Friday, October 12, 2018

Oasis - Paint, Music & Trellis

Since returning from Ohio I have been busy working on the trellis and new items for the Oasis. I have added interior and exterior speakers and new amp for stereo, wire shelves, another set of metal shelves and finished the wood part of the trellis. Hardware store trip today for a few more painting accessories then will get it finished over the weekend - flat area of the shed will get a coat of beige paint in the coming weeks.

Once I get the trellis painted I will be installing the sun shield fabric and the ceiling fan...also have more outdoor furniture ordered so when my winter friends get here there will be some nice seating.

The rest of the trellis is up!

Dark brown trim is started the entire trellis will be dark brown!

New wire shelves

4 stereo speakers - two inside and two outside

New stereo amplifier - still needs a little wire cleanup! It sounds great!

Another set of standing shelves for tools etc...

Two more 6 foot lengths of LED Light tubes for the trellis - on a dimmer!

Paint supplies!

Hope to have everything completed by the end of the month, ready to enjoy some nice music and friends at Cap's Oasis!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Monday, September 3, 2018

Blog Update - Oasis Trellis

The long 16 foot 2 X 6's finally arrived over the weekend and were delivered so today I started to get the trellis up at the Oasis. The plan is to create a 12 foot X 12 foot square of shade with the combination of the trellis and an outdoor shade cloth which is designed to cut 95% of the light and heat, we shall see how it works out. I also have an outdoor ceiling fan for the middle...

First a pretty picture...

The beginning of the trellis - still need to add 5 more cross members...but the hard part is up!

Sun Shade fabric

Ceiling Fan Light kit..

A little dessert from yesterday - they won't last long...

Hopefully the additional 2 X 4 12 foot cross members will be delivered this week before I leave for Ohio next Tuesday and I can finish the wood part of the trellis then paint when I get back and put up the solar shade and fan.

More later - still having fun!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Monday, August 20, 2018

A little Prank and some cooking!

Sometimes you just have to have a little fun around here...

Part of my summer job around here is handle the after hours phone and a little security patrol at night and then lock the pool and hot-tub and fitness room at 10:00 pm. Every Morning Ric our maint guy unlocks the pool and hot tub, checks the bathrooms and facilities then starts his day, it seems Mondays after the weekend the pool is usually in need to some cleaning. Well this Monday he was in for a surprise! Amazon and I were about to have a little fun...

It was a hit - he laughed and laughed after a little shock at first...

I spent most of Sunday trying out my new Convection Oven in the Oasis - nice to be able to bake things again.

First Up was meatloaf - microwave Stouffers just does not cut it, time for my old recipe and a good meatloaf.

Oven pre-heated to 375...

Back in the trailer mixed up some brownies for dessert.

Meatloaf done and out of the oven...

Brownies in the Oven!

Brownies Done

Dinner Served had some mashed potatoes with the meatloaf!

10 PM The floater went in the pool!

The park is in pretty good shape - Ric is a great guy and really making a difference on the property - with young Bryon off to greener pastures it has taken a little toll on keeping the place pristine, but from a Maintenance perspective things are running smooth. We have had a couple storms with some wind and that always generates some palm fonds down around the park and leaves and windblown trash so that is time consuming to pic up and dispose of.

Can't wait to get out of here for vacation on the 11th!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Update - Summer Fun & Oasis Update

Nice to have my appetite back and adding some new items for cooking and eating. Finally have an oven I can bake in, so time for some goodies...

Also time to get some bigger pans - now that I have a bigger oven to use...

4 cookies just a little too much...

Ordered this the other day should help solve the problem...

The New oven is fantastic and a great addition to the Oasis!

Also ordered a new egg poacher for the microwave! It works great!

It's too hot to work on the Trellis for the Oasis - so decided to get a larger TV for inside the trailer, same as the one outside in the Oasis - 32 inch ROKU barely fits on the counter.

Already have the ceiling fan and misters and solar shield for the trellis, so once the weather breaks a little will get the wood and put is all together! Found this the other day and think it will go well with the trellis and make my outdoor space perfect for relaxing. Gonna order it soon while it is on sale.

Had to order some big boy pants for my trip to Ohio - in case shorts and T-shirts are not warm enough, my last pair of new jeans ended up full of holes from battery acid working on the Golf Cart, so needed a new pair. I fly out of Palm Springs on the 11th of September non-stop to Denver then Non-stop to Cleveland. Arrive in early evening will be a long day.

Look out Ohio, will be there soon!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Monday, August 6, 2018

Another Summer Update - New items

I am amazed at how much money I have saved by quitting smoking, you can't believe the difference. And luckily I have been able to gain some hours to work here at the park which adds a little income - perfect timing.

