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Published: September 23rd 2020
Yes, the time has come to bid our family adieu, take our packed bags and leave their warm and comforting homes for our good, old, stand-by RV. We knew this day was coming but once it arrived, it seemed too soon and too sad. Goodbyes are never easy....much too sorrowful.....so we stick with “so long until we meet again.” We are so grateful to our children for putting us up and putting up with us this summer. We had a great time. It was such a joy being with all our children and grandchildren at one time or another. We can’t thank them all enough for all the good times we shared and the cherished memories we made. We love our family.
Our last family gathering was called our Texas Hot party. Most everyone gathered together at Lory and Jay’s house for this bitter sweet occasion. The Texas Hot is a long standing, well known, popular restaurant in Wellsville. Their Texas Hots, Texas Hamburgers and milkshakes are the best. Cory put in his order and brought out 3 big bags of food and 2 boxes of milkshakes. We all eagerly devoured every crumb at the Knapp house. The food was
so good but being with our family was the very best. We are going to miss them terribly until we see them again. We know of two major events that we will sadly miss. Two new great-grandchildren will be born in our absence. Having our family grow larger is absolutely glorious. Thank heavens for all the technical forms of communication.
Before our Texas Hot party, Cory and I continued to keep ourselves amused before leaving Kim’s apartment in Binghamton. We rode through downtown Binghamton and saw all the college kids hanging out in a couple outdoor restaurants there. No masks, no social distancing. We kept going and headed East. We kept seeing signs for New York City.....should we or shouldn’t we? We couldn’t decide. Driver Cory just kept rolling along. We stopped at “The World Famous Roscoe Dinner”.....that’s what their sign said anyway. Good choice. Food was tasty. Headed to Liberty, NY because I told Cory my Aunt Lois used to teach there many years ago. It wasn’t what we hoped it to be so just kept heading East. New York City: 100 miles. We talked about The Concord (a huge hotel complex) that we went to with the
company staff that Cory worked with mucho years ago. What a terrific time we had there. I plugged it into our GPS and off into the Catskills we went. Closer and closer it read....almost there....wait a minute! You passed it, Bucky! Whaaaaat? Just barren ground where once it stood. Nothing, nada. All gone. Whyyyy? Just memories will keep it alive now. Thank God, we have those. Hey, what’s that sign up ahead? Resorts World Catskills Casino - Resort. Cory’s pedal is to the medal. Zooooom. Here, out in nowhere’s land, is a huge casino & hotel resort. Beautiful. Looks new. Found out it had only been open one year. What the heck....let’s go in....especially when you have Mr. Lucky as your guide. Cory finds me the penny slots and a Wild Cherry one at that! My favorite. I shoved in the wad of money he gave me and started the machine lighting up. Cory disappeared as usual. I don’t bring him good luck....I’m like a demon. I played away: losing and wining and losing and winning. By the time Mr. Fancy Fingers returned, I had lost the entire wad but managed to win it all back. That’s good for me.
And then, the Winning Wonder starts showing me his ticket slips. Wow!! One after an another with big amounts. He never disappoints. So we departed wealthier than when we entered. Jingle, Jingle, Jingle. A good hours work, Mr. Lucky. Back on the highway the sign read, NYC 86 miles. Should we or shouldn’t we? Nope, we shouldn’t. Our daughter Kim, who has traveled frequently into the city, said it’s not a good place to go nowadays. We heeded her warning. Back to Binghamton we went....with big, fat, happy smiles on our faces.
And now we are heading south. Back to Tropical Palms, our friends and our RV. Yippee! We left on Tuesday, September 22nd. Taking our time and going to sight-see along the way. So much traffic on the highways both coming and going. Many, many big trucks and just a many cars. Only a few motor homes. No definite arrival date for TP but it is in the near future. Right now (Wednesday), we are heading to Myrtle Beach. We wanted to go to Helen, Georgia where there is a delightful and quaint German town. Es wird Spaß machen. Rats! Cory checked the weather and they are going
to have rain these next couple days. Rats. That’s why we changed course and are headed to the ocean.....the sea is calling us. It will still be fun.
Oh, did I tell you about my knee replacement surgery! Florida Celebration hospital called and I am scheduled to have my surgery on Oct. 26th. Chop, Chop! I want to have both knees done at the same time but the nurse said the doctor said because of my age(76), he will only do one at a time! Geeze! He doesn’t know me too well. I may be old but I didn’t think I was THAT old. We’ll see. Of course I have several visits before and after. Have to be tested for Covid....nose ouch! Brush up on your nursing skills cause I’m going to need all the help and support I can get. I make a very poor patient....first to admit to it. Brought my mother’s transport wheelchair just in case I can convince him to do both knees together. No matter, I’ll have poor Cory push me around in it just for sympathy..I crave sympathy. Just be prepared for some juicy blogs once I hit the gurney.
all managed to pack your bags and leave with us on time. Lulu is sleeping most of the way. She loves her new carry bag and seldom wants to come out of it.....kind of like in a kangaroo’s pouch. Instead of Lulu, we can call her Joey now. She’ll probably hiss at us, though....maybe even spit. How uncouth of her!
I told you there was plenty of room for everyone....just hold on tight! We’ll wake you at the next stop.
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