Saturday we were out shopping and someone (Peggy) got a brilliant idea. Sunday we had to act on it. The impetus being the lack of sales tax in Oregon. With time running down on our stay in Oregon I’m rethinking whether there are any other purchases I want to make before moving back to states with sales tax.
I don’t know if you are an aficionado of home improvement stores but one of the products out there are decal-sort-of sheets of vinyl with patterns imprinted that can be affixed to windows to make them look like: cathedral stained glass, wisteria blossoms, and almost any kind of art your can imagine.
In our case it was Artscape that caught our attention and at Jerry’s Home Improvement Center we found they made a pattern called Rice Paper. All of a sudden the wheels got to turning and lights went off.
No RV is perfect and as much as we love Serendipity that glass wall/door between the bedroom and bathroom lets in a lot of light in the middle of the night if someone gets up and absolutely has to turn on the light. Also, when our daughter came to visit we realize that our curtains on the windows don’t to a lot to provide privacy for her if we should happen to be in the bedroom while she’s in the bathroom/shower. Applying the rice paper window film seemed the perfect solution!
Two rolls of 12” x 83” were just enough (plus about 14” to spare) to do both the door and the wall. The material also comes in other sizes (like 24” x 36”) but this was easier to use and is designed to be used in the side lites next to an entry door. It’s easy enough to apply — about the same as applying a screen protector on your smartphone — except that its a lot bigger. Cut your piece to size, spray the window with Windex or other window cleaner, apply the film, and squeegee the water out from under the film. Voila! You’re done.
In my case ‘voila’ took a little longer.
Getting down on the floor for each window, applying the applique, and getting up after each window in cramped quarters is not as easy as it once was, but hey, we got them done!
I’ve also committed to a couple other projects while we were at Jerry’s — more about them as I get around to them.
I’ve been wrestling with the problem of what to do with / about my onboard computer set up. I’ve seen a lot of discussion on Facebook and at RVillage.com, and from Technomadia about setting up your own network and how to get the best cellular service on the road — and to be honest all of the technical stuff leaves me reeling.
I have been using two generation II Apple Time Machines to back up my laptop and the little Mac Mini that I use as a server. I’m getting to the point that there’s more data there than I have room to back up and have considered upgrading my Time Machines.
But after reading stuff from Technomadia I have realized that it’s possible to bring my Verizon data together with in-park WiFi to create a more secure private network and I want to get there — but the route to greater security is fraught with pitfalls and I haven’t found my own route yet. I can’t believe how much time I’ve spent on this — but I think today I’m going to the one and only Mac Specialist in Eugene to see if I can get some advice and/or products.
I have been looking at the WiFi Ranger products and they are great. I’m also looking at WEBoost’s new generation of cell signal boosters and it would be nice if I could reach a decision in a state that doesn’t collect sales tax. Not sure I want to wait on this for 1 whole year until we’re back, but I’ll probably give in and pop for the tax rather than wait. I’ve never been good about waiting for things.
But, as can often be the case, a guys’ yearning for more toys can be limited by their budget and I need to move along this route slowly and do it right. (big sigh)
I’m quite happy with the performance of the two new iPhones! There are little changes that I don’t like — but then that’s always the case when someone ‘improves something,’ meaning that they changed if from what one is accustomed to! But over all they are so vastly improved over my 4 year old phone that it’s hard to believe.
One of the most surprising changes is the new camera in my iPhone. It really does do a nice job and fixes some of the problems I had with the old one’s images.
On the negative side, a iPhone Plus is too large to easily hold for a selfie — somehow my fingers and the buttons don’t arrive at the same place at the same time. Practice makes perfect. Ah, but a person only needs so many selfies. Right, Kim Kardashian (and half the so-called celebrities out there today)?
Last night we bought enough groceries to get another $0.10 discount on our Safeway card, and then topped off. In the next few days before we leave Junction City we’ll fill up the fridge and use whatever credits we accumulate to top off the diesel tank — I noticed that at the moment the price here is $2.77 before discount. Not as nice as the $2.25 we were paying in S. Texas during the winter.
Tomorrow we’ll do our night-before prep for moving so that on Wednesday we are ready to retract slides, raise jacks, dump tanks and move over to the service bays. It sounds like we’re on schedule for our appointment without further snags. YaY!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.