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Well, That Didn’t Last Long . . .

Today was our monthly Alvin Opry Group get-together, this time at our local Jimmy Changas, Jan and mine’s 2nd visit in the last few weeks.

Jan got her usual Pollo Marisco, with a Grilled Chicken Breast, covered in Shrimp in a Cheese Sauce.

I got my sometime favorite the Mexico City Chicken Vegetable Soup.

And here’s the whole motley group. Bob gave me this when I asked everyone to smile.

Thanks a lot, Bob.

That didn’t last long. It looks like the Cooling Fan Relay that I replaced this past June has died again. I noticed coming home yesterday that the engine started heating up when I was stopped at traffic lights. And this morning I confirmed my suspicions, so I did the same temporary hot-wire so I can turn the fan off and on manually, until I can find a replacement relay.

The original one costs about $50, but I can get this Bosch one for only $12.

It’s good for 30 amp at 12vdc, so it should handle the 19 amps that the fan pulls with no problems. Maybe it will last longer than the last one.

Thursday I’m going over to the local DPS office to begin the journey to become Texas residents once again. I think I’ve got all my documents, but I’m a little unsure about what exactly I’ll need to prove a Texas address. I don’t have the suggested power, water, or gas bill. I do have letters from banks, etc., using both our local addresses.

We have a Santa Fe PO Box address, because when we moved down here, the RV park didn’t have an address. It was only later that Rob added mailboxes so we now have an address here too.

Wish me luck.

September 19, 2009

More Photos from our time in Skagway this time of the year in 2008.

Thought For The Day:

Good friends will help you bury a body.

Great friends bring their own shovels and don’t ask any questions.

And Now On To Today’s Retro-Blogs.™

September 19, 2009

A Long Day and Bad Roads…

Today we left Quebec about 9:30am for a 266 mile drive to Grenville RV Park in Johnstown, ON.

We needed to make this long trip to be sure we have time to see Niagara Falls and other places before our rally in Ohio on Sept. 27th.

Even though long,  we expected the trip to be relatively easy because it was 4 lane all the way.

But that was not to be.

Passing through the Montreal area we encountered the worst 4 lane road conditions we’ve ever seen.

The roads were either under construction, or should have been.  And on top of that, they weren’t very well marked, either.

The one nice thing about the trip were the beautiful colors.  Fall is here, at least in Canada.  It’s amazing how much the leaves have changed just in the three weeks we were in Canada.

We arrived at Grenville RV Park in Johnstown, ON about 3:15pm and were given a very nice pull-thru site right on the St. Lawrence River.

After getting set up and settling in, we went out for dinner at a place recommended by the RV park called 730 Truck Stop  Restaurant.

And like the truck stop restaurant in Houlton, ME that we really liked, this one was excellent also.

Getting back to the rig, we let Mister stretch his legs for a while before we went in for the night.

September 19, 2010

Stormy Weather. . .

Although today’s forecast was for Partly Cloudy with a chance of rain, we awoke to Fully Cloudy, with this coming in on us. We’re right in the middle of this radar picture between League City and Texas City.


And while we were drinking coffee, this was the view out the front of the coach.

Storm 1

And a little while later it had deteriorated to this.

Storm 2
We’d already lost the satellite signal when the rains finally moved in.

Storm 2a

And it rained and stormed with a lot of wind for the next several hours.

Storm 3

We left about 3 pm to have Linner/Lupper at Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, our favorite local Cajun place, and our favorite place for gumbo in this area. It’s not quite up to Mulate’s in Breaux Bridge, LA, but it’s really close, and it’s less expensive.

Leaving Floyd’s we drove across the Interstate to Fry’s Electronics to see if they’d gotten any more of the backup drives I was looking for. And luckily for me, they did.

Heading toward home we stopped off at Walmart for cat food and bird seed, and were home by a little after 5.

We’ll just have to see about the weather tomorrow.

September 19, 2011

Rainy Day Monday . . .

The rain started about 8 this morning and continued pretty much all day. It’s a shame we can’t send some of it down south to Texas. They could really use it.

With a big pot of coffee, along with some great muffins and bread, we spent some time just sitting back and enjoying the sound of the rain on the roof.

After Jan fixed lunch, I shut off shore power for a while so I could redo some of the wiring around the transfer switch and the inverter to make it easier to remove to work on.

Later in the afternoon Charlie and Chris Yust pulled into the fairgrounds and parked behind us.

About 5:45 Charlie and Chris, and Jan and I all headed over to the China Wok Buffet (Yes, we ate there last night. It’s that good.) for dinner. Luckily they put us in a room by ourselves. We got a little rowdy, what can I say?

After dinner, Jan and I headed over to Wal-Mart for some groceries. We didn’t dawdle because we wanted to be home by 8 to see the Monday night TV show premiers, and we just made it in time.

September 19, 2012

Loose Meat and A Ceramic Moose–part deux . . .

Before we left Greenville, we wanted to check out Maid-Rite. Maid-Rite is the home of the ‘Loose Meat’ sandwich, and has been since 1926.

A ‘Loose Meat’ sandwich is kind of like a sloppy joe without ‘sloppy’ sauce part. If you remember the old Roseanne TV show, she and Sheldon’s mother opened a Loose Meat Sandwich Shop.

Maid Rite1

One of the novelties of this place is the Gum Wall. People have been sticking their gum on the side of the building for decades. In some cases there are 4 generations of a family’s gum on this wall.

Maid Rite2

Maid Rite3

Leaving Greenville and heading south back to the park. On the way we decided to have dinner at the Sherman House Restaurant & Inn in Batesville, and are we glad we did.

Although they have a standard menu with steaks, seafood, and sandwiches, they also have a selection of German cuisine. And Jan and I finally got our sweet & sour red cabbage.

I had the German Fare, a sampler with Weiner Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, and Wurst & Kraut, along with Potato Patties, and of course, the sweet & sour red cabbage.

Sherman House 1

Jan had the Jager Schnitzel with mashed potatoes, and the cabbage.

Sherman House 2

And after a fantastic meal, we were so stuffed we could hardly walk to the truck. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back before we leave here.

That wraps up yesterday. On to today.

Today was pretty much a stay-at-home day. In the morning I spent some time tracking down a high power relay for our coach. It took a while because of some confusion about the part numbers but I finally found it.

A little later I drove over to the Home Depot in Harrison. I wanted to get a propane torch to try and get my old chrome tailpipe unstuck so I can install the new one.

Later we had dinner in Harrison at the Goldstar Chili. Jan and I ate at Skyline Chili the other day so tonight we wanted to check out the competition.

As it turns out, Jan liked Goldstar better, and I liked Skyline better. So it’s a stalemate, I guess.

And as it stands now, we’re going to spend some time in Cincinnati tomorrow.

September 19, 2013

A Lot Quieter . . .

The gate’s a lot quieter now. We only had 94 vehicles through here yesterday and a little over 100 today.

We did get some indication that finishing up and cleaning up after this fracking job could take another month, but you never know. This coming Monday will start our 2nd month here, and it would be nice to not have to move before we head out of here the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

That’s about it for now.

September 19, 2014

Could be worse. Could be raining.

The last several days have been pretty boring. But in some cases, boring is good.

Our vehicle counts have been in the 80’s, which is nice, especially since when the fracking starts, that could easily quadruple. From what we’ve heard, there are three sites ready to frack behind our gate, and that doesn’t include the two rigs that are presently drilling, the one right across from us and the other one down the road.

But if it’s anything like our past experience, it could easily be a while. We’ve been told that frack crews are in short supply, and it can take months after a well is finished before the frack guys show up. We heard last year of one gate guarding couple who sat on a gate for six months waiting for the frack, just getting one or two vehicles a day.

And when we were following a Marathon/HP rig in 2012, the couple at a gate right above us had been waiting three months. So I guess it’s possible that when we leave here in November, they still won’t be fracking.

That would be nice. 80 vehicle days as far as the eye can see.

I mentioned in an earlier blog about the rig right across from us being a ‘3 holer’, which means they will actually be drilling three separate wells on that pad. Well, tomorrow is when they’re supposed to ‘skid’ the rig to the second hole, but I haven’t heard if that’s going to happen on time or not. Probably not, because it seems like nothing stays on schedule in the oil patch. We’ll see.

Besides low vehicle counts the last several days, we’ve also had rain. And today, we got a lot of it. A heavy downpour for about an hour this afternoon. Luckily there was no wind, so I didn’t have a problem with it blowing under the canopy, but it did bring out a few leaks, mostly where the canopy rubs against the frame in a few places.

So I decided to try this Rust-Oleum Clear Leak Seal spray I bought a while back to seal the joints in our shower. Since it works great there, so why not on the canopy?

Rust-Oleum Leak Seal

I’m sure you’ve seen those TV commercials where they install a screen door in the bottom of a boat, spray the screen with a leak sealer, and then sail away, high and dry. Well, this is that stuff, but the Rust-Oleum brand.

And I can tell it works just as good on canopies as it does on screen door boat bottoms. And it even works while it’s raining. I would see a drop forming on the underside of the canopy, hit it with a couple of shots of the Leak Seal, and no more drip. Neat.

For dinner last night we finished off the last of the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and tonight Jan whipped up one of her specialty sandwiches, with sliced turkey, sliced roast beef, PepperJack cheese, basil pesto, and spicy mayo. Really, really, really good.

More tomorrow from the Gate.

September 19, 2015

Summer’s Back . . .

Well, Summer’s back, apparently with a vengeance. That cooling-off that was supposed to come through on Monday, dropping temps back into the high 80’s, low 90’s went somewhere else, because now it’s mid to high 90’s as far as the eye can see. Of course that could change too.

Maybe it’s like talking about a possible no-hitter during the ball game and jinxing it.

Today was a little quieter than usual, with only 90 vehicles coming in, as opposed to the usual 120 – 130 we’ve been having recently. Don’t know if it was because it was the weekend or not, but it was nice anyway.

Right before I came on at 1pm, I went down and permanently installed my Mighty Mule Driveway Alarm system, using the plastic fence post I picked up from Tractor Supply on Friday.

Here’s what it looks like directly from the side.

MIghty Mule Installation 1

Originally I had the transmitter hanging from one of the vines, but it wasn’t waterproof that way and was more visible.

Here’s what it looks like as you’re coming toward it.

MIghty Mule Installation 2

The reason I’m trying to hide it somewhat is that a couple of years ago I had one like this stolen.

Old Driveway Alarm

Don’t know what they could do with it without the receiver that it talks to, but $80 walked away. Ouch!

Because the sensor/transmitter are in one unit, the whole thing needs to be right beside the roadway, and it’s very visible.

But with the Mighty Mule, the sensor and the transmitter are two separate units separated by a 12 ft. cable. And the sensor itself is pretty inconspicuous. It’s that black pipe at the bottom of the first photo.

So far the Mighty Mule has a perfect record. It’s never missed a vehicle coming by it, and it’s never false alarmed. You can’t ask for any better than that.

On the false alarm question, I find I always enjoy reading the questions people ask about products on Amazon. In this case, the question was “Does the wind set it off?”, and the answer was, “Not unless the wind blows a car past it.”

There is one thing that bothers me about the unit though, and that’s the alarm sound.

It’s sharp.

No, not pointy sharp. Musically sharp.

The alarm sound is made up of four tones, three identical ones, and then a fourth, lower tone, like the opening four notes to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, i.e, G G G E. But the alarm’s last tone is somewhere between an E and an F, kind of an E♯, but not quite, and it just grates on my ears.

In a way I guess I’m kind of like Sheldon yelling outside his office window at the mockingbird that he accused of being tone deaf.

“Just pick a key and stick with it.”

September 19, 2016

Another Month . . .

As usual Monday’s count picked up from the slow weekend, a lot of it due to salespeople trying to get an early start to the week. I guess some of it’s just subjective, because at 44 vehicles coming in, it was only 10 more than yesterday. But those extra 10 were concentrated in just a couple of hours so it made it seem like a lot more.

Today starts the beginning of our 2nd month here at Blue Moon Gate, and so far it hasn’t been bad at all. Not quite as good as last year’s Carthage Gate, mostly because of the sucky Wi-Fi/Internet and the distance to Wal-Mart. It’s hard to beat 4 bars of 3G/4G and 5 miles to Wal-Mart/Whataburger/Chicken Express/Sonic/ McDonald’s like we had last year, I guess.

We did get our Amazon order this afternoon, right on schedule, and Jan told the mail carrier lady that we had another one coming tomorrow. Today’s care package was a 2nd remote for the new Samsung TV, and a new computer mouse.

Tomorrow’s will be a new beard trimmer for me, and a couple of new AC to USB charger modules so it will be easier for Jan to keep her Kindles charged outside here under the canopy.

I still need to figure out what to do about our Internet here. I still haven’t been able to get our Wilson Booster working. It seems to work, i.e. showing the correct lights, and if  I bring the inside antenna near the outside antenna, it goes into feedback/overload just like it should. But as far as actually amplifying a 3G phone signal, zip, zero, nada, nyet.

The last time I used it in 2012, I was able to go from no signal whatsoever to 4 bars of 3G hitting a tower, that, according to the Open Signal app, was 19.5 miles away. Now I’ve got 1 to 2 bars of 3G here, and I can’t seem to amplify it at all.

My fallback position here was to use the pad’s Wi-Fi, and I was able to get the password to the Company Man’s system, but unfortunately due to the distance his trailer is from our rig, the signal is OK sometimes, and not OK others. And the desktop computer in the coach can’t see it at all

I think maybe the variation in signal level I’m seeing is due to someone sitting at the Company Man’s desk between me and his Wi-Fi router. The water-filled human body is a good absorber of the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signal. In fact at a high enough level it can cook you because that’s how a microwave oven works. It’s in the same 2.4 GHz band, just closer, more powerful, and more concentrated.

So maybe don’t sit too close to your Wi-Fi router, especially if it makes you feel a little warm.

There are a couple of stronger Wi-Fi signals that show up and I’ve been trying to track down who owns them. But I found out tonight that it might not do me any good. As it turns out one of them is just a Wi-Fi data link between the drill rig and the directional drilling company’s instrumentation in their trailer. It’s not hooked up to the Internet at all. And I suspect the other signal might be the same.

So my next thought is to just get a better, stronger, directional Wi-Fi amplifier/antenna, mostly for the desktop in the rig for Jan. Outside here, my laptop and tablet are OK, not great, but usable.

So we’ll see what I come up with on Amazon.

On another note, I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my old RCA flat screen. I called what seems to be the only recycling center in B/CS today, and they don’t take TV’s, nor do they know anyone that does. So I may just have to find a lonely dumpster somewhere.

I still haven’t actually thrown away the box the new Samsung came in. I told Jan I want to keep it for at least two weeks before I throw it out, to get us through the ‘infant mortality’ phase in case I have to take it back. We’ll see.

After yesterday’s mini-rant on the lack of Fall, I guess Mother Nature heard me and decided to help out . . . somewhat. Although we’re still looking at temps in the mid-90’s for the next week or so, starting tomorrow night we’ll be having temps in the high 60’s for a while.

So we’re halfway there.

September 19, 2017

Zen and Rudy’s . . .

I slept in a little this morning, not feeling all that great, but I was on the road for Clear Lake by 10am, getting there a little after noon.

But although I stayed busy, I didn’t really visibly accomplish much. I spent part of the morning trying to change the owner’s wife’s laptop version of Microsoft Word from Spanish back to English.

Now how it got changed over to Spanish nobody knows, or will admit, but apparently it’s been that way for a while. And it’s still that way now. I tried repeatedly to reset it to English, but it wouldn’t stick. It would just change back. So after about an hour fooling with it, I just deleted Office and downloaded and installed the latest version, 5.4.1, of LibreOffice, a really good MS Office clone.

Next I was trying to update some prices on the Tattoo website when I discovered that the admin password in Zen Cart had expired, which they do every 90 days. I’ve never accessed this site before, so I guess the ex-guy hadn’t done it for a while either.

So I clicked the Forgot Password? button, entered my email address, and about 30 seconds later I had a new temporary password. Easy Peazy, Right?


The new password didn’t work, Nor did the second or third one. And going to the Zen Cart website wasn’t much help either. So I submitted a help request and now I’ll just have to wait and see.

Heading back north a little after 4pm, I met Jan, and Chris and Charles Yust at the Rudy’s BBQ on I-45 north about 5:30 and we all got our BBQ fix.

Jan had the Chopped Baker,

Rudy's Stuffed Baker

while I got a Brisket Sandwich and a Jalapeno Sausage Link.

Rudy's Sandwich and Link

And of course, a quart of their fantastic creamed corn. Even Jan loves it, and she doesn’t really like corn. That’s how good it is.

Tomorrow we’ll move over to the Hillcrest RV Park in Punkin, TX, about 20 miles away, on the road to Livingston.

Since it’s so close, we probably won’t head out until about 1pm, so that’ll give us plenty of time to have brunch at the nearby Cracker Barrel about 11. And as it stands now we’re not even going to hook up the toad, but Jan will just follow along behind.

September 19, 2018

A Sleeping Tiger . . .

Several readers asked why I hadn’t posted photos of Jan’s new Vera Bradley bags. When I was ready to photograph the bags, Jan was asleep on the sofa with them all clutched to her bosom. Never awaken a sleeping tiger.

But here they are now.

Jan's Vera Bradley Bags

First up is her new Shoulder Bag on the left, with the two lanyards draped across the top. Hers matches with mine the black. Everyone says we will need them on the cruise to hold our shipboard access passes. And on the right is a matching Cross The Shoulder mini version.

Jan's Vera Bradley Over The Door Bags

She also got this Over The Door travel bag that folds up and holds makeup and other toiletries. She didn’t get it in the matching print since she won’t be carrying it, and it would have been full price and not discounted 70% like the others. In fact, at full price, it would have cost more than everything else put together.

That’s my girl.

When we were at WalMart yesterday, I was behind this lady who had piled up Halloween candy on the conveyer belt.

WalMart Halloween Candy

And this is only about half of what she had. Total was over $500.

When I asked her, “How many people come to your house on Halloween?, she said, “We usually get about 600 or so. It’s become kind of a party every year.”

Of course, if you’re really into Halloween you can go to Home Depot and get this 6-foot-tall, animated, lighted dragon that roars.

Home Depot Dragon

It blows out smoke, and according to some Googling, you can make it breathe fire. And it’s only $300. Neat.

Now that our test drive is out of the way, and I’ve confirmed that our oil leak is fixed, I get back on my generator problem. I’ve been going over the manual and talking with Onan so I’ve got some more things to check on.

But if I don’t get it fixed before we leave for Florida on Oct 3rd, we’ll just get an earlier start before things heat up, and with the cooling temps on the way, we should be fine.

Tomorrow I’ve got a dermatologist’s appointment and then some errands, and well as lunch at East Star Chinese Buffet.


September 19, 2019

A Hot & Sour Soup Kind of Day . . .

Apparently, in some parts of Houston, it’s 3 feet (and more) high and rising. It’s been raining pretty steadily for 3 days now, and it seems now that there’s heavy flooding all over the Houston area.

