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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Some Stuff Coming Together

With temperatures forecast for being 3-digits today (actually set a new OKC record at 104 degrees), we didn’t really do much more than a little yard work and some planning.

We got out this morning to rake up some more of the accumulated leaves in the corners around the fence and to cut out some part of some small trees that are starting to get into the electrical lines at the back of the lot. Since it warmed up pretty good just in the morning time, we didn’t get all of it done. So, we’ll get around to doing more next weekend. It is supposed to be cooler then…..if you can believe weathermen.

The last couple of day has seen the breaker for the bedroom air conditioner trip. Believe me, in 100 degrees+ it takes two 15K air conditioners to cool a 38 foot coach, even if it is as well insulated as the Mobile Suites are. Our other issue is that the refrigerator seems to want to creep up in temperature as well. I need to purchase a ladder so I can check the fans for the refrigerator and make sure they are running.

I mentioned that Jo’s sister and her husband have sold their home in Kansas and will be moving to Colorado. We got to thinking about all that and called them up to offer our services when it comes time to move. We plan on taking a week off to go up and help. Well, whatever kind of help two older, overweight folks can do to be of help. We just now need to find out when that would be. All we know is that it will be after the first of July or so.

Following up on a couple of things on previous posts, I think we are definitely going to buy the Eze-Kleen sewer system that I spoke of in the earlier post. A gentleman that also owns a Mobile Suites has one of the systems and has been answering some of my questions on the RV Dreams forum. If you want to read the questions and answers regarding the Eze-Kleen, go to this link:


Someone also mentioned (after seeing the picture of the new shed with the Suites) that once again we have gotten lucky with color coordination. Besides the shed kind of matching the coach, the colors on our F450 match as well. And, while I’m on the “color matching” topic, I even have a shirt that somewhat matches. Maybe I need to wear that shirt every time we move the coach.


After taking care of the yard some, we just laid around with nothing to do and nowhere to go. That is different than our last few weekends have been. It was kind of nice to shower off the sweat from the morning and just chill out. Well, I don’t know about the “chill” part with the high temperatures.

With little else to do, I put some thought to what I need to say in church tomorrow. When we worship, one of the acts of worship that the churches of Christ always do is have communion. That is every Sunday. In our congregation, with the number of people that we have it takes a number of men to pass out the communion trays. Nine men go to the forward table and a few others are scattered around the auditorium to help with changing the trays from one pew to the next.

Of those 9 men that go forward, one is designated to usually say something about the reason for communion and for why we are thankful, and to also offer a prayer or each part of the communion. Since we have the men gathered together for communion, we also pass the collection trays for the voluntary donations from our members and guests.

I get to be the one with the words and the prayers for tomorrow’s worship. (I’ll have to make a separate post sometime with my experiences with public speaking in church. You just might find it humorous.) Anyway, I needed to get my thoughts together as to what to say. A couple of months ago, when I was asked to do this job, I thought I was going to be one of the men actually passing the trays. One hour before worship, I found out that I was the one to do the thoughts and the prayers.

On that occasion, I managed to come up with something and get through the process. When I went back to the rear of the auditorium that morning, the gentleman who assigns us these tasks looked at me and said, “If you can come up with thoughts as good as those, you are now one of my “go-to-guys” for when he is in a pinch for a speaker.” Great! That was just what I needed to hear from him. (OK, that was sarcasm….) But, at least this time I had a whole week to think about it, although it is usually the day before that I finally get those thoughts together.

But, now I need to write up a real short outline of what I want to touch upon. While the thoughts are in my head now, who knows what will happen after I sleep. I don’t really want to have to go to church and again come up with something within just an hour.

Window full of BAD LUCK!!  Just what I need after sleeping….

Window Full of Bad Luck

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