Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring has Arrived

Spring showers

Blanket of Blue Bonnets in our front yard

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Life gets Crazy!

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Cloudy, 55 degrees

We’ve been BUSY!

We’re still working as gate attendants. We’ve been trying to get all the loose ends tied up because our gig ends here on the 29th of this month.

We’ve really enjoyed our gate attendant gig and have decided at the last minute to bid on the summer season too. The Corps of Engineering Bid process is NO easy feat. The bid consist of 191 pages. One page of this bid packet includes reduction of paper act!!!!

This bid packet also included a checklist. The checklist included everything that needed to be attached to the bid. We needed an evaluation form completed by someone we had worked recently for. That person would complete the evaluation and submit it to the contracting office.

Another requirement was to complete a questionnaire regarding our business type. This questionnaire was at least 10 pages of redundant questions.

Also a resume and a solicitation form. That was the easiest part of this bid.

It then all had to be scanned to a PDF file and emailed to the district contracting office.

The deadline was March 21st. The summer season starts on April 1st. In my opinion, they are cutting it kinda close!

We didn’t know when the bids would be awarded. They didn’t given us that information. We suspected it would be before the April 1st start date.

The last day of our current contract was March 27th. That gave us 2 days to get packed up in the event we weren’t awarded the bid.

We waited for over a week to find out the results of our bid. On April the 2nd we received an email saying we were awarded the bid.

We heard that a couple of the area lakes don’t have enough gate attendant bids to open the parks. That is really sad. Seems that someone dropped the ball and the bids went out too late. There are a lot of RVers that count on these gate attendant jobs to sublimate their incomes. They bid on attendant jobs elsewhere in order to stay in the game. They didn’t want to wait for the late bid process in this area.

We know we’re full-timers and aren’t getting much traveling done by being gate attendants. But with that said, it has afforded us the opportunity to take care of some business.

Our toilet broke! This is NOT a good thing. I had to drive to Holiday World of Dallas to get a new one. That took an hour and a half to drive over there. It took me less time then that to install the new one. This was my first RV toilet installation. It wasn't bad at all.

The Rangers did a control burn and that caused a real stir. We were overrun with people driving up to the gatehouse and asking what was on fire.

Later in the day, there was an accident on the highway. There was a fuel spill and the highway was closed down for several hours. The police detoured traffic across the lake dam. This brought traffic thru the park entrance. It was crazy around here for several hours.

We’ve spent our extra time off doing some much needed spring cleaning.

Our family has a new addition. My niece had a beautiful baby girl. Ellie Mae...

March 24th we took my mother out for birthday lunch. Mom is now 70. We had a great lunch at the Cotton Patch restaurant and then we took mom the New Balance to get her a good pair of tennis shoes.

One morning we also drove to Durant, OK for an afternoon of slot play. Durant is only about an hour and a few minutes away. We played for several hours and left with a little more money then we went with. That’s a GOOD thing!

I also repaired the slid-out roof. We noticed a leak during the last good rain we had last summer in the ceiling of the living room slide out. I haven’t made much effort to repair it since we arrived here because we have a metal roof over the trailer here.

Anyway, the problem was with the EternaBond tape that is used on the roof of the slide to seal the area where the roof and the wall meet. When I climbed up and took a good look at it, I noticed the tape had peeled back in one area. It appears that a small twig had been forced under the tape when the slide was retracted.

I got on-line and did some research. I found a place on Amazon that sold the EternaBond RSW-4-50 RoofSeal tape 50 foot length and a 4 inch width at a reasonable price with free shipping.

This tape is mostly used for leak repair, on virtually all roofs and features a UV stable backing. One step permanent repair system for all roofs including EPDM, TPO and most PVC´s Hypalon and all roof accessories. It creates a waterproof, moisture and air tight barrier and will stick to itself. Great for sealing around roof penetrations like vents, refrigerator vents, skylights, and air conditioners.  It also works great to seal accidental punctures, or holes left by other maintenance.

I watched a YouTube video and was good to go.

I cleaned the slide-out roof and cut off the existing tape that peeled back. I then rolled out a few inches of the new sealing tape at a time and then used a roller to make sure it was rolled out to make good contact. This stuff is very sticky and when it makes contact, it’s there to stay!

I did the entire living-room slide and it looks great. It didn’t take too much time to do either.

