Sometimes it’s good to be a Guinea Pig . . .

This morning Jan fixed us some of the Chocolate Croissants that our daughter Brandi gave us for Christmas. They’re shipped frozen and come from Williams-Sonoma. You set them out for about 9 to defrost and rise, and then they’re in the oven for about 15 minutes.


They also have them in Butter flavor. And they go great with our coffee.

We’ve got a really nice site here at the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails. I was surprised to see how far apart the sites are. It’s nice to not be looking in our neighbor’s windows. Or them ours, I guess.

Lake Conroe TT 1

Lake Conroe TT 2

I called American Coach this morning and ordered two of the roll pins, coil pins, or shear pins, depending on what you call them. They were $2.45 each with $3 for First Class Postage. Not bad at all.

Of course getting them installed may be ‘fun’.

I also called Fantastic Vent about a new motor for our kitchen vent fan. The bearings are going out in it and you have to start it spinning by hand and then it rumbles and makes a lot of noise. And then it quits after about 30 minutes. The price turned out to be about $55 + $13 postage. Not as bad as I had imagined. The kit includes a new motor, a new fan blade, and mounting bracket. I’ll order it in the next couple of days.

About 1:30pm Jan and I headed over to Livingston, TX to visit Dennis and Carol Hill at their lot at the Escapees park there. He was looking for ‘guinea pigs’ to test out his new baby back ribs recipe. And having tasted his pulled pork, we were happy to volunteer.

Since we knew we wouldn’t be eating until after 5, we stopped at the Chick-Fil-A in Willis for a Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Jan’s blood sugar goes haywire if she goes too long without eating.

We arrived at Dennis and Carol’s about 3pm, and first off, got the full tour of their new Winnebago coach. The size of the basement bins and slideout trays was just amazing.

When we got there Dennis already had the smoker going for a couple of hours and the smell was fantastic. I’m surprised people weren’t showing up from all over the neighborhood.

Dennis' Smoker

And the finished product tasted even better than it smelled.

Dennis' Ribs 1

Dennis' Ribs

The babyback’s were moist and juicy, and didn’t even need sauce. And along with the beans, macaroni salad, and steamed asparagus, it made for a really great meal.

Sometimes it’s good to be a guinea pig. Or make pigs of ourselves.

One or the other.

Or both.


Thought for the Day:

Short answer: No.  Long answer: No. 



4 Responses

  1. That meal made by Dennis is part of the good life. Glad to see you didn’t just go buy some regular bolts. Shear pins are meant to do just that — shear.

  2. This has absolutely nothing to do with your post but I wanted you and Jan to be aware of this since you have the Kindle Paperwhite. There’s another place to get free books

    Hope the url works as a clicky.

    I enjoy reading about your travels/adventures. You’re blessed.

    Cat Lady

  3. George,

    Even shear pins of the same size aren’t necessarily the same. The strength of the metal used can be different, just like fuses of the same size can have different values.

  4. Judy,

    Thanks for the info.

    I’ve set with a couple of others, but this one is new.

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