Saturday, October 2, 2021

SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE - 12TH FULL-TIMING ANNIVERSARY

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Humid with Rain Clouds Sun High 83) 

In honor of our 12th anniversary full-timing we are going to provide a Top 12 full-timing list. Here is one of our favorite photos just after we started full-timing in 2009.


The following places are ones we found on our full-timing travels. Disclaimer: I have not verified that these places are still open so caveat emptor.

Top 12 Breakfast meals (in no particular order)

Arizona Green Chile Eggs at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Corn Maiden at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Warm Prickly Pear Cactus and Spice Bread Pudding at Turquoise Room in Winslow Arizona
Sourdough Pancakes at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
German Pancakes (Dutchman) at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
Steak N Eggs at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
SOS at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
French Man's French Toast at Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais Minnesota
Marionberry French Toast at Fishtails Cafe in South Beach Oregon
Pumpkin Pancakes at Drake Diner in Des Moines Iowa
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes/unique Syrup at Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota
Finnish Pancakes (Pannukakku) at Suomi in Houghton Michigan
 
Honorable Mention:
Eggs Sardou at Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville Texas 
Eggs Benedict at Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Grits at Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Aunt Bessie's Sourdough Waffles at Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
Welsh Eggs at Knead Cafe in Kalispell Montana
Southwest Benedict at Cedric's in Idaho Falls
Eggs Benedict at TJ's Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Buttermilk Pancakes at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Oatmeal at TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Bobby J Breakfast Sandwich at Woerner's Warehouse in Fredericksburg Texas
Raspberry French Toast at Kaleva Cafe in Hancock Michigan
Cranberry Wild Rice French Toast at Sara's Table in Duluth Minnesota
Swedish Pancakes at Swedish Pantry in Escanaba Michigan
Orange Pancakes at PM Park in Clear Lake Iowa 
Pancake Syrup at Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota

Top 12 Breakfast Places in no particular order

Turquoise Room inside the La Posada Hotel in Winslow Arizona
Rio Ranch Cafe in Kerrville Texas
Smitty's Pancake and Steak House in Idaho Falls Idaho
TJs Homestyle in Avondale Arizona
Woerner's Warehouse (breakfast sandwich, quiche) in Fredericksburg Texas
Loula's Cafe in Whitefish Montana
Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais Minnesota
Fishtails Cafe in South Beach Oregon
Suomi in Houghton Michigan
PM Park in Clear Lake Iowa
Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville Minnesota
Knead Cafe in Kalispell Montana  
 
Honorable Mention:
Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg Texas
Sam's No 3 in Aurora Colorado
Kaleva Cafe in Hancock Michigan
Drake Diner in Des Moines Iowa

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 3, 2021

AUGUST 2021 - BOB BIRTHDAY MONTH, GO CYCLONES!

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 73 Mostly Sunny High 96)

It's weird to be the same age as old people! 

August is Bob's birthday month and for us it is a month long celebration. We sign up for a lot of eclubs that give us free meals for your birthday and we tried to use them all :-)

Starting off with a BOGO free meal at First Watch to a free sub at Jersey Mike's to a free slam at Denny's to a sundae at Culvers to free cinnamon breaksticks at Pizza Hut to a free sandwich at Schlotzsky's it was a great month.

The highlight though was another great meal at 1011 Bistro where we both got the sea bass. This is what you get for celebrating your birthday there, a hazelnut chocolate tart, it was delicious.



We like eating out as you know, we like eating out with some free stuff even more.

As August ends it means that the college football season is upon us. The team from Bob’s alma mater, The Iowa State Cyclones, are entering the most hyped, most anticipated year ever. The preseason AP poll had the Cyclones ranked #7 which is their highest preseason ranking of all time. The preseason magazines are paying attention and the Cyclones figure prominently on the front and back covers of 3 major publications. Bob is poring over thes magazines to prepare for the September 4th kickoff against UNI.



Bob has taken ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ to the next level.



Bob is so pumped up he got a new shirt.



