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Classic GMC Truck Parked Downtown

GMC Front Truck View GMC Rear Truck View

The Better Half and I once again broke our weekend stay-at-home policy today and went out among ‘em in the old downtown Wickenburg district. We had business over that way getting the dogs groomed and while we were waiting, we visited some of the touristy gift shops and attractions. We also had lunch at The Cowboy Cookin’ restaurant where we split a chicken fried steak between us. Yum!

This Classic 1950 or so GMC Truck was parked on Tegner Street across from Town Hall and in front of Ben’s Saddlery. It is a very nice, clean and well maintained/restored truck inside and out. Clickable images.

TBH and I browsed the shops in the area and I bought a new Larry Mahon straw hat to replace my old aging and falling apart cowboy hat that I use around the yard and when walking the dogs. The old one, literally, was coming apart at the seams. It is now in the recycle bin.

There were tourists and snowbirds milling about down there today. TBH overheard a couple of snowbird gents lamenting as to how they might have to stay here in Wickenburg for another couple of months until the glaciers melt in Saskachatoon, or wherever they hail from. Ironically, we locals find the high temps in the 50’s to be too cold for our liking, while some of the snowbirds were wearing shorts and t-shirts today.

Gold Rush Days Classic Car Show

Classic Model T Ford Radiator Cap Ornament

We did our annual trek down to the old part of town today where the classics were again gathered for the Gold Rush Days event. The Model T above left was very cool with a big V8 in it that had eight stacks. The Radiator Cap was fancy with a winged ornament shown in the other photo.

The event was pretty crowded today with the probability of blue skies and 80° weather motivating some to attend. I and The Better Half both wore shorts today. The same weather is forecast for the parade which will be at ten tomorrow morning. The parade route runs a quarter mile to the south of us, so we will likely attend that.

Clickable images courtesy TBH.

Monthly Generator Run

Generator Run Day

It has actually been a little over a month since we fired up the little 3KW Honda Generator. We ran it for a while today in the truck bed parked by the “orchard” next to the RV Driveway.

We took advantage of the electricity generated during the run and trimmed up some of the stubble from the lemon tree where the mule deer had eaten the outermost leaves. They did that last year too, but the tree came back with a lot of growth to compensate. The lemon tree, on the left in the clickable image above, looks a lot better than it did before using the hedge trimmer on it. I didn’t take a before picture.

I was going to change the generator oil after this run, but decided to do that next month and help The Better Half who was working on her Xeriscape Garden in front of the garage.

A Classic Ford Sighting

Classic Ford Four Door Sedan

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image of a very shiny and nice classic Ford heading east on US 60. Judging from some photos on the internet, I think this is a 1940 Ford 4-Door Sedan, suicide doors and all. It’s always nice to see the restored cars around town.

We were headed to one of our stops on “Shopping Thursday” when we get out of our jammies and do our weekly provision shopping. By Thursday (generally), we have made our selection for the weekend menu. We like to prepare special food for Saturday and Sunday Dinner. We’ve been known to occasionally post photos of “What’s for Dinner” here when we feel the meal was exceptionally good.

The weather has been pretty good thus far for January and we actually are forecast for temperatures to reach in the low 80’s early next week with 68 to 75 as highs in the interim. No wonder the aisles at the supermarket and the streets and parking lots are congested with “snow zombies” this time of year. We use the Z-word due to our observation that they seem clueless that somebody else might want to pass them in the aisle as they blankly stare at something on the shelves. These folks are definitely in Colonel Jeff Cooper’s “white” category, being oblivious to activity around them.

The Magnificent Seven

2011 Move In House Recent Photo

It was seven years ago today that The Better Half and I took possession of the retirement house we had our contractor build. After many home improvements and landscaping events the (clickable) images show the then and now images of our humble abode. The left image is how the place looked when we moved here; the right image is from last year but essentially how we see it today.

Even after seven years of being magnificently happy here, we are still making changes to the landscaping and other things to try and constantly improve and/or maintain the property. 2018 will likely see new paint for the house, courtyard wall and retention walls. We also still have it in mind to build an RV shelter on the south side of the property with full hookups.

We are still having to deal with some health issues this year with ongoing visits to various medical professionals for checks this and that plus we will probably undergo some fairly invasive procedures which are a little risky, but considered to be necessary for continued well-being. More on that after we’re done with it.

We are looking forward to a great new year with plans to see the families on yet another motor tour or two in the Class A Motorhome. Hope your year is going as well.

Today was ‘Run the Generator Day’

Clickable ImageWe try and maintain a schedule to run the little Honda EU3000is generator from time to time in order to keep it ready for use. However, due to a couple of extended excursions in the big RV, we let the regularity lapse a bit. It was long overdue, but today, we got it running again. It was a bit hard to start, but the generator finally started after several tries.

We originally bought this generator to power up our travel trailer. Now, however, we have the Class A diesel pusher which features an integral Cummins Onan 6KW diesel generator.

These days, the Honda only gets used for several things as needed, including running garden tools in areas where there is no commercial electricity. This includes the west rock and cactus garden for bush whacking and cactus clean up and once in a while down the road when native vegetation grows into the roadway.

It ran for thirty or forty minutes today using one of the big RV’s A/C units as a load. Next time we run it, an oil change will be due for the Honda.

2017 Federal Tax Preparation - First Cut

tax timeWe now have taken a first cut at our 2017 tax situation. After paying out to the Feds last year, we adjusted our withholding to try and prevent paying the lump sum. I used a spreadsheet earlier this year to figure how much we were going to withhold and from which (we have several sources of income). Unfortunately, after putting the preliminary numbers into the tax program, it looks as if we have over withheld and will likely get a larger than we like refund (hate to lend money to the government). The preliminary refund calculation shows that we’re going to be getting back over $2k.

I suppose that after we have completed the final cut for 2017, I will re-assess the withholding and make adjustments. A couple of things may have changed in our favor, including a slightly lower annual income and we have begun supporting the tuition fund for our local Christian Academy which is not only a 501(c)(3) Federal deduction, but a dollar for dollar state income tax offset. We paid no Arizona state income tax last year nor will we this year.

Now, all that’s left to do for the tax return is to wait while the various 1099 forms trickle in and go over each item again. I may tinker with some withholding numbers for 2018 in the meantime.

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