17 Days as a Full-Timer RVer

Time seems to be flying by.  I can’t believe it’s been 17 days since we closed on our home and became full-fledged part of the RV lifestyle.

I can’t say I miss owning a home.  The only part so far that we miss is the washer and dryer.  It sure is expensive using a laundromat.  But, we knew that when we decided on this way of living.  I could have a washer and dryer in Winnie.  We do have the hookups for them.  I would lose precious pantry space if I did have them, the loads in RV washer and dryers are very small and we would need to use campgrounds with full hookup, which are more expensive.  So, for now, we use the laundromat.

We have been very busy making appointments and getting the last-minute things done before we head off on our new adventure and enjoy warmer weather.  I can’t believe how many items we have on our check list.  Between doctors, dentist, optometrist, vet, work on Winnie, a hitch on Winnie, etc., we are booked solid.

Loving the Life-Style.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Refrigerator Problems

Over the weekend, when temperatures were record-breaking high, our refrigerator decided to quit working. The code said it needed to be serviced by our dealer.  Isn’t it just the way.  It’s kind of like when the oven quits working on Thanksgiving. The bad thing is we had a full freezer and refrigerator.  Monday morning 1st thing we were over at General RV without an appointment.  Luckily Jennifer, my service rep., got us right in.  They did something with a magnet and it was fixed.  Yeah!

We were also able to finally get the ignitor switch on our stove repaired.  The part had just come in a couple of days before.  It’s nice to have both fixed. 

Next on our to-do list is a trip to Cummins-Bridgeway to have the generator, chassis battery and electric looked at.  Something is draining the battery and the generator quit working.  Ugh. That won’t be until Wednesday, October 11th when their next available appointment is.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Meeting New People

Campers are a friendly group.  Some campers wave Hi as they pass by. Others like to stop and chat a bit.  Occasionally you meet someone who prefers solitude.  That’s O.K. too.

This past week we met our first couple that are starting the Full-time RV lifestyle too.  They are from Mt. Pleasant, which is a bit north of here.  They have a brand new 5th wheel and are headed down to Alabama.  Her name is Jeannie.  I didn’t catch his, but both are very friendly and nice.  It was a pleasure to get to talk to them and meet them.

Until next time,

Kathryn

House Warming Gifts

Everyone knows I have a brown thumb, not green.  Every plant I’ve ever owned I’ve managed to kill.  That being said, I love plants.  I guess I just love them a little too much.  My daughter Melissa brought two of her friends; Hannah and Emily, out to visit and they brought us the nicest plant.  They informed me that I couldn’t kill it.  HA.  They don’t know my history with house plants.  For now I’ll enjoy it and try my hardest not to over love it or neglect it.

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We received the candles as another housewarming gift.  Those are from my daughter Karen. She said a friend of hers made them.  They smell so good and look so nice sitting there that I hate to burn them.  But I will.  Another little bit of fall to enjoy.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Fall Decorations

It’s fall.  At least that’s what the calendar says.  But, the weather outside is saying summer with temperatures in the 90’s.  I enjoy my summer days of relaxing outside with the warm sun shining down on me while I’m reading a good book.  I also enjoy the cool fall days with the changing colors and walks in the park.  So while I sit outside in shorts and enjoy the last hurrah of summer weather, I’ve decided to decorate for the quickly approaching fall season of beautiful colors and cooler temperatures.

It’s not much, but enough to bring a little seasonal spirit into our home.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Labor Day Weekend at Proud Lake

I spent Wednesday at General RV having our problem with the hot water heater repaired.  It turned out to be a $20 part that had gone bad.  While I was there I bought the 50 amp extension cord I talked about in my last post and a round container to store it in, along with some silicone spray for the jacks.  The carbon monoxide detector came in.  It is smaller than the old one, but I think we can make it work.  I’ll have to talk to my handyman son, Kevin.

From General RV we went to Proud Lake State Park which is very close to them (maybe a 10 minute ride).  The weather for our stay was exceptionally cool for this time of year.  Great campfire weather though, which we took advantage of.  We stayed in site #6 with 50 amps.  We have had this site before and like it, even though it is a hike to the public restrooms and showers.  I did remember to take some pictures this time.

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Site #6 – Proud Lake State Park Recreation Area

While the grown-ups went canoeing, which is a main attraction for this campground, grandpa and grandma babysat.  Although, I was told by Xavier that they are not babies and therefore we are not babysitters. Out of the mouth of a 4-year-old.

Grandpa kept the 3 of them entertained the entire afternoon with play dough, a favorite activity they ask to do often.

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When the adults got back from canoeing, Aunt Tina took her turn at the play dough table.

It was then time for the kiddos to get rid of some energy.  Daddy helped with that by running up and down the hill, looking for pine cones and just having a good time.

Daddy bought them each a “grabber” that they had fun using to pick up anything in sight; rocks, pinecones, dirt, paper bags, you name it.

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I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  We sat by the campfire, ate pie iron pizzas, roasted marshmallows, had s’mores, played games and watched the University of Michigan football game on our outdoor TV. Tis the season. The cooler weather wasn’t going to deter us from having a good time.

Now it’s time to finish cleaning out our S & B house before the closing.  Only 11 more days until we officially become full-time RV’ers.  Can’t wait.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

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