Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Recent Cold Front Energizes Me

imageThis past Saturday when the cold front rolled through our temperatures really dropped. No longer did we have the 100’s with high humidity's that has zapped my energy levels. All I wanted to do was set in the motorhome with the a/c and not venture out to do anything. Well that all changed this past weekend. Our temperatures for the last two mornings have been 51F and 49F with the highs in the low 70’s. I stayed outside all day and did some cleaning on the motorhome. I used The Solution and did all of the passenger side yesterday and will do the drivers side today. (click on photos to enlarge)


This stuff simply amazes me. The last time I washed the MH with water was when I had the roof washed about two months ago. The skin is not only shiny as pictured here it is also is very smooth and slick when you drag your fingers across the skin. Now granted the MH was not filthy dirty.It did have the red East Texas dirt film on the skin but nor a scratch was there after applying The Solution. Thanks Mark for being one of their distributors and putting me on to this fine product.


I also washed the wheels on the passengers side and cleaned them with Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish. As a applicator I used the Viva paper towel. I also buffed out the polish with the Viva paper towel. This tip was also given to me by Mark.


For those that may question the orange cable over the wheel its my power supply to the Battery Tender located in the battery compartment. After cleaning the wheels with Mothers I came back with a coat of wax to add protection and help the shine even better. I know some out their may say why all the steps. I can only say when your retired what difference does it make. I have a lot invested in my home on wheels and I want to make sure its taken care of properly.

I finally broke down today and installed Windows Live Writer Beta. Actually I had no choice as the sidebar on the prior app I for some reason lost and could not recover it. So, far other than getting use to it I believe I’m going to like it. I wonder if perhaps the reason I had the problem with the prior app was a signal for me to do the beta update. hummmmm

Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall In The Air?

There's a hint of fall in the weather pattern. Even the weather folks are saying First Monday weekend may be cooler than what we've been experiencing. Boy, I hope so! We were up at dark thirty this morning and headed out to Canton by 6:30 am. It was darker than usual at this time as the sun rises are getting longer and the  sets are getting shorter each day. The air was cooler and we drove in fog some of the way particularly the low areas. Arrived at Canton without issues which we are always thankful for. It took longer than normal for our roof mounted satellite dish to find the Direct TV signal (about an hour).

Afterwards we were off to the Dairy Palace for breakfast. As we were leaving this 1947 Ford Deluxe was parked next to our Jeep and what a jewel. While I was taking pictures with my I phone the owner came out and let me set in it. He said it could be mind for a mere $26,500. Everything on it is original equipment and and let me tell you it’s one fine looking antique classic. It looked to be in better condition than our Jeep and probably will last longer. (Click on pictures to enlarge).

image image image image imageSorry I did not get a full view of the car. My Iphone camera is alright but I would have to stand back to far to get a full view picture.

We are set up behind our booth and will set it up starting tomorrow. This is our first fall show and usually they turn out pretty good both in crowds and buyers. Our temps for the next ten days are to be in the low to mid 80’s and our lows in the mid to high 60’s. Time will tell.

Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Been Awhile

Lets see where do we begin? As it’s been awhile since I last posted. The main reason is my eye is still in the healing process and my vision is returning every day. Still don’t need glasses for far away, need sunglasses, reading glasses (2.75) for reading and computer work. My eye surgeon released me for normal work this past Wednesday and wants me back in six weeks to see if I’m going to need a new prescription for glasses.

Secondly I’m completely remorseful for not acknowledging nor thanking those who are my blog followers. I wish to correct that now and extend a big thank you to all. We appreciate your jumping aboard. Hope we don’t disappoint you. Sandy and I have aging mothers (89 and 93), so we feel we must stay close by. Therefore, we don’t do the traveling we use to. We do however try to do some day trips to close by areas of interest and then their is First Monday every month.

Our weather hasn’t been nothing but short of miserable. They say this is one of the hottest summers North Texas has experienced in quite a number of years. It certainly as been ours in the eleven years we’ve based here in Lone Star. Our days near the 100’s with high humidity, lack of rain certainly will be remember able for us. We've had no measureable rain here in LS for over a month and a half. The grass is dying and the trees are loosing their leaves early. There will probably be no fall colors this year in North East Texas. We will probably not have a fall and will go right into winter. We’ll see as Wednesday I understand is the first day of fall.


I’ve really fallen in love with my CPAP machine. I have been on it now for two weeks and believe it or not I look forward to going to bed at night. I get the best sleep I've experienced in years. I awake each morning feeling refreshed and alert. I also experience what they call REM sleep. Very seldom do I take naps in the day now.

REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20–25% of total sleep, about 90–120 minutes of a night's sleep. During a normal night of sleep, humans usually experience about four or five periods of REM sleep; they are quite short at the beginning of the night and longer toward the end. The relative amount of REM sleep varies considerably with age.  My REM sleep seems to occur early in the mornings. Most are remember able and sometimes are so interesting that after getting up to go to the potty I try to get back into the dream before morning. Right now I’m using a full nose mouth mask and my BIL David had an extra nasal interface mask that I plan to try later.

Nasal Mask
image Full Face maskimage

I first thought I would have a problem with this and the hose that attaches from the CAPP machine and guess what problems at all. If any of you are having problems out their and suspect you may not be sleeping well and waking up tired or suspect you stop breathing in your sleep I strongly recommend you check this out.


We took Sandy’s mom to her heart doctor today for her Pacemaker check. They want to check it again in 90 days as they feel her battery will need replacing. While in town we saw this interesting sight. We suspect they were headed to the Pilgrims Chicken processing plant in Mt. Pleasant….. no not really.


Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Events Of My Cataract Surgery

We returned last Monday from Canton First Monday and set the motorhome up. We needed to do this before my surgery Tuesday morning. We were up at 4:30 am and left for the eye clinic at 5 am. We checked in at 6:30 am and signed all the necessary papers for the surgery. The nurse took me back and did all the pre-op things and took me back to the surgical area. There were four more patents already there  on  gurneys  waiting their turn. After hooking me up and giving me that stuff that makes you fell as if you were in a twilight zone but not completely under.

I was out of the surgery by 8:30am and setting in the waiting room for my walking papers to be signed. Sandy and a nurse came down and took me by both arms (I could not see as my left eye had a patch and my right eye I just can’t see that well) and walked me to the Jeep. I was starving to death as I had nothing prior to 10pm Monday night.


We drove to a nearby Whataburger that had a Hollywood theme as their decor. The doors to the Men's and Women's bathrooms had large pictures of Marylyn Monroe and James Dean on them. The ceiling had a neon light guitar on it and a 55 Vet was on one of the walls. I had a little difficult feeding myself as everything was just a blur due to poor vision in the right eye. We left there for home where I crashed for the remainder of the day.


I had a follow up visit with the eye surgeon Wednesday morning where he said everything was looking good and probably I would not need to wear my glasses after the eye completely healed. As of this date I can see without them except for reading and/or writing. I am wearing reading glasses as I write this blog. We also learned that the day I had my surgery my doctor did twenty four more that day. While leaving the office we received a call from VA Sleep Apnea Clinic in Shreveport advising that my CPAP machine did not arrive and rescheduled my visit for this past Thursday at 1 pm.


We arrived and what a surprise we had as the machine was nothing we had envisioned as It also had a humidifier. We spent not quite an hour with the tech going over it’s usage and care. I’ve slept with the CPAP machine now for three nights and so far no problems. 

At night I have to wear an eye shield over the left eye and with the full mask I look like some creature. Also Sandy puts three different eye drops in the left eye four times a day. I go back this coming Wednesday where I’m hoping he will release me for normal duties. It feels strange not to be wearing glasses for normal viewing, watching TV, or driving.


The reading glasses right now is all that I need except for sun glasses when outside. Also I might add everything from the left eye are crispy clear and the colors are amazing.

Until next time…MtnAire Travlers.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

What A Differenced 48 Hours Can Make


Us vendors here at First Monday were singing the blues this Thursday and Friday. Our crowds and buyers were considerably down compared to our previous September. Our weather has been a lot cooler so we just couldn’t understand. We woke to a chilly 58F this morning and boy was that a treat. Then as the morning progressed we had the crowds and the buyers. The aisles were swarming with people, their dogs and children. They till us getting into the parking area was a feat in itself. Sooo, just maybe this month will be the beginning of good things to come this fall.


We had some excitement Thursday in that our neighbor next door, Sandra tripped over a cable and broke a bone in her right foot. She spent three hours at the emergency clinic here in Canton before they saw her. She came back with a foot cast on her foot. While at the clinic I managed her booth and had a couple of sales. She is quite a lady even with her broken foot and in a cast she continues to put her  products together for this month as well as this fall.

I have my cataract surgery this coming Tuesday September 7th. The nurse called and said they wanted me a the clinic by 7am. This means Sandy and I will must be up and gone by 5am as it is just about a two hour drive from Lone Star to Tyler. I have been waiting now for a couple of months nearly to get this behind me.

On a sadder note my BIL Mike lost his Mom this past Thursday nite September 2nd to Alzheimer’s. She fought a good battle. Her Memorial will be next Tuesday. We are hoping be be through with my surgery in time to make it by 1pm. 

Until next time…MtnAire Travelers.