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Re: Still here, decided to just start new thread
« Reply #90 on: November 24, 2013, 12:28:04 AM »

Was just reading something the other day ...

"Dogs have owners ... cats have staff!"   ::)   ;D    ;D

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« Reply #91 on: November 24, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »
Yeah, but you got to love them.  I sit and look at them and marvel what sweetness and trust there is.

My dog was a found doggie when a puppy, he was living at a barbeque restaurant in Conroe.  The owner said he came there and
was starved to death, he said he would feed them till animal control came by eventually and picked them up.  I felt so sorry for
the dog and on a whim said do you care if I take him?  He said no, that he was not streetwise and was going to get run over.  A
Mexican guy put him in the back of my truck and home he went.  To the vet, shots, good grief to much motorhome on my mind, shocks on a dog, fixed, fed and loved.  I would take him back
up there once in awhile and the owner always gave him a sandwich, he said he was one lucky dog.  That was over 10 years ago.

I found little kitty when I was looking at a house for sale, she was running after me howling her little head off.  The house was
empty and out in the country, I shooed her back but she kept coming.  It was her and a sister.  I finally picked her up, she was skin
and bones and covered with lice.  They were not weaned, something must have happened to mom.  They both fit in one hand. I took them home with me, figured they were going to die anyway so I would try to keep them alive.

The one was so mean I gave her away.  I couldn't find a bottle back then so made a gruel of cat food and milk and she would
plunge her face and paws in it and lick it off.  She finally started to learn to eat.  I think she was stunted from not having enough
nourishment, she is only 6 pounds.  They said she had bladder and kidney issues and wouldn't live a year.  Everytime I take her
to the vet they say she hasn't got long.  She drinks water by the bowl full and of course urinates a ton. Last year the vet said
the urine is almost water with no waste in it that her kidneys are not functioning well at all.  She will hit 18 sometimes this month
and still alive. That's kind of why I let her get by with all the stuff she does.  Oh and she eats as much as 3 cats and is still skinny, that may be keeping her alive too.  Last time she had even gained a little bit of weight.  The vet said both animals are in very good condition.

They are my kids too.  Even Tom who never liked cats tolerates her.  He has even been known to change her litter box when I'm sick, but likely wouldn't admit it. ::)
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Re: Still here, decided to just start new thread
« Reply #92 on: November 24, 2013, 12:43:22 PM »
I'd say they all have you trained pretty well!!  If you're a mom or a pet owner...that's usually the way it is!   ;)
Sometimes vehicle glass does not fall under the $1000 deductible...which is what our deductible is also...but windshields have a lesser deductible.  If you gave them pics when you took the policy out and they show no crack in the window at that time, then it should be something you can claim.  But if it's under the $1000 deduct...kind of a wash.   
Husband doesn't go with us camping...I either drive it to campground here in Idaho or oldest son and family come along.  Meet up with other sons and family members.  I use it most for when we go to the drag races....when we are there for 4-6 days.  I take it to the track and husband brings one of the cars pulled by his pickup in an enclosed trailer.  We don't get too far away...that way if he has to get back because some "emergency" comes up at the farm he's only 45 minutes away and can drive back in the pickup.  But as I get older, the thought of going south for the winter becomes more appealing...but it won't happen.  I'll just turn up the heat and sit back and read a good book!  I'm not a winter sports person...snow is not my friend.  I only want it in the mountains so we have adequate supply of water for irrigation!

Nice visiting...happy Thanksgiving!  Margaret 
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« Reply #93 on: November 24, 2013, 03:28:50 PM »
Well I have a husband that doesn't seem to want to retire, so me go with DD too, kind of like you.

But this year hope to go to Quartzite, I hear so much about it would like to at least once.  Have to see what the weather does, I wouldn't head that way right now.  If we don't get there this year, likely to Houston then to Florida, have some things to do in Houston.
I'm going further south if we go to Florida this year.  I'm thinking about looking for an RV lot to maybe buy, Tom and I have talked about
it but I'm not sure.  Just have to see, some advantages in renting can move if you don't like it and also not paying all those fees all year.
But I want it to be further down where its warm all the time.  Sue Anne, of course, loves Orlando but gets durn cold there too.

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« Reply #94 on: November 25, 2013, 01:18:59 PM »
I don't know what to do with myself.  I like being outside and working and I'm stuck in here. I have been reading, staying up till all hours of the night doing that.  Reading a Clive Cussler now called Sacred Stone. I ordered a bunch of books by him and Lee Child.  I like mysteries and such.  I have a Kindle but honestly I like the book in hand better, yeah I know, old school.

I got really nice material for the basement steps and material to cover the risers too and from the house to the garage steps.  I was going to put them in but the backs need cut and the ends also the treads.  Tom said maybe it would be better to have him cut them and for once I agree.  Not sure how to do it and not mess it up.  It's all commercial material so nice and heavy, going to make the stairs and these look nice. but they need a sharp, clean cut. I have vinyl baseboard and corners ordered for the basement, it will look like the almond piece. The flooring is the Modutile, has channels down the back so any moisture can disperse and the tiles are rubber and click together.  If the basement ever did flood you can pull them up, wash them and put them back.  I need to finish that.  But doors and things will have to wait for Tom.

I'm thinking about putting the Modutile in the garage also.  It would look so nice, neat, and clean.

I guess I need to go down and start exercising.  I must admit I hate the treadmill as much as Sue Anne but I force myself to use it

We will go to lunch tomorrow and maybe Terre Haute also.

Thursday MIL will be over and I'm baking a chicken, was going to do turkey but smallest is 10 pounds for 3 people!! Will make dressing, home made noodles, and corn.  Chicken is organic from the farm where I bought the half hog and beef.  Corn from the freezer.  May add a salad.  MIL is making date pudding, that's pretty much it.

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« Reply #95 on: November 25, 2013, 01:24:02 PM »
This is the Modutile in the basement and how the baseboard will look. Tom is going to put Styrofoam on the outside walls, furring strips and drywall it.  We could paint the concrete that looks like brick but it will make it warmer in the winter.  The basement is heated and cooled.

Boy you can tell I am bored talking about this stuff.
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Re: Still here, decided to just start new thread
« Reply #96 on: November 26, 2013, 08:55:47 AM »
Carolyn,

Becky and I are avid readers. We have read all of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. They are pretty good stories. The movie with Tom Cruise named Jack Reacher is actually based on the book named One Shot, which is one of the best of them. Try to read them in order if you have all of them, and you will see the character develop.

We also like the Luke Davenport series and the Virgil Flowers series, both by John Sanford.

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« Reply #97 on: November 26, 2013, 10:50:05 PM »
I just had bought one of them and read it then found a set of 3 or 4 and got those online.  I need to look and see the progression of them and start with
the first. I liked the one I read.

I like Clive Cussler too, but seems like the newer ones are so much alike but still worth reading.

Yesterday, I was able to lay 6 boxes of tile in my sewing room downstairs, 27 to a box, 2 left over.  It only took about 4 hours, but now the good part starts where I have to cut the outside tiles and Tom will have to move the pattern cabinets and my fabric cabinets. I might be able to scoot them over.

I usually get my measurements right but had to cut more then I anticipated this time.  Normally what you cut on one side will fit on the other but not this time.  Or not in the other room, we shall see on this one.  Think I still better order 1 or 2 more boxes as I think I want them in the understair closet too.  They are super easy to work with.  When I finish the edges and understair that's all I'm laying down there. Tom is going to partition the ends of the huge room off for storage.

Tom, is so funny.  He likes to make deep fried turkeys on the holidays overseas, mainly because most people have never had them.  One year he made noodles.  So this year he is getting brave.  He wanted the receipes for noodles, dressing, and gravy.  He has to see if he can get celery and sage over
there, he thought celery would be the most difficult.

My son on the other side of the world gets together with a large number of expats and they cook up big dinners on the holidays too.  He is a good cook also.

MIL and I decided we are just getting our dinner at the local grocery instead of cooking.  They have a really good deli and have all the fixins, we decided why go to all that work for 3 of us.  I thought she wanted it, I would have eaten out, but when she suggested it I went for it!  I might make a cobbler or pie.

If I don't get back on the next couple of days, everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Tom will be home Christmas and shouldn't be but one or
two more alone after that.
or pie, have to see.

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« Reply #98 on: November 26, 2013, 11:08:17 PM »
I can't remember if I posted a picture of our house.  This is before the metal roof. And looking at the date 2012, I can't believe its been that long since we started this odyssey.  Need to post the ones of our finished garage now.  Tom will love it.  It's 48 wide and 44 long.  My nice motorhome garage and now his big enough garage.  A good Christmas coming up and they got it finished so he can enjoy it while he is home.  That made me very happy and will Tom also.
Those pics are on my other computer. We are going to see if the same company can wire it for him, we will need that.

There are so many things we both want, receptacles out there, especially for the motorhome.  Garage aprons.  Water lines ran in various places in the yard.  Some receptacles out by the road for Christmas decorations.  A side walk from the screened in porch to the garage and also out to his garage.  We need to rescreen the back porch.  Like he said if he was home it wouldn't take long.  But he can't be both places.

Then there are some maybe things, a half bath in basement, same in  attached garage.  He did get water to my sink in the garage so that is very nice.

But I guess we will always have wants, none of ours are needs, just wants at this point.

Here I am rambling again, sigh.

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« Reply #99 on: November 27, 2013, 08:45:27 AM »
Nice looking house, Carolyn -- thanks for the pic.
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« Reply #100 on: November 27, 2013, 12:08:41 PM »
If you are down by Vincennes, Terre Haute, area, its 250 miles south of here...give or take. The temps will get cold down there, but trust me, you will get spring a whole lot sooner than we will.

I went to college at NIU in DeKalb, IL and drove down to the St Louis area from time to time to see a girl I knew. Once I left at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, local temp was 28 degrees, and when I got to St Louis it was in the 70s the next day.

It will get better  :D
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« Reply #101 on: November 27, 2013, 07:00:52 PM »
We are north of Vincennes  and south of Sullivan out in the country.  I think the bluff on the Wabash really affects our weather.  If we
look at weather maps on TV you can almost see a divide right in here.  The weather splits and is really different north and south of us.

Here are some of the "deers" we have to avoid on the road.

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« Reply #102 on: November 27, 2013, 07:03:11 PM »
I took these with a telephoto lense just down the road, they go behind our house but are to far back right now to see them well.

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« Reply #103 on: November 27, 2013, 07:06:40 PM »
Another photo, this is my favorite, I whistled and the deer looked up.

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« Reply #104 on: November 27, 2013, 07:27:34 PM »


My motorhome garage and Tom's garage.

The garage door is on now but no pics.  I would recommend Graber Post in Montgomery, Indiana to anyone.

We added on a 14 X 28 section. Now its 44 X 48 so will serve our needs.


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« Reply #105 on: November 27, 2013, 07:31:28 PM »
The standing seam roof another by Graber Post, it was a real job as our roof is a 12 12 pitch.  All was done, hanging on harness and it was HOT when they did it.

See the snow blocks

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« Reply #106 on: November 27, 2013, 07:33:09 PM »
Good news on my old motorhome, sounds like its going to get done next week.  YES! That is if they get my leverlor in, the windshield is due to be done, Monday I believe.
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« Reply #107 on: November 27, 2013, 10:25:15 PM »
HAPPY THANKSGIVING WHERE EVER YOU ARE!!

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« Reply #108 on: November 28, 2013, 11:26:17 AM »
Love the style of your house...one of my favorites...including the steep roof!  Going to be so nice for you and Tom to have that nice big shop! 

Have a happy Thanksgiving!   :)
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« Reply #109 on: November 29, 2013, 10:56:20 AM »
I'm going to put information about our Houston house that is for sale.  If I should not let me know.  It's 4 miles from the Woodlands, Texas on 1.6 acres.

The house is now for sale for $249,500, it appraised for $270k, I have copies of the appraisal, we paid for it to know how to price it. It has a mobile next door on our acreage we rented for $550 a month for over 12 years, and can be sold without it, we can have it removed.

Type in HAR in the search line, then under single family houses when you get to that type in the MLS number  50775454.  It's a good location 3 miles from Oakridge schools, across interstate 45 is the Woodlands mall and everything else, couple miles from 242, about 10 miles to Conroe which leads to Lake Conroe.  20 miles south is Houston.



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« Reply #110 on: December 03, 2013, 07:31:07 PM »
I haven't had a chance to ask my husband yet.  But I imagine I will get the motorhome either this week or next.  They are talking temperatures down to 13.  I know the genny has a preheater but does the engine, I don't remember reading about that anywhere.  Will it kick over in weather like that?  It's always been down in the south and I've never started it in temps like that.

I assume the RV shop will start it but how do they do it just like normal?

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« Reply #111 on: December 03, 2013, 08:00:53 PM »
I had a 94 Holiday Rambler Imperial with a 8.3C Cummins engine. Same engine that is in your American. We lived in northern Vermont and usually left in February for Florida for a few weeks. My only problem was the motor started TOO quickly, the oil pressure was a little slow to come up because it was usually below zero. I often disconnected the fuel solenoid so I could crank the engine a bit before starting.

That said do remember to turn on the block heater the night before to warm up the motor.

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« Reply #112 on: December 03, 2013, 08:14:00 PM »
I hate showing my ignorance but here goes....Do all diesels come with a block heater?  If so how do you turn it on?  Sorry didn't mean to highjack.

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Re: Still here, decided to just start new thread
« Reply #113 on: December 03, 2013, 08:37:43 PM »
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They are talking temperatures down to 13.  I know the genny has a preheater but does the engine, I don't remember reading about that anywhere.

There's generally a block heater, as Ken mentioned. On mine there's a dashboard switch labeled that way (and it's 12V DC, no plug in needed). It usually needs a few hours to get the engine and its oil warmed up. On rigs with Aqua Hot there may be an engine heater from it, too (mine has one), and it seems to work a bit more quickly than the block heater. But it's still far from a 5 minute operation.

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Do all diesels come with a block heater?

Most do today, though many older units may need some other mechanism. I don't know when they became standard (in the early '60s we had ether cans mounted on the truck to help start).
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« Reply #114 on: December 03, 2013, 09:06:01 PM »
Thanks, I guess I'll be looking around for this.
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« Reply #115 on: December 03, 2013, 11:14:43 PM »
Also look at the starting instructions for your engine.  On our CAT, you can start it when it is quite cold, less than 30 F using the intake heater and cycling it a few times.  I did it the other day at 20 with no problems.
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« Reply #116 on: December 04, 2013, 08:03:00 AM »
Thanks, I guess I'll be looking around for this.

The switch could be on the dash, but I had 2 rigs where it was in the bedroom - 110 switch usually with an indicator lamp so you are aware when its on. On some rigs there is no inside switch and you must plug in the cord to a  outlet 110 in the engine compartment.

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« Reply #117 on: December 04, 2013, 08:22:21 AM »
Ken I think you just solved two questions for me!  I have a switch in the bedroom with an indicator lamp on it that I have been wondering about and couldn't see that it did anything.  I also don't have any switch on the dash that could of been the block heater- dilemma solved.  Thanks so much!

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« Reply #118 on: December 04, 2013, 03:27:01 PM »
I don't have a switch or anything in the back I know of.  I guess since it is at the motorhome place the mechanic there will likely start it, didn't really think about that and he will know if anything is there.  But just saying if nothing was there would an old electric blanket draped over the engine warm it up?  Just curious, seems like that's all it does anyway, but then the heavy cold oil would be in the
bottom of the engine.

Man, we are really in for it, supposed to be rain, sleet, and snow coming in tomorrow night.  By Friday night down to 9 degrees and Monday night 13.  If he calls me to come and get it, sorry dude, not gonna' happen.

I just filled my gas cans and going to see if my generator will start, Tom always runs the gas out of everything, says this new stuff messes up the carbureters, but makes it hard for me to start things.  Ice storms are what gets most electric lines and could here too. 
If I can get it started I can run multiple electric heaters in the house, I have at least 3 here, the rest are where?  In the motorhome of course.

Well back out I go, I found some of my outside lights and am putting them up on the front porch.  It's do it now or likely not get it done.  I can't find the new LED ones I finally got.  These are the old ones and not seeing extra bulbs so stealing them from a string.  I had these a long time and a lot of them are corroded bulbs.  I have been sorting stuff of Sue Anne's we had boxed up and put in the sheds for years looking for the new lights.  She is basically a hoarder I think and I let her do it I guess.  I'm giving all these things to the local place that gives items to the disadvantaged here and also to our local Salvation Army.  She won't even know they are gone.  Should have done it a long time ago.  There are storage boxes of stuff and yes there is so much I'm actually embarrassed.  This won't ever happen again.  There must be 15 years worth, of course, a bunch is going to the trash too. Ok, back to work

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« Reply #119 on: December 04, 2013, 07:33:13 PM »
Hummm, now wait, there was some plug in in the closet in the bedroom and we thought it had something to do with the waterheater, I think I pushed it back under the ledge in there. There was a raised area in the clothes closet and a door you opened, seems like it had water lines and things in there for the bathroom.  That electric cord went into that opening.  The receptacle in the closet didn't work at that time and we put a new one in.  Now I'm wondering if that might be it.  Will have to ask the mechanic.  That's about the only item I've seen that didn't connect to anything else, seems like my tenant and I couldn't figure out where it went when we were messing with the electrical so just left it alone.  I was going to ask Tom and until now forgot all about it. 

 

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