Ten Years with WU

By: PeaceRiverBP , 8:32 PM GMT on November 16, 2012

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I just realized that today is my ten year anniversary with Weather Underground.

Thank you to all who have made this place so special to me!


For those who have been asking for pictures of my new loft apartment:

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View from my desk on a gray day.


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384. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:06 AM GMT on September 07, 2013
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383. PeaceRiverBP
1:50 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Linda; Happy end of Labor Day to you, too! I'll bet your plants enjoy that rain water; city water just isn't the same for my house plants, either. I let it sit out because I've heard that the chlorine will dissipate that way, but then there's still the Fluoride and who knows what else in there.

Philbrick's has been gone for some time,now. It has re-opened under new ownership, but I have no personal experience with either place as both were way too expensive for me.

I looked up Miss Kitty's Purple Cow and it looks like a fun place- all the better if it has good food!

Good for you for sorting through more things- that's something I need to tackle this winter! Even though I've downsized considerably, I still have way too much for my little loft apartment and way more than I need.

Rising costs have really gotten out of hand, lately, haven't they? I'm VERY glad I moved to a cheaper place last fall. As much as I loved my Little Apartment on the Pond, there was no way I could afford to stay there. Even so, I will be watching my pennies here- oatmeal and homemade soup will be on the menu a lot this winter. (Nothing new about that!)

I'm really glad I've left the end of summer and fall open for Parnassus adventures, too. I worked all through the Labor Day weekend and have worked through most weekends so I could bank hours to take back now that the weather is cooling and many of the tourists have gone home. I'll be really thrilled when I get to go on my first trip!

The leaves are already turning and falling here and we've had one night dip into the upper 40's... hooray! Fall is almost here! :-)



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382. shoreacres
12:19 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Evening, Beth, and a happy end of Labor Day to you. It's been a nice, long break. I didn't get everything done I wanted to do, but I did a few things I hadn't planned on, so it all evened out. The best part of the day was a nice rain late this afternoon. I don't suppose it was more than a quarter inch, but I collected two big buckets of rainwater. Now, everything on the balcony has had a little drink of rain water, and there's enough left to fill a couple of quart jars for the African violets.

It truly was a scattered weekend with no big projects. A friend and I drove down to Surfside yesterday to get a burger and onion rings at Miss Kitty's Purple Cow - a beachside "joint" for thirty years. She lost it all in Ike, but it's back now, better than ever. I'd never met her, but she was there yesterday - pretty danged spry, and still working every day.

The place reminds me of Philbrick's out in your neck of the woods. She says she makes her money off the tourists in the summer, and keeps things going with local breakfast and lunch traffic in the off-season. She's close enough to Freeport, a big industrial area, that she probably gets some traffic from that direction, too.

I did a little cleaning out this weekend, too. I had a box of hand tools that was just collecting dust - a girl only needs so many pair of pliers and such. Some were dad's, and I kept most of those, but not all. Just the ones with the obviously antique handles and such. He had his share of Sears screwdrivers and all that - better they should go to a local charity resale.

Otherwise, life clunks on. My health insurance premium is going up $30/month come November. Let's see - that's a total of $85 a month it's gone up since we were promised.... oh, never mind. ;( Rent's gone up again, and likewise my flood insurance ($200) and contractor's liability is going up ($500). I think I just figured out how I'm going to take off a few pounds!

I'm glad - really glad - you're not having your surgery/procedure until November. You're exactly right that you deserve to have a little time to enjoy Parnassus and the weather before getting involved with something else that may keep you from it for at least a time. Even though it's still hot as blazes here, I just noticed the sun has moved a few extra degrees south. I can't see it set from this window any more - here comes fall!
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381. PeaceRiverBP
10:38 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
HAPPY LABOR DAY!


Bug; Yes, thank goodness for the recent improvements in medical care!
Happy September and Happy Labor Day!

Sandi; White Rabbit, White Rabbit White Rabbit to you, too! I hope you have a lovely September! I'm so pleased that fall is almost upon us... my favorite time of year!

Pros; Thanks so much for stopping by with the perfect photo and poem for September and acknowledging my ten (soon to be eleven- I need a new blog!) years with WU. :-)
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380. palmettobug53
2:50 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits!

