Monday, September 30, 2013

Almost there. . . . ..

We are up and getting around.  Breakfasts are done, sleeping bags are rolled up, stuff is piled by the door here at son's home.  Now to just load.  We have just a little over an hour to go.  Chuck and Geri will meet us at Walmart to escort us to our new home.  (I think I remember the way, but they wanted to do the fanfare!)

It's a beautiful morning

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We are in The Land of Enchantment

We aren't "home" yet, but in Clayton NM for the night.  We hooked up with US-56 at Dodge City Ks and took 56 all the way here.  Not much to "write home about".  Daughter Juno, son Jim and I took turns driving either the pickup or the U-Haul with no problems.

Son and housemate stayed at the local Days Inn for a couple of nights since the beds were packed in the truck.  I stayed in my little trailer and daughter stayed at home.  The last night, presented us with a whopper of a thunderstorm that had my little trailer just a jumping around.  I did not put the stabilizers down so he was a bit bouncy.

Earlier in the day the carpets had been cleaned and I was advised to keep the ceiling fans on and the windows open as long as possible.  So I went to bed with the windows open.  In fact, I was so tired I went to bed at 7:30 p.m.

At 9:30 I was awakened by the sound of a few rain drops on the trailer roof - ah, should I go in and shut the windows or should I just stay here snuggled in my nice bed in the trailer.  I got up and went and closed the windows.  Was I glad I did as at around 12:30, the storm hit and the winds blew with big gusts of wind - now was the time I could stay snuggled in my bed with warm blankets around me as this was a norther with cold winds.
The storm system was pretty widespread as we encountered rain puddles here in New Mexico yesterday.

Today (Sunday) we head for Socorro and spend the night at son's home and then south to Truth or Consequences Monday morning.  Geri and Chuck will be happily (she says) awaiting us and to help us with the unloading( maybe not as much when they see the 130+ boxes loaded in the U-Haul).  Here's hoping that goes much faster then the loading.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Eggcarto Has New "SHOES"

I finally got new tires for the trailer.  Finally.  The old ones had around 40,000 miles on them and according to the date stamp are getting close to 5 years old.  Trailer has been sitting for little over a year.  I never took it out to "exercise" (rotate) the tires. even though I had them up on jacks.


Well one thing I have learned, is that my muscles maybe in shape to work on the house, the others aren't in shape to hitch up the trailer.  I had no trouble going through and remembering the various things that had to be done to hitch up - even double checked against my check-list.  Almost like never forgetting to ride a bike or type on a typewriter. Typewriter?  Okay that dates me.

The big problem came when I attempted to get the trailer pulled past the garage.  Won't go into an explanation, but between the truck and the trailer I could have taken out the southwest corner of the garage.  Ha.  Ended up using the jack wheel, unhitching, pushing the front of the trailer away from the garage, re-hitching and THEN successfully getting the trailer where I wanted it for the night.  I was pooped and hungry so we ordered pizza from Arthur's Pizza and Mexican Food. So Eggcarto is back in his home spot now, sporting new tires.  Next is a new battery as the current one is 5 years old.

I had stopped by daughter's house before unhitching and picked up her dog Buster.  Buster likes to be "truck dog" so brought him over while I unhitched.  He met the neighbor's cat who doesn't like dogs and they ended up having a little go around.  Juno, Buster hasn't forgotten how to chase cats! (Juno has a feral cat that adopted her & shortly thereafter presented here with a litter of kittens.  The feral cat doesn't run from Buster - she just puts up with him.)

In a week the U-Haul truck will be loaded and the carpets will be getting cleaned as well as a little bit of plumbing work being done.  A week from tomorrow we shall be on the road.  Son, who lives in Socorro NM, will be here to help load and drive; daughter Juno is taking time off to help load and drive too.  And Buster is going with us, but not driving and I doubt he will be doing any loading.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

More Updates

OH CRUD, I JUST LOST MY SATURDAY POSTING. Too many tabs open!

Okay, this is current.  I did make current comments in italics in the previous post [the one that I just lost].  Okay where was I?  Three weeks to go.  Three weeks from today we will be in New Mexico.  Son will be coming to help load and drive. Daughter is taking vacation time to help load and drive.  Yea.

We've had only one more lookie see since I wrote the below and the place is too small for her needs.  But still keeping the place cleaned, lawn mowed - it is drying out again with the week or so of 100º days.  Cooler temps are predicted, plus maybe some rain.

I was hoping to make the KS Eggstravagana Casita rally at Milford Lake, Near Junction City; but, it just didn't work out to go this year, so am going to make every effort to go next year. I did get an oil change for Big Red truck but he got a 4-wheel alignment instead of a tire rotation.  It wasn't a big problem, but (gulp) I had not had an alignment in almost 100,000 miles.  And it wasn't too much out of alignment, said the techie.

Every year, the elm tree aphids (not the same as aphids you find on, say roses,) converge upon elm trees.  They are propagated by ants as the aphids produce a sap that is called "honeydew" and the ants looooove the honeydew. (Kind of like cattle ranchers, except the ants are the aphid ranchers!)  Problem is the honeydew doesn't stay in the tree or consumed totally by the ants (am giving you a generalization).  It has to drop - on the ground, on plants, on vehicles, on houses.  This year, the aphids have been extremely productive.  

