Relaxing at the " Ridge "

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Where Are We Today
The Ridge

Today's Project
This is a short post of today's project, a work table for the shed, which  has a name, just like all the other sheds on the property. But you will have to read Patsy's post,HERE , to find out what it is. After this post, I will use the new name also.

All Framed

The work table is 3 ft. by 8 ft. 35 in. high with a top and middle shelf and casters so it can be moved around in the shed. It will be used to build and repair my airplanes on.

Ready to carry down to the new shed.

In the shed with casters mounted

It took the better part of three hours to build, part of it I did under our car shelter, then Pat help to carry it down to the shed where I mounted the casters and the top and middle shelf.

Top on

Middle shelf on


That's it for today, thanks for stopping by, until the next time, take care and be safe.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Couple of Small Projects

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Catching UP
Most of what goes on at "The Ridge" gets posted by Patsy, which I know you follow daily, but here are a couple of small projects that I have done since we have been home.

Broken Wing Weber

If you remember back to our time at Bottomless Lake New Mexico, we had a wind storm come through and blow the "Weber Q " off the picnic table during the night and break off one of the side tables. Patsy affectionately named it " the broken wing weber ", also while riding in the back of the truck, the igniter got broken.
Scraped clean and old igniter out
New Igniter Installed

I finally got around to ordering the new parts and put it back together, it's good as new again.
New wing/tray installed 

The second project was that of building a wash stand with an old hand pump attached. When Donna and Gerry bought this piece of property, there was an old metal stand with stainless steel sink and a hand pump. We soon discovered that the pump was broken beyond repair so it is now a garden decoration at Donna and Gerry's. The sink had been tack welded to the metal stand , so I proceeded to break the welds with a cold chisel and remove the sink from the old stand.
Frame of stand done

Eventually, I built a new stand to hold the sink and we purchased a refurbished hand pump to put on the new stand. Our plan is to hook up a hose to the bottom of the rain barrel and pump the water up to the sink, which we have managed to do, but have a couple of issues to work out yet.
Sink in

Top view before the pump was painted
Painting the pump


You have more than likely read on Patsy's blog about the new shed that we are building. This is for me to enjoy my hobby of building, flying and yes, sometimes fixing Radio Controlled airplanes. I will say at this time that the shed is built and doors installed. Thanks to Mike Van Hatten for all your help. Stay tune for what I do to finish the inside and furnish for carrying on with my hobby.

Thanks for stopping by, comment if you wish, take care and be safe until the next time.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Stinson Reliant SR9

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It's Been Awhile
If you follow "Chilin with Patsy" , you would have read that we recently attended the Forest City Flyers Fun Fly in London Ontario. Forest City Flyers is a Radio Control (RC) model airplane club, where members build/assemble model airplanes and fly them.

Sign at the Entrance to the Field

This is a hobby that I have been involved in since the early 80ties, building from kits and flying many different airplanes. This post is about one of those planes, the Stinson Reliant SR9. The real Stinson Reliant SR9 was originally built in 1937, mine is a scale model of that plane.

Stinson Reliant SR9

I started building this Top Flite kit eight years ago and after four years and many hours it was finished. It has taken another four years to get its maiden flight in. Mine has a fuselage of about six feet long and a wing span of 104 inches, powered by a DLE 35 cc. gas engine.
Bob showing me some control settings on my radio
First flights are always nerve wracking, and on scale models, I like someone else to make that flight for me. This time a new friend, Bob, agreed to that. Being this has sat for four years with little run time, it was difficult to get started. Many other flyers have helped to trouble shoot and get it running. So big thank you goes out to Keith, Al, Paul, Walter and of course Bob.

Taxing out for take off

There were three successful flights, with Bob reporting it was a good flyer, with little trimming needed to fly straight and level. That means, I did a decent job building it. 

In flight

Smooth Flying

On the third flight landing, there was a little bounce, which broke one side of the landing gear. With such a small bounce, I think there is a weak spot in the construction. 

Low pass

Back on the Ground
Definitely fixable, and once I get that new shed finished, I will have a spot to fix it.
The RV life style and the RC life style are similar. We come together to help each other out and to socialize, sit and discuss our experiences, places we have been or going to and have fun.
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed a small incite of my hobby. Comment if you wish and until the next time, take care and be safe.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Short Post

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Rock Glen Family Resort
A Small Project
I am sure that you all have been following Patsy's blog and know what we have been up to. Along with the daily routine at "The Ridge" ,  my trips to London, to work at CanAm RV a couple of days a week, all is well with the Richards.
The Richards relaxing at " The Ridge "

I would like to thank all those who passed on condolences and concerns to my family and me, when my dad passed away last month.
Remembering good times with my Dad

I  thought I would do a short post on a small project that I recently did. We carry a step ladder on the ladder at the back of our trailer, not where I really want to carry it.
While in Quail Ridge RV park in Huachuca City, Az. last winter, we met a couple who have a Mobilesuite similar to ours. The gentleman had made a couple of brackets and hung his step ladder under and near the front of the trailer. I thought it was a good idea, so once home, I wanted to do the same.

