Saturday, March 18, 2023

 Yep, we are parked near Wildwood, Fl.  We have an end of a row site:

Normally I have our country's flag flying, but I forgot part of the flag poles.

The view from our kitchen area forward. I am  sitting in the passenger seat where you see the Monitor as I type.

This is my view. The row of RVs on this street can be seen. My screen saver is our pictures, Evelyn and Don's picture just happened to be on the monitor when I made this shot. They are here in the same RV park at this time.

A quick shot of the driver's seat.  Sherry hasn't driven this coach yet, but she will soon.

Below is the vanity the shower is to the left, I could not get the shower, my girl is taking a shower and I don't want to make all the men who read this jealous ;-).  The door with blinds is the bedroom entry.

I once built a home for a lady who wanted glass doors into her bath rooms.  Never thought we would share something like that. LOL

Now this is behind those blinds, our bedroom first the queen size bed;

Closets and dressing table.

Next is looking out of the BR, the TV (upper center of pic) and the one in th front I haven't figured how to operate yet. LOL

Okay,  below is the kitchen area I missed the stove at the left.

Next is the living room couch, it makes a double bed.  It has a 'cover over', to save the fabric.  It reminds me of the days of 40s and 50s when people (my dad included) would have those cold plastic covers put on car seats to save the fabric to look good when it was traded later.  I remember the  next to the last car dad bought, he said, "I want  to enjoy the soft warm seats rather than save them for someone else!"
To the left you can see part of the dining room booth.

A shot of the lounge chair, Sherry's ice maker is on the counter.  That sucker makes ice and does it 6 cubes every 10 minutes. NICE!

Do I like the Winnebago better than our Diplomat?  Not sure yet. This is 36 feet long and Dip is 38.5 feet. I do miss that little extra space. I am not liking the spaces I have for this computer and I will get a lap top, soon I hope.  Sherry is trying to get used to a tablet, she is having a little problem adjusting, but seems to be able to adapt by also using her phone for internet purposes.
I know you are bored by now so I am off here.  Maybe I will get back in step with blogger soon.

Nite Shipslog


Friday, March 17, 2023

Some things went right and others...... well you know....

 We are actually in Florida, near Wildwood.  

Past 2-3 weeks were hectic to say the least.  I did a lot of plumbing, repairing windows, painting completely redone a bathroom and corrected the underpinning on a mobile home.

While that was going on at our place in Belmont the Refrigerator started warming up, you know, got up to 47 degrees inside and  soured the milk.  I cleaned the coils on it, that helped a little, we thought of replacing it, but it did lower to 39-40 not enough but passable. 

Then the opposite happened, the water heater decided to go south, sprung a big leak. With the help of grandson Luke,  moved a replacement in and lo and behold the  electronic gas valve gave-out and I had to replace it. The replacement had been given to me by son Mark , not new but bigger and in good shape. So the $$$ valve was not warranted.

I have one or two SAD tales for later.  LOL

Sorry I been gone....  I am about half back, but beat...

I will try to get some pictures of our latest coach, it did good we are learning where the light switches are... LOL

Nite Shipslog

Saturday, March 11, 2023

I am really still alive, I think... LOL

 Just a note to keep the Shipslog alive. We have been VERY busy, I finally practically finished remodeling an old Mobile Home.  It has new major plumbing and a practically new bath room.  

In the midst of this fun, our hot water heater in our NC home has decided to leak and I think is announcing, REPLACE ME! However I ony have 3 days to do it and one is Sunday.  Monday is a required trip to the DMV for a temp tag to head for Florida.  The good news is we do have insurance & title on the new to us RV. 

BUT enough crying:

I thought this was funny when your cell phone meets Gandma!
(above) This is how I feel lots of times....

I always enjoyed Golda Meir's  comedy

So Monday is DMV & HW heater
Tuesday is moving stuff to the MH and finding how to de winterize a Motor home, I have never winterized one before.

Tuesday we move into the Motor home and Wednesday we head for Florida. Well at least that is the plans.....

I just thought of a quote from Minne Pearl:
"So you  want to make God smile?  Tell HIM your plans!

Nite Shipslog

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Sunday, remembering FUN

 Cousin Dewey out in Las Vegas sent me these this morning.  

