Friday, June 10, 2011

100 Followers, and my magic hangers - before and after photos

WELCOME to our new Follower, Jaime Glatz!  Jaime doesn't show a blog, let me know if you start one so I can check it out.  We're happy to have you following along with us.  Welcome aboard.  : )

And WELCOME also to Maureen F., whose blog, 1961 Nomad, is about restoring her vintage camper named GIZMO.  It's going to be really nice when she's done.  I'm going to enjoy following your progress, Maureen, thanks for following along with me and Katie.

Me and My Dog has 100 Official Followers!  That's really great - I remember when I saw we had our first follower, Wild Blue Yonder, I was so surprised someone would follow my new blog.  So much as happened since then.  My first blog post was August 9, 2010.  I had been following so many RVer's blogs to learn what I could, and there was a LOT of information in your posts.  I started commenting, and finally decided to start my own blog so I'd have a record of how I  became a full-timer.  Here I am - ten months later - living in my RV full time and we have 100 Followers.  And over 26,000 page views.  It's amazing!  Thank you all for following our progress and reading my posts through thick and thin, rants and happiness.  I feel like we're part of a large family, and I hope to meet you down the road.

Now, on to my magic hangers - here are the before and after photos:


Of course, I arranged the clothes differently in the "after," and put my shorts in a drawer instead of hanging them, so I had more room.  I need one more package of hangers, there are still some old ones, I ran out of the new ones.

They are really different than regular hangars, they are so not-slippery, that it's hard to get clothes on  and off them.  The clothes sure won't fall off while traveling!  But one good thing is that they fit easily in the holes meant for hangers in my closet, and they are easy to put in and take out of the closet.  The clothes seem to hang better because they are evenly spaced.  But you'll need patience for hanging things up and taking them off the hangers if you use these.

I woke up with a lot of energy for the first time this morning.  I cleaned The Palms, Katie and I drove over to the laundry and got that out of the way.  While they were drying, Katie and I took a long walk around that area of the park.  Lots of nice spaces there.  Each part of this large RV park has a different look, there are lakes, streams, concrete with no trees, lots of trees, big grassy areas, well groomed dirt areas, pretty much anything an RVer would want or need.  There are tiny spots like mine, and huge ones with lots of area to spread out.   There are some very nice rigs here.

I also hung a shampoo/conditioner dispenser in the shower this afternoon.  I think that will be easier than having the bottles on the shower floor.  I hope it works.

Katie and I started out taking pretty short walks along the shoreline of the lake near us.  Yesterday we started going around the lake. It's so much easier to walk in places like this, than on a city street.  We actually took two longs walks today.  Katie is going to be spoiled.

Here are a couple of photos from our walk this afternoon.

In different places around the lake there are "groups" of different kinds of ducks laying around, enjoying the view of the lake.  Kind of nice.

So...yesterday afternoon I'm sitting in The Palms minding my own business when a football hits the rig.  There are some kids playing football outside on the street, kicking it to each other.  The second time they hit The Palms, I opened the window and asked them to play somewhere else.  The third time I TOLD them to play somewhere else and opened the door and asked the woman across the street if these were her boys.  She was just standing there talking while her kids were kicking the ball all over the place. I asked her if they could play in another area where there's more room.  Once it went under a big rig, the people weren't home, but the kids went under the rig after the ball.  They were in and out of everyone's sites.

Then late this afternoon, they start again, but the Dad or some older kid, was tossing the ball to them, and I thought, okay, that's better than kicking it.  But the kids weren't good receivers, and it was still going everywhere.  I heard a few small bumps, and thought it might be lightly bouncing off The Palms.  Katie was nervously doing a low growl, on and off.  Then I hear the loud one.  I look out the window, and they area all looking in my window at me, waiting.  I go out the door, and the older guy apologizes and says it was his fault.  The ball was on top of my rig, and he wanted to climb my ladder to get it.  I told him he could, and that they should play somewhere else.  I told him people weren't supposed to be going in and out of other people's campsites, and he says, "Really?"  It's 8:45 and dark out, and I can still hear them outside, but at least they are up the street.  I hope they aren't staying long. 

Other than that, a really good, productive day.  Tomorrow I'm going to do some work for my son - I'm keeping track of the hours I work, and so far it's ZERO.  I'm actually looking forward to doing some research tomorrow.

