Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tahlequah Community Garden

This past weekend I was able to spent Saturday playing in the dirt with Jehan and Samara at the Tahlequah Community Garden. We removed the weeds from our plot and turned the dirt and mixed in some compost to ensure some nice plants. Once the garden was ready for planting we went to the store and picked up some cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, jalapenos, gourds, and green beans. It was a great day to be outside planting and tending to the garden. Looking forward to the rewards of some fresh veggies in a few weeks. If you are interested in doing your own garden at the community garden please let one of the volunteers know. You can find them on the Tahlequah Community Garden facebook page.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lent - Final Week

Today concludes the last week of lent. It has been a real eye opener, I have learned that sometimes the small simple things in life can be a big meaning to us. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed standing around the BBQ grilling and enjoying an ice cold adult beverage or maybe that glass of wine with dinner. Over the last 40 days and 40 nights I have managed not to give in proving to myself that I can do something if I want to. Looking forward to the next challenge that I set myself up for.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Camping Trip | March 13, 2015 - March 15, 2015

Day 1
Prepared and packed the camper for the first camping trip of the season. This trip is a bit more interesting because Suzy will be joining me. Never taken an animal with me camping so we shall see how it goes. Once on the road there was just one quick stop at Walmart to stock up on supplies. Afterwards I made it to the campsite and set up without much difficulty other than trying to set up the camper in the rain. Its never fun to start off a trip when its raining. The forecast showed that it was to clear about by early afternoon.


Day 2
Still raining. Oklahoma weather doing what it does best. Proving the meteorologist wrong with every prediction. We started our day off with a with Suzy playing with the fire extinguisher and squirting a burst across the camper. I don't think she much cared for that and will hopefully leave it alone for now on. Afterwards I figured we would go for a walk since the rain had let up to a slight drizzle. Once we had completed walking down to the marina and checking out some puddles we came back and I started my breakfast. I really hope this rain stops before Paige’s wedding this afternoon at three. Otherwise it will be a wet day forcing her to change her plans on her big day.


Time for some lunch and its still raining. Boo. Can't wait for the rain to stop. I think even Suzy is getting tire of taking her walks in the rain, however she does seem to enjoy wrapping up in her blanket
when we return to the camper. +Jehan Day  came out and joined us for our camping adventure which made the wet weather more enjoyable.


Paige’s wedding was very beautiful even though the rain continued and it had to be moved inside. Her and Cory make a very beautiful couple.

The rain finally ended in evening, not sure if I could handle much more of it. Cabin fever was in full effect. Was very relaxing to sit around the camp file and make some smores together with Jehan and Suzy. Even Suzy seemed to enjoy the warmth of the camp fire while she relaxed in my lap. 

Day 3
The sunshine is showing its face and the warmth of its rays is most welcome after two days of rain. Its amazing how much the sun can rise your spirits. After a nice home style breakfast it was time to pack up the camper from the first camping trip of the season. Even though most of the weekend was spent indoors avoiding the rain it was still a success.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lent - Week 3

Week three is outta here. Bam! So as you can tell it has been an amazing week. I'm not slowing down on this on this lent challenge.

See you next week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet Suzy

Little Bit inspecting her new roommate.
I made a post about adopting a dog named Pete. After a second visit I decided that Pete had just too much energy for me. However, I was introduced to Suzy while I was at the shelter and after going for a nice walk and a short jog we decided that we fit each other very well. Suzy spent a couple more days at the shelter and a visit to the vet and then made her way home with me. She and the the two cats, Jezibelle and Little Bit are getting along very nicely and she seems to be making herself right at home. I believe that we will have many great adventures together.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lent - Week Two

Today marks the second week lent completed. I must say that the first week was more difficult than this week. Each day gets a bit easier but the cravings for a drink still hit me occasionally. I would have never thought that giving up something that I enjoyed on a random basis would so difficult. Just the other day I was sitting down for dinner and was thinking that a cold beer would go nicely with this meal. So far I have stuck to my commitment and plan to do so for the remaining weeks.

