Wednesday, August 06, 2014



Donned my garden gloves this morning & got myself right at some backyard projects.  Ferns to be dug up & re-located, yard waste to the dump, some gravel to load up in the utility trailer, some trimming, an outside electrical cord to be reburied, sweep out the carport, sweat like crazy then hop on the Honda & head on down the highway for a nice cool-off.  That bike ride was the best part of my day.



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Remember a few weeks ago on July 18th when my posts title was 'Sold The Winnebago.'  Well for all intents & purposes that was true.  A fellow & his wife looked at & liked the Winnie so struck a deal with Ron at FOUR SEASONS PERFORMANCE to buy it.  It was all done on a goodwill handshake.  Things are still kinda done like that in these here parts sometimes.  That's when I wrote my ‘in hindsight premature July 18th post’.  The buyers were to return the following Saturday morning to pick up the rig.   Ron did the safety check & drove the Winnie Wagon to a neighbouring county to have it E-tested. (mandatory emissions test)  On the day the folks were to pick it up Ron had dusted it off & shined it up for them.  He had it sitting in his driveway all set to go.   Ron waited all morning for them to come.  Morning turned into afternoon but……they never showed up.  Didn't answer his phone calls either.  In other words the deal had fallen through.  It was a pretty disappointed Ron who called us with the news late that afternoon.  And needless to say we were extremely disappointed too but as Ron, as well as Harry from STORMRUNNER RV SALES & SERVICE said, “this is sometimes not an unusual happening in their type of business” .About a week later the fellow phones Ron back saying they had run into some kind of a medical problem but still wanted the Winnebago & would be over the following Monday morning to do the paperwork & pick it up.  Ron phoned us saying the deal was back on & we were all pretty excited again.  The following Monday came.....& went.  Nobody showed up.  Huge disappointment for our side again so you can imagine how Kelly & I have been feeling the past few weeks.  We were beginning to have visions of having to winterize the Winnebago & leave it sitting in our driveway here all winter only to have to go through the whole selling thing again in the Spring.  Ron bolstered our sagging hopes with his ever present positive & confident manner saying, “don’t worry guys it will sell”.  In the meantime Kelly had placed an ad on RV Auto Trader as well & 3 days ago we had a call from a serious buyer.  We went back & forth on the price a bit but he was way below our bottom line.  He sent an email Tuesday morning with his final offer & we were sitting in the living room agonizing over what to do.  We didn't want to end up having the Winnie sit here all winter but we weren't prepared to give it away either.  As we were discussing what to do…….the phone rang.  It was Ron's ever cheery, always upbeat voice on the other end saying, "hey guys I think I got your coach sold."  He cautioned us not to celebrate just yet so we didn't.  As it turns out a local couple had been in to look at the rig several times, took it for test drive, loved it & said, 'we'll take it."  Ron just called us a few minutes ago & as I am sitting here typing this tonight the couple is at Ron's picking up their Winnebago:))  We'll slip down to Ron's in the morning to settle up.  I didn't put anything in any of my posts the last few weeks about the July 18th Winnie Wagon deal falling through because, well........just because.


GROANER'S CORNER:(( "Reflections On Government Today"  Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, Government often tries other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Saying things like "This is the way we always have ridden this horse."

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.

7. Appointing a team to revive the dead horse.

8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.

9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.

10. Change the requirements declaring that "This horse is not dead."

11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.

12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.

13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."

14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.

15. Do a CA Study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.

16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.

17. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.

18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.

19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses.

20. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.

21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.


  1. Hey that's great that the deal has finally gone through. Now you can take it easy ( Kelly too).

  2. That's super! Sorry you had to go through weeks of uncertainty.

  3. I know how you must have felt. I didn't post much about the various house transactions for the same reason. Too many time reading "its a done deal" then reading "it fell thru". you must be very glad to have it taken care of.

  4. What rude people to make a deal and not show up. TWICE!!!!!!

  5. We sure went through some shenanigans when we were selling our Class A. People be dumb. And rude. And ignorant.
    But you sold it, and that's all that matters. Good on ya.

  6. I love tomight's groaner. So true.....

  7. sometimes its better to not say anything until all the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted..just because is a good enough reason!
    glad to hear the 'winnie is sold'!!

  8. Glad to hear it all worked out for you and Kelly:) A real load off the shoulders for sure!

  9. Disappointments often correct themselves, and it looks like you recovered nicely.

  10. Just because is a perfect reason. So
    glad it worked out for you two.

  11. Hip hip hooray!! Way to go guys!

  12. Your yard is so wonderful and certainly keeps you busy - which I know you prefer :-). I love that you are always adding and subtracting and moving stuff around - it is so alive, never stagnant. A good lesson for us humans as well :-)).

  13. So pleased that Winnie has been sold...for good! That off and on again can make anyone depressed.

    As usual, your yard is lovely.