Monday, September 02, 2013




Last thing I check every night before turning off the computer is our live real time weather map. Sunday night all was clear with no rain in sight. At 3:45 a.m. following a long peel of rolling thunder Pheebs & I were out the door in a light rain closing our 2 shed doors. Twenty minutes later lightning & thunder along with buckets of rain were pounding on our roof as a single fast moving storm cell came galloping in off the lake. No other rain cells around for hundreds of miles, just that one. Must have formed out over the lake & headed straight for Bayfield. And as per usual it knocked our power out long enough for me to have to re-set all our timers & clocks again for the umpteenth time this year.



Our overnight rains brought in much welcomed cooler 63F air & with today's breeze & overcast skies I was actually into one of my long sleeved flannel shirts. Cool enough again for Pheebs & I to resume our afternoon walks. Nice, nice, nice, but I don't imagine the week-end campers, cottagers, & boaters will be happy. Probably a lot of folks headed home early today.


Maybe it's the normalcy of Monday mornings I look forward to or maybe it's just the fact it's more of an action day than Sunday. I like Friday nights & all day Saturdays but Sunday's just somehow seem soooooo boringly slow or something. Monday's kind of rev things back up again & get things moving. Today is kind of a mixed bag of days with it being the Labor day week-end holiday. Just enough to confuse us for the rest of the week as to what day it actually is. Long week-ends have a tendency to do that. DSC_4723

You would think it would be easy enough to get service work done on a standard size Chev, Ford or Dodge Class C truck chassis & engine.  But apparently that is not always the case as Jimbo from JIMBO'S JOURNEYS recently found out.  As Jimbo says, “This is a friggen Ford truck for crying out loud! There are a million of them on the road.”


Spent a little time crawling around under the Winnie Wagon today just having myself a look at where things are located. Fresh water tank, gray & black tanks, drain valves, macerator pump, etc. Found our water pump & fresh water drain valve inside the coach under the bed along with the fresh water tank. One thing I do not like about this rig is the position of the black tank dump valve assembly. It is only 7.5" above the road & not easily accessible like our last couple rigs. Any kind of debris on the road like chunks of blown truck tires etc could easily fly up & strike that low hanging plastic sewer pipe cracking or breaking it right off. You can imagine the mess that would cause & it would be a very costly repair. Surely the design people at Winnebago could have come up with something better than that low slung pipe hanging down like that. A poorly thought out design in my opinion!!


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Ever notice how if your not quite feeling up to par mentally you are probably not feeling up to par physically either.  The mind, sometimes not wanting to feel alone in it’s own misery may have a tendency to drag the body down with it.  Aches & pains, maybe headaches, joints seem to stiffen, nausea is not uncommon, maybe some cramps, an aching back perhaps.  Just some of the ailments which I believe can be connected directly to the mind’s state of being.  And not feeling up to par can often be related directly to stress.  I think anyone who has had or has confronted sudden or prolonged stress can attest to the damage it does not only to the mind but the body as well.  I find if I allow myself to get stressed or angry over something my body is immediately drained of energy.  My mind not only shuts itself down but it shuts down my entire body as well.  Not necessarily the greatest feeling but at times the mind & body just need to turn & together walk away for the sake of their own combined well being.


Kelly's off to the Goderich hospital in the morning for an Echocardiogram. Pheebs & I might head out to blow some of this accumulated house dust off ourselves. With cooler air upon us now maybe we can get out for a bug free hike in the Hullet Marsh. We are both needing some healthy physical exercise.  And a hefty dose of feeling good from Mother Nature is definitely in order as well……………………………………….. 


GROANER'S CORNER:(( A woman on the phone to her friend; I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising…. I decided to take and aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
- 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. Al, The door like it on our Montana is turned over, and hangs down when open. Could you turn the whole assembly over? Just a thought.

  2. I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head with the mind/body connection. When I read that I realize that my health suffers when the mind isn't happy and challenged, and vice versa.

  3. That black tank connection should not be too difficult to reposition once the tank is empty and rinsed. It definitely does not need that amount of pitch to it to work properly. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time

  4. Love the seagulls and groaner's corner joke of the day, ha ha.

  5. I know what kind of mess it would be if you knocked the dump assembly off. I hit a broken chunk of curb and did just that. It was with a Winnebago too. It didn't break anything, it just had to be reattached.

    I also know how hard it is to get a Ford dealer to work on a motorhome. There are about 7 ford dealers within 50 miles of where I live and only one will work on my 23' motorhome. I think they thought it was a van when I first brought it in and now they don't have the nerve to tell me no.

  6. We have used the local garage in town for all of the service on our RV's even our 36 foot HR with the ford V-10. Brake jobs, grease jobs, engine work etc... We just schedule service in the nice weather as he works on the coach outside.

  7. Al, is it possible that the sewer drain rotates? Ours does. I rotate it down to the position that yours is in, then, when finished, I rotate it back up and out of the way.

    Just a thought.


  8. When I had my hybrid trailer (jayco) the low hanging pipe was a real problem, especially when hitting a curb that was too high. I ended up getting holes in it and the cap came off lots of times. It was one of the criteria on my list when buying my motorhome that I have now. The drains are all in a cabinet with a door, and much easier (and higher so no real crouching needed) to drain the tanks and monitor the leaks.