Sunday, October 22, 2017

WEEKLY UPDATE: WEATHER, DOCTORS, TV BRACKET

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 54 Some Rain and a Thunderstorm High 77) 

We remember back to when we were working at this time of the year when we ended up with 3 or 4 coats at work. The time of the year when the weather was just starting to get colder and the overnight temperature and early morning temperature was low enough that you needed a coat. But we were out of the habit having a coat at work so invariably we left the coat and needed another one the next day. We had a couple of those days this week. One night the overnight low was 40 but it got up to 80 during the day. Just another reason why we are thankful we are not working anymore. Besides with limited space we don't have that many coats anymore.

We had a couple of doctor appointments this week. Bob for his thyroid and Jo at the Pain Center. Bob got another sonogram this time done by the doctor himself and a blood draw. He is scheduled for a Radioactive Iodine Uptake test in early November. Depending on the results of that test he may have a fine needle aspiration biopsy.

As home projects go the new TV bracket was fairly successful as it only took a couple of trips to Lowe's to get the right bolts. In last weeks blog we told you about the bolts to connect our existing plate for the telescoping arm to the adapter plates. Because we had to flip the adapter plates so our existing plate would work that screwed up the connection to the TV for the adapter plates so Bob headed off to get new bolts which worked, the TV is now affixed to the telescoping arm and locked in place. Here is the existing bracket with telescoping arm showing the storage behind the TV.



We put the two plates together and attached them to the TV. The darker plate is our existing plate, here it is connected to the adapter plates and the adapter plates bolted to the TV.


For us not a bad project, only a few days and 2 trips to Lowe's 😅

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WEEKLY UPDATE: WEATHER, DOCTORS, NEW PHONES AND TV BRACKET

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Not as warm with a Thunderstorm High 73) 

We are sure you have heard the phrase, if you don't like the weather in [insert place here] just wait 12 hours. Well that applied to Kerrville earlier this week. From a high of 92 to a low of 51 less than 12 hours later we had a couple very nice days before it turned warmer and more humid for the weekend.

More doctor stuff this week with more appointments and flu shots.


We switched from Verizon to AT&T for phones and data getting new Samsung Note 8s and a new HotSpot.


As far as the new TV bracket goes it should be subtitled 'Nothing is standard, Part 2'. The adapter bracket bolts to the existing bracket and then to the TV. They provide nuts and bolts to connect the two but they are too large for the holes on the existing bracket. The existing bolts are too long and would gouge the TV. There is a huge festival in town this weekend which would make parking almost impossible so Bob is heading to the hardware store early this week. We are sensing a Part 3 to the saga :-(

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 8, 2017

NOTHING IS STANDARD ON AN RV PLUS DOCTORS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 59 Partly Sunny and Warm High 88)

We found yet another thing that's not standard in our RV. We replaced our 50" Jensen HDTV (1280x720) with a Samsung UHD TV (3840x2160). Since both televisions were the same size we thought the existing articulating bracket would work since both manufacturers claimed VESA standard compliance. Well the Jensen TV had the mounting holes for a 40" TV while the Samsung had the correct mounting holes per the standard for a 50" TV. We setup the new Samsung using the stand so we could watch TV that night and then the next day researched options. We have storage behind the TV so want to keep that type of mounting and the existing bracket if at all possible since a lot of brackets don't lock.

Bob's first thought was to buy another bracket and then have a shop weld the two plates together. His further research found out that we weren't the only one with this problem. There are a lot of adapter plates that instead of welding together you just use the mounting screws.


We should receive the above adapter plates next week, we'll let you know how it works out. 

It was also a week of doctors, for both Bob and Tiger. 


The nodules on Bob's thyroid have gotten larger so he will have a fine needle aspiration biopsy in the next few day, hopefully next week. Tiger had a rough patch this summer so we took her back for blood work. Her kidneys have gotten worse so she is now on meds and special food. She is a very finicky eater so we are wondering how the food will work out.

As mentioned before Sunday is now DVD day, not NFL day. We plan to see 'Fences' and 'For Greater Glory' and some 'Aerial America' episodes. We have been amazed at how good the picture is even on DirecTV and DVDs. We knew we were going to be blown away by the Blu-Ray discs and we have been.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, October 6, 2017

REPORT ON A COUPLE OF MOVIES WE SAW

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 66 Clouds and Sunshine High 85)

Based on the recommendation of Jim and Dee from Tumbleweed we saw 'American Assassin'.


We have read the Mitch Rapp books and really liked them. They picked a good book as it was a prequel to a lot of the earlier Mitch Rapp books. This allows the cast to age if they make more. After this one we think they should. Lots of action and you don't need to have read the books to like the movie. So like Jim and Dee we recommend this movie.

The other movie we want to talk is 'Hacksaw Ridge' which we saw on our Sunday DVD day (instead of Sunday NFL day). Telling the story of Desmond Doss who served in the Army Medical Corp but didn't want to carry a gun. He ended up being the only conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor. A great movie but the true story is even better. In fact a couple of events were omitted from the movie because they were afraid they weren't believable. Hacksaw Ridge was the name given to a cliff that the Army had to climb on Okinawa. The true event omitted from the movie was that Desmond Doss was one of the 3 that climbed the cliff to secure the rope ladders as shown here.


The other event deals with his injury at the end of the movie. Carried on a stretcher to the rope ladder another soldier needed to be lowered first so he gave up his stretcher. While waiting a sniper shot him and shattered his left arm. With a bad arm and the leg damaged by the grenades Desmond climbed down the rope ladder by himself.

Whenever we stand for the National Anthem with our hands over our hearts we think of our dads who served in the Navy, guys like Desmond Doss and all those that didn't come back from war. What makes "Hacksaw Ridge" personal is that two of the ships supporting the invasion of Okinawa were ships that our dads served on.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 29, 2017

BASKERVILLE'S LAWS OF FULL-TIMING

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 67 Cloudy Rain Humid High 74) 

We have spent the last week mostly getting rained on plus a haircut for Jo and a medical test for Bob, that pretty much summarizes it.

Everybody has heard of Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong). These are a take on Murphy's Law as they apply to full-time living and traveling in an RV. So with further adieu here are Baskerville's Laws of Full-timing:

If you need to pull off the interstate for an emergency, like one of the lids on the plastic containers in the truck bed have come loose, the exit you choose will not have an easy return to the interstate.

No matter where and when you are hooking up or unhooking you will always be on the sunny side.

No matter how far back into the parking lot you park a 1 ton pickup with very long doors with empty spaces all around someone with will park right next to you.

The safe distance for braking will always be shortened by vehicles darting in front of you

Breeze direction is always from the side where you have the fewest windows 

If you go by the burp method for black tank dumping the first burp will be middle of the night

Propane always runs out in the middle of the night. 

If there is a strong wind it will most likely be a head wind and suck the fuel like you've never seen.

When there is a semi beside you so you can't get over the merging traffic will get into the lane ahead of you and then go 45 mph.

We'll end with Baskerville's Corollary to Murphy's Law - Murphy was an optimist!

Don't get us wrong we really like living full-time in our RV and traveling this great country, it just seems like multiple laws are out to get us. Traveling this great country we get to see sights like this.









Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 22, 2017

GETTING SETTLED IN KERRVILLE TEXAS (AND A FOODIE UPDATE)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 72 A Thunderstorm in Spots High 89) 

Now that we are in our winter spot, although in mid-September it really doesn't feel like winter yet with the heat and humidity, we will probably be blogging only about once a week. 

Both of us have had our initial appointments with our primary care doctors and Jo had her first appointment at the pain center in Fredericksburg. While in Fredericksburg we had a good foodie experience. We didn't realize that one of our favorites "The Sunset Grille" was closed on Wednesdays so we had to find a place for lunch. We settled on "Jennie's Smoked Burgers and Tornado Fries". Here is a cherry wood smoked double cheeseburger, a footlong beef sirloin hot dog, and their signature tornado fries.


