Friday, November 2, 2018

Stamp & Camp with Mary - November 1, 2018 - Catch up

Moving every couple of days is not conducive to making consistent blog posts.  I want to create some cards etc and I want to make sure all my on-line and social media is taken care.  I have tried to write on the road and let me tell you it is not as easy as you think.  I am not a great typer and a bumpy road makes it even worse.  So let's catch up on what has been happening on the road and then I will catch you up on what is happening in the Stampin' World.

1. We left Raton NM  and went to Amarillo.  The KOA there was pretty nice, though we noticed that it was next to the Airport and not far from the train tracks.  So we heard train whistles  all night. It was nice and warm in the area.  Sunshine and warmth was very nice.  We spent 2 nights, so had a day to explore and did we explore.
We went to Route 66 about 6 blocks long and had a lot of Antique Stores and art stores and restaurants.  Here are a few photos.

 Looking Down Route 66
 Looking down Route 66
 Route 66

Official Route 66 sign.

We stopped for lunch at Smokey Joe's on Route 66 in Amarillo for lunch and I have to say service was horrible and food was just not very good.  We got menus and they took our order right away.  We sat and sat and the folks that came in about 5 minutes after us got their fried pickles, which we also ordered, but we sat.  2 waitresses went by at least twice including ours.  Don put his beer bottle out but nothing.  Finally after 20 minutes and everyone else eating who came it after us, I got a hold of our waitress and she asked did we need anything - Ya food.  She said she would check then the other waitress stopped by and asked.  Our waitress came back and said that they changed paper in their machine and our order got lost.  So we waited.  Had cold Fired pickles and the hamburger Don and I ordered was dry and not very tasty for what they said was on it -  Bacon, Onion straws, cheese etc, they did take off the cost of the hamburger but sure wouldn't go back.  There was a Mexican restaurant across the street we will try if we come back that way.

We were glad that we were in a trailer as the Antique Stores were very good and Don said he would have taken a few things home if we had a place for them.

Got back to the trailer and did a few more reorganization items.  I think Don will be doing that when I am at the Stampin' Up! convention and he is sitting in the camp ground.  Took off for El Reno OK

2. El Reno OK KOA   was an OK drive on the Freeway I 40.  Camp Ground for us big rigs was a parking lot.  not a lot to be said for it, the area for smaller campers and tents looked nice.  Though to get to it you had to weave your way around a Trading Post Parking Lot, Seem the KOA never had a right of way to their spot and they put a big Travel Center with Gas Station, trading Post ( tourist trap) Restaurant. and 2 Buffalo.  We walked over and walked though the Trading Post, fun thing to do.  We were only going to spend a night so not much else to do.
This is where we were camped

This is where we wished we could fit.

3.  Just stayed over night in El Reno and the next day was suppose to be a short day to Durant OK and the KOA.  WE decided to take some back roads instead of going all the way in to Oklahoma City, Didn't look bad on the map and was only 177 miles.  First off the red lines on the map have changed over time, the red line roads are not as big as they once were.  After going into a few nice areas and being able to explore the back country we were not far from our next camp ground the KOA in Durant OK.  turned down one of the last roads and there was a sign person who said that a truck had tipped over and was blocking the road and it may be a while before it was cleared - like a day or two.  So they told us to go back up to the 3 third town and take that road over as it was probably a better road.  So we head back, up the road and take the road suggested, super narrow no shoulder and a lot of truck traffic and it was scary.  Don was white knuckling it a few times.  WE finally met up with a bigger road and then a little down the road came upon the road we were suppose to be on.  Got to the campground after 7 hours.  The Durant KOA was a very nice KOA  it was connected to a Choctaw Casino.  The registration desk looked like it was from a 4 Starr Hotel super beautiful nice wood.  They had grass at each site and it was not like sleeping in a parking lot. Don did a load of wash and said the laundry room was very nice.  Don also met some folks that have been living on the road for 11 years so he picked their brains.  Since we got in late and were only spending a night I really didn't get any photos I wish I had.

4.  Shreveport KOA. 2 nights and lots of excitement not all good.
Staying 2 nights and want to look around the area.  First thing we noticed when we pulled off the highway was that the exit the KOA was on was also an exit for a local Winery.  My Goal was to hit wineries and Tea Rooms and after googling tea rooms realized I hit the jackpot they had a winery and Tea Room.

Since it appeared that the Winery was closed on Wednesdays we decided to head out as soon as we got set up.  It was a small family owned and run winery On the Cloud Winery, no tasting except on Friday and Saturday but we did buy 2 bottle of wine they suggested - Leaping Lilly Pads a nice pear light wine and another nice white wine.
Was very cute here are a few photos from the winery.

