Monday, August 24, 2015


Saturday, August 22 - Marsha loves to have a party! One of the things she likes to do is purchase wines from the different areas we travel and then have a group of family and friends over for a wine tasting party. This was our 4th year with fourteen different wines to taste. Wines from California, Arizona and Michigan were on the table this year.

Kelly and Dave act as the host and hostess.kelly and dave

Our son-in-law, Dave, acts as the wine sommelier, and did a wonderful job again this year. He hams it up pretty good giving a prompt description of the wine, what foods it is best served with, and what hidden tastes to look for during the tasting. We have a feeling he has some “wine country” in his genes.


The panel of judges.
wine tasting panel

Dave gives each taster a more than adequate sample of wine to smell, swirl and taste. We then simple hold up our fingers rating it from one to five. Not very scientific, but we like to keep it pretty simple. We judge the reds and whites separately and then at the end choose the over-all winner between the best red and the best white. This year's winner was Unruly Red. A California Red Wine bottled in 2013.

This year’s winner flaked by past winners.
wine winner

We also had a few games of cornhole as a warm-up activity while we waited for the tasters to arrive. Of course, there was plenty of food to eat and tons of “catching-up” on the latest happening of friends and family.

Look at Paul’s form.


We all had a wonderful time and can't wait till next summer to see what wines Marsha manages to collect over the winter.

Before the big wine tasting party, Paul borrowed Dave’s pressure washer.

Paul using pressure washer

  That’s not wet.  It’s the difference between the dirty and cleaned area. What a difference!

clean driveway

Marsha finished another plastic bag mat. She is so proud of her stripes.

mat 2

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Monday, August 17, 2015


Monday, August 17 - Paul purchased a new satellite tripod and a couple accessories. The old tripod was getting pretty wobbly, and he didn't think it would last through our fall/winter travels.

satellite tripod

We both made time to help out with a home build our church is doing for the local Habitat for Humanity Organization. Marsha is the coordinator for all the snacks and meals for the days our church works on the house. This particular Saturday, she provided a delicious lunch, and Paul joined the men working on the framing of the house.

Paul and Habitat

Marsha has been very busy working on all her crafts. She found some time to create a couple of pine needle baskets. She is working on a few more also.

The orange baskets is holding some of Paul’s precious Petoskey stones he brought back from Michigan. The other is a cracker basket.pine needle baskets

As if she doesn’t have enough hobbies, Marsha found a new hobby this summer…mats for the homeless. There is a group at our church that calls themselves the Bag Ladies. They crochet plastic mats out of plastic shopping bags. It is a great way to recycle the bags and makes a great barrier between the person lying on the cold or wet ground. She has set a goal of making one a month. It takes about 700-900 bags to make one mat and about 70-90 hours. The size of the mats are about
3 1/2 feet wide by 5 1/2 feet long. Yes….just about every free minute she has goes to making the mats. She really enjoys it.

plastic mats for homeless

Marsha baked 92 loaves of various sizes of Zucchini bread. She freezes most of the loaves. We love it with coffee in the morning. She also gives away tons and tons of the loaves to family and friends.

Marsha making zucchini bread.

Just a small sample of the loaves and muffins.zucchini bread

As mentioned in a previous blog, Paul has been Mr. Trapper this summer keeping busy re-locating about a dozen groundhogs and raccoons. Marsha still noticed something was digging around her bird feeders so Paul set the trap again expecting to catch another raccoon. Well, you might of guessed it......a SKUNK was in the trap the next morning! YIKES!!

Paul has trapped and relocated numerous animals over the years and this is the first time he trapped a skunk. With no experience moving a skunk he resorted to Google. He found that many areas have laws against relocation of skunks because of their tendency to be carriers of rabies. Also, there's that threat of getting sprayed.

He was successful in getting the trap covered with a tarp and not getting the proverbial skunk treatment. Actually, it was fairly easy to get that cover in place. That skunk was probably happy to get out of the hot sun. Now how to lift the trap into the back end of his truck? He didn't want to get the skunk upset again and have it let loose with that killer smell.



Since it was only digging around the bird feeders and eating wasted seed, Paul decided to just let it go here. It wasn't eating Marsha's flowers or digging in the yard. If it continued to be a nuisance, he could always re-trap it and attempt to relocate it.

So, Paul simple released the lock on the cage door before removing the tarp. He stepped back and yanked the tarp away letting the trap door fall open. Peppy La Pew ran across the yard, under the 5th wheel, along the fence and into the neighbor's driveway culvert. We'll see if he is brave enough to risk the rage of “trapper Paul” in the future.



Peppy la Pew

We have had some of the most beautiful sunsets we have ever seen in Ohio. We were visiting with dear friends who live on the lake by our house and witness a gorgeous sunset.



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Thursday, August 6, 2015


Thursday, August 5 – Since returning from our excursion to the UP of Michigan, we've been busy making some improvements to our fifth wheel and some repairs where necessary. There's been some time for hobbies and some baking too! We'll share some of these activities in the next couple blogs using pictures.

Dirty AC
air conditioner

Dirty AC cover (Amazing the dirt buildup inside that cover)air conditioner cover

Clean AC (that's better)
air conditioner

Don’t forget to clean the filters periodically…Yuck!

Paul removed the vent screens and gave the fans a good cleaning.
vent screens

The nails were falling out of old handles of our landing boards---don't want to run over a nail.
landing boards

Now that's much better!
landing boards

A screw had worked up and was tearing the covering under the slide-out.  Better get that removed!

Furnace tape has proven a good fix for tears to the under cover.

Paul installed the new regulator in the water bay. Now he won't be leaving this expensive regulator behind in the campground as happened in the past.


Paul installed a new smoke detector in the bedroom. The former location in the hall experienced false alarms while cooking. Scared poor Bella to death.

smoke alarm

Paul built a couple corn hole games---one for us and one for Kelly and Dave.

corn hole

Marsha shows off her painting skills. She wanted one to be her beloved Cleveland Indians and one our undisputed National Champs…The Ohio State Buckeyes.

corn hole

corn hole

Kelly and Dave enjoy painting their boards in honor of the Cleveland Browns.

While Dave gives instructions on how the painting is to be done, Kelly does all the work.
corn hole

It is now midnight, and Kelly finishes the job while the boys enjoy some refreshments.
corn hole

Paul's been the trapper all summer using his live trap to re-locate numerous raccoon and groundhogs. Too be exact…he has caught SIX raccoons and FIVE groundhogs. Oh….and a neighbor’s cat!

Marsha just about had a fit when she looked out the window and saw this guy eating her flowers.

Don’t look at me that way. You are on relocation assignment.

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