ALL TONIGHT'S PHOTOS ARE MEMORIES FROM OUR 5TH WHEEL DAYS WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED IN COLUMBUS,NEW MEXICO BACK IN DECEMBER OF 2006
For the first time this summer I have had to do some watering around the property. Ferns were beginning to lilt & plants were getting droopy. Planted two more Virginia Creepers, a climbing Hydrangea & another Trumpet Vine this morning. I now have to keep my bedroom window closed up tight because I have a fear of those vines creeping in my window some night & carrying me off to far away places.
ROCK HOUND STATE PARK NM...OF COURSE KELLY WANTED TO PUSH THIS ROCK BACK TO THE CAMPSITE , LOAD IT ONTO THE TRUCK & BRING IT HOME WITH US FOR OUR FRONT YARD
Nice to see JEAN & SKIP pop up on our Blog Roll this morning. They are taking some time off from house renos & doing a bit of camping not far from home on Vancouver Island. We met Jean & Skip in Borrego Springs California last winter. A quiet couple with many of the same interests & thoughts about RVing & life that Kelly & I have. Nice folks:))
With the words, "I'm a fiber fanatic that has fallen in love with RVing. My love is wet felting. Love to spin" Well, I had to go have myself a look see what a 'spinning, wet felting fiber fanatic was all about. Or, was that a spinning fanatical fiber who felt wet? Well anyway, better check her out for yourself at TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A RV LOVIN FIBER ARTIST.
IT'S ALRIGHT MAX, THIS RV LIFESTYLE IS GOING TO GET BETTER SOON....PROMISE.
I did try my luck with the Motor Homes leveling system & that troublesome rear jack again. Three times I lowered the rear jacks & three times I had to jack the passenger side leveler back into place. The tension on the two lifting springs seems the same as the jack on the other side. Lubricating the cylinder hasn't helped. I think we will just accept the fact it is unusable & work our way around that. We carry leveling blocks that we can use for the passenger side rear if we have to. If the coach was newer & we were Full Timers we would replace that leveler completely but at this stage of the game we will just deal with the problem as we go along.
THIS PHOTO IS SELF EXPLANATORY
I have been doing a lot of thinking about my blog lately. Not only about it's content but it's appearance as well. You may notice I have already begun to make changes to the site but I also realize I have to make other changes as well to stimulate my writing interest or just pack it all in & get on with other things. The format has basically remained the same for years now & being a fellow of change I think I am way overdue for something creatively different. A 'makeover' if you will. My blog has always revolved around traveling & the RV Lifestyle & that will basically remain unchanged but I'm looking for a new direction. Something different, something refreshing. Same old, same old gets tiring & doesn't work for me after awhile & I have been in 'same old' mode for quite awhile now. I need a challenge, some new ideas & suggestions. So, I throw it out to my faithful readers or anyone else with an interest. Any ideas on how I can make my blog not only more interesting for you but for me as well?? And, I cautiously say, constructive criticism is welcome too
THIS WAS OUR SET UP THE FIRST YEAR THE BAYFIELD BUNCH HIT THE ROAD & THOSE ARE THE GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND SOUTH OF CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO...UNBEKNOWNST TO ME I HAD MADE A VERY SERIOUS 'BEGINNER'S ERROR' HERE THAT IS VISIBLE IN THIS PHOTO, CAN ANYONE SPOT IT. I DROVE FROM CARLSBAD THROUGH EL PASO TEXAS, DEMMING & COLUMBUS NEW MEXICO, DOUGLAS, TOMBSTONE, PATAGONIA, NOGALES & FINALLY TUCSON BEFORE AN ALARMED GARAGE GUY AT BEAUDRY RV QUICKLY POINTED OUT MY MISTAKE. WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE WE DID NOT SUFFER SOME MAJOR DAMAGE......OR WORSE!!!!