Under the tree looked worse
on the siding.
One morning I walked out to go to the garage and noticed my siding under the elm tree, was black (it wasn't like that a couple of days earlier).  No way could I have a house up for sale with that ugly black on it.  And, since we still can't use water outside, power washing was out.  I filled buckets of water from my rain barrel and scrubbed the sap off.

Yukkie honeydew on
iris leaves.
Then I noticed my iris plant leaves, under the elm, were stained black, as well as the patio stones and so on.  What a mess.

Medical offices told me that they would have to charge me 25¢ a page for my medical records if I picked up the records - even to put on disc; but, it would not cost anything to have my new docs request the records because it is "continuing coverage".  So guess will go that way - cheaper at least.

Ended up paying my neighbor to finish painting the house eaves for me.  He could get
I managed to paint the east
side eaves.
out in the heat and work, so that job is done.  He
Fans new medallion
also put up the new living room ceiling fan medallion - at least the ugly spot is covered up.

Am taking a break from scraping carpet tape off the concrete front porch; so, will have something cool to drink, read the paper and make a few comments here.  And, let the hair dryer cool down too.  Using heat seems to be the fastest way to remove that tape.  I am replacing the outdoor 20+/-" wide carpet piece with a like 5x7 piece.  Who(m) ever slicked down the top of the solid concrete porch (when it was still wet), didn't realize that when it is cold, colder, and coldest that surface is slicker than shiny ice.  You can slide on it - and like me, end up on your ba-hunkass. Since, I have learned there is a rough surface paint that can be applied - or paint and throw sand on it while it is wet.  I like the carpet idea.  It can be easily cleared of snow and doesn't get slick, not at least in the 4/5 years I've had this runner.  That's my project for today and tomorrow.
Scrape, scrape, scrape off old tape.

Well, my thermometer out front says it is 104º with heat index of 109º.  I knew when I got to the part of the porch (facing south) that was in the sun, it would be easier to get the carpet tape up.  Yup.  I spread some very fine dust over the glue for now and will wash with soap and water this evening.

The boxes have piled up in daughter's garage.  Am now starting to leave them here at my house and if anyone wants to look they will understand when they are told we are moving.

Autumn Morning by Ken Johnston
I have two large prints from a favorite artist Ken Johnston that I am packing extra special.  Ken wrote on this one: "Especially for Emily. May each morning find your heart filled with the Light of Love."  It is titled Autumn Morning. On the one titled: Fog and Frost, he wrote - "For Emily. May each moment of peace embrace you in this painting and in your life."  I see them each morning when I wake up.
Fog & Frost by Ken Johnston
They were framed beautifully by a friend who lived in Oologah OK, when I lived in Claremore - famed for the Will Rogers museum. Sandi was an artist herself and a beautiful person. She was the first person I had experienced the life and death of one's struggle with breast cancer.

Well, the utilities (except gas & electricity) have been notified of cutoff dates and the new ones have start dates. I'll get my new cell phone when I get there since I am using a local server here. I have met with the plumber who will be replacing the toilet bowl and with the carpet cleaners also.  So many things to check off the list. I'll come back the following week to do some painting and touch ups; then hitch up Eggie and head for my new home.  I'd like to take a looooong way home.



Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Little Respite in Pierre SD


On August 19th, I did get away for 5 days to see my friend Mary in Pierre SD.  She sent me a message and wondered if I could take some time and get away for a break.  So on the (really) spur of the moment that was the only week I could.  I drove out to pick up Antique Mike in Oakley and we drove up to Pierre.  Mary use to own the RV park I worked at for 2 summers and Antique Mike owns the antique store next to the park.
  

 These are pictures of the ba-zillion sunflowers in the Nebraska Sand Hills.  And, my solar-powered bobbing sunflower, a present from my brother. I had never seen the Hills covered like this.

The Sand Hills of Nebraska were gorgeous.  It was just the most beautiful sight to see.  We did have a good week sightseeing, eating, relaxing, more sightseeing and more eating.  We spent time exploring the Capitol building as well as the State Historical Museum.
Antique Store owner Mike and Mary with Capitol building behind.

South Dakota Veterans Memorial adjacent to Capitol.  The lake
is fed by a natural spring located nearby.
Here the panel is going to be placed in a
transporting box for cleaning.

We did get to see the Capitol dome's stained glass windows being removed for cleaning and repair.  Interesting.


The stained glass panel is in that box being lowered.














Pierre is a small, quaint town.  In just a matter of 3 or 4 minutes, from the Capitol building, you are out of town.  The population is around 13/14 thousand and smaller than my nearby community of Hays.  Pierre sustained extensive flood damage a few years ago from melting snows that emptied into the Missouri River.  You can still see damage but a lot of repair and rebuilding going on.  Lots of little houses that are even smaller than mine.  We watched one, down the street from Mary's, being moved onto a lot.
And then it is just slid to the lot.
Thanks Mary for an enjoyable week and a break from all the moving activities.  I'd like to do some more exploring with my little trailer.