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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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

More Gremlins, Things Taking Shape, Wonderful Meals and A Toasty Campfire.

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

Waking up this morning I couldn’t hear the normal sounds coming from our Windsock that is located off the rear ladder to the roof or the Slide Covers.  As soon as I opened the Window Shades and looked in the direction of our neighbours across the wash I knew why it was so quiet. Their Flags and Windsocks were hanging limply by their poles without the least bit of movement.

After we finished eating our breakfast we settled in at our Computers doing what reading we could as we are still dealing with our MiFi Connection Issues. It’s strange how Kathy’s Computer won’t connect to her Facebook account but mine can. Since the Weather Network was displaying the temperature in Quartzsite at 46 F (8 C) and we were starting to feel chilled we cycled the Furnace. Since our Computers Batteries were starting to get low we also turned the Main Inverter on. Within minutes it was beginning not to feel warm but hot so I went to shut it off. When I pushed the switch to the Off position our Air Conditioner turned on. Kathy thought I had pushed the switch too far but it wasn’t. I hadn’t shut the AC Breaker since we left McGregor and because power was coming from the Inverter it started up. The Breaker was quickly shut off but there’s no reason it should have turned on with the Control Switch in the Off position. Another thing to be fixed next spring.

Though we both had things we wanted to do, we weren’t in a very big hurry to get outside. We both found things we needed to work on inside. Kathy had some rearranging to do in the Kitchen Cabinets while I made the Bed and I located an Over-The Counter Medication from our travel bag. Most RVers have Vent Pillows they use in their ceiling vents to keep the Heat inside or outside depending on what time of year it is. The bathroom vent in this trailer is very shallow and with the Knob for opening the vent most times we find the Pillow on the floor. That same vent is straight in line with my view when lying in bed so as soon as the night sky starts to brighten in the morning I see it no matter what the time. Taking the Pillow Cover off, I then marked the sponge with a Sharpie before using a Filet Knife and sliced half the thickness off the one corner. Now the Pillow stays in the Vent keeping our Heat in and the Sunlight out. 
Clear Blue Sky all day.
Kathy heated up some of the Penne She cooked up the other day for our lunch and added a Cherry Pastry for dessert. 

If you recall I had spotted a crack at the discharge end of our Waste Barrel and picked up a Flange yesterday to strengthen it with. Using the Tailgate as a Workbench for my tools. I figured it would take some doing to get the Tube out of the Barrel. Imagine my surprise when a simple Open-Handed Slap meant to see how solid it was actually caused the Tube to break free. Glad it wasn’t full!

With the Tube removed I needed to enlarge the opening to make the Flange fit. I was outside using my Jigsaw, Drill and Grinder when our neighbour Wayne came over to talk. He thought that I was running the Generator but couldn’t hear it. Everything was plugged in to our Main Inverter that was getting its power from the Batteries that were being charged by the Sun. He agreed with the Modification I was making to our Barrel
Getting ready for our Campfire.
Wayne also told us Information that I have never heard of before. I had told him about our not getting power to the Factory Installed 12 Volt Plug. I had also told him that our Converter has been turned off since January because the Sun has been charging our Batteries. His Information was that on Some Trailers there are some 12 Volt lines that will only work with the Converter turned on. Since I needed the Inverter at the time checking the Converter will have to wait until the morning. 

I managed to get the Hole enlarged and the old glue cleaned off the Tube.  In fact everything fit so tightly together that it could be a problem gluing it together. A bit more filing and it should be ready to permanently assemble. 

It was 4:15 when Kathy asked me to grill some Large Chicken Breasts. After I’d cleaned up and sprayed the grill with PAM cooking oil the Chicken was done perfectly in a half hour. Kathy had sautéed a Potato, Brussels Sprout, Celery and Onion dish on the stove as well as making Strawberry Short Cupcakes for our dessert. It all tasted wonderful as usual. 

While Kathy cleaned the kitchen and closed the Windows, I put my tools away outside and set up the Firepit for our first Campfire since we’ve been here. This was the first night with a 2 MPH breeze which meant we had a cloudless sky that gave us a moderate Sunset over the mountains. 

We enjoy talking by the fire and as it was starting to die down we were amazed that we could see the Red, White and Blue Flashing Lights of an Emergency Vehicle stopped on I-10 down by Dome Rock Road all the way from La Posa South LTVA. Turning around to look in the opposite direction we started seeing the sky filling with stars. We were also starting to feel chilled and could hear the Coyotes in the distance so we headed in. 
Love the way the flames reflect off the rocks.
I turned on the Front Security Light so I could put the chairs away and Kathy was amazed how bright it was. When we looked at the Clock it shocked us that it was only 6:45. 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

You Might Be a Redneck If

Critters that wander onto your property never wander off of it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Solving Some Problems and Making Inexpensive Plans To Fix Another.

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

Even though we were toasty warm under our Winter Bedding, as soon as we got up this morning we knew that it was cold. Our inside temperature was only reading 45 F (7 C) and since I haven’t connected our Blue Flame Heater yet Kathy had me cycle the Furnace just so we could enjoy breakfast in comfort.

It turned into a Two Cup Coffee Morning while struggling to do our morning reading on the Computers. Between connecting to the different On-Line Sites that we wanted to read we also planned what we needed to do today. We also wrote it down on our list so that we wouldn’t forget.

As we were getting ready to leave we were lowering the Window Shades so the heat wouldn’t build too high while we were away. Looking up towards the bedroom I was amazed at the amount of Airborne Dust that was being illuminated by the Sunlight coming through the Windows. Kathy said it was that way all the time but worse when we’re in the Desert. I made the suggestion that an Air Filtering System might help our Allergies as well as the Dust itself.

It was shortly after 10:30 when we left La Posa South to see about resolving some of our new-found problems. I figured if we couldn’t get what we needed here in Quartzsite we would drive out to Parker.

When we arrived at RV Lifestyles on Dome Rock Road I asked about a new Automatic Switching Propane Regulator. The Salesperson was all for selling us another Regulator but one of the Techs started asking questions of what was happening. Being that the only Propane Device that is having a problem with the Propane is our Fridge it is more then likely the Control Card that needs to be replaced. That didn’t cost us anything so we’ll be back for the other fittings we need for our Blue Flame Heater.

We then headed to Herb’s Hardware where I needed to see if they had any ABS Plumbing Flanges. After dumping our Waste Tank yesterday, I had noticed a crack starting near the Valve where the fitting was glued. I managed to find the perfect sized Flange that once it is bolted and glued to the Barrel should eliminate any chance of a problem. 

It was already past 12:30 and time for lunch. Since we like to patronize different Restaurants we drove over to Times Three Family Restaurant. Being in the middle of lunch hour didn’t help and the place was packed. They have quite a large menu and it seemed to take us forever to decide what we wanted but that was fine. When our meals were served we were already starting to eat them before we thought of taking pictures. Kathy had a Grilled Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries while I had a Ruben with Onion Rings. It all tasted great and the portioning was perfect because we didn’t walk out feeling stuffed. 
Kathy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries.
Since we didn’t need to go to Parker today we went to Road Runner Grocery Store on Main Street to pick up a few supplies. Since they are IGA affiliates they have a Butcher and Baker that keep their shelves stocked. 
My Ruben with Onion Rings.
It wasn’t until we were leaving that we remembered we needed to go to Family Dollar. Dropping Kathy at the door I packed some of the groceries in one of our Insulated Shopping Bags before joining her inside. 

It was past 3:30 when we got back Home so starting anything this late in the day outside was a waste so I went on the Computer. I started looking for Air Filters to cut down on the Airborne Dust in the Trailer. All those things are Big, Costly and run on 120 Volts AC. We are trying to be less dependent on the Power Pole even when we are back at Wildwood Golf and RV Park for the summer. When we use our Inverters to produce the Electricity we need, they also use additional energy from the Batteries. This last summer we received a credit from our deposit because our Solar Panels were still charging our Batteries.

Since I am planning on installing 12 Volt DC Outlets throughout the Trailer I looked for Air Filters that would run on that instead. Kathy was upset that I would consider another project but when I explained that I would wait until we are back in McGregor to make them she calmed a bit. When I showed her that I could make Two 12 Volt Air Filters for less then half the price of a Store-Bought Desk Top she agreed. 

All day there were no clouds in the sky but shortly after 4:30 it seemed like a race to cover over the mountains. The Arizona Sunset did not disappoint this evening. We only had a Donut and Hot Chocolate for supper tonight. Tomorrow we’ll try to make progress on some of these projects that are piling up. 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

The World's Great Proverbs

When the wind is in the east, 'tis neither good for man nor beast.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Getting Things Done, The Sun Is Back and Data Plan Explained.

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

We had a hard time telling when the Sunset actually occurred last night because of the heavy cloud covering but there was a benefit. Those same clouds acted as an Insulation that helped to keep yesterday’s Warm Temperatures from getting too cold overnight. 
The Sun struggles to break through the clouds as it rises.
I was up by 7:30 and it was still 59 F (15 C) outside at the time. There was still enough of a North breeze that you didn’t see too many people walking without their Jackets. The temperature would improve slightly but throughout the day if you were in the breeze you would feel the chill.

After we finished our normal morning routine, Breakfast and reading at the Computers, Kathy started doing some cooking. She made meals that will only need to be heated and will used in the next few days.

I had my own chores completed before trying a different test on our Weboost. Anyone that knows Electricity knows that there is a Feed (+ Positive) wire and a Return (- Negative) wire. The only time both lines meet is at a Motor, Bulb, Element or Electronic Device that it is connected to. After disconnecting the Power Cord that came with the unit I did a Resistance Test. The problem was not when each line indicated a Resistance but when I was getting a Resistance when the probes were on opposite wires. What would cause that to happen I can only guess. Checking the 12 Volt Outlet for Power in the cabinet indicated none.

My next chore was calling Stephanie at Leisure Trailer Sales back in Lakeshore. The last time I called she had been away on Vacation. She wasn’t too happy to hear that we were experiencing additional problems. The problem with the Propane could be a Faulty Automatic Regulator, Rust in the Flue or it could be a Defective Control Card in the Fridge. As long as we can keep it running they will check it over when we get back in the spring.

I went outside and started getting things ready to dump our tanks for the first time this fall since we’ve been “Off the Grid” and the first time ever using the Macerator. I had every thing in place, Barrel in the back of the Truck, Macerator in line and connected. I was just about to start when Kathy called me for lunch. 

Kathy had made a Mini-Feast, consisting of a Cup of Soup, a Spinach Salad and Blackberry covered Yogurt. It was all Tasty, Filling and Healthy. There’s those three words in the same sentence again. 
The start of a beautiful Sunset.
Outside I learned first hand by using the Macerator to empty our Tanks that @#$# can flow uphill without a problem. It was a lot different then pulling a Blue Boy behind the Truck and when it came to emptying the barrel it was done in flash with the simple pull of the Valve Handle

After a few ATVs went tearing by our spot raising all kinds of Dust yesterday both Kathy and I seemed to have Congestion Issues. Since the Sun had managed to penetrate the Clouds earlier today, Kathy and I sat outside with a hot cup of Tea watching the show as it set. 
Sun's reflection off the clouds to the east.
In response to a question about our Unlimited Plan with Verizon. We needed to get the SIM Card replaced in our MiFi at a Verizon Dealer. When you are on any plan Verizon will notify you via E-Mail as you approach your limit. When we reached our limit, the connection was slowed to the point it was Impossible to see our E-mail Alerting about our usage. We are both cautious to not overuse our Data so either Verizon was speeding up the meter or someone else had Hacked into our MiFi. We had an International Plan that would allow us to use it in Canada rather then using our Turbo Hub. We had noticed each time we turned it on there were large increases in our Data Usage and mentioned it to the Representative. Now it’s costing us less then the International Plan and we can still use it in Canada
The clouds look like giant birds flapping their wings.
Tomorrow we have a few errands to run so who knows what else we’ll be getting ourselves into. 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

You Might Be a Redneck If

Every faucet in your home is permanently dripping.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Getting A Good Look At Things and Our Order Is In.

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

Managing to get a couple more hours of sleep last night my back told me it was time to get out of bed at 7:30 MST this morning. I managed to see a sliver of the Sun just before it slipped behind a heavy cloud cover that would be around the entire day. We had talked about what we wanted to accomplish before we went to bed so I immediately got caught up on my morning reading before we had our breakfast. 
The only Sunshine I saw today.
Kathy would later say that she slept like a rock but didn’t wake up until I lit the stove again at 8:30 and she didn’t mind being awakened because timing was important. After we ate a lite breakfast Kathy then headed to her Computer with her Tea I left my Coffee to cool on the table while getting my indoor chores completed.

It was close to 9:30 when I headed outside with the intention of filling our Fresh Water Tank. Hauling our Fresh Water Barrel in the back of the truck I kept my speed down to a crawl. With the lack of Rainfall the area has had this year even just walking on the paths causes a cloud of dust to kick up. I spoke with Randy who was down from Oregon. Looking at our Truck he was thinking of upgrading his truck to a Diesel but didn’t want to get into the ones using the DEF because of all the stories that he’s heard about them. He’s been coming to this area for the last ten years and wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Back Home while I started transferring the water to the Trailer Kathy came outside to start cleaning Windows. Even though she had already cleaned the inside of the trailer she didn’t appreciate looking through the same dirty windows we had when we left McGregor with back in November. She insisted on cleaning them herself even when it meant climbing the Seven Foot Step Ladder.

When we had checked the Inside Gauge last night it had indicated our 45 Gallon Fresh Water Tank was EMPTY. Since those gauges are far from accurate I didn’t believe we were that low. Filling our Fresh Water Barrel while it’s on its side generally holds just over 45 Gallons. Imagine my surprise when I found the Barrel completely EMPTY in the back of the Truck. Last winter most times we only needed half and our tank would start running out the overfill tube to the point that it would siphon water out of the Tank. When the Trailer was in for Warranty Service last summer they made an adjustment that seems to be working better.

I closed that up and was just about to start working on the Macerator when Kathy asked for help. Our Fridge was showing the “No LP” warning. I had just made certain both 30# Propane Tanks were Full along with our Spare Tank. We have an Automatic Switching Regulator that doesn’t seem to Automatically Switch and the Tank I pulled off today is at least Three Quarters Full. After changing that Propane Tank, we still needed to reset the Fridge so we are hoping that this is just a fluke.

With the Bicycle Carrier attached to the rear of the Trailer Kathy had only been able to get a small strip of the Rear Window cleaned. She can safely work off a Ladder but is not Sure-Footed when it comes to standing where there are open spaces near your feet. Having had to stand on very irregular worksurfaces throughout my career I had no problem stepping up to do that window for her. With the windows all cleaned outside Kathy headed in to clean the Windows on the inside.

Getting back to the Macerator I had to do some wiring because there are different ways to set it up depending on your personal preference and type of RV a person has. The closest Power Feed to the Waste Discharge in our Trailer is quite a distance so I had to add Twelve Feet of wire to the Macerator so we’ll be able to use it.

I had only begun doing that when I started feeling Lightheaded. Looking at my watch that I seldom wear I saw that it was nearly 1:00. Kathy had gotten so involved in cleaning the Windows that she didn’t think to look at the time even though she was also feeling Lightheaded. Feeling better after having lunch we both went back to our chores.

Around 3:00 Kathy came outside to read for a while. Even with the 70 F (21 C) the gust North Wind made it feel much cooler and if you were in the shade it was cold. For supper we grilled a Store-Bought Pizza on our Weber.

Since the only Sunlight we saw today was a dull glow from behind the heavy clouds we couldn’t get a Sunset Picture this evening. The bright side to that (Pardon the Pun) is that the overnight clouds will hold the heat in so it won’t be so cold outside.

After closing everything up outside I finally managed to find a replacement Phone for Kathy on Amazon. It and the rest of the things ordered should start arriving within the week. We’ll be using Quiet Times Greeting Card Shop as our mailing address any time that we need something shipped to us while in the Quartzsite area.

Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow. 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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Finally Getting Settled In.

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

For the second night in a row I spent more time awake then I did sleeping. Kathy’s head hadn’t even hit her pillow and she was asleep.

I was up just before 8:00 this morning and managed to have all the Window Shades raised and readied most everything that was needed for breakfast. Since we had both agreed that we wanted to get some things accomplished around the Trailer today when the clock neared 8:30 I turned the stove on to make our morning Coffee. The noise of the ignitor on the stove was like an Alarm to Kathy and she was soon joining me downstairs. 
We always refer to this as the Sleeping Giant.
Our breakfast was lite so we got an early start on the Computers getting caught up on our reading. Because I still have not been able to completely fix our Internet Problem we have to take turns checking what we need. When one of us is taking care of chores the other would be On-Line

By 10:30 I was outside finally uncovering the Barrels and Tandem Bicycle from the Bicycle Carrier. Surprisingly not a thing had moved and was just as secure as before we left McGregor back in November. An hour later Kathy called me in for lunch. 
This will look better once we get our Storage Skirt.
It was comfortable outside in the Sun but if you stepped into the breeze it felt quite chilly. The Vegetable Beef Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches helped to warm us up.

After lunch I assembled our Mast and TV Antenna, ran the Coaxial Cable inside and even hooked it to the back of the Television. I went back outside to install our new Wind Sock and I also mounted the new Weboost Antenna before coming off the roof. Once the Weboost itself is working properly all our problems will be resolved. 
Two Antennas and a Wind Sock at the ladder.
Kathy had been busy inside Vacuuming the Trailer. Anyone that has been Boondocking in the Desert knows just how dirty things can get inside their RVs. Trying to help that situation out I used the Stiff Rake to level off some of the higher piles of stone before staking our Mat down. That will lessen the amount of dirt that we’ll track in. 
Kathy enjoyed sitting in the sun.
With her housework done Kathy came outside to relax but as soon as she saw the larger stones that I had taken from under our Mat she started adding them to our Firepit. Even though we have our Firewood and a sturdy Firepit with the strong winds we’ve been having we’ll just have to wait before having our first Campfire here in the desert. 
Kathy rebuilt our Firepit.
For supper while I grilled some All Beef Hotdogs on the Weber Kathy was inside getting the Buns and Sides ready. 

With less then 10 Hours between Sunrise and Sunset we make use of the evening by researching things On-Line when we can get connected. I’ve managed to find a replacement Phone for Kathy but not sure that is Verizon or AT&T compatible. 

It’s been nice reading that our friends Tom and Deb from the blog Celebrating the Dance will soon be heading our way from Michigan’s U.P. Now they just have to watch not to run into any Winter Storms. Even Al and Kelly from Travelwith the Bayfield Bunch will soon be getting a late start to their Winter Travels. We’ll be keeping track of them and praying they have Safe Travels

Hard to believe that we have already been here a week. With all the running we’ve had to do it didn’t feel like it. Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but we are looking forward to another day in the southwest. 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

You know you're getting old when

things you buy now won't wear out.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Picking Up Our Purchases and Still Trying To Get Things Fixed.

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

With no plans to travel today and not having done anything much different in our routines than yesterday I was surprised to be wide awake after only a couple hours of sleep this morning. After staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning for a couple more hours I finally got up in hopes of tiring myself out. After taking a Tylenol I was still up over Two-Hours reading on the Computer but had to shut down due to a Low Battery. It would be another Two-Hours before I would finally fall back to sleep.

It was nearly 9:00 when I got out of bed, not feeling too well rested. Minutes later Kathy joined me and had slept like a rock leaving her well rested. After finishing eating our breakfast I turned on the Main Inverter which helped bring new life back to the batteries in our Electronics. We needed to take turns going On-Line because of the lack of our Weboost to connect to the Cell Tower

Around 10:30 I went outside and changed out another Empty Propane Tank. The thought of less trips to the Propane Fill Stations sounds so inviting I can’t wait to get our new Blue Flame Heater up and running. Minutes later we were slowly making our way to the Trash Bins to get rid of what was necessary. There has been very little rain in the area for some time so even driving slowly in the desert leaves a Dust Trail in your wake.

