Be Prepared

This gate guarding business isn’t a complicated job. The environment is our primary challenge.

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Given that, it pays to be prepared. I’ve already gone through all of the weapons in our attack and conquer closet but there are also practical, everyday ways to be prepared – or so I’m told (by Heidi).

I was in Brownies. I liked it quite a lot. (I’m the one on the left w/o glasses.) This picture was taken in 1966 as you could probably guess from the car across the street. It was the summer before I turned 10. I think we were marching in the 4th of July parade (there were more than 2 of us – the rest of the troop must have been somewhere else). 😀

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I can’t remember why I only was in Girl Scouts for 1 year but I apparently it wasn’t in long enough to fully absorb the always Be Prepared Scout motto.

Heidi, who dropped out of Girl Scouts after 1 week because they wouldn’t let her light her own Bunsen Burner, was born with Be Prepared tattooed on her brain. She was the kind who would start her term paper the day the assignment was announced and have it done weeks ahead. She used to be an English teacher so you get the picture.

Heidi has a system for everything. She asked the Safety guy to redesign the log sheet, despite the fact this oil company has a standard form that everyone uses. He did! I guess her constant supplies of baked goods are persuasive. 😀

She Velcroed a pen and a clock to the clipboard. It couldn’t be easier.

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And in case of rain, she has a separate, waterproof  container to keep the log sheet and pen in.

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Rain has been a new thing this year. We didn’t have any last year. As y’all know, the drought in Texas was terrible.

It’s been raining lately. A lot in the sense that it’s rained a lot of times, not a lot at a time (with a couple of exceptions). One minute the sun is shining and the next minute the sun is shining (it refuses to give up down here) but it’s also pouring.

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Anyway, when we’re anticipating a weather event, which is what locals call rain, Heidi get’s everything ready. She bungees down the lights. She has a dozen boulders anchoring down the fake grass carpet to keep it in place. She keeps her rain coat in the closet, right inside the door, and an extra set of dry clothes and shoes ready to change into.

All day long, even during weather events, she works while I sleep and things go seamlessly.

Heidi goes to bed early – 7-ish.

Then I have a weather event, like yesterday. I’d forgotten to get dry clothes. I have a jacket but I didn’t take the time to put it on. I forget about the special blue case. All the ink ran and the page was so wet the pen ripped right through it.

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I have no explanation, really.

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I blame it on being a Girl Scout drop out.

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This is the last portion of the English translation of  Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse which could also be rightly be retitled ‘Ode to an English Teacher’:

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Still you are blest, compared with me!
The present only touches you:
But oh! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects dreary!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!

The Day They Dropped the A

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, gang aft agley.  ~Robert Burns

It was a day of surprises. We lost an A .  That may mean no trading in for an RV with a nicer kitchen and a washer and dryer, but that’s OK.  It could mean a lot more than that for a lot of people. Or not. Hopefully not. I’d still appreciate your comments and votes about the type of RV you’d recommend. Even if we don’t make a change for a while, I’m so interested in what you like and why.

Since some of you have written to me instead of posting at Fork, I’ll try to sum up the pros and cons of a Class A vs a 5th Wheel,  based on your comments, later in the week. In the mean time, please keep letting me know what you think – and vote if you haven’t.  The motorhomes picked up some traction yesterday!

The best laid plans of Mice and Men, often go awry. ~ John Steinbeck

Until yesterday, I thought we would head to Iowa for a couple of weeks in the fall to trade in the RV and see as much of our family and as many friends as possible. Looks like we may need to postpone that for a while.

Until yesterday, I thought we were moving to Lantern 17  Monday or Tuesday when it arrives in Gonzales county. Our Company Man here on Lantern 3 told us yesterday that we’re staying with him. That’s OK, too. You learn really quickly the value of being pleasantly flexible in this industry. I’m just grateful for the job.

Kenneth ( Lantern 3) and Dale (Lantern 17)

Until yesterday, I thought there were only 2 types of poisonous snakes in our area but, nope – 4.  We live in, what was supposed to be a hayfield, but didn’t make it through the drought. They say we have a lot of mice. Snakes like mice.

Mice could be bad for the RV. Snakes could be bad for me. Hard to choose.

Brown all around

The cat with gloves catches no mice. ~ Navjot Singh Sidhu

Until yesterday, I thought 103 was really hot. But it was 103 around 8:15 p.m. when I was taking this picture, I thought is was getting cool. Sad.

All this is only for the mice and myself to admire!  ~ Catherine the Great