Friday, August 27, 2010


Hello and Welcome Aboard to a new “Follower” today.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Me and My Dog.  I appreciate that you have signed on to read about our fulltime RV lifestyle.

As tired as I was yesterday, I didn’t sleep well and was awake before 5 am.  I sometimes do that and lie awake with my brain thinking over way too many possibilities for things to go wrong.  Doomsday thinking?  But why?  I don’t really know but I’ve always been that way.  Tonight will be better (maybe).

We took the Grands over to the Westside of Olympia to the store where Mommy works.  The Jelly Belly motorhome was going to be stationed there from 10 am to 2 pm.  We arrived just past 10:00.

                                            Is this RV a full-timer's RV?  Ha HaDSCF6253

                                            Every area is painted with Jelly Belly candy.DSCF6259

They had a little game to play with a wheel that you spin.  Where you land determines which sample of Jelly Belly you might get.  Each section had 2 choices…1 good and 1 not so good.  For instance one section had licorice or skunk spray as the flavors.  You take pot luck with what you might get.  Mackenzie landed there and took a chance.  She got the licorice flavor.  I took a spin and landed on Centipede or Cinnamon.  I wasn’t so lucky….I got a Jelly Belly that tasted like a squished bug smells.  Bruce ended up with a Moldy Cheese flavor J.B.  It was fun and they didn’t taste so bad you couldn’t take it, although they had a trash can there for spitting it out if you wanted.  Zoey got one with Wild Berry flavor, but I can’t remember what the bad choice was.  A lady before us got a flavor called Pencil Shavings and she said it tasted like it would if you bit into a wooden pencil.  How do they get those weird flavors????

                                            Mackenzie spins the wheel.DSCF6256

It was a fun little experience and we all got free sample packets.  They have a VW beetle painted up with Jelly Belly candy and their logo.  I guess this is the toad for the RV.

                                            Looks good enough to eat.DSCF6252

We bought a bunch of fresh produce inside the store and cruised around by the bulk foods department where they had the Jelly Belly candies marked 50% off for today.  We allowed the girls to pick out some and put into their own bag.  Our daughter, Stephanie, is manager of this part of the store, including a few other small departments.

                                            A small section of the bulk foods candy area.DSCF6257

We paid for our groceries and said good-bye to Mr. Jelly Belly.  It was almost lunch time by the time we got finished with all of this activity.


After lunch Zoey wanted to play Go Fish.  I remembered a little idea I saw recently in a magazine at the Great Clips salon while waiting for a haircut.  Small kids have a difficult time holding several cards in their hands while playing a game.  So, you take an empty egg carton and turn it upside down.  Take an exacto knife and make a cross cut on every little egg cup.  The kids can then slip a card into each cross cut and it becomes a card holder.  It worked well for Zoey today. 

                                            Easy for little kids to see their cards without fumbling with them.DSCF6251 

                                                    It worked too well…..she beat me twice!DSCF6261

That’s it for a nice Friday afternoon.  We get a free weekend and then 2 more days of babysitting.  So much to do to begin preparations for “blast off” in a few days.

Until next time… long for now!


Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I think it we are honest, most of us suffer from the doomsday thinking process from time to time.

The best cure is the thought that most of the things that we worry about do not actually occur. In fact, I find that the things that actually happen are things that I did not even think about, much less worry about.

Dennis and Donna said...

Great idea for the egg carton...We have a 6 year old grandson with motor skill issues....I will definitely tell his Mom...You and Bruce need to get on the road..You will miss the grands, but enjoy the together time...

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Boy oh boy do I love your idea of the card holder! Will file that away in my Grandma Ideas!!!

They are only 2 years, and 8 month and 7 months for now, but you can bet we will use that idea when they get older!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Kathy and Robert said...

That's what I call Jelly Belly heaven! I remember when I was teaching in Florida, the kids had those weird flavors but the ones they made me eat were vomit and cut grass flavors. Mercy! I has to spit them out. YUCKY!
I bet the kiddos loved it! K

pidge said...

What a fun day for the kids.. They are really going to miss their Grandparents...

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

We decided that you guys are like us, too much time in one location and the mood gets well wacky!

As much as you love the grands, it's time to move on, without the guilt of leaving them or wanting to leave or whatever thoughts that come to mind. It's ok!

"Blast Off" funny, something we will be using in a few weeks ourselves!

Happytrails said...

What Great fun!! A Jelly Belly motorhome with a VW Beetle toad.

I love the idea of using the empty egg carton for holding cards. I will remember that one....hopefully one day I'll have a grand to use it with. :-)

Glad you all had such a great day together.

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Rick and Paulette said...

I'm quite sure you'll find when you "blast-off" and leave behind all the little stresses, that you probably don't even notice right now, and as you begin to relax, you'll sleep away the night as comfy as one of the "Grands" - not a worry in the world!!

That jellybean stuff sure looked like a lot of fun for everyone!

Carol K said...

I liked the visiting Jelly Belly motorhome and VW and enjoyed your tip about the egg carton card holder. That's creative!

Sometimes we need to step back from a situation in order to put it into perspective. You'll have time to do that this fall. I, too, suffer from "doomsday thinking" occasionally, and there's no real cure for it other than trying to snap out of it, which isn't always easy.

Thank you for writing about your feelings, which I think most of us can relate to!

Judy and Emma said...

I've always been amazed at the popcorn jelly bellies, but don't think I'd like the pencil shavings one. :)


I can identify with that 'Doomsday' feeling & I find the only cure for it is to get things rolling. I have always likened it to a story I read one time about the British figher pilots during the battle of Britain. Worst time for them was between operations when they sat around waiting for the next alarm. Some would worry & fret so much they would be physically ill but once the alarm was sounded & they scrambled for their planes, the worrying was instantly behind them as they tended to the business at hand. I worry about things before heading out on our trips but the instant I climb into the drivers seat & turn the ignition on that worry instantly evaporates & we are off down the road dealing with the business at hand.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

What fun got to love Jelly Belly. The motor home and toad are great would love that job..

Margie and Roger said...

I must be living in the Dark Ages - I've never tried Jelly Bellies. Sounds really interesting.

You've been in one place too long, but you have left behind some wonderful memories for the Grands.

Looking forward to your "Blast Off".

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

I wish I could eat jelly beans , but too much sugar for my diabetes. Zoey looks like she enjoyed being the winner. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

I wish I could eat jelly beans , but too much sugar for my diabetes. Zoey looks like she enjoyed being the winner. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about fulltimers, but the JellyBelly RV and VW have been in our RV park up in Bothell for most of August. It is very striking. (and for diabetics, there are sugar free Jelly Bellys too)
Regarding Doomsday thinking, I have the opposite episodes where I seldom see the problems, only the possibilities, hmmm, and here we are living in an RV, no problems right?
We have been following your blog for the last 8 months or so. We just started full-timing the 1st of August - Winnebago Journey 39n - Dan & Barb