Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gettin' closer to the Yellow Line

May have got some good news today. My other half has been havin' a time with her blood pressure medicine. For several years she's been takin' one medicine and it worked fine but it seemed to cause issues with elevated levels of potassium in her blood. So the Doc says take this instead, and that don't work at all, so lets try this and that works so good you hardly have any blood pressure at all, well we'll change it to this, and it works better than any of the others but the side effects are effectin' her. So he gives her somethin' else and this seems to be doin' the job. I guess that's why they say they're "Practicin' Medicine". So's if her lab work comes out alright next week we're plannin' on pullin' outa' here right after that.  I know she was gettin' frustrated and didn't feel on top of her game, but she at times said we're goin' anyhow, and I just bide my time and let her spout off. She knows we're not leavin' here, where  she has a doctor that knows her and she feels comfortable with, until all is right again. If we were on the road I would probably look at it differently, but seeins' how were not, we're stayin' put till I can get my girl feelin' good. We are to much allike and when I say she's my other half, she is. Almost daily one of us speaks up about some little thing that the other is thinkin' at that same moment, it's scary sometimes.

On another note I dented the budget a little by purcahsin' a new laptop. This Acer I'm usin' now is OK, but it has issues, for one the keyboard stinks, it just doesn't respond. I know it's 3 years old but come on, I thought them little feller's over there were supposed to be good at this electronic stuff. The other issue I have with it is that one of the hinges cracked about a year ago and you have to be careful with it. My previous laptop was an Acer too, as I've had several of their desktops before, and I had the same problem with the hinges, to the point it's useless anymore. So this new laptop is a Toshiba, always heard good things about them and haven't had it long enough to whine about it. It does have an issue that is common to all new laptops today, my Merlin air card won't plug in because it has an 'Express card' slot instead of a PCMCIA slot. There are adapters but so far none are compatible, or their not sure if it will work or not. So I'm not rollin' the dice to find out I spent $120 for a device that don't work with my card or my computer and I'm not givin' up the plan I have to change modems. I thought about returnin' the laptop for a refund, but I got too sweet a deal to give it back, right at $350 out the door. So I'm lookin at bidin' my time and waitin' till I can purchase a EVDO wireless router for a few bucks more. That way the card plugs in to the router and I use the wireless capabilities of either laptop, it's small and portable, so I can use it where ever we are. I can also enhance it by adding a cellular amplifier and antenna to boost our signal. Gosh more money! So for now I'll keep pluggin' away at this USB keyboard attached to the Acer laptop until I get the modem thing settled.  

A lady I been talkin' to at The Trailer Tales, who posts regularly and includes video in her posts, inspired me to give it a try. This little clip is from our trip to Alaska last summer. It was taken at the top of the Alyeska Resort. Now this aint my idea of fun, but these folks were sure enjoyin' "Walkin off the Mountain".


Have a great day and maybe we'll see ya as we're

Dancin' on the Wind.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Our Hitch can't get much itchier!!

Well we're still lookin' to pull on outta' here come next week. We're still plannin' on moseyin' up through the mountains of VA & WV fer a spell, hopin' to cool off. We have some paper work were waitin' on showin' up for us to sign, then it's "Adios de la Florida".

I'm just bidin' my time doin' some things to get this place ready for our absence, cuttin' limbs, puttin' up storm shutters, tyin' down the fifth wheel, gettin' both the truck and the 'Lance' ready and gettin' all our possibles ready to pack for the trip. Our son will be here but I still like to have the place 'Storm Ready' as much as possible before I leave. Never can be too ready durin' hurricane season.

I had been workin' on our road and Linda and I paid a visit to the county in that regard. Haven't seen anything develop from that little meeting, but the wheels of progress turn slowly sometimes when you deal with government. I should know, I was one who turned the wheel for many a year for a municipality. I figure I hauled about 50,000 lbs of material in our dump trailer in the last couple a weeks and improved about 250 feet of the road in front of our place, still have a might to do to say, "It's done in front of our house". It's just too... hot to be shovelin' & rakin' out there hours to unload & level that trailer load of material. I'll get back on it when I get back and the weather is a mite cooler. I hope to get about 3-400 feet more done then and the road will be 500% better than before.

It's amazing, one of the reasons I started this project was I was sick of people ringin' our doorbell, at whatever time of day or night, wantin' me to pull them out, cause they're stuck. None of them live here, it was just a fun place to tear up the road. After the rain it was like a magnet for the 'mudders' and those who thought they were 'mudders'. Now that the worst of the road is a hard surface the traffic has all but stopped. I guess I ruined their fun, and I know it's fun cause I done it too, but it was really old when the US Post Office stopped deliverin' mail cause the road was "unsafe" & and our friends couldn't come to visit when the road was torn up.

The material I put down is "washout" from a concrete company. Seems they can't washout their trucks on the job anymore so they do it back at the yard. They have a series of tanks they washout in and progressively move from one tank to the next as the material dries. This works so well that we've decided to put in a pad for our RV's next winter. Oh boy I'm already plannin' chores for the winter.

Well I'll get back to ya in a couple a days if I can.

See ya down the road As were Dancin' on the Wind