http://www.blogger.com/html?blogID=4316350785635987648 Cave Dwellings: Don’t ya know?…Half the FUN is in the “planning”…

Our Brand New Cougar....

Our Brand New Cougar....
Aug. 10th, 2003

Monday, August 12, 2013

Don’t ya know?…Half the FUN is in the “planning”…

First of all, I need to give a big “shout out” to 2 very lovely ladies who have decided to take a chance and follow this train wreck….Welcome aboard to grammynmaggie…and also Skylady.  Neither one had a blog, but they gotta be fun loving people if they climbed into OUR truck!! Glad to have you riding along..If either of you have wine, you can ride up front with ME Winking smileMartini glass..

  We have been having such GREAT weather for August!! It has been 80 and sunny, and a campfire is in order every evening…My Wren family “flew the coop” and I am now an empty nester.  My  hummers are getting more frequent and way more aggressive!

Please note that my pictures are not near as good as some, but I have to wait outside the backdoor and hope one shows up, otherwise I have to take the pictures through our screens..NOT a good photo!

We’ve been pretty busy around here.  MacGyver finished our front porch screens, installed new garage doors and took down a tree or two…We are still making trips to Montgomery every 3rd day to see Uncle Jr.  He is doing well and we hope to see him released before too long…and that is will open up another whole can of wormsAnnoyed..

As I said, Dennis has been a busy little bee.  We got a call from our oldest daughter, Terrie, who lives about 1/2 hour from here.  Seems their 10 year old hot water heater “bit the big one”and decided to spring a leak…Enter MacGyver..

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Dennis took the ol’ blue truck, picked up Tim, and they went to purchase a new hot water heater.  I was still at home.  Now Dennis discovered he needed LOTS more tools for this job…(We love our son-in-law very much. He is a wonderful Father, Dad and Detective…but he doesn’t know diddly squat about the right end of a screw driver, and has almost NO tools at their houseBe right back!!) So Dennis called me at home, and talked me through gathering all the tools needed for installing a hot water heater, so I could take them over the them. This does NOT bode well for a congenial relationship..

  I went into our garage, cell phone in had with Den giving me orders of what to find and where to find it.  As you might imagine there was LOTS of heated discussion in that phone conversation.  The following are just a few finely chosen quotes from MacGyver.. “What do you mean you don’t know what a pipe wrench looks like?”…and..”Donna, that solder HAS to be right in front of your face…NO, NOT the acid solder, the solid solder!! “…”Now don’t forget my drill and socket wrenches…oh, and the pipe salve, sand paper and blow torch”…This next comment was the best..”Jesu_ Chr___!  I could have driven home and got it myself by now!!”  Holy Crap, please don’t let me forget anything!

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TRA DA!!  Only one little glitch..Turns out that what I thought was steel wool was some kind of padding for some whatchamacallit…Hey! That was my only mistake!!  As you can see, their dog, Bogie, was lots of help with this project…And what does it call for when a big job like this is finished????…………

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…why, a couple cold beers, of course!!!

Some of you may remember that MacGyver is a farmer “wanna be”..and he helps a good friend, Jim Fritch, combine the corn in the Fall.  (This often becomes a bone of contention when I am spinning my tires to get the Heck outta here in the Hiker, and the harvest goes on until December. Just for the record, these following 3 pics were taken Nov. 20th, 2008..I rest my case.)

Anyway, Jim called Den yesterday and told him we could go pick us some of his fine sweet corn.  It was in a small cornfield in back of his Dad’s house on the East edge of Sandwich.  So, on our way home from visiting our elders, we wheeled into his Dad’s yard and drove right around back to the corn…

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As soon as we stopped, I jumped out of the truck and headed toward the cornfield….Just as I was about to climb over what I thought was just a fence, Dennis said,” “Be careful not to touch that electric fence when you step over it”.  WHOA, TONTO!!…Gee, thanks for telling me SWEETHEART!  “So….would it KILL me if I touched it?”, I had to ask.  “ No, but you will get one Heck of a shock..It’s there to keep the racoons out.”…OK, so now I am paranoid about this little nasty fence just a few feet from MY feet.

We managed to get out dozen ears and didn’t even drop one ..My evil twin was really wanting to throw one of the ears of corn at that fence and see what would happen.  I had to rein that twin in, and it wasn’t easy!  She’s a tough old bird!..Devil

I guess that just about does it for excitement around here.  The Hiker still sits idleCrying face.  I did have a brainstorm though.  If we can get our elders safely ensconced in assisted living next month, maybe …just maybe we can go to Shabbona State Park for a couple weeks.  Shabbona is about 30 miles from here.  I told MacGyver that if he is making me a farmer’s widow again this Fall, first he has to take me and the Hiker to Shabbona State Park and PARK US!!  He can still play in the corn, and we are only an hour from the elders…It’s not far from where Dennis combines the corn, and about 45 minutes from OUR house in Sandwich.. See?? I gotta plan, Stan!! WOOT!WOOT!…please let this work out, please let this work out, please let this work out….

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”

                                                           ~Horace

22 comments:

  1. Throwing an ear of corn wouldn't have done anything but maybe break apart the fence. That would be bad. You only get a shock 'cause you're grounded. Whatever you do, don't touch that sucker in your bare feet. Then you'll really find out what it's like to be a little furry creature!

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    1. As you can see, Bob..I know absolutely ZIP about electricity!!

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  2. Sounds like a plan! MacGyver better take care of the little woman or he's going to be in deep foo-doo! :-) I sure miss traveling, and we've only been off the road six weeks!

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    1. Yup...Gotta have a dream or a plan or life just plain SUCKS PONDWATER!

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  3. Hope your plan works out. It sounds like a good one to me. :)

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    1. At this point I would be content just to drive out to Wally here in town and set up camp...Wait a minute, strike that comment..I am NOT that desperate...yet.

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  4. It's funny how kids now call us Dad's when something at home breaks! I think if I'd ever called my Dad to tell him my hot water tank was broken he'd have said "call Joe the Plumber". Sounds like you were very patient while Dennis was instructing you on where to look for all his tools.

    Hope your camping plan works out and you do get away for a bit.

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    1. Our kids (and myself) are somewhat spoiled by having such a talented hubby and dad...(Now I've done it, his head will be so big he won't get through the door!)

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  5. Don't pee on the fence that will light you up..

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    1. Everytime I try that, I end up peeing in my shoes.

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    2. Can't stop laughing and crying at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. I love camping at Shabbona State Park! I've been there 3 times so far this season. If you see a '96 Safari Trek pop in and say hello!

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    1. Hey Jeff!! Will do...if we ever GET there!!!!

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  7. sounds like a perfect plan to me..You home at the fiver and Dennis working all day on the combine..I see a few happy hours and campfires in your not too distant future!!

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    1. I would love nothing better than to get outta Dodge for a spell!

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  8. Hi Donna, I love , love , love your blog..I have been reading for a couple years now…but until I got my rig and stated to travel some did I feel qualified to join other travel blogs…still a newbe…so qualified ..not so much yet…but just wanted to let you know I do have a blog and here is the link…there is some travel on it ..right now I am in PA…working on getting my house on the market…but I spend most of my time in Florida…please if you get south this year..give a hoot and holler and maybe we can have a GTG…keep up the wonderful fun blog…have a great day and stay safe…from another Donna…

    my blog http://grammyandthepapillonprinces.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Donna!! Hey, ya don't gotta blog to be in the loop..I have many lurkers who don't travel OR blog, but I love that they enjoy/tolerate my ramblings....

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  9. I hope you get to go on your get-away. That would be hard to sit still too long.

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  10. Praying things work out for your little getaway....we have been nowhere (only to PEI for 2 days took our company there)..its been busy busy here..seems non stop can't wait to go south to get a rest!!

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  11. Wellllll, if Mcgyver knows what is good for him, he will make your wishes his command.....and get to it!

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  12. Donna, what a great post! Glad ya'll were able to help your daughter and son-in-law. I loved the "conversation" you had with Dennis regarding the needed tools! Great job snagging them up for him.

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