Hope you're having a nice Labor Day weekend, Beth.
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379. Proserpina
1:57 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
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"When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown -
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear -
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here."
- Beverly Ashour, September

WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS, WHITE RABBITS!

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 10 YEARS WITH WU!
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378. sandiquiz
1:25 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
Hi Beth,

Wishing you a very happy and healthy month of September.

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377. palmettobug53
11:19 PM GMT on August 27, 2013
Oh, I agree. We may moan and groan about it but I'd rather deal with these things today than a hundred years or more ago. Even fifty years.
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376. PeaceRiverBP
11:15 PM GMT on August 27, 2013
Bug; Well, I guess we just have to look at the bright side; after all, we've come a long ways in medicine and many of our developments would seem like magic to people from a hundred years ago. :-)
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375. palmettobug53
10:05 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
I like all my doctors and have good rapport with them. I think I hate the disruption to my work schedule. And the reduced lunch breaks on those days I have appts. They require us to clock out and back in exactly 30 minutes. On the dot. If we're on our regular schedule, we don't have to clock out for lunch; they'll trust us for that one.

yeppers... I'd love to have them be able to wave a wand over us, tell us exactly what's wrong and be able to fix it right then and there, magically. Without all the accompanying hassles we have now. Surgery and procedures.
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374. PeaceRiverBP
9:28 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Linda; Even though I grew up in this area, I try to remember to always be grateful for being able to live in such a pretty spot! This beach is just around the corner from me- close enough to hear the surf crashing on the beach after a storm.

We've been enjoying these cooler temperatures! Last night actually dipped into the upper 40's- what wonderful sleeping weather!

I'm really glad to hear that your poor little nose isn't sore any more! Is Princess all better, too?

Thanks for the head's up on Bionic Dan... I'll stop over to his blog when I finish here.

Sandi; Sometimes I can't believe how long it's been since I've visited here, too! I'm afraid I'm a very poor blog host... where does the time go?

I've been very spoiled to live so near the ocean for most of my life. Any time I've lived inland, I missed it terribly, so I know what you mean.

I'm sure all the health stuff will be behind me soon; that's the plan, anyways! Thankfully, I have my cardiologist's permission to stay active until the procedure takes place, as I'd go crazy if I had to lay around! I have reservations at a state park so I'll be taking Parnassus out on her maiden voyage next month... I'm hoping for good weather!

Bug; I don't visit the beach during the summer (tourist season) very much, either. The day I took the photos was the first time this summer! It's much more pleasant when the beach is empty (we were the only ones there!) and you have the whole place to yourself. Yes, I'm terrible spoiled- I know! When Parnassus's exterior renovations are complete, I want to take her to the beach and take her photo with the beautiful blue ocean in the background. Maybe even some interior shots, looking toward the view out the windows, too. :-)

Yes, my surgery date is in mid-November... after camping season ends. The cardiologist wanted me to do it sooner but, heck- it's been 12 years... why hurry now? I'm not missing out on a fall of camping after working my butt off all summer and waiting, just waiting, for fall to come so I could finally enjoy some time in Parnassus and the woods!

Those doctors' appointments do all up. I suppose we all hate going, but I really, really hate going; even though I like my doctors. My PCP is especially nice. She's another avid reader and we're always talking about what we're reading now. My cardiologist is a pleasant man, too- professional but with a easy going sense of humor. Plus, he says I'm "too young and too healthy" to have anything wrong with my heart- what's not to like? :-D I guess my problem is that I hate the disruption of my schedule (which is very busy on most days) and being shy, I hate the 'doctoring' processes- especially the ones that must have been developed during the Inquisition. What happened to the futuristic medical practices we saw on the original Star Trek series where Dr. McCoy ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a DOCTOR, not a repair man!") used his magic wand to diagnose patients? When does that come to pass? It won't be too soon for me!
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373. palmettobug53
2:26 PM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hi, Beth.

Love the beach pictures! I miss the beach. I don't even think about going out there in the summer, due to all the traffic, trouble finding a place to park and the wall to wall crowds on the beach. I ought to try going out there on nice winter days. I just got out of the habit of going, once I no longer bothered about tanning.

So, your procedure is set for November? I'll be pulling for you.

