The Largest Flea Market at the Swap Shop and Thunderbird Drive-In Theater

In February, 2021, when we were visiting my mother-in-law in Deerfield Beach Florida, she suggested we all go to a local flea market. When we said yes, I had no idea we’d be going to the nation’s largest indoor/outdoor flea market.

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The Swap Shop and Thunderbird Drive-In Theater began as a drive-in theater with one screen in 1963 at 3291 West Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Today it has a 14 screen drive-in and much more.

In one large building there is a large video game arcade on the second floor, a Ferrari museum and a food court and shops on the first floor.

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Outdoors there is a farmers market, and a large flea market.

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Founded by Preston Henn, a race car driver, the Ferrari museum is free.

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From 1989-2006 the Hanneford Family Circus performed daily (except Tuesdays) in the Swap Shop food court, entertaining the roughly 12 million people who visit each year. Initially, the circus shared the stage with 1960s and 1970s pop and country acts, most notably K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Three Dog Knight.

But what about the flea market? The largest drive-in doubles as the largest daily flea market in the world. How big might that be, you ask? The flea market is 88 acres. We stayed for several hours and did not even cover half of it. I was glad I wore good tennis shoes and carried a bottle of water and a bag to carry purchases. There are vendors selling things from all around the world.

Local honey was one of our findings and we bought some with the comb in it. I bought a new five dollar cotton nightgown and a new ten dollar sundress made in India. Happy with our bargains we were ready to head home.

Just when I thought I had seen everything, I glimpsed a small roller coaster in the front of the big building just before we walked to the car. Who knows what other surprises are there to find? If you are ever in this area, you might want to go check it out.

https://www.floridaswapshop.com/

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We just finished visiting our kids and grandkids in North Carolina (and arrived just in time to see newborn baby goats) spent a few days there enjoying our time with them and now we are making our way back down to St. Augustine, FL for the BOBASE book event this Friday and Saturday March 19th and 20th.

The book signing Saturday is open to the public and you can get tickets at the door. I will be signing with John Antorino, my cover model and have copies of Jenna’s Christmas Wish and Protecting Zarifah to sign.

Here is the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-obsessed-babes-author-signing-event-2021-tickets-118844975521?fbclid=IwAR1ztkbIBU0VjlS9A6Es4Fkiw0wpnPDg5oVt7oTzD3rQloUG8gPSWgATU0Y

Because so many of our readers and authors are heading to St Augustine, my next RV travel posts will be from our previous visit there. 🙂

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Just Missed the Hail Storm at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL – Driving on the Beach in the Sunshine

Here we are in Daytona Beach on Thursday March 4th, 2021 before the hail storm in Daytona on Saturday March 6th.

Driving my convertible on Daytona Beach March 4, 2021

We left Daytona on Friday as bikers were pouring into town for bike week and Saturday they had a hail storm. I’m glad we just missed the hail and feel for all the bikers with motorhomes, campers and tents that were staying for bike week. https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/2021/03/06/holy-hail-photos-show-hail-blanketing-daytona-beach-like-snow/#//

Now back to my original post for our beach drive day.

Do you give pet names to your cars? I do, and I named my white 2008 Toyota Solara convertible the white lady because she is white and has a ladylike elegance. The white lady has been having adventures with us as we tow her behind our motorhome and that’s great, except that towing her will tear her up. So we don’t plan to do that for long. My plan is to put her into long term storage. But first, I wanted to drive her on Daytona Beach. We had driven her on Daytona Beach once before and it is so much fun. Daytona has a hard packed sand and a history of car and motorcycles racing there.

So we drove her to the beach and though it was not warm enough to swim, brrrr (try putting your feet in that water – I did!) Too cold for bathing suits in the water but it was warm enough to put the top down and enjoy the day.

When we first got there, the beach was closed for driving on because the tide was too high. We were told to come back in forty five minutes. You can see how close the tide is on the beach here.

Finally they let us in! The tide is further out now.

There is one lane for going south and one lane for going north. The speed limit is 10 mph.

Daytona Beach is 12 miles of driving on sand if you start at the beginning, drive to one end and back again. This is what we did and then we parked and got out and walked, enjoying the sunshine. I got my feet wet and the water was cold!

