I think I woke up with a little extra spring in my step this morning and for sure both Kelly and I felt better about things. Despite having to wait for another Doctor's call late next week we began the first of a million things to do before we hit the road next month. Sometimes 'A' decision is better than 'NO' decision and our decision Tuesday to head south has helped us turn a corner. And our Senior scurrying about today was evident of that.
WE CAME US UPON AN APPLE ORCHARD BUT MOST OF THE APPLES HAD BEEN PICKED
Pheebs and headed into Bayfield early to set up an appointment for the Jeep's oil change and check-over next week. We'll have our summer tires taken off and the knobbier desert snow tires put on. We'll also have the Jeep undercoated again this year as well. Brakes will be looked at too.
ANOTHER FINE MORNING FOR A JEEP RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE
Motoring southeast out of town we graveled our way along dried country roads enjoying the beautiful Autumn morning. Sunny skies, warmer temperatures and no wind. Our travels took us through a few roadside forests where we absorbed the wondrous aroma of Autumn. Our morning travels didn't take us any further than 10 miles from Bayfield and we were back home about 11.
BEST TME OF YEAR FOR A WALK IN THE FOREST
Kelly busied herself sorting through a bunch of things while I opened a can of paint and finished up painting trim on our newly roofed shed. Mike the plumber guy rolled in to do some work under our unit in preparation for the coming winter. I hauled a utility trailer load of yard waste to our Park's recycle area. I also put the hitch back on the Motorhome. That darn hitch assembly seems to get heavier and more unwieldy every year and it caused me to again turn the air blue a couple times.
CAME ACROSS A FEW BABBLING BROOKS TODAY
One of the great advantages a Full-Timer has over a Snow-Bird is the fact they do not have to go through the major packing and unpacking of their RV's twice a year. It is the painstaking task of loading up for prolonged winter travels that is always the hardest by far and we are in the early stages of that now. Like the Motorhome's heavy hitch the loading and preparation seems to somehow grow harder each year as well. I guess we're just feeling our age.
PHEEBS ALWAYS KEEPS A VERY CLOSE AND CONCERNED EYE ON ME WHENEVER I AM OUT OF THE JEEP
ON THE TRAIL OF AN ELUSIVE GRASSHOPPER
We are thinking this may very well be our last RVing year to the great American Southwest and next Autumn we may be thinking of a month long sojourn to Canada's east coast for the month of September maybe. When we first hit the RV road back in the Autumn of 2006 I thought perhaps we might be lucky enough to have maybe 5 years of travel and here we are entering our 12th. We have been so very fortunate to have seen and done all the things we have. No regrets.
HALF A NEW HOUSE ROLLED INTO OUR PARK TODAY
HEY I THINK I RECOGNIZE THOSE TWO DESPARADOS ON THE LEFT WALKING BY TO CHECK OUT HALF OF THE NEW HOUSE
KELLY WENT TO PICK THIS STICK OUT OF THE WASH BASKET……AND IT MOVED
We sure are enjoying our larger LG 55" HDTV and especially so since we have now added some new channels in an effort to get away from all the TV trash channels. My favorite addition is the Smithsonian channel and oh how marvelous all those great nature programs. BBC Earth is another favorite as is National Geographic. I enjoy being educated while being entertained. AHC (American Heroes Channel) another good one and I like the music oriented programs on AXS-TV. A lot of music history here along with a series of interviews by Dan Rather with musical icons and legends. It seems an odd mix when you think of Dan Rather interviewing artists like Neil Young, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Greg Allman, Sammy Hagar, Steven Van Zandt, Geddy Lee, Gene Simmons, Roger Waters, Kid Rock, Billie Gibbons, Carlos Santana, plus a bunch of others. Rather has a knack of bringing out the real person behind the stage personality we are all used to seeing. I have read some great biographies of music personalities and what goes on on stage and what really goes on behind the scenes are often two totally different things.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Margie received a bill from the hospital for her recent surgery, and was astonished to see a $1200 fee for the anesthesiologist. She called his office to demand an explanation. "Is this some kind of mistake?" Margie asked when she got the doctor on the phone. "No, not at all," the doctor said calmly. "Well," said Margie, "that's awfully costly for knocking someone out." "Not at all," replied the doctor. "I knock you out for free. The 1200 dollars is for bringing you back around."
There was a tradesman, a painter named Jack, who was very interested in making a dollar where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time. Eventually the local church decided to do a big restoration project. Jack put in a painting bid and, because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he started, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks, and buying the paint and thinning it down with turpentine. Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jack off the scaffold to land on the lawn. Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?" And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"
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Bet that moving stick did give Kelly quite a start.ReplyDelete
When should we book your reservation?ReplyDelete
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Nancy mowed you a "porch".Delete
Loved the Pheebs photos tonight.... Such a sweet little girl...ReplyDelete
So nice that you are moving forward , The task of loading your Rv is one that seemed to take forever. You have had many wonderful years in the southwest and as we are now into our 12 year with you guys looking for another one as well. Good luck getting it all done and hope you get on the road soon.ReplyDelete
Glad you are finally getting ready to head out. We know that plans are made in Jell-O and can change in a moment but by prepping earlier and taking your time things balance out.ReplyDelete
Even if you don't head to the southwest there are still plenty of southern states to visit.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
Glad to hear the packing has begun. This gang has started thinking of ways to simplify our lives such as traveling back and forth from Montana to AZ in a vehicle rather than RV????ReplyDelete
How I miss the beautiful reds of autumn. I love your photos of the countryside.ReplyDelete
There comes a time when the drive across the continent becomes just too much. I'd love to do it again, but don't have the motivation anymore, to say nothing of energy and money!
Having a decision made gives purpose to your days, even if you have to change later.ReplyDelete