Saturday, June 16, 2018

30 Days Till We Roll

Living with The  Rectangle when not Living in The Rectangle

UPDATE ON THE GETTING READY TO TAKE TO THE ROAD:
*There are now things that have to be done like wash sheets/towels/an anything else just to put it back into The Rectangle    check it off  all clean and ready to roll
*Let Miss Kitty snoop around inside The Rectangle  check it off Miss Kitty has done the inside check
*Redust everything and vacuum again  check it off nice and clean
*Unload all the food and check for those spices that are out of date. Not sure why I have all those spices except all the big cooking plans that are in my head and never make it out of my head.  check it off and the many many spices not good were spread over the ground and some in the compost
*Give The Rectangle a really good bath!  check it off  BUT it still needs a nice wax before we roll
*Check all those tires to make sure they will make the next big trip in good shape.  Interesting story here
*Make an appointment to take The Rectangle in to have the front end alignment checked (wear on tires not even?) and cruise control not working (a long trip without cruise control is not good), and propane shut off for refrigerator reset or whatever it needs (safety first). Interesting story here too
*Design and make a holder for the front car safety guard for TJ (our Tow Jeep Cherokee) so when The Rectangle is at rest and TJ is in action the safety guard can be on hold till needed again to protect TJ from road rocks, bugs etc. when trailing behind The Rectangle. This entails welding and luckily our neighbor can do that.  check it off  nice job of design by David and welding by our neighbor perfect  picture soon
*Buy a waffle maker -- need a waffle maker. Could take the one from home but it is a rather large one and storage is always a consideration in The Rectangle, so maybe a smaller one?  check it off  thanks to my BFF who had one she was not using The Rectangle now can make waffles.
*Check out the number bed mattress for a leak? or a pump issue? Small white caps were sent from Number Bed people so now to get on phone with them and figure out how to run "the test" on that...will keep you posted on this.  check if sort of off  Test done and they sent us a new pump (for a small handling fee) and story to follow as we try to install before we roll.

30 Days before we leave….time still to get some things done like we both got new eye glasses so we can see all the beauty on our trip.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

R & R for The Rectangle

Living with The  Rectangle when not Living in The Rectangle
*There are now things that have to be done like wash sheets/towels/an anything else just to put it back into The Rectangle
*Let Miss Kitty snoop around inside The Rectangle
*Redust everything and vacuum again
*Unload all the food and check for those spices that are out of date. Not sure why I have all those spices except all the big cooking plans that are in my head and never make it out of my head.
*Give The Rectangle a really good bath!
*Check all those tires to make sure they will make the next big trip in good shape.
*Make an appointment to take The Rectangle in to have the front end alignment checked (wear on tires not even?) and cruise control not working (a long trip without cruise control is not good), and propane shut off for refrigerator reset or whatever it needs (safety first).
*Design and make a holder for the front car safety guard for TJ (our Tow Jeep Cherokee) so when The Rectangle is at rest and TJ is in action the safety guard can be on hold till needed again to protect TJ from road rocks, bugs etc. when trailing behind The Rectangle. This entails welding and luckily our neighbor can do that.
*Buy a waffle maker -- need a waffle maker. Could take the one from home but it is a rather large one and storage is always a consideration in The Rectangle, so maybe a smaller one?
*Check out the number bed mattress for a leak? or a pump issue? Small white caps were sent from Number Bed people so now to get on phone with them and figure out how to run "the test" on that...will keep you posted on this.

Only 68 days till The Rectangle leaves for the next fun trip...Nova Scotia is waiting.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Martin Accordion -- Louisana Music

Accordion tour was so fab. Learned all about them, heard great music and history of the music in the Cajun world. Martin Accordion family owned and only the family members working making them. Family is Junior Martin who started the business his dtr, son and grand son who is a musician (26 yrs old) and plays world wide with his Zydeco music (he can play any accordion handed to him). Order your accordion today.  Martin Accordion  web site link

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Our Pirate group having fun

April 2019 Rally in Port Aransas with our Kountry Klub Lone Star Newmar group had our "small group" getting into the fun of a pirate themed weekend. First photo we boarded a stangers RV for a group pic and the second our group had its flag and selfie to prove it.

The strangers did not know what hit them before we boarded their "ship" and you can see we recruited a few young ones for the pirate life.

red spider flag for the fabulous crew...we are all smiles at the fun we are having.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 2018 Aransas Pass

Living in a Rectangle
*It is off to Aransas Pass to get some coastal fun with our RV Newmar group.
*Wish we could stop quicker along the road to grab a pic—like when we saw a pink VW Bug on a trailer with a big white metal crown on it. (note: It was a bit rusty, been there a while) OR
like the big painted “waving” American flag done in muted but beautiful colors. OR of course all the brilliant wildflowers. (note:does anyone else think of the warning about snakes and ants in the wildflowers re picture taking when you see all that beauty?) Alas it is not a thang The Rectangle does on a two lane Texas farm to market road.
*The “cornies” are on the road moving all those fun rides and food booths to the next small town so when one of those trailers loaded with a ride has a flat it takes a village to get it changed. Luckily there is “a village” going down the road to do that.
*When putting TJ (note: Tow Jeep) into neutral don’t do it till it is connected to The Rectangle or until you know for sure  the master of the hookup has told you - it is close enough or too close or to the left or to the right or whatever…
*Pilot filling stations now have Cinnabon Bon Bon Bites, 4 same great petite buns that don’t make you feel so guilty.
*Next saga on TJ. TJ towed perfect except at some point the check engine light comes on and an urgent email from Jeep U Connect (big brother of the Jeep world) comes to tell us…Action needed on your 2018 Jeep Cherokee! Your Jeep Cherokee has detected issues that require your attention on Engine and Transmission System, Oil and Fluids, Brakes and Suspension. Hmmm that’s a lot for an engine that as not been running? Called dealer in Aransas Pass, cannot see us till maybe next Tuesday and no don’t come in because they are so over booked and slammed with work they have closed their service dept to catch up!! OK, so next stop in Rosenberg they can see us on Monday….our dealer calls us back and says so go to Auto Zone and have them do a diagnostic at least to see what it says. OK off to Auto Zone with check engine light on, Jeep runs perfect, we turn off car,  AZ puts in diagnostic stick then starts car and poof no check engine light and readout shows everything is fine. We leave and will have  to see if the light comes back on after our next towing on Sunday…stay tuned for more TJ light adventures (or not).
*Nice and warm on the coast, but whatever the wind is blowing in or out wish it would get it done. (note: but don’t need Beyonce wind machine for hair blowing great pics)

TJ = Tow Jeep/The Jeep

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 RV Season is On the Road

LIVING IN A RECTANGLE 2018

RV Season is getting underway and that means what?

*First trip is RV Rally with Lone Star Kountry Klub staying at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma…3/8-3/11 2018

*unwinterize The Rectangle water system and remember to shut off the water to the washer hookup so water does not come shooting out (like last year, see we do learn)

*Start off with clean sheets, towels and new My Pillows.
in The Rectangle..

*Restock wine in The Rectangle…Put other alcohol on board.

*Take out of The Rectangle anything no longer needed from last year…like how many mugs can a person use?

*Reestablish where things will go in the cargo bins. Really just see what is in the cargo bins after all no-one has looked in them since December.

*Start list of who can feed Miss Kitty (and Daisy the outdoor cat across the street we feed since her owner passed) and establish calendar for this.

*Double check all the electronic charger cords are still where they should be in The Rectangle.

*Make sure all the remote apps are working to monitor house when we are on the road.

*Buy the latest road atlas…paper sometimes is the only “go to” when phone signal is a no bars area.

*Make sure phone plan is international for Canada still.

*Then the worst and most frustrating thing EVER…2018 Jeep Cherokee we just bought  that should be tow ready? Well it would take me more words then I currently have room for to tell this on going saga about the “harness” for the 2018s and the mess it puts us in. On the count down as we leave in July for months…Did I say most frustrating thing EVER!!!  (note: alternate plans are available but have not floated them out till we just have too.) URGGGG

*OK this did not just happen…well yes it did. Not towing the Jeep so pulled up behind The Rectangle since he had it in park and well one would think it was parked…but NO NO the reverse lights come on and OH NO…yep into the Jeep. Really? The Jeep now has a cracked in the bumper. (sad face) It is not terrible and hopefully it will be not a catastrophic fix. I of course think Jeep should pay for the fix, since after all if they were not having the problem with this harness thingy part so we could tow the Jeep this would not have happened (just my rant). The “Kit” has been on order for over 3 months, David is on a first name basis with a few folks at Jeep Corp.

Of course there is more fun and times to come this season of The Rectangle, after all we are going to Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritime in July and August.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lessons Learned on Down the Road


*Personal guided tour of the Olympic Training center by David’s college roommate made it a special tour and then
*Dinner with college roommate at a great Greek restaurant Jake and Tellys in old town Colorado Springs made for a good time. Oompa
*Two bunny rabbits playing outside The Rectangle brings smiles…one could tell they were great buddies
*The grandeur of Air Force Academy holds one breathless. The chapel next June will be closed for 4 years as they disassemble and rebuild it. One can only hope they recapture its spectacular glory.
*Trying to grow herbs in The Rectangle is anew adventure. A $10 galvanized three “bucket” pots hold the basil, mint and rosemary. OK so the Rosemary has already died and the new one planted is not doing well after a week…brown thumb seems to be lurking
*Took nice trolley tour of Boise and discovered a lot of homes of interest, capital building and cultural neighborhoods like the Basque population. The sliced lamb sandwich and bean soup we had for lunch made us ask about the Basque flavors. We bought smoked paprika to add to onions, red bell pepper, cracked black pepper, and salt to make a yummy chicken.
*Blue boxes like small sheds on rollers in the fields are bee hives. Now if they would only put signs in the fields to let us know what they are growing…please?
*Going to church and being invited to breakfast by the senior group was nice (of course we fit into that group——When did we exactly get into that group??)
*Forest fires and lack of rain were the big topics at breakfast.
*Viola is 86 and her mobile home place in the RV park is beautifully maintained. She will only be there a few more weeks as her children think she should no longer live alone, so her daughter has build her a room in her house and she is moving in with them. Viola’s hands are bent with arthritis, she has brittle bones from osteoporosis but at 6am she is outside tending her yard, watering the grass, loving the flowers to bloom and sweeping everything spotless. She wants to stay in her home but as she told us “those darn kids think I am too old to live alone”. Her flowers were a joy to see every morning as I read my paper on line. I am sure she will make sure flowers bloom wherever she is planted.
*Watermelon from farmers market that people told us was from an area that made the melons special and wonderful..David stood in line a while to buy the melon and paid $7.00 (this the most he has EVER paid for a small melon but after standing in line for so long he paid the price) then….we stopped at Walmart to get something and they had melons from that same area for $4.00 but we felt good we had helped Terry a small farm grower.
*We are Syrah people, at least at the wineries we visited in Pasco WA area. After three a day for 6 days we have a few bottles in The Rectangle. OK not all Syrah but mostly.
*Walla Walla is a nice college (three there) and agricultural area town. visited 3 wineries and came back to The Rectangle with 3 reds. According to the pourers in the tasting rooms,  One of the tree colleges there Whitman University a liberal arts school is noted for teaching a lot about “the arts” but not getting anyone ready for a job. Hmmm sounds about right and not just at Whitman.