Speaking of shirts, with the new Name Image Likeness (NIL) rulings college players can make money off of endorsements, clothing, appearances, etc. Rory Walling is a special teams player at Iowa State and he did something incredible. His t-shirt is a military appreciation t-shirt and he will be donating all of his proceeds, in his own words, "This shirt will honor all of the servicemen and women fighting for our country. This shirt holds a special place in my heart because both of my grandfathers fought for our country. The military presence in my family taught me to stand up for what I believe in and live with integrity. A quote that I've held with me is, 'All gave some, but some gave all.' With this quote in mind, I want to support those who have fought and served for our country. As a way of giving back, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Puppy Jake Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized, and professionally trained service dogs." - Rory Walling

Bob will be wearing this t-shirt often, especially on September 11th (20th anniversary) when Iowa State hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Go Cyclones!

Till next time,

Bob an Jo

Friday, August 6, 2021

JULY 2021 UPDATE - ANNIVERSARY, ETC.

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 71 Mostly Sunny High 87) 

July is our anniversary month, a big one in fact, our 30th. We went to Bistro 1011 in Kerrville and they treated us well. Here is our anniversary dessert from them.

In spite of all the uncertainty of the future of Iowa State conference membership due to OU and Texas bolting to the SEC, Bob is excited about this upcoming year so he bought a new shirt.


Other news on the foodie front is that an Arby's opened in Kerrville. It is a new concept store for drive-thru and walk-up ordering only.

Otherwise  it was a pretty normal month of doctor's appointments, church and eating out.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, July 1, 2021

JUNE 2021 UPDATE-COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Currently 74 Partly Sunny Low 72 A Couple of Morning Showers then Partly Cloudy High 89) 

This will be the first blog posting that will not have the automatic emails generated by Google so the times they are a changing. Bob had a boss that always said, "communicate, communicate, communicate" so in addition to the readers that have this blog in their reading list we also post on Facebook and emails are sent out to those that first have subscribed at Google but now will be a distribution list managed by us.

What is not changing is what seems like a constant stream of mechanical issues. Vibration caused a wire to come lose on our clothes dryer, which has had a couple of breakdowns before. Shortly after the wire was put back in place the dryer was no longer heating. A high temperature limit switch failed, but we have the part and the tech is coming tomorrow.

From the 'it never makes the noise when you take it into the shop' files. Our living room air conditioner fan started making some squealing noise so we immediately texted our mobile service guy. He texted right back and we tried to set an appointment. Our schedules didn't align in the initial conversation and you will never guess what happened next, the fan quit making the noise. It's been a few days now with no fan noise so we really don't know what to think.

We did a whole chicken on our smoker this month.

 

HEB had a great price on shrimp that we couldn't resist.

Other than that our month has just been doctor's appointments, massages and church.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

MAY 2021 UPDATE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Currently Cloudy; Humid; Storms Around Forecast High 82) 

May started off with a bang for us. We got a lot of rain which resulted in flooding on May 1st. Here is how it looked a day after the flooding, we couldn't believe how fast the water rose and then receded.

There was a lot of scrambling by the RVs on the level below us as the water rose. The last couple RVs were driving through the water to get out. We were safe on the upper level.

Lots of info on the foodie scene. We ate for the first time at a DDD place in San Antonio, Magnolia Pancake Haus. Jo loves her some pancakes and Magnolia has a German apple pancake called 'apfel pfannekuchen' which is wonderful.

We split the apple pancake and a smores bread pudding french toast entree and had lots of leftovers. This place is a contender to go on our best restaurants list. We need to do more research to make sure it is worthy. The lengths we go to for information for our readers is amazing.

Kerrville got another BBQ restaurant the end of May, 'True Texas BBQ' at the brand new HEB grocery store. We've eaten there once and the sliced brisket was excellent, some of the best we have had. The brisket beans, cole slaw, baked potato and cherry cobbler were also very good. The sliced turkey on the other hand was dry.

Not much of a smoker update, or should we say 'rain attractor' this month. May was very rainy with a chance of rain most days. One day looked pretty good so Bob started the smoker and was about 30 minutes into a pork roast when it started sprinkling. We put the roast in the crock pot and the smoky flavor added a nice touch. We were able to smoke chicken legs and shrimp which were both excellent. We did both on the same day because of all the rain.


