Hot Water Tank Woes

Good morning. It’s going to be another pleasant day here in Harlingen; high 70’s, but unfortunately not much sun. That’s much better than bundling up in winter coats for sure.

Yesterday Steve came over to see if he could fix our hot water tank. We have been without hot water for a couple of months now. One day it just stopped working. The water just stopped coming out of the hot water faucet. While we were on the road, Steve had us try a few different things, but none solved our problem. So, until we could get here and have him take a look at it himself, we have been taking showers at the campground facilities and heating water in the tea kettle to do dishes. Not much different from before we got the motorhome and enjoyed camping. Only now we are full-time RV’ers and I would really enjoy the modern convenience.

Clyde and Steve went and bought a part Steve thought might solve our problem, but after taking a look, it turned out that was not the problem. The two of them spent most of the morning crawling around on the ground checking things out. If you know the workings of a motorhome, everything is compact and never easy to get at to repair. In the end, Steve called Winnebago to get some advice on where to look next. They gave him another idea. Hopefully, this will solve our problem. They will take a look at it again tomorrow.

While they were working on the hot water tank, I was busy cutting a couple of pieces of vinyl to cover the bottom section of the screen door. We are hoping to block Patty Peppers view to the outside world so that she won’t see as many things to bark at. While Clyde and Steve were out shopping they stopped and bought a 1/2 yard remnant of black vinyl to use. Steve’s idea was to cut two pieces, glue them together so that the black will show both from the outside and inside of the door. We attached the vinyl with Velcro to the inside of the door so that it would be easily removable when we wanted the air to flow through. It worked perfectly and it looks very professional. I love it when a plan comes together.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Quiet Sunday

Good morning. I think I could get used to these temperatures very easily. Mid-high 70’s is perfect. My only complaint would be the wind we had yesterday. It made it a little difficult to work with the lightweight pine needles outside.

We were able to get our fire stick working yesterday. That’s a nice addition to our antenna TV. We now have quite a few options available to us for viewing. Yesterday was football, of course.

Enjoy your day. Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Park Place

Good morning. We had another beautiful day here in the Rio Grande Valley. I spent the entire day outside and enjoyed every minute of it.

Once a month the park holds a craft fair and breakfast. Yesterday the breakfast was biscuits and gravy; which Clyde thoroughly enjoyed. We walked around the craft fair and admired some very beautiful projects. Clyde loved the wood working items that one man had for sale. I admired some beautiful necklaces that another woman had. My purchase was 5 used books from the library sale for $1.  You can’t beat the price. When I have finished reading them I can donate them back to the library for resale another month.

I spent part of my day relaxing in the sun, working on my pine needle basket, reading and visiting with friends. Clyde took Patty Pepper to the dog park where she can be off the leash. He also worked around the motorhome getting a few more things checked off his list. Steve came over to check out our hot water tank issue, as we still have no hot water. He determined we have a bad valve. Monday Clyde and Steve will see if they can find one. He also, with great effort, located our HDMI outlet on our TV. We got a Fire Stick for Christmas and need the outlet to install the app. The outlet was hidden behind the TV. The TV had to be unbolted and taken out to locate it. And, apparently all RV TV’s are extremely heavy for safety reasons while traveling. Not a fun job, but I greatly appreciated his help.

As promised, here is a picture of our site. I will probably be moving furniture around quite often until I come up with just the right set up. We have an awful lot of dirt, so we will be spending time watering the area to get some grass back.

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Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Harlingen-Day 2

Good morning. What a perfect day it was yesterday for being outside. The sun was out and the temperature was mid 70’s; not too hot-not too cold, just right. It really could be like that all year round and I wouldn’t complain.

We were able to get a lot accomplished, but still have much to do. We did get ourselves a mailbox with a key and everything. And, we have an address so if I want to order something it will come here. Almost like when we had a S&B house. Then again this is a park that has both permanent residents and those just passing through.

What I like about Park Place Estates is that it has an area that is all park model homes and another area that is mixed and a third area for only those staying a short while. It is a very large park with something for everyone. We are set up in the mixed area. Our neighbors next door and across the street have park model homes. They do not stay all year round. They too are Winter Texans.

Back to what we got accomplished. My mind does wander. We got our patio set up; awning out, mat down, chairs and tables out, grill out, etc.. I was going to take a picture to show you, but forgot. Sorry, I will do it today.

I think I’d like to buy a couple potted plants to put out to make it a little more homey. I’m not sure what kind to get. I did ok with the fall mum plant. I didn’t kill it. I do have a brown thumb. But then, we did have a lot of rain that helped keep it alive.

