The uncertainty over health issues being over, we are getting back to normal in a serious way! Yesterday saw the curtains finished. Today I got them ironed.
Here they are in all their glory, and we are happy campers. An inexpensive solution to a slightly irritating problem.
We have purchased some Velcro strips — and we may sew three patches on the leading edge of the curtains that meet in the center of the windshield / or not / but we’ve done what NEEDED doing.
While I had the curtains down I decide it was also time to put the Velcro strips on the windshield for our iPass. I’m not sure how much we’ll be using our iPass now. I can close the account anytime I choose but for now we’re leaving it open. The fares are so much more expensive when you pay cash that even a couple times a year makes it worth leaving $40.00 in the account for when we need it. (Interest at the bank being what it is nowadays)
It being a nice day I got a lot of other RV chores done. In that we had paid for our DISH stationary antenna in OR, we brought it along with us in the Coach — what we did not have was a tripod on which to mount it for those occasions where our campsite has no view to the southern sky and we want to set out a manual antenna. I recently ordered (from Amazon) an antenna tripod to be used with the DISH antenna. Today I made sure that the shipped size was correct (1.66″, not 2.0″ a seemingly more common size) and put it together.
Once I had the antenna and tripod together I had to find a new place to store the antenna in the basement storage bay. I have been dragging it around with the old J bracket attached. Now I can discard that, and the antenna is a little easier to store, with the horns resting easily on a soft surface in the basement. 🙂
While I was outside I made sure to give our black water tank a good flushing! It’s not a polite subject to talk about but a plugged backwater tank is an ugly problem to resolve. No one, but no one likes dealing with human waste and letting it flow out to the world in a sanitary hose is much nicer than having to get down and dirty with whatever is causing the plug. We are at a full hookup site — which isn’t all that common for us, so I hooked up the hose with full city water pressure to the black tank flush system and let ‘er rip for a good half hour or so.
As I type, Peg is making a cover for a piece of upholstery foam that we had put into storage with the kids but picked up over the weekend. It doesn’t ‘fix’ the sat-out side of the small sofa but it’ makes sitting on that side much more comfortable. By purchasing a set of twin sheets as material we accomplished three separate things:
- We now have spare pillowcases — which we seem to be hard on and go through faster than sheets
- We have one flat sheet that Peg is using as the material for the cushion cover
- We have one fitted sheet that fits nicely over the small sofa to ease the wear and tear on the sofa fabric.
All in all it’s a bargain for the cost of a set of 300 thread discounted sheets.
While out shopping for more drapery hooks ( we wanted a few more hooks on each of the curtains) we looked for a few small storage tubs. Now that I’m getting around to chores I’m bound and determined to move some of the ‘stuff’ we carry around with us to places that make more sense than where they have ended up for the last 5 months — yes — it has been 5 months now that we have had the Ambassador and I am finally getting around to getting us ‘moved in’ right and proper like.
I’m also still looking for a good name for her. Somehow calling it The Ambassador just isn’t right. :-\
I’m not thinking of volunteering again, but on a forum we frequent someone recently posted that they were en route to their winter workamping gig in S. Texas and I have to admit that the idea of not paying for an RV site for the winter was a tempting thought; but we are so not ready for that. In some ways the GREEN LIGHT from the doctor yesterday was the first time since July that I haven’t had my health in the back corner of my mind. Last year the doctor had said a couple things and while I wasn’t worried they were this ‘thing’ just hanging out there. While we were busy on the Forest I was TOO busy to think about it, but once we made the decision to leave the forest then those comments came back to mind and I was nervous about how this year’s tests might work out. Now with good news I’m ready to get on with living, not just waiting.
And that’s what we’re doing!
I also had time to get into our electronic’s storage bay and do a little organizing there. A little over a year ago when we were still learning how to tow our CR-V we had a dead battery. I bought a battery charger to get us out of trouble but I have not used it since. I’ve been debating whether to continue dragging it along with us; and I guess I’ve resolved that I’ll keep it with us one more year to see if we find any occasion to use it at all. If not — it may come to live in Milwaukee.
And there you have it, another day in our unscripted life. We have 4 more days here in Milwaukee — and almost no plans other than going to Bay View Gallery Night on Friday and get in a good long walk each day. We have 4 days at Bong Recreation Area where we want to keep up our exercise regimen (read that: WALKING). One of the things I would like to find (if we stay in one place long enough) is a place where I could learn the basics of Tai Chi. That would be good for me; good for us both. After we leave Bong Recreation Area we have week long stays at Shelbyville IL and Rend Lake IL on the books but only from the standpoint that they are Corps of Engineers parks we have heard about and want to visit — so our plans is no plan — just go and enjoy and see what’s there to be seen. After Rend Lake we are going to wing it for a while. Between there and ending up in Bayou Segrette State Park outside of New Orleans we’re just going to go with the flow.