In other Kerrville foodie news they are building an Arbys on Main Street. We really like their chicken salad sandwich so look forward to visiting there when it opens.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, April 30, 2021

APRIL UPDATE (AND SOME CATCH-UP INFORMATION)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 63 Showers High 66) 
 
We have been inconsistent in our blogging and we are going to try monthly updates. We are still in Kerrville Texas due to medical and mechanical issues. We hope to travel this fall up to Iowa/KC area and see family and friends.
 
Since our anniversary blog last September the mechanical issues and joys of living in a condo on wheels have continued. Covid has certainly impacted the mechanical side as well as the medical side of our travel issues. When Covid hit RV mobile service shutdown just like everything else. What that did to an already overworked and understaffed service area was devastating. Some services in the area quit mobile service outright. The others were so backed up appointments were months out. While this is going on we needed an air conditioner and washer replacement and then a dryer repair which was quite challenging to schedule. But the worst mechanical issue we have is the dining room slideout which won't slide in. The repair is beyond the capabilities of most one man mobile service techs so it has to go into the shop. We found out the problem when we were getting ready to travel and a mobile guy was able to get it working for awhile but that repair is no longer working. Our plan is to get this done in the KC area this fall. Our truck was in the shop for a few days with a leaking exhaust manifold. Just another mechanical challenge we have faced.

The medical front has been challenging also. As we recently blogged about JJ had serious medical issues and we recently lost him. Bob caught Covid and if it wasn't for Jo's niece Deb and husband Dan it would have been a lot worse. As Bob was going to get tested Deb and Dan were arriving for a visit. They stayed in the RV next door and got groceries and takeout for us and really helped us survive the quarantine since they assumed Jo had it also. We had socially distanced conversation but unfortunately no hugs. We owe them big time.
 
Bob had hernia surgery and is just now ready for prime time again. Jo continues her monthly visits to the pain center and periodic visits for her leg veins. But Bob is the one falling apart; from getting Covid to hernia surgery and starting pain shots on his back with a triple fusion back surgery probably in his future Jo has had to take care of him and she is doing a great job (Nurse Ratchet wink wink). Doctor visits, grocery stores and restaurants totally comprise our social activities.
 
We finally got a pellet smoker. Our friends TC and Linda have one and we really enjoyed our visits when they cooked for us. As we traveled we saw other RVers with one and were really interested. What really sealed the deal was a couple of events. Not sure if you heard about we in Texas are calling Snovid 2021 (or Snowpocalypse). It was a hundred year storm in February that had record lows, record snow, record ice. It was the BWE (Baskerville Weather Effect) on steroids. There were power outages, rolling blackouts, propane shortages, diesel shortages, stores closed, etc.) Bob sat in line almost 3 hours to get propane. To top it off another mechanical issue we forgot to mention is that our transfer switch failed. So when the power came back on we still didn't have power. It was a balancing act during propane shortages to use propane for heat and to run the generator to charge our batteries. To complicate matters it was so cold the propane tanks froze. Once the power became stable but without the transfer switch Bob came up with a power hack. He bought a 50a to 30a adapter, and a 30a to 15a (110v) adapter. We then ran an extension cord through the kitchen window and plugged in a lamp, to show when the power was on, a couple of heaters so we could turn off the propane furnace and the residential refrigerator to reduce the inverter draw on the batteries. It was a hectic time but we survived. All in all being in an RV with a generator was one of the best ways to ride of Snovid 2021. It was like 2020 said Covid, toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages and 2021 said 'hold my beer'.
 
Anyway back to the pellet smoker, during Snovid our neighbor Dean did a turkey on his smoker and shared it the folks in the park. It was a nice gesture and good food. Then in late March our fulltime friends Steve and Vicki visited. They have a Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett which is the tailgater version. After talking with them and sampling food we pulled the plug and ordered one. 
 
 
We checked with Steve to make sure he would help Bob since he was still under weight limits due to his hernia surgery. USPS had issues with the delivery of the cover delaying it until after Steve and Vicki were leaving so we had to improvise. Here is the beginnings of the 'Steve trademark smoker cover'.


We used the plastic cover that came with the smoker and some plastic sheeting Bob had on had and some tape. Before the new cover arrived we had a few days of rain and some high winds. One thing you don't want is for the pellets to get wet and the improvised cover did its job. Good thing that it worked because the warranty wasn't worth the plastic it was written on. After USPS finally delivered the cover we have had burgers, St. Louis style ribs, chicken and pork chops. Here is a half chicken that was real good. 
 
