Monday, November 30, 2020

Just a few bumps

1934 Buick Roadster

First thing on the road, I forgot to secure Sherry's computer good enough, it turned over. She had to sit back at the table and hold it until I could pull over to the side of the road to fix it. She felt better if she rode back there and held it. So she did.

 The coach seemed to drive better, but once burned, twice burned and third time burned in this sucker you can get paranoid at ever sound. LOL But we did make it okay and are set up.  I fixed shrimp/veggie stir fry for supper. I did not see the ceramic dish that I use to fix rice in the microwave so Sherry fixed rice in a smaller pot. My sweetheart prefers stove top rice to microwave. It doesn't make a flip to me, I think they are both good. 

 Maybe I should look into the rice in the airfryer if that is possible. The Airfryer is back at the trailer, that is one BIG piece of equipment and not suitable for the coach unless I put it in the basement compartments. Anyway, we are happy campers, even if it did turn off cool for the first day of our 'vacation.' ;-) 

 Y'all take care and be safe...

 Nite Shipslog

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Finishing up and getting ready

 Three wheel cars:

 The MEV trike.

Now: (I am posting this a little early, I hope we are on the road when you read this on Monday morn)

I finished the trim work on Sherry’s make-up table (I do not know what to call it yet, LOL) I was going to put swing out or side mirrors, but she said this is just for makeup.

I cannot leave a site without my tools loaded. So as I was loading some, I felt a mist of water. I thought, ‘The neighbor must be down from NY already and watering his grass.’

Boy was I wrong, it was a burst hose feeding the motor home and it had been running a long time. Now we are looking for a ‘million$’ water bill.  LOL  an exaggeration of course.

You can tell the difference in girls going somewhere and boys. Sherry takes her ‘clothes’, she says you never know which ones you might need, so best to have them all.

Mostly I have enough clothes that hang in the coach and I don’t need to take any. I don’t have to load makeup nor shampoo. LOL.

It is always fun to get ready to leave, I feel all good down inside. 

Take care and be safe, and of course THANKS for stopping by our house…

Nite Shipslog

Saturday, November 28, 2020

The make-up table

 Three wheel cars:



We started about 8:30 this morning, then took a break and went to the Waffle House with Jack Jr for his going away breakfast. He is headed back to work in NC. He is in the courier business and at present he drives about 500 miles a day gathering and delivering Covid tests to a Laboratory in Greenville, SC.

After he headed north, I got back on the dressing table. It was time consuming, but I finished ‘MOST’ of the job by about 8PM.

She now has an outlet on the left.  And a switch for the  added 'Four light bar fixture'.  I lowered the mirror a foot and removed the center drawers then lined the leg space.

This is the final result. 


Sherry picked the light fixture and is very happy, now she needs a dressing chair.

Thanks for stopping by our house here in Leesburg, FL.                           

Nite Shipslog


Friday, November 27, 2020

Getting ready for the shakedown cruise and a make-up table.

 Three wheel cars:


                        The ELIO P5


As many of you know we sold our home in Deltona furnished. Then we bought this trailer in Leesburg unfurnished. Since then we have furnished it from thrift stores, yard sales and son Mark brought us some furniture he picked up on the side of the road.

This included wall hangings, flower arrangements and a few things we were missing. Florida is a ‘throw away state’. Much of the population is pretty transient and move out of rental property for many reasons. Due to lack of a way to haul things some of them leave many things in place. The owners will set the stuff out for the trash man and some of it is like new.

Mark has furnished a couple homes cheap, and this is our second down here that have been completely furnished at less than $500.

Anyway today I checked on some doors for the trailer here. At times doors swing the wrong way, this entry door does, and I want to change it. Friday I found a place that sells new doors reasonable, since I know where it is I can get the door later. However on the way home Jack Jr spied a used furniture place with a black Friday sale. Sherry found a dresser that she says I can cut down and make her a dressing table. We got it. Once we got home it was decided to take our dresser and cut it down, and replace it with the latest one. Both are built in Lenoir, NC the last one is a Broyhill. (The first one may be), I forgot the manufacturer. We bought it many years ago in Lenoir, NC.