I have always had a lot of respect & admiration for people who are able to step up to the plate, say what they think & not worry about the repercussions from expressing their point of view. Oh, how I wish I had the courage to do that. I am talking about folks like Debra from FIND AN OUTLET, Mike from MOBILE KODGERS & Nick from BAD NICK. I have recently added these 3 fellow Bloggers to a separate side bar which in fact is part of the changes I am working on. These are 3 people I identify with & understand. I appreciate their no nonsense, down to earth, logical & common sense approach to life. I believe they see the world as I see it. A world for what it is & not for what many would have some of us believe it is. Nick's main blog is THE GYPSY JOURNAL - NICK'S BLOG. But it is his aka Bad Nick blog concept that really perks my interest. Many times I have thought of doing this myself & setting up a separate blog where I could truly lay out what I really think!! But, it's this dam thin skinned personality of mine that holds me back. I would just have to write it & post it with no feedback. No feedback at all, good or bad. I am influenced by feedback so my writing would just have to stand on it's own. Just write how I feel, post it, let the chickens fly to the moon & move on to my next post. Will I do this? Not likely, but it sure has been heavy on my mind for quite awhile now........10-4!!
AND THIS IS THE GANG I SHARED MY BED WITH EVERY NIGHT.....BUT I LOVED IT & WOULDN'T HAVE HAD IT ANY OTHER WAY...MY BEST PALS OF EVER:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( The following conversation is long, practical, makes sense & if you make it to the end I think you will understood the meat of the matter. The conversation takes place aboard an Alien spaceship & revolves around the decision whether to contact the people of Earth or not. They have a perfectly logical conversation & arrive at a perfectly logical decision. Well, in my books anyway..........
Imagine if you will ..the leader of the fifth invader force speaking to the commander in chief...
"They're made out of meat."
"Meat. They're made out of meat."
"There's no doubt about it. We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."
"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?"
"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."
"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."
"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."
"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."
"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in the sector and they're made out of meat."
"Maybe they're like the Orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage."
"Nope. They're born meat and they die meat. We studied them for several of their life spans, which didn't take too long. Do you have any idea the life span of meat?"
"Spare me. Okay, maybe they're only part meat. You know, like the Weddilei. A meat head with an electron plasma brain inside."
"Nope. We thought of that, since they do have meat heads like the Weddilei. But I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."
"Oh, there is a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat!"
"So... what does the thinking?"
"You're not understanding, are you? The brain does the thinking. The meat."
"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"
"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you getting the picture?"
"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."
"Finally, Yes. They are indeed made out meat. And they've been trying to get in touch with us for almost a hundred of their years."
"So what does the meat have in mind?"
"First it wants to talk to us. Then I imagine it wants to explore the universe, contact other sentients, swap ideas and information. The usual."
"We're supposed to talk to meat?"
"That's the idea. That's the message they're sending out by radio. 'Hello. Anyone out there? Anyone home?' That sort of thing."
"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?"
"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."
"I thought you just told me they used radio."
"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even whistle by squirting air through their meat."
"Omigod. Whistling meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?"
"Officially or unofficially?"
"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome, and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in the quadrant, without prejudice, fear, or favor.
Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing."
"I was hoping you would say that."
"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?"
"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say?" `Hello, meat. How's it going?' But will this work? How many planets are we dealing with here?"
"Just one. They can travel to other planets in special meat containers, but they can't live on them. And being meat, they only travel through space. Which limits them to the speed of light and makes the possibility of their ever making contact pretty slim. Infinitesimal, in fact."
"So we just pretend there's no one home in the universe."
"Cruel. But you said it yourself, who wants to meet meat? And the ones who have been aboard our vessels, the ones you have probed? You're sure they won't remember?"
"They'll be considered crackpots if they do. We went into their heads and smoothed out their meat so that we're just a dream to them."
"A dream to meat! How strangely appropriate, that we should be meat's dream."
"And we can mark this sector unoccupied."
"Good. Agreed, officially and unofficially. Case closed. Any others? Anyone interesting on that side of the galaxy?"
"Yes, a rather shy but sweet hydrogen core cluster intelligence in a class nine star in the G445 zone. Was in contact two galactic rotations ago, wants to be friendly again."
"They always come around."
"And why not? Imagine how unbearable & how unutterably cold the universe would be if we were all alone."
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