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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Hey kids, just had to take a moment to get on here and update a little bit!
Still doing the "deliver food" gig! And actually still loving it. Have to keep reminding myself that the company is young...growing....learning....and using LOTS of young folks!!! So it has and is a very good way for me to work on my "patience quotient"!!! Heheheh!
I'm almost done with Christmas shopping...first year in a bunch of years that I have actually do shopping...be it that I am wearing out Lakeside Collection and Amazon...both online....and they deliver!!! LOL!
I'm also deep into keeping up with the oil prices....and it doesn't look except for us end users. The price of crude Brent opened today under $37....that's not a good thing. And just read an article dealing with how "supply" numbers are about to take a very big beating ( http://oilpro.com/media/ec?l=642743939&r=1979684 ) and an "open letter" that everybody should read...to maybe think about the issues the the O&G field has to deal with every day to meet "our needs/wants" ( http://oilpro.com/post/20785/open-letter-to-anyone-tired-og-industry-causing-climate-change-bo?utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_term=2015-12-11&utm_content=Article_5_txt ).
Folks, we all need to decide what we are going to leave for our grand and great-grand children....where are you in this thought process????
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Well, the coldest in the past 8 months was here about a week ago and the past several nights and days have been pleasantly cool. The low here at Bertha last night was 38*, hi for today is supposed to be about 56*. Still better than Stanley..they have already seen -6* and snow on the ground. I do believe that this is why I tell folks that I'm a "modified snowbird"!! LOL! I've seen enough snow in my years to do me for the rest of my life! So I'll just go south to see the kids and grandkids for the winters and then go back to Idaho to do the camphost thing for the summers. :-)
Slowly getting a few things done on Bertha. Not sure just how much will get done by next spring, but she will be in much better shape for the run north when we head out in April '17. Right now just trying to get into the habit of getting things done each day! Like keeping the house cleaned up!! LOL! And doing some rearranging. Will probably start doing some painting in Bertha this coming week. Hoping that I have finally gotten all the leaks stopped. I guess I'll know for sure this coming weekend, supposed to rain some on Sunday. Also have to start pricing out the parts to rebuild the frontend on Bertha. That will be a job and a half...but have to get that done before I head out north. And probably will have to replace shocks and possibly beef up the springs on the rear of Bertha.
Sidekick is doing great. Getting about 25mpg in town delivering. On the run to AL averaged about 30-31mpg on the highway. Couldn't ask for better!! And she is still a joy to have...I enjoy every day with Sidekick. And haven't seen another one on the roads around here since I got here....so I guess she is almost a novelty! :-) And since I wrote the beginning of this, on the way to work yesterday I pulled up behind a twin to Sidekick! Same color, JX model, original spare tire cover....a twin....all the way down to having a towbar mounted on the front! LOL! First one I've seen....and it had Oregon tags on it! LOL
Monday, November 16, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Folks, this is not what I normally post about, & i usually stand clear of these types of subjects.....but i truly feel that everyone needs to take the 7-9 minutes to read this article.
I don't really care what your politics are, but this surpasses politics....this his at the basic base of our culture & our overall daily living....both in the near term & the future for our kids & grandkids!
Take the time.....and think about it.....
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Things are going well here in Texas! I've been totally amazed at the weekly income that I've been able to attain doing food delivery! It is crazy to me! The neat thing is that we deliver from any food/deli operation! I've done Taco Bell, Wendy's, Olive Garden, Pei Wei, Burger Street, Best Thai, sushi, Indian, Wing Stop, Phil's Philly Grill, Little Greek Grill....And I have been to 5 Star places and hotdog joints!! It is cool! And I have found some really neat little hole in the wall places that I will be going back to try personally!!
We had rain and storms last weekend, a few days of dry & sun, and now we are bracing for another night of storms! And the humidity here is unreal right now for this area! Cool...but muggy!
It's time to get ready for another night of delivery! So this little short update is done!! C'ya!! B-)
Friday, October 30, 2015
We are getting wet again! And seriously wet! I woke up this morning to a very heavy rain, and it has been raining off and on all day....and now we have wind coming into the picture! But it has made the temps here very comfortable and almost "fall like"!
I've gotten most of the leaks in Bertha taken care of...for the time being anyway! Just still have one around the front roof vent...I'm hoping to conquer it tomorrow!! If it wil stop raining for a few hours. But at least the "major" leaks are apparently stopped....so now to get the rest of them "plugged"!
