IT WAS NEARLY A YEAR AGO WE SPENT A COUPLE NIGHTS AT RUSTY'S RV RANCH NEAR RODEO NEW MEXICO UNDER THE WATCHFUL GAZE OF ARIZONA’S LEGENDARY CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS
Out of our last 6 border crossings into the States we have been singled out 3 times for so called 'agriculture checks.' This involves having to disembark the rig (dog's too) and wait outside in the cold while custom inspectors go through your stuff. This is followed by a long wait at the end of a constantly growing line of people until you find yourself at a counter inside a building with an often as not grumpy custom's officer firing questions at you. This is never a pleasant experience (generally an hour) from start to finish and is the main reason we always dread border crossings. We have been free of those border checks for 2 years in a row now but will our luck hold Saturday morning at our Port Huron border crossing or will we be randomly singled out again!! We'll see...........
PLAYING A GAME OF ‘STICKS’ WITH MAX, CHECKERS AND CORA A YEAR AGO TODAY AT AN IOWA REST STOP
One year ago tonight we overnighted in a little county park in Lindsborg, Kansas on our way west and the following night we made it to Dalhart, Texas. It is sad when I look back in my blog to that time a year ago and see all my photos of Max and Checkers each day happily traveling along on their way west with us. Little did we suspect that 5 short months later neither one of the guys would be with us anymore. Very sad.
Been toying with the idea of hooking the utility trailer up to the back of the Jeep behind the Motorhome. Why? So I can take my treasured recliner with me:)) Ok, just joking about that but I consider recliners to be one of the greatest inventions of modern history. I do love my big cushy recliner but it's way too big for the Motor Home. First spotted it sitting quietly amongst a bunch of other recliners in a Sears 'Outlet' store in London Ontario about 6 years ago. Walked over to it, sat myself in it and pulled the wooden reclining leaver to stretch myself out into full blown comfort. It was love at first snuggle. Half an hour later we had the chair in our mini-van heading for home. Me and my Buddy have been nearly inseparable ever since.
LAST YEAR’S MORNING DOGGY WALK AT RUSTY'S RV RANCH
I sleep in it, sometimes eat in it, write portions of my blog in it, snuggle with the doggy guys in it, catch daily catnaps in it and just generally spend too much quality time in it. Kelly has sometimes threatened to have me taken to the hospital and have the recliner and I surgically separated. Sometimes there are furry critters sleeping in it and keeping it warm for when I get there. From my control center recliner I can open and close our patio door for the guys when coming in or going out. I can clearly check the daily temperature on a tree outside the window and of course have full control over TV and Stereo systems via remotes conveniently located on a renovated marble topped cabinet/table out of a Phaeton Motor Home. I can answer the telephone from my recliner and reach one of my Canon cameras for impromptu doggy photos or easily slip out of it onto the floor for a game of doggy toys with the guys. Yep, I'm going to miss my good old cushy recliner Pal alright and on our return in the Spring it is one of the first things I tend to reunite with when coming into the house. I look forward to that big huge sigh of relief as I blissfully sink into the welcoming and enveloping arms of my dear old friend:))
ROLLING THROUGH HUTCHINSON KANSAS NOVEMBER 10TH 2010
I always carry a 'pruners' with me on our morning walks for trimming back small branches or tall weeds along the forest path. For three years now I have used the blue handled cutters in the photo below. I even take these cutters to the southwest with me each year and carry them on our mountain hikes sometimes trimming back any protruding or low hanging branches growing across the trail.
MY BLUE HANDLED PRUNERS ARE NEVER TOO FAR FROM MY SIDE WHEN OUT ON THE TRAIL
Jerry's post over at OUR LIFE ON WHEELS was of particular interest to me today. I totally understand Jerry and Suzy feeling a need to prioritize things and go with the necessary and welcome changes in their busy lives. They have decided to change some of their blogging habits and I understand why. I always find the topic of blogging interesting and I always enjoy reading people's thoughts regarding blogs or blogging.
KELLY SAYS GOOD-BYE TO UNCLE HARRY TODAY
We slipped over to Mitchell Ontario this morning to see my Uncle Harry and say good-bye before we leave Saturday. He's doing pretty good and we feel comfortable that he will be fine over this upcoming winter season. He is in good hands at the Ritz Villa. He sure is going to miss Pheebe though. Uncle Harry always has been a caring 'dog person':))
I REMEMBER HOW GREAT IT FELT LAST YEAR ON NOVEMBER 12TH TO FINALLY BE STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF THE MIGHTY CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS ONCE AGAIN
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A State legislator is awakened in the middle of the night by his wife, who whispers, "I think there's a thief in the house."
"Not in the House, my dear," her husband says. "Perhaps in the Senate, but not in the House."
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