Dad used to take us to Florida in the summers and we always stayed on the east coast. Fort Lauderdale and sometimes Daytona. What I remember of Daytona is the boardwalk with its wooden roller coaster, the arcades where we could play skeeball, and the ice cream cones and cotton candy. Then the beach and all the shiny cars with chrome, the seagulls, the waves and seashells.

I still love watching seagulls.

Soon it was time to get off the beach so we drove to the end to exit.

Today the old wooden roller coaster is gone and only one of the skeeball machines still works. We played twice and like riding a bike, I hadn’t lost my touch. That brought back memories. Now we are making new ones and we will keep adding to them as we travel across the U.S.

What is next for us? I have a book signing Saturday March 20th in St. Augustine so we’ll be heading back to Florida. We are currently in SC after having the new awning installed. For more on the signing event go to the BOBASE FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/609015262803274 Actor/cover model John Antorino will also be joining me.

A trip out west in June is in the first planning stages and I just signed up for a book signing event in Deadwood, SD called Wild Deadwood Reads. .https://wilddeadwoodreads.com/

I have many recent adventures and travel tales to share here with you and am quite behind on them, so some are going to be shared out of order. When the choice is to get online or to get out there and live I am opting each time for living.

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A Day in Savannah, GA, Among the Majestic Live Oaks at Wormsloe Plantation

In January 2021, we were making our way down to Florida from South Carolina, where we had taken the motorhome to be looked at by the RV repairmen who would be fixing our awning. Part of the sale agreement was that the RV dealer would pay for the broken awning to be fixed. They fixed the one over the door, but the big one could not be repaired as they were no longer making certain parts for that model. A new awning would be ordered and we would have to wait for it to come in and then bring the RV back to SC to have the new one installed.

We stayed two nights at the RV park, and decided to take our one day off the road to see Savannah, GA. Neither of us had been to Savannah.

Spending so much time on the road sitting as hubby drives, I need to get out and walk, so I asked him to choose something to do which would include a lot of walking and fresh air. He chose the perfect thing.

Wormsloe Plantation, which is now Wormsloe State Historic Site.

“A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702–1775). Jones was a humble carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe’s tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah.

Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the colony as a doctor, constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and New Ebenezer. He also commanded a company of marines charged with defending the Georgia coast from the Spanish. Jones died at the beginning of the American Revolution, but his descendants sustained Wormsloe until the state of Georgia acquired most of the plantation in 1973.”

We both enjoy visiting historical sites, so I was excited to be able to see this one. Our day there began with a drive beneath the beautiful canopy of live oaks and spanish moss, with the convertible top down and as you can see, it was just lovely.

We watched the film in the small one room museum and then went out to walk on the nature trail. The trail is seven miles long but I didn’t track how far or long our walk was. I simply enjoyed it.

We saw the tabby ruins along the marsh.

In the Colonial Life Area but didn’t see any demonstrators in period dress exhibiting the tools and skills of colonial Georgia. Perhaps that is limited now, just like they have to limit how many people they let in, for social distancing.

We passed people having their photographs taken for engagement photos and wedding photos. The perfect site for that.

Soon it was time to leave and we had the lovely drive back beneath the trees.

https://gastateparks.org/Wormsloe

After spending several hours at Wormsloe getting fresh air and exercise, we were both more than ready for dinner. We love seafood so I chose Savannah Seafood Shack in downtown Savannah. We parked downtown on the street which is metered and then walked to the restaurant, getting more good exercise. We both ordered low country boil, which had shrimp, beef sausage, potato, and corn. We started the meal by sharing a bowl of clam chowder and a slice of crab pie. Everything was delicious. If you have never had low country boil, this is what it looks like.

https://savannahseafoodshack.com/

After dinner we walked down the street to Ben & Jerry’s where I had a chocolate ice cream cone and Mike had a milkshake. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

We’ve since had word that our new awning is in, so after we check out of our RV park on March 2nd we will make our slow way back up to SC to have it installed. I have plenty more RV adventures to share with you before then, so subscribe and follow! (Videos on my YouTube Channel are coming soon – I have one from Wormsloe ready to load.)

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Grand Ole RV Resort in Nashville and Christmas 2020 Celebration at Gaylord Opryland

We were moving Mike’s things from his business in Memphis, TN to a store and lock in KY and stopped for a night in Nashville at Grand Ole RV Resort https://grandolervresort.com/

It’s an RV resort with a Nashville feel. Real nice folks running it, has been in the family for some years and there is live music on the weekends. Their restaurant has good omelettes.

Since we weren’t going to get to see our kids and grandkids for Christmas, we were both feeling the blahs (and it was the first time in my life I have ever felt Grinchy), Mike suggested we go have dinner at Gaylord Opryland and to see all the Christmas lights. I love that idea. Looking it up online, I learned that they were limiting visitors to those who had purchased tickets and those tickets were timed tickets so only so many could enter at a time. Covid has everyone wearing masks and standing six feet apart. So we could get in if we had a ticket. Those tickets were going fast online. I’d set one up to purchase and before I could finish it would be gone. We finally got tickets to the I Love Christmas Movies event.

We headed on over and got to enjoy the outdoor lights before we walked inside to see their giant tree.

Lights outside Gaylord Opryland Dec. 2020
Inside Gaylord Opryland Dec 2020
Gaylord Opryland’s giant tree up close
Giant reindeer beside the outdoor skating rink
Bumper cars on ice
Sledding ride
Entrance to I Love Movies event
We take our masks off for pictures since we’re not near anyone with cooties
Stickers for the event spaced 6 ft apart
Our guide to the I Love Movies event on the right. Santa’s workshop. Can you guess the movie?
Remember this guy?
This brother likes it cold.
This brother likes it hot.
That famous leg lamp. Can you guess the movie?
All Aboard the Polar Express!
Have a cup of hot cocoa and watch the houses as the train rolls by.
Can you guess this one?
Here’s the Moose punch bowl and cups.
The end. I love Christmas Movies. Do you?
We were parked on Relax Road.

We were parked on the corner of Relax Road and Kind Place. A friendly spot to park for the night and just what we needed. We sort of look like the Beverly Hillbillies with our truck behind our tow car and RV. I drove the loaded down truck which was full of tools and he drove the motorhome and pulled the car. At one point my phone died and went out of service and wouldn’t charge. I’ll need a new phone to replace my dying one. Pics aren’t as good as I would have liked but I am lucky to have what I have as it would sometimes shake when I started to take a pic and the phone would randomly go to a black screen. Future pics will be better, but at least the moments and memories were captured.

And Kind Place.
Office, store and restaurant at Grand Ole RV Resort, with live music on weekends.
And a warm Tennessee welcome from the family which owns the park, inside.

We enjoyed our brief stay at Grand Ole RV Resort https://grandolervresort.com/ in Nashville, TN and our Christmas visit to Gaylord Opryland and would happily return to this RV Park any time.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Our Parkers Crossroads RV Park Stay, and the Tennessee Safari Park Which is More Fun Than a Car Full of Camels

From December 27th 2020 to January 11th, 2021, we stayed in Yuma, TN at Parkers Crossroads RV Park, where our backyard was a cow pasture. A feeder farm, there were about 500 head of cattle behind us.

View from our bed.
One day the cows came to visit.
Hello neighbor!

It was a quiet place to work on the RV, with a roof over top of the RV to be out of the rain. The former owner, Mike, has an RV repair business here so you can have your RV repaired while you’re here. We had the Aquahot fixed, and took the RV down the road for muffler repair. The new owners are super nice and everyone here made our stay easy. Marty, who lived next door, washed and waxed the RV, a task that needs to be done once a year As we had pulled into the park with an emergency dental apt. scheduled for my husband in Memphis, an Aquahot that was not working and a muffler that needed repaired, with diesel fumes I could smell in the coach, we were needing more than a little bit of help with things.

During our stay, I sorted more things we would get rid of to donate, and decided on things we would put into the RV. One thing I recommend when you are starting out with full time RV living is not to go too far from your store and lock. Because you will learn that you didn’t need some things you thought you needed and you’ll wish you had some things with you that were stored. Because this can be subjective and personal, you won’t know until you actually start living the life. With just an hour and a half drive to Memphis for doctor and dentist apts and our store and lock, we enjoyed our stay here. (Yes, we will return. Hopefully without so many issues to fix next time.)