I plan to take the center stack of drawers out to allow a place for a person to sit at the desk type left with a sack of drawers on each side.  I will have to add an outlet and some lighting but that should be simple. 

So I have another project to do quickly, we are going on our vacation ‘shake down cruise’ Monday morning. LOL.

                           Nite Shipslog

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving stuff new to me...

 Three wheel cars:

The 3 wheeled Marotti


I wanted to say something about the Air Fryer cousin Dewey gave us the last time we passed thru Las Vegas. Dewey is somewhat of a Chef and a bachelor. He does a lot of exotic meals, and prefers Oriental dishes. He has been enamored by Taiwan for years. He has finally decided to move over there. When we passed thru Vegas earlier this year he was downsizing and gave us his NICE BIG air fryer.

I have read many praises for this type cooker, especially from my neighbor Lisa (whom we have not met in person yet, she lives less than 10 miles from our home base in NC, we gotta rectify that ‘not meeting’.) I have been reluctant to give it (something new to me) a try. So This Thanksgiving I decided to buy a small Turkey and cook it for us and the boys just for sandwiches and snacks since we would be going out for Thanksgiving dinner.

In the grocery store I picked up a 5lb turkey (I THOUGHT), at the cash register line Sherry informed me I had bought a 5lb breast of turkey vs a turkey. I ran back to trade it, but after seeing the whole turkeys were a minimum of 10 lbs I decided to keep the breast.

I put the 5lb’er in the Air fryer for 56 minutes, it was perfect and delicious. I think I like this thing.

Anyone other than Lisa use the Fryer?

THANKS for stopping by and we hope you had a great Thanksgiving we did.

                           Nite Shipslog


Wednesday, November 25, 2020


 Three wheel cars:


The Volkswagen's 3 wheeler


Just in case I am busy in the Thanksgiving AM, I am publishing this a litle early

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL who stop by to read, I wish we could be sitting at a table with you enjoying a good Turkey!

This is a day of Thanksgiving here in Leesburg Florida.

Just a short list of the many things we are thankful for:

1. Health

2. Family & a beautiful, sweet wife who cares for me.

3. Faith

4. Food and Shelter

5. The ability to travel

6. For being born in the USA and having Freedom.

7. Friends personally known and Friends I have met online.

8. For peace in our lives and in the family.

9. Thankful for the men in uniform all over the world who will miss Thanksgiving with family because they volunteered to serve and follow order.

10.         WE are just Thankful for our life and lives; there are so many things we are thankful for, it is impossible to list them.

11.         Also thankful the dye job turned out well enough that my girl says, Good-enough.  

1    12.         I am also sincerely thankful for anyone who takes the time to read this blog. 

                           Nite Shipslog

PS: A picture of the headboard back installed in the RV.

The headboard does look much better. I am able to hide the one dark spot with the pillows. I also think it will even out in the next few days with some rubbing to even it out..

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

We will have a family Thanksgiving

 Three wheel cars:


                                      The Polarios Slingshot 2020

 For today:

Sherry just took a call from our sons, they both will be here for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We will go out to the local ‘City CafĂ©’, Sherry made reservations for 4, and they too called just after the boys to confirm the reservation.

Ok, I have tried the RIT dye.  It is not dry as of this typing.  BUT the results appear to be ‘Not as good as hoped.’  WE of course will wait for a few days to make the final decision. I think we will be happier with an upholstery job.

I installed mirrors and have been riding the bike around this block at least once a day. My legs still aren’t used to it, but I can tell they are working, that is for dang sure.

We are very close to Lake Eustis here. The houses and trailers close to us are on the lake or a canal. Our latest walk route takes us by some beautiful well maintained homes. WE walk by an empty lot on the lake. It is ‘for sale by owner,’ I want to know the price but am still hesitant to call. It would be nice to get involved in building a home there.

Don’t tell Sherry I said that.

WE lived on Lake Dora for a couple years with a great pier. Dora joins Eustis via the Dora Canal. Our boats kept getting beaten up in rough weather and the HOA would not allow us to install a lift to get it out of the water. I declared I did not want to live on a lake again, maybe a canal. BUT this lot already has a boat house…… mmmmmmm

Oh well, it is most likely out of the question;  LOL  but I do like to dream a little. I would love to see a new foundation in the ground. LOL again.

