We awoke very late, 10:30 to be exact. I have no idea why we slept for so long, but it doesn’t really matter as we have no plans for the day. We went out for the first walk just around the park admiring some of the very nice RV’s that are here for the game. Obviously, for some of these supporters, the years they spent attending this college paid off and they can enjoy the luxuries of life.
Back in Quatro, following the usual breakfast, I sat down to read emails and then write in the blog. I have no plans for today and do not think I need to go into town to get caught up in all that Football crazed traffic. What needs I have or any exploration I might want to do can wait until tomorrow or even Monday. We have an enforced stay here because of the repairs to the Jeep which will extend into October.
Incidentally, I found a repair shop here in Fayetteville that was the best in terms of backlog but even so, they are unable to start work for three weeks. The other places I tried were backlogged anywhere from 6-8 weeks. I made arrangements to have the Jeep towed to the new location and now, all I can do is wait and enjoy my time here. I chatted to a couple of the repair shop managers, and they all said the same thing, shortage of skilled mechanics and difficulty in the supply of parts. I know that Covid had a lot to do with it but that does not account for why so many businesses are suffering from a shortage of skilled or even unskilled labor. Is there not enough workforce to go around or don’t people want to work anymore? Everywhere I look, all kinds of businesses are advertising for help, skilled and otherwise. Luckily, I do not need a job and am to bloody old and lazy to work, anyway.
The time passed quickly and before I knew it, the clock said 5:00 pm. It was a little early, but I decided to go out for a walk just to stretch all our legs. Incidentally, yesterday, two separate flocks of geese flew into the field next door, and I was able to get a picture of them. Later that evening, they all flew off together, honking as they went. We wandered around the park and even took a walk on the sidewalk following the road for about a half mile or so. The huge, noisy factory that is next door to the campground is actually a Tyson Foods complex which I discovered when we came to their sign. Wonder what they process here?
Back in Quatro, we sat outdoors listening to an Audiobook and enjoying a glass of wines until it was almost dark. All around me, several other campers were also sitting outside of their rigs. We eventually went back indoors to spend the rest of the evening in the usual fashion.
Written 09/10/2022. Read my other blog at https://pondblog2011.com
Southgate RV Park, Fayetteville AR Sunday Day 4, 09/11/2022
We lazed around and then very reluctantly crawled out of bed and into the shower. We have nothing planned for today that warrants making any special efforts. The skies were very cloudy, and it looked like rain as we walked around. Then, later in the morning, the clouds blew away for another bright and sunny day although the temperature has dropped considerably with a high forecast of 74 degrees. I’ll take it…
I sat down in front of the computer for the usual email checking and then received a call from my Step- Daughter Cathy, which I might add was so unexpected but at the same time, very welcome. She lives in a little town in New York State, called Fort Plain in the Mohawk Valley, Upper state NY, which is where we settled when we first came over here. It was very nice to hear from her as we caught up on our respective lives which took a good hour or more. When she hung up, I sat and thought about life and what had happened over the past 55 years that we have lived in this country. As with all memories, there are good ones and bad ones although I have to say that in my case, the good far out way the bad. But they are just that, memories and we must live in the present and look to the future and whatever it will hold for us.
I posted a couple of blogs to keep us up to date and then looked around for something else to get up to. Several of the football supporters Campers have already left and as I watched another couple of very nice Class A Motorhomes pulled into the park. This park has a lot of empty spaces, and the owner assured me we would be good if we need to stay longer although we will need to be out of here by the end of November as the park closes for the winter months. I do not want to be here in the cold weather anyway. Everything depends on the Jeep repair. While I was writing, I had both pork sirloins and chicken boneless drumsticks cooking on the indoor grille and smell of cooking meat wafted through the RV. Not unpleasant at all. The pork is for me and the chicken for the dogs cut up and mixed with their normal dog food. They are not spoilt or anything…
With the cooking finally done and the food in the refrigerator, I put the moveable parts of the grill into the sink for them to soak and then we went out for the final walk of the day around the park saying hello to the couple of people that we met that were outside cooking their evening meal. They use their portable grills most of which are of the charcoal variety adding more flavor to the meat. I am too lazy for that and cook all my meat up at one time, indoors. I am not a big meat eater anyway and the small amount that I do cook, usually will last me and the dogs, a week.
We went out for a walk around the park before returning to sit outside and listen to an Audiobook and drink a seltzer. and spent an hour or so out there before deciding we should do one more lap around the park. I had no argument from the dogs, and they wandered around smelling all the good scents that always appeal to them before we returned to Quatro for the evening. We managed to cover 1.3 miles for the day and filled our quota for the week and then some.
Written 09/11/2022. Read my other blogs at https://pondblog2011.com
I can well believe the problem with getting parts and labor for the jeep, Francis. They told us back in April that it would be at least 9 months before we could finally purchase the new car that we ordered. Crazy times we’re living in!
We are down to 4 weeks so not too bad. They are saying I can get the Jeep back Oct 13. We’ll see.
From Bj: Your dogs are pretty lucky. They may have had hard times once but you are more than making up for them.
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