We asked about a good local place to eat and about the tea room.  They gave us Marilyn's Place as a good local Cajun place to eat.  So we headed back to the campground with lunch and dessert plans for the following day.  We enjoyed the above bottle of wine for the evening and sat out side in a very warm evening.

Next day we got up and did a few things around the trailer and then set our GPS for Marilyn's Place for lunch.

Marilyn's Place is in an old gas station, a lot of  outside seating not very much parking but as we sat there we noticed a lot of people walking in.  The owner was very nice and suggested a lot of good things to eat. We each did a combo with a Po Boy Don had Gumbo I had  Jambalaya food was really good but we could have gotten one combo and shared it. 

We then wanted to hit the waterfront so went down there and and on the Shreveport side was only water casinos so went over to Bossier side and wen tot the Boardwalk which we both thought would be a boardwalk but was an outlet mall.  Not many people but we had a nice walk around.  Started to drizzle so thought we would head to Glenwood Tea Room for dessert. 

 Since I was a frequent guest to RX Tea Time in Cheyenne I have a preference to real tea rooms, food was so so, Don's Scone was burnt partially on one side.  They brew their tea and then bring it to the table.  I don't like strong Black tea and theirs was bitter and strong, no tea menu and no green or light teas. I find I like to read about my teas before I buy them and listening to them is not the same you can't go back and forth to compare them. I did enjoy my Sticky Toffee Pudding it was super good. 

This one had a great atmosphere but not so much a great memory.  We walked out of the Tea Room and there were a bunch of Teens around our truck one of them tried to pull into the spot next to us in a Suburban and clipped our left fender, and totally took out her passenger side.
So we headed back to the campground after we filed a report with her insurance company and tried to figure out how do we make repairs to our truck when we are on the road. It was Halloween and I had made some treats so we walked around the campground and gave some away.  Not many people around when we walked.
 Huge Storm system was suppose to be going over us from 8:30 until midnight.  We did get some rain but no Tornadoes  or huge thunder storms which I thought lucky.

The Shreveport KOA was OK  nice sites but they swept the bathroom but sure didn't clean them very well. 

5. Meridian/Toomsuba KOA.  Well I have found my KOA.  Let me tell you it was a trip getting back in here but I really don't want to leave.  Trees grass and just a nice spot.  The facilities are old but very clean.  I love the signs they have to find the place but they need them.  Usually KOAs are off the highway but this one is in the back wood and I love it.

This morning we loaded up and went into Meridian and stopped at the Farm Bureau Claims Center and they helped us a lot since we had been playing phone tag with the person we were suppose to talk to.  So we are a little more confident that we will be able to repair the truck in FL and they will take care of all the costs. Then Came back to this beautiful site so I could finish my blog post and get a few other crafting things done.

So Now that we have caught up on the Camping Portion Let's Catch up on the stamping portion.

1. New Hostess Code for November is MC69RTEA Don't forget to use that for some extra special goodies from me. You will want to place an order I know as there are some great things going on this month.


Snowflake Showcase you can only get these exclusive products from Nov 1 until Nov 30.
 Let's Take a look at this video and see everything in this great product line.  

So many great things in this Showcase.  You can see and purchase them by clicking here.   Here are just a few things you can make with all these products.

Remember Click here to order yours and use the Hostess Code MC69RTEA for even more goodies.

3. Shop by Project.  
Stampin' Up! is trying something new  You have all seen the project ideas in the on-line store where you can order everything to make that project with just one code (Check it out here)  Well now they have Shop by Project with even more projects and these you can buy some of the things you don't have to buy them all but they are all listed on one page so all you have to do is click what you want for that project. If you have the stamp set you can click everything else but leave the stamp set out, or if you have the card stock and embellishments you can get everything else.  Great way not to forget something important.  Click here to see all the projects and start your order.  Don't forget that hostess code. They even have videos to show you how to make some of the projects. 

4. Stampin' Up! on Stage Live November 7 - 10 I will be at our Convention in Orlando.  This year we are able to show you the products and samples instead of waiting until the Occasion and Sale-A-Bration Catalog goes live so I will be doing live events in my Facebook Group  You can join it here.
I will not be able to tell you when I will be doing these but they will be under videos after I am done.  

5. Stamp a Month Club Class this month we are using Winter Woods from the Holiday Catalog. 
Join this great class by clicking here.  

Hope you enjoyed this update.  I promise I will try and do more instead of one big one.

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