Short Getaway

With a couple of home inspections scheduled for Monday and Tuesday we decided to take off in Winnie to Brighton Recreation Area, nice and close to home.  We arrived Sunday evening and chose site #62 with 30 amps.  This was our first time on this site.  Bad me forgot to take a picture of it.  I guess our rainy weather might have had something to do with it.  The site is rather large with both the side and back of the lot being wooded.  This is the first site that we would have benefited from having another extension cord.  We would have liked to have been in the back of the site instead of the side by the electric box.  Maybe another time.  First I need to purchase that extension cord.

Unfortunately Clyde had to work during the day.  I would have enjoyed being outside but it wasn’t conducive weather wise.  It has rained on and off here for the last few days.  I did enjoy watching the sandhill cranes.

I also finished a series I was reading, Sara Booth Delaney by author Carolyn Haines -17 books in that series.  Now I have to find another good author and series to read.

We are back home now getting our laundry done.  Tomorrow morning we take Winnie back to General RV to have the ignitor switch put in.  Hopefully the right part was ordered this time.  We also had no hot water while camping.  No clue as to why.  I had to use the campgrounds shower and heat water for dishes.  I will have them look at that too.  And, more problems with our back jacks not going up or down all the way.  They seem to have a mind of their own and only work when they feel like it.  A lot of good the auto level does.  It’s a good thing we made the appointment.

After Clyde gets off work we will head over to Proud Lake Recreation Area for the holiday weekend.  We will be on the same site we had last time, #6 with 50 amps. I’m looking forward to another fun time with family.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

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My Kitchen Area

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My kitchen area may be small, but it is functional and doable.  I’ve got everything I need close at hand.  My son, Kevin, hung up my spice racks for me.  Don’t they look nice there.  I was going to have him hang a paper towel holder, but it didn’t work out.  The paper hung too low and the way the holder was made, once up, you couldn’t get a new roll of paper towel on it.  In its place I added one more spice rack.

I love having my cooking utensils close at hand too.  They add a little color to my area.  In my wicker basket I have my silverware, pot holders and hot plate.  I still have to cut the rubber mat to fit the wicker basket and glue it to the bottom so that the basket doesn’t move while driving on the road.  I did it to my little garlic jar that I had in my S&B.

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The little cutting board hung on the wall is for decoration only and was a sweet gift from my daughter Karen.

I think my kitchen area is just about complete.  I am quite happy with how it all came together.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Offer on Home

As I mentioned in a previous post, we listed our home Sunday, August 13th.  The first showings were scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th.  We received an offer and the ping-pong ball went back and forth a few times until both parties were in agreement.  Needless to say, we are very happy.  The buyers are in need of a quick closing, which is scheduled for September 15th (my daughter Karen’s birthday).  All that is standing in the way is the buyers inspection and the banks appraisal.  I’m not expecting any hick-ups, but you never know.

One nice thing was that during all the showings we were camping.  We didn’t have to bother trying to keep things put away and clean.  Or hurry up and leave to who knows where while possible buyers walked through our home.

This means we only have 23 days to vacate our home.  And, in 24 days we will officially be full-time RV’ers.  We will not be leaving this area until the end of October when I finish my treatments.  Then, if the doctors give me the thumbs up, we will be on our way.

Meanwhile, we are still busy selling items and going through other stuff that we are trying to figure out what to do with.  A big job, but thankfully we have been working on it for over a year now and we are in pretty good shape.

Until next time.

Kathryn

Camping at Proud Lake State Park

General RV and hubby’s work are both in Wixom, Michigan.  Proud Lake State Park is only a hop, skip & jump from them.  It only made sense that after taking Winnie in for more work to be done that we should test everything out and go camping.  Besides, the house was just put on the market and we would have to vacate the home for showings anyway.

We set up camp in site #6, which has 50 amps.  The site is very close to the camp hosts, the check in station, and the sanitation area. But, it is also far enough away from each of those that it didn’t bother us.  We had a level site with a tree that gave nice shade.  For those of you who need or like to have the restroom close by, this would not be the site for you.

The site backed up to the public parking area, which would be ok if people didn’t think it was just fine to walk through your campsite.  Get some exercise.  Walk around.  It’s not that far.  I think it is inconsiderate to walk through someone’s yard at home or a campsite and would never do so myself.  I guess it just didn’t dawn on them.

For those of you who enjoy fishing and canoeing, this park is for you.  They have a local canoe rental right in the park.  And, I’ve seen many fishing boats and poles throughout the park.

We had nice weather for the most part and a good time.   One night our daughter Melissa and her son Tristan came for hobo dinners cooked on our Weber Q grill.  Can I just say one more time how much I love our new grill.  It cooks great and is so easy to clean up.  Dinner was delicious.  We also enjoyed bratwurst and hot dogs cooked on our grill.

Another night we had pie iron pizzas and s-mores cooked over the campfire with Melissa, Tristan and our son, Kevin and his triplets.  There is nothing like a nice cool evening sitting around a campfire.  It’s so relaxing.  We were able to enjoy those for a couple of the evenings.

Proud Lake lacks of a nice beach area.  There is no sand.  Last year the area was a huge mud pit. This year that area is grassy. There is a very small beach area marked off.  The water is clear and shallow for quite a ways out.  The triplets didn’t seem to mind the lack of sand.  On Saturday they played in the water with their buckets and shovels.

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Until next time,

Kathryn

Taking Care of Business

We took Winnie in to General RV for a few more issues before our next campout.  The main reasons for making the appointment was to replace the stove ignitor switch and find out why the ice maker wouldn’t make ice.  The ice maker gremlin fixed itself.  Thank you gremlin.  As for the stoves ignitor switch, we didn’t find out until they started to work on her that they had ordered the wrong part.  Now that wouldn’t be so bad if they hadn’t forgotten to order the part in the first place.  I had to call a few times to make sure that it was ordered.  Can you say “frustrating”? I sure hope the right switch comes in this time.

While Winnie was there I wanted the roof inspected.  Neither of us belong on a roof and we have no idea what we would look for.  Our service representative recommended a rubber roof wash.  We’d never heard of it, but she said it is something that should be done yearly and we knew it wasn’t done last year when we purchased her.  Being we want to keep her in tip-top condition, I said go for it.

I also had them order a replacement carbon monoxide detector being ours wouldn’t stop chirping. Did you know they make different carbon monoxide detectors for RV’s than they do for the home because of the constant movement they have to endure on the road?

While we were at it, we had them fill the propane tank. It was reading 1/2 tank.  It took 7 gallons for a total of $27.65.  Got that done and over with.

Our son, Kevin, also noticed the foam on the door hinges was coming off, so I had them replace the foam also.

I waited at General RV all day until hubby got off work.  Walking around was costly.  I found a spill proof bowl for our dog, Pepper, who can’t seem to the water in the bowl due to her no longer having many teeth.  I also found a nice rubber mat with a lip to put the bowls on.  I was telling my grandson Tristan about them and he bought Pepper a pink bowel and a white mat for us using his discount, as he works in the distribution center.  Thank you Tristan.  I was also able to use his discount on our carbon monoxide detector. Thanks again Tristan.

It will soon be time to get our hitch for the Motorhome to the Ford Focus.   While I was there, I talked with a sales representative and he recommended Blue Ox.  The total cost is around $5,000.  My goodness Winnie sure is expense, but well worth it.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

New Spice Racks and Paper Towel Holder

In trying to make our motorhome more homey and user-friendly, I searched the web for a paper towel holder and a spice rack.  I knew I could buy one of those cheap white plastic paper towel holders that screw into the top of the cabinet, but I was looking for something with a little style.  The space is only 5″ high where it will go, which limits my selection.  I found a really cute black iron paper towel holder  online at Bed Bath and Beyond, but it is 6″ high.  I ordered it anyway because it just might work depending on where the paper towel sits.  It is supposed to come today.  I can’t wait to see if it will work.  Another good thing, if it does work, is that my daughter Melissa and I went into the store and had them order it for us.  Ordering it that way eliminated the shipping charges and we got to use a $5.00 off coupon.  Can you say “sweet”.

Paper towel holderWhile looking for the paper towel holder online, I came across the perfect spice racks for Winnie.  I had my daughter Melissa order them using her Amazon Prime account.  The spice racks came yesterday and fit perfectly.  I can put 3 of the 4 across the back of the stove wall and still have room for the paper towel holder.  That sure will free up cupboard space for something else and make it easier to find the spice I need.  I can’t wait until my son Kevin has time to put them up for me.

When I get them both hung up I will take a picture and show them to you.

Until next time,

Kathryn

It’s Time To Sell

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After talking about the full-time RV lifestyle for a few years now and actually acting on it for over a year, the time has finally arrived to put our home on the market.  We’ve had many good years here in this home, but this is not a home suited for retirement.  We’ve had some bumps in the road to get to this point and ideally I would have preferred to list our home last spring, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

We’ve purged our home of almost everything except for the items needed to live here.  I thought getting rid of everything you spent a lifetime collecting would be harder than it was.  It was nice to see who wanted what and give those items to that person.  It was kind of funny that some of the things you thought someone might want they didn’t and the things you didn’t think they would want they did.  Go figure.

It was also nice to see that some of the items family members didn’t want and we sold went to good homes.  I really have to laugh at the prices people paid.  Some things went for a lot more than I would have thought, while other items I thought would have sold for more didn’t.  We are not garage sellers or buyers so pricing items was hit and miss. Purple Heart and the Salvation Army received a good portion of items.

We did have to rent a storage locker for some items, like my craft supplies.  I just wasn’t willing to give it all away yet.  I have too much money invested in it and I do use all of it.  By renting the storage unit it will give me time to see how much crafting I will do on the road.  Who knows, my hobbies on the road may be different from what I did in the sticks and bricks.  I am taking a goodly amount of basic supplies with me.  Such as; my sewing machine, quilting and sewing tools, knitting needles and crocheting hooks, needlework floss and threads, paint and brushes, and other basic craft supplies.  Yep, I’ve got enough to keep me busy and out of trouble.

Now to find the right buyer for this home quickly.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Until next time,

Kathryn