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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Friday, December 15, 2017

Cleaning Up, Getting Ready For Christmas, Prices You Can’t Pass Up and Sinking Sun.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

After laying awake in the dark I finally looked at my watch to find out that it was 6:30 MST. I tried turning over in hopes of catching just a few more minutes sleep but finally just got up at 6:50. It’s really disturbing being retired and not being able to sleep late like most people do. I had all the Window Shades raised, things were readied for a lite breakfast and then I settled in at the Computer by 7:00.

My plan was to get On-Line to hopefully beat others in the area and it worked. All the sites I connected to as if we were connected back in McGregor. The biggest achievement was getting into our G-mails through Google which has been a big problem recently. It wasn’t until 8:00 that Kathy finally made her way downstairs.

We talked about what we were doing and where we were going today while having breakfast but that was also how long it took for our Coffee/Tea to be ready. Having left my Computer on to Kathy’s G-mail she had her Tea while getting caught up on her reading. That meant my Coffee had a chance to cool while I took care of my inside morning Chores.

After I drank my Coffee I gathered our Weboost and headed out to the Truck. As mentioned in last night’s Blog I had put enough water from our Fresh Water Barrel into our Fresh Water Tank so we could both have our showers and the water was warm. If we were going anywhere this morning I had to transfer more water before I could lift the Barrel out of the Truck.

While the water was being transferred I used the time to test the Weboost on the 12 Volt Power Plug in the Truck and couldn’t get a flicker on any of the Indicator Lights. This tells me that there is a problem with the unit and not just with the 12 Volt System in the Trailer. The problems we are having in the Trailer are not hazardous, just frustrating because the wiring was not done using any kind of common sense.

Kathy and I are members of the Escapees RV Club and have taken many Safety Courses while attending their Rallies. A comment mentioned that with all the Electrical Problems we are having our Trailer is a Fire Hazard waiting to happen. Not So, because our problems are mostly Electronics. According to a Retired Firechief all RVs are Fire Hazards because of the Building Materials used to produce them. 
Heading north on Arizona 95 towards Parker.
By 10:00 we were already north of Quartzsite heading for Parker. It was nice to be able to clearly see the Mountains after yesterday’s Wind Storm. It was shortly before 11:00 when we started checking out the shelves in the NAPA Auto Parts Store. It took a bit of time to find the proper Epoxy that I needed so Kathy was checking other things out. After she asked me about certain things that NAPA stocked we added a few more things to our Shopping Basket that helped Kathy scratch Three More Christmas Gifts off next year’s shopping list.

Our next stop was at Terrible’s Gas Station where we used one of their Self-Cleaning Car Wash Bays to give the Truck a good cleaning. After yesterday’s Dust Storm the Truck looked to be more of a Tan colour rather then it’s Burgundy colour. It isn’t perfect but a lot better then before.

It was getting close to noon and we were starting to get hungry so we went to Taco Bell for our lunch. The combos that we got were satisfying but didn’t make us feel stuffed.

From there we walked across the parking lot to Safeway to do some grocery shopping. We were there for some time because we have been using up lots of our food stocks. We also bought a bit more then we wanted as well because of their sales. When you live in your RV you can’t stockpile due to the lack of space. The problem was when Kathy would tell me to get Four cans of soup but the sign says if you buy Five the cost was half. There were other deals that we just had to take advantage of.

When we finished at Safeway, we drove across the road to Walmart. We no longer needed to buy groceries there so Kathy just wanted to browse around. By the time we left there our Christmas Shopping List for next year had almost disappeared.

It was amazing the amount of traffic on the roads this afternoon and the majority of them seemed to be RVers. Where could they possibly all be going? LOL
Sun just behind the shrub.
We almost didn’t want to drive back to our Trailer in the LTVA because the truck looked so clean. The first thing we did when we got Home was to open the last of our Windows and Vents to cool it down. After unloading all our purchases from the Truck we worked together putting the groceries away. 
Got a quick picture in the other direction.
We grilled a ready-made Hawaiian Pizza on the Weber Q for our supper. It’s taken a lot of practice plus choosing the right kind of Premade Pizzas but they are now turning out perfect. 
The Sun just dropped out of sight.
We stood outside to watch the Sunset and after taking one picture while it was still high in the sky I turned my back to look at something else off in the distance. Kathy said the Sun just sank like a Rock and was gone in a matter of seconds. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Housebound From Dust-Storm, How Converters & Inverters Work, and Late Day Water Run.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Something was seriously wrong when after getting a good night’s sleep we both managed to sleep in this morning. as soon as we got downstairs and opened the Window Shades we knew that we weren’t going to be doing much outside. Looking in the distance you could barely see the shadows of the mountains through the clouds of dust. 
At times you could not see the outline of the mountains.
We made certain that we read all Blogs we follow (which is everyone on our sidebar) and didn’t miss any because we still can’t get to our G-mails. Any other site we opened including our Blog were slow but Google just won’t connect us to our G-mail
Our Mat was doing the Wave. Lucky it's pegged down.
With all our normal chores done Kathy settled in reading a book while I tried getting our electronics going. Even though I didn’t believe what Wayne was telling me about needing the Converter on to have power to our 12 Volt Plug but you never know anymore. The only way that could happen was to first turn on our Main Inverter. When that was accomplished it was a matter of turning the Breaker for the Converter to the “On” position. Using the Weboost and Multi Meter both we could not get any power to that Plug. The Converter Breaker was immediately returned to the “Off” position. 
There's no vehicles in that cloud.
The reason for shutting the Converter is because it uses Power to Charge the Batteries. While it is using Power created by the Inverter (Not a Power Pole because we are “Off the Grid”) which is getting the Power from the Batteries. I call this the “Dog Chasing Its Tail” and it will drain your Batteries. The reason I waited to do this test until this morning is because even with the wind we still had lots of Sunshine that was being collected by our Solar Panels that the Charge Controller was storing in our Batteries for our use. Any Power Loss this morning was quickly replaced. 
Toasted Egg Sandwich, Chicken and Rice Soup for lunch
Also a Fruit Cup for dessert. 
Another thing I wanted to do was to get our Television up and running. We purchased the Antenna last winter but never tried it being quite content not watching it. It took nearly a Half Hour to reprogram the Television and the picture was crystal clear but I would spend the next Hour and a Half trying unsuccessfully to get the Audio to work. Have you noticed that most of our problems are Electrical or Electronic and most of them were Factory Installed by Jayco
That truck often disappeared in that cloud of dust.
Not being able to get that to work I attempted to go On-Line to research the problem. With the Sandstorm keeping everyone inside their RVs the Airwaves were filled with people On-Line so I couldn’t find out what I needed. 
North Wind 21 MPH gusting to 32 today.
A few Gusts shook the trailer.
After having been Housebound all day because of the Dust, Kathy was starting to feel the onset of Cabin Fever and suggested we go out for supper around 4:30. There were only a few local residents inside when we arrive at McDonalds where we both enjoyed their Chicken Nuggets for supper. We had just sat down when it seemed a lot of people we’ve seen in the LTVAs started showing up. Our time away helped us to relax with a change of scenery and let us do some People Watching. 
Hours later it still looked the same.
When we had arrived at McDonalds the Flags at the Vendor next door were all sticking straight out from the Wind. Thirty Minutes later they were all just hanging there as if someone had just turned a fan off. With the high winds we had today I didn’t get take chance to fill our Fresh Water Barrel figuring that it would have had extra dirt thrown in. When we got back Home at La Posa South LTVA I loaded our Fresh Water Barrel into the Truck and drove over to the Water Fill Stations. Strange there wasn’t anyone else there. With no Dust blowing it wasn’t a problem getting clean warm water. Back at the Trailer after I got Kathy safely in the door I transferred half the Barrel of Warm Water over to our Fresh Water Tank. We both had warm showers this evening and hardly ran the Water Heater.

Tomorrow we’ve got to run an errand and then we’ll see what we can do. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the nearest at hand.

Michel de Montaigne, French Essayist