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Lookin' out my front door....

Vela Von is digging it……..

The Little House ain’t been around long but a routine is already being established.  Routines are comforting. I drug up an old red plastic chair that has been sun bleached to a dusty pink and it sits in the corner of the 6′ porch. Every evening about dusk we grab a coupla cold beers and head for the front  porch.  The beers go in two mis-matched coozies and I set ’em on the porch railing and I rear back in that cheap chair and get comfy.  Vela Von alternates between doin’ dog stuff out in the yard and keepin’ station by my feet.  Me?  Drink beer and smoke and cogitate in the solitude. Got some bats and a big ass owl in residence — and some meddlesome tree rats. Every evenin’ I say to myself I need to fetch that scoped Marlin 60 out of the Big Ass Suburban and reduce the tree rat population but I never do.

I am trying to do this as right as I know. In a way, it is all mostly totally new and different and in another way, I been prepping for this for years and didn’t even know it. Little things like caulking all the windows and seams where the panels join; just little shit like that.

On station

Pulling the interior wiring  is 95% done.  The only reason it ain’t done is because I haven’t gone out and bought some new 12/2 romex.  Everything pulled so far has been tag end leftovers and salvaged stuff.  Use that stuff up first I say.  Seein’ as how I have never done any interior wiring like this, I think it went well.  One or two youtubes, an old Basic Electrical Wiring book from the ’70’s, some common sense and there ya go.  The knowledge will come in handy since two more wiring projects are in process for My Bro right now.  A real electrician will be out tomorrow to see if I pass muster.

Fancy floor plan

So here is what we got so far…………..  The Little House is going to have 12v  DC and 120v AC power; sorta like an RV but more.

The power is coming in to a Progressive Dynamics 4500 series 90 amp Power Center. Off grid switching will be handled by a Reliance Controls 306CRK Pro/Tran-2 6 Circuit Transfer Switch Kit.  Feeding that switch will be an inverter, Trojan T-105 battery bank charged by 4 Renogy 280 Watt 24 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panels or my Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator. I will be able to plug any generator into an outside receptacle that connects to the transfer switch.  No more steenkin’ extension cords.

Future site of the distribution panel

I need recommendations on a good MPPT solar controller that will handle a Kw of panels and a good PSW inverter that is at least 2000 watts.  Lord knows I am not made of money -especially now without a paycheck for 90 days- but at the same time I do not want to cheap out. Buy Once – Cry Once; right?  If I have to eat baloney for awhile that is alright. Been there; done that.  Ain’t no big thang.

 

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On point

I talked to BFF Cait at length today about Vela Von’s rapid progression towards being a real dog.  We quit on the Puckerbrush and gate guarding just about the time she turned 2 years old. Those old days were pretty much the same same day in and day out.  We walked the same 1/4 mile back and forth over and over while I schooled her on the basic dog commands.  With daily training periods every day for most of 2 years  she pretty well had it down pat.   Problem was  our environment was customary and limited in scope.  She also lacked socialization skills because her exposure to other people other than people speaking out of a truck window was nil. Forget about her knowing how to react to another dog.  Yep, the Puckerbrush and the Eagle  Ford are a woolly environment to live in but if you are a dog and that is all you know from Day One it does become routine and mundane.

Back in the day – my birthday 2015

I gotta think Vela thought we moved to Mars the first coupla months we were at the Secret Hideout.  There has not been a single formal training session since we got here.  Rather; she puts her ‘clothes’ on every morning after I put my boots on.  Her ‘clothes’ are  her harness and e-collar. From then until well  after dark most  days it is one big training  session and every day is different.  She is learning how to act around  different dogs and different people. She particularly adores My Bro’s wife.  I am  just beginning to realize how smart and adaptable she is.  When the sometimes neighbor man from the Big City came spizzing up the driveway in his Super Duty with way too much familiarity to suit me, I put Vela Von on  him and he wisely stayed in his truck ’till I called her off.  It  plainly says “Guard Dog on Duty”  right at  the  front entrance.  Most city folks read good but some don’t comprende country etiquette all that well.   He has been educated and rightly deserved it.

She is learning how to run along side a moving vehicle or tractor or skid loader. Better yet, she will  take commands from me while I am working on the tractor.  It makes me feel good when  I tell her to Stop! and Place! from the seat of the John Deere and she drops immediately.  She will stay right there and watch every working move I make until I release her.  Basic training is over for Vela Von; it ended when we headed north out of Jim Webb County, South Texas on September 16th.  Time now for her to dog-up and be somebody.

You know the funny thing?  Vela Von really, really wants to be the best real  dog ever.  German Shepherds are just like that.  The only thing she asks of me is to never leave her behind  – and I am working on that.  Sometimes I am lazy and it seems easier for me to leave her in the NO Princess Palace when I got something to do. That happened pretty regular when we first got here; now, not so much – or hardly even ever. We are runnin’ buddies now for real.  If you see me and you see that Big Ass Suburban, you gonna see that dog pokin’ her head out the window every time. If ever a dog has earned my trust and respect,  it is that Vela Von.  She is fast asleep with  her head on my foot as I finish up this entry.  What else could you possibly require from a dog??

 

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East of Jasper, TX. Eight years gone.

Over at the Little  House,  I got city water ready right at the front porch, septic is in and the power company will be here by Monday to pull the cable through the conduit we buried and energize the meter on the box we installed.

At some point  early this Spring, the NO Princess Palace is going to go away.  10 years I been living fulltime in an RV but the gate guarding thing had got to the point of being no bueno for me and a little black dog.  We were stagnant.

If there is no RV then MyOldRV is hypocrisy and it is gonna go! Truthfully, I am not going to miss those private emails that said “HELP, my black tank stinks!” or “HELP, my furnace will not come on and I am freezing!” or the one that made me grind my teeth  and spit “My wife and I are planning on retiring in 2 years and we want to know  everything about gate guarding.  Please reply quickly via email. Quick!” because they were too F’n lazy to read through — or even  do a basic search- of the hundreds of entries that would answer any and every question they could possibly have.   Even so,  I dutifully and respectfully and completely answered each and every question. Hundreds?  Thousands? I dunno.  Some of you reading this right now are thinking “Yeah, that was me.”  ‘S OK.  I just hope you and hundreds of others gained benefit of my boots on the ground knowledge.  So, yeah, I am not gonna miss that.

Maybe I am going to open myself up to the same stuff with the build out on the Little House. Who knows? Horror of horrors, I registered for a Pinterest account because  my SIL and BFF Cait were sending me beaucoup pictures and stuff from pinterest and said that would not be knowing me anymore if I did not get  my own  account.  I used a fake name so there is that.  Seems to me this tiny house stuff is a rage right now and @ 315sq ft the Little House qualifies.

I am being long winded but as of 1/1/2018, there will be no new entries on MyOldRV.com, 8 years 10 months and 19 days since the first blog post on Valentines Day 2009.  1 GF, 1 wife, 2 RVs and two dogs ago,  756 posts and 3,456 comments ago – it seems like a lifetime and it seems like yesterday at the same time. You snowflakes won’t understand that but the Old Dogs will say “Yep, what he said!”

MyOldRV will stay up because Google loves me — just no new stuff.  For you hardcore followers,  I had an inkling well over a year ago sump’n was up and I registered a new domain name called TexasRefuge.  After Jan 1, all the Little House going’s on will be over there.

It is what it is. The last great adventure.

End Note: Looking out my back door by Creedence Clearwater Revival ca. 1970.  Not the front door  like the post title but the back door.  Still works for me – and the song is not about drugs. Fogerty wrote it soon after the birth of his first son.  Look at them in the video — the song is about the conjuring of youth and they are having a blast.

“Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Doo, doo, doo
Wond’rous apparition provided by magician
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door”

Been ridin’ that flyin’ spoon my whole life.

Capriciously.

No regrets.

 

 

 

 

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18 comments to Lookin’ out my front door….

  • Andy I will miss your wit and country smarts on this blog .In so far as your new tiny house there is a lot of info on Utube ,DIY homestead projects site they are in southeast Az. and are totally off grid .his solar is a setup that is a little different ,he uses ele.car batteries used off E bay .And a lot of other stuff you may find useful good luck been a pleasure knowing you lostson 1

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  • Mike

    Glad things are progressing well. I look forward to more progress on your house. Great to hear how well Vella Von is doing, you are the only pack she knows, so of course she enjoys being around when you are doing things outside. The training you have given her definitely keeps her safer while you are working.

    Will look up your new site in January. Thanks again for all the info we got from you on MyOldRV.
    Linda and I are still loving the job. The best thing about the job is the people you meet.
    We are with a drilling rig now, an APEXX K1500, don’t see to many of those in South Georgia. LOL

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and may everything go well for you in the new year.

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  • Monte

    Well, hate to say adios, as I enjoyed your blog. Maybe I can find the TexasRefuge to my liking. Happy Trails To You…

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  • Vince

    Gonna miss this site Andy.
    Meet up again at TexasRefuge.

    That VV sure is a beautiful dog.

    Have a Merry Christmas!!

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    • Andy

      Vince
      If you ever amble eastward, let me know. I got a cold beer with your name on it.

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  • Debbie from Lampasas

    NO!!! Say it ain’t so! I don’t know what I will do without you, your humor and wit. I look for you every Sunday. Happy for you, though. I will definitely be looking you up, come January.
    Good luck !

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  • Larry S. Worsham

    Andy, thanks for the great run. I enjoy your writing and the information you provide. I’ll definitely follow your new blog. Give Vela a scratch on the head or as my dogs prefer a belly rub. Merry Christmas. Larry

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  • Terry

    I am going to miss you Andy your down home humor & the way you tell it like it is is there any way you can let us know when the new site is up? Give vela von a pet for me merry christmas & happy new year.

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    • Andy

      Thanks for the kind words Terry.
      The new blog will be well noted when active.

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  • TJ

    I may not have posted, but I sure read your entries every Sunday morning, kinda like running the “trapline”. I sure enjoyed your posts, as we are very close to the same age, and 99% of what you had to say was what I had thought or was thinking. Good luck with the new homestead and hopefully I can find your new site when you are up and running. God Bless & Merry Christmas Andy and Vela Von too!

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  • Ken

    Way to go my friend. I will track you down in the new year. Been a good run. I built a barn and have settled. Wife in assisted care so my job is to visit her often. Thank goodness I have a blue heeler that only wants to be my friend. she watches me and anticipates real good. be well.

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  • Leo

    What they ^^^^^ said about wit, humor, and my thoughts coming outta your fingertips. I can only hope that your ‘retirement’ will be as good to you as mine has been for me. Looking forward to seeing y’all on the TexasRefuge blog.

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  • Gordon

    Glad for you, sad for us. Wishing you every success and much happiness in this next phase of your life.

    I’ve been following your words of wisdom, insight and humor for 3+ of your eight years and have enjoyed them all and learned from many. Thank you for sharing your life skills, Andy. I’m very happy for you and glad that you have decided to move on. Even from far away it was beginning to show that your life had become a ‘routine’… a good thing for those who pay mortgages but hard on the rest of us.

    For me, Bob Seger sums it up…

    “Roll, roll me away I’m gonna roll me away tonight
    Gotta keep rollin’ gotta keep ridin’ keep searchin’ till I find what’s right
    And as the sunset faded I spoke to the faintest first starlight
    And I said next time…
    Next time…
    We’ll get it right.”

    All the best….

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  • Judie Gray

    I will follow you to Texas Refuge. I really think you have a book in your stories about gate guarding. I have really enjoyed your down-home comments and your humor and your “tell it like it is” stories. You could self publish on Amazon Kindle. Think about it! Love hearing about VV. A good dog is everything a person could want. Good luck on your new adventures and enjoy your retirement.

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  • Byron Eckhart

    Andy,

    I am so glad you are doing well and your routine seems perfect and you are adapting pretty fast to new position of head honcho! Just want to let you know I am entering the life of retirement as well on 1/1/2018. I am occupied with 12 acres of mostly cleared cedar with lots of oaks so I will stay busy. Man, I can’t express the happiness I have for you now that you are settled in there at your place. Hope to stay in touch with you as we seem to be alike in many ways. Thanks again for all the valuable posts and maybe one day we will cross paths. Take care my friend!

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