Sunday, September 18, 2011

Old Man Winter Is Closing In !

Thursday it didn’t get much above 40 all day long.  It was rainy, foggy and the wind was blowing. That would have to be the day we had to be in Rapid City at 9am for a doctor appointment. We were home by mid afternoon and the storm was about to move on out and by the next day it was up to a beautiful 75* with clear blue skies and sunshine. 

Ah yes.  Winter is coming and I just love these little reminders we get this time of the year that make us so thankful we can pack up and head South.   Like three mornings this week, it was in the 30’s when we got up. The new Cove Radiant Heaters sure are working great. How nice it is to turn the thermostat up and in a few minutes it's warm as toast in our new “cabin”.

Our Summer Cabin is so cozy, snug and comfortable and after spending the last 15 years in an RV full time,   we really enjoy it. I don’t care what kind of an RV you have, they just leave a little to be desired in really cold weather. I’m not complaining mind you.....I admit it's true but I wouldn’t trade all those full timing years for anything in the world, believe me! Both of us loved every minute of it!

I will say that it is easier to get ready to travel when you are living in an RV. The hard thing about having a house and moving to the RV for a long trip like we do is loading it up. What to take....and what to leave? When you are full timing you have everything you own (almost) in your RV and you just hook up and go. No decisions and you don’t forget a thing.  Believe me, I left a lot of stuff at North Ranch last Spring that I needed up here and I suppose I will do the same thing when we leave here. Meanwhile, it's decisions, decisions, decisions! However, the time to depart just keeps getting closer and closer but, as usual, I’m ready to go!! When this RV’n gets in your blood, it's hard to fight off that “hitch-itch”.

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Back in June when we arrived, this is how our “proposed” kitchen looked (above). It was only blue tape marks on the floor......it was just a dream.   I wondered if it would ever become a reality.
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Wednesday the Cabinet man came out and finished up the job.  I can now say it is a REALITY!!  For some reason, the lighting in the picture above makes the color of the front panel look much lighter than it really is.
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Remember, we didn’t care for the wide stripes in the original hickory wood panel like those on the right above. They put the panel up on the left and asked us if we liked that better. Ah yes, we liked that much better! Something about those wide stripes seemed to “jump out” at you. I didn’t like them at all! The cabinet guys agreed and thought this would look a lot better.
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Here is the final look. We are very pleased with it and it's FINISHED!!  These pictures are for you, Rollie and Gina, you made a dream come true.

So now Ms. Pat has me hanging pictures here and there and putting up towel racks and small stuff as she decorates and makes the place even more "homey".

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!   We even found time to take a nice long Motorcycle ride up into the Deerfield area northwest of Hill City, a beautiful area that we had never explored before.

Thanks for stopping by.... hope you’ll drop back Wednesday.

Mike

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12 comments:

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

That kitchen sure came out great, lot better than the blue tape. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

Jim and Sandie said...

I liked the original paneling but I will admit that the new paneling doesn't jump out at you as much and looks absolutely gorgeous. The mornings are definitely cooler here in Billings, too. But the days are still nice and warm. Getting much closer to time to move south. Can hardly wait.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

The kitchen is very nice we love it.

squawmama said...

Kitchen is lookinf really good and I am sure Miss Pat is enjoying cooking in a biger kitchen...
Have fun
Donna

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

Your cabin is beautiful. We know you are going to enjoy it so much!! And we are glad that WE are now heading east, and then south, before it gets any colder!! Safe travels to you both!!

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

Your cabin is beautiful. We know you are going to enjoy it so much!! And we are glad that WE are now heading east, and then south, before it gets any colder!! Safe travels to you both!!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Your little kitchen nook sure came out cute!

We have hickory cabinets in our kitchen too at the house. And we also didn't care for those wide stripe variations either. So instead we went with a bit darker stain so they would blend in with our pine walls later as they aged.

Love your bar stools, very nice and comfy looking but dressy too!

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Janna and Mike said...

Looks great guys, beautiful!

Sue and Doug said...

nice looking kitchen!!...you have come a long way from the first photo!!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

I agree it looks better without that wide stripe effect. Know what you mean by the cooler heat in an RV. We are getting some of those very same winter signs over here as well so I'm anxious to get the big wheels rolling as well before too long. I hate the winter's cold just as much as I hate the summer's humidity. Yes, this loading up the rig is always a 'many decisions' time all right.

Sharon Del Rosario said...

You stated one of the reasons Don and I are still full-timers - we don't like having to decide what to leave and what to take with us. Even with a small shed that we now have in Benson, the decisions are hard and frequently wrong. And the packing and unpacking...I could go on and on. Still, one day we'll make the same transitions you two have. And I hope we have a place half as nice as the one you've built for yourselves. Good job!

Jammin' Along said...

I agree Mike! The change and finished look is amazing. You done good!

Really? It's time to head south again...seems like yesterday you were just arriving. Pretty soon it will be another glorious summer down in the books. Travel safe...Cheers! ~M