Friday, May 25, 2012

A GOOD DAY FOR SWIRLING OUT THE RIG’S BLACK TANK

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MOM, POP, & ALL THE KIDS ON THE POND TODAY

Figured the weather was looking good enough to haul the Motorhome out for a spin over to Exeter this morning.  I figured wrong.  Pheebs & were only a few miles down the road when a fast moving storm coming in off the lake rolled over us.  Not severe, but just enough rain for half an hour to have the windshield wipers on & turn all my big shiny wheels to dull gray again.  It’s a 40 minute drive to the town of Exeter & I make this run every year about this time. 

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In the north end of Exeter is a small park where RV folks can camp for a night free.  There is also a dump station & potable water here.  This is the place I like to give my tanks a good swirling out in the Spring.  Especially the black one.  Some may remember a year ago when my old sewer host bust as soon as I pulled the black tank handle.  I really don’t need to tell you what happened after that but luckily I knew there was a Canadian Tire Store about 3 blocks away with an RV section.  Cleaned up the mess & myself & headed for the store.  Bought myself a new fold up accordion flexible Rhino sewer hose.  Been using it ever since & it works great.  One small mishap in Hazen Arkansas last fall but it was my fault & not the hose.  Anyway, got the job done (in the rain) this morning & Pheebs & I were back home before 11 a.m.

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LAST YEAR IT WAS ME & THE LITTLE MOTORMOUSE MAKING THE EXETER TRIP ALONE & THIS YEAR IT WAS PHEEBS & I

About noon I hopped on the bike & headed off to Goderich to buy myself a six pack of Boost.  I am determined to loose some weight ‘again’ & I plan to use that food supplement Boost to help me along with that.  I’m not going to say anything more about my weight loss plan because I have done that half a dozen times before & blogged about it only to gain all the weight back & fall right on on my big fat face.  If I am successful for any length of time I will be sure to tell you.

 MY LITTLE ORANGE ORANGUTAN BUDDY RIDES WITH ME ON THE BIKE EVERYWHERE I GO >>>DSC_0009 

As you all know, I sometimes refer to myself as Mr. Blabberfingers & I do that with very good reason.  This gets me into trouble sometimes around the house here.  I am one of those people who has a tendency to write about whatever is on my mind at the moment.  Sometimes I do not think things through too well & dribble those thoughts out onto my keyboard.  It seems I do this because as I sit here putting my blog together, I feel like I am actually having a casual one on one chat with a good friend.  However, this is where the Blabber part comes in & as Kelly sometimes tells me, some things are better left unsaid.  You would think I would learn that wouldn't you.  But no, when I get keyed up about something, my arms get to shaking, my hands get to trembling, & my fingers get to tapping.  No, it's not a game I play, as a commenter suggested….. it's just me trying to keep an impossibly tight lid on my Blabber!!

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Now, blabbering right along…………..let me just give you the following scenario.  I know many people & especially fulltime RV folks who have been down this road.  You make a decision to change up your lifestyle a bit.  Maybe it’s to hit the road fulltime or maybe it’s just time to sell your house & move on to a new area with a different house & some new surroundings.  Here’s where the problem comes in.  You may be out pricing new or used rigs or properties or houses & you come across the dream vehicle or house you have been looking for.  For example purposes let’s use a house & property.  Everything lines up perfectly & it is exactly what you have been looking for.  You reach in your pocket to pull out some money for the new digs but you come up way short of course.  Well, most of us do anyway.  Fact is, you have to sell the house your in before you have enough to buy the new place.  Well, how useless is that.  You make an offer to buy something you like & your offer is accepted, but what good is it.  While your sitting on your can waiting for your own house to sell, your dream property probably get’s sold out right from under you.  The next guy walking on to that property simply had more money in his pocket than you did.  So, there you sit, still ‘wishin & a hopin’.  I think Dusty Springfield had a song by that name years ago.

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TOOK THIS SPIDER PHOTO BESIDE THE HOUSE WITH A 300mm LENS THIS MORNING & DID NOT SEE THE DRAGONFLY UNTIL I ENLARGED THE PHOTO >>>

Ok, scenario number two.  You find a small acceptable place to rent for a bit & then put your house up for sale.  As soon as your house is sold you bank that money & move into your small rental place, all the while still keeping your fingers on the Real Estate market looking for whatever it is you are looking for.  When found, you walk up the driveway & make the seller an offer.  Only this time you have enough money in your pocket to seal the deal right there & then before the guy behind you does.  Now, am I missing something here or does scenario number 2 just make a whole lot more darn good practical sense.  It’s a little something Kelly & I have been doing some thinking about lately……….. 
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TWO MALE BALTIMORE ORIOLE’S HAVING A SPAT IN OUR DRIVEWAY…HAPPY TO REPORT THEY BOTH WERE FINE & FLEW AWAY UNHARMED 
Thanks to DONNA (FROGGI DONNA as we all fondly know her) for her suggestions on getting our comment section settings ironed out.  I can certainly well understand people not wanting to have to get all involved in that Google + social network stuff.  Here is Donna's suggestions as what to do for folks having difficulty signing in to our, or anyone else’s comment section.....And, as you will notice, our comment section is looking different today after Kelly, following some of Donna's suggestions below made the necessary changes this morning.  Hopefully we now have this comment fiasco thing under control finally.  Donna says............
1) Enter a comment
2) Your friend will be prompted to log in to his Google account
3) Enter Google information
4) Enter the word verification if asked
5) Click the link for LIMITED PROFILE
6) Enter name they want displayed
7) Click OK
This way you are not creating a Google+ ID, just a link between the Google Gmail account and Blogger. It has nothing to do with a blog.
I did get an error message in the popup window but when I closed it and clicked ENTER COMMENT again, it showed me as logged in.
Hope this helps your friend and anyone else who wants to use Google but not create a G+ account.

