Monday, November 16, 2009

Dancing in the Air


As I was driving by the George Ranch, in Southern Fort Bend County, I saw this. The flock would fly as one, changing shape and directions in an instant. I know the farmers and ranchers don't like them, but the show was a good one to watch.

On the Road? Not This Year

This is the first year that CAMPGUY has not hit the road. The decision was hard to make because going to the local fairs and markets was really enjoyable. We really enjoyed the interaction with our customers and other vendors.

There will be some venues that this year will mark the first time in about 10 that we will not be showing. There is no one reason why this is so. The big reason is economics. The investment in the time and energy is not worth the return in profit. Going to a show is a gamble, between the booth fee, gas, food and misc. expenses it was a roll of the dice if we would break even, let alone make a little profit. This year I have seen an increase in the expenses prior to even pulling on the road.

It was a hard decision to make but we decided to stay at the shop. Everything we make and display on the web site is still available. The web site has been doing good with hits and orders from a cross the country. So for our faithful customers from across TEXAS, we are still here and we hope to come back and visit your town again. In the mean time browse our website at www.campguy.com and as always we are TEXAS FRIENDLY, so if you don't see an item. just drop a note and we will see we can do to get it for you.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Campguy and Montana


I have been blessed to make friends with some fine folks in Montana. I recently sent them a care package of a Texas Tech Red Raider Bird House and a Wine Bottle Holder. I decided not to include what the Wine Holder was and make "The Farmer" figure it out. After all, With his wife being a Texas Tech Red Raider, I had to test him to make sure he was not an "undercover" Aggie.
Well, I am still not sure if he is an undercover Aggie, but he came up with some really good uses for the Wine Bottle Holder. I think I could hire him for our product development division. First I will have to make a product development division. I wonder if I could pay him in beer? The farmers in these parts, beer is just like cash if not more so. Stuck in the mud? Wrecker = 125 dollars, Farmer with tractor or truck = 12 pack.
I suppose I can have a Montana satellite office for Campguy, The people are friendly enough and they do have a good sense of Humor, kinda like an Aggie. I just hope "The Farmers Wife" checks for AGGIE stickers on the truck and tractors. Check behind the truck seat for maroon clothing, and checks the barn for the AGGIE gimme caps.
I already have AGGIE consultants for the AGGIE product line and as consultants I tell them they have to pay me for their advice. So far it has worked out pretty good. I got a quarter, two dimes, a nickle and three cents. Got to LUV THEM AGGIES!
So here are the links to "The Farmers" blog http://pluharsrant.blogspot.com/2009/10/campguy-multi-tool.html
and his Texas Tech Red Raiders "The Farmers Wife" blog
GUNS UP! GO BIG RED!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cub Scout Range Master

Campguy went to the Cub Scout cuboree today. I spent the time there as a "range master" of the bb gun range. The two in the red shirts in the above picture were the other range masters. Most of the cub scouts did good shooting, but there were a couple we spent a lot of time with trying to get them hit the target.

Some of the smaller kids could not even hold the gun. I must admit one or two times I may have sniped a target or two so when they walk up to the target there may be a hole in it. I just made sure it wasn't a bull's eye.

I figured that they were young kids and today they should have fun. We did not have the time to hold class and teach them to shoot when we were running range lines every 15 minutes or so. Towards the end it was getting down right hot out there and I was more then ready to get back to campguy and relax.

James said he had fun going around to all the different activities that there were. I know can say I have been a range master. They don't have to know it was a cub scout bb gun range.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hurricane Ike One Year Anniversary

One year ago Hurricane Ike was knocking on the door. We watched this storm develop and it was predicted to come ashore at Matagorda County. Campguy is located just North of of this area and as the bird fly's maybe 30 miles from the shore.

If it did come ashore where it was first predicted we would of probably been wiped out or close to it. Because it took the hook, we were on the clean side of the storm and the storm lost it's power before it went ashore.

Due to my "real" job I spent the night in Downtown Houston and listened and watch as the eye of the storm passed over me. It was a rough night but I made it through. The rest of my family "hunkered down" at Campguy with the grandparents at their house. It was safer because it is a single story and there is more wind breaks then at our house.

We survived with minimal damage done. This was a close call that could have been a lot worse. We know that the "big" storm can hit at any time but you have to live somewhere and no where is completely safe. So on this one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, we give thanks that it could have been a lot worse. God bless our neighbors who wasn't as fortunate as us and God Bless TEXAS!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day in Texas

Labor Day in TEXAS equals Bar-B-Q! Just a little rib and beer can chicken. Once it was done it fell of the bone just looking at it. I hope y'all had a fun and safe Labor day Weekend.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tony Stewart #14 or is it #88?




The NEW Tony Stewart #14 is finally here! This will be shipped out on Monday via US Priority Mail to a customer in Wisconsin. I wish to apologize to the customer because when it was ordered, I sent a Dale Jr. #88 by mistake. Then both of my vendors, did not have the NEW #14 plate in stock. I think they are both mad with NASCAR with all the changes of numbers. They now have a surplus of all the old plates. Usually both vendors had at least three different designs for Tony Stewart, today only one vendor Carry's this plate.
I want to keep true to our motto "Texas Friendly", I hope this birdhouse along with them keeping the Dale Jr. #88 house will keep them as customers. It just seemed like it was one thing after another with this order, with NO fault on their end. I take full responsibility for the wrong product shipped and the delay with the order, due to my vendor problems.
The busy season is coming up and I hope that my brain will function properly when it comes to orders. I will be placing a series of orders to keep the more popular plates in stock. I have a lot of the houses built and primed. I am also adding new houses and themes to our product selection.
Here at Campguy we are ready to be "Texas Friendly" and "customer friendly" to both out website customers and our customers that we will be meeting at craft fairs and shows. If there is a theme that you don't see, drop us a line ad let us know. Thank you for your support.

The Cicket Invasion


CampGuy is being invaded by the crickets, I wish it was Buddy Holly's Band, but their not. They are invading by the thousands. Luckily they are not in the house, but they are in my workshop.
The are in the yard and on the driveway. I mowed the yard today, and they were jumping everywhere trying to avoid the mowers blades.
They have not been this bad for years, I guess it is the drought that we are in. I just hate having to sweep up the shop all the time to get rid of all the dead ones. I guess it could be worse and be grass hoppers. I need to let the chickens roam up to the house and see how many they will take care of for me.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Does RED look good on me?




If it is cloudy and threatening to storm........YES, you still can get a sun burn! IN the morning I could see a storm that was forming and I didn't really think I would be out on the beach that long. The storm passed to our east and we came in for lunch. James then wanted to go to the pool, So I sprayed down with the 30 sun screen. That evening when this picture was taken I realized that I got a whole bunch of sun.


I am paying for my lack of attention last night and today. I suppose I will be paying for the next couple of days. We stopped off at the pharmacy and I asked where was the sunburn sprays. She asked how bad is it and I lifted up my sleeve to a "OMG!". I have one she recommended and one that said ICE and then I have the natural approach. James took some Alvera and smashed it up. He applied that to my forehead while we are testing the other two on the rest of the burn. So, if you go outdoors with out long sleeves, apply sun screen 30 at once.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Boy's Trip

We are shutting down the shop for a while and hitting the road. This is a Boy's Trip so the wifey and "Jill" gets to stay home (I am sure they will enjoy the piece and quite). You have seen the previous posts written by James and I am sure he will write about his trip adventures. Time to hit the road, Bye!

My dog Jill
















My dog Jill is a great dog a bit wild but good. We give her food, water, shelter, and love.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Eggs,Eggs,Eggs!

These are eggs in a row. On the left is a small one it has a little yoke. In the middle is a normal egg. On the right is a big egg it has two yokes!














This is James from Camp Guy Farm Fresh eggs. The eggs come from chickens who live happily and healthfully in our farm coop.

Bales of maize







Jimmy was in the fields last week baling left-over maize stalks. I didn't know they did that.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Apollo 11


On this anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, we must take a pause and ask ourselves what is next? Mars? A Moon Base? The Space Station Hotel? Whatever is decided we must move forward in space. As a youngster I loved space and the missions of NASA. I remember looking at the moon and stars with my telescope, dreaming of going to space.
I guess I have passed that down to my Son. He enjoys space and it's mysteries. Maybe one day he will go, maybe one day, it will be a routine flight to the Moon and beyond. We need to look forward and move forward in exploring the final frontier.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pizza and Guy on the Map


How surprised I was, to sit down in a Houston shopping mall food court, and see my town on the map. I look around and all the tables are different with different parts of Texas. What are the chances that GUY was featured on the map. I very rarely venture to the mall but, I stopped there because it was late and fast. Now the big question is, what are the chances a guy from GUY would sit at that table? I guess I should have bought a lotto ticket that night.

