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Old 07-19-2019, 11:24 AM   #15527
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Good Morning;
Raining again!! Good thing we need the moisture. I am sure the water table is saying thank you. Garden looks a bit bedraggled but is very green. Too wet to harvest more new potatoes but I think I will put rubber boots on and get some anyway.

Laying the pavers is more of a problem because of the old gravel walkway that was built. Over the years the gravel has filled up with some dirt and has moss growing on it. Have to remove the organic material before putting down the sand. Don't have a good place to dispose of the gravel mixture so cleaning it by hand. Organic to the compost pile and the rock to the driveway.

With the additional moisture I decided to make some back bacon. Pork loin is in the brine and in a couple days will be introduced to the smoker. Never nothing to do! Motivation is the main issue with the gray weather. Sunshine next week.

Lynne - good luck on the purchase of the new motorhome. You will know when you find the right one. Looking forward to viewing it in Yuma. Will look good in the new spot.

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Old 07-20-2019, 08:06 AM   #15528
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Good morning all!

Steamy 75* here this am, after the 1 plus hour thunder boomer last night. No shortage of water here.

Lynne, not sure about a oil checker in Texas. I guess you would need someone to go collect the sample etc..Perhaps having a company like this would work. (just googled RV appraisals)

https://www.autoappraisers.com/

Ron and Rail, safe travels! We have 10 more days till we head out, it will go fast.

My concrete form is ready. I think I am going to go ready mix given it is soooo hot here. A friend has a concrete business with special trucks that actually mix on site (rather than at the plant) and then meter as they pour. You pay only for what is used. Additional advantage given it was just mixed, set time is longer allowing more time to work it.

So,,,, friend John is at a small Tiffin rally in New York. One of their attendee's was almost to the park, when he passed out at the wheel of their 6 week old Tiffin 44' coach. The wife unbuckled and tried to get to the wheel but was too late. The coach hit a embankment and went up, and rolled on its side! I have a bunch of pics as one of the rally attendees came upon the incident shortly after the event. Not sharing as I don't know them and figure they maynot want that. Massive damage, My guess is it is totalled. Massive frontal damage, slides fell out, cabinets came loose etc. Both are okay, wife broke her hip, driver has a heart condition and is in hospital for obervations. Happy they are okay, this could have been much worse.

5 deer in the backyard this am, our 6 point buck walked thru, but he didn't stay long. Two fawns are back with their Mom's.If only I could teach them to mow more evenly.

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Old 07-20-2019, 09:07 AM   #15529
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Good Morning;
Another day of rain and thundershowers yesterday. Had a couple thunder boomers that looked like videos of the monsoons! Today is supposed to be much better according to the Weather Channel but showers according to the radio station.

Still have mowing on the agenda for today. Sun is coming out so it might actually get done!

Getting prepared to go to a motorcycle rally in Spearfish. Going to ride the Black Hills again but this time from the north. Oil and spark plugs changed in both bikes so all is ready.

There has been a deer through the yard. Have not seen it but it left a trail. It obviously tried some of the garden veggies but must not like swiss chard. Thank goodness. Tried cooking bacon and onions in a pan and then sweating some swiss chard in it. Wow. Not going to steam swiss chard any time in the near future.

Interesting about the Tiffin crash. Just brings a note that we should be doing some preparation for events like that. I wonder if the driver felt something coming on but decided to continue as the distance to the destination was short instead of pulling over. Will be speaking to Janet about a plan. I know when we two up there is an option for the passenger to reach over and hit the kill switch. The bike will slow down with the passenger able to guide the bike to the shoulder by reaching around the driver. At the end it will fall over but the speed will be very slow. Better than a high speed crash.

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Old 07-20-2019, 12:23 PM   #15530
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Good Morning Gang,
We are in Homer,Alaska sitting out on the spit, almost at the end of the highway. The Balugea Bay is right out the windshield with glaciers to the right and mountains to the left. Starting to feel like myself again, except for the consistent cough and get tired real easy. Tomorrow we head for Seward for a couple days. Yesterday we walked out in the bay at low tide looking at what the tide left. Saw a dead octupus and a few discarded crab exoskeletons that had been outgrown and discarded by their owners. Thanks to all for the well wishes. Safe travels to all headed to the Meet & Greet.
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Top of the day to everyone! Been a while since my last post, I'll try not to be too long winded.
Glad you're feeling better Frank, hope you and Rita are having a splendid trip.
Lloyd, terrible about that wreck. Glad they're alive and will be OK. You know, it could have been worse, that could have happened at highway speed and, well....if they actually were at highway speed, they are very fortunate. I hope the guy's heart condition is treatable.
Good to hear your projects are going well Gordon, and the garden is growing.
Rail and Jira, safe travels to here.
Ron, I like your floors. Nice job, the house is shaping up nicely.
Best luck on finding the new coach Lynne, enjoy the hunt and have fun.
Tim, sorry about your foot issues, that really sucks. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
What's going on in my world? Everything at once. Been working on the out buildings on the farm. Total refurb of exteriors....which includes pulling the structures back to as square as possible before bracing work, and then all metal siding. I've utilized the 7080 to hold things in place while stripping the siding off. Going to be seeding pasture and all new high tensile electric fencing and gates. I will be rebuilding the cattle lot fencing as well.
Got the coach back with new windshield in place, looks good! Insurance took care of it. Had to have some other items fixed/adjusted.....that was a bit costly, but what can you do.
The Buick is coming along. Going to be re-chroming parts next.....the Dynaflow transmission is almost rebuilt. That trans is like a Swiss watch. It's either right, or it's WRONG.
I just received good news Thursday about the campground. It took a lot of work, and money too of course.....but it appears I have succeeded in meeting the requirements needed to satisfy the drainage district tile challenge. I am a sliver away from beginning construction!
It has, as everywhere it seems, been very hot here. Index around a 110 degrees. It hasn't been like that for several years....bailing hay weather . We just got cooled down about 2 hours ago thanks to a storm system.....another thunderstorm going through as I type.
Well, that's it for the moment I guess......I mean to respond to everyone's posts as I try to catch up.....I apologize if I leave anyone out. I'll try to keep up better.
Have a good one everyone, be safe and well.
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:26 AM   #15532
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Thanks for the recommendation on the roof coating.

Ron,thanks for the tip on the roof coating. We already had bought Kool Seal at our RV dealer. When all else fails read the direction. It says it will help with roof heat and UV protection. So many things that need attention on the HiLo before we go away. I know we couldn't possibly get them all done. So hot we haven't been in the RV. By Monday it will be in the 70"s. Take care all Ann
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:29 AM   #15533
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Good morning all!

Sam, 70's sound nice. We expect some high 80's next week which will be very nice compared to the past few weeks.

Electra,,,, wow, you have a lot on your plate! I love the picture of the ole tractor at work, even if it is as a anchor. A lot of siding to go on that building in the picture. What purpose will that building be on the farm? Or part of the RV park? Awesome that you are cleared to build the RV park. That will be fun to follow.

Frank, trip sounds wonderful. Sorry you are not feeling well. But it does sound like you are seeing it all.

Gordon, our heard of deer are here every night and morning. Yesterday we had 3 fawns in with 8 deer. And once in a while we see the 6 point buck. However he don't stay long. We are in about the same rain pattern, except much warmer here.

A little more news came in about the crash. Driver had a pace maker and defibulator (sp) and they speculate that his heart stopped, but was restarted by the defibulator. From looking at the pics, and talking to John, this was a state road with a 55mph speed limit and it appears to be straight in the pics..

Decided to go with ready mix for my concrete job. It is just too hot for mixing in my little mixer. It will setup too fast, and I need breaks to cool down frequently.

While I have been getting ready for concrete, Deb has visited the farm stand and has been canning up a storm. Friday she canned green beans, and pickles, both dills and bread and butter. Yesterday she started on the tomatoes. Canned a bunch of homemade salsa, and then created what will be a huge pot of tomatoe sauce. Many, many years ago her parents bought us a Squezo machine which makes it pretty easy work. Yum!!!

Meeting our daughter and son-inlaw for breakfast at the grill this morning when they get off week. We live less than a mile apart but have not seen them in 2 weeks. LOL

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Old 07-22-2019, 07:20 AM   #15534
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Good Morning,

Jenn and I went glamping Thursday and had a good time. Campfire Thur night and then went to the beach Friday and another campfire. Had the awning out when we went to bed. About midnight I heard the wind pick up a lot. Ran outside and put the awning in and got wet as rain came along with the wind. Rained hard all night and woke up to 2 inches of water all over the lot. Guy next to us had 6 inches in his.

When we went to leave Sun. morn we were told not to take HWY 10 as it washed out the night before during the storm. They had 10 inches over night apparently. Still had a great time just getting away together.

A guy came in with a brand new TT. Dark blue. Pretty rig. He had an odd angle to back into his site. Guy next to him had his truck in a bad place for backing in. He was about to move it when the guy started backing up and with ONE try put his new TT right back into his spot with no adjusting or moving. It was amazing! Then found out it was his first trip with his new TT and he had never backed it up before. WOW! Not your usual CG entertainment, but it was grand.

Not sure if the DP we are looking at will be the one or not. We may come to Yuma with Miss May still. Nothing wrong with her but just want something bigger if we can find the right rig. The promised pictures from the salesperson have NOT come through yet. Will call again today.

How do they get the samples from the oil and transmission fluids from a rig for testing. Give me full details please as this is all new to me. Thank you for the links to testing places. Will do this before I fly to check out any rig we are interested in. Diesels are all new to us.

Everyone on their way to M&G have a safe trip. I think Ron has the farthest driving trip to Maine. You and Pebbles take care. I am sure she will do her part to keep you entertained while driving. Post lot's of pictures please. And, you all may want to start to think about next year's location.

Got to get going. Everyone have a wonderful day and give someone a hug and get one back for yourself. Hugs are important. Lynne
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Top of the day to everyone! Been a while since my last post, I'll try not to be too long winded.
Glad you're feeling better Frank, hope you and Rita are having a splendid trip.
Lloyd, terrible about that wreck. Glad they're alive and will be OK. You know, it could have been worse, that could have happened at highway speed and, well....if they actually were at highway speed, they are very fortunate. I hope the guy's heart condition is treatable.
Good to hear your projects are going well Gordon, and the garden is growing.
Rail and Jira, safe travels to here.
Ron, I like your floors. Nice job, the house is shaping up nicely.
Best luck on finding the new coach Lynne, enjoy the hunt and have fun.
Tim, sorry about your foot issues, that really sucks. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
What's going on in my world? Everything at once. Been working on the out buildings on the farm. Total refurb of exteriors....which includes pulling the structures back to as square as possible before bracing work, and then all metal siding. I've utilized the 7080 to hold things in place while stripping the siding off. Going to be seeding pasture and all new high tensile electric fencing and gates. I will be rebuilding the cattle lot fencing as well.
Got the coach back with new windshield in place, looks good! Insurance took care of it. Had to have some other items fixed/adjusted.....that was a bit costly, but what can you do.
The Buick is coming along. Going to be re-chroming parts next.....the Dynaflow transmission is almost rebuilt. That trans is like a Swiss watch. It's either right, or it's WRONG.
I just received good news Thursday about the campground. It took a lot of work, and money too of course.....but it appears I have succeeded in meeting the requirements needed to satisfy the drainage district tile challenge. I am a sliver away from beginning construction!
It has, as everywhere it seems, been very hot here. Index around a 110 degrees. It hasn't been like that for several years....bailing hay weather . We just got cooled down about 2 hours ago thanks to a storm system.....another thunderstorm going through as I type.
Well, that's it for the moment I guess......I mean to respond to everyone's posts as I try to catch up.....I apologize if I leave anyone out. I'll try to keep up better.
Have a good one everyone, be safe and well.
Wow Bill! I thought is was keeping busy but you are making me tired.

A quick question about the campground. Are you including electrical upgrades for the anticipated flock of e-motorhomes? Would the electric supply for charging them be metered?
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Good Morning;
Went to the motorcycle club meeting yesterday. Did some planning for our route to Spearfish. Lots of options to get there so will see what the weather is like on the various routes.

Wow Lynne. Sounds like Miss May worked well for you. Glad you had a great time. Except for the awning and getting wet.

Yesterday was our first day this month without rain or showers. Sun is out this morning.

Not sure how to sample the transmission but the oil pan on our coach is easy to get to and the plug can be eased out to allow a bit of oil to be caught in an appropriate container. I am not sure if there is a procedure of running the engine prior to taking the sample but the sample kit should have the appropriate information. Just thinking out loud but there may be enough oil on the dipstick to get an adequate sample if you dip it several times. There always seems to be a drop that falls off when I check the oil - generally on a clean pair of pants or on my shoes it seems.

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I would like an electric vehicle that could be used as a toad. And charge batteries while being towed. Regenerative braking adapted to charge while being towed. Let me know when y'all figure out the details.


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Lynne, we had a syringe like device that sucked the oil out of the dipstick tubes, generally need an amount similar to the containers you use for samples at the doctors
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E-motorhomes ?

Big Battery Bank Pushers........
Yes - that seems to be the big new deal at least on some of the threads???? Not practical in our application but for some it may be just the ticket.

I am thinking that it is more than likely a passing phase and will soon be replaced by something more practical. Japanese are investing heavily in hydrogen. Nuclear reactors in a car? Who knows?
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