 
Next up is a Boneless Pork Center Loin Roast that HEB has on sale. Then probably steaks and baby back ribs, the choices are endless. We really like the pellet smoker. I have read online that some don't feel that there is enough smoke flavor but to us it is just right.
 
Here is the smoker with the cover that finally arrived.
 

Well that does it for catch-up and for April. We 'plan' on having one for May and every month thereafter.
 
Till next time,
 
Bob and Jo

Friday, April 23, 2021

RIP JJ

 Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 60 Storms-Some Severe High 80) 
 
We are sad to report that we recently lost JJ.
 

 
 
Here is the plaque we have on JJ's urn.
 
                                        JJ (More Than A Pet)
                                        Always Loved....
                                        Never Forgotten
 
He certainly was more than a pet as the numerous blogs about him attest to. He was usually good on travel days when he had to go into the bedroom but on some days he was hesitant.


He was an Olympic judge.


He was a birdwatcher.



Here he is as a service cat consoling Sandra after she got back from the vet.
 

We miss him everyday.
 
Till next time,
 
Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 10, 2020

11TH ANNIVERSARY OF FULLTIMING, 11 TIPS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 54 Rain On and Off All Day High 64) 

11 years ago today we brought our three cats to our new RV and laid our heads down on the pillows in our bedroom and spent our first night fulltiming. It has been an incredible journey and we hope to have a few more years in us before we hang up the keys. In honor of the 11th anniversary we thought it would be a good idea to share the top 11 tips for living in an RV fulltime.

11. Checklists - there are a number of places where you can get a template for day of departure checklists, indoors and outdoors. Download or create from scratch. No matter how many times you have done it you may feel you no longer need one but sure enough it will come in handy again. Bonus tip inside of a tip: laminate them in case it rains outside plus the inside one will be easier to work with. The first few times you can use a dry erase marker to check the items completed.

10. Oxygenics body spa showerhead - before you even take your first shower be sure and replace the weak showerhead that will be the closest to a home shower you will ever find in an RV.

9. Get your rig weighed - very important to know how much your rig weighs after you have loaded all your stuff. Escapees provides a great service for this at multiple locations across the country.

8. Paper towels - immediately invest in paper towels companies because you are going to use a lot of them. Dishes should be wiped down before washing. Any food that goes down the drain and ends up in the grey tank will decompose and your grey tank will soon smell as bad as your black tank. Tank treatment isn't just for the black tank.

7. Infrared temperature sensor - this gadget will help with diagnosing tire temperatures, air conditioning duct temperatures, and during a pandemic also take forehead surface temperatures.

6. Staytion suction cups - absolute best way to add storage and hooks in your bathroom. We've tried the normal ones and they fall off in a weeks. We've had the ones in our showers for 6 years without a single failure.

5. Quick water connectors - good brass quick connectors have proved to be very handy during setup once you get to a site. We bought our first one for the water hookup to the RV. Constant use caused concern that the threads would loosen and cause a leak. We expanded quick connectors to all of our outside water; filters, softener, and hoses. The ones on the hoses are great cause you loop them together and no leaks inside while traveling.

4. The internet is very useful - campgroundreviews.com is great for finding parks in the areas and then reading reviews to help you choose a park. There are 153 of our reviews to check out. Finding service for your RV while traveling is a challenger. Check out rvservicereviews.com for mobile and dealer service in your area. 

3. Visitor Center films - we have visited a lot of National Parks, State Parks, National Monuments, etc. and with no exception that if they have a film about the area it is a very good idea to take the time to watch the film. We always start out our visit at the Visitor Center and look at the displays and watch the film.

2. Blue Dawn - one of the key decision making things to consider is will the item have multiple uses. For example we have a Cusinart Griddler that is one appliance but we can use as a grill or a panini or a griddle. Blue Dawn is one of the most versatile things you can bring along. Obviously for dishes but we also use as a prewash for clothes and if Bob ever gets ambitious and gets grease on his hands it is the best degreaser there is.

Finally the top tip for fulltime rv'ng. Pack your sense of humor.