Repairs and replacements

I have been frustrated since I got this trailer with the microwave - the turntable has been broken and would not go round and so nothing heated evenly, had to stop and turn manually and even that does not solve the problem, so you end up with burnt one side and cold on the other side...anyway it was built in with a trim piece so searched high and low for an exact replacement - it is a Magic Chef and has a trim piece. I finally found one for a reasonable price so ordered and it came - measured same model number - size is different but smaller so besides a little more gap the trim piece works but I could not use the mounting straps, but since the trailer is no longer moving not a big deal...If I tow the trailer when I win the lottery and buy a new truck, I will remove and put on the floor....

So Saturday when it arrived I removed the old one and put in the new one - not a huge job but a little frustrating because I could have bought a ton of less expensive microwaves that would be about the same size and really did not need the exact model - although this one has a few more features which is nice and it works great and the turntable helps a bunch.

So after that I got ambitious and tried to fix the oven on the stove which the pilot light will not stay lit - and to get at it you have to be on your hands and knees, took apart and cleaned and still will not work - so looked up parts to order and decided that a huge toaster/convection oven may be a better way to go and put it in the Oasis and keep the heat out of the I ordered one and it came today - now to unpack and see how it does and get rid of my small toaster oven.

I brought it inside for a couple pics when it cools down this evening will spend some time in the Oasis and clear a spot for it and get rid of the small one, only 111 degrees today so turned the A/C in the Oasis and will clean up a spot and maybe test it out...this thing is big enough to do a small turkey or full sized chicken, may never order the parts for the propane oven in the trailer! I am looking forward to being able to bake again, fresh bread, meatloafs, corn bread, turkey legs, gonna be fun! Between this and my Camp Chef Grill and hot dog cooker the Oasis could open as a gourmet restaurant...also found a nice outdoor furniture set on sale, may have to see about that as well...trellis is next!

Hopefully the wood will be in for the trellis soon, got the sun shade and ceiling fan already...

More later, see my Ohio friends in 36 days...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Update and Maintenance

Well it is hot here in the desert and the humidity has arrived a little early this year, which makes it a little more miserable. Not much going on outside on the oasis - but have plenty ready to go when the weather breaks - ordered the wood for the trellis, an outdoor waterproof ceiling fan and a 12 ft X 12 Ft solar shield which will be on top of the trellis to create some shade...should be when I start construction.

So the latest challenge (thankfully inside) - I go to get a clean T-shirt out of the closet to take to the shower and discover that the hanging fixture has released from the ceiling of the closet and all my shirts were in a clump!

All fixed now three new screws into the ceiling and then everything rehung...always something. The other day the pump in the swamp cooler died and had to go get a new one and clean out the cooler and install - that was outside and hot to work on...but only took about 30 minutes so I survived.


My original plan was to find a small car and drive back to Ohio via Salt Lake and Montana, but the car I found and liked did not pass the mechanic test, so I bailed on the deal and decided to buy an airline ticket. I arrive Ohio on Sept 11 and depart on Oct 2 right after the reunion, so almost a month there to see family and friends.

I am looking forward to it...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Update - Health and Upgrades

Quite a bit has been happening around here the past few weeks...

Most of you know I was not feeling well and decided to head to the hospital and see if they could finally solve some issues and get me back to feeling well. A friend from here in the park drove me down to the valley and I went to Desert Regional Medical Center, the Cardiologist I have been seeing up here suggested this was the place for me to go...upon arrival my blood pressure was high - 220/165 - not the highest it has ever been, but it was certainly making me feel pretty bad...I spent the night in the ER/Intensive Care while hooked to an IV to get my blood pressure under control. I convinced the Dr. that the Cardiologist was NOT getting my blood pressure under control since January and my last trip to the ER. The Dr. agreed to admit me and work on a pill plan to get my blood pressure down to a manageable level. So for 4 days they closely monitored my BP and kept changing the meds to get it under control. I went in on Tuesday the 29th of May and came home on Saturday the 2nd of June, with 5 new prescriptions which seem to be working - BP is now about 140/80 daily. They ran all kinds of tests and found no serious issues with my heart or vascular system, which was a relief. MRI, Sonogram, EKG, Chest XRay and blood work every friggin 20 minutes it seemed. They poked and prodded every orifice!
While I was 4 days in the hospital I could not smoke, so decided that the hardest part was over and have not had a cigarette since Tuesday the 29th - as of today that now makes 18 days and I am pretty confident I am over almost all of the urges, although I know I could start right back up again in a heartbeat, so will keep fighting the urges.

Several other things have been happening around here - remember the jack knife sofa incident - well I ordered a new recliner and it is super and I love it...great for TV and comfortable enough to sleep in, folds nearly flat!

I also installed a window air conditioner in the Oasis so can spend some afternoons and evenings out there in comfort.

Today another set of shelves arrived, something to assemble tomorrow for the Oasis.

I have also been car shopping - had some interest in the pick-up from a mechanic, hopefully can get that sold and buy a small car....

Looked at an HHR and a Scion. (Like the white here in the Desert on the Scion)

The HHR is a dark color so not as impressed...but I fit in both without banging my head getting in.

The guy has a Jeep Liberty 4 wheel drive coming in that I want to look at in a week or so...

Stay Tuned - I am feeling better and staying busy!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rant - Desert Dust and the Jacknife Sofa Incident

Been quite a while since I have posted on my blog, with the winter park guests almost all gone, time to get back to the Oasis and other projects that have been on hold...

All was going fairly well until yesterday!

One of my projects that has been delayed is getting the golf cart running again! Needs new batteries, at least one to start with since it shorted out and melted the post off. So had my budget for the month all set to get a new battery (2) out of 6 and buy 2 a month until all replaced. Also ordered new LED headlights and tail lights so I could drive at night. Yesterday the last of the lights and wiring parts arrived, so my plan was to get off work at 10:30 and head home, clean the trailer and then get the lights mounted and wiring ready for the new batteries.


The friggin wind has been howling for the past week or so and here in the desert it blows right through windows and screens and creates a layer of fine sand on everything - the floors, counter tops etc.

So I leave the office and decide maybe a short nap is in order before I vacuum and clean. I woke up very, very early and was half afraid to go back to sleep since I had to open the office early. So a nap was in order. First I had to load the crockpot with meatballs and sauce for my Swedish Meatballs for a group dinner in the Clubhouse, our next to last potluck before the last people head out.

Now the fun! And a laugh for all!

So Crockpot on and loaded - head in to the trailer and drop my fat ass down on the living room jacknife sofa and prepare to relax for an hour or so with a nap. Roll over towards the outside wall and all of a sudden the whole friggin thing collapses and the sofa folds up with me in I slowly begin to realize what happened and quickly did a body analysis to see if I was damaged, I came to realize there was almost no way for me to easily extricate myself from this phone was just out of reach, as I thought I would call the office and have maintenance come lend a I reached up to pull myself up and over the cushion and frame, to get my phone, it slowly started to lay flat again, at least flatter so I was able to slowly crawl out of what was left of the sofa.

Now upon further examination of what had happened I realized that the wood frame that was stapled in to the side of the trailer wall had collapsed and the sofa which was bolted to the frame had broken the frame and split the wood...well it only took me about 15 minutes to determine that it was time for a change and it was not going to be rebuilt but rather a dumpster run was in order. Spent about an hour trying to get that heavy bastard unhooked from everything and wrestled into the middle of the room - no way I could lift it all and fold flat to get out the door. Called maintenance and requested a hand and the trash trailer and within a couple minutes it was out the door and on its way to the dumpster - Thanks Bob!


So now the space is nearly empty other than some RV items stored under the sofa from the outside compartment that gave access to the up the vacuum and lo and behold it starts smoking and whining from the have to stop and take that apart and find 40 pounds of crap wrapped around the beater now the crockpot needs my attention and I pretty much said...screw it...time for a PBR!

Then it was time to head to the clubhouse for Potluck dinner and more beers.

Had to work again Sunday morning so after dinner - returned to the Oasis, made sure the vacuum was fixed and moved my zero gravity chair into the trailer and went to sleep....

Today, I am cleaning and have made plans for several alterations to the trailer, there goes the battery budget, so will have to wait until next month or if I win the lottery.

The bed in the bedroom is a queen and damn near impossible to get around and with the raised floor you cannot stand up beside the bed, major pain in the ass and the reason I have been pretty much sleeping in the living room on the sofa. My plan was (is) to remove the queen sized bed and put a nice twin bed in its place which will take up half the room and allow a "Hallway" along side the bed and with it being lower able to stand up. So that is all loaded in the Amazon shopping cart along with a nice recliner for the living room to sit in the slide-out where the jacknife sofa was. Will seal up the hatch that accessed the under sofa storage, no need for that anyway. That will be the next project - Oasis and Golf Cart back on hold.

Pictures tomorrow after cleaning up - the place is a disaster between the dust and debris from removing the sofa, I would be embarrassed to show....

I am off, Monday through Thursday this week so plenty of time for a major clean and dismantling of the queen bed in preparation for the new bed and frame. And the new recliner for the living room. Also going to get a bunch of crap around here for sale on the local Boo Koo site - selling my generator, sat dish, I have one of the Kegerators listed and the 5th wheel hitch for the trailer. Will try and get the wiring done for the lights on the golf cart and with luck sell enough to get a couple batteries for the Golf Cart.

Hope you all got a laugh at imagining my ass folded up in the sofa...funny now, but was a bit scary at first


Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest