Friday, July 27, 2012


In all our RV travels we have never traveled with a 'printer'. A few days ago I had noticed a skid full of HP Printers sitting on the floor at Walmart. Glanced at the price going by which said $79.99. Well, anything over $5 always seems expensive to me so never thought anything more about it except, how useful a printer would have been to us last March when we bought the house in Congress, Arizona. We were swamped with a mountain of paper work that had to be printed, faxed, re-printed, shuffled, turned up side down, rotated twice & reprinted again. Kelly was constantly on the run to the Library, MIKE & PAT'S place, plus the Congress Assay office trying to get things all printed up, signed, & faxed.   Well, I was sometimes on the run driving her to all these places too.  We do have a Lexmark printer at home here in Bayfield but we are not big printer users. After a casual conversation with a neighborlady Thursday night I learned those HP Printers at Walmart were on sale for $39 today.
Wasn't long in loading up the little Monkey Buns this morning & off to Walmart we went likity split. Figured at that price the whole darn skid load of printers would be gone, but nope, lots left. Soon as I had the printer loaded into the Jeep, Pheebs was bugging me to head on over to McDonald's for a Burrito, so what could I say. Off to McDonald's it was. We slipped through the drive-thru just like Motormouse & used to do last summer & got ourselves a couple Burritos to go. We now have cheese gobs, bits of scrambled egg & pepper chunks scattered about between the seats & on the floor. Headed back to Bayfield smelling like a Mexican Taco Stand.  Stopped briefly at DEER PARK LODGE & helped Kelly load a BBQ onto a wagon. A couple pond pics, a quick hello to Stella & Guinness & we were home again.
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Despite the hot day I did manage to gather some energy together & clean up the Motorcycle. Took myself out for a short snort around a couple country blocks & that was about it. Hadn't been up on the roof of the Motorhome since we got back from Arizona last April so I crawled myself up the back ladder for a look see. Yep, I'm in for a good clean up job there for sure but going to wait until it's cooler next month. Followed that with a couple little outside projects & then it was into the house to re-charge my batteries with some good old refreshingly cool A/C:))
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And, once again, just a note to say thank you to all the readers who have sent comments & emails this summer again. I know I‘m not real good at getting back to everyone but know that all your comments & emails are very much appreciated & read by both Kelly & myself. All comments & emails are saved as well. Thanks to the folks who have hung in there through my usual summer ups & downs, my rants, my rips & my floundering's. My mood swings don't always make for joyous, wonderful, & positive posts but it is the way I am feeling at the time & the way I write. Can't sugar coat my blog & present somebody to you I am not. From a long time reader on the East coast...." Al, I have always thought a person's blog was indeed their blog and if someone didn't like it, they just didn't read it. There are no set rules for blogging and definitely no blogging inspectors, or at least shouldn't be. A person's blog is about them, there perspectives and their experiences...nothing more". Thanks guys:))
GROANER'S CORNER:((  Why does a dentist seem moody? Because he always looks down in the mouth.
I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95
Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95.
I told her the beer would make her look better at night than the cold cream.
And then the fight started....
I asked my wife, "Where do you want to go for our anniversary?"
It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.
"Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said.
So I suggested, "How about the kitchen?"
And that's when the fight started again!!

- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
-  The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward   
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.


  1. That's a screaming deal on the printer, and wireless too. Just remember they come with very little ink.

    Want to clean the roof of my 5er? ;)

  2. I agree on the ink comment. I got a great deal on my HP Printer...........but when I got it out of the box, it was one that uses a cartridge for each color. And they don't come cheap!!
    But I'm still happy with my printer. Didn't get it at the great price you did but $79 wasn't a bad price either. It's a printer, scanner, copier fax machine.

  3. I use the scanning feature almost exclusively on my printer/copier/scanner now. I'm trying to go as paperless as I can and so I am scanning any old files that I think I still need to keep a copy of. Shred a lot, put the rest on storage since I can print a copy of any of it if I really need it.

  4. Several years ago I bought a printer to bring with us to MN from TX. Left it in the box for several months. Got to MN and discovered it was defective. It was too late, and TOO FAR! to take it back to the store. I learned then that it's better to take it out of the box, check it out to be sure it works OK, then put it back in the box. Have had 4 printers, all HP's. I like their printers, but dealing with their "customer service" is the pits!

  5. I feel the same as RunNRose..try it out while you are still close to the store you bought it. Might save you a lot of grief.

  6. HP will ship ink cartridges overnight free of charge in the States. Don't know about Canada.

  7. Hey the printer is cheap. However, the purchase of print cartridges does add up. Not sure I will get another printer when this one fails. Print photos at Wal-Mart or documents at the Office XX store. They also have scanners for the infrequent times I need one.

  8. In my mind there is NO printer that is easy to figure out and does what you want it to do. Most have so many features the average person would never use, but they keep adding features. The best thing to do is to try it. I've given away printers I was unhappy with and could never use. My favorite is a Brother HP-2140, a laser jet (prints very fast), black and white so you don't need all the color cartridges as for an ink jet. The toner can be bought at an online supply store but in a place like Office Depot they cost more than the original price of the printer. Hope your HP works just fine.

  9. Very cool shed photo. Also enjoy seeing what new name you'll come up with for Pheebs each day. :)

  10. My printer started leaking ink all over so bought a new one. It sat around for a couple of months waiting for my son to install it. I finally gave up and set it up myself. I couldn't get it set up wireless but it was working. He was here the other day and wanted to use it and set it up wireless. Now it works differently from the way I had it. KIDS! This printer came without a manual, the manual is online. I tried to print a couple of pages of the manual trying to learn something and could never get that done.

    As for the price of ink, they should give us the printers for what they charge for the ink.

  11. you know you are most welcome!..and congrats on the new printer!!!..hope it brings you many printed documents before you need to buy more ink!!..hope its better than out of one colour and it won't one colour, load it, print one or two pages...then another colour runs out!!

  12. I love my old HP printer. Yep it has colors, but I stick to black. When the ink runs out, I go to the Costco photo dept and they refill it for next to nothing and one time it was free. They are nice to have once or twice a year.
    Feeding a dog fast food in the car, would have in deep do do with wifey.
    Your bike sure looks spiffy.

  13. Well soon there will be 200,000 Motorcycles up here in the Hills for the Annual Sturgis Bike week... I believe its the 72nd anniversary. They clog up the roads, streets and businesses around here so much that we just stay home or get out of town. We can't even get to the Post Office.. But the boost in economy for all the merchants is a lifesaver... When they are all gone, we take our hills back..... It is a sight to see, ONCE!! Stay cool AL!

  14. Great deal on the printer, but I would also suggest you set ip up to make sure everything is there and it works. We had a problem three years ago bought new wireless printer and set aside for three months to install, then found out it did not work, was a long drive to exchange it afterwards.

  15. Can't get by without our printer! Our latest is a wireless all-in-one by Epson. As far as ink cartridges for each color, that's better, because you use a lot more blue than yellow, so you don't have to throw out a multi-cartridge just because you're out of blue.

  16. Sometimes when we have to load all of our dishes (not the eating ones), cables, laptops, modems, monitors, TV and printer I feel like "is it worth it??". Short answer is YES!!! Den wanted us to live "on the road" just as if we were in our home, and all that stuff makes us feel that way...I agree that YOUR blog is your own..If someone doesn't like it, don't read's just that simple;-))

  17. A person's blog is indeed their own and a person is entitled to have the freedom to write and share what they so wish. The part that baffles me is, if someone doesn't like a blog, why do they continue reading it!?
    Chose to be yourself as everyone else is taken! ;-)

    As for printers, I am having a real love hate relationship with mine these days!!

  18. I love the black and white shed with the colored bottles! Good Job! I used to play with photos like that all the time, I thank you for reminding me I need to get back to it! Love that photo!

  19. Hi Al, Kelly and Pheebs,

    I found out that
    right there in Canada, has good prices and inks. Hope this helps you.

    Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

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