Friday, December 31, 2010

Wanda and 2011

Stix n Brix
Clayton, NC

Wanda didn't stay at the shop for long.  We picked her up about 24 hours after we had dropped her off.  I'm happy with Gregory Poole.  When they did the brake recall work a few weeks ago, I got the impression that they were a professional organization.  Remember that noise in the right front wheel?  Well John took her for a couple of test drives and determined that "the wheel simulator needed to be repositioned."  Translation..."the hubcap was put on wrong."  No charge for that, and the charge for the oil change was reasonable.  If we're still in the area next year, I'll go back to them for service.

I never have understood why people celebrate so much on New Year's Eve.  I know it's a time of retrospection and anticipation, but what does that have to do with over-indulging?  I like a nice quiet welcome of the New Year myself.  Other than starting this blog and solidifying our full-timing plans at the RV-Dreams Rally last April, 2010 doesn't seem that eventful.  We have taken a few baby steps towards that goal but 2011 should be a really big year if all goes as planned.  After the rally this coming April, We'll sell the waverunners, Miata, furniture, and have a couple more yard sales.  The rest will be donated or thrown away.  We hope to do all this by July.  The house will go on the market in May or June after it gets cleaned up a bit.  The biggest event planned for us in 2011 is my retirement on August 1.  Shortly thereafter, we'll hit the road and hope the house sells soon so we can put some miles under our belts.

I guess when I think about it, we do have some reasons to celebrate.  It'll just be a quiet "Happy New Year" and early to bed.  I have to get up at 4:00am to get ready for another day at work.  Let me take this time to wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Stix n Brix
Clayton, NC

It's a good thing that we celebrated Christmas a little early with the family because it snowed a lot Christmas night.  It was my last working Christmas and it was memorable.  Depending on where you took the measurement, it was 8-10 inches of the white stuff in Raleigh.  It never crusted over with sleet like most of the snows here.  I still packed an overnight bag just in case it was too bad to drive home.  I have a feeling that we will get a couple more measurable snows this winter.

We had noticed a noise in the right front wheel of the MH on our way home from our last trip around Thanksgiving and wanted to have Gregory Poole take a look at it since they did the brake recall work on it.  We took it to them this morning.  They'll go ahead and do the oil change on her while she's there also.  We had discussed the possibility of getting some new shocks but decided against it.  We're planning to get some new tires next month and that will probably make for a smoother ride.

Something else happened during that last trip also.  The computer server messed up.  Gin's has been working on it off and on ever since we got back.  She's not having much luck.  It's all over my head.  She can see that the raid is there but just can't get to it.  Huh?  She had a lot of movies, books, pictures and music stored in there that she can't retrieve right now.  She had backed up the books and pictures, but it died before she could get to the music and movies.  She'll figure it out.  If not, she'll start another collection.

Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy each day of your life's journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Stix n Brix
Clayton, NC

When we had our yard sale this past fall, we sold all our Christmas decorations except for one thing.  We almost kept the 2 feet tall Christmas tree with lights, but thought that it would be a bit cumbersome to pack in the MH.  This Nativity Scene fits nicely on our mantle this year and will fit just right on our dashboard next year.  In the meantime, it’ll pack nicely in it’s box under the dinette.  We will add Santa hats to Wanda’s ears (mirrors) and a string of lights around the windshield to be more festive.  We like the minimal amount of decorating because it’s less to take down.

We plan to spend Wednesday with Mom.  It’s her 83rd Birthday.  We’ll spend Thursday with Gin’s folks and then I’ll work Friday (Christmas Eve) night.  I’ve worked the Holiday most of my career so some of the sparkle is gone.  It’s a very special day and we honor the true meaning now more than celebrate the over commercialization.

I want to take this time to wish everyone in the blogosphere a 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  
Everyone travel safe and take the time to reflect upon the
"Reason for the Season."

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Stix n Brix, NC

It's going to be a long winter.  We spent some time yesterday doing a few things around the house.  I finally got the mower started and cut up the leaves that fell last week while we were gone.  Now I can see the brown grass again.  I hate raking leaves.  I did my fair share of it as a kid and I decided long ago that I had outgrown raking. 

While I was outside, Gin was inside going through some stuff in the office.  It was nice to get a big bag of stuff to throw away and another bag to shred.  I never thought of us as pack rats, but it's amazing what paperwork she found.  Yes, I finally threw away my report cards from elementary school through college.  And there were some rough drafts of job resumes from 28 years ago.  Pack-rats?  Not us!  It did catch us by surprise how many things had our name and social security number on them.  That's going in the shredder of course.  The heaviest bag went to the garbage dump today along with a load of other stuff that's not really needed.  That felt good.  If we can throw out a load like that every few weeks, we'll have an empty house to put on the market in the spring.

I may not post that often this winter, but I will keep reading the blogs that I follow.  Of course we will do some daydreaming and planning of our not so distant future.  Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy each day of your life's journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.