Wednesday, October 20, 2010



WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO....Didn't take any pics today so all of tonight's photos are from our travel files back in October of 08.

With each passing day now our temperatures are slowly but steadily dropping as Autumn begins to slide into it’s latter phase.  Our night time lows are creeping ever closer to the freezing point.  High gusting winds today have been shredding more leaves off the trees but the Autumn countryside is still hanging on & standing pretty in the sunlight.


Kelly spent a lot of time on the phone today taking care of things like travel insurance.  My insurance dropped by $400 because I am over the penalty period for having a kidney stone problem 2 years ago.   The Insurance Company had to of course financially penalize me like a 2 year old because of a kidney stone!!!!  Called Verizon to activate our account for November 6th.  Local telephone & cable television companies were called to suspend services for the winter but I’m sure when we get back in the spring everything will be messed up as usual & Kelly will have to spend more time getting everything straightened out again.  Coach Net had to be called to renew our road assistance program.  What would us guys do without our gals eh.  I’m sure glad Kelly does all that stuff because it requires a huge amount of patience.  But, on a positive note, Kelly said she noticed that everyone she talked with today sounded like they were from North America & all the people were exceptionally helpful & friendly.  Do you suppose those companies are finally seeing the writing on the wall about people having to deal with Eastern foreign countries.  I sure hope so & isn't it about time we took back control of everything else over here on this side of the big pond.



I sure hope we can make it down south & back this year again with the whole Bayfield Bunch intact.  Max is really beginning to show his age.  He’s still able to do our morning walks but his one front leg bothers him more now.  His hearing is pretty much gone so we have to keep a close eye on him because he can’t hear us when we call.  Checkers has some hip problems & it’s no easy feat for the guys climbing up the steep steps of the Motor Home.  Even last year we had to sometimes help them up.  The little Motor Mouse is still a ball of energy & shows no apparent signs of aging at all.....just like Kelly.  Me, well I’m another whole story but I won’t admit it of course!!


RICK & PAULETTE  are off for a few days on a shakedown cruise with their new fifth wheel so you might want to stop by & see how they are doing.  Rick can always use a little extra help understanding all that technical stuff you know.Smile  And to Anonymous who left a question about the Workhorse brake recall....check my post for Monday Oct. 18th & click the Workhorse Recall link about half way down.  It will tell you how to check if you are in that recall.


MAX & THE MOTOR MOUSE (Ok, here real name is Cora)

A few weeks ago I had myself a little bluster about bloggers making up their posts with just sayings & slogans & I’ve felt kinda bad about that one ever since, so for the first time since I started this blog I have something to add here that is much of the same thing I blustered about.  It came across my desktop awhile back & in light of our recent saddened week-end I felt it speaks to & for all of us at this age & stage in our lives.   I don't know who wrote it, probably just someone like you or I who sat down at their keyboard & typed out their thoughts.  Just an ordinary person like the rest of us who do this most every day here in Blog Land.  Probably just another family member we haven't met yet. 




You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all... And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams... But, here it is..the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well...seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...  But, here it friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Lots are in better shape than me... but, I see the great change...  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. 

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat's mandatory!  Cause if I don't do it on my own free will..I just fall asleep where I sit! 

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!  But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over...its over....

Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.  It's all in a lifetime....

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!  Live your life well.....(author unknown)



GROANER’S CORNER:((  One day, shortly after the birth of their new baby, the mother had to go out to do some errands, so the proud father stayed home to watch his wonderful new son.
Soon after the mother left, the baby started to cry. The father did everything he could think of, but the baby just wouldn't stop crying. Finally, the dad got so worried he decided to take the infant to the doctor.
After the doctor listened to all the father had done to get the baby to stop crying, the doctor began to examine the baby's ears, chest and then down to the diaper area. When he opened the diaper, he found was indeed full.
"Here's the problem," the doctor explained. "He just needs to be changed."
The perplexed father remarked, "But the diaper package specifically says it's good for up to 10 pounds!"


Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.

Until one has loved an Animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.




The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. Ah, yes. Winter is upon us. As I move from the high desert to the more moisture laden south, my bones and arthritis say hello once again. The aches and pains increase, but oh how the spirit soars! I am so happy that the spirit does not age as the body does. :)

  2. When I look back on those things I did in my younger years but shouldn't have oughtta, I'm damn glad I did most of them! Wish I could do some of them again.

    It is so sad watching our pets grow old and feeble, and we really can't do anything about it.

  3. Good post tonight Al!

    I'm not in my "winter" yet, but so far no regrets on life. Just moving forward each day and enjoying what I can.

    Im sure the fur kids will be fine this winter, just take it easy and enjoy your time away.

    I'll be following!

  4. When I look back on those things I did in my younger years but shouldn't have oughtta, I'm damn glad I did most of them! Wish I could do some of them again.

    It is so sad watching our pets grow old and feeble, and we really can't do anything about it.

  5. Have you tried glucosamine for the dogs for their stiff joints. We have had our dogs on it for years, especially our older arthritic girl. And I am on it myself for my arthritis. If you want particulars on dose etc. just email me. I find it has really, really helped, both our girl and myself.

  6. Hopefully, that warm, dry desert air will do Max a world of good and get those old legs feeling new again.

    Thanks for sending a few folks over to give me some tech help. I could really use a refresher course on how to find switches to turn on the correct lights. I'm even losing the 50/50 choices I have to make here.

  7. I love the picture of your motorhome in the white sand... it almost looks like you are stuck in the snow bank. Sure feels good to get ready to go... dosn't it!


  8. White Sands looks like a must see on my list!! day!!..after my nap!

  9. We hope the whole Bayfield Bunch returns next spring in tact. It's always sad when our 4-legged friends start getting older and start having issues.

  10. Great post Al!

    Speaking of quotes, here's one that rings true:

    "Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes." unknown


  11. Al, your unknown family member is sure right about winter either approachinbg or already here. I have fallen before with no bad results, but last Saturday I took a tumble, landed on a hip. Now I'm having serious back pains - not constant but surprisingly sudden jolts. Had an X-Ray yesterday, so we'll soon know something. Meanwhile, we are still working at getting our for short trips to new places. See you down here soon, and all your furry friends!

  12. Hey, you had a kidney stone too? I have had many..I am the Queen of Kidney Stones. Had one in 1974..they did back surgery to get that one. Had 2 in 3 years just a couple years ago..Had Lithotripsy(sound waves to crush them , each in a separate year) and had one they had to go in and snag. They are NO FUN, as you know. Like panning for gold..
    Hope all your furry family (and Kelly too) feel better in the warm Southwest sunshine.

    As for entering the "winter" of our lives..very true..But..some winters can be absolutely beautiful and magical..

  13. I'm hanging on to "late autumn" for as long as I can.....great post! Love the pic of the babies all tucked in for the night!

  14. I am with Debbie and feel I am still in Autumn but thanks for the reminder. I think this week we have all been reminded that life is short and may be even shorter than we think. So here's to living each day to it's fullest. Thanks Al.

  15. Hmmm just feel that warm desert sun baking you and your furry friends down to the bone. And think of us up in the cold and frozen north!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard