Thursday, February 14, 2013



Remember when you were a kid & put your arms straight out from your sides & ran across the playground.  You were an airplane of course.  And remember how easy it was to bend your arms back, down a bit, & instantly become a jet, flying across the playground twice as fast.  Ya, I remember doing that too.


It was Pizza night at hour house.  Kelly slipped over to the CONGRESS DEPOT MARKETPLACE & brought us back a large Pizza supreme for supper.  We have taken a real liking to these Pizzas & always look forward to them.  Seems the only time we ever have one though is when we have company.  I don’t look forward to picking off the black olives that Kelly likes but she trades me the mushrooms she picks off.  We do kinda work things out most times:))



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Despite listing our Motorhome in the RV Auto Trader, Craig’s List, & couple other spots, we have not had what I would call a real favorable response.  No doubt our price is right, but the number of Class A Motorhomes for sale right now would stretch from here to the Moon & back.  It is just not a seller’s market.  Of course our terra cotta walls are not everybody’s cup of tea & no standard generic RV furniture doesn’t help either.  Selling anything is not my cup of tea & I’m finding all this rather stressfully discouraging.  It’s why I have always preferred trading things in.  True, you don’t get as much for your trade, but I’d rather do it that way & have the deal over & done with in a couple hours & quickly return to a normal peace of mind.  I much prefer mental wellness as opposed to money wellness.  I obviously do not have a business oriented mind……………


Was able to get the Sunseeker’s camera cleaned & put together again.  Nice clear image now that the condensation is gone.  Problem I had was getting the camera re-installed in it’s bracket on the back of the rig.  Screws are soooo tiny I could not get them lined up & started despite many, many, tries.  I am all thumbs when it comes to finicky stuff like that.  And, then there is the patience factor.  So, once again, as always, it was Kelly to the rescue.  I briefly explained what had to be done & minutes later the camera was once again securely mounted on the back of the rig, complete with it’s sun shade in place.  Sure is nice having a handywoman around the house.

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We knew when we first saw the Sunseeker’s layout we would probably have to think about making some changes to that dinette affair in there.  No, we are not going to paint anything, but after trying out the uncomfortable dinette for the past 5 days, we know it has to be carefully removed.  Without the dinette & table affair we do have enough room for a couple comfortable ‘wall hugger’ recliners & a nice table in between.  If I try to do this myself it will end up looking like I tried to do this myself.  Not good!!  So, in this case we will have to seek out someone to have it professionally done. 



And, for any of you ladies out there unsure of driving your big RV, whatever it may be, Motorhome, 5th Wheel, Travel Trailer etc, be heartened by Cindy’s experience over at RAY AND CINDY'S TRAVELS.  She went, with only a couple lessons, from flat parking lot driving to steep mountain grade driving with a dually Chevy truck & ‘large’ 40’ Montana fifth wheel &…….she survived:))


It was still 56F Wednesday night around 7 p.m. so maybe there is a little hope for some warmer Arizona weather finally headed our way.  Every time I feel a little grumbly I just have to remind myself of the 60 plus cold snowy winters I spent in Canada.  That kind of brings things into perspective right quick.


So, which is it?  Television programming just continues to get worse, or I just continue to get older.  D’ya suppose both those things could be happening at the same time.  Well, one things for sure….television programming just continues to get worse!!


Had we done anything of significance today I would have written about it.  I did manage to get a few backyard bird photos this afternoon.  Although we had planned a desert Jeep rumble, we just never got ourselves organized enough to go.  Hopefully Friday we will get out there & kick ourselves up a little dust…….



GROANER’S CORNER:))  The patient was lying in bed, still groggy from the effects of the recent operation. His doctor came in, looking very glum.  "I can't be sure what's wrong with you," the doctor said. "I think it's the drinking."  "No problem," the patient said patiently. "I'm sure by tomorrow you'll sober up."

- 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. Sure enjoyed today's bird pictures. The pizza looked great but I'm with Kelly - I don't eat fungus!! Russ gets all my mushrooms. Good luck with the MH mods.

  2. Hey, Al, did you ever hold a baseball bat by the end in each hand, and then spin around as fast as you could, trying to become a helicopter? If not, don't try it. It will just make you sick, and don't ask me how I know that. I agree with you on the "selling stuff" vs "trading in". I much prefer to do that too. Always way too much mental energy spent in the waiting game, and then the "negotiations". Not something I enjoy. Never was a good salesman. I've given used cars away to deserving people, rather than sell them, because it was just a whole lot easier on me, and besides it felt better than taking those measly trade in offers from dealers.

  3. Dennis says if that camera fogs up again, take it to a dealer ..the lens may not be fitting tightly, and it's under warranty...they should make it right...

  4. When we first started thinking about buying an RV, I thought we should start smaller and trade up if we did end up full timing. Craig was the one who wanted to get a class A right away, and the only thing that kept us from going whole hog to a 40' was our driveway. I read about people trading up after the house sells. Even though the longest we have been "out" has been four weeks, I'm very happy with what we have. Not too big, and not to small. Not too old, and still in good shape. Hopefully it will serve us for as many years as yours did. Can you put it on consignment somewhere when it is time to go back to Canada?


  5. Great bird pix! I took the dinette out of my rig, but in my case, there's carpeting to hide any screw holes left by the bench seat that is now gone. I want to change the wallpaper in it some day too. Ya gotta make them work for you :-)

    Good luck on the sale of the A.

  6. I never did like the looks of those dinettes. I would take a sofa over a dinette. If you are not going to keep it maybe you can put it in the one you have for sale so it would have some RV furniture, as uncomfortable as it is. lol

  7. I'd say you might want to consider storing the dinette you take out, for when you want to sell or trade the Sunseeker. As for selling the Class A, I'd keep advertising it on Craigslist. Include lots of photos showing the colorful interior, because that would be a real plus to lots of people. Can you list it via craigslist in several markets, such as San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, etc.? And I'll take a slice of that pizza with mushrooms AND black olives!

  8. We are new members. Your bird photos are awesome. Can't wait to look back in your blog when I have time.

    We are Joe and Gay Taylor. Have been living in our MH for 17 months with our 4 rescue canine dependents as full timers. What a time we have had!

  9. Those bird feeder pics were great!
    That pizza makes we want to search the Cabana for a snack right now!
    You are a changing person, perhaps you could buy the class A back from yourself and return the class C for lack of space, just a silly idea.

  10. Nice to have that Handy Woman around. Hope you store that dinnette so you can put it back in when its time to sell.
    Nice looking pizza!

  11. Love the bird pics. And I agree with you, TV programs are basically crap!

  12. Great bird photos!

    Sounds like a terrific idea to remove the table and add some recliners.

    I'm not sure you got my email about our crested/mining trip on Thursday. Your directions were wonderful. We had such a good time! Check out our last two posts!

  13. That photo of your aunt is a real keeper. Really shows her beauty.