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Amazing Week Last Week.....

Not RV related although I did see a Dodge duelly pulling a fifth wheel down the highway one day. Anyway, I spent last week in Belize with my youngest granddaughter, she is 15 years old. This was her first mission trip to another country, and what an experience I had just watching her. She did not know many of the people on the trip, she attends church with us about once a month, but she was a trooper! She helped in VBS with the three year olds, averaged about nine a day, and she loved it. There was a small language barrier, although their "official" language is English, they really do not learn English until they start school, about age five. They speak "Kreole" in most families and when they are in groups. I listened one night as she was talking to one of the ladies in our group about what she was seeing and experiencing on the trip. What surprised me was she said she wished every teenager in the States should come and see how most of the rest of the world lives, and how little they have, she sure appreciated her home a lot more. I could go one and on but I would take several pages about just last week. My granddaughter has already said she is going back next year, regardless if I go or not, she is hooked. We did have a fun day on Friday. Have you ever seen a 6'1", 280 lb. man swinging through the trees on a Zip Line, beauty and grace are NOT my fine points.......
Redcatcher70 07/21/14 07:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Weed killer...

Years ago,(more than 40), Dad had use mix salt, any kind will do, as long as it is dissolved in the water, and pour along the fence rows to kill the grass. Also whenever we made homemade ice cream, we poured the salty ice water around trees and stuff to kill the weeds. These were the days before weedeaters.......
Redcatcher70 07/09/14 07:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: OFF Mosquito repellant

I need some new repellant for an upcoming trip next week to Belize. I was wondering if the new "dry" stuff stays on well in a moist environment. I usually have to put on sunscreen then spray on the Deep Woods OFF, between sweating, rain showers and re-applying sun screen, I have to re-apply the OFF also, sometimes two or three times a day. At the end of the day, I am usually ready for a shower but I would like some bug spray that would stay on all day if I can find one. Thanks for the info though..........
Redcatcher70 07/07/14 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Questions for diabetics re: A1C check frequency-UPDATED

We are both diabetic, Type2. Me, I go to the VA and it is usually checked every 6 months or so and I run in the 7 - 8 range. Her, Insurance pays for a check every 6 months also, she is in the 6 - 7 range.
Redcatcher70 07/02/14 04:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Had Cortizone shots today.....

Well. here it is Wednesday morning and both hands are still swollen and hurt. Yesterday, was really bad, I had to find some elastic waist pants to wear, could not stand to button or zip my pants! I kept moving my fingers, making a fist and straightening them out but they hurt like heck, all my fingers are swollen and hard to move. The areas where I received to shots are bruised black and blue. I have more movement this morning, so I guess they are getting better. Yes, cortisone does raise glucose readings do I am really watching the diet closely. Hope I am back to normal be the Holiday.
Redcatcher70 07/02/14 06:35am Around the Campfire
Had Cortizone shots today.....

and man, BOTH of my hands still hurt!!!! :M I am having trouble typing this, had a shot in each hand on the palm side, left was my "trigger finger" or pointer and my right was on the palm side for the middle finger. I had been waiting to visit the VA for about a month to get my hands checked for arthritis, the fingers were "locking" up when curled back against the palm of the hand, and starting to hurt all the time. Dr. said it is probably nerve damage from diabetes and recommended the shots. They should last for six to eight months before hurting and locking again, he says. :R If shots do not work he will look at doing surgery. He put the shots in the joints down on the palm of each hand, now they really hurt, should last about 24 hours then quit. Its hard to grasp a Diet Coke can and drown my sorrows.....:R
Redcatcher70 06/30/14 07:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Neighbor killed my snake.

I have been reading all of the replies to this snake story, and no one has asked why you did not ask the neighbor the reason for killing the snake. We have small grandkids, and they like to play in the yard. Snakes CAN scare the begibers out of kids, they don't care if they are "friendly" or not. I do not care for them either so I may be inclined to dispatch one or two if I find them also. Now if a snake is green or black I may leave it alone, but a brown one is a dead one on my homestead. If I don't see a collar with "Hi, I'm Henry" on it, then its every snake for himself. I'm sure there is probably another snake around to take his place. All of this is JMHO, but lighten up on the neighbor......
Redcatcher70 06/25/14 01:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Just received the strangest phone call ever!

I got ANOTHER one of those the other day also. I like to play with these guys, its a hoot!!!! He asked if my computer was on, told him no, wait a minute while I go turn it on, lay the phone down a couple of minutes until I hear him hollering for me. I pick up the phone and tell him I turned it on, now what? He says he wants me to log on and he needs to have access to it. I say wait a minute while I go to the other room and get logged on. He asks if I can take the phone with me and I tell him no, its plugged into the wall and the wire will not reach that far. He asks if I have a cell phone he can call, nope I said I do not believe in those things. He tells me he has to get internet access to the computer, and I tell him I do not have internet, the Government can keep track of what I do if I have internet!!!! He just hangs up..........
Redcatcher70 06/11/14 09:45pm Around the Campfire
Just when your faith needs renewed......

Something happens at the right time and place. A group of us from our Church loaded up grills, food and supplies to go and work in Vilonia, Arkansas after the deadly tornado Sunday night. We are only about 25 miles from them and we all know someone from that community. We get unloaded, set up and start grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for anyone who needs a meal. I am manning a grill, and it is mid-afternoon and we are all getting tired from standing on our feet all day and the heat from the grills. An older gentleman comes over and asked if he can have something to eat. Now this is an older man, his clothes look like he has had them on for several days, dirty and stained covered and he looks dog tired. "Your sure can", replies one of the ladies helping serve the food. He asks for a plain hot dog on the bun and a bottle of water, that's all he wants. I am standing there waiting for my grill to burn off before putting more burger patties on it. The woman serving him hands him the hot dog and water and he tries to give her a five dollar bill. She refuses to take his money. He insists she take it and she explains that there is no charge, all the food was donated and we are there to help. He makes her take the money and says, "I know someone needs this more than I do so please give it to someone who really needs it." What can you say or do...........
Redcatcher70 05/03/14 02:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is there any news from Little Rock?

As others have said, not an RV Park but a Dealership destroyed last night. Mayflower RV Sales northwest of Little Rock was hit. We bought our last unit from them years ago. It was a supercell storm that travelled almost 150 miles from the southwest to the northeast part of the state. Get a map and put your finger on Texarkana and draw a line up to Jonesboro, AR, that is almost the path the storm took. Although this storm really formed closer to Hot Springs than Texarkana, this seems to be the path most of these storms take lately. Our town is about 25 miles east of Vilonia, AR, we took our hit back in 2001 and Vilonia itself was hit just three years ago, some people just now getting their homes back together from the previous tornado. Prayers please if you are inclined, it takes a while to clean-up and rebuild after these storms........
Redcatcher70 04/28/14 03:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: I found a gold mine

I would park beside you if you played some of my old cassettes also. I have some James Gang featuring Joe Walsh, Guess Who, The Who, Rolling Stones and of course, Janis Joplin. Heck we might stay up til 11:00 or 12:00 drinking Diet Coke and listening to those old cassettes...........
Redcatcher70 04/25/14 12:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Taking Granddaughters on a new adventure

Well, the short trip is over, we all survived and back on the ground!! Both girls did great, had a blast at Love Field in Dallas, had a good dinner and they think that flying is the only way to travel now! :B Security was easy, I had explained to them to put all their liquids in a ziplock bag and they were prepared. They went through the scanner, one got a quick pat-down and both had their hands swabbed. The youngest, the one going to Belize with me did better than I expected, she even sit in a window seat and took pictures the whole way. Naturist, I was on a flight several years ago and a mid twenties young lady was beside me. Just before takeoff I noticed she was shaking and biting her lip and I asked if it was her first flight. She said, yes it was and she was scared. I held her hand and we talked for a while and she calmed down and by the end of the flight she was fine. She thanked me for the comfort and said she would be fine flying on her return trip. That experience is the big reason I wanted to see how my granddaughters would react to the experience.
Redcatcher70 04/18/14 08:37am Around the Campfire
Taking Granddaughters on a new adventure

....for them! Decided to take my two granddaughters, 18 and 15 on a short flight on a commercial aircraft. The 15 year old is somewhat skiddish on elevators and tight places. She wanted to travel to Belize with me this year for a Mission trip. I told their grandma that before I invested $1600 in a trip, I wanted to she how she does on a plane ride. I am taking her older sister to help her along in case she has a meltdown. We are flying on Southwest from Little Rock to Dallas Love Field, having a 3 hour layover and returning. It is a good time to let them see the whole process, check in, security checks and airport experience, Making them a little more worldly as they may soon be travelling by themselves soon.....
Redcatcher70 04/17/14 08:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Already missing a friend........

JayGee, we are planning our Mission trip for July this year. My 15 year old granddaughter is going with me, this is her first trip. We will have one day for fun time. She LOVES zip lining, so we will go do the zip line for a couple of hours and then do the cave tubing the rest of the day.
Redcatcher70 04/04/14 04:15pm Around the Campfire
Already missing a friend........

Most of you may not be interested in this, but if you want to skip it that is fine. October, 2007 I traveled to Belize City, Belize for our Church to see what we could do about helping with Mission work there. I met several Church members there and they all suggested we talk with a man named Lincoln Jones Sr. We met with Lincoln and his family (wife, Margarita, two sons and one daughter) many times over several days and they were all excited about starting a Church in a rural area about 35 miles from Belize City in a town called Burrell Boom. Lincoln was not your typical Belizean, standing about 6'3" and solid as a rock. He loved God, his family and really wanted to improve the quality of life for his countrymen. He had a quick wit and loved to tell a good story, he and I sit for many hours swapping war stories with each other. He made many friends with people from Florida to Texas on their many trips to Belize. When we started the Church in Burrell Boom, they had seven members and have now grown to almost 100 members since 2008. I am not sure of his exact age, maybe 55, but we lost Lincoln suddenly this week to a brain disorder. I don't call many men my brother, but Lincoln was special to me. We had a bond that was strong, in faith and friendship. Looking to the day we will all be together, so long Brother, you had a good life...........
Redcatcher70 04/04/14 11:16am Around the Campfire
RE: Home Depot now selling batteries

Its not WHERE you buy them, its how you TREAT them, like the other post, only a few manufacturers for all the different "brands". JMHO..........
Redcatcher70 04/03/14 10:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Good start to day?

I just logged on and was going to make a post about what a good morning I was having! :B Woke up this morning about 8:00 AM, put on a pot of coffee, with all the makings intact, drank a couple of mugs, (not those little fufu cups for us), made a bowl of Multi Grain Cheerios and threw in a scoop of dried cranberries, a little no fat milk and all is fine with the world! If I had known retirement was this good I would have done it when I was 25 years old!!!!
Redcatcher70 04/03/14 09:58am Around the Campfire
RE: I finally learned my lesson....... (UPDATE)

Well, the dryer is home from the Repair Shop, of all things it was the door switch! The repairman called me about 90 minutes after I left his shop. When I took it in, I worked with him and we metered every wire, switch and relay we could find and no luck. I left it with him and he started working on it with a fine tooth comb. He said when we put the meter on two of the four leads to the switch it checked good, but he noticed after pulling the switch off the dryer, that the button was a little off center and kind of soft to push in. He took the switch apart (I thought it was a sealed unit but he took it apart) and the spring that works the switch had slipped out of position and was shorting out when the power button was pushed. He re-positioned the spring, installed it and it started right up!!!! While it was in I had him replace the seal between the drum and front panel, it was worn out and losing some heat at the seal. I am glad he is one of my old Boy Scouts, he could have charged me for a new switch and I would not have known the difference. Brought it home today and attached the vent hose and gas line, opened the gas valve and plugged her up, heating and tumbling like a new one. I priced new ones at Lowes and Home Depot online yesterday, one like we own start at $489.00, maybe this old one will last until I go to the Nursing Home.......
Redcatcher70 03/21/14 05:54pm Around the Campfire
I finally learned my lesson....... (UPDATE)

If something around the house breaks down, let the OTHER guy fix it. :R Our Frigidaire gas dryer decided to take a rest, the drum belt broke. I have always tried to do my own repairs on everything, cars and trucks, washing machines, re-doing the bathroom and so on. Mostly because we are not rich, and that is the way I was raised also. But this dryer has broke me down! :M I have a friend, (he was one of my Boy Scouts way back when) who owns an Appliance Repair shop. So, I go talk to him, he says "piece of cake" to replace the belt, and that is also what I thought. Anyway, I buy the belt, pull the dryer out, UNPLUG the electric, and I do replace the belt and re-assemble the dryer. Did I mention my hands look like I stuck them in a bag with and angry badger! Everything inside appliances is SHARP. :E Plug it up, turn on the dryer, NOTHING. Work the rest of the day checking wires, switches anything I could find, NOTHING. I am taking it to my friend today, let him get his hands cut up and do all the cussing, I am DONE! :h
Redcatcher70 03/20/14 07:41am Around the Campfire
RE: How did you handle spouse retiring?

If you are already dreading having him around all day, when it does happen you will be just a ball of nerves!!! Talk to him NOW, see what he thinks life will be like when he does retire, if your idea of retirement and his ideas do not mesh, you are both in for a long miserable time together. I retired a year and half before my wife did, we both retired for medical reasons. We get along, share the housework, and have two TV's if we do not like what the other is watching. She is not much on traveling now but I still like to go and sometimes do an overnighter with friends and grandkids when I want. The longest we are apart is when I go on a Mission trip to Belize in July, but with the Internet we still stay in touch while I am gone. The important thing to do though is TALK, see what each other expect from the other during retirement, he may have plans to fish all day every day or take up golf, you don't know if you do not communicate..........
Redcatcher70 03/17/14 02:31pm Around the Campfire
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