Thrifty Thursday: More about our Scamp weekend. . .

I just realized that I posted about our Scampventure on Wednesday but titled it Scamp Tales Tuesday.  I could say I just want to keep you on your toes, but you know better…

Anyway, I promised you yesterday that I would share a bit about what we did once we made it to our destination near Round Top, Texas.  After we set up camp, we decided to head on down FM 237 and see what this hoopla about Round Top and its sister city Warrenton is all about.  Between Round Top and Warrenton is a place called Marburger Farms.  Those who write about Texas Antiques Week say it is the mother of all flea markets, an antique lover/junker’s mecca.  I have yet to see the mini-metroplex in all its glory with hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors, but I plan to very soon!  That day it was just a couple of little don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it towns set on a farm-to-market two-lane road surrounded by cow pastures.  Peaceful.  Countrified.  Deer country.  Wish we had a lease here. . .

We were almost into Round Top when I spotted her.  Large Marge.  The Junk Gypsies’ old Chevy Suburban featured on their website.  And there it was, the soon-to-be Junk Gypsy World Headquarters.  Right there!  On the highway road!  No gates or high-wire fences or anything!  Really?

Large Marge, live and in person! (Yes, there was a gate, which was closed after we returned from dinner in town.)
Can’t wait!  Rumor (or at least the waitress at Royer’s) said they might open at the end of Antiques Week!
The gate no doubt designed by the Junk Gypsies themselves and probably made by Bediko, the metalworker featured on their HGTV show.
Peeking at the headquarters building through the trees.  You can read all about it on their blog.
If you look really close you can see Amie’s little pink farmhouse and their Airstream, which were also featured on their HGTV show.
We had dinner at Royer’s Cafe in downtown Round Top.  Don’t let the name fool you.  They have a fairly upscale menu with prices to match.  No cheeseburgers here!  But, oh boy, was the food good!  And the pie!  Oh, my!
I thought it was cute that each table provided a pair of reading glasses for oldies like us to read the small print menu.  Yes, that is what was left of my apple pie and Amy’s ice cream.  Mm, mm, good!

A word about Royer’s:  it has the coolest, funkiest vibe with stuff covering all the walls and the ceiling, too, and four old iron gliders lining the porch.  Bud Royer himself greeted us coming and going.  They are famous for their pies and even have a little place called Royer’s Pie Haven a few steps from the restaurant.  Souvenir tee shirts and koozies are also available.

After dinner we headed back to camp and walked down to the pier to look at the lake.  You can see those pictures on yesterday’s blog post.  We then sat outside for a little while and retired to the Scamp for some magazine reading and DVD watching on the laptop.

Me reading from my comfy perch on the bed.
Jimmy watching a bowhunting DVD from the
 “living room.”  My laptop sat on the counter where the cooktop used to be.  This chick ain’t gonna do no cookin’ while campin’!

We had a fairly good night’s sleep in spite of the small space and tiny beds.  Look out, Oak Thicket Park!  We’ll be back soon!



Scamp Tales Tuesday: We survived to tell about our Scampventure!

After three years of fixing, waiting, and more fixing, hubby and I finally got to test Scampin’ Annie on a real honest-to-goodness camping trip.  This is the first photo we have taken of her away from home turf!  Unfortunately, about 35 miles down the road, we noticed that we had already lost a part off her!  At least it wasn’t a vital one–just a vent grille from behind her refrigerator.  But it hurt my pride and Annie’s.  She had to make the rest of the journey with a gaping hole in her side!  

Here’s a photo of her with the missing vent panel.  She didn’t let it slow her down any.
Of course, no trip is complete without a trip to Walmart.  There are always things forgotten or needed.  In this case it was a fire extinguisher, a jack, wheel chocks, folding chairs, snacks, bottled water, and soda.  Here is Jimmy walking ahead of me to the back corner of the parking lot where he thought it was safe for me to park.  : )
After about 200 more miles and only one more stop to stretch our legs, we finally arrived at our campground, Oak Thicket Park on Lake Fayette near LaGrange.  I practiced unhooking the trailer from the hitch, leveling the trailer, and hooking up the electricity.  Then I set up our chairs and decorated the picnic table and driveway while Jimmy fixed a tail light that decided to stop working.  In 98 degree heat, it wasn’t much fun for him, but he didn’t complain.  Much.

Lake Fayette provides water for a nearby power plant.  Not exactly a picture perfect view, but it was quiet.

Our first Scamp camp.
Looks kinda homey, huh?
Of course, I had to add the obligatory pink flamingos.  My sister Sharon found the sign in a thrift store!
Home, sweet home, at least for one night.  Camping space number 20.
I backed her in myself!
And here are the happy Scampers checking out the fishing dock before dusk forced us inside.  

More of our sightseeing and evening in the camper next time!  

Stay tuned. . .



At Home Monday: A windy, cold, Scampy day!

Remember this little gal?

I’m back to working on her again!  Today I made lots of headway painting the interior walls.  She has this weird foamy wall covering that I tried to clean with all sorts of cleaners, but nothing seemed to faze it; in fact, one cleaner I used actually left little holes!  (Must have been the bleach)  

When I figured out that no ordinary cleaner would get rid of the stubborn spots of mildew and discoloration, I decided to try spray paint.  Have you ever used spray paint in a space of only about 100 square feet?  I wore a mask, but it was still suffocating.  And the spray paint did not dry evenly and left the Ensolite wall foam stuff STICKY!  Can you imagine the hair, fur, dust, flies, etc. that would eventually end up stuck on the walls?  Gag!

So. . .I left it for awhile.  A long while.  About two years, to be exact.  Not just because I couldn’t figure out what to do with the interior walls, but I took a new job that required two hours of daily commuting which didn’t leave much time for Scamp restoration. Now that I am retired, I have much more time to devote to my little fiberglass gal.

One day as I rummaged through my utility closet looking for something, my eye fell on several small paint samples I had saved from our house-painting project.  It was a light bulb moment–one of the samples was light sage Behr premium ultra flat, perfect for the Scamp.  As soon as I could I was out in the camper slapping some of it on the walls.  In 24 hours, I checked it.  No stickiness, flawless coverage.  I had found my wall solution!  After a trip to Home Depot for more paint, this is what I have accomplished:

Poor little bedroom area.  Hubby and I removed the mattress, cushions, curtains, stripping her down.  Note the dirty white Ensolite walls with the yellowed tape strips.
The fiberglass compartment provides storage and covers wiring.  Hubby lifted it out to install new carpeting.   Note the new light sage walls.  The yellowed tape has been removed and will be replaced by flexible white caulking.  New cushion covers will be added to the top of the compartment, providing a base for a newly designed bedroom area which can double as a dining area if I like.
This window air conditioning unit stopped working so we replaced it with another one.  These little campers were not designed to carry a rooftop a/c unit.  Some Scamp renovators have installed a/c units in the closet or in the back window but for now we will leave it on the side.  More dirty Ensolite, and a yucky dirty mattress cover!  Ew!

That foam around the a/c unit will be replaced.  New sage paint on the walls!
I also started painting the other area, the “living area,” where there will be a little bench seat near the door.  Originally it would convert to bunk beds, making room for a very cozy camping experience for four!  I will not be bothering with the bunk beds.  

I can’t wait to finish painting and get the bed and seat put together with the new cushions!  I will also be painting over the woodgrain cabinet doors–not sure what color yet.  Stay tuned for the next Scampy day report!