Wednesday * August 5th 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Gee, I’m really sorry folks.


I’ve really neglected my blog, but camp hosting in Tumalo really “ate my lunch.”  When I turned in my volunteer time sheet for July, I had logged in 121 hours.

This is a short post, just to let Contessa know that I’m OK (thank you my dear for worrying about me).  I’m at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon for August/September, and it’s much cooler as well as a lighter workload.

I promise to write more later – now it’s a glass of vino, and sleep…

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Funny Noises…

I hear funny noises…

I’m preparing to leave for Bend, Oregon tomorrow from Las Cruces.  I have to leave tomorrow, or I won’t be where I need to be on June 26th.  (More about that in a minute…) Due my leaving a day later, I’ll have to drive to Farmington, NM (390 miles) tomorrow to be on schedule.

Let me preface this by saying everything has been checked out, and the scheduled maintenance done.  I “did” have to have my front brakes done, and the rear brakes have 50-60% left according to the shop.  The wheels were repacked and something about “transmission seals” were replaced too.

1.  In town when I’m driving I’m hearing (sometimes, not all the time) a very quiet ssssssssssssss when I apply the brakes. It’s almost inaudible.  In fact, I took it to the shop where I had the work done today and the guy that did the brakes test drove my rig and said he couldn’t hear anything.  Am I tripping out?  I’m thinking (hoping) since the front brakes have brand new pads (and I haven’t driven any real distance) that the new brakes might be making a little noise as they break (no pun intended) in.  Mechanically, they work fine.

2.  When I’m stopping (again in town) sometimes I hear a “hoo” sound (think like an owl).  It’s not very loud, and not all the time.  I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but it was somewhat windy this morning.  The RV service guy “did” hear that sound and he said it has to do with the emergency brake.  He put the brake on, and off again.  He told me you have to do this somewhat “deliberately” and let the pedal “spring.”

Again, everything has been checked and the mechanic said the rig is “good to go.”  I’m still getting used to the Lazy Daze after having my much smaller Toyota Dolphin. I hate to say it, but it’s almost like I don’t completely trust the Lazy Daze.

While we’re on the subject I moved my rig up the street (where it’s level) and turned on my refrigerator.  The freezer is starting to feel cold, but the refrigerator feels the same.  It’s been three hours, and it’s 102 degrees outside.  How long does it usually take for the refrigerator/freezer to reach a “normal” temperature?  It’s probably “struggling” in this heatwave.  :-(


The skies opened and the Tango gods smiled on me – I’m going to Burning Tango!  Seriously, I was on a follower’s wait list (i.e. too many women dancers) and didn’t expect my number to be called up.  However, the organizer sent out an e-mail and stated that two “workers” couldn’t make the festival and offered the work positions to the follower’s wait list.

I’m in!

Now, I get my festival pass gratis for working for two three-hour shifts at the front door.  Yippy Skippy!  I called the RV park in McCloud and the rate is $35.00/night with my AARP card.  McCloud is about 225 miles south of Bend, Oregon so this works out rather well with my month of July volunteer stint at Tumalo State Park.  :-)

High Anxiety…

I don’t know why (or maybe I do after my Mexico experience earlier this year), but I have significant anxiety about leaving home this summer.  I’ve done everything in my power to “check all systems” and make sure everything with my RV and car is in top working order.  Usually, when I get ready to leave for an extended period of time I get “travel nerves.”  However, once on the road I soon relax and enjoy the journey.  What in the heck is wrong with me?

Yes, my friends – I need a pep talk…

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Guilty Pleasures…

Yes, gentle readers sometimes I “do” indulge in what I deem to be guilty pleasures…

I recently subscribed to Netflix (actually I’m still in my free promo month).  I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do like to watch the occasional movie.   I (living in New Mexico) was able to turn away from “Breaking Bad.”  However, all bets were off when I discovered “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix.


The comedy/drama is based on is based on Piper Kerman‘s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, about her experiences in prison.  Netflix recently released Season Three and I watched, binge watched the entire season.  (I’m a little sad, I wished they had released one show per week instead of the “whole enchilada.”

Actually, since I’m getting ready to travel who knows when I would have sufficient Wi-Fi to watch it in my RV with my ROKU

Returning to “guilty pleasures.”

On Tuesdays, I usually stop by Ross Dress for Less.  Every Tuesday, they give old people, seniors, mature individuals a 10% discount.  I found some small cutting boards (pack of four – $2.99), and a fold-able brown/creme linen ottoman with storage ($12.99) for my RV.

I haven’t had a pedicure since I was in Mexico… 

I almost always go to a beauty school for pedicures – and not just because it’s inexpensive.  If you pick a place to have a pedicure, you can’t always be assured about the level of hygiene.  The instruments may not be sterilized properly, and the tub you’re soaking your tootsies in may not be disinfected.  Since it’s a beauty school and a training arena, I know the proper steps are being taken towards sanitation.

However, when I walked in yesterday there was a board with a special – “Paraffin Wrap Mani/Pedi – $13.99″.  The whole experience took almost two hours and I gave the student a nice tip.


On my way home I stopped by a used bookstore.  I’ve sold them a lot of books and have tons of credit.  I was looking specifically for books on meditation, but the closest I found was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I bought.  However, just for “giggles and kicks” I asked if they ever got in the aforementioned Piper Kerman book.  The clerk said to wait a minute – we JUST got it in.  Zing!

Dinner anyone?

I don’t think I’m an above average cook, but I can follow directions.  For some reason, I’ve been craving chicken stir-fry.  However, one ingredient that is difficult to find in my area is Veri Veri Terikayi sauce.  I actually found a bottle at Target and made some “quite delicious” chicken/veggie stir fry that I served over brown rice.  (OK, with a couple glasses of Pinot Grigio.)

Summer Sojourn…

I have one more doctor appointment today and my plan is to leave for Oregon on June 21st – the first day of summer and the solstice (longest day of the year).

Somehow it just seems “fitting.”

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Kickin’ It Up a Notch…

Yes, gentle readers – I’m “kickin’ it up a notch”…

Every day I’m trying to get things “together” in order to leave town…

Hometown Proud

The heat has settled into Southern New Mexico, and things are best done in the very early morning and/or after sundown.  The temperatures have been in the high 90’s all week, and supposedly will hit the 100 mark by Sunday.  :-(

My Amazon care package came yesterday.  😆 

I had ordered a water bottle and wicker basket for my bicycle, some Argan Oil for my aging face, some LED replacement lights for the Lazy Daze, and some LED replacement bulbs for a desktop halogen lamp that’s connected to 12-volt.

I wasn’t quite sure that the halogen replacement bulb would work, but to my delight it fits and works PERFECTLY!  I use the lamp quite a bit, but didn’t like the idea that it ran so “hot.”  Yippy Skippy!

Eventually, I’d like to replace the tube lamps but since I don’t use them much anyway it’s not a big issue at this point.

Safety Check of Compulsive Obsessive?

The tires on my Honda CR-V are 4 1/2 years old, but only have about 20,000 miles on them due to my driving my previous Toyota Dolphin in the summer.  Not wanting to have any tire drama, nightmares, issues I stopped by Discount Tire and had them take a look.  The tire tech said they just had the “very, very beginning” of dry rot, but nothing to worry about and should be good until the end of the year.

I asked him, “What would you do if these were YOUR tires?”  He replied, “Drive, they’re fine!”

Oh, the pain…

I’m on a “mission” to eat healthier, exercise more, etc…  For those of you that are “more mature” i.e. older, you know that with age the pounds just start to sneak up on you.  So, I’m starting to cook more and make “wiser” food choices.  I received a replacement for my lost “dongle” on my FitBit One and now it is charged and synced.

Soda, water, and wine…

Alas, when doing some reading about the effects of alcohol on weight loss I found that the body burns the alcohol FIRST, and then fat calories.  Diet soda isn’t good for you either.  😐   So, I’m trading Diet Coke for iced tea sweetened with Stevia (or Splenda in a pinch) and drinking more water.  No more nightly glass of red wine.  😕

Here’s last night’s dinner…


I’ll let you know how it goes – if I don’t break down and eat Cali

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In the Rain…

It’s a rainy day here in Southern New Mexico

In the Rain...

Seattle, Washington

When I lived in Indianapolis, I used to hate cloudy days and rain.  Indianapolis is one of the cloudiest cities in the United States, and it just plain rains a lot in the mid-west.  However, after moving to Las Cruces I began to see rain differently – as a gift.  I’m totally enjoying the cloudy and rainy day.   😀

On another note…

It seem like the more devices and “stuff” I have the more there is to misplace or lose.  I suppose I need to establish some sort of “system” for all of the chargers, power cords, etc… for the myriad of devices I have.  I thought I lost my battery charger to my Canon “point and shoot” camera, but luckily just before ordering another I found it in a basket in my over-the-cab bed in the Lazy Daze.

Now, as I “waffle” over to take my ancient Canon XTi (which I had to have one of the lenses recently repaired), I discover I can’t find my tripod. It “might” be in my garage somewhere.  :roll:   It seems with the advent of better and better “point and shoot” cameras and those on mobile phones, I just didn’t use it as much. However, I can recall when photography was a creative outlet for me and I found joy in the almost “zen-like” process of going on photo hunts.


Marble, Colorado

To be quite honest, I’m somewhat ambivalent about traveling this summer…

I think part of it has to do with the issues I had earlier with Spring with my car and RV, and part of it is leaving the “safety and security” of my home.  I’m totally a different person when I’m traveling.  I’m more adventurous, open, and outgoing.  At home, I settle into my daily routine.

At least I’m cooking healthy dinners.  😉 


Don’t worry – I’ll get it all together soon…

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