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Month: June 2011

In Transition…A Change of Life Revisited

June 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

In Transition…A Change of Life Revisited

A few months back, I published several posts about family transitions; times when families encounter change and must adapt to traveling with or without loved ones. I lamented at the time that we may never again travel with our two youngest children as one is in college and the other prefers to perform with a youth community theatre group during summer to traveling with the family. Ryan, moving out of the dorm I am delighted to report that I was wrong. Our college student has searched in vain for a job, to no avail. Alas, he will be available to travel with us and is eagerly planning our hikes as I write this. He also joined a fraternity this past semester and had to do some writing and introspection about his growing up years. He came home after that process and thanked us for raising him the way we did and exposing him to the things he saw. Our dramatic daughter graduated from high school this weekend and has become more insightful, through that process, about times we have spent as a... [Read more...]

WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES? (or…How did your day go?)

June 10, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES? (or…How did your day go?)

It’s Monday morning, just a little after 10:30.  I am up and out early for a change.  An eight o’clock doctor’s appointment that required fasting from the night before has just been completed.  I am extremely hungry and craving for coffee.  Of course, having to wait an hour after my scheduled appointment time to see the doctor doesn’t help.  I asked if they would pay me my “normal” hourly wage for waiting.  They just laughed and walked away. I pull into a local fuel station.  Today I am buying gasoline.  I look at the price – $3.74 and 9/10 cents a gallon.  I think, “That’s stupid”.  Why do we persist on pricing fuel with 9/10 of a penny at the end?  Does it somehow make us think we are getting a better deal?  Think of how much money that could be saved on signage, pump gauges, labor, and advertising.  Just the cost of the extra plastic, steel, ink or neon needed to display that 9/10th of a penny could possibly pay down the national debt. I go inside... [Read more...]

Finance Your Dream! Woodall’s is Hiring Rep Teams

June 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodall’s Campground Directory is seeking applications for couples who would like to work from their RV. As an independent contractor, you will be asked to sell advertising to RV parks and campgrounds as well as RV dealers and attractions in your preassigned territory. Although many territories work primarily in spring and summer months, some followup is required through the end of the year. In order to be eligible, you must travel in an RV, have sales experience, own a computer and be able to work full time during your peak selling period. Experience with the Internet and smart phones such as the iPhone, Android or Blackberry is a plus. Come join the fun Woodall’s team of evaluators and sales people, and help finance your RV travels! To find out more visit Become a Woodall’s Rep Team.

When Things Go Bump in the Night

June 7, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

When Things Go Bump in the Night

Late Fall 2010 This is a story for the pet lovers out there. The kind who can be seen out in the pouring rain, holding an umbrella over their canine child, murmurring encouragements in baby talk, ready to swoop down and retreive the smelly remains of the day’s kibble while chanting, “Good puppy wuppy! That’s a good girl, GOOOD GIRRRLL!” It’s no wonder that non-doggy people think that we’re nuts… It’s also a story for those of you who enjoy scary stories that can be told to the grandkids around a dark night’s campfire.  Stories that could begin with: “With Mom in her kerchief and me in my cap, we had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, when all of a sudden, there came such a clatter…” I just love that introduction. It often provides a nice segue into many of my stories, since a lot of them occur late at night. Like last night… Maureen and I were invited to have dinner with friends at their sticks-’n-stones... [Read more...]

Honoring Santo Nino

June 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Honoring Santo Nino

As we were driving away from the Santuario de Chimayo on this Holy Saturday past, we noticed another shrine nearby. Upon further inspection, we discovered it was the Santo Nino Chapel, also located right in Chimayo, NM. The shrine to Santo Nino The  story of Santo Nino begins in Spain during the time of the Moors, Muslim conquerors of Spain. In Atocha, just outside Madrid, many Christian men had been imprisoned and only children were permitted to visit the prisoners and bring them food.The women of the village prayed to Our Lady for help and soon word spread that a young child was visiting the prisoners. Surprisingly, his basket was never empty of food and the gourd he carried, always filled with water. He was considered a manifestation of Jesus Christ as the Holy Child, thus, the “Santo Nino”. In 1492, the Catholics drove the Muslims out of Spain and Spanish colonists subsequently brought the worship of Our Lady of Atocha and her Holy Child to Mexico. As in Spain, they were... [Read more...]

Yes Virginia, There is NO Free Lunch

June 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Yes Virginia, There is NO Free Lunch

Electric cars have arrived, and they’ve brought with them a social dilemma. American roads are maintained largely—and quite poorly—through the gas tax, a user fee that owners of electric vehicles (EVs)—with no need to stop at the pump—will avoid. Juicing up the EV! (Photo credit: inhabitat.com) If you don’t buy gas, you don’t have to pay the gas tax, right? That’s a big extra bonus for owners of EVs. Unfortunately, they’re also checking out of improving the very highways that they’ll be driving in their rides of the future. Infrastructurist Eric Jaffe summarizes the issue. The idea has been floated that EV owners should pay a nominal fee—but, not a tax, mind you—to maintain the nation’s battered asphalt. But he goes on to argue that the real problem isn’t with EV owners checking out of their civic duty, but rather with the gas tax itself. He reminds us that the gas tax has been 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. Individual states can add to this figure but the... [Read more...]

Bird’s Eye View on the American robin.

June 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Bird’s Eye View on the American robin.

Have you observed birds lately?    Let’s take a bird’s eye view on a popular bird that can be found everywhere in Canada and the US. Robins are well known birds in our city.  No matter where you go you will find one on a branch or trying to grab a worm… But what do they look like at the various stages of their life? This year, I was blessed to see some fresh robin’s eggs in a nest on my neighbour ‘s Japanese Lilac.   I wish the robins had build their nest in mine, but I am glad I can access it with a small ladder. I saw mama bird building the nest over the past couple of weeks.  Last week, she was still at it.  Putting mud and other things together.  Gently building it.  I thought I would wait a few days and go take a peek to see if there were some eggs.  *grin*   I never saw a robin’s egg before.  Seen it in pictures, yes, but seeing it in the outdoors would be simply amazing… So this morning, I took the little ladder out of the furnace room in... [Read more...]

Are Your Tires Tired?

June 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Are Your Tires Tired?

There are few events with a towable RV that can compare with the feeling of despair and helplessness that one has when sitting on the side of the road with a tire torn to shreds. This event can ruin vacation plans, cause considerable damage to an RV, create unwanted endangerment to you and the RV from traffic, and be an extremely costly event when a new tire must be purchased on the spot. You can improve the odds against having catastrophic tire failure on your towable by following some simple but often neglected tire care steps. I do not profess to be an expert on tires.  But, after thirty something years of RV experience and tire research I can tell you what I have come to believe is the best information related to your RV tires.  The short version is, “Been there, done that”. PLEASE, I do not want anyone to become offended by the following statement: I have  noticed an increase in a seemingly lackadaisical attitude toward a towable’s tires by many campers – especially... [Read more...]

Working From Your RV: Step One–Building an RV Office

June 2, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

Working From Your RV: Step One–Building an RV Office

If you are an RV owner, finding a way to balance relaxation time with work time is actually much easier than you may realize. One of the beauties of owning an RV is the ability to have a mobile office AND enjoy a  good ol’ American road trip Constructing a home office in your RV is the means for accomplishing such a task and believe it or not, is a very real possibility with a little creativity and elbow grease. Not only that, but you can also build an office which is comfortable as well as functional. Where Do I Start? It depends. For those individuals looking to do a little casual office work while traveling, a simple recliner and lap tray for your computer can go a long way. However, if you’re the type of traveler looking to build an actual dedicated home office, here are a few tips I’ve found after spending countless hours scouring RV forums. -          A majority of RVs usually come with some sort of dining table. With that said, many travelers don’t necessarily eat... [Read more...]

Breathless In Breckenridge

June 2, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We were on our way out of southern Utah; having spent several days exploring Arches National Park and all of its wonders. If you haven’t heard me say it before, now you will: if you want to view one of the effects of God’s hand on earth, here it is. But more on that some other time; because now I want to tell you about beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado and the danger that waited for me there… The plan was to stash the RV somewhere and stay in our friend’s timeshare near downtown Breckenridge. We were promised beautiful scenery and great shopping and restaurants. The plan didn’t work out because, number 1: We couldn’t find a safe place to leave the trailer, without the SUV, which we would need while we were in town, and number 2: It was dropping below freezing every night and we were concerned about frozen pipes. Instead, we rented a nice site at the Tiger Run Resort, a 5-Woodall RV park just north of the village of Breckenridge. The resort is mostly very pricey chalets,... [Read more...]

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