Friday, November 25, 2016

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving

     We had a great meal Thanksgiving.  My daughter in law outdid herself.  She is a wonderful cook.
                     Brian fried the turkey and it was very good.  Would definately eat that again. (that's me sneaking a bite of ham with brown sugar glaze. mmmm)
The star of the day though was the dressing.  OMG, it was wonderful.  I could have eaten the whole pan.
Let me back up and show you some pictures of us watching Brian cook the turkey.
                                                       Then there was the pillow fights.
                              Someone couldn't get off their game long enough to talk to everyone.

Who me?
The dogs were lined up for their loving.
 Lori was happy that most of the cooking was done and she got to sit down and rest a minute.
Logan was looking for something.  Don't remember what, but he was looking.
Last year we were waiting on a blizzard, this year we were sitting outside enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.  It was a wonderful day.  I just wish that Mike and his family could have been here to enjoy it with us.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's chili cook off time and Happy Halloween!

Here at Katy lake they had a Halloween chili cook off.  I decided to make some chili and enter it.  We have some really good cooks here and I didn't think I had a chance at any of the prizes.
 We gathered at the clubhouse and first on the agenda was the doggy parade.  They were so cute in their costumes.
                                                         There was little Lobster Man!
                                       Being a little shy, is Wonder Woman, Scarlett.
Our little ballarina turned her head right when I took her picture.

               Here they all are lined up for their walk to the club house.  Aren't they cute.

                                         Here was the Peoples Choice Award winner, JoJo!
                                               Next on the agenda was the chili cook off.
                     The pots were lined up and samples of all the chili were given out.
                                          After sampling, everyone voted for their favorite.
First place went to Mary King.  I should have known because I smell her cooking everyday and let me tell you it smells  wonderful.  2nd place went to Carla Heer. and Guess who won 3rd.  yep me!

 Then it was time for everyone to get a big bowl of their favorite chili and chow down.
 It was a beautiful day to be outside and I think everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed the food.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tragedy at Katy Lake

Yesterday around 6:00 pm there was an explosion and fire at one of the rv's in the resort.

The owner was badly burned and had to be air lifted to the nearest hospital.  Six people here onsite were injured trying to get him out.
Our resident hero, Dave was treated for smoke inhalation, burns and cuts trying to assist in getting him out.  Dave also assisted the fireman in locating and removing him.


When you think how small the inside of an RV is, you wonder why they couldn't find him.  Smoke is a terrible thing.  Not only does it weaken you and destroy your lungs, your visibility is zero.  They could hear but not see someone less than 3 feet away.
                                                              This is the hot water heater.
                                                           This is the back of the refrigerator.

At this time, we are not sure what started the fire.  The hot water tank is under the refrigerator and that area looks like where it started.  I don't know why the microwave was removed.  I guess it could have caused the fire.  I wish I had pictures of all the heroes that helped and tried to help this man in need.  It is a brave thing indeed to run into a burning building.  My heart goes out to all that risk their lives everyday to help others.  Just a reminder that it's all in a days work for our brave firefighters and policeman.  Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE:  Sat. evening
The fire department has determined that the fire originated at the refrigerator.  The owner is in ICU in serious condition.  
UPDATE:  Unfortunately the man did not survive.  Prayers to his family.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

LED lights that won't stick to anything!

We have been trying to install a set of LED lights outside for a week.  We have tried just about everything.
 These outdoor lights are encased in silicone.  It is this silicone that we cannot find anything that will stick to it.  The strip came with a double sided tape on it.  Well you you took the backing off to attach it to the motorhome, the tape came off the silicone.  We have tried gorilla tape, goop, instant mounting glue and a few more.  Nothing will stick.
This is what we ordered. 12-Volt 16.4-ft RGB Color-Changing Kit with Controller and IR Remote, Power Supply, and LED Strip with Water-Resistant Silicone-Gel Coating  The lights are great. I love them... I just wish the tape strip that was on them had worked.  Of course I have to admit that it it is partially our fault. I bought these lights a couple of years ago.  They were in the motorhome when it was in storage.  The heat and cold could have affected the tape.

Here Doug is adding the power supply and IR controller to the patio light switch.  At least this worked.
I ordered some mounting clips
Mounting Clip with Releasable Cover for LED Strips up to 12mm Wide (25-Pack)
Hopefully these will stick and hold our lights.  These should be here in two days.  Cross your fingers they get here quick and work!
Lights are up and working great!  The mounting clips did the trick.  They went up very easily with no sticking problems. YEA!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Let's talk remodel

I mentioned that I wanted to a little more remodeling on the RV.  Our rig is a 1999 and the fabric on the valances needs replacing badly.
 Once I got them down and removed some of the extra "pieces", I could see just how bad the fabric really was.  Look at the difference in the coloring.  The lighter shade was hidden under those "pieces" I was talking about.
 After removing the fabric, there were a hundred tiny nails that had to be removed.  I got Doug to come out and help with those.
They were out in no time.  I then sanded the wood some to help smooth it out and to help remove some of the remaining adhesive they had used to help attach padding and fabric.
 At first I considered not covering the top piece of wood.  I painted it and took a look.  I liked the fact that it could be used as a shelf and easily cleaned.

Yep I thought about it, but in the end I decided to cover it in the fabric.
What do you think?  Was it a good choice?
We had to stop working on this so that we could grill supper.
It was real good too!  grilled salmon, red snapper (not on this plate) asparagus, grilled pineapple and fresh baked bread grilled with garlic.  Yum
I will post the valances hung back up tomorrow.

                                                            ok Here they are up.

                              Just look how many nails they put in these valances.  Good grief!
On to another project

Friday, October 7, 2016

It's time to remodel some more

I have been looking at fabric to do some more remodeling in our motor home.  The valances need to be changed.
 I was thinking of using the brown on the side panels.  These are the only two I liked but I don't think they are what I really want.  I really want something alittle lighter and brighter. Some more color.

what do you think?  If I was really brave I would go for something like this.
I love all of the bright colors in this fabric.  I might get tired of them but for awhile I would love it.

Our house finally closed on Sept. 30th.  For us the 4th time was the charm.  I think in total our house was only on the market 5 days.  It sold the first day on the market.  We waited he 30 days to close and the buyers, which were young, made the mistake of quitting his job to go to work for his dad.  Oops, no house for you.  Back on the market for another day and it sold again.  Another 30 days and they changed their mind.  Back on the market 2 days this time.  Another 30 days waiting and on wednesday before closing friday, they found a judgement against the buyer.  Keep in mind all of these people were PREAPPROVED!  Back on the market for 1 day and it sold again.  This time it closed.  Yea....
We are officially full timers in our motorhome.
And that my friends is another reason to spruce up the motorhome.