Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Time to Catch Up


Guess it is about time to catch you up on the past month 🐸! And it was a busy month.

Got quite a bit done on Lily. Interior is basically done. Have a "tarp awning" that stays on pretty well even in fairly high wind. Have gotten rid of more of the "things" I have been carrying around and so now have a bit more storage room in Lily. 

Made a 54 hour 35 minute run to Round Rock, Texas and moved Mother back out to Alabama. 1700+ miles AND moving someone....it was a rather interesting weekend! But the move was accomplished!

I've been kind of under the weather...fighting sinuses! And a couple of other issues...but seem to be on the mend & feeling better each day.


Don't know if you have noticed, but people seem to be panic buying....AGAIN!!  Bah-humbug! I had been trying to get some butane for my little stove...WallyWorld has put a 2 item limit on them and everywhere else has been out! But I found a supplier online...and I'm setup now for several months!  🐸 

 Abbie got her last "spa day" for the winter! We'll do a travel trim right before we hit the road in a few weeks. So we now have a great groomer here, will be looking while on the road before too many months. 🐸

That pretty well gets us "current"! Just finishing up things on Lily and preparing to get on the road....in a few weeks!

Take care, stay healthy & C'ya out on the road soon!

Frog & Abbie
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

An Interesting Month.- Basically!

 It ended up being a rather interesting month! It did not go the way that I had intended for it to go! Even to include my first "test run" with Lily!

I'm on the Natchez Trace again, a year has passed since I was here. On my way back to Alabama from Texas. Had to make a unscheduled run due to a death in the family. 

Cary helped (rather he did...heheh) replace my water pump on Lily. "We" also replaced both the high pressure hoses from the power steering pump to the Hydro-boost and from Hydro-boost to the gear box.  It ended up that the first hose was not the leaker! But...both hoses looked like they were original hoses. So there are now NO leaks from Lily! No wet spots when she is parked. Such a good feeling!


It is amazing the pictures you end up with when you are not paying attention to how you are holding your phone!! 😏

Had an uneventful trip out to Texas. Except for the fact that I was driving into what seemed like a 20-30mph headwind. BUT...Lily still managed to do over 15mpg (except for one refill). It is so nice to get decent mileage. Right now she is averaging a bit over 16 overall on the road. So my mileage has almost doubled since getting Lily. It makes the gas budget go sooo much further, and allows me to do a few more things on my travels!

Spent one night at the "WallyWorld RV Park" in Vidalia, LA. Had no idea that LA had a Vidalia! But it had been raining for a while when I stopped for the night. And I think everyone pretty well knows that I detest driving in the rain! But as you can tell, the next day was absolutely gorgeous!

I made a bunch of stops on the Trace from Natchez to Jackson, MS. First time I have driven that 90 miles. Several were very interesting. And as pretty as the drive is, once you cover the first 20 miles...it looks very much the same the rest of the way. Except that there are a lot of trees down due to the storms that have passed through. Many are the huge old growth trees! Such a shame. πŸ˜” I was told that the straight line winds were pretty vicious!







 This is my view last night and today. I might be here a couple of more days. Just very peaceful, not too much Trace traffic (except during "rush hour") Currently watching little fish jumping all over right off the bank right in front of my spot. 

Considering driving the complete 444 miles of the Trace up to Nashville. But that decision will be when I see how mileage and monies do next few days.

Hope this finds everyone doing well. And I hope to see you out here on the road & in the woods one day soon!

And remember....

Don't worry about tomorrow,

When tomorrow gets here it's Today,

Today is Yesterday,

And......

Tomorrow is still out there!!!

 

C'ya!!

Frog 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Getting Lily Closer

 


Lily is getting closer & closer to being road ready!  

 Just got the "kitchen" completed. All groceries for 7-14 days fit in the bottom of the counter, the fridge or 2 overhead cabinets.

The water pump is working great...and my "sink" idea (the little bucket) also works the way that I had hoped!


 

 

 

I have finally gotten the "toilet bench" finished...almost!  The cover for the cushion is temporary until I find some upholstery fabric that I like for it. But it fits perfect in the space and is the right height for working here at the secretary.

 

 

I'm rather surprised at just how much room there actually is in here! In all honesty, what do you do in a camper? Mainly possibly cook, work on blog or IG...and then sleep!

 So there is room to move around, plenty of room to cook, secretary closes up to give more room and the bed is just right!!  LOL!

 

Yesterday I drove up to Guntersville, AL to the Staples there to get my annual calendar refill for my ARC system. I really like them and the Corporate office usually does not send enough to get thru the season! And...I got the last one on the shelf yesterday!

Afterwards, I drove on to the lake area in Guntersville...and found a great little park on the edge of the lake! It was a gorgeous day, perfect temperature, light breeze...just great! So made lunch and spent a couple of hours just looking at the lake and the birds and the boats!




 

Today I got the solar controller installed and have my kickout panels hooked up to make sure that it still worked and to see how the aux batts are doing. And so far, all is well in that department! In 3 or 4 weeks I'll have gotten the 195w panel and will have installed it on the roof (if all goes well!).

 The last months check went mainly for the interior of Lily. The next two months will go for "mechanical" items...as is the case whenever you purchase a used vehicle, you end up spending on it to take care of issues the previous owners chose not to mess with or didn't realize were issues! Yup!

 So this is where we are for now! Still in Alabama for the next several weeks while I get Lily totally (hopefully) ready for the road.

 Thanks for sticking with us.The saga of the "tiny, mobile tiny home" continues!

 

C'ya soon!!

Frog

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Incremental Improvements 🐸🐢

Just a quick note to say...HI!!
 
Lily is slowly getting all the "incremental improvements" that I have planned for her. I will post a few pics in a few days. I hope to have the kitchen operational by Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week! Or at least close!!
 
I'm working on the "kitchen counter" now, which will have my sink, additional storage & cooking space. 
 
 Also working on the "toilet storage" .... bench?? It is going to be a dual purpose item...a spot to store the portapot, additional storage and also a bench to relax on and sit at the secretary. Still figuring out how it is going to be built!
 
Just so you will have an idea of my itinerary, I'll be leaving Alabama on Dec 12th. Staying for a birthday party! I'll be headed for Texas first, 3 stops there, then into New Mexico on the way to Arizona. Have several stops to make in AZ.

From there...I have no idea where I will end up going! It all depends on the COVID thing, weather, fires, snow, etc, etc!!  LOL!

So hang in there with us, we will be on the road again soon!!

Til then, take care, stay well & enjoy where you are!!

C'ya out there soon!

Frog & Abbie

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