First the anniversary of the Famous Doolittle Raid of WWII.  These men too a task of flying on a one way mission.  They all knew the mission was so long they would never return in those planes. They had only enough fuel for a one-way trip.  It was a Costly success but  changed the course of World War II.  Take time to remember family members who served this country during that Great WAr. 

Yes I can remember things that were fun too during that time.

Hey Y'all, every group needs a lead singer!

And Did YOU ever swing HIGH! (This photo made me feel it)

And Did you like to JUMP?

We hope you have a great sunday, remember those who sacrificed for our country, but also remember they brought the freedom to have fun also.

From North Carolina,

Night Shipslog

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Title for RV arrived!

 Cars and animals:

 Most of you know Woody up in NY. I am 'almost sure' this is him when he was a young policeman. Maybe he can remember what the donkey did wrong to get arrested!!

 Some thoughts for today:

Most of you know we have been waiting for a title to arrive. We were getting antsy I guess, but it is still within the time frame they promised. SOOOO The Title is here.  Now to figure how to get a temp tag to drive it to Florida in a little over a week..  That is the good news…

I pride myself in being able to FIX stuff. I am working on an old Mobile home, it has been trashed by the last occupants.  I did a quick fix on the toilet plumbing and it only lasted 3 days.  So back to the drawing board with that one.  FOR the permanent fix..

It has come to me slowly that I an OLD.  Sherry said we must stop saying we are GETTING, because we ARE OLD.

Anyway that is me for today. I am still tied up  most of the day with volunteer work…  I B tired.. Now we know it is less than two weeks and we hit the road, so I must get things done here.  I may be absent a few.  Thanks for stopping by the Shipslog.

Nite Shipslog

Friday, March 3, 2023

Something to see

 I read Myra's comment, She is too pooped  this evening...  Me too. I found these I saved from 2012.

I thought you would enjoy these, they are something to see :

Below Pixel People Perfection (Imagine placing people in a desert like this for a picture!)
Street Artist Sainer of Poland
The Hamilton Pool Preserve
The Irish Sky Garden

Imma hit the sack...

Nite Shipslog

PS: Thanks for clicking on the Shipslog...

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Just smile a little

 For today, just smile, no need to comment,  JUST SMILE!

I needed these, they were sent by my coz in Las Vegas.

Hope you are all well....
I am tired up in some needed volunteer work, it keeps my mind occupied...

Thanks for stopping by,  A smile never hurt anyone..

Nite Shipslog

Tuesday, February 28, 2023


 Cars and animals:

 Dog gone good driver!



Some thoughts for today:

We still haven’t driven our new-to-us coach yet.  But we are in and out of it trying to get used to it.  Of course by habit I each for lights where they were in our previous coach.

I notice I am like that about the  micro-wave units.  The start and stop buttons are EXACTLY reversed from our coach and here in the house.  I will put in cook time and hit the stop button, cancelling the cook time so I start all over again.

It is said we humans are creatures of habit, and we sure are..

Just today my sweetheart said, “I still cannot get used to our moving the trash can from the corner to under the sink. I walk to the corner then come back to the cbinet under the sink.

I can remember changing cars and it took a long time to  REMEMBER the light switch and wipers were just opposite.

Anyway that is me for today. I am tied up  most of the day with volunteer work…  I B tired..

Nite Shipslog

Sunday, February 26, 2023


 Cars and animals:

 Okay, take me to the next construction site.

 Some thoughts for today:

I covered a lot of ground in my life. Always searching for THAT JOB.  That job that I would love. I enjoyed many occupations over my years, but once I started building I hated to see Saturday come and loved to see Monday roll around. I loved my work. I preferred Speculative building but did so some custom homes. The spec home was my own choice of size, shape, color and bath & light fixtures.

Things had to be square.  I noticed myself in church with my note papers trying to make them all SQUARE.  I was shocked into reality as a memory of a dear friend flooded my mind.

Kenneth Conrad, I met the man in Missouri. A great guy with German knowhow. After his tour in WWII he was mustering out of the Army in Florida. He and a beautiful lady (of Florida) fell in love. Eileen was a professional singer with the voice of an angel. She left the modern facilities of Florida, i.e. the city, hot / cold running water and inside plumbing and moved to a farm in Missouri with a well and outhouse.

Their love brought 10 kids into the world and made a great family.  We became close friends. As his life progressed he farmed 40 acres and worked a day job in a factory. I always admired his abilities, keeping everything on the farm going.

(Kenneth and Eileen,  She had a voice that would bring the house down.)

(Kenneth was a man's man. The hunter, the farmer, the 'make it work' man)

Kenneth’s mind started leaving him. The last time I saw him was at his daughter Glenda’s home in Okeechobee Florida.  He no longer knew me but as we sat together at a table I watched as he matched squares up. He formed designs on the table with napkins and paper.  That came back to me in reality as I found myself matching up squares.  Am I losing it?

(Kenneth did not know me here)

In the military I stayed ‘squared-away,’ but now small things shake my tree! Maybe I am Square…  We seldom use napkins, but we use ‘paper towels’.  I find myself trying to make smaller squares out of them. Imma going to try to stop, and quit worrying about things being SQUARE!

Nite Shipslog

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Small towns

Today’s one of a kind:

 Somebody really wanted a Caddy very badly!

This will be the last of one of a kind vehicles.... Not sure what is next! Maybe animals?

 Some thoughts for today:

But first, yep still having trouble commenting on several blogs. At least I am able to post ‘anonymously’ on some that allow the ANON comments.

Some just say posting, but do not post.

Susan K is one that won’t let me comment no matter how many good or ‘bad’ words I say.  Some I want to say something, one especially lately about the town where She was raised, comparing it to Mayberry. I agreed with her, Don K played Barney perfectly.

My mind traveled very quickly to the small town of Belmont, NC. Sherry’s home town. When I arrived here in 1954 it was a great small town, with all the atmosphere. NOT so anymore, we are a room for the city of Charlotte, fewer and fewer people live here that even remember when folks walked to town during the week and walked to church on Sunday.

Many people raised hogs and chickens. Had hog killings and gathered fresh eggs.  Now both are illegal within the city limits.

I would move to the country, but this is Sherry’s hometown and no one is going to run her out!  LOL.  Fortunately here on our acre, we have enough trees to feel like we are out of town a times.  Many days there are more cars stopped at traffic lights that existed in the county in the 50’s.  ;-)

Anyway, are you familiar with small towns?

Do they still exist where you are?

Nite Shipslog

PS:  This is Gary.....

This was his school!

You learn a lot on the net. We were very surprised that Brother Gary ( up in New York who is younger that we are, attended a one room School house and walked to school. That was easy to believe down south, but we had no idea it would be in NY.

Friday, February 24, 2023



Today’s one of a kind:

If the New-to-us RV title doesn't come in, this might be our next RV.

 Some thoughts for today:

Yes, I know that ‘me thinking’ is dangerous. But thinking is what I have been doing as we await the arrival of the title for our new-to-us RV.

First is a short 500 mile trip back to Florida to Register and Title the RV there.

Next we are hoping to get some time at an RV park near Lancaster to attend a play at ‘Sight and Sound Theater.’  We have been to see a few there and have always enjoyed them. For us it is a huge presentation.  We have never been to Broadway and probably never will. 

The extent of our ‘Play type’ entertainment has mostly been outdoor dramas. We have been fortunate to see these I remember:

(Lost Colony)

The Lost Colony, The Waldensian Story, The Hatfields’ and McCoys’, Unto These Hills, The Long Way Home, Oklahoma, My Old Kentucky Home and Horn in the West.

But our introduction to Sight and Sound near Lancaster, PA put this southern boy in awe.  I have said it before but what I remember most was the story of ‘Noah.’ As the play progressed, the lights were dimmed to Dark, then slowly raised to bright and we were suddenly INSIDE an ARK!  The walls were now filled with animals, enough live ones to make you think they were all real.  It was such a pleasant shock to see the transformation. We were hooked.

This scene is before we are inside the ark. LOL

So I am ‘thinking’ maybe a trip back to NY’s Rondout Valley.  There is one other destination you may or may not have heard of, Moscow, Iowa. Home of HWH RV Jacks. We stopped there once on the way back from Alaska for some work.  We might need to go back on this new coach. We need to make another trip to Missouri and Iowa anyway, we like that country.

Anyway, I am just thinking…. Of course there is also San Antonio, Love that area also.

