Sunday, June 29, 2014

Serene Sunday


June 29 Shasta Daisies

Shasta Daisies and Marigolds this morning

Today was indeed serene and quiet, a welcome change after the tech and electrical issues of the past week.  Dave had a nice bike ride while I did laundry and watched some Mad Men episodes.  Dinner at home and the three of us (me, Dave and Maggie) just had an evening stroll.  Evenings are the tolerable part of the day here right now, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and high humidity.

We are treated to a splendid lightning bug display every evening lately.  The usual parking lot lights are still not working as a result from the electrical issues earlier this week, so it’s really dark out except for the lights on our rig.  It will be good to have those lights working again but, in the meantime, the lightning bug show is even better with less light on the property.

Yesterday while cleaning, I made a couple of adjustments in furniture placement.  I’ve cleared out a few things lately – some clothes, etc. – and have been looking at making things more streamlined in our rig for ease of cleaning and, well, one just has to do this occasionally living in a 40’ RV.

June 28 wicker box


I remember when I purchased this wicker box about 30 years ago.  It’s about 2’ long and 1’ wide and tall.  It was during a Saturday outing with a girlfriend in Old Town Spring, Texas in an import shop.  It has had several purposes over the years; however, since we began full-timing, it has been sort of at a loss for a sense of purpose.  Being in the mood I was in yesterday, I had decided that it was time to bid it farewell and brought it over to my office with its next stop the dumpster.  “It’s just one more thing to dust,” I thought, “and what is it really doing these days?”  Obviously since it went to my office and not the dumpster, I must not have had it in my heart to part with it. 

It is sort of a part of me, of that time in my life when I was an independent free spirit embarking on an amazing journey of finding my spirituality and self.  Crazy as it sounds, I felt like I would be parting with an integral piece of me.

At the suggestion of another dear girlfriend, my wicker box friend has a new purpose.  It will be my Treasure Chest, the keeper of mementoes of the places we stay.   I already have in mind one item that will be placed in it when we eventually leave here.

When I’m old(er) and gray(er) and perhaps not living this lifestyle any longer, my wicker friend will contain special items to help me recall here, there or wherever we may roam.

I think that’s pretty cool.

It’s back in our home again.  All’s right with the world.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Back in the World


Power was restored to the office this afternoon and we’re back online.  I was able to update iOS, set up my new phone and then backup and sync it.  Took a bit of doing and even some more tech stuff.  iTunes did not automatically detect my phone, so I had to research that issue and fix it after finding a solution.  That entailed finding the device on my laptop, uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it.

Sheesh.  My brain is fried. 

Unfortunately, not all the data in some apps transferred over to the new phone, so I have some inputting to do.  I’ve also got a nice stack of documents that need to be input to a program on my laptop and some scanning to catch up.  There’s the laundry to get done tomorrow, but I’m grateful that the power is back on and we have the washer and dryer here.  So nice not to have to go to a laundromat!

But, hey, everything is back online and I even got some housecleaning done this morning, too!

Although the temperature today wasn’t all that drastic, up in the mid 80s, the humidity was really incredible.  It slacked off a bit in the later afternoon, but for most of the day it was pretty miserable outside.  I pretty much stayed indoors.  I think we’re in for more of the same tomorrow.

Short and sweet tonight.  Tickled to have our office back and that we have an office!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Happenings


June 27 turtle

Today’s parking lot visitor

We are now on day three of no power to the office and, therefore, no Internet as we know it.  Luckily, my iPhone can serve as a hotspot for brief periods online.  At least we can check email and hang out for a few minutes.  It brings back memories of our early full-timing days with satellite Internet, meting out a few minutes online here and there. 

Our electrician is on site right now attempting to find the problem.  We’re hopeful he will be successful soon.  Or at least before the weekend is done.  I’m going to need to do laundry before long; the prospect of a laundromat really isn’t appealing.

My wireless keyboard was ready to retire after over two years of faithful service.  I was back to Radio Shack this afternoon to pick up two – one for me and one for Dave. 


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Dining room table without functional office.  At least it’s temporary!  Those are the new wireless keyboards on each of our laptops.

This one is slightly different from the retiree, being a tad bigger (but definitely still a comfortable lap size) and has the numeric keypad on the right.  The other one had a built-in flat mouse area which I never used; I preferred to use my mouse and pad.  I have always missed my keypad area on the right, and it’s nice to have that feature again plus the mobility and comfort of the wireless keyboard.

