Sunday, September 02, 2012




I found myself once again this morning standing in front of my closet with the same question on my mind I have every year about this time. What do I wear? Not for today of course, but for the winter months in the South-west. We seem to pack two thirds more clothes than we ever wear & every year we tell ourselves we are going to be smarter about that next time. We never are. Winter temps can go from mostly warm to downright hot in the daytime & cool to dam cold at night so one needs clothes to cover those wide ranges. When boondocking, laundromats can be few & far between so one needs to carry a generous helping of clean clothes. But, if we spend a fair bit of time at our Ghost Town Road digs & buy a washer this winter, maybe we won't need as many clothes. Decisions, decisions. I did leave some clothes hanging in a closet at the house last March but of course haven't a clue now what I left.

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Another fine weather morning so busied myself around the Motorhome. Solar batteries to be checked, a little more cleaning & of course some clothes to begin loading up. About 6 weeks before we leave so there is plenty to do. Just a super great time of the year & I enjoy being busy with the end result of once again being back on the road. With the bulk of summer's boredom rapidly disappearing behind me, I think I just might be mighty darn close to letting a great big smile slip across this older aging mug of mine:))


Can't really remember when the last time was I ever tucked my shirt into my pants but I'm guessing it was about the time I was maybe 40 pounds lighter than I am now. And, that was quite awhile ago. I remember a time when wearing a button up shirt outside your pants was considered, sloppy. How many times did I hear my Mother say, back in public school days, "tuck your shirt in!!" I recall it seemed like only older overweight guys walked around with their shirts pulled out. Yep, well welcome to the world of 'overweight & older' AL:((

Labor Day week-end 10 years ago today marked a turning point for Kelly & I. It was one decade ago today we drove through the entrance here at the Five Seasons Estates, stopped to look at a board with 'homes for sale' & spotted one that looked affordable & promising. Around the corner & down a Pine tree lined street we went & there it was, last one on the left. Two short months later we moved lock, stock, & barrel from the old farmhouse to where we live today. Our unit & grounds did not look like they do now & our first 4 years here kept us busy making many changes. Those were enjoyable years:))


GROANER'S CORNER:))  Don’t party too hard on the Labor Day week-end or you may end up looking like this…….


(no, I did not take the above photo)

- 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.

- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.



  1. Rick and I were sitting outside having coffee today talking about the same thing. We took too many clothes with us last winter and some of them are still in there on the same hangers and we not worn...we plan to empty the rig totally and refresh...before taking the party pic :)

  2. There are thrift stores with clothes in Wickenburg so you don't have to bring the whole wardrobe.

  3. I am glad I am not the only one putting clothes in the motor home six weeks before we leave.We also take way more clothes than we need.

  4. The fact that you are loading clothes into the RV 6 weeks before you travel tells me you have waaaay too many options...I load 3 days before we leave, and we STILL take tooo many...This is a common problem with us RV'ers...but I am not complaining...We are lucky to have to make these decisions, eh???

  5. TIme to wear Hawaiian shirts. No tucking in allowed. It would be a fashion faux pas. Don't want to pay the high price or go to Hawaii. Go to a thrift store. Great place to find Hawaiian shirts.

  6. Next time, take a picture of what you leave in AZ. Easier than making a list and then trying to find it!!

  7. We packed our coach 6 years ago and think there is is still some clothes we have not worn yet, maybe time to purge. Have fun organizing then hit the road.

  8. It don't look like I will beat you to AZ although we will be leaving here long before you leave. looks like North Ranch should be in sight around the middle or end of November... Long trip to Arkansas, Tenn and Florida.....took the long way around....

  9. Is that your baby pic in the Groaner?

    As for clothes, we leave 10 sets of underwear and two jeans and two shorts and 5 t shirts at each location. We have found this to work well for us. We seldom dress up.

    Fall has started up here and the yard is covered with leaves. I had hoped to fly away before that happened. All our song birds left about 3 weeks ago.

  10. Gaelyn is right, there is a cool thrift shop in Wickenburg with many rooms of interesting clothes! As a matter of fact, I was wearing a shirt today that I bought there.

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