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Feb 3, 2010 - Valley Fog

The last couple of days have been normal Madera winter days, starts out very foggy in the morning but it has burned off by noon. Picked up the chairs that we had reupholstered, the material we chose is much heavier than the original and matches up with the couch. Mary had a bingo this morning so we have enough change to play for a few days.

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Feb 2, 2010 - Hi Jerilyn

Today is Mary's house cleaning day so I just try to stay out of the way. We stayed home all day today, Mary didn't feel like going for our walk so I ventured out on my own. while I was out I stopped by the Century 21 office to say Hi to Jerilyn, she was our realtor who sold our house last spring.

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Feb 1, 2010 - Another Offer

Paid the rent this morning for another two weeks, I can't believe it is already February 1st stranger still is that it is 2010 that sounds so futuristic. I won once this morning and once again this afternoon at bingo today, Mary was the bingo caller most of the day so she didn't have much of a chance to play. Received a call this afternoon from the ranger at the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park in Montana to see if we were interested in being camp hosts there this summer, I told her we had already accepted the offer from The Headwaters of...

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Jan 31, 2010 - Spaghetti and Meatballs

Our friend Yvette gave us a bag of home made spaghetti and meatball sauce that she had frozen up, Mary put it in the crock pot early this morning for lunch today. After lunch we walked through the Flea market after two hours of looking at stuff and junk Mary spent a whole dollar on a mirrored tray for her vanity area.

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Jan 30, 2010 - El Cuervo

While Mary was off doing laundry this morning I checked the tire pressures to make sure they were at the proper level and discovered that the left side duals were very low so I put a call into Wally's tire to have one of their service trucks stop by when they are in the neighborhood and check it out. The Spanish word for wood is Madera, in the late 1800's Madera had a couple of wood mills and was a hub for the lumber industry. The lumber industry has long since gone so I think they should rename Madera to which is Spanish for crow because...

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Jan 29, 2010 - Preparation is Worse Than the Operation

I just finished having my colonoscopy and it reminds me of the old saying "his bark is worse than his bite" what I mean by that is that the preparation is worse than the operation. When I woke up into the recovery room I was still a bit groggy but I was thinking, I wonder how long I have to sit here before they get started. Apparently I did have a few polyps that they took out, I go back for the follow-up consultation in about a week. Mary made up a crock pot of potato and ham soup this morning, after not having had anything solid to eat...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Staying Close to Home

Last night before going to bed I started the clean you out medicine so needless to say I stayed home all day. I don't know if it is the medication or not but I've had a headache and chills all day, Mary went to the Senior Center but had no luck at bingo, on the way home she picked up some new pillows and our mail that Becky had forwarded to us. You would think that for all the junk mail, letters and packages sent through the post office they shouldn't be having budget problems, but when you go down to the post office and see how they...

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Jan 27, 2010 - Miss Ruplestillskin

Mary is finally feeling back to normal this morning, I think she slept about twenty hours yesterday, Wednesday is bread day at the senior center so we got a loaf of sour dough bread and a bag of bagels. Most everyone seems happy to see us back again and keep asking if we are going to stay. I won a split pot at bingo this morning, for lunch we had taco salad that I thought was pretty good. Just as we were leaving the center about 2PM the sun broke through the cloud cover making it a very nice afternoon. While Mary was off doing laundry I...

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Jan 26, 2010 - Back in Madera

Mary still not feeling well so I did some running around getting some errands done. First stop was CVS pharmacy to pick up my laxative prescription for my colonoscopy on Friday then I dropped off the dining room chairs for reupholstering next was the Trane office in Fresno. I had ordered a nitrogen bottle and regulator that I will use to maintain tire pressure and use as a blowgun for cleaning the vacuum cleaner etc. Our predicted rain showers for today turned out to be just enough to wash any dust out of the air and make a mess.

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Jan 25, 2010 - Back Over The Grapevine

Travel day today, we left Anaheim to clear skies and sunshine but the forecast for Madera is rain today and tomorrow. We left at 9AM in the hopes that we would miss the LA commute traffic for the most part it was pretty clear sailing. There was still quite a bit of snow on the ground as we went up the grapevine and over the summit (4200'). When we pulled into Madera it was cloudy but no rain, I have never seen a place threaten rain so much but rain so little. The yearly average rainfall for Madera is 9" but the last few years has averaged...

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Jan 10, 2010 - Oh No, Sewer Problems

Pretty laid back day today, Mary made stuffed bell peppers for lunch and I did a little work around the coach in preparation of leaving tomorrow. About 3PM I went out to dump the grey water and the black water tanks. When I pulled the dump valve for the black water tank all that came out was about 2 or 3 gallons. After two trips to Lowe's for some fittings, a drain snake and a plunger I spent the next two hours spraying, plunging and running the snake through both ends. I did manage to get the tank level down but I think the problem is that...

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Jan 9, 2010 - Quit Sniveling

Today was pretty much a kick back day of catching up on phone calls and working on the computer, getting ready to leave for LA Monday morning. I think I should quit sniveling about our cold weather and lack of sunshine here when I see and hear what you folks in North Dakota are going through, this morning I seen on the news that Bismarck had a wind chill factor of -36 this morning.

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