Author: Gayla & Robert

#027 – Getting Away After Rental House Repairs

#027 – Getting Away After Rental House Repairs


 

Our rental property is in between tenants and that means there’s work to do. This time, we aren’t doing all the work ourselves and have asked for help. Good folks like Queen City Disposal dropped off a dumpster so that we could fill it up with stuff left by the last tenants. Stuff like a mattress, a couch, and a full refrigerator full of food! We had our friends at Squeegee Squad come to clean out the gutters and give the outside of the house a good bath. A&D Mechanical will be coming in for some minor plumbing issues.

As for the inside, we had a wonderful house cleaner come in and get the bulk of the cleaning complete. She had a terrible time with the kitchen sink, bathtub, and stovetop. She worked extremely hard putting in a lot of effort and elbow grease whipping the place into shape. Robert and I did some more detail work. While Robert took a glass top stove cleaning kit and got busy on the stovetop, I began work on the kitchen sink.

Oh, my! What a difference! Take a look at the pictures below of what we were working with. I’m proud to say that the house cleaning is coming along quite nicely. We have hired someone to do the yard. I can’t wait to see how things will look when that is complete.

Our week had been full of housework and regular work and we are itching to have a get-away. We decided that the weekend would be full of time to explore roads we’ve never been on before. Take a look below at the map log of our weekend trips. That, at least, will tide us over until next weekend when hopefully we’ll get away from our normal routine again.

We hope you enjoy the episode. There’s a little interruption toward the end that we hope you don’t mind. 😉

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Our Sweet Treat!

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#026 – Recalling Our Trip to See the Arabia

#026 – Recalling Our Trip to See the Arabia

 


 

It’s been a pretty ordinary week with just the normal work routine. Robert is preparing the Jeep for our trip out West. He has it all torn apart. 

In this lull of travel, we’ve been thinking about some of the cool places we’ve been. Almost two years ago, we went to Kansas City on our anniversary. On the recommendation of my parents, we visited the Arabia Steamboat Museum. To say that we were impressed is an understatement. Below is our Spark page slideshow of just a few of the photos we took. 

In this week’s podcast, we give you an update on our Jeep maintenance project and tell you all about the Arabia. Oh, and by the way, Robert may or may not have gotten a little carried away with sound effects. He is having too much fun editing, that’s for sure.

Feel free to drop us an email at podcast@beentheredoingthat.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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Adobe Spark Page

#025 – Not What We Expected

#025 – Not What We Expected


For weeks, Robert has been looking forward to a local Mountain Man Rendezvous. The day finally arrived and we were ready! The February day was crisp but beautiful. 

We set out on the relatively short drive of 80 miles. Robert was decked out in his mountain man clothes ready to mingle. Once we arrived, it wasn’t what we expected. 

Our day didn’t turn out like we had planned, but that was just fine with us. We made the most of it.

We hope you enjoy today’s episode as we share how we started out going to a rendezvous and ended up at a cemetery. We also share what work Robert has in store for the Jeep in the coming weeks.

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#024 Frozen Lake, VHF & Push-up Poles

#024 Frozen Lake, VHF & Push-up Poles

It was another weekend of Hamvangelist activities as Robert enjoyed VHF contesting. It all started on Friday when we went to Sarcoxie, MO for a Craigslist find. Then Saturday, packed up the Jeep and headed to Schell Osage Conservation Area. We hope you enjoy the show as we recount our little adventures.

#023 – A Case of Stir-Crazy-itis

#023 – A Case of Stir-Crazy-itis

Lately, we’ve been cooped up with our heads stuck in our computers. We’ve been busy working and planning. A bummer happened last weekend when a little catastrophe happened to Robert’s computer, leaving it out of commission for a few days. 

Robert has been obsessed with his Hamvangelist activities. Events are coming up and he cannot contain himself. We got a little silly when we recorded this episode. Maybe it’s because we are stir-crazy and ready to travel. Hang in there with us. Maybe you’ll have a little fun with us.

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#022 – Trip Planning for the New Year!

#022 – Trip Planning for the New Year!

Happy New Year!

For the past couple of months, we’ve been planning our next big trips. We have a lot of new things that we are doing with our business and we want to make sure we are prepared and have systems in place where we can truly enjoy our travel time. We hope you enjoy this podcast as we share our plans.

 

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#021 – Our Top 10 Food Places

#021 – Our Top 10 Food Places

It’s the end of the year and what comes with holiday celebrations? Food! Every get-together seems to be centered around food. In the midst of the holidays, we began talking about our favorite places we’ve eaten during our travels.

So, for our final podcast of the year, we thought we’d talk food. We hope you enjoy the episode as we share our top 10 restaurant picks, the food, and little stories that made them memorable for us.

