Monday, December 16, 2019

LIFE ROCKS WHEN YOUR LIVING ROOM ROLLS


"Life rocks when your living room rolls!"
Our home - 2007 Tiffin Allegro Bus

We feel qualified to say "full-timing" as an RVer has been a blessing to us in many ways.  Before we began this somewhat nomadic lifestyle it seemed possible we would be able to see America the Beautiful on our terms and enjoy the freedom of traveling when we wanted and where we wanted.

We've traveled about 75,000 miles to see
America The Beautiful

We are back in our winter base in Webster, Florida, at the Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, a Class A motorhome resort in a very rural part of old central Florida.

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort
Webster, FL

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort
Highway 478 - Webster, FL

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort - Webster, FL

Webster is famous for having the oldest continuously running flea market in the state which began around the 1930's!  Our motorhome is one of about 200 lots on 275 acres sandwiched between 2 certified black angus ranches. 

Certified Black Angus 

Our neighbors are usually black and beautiful cows and are well cared for.

"Toby" A Welsh Pony comes around every day

A Welsh Pony (Toby), comes to our fence in the afternoon for apples and peppermints who roams freely with the cattle.

ARTitude Adjustment - It's FUN art...not FINE art!

We've owned a lot at Florida Grande for 10 years.  For 8 years I have taught a painting class each month called ARTitude Adjustment.  My husband and I travel to RV resorts, RV organizations, RV manufacturer rallies and RV rallies throughout the United States where I also offer ARTitude Adjustment painting classes.  My particular brand is that I teach "FUN art....not FINE art". The purpose of each class is to paint, have a good time, and make new friends!  We definitely do that!

ARTitude Adjustment - painted wooden Christmas spindles 

Painted wooden spoons and Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments
ARTitude Adjustment
Every weekday I present about a 30 minute "LIVE" tutorial on Monday through Fridays at 3:00 pm EST on my Facebook business page called ARTitude Adjustment by Marty Whitney.  Presenting the LIVE tutorials enable me to reach a very large audience as well as attract people who are interested in learning more about new products and painting techniques - in a very relaxed setting.  In a few years I will offer online classes on a monthly basis and build a community of like-minded members.  I hope you will join sometime!

America The Beautiful
Right now we enjoy our travels very much.  I will continue to blog, and I hope if you would like to follow us, or my business page, we welcome you.  If you have any questions about the RV lifestyle, we are always available to discuss this exciting way to live!

America The Beautiful

Merry Christmas from Bob and Marty - 2019
Until next time we hope you have a blessed holiday and Merry Christmas from Bob and Marty Whitney!



Saturday, October 26, 2019

A HEE HAW DAY


Winfield is a small city situated in Northwest Alabama about 30 miles from the Mississippi state line.  The area was once a Chickasaw Indian domain.

We were staying about an hour away from Winfield, Alabama and several of our friends suggested we consider going to Mule Day which is held every 4th weekend of September.  This year was the 45th year of the traditional Mule Day Festival, held since 1975 to honor the hard-working mules of the day.  We were two of the estimated 25,000 spectators in attendance.




Winfield, Alabama's Annual Mule Day has been termed "One of the top 20 events in the Southeast" by Travel and Tourism Magazine.  Mule Day is not only a major event in the City of Winfield but also for the State of Alabama.  


Arts and Crafts were spectacular!

Dr. Pepper brought a Fansville Tailgating Booth

Mule Day lasts 3 days

If you have the time there is also live entertainment, car shows and a diverse venue of homemade baked goods sold in a farmer's market setting.  There are organized events for elementary and middle school children at the Mule Day carnival, including many rides.  

The parade began promptly as scheduled at 11:00 a.m., with staging done at the elementary school.   Not only were there mules, wagons, horses,  tractors, cars, but one wagon carried the Mule Day Grand Marshal and Miss Mule Day.  

Grand Marshal - Mule Day 2019

Miss Mule Day 2019

The mules were judged and arts and crafts booths were set up in the main part of Winfield.  There were flea markets set in many parts of town from Friday evening and all day Saturday.  A Civil War skirmish was called "The Skirmish at Luxapalilla", sponsored by Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

The Skirmish was conducted at another location off-site

"We didn't know what we didn't know" is how we went into a Mule Day experience.  We now know a mule is the offspring of a male donkey (a jack) and a female horse (a mare).  On the other hand, a hinny is a cross of a female donkey (a jenny) and a male horse (stallion).  A horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62.  The mule and hinnies ends up with 63.  Mules can be either male or female, but because of the odd number of chromosomes, they can't reproduce.








Mules are reputed to be more patient, hardy and long-lived than horses and are described as less obstinate and more intelligent than donkeys.  The use of mules for farming and transportation of agricultural products largely gave way to steam, then gasoline powered tractors and trucks. 





 

After enjoying an unusually hot but enjoyable day at the Mule Day festivities, we had learned more than we anticipated and think that now we can carry on an intelligent conversation about mules and donkeys.  Just ask.  Hee Haw.