Sunday, January 30, 2011


We got out of North Ranch Wednesday about 11am and headed for Bouse, AZ. We hooked  the Silverado to the back of our Motorhome and everything worked fine. I ask Rollie to follow me for a while and keep an eye on things, just to make sure I had done everything correct. Setting the truck up so it will tow is a real snap. It was easy with the Honda but you always had to leave the switch in Acc which was a slight drag on the battery. With this 4x4 you only have to put the transfer case in Neutral and you're good to go. Turn the switch off, pull the key’s and lock the door . No draw whatsoever on the battery.  Cool!  It towed superb and I couldn’t tell a bit of difference from towing it than towing the Honda although it does weigh about 2000 lbs. more. Plus, I had my Polaris 500 Sportsman loaded and strapped in the back. I don’t think that 450 Cummins even noticed any difference.  It purred along beautifully.
A couple hours later we were in Bouse and followed Rollie and Gina back into the desert to their favorite Boondocking spot. We scoped out our campsites and set up. Several of our friends were already here.  That’s Rollie and Gina’s rig in the background. They are about our closest neighbor, with Jim and Ellie just in front of us a ways.  It was a Superb day and the temps were right around 70*.  We got set up and all unhooked and unloaded just in time to relax a few minutes....

Then it was Happy Hour time! John Brown ( True name, I swear!) invited everyone over to his and Brenda Brown’s place for Happy Hour and then Hot Dogs cooked over the fire on his super neat grill. As usual, in Arizona when that sun even starts to go down, you better get a jacket on.   That’s Ms. Pat in the lower left with her hood pulled up. It does turn cool pretty fast..
Soon after we were stuffed with Hot Dogs and all the trimmins', Gina announced to me “Pops, it's roasted marshmallow time”!
Gina knows I like everything “burnt”, so she was fixin me right up!
Gina says “OK Pop’s, is this “burnt” enough for ya”?  Ah yes, it was perfect. Gee it was delicious....I hadn’t had a good ole roasted (burnt) Marshmallow for 30 years!
OK, Gina says. "It's now time for a S'MORE!!     A what?    I had never in my life had one of those.  Gina says “Well, you're gonna have one now”!  Hummm, well, OK. By golly, wow!,  Dad gum if she didn’t force TWO of them there “s'more’s” down me!!  Smile
So you can see Ms. Pat and I are enjoying ourselves out here in the desert where it is so quiet, so dark, so alone, yet so close to friend’s.  Here Ms. Pat and I sit one night all by ourselves back at our rig, just enjoying a campfire. Another thing I haven’t done for a long time.

Today is going to be a super day and I am so excited it's hard for me to concentrate on writing this Blog. You see, my son Patrick who lives just about 100 miles north of here in Lake Havasu City, is coming out to spend the day. He is bringing his 4 wheeler and we will take a little trip back in the hills.  That will be another first and one that means more than anyone will ever know to me.  Praise the Lord!

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Come on back Wednesday for more about our stay in the desert with “Our Kid’s”!!


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

We’re Off to QUARTZSITE !

Today we are heading over to the Bouse, AZ area, which is just 25 miles from Quartzsite.  It’s only 85 miles from North Ranch and will be an easy trip....a perfect trip to test our new Toad.  Hundreds, well, thousands of RV’ers are in that area for the big annual RV event that occurs there every year in January.  During the first few years when we first started full-timing, we went to Quartzsite every year and spent some time. Back then, in about 1998, it wasn’t nearly as big and as it grew and grew, it got too big and too busy for us.  In short, it is a ZOO!!

The last time Ms. Pat and I went through there, the traffic was backed up on the road and people were parked along the highway for miles so we didn’t even stop. We had seen enough of it over the years and North Ranch was our destination and I kept on driving. So, it's been a long time and the “Kids” have aroused our interest and we’re looking forward to it.  Mike and Janna,
John and Brenda, Jim and Ellie, Rod and we come.

This Blog will be short this morning, as we still have several last minute chores to get ready to roll.  Besides, I’m too excited to even think! It has been so enjoyable to see Rollie and Gina again and spend a couple days with them catching up. 

Welcome to our new Followers:

Mike and Gina

We are so happy to have you follow us on our journey through life.

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, come on back Sunday for an update if we have good Internet connections.

God Bless you all…


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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Uh Oh, Hitch Itch!

OK, finally after a lot of time on my back, I have this Silverado ready to tow.  Just in time, too, because “hitch Itch” is just setting in.  I took it to a shop in Prescott Wednesday and it took them about 5 minutes to drill two holes through the frame for the baseplate to fit. Wow, what a difference it makes to have the right tools. Put it on a lift and raise it up, then take a nice, sharp drill bit and an air drill and zip, zip, he was done. So we are ready to roll.

Rollie and Gina, “the kid’s” are headed this way and getting closer by the minute. Last night they made it to El Paso. They should roll on in this afternoon. We are Oh, so anxious to see them!! We can hardly wait. We are all going over to Quartzsite and spend a few days. HOT DOG!!
We were in need of a new grill and Rollie has a Weber “Baby Q” and loves it. I know several other folks that also have one, so we decided that was the grill for us. Back in December, we brought it home. Great little grill!
Only problem I saw with it was, it used these little tiny disposable gas bottles. Maybe OK for traveling but not good for a permanent set up. So I bought this new tank and little “adapter” hose.
OK, now that’s more like it. We’re all set for some serious BBQ'ing!!  I’ll probably still use the little bottles some when we travel.  However, the Motorhome came with a hose so you can use your grill right off the main big propane tank. So we're all set.   Next week sometime we will head on over to the Quartzsite area for a few days. We have lots of friends over there and some folks that we are just dying to meet!!

My good friend, Mark Bruss, sends me a lot of good stuff.  I got this from him and I wanted to share with you.  Some have seen it I’m sure, but if you haven’t, it’s unbelievable.
The year is 1910
One hundred years ago. 
What a difference a century makes! 
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, 
a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Extramarital sex was an acceptable practice for both men & women; said to improve the marriage. WOW!
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 
2. Tuberculosis 
3. Diarrhea 
4. Heart disease 
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'

(Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!

Thanks for stopping by. See you Wednesday....maybe from the desert of QUARTZSITE!!

Praise the Lord for all he provides.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I’ve always been proud of being a native NEBRASKAN. I spent almost the first 45 years of my life in Nebraska, graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture, raised my family of 3 boys there and was a State Trooper serving the people of the State for many years.

However, I will agree that except for "Football", Nebraska seldom gets any recognition. Therefore, I was quite proud to see that a young lady, Teresa Scanlan, from the extreme Western Panhandle town of Scottsbluff/Gering was selected MISS AMERICA!!  Congratulations to this Teresa!  Well done!!

Then almost at the same time my son Pat sent me this news clip from ABC……..Check this out and I’ll bet you will find out something about the great state of Nebraska you didn’t know! SURPRISE!

Ms Pat and I have busy taking advantage of this great 70* weather. Here we are washing and treating our Solar Screens. This is kinda like washing windows!!Winking smile However, we love this screened  porch….

Ms Pat loves to Line Dance and she goes to that 4 days a week for a couple hours. I can find plenty to do around here while she is gone. I have been maintaining the automatic watering system this place has. It is an underground watering system that waters all the Oleander hedge, our Orange/Grapefruit trees and the other trees in our front yard. It comes on every 5th morning and waters several different sections for specified amounts of time. I have been learning the system, how it works, how it is constructed and made some repairs. It works real neat!

Since I have a busy day ahead and have to get an early start as I head up to Prescott today and do a few things I need to get done on the truck to get it ready to tow.  I leave you with this little bit of humor that my friend Gregg sent.  It cracks me up!

“I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."
So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, a box of chocolates, and the last bit of the tequila.
You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

Pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace."


It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by…


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

OK, Onward and Upward!!

After last Wednesday’s Blog and the comments I received from my friend Bayfield Al and the others, I was inspired. Time to move Onward and Upward! It's all such a mind control thing.  So move on we did!

Thankfully, we are both feeling better and the weather has improved considerably.....40’s in the morning and it soon gets up to the high 60’s with lots of blue skies and sunshine.   We're back to our daily walks, Ms Pat is back to "line dancing" and life is GOOD!!

Yesterday, I got the 4 wheelers out and blew the dust off them. I checked the oil, added fuel and aired up the tires. I had been attending to the batteries, so they were ready to go. They both ran perfectly. It was a beautiful day, the sky was clear and no wind. I asked Ms Pat “Are you ready to take a spin”? Ha, I knew what the answer would be...she was already getting ready.
It wasn’t long until we were way out in the vast BLM wilderness we have right out our front door. Above, we are pausing a moment so Ms Pat can take a call. Ah ha, another PressurePro order.   We say we are available for sales and service 7 days a week, 7am to 7pm.  It's true...even when we're having fun!!.:-)
Just look at that beautiful sky. That slope ahead of us goes down several hundred feet into a large “wash”. It’s much drier this year than it was last year and things aren’t as green but it is still beautiful and this is “normal”.  We are definitely in the "desert"!
Here we are down in one of the many “washes” that go on and on for miles. That sand is beautiful to run in and you can really “let ‘er rip”!!
Here I am trying out the "Remote Control" on my camera. It's a neat feature and I just never took the time to study it and learn how to use it.  It's works great!!

We are out of the hole, back on top and ready to again soar with the Eagles!  We are so lucky to be able to enjoy this beautiful country and this great RV'ing life style.  Praise the Lord as we continually thank him for sticking with us and keeping his hand on our shoulder.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to tell your loved ones you love them. They may not be around forever and tomorrow may be TOO LATE.

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tragedy in Tucson

How can I say anything this morning without saying something about this terrible, senseless tragedy in Tucson.  Tucson was my oldest son Mikel's home for many years. During that time, we visited there quite often. Tucson is a neat town that we always enjoyed and it sure has been in the news a lot lately. This tragedy just makes me sick and so sad. I miss having Mikel there so I can talk to him about it. He, too, would be devastated by all this.

I don’t know Representative  Gifford and therefore have no idea what her beliefs are but I will say the people of Tucson are pouring out their support. What further troubles me are the many are so quick to place blame on gun laws and even on Sarah Palin.  Good Lord and to protest a funeral is despicable. It's just WRONG!  Our hearts and prayers are centered on all the victims and their families.
Our hearts are further saddened by the illness of Mike Nielsen, a friend and Church member in Custer,SD.  Mike and his wife Bonnie own the local hardware store in Custer. We spent a lot of time in their store last summer while we were building our “Cabin” in our Toy Barn.

Mike has been battling Cancer for a few years and has recently taken a turn for the worse. He is in the Regional Hospital in Rapid City. I wish we were close and could go visit him. He is certainly in our prayers daily as he fights this terrible disease. Thank you to his wife Bonnie who has set up a Caring Bridge site for Mike so we can keep up with his condition and continue to give him our support.

I’m sorry this is such a gloomy Blog this morning but I’m kinda down in the dumps myself. Just the winter "blues" I suppose. Ms Pat and I both have been sick with some kind of bug but we're a lot better than we were.  Our ambition level is right at zero so we are both have a hard time getting motivated.   It’s been so long since I've felt this way that I guess it all came down on me at once…… I don’t like it and I’m gettin' out of it…. Onward and Upward!!!

Rollie and Gina will be here soon and that’s about the most cheerful  thing I can think of….when they get here, I’ll be FINE!!  Gina has a couple of doctor's appointments before they can leave but hopefully they'll be on the road next week.  We'll be waiting with OPEN ARMS!!!DSC_2767
I sure like my new wheel covers and I have even had some people stop by and compliment me on them. They are made out of top quality vinyl about like the Truxedo pickup cover. They slide in a track that is attached to the wheel opening. We got them at MCD when we had the solar shades installed. The sun can be brutal down here in Arizona and these covers will keep it off those expensive tires.  They can be ordered by mail for your rig and it shouldn’t be hard to install them.

We have 5 new FOLLOWERS that I want to WELCOME:

Lynn-Country Heart Roses
Dennis and Sandy

Thank You all for your support.  I am so happy to have you stop by.

It is still a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Praise the Lord and God Bless you all! 


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Sunday, January 9, 2011


I love the comments I receive on the Blog and I notice that most of my Blogger buddies also enjoy getting them. It's kind of a way that makes us realize that someone is actually reading this stuff. “Followers” is probably the next best way to know. Then, of course, there are all the analytics and web counters that let you know how many viewers you had on a given day.

Having said that, I must say that I visit a lot of Blogs that I don’t comment on. I try to but sometimes you just don’t have time. Especially when you're as slow as I am on one of these keyboards. Plus, some of the gyrations you have to go through in order to get your comment published is mindboggling and frustrates me real quick.  I like Rick’s new idea of letting the comments go right on through without all the word games but I know he has many other spam preventers installed.  Anyhow, I appreciate all your comments very much and I’m glad you stop by even if you don’t have time to comment.

Thank you all for your complements on the pickup cover.  Malone, it is the same brand as yours.....a TRUXEDO, made right up in South Dakota.  Sam,’s a SOFT cover so I can roll it up and secure it when I want to haul my motorcycle or something else. So far, we are real happy with it.
My next project was to install this Base Plate so we can tow the Silverado behind the Motorhome. Not much to it really.  It's hard to believe Blue Ox charges $388.00 plus shipping for it. I got lucky and found this lightly used one from a fellow RV’er and saved a couple hundred bucks.
It went on real easy.  It just inserts into the frame in the same location that the factory equipped Tow Hooks were in. Slick and simple.
There are two holes that have to be drilled in the frame.  I don’t have the equipment with me to do such heavy drilling so I’ll have to take it somewhere to get that done. Next will be installing the "Light Kit". That won’t be as simple as it was on the Honda. On the Honda, I just put an extra bulb in the tail light housing on each side and wired direct. This one doesn’t have room for that.  You have to splice into the truck wiring and add diodes on each wire to avoid electrical feedback. Soon as I get that and the brake installed, it will be ready to tow.

January is kind of a blah month around here, not a lot going on and my ambition level isn’t running very high. The biggest thing I don’t like about this time of the year is the Federal Income Tax for last year is soon due. Now I don’t mind paying taxes (ya, Right!) and we pay quarterly in advance. But what they put you through and all the forms etc. drives us nuts!!

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll come back.

God Bless


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What’s the Deal?

Does it seem to you that it gets colder than it used to? I don’t think it does but it sure seems to bother me more and more as I get older.  I have to keep telling myself that it is "Winter". I guess I used to just go on to work and forget about it. January is the Winter here in the Desert.  It doesn’t last long and it’s a small price to pay for all the enjoyment we get out of staying out here in the desert.  Plus, we NEVER have to shovel snow. That was always the worst thing about the 40+ years I spent in Nebraska, scooping all the snow!
About the only thing I have accomplished lately is the installation of this cover for the back of the truck. I spoke with a dealer in Rapid City that installs several different brands of these and he told me the best one to get. I purchased one and had it shipped direct to me here at North Ranch. He told me it was easy to put on and he was right. It was fun to install and I am very pleased with it.
It's a real nice vinyl and with a flip of the latch in the rear, you can roll it up and Velcro it up in the front. So I can just roll it up when I have the Harley or anything else big loaded. Now we have a place we can haul something that is well protected and out of the weather.

There's not much going on around here so not a lot to write about. We've both been a little "under the weather" but we're on the mend.  Hope your first few days of 2011 have  been good ones.

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Baby It’s Cold Outside!!

One thing about the bitter, cold weather that I like is, you don’t have to feel guilty about staying inside and watching TV.  When it's nice outside I don’t really feel “guilty” about staying in but I just feel like I should be outside doing something.  But that’s just me.

I’m kinda glad it's COLD lately because  I wanted to watch a bunch of FOOTBALL on TV anyway and that’s just what we did! I’ve watched so many Bowl games I can’t remember them all. Boy, they have a Football Bowl for everybody, don’t they? As John so perfectly describes in his Blog:  “Nobody Knows YOUR In It But Your MAMA” Bowls. 
I did stick my head outside long enough New Years Eve to snap this picture from our driveway North up towards Yarnell Hill.
We did have to run into town to mail a large PressurePro System to a gentleman in Iowa so I took a picture of the mountains to our East. They had a pretty good snow over there in the high country. You can see how far out in the desert we are out here at North Ranch. That area in the foreground is where we ride our ATV 4 wheelers. It's all BLM land....which means it belongs to US......all of US!!

I’ve also been seriously looking for what I need to set the new truck up for towing behind the Motorhome. That’s the worst thing about getting a different Toad. You have to go through all that rigmarole again. Finding the proper Baseplate and installing it along with the proper wiring and break away switches. Then it has to have a braking system. It's an ordeal and usually an expensive one!  I’m not one that can just take my vehicle in to someone, hand them the keys and tell them to do it while I go off and shop or eat or something.  No, not me.  I have to get involved and do as much as I can myself.  Believe me...I want to know it's done correctly! The FIRST time! "But," (again,borrowing a phrase from someone VERY close to me) "That's just me”!  Sorry Rollie.:-)  I love ya man!

Really, it's amazing what you can accomplish from your recliner while you're watching football games. I’ve already got the Baseplate.  I found it in Florida and 3 days later it was in my shop. I found the wiring kit and diodes in Iowa...they will ship tomorrow. I found an SMI Air Force One tow brake system in Montana. It will also ship tomorrow. So I’m about set. By the time it warms back up, I’ll have it and can go to work installing.

Hope you are all having as much fun as I am!

We are so happy to have some new followers.


Jenny Johnson
Rene’ and Jeannette Genereux
The Old Geezer

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Here we go again for 2011.... "Praise the Lord!"

Remember to tell your family and friends you love them. They may not be around forever.

It was a GREAT WEEK!!


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