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Our Top 10 Eating Places

  1. Spring Creek Tea Room, Ozark MO
    • Wonderful strawberry salad
    • Known for their desserts
    • Our favorite tea room of all in the area
  1. Triple J Chophouse & Brew Pub, Lubbock TX
    • Good steak
    • Visited when we had a quick 3-day weekend
    • Came across when we finally found larger than life Buddy Holly Statue
  1. White Grill, Nevada MO
    • Close to home
    • Whistle Burger
    • Suzie’s
  1. The Fork & Spoon by Simply Delicious, Springfield MO
    • Knights of Columbus Hall
    • Roast Beef with caramelized onion, mashed potatoes with balsamic gravy
    • Salted Carmel ooey gooey cake
  1. Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, Kansas City MO
    • Wonder Bread & Meat
    • Been to three locations
    • Favorite location is original
  1. Blues City Café, Memphis TN
    • Memphis in May trip
    • The biggest plate of food we’ve ever seen
  1. Farm House, Olema CA
    • A part of The Lodge at Point Reyes, located on three acres which adjoins the 71,000 acres of the Point Reyes National Seashore Park in Northern California
    • The best steak we’ve ever tasted
    • Expensive, but oh my!
  1. Mimi’s Café (Officially called Mimi’s Country Bakery and Kitchen), Grant AL
    • Very small town
    • In a little house converted into a restaurant
    • Mismatched tables and chairs
    • Cute murals painted on the walls
    • Menu was handwritten with items crossed out when they ran out
  1. Big Bob Gibson, Decatur AL
    • Famous for their white sauce
    • Loved their turkey
  1. Parker Pie Company, West Glover VT
    • The drive on miles of dirt roads.
    • Saw pipes from trees, figured out they were for maple syrup
    • Our favorite was The Green Mountain Special
      • Baby Spinach, Red Onion, Bacon, Apple, Fresh Garlic, Cheddar Cheese, drizzled with Maple Syrup

 

What’s your all-time favorite eating place you’ve been in your travels? Email us at podcast@beentheredoingthat.com. We’d love to hear any recommendations.

 

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#020 – Unexpected Separation

#020 – Unexpected Separation


Robert and I seldom travel anywhere without the other, especially not more than overnight. For some reason we just like being together. That’s probably a good quality for a married couple.

Last week was an exception. We received an unexpected call of serious illness in the family and I took my parents to Chicago. Robert stayed home to take care of the wiener dogs and keep things around home running smoothly. I ended up being gone for five days and four nights…the longest we can remember being apart since we got married. 

I figured out that I missed our travel teamwork. Besides, I’m not used to driving for the long haul since Robert typically does all the driving. And I did what I said I NEVER would do…I drove in Chicago. That was nerve-wracking, to say the least. When I’ve visited Chicago in the past, I’ve taken a train in from a suburb. 

In this episode, I talk about navigating alone and my adventures in trying to navigate in the big city. What Robert and I both realized was that sometimes things happen at the right time to help us prioritize what’s important. He and I had time well invested with family over the past few days. 

Listen carefully to the episode and email us at podcast@beentheredoingthat.com the movie reference that Robert mentions. 

#019 – Brrrr! Spending Winters in an RV

#019 – Brrrr! Spending Winters in an RV

We’ve been living in our RV for many winters now. With the first day of winter coming soon, we’ve been reminiscing about our winter fun we’ve had so far living in our RV during the coldest part of the year.

Most people travel to mild climates when they are in their RV. In an ideal world, normal people follow the weather patterns to stay away from the extreme cold. Not us! Maybe we just can’t be normal. 

Whether it is for work or to have a tad of adventure, sometimes RV living has to happen in the dead of winter. RVs aren’t really known for being well insulated. So, winter living in our RV isn’t without its challenges. 

We hope you enjoy the episode. Maybe there’s something you can learn from our experience or, maybe our experiences will make you chuckle.

We’d love to hear your winter RVing adventures. Email us at podcast@beentheredoingthat.com.

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The links to the tote tanks are similar styles of what we’ve used, but ours were different capacities. 

#018 – Civil War, Parades & Fire…What a Day!

#018 – Civil War, Parades & Fire…What a Day!

What a beautiful December weekend. With the temps in the 70s, we had to get out and about. Our destination was the Battle of Pea Ridge Reenactment but we ended up doing and seeing much more!

We recorded some of the battle. Robert may or may not have gotten carried away with the sound effects.

Since we did our recording in a park, I got distracted while recording with a beautiful site. 

We hope you enjoy the episode. We certainly had fun with this one, both recording and working it up.

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Battle of Pea Ridge Reenactment

We mention in the episode that this is a fairly new event. We couldn’t find from the website how long it has been going on. However, my understanding from someone we talked to this event’s location alternates each year from Pea Ridge to Prairie Grove.


Roaring River State Park

A quick stop and walk through memory lane for me at Roaring River State Park.


Cassville, MO Christmas Parade

On our way to Pea Ridge, we were held up a bit with the Christmas parade in Washburn, MO. Our vantage point was a little too far to take any good photos. Then, we ended our day with another Christmas parade in Cassville. There was some excitement with fire during the parade. 


We would love to hear if you’ve been to any of these places and events. Feel free to email us at: podcast@beentheredoingthat.com