The tornado fries were the hit but the beef hot dog and the smoked burgers were also very good. We've added this to our foodie list "Our Favorite Things! Food by State and City". 

Fredericksburg Texas has come to be known as the Peach Capital of Texas. The fresh peach season ended in August but some of those peaches were used to make wine. We tracked a bottle down and tried it and it has great flavor but high alcohol content so a little goes a long way.



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 16, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 68 Clouds Giving Way To Some Sun High 93) 

After a week in Chip and Joanna Gaines country, aka Waco Texas, we departed yesterday for our winter location of Kerrville Texas. We are staying at the Kerrville-Schreiner RV Park.


It was approximately 200 miles, a long day for us anymore. This is the route we took.



We have our initial appointments with our doctors next week, who knows where that will lead.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 15, 2017

REVIEW OF MIDWAY PARK RV PARK ON LAKE WACO NEAR WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 69 Mostly Sunny and Breezy Currently 68)
Heading to Kerrville TX (Currently 71 Mostly Sunny and Very Warm High 92) 

We have found a really nice park in Waco Texas, Midway Park RV Park on Lake Waco. It is a Corps of Engineers park with 50amp full hookups. Both of our GPS devices brought us right to the park. We reserved and paid in advance so check-in at the kiosk was easy. The roads and site are gravel and big rig friendly. There is a lot of room between sites, which we like. We had a pull-thru and it was long enough for both vehicles. Hookups were fairly convenient. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Verizon 4g and cellphone signal strength was pretty good. There was no free park wifi. The best part of the park though had to be the price. Since it is a COE park our National Parks Senior Pass got us 50% off making the week less than $100.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right, we were at the end of a row.


To the left.


From the rear.


Further from the rear showing the spacing between sites.


We would not hesitate to stay here again as we didn't realize how big Waco was with lots of things to see and do, plus you can't beat the price. We just want to visit when it isn't so dang hot. We don't have any local restaurants to report on for this trip.

We leave today for Kerrville Texas where will be spending the winter.

We'll leave you with one of our beautiful sunsets we had while in Waco over Lake Waco. We will be blogging about these sunsets in the future.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DR. PEPPER MUSEUM IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 67 Mostly Sunny and Hot High 97) 

While in Waco Texas we were also able to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, located in an abandoned pop plant


If we asked this question, which major soft drink brand (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.) is the oldest? How many would have guessed Dr. Pepper before the obvious blogging plug here?

Dr. Pepper: December 1, 1885 in Waco Texas
Coca-Cola: May 8, 1886
Pepsi: August 28, 1898

All three brands started out as a fountain drink. In Waco Dr. Alderton mixed flavors and flavors until he arrived at the 23 flavors that became Dr. Pepper. Here is a neat animatronic with Dr. Alderton explaining the invention.


Here is the soda fountain where Dr. Pepper was invented, originally just called a 'Waco'.


Dr. Alderton worked at 'The Old Corner Drug Store' owned by Wade Morrison who decided to call the 'Waco' a Dr. Pepper. There were old signs in the museum.



Old vending machines,



including this one from the movie "Thor".


We both like Diet Dr. Pepper and remember at one time it was the best tasting diet pop around, by that we mean it tasted the most like it sugary version. We got the most laughs in the theater that was playing Dr. Pepper commercials. Our like of Diet Dr. Pepper made this a place to visit for us. Maybe it will be for you too.

Here are some other photos from our visit





Don't miss a trip across the courtyard to the gift shop for more exhibits and a soda fountain where you can get a Dr. Pepper fixed like it would have been all those years ago. It was really good.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REPORT ON OUR VISIT TO 'MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS' IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 61 Mostly Sunny High 95) 

We visited 'Magnolia Market at The Silos' yesterday and oh what a difference a day or a few hours makes. 


The recommended times are early or late and since it was going to be in the 90s late we opted for early and arrived at 9a. Since the bakery was so busy yesterday Bob dropped Jo off and then went to park.


Parking tip: Bob parked in the free parking lot behind Crossfit on 8th and it was great. The Baptist Church was charging $10 to park in their lot and others were charging also, you can bypass those and get ample free parking nearby. We were right by the food trucks which open up at 11a.



Parlaying their successful TV show 'Fixer Uppers' into a retail bonanza 'Magnolia Market and Gardens at The Silos' turned a down trodden area into a destination, probably the most visited tourist place in Waco. If you watch the TV show this has Joanna written all over it with stuff that she has used, or could use, in decorating the houses.




Joanna got all that and Chip just got a corner.







In addition to decorating items they have their own line of clothing (hats and t-shirts) with their logo or #SHIPLAP or #DEMODAY. They have a great outdoor area and plenty of seating if you want to eat your bakery goods there, we took ours home.




Magnolia Seed and Feed.




The bakery was real good and we may go back again as the stuff we bought didn't last long 😃


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1ST ATTEMPT AT VISITING "MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS" IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 58 Mostly Sunny High 91) 

We made our first attempt to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos yesterday and it wasn't successful. We had slept in and got a later than recommended start and there is a reason for the recommendation. As we approached The Silos we saw a lot of people and cars.


We drove around and saw no street parking and a number of paid parking lots and a line of people at the bakery. We read that there sometimes is a 30 minute wait in line for the bakery.



Since we are not big fans of crowds we punted and did some of the other things we had planned for the week like pedicures and shopping at an HEB grocery store. We did have lunch at an In-n-Out, surprised to see one this far east. It was as good as we remembered and we know why the burgers are some of our favorites.


We researched the parking and hours and visited The Silos earlier today than we tried yesterday and will report on that tomorrow.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, September 10, 2017

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!!

Currently in Waco TX (Low 58 Pleasant with Plenty of Sun High 88) 

We cannot believe that it has been 8 years today that we first laid our heads on our pillows in our new home in this living full-time in an RV. The first night was in Peculiar Missouri and since then on our anniversary we have been in:

Peculiar Missouri
Custer South Dakota 
Altoona Iowa
Overland Park Kansas
Buffalo Wyoming
Goodyear Arizona
Peculiar Missouri
Waco Texas

This is our states visited map to date.



Here is a map showing all our travels.





We don't know how much longer we will be living full-time and traveling this great country but we know we have enjoyed the first 8 years, even with all the ups and downs.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 9, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 56 Pleasant with Plenty of Sun High 88) 

With the shades tuned up by MCD we departed yesterday and headed to Waco Texas, the home of the stars of "The Fixer Uppers", Chip and Joanna Gaines. We plan to visit their Magnolia Market at the Silos


where they have setup shops for home decor, garden, and lifestyle. They also have a gift shop and a bakery. Plus the area is serviced by food trucks so this could turn into an all day, or multiple day trip.

It was approximately 140 miles, this is the route we took.



We will be here a week and then head to Kerrville Texas for doctor's appointments and for the winter.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 8, 2017

REVIEW OF MCD (SHADES AND CAMPING)

Currently in McKinney TX (Low 55 Sunny Currently 60)
Heading to Waco TX (Currently 57 Sunny, Pleasant, Low Humidity High 86) 

From the 'you had one job' files, the rear shade on our Lifestyle is 2" less width than if MCD measured and installed it. Plus there were some brackets that need correcting and a couple of the shades needed springs. The tech removed all the shades and took them to his shop to make sure they were all operating correctly. First thing we noticed that when he removed the shades was how dirty the windows were. So Jo cleaned the inside while Bob cleaned the outside. Here is the view out our back window after we finished cleaning the windows.


Here is the Lifestyle at MCD with all the other coaches getting work done this week, a small number due to the shortened holiday week and one motorhome already left since MCD couldn't add the front window shade.


Here is the Lifestyle up close.


All in all it was about a couple hours and a couple springs to complete the work, which was money well spent. All the shades are working great and aligned to minimize the peeping into our coach since almost all the shades were cut short width wise.

MCD did the best they could with the poor job that Lifestyle did when measuring and installing their shades. They were able to fix the troublesome ones and we are glad to get that work done. We were here only 4 nights so had no trouble with the black/grey tank capacities.

We leave today for Waco Texas. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo