Mattress Recommendation

In one of the RV groups I frequent, someone had bought this mattress, which came in a roll in plastic so that it was easy to carry inside. They said it was very comfortable! Take a look at it — it’s pretty amazing!

Here’s the link on Amazon:

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Deer Alerts or Whistles

There are a lot of deer in our part of Mississippi! More often than not, if we drive on any of the roads around our retirement homestead at dusk or after, we’re going to see some deer.

Now the trick is not to hit one with your vehicle. Right?

So how to avoid that very dangerous and often expensive occurrence? Here are some ideas:
(1) Drive defensively…just like you watch for other vehicles who may not be watching for you, watch for deer grazing, walking, or running close to the road.
(2) Buy and install “deer alerts”. Some of the instructions say that they can be installed on the bumper or front fender. We always put ours facing forward on the front fender just behind the lights, so that the front hole of the whistle is facing toward the oncoming wind.

To view deer alerts on Amazon CLICK THIS LINK (I have not figured out how to get the picture here, but this works…lol)

We have them on all our vehicles, and they are less than $10.

Deer Alerts

Caution: They need to be slid out of the holder before putting the vehicle through an automated car wash or they can come off and be lost.

We were riding our Gold-Wing motorcycle on the 2-lane Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi several years ago, and a big whitetail deer came running fast out of the brush close to the side of the road. We had no time to even begin to stop, and if she had kept coming, she would have crossed the road right in front of us. It was an accident waiting to happen!! But, she came to a screeching halt at the edge of the road. We didn’t die that night from hitting a deer with our motorcycle, but it’s a wonder we didn’t both die of a heart attack!

Many other times, when we were in a vehicle, deer have been standing close to the edge of the road or in the median of a divided highway and have appeared to just freeze and stare at us.

So, we believe in deer alerts from first-hand experience, and they’ve been on all our vehicles for many years. A logical question then is have we ever hit a deer? The answer is NO…not in all these many years of driving. A deer did run into the front fender of hubby’s truck in the city where he was going less than 35 mph.

The deer alerts need the vehicle to be travelling more than 35 mph to work because air passing through it at that speed or faster makes the whistling noise that the deer hears.

My windshield did get kicked by a deer and shattered once….yes, really! I was on a very narrow country road with bushes and fences very close to the edges of the road, and a big deer was standing in one of these areas on the edge. I slowed down too much (<35 mph) and just before I got to the deer, and when I was almost stopped, the deer tried to cross the road. It was coming left to right, and right before I got stopped, my right front bumper was about to bump the deer's back leg(s) and instead the deer kicked her back feet up into the air and kicked my very large, slanted, Camaro windshield. It shattered but didn't fall out.

So, we believe in them, and, for your convenience, you can buy them if you

Bucket List

Here goes…Violet and me and my grand-dog Annabelle — my daughter’s Yorkie-Bishon, who now lives with us in the country.

Beginning list of where I’d like to visit…

Back to Maine the first weekend in August for Lobsterfest in Rockland. Hubby Jerry and I went several years ago. We went in a pickup from Jackson, MS, east to Myrtle Beach, SC, and then up the east coast, seeing as many lighthouses as we could find. The only reservation we had was for 6 nights in Rockland, and we had 10 days to get there. We went on north in Maine and went whale watching on a huge catamaran ship but couldn’t go to Nova Scotia because we didn’t have passports with us. So when I go back to Maine, I also want to go to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Disneyworld / Universal Studios / etc.

Miami and the Florida Keys

AustinTX and Hill Country west of there where I used to live and where my parents are buried.

Great Lakes

Canada due north where friends live part of the year.

Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.

Carbondale, Illinois, for total solar eclipse 2024.

I’m sure the list will grow. lol

Meet Violet — My Adventure Residence On the Road

Meet Violet!! She is named for my Mummy, who loved to picnic, camp, fish, and dove hunt. RIP Violet Christine Laymance Beaty. I am Jerri Lynne Beaty Molder.

Wow! I am so excited to have found her!
And, yes, you can find a great deal on craigslist if you just carefully weed your way through the SCAMMERS! Shame on them!!

Violet is a 25′ Aerolight bumper-pull travel trailer that is EXACTLY what I invisioned. Double bed in the back. Full bathroom. Self-contained except no generator, which is perfect because then I can put a small one in the back of my pickup and it shouldn’t be so LOUD like the Onan is in the Class C motorhome we have, which will be for sale on craigslist shortly. Full kitchen except for oven, which I don’t need, and which I will compensate for with a toaster oven. Frig and Freezer have separate doors — yay — which means it’s a real freezer and bigger and much more functional than what’s in our motorhome!!

The seller showed me how to hook it up to our pickup — already had a hitch and a towing package on the pickup. I slept there in his father and mother-in-law’s yard, and pulled out in the morning Wednesday. It pulled very easily!!

Note: Hubby has pulled a flatbed trailer with either our mini-excavator or tractor which is over 4000lbs for years. Violet is just a little over 4000lbs.

Readers may or may not understand, but I have to say that Violet is an answer to prayer. I asked my Heavenly Father if it was within His will, to please help me find a small enough, short enough, light enough, travel trailer for between $2500-$3000, and He answered that prayer “yes”. His lovingkindness is amazing, and I hope and pray that I will always bring glory to Him. Jesus died for me, and you, and is my Savior and Lord.

Happy Trails!!

Healthy Wt Loss

1250 Calories is daily goal
Total Planned: 1165 Calories

Bologna, chicken, beef, and pork
2 thin slice
77 Calories
Imitation cheese, American
1 slice (.75 oz)
50 Calories
Eggs, fried in animal fat
2 large egg(s)
192 Calories

LUNCH 229 Calories
Romaine lettuce, raw
1 cup, mixed greens
8 Calories
Salad dressing, feta cheese
1 tablespoon
80 Calories
Egg, hardboiled
1 large egg(s)
71 Calories
Foccacia cracker
3 rectangle
70 Calories

DINNER 201 Calories
Crab cake, sauteed in butter
1 cake (2-3/4″ across, 3/4″ high)
149 Calories
Broccoli, frozen, cooked (with salt, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray)
1 cup, spears
52 Calories

SNACKS 417 Calories
Almonds, raw MORNING SNACK
¼ cup, whole, unblanched
206 Calories

1 medium (2-3/4″ across)
72 Calories

Cottage cheese LATE NIGHT SNACK
½ cup
97 Calories
Blueberry, raw
½ cup
42 Calories

First Stop

When on my recent trip to find and witness the total solar eclipse, I had difficulty remembering and finding how to post on this, my blog. LOL It had been awhile!

I managed one post and then couldn’t get this “First Stop” to publish. Oh well, the first stop which was at a rest stop was not very eventful, so we’ll skip that. Suffice it to say, I was excited to be on the road.

Hopefully, now that I’m home in the country, I can briefly recap a little of my trip and then move on to exciting future plans.

Read on…