Clyde still needs to finish pulling everything out of the basement storage areas to check for dampness, rust, dirt, bugs etc. as we were by the ocean with the salt air and we had so much rain. Besides, it is good to do spring cleaning every now and again.

Oh ya, I was going to mention, we did get our propane and it was an easy in and easy out just like our friend said. We also found out that they will come to us in the park to fill us up if we need it again while we are here. Nice, huh.

This morning the park is having a craft fair. We will probably go check it out. It looks today is going to be just as nice as yesterday. I will for sure be spending it outside.

I did start my second pine needle basket yesterday while enjoying the outdoors. My, how I love this lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

Harlingen, Texas

Good morning. And a very good morning it is. We have arrived to our winter Texas home. We are now officially what is well-known down here as being “Winter Texans”. We will be staying here for the next 4 months. Yes, that’s right. You heard me correctly. Four (4) months. Let me explain. When I was in the office registering us, I inquired about what an additional month would cost. The longer you stay here the cheaper it is. I was told because we registered and paid for 3 months the 4th month would be free. It is a one time only offer. If we come back again next year that offer would not apply. I was shocked and surprised thinking how can we pass that up. I asked if I could talk to my husband about it first and she said sure. We decided we can’t pass up a deal like that. So even though we will have to re-think our summer plans, this is going to be a very nice winter for us.

Everyone here is so friendly and nice. They are making us feel at home and very welcome. While we were setting up we met a few of our neighbors. I will never remember everyone’s name. I am very bad at that.

I can’t believe how dirty the car got from being towed. It was the dirtiest it has ever been. I think all that rain we drove through did it. The first thing we did after setting up was find a car wash. She looks much better now.

The park also has a vegetable truck come through every Thursday afternoon. We timed it just right. I had just come out of the office and the truck was there. Oh my, what nice looking produce. I got a little of everything. We will be eating healthy for sure.

When we got back to our motorhome and were putting things away, our neighbor came over and invited us over for “happy hour”. It was a nice chance to get to know them and a couple other neighbors as well.

When we left there we headed over to our friend Steve’s for “happy hour” at his place. We took Patty Pepper who was perfect. She must remember being here last year, as she settled right down. What a nice time we had. It’s so nice to be back.

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I took a picture of our site. Our patio isn’t set up yet. We will do that today. But, don’t you just love our Yucca plant and the street is lined with palm trees. Our son pointed out that we have a sidewalk.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Victoria, Texas

Good morning. We are here in Victoria, Texas where we spent the night in a Walmart parking lot. This is a huge parking lot. We had no problem finding a spot away from the crowds. We are also along the curb where we were able to put the bedroom slide out without any problems. That’s always nice.

We only drove 304 miles yesterday, but it was steady rain almost the entire day. Plus, driving through Houston during that rain didn’t help, nor did the construction cement blocks, which Clyde hates with a passion, that went on for miles and miles. It is still raining this morning. Hopefully it will have had enough by the time we are ready to leave. I know I have.

We also tried to fill up with propane again. We stopped at a Flying J, pulled up to the propane tank and Clyde went in to inquire about filling us up. When he came back he said you won’t believe this, the guy won’t come out in the rain. So no propane again. I’m not sure if it was a safety issue or if he just didn’t want to get wet. Thankfully our friend told us where to get our needed propane when we get down to Harlingen. He says it’s an easy in and easy out. That’s one less thing to worry about.

On the plus side, there is a Hobby Lobby in Victoria where we stopped just before settling down here for the night. I was able to find the artificial sinew I need to make the pine needle baskets with. Now I will be able to put some of those long pine needles we have been collecting to good use. See my big smile.😊

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Jennings, Louisiana

Good morning. We are getting an early start on our day. It’s only 7:30 and we are on the road already. That is really good for us, as we usually try to leave no later than 9 am.

We traveled a total of 342 miles yesterday, arriving at the Jennings, Louisiana Walmart at 4:45 pm. It was a bit later than we had hoped, but we stopped at a Pilot service center to fill up with propane only to find out they did not sell propane. So much for relying on GasBuddy.

This Walmart had 12 foot height bars over all the entrances except the truck entrance, where we entered. There were no signs saying no overnight parking so we felt comfortable staying. We were later joined by a travel trailer and a motorhome.

We will go halfway to our destination today, stopping for the night at another Walmart somewhere just past Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, it looks like we will be driving in on and off again rain. At least we weren’t planning on fun in the sun today.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn