Happy New Year !!!!!! 1/1/11


I ended up working until after 2am trying to close a client’s books for the year, and had a lot of problems.

So no post today.

Nick will just have to suck it up and stop sniveling.

Back with a real post tomorrow.


Stegosaurs and Yummy Fingers . . .

Jan’s foot is doing a lot better today. It’s still sore, but at least she can walk on it without too much pain.

Since Jan’s heel was better we rescheduled last night’s dinner for tonight. And since Brandi gets off early today, we were able to make it for 5:00 to hopefully beat the crowds.

The weather wasn’t much better today, so I didn’t get anything else done on the wheel well flanges. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little better.

I went out for an hour or so this afternoon to check in on a client and then drop some stuff off at the storeroom.

Brandi sent over this photo of Landon checking out his yummy fingers.

Landon Yummy Hand

Love the Stegosaurus shirt and the camo pants. And he’s got my hairline too. That’s my boy!

We left the rig about 4:30 to redo our missed dinner last night at Pappasito’s Cantina.

We had a great time and a great meal. It was our first time to see Landon, et. al. since they came back from Oklahoma over Christmas.

Even got a good Landon pic of my own.

Landon Pappasitos

We got back home about 6:30 just ahead of more rain.

Tomorrow I’m going to take Jan over to Brandi’s to Landon-sit while she and Lowell work on putting down laminate flooring in the master bedroom. I’ll run errands and then come back to the rig and work on stuff around here.

More tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:

I can’t sleep … the clowns will eat me.


Bless You My Children . . .

Well, it looks like Jan inherited my foot problems from last week after my foot got better. She woke up this morning with a very painful left heel that made it hard to walk. She also used words I didn’t know she knew. If we had a Swear Word Jar she would have been down all her bingo money and then some.

It seemed to improve somewhat during the day after she took a bunch of Advil and used our Dr. Scholl’s Foot Bath, which usually helps me, too.


Since the left heel was hotter than the right one, it’s probably gout, which Jan gets occasionally, but certainly a lot less than I do. Hopefully, it won’t last too long.

Any hope of getting more things done around the rig was finished off by the heavy rains and wind we had almost all day. But I did manage a trip down to Kemah Hardware and found the stainless steel hardware I need to mount my new wheel well flanges.

But it will have to wait until tomorrow.


That’s Father Greg to you…

Later in the day, Jan was watching Tori & Dean – Home Sweet Hollywood, where Tori Spelling was going to perform a wedding, and to be able to officiate, she got her ordination online. This sounded interesting so I thought I’d check it out.

Five minutes later I was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and able to perform legal weddings.

Who knew.

Now I guess all I need to do is to order my Ministry in a Box kit, and I’ll be ready to go.

ULC Ordination

Since this church is also a Monastery, maybe I’m now a Monk too. I’ll have to check that out.

Hope I don’t have to take a vow of silence, though Jan might think it’s a good idea.

We were going to meet Brandi, Lowell, and Landon at Pappasito’s Cantina at 5:45 so Jan started getting ready about 4:30. Things were going all right until Jan tried to put her shoes on. She quickly found that she could not wear any of her shoes, even her Crocs with no heel strap.

So after Jan decided she wasn’t going to go barefoot, and after she made a few more contributions to the Swear Work Jar, I had to call Brandi and tell her we weren’t going to be able to make it.

Maybe we’ll be able to try again tomorrow.


Thought for the Day: Murphy’s Other Laws

1. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film.

2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

3. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

4. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

5. Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?

6. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

8. Seen it all, done it all. Can’t remember most of it.

9. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

10. I feel like I’m parallel parked in a diagonal universe.

11. He’s not dead, he’s electroencephalographically challenged.

12. She’s always late, in fact, her ancestors arrived on the Juneflower.

13. You have the right to be silent. Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you.

14. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sea sponges.

15. Honk if you love peace and quiet.

16. Pardon my driving, I’m reloading.

17. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

18. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

19. It is hard to understand how a cemetery can raise its burial costs and blame it on the higher cost of living.

20. Just remember…if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.

21. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

22. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

23. You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?

24. The latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world population.

25. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

26. The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

27. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in the boat all day drinking beer.

28. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

29. The shinbone is a device for finding furniture.

30. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

31. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

32. Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.

33. I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.

34. I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.

35. When you go to court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people that weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

36. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


Burnt Eagles and Tortilla Soup . . .

Since we’re just a little over month before we plan to leave here, it’s time to start going thru my to-do list for the RV.

One of the things I started today was removing the three damage wheel well flanges and replacing them with new ones, or at least new to me.

Here’s what one of the damaged ones looked like. Note the broken off white section to the right of the tire.

Wheel Well 1

The flanges are held on by 9 steel rivets, and because they’re steel they’re pretty tough to drill out. In fact, I was only able to do two of them today because I ran both batteries down on my drill. I’ll have to finish the 3rd one tomorrow after I recharge.

Wheel Well 2

At some point things are loose enough that I can just break off the flanges by hand.

Wheel Well 3

The flanges that I’m installing came off this burnt-out American Eagle that we found at last November at Colaw RV Salvage in Carthage, MO. If I had bought these new from Fleetwood, they would have cost me over $500 each. This was because they would have had to pull the mold out of storage and make them from scratch.

But I got these for $100 each, much, much better. Of course they didn’t match our coach, so I knew I would have to get them repainted.

But that didn’t happen until this past August in Elkhart, IN when I had them painted by Michele Henry of Phoenix Commercial Paint when she did the damaged cargo bay doors. Michele did a great job on the doors and the flanges. If you want any paint work done on your coach, she’s the one to see.

I’ll bring the new ones over from the storeroom tomorrow, and hopefully, by then I will have found the hardware I need to remount them. I want to use stainless steel bolts and not rivets this time.

Burnt Eagle 1

Burnt Eagle 2

Burnt Eagle 3

Burnt Eagle 4

Burnt Eagle 5

Jan said when she saw this burnt hulk that looked so much like our rig, it made her knees go weak. Based on the burn pattern and the hotspot, it looks like this started as a refrigerator fire. That’s one reason that I bought a refrigerator compartment fire extinguisher from Mac McCoy, the Fire Guy, as soon as I could.


Nick Russell called a little after 2pm to talk about whether he should upgrade his 3 year old computer from Windows XP to Windows 7. I told him with a computer that old it’s usually better to just get a new one.

The old one is more and more likely to have something fail, and you’re going to get a faster, better machine under warranty. It normally just makes sense.

We left the rig a little about 5pm to meet Bob and Maria at Monterey’s Little Mexico before Jan and Maria headed out to play bingo. I can’t get enough of their Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s great and I really miss it when we’re on the road.

After I left the restaurant, Bob and I went by Lowe’s before I dropped him off at his house. I was looking for some screws to mount the wheel well flanges, but they didn’t have what I needed.

Jan is really doing well at bingo and I think she’s getting hooked. She won a $100 a few weeks ago, and then last week she won $750.

But tonight she only won $125. Bummer!

No, not really. Winking smile 

She’s worked her way up to playing 24 cards at a time. You can get cards in sheets of 9 or 12. She started out playing two 9’s, then a 12 and a 9, and then two 12’s. I told her she should add another 9, but she’s afraid she’ll lose track of the numbers and miss one.

Nick called again a little before midnight to say he was having trouble accessing my blog, although his wife Terry could see it just fine on her computer.

I told him I wasn’t having a problem here, and that I hadn’t had anybody else say they were having a problem either.

If anyone else is having a problem, please let me know.

Otherwise I’ll just have to believe the problem is really just with Nick, and not the blog.

More tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:

The real reason you’re so jealous is that the voices talk only to me.


Gulliver’s and Grandkids . . .

This morning started early (well, early for us) when we headed out about 10am to drop Jan off at Chris’ so she and Miss Piper could have a girl’s day out.

And they had a pretty full day planned. First up was a movie with the new Jack Black film Gulliver’s Travels in 3D on the schedule.

After that it was lunch at the Texas Tea Room, a place that our friend Barbara Cutsinger had recommended, but we had never tried.

After that it was shopping, shopping, shopping for the rest of the afternoon.

Nick Russell called about 3:30 to talk over things and complain about how cold it is in Florida right now. He does kind of have a point, though.

It’s colder in Central Florida than it is here in Texas. Of course, Nick’s not happy if he doesn’t have something to snivel about. If it’s not the weather, then it’s high bridges, or something else.

Jan was hardly home and in her jammies when our friend Maria called to see if we wanted to meet them in about 30 minutes right down the road at La Brisa.

Hey, it’s Mexican, we’re there.

Then later, our daughter Brandi called to catch us up on their trip to see Lowell’s family in Oklahoma. They had a great time and Mister Landon slept the whole trip back. We also made a date to meet them Wednesday night at Pappasito’s Cantina, another good local Mexican place.

And, of course, we’re meeting Maria tomorrow night at Monterey’s Little Mexico before she and Jan head down to La Marque for bingo. And Miss Piper might be going too. We’ll see.

Of course, that means we’ll be having Mexican 3 nights in a row. I don’t see a problem with that, do you?

In fact years ago, when the kids were little, we ate at the same Mexican restaurant every night for a week. What can I say, we liked the place.

Our friends George and Sandy Stoltz sent us this picture of their new grandson.

We have agreed that our grandsons are tied for The Best Looking Baby Boy of 2010.

George Grandson

Landon at Garden Ridge 2

And I have to take this opportunity to embarrass our granddaughter Piper, who I think won the title of The Best Looking Baby Girl of 1993. And she’s only gotten more lovely every since.

Piper At Chuys


Of course she probably won’t be speaking to me for a while since I put these photos on the blog again.

Oh, and did I say she’s really smart, too.

And since I’m making family members mad at me, here’s a photo of our beautiful daughter Brandi, along with Miss Piper again. This was taken at Bubba Gump’s Seafood in Time Square last year when they both came up to visit us and see New York.


It’s easy to see why they’re often mistaken for sisters, even thought they’re aunt and niece.

Well, I’ve alienated enough family for one blog post, so that’s about it for today.

More tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:

If you agree with the French raise your hand – And if you are French, raise both hands. (This one’s for you, Nick)


Happy Boxing Day * . . .


* In the U.K., Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. One of many ‘origin’ stories says that this is the day that merchants gave boxes of food and fruit to tradespeople and servants as a form of Yuletide tip.


At 11 am it’s still 37 degrees here. It’s supposed to get all the way up to 46 today, and then back down to 31 tonight.

As an article in the New York Times said today, “Bundle up. It’s Global Warming.” Of course they blame the pretty much world-wide cold snap on the fact that it’s getting warmer.


So, if it’s getting warmer, it’s global warming, and, if it’s getting colder, it’s global warming.

Yeah, right!  Nothing like covering all your bases.

Jan and I never left the rig today. It was really nice to just sit around, read, nap, watch TV, enjoy the view, did I mention nap?

And as part of enjoying the view, our friend the Great Blue Heron was back,

Boxing Day Great Blue Heron

Boxing Day Great Blue Heron 2

along with another beautiful sunset.

Boxing Day Sunset

Boxing Day Sunset 2

That was about it for today. Looks like things will pick up again tomorrow. We’ll see.

More then…


Thought for the Day:

"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." — Thomas Paine


Merry Christmas !



                                                Merry Christmas to Everyone!

                                                    from Jan and Greg White


Jan and I got up this morning a little before 9 to find that the combination of heavy rain and high winds (very high – according to Weather.com – “winds at 31 mph, gusting to 47 mph”) had once again knocked the satellite off target, because the stakes holding the base down started pulling out of the soggy ground. Oh, well.

We left the rig about 10am, heading up to Brady’s Landing, a beautiful restaurant on the Houston Ship Channel next to the Turning Basin.

Bradys Landing

Bradys Landing2

Bradys Landing4

We’ve been eating here as a family on either Thanksgiving or Christmas for a number of years. They have a fantastic buffet with pretty much everything you can think of – fresh seafood, turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken, pork tenderloin, breakfast with omelets and waffles, vegetables, fruits, salads, and wonderful desserts, including large fresh strawberries and a chocolate fountain for dipping.

I’m starting to drool again, and I’m still stuffed to the gills.

