Saturday, October 01, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blob 9/29/2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1915 Hrs. 81 degrees, partly cloudy.

Good evening folks!

Sorry for not posting Wednesday's (Yesterday's) blog, because of the windstorm, some rain and it being mostly cloudy that won’t help with my solar panels. That’s right, we have type of small solar panels, unlike house solar when it is cloudy or raining, it won’t charge the batteries! Everything was very low on battery charge at that time.

Anyway, yesterday, due to the upcoming weather I read about, I decided to stay here in our 2 ½ acres land all day. At about 2:45 pm, I saw a storm cloud start to form from northeast area and as it approached us I saw some “devil dusts” around it as a strong wind started up. We had a slight rain off and on that started at 4:00 pm and lasted for the next 4 hours.

Today (Thursday) I woke up at 6:45 am and weather started being nice to me, not too cold or too hot or too windy and clear skies. Nice, eh? Had me some coffee with the solo-stove and warmed up my small dinner rolls with the tea candles and open a package of honey from KFC that I saved and spread it on the rolls! Yummy!

I took a quick bath, got dressed up and left here around 9:45 this morning. I just left my solar batteries alone to let them charge up for the day.

About 20 minutes after I left as I was walking along, someone gave me a nice ride with Ford F350 Turbo Diesel Dually Truck, 6 speed manual transmission! LOVE THAT TRUCK!!! I WANT IT!!!

He dropped me off at the front of the post office and he left. I finally, I mean finally drop off the package that I was supposed to yesterday! Dumb weather, duh!

Anyway, after I dropped off the package, I went to the library to relax for a while and ready a book about the Civil War, I love that history!

I left the library at 1:20 and took a bus to Walmart to do some quick shopping. Then I went to Taco Bell for a quick lunch and took bus back to the last stop on Avenue I East and headed back to my land. My good friend saw me walking and took me home at 3:30 pm. I went to the country store to get some ice and some Fritos Lay chip to muchie on!

As soon I got back again, I was finally able to charge up this Chromebook and my phone from the solar batteries. I let it charge up for almost 2 hours so I can open this Chromebook to start the blog!

That’s about it for the day!

Have a nice Friday!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch

Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog 9/27/2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1730 hrs, 83 degrees, partly cloudy.

Good evening!


Today was “okay”ed to me. Weather was bit hot, but not too hot like it was yesterday. Woke up around 6:30 am and bit chilly about 56 degrees. Brewed up my coffee and checked messages from my Facebook. Nice, 22 messages!


I turned on our solar panel battery at 7:30 when the sun rosen up. Took a quick warm bath at 8:30 am and got my backpack packed up with ebay’s orders and left to the town at 9:40 am. Made a ½ way walking down the “country” road and someone gave me a ride until the first traffic light into the town where I can catch the bus to downtown Lancaster.


After I drop off the packages at the post office (no, I don’t go inside the post office, just the blue mail box outside of it, because these careless black ladies still working there and still being careless since January!).


I went to the donut shop and had me nice and warm  Ham & Cheese Croissant and a bottle of OJ. Then I went to the library to relax for 2 hours and caught someone I knew from the group and invited me to the another church’s “Open House” with free lunch this coming Saturday and I accepted it and he willing to give me a ride there and back.


I catch the bus to westside Wal-Mart to get me some things I needed for the next few days and catches same bus with the same bus driver to the end of the line and walk back to my land, Only walked onto 50th street east and someone gave me a ride home! Nice day today!


After I came home, drop off my backpack and switch the power plugs from the solar powered battery and walk to the country store to get me a bag of ice and some chips then headed back again. I finally settled down at 4:15 pm and fixed me nice small dinner at 5:30 along with nice hot coffee as the weather starting to cool down.


After I ate, just learn we sold 1 more item from eBay and got that pulled out from the van and will get that label printed out in the morning. Basically the weather still warm and it may still could overheat my black laptop, so I rather to have it printed in the morning while it still chilly.


That’s about it for now, tomorrow I will still head to the town to drop off 1 packages anyhow. I am not for sure what to do after that tomorrow. I still need to get my camera to get fully charge before I can use the camera to make more photos for the books and other items for the eBay updated!


G’night to all!


Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center


More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch

Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Friday, September 30, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for September 26, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2000 Hrs, 88 Degrees, clear sky, light wind.


Good evening folks,


Today it was hot day, I woke up at about 6:00 am this morning to a strong wind that died down about 7:30 am. Had my coffee brewed up and cooked some sausage links with the Solo-Stove. After I was fully awake  and finished my breakfast and coffee, I managed to pull out two more eBay orders and got ready to print out the shipping labels.


My black laptop showed signs of overheat and I had to shut it down before I was able to print the shipping labels. Darn it!


Anyway, I went out to the field to get some more small firewood for my Solo-Stove. It became really hot around 11:00 this morning and it has reached 101 degrees today and started to cool down about 5:00 this afternoon. I finally got the shipping printed out around 6:30 pm and got ready for tomorrow's trip to the town, going to the post office and maybe hang around Downtown Lancaster for a few hours.


During the hot day, I couldn’t do that much because it's too hot and dry for me to do more. It is too hot for late September! That’s way above normal! YIKES! I did try do my best to stay inside and cool myself down and took a cool bath around 2:30 pm to cool down.


That’s about it for today’s blog.


Have a great day to you all!


Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center


More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Monday, February 15, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 12, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016, 1915 Hrs., 55 degrees, clear sky.

Good evening!

Yesterday I spent most of the day to reorganizing both the trailer and Astro van so the van will have more space to put in more books from the storage when Beth can bring them down here. Here’s the picture:



After I managed to pull out 4 eBay orders, as I trying to print out the shipping labels and found out that black ink has run out again, all that less than 2 week!! YIKES!!!

We are still seeking any donor who would give us storage shed ( minimum 10’ X 10’), if you know anyone who would donate and deliver it to us, please contact Beth at 714 699-3323. We need a storage shed as fast as possible!

Beth told me to try to get the ink refills kits, but I doubt it it would work because each cartridge have green memory chip in it. If I refill it, it may still have memory stating “empty” and not going to work.

Anyway, Both yesterday and today weather has been really nice here, very warm in the afternoon and nice cool at night time like 50 degrees.

Today, I had to go to the town to drop off the packages from eBay then to Wal-Mart to get another ink and 2 bottles of waters and come back here. No one hasn’t given me a ride to and back at all. I left here about 8:45 this morning and finally came back here about 4:10 pm this afternoon, yes, very long hours of walking both ways. Now my back is really bugging me, jeez!

Anyway, Last night I put in the small pile of tumbleweeds far from here, about 30 yards southeast from our RV. Here’s the picture I took with zoomed in:



Tomorrow I need to pull out 2 more orders, pack it and take to the post office. Hopefully I can get a ride to and back!

Just hopefully Beth will bring the remaining books crate I left in Garden Grove storage and BBQ pit with propane tanks. I miss eating chicken, steak and my favorite - hamburger!

Yes, I want to finish off to adding books in eBay!

I know there is one full & one half full propane tank, Beth can tell by lifting and checking the weight. If it is heavy, then it full, she can tell between full and empty. So I need this! I know we have 4 or 5 propane tanks in the storage, if Beth want to, then she can exchange it all or one at a time, it only cost $19.95, plus tax. Your cash donation would help!

Well that’s about it for the night.

Have a great weekend!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 10th, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 1915 hrs., 53 degree, clear sky, slightly wind.

Good evening!

Today is “a-okay” for me, but my cold “flu” is still stuck with me. I have to walk into the town until a good person with a Mercedes Benz gave me a ride to Wal-Mart halfway there, so I can get cat food (Only 4 lbs this time because it is hard for me to walk back with another 16 pounds bag), litter clay (4 pounds), 2 bottles of water and a soda and came back to the land with a ride again. I didn’t go to the post office today, because I just wanted to go Wal-Mart and come right back here and relax, napping for a while which I did. I don’t know why I am still “so” tired right now.

I can’t believes that 25 pounds bag of cat food were gone in less than 2 month, normally it should last 3 ½ months.

I have been hearing some “boomings” around that the U.S. Air Force practicing dropping 100 lbs of bombs.

Anyway, the weather is very nice today, around 70’s degrees, but hot in the RV. So I had to put a fan in the RV, but Solar Panel Battery doesn't work on the fan, however, the Astro van with engine running, works fine on the low setting for an hour and half, Medium or high setting does trip the red inverter. I also did crack some windows open for a while. I mentioned before I need a bigger and better battery for the solar panel. Oh well. Here’s the picture of the fan I took:

The Fam
Anyway, I noticed that Beth mentioned in her last video, hopefully we can get another camper or RV that’s better.
Pile of laminated wood

Few weeks ago, I mentioned in the blog about the laminated wood that I pulled out of the RV storage compartments. I fell it is an “eyesore” for me to leave it there for no reason. Here’s the picture:

I need to ask Beth if she would let me to burn it away from the RV in our land property, I found 5 different spots that I can choose from to burn it which it way away from the RV, van and trailer. I only will burn it when there is no strong wind one day. That way the “eyesore” will be gone!