                           Nite Shipslog

 PS: This is the second day. I hope this is because it is still wet, I can see upholstery in the future LOL:

I just looked at it after putting the above  in the sun awhile ago, it looks a 'little' better LOL.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Painting and dying cloth

    Three wheel cars:

The Campagna T-Rex  out of Canada 

 For today:

1st: The cat bite is coming along. No redness nor black. I am giving me a passing grade in first aid. The culpret is featured at the end of the post.

I have used paint on shirts to make unique designs. I learned from my sister Shirley.  If she accidentally got a ‘bleach spot’ or a stain on a favorite piece of clothing She would pick design that would work and make a ‘Bumble Bee, butterfly, or even initials. She could do this with cute design patches, paint or sewing thread. She was an artist with this stuff.

I have no doubt some of you have done that, I am nearly positive Lisa over in Gtown has done the deed before.

(I went out to look and get the headboard. Sherry has it looking great)

I am bringing this up because my girl pointed out something that a lady would notice. In the motor home we have a cloth head board. It is now a faded blue. She asked about getting it upholstered.  I said we could do it, she nixed the idea, “Maybe YOU can, but not ME!”  I know she could do it, but has very little self confidence in that area.

Below is the headboard removed, you cna sure tell the  difference. Sherry suggested a darker blue
So I have been thinking and looking on the net, I have decided we can ‘MOST LIKELY’ dye the sucker a darker blue.

I have read and watched YouTube with both spray dye and ‘RIT’ liquid dyes. I am not sure the one I want to try. If we mess up I am sure we can reupholster the thing.

Any suggestions?


                           Nite Shipslog

PS: After removing the headboard, it is  Just as I thought it is a very simple upholstery job if the dye turns out terrible.

I passed the traitor on the way out. I tapped the top of the card table and he was up in a second. He rolled over for me but I did not pet him.  I told him again. I have been reading some westerns. They hang crooks like you so you better remember that.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Statesmen and Real Journalists (reporters)

 Early Cars nearly forgotten: 

Just guessing but this must have been in the mid 1920s


For today:

Let me start with a THANK YOU for your concern and advice. I have no doubt you are suggesting the logical,  correct route for my health after my ‘cat-fight.’ I have a personal fault, it is one of ‘Show-me’. I lived in Missouri for a while, I guess I adapted a Missouri attitude, “The Show Me State.” IF I ‘felt’ ANY warnings I would do something other than first aid.  (yeah, yeah I know, but………. Jack is one stubborn dude!  Just ask Sherry or my boys.)  :-O

Now I will meander some. I read the other day that Walter Cronkite was at one time considered the most trusted man in America. I can easily remember Walter.  I remember that voice, and that look. I can remember ‘easily’ believing what the man said. A MAN, a reporter, a STATESMAN.  I believe Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were Statesmen.  My heart cries for a real STATESMAN to arise in our GREAT COUNTRY, we certainly need one.

                  (I can just hear, "And that's the way it is!")

I remember reading that Walter’s life was the same on camera or microphone and off.

Nowadays I read headlines that say, “Shocking things you did not know about Mr or Mrs…XYZ!”  Fill in about any famous name, one I remember lately was, “The shocking truth about Princess Di!”  If you went to the story (which I DO NOT DO (ANYMORE)) it would probably be nothing, baloney or innuendos.

For some reason there is a built in ‘mental thing’ to pull someone down or off a pedestal.  When I read things like that I remember my dad, forever in his mind no matter how successful he was, he remained a simple peanut farmer with a formal education of the 3rd grade.  My dad once said, “You can’t be too tall if you must always pull everyone down.”

In my entire life the many sermons of dad’s I never heard him tear anyone down, he lifted people UP! Mama too, I was raised in a positive home, AND I AM THANKFUL.


 Have a great Thanksgiving, BE SAFE! 

Most of all.......BE THANKFUL!!

Nite Shipslog


Saturday, November 21, 2020

So, Good news and Bad news.

      The end of Early Luxury Cars time forgot:

The Stutz, 1911-1937

 For today:

Just heard from Jack Jr. he did not get sick after being exposed to the Virus, It has been a couple weeks, he feels good so he is coming down for Thanksgiving.  Son Mark will travel from Florida to NC for Thanksgiving with his family up there. The boys will probably pass on the way up and down. LOL

We are looking forward to Jack Jr. and he will also bring our mail.

