Hey, it is still working. Had to leave my Chrome browser and go back to Explorer. Oh well, maybe it will work for a while.
You ever have a day when things just do not go right? I mean I could not get anything right. Installed a new radio in the vdub Monday. Well, the display seems dim. And, the shark fin antenna does not work. One should never buy stuff then hold it til the warranty expires before installing. I traced the antenna problem down. They have a wrongly tuned coil in the thing. Nothing I can do about it. Had to totally disassemble the thing. Junk. Have to find another one to fit the hole I have drilled in the roof of the bug. Contacted radio factory, they will work on it if I send them a reciept. No can do. So, as long as it is dark I can see what station I am listening to or what time it is.
Dog gone it. I finally gave up and went someplace where I could be cheered up. 89 year old widow lady. She always cheers me up and I told her I needed cheering up today. Worked. We had a great two hour visit. Older folks have so much to share. I take the grandkids when I can to see older shut ins.
And, look who just showed up with a new buzz:
Grandkids always put a smile on my face. What a way to end this day. Rylan came over to attend Wednesday Night Bible Study with us tonight.
Once again, life is good.
Hope you too are having a great Wednesday.
This blog thing has gotten to be such a headache. Believe this or not I got checked in and it lets me post. I can get logged in normally but it refuses to let me post. I had to switch browsers last year to keep posting. Now, it will no longer allow me to post with Chrome browser so I am back to Explorer. Wierd. I do believe it has something to do with having both a hotmail and gmail account.
Let me see if I can post a few pictures here:
Oh yes, they worked. Our recent trip to Dothan Alabama.
They were weighing the GMC coaches. Thought I would sneak in before anyone noticed.
You know who is in charge of the ice cream socials at these motorhome gatherings.
We put a new modern window in our door at the convention. I will admit to being a little nervous after we got the old one out. Now Teri and I will change the other windows in our own driveway.
We stopped in Columbia Tn. on our way home from Dothan. This is our little grand daughter that has been through so much at St. Jude's. They have pronounced her healthy. Such a joy to be around.
One of our grand daughters at her dad's work place. She is growing up fast. Very pleasant young lady to be around. Has a caring soul.
Three of them in the bug. They all love the bug.
Back home and celebrating another tooth being pulled at grandpa's. The tooth fairy leaves more money at grandpa's. Rylan is working to get more teeth pulled here. What better way to celebrate than at the local soda fountain?
Rylan is quite the geocacher. At 6 years old he finds more than grandpa. This day it was 6 to 2 in his favor. These kids just dig in and get to the buisness. We don't leave until the cache is located.
No tooth out, just a general celebration by Marci Claire and me at the drug store with soda fountain. We all love going there for ice cream.
So, maybe we are back on track. Will see how this looks after I post. Hopefully I can keep getting on and continue our posts to the blog. Hope everyone is enjoying Spring.
A Great Day
Rylan spent the night with us last night. We had a geocache day planned out at Otter Slough, the duck hunting capitol of the area. But first, we had to fuel up the geomobile.
Here he is with our first find of the day. This was not a good one for me because there were 4 hidden here and only one was the "real" thing. Ry thought it was funny. I thought April was playing a dirty trick when she hid this one.
Three. Four was a good one. It was hidden in a sign. No picture as it would give it away.
Ready to leave Otter Slough with 4 new caches. This put our total finds at 995.
Duck Blind. Must have been millions of ducks and geese. Was just a steady noise.
Well, we headed on home. As we planned our lunch we thought maybe 5 more finds would make this a special day. We ate our lunch and headed up toward Benton, 40 miles northeast for a chance to find those 5.
5 caches were all that were left in the area so we had to find them all.
Ry was happy. We had just found 998.
999. We had to walk almost a half mile up a hill on a trail through the woods to get this one. I would have quit if I had been by myself.
One excited 6 year old. Ry loves geocaching with grandpa, especially in the rural areas.
Rylan thought he needed to get a picture of grandpa since this was a special number.
If you look close, there is the vdub. We were so glad to get back to it after that long walk up hill. The best part of the walk was knowing it was all down hill getting back to the car. We saw some wildlife. The best was a big buck and doe.
What better way to celebrate our 1000th find than with ice cream at the local drug store.
Oh yea, life is good making memories with grandchildren.
St Jude's and Downtown Memphis
Some of you know that we have a 2 year old granddaughter at St. Jude's in Memphis. Next week will be her 4th chemo treatment. Hopefully there will be an operation in December that will cure our girl. She is doing well and we appreciate everyone's prayers.
Our son has 3 older children and we enjoy taking them away from the apartment to enjoy things, when we can. Yesterday was the "trolley day". Memphis is a very nice and clean older city, downtown now. They have worked hard to clean and keep the river front area really nice for visitors. Memphis is a St. Jude friendly city also.
Nic and his big sister Essie getting ready to board the Riverfront Trolley.
Alexis and Grana hopping on board.
