Sunday, February 24, 2013

I WILL TURN MINE DOWN IF YOU WILL TURN YOURS DOWN…….

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A strong cold wind blowing from the north was enough to yank our front screen door from my hand this morning.  Didn’t bother Pheebs though, she was out the door like a rocket ship chasing a bunny across the yard.  She never comes close to catching them but I like seeing her excitement & energy. 

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<<< RED TAIL HAWK

Aunt Jean just got out of Dodge in time.  Strong gusting icy winds kept us house bound like a couple chilled Zombies all day.  Heaters going full tilt.  Dashed out the front door to take a quick pic of the house for tonight’s post & dashed right back inside again.  Even our 2 big Saguaros were teetering & shivering in the wind. 

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I was tempted to make my way out the driveway & hang a ‘For Sale’ sign on the fence, except it probably would have been instantly blown away.  Warm Florida sunshine seemed like a good option today & we know there are cheap properties there.  But, whoaaaaa back there Pardner.  Give yer head a shake!!  Only thing I hate worse than cold weather, is hot muggy weather, so I had better get that thought  cleared out of my head right quick.  But, let’s face it…..anywhere is better than being stuck in miserable cold & snow infested northern winter climates like back home for months on end.  Anywhere!!  

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Despite the differences in location, our nightly routines seldom differ.  At home in Bayfield, Kelly watches TV in the living room while I am at work on my blog & listening to my music in the sunroom.  Distance between these 2 rooms is far enough not to have the sound from one room bother the other.  Not so here in Congress.  We are in adjoining rooms.  Me with my Sirius satellite ambient music & Kelly with her television sounds.  Sometimes it seems I can’t here my music as well because of louder TV noise in the next room.  Kelly has the same problem with  louder music sounds in my room.  With each one of us nudging our sound up a tad, it has become quite a dilemma.  Neither one is edging the sound up to drown out the other, it’s just a matter of trying to hear one’s own sounds better.  Oh dear, it is such a dilemma we sometimes have with ourselves.

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OUR NEIGHBOR HAS QUITE A GROWING FAMILY OF SHEEP

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MAMA SHEEP PUTS THE RUN ON PHEEBS

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The days are slipping by faster now & in another month we will be in the early stages of getting organized for our trip back to Bayfield Ontario.  Not as much free RV storage space going back as we came with so we’ll be carefully making decisions as to what stays & what goes.  Our electronics & any valuables will go with us, but I might leave behind some socks & underwear just so any possible robbers will not feel jilted when they don’t find anything of value here.

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AND A BIG THANK YOU TO DIANNE FOR MAKING THIS BEAUTIFUL HAND MADE SOUTHWEST WALL HANGING FOR OUR HOUSE…DIANNE & HARRY OWN STORMRUNNER RV SALES & SERVICE IN BAYFIELD, ONTARIO:))

My right leg is still improving but I’m not out of the woods yet.  I am able to walk pain free again & have not had to take any pain meds for nearly a month.   Have to be careful of any unusual turns or twists though because I can still get a short sharp jabbing pain in my upper right leg groin area.  Hardest thing on my right leg is getting in & out of the Jeep.  Especially getting out.  That one hurts me every time.  Might have to trade my Motorcycle in for a Scooter when we get home so I do not have to swing my leg over the seat.  Guess maybe I could always ride side saddle…..and carry a purse:((  

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Thought the comments were interesting about that frosted object on the dash of that 55 Chevy Bel Air convertible in Saturday night’s post. (I had mis-identified it as a Corvette at first)  Never would have guessed it had anything to do with traffic lights or diffusing oncoming lights.  I do not recall ever seeing one years ago.  Of course, we never had any traffic lights in the small southern Ontario town I lived in at the time either.

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No matter which way you slice it, getting into or out of the top bunk in a Class C can be difficult. Ladders are generally used & we do have a heavy duty well built metal ladder. However, the rungs are narrow & hard on bare or sock feet. Tried it a couple times & that was enough of that. Easier to step up on the back of the dinette to climb into the bunk. A commenter suggested widening the steps & if we replace the dinette at some point, that is probably what we will have to do. If I don’t lose some weight soon I may have to look into the possibility of installing a hydraulic lift:((

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OUR LITTLE 2012 23’ CHEVY SUNSEEKER PATIENTLY AWAITS WARMER DAYS & NEW HORIZONS

Some readers may remember it was a year ago at this time Pheebs was doing all that cow smooching.  We were boondocked just south of Congress Arizona. 

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And, it was just one year ago Saturday (23rd) that we first stumbled upon our little rough & tumble house on Ghost Town Road.  Here’s what I wrote in my blog at the end of that day…… “We are always on the lookout for a little piece of property with 3 or 4 acres & a house on it so Kelly had spotted one for us to look at. No big acreage but the house was listed as quietly private so we found it on Old Ghost Town Road & had a look at it. Even had 3 Saguaros out front. Could be had for low to mid 30’s probably, but it was older, in need of repair, & just didn’t have the WOW factor going for it. And…..there were neighbors:(( Not so good!! Our search continues. Like I have said many times, whether RVing or living in a sticks & bricks, the only thing we want to see around us is the fine & undisturbed works of Mother Nature”.

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THESE ARE THE FIRST 2 PICS I TOOK OF WHAT WOULD BECOME OUR  ‘FUTURE SOUTHWEST HOME’

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OUR DIGS 1 YEAR & 1 DAY LATER

GROANER’S CORNER:((  A swimming instructor at a Los Angeles university was quizzing a group of students on Red Cross life saving and water safety techniques.
They answered all of her questions easily until she posed this one: "Which article of clothing would you remove last if you fell from a boat or dock fully clothed?"
Everyone mentioned something different. It was evident that no one knew the correct answer, so the instructor helped out. "The blouse," she said, "because the air gets under the blouse and acts like a buoy!"
The subsequent uproar ended the class.

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- 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.

18 comments:

Teri said...

Looks like you had warm, sunny weather the first time you looked at your Arizona house, so I am sure you will have warm sunny days there again. Patience......

Merikay said...

It seems this has been a particularly cold winter all over. Hopefully you will get some nice weather before you go back north.

Emily said...

A lot in a year. Last year Pheebs was touching noses with cattle and this year it's with lambs. Can tell who I look for first?

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Great hawk photos! And the house has really come a long ways. Well done!

Gypsy said...

The wall hanging is beautiful. Have you decided on a place to hang it? Hope you post pictures when you do.

John and Aileen on the road said...

Easy solution to the TV versus radio, Al. One of you gets wireless headphones then the other hears nothing other than their own system. Looking for warmer weather also!
John

TexCyn said...

I use a step ladder to get up onto my overhead bed. It's way better than the small ladders they provide. Mine fits snugly into the space between the front seats & just a tad under the bunk area, so it's very easy to use climbing onto. I store it on top of the bed when not in use during the day. Plus this gives me an outdoor ladder when needed!

longdog2 said...

Easy fix Al. Just get yourself some earphones and you won't hear anything but your music. Great wall hanging.

Tammy Fletcher said...

I was going to suggest the Wireless Headphones, but saw that was already
suggested. Our friend has them and
absolutely loves them.

Steve and Joan said...

The only negative I can come up with regarding our rv lifestyle is the tv. I don't like it! I keep talking about the wireless headphones but Steve's not taking the hint.

Russ Krecklow said...

Have you seen a device called "TV Ears"? They are a wireless ear phone, light and much easier to wear than normal headphones. They connect to the t.v. from a charging base unit that isn't really big. They work very well for listening to the television without any sound bothering anyone else. They might have them online at Amazon, don't know. I've been using mine for at least a couple years now.

John said...

Wow, the house sure has come a long ways. The changes you have made have given it the appeal you and Kelly were looking for. I also love the new wall hanging, it is beautiful and matches your decor and color scheme. Keep warm!

George and Suzie Yates said...

House is taking shape pretty good now, too bad the weather didn't follow suit.

Donna K said...

Love seeing all those pictures of Pheebs, especially the one with the mama sheep getting after her! I guess that sheep is not as smoochy as the cows were last year.

You and Kelly have certainly made some good improvements on the property. Hope you get some nicer weather soon.

edlfrey said...

I use a step ladder the same way as TexCyn does. It is out of the way during the day and I can slide it under my living room chair while on the road. Works great!

Gay and Joe said...

You will get the ladder thing all worked out! The 2 weeks our slide motor was broken and the slide didn't go out was heaven to me because the slide covered the T.V. and we had silence except for soft guitar music ( my favorite.....love to hear Doyle Dykes play a Taylor!) sometimes!

Pheebs is so cute!

Hope it warms up there...have a great week!

BJ said...

Hi Al,
Joe purchased something he saw on TV called "My Zone" Headphones for $20 at our local Fred Meyers Store (Kroeger) He can have the sound up as loud as he wants to watch TV and I don't hear a thing and can enjoy my music without distrubing him. Hope you find something that works for you and Kelly.
Love the wall hanging. Thanks for the reply re: the space in the upper bunk area.

Dennis and Donna said...

In my crabby Maxine mood, I would be one mean ol' bat if I had that much cold weather out there in Arizona...the older I get the less I can take that cold...Oh, and by the way, we here are now under a heavy snow warning for tomorrow...big whoop.

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