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Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Near That Time Of Year Again

It's near summer and already I'm getting the heebie/jeebies. You who have read me for any length of time know what that means: camping season! I hate it!

Now, last year when we brought the camp trailer over from the storage place and it had gotten ruined by mildew from the rain somehow getting under the tarp or the weather had deteriorated the tarp, it was just about a total loss. Okay, okay, so I was jumping up and down with impish glee and, perhaps, wishing hubs would just trash it or sell it as-is just to be able to get rid of it. But nooooo, he decided to order a new canvas covering to the tune of $800.00 and fix the wood inside the metal shell, picking the rotted wood out small piece by small piece. Does this man never run out of energy?! Sigh. Then came the painting part. He still needs new decals but we'll forgo them for a while I suppose. He's a-hankering to get 'er out in th' wilds of Idaho. Pffffft!

Well, I may take a 2-night trip with him, but the older I get the harder it is to sleep on those 3" foam mattresses with my hips. I know some of you understand. And also, some of you think I'm nuts. Why would I want to leave the comfort of my air-conditioned home with my computer, thick foam queen-size bed, refrigerator, TOILET to go to a camp site with 90° weather, skunks, bears, no phone, have our food in soggy water because the ice only lasts two days and he usually drags me along on a 3 or 4 day trip, sit on a folding chair, not be able to read past 8 pm because it gets dark early in the mountains? If this appeals to you, you need serious psycho-counseling.

Last summer our daughter and her hubby bought an RV. They said we could use it if we wanted or come down to California and go with them to the coast or lake. I could have popped her for encouraging her father even more. Plus she's decorated it all in Hello Kitty! Need. I. Say. More? Hmmmm? I knew you'd understand.
With that being said, below are some cute caravans for your perusal. If I could have one in my back yard and never go anywhere in it, that would be fine with me. We could "play" camping and come into the house when I get tired of it.

Why did God invent camping trailers? Actually, I think this is one of satan's tricks to make wives miserable. Yeah, that's it.

Another gorgeous porch in red and white stripes.

An efficiency apartment or loft done extremely well and beautiful.

A beautiful porch overlooking a beautiful ocean.

The next few photos are trailers or caravans depending on where you live. Actually, I prefer caravans because it sounds a bit more elegant than trailers.

Isn't this adorable in red?

This looks like something out of the 50s and so adorable.

The owner of this caravan is a gal after my own heart. She's bold with color and accessories. Who would have thought antlers in a froufrou setting? Love it! Perhaps her hubs needed something signifying a man lives there too. ;-) Hubs would understand this.

Another red one with aqua walls.

One of my favorite ones with all the different fabrics in it.

Can't you just see this in a shabby home? Darling.

Fields of hydrangeas.

This is a home in Russia with an indoor pool and waterfall.

The colors may blind you but it's certainly cute.

I'm not fond of the smell of lavender but it's still gorgeous growing in fields or around a home garden. We have huge lavender fields just down the road a bit from us. All the seniors want their photos taken in it for their senior year photo.

Is this glam and glitz to the extreme or what?!

Another gorgeous porch for you to see.

Studies show that your favorite foods are likely foods your mother ate when you were in her womb.


  1. Well, I think I don't mind "playing" camping too. It would be more fun than actual camping!

  2. Trailors for sell or rent.................LMHO
    You are too funny Connie!!!
    Beautiful photos as always - something to giggle about as always!
    Have a lovely weekend - Hugs,

  3. Connie, you always make me laugh. I cannot picture you enjoying the life on the open road!

  4. I totally get it. My family went camping every summer when I was growing up. I hated it. Then I was a camp counselor for 2 years. More camping. Now? NO WAY. I'm with you on this one, Connie!

    Hello Kitty as decor? Yikes.


  5. At least you have a trailer! We just use a tent and I am definitely getting too old for setting up and taking down. Told dh our next family camping trip we are renting and RV.

  6. That is soooo funny! haha! Yeah, I used to like it more but the HEAT.. nahhh, no more! lol
    I just love the field of hydrangeas!! SOOOO SWEET! :)


  7. Not so crazy about the red one...a little too much stuff for me but, boy, I am loving that turquoise one with the antlers..that is really cute....
    We had a camper a few yrs back that we just loved...roomy and cute and had an awesome bed, back bathroom, adorable kitchen...we had so much fun going to the beach every summer. it was old and heavy tho and took too much gas to pull it. Sold it and now we are looking for a nice pop-up camper, WITH BATH. :))
    Love all your pretty images...
    hugs, bj

  8. I love some of caravans you posted! When I was younger, I loved camping. It was kind of funny because I hate getting dirty but I loved camping. My mom used to tease me about it but it was all in fun. Now I ache too much to go camping. I have wondered if it would be better to camp in a RV but I think I will just stick to hotels for now!!!!


  9. Connie, I got the heebie-jeebies just reading your opening few sentences! I grew up tent camping with the occasional splurge of a pop-up camper. I hated it, but I can now appreciate all of the beautiful country we were able to see. Camping was the only way we could afford such trips, and I'll admit that we made some great family memories. Still... My idea of a good campground was one with a restroom where I could plug in my curling iron. My husband loved camping when he was growing up, but I'm thankful he outgrew some of those tendencies. LOL I'd be happy to sit on that porch in your last pic any day, though!

  10. I'm so sorry to giggle but your camping descriptions are so funny!! As for the note about what the Mommy eats: my poor kids are going to crave Reese's and Diet Pepsi forever.

  11. Thanks goodness my camping days are over, but if I had a trailer like that.......
    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures.

  12. I hear you with the camping thing. I used to love it but now, I wanna stay home! It sure was fun when we took all the kids but to camp just me and hubby I don't know about that.
    As usual your post was overflowing with eye candy and I enjoyed my stay. Have a great weekend!

  13. I totally understand - did camper trips as a kid for several years! Now I consider a 2 star hotel "roughing it" :) BUT I do have two suggestions that might help make it a big nicer.

    1. Mattress - if you can, get one of those thin memory foam mattress toppers - the thicker the better - I have 2 inches over one older mattress and 3 inches over an uber cheap mattress and they both made a world of difference - yet quite thin. Or if that's not in the budget, even an egg crate mattress pad can help some to make your bed more comfy. I've done that with eggcrates when sleeping on grandkids twin beds with thin mattresses for 10 days - BIG help!

    2. Get a smart phone, iPad, or the cheapest Kindle you can find - make sure whatever you get works in the dark. Then you can at least read or play a game at night. Or if you find a campground with wifi-Netflix or Hulu plus. I've watched Numb3rs with earplugs in pitch black when rocking in a room with a fussy grandchild. :) Being tech-lovers does help make our lives a bit easier, doesn't it.

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  14. My husband always says that my idea of "roughing it" is a hotel that doesn't have room service! That's not true...I can stay in a room service-less hotel - as long as it's ocean front with a balcony! I always thought a vintage caravan that I could redecorate every spring would be the perfect thing as a backyard reading or crafting nook but, other than that, I don't want to hit the open road. Although, I have volunteered to work in the kitchen at Girls Camp again this year and it will be my first time that my friend who always let me stay in her RV won't be there. Gasp! Real camping and I'm a little scared! I'll let you know how it goes if I survive!

  15. Oooooh Connie! I too get the heebie jeebies. I am not a "roughing it" kind of gal. BUT, I love the campers you have shared with the vintage interiors. Now that might be fun....

  16. Connie-I hear you. I was the same way for years. Then I found this cute 13' travel trailer, we call it 'Paula's playhouse"
    my daughter and I cleaned it up, (it wasn't bad) and decorated it with a Mary Engelbreit theme. My daughter and I have taken it out every August for 4 years. We back that baby in, put up the awning (we made it) put an outdoor rug down and set up our 3'x3'x7' portapotty. Level the trailer and go into town for dinner at a nice restaurant. Now, as far as the bed goes, we have a blow up mattress, topped with memory foam and a feather bed. It is very comfortable. My husband and I have gone camping 2x. My only stipulation is: I don't cook. So my daughter cooks breakfast and 1 dinner. My husband makes me coffee and buys a box of Entenmen Popems for breakfast, and we eat out at night! We have a portable propane heater (and yes I have a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector) for when it is cold, and we have down pillows and comforter. We are snug as a bug in a rug. And we do have showers where we camp. Ask your hubs if you can put up some froufrou and paint something pink, make it yours too. Good luck. Blessings Paula

  17. You are so funny! I don't think camping is fun anymore either, unless I went with my honeybunny little Thomas, my 2-year-old grandson. I would do it for him. I have had to move into a too-small, very humble mobile home and and living here has been enough inconvenience and crowding for me everyday. But those little "caravans" you showed are so cute, like playing house! I enjoyed your porches and the lavender fields. Be blessed! Linda

  18. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures! I love camping too and just had to sell my 1963 Shasta teardrop named "Daisy". I sure do miss her!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  19. I would love a camper in my back yard But that is the only camping I would do. Your pic are so pretty.
    Hope you have a good PS.

  20. every one of these photos captures the imagination -- some make me wish i was there! happy st patrick's day and happy pink saturday! xo

  21. My idea of camping is "no mints on the pillow".
    love your blog.


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