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2 weeks later

Propane smoker smokerin'

Propane smoker smokerin’

So I look up and it has been 2 weeks since my last post.  Life gets in the way looks like.  Now I haven’t been slacking but each day in the saddle gets a bit more tiring than the day before.  The fatigue accumulates over time and we are on the tail end of a good long work stretch.  I have not had a day off since March.   Miss K, on the other hand, is toughing it out pretty danged good.  Seems like she cooks more and better as the work days stack one on top of the other.  Sure is nice to break the boredom with a good meal! Thank you baby!

We have been accumulating some goods this month that will be the subject of future blog posts.  I finally got a MUCH needed Reese Strait-Line weight distribution hitch with sway control. The big ass Suburban pulls the Princess Palace like a champ but a 34′ travel trailer is no lightweight.  I used the same same Reese setup on the 28′ enclosed car hauler and it made a huge difference.  The other items I picked up were a BatteryMINDer 12 Volt Solar Charger-Controller with Desulfator and a RENOGY 100w Monocrystalline Photovoltaic Solar Panel Module to go along with it.  I am a total newb when it comes to solar power and I figured it was high time to change that.  One of the drawbacks of a travel trailer is the lack of space to fit a battery bank.  I think I can get 2x12v batteries up on the tongue where the single battery is now and that will double my  DC capacity.   I have accumulated 4 extra 12v batteries from here and there and they are living stand-by in the Desert Tan Baby.  Plan is to use the Solar BatteryMinder to keep them topped up and in a good state.  More on that later I am sure.

Gorilla chair

Gorilla chair

As is our habit, me and Tuco the Dog ease outside about 7-7:30 every morning and sit in the shade of the awning for several hours.  It makes for some good Daddy-Dog time and gives Miss K the opportunity to get some uninterrupted sleep.  She says I bang and clang and stomp around like a buffalo and while I know that can’t possibly be true; I just defer to her in the spirit of good husbandness and take my ass outside and sit in the chair.  We have been chair poor forever it seems.  If you ever come for a visit, bring your own chair.  That is how bad it is.

A year and a half ago Miss K bought the last remaining camp chair in Alpine and it was an appealing and trendy lime green color.  Even though it was a hideous sight it set good and had held up pretty good out here in the pucker brush.  A few weeks ago, one of the suspension cords popped and even though I tied it back together it just never set right again.  Well, like I always do I got on Amazon and started hunting up a new chair.  I was determined to find one that would survive in this environment and I hit on the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camp Chair. Let me tell ya, it is built like a Mack truck.  American made, lifetime warranty and it holds 800 lbs.  It is roomy enough that I think I could fit another very small person in the seat with me. The only drawback I see so far is that it has a padded seat and back that gets just a skooshy bit warm on these hot days.  I can live with that.

Y’all are gonna kick my butt on this one.  I shoulda clued you in when the weather report was showing triple digits for the next 7 days straight.  My bad.  Miss K and I love ice cream.  Truth be known,  Miss K has a fairly severe chocolate ice cream habit.  Problem is, we never had a fridge that would keep ice cream any better than cold soup consistency in the Old Girl.  It just ain’t the same, ya know?  The the Princess Palace comes along and if anything, this fridge sucked WORSE than the one in the Old Girl.  I eventually figured out the thermistor was flaky and replaced it.   Finally we had a fridge that would keep the beverages frosty and actually freeze things in the freezer.

NewAir ice cream machine

NewAir ice cream machine

One of the things I love is homemade ice cream.  No way we can handle one of those bucket ice cream machines with the salt and ice and all that mess in a gate guard RV.  That is for your back porch on a hot July day.  Sure, they make ice cream machines but they use a bowl that you have to keep frozen in your freezer to make the gizmo work.  No way that is happening when your freezer ain’t much bigger than a shoebox.  So back to Amazon and I found the NewAir AIC-220 1.5 Quart Commercial Grade Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker. It has its’ own compressor so you don’t have to screw around with that frozen bowl and all that mess. It is also nearly silent when it is making ice cream and it cleans up easily. Winner winner chicken dinner!  Like I said, I shoulda told you about this a month ago!  Miss K has come up with some damned tasty ice cream recipes.  The latest is a strawberry sorbet that she made using freeze dried strawberries out of our Pocky Lips stash.  Gotta love it, huh?

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Miss Kathy came in the bedroom at 2:40am this morning and gently shock my leg to wake me up as is normal routine.  I was shaking the sleep off and pulling on my shorts when I heard my RAZR phone gently chime a reminder.  I figured WTH is up with that?   I sat down at the dinette, lit the first cigarette of the day, popped the top on breakfast,  Code Red Mountain Dew, and fished the phone outta my pocket and flipped it open.  The calendar reminder said “Dave.”

I don’t have a big lot of true friends.  I know the number would count up less than 10 fingers. Dave aka Sailbad on the forums was my buddy.  He died a year ago tomorrow.  I miss him regularly and that is all I have to say about that.  Go read what I wrote about him back then.

‘I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time and that is all I have to say about that.‘  — Forrest Gump

End Note: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones from the 1969  Let It Bleed album.  The song that played at the church service in The Big Chill………

Almost 50 years after initial release, the ol’  bastards can still rock the house. Unbelievable

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