Sunday, December 23, 2018


Where Are We Today 
Pilot Knob RV Resort
Winterhaven California

Winter at "The Ridge"

It is that time of year again, holiday, hustle, bustle, family, friend and gift giving, that's what time of year it is.
Come on Dad! Let's get the tree up.

One of our last Christmas's at the house. 

Did you have to wrap it so tight, mom.

Holiday time, for many this is a time off from school, or work, some for a short time some for longer. Then there are those of us who are retired, you may say we are always on holidays. I like the way my Dad would put it, I'm retired, I don't get any holidays!
The Suite ready for Christmas
Hustle and bustle time go together, that running around making sure you have that last gift, for that special someone. Or that last minute grocery shopping, getting all trimmings for Christmas dinner. Whether it is quaint little shops or huge shopping malls, everyone trying to do the same thing, people everywhere and don't forget about the cars on the streets.
Close and long time friends back home, Kathy and Derrick
Family and friends time, we hope that we have time for family and friends. The best would be in person, but that isn't always possible, either there are so many that you don't have time to see them all or you live too far away.
Who are my family and friends? For the purpose of identifying them, I'm going to put them in groups. 
Most of our family together before we left.

Family is up first, for obvious reasons. Parents, mine are both now gone. Step-parent, which I have one, Marilynne. Brothers and sisters, while no brothers, but two beautiful sisters, Carol and Elizabeth. I also have a step-sister, Caroline. Of course there are the husbands, Brian and Bruce,  and children (six in total) of those sisters.  My children, four beautiful daughters Yvonne, Charlotte, Krystal and Jessica, along with their husbands, Dennis, Cory and one fiancĂ©e, Matt. Along with two step-children, Bridgette and her partner Chris and Patrick and his wife, Chaela with a total of nine grand children.

My side, last year when my dad was still with us.

 Then the love of my life, my partner, my friend and my wife, the person who shares the good and the bad times, the one who keeps me grounded,  calm, humble, satisfied and loved, Pat, some of you know her as Patritia or Patsy.
Of course there are the in-laws, a list so long, Christmas would be over by the time I typed all their names.

Heading out to a Christmas party in 2014 

To name all the friends would take until next year, so let me put them in groups. The list goes like this: closest friends, far away friends, RC flying friends, CanAm RV friends, Face Book friends, RVing friends, long time friends who you don't see very often, blogger and friends through family and many of these are in more than one group. That should cover everybody.
So that time of year is Christmas, with many things going on for us all. Pat and I are away from our families and a lot our friends, but that doesn't mean they are forgotten and not missed. 
Living in our RV, which is decorated, including a Christmas Tree and travelling to warmer climates for the winter is a choice we make. This year, like the past two, we are in a camp ground in the desert of California, where we will celebrate with close, RV and camp ground friends. 

Our traveling buddies this year

Christmas dinner will be at 2 P.M. on Christmas day with turkey and all the trimmings.

Christmas in the desert, Pilot Knob
So while you celebrate with friends and family, sharing a meal, a sip of eggnog or quietly listening to Christmas Carols/songs, whether you are having a white Christmas or sitting on a sandy beach or here in the desert, take time to be thankful for all that we have and think of those who don't have family, friends, gifts and food on a table.
If you are celebrating this time of year, CHRISTMAS, remember why we celebrate it in the first place, no matter what your beliefs are. The gift of a baby, a saviour, the greatest gift of all. The gift of giving, of ourselves, not just for the day or season, but all year long. A tall order yes, but do the best we can.
In closing, from Pilot Knob RV Resort in Winterhaven California, Pat and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
As always, comments are welcome, take care and be safe.

HO, Ho, HO Merry Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2018

Weather Station

Where Are We Today
Lake Havasu City, Az. 

Weather Station
While in Bullhead City, we purchased a Wi-Fi Wind & Weather Station, by La Crosse Technology, from Sam's Club. There are four components to the system, weather/wind station, thermo-hygro sensor, wind sensor and a water leak sensor.
Temperature & Humidity Sensor
It can be used as a standalone system or connected via Wi-Fi through your router to your phone or laptop. When connected, it will display weather thru Accu- Weather Forecast.

Water Leak Sensor
I use it as a standalone system, with the water leak sensor under the kitchen sink, the thermo-hygro sensor (temp & humidity) inside the pin box for now when stopped, (may permanently attach it there) and the wind sensor on the roof of the trailer. When we are  stopped, it is bungee corded to the ladder rail, do not want to permanently fasten to the roof. I am considering a pole to attach it to and then the pole to the ladder.

Wind Sensor
The weather station will tell me the current temperature & humidity indoors and out door, also the high and low records for in and out doors, at what time and date they occurred for the year. Along with the current wind speed and the highest for the hour, past 24 hours, past week, past month and past year.

Wind and Weather Station

We are both  pleased with the system and are looking forward to seeing what the wind speeds are when we get back home at " The Ridge".
That pretty much wraps up this post from me. We are currently parked in our friends, Rose and George's, driveway in Lake Havasu City, until next Tuesday. Stay tune to chillinwithpatsy, for what we are up to.
Until the next time, take care and be safe and comment if you wish.