Author Archives: trekkingtess

About trekkingtess

Retired Industrial Arts and middle school computer teacher. Escaped Texas for the peace and quiet of New Mexico.

MIRROR VS. ME

The original mirror design sucks big time.  The steel screws ripped the threads right out of the aluminum piece that bolts to the door.  That made enough play for the wind stream to shove the mirror against the side of … Continue reading

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THE SENIOR CENTER ROCKS

Our first day at the senior center.  It looks very new.  Sure enough there’s some nice exercise equipment.  Two treadmills, a sliding thing that Chuck Norris advertised, a big weight set, bicycles, hand weights that must weigh as much as … Continue reading

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SENIORS GOTTA EXERCISE TOO

I passed the magic line on my last birthday.  Gained the senior moniker.  Not quite sure how I feel about that.  I like the old age perks, but hate the downhill slide. I totally enjoy being retired, but my diet … Continue reading

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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO CHOSE THE BATTERIES FOR SOLAR?

Slight deviation from plans.  The batteries will come next. Through my solar reading I quickly understood that I barely scratched the surface on understanding 6v and 12v batteries.  I visited four nearby businesses to get prices and warranties.  I looked … Continue reading

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SOLAR ENERGY KIT FINALLY GETTING INSTALLED IN THE VAN

I’ve wanted to play with solar power for decades, but I always put it off.  Not enough money.  Not enough time.  No need.  Finally, retirement came along as did the wish to create a boondocking fishing van.  It all came … Continue reading

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PORTABLE PROPANE GRILL AND RAIN

While camping, one must not cook meat in a kitchen pot.  I think it’s a rule or something.  There’s a more definite rule: a burn ban in the forest, so no wood or charcoal fires.  But visitors can fire up … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH BEING TOP DOG

The two dogs don’t think I’m top dog in the family.  They thinks Margo is.  So throughout this week, when fireworks go off, they ignore me me and slink straight for Margo’s circle of imagined protection. I’m sure Margo is … Continue reading

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