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Closets

 

The Princess Palace at work

The Princess Palace at work

Back in the shiny shoe days,  I was prone to excess.  Formal dining rooms, topiaries, stylish dogs with painted toenails–you know, upper middle class badges and trappings.   The last stick house I owned had a walk in closet that had a chandelier and a phone jack in the wall — it was huge; probably 200 square feet.  For a closet- 200 square feet.  What was I thinking?

The reason I bring this up was I talked to my Mom on Mother’s Day and she wanted me to send her pictures of the new (to us) Puma 30RKSS  aka the Princess Palace.  Truth be known, she worried about us banging around the Oil Patch in the Old Girl.  It was streaked with dust, paint faded and dowdy.  It was old and to get some things to work you had to hold your mouth like this or hit it right there.  So she worried about us like Mom’s do.    I sent her the pics and she emailed me back and she said the Princess Place looks BIG!  Comparatively speaking it is big.  All 300 square feet of it.  I didn’t point out to my Mom that her bedroom was bigger than our entire RV.  No need to worry her with unnecessary minutiae.

 

 

IFMiss K and Me and Tuco the Dog are settling into the Princess Palace quite nicely — thank you very much.  The little blue globe thingy at the top left of the page says 204,xxx visits as I write this entry.  Visits–not pageviews;  I think that is a pretty substantial number of visitors.  I just wish I could remember when I put that counter on here.  Maybe about a year ago?  At any rate, there are a bunch of folks who have visited here.   After the Big Hail, I had to ask my friends for some help and a couple hundred of you responded.   Without your help, the Princess Palace most likely would be sitting in a driveway somewhere with someone else’s things in the cabinets.  We are settling into the new digs really well.  Miss K built her nest on the couch, Tuco the Dog has her spot on the floor rug where the AC hits her just right and I have settled into my customary spot at the dinette.  Miss K is still reveling in all the cabinet space and her Wondrous Kitchen.    I am struggling with some logistic issues myself.

 

 

 

 

IFA  motor coach like the Old Girl has outside baggage compartments like you will not find on a travel trailer or fifth wheel and I am struggling with all the stuff I tote around with us.  Granted, I don’t have to carry diesel oil and fan belts and filters and such like I used to but I still have too much stuff.  Some of it is going in the DTB, some of it gets set out beside the driveway with a FREE sign on it,  some of it gets throwed out and some of it is in the back of the big ass Suburban waiting to find a home.   I am so OCD when it comes to this kind of thing.   Visualize a supermarket.   You don’t look for feminine products in the aisle where the peanut butter is.

 

 

 

 

 

IFThe Old Girl ended up being pretty cluttered.  Every square inch of space was used for something.   We had gotten to the point that if we bought something new something old had to leave to make space.    It was almost impossible to clean the inside of the Old Girl with that much stuff hanging around.  That became all too apparent when we started stripping her down.  How did  dog hair get back here????  We are bound and determined not to stack up the inside of the Princess Palace in such a fashion.   I have a plethora of bowling equipment that has to go somewhere.   I have 5 different hitch combos for the receiver on the big ass Suburban that weigh heavy.  Tools, electrical components and adapters, AC filters, water filters, hoses, blocks of wood, propane tanks, GO bags, food stashes  – the list seems endless.  I reckon I will figure it out in a week or so.

 

 

 

 

New caulk for the shower

New caulk for the shower

Once the Old Girl is cleaned out and gone down the road to RV heaven I have some changes to make on the Princess Palace.  I have already had to re-caulk a leaky shower. That job couldn’t wait.  I MUST get a Progressive Industries EMSHW30C Surge Protector installed ASAP!  Running naked straight off the generator like we are is bad juju and gives me nightmares. I have to figure out how to get some more electricity in here as well.  Miss Kathy’s Keurig is up to its’ old tricks.  One of the first things I learned about the Palace was the location of the breaker box.  I have to clean up the installation of the Wilson SOHO amp. Coax snaking across the floor and a wireless router hung from a cabinet pull with a bread tie just ain’t gonna cut it.   The water pump on the Palace is driving me crazy. It pumps water just fine but it sounds like a jackhammer running inside a metal garbage can.

….. and that is just the list so far.  Looks like me and Tuco the Dog have got quite a bit of piddling to do in the future.

 

 

End Note:  Rio Grande by Dave Alvin from the Eleven Eleven cd.   New. Live. Good.

 

 

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26 comments to Closets

  • Doris

    Welcome to the world of getting a new (to you) rig! I don’t think it matters what size you go from or to we all have that “where do I put all this stuff?” problem. It’s been almost two months since we moved into the new rig and we’re still moving things around and finding places to put stuff.

    Glad to see you are enjoying it and still have some projects to keep you busy!

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  • joel

    I can think of a good place for the bowling equipment.

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  • joel

    I was thinking it could probably make nice auxiliary housing for the local reptile population.

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    • Andrew

      Speaking of…………

      Miss K came back in the RV about dark a few days ago and informed me there was a rattlesnake 15 feet from the door. I grabbed up a bowling ball and dispatched a 4′ Timber Rattler rather swiftly. It helps when you have the proper tools for the job.

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  • joel

    I guess it would be pointless to ask whether you have a CCL for that bowling ball.

    How many boots can you make from a 4′ Timber rattler?

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    • Andrew

      Rattlesnake hides show up as hatbands and wallets. Boots–not so much.

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  • joel

    Sounds like you kilt yourself a couple wallets-worth of rattler, at least.

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  • David

    Hey Andy,

    I’m interested in what you come up with for the noisy pump. We usually camp with city water hookup but when we do use the pump, jackhammer is a good description.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t bowling easier to pursue in Texas?

    Also, I appreciate the pics of the Palace.

    On another note, I learned of the passing of an old friend and ORHS classmate last week in an email when his picture was posted in the Yahoo ORHS group. His family lived across from us in OR for some time. We went through school together, did scouts and our Eagle project together, serving as leaders for a small troop in a nearby town for months, sometimes getting to take his dad’s Corvette. I’m pretty sure he introduced me to Jethro Tull and some other great music. The last time I remember seeing him was shortly after high school when he stopped by the gas station where I worked. When I saw him on the Book of Face several months ago, I wish I had reached out and said hello.

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    • Andrew

      I will most certainly do a blog post on the water pump issue.

      Bowling enjoys near universal acceptance in Texas. Most kids especially in the rural areas grow up with bowling as an integral part of their life.

      Not too many years in the past it was not uncommon to see a bowling ball bag hanging from the rear window rack in a pick up.

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  • joel

    Hmm.

    http://www.timsboots.com/rabo.html

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  • Nancy1340

    I think I’ll rely on my Tarus Judge 45/410 for rattlers.
    But then I don’t bowl well. 😉

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  • joel

    Nancy, it turns out you can combine firearms with bowling:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-accidentally-shoots-bowling-article-1.1345578

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    • Nancy1340

      Here’s your sign “STUPID”. LOL
      Them, not you btw.

      They call The Judge the Snake Killer from what I’m told.

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  • I really like the layout of your new rig. It seems very open. We are hoping to get that feeling when we buy our new rig!

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    • Andrew

      Mary,

      We had a specific idea of what would work and this one certainly fits the bill. The interior storage is phenomenal and the cabinets and drawers have already swallowed up most of what was inside the Old Girl. Miss K LOVES the kitchen! Drawbacks? The refrigerator is small. 30 amp service sucks. The lack of additional roof vents precludes the installation of a second rooftop AC unit and we are already feeling the effects of that. We are going to go get the portable AC out of storage pretty quick!

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  • Miss Kathy

    I have mastered my new gourmet kitchen. Ya Dogs… Andy is reaping the whirlwind gastronomy delights an I am having a BALL cooking. I did taco salad last night. Tomorrow is a sirloin roast with horseradish glaze. For dessert I am planning a Guiness Stout chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. Next week some kind of chicken. Maybe with a morel velouté.
    HA! Eat your hearts out.
    Cheers

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  • Nancy1340

    Hope you weathered the storm alright last night. We live in Mesquite and it seems like it always goes around us, both north and south of us. Tain’t complain’.

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    • Andrew

      Nada down this way Nancy. Thank goodness!

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  • joel

    Ah, Miss Kathy. I would love to get my hands on some morels. There used to be a place that retailed morels here in St. Louis, but they closed. Do you get them fresh or dried?

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  • Joel, Whilst “relaxing” at the down south nudist colony, I had the chance to chat up some of the Northern Snowbirds down for the winter. One from Illinois, one from Minnesota. I have put in requests for fresh morels/and or dried. They couples left the end of March and April, May, Early June is Morel hunting season as the snow dries and spring rolls around. I had stockpiled last seasons dried morels from a few vendors on Etsy and Ebay. They dry them in house and shrink wrap them. I made Gordon Ramsays’ Chicken with Morels recipe for the “guests” at the park, and they promised to bring me more morels upon returning in September. There are several fairly reasonable vendors on ebay. But, I imagine if you check your local “gourmet” grocer in St.Louis you could find some in store right now. They are in season now. I envy your location. Most ‘Texians’ have not heard or had a morel and don’t ya know….a mushroom is a mushroom here ’bouts!
    Cheers,

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  • I found this just now on google for St.Louis,
    http://www.marxfoods.com/products/Morel-Mushrooms?gclid=CLXZ7dqCnLcCFZJj7AodtBEA3Q

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  • joel

    Thanks, Miss Kathy!

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  • Ken

    HEY ADOPTIVE MOM, i am still waiting.

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    • Miss Kathy

      As soon as I figure out;A. How to overnight “Hot” food. I will.
      B. if my crappy Camry gets wanderlust again, I’ll be sure to head North and west this time.
      C. Damn….I would love to cook for you. But alas.
      Let me think on it for a bit.

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  • Clay

    Andy, I am looking forward to the blog post on the jackhammer water pump. Been living with a similar jack hammer for several years now. When we are down at the place I have a pump mounted on a board that I use from the water supply (tote) to the city water hookup. Works very well, just like the pump setup at a gate. But again, what about the jackhammer when we aren’t hooked up to a tote?

    Clay

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