Monday, May 27, 2024 – Lazy Memorial Day

Hey Sweetie,
Had a good night sleep, then proceeded to have an extremely lazy day. It was cloudy in the morning, culminating into a few showers that passed through, then it cleared up nicely and was a little cooler, but I was in an exceedingly lazy mood today and did nothing except read and watch movies. A very quiet day! Very enjoyable, though. Now for another good night sleep, then tomorrow I'll get a little busier, maybe! Good night, baby! Love you!

Friday, May 24, 2024 – Computer and Rest Day

Hiya Sweetie,
I had intentions of taking Apollo for a short ride today, but got started on the computer with a bunch of little odd jobs that needed doing, and by the time that was done, it was too late and frankly, too hot. It was so hot, I actually put on my bathing suit and climbed into Lola's little pool just to cool off, and it did the trick! Late May in South Carolina is too dang hot! I should be further north, and will be next year, but this is how it worked out with my Red Rock trip. BTW, it's perfect temps right now where that's going to be, mid 40's at night, upper 60's and low 70's during the day. Can't wait! So a quiet day in camp, a few more campers came in, had a chat with Ranger Rebecca about a downed tree and some other items, but I'm still shocked that this place isn't full, what with it being a holiday weekend! Anyway, settled down for the evening, running the AC for a bit to blow out the hot air, got every fan going to keep the air moving, so hopefully I'll sleep tonight. So glad I bought that little rechargeable fan for the bedroom, I've learned I can even connect that to the little power pack I bought for the cattle drive and run that baby even longer! Hasn't quit on my yet! Anyway, cool shower and bedtime soon! Good night, baby! Love you!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – Shopping and Attempted Repair Day

Hiya Darlin',
Had a good night sleep, didn't wake up early for a change, very happy about that! Got my chores done, then started looking at some of the repairs that need to be done on the trailer, only to realize I didn't really have the right adapters for my new impact wrench to get the job done. Since I was needing to go into town to do some shopping anyway, I headed over to Chester, went to the Tractor Supply and got the adapters I needed, as well as some shavings for the horse pens, then took a side trip to a haymaker north of there to pick up six bales, which would be enough to get me through to my next stop. Back to get fuel at Circle K, glad to see diesel prices getting back down a bit, just $3.49/gal. Last stop at Walmart to get a few things there, then back to camp around 4:00. Tried to do the repairs, but I'm afraid it's beyond my skillset at this point, so I'm going to have to let it go until I can hire a professional. Also had a conversation with Jo about helping with another endurance ride, scheduled for the same weekend as when the Goethe ride was supposed to be, said I would be glad to help with that. Chatted for a while with another camper who was walking by with his Goldendoodle, who, coincidentally was named Lola! I let my Lola out, and after an initial warning that this was my Lola's bailiwick, they got along just fine. After they left, I put down the shavings, and Apollo promptly rolled in it, so I'm a happy camper for his appreciation! Finally got my evening chores done, covered the hay with my tarp, and settled down for the evening, usual Northern Exposure and a movie. I was pretty hot today, so I had the AC running when I put the generator on, that blew out most of the hot air, and kept some fans running, which also helped. Getting too hot for me down south, looking forward to getting farther north when I return from my Red Rock Ride trip! Good night, sweetie! Love you!

Monday, May 20, 2024 – Travel Day to Woods Ferry, SC

Hey Sweetie,
Woke up pretty early, but since I wasn't in a real hurry today, I took my time getting up. Had breakfast first, then worked on the final packing and moving out. Ran over my mounting block again, did a little damage to the edges of the trailer. It amazes me how a plastic set of steps can actually cause damage to an aluminum and steel frame! Anyway, I got everybody loaded up and headed to the dump around 10:30, then had a dickens of a time getting around the corner and through the gate. There just wasn't enough room to straighten out before reach the gate. I had to take three tries at it before I finally was able to swing wide enough to just make it. Not sure why they have to make gates so narrow! Anyway, we were on the road, but for some reason, Google didn't take me on the roads that I told it to go on (a U.S. Hwy) and ended up taking me down a bunch of narrow, twisty, windy road until I finally ran into that highway and took it despite it telling me not to go there. Anyway, the rest of the trip was relatively uneventful, though I did have a flashback to the last time we were here. I remember staying at the top of the hill by a gravel road that was called "Campground Rd." at the last turnoff while you went down with the van and the little horse trailer to make sure it actually led to the right campground. You ended up just about out of walkie talkie range and told me to come on, and I did with much trepidation. Turned out it was okay, but I remember a lot of non-horse people in horse camping sites, so I don't think we found a site with corrals and had to highline the horses. Not sure, I'll have to look that up. I reached the campground and stopped to reconnoiter, found my site and then proceed to maneuver into it. For me to be facing the right direction, I had to back into another site and turn around, and ended up scraping into a ditch before I got the right angle. Must be my day to bend the trailer! I lost the door panel to the sewer outlet, which was already hanging on by a thread because the lock didn't work anymore and the tape I put on it didn't hold, so I'll need to replace that whole framework. Not an urgent job, but on the list. I finally got situated, though I'm a little low on the front from the grade, I'm going to have to get some thicker blocks so I can raise it higher. One very happy note was that there is a threaded water spigot right next to me, so I was able to hook up a hose with a splitter and reach both the corrals and the trailer. Happy days! I took the opportunity to get out Lola's swimming pool, since the forecast was calling for some pretty hot temperatures later this week, and since we're so far out in the boonies here, she's in heaven because she can wander and take a swim! Well, get wet, anyway. I also rinsed off the water buckets and the wheelbarrow, they were covered in mud from the last place. Took me about 90 minutes to get mostly set up, including the solar panel, and now that we're settled in, I'm looking forward to my time here. I hope the trails are better than Canebrake! And it's very quiet, I don't hear any cicadas! I even have two bars on my phone, so streaming Prime is easy! Looking forward to a nice ten days here. Settled in for a nice stir fry and a movie, so good night, darlin'! Love you!

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Quiet, Steady Day of Packing

Hi Darlin',
Took a long time to get to sleep last night, then Lola woke me up at 6:00, having gotten herself tangled up on the lantern post outside. She's been having a lot of fun with the cicadas that have been out in full force while we were here. They're just big enough for her to be able to see and play with, though they're pretty slow so she gets bored quickly. But evidently they're crunchy enough to keep here interested! Glad they're nontoxic! Took a long time to get back to sleep, and didn't get much because it was nearly time to get up anyway. Spent the day doing voluminous loads of laundry while I have electricity, had to fill up the truck water tank once, almost got stuck on the slippery grass on the site I'm on, barely made it out! Tore up the grass a bit, though. Hoping I don't have any trouble tomorrow, at least I'm on some gravel there, so I hope not! Spent time trying to figure out my post-Red Rock Ride travel schedule, which is proving to be challenging, but I think I've come up with a decent plan, subject to change, of course! I did that in between my usual packing, which I like to spread out during the day so as not to get overtaxed. I moved the five bales of hay I had left into the side stall, disappointed that some of it got wet. I had hoped I had it arranged to avoid that, but we had so much rain, and I'm on such a slope, it seemed unavoidable. What I need is a palette, but don't have room to carry one. Don't expect I'll be staying anyplace long enough to need to store hay anyway, at least not until I get back to Florida in the fall, then maybe I will pick up a palette. Settled down for the evening, watched a movie that I didn't particularly like, and am off to shower and bed shortly! Good night, babe! Love you!

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Another Quiet, Mostly Lazy Day

Hey Babe,
Another good night sleep, another mostly lazy day. The only difference today was that I walked the horses down to a large paddock about the size and shape of a small arena, about half of which was grass, and left them in there for most of the afternoon. They did all the usual horsey stuff, rolling in the sand and grass and running around to stretch their legs for a bit, then munched on the grass. I went back to the trailer and mostly read, so a lazy day. Just resting up for the next couple of days, which will be a little busier, getting packed up tomorrow and moving on Monday. Nice to take a couple of days off! Enjoyed a nice dinner and a Brendan Fraser movie, will be off to bed soon! Good night, sweetheart! Love you!

Friday, May 17, 2024 – Quiet, Mostly Lazy Day

Hiya Sweetie,
Had a great night sleep, did my chores, then saw I had a book order so I put that together and put it in the mailbox here that I noticed the other day. Filled up all the water tanks, mended my saddlebags, tried to straighten out the extension ladder a bit before putting it away, and mostly just whiled the day away with reading and doing some planning on the computer. I've been making a list of things I want to take on the trip out West, and also starting to plan where I'm going after I get back. If I want to be in Watkins Glen for the 4th of July, I'm going to have to hustle up there, but I still haven't decided my route yet. I'm trying to avoid as many mountains as I can, but it's hard to get from North Carolina to NYS without hitting mountains! Plus having to find a stop or two along the way is making it challenging, but I'll keep working on it. After 5:00 I checked the tracking on my package and it hadn't been picked up yet, so I went back out to the mailbox and picked it up again, I'll have to drive it to the post office in the morning. Settled down for the evening to a fun Simon Pegg movie and dinner, once again planning an early night. Good night, my darlin'! Love you!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – Another Mostly Rainy Rest Day

