To catch up, Sunday was a day I didn't feel very good, so I did not get ready to move until Monday, the 27th. Then of course I had everything to do. My daughter came to help me, and about that time we heard the thunder! It was just one of those days, when hooking up wasn't easy. We got to Sun Country RV Resort and Golf in the rain. I had to stop at the office and check in, so I just told them I would be here one week. She gave me a site number and for some reason it just wasn't easy to get in, and I wanted a tree! So, I took the one I liked and called and told her where I was, she said OK. From there we tried and tried to get level. Just one of those days again. We were working in the rain, so after getting unhooked we took a break for lunch. Came back and worked on getting level again. This was a very hard move for some reason. I still don't have a picture of my site, maybe tomorrow. Today I worked on getting the sewer hooked up and back flushed the black tank. The pictures are of some of the lease spaces here. Some are small mobile homes, some are RVs. I am looking at a few lease spots, just can't make up my mind.
I did hear from Amazon, and they did refund the money they charged me for my "free" books. They were very nice to deal with and my refund was made promptly, even though they said it would take three to five days, it was only a couple days. So, one of the offered "free" books was How not to RV, so I did download it, and they didn't charge me for it! One thing I have discovered about RV'rs by reading their blogs, we all seem to have that "eating" thing down pat! BB lives on Spam, Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches! I cleaned the a/c filter today. I have to climb up the ladder to do that. I bought a package of filter material at WM and was able to make three out of the one big sheet. Well, shoot, I couldn't find it. I searched and searched, can't imagine where I put it. So, just took the old one down and washed it, put the fan on it to dry, and put it back up. Climbing up that ladder does a number on my hip. Just puttered around the rest of the day. Trying to figure out how to fix my desk drawer, and the day/night shade at my dining table.
I have two grandsons that live in Panama,FL so I am keeping an eye on the storm. I do hope they are making plans to evacuate. You know these "young" kids think they can handle anything! Young and dumb! I remember that.
Yesterday was a busy day for me. A trip to town, and the grocery store. Took my trash out, brought my ladder in from the truck. I have to get up on the ladder to clean the A/C filter, and also I want to get my truck cleaned out. I thought I might make the drive to Ft.Worth today (70 miles one way) to Camping World. I decided I wasn't up to that, and needed to make a list. I want to get my truck washed while I am there. It won't fit through the drive thru car washes and that leave a "hand wash" only wash, or I could do it. Those car wash power washers about knock me down, and I don't do a really good job, so I thought I would splurge while I was close to one that did hand washing. My moving day is Monday, guess I will go back to Sun Country for a week or two. By staying here for two weeks free, it just about paid for my new batteries for the truck. My inspection sticker runs out the end of this month too. I am "sorta" making plans to travel to Albuquerque,NM for the Balloon Fiesta in Oct. Everything is planned in Jello, for the moment. I haven't decided if I am really up for the trip. It will be "boondocking" and this rig is not ready for that. I will have to have my Catalytic heater installed before I can do that. Not everyone here in Texas will do it, they say it is not legal because it isn't vented. But, last time, I found someone to do it for me, and never had any problems. I kept the heater when I went from the Big Sky to my apartment. I kept a most of my RV stuff. Must have known I would be back!
Well, now what? Can this poor drawer be fixed? Shall I get out the glue and duct tape? It's been raining here all day. Nice, slow rain. A much needed rain, but I forgot to put my lawn chairs away again. Last Saturday they got a good washing, and Monday when I checked them the pads were just about dry. Never dreamed it would rain again today. I am not complaining, we needed the rain and the high today was 73! Rain makes me sleepy, so I have had a nice nap today. Wouldn't do for me to live in a place where it rained a lot, I would never get anything done.
I am still looking for LED flashlights. I have one lantern type that takes "D" cells. Can you believe a pak of D cells it almost $4.00? That was at the dollar store too. My lantern take four "D", so that is $8.00 just for batteries. Just as soon have a whole new lantern!
Forgot to mention Amazon. I have really been enjoying my Kindle reader and getting free books from Amazon. Me and My Dog sent a link to me to sign up for FREE books. I really have been getting some great books, including cook books. I don't have WiFi here at this park, so I have to send it to my PC then transfer by USB cable to my Kindle. That shouldn't make any difference. I am going to leave the cookbooks on the PC and just transfer the books to Kindle. So, NOW, Amazon is charging me for the last two books I downloaded. I have contacted them, we will see how they respond. I have bought a few books also, and was thinking about looking for some new flashlights. I need to replace all of my old ones. I would like to have at least one lantern type, any comments?
Forgot to mention my trouble with 12 volt system. While I was at Western Auto getting new batteries, I happened to remember having a 12 volt light bulb in my purse that I needed to replace. The fixture is on the wall by my computer desk and I really need the light. So I ask if they had it, and the lady said I think so. She handed me a package of two bulbs, $2.19. So, later that day I thought, OK, I will try my new bulbs so I can see what I am typing on the computer. Knocked out everything 12 volt. I saw the breakers were all on, so it meant it blew a fuse. I first had to find my stash of fuses. After all, its been a year and half, and I didn't remember where I put them. So, to solve the problem, I took a nap! When I got up, I thought I have to fix that. I know that fuses control a lot of stuff in an RV. The ref. brain, converter etc. The big problem is the breaker box is at the entry door, low to the floor, and I couldn't figure out how in the blue blazes I was going to get up, once I got down to fix it. I was still in my night gown, so I threw on a cotton duster, got all my stuff together, flash light, fuse box with different fuses,glasses, and a stool to pull myself up. Opened the front door, and sat down with my legs hanging out! I was so lucky, some one had numbered all the fuses and all it took was to find the one for the kitchen! Put in new fuse and let there be light! Didn't have any trouble getting up, but was glad no one saw me in that position.
Monday my move from Sun Country to Thousand Trails did not go easy. First of all it was HOT. Second of all, truck wouldn't start! Had to call Good Sam Road Service again! We arrived at Thousand Trails, just a mile down the road, about 1:00 pm. Hot, Hot, Hot. got set up and let the rooms out, crunch, the slide out hung up on my desk drawer, pretty much crunching it. My daughter was able to get it out, and we got the slide out. No damage to the slide, just the drawer. Next day too hot, and I am pooped, so didn't start the truck. Then Wed. I need to go to town and pick up my mail, and grocery shop. Truck wouldn't start! Again, Good Sam to the rescue. Same fellow, we gotta stop meeting like this! Got truck started, and I went to Western Auto in town, and yes, two new batteries. I'm done with dead batteries! Finally in the trees, and today that wet stuff fell all day. Wonderful cooling rain. I had almost forgotten what it felt like. Surely this next week will be cooler, and I will feel like getting some work done.
Last night about eight Kandi starts barking. She does bark a lot but usually not unless she hears someone. So, I look out the window and see I have new neighbors about three spaces down from me. A cute travel trailer, Joey. There are about 4 people pileing out of a small pick up. Umm, three men, one woman. One of the younger men is coming toward my rig, just sorta wandering around, not walking like a person would that was looking for something. Then, he turns and goes the other way. Mmm, Kandi is barking her head off. Meanwhile at their camp the other fellas continue to set up the trailer, not unhooking the truck. Then they begin to wander around. They go one direction, like they are going to the park models, then, suddenly, turn and wander a different way. Very suspicious. I make sure my door is locked. Kandi will not be quite. My RV is built so that I cannot see my door from my kitchen windows. I have most of my windows covered anyway because of the sun and heat. I get a phone call from my friend in Alvord Texas, she is also wary and cautions me to lock my doors, not to open my door to anyone. I already know this, but she tells me again! I am a cautious person, and being a true Texan, I do carry. This RV park is very open. A person could drive in, stay the night, leave early in the morning and no one would ever know it. Not like Thousand Trails, where you have a gate, and Rangers. You can't just drive in there. I know this is really to keep campers out, so people who don't pay can't come in, not just for your safety. Any way I always felt safer there, knowing I could call someone day or night and I would be answered. Not here, wide open. If you come in after hours, you pick a spot, go to the office in the am and pay. Did not sleep good all night, Kandi kept barking from time to time. When I did manage to get up this morning their truck was gone. In a few minutes, they came back, hooked up and were gone! That same guy was still just wandering around like he was lost, until time to go. I will use the excuse I didn't sleep well to say I didn't get any more packing done. I always wait to the last minute anyway!
I have come to the conclusion that I am really Lazy. Almost all the blogs I read say they get up early, I just can't seem to haul my butt out of bed at 5:30 am to do anything! Most nights I don't sleep well, and early morning is when I really get to sleep. My usual hour to rise, is about nine. I could never understand why people who travel and don't have a job to get to would start out so early. You know every fool on the road is trying to beat everyone else to ??? My husband and I used to travel with another couple every now and then. They wanted to hit the road at 4:30 am drive , stop for a restaurant breakfast, then drive, drive. About noon, they were tired, and found a rest area and took a nap. My husband and I like to have our morning coffee, and breakfast, do our "job". Then get on the road about 9:00 am. By then most of the "nuts" were at work and the road wasn't so busy. We would pass our friends at a rest stop fast asleep. We always had a place to meet up to go into the RV park of our choice. We almost always got there first, and they wondered how we did it! My husband worked the late shift for years, so I guess we sorta got used to those sleep habits, and years later I still do things that way. When I have to I do set my alarm clock and get up early. Still have my coffee, breakfast and take my handful of meds. Then when I feel good I am ready to face the day. My move to the Thousand Trails park is not going very fast. Still have a lot to "stow" before I can move this rig. I do hope it will be cooler over there in the trees, and the "skeeters" don't get me!
Too hot to do anything! It has been in the 100s all week, today 108. Then it is Texas in August. I am trying to get things organized so I can move this rig about one mile down the road to Thousand Trails park. I hope being in the trees will be a little cooler for us. Even my dog,Kandi is suffering in the heat. Hard to make myself get outside to do any work. I will stay there two weeks, and then move, I don't know where yet, but hopefully it will cool off some. This heat is not good for an old lady! I can hear the sound of the Ocean from here!
This picture is from a couple of weeks ago when we actually got rain! It is 104 today with a heat index of 108, too hot. I dressed to go to the post office , took Kandi out, went to my truck to get some Dr. Pepper I had stored there. Dumped the black tank, and started back inside to get my purse when I felt like I was going to faint. Sat down in my lawn chair for a few minutes, and made it inside. Still didn't feel well after resting about 30 minutes. So I did not go to the post office. Just can't tolerate this heat like I used to. The weatherman says we will be in the 100s all week, so not much to look forward to. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day for me.
I never thought getting new tires would be such an effort. I called Sam's Wholesale and they only had 5, I need 6. Was told Friday was their delivery date, I I waited and called again. Nope, only had 5. Waco is about 50 miles from me, and I didn't want to make that trip twice. So, I waited again, called again, no, don't have 6. I asked about ordering for me, and he told me they don't do that. Well, with that I decided I would look elsewhere. I found them right here in Whitney, Terry ordered them one day and they were in the next day. Now, all I had to do was drive to downtown and have them installed. Great! He called about 10 and said they were in, so I get ready to go to town. Gathered up my trash, hauled it out to the truck, along with my purse, and water. Put the key, turned it and NOTHING. Dead battery. My fault. I have a "cushion" that vibrates,heats, I had left it on. I don't know how long it had been on, days I think. By now it is really hot. Came back in the RV , called Terry and told him I had a dead battery and I would be there as soon as I could. I called my Good Sam Road Service. They always want to know if I am in a "safe" place. Yes, in my RV. She said it would be about 55 mins. So, I ate lunch, and the wrecker showed up in about 30 mins. Don't know why he had such a big wrecker, but he jumped my battery and I got to the tire place about 10 of 2, waited in the office, and at 10 of 3, I was ready to go! Didn't have much trouble carrying my purse as it was a lot lighter! One more step towards being able to move this thing! Next up is state inspection, oil change, and fuel filter. That's not cheap either, but I should be road worthy. Then I will tackle the RV. We have triple digit weather from now on. It is really hot and the heat seems to do a number on me this year. About all I am able to do in 105 degrees us sit under the fan and try to keep cool.
Single full time RV'r for six years, tried the apartment thing for a year, back fo full time in new to me 2004 35ft. Montana.I
belong to several RV clubs for single's. Loners on Wheels (LoW's) Escapee's RV club (SOLO'S) Good Sam, Thousand Trails (a resort camping) FREEROADER'S a internet group.
At one time my CB "handle" was roadrunner. When my husband died it became "Soloroadrunner" I was born and raised in Texas. Hope you will enjoy my travel adventures!