One day I learned that we weren’t far from the Tennessee Safari Park.

tennesseesafaripark.com

It’s basically a petting zoo, but it sounded like fun because I love feeding giraffes and other animals. The brochure lists 43 animals you can drive through to see and feed. And many more animals in the walking zoo. It was fun to feed the camels, llamas, ostriches, and alpacas. The giraffe in the walking zoo likes carrots.

Peacock before we headed into the park.

We paid our entrance fee and bought four plastic pails of feed and headed in. The animals come right up to your car and you roll down your windows and feed them. The ostriches were not shy. We would find out that none of the animals were shy. We had the food and they wanted that food!

The camels wait for you to drive up to feed them.
Feeding the camel.
Both camels trying to eat out of the bucket at the same time. I don’t think that will work!

Both camels would try to eat out of the same bucket but that does not work!

Also camels slobber. All over your hands and your car window. LOL One of them tried to get the bucket and his lip came down over my finger, and then I felt his teeth. The minute I felt his teeth I shrieked and dropped my feeding cup! Mike laughed so hard. I think he had more fun watching me than watching the animals. LOL

Anyway, that camel won. He got the whole cup of food.

Good golly. These camels would have climbed in the car for the food I think, if they could have. They just got closer and closer to get it. LOL

This guy has all the buckets! LOL

He was like, where is your bucket, human? LOL

These animals are used to being fed this way and they are all about getting that food. Some can be aggressive and they are very smart! Some have learned how to get the feeding cups away from us to get all the food in the cup!

Now watch this guy.

This guy got his teeth around the cup and yanked it away from Mike. He was strong! Once he got his jaws clamped onto the cup he had all of the food!

Now he has all of the food.
Look at his long horns. He has all of the food now!

This ostrich is saying, Okay human. Where is my food. LOL Notice the llama in the background getting food from the truck.

This guy got in front of our car and would not move. He was like, you must feed us human, or you shall not pass. LOL He literally would not move and Mike had to edge up and nudge him with the car more than once to get down the road. LOL

The llamas cracked us both up, they are so expressive and funny.

Did you know giraffes have purple tongues? The lady who fed him after I fed him carrots let us get a good shot of his tongue.

Feeding the giraffe was of course my favorite part of the day, but it was full of fun and laughs and animals getting their stomachs full. A beautiful day for all.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Through the Everglades, From Pompano Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida

November 2020 we took a trip through the Everglades.

Now that Thanksgiving 2020 was over, we were excited for our next trip. The drive, from Pompano Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida would take us through the Everglades. Years ago we had taken a fun airboat ride through the Everglades and I loved seeing the wildlife. This time we would be driving our 2010 Allegro Tiffin bus through the Everglades on land. Would we see any gators? Other wildlife? I was hopeful.

My view from the passenger seat.
Mike’s view

One thing about riding in this big bus is, we sit up fairly high, so we have a better view than we would have sitting lower down in a car. That combined with great big windows up front made this trip memorable.

There were many little white birds by the side of the road, fishing in the water, or drinking. I tried to capture them in a picture, but most flew off the moment before, eluding me. This is the only picture I have which captured one. Still, one of my favorite memories of this drive was watching those birds. They have a slender white elegance I am unable to fully capture in a photo.

The original airboat tour. Years ago we took a fun airboat ride through the Everglades. I don’t remember the name of the company we hired.

We stepped to fix lunch meat sandwiches at Big Cypress National Preserve visitor center and got out to walk around. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, as you can see. There were no X’s to stand on, marking a six feet apart rule, or masks. Just us and a sprinkling of raindrops.

On the wooden walk in front of the building as we walked across we looked down into the foliage and there we saw my gator. Can you see him?

Can you see the gator hiding?

This gator was sleeping or hiding. I wonder if he was dreaming of his next meal, as he did not move. It began to rain again so we dashed back to the bus to get inside out of the chilly air and rain and back on the road again.

There were signs that said panther crossing, next five miles, though we didn’t see any. We passed an Indian reservation, and Ten Thousand Island National Refuge.

This was a fun trip. Our next journey would be to Tampa, but that is another post.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Preparing Our Motorhome for Our First Trip and Our First Trip

We had much to do before we moved into the motorhome and took it on our first trip. Our plan was to take it to Florida for Thanksgiving. The first of many stops to see family members.

