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Dec 27, 2017 - I Lived...2017 in my rear view mirror

I...I did it all I...I did it all I owned every second that this world could give I saw so many places The things that I did Yeah, with every broken bone I swear I lived * I Lived by OneRepublic Bucket list. Travel. Beach. Mountains. Read books. Enjoy plays. Family time. Relaxation. When I hear people describe their dream retirement, these are the things that come to mind. As for me? Well, I did it all in 2017! My first full year “on the road” and “Oh, the places we went!” During my career, I moved 11 times. I traveled coast to coast on a...

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Nov 6, 2017 - Putting new knowledge to use

Nov 6, 2017 (Monday) I’m parked on a concrete pad here at the RV park. I noticed I have a water puddle under the rear of the RV. I put my knowledge from last week to work and started trouble shooting. I figured out I have a small leak when I use the bathroom faucet. I had called an RV shop in Livingston and they would not be able to get to it for a couple of weeks and I would have to drop off my RV and leave it with them to get it in line. I knew that wasn’t going to work since I need a place to live. I called a mobile RV tech. (I didn’t...

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Just Tripping Along

Nov 5, 2017 - I'm now an inspector !!

Nov 5, 2017 (Sunday) I learned a lot in the RV maintenance class last week. We checked for electrical problems and propane leaks, took apart and repaired RV water heaters, inspected RV fridges and slide outs and learned how to repair a few other things. I passed the exam and I'm now a Level 1 NRVIA (National RV Inspectors Assoc) Inspector. I could inspect RV's for banks, insurance companies etc if I wanted to do it as a side business. I left Athens, TX this morning and I'm now in Onalaska, TX on Lake Livingston. I will be here until Nov...

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Aug 21, 2016 - My Maiden Voyage Experience

16 days on the road in Gypsy Red. I'm not even sure I can appropriately describe the experience. I learned a lot...about myself, RVing, my dogs, and about people. My trip: - 8/5 - 8/8...Franklin/Murfreesboro, TN Glynie, Ossy, Presley, Lucee and me took off from Onalaska at 5:30 a.m. headed to Franklin, Tennessee. We arrived at Jay and Lisa Buford's (who so kindly offered to house us for a few days) around 7:30 p.m. While in Franklin, I attended a retirement party for a former AT&T colleague, spent an afternoon with the entire Moss clan...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Charlie's Great Prognosis!

June 9th, 2011 Charlie had his "home" appointment today and received a fairly good prognosis. After thoroughly cleansing the wounds and shaving the area, some evidence of infection was found in a pocket under the skin caused by the puncture wounds however with another round of antibiotics along with additional meds, Dr. Vet believes Charlie will be his good old self very soon. We have a follow up appointment early next week. Upon reading the many weblogs and forums discussing full time RVing, I thought I too wanted to travel around the...

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Jan 15, 2011 - Goodbye Onalaska!

1/11/11 When November rolls around, the eleventh will be 11/11/11. Think that might be a good day to stay in bed... Charlie had his hair appointment today. It's amazing what good photographs and a well written website can do to boost a business' image. Found the address without a hitch however the home was far from the well kept property that had been featured on the web. This place was worn down, worn through, just plain worn out. A non descript sedan and a van sat in the small driveway. After ringing the bell as I had been instructed,...

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Jan 10, 2011 - Still In Onalaska?

Two o'clock in the a.m. January 8, 2011 and my last full day in Onalaska, TX. Later today while the sun warms our small community to around 60 degrees, I will repack the coach and the Jeep readying for a short hop to Carmine, a smaller community about 130 miles SW. This stop will be to check out a possible site for my next 30-day stay. The owners were full time RVers until about two years ago when they passed through the area and while at a diner, Paula picked up a real estate brochure on a whim and saw the park for sale. They visited it...

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Jan 6, 2011 - Two Thousand and Eleven!

The fine temporary folks at Northshore RV Park, full timers that have decided to stay at this park for at least the winter put on a nice new year's potluck supper featuring good luck dishes like black eyed peas and cooked cabbage. Additionally there were "rattlesnakes" which were bacon wrapped dumplings stuffed with cream cheese (I think), Tex-mex chips and dip, cakes, cookies, iced tea and other beverages. At 9:00 pm, one resident put on a fine fireworks display lakeside while the rest of us stood in the cold winter wind and watched in...

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Dec 31, 2010 - One Month Later...

December 27th, 2010 It’s still cool in Texas as it is almost everywhere in the country. And those places that seem warm to us will be cool by comparison to the locals who are used to much warmer climes. I am awaiting the camp host who has access to the propane storage tank so I can refill my nearly empty tank. Whether he makes it or not is of no concern as Charlie and I made a trip into Lowe’s Home Improvement and purchased a second and more serious space heater for the main portion of the coach. We will be warm! Steinbeck, as I mentioned,...

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Dec 25, 2010 - Christmas 2010

December 23rd, 2010 Television scenes often with an older woman peering out the curtains of a darkened window spying on her neighbors or simply observing her surroundings comes to mind as I wait patiently for the holidays to pass. My favorite seating position in the coach is at the dinette table facing forwards. Here, I have a sliding window to my right for breeze when I desire and to the front…the coach’s windshield which in my “home” is a large picture window. Whether I am having a meal, paying bills or tapping out these ramblings on my...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Three Weeks!

December 14th 2010, Somehow, I allowed my propane to become too low. I guess I hadn’t planned on such cold weather when I had budgeted and allocated its usage. Now as the temperature falls near freezing this early a.m., the meter shows just above empty. All is not lost. Yesterday I purchased a very small space heater to supplement the gas heat. The unit’s efficiency is nil in the salon however in the bedroom/bathroom area of the coach with the pocket door closed the temperature is maintained at a very comfortable 65 to 67 degrees. I’m...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Northshore

The vehicle I chose to take with me on my journey is a Jeep Wrangler. It can be towed “flat-four” with all wheels on the ground. Advantages include the elimination of the weight of a tow dolly along with the hassle of storing the dolly. The 4x4 utility may come in handy and the convertible makes my “TOAD” a fun vehicle, as well. Until my departure, the most I drove the Jeep was around Charleston, SC generally below 60 mph. In Texas, even the secondary roads often boasts speed limits of 70 mph. Driving at or near that speed recently, I...

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