Wednesday, October 05, 2011




Our morning was basically a repeat performance of the previous morning.  Again, we started the day with sunshine as we headed for Mitchell to take Uncle Harry back to the Dentist for a tooth filling.  Harry was wide awake and raring to go and everything went off like clockwork again.  Nice for Harry to get out for a cruise in his wheelchair even if it was only a block to the Dentist.  We sure lucked out weather wise for this venture.


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The Motor Home was ready to be picked up this afternoon so Kelly and I headed for STORMRUNNER'S RV SALES AND SERVICE.  They sure did a great caulking job on the rig after first stripping off all the old stuff which we should have actually had done a couple years ago.  Both end caps were re-sealed as well as the side mouldings and other areas on the roof and coach that needed it.  I’ve had a loose driver’s side mirror for quite awhile and they tightened that up as well plus secured the awning’s lag bolts which unbeknownst to us were in the process of working themselves loose.  All and all we sure appreciated the extra effort and attention paid to detail.   A job well done.  Dianne and Harry generally head to Florida in the winter but this year they are heading for the great American Southwest for a welcome change.  Yahouie Louie….. Smile  Chances are good that we may very well see them somewhere in our travels.


With the roof caulking done now, that wraps up all the maintenance on the rig and the Jeep before our trip.  Each year we try to do a bit of upkeep on the vehicles.  Last year was new tires all way round for both the Jeep and Motorhome.  Rig’s generator was also serviced.  This year was undercoating, caulking and oil change tune-ups.  This RV life sure isn’t cheap I’ll tell ya.  Just re-newed our COACH-NET roadside assistance coverage for $106 and it looks like personal travel insurance this year is going to cost us about $1,300 for half a year. 

After losing Max and Checkers back in April the thought of 'no more pets' briefly entered my mind.  The thoughts of having to go through all that sorrow and anguish of loosing a beloved pet again seemed overwhelming.  Fortunately, that thought did not stay with me.  The many years of love and happiness a best Pal can bring far outweighs the eventual sadness in the end.  Years of playful memories, endless hours of toy time, quiet talks and morning walks.   Furry snuggles and scruffles that last for years and years with big brown eyes and floppy little ears.  Ahhh, tis a dog owners life indeed.

Having a best doggy Pal or two or three gives me a purpose.  It gets me out of the house for walks, it gets me down on the living room floor for playtime and it gives me a sense of well being to have a furry little or big dog curled up on my lap sound asleep.  Also gives me a sense of caring and how nice it is to wake up in the morning with a happy doggy face full of slurpy’s looking at me raring to get another day of boundless energy started.  Sometimes it’s the other end of the doggy with a big black powerful tail smacking me in the face.  I don’t mind it….I love it.    I don't really miss being around people much anymore but I sure do miss not being around my furry Pals:)) 



And, speaking of furry Pals, Pheebe is doing very well at being home without us for longer periods of time.  She hasn't ruined anything but does have a habit of bringing things out of Kelly's room and placing them all on the living room floor.  A big Teddy Bear on Kelly's bed is the usual favourite along with some socks and shoes.  Nothing chewed up, ripped or destroyed.   I wonder what the little Motormouse thinks when she sees her big Pal Pheebs trotting by with Mom's socks in her mouth.   

It was nearly one year ago that fellow RV’ers and Bloggers Bruce and Margie died in a tragic accident in Pismo Beach, California.  Today, the young man who ran them down was SENTENCED.  Thanks for that link EMjay. 

Noticed some winter storms are already moving into the Sierra and Rocky Mountains of the west and for sure those early storms are going to have a bearing on our travel plans by the time we get out there.  If we have to scrap our Four Corner's plan we may end up just taking our usual route down through Indianapolis, Little Rock, Texarkana, Gainesville, Roswell, Alamogordo and Las Cruces.  It's all going to depend on last minute departure times and weather in the mountains.

