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juggling like a proLast weekend was a nice time out with family. Virginia, Cedric and the boys came on Saturday. We were able to view pictures of their Australian adventure on computer and the extension trip they took to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. They took a cooking class in Thailand and a biking tour in Viet Nam. Great memories and getting acquainted with different cultures? What an education. Here Theo practices his juggling. He is good at it.

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We took a walk around the neighborhood. It was chilly but nice to get outside. The boys are  13 and 15 now, but still willing to keep company with we adults.

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Daffodils are blooming everywhere in my yard.

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One neighbor has a tulip tree.

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I had never heard of them until I moved to California. Spectacular.

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I have a stunted one in my yard that didn’t take well to being transplanted from my former yard. It might get two blossoms, sometimes none. This is what they are supposed to look like.

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After my mailbox project, I was charmed by this little postal box birdhouse. People can be so clever. Kind of reminds me, sadly, of the carrier pigeons. To think they were of such valuable service to us in WWI and no one thought to protect them.

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Our neighborhood has many redtailed hawks. Majestic and beautiful.

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Beautiful plumage and adept hunters. A very young hawk makes passes over my chickens as though sizing them up for a future meal. I don’t cut their wings so they have some natural protection.

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Ken and Laurie joined us on Sunday and we all went to brunch. Not Bix and Coco, though. None of the pictures I took of the adults turned out. Its okay. I’ve got a lot of pictures of them anyway.

Yesterday was a grand marker day. I’ve gotten my heating and air conditioning heat pump contracted. The new mini-split heat pumps operate efficiently without ducting. Doug moved in a dumpster and did a major clean-up around the place getting ready for inside installations. Cabinets are chosen and drawn. The cabinet installer will measure the house on Friday. Today, I’ll shop for flooring, to get an idea of types and costs. The electrician will come in and do his wiring after the heat pump tubing and wiring is finished. Everything should move along quickly, now for the house. Then Doug will start on a garage/storage building. There is still much to do which keeps me absent these pages. But, taking time out was a welcome refreshment.




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Medford, Oregon – Day 2

The motorhome is still parked  at Eagles Club #2093 at Medford, Oregon. When I left here yesterday morning, I didn’t know I’d be back for another night.

Yesterday morning I drove the motorhome south eight miles to a garage where I had an 8:00 AM appointment…

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…


The motorhome is a 2006 model year, but the chassis was built in August 2005. That means the cooling system and heater hoses were more than eight years old. The manual for the motorhome says to change after five years, but somehow I overlooked it.

The mechanic told me they were ready to be changed. I expected to be on the road by noon, however the garage had problems finding the right hoses and I didn’t leave the garage until after 3:00 PM.

The next stage of the trip is to arrive at Redding, California which is 148 miles crossing over the Siskiyou Mountains that reach over 4,000 feet elevation rather quickly. I always set aside fours hours to make this journey and I no longer care to drive after dark, so I chose to stay in Medford another night.

Another factor in staying is whenever you open a vehicle’s coolant system, you need to assure that there are no remaining air pockets as the engine may overheat especially when climbing a steep grade like I’ll do this morning. By driving the motorhome to the Eagles Club and then back to the garage this morning so they can recheck their work, should remove any remaining air pockets. I expect only a brief stop and should be climbing the mountain range by 10:00 AM.

They allowed me to stay in the motorhome yesterday while the work was being done with the provision I did not leave it and be in the work area. In the next photo you can see the hole on the floor where the mechanic gains access to the top of the engine. The remaining work is done by crawling under the engine on the ground. It was a nasty job that I could have done, but would rather pay others to do it…


In this garage they repair the big 18 wheeler tractors. If you have never seen under the hood what they look like, you can now as seen from my motorhome yesterday…


I spent the remainder of afternoon reading, taking a nap, doing some computer work and visiting with the local Eagles members. I’ll continue my southerly journey later this morning. Google Earth is telling me I’ve got 393 miles to go until I arrive at Mary’s home at Murphys, California.

Last night I watched another old movie from the 1930’s. This time it was 1931 – Cimmaron starring Irene Dunne.. Another classic!

Enjoying friendly Eagles Clubs is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


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


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.

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