It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Early Rising, Another Wiring Problem To Resolve and Tasty Tender Supper.

Our Location today is Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

We both seemed to sleep more soundly last night after having driven from Tucson to Deming it had tired us a bit but we were also better prepared for sleeping with the cooler temperatures. What didn’t go to well was going into a Time-Change and loosing an hour in our day. To top it off we then set our alarm to get us up early today. We had to get up to the Clubhouse between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning. 

Every Saturday morning here at Dream Catchers RV Park they sell breakfast to anyone interested. You get Two Eggs, Hash-Browns, Toast, Juice, Coffee and your choice of Ham or Sausage all for $4.00 each. It is put on by park volunteers and they do a great job. How can you pass that up? We were both satisfied and we had the chance to visit with fellow Escapees most of which had also attended Escapade. 
Curb Side Mural.
Shortly before 9:00 we were on our way back to our trailer still tired but well fed. We saw this interesting little trailer that someone had personalized. It appeared to have been an older unit but with the Murals on it, it seemed refreshing. 
Rear Mural
Back Home since we had purchased Corn Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day but never cooked it Kathy decided to cook it in our Crockpot today. She wanted to cut the meat into cubes so that it would come out much more tender. Unfortunately, with the Arthritis in her hands acting up and she couldn’t cut the meat the way she wanted. I took over and either the Corned Beef was very tough or that knife was getting dull. I trimmed the excess fat away and then cubed the meat as per Kathy’s instructions. When it came to cutting the Cabbage I knew the knife was dull. After quickly sharpening it I finished the chopping so Kathy could season it her way and get it cooking. 
Road Side Mural
Kathy wanted to go to the Book Exchange Library so after gathering a number of books that she’s recently read she was soon on her way back to the Clubhouse. 
Over the front window.
With expected high winds forecasted for this afternoon I wanted to get our new Max-Air Roof Vent wired and installed this morning. I started by removing the Step-Ladder from the rear of the trailer so I could have access to the roof. Then going inside to the bedroom, I removed the inside vent trim. Trailer Vent Openings are all supposed to be wired for both a vent fan and for a second Air Conditioner allowing you the choice of what you want. The only wires that were run to the front vent opening were for an AC. I poked my fingers into all the openings and was very disappointed not to find the 12 Volt Wiring. I checked the Fuse Block to see what could be done and if supper had not been cooking I would have shut off the Electricity at the post and fixed the issue. 

Kathy was beaming when she returned having had a successful book exchange. When I explained our problem, she was willing to stop the Crockpot but I’d rather wait until I look at other alternatives. With laundry needing to be done I closed things back up and repackaged the Max-Air Vent for another day.  
Soup, Crackers with Cheese and Yogurt.
While I started sorting our clothes Kathy made Soup for lunch with Yogurt for dessert. By 1:00 it was my turn to head back to the Clubhouse to use the Washers and Dryers. I was the only one there so it didn’t take long to get things going. Once the clothes were in the Dryers I walked the Delicates back to the trailer where I hung them in the shower to dry. Kathy had been cleaning the Desert Dust from all over the inside of our Home. 

After returning with the Folded Clothes and putting them away I realized that I hadn’t rehung our Ladder earlier. Since we had a roll of Electrical Wire disappear from our open basement back in November I didn’t want to temp fate. The wind was gusting to 34 MPH so it was a little tricky tying it back up there.  
Kathy's way of making Corned Beef and Cabbage.
By the time I got in Kathy was serving our Corned Beef and Cabbage for supper. It had cooked so well and tender that we only needed a fork to eat it. It was delicious and we still have enough for another meal.  

Once the dishes were finished Kathy went back to reading her book while I started some minor preparation for the Security Light Modifications 

The Weather Network is forecasting high winds until long after we leave here on Wednesday so we’ll do some exploring in the area that we missed back in November. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Unexpected Cold Night, Easy Travels, High Winds and From Escapade to Escapees Park.

Our Location today is Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

As soon as we’d posted the Blog last night I started putting away our Computers so that we could have an earlier getaway in the morning. What I failed to do was to check the overnight weather forecast for Tucson. We were both surprised just how cold our Linen Sheets felt when we settled in for the night. About three weeks ago we had replaced our Winter Sheets with our Linens because they were keeping us too hot at night. Let’s just say they would have been well appreciated last night as we both had trouble keeping warm. 
When we got up just before 7:00 Arizona Time this morning we both found our housecoats in an effort to keeping ourselves warm. The inside thermometer showed the temp to be 43 F (6 C) which is a far cry from being comfortable. Our hot cup of coffee/tea spent more time defrosting our hands then being drank but we had everything packed and closed for traveling and were pulling off our site before 8:30.  
The reason for such an early start was to avoid the sudden rush of Escapees at the Dump-Out Station. Winding our way back towards the front of the Fairgrounds we finally arrived to our turnoff that was in fact clearly marked since the other day. By the time that we arrived one of two RVs ahead of us was just pulling out. That allowed us to swing around to come from the opposite direction so we could start the cleaning process while the other RV was still doing his chore. We were fortunate enough to have a Fresh Drinking Water Bib close enough to add some water while the Waste Tanks were draining. As soon as our Waste Tanks were empty we stopped taking on Fresh Water and were on our way. In that short time it had taken to freshen up our Home there were at least twenty RVs in line to dump out. 
It took less then five minutes after leaving the Fairgrounds before we were turning the truck Eastbound on I-10. There were very few steep mountain climbs as we meandered along seeing the last of the heavier mountain terrain. There were no slowdowns due to Accidents or Construction and everyone was focused at driving Safely. There were a number of Speed-Traps set up to keep the cars and light trucks that weren’t towing more in line with the posted limit. There were “High Wind Warnings” that were posted on the highway’s Digital Displays. There were many Dust-Devils visible off in the distance the entire trip which cause a lot of Blowing Sand across the Highway. 
After crossing into the state of New Mexico we stopped at a Flying J so we could have lunch and get some fuel. The RV Parking Area was packed so without hesitation we found ourselves a spot amongst the Semis. It felt good just walking to stretch our legs before going into Denny’s to have our meal. When our waitress first approached our table the first thing I did was verify the time with her. New Mexico does use Daylight Savings Time so we sprung forward an hour now making us now only two hours different to our family back home in Ontario. Our stop for Food and Fuel took just over an hour before we were once again heading east on I-10. 
It took less then an hour until we were exiting at Deming, New Mexico. It was amazing when the GPS tried to have us go in a different direction but because we had spent two weeks here in November I turned the way I knew we should. Three minutes later the GPS finally caught up with us just as we were arriving at the Escapee’s Dream Catcher RV Park. There were two RVs already stopped in the driveway and within minutes there were five more behind us extending onto the roadway. 
Kathy went in and had us registered in minutes while I crept the truck forward as the other RVs cleared the way. The Park had received numerous calls to reserve sites from others that had just left the Escapade in Tucson. Since most of the sites were booked we were given a Seasonal Site belonging to a Member that will be away for a while. 
It was an easy back-in site that brought today’s 209 Mile trip to an end by 3:30 Mountain Daylight Saving Time. Once the trailer was unhitched and leveled it didn’t take long to set up for our stay. Since we’ve been “Off the Grid” for a while, we thought we could stay at this Wonderful Park and get a few things taken care of. Being an Escapee Member does have its perks like low cost parks. 
Burgers and Bean Salad.
We continued to be buffeted by the High Winds after getting parked. When the Winds calmed a bit, we grilled a couple of Burgers for supper. Tonight’s temperature is forecasted to hit 37 F (3 C) so we’ll add extra covers and keep the heat in and to keep us warm and comfortable. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Pictures taken by Kathy.

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Every year my boss used to give me a bottle of expensive brandy because I'd told him that my doctor suggested a drink once in a while. This year my boss gave me the name of a new doctor. 

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