Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Declaration -- Fri., July 20

San Antonio, Texas:

I declare I intend to eat healthier. With all the hiking we're about to embark upon, I'm thinking the pounds have to start melting away.

What good fortune came our way today. I needed a few items and tooled down the road to buy them at Super Walmart. While there I checked out their fruit and veggies. My, oh my. Good stuff...so I stocked up. Cantaloupe for $1 each, fresh ripe peaches, Washington state Bing cherries, bananas and golden Delicious applies. I found some very fresh broccoli and cauliflower and bought those too. Our little 5er fridge is chock full of healthy food. 

My plan is to use the fruits as my "go to" food when I have a craving for sweets. As soon as I made my way back home and washed the fruit, I had cherries and a slice of cantaloupe. Yum. 

For dinner we're having Sloppy Joes on whole wheat buns with steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Guacamole is on the menu too (found just-ripe avocados and tomatoes at the store) which I will serve with "Food Should Taste Good All Natural Multigrain Tortilla Chips" from Costco.

The 5er repair guys were supposed to return today, but apparently one part has not come in. They've got Monday to finish before we skedaddle to points west. I know they'll show because they said they'll collect payment when they finish! They can't collect payment if we're not here.

Tomorrow we will do another Volkswalk, we're thinking the one to four missions which will probably take a good portion of the day by the time we read all the history and I take a mess of pictures. Temperatures are supposed to reach 98 F.

On Sunday, I want to do the Broadway neighborhood Volkswalk which spends some time in Brackenridge Park. I'm thinking shade under the big, old trees. Temperatures are supposed to reach 97 F.

Bob found some glitches in his work's 2011 year-end report yesterday and spent until 2:00 a.m. at work trying to sort through the books and find supporting documentation. He was hoping he'd have everything worked out with the accountant and the report would be finished today. The accountant leaves on a two-week vacation tomorrow and we leave for six weeks on Tuesday. At least Bob will be available by phone and internet.

Today I received one of two FedEx boxes I've been waiting for. It's a bird feeding pole which has five arms for hanging bird feeders, suet, and a water dish. The other package I'm expecting has a bird feeder and a shower squeegee. Here's hoping it makes it before we leave. 

Somewhere in our 5er basement I have a hummingbird feeder that has lived down there since last October. Finally, I'll be able to hang it up! Who has a good recipe for hummingbird feeder nectar? Please share.

Bob is finally showing some excitement about our upcoming trip. Maybe working until 2:00 a.m. knocked some sense into him.

Before we leave on Tuesday, we will make one last Costco run for bottled water and to stock up on dry cereal. Oh, and a Petco run to stock up on Sunnie's wet food. (Sunnie and Bowie eat different wet food and each doesn't like the other's wet food. Spoiled rotten fur-kids.)

For those of you without RVs who are thinking of full-timing, here are a few pics of a lived-in 5th wheel.
Our kitchen with the slide out.
Slide out wall of kitchen.
A slide out pantry--wonderful, wouldn't be without one.
Washer/dryer closet--used for cat box, mops, brooms, vacuum.
Kitty play time:

Gozer gozerian. ("Ghostbusters" reference)

"Shall we take this outside?"
It's so fun to watch them play. They leap over each other, fly over the stairs and go at it for about 10-15 minutes. Very entertaining.

Travel Bug out.


  1. My Spring emphasis was to lose weight and get in shape. I lost 30 pounds and feel really good about hiking and walking. I have eliminated almost all bread products, but do eat a slice or two of my super home made bread. I make it in my bread machine and found it very easy while on the road. Better than having to search out decent fresh bread in camp stores or small towns. If you search my blog for bread you will get to the post about the "BEST WHOLE Wheat Bread" There are a lot of ingredients, but it is so good for you, and the dough enhancer seems to keep it fresh for 5 or 6 days. We made sandwiches to take hiking.

    I measure out the dry ingredients for several loaves into large ip lock bags to make it easier and bake it in the evening so I'm not tied to the rig during the day.

    1. Merikay,
      Homemade bread sounds wonderful. Unfortunately I don't have a bread maker. And I, too, am making an effort to eliminate bread products.(Having a real hard time with pancakes and bakery items.)


  2. Love those little hummers! Glad you are making your own. Much better for the hummers and cheaper too. 4 cups water to one cup sugar. Boil to dissolve and then cool before filling. NO RED DYE of any kind. It is hard on their little kidneys. Ta Da - Happy Hummers!

  3. Just wanted to say that 1 part sugar to 4 parts water is what we use in our hummingbird feeders. We got that when we did an Audubon bird hike. They also said not to ever add food coloring because it could be harmful. Bring water to a boil, add the sugar, stir until completely dissolved and allow to cool. I do 1/4 C sugar to 1 C water so that it doesn't have time to get any mold before the feeder needs re-filling. I heat the water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup in the microwave which makes it quick and easy. They said the water needs to come to a boil to remove any chlorine or other harmful things that might be bad for the birds.

  4. Thank you for the hummingbird syrup recipe. Easy enough. I'll return the red food coloring I bought today at Walmart while I can still find the receipt. : )

    Sure is easy finding whatever you want on the internet. All you have to do is ask.


  5. Eliminating bread products is easy when you are Glutten intolerant.
    It becomes a life style when your child is diagnoised with Celiac disease.
    We eat around the outside of a grocery store, fresh produce and fruit, skip the bakery, maybe hit the deli, meat, dairy/eggs!
    I've followed your blog for awhile and truley enjoy it. Trying real hard to go fuletime in 2014..

  6. Love my pull out pantry also. You two sure love mustard. My kind of people. I have a super homemade recipe for spicy mustard if you would like it. Just drop me an email.

    I am doing exactly what you are doing starting Monday. EATING HEALTHY. I have slipped since we started our Coastal NW trip. We are now in Ohio and I have NO excuse. Good luck with your new adventure.

  7. I laughed so hard this morning when I read your post I almost spit my cereal out. I can't believe you picked up on how much mustard we have. You see, for some reason when I send Bob out to do the Costco shopping, he thinks we're out of mustard, even though it's not on the list.

    When we reached three Costco-sized bottles of mustard, I finally said, "Bob, we don't need any more mustard, we have enough to last us the rest of our lives."

    This has now become a running joke between us and anytime he heads out the door to Costco I say, "Don't buy any mustard today" and we laugh.

    Please send the recipe for spicy mustard. At least we'll have a new flavor. And thanks for the laugh this morning.

    Susan & Bob

  8. I see you already have your answer for hummer "soup".

    I also noted all the mustard and wondered if that was really that much mustard or actually something else. :)


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