RVery Best Nest

Come join Joe, Mallery & I, as we travel around the USA in our RVery Best Nest. God's Favor has been chasing us down, and we are enjoying all of His blessing's, that He has created for all to enjoy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

December Happenings

                                                        December 11, 2016
Alisha invited us to go with her and Jamie and the kids to the Open House of the Gulf Shores new Zoo's plan and promotion opening.
It was suppose to be open a year or two ago, but the money wasn't there so it is still in the donation phase.
It was free to get in, free yummies, popcorn, ice cream, pop and water.
Joe and Lennox enjoying the free ice cream.You know Joe, he like the free stuff!
Lots of zoo employees exhibiting zoo animals. I'll stay back a ways from that big old snake, Thank you.
Now this was a really cute bird. If I can remember it was called a Laughing Bird and it laughed! 
And of course the cute and funny cockatoo!

They had a picture and layout plans of the zoo to be some day!

The kids found the snow bubble machines to play in for a while.
My poor Southerner grand kids have to play in make believe snow in their flip flops!
After the first week in Gulf Shores, we had to make a decision about where we were going to stay next winter. The owner was giving an incentive to book in the next two weeks for next winter, so we needed to check out the competition. First place we visited. Not  going work------  Long side distance ocean view!
Here was  another condo we visited. Way to high for me and Joe. Third floor is high enough. I could maybe go 4th or 5th but not 8th floor like this one. We met a couple who were on a 14 floor unit and I couldn't even go out on the patio.
This one was a long, long way to the gulf waters, so not great views.
This one was too high, too expensive and Joe didn't like the kitchen separated from the living room, plus in the kitchen, the sink, and work spaces faced away from the Gulf views.
Plus this one was set up so the balcony views were not private.
We don't really want to enjoy our patio with neighbors looking on or listening to our conversations. You know I just might want to sun bath nude! Gotcha! Just kidding!
But it did have a great inside heated pool and work out equipment room.
I really like this one, but only if you could have one of the end units. But of course the end units were too expensive. The bathrooms were impressively large, with double sinks, huge shower and Jacuzzi tub, plus large drawers for towels or cloths. Then to top it off, there was a vanity area for us women to do our makeup. All units had these large bathrooms.
Plus it had a heated pool, and was across the street from the bike trail into the state park. We just can't do the view on the units that were affordable.

We had a lot of great weather during December,
which made it nice for beach walks and when we babysat the grand kids.
Just a picture of our 2 grandson after a hours drive to my daughter's church. We weren't with them, but Alisha sent me pictures of both boys getting car sick along the roadside during the drive.

We had many, many beach walks with both girls and their kids. This day it was Tiffany and Lennox off in the blue shorts.

Before Christmas, we did drive to Alisha's church to see Jamie, Alisha, and Noah doing a Christmas skit. Maddie would have nothing to do with being in front of the church. (I can't blame her, I wouldn't either) I agree with the kids, the church is too far (about an hour drive). But I did enjoy the skit, and they did a really great job.
One evening we were heading home and crossed the bridge to Paradise Island of Gulf Shores. The sky was beautiful with the clouds and sunset.
Moments later, Tiffany sent me a picture of the sunset to my phone from her workplace window.
Another moment later my other daughter Alisha, sent me this picture as she crossed the bridge. (I had no clue they were behind us a few cars behind) I texted them both back and told them all 3 of us had taken the same sunset picture within moments of each other. Then without knowing each of us were viewing and photographing at the same time, sending me the pictures within moments. This was one of those moments you knew the hand of Lord was behind it, with a smile and I love you! Our lord is so awesome!
Once I got home, I ran out to the beach, but it was too late for the spectacular view.
Last rays from our balcony.
We have been back to Michigan for about a month, and have been crazy busy. As hard as I try to get caught up, it just doesn't happen. I have slowly got behind when I bought my I Phone a few years back.  My computer and phone are not compatible, so it is a real chore to load my pictures. What took minutes before, takes hours now with lots of extra steps. Then this winter I got notification that my Dropbox (computer picture folder) was full and I needed to pay $99 a year for it. I think not! So at that point, I had to figure out another way of storage that was not going to bleed the turnip! I finally went out and bought a external storage, and uploaded my picture to it for $50. How many picture I will get on it, time will tell!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

First Days As Snowbirds In Gulf Shores, AL.

                                                  December 1 - 10, 2016

December 2 was a great day to be on the beach.
On our deck/patio, the temps were recorded as 109 by late afternoon.

Even though the temps were only 63 out. Our patio has cement walls on both sides, as well as a cement floor and roof above. So our patio becomes a little oven. This was a great sign to me, that as long as there was sun, we could get pretty cold and still sun on the deck all winter.
That evening Maddie was in the Christmas Parade with her Daisy (Brownie) troop. Alisha asked if I would walk in it with her as the troop needed one more adult per child.

The decision for the girls to be in the parade was a last minute after though, so we were the next to last entry. (Maddie in the pink and purple jacket and Noah, in orange sweatshirt and Santa hat. Noah decided to ride along with the girls. Not sure if it was for the girls or the candy, but I kind of think candy).
We threw candy and along the way I saw Tiffany and Lennox, so I had to special hand him some treats.
Because the kids are young, they were throwing out the candy in large hand fulls and ran out of it, 1/2 way through the parade. Not fun anymore, when kids and parents are wavy at you to throw them candy, and you are empty handed!
OMG, a snake in my hallway. It must have been one of my grand kids who got a hold of my phone and invited it into our condo. Oh I see it was Lennox, with the give away of his name in the corner of the picture. Sure glad it is purple and invisible to me!
Time for a walk on the beach since family stopped by and it was a great day for a walk.
Found a really small sand dollar.

Tiff and Lennox were Joe and my walking partners this day.

At 6:06 the sun was getting low in the sky in the west.
Me and my youngest Tiffany.
On the 4th we had a storm roll through. I though that might be a tornado hook that was going to start to developed, because the wind came in fast and furious. But it left as fast as it came and moved northeast.
On one of our evening walks, I took this picture of a Great Blue Herons. They are so use to people, they just hang out as you walk by.
Joe and I tried to walk at least 3 times a week during our 3 month stay.

Here is a view of the Seacrest Condo we rented this year. We are on the 3rd floor, 2nd in from the right, as you face the condo. No the condo isn't sinking in the sand, just a crooked photographer.
Another evening walk with lots of clouds.
Looking to the southwest.
Lighter view more to the southeast.
One of the negatives about our condo, is the building to the west blocks our sunsets.

We had to go to the beach for full sunsets.

But because I had been a early riser this winter, I saw many sun rises. Of course sleeping husband has no problems sleeping, so he missed them all!
The next day, we had more visitors. The girls and kids, seems to like to come to see us much more, now that we were on the beach.