Monday, November 29, 2010

The "most awesome" daughter in the world...

Stopped by for a visit tonight.
She & Snoop Dog were checking out Dora

Snoop misses her....

Snoop says he is driving when Dora is ready to go. Somebody want to tell him his "license" does not cover driving?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

All of RV Blogland, please read my idea

There seem to be many of us who are planning to go full-time, but for whatever reason, have not yet. I like finding & reading about other bloggers who are preparing for the road.

I wondered if there is a way to tell quickly if the blog is about someone all ready on the road, or someone getting ready to go.

Here is my idea, I have added a "*" to the end of my blog title to indicate I am not on the road yet.

What do you all think? Good idea, or goofy one?  Will it work?

If you are a "wannabe"  like me, add a "*" to the end of your title & I'll know you are not on the road yet.

If you like this idea, feel free to post about it & pass it on. Let's see if we can change the


Here is Dora's world at 19°F

I wonder how we really know that hard work never killed anybody, when the only reliable witness may be dead?

Friday, November 26, 2010

The new name is.........drumroll please...........

From "Dora the Explorer". My hope is for Dora & I to put a lot more color on the states visited map.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What's in a name

A fellow blogger (Glenn from To Simplify) told me that the name for a new rig will present itself & you just have to be ready & paying attention to see it. He was absolutely right & it happened for me today. As much as I feel the name Gypsy was a great fit for my first rig, I think this one is just as good a fit for the new one. Thanks to those who made suggestions & I did consider each and every one of them. I also seriously considered Gypsy II.

I liked many names that have meanings about freedom, new beginnings, or wandering in general. This name is so simple yet will instantly convey its meaning to anyone who has not been living under a rock recently. Innocent, yet elegant, simple, yet deep in meaning.

So what is it? What did I choose? Not telling yet. Stay tuned.

The Upcoming Christmas Miracle

I had a wonderful holiday. Incredible company ;-)... and delicious food. I had Thanksgiving dinner at Schuler's in Marshall MI. Kudos to the few places that remain open & give up their holiday time to serve the singles & smaller families that choose to eat out.  I ate way too much & if I keep this up, the Christmas Miracle will be me getting my pants buttoned!

I hope all of you also have or had a great holiday. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What the F....unny is going on here

News Flash...

I just Figured out what might be the Finest name for my new rig. It Found it's way into my head while I was Frying French Fries. Fascinating....I Feel kinda Funny, like something Freaky is going on.....Maybe too many Exhaust Fumes today?.......whoops, sorry, I just Farted - must be those French Fries......anyway....

For now, it is my First choice, you might say my Front runner, but I really have not Finished deciding....

Ok, that's all For now......

Oh wait... the name is Freeda. Because my motorhome represents to me more than anything, FREEDOM!!!!

Disclaimer: No actual potatoes were harmed in the writing of this blog update :-)

Hope everyone  has a happy & FUN Thanksgiving!

The older I get, the more I desperately cling to my immaturity.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's official - I made the deal!

Help me name her.

1987 Fleetwood Southwind. See the pics on the Unnamed preview tab!

Possible names:
Windy - From Southwind
Reva - "One that moves"
Sundara - "Beautiful"
Polly - "Sweet"
Pandora - "Trouble"
Nuada - "Protector"
EOS - "Goddess of Dawn"
Leda - "Woman"
Freya - "Lady"
Hera - "Chosen One"
Aishe - "Alive"
Nadya - "Hope"
Simza - "Joy"
Jofranka - "Free"
Pixie - "Mischievous"
Vesta - "Goddess of the Home"

Bittersweet day...........

The bitter part...

Got some bad news about Gypsy today. The framework deterioration is so far gone it will make restoring her financially unfeasible.  She is worth more right now in parts that she will be if I do the work so, I have to part her out. I'm sorry old girl, I really tried.

The sweet part...

I have a line on Gypsy II. Stay tuned.

Security Warning

I just read that burglars read blogs to see when people aren't home. So from now on, I'm at home. With a shotgun, a hungry crocodile, and Snoop the killer...Beagle?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am living the dream! Unfortunately, I think it's the bad one where I go to work with no pants on.


Since the roof repairers couldn't get Gypsy in this year, I had to cover her up. It will allow me to keep working inside without further water damage, but it almost seems like I covered her personality in the process.
Because the windshield leaks too, I bought a big enough tarp to cover the roof & the windshield both. Covering her windshield seems like it took away her ability to see out.

For the next few months, she won't want to see the Michigan winter anyway.

I rescued her from an early demise, to borrow from Kid Rock, she was "tired, frail & aching, waiting patiently for the sun to set". I have seen her at her worst, rotted, leaking, systems failing, on her last ...tire...I hope I have the fortitude & stamina to bring her back to the beauty I know she can be. After all, she was Born Free, born to be wondering, not covered up in a Michigan backyard.  Only time will tell.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Celebrate small successes

Today I replaced Gypsy's door handle/porch light. The original one was old weathered & did not work. Now she has a shiny new one!

I bought the new part at General RV Center in Wayland MI. Here are some pics of the store & the gals in parts. Very knowledgeable & helpful. If you need Fleetwood parts, give Carol a call.

Saturday Ponderings

Since there is a real live dog called a "Toy Poodle", what is the stuffed animal version called?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Night Fever

Ok friends, it is Friday night. Who wants to do something we will regret in the morning???......Anyone?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Rants

The worst feeling in the world is when you are in the middle of a good story and realize no one is listening to you.

Sunday, November 14, 2010



What a difference a day makes.......

Yesterday was sunny & unseasonably warm, now today it is cold and windy. Rained last night & looks like it could snow......burrrrr........anytime.

Gypsy & Dolly look sad. They spent some of their former life in California & I think they are not happy in the cold. I know I'm not!

Friday, November 12, 2010

No new roof this week :-(

Here is a pic of Gypsy's roof today, before it is replaced. I hoped they could get her in this week but it did not happen. Hopefully the good weather will hold & maybe they can get her in next week. I'll be talking with them today.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Then there was light....BRAKE light(s)

Gypsy was sad, no brake lights. Figured I should get those fixed before we need to drive to the roofers. Checked fuse, bulbs, all good. Checked switch on the pedal & found the problem. Removed the switch & messed with it awhile & shazam, brake lights work. Another one scratched off the list.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Easy day today.

Took a break today from the typical work my tail off on the renovations. Just a beautiful day to take it easy. I found a fuel leak Friday that I got fixed & spent most of yesterday finishing up the roof insulation removal. I have her ready to go to the roofers this week whenever they call.

Pic of me & Snoop in the drivers seat this morning. 2nd pic is our view of the neighbors property from the windshield.

Continuing the rehab......

The demo begins....

Before the renovations begin...

New blog about preparing for full-time RV life.

This is the story of me, Andy, & my newly acquired but not new motorhome (Gypsy), & Snoop Dog my faithful Beagle and our preparation to go on the road.