One happy girl. Alexis has to walk on cruthches,a birth defect called spinabifia. Memphis and lots of private buisinesses, along with the zoo, give special attention to kids from St. Jude's. The conductor assumed that Alexis was from the hospital. We told him no, her little sister is there. The conductor says "your trolley ride is free". Wow. They only charge a dollar anyway to ride but we appreciated the conductor. He let us ride twice and then parked the trolley close to our car to save Alexis a long walk. Everyone downtown is St Jude friendly. St Jude is one fantastic children's hospital. I will never hesitate donating to this work. We" made over" Alexis saving us 5 bux and treated her to her own pizza for lunch.
Oh boy. This is how a 4 year old grandson sees his grandfather. Now I know why they think I am so old, ha.
Essie and Grana having fun on the ride. We got to ride down around the riverfront then up through downtown. It would be nice to see all big cities take care of the downtown areas like Memphis does. We saw no trash. All empty storefronts were clean and well taken care of. No homeless people hanging around and the police presence was great.
This 4 year old was having the time of his life. We stopped at the welcome center. Nic touched Elvis' shoe and the alarm went off. He never left my side from that point on. Was nervous the police might question him.
Just a shot of one of the cars. This is a great thing that Memphis has. Good transportation and cheap. I am sure the city loses money. The driver that we had was just a super guy. He has a personality that lends itself to the job he does.
A little time in one of the city parks to burn the energy up for a 4 yr old grandson.
We loved going to Mud Island and watching the barges.
One last shot of one of the trolley cars.
Just a few short hours with our grandkids but hopeful the memories will last them a life time. Teri and I are blessed to have 16 grandchildren. Each one makes us feel very special.
Thanks for riding the trolley with us. Have a great Thanksgiving.
The new car gets great mileage. We had a headwind coming home from Memphis yesterday, so it hurt our overall 300 mile trip average. Was only 49.8 mpg.
A Lttile Geocaching
We work two or three days a week. Sometimes only one day a week. Those days are in the middle of the week. Always off on Fridays and Mondays. So, last Friday we needed a little shopping trip, Teri did. I am kind of the complaining chaueffer. Sure some of you can relate. Anyway, I try create a little fun for myself on these trips, usually to Cape Girardeau.
Oh yea, geocaching breaks the trip up. Here I am grabbing a cache from a shoe pole out in the middle of nowhere. It would take me all morning to go through all of these shoes. So, I got a little help from the owner and went to the correct shoe quickly.
On up the road Teri grabbed one I could not find.
And another. It is great being a team. 4 eyes are always better than 2.
Well, I dropped Teri off at the stores and struck out on my own. I enjoy these kind of caches. They blend right in with what ever is in the immediate area. This one lives in a hole that looks like a normal bolt hole in a sign.
Look at this one. It is 7 ft. high and in a busy shopping district. It is also hanging over a busy street. These are night caches because way too many people can see you during the day "jumping and yanking". I did not sign the log, just shot a picture.
We also searched for a cache on an ice machine. Took too long and too many muggles so I took Teri to the stores and then went back by myself. Just too many muggles buying ice so I emailed the owner of the shoe pole for a clue. She sent the clue, I grabbed the cache and was on my way. Forgot to take a picture, just trust me it was a great hide and we have only seen a few like this before.
Teri calls, finished shopping for now and is hungry. Off to my favorite lunch time place in Cape, Sam's Club. Best pizza in town, and cheap. I park our new car away from traffic with a "cart" storage bin on one side. Won't have to worry about any door dings here.
Yea right. Look at this dent below Teri's door, the one facing the cart bin.
Yep, that bad boy knew there was a brand new car sitting there and "wham". What to do? I tried hard to let no bad words slip out while Teri took off back inside the store. She had no plans to leave without voicing a complaint. I just sat behind the wheel and tried to "cool off".
Well, out come two folks, with Teri, and started shooting pictures. She filed a formal complaint and advised them how this kind of thing could be prevented in the future. I guess we will see if they offer to fix it. Not real noticable to anyone but the owners of the car. Oh well, just a material possession that means little in the scheme of things.
So, life is good here. Getting ready for Thanksgiving and family next week.
Thanks for riding along.
Geocaching Old Man River
This was Nic's day with us Monday. His little sister is at St Jude's and we wanted to take Nic out to see the town. His older two sisters were busy with home schooling so it was just us three.
He just had his 4th birthday and is really a joy to have around. He is hyper with lots of good questions. His dad was not quite as inquizative at this age.
So, we headed down by the river. It was busy Monday and parking was expensive. We found a free parking area right on the river so we were off to geocache and see the sights.
Nic was looking over one of the caches. He is trying to figure out just what we are doing hunting these "treasures" that look kinda funny to him, and no money in them.
We ventured only a couple of blocks from the river.
Seeing these trollies really excited Nic. We did not have time for a ride. So, we are now planning a trip back to get Nic, and his older sisters, on the trolley.
One last picture of Nic next to a new monument. This is a tribute to a fella that saved lots of lives during a boat wreck back in the 20's.
Nic had fun but I think I had more fun. Teri and I enjoy our grandchildren. It is kinda rare to have a day with just one.
Thanks for stopping by. We grabbed 4-5 caches. Was not our primary thing but did help us show Nic areas that he has never seen before.
See ya soon.