Houston Imelda Flooding 1

Houston Imelda Flooding 2

A local TV weatherman reported that over 43” of rain had fallen northeast of Houston towards the TX-LA border in the last few days.

And although we had some high water in the ditches yesterday, by this afternoon it was just about gone. It was still raining lightly when we left about 1pm for lunch at Yummy Yummy’s.

We haven’t seen the sun in the last few days, and it hasn’t gotten above 75°. Not exactly cold, but good enough for a couple of bowls of Yummy’s Hot & Sour Soup. And those ‘couple’ of bowls were both for me.

Jan had to get her own.

Jan and I have gotten hooked on a new BBC series (at least new to us), but unfortunately, it’s a short-term addiction.

Don’t know how many of you are Rowan Atkinson/Black Adder/Mr. Bean fans, but back in 2016 – 2017 he did a short-lived series based on 75 novels by Georges Simenon.


Atkinson plays Jules Maigret, a world-weary, measured and insightful detective, and is set in Paris in the 1950s.

And by ‘short-lived’, they did two 2-hour episodes in 2016, and then two more in 2017, with, unfortunately, no more forthcoming.

The four episodes are presently showing on Ovation, and are well worth your viewing, whether you’re a Rowan Atkinson fan or not. The cinematography is great, and it turns out that Atkinson is as good a serious actor as he is a comedy one.

Check it out.

Ardis, one of our Viking Bunch, sent over some photos she found on her phone that show our antepenultimate Taste of Germany meal on our Viking Cruise.

Ardis Photos 1

Jim and Deb

Ardis Photos 2

Mike and Melissa

Ardis Photos 6

Ardis and Larry

Ardis said that they’re doing another Viking cruise next March, this one from Paris to the Swiss Alps, and wanted to know if we were interested in accompanying them. But as I mentioned before, Jan said she would beat me to death with my own arm if I ever took her on another 8-10 hour flight.

And even our 3+ hour flight to NYC in December is pushing it.

Ardis Photos 5

Yours truly and my Sweetie

September 19, 2021

As Good As Always . . .

About 1:30pm Jan and I headed over to Yummy Yummy’s Chinese Buffet for the first time since March 14, 2020, when it closed due to CoVid. And after repeatedly checking back for months, we finally gave up and figured it was gone, as has happened to several other favorites of ours.

But this past Thursday a friend alerted us to the fact that they might have finally reopened. And when we drove by there Thursday afternoon, we found a full parking lot.


So today we were back, and it’s like nothing changed. Well, almost nothing, anyway.

Yummy Yummy

The place is just as tastefully decorated as before. the selection was just as wide, and the food was just as hot and fresh as before.

Strangely enough, the only noticeable difference was the ‘tint’ of the staff. In the past, as is common with most Asian places, the staff was entirely Asian. But now, not so much. A number of their servers are now of the Caucasian persuasion.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On the ‘Upcoming Front’, this Thursday we’ve got another get-together with some, or all, of Conroe Bunch, this time at the Golden Corral up in, where else, Conroe. By then, all of them should be completely over their recent CoVid experiences.

Looking forward to seeing them all, and to Golden Corral too. The one in Conroe has always been really good.

And it now looks like Fall is upcoming too. With our first cold, rather than cool, front coming through, we’re looking at a week of nights in the low 60’s down here in Santa Fe, and in the 50’s up in Brandi’s area in Katy.

September 19, 2022

Steak And Steak . . .

Rob, our park owner, texted us last week saying that the park WiFi would be down for a while today due to Comcast doing some upgrades in the area. And when I got up this morning I saw the park WiFi had gone down about 7:30am.

Then when I left for work about 10 I saw Comcast trucks along the road, replacing the system amps on the light poles. Later Jan texted me about 1:30 saying it was back up.

And boy! was it. When I came home I checked our WiFi speed using and found that our normal 8-10 Mbps had jumped up to a little over 36 Mbps.

WOW! Nice.

Tomorrow we’re heading up to the Woodlands area for our monthly meet-up with Debi and Ed Hurlburt, this time at the Outback Steakhouse up there. Looking forward to it.

Then next Thursday we’re meeting up with our Alvin Opry group, this time back at the Saltgrass Steakhouse down in Webster. Looking forward to it too.






1894 Grand . . .

Tomorrow afternoon we’re getting together with our Alvin Opry group, this time at Jimmy Changas Mexican Grille. Always good.

Got an email this morning from the Grand 1894 Opera House down in Galveston announcing a new addition to their 2024 schedule.

Bernadette Peters.

We’ve seen a lot of stars here over the years, like Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers, Yakov Smirnoff, and all the Tuna Texas shows. But this was the first show for next year that caught our eye. And I really lucked up on the tickets, too.

This is what I saw when I went to the seating chart.

I can only assume that there were a lot of presales to special sponsors, donors, etc., since I was online just about 15 minutes after it was announced. But somehow everyone had missed those two seats on the aisle on row E that I highlighted in Red. So I quickly snapped them up.

So now I know where we’ll be on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 8pm.

Already looking forward to it.

Thought For The Day:

And Now On To Today’s Retro-Blogs.™

September 18, 2008

Photos from Skagway, AK this month in 2008.

September 18, 2009


Today was our day to see the city of Quebec.

We started out with breakfast at our new favorite breakfast/lunch place, Cora.  Hopefully these will show up in the US soon.

We drove around Quebec, finally ending up in Vieux Quebec, or Old Quebec where we found a Tourist Information Center.

Info Building

We found that there was going to be a 2 hour bus tour at 2:30 pm and signed up for it.  Luckily for us, today was the last day for this tour, and, even luckier, it was all in English.

We’ve noticed a lot of touristy things are starting to shut down, or reduce their hours, due to winter coming on, and the tourist trade is dropping off.

We had some time to kill before the tour started so we drove to a Glass Shop on St. Jean Street that Jan wanted to visit.

St Jean St

Finally we headed back to rendezvous with our tour bus.  Our driver, a Quebec City native named Francois, spoke very good English, luckily for us. But Jan said he sounded like Inspector Clouseau of Pink Panther fame.

Our tour gave us a look at the major sites in Quebec, in both the old and new sections.

Quebec Tour 1

Here is the Simons fountain in front of the Provincial Capitol of Quebec.

Simons Fountain

Here is the view from the Plains of Abraham battlefield site overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Plains 1

The battle of Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec, took place during the French and Indian War in September 1759, and the British victory over the French led to France relinquishing all claims to Canada.

Here’s Jan with another view from the battlefield.

Plains 2

And here is the Chateau Frontenac Hotel, one of the most magnificent sites in Quebec.  Built in 1893, the Frontenac is one of the premiere hotels in North America.

Hotel Frontenac

Here’s one of the many pedestrian-only streets in Vieux (Old) Quebec.

Quebec Tour 3

This church, the L Eglise Notre Dame Des Victoires (The Church of Our Lady of Victories), is the oldest stone church in North America.

Quebec Church

Another view.

Quebec Tour 5

And this building, built in 1675, is the oldest one in Quebec City.

Quebec Oldest House

After our tour was over, we drove over to Tomas Tam’s, a Chinese buffet restaurant we’d seen advertised.  And it was very good.

On our way back to the rig, we drove past everyone’s favorite chicken place, PFK.




Leave it to Quebec to put their own stamp on things.

PFK in French stands for ‘Poulet Frit Kentucky’, or Kentucky Fried Chicken to us.

Getting back to the rig, we got ready to head out early tomorrow on a long travel day.

September 18, 2010

“Lupper” or “Linner”

Today started off with a cool, rainy, overcast morning, and some great pecan praline coffee. We just sat around and enjoyed the view out the front window, watching this heron trying to dry his wings, even while it was raining.


And even Emma sought refuge from the dreary day in a warm, fuzzy blanket.

Emma 3

About 1:30 we left for Brandi’s. Lowell and Brandi were going out for their own private celebration of Brandi’s birthday, while Jan and I Landon sat. But since we weren’t supposed to be there until 3 pm we first stopped off at our favorite Chinese restaurant, King Food for “Linner” or ‘Lupper”, take your pick. (Hey, if you can have Brunch, we can have Lupper.) We’ve been eating there for over 30 years and are on our 4th owner.

We both had the same thing. Hot & Sour Soup, and Chicken with Hot Garlic Sauce. Of course, that’s not hot enough for us, so I add a big spoonful of the roasted chili flakes to my soup, and we both order the Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce, Extra, Extra, Extra, Extra Spicy, and then add Jalapenos. Hey, this is Texas. We put Jalapenos in everything. And what we don’t put Jalapenos in, we add some Habanero peppers to it.

The way I tell if it’s hot enough is that if my bald head starts sweating and my nose starts running, then it’s just about perfect.

Leaving King Food, we still had some time left so we stopped off at Half Price Books, a great chain of used bookstores. Most of their locations are in Texas, but they have stores in 15 other states as far west as California and Washington, and as far east as Pennsylvania.

Getting to Brandi’s, she and Lowell headed out for their date, and Jan and I Landon sat. Or, at least, Jan Landon sat and I napped. Once she has Landon in her arms, she doesn’t like to give him up.

Landon Being Feed

Landon in Bouncy Chair

About 5 pm I drove over to Fry’s Electronics to look for a 1.5 TB backup drive they had on sale, but I was too late, and they were sold out. So I came home with a new LED keychain flashlight instead. Bummer!

Getting home a little after 7 pm, I made some coffee and we settled in to watch some TV.

September 18, 2011

Blueberry Muffins and Chinese Food . . .

Our day started a little later than a normal travel day, so, since we didn’t plan on leaving until around 11, Jan and I didn’t get up until about 8 am. I fixed coffee and Jan heated up some of the delicious bread and blueberry muffins we got a couple of nights ago.

Since I wanted to top off with propane, I pulled out about 10:45. It took me a little longer than normal because the guy had problems getting the hose hooked up to my tank so it wouldn’t leak as he filled the tank.

He finally got it to work and I ended up taking on 18 gallons. The tank holds 32, so my gauge was pretty accurate, saying I had between 1/2 and 1/4 tank of LP. Not bad for two years of use.

After going back to the site and hitching up the toad, we pulled out about 11:30 on our way to Celina.

We arrived at the Mercer County Fairgrounds a little after 2:30, and after unhitching the toad and driving around, I found our site, and got parked and set up.

About 5:15 we headed over to China Wok Buffet, which very possibly may be the best Chinese buffet we’ve had.

September 18, 2012

Loose Meat and a Ceramic Moose . . .

Despite the overcast, spitting rain, weather today was another day trip day. We headed at about 11am, first over to Batesville to check out Weberding’s Carving Shop.

Weberding 1

Celebrating their 70th anniversary, they’re one of the largest suppliers of custom church furniture in the US. They even have a display of miniature versions of some of their offerings.

Weberding 3

Need a finely detailed camel? This one is only $6500.00!

Weberding 2

They even have a line of all-wood furniture made with a tree limb frame.

Weberding 4

Our next stop was a few miles up the road at Metamora, IN. Metamora is the home of one of the last visible sections of the Whitewater Canal. Built between 1836 and 1847, the seventy-six mile canal, ran between Lawrenceburg, IN on the Ohio River and Hagerstown, IN.

Developed after the opening and immediate financial success of the Erie Canal, the State of Indiana financed the building of the Whitewater. But the steep route, twice as steep as the Erie Canal, required 56 locks, seven dams, and even 4 aqueducts to carry it over other rivers.

The high cost of this route, plus the damages caused by heavy rains, delayed construction several times, and even led to the State of Indiana going bankrupt in 1839.

The canal was only open along its entire length for a few months before severe flooding took parts out of commission. It never was completely open after 1847.

Whitewater 1

The Benjamin Franklin III is a replica of the boats that actually plied the canal, and you can take a ride on it today.

Canal Boat

This grist mill opened in 1845 and is still in operation grinding corn and wheat.

Whitewater 2

This 12-foot waterwheel powers the mill through an underground shaft.

Whitewater 3

After getting to Metamora we found that most of the many shops were closed on Monday and Tuesdays, but the Canal House was open.

Home to over 2600 cookie jars and a thousand salt and pepper shakers, the jars range from Darth Vader and Batman to Hopalong Cassidy and Dilbert.

Whitewater 4

Whitewater 5

Whitewater 6

But now they have one less cookie jar since I brought home this moose jar for Jan.

Moose Cookie Jar

Leaving Metamora, we headed up the road about 50 miles to Greenville, OH, home of the KitchenAid appliance company, where Jan was looking for a new hand mixer.

And while we were there we saw this KitchenAid mixer that used to belong to Julia Child.

Julia Child's Mixer

It’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll finish up our trip tomorrow.

September 18, 2014

It’s The Cow’s Fault . . .

Yesterday, (Wednesday) was grocery shopping/prescription day, so about 11am I headed over to the Bryan/College Station area, about 30 miles away. My first stop was the Home Depot to pick up a few things. I’m going to replace the lavatory faucet in the next few days and I needed a can of plumber’s putty for the base. I had some, but found it had dried out.

The handle broke on the old faucet and, although I tried to repair it, the fix just wouldn’t hold. So a new one it is. I picked one up last week so I’ll try and get it done in the next couple of days. Right now the handle is a pair of Vice Grips.

Whatever works.

My next stop was the Sam’s Club to pick up the prescriptions that didn’t go through last week. When we filled some prescriptions at the Sam’s in Mishawaka, IN this past June, for some reason, after filling them, they canceled them. So the pharmacist here had to get things straightened out. Turns out that nobody at the Mishawaka store had any idea what had happened. They said it was probably a ‘computer error.’

Yeah, right. Somebody had to press that key. The computer didn’t do it by itself.

One thing at Sam’s took me by surprise though.

Christmas at Sam's

This is just ridiculous. They actually have Halloween stuff, Thanksgiving stuff, and Christmas stuff all there together. And there’s probably some New Year’s hats and horns in there somewhere.

After stopping at Wal-Mart for groceries, and to return the ‘Octopus’ shower hose from last week, I headed over by Texas A&M to pick up lunch.

Yelp had really good things to say about Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, so we thought we’d give it a try. Turns out it’s right across the street from the A&M campus and it’s a pretty big place.

With a very small menu.

Chicken Fingers. That’s pretty much it.

They have a 3 piece box, a 4 piece box, a 6 piece family box, and a Chicken Finger Sandwich. That’s it, except for Tailgater boxes of 50 or 100 pieces.

For drinks, they’ve got the usually soft drinks, sweet tea, unsweet tea, and their fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Their sweet and unsweet teas are in those dispensers with the big clear domes on top. One of them is labeled ‘UnSweet Tea’, one of them is labeled ‘Sweet Tea’, and the 3rd one is labeled ‘Sweetness’. ‘Sweetness’ was a light brown liquid that looked like very weak tea, and after a few seconds, I realized what it was.

Real sweet tea is not sweetened with sugar, but with simple syrup. Simple syrup is made by boiling one part water and one part sugar until it’s clear and then letting it cool.

You might not think that tea sweetened with simple syrup would taste different than tea sweetened directly with sugar, but it does. It probably has something to do with the slight caramelization that occurs with the boiling. Or maybe not. But it does taste different. And better.

So what was in the ‘Sweetness’ dispenser was tea-flavored simple syrup, for those who like a little extra ‘sugar rush’ with their sweet tea.

Looking over the menu, I ordered two of the Caniac Combo’s, the 6 piece dinners, since we always like to have leftovers for another meal. And for our drinks that were included, I got their fresh-squeezed lemonade for both of us.

Caniac Combo

Getting back to the gate, we found the chicken fingers and sides really, really good. But for what it’s worth, the pieces we got weren’t quite as big as the ones in the picture, but they were delicious. And 3 pieces was plenty, leaving us another meal for later.

Back to today. When I got up this morning about 11:30, I noticed DirecTV was down, saying it had lost the signal. But it was raining a little and the radar showed a lot of thunderstorms to our south, so I figured that was the problem.

But later in the afternoon after I was outside and Jan had gone in, it still wasn’t working. So I went around the front of the rig to check out our Winegard dome, and the first thing I saw was the empty stand that the dome sits on.

“Crap, somebody stole my dome,” was my first thought. But getting closer, this is what I found.


Now I knew it hadn’t been windy enough to do this, but what the heck? And then getting closer explained it all.

The power and signal cables were all dragged back toward the rig, pulling the dome with it. Looking at the prints in the mud told me a cow had walked through on his way to the small pond behind us and had gotten tangled in the wires lying on the ground.

I was a little worried about the dome still working after all that, but apparently it’s pretty tough. I put it back on the stand, rebooted it, and a few minutes later we had pictures again.

Later, Jan said that a cow had come around the front of the rig earlier in the morning, stopped, and then, looking at Jan, mooed and walked off. I guess the moo meant “I think I just broke something.”

Tomorrow it looks like more rain is in the forecast. Oh Boy!

September 18, 2015

A Tale of Two Packages . . .

Last Tuesday, the 15th, I mailed off two packages via the USPS Priority Mail. One of them went to Jan’s sister, Debbie, up in Illinois. The other one went to my daughter-in-law Linda, who’s down south of Houston, in Friendswood, TX. Both of them were supposed to arrive yesterday, Thursday.

But only one of them did, the one to Debbie. The tracking on both showed them leaving Carthage for Shreveport, LA Tuesday night, but after that, the paths differ. Debbie’s package went on to Chicago, and then on to Vandalia, And the tracking showed all that, including what time it was delivered today.

However, Linda’s package went to Shreveport and then disappeared, at least according to the tracking. According to that, it’s still sitting in Shreveport. So if it doesn’t show up by Monday, I’ll have to call them.

Nothing’s ever easy. But then if it was, life would be really boring.

Today was grocery day/errand day so I headed into Carthage about 11am. And after my Wal-Mart stop and before my Chicken Express stop, I stopped in at Tractor Supply. I wanted to pick up a couple of electric fence posts to mount my Mighty Mule Driveway Monitor transmitters on.

Electric Fence Post

The higher I can get the transmitter, the further away I can receive the signal. And these 4 ft. plastic electric fence posts are perfect.

The Mighty Mule works by sensing large pieces of metal moving by, i.e., cars and trucks. This means it’s not affected by wind, light, pets, etc., just metal. But this also means that it doesn’t like any metal nearby, because it reduces the sensitivity of the system. So these plastic ones are perfect for that.

I think I mentioned that I was going to order another Mighty Mule to cover trucks leaving the pad, so I was happy to see that Tractor Supply had one in stock, and I probably would have gotten it, but the box had been opened, as well as the fact that it was $10 more than on Amazon, so I took a pass on it.

Used and more expensive is a bad combination.

Coming home, I made a stop at our new favorite place, Chicken Express. And this time I was in and out pretty quickly since I didn’t let anyone in line ahead of me who ordered 250 chicken tenders.

I only fall for that once.

Well, maybe twice if she was cute.

September 18, 2016

What Happened to Fall?

It was right there, just over the horizon, all those nice temps in the low 80’s and high 60’s, right there on the forecast, just a week off. And then they all went away. Just ‘POOF!, and they were gone, leaving leaving us with both temps and humidity in the 90’s.

Right now at almost midnight, it’s still 80 degrees and 90% humidity. This is not what I signed up for in the middle of September. I don’t like this.

Fix it!

A few days ago I put out a request on the Facebook Gate Guard Blogs for a relief guard for Sept. 28th, for about 10 hours, with no luck so far, so I thought I’d try here.

This September 28th will be our 49th Wedding Anniversary, and in the last 4 years of gate guarding we’ve always had it off, either with a relief guard, or been just lucky and the rig was moving so we had the day off.

But so far this year, nothing. I asked Jamie, our Gate Guard Services supervisor if he knew of anyone, and he said No. In fact he said that right now Jan and I are the ‘lone survivors’ here in east Texas, the only gate he has.

So I’m still looking and hoping.

I’ve got a couple of Amazon orders coming in tomorrow, so hopefully the whole address thing will still work with our PO carrier. She said she’d be on the lookout for orders with our name and address, so we’ll see.

I’ve also got a couple of more Amazon orders coming on Tuesday, but with a better address. Originally when I set up the address for here on Amazon, I tried to use:

Greg White
19413 Street Name
c/o RV at Drill Site
Hearne, TX  77859

But Amazon wouldn’t let me do it. It would take the street address, but if I put anything else, even a period in the 2nd address line, it would flag the 1st line as ‘Bad Address’. And if I tried to change the name from Greg White to Greg White – RV at Drill Site, it would also flag the 1st address line as bad. In fact, if I just tried to change the name to Gregory White, it would flag the 1st address line as bad.

I even tried deleting the address completely, and then logging out of Amazon and back in, again with no luck. But if I put the same street address in BOTH address lines, it liked that just fine.


I had already sent in the first order with just the single street address, but decided to try again before I sent in the second one. So this time I ended up in an online chat with ‘Roshni’ at Amazon, who was able to enter the correct address for me with no problem. When I asked her if she knew why she could enter it and I couldn’t, she said I must have been doing it wrong.

WELL! I guess she told me.

I never had any trouble entering the OTHER 76 addresses in my Amazon account, just this one. But it’s my fault.

One of the things in this first order is a second remote for our new Samsung TV, so that Jan has one on her side at the sofa, and I have one at my computer desk. Normally the only thing the TV remote gets used for is to change the source from HDMI-1, the DirecTV DVR, to HDMI-2 which is the feed from the desktop computer. That way we can both see things on the computer on the TV screen when I want to show Jan a cute moose video.

In addition to my peevishness about the small size of the new remote, I’m not really happy with the volume level that the TV puts out. It maxes out at 100, as shown on the screen, and 100 is where we have to set it for comfortable hearing. But we find a lot of variation in the volume level of shows we DVR and playback, and sometimes we would have to crank the volume up to hear them comfortably. And our old RCA TV had plenty of extra volume to do this. The Samsung, not so much.

It may be that I have to add a sound bar, or the like to boost the volume. We’ll see.

Today was a little busier than yesterday’s 23 vehicles, with 34 coming through the gate. Still not bad. But strangely enough, you don’t want it too slow. Or at least I don’t.

There were a couple of times on last year’s gate up by Carthage, TX, when although there were crew working at the rig, nobody came or left during a shift, and this was a day shift. Makes you feel kind of useless that you sat outside all day for nothing. Then you start wanting someone to come through the gate just to break the boredom.

Of course then you think back to two years ago when we were doing 500 vehicles a day, and a little boredom sounds awfully nice.

Today for dinner, we had leftover Blue Moon BBQ, still delicious, and because I had gotten us 1/4 wedge of Cowboy Country to add to today’s leftovers,

Blue Moon BBQ Cornbread

after I was done I still had two slices of pork loin and two slices of brisket leftover for a nice thick sandwich tomorrow.

So leftover leftovers. YUMMM!

September 18, 2017

Sunday/Monday Redux . . .

After the long day yesterday and then doing the blog last night/this morning, I slept in until almost noon.

About 1:30 I went down to the Ranger Station to check out of the park and then right back in. As I recounted before, the TT system would not let me extend our stay here, adding 3 days for a total of 14 days, a regular stay.

And even the main office couldn’t fix it. So the solution was to just check me out and then right back in again for another 3 days. I suspect that the the problem has something to do with the fact that between Hurricane Harvey and the Colorado River TT not reopening until something in October, we will have been here 34 straight days by the time we leave here on Wednesday.

Then leaving the office I made a short trip over to Kroger’s for a few things before heading back home.

A little later in the afternoon our long-time friend’s Chis and Charles Yust showed up for a stay here at the park. Then about 6pm we all headed back down to El Bosque Mexican Restaurant.

Chris said she’s been jonsing for good Mexican since they just got back from a months-long trip to Alaska, and then a quick dash down to Fort Myers, FL to rescue their Class A right ahead of Irma.

Chris and Charles

And as usual, El Bosque came through with a delicious meal for all four of us.

Good food and great company!

One of our blog commenters recently asked why my photo never shows up on our blog. Well, beyond the obvious, not wanting to scare off our readers, I’m usually the one taking the photos.

So be careful what you wish for. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’re smart you’ll cover the left side of the screen and check out the beautiful blonde on the right.

Greg and Jan at El Bosque

Now on to today, Monday:

Our friend Chris Yust came over this morning to bring Jan a gift of 4 pair of Alaska/Moose socks that she got on her and Charles’ recent trip up to the Land of the Northern Lights. And more great conversation.

I was able to finish up my porch light remote control setup. It’s now all wired up and working, but I still need to put it all back together inside the pedestal at the entryway. But checking it out, I did notice that the rear porch light is not working, neither with the remote nor the manual switch. So I’ll have to get up on the ladder and check out the light itself.

As usual I have two more projects in the pipeline. First up is to rewire the toad light connection between the RV and our truck. The 4 pin connector has started to come apart and I’ve now got it patched with Gorilla Tape.

Actually I have two connectors for the toad, a 4 pin one for the lights and another, smaller one for the charge wire to keep the toad battery charged while we’re on the road. But looking for a replacement 4 pin connector at Wal-Mart, I found this one, a similar, but 5 pin one.

5 Pin Light Connector

This will allow me to eliminate the extra connector. Nice.

Next up is to restring 3 of our rig’s Day/Night shades, using this kit from Amazon.

Shade Repair Kit

Shade Repair Kit

I did repair them about 5 years ago by just restringing them. But this kit will allow me to replace the cord bushing, springs, and cord retainers if I need to.

Both of these projects will probably get done after we move over to the Hillcrest RV Park in Punkin, TX this coming Wednesday. We’ll be for 11 days before coming back to the Lake Conroe TT on October 1st.

We had a lot of rain today, actually heavy rain with a lot of thunder and lightning, our first since all the Harvey-related stuff, and it did cool things off a little. It was a pleasant change with the sound of the rain on the rig roof.

Tomorrow and Thursday I’ll be back down in Clear Lake doing more client stuff. Then coming back home tomorrow I’ll be meeting Jan, Chris, and Charles down at the Rudy’s BBQ in the Spring area.

Really looking forward to it.

September 18, 2018

Dry As A Bone . . .

With our upcoming test drive this morning, Jan and I were up a little after 7am, and pulling out of our site about 9:30.

Since we still don’t have our generator working, I had switched the fridge over to propane, and was happy to see that the gas level was still showing full, so we hadn’t leaked any since we filled it up back in June.

Heading east on FM 646, we got on I-45S and then got back off 3 miles south on Exit 17 for our diesel top-off at the La Marque Buc-ee’s.

We got about 93 gallons at $2.799. We did about 805 miles since our last fill-up, for an average 8.6 MPG. Not bad.

I did learn something about using a credit card to get a large amount of diesel. Like many places, Buc-ee’s pumps shut off at $100. But unlike some places, Buc-ee’s doesn’t let you go inside and have them turn the pumps on. They have no control over them.

The problem is that when you’re doing this, you can normally only run a credit card through twice before it’s refused. Normally I just use another card for the 3rd (or 4th) time. But this time I tried something different just to see if it would work, and it did.

The first two times I ran it through, I did it as a debit card. Then the next time, when it asked if this was a debit or credit card, I selected credit, and it went through. Nice to know.

Finishing up at Buc-ee’s, we drove right next door to the Tanger Outlets so Jan could check out the Vera Bradley factory store looking for a shoulder bag she had her eye on. Turns out they didn’t stock that one, but she found another one she liked even better.

Actually, she found 3 bags and two lanyards. Yikes!

But it turned out to be not as I bad as I feared. Everything in the store was 50% off, with most things another 20% off. Very Nice!

So the 3 bags and 2 lanyards totaled more than $10 LESS than the retail price of the one bag.

I can live with that. And even better, it made Jan happy.

When we came out of the Outlet Mall, I checked under the rig for any sign of my recent engine oil leak. And it was dry as a bone. Not a drop.

We completed our test drive by continuing on down I-45 and then coming back up on Hwy 6, and back to the park.

Everything else also worked fine on the test drive, so we’re good to go on our upcoming Florida trip in a couple of weeks.

September 18, 2020

Family Memories . . .

Well, it doesn’t look like the new gaskets and bolts for my oil filter adapter will come in until Monday, but I’m thinking that I might go ahead and install the Helicoils this weekend, and then finish up later in the week when the other stuff comes in.

I will need to pick up a spray can of cutting oil tomorrow for drilling out the old threads and cutting the new ones.

Jan has been going through some old photos and came across this photo taken at my parent’s wedding May 20, 1946.

Mother and Daddy Wedding Photo 470

Really brought back a lot of memories.

And she also found this newspaper clipping from 1966 concerning my nomination to the US Air Force Academy.

Greg USAF Clipping

I was accepted, but my mother’s handwriting relates how I turned it down because my eyes would not let me fly. But then 3 years later I was working for a DOD contractor on military aircraft.

And as usual, they added an extra ‘G’ to my name. ‘Gregg’  is just that, but ‘Greg’ is short for ‘Gregory’, which is actually my name.

September 18, 2021

Wayward Flamingos . . .

The weather was nice this morning so after our coffee, we were outside working. While I replaced all of Jan’s wayward flamingos in the garden, Jan cleaned up some of the debris and limbs left over from the storm last week.

Later, a little after 1pm, Jan and I drove up to Clear Lake to have lunch again at The Cookshack. I was hoping that the owner would be there this time so I could try two levels hotter than AMF Chicken Tenders that he told me about on our first visit.

He was surprised that I was able to handle the standard AMF version, but when we went back for our 2nd visit, he wasn’t there, and no one knew anything about a hotter version of AMF. However he was there today, but I still didn’t get the two-levels hotter version, just 1 level hotter.

I think I may have called his bluff, because when I asked him for the two-level version, he said he only had the one-level available, since it took him a MONTH to make up the even hotter stuff.

So what, he mixes it up in a big cauldron during the full moon, with eye of newt, puppy dog tails, lizard tongues, etc.

Yeah, right!

I’m not sure I could tell that today’s version was any hotter than the original one, but it was hot. However I told Jan I probably won’t order it again, since it was just the challenge more than anything.

So I got the 5 Chicken Tenders, one AMF+1, and the other 4 Texas Hot, the next level down, with Texas Caviar,

The Cookshack 5 Tenders 20210918

while Jan got the CookShack Salad and a side Tender.

The Cookshack Salad and Tender 20210918

After lunch I went by the office for a bit, while Jan read in the car, and then it was home by about 4pm.

A very nice day!

September 18, 2022

On So Many Levels . . .

Today was Texas Huddle once again, with Jan getting her bun-less Cheddar Mushroom Bacon Burger with a Side Salad and their Grilled Veggies.

Texas Huddle Cheddar Swiss Keto 20220626

while I spiced up my burger with fresh jalapenos, along with a Side Salad.

Texas Huddle Cowboy Burger 20220918

Then it was on down to HEB for a few things before heading home for the day.

When I upgraded my old phone to the Galaxy S21 Ulta about 18 months ago, Jan inherited my workhorse Galaxy S8+ that I had been using since 2017 when I got in Las Vegas the first day it was available. But about a year later, it died.

Or at least the screen died, though I could tell the phone was still working. So I downgraded her to my old Galaxy S5 that I got in 2014.

But she’s not been a happy camper. The S5 is smaller and she says it’s running slower and slower. So I found a brand-new one still in a sealed box on eBay for a VERY good price, and it should be here tomorrow.

Shouldn’t take me too long to switch everything over to the new phone.

When I saw this T-Shirt I had just I just had to order it for Jan.

Broomstick Shirt

She loves Halloween, and she can drive a stick shift. In fact we were married more than 3 years before we got a car with an automatic.

And as I told her, it works on so many levels.









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