Sunday, September 15, 2013




Turned out to be another one of those cool overcast un-inspirational 'not much doing' Sundays. Not necessarily one of my favorite kinds of days. My brain somehow quite in-voluntarily gets itself in step with the day's mood & marches right along with it sometimes.  As I post this tonight it is raining.  Oh dread:(( 
Nancy 1340 commented on Saturday night's post, "Looks like you are going to need another bar higher up on that map holder. Those paperback atlas' are going to flop over in a few days". Bruce actually thought of that & made an extra slat in case I needed it. I was the one who thought one slat might be enough. I may put the other slat on , we'll see. Ed from The Peregrinating Graybeard wondered about the wandering tracks of the steel wheeled Mennonite cart in my post's first photo. Ed wrote, "I am curious why the steel wheels on the Amish wagon leave such a crooked pattern. I would not think that the horses are walking a crooked path". (couldn’t get your link to work Ed) In my travels through rural Mennonite/Amish country here in south western Ontario I've always noticed the tracks from horse drawn buggies wonder on the road like that. They seldom travel in a straight line like a vehicle. I'm assuming it's a horses natural gait not to walk or trot in a perfectly straight line. And without power steering, well.......................

It’s rare for me sit through a DVD movie at home but today that is exactly what we did.  And I watched it from start to finish without losing interest or having the movie interrupted by a telephone or something blowing past the window.  And for a pleasant change I can say I did enjoy the movie.  The story was set in Arizona, New Mexico, & Texas & it was easy to see that is where it was filmed as well.  Even Benson Arizona was mentioned.  No fiery explosions, no phony Hollywood fist fights, no violence, car chases, bullets flying or people getting mangled or dead.  Not even one gun in the whole film, imagine that.  Oooops, there was one vehicle roll over, a cut forehead & a broken left foot.  Thinking back over the years I identified to some extent with the main character & what he had to do to get himself straight.  The movie was CRAZY HEART with Jeff Brydges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, & Robert Duvall.  I liked it………………..     


Chinle over at SPOTTED DOG RANCH had an interesting post entitled, ‘Is This The End???  It’s a topic few RV’ers blog about.  I have a few times & MARK'S comment to Chinle hits the nail on the head.  As Mark says, “Most of the time Bloggers only give us the Rah Rah versions of RV life, not the tired, and needing to spread out and snuggle down side”.  Mark’s right of course & I always appreciate when a writer, in this case Chinle, recognizes, understands, & faces the reality of honest thinking.  We are not all at the same place in our life’s travels.  Rving like all other things is a series of stages we go through.  There is a beginning & there is an end.  RVing generally begins with a dream & blossoms.  RVing generally ends with little fanfare as the blossom, having run it’s course, simply fades away.  It’s inevitable & it’s another one of those realities many folks just simply chose not to talk about.  And it’s those ‘not talked about topics’ which draws me to some Bloggers much quicker than others.  But life after RVing can also begin with a dream.  And that’s a topic for another post…………………………….    


GROANER'S CORNER:(( Jay went to a psychiatrist. “Doc, he said, “I’ve got trouble.
Every time I get into bed I think there is somebody under it.
I get under the bed; I think there’s somebody on top of it.
Top, under, under top. I’m going crazy!”
“Just put yourself in my hands for two years,” said the shrink.
“Come to me three times a week and I’ll cure you.”
“How much do you charge?”
“A hundred dollars per visit.”
“I’ll think about it.”
Jay never went back. Some time later he met the doctor on the street.
“Why didn’t you ever come to see me again? Asked the psychiatrist.
“For a hundred bucks a visit? A bartender cured me for 10 dollars.”
“Is that so! How?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed.”
- 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. Life is all about change, the good, bad and ugly.

  2. Thanks for the good words, Al. Change is indeed in the air, and all ends are just the start of new beginnings. :)

  3. Your pictures of the leaves are so pretty!

  4. Enjoyed the Groaner tonight.

    Life is in stages, some we miss and some we are glad we survived.

  5. Will be anxious to see if you notice any propane smell from your Mr. Buddy.

  6. Al,
    You guys put a bug in my brain when you bought that house in Congress...AND kept your RV to boot, just a downsized one (which makes perfect sense, after you bought the house." I'm guessing that for less than the cost of most RV's you picked up that house, smack in the middle of the prettiest sonoran desert saguaro forest around, and just a hop-skip from Wickenburg...the cutest little western downtown there is.

    It makes sense to me as a long time...sometimes full time...RV'er. An adjusted RV life that still offers the option to get up an go places, but do it from a warm latitude and opposite landscape.

    But alas, I must sell one of our houses here in Lovely Ouray first. Till then we will compromise and go wandering in the Lazy Daze most of the winter, and go back to work during summers here in Colorado.
    Always perfecting the dream, Box Canyon Mark :0
    and thanks for the link... :))

  7. Change is inevitable as we all know.
    For us we will Rv as long as we possible can or want to. There is various options on down the road that we have been thinking about and will implement them when the time comes.
    We notice no smell from our Mr. Heater after the initial start up, but you do need to keep a small with open slightly for fresh air and humidity control, we love ours.

  8. Hi Al,
    With regards to the crooked wheel path, the buggy wheels do not have the caster set. Think of a shopping cart and how the caster wheel is set a little behind the attachment area to the cart. This makes the wheel follow the front of the cart. When the caster is off, you get a wobble in the wheel and it does not follow straight.

  9. Al,
    The Blogger link was set up ONLY to allow me to post Comments after you made some changes. I do not have an active Blogger site.
    The link on Ed Tales to my web site worked today and your link under Fellow Bloggers worked fine today.
    Thanks for trying, you have always sent me a lot of traffic with your Shout Outs.

  10. Life surely is about change. We are in the midst of a whirlwind and don't know how to get out...I long for the peace and quiet (and even the pitfalls) of being in our Hiker on the road...Don't know when or even IF that will happen :-(

  11. Good post. But it seems to me most bloggers do write about the good and the bad of RVing. Guess we just have more good than bad! Jim's had some health problems that have made him want to be in one place for the continuity of medical care, but in five years we have yet to find that place we want to settle, if only for just half the year. We know that day will come but for now we just take it one day at a time.
    We haven't made it to Congress or Wickenberg yet but love the desert so who knows??