Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Okatie

 Thank you for stopping by today. I had no idea we would be missed. Yet incredibly I am finding out I have numerous comments, emails, texts and phone messages. WOW. Thank you. I feel blessed. We're alive!



Every day I've tried to find the comedy in the commotion.

Something to laugh about.  

Notice I said tried.

Made a wrong turn ending up lost in Okatie, but it's Okatie cause we're Okatie.

What state are we in?

State of chaos!

The fast few weeks seem like months.

It's safe to say that we're fine but all beat up exhausted. My poor RV has suffered a battle. I seem to have grown heavy eye bags. Harley dog is just not himself. He cries often and it's heartbreaking. I'd like to have a good long cry but I'm too tired.


We're alive.
Life is goof.


'Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.'

That's a famous Quote from Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz
Not that we went to Kansas, don't think so, but could have, we've been blown around a bit.




Saturday, September 23, 2017

We Survived!

We're alive.

More later.

Sunday the 23rd of September, 2017, Noon

Dear Miss Mermaid and Monkey Dog


Monday, September 11, 2017

Travels with Irma

Thank you to all my special angels both in heaven and on earth.
I have so much to be grateful for.
THANK YOU so very much!

If you are reading this, I set it up Saturday  to post automatically in case I could NOT post "live".

I could be busy  or
I don't have technology or 
I don't have internet or
The website locked me out or
All of the above or
None of the above. 



Oh wait, I forgot to add hurricane Irma to the multiple choice.

What's so funny is:

I finally settled in Florida to take a permanent spell from a nomadic life then along comes a hurricane.

Perhaps I'm destined to be a lifelong wanderer...
Maybe I was in temporary denial?

Life is goof.


Travels with Irma
Party of 1 plus dog



Friday, September 08, 2017

Running From Irma and Jose

For 3 days now I have been running and hiding from hurricane Irma and Jose.

I'm alive!




Thursday, September 07, 2017

Shocking

I often talk about how homesick I am for my former home in the BVI in the Caribbean.

These videos just made me cry.  While many of my island friends are on vacation off island, since traditionally folks take 4-8 week vacations in August and September, many of course are still on island.

I went from being homesick to just sick... after seeing these videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG13SoTIcT4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wnYVMtnWwo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnwC_gnhpVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0RLkoRpwrE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3QDs3Jx5pc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtvCjCWT3TE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyVW76WPcSU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3lGjBRs1HM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ubywArxag

I've been through several hurricanes there, but this one just slammed them in the worst way.

I am late, it's tired, you have to copy and paste the rest of the videos.




Tuesday, September 05, 2017

YIKES!

This just in...

Immense Hurricane Irma Seen From Space Station Video



Starts out sedate and then then winds pick up and shred the trees, all in under 40 seconds





Monday, September 04, 2017

Nosy Noisy Neighbors!


I shouldn't have bragged about surviving August a day early.

SIGH.

August finished with a big bad bang and I've been a tad overwhelmed.

OH MY GOSH!

It's five hours from September 5th.

I didn't realize in all the chaos, I didn't find time to write here.

Well, doggy and I ARE alive, so PHEW,  that's a relief.

But it's been a wee bit rough and  tough.

That's just a polite way of saying I am too exhausted to whine about it and it's easier to just smile and pray for a positive attitude.

Nothing like new nosy noisy neighbors. 

I am kidding too!

What a delight to have this couple around.

I sat outside drinking coffee this morning and this was my view. These feathered friends are four to five feet tall. They arrived honking up a storm, then settled down to check out the place. 

Finding the camera, I snapped off a few shots. The third one down has something dark and fuzzy in the foreground. I have no idea what that is. It doesn't appear in the other pictures.

Post a comment if you have any ideas. 
 









Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thankful

I have so many wonderful things to be grateful for.

24 more hours and I can say I survived August!

Last August while traveling to my friends' wedding in Michigan, I had to stop on the side of the road to fix my rig. The heat and humidity was awful.  When I got back in my rig, I was confused and lethargic. I had to stop and fix the rig again. It was a crazy day, that was taking its toll on me.

It's a miracle I made it to the campground. I didn't realize I was suffering from heat stroke.

Somehow I survived, but for weeks, I was just plain weak.

This year I have been drinking pure Coconut Water every day. It has helped me tremendously in dealing with the heat. It's the perfect hydration for the body.

But it's easy to forget.

The problem is it's hard for a person to realize they are suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It's accompanied by confusion! But left untreated it can affect many critical body organs.

