Monday, April 28, 2014




A fellow showed up this morning to have a look at & give us a price for pouring a 20 x 20’ concrete slab in our carport.  We are going to go ahead with that & I suspect they might get at that project in about 3 weeks.  Will be glad to see all that uneven dirt & gravel finally out of their.  Will be much easier to keep our storage area’s wooden floor cleaner.


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Despite the cool windy morning I kept myself busy raking pine needles out of flowerbeds.  Decided to re-locate some of our driveway’s pea stone so that had me also busy with my shovel & wheel barrow.  As long as one kept moving & wore something nylon to block the gusting winds it was Okay to be outside.


A sizeable chunk of the afternoon was spent dozing in my recliner.  All that fresh air work stuff sure has a habit of tiring me out sometimes.  But it’s a good kind of physical tired & I don’t mind that.  And of course the nice thing about those shallow dozes are the nifty little dreams that usually accompany them as the mind just kind of wanders off to la-la land for short periods of time.  Groovy:)) 



Sue’s post from BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY* caught my attention this morning.  In it she talked about her early blogging days 6 years ago & wondering if anyone would read anything she had written.  I think we all have gone through that phase where we wondered if anyone would be interested enough to read our posts.  Leastways we all hoped friends & family would read our efforts but as many of us found out it was complete strangers who would eventually make up the bulk of our readers.  I didn’t have a lot of family left & the friends I had seemed uninterested in my musings which of course I thought was perfectly understandable given the fact I only wrote about things I was interested in & not so much about stuff they were interested in.  No, the bulk of readers would eventually come from perfect strangers with like minded interests & it would be those readers who in time would become our new friends. 



I may be wrong here but it seemed harder for Bloggers to become noticed back in the time when many of us first started blogging.  I’m sure some folks probably just packed it in after awhile but a few of us kept on taping away on our keyboards & publishing our posts regardless.  Posts of course that just seemingly went flying off into the far outer reaches of space where they were immediately swallowed up by the great vacuum of nothingness.  I can still go back & randomly pick a post I wrote in those early few years & there will be no comments.  None, zero, zilch.  Sometimes 1 or maybe 2 & OMG every once in a long while maybe even 3.  And from perfect strangers.   I saw that as a huge accomplishment back then & it was enough to spur me on to write more. 

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I think Blog recognition is a bit easier to come by nowadays since more & more RV folks have dusted off their closet writing skills.  User friendly platforms like Blogger & Live Writer have made things much easier than years ago as well allowing people to be creative not only with the written word but their creative artsy skills & ideas in putting their blogsites together.  As frustrating as that can be at times it is all part of that great feeling one has when it finally all comes together in the shape of a successful & good looking Blog. Because more & more people are writing, ‘blog recognition’ has become much easier to attain over the years as well.  And there are some sure fire ways to do that.  My blogging experience tells me one of the best ways to get your blog efforts recognized quickly is to read as many RV blogs as you can & leave as many comments on those blogs you can.  It won’t take long for your name to be recognized & remembered around the RV circles & you will soon see fellow RV Bloggers responding to your site.  From there it is up to you to keep those folks interested enough in coming back.  But that’s a whole other blog post in itself of course…………… 



And speaking of new Bloggers……… While reading Sue’s Bigdawg & Freeway post this morning I noticed she had a link for another RV Blogger couple just in the throes of starting out on their new full time RV future.  As I read the link’s post I noticed they had a nice looking Class A Motorhome.  Little did I know Kelly & I had already been in that very same Motorhome several times.  Reading further I noticed they were calling their rig, Scoopy.  Now that rang a distant bell somewhere but I just couldn’t pull it together as to where I had heard that name before.  I few lines later the distant bell gave a loud & clear ‘clang’ as the names Laurie & Odel were mentioned.  OMG, these are the very same folks who bought Laurie & Odel’s rig a year or so ago.  Their names are Steven & Linda  & their blog is called, THE CHOUTERS.  I backtracked a few posts to see who these folks were & came up with their post entitled, A (not so) Brief History.  Anyone creatively clever enough to name their pop up tent trailer ‘Alfred Hitchpop’ deserves a further looky see I’d say.  I have popped them on my sidebar:))


GROANER’S CORNER:((  "Hello Mrs. Miller," said the bearded guy behind the counter at the bagel shop.  My husband and I looked at him but drew complete blanks. "I'm sorry, do we know each other?" I asked. "Yeah, you was my English teacher."
Leaning over, my husband whispered, "Good job, Honey, good job."


