Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

Phaeton
Our Phaeton 40QTH motorhome as shown at the Sun City RV web site

Our 2012 Phaeton 40QTH motorhome is now listed at SunCityRV.com! You can view the listing, read the details, and see all the luscious photos by clicking on the link above. They did a great job of cleaning it up. It is so temptingly described and depicted I would be tempted to buy it! (Were we not SELLING it) Aside from several misspellings they did a good job in the description. I think they should have included a photo showing the slideout basement storage trays and others showing the inside of the basement compartment doors with the enhancements I made, and I will suggest those. Continue reading Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

Rational me. Lunch at Denny’s. Newsletter published.

OurHous front
A familiar sight we’ll see no more

Today was the day – the day we dropped off our Phaeton at Sun City RV in Peoria for consignment sale. We have been preparing for this for several months, first by deciding whether to trade for a smaller motorhome and then, after learning how little we would get on trade-in, deciding to go the consignment route. We started the process casually maybe six months ago, when we began the process of removing items from the motorhome, but it got more serious about two months ago. We considered three different consignment dealers before deciding on Sun City RV. I’ll let you know when the listing appears. Continue reading Rational me. Lunch at Denny’s. Newsletter published.

Look back: North Little Rock AR. Elaine working crafts. Newsletter almost done. HVAC system checked.

The Old Mill
The Old Mill in North Little Rock AR. This mill building and all the associated structures were made of concrete though they look like wood, iron, or stone.

[Note: Another photo from the past showing places we have been.] On December 1, 2011 Elaine and I made one of our visits to North Little Rock AR to visit Cousin Tony Violette and his wife, Kay. We’ve been there more than once because this is an attractive and easy area to visit. A highlight of any visit to the area is The Old Mill in T. R. Pugh Memorial Park. This is an authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill was built in 1933 and designed to look old so it would appear as if it was built the 1800s. The park is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park. Senor Dionico Rodriguez, a sculptor and artist of Mexico City, was responsible for all the details of each piece of concrete work. Though things are made to look like wood, iron, or stone, they are all made of artistic concrete. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Continue reading Look back: North Little Rock AR. Elaine working crafts. Newsletter almost done. HVAC system checked.

Heating up. Newsletter coming along.

temp forecast
Average temp this time of year is around 102-103. We’ll be warmer this week.

After a short period at or around normal temperatures we are experiencing a heating up period this week. Ask Kerby; he wants to go out around 4:00-4:30 in the afternoon but if the temp is over 103° or so after peeing he also wants to come back in and then go for a walk later in the evening. Gizmo doesn’t care – he’ll go either way. So with a high of 108 today we did the short walk routine this afternoon. But except for a small chance of rain tomorrow we’ll stay dry. Continue reading Heating up. Newsletter coming along.

Look back: Newfoundland. Motorhome cleaning. Interview. Delicious supper.

Humber Arm
Humber Arm on the west coast of Newfoundland. This is where the Humber River joins the Bay of Islands.

[Note: Occasionally I will introduce photos from the past showing places we have been.] On August 22, 2011 Elaine and I (and Kerby) were traveling on the island of Newfoundland in Canada in our motorhome and visited the area of Humber Arm, where I took this photo. The Humber River is a major fresh water stream on Newfoundland’s west coast and this arm or bay contains mainly fresh water from the inflows of the Humber. We stopped and walked the stony beach you see in the photo and enjoyed looking at the many boats anchored there. The Bay of Islands and the Atlantic Ocean lie beyond the point in this photo. Continue reading Look back: Newfoundland. Motorhome cleaning. Interview. Delicious supper.

Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

fish fry
Here’s the group from Royal Palm at the Iron Works restaurant

Wayne Moderson suggested to Bill Russell and others a trip to IronWorks restaurant at Bellair Golf Course near 45th Ave and W Bell Road. Wayne has been there many times and suggested the Friday night All You Can Eat Fish Fry. Others latched onto the idea when it was raised at the pool earlier this week and twelve of us headed there tonight. It was well worth going for! The fish was excellent – it was Alaskan Pollock. I had the fish and Elaine had their Chicken Fried Chicken, which was a huge meal with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Continue reading Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

Lattice buckling. Board meeting. Consignment selling.

panel edge
This shows both the wire I used to tighten the panel to the post as well as one of the places where the panel has broken loose

The south side of our patio has a plastic lattice wall made using panels attached to the aluminum awning support frame. This provides some privacy and shade while still allowing free air flow. But we have noticed that the lattice panels are buckling with the heat and the edge of one panel has totally broken loose from its fastener screws. Aside from looking bad I was concerned that the unfastened panel could easily break in the wind. So today I used some stainless steel wire to fasten that loose edge to the post. Continue reading Lattice buckling. Board meeting. Consignment selling.

The Paper Collage. RV consignment.

Elaine went to The Paper Collage in Sun City West for a card class today, only to find out those classes have been canceled for the time being. Apparently she did not get the email that Pamela sent out. But that was OK; Pam invited her to come on in and work on some cards anyway! She’s good that way. This is the shop Elaine and Jan Ostlund go to often because they like the shop and the quality of their material and instruction. Continue reading The Paper Collage. RV consignment.

Gizmo cutie. New batteries.

Gizmo on lap
Sometimes Gizmo will lay on my lap, but is more likely to be found on Elaine’s

I had a piece on Kerby a few days ago, so thought I would give Gizmo a turn today. Unlike Kerby, Gizmo is not camera-shy and will usually let me take his photo. However, he is easily distracted by anything that sounds like food or a package being opened so if you want him to stay for a photo you make sure not to have those noises going on. Gizmo loves being close to us and to sit in a lap or beside us in our recliners. He snuggles in close between us and the arm of our chair. But he can often be found curled up on the couch or in the dog bed on the floor. Continue reading Gizmo cutie. New batteries.

Still no flasher. Consignment maybe. Halibut delicious.

As you may recall, once we switched to LED lights on the golf cart the signal lights no longer worked properly. They come on but do not flash; they stay solid. Steve Fritts told me to get “low pass flashers” – the kind that will work with LEDs instead of incandescent. Incandescent bulbs have a resistance that LEDs do not. I went to O’Reilly’s a few days ago and was given a flasher unit that, while it said on the package “for incandescent bulbs only”, the sales guy assured me from his computer screen they would work with LEDs. Believe the package, fellow! Continue reading Still no flasher. Consignment maybe. Halibut delicious.