Thursday, October 20, 2011


Much better clarity when taken outdoors.

Playing fetch

Lovely moss

My favorite Oak belongs to the bank.  This is where Xi Shi makes her daily deposit. 

Going back home after our long walk through the fields.

Playing with an app

Candles and a cup of tea.

The back porch

Am I having fun yet?  You bet!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Found a Speedy Oil Change place that is large enough to take motorhomes and it's only a few blocks from my house.  So I had the oil changed, a new inspection sticker which was due this month, and all fluids checked.  That cost was right at $80.00.

Went to the place where I purchased the new tires last year and asked if they would check my air pressure.  They said no problem and sure enough the back duals were low on air.  They informed me that the front tires need 65 pound of pressure and the back need 80psi.  However, the air stems on the outer tire are not easy to get to and I asked if they could modify the arrangement and they said they could but did not have the parts.  I need to get the parts elsewhere like Camping World and they will install for free.  Sounds great.  Then I will be able to check and inflate my own tires.  Then I went to fill up the gas tank. 

Now the coach is ready to roll and I still have 12 days left before departure.  Loading up on provisions will be the most time consuming chore.  I'm going to try and bring enough for several weeks and that includes my own drinking water as I don't drink out of the faucet.  My freezer can hold a good deal of food and I'll pack lots of can goods.  I think I can make it last for a few weeks before having to find a grocery store.  Not having a toad, I will have to unhook from shore every time I need groceries.  It's a good thing I still have some storage bins on the outside of the coach that are empty.

Played around with my new iPhone today and bought some songs.  The earphones are awesome.  I've taken some photos but not too impressed with the quality.  I'm used to my Nikon D80 with 10.3 megapixels so will just have to settle for less quality in my photos.  After all, it's just a phone... right?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Paid off my motorhome today.  Mailed a certified check for the balance.  Should get the title in a week or two.  What a relief that is. 

Went to Best Buy to see if I could get someone to fix my cell phone.  It's so old and old fashioned and sometimes would not come on and when it did the screen was scrambled.  So I thought of getting another like it for free from AT&T.  I didn't like the choices I had so I asked to look at iPhones.  Big mistake.  I saw what I wanted right away.  It is a white iPhone 4. 

When I was informed that it was not time for me to get an upgrade and therefore I would have to pay for this phone - I had to think about it for a minute.  That's a lot of money and I don't use my phone much... etc.  Then I asked about the camera.  That is one thing I would use.  How many megapixels did you say?  Eight?  OK, I'll take it.  I opted for the cheapest package at $15 a month.  So for $434.00 I now have upgraded to the almost latest cell phone.  I'm happy. 


Monday, October 17, 2011


Received the graphics I ordered and had fun decorating the coach.  I really hate those black strips of vinyl that came with the coach and took some off of the back storage compartment.  I don't want to make any drastic changes which might affect the resale value.  The graphics I added can easily be taken off.

I love those flowers.

Some of my favorite sayings.

Of course I had to have a beach scene.

Didn't know where to put the map but inside the door seems just right.


Sunday, October 16, 2011


Opened my awning today to clean it and noticed that there was a tear on the left side near the roof.  Got my repair tape and cleaning cloths and climbed up onto the roof.  This is only the second time I have been up there and it wasn't as scary as the first time.

I got on my stomach and reached down over the edge of the roof to inspect the area.  My coach is only 3 years old yet it appears that this area of the awning has dry rot and is cracking open.  I cleaned the dirt off and dried with a towel then began to place the repair tape over the area.  Placed two layers of tape and covered a large area (about 8 inches) aound the tear.

While I was up there I cleaned the front of the coach where the lights are.  I can never reach that area when I wash the coach so this was a good time to do so.  I inspected my TV antennae and it looked intact.  I can never catch any stations and always think it is due to the antennae but is more than likely the cheap TV that came with the coach.

Not sure how long this awning will last but replacing it will be a huge expense for me.  I don't have a cover for the coach and know that the harsh sunlight bearing down on it all day is going to make the situation worse.  I was thinking of getting a carport cover and now I guess that I'll have to look into that as a way of protecting the coach from the sun while it is in my driveway.  I may also get an awning cover.  All of this could cost between $3,000 to $4,000.  It's never ending. 
I'm thinking about something like this.
My neighbors thought I was insane when they noticed me up on the roof but didn't say anything to me.  Didn't bring the camera up there so no photos... but trust me, it wasn't a pretty picture.