Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE BIG EEE IS HOME AGAIN BUT GEEEEZZZZ DID TODAY’S RAINS & SLOPPY ROADS EVER MAKE A MESS OF IT………LIBBY TOO:((

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MONDAY NIGHTS BAYFIELD HARBOR

It was about the same time we left the house Tuesday morning as it was Monday morning.  And the same destination, GAMMON'S RV SALES & SERVICE east of St. Thomas Ontario.   Although dry when we left it wasn't long & we were making our way through pockets of rain for most of our drive.  Glad to see it was not raining at Gammons RV but todays wet & greasy roads sure made a mockery out of my Jeep clean up Monday.
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A VERY UNHAPPY LITTLE FACE IN THE BACK SEAT THIS MORNING

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PHEEBS TRIES VERY HARD TO RECLAIM HER SPOT IN THE FRONT SEAT BUT TEMPORARILY GIVES UP
Think it probably took us about an hour & three quarters to reach Gammons & as we pulled into the driveway I noticed a white car pull in behind us & park a short distance away.  As I exited the Jeep & began walking across the lot the driver of the white car exited his car & approached me.  I said 'Good Morning' & he responded with 'Hello AL'.  Oh-Oh I thought.  I always think 'Oh-Oh' when a stranger approaches me & calls me by name.  Turns out this fellow's name was John & knew we were coming because he had just read my Monday night post about 20 minutes earlier.  Turns out John is a long time reader of the Bayfield Bunch & lives just a short distance from Gammons.  It was nice talking to John who is an RV'er with a 5th Wheel himself.  A retired truck driver he actually delivers RV’s for people around the area when they need them moved from point A to point B.  Nice meeting you John:))
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LONG TIME BLOG READER JOHN & HEY WE EVEN HAVE PHEEBS IN THIS ONE DOING A LITTLE HAPPY DANCE

Kelly talked to AL from Gammons about our refrigerator repair & also mentioned about a problem we have had with our water pump sometimes not working.  Al zeroed in on a loose ground connection on our hard to get at water pump.  He added something to that connection & tightened it up.  Hopefully that is another 'mysterious' rig problem solved.  If we are not careful we will pretty soon have all those little Gremlins kicked right out of the rig.  Front furnace wiring problem fixed in Winkler Manitoba last Fall, inverter problem solved in California this past winter & now a refrigerator as well as a water pump fixed as well.  Fingers crossed that we have some clear sailing for awhile now.  Still no idea about our occasional loss of engine power coming through the mountains on our way home a few months ago though.........................IMG_1988
THIS IS WHAT OUR DRIVE LOOKED LIKE GOING HOME THROUGH LONDON THIS MORNING
Talked to Aunt Jean in Florida a couple nights ago & she has made the move from the place she has lived for 25 years to her newer Condo just a few miles away.  She managed to sell her place already & the closing for that was this morning.  When I phoned her Sunday night she was pretty tired from the move but I also detected some excitement in her voice as well.  We all know the muddleness moving creates & Jean was having quite a time locating things in boxes etc.  Being a well organized person it will probably take her a week or so to feel comfortably in control of her new surroundings but there's no doubt she is just the right person to pull it all together.  When I think of my Aunt Jean I think of ‘stamina’.

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IN THE SOUTHEAST END OF LONDON PATIENTLY WAITING IN THE RIG FOR MOM TO RETURN WITH SOME YUMMY McDONALD SNACKS

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We heard rumors of clearing skies for Wednesday so I'm thinking that might mean a possible gravel run for Pheebs & I in the morning with another Jeep clean-up in the afternoon.  And then there's the Motorhome.  What a mess from driving pretty much all the way home today in rain.  Anyone towing a toad knows the mess it can be in after being hauled along rain slicked roads behind a Motorhome.  Mud, pine needles, & gravel tracked around inside as well.  Another big 2 or 3 hour clean-up job there for sure.  Oh well, gotta tell myself the exercise is good for me & it's best having something to do as opposed to having nothing to do.  Am I right or what:))

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Monday night I published my post on the early side so Pheebs & I took ourselves for a ride into Bayfield.  Sun was well on it’s way down but we did manage to snap ourselves a few sunset photos.  I knew the Moon & planet Saturn were going to be very close Monday night so thought I’d like to grab a photo of that as well.  I have a favorite gravel road hill not far away just south of Holmesville so Pheebs & headed out there.  Again it was way too early & the southern sky way to bright so we didn’t stay.  Despite repellent the mosquitoes were eating us alive.  I did get to see the planets Venus & Jupiter close together in the western sky though.  Also got to see a light tawny colored Fox with a very bushy tail on our way home.

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Just as I am about to post this tonight our skies are already clearing & we have sun splashes making their way through tall pine trees into our front yard.  Checking the weather it looks like we have a string of sunny days ahead.  Nice:)) 

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AND TO THINK OTHER THAN THE TALL PINE TREES THERE WAS NOTHING GROWING HERE WHEN WE MOVED IN NEARLY 13 YEARS AGO

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And it was 2 years ago today 19 brave Granite Mountain Firefighters lost their young lives in Yarnell Arizona.  Yarnell is less than a 10 minute drive from our house in Congress.

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  ‘Thoughts To Ponder About Americans & Of Course We Canadians Too’

We yell for the Government to balance the budget, then take the last dime we have to make the down payment on a car that will take 5 years to pay off.

We demand speed laws that will stop fast driving, then won't buy a car if it can't go over 100 miles an hour.

We know the line-up of every baseball team in the American and National Leagues but mumble through half the words in the "Star Spangled Banner". (or ‘Oh Canada’)

We'll spend half a day looking for vitamin pills to make us live longer, then drive 90 miles an hour on slick pavement to make up for lost time.

We tie up our dog while letting our sixteen year old son run wild.

We whip an enemy in battle, then give them the shirt off our backs.

We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.

We get upset we're spending over a billion dollars for education, but spend three billion dollars a year for cigarettes.

In the office we talk about baseball, shopping or fishing, but when we are out at the game, the mall or on the lake, we talk about business.

We're supposed to be the most civilized nation on earth, but we still can't deliver payrolls without an armored car.

We have more experts on marriage than any other country in the world and still have more divorces.

We're the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world and more diets to keep us from eating it.

Monday, June 29, 2015

JUST BEFORE POSTING THIS TONIGHT WE GOT A CALL FROM GAMMONS RV IN ST. THOMAS ONTARIO……….‘A-HAAA’ :))

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I knew it was 3 a.m. in the morning because I saw the big red numbers on my digital clock as I bolted out of bed & made for our front door.  Had just been suddenly awakened by an all to familiar clatter on our steel roof.  Rain!!  We have all been awakened by an unsuspecting rain in the middle of the night & immediately panicked when it happens..........did I close the car windows, the outside shed door, did I leave my camera sitting on the deck???  My mind right away went to the driver's window in the Motorhome.  I know I had put it down in the afternoon but did I remember to put it up.  Knowing me as well as I do I knew I it wasn't likely I had remembered to close it.  It was pouring rain like nuts when I stumbled through our front door onto the porch grabbing an old baseball hat along the way.  I was in my jammies as I slogged my way across the already sodden front yard.  My legs are too short for my pyjama bottoms so I was trodding on them all the way to the rig.  Luckily I didn't have to fumble for keys to unlock the door so I sailed right in & up the steps.  Imagine my surprise when I found the window closed.  Now how did that happen.  Surely I wouldn't have remembered to close the window.  Well sometimes I just have to give myself the benefit of the doubt I guess.  Score one for AL. for a change  Now a mad dash through the rain back to the house.  Squish, Squish, Squish, as my soaked pyjama bottoms became one with my thoroughly soaked slippers.  Didn't really realize how wet I actually was until I got inside.  Well no point in going back to bed so I just sloshed my way through the living room to my recliner, poured myself into it, drew a blanket over me, turned on the mind numbing TV, closed my eyes & I was gone in minutes.  Somehow woke up dry about 3 hours later & it was the start, or second start to another Bayfield Bunch day. 
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We loaded up the Pheebs in the RV & headed out by 7:45 this morning.  Under sunny skies we had an uneventful but scenic drive all the way to London.  Cities are cities so we just gritted our teeth, thanked the powers that be we didn't have to live in a city & bulled our way right through London & out the other side.  Another 20 minutes of driving & we were pulling into Gammons RV Sales & Service at the east end of St. Thomas Ontario.

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On the phone earlier AL from Gammons had asked us to turn the fridge on when leaving Bayfield so we had done that.  Although the fridge sorta worked a bit on the way down it was not as cold as it should have been when we got there.  Preliminary checks were made as the process of elimination procedure was followed.  Everything seemed to be in order.  Al said to leave the rig for a day or two & he would monitor temperatures & see if he could get to the bottom of the on again off again problem.   Unhooked the Jeep & with Pheebs in the back seat we headed back to Bayfield arriving home sometime around 1 p.m. 
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AL DIDN’T WASTE ANY TIME CHECKING THINGS OUT

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Don't know what's got into me about keeping this Jeep Liberty of ours all shiny & sparkly but no sooner home & I had a bucket of soapy suds & the garden hose out again.  Filled up the vacuum with muffin crumbs & that was about it for the day.  Temperatures turned muggy & I heard my relaxing recliner & cooling fan calling my name. Gotta love those short afternoon Siestas:))

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Upriverdavid in our Shout Box asked, 'did you ever post how your new TV antenna is working'? I'm assuming URD is inquiring about the magic jack antennae we put on the Big EEE last summer.  Can't remember if I posted about it or not but it's a bit of a tough question to answer because we rarely watch TV when we're on the road & if we do it's generally hard to get any channels anyway because of the remote spots we usually like to boondock in.  Not as easy to pick up multitudes of channels on the west side of the country as it is on the mid to eastern side.  Far more big cities in the east & with no mountain obstacles TV signals travel further unimpeded. 
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Had a photo of Kelly's sewing machine cabinet project last week showing the color she had painted the top.  An obvious long time reader noticed the color then remembered back to last winter & the winter before when we were trying to decide what color to paint the white front door in our adobe ranch house in Congress Arizona.  Reader suggested the color used for Kelly’s cabinet top could also be used to paint that white door.  Great idea & that is exactly what we intend to do.  We'll be taking that can of paint with us in the Fall & I intend to paint that door not long after we get there.  Thanks for that suggestion reader:))
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Nice to see Lynda & Howard from Stillhowlyntravels had a post up on June 25th.  They had been out of touch for awhile but soon as I saw they were back up & active again I quickly had them back on my blog roll Sunday night.  We met Lynda & Howard this past winter in Borrego Springs.  Truly nice folks:)) 

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UPDATE::: Just before posting this tonight AL from GAMMON'S RV SALES & SERVICE called saying he found the reason for our refrigerator problems.  When the previous owner installed the fridge himself a piece of insulation was scrunched back blocking the vent.  The blockage was not visible with a mirror looking up the vent from the bottom but when Al climbed atop the rig & removed the large vent cover & had a look down he saw the problem right away.  The previous owner was an RV Park person so always had the fridge plugged into electric & probably never ever ran it on propane so therefore was unaware of the blocked vent.  Al said as soon as he cleared the insulation blockage the fridge worked perfectly for the rest of the day.  We are a little disappointed with Camping World in that they obviously never removed the roof vent cover & checked the vent for obstructions when they did a ‘refrigerator service’ a few months ago.  It is something they should have checked knowing we were having a problem.  Cost us $65 in Congress for a fellow to tell us he couldn’t find anything wrong with it then another $88 at Camping World to tell us they couldn’t find anything wrong with it either.  For $65+ tax Al from Gammons has not only located the problem but has fixed it as well.  Two thumbs up for Gammons RV Sales & Service in St. Thomas Ontario.  We will roll out in the morning & head ourselves back to Gammons & pick up the rig:))

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GROANER'S CORNER:((  Three elderly gents were talking about what their grandchildren would be saying about them fifty years from now. "I would like my grandchildren to say, 'He was successful in business,'" declared the first man.  "Fifty years from now," said the second, "I want them to say, 'He was a loyal family man.'" Turning to the third gent, he asked, "So what do you want them to say about you in fifty years?"  "Me?" the third one replied. "I want them to say, 'He certainly looks good for his age.'"

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My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs.  She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"  "What's the matter?" I asked.  "There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they're eating the tuna casserole I made tonight."
"That'll teach them!" I replied.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

RAINY SUMMER ONTARIO DAYS HAVE ME LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNNY WINTER ARIZONA DAYS:))

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A FEW PHOTOS & A PHOTO ALBUM FROM DOWNTOWN BAYFIELD TONIGHT

Our second day of cloudy skies & rain.  A second day of spending most of our time in the house.  During a rain break I figured I'd vacuum the Jeeps interior but remembering it was Sunday decided to abide by my own 'no noise Sunday' standard.

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I LIKED THE NICE BRIGHT COLORS IN THIS SIGN

Knowing we would be pulling out early Monday morning in the Motorhome with Jeep in tow I hooked up Libby Sunday afternoon.  Even while traveling during winter months in the southwest I always prefer to have the Jeep hooked up the night before heading out anywhere in the morning.  Not knowing if we'll have to leave the rig at GAMMONS RV SALES & SERVICE southeast of London Ontario or not we are taking the Jeep in case we do.  We just want to have our rig's refrigerator working properly once & for all & if it takes them a couple days to do that then so be it.  And we are so hoping to get it done under warranty.

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A question in my Shout Box asks what kind of a camera I use for my photos.  I have all my camera info in my blog’s right hand column towards the bottom.  For anyone interested just scroll down & look for the title, ‘AL’s Cameras.’ DSC_0051
Early long range thoughts on our route to Congress Arizona later this year is that we may just leave home a little later in the Fall & head straightaway to Congress without side tripping through Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado & Utah.  Just some early thoughts & as usual everything is always subject to the whims of change.
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A tad early to be thinking of our side trips from Congress this winter but with a gloomy day going on here I was thinking of future sunnier south-western days.  Imagine we will touch base with our favorite spots again like Borrego Springs California & Arizona's Kofa Mountains.  Quartzsite is on the route coming & going from both these areas so I imagine we'll be through there half a dozen times  again as well.  Last year we had thought of taking a couple weeks & sliding back through our early RV traveling years by again visiting favorite places in Arizona like Ajo, Darby Well Road, & Hickiwan Trails in Why Arizona for starters.  Then on through Tucson, Benson, Tombstone , Bisbee, Sierra Vista, & Cochise County.  We didn't end up doing that last winter so maybe this winter.  We'll see.  Wouldn't mind heading back to the Sedona area again too if we could be assured of a good boondocking site.  Ideal spots are scarce over that way & usually occupied by other RV'ers.  Just some fun things to think about on a rainy day:))

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<<< MARTEN ARTS GALLERY

We had Jeepers our Jeep Wrangler for nearly 5 years & the unmodified little stock Jeep took us pretty much anywhere we wanted to go.  Key words there are ‘wanted to go.’  There were places we knew we couldn’t go but that was OK with us.  Never had an interest in ‘extreme Jeeping’ anyway & besides we could not afford to damage our only mode of convenient transportation in the west or spend big money on  costly trail related repairs.   But there are folks out there who really enjoy the extreme Jeeping sport & have their Jeeps modified to handle the roughest of terrains.  I do understand the challenges & the excitement though & Moab Utah is as good a place as any to meet those challenges.  We have always seen lot’s of Jeeps anytime we have been in Moab.  Check out Gay & Joe’s latest post at good-times-rollin to see what these folks are doing with their beefed up Jeeps down that way.  And be sure to click on the short video.

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For tonight’s photo album I’ve decided to pull together a few photos from my collection of pics on Bayfield’s ‘Main Heritage Street.’  Had taken these photos a few weeks ago & featured some of them in previous posts.   One morning I simply walked up one side of the street & down the other side taking photos of the shops, art galleries, hotels, eateries, & stores along the way.  Turns out I came home with 128 photos but not to worry I have only 30 of the 128 in tonight’s album.  More to come later…………………… 

When you click on the photo album a page of photos will appear.  Click on the top left photo making it larger.  Now you can choose to see the photos in a slide show format by clicking 'Play Slide Show' at the top or view them one at a time by clicking the arrow at the bottom.

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( A commercial property owner has three shops in a row, all for rent. The first prospective lessee shows up, and says he wants to rent the shop on the left. The owner says, "Fine, what kind of shop do you have?" The guy says, "A men's wear shop." The owner tells him he gets free signage and asks what he wants on the sign. "Men's Wear," says the man. A second guy comes along and wants to rent the right hand shop. When asked he says he wants "Men's Wear" on his sign. The owner tells him that the left hand shop will be the same. "No problem," says the man. Finally a third man comes along to rent the middle shop. The owner is most concerned because this guy also has a men's wear shop. Rather wearily the owner asks him what he wants on his sign. The guy replies: "Entrance."

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Three Stages of Man:

He believes in Santa Claus.

He doesn't believe in Santa Claus.

He is Santa Claus.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BUT IT WON’T BE ME

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Light rains began about noon gaining in strength then tapered off by evening.  We were housebound for a big chunk of the day.  DEERPARK LAKEFRONT RESORT had a wedding on the beach slated for this afternoon but we noticed this morning on the Deer Park beach cam wedding people hurriedly setting up chairs on the beach.  it wasn't long after that the bride & groom were there & the wedding under way.  Everybody was off the beach well before noon & the rains never got em.  A decision well made.
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Well what to do on a wet Saturday afternoon......a backlog of photos needing to be organized that's what.  Problem nowadays in the digital age there is hardly such a thing as a bad photo anymore compared to the film days years ago.  With the technical quality & advancements of todays cameras & the fact that each camera user now has total control over the finished product with easy to use editing programs we have all become better photographers.  In the old 35mm film days when we received our photos or slides back from a photofinisher we had no recourse but to throw the bad photos into the garbage.  With todays technologies & a little bit of self learning we can take those not so swell shots, drop then into our photo editing programs & turn that previously garbage bound photo into something to be proud of.  It has always been difficult for me to throw something into the garbage when that is not where it belongs.  Someday someone can press a few keys here & there & send my countless thousands of photos & files to the great garbage can in the sky.............but it won't be me:))

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Tonight’s photo album is a collection of random photos taken on the eve & the day of Goderich’s air show.  No airplanes, no parachutists, just a few sunsets & candid photos of people enjoying themselves around Goderich’s Rotary Cove beach area.

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When you click on the photo album a page of photos will appear.  Click on the top left photo making it larger.  Now you can choose to see the photos in a slide show format by clicking 'Play Slide Show' at the top or view them one at a time by clicking the arrow at the bottom.

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FORGOT TO ADD THESE 3 PHOTOS TO THE ALBUM…OH HOW I REMEMBER THESE KINDS OF DAYS IN LAKE HURON 60 YEARS AGO

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Due to my last few posts being rather on the long side either in words or photos or both I decided to shorten up on tonight’s ramblings.  However it is necessary from time to time to keep my ‘Mr. Blabberfingers’ reputation intact therefore the long posts occasionally.  I thank all my readers for their fortitude & patience……………………:))  Update::: Thanks to Terri in the Shout Box for kindly reminding me I had forgot to include tonight’s Groaner.  A bit on the late side but here it is……..

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( You do know what would have happened if it had been Three Wise WOMEN instead of Three Wise Men, don't you?  They would have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought disposable diapers as gifts!

Friday, June 26, 2015

AFTER THE ROAR OF AIRPLANE ENGINES A COUPLE DAYS AGO PHEEBS & I WERE NEEDING SOME QUIET TIME PLUS MY ‘SKYHAWKS’ PHOTO ALBUM…………..

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FIGURED AFTER THE ROAR OF AIRPLANES A COUPLE DAYS AGO PHEEBS & I WOULD TAKE US FOR A DRIVE UP THROUGH SOME QUIET MENNONITE TERRITORY TODAY

Weather people in our area are calling for a totally miserable week-end with colder temperatures & lotsa rain.  With that thought in mind I tossed the cameras in the car, loaded up the little Boogers, & off we went.  Figured we had better get a little back road traveling time in while the sun's shining & the weathers good.  Time was 8:30 a.m.
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SPOTTED US THIS DEER IN A CORNFIELD

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Clinton Tim Hortons for our usual & from there it was over to a little place called Egmondville which is attached to the south end of Seaforth Ontario.  There is an old historic brick house there & one which I have driven past for decades but never stopped in to have a look at it.  Kelly had picked up some brochures from the Goderich Visitor Center awhile back & with that brochure Pheebs & pulled in the driveway of the stately VAN EGMOND HOUSE.  Although not officially open for the summer until July 6th a caretaker fella by the name of Dave came out & said it was alright for me to go ahead & have a look through the house.  How nice to leisurely stroll around by myself inside taking photos without a lot of people milling about.  Always nice to catch a welcome break.  Dave & another fella were outside up on ladders working on the house so I finished up my photos & I Pheebs & headed for the cemetery just up the street.  Dave said that's where I'd find the original inhabitants of the house.  I will have more to say plus additional photos about this house in a later post.  Not sure but I think I do remember some stories going around years ago about this house being haunted.  Hmmmmmmm.
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THAT’S DAVE IN THE RED SHIRT CLEANING SOME SHUTTERS…I THINK THE OTHER GUY SHOULD BE WEARING A PARACHUTE

From Egmondville/Seaforth we moseyed our way along some gravel roads heading north totally enjoying the fine weather morning we had going for us.  Added another dozen or more old barns to my growing 'old barns' photo files.  By 11:30 both Pheebs & I were feeling a bit hungry so being close to Wingham Ontario we slipped the back way into town & headed for Subway.  Pheebs wanted to try something different so we agreed on a ham & cheese Sub with all the usual fixins.  Wasn't long & we again had ourselves in quite a mess.  Sub sauce on the steering wheel, sub sauce on my shirt, & sub sauce on the Pheebs.  Maybe if we had just sat in the parking lot to eat it we might have been alright but I was anxious to get out of town & back into the countryside again so we ate it on the run.  Lettuce in my shoes, tomatoes on my pants, green peppers on the seat & cheese stuck to the roof of Pheebs mouth.  Oh we have ourselves quite the time when we're out & about & neither one of us would have it any other way.  I can shovel the rest of the Sub droppings out of the Jeep next time I clean it:))
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AND PHEEBS HAD SOME HORSES MAKING EYES AT HER TODAY

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From Wingham we set a course for home & took our sweet time meandering along the quiet gravely roads.  A few more barn photos plus we stopped at one of Pheebs favorite places, Lake Wawanosh.  Time to get her paws wet again.  But only her paws.  Ankle deep is maximum depth for Pheebs & that's it.  With windows full down & a mixture of hair & fur blowing around all over the place we finally made our way back to Bayfield about 1:30.
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AT LAKE WAWANOSH WE EVEN MANAGED TO SEE US SOME FISH IN THE SHALLOW SHORE WATERS