Yesterday I was back at Radio Shack with the objective of having the latest iOS update downloaded, version 7.1.1.  It requires a network connection in order to download and I could use the one at RS.  Well, it downloaded just fine but would not complete the verification process, stating that I was no longer connected to the Internet.  Excuse me?  The RS tech and I labored over this for some time before I finally said “Enough,” and went on to order pizzas for pick-up. 

Apparently that error message is a glitch in version 7.1.1; the tech researched while I was there.  Last night and today I did some research on it and apparently that’s not the only issue.  Over quite a few forums I read folks having issues with this iOS update actually crashing their phones and causing them to be inoperable.  Lovely.  Perhaps I’ll wait until the next version??

Keeping with the theme of “What’s gonna break, freak out, have a glitch, etc.?” over the past week, when I attempted to order Dave’s pizza of ham and mushrooms, I was told they had run out of mushrooms about five minutes prior to my calling.


Alrighty!  We seem to be on a roll here!

The good news is my Blogger blog roll is functioning normally again, at least as of about ten minutes ago.  Sweet.  I’ll have some reading to do in order to catch up.

I guess the other good news is that in the short time of typing this post, I have fallen in love with my new keyboard, a Logitech K360.

The other good news is we have a collection of classic James Bond movies on DVD.  Goldfinger is on right now. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Yesterday Craziness and Blogger Issues


June 22 Evening

View from our first campfire of 2014, Sunday evening


Dave had an evening doctor’s appointment for 6:45 PM yesterday.  Right around 6 PM, my iPhone croaked.  Buttons and display nonfunctioning.  Fine.  Figured I’d drop Dave off here at home after his appointment and then boogie over to Radio Shack in the mall for a replacement.  The phone was over two years old and I guess it just chose that moment to call it quits.

Right about that time, the power in the office (and the rest of the mill) went out.  Concerned that it might be widespread and we would lose power to our rig, I needed to reschedule the doctor appointment.  (We did not want to leave Maggie in an increasingly hot RV should it lose power.)  That meant, of course, I had to try to find the number of the clinic the old fashioned way, because my phone was dead and the number was stored in there.  Finally found the number and called the clinic.

Guess what?  They didn’t even have him on the schedule.  Well!

Snagged an appointment for him this afternoon and then headed over to Radio Shack.  Why RS versus the AT&T store in the same mall?  Would you believe the AT&T store can’t do anything for me because I have a Texas number and they are not a national store branch.  Really?  Experienced that shortly after we arrived here in 2011; Radio Shack has had my biz ever since.  The guys there are friendly, helpful and know their stuff.

I was eligible for an upgrade on my iPhone at a significantly discounted price and RS happened to have a sale going on top of that.  Long and short, I made out like a bandit with a new iPhone 5S.  Of course, this version is slightly bigger and the charging cord connection is slightly different, so that meant new Otter Box and a new second cord for the truck.  Still, I came out way ahead of the game.  Got three $10 coupons, so I’ll be headed back in the next day or two for a replacement wireless keyboard.  This one is ready for retirement, the same one is on sale at RS and I have a coupon.  Whoohoo!

RadioShack as a company is apparently bleeding and there are hundreds of stores slated for closure.  I bet this one will soon be gone, which is unfortunate.  The mall changed hands a few months ago and most of the stores are gone. 

My phone is charged but I still can’t download the latest iOS version or my apps from the Cloud because I need to be on a wireless network.  Don’t have a wireless network because the modem and router are down because I don’t have power in the office.  Oh well, at least our electrician got the well pump working this morning.  He’ll be back this afternoon to get power back on line.


Our RV is on a different power line, so we’re thankful we have power to our rig.

Blogger Issues

For probably at least a couple of months, my blog reading list does not automatically load.  I have to reload the page to get blogs to show up, sometimes having to reload more than once.   Over the weekend, I started seeing only the most recently updated blog in my reading list.  Looking at Blogger’s help forums, this is apparently a widespread issue.  The last response from Blogger was about a week ago, indicating they are aware of the problem and working on it.

I can call up individual blogs from the list on the left and read them, but I tend to not get around to that.  Well, especially this past week with all the technology surprises I’ve been tackling.  So!  If I’m not commenting on your blog these days, hopefully I’ll get back to it soon.