Now the bad news. Old Tuxedo Tom my good friend who let me start petting him just a few days after I started feeding him, betrayed me. I was petting him yesterday he was rubbing his head against one arm as I was petting him as he sat in the chair beside me on the patio. All of a sudden the sucker grabbed my arm with his claws and bit my hand pretty deep with his big fangs.

I have never worried about dogs, scratches nor nips. But I have much different thoughts about cats, stemming from a nephew’s experience up in NYC.

Woody had leukemia his dad was a match so he was the donor for the bone marrow transplant. The operation was a success and all was going well. It was done at Sloan Kettering. The doctors warned him of his LACK of an immune system. They warned him about being around animals, specifically warned about cats.  He did not listen, he loved his cats.  He developed an infection (or something from the cats). Everything went downhill fast. He succumbed to the infection. He is gone and it appeared because he paid no attention.

I ALWAYS wash my hands after petting the cats.  So after the encounter of the Tommy Tuxedo kind, I scrubbed the scratches and bite. Poured alcohol on and rubbed it in. (HURT, lol). Then I poured Peroxide on.

Immediately I smacked the sucker after the bite and he ran. Wouldn’t you know it; I went back out and here comes Tux. Rubbing against my legs wanting to be petted.

I told him, “I should just kill you, you rat fink, and this hurts!” He looked up like, ‘I’m sorry…….. maybe.’ Then he jumped up on the card table and rolled over and over asking me to pet him. I didn’t dare. LOL

The bite is still sore today, it is pretty deep. I don’t think I have rabies.  I don’t feel like biting Tux back (YET)!  LOL Maybe I’ll bite Sherry!

                           Nite Shipslog

PS: Imma worry if I start growing hair all over!

Friday, November 20, 2020

I cannot hear fast enough

  Early Luxury Cars time forgot:

 The Napier, 1900- '24

For today:

I am trying to watch 15 minutes to 30 minutes of news with my girl.  This is to try to improve my ability to live among the rest of the world. I didn’t know people could talk this fast.  I know it is to preserve time (words per minute) because air time is money. But I just can’t hear as fast as they talk.

I have mentioned here that at one time I was an extrovert. I loved to mix and mingle; to take part in discussions and be a part of a group. But as I lost my hearing I became more and more a loner.

But Imma tell you, it is close to torture to try to keep up, even with closed caption.  I laugh too, I never knew there were so many medicines requiring a prescription advertised on TV.  None of the USA should be sick. There is a cure or control for EVERYTHING under the sun.  I don’t see how I remained healthy without TV.

Long after I quit watching TV my BIL told me any med on TV he asked his Dr. to prescribe, he did. WOW. I have always heard that a salesmanhimself was easily sold. In Elmo’s case that was true. He was a great salesman over his life time, and I think he believed every ad on TV.

I am not sure how long this ‘experiment’ will last. LOL.  BTW, I am riding my bike a little, it is doing great. Man does it get to my legs.  I am just circling our block a couple times a day to build them up. Traffic on our community’s roads is minimal. So I feel very safe. I did learn one thing, I cannot look back or I run off the road. LOL I am ordering some mirrors tonight.

Be safe and enjoy the TV while you can.

Nite Shipslog

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Managing Cabinets and getting 'r done

   Early Luxury Cars time forgot:

The La Salle 1927-40

For today:

Sherry has been doing a great job getting the coach ready for our upcoming ‘Shakedown Cruise’ to happen sometime after Thanksgiving.

Even in the limited cabinet space in the coach, she is finding things we no longer use or need. When we started the RV life we bought a complete set of ‘rubbermaid(?)’ temporary plastic. WE lost gave away and replaced until there are only a couple of the original containers left, but there is a hodgepodge of storage containers accumulated.

She is thinning it out. Taking out duplicate cleaners etc. It is a job getting rid of 'not used stuff' and duplications from the years on the road.

The shelving paper has been replaced, drawers straightened, floors cleaned, dash cleaned and dusted; she has the old girl  looking good, looks ready to hit the road.

