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Saturday, May 30, 2020

What is up with new Blogger Format???

Holy smokes, Batman!  I gave the new format a try this morning and it doesn't work.  Couldn't open a new post window and the feed back box wouldn't open either.  I guess the brain trust that came up with this "better" Blogger forgot to make it even work.

Typical new stuff doesn't work even close to the tried and proven old system.  Again.

Oh well, an update about how we've been doing lately.  As I posted before, we were care taking my 98 year old father in our stix and brix home for almost two years.  Sadly, he passed away just before Christmas, peacefully, which we're thankful for.  Marti and I were with him right at the end in the ER where he was being checked for heart pain.  We talked and joked for almost two hours, then he closed his eyes and was gone.  I'm grateful we were with him and he didn't pass alone.

One of my favorite pictures of Dad a couple of years ago, he always was a character and wasn't afraid to have fun.

Now we've dealt with estate issues and have finished getting his house cleaned out and sold, just one messy issue left with his remaining bank account.  Dad had updated his will back in 2016 and gave each one of my siblings a copy but we couldn't find the original, we don't know what he did with it after an exhaustive search.  The bank will not release his funds remaining in his bank account without an original will.  I'm dealing now with a lawyer going through probate.  It's complicated because he was  a NJ resident and the will was drawn up there, but since he stayed with me in SC the last years of his life, it is considered his residency here.  So we're dealing with two state courts to get it settled.  As if one isn't enough.  😵

The Journey sits in our storage lot.  I visit it every couple of weeks and either run the generator under load for a couple of hours or take it for a spin up and down the highway for a good run.  The Corona virus had really put a hold on our plans.  I was going to take the Journey up to the Winnebago factory in June for a replacement of our slides seals, they are leaking and then a cross country trip to CA in July for a family reunion with all our kids and grand kids.  That ain't happening now.

We really were looking forward to it because it's been years since our three kids were together and some of our 9 (!) grand kids have never met in person.  Our daughter, Heather and her two boys lives two miles from us here in SC, our son Corey lives in NJ with two girls and boy and son Ryan lives in CA with his four girls.  Ryan is in the Coast Guard and is stationed out there, since he has moved every 3-4 years it's been hard to get everyone together at one time, and we were tied down with my Dad.   Hopefully next year we'll be able to make it all work.

Marti and I have been busy up until the shutdown with volunteer work at our church and the USO.  We have been very glad for our subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime TV.  We've really been enjoying lots of British shows, some are funny, some have you on the edge of your seat.  Sad we don't have that quality of TV shows in the U.S.

We're well and comfortable and at time miss traveling, but this virus thing will pass.  Hope all is well wherever you may be.


  1. Follow the money. I bet any change in Blogger is about them getting fatter paychecks.

  2. Don't tell me blogger is going to make trouble for me just after I finally got Open Live Writer to work with it. SIGH........

    So sorry to hear your trip across country had to be cancelled. My summer plans were also. I'm not sure we are going to get out of this for several years or how ever long it takes to make a vaccine.

    I know the pain in the neck of settling an estate having done David's "sort of". My dad is still alive. He'll be 100 in October and I'm not sure we will be able to go see him. I am POA on everything for him so I'm sure hoping I don't have to have an original will. Can they really stop me from just emptying his bank accounts and dividing it with my brother? We've already sold his home and car.

  3. We had a POA but that ceases upon death. We thought we had everything in place but always some little detail gets you. I once worked for a guy who wouldn't fly in an airplane but took trains to travel. His mantra was it's always the 10 cent spring that makes the plane come down. ;c)

  4. Always nice to see a post from you folks. Yes, this new Blogger is not good at all. Blogger was never no screaming hell in the first place and now they have made it worse. I thought there wasn't supposed to be any stupidity in those higher up tech folks. But, like you say, they've gone and done it yet again:(( Hope everything works out well for your future RV travels when they once again come your way:))

  5. So good to hear from you!!! Very sad to hear about Dad's passing, but glad to know you were there with him!! Hope you can resolve the bank issue with too much more hassle!!!

    All's well with us. Sitting here in Florida as we have cancelled all our summer travels. If we do head north and get close, we'll give you and Marty a shout. BTW, Baby was sold and we have a new smaller version called Maybe Baby;-))

  6. Sorry to be reading about your Father's passing. I'm certain he will be missed and can only express our sincere Condolences.
    Hoping to be reading about future adventures as things start to open up.
    Be Safe and Enjoy spending time with Family.

    It's about time.

  7. Sorry to hear about your Dad, but it is nice to hear you are surviving the bug. Stay safe

  8. Settling estates are not for the weak minded. I bless my accountant Father for having a binder with all pertinent info that I have kept up after he passed. Mom and Dad had set up a trust which helped immensely with everything. I'm still tying up a couple loose ends a month after Mom's passing.

  9. Paul so very sorry to hear about your father, but it sounds as though he went as peacefully as possible.
    Both of our moms are in very bad physical shape currently and we will be traveling back to VA shortly. Not even sure if I'll be able to see my Mom as she's in an assisted living place. Karen's Mom is in very bad physical shape, but still at home with her Dad for the time being.
    Sorry to hear about the cancellation of your plans, but it sounds as though everyone is being affected to some degree or another.
    I haven't posted a blog since late last year as we've been sitting in the same spot in Casa Grande, AZ. Can't wait to see how badly Blogger will be to me again.
    Safe safe. Tell Marti hello from both of us.