Thursday, October 29, 2020

polish, more color, snow and 1st park



I pretty much stopped taking care of the Nash after those surgeries, wound care and PT. The siding turned chalky. I took a week and applied polishing compound to a section each day. Some sections needed rubbing compound. I’ll wax the Nash this winter or in the spring.

It was time to add more color to the interior walls. I went to order three more Bali 1” blinds in ‘forest shadow’. But Bali no longer offers ‘forest shadow’. Bummer. Next year I’ll choose a lighter shade of green blinds.


One morning this shadow on my 5x8 caught my eye.


The Montezuma quail stuck around until the beginning of October.


One day last week it snowed all day. I leaned the ladder against the Nash so I could climb up and sweep snow off the solar panels. Had to do it four or five times during the day. I also used the shrub rake three or four times to clear areas where I threw out scratch grain and cracked corn for the birds. And it was cold! It never entered my mind to take a picture. The photo is of the second day when much of the snow had melted. But was still cold!. Ran the Wave 6 all day for the two days. I only had to do that one or two other times. Had to pull out my winter mummy bag.

Next week, I’ll be down in one of the NM state parks. I’ll move between five parks during the winter. At the last one, my focus will be on purchasing some property in the area. Sure hope it works out. I have to get out of Timberon.

I made a first year mistake during the snow week. Forgot to pour RV antifreeze down the galley drain. Was two days before I remembered. Yep, the gray water froze and would not drain. Adding antifreeze does nothing for the ice but at least new water does not freeze. Dropping down 3500’ to the park will magically turn the water to wine. Oh, wait, it’s ice to water.

This winter the NM state parks are restricted to NM residents. Most of my winter acquaintances are from other states. Will miss them this year. Maybe I’ll acquire some new ones.

In Timberon, public radio cames up from El Paso, Texas. Before Wait, Wait on Saturdays is Planet Money and How I Built This. Two programs I enjoy. When I get down on the east side of the mountains, PBS radio is broadcast from Eastern NM University in Portalas, NM. No Planet Money and How I Built This BUT, they broadcast, The Best of Car Talk. I’ll be in for some laughs. And I’ll also be able to hear the Sunday Puzzle with Weekend Edition's puzzle master Rick Shortz, with Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Life is good.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

September sixty minutes sixty years—3170 minutes
September Triple 18—upper: 4970; core: 2255; legs: 6915

The earth has its boundaries,
but human stupidity is infinite.
Gustave Flaubert, writer


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

second best and RVers with rubber roofs



Notice the buck’s ears?


And here he is with Meadow.

Deleted the slap joke from last month’s page. If I start off with, ‘not my kind of joke’, that should have told me something.

I’m thinking of a guy who works in a somewhat round office and he is meeting with his advisors. ‘Honesty is the best policy. Okay, now, what’s the second-best policy?’

I have thoughts on why so many people believe politicians over doctors and scientists in regards to our medical crisis and climate change. I’ll just say that they are not my kind of people.

Remember “We the people”? Now it seems to be, We the parties. I’m disgusted and apprehensive with the state of affairs in this country. I cannot see things improving all that much in my lifetime. Glad I’m 70.

I hope to take a road trip next fall, looking for property. Hopefully outside of a University town or at least, a community college. I need to get away from people who are so easily snowed.

I ordered a new Wave 6. My present one is seven years old and does not always light on the first try. And yes, I use compressed air and keep it covered. Since a Wave is my primary source of heat in the cold, it was time for a new one.

I went over to someone’s house and called out. That’s what one does in this community. No answer but there was a ‘doorbell’ with a sign reading, press doorbell. Some of you probably see what’s coming. It was a camera that sent an image to an iPhone or other device. Never saw one of these.


A couple of September fawns.

That’s it for this month. The rest is for roof maintenance. Oh, skip to the centered text below. I always try for a bit of something different there.

Okay, RVers, I’m giving my take on rubber roofs and maintenance. I’m basing this on experience, common sense, and what seems to work best. I’m sure if I applied analytical thinking to each aspect, I might fine-tune it a bit.

I use a cotton water bucket for carrying all items up to the roof.
Start by sweeping off the roof. On a warm day, after the caulking has softened, scrape off all old sealant. Dig out any loose pieces. Be sure to uncover all screws and snug them down. All but a handful of mine needed tightening. Be sure all surfaces are clean.

If you’ve had an RV for awhile, you know to always use self-leveling sealant on roof seams (I use decor Lap Sealant). “A flexible compound designed for sealing EPDM rubber, TPO, fiberglass, wood, aluminum, steel or masonry which may be painted over after outer skin has formed.” Not the caulking one finds in a home improvement store. Use the sealant liberally.

Okay, the rubber. If one has not been keeping up on maintenance, the surface can be pretty grungy. Many RV techs use an old classic, Spic&Span, for cleaning the roof. It has always worked well for me. If the grunge has really set in, a sponge won’t be enough. I’m spacing out the name here even though I use one throughout each day in the galley. Maybe a ‘Dobie?’ A sponge wrapped in nylon mesh for cleaning pans and dishes. Anyway, one of those will cut through the grunge. Be sure to just go through the grunge or you’ll be cutting into the rubber. Not good. You’ll know if you do when if you see a small gray spot. Be sure to clean the rubber edge that folds over the sides. Clean a 2-3’ square foot at a time and rinse.

After the roof dries, sweep off any dust.
I’ve had good luck with Protect All Rubber Roof Treatment. Plan ahead so you’re off the roof before it gets hot. If the roof is hot, the treatment may begin to dry before spreading.
Most seniors probably won’t apply the treatment this way but I’m down on my knees with a 7” sponge (with a 2nd one handy). Alright this might just be me, but I don’t rub the sealer in. I grasp the sides of a sponge, lifting is a bit and just use it to spread the sealant. I don’t want to feel the surface, just the liquid. It seems to provide a better coating. If the roof wasn’t fully cleaned in an area, the liquid treatment and sponge will pick up the dirt and start to spread it. If so, turn the sponge over and start using the other side. One can not just rinse out the dirt and go back to the treatment. Water and treatment is not good (well, until the treatment dries). If it happens again, reach for your 2nd sponge.

The next morning, consider applying a second coat of the treatment.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

August sixty minutes sixty years— 2975 minutes
August Triple 18—upper: 2640; core: 1810; legs: 6155

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and, if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer


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Monday, August 31, 2020

August more sky than I want



There are quite a few hail storms in Timberon. One took out the bathroom roof vent. I looked up and saw way more sky than I wanted to see through a closed lid. So for awhile it was shoveling up hail from the floor before it melted. What a mess, and pieces of plastic all around. Guano.

After the hail changed to rain, I put on a duster and Filson, brought out my ladder and climbed up to the roof where I found the next problem. The roof was covered in hail, ½” ice marbles. Back down for a straw broom. Then I just had to cope with a domed, wet, rubber roof. No problem. Covered the 14” hole with a rubber doormat, tarp and rocks.


The next day I went back up on the roof. The TV antenna also had some holes in it. I didn’t realize the Nash was coming with one or I would have told the dealer to not put one up there. I don’t live with a TV. So I finally took it down and patched the hole. The propane tanks cover also had a hail hole in it. Not a happy couple of days.


No leaks.

I can tell you a drawback of having an aluminum-body truck—or I could just point to the hood.


The chicks continue to grow.

One day I caught a movement on the ground outside the Nash. It was a tiny mouse; still had her eyes closed. I picked it up with my work gloves and moved it to a secure spot. But she probably still needed her mum. Bummer. I really need to get back to carrying my camera.

Came across a senior joke. “I used to be able to pull an all-nighter, but now, I can barely pull an all-dayer.”

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

July sixty minutes sixty years— 3300 minutes
July Triple 18—upper: 2425; core: 2405; legs: 6830

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and, if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer


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Thursday, July 30, 2020

tire table, masks and voodoo



The Tire Table (tailgatertiretable.com $140) is working out well. It’s easy to set up and plenty sturdy, with a fold-down leg if needed. The table stores flat with all pieces locked in place. Not bad. Gives me a handy spot for preparing a meal and use a stove outside. The Nash can reach 90 degrees or more on hot days when I don’t have the option of setting up in the shade. Another good purchase.



If one has not looked into what type of mask to purchase by now, here are some points to be aware of. Look for 3-layer surgical masks. True surgical masks have an electrostatic charge. The masks I’m presently using have a spunbond polypropylene 1st barrier; a non-woven melt-blown polypropylene 2nd layer filtration; and a spunbond polypropylene final barrier. Couldn’t find if these are the best materials for the three layers but I’ll use them until I find data for a better mask. One source stated that surgical masks do “not provide the wearer with reliable level of protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and is not considered respiratory protection.”

If one goes with cloth masks, be sure they have multiple layers. Get some polypropylene layers in there. I’m not positive about this, it just seems to make sense, so do your own research.
Or go with the N95 respirator.


The chicks are growing.

“I’ve never wanted to know the answer to anything bad enough to ask a question at a meeting that’s running 30 minutes over time”. Abby Heugel

I recall faculty meetings when I was thinking something similar, but there was one teacher who could be counted on to keep asking questions.

I was contemplating tracking down a voodoo practitioner to make me a doll. I would then start carrying a bag to faculty meetings. When the teacher kept on with the question, I would reach into the bag and grasp the doll in one hand and a pin in the other. Go ahead—ask another question.


Don’t know if these two male and female Montezuma quails are the ones that have been here the last couple summers. I sure like having them around to watch.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

June sixty minutes sixty years— 3530 minutes
June Triple 18—upper: 3135; core: 2050; legs: 4705

Too late for what?


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Monday, June 29, 2020

summer spot, brella and playbook



I finally finished tweaking the summer-orientation parking spot and moved the Nash. That’s my 5x8’ cargo trailer in the back.

I found the mouse nest in the Ford. I really need to get back in the habit of carrying a camera in my pocket. But then again, who would want to see a mouse nest? I use the passenger footwell for storage. The nest was under the stuff, made mostly from the saddle blanket and paper towels, in a bundle of rope. Sure looked comfortable.


Out the back window.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has a 450 page how-to manual on crisis communication. More than 180 people contributed to the CDC manual, including experts from the CDC, American Red Cross, FBI and EPA as well as federal and state health departments.
“The fundamental principles behind good public health communication are almost stunningly simple: Be consistent. Be accurate. Don’t withhold vital information, the CDC manual says. And above all, don’t let anyone onto the podium without the preparation, knowledge and discipline to deliver vital health messages.“
“They compiled a list of pitfalls to avoid—a list that has begun to look a lot like the administration’s playbook.“
No wonder more and more people are losing trust in the current president. One of the many things I do not understand, is how is it possible that this has taken so long.

I found the above article on the Washington Post website. Since I am not a subscriber, I pulled the text from the page’s source code. Please find a similar article and read it, no matter which tribe you are a member of.

Another Washington Post article is ‘Let’s make sure this crisis doesn’t go to waste’ Again, find a similar article and read.
“First, let’s finally make the investment in public health that’s been so lacking. To get ahead of the next pandemic, we need to invest not only in the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration but also the National Institutes of Health, which funds the research behind new medicines and vaccines.”

“Second, we’ve ignored too many of our infrastructure needs for too long. The coronavirus crisis has exposed the many ways in which the U.S. medical grid is unready to meet the challenges of a fully globalized world.”
“Third, despite all the double talk coming from the White House, it is clear our strategic supply chain is inadequate.”

The “How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus” article gave me some insight on why we did not have needed medical supplies in stock.

Those who believe the false rhetoric of the current president and people like Rush Limbaugh are being mislead. Go ahead, confirm or disprove this statement.

Wow, this is so far out from ‘simple living and simple travel.’ Sorry. I’m very upset with all these needless deaths. Please bear with me. I made my point and will ease off for awhile.

I like to think the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella,’ but he hesitated. Andy Field, comic


Another one from Dianna’s folder. The photo was labeled ‘indentity.’

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

May sixty minutes sixty years— 3495 minutes
May Triple 18—upper: 5770; core: 4650; legs: 7415

Be curious about everything,
because curiosity generates questions.
R.S. Karachi


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

grateful, mice, new solar, sandisk and the roof


As I walk around and see so much, I realize that at some point, I will never experience them again. Coming across a single colorful wildflower. A pair of ravens flying in sync. Sitting outside in the evening with a friend, talking, sipping wine. Sipping a cold glass of water. All such things strengthen my resolve to be grateful and not take things for granted. Surviving my BMT gave me this second chance at life with all its stellar moments is a most thankful bonus. I’m smilin’.


Antlers are just starting to grow on the bucks.

The last three summers I had no trouble with rodents getting into the bags of cracked corn and scratch grain. Not so this summer. A mouse chewed a hole in a bag of cracked corn and had ready access. A couple days later, there was another hole in the same bag only a few inches away. A maze reject?
I generally keep M&M’s dry food and the birdseed bags in my truck. Can you make a guess here? A mouse got into the Ford and chewed through the birdseed bag. Guano. Also chewed a hole in one of the saddle blankets I use for seat covers. Guess he was going to settle down and build a nest.
Then it was the Nash. All of my staples of grains, nuts, seeds, etc. are either in the freezer or in glass jars. I had ONE small, unopened bag of granola in the drawer under the fridge. I live in 152 sq. ft. with two felines. And now a mouse!? Maybe I should get a boa.

In a novel, a guy’s girlfriend called his cat, Allergies. Yep, she was.


My Eton solar radio could not pick up NOAA weather in Timberon. It was my 3rd Eton and I’m done with them. Pretty much whenever I’m thinking of purchasing something, I open a browser and type in, ‘top rated’ of whatever the item is. From the list, I choose one. I went with a Running Snail radio (FM, AM, WB and flashlight). It charges with a solar panel, hand crank and USB. Works well. I really need NOAA weather in the mountains, and now I have it again.


I wanted a player smaller than my iPod to clip on when I’m outside doing chores such as polishing the Nash and waxing the Ford. Again, I did the ‘best rated’ thing and from the list I chose the SanDisk Clip Jam 8GB. This model SanDisk can hold 2,000 songs and has good fm reception for NPR. Albums can easily be selected & dragged from a Mac. At times I connect it to the Nash’s radio and play it through the house speakers. I was surprised and pleased with the size of it. The online image is different. The SanDisk is a keeper.

The Nash’s roof rubber was lookin’ dried out. I cleaned it with Spic & Span, let it dry, and sealed it with Protect All Rubber Roof Treatment. The next day I gave the rubber another coat of Protect All. I hope to add another coat of sealer every other month til October. It would be nice if I never let the rubber dry out again. I generally take better care of my stuff.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

April sixty minutes sixty years— 1860 minutes
April Triple 18—upper: 1920; core: 1960 legs: 3000

Inhale the future, exhale the past.


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Thursday, April 30, 2020

bondic, PCO and incentive



Yep, neighbors are starting to come around.


I think I was listening to Pandora when a commercial came on about Bondic. I only listen to Pandora for two months in the winter when I have wi-fi from the Nash so I stick with the free version, with commercials, but at least they tend to be different. Anyway, the product sounded good so I ordered a starter kit. Bondic is a LED UV plastic welding unit. It is not a glue. Shortly afterwards, the frame of my off-the-rack reading glasses broke. I sanded the surfaces, squeezed on a small amount of Bondic, focused the light on it for 3-4 seconds, held it together for another few seconds and the glasses were as good as new. Didn’t even bother to sand the weld. The kit went into the bottom galley drawer where some tools and fixit type things reside. I only used the kit once so far and it worked as advertised. It’s a keeper.

After cataract surgery, 20% or so develop posterior capsule opacification (PCO). PCO occurs because cells remaining after cataract surgery grow over the posterior of the capsule causing it to thicken and become slightly opaque. This means that light is less able to travel through to the retina at the back of one’s eye. Sight can become blurred and cloudy, or one may have problems with bright lights and glare.

  PCO can be treated by a low risk, quick, painless laser treatment called Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy to correct the problem.
The procedure is performed in the outpatient clinic and only takes 5-10 minutes. The ophthalmologist focuses the laser exactly onto the back of the lens capsule in order to cut away a small circle-shaped area. This leaves some of the capsule to keep your artificial lens in place (like a cuff around the lens or a bezel around a cabochon), but removes enough in the middle to allow the light to pass directly through to the retina.

I was reading a novel and one of the characters was wearing a shirt that read, ‘Save the planet cuz I still live here.’ Wish more people would think this way.


Anyone know what this plant is? They break through the soil in late March and by June, most have turned dark brown, dry out and look dead.


Over the winter I kept up on my monthly 60-for-60 and 1800 rep challenges. But I gradually lessened the intensity over the weeks. Not good. If I had only stuck with at least medicine-ball routines (grasping the bells of a dumbbell). When I started working on my acre again, it was an eye opener. I had lost most of what I gained last summer. My fault, just being a wuss. I looked back to a couple of photos on my “Here’s a little story” page (09/2016). It was the incentive I needed.
The weakness I’m coming back from now is nothing compared to the weakness I came back from then. Upped the intensity of my workouts and have been makin’ good progress lately. Sometimes all it takes is a picture.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

March sixty minutes sixty years— 1800 minutes
March Triple 18—upper: 1880; core: 2935 legs:

One’s vibe attracts one’s tribe.


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