1,000 Foot Ore Freighter, Soo Locks, MI

1,000 Foot Ore Freighter, Soo Locks, MI

Near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

Near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

Colorful Truck Sales, Weed, CA

Colorful Truck Sales, Weed, CA

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

Mackinac Bridge, MI

Mackinac Bridge, MI

Pelicans, Grays Harbor, WA

Pelicans, Grays Harbor, WA

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Skynet Is Amused . . .

Just saw that Mt. Washington, NH set a new record record wind chill temp of -109°F.

And that’s not Mt. Washington’s only record.

Mt. Washington also holds the world’s record high wind speed of 231 mph, set in 1934.

Mt Washington Sign

That’s the highest wind speed not associated with a tornado, hurricane, or cyclone.

And notice that the Gift Shop is actually chained downed.

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Lucky for us, when we visited there in August 2009, it wasn’t that cold or windy.

That makes it two out of three.

Georgia’s version of groundhog weather predictors, General Beauregard “Beau” Lee,

Groundhog General Beauregard Lee

did not see his shadow yesterday morning so he disagrees with Punxsutawney Phil, but agrees with Staten Island Chuck, that we’re looking at an early spring.

Here’s hoping.

Some of you may remember the Terminator movie with the T2 Terminator made of liquid metal. And how he could walk through jail bars.

T2 Through The Bars

Well, it seems like some scientist have kind of duplicated the feat by having the little robot change from a solid to a liquid, oozed through the bars and then come back together.

Somewhere Skynet is smiling.

Tomorrow morning I’m heading up to Katy to pick up my Sweetie and bring her back home.

Can’t wait.


Thought For The Day:
TOMORROW: A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.


February 3, 2011

Biocide and Borders . . .

6 Days and Counting . . .

This morning we started off trying to warm up with a cup of hot coffee. We’re still running on internal water since it never got warm enough or sunny enough to thaw out the water faucet.

And now they’re talking about 1-3” on snow tonight and tomorrow morning.

Yayyyy! Just what we spend the winter in Houston for.

About 11 I headed up to Seabrook to A.E.R. Supply to pick up the 4 bolt to 2 bolt toilet adapter. Hopefully this will once and for all fix the mounting problem for the new toilet I bought in Las Vegas last year.

Leaving there I went next door Lakewood Yacht Supply to buy a bottle of Biocide. Since we’ve had so much rain I want to treat my diesel tank before we hit the road.

The bottle should last a while. The pint container treats 1250 gallons of diesel.

Coming home I stopped at Wendy’s for a lunch of Spicy Chicken Sandwiches and Fries.

After lunch I got back to work on pulling up the carpet in the front of the rig. Today I removed the chair by the computer table so I could pull up the carpet underneath. I also started pulling up the carpet in front of the steps. The only thing I have left is what’s under the two front chairs.

Then about 5:45 we headed up to Pasadena to meet our friend Barbara at Border’s Grill & Cantina for dinner. Then we went over to Barbara’s house for some wine, conversation, and working on her stereo.

We finally got home about 11:15pm after a long day.

Jan’s been a little under the weather the last few days fighting off a cold, so hopefully she’ll be feeling better tomorrow.


February 3, 2012

Snow and Rain-X . . .

Today we were up early again, for the third day in a row. Luckily tomorrow we can sleep in.

Our raison d’être was to take our daughter Brandi to Houston-Hobby Airport to catch a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver. She’s going out for the weekend for a friend’s baby shower.

On the way to Brandi’s we heard on the radio that Southwest Airlines had suspended all flights into Denver until after 1pm, so we hoped she’d get out OK since her flight didn’t even leave Houston until 12:20pm

Dropping Brandi off at the airport, we headed over to our doctor’s office to correct some problems with our prescriptions. It seems like it’s always easier to get these things straightened out face to face.

By this time it was after 11am, and since we were driving right by the place, we decided to have lunch at the Texas Tea Room for some of their delicious soup and sandwiches

After lunch, I made a quick visit to a client before we started for home. Of course, along the way I made a quick stop at Fry’s Electronics to check on a warranty problem, and then we stopped at Buc-ee’s for cappuccinos and a newspaper.

Then finally it was home for the day.

After a short nap, (too short, but I had stuff to do.) I went outside to work on some more things to get us ready to travel in about two weeks.

First I used a piece of plastic hose to siphon the old windshield washer fluid out of both the rig and the truck and replaced it with Rain-X fluid. I recently bought Rain-X windshield wipers and read that they work better and last longer with the Rain-X fluid. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Next, and while I was in the area, I started to replace the wipers on the rig with the new Rain-X ones. I’d replaced the ones on the truck a couple of weeks ago, but got rained out before I could do the rig. But I didn’t get too far this time either.

The rig wipers are held on the arms by machine bolts and I noticed they were pretty rusty. So tomorrow I’ll stop off at the hardware store and get some stainless steel ones to take care of that problem.

Next up I replaced the outside and the inside water filters. The outside one is a Culligan RV-800 and just mounts on the faucet hose.

Up until last year I had always used one of those blue ones that everybody, including Wal-Mart, sells. But while we were staying at an RV park outside Glacier National Park this past year, my blue one just up and split open one day.

Since the park had a store, I check’em to see what they had, and that’s when I found the Culligan. It was about the same length as the blue ones, but bigger around. And even better, it was rated for a lot more gallons than the blue ones. So I decided to give it a try.

And as it turns out, it’s a really good filter, especially in places like Elkhart, IN that have a lot of iron in the water. This year, for the first time, we had no rust stains in the lavatory while we were in Elkhart.

Last thing before I went inside, I dumped a couple of ounces of biocide into my diesel tank. I came into the park with a full tank of fuel which helps cut down on the condensation and water in the tank, which keeps the algae from growing, which keeps the algae from clogging the fuel filters. It’s a vicious cycle.

Ask Nick about that one.

Then it was inside for the fun one, the one under the sink that feeds the icemaker and the drinking fountain. It’s not easy to get to, even if it has snap-in connectors. The one I bought was supposed to be a direct replacement for the one I had, but it sure didn’t hook up the same.

Once the old one is hooked in, no amount of pulling would release it until you push the button on the connector. However, it didn’t take much pulling at all for the new one to pop loose.

Just picturing in my mind the coach flooded after the new one came loose while we weren’t here, I grabbed my Droid and about 30 seconds later had the correct one on the way from Amazon. It’ll be here tomorrow and I’ll install it then.

About this time Jan heated up some great King Food Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce with Fried Rice, an Egg Roll, and Hot and Sour Soup. Really good dinner.

