Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Currently in Raymore MO (Low 58 Mostly Sunny High 87)
Although we increased square footage from 400 sq. ft. to 740 sq. ft. Bob downsized from a Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett (219 sq. in. cooking area) to a Ninja Woodfire Pro Outdoor Grill & Smoker (141 sq. in. cooking area)
Although to just call it a grill & smoker is a vast understatement. With a b
uilt-In Thermometer, this is a 7-in-1 that is a Master Grill, BBQ Smoker, Air Fryer, Bake, Roast, Dehydrate, Broil. With limited square footage in both the RV in Kerrville and the apartment here in Raymore we need to have things that can do multiple things. With this and a crock pot we may not have to buy an Instant Pot.
So far we have grilled hamburgers and hot dogs (4 hamburgers and 8 hot dogs at same time), steaks a couple times and smoked chicken drumsticks (10 at same time). Both results were excellent and cleanup was a breeze.
Till next time,
Bob & Jo

Saturday, June 10, 2023


Currently in Raymore MO (Low 68 Variable clouds with a couple of thunderstorms High 79) 
Subtitled: Storage and Power Outage
As we adjust to living in a sticks and bricks for the first time since 2009 we have come to realize we do miss the RV. A couple of items to note:
Storage - surprisingly our 400 sq. ft. RV parked in Kerrville has an amazing amount of usable storage compared to this 740 sq. ft. S&B. We do hope to make more of the cabinet storage usable by adding slide out drawers (you know RV folks love our slide outs!).

Power - we had a power outage yesterday for about an hour and a half. Luckily it was early in the morning so a lack of an air conditioner wasn't a big deal. During the power outage we commented on how it would be in the RV. Again luckily it was early in the morning so lighting wasn't an issue but in the RV our lights were 12v so we still would have had lights. If the power outage lasted longer the RV would have offered a very significant advantage; a generator to run the air conditioner if needed. The RV also has a gas stove that we could have cooked breakfast so Bob had to go out and get takeout from a place that had power since we are all electric.

I'm sure we will adjust to our new role as summer birds in Raymore, can't really call us snow birds since Texas is our home.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 8, 2023


Currently in Raymore MO (Low 60 A Stray Afternoon Thunderstorm High 78)
We recently took our first extended trip in the Tucson from Kerrville Texas to Raymore MO. This was certainly different than our last 14 years in the SUV versus towing the RV. Plus for the first time our cats traveled with us instead of back in the RV (more on that later).

Since it was the first time for our new mode of travel, and considering we were taking some stuff from Kerrville that will remain in Raymore, we got a later start than we would have liked about 2p, instead of our normal 10a-2p travel days.

About an hour before we left we gave the kitties a mild sedative. 30 minutes into the trip we wish we would have given them more! That being said the kitties did adapt pretty well. By the end of the first day Probie had found her perch to ride out the trip and LJ slept on the console between us.

Our first stop was at the Homewood Suites in West Fort Worth (Cityview) TX. We got there in time for the evening reception of soup and salad. We struggled whether to give the sedatives again for the 2nd day but eventually decided to.

Our next stop was the Home2 Suites in Muskogee OK (a Hilton HHonors Hotel). The cats were amazing this leg. Probie immediately crawled up to her perch and LJ got on the console. Home2 Suites provides a hot breakfast but not an evening reception so Bob headed out to an all time favorite for supper; Taco Bueno. It was as good as we remember.

The next day after a hot breakfast at Home2 Suites we departed for Raymore MO. Since the cats were so good yesterday we decided not to sedate and it was not needed. Probie again immediately crawled up to her perch and LJ got on the console. 
We already had plans to get a pizza from Minskys in Raymore once we got there but what we didn't know was that this location of Minskys was going to close after it closed on Sunday night. So we got a large pizza for leftovers and then Saturday night we split and order of chicken parmesan and a side salad.

We have been here awhile, been real busy getting the new place furnished and setup.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo