Daily Life

Superlatives or Not

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We have spent quite a bit of time traveling. Based on our experiences here are the best and worst of places where we have spent enough time to have a fair biased opinion (yes, I meant biased). I am sure there are many categories we have omitted by accident and some we omitted because there were no "stand outs." We only included places where we have been multiple times or for several months.
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Whistle Pig Season

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Whistle Pig Season comes right after mud season in southwestern Idaho. March and April are prime whistle pig season months. Whistle pigs hibernate underground during the summer and winter months. They live in the high desert shrub and grassland areas that surround Boise. We start seeing / hearing whistle pigs the end of February and they are back underground by Memorial Day. Read More...

Some of the Reasons we Love Boise

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We have been in Boise for about six months now. This is our second time in Boise (we were here for twelve months four years ago) and we are still amazed at all Boise has to offer.

One of the first things we noticed about Boise is the low cost of living. Our spot at the RV park is less than half the cost of a similar spot in other places we have visited and the park has more amenities. Read More...

Missing Missoula

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Living a nomadic lifestyle means saying goodbye more often than living a stationary life. Saying goodbye is never fun, so every transition we make is a melancholic experience. For me, leaving Missoula is particularly sad because this is my third time spending months in Missoula. I have established friendships here. I have favorite places and many things I love to do here. Read More...

Missoula Life

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Missoula is a great town for people who want a simpler life. In someways it is like stepping back twenty or thirty years (maybe more). People are nice - if you want to sit through a green light, no problem everyone behind you will wait quietly; the cashier at the grocery might talk to every customer for ten minutes while everyone waits patiently; at a four way stop everyone is signaling for everyone else to go first; Read More...

What a Storm!

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Shortly after we arrived in Missoula, I met LeChel. We became fast friends and started walking our dogs together. We both were in need of a dog sitter during the summer and neither of us like to leave our dogs in boarding kennels. We agreed that we would trade off dog sitting. LeChel kept Moxie while we were on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and I kept Reggie and Fred (LeChel's cat) while LeChel was in Europe.

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Happiness

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I am probably the most fortunate person alive. I live the life I want to live. I play when I want to play, work when I want to work and rest when I want to rest. When it comes to family and friends, I simply have the best. No matter what the situation, things have always seemed to turnout in my favor. What more could anyone ask for? There are times when I wonder why I am so fortunate when there seems to be so many people who are not happy / lucky / fortunate / etc. as I am. Why is there such a discrepancy in happiness? Read More...

All Play and No Work...

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If it is possible to have too much fun, then I believe I have managed to achieve this lofty goal. I have neglected work and pursued fun for at least a month. Today I made a tough decision to turn down an opportunity to kayak this afternoon because I really needed to do laundry, clean the RV, go to the grocery, brush Moxie, etc, etc, etc. Read More...

I Need a Rest Day

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The retirement lifestyle is making me tired. I am going to have to take a rest day. This week I kept finding more and more things I wanted to do and so I did them. I found a women's mountain bike group called "Older than Dirt Girls" and made the assumption that these ladies were probably my age and I would be able to keep up with them. Read More...

Daylight Hours

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One thing I like about Missoula is how long the days are in summer. Right now it gets light at 5:13 AM and stays light until 9:53 PM. That is sixteen hours and forty minutes of daylight! In a month, there will be seventeen hours and fifteen minutes of daylight. I love the long days, but they sure do mess with my internal body clock. My body seems to be very controlled by daylight and darkness. The birds start singing about an hour before daylight (around 4:15 AM). I hear them and my body starts telling me it is time to get up or I am going to miss part of the day. Read More...

Special Olympics & Killdeer

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Yesterday I volunteered at the Montana Special Olympics State Games. I signed up to help with the kayaking event. Only five states include kayaking in the Special Olympics. There were about kayaking 20 olympians. The olympians were accompanied by coaches, parents and friends. The community turned out to help with and watch the event. In attendance were school groups, firefighters, law officers, search & rescue personnel, military folks, volunteers, etc. Read More...

Rainy Day

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Today is a special day in Missoula. It is raining today - it is not a rainy day like in the East where a few inches of rain might fall in a single day. Missoula may get a few hundredths or possibly a tenth of inch of rain. All the flowers that are blooming on the mountainsides will love having a drink. This precious moisture will help reduce the risk of forest fires. I am sure the firefighters and hotshots are doing a happy dance. Read More...

Missoula Outdoors

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This morning I opened my email inbox and saw that I had an email from Mary's sister Wendy. Without even opening it, I knew what it said. Wendy is very good about reminding me to update the blog. When I don't update it on a regular basis, Wendy sends me an email that politely asks what we have been doing since whatever I last wrote about in the blog. While her emails are always polite and never pushy, I get the message loud and clear. So this morning, thanks to Wendy, I am updating the blog. Love you, Wendy! Read More...

Good Times

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Spring seems to have arrived in Missoula. We have not been below freezing since last Thursday and the sun has been shining every day. The hills / lower mountains are starting to turn green and there is still snow on the higher mountains. The blue skies, green grass,white clouds and snow make for a beautiful day. My and Moxie's sunrise hikes are getting warmer. Read More...

Little Things

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I am still marveling at all the space we have in the Cedar Creek. Everything is working like it is supposed to which is so nice. We were both getting very frustrated when it seamed that we were discovering a new problem before getting the last problem solved. We have not had a problem in days. With out problems, I have been able to focus on the good things about the RV and my attitude has improved significantly.
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Out and About

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Mary has worked at the Missoula REI for three days and likes the store, managers and other employees. She is pleased that she is selling lots of bicycles and REI memberships.

After having the RV repaired on Saturday, we discovered that the shower door still leaked Sunday morning. I decided to try to fix it myself with lots of caulk. It seems to have worked. I am always pleased when I am able to fix something - sometimes it seems like I mess up more than I fix when I try to fix things. It's nice to have the microwave/convection oven working, Moxie was really missing her evening popcorn. Read More...

Settling In

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Yesterday was grocery shopping and laundry day mixed in with a little exploring around town. I spent some time in Missoula years ago and perhaps should know my way around, but was glad to have the GPS to help me out yesterday. Read More...

Family, Birthdays, Projects & Back Surgery

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We left Flagstaff, Arizona on I-40 and stayed on I-40 all the way to North Carolina. The trip was uneventful (which is a good thing) and we made it home in four and a half days) After dropping off the RV at the storage lot, we spent a week or two at our house in Fairview, NC. Read More...

Farewell Flagstaff

A change in circumstances has us leaving Flagstaff a few months before we had planned to leave. Mary has been having back pain for over a year. Various doctors and physical therapist have tried to fix it with pain meds, steroids, exercise and so forth. Nothing made a difference. Read More...

Windy City

I am not sure Chicago has anything on Flagstaff when it comes to wind. I do know that as of right now, the month of April has been very windy in Flagstaff. Not only is it windy, the wind is a cold, brutal wind. Hiking, biking nor being outdoors in general are very pleasant because of the strong winds. Some people tell us the wind is only a problem in spring and will be gone by May. Others tell us that the wind is always an issue in Flagstaff. I know am ready for it to subside. Read More...

Wow it's February

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Wow time flies!! It has been two months since I have updated the webpages. Lots has happened in that time. We celebrated Christmas with friends in Bend. Mary spent two weeks in Equador kayaking, horseback riding and hiking. I spent two weeks in North Carolina with family. Read More...

Tis the Season

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A day or so after Thanksgiving a friend and I got a permit to cut a Christmas tree in the National Forest. I have cut Christmas trees in the woods before and it has always been an all day affair stomping around looking for a tree that looks like a Christmas tree. We planned to start out around ten o’clock. Cheryl said we would be back to town in time for lunch. I wasn’t too sure about that so I ate a really big breakfast and put a snack in my pocket. Read More...

Winter in Central Oregon

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According to historical weather data December and January are the coldest months of the year in Central Oregon. Average high temperatures are around forty and lows are around twenty. This year winter began with an Arctic Blast that resulted in high temperatures in the single digits and lows as cold as -27 for over a week.


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Fall in Central Oregon

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Fall has arrived in Central Oregon. The deciduous trees in town have all turned red, yellow and orange. The Aspens in the forest create brilliant yellow patches among the pines and firs. The temperature has dropped to around freezing at night with highs in the forties and fifties during the day. Read More...

Rest Days

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We talked about going to the Oregon coast for a few days, but changed our mind when the weather forecast was calling for highs in the 50s and rain. We decided to hang out at home.