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RED BREASTED GROSBEAK

Oh, and they need to expand the comment window to see the login box. All they are seeing is the CREATE a BLOG part, they need to ignore that.
You might want to consider switching to either embedded or full page comment forms rather than the pop-up......THANKS DONNA, MUCH APPRECIATED:))
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And, thanks to commenter RunNRose for reminding me about a Passport Canada call we had last month.  I may have forgot to update what is happening about that.  We couldn't figure out why Passport Canada had phoned & they never did call back.  Couple weeks later we received a form saying we had failed to check off one of the employment boxes.  Kelly did that & sent it back.  Haven't heard anything since & this is a good reminder to maybe call them & see if everything is still moving along OK.

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WE HAVE MANY FINE OLD STONE HOUSES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
And, talking about poor short term memory.....yesterday I had a question from some folks about the deck stain I used last year on our deck.  Instead of getting up from the computer & slipping out to the shed & writing down the name on the can I promptly forgot the question within seconds of reading it.  I was not reminded of the question until Thursday night while sitting in the waiting room at the Clinton Hospital.  They had a small television in there & a commercial came on about paints & stains for people's decks.  'BINGO' I quickly pulled out my little book & made a note to myself to answer that question when I got home.  Next problem was, where had I seen that question.  Poured through all of yesterday's Hotmail, Yahoo, & Gmail programs trying to find it.  No luck.  And then, out of the blue I remembered Facebook Messages.  Yep, there it was.  It bothers me to no end all the time because I know I have misplaced or forgotten to answer people's questions whether they come in my email, Facebook, Shoutbox, Gmail or Hotmail.  Seems if I don't answer a question within seconds of reading it, chances are good my mind is going to forget it.

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WE HAVE LOTS OF PERIWINKLE AROUND OUR HOUSE

Mark, from BOX CANYON BLOG.COM has joined the Bayfield Bunch on our travels afar & our travels around the house now that we are home for the summer.  Welcome aboard and we always enjoy having new Blog Followers dropping in:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  A man from the city is out plowing his field and gets his tractor stuck in the wet ground.  A farmer driving by stops his truck and walks to the fence to call over the city feller. You need a mule to plow such wet ground he says.
"Where can I buy one?" he is asked.
Well, I just happened to have one for 100 dollars he says.
"I'll take him," says the other man as he counts out the money.
I can't bring him over today. I don't work on Sunday morrow OK?
"Sure."
The next day the truck pulls up and the old farmer gets out. He says, "sorry, bad news."
I went out after breakfast and the mule was dead.
The city feller says just give me my money back then.
"Can't, spent it already!"
"Well... unload the mule then."
"What ya gonna do with him?"
"Raffle him off!"
"Naw, ya cant raffle off a dead mule!"
"Just watch me, us City fellers know a few tricks too ya know."
One month goes by and the city feller and farmer run into each other at the barber shop.
"What did ya do with that dead mule?"
"Raffled him off, sold 100 tickets at two dollars each and made 98 dollars profit."
"Didn't anyone complain?"
"Just one guy………………….. so I gave him his two dollars back!"

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- 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.

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17 comments:

  1. Ok, I'm totally confused. Are you saying that you want to look for another home in Canada?

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  2. I know what you mean about babble fingers!
    I figure it's my blog and I'll write what I want to!

    I write about whatever comes to mind, whenever it does. I feel no obligation to limit my blog to RV things, nor to post every day.

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  3. Al, sounds like you, (like me!) have a teflon brain. Guaranteed that whatever is put in slips right off!
    You say you feel like you are talking to us "one on one". We feel the same way. And that's what we like so much about your blog!

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  4. Well, maybe your orioles were having a spat, or maybe they just rented Brokebird Mountain. Never assume.

    And Blabberfingers are more fun. Now we're all wondering what in tarnation is Al talking about?

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  5. I think #2 scenario makes perfect sense.

    I love the oriole photos today! Amazing...

    As to babblefingers, I've had those for years. LOL!

    Liking the new full page comment section, thanks! Hope your friend and others can figure out how to sign in without creating new things. Google does keep it interesting at times. Glad to help, even a little.

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  6. Pheebs look pretty comfortable there in the co-pilot's seat.

    Looks like a bad case of Angry Birds there in your driveway.

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  7. The other day you were talking about having to top off your rain barrel and I know it rained but I have another suggestion in case the rain barrel runs low. We catch our air conditioner water and us it to water plants. It drains into a deep sink in the utility room so my husband puts a bucket under the tube and empties the bucket when it's full. Sometimes a couple times a day.

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  8. that blabbing can get a blogger into some 'hot water'..that is for sure!..but those of us that read your blog..love the 'blabbin'..
    as for the purchasing ..it is kind of like putting the cart before the horse!..

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  9. Buy and sell will be keeping you busy that's for sure. If nothing else you get to think about it and dream. Have fun.

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  10. While I always enjoy all your photos, the spider/dragonfly is outstanding! Yep! I've gotta get a macro lens for my camera.

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  11. I sold my house last May (2011) and am watching the market for my little "retirement place" at this point.
    I think that scenario is the best cause the housing market is so fickle you just don't know if your house will sell in time and you don't want to be carrying two mortgages.
    I really just want a piece of land so I can either build a texas house to compliment the RV.

    Good luck on the decisions it was hard to sell my house I really loved it but one must make sacrifices for the long term happiness.

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