Sunday, January 03, 2010

WELL, IT’S BEEN A BIT OF A DAY

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A NEIGHBOR SENT US A PICTURE YESTERDAY OF OUR HOUSE IN BAYFIELD ONTARIO……LOOKING KIND OF SNOWY UP THERE!!

Kelly has a big roaring campfire going to-night so you can tell it's a tad less cold out……. the key word being tad.  Turned out to be a warm sunny day.  I like when that happens.

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I went over to Belle's this morning & I guess the first thing I had better say is that the 'caretaker' job has been filled.....for now!!  Had a long talk with Cindy who with her husband Dave have been the RV boots on the ground at Belle's the last day & a half.  We talked about the condition of the ranch, work involved to bring it up to par, Dave's opinion regarding repairs & Belle's health & well being. We also talked about the 'new caretaker people' who showed up a few days ago!! DSC_5149

Cindy, Dave, myself, & Kelly are all very concerned about Belle but we are not sure what we can do now.  Kelly & I had hoped to find a caring & trustworthy RV caretaking person or persons to come & help Belle but now with the 'new rancher neighbor caretakers' in place we're not sure if that would work out.  Cindy expressed her genuine concern about Belle's well being & future of the ranch.    Cindy also gave me an email address for anyone interested in her & Dave's opinion of the ranch situation.  You can email Cindy at gtrgone@live.com

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IT WAS A 6 DOG WALK THIS MORNING……7 IF YOU INCLUDE ME:))

I talked to Belle this morning & she was as chipper as ever despite her electricity being out again.  The only electricity she had when I left this afternoon was in the small area where her computer is by the door.  It had gone out a few days ago when we were there but someone came & put 2 new breakers in.  It went out again yesterday & Dave was able to get it on but today it was off again.  In fact, Cindy & Dave spent a very cold night in their 5th wheel because their electricity went out as well & they were out of propane.  Brrrrr!!  Obviously there is some kind of major electrical problem somewhere.  Belle said she had the whole ranch re-wired with 50 amp service when she first moved in & everything worked fine including her 6 RV sites.  She said a fellow she had working for her later made changes to the electrical set-up & it has never worked right since.  Of course that fellow is long gone down the road now.  Belle also informed me that her niece/cousin is driving in from Kentucky to-morrow & will be staying with her for a bit.  Hopefully that will give her some much needed help in the house.

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CORKY PULLS A PIECE OF ICE FROM THE POOL THIS MORNING & SOON KELLY HAS THEM ALL EATING THEIR VERY OWN ICE CONES

So, I guess the bottom line in all of this as of to-night is simply to say that because of the recent appearance by the new 'caretakers' a few days ago we don't know what to do next or if in fact if there is anything that we can do now.  One of the positive things to come out of all this though is the caring response we received from so many people all across the country regarding Belle's situation.  The RV community stepped up with offers of help, emails, comments, & genuine concern.  Some folks even sent in financial support directly to Belle.  Guess we'll just have to wait & see what happens.  Kelly & I may only be in this area another couple of weeks before moving further west but at least while here we were able to bring attention to Belle Starr & her Silverado Ranch.   Hopefully other folks can stop by & keep the ball rolling for Belle.  We’ll see what the next few days bring……………………10-4!!

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GUESS WHO GOT SOME NEW TOYS YESTERDAY:))

And welcome to our newest followers Judy & her little dog Emma.   They are adventurous  full timers traveling the country in TRAVELS WITH EMMA

GROANER'S CORNER:((   Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm.  A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"
Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.' "   The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You got a heart murmur. Be careful.'"

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4 comments:

  1. We notice you have the word "caretaker" in quotes. That says more than it says. And if you are leaving the area soon, we'll all be left on tenterhooks, whatever those are.

    Hope we can get together again before you leave. We'll know more about our availability once Suzy gets her physical therapy scheduled.

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  2. Like Jerry, I'm wondering what "caretakers" mean as well, but I trust your judgment completely on this Al. Sometimes doing all you can is really all you can do. Nice pic of the home in Bayfield - sure makes the desert look good.

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  3. You sure left some room for concern and wonder... Patti and I are going to stop at the ranch next month sometime, and see how we can help.
    You mentioned a website help. We may be able to help with the technical part (we are both software developers), but may need help with content.
    The weather in TX (and in most parts of the US) is getting to extreme lows this week, I hope you that cold spell is out of your way.

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  4. Thanks for the MILL!!!! Loved your story!!!! HaHa!

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