Thursday, August 28, 2014

WINE MAKING

Thursday, August 28 – If you read the blog regularly, you read that Paul decided to make some homemade wine. With wine making on mind, Paul decided to build a wine storage rack.  Now…where will that fit in the fifth wheel??? :-)

building wine rack

Paul uses his drill with a stirrer attached to add some flavoring to the grape juice.

stirring

The propeller end of the wine stirrer being inserted into the carboy

stir

Paul sterilized thirty wine bottles.

sterilizing bottles

The next step is to siphon the wine from the carboy to the bottles without stirring up any sediment that has settled to the bottom of the carboy.

trasfering wine 

Slowly but surely the bottles are filled.

bottling wine

This automatic filler makes filling the bottles a snap!

bottling

Once all the wine has been bottled, Paul uses a corker to insert the corks in the bottles. This is a fun and rewarding procedure!

corking wine 

Labels are then attached and shrink tops are installed over the corks.

labels attached 

Then Paul inverted the bottles on his new wine rack he built for storage.

wine rack

This Green Apple Riesling is actually ready for drinking immediately. We gave it a taste.....yummy!

tasting

UPDATE ON TRAVEL PLANS: Our intentions were to pull out of our summer home here in Ohio on September 9, but health issues have caused us to delay them slightly. Follow-up doctor appointments for Paul has caused us to push back departure into October.....dang!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

THAT'S A SHOCKER!!!

Thursday, August 21 - Our sister-in-law, Delores Weaver, passed away in 2009 from ALS. We will be attending the ALS Walkathon September 27 in Augusta, Georgia. Many of you may be aware of the “ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” that is sweeping the country. Last year ALS raised just over 1 million dollars for research. This year, thanks to the challenge, ALS has raised over 30 million dollars. One hundred percent of this money goes towards finding a cure for this horrible disease. As of now, there is no known cure.

We were challenged by our daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Dave, to participate in the Challenge which involves dumping a bucket of ice cube filled water over our heads. We know....old people shouldn't be dumping ice water over their head!.....but we agreed to take part regardless. So if you want to witness this shocking experience view the video.

Our daughter, Carrie who has a birthday today, challenge our poor little Bella to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. She said that if Bella would participate she would double her donation. Now mind you, Bella has NEVER been given a bath, but because she, also, believes this is an excellent chance for her to help find a cure, she participated. Don’t forget to raise your donation dear daughter Carrie.

 

It would be wonderful if everyone viewing the video would donate a couple dollars to ALS. You can do this at this ALS secured site. All donations go directly to ALS and will be used to beat this dreaded disease.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

TRAVELS PLANS FOR FALL 2014 AND WINTER 2015

Sunday, August 17 – With all the summer hustle and bustle behind us, it is time to look ahead to our winter travel plans. At best, these are quite sketchy and subject to change but here's what we are considering, so far!

September
-----Charleston, WV, Wytheville VA, Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC Visit the capitols and Appalachian Mountain Area for hiking and sightseeing
-----Augusta, GA – visit family; ALS Walkathon
-----Mississippi/Alabama Gulf Region – beach and RR

beach

October – December
-----
Houston, TX – stop and see Carrie
-----Mission, TX – visit friends/Mexico dentist for about three weeks.
-----Houston, TX – Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

mexico

January
-----
New Mexico – Las Cruces/Deming/Socorro sightseeing
-----Arizona – Benson, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns, etc...
-----Tuscon, AZ – hiking and sightseeing
-----Quartzsite, AZ – RV Show, Visit with friends
-----Yuma, AZ – Mexico
-----Arizona/California - Anza Borrego Desert SP; Borrego Springs, San Diego, Catalina

bella-and-cactus

February
-----
California – Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs
-----Las Vegas (maybe) or Page, Cottonwood, Sedona, AZ
-----Congress, AZ
-----Apache Junction/Mesa, AZ

supersition-mt

March
-----
Phoenix, AZ – CLEVELAND INDIANS SPRING TRAINING; Sightseeing, etc....
-----Scottsdale, Sedona, Jerome, etc...

spring training

April
-----
Houston
-----Head towards Ohio

houston

Of course we may run out of money by the time we get to Houston, so who knows where we will be exactly...lol

If anyone out there in Blogland will be in these areas during our time, please let us know. We would enjoy meeting up with you. Also, if you have visited these areas and really enjoyed a certain sightseeing spot, place to eat, campground (within our frugal budget) or hiking area, we would love to add it to our agenda. Many of our stops will not be new, but we know we have missed something at each stop.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!