Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ottawa metro park lima ohio

I fell in love with this old building while walking the town where my RV broke down in Lima, Ohio, September 2016.

ottawa metro park lima ohio


On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

dear miss mermaid

Out walking the puppy dog, I caught this picture in Pipestem, West Virginia summer of 2016

On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

rv travels

No matter where you go there you are.

Rainbow from 2010 in Ohio.

On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with an automated blog post such as this one utilizing some of my favorite photographs from the past.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Amphibious RVing is going to be a reality soon.

Turn your RV into a boat.

http://www.rollerboat.com/

On days I can't reach the internet, I am trying to plan ahead with automated blog post such as this one sometimes utilizing one of my favorite photographs from the past. When I can post to the internet, I postpone the automated blog post and write a current one.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

LOST

Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida is my latest focus while I camp nearby.

A 117 page recreation guide can be downloaded in PDF to learn more about his unique area.

I am cramping in an RV park near the lake.

My neighbors are close enough to almost pass the Grey Poupon out the window. To give you an idea, out my front door on the huge side, I put out my 8 foot awning then rolled out my 9 by 12 foot outdoor patio mat. The rug touches the fifth wheel rig next door. On the other side, if I suck in my belly, holding my breath, I can squeeze by my rig and the lot next door.

Bicycling for exercise is easy enough, for shopping not so easy. Downright scary. Not even sure biking to shop will work at all. The stores are about 3 miles away, but the safety factor of getting there on bicycle is something I haven't mastered at this point and time.

LOST
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail

There is a marvelous paved trail on top of the berm that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. No shade, but perfect for bike riding. The scenery is awesome. However I have to go over scary tiny bridge with no where for bikes or pedestrians with cars flying by at 50-90 mph and about 1/4 mile on both sides  of bridge down hair-raising busy highway riding on teensy tiny roadside with braille bumps, then POOF, if I can cross traffic to make a left,  without peeing in my pants,  I can go down a side street that wanders through another RV park, then up a hill and onto the berm.

PHEW!

At the top of the berm, a whole new world appears. Flat riding more or less, like traversing on top of a small mountain ridge with fabulous downward views of the huge lake on one side with the canals, busy highway and outskirts of town on the other side.

A Rose by Any Other Name 
As time went on, the popular name for the trail became the “LOST” trail. Some folks are still looking for a more noble or elegant name. Others like the romantic notion of getting LOST for the weekend on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

salt springs rec area class c motorhome
Tiny wheel estate
Big tree.

I am happiest out in nature.

Salt Springs a year ago.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doggone Question

I want to learn to ride the bicycle on my own.

harley rides a day 6 bicycle

First question, how do I reach the pedals from the seat?

harley rides a day 6 bicycle


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

The past four and a half months I have been camping at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida. It's an odd county owned parked that is managed ambiguously.

Now the fun part begins, packing up my outdoor living so it all fits in my little old wheel estate, say my prayers and hit the road.

While many snowbirds glamping in the park already fled Florida in search of their bricks and sticks home in the north, I am fleeing southerly in search of bargain rents.

This post was interrupted by a sudden:
BLACK SCREEN (not the dreaded blue screen but a black screen which seems worse than a dreaded blue screen)
COMPUTER FAKES DEATH?

An hour later... I typed the above and below. I have no idea what's wrong with my computer but I hope to keep it working a few more years. (Purdy please!)

INTERNET DIES

Well, to make a long story longer...
20 minutes later, the internet springs back to life.

I was going to say I guess that makes me a sun bird rather than a snowbird. (I am fleeing southerly in search of bargain rents.)

So there might be a hiccup here on the blog while I pack up, or while I travel, or while I unpack, or while I battle with an erratic computer and a dicey internet.

I just want simplicity.

But life is sometimes overly complicated.

Oops, blogger just crashed.
Again.

See you round the campfire!
Um, maybe not... there is a ban in place.
See you round the campfire ashes of... yesteryore.

Life is goof!

Thank you for the wonderful birthday!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Egg-stra Fun

Hoppy Easter to all!



I boiled my Easter eggs in turmeric powder and vinegar. Then I realized I had some red dye tucked away I had bought to test the water purifier. Duh, I could have had some pinky eggs too.