Our first stop was at Gamblers RV Supply to pick up the extra Over The Burner Toaster that we ordered this week. As soon as we walked in and I saw the Large Boxes piled in the Aisles there was a doubt in my mind. When they said they hadn’t found the Toasters yet we just said that we’d be back. 

Walking out the door we saw another Vendor at the other end of the building. One thing most of these Vendors have in common is the variety of goods that they are trying to sell. By the time we left this location I had a couple of tools that I’ve looked for back in Ontario and Kathy had also scratched off a couple more Christmas Gifts off her list.

Our next stop was north of I-10 at Discount Solar on Main Street where I needed to pick up the Terminal Lug that I was shopping around for yesterday. Not surprising they are expensive here because all these companies know they are selling to Captive Shoppers. I did take the time to Thank Stan for giving me the idea last March how to improve our Security Lamps at a fraction of the cost then replacing the entire unit and our’s are Three Times Brighter then the Ready-Made ones. 

We headed back to RV Pit Stop to top up our Empty Propane Tank. When I presented their Punch Card to the clerk our Propane Fill Number 10 that gave us an instant $5.00 off the cost of today’s fill.

It was already past noon and Kathy didn’t feel like a big meal so we went over to Carl’s Jr for lunch. Walking in the door we noticed that they have $5.00 Meal Boxes. They have been around for a while but we never noticed them before. Kathy was satisfied with her order but I was actually quite full. 

Crossing back to the southside of the I-10 we were soon back at RV Lifestyles. With our receipt in hand we had our new LED Reading Lights in less then a minute and were back on the road.

Staying on Tyson Wells Road we passed through the growing number of Vendors and crossed Arizona 95 back to Gamblers RV Supply. The manager had just left for a late lunch and the clerk that was there hadn’t found the toasters yet. She remarked that there was a Blue Container below a large box that hadn’t been opened. The box was really lite so after I stood it aside what should appear in the Blue Container but all the toasters they couldn’t find and we weren’t the only ones to have ordered them. 

Up to this point our travels had been in a loop. It was now past 2:00 and our lunch had settled so we thought we’d get a treat. Last winter we discovered Dorothy and Toto’s Ice Cream Shop across from Silly Al’s Pizza. This month their new flavour to try was Huckleberry and it was well worth the trip. They also have a Punch Card to use so it looks like we’ll make a few more stops there before going home in the spring.

By the time we got back Home in La Posa South LTVA we were both so tired that Kathy suggested sitting back and taking a Snap. Her’s was more of a Nap but as tired as I was I could only sit reclined and wish to fall asleep. 

When she woke I tried contacting TracFone to get the new SIM Card for Kathy’s phone sent to us like their Tech had said they could. Apparently, that’s not the way it works. When you buy a TracFone, Straight-Talk or the Other Pay as you go Cell Service you have to specify which Carrier you want to use, AT&T or Verizon. When we purchased these two phones together we didn’t know that so the Associate at Walmart set one up on each Carrier and the only way we can change Kathy’s TracFone to Verizon as the Carrier is to buy another Phone then all her Minutes and Number can be transferred over. TracFone no longer carries that model so I’ll be searching on Amazon.

We tried out our new Magic Bullet to make up the last of our Orange/Cranberry Relish. We had plenty of power when using our Main Inverter but the machine didn’t quite work the way it’s advertise, so it took repeated attempts to complete the task. At least the Cranberries won’t spoil and we can use them with a lot of our meat dishes. We’ll do more reading on the Magic Bullet to see how we can improve its performance. 

For supper we shared a Salad and a Sandwich that helped to clean up some Leftovers in the Fridge. With early Showers we are hoping to get a decent night’s sleep tonight so hopefully we might also get things accomplished tomorrow. 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.

Since no pictures were
taken today we thought
you would like some 
Sunset Pictures from
our recent files.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

It is the grandparents who tell fairy tales to the children. When they get old, their skin is cold and wrinkled, and it is a great joy for them to hold their grandchild, so warm and tender.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Master

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finding Out Why, Ordering Our Parts and Still Struggling With Internet.

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

Last night while I was busy turning down the bed I took the time to add the Doubled Over Fleece Blanket on my side of the bed. As mentioned the other day as long as Kathy is covered by the Bedsheet she sleeps quite comfortably and is not cold. The times that I shared that Blanket with her I had to get up in the middle of the night to pick all the Blankets off the floor. The fact that I also have Raynaud’s Disease which is an Inherited Problem (Not Contagious) that causes Poor Blood Circulation in my Extremities causing me to feel the cold more then most people. The last thing I remembered before falling asleep was a sense of warmth and when I woke up this morning I just lay there feeling so comfortable I didn’t want to get up.

Kathy tried repeatedly to get On-line this morning but just can’t seem to get to her G-Mail, Facebook or Messenger. I have nearly everything that I need to add the 12 Volt Outlets to our Home but now we have a problem with our Weboost to deal.

I was busy sorting the Laundry while Kathy was getting dressed and ready to go. I even gathered both of our Computers to bring along so we could try to get connected in town. 
The Flags were flying straight today.
Out first stop in Quartzsite was the Main Street Laundromat connected to the Main Street Dinner. That was the first place we ate at in Quartzsite last December 1st and we ate there a few times after that and became friendly with Michelle the owner. Seeing the sign outside advertising Breakfast and Lunch but not Dinner Kathy suggested we go for an early Lunch. Michelle instantly recognized us and we started talking. She tries to hire people who will treat customers like guests as she does and will do what it takes to be certain they are not waiting for service. Now days most employees just want a Paycheque without putting too much effort into the job. After having a serious discussion with her Husband, they are now only offering just two meals a day which means that some of the food they offered before at Dinner Time is no longer being offered. We enjoyed our meals as always and we’ll be back. 
On our way out this morning.
The Main Street Laundromat was busy but there were available Washing Machines so I had no trouble getting the washing going. Kathy sat at the table reading until she didn’t see me standing by the Washers. That could only mean that I already had the clothes in the Dryers and she came over to sit with me. We learned last winter when in Quartzsite we work together folding the clothes.

After leaving there we stopped at the Vendor that had the Electrical Supplies we bought earlier this week but he didn’t have an Electrical Lug that I needed today.

We headed up to McDonalds where we purchased a Soda and what they call an Apple Pie so we could sit down inside and work on our Computers. I had both Computers On-Line in no time but McDonalds Internet Connection was through AT&T and it was slow. The update I was trying to do on Kathy’s Computer just would not load up so when we get our Weboost working properly I’ll do it then. I managed to connect my Computer to Kathy’s G-mail, Facebook and Messenger so she was able to get caught up at what is happening with our family.

Since we’ll be erecting our TV Antenna at the rear of the Trailer this winter it would be a problem to use our 18-Foot Long Windsock. There was a Vendor set up next door to McDonalds so we walked over and found something we’ll be able to see from a distance but is only about 4-Feet Long and it was reasonably priced.

Our next stop was back at RV Lifestyles to order the Reading Lights that we’ll use to replace the existing ones near our Computer Chairs. They’ll be here tomorrow morning. I checked about the Electrical Lug that I need and they recommended going to Discount Solar for it. I also looked at a couple of Water Valves that I may be finding a use for in a Future Modification
Our Nearest Neighbours Wayne and Sue in line with the mountain.
We stopped at Gamblers RV Supply only to find out that our Spare Stovetop Toaster won’t be in until tomorrow. 
There we are.To the right of center in the above picture.
We finally made it Home by 4:30 but got so involved putting our Laundry away that we missed the Sunset. Around 7:00 we finished the last of Kathy’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for supper. Kathy was able to get on Messenger this evening but can’t leave any Comments. Sooner or later we’ll get it all working properly. After running those errands tomorrow, we are hoping we can finally get settled in. 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

You Might Be a Redneck If

You were thinking about fishing during your marriage vows.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nearly Impossible Internet Connection, Luck At The Casino, Great Movie and Still Dealing With U.P.S.

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

Even though we both had the same number of blankets covering us last night Kathy was sound asleep comfortable as could be while I spent most of the night Shivering because I was that cold. When I got out of bed before 7:00 MST I felt warmer wearing my Housecoat then I had all night. 
Up before the Sun.
I spent nearly an hour doing Cryptograms before Kathy joined me downstairs. That’s when I cycled the Furnace to take the chill out of the air. When we headed over to the Computers to finish our Coffee/Tea we had High Hopes that we would have easy access to the Internet this morning but again it was a waste. Even though we have the Unlimited Data Plan on our MiFi without the use of our Weboost to strengthen our signal to the Cell Tower we are still struggling. We were have extreme difficulty getting on Google, couldn’t access our E-mail, Facebook or Messenger but can occasionally get The Weather Network
Less then an Hour later.
Since most of our problem is Electrical we were out the door by 10:00 heading towards Parker to pick up the Wire and 12 Volt Outlets that were ordered. Walking into NAPA Auto Parts with my receipts I was back to the Truck within Two Minutes
Taco Bell in Parker.
Since most of this week has been spent running around trying to get things so we can fix this problem so Kathy suggested we take a little breather this afternoon. Having had a lite breakfast is okay when you’re not busy but it was just after 11:00 and we were hungry. Wanting something filling but lite we stopped at Taco Bell and each had a Quesadilla with a Soft Drink which was more then satisfying. We learned years back that to make their menu Healthier the US based Taco Bells does not sell French Fries. It was nearly noon when we were ready to leave and the place was filling up.

At this time of year there are all kinds of Roadside Vendors setting up Gazebos to sell their wares to Snowbirds and all they need to do is get a Vendors Permit to make it legal. Having passed a Vendor that looked interesting we circled back the Two Blocks to check it out. After careful inspection and some haggling Kathy scratched another Christmas Gift off Next Year’s Shopping List.

The breather Kathy had suggested was that we could take in a movie and the Theater is right next door to the Blue Water Casino in Parker. We looked at the outside Placards to figure out what we would see but they didn’t start for another hour. Kathy suggested we just walk around the Casino to check it out. After Ten Minutes she suggested we play the Slots. It’s been over nine years since the last time we played and even though I wasn’t in the mood I agreed. We are not Gamblers so we allowed ourselves each Five Dollars to Blow. If you are going to Gamble consider that amount of money gone and don’t try to win it back if you lose it. Kathy’s Five Dollars was gone before she knew it. I was a little luckier managing to get both our money back and to pay for the show we were about to see.

The movie we saw today was titled Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of a young boy who has to go through life with a Facial Disfigurement. We all know how cruel kids are to one-another, then think of how you would overcome this sort of Prejudice. We both gave it Two Thumbs Up. It was just after 3:00 when the movie ended and everyone stuck around to read the credits. 

We waited until we got back to Quartzsite before having supper and since the Mainstreet Diner was not open we went to the Quartzsite Yacht Club where we enjoyed Fish and Onion Rings
Inside the Yacht Club.
When we got Home in La Posa South I managed to get to my E-mail and found one saying UPS was unable to deliver the Parcel that they admittedly lost last week so the Amazon Supervisor I’d spoken to had canceled it at that time. I keep quite calm dealing with messes like this but after the first Representative and their Supervisor accidentally disconnected me I was finally able to connect to someone that actually read my file. UPS lost my parcel but they were demanding that I go pick it up in Phoenix. Not Happening!

The bad thing about being on hold with Amazon is they play a Ten Second Continuous Loop of Guitar Music at a High Volume that was hurting my ears. One day that will cause a customer to go off on one of the Customer Service Reps. When my Survey came in I complimented the second Representative but complained about the music.

I am so hoping to start getting things accomplished around here tomorrow. 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

The World's Great Proverbs

You can't tell a book by its cover.