So anyway since I am less emotionally, hopefully tomorrow morning, I can start pull out 2 eBay orders and get it ready to go to the Post Office and hopefully I can get back here fast as I could so I can start reorganizing between Astro van and trailer and start a video or two.

Well that’s about it for today.

Have a great day!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 9th, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 1915 Hrs, 47 degrees, clear sky.

Good evening!

Today was pretty nice and warm and didn’t need to wear a jacket for the first time! How nice!

I went to post office today to drop off the braille magazine from our eBay Store, no one has given me a ride as I took 2 ½ hour of trek walking to the first bus stop and it really pain to my hip and my back, jeez! I came back about 1:30 pm today and took a good nap until 3:45 pm to rest off my hip and back.

I still have a cold and sore throat that hasn’t stopped yet.

Anyway tomorrow should be a nice weather again and I will pull out 2 more eBay Order and take it to the post office, then I need to stop by Wal-Mart to get more cat food.

Our Crowdrise is now 20%, we need 80% more to go, please visit and help us to raise fund today at:
https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac

Please, do take a minute or two to visit this link and help us to raise funds so we can get materials for the chickens in our ranch project. Please help us by donating $10 or more.

Also, again, Please see Beth’s video at: https://youtu.be/JsskUcxejDY today and you can click donate there.

Also please visit our Amazon Wishlist at: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist today!

Anyone, PLEASE help us, we need lots of donated materials for this ranch project, we also need a truckload of firewood, materials for a storage shed ( at least 20’ X 20’). You can either:
  • Send check or Money order to OCDAC, 2255 W. Ball Rd., #2430, Anaheim, CA 92814 to help us purchase items we need.
  • Contact Beth at 714 699-3323 and ask what you can do to help us
  • Or email me at bobby.fleener@deafadvocacy.org with any questions
If you or your company supports us, your name will appear on our RRMR website at:
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch

That’s about it for the night, have a great evening folks!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 8th, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 1730 Hrs., 68°, clear skies and windy.

Good evening once again!

Over this past weekend I came down with a cold and my nose running all the time and had to blow my nose. DANG!!

For the past 3 nights a row, weather is so nice to me while I sleep, not too cold and not to warm, “just right” for me to sleep better, I didn’t have to bundles up too hard this time. Hopefully there will be no more “hard cold” for a while!

Today, the weather been windy all day and I saw some tumbleweeds rolling away across our land. It is fun to watch them.

Anyway, I just ran out of water here and it’s going to be hard for me to carry water around, but I think I can manage to get some.

I also pulled out 1 eBay order this morning, packed and labeled it and it’s ready to go for tomorrow again, ugh! We also sold APH Bookport for the blind. I know Beth has it as I left it in Orange County for Beth after we loaded up our trailer before I left Orange County. I have emailed to Beth about this and she hasn’t responded yet or “Marked Shipped” from the eBay. Hmmm.

After that, I finally cleaned the dishes and cleaned up here in this RV.

Tomorrow, hopefully the winds die down so I can go to the HQ Post Office to drop off the package, get one gallon of water and return back here. Yes, it is takes time for me to go and return, more like 4 to 6 hours. Yikes! I still have bit of sore right hip from the fall I had 2 weeks ago.

Well, that’s just about it for now until tomorrow. Have a great day! KMG-365!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 4th, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1950 Hrs., 43 Degrees, clear sky and light wind.

Good evening,

This morning when I woke up, my stomach was in so much pain, an hour later, I was very sick and do not know why. Yuck!

So I stay in bed most of the day today until 2:30 pm when I was feeling better but still feeling nauseous and I couldn’t eat or drink at all today.

I managed to pull out two eBay Orders, packed and labeled the shipping on the packages.

At about 3:30 pm, my new friend, who is willing to speak his friend about fixing the car contacted me that he won’t make it to meet me today because he has had last minute things come up on him and he will see me tomorrow or Saturday to talk about getting it fixed.

So at 5:00 pm I started up the campfire and enjoyed it until now.

Sorry, I couldn’t do much today due to illnesses which it makes me not feel like doing that much today.

Until next time!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 3rd, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30p.m, 45°, partly cloudy with light wind.

Good evening!

After what looked like was going to be a rough start to my day, it got progressively better as the day unfolded. I had to go to the post office to drop off the eBay store orders. Now, on a good day, the trip itself is a good hour and a half walk, plus another half hour bus ride. But my hip and lower back weren't having it today, making the already long trip even longer. Anyway, 45 minutes into my trek, a Good Samaritan gave me a ride to the town. From there I took the bus to 25th Street West and walked another 45 minutes to the HQ post office. While I was there, I found out our eBay store sold two more items. Fantastic!

On the way back, I ran into a guy who had given me a ride twice before. We sat down and had lunch at McDonald's. We chatted talked for a while. He said he’s going to talk to his good friend about getting the car working again (fingers crossed). Not only did he give me a lift back, he offered to take me to get more water and fuel for the Astro van. Good things really do come in threes!

Tomorrow morning I am going to pull out two eBay orders and get them ready to ship on Friday morning. I’m also going to try to work on the videos and tidy up around here. I need to gather wood for the fire pit and solo-stove. I usually keep a stockpile, but the wind scattered it all over the place on Sunday morning.

The weather here has been mostly cold. It should get warmer later this week!

That’s about it for today’s blog, until next time!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for February 2nd, 2016



Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:45 p.m., 38°, windy and cold.

Good evening folks,

Sorry for the long delay. Things have been rough for me lately. I’m constantly pulled in many directions. So much to do and not enough time, money or help to get it all done. ARRRGH!! So frustrating!

I wrote my previous blog entry last Tuesday, but it didn't actually get posted until today. While I’m tempted to post my blogs unedited, the reality is good blogs are never rushed and rushed blogs are never good.

As I was saying, it's been rough for me lately. Thursday I went to town to do my errands. It was a 2 ½ hour walk. I went to drop off the packages at the Lancaster Post Office. I can't believe they still refused to accept free matter mail. So I had to walk another hour and half to HQ post office. While there, I spoke to the manager about this matter. He said he will talk to them. He also said the tracking numbers are not accepted for free matter. I know for a fact it’s not true. He removed the tracking number label off the packages, and accepted them as free matter packages without tracking number on it. Someone needs to tell these people that tracking numbers still count for free matter!

I walked back to Avenue I. From there, I took a nice bus ride east until the last stop. Unfortunately, the bus ride ain't cheap and it doesn't give out day passes. Luckily, a nice lady was kind enough to give me a lift as far as 80th Street East.

It was REALLY windy on Saturday, with rain expected later that night. I went up to the roof to check on the cement patches I made and added more patches where it was needed. As I climbed down the ladder, I was so distracted thinking about all the things that needed to be done that I fell off the ladder and landed on my right side. No broken bones — thank goodness — just sore arm and hip. My hip is bothering me still to this day. Anyway, by 7:00 p.m., I decided to call it night.

The next day, I woke up to rain and VERY STRONG wind. I posted a video on FaceBook showing how strong the wind was! WOW! It was raining buckets all day. The front unit started to leak...AGAIN! But I couldn't do anything about it until the rain stopped. GRRRRR!!!! By 3:30 p.m., the rain finally let up. I went up to the roof to check on the leak. We now have a rooftop pool! LOL

Sunday morning: thanks to a leak this time in the rear unit, I now have a waterbed! YIKES! So I got up and wrung out my bed and put down another drip pan to collect the dripping water.

As I was saying, It’s been cold and windy the last couple of days. Good news is the ground has already dried up.

Yesterday I tested the battery between solar panel and Astro van. The solar panel isn't strong enough to power both my printer and laptop. On the plus side: I can run one of the printers and charge all three laptops off the Astrovan battery with the engine running. It takes some time, but it gets the job done.

I ran out of black printer ink. So I went on a 4-hour long trek to Wal-mart. Yeah, I know. The trip really should only take only two hours max. But with my hip still sore from the fall I took, this was as fast as I could go. I eventually made it to Wal-Mart, got the black ink, came back here and got the shipping label printed out, FINALLY!!

As soon as some money comes in, I plan on ordering more black ink from eBay. Which reminds me, I need to take those packages to the post office first thing tomorrow morning. Nice, eh?

I emailed Beth with suggestions how we can improve our communication and working relationship. As soon as we reach a compromise, I look forward to starting the video classes.

Well, that’s about it for the day, until next time!

Bobby Fleener
General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 26th, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:15p.m., 44°, partly cloudy.


Good evening folks!


Yesterday and today have not been good days for me at the ranch. It’s too much for me and it’s stressing me out again!


Yesterday I woke up freezing at 7:15 am.  I made some coffee with the Solo-Stove, checked out our eBay Store and found we sold 3 items.  I went to the trailer to pull out the orders. I was putting stuff back into the trailer when I banged my head and almost knocked myself out cold.  I fell and remained lying on the ground for a few minutes. It hurt like Hell! I was very dizzy.  When I got up, I had huge headache and ringing in my ear. I managed to put one more thing back in the trailer before I closed and locked the side door.  Still feeling woozy, I walked back to the RV, pulled out my smartphone and called Beth.  I took my shoes off and lied down on the bed.  Beth didn’t return my call, so I decided to nap off the pain.