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Person #28

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Paula arrived at the Redmond airport around noon. Paula is the twenty-eighth friend or family member that has come to Oregon since we have been here. Friends from Paula’s home in Florida had told her to be sure and check out the Bend Ale Trail. Paula is a hiker and gets excited about any new trail so I decided we would jump right on the Ale Trail. Read More...

Just Another Week in Our World

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Mornings are getting cooler. According to climatic data for Bend it is very likely that we will have our first freeze before September 15th. We are still having beautiful sunny days. I don’t even check the weather any more, I have finally come to accept that days are going to be beautiful and even if it does rain it will only rain for a few minutes. Read More...

Always Wonderful World

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We are still loving Bend. Seems like there is always wonderful options for things to do and the weather is always beautiful. We have settled into life here. Mary generally works four days a week. I spend a lot of time volunteering. We both spend a lot of time playing. Bend continues to be overcrowded with tourist. Read More...

Around Town

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After our Rogue River trip, Dickey and Emily came to Bend. We mountain biked and visited breweries most of the days they were here. Since then we have been mountain biking and hiking. Mary has been working and I have been going to the goat farm. Read More...

Pet Parade

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Mary generally spends her days off mountain biking and napping, but today she mixed things up a bit and went to the Pet Parade with me. From the time we arrived in Bend, people have been telling us not to miss the pet parade so we didn’t. Neither of us realized that the pet parade is a HUGE event in Bend. Read More...

Bite of Bend

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One of the many festivals and events going on in Bend this weekend was the Bite of Bend. I spent the weekend volunteering at the festival. I passed out samples of goat summer sausage and goat breakfast links. I learned quickly if you ask people if they would like to sample goat meat the response is an ugly face and either, “no thanks,” or, “not now.” Read More...

New Toys

Over the past two weeks Mary has brought a GPS for her bike and a second GPS for hiking. She says she got them to keep her from getting lost. First, I can’t believe that Mary would every admit that she might get lost. Mary professes that she never gets lost, just turned around a bit - I have a different opinion as does Search and Rescue in Idaho. Read More...

Busy Week

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We are becoming Bendites. We are wearing shorts & tee shirts when the temperature is in the 50’s and the sun is shining. We are hiking, biking or both several days a week. We are attending events (there are more events in Bend than any two people can attend) and enjoying the summer weather (if you call lows in the upper 30’s and highs in the 60’s summer weather). Read More...

Back in the Saddle

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My day started in what is becoming my usual pattern… a hike with Moxie (about a mile and a half) followed by about an hour and a half or two hours of chores at the goat farm. The goat farm is really growing on me. I love the way it smells and the way all the animals are quite when chores have been finished (they are very loud before and while we are feeding them). Read More...

Keeping Busy

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Spring is in full swing in Bend. Flowers and trees are blooming, it’s light by 5:00 AM, and the sun is warm even though the air temperatures are often cold (especially in the morning and evening). We have more pine pollen (the sticky yellow kind) than I have ever seen. I suppose that is what happens when you are surrounded by huge pine trees.
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Bend Don't Brake

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Today I volunteered for the Bend Don’t Brake bicycle race. My job was to stand at an intersection and stop traffic when bikers were coming. I had a fluorescent green vest, a hand held stop sign and a two-way radio. Read More...

Got My Head Examined

Today was my follow-up doctor’s appointment. After conducting a neurological test, the doctor said my recovery was going well. I asked when the bump on my head and swelling would go away. She said I had taken a very hard fall and it was going to take a long time for my body to reabsorb the blood that was causing the swelling. Read More...

Irrigation Systems

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Today after feeding the goats, Cheryl and I decided to set up an irrigation system. There are at least two different kinds of irrigation systems on the goat farm. The one we worked on is an above ground system that has to be taken up every winter and put down again in the spring (which is the end of May in Bend, OR). Read More...

Winter Again

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The wind was howling and snow was flying when Moxie and I went for our morning walk. We did not go as far as usual because my ears were freezing. Moxie seemed to enjoy the cold and was not ready to go home when I headed back to the RV. Perhaps she is adjusting to our new climate better than I am. Read More...

Crazy Moxie

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I started today at the goat farm. Mary and Moxie were both still in bed when I got home. Mary got up to get ready to go to work and Moxie got up to go for her morning walk. After Moxie’s walk I gave her a goat bone to chew on in the yard while I washed pollen off the windows. Moxie loves goat bones, but has a tough time finding a spot where she feels safe to lay down and chew them.
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Rain Shower

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I started my day at the goat farm. The goats are very sweet and it is fun to help feed them. I enjoy being at the farm. Cheryl sent home three goat bones for Moxie.


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Pilot Butte

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Pilot Butte is an extinct volcano in Bend. Bend is one of four US cities with a volcano. This morning I decided to hike up Pilot Butte. The hike is not long or difficult. You can drive to the top if you like, but based on today, many more people walk than drive. I think the hike up is about a mile (same length down). Read More...

Medical Report & Smith Rock

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Today started with Mary going to physical therapy (for her shoulder) and me going to the doctor for my foliow-up. I told the doctor I was there for a follow-up from a bike accident and wanted to get cleared to start biking, kayaking, driving, etc. The doctor quickly looked through the info from the hospital in Boise and told me I was very lucky and was obviously doing very well. I said something about biking and she said she was not going to talk about that until she did a complete neurological exam. Read More...

Pimento Cheese

Elmetta sent me her recipe for homemade pimento cheese. After searching all the Bend grocery stores for readymade pimento cheese, I finally broke down and made some. It is much better than grocery store pimento cheese, but not as good as what Elmetta makes. Read More...

Monday, Monday

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Yesterday, Moxie and I stayed home again while Mary went to work. We are doing the same thing today. I am getting very tired of having to hang out in the RV Park. We have books that tell about wonderful places and things to do in and near Bend. I am ready to get out and explore. This morning I called and got a doctor’s appointment on Friday to see if I can be released to ride my bike, drive, kayak, etc. Read More...

Yard Art????

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Today was warm and sunny. it was warm enough that I even thought about putting on a short-sleeve shirt. Thinking about it was as far as I got. I did open the Fantastic Fan in the RV to get some fresh air. Even though it is warm during the day, it is still going to be cold tonight. Read More...

Sunny Bend

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Bend claims to have three hundred days of sunshine a year. I am hoping this is true, because Bend is certainly beautiful when the sun is shining. We have been in Bend for a week and a half. We have been filling our onboard fresh water tank and unhooking the RV park water each night because of freezing temperatures. Mary did not want to winterize our water hose until September and has steadfastly insisted that it is going to get warmer. Read More...

Home Alone

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Moxie and I were home alone for half the day today - Mary went to work. Moxie and I slept late and went for a long walk in the open space that adjoins the RV park. When we got home from our walk, it was warm enough for us to sit outside in the sun until it was time for Mary to come home.
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Feeling Better

Today was my first full day home from the hospital. I am feeling better although I do not look any better. I am hoping that by the time all the purple, red, green and yellow colors are gone from my face I will have my brain back and be feeling 100% Read More...

New Look

Our blog and website have a new look, hope you like it. I think it is a little clearer looking. There is a new page called Where’s Moxie. If I can figure out how to make it work, I plan to update the page with Moxie’s new location each day we are traveling. Read More...

Rest in Peace, Shadow

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Of all the dogs I have owned and known, Shadow was the best. As a puppy, Shadow was a beast. She was determined to be the boss of the household. After what seemed like months, she stopped biting us and decided that she would settle for the position of top dog and would assume responsibility for taking care of us. Read More...

Tragedy

A woman I worked with at Edneyville Elementary School and at Henderson County Public Schools central office was killed yesterday in a bizarre accident. A tree fell on the car she was driving. After being hit by the falling tree, the car ran off the road into a field. The hood and the driver’s compartment was all that was damaged. Anita was dead when the first responders arrived on the scene. The news is reporting that she was killed instantly. Read More...

Two Weeks

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My list is getting shorter and the RV is looking great. Those are helmets hanging on the wall - great wall art - don’t you agree???? Mary plans to start on her list today - it is 10:00 and she is still in bed.


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Ready Fire Aim

We are working on getting the house ready to leave, the RV ready to go and ourselves ready to leave family & friends. There is a lot involved in moving part of your life over two thousand miles away from the part behind. There are a few major things that have to be done and thousands of little things that have to be taken care of. Read More...

Oh the Pain

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Mary woke up with no shoulder pain. Even though she was not in pain, I gave her the pain medication because the nurse had warned her that once the nerve block wore off there would be pain and if the pain got ahead of the medication, it would be really bad. Read More...

Surgery

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Mary had to be at the surgical center at 9:00 AM. That means I had to be there too. When we arrived they took Mary back. About forty-five minutes the phone in the small uncomfortable waiting room rings and it is for me. The person on the line asks me to come upstairs to pre-op.

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Play Day & Change of Plans

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Taylor spent Thursday with us. We spent the whole day playing. We played restaurant - with Taylor as chef, hostess and waitstaff); had a dance party; played wii; played Play-doh; danced some more; played drums and the guitar; sang; looked at some baby pictures of Taylor; and played games. It is always fun when we have Taylor for the day. Read More...

Sprucing Up

Every time we get ready for a long trip we make a few changes in the RV. Things we did not use on our last trip come out and some new things go in. Although we make changes, some things stay the same. Read More...

Let the Preparations Begin

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It seems like we have been here for a long time. I am ready to get back on the road. Mary found out that she will be going to Florida to help open a new REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) store in Jacksonville. We are going to take the RV and hang out in Florida after the store is opened. We will only be there a couple of weeks before returning to Asheville to get ready for our big trip. Read More...

Asheville (actually Fairview)

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Thursday we drove to a campground in Newport, TN. On the way we stopped at a White Castle so I could get some hamburgers. We used to get White Castle burgers when we visited my grandparents in Kentucky - I thought they were the best thing I had ever eaten. Now that I am older, I suppose my taste buds have changed, because they just aren’t as good as when I was a child. None-the-less, I still have to have a few burgers every time I travel past a White Castle. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 18

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Last night I decided that today was going to be a rest day for me. Mary decided she is tired of hiking and wants to go home so she can bike and kayak. Mary has a difficult time enjoying the moment - things for her are always better in the past or the future. Mary also decided to hike to Grinnell Glacier with a ranger at 8:30 in the morning.

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Glacier National Park - Day 10

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This morning, while fixing my breakfast, I discovered that we had a small visitor. A little grey field mouse ran across the counter top. We do not keep mice traps in the RV so the first thing on my agenda for the day became to locate a mouse trip. I am afraid of mice - fortunately not as afraid of little field mice from the woods as mice from the city or town. Read More...

Glacier National Park - Day 8

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I slept late this morning. I generally wake up between six and six-thirty. Today I got up at eight-thirty. I fixed bacon, a couple of eggs and hot tea for breakfast. I wanted to hike today, but did not want to do anything to strenuous or remote. I decided on Avalanche Lake - it is on the shuttle route, it is a popular trail and it fairly easy and not too long. Read More...

Boise, Idaho

We arrived in Boise mid-afternoon. Sharla picked us up at the airport and took us to the RV. We immediately checked out the RV and truck to make sure everything was still in working order and that no rodents or bugs had invaded the RV (this is apparently a real issue for some people - we have not had a problem so far). We did not find any evidence of bug or rodent visitors. Read More...

Through New Eyes

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Mary’s vision has been very poor all her life. She was unable to see anything without thick glasses or contacts.




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Party Girl

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We had two parties at Olsonland this weekend. On Saturday, Dave’s soccer team and their families were here for a pool party. On Sunday all the neighbors came over for a get together. Read More...

Hot, Hot, Hot

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Shelley, Dave & Keenan left for Mexico early this morning. I took them and a ton of luggage to the airport this morning. Shelley took my camera (it is much smaller than hers) so there will be no photos for the blog. Mary, the four dogs and I were left at home. Shelley stocked the refrigerator and freezer to make sure we did not starve to death while she was gone. Read More...

The Turtle Whisperers

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Shelley and Dave left for Chicago today. Keenan is visiting with her other grandparents this weekend. We were left in charge of the house and the dogs. By 1:00 the yard crew and the insect sprayers had already come to the house and done their job leaving us with no more responsibilities for the day. Read More...

I Could Be Rich

If I charged per pound for laundry service, I could have made a small fortune over the past year. I have washed three large loads just today - the washer and dryer here are quite a bit larger than my washer and dryer so when I say large loads, I really mean large. Read More...

North Hills Kids

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Today was a crazy day at the house, the housekeepers, the lawn service & the mosquito sprayers were all scheduled to be here. Mary had a meeting at REI at 9:00. The dogs had to have somewhere to stay that was not in the house or in the yard. I decided they could spend the day in the courtyard - that way they could not bother the housekeepers nor the people working outside.


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Allergies & Humidity

There are some things that I really don’t like about the southeastern states. Two of those things are allergies and humidity (a third is bugs but they are not too bad - yet). The house HVAC system is designed to reduce allergens and humidity. I suppose they help some, but there is no way to compare so who knows for sure. Read More...

Time to Update

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Mary has been on my back about not updating the blog - evidently Mary has forgotten that her fingers also work on a keyboard. Now that I am looking at the blog, it has been a long time since I have updated it. Read More...

Spring has Sprung

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Flowers are blooming, the weeds are out of control, mosquitoes are biting, ticks have found the dogs and thunder is rocking the house. Read More...

What a Difference a Year Makes

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This time a year ago we were in Boise, Idaho skiing and snowboarding several days a week. Today we are in shorts and tee shirts and will spend at least part of the day sitting by the pool. Read More...

To Poop or Not to Poop

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When transitioning to solid foods, many babies experience some constipation. Keenan is transitioning to solid foods and experienced some constipation on Thursday so we fed her prunes. She did not poop at all on Friday so we fed her prunes and added prune juice to her bottle. Read More...

One Month

On Sunday we will have been in Creedmoor for a month. In that time Keenan has learned to sit up, scoot around on the floor and eat solid food. She has swimming lessons every Saturday and she gets to go on adventures severals days each week. Read More...

A Day with Keenan

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Keenan is a force to be reckoned with. She is very active for six months old and quite loud. She squeals, giggles, chatters, and belly laughs. She moves herself around using a combination of the Marine crawl and rolling. She drools constantly and fills her diaper frequently. Read More...

Home Alone

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Shelley left for Chicago Thursday morning leaving Keenan in the trustworthy care of her Daddy, Grammy and Auntie Em. Thursday was rainy so Keenan did not get to go for a walk - we played inside all day. Dave came home from work early because he was not feeling well. I fixed us chicken, peas, mashed potatoes & bread for dinner. Keenan is very interested in grown-up food although she is not allowed to have any.
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Chukar for Dinner

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Like many people in Idaho, Brad, Mary’s supervisor, enjoys hunting. One of the animals Brad hunts is Chukar. A Chukar is a chubby game bird that prefers running to flying. Brad brought us some frozen Chukar. We have never eaten or cooked Chukar. Mary said she was going to cook the bird, but did nothing to make that happen except for bringing it home. Read More...

Wet Wednesday

My plan for today was to ski with the Vertigals this morning, get a massage this afternoon, and have the RV washed and waxed. I suppose two out of three is not bad.


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Rearranging Furniture

I moved furniture around pretty often in stick and brick houses. Moving furniture in the RV isn’t quite as much fun. All furniture in the bedroom and bathroom is nailed down. The only movable thing in the bedroom is the computer and there is nowhere else for it to go in the RV so, while technically it is movable it doesn’t really count as something I can move. The only change that can be made in the bedroom is changing the comforter and pillows on the bed. Bathroom changes are limited to changing towels & bathmats, and moving the soap & lotion to the other side of the sink.
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Windy, Rainy Saturday

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Jaimie and I met for breakfast at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro in downtown Boise at 8;00 this morning. Mary decided she had rather stay home in bed. Goldy’s is Boise’s best know breakfast restaurant. Something about it reminds of the the Sunnyside Cafe in West Asheville - I think it is the atmosphere. Read More...

Planning

I am so happy to be back in our own space and to have both the truck and car repaired. I have pretty much just hung out at home while Mary works. I am enjoying doing nothing for a while. Read More...

Be it ever so Humble

I am so happy to be back in the RV. People always ask how we can live in such a small space and I am sure it is hard for some people to understand why we would choose to live in a 30’ x 8’ fiberglass trailer. Besides the obvious advantage of being able to take our home wherever there is an RV park, I have discovered that I really like the limited space. Read More...

Oh Happy Day

Both the RV and Honda Pilot repairs are finished! This morning Mary went to get the RV and I went to take the truck back to the body shop and pick up the Pilot. Mary went with the repair shop to return the RV to the campground while I talked with the auto body shop about the things that still needed to be done to the truck.

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Hello 2012

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Mary is starting out the new year working. She works both today and tomorrow (the designated holiday). Shadow, Moxie and I went out to Eagle Bike Park for a hike. Eagle Bike Park is being built for mountain bikers by mountain bikers. It has trails for all levels of mountain biking along with all kinds of fun jumps & stunt areas along with a mountain bike velodrome. If you enjoy mountain biking you might like to check out some of the Eagle Bike Park videos. Read More...

Goodbye 2011

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2011 has certainly been a year of events. On the national and international scene there have been major highs and lows. While not the magnitude of things going on in the world, our 2011 also had some major highs and lows. Keenan was born and we made the move to full-time RVing. While these were the two best events in 2011, they were also the worst. In that respect, 2011 was a year of duality for us.
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Springtime?!?!?!?!

Yesterday we woke to a dusting of snow. The dogs and I drove a bit north of town and went for a hike in the snow while Mary went to work.

This morning it is forty-three degrees and raining. There is also a warm breeze. This might sound nice to some people, but we are hoping for snow. According to the local news channel, the latest the city ski slope has opened is January 6th. Hopefully this will not be a record breaking year. Read More...

Potatoes

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The are lots of people at the Residence Inn this weekend. My guess is that they are football fans in town for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

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Sunrise

Sitting on the couch in our Residence Inn suite, I can watch the sunrise over the interstate (which is about 30 feet away from our window). It’s not as nice as watching the sunrise over mountain peaks or at the beach, but it is still a sunrise.

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Life at the Residence Inn

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We checked into the Residence Inn on Tuesday. We will be here for an extended period of time while the RV is being repaired. The longest I have ever stayed in a hotel is ten days on ski vacations in Austria and Park City. The dogs have not stayed in a hotel for more than two nights.


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House Cleaning & Winter Gardens AGlow

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I woke up in a house cleaning mood this morning. In a lot of ways RVs are easier to clean than a regular house. The main reason is because they are much smaller. I have kind of cleaned at some stuff since I got home a week and a half ago, but I have not done any serious cleaning.



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Ski / Snowboard Jackets

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Mary called today and during our conversation she casually mentioned that she has purchased another snowboard. I feel certain that this was inspired by all the weather folks who are predicting that La Nina is going to dump large amounts of snow in the Northwest this season. Read More...

Vagabond

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I am currently living in one corner of Shelley’s & Dave’s house. I have a large bedroom, bath, walk in closet and deck with deck furniture to call my own. Between my area of the house and Shelley’s & Dave’s room are three large unused rooms (two bedrooms and an office). Between my area and the living room is a large open courtyard. Read More...

I Love Apple

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Yesterday, was a big day for anyone who owns an apple computer, iPad, iPhone or iPod. A new, much awaited for operating system was released. The release happened about and hour and a half before I had to take Keenan to the doctor for her two month check-up. I was able to get my iPhone updated just before having to leave for the doctor’s office. Read More...

Karma

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Karma: the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation; action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation; fate, destiny; the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. Read More...

Busy Weekend

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was on the road before dawn Friday. I was heading to Hendersonville. I was going by way of our house to pick up my apple stand shirt because I was going to be selling apples Saturday. The drive from Shelley’s to our house is about four hours. Read More...

Busy Day

I am loving these cool mornings, but I am not nearly as happy about the hot evenings. Today was pretty moderate so that was nice.

I am getting used to being very lazy in the morning. I get up, watch Good Morning America, drink Chai, check email and what is going on in and around Boise, read the newspaper, etc. Today after doing all those piddling things I decided to change sheets & wash the comforter. While doing laundry I cleaned the house.
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The Moxie Miracle

DSC01391Moxie spent two weeks with Jennifer at The Dog Ranch in Nampa, ID. While Moxie is basically a good dog, she had fear & insecurity issues along with a complete lack of doggie social skills. Moxie, Shadow and I visited The Dog Ranch while I was checking out dog boarding options. Read More...

Finally

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Beautiful Boise

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We have had nothing but beautiful days since I returned to Idaho from North Carolina. Our mornings are sunny and cool. Our afternoons & evenings are sunny, hot and breezy. Once the sun goes down (after 10:00 PM) it starts cooling off. There is very little humidity so even when it is hot it is not uncomfortable. The downside of the low humidity is the necessity to hydrate - drinking lots of water and using lots of lotion.
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