One Year Ago Today…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
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I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here


The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here March 19th.



One year ago today was the last time Mary posted a blog entry on this blog-site. There are number of reasons associated with this statement. Home and rental properties maintenance, family and unfortunately medical issues.


Sadly about six weeks ago Mary was diagnosed with colon cancer and has been struggling since her chemo treatments began about six weeks ago.


Recently I emailed her regarding this date’s significance wondering if she might want to put together a blog posting so that her followers might wonder why she has been absent for so long.


She asked if I could come up with something positive which is pretty hard to do with so much bad news. Here’s a small indication for one her more recent emails to me…


Cancer is basically a master of my time. It demands three procedures for infusion,  Infusion on Monday, disconnect   port on Wednesday,  blood test for the next one on Friday. That is three trips to the hospital, then a week of supposed comfort. for me, has not been. I’ve had maybe one day of comfort out of five, as chemo, a poison, affects everyone differently. They’ve tweaked and dialed down the amount of chemo first by 10% then by 25%. I’m now somewhat stable for 4 weeks where tumors have shrunk by 1/3 and I do not have as much pain. I’ve lost 7 pounds during this time and can’t seem to gain any weight. Other patients I’ve spoken too have the same problem. The hope is that after the four weeks, they can tell how aggressive the cancer is and then attack again.  I think that is about all I can convey.

Dying does make one a bit nostalgic. I’m really on thin ice. Chemo, chemo, chemo every two weeks. They are waning me that it may not be shrinking the tumors because they mutate. Then, the last chance I have is the inhibitor. She has been reluctant to use it.  I guess I’ll find out in about two months. I’ll have a scan. I’m trying this week to get my newspaper features down from up above so I can have them  printed into a book. I’ll hire it done.  And, I have a gal coming after you leave on Wednesday. She will turn my place into an AirBnb and manage it. And, I will ask her if she will finish my genealogy for me. She is good at that as well. Then I will write my obituary and say, hey, I’ll make it to 79, maybe even 80. That is a perfectly reasonable old age to live to especially since my life has been so great. More than I ever expected.








She is still with us. She’s a fighter and if anyone can beat this, she can! Despite the above messages, she remains upbeat most of the time.  All she can do is…just like the rest of us…is to…live her life One Day At A Time!

To end this message on a positive note, I thought I’d include some photos of her from happier times…


As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…









































































And finally her 75th Birthday photo that I took for her…





I’m sure you will join me in wishing the very best of luck for her future well-being.




I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 71 degrees.


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison



“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

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13 thoughts on “One Year Ago Today…

  1. cindymosqueda

    I have followed your blog since 2008, while living in Tracy, CA. Mary has been on my mind and I am sorry to hear about her health issues and wish her peace and recovery from both the disease and the awful treatments.Thank you for sharing an update.

  2. Laurie Matzek

    Nicely done Jim!

  3. Hi Mary,
    Just a quick note to say I wish you a fast and furious recovery from this dreadful illness. You are a strong woman with a ton of spunk (even if that chemo has you feeling otherwise most days!) and I look forward to reading your beautiful words again when you are able. One suggestion I offer as it helped my best friend tremendously when it came to appetite during her chemo is marijuana. It really made a huge difference and helped her to regain her strength. Wishing you all the best Mary!! And Jim I adore the photos you chose!!! Thanks for the update.

  4. Ned Bedinger

    Oh no Mary, I’m sending you from my fond hope for brighter days ahead. For you the best wishes. Hope you feel better! We met twice, do you recall showing Jim’s motorhome to a prospective buyer in Tacoma? A few weeks later Miles my boy cooked breakfast in your kitchen in Murphys. We drove that coach all over the west, with the stereo in the the pull-down bed. Unforgettable. Get well soon!

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Ned, Nice to hear from your again. I’ll relay your good wishes to Mary.

  5. Janice

    Thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kimberly solomon

    Bless her heart I lost the love of my life in 2009 from that damn colon cancer and only thing I can say is give it HELL, fight fight fight… I will be praying for her

  7. Wishing all the Blessings in the world for both you and Mary! She obviously is one fantastic and awesomely strong lady! My prayers are with you both!! Hugz, Becky in TEXAS

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Becky,
      Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for your comment. Hope all is well with you. Jim

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