"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

just hangin' around

We are quickly moving into summer here in the Black Hills, at least the calender says so. The weather has not caught on that it is almost July and we have had some really cool nights and it seems that most everyday it clouds up and we have storms move through. Rudee's schedule for last week shifted inexplicably to evenings each day. In the weeks prior she would work a couple of "closing" shifts and then her hours would be closer to my 8am - 7pm. We think it is just an oversight as her manager just took over the scheduling duties and was receptive to a change to get closer to my shifts. She doesn't mind closing but would not get home until around 11 pm and I just couldn't stay up that long, just look at any picture of me ..... I need my beauty sleep! LOL

A couple of weeks ago I repaired a leaky pump in our Splendide washer/dryer. The repair worked and we have no more leaks however it started acting up and would stop in mid cycle, right when it needed to pump the water out. We would have to manually advance the dial to get it to start working again, sometimes it we would have to advance it several times before it would start. I figured I would wait until my first day off, yesterday, to take it back out of it's cubby hole and see if I could figure out the problem. Lo and behold, it started working again just like it was supposed to. We have now done 5 or 6 loads and it worked perfect. Guess I'll wait and see what happens next week but we are keeping our fingers crossed.

A couple of weeks ago we made a stop in Sturgis to see the town before all the rally in August. We parked on main street and checked out a couple of shops, one of which was a thrift shop ran by a local womens club where I found a Black and Decker space saver coffee pot. Our motorhome had one at one time but had been removed by the previous owner. I looked it over at the store and quickly paid the $2.00 they were asking for it. I installed it when we got home and the brackets lined up with the existing holes in the shelve, Sweet!

I ran a few pots of vinegar water through it and it works good as new.

One of my jobs at Crazy Horse includes taking people up to the top of the mountain for a "private" tour. I love going up and seeing the monument close up and have met some really nice people on my trips. We sometimes see the mountain goats walking around and the view is always fantastic! One day last week we got to see some of the crew preparing the mountain for our summer night blast.

Look closely and you will see there are two of the workers that have rappelled off the top. They were attaching mount brackets in order to string the explosives for the blast.
I keep having to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming about the cool stuff I get to do, and I get paid for it too! :-)

Last Wednesday we got together with Dan and Jonell, liv2RV, and they all thought I needed to add a little culture to my rough and tumble life. We started with dinner at a nice restaurant in Keystone, The Powderhouse, where we had a nice meal. Then they took me to the "theater", pronounced with a British accent. :-)

The playhouse is located in Custer State Park and is free to us on certain evenings with our VIP passes. We saw a 22 act musical based on a childrens fairy tail and it was quite enjoyable. The cast were all very talented and we are looking forward to the next one. I still have to work on getting my pinky extended when I am hoisting my beer bottle but these things take time. :-)

We are looking forward to the night blast this Thursday at work. Should any of you readers find yourself in the Black Hills be sure and look us up! We are the ones that can't wipe the grins off our faces, we are having such a good time here. Of course our blog is not complete without a Buffalo picture.

He was a cutey! I'll keep you posted.


  1. I just love hearing about your job. You are so lucky to be working there :-)

  2. Sounds like a blast!!! (LOL) We are planning to be in the Black Hills next Summer. Nothing lined up yet but starting to think and look to see what the options are. Sounds like you are having a great time. Weather very different this year compared to last??

    1. Wayne,
      The weather is a lot wetter this year then last and a little cooler too. Not going to complain too much though because everything is a beautiful green and the wild flowers are gorgeous in the "Hills".


  3. “You can keep Buffaloing us”

    love the wild life pictures



  4. Great to hear you both are doing well with your work. Score on the under the counter coffee pot; I prefer those in the RV, too but can't find one for Jazzy. It's been rainy and cooler than normal in west central IL also. Shhhh...don't let ole Sol hear this!

  5. Wow, You sure are having a good time. This is the best lifestyle ever.

  6. I really enjoy your enthusiasm for the site, Phil. We love the area out there and have been to Crazy Horse, once before anything was built and the mountain was just getting "roughed" out (70's) and then back again a few years ago. Enjoy your descriptions of the behind the scenes tours.

  7. Phil this post inspired me to look at our breakfast bar and see if I could make it less cluttered. So first thing I did was to look into replacing our Cuisinart coffee maker with a cabinet mounted version as you suggest. I hit Amazon first and found this one (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-SDC850-SpaceMaker-Coffeemaker/dp/B001HSMW6O/ref=sr_1_8?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1406130423&sr=1-8) and decided at $494 I need to rethink this. But I haven't given up yet.

    Keep up the great posts!