Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Go West Little RV

We will be here in Florida for another month but it's time to start thinking about where to go next.  We've decided to start working our way west in order to be back in the Northwest for summer. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Little RV Experiences Writer's Block

For the past few days I have been pretty short on ideas for the blog. 

I've written a few low sodium cooking posts and added them to this blog rather than having them on a separate blog.  I also shortened each post so that you see only the first part of each post. 

Lasagne Makeover - Now with 75% Less Sodium

Lasagne is LOADED with sodium.  One serving (1/12 of a 9x13 pan) of my old recipe has 990 mg of sodium. Rob asked me to make a pan for a family dinner but I have hunted high and low for my staple no salt added pasta sauce but cannot find it in the stores here in Florida.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spicing Things up in the Little RV

I use a lot of spices.  Without salt food is terribly bland so spices help spice things up.  Spices take up a lot of space.  You wouldn't think those tiny little bottles and cans could be such a space hog but they are.  I have a couple of organizational methods of dealing with those containers that seem to multiply in the night. 

The first is my way cool spice rack. I got this online from The Tubular Spice Company.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Burger and Fries - Low Sodium Makeover

Rob requested a burger and fries for dinner.  Being the dutiful wife that I am, I accommodated him with a lower sodium version of this American staple.

A Quiet Day in the Little RV

Today was a really nice day.  It started with a glowing sunrise.
The weather was in the mid 70s with a nice breeze.  Rob decided to go south and visit his Mom and Grant and I stayed behind because we had important things to do. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Low Sodium Thai Chicken Pizza

Rob and I used to get an awesome Thai chicken pizza back at home.  I can't even guess how much sodium is in that pizza but today it occurred to me that I could use a sauce adapted from one of the recipes on my daughter's blog, Dandelions on the Wall as the base for my own version of Thai Chicken Pizza.

Cooking in the Little RV

Cooking in a small space can be challenging.  Cooking a low sodium diet in a small space can be downright maddening.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Remaking the Sandwich in the Little RV

One of the reasons we choose to RV full time is because without our own kitchen and ingredients we simply would not be able to travel at all.  Rob has several medical conditions including Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and has to severely limit his salt intake.  Most prepared foods are so laden with sodium that eating a regular diet of those foods would literally kill Rob. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How the Little RV Blog Came to Be - It's a Long Story

Rob and I met online back in 1996.  He was working in Tokyo, Japan and was going through a divorce and I was a divorced mom of one, living in Western Washington and working hard to make ends meet.  I had been divorced for 11 years before I was brave enough and confident enough to try marriage again.  We met via personal ad.  He answered mine and the rest is history.  

Friday, February 15, 2013

Does the Little RV Float?

...and it rained and rained and rained.  

The day before yesterday it was 89 degrees. Yesterday when I got up it was 64 degrees and pouring buckets of rain outside.  I'm from Western Washington and we get a lot of rain there but it is usually light rain that just goes on for days.  

Grant's digestive system does not stop for rain so I got dressed and took him outside.  While we were waiting to cross the street I noticed a guy with an umbrella walking down the sidewalk in our direction.  The next time I looked up my timing was perfect.  A car drove right through the deep, standing water along the road and created a perfect rooster tail of water which completely drenched the poor pedestrian. 
He stopped, looked around, shook his head and turned around to return to wherever he came from.  The worst part is I think the driver did it deliberately.  After witnessing the drenching he took, I decided to stay waaaaaay back from the road while waiting to cross.

It continued to rain all day and in the afternoon the wind really picked up.  I had to close our windows to keep the rain out.  We had some thunder but not a lot.  Grant refused to go outside more than once.  Last night we heard on the news that a small tornado touched down in a town about an hour away where Rob's mom lives. 

It was a nice, quiet day and we had ample opportunity to relax.   

We are getting some things done.  Grant went to the groomer for a badly needed clean up.  We had the insurance adjuster come and do our estimate for the repairs on the truck from the crushing it took back in September.  Click here to see that story if you missed it.  We will be so glad to have the damage repaired and all evidence of our folly gone.  Well, except for the fact that it's on the internet. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Little RV is Chillin' in South Florida

The other night while walking Grant we ran into a woman walking her Aussie. We chatted for a bit and she told us about a huge off leash dog beach (say that fast 4 times) over on Hutchinson Island.  We can see the island from the back window of the Little RV.

So, today we took Grant to check out the beach.  He loved it!

It's  a great beach.  There is plenty of parking and there are covered picnic areas and restrooms.  The walk from the parking lot to the beach is short and not steep at all.  We are planning to go back with our umbrella and chairs for an afternoon of chilling out at the beach.
Rob and Grant wading in the Atlantic Ocean. The water is so warm.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What I've Learned About Florida Just Four Days After the Arrival of the Little RV

So we've been here four whole days and I have discovered Florida is a different kind of place.  These are my observations so far.
  • It's not the South although it is located in the Southern United States. It is really just a warm place filled with people from the North East and Canada with a few locals sprinkled in. 
  • There are no Southern accents. There are mostly Hispanic, French and New England and New York accents.
  • After running the water through two filters it can pass for drinkable but it is not cold.
  • There are a lot of old men who choose not to wear shirts here. 
  • It stays warm all night.
  • Everything is painted in pastels.
  • There are horrible thorny seed pods hiding in the grass and in turn, hiding in Grant's fur. They are very unpleasant to step on.
  • Following the rules while driving seems to be completely optional.
  • Defrosting the freezer is done in a snap.
  • The black leather seats in the truck get really hot. 
  • If you want to shop, this is the place.  They have EVERYTHING here.  
This morning I took this photo while walking Grant at sunrise.  For a few minutes I completely forgot about the old men without shirts.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Little RV Visits Sunny Florida

Wednesday turned into a marathon for the Little RV.  We left Savannah at about 9:30 am planning to drive straight through to our site on the inter-coastal waterway in Florida.  It was a pretty easy day as far as driving goes but we did get our first flat tire on the Little RV.  We were about an hour north of our destination and had pulled into a gas station to fuel up when I noticed we had a very low tire.  Apparently the puncture had just occurred because the air was still hissing out of the tire.  We moved the RV to the air pump and filled the tire which immediately went flat again.  Long story short, we called to get the spare put on, loaded up the flat and headed out again.  I'd say the whole event took less than an hour.   We have replaced the tire but have not put the new one on the RV yet.  We are going to be in this spot for several weeks so there is no rush but it's on the list of things to do while stationary. 

We're currently parked in our space in Ocean Breeze Park enjoying the sun and well, the ocean breeze.  This is the view out our back window.

We spent some time looking around yesterday.  We got groceries, got the tire replaced, stopped at a fruit stand for produce and generally got the lay of the land. It was hot here yesterday.  We have spent so much time in cold weather lately that 82 degrees and humid are a bit much.  Today it is 72 degrees and there is a great breeze off the water.
Now back in Connecticut they are having one BIG snow storm.  Some three feet of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours.  So glad we escaped when we did!

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Little RV Explores Savannah's Historic Downtown

We started our tour of Historic Savannah by locating The Lady and Sons Restaurant.  For those not in the know, that is Paula Dean's restaurant.  While this is not particularly historic I thought it would be a fun stop.  Right next door is her retail store which was very disappointing, I must say.  I like Paula Dean and I watch her show when I stumble across it but I have no need of something with her face, her name or her son's faces on it.  I think I was expecting some kind of fun cooking tools or something useful for my little kitchen.  

Next we spotted this beautiful old church.  It is Christ Church, "the mother church of Georgia".  It is an Episcopal Church and the cornerstone of this church was laid in 1744.

City Hall was the next beautiful building we found.  The dome is beautifully wrapped in gold.

 The streets of this area of Savannah are very clean and beautifully maintained. There are waterways all over the area but the Savannah River runs close to the historic district.  
There are some really interesting and old buildings along the shore. 
As we drove around Savannah we noticed an abundance of parks or squares.  They are beautifully maintained.  We especially loved Forsyth Park and the beautiful fountain in the center of the park. The magnolia's are just beginning to bloom and Spanish moss hangs from the trees.
Around the park the streets are lined with the most amazing homes.  This is my favorite.
Maybe this one....

Savannah is a beautiful city and worth the visit.


Monday, February 4, 2013

The Little RV Explores Savannah's Coastal Areas

This morning we had the best of intentions.  We planned to go into Savannah and check out the sights.  But somehow, after running a couple of errands we ended up taking a nap.  How does that happen? 

This afternoon we went out in search of some scenery and perhaps a sunset photo opportunity.  Our adventure took us to Tybee Island.  The island is the Eastern most point in the State of Georgia.  As we crossed the bridge onto the island, I saw this sign.  I never did see a turtle. 

We continued on until we got to the Atlantic Ocean and could go no further.  On the way back we stopped at The Tybee Island Light Station.  The lighthouse is over 270 years old.  

Next we caught some boats with a lovely sunset behind them.   
This is a shrimping boat moored near a marina in one of the waterways.  Too bad Rob is allergic to shrimp!

 It was a beautiful drive.  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Little RV Arrives in Savannah Georgia

Today we packed up and moved to Savannah, GA.  The weather is beautiful and the drive was only a couple of hours.  We have settled into a small campground just outside Savannah. The rest of the day was very quiet.  

On a more exciting note, if you read a couple of previous blog posts, you know I have been having problems with two of my kitchen cabinets staying shut while we are towing.  The results have been annoying at best.  The last time we stopped one of the cabinet doors was hanging by one bent hinge.  During our Charleston stay, we rehung the door and I shopped for a solution to the problem of the doors opening on their own.  

I knew I didn't want some ugly, white baby lock that was annoying every time I needed to open the doors.  I wanted something that couldn't be seen from the outside and could be deactivated when not needed.  I found the perfect solution at Lowe's.  It is a baby lock but it is magnetic and cannot be seen from the outside of the cabinet.  There is also a switch to turn the lock off when you don't need it.  Exactly what I was looking for.  
Safety 1st® Tot Lock Magnetic Key

The photo above is the lock and catch installed (this is not my cabinet).  There is also a magnet that you put against the outside of the directly behind the locking mechanism.  The magnet is what unlocks the lock. 

The lock can be found at this link; TotLok Magnetic Cabinet Locking System.

The package I got had four sets of locks and catches in it.  I needed two immediately and will probably need the others at some point. 

I installed two of them last night before we went to bed and used them today when we moved. They were fairly easy to install and work like a charm.  This morning I opened the cabinet doors and flipped the switch to lock on both cabinets before we pulled out.  When we arrived I got the magnetic "key" off the front of the fridge and unlocked the doors. They worked!  I am so glad to have solved at least that problem.

Tomorrow we tour Savannah! 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The LIttle RV Visits Historic Charleston

Of all the photos we took today, and trust me there a lot, this is my favorite.  The black iron work and the beautiful white mansion against the blue sky is stunning to me. 

This morning we got up early and went to see the sights in Charleston.  This historic district is packed with beautiful old churches, mansions, museums and shops.  There are cobblestone streets, beautiful old trees lining those streets.  The area is not very large and when looking at the map below, the top section appears to be plagued by extreme poverty while everything below smacks of great wealth.  We spent most of our day in the orange and blue sections taking hundreds of photos.

Unfortunately I didn't remember to get the names of the mansions but enjoy the photos.
Trinity Methodist Church, founded 1791

Charleston Churches

Charleston Fire Engine

Beautiful Blue Sky Behind Charleston Church

I feel like this one should be in New Orleans
Private residence on Meeting Street
Charleston Post Office

Beautiful Details

The weather was in the low 60s and there was not a cloud in the sky.  It was one of the nicest days I've had in a very long time. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Very Long Travel Day for the Little RV

The package we were waiting yesterday for arrived at 11:40 am.  We had decided if it arrived before noon we would continue south.  We had a pretty ambitious day planned as it was.  The trip from Mount Airy, NC to Charleston, SC is 310 miles and we had planned on 6 - 7 hours of driving.   We were hooked up and on the highway at 12:18 where we encounter a huge sign that says "I 77 SOUTH CLOSED".  Why?  Permanently?  Temporarily?  Is there a detour? There was absolutely no other information to be had.  We planned to take I77 south for most of the day.  What to do?  We decided to continue on to I 77 and see what would happen.  

I scoured the North Carolina DOT website and found that there was an accident about 30 miles south and it looked like we could take a detour around that section of the interstate.  We came around a corner and this is what we saw.  This went on for at least 5 miles.
The overpass you see way ahead was the exit we were planning to use to detour the closure.  As it turns out, there was a semi-truck accident and both lanes were closed.  Our detour plan was successful and we got back on I77 south of the accident.  Finally up to the actual speed limit and away we went... for a while.  All afternoon we encountered traffic delays.  We inched our way south through Charlotte, NC and Columbus, SC.  Finally I77 came to an end and we merged onto I26 heading for Charlotte and what do we see, you ask??
We finally arrived at our campground at nearly 8:30 PM.  We found our way to our site and got leveled, unhitched, and hooked up to the utilities.  When I finally got inside I was greeted by my largest cabinet door hanging by one very bent hinge.  The cabinet contents had spilled out and there was quite a mess.  
Left: The door sitting on the floor                Right: The cabinet without the door.

Apparently the door had enough travel too.  Rob and I got the door off and I cleaned up the mess, heated up some dinner, fed Grant and went to bed. 

This morning when I got up there was this;
and this;
Charleston sunrise
and this; 
and all was right with the world.