Sunday, December 3, 2017


The sign finally went up not so long ago. I wanted to add more, but I was anxious to get the sign up to identify the business. HeWho procrastinates seemed to think the business is self explanatory. Even with the sign, we are often mistaken for the state park that is a mile further down the road. I like the raised letters.

The old sign was one-sided, facing the traffic as it arrives. I suppose it was because the road is a dead end into the state park. I thought the sign should be two-sided, so I lettered and painted it. Today I added my frog, dragging his camper in. Yes, I know he is bigger than his camper. And he is a little creepy looking. But, he does draw attention. Never claimed to be an artist, did I?

I added some frogs to the front of the sign. They are supposed to depict a game of leap-frog. HeWho seemed to think they looked a bit too frisky, and not in a good wholesome way. Not my intention. Given the current news stories, maybe it was sub-conscious?

This Christmas tree is a live one. It should grow as the years go by and hold lots of lights and garland. I am hoping I won't be here to watch it grow .... 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Computer Has Worms!!

Wonder where I have been? It is a long story ending with me looking so stupid. I WAS stupid, but that is beside the point.

You will recall the update on my Apple phone and all the trouble that ensued. It involved many texts and calls from Apple and Sprint. So, when I answered the phone and was told that my I Cloud account had been violated, I figured it had something to do with the phone thing. I asked HeWho if I should press "1" and see what was going on, he said "Sure."

Same thing he said about that update, now that I think about it. The only good thing to come of all this .... I now have proof that he answers me without actually listening to what I say.

By the time I realized I was being scammed, HeWho had come back inside and saw what was happening and took the phone from me and yelled at the scammer who was telling me I had to go to the Dollar General and buy $500 worth of "cards". While HeWho should always listen to me, but doesn't, was scolding the man, I shut down the computer and called my son.

He chastised me and made me feel stupid, then apologized. My son is a kind and sensitive soul. My baby girl, not so much. She yelled at me like HeWho yelled at the scammer. But, let's not dwell on that.

So, my computer has to be dewormed. My son said to send it to him, but I decided to TAKE it to him. Save that postage, right? I wanted to go anyway. But after the last trip in the Bounder, breaking down on the way there and again on the way back, I was not looking forward to another trip in it.

I have been trying to gently persuade the purchase of a newer, smaller rig. A class C, perhaps. I planted the seed and waited for him to realize that it was his idea all along. He finally promised me on Wednesday morning that we would go look at the dealers close by and take a look. He piddled the day away with this and that and we did not go. I even put make-up on!

I may have expressed my annoyance. Mildly. Friday morning, he proclaimed that he thought we should just keep the RV we have. He was sure it was running well and would not break down. Although this did nothing to reassure me, I accepted his decision and went about the business of planning my trip. I texted him and told him to pull the carpet out. Oscar marked it in his special way and even though I loved that old dog beyond measure, I did want to smell his urine for a 9 hour trip.

Not 20 minutes later me texted me to get ready to go see a camper he found on Craigslist. A 29' Class C and 9 years newer than the Bounder. We spent most of the day driving there and then back. We bought it. It had been donated to an animal rescue and all that money I had so carefully scrimped and saved went for an excellent cause. We closed the deal among 300 cats, some in kennels, but most just freely roaming the facility. Big cats, little cats, skinny cats and fat cats. Cats with too many toes and cats just looking for a kind hand. Was I tempted? Oh, yes, I was. HeWho would not let me check out the canine building. We all know how that would have ended.

Looks pretty good, though she needs a good bath.

While HeWho was dealing with negotiations, I was outside taking pictures for my kids. The awning has some mold on it. A good scrub will take care of that.

The sleeping quarters are tiny with a queen bed. A short queen bed. We will be replacing it with a regular mattress. It will be tight.

The sofa slides out and will turn into a bed. The dinette booth will also make a bed and there is a bed over the cab. Says it will sleep 8! I cannot imagine 8 people in here!! The stove still has the original stickers on it! I guess the previous owner was not a cook. Actually, I am not planning on cooking either.

