February 11, 2013

5 year plan

We plan to RV full-time five years from now.  That’s spring of 2018. We’ll see.  I’m beginning to work on the roadmap to get there.  A fun part is capturing ideas I have on Pinterest. Just look up house truck and you’ll run across mine.

Money is the biggest issue and I’ll post some thoughts and links in the future.

February 11, 2013

The forgotten blog

Back after a couple of years to write something.  I think I’ll revamp a few things, delete some stuff and noodle about the future.

Since my last post, I’ve been busy with death-care.  Yes, morticioning (my word) away. It is a peculiar business that has managed to keep my interest.  No RV yet.  I look all the time on the web, but haven’t parted with any money.  I did pick up an old conversion van off C-list which seems to work ok for now.

I guess the past couple years have been mostly mundane work stuff.

April 3, 2011

Making it to church


Our church doesn’t look like this -

Last weekend I was determined to make it to church.  We leave at 10:30 for the 11:15 service.  At about 10 a.m. the phone rings and I’m called to go work at the local Funeral Home.  I’m convinced had we planned on going to an evening service or Saturday one, the phone or something would have prevented me from going.  This weekend is no different with more stuff to get done than time will allow.  Never-the-less I will start getting ready after this post and barring a call from work or a flat tire we should make it today. 


Our church doesn’t look like this either.  But we don’t go for the  architecture, stained glass, a rock show disguised as Christian music or for free coffee and donuts.  Feel free to click on my link to Reformed Living and consider attending sometime if you are in the Phoenix area.

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March 31, 2011

El Toro

I saw this parked at Quartzite over a year ago. 

Now when you see a rig outfitted with Long Horns you would think the owner would be a character.  Just the opposite in this case and quite unfriendly.  If you don’t want people talking to you, then what are you doing with horns on the front of your rig?

It’s available now for $7400 bucks by a dealer in Las Vegas.  I’ve been watching the price drop on “El Toro” and with gas near $4 a gallon I suspect it will sell around $4000 – maybe.

March 31, 2011

CT Scan, PET Scan, Lung Biopsy and the joy of having Valley Fever

Having found a nodule in the middle lobe of my right lung on a CT scan and then the PET scan confirming the size and activity of the  nodule (along with lymph nodes), I was quickly scheduled to have a biopsy done.  We were happy to receive the good news of having active Valley Fever in my lung instead of something more ominous.  As they say “the lesser of two evils”.  All the allied health professionals had their chance to practice starting an IV on me.  Not one got it done the first time.  Out of frustration I pointed out a nice plump vein near my wrist that even I could have done.  Nope.  Anyway, overall everyone has been very professional and helpful and in the end the only needle that mattered was the one used for the biopsy and Dr. “C” got it done right the first time.  Now a regimen of anti fungal medication for the next three months at which time another CT scan will be done to see if the nodule is shrinking. 

I thank God for everyone who said a prayer for me, I know it made a difference.

February 26, 2011


Testing positive for the anti-bodies confirmed I apparently picked up Valley Fever at some point.  The pneumonia lingers on and I now have more inhalers and pills to take than I can keep track of.  On the bright side, I’ve now lost 13 pounds in the past 2 weeks.  Now that I’m taking steroids, I suspect I’ll start gaining weight.  So, I’ll sum up the experience to date with this quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?


February 18, 2011


Today, I’m going to try to get up and moving. I attempted this a couple of days ago and the exertion left me wiped out for a day. Good news is I’ve lost 11 pounds over the past week. Bad news is I lost all my energy too. I figure another week of this will get me down to my High School graduation weight of 175. Maybe I can be in a Progresso commercial?

February 16, 2011

Coughing up a lung

Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t experienced this first hand.  Any bad memories of a “bad” cough of the past have been completely erased by the on-set of pneumonia last week.  Coughing to the point of “blacking out” pretty much sums up the experience.  For several weeks we have been trying to figure out what was causing my persistent  cough.  After a round of antibiotics in early January for a sinus infection, I experienced some improvement.  Then last week I began to cough uncontrollably.  A chest x-ray confirmed the pneumonia.  I consider myself lucky to not have injured myself coughing or by passing out and falling.   

I would like to think mold brought this on, but it’s more likely the constant dander and hair from three dogs that overwhelmed me.  We have taken measure to reduce their effect by banning them from the bedroom and by setting up a HEPA air purifier (Honeywell 52055).   I’ve also installed a 3M Filtrete filter on the HVAC.  We both noticed a difference after the first night of running the air purifier.  Everything in the bedroom has been sanitized from top to bottom.  I now have one “clean room” to give my lungs a rest.  Once I get back to normal, I plan on getting tested for allergies – specifically to dogs.

February 8, 2011

To be a Mortician

Tomorrow I start my first paid day at the local funeral home.

I’m looking forward to fulfilling the requirements for licensure during the next year.

February 6, 2011

True Love

Valentine’s day must have been on my mind the other day as I was driving old “Gumby” (my 98′ Volkswagen Jetta Diesel) because it dawned on me as to how and when “true love” actually comes about.  It starts at somewhere between 120,000 and 150,000 miles on a vehicle, which I’m guessing is equivalent to 15 to 20 years of marriage.  Gumby just went over 150k mile mark and anything that was going to blow-up, seize up, not work or leave me stranded would have happened – just like a marriage.  Because I’ve been good about oil changes (hugs and kisses), getting new tires (Nordstrom for the wife) and an occasional car wash (hair-doo’s and nails), Gumby (and the wife) have rewarded me with carefree companionship.  Not that there hasn’t been an occasional pot hole knocking her out of alignment, but after proper care and attention she’s back on the road again good as new.  While Gumby (not the wife) is hands down the oldest car in the parking lot, I can’t imagine trading her for one of those expensive gas hogs with fake chrome and un-natural headlights.  These new cars beep at you when you get too close, can’t be touched under the hood by mere mortals and they back seat drive from the front dash telling you where to go and how you ought to get there.  I’m happy being somewhat lost and wandering around.  In fact, I’m happier with Gumby now than when she was new. 

Just like our marriage.  



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