Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Really a Lazy Saturday

Even though I woke up early enough to get things done early, my heart just wasn’t into it. I needed to go to the RV dealership and pick up or Mobile Suites. It had been for the repair of one of the two furnaces. The one for the rear of the coach was putting LP fumes into the coach, enough so that the LP detector was always going off.

When I woke up, I sat down to the computer and started drinking my coffee. Usually, I only drink only two mugs (a four cup coffee maker’s worth) on the weekends. But today, I guess I decided that since I wasn’t going to be doing much, I had extra coffee. Thus, I spent quite a bit more time at the computer.

I’ve needed to get a wider 2” board for under the wheels on one side of the fifth wheel. The one I have is a 2X6 and I really need a 2X8. Jo suggested that I look into the plastic ones that kind of lock together. When I got online to look up prices last night, I stumbled onto a website of a guy that does quite a bit of boon-docking. He spoke of doing that, but then he thought of something else.

Link to the blog with the story on the rubber mats, including pictures and instructions.

Since boards tend to rot or split and the plastic “boards” tend to break after a short while, he went out and bought a barn stall mat made of heavy rubber. Then he cut it up into 8X12 inch sections and then he just stacks them on top of each other if needed. With them being made of rubber, they tend to kind of stick together instead of sliding around.

While at the dealership, I checked the prices of the plastic interlocking ones and a small set was costing about $35. A treated 2X8 board costs around $8. Then I went to Tractor Supply in Mustang and found the barn stall mats. They are 4’X6’ mats and ¾” think and only cost about $25. I think I know what I’m going to use now. I’ll just have to pick one up and then start cutting it up with a utility knife.

Once I got the Mobile Suites home and set up, I spent the evening in the coach with the heater running while I watched “The Sacketts” on the 2-disc set. With 3 or 4 hours of movie, I detected absolutely no “whiff” of LP. So, I think the furnace is now ready for whenever we need to occupy the coach as our home.

Incidentally, “The Sacketts” is a novel by Louis L’Amour. For those that have been on the forums, you might have heard me speak of him. The story and the barking dogs at the start of my blog is related from his stories.

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