Hi Babe,
Fell asleep late, slept late, got up late, but once I saw the rain coming in I finally crawled out of bed and took care of the horses before the rain got here. Spent most of the day just hanging out, working and playing on the computer and reading. Then spent almost an hour on the phone with the Quicken folks again, as one of my accounts isn't updating properly, finally managed to find a fix, and this time I took notes so if it happens again, maybe I won't have to call and spend an hour on the phone! By the time I was finished, I had an email from Amazon that my packages had been delivered, so I took a drive over to the Troy Post Office and picked those up, then drove over to Briscoe to get a few things at the Walmart, get fuel and pick up some bourbon at the ABC store before heading back. There was a serious storm just south of us, but we managed to miss it. Got back to camp thinking the storm would be here any minute, got the horses fed and the truck unloaded, but the rain never showed. Had dinner, watched a Northern Exposure and a rom-com, ready for bed soon! Good night, sweetie! Love you!

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Rainy Rest Day

Hey Sweetie,
Woke up to the sound of pouring rain as promised. Laid in bed till it let up a bit, then got up and did my chores. Had a very leisurely day, spent some time on my "new" computer, which I'm loving, and ordered a bunch of stuff I've been meaning to get. When we were out on the trail yesterday, I brushed against a tree with a limb sticking out and tore a nice big hole in my yoga riding pants, and I've been patching up most of my others as well, so I finally bought a five-pak of new yoga pants. Also some much needed tools, including a good heavy duty battery impact wrench and a hammer stapler. I won't use them often, but when I need them, I'll be glad I have them! No more sitting by the road waiting for road service when I have a flat tire for me! I also bought an adapter so the impact wrench can also be a screwdriver and drill bit. My old one is so worn out it barely works anymore, but I've had it a very long time, so it served its purpose. Another three-pak of socks and I feel like I'm just about ready for my trip to the Red Rock Ride in a few weeks! I checked their list and I have everything else I need, though I will have to get my sleeping bag down and give that a wash. Watched a couple of movies and a Northern Exposure, played a lot of games on the computer, and otherwise had a very relaxing day while it rained all day. Finally cleared up a bit in the evening, but it's supposed to rain a lot tomorrow, too, which is fine by me. I'm not thrilled about going out for another ride, especially if it's muddy, which it will most certainly be after all this rain! Heading to bed shortly! Good night, my darlin'! Love you!

Saturday, May 11, 2024 – Running Around For Computer Fix

Hiya Darlin',
Had a great night sleep after going to bed pretty early, got more chores done, then finally dared to turn on my computer to see if it was fixed, but alas, no luck. Not that it wasn't working, just that none of my navigational tools would get me anywhere. A few of the buttons on the keyboard worked, but not enough to be functional. So, on my phone, I started looking around at all my options, and in the end, settled on a local computer repair shop where I headed out to around 12:30. After speaking with him, one alternative was to find a similar computer where we could just change out the hard drive, which was my favorite option. But I wanted him to check it out to see if we could just switch out the keyboard and/or mousepad. I had found that there was quite a few online, but most would require shipping, but a couple were actually local in Charlotte, which is only about an hour away. One was at the local Goodwill for about $20, but it looked pretty rough, and when I spoke to the guy, he was alone and couldn't confirm it was still available. Then I found another one in downtown Charlotte, so I ended up driving downtown and meeting up with a guy who sold me one for $80, which I still thought was a pretty good deal. Turns out it was in great shape. Barely made it back to the computer shop before he closed at 6:00, arrived at 5:57 and together we switched out the hard drive and the RAM and were back out the door by 6:03, so I didn't keep him long. I paid him $20, so I know have a practically brand new computer for $100, which seems like a bargain to me! Frankly, my old computer was in pretty bad shape, with broken corners where I had dropped it, and the monitor had a bug in it (a literal bug!) that had crawled up under the glass somehow and got stuck and died there, so I always had a little speck on my screen. This new computer feels perfect! With the old solid state, one terabit hard drive, I'm back in business! I made a quick stop at Food Lion next door before heading home, I had forgotten to get lemon-lime the other day when shopping, and also bought a few frozen dinners on sale just for a change of pace. Got back to camp, fed the horses, popped in a personal pizza and settled down for the night. One thing the guy at the computer shop told me was that the Aurora Borealis was actually being seen here in North Carolina this weekend! I found that hard to believe, but apparently there's some kind of electro-magnetic anomaly happening, so I headed out to check that out, only to be met with raindrops instead. No clear skies tonight! Guess I missed it, but maybe it will still be here tomorrow. Still on my bucket list, to see the northern lights! One of the few items I haven't yet accomplished!. A busy runaround day, but well worth the effort to have a really good, working computer again! Good night, darlin'! Love you!