It’s early Saturday morning and I can’t sleep. Kathryn’s coming to visit for a few days and I’m all excited. Even Dad’s can get that way you know. When you only have one child, and you haven’t seen them in a goodly long while it’s only right to be excited.
Friday was get ready day. Laundry (so she had clean sheets and we didn’t have dirty clothes jamming the laundry basket). Groceries (we haven’t bought that many provisions since the last time she visited). Mom was cleaning house. I was making a mess (like usual).
We have definitely left the Forest. I’m coming to realize just how much of our recent volunteering time was lived by relying on adrenalin! Now that we are getting back to the pace of our last couple years I’m realizing how hard it is to sustain the pace of the last few days. I’m liking being retired again.
Kathryn is bringing with her the last components for our Silverleaf monitoring system. I doubt I’ll get everything hooked up before we make the trip to Bong Recreation in another 6 days. With Katy around I doubt I’ll be spending much time tinkering with electronics; but I’m one step closer to knowing more about what’s going on in the engine compartment when we’re driving.
There are good things and bad things about driving a diesel pusher class A. One of the good things is that traveling is much quieter than with a front engine vehicle; one of the bad things is that traveling is much quieter than with a front engine vehicle. We don’t have the roar of the engine between us up front, but neither do we hear if anything is amiss way back there in the engine compartment. The recent experience with the temperature gauge convinced me that a little more information would be a good thing. I’ll keep you posted once we get everything connected.
I haven’t made any progress on the curtains since Wednesday evening. I will — for sure. But when things quiet down a little. After adjusting the height of the curtain hooks, now Peg is concerned that they may not slide correctly in the track. I haven’t even looked at them since Wednesday.
Which brings me to a completely different topic:
Bubble Wrap Insulation
We are coming to realize more reasons we’re happy we traded RV’s!
Our Journey was a nice coach but one major weakness in that 2002 Winnebago design was the heating/cooling system. Last summer in the Midwest we spent most of the time with that bubble wrap insulation covering our windows — the single heat pump simply wasn’t up to the job of cooling the entire coach in 90º to 100º heat. We bought a couple rolls of 4′ wide insulation and trimmed it to size and covered up most of the coach windows so we could stay cool. It didn’t look cool, but we were comfortable. And last winter in Oregon, even though it wasn’t super cold there, we put the same insulation into the windows once more to help the furnace maintain an even temperature during the winter.
Enter the Ambassador… No problems with heating or cooling so far. Windows are open to the world; we can see what’s going on around us. We likey likey. The world is much nicer when you can see what’s going on in it! 🙂
The New House
When we roared through Milwaukee we had a quick chance to see the kid’s new house. WoW! Even though we understood the idea they were going for they have done a wonderful job and the reality exceeds our imagination. I can’t wait until they have things neatened up enough to take pictures to share with you. We are really impressed with the almost-finished project.
Road Destruction Season
It’s summer in Wisconsin; that means it’s road destruction season. On our way to Milwaukee we were coming to the end of one construction zone and literally 200 feet down the road was another sign saying: yup…. begin work zone. It is really humorous how little coordination there can be on some large projects. We actually drove through quite a few work zones on the trip from the coast — that’s what you expect during the summer. But the Milwaukee area in particular is part way through a major Interstate Highway rehabilitation and I’m glad to be gone from the big city during most of it. The quick return was also a good reminder of just why we have spent almost all our time outside major population centers — too much … of everything.
We’ll be back in town for parts of two weeks while we take care of annual business (that’s our plan anyway — always subject to revision). Doctors visits. Banking visits. New driver’s licenses because of our new home address. New glasses (it’s been three years). And a few other items I can’t even remember at the moment.
About 9 a.m. all of a sudden we heard generators starting up. It seems that the entire campground is temporarily powerless. We had quite a few T-storms overnight and while it poured down rain the power seemed unaffected. And then with no rain coming down everyone lost power. They say they’ve contacted the local power company to find out the problem but this isn’t Milwaukee and who knows how long it will take for the power to return. But… we have solar. 🙂
So, while we await our daughter’s arrival today, that’s about it for me. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. 🙂
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