Canine Companion

Been giving a lot of thought to getting a canine companion. Not sure what has struck this mood or change but the thought has been with me for several months now. Recently I went out to the Cherokee County Humane Society and visited with several pups and found one that I absolutely loved. He is super friendly and is just a big teddy bear so to speak. His name is Pete and I have another visitation with him to make sure that he is a good fit for me.

If you are looking at getting a new companion, remember to adopt before you shop. There are so many good loving animals that need a loving master and a caring home out there. You can use a service like PetFinder.com to find a shelter in your area.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Camping Season Is Coming

Camping season is just around the corner. Hard to believe as I sit here and look at the snow falling from the sky in just a few weeks I will be sitting up my camper at Greenleaf State Park. Not only do I get to go camping, but my friend +Paige Fisher and her fiancĂ© Cory will be getting married at the park as well. Its such a loving and fitting place for the couple to get married. I've already starting thinking about what needs to be done and gathered up to make the first adventure of the season a success. I can't wait to be out and about with the camper. Let the snow melt away and bring spring our way!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lent - Week One

Lent started a week ago and surprisingly it has been harder to stay focused that I had thought it would be. I keep finding myself craving a beer or a glass of Jack Daniels. I haven't given in to the urges yet and don't plan on it. My other obstacle that I wanted to try and avoid is spending money on wants instead of needs. This has proven to be even more difficult than the giving up of the alcohol. I slipped one day but I am back on track and plan to finish out the remaining weeks without another mishap.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Crystal Bridges Museum

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The Crystal Bridges Museum located in Bentonville, AR is such an amazing place. Who would have thought tucked away in the rolling hills of the Ozark mountains is such a wonderful place to experience such a rich and diverse collection of some of the worlds most incredible works of art. From the landscaping, to the architecture and the art itself there is something for everyone. I was able to experience paintings from Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin and many other amazing artists. Wandering from one exhibit to the next was such a thrilling and enlightening experience that everyone should experience. I find myself quite lucky to have such an incredible person in my life that wanted to share this experience with me. Thank you so much for taking me +Jehan Day. I can't wait until we get to experience it again.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Clean Power To the rPod

I figured since I leave my rPod connect to shore power all of the time and the power at the camp grounds can be a bit iffy at times I should install some protection for my camper. I wouldn't plug my television into an electrical outlet without a surge protector, so why wouldn't I do the same for my camper. There are a lot of electronic devices including a radio, television, microwave, refrigerator, and much more in our RVs and campers today. Why would we want to risk these devices to a power surge or over / low voltage? Ok Ok Ok. I Can't take full credit to coming up with this idea. I have to give some credit to my colleagues on the rPod Facebook group for reminding the importance of this.

After some research and asking my colleagues on the Facebook rPod page I decided purchase the Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C. This unit provides many features including a low power and high power shutoff, surge protection, grounding checks, reverse polarity and much more. Also this unit provides a lifetime warranty and the device is module so you don't have to replace the entire unit if something should fail. One of the main reasons for me choosing this unit over the portable version is that I don't have to remember to plug it in each time I camp, no worries about someone stealing it from the power pole while I'm out and about and I can monitor it from inside the camper. Useful if you're stuck inside during a storm and the power goes out.

On my rPod 178 I wanted to install the unit near the other controls however the space was not available. The second option and the one that was suggested on the rPod Page was to install the unit under the slide out near where the power enters in. This proved to be the location for my installation as well and it also makes sense because if there is a problem with the electric it is corrected as soon as it enters the camper. Installation is pretty straight forward and wasn't that hard. The instructions proved to be accurate and everything was a breeze. The hardest part was trying to maneuver in the tight space beneath the counter. Installation took me about an hour and I didn't run into any issues. I located the main connection and found a suitable place to cut the wire in half. Once the wire was cut I stripped the ends and feed the wires into the box and connected to the marked locations. Then I secured the box to the floor, routed the remote wire over to the side of the cabinet and then placed the cover on the box after one last check all connections were secure.

The next step was to find a location to place the remote read out. Originally I was thinking about installing it above the sink but couldn't find a way to route the wire to the over head cabinet. So the next place of choice was next to the refrigerator on the side of the cabinet. This proved to be one of the easiest places to route the cable and have it secured out of the way. As you can see on the display it shows 12 amps of current. This was because I had connected a small space heater to help keep me warm while I finished up the installation, it also showed the the current / amp meter was working correctly.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Saving Lives With OBI

#savingliveswithobi
Donating blood always makes a person feel good. Not sure exactly the cause but it could be the fact that donating to someone else is a good thing. Could be that fact that your donation may be the one that saves a person. Regardless of the reason get out there and support your local blood banks. Its relative painless and only takes a couple minutes and you get to hold your head up high knowing that you did something for someone else.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Warcraft Woes

After leveling up to the cap and trying out the new garrison feature of World of Warcraft I have decided that it was time to cancel my account. I shall return in the future once I have more time to play but I couldn't see in continuing to pay for something I don't use. So for now... its a so long, a good bye, a until we meet again.

Rabbit Food Thats Good

Some of the best salads I have ever had the pleasure of consuming have come from our local grocery store called Reasors. They have an amazing salad bar with all fresh vegetables and toppings. Some of favorites are the chicken, bacon, and dried raspberries. Reasors has made it so simple to use the salad bar as well. Simply pick your container size, build your salad to your liking and then have it weighed at the register. Its a flat rate by pound so you dont have to worry about what you choose to pile on. It has been so nice to have another choice in town to find something that is healthy to eat that is easy and quick to grab during the lunch hour. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Giving it up for Lent

So I have decided that this year I would try and do something for lent. Even though I am not Catholic I figured it wouldn't hurt and would be good for me. After some considerations I decided that drinking three to five times a week probably isn't good for my health and really isn't on my diet so alcohol is off my list for the next 40 days and nights. This shouldn't be too hard but as Ash Wednesday approaches I have found myself wanting a nice class of Jack Daniels or even a six pack of Blue Moon beer. Reflecting on this I confirmed to myself that this is going to be more of a challenge than I had originally thought. Looking forward to the journey that I will embark on starting tomorrow.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Power to the Pod, the RPod that is

What a fun task to take on. Digging through rocks, cutting up roots, and setting a post. It was a lot of hard work but in the end it will be worth it. No more not having AC in the summer when working on or packing up the camper. No more having to deal with an ugly extension cord strung through the back yard.

Started digging the trench for the conduit and power.
Dug the hole for the post and set the post and installed the electric box. Afterwards ran the electric wire through the conduit and up to the attic.

Finishing running the electric through the attic and added a new circuit to the panel. Now the RPod has its own dedicated circuit and box.
A special thanks goes out to +Jehan Day for helping me get all of this done. She was an amazing helper during this process.

Winter Weather

Enjoying the day off with some fresh snow on the ground. Glad that I got my outside task done yesterday. More about that on another post. Plan on spending this nice chilly day inside with my coffee and curling up on the couch possibly and watching a movie. I may be finish the project that was started yesterday. Who knows, the day has just begun and the possibilities are endless. Regardless what happens I am sure I will enjoy it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fitforfood

I joined up with #fitforfood to help raise money for the Feeding America organization and so far the users have burned over half a billion calories in just over a week. At this rate the target will be meet in about half of the estimated time. Job well done to everyone that participated. Thank you to Fitbit and Feeding America for making this happen.

Keeping those screws tight

A little trick I learned some time ago when dealing with screws that like to back out or rattle loose is to put a small dab of clear silicon / chalking on the threads. This helps keep the screw in place but will also allow you to remove or later on if you need to.

Hopefully this tip will come in useful to some of you fellow campers and rv'ers out there.