Monday, July 6, 2009

What's Out Your Door?



Look out your door and what do you see? Well looking out mine, I saw an excited kid watching the Combine Doing it's job.

James has also taken up the art of Blogging. You will see his posts on here from time to time. He does all the writing himself and he takes his own pictures.

So, stay tuned for the adventures of JAMES.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

My Star Wars Collection




I have a Star Wars The Clone Wars Collection. James

An afternoon at CampGuy










Jimmy was in the fields today. But our Head Of Security, Officer Jill was let out of her pin for patrol duty. She didn't let the trespasser go unnoticed with out heavy barking. She almost got run over by the combine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But she turned back about 20 yards away!

Salute


I drove home from the big city and I saw all the farmers hard at work. July 4th a holiday and they were all out in the fields harvesting. As dusk turned into night, I looked over the fields and I saw them, the tractors running and all the flood lights on, Harvesting.
I looked over into the distance and fireworks were going off, both public displays and the little johnny displays. I look over into the fields and there were the tractors and the trucks HARVESTING.
I salute you, the Farmer and Rancher, The backbone of America!

The Pipe Fix


I hope everyone had a great July 4th. I spent mine with my Dad and Aunt. I was helping my Dad clean out my late uncle's work shop. My aunt then asked if I could see what was leaking in the attic, so she could call the right repair person.


I crawl up there expecting to see a clogged A/C drain or something. It was a small hole in a pipe, and it had been leaking for sometime. She had a bucket in her bedroom, where it was dripping. So, I run to Home Depot (my crack store) to get some rubber and clamps, and then I see this pipe repair kit, I have watched "Tool Time", So I purchased the kit also.


I decide that the kit would be the way to go, It will be fixed and no plumber would be needed. I do the patch job and pulled three bags of insulation out the attic, that were soaked with water. My patch job held and no more leak. The ceiling will have to be patched because the drywall is not DRY anymore.


Oh, for my Northern Neighbors, We were under a HEAT warning, with a 103 index. So I had NO idea how HOT it was in the attic.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Have a Happy, Safe and Cool, July 4th!

Mustang Sally

I came across this picture and the song "Mustang Sally" just popped in my head. I guess it is the open road and the wind in the face. It is one of my favorite songs I have in my motorcycle folder
for the IPOD.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Early Fathers Day(s)




I had my fathers day early. I took off several days and we went to a camp ground. I am not going to say "camping" because, this time, We rented a cabin. I was able to spend time with my son and father. This was a family affair with my sisters families, my parents, and mother-in- law. It really was good to get away from the city and work. The area was peaceful and the people nice, except for the invasion of Friday afternoon and evening. There is a "waterpark" in the campground where we spent the afternoons. I spent the mornings sleeping in and then watching all of these movies that I have been buying and not watching. The evening time was a nice dinner and sitting around the table. My son crawled into bed with me and I had some movies for us to watch together. I look over to ask him with one and he was fast a sleep.
I am not one for crowds and the crowd came Friday. The placed was packed Friday night. We left Saturday morning for home. I really enjoyed the Fathers Days. I am planning a "boys trip" with my son later this summer. Just me and him and the truck camper. We do this every summer, just get in and drive somewhere.
This summer it might be two trips, one by truck camper and the other by motorcycle. It is important to get away from work and reset and recharge your batteries and your life. I would love to travel up north but this summer it will be a local Texas trip(s), due to money and time.
To all of the Fathers out there I hope you have a wonderful Fathers Day.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Flag Day!



Dog Day Afternoon

The only thing moving in the shop today is the fan. Jill found an excellent place to sit and watch the day go by.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How Many Of Us?



HowManyOfMe.com

There are 1 or fewer people with the name Gregery Schoener in the U.S.A. There are15people with the name James Schoener in the U.S.A. James (the one you know)

Sunday, May 10, 2009