Today I was walking the dog and feeling truly awful. Suddenly an angel appeared in a golf cart. Rather than wave at each other as she drove by, our usual greeting in passing, she stopped and said "Here, hop in, let me give you two a ride home."

Later I tried to walk the dog again. I stopped under a shade tree. Something didn't feel right. Suddenly a golf cart appeared, I was offered a ride and home we went.

I opened the fridge to get cold water. That's when I saw the coconut water.

Guzzling one down, I realized I forgot to drink one yesterday or today.

Afterwards still feeling weak I sat down in the cool  air conditioning and fell asleep.

I woke up confused and it was almost 6pm. I was supposed to be at pot luck at 530pm. I had dropped off my food earlier in a crockpot set on warm, so it would be ready and already there.

As I stepped outside to walk to potluck, I began to think, I should go back inside. It was too hot and the blast of heat that slapped me in the face just seemed like an oven.

Suddenly a golf cart raced up my driveway.

"Are you OK? When you didn't turn up at pot luck, we were worried about you!"

I gratefully accepted a ride to pot luck. The folks were so nice, glad to see I was alive (and hungry!)

Talk about angels!

Today they were everywhere in their little golf carts looking after me.

I am so blessed and super grateful.

Life is goof.





Sunday, August 27, 2017

Colorful Weather


There are so many colorful ways to view our world! That's Florida towards the right and the wild weather we are getting right now. To the west is Hurricane Harvey.

I found this at:
https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/1000hPa/overlay=total_precipitable_water/orthographic=-87.00,28.99,1821

I am unclear about how to manipulate it further. I had fun trying though!

I haven't written much lately because I have been so busy patching things up. My electric assist on the bicycle mysteriously died in May. I was horrified!

Anyhow, numerous phone calls, emails, trips to the post office and back mailing off various parts until the entire kit, caboodle and batteries ended up in Seattle. They kept saying "It works fine here! Mail us this or mail or that..."

Now I had nothing. 

I kept riding my bicycle, but was too wimpy to leave the RV park without my pacifier. Oops I mean electric kit. So I pedaled all over the RV park just having fun and getting exercise. I had garbage to haul, so having the bicycle made my work load easier. Harley dog enjoyed the wind in his fur but when he whined for me to go faster, he wondered why we didn't go as fast as he remembered.

Eventually the repaired pieces came back to me literally in bits and pieces. They forgot a few, so it took several packages spread over a few weeks. A bit maddening!

One day recently I spent a hot sweaty afternoon assembling it all together again. Then much to my shock I discovered the cruelties of dyslexia can be far reaching. 

Incredibly I had the kit and bicycle assembled backwards!

So if I wanted to ride in reverse while facing forward, this could be a new way to end one's life quickly. Believe me, I thought about it too.

I must admit, I was hopping mad!  Covered in sweat, oil and bicycle grime, I smelled awful. I thought by now I would be gleefully taking my maiden voyage to the grocery store. 

After a half hour of sitting by the electric wind machine with a tall glass of cold coconut water and Harley in my lap consoling me, I decided to ring the bell and go for round two. 

Another sweaty hour and I was ready to pass right out. 

The bike was ready. More or less. Now I was too tired to go test it out. It was time for the dog to go do his canine business in the bushes, so we went for a walk. 

Shopping for groceries would have to wait. 

The next morning I got doggie fed, exercised and pooped. Then I told him "Stay" something he had not heard in awhile. I locked him in the motorhome. 

I pedaled out of the park then stopped at the exit. I had to get off my bicycle to turn on my bright red rear strobe light. I took a deep breath, said my prayers, smiled at the angels and pulled out onto U.S. highway 301. 

Luckily there is a small shoulder, so I rode down it to the next county road, took a right, pedaled up an incline, survived the double sets of railroad tracks, crossed Main Street which was pretty darn busy, then finally made it to the grocery store. 

HOORAY!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Survived!

We survived the eclipse. Actually we missed it.

I blame the dog. He doesn't care though.

I finally got my electric kit working on my bicycle again. It has been out of commission since May.

So I've been testing my freedom.

Apparently the neighbors see me everywhere biking.

Some say I am brave!

Wheee!



Friday, August 18, 2017

So Sorry

Some days it just seems counterproductive to take a shower and clean up then an hour later the heat and humidity have covered me in stinky sweat again.

Tis the seson when my laundry accumulates at a fast smelly rate.

Many of my thin summer shirts that help me stay cool are just ripping to shreds. I went to put one on and as I whirled around to see if it felt cool enough, I hear this r-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-p-p-p-p-p-p.

I get a hand mirror to stand at another mirror to look  at my back. There is a hole bigger than my hand across the shoulder of my favorite shirt.

So that folks, was the scream heard around the campground this morning.

Sorry about that.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mama Said...

Mama said "You just need to learn how to read. Then you can learn to do anything at all in the whole wide world. There will be a book about that."

And I believed her.

I think she was pretty proud, because even though I danced to a different drummer, I managed to lead what others called an exciting life.

Armed with books, sometimes mail order that I had to patiently wait for weeks or even months to obtain, I studied and learned the things I wanted to know or needed to know.

In the 80's I sold my sticks and bricks home. I thought when I bought it I would be there forever. It was seven magical years in that very special home. When I sold it, there were book cases with thousands of books in every room. Even the bathrooms had books.

Before the idea of selling came into my head, I had dreamily drawn out plans to build a custom bookcase floor to ceiling down my long hallway with adjustable track lighting. I even thought about those bookcase doors found in grand old homes to cleverly conceal doors. Wouldn't it be funny to walk into the hallway, close a door and suddenly be surrounded on all four sides by books.

Today with the internet one can sometimes learn things without even having to go to the library or buy a book.

I learned more than I ever wanted to know about building a bicycle today with an electric kit. I studied a book, read papers, went on the internet. Usually I have dismal internet that won't play videos, but as of a month ago, I have my own little internet now that is actually fast enough for videos. Wow!

My bicycle's electric kit died in May. I was devastated. It was like a baby without a blanket. Yes, I was a thumb sucking baby who couldn't be separated from my Fuffy for the first 5 years of my life.

I was completely insecure. I no longer pedaled far and wide. I stuck close to home. It was hot and humid anyhow. Might as well pass out nearby.

This had clearly shot a hole in my plans. I liked this rural park because it was less than 2 miles from a grocery store. Town is another 2 miles. This all seemed so doable on my bicycle with electric assist. I needn't worry about uphills, or humidity or headwinds or heavy cargo. I could push the magic button and boogie.

Now that my favorite adaptive aid was broken, I was seriously heart broken. Other things were breaking and I was in the midst of negotiating and moving, it was all such a whirlwind of too much to do and not enough time to do it all.

Suddenly  it was time for me to move to my new place. I contacted the manufacturer about my kit and they hoped to get me sorted out in short order. I mailed off bits and pieces. May... June... July... August... finally today on the 14th of August, I am electrified again!

Even the dog was thrilled. He had missed going fast. With the electric kit, I try to pedal as fast as I can zipping through the gears until I am gliding along at a good clip. Then I get tired. But with the electric assist, I can push that magic button to rest a spell, then go back to pedaling yet maintain a pretty good speed.

Pedal awhile, electric some, pedal awhile, electric some. It's fun! The wind blows his fur around wildly, my hair flies behind me and we can literally feel the wind in our smiling faces.

Wheeeeeeeeee!

Today I left the RV park, zipped down the highway on the shoulder then turned off onto a country road. Had I made it all the way to Main Street, I could have stopped at the Winn Dixie grocery store. But the trains came and blocked our way.

I decided to make a U-turn and head back. I didn't have a wallet with me anyhow.

Tomorrow I am hoping to pedal my way over to the grocery store and maybe even the post office. Now that I think about it, I should go to the post office first.

Oh and about all that learning... I somehow managed to put the kit together backwards. I was hopping mad too when I realized what I had done. Two hours and it was all done wrong. I had to change the tire too. I had never done that before and it took longer while I learned all about that too.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

I sat down in front of a fan drinking coconut water. I would rest, I would calm down, I would pray for a miracle, then I would try to unscramble my mess.

Good grief.

Another sweaty hour and I had my bicycle reassembled for the 2nd time. With the correct parts in the correct places. And it worked!

Mama would be proud.

Happy birthday mom! 
I think of you in heaven imagining you are sitting in a rocking chair reading a book by the light of a halo. 
I miss you. 





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tropical Storm Gert

Tropical Storm Gert is currently due east of me but forecast to leave me alone.


Just the same, I am more or less ready for a hurricane. I have a full tank of gas in the RV, plus a tank of water. My propane could use a top off but for just cooking I have enough for a few more months.

There are canned goodies and extra toilet paper. Nothing worse than going through a disaster (or the aftermath)  without toilet paper!