Anyway, Thinking can be fun, but dangerous…

Nite Shipslog

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Old age competition

 Today’s one of a kind:

 Who knows what this was orginally, but it s one of a kind now...


Some thoughts for today:

My face ain’t purty. I am in competition of an OLD friend who is presently in Florida. My friend who will remain anonymous but is Evelyn, hurt herself the other day. It was accidently of course, maybe.  You see not long ago I had an accident and got a very impressive black –eye.  I was proud of it. Well Evelyn had to out do me so she really did. I mean she has one to be proud of.

Well, not to be out done, yesterday I was clearing a couple  areas here in NC where we had some large limbs fall. I had cut thru the rubble leaving a few small stumps when low and be hold I decided to trip and fall, ‘face down’ onto one of those stumps.

I was lying there in the vines when I heard my neighbor call out, “Jack are you okay?”

I realized I was lying there trying to figure just what had happened,  I slowly  replied, “YEP< I think so.”  He came over to help the OLD man up. He tried to get me to go in for first aid but I decided to face Sherry first.  LOL

Anyway, yep, I did something I thought I would never do, I fell face first, because my hands and arms were occupied in vines and could not protect my face. At least I broke no bones. I remember ‘Yaya’ from up north said she fell and broke both arms OUCH!  I know I am older than that young lady, but she is a nurse and probably set both arms herself!  ;-)

Anyway, I hate to admit it, but as Sherry reminds me, I am NOT GETTING OLD, but I AM OLD!

Things aren’t too bad. At least the Feral Cat I call ‘Fraidy Cat,’ has decided to allow me to pet her today. I think she feels sorry for me.  LOL

This black eye and face still ain’t as good as Evelyn’s. but I tried!

I will return again…. I hope I decide to just let Evelyn win the blackeye competition...

Nite Shipslog


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Getting Old and Taxes

 Today’s one of a kind:

 Okay, I want one for my Birthday!

Some thoughts for today:

This life has taken on a turn that is hard for an old mind to handle. I had two BIG tasks on my ‘to do list;’ Retype my pass word list and do our taxes.

I don't know about you, but I have 3,463 pass words, well, at least 100. LOL. Some must be changed every 90 days with strict rules. I did that task 2 times (retyping) and when it came to saving it, it just disappeared. I attacked it the 3rd time and saved it after every 2 or 3 entries, finally got it done.

Taxes? Ah ha, this is simple (he thought). I used the Gov’t free feature and came up with owing a bunch. I just knew that was wrong, so I did it the old fashioned way, and showed a refund, I THOUGHT!

The gov’t dude argued with me. It makes me sick to be that WRONG, but I was. I had missed one of the lines in the Social Security Worksheet for taxable amounts.

Here is a sample of the instructions:

On line three this old man missed line 1z in my totals and THAT made all the difference.  I just hate being VERY WRONG.  LOL  But I was.

Well anyway I did get the taxes out of the way.  Now we are waiting other news, one is the title of the new-to-us coach before we can head back to Florida.

We know all families have problems that come up and we are not too old to be exempt, I wish we were. LOL

Still not comfortable back on this old computer, time for a replacement, Things keep going wrong and Mr/Mrs Micro Soft finally notified me there would be no more support for my old computer.  FUNNY (not haha) but with this generation nothing lasts much more than its ‘break in time’ and then something new replaces it.

 Nite Shipslog

PS: I noticed that former President Carter is in Hospice. I voted for him once, Sherry voted for him twice. We all reach a time we face death whether king, president or ditch digger. It is appointed.......


WE are FREE to honor this Flag and Worship as we choose.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Taking a few days off.]

 I will be missing from Bloggersville for a few days.  Headed to Florida for a few days without a coach.  Just need a few days to warm up?  Yeah maybe that too. 

We have been getting this coach ready to roll and 'be ours'.  Unfortunately a few odd things happened about the title to the coach. It is making circles in the mail evidently.  It was sent to the office of the community the sellers live. Instead of being neighborly and calling the folks to tell them they had an official letter, they returned it to the sender.

The sellers are upset of course, but it is what it is.  We will take care of some other business in Florida and return to  NC and finish our plans here.Y'all take care.  See you soon.

Sherry & jack

Nite Shipslog.