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Three Slices of Sunset Heaven at Surfside! (+2 insets!)

Three Slices of Sunset Heaven at Surfside! (+2 insets!)
(+2 insets!) (you won't be disappointed at the full-size version!) (please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for information about the insets)

Updates from the Home Front
I am still trying to thaw out from my morning tromp up and down the driveway--it was a mere 26.5°F / -3°C when I stepped out this morning…YIKES! But I couldn't ask for a more beautiful start to the day. A bright and sunny day with cloudless sky, sparkles greeted me everywhere I turned and as I walked, it was like a spangled parade of twinkling brilliance accenting every step. My feet crunched solidly on the frozen ground and I was amused that the pile of rocks I used to keep track of my laps was frozen solid to the larger rock slab they sat on. Carefully stepping on the stones loosened some of them but alas, a couple refused to budge from their bond and I was forced to use a couple of substitutes to take their place. Heh…

Trailer Updates
It's been too cold for Steve to do a lot of work on the trailer but he's done what he can if ever the temperature cooperates. Our shop is not heated or insulated very well, and is intolerable to work in if it's too cold. I don't blame him! Even though the trailer is comfortable, much of Steve's work involves use of the shop's many essential tools so there's just no getting around this roadblock. However, he was able to finish an important step a couple of days ago and both of us are ecstatic!

The Problematic Entertainment Center
One of the things we wanted to address was the "entertainment center" that came with the trailer when we purchased it. This standard feature, found in most trailers, included a nook with a stereo and flat-screen television attached to the wall. Below all of this was a faux fireplace behind glass that actually uses a heater to simulate warmth coming from the artificial wood and graphical fire.

Our Artificial Fireplace…is Actually AWESOME!
We first thought the fireplace was the ultimate in cheesy, artificial stupidity. But slowly we came to realize that it was not only ok--it was actually wonderful! True, the fireplace is the pinnacle of fakery--you can even change the color of the "fire" and "glowing embers" to a variety of choices--OH BROTHER! But then something wonderful happened: we gave the dumb thing a chance and of all things, had to admit that it was pretty awesome. Changing the color of the flames from gold to purple or blue or green…that was so much fun! (I found this video in on YouTube which shows something vaguely similar to ours (click) We also recognized that the heat that came from the "fire" was wonderful and surprisingly accurate--intensely hot like a real fire if you were too close, cozy and warm if you sat back on the lovely entertainment lounge chairs that sat opposite to the entertainment center. We love our cheesy fireplace now and it reminds us of fun things we had years ago like lava lamps and plasma nebula globes.

That TV Has To Go…We Need the Space for Something USEFUL!
However, the television aspect of this center was a big, huge NOPE! At first Steve tried to convince himself that it was nice and that we'd use it a lot, but I wouldn't leave him alone about it. I kept reminding him, "DUDE...we'll NEVER EVER use it. We don't WATCH tv except for an hour at night to camp Chicken* before bed, and that's in the bedroom!" Finally he admitted that it was a horrible waste of space. What's more, there was no place to put our espresso machine and grinder, nor did we have enough room for our electronic charging area. The obvious choice would be to pull out the tv and turn it into a coffee bar with a cabinet above for the charging stuff and electronic gadget storage.

*"Camping Chicken" is a nightly ritual where I climb into bed and put the sheets over my legs to make a cave. Our parrot, Pumpkin, goes into this cozy space to clean her feathers and settle down while we watch a tv show or part of a movie. After the show we coax her out from where she's snuggled down next to her "pet foot" and after kisses, we put her into her night cage's sleeping tent.

Creating the Coffee Bar
After a bunch of issues along the way--we tried putting in tiles, only to discover that they lifted and the grout cracked horribly. It then occurred to us, er…duh?...we never considered the fact that an RV in motion is like a nonstop earthquake...tiles would have NEVER worked. We would need a one-piece solution..but what?

As a lucky find, Steve was wandering around a home-improvement store one day and discovered a one-piece, 4ft counter kit that would PERFECTLY slide into that spot! The color scheme also went exactly right with the coach! And so with all ducks in a row, Steve installed and siliconed the counter into place and finally, with peacock tail at full and glorious display, ushered me over to take a peekie at his workmanship.

It was absolutely marvelous! The counter is better than the tile could have ever been and actually looks as if it were an original installation--how cool is that?! And without the tv in place, there's a wealth of extra room. In fact, during our first plan to put tiles in place, we ended up gaining 1.5 feet of extra space! The removal of the tv and the mechanism that held the tv was nearly a foot of valuable depth that we recovered. Then, upon further investigation, we discovered that the wall behind the tv, when removed, revealed another half-foot of unused space! Every inch of room in a trailer is at a premium and having this newfound, spacious area was a total windfall for us!

We now have a gorgeous, spacious area for our beloved espresso machine, the coffee grinder, and all of the implements that go with it. The surface is perfect and just right for the daily mess which happens when making coffee.

