Monday, April 09, 2012



We hadn't seen my Uncle Harry since heading south last November so this morning we loaded up the Pheebs & Jeeped ourselves over to Mitchell Ontario. Uncle Harry just loves seeing the Pheebs because Harry has always been a dog person. For turning 96 next month he is still doing reasonably well & the Ritz Villa Care Facility takes good care of him.

We have some inclement weather heading our way but today was still bright & sunny. We just need a little more warmth in the air to kick start the Spring growth season.  I really need to get the outside water hooked up & begin the task of getting all the bug juice cleaned off the front of the rig.  Normally when we return from the Southwest it is still cold but with this years unusual warmer temps & our later start for home we ran into a lot of bug infested hot weather on the way.  Splat, splat, splat!!  And, mentioning coming home, here 's a couple pics showing the big difference from this year to last year.

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LAST YEAR                                              THIS YEAR

A fellow RV Blogging lady is experiencing some very difficult days at the moment as her husband, in intensive care at the moment is very ill. Nan from THE CONFESSIONS OF THE RV LOVING FIBER ARTIST has been spending long hours at an Indianapolis Hospital by husband John’s bedside.  You are in our thoughts Nan.

DSC_0015-1 IVAN has some nice photos of another favourite region of mine.  Southern Utah.  I have never been in the Goose Neck State Park area but with a bit of luck maybe we can pass that way this Fall on our way to Congress Az.  Ivan has some nice photos of the area (& Hailey:)) plus aerial views from his remote controlled 'Chopper.'


How would you like to have a job at the the Grand Canyon for the summer.  Gaelyn from Geogypsy does & she well be leaving her winter digs in Yarnell Arizona next week for another season at the Grand Canyon's NORTH RIM.   Gaelyn recently purchased a new Nikon D5100 so we are all going to soon have some great photos of the Canyon headed our way.
Well, Tuesday morning will mark the beginning of what may possibly turn out to be an interesting summer on the medical side of things for me.  I have been extremely fortunate all these years in not having to spend much time under medical care of any kind.  Aside from a couple minor surgeries on both feet for bone spurs I have been a lucky guy.  Considering the rough & tumble drinking days….very lucky indeed.  Only medication I've ever taken is something called Arthrotec for the stiffness in my legs.  Some of you may remember me ending up in a Tucson Arizona hospital last December with a painful kidney stone.  A CT Scan showed that stone to be large & impassable.  Also showed numerous other kidney stones plus some other stuff going on inside around the kidney, liver & bowel areas so tomorrow morning will be the first of what I suspect will be a number of medical appointments this summer.  Yuk, hate all that stuff but I'm at that age & stage now where I guess I have to finally expect some breakdowns:(( 


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Just in case you’ve always had a hankering to know what ‘dog piling it’ means, I suggest you head on over to SPOTTED DOG RANCH & check it out.  Yes, it has something to do with dogs alright, & a rowdy cat or two.



And, it is with great sadness that I just read on Facebook a few minutes ago about the passing of ‘Fillmore.’  We first met Fillmore just west of Yuma a few years back when the late Doug Dubrouillet & JoAnn came out to the desert to try a little boondocking with the Bayfield Bunch.  Fillmore was a blast, bounding around the campsite.  At one point he chased a ball right into our burning campfire.  That resulted in an ‘ouchy’ paw but after a bit of medical attention he was soon racing around upside down again.  Fillmore was quite well known among many RV Blog folks.  Our hearts go out to JoAnn tonight.  I sure understand how she is feeling.  JoAnn has put up some photos of Fillmore HERE.  You can see some pics & read about our last day with Fillmore on our post, WE WAVED GOODBYE TO FILLMORE THIS MORNING.



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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Two Irish guys are fishing. The first guy reels in his line and sees that he's snagged an old bottle. As he's taking it off the hook, a genie pops out and promises to grant him one wish. "Turn the lake into beer," he says. The genie goes "Poof!" and the lake turns into beer. He says to the other guy, "So what do you think?" The other guy says, "You jerk. Now we've got to pee in the boat."

- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.


  1. Does your Uncle know how many people are cheering him on?? Happy to hear he is doing well. We wish you well with you kidney stone problem--no matter how your doctor chooses to take of them, you will feel 100% better when they are gone...Jim is a testament to that! Good Luck, Pardner!

  2. Thinking of you...Hopes that they can "bust it up" with ultra sound..and it will pass...Never any easy fix for this stuff, but you are on the right trail....Keep in touch...Love ya..

  3. I know all about kidney stones, just had me an 11X3 in my tract. Hurt alot. (okay more than alot). And I'm only 45!
    Going back to see doctor in a couple of weeks for a follow up. Always good to drink LOTS of water, that helps the stones from clustering (so they say).
    Good luck on the rest of your medical issues, I'm sure it will all be fine.
    Fillmore was a very pretty dog.

  4. The herb yellow dock is supposed to be good for kidney stones. Might want to check it out. Love your photos today. Best wishes with your medical issues. I am sure you will be ship shape in no time flat.


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  6. glad to hear that Uncle Harry is doing well at the Ritz!..hope that your medical procedures go well and you get through them all with little or no trouble!
    Sad to see the pictures of Fillmore!..he was the first 'blog dog' that I read about!..everyone wanted to meet Fillmore and have their picture taken with him!..

  7. Good luck at the doctors tomorrow. And thanks for the plug.

  8. Always glad to hear Uncle Harry had a visit with you and the Pheebs. Best wishes with your medical stuff - not fun I know. LOVE those woodpecker pictures and all your flower pictures too. Are you gearing up for "Squirrel Wars"?

  9. Best wishes for some positive outcome with the Medicos tomorrow!!!!!

  10. Wish you the best, with all that doctor stuff. I am terrified of hospitals and try to avoid them. Did anyone ID that beautiful blue bird taking off from the pond you posted? I checked my Florida and Alaska bird books and found no match. You did get a great set of pic's. Now if you could just see a real UFO ( if they exist) There would be a really clear and perfect photo for everyone to see.

  11. Will be on the golf course today, but my thoughts will be with you. Anxious to hear what the Doctor has to say about your complex medical problems. Glad to hear you got to visit with Harry. Lots of love & hugs....Aunt Jean

  12. What a contrast in Coming Home pics, eh? Hope all goes well at the doc today and will be thinking of you.
    Back home with familiar docs and your medical plan will go a long ways to getting the needed help right away.

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

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

  13. Good luck today, we will be thinking of you!

  14. Terrific pictures as always. Especially love the woodpecker.

    Hope the stones can be zapped as painlessly as possible. But given the health issues putting on years can bring, you are a lucky fella!

  15. You probably already know this, but the little dryer sheets you throw in with the cloths when you dry them work great for removing bugs and tar from the front of a car. Just wet them down a little and the stuff comes right off.

  16. What? No Uncle Harry pics?? Hope everything goes well today.

  17. butterbean carpenterWednesday, April 11, 2012

    Howdy K&A,
    How do we know you went to see Uncle Harry; no pics!! Glad you do go!!!
    Have you ever read the BY CHANCE
    blog?? They also work on the South Rim and he writes a very good blog!!
    We're glad you aren't having to work like last year, with your kidney stone!! May the stone pass thru you and everything come out alright!!

  18. For someone who is going to TRY to think of something interesting to blog did a great job!
    Love the photo of the blackbird. He/she looks like it is posing for you.
    Hope your test goes well on Sunday. That is amazing they do it on Sunday but nice to know you will get it over and done with!
    We were looking for your place yesterday. We think we need to go back in your blog and try to figure out where you are located.
    We leave here tomorrow so must do it today.
    Enjoy your Thursday. ~wheresweaver