Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:  Turkey Creek, Hollister, Missouri

August 25, 2019

Temperature 76

The Dirty Deed is Done – Oil Change and Filter

When we awoke this morning both of us just looked at each other, then rolled over and went back to sleep!  I know the last few days have been draining for me.  But also fulfilling.  I’m getting things done that need to be done and saving dollars along the way.  It’s a great feeling.

Barbara is also starting to feel like her old self again.  The medicine is working, the infection is clearing up and she should be good to go by the time we pull out of here on Wednesday.

This being Sunday and unable to find a church to attend we did what we usually do.  We listened or our Pastor’s sermon online.  Like always it was another great one full of food for thought for the coming week.

Church over time to get to work.

Today was the last major project on my to-do list before leaving.  I needed to change the oil and filter ,and grease the front end.  I got everything together and made ready to do the dirty deed.  


Based on pass horrible experiences doing this I came up with a few new tricks to keep the mess to a minimum.

We begin by putting a blue tarp down underneath the entire front end.  Don’t want to leave a mess for the next occupant of our site.

Notice the blue coffee container with the brown top in the picture above?  It’s a super duper oil filter changer guaranteed to contain the mess.  Take the top off, loosen the oil filter, hold the container under the filter, unscrew the filter and let the filter drop in it and let the oil drain into it as well.  Works like a charm.

Oil changes have always created a mess in the past because the cross member on the Ford is right under the drain plug.  Meaning, once the plug comes out the oil hits the cross member and goes everywhere.  But not after today.  Today I installed a Fumoto Oil Drain Valve

Image result for fumoto oil drain plug

It has a locking lever with a lock clip to keep it closed.  In the future a piece of tubing goes over the end, remove the locking clip, open the valve and now the oil goes exactly where you direct it.  Tain’t that neat!

So let’s get to it.  I wonder, who can that be under the front of Graybeard?  Could it be, Barbara wanted to know, the wicked witch of the east?  The shoes do look a bit different, but then we’ve had a lot of storms the last few days.



Nope, just me doing my thing.


Oil change over time to grease the front end.  The trick here is to make sure you count and get all 9 fittings.  The one is hidden and easily overlooked so you need to be sure you find and grease it.  I got all of them this time.

Today my timing was perfect.  I finished up, cleaned up, got the garbage together and walked over to the dumpster.  Halfway back it once again began to rain.  I laughed the rest of the way home.  It was a good feeling to know that this time I won!

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  All major projects done.  Time now to just kick back for the next few days and relax.  Oh, there are the minor things to do before we get on the road.  Most, if not all, are easy and fun to do.  Time for them tomorrow.  For the rest of the day I’m just going to chill.

Thanks again for joining us.  We always enjoy your company and your comments.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!



  1. I’m impressed but you didn’t fool me into thinking those were Barbara’s feet. 😂😂😂 Just another dirty job DONE getting you ready to hit the road. Safe travels.


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