For some reason, the bookstore clerk couldn't get the computer to recognize my preferred customer card. Peering over her shoulder at the screen, I said, "There's part of the problem. It shows my birth date as 12/30/1899."
"That's right," my husband chimed in. "She was born in June, not December."


Matt was on vacation in Atlantic City, playing the slot machines. It was his first time in a casino, and wasn't sure how the machines operated. "Excuse me," he said to a casino employee. "How does this work?"  The worker showed him how to insert a bill, hit the spin button, and operate the release handle. "And where does the money come out?" asked Matt. "Usually at the ATM."


  1. I still think it's what the blogger has to say that is important. For me, all the glitzy stuff doesn't make me return if what they have to say is just drivel. That may sound harsh, but for me, when a person took their daily shower, or how they sleep every night just doesn't cut the mustard.

    Things in common helps, but I lean toward thinking reading and commenting on others blogs helps keep the reader base.

  2. Interesting about the story of Scoopy. Funny how folks can drift off from blog land, and you wonder just what happens? And then someone else pops up.
    I'm with Judy on the glitzy stuff. Don't play me any music (that I probably hate) or inundate me with other drivel. My attention span is too short to suffer fools.

  3. many thanks for the shout out today, Al for myself and our friends! The writing and photography skills of Steven and Linda will keep many a blogger entertained, I am sure!

  4. I started my blog so my kids would know I was okay. Sometimes I wasn't, but it was a good way to keep them from worrying. I think they assumed when I got home, the blog would end, and it did end as a daily "diary" and morphed into random thoughts, days, and just a way for me to get things off my chest. I was actually surprised that I feel like I made some friends who actually did read. I enjoy reading many blogs (it's time consuming and I don't always keep up), but the people I try to read (like yourself) always have something interesting to say.

    I'm a sporadic blogger. I never really gave much thought as to who would read it, but really hoped that maybe one day when my kids read it, they'll know more about who I was in my time alone as much as in the time I traveled. Who knows. Pats to Pheebs.

  5. Back in 2006 we started our Blog as a travel journal. And maybe family and friends would read it , if not it would be a record of places we have been and things we saw.
    Amazing how many friends we have made and meet through blogging too.

  6. Wow, Al! I'm in a real state of confusion right now myself because I've only had 1 comment in a week! Guess my blog is too boring.
    Cheryl Ann

  7. Thanks for helping my brain--I knew "Scooby" sounded familiar but couldn't remember where I had heard it!

  8. That concrete pad will be really nice. I remember a little one-car garage set off by itself on some land with a house I rented. The owner used to change his oil in there and just put the oil on the dirt floor. Obviously, I didn't use the garage!

    I remember my first follower and how excited I was. Like you wrote, it was a total stranger. So cool. :)

  9. Hope your carport floor turns out strong and not too slippery. About 4 inches thick with hog wire about an inch up and then float with a grooved trowel should do it.
    Clueless Know it All

    Loved the bird pics.

  10. Right now I am struggling with the are coming along, but could be better. Time is an issue for me as well as sometimes not having the internet access or enough GB left before we have to pay extra. My goals at present are sharing our life style and our beautiful country.

    I do struggle with turning the everyday stuff we do into a story. That surprises me because I told stories everyday when I was teaching kindergarten...go figure!

    I have heard a picture is worth a thousand words....that's not true if you want blog followers!

  11. Thanks Al for the mention in your blog post today. Thanks also to Sue for mentioning us in the first place. We are proud of the name "Alfred Hitchpop". In fact, when our kids were younger, there really wasn't anything that didn't have a name. We had ducks in our yard and every duckling would have it's own unique identity.

    I really like your photography, especially that one you have in your banner. Pretty spectacular.

    I hope we meet on the road one of these fine days.


  12. Al, I remember my first blog post back in 2009, and you were one of my first commenters...You and Kenny and Angela...I quit trying to please readers long ago, and my drivel is very often heavily embedded in humor, or, lack thereof! That's how I roll, trying to find humor, even in heartache...Guess I'm a frustrated Erma Bombeck type.

  13. I may not blog everyday, but I do w bourenm but I read ylog oftrite once or twice a month! But you met me, I am a bit shy and not much of a talker and I guess that goes over to the blog. I like to show my family and friends what we have been up to and have picked up a few readers along the way. I may not blog everyday, but I read you and RVSue everyday and even comment occasionally! LOL! I love your photography !!!

  14. LOL I apologize for the miserable keyboard rendering above of what I really wanted to say! Sheeeesh!