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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Words - Morris

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
--William Morris

Too bad they are not my words. However, they are words worth sharing and worth pondering. As we have helped a friend get her house back in order I found myself saying "will it be a blessing to someone else", "if you don't love it, you can let it go" and "do you use it?"

I am of the thought process that if it's not functional or you do not love it then you are free to chuck it! I am especially mindful of this since I currently live in "31 foot of bliss" sooooooo if it's not functional and I don't love it chances are it's not staying long!

Been loving our time in OKC and know it will be hard to say farewell...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Words! - Howard

"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."
--Vernon Howard

Pretty much says it all and evokes some pretty deep thoughts in my brain...

Saturday, August 17, 2013


DIY projects are not just for the sticks and bricks owners! We have never had a shortage of little projects to tackle around the RV. As of late we jumped into repairing the coach door. The entry door had some water damage. We noticed the rippling when we bought the rig but we just had not taken any measures to repair it until this week. Then MiRV just started investigating the situation and before you know it he had the lower portion taken apart contemplating how to repair it. Several trips back and forth down the aisles at the home improvement store with no real solution, a trip to a new to us RV store  and we still weren't really sure so we just went with it and $5 later we've got stick on wood flooring as our first attempt. Not sure it's the long term fix but it's better then it was and hopefully repaired from future water intrusion.

 Removing the water damaged door panels.

Putting it back together.

With the tape off.

All done!

In addition to the door, the grill has been removed and repainted. There was no repair needed so to speak but it did have a bit of rust, so he cleaned that up, sanded it and painted it. Presto! Looks good as new!Truth be told he would really like to eventually replace it with a different type but for now the new paint job will work!

Grilless front of RV

 Cleaning and sanding the grill

Painting the grill

Finished (for now)

And let's not forget that earlier in the Spring we re-did the dash...yes, ladies and gentlemen we are just that handy! And nope we are not available for hire...we have enough of our own to keep us busy!

 Removal...what an interesting experience!

 Cutting the new vinyl

 Back in place and lookin' good! Sooooo much better then what was there!

While these little projects really don't amount to much they are upgrades for us and we have enjoyed them (for the most part)! A few sore muscles here and there, couple sore fingers and lots of should we have really done this? thoughts but in the end it has worked out pretty well and we haven't invested more then a few dollars on each project.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trailering to a Toad

We have been towing Deuce on a trailer, it works, but it's work. So while in the BIG O we took steps to switch over to a Toad setup. Today was our maiden voyage with the new Toad. It's a lot smoother as far as hooking and unhooking and so far so good, we both like it! The new setup is pretty sweet!

 Towing the trailer...

With our new Toad!

It's a Blue Ox setup and we are feeling like this is definitely an upgrade that made a lot of sense and besides that, "it makes us look like real RVers" as MiRV put it! Honk if you see us on the roadway!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Farmer's Market

One of the things we always enjoy is visiting the local farmer's market. The BIG O has a few but the one in the Old Market area seems to be the most popular. So this morning we headed down to check it out!

There were plenty of wonderful looking fresh veggies and we came home with a bag or three! Cucumbers, tomatoes and corn on the cob! Yum can't wait to eat them all! In addition to the fresh veggies there was also lots of nice looking fruit and baked goods. MiRV and I agreed on a lovely looking roll and it did NOT disappoint!
MiRv with our treat!

As a side note, I have to report that the farmer's market in Shreveport is probably THE best I have shopped at in the USA and I do miss it already. However, the markets in Italy are by far the very best of anywhere I have ever been!

And this sign, well, it just made us chuckle!