So, we will hit the road Thursday. I can hardly wait to see my kids and their kids!! And get the computer wormed. In the meantime I will make do with the old cantankerous laptop.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

You know the best thing about having company? No, not seeing them leave! It is cleaning the house! All of a sudden you look at your surroundings and realize the mess you find totally acceptable is not!!

The day began early. I have been looking to buy an Instant Pot. It is Yvonne's fault. She keeps posting recipes on Facebook and constantly extolls the virtues of this appliance that will replace several I currently have. In case you may have forgotten, we plan to live in a motorhome. This means limited space. The one appliance will replace my crockpot and my pressure cooker! Oh, and it will do so much more!

So, I was in Walmart just this week and I was stroking the one on display. It was on sale for $79.99. A helpful associate (this is what workers at Walmart are referred to, despite Hillbilly Mom calling them the devil's handmaidens) approached me and told me that the Instant Pot would be on sale for $49.99 and that sale starts TODAY at 6:00. I am not a Black Friday shopper. I wanted to save $30 .... who doesn't? But, my dinner today begins at 4:30 and I am not leaving my guests. It would be rude and I don't really want to shop today.

I began my day as I normally do and was sipping my portion of caffeine when I decided to check out the Walmart ad in my e-mail. My Instant Pot is on sale on-line!!!! Not only did I order it and got a discount for deferring shipment until the 5th of December, but I also took advantage of applying for a charge card and got an additional $35 off my purchase. Free shipping with a 25 cent discount and $35 off means I just bought my Instant Pot for a mere $13.75!

HeWho helped me with vacuuming and dusting and setting up and I am all done with my prep work. Just waiting for the oven to tell me it is time to stick my stuff in and then all my guests will be here. We will pop some corks and eat some food and be thankful for the fellowship!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


My phone is still not working. I sent HeWho was too impatient to help me set up my own phone and did it himself, to the Sprint store to try to recover the phone.

I went on a mission to gather all the necessities to host Thanksgiving for a group that seems to be growing ..... started out as 9 and now it looks like 14. You will recall that I have been downsizing as we prepare to retire and live in a motor home. This means that I no longer have dinnerware or even enough forks for that many. But, I love a good challenge! As much as I would prefer to eat on real plates, we will be dining disposable!

Nothing wrong with that, clean up will be easy. Food is no problem, I am not even the main chef in this endeavor. HeWho likes to cook outside will be smoking the turkey and I will be making the dressing and gravy. Another turkey will be roasted  and a ham will join the two birds on the table. Mashed potatoes and green bean casserole are coming. I grabbed a can of cranberry sauce today, you can't have Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce. I hear tell some dinner rolls will be here, too.

All this is good, but what about dessert? I am usually the dessert maker, but this year, others have it covered. I did buy a couple cans of whipped cream ....... just in case. The more the merrier, I am quite certain there will be more than enough food!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Time to pull out the Christmas decor and light up my world. I keep seeing reference to bringing back "Merry Christmas" as a holiday greeting. I don't know about the rest of you, but I never stopped. Furthermore, I haven't noticed anyone else stopping. I think it may have been one of those politically motivated things someone started up just to have something to stir folks up.

Not really what I was going to write about. My limited space means that putting a tree up inside is not practical. But, though my living quarters may be small, my grounds are not. I have 5 artificial trees I put up every year. I store them outside in the shed that houses the water tanks.

Every year I ask HeWho has long arms and legs to pull them out for me and I take it from there. I am the one to hang the lights and spread Christmas joy through our land. I will admit that I hang the lights because the eaves are low and require nothing more than a kitchen step stool for me to accomplish this. And there is the fact that I prefer to do this task myself. HeWho has been known to grow impatient with me in past times.

So, the day was fairly warm last week when I pulled out all the lights and various ornaments. I decided to get started on things. I went outside and was going about the business of tugging out the limbs of the trees getting them "in shape". The trees are small and I was chatting with HeWho was fiddling around in his truck.

I was holding the tree in one hand and pulling the limbs out with the other. I had the tree at eye level, so when I saw it, it was right there in my face. I almost grabbed it. My hand was automatically heading in that direction, on auto pilot. My mouth was talking while my brain was processing what my eyes were seeing. My hand was still moving, but slower ...... as I squinted in the sunlight to get a better view.

To my credit, I did not scream as I shook the tree vigorously and the mummified mouse fell out! I was speechless as I grabbed the arm of HeWho was not listening to me. Words would not come out, I just sort of made some grunting sounds as I pulled him over to the still rodent on the ground and pointed.

Of course he laughed. It is funny now, but I will be very careful in the future when I am playing with anything that is stored outside in a shed. Too bad I didn't find it when I was putting up Halloween stuff!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Doggie Steps

I was so excited when I saw these doggy steps at the re-sale store! For only $8! My babies NEED these! Long spines are easily injured jumping up and down.

Our current arrangement involves me bending over to lift them onto my chair, or using the recliner as a lift. Cujo will eagerly scramble up the incline to get to my lap, then wait patiently for me to create a ramp for him to get down. Cujo is a sweet little guy and will do anything to please me. That would be anything short of using these doggy steps. He looks at them disdainfully and then waits for me to lower the chair for his ascent.

Eddie, on the other hand, has no problem with the steps. He just prefers to have me lower the chair, then use my feet to grab his back end and elevate him to my lap. And no matter how I scold him for jumping down, he pretty much does as he pleases. While Cujo has a "spot" he squiggles into on my left side; Eddie is no respecter of other's space.

Eddie is currently sprawled across the part of my recliner meant to hold my legs. I can only put one leg on it and the other leg is on the arm rest. Eddie likes to stretch while "resting" and will push me out of his way. He has even been known to climb up onto the laptop, pushing buttons and displacing my hands so that I am available to pet him.

I have to admit that I would not trade my little tyrant for anything!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Business Calls

Just to make my life more complicated, I downloaded an update on my cell phone. In my defense, I did ask HeWho initially programmed my phone if I should respond to that pop-up. "Might as well." So, I did.

Now, I am locked out. Why did I listen to him? I usually don't. I do everything on this phone. I have my audio books on this phone. I check my e-mail on this phone. To say I was annoyed is an understatement.

When we got the phones, HeWho procured them free from Sprint programmed both phones. I do remember that he asked me some questions, like what the name of my destination city of my first airline trip was. Did I find the question strange? Of course, but I did not find it strange that HeWho would ask some trivial nonsense. The problem with this is that I don't remember the numerical passcode. I was not really paying attention.

Now, had he taken the time to show me how to program my own phone, instead of shooting nonsense questions at me, I probably would have remembered. I never ask him to show me how to do anything. He is not a good teacher, he is impatient and will just grab the device out of my hands and do it. I end up figuring it out on my own in utter frustration.

When I complained that I was locked out of my phone because of the update, he seemed to think I should fix it on my own. I did try. I answered all the security questions and then came to an abrupt halt when I was required to supply a numerical passcode. He was not concerned that I could not get to the book I was listening to. He did not care that I was inconvenienced as far as e-mail went, I do have my laptop. But ...... he did get unwound when I reminded him that the business line was forwarded to the locked phone!

The office phone is a cheap desk top corded phone. This would require me to spend the day near the phone. We don't heat the office. This is not a bad thing, I will sometimes find sanctuary in there when he gets the woodstove so stuffed that it is downright tropical in our living area. To remedy the phone situation, I offered two solutions. He could un-forward the phone, then I would have to jump up every time it rang .... or I preferred that he forward the line to HIS cell and then HE could answer all the calls.

He has been relentless in trying to un-lock my phone! Faced with having to deal with all the calls did not seem to be appealing to HeWho likes to be a free spirit. Though, I am locked out until we take the phone to the Sprint store, my phone will receive calls ..... I just can't make any calls. Or listen to the ending of the book I was reading.

Funny how the very thought of having to answer the phone for the business sent him into immediate action!