1. Sense of humor - the very first thing you should pack when you start your adventure is your sense of humor. There will be many an occasion to utilize it. Your GPS will no doubt take you where you shouldn't be or you'll forget something on the checklist with bad results, or .... As long as nobody is harmed or killed in the filming of your adventures it is always better to laugh about it.

We have been to a lot of great places during our 11 years, this is one of our favorite photos taken in Yosemite.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

MEDICARE MONTH, PANDEMIC

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 68 Clouds and Sun; Less Humid High 96) 

We know Bob looks so young but August is his Medicare month. In fact today, August 18th is his birthday. He has spent in birthday in the following places while fulltiming:

Peculiar MO
St. Ignace MI
St. Mary MT
Goodyear AZ
Belton MO
Houghton MI - 4 times
Kerrville TX - 2 times

You can tell that Houghton MI is one of our favorite places to be as we have spent Bob's birthday there 4 times. Here is one of our favorite views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge from our campsite.


The pandemic has curtailed our travel this year that is for sure. We are planning to be in Kerrville for the remainder of this year and into the first part of next year when we will evaluate our travel options for 2021. We'll keep you posted and hopefully blog a little bit more frequently.

Now that Bob is Medicare age he is starting to worry more. Just yesterday he mentioned that he was worried his Social Security checks wouldn't be coming in the mail. Jo reminded him that all Social Security checks have been via Direct Deposit since 2013. Now what's Bob going to worry about?

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CATCHING UP (MOVIES)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 59 Not as Warm with Storms High 82) 

We thought we had published this blog entry a long time ago so was surprised when we saw it was still a draft. Better late than never we hope.

Along with a decrease in our blogging our going to movies has also been curtailed. To be honest the offerings have not been that good. Seems like all that is being offered are animated films, based on comic books, remakes or sequels. It has been a long time since an original idea has been presented. We tend to gravitate towards true stories or Christian movies.

With that in mind we saw 'Overcomer' which was a very uplifting film.
Overcomer - Affirm Films - A Sony Company

and 'Judy' based on Judy Garland starring Renee Zellweger as Judy. A good movie but sad at the same time.


The True Story of 'Judy': Real Life vs. The Movie


and 'Call of the Wild' from the Jack London book starring Harrison Ford.



These might be good options for streaming during this #StayAtHome phase we are in.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, March 5, 2020

RIP TIGER

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 43 Sunny to Partly Cloudy High 70) 

We are sad to report that we recently lost Tiger.


We got Tiger a little over 10 years ago and it was immediately evident that she wanted to be an only cat, that she had to have things her way and that she was Bob's girl. She barely tolerated JJ and Sandra and Jo was OK as long as she fed her and rubbed her on demand. Never seen such a small cat run an entire household.

She had her health problems and there were a few emergency room visits, a lengthy hospital stay, and a few times we weren't sure she was going to live through the night. But she always pulled through and bounced back, using another life along the way. But recently it was time and it looked like Tiger also knew it was time. The vet's office was wonderful, we held Tiger in our arms and said goodbye. We miss her everyday.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, November 2, 2019

CATCHING UP (BEEN A WHILE)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 33 Sunshine but Cool High 66) 

It certainly has been a while since our last blog posting. As the heat of summer kept dragging on we just didn't feel like blogging to say, "yeah hot again today - didn't do much because of the heat". But the heat has broken, in fact we had to bring in our water hoses for the first time this year already, maybe the earliest we have done it on Halloween night. The fireplace did come in handy on the cool mornings.


We did have an issue with the propane furnace, the propane detector kept going off at 2a. Turns out there was a mud dauber nest in the output. Bob dug it out and no more alarms.



We are fired up because it is pumpkin spice season. The grocery store here, HEB, has a really good pumpkin pie ice cream.


Also food related we bought some beef ribs and took them to Bill's BBQ here in Kerrville who smoked the Dino Ribs for us.


We hope to blog more often now that the weather has cooled and we may be a little more active.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

BOB'S FREE BIRTHDAY MEALS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 70 Mostly Sunny; HOT High 95) 

We continued our tradition of trying to get as many free birthday offers as we can. Bob's birthday month is August and we did a pretty good job; consisting of mostly sandwiches and desserts. 

The sandwiches were from Schlotzky's, Jersey Mike's, and Dickey's BBQ. Bob did get a free breakfast at First Watch. The desserts were at Luby's Cafeteria, cookie at Chick-Fil-A, beignets at a local restaurant in Kerrville called La Fours Seafood, and a sundae at Culvers.




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, August 19, 2019

MASH UPDATE

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 72 Partly Sunny: HOT High 100) 

It has been an interesting last few days for the Baskerville household. Jo has been having pain near the battery for her neurostimulator implant so the Pain Center decided it was time to replace it with a newer model that hopefully won't have that problem. Plus during the surgery to replace it the surgeon will also see if there is any scar tissue and nerve issues that can be taken care off which may have been causing the pain. She had that surgery at the South Texas Spine and Surgical Hospital.


This was an outpatient procedure so Jo is certain that Nurse Ratched is her caregiver.  She is doing OK but with some tenderness. She has a followup appointment next week.

It was also an interesting few days for Tiger.



We thought she might have had a stroke a few days ago because she was wobbly on her feet but it turns out she just must have been dehydrated. After bloodwork that was amazingly good Tiger spent the night in the hospital getting fluids and a B12 shot. The vet called the next day and said she was ready to come home. She put Tiger on the ground and she ran away from the vet. When she got back she was her old self for a few days then had a different setback but a quick visit to the vet quickly diagnosed the problem that could be taken care of with an antibiotics shot and a steroid shot. We brought her home and in no time she was her old self. She has been through a lot but bounces back quickly. She also has a followup appointment in a few days.

Sandra has also been to the vet.


She had bad itching in her ears that needed antibiotics and antifungal liquid. She has a followup appointment this week.

We'll try to keep you updated on Jo, Tiger, and Sandra. The boys (Bob and JJ) have nothing to report on in this area.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, August 16, 2019

SAD TIMES (AIR CONDITIONER AND PEACHES)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 74 Mostly Sunny: HOT High 102) 

To paraphrase 'Airplane: The Movie", we picked a bad time to have our bedroom a/c go out. It has been HOT here lately. Luckily we have a 2nd air conditioner but it just couldn't keep up. To help in our comfort we bought a Vornado fan and an 'Artic Air'.


We also put up some reflecting material on a few of the windows. There was a couple hours each day that were almost unbearable but we survived. The 'Artic Air' worked better in the smaller bedroom, it did put out cooler air. We were also very impressed with the Vornado fan.

The good news is that our new air conditioner was installed yesterday. Even with both air conditioners the temperature inside still rises with both of them running, but certainly not to the uncomfortable levels with only 1.

Another sad time is that we are at the end of the fresh peach season.


Locals tell us this was one of the best peach season ever. There are a lot of varieties and we sampled as many as we could, probably a dozen or so. Early on it was the cling type then we move to the semi-freestone type and then ended with the freestone. We had so many varieties that were down the arm juicy that it is difficult to pick our favorite. We had peaches over pancakes, over ice cream, we made a compote, but the best was to bite and then wipe juice off our arm. Sadly we are at the end of the season. Early peaches and late peaches are hit and miss taste wise but if they are available we will keep buying.

With the heat we haven't been doing much except doctor appointments, shopping and eating out. We try to do all that early and get back home before the major heat of the day.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, July 13, 2019

HUMMINGBIRDS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 70 Mostly Sunny High 93) 

When the wildflowers start blooming in the Hill Country of Texas that means its time for the hummingbirds to return. 5 species return each year and 3 others are periodically seen. We setup a couple of feeders outside our back window which we and the cats enjoyed. Here is JJ keeping track of them.



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, June 23, 2019

PEACHES, PART 2

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 70 Clouds and Sun; Humid High 92) 

Of the more than 23 varieties of peaches available in the Hill Country we've had 6 or so. We also got some great strawberries too.


All the peaches so far have been really good, some even terrific. We have been told that the best is yet to come in July and August. When we heard this as we were eating peaches with juice running down our arms we wondered how it could get better.