After a three-hour nap, I was still in a lot of pain, but I managed to get around okay.  I checked my smartphone and saw I had one message.  It was from Beth.  Her message read “Yikes!”  I fixed my last package of beef flavor, ramen soup on the Solo-Stove without any trouble — that it is until I poured my soup on a plate instead of bowl.  Oh, darn it!


So anyway, after I finished my meal, I headed back to bed to sleep it off again.


This morning I woke up at about 7:00 am.  It was 38° and windy — still too cold for me. I brewed my coffee on the Solo-Stove. I ran out of my favorite hazelnut creamer and Sweet-N-Low, so I had to drink coffee plain black.  Yuck!


I called Beth back.  She asked me if I was ok.   The pain and swelling were gone, but I was tired and a bit weak from all the sleeping I did yesterday.  While I had Beth on the phone, I went online and checked our eBay Store.  We sold two more items.


I pulled out the two items, took a quick bath, shaved, and dressed. I packed the order and got them ready to be labeled.  I tried to fire up the generator, but it wouldn’t turn over — twice. I am like “Hmmm, it was working fine last Saturday morning.  I only used it for 20 minutes.  I know it has half of a tank of gas left. I haven’t use it since Saturday morning and today is Tuesday. That’s so strange.”  I opened the gas tank and saw it still had a half tank of gas in it mixed with oil. So I tried again.  You need to pull the cord to start it  (just like lawnmower) but it wouldn’t let me.  The pistons were stuck.  It wouldn’t won’t roll over. I just don’t understand why it did that! I know it!  It was made in CHINA!!


Hopefully, Beth will be here soon to get this generator exchanged. We’ve only have it for three weeks.  I contacted Beth about that, she like “Oh, crap!”


My idea was to try to take the power pack to the solar panel area and get it charged up.  It has been charging for 20 minutes and the red inverter was tripped. I turned it off for 30 minutes, then turn it back on.  The inverter tripped again after another 15 minutes of charge.  GRRR!!  Yes, white printer is so old, it needs lots of power.  So I need lots of power for the power pack.  As I waited for the inverter for the solar power battery charge up via the solar panel, I had to handwrite the addresses for the braille magazines to get them ready to go to the post office.


I went back out to the solar panel again, and tried to get the power pack charged up.  Again, it tripped after 21 minutes of charging. I’m thinking that the adapter needs at least 12 volts to charge up, but the battery is 12 volts max. I’m like “Ah! Forget it”


I contacted Beth again for another issue. We hate too many issues in one week, instead of once a month. She didn’t respond right away.  Okaaaay! Back to my RV again to get my smartphone  solar charged for an hour. Finally fully charged, I unplugged the phone and plugged the Chrome laptop in and charged that.


I took a quick nap and got up — perfect timing for me to reply to Beth. I’m only supposed to spend on food, not the company car.   Beth mentioned she would get food for me.  Soon I am going to give her shopping list of what I need.


Anyway, Beth and I had a short chit-chat.  She’s becoming “Irish” (LOL!) talking for an hour while my Chrome laptop charged up. Ah! Finally I saw the light on my Chrome turned from orange to blue  — it’s fully charged! It took close to four hours to charge with 65 minutes left on the Chrome battery as was I shutting it down. Yikes! Compare 1¼  hours of generator charge-up vs. 4-hour solar powered battery!


Anyway, I am now a sitting duck until someone who really can support us comes along to cover the roughly $150 in gas. We also need to pay our phone, storage fees and upcoming expos this Spring.


Well, that’s about it for now until further notice.


Have a great day folks!


Bobby Fleener

General Manager, Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch
Vice President, Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 22nd, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016, 2045 Hrs., 44 degrees, mostly cloudy.

Happy Friday everyone!

I woke up bit late, must have overslept for some reason.

I have not fired up the generator at all today to save the gas. I only fired up the generator last night to charge up some battery for about an hour that solar battery is so small and won’t charge too well one at night time since no sunlight. Once all the battery fully charge up, I shut it down. Maybe we need a larger battery that may help, I am not for sure about that yet. My idea is that there’s another inverter in Beth’s “Green Bag” that she rarely use it anymore and I will ask her to bring that inverter so I can use that for Astro van to charge something up with it.

I have 2 power packs here with me, one of them is dead, that’s the one we used it at the storage as I tried air up the trailer tire that got badly smoke came out of it. Another one is in good shape and does charge up the cell and laptop battery good. I am going to ask Beth to bring her power pack with her next time when she come visiting me so we can trade it, so she can take another home with her to charge it up. It’s does take at least 24 hours to fully charge up. I can’t have generator runs it 24 straight hours to charge it.

Anyway I finally managed to clean up small area including did some dishes before I make some video. I finally made 3 videos today, one at a time. I charge my cell battery with silver inverter which it have USB port to plug it in. 1 hour at a time. During the battery being charged up, I upload the video to my drive. During that time, I kept myself busy to clean up the floors again and reorganized my room. I also pulled out another eBay order from the trailer and will pack it, label it and take it to the post office tomorrow.

I finally managed to upload all 3 videos to my Google Drive and do not know why I am showing 3 same videos in the drive each and I shared with them with Beth.

After I wrapped up for the video, I cooked myself a small dinner with Solo-Stove, (yes, I only eat 1 meal a day) and started a campfire for a peaceful Friday Night Live campfire warmth! Here’s the video I made:



Anyways, on my last blog as I mentioned about Beth created new link and here is the link at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac

Please, do take a minute or two to visit this link and help us to raise funds so we can get materials for the chickens in our ranch project. Please help us by donating $10 or more.

Also Beth made a video that was deleted by YouTube and Beth filed appeals about us and surprising to us the video was restored. Please see her video at: https://youtu.be/JsskUcxejDY today and you can click donate there.

Well, that’s about it. Tomorrow it should be raining and windy, so I don’t know for sure, but I will take the eBay order to the post office when the rain not too bad and do one quick errand and come back here and try to finish off the videos again.

Have a great weekend folks!

Bobby Fleener

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Friday, January 22, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 21st, 2016



Thursday, January 21, 2016, 1840 Hrs., 50 degrees, cloudy.

Good evening once again!

Yesterday, Wednesday, I couldn’t do any blogging because I didn't know what happened to my Tuesday blog until it finally showed up this morning.

Anyways, yesterday I finally managed to clean the exterior wall of our trailer before it started to turn cloudy and the wind started again, Grrr! I also removed two broken mini blinds, one above the sofa and another from my bedroom and tossed it out and tried to installing the two wooden blinds that Beth got for me and but it didn’t work it out so I pouted about it and put them back in the trailer and re-cleaned the floor again!

Today, we got a new eBay order last night, I managed to pull it out from the trailer, fired up the generator to get the printer working to make the shipping label print out and shut it down.

I finally could go to town to drop off an eBay order and save my time and to do laundry and filled up one of our 5 gallon bottles of fresh water. It cost $1.50, I think it’s too much for that vending machine instead of using the one at Wal-Mart. The Laundromat and water vending machine is just about 4 blocks away from post office. It saves gas and time to do all 3 in one trip. Pretty smart! Yes, laundry here is quite high, compared in Orange County is $1.50 and here is $2.75 for the front loader, $1.00 for the top loader in OC and $2.50 here!

When I came back, as I was putting away clean white towels, Beth texted me stating the video she made was deleted from YouTube, how stupid! I told her to file appeal to explain who we are.

Beth is going to use the videos in our Google drive instead, good idea!

As I was trying to clean up myself by shaving with hot solo-stove and change my clothes to look nice for the video filming. At 4:00 pm As I started to do it with my smartphone, it’s got too dark to film videos. Oh drat! I will try again tomorrow.

Beth also texted me about begining of the year fundraising with a link. I told her please to email me the link instead so I can spread the word around, please do keep your eyes open on my next blog as she stated she will post it everywhere. She needs to also post that in Craigslist as well.

Beth and OCDAC needs your help to bring up funding for the Youth Expo which it will be on Spring 2016 in Costa mesa. Please do help us by visiting our website at www.deafadvocacy.org or email Beth at admin@deafadvocacy.org or by calling her at 714 699-3323. Beth also needs some volunteers to help her at the expos which are coming up soon. Also I would like to have Beth get a volunteer for grant writing.

Beth is currently working on the Volunteers Application online, so we will update on that soon.

Anyway, on my Tuesday blog that I mentioned about the square plastic container instead of Circle, I think I made mistake of using “square”, but I think it should be rectangular plastic container to cover the battery and 2 inverters to protect them from the rain. Color is no matter to me, but it’s needs to be good quality that can bear the weights of 2 or 3 bricks that would hold down during strong winds.

Well, that’s about it for the day and it’s getting cold now here and want to climb on my bed to stay warm as much as I can and watch Hulu movies.

G’night folks!

Bobby Fleener
RRMR General Manager
Vice President, OCDAC

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 19th, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1915 Hrs. 50 degrees, partly cloudy and light wind.


Good evening!


This morning I woke up bit chilly and mostly cloudy at 44 degree. Yikes still!


About 10 this morning Beth texted me while I am taking a home bath, I responded to her after I got dressed. We started talking about hooking up the 2nd (red) inverter to get it connected to the solar panel battery.


So much confusion going on messaging to each other back and forth, I found so much she mentioned not really working to get it connected. And she was very slow to respond to my texts and hundreds of photos. I finally got the picture of what she was talking about by mentioning about using the straight wires without eyelets by using bolts, washers and nuts on the battery. Nuts!


After switching the silver inverter with the new cables, no power at all! I switched it back and got full good power, she again try to have me to disconnect the cable from solars and re-try it again, once again, it failed. I heard a thunder rumbling and it started to rain at that time. I knew it was gonna rain today! Hmmm, I told her that the “new” cable that she wanted to me to use instead of the clamps is thinner than the original clamp cable. So she told me to go ahead and use my ideas, so I again switched it around back the old way and use clamps on the red inverter and finally both of the inverters work. And then I tested the red inverter with the extension cord going into the RV with my cell charger and laptops plugged in and it’s works!


I opened the “living room” window to let the 2nd extension cords in and shut the window and taped it around and I took photos shown with red bucket as shown in this picture below:






I then covered that red bucket and put a brick on it and find I needed a square bucket to cover the whole thing instead of a round bucket. Shortly after that more rain came pouring down. I stayed inside for the duration of the good rain.

Now I got mad that an hour after the rain pouring down from the sky, the front unit start to leak AGAIN!! GRRR!! After I put 2 coats of cement around the unit and it still leaks, that’s really upsetting me. So after the rain stopped, I went up to the roof again to squeeze the standing water out of the roof to slow down the leaks. Rain down poured from southwest that may have caused it to enter the front unit vent holes. I still need to do something about that with aluminum tape, therefore I need to ask anyone who can donate a roll it would help! Please call Beth at 714 699-3323 with how you can help.

I also found that the printer and coffee maker don’t work on the solar power, but I will now cut down the generator running and only will run it when I need coffee and printing shipping labels from eBay Store. Yes, Coffee maker is not always coffee, but hot water for my shaving and bath when it’s windy and raining.

At about 5:15 pm today, instead of using generator, I had a hard time to get solo-stove to fired up so I could have hot beef stew (No, my body don’t like eating cold food on cold days!). Normally I can get solo-stove fired up and ready-to-eat within 10 minutes, but this time, due to wetness and wind, I finally got my meal cooked and ready-to-eat in about an hour! I had to light it up 12 times to get a fire going with lots of cotton balls! Yikes, 11 matches wasted!

For tomorrow, I need to clear up wet mud again and see if I can get our “yard” clean up and look for more woods around. It supposed to be a clearer day tomorrow with light wind, I just hope!

I am calling it for the night!

Later!

Bobby Fleener
RRMR General Manager
Vice President, OCDAC

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 18th, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016, 2015 Hrs. 43 degree, windy and cloudy.

Good day friends,

There nothing much going on today because of wind and periodic cloudy and slight rain right now.

I all I did is clean up after the wind inside the RV and tries not use the generator while I was working on our eBay Store most of the day by using the battery on this Chrome and cell.

Beth mention this Chrome battery should last 4 hours, but really it really last 2 ½ hours. Duh!

After I notices battery getting real low, I shutdown the computer and finished cleaning up here while RV was shaking a bit! I took over 2 hours of afternoon nap.

Woke up about 3:30 pm and had no choice to refuel the generator which I now have less than 3 gallon of gas left. Fired it up to charge up the batteries and cook me a small meal with crockpot.

I shutdown the generator after 2 hours of charging and play my Facebook with the battery again and will shut it down after I finish this blog.

Just hopefully Beth would be here this coming weekend so we can work on the solar panel with both inverter hooks up at the same time and get some gas and water refilled.

Tomorrow, I am not for sure what to do because weather said it should be cloudy and rain periodically, so I need to wait and see what will happen.

Have a great evening!

Bobby Fleener

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 15th, 2016

Friday, January 15th, 2016, 2030 Hrs, 44 degrees, windy with chill factor (Feels like 38!).

Good evening!

Today is a very yucky day!

We had a wind storm most of the day, dust and debris flying everywhere from the Southwest and it’s really cold during the day time and chill factor just before dark. This morning after I woke up, I had to take the solar panel down for a while so which it’s means I have no power on both sides for the most of the day.

If the weather is good by the time tomorrow morning, I will reset the solar panel again!

Here’s the video I took about 10 am:

Wind storm cloud with dust floating facing Southeast area.

I couldn’t do any that much today but feeling RV rocking, watching dust flying through my windows, covers wind drafts on the bottom of the front door with a towels and I could hear a little bit of whistling in here and I couldn’t find it where it comes from, but I can imagine it is coming from the main door as I could feel cold air coming in from this door.

I cleaned up a bit at about 11 this morning on the floors and desk top and had to clean it up again at around 2 pm. Lots of dirts! I hates this part, clean twice in one day!

At about 4:45 pm, wind dies down for a while, but still gusty, I fired up the generator to charge up my battery on my cell phones and laptop which it was nearly dead and finally shut it down after all battery fully charged up! Again the wind started to pick up at about 6:30 pm.

Hopefully I can catch up tomorrow to get things done and take some eBay orders to the HQ Post Office!

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe!

Bobby Fleener
RRMR General Manager
Vice President, OCDAC

More information on the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch: http://www.deafadvocacy.org/the-richard-roehm-memorial-ranch
Donate to the Begining of Year, Chicken Coop Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/beginningofyearfundraiserhelpushatchsomechickens/fundraiser/ocdac
Our wish list on amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist

Friday, January 15, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 14th, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 1745 Hrs., 51 degree - strong wind. Yuck!


Good evening again!


Today is not to good because it’s windy again, dust still flying around. I still have to do clean up inside our RV after the wind’s dust. There’s still wind drafts going on around here. I know our main door still needs weather strips around it and I’m still sticking towel at the bottom of door frame which has a big draft!


I managed to pull out our eBay order and take it to the post office and finally managed to do laundry today! I haven’t done any laundry since 3 days before I left Santa Ana. I still got some laundry to do, this time, white towels that I had for cleaning. Hopefully tomorrow!


After I came back from laundry and post office, for some reason, my stomach got a bit upset for a short time. I do not know why.


We got 2 more items sold from our eBay Store today, this time it is International shipping.


I did charge up my cell phone with Solar Panel inverter with USB and I find it that it takes bit longer than it should. I really didn’t want to disconnect Solar charging clip to put another inverter so I can charge up my laptops today, since it’s windy and didn’t want dirt get on the laptop. I would love to have both inverter hooks up at the same time so my laptop can charge up while Solar Panel charging the battery.


Beth did texted me this morning and wants me to remind her to bring more some sort of electrical items. Last time she were here, she also said she going to bring something for her cat, Mike. She needs either bring or bring cash since I have been taking care of her cat since Kirsten left as she gave up her cat to Beth. So since late Spring 2015 I have spend money for Mike.


Since it’s windy, I had no choice but to fire up generator to fix me a nice hot dinner with crockpot instead using Solo-Stove.


For tomorrow, I will pull out 2 eBay orders and take to the post office, do laundry and hopefully do paint if it is no wind at all!


Have a good night!

Bobby Fleener

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch Blog for January 13th, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1915 Hrs., 48 degree with gusty wind and chill factor, BRRR.


Good evening readers!


Today it was windy all day and slightly gusty. It’s a bad way to paint the trailer with flying dirt all around and tumbleweeds rolling around our property.


Tomorrow I heard it’s going to be over $1 billion lotto, who going to play and help donate some to us?


I didn’t do much today, but I managed to clean the floor for the millionth of time. I’m still tracking some dirt when I enter our RV. Still need pallet and plywood with fake hard grass doormat that would help a lot.


I took a long afternoon nap while it still windy and still feel RV rocking like a small earthquake.


My idea is after we get donated 2 or 3 days backhoe with grader in the back rental, level our property and make temporary road, I will move the RV up north for a bit (about 5 yards) and hopefully someone can donate 4 or 6 stabilizer jack so I can stabilized the RV so I won’t feel so shaky RV during windy days.


I know I made Blog from yesterday and don’t know why it’s not posted yet. I apologize about that. If my both Blog (Tuesday and Wednesday) don’t show up in our Blog site in the morning then I will deal with it the HARD way. [Editor's note: I had a lot of problems yesterday. Sorry. I am staying up later tonight to get everything fixed up.]


I am really low on fuel and try to manage to work on solar panel battery to work on this, really the solar panel won’t work all night with my heating pad to keep me warm overnight while I sleep. These flower pottery never worked with the candles as it shown in Youtube.


For tomorrow, I will pull out our eBay order and take to the post office and do a quick laundry which it is about 6 blocks between Post Office and laundrymat and come back here and try to get painting started, depending on weather.


Just a reminder that our eBay Store still still on sale and only 2 weeks left, please visit our eBay Store at http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac today!


Also please visit our Amazon Wishlist at: http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-wishlist today!


That’s all folks!

Bobby FLeener