Saturday, August 29, 2009


After playing a game of Disc Golf with my daughter’s family in Goldsboro, I was really excited to present the idea to Ru at TT Chesapeake Bay. Let’s get Disc Golf going at the campground!!! After all, Disc Golf is the Big New Thing!! Everybody is starting to play and courses are springing up all over the country! (At least that’s what I heard.)

At the same time, I discovered there was a Pickleball player who had played Disc Golf while growing up. Ru and I recruited Dawn to help us design the course. We decided to use trees, stumps, etc. as targets so we would not have the expense of buying official baskets. We selected the large open space between the game room and the woods, behind the Horseshoe Pits, as the perfect area for the course. Next we went out to select the various targets – the short stump beside the ditch, the big tree near the bending tree, the fuzzy tree, the bar-b-q pit, etc. until there were nine.

That afternoon we tried out the course. It was a lot of fun. I think Dawn was the expert!!
I need a LOT of practice!!!

Ken walking toward a tree target to retreive his disc.

Ru has a mean toss.
At Play It Again Sports in Richmond, Ken and I found twelve mid-range Golf Discs at a good price. Ru bought them for the game room to have available to lend to members who wish to play – The Cobra, Coyote, Stingray, etc.

We are inviting Everybody!! Come on out and play Disc Golf!!


We have finally gotten back on the Pickleball courts again. There have been a lot of players at Chesapeake Bay this summer. It's Wonderful!!

Scott and Ken - The Red Bandits!!

Faye and John - You can tell Faye does all the work on this team!!

Diane and Mike

Rick and JoAnn

Scott and John - Scott said John was a great "coach". Helped him a lot.

Group waiting to play - Ken, Diane, Mike, Rick, and JoAnn. And a Want-To-Be behind the fence.
Ken and Mike - Father-Son team.

Great Game! Dawn, Michell, Jennie, and Amy

Ken and Wendal

Mike and Jeffrey

Ken, Wendal, Mike and Jeffrey after the game!

Jeffrey again with Granddad, Gilbert

Jeffrey, Gilbert, Amy and Jennie
Ken and Mike - Keep your eyes on the ball!!

I thought these next two pictures were neat!! Tom and Amy playing together. Same game, different points. Same positions!!

Several new players that I don't know - New, Faye, Jack, New, Mike, New, New, Amy


I was so surprised on Friday, a couple of weeks ago, when Paula showed up for Line Dancing. She was excited that someone was teaching and remembered me from TT Orlando this past winter. We were getting reacquainted when another couple showed up – Larry and Linda who spend their winters in Texas where they line dance every day and night.

The three of them not only wanted to line dance, they wanted to do water aerobics, too, and talked me into bringing my Billie Jo tape to the pool. We had more fun line dancing and doing water aerobics together almost every day. In fact, Larry and Linda were scheduled to leave after one week, but rescheduled so they could stay another week to play with us. Is that amazing or what!!!

Larry and Linda even took us out for lunch at Ginny’s one afternoon because they enjoyed our classes together!! Wasn’t that thoughtful?? Thank you, Larry and Linda.

Paula and Bob. Bob came over occasionally to line dance, too.
We expect to see Paula and Bob in Florida this winter. Hope to run into Larry and Linda somewhere on the road!!


You may have noticed from our schedule that we plan to return to the Allegro factory in Redbay, Alabama, on our way for Florida. Here’s why!

The end of July, when we were moving to the Elk’s Lodge for our Week Out of the TT Chesapeake Bay campground, I committed a really big boo boo!! Ken was backing into the site we have used many times before, plenty of room. He decided we should move a little more to the right, closer to the electric circuit. I was directing him and allowed him to back into a tree behind the RV. I could see the tree, and there appeared to be plenty of room to back up another foot at least. I had forgotten about the ladder mounted on the back. The ladder hit the tree and crushed into the back of the motor home!!

As you can see, no damage to the mean old tree, But, a detour to Redbay for us. Ugh!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


After visiting my son in Raleigh and making an exciting detour to Durham, we continued on to Goldsboro to spend the rest of the weekend with my daughter, Stasia, Gene and Michael.


