Some of you know we inherited Darcy a couple of years ago when one of our kids moved to an apartment. That made three dogs for us, at the time, but now Darcy is our one and only. We love her but somebody needs to 'splain these wacky min pins to me. She is a perpetual motion machine. We can't let her outside off-leash because she will catch and eat a dozen lizards. She would also terrorize our postal carrier who obviously made a poor choice of occupations, he's so dog phobic. She now walks nicely on a leash but that took some time and patience to accomplish. I think maybe she has the doggy version of OCD?
Darcy will spend hours a day moving dog beds and little blankets from room to room. They must be properly slobbered up, too. :E She'll take the little dog pad/bed things and stack them all up like The Cat In The Hat. I can't leave her good dog bed out during the day because she will drag it all over the house and mess it up. She will sit and stay when it is feeding time, or for teeth brushing, but not so much otherwise. She is not in the least bit "biddable" (new word from Mark.):B She does that funny thing with a blanket, spinning it over her head and wrapping herself up like a burrito that Rock describes. Her saving grace is that she is a very affectionate little beastie. She just needs a JOB and I have no idea what that might be. She will play fetch and tug-o-war, but only when it's her idea. (see biddability note above.) If anybody has any ideas on how to keep Darcy busy without damage to wildlife or the house, I would love to hear it. BTW, she's about 7 now with no signs of slowing down. Also, she is not the tiny version you often see, she's about 10 lbs.
Our PW Excel came with side windows that prop open just enough for ventilation. It's a pain sometimes, as there are no screens and bugs fly right in. Some people make or buy screens. The stock E350 our rig was built on had rear windows that opened but these were fixed in place by PW because of the exhaust hazard. Do you have a Fantastic fan? That helps a whole lot,
I've been wondering too with all the Central Americans trying to come to the U.S. to flee the gangs and drug cartels, I wondered if they were still going to move there.
On the other hand, NBC nightly news with Brian Williams had a story on late last week touting the benefits for seniors to spend their retirement years there as it is so much cheaper to live there, their American dollars will go so much further.
So is it a corrupt, gang infested country or is it a retirement dream come true.
Have to admit the pictures they showed and the retirees they interviewed it did look pretty nice.
I saw that NBC segment on Ecuador, also. I was surprised to hear that it is called "The Paris of S America." Yes, the place looks beautiful. Although I'd be concerned about surrounding countries. In these times, though, no location is what we used to think of as "safe." We do have friends who moved to Costa Rica some years ago and they love it there. Her modest retirement pension supports them in a style they'd never have here, but they are both native Spanish speakers.
Let us know how you all are, Nabi, when you get a chance.
You need to know what you are bargaining for. A coach built on a year older chassis will almost always sell for less. Always ask what year the chassis is.
But then, after you've got the unit, you can take it to your state's DMV and get the whole unit registered as the coach make and year. Mind you, we had to take ours to DMV for inspection abd a call to sacramento had to be made, somebody there had to look up the proper codes, but then it was done. Don't let them register it as a Ford, Dodge, Chevy, etc.
Glad to see you posting! Where are you in the continent switching process? Are you still planning a move to Ecuador? Bet I'm not the only one wondering how you and "the wees" are doing. so I'll ask here instead of PM. Hope all is well.
We had this problem with our brand new PW Excel TD back in 2004. Water stains kept occurring on the cloth wall beside the galley, next to the side entry. The dealer gooped up the little window with sealant and cleaned the stain, which lasted until the next trip. We called PW and they suggested a cleaning fluid (like Clear Choice, which looks like water and has no odor. Then, the secret we were told was to blot with a clean white towel while blowing the fabric dry. Do NOT allow it to dry naturally as the stains will be back. This became our favorite method because as it turned out we would need to repeat the process many times. CW decided the problem was caused by e leak under the sink and their fix didn't last, either. Finally Bud took the time to get to the root of the problem which turned out to be an incomplete seal around the sink edge. Thus, every time the RV was moved and the sink used, water splashed out underneath. There were more water stains at the back of the cabinet. We got those all cleaned up and had no repeats (touch wood.) Clear Choice works so well, we have kept it on hand for household use, ever since. When I couldn't find it locally, I bought it on Amazon. Really good stuff.
If the water is hot, I'm happy. I hate those showers that you get just right and then it goes suddenly cold. Like somebody in the other restroom is having a good laugh. Oh, and those soap holders that hang around your neck are good.
We found somebody online a few years ago,who would make a bungee leash with multiple swivel hooks on it. He made them to order with the spacing requested and it was not expensive. This worked out great for our two little dogs They couldn't get tangled if they wanted to. If you have the nice little fenced area, there will always be a Gladys Kravitz to report you. Although, you will see that other people have the same and they are allowed. Maybe those are long term tenants, I don't know. I don't have the name of the company that made the bungee multi-leash, but I am sure you could find it. The bungee was not the very loose type, either, just very sturdy. He made them for the size dogs you have.
Strange, but that's true, cataracts don't come and go. I would think maybe a little reaction to the type of shampoo or conditioner they used, a bit of mucous in his eye,maybe. You might need to put some protective drops in his eyes before grooming, next time. Good to have the vet look at it, though.
Edna has a new issue this week, although one with an easy fix. I took the chenille bedspread off our bed and replaced it with a thin summer-weight bedspread. Edna couldn't get enough traction to pull herself up on it. Chenille bedspread is back on the bed. I guess it is a matter of constantly adapting, just as it is with us as we get older.:W
Maybe I get the "oldest" tool award? In 1978 our 14 yr old son found this item while riding his mountain bike in the desert foothills 40 miles north of Los Angeles. We knew it was something special but he promptly misplaced it. A few years ago, Bud found it in a corner of the garage. I sent photos to an anthropology professor at Santa Barbara Natural History Museum who asked to have a look at it. Upon examination, he proclaimed it "prehistoric" and a manmade tool*, possibly for softening animal hides. The item fits perfectly balanced in a right hand and is three sided, with one side being flat and showing usage. I donated it to the museum in our son's name. I knew he would be happy about that. He passed away quite young of a genetic illness.
*edited to add, "natural local stone of a convenient shape, hand hewn by many hours of work to make a tool." When holding the object, we could feel the strength of the early man who had spent so much time working on and with it. It isn't hard to imagine how he lost it, though. It blended right in with the rest of the stones in the area.
Our kids turned up this old, handmade instrument in a fossil dig in Topanga Canyon, CA in the 1960's. I'll bet whoever lost it was upset over it. Wish we had the history.
I have a long handled sledge hammer that was my Dad's. Nothing special about it other than the story. My Dad had me on the dumb end of it, driving posts into the ground. Since it was a Sunday when stores were closed, I figured that if I "missed" and broke the handle off, I'd be finished. Darned if he didn't have another handle!
I also have my Grand Dad's napping hammer. Back in his day, you didn't buy gravel - you made it. I can still see him sitting on a milking stool, making gravel out of bigger rocks for the roads on his farm.
Wow, on the making gravel! How did somebody not lose an eye? Of course, they sometimes did. I had an uncle who, as a child, was hammering a nail, hit it wrong and it flew backwards to that effect.
I was thinking along the same lines as Gary. Richard, if you know of a good cabinet maker, I'd have him come out and visualize the situation. I'm betting he could construct a slightly longer "mouth" to the existing garage, and then add some good-looking doors out of plywood with trim. Primed and painted with the good stuff, I'll bet it could end up looking like you planned it that way. :W
Our little Princess is getting more and more comfortable everyday. Here she is watching daddy mow grass. She finds a way to jump up in the window to watch me outside. She has been with us a little more then 4 weeks. She is still stubborn at times, but hopefully in time that will pass as well.
Dan, Miss Pickles is a beauty. Obviously she's watching carefully to make sure that evil lawn mower does not attack you!
Alas, that will not be a problem... Dear wife lost control of a jeep we just bought last spring (2013) and found a tree, at 50 mph, Thus she no longer has need of a credit card.
Or as the song says "There'll be one child born, and the world will carry on, carry on"
Aww. how bittersweet that fact must make this little boy's arrival. And you know what? You will see some bits of his Grandma in Aiden as his personality develops. What a lucky little guy to come into the world with so much love waiting for him.
Your friends are hoarders, unfortunately. They will likely lose some cats (and probably find more) along the way. Did you say they will stay somewhere near you when they arrive in the West? Is it a rural area? At some point they will come to the attention of the authorities. It's a very unhealthful living situation, but I'm sure you've tried to point that out. It's nice of you to try to find them some information.