Monday, July 27, 2009

Fun In Dodge City

Went to Dodge to see Sarah and Sherry. Ended up going on Friday instead of Thursday due to, ahhhhhh, some intestinal disturbance.

Friday night the three of us went to see Cinderella at the Dodge Depot Theater (thank you Sherry). Before going in we saw this:

How about that streeeeeetch pickup?

And since this was Sarah's birthday week, Sherry had to get for Sarah's yard more of these:Sarah has pink flamingo's all over her back yard. At least it's easy to figure out what to get her for her birthday.
And here we are:

Ain't we a good looking bunch of mature ladies?

And, my spare tire cover is finally done. This project is a definite labor of love. And, I feel pretty dang good about the results.
Now the "look" test will come when I get it on the tire. Son, from New Mexico, will be here for 5 or 6 days next attending his high school reunion in Phillipsburg KS. It's being held during Kansas' Biggest Rodeo in P'burg. Back later.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Feels Like Fall Weather/Less Than a Month To Go

The trailer is at the welders getting a new spare tire carrier on the back side. Should be easier for me to put the tire on and take off now. I took it in last week, but while I was explaining to the welder what I was thinking he became very sick and left to go home. I ended up bringing the trailer home the next day as he hadn't been able to do anything.

Got hold of him this past Monday and found out he had been in the hospital and had had a heart cath. Everything is okay, he said, and he didn't need a stint. He didn't go any further than that. He said today that he was doing pretty good but I told him, based on experience, to take it easy with that groin area where they insert the catheter. He said he should have the carrier done today.

I am moving along with the new spare tire cover and am close to getting the design done. Am to the point now am anxious to see what it will look like when complete, that I am making mistakes in my haste. The wood patio chair is a little over half done too.

Since my trip will include Labor Day weekend, I thought it best to make some reservations somewhere now. Glad I did because so many places like state/national parks that take reservations are almost booked up. It isn't that I couldn't sit in a WalMart parking lot, but for 4 or 5 days! Not. Or, I could take a chance on a first come, first serve park. So from 9/2 to 9/5 I am staying at Indian Creek Recreation Area, which is in north central South Dakota on the Missouri River; from 9/5 to 9/8 or longer, I am staying at Ft Abraham Lincoln State Park near Mandan, North Dakota, also on the Missouri River. Ft Abraham Lincoln is where George Custer and the 7Th Cavalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux and met at Little Big Horn. George really got around, didn't he? I have been to so many places, in this part of the country, that he's been, lived, ate at, probably even seen a few outhouses he's used!

I have a friend who lives in Fort Yates, ND and I would like to see her if possible. It has been many, many years. Am in the process now of contacting her. Otherwise, there looks like a lot of history in the area to get lost in.

Thursday I head down to Dodge City to see my friends, Sarah and Sherry; and, go see the play Cinderella. Son is coming up from New Mexico, the following week, to attend his high school reunion in Phillipsburg KS and he'll either stay here or at his sister's. Be good to see him again.

This is the shade for the dogwood tree.

Here is the front porch roll-up shade I made. And, the front porch bench I refinished.

I painted and re-covered the swivel chairs for the trailer.
Here is the design, to date, on the spare tire cover:
It's called "Four Winds" and designed by Marcia Hohn. It will be my Trailer Quilt.

That's it for now. Time for shower and then a bedtime snack! Much, much.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oh my, my one week trip now is 2 months!

I just started combining ideas, dropping some ideas and am coming up with some wandering thru western Nebraska, up to southern North Dakota and over to Minnesota, follow the Mississippi south to somewhere in Iowa then head east and wander around Iowa before heading home thru northern Missouri in time to winterize the trailer in mid-October.

With that in mind, I need to get some things done with the trailer and start thinking long term. I am going to have some kind of support welded or bolted to the rear bumper to support the spare tire; get the electric jack installed and a few things done inside.

Did a rough MapQuest mileage and it comes out around 3,000 miles, so 3000 miles in 8-10 weeks would be a nice and leisure trip with time to explore local areas. Hopefully, will get to see some fall foliage and feel a crisp snap to the air before getting home. Looking at leaving in 4 or 5 weeks. Uh oh, now the pressure is on to get my house projects done.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It Hasn't Even Been 3 Weeks Yet!

Seems like I have been retired a long time already. Guess that says I am fitting into retirement comfortably.

Am still working on my Trailer Quilt. I used an old spare tire cover to work out the details of how to do this. Originally, I ordered some vinyl paint markers to practice and see what the colors would look like. There isn't much choice as far as colors and shades, unless you go online. I found nothing in Hays and the most of the colors I found online, are somber. I needed red, blue and yellow and in bright colors. I found some in the Colorbond brand and I ordered cans of vinyl spray paint from them in the red, blue and yellow and am awaiting their arrival now. The new spare tire cover came in last Friday and it's now prepared to be drawn on. I have a little bistro table that the cover fits over just perfectly so I'll have a nice flat surface to work on.

I finished the porch's sunshade and am putting the finishing touches on it. Have had to modify some of the directions so it would work properly. I used some of that material left over from the dogwood tree's sunshade.

Another project is refinishing the wood on the outdoor furniture. I have one of those benches and it has been sitting out on the front porch for the last several years and the wood part needs to be re coated with some weather protecting material. Right now I have it all apart so I can sand down the wood and then apply the material. I have another chair I will attempt later.

Guess I am not a tomato plant grower. The one I bought is not doing very good, so guess just continue buying from the store or a farmers market. When I was visiting son in Socorro NM last fall, I bought some iris plants at a local farmers market. They hung in the garage at home all winter. Early spring I soaked the pods for a few days (even had one start to send out leaves) and planted about a dozen of them, not knowing if they would grow. Eight of them have, plus some I replanted from daughter's yard. Hopefully, there should be an abundance of iris flowers next year. The ones I planted around the tree in the back yard are doing good along with some transplanted mums, also from daughter's yard. I also have a rose plant started under the tree. When I originally planted the iris plants I marked the locations with stalks from a climbing rose plant that is located near the patio - guess what? One of the stalks has sprouted some leaves.

I am slowing getting the urge to pack up the trailer again and take a week and head somewhere. There is an RV park at Oakley Ks - High Plains Camping - that I would like to spend a few nights at. The owner, Mary Arlington, blogs and Twitters (yes, I Tweet on Twitter - do you Tweet?) have intrigued me to try the place. From there I would like to wander around the western Nebraska Panhandle area, maybe through the southeastern corner of Wyoming and down through eastern Colorado. Think that's going to take more than a week, but hey am on a "lifetime vacation".

Finished another book by J.A. Jance- Rattlesnake Crossing - A Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery. My next book of hers will be "Outlaw Mountain".

IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I WENT TO HAYS! Has been wonderful watching the truck's gas gauge hardly move these last two weeks. Everything I have needed right away have been able to get here in town. I like that. Will be going either Thursday or Friday as need some prescriptions filled and a few grocery items not available here at our local grocery store. Didn't even go into Hays to watch the 4th's fireworks show - could just sit out on the front porch and watch all the neighborhood shows on Saturday night.

Haven't started on the ribbon wind soxs yet, gotta get these other projects done first (or at least close to getting them done) before I start. All this multi-tasking from my work years is still hanging around - think that's one skill I am going to try and unlearn!

Well, last load of laundry is done, so need to go hang the load up outside. Will try and post some pics of my projects in the next posting. Until later.

PS. Just made plans to go to Dodge City to see Sherry and Sarah, say Happy Birthday to Sarah, and go see the play Cinderella at the Dodge City Depot Theatre at the end of this month. Ohhhhhhh, it felt so good to say "YES" and not have to return email and say "I gotta work!"