This was something new for us!! Stasia decided recently that since her younger son will soon be “leaving the nest”; she and Gene need some new hobbies. They decided to try Disk Golf and love it! She said Disk Golf is becoming the hot new thing with courses are being developed all over the country for the game; and tournaments being organized, etc. They took us to the course that is currently being developed in Goldsboro. It is only half finished at this time, but will be the longest course on the East coast!

There are nine goals of large steel baskets with chains on a pole placed at various points throughout the park (there will be 18 goals). The idea is to throw disks, like freezbees, toward the baskets, usually taking two tosses to reach the basket with the last disk going in. We all had a great time playing on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, I was a retard and had not a clue how to throw the disks and usually took about seven tosses, but it was fun anyway!!

Maybe we can get a course going at some of the Thousand Trails Parks!! Actually, the goals could be set up as a bush, a tree, a fireplace, a stump, or anything around the campground. What do you say, Ru and Terry? How about setting up a course at Peace River, Stan??


My grandson, Jason (Stasia’s son), lives only a few blocks from Barry in Raleigh, and he works at Kung Fu Tattoo in Durham. On Saturday afternoon I called him to tell him we were in town and would he like to jog over to say “Hi”. Bad news. He said he had to work on Saturday afternoon. “At the tattoo parlor?” I asked. “Can I get a tattoo this afternoon?” “Sure,” he said. “How long does it take?” “Only about an hour.” “How much does one cost?” “For you, it’s free, Gammy!”

So that’s how it came about! On our way from Barry’s place to visit my daughter, Stasia, Gene and Michael in Goldsboro, NC, for the rest of the weekend, we detoured to Kung Fu Tattoo in Durham!!!

Oh, no!!! This can’t be my grandson, Jason!!! Where is that handsome face??

He took us inside, showed us around, and introduced us to a fellow worker. A nice clean shaven guy – I was almost ready to trade my grandson for him!!

I had told Jason on the phone that I thought I would like a butterfly tattoo. And, I love emeralds, so I’d like it to be emerald green, if possible. He showed me the neat design he had created and discussed the process of making and transferring the stencil, how they sterilize the needles, etc. Noticing a sign on the wall, Ken said, “You could have your “titties” pierced while you are here, Faye!” “Yes,” I replied, “and they can do my bellybutton at the same time since they hang so low!” The two young men laughed hysterically.

Here I am, ready for my procedure. Before he started, Jason surprised me when he said, “I’m so excited! And, I’m nervous.” I said, “I’m excited, too; but don’t you be nervous!!”
Beginning the tattoo. I asked Jason if they had marijuana for medicinal purposes. He gave me a stick of gum!!
The butterfly outline.
Now, we’re getting down to business! Ken asked if it hurt. Well, it’s not unbearable, but it’s not the most pleasant thing I have ever experienced, and I was really chewing that gum!!
The finished product – a beautiful, exotic emerald green butterfly. And because Jason designed it, it is very, very special to me!!

Thank you, Jason, for a great experience!! Love you!!
And, thank you, Ken, for letting me do such a wild and crazy thing!!


We finally had a break from doctors and spent a marvelous weekend in North Carolina visiting with my family. First, we went to Raleigh on Friday and Saturday to stay with my son, Barry, MaryAnne and Thomas.

When we arrived, we found Thomas and a friend playing games on the computer. (Thomas is the red head.)

Last weekend, Barry and MaryAnne took advantage of “Cash for Clunkers” and traded their old ’93 Pathfinder for a new Pontiac Vibe. Wow.
My how the baby chicks have grown. I think they have about six. They said the chicks have finally started earning their keep and they have not bought eggs in weeks. I love this picture!!

On Friday evening, we went out to dinner at 42nd Street in downtown Raleigh.

We all had delicious seafood dinners, except MaryAnne who ate tacos. I had great fried catfish; Thomas had calamari, and Barry and Ken had the chef’s special creation of blackened grouper over a bed of mixed salad greens. So sorry I did not get a picture of that unusual dish. But, Thomas did get pictures of signs he saw on the bathroom wall and thought they were worth memorializing!!

That's Thomas and Barry in the mirror!

On Saturday morning, we drove over to a nearby park and introduced Barry and MaryAnne to Pickleball. They had never played before and it was a lot of fun to finally get them on the court to play. Forgot my camera again, so we took pictures in the back yard with our paddles.

Here are Barry and MaryAnne, thrilled to be presented with official PICKLES!!