We did finally get some good tomatoes and had a real good BLT this morning. Great peaches, strawberries, peach cider, old fashioned peach preserves, corn on the cob and tomatoes make the heat and humidity of a Hill Country summer somewhat bearable.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 A Thunderstorm in Spots High 93) 

"It was a dark and stormy night"

You would think that seasoned fulltimers would have been better prepared for what happened Sunday night, but we weren't. When we were traveling through 'tornado alley' we were aware of our surroundings, whether the park has a shelter or not, etc. One thing we liked about the Kerrville Texas area, and the Hill Country in general, is that there is a very low risk of tornadoes. As the locals would tell us after Sunday night, "we just don't get tornadoes here", "been here all my life and never had a tornado".

This area does get severe thunderstorms which our weather apps have helped us. We have relied so much on the weather apps that we no longer have a weather radio. So in the midst of a thunderstorm Sunday night we get an amber alert type warning separate from our weather apps screaming that a tornado has been sighted within one mile of our location. 

We just stare at each other and start stuttering. The power goes out then we start mumbling and running around like the Keystone Cops of old. We check our phones and the storms have disrupted our internet so we can't see current radar. We quickly realize how badly prepared we are; we don't have a weather radio and we don't know where the nearest storm shelter is but we do know there is not one here at the park. We don't even have a dang 'go bag'. We say a quick prayer, "Lord, I wanna go to heaven, I just don't wanna go tonight". We also made a vow to be much better prepared the next time.

Bob goes out and talks to some neighbors who don't know where shelters are either and are deciding whether to run to a hotel or not. Bob decides to bring in the cat carriers so we can leave if we want to but he stands on the steps in the rain holding the cat carriers so the cats can't see them and tries to tell Jo to close the bedroom door so the cats cannot get under the bed. Jo is still in Keystone Cop mode so it took a while to get the door closed. Thankfully she did close the door because as soon as the wet carriers and the wet one carrying them came in JJ and Sandra hid. Much easier to get them in the downstairs area than from under the bed.

Now Tiger did surprise us as she is usually the most afraid of storms. She did slept on the couch and did not move. We put JJ and Sandra in the cages and just decided to wait and see. Once in the cages and with occasional cooing from us they were OK. The tornado warning passed as did the severe thunderstorm warning so we let the cats out of the cages.

The next day we read that a tornado did not touch down in Kerrville and we worked on being better prepared. We bought a weather radio which we plan on using if we lose our internet again.



We weren't as lucky in finding a storm shelter. Not being in tornado alley and in an area where most of the house don't have basements we are not sure where to go yet but we are still looking. We are also putting together a 'go bag'.

Strange as it sounds with power outages we are glad that we live in an RV, strange as that may sound. We are glad because we have 12 volt lights that stay on so we can see while in Keystone Cop mode and we have a generator in case the outage lasts.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PEACHES (to be continued)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 65 Mostly Cloudy; Humid High 89) 

We knew that by staying in Kerrville this summer that we would be able to enjoy some locally grown peaches. What we did not know is that there are 23 varieties that are grown in nearby Fredericksburg. We've already had some but the market didn't know if they were Spring Gold, Regal or Flavorich. Yesterday we went to Das Peach Haus of Fischer and Wieser's Orchard and they had the Regal variety.

They also offered samples of peach cider and one sip convinced us to buy a couple of bottles. Of course we had to get some of their peach preserves. And of course JJ had to inspect what we brought home.


Here is the ripening schedule for peaches.


As you can see we may have many more reports on the peaches in the Hill Country of Texas. Don't know if we will be able but we want to sample some of all the varieties. They do have a high bar as we are big fans of Missouri peaches.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, May 25, 2019

AUTO SHOW

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 62 A Shower or Two High 86) 

So far this year there has been a couple of events, an Auto Show and a Chili Cookoff. The Auto Show was delayed a week due to rain. Here are the autos lined up on Crawfish Island next to the Guadalupe River with the view from our back window.


It was still a little muddy so we did our viewing from our site.  As you can see we have a great view of the island and the river. We got to see the cars and spectators arrive and then leave.

There also was a chili cookoff to help pay some medical expenses so Bob did his part. This was official Texas chili which means no beans. Bob sampled the five different offerings and the adage that there is no bad chili, there is just some better than others, was true at this event. He was too busy eating to take a picture though. It's great having events within easy walking or in our line of sight. We don't know if there is anymore events planned this year.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo