Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Friday, August 27, 2010


Up and at em at 04:30am, coffee with my lovely bride, and then when she left for work I heard those words that strike fear in a man's heart. "Honey don't forget to take the dumpster down, it's Friday." So as my pretty wife was starting her car I was hiking down 300 feet of driveway with a dumpster in my wake, only to have her smile and say "Thanks' Hon" as she pulled out of the driveway. Makes it all worth it. When I got back up to the house I noticed a full moon and right below it was Mar's, this will be the last time you will be able to see Mar's and the moon together with the naked eye until the year 2287, since in dog years I'm dead already, I  figured the chances of me seeing it again are way past zero so I ran in and got the camera.


Mars is just below and to the left of the moon, it is 05:30AM in Dardenne Prairie MO.


Same shot at 07:00AM, Mars is not visible now.

After much thinking about where to put my sewer hose holder, I decided on the rear bumper location, only because I didn't know if any extra weight would be bad for the present PVC pipes under the trailer, I knew the bumper was more than sturdy enough top support the pipe.


               The finished mod project.

Usually in the morning when I am pouring my coffee and after Rigg's has had his good morning hugs and pets, he will go to the back door and want out, as likely as not there will be a rabbit to chase in the back yard so he is anxious to get out. Ever since our first son was a youngster  and discovered monsters, we have had a succession of police dogs and labs and other large dogs over the years to keep down the monsters. We have always had the normal basement monsters, closet monsters, & attic monsters of all descriptions that go with most houses. To this day if the dog is out I will say he is on monster patrol, and I must say that for over 30 years they have kept our property monster free, except for one unfortunate possum that my police dog Heidi dispatched after it wandered into our yard. Funny how even now Adam will put Rigg's out and say he's on monster patrol. Dog's are just great, look at the entertainment value alone. Not to mention, companionship and love and loyalty.

Just got back from a trip to the grocery store, whew what a way to spend money, How many of you can remember when for $20 you could get your weeks store order, now it's two items to make one decent meal for the family.

Anyway that's about it for today Tomorrow Donna will be off from the truck company so she can sleep in probably until 06:00am which is late in the morning around here. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..


  1. That is just too cool. Mike and I sat outside last night and watched the neatest lightning behind clouds...just beautiful and I noticed the star below the full moon. I didn't realize we wouldn't see it agai until....
    You are so right, that was my last opportunity.

    Take care and have a great weekend.
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. And just think what that $20 won't buy the next time the moon and Mars are that close.

  3. We feel the same way about are dogs they are family.

    Have a good weekend and have Riggs watch the eastside of the state and Annie,Max and Lady will watch the westside for monsters..

  4. Yeah, dogs are great companions...After our Gypsy died we looked for a Lab puppy, but never did get one...and now, we are too set in our ways without one...We love on Terrie and Tim's dog, Bogie...and Kel and Cin's Sammy Sousa....You and Donna have a great weekend.

  5. Glad Riggs is on patrol. Every dog needs a job!

    Really like your mod for your sewer hose! May you never get a pin hole again!!!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  6. Sam, I was going to get up in the middle of the night to take a picture of the moon and mars, but I decided to sleep instead and wait until 2287!

  7. Thanks for the picture of the Moon and Mars. At least I got to see it second handed.

  8. Wow, monster patrol, never heard that one before! See you really learn things reading these blogs......

  9. With our 3 dogs, Monster Patrol takes on special meaning when we are boondocking in the wilds of the southwestern deserts. There truly are Monsters out there at times. Some four footed & some two footed. And some with no feet at all!! We always feel much better with our Monster Patrol on active duty.

  10. And don't forget about monsters under the bed. That photo was really neat. Makes me want to figure out how to take night photos. Whine, whine, whine, I want a new camera.