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Mi casa - Early Spring 2016. That is blackbrush blooming in the background..

Mi casa – Early Spring 2016. That is blackbrush blooming in the background..

 

Servicing the generator. I do that on a slow gate to save my supervisor the time.

Servicing the generator. I do that on a slow gate to save my supervisor the time.

Town?  What’s that?  I just checked; it has been 80 days since I have made a supply run.  I did make a trip to Natalia,TX on 12/26 to pick up Vela Von.   No store stop offs on that one. I am overdue for damn sure. Out of eggs for over two weeks now. Same same on store bread.  I am craving a ham ‘n’ cheese sammich or a pizza! Or Chinese Takeout!! or a good seafood platter from Dead Lobster!!! It has literally been years since I had any of the last 3.  Nobody to fault but myself on that one.

There is a certain number of folks who own a recreational vehicle, fewer still yet who live in an RV full time.  Then you got the even thinner slice who live down in the puckerbrush of South Texas on some lonely caliche road and make their nut in the oil field.  It ain’t always easy.

All this went across my mind the other day when I was doin’ the laundry in the Panda washing machine. Plus, it has been awhile since I did a post with a few Amazon links* and ol’ Jeff Bezos is overdue for sending me a fat check.  I murdered the first Panda. This one has been a good soldier and without it I would have to pull off the gate to do laundry.  One thing about the stuff I use here aboard the NO Princess Palace is that every item is Puckerbrush Certified™.   Tried and tested during every day harsh conditions in the dynamic and ever changing South Texas environment.  Maybe that means something.

Hosed Progressive Industries EMS PT30C. Operator error on this one.

Hosed Progressive Industries EMS PT30C. Operator error on this one.

While we are talking murder,  I got another victim – My Progressive Industries PT30 EMS melted and I am blaming myself for that one.  Looks right nasty don’t it?  The power cord plug was hosed as well and it is mainly my fault.  You just gotta keep those prongs on a power cord nice and golden-brass shiny.  A little sand paper or a small file and a few minutes is all it takes.  I got slack and this is the result.   I would not be without an EMS out here and this unit is the ONLY ONE to have (they make a 50amp too).  So I have the reserve hooked in (two is one, one is none) and I will box this one up to send to the good folks in North Carolina for a refurb at my cost. I am not even going to ask them to warrantee it.

Obviously, I couldn’t go 80 days between supply runs and still be eatin’ if I only had the nominal accoutrements of a standard RV.  Little Blondie insisted on us getting a full size fridge back in the day and it is the Vissani brand from Home Depot.  I added a Danby 3.8 cu ft chest freezer back 2 years ago February and these two items enable me to ride this gate as long as I do.  Generators and iffy power sources play hell on stuff like TVs and refrigerators and these two have proved to be real soldiers.  One cool thing, with Amazon Prime the chest freezer came right to my door out in the middle of nowhere with no shipping charges.  Ha, gotta love it!

Amazon Pantry care package

Amazon Pantry care package

I made it through the mild El Nino winter and only turned the big furnace on twice. Both of them extry cool mornings when I got up and it was down in the low 50s inside the Palace.   The rest of the time the two Broan Big Heat electric heaters kept me comfy.  This little heater has proved its’ worth over the years and I depend on nothing else as far as heating the RV these days.  Both of  ’em got put away this week until next fall.

Lordy, where do I even start on the stuff for Vela Von?  Seems to me I don’t remember havin’ all these goods for Tuco the Dog.   I fed Tuco the Dog Primo stuff and took especial care of her.  I even had to buy special brushes for that long ass hair.  But……..  she didn’t have a floor full of toys nor require specifical type food to make sure here bones were strong and her muscles were big.  Here is a partial list of what goes along with Vela Von –  Hound of the Puckerbrush.

  • I feed her Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage kibble which has all sorts of tests and accreditation that says it is good stuff.  She eats 7 lbs a week.   I add a dab of  NuPro Silver supplement to each meal.  Once a day she gets a couple tablespoons of organic sweet potatoes mixed in.
  • She has two collars.  Her every day walking around collar is a martingale collar and I use a prong collar when we are training.
  • Two leashes as well……  A short leather leash and a loooooong flexi leash.  Now some of y’all are bound to say “What is up with all this?”  and I would have to agree.  Think Jekyll vs. Hyde.  I could control Tuco the Dog easily with a soft spoken command, a look or even a hand signal.  Vela Von, at just  5 months old is already powerful strong and very work driven.  She is a damn handful on a good day.  So yeah, I had to upgrade equipment to get the upper hand.
  • I am not even going to get into the toys that litter the floor. Kongs,   squeaker toys and even a slingshot duck for chrissakes.  Her favorite toy is the top of an ol’ wore out leather Redwing Roper I cut off.  I got that going for me anyway.
Back then, the toys were near as big as her

Back then, the toys were near as big as her

Reading back on this it is borderline silly but you know what?  I could care less.    The warm feeling I get when this little dog is laying on my feet like she is now or when she snuggles up beside me on the dinette in the evenings makes it all worth it and more.

I am going to UN-recommend something now.  Back when I had to go solo on the gate, I quickly found the Might Mules were not loud enough to wake me up.   I picked up a set of Dakota Alert Break Beams and REALLY liked them because they rarely missed and they were loud.  Liked ’em so much I bought a second set even though they are pricey, pricey rascals.  The first set lasted about a year and got to where they wouldn’t pair up so I sent them back for replacement under warranty. Other than the hassle of mailing them off and doing without for a couple of weeks, the company did good with the guarantee.  Now, the second set has gone bad; won’t hold a charge the best I can tell so it has to get sent off as well.  For the price, I am expecting more than one year service. ‘

I am still using the Dakota Alert IR sensors and they are working out well.   I just can’t give ya a thumbs up on the break beam system anymore. Save your money.

 

 

 

 

* I am an Amazon affiliate and have been for years.  Fact of the matter is I could not imagine being back this far in the puckerbrush without  Amazon backstopping me with anything and everything as close away as that Brown truck.  Anytime you click one of my links and buy something during that Amazon visit, I get a few pesos at no charge to you.  If I could make $1000/month off these links I would get me a corner of Texas dirt somewhere and never come no closer to an oil rig than an internet picture ever again.  HA! As if! My Amazon $$ on a good month is 1/25th of $1000 but I stil persist.

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  • Vince

    WHAT!!!????? NO MUSIC!!!!????

    What fried the EMS Andy?

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    • Andy

      Nope, no music this week.

      The hot prong on the male plug was oxidized and not making a good connection as far as I can tell.

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