Egg-sactly
Egg-citing
Egg-static
Egg-stravagent
Egg-splosive
Egg-streme
Eggs-ercise
Egg-ceptional
Eggs-tra
Eggs-aggerate


Harley put funny bunny wunny wabbit ears on his brutha from another mutha.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

What's A Kid Sock Got To Do With It?

kid socks
I bought three pair of kid's socks for a dollar at Dollar Tree. Such a bargain!

Oh wait. I don't have a kid. Well, then it's not a bargain if you don't need it. It's just wasted money.

In my funny little brain what  I saw for a dollar was not 6 socks, but 6 soft flexible protective covers for adaptive aids.



magnifying glasses with uv
Magnifying glasses with a light is handy for teensy-tiny-itsy-bitsy print found on critical items such as  ingredient lists (what's REALLY in our foods) and directions on ointments, creams plus obscure pill and supplement bottles.

Ever noticed how many so called child-proof contraptions are in print big enough for a child to read but too small for an adult to see?

Then there are such lovely items as my huge spiral bound atlas. Where ever I am going is on the fold, in the middle of the spiral bound holes.  GPS is sometimes completely clueless about many areas in the country or in and around small towns.

Just last December I trusted my GPS (silly me!) to take me 120 miles from point A to B, but for some insane reason GPS sent me an EXTRA 94 miles out of my way. I felt very foolish when I discovered this. If I had just used my magnifying glass ahead of time, mapped out my route on the atlas then compared it to GPS, I could have possibly made the correct choices

Sometimes studying the atlas with a magnifying glass can make those lilliputian street lines and route numbers come to life in a more sensible way.
magnifying glasses with lights and assorted lenses
 Back to the socks. I have a magnifying glass with a light and 3 assorted lens. I was dismayed the magnifying lens never seem to come with a proper cover to keep them clean and scratch free. When I saw the child socks, lens cover sprung into my head.
magnifying glasses with lights and assorted lenses

My other magnifying light includes a UV light otherwise known as a  black light. This is useful for checking money  to make sure it's not counterfeit and other items that rely on UV light.

I had a friend drop by who ordered up this gigantic 24 inch pizza for delivery. It was daylight when we ordered but it arrived after dark. That is when we discovered my motorhome door is also 24 inches wide. Hilarious!

The total with tip came to about $35 so he handed the pizza delivery person, two twenty dollar bills and asked for a five dollar bill in change. The young woman handed out the five then vanished into the night, presumably to drive her car away. A few minutes later while we were laughing ourselves silly at the huge pizza box being the same width as my motorhome door, she came wandering up in the dark claiming we gave her a counterfeit twenty.

My friend said well he just got those from the bank that very day. I dashed inside my wheel estate looking for my magnifying glass with the UV light, while he was looking to hand her a different twenty. Back outside, I held the twenty she claimed was counterfeit under the magnifying glass with the UV light. The plastic strip embedded in the money lit up bright green. I asked her what method she used to test the counterfeit money. She shrugged her shoulders wandering off into the dark again.

While the UV light and strip is only one of about ten different methods used to tell whether money is counterfeit or not, it's one of the best tests, because it's deemed virtually impossible for forgers to duplicate.

You can read all about numerous ways to check your money from an article published on  the Secret Service website. You can download their article to have on hand for your own use at:
Know Your Money
https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf

Life is goof.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dancing

On my birthday reality set in. 
I discovered I'm  just like an old battered car.
A few parts are missing. 
The paint is faded, scratched and scarred.
I overheat going uphill.
I have drips, leaks and squeaks. 
The exhaust smokes.
Some days I need  a jump start.  
And when I have gas, I toot my horn!

Life is goof. 

Thank you for making my life awesome!
You rock my world.


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Surreal

Dawn of a new day.

Fog is so hard for me to photograph yet so stunningly beautiful in an eerie surreal way that I wish I could capture like a pro.

fog at wickham park florida dear miss mermaid

Some days I am in a world of fog yet I feel so blessed and lucky to witness another glorious day in paradise on planet earth.

The snowbirds have abandoned my current campground in Melbourne, Florida to head for points far north while their campsites are rapidly filled by spring breakers of all ages on vacation. It's a whole different vibe.

Easter is around the corner, next Sunday to be exact.

easter eggs

Amazon sells it all...
Including Easter Eggs

Thank you for hopping by today.

Life is goof.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Toot Tooty

Another day in paradise.

I woke up alive, the sun came up and life is beautiful. Stormy but gorgeous. Winds blow away pollen, rains make the trees greener. It's all good!

My birthday is around the corner. Yippee doodle doo! I plan to watch the sun come up, smile, giggle, play music and dance. Wheeee! I might just might even let some dark chocolate accidentally fall in my big mouth too. Maybe...

Toot tooty!

That's little old me tooting my horn.




Thank you for the miracles
Thank you for stopping by
Thank you for another fabulous day








Florida State Parks Early Bird Summer Special

Florida State Parks: Early Bird Summer Special

(Promo Code: EARLYBIRD17)

Although it may seem too good to be true, we assure you that this is no April Fools' joke! You really can get one night free if you make your early reservations now from April 1 - April 30 for stays this year between June 1 - September 30 at select campgrounds*.
Simply reserve a minimum of three (3) nights and get your fourth night free! It's that easy! Offer not valid for holidays (July 1-5 or September 1-4).

*Eligible parks include
Big Lagoon State Park,
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park,
Wekiwa Springs State Park,
Lake Louisa State Park,
Tomoka State Park,
Little Manatee River State Park,
Hillsborough River State Park,
Oscar Scherer State Park,
Koreshan State Historic Site,
Jonathan Dickinson State Park or
Oleta River State Park.

**Must book three (3) consecutive nights for stays between between June 1 - September 30, 2017. Bookings must be made from April 1 - April 30, 2017. Offer not valid for stays during holidays (July 1-5 or September 1-4). Only one discount per customer. Offer not applicable for current bookings. Promotion available for reservations made online or by phone, which must be completed by April 30, 2017 at 11:59 Eastern Time (ET). All reservation policies and fees apply.

Located on 655 acres, Big Lagoon State Park sits on the northern shoreline of Big Lagoon, offering visitors a full array of recreation opportunities among the marshes and pine flatwoods, along with boat and kayak rentals. Crabbing is an especially popular activity and is a great way to spend some time by the water.

A popular location for boating and fishing, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park provides a double-lane boat ramp for easy access to Rocky Bayou and the bay beyond. Try hiking, biking, picnicking, canoeing/kayaking and wildlife viewing along with full-facility camping under shaded campgrounds.

With three miles of pristine white sand beaches and freshwater coastal dune lakes, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has a wide range of natural communities ready to be explored. The campground is just a short walk, bike or tram ride away from the beach where visitors can swim, fish, sunbathe or beachcomb.

At Hillsborough River State Park, just north of Tampa, Class II rapids attract those with a sense of adventure but cater to beginner and experienced paddlers alike. For a more relaxed experience, try canoeing and kayaking, or hiking and biking through over seven miles of available nature trails. Full-facility, youth/group tent and primitive campgrounds provide options for overnight visitors.

Just 25 miles from Orlando's major attractions, Lake Louisa State Park is home to rolling hills, scenic landscapes and 13 gorgeous lakes for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Within the 4,500 acre park, 11 natural plant communities provide a diverse landscape to explore. Enjoy a variety of options for your stay, from more rustic RV or tent camping sites to cabins with all the amenities of home.

Visit one of the park's best kept secrets at Little Manatee River State Park. Be sure to explore the six-mile hiking trail loop set along the main river, which includes scrub ridges, marshes and plenty of wildlife.

Only 14 miles from Daytona Speedway and home to the endangered West Indian manatee sits Tomoka State Park. Visitors can camp next to the Halifax River with scenic marshes and live oak hammocks that flourish with wildlife. Tomoka is also a birders' paradise with over 160 species sighted.

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within Wekiwa Springs State Park are an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Hike, bike or horseback ride thirteen miles of trails or paddle the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. The park includes full-facility campgrounds as well as primitive sites.

Come see the vision of Cyrus Reed Teed's late 19th century utopia at Koreshan State Historic Site. Fish, picnic, boat and hike where Teed´s visionaries once lived. Take a leisurely paddle to the west and enjoy tall oak trees or for the more adventurous, paddle four miles downstream to Estero Bay. The park has a full-facility campground for overnight stays.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park provides a perfect backdrop for a day’s ride with paved and off-road multi-use trails. Navigate down the Loxahatchee River in a boat, canoe or kayak (all available for rental). Stay the night at one of two family friendly campgrounds or in a cabin right by the river.

Best known for its miles of off-road cycling trails, Oleta River State Park is Florida's largest urban park. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore the amazing natural areas while beachgoers can soak up the sun on a beautiful sandy beach. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes and bicycles. Saltwater fishing, picnics and hiking are also popular activities. The park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground available for overnight visitors.

Oscar Scherer State Park is home to the famous Florida scrub-jay, an imperiled species found only in Florida. Observe these magnificent creatures on 15 miles of nature trails. With select trails that are wheelchair accessible and bicycle friendly, exploration of this beautiful park is available to everyone. Fresh and saltwater fishing are available on the shores of Lake Osprey along with swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Ample camping opportunities are provided by the full-facility campground.








Friday, March 31, 2017

Vertigo

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Goof


Today I learned about MOLLE, EDC and MURSE.

MOLLE is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. I was informed that Molle is pronounced like Molly.
EDC is Everyday Carry. No idea how to pronounce EDC.
MURSE is a man-purse.

I guess I am way way behind on pop culture but... I 'm a great flip flop mulcher.

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There may be some upcoming gaps in my blog posting, though I hope not. I wake up and aspire to tackle 100 things, but maybe I only get 10 done.

Some days more, other days less.

Soon I will be doing more alternative treatments. Life is long. Death is short. Smile, rejoice and give thanks.

When you stop carrying on, they carry you out. So I stay busy busy busy! Don't carry me out!

I like to think I have no bad days at all. Some days are good and some days are better!

Angels keep me down to earth.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Life is goof.

And that's one of my personal mottoes that initially sprung from bad typing.

Life is goof. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

One Piece Pop Up Screen Room

This pop up screen room is simply amazing. As I write this, only 11 are left in stock, so if you want yours, click here to see it on Amazon. 

It's all one piece with an attached roof, 4 walls, a door and attached floor. I live in campgrounds and RV parks year round. I love the outdoors but sometimes the bugs or falling leaves or pollen loves me too much. This screen room has such fine sturdy mesh, that even noseeums can't invade. Even when it's not buggy, it's a nice room that keeps out  falling leaves and pine needles.

When mine arrived we had big clumps of pollen falling out of the trees and it was nice not to have the table and chairs covered in nature debris. My table shown inside is 34 inches square, 4 chairs with room to spare will fit in the center with it. Optionally you can use a tarp or patio mat underneath it to give the floor further protection from broken acorns or rocks.


It stores in a round flat bag the size of a giant pizza about 34 inches in diameter. The picture shows the bag empty because I am busy using the screen room with my chairs and table inside of it while I type this.



Pull the circular room out of the bag and carefully let it uncoil and pop up. It will be the size of one wall. Unfold to an L shape, then pull from the inside out to bring out the other 2 panels to make it square shape. You may need to give it a gentle shake to let the attached floor  and roof adjust. There you have it. Instant screen room. All one piece.

If you measure it like a TV on the diagonal, it's 9.5 feet, if you measure the floor side to side it's 7 feet. The height inside is 7 feet.


Save the instructions that come with it so you can fold the 4 sides back down to 1 side, then twist the steel frame so that it makes loops and converts to the 34 inch round diameter to store back in the round flat bag. Save the instructions. Did I mention save the instructions? There is a pouch on the front of the bag to store the instructions. Save the instructions. I wrote on mine SAVE FOREVER.

On the outside of the screen room is 8 tabs around the floor and 8 tabs in the middle. It came with a bag of stakes and adjustable lines if you need to nail it down and tether it from the winds.

When I first saw this, about 2 years ago, I was saving up to buy one. Then when I got my money together, they were out of stock. They stayed out of stock for about 8 months. Recently it came back on the market.

As I write this, only 11 are left for sale on Amazon at this link.   I think it's a super cool idea, because I have tiny storage space. When I need to pack up and move, it will collapse back down to a hungry giant pizza size.



Tiny home living just got better!

TIP: Make sure the zippered door is fully closed before you stake it down, and zip the door fully before relocating it or folding it back down.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Well Behaved?

I was reviewing park rules for a state park I plan to visit. (I like to read all the rules  in advance, so I can pick which ones I plan to break ahead of time.)

Among the rules listed was this one:

Pets must be well-behaved at all times.

So why doesn't this apply to children?

The list of rules for pets are numerous but none for the children.

We all know I was the perfect child growing up and never did a thing wrong. Well, um, maybe not! Tee hee hee.

But one thing I know for SURE. Mama didn't allow me to SCREAM unless it was a huge emergency and I better be missing an arm or a leg or my head caved in when she showed up to deal with it. Screaming just was not allowed. No way. Screaming was for BIG emergencies.