Once again, it’s the time of the year for spring storms. We had a whopper of a storm Thursday evening. A good friend text us and told us we were welcome to take shelter at their house. We watched the weather forecast. The storms were intensifying as the got closer. Dawn and I grabbed the dogs and drove the twenty minutes to our friends home. We weren’t there long before the weather turned real nasty. The strong wind blew in rain, hail and lighting. We were all glued to the TV as the weatherman was warning people of tornados and flash flooding.

The nasty weather only lasted a couple of hours. The worse of the storm went over us and hit a couple of small towns a few miles east of our location.

The drive home was interesting. We noticed that one of the towns we drove through was without power. Further down the road we noticed several power poles lying to one side overhanging the roadway. We made it home a few minutes before 10:00 P.M. We were relieved to find everything was fine at our place.

The 10 P.M. news was still issuing warnings of severe weather moving east out of our area. They said 3 none tornados had touched down and did damage to homes and other structures in the area. There were some injuries but no know deaths. Many people were without power.

Thank God for looking after us.

Today were back to work as gate attendants.  

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Monday, March 10, 2014

1958 The Year of Dawn

Americas first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral. This is also the year that the Microchip first developed which is the very early stages of PC's we all now use at work and at home.

The cost of a new house cost $8,450.00, the average income per year was $3,210.00 to  $5,010.00, a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents.

You could buy
1958 Chevrolet Corvette $3631.

Men's All Wool Suits $28.9
Square dance Cotton Check Dress $3.29
Electric Portable Singer Sewing Machine $19.90

Ronson Electric Shaver $28.50
Rib Roast 29 cents per pound
Ritz Crackers 32 cents
Rollaway Beds $14.95
Ring 1 carat Diamond  $399.00
Mechanical Adding Machine $3.98

Popular Culture 1958
The Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop; over 100 million are sold.
The Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" opens in London, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, and Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle

Popular Films
The Bridge on the River Kwai, South Pacific, Gigi, King Creole, Vertigo

Popular Singers
Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Popular TV Programmes
Candid Camera, The Ed Sullivan Show, Come Dancing, The Jack Benny Show, Panorama, Alfred Hitchcock Presents

But besides all that good stuff, on March 10th 1958 Dawn Payne was born.


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Funerals and Work

Lavonia Park COE, Wylie, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny – 72 degrees

We haven’t posted lately because we’ve had a lot going on. Life in general can keep us pretty busy at times.

Dawn’s brother–in-law pasted away. Philip was only 55 years old. He battled with lung cancer last year. He had to have part of one lung removed and went through chemo and radiation. He was getting back on his feet and was working full time as a diesel mechanic. A few months ago he developed pneumonia and spent a few days in the hospital. He recovered and went back to work.

A couple of weeks ago he started feeling bad and was readmitted to the hospital. He had developed some sort of lung infection and the doctors couldn’t determine what it was. He spent a little more than a week in ICU before passing away.

Dawn’s only remaining aunt celebrated her 100th birthday. Seventeen days later she passed away.  

The weather has warmed up and that has increased the day use activity here at the park.

Today a woman stop by the gatehouse and asked if her kids (who are not old enough to have a driver’s license) could enter the park on a golf cart with their jet ski’s to launch at our ramp. 

The answer would be “NO”. First of all, all the boat ramps on this lake are closed because the water levels are so low. There is a forty foot gap between the end of the ramp and the water.

Second of all, golf carts are not legal vehicles to drive on the roads here and lastly, we don’t want to babysit your kids.

I had a man in his sixties stop by here and ask what time of year we open the boat ramps.

I wanted to ask if he lived under a rock!  Almost every night on the local news they report the severely low water levels of the lakes.

This entire Dallas area has been suffering drought status and has been on water restriction for over a year.

People seem more concerned with where they’re going to launch their boat then what’s happening to our drinking water source!

Sorry, I just had to rant, I just wonder about these people sometimes.

The fur kids got a new stroller. It’s a Roadster Stroller. It holds up to a 100 pounds and all three of them can ride in it.

It snaps together easily and is light weight.

The kids like even when it's folded up!

We'll be done with this winter’s gate attendant gig the end of March. Dawn and I have been doing some spring cleaning. We bought new truck tires and had the oil changed.

Now we're trying to decide which way we will be heading when we pull out of here.

We have been looking over our maps and trying to decide where to go and where to stop along the way.

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