How Many Have You Done?

or Rockin’ and Rollin’.

Today was a lot like Tuesday, but without the rain or occasional tornado. But what we had was 40 mph winds with gusts to over 60, which really kept the rig rockin’ and rollin’. And the offshore wind, combined with a low tide, turned our beautiful water view into a mudflat all the way out to the channel.

Gal Bay Mudflats

I didn’t have any clients scheduled today so it became a DIY chore day around the rig. My first thought was to install my new power window motor system, but I was afraid my tools would blow away.

So I started in on my list, first repairing the retaining latch on one of the pull-out pantries. The screw had pulled out, and although I had fixed it once before, there just wasn’t enough wood left to hold. So I moved it to a new location and was able to use bigger screws. Coming back to Houston in November the pantry slid open as we drove and a bottle of expensive vanilla fell out and broke. Don’t want that to happen again.

Next up was to install a retaining bolt on our dining room table. Unlike some I’ve seen, there is no latch on our table and occasionally it will slide out while we travel. So I drilled a hole through the slide and inserted a bolt. This will keep the table in place, but the bolt can be easily removed if we need to put the table extension in place.

Last up were our folding closet doors. In damp weather they stick and bind, and are hard to open and close. So the other day I bought a rotary sanding pad at Home Depot that chucks in my drill to use in sanding down the bottom and top of the door opening where it binds.

After finishing the sanding, I rubbed the surfaces with an old piece of candle for lubrication. This works well and isn’t greasy so it won’t get on the clothes.

Then after all this hard work it was time for a nap, which lasted until it was time to head up to Webster to meet Chris, Linda, and Piper for supper at Cheddar’s.

And yeah, we just went there last night with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon, but we all like the place, and it wasn’t like we had to order the same thing we got last night.

Piper cut her hair and it really looks great. It’s the first time we’ve seen her with the new style.

Piper at Cheddar's

One thing great about having dinner with Piper is that I don’t have to keep picking things up that she’s thrown on the floor like I do with Landon. She’s a little neater.


On another note, I came across a website today that listed the 10 most scenic drives in the United States.

Top Ten Scenic Drives in the United States

1.  Anchorage AK to Seward AK

2.  Highway 1 from Monterey CA to Morro Bay CA

3.  Beartooth Highway north of Cody WY

4.  St. George UT to Zion National Park

5.  Custer Scenic Highway in the Black Hills of South Dakota

6.  North Shore Drive from Duluth MN to Grand Portage along Lake Superior

7.  Houma LA along the Gulf Coast to Breaux Bridge LA

8.  Route 100 from Wilmington VT to Stowe VT along the Green Mountains

9.  Blue Ridge Parkway in the Smokey Mountains

10. Jekyll Island GA north through the Low Country to Savannah GA


I was happy to see that we’ve done 6 of them.

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, & 9.

7, the Louisiana drive, we did in the mid 90’s, before we started RV’ing, coming back to Houston after a weekend in New Orleans. All the rest we’ve done since the beginning of 2008.

8 and 10, we’ve been in the area, but didn’t take the drive specifically.

So it looks like we’ve got 4 more to go.

How many have you done?

Or do you think they’ve left one off the list?


Thought for the Day:

“I aim to misbehave” – Capt. Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Serenity



4 Responses

  1. Well, 7 out of 10 for us here.

    And now that we finally have snow in Wisconsin we’re wishing this dad-gum house was sold so we could do another, any other, anywhere….. :-\|

    Cheers, Peter

  2. I don’t know if it is a Tiffin unique part, but they have a great “quarter-turn” latch that actually turns over one full revolution… the first quarter turn lifts the tab, and the next rotation pulls it in to tighten up beautifully. It’s completely adjustable. There’s one on our hide-away kitchen “island”, so I bought / added one to the large “pot drawer” because the standard latch cannot always hold the drawer closed. It’s far better than any standard quarter turn latch. Available by phone to Tiffin or stop by Red Bay (small store at their campground at the repair shop).

  3. We have driven seven of the ten, and in the area of the other three.I definitely think the coast of Oregon should be on the list.It is magnificent…………….Lloyd & Carol

  4. We used to drive half of number 6 every month. Dave’s parents had a cabin halfway up the north shore. Beautiful drive, especially when it’s leading to a weekend getaway from the work and school world. 🙂

    We’ve driven quite a few of the other but I’d have to get out a map to see how many since i don’t necessarily know them by their names on the list.

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