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Kelly called Dometic about our rig's ongoing & perplexing refrigerator problem this morning & although the fridge is a few weeks over it' 2 year ‘new fridge warranty’ date the lady at Dometic said for us to get the rig into a Dometic dealer as soon as possible & get it registered.  She said even though we are slightly past the warranty date Dometic is pretty good about extending the warranty for a wee bit.  Several Dometic authorized dealers in our area were mentioned & we decided to go with a place southeast of London Ontario called GAMMONS RV - PARTS & SERVICE.  Dianne from STORMRUNNER RV SALES & SERVICE had emailed us this morning recommending them.  Kelly was in touch with Gammons today & had I remembered to turn my cell phone on this morning & received her calls trying to reach me we could have taken the rig in earlier today.  However, not being a 'phone head' I just never remember to turn the darn fangled thing on again.  As it stands we will taking the rig to Gammons first thing Monday morning.  Yahooie Louie another RV day trip:))  It's about an hour & three quarters drive & we'll be towing the Jeep because we may have to leave the rig there until they can figure out the problem with our fridge.  And figure it out once & for all I hope because this on again/off again annoying problem has been going on long enough!!!!
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LOOKS LIKE MAYBE THE SON HAS SOME OF HIS DAD’S MANNERISMS

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I’M THINKING PA & THE BOYS MIGHT BE DISCUSSING A PROBLEM WITH THE HAY RAKE

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OH OH I THINK THE DOG JUST SPOTTED PHEEBS & IN THE JEEP…TIME GO GO
Wednesday at the Goderich Air Show & as mentioned in my Thursday post I was surprised to see the young parachutist fellas from the Canadian Forces SKYHAWK team encouraging the crowd & especially the children to gather around while they repacked their parachutes.  Readers may remember how in several past posts I have suggested to people not to bother a fellow RV'er when he/she is hooking up or unhooking their toads or trailers.  Distractions can cause accidents.  A crucial steel pin not inserted, safety chains forgotten, critical transmissions in toads not correctly configured, ignition keys not in the right position, etc.  There are any number of things an 'older' distracted 'aging' mind can & does forget.  And I have to emphasize the words 'older & aging'.   I thought of this as I walked around among the jumpers interacting with the public while they worked away at re-packing their parachutes.  How disciplined, focused, & confident must their young minds be while verbally & physically interacting with people while they go through all the absolute correct procedures to have their chutes open successfully for their next jump.  One mistake, one procedure out of place, maybe one less fold in a parachute, a couple chute lines crossed while attention is diverted by a question & the young man could be in some very serious trouble next time out of the airplane.  How amazing these fellows as I watched them joking with onlookers, encouraging kids to lay on their chutes helping to press trapped air out of the folds before packing all that silk into small parachute back packs.  True goodwill ambassadors for Canada's Armed Forces these fellas & how naturally friendly & personable their positive personalities.  Inspiring to say the least………………….
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In tonight's Live Writer album are photos of the SkyHawks both in the air & on the ground.  I have included all the photos I took in the sequence I took them using 2 cameras.  Keep in mind there are 2 jumps going on here with one in the morning & one in the afternoon.  I have split the a.m. & p.m jumps with a jump plane photo about a third of the way through.

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When you click on the photo album a page of photos will appear.  Click on the top left photo making it larger.  Now you can choose to see the photos in a slide show format by clicking 'Play Slide Show' at the top or view them one at a time by clicking the arrow at the bottom.

And thanks to Craig from MERIKAY'S DREAM for pointing out an error I made in my description of the Canadian Snowbird's performance in Thursday's post.  I have since corrected that & it's always helpful to have alert readers out here:))
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PHEEBS & I DOING A LITTLE EXPLORING ALONG THE WAY TODAY

GROANER’S CORNER:((  There were two Catholic boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola whose lives paralleled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy.  Faithfully they attended parochial school from kindergarten through their Senior year in High School. They took their vows to enter the priesthood early in college, and upon graduation became priests. Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally acknowledged that Antonio was just a cut above Timothy in all respects.  Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop, and finally Cardinal was meteoric to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the present Pope died, it would be either Timothy or Antonio who would become the next Pope.  In time the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work. In less time than anyone expected, smoke rose from the chimney at the Vatican and the world waited to see whom they had chosen. The world, Catholic, Protestant and secular, was surprised to learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope.  Antonio was beyond surprise; he was devastated, because, even with all Timothy's giftedness, Antonio knew he was better qualified. With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio asked for a private session with them in which he candidly asked, "Why Timothy?"  After long silence one old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered Antonio and rose to reply, "We knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called ... Pope Secola.