I’ve been playing with WordPress a bit again.  My Scotland blog resides there and I’ve been reading some of those entries again, taking a wee stroll down memory lane and the awesome Winter I spent in that bonnie land.  The blog photos did not export to WP and that’s a real shame, but at least the text is there and I do still have the photos on my computer.

Will I switch to WP?  Probably not, as my “community” is Blogger-based.  When I say “community,” I’m not referring to followers of my blog but rather those bloggers whom I follow.  You all feel like neighbors, friends.  LiveWriter works on both platforms, so . . . we’ll see.  I may experiment with posting on both sites for a while, just for giggles.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 23, 2014

What’s In Store This Week?


I’m thinking perhaps this week will be a bit quieter than last, although it is early yet, eh?

The work week ended in a whirl last week.  We had been having some Internet issues and, after talking with our IP, it sounded like our router was the culprit.  Thursday morning I began the process of installing a new wireless router . . . only to be interrupted in mid-morning by a quick trip to the vet with Maggie.  She had a “spot” on her belly which looked most like a bite of some sort, but wanted to be sure it was no cause for alarm.

Turns out it indeed was nothing.  Our dynamite vet got her seen quickly and didn’t charge for the visit.  Figured I might as well stock up on her food while I was there.  She has been on prescription food since her episode last month.  Have tried to transition her back to her regular food, but that was unsuccessful.  Oh well.  If this is what agrees with her for now, so be it.  In the area and need a vet?  I’ll steer you to Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital.

Okay, back home and to our regularly scheduled programming.  Router installed and my laptop, Dave’s laptop, my iPhone, router extender in the rig and our Wii console all online.  Printer?  Printer?  Oops.  It would not connect.  After troubleshooting most of the afternoon, realizing it wasn’t gonna happen and then researching printers,  I found myself at Best Buy around 5 PM picking up an HP Envy 4500.

HP Envy 4500 in service 06192014

Meet Hal, the newest addition to my office

Why a name?  Why “Hal”?  Well, both old and new printers use 61 ink cartridges.  Took the ones out of the old printer and popped ‘em in Hal.  Hal responds (text only, of course) that these were from an older generation machine and would I please replace with newer cartridges?  What?  They are 61s and the same ones that I’d get if I bought new  . . . how the heck did you recognize that they came from the old printer?  Creepy.  Hal it is, then.

Long and short is that Thursday evening was spent attempting to get Hal and Dave’s laptop (an Asus) to converse.  They simply refused to speak to one another.  Hal was installed correctly and completely on the Asus and was recognized as the default printer; however, Hal refused to accept and produce anything the Asus had to offer. 

Fine.  I went to bed.

A couple of hours Friday morning resulted in getting the old HP printer uninstalled from the Asus and then reinstalled as a local printer.  Connected those two via USB cord and voila!  We have printed material!   On researching and hearing stories of others with the same issues, I’m led to believe it is a Windows issue, specifically Win 8.1.  Sheesh.

The up side is that getting the old HP into Dave’s part of the office frees up an enormous amount of space on my desk.  Nice.  It’s much less constricted, open and free of “stuff.”

I can also print from my iPhone to Hal, which is sort of nifty.  Not sure how often I’ll use that, but I guess it might come in handy sometimes.

Tickled that I did all this without calling Geek Squad and getting outside technical help.

Back in the early 1990s, I did hardware and software beta testing for Apple in Houston.  For years I worked from home in medical billing and as a medical transcriptionist and had to be able to troubleshoot and fix issues.    I’ve set up systems and networks, installed software, etc.  These tasks are even easier now, as virtually everything is plug-and-play.  I know how this stuff is supposed to work.  When something doesn’t, I’m the proverbial terrier wrestling with something.  My teeth sink in and I’m reluctant to let go until it’s resolved.

June 20 Lilies

These lilies finally bloomed

Found out late Friday afternoon that a piece of equipment would be picked up early Saturday morning.  I always make out a bill of lading and take a photograph of whatever is leaving once it’s loaded on the truck.  So!  My alarm was set for 6 AM and I actually managed to crawl out of bed, although I was still sleeping for the first 15 minutes of being on my feet.  Ha! 

Dave went with me to the little farmers market up the road later Saturday morning and scored a couple of nice tomatoes.  Me?  I got two more walnut chocolate-chip cookies.