We did hear from Jeannie and Ray near McNeil Arizona a couple days ago and it looks like we will be returning to the Ranch again this year for awhile.  They are in the process of putting their winter travel plans together so we don't have any dates nailed down yet.  Always nice to touch base with old familiar faces and places:))


GROANER'S CORNER:((  Fred got home from his Sunday round of golf later than normal and very tired. "Bad day at the course?" his wife asked. "Everything was going fine," he said. "Then Harry had a heart attack and died on the 10th tee."
"Oh, that's awful!"
"You're not kidding. For the whole back nine it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry."


-Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.

-Until one has loved an Animal, their soul remains un-awakened.


The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.


  1. Having just lost our pup last week, I can fully understand why some people go out and get another one right away. I think it really would take our mind off the loss. But we want to do some overseas travel and it will be a lot easier to do without a dog. However, we enjoy every dog we meet along the way!

  2. Lots of stuff to comment on tonight - but let's just say I loved it all.

    You are sure good to Uncle Harry and the photos were great.

    Loved the photo of the furkids resting next to each other. Seems they have become pals. I get misty when I read about dogs and their people pals. Such a wonderful bond. Although I have said "No More" when mine are gone, I wonder....

    The rest of the photos were enjoyable too, especially that mushroom.

    Sorry for the long comment - just really enjoyed your blog tonight - even the groaner!!

  3. It's nice to hear you will be going back to the ranch. I always love reading about the animals as well as your activities while ranching.

  4. thanks for the link ..hard to believe it has been almost a year since that awful day...glad to hear that there is finally some closure for Stephanie and her family..

  5. I was up on my RV's roof today, too. Recaulking. Great minds think alike taking care of their home on wheels.

    Pheebe sure has found a good home with you, it's wonderful to see how much you love and enjoy her. Truely man's best friend.

    Can't wait to see you heading South, wish we were going with ya'.

  6. I think of Roger and Margie often. October holds a sadness for me every year as I remember a number of people who have passed. These two will be long remembered.

  7. Is the travel insurance your health insurance while in the USA? If it is, it's a bargain. I pay $1485 per month for health insurance for just myself. Plus Craigs $300 for his Medicare and Suplemental coverage. I know you also pay heafty taxes at home for your Canadian Health Care, but i still think it has to be less than what we pay.

  8. During early days of our life together, our Maggie used to freak out when we would leave the RV. She would bark if in her crate or sit in the window and watch for us if out of the crate. She even rarely went into another room . . . always had to be right with us. I guess the honeymoon's over, 'cause she has gotten over that separation anxiety, knowing now that when we leave, we will come back. Thanks for the morning giggle with the Groaner. Where on Earth do you get these? :)

  9. Yes Al......what a great post! I especially like your take on doggieness! As far back as I can remember, I have had a special place in my heart for dogs. I just can't imagine life without furbabies....

  10. Emmi does the same thing, brings shoes and anything else she can find into the living room--no chewing or destroying, just stuff. Good blog!

  11. Our "Hightide's Gypsy Queen" (our Black Lab's pedigree name) has been gone 17 years. She gave us 2 litters of pups (total of 17). We miss her still, but we haven't gotten another dog. She was one of a kind, and we loved her dearly. We decided together, after looking at lots of other Labs, that we will bask in the memories for a while. Maybe we'll get another dog someday, but it just hasn't been the right time....yet. Great blog...Love Uncle Harry's spunk!

  12. "Always nice to touch base with old familiar faces and places:))" You said it. We're looking forward to dropping down to touch base with your old familiar face, and Kelly's nice young familiar face, Motormouse's little gremlin face, and then to meet Pheebe!

  13. I've never heard of personal travel insurance - what is it?

  14. Glad you are going to see Jeannie and Ray again!!! Give em a big ole HUG or at least a slap on the back from us, please?

    And as for Pheebes and her penchant for taking things of Kelly's... well, our sheltie does the same thing if we leave him too long (in his opinion)... he will grab something that I have recently touched and bring it all the way to the door so we see if first thing as we come in.

    It's his way of saying either of 2 things:
    1. "You ticked me off waiting so long, so take that!" orrrrrr
    2. "I miss you so much I found the things that smelled the most like you and brought them to the door, to see if it would make you come home!"

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard