Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 14, 2010

Sunday Morning Pancakes and Life Without TV

It was fun this morning, just to hop out of bed into some “slumming clothes” and walk over to the Rec Center for made-from-scratch pancakes, sausage and eggs ~ a Sunday morning campground tradition.

The pancakes were light and fluffy ~ your choice of regular, blueberry, chocolate chip or banana. Yummy, and the best part is that we didn’t have to cook or clean up!

Campers gathered at round tables to enjoy breakfast and chat, before checking out or heading back “home” for a leisurely afternoon.

With the whole day ahead of us and no plans, we decided to get the laundry out of the way. That done, we are now trying to decide “what next”…probably a nice long walk.

As Suwannee Valley Campground is located in a rural area, no cable TV service is available.

Residents can watch the big screen TV in the Rec Center or are left to their own devices to procure TV service if they want it at their campsite.

We have been able to bring in one channel with our antenna. It seems to broadcast religious programming exclusively, as that is what has been on every time we tune in.

Most residents have satellite TV which they take with them as they travel. We are trying to refrain from the added expense, but reserve the right to buckle!

We tried streaming TV from Hulu, but our internet access or computer can’t keep up with the stream, and after much buffering, we decided to give that option up.

Some days we get by without noticing it, but other days we admit to suffering from withdrawal.

We added the weather channel app to our desktop, so we have 24/7 access to local weather, and should be advised if a hurricane is on the way.

NPR  radio shows “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” keep us current with national news, so we really aren’t missing out on anything big other than football and KU Basketball.

One thing we are not missing one bit, is the constant reporting of murders, robberies, vehicle accidents, and daily mishaps that is the mainstay of local TV news.

We do have a stockpile of movies on DVD, and are considering Netflix, for the times we want to sit down for some serious viewing. But, we never realized how often we “tuned in” for no good reason, just to pass the time.

Life without TV is an excellent exercise in entertaining yourself. You can do all those things you’d been putting off until you had time, or just sit down with a good book.

I am sure that the times we’ve been fishing would never have happened if we’d had the TV to tempt us to sit down for a spell.

Of course, we always have our guitars, and new songs to work up, since it looks like we will be playing a weekly show on Friday nights at the Rec Center.

This winter we plan to do some recording so that we can share our music with friends and family by posting it on the blog. We gifted ourselves with a digital recorder and now we just need to learn how to use it.

So, perhaps we will survive life without TV after all…here’s hoping, and we’ll keep you “posted”!



  1. NPR podcasts and Netflix (3 at a time) can see you through! You can do it — and you’ll be happier for it, once you acclimate! =)

    • Thanks for the boost of confidence! I know you’ve been doing it successfully for years. Hope I can live up to it 🙂

      • If you need help learning how to download/subscribe to — rather than stream — podcasts, just let us know. Some of our favorites are The Thomas Jefferson Hour, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Fresh Air, The Splendid Table, RadioLab, This American Life, & Marketplace Money — and there are many more!

      • I’ll go to the NPR site and see if I can figure it out. If not, you can be expecting a call. Thanks.

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