June 21 Groundhog Family

Got a kick from watching Momma Groundhog and little ones

Moving ahead to Sunday . . . having taken care of personal business (paying bills, doing paperwork, etc.) and other chores the day before, Sunday was a chill day for me.  Dave split and chopped wood in the late afternoon and we had our first campfire of 2014.  It was a perfect evening for it.

June 22 Evening

View from the campfire

So now it’s Monday morning.  Errands are run and my every-other-Monday report submitted for work, so I’ll move on to my next project.  That includes programming a remote camera for work.  Guess I’ll be putting on my geek hat again later today!

Whew!  And it’s just the beginning of the week!

Life is interesting and good, eh?

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Celebrate the Small Things


It’s Friday and time once again to Celebrate the Small Things!

Not only does Friday herald the end of the week, but also celebration!  I’m a bit late getting this post done, Wednesday and Thursday being focused on upgrading our network router and the resultant cascade effect.  Oh the joys of technology!


HP Envy 4500 in service 06192014

Meet “Hal,” new addition to the office


  • I am most definitely celebrating having set up the new router  and getting all our devices online.  Our wireless printer was a few generations old, so new router ended up meaning new printer.  That ended up with a all-day event of wearing my geek IT “hat” getting all our devices online.  Dave’s laptop refused to communicate with the new printer, etc.  I am celebrating having accomplished all this without consulting outside technical support!


June 20 Lilies


  • I am celebrating the fact that these lilies finally bloomed!  They had been on the verge of opening for several days and have arrived at last!  This is their third year of coming back annually and I’m proud of them for doing so.


  • Once again I’m doing the Happy Dance because of the weather here in NW New Jersey.  Today’s high is to be around 76F and was in the mid 50s last night.  That’s grand sleeping weather, especially in an RV with a window open. 


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Our home, to the right of the office trailer


What are you celebrating today?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things - A Blog Hop Post - No. 3


Celebrate the Small Things

It’s Friday and time once again to Celebrate the Small Things!

Not only does Friday herald the end of the week, but also celebration!  I’m attempting to limit myself to three items each week, but that is sometimes difficult.

  • I’m composing this post Thursday evening and simply celebrating the lifestyle I’m fortunate to lead with my husband and wee dog.  Sure, Life throws curve balls now and then – serious issues that challenge one – but these are the Good Years.  Trust me.



Celebrating the return this week of an annual visitor


  • The weather over the past several days has truly been a cause for celebration!  We have experienced highs in the 70s and mid 60s, even with a couple of days of low humidity.  Heat and humidity simply drain me of energy and feelings of well-being, so I have been thoroughly enjoying this week.


June 11 Twilight Walk

Celebrating an evening walk in divinely cool weather


  • Saturday is the opening of the annual local farmers market.  Even though small, it is pretty nifty and the breads we got there last year were certainly worth celebration.  Fudge.  Oh my yes, the fudge was, too!  I plan to mosey up the hill to check it out Saturday morning.  The market.  And the fudge!

What are you celebrating today?

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Week Is Almost Gone


June 12 lillies


Two years ago I planted daylilies in two big plastic pots that were here on the property.  One pot is in front of each office porch.  This is the second year these lovelies have returned.  With all the rain and cooler temperatures we have had over the past week, both plants have sprouted buds.  This one is in front of the main entry and seems to be the most prolific at this point.  This evening after dinner I noticed the bloom starting to open.  I may just have a lily tomorrow if it isn’t beaten down by the heavy rains that are forecast.  Nice!

It has been a productive week thus far, although I really don’t know how that happened.  Perhaps it’s just been quiet around here and that’s given me a bit more time to turn my attention to other things. 

I renewed our Geek Squad support and internet security coverage for another year.  Perhaps a bit pricey last year for the initial coverage, I got a substantial discount on the renewal.  We each have a laptop and had an issue or two during the coverage year with one or the other, and I used the Geek Squad support.  It definitely paid for itself, and I was quite satisfied with the customer service over the phone.  I like what we’re using for internet security, and it seems to be doing the job.  I use my laptop in our work here and it really has our entire life on it.  Our laptops are our connection to the outside world, too, so it’s worth having some protection and support. 

My oDesk assignment is still percolating along and I’ve already put in a lot of hours this week.  If I take the rest of the week off, I’m comfortable with that.  Today marks my one-year anniversary on this assignment.  I’m still enjoying it and glad to have landed a gig that suits my temperament and schedule.  The folks I work with are pretty laid back and pleasant.  It’s not technically challenging, but that’s fine.  At this stage of my life, I’m not attempting to climb a corporate ladder by “proving” myself to anyone.  It’s enough to keep my brain ticking over a bit, stay abreast of technology and bring in some “mad money” or funds to squirrel away for that beach holiday next year.

Did I mention I upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1?  All my programs work fine, but I’m not impressed with the changes made.  I actually liked Win8 and Metro mode.  (My laptop kept booting in desktop after installing Win8.1, so I had to figure out how to change it back to booting up in Metro.)  I have a touchscreen but typically use a mouse.  Seems to me 8.1 is more awkward, not as streamlined in functionality and pretty much a step backwards.  Like they are trying to blend Win8 and the desktop look/mode.  Ugh.  Might be great for those who don’t like Metro, but I think it’s rather gangly and awkward.

Just checked the Wundermap.  Looks like we have more rain/thunderstorms heading our way this evening.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the stormiest of this week, with a nice weekend on tap. 

Dave is racing Saturday, which is looking good with sunshine and a high in the lower 80s.  The local farmers market opens Saturday,and I plan on checking it out.  I’m hoping the grass will have dried out enough to be mowed Sunday.

It’s almost the weekend!  What are your plans?

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Midweek Update


Sometimes it’s not the post itself, but rather the title of the post.  It’s not like I can (truthfully, at least) state “Spelunking Saturday” or something like that since we are just living everyday Life and not traveling.  So there ya have it – “Midweek Update.”

Yesterday we had a visitor in the parking lot . . .



Turtle didn’t hang around long, but steadily – excepting brief periods of plopping down for a rest – made its way alllll the length of the lot, turned, headed down one of the other roads and into the brush.  Turtle appeared to enjoy one of those rest periods that coincided with a puddle of water in the rut of a road.  Ahhhhh . . . cool water.

Turtle looks very much like the one I saw last year on the same journey, sans the groove in its shell.  Looks like Turtle had an encounter with something, hopefully not the lawnmower. 

The day before this journey took place, another turtle was over in the grass on a spot of dirt for a long time.  It was dark-thirty, so I didn’t get a good look; however, I wondered if she was laying eggs.  I checked the spot the next morning.  Turtle was gone and there were eggs there, but . . . alas, they had served as dinner, midnight snack or breakfast for another critter.

I don’t think the two are one in the same – I would have remembered that groove, I think – but still it was sad to think Turtle was not going to see young ones.  All that effort and . . . no wee ones.

Today has been overcast with misting rain now and then and blessedly cool with highs in the 60s.  No complaints from me about that in June. 

Took a nice walk just a bit ago at twilight . . .

June 11 Twilight Walk

Our rig and office this evening

There was a symphony of birds singing good-night and frogs greeting the evening.  It was almost cool enough for a light sweater or jacket.  Can you imagine?  June.  Almost mid-June.  Love it.

Yes, Life is Guid!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Two Geese Families


Last year we watched a Canada Goose family grow up literally right outside our door.  We suspected there were families around this year, but had not seen any young ones until this weekend.  It was so warm today, I took my walk this evening.  Two families have been hanging out together close by.  There are a total of ten goslings, five to each family.



Family #1



Family #2


Took the opportunity today - before it rains the next few days – to wash bed linens.  Yes, we have a washer and dryer, but I try not to do laundry on rainy days.  Carrying loads between the office and rig in the rain?  Rather not go there.  Clean, fresh sheets and duvets await us this evening.  Yay!

Indulged in a few more Mad Men episodes in between laundry loads.  Yes, I’m addicted.

Hope you’ve had a good weekend, too!

And now, something for Judy . . .



The End! 

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

CERT Drill


Although my alarm was set for 6:30 this morning, I was awake about 5 AM, so I just got up and started my day.  This year’s CERT class was scheduled to have their search-and-rescue drill here this morning.  I was in training in 2013, so I had an active role in last year’s exercise.


Participating in 2013


That’s me in the front, again from last year.  They had a smoke machine, which made it more “interesting,” shall we say.  Zero visibility, searching on hands and knees for “victims.”


June 7 CERT drill at mill

This year I had desk duty, in charge of getting folks signed/tagged in and out.

It was a much smaller class than ours; I can see the benefits of both sizes.  It was interesting to be an observer; one can always learn things without actively participating in the exercise.  Even the sign/tag in/out process is part of an actual call-out, so I garnered experience on the administrative side today.  At times it was a bit like herding cats . . . Teehee!

The weather today was not quite as warm or humid as the day of last year’s drill, or perhaps it just seemed that way since I wasn’t decked out in hard hat, protective eyewear, heavy gloves, long sleeves and dust mask.  Ya think?

I thoroughly enjoyed the event, seeing my team members again, meeting the newcomers and doing something of a community involvement nature. 

Where was Dave in all this?  He has a race next Saturday, so he was out riding the course this morning, on a bit of a recon mission. 

Everyone was off the property a bit after 1 PM.  I confess I changed clothes, ditching the jeans for shorts, cleaned up a bit and then spent some bonding time with my recliner.  Ha!  I recently started watching Mad Men on Netflix, which I have found to be thoroughly addictive, so I indulged in a few episodes this afternoon. 

Hope you’ve had a good Saturday, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

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Celebrate the Small Things


It’s Friday and time once again to Celebrate the Small Things! 

I’m a little late in the day getting this post together, so let’s just jump right in:

  • I just glanced out my office window and saw two smallish rabbits scampering around the large bush in the yard.  It really looks like they are playing.  I’ll certainly celebrate in thanks for the smile they just gave me.  This week I have also celebrated seeing robins extract earthworms from the immense “front yard” we have here.  Then there was seeing the two young groundhogs hanging out with their mom yesterday evening; that was a moment or two of smiling.


  • Being out of Texas during summertime is also cause for celebration.  It may heat up here during the day, but not nearly as hot as in Texas, and it does cool down at night.  Today’s high was 75F and right now it is 64F out.  Today’s high in Brenham, TX (which I still consider the home of my Texas heart) was 91F and right now it is 88F.  Even during the peak of Summer here in NW New Jersey, the evenings give us a break from the heat.  Can’t beat that with a stick, folks, and it certainly is cause for celebration!


  • Albeit a bit premature, I’ll go ahead and celebrate a fun morning tomorrow.  The CERT group will be here running the latest class through their final class drill, a search-and-rescue exercise here at the mill.  I attended training last year and was an active participant in the drill here, down on my hands and knees in “smoke” searching for “victims.”  This year I’ll be manning the sign-in sheets while still in my primary role as security team member here.  I’m grateful to be part of the CERT organization and be around good folks.

June 6 CERT trailer for drill

CERT trailer in our parking lot awaiting tomorrow’s drill

What are you celebrating today?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunny Sunday - National Cancer Survivors Day


We have been enjoying a quiet weekend.  Dave is in training for his first race of the season, a time trial in the local area.  He cycled the course yesterday on a recon mission and just now left for an easy recovery ride this morning.


Gorgeous weather!  Flower beds are planted!

I took advantage of the lovely days we’ve had lately and got the plants in the ground.


In front of our rig, just about right outside the door.  Doesn’t look like much now, but give it a few weeks.  Should be some nice splashes of color.


Dianthus which returned from last year


New Shasta Daisy and Marigolds

Now and then we hear, either directly or indirectly, compliments on the grounds from folks in the area – people who live nearby and/or drive past the property; my flower beds, the fact that we keep the grounds neat.  This is so nice to hear, both from a personal standpoint and the fact that it reflects well on the company for keeping the grounds maintained and not becoming an eyesore.  Being a good neighbor and all that.  Yeah, I get a kick out of hearing how people enjoy the flowers, flamingos and our cycling frog lawn decoration.

We were told there is an opening at the Massachusetts location; however, we opted to stay here.  We appreciate the opportunity, but going someplace with colder Winters and more snow . . . just can’t get enthused about that.  Besides, we’re comfortably set up here and are looking forward to some of the happenings that may be taking place at this location.

Clean the bathroom and vacuum or mow?  Clean the bathroom and vacuum or mow?  Decisions, decisions . . . sure is a nice day.  Perhaps I can have the best of both worlds and do both.  Don’t see why not.  Perhaps I’ll go do the cleaning while Dave is away and then mow later while he is doing some weedeating out front.

Do any of you other gals out there find it’s easier to clean house when the man is away?  That was a recent topic of conversation with a couple of my girlfriends.  Our answer, definitely yes!

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day.  Go hug a survivor! 

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