It seems every campground or RV park eventually has a screamer or sometimes multiple shriekers. A token handful of children that seem to shriek and scream at the top of their lungs while their parents go on with life as if the screaming and shrieking is just not within their hearing range.

But pets must be well-behaved at all times. 

Oh well. Grin and bear it.

On to a funny tale...

This happened when I was about five years old. We lived in a modest post war ranch style home about 1100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, a bath and a half. It was considered the suburbs. Lots were modest in size. I can't remember if ours was an eighth or a quarter acre. The front and back yard were of equal size. Around the corner several lots down, was the veterinarian's home but he had quite a few acres and his home was much larger than ours. Though his office was located somewhere else, he sometimes had large animals being treated on his property, but it was rare.

My mother was on the kitchen phone. It had just rang and she was intently listening to the other person on the line. I was sitting at the kitchen table coloring.The windows looked out to our small suburban back yard which had a badminton net tied up between two trees.  I glanced up from my coloring to gaze out the window when suddenly a big black bull ran though the yard, snaring our badminton net with his horns. He kept right on running with the destroyed net dangling from his head. I tried to get my mother's attention and she spun around to shush me. She finished the call and hung up.

She announced that was an important call from another neighbor about a bull on the loose having escaped from the vet's care. We needed to stay indoors until he was captured. She also reminded me that I was not to interrupt her while she was on the phone unless it was an emergency.

"Now dear." she finished, "What was it you wanted to tell me?"





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mansion Imagine

I woke up alive, the sun came up and today is a gift I shall treasure eternally.

dearmissmermaid.com


My forever home is a tiny old motohome from 1994 but in my mind it's a vast mansion of creature comforts.

I whimsically call it "My Wheel Estate".

dearmissmermaid.com


Life is goof.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Survived!

I survived!

It's a beautiful day in paradise.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paint and Construction Mess

Bedroom painting of the cabinet doors and drawers is almost complete. I love the new look! Amazing the amount of dirty and crud that had to be sanded off. I thought my housekeeping was pretty good, but then again, maybe not.

When I joke about how tiny my closet is, I am not kidding! That mirrored door shown below is my closet. Beneath it are my 3 dresser drawers.


My entire yearround wardrobe fits into this tiny area except for one super warm bulky jacket. I used to have a beautiful waterproof trench coat (bought used in 2009) but I regifted it this summer. Storing it between uses was always problematic.

Then last fall, when I traveled to a wedding celebration, the bride and groom gave me this awesome rain jacket that is so long it hangs down mid-thigh plus has a hoodie. I love it. It is made of some newfangled waterproof material that enables it to fold up teeny tiny or hang up taking up miniscule room in my efficiently tight closet.

But, the way I see it, I am super lucky to own clothes and have a place to keep them!

Life is awesome.

These pictures are showing off the paint job. Just the cabinet doors and drawers got a makeover. They were removed and taken outside for a spray paint job after loads of sanding and cleaning. The brass pulls were removed, thoroughly cleaned and put back on. The hinges and hardware were taped over with blue painters tape, to prevent overspray from marring them.

Today's tip:

If you decide to take down your cabinet doors and drawers to paint, make SURE you mark them as to where each one goes, so you don't drive yourself crazy trying to line the hinges back up again. Also, mark your drawers so you can get them back to where they belong.

Shown below (in the picture) are the three upper cabinets above the windows above my bed.


Those cabinets hold:
the little vacuum cleaner and all the optional  attachments
Harley's doggy wardrobe and supplies
RV repair parts and supplies
my sewing kit with iron
a pile of stuff I need to mend (hand sewing takes me a super long time, about an inch per hour)
a big box of old pictures from my days living in the Caribbean before digital cameras
a big box of alternative treatment supplies
emergency roof repair tape
new fabric for curtains bought before the little sewing machine died (it's dead and gone now)
a baggy with my big bulky super warm jacket for when it's c-c-c-cold
a few sentimental items I should sell on ebay (need cash)
And that about fills those cabinets to near capacity.

If I had a way to convert all the pictures to digital, I could dispose of them and free up some room.

Below is a hanging locker in the corner of the bedroom above the end table.


I don't use it for hanging, as my shirts are tunic length and too long for the short cabinet and it's hard to reach. So it is full of little square clear containers which hold:
more RV parts and supplies like
duck tape, painters tape, masking tape
super glue, 2 part epoxy, doublestick tape
assorted velcro
underwater weld
old broken cameras (in case I get them fixed?)
odd plumbing parts
office supplies like staples, paper, envelopes
a stack of my book "Hurricanes and Hangovers" in case I get over my shyness and sell some
a ton of paperwork I would love to shred and dispose of soon (all things take time and I have to shred by hand)

The white pole attached near the ceiling is where I hang plastic clothes hangers with freshly laundered clothes and towels for hang drying inside when I can't dry outside (I save a bundle of money by not wasting quarters in the dryers)

Now that I look at the picture, I see the EMPTY basket on the wall. This is rare. It's usually crammed full of stuff, but I was putting things away and the basket was emptied out.

Tiny home living.

What fun!

I've been working on a new blog called "Tiny Home Lifestyle Reviews".  It's under construction, but does already have over 100 pages written.

Many of the products are often provided (for free) to me by vendors who want me to test them out and write about them. Occasionally there is minuscule pay involved in this, but mostly it's just a way for me to acquire useful products for free.

Matter of fact, in the picture above, there is a big glow from a tiny cylindrical lamp. You can't really see it well in the picture, but it's one of the products I received for testing. It has 3 dimmer settings plus a choice of 6 different mood colors.

Life is goof!




Monday, March 13, 2017

Strange Justice

Life in America still leaves me feeling very clueless. Much of my adult life was spent working overseas.

In my absence America became a bit more complicated.

I am all for simplicity. I feel so alone in this wishful thinking.

Now onto strange but true news...

Recently the local jails were discovered to be overcrowded.

Incredibly they ran a one day plea bargain special for time served. 16 inmates immediately plea bargained their cases and  were released.

Ain't that something.

Typically a plea bargain is an arrangement to plead guilty to the crime charged or plead to a lessor crime in exchange for a specific sentence consideration.

Now if one happens to be innocent and thrown in jail by mistake, this type of enticement can wreck a good record. One has to wait months maybe years to finally go to court and prove innocence.

Justice is strange.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fur Baby Gets a Fur Trim

Just say no to dreadlocks!




Harley dog got a bath and a fur trim from the neck down.

I would never trim the fur around his goofy head.

We're still alive and kicking.

Life is goof.



Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Hiss Of Spray Paint


Painting the cabinet and drawer fronts is still moving along.

We are on week number six now.

Nothing happens fast around here.

I move slower these days so as to resist breaking things. Like arms and legs.

It took almost a year to redo the entire roof with Eternabond tape. 

So six weeks into painting... we are way ahead of schedule.

If you have brass handles, keep them. Clean them up and use them. They are frighteningly expensive.

Mine cleaned up nicely, but still have that comfy used look. However, at 23 years old they look fabulous.

Life is goof.

Another great day in paradise.

On heavenly earth.

Angels keep me down to earth.

Thank you. 










Monday, March 06, 2017

Yippie!



I woke up alive!

Life is beautiful.

If all goes well, I am going to have a birthday next month!

Time flies when you're smiling.



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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Wolfman Wakes Up



I'm up now!

So what's for breakfast?

Are we going to the dog park?

Are you taking me for a ride on the bicycle?

Are we hiking?

Wanna play with my toys?

Will you throw the ball?

How about the frisbee?

Have you seen my teddy bear?

Do you have any treats?

Want me to sit in your lap?

Can I clean your teeth?

Do you have cheese?

Can I have some?












Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sailing Songs For Cruising the Highways and Byways

Sailing Songs with links to download and enjoy!

I spent years in the Caribbean living and working on sailboats. The stereo was our main entertainment besides watching dolphins ride our bow wave.

Once while teaching an adult student to sail downwind, Bolero by Ravel performed by Andre Rieu was playing on the stereo. It was just majestic as it worked up to a crescendo that was heavenly. If was as if the music was gently pushing the winds and seas as we lazily toured the southern side of Jost Van Dyke. 



The film "10" from 1979,  brought renewed fame to the one-movement orchestral piece Boléro by Maurice Ravel. Use of the piece during the love scene between Derek and Moore's characters, with Jenny describing it as "the most descriptive sex music ever written", resulted in massive sales of the work. Because Ravel's music was still under copyright at the time, sales generated his estate an estimated $1 million in royalties and briefly made him the best-selling classical composer—over 40 years after his death. Derek later appeared in a 1984 film named Bolero, titled to capitalize upon the piece's regenerated popularity.

A Pirate Looks At 40 - Jimmy Buffett


Come Sail Away – Styx


Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash


Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band and  Jimmy Buffett

Boats- Kenny Chesney

Sloop John B – Beach Boys

If I Had Boat – Lyle Lovett

Boats To Build – Jimmy Buffett

Where The Boat Leaves From - Zac Brown Band

Guitars & Tiki Bars – Kenny Chesney

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem – Kenny Chesney



Permanently Temporary - Eric Stone



The Pina Colada Song- Rupert Holmes

Coastal - Kenny Chesney

Beachfront – John Friday

Soul Of A Sailor – Kenny Chesney

Sail Away – David Gray

Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin

Back To The Island - Jimmy Buffett & Henry Kopono

I've Got Sand In My Shoes – The Drifters

Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters

Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford

Sailin’ Shoes- Little Feat

Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan

5 o’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson

Drunken Sailor- Ceili Moss (as well as other versions)

26 Miles Across The Sea - The Four Preps

Laid Back 'n Low Key (Cay) - Alan Jackson

Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

Island Song – Zac Brown Band

Brandy- Looking Glass

Free – Donavon Frankenreiter

Pontoon –Little Big Town

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More Jimmy Buffett Songs About The Sea

Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

Fins

A Salty Piece of Land

Barometer Soup

Tin Cup Chalice

Margaritaville

Back To The Island

Coast of Carolina

Pirate Looks At 40

Coastal Confessions

Knee Deep

Boat Drinks

Surfing In A Hurricane

The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Lovely Cruise

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Big Let Down

A few of you have asked about the prizes at the Chili Cookoff.

What did I win?

Well... it appears the way the chili cookoff was set up, the overall winner isn't the overall winner.

At the start of the cookoff the organizers were bragging they had some great gifts including a $200 gift certificate for Giant Rec World which sells RV parts.

Lots of contestants were happy to hear this! This was held in the campground so we all owned RV's.

Two hundred dollars! Whew hew!

So when I was called last and pronounced to have produced "the best overall" chili, I was ecstatic. Others had won titles of most colorful, most unique, best consistency. As I jumped up to go up to where the other happy winners were standing, I was handed a white envelope.

I thanked everyone with a huge smile plastered on my silly face. Racing through my mind was my RV wish list of things that need repairing and now I had the $200 gift certificate to make this happen. WOW!

Or did I?

Suddenly someone announced, you may open your envelopes now.

My envelope contained a  gift certificate for $10 in ice cream at a store 6 miles from here.

You read that right. Ten dollars in ice cream.

Also a piece of paper was included that read "4".

They pointed to a table and said you get gift 4.

Gift 4 turned out to be 4 solar lights for outdoor use. The box was banged up and seemed to have been wet and then dried out again. I figured it was probably a donated gift from a retailer that couldn't sell it in that condition.

I took it home and put the lights out in the sunshine. Two nights in a row they refused to light up. Then I discovered *gulp* the rechargeable batteries had been removed. The cost of buying batteries to make these work is going to be $18 so that is a no go for me.

No solar lights for me.

While winning the chili cookoff was a fun gratifying achievement I've enjoyed, I must admit the prizes were kind of a let down.

I don't know who got the $200 certificate.

It wasn't me.

Life is goof.

So if your in the neighborhood, stop by. We'll go get ice cream. If you want some solar lights, they're yours. All they need is $18 in batteries.









Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beans and Things

Thanks for all the well wishes and congratulations on the chili cook off I won.

I still think it's kind of funny my ghostly brother told me I would win and I did.

Bean dishes are right up my alley. I always have bean something around. They are nutritional super foods. With a crockpot, making dried beans is super easy. So easy you can make them while you sleep.

Dried beans taste superior to canned beans. I think the judges tasted this too. I found out later, that I was the only one to use dried beans from scratch.

Also, I have my own unique ways of flavoring foods. People asked about what was in my chili when I started rattling off the seasonings, most were quite surprised when I got to these:

Fennel Seeds?
Gumbo file?
Old Bay Seasoning?
Sage?
Allspice?
Ginger?

A look around my motorhome and I do seem to carry an astonishing array of herbs, spices and condiments. I wanted some red wine to throw in, but had to settle on some white cooking wine. Then I figured the balsamic vinegar would kick it up a notch tempered by the blackstrap molasses.

The grape jelly I had on hand by accident. I didn't buy it, no one else left it here, kind of a mystery where it came from. Years back I remember someone telling me something about the chili with the grape jelly always wins.

What is a tad embarrassing, is I do honestly believe I might have forgot to put the cumin in the chili.

What a riot!  Probably the only time I made chili without cumin. To me, this is hilarious.

If chili is all you make with beans, consider branching out. Beans are like a white pallete to paint upon. They love to simmer and slow cook with lots of flavors. Once you make your own dried beans, it's easy to get used to their superior texture.

Occasionally I have leftover bean dishes. I love to take the last 1/2 to 1 cup of leftover beans and turn it into a dip or spread. Just whiz away and throw in something like crunchy onion or jalapeno to jazz it up. If it's too thin, whip with cream cheese. If it's too thick, toss in some V-8 juice. Makes for a healthy snack on not so healthy crackers. But if you fry up some corn tortillas, then corn plus beans make a complete protein, no need to eat meat.

Whee!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and emails.




Monday, February 27, 2017

I Won The Chili Cookoff

Well I am super excited. It was a sad day for me, but I plowed through it determined to go ahead and enter the chili cookoff.

So why was I sad? Well 2 years ago, I called my brother. Someone else answered and told me he had just died. I was in shock and super sad. I was promised his ashes, but some major problems occurred and it was many months before I could finally procure some (not all) of his ashes.

I was able to take him everywhere he wanted his ashes. It took me a few months, but I got him to all the places he wanted to be.

Now we could both rest in peace.

This morning I looked at the beans I had cooked overnight and thought I was too tired to mess with this chili cookoff. I heard my brother talking. He said, oh go ahead and enter. You will win first place!

I laughed as the absurdity of listening to someone who has been dead 2 years, tell me that today I would win.

But I spent the morning concocting a delicious chili dish in my 3 quart crockpot. I took it to the cookoff. The professional judges tasted all the entries.

An hour later it was announced, I WON "Best Overall!"

Well, ain't that something.

My brother was right, God rest his soul.

Here's the ingredient list:

3 dried beans, slow cooked overnight, then drained and rinsed. I put them back in the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients and cooked all day until the contest at 4pm.

red kidney beans
white northern beans
black beans
chopped tomatoes
chopped jalapenos
chopped red onion
ground beef
Hormel bacon pieces (no fat, just the meat)
white cooking wine
balsamic vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
picante sauce
bay leaf
fennel seed
garlic
cayenne pepper
paprika
cracked black pepper
Himalayan pink sea salt
gumbo file
allspice
cinnamon
ginger
old bay seasoning
sage
beef boullion cube
grape jelly
black strap molasses

And that about covers the chili ingredient list. Just a few odds and ends to make it tasty.

I still can't believe I WON!

The four judges made me feel terrific, they said they really enjoyed the taste, texture and flavors.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Life is goof.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Valentine's Day


Valentine's day was wonderfully surprising!

Red roses brightened up my world.

I was delighted.

Life is goof!

From $17 and up


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Should I be worried?

Harley ran away today.

I didn't even notice.

Bad mommy!

Some how "hound-dini" managed to slip off his leash and tether then trot over to his friend's RV. My friend never heard or saw him walk up. Suddenly Harley was in his lap with his tongue triumphantly hanging out!

I thought Harley was being a nice doggy. Quietly playing on his tethered leash on my lot in the RV campground.

My friend looked around for me to show up, but I was no where around.

Finding a spare leash, he walked his dog and my dog back to my RV spot.

I was so embarrassed.

Bad doggy!

I told my friend "That's the third time today I've given him away but people just keep bringing him back!"

Maybe Harley is getting wild ideas from a new doggy in the park. His new best friend.

One that is more worldly than Harley.

Here is his picture.

 Should I be worried?



I mean I want my little pooch to have friends, but this one does look um... a bit different in lifestyle tastes. Adventurous yes, but what's he hiding behind those shades?


Should I be worried?


Dindim The Penguin

My Brazilian friends sent me this story. It's so unique, I just had to share it here. Enjoy. 


The Penguin and the  Fisherman -

Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil. It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims five thousand miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Perei de Souza, seventy-one, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.  Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.



The prodigal penguin returns

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘He stayed with me for eleven months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls. And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.



Look who’s back

For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile. It’s thought he swims up to five thousand miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.



“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao said. “No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and pick him up.”



It’s thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin

‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’



Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo Television, told The Independent: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well. ‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.

I like you a lottle.
It's like a little, except a lot.