From Me and My Dog, have a great Friday evening, everyone!  : )


  1. I guess living in closer quarters and having other peoples kids making noise is something one has to get used to in RV parks.

  2. Currently we have not had a prob with kids -- hope it stays that way! Nice job on the closet.

  3. We really make an effort to find parks without very many kids in them. Harder to do in the summer but we've still been pretty successful. I must admit, I really do like those 55+ parks. Guess I am getting old. That's one of the reasons we don't stay at KOA's - lots of kids.

    Katie is going to expect these walks every day no matter where you are now. Good exercise. Congrats on 100 followers.

  4. The closet looks realy nice and organized.

    I guess I would be upset too if a football kept hitting my rig. We live next door to a school so are always getting balls and frisbees over the fence. That's not a problem but if a football were to thump on my rig a few times, I would not be happy...especially if it was upsetting my dog. Is there a park host you can talk to if it continues?

  5. I think I would have complained, then left their ball on top of the roof! People (even adults) have no consideration. :)

  6. Love the hanger idea! I'll have to give those a try. I use the shampoo/conditioner dispenser in our shower and it works great. It has never fallen during driving and comes in handy keeping the shower uncluttered.
    You are MUCH nicer than I would have been. Those footballs can break a window or dent the rig. Some folks don't know the "rules" of camping and respecting others. Hopefully they'll be gone soon.

  7. Some people..really. Hard to believe after the first time it hit your RV they wouldn't have enough common courtesy to move somewhere where there was more room...I think that is why I like camping in the boondocks if at all possible...closet looks good!

  8. Yuck! I wouldn't like that at all. I've stayed in that park and had a similar problem. Congratulations on all the followers in such a short time.

  9. nice work organizing the closet!!..looks great!..may have to look into getting some of those hangers!!

  10. Congratulations on hitting 100 followers.

    I don't think I would have put up with those kids. I would have been nice the first time asking them to move on, the second time I wouldn't have been so nice and if there had been a third time, it would have been straight to the office to complain. You shouldn't have to put up with that.

    Like ain't for city gals said, this is one of the reasons we prefer to boondock whenever possible.

    Kevin and Ruth

  11. Great job with the closet, Me! I had a heck of a time making closet space for myself on my trip, but I finally conquered the problem. It isn't pretty like yours, but after cussing out my tub for wanting to be a tub (too many days alone?), I finally got it done! With a small trailer, I didn't have the luxury of a closet, but it works for me. People where I live would call it a "Rube Goldberg" job. (grin)

    Well, your blog certainly beats mine by a mile. I traveled for 6 months and only had 17 followers from home. Congratulations on your 100th. I can see why your blog is popular; your posts are very interesting. I look forward to reading it each time you write. Pats to Katie.

  12. I, too, would havel been angry. Three strikes and you're out. Off to the office to complain.

    The adults are supposed to set an example but their adults sure set a bad one.

    I hope you don't have to experience that again.

  13. Maybe screaming kids behind me are better than kids throwing footballs. Nope, I guess not after thinking about it. Congratulations on your 100 followers. Do you keep track of all 100? Your closet is huge compared to mine.

  14. Nice looking closet and congrats on getting to 100 Followers so quickly.

  15. Just read your comment on my blog and just wanted to clarify that the Moose and the Elks are not free! Even if they don't request a specific amount, you are expected to make a donation. Happy travels!

  16. shame on those parents for not keeping their kids in line...of course people aren't allowed on others' campsites! You were much nicer than I would've been but good for you for speaking up!

    I think we have similar hangers (from Camping World), but they work great, you're going to love them.

  17. If there is a TJ Maxx store in the area, you might check for more hangers there. I just picked up 18 for $9.99 there the other day. Much cheaper than my original purchase from HSN and also cheaper than the Target next door.

    Congrats on 100 followers! I know we enjoy your blog!

  18. Congratulations on becoming a full time RVer ands also for being a great neber here in the park. Feel free to ask for help anytime.
    I also mention to one of my friends that you having some trouble with some of the kids hitting your rig with the ball, hopefully he can do something to help you. Say did you notice the gate is working?

  19. Congrats on the BIG 100! I think I'll try the magic hangers...when we started out I purged so many clothes I had plenty of room but now, it's packed!
    Glad you didn't have any football damage...


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