Home sweet home

Cathouse in the Snow

Cathouse in the Snow
What a lovely day in Paradise

Saturday, July 30, 2011

SD Summer 2011

It has been a great trip up here in NE SD.  Marvin, my hometown to be exact.  Weather has been great, highs in the 80's, some thunderboomers and rain.  We had a great Thorpe family reunion last Saturday, both my daughters Becky/Tina and Tina's boyfriend Joe were able to make it along with my grandsons, Christian, Sean, and Dylan.  All got to meet the family and we were able to see others we had not seen in a number of years.  A great day. 

This past week we did some work on the farm, cleaning, hauling iron, clean the shop etc.  Lots to be done and it is a never ending project.  But when you have a spread, you have to take care of it.  This farm/ranch has been in the family a number of years and will continue to do so.  It is great being parked up here, I enjoy the peace and quiet, just the sounds of the livestock and critters in the gulch.  I hate to leave it, but someday soon I plan to retire and spend a lot more time here.  I have set a date for the future, but that depends on what happens, economy, etc.  We shall see.  I have today and tomorrow left here, Marvin Bar both nights and will just chill out during the day.  Guess I had better get going and enjoy the day and not stay cooped up in here, so we can howl through the nite. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hotter than hell!!

The hot Gods are with us, we have had 19 days of over 100 degrees.  Yesterday got to 111 and 93 in the rig.  Poor AC has all it can do to keep up.  There is light at the end of the tunnel as the rig and I are going to SD.  It should be cooler up there.  I keep saying that you don't have to shovel 111 degrees.  I will take the heat over cold any day.  Just spent time with my latest grandson Dylan and his grandma Jan.  That little guy is growing too fast.  Short entry tonite, as I am going to relax a while.  Cat feels 9 lives still left, just like my one brain cell is still alive. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th

Been a while since I have updated this, so I will get off my butt and do so.  I have been at the fulltime RV gig for over a year now and love it.  Not doing much travel yet as I still work fulltime, but working on a date to retire etc.  Money is the big factor, but ain't that the truth for all of us.  Is the RV thing for everyone? No, it is not - some do not like the small space, lack of a yard, garage, etc.  But as I have heard before, "home is where the jacks go down" lot to be said for that and your neighbors change a lot, LOL. 
I have a decent spot and get good shade after 6 PM so can go out and burn a cigar etc.  Are there challenges?  Yes, the major one has been the weather, wind, hail, and I have had both.  One rig totaled due to wind and replaced a roof due to hail last year, which is on an earlier post.  Others have been the water system, which freezeup can be a challenge when it is cold and you have to take precautions to prevent it etc.  Water leaks with plumbing is one of the problems I have had, but we are doing good now.  But, after travel, you need to check fittings and check for leaks etc.  I had two good friends who recently lost their rig due to a fire, but they have come through and are now in a new rig.  Ed and Marilyn, glad all is working out for you.  I have learned some lessons there and will be getting at least 2 more fire extinguishers and taking other items in truck when I travel.  I have a Pressure Pro and recommend anyone who tows a trailer get one.  It is cheap insurance. 

Had a great fireworks show last nite and did no have to even leave home as the folks in the housing area provided the show.  Sounded like a war zone here.  Burned cigars and drank diet coke, yes you heard it.  Have not had a beer in 6 months, but have lost 75 pounds and plan to lose another 25 and I will make it.  There have been challenges but I feel great and nice to get all the good compliments and be able to wear smaller size clothes, 8 inches off waist and now an XL T-shirt, maybe soon a large.  Maybe I will write about it more. 

I will try to update this more, but when in front of a computer all day, I prefer to do other things and I will not be a slave to this machine which has a temperment of its own, LOL.  Kinda like me.  OK, time for a morning shake, walk, and get my Cat ass to the store and help my daughter blow fireworks tonite.