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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Still Here

I have had a few low energy days since I got back from Bloggerfest.  I did not take any pictures this year, so I waited until Croft sent me his.  He is still having issues with Open Live Writer, so I’m going to test posting a picture from my computer.  One of me, of course.


I think what I did to fix the issue of not being able to post pictures was that I uninstalled and reinstalled the Open Live Writer.

I applied for Social Security last night online.  Now I wait to see how the new world way of doing things works.  I also started doing my taxes online this morning.  On a related note, I now have a hotspot in my RV so I can get online in the comfort of home.

I dropped my smartphone onto the asphalt while taking things into Mom’s this week.  I now have a new phone.  I’m working on getting it all set up.  These things take time.  Just stuff going on, and I’ll try to get out and try the new camera in this new phone to make some hopefully more interesting posts in the next few days.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

On my way to Bloggerfest

The Girl Scouts got me when I stopped for gas and another cup of coffee. I swear there is something in those cookies that is addicting. I've been an easy touch ever since I sold them when I was in 2nd grade. And that was at least a few years ago.

Onward to the Q!

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Friday, January 27, 2017


From Lorne and Sue’s blog:

Todays blog is going to provide a nudge to everyone concerning BLOGGER FEST 2017.  Remember it is this Saturday from 1 to 5 at the Pavilion at South La Posa.  If you get to the gate we will have it marked from there on.  The GPS coordinates are 33.62478   114.2115.  You don't have to write a blog to come.  Even if you just read blogs of the RVers, come down and meet them in person.  There is such a wide variety of people doing blogs and they all will share their time with you.  Can I ask any of you bloggers out there to post the following on their blogs to let everyone know it is happening.  Thank you and see you there.


I’ll be there early.  I have the previous signs in the trunk of my car.  Hope to see EVERYONE there!

Monday, January 23, 2017

More solar cooking plans

I posted a fuzzy picture from a seminar at RTR about a home made solar cooker.  One of the presenters later posted a link to a large number of different DIY solar cooker plans.

solar cooker instructions

If you go to Main Page it gives a lot of information on the state of solar cooking as it is now.  The previous link is an archive link.  I had the question of ‘but does it work?’ and the answer is YES.  The simple one I took the picture of was up to around 200* in the time it took to make her talk.  An enclosed oven style (made from a box) will get to 300*, and a commercial built one will get higher. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017


It has been chilly here. My electric radiator heater died last night. I ran to Walmart and got this little ceramic heater with a fan to send the heat out. My cold feet approve. I may get a new radiator as it is a safer option, and probably cheaper on electricity. For now I'm enjoying my new best friend.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Home made solar oven

One of the seminars at the RTR. Two turkey roasting bags, something black that is not flammable to set it on, a rack to hold it up a bit from the black stuff for air flow, and a windshield sun shade. Even I can make that.

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Early morning RTR

I'm at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in Quartzsite. The morning session hasn't started yet. I got up at 4am to drive over here to meet some of the folks I've followed from Bob Wells blog on van living. I met one of them so far. The day is young yet.

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