Pat's Place (Chapter 2)

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Lone Cedar Ranch

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The majority of this entry is being submitted by a Guest (not Ghost) Editor...our friend Pat Barnes, whose place (aka Lone Cedar Ranch) we've been camping at in Webster, is a woman of so very many talents. She's an artist in watercolors (many of you saw our framed watercolor of snowmobiles going across Grindstone Lake in Hayward - that was one of Pat's), and, as we shared last time, she's a heck of a musician (took short videos with sound at the last jam session at the Oasis, but don't think I can put those in the photo album here); she rides motorcycles, is a one-woman maintenance and repair specialist on her six acres of property; cooks up a storm when given the chance; specializes in Scrabble slaughters, the like of which I've never experienced in my life; and, as you'll see below, she writes with style and great wit. She does all this with a severe lack of ego, and she has always been a person who makes everyone around her feel very special about whatever skills they might have. I will note pictures where they're appropriate, with further explanation on the photo of Pat's references. With this introduction - I'm pleased to submit Pat's contribution to our TravelPod:

It occurred to me that I oughta give you some fodder for your blog entry
from the Lone Cedar.
First, there were all the items that Greg accomplished from the 'Honey-Do'
list: 1) sturdifying my wobbly electrical service panel (with held breaths
as we fished a screw out of a tangle of bare wire, some of which were hot),
2) repairing a busted hinge on a stepladder, 3) wiring the rear of the big
shop, 4) changing spark plugs and air cleaner in the Town Car, 5)
discovering that the air compressor was portable and could be moved to the
big shop, and fixing the leaky fitting, then 6) replacing the rear brakes
and rotors on the Lincoln, 7) teaming up with Larry to repair the brake line
on the van, and of course 8) the ultimate 55' boom-lift tree challenge,
where Greg masterminded the whole operation and manned the bucket. There
were a bunch of things I learned just from watching him work, and his
running commentary as well. We probably shouldn't forget that he was
responsible for you both trouncing me in Scrabble, in that very first game
where all three of us played, too. (Note from Rosemary - Pat's definition of being trounced = something less than a 20 point spread between 3 of us!)

And Rose, you were busy, too: supplying us with delicious dinners and wines
and drinks and snacks from your seemingly inexhaustible larder. No mean
trick in a motorhome. Always ready to go online to find parts, schedule
events, transfer pictures, hook us up with neat sites. You supplied Laurie
with the power Windex and scraper to renovate the vinyl panels in the guest
house front porch. Cycled in all the CD's in your collection, so I'd have a
chance to 'mine' them for great songs. Will never forget Lightfoot's "Too
Much to Lose". When Larry brought out the pictures (which I'd printed off)
that you took at the GNCC, to show some of his friends last night, it was
obvious that he was proud and pleased with them. Thanks! Hope your back
survived our tree trimming workday. You were smart enough to wear long
pants and gloves, but probably shouldn't have been trying to wrestle with
the brush at all. You were ever the 'great communicator' as well, with the
ETA's from Satellite Sally, and calls from grocery and supply stores to see
if we needed anything. Not to mention the things you'd pick up and not
accept payment for. I'll still take you up on the ride in the Trans-Am,
when you get back here. And give you another chance to even the score at

Of course, just watching all the retrofits and shakedowns in your 'home on
the road' was an adventure in itself. The saga of the air dryer. The visit
from "Big Man", and the link up with Florida Trail Riders. All the work on
the scooters. Getting to see the racing system, and the computer
slideshows. The rigorous trimming when you replaced your mat, or portable
cycle. All the features of the dish reception and cell phones. The new
disposal system, and all the nifty utility add-ons. And all the scheduling
for your year on the road. Not to mention your continual appreciation for
local events, jams, races, games and friends. Thanks for being such good
listeners and giving Pam and me a chance to share some of our stuff. No
wonder you haven't had a chance to do the taxes yet. Me neither. As you
guys head up past the horses for the last time (this year), I'll be hauling
out the tax folder, and won't see much of the dining room table until the
return is sent.
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