely views from the KOA

Salinas/Monterey KOA
Prunedale, CA

Another week gone by!
I've been noticing the great flowers that
are planted around the grounds here.

We have some nice flowers surrounding our RV too.
I cut some roses off a bush next to us,
but I think they need to be fed, they're a little sad looking :-)

The birds have found the feeder,
including this guy:

He picks the sunflower seeds out and cracks them on the railing.

Friday night I bought all the fixin's for Cinco De Mayo,
and all the workampers had fun eating tacos.

Everybody pitched in money,
and we all got to know each other a bit better.

We're at the end of our three days off..
back to work tomorrow!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Still kickin..

Salinas/Monterey KOA
Prunedale, CA

Yes, despite posting a blog in awhile,
we are still alive and kicking.

We've started working 4 10 hour days here at the KOA,
which leaves little time during work days to do anything else :-)

The inspection of the KOA went well, and they scored much
higher points than the previous year.
We've all been working hard to spruce up the place,
including lots of weeding on my part.
My back, knees, and legs are feeling it!
I have to say though, the benefits so far are a 10 pound weight loss!
I had blood work done recently and all my numbers are great :-)

George has gotten a lot of things done on the new home,
including putting our map back on the slide.

My new bird feeder is up, and it's attracting
all kinds of nice birds including this guy..

A few weeks ago I cracked a tooth,
which led to $3,000 worth of dental work.
Two crowns and a new filling...ugh.
Mom has chipped in half to help out..thanks Mom!

George's shoulder has been bothering him,
and has an appointment to get it checked out.
We're getting too old to do all this physical stuff!

Our days off have been great, relaxing,
dining with family and friends.

Life is great!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Busy at the KOA

Salinas/Monterey KOA
Prunedale, CA

Things are hopping at the KOA!
Last Saturday there was an Easter egg hunt
for the kids that were in the park.
We had about 15 kids, not many, 
but they had a great time.

One of our other workampers, Tina,
does all the event planning thank goodness :-)
I got to sit by the pool and wait for the kids to come down.
We had root beer floats and ice cream sandwiches for them.

 I like to sit outside when I can, nice!

 George stays busy doing different projects.
This day he was putting together some new grills for the cabins.

Yesterday he and the other 'George' (Tina's husband) 
pressure washed the A frame roof.

We had a great Easter Sunday.
There was a brunch at church which was delicious.
The service was wonderful, and it was nice to be together.

The last few days here have been rainy and gloomy.
We have the KOA inspectors here as well,
the nicest couple you'd ever want to meet!

Our typical days off have been Thursday and Friday.
We've been getting together with friends,
visiting Mom, and my son & fiance.

Life is good!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The going's on..

Salinas/Monterey KOA
Prunedale, CA

We've been extremely busy this last week.
With only one day off since we've been back
with the new RV, we haven't had a lot of time
to just 'relax' and enjoy our new digs!

It's slowly getting comfortable in here,
with some adjustments.
We've increased our daily step count by constantly
going to the wrong cupboard, or wrong direction
looking for where we put things!

With all the excitement of the new RV the focus,
I failed to report that my son Adam and his girlfriend Jennifer
got engaged!!

They went tent camping down in San Luis Obispo
the end of March, and he proposed!
We're very excited, and glad to be in the area
to help with the future nuptials.

They've set up life in a great two bedroom apartment,
and since they love to cook together,
have cupboards full of kitchen items.

They invited all of us over for dinner the other night.
The pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans,
and a wonderful Japanese cheesecake were terrific!

Our work schedule has been a bit hectic.
There's a KOA inspection coming up
next weekend, so a lot of sprucing up is going on.
George has been on the Kubota moving downed tree logs
from that big storm that hit several months ago.
I've been weeding and deadheading flowering plants.
We'll get help next week, as a new workamper couple
will be arriving to take up slack.

The managers here, Brian & Summer, are great at
giving us Sunday mornings off to go to church.
We open the office sometimes to give us evenings off,
and close to give us some morning time to relax a bit.

Finally we get Thursday and Friday off this week.
We're planning on getting together with friends,
and maybe just relaxing for awhile!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Finally...some interior pictures

Salinas/Monterey KOA
Prunedale, CA

Oh boy what a week!
After waiting for everything to be installed
in our new home,
it was finally time for us to move
everything out of the Montana.

They parked old and new side by side..

..then George and I proceeded to spend the next 2 1/2 days
moving things over and putting things where they belong.
It was exhausting!

By Saturday we were hitching up and going back to the KOA.

Sunday we went back to work,
so it took us most of the last few days
to get pictures hung,
vent covers installed,
and other things put away.

So without further ado...the interior shots..

We love the bigger windows, the 50" TV..

..the nice big pantry to the right of the TV..

..the residential refrigerator with ice maker,
hutch area, and dishwasher..

..the king sized bed with a slide that goes
out a bit farther giving much more walking room..

..the 32" TV in the bedroom and nice big windows..
George will be tucking the DirecTV Genie box up
and out of the way.

..nice big shower, and more counter top in bathroom..

..and linen closet in there too!

We certainly will miss things about the Montana,
especially the fact that the Splendide washer/dryer
is now in the bedroom.
The great storage and roominess of the Vilano
outweighs anything we miss!