Sunday, January 26, 2014

We Hit the Jackpot!

 Tucson/Lazydays KOA
Tucson, AZ
January 20-25, 2014

Jackpot...our week got off to a squeaky clean start. First thing Monday morning, Belle got a much needed washing and wax job. We met Jason last year...he owns and operates Xtreme Power Washing.


Jason and his family do a great job...there were 5 folks working a steady pace. The transformation from dirty to clean and shiny took about 3 hours.

Thanks Jason!

Jackpot...later that day, Joe and I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Whitaker. Gary owns and operates Creative Woodworking.

 Gary is one busy, gifted woodworker! He just received an order from Orvis for 100 Fly Tying Work Centers which he designed. If you are a fisherman, you might have ordered one of them from, item #62KX-0000. Cabellas also sells them.

Fly Tying Work Center for Orvis...

Also, he has an order for secure souvenir cases for all the National Parks west of the Mississippi. It seems with cut-backs, most National Parks have one person in the gift shop at a time and souvenirs are being stolen. Even with all he has to do, Gary agreed to make 5 cherry table tops and 2 cabinet doors for Belle. We gave him patterns and dimensions and in 2 days, he called to say they were ready!

We enjoyed our visits with him. He is just the nicest guy! As a side note, his wife is from the Philippines. Their family there own a 40 acre farm that he built a home on...a home he designed and built. There were 4 other family homes on the farm. I say were, because they were all destroyed in the recent devastating Typhoon. His home stood strong...and his family were all safe! Today, their farm provides food for many neighbors who are without a home and food.


Do I have to say that Joe was in woodworking heaven! Thanks Gary!

Wednesday and Thursday were spent staining and varnishing...

 we enjoyed the most beautiful serenade! This Curve-billed Thrasher has the loveliest song!
She just opens up and out comes the most intricate melodies!  Her songs are so pleasing to the ear and she is very  generous with them.


She isn't skittish either.
I was all in her space!

I smelled these buds and blossoms on the lemon tree the thrasher was in.

 There were lots of green lemons at different stages...

 Our sweet pups have enjoyed this awesome weather...we have no complaints it warms up to a nice 75*.

We sure haven't missed the humidity!

When we bought Belle 2 years ago, there was an euro recliner and ottoman in this space. It didn't really serve any purpose, so we made a donation. This space is on the left side as you enter the front door. After tossing around many ideas, we decided this would be a nice place for the TV.

Jackpot...we took Belle back (to Fisher's RV Repair) for her new left rear jack on Friday and Jeff Fisher re-routed our dish receiver cable. Thanks Jeff!

 Today, we finished the first of several projects...our new TV placement.  The TV doesn't sit on the table, but is on a swing bar and for travel will be flush with the wall.  For viewing, we have several choices.  We wanted the arch in the table to mirror the curve in the cabinets above it!  I think Joe's design is perfect!

Pot Meat had all the "fun" jobs! That's me! About 5 years ago, Joe gave me the nickname Pot Meat when we built a privacy fence in the backyard. Construction workers in the south are known for eating potted meat on their do we know that? Well, its not uncommon to find the  cans left behind long after they have moved on to other jobs. Anyway, every time we have a project...Pot Meat shows up ready for work!

So...we hit the jackpot! No it wasn't millions of dollars from the lottery. It was  much more...meeting the nicest folks! Friends who I hope we can visit with again.
I hope you don't mind, but I will be posting several more before and after photos...projects we hope to finish up this week.
I mentioned earlier in this post how sweet our pups have been this week...well, they do have their moments like all children...
Can you believe they were just playing?

Have a wonderful week. Until next time, take care...
and enjoy the view!


  1. I love these transformations!! That is a great TV stand!! I wish we had a swivel on ours. It would be nice to have it turn just a little. Good to see you working hard down there, Pot Meat!!!!

    Can't wait for the next Before and After!!

  2. I had one of those recliners in the same spot in my rig. Never used it, so I donated it to the volunteer community double-wide at Okefenokee last winter. Since that time, I've been thinking of maybe having a wood set of drawers or a cabinet made to fit in that space. I like what you did. I'm happy where my TV is, so it wouldn't work for me, but it gives me some ideas. :)

  3. I love seeing the before and after pictures of projects that folks have done in their RV's. It's wonderful to see how creative people can be. I love that TV table. And it really does match the upper cabinet. The pups are so cute. Ours look really vicious when they play also. Thank goodness they are little.

  4. Great modification! Bob was always working on projects on our last motorhome. We haven't done any on this one. Look forward to more pictures! The pups look do cute :)

  5. Sure have to agree about those Curve Bill Thrashers having just the prettiest of songs. We have them here in our back yard & they just sit in the Mesquite trees singing their little hearts out. Great Curvy Bill photos:))

  6. First, great mod! Second, how can you lay on the floor without the dog coming over and licking your face??? --Dave

  7. I love your before and after pics! You learn so much by reading other blogs. Glad you are enjoying the weather. Hope we get to see you guys while we're here.

  8. Great mod - the wood is beautiful! We LOVE before and after photos. Who knows, you just might give someone a great idea that they can use.

    Love the photo of the dogs playing - they sure do look like they're fighting. I guess they are play fighting. :)

  9. You have sure been making a lot of changes. Thank goodness you were also able to hit the "jackpot" so many times!

  10. Belle is getting a make over and she is looking spanky!. Now I know why you left FL early in the year….you are running away from the humidity.

  11. The new tv unit looks like it was always a part of Belle. Nice job all around. I really like the Thrasher & lemon tree pics too. Wish I could hear the lovely melody as well. Happy to know you have finally found some warm weather. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we soon get some here as well.

  12. I bet it was hard to get daddy t out of Mr. Gary's workshop! Im sure he was in heaven. The new tv setup is awesome. I know he couldnt have finished the job without Pot Meat!

  13. Getting those changes all done and all that looking good.