One thing I did before loading our belongings into the RV was to line many of the drawers and cabinets in the RV with shelf paper from the Dollar Tree store. The shelf paper has a bit of no skid to help prevent things from sliding around as we go down the road.

I was excited to find this pattern and color which matched the countertops very well. And I found them at the Dollar Tree so they were easy on the budget.

The first ride I took in the motorhome was to ride along with my husband Mike to fill her up. Our 2010 Tiffin Allegro bus has a very large tank and she takes diesel. This was our first time to fill her up. Not all gas stations sell diesel and not all stations have room for a 43 foot diesel bus. My husband uses an app called Gas Buddy to find prices and places to get gas.

Mike filling the motorhome’s gas tank with diesel.

One of the new treasures in our new home is this beautiful journal. My husband bought it in New Orleans when we went there for Heather Grahams Writers for New Orleans event in 2019. He went shopping while I was at author events during the day and surprised me with it later. I just love this journal, and I am enjoying keeping a “captains log” of our travels in the RV.

First travel journal for the RV, a surprise gift from my husband, one I treasure.
Day one …
The new chapter in our lives begins…

The trailer behind the RV pulls my convertible. The front wheels go on the trailer and the back wheels stay on the road. The RV is 43 feet long so towing the car adds to that making it even longer. We need to find sites that have a pull through for our size when we are looking for our next place to stay.

Our first trip was down to Florida for Thanksgiving. The first of many trips planned to see family.

Our route from Memphis, for our first trip, along with stops was:

From Memphis to Frog Hollow RV Park in Grenada, MS for one night. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g43801-d258451-Reviews-Frog_Hollow_Campground_and_RV_Park-Grenada_Mississippi.html

Lunch in the Talladega Forest, AL at the rest stop, and then one night at the Triple C RV Park in Chattahoochie, FL http://cccscampground.com/

Then on to Highland Woods RV Park in Pompano Beach where we stayed for five nights Thanksgiving week.

https://www.rvonthego.com/florida/highland-woods-rv-resort/?utm_source=yext&utm_medium=directory&utm_campaign=Yext+Directory+Listing?utm_source=yext&utm_medium=directory&utm_campaign=Yext+Directory+Listing

Highland Woods RV Park in Pompano Beach, Florida

After visiting Mike’s mother in Deerfield Beach and having dinner with his cousins who live in Ft. Lauderdale, we went over to Tampa for the next trip. But that is a post for another day.

I’ll list sites we’ve stayed in for other RV travelers and for my readers and family when I post.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

For Debra’s RV travels follow this blog! https://beautifuldaytraveler.wordpress.com/

For Debra’s RV videos follow https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27hTWse4gLJxTETQw6i7xw/

For more about Debra and her books go to www.debraparmley.com

FB page https://www.facebook.com/debra.parmley.7

FB fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/debraparmley/

FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/authordebraparmley/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debraparmley/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-parmley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/debraparmley

Newsletter sign up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w9s9h0

Cover Model Corner blog: https://covermodelcorner.wordpress.com/

Medium where Debra posts articles: https://medium.com/@debraparmley1

Kof-fi page: Where Debra posts her poems: https://ko-fi.com/debraparmley

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Parmley/e/B002BM9H4A%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

The Big Downsize: Moving From Our House to a Motorhome

I’ll always remember this move as the big downsize, when we sold our 1,100 square foot house and 40 foot by 50 foot garage on 1.4 acres in Bartlett, TN and moved into our first RV, a 2010 Tiffin Allegro bus/motorhome.

I’d been downsizing for a long time and thought I would be ready, but I was still surprised by how many things we had squirreled away in the spaces we’d lived in for 23 years, and I was still trying to sort through things as we were moving out.

Our sons came to stay with us and they worked on the house before we listed it and then helped us move things into the store and lock, and I really do not know what we would have done without all their help. We would not have been ready.

The backyard always had deer in the evening.

The house sold six days after we listed it and we had two buyers bidding. On Monday, Nov. 23rd we closed on the house and the buyers took immediate possession, so we had to have everything out and ready to go before then. That would have been a lot even if there were nothing else added on.

40 x 50 garage which housed my husband’s business.

But as the ads on television say, “But wait! There’s more!” My husband also housed his business, Whistle Clean Incorporated, in that big garage, so there was an office to dismantle and a business to move out of that garage, everything from office furniture and files to business equipment and chemicals.

Our new 2010 Tiffin Allegro Bus beside our old garage.

The guys worked on Friday the 20th, a regular work day to finish the work, then they collected their last paychecks, and the business closed for any more work. I listed office furniture and equipment for sale and my husband moved everything Whistle Clean into a store and lock. This would be our second store and lock as I already had one for our household things. I am keeping things that mean something to me, antiques and momentos. No, I will not be a person who “gets rid of everything” but in each case these are things I would want around me as I get older and want to be surrounded by my memory things. The question I asked myself was, “If there’d been a house fire, would I be upset at the loss of this?” Having lived through a house fire, I had a pretty good idea of what I’d be upset about and what I wouldn’t. So the decisions were easy for me, and my treasured things are in a temperature controlled storage unit.

Downsizing from this house and garage into this motorhome. “The big downsize.”

So, now we had two store and locks. Whistle Clean was officially done cleaning houses and my husband had retired. He had previously tried to sell the business with no luck (guys wanted to run it but didn’t want to work, or sweat and that is not the way a pressure cleaning service company works) and then he had planned to keep the business going, running it from the road while he retired from doing the heavy work, but that was not to be. One employee had a heart attack the week before we closed and the other announced he was going to Mexico for two months. There would be no one left in Memphis to do the work. The doors would have to close. It wasn’t the optimal way to end, but the signs were clear that it was time to move on. We had a new lifestyle to begin and we were both ready to get on with it.

Everything in the garage had to go, from office furniture and files, a van, a truck, pressure wash equipment, tools, etc..

I’m writing this on December 17th and just today Mike finished emptying the Whistle Clean store and lock. Part of the delay has been the first trip we took, down to Florida to see his mother for Thanksgiving as she was alone there and we hadn’t taken a trip in the motorhome anywhere yet! I’ll write about that in another post, as this one is just for the big downsize.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Tomorrow we get on the road from Memphis to Kentucky. He will drive the motorhome, pulling my car while I drive his truck full of tools and equipment he is keeping to Kentucky, where he will store them along with woodworking equipment and wood for his projects. While we will be living in the motorhome full time, we do have things we are keeping, here and there.

Towing my convertible behind the motorhome.

Once we unload his things in KY, the downsizing will be officially done and then we can head for the warm sunshine and our next adventure. And that, I suspect, will feel awesome.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

For Debra’s RV travels follow this blog!  Debra’s Beautiful Day Traveler travel & writing blog https://beautifuldaytraveler.wordpress.com/

RV travel pics will also go up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/debraparmley/

For videos of Debra’s RV travels follow Debra’s Beautiful Day YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27hTWse4gLJxTETQw6i7xw/

For more about Debra and her books go to www.debraparmley.com

FB page https://www.facebook.com/debra.parmley.7

FB fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/debraparmley/

FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/authordebraparmley/

To Catch an Elf: Debra Parmley’s Creepy Shelf Elf Group! 12 days of creepy elf party https://www.facebook.com/groups/793115644206381/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debraparmley/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-parmley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/debraparmley

Newsletter sign up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w9s9h0

Cover Model Corner blog: https://covermodelcorner.wordpress.com/

Medium where Debra posts articles: https://medium.com/@debraparmley1

Kof-fi page: Where Debra posts her poems: https://ko-fi.com/debraparmley

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Parmley/e/B002BM9H4A%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Holidays in the Motorhome – Decorating for Halloween 2020

I have always loved Halloween; from the time I was small and dad would take me out trick or treating. I loved very girly costumes, though one year I had a Batman mask and even a batman lunchbox. Dad loved Halloween too and I have great memories of him taking me and my best friend Ginny through haunted houses. In his later years he wore his skeleton costume and passed out candy to neighborhood children. For me, Halloween will always bring memories of my dad.

Shifting into the RV/motorhome lifestyle, one of the things I must do is make sure the decorations fit into our new 2010 Tiffin Allegro bus as we are going on the road fulltime.

Everything in the RV must earn its place, holidays are no exception. We will celebrate holidays on the road, whether visiting family or seeing beautiful spots in the U.S. The challenge while downsizing is to keep decorations that will fit into our newly downsized lifestyle. I have decorated the motorhome for Halloween and here is how she looks all trick-or-treated out.

Captain Jack, my favorite Jack-O-Lantern, thinks he is the captain of this earth-based ship, and we will just let him think that until captain Michael takes over. Then he can duke it out with co-captain Debra for the passenger seat. (I think I can take him. He is more a lover than a fighter, likes hugs and his little sword is not sharp.)

Snoopy, who I love, does the Snoopy dance it you press his foot and sitting with him is his little buddy, named Batty. They are listening to the talking candle flame that lights up.

If you hang around with me you will learn that I love polka dotted things, so I had to have this witch hat with pink polka dots. (Next to Snoopy and Batty.) Yes, there are other polka dotted things in my must keep these things basket. lol

 What is Halloween without a black cat? Since I’m trying to lose weight, I have a tiny trick or treat basket, a miniature Frankenstein’s head. Not sure where the rest of him has wandered off to. Maybe in search of the candy I shouldn’t be eating?

This little spider is stowing away on the motorhome but I am keeping all the other spiders out.

These are the little things that brighten up our new motorhome and make it feel homier to me.  It’s fun sharing them with you. What little things brighten up your Halloween? Are they new things things this year or traditional? If you are in an RV, how do you decorate?

Below are all my links. Soon you will see other posts on my pages as we get on the road. Closing on our house is Nov. 20th so, just 24 days to go! It’s going to be a busy week here but I will still celebrate Halloween. Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

For Debra’s RV travels follow this blog!  Debra’s Beautiful Day Traveler travel & writing blog https://beautifuldaytraveler.wordpress.com/

RV travel pics will also go up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/debraparmley/

For videos of Debra’s RV travels follow Debra’s Beautiful Day YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27hTWse4gLJxTETQw6i7xw/

For more about Debra and her books go to www.debraparmley.com

FB page https://www.facebook.com/debra.parmley.7

FB fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/debraparmley/

FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/authordebraparmley/

To Catch an Elf: Debra Parmley’s Creepy Shelf Elf Group! 12 days of creepy elf party https://www.facebook.com/groups/793115644206381/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debraparmley/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-parmley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/debraparmley

Newsletter sign up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w9s9h0

Cover Model Corner blog: https://covermodelcorner.wordpress.com/

Medium where Debra posts articles: https://medium.com/@debraparmley1

Kof-fi page: Where Debra posts her poems: https://ko-fi.com/debraparmley

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Parmley/e/B002BM9H4A%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Beautiful Day Traveler – Debra’s revised blog

Beautiful Day Traveler is the new name for Debra Parmley’s revised blog as she enters into not just a new chapter in her life, but a whole new book of life as the adventure begins.

In the past she has been a writer, a dancer, a writing teacher and mentor, a traveler and a travel agent. All these threads converge for a new journey, one of living full time with her husband, in a motorhome. A 2010 Tiffin Allegro bus. (Pictures coming soon!)

Hang around Debra long enough and you may hear her say, “Every day we are alive is a beautiful day.” Debra is a “beautiful day traveler” and here on her revised blog you will find:

  • Debra sharing about learning to live in a motorhome full time (it’s their first RV)
  • travel stories of short journeys as Debra and her hubby Mike travel the U.S.
  • adventures
  • Debra’s fictional stories
  • Debra’s poems
  • memoir
  • freelance articles
  • non-fiction
  • writing tips and advice
  • dance, music, and anything else which adds to Debra’s beautiful day
Debra Parmley on writing retreat in Deerfield Beach, Florida January 2020, working on a Hansel and Gretel story

In the archives here you will find posts on writing and dance from her blog formerly titled Threading the Web, which she started for her writing students to encourage them. Debra currently has 24 books of fiction and one book of poetry up on Amazon, most are available in print and four are available in audiobook. She is currently at work on a new novel and on her new online writing classes as they prepare to move into their new motorhome. For more about Debra Parmley and her books visit debraparmley.com

Debra and Mike in Jamaica at Rose Hall Plantation, 2019

Meet Mike Parmley, Debra’s husband of 39 years. High school sweethearts, she asked him out on a $5 bet! They’ve been having adventures ever since. Soon they’ll be sharing their adventures with you.