January 14, 2022

Temperature 69 Degrees

Those Shoes Are Made For Walking

It all started with an innocent enough statement. Gee, I said, I wish I had a pair of simple slip on shoes for when I take Proton out for a walk.

Never say my wife doesn’t listen to me. That very day after my comment she went shopping. When she returned home she said with a smile I bought you a pair of slip on shoes that you were asking for.

Quite truthfully I didn’t know how to respond when she took them out of the bag. Why look at that Leopard slip on clogs! I didn’t want to appear ungrateful so I simply said with a big smile Gee, thanks for thinking of me. I mean, what was I supposed to say? .

Proton on the other hand put his paw over his eyes and I heard him mutter Really, please tell me you’ll only wear them after dark?

Suffice to say, I believe we’ve both finally become accustomed to them. Proton doesn’t even bat an eye now when I put them on. Me, I really like them. They’re easy to put on and they’re really comfortable. The Bonus? You can’t miss me coming down the street!

In terms of other projects. Isaac and I were talking and I happened to mention that I could never get the lights on the car working properly when I was towing it. In particular, the left stop and turn signal would and would not work. That was all it took.

He immediately went to work and soon discovered that the original electrical cable from the rig to the car had several broken wires in it. Well, it just so happened that he had two extra heavy duty cables with him. An hour later and I had a new heavy duty cable properly wired and ready to go. We tested it out and now everything is in proper order.

So life goes on as we journey down The Road of Retirement. Life is easy but it definitely isn’t boring! I’m still working on painting the front room which will probably become our office. I’m still working on resolving the issue with the slide locks on Elvira. Ms. Barbara is also finding things to do. Of course not wanting to do too much all at once we still adhere to our motto Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.


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January 12, 2022

Temperature 69 Degrees

Life at Base Camp

Life here at Base Camp is much the same from day to day. We have for a fact settled into a comfortable routine.

I continue with more five minute projects. The latest was the replacement of our porch light at the back door. It was the original and when I went to remove the set screw that held the broken globe on the plastic light just went to pieces. Ah yes, here we go again. Thankfully, I have a wonderful friend by the name of Issac who is staying at a site across the street who just loves to do projects like this. Indeed, anything as he says that will give him something to do he loves. Well, I’m giving him plenty to do to keep him busy.

In terms of a project for myself, I’m getting ready to repaint the front bedroom. The big headache right now are the windowsills inside. They were never properly primed in the beginning and so the paint is all peeling. Meaning, it all has to be scraped off and the sills properly primed before I can repaint them. I’m working at it. I’m almost finished with two of the three windows. Tomorrow, I should have all three scraped and ready to be primed. Since we’re having new windows installed next week I’m not going to put a finish coat of paint on until they are in.

I’m also attending to other odds and ends. Fixing a loose piece of siding on the house. I had to refasten a loose piece of decorative trim on our porch. They were back for warranty work today on our new shower. It seems they had a bad batch of caulking when it was first put in resulting in all the silicone caulking at the seams turning orange. All fixed now.

Ms Barbara has been busy as well. She’s been working on renewing car and RV insurance and taking care of endless doctor appointments. She also has been getting ready for her upcoming knee surgery in two weeks. The doctor who is doing the operation is fantastic as is his whole office. They are in constant contact with her making sure everything is in perfect order. And less I forget she continues to make meals that amaze. Believe me, I know I could never find another one to love like her.

I’ve begun to prep Elvira for her summer travels and of course I ran into a snag immediately. We have four slides each with two automatic locking arms. The arms are designed to deploy when the slide comes in to hold the top of the slide tight against the wall. However, the one small bedroom slide decided when I put it out to deploy the arms with the slide in the out position. In that position there would be absolutely no way to get the slide in again. Well, I took a deep breath, pushed the switch to bring the slide in, and thankfully the arms went back in and the slide came in. But, the issue has to be resolved before we leave. I’m doing some research as of now and if I can’t find an answer I’ll call in the Calvary.

Bottom line, life on The Road of Retirement is good. We’re enjoying life and enjoying the days we have been given by God. We hope you are also.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.



Monday Memories

First Published August 2019

World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex – Part 2

Time now to get ourselves back to the Toy Museum.  Yesterday we covered cars and trucks, and all things related to them.  Let’s look at some of the other toys that were there.

We’ll start with Beanie Babies.  Introduced in 1993 they rose to an obsessive level of popularity during the late 1990’s.  Though generally inexpensive several special editions were offered from time to time.  Some of the rate items can fetch up to $2,000 today.


Anyone remember Betty Boop?  She was a cultural icon in the 1930’s.  A symbol of the bygone roaring 20’s she was a hit first with adults and then later children.  She was outspoken about the old values asserted by her parents and the previous generation.  What real life woman inspired her.  No one knows for sure.


Here we have the Cabbage Patch Dolls.  In 1976 Xavier Roberts was paying his way through art school when he designed a doll with an unusual head.  They were first called Little People dolls.   After a 1980 TV appearance on the show Real People their popularity spiked sending kids into a Gimmie frenzy for the next several years.  It is said that parents fearful of disappointing their children on Christmas of 1983 camped outside of toy stores for hours.  By New Year’s Eve over 3 million had been sold.


Here we have the California Rasins.  The concept was originally created for a 1986 Sun-Maid commercial when one of the writers, Seth Werner came up with an idea for the new raisin commercial, saying, We have tried everything but dancing raisins singing I Heard It Through the Grapevine.  To his surprise, the commercial became wildly popular, paving the way for several future commercials and opportunities through other media.


Need a thirst quencher?  They say that Coke is the Real Thing.


From a bygone day we have Blushing Willie (left) and Down the Hatch (right).


As the sign said We all had them!   Fisher Price.


In 1998 the newest electronic toy craze hit the market – Furby.  Though it spoke Furbish it could be taught to speak English and to shower you with endearments.  They sold 1.8 million in 1998 and a staggering 14 million in 1999.  It’s signature phrase was I love you and it stole the hearts of kids and adults all over the U.S.  We had one for the longest time in the RV but some how, some time it disappeared.


Can you recall the blockbuster movie Gone With The Wind?  Here to help you remember are these dolls.


We had a stable of these Little Ponies throughout our house for years when the girls were growing up.  Introduced in 1982 by Hasbro they were extremely popular with girls of all ages.


I found this fact absolutely amazing.  But then again when you stop to think about it, I can definitely see how it can be true.



While here I learned something new about Mickey Mouse.  



The most recognized cartoon characters the world over – Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang.




My all time favorite and a guy I have on the top of my bedroom dresser even today.


This sweetheart by the name of Strawberry Shortcake was introduced by Kenner Products in 1979.  She was originally designed like a typical rag doll with freckles, a mop of red hair and a bonnet with strawberry prints.


How about a collection of outlandish but lovable dolls called the Trolls.

We can’t forget Warner Brothers Cartoons.  One of the most successful animation studios in America Media history.  They were primarily responsible for Loonie Tunes and Merry Melodies.  The characters featured in these series included Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester and Tweety,  Willy E. Coyote and the Road Runner.  The studio shut its doors for good in 1969.


Still popular today.  And why not!



Did you own one of these?  I did and really enjoyed it.

There was an exhibit on Ventriloquism.  Did you know that it began in the ancient temples of Delphi, Greece?  Jump forward to modern times and we find it was viewed as a way for performers to showcase their talents.  The most successful ventriloquist from 1903 to 1978 was Edgar Bergen and his side kick Charlie McCarthy.  Today my hands down favorite would be Jeff Dunham. (sorry I messed up the picture)



Remember when these rides were in front of just about every store in America?  I can remember pleading with my mom, Can I please have a quarter for just one ride?




We’ve almost made it through building number one.  But we’ll call it a night for now and pick up again tomorrow.  Wait until you see The Christmas Carol set from days long ago.  It’s a true work of art.  We also have Boyd Bears.  Star Wars and Star Trek.  And so much more,  Stay tuned.

Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!


January 7, 2022

Temperature 75 Degrees

Five Minute Jobs

So let me ask, what do you see when you look at the above picture? OK, yes, this is sort of a trick question. At first glance I’m sure to most of us it looks like a wall switch. That’s what I saw at first. But oh no, it soon became one of those famous five minute jobs.

You know the ones I’m talking about. Give me five minutes and I’ll have a new switch installed. Sure.

A wall switch is usually a wall switch unless it is a wall switch in a manufactured home. Such as our home. Now in our home the switch is rather unique. It is a box with a back underneath of which you’ll find the wires pressed in place. Meaning, you can’t just run down to Home Depot and grab another switch and install it. You either have to find an exact duplicate switch which means finding a store that sells fixtures for manufactured homes. Or, you can get brave and bold and charge forth and change the switch out for the type found in most normal homes. Which means first purchasing an old work electrical box and modifying the wall opening to accept it. Next, you need to get a typical wall switch and plate and install both to the box you just put in place. See what I mean. Just give me five minutes!

Here’s another one for you. What do you see on the front of each of the drawers above? Careful how you answer. My first answer would be drawer pulls. I’m sure you answered the same. Well, normally. Just give me five minutes and I’ll have them and all the others in the kitchen changed out.

OK, all those on the cabinet doors were one, two, three. Unscrew the old from the screw holding it in place and screw the new one back on. Why should the drawers be any different? Why, I don’t know but they were. The front of the drawers were thicker, the screw was longer and it would not, I mean would not screw into the new pull. Here we go again. Now, we need to take a twenty minute ride to the Depot. Once there we needed to find the right aisle and bay. Now, screws in hand and paid for a twenty minute ride back home. Finally, I can finish putting the new pulls in place. Just give me five minutes.

So it goes at Elvira’s Roost. A switch here, a cabinet pull there, lights in the shed, the outside porch light, and so forth, and so on. So many five minute jobs. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. In a weird sort of way I’m having a lot of fun.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.