It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sawing Away, Warmer Temperature, Root Beer Floats and Grilling on The Weber.

Our Location today is Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

After feeling too warm the last couple of nights under our New Flannel Bedsheets we tried something different last night. We turned the Bedcover further down the bed to keep our feet warm which worked great, that was until the middle of the night.  Even though we are in respect in the Southwest Desert and it can get very warm during the day it also gets very cold at night. The Bedcover got pulled back up in an effort to stop our teeth from chattering while under the sheets. 

I was again sitting at the computer when the Sun decided to show itself and with the inside thermometer showing 41 F (5 C) I knew the only way Kathy would come downstairs was to turn the Electric Fireplace on to take the chill out of the air. With all the Cold Fresh Air that we had breathed while visiting with George and Suzie out in La Posa South LTVA we had a hard time staying awake when we got Home so now Kathy was having a hard time waking up. 

It was getting close to 9:00 when she finally made it downstairs to breakfast and the inside temperature was now closer to 61 F (16 C) making it more comfortable for her. As soon as breakfast was over we shut down the Fireplace as we were no longer feeling cold inside. Since I’d already completed my morning reading Kathy was alone finishing her coffee at the computer. I didn’t waste any time doing my inside chores before getting myself outside. 

We had been successful in getting the Aluminium Angle Material needed to construct the brackets for our Solar Panels but now it needed to be cut into the smaller pieces that will be needed. Having had the Basement apart a couple of times since we left McGregor doesn’t mean everything is organize at this point it means it is a work in progress. I unfortunately had to get the tools that were needed for today’s chore from the Toolbox which was under other things at this time. (I am so looking forward to being Organized Again.) 
Cutting Aluminium Angle Material for Solar Panels.
Using the Tailgate as a Workbench.
By that time the Bright Sunshine had warmed me enough that I no longer needed my sweater. Using the tailgate as a workbench I started cutting the larger sized material with the Hacksaw to create the pads (Feet) for under the panels. I’d only cut four pieces by the time Kathy called me for Lunch. 

Making Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
Kathy had been cleaning out the fridge and in turn made a nice pot of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. The soup was delicious but the inside of the trailer felt like a furnace because the windows and door had been closed while Kathy had been cooking. Even before we ate lunch that problem was fixed. 

Back to my chore outside I was surprised how intense the sun felt compared to the last week. It was warm enough that Kathy sat outside and talked with me while I worked. Since I haven’t been exercising lately and this Physical Exertion along with the Sun was taking its toll on me. I had to stop a few times to rest and hydrate myself. 

Our neighbour walked by around 3:00 mentioning that it was time for the Root-Beer Floats at the Clubhouse. Kathy had planned that we would attend so after closing everything up and changing my clothes we headed over to see what this was about. The Root-Beer Floats were Free but they were accepting Donations for a Local Children’s Activity Center 

We didn’t stay too long as others were also leaving and Kathy knew that I was trying to complete my chore. I finished cutting all the Pads and started cutting the Side Rails. I managed to cut eight of the twelve pieces needed before my arm got too tired to continue. 

Salad, Steak and Zucchini. Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potato to come.
It was at that point that I fired up our Weber Q to grill some Steaks and Zucchini that Kathy had seasoned and gotten ready for me while she got the Salad, Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprouts ready inside. By the time I managed to finish grilling our food the sun was starting to set and the temperature started to plunge. As soon as I came in from outside the door and windows were closed fairly quickly. 

Tomorrow we’ve got a Safety Meeting in the Clubhouse to attend, Phone Calls to make, Holes to drill and anything else we need to do in preparation of going Off the Grid next month. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

It's easy to halve the potato where there's love. 

Irish Proverb

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stirring the Jell-O, Checking Out The Early Vendors and We Found George And Suzie.

Our Location today is Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

As mentioned in last night’s post, we shut our Electric Fireplace off before going to bed in an effort to keep the New Flannel Bedsheets on without starting to sweat. It almost worked, so we’ll make another adjustment tonight in hopes of getting the perfect combination, so that we’ll know how to ready ourselves to sleep Off the Grid in the Desert. 
I managed to be up this morning before the sun but that also meant that it was still cold outside and since we didn’t have the heater on the inside of the trailer, it was just about as cold. Not wanting to wake Kathy I remembered my Robe that was hanging behind the bedroom door. After putting it on my first instinct was to take it off because it felt colder than the inside air. Fighting the urge soon paid off as I started to warm up. 

It seemed that the colder inside temperatures also kept Kathy from leaving the warm confines she felt under those New Bedsheets. When she heard the Water Kettle switch pop she knew it was time for breakfast. She didn’t even make it out of the bedroom before she had her Robe on and was telling me to turn the heater back on. Hot Cereal and Hot Coffee were also added to help get rid of the chill. 

After making a phone call that I forgot to do yesterday I was disappointed that I’d have to wait until Monday to finish ordering the last of the equipment needed to get our Solar Panel System up and running. When we were back in Windsor I had picked up a couple of Power Distribution Blocks to connect the Solar Panels to the Charge Controller. What I didn’t realize was the diameter of the Solar Panel Cables would only allow one cable per circuit connection. That means having to order a 2 Pole 6 Circuit Block to accommodate our Six Solar Panels on the roof. 

We finished our morning reading shortly before 10:00 MST and Kathy had to rework our Itinerary and Calendars. As they say when you are RVers your plans are mostly written in Jell-O and you are constantly stirring it. 

Late last evening we had an issue with our water. The way that Jayco designed the Wet-Bay in their trailers has advantages and disadvantages. Outside in the dark with a flashlight with the cold north wind chilling you to the bone I couldn’t find the problem so I simply set the valves to turn on our pump. After getting rid of our trash this morning it only took seconds to find the problem. The Non-Kinking Hose carrying water to the trailer had three sections that had suddenly kinked, thus cutting off our water supply. Removing it from the Plastic Crate that I carry and transport it in I simply wrapped it around the outside thus eliminating all the Kinks. 
Chicken Noodle Soup for lunch helped to get the final chill out of our bones which helped us feel so good that we wanted to go explore more of Quartzsite. 
Our first stop was where some of the early vendors such as Beer Bellies Adult Daycare are already setting up shop for next month’s gathering of the masses for the Big Tent. Kathy found a nice Blouse that fit comfortably and appealed to her sense of fashion. I found Solderless Connectors and a Drill Bit to replace the ones that I had recently used up that were priced less than half of what the connectors alone would have been back home. We had to make a quick run up to the Hardware Store to get a new Sink Stopper that none of the vendors thought to carry. 
Now we started getting serious. Yesterday we had gone out in search of finding our friends George and Suzie from Our Awesome Travels in the La Posa South LTVA. We had spent over an hour driving through many of the washes looking unsuccessfully for them. We saw many of the RVs that George had shown on his blog but we couldn’t find them. George commented the direction from the one RV and that he thought he’d seen us in the morning. Back at La Posa South we returned where that RV was and then started a slow motion Off-Road adventure in our quest of finding them. People in the desert are very creative with all the spare time they have making roadways lined with rocks as curbs. It took another fifteen minutes before we finally saw an RV that looked very familiar to us. 
Suzie and George.
We spent the next two hours getting caught up on a number of things with our gracious hosts. Kathy and I have been RVing since we were married but never in the Deserts of Arizona. George and Suzie are a wealth of information about that and they love to share that with anyone. Even some things we were aware of they had found ways to make it better. They gave us pointers on different surrounding areas and how to set up camp to better enjoy our stay. 
We were cold and George was comfortable.
One thing that Kathy couldn’t get over was that we were both sitting there wearing jackets to keep from freezing and George was sitting there comfortably in his Shorts and Sandals. When you read Our Awesome Travels and he says that’s what he is wearing, that’s what he is wearing. 

It was nearing 5:00 MST and the sun was getting lower in the sky when we said our “See You Later” and wound our way back to the main road. By the time we reached the Vendors Area near Quartzsite that we’d walked through only hours before, there was no sign of life anywhere.  

Tomorrow Kathy has her chores to do as I with my outside work. All of that in preparation to going Off the Grid in the Desert around Quartzsite. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Joke of the Day 

Classic bumper sticker #311 

Some people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them.