Our early morning gentle breeze blew itself up into 50 & 60 mph wind gusts by early afternoon & our tall pine trees were whipping around like blades of grass. That is always a concern when you live in a pine forest. Pines are not strong trees so we have to keep an eye out on windy days.
I had no sooner put a second coat of Varathane on my oak board earlier today when a big wind gust blew up a batch of driveway dust & dirt peppering it right into my freshly Varathane coated board. Our new computer shelf will now have a slightly textured look!!
Yesterday & this morning again Kelly was on the phone with the HWH leveler folks over in Moscow, Iowa. They suggested we take the floor plate off where the joy stick controls are located & check out a few things. Kelly got the plate off but we were unsuccessful in determining anything. Double checked the fuse again & it looks fine....just no power to the box!! Ron, from FOUR SEASONS PERFORMANCE won’t be home until Thursday so we’ll see if he has any suggestions for us. Ever since we've had that coach I have noticed what I consider to be design flaw. The emergency brake release handle is way too close to the emergency brake pedal & when you lift your foot to press down on the emergency brake your boot catches the brake release handle & bends it right down because you think your foot is on the brake pedal. I have probably made that mistake half a dozen times so far & maybe something has gone amiss there. The emergency brake has to be on to operate the levelers. Anyway, we’ll wait to see if Ron has any suggestions for us.
The rest of the day was spent transplanting some Hostas, raking leaves & just general puttering with things in & around the rig. We are going through our check lists now but it will be next week before we really get active checking things off. Somebody wondered when we will be rolling out & it will be a week from Saturday on November 6th. (weather permitting) We like to leave on a Saturday because that gets us north of Indianapolis for an overnight stay at a Wal-Mart near Angola. By doing this we can get the only large city of our trip behind us first thing on a quiet Sunday morning.
Because I am generally a blogger who wears his thoughts & feelings on his sleeve, those same thoughts often end up right here in my posts. Sometimes it’s humor, sometimes an opinion or two, sometimes a bit of anger, a bit of sadness, a bit of melancholy & sometimes a bit of silly frivolity. Yesterday was one of those gloomy days so I went along with the mood of the day & expressed my feelings about some traveling concerns, likes, dislikes, what if’s & some why not’s. Just some honest off the cuff feelings, but of course that was seen by one reader as, ‘feeling sorry for myself.’ Some days, no matter what a person writes about, their efforts are just going to be misinterpreted by someone & that’s just the way it is. And, if you blog a little closer to the edge of things like I & a few others sometimes do, misunderstandings, accusations & criticisms are going to happen. Sometimes we just have to step back & think things through either before publishing a post or comment or after reading a post or comment. Sometimes thoughts are understood & sometimes they are not. I have been at both ends of this 'thoughts' process & none of us are immune from the mistakes factor.
AFTER THE RAIN
Thursday will be a working day for me & I am looking forward to that. Nice to have somewhere to go, something to do & a nice rural environment to do it all in. Hopefully I can make enough money tomorrow to buy myself an extra jar of peanut butter to take south with us. Hard to find good natural peanut butter when we are traveling. I can eat the more commercial stuff with all the fillers in it if I have to but I much prefer, ‘real peanut butter.’
DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT IT'S IN OUR FLOWERBED
A fellow RV friend we know wrote a fine tribute to the their beloved dog Molly who passed away a few days ago. We first met fellow Canadians, Mike, Maureen & Molly (MnMnM) in Cannonville Utah back in November of 2008 & we remember Molly well. A TRIBUTE TO MOLLY
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A man is stopped by the police at midnight and asked where he’s going. “I’m on the way to listen to a lecture about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the human body.” The policeman asks, “Really? And who’s going to give a lecture at this time of night?” “My wife”, comes the reply.
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