Wednesday, August 19, 2009


The coach we bought was plain vanilla, something like this one. It did have a refrigerator and kitchen disposer. Now this was an aluminum sided residence, and when it rained, we sure knew about it. Clang, clang, clang.

Over the years we made improvements. One of the first was a foam roof on top of the metal. That sure made things a lot more quiet. We also added earthquake bracing. When the ’89 quake hit, I was in my bathroom, and when things started shaking, I just sat down on the floor. The only thing that happened was the medicine cabinet doors opened, and a few items fell out. Then it dawned on me that I was sitting in front of the glass shower doors. Ulp! They didn’t break. The bracing really worked.

The next big project was when we had the den enlarged, and added a screened porch to replace the little landing and steps at the front door. The porch added eight feet on the side of the coach, so we decided to push the den wall out to meet the edge of the porch.

The arrow shows where the den used to end.

In addition, we had the contractor add a big closet that extended all the way to the window of the bedroom.

Additionally, a door from the den to the porch was installed.

Finally, we had vinyl siding put on top of the aluminum. This was much prettier, and made our home much warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

You can see that the porch siding was a different color.

We were pretty pleased with the results.

Now let’s have a look around inside.

Here's one side of the kitchen on the right,

and here is the other side.

The birds have their respective cages on top of the counter in the dining room.

The big couch in the living room.

The den is where I spend most of my time.

My desk is usually this messy.

Book shelves above and to the left of the desk.

In that space created when we had the den wall pushed out is where all my computer equipment is located. That's the printer.

And there is the monitor and keyboard. You can barely see the computer itself. It's that bit of shiny gray on the right center. Over on the left is my laptop, which is sitting on top of the scanner.

And that's what there is to see.

How about something funny --

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

A contestant Sally, on 'Who Wants to be a
Millionaire?' had reached the final plateau.

If she answered the next question correctly, she would
win $1,000,000. If she answered incorrectly, she would pocket
only the $25,000 milestone money.

And as she suspected the Million Dollar Question was no

It was, 'Which of the following species of birds does
not build its own nest but instead lays its eggs in the nests of
other birds? Is it:

A) the condor

B) the buzzard

C) the cuckoo

D) the vulture

The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer.
She had used up her 50/50 Lifeline and her Ask the Audience Lifeline. All
that remained was her Phone-a-Friend Lifeline.

She hoped she would not have to use it because......... Her
friend was,........ well, not terribly bright.

But she had no alternative. She called her friend and
gave her the question and the four choices.. Her friend responded

'That's easy. The answer is C: the cuckoo.'

The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast.

She considered employing a reverse strategy and giving
any answer except the one that her friend had given her.

And considering her friend wasn’t that sharp would seem
to be the logical thing to do. But her friend had responded with such
confidence, such certitude, that the contestant could not help but be

Crossing her fingers, the contestant said, 'C: The

'Is that your final answer?'

'Yes, that is my final answer.'

'That answer is Absolutely correct!

You are now a millionaire!'

Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her
family and friends, including the friend who had helped her win the
million dollars.

'Jeni, I just do not know how to thank you, ' said
the contestant. 'How did you happen to know the right

'Oh, come on,' said Jeni 'Everybody knows
that cuckoos don't build nests. They live in clocks.'


  1. You two created such a comfy home in such a lovely spot! (Meant to say this yesterday when I read but I was just too lazy to type.)