Friday, February 29, 2008

Amazing Grace ~ Alternate Music

I love every version of Amazing Grace I have heard. An especially beautiful choral arrangement set to different music by composer Craig Courtney can be heard on Beckenhorst Press's website:
Amazing Grace¯
Beckenhorst Press offers several inspiring arrangements of Amazing Grace. Each version is unique, and I recommend them all. John Ness Beck's includes a magnificent pipe organ, and the handbell and flute versions are wonderful as well.

Amazing Grace is good any time of year, but as we approach the Easter season, it is a good one for reminding Christians that God's grace is so amazing.


  • A video I shared last November explains the origins of this hymn and where the original music may have come from: Black Notes Only
  • A beautiful piano arrangement by Margi Harrell can be heard at grace24u
Finally, I will just mention there are many videos of artists singing this song. I have my favorite, but I'll just suggest if you have more appetite for versions of this song that you simply put "Amazing Grace" into a search engine, and you'll find many links to these videos.

Friday, February 22, 2008


Ducky moved right in and became part of our family once he was rescued from the cache in Alabama. He was so "tard" from the traveling when we arrived today in Jackson (as in Mississippi) that he was ready to be tucked in and go beddy-bye. He does look kind of funny sleeping with the "far out" glasses still on. But, they add so much to his personality.

After taking 100+ photos yesterday, mostly at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby, it will be awhile before we can digest those and put them up for you to see. I'm "tard" meself, and wish you a nite-nite also.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Morning Hairdo

Good morning!The news today, until something else comes along, is my hairdo when I first got up. Mind you, I had been sleeping for about 10 hours when normal for me is 7-8 hours. The night before I had only slept about 4 hours.

It's lightly raining here at Paul Johnson State Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Our plans are to see the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby and spend one more night here tonight before we head to Jackson.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine Chocolates

Earlier this week Wendell went to the Activities Building at Rainbow Plantation RV Park to play some poker one evening. Just about the entire time he was gone I watched Food Network on TV. So help me, three shows in a row were on chocolate. When Wendell came in, I told him I was starving for chocolate, and I made it known that I definitely wanted some chocolates for Valentine's. When he went out on some errands today, he came through a day early.

I certainly have enjoyed eating them, but I think I've had almost as much fun photographing and posting them to Webshots. Check out the chocolate slideshow and see if it makes you hungry like those TV shows did me:

Chocolate, Jigsaw Puzzles and Reading


Have a Happy Valentine's ~ ya heah?

Friends like you make the very best valentinesMore love!

We received this sweet email Valentine from Nan and Carl in San Jose, California.

Thanks y'all !

I guess some of our neighbors will put up Saint Patrick's decorations next on their RVs. So far we have had Mardi Gras and now Valentine's since we've been here in Lower Alabama.

Monday, February 11, 2008

New meaning to the term 'snail mail'

I've discovered that I'm not the only full-time RVer who mentions cold weather and waiting-on-the-mail. While glancing at friends' travelblogs this afternoon, I couldn't help but notice that both were mentioned a number of times:
Jeff & Suzanne:

Dave & Barb:

  • 2/3/2008 Rain Delayed mentions waiting on mail towards the end ... and rain is yet another hindrance to smooth traveling.
Isn't it hard to believe that we found this handy How To book?

Okay, we decided to stay around Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama, for another week so Wendell can enter the Bean Cookoff next Sunday. Since we are going to be here that long anyway, we asked Livingston to send our mail. Sure hope it gets here faster than a week or more.

The weather was really great yesterday, but our thermometer said it dipped down to 39ยบ outside last night. I discovered that we had the windows on either side of the bedroom completely open, so it's no wonder that we felt chilly. ;>)

Friday, February 08, 2008

Senior Education

Have you been wondering where we've been? Never fear, the weather has improved in Lower Alabama, and we've been out enjoying it.

With the help of experienced geocachers Barb and Dave, we've been gadding about in places we would have never seen had it not been for our newest hobby. Using a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) unit, we've been locating caches by finding the coordinates of where these "treasures" are hidden.

Never, in our wildest dreams, did we expect to be traipsing around in a wet bog looking for something disguised to keep us from finding it ... and having fun at it!

See a collection of our recent geocaching photos on flickr

Some geocachers have located over a thousand of these caches, as you can see by the cache card recently included in one of them by another very busy geocacher. Our Found Caches are still fewer than 10, so we have a long way to go to catch up with this.

The Perpetual Vacationers: Geocaching 101