Thursday, September 30, 2010

Decisions Decisions

I have been thinking about our RV School get-together in January 2011 in Quartzsite, AZ.  It will be the last weekend in January like it has for the past decade or so. The area is a free for all in trying to get an exact spot.  The last few years we’ve been lucky.  The same spot.  Carol & I go out about two weeks ahead of time and see what’s happening.  Then we go out about 7 days before and stay.  If it’s empty we claim it.  If not we set and wait tell they leave and then jump on it.  A couple of years ago their was one RV that didn’t leave.  I went and asked them if he would like to join our group because we had about 20-40 rigs coming to this area. He stayed and joined us – all was well.  2011 I haven’t decided to go with Nathan dogs or pulled pork.  Pulled pork is a lot of prepping in TX and no real cooking in Qsite.  Dogs are pretty much the opposite.  I’m leaning towards the pulled pork again since it was a big hit last year.  A few people start arriving the Monday/Tuesday before which is OK with me.  Then the rest arrive Thursday & Friday.  Saturday is when we bring out the main course fixings for the modified pot luck.  Then we have goofy fun prizes give away.  It’s fun and has gotten real popular the last two years.  In our travels we pick up “stuff” and then have a give away at the get-together. It’s a blast.  Friday and Saturday nights we have a big friggin camp fire and it too is a lot of fun.  In the mornings coffee and donuts appear out of know where.  The campfire still has hot coals from the night before.  The Get-Together we usually say it’s for RV Driving School graduates, their friends, Escapee Boot Camp attendees (past & present) and our friends. It’s free. If you don’t fit in that group and want to attend – great.  Just email me saying you want to have some fun and want to attend.  I can email you in November along with others with the details.

I think we may have the biggest RV School Staff turn out than we ever have had.  They could include George Mayleben, Frank Piccolo, Steve Mulcahy, Denny Orr, Dan Sheppard and even Jerry Ray hopefully. Of course their bosses (wives) will be there to make sure they stay in control of themselves.  Rumor has it that the founder of the RV Driving School will be there.  The Staff helps with the food and are a real big help.

Another coach for us update – nothing really happening at this point.  If we get an older coach (06-07) are expenses will go down hopefully.  As we all know, they don’t go away.  We just need to try and lower them (payments, insurance, etc.).

Here’s what I did for dinner.  DSC_0001-1  DSC_0004 DSC_0002-1

I took the night before left over ribs and cooked them on the grill.  I had eight and I put barbeque sauce on four and just recooked them all.  I think they turned out better – all of them.  Since they were picked over already there was a lot of fat.  Putting them on the grill cooked some more fat out but not all of it. 

DSC_0005They were still juicy and pulled off the bones.  We tested them with Wayne and Beth Roberts, our good neighbors.  Hey, testing your cooking, isn't that what friends are for? We spent the evening with them along with some Butter Pecan ice cream.

When we got back to our rig we had a surprise.  Patches was outside and our other cat Rainbow was left inside the rig.  We had bells and whistles going off in the dash.  Well, she turned on the ignition and turned on the jacks.  Wow, glad she couldn’t turn and hold the key. I think she wanted to leave when she saw us outside.  I guess I have to take the key out of the ignition now.

Tomorrow, Friday, we go see THE lawyer about Mom Hill’s trusts.  Lawyers – I haven’t found one that I feel comfortable around yet.  Comfortable in a social setting - no problem.  Doing business with – just don’t feel comfortable.  This lawyer cost us big bucks – or should I say cost us big bucks and lost us big bucks.  Once we started understanding Medicaid we saw there were other options that would have cost us a lot less. Like about 15 grand and then some. Hey, another lesson learned in life….some are expensive in dollars and some are expensive in life itself…so be with it, learn from it and move on.

Opps, to much info…….

See ya………….

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Now that I have everybody's attention.  I went out in town and bought some cookin food today.  I got some pork butt and some pork ribs and a few other “stuff”.



Then I cooked two rack of ribs using Brenda’s recipe. The meat just fell off the bones. DSC_0002


In case you didn’t get a good look here’s a little bit closer. They were meaty, big and juicy.DSC_0003

Yes, we have left overs…………

See ya…………

Renegades ?

Look what the raccoons did last night.  They came by and when they left they forgot their hats.  I wonder if the Goshen Gang put them up to it. Here I thought they surrendered but like in all wars, there are always renegades. DSC_0008



And they got our leader while he was asleep.DSC_0007

The next 10 days are expected to be in the low to mid 80s and night time in the high 50s low 60s.  Zero chance of rain and sunny everyday.  How sweet it is……..

