Friday, October 18, 2019


It was under cloudy skies this morning Pheebs and I made our way around a few country roads.   With our leaves turning now I was hoping for sunshine to highlight the Autumn colors but no such luck.  Wasn't until after we were home skies began to clear.  Checking our weather channel it looks like sunnier days are on their way so we'll see what we can find in the morning.
Aside from a forest walk around the pine tree trail here in our Park I spent most of the afternoon in my sunroom recliner reading.  Taking a break from my usual WW2 history books I have again picked a book dealing with music.  Testimony: A Memoir by Robbie Robertson  Music fans may remember Robbie Robertson from Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks to Bob Dylan's 'The Band' to Martin Scorsese's movie The Last Waltz.  Great songwriter and guitarist.  And he's got a story to tell.

Sad to read this morning our friend, fellow RVer and former Blogger Mike McFall has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.  He passed away in Congress Arizona Thursday.  We had commented on each other's blog for a few years before finally meeting Mike and Pat at North Ranch in 2011.  After selling our house in Congress a few years back Mike and Pat were the last couple we said goodbye to before leaving Congress for the last time.  Mike's blog is still on my sidebar and here's a link to the last post he wrote nearly 5 years ago when he was undergoing early cancer treatments.  Mike and Pat's Travels  Mike was an easy going likable fella and well known in RV circles.  In his younger days he was a rodeo rider and State Trooper in Nevada.  We along with other fellow RV'ers have spent a few late afternoon happy hours at Mike and Pat's place.  Mike's cancerous suffering is over now and may he finally rest in peace.  And to Pat we wish all the best with her own medical concerns.

Saturday October 19th this year marks 40 years of continuous sobriety for me and each year I put a link in to a post I wrote a number of years ago telling about my first AA meeting.  You can read that post here....One Day At A Time.
GROANER'S CORNER:((  Redneck Letter
Dear Billy Joe Bob 
I'm writing this slow because I know you can't read fast. We don't live where we did when you left home. Your Pa read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 minutes of your home, so we moved. I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so they wouldn't have to change their address.  This place is really nice. I even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well, though - last week I put a load of clothes in and pulled the chain, we haven't seen it since. The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice last week; the first time for three days and the second time for four days. About that coat you wanted me to send; your Uncle Bubba said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets. Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out. Your sister had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out what it is yet so I don't know if you are an aunt or uncle. The baby looks just like your brother. Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him cremated; he burned for three days. Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pickup truck. Butch was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the back, they drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down. Your Favorite Aunt........


  1. Congratulations on 40 yrs of sobriety and you quit smoking too, that takes some determination. Hope you get back to the desert south west I enjoyed reading about your adventures.

  2. Sorry to hear about Mike McFall we never met him but read his blog for a long time.
    Congrats on 40 years of sobriety,you have bee sober longer than you drank!

  3. Congratulations Al. 40 years is a long time. Good for you!

  4. I have often thought of Mike and Pat, and wondered what happened with them. So sorry to hear that he passed. And, poor Pat. And, yes, you have done great staying away from the booze. For sure, we wouldn't be following your blog had you not changed your path. We all won.

  5. [From Craig] With respect to abstinence, I can match you numerically but not with respect to the units. I haven't had a drink for 40 minutes...

  6. A wonderful accomplishment and truly a milestone. Congratulations!

  7. Sorry to hear about Mike's passing, cancers it ugly head again. I remember reading up hme a f ew years ago. Congratulations on your 40 year celebration.

  8. Looking like the fall leaves are in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Still waiting down here. Dolly and I will take the MH next week to a park in northern Illinois to see the fall leaves. Congratulations on 40 years of sobriety. Dolly and I both quit in '93 but after so many years,. Dolly has relapsed this past year. It is a horrible and sneaky addiction.

  9. Congratulations on 40 years sober, it has been about that long for me, too. Best decision I ever made.

  10. Well done. 40 years is a long time. You are a special person.

  11. You did it I'd say! Sorry to hear about our friend Mike, may he rest in peace.