Monday 18 December 2017

Everyone needs a Buddy

Last night was a perfect sleeping night.  The reason I know that is because it was almost 9 am before I even opened an eye.  The ocean air does wonders for a persons sleeping.  When I awoke I could hear a dull roar outside interspersed with some clanging, and some latin music.  The oyster boats were back and they were close to the Ponderosa.  There were about 20 of them doing the oyster dance, going in circles raking the sea bottom.

A little later we saw a tug boat pushing 3 barges up the shipping channel. That is probably the longest boat we have witnessed on this bay so far.  Hope he doesn't encounter a cross wind.

With all the rain we have had, there is quite a bit of water laying around.  The poor RVs on the right get splashed pretty good when the kids with the hot rod trucks roar through the puddle.

I told you we have been talking about a more efficient type of heat for these cooler humid days so we finally decided to get a Big Buddy heater which is made by Mr. Heater.  We talked to lots of people who have the Little Buddy and they are all happy, but a couple things made us go bigger.  One thing I liked was that the Big Buddy has a quick coupler for a propane line built in so we can T into our furnace gas line and run a hose off of it which will quick couple anytime we need to break out the heater.  And the second reason is that it is easier to turn down a big heater, than not have enough heat from a little one.  If you want one, they are a good deal on Amazon.  If you go through our link to purchase it, we would appreciate it.

Little Buddy Heater

Big Buddy Heater

110v to 6v Adapter

Here it is out of the package an ready to turn on.  Very simple to light, and hot so we will have to make sure it is away from flammable stuff.  Anything behind it is ok but in front and above it are the hot zones.

It isn't as close to the stuff on the table as it looks
Now the Big Buddy comes with a 6 volt fan which can be powered by 4 D cell batteries or you can buy the 110 V - 6 V adapter  from Amazon as well.  From what I have read, the fan is a waste of time and the heater works perfectly fine without it. I tried it today and couldn't really tell the difference if the fan was on or off.  Probably better off to buy a regular fan if you want to move the air around.  Even on low the heat it puts out is quite good.  We will attach the hose to the furnace when we get one, but for now we are just running it on the little 1 lb bottles to try it out.  We do have a hose to hook it up to a 20 lb tank if we get a cold spell.

only 1 side turned on low
Being wet and rainy, and being on the beach produces great amounts of sand everywhere.  It is a full time job vacuuming and sweeping around here.  Charlie loves to roll in the sand and then comes in a jumps up on my chair leaving little sand dunes behind.

During one of the little rain showers that rolled through we turned on the Buddy heater and Charlie thought that was just great.  He snuggled up on his bed in front of it and went to sleep.  I was reminded of the poem, Night before Christmas.

Twas the week before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; (or a puppy).  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and the Big Buddy heater was warming the air;  Old Charlie was nestled all snug in his bed, while visions of juicy bones danc’d in his head.  When all of a sudden there was a growl and snort, poor Charlie had just woke himself and cut his nap short!!   Well it goes something like that I think!!!!

They say if your don't like the weather in Texas then just wait a minute.  We say that about Manitoba too.  Well one minute I was taking a beautiful sunset picture out the window,

And not 2 minutes later a wall of fog came drifting over us from the bay.

I turned back to the house and this is all that was left of the pretty sunset.

Here is the view out our window today;

Our Location Tonight:  Magnolia Beach Texas  Boondocking on the Beach


  1. And I love love love your poem!! That is great. I was expecting Charlie to be woke because of a smoldering tail, TG it wasn't that!!!
    How cool to see the oyster boats like that and that long one takes up the whole picture!

    1. omg, I just thought to myself "Lorne, don't encourage me." I used to write silly and not so silly poems at the drop of a hat. Mostly at work, the school board staff were quite used to me sending emails out in poem fashion. LOL

    2. Oh Oh Maybe we can have a contest to see what silly poems we can write lol. I think everyone deserves a chuckle at my expense every once in a while.

  2. We have the Big Buddy and started using the 120 Volt Adapter. What worried us was something being too close in front and that it kept setting off our CO2 Detector because we kept the windows closed. We were told that you couldn't hook into the Regulated Propane Line with the Big Buddy. Using way too much Propane with the furnace we went with the HearthRite Vent-Free Blue Flame Heater. We'll know how it works at the end of the day.
    Be safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Im sure i will write about the hookup when we get it done. The hose and fittings are on back order from Amazon right now. We loved the Blue flame heaters they had at RV lifestyles but also thought that we hope not to use it that much so we are fine with this one.

  3. Hmmm... I wonder if Mr Heater works on Natural Gas??? It would be perfect for our TV room in the converted garage. Google... Google.

    Your Texas weather looks just about exactly like it was when we were there a few years ago except we had freezing nights.

  4. I don't know if they interchange with natural gas. I will leave that to you to find out.
    It only goes down to 6 or 7 at night so no frost, but it is the gloomy days that get to us. We are sun people kinda like a flower. lol

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    1. Oh just wait, there may be more poems. I think Patsy just challenged me!!!! lol


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