I have a water purifier I use year round that requires no water pressure or electricity. It will also handle extremely dirty water. This has been put to the test when I camped in a place that had horrible water. It took hours for the purifier to clean that mess but by golly, one drop at a time, I eventually had fabulous tasting water.

I have a safe hidey hole to move to. Actually I have several if I can travel far and wide. All are away from any potential hurricane paths.

I have lots of solar gadgets that provide USB charging and solar light charging. The dog has his food stocked up.

So we are pretty much ready to survive whatever mother nature throws our way. We even have assorted hand saws if we have to clear our own path.

Life is goof.

My long skinny  looks like a hurricane already hit it. I was outside trying to stay cool with the aid of awning, umbrella, electric wind and icy cold water. I do love the outdoors in spite of the heat and humidity  we are experiencing.

Stay safe!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Falling

Things are starting to fall into place.

A few fall into the wrong place.

But it's a start.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Weather is here, wish I were there.



Apparently I moved into a rain forest.

It rains nearly every afternoon and many nights.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This teddy bear is EVIDENCE.

A small dog with a teddy bear addiction lives here.

I find assorted teddy bears scattered around.




Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Funny Cargo

Another gorgeous day in paradise.

My body is just falling apart, no matter how much I try to get it to fly right. Yet, I feel like the luckiest person in the whole wide world.

The spirit is willing, the body is failing.

But hey, I smile and tell myself the pain is an illusion and I concentrate on walking the dog. One step at a time.

This RV park has benches scattered around, so it's easy enough to rest if need be.

Doggy is starting to get to know the neighborhood dogs. Now he is actually allowing other dog walkers to pass by without him giving them a what-for barking.

When I see other dog walkers, I try to catch up to them to see if we can walk together. It gives the dogs a chance to focus on walking yet get to sniff over the other guy and accept.

Acceptance.

I'm known to be an odd little duck. But there are other odd ducks here too. So there is acceptance.

Life is goof!

Enjoy my funny cargo bicycle pictures.





Monday, August 07, 2017

Lucky August and Coconut

The heat and humidity almost got me. It's a rough time of year for me.

August in the south.

Pure 100% coconut water has been my daily rescue. This year I am determined to avoid heat stroke. Last summer it knocked me off my rocker for quite a while.

Although today while walking, I had to rest at a nearby bench. My faithful doggy climbed up in my lap to comfort me. Usually it's the other way around, but I was grateful to have him in my arms. If anything went wrong, that is how they would find us. I had water with us, but no coconut water. When we finally made it back home, I drank the life giving coconut water and oh my gosh. I now feel like a new person.

Almost.

Looks like I picked the wrong Franklin. I though the one east of us would be the first named.


I guess they should have asked me first...

2017 has been wildly exciting. So far I have lived in my rig in 3 campgrounds.

But I did a side trip in late April  with a friend in their van camper to the Florida Keys where I toured a good bit on my bicycle as well as breaking camp often to tour in their van. Indeed my friend had spent some of his college summers working in the Florida Keys so he was happy to revisit his old haunts.

We didn't realize doggies would not be allowed at all beaches, so we had to travel some to find ones where we were welcome. In other cases, poor doggie had to wait alone in the van with a generator and AC to keep him cool. Such a waste of fuel, but Florida has strange dog-o-phobic laws.

It was hard on me to store my rig. I had slept in my bunk every night for over 7 years!

Campers are banned in many parking places in the Keys, but we took our chances since it was a van. I felt like a teenager again!

As a teen in the 70's  I saw a good bit of SC and NC in an old van belonging to a crazy friend. He threw a mattress, a cooler and bucket in the back, then hung up some curtains his mom made for him and called it a camper. Oh and the 70's shag carpet. Can't forget that! We only did day trips, nothing overnight. But even in those days, I needed to rest up when the going got tough. My friend was a heavy drinker, I didn't drink at all. He wasn't my date, but he would get drunk and sleep in his van in other people's driveways. There was always 3-4-5 of us going somewhere in his van on the weekends including the drive in theaters, which are no longer around.

Back to the present... or back to the spring!

Ironically I chose their RV for them, picking it out before they even saw it! So when they invited me to go to the Keys in their new to them camper, I packed up my doggy, a small backpack and hopped aboard with my bicycle! No need to ask me twice. When first invited, my first question was sort of a statement... "As long as my bicycle can go!"

We spent a whole day concocting a bike rack out back to hold both our bicycles. We also took my 3 gallon water purifier so we wouldn't have to keep buying water. Good thing we took it, the water was awful and it took hours for the purifier to work through that, but it was so worth it and saved us a bundle of money.

The dog required a lot of accouterments, it was embarrassing to pack him up, what with toys, pillow, bed, towel, rug, blankie, dry food, wet food, water purifier, spare vest, tags, vet records. Sheesh.

We found a few outdoor restaurants that let the little doggy hang out under the table with a water bowl while we dined. He was surprisingly on his best behavior as if he knew this was a special treat requiring him to be a good doggy.

For the time being, I have cancelled my future reservations until I see what happens next.

I have a lot of patching up to do. My electric bicycle broke and I surely didn't need that inconvenience. The rig and my old body both need a lot of attention and repair parts.

So we chose a happy spot to set up long term camping, and well here we are.

Happy!


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Franklin

If you get this by email, then some of my posts that include videos are not showing the video or the link on the email.



Well, that's a shame.



It's Sunday morning here. I am outside listening to the sound of silence interrupted by the occasional sweet  tweet of birds.



It's as if the entire rural neighborhood has wither tiptoed off to church elsewhere or they are deep in slumber. Perhaps like me, they are just savoring the silence.





Watching this F storm at sea is a sobering reminder that I need to clean and organize my rig in case I decide to travel out of harm's way at a future date.



If this mess becomes named, he will be called Franklin.



Amazon sells plenty of emergency supplies at bargain prices, delivered to your door.






Friday, August 04, 2017

A Pathetic Cry For Help

It was a creepy sound.



The sad cry of a puppy in distress.



Look what I found!



Poor baby.



He got himself all tangled up when he woke up from napping.








Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Storm Emily

Sometimes  I am happy when the weather forecasters are dead wrong.

First we had someone upstairs drain that bathtub in the sky. It rained nonstop for a few days. Now I love rain, but I live in a teeny tiny motorhome with a small smelly dog that desperately needed a good bathing. I have to do this on a sunny day so I can do the drying and toweling outdoors.

Small smelly dog also needs walks and mutt time to do his doggy thing outside. This is rather messy in the rains. For both of us. Even if we bundle up in our rain gear and take an umbrella, somehow we both come back very wet and sometimes miserable too.

Then the forecasters jumped on the bandwagon announcing Tropical Storm Emily just west of us headed for Tampa and due to cross right over my current RV spot. Emily was expected to get worse not better. She was moving at a snail's pace. This is never good as it gives a storm time to build up strength.

We were told to expect nonstop very heavy rains for the next 4-5 days. Here I am on day 2 sitting outside typing in clear sunshine.

Thank you forecasters  for being so  very wrong!

Emily was downgraded to a tropical depression. She is now sailing out to sea on the eastern Atlantic side of Florida. Bye bye Emily!

Well, I am delighted to announce, we dodged another bullet.

Life is grand.

If you missed out on yesterday's ridiculously low priced deal on the 3kw generator, don't worry. There are plenty of other generators still available for sale. I just mentioned that one yesterday in case any of my faithful readers were in the market for a fantastic deal on a powerful generator that was only available for 20 more hours at the time I posted it.

There was a time in that not so distant past, that generators were completely unavailable. Supply and demand somehow became out of whack.

I stumbled into that fabulous bargain because I happened to visit Today's Deals. 

Wish I was here!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Portable Generator Deal of the Day

Deal of the day, but it expires in 20 hours. $880 and free shipping.

Just in time for hurricane season:

Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart 3000-Watt Inverter Generator with (4) 120-Volt AC Outlets & (1) 12-Volt DC Outlet

Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart 3000-Watt Inverter Generator with (4) 120-Volt AC Outlets & (1) 12-Volt DC Outlet


Clean and instant power to keep appliances and other important electronics running during a power outage
Quieter than a traditional camping generator with enough power to start a standard RV air conditioner
1.5-gallon fuel tank for an impressive 10-hours of continuous operation at 25-percent load on a full tank
(4) household outlets (1) 12-volt 30-amp locking outlet with RV adaptor DC charging outlet and a USB port
2-year limited warranty

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Busy Unboredness

Bored?

Come see me.

I have so much to do I am never bored.  I will keep you so ridiculously busy, you might run home in terror afraid to utter that B word ever again.

I am overwhelmed with un-boredness. Frankly I'd like to kick up my feet and relax. Pretend to be bored. Let my body have some time to heal a spell.

Ha! In my dreams.

There is  so much to do what with everything about my tiny home lifestyle  falling apart. Little old me trying to cobble it all back together with a wing and prayer plus some duck tape and paper clips with a foolish grin on my face and that cockeyed delusional "Sure, I can do this..." attitude.

Even if I can't. I have to try! The fear is not failing. The fear is never even trying! It just MIGHT work.

Staring at the clouds hoping a savior is going to parachute down and fix this for me is a wishful dream that makes me smile and laugh.

Anything could happen.

I can't just lay down letting it all crumble around me (even though it is!) I have to put in my efforts and do my best to get good results.

This is the life of living on a teeny efficient budget while patching up body and soul.

Pray for a miracle!

Gotta run, well I can't run but I can walk in a sort of kind of fast manner and get my overly busy day wobbling along with hopes and dreams that "I think I can, I think I can..."

I'd like to feel caught up and ready to goof off, but that just isn't happening.

I realize too that in many cases I have no choice but to do things the hard way, because that is all the limited funds permit. So I quit whining and get on with it.

Maybe this will work. Maybe that will work. Maybe not. Maybe so.

No wonder my body is beat to pieces and clinging to each day like the special treasure it is. Today is a gift! Get up and rejoice.

If I should perish (and lawdy mercy I hope not cause I got things to do first) I think whoever finds me will say "Well she was certainly super busy right to the very end!"



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bad Bad Doggy

I don't know what to do about my ill behaved doggy. 

He will chase anyone on a bicycle and not come back when called. 

It's scary for them and maddening for me. 

Bad boy!

I took him to a professional K9 trainer that guaranteed results in 5 days or your money refunded. 

At the end of 5 days I went to pick up my retrained pooch. 

The trainer handed me back my money and said "I'm sorry. Here's your money back. This dog is incorrigible.  I couldn't do a thing with him. He will still chase anyone on a bicycle."

"There might be only one very sad solution to this very bad behavior."

"What's that?" I asked nervously. 

The trainer took a long slow deep breath. 

He stared at the ground. 

I broke out in a sweat wondering what he would suggest. 

Finally he looked me in the eye. 

The trainer said "I am so sorry to tell you this."

I fought back the tears, scared for the future of my canine companion.

The trainer took another slow deep breath.

Finally he blurted it out. 

"You have to take away his bicycle!"







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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Have Bicycle Will Think

I went to pick up my package delivered to the office which is a  good ways away from my campsite. It was a big heavy box.

I started to struggle out the door with it.

"You going to be OK with that?"

"Yes, I will put it on my bicycle and ride home."

"That will never fit on your bicycle!"

Obviously they didn't know WHO they were dealing with.  Tee hee hee .

I may not have a car, but I have a brain.

Not only did I tie it down on the bike with Nite Ize gear ties, but I rode home with a doggy in the front basket too.

All that is missing is a WIDE LOAD sign.


Rear pannier baskets by Nantucket and front doggy quick connect basket by M-Wave.

On the way home we passed two people chatting on side of road. I heard one say as I went by, "She uses that bicycle like a little truck."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Black Eye Friday

Argh!

Pirate on the loose. I have a black eye and my tooth fell out. The other pirate looks even worse. A scallywag cohort said I should put a warm tea bag on both and go back to bed.

Now that's a plan that appeals to me.

No hurricanes on the horizon so I should be safe to anchor a spell while I make tea and slap a bag on my injuries.

But first I have to deliver my loot to the Queen.


The box was heavy gold, way too big for my baskets. So I used two gear ties (one yellow, one black) to lash it down to the back rack with a loop around the seat.

I sent a picture to the Queen after scribbling across it "You're package is on it's way!"

If you don't know what gear ties are, then you aren't living right.


This is one of the handiest inventions I ever stumbled across. Actually an angel gave me some for Christmas and I've been hooked on them ever since.

Made by Nite ize, these gear ties are rubber coated durable wires that can be quickly molded (and remolded over and over) into any shape or twisted together, or twisted to make a quick tie without even bothering with a fancy knot.

They come in 3 inch on up to 64 inch. If you need one bigger than 64 inch, then just twist two together to make an even longer length. Short 3 inch ones are useful to neatly tie up bundles of wires or cables. If your wires and cables change, it's easy enough to untwist rearrange your cables then twist a gear tie back on it.

I have been using these for 1,001 uses around the ship, motorhome, bicycle, camping and now in my she-shed.

When I have difficult cargo that needs to be lashed down or tied up, I grab a gear tie. To keep my coffee pot from flying across the motorhome while driving, I use a gear tie to keep it safe. Ditto for the crock pot on the counter. A gear tie looped around the handle of the crock pot and through the galley rail that holds my spices, keeps the crock pot safe on the counter and not in the floor in a million pieces while driving.

You can also do sculpture with gear ties just for fun. I've cobbled so many projects together with gear ties, sometimes just to make a prototype first.  When I load my bicycle  on to the rear of the motorhome on my homemade bike rack, a gear tie is used to secure it. Now that I made a nifty ramp to make it easier to load and unload my bicycle, I drilled holes in it to lash it under the rack while driving. My little ramp is ready when I get there, just unlash, unload and ride off into the sunset.

Sometimes in a campground I put up a tall pole with a wifi antenna on top to pick up a signal. I use the gear ties to secure the pole to my rig or a tree or whatever there is around for me to lash it to. If the antenna is in the wrong place, it's just seconds to undo the gear ties, move the entire contraption and lash it to something again. I used to use gear ties to hold the antenna to the pole until I found a more permanent method.

Check out gear ties and get your life in order.  They come in assorted colors and sizes.

Oh and about that black eye and tooth. I don't know why the tooth fell out, I guess in sympathy for the eye.

My ear was blocked up, the one hit by lightening 20 years ago still gives me fits sometimes. I foolishly held my nose and blew real hard to try to clear my ear.

Bad career move!

About an hour later, the ear was still blocked up but my tooth fell out while eating rice. I swear I cooked the rice first. Went to bed a bit miffed about the cantankerous ear and upset about the tooth. I gave the ear one more good blow while holding my nose.

Woke up with a black saggy eye that feels just awful. I guess I blew a wee bit too hard.

Getting old ain't for sissies.

Life is goof. 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Solar Eclipse Coming Soon

The solar eclipse is coming Monday, August 21, 2017.

All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Lucky folks  within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.


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This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

The solar eclipse will run from west to east.

You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America. To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality, around 70 miles wide.

The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.

Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.

From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.

One of my favorite Federal campgrounds is Buck Hall on the South Carolina coast which will be in the totality path. The government has decided to close the campground August 20-21-22 but the day use park will open at 8am on the 21st.

Their statement:
Attention: We are sorry, but Buck Hall Campground will be closed August 20-22, 2017 for public safety in response to the Total Solar Eclipse occurring on August 21st. The Day Use Area will open at 8:00 a.m. EST the morning of the 21st to accommodate visitors to view the eclipse. We expect an increase in traffic and visitation during this time and encourage you to plan accordingly. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Sticker Shock

Sticker shock.

I moved to a place where the electricity has to be in my name and I have to pay it. They wouldn't let me put it in Harley's name. Doggone it.

Normally I am pretty darn frugal with electricity so imagine my surprise when the bill came in at $4.19 per day.

Yikes!

Well, it's the Harley dog's fault.

He needs a refrigerator for his wet food. He only eats half per day and I can't leave the other half out on the counter, so in the fridge it goes.

Then he loves to bicycle ride and he needs cold water in his thermos for that.

When it's hot he wants the air conditioning turned on for his comfort, especially when sleeping on hot humid nights. Otherwise the place stinks up of doggy smell.

For bathing, he insists on very warm water or else he shakes and shivers and makes a huge mess. So the electric hot water has to be on for him.

Ditto for washing his dishes every day. There is the dry food dish, the wet food dish, the water dish, the begging cup and the canisters to store his dry food need washing in hot sudsy water between refills.

Then there is the washing machine for doing his harness vests, his winter coat and his winter sweaters. Luckily he quit wearing Tshirts in the summer. Also have to use the washing machine to wash his bed, his pillow, his blankies and stuffed toys that have too much aromatic doggy drool on them.

Next I  have to wash his bathing towel, his beach towel or river towel or lake towel. He has a favorite rug where he plays and that needs a good washing now and then. Underneath his food bowls is a memory foam rug so he can remember where to find the food that keeps moving around depending om if I am driving or parking.

His  computer needs electricity so he can post silly videos and pics of himself.

When asked if he wants to watch a movie during a thunderstorm he will race for the closest seat to the set, so I have to look at his silly ear sticking up blocking half the screen. I have other things to do besides watching movies, but during a thunderstorm, he needs the distraction to keep from having a nervous breakdown.

His popcorn is made on the propane stove, but still there is the electric hot water to wash his popcorn bowl.

At night he wants lights so he can see to clean his privates and his toes before beddy bye time.

I am beginning to think the dog is responsible for 90% of the electric bill.






Friday, July 14, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When Bad Produce Happens To Good People

Anonymous posted this comment:
Acetylene gas inside a rotten watermelon will cause an explosion when exposed to heat. Probably not putting in fridge helped the process along. 

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I googled  Acetylene gas and learned all about "When bad produce happens to good people".

It makes me feel guilty for wondering if I had been the product of a practical joke gone very wrong. I previously had company that knew about my watermelon, but I can't imagine them trying to ruin it. I did briefly speculate they may have spiked it with alcohol and it went wrong, very wrong,  but since they know I don't drink spirits, I can't imagine them spiking it.

Also another friend was camping with me for a few weeks who was using my fridge. When we shopped they would buy all their favorite things which took up 95% of the tiny fridge leaving me about 5% for my favorite things, like the watermelon. I bit my lip, and said nothing. I could share whatever their favorites were, food is food, as long as it's not laced with sugars and chemicals, I can pretty much cook and eat anything. Their food choices were pretty healthy so basically it was a win win situation, just that I so wanted to chill the watermelon I crave. Oh well.

If and when my bicycle is repaired, I can pedal to the store for a new one. Maybe. My bicycle wars are another story. I don't feel like driving the motorhome to shop. It's too dang hot and too much work lately. I have my hands full trying to fix a mess of broken bits. Life is goof! It's July and I have only driven my motorhome twice since December 1st.

Life keeps dishing out the dawn of a new error. 

Ok back to that exploding watermelon... here's what I learned today!

As soon as a fresh plant is removed from its host plant or reaches maturity, it begins to very slowly break down. Heat accelerates this process.

As it breaks down, a colorless gas called acetylene forms inside the water melon. The gas is volatile and quite unstable while in gas form (which is why when it's used in scientific experiments it's usually used in liquid form.)

The gas will try its best to escape the water melon but as it slowly increases due to the rotting in the water melon, the pressure will continue to increase.

When the skin of the watermelon is no longer strong enough to hold the gas inside, it will explode, often spraying all nearby surfaces with rotten water melon. Sometimes a trip home from the shop in a warm car is the final catalyst required to create an explosion.

Well, that explains that! I picked up the watermelon and KERBOOM!



Monday, July 10, 2017

The Color of Watermelon

It's not Halloween but spooky things are happening around here. 

Trick or Treat!


watermelon


My little round seedless watermelon exploded. In my kitchen. Oh what an effing mess that made. I am still in shock. 

My new decor. Shades of watermelon. My new wardrobe. Watermelon hues.

I have no idea what lead up to this. I bought a little round watermelon with the intention of having it for lunch or breakfast once a day 4 days in a row. Just watermelon and nothing else. It's very filling. Oh so delicious. I love watermelon. (Almost as much as I love Vidalia onions!) Every summer I look forward to watermelon (and Vidalia's). Usually I have to buy the already sliced pieces because my motorhome fridge is so small, a regular full sized watermelon would never fit inside it. The problem with most motorhome fridges is the illusion. A long door but when opened the fridge is not deep at all. Matter of fact, a dozen eggs will only fit across the shelf not fore and aft. That is how my fridge lacks depth. 

Tiny home living. 

These newfangled personal sized watermelons appeared in the market. They were smaller than a bowling ball yet just as juicy and delicious. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! 

There wasn't room for my cute round watermelon in my tiny fridge just yet so I had it sitting in a Corelle bowl on the counter to keep it from rolling away to parts unknown.  But as other foods were consumed, I suddenly had room to chill my watermelon in the fridge. I gingerly picked it up briefly wondering why it had gone from rock hard to a slight give in the skin. Kerboom! There was bright red watermelon flying every where. On the stove top. Under the stove top. In the sink. Down the front of my shirt. In the floor. On the step stool. Running down the wall. Splattered on the window. A chunky mess landed on the upholstery for the dining booth. 

There was a scream. Was that me? The dog ran and hid under the table. I wanted to crawl under there with him. 

What happened? I stood there in shock and disbelief. I just wanted to rewind time, pretending this never ever happened. 

But what did just happen? 

I have no idea. It's one of life's mysteries. 

Trick or treat in July. 

The sad part? Not one spoonful of watermelon was salvageable for consuming. I never got a taste. 

What I got was hours of sticky messy oozy cleanup. 

Life is goof. 

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