It's about time to head to work...another night of delivering food!! And seeing if I can find more "little" hole in the wall restaurants that I want to go back and give a try!! So far have found several that actually spark an interest in me! And I am not one that is big on eating out!
C'ya in a day or two with an update!! :-D
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The gov't and Wall Street are a little in the dark about the average "US Consumer"...and their income and their spending of what monies they have. This little read was and should be an eye-opener to a lot of folks that say "Oh, well, we are doing well"....are we????
For those of you that are in the "cooler" parts of the country....stay away from Texas!! The record hi here for today is 99...calling for 98 today. The record hi for tomorrow is 92...calling for 96! Today's record Hi is 105 years old...tomorrows was set in 1999. I know I said I was going south for the winter where it was "warmer"....but this is ridiculous!! LOL! Checked this morning at 0830....it was 34 in Stanley....sob, sob!! :,)
Oh well, next year I'll just waint a couple of extra weeks before I head south for the summer!!! :-D
And I thought I would add a couple of photos of my current "campsite"! :-)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I crossed over into Texas yesterday afternoon...and boy was it windy! I was either fighting fog/low overcast or wind in CO and OK. And the wind was the worst in Oklahoma....but it carried right over into the panhandle of Texas also! So I got across into the panhandle of TX and found a roadside table pulloff and called it quits for the night!
My little 4K generator has either given up the ghost and needs to be laid to rest, or she is in need of some major "doctoring"! So thank goodness I have my solar panel set! I set it up this afternoon and charged my van batt for several hours, then changed over to the aux batts and charged them for an hour or so and then hit the road again!
Made it to Childress, TX for the night, parked in the Wally here....there is no telling how many times I have parked here! It is one of my favorite spots to break for the night. In the morning I'll charge the aux batts first thing, then let Bertha's batts charge for several hours, and then I'll try to knock out about 150 miles! I'm about 224 miles from Tif & Cary's...I plan on being there by Thursday evening...hopefully!
That about covers it for today. More of the continuing saga soon!!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
In Ft Collins, CO and the day is looking better...except for the traffic! And boy, I had forgotten about the traffic! I had been surprised about the traffic that rolled by us last night where we spent the afternoon and nite....US Hwy 287 just north of Livermore, CO. Wellllll.....then we hit Ft Collins this morning! LOL! Welcome back to "civilization"!!! It is still crazy on the roads!!
We stopped at the welcome centeer in Ft Collins, Abbie just chillin' and watching the folks come in.
Friday, October 2, 2015
I have headed south for the winter! And things are going pretty well. Bertha is still not charging like she should, but that is why I carry a generator with me...for backup for whatever doesn't work right! LOL!
I'm about 9 miles west of Laramie, WY tonight...and I got here and parked just in time to fire up the TV, scan for channels....and catch the Thursday Night Football game! There are good points to getting back to some segments of society! Not many at times....but there are high points! ;-)
Today was a good driving day. I actually covered a little over 200 miles today. More than I planned on doing each day, but trying to find a decent spot to park in WY is almost a lost cause. They just don't give many spots for parking...I now remember why I didn't like driving thru here when in a truck.
But the one thing that has made me quite happy is that Bertha, overall is averaging a little over 7.4mpg! That is great for my budget and my upcoming winter! And it makes me rest a little easier that as I get things fixed/updated on her, it will continue to get better.
It was a gorgeous evening. The sunset was just beautiful! Sat here and watched the football game....the Ravens won over the Steelers in OT....and then I started shuting down for the evening. A very relaxing evening! Just a little while ago, I realized that I was rocking from side to side in the house...and the wind has picked up a lot....a steady 12-15mph gusting to 25+mph. And it is trying to rain! It made me think about what it must have been like for the homesteaders and miners that came out here over a hundred years ago. What it must have been like to be in wagons, on horseback and walking in a land where the weather changes in a matter of hours! It makes me appreciate Bertha, even with all the little issues she still has....but I am sitting here with lights, out of the wind/rain, warm....and comfortable! :-) And with a nice warm cup of coffee!!
Guess I had better get to sleep so that I can roll in the morning...sometime!! I have gotten used to not having to worry about a schedule too much...just go with the flow of the day!
More to come later as the trip south continues!! :-D