Our recent trip to Junction City / Eugene / Springfield turned out to be extremely productive!
The one un-anticipated benefit was receiving an email telling me my government LincPass was complete and ready to be picked up. The email came to my personal email, so I could respond from Junction City, and I made an appointment in Springfield at the GSA/USDA offices there for the following day. So, for a volunteer gig that we started on December 12 last year, I have finally completed the process of getting “set up” to do my job. Oh how things move when they move at the speed of government!
On another front, we had time to get over to Home Depot and Lowes to shop for storage tubs for the basement. I found a size I liked. We bought three of those big boys and now I need to figure out what to put in them. Well, I KNOW what is down there and NEEDS to be put into them — just how to organize them efficiently so we don’t have to pull everything out of the basement on every occasion!
On another storage front we have been considering no longer HANGING our shirts and trousers in the closet — once we leave the Forest we won’t need to have wrinkle-free hanging uniforms — and our total number of clothing items will drop by nearly 1/3 (I have 4 shirts, 3 trousers, a vest, a windbreaker, a 3 season jacket and a hat, Peggy has almost the same). No longer carrying all that stuff around will make a big empty spot in our closet! The closet already has shelving brackets and I decided to make two shelves so that we can utilize the space more efficiently. We picked up the material we need for that as well.
I have to say… these little snap-in clips are never easy to find at Home Depot. They are the perfect small solution for shelving — especially when the shelf bracket is already in place — but the Home Depot people never know where in the store to go to find them. I had to ask 4 different employees this time. When we had Journey and I put in the additional spice shelves we went through the same exercise. But — I have them now.
While we were in Eugene, we also stopped at Market of Choice to replenish our supply of non-oily coffee beans. We’re getting a little better at remembering what to shop for when we are 80 miles away from home and not wanting to make extra trips. For a while after arriving here we seemed always to be forgetting things on our trips here.
And then there is AM Solar. Their store is literally only 1/2 mile from the GSA/USDA office I had to visit, so we stopped off on our way to make an appointment to have solar installed.
We take the coach in on September 3. It should take them 2 1/2 days to do the job, and while they are working on it we’ll drive down to see Peg’s brother and SIL in S. Lake Tahoe prior to our heading East for my annual Dr. Appointment. We’ll pick up the coach the following monday. Glad to have that settled, and glad to get the installation date we wanted. Good, good, good.
I’m happy with the package we settled on. We’re replacing our modified sine wave inverter, and getting 4 AGM higher capacity batteries, and, of course the big thing: we’re adding about 940 watts of panels to the roof. I’m happy with the overall package — now lets get it done and get to boondocking!
So, there you have it — the final story from our recent trip East.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.