And, now that the counter is finished, Steve will be able to get started on the electronics cabinet above the coffee bar…hooray! :)

Today's Pictures
Our sunset walk out along the water at Parksville's Surfside RV Park was almost too wonderful for words. I ended up with so many great pictures that I couldn't bear the thought of lumping them all together in one gaudy presentation without giving at least a couple of them a "main shot" position. So today's star is a panorama which shows some of the amazing driftwood found along the shores here, accented by the setting sun and beautiful fading light. The insets show two other sunset pictures, each of which I thought merited a look. I hope you like them too! What an evening for memories it was!! :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAM!!! I hope you have a super day!!
Pam, I know that you are moved by sunsets/rises just as much as I am, so I went to remind myself of some of your lovely pictures. Wow, wow, wow. Yeah, no two are ever the same and all of them are so special in their own colorful way! What a joy to behold your fine imagery and also, the graphical creativity that you let loose on some of your pictures. Outstanding and breathtaking. Thank you for the show! *BIG HUGS from southern Oregon*

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42 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable,les moments tant attendus et tant choyés *******
Remarquables aussi ces pips reposantes.
4 months ago.
cammino club
Wonderful sunset images, showing magical moments!
4 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
deux belles photos reposantes !!
4 months ago.
Reyk club
Oh, mein Gott was für herrliche Bilder.
Als ob die Zeit stehen geblieben ist.
Hier kann man sich niederlassen, träumen und seinen Gedanken freien Lauf lassen.
4 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Je trouve que chaque lever ou coucher de soleil est un moment magique ! vous en donnez encore la preuve à ces beaux rendus ! ************************
4 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
4 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
4 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
The second insert is the best with the golden path and the starburst effect
4 months ago.
Kenny club
Lovely shots
4 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Klasse compo met die boomstammen
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent shots!

Admired in:
4 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Trois superbes photos d'un endroit merveilleux ! Je comprends que vous appréciez ces sorties tardives sur les bords du lac !
Bonne journée, Janet !
4 months ago.
uwschu club
wunderschön, mich zieht es auch immer eher ans Wasser, als in die Berge
4 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe !! un beau lever
4 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful pictures, Janet ! Good Morning ! Have a very nice day !
4 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
I love the silence here, no bird, no wind, just silence, beautiful!
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
A beautiful series of sunset image Janet.
4 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, gorgeous series, Janet ! Have a good day !
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Beautiful set of wonderful sunsets Janet

Thank you for posting in the group
4 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Great series of images. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
4 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful series. I like the calm mood, Janet!
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is a beautiful serie, thank you
4 months ago.
I will take for all of the three slices as I would any cake (chocolate please).Gorgeous images Janet.
THANK YOU for your awesome comment.
4 months ago.
Annemarie club
Again so beautiful!
4 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wieder eine wunderbar blumige Reisereportage, Janet! Vielleicht hattet ihr auch Eisblumen? Schöne Grüße über den großen Teich hinweg! -

PS bezüglich Makro-Fotos: Ich habe mich gestern mal zu Hause mit einer netten Dame beschäftigt (Datum um 1 Jahr zurückgesetzt):
4 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
lovely series, I prefer the first inset
4 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
enchanting view !!!
4 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a beautiful image Janet, the light is amazing.
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Three fantastic sunset images Janet.....................I love them all for different resaons but if I had to pick a fave it would be the first PiP for the sheer scrumptiousness of the colours in the sky and reflected on the surface of the sea..!!

I love your narrative as always.............poor Steve...........you're working him too hard..!! Give him a day off when the weather gets better :-))

I laughed reading about your "camping chicken" ritual. Completely crazy, yet so..............you :-))
4 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Agréable moment et humeur !
4 months ago.
 Nancy Hanko
Nancy Hanko
Very lovely sunset photos!! The coast line, the driftwood, the reflections on the water are wonderful. Moments like that make you want time to stand still!! The outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice!! Yet the most beautiful morning and evening skies soooo quickly change. It reminds me not to delay totally stopping to catch the wonder and view. It reminds me to stop and remember and be thankful!! We take so much for granted that can change sooo fast.
Awesome work on your travel trailer by Steve!! Wonderful story of working to replace that counter that didn’t work, so hard to start over!! But by not giving up, and thinking and pondering, while out and about, a new idea came to mind. Best yet is that it was the perfect answer with the perfect fit and lovely blended color that came to hand, with Steve’s work of skilled craftsmanship!! Wonderful!!
The fire place sounds lovely too and warm. You must be very eager for your next adventure!!
Best wishes, thanks for the lovely photos and taking the time to write ‘the story’!
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 Nancy Hanko
Nancy Hanko
Pumpkin’s routine is cute and fun. She is such a dote! No wonder she doesn’t like it when you are gone, who could come even close to providing such specialized and wonderful care?!! Happy for pumpkin, she is a ‘punkin’!!
4 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I love the pastel shades in the sky of this beautiful panoramic landscape.
4 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Great series Janet, well done.
Love the story too;-))))
Have a good evening.
4 months ago.
RHH club
Wow! Love the panoramas and the sun star. Couldn't possibly pick a favorite, but looking at them makes me glad we're traveling again - not so glad earlier this morning after two grueling days and one night on the road. Don't photos like you've posted bring a lot of memories and stir one's blood for another adventure.

Nice to hear that Steve is making such good progress on the RV. Sounds like he's made some huge improvements. I understand, though, what working in a cold shop is like - that's why I insulated and drywalled/panelled the garage last fall. Just too cold in the winter before, but now it's good andwith a heater toasty warm.

Because we did so much work there we had to buy a containment mat for the garage so we could keep the car there in the winter. Otherwise the ice and snow melts and we have water everywhere. Really nice not to have to scrape windows and sit on cold seats now. If I want work space we just move the car outside.

As to our trip, we are in San Antonio sitting in a Starbucks. We'll check into our guesthouse in a while: www.ogeinn.com. This is the kind oif place we would NEVER stay in or book, but one of the boys and his wife who stayed there not long ago booked it for us for a gift. We'll be there two night and hope to do the mission trail tomorrow.

We left home about 9:30 after dropping Ed and Jess at the airport and drove all day (nine and a half hours) to Sheridan. Thankfully we had clear skies and good roads though at the end we had some blowing snow and slippery areas. Stayed the night in a Walmart parking lot after trying one of our homemade freeze-dried meals.

Left Sheridan about 6:30 am and headed south - Wyoming, Colorado, the Oklahoma Panhandle and finally Texas. We had planned to stay in Amarillo but ended up driving on to San Antonio, though we slept several hours along the way. Arrived about 7:00 and have been to the Toyota dealer, done some shopping and are now here.

We had the check engine light go on along with some others. Tried to make it to a dealer in Amarillo but the time change got us. So we went on to San Antonio and had the car looked at this morning. They said it was some bad gas and I've gotten some Seafoam to add to the gas when we fill up. Glad it was nothing more.

I did some hiking some years ago north of Palm Springs, a place called Whitewater and had a great time: www.ipernity.com/doc/162835/18093545/in/album/965654. Nancy and I also hiked near Redlands last year though I haven't posted any photos of that hike. Bring plenty of water, though!

Guess that had better be it for now.
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
A new one on me... ''ultimate in cheesy, artificial stupidity''... as a phrase - really made me chuckle !.... but it appears that everything turned out well after all... brilliant... and top notch 'space revealing' discoveries .. well done there.
Many thanks for the links Janet.. I have a great interest in this type of tech....
Cheers from... David J'....
4 months ago.
 Nancy Hanko
Nancy Hanko
There is a post on the bookshelf ‘trading post.’ Thanks for your sharing and insite!!
4 months ago.
 Nancy Hanko
Nancy Hanko
By the way, Janet, that wasn’t a light for the rocks, it was the piano light, I love to play the piano. My Dad and I loved to play. He played by ear. I am self taught (and therefore don’t understand the theory), but learned all our church book’s songs and many hymns. I have played so much and for so many years, that I add octave chords and broken chords to connect and add to the original tune. Seven of our eight children have had piano lessons, to make up for my missing having them in my youth. Even our special needs son, Neal, had years of lessons and was ‘so good’, before he needed to be put on medication, that he could play about 40 of our church hymns, all four parts.
My oldest brother had three years of lessons, and then didn’t want to play at all. By that time, Mom was sick of nagging a child to practice, practice; and there wasn’t enough money for lessons. Nevertheless I worked and worked and played and played ‘until I got it’!!
One of our daughters who went quite far with lessons and plays well, comments - when I say that I don’t know the theory - ‘but you do it! with chords, broken chords and arpeggios...’
I have had small sessions of lessons a couple of times, but because I learned ‘to play so well’, no teacher really understood I needed to go back to kindergarten theory to actually put it into practice. The teachers I had always fast forwarded the theory to catch it up with my playing, the result was that it was never applied theory and was not of any use to me.
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow what amazing pictures here Janet. The driftwood looks fantastic. I looked up the link showing the fire - you're right - it does look very effective. I'd definitely have it switched on the orange flames - it made everything seem so cosy and warm. I think you've both made a wonderful choice of ridding yourself of the tv - if you rarely use one, then it's pointless it being there taking up space.
4 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I love the colours in the first PiP...the other pic's are pretty good as well. A beautiful light on the main shot Janet.
4 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Hi, Janet. I'm running behind on looking at your wonderful photos. I love the colors in your first sunset photo.
4 months ago.
 Kama 56
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