I won't exactly be done with doctors and appts after my second cochlear surgery. I'll still have the therapy for a while, which isn't exactly seeing a doctor but still counts as appts. I'll see the audiologist every 6 months, from here on out. My PCP likes to see me twice a year, now that I'm over 55. I've got my regular GYN once a year. My oncologist GYN about twice a year. The dentist twice a year. More, if I have things to fix and it seems like I can seldom escape my cleaning visits without them finding something that needs fixing. Come spring, I'll probably be going in about allergy/sinus issues - this past spring was the worst, yet. I'm overdue for an annual skin check in dermatology. I have my annual mammogram scheduled after Labor Day.

Jeeze, it just doesn't end, does it?

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372. sandiquiz
9:15 AM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hi Beth,

I know I have been by since the 12th, but there is no comment...perhaps I dreamt it!!
Love the photos of the beach. How I miss the sea and beach...I live in the middle of the country, and it is a good three hours journey to get to the sea, so we do not go very often!

Hope your health issues can be sorted out soon, so you can get out and about enjoying your new transport.
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371. shoreacres
1:52 AM GMT on August 25, 2013
Hi, Beth,

Your photos from the beach look wonderful! Cool and breezy would be terrific.

I wanted to stop by and tell you that Bionic Dan just posted about the passing of his dog, Ginger. I don't know if you followed his blog, but he and she were really close, and he's posted a nice remembrance. I thought you might want to stop by.

I'm going to scroll back and read through all your info about Parnassus and such, and then come back to bring you up to date on my goings on. Everything's fine - life just gets complicated sometimes. But my nose is all healed up - it finally stopped hurting sometime this week. I haven't a clue when, of course. I just suddenly realized the pain was gone. POOF!
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370. PeaceRiverBP
6:28 PM GMT on August 24, 2013
Photos from an evening at the beach with family; it was cool and quite breezy but lots of fun!


















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369. PeaceRiverBP
4:21 PM GMT on August 20, 2013
Bug; Yes, I've been having heart beat issues for 12 years and besides the screwy rhythm, it keeps getting slower and slower. During the past year it's been between 40 to 50 BPM when checked at the Dr's office.... 46 BPM when I was there last week and that was right after 2 cups of coffee!

I will be really pleased if this surgery takes care of the problem and allows me to eventually get off all the medications- woo-hoo!

I hope that once you have your other cochlear implant installed and that whole process completed that you will be free of doctors for a good, long while, too! :-)
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368. palmettobug53
4:16 PM GMT on August 18, 2013
Oh, dear. I didn't realize you were having some irregular heart beat issues. I know neither you nor anyone else is thrilled at facing any kind of procedure but if it works it's worth doing.

I've noticed in the past few years that my 'social calendar', such as it is, seems to have more medical appts than social events on it. Bleah.
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367. PeaceRiverBP
4:01 PM GMT on August 16, 2013
Karen; Thanks for your comment on the camper- I'm hoping to be out on our first expedition sometime soon after Labor Day! It'll be good to go somewhere fun in it! I realized recently that since I purchased Parnassus this spring, its destinations have largely been to medical appointments. Ugh. Just came back from yet another one. Now I hope to be done with them until November, when my cardiologist hopes to fix my irregular heartbeat by zapping my heart to kill the internal mischief-makers that are causing the problems. I'm not thrilled with the procedure, but if it solves the heartbeat issue, I'm all for it!

Hope all is well with you! Thanks for stopping in!
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366. SBKaren
12:25 AM GMT on August 16, 2013
I scrolled pretty far back but I couldn't find a posting from me, guess I did it on FB. I sure hope you get out on some adventures soon! Your little RV is just the cutest thing! I'm so jealous of you!!! You and Sammy are going to have some great adventures!
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365. PeaceRiverBP
4:10 PM GMT on August 13, 2013
Heavy rains on the way... just what we need: more rain. I hope we have a nice, dry fall with lots of lovely camping weather!

Sandi; Thanks for dropping by; I hope you have a good week, too!

Quite a few in my family have made 80's & 90's, but so far as I know, Uncle Ted is the only one who has gone past 100, as he recently turned 102 on July 31st. His sweet wife, my Aunt Helen was his beloved for nearly 80 years when she passed away last year. They were an inspirational couple and fun and interesting people, as well. Uncle Ted had worked in upper management for Raytheon and they had lived all over the world- what wonderful experiences they shared!
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364. sandiquiz
3:34 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Just dropping by to wish you a very good week:)

The average human age is "three score years and ten", but many make it to the centenary!

Your uncle Ted, for one! :)
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363. PeaceRiverBP
10:13 PM GMT on August 11, 2013
Bug; It doesn't seem possible, does it? I was thinking the same thing; it seems like just a few years ago when I posted my Name Mr. Puppy blog and Sammy's name was chosen amongst the many suggestions (Samson/Sammy). There's an old Swiss saying about Bernese Mountain Dogs (from the Berne Mountains of Switzerland) that roughly translated says: "Three years young dog, three years good dog, three years old dog". And Sammy does indeed appear to be beginning his senior dog years.
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362. palmettobug53
7:59 PM GMT on August 11, 2013
Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday, Sammy was just a little pup and we were bandying about possible names for him.

It's a sad fact that, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan. I'll hope that he does better than than the average Bernese, too.
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361. PeaceRiverBP
7:25 PM GMT on August 11, 2013
Bug; I've explained to Sammy that it is MY bed. I plan to raise the bed's platform about 8" so I can put drawers under the bed and once it is higher, he'll be less apt to try to jump up on it. He's turning 7 in a few weeks and he's a lot less spry and really slowing down. The average Berner only lives 8 years... I can only hope that Sammy surpasses "average".
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360. palmettobug53
9:42 PM GMT on August 10, 2013
Good Lord! I'll bet Jeff pays a little more attention to what he's clicking on from now on!

Sammy does look like he's staking out his claim to your bed. You need to do some explaining. "My bed; not yours." lol
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359. PeaceRiverBP
11:01 PM GMT on August 08, 2013
Linda; Wow! My recent shopping boo-boo pales in comparison! I was miffed because I wanted to buy some rope for my grandkids swings which was priced at $4.99 and when I got to the register, the kid ringing up my order claims that's not the right price- that the real price is higher. I pointed out that their own price tag says $4.99- and to myself: besides- I know cheap rope when I see it- this wasn't a fancy bundle of rope. Anyway, he eventually came up with a price of $15.00 and something cents and then he and the person who found the higher price looked at me as though I was ungrateful when I didn't want to go through with the purchase. I remarked that I thought it was illegal to charge more than what the price tag bore - it's certainly unethical... but, anyway, the rope stayed at the store and I went home- thoroughly disgusted. But, at least I wasn't charged 250 million bucks for something I didn't intend to buy! Whooooeee! Somebody has some 'splaining to do!

You have a much better excuse to be looking for cooler weather than I do; I've heard that Texas' heat has been just brutal this summer. We've had some hot and humid spells, but very minor compared to Texas. I hope you get some relief, soon!
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358. shoreacres
9:19 PM GMT on August 08, 2013
Hi, Beth! I'm on my way back to work, but just saw this. It cracked me up and I thought you might enjoy it.

Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post by Mistake

I don't care who you are - that's just funny!

I have no idea if I'm going to be able to get some work done now, but I'll see what it's like in the shade. If it's still too hot, I'm going to go get groceries and then start over about 6 or 6:30. Like you, I'm ready for September!
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357. PeaceRiverBP
8:54 PM GMT on August 08, 2013
Sandi; I hope so, too- although the dog usually isn't interested in sharing a bed because he gets too hot... that thick fur coat of his keeps him too warm, sometimes.

It's been a busy week- as usual; lots of work, family and doctor's stuff. I'll be glad to get away for a bit once the summer heat has passed and most of the tourists have gone home. This usually happens in early September, so that's when I'm hoping to take a small vacation in my camper... although I may take off just for a day or so, sooner, if I can.

We've had a little autumn weather already, too- what a treat! I really enjoy the cooler summer days and nights!
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356. sandiquiz
10:00 AM GMT on August 07, 2013
I do hope when you finally get to use the bed that Sammy does not want to share it with you - looks as though it might be a tight squeeze! lol

Hope the week is going well.

We had mist this morning - reminding us that autumn is not far away:(
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355. PeaceRiverBP
3:19 AM GMT on August 06, 2013
Sandi; Happy August to you, too! Funny, I just left your blog & I find a post from you here! I hope you have a lovely month!

Bug; I love the retro kitty clock, too- it's just too cute! Yes, Sammy does seem to approve. He hops right in and he enjoys going for rides- now he finally has room! My little truck was really a squeeze for him; his head almost hit the ceiling when he sat on the seat!

Here's Sammy on my bed in Parnassus; you can see that he takes up a good portion of it. I keep a tarp over the mattress to keep it clean while Sammy & the grandkids climb on it. Hopefully, I'll get to use it myself, before too long! :-)

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354. palmettobug53
2:31 PM GMT on August 04, 2013
Hi, Beth.

Oh, that's looking very nice, indeed.

Love the retro cat clock!

I see Sammy is surveying his domain and he looks like he approves.
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353. sandiquiz
1:12 PM GMT on August 01, 2013


Wishing you a month of dreams come true:)
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352. PeaceRiverBP
2:00 AM GMT on August 01, 2013
Thanks, Skyepony! I can't wait to get some time off to get out and go camping!

Sandi; Yes, plenty of room for Sammy- which was a big part of the reason why I bought Parnassus; he was too big for my little truck! Now he can ride in comfort! :-)

Hope you're having a good week, too!
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351. sandiquiz
9:18 AM GMT on July 31, 2013
She is coming on nicely, Beth - and there is room for Sammy, too!

Hope you are having a good week:)
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350. Skyepony (Mod)
4:12 AM GMT on July 31, 2013
Parnassus is coming along.. That looks like such a fun vehicle.
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349. PeaceRiverBP
1:12 AM GMT on July 30, 2013
More of Parnassus' transformation:













The work continues....



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348. PeaceRiverBP
1:42 AM GMT on July 21, 2013
Sandi; It's been a busy week, but all's well so far, thanks- I hope you can say the same!

Bug; Thank you; I, too, know that Parnassus will come together, all in good time. She's already a little gem and I consider myself quite lucky to have her. I hope to have her for many, many years to come! :-)
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347. palmettobug53
11:38 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
I know you'll get Parnassus finished up, even if you have to wait for cooler, drier temps.

There's adventures down the road for both of you! I think you'll enjoy them even more, driving your own creation, rather than something new. At least, for a few years to come. Who knows what the future will bring?

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346. sandiquiz
9:17 AM GMT on July 18, 2013
Hi Beth :)

Hope the week is going as you planned and hoped!
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345. PeaceRiverBP
2:19 PM GMT on July 13, 2013
Sandi;

I treasure those words! Thanks so much! :-)

{{{hugs}}}
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344. sandiquiz
9:06 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
....one day she'll be the show piece I see in my mind's eye.


Beth, it is what makes us different from all the other animals on this planet... we can dream, and just occasionally, those dreams come true:)

Go get your dream, girl!
:-)
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343. PeaceRiverBP
8:43 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
Sandi; I'm sure that many share your opinion- but from my point of view, I'm pursuing a life-long dream. :-) Throughout my childhood, I used to design campers on scrap paper, imagining myself embarking on great adventures and touring the Country. I've since owned and lived in several full-sized RV's, but this is the first little one: the size I initially envisioned traveling in.

The only way I can afford to tackle this item on my Bucket List is to start off with a fixer-upper, so I'm going to give it my best shot and enjoy some local RVing in the mean time. :-) Not to mention, Parnassus is fine transportation, too. I'm patient and tenacious: one day she'll be the show piece I see in my mind's eye.
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342. sandiquiz
2:27 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
Beth, I think you are brave (or is it foolhardy - lol) to take on such a big project when you are busy at work and busy with grandkids. BUT, once it is all complete, you will have such a sense of achievement:)

Have a wonderful weekend.
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341. PeaceRiverBP
4:14 PM GMT on July 11, 2013
Thanks, Sandi! She's coming along, bit by bit. I wish the weather would cooperate so I can complete her body work; we've either had rain or blistering heat since I bought her in April... or, I've been stuck indoors, working on a deadline on the few nice days we've enjoyed. Oh, well- the blue bird days have to be right around the corner- or so I'm hoping! :-)
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340. sandiquiz
8:43 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
Beth, your beloved Parnassus looks wonderful in all her new finery.

"May you travel many miles under a cloudless sky:-)"
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339. PeaceRiverBP
7:37 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
Here's a close-up of my beloved Parnassus. (Back door is open.)

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338. PeaceRiverBP
1:52 AM GMT on July 09, 2013
Linda; My holiday was a combination of work and trying to enjoy some family time. On Independence Day evening I was convinced to take a break and go out for ice cream and a few fireworks (as many fireworks as a two year old could stand- then we had to go home) and there was a weekend cookout, so I did get to partake in some festivities. It wasn't quite the relaxing time I had hoped for (and worked through preceding weekends so I could take the time off!) but, I guess I can always hope for that, later.

I'm really glad to hear that you had a nice 4th of July with your friend and that she's well enough to drive and get out for some fun, now. Sounds as though you two had a blast!

I'm with you & Bug as far as the fact that I'd like to get used to not working... I don't know that I'll ever be able to truly retire- but I'd dearly love to! I've had a paying job (outside the home) since the age of 8 and while I don't mind working for a living, it's times like this when a long-anticipated 'stay-vacation' is pulled out from under my feet like an old rug that I get frustrated with the grind. I just need a break to restore my sense of humor.

BTW, I really enjoyed the link. That RV is a little bigger than Parnassus, which is 19' 3" long and about 7' wide and she probably has less storage and bells and whistles than that fancy rig. On the plus side, Parnassus only cost a small fraction of what the other RV cost and she has all I need to be self-sufficient. So, I'm happy. :-) I'm now 'following' the blog so I can keep up with their adventures. It will be fun to see where they go and, as you say, maybe get some could tips on good places to visit. I can't wait to hit the road, myself!

Hope all is well with you & thanks for stopping by!
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337. shoreacres
10:20 PM GMT on July 07, 2013
Hi, Beth! Hope your 4th of July weekend was wonderful. I'm sure it was, if you were able to beat off those old grinches who keep wanting you to work!

One thing I brought you is this link to a wonderful blog written by a fellow who's just taken off for Alaska and back with his wife. They're traveling in a camper van that I think must be just about the size of yours. I thought you'd really enjoy following along with their posts. For one thing, he's a great writer. For another, they know how to travel - that is, they take time for the interesting things, not just the ho-hum touristy stuff.

Besides, I'm convinced you may find some good tips along the way. If nothing else, it's the sort of thing that can help keep you inspired while you're working your way toward your own travel!

We had a nice 4th here. My friend who has been laid up with all those injuries for six months finally is out and about. She can drive, now, and came down and stayed overnight. We went out to eat, went to Galveston, piddled around down the coast and spent a little time in the country. It was a nice, relaxing time. And, we got some fireworks at the end. They were the best kind - we could see them from my apartment building, and then walk about 200' to get home.

Beyond that, there's not much cooking. I was all set for a rainy weekend, and it hasn't materialized. I'm a little put out. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, but it looks like our chances for today are gone. We're back to water rationing, and we'll probably have to go to the next level if we don't get rain soon. If we miss it this go-around, it looks like it could easily be another week. Sigh.

Otherwise, all is well. I guess now that the 4th is over, I'd better think about getting back to work myself. I see tomorrow is Bug's first day back post-surgery, too. I think she's in the same place I am - we could get used to this not working business, but we'd better not!
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336. PeaceRiverBP
5:32 PM GMT on July 06, 2013
Thanks, Sandi! I hope you're having a lovely weekend! The sun is out here (finally!) and it is HOT! Hope all is well and thanks for thinking of me! :-)
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335. sandiquiz
9:05 AM GMT on July 04, 2013
Happy Fourth of July to all my American Flickr friends

Hope you and the family have a wonderful day:)
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334. PeaceRiverBP
5:41 PM GMT on July 03, 2013
Sandi; White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits! Happy July to you, too! I did stop by your blog and saw the wonderful kitty photos- what a darling and so full of kitten-like mischief! I was just about to leave a message when work beckoned and I had to cut my WU visit sort... just getting back now, to finally reply to the posts on my blog. Isn't it always the way? Every time I announce I want to take some time off (holiday week here, for many folks) they come up with extra work for me to do. I grateful for the work and I'm quite happy with my job; I'm just frustrated that this happens every time! Oh well. Time and tide wait for no man and business does not follow holiday schedules. :-/

Bug; All my kitties have had shoe fetishes!
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