20 Nov 2011 @ 8:23 

Is it a wonder I/we spend a lot of time outdoors or gazing through windows? Kentucky is beautiful in autumn.

We have to walk to see this:


And this:


But this is viewable from Panoply’s windows:


And this:


Yeah, we are smiling!

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Last Edit: 20 Nov 2011 @ 08:30

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 22 Mar 2010 @ 11:02 

Too much to do between former procrastination on taxes and everyday life, researching a car, and still searching for items for RV Panoply’s revision. Thus, no blogging.

Our son granted us his driveway, again, so we could work on RV Panoply. He coordinated a painter to finish sealing nearly every sealable surface in the rig, including inside the cabinets, so Leon could concentrate on earning a living.

Sealing most of the materials that off gas really helped! (More info in a separate post.) We left the dinette booths and the floors for us to seal.

Leon cut the rear facing one down first. A pain because he cut it in place since it is secured from the outside, beneath the aluminum RV frame. We wanted to keep the integrity of that anchoring system. It took power saw and hand saw, much twisting and turning. Just need to add angle irons or wood blocks to anchor the side to the back and front. Then the ragged edges of panels will be tucked tightly beneath trim.

It is as I wanted it. YAY! (Yes, I am aware I lost storage. I may regret it in the future, but that just gives me an opportunity to scheme again. (Don’t tell Leon I said that, please. He is about to his limit of my schemes after 35 plus years of being the one to tweak and build them.)

Cut into two pieces:

Lazy Daze Dinette booth in half

Our new one person booth seat:

Lazy Daze, now mini dinette booth photo

The seat itself is 24″ plus the side piece. It was supposed to be 25″, but we changed which pieces interlocked with which- just as he began cutting – and forgot to allow for the difference it would make.

What is that rule? Measure twice, cut once….

It is actually an inch plus larger than the cab seats, though.

We should not have done that one first. Why? Because when we pulled up the piece of carpet beneath the other, 31″ booth that is made to expand to seat two, we discovered an electrical junction box that would have been in the walkway had we cut it back. Not only that, but the way the booth is made because it slides, they would not have been identical and I completely dislike symmetry gone awry – unless it is obvious asymmetry. What to do?

Redesign table to give a ‘reason’ for the disparate booth widths, of course! Done. In our heads, that is, but completion of the table will come last.

Coming up: First safety items purchased for our RV; sink replacement; new Flexsteel cab seats; AM solar to be installed in Florida; portable macerator; sofas/beds to match the one at home; flooring; EyeTV 250 Plus; desk; food pantry; skinny pantry; car decision; and more.

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Last Edit: 22 Mar 2010 @ 11:02

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 01 Jan 2010 @ 23:42 

Yes, lax, I’ve been about blogging. I am not sure why, but I think it is that I wanted a change to my blogs and could not (and still cannot) make up my mind what that change is.

On the one hand this is not a great thing, but on the other, it means I embrace change. An important attribute to survive our daily lives as we have little control over so many things. (Sounds good on paper.)

Shelly’s Only the Good Friday gives us a further excuse to start our year out right. In our family, we have practiced asking each other for “one nice thought” periodically, though, in honestly, it has traditionally been me who does the asking. It has proved effective, though some days the responses were more on the lines of, “We had macaroni and cheese for dinner.”

Now I do not like the word, “nice”! So, I’ve decided to reword it to, one reason to smile. So, since I did not go back to doing Wordless Wednesday, I am thinking about making Wednesdays a day to give one reason to smile.

Ulterior motive? Yep. One reason to smile allows me to choose words or pictures or both! I’m learning. Our reason to smile over Christmas, our son’s sweet old dame, Bella, was a joy to be with.

Bella after long afternoon

Now, what is your Only the Good Friday thought? Surely you have one. While you are thinking, why not head on over to This Eclectic Life and check out her Only the Good Friday post and then follow the links to others who took the time to post their good! And then, ask your family what their reason to smile is today. They just might surprise you.

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 08 Nov 2009 @ 19:33 

The chaos of too many buildings in one location, though, I admit, my camera and I were drawn to the scene!

Seattle, Building Chaos

The Space Needle from afar. Seeing it against the blue sky is not as infrequent as one would expect from ‘gray’ Seattle. It is always a treat to see. (I say is, for me, was, as we were only in that area three years, sigh.

Space Needle

But, there is peace in view, even when driving on the busy interstates. Leon never got over rounding a corner to see it. Neither did I. This is the calming magic of Seatlle, I think.

Mt. Rainier, from Seattle

I hope you enjoyed these. Every time we view them, our resolve to work in Florida twelve months a year, instead of six or seven, lessens.

We will be back Seattle. We almost signed up to volunteer in Alaska next summer, with you in mind. Maybe in a year or two. For now, the winds are blowing here – and that makes me happy.

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 04 Nov 2009 @ 15:18 

Concert Venue at Night Outside

American Idol on Tour 2009

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