Linda was being camera-shy, but I did get this picture of Piper, Chris, and Jan while we were there, with Miss Piper showing off one of her Christmas presents, the dress you saw her holding up last night.

Bradys Landing3

We finally left Brady’s about 12:30 and headed home. After we arrived, Jan fill the bird feeders while I re-aligned the sat dish, though I don’t know how long it will hold with these winds. I’m starting to see why one of the rigs around here has his dish held down with 4 big concrete blocks. And I may do that next year.

We didn’t have this much trouble here the last two years, but we were parked facing in a different direction and the rig blocked the sat dish from the worst of the wind. But here the wind hits the dish head on coming off the water.


The push-pin at the bottom is where we are parked now. The one up and to the right is where we were the last two years.

Nick Russell called around 4 to wish us a Merry Christmas and say that they had moved back up to the Thousand Trails park near Orlando because they liked the area better than the NACO park at Peace River where they were.

We had thought we were in for the night, but about 5:15 our friend Maria Sutton called to see if we wanted to meet them and some more friends at the IHOP up the road in Kemah.

Well, Jan was in her jammies, and I in my cap (to keep my bald head warm), and had just settled down for a long… oh…wait. Sorry, wrong story.

Anyway, we got dressed and headed out. The place was pretty busy because it was one of the few places open, and the service was slow, but we had a great time anyway. And got a group picture out of it, too. (l to r) Bob, Maria, Jan, Me, Connie, and Herman.

Christmas IHOP

We got back about 7:30, just in time to once again align the sat dish. Whoopeee!

I’m starting to think that, cheap as I am. spending $1,500 or so, for an automatic dome dish on the roof is looking better and better.

King Dome

Getting home, I fixed another pot of the great coffee that Chris and Linda gave us, this time “Southern Pecan”. Just as great as last night.

That about wraps it up for a great Christmas Day. It’s supposed to go down to 31 degrees, and at 10pm it’s already 38. So, a nippy night, indeed. Thank goodness, for heated mattress pads.

More tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:
My Rice Krispies told me to stay home today and clean my guns!



Merry Christmas Eve . . .

Our Christmas Eve day started out with a relaxing morning sitting around drinking coffee and talking about our upcoming travels this year.

As it stands now we’ll probably leave here February 6th, which will be the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of our full-time life in 2008. We’ll first head over to Canyon Lake, near New Braunfels, TX to spend a few days visiting our friend Gina.

Then it’s on to Las Cruces, Tucson, Gila Bend, and then into Yuma around the 23rd of February to start ramping up to Nick Russell’s Western Gypsy Journal Rally that starts the 7th of March.

Everything after that is still kind of written in the wind. So we’ll see.

About 4 pm we left the rig for Brandi’s to pick up the mail, and then on to the storeroom to get some Christmas presents we had stored there.

Then about 5 we met Chris, Linda, and Piper at the King Food Chinese Restaurant in Webster.

Christmas Eve at King Food is a family tradition that we’ve done for somewhere between 20 to 25 years. We’re not exactly sure.

We’ve actually been eating there for 32 years, since December 1978 when we moved here from Alabama.

But this year was a little different since we now have to share Brandi with Lowell’s family in Oklahoma. This is why we had our King Food dinner with Brandi and family last Saturday night.

Any excuse to eat twice at King Food is a win-win.

After our usual great meal there, we headed over to Chris’ to open presents.

It’s always been a tradition in Chris’ family that they exchange personal presents on Christmas Eve, with Christmas morning reserved for presents left by Santa. But since Piper is 17 now, Santa doesn’t visit anymore.

Here’s Chris, Piper, and Linda, with Miss Piper checking out a new dress she received.

Piper Opens Presents

Piper gave her mother Linda this beautiful seahorse vase she made at school. There are actually two seahorses, one on each side. Piper did all this by hand.

Seahorse Vase

And here’s a bowl Piper made about 3 years ago. A very talented young lady.

2010-12-24 20.20.13

We left Chris’ about 7:45 planning on driving thru some neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights, another family tradition of ours on Christmas Eve. But it had started pouring down rain while we were inside which put a damper on the light viewing.

So after a short while we headed back to the rig, to finish up the evening with one of the great coffees that Linda had given us for Christmas.

We chose Cinnamon Coffee Cake, which being DeCaf, was perfect for nighttime drinking.

And to go with it, we had one of the gifts we got from Brandi and Lowell, a box of Williams-Sonoma Croissants.

These croissants are fantastic, so good, in fact, that they’re on the list of Oprah’s Favorites.


They come out looking like this, but they start as little frozen logs. There were two types in our box, plain and chocolate-filled. And both are delicious.

They’re shipped overnight, frozen in a Styrofoam container. You let them thaw out and rise for 9 hours and then pop them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or 13 minutes in our convection oven.

They come out crispy, flakey, and fantastic. And a perfect match for the coffee from Linda.

All in all, a beautiful end to a great day!

More tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:If you give someone a piece of your mind, be sure you can get by with what’s left.


Turkey and Blizzard . . .

When I die I want to come back as a cat.

Emma and Moose

Mister Asleep 2

About 3 pm Jan and I headed up to Brandi’s to pick up some mail and check on the house while they’re gone.

Then we drove down to Cracker Barrel so Jan could get a take-out Turkey Dinner. We’re going to be eating out for Christmas dinner, but Jan wants to have some left-overs for after. So we figured this was the best way to do it, since she loves Cracker Barrel’s Turkey & Dressing.

Then it was on to Radio Shack and Wal-Mart for some last minute ‘stuff’.

Then it was time for ‘lupper’ at Sonic Drive-in with a Tex-Mex Foot Long Quarter Pound Coney. You can’t go wrong with chili, cheese, onions, jalapenos, Frito Corn Chips, and chipotle sauce.

Next it was a little further down the road to Dairy Queen for Jan’s favorite “Pumpkin Pie Blizzard.” It’s going away after Christmas so she wanted to have one at least once this year.

We finally got home a little after 6pm after a short but busy afternoon.

More Tomorrow…


Thought for the Day:

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think” – A. Hitler


Penzey’s and Pawz . . .

Jan and I both got up kind of late this morning because we were still awake at about 2am talking about when we’re going to leave here and head out west.

And then we had to rush to get ready to leave about 11 am to pick up our friend’s Bob and Maria. They were going to ride with us into Houston to pick up some spices at Penzey’s Spices.

If you like to cook and don’t know about Penzey’s, you’re really missing out. They have pretty much every spice, herb, and seasoning you’ve ever heard off, and a lot you probably haven’t. They also have recipes, cookbooks, and a free catalog. They have locations all over the country, so check’em out.

Leaving Penzey’s we walked next door to Natural Pawz, a health food store for pets. Bob and Maria have 4 miniature greyhounds, and of course we have our two cats, so there was something for everyone. At least everyone came out of the store with something for their pets.

Leaving there, and everyone getting hungry, we drove down to the Cleburne Cafeteria, a great place that’s been a Houston institution since 1941, and still owned by the same family. Everything is fresh, and nothing is frozen. They buy much of their produce from local farmers, and they make and bake all their own desserts, pies, cakes, and baked goods. They also make their own salad dressings and mayonnaise. It’s a great place to eat, and the portions are enormous.

By about 2:45 we were on our way back home. We hit some heavy traffic getting out of Houston, but after that it was pretty smooth.

After we dropped Bob and Maria off at their home, we drove over to our son Chris’ to drop off a computer of his I’d been working on. Linda was there too, finally glad to have day off.

About 4 pm, on our way to Chris’, our daughter Brandi called to let us know they got on their way safely out of Houston. They’re heading up to Paul’s Valley, OK to spend Christmas with Lowell’s family and friends. I think it’s the first Christmas we’ve ever spend without seeing Brandi, but she has her own family now, and we have to share.

We don’t have to like it, but we have to share.Winking smile

Before she left Brandi emailed us this new picture of Landon and his big green frog.

Landon and His Froggy

He seems a lot happier with it now than he did a couple of months ago.

Landon and Frog 4

Leaving Chris and Linda’s, it was on to Brandi’s to pick up a package she said had come in right as they were leaving.

Finally after that, we headed back home, getting in a little before 6, a long day, in any case.

Stay tuned for more…


Thought for the Day:
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu