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Old 12-10-2019, 01:17 PM   #41
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-14 Deg F with bright sunshine today . Spent the morning shoveling snow and enjoying the great outdoors . Wife picked up 100 lbs of. pork so I will be busy making sausage for the holidays. More snow on the way so we should have a white Christmas .
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:22 PM   #42
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Better be careful with the snow shoveling and that diet, sausage and scrapple are low on the health totem pole.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:04 PM   #43
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sunny and 62 here on the other end of the central coast, or as I like to call it, the mid left coast. I'm about 140 miles north of SLO, in Santa Cruz...
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:19 PM   #44
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sunny and 62 here on the other end of the central coast, or as I like to call it, the mid left coast. I'm about 140 miles north of SLO, in Santa Cruz...

And here on the south end of the central coast 150 mi. south and somewhat east of SLO, it was 64 and sunny today.
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:54 AM   #45
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I find this time of year tough as well. We live at the 53 degree lat. Right now it doesn't get light until at least 8 a.m and it's dark just after 4 pm. I have to make an effort to get outside to get a few rays of sunshine/daylight during the day or I feel like crap.


Fortunately we like to ski and snowshoe, so getting outside can be fun and helps with the blues.


I can hardly wait for our next trailer adventure - we just revisited all our pictures last night from the various trips we took this past summer. We'll pass the next few months planning for our next adventures - can hardly wait. The new calendar is also wonderful to daydream with.
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:03 PM   #46
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I can't even escape cold at Quartzsite. 29F last night...
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:52 PM   #47
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I can't even escape cold at Quartzsite. 29F last night...
How is your furnace holding up? For that matter, how are your new batteries holding up?
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Old 12-18-2019, 03:06 PM   #48
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How is your furnace holding up? For that matter, how are your new batteries holding up?
All is well, but I did tilt the solar panels today.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:11 PM   #49
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All is well, but I did tilt the solar panels today.
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:32 AM   #50
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I can't even escape cold at Quartzsite. 29F last night...
Ouch!
( I had to convert to Celcius to make that observation, almost -2c )
A haven't yet lived in the Escape at that temperature.
I have lived in a truck camper colder than that and the morning couldn't come soon enough as the furnace didn't last the night. That was before I knew a little about batteries and solar and leds. And before I knew about urban stealth campers who just fire up the stove to stay warm.
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Ouch!
( I had to convert to Celcius to make that observation, almost -2c )
A haven't yet lived in the Escape at that temperature.
I have lived in a truck camper colder than that and the morning couldn't come soon enough as the furnace didn't last the night. That was before I knew a little about batteries and solar and leds. And before I knew about urban stealth campers who just fire up the stove to stay warm.
Reminded me once at Yosemite in our little camper so cold at night and early morning used the oven to warm up too. Then go take a walk to the Anawanee hotel and sit at their roaring fire . The camper was bare bones not with the all the luxuries the trailer has , like a heater and bath etc. Pat
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:18 AM   #52
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December is usually Quartzsite’s colder month. Normally at the gathering in Feb we’ll see 60-80’s daytime and 40’s overnight. I did say “normally.”
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Another 29F morning, but at least there is lots of sun today. 50F at 10:20AM, and the solar panels (2 - 160 watt) are putting out 196 watts (they hit 304 watts yesterday afternoon).

As Greg noted, December is the coldest month here - I don't want to scare anyone away from the February gathering!
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:37 AM   #54
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Better be careful with the snow shoveling and that diet, sausage and scrapple are low on the health totem pole.
Give me the sausages any day, its the sugar and white flour that's killing us all.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:52 AM   #55
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We have 3 coolers full of homemade sausage (120 lbs ) sitting in our outdoor refrigerator / freezer
The sausage will be given to our 5 children at Christmas.
Tomorrow, we will be making sausage gravy ( 2 gallons) for family breakfast on Christmas morning.
As far as being a healthy diet , I don’t know and at 70 years old I am not sure I care .

PS ; Jim , scrapple may not be part of a healthy diet but it sure tastes good especially on a chilly morning !
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:24 PM   #56
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Vertical again today. Christmas shopping done, ran the dog,
Made a run to the landfill. Watching the 2 1/2 year old grandson this afternoon and into the evening while everybody else goes to an obscure movie Something about a war in the stars. 20 degrees above normal for the next week. Nearly 50F this afternoon. Can’t be gloomy, every one of these days counts off, as my dad used to stay. 75 years ago right now it was a lot colder and very snowy in the Ardennes where the greatest generation made unbelievable sacrifices to keep America free. Thank a veteran
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Old 12-19-2019, 02:13 PM   #57
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We have 3 coolers full of homemade sausage (120 lbs ) sitting in our outdoor refrigerator / freezer

Tomorrow, we will be making sausage gravy ( 2 gallons) for family breakfast on Christmas morning.
If I did that here the bears would be all over it in no time. Then I'd get fined and the bears would get shot.

But that sounds like a great Xmas breakfast.

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We have 3 coolers full of homemade sausage (120 lbs ) sitting in our outdoor refrigerator / freezer
The sausage will be given to our 5 children at Christmas.
Tomorrow, we will be making sausage gravy ( 2 gallons) for family breakfast on Christmas morning.
As far as being a healthy diet , I dont know and at 70 years old I am not sure I care .

PS ; Jim , scrapple may not be part of a healthy diet but it sure tastes good especially on a chilly morning !
Hi: steve dunham... But, but, but, what about the biscuits and fried green tomatos? Alf
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If I did that here the bears would be all over it in no time. Then I'd get fined and the bears would get shot.

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I have a 50' X 160' lot and the bears have the rest of BC. - 364,764 mi
They can stay the hell out of my yard.
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Try CBD and a SAD's light

A couple of winters ago I got in a real funk. Next winter I bought a very bright "seasonal affective disorder" (SAD) light. Sphere model, by Gadget Technologies, all LED's, and I use it in the morning when on the computer. The next year or so I added CBD (hemp) oil. No buzz from that, seems to work, and actually got it for sore joints and inflammation, but the voodoo reports says it can help for mood. Jury is out on that, but it doesn't appear to hurt. It will be 5-7 years before valid science studies are done on CBD and reported.
There is solid science on the SAD's lights already. They've been around for awhile now.


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