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Getter Done

We are in the cleaning up mode from being away since March.

I cut the grass and Carol pulls weeds.  I would use weed killer but Carol says NO! Oh well…. DSC_0002

I took off the kayaks and racks that were on the car.  We won’t be using them when we go to Pomona nor to Oregon House.  Five days each way, work 10 days at the RVIA show then 6 days of Carol’s Line Dancing.  Anyhow, the car is all shiny.  I got to do the rig yet.DSC_0001

We are taking “stuff” out of the rig now and then will sort thru it when we return in very early November.DSC_0003

Patch’s the cat runs loose here.  It’s her old neighborhood and she comes and goes as she pleases.  She always returns around feeding times.DSC_0004

Frank & Marlene came over towards the evening. We jawed jacked some.  Carol and Marlene it was line dancing stuff mostly. Frank & I were checking out the tire/wheel of our golf cart.  It wobbles for some unknown reason.  I think it’s a tire gone bad. Before they left Frank borrowed some baby orange cones to decorate his rig.

Oh, part of the Goshen Gang, Bud & Cathie, have returned here to Livingston.

We heard noises around our rig that night.  It must be those raccoons again.  They invade us ever so often.  We don’t leave dog/cat food out anymore.  I think Joe Peterson feeds them.

See ya………

Monday, September 27, 2010

Last Day Traveling For Awhile

300 miles to Livingston, “let’s roll.”

A company that was.DSC_0007


In the background is an old gas pump next to the church wall.  I guess it’s there in case the parishioners want to get pumped up.DSC_0014


Not today….DSC_0017


They were closed but still in business.  DSC_0019

My SilverleafDSC_0023

It’s not a weather evacuation but a nuclear!DSC_0026

Not today…….DSC_0032

The Ole Mississippi River again and awhile tell we see her again.DSC_0037

Louisiana – Home of Popeyes and on every corner.DSC_0041

Carol wanted a picture of a cotton field.DSC_0047

That white stuff is not snow or ice it’s cotton.DSC_0050

Now we are in the other USA Country – TEXAS.DSC_0057

Now I remember the work of having a “PLACE”. You forget until you return.DSC_0059

Yep, the barn is still standing thank goodness.DSC_0060

Oh no left over Lovebugs…… to get them off now or their juices eat everything.DSC_0058

We had a CA dealer contact us about a 09 Safari never titled.  A dealer went of business and the bank reprocessed the rig.  It has the non smog 350 CAT engine, full tile, 33K gross weight and 4 slides.  Anybody know about the Safari Cheetah model? Let me know good and bad – quick.

See ya………..

Saturday, September 25, 2010

On Down The Road

Up and rolling about 8 AM.  Down the road we picked up the Natchez Trace Pkwy again. We have been up and down the parkway and it’s a nice calm drive – no excitement what so ever.  I think they call it a peaceful drive.  Try it…  DSC_0004

Cotton anybody?DSC_0005

We got off the parkway somewhere….

She flies so proudly anywhere…DSC_0006

What do the women of Mississippi drive…John Deer of course.DSC_0007

Alligators down here in Ole Mississippi. DSC_0010

Babies too….DSC_0011

More cotton.  I like the color of their covers.DSC_0012

Times are changing.  A friggin guard is one thing but a shack and a golf cart.  I bet he has the internet and Dish TV too.DSC_0013

No idea and don’t care…….just something to look at.DSC_0016

Now we are on some Mississippi back roads. My antennas got a whooping. I found a little campground on the map and thought we would go for it. What the hell.  It’s an adventure right?!DSC_0017

Well, it sets about a 1/4 mile off the Mississippi River.DSC_0018

The mighty Mississippi River.DSC_0020

The state park is Grand Gulf Military Monument, Port Gibson, MS.  It’s off the beaten path for sure and is rich is civil war history.  It’s a neat place.  42 sites, $17 FHU (50 AMP) and on a cement pad, with or without shade and paved roads.  The state ranger is pretty cool and tells the history as you check in and takes you to your site.  He might be bored also.  Buildings, museum and “stuff”  will keep you busy for a couple of days for sure.  It’s on our list to return to.



If this isn’t a Halloween picture……….DSC_0028




Carol found this guy waiting for his dinner.DSC_0039

Same guy but different camera settings….DSC_0043

Plenty of sites available.  Check it out sometime.DSC_0045

It has rained everyday since leaving Warsaw, Indiana.  The coach underneath is washed…..

We should be in Livingston tomorrow, Sunday. Carol is excited because Marlene is there and they can go back to their Line Dancing routine of sun up to sun down.  Where’s the beer…………

See ya….