I lost my sweetheart once yesterday and found her in the coach. She said, “I am just doing a little a day, it is getting there.”  It sure is.  I am getting antsy, methinks she is too.  We might just go to Orlando…… or even toward Inverness.


Nite Shipslog

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Being more personal, better or just a choice

    Early Luxury Cars time forgot:

Another Fraschina 1900-1948

 For today:

Remembering my sister Shirley. She was a private person but loved to know about others. She seldom commented on FB but loved to read intimate things of other’s lives.   I must give a little here, maybe there is some of that in US humans.

There are gossip columns people love. Then the ‘Rags’, on the level of the inquirer. A lot of that has dropped in ‘intensity’ since we have FB.  I am just learning there are MORE places like FB that get even more intimate.  I haven’t looked, and I do not NEED to know that. LOL

RELATED, but still a subject of ‘General  & Intimate’ thoughts and information.  Greetings Cards …. Birthday, Anniversaries and Christmas. It took a few Christmases but we now are down to a few cards, mostly family. (anyone notice it is now a half dollar a stamp?)

I am not sure of all families, but Sherry’s extended family has ‘Janet’, Vernon’s wife, a CARD person. I remember once hearing at a family gathering, “If I don’t get a birthday card from Janet I will know something is BAD  WRONG.” (She should have had stock in Hallmark.)  NOTICE: She had 12 siblings alone and they all had children and Vernon’s family had 7 siblings. They all got cards Christmas and Birthdays.

Maybe it is me, or men in general, but cards are down on the list of importance.  To my SWEETHEART, cards are VERY important for ‘close’ friends and family.  A card cannot say simply “Happy Birthday”, but to her sons it must say, “To Our Son”. The same with “To our Grandson” or to a “Grandson/Granddaughter on His/Her Birthday.” I have no problem with that, but she must pick them (I sorta go buggy at card racks). Also the VERSE must say the right thing.

I have to admit as I get older I DO read the verses, but there was a time ‘us boys’ DID appreciate the THOUGHT, but mainly, ‘Is there money inside?’, just being ‘male’ honest, as I remember.

Anyway Christmas is coming up, there isn’t the number of cards as once was, but still there will be cards.


                           Nite Shipslog

PS: Thanks for taking time to stop by. I think we bloggers have noticed, blogging is going the way of greetings cards. ;-)  and :-O and ;-(

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Loud cars & noise

    Early Luxury Cars time forgot:

The Isotta , Itallian for the French market

When a loud car goes by here, I frown a little,  my girl says ‘That is awful!”  My frown goes to a smile and I will usually say, “That dude loves that, it is the best sound he knows.”

The same with the Old Harleys that drive by.  You see, I can remember installing a split manifold and twin ‘Smitties’ (sport mufflers) on my 1948 Chevy. Boy did I love that.

It doesn’t seem fair though, there were noise ordinances back then, and the loudness was determined by a police officer. (He got me! LOL)

Now I hear radios louder than my car was. Looking back at all that, ONLY a few cars were loud enough to damage ear drums.  But today in a big percentage of kids radios are above the decibel level that will damage ears.

Churches have even gotten into the business of LOUD. I feel for small children ‘s ears. .............................  I just thought of something? Maybe this pandemic will save some hearing.

“PROBABLY NOT, many kids have those ear plugs past safe levels.” Of course hearing is like a lot of senses and life elated things, you really might not appreciate something until it is gone.  I remember hearing once, “Some people do not appreciate their mama until she is gone.”

People that had a good family life seem to assume everyone else did. But that is not always true. A lady who was taking care of her mother told Sherry and I, “Hey, Mama is hard to get along with, if she wasn’t my mother I wouldn’t even like her.”

Mother and daughter have now passed. Imma tell you that statement has hung in both our heads. Sherry’s mother was a saint, so was my mother.  It is hard to fathom such a feeling towards a mama.

Anyway Life goes on. Noise will continue to be around. Boys and some girls will love to hear an engine ‘Sound-off.’ And the hearing aid companies will continue to make millions due to unprotected ears. 

So be safe, take care of your hearing and enjoy your music, I wish I still could. If you lose your hearing YOU WILL MISS IT.

                            Nite Shipslog