After a great meal, I got to work on assembling the Kitchen Cart we got from Wal-Mart a week or so ago.

When we had the washer/dryer out of the cabinet for repair around Christmas time, Jan really enjoyed using it for extra counter space, so we decided to find something to replace it. And we found this at Wal-Mart.

Kitchen Cart

Mine ended up looking like this.

New Kitchen Cart 1

I left the towel rack/handle off the left side until we see how it fits.

For traveling and storing out of the way, it looks like this. The wheels lock, but I’ll bungee it in place too.

New Kitchen Cart

I think it’s going to work out pretty well.

About 8pm I called Lowell to see how Brandi did on her flight. He said she made it safely, but took off from here about an hour and 20 minutes late because of the bad weather in Denver.

And bad it is. Lowell said there’s a foot of snow on the ground and more coming. It won’t get above freezing the entire time she’s there, and tomorrow night the low is supposed to 8 degrees. Hope she took warm clothes.


February 3, 2013 Uncategorized

The Good News is . . .

the next I have to replace the seat on our Dometic toilet, it will only take about 30 seconds, as long as I use the same brand of seat.

But instead it took me about 2 hours to get the old one off, due to how tight the nuts underneath holding it on were. I could have gotten it off easier if I had pulled the toilet from the floor, but I was trying to avoid that.

Finally I just drilled the bolts out from the top, which took a little care so I didn’t accidentally drill into the toilet body. But about 15 minutes work and it was done.

Then a couple of minutes to install the new bolts and then about 30 seconds to mount the new seat, and it was done.

Next up was a quickie job: Mounting a new CO Monitor on the ceiling in the bathroom. That went smoothly for a change.

Then I started looking at the last remaining shade that I need to repair. It’s the one in the living room over the sofa. Unfortunately this one either has a broken string, or at least one has pulled back through the Day portion of the shade.

But it looks like I’ll need to lower the sofa into the bed position to get access to the screws at the bottom of the valance. But that will have to wait until tomorrow, because right now we need to head over to Brandi and Lowell’s to Landon-sit for the afternoon, while they checked out some more houses.

After dropping Jan off at Brandi’s I ran some errands before ending back there for the afternoon. Landon was his usually sweet self and we had a lot of fun playing with him.

Brandi and Lowell got back about 4:30 and about 30 minutes later we all, along with Aunt Sherry, headed over to King Food for dinner. And after a great meal, we all headed home for the night.


February 3, 2014

It was a Bomb!

Today was another client day, so I headed out about 10:30 to get started. The first one was a little bit of everything, from setting up a new laptop, and cleaning up a desktop machine, to showing him how to use his new Kindle Fire HD. Max is another client who, along with his wife and her business, have been clients for over 10 years, and it’s always good to hear from them when we’re back in town.

Then it was off to my commercial client for a while before finally heading home about 3:30. Then it was back up to Clear Lake with Jan to check out the newest ‘Breastaurant’ in the area.

Like Hooters, Twin Peaks, and Bone Daddy’s, Bombshell’s is the latest in the genre of pretty girls in somewhat skimpy uniforms, cold beer, and dozens of TV screens tuned to every sports channel available.

Bombshells

The place is decorated in a military theme with airplane wings overhead, bomb casings scattered around, and camouflage on the walls.

Bombshell Plane

And of course, the obligatory pretty young ladies.

Bombshell Girls

But for Jan and I the place ‘Bombed’ out. Like Bone Daddy’s that we tried last year right before we left the area, it just wasn’t that good. Ok, I guess, but it just didn’t click with us.

The service was kind of lackluster, the kitchen messed up my order, giving me the same thing Jan ordered instead of what I ordered. And the food itself was just so-so. Nothing special.

Some of this might be due to the fact that they’ve only been open about a week, but it doesn’t bode well for the place. It was pretty busy for 4 PM on a Monday afternoon, but it will be interesting to how it holds up. I think that at least part of that might be attributed to the fact that this place, the second one in a new chain, is owned by the same guy that owns Rick’s Cabaret’s, a string of gentleman (read ‘strip’) clubs. So they may have been expecting girls in even skimpier costumes than Hooters or Twin Peaks, but that wasn’t the case.

And just like our only once visit to Bone Daddy’s last year, this will probably our one and only to Bombshells. There are too many other good places.

Tomorrow is a little more client stuff, and then some more work on the new floor.


February 3, 2016

Clogged Up . . .

There was a problem with last night’s blog photos, but I fixed it earlier today, so go back and check them out if you missed them.

We bumped our walk up to a little over a mile and a half this morning, one mile, then coffee and English muffins, finishing up with a final half mile. Tomorrow we’ll try to up it to 1.75 miles, which is where we were at Lake Conroe.

About 3pm Jan and I drove into Columbus for dinner and shopping, with our first stop the hardware store right off the town square, for some picture hangers, and also to ask about a local welder for our rig’s aluminum screen door hinge. Turns out they had both the hangers and the info.

They recommended Schneider Welding out east on US90, almost to I-10. And looking at their website, it seems they should be able to fix the hinge, so I’ll give them a call tomorrow.

Next up was dinner at Whataburger, always good, as usual. Then it was on to Wal-Mart for a few things. The Columbus Wal-Mart is not a SuperCenter, but an old one where they shoehorned in a limited grocery section with mostly just staples. So after Wal-Mart we stopped off at the Brookshire Bros. Market on the way home for some fresh fruits and veggies, and a few other things WM didn’t have.

Getting back to the rig and getting the groceries put away, I discovered we have a problem, one that we’ve never had before in 9 years of RV’ing. We have a partially clogged black tank.

Normally we have no problem going two weeks before we empty the black tank. Which means I usually dump the tanks right before we leave a park, and then dump them again two weeks later. We’ve actually gone 18 days between black tank dumps.

The Friday before we left Lake Conroe this past Sunday, I closed the grey tank to have some water to flush the hose. Then Sunday morning I dumped the black tank while I was putting away the satellite and some other stuff.

So I didn’t see how much came out. I do know that it started flowing when I pulled the handle, but then I walked away. When I came back a little later, there was nothing flowing, so I closed the black tank and dumped the grey tank. All this was my standard procedure.

But when we got home this afternoon, the black tank was almost full again. Thinking maybe water was leaking into the tank somehow, I went outside and dumped the black tank again. But, although something came out, it was obviously not enough for a full tank. And checking inside, the level was down, but only a little.

Then back outside I hooked up to tank’s built-in flush system to see if that would help. Water went in, and water came out the dump valve, but the level didn’t really change.

So tomorrow I’ll have to look further into the problem and see what I find.

It seems that Karma has decided that this is her new home. She’s made no attempt to escape since we brought her home, and in fact sometimes hides under Moose when she sees us going in and out of the rig. But we still keep a close eye on her then.

We got Mister’s old scratching perch out and Karma took to it almost immediately.

Karma on Cardboard_thumb[1]

It’s made from pressed corrugated cardboard, and makes a combination bed and scratching post. I put her on it a couple of times and she jumped right off, but a little later she was back on it by herself.

One thing kind of unusual is that she’s fascinated by the sound of running water. Any time she hears the faucet running, she’s right up on the counter almost climbing into the sink to watch. And she even lays down next to the Mr. Coffee when it’s bubbling away.

Strange Kitty. She’s going to fit right in.

Wrapping up, I came across this video of Hero, the SuperCollie, doing a dance routine with his owner, Sara. Hero is a Border Collie, not a Lassie Collie, and has been on many TV shows, including David Letterman.

Border Collies are supposed to be the smartest dogs, and Hero lives up to that with the 100’s of tricks he knows.

Check it out.


February 3, 2017

The Pixelization of Memory . . .

or Tomorrow for Sure . . . Maybe.

And yes, our rig did not get moved today . . . again. Turns out I have a very narrow window of time to get anything really done during my off hours from the gate.

It’s usually close to 6am before I get back to the rig, and as late as 6:30 before I get to bed. One variable in this is whether or not I was able to get enough signal to upload the blog from the gate. If not, I have to boot up the laptop, upload the blog to the website and then post it to Facebook, a task that can take 10 to 15 minutes.

And since I’ve normally gotten up at 10:30 to 11am all these years, that’s when I still wake up. Whether I really want to, or not. So if anything gets done, it’s in that small time frame from about 11am until around 1:30.

Then I can convince my brain I’m only going back to bed for a ‘nap’. That way I can usually get another couple of hours in before I have to get up and go to work. All in all, not that much different than past years when we were doing 24 hour gates.

Then I would work an 8 hour shift, and Jan would work a 6 hour one. Then I would work 5 hours and Jan finished up with a 5 hour one. So what this meant was I slept for about 4 hours twice a day, which worked fine for me, and I had no problem doing this for the entire 3 months.

But what this all boils down to is that fact that I only have about two hours to really do ‘anything’ before I go back to work. And today’s window was ‘eaten’ up by a #6 Double Meat Whataburger with my name on it. They even had a special sticker printed up just for me, and stuck it right there on top of the wrapper.

It said ‘BACON’!

Jan’s said ‘KETCHUP’ so I knew that one wasn’t mine. You all know how I feel about ketchup on hamburgers and hotdogs. Ketchup belongs on French Fries and meatloaf, and that’s pretty much it.

And of course, on Whataburger fries, it’s their Spicy Ketchup.

The Pixelization of Memory . . .

Pixelization generally has two meanings.

One is the blurring or distorting of a photo or video. You see this a lot on TV where they may blur out a company logo or a risqué T-shirt slogan. Now I always wonder if it’s something we could see walking down the street, why is it so necessary to hide it on TV. And of course you also see it used to hide the identify of children, or even witnesses in a trial. Both of those valid.

And you sometimes see it used on ‘reality’ shows like ‘Naked and Afraid’ to hid people’s ‘naughty bits’. Now there’s probably 4 or 5 people on the other side of  the camera. There’s the camera guy, a sound guy (you can often see the boom mike), the director, and probably a general flunky.

So they  get to see all the ‘naughty bits’, why not us?

Or are there really any ‘bit’s to be seen at all? For all we know it could just be bikinis and speedos under there, and it’s all just hype. I mean, think about it. You’ve got a show with ‘Naked’ in the title, but there’s no ‘naked’ to be seen.

What’s the point?

Note I put ‘reality’ in quotes, because if you know anything about television production, you know there’s nothing ‘real’ about any of this. There could be an entire crew of twenty behind the camera, including a catered buffet table setup, filming a guy lost in the wilderness.

I remember an episode of ‘Building Alaska’ a year or so ago. They had the 2×4 walls up and then every one left for the night, except for one guy. Now he knew he was not supposed to work on a ladder with no one else there, but he did anyway.

They started out with a long shot of the guy on a rickety ladder nailing on top of one of the walls. Then the ladder goes flying out from under him and he starts to fall. The next shot cuts to a view underneath him, looking up as he falls toward the camera. The final shot is from the top of the wall looking down on him sprawled on the ground, groaning in pain with his leg twisted funny.

Yeah, right!

The second meaning of pixelization comes into play when you zoom in on the digital photo on your computer. As you get closer and closer you start seeing the blocky pixels that actually make up the image. And in talking with Jan today, it occurred to me that our memories operate in the same manner as the digital zoom effect.

Or at least mine do.

Now memory is a funny thing, and overall, not very reliable. Police will tell you that if they have four witnesses to a crime, they will have five different descriptions of the criminal. It’s amazing sometime how much faith juries and prosecutors put on ‘eyewitness’ testimony, since so many studies show how unreliable and easily influenced our memories are.

Often in college sociology classes they demonstrate the fallibility of our memory by staging some sort of incident in the middle of the class. It may start with the classroom door slamming open an two guys entering, yelling and shoving each other. Then a women carrying a small dog runs in and starts screaming at the men while they’re still pushing and taunting each other. Then she turns and runs out, closely followed by the men. The teacher then hands out a pre-prepared questionnaire for the students to answer in class. And the results were amazing, and all over the map, mostly because of the way the questions were asked.

By using the right questions, the teacher was easily able to influence the results.

1. What color dress was the woman wearing?

2. What did the 3rd man say  when he entered the classroom?

3. What color purse was the woman carrying?

4. Was the woman wearing high heels or flats?

5. What color beard did the guy wearing the red shirt have?

But most of the questions were misleading, or ‘leading’ as the case may be.

1. The woman was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

2. There was no 3rd man.

3. No purse, just the dog.

4. The woman was barefoot.

5. No beard, no red shirt.

But the majority of the class answered the questions describing the woman’s dress, what the 3rd man said, and the color of the purse. Strangely few people noticed the dog.

But when another class saw the same incident and were just ask to describe what happened, they did much better. But not ‘better’ enough that I would want to risk a prison sentence on their ‘eyewitness’ testimony.

Ok, my digression seems to have digressed, but I’ve finally circled back around to my initial thought about memories. So hang on, I am going somewhere with this.

Believe it or not, Jan and I were talking about an old girlfriend of mine this morning. Now Jan’s pretty good about this. She has been known to point out an well-proportioned young lady in a bikini, and I’ve been known to point out a well-muscled guy in tight biker shorts.

I guess you could call it ‘tit for tat’. Or maybe ‘tit for lats’, maybe. Anyway we’ve always had a ‘You can look, but you can’t touch’ philosophy that’s worked for us for almost 50 years.

I’ve mentioned in the blog before, how when we visit my relatives in north Alabama, part of me is looking around for old girlfriends when we’re in a restaurant or store. But then it dawned on me that I’m looking for them as they  were at 14, 15, or 16, not as they would be in their 60’s now.

But we were specifically  talking about a girlfriend I had when we were living in Colombia, South America and I was 13 and she was 14. Though actually she was just a few months older than me.

Yeah, I know. What kind of girlfriend can you have at 13? But we were close, considered ourselves boy friend and girlfriend, and spent a lot of time together.

But what was unique about her was that she was from England, and her family (and her) were somewhat well-known. As least as far as having an hereditary family title dating from the late 1600’s, and the ancestral manor(s) to go with it, gets you known in England.

Jan asked me if I had ever followed up on her, to see what happened to her? I mean, she would be in her late 60’s now and would certainly have inherited the ‘Duchess’ title from her mother long ago.

I told Jan No, I had never followed up on her, or any of my past girlfriends for that matter. I don’t want to find out they were killed by a drunk driver while in their 20’s, raped and killed by an intruder, or even died in the World Trade Center.

I prefer to keep my memories of them intact, when they were beautiful young teenagers in the prime of life, and not possibly  moldering in the ground somewhere. But that’s when I discovered the pixelization problem.

I found that, although I could visualized the future duchess generally, red hair, green eyes, I could not zoom in on her face in my mind. As I said it was like zooming in a digital photo, with her face becoming more and more blocky and distorted the closer I got. I couldn’t see any details. And it wasn’t just her.

The rest of them were the same way. I could see them generally, but not in detail. Now it’s different with Jan. I met her when I was 18 and we’ve been together ever since. And I can see her, see her face back then, with no problem.

But then she hasn’t really changed all that much. I swear she has a picture in an attic somewhere.

Well, as you can tell if you made it this far, my train of thought jumped the tracks once again. I started typing on one subject and then end up wandering all over the landscape before I finally made it back to my topic. It’s kind of a stream of consciousness run wild sort of thing.

As Kandi said, it’s kind of like a kangaroo driving a car. He’ll run up on the curb a few times, but he’ll get you there eventually.


February 3, 2019

You Know You’re In A Country-Western Joint When . . .

After a do-nothing morning, Jan and I headed out about 12:30 to once again have breakfast at The Egg and I. Love their Hazelnut coffee.

Then it was on over to my client’s office to install some new software. UPS has recently released their Worldship 2019 software, but it takes about 30 minutes to install, which would tie up the main computer during the day, so I came in today to take care of it. Then while I was there I also tracked down and repaired another problem with our Point of Sale software’s remote terminal.

Finishing up and heading home, we made a Costco gas stop at $1.75/gallon. Up a penny since last week.


Catching up on last night,

You Know You’re In A Country-Western Joint When . . .

There’s cornmeal on the dance floor to make slide-stepping easier.

Billy's Event Hall Cornmeal

BYOB means a bottle of Crown Royal on the table.

Billy's Event Hall Crown Royal

And you pee in a trough in the Men’s Room.

Thankfully no photo for this.

After eating dinner at the Monterey’s Little Mexico in Alvin, we headed on up SR35 to Pearland and Billy’s Event Hall, a country-western venue that we’ve been to twice before, both times Tony Booth–related.

The music started right on time at 7:30 and the crowd hit the dance floor.

Billy's Event Hall Stage

Billy's Event Hall Dancing

Tony gave us his usual great show and we had a chance to catch up with him during the break.

Billy's Hall Tony

Strangely enough none of our Alvin Opry regulars were there, except for one we have not actually seen in years.

Billy's Event Hall Miranda

We first saw Miranda preforming at the Alvin Opry in the late 90’s when we first started going there. And she was great.

We told her we still remembered her at one of the Alvin Opry’s Legends shows. These were where the performers dressed up as their favorite stars and then sang their signature songs, mimicking them as closely as possible.

And some of them were dead on. One guy did a perfect job as Johnny Cash, and another one was a walking, talking, singing George Jones. After his “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today”, you had tears in your eyes.

But one Legends show, Miranda brought down the house. The first set she came out as Tina Turner, complete with the gold fringe dress. She proceeded to strut the stage, belting out “Proud Mary” to the point that when she was done, the audience was stunned to the point that it was a few seconds before they burst into a standing ovation.

But believe it or not, she topped it all when she came out for the 2nd set  as Dolly Parton!

She said she still sings at clubs, but mostly jazz now. That’s certainly country music’s loss.

Even nicer, she asked me for a dance.


February 3, 2021

We Came This Close . ..

Jan and I finished up the last 3 episodes of Grimm last night. Still a great series.

So now we’re looking for a new one to replace it.

We normally have four series in rotation, so now we’re looking for a replacement.

One thing that does frustrate me with our new streaming lifestyle is that there is no consistency between how all the different streaming services handle fast forward and reverse.

Some you have to pause first and then you can go forward or back. Some you don’t have to pause, but you can. Some show you a little preview window, while some don’t.

It’s always an adventure.


A couple of weeks ago, we came this close (picture fingertips really close together to becoming ex-RV’ers. Though in a way we hung up the keys, so to speak.

I had been talking about getting back under the rig to take another shot at my oil leak problem, when Jan said that she had been thinking about us moving out of the rig and into an apartment.

Now this was a big surprise, since two years ago, before we sold our house, she was pretty adamant that she loved living in the rig, and didn’t want to move back into the house and just use the RV when we wanted to travel. Of course she very possibly could have changed her mind in that period of time.

Or at least that’s what I thought.

So we started looking at apartments online, checking out locations in the Clear Lake /Webster area. And also checking out the reviews. And it did not go well.

Places that looked nice had horrible reviews – Roaches, Bedbugs, Break-ins to cars and apartments, shoddy maintenance, loud music, mamajuana fumes, etc..

A few of them we drove by, but didn’t visit Since Jan wanted a 1st floor unit with a patio, that did restrict our choices a little since many places did not have ground floor units available.

But finally we found a place that seemed to meet all of Jan’s requirements. (Hey, Jan’s requirements are my requirements. That’s  why we’ve been happily married for 53+ years. If Jan’s happy, I’m happy.) It was called the Ravello at Tuscan Lakes, and it was the only one we actually toured.

It was a 2BR, 2BA, ground floor unit with a patio. At about 1250 sq.ft., it was only about 75 sq.ft. smaller than our 3BR, 2BA house. And at $1430 per month it was at the very tippy-top of what we wanted to pay.

The problem was that tippy-top was rock bottom on what it would actually cost us per month. Because the add-on’s will kill you, as one review said about another complex.

To the $1430, you have to add a $47 valet garbage fee (which means they pick it up at your door), $20 for Karma, and $10 for something else. So now we’re at $1527 a month.

But wait, there’s more, as they say. Next we have about $75 for water, $125 for power, and about $100 for Internet.

So now we’re a little over $1800. Ouch. That’s almost 3-1/2 times what we pay here.

Plus we’re looking at about $2000 of deposits, and a house full of furniture, since we kept nothing from our house. We either sold it or gave it to the kids.

As our son Chris said after he moved out, “It’s expensive living out here in the real world.”

Our site rent is $430, and that’s up $30 since January 1st, the first increase since we got here in October of 2017. And that includes water, and high-speed WiFi internet. Year round our bill averages about $525 a month. For instance February’s bill was $539, since we’ve been having to run the heaters a good bit.

So after I put pencil to paper, and ran the numbers, I told Jan we could certainly do it, but we’ would have to cut back on our lifestyle somewhat, I.e. eating out 4-5 times a week, day trips to places, etc.

Then Jan said, “But I love our lifestyle!”.

So I told her then we’d have to start pulling some money out of savings every month to make up the difference, instead socking away a little every month like we do now. But she didn’t like that idea either.

But as we talked it over, I began to pick up on little things she was saying, and then it all became clear.

Jan was wanting to get out of the RV because she just didn’t feel safe traveling in our now 22 year old American Eagle any more. She was afraid that something would happen to us because it was so old.

And apparently she starting feeling this way somewhat, after our big blow-out in May 2015. She said it was like a bomb going off right under her seat when it happened, and she’s never really gotten over it.

So once I knew what the problem was, the solution was very simple.

We’re just not going to travel in the RV anymore. We’ll continue to do cruises and car trips, but the RV is staying put. Or if we really get hitch itch we’ll just rent a Class C from CruiseAmerica like we did in 2007 for our first RV trip.

So I guess you could say we’re now living in a ‘Parked Model’.

And it makes sense in other financial ways too. If I have to put the rig in the shop to fix the oil leak (assuming my latest upcoming attempt doesn’t fix it) I’m looking at $2000-$3000 for sure. And I had already figured on replacing our 6 year old tires the end of 2021, which would be another $3000+.

And when you look at it that way, it’s hard to justify putting $6000+ into said 22 year old rig.

I do want to try and get it running, even if it leaks oil, in case we want to dodge an incoming hurricane, but otherwise it’s down for the count.

But stay tuned. You never know.


February 3, 2022

IHOPing . . .

Got a couple of photos from family this morning.

Chris' Backyard Snow

This is Chris’ backyard up in Kingsland where right now at 7pm it’s 24° going down to about 19 tonight.

And up in Lowell’s hometown of Pauls Valley, OK, it looks like this at his parent’s house.

Lowell's Parents Snow 20220203

Glad it’s up there, and we hope it stays up north. However right now my weather app shows that it’s sleeting/snowing up in Katy, but Brandi says they don’t see anything yet.

Jan and I headed out for lunch about 1:30pm. Or at least we tried to.

About 10 days ago while we were out and about in the Jeep, the Battery light on the dash came on. Now normally when that happens it means that the alternator has stop ‘alternating’, or the voltage regulator has stopped ‘regulating’. Back in the day these were two separate things, but now days it’s all one unit.

But when I shut the engine off and restarted, the light went away. And stayed away.

For a few days, at least. And then it came back. And then went away again.

So I used my Torque phone app to check the engine codes and found nothing. I got a Cigarette Lighter Voltmeter and left it plugged in.

Cigarette Lighter Voltmeter

And when we were driving it showed the normal 13.6 volts alternator output.

But then the problem stayed away for about a week.

Until this morning, when we left for lunch, and the Battery light came on from the get-go, and stayed. And the voltmeter showed 11.6 volts. So no alternator output. And shutting down and restarting made no difference this time. So we’ll probably drop it off at my mechanic’s tomorrow morning.

So we switched over to our old faithful Dodge Dakota truck and headed out again.

Jan had been wanting to have lunch at an IHOP since she saw a TV ad for their new, limited time, Cali Roasted Turkey Melt sandwich. With roasted turkey breast, bacon, cheddar cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh avocado & mayo on multigrain bread, it was right up Jan’s alley.

IHOP Cali Melt

This photo is from their website, since when I took a picture of Jan’s, it looked like this.

IHOP Cali Melt 2

Not very revealing.

I went with breakfast, with a very tasty Spicy Poblano Omelet.

IHOP Spicy Poblano Omelet

And as my side, I got an order of their New York Cheesecake pancakes.

IHOP Pancakes

There’s strawberries under the whipped cream. They were fluffy and tasty, and good, but not very ‘cheesecakey’.

We had planned to make a WalMart stop after lunch, but by the time we came out, it was 35° and windy, with a 28° wind chill, so we headed home.

Tonight we’re looking at a low of 28° here in Santa Fe, the coldest so far this year, but no snow.

To help protect our pedestals from the cold, I noticed the other day that Rob, our park owner, had installed these Freeze Mister Faucet Protectors on the extra hose bib on our pedestal.

Freeze Mister Faucet Protector

When the temperature gets down into the mid-30’s, the plug automatically starts leaking, or dripping as it were. And then stops when it warms up. So more leaving your faucets dripping full-time overnight.

When It Fails . . .

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today in Pennsylvania, saying there will be six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil

However, Staten Island Chuck on, well, Staten Island, didn’t see his shadow, so an early spring is on the way.

So it’s take your pick, I guess.

Or there’s this.

May be an image of food and text

Since I was off today I had planned to get some stuff down outside the rig, but a high of 44°, drizzling rain, and a steady wind wasn’t very conductive to that.

In fact, it’s never got about 45 for the last 3 days, along with the wind and rain. And it sounds like it’s even worse up in north Texas.

So I puttered around inside taking care of a few things.

But it’s supposed to warm up tomorrow, into the high 50’s with no rain. And maybe even up to 70° by next Tuesday.

Recently I upgraded the Jan’s Favorite Recipes area of the blog, adding some new ones.

Check it out.


Thought For The Day:


When your IUD Fails . .
.

IUD Baby 2

Baby born clutching the IUD that was supposed to prevent him.

Sure looks like he’s smiling.

 


February 2, 2010

Still on Schedule…

Well, things improved a little today. We were able to schedule our oil change service visit for Friday, Feb 12th. So we will be able to leave on time on the 15fh.

Since our rig has about 10 gallons of oil it’s not something I want to handle myself. The service guy will also change the fuel filters, the oil filter, check the air cleaner, and lube the chassis and driveline. He’ll also do a check of my coolant quality.

I also want to talk with him about changing my Allison transmission over to TranSynd synthetic fluid, and is it worth the extra $170 ($280 vs $450). Then we’ll talk about about whether my generator also needs service. We’ll see.

I dropped off the truck yesterday afternoon to get new shocks, new rear brakes, and a tune-up. They also found a broken emergency brake cable that meant it won’t be ready until tomorrow, since the new one has to come from Dallas. Anticipating problems like this is why I rented a car for a couple of days.

In between rainstorms today I was able to get up on the rig roof to fix a stuck microswitch on our bathroom roof vent fan.

And in my spare time I’m also trying to take care of all my computer clients who waited until the last minute to have their computers looked at.

Tonight we had dinner at Genghis Grill, a local Mongolian grill type place, with Bob and Beth Young, some friends of ours. We also got to see our granddaughter, Piper, who works there as a hostess.

Afterwards we dropped by our daughter’s house to pick up some drawer slides for our son who is building a 3 drawer cabinet for us that will fit in the space where our old CRT TV used to reside in the dashboard.

Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment for my yearly checkup and prescription renewal.

 

 


 

February 2, 2013

A Busy, Fun, Family Day . . .

or I got burned.

Jan and I left the rig about 12:30 heading over to a client/friend’s to install the new computer power supply I picked up from EPO this past Thursday.

We’ve known Tom and Lyn for more that 30 years, and in fact we lived on the same street together for many of those years, and our daughters were close friends. So it was nice to get a chance to sit down and talk for a while.

I’ve seen Tom and Lyn quite a few times over the years, but this is the first time Jan has come with me and been able to get together with them.

So while Lyn and Jan were catching up, I went in with Tom to install the new power supply and get his computer up and running again. But after installing it and pressing the power button, all I got was dead silence. Bummer.

This was a brand-new supply, I had just opened and taken it out of the box. So I started pulling it back out the computer case, and that’s when I noticed something. The fan blades inside the power supply case had a lot of dust on them. And on top of that, the company name on the box wasn’t the same one on the power supply.

This was a USED power supply, stuck back in a new box. Which explains why it didn’t work.

So I packed it all back up, and after spending some more time talking, Jan and I headed back up to EPO to trade the bad power supply back in. But I ran into a problem. I didn’t have the receipt since it was back at the rig. I’ve known the owner for years, and all I would have had to do was talk to him, and the lack of a receipt wouldn’t have been a problem. But he wasn’t there, so I just bought a new power supply, and I’ll return the bad next week.

Sometime in the next couple of days, I’ll get back over to Tom’s to try again.

By now it was time to meet Chris and Linda for dinner at Sam’s Boat right on Clear Lake. Sam’s is a Bar/Sports Bar/Restaurant, and seems to always be busy.

Sam's Boat 1

Sam's Boat 2

Sam's Boat 3

But the main reason we were there was so we could be waited on hand and foot by our granddaughter Piper.

She’s worked here for a while, and being a cute young blonde, makes REALLY good tips. And tomorrow being Super Bowl Sunday, it should be even better.

Sam's Boat Piper 1

She did get a few minutes to sit down and chat, but she quickly got busy as the Saturday night rush started.

Sam's Boat Piper 2

Besides the great service (not that we’re biased, or anything) Jan and I were really impressed by the fact that Piper has mastered the trick of taking our entire order for four people without writing anything down. And we had a number of options and special requests. And she got everything perfect. Didn’t miss anything.

After a great time, and great service from Piper, we said our goodbyes and left Piper with a very busy restaurant.

Our last stop on the way home was at Wal-Mart for some groceries and supplies, getting us home a little after 8pm. Like I said, a busy, fun, family day.

One good thing about my trip to EPO was I found a new toy. A Globe Helicopter.

Globe Helicopter

But the problem was they didn’t have any in stock, just their demo. They said they should have some in next week, and that they were $99.99.

So when I got home, I checked Amazon, and lo and behold, they had them, and they were only $28.99.

Mine should be here Tuesday.

Looks like it will be great for flying in the rig since the blades are protected. I’ll keep you updated.

The other thing I ordered from Amazon is some more dried hot peppers, as in Trinidad Scorpion Butch T peppers, at 1,400,000 Scoville units, now rated as the hottest peppers in the world.

Trinidad Scorpion 2

I want to grind them up and add the powder to the Ghost Chili Salt that I got last year. This makes the food a lot hotter without getting too salty.

Last time I did this I used the dried Ghost Chilis I got at Jungle Jim’s Market in Cincinnati last year. But now I’m out. So I thought I’d bump things up a couple of notches this time.

Regular readers will remember that up until a few years ago, Ghost Chilis were consider the hottest, at a little over 1,000,000 Scoville units. Then they were replaced by the Trinidad Scorpion at about 1.3 million.

Then last year a new king was crowned, known as the Butch T version of the Trinidad Scorpion. For a comparison, a jalapeno is about 5000 units, and a habanero is about 20,000.

The king is dead. Long live the new king.

 


February 2, 2014

Getting in on the Ground Floor . . .

When I got up this morning about 9 AM it was 63 degrees and sunny. But it went downhill pretty quick. By noon it was in the low 50’s and raining. And by the time I left for Katy, it was 45 degrees, and raining even more.

I had put Mister outside on his leash when it was nice and left the door open. But since I was busy working on the floor under the dash, I didn’t notice the weather deteriorating. But Mister quickly let me know by coming up to the screen door and voicing his displeasure at the misting rain falling on him. Poor Baby.

Brandi sent this pic over of Jan and Landon at the 9 AM showing of Frozen. Everyone seemed to think that the popcorn and candy were the best part of the movie.

Landon and Jan at Frozen2

Several readers asked how I handled the flooring under the slide.

The answer is that I didn’t do anything special.There are two different types of slide mechanisms.

1. One that rides on the floor as they are pulled in and have Teflon strips
to cushion and prevent wear.

2. One that’s held suspended above the floor as they are pulled in.

Ours was supposedly the second type. But that was the purpose of laying down
those first few test rows that I showed last week before we started.

Allure Flooring Install 1

After just laying them down there, I put a couple of pieces of newspaper down and pulled the slide in. The newspaper never moved.

And for the last several months the test strip has been down there with no problems. Plus the original carpet came up much higher than the tile and was never touched either.

So this was one less thing I had to worry about.

I did come across one problem though. The transition strip that I bought to use is not going to work as is. It looks good when I set it in place but it was quickly obvious that the part resting on the kitchen tile was too high to clear the bottom of the kitchen cabinet above it. So at this point I’m not sure what I’m going to do. A metal strip would probably work, but I’m not sure how it would look.

So my temporary fall-back position is to hold it down with Velcro, and pick it up before we pull the slide in and then put it back down after we park. We’ll see how that works.

I headed up to Brandi’s in Katy about 3 PM and the closer I got, the worse the weather got. And the worse, and slower, the traffic got. But I finally made it about 4:15, packed Jan up, and we headed back home.

Our son Chris had invited us over for his Super Bowl Seafood Gumbo so we stopped by for a delicious meal, finished off with Linda’s Rum Bread Pudding. If I’d had a second serving I would have needed a designated driver.

Jan was delighted finally seeing the floor in person and really liked it. I’ll try to finish under the dashboard tomorrow if possible, and then Chris and I will reinstall the chairs on Tuesday.

 


February 2, 2015

Yes, It was that Good . . .

It hardly got into the 50’s today, but at least it didn’t rain. So there is that. But it pretty much killed any thing I wanted to do outside. And tomorrow should about the same, but with rain.

But that did give me a chance to play with a couple of my other new toys. I picked them up at Brandi’s on Saturday, but today was the first chance I had to check them out.

The first one was a new Dashcam.

A118 DashCam

A118 Full HD 1080P Car DVR Dash Camera

I’ve been wanting one for a while, and had checked out quite a few of them, but this one came out on top, and getting to play with it showed me why.

It’s very small, less than 3 inches long, and only about an inch and a half wide. But it records in full HD 1080p video, and has a built-in mic that can be turned on or off. And it’s only $80.

It will record about 5 hours on a 32GB micro SD card (not included), and does so in 1 to 5 minute clips (your choice). It does it like this so you don’t end up with one humongous 32GB file that’s too big to do anything with. At the end of the 5 hours, the video loops back and starts recording over the earlier stuff, unless you’ve told it not to in the settings. The files are time/date stamped, and if you buy the optional GPS module (I did), the videos are also geo-tagged with your location.

It also has a lot of neat features, like a G-sensor that will sense a crash and save any video from being overwritten from that point.

The video quality is very sharp and clear, with a 170 degree viewing angle. I’ll try to get it installed tomorrow and show you some video tomorrow night.

The only problem I foresee is in mounting it, or at least mounting it in two different vehicles, since it only comes with one mounting kit. But I’ll work something out.

My next new toy is also a tool. Well, kind of. It’s a Bluetooth Code Scanner for trucks and cars.

Bluetooth Scan Tool

Vgate Bluetooth OBD2 Scan Tool

It plugs into your diagnostic port under the dash, and then connects to your phone or tablet, using one of several apps.

If any of you are familiar with the Silverleaf VMSpc computer interface like I run on my diesel engine, like below,

Silverleaf

this is something very similar to that, but much, much cheaper. The VMSpc interface is several hundred dollars, but this one is $11.

The best way to start is to install the Torque app on your Android or iPad. Then you just plug the Scan Tool into the diagnostic port under your dash, start your vehicle, and connect your tablet’s Bluetooth to the Scan Tool’s signal.

At that point you can start to build your own virtual dashboard, just like you can on the VMSpc.

Here’s a sample.

Torque Screen Display3

And you can have 7 pages of different gauges to scroll through. You can  also log all your readings and email or share them.

And just like the VMSpc, this app lets you read and reset Check Engine light codes, and other parameters. The basic Torque software is free, and there are a number of other auto apps that will work with the unit. Check it out.

Here’s more info from CNet on the Torque app.

Later, after Jan made me put my toys away, we headed up to La Grange for dinner. But I knew Nick would want to stop off at the Timeless Texas Classics classic car place.

For dinner we went back to the Sealand Seafood restaurant in La Grange. And we really enjoyed it. Great Seafood.

On our way home, we made a stop at the Wal-Mart before getting back to our rig’s about 7pm. Nice day.

Tomorrow night will be at Little V’s Vietnamese Bistro back in Katy, where we just ate this past Saturday.

So, yes. It was that good.

 


February 2, 2016

Making Herself Right At Home . . .

We got our walk in this morning, but since we haven’t walked in about a week, we keep the distance to about 1-1/4 miles, but at 24:46 we set a new speed record so there is that. We’ll probably bump it up tomorrow, working toward a full two miles later in the week.

After goofing off for a while with Internet stuff, I took care of a few small chores that were hanging around, just waiting for my attention. Outside, the shore water faucet was leaking at the connection, so I replaced the washer and added some Teflon tape to the threads.

That fixed my part of the leak, but the faucet is still leaking a little around the handle, but that’s the park’s problem. I’ve reported it, but based on past performance, it won’t get repaired until it’s spurting in the air like a geyser.

This afternoon I bit the bullet and started downloading Windows 10. There’s some talk about Microsoft dropping the free upgrade to 10, so since I’d been thinking about it anyway, I decided to go for it.

One thing I’m doing different is that I’m downloading Win10 as an ISO file, and not directly upgrading one of my computers. By doing it as an ISO file, I can burn it to a DVD and then use it over and over, no matter how many computers I want to upgrade with it.

It’s somewhere over 3GB in size, so it will take a while. I’ve got it downloading in the background so I’ll just let it run until it’s done.

For dinner tonight we had our leftover Chicken Fried Chicken from our visit to the Potatoe Patch with Janice and Dave Evans the other day.  Then I got to work on our granddaughter’s laptop.

Like Janice’s laptop the other day, I ran my standard cleanup routine, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes AntiMalware, CCleaner, and Glary Utilities. Finishing up I updated AVG Virus Protection and ran a full deep scan, which is still going on, and might go for another 12 hours.

Karma, our new kitty, has pretty much settled right in and made herself at home.

Karma-at-Home_thumb1.png

The one thing we were worried about, her learning to the use the litter box, was taken care of during the night. We spent yesterday afternoon putting her in the box about once an hour, and apparently she figured out what it was for. And as far as we can tell, she never went anywhere else before she used the little box.

Her favorite place to lay seems to be on Jan’s moose footstool, whether Jan’s using it or not.

Karma at Home 2

Everyone is always amazed when they see the moose footstool. We bought it when Jan fell in love with it right before we started RV’ing in 2007. We were visiting Fredericksburg right before Christmas, and Jan just had to have it.

Moose Footstool

It’s 3 feet long and over 2 feet high. Built on a wooden frame, it’s very sturdy and has held up to all our traveling, even Landon riding it when he visits.

Karma

As I said yesterday, I wanted to call her Adolf, but Jan said NO. And today Jan said she didn’t like Hitler or Ava, either.

So I guess we’re stuck with Karma.

 


February 2, 2017

Something Strange Is . . .

Going On . . .Ghostbusters!

Well, not quite Ghostbuster strange, but still strange.

About 4am this morning, the three different vehicle alarms all slowly started working. And by the time I left at 5:30 they were all working with no problems. And they continued working all day and into this evening.

I did confirm last night that the sensor part of the Mighty Mules is working.

Mighty Mule 2

If you take the cover off the head, there is a red LED that flashes when a vehicle is sensed going by. And that is happening.

But the signal is not getting to the receiver inside the shack. Which takes me right back to the idea that some sort of interference is happening in this area.

I’m not sure there’s really anything that I can do about it, but it does explain a lot.

Well, the rig didn’t get moved today either, but tomorrow for sure. Yeah, right. The move was called on account of having lunch in Cuero.

We headed into town about 11:45, but before lunch we made a stop at Donut Palace for some more of their great pastries and breakfast croissants. I take one of their Bacon, Egg, and Cheese croissants into work every night and it makes a delicious meal. Then I’ll have half of one of their Cinnamon Twists about midnight with some coffee to keep me going the rest of the night.

Lunch today was Maya Mexican again, with this time having beef, chicken, and shrimp fajitas. But accidently. We actually ordered the same Fajitas Regias that we ordered last time, with beef, chicken, and grilled sausage. But something was lost in translation and we got the shrimp instead. But it was still good and we have leftovers to boot.

After lunch we drove over to the HEB to get gas for the truck. I don’t know exactly why, but the HEB here is consistently 10 cents a gallon cheaper than any station in town, even the Wal-Mart right down the street. Then after topping off the tank, and get the discounted carwash, we headed back to the rig, just in time for me to be able to get in a couple of hours more sleep before I leave for work about 4:45pm.

As far as the rig move, the scheduled rain has been pushed back to Sunday now, and the longer we go without rain the dryer the ground gets, but we’ll probably still give it a try tomorrow.

Maybe.

 


February 2, 2018

Birthday Bash . . .

I played hockey today so I didn’t go into work. So a nice, quiet day was had by all. I did talk to my son Chris’ about replacing the oil pressure sensor next. We’ll take a further look at the problem when he’s off work again.

I got a popup window this morning saying that Garmin had an update for my Garmin Nuvi 1490. It’s going on 7 years old, but it’s still working fine, and more importantly, it’s still getting regular updates.

garmin-nuvi-1490lmt

In additional it has Lifetime Updates and Free Live Traffic Updates. I’ve looked at new ones and so far can’t see any reason to upgrade. It will be interesting however to see if they’ve finally fixed the one problem I’ve been reporting for years.

Many on the roads here in Texas are labeled as ‘FM’ roads, as in ‘FM 646’. Which means ‘Farm to Market’. They also have ‘RM’ (Ranch to Market’) and ‘RR’ (Ranch Road) roads. But when my Garmin gives voice directions, rather than say, ‘FM’ or “Farm to Market’, the GPS say ‘Federated States of Micronesia’. Not exactly where I’m heading.

So we’ll see tomorrow whether or not it got corrected this time. But I’m not holding my breath.

Jan has had several requests for her mom’s great Sukiyaki recipe, so I thought I’d post it here and then later in the Jan’s Favorite Recipes section.

Jan’s Mom’s Sukiyaki

1 lb. Steak
2-3 Med. Carrots
1 Large Onion
3-4 Stalks of Celery
1/4 Head of Cabbage
1 5oz Bottle of Soy Sauce
1/3 – 1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Tb Salad Oil
Mushrooms – Fresh, Canned, whatever  you want.

Heat oil, add thin slices of steak and brown quickly.
Add Soy Sauce, Water, and Sugar.
Simmer 5 minutes.
Add Carrots and simmer 5 more minutes
Add Onions, Celery, and Cabbage
Simmer 10 more minutes.
Veggies should be crisp.

Really good, and Chris and Brandi loved it growing up.

Tomorrow we’re going to reconnect with many of our old Alvin Opry friends at Tony Booth’s Birthday Bash

TonyBoothBirthdayBash

We haven’t seen many of them for 5 years, so we’re really looking forward to .

 


February 2, 2021

Merry Groundhog Day . . .

Pretty much another quiet day today.

Jan and I ran some errands and then had lunch at King Food, the first time since our bug family Christmas Eve dinner.

King Food 2

Got our usual Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce, XXX Spicy with Jalapenos. Always great.

Then after a WalMart/Sam’s stop for prescriptions and other sundries, we were home by about 4:30.

Like I said, another nice, quiet day.

 

 


 

February 2, 2022

Au Contraire . . .

One thing great about Grimaldi’s leftovers is that they’re just as good the second day heated up in our convection oven. A delicious dinner tonight.

After my blog post a few days ago about Kroger’s Pharmacy Plan and GoodRX, a couple of our readers ask about GoodRX’s competitor, SingleCare. Well, I’ve not checked recently, but when it first came out a few years ago, I compared them with GoodRX and found in every case, GoodRX was cheaper, and in some cases, a lot cheaper.

Maybe it’s because of all the big bucks SingleCare is paying Martin Sheen to be their spokesman.

But check out the apps for yourself and compare.

A couple of weeks ago I announced that though we would still continue to live in it, our America Eagle RV had essentially ‘aged out’, and at 23 years old, we would no longer be RV’ing in it.

Jan's Patio Area Completed 2

But several of our readers expressed disappointment that we wouldn’t be blogging about our travels and restaurant stops any more.

Well, au contraire!

Just as an example, since our last RV trip in April 2019, we’ve spent a month in Europe, a week in NYC at Christmas, a week in Branson at Christmas, and two weeks on the road from Houston to Illinois and Alabama and back. And we’ve got another two week trip scheduled for the Memorial Day this summer.

And we had two Alaskan cruises cancelled out from under us in the last 18 months.

So we’ve not stopped traveling. We’re just not traveling by RV anymore.

And of course we haven’t stopped eating either.

So stay tuned.

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