Modern Conveniences

Good morning. Today I get to use a modern convenience that has been very missed over the last couple months. I get to do dishes without heating water in a tea kettle, turn on a faucet to wash my hands with nice warn water and best of all I get to take a shower in my own motorhome. No more trekking off with a bag of toiletries, towel and clean clothes to shower in a public restroom. I do have to say that most of the public shower houses have been nice and clean, but it is so much nicer to be able to stay in my nice comfy home to get ready for the day.

I give much thanks to our good friend Steve for all his tenacity and hard work in locating and fixing the problem with the hot water tank. It seems, no matter what your problem, it is never an easy one to figure out or locate. And, when you do know where to look and what to do that still doesn’t make it any easier to fix.  He spent all day yesterday and most of Monday working on it.

We ended up needing to replace only a $7.52 piece of plumbing connector (a thing-a-ma-jig). The problem was rust/clog up inside that had to be drained/blown out. Lesson learned; always use a filter when filling your water tank. Even if you do not use your water for drinking. Yes, we have a couple of filters and we do use them, but we have not replaced them as often as we probably should have. We did just buy a new filter, so we will be more conscientious from now on about replacing it sooner. Again, thank you Steve.

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

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High Winds and Modern Technology

Day 53.  Thursday we experienced high winds in our motorhome. You could hear the wind whistling, see the white caps on the water and feel the power of the wind from inside the motorhome. Inside our sticks and bricks home we could hear the wind through the windows, but not feel the power it emits. This was not a day I would care to be on the road. It’s a good thing we’ve got plenty of propane for heat.

We were expecting colder weather, which we got – temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s.  Add in the wind chill and you have winter without the snow.  We thought we left Michigan to get out of the cold. We had no idea what the weather would be like when we started our adventure. I guess I was naïve enough to think the further south you went the warmer it was.  No sitting outside reading a book on the beach yet.

DSC_0003.JPGSome people talk about the “good old days” when things were simpler.  Maybe they were.  Looking back some things were quite different when I was growing up than they are now.  And, it was a whole lot different when my parents and grandparents were young,  But, I’m not sure I’d say things were better.

When I was growing up there were no cell phones.  We had one phone attached to a short cord on the kitchen wall. There was no privacy.  Grandma and grandpa had what was known as a party line, where other families were able to hear your conversations on their phone line.  It was long distance to call someone not too far away.  You paid for your phone bill by the minutes used and those minutes added up. The farther away you were from the person you were calling the more those minutes cost.

I remember when I was first married and only lived 45 minutes away from my parents that mom and I talked every Saturday morning.  She would call me one Saturday and I would call her the next. When we moved out-of-state those weekly phone calls meant all the more to me.

Now with the invention of cell phones we are able to talk to anyone, anytime, no matter how far away we are.  And, what about face-timing our loved ones on our phones.  How fun is that!  These new inventions enable us to stay close to our loved ones while on the road.  We not only can hear them, we can see how well they are doing.

We even have the internet on our phones.  Growing up we didn’t have computers or the internet.  Now we can pay our bills right from our phones, get directions, look up information and so much more. 

Without these modern conveniences our life on the road would be so different.  I’m not sure I would enjoy this lifestyle as much without my I-phone.  I look forward to hearing from my children and grandchildren.  They are free to call us anytime.  Face-timing with them is such a treat, especially with the little ones.  They grow-up so fast.

We don’t have to worry about how many minutes we’ve been talking because it costs too much.  We only have to worry about cell towers and a good connection.  Yep, I like these technological advances.

Until next time,

Kathryn