All made ready for paint.

I found some pieces of metal, drew up some plans and asked my good friend Rob if he would help me, Rob has a welder. We, I should say Rob cut the pieces of metal to size, bent pieces and welded them together to make the brackets.  Thanks Rob!
Holes drilled and painted, ready to mount

After I got them home, I painted them and then fastened them to the bottom of the trailer. The ladder fits perfect on the brackets and I feel it is a better place to carry it.
Brackets mounted with the ladder in place

View from the other side

That's it for this post, yes I'm still around and will post again. Thanks for staying tune, until the next take care, safe travels and keep up with Patsy.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Suite Has Landed

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My Version of Today

We Have Landed

Since are arrival at 'The Ridge" last Friday, we have been watching and waiting for  the snow to melt enough for us to move the suite up to the top of " The Ridge ".
Monday afternoon showed enough snow had melted to make the move. I decided that the move would happen early Tuesday morning, as the driveway was mushy in places, in the morning, the ground is firmer after a cool night.

Put up the solar motion detector light on the "Bunky " 

Up at 6:30 this morning, after a coffee and some blogs reads, we made the "Suite " ready for that final move. After disconnecting the  satellite cables, moving the generator and the " Broken Wing Weber " out of the way, I hooked up " Black Beauty "  and made the final pull up the lane to the top of the hill, and here we sit by 8:00 a.m.
The solar panel for the motion detector light in the outhouse

The light comes on as soon as you step inside.

The rest of the day was setting up, putting away, cleaning up and generally getting things back to normal for the summer. We accomplished quite a bit, but have lots to do and some projects to take on. With rain forecast for tomorrow, we will take a break for the day.

Putting up all our signs.

Turtle crossing

One at each end of the lane

At the bottom of the hill.

Thanks for following along to my version of today, HERE, Patsy will have her version for you to read also. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Leave a comment if you wish and I will respond.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Last Leg Home

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After two weeks of CanAm camping, we finally made it to " The Ridge " where we call home for the time we spend in Canada. Many thanks to the great people at CanAm RV for tucking us in for the past two weeks.


As this was the last leg of our journey home, it is time for my last road rating for our travels. The main roads travelled on Friday were Hwy's 401, 19, 86, 6 & 4. All put together, I am giving them an average of 8 out of 10.
Frosty morning

Fired up our new generator

As I did last year , here are some statistics of mileage and  fuel for our winter. Since we left last Oct. 24, 2017, we have travelled 6663.7 km./10354.3 mi., used 3620.1 liters/956.3 gal. of diesel fuel with an average of21.7 l/100km/ 10.8 mpg. We travelled farther this winter than last winter with a .3 mpg better fuel avg.

Early morning flight

My cargo trailer survived the winter

This wraps up my posts on our winter travels for 2017/2018. Thanks for following along and your comments. Stay tune for posts about our summer adventures.

Taken from the top of the Ridge

Beautiful blue sky


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Our 6th Leg Home

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Back In Canada
Today finds us back in our home country of Canada. The 6th leg of our trek home has taken us from Wapakoneta Ohio to Toledo Ohio to London Ontario, where we are set up at CanAm RV, (our RV dealer).

Exiting I-75 onto U.S. 582

We left Wapakoneta Ohio, heading north on I-75, which I will rate at a 9 out of 10. Exiting onto U.S.-532 to Luckey Road to the KOA campground, in Perrysburg Ohio, just outside of Toledo. Both of these roads are two lane and have seen lots of use. Although they were uneven and patched, there were no potholes. I am giving them a 7 out of ten.
Construction on I-75 between Munroe and Detroit

Leaving there this morning, we travel U.S. 163, a two lane road, I will rate at a 8 out of 10. Onto U.S. 420 to Bypass I-280 to I-75, which I will rate at 9 out of ten, while in Ohio. Once we crossed into Michigan, I-75 became rough, I am going to rate this section of I-75 at a 7 out of ten. 
Crossing the Ambassador Bridge into Canada

That brings us into Canada, and onto the 401 and finally Hwy 4. (Colonel Talbot Rd.) The 401 starts out very smooth, but as we traveled towards London, it definitely has it rough sections, so my rating for this is a 8 out of ten. 

Trucks at Canada Customs
The short drive on Hwy 4 is smooth, so gets a 9 out of 10.
That brings us home to Canada, but not quite to our summer place at "The Ridge". I will include that in a rap up post of mileage, fuel and costs of our winter travels.
On the 401 in Canada

Until the next time, take and be safe.