Wednesday, June 25, 2014



A disturbing phone call from Kelly's Mother in Spencerport this morning.  She had just received word that Kelly's sister Becky in Florida had suffered a heart attack & was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she remains undergoing tests & monitoring.  Readers may remember just over a week ago when Kelly & I were at her Mother's in Spencerport New York.  Becky & husband Norm were also there spending a 10 day holiday.  Becky is a nurse & luckily was on the job at a retirement home when the heart attack occurred.  We haven’t received any further word so are assuming Becky is in stable condition.


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Pheebs was due for a nail trim so we opted to go all out & get her all spiffed up this morning.  She was needing a good bath & brushing anyway.  As an added bonus she also snagged herself a nice massage.  And on top of coming out of all that smelling like a rose she convinced Mom & Dad to get her a brand new spiffy red doggy collar as well.  What a pampered little pooch she was today.  Took about an hour or so at the groomers in Varna & she was just so overjoyed to see us when we came to pick her up.



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It started with our front deck.  Anyone living in a forest or an area with a lot of trees around their house knows about mold.  Summer heat combined with summer rains soon combine to grow mold in shaded areas.  Frequently on the north side of houses & we are no exception.   You know the stuff, it's green & soon begins growing on just about anything that doesn't move.  It was time once again to haul out a jug of anti-mold solution, a scrub brush & the power washer to do battle with the growing mold Monster.  From the front deck it was around to the back deck.  Then there were the patio stones, wooden steps, house siding, lawn furniture tables & chairs.  That mold is persistent stuff & the job took me the best part of 3 hours.  Kelly tried to grab the power washer & turn it on me.  Said because I’m slowing down she needed to get some of the mold off me too but I told her mold don’t grow on this here rolling stone.  Least ways not yet anyway.  And anyone using a power washer sure knows the water world one works in while using this kind of equipment.  I was about as wet as anything & everything I sprayed.  Do I look at it as work?  Not really, I'm just happy to have something to do:))

On my desktop screen I have a couple weather icons with one showing the current temperature in Bayfield Ontario while the other shows the current temperature in Congress Arizona.  Right now at 6:30 p.m. in Bayfield it is 62F.  There is a 3 hour time difference between here & Congress so at 3:30 in the afternoon our Congress house is sitting in 93F heat.  I am much happier with our Bayfield temperature than I would be with that Congress Arizona temperature.  It's an odd feeling being about 3,550 kilometers or 2,200 miles away from our Congress home.  There's our house & all our stuff just sitting there & there's nothing we can do to change anything like water some plants, open some windows, keep an eye on the ceiling when the Monsoons come, etc.  Too far to just drive on down & check things out.  We do have a neighbor keeping an eye on things but it just isn't the same as being there ourselves.  No idea how any of my plants are faring but at least this summer there are no sheep or goats wandering the property eating & stomping all my efforts into the ground.  Wow was that ever a big mistake we made the first year.  We have never seen the South-West in the summer time but the thoughts of flying down for a few weeks, renting a car & staying at the house just doesn't interest us.  It's the flying down part we don't like & stuffing Pheebs into a crate in the cargo hold of an airplane just is not an option.  Oh well, counting the days until we once again get the big wheels rolling south for our little adobe Ranchito on aptly named Ghost Town Road in Congress Arizona.


Might sound like I'm getting a little of my usual summer time hitch-itch but actually I'm doing better than in the past bunch of summers & I think it was that little trip up to the Bruce Peninsula & over to Spencerport New York earlier this month that has been instrumental in staving off that urge.  My country Jeep drives with Pheebs are also a big help as well.  But knowing myself as well as I do I’m sure that danged South-West hitch-itch will come knocking soon enough………………………..


GROANER'S CORNER:((  A little boy and his dog were waiting outside a veterinary clinic. When asked if he was there to see the doctor, he replied, "Yes, I'm having my dog put into neutral."


One day at the veterinarian's office where I take my cat, a man and the receptionist were verbally sparring. After a few moments a technician came to her co-worker's defense. "Sir," she interjected, "do you know what happens to aggressive males in this office?"


A father and his small son were standing in front of the tiger's cage at the zoo. The father was explaining how ferocious and strong tigers are, and junior was taking it all in with a serious expression.  Dad," the boy said finally, "if the tiger got out of his cage and ate you up ..."  "Yes, son?" the father said expectantly.  "What bus should I take home?"


  1. The days are getting shorter soon, we will be heading ti the southwest again.

  2. Hoping Kelly's sister is all right. Thinking of your family.

    Pheebs looks adorable!! Not sure she was as excited as I would be for a spa day:)

  3. Sending healing thoughts to Kelly's sister. Glad where she could get help quickly.

  4. All my best wishes to Kelly's sister for a speedy recovery. That's quite a scary phone call.

    Pheebs looks beautiful in her new red collar and clean, shiny coat. Pretty happy, too. :)

  5. Hope all is well with Becky. Those phone calls are hard to deal with.

  6. Prayers for Kelli's sis and for Kelly's peace of mind. It is hard to be away from loved ones during a time like this.

  7. Hoping for the best for Becky...scary considering how she was so enjoying herself just a few days ago...none of us really know, do we? Not sure but I don't even think they allow the dogs to fly in the cargo area during the summer to Phoenix...we checked into it on time a few years ago and they said no....It is now almost 8pm in Congress...temp 90. Cools down during the night and at 5am I am opening the windows until about 11am...not too bad...but wouldn't do it just because!

  8. We added Kelly's sister to our list of those we are praying for. Hope you get some good and positive news soon.

  9. Starting to plan a route to San Diego County (Agua Caliente) for when we leave Colorado late September. Thinking we may be passing real close by, but you may not be there yet. Planning on January around Quartzite.
    Thoughts with you for Kelly's sister.


  10. Sorry to hear about Kelly's sister,hope she is doing okay. Pheebs looks so happy to see you.

  11. I'm sorry to hear about Kelly's sister. Hopefully she got taken care of in time, and will make a full recovery.

    Pheebs looks all shiny!

  12. Healing thoughts to Kelly's sister. Ackk...we have the mold scenario, too! TM just uses Clorox in the power washer; I know -- not good for the environment. Your concerns about your Congress home are the same thoughts I am having about our home this coming winter. We have 6 months in Florida reserved, and I keep having your thoughts pop in my head. TM thinks I am a worry wart - wonder what they look!

  13. Al, it's been 103, 104, even 106 here lately, but next week, it will be...gasp!... 113 and 114! ACK!
    Cheryl Ann

  14. Hugs to Kelly as she waits to hear about her sister. I have the weather for different locations on my screen as well and am often surprised by the extreme differences on any given day. It does confirm there is rarely "typical" weather anywhere :-). Pheebs looks lovely - but she knows that already.

  15. Hope Kelly's sister comes out on top.
    I've been waiting for you to start waxing poetic about heading south :)). It really gives RVer's with sticks and bricks something to look forward to. Absence make the hitch itch just a little bit more. Though it's beautiful here in Lovely Ouray, Colorado, wildflowers are about to bloom in the high country and the weather is cool, I catch myself looking forward to wandering Utah and Arizona come September through…well, since we missed out last year due to illness, maybe through May!!! By then I know my lovely wife will be ready to spread out and ditch the RV. :)
    Box Canyon Mark