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

Ice in the Bucket

Remember last week I was telling you about the ice maker in Winnie not making ice and I couldn’t figure out why?  Well guess what!  We have ice!  I have no idea why or how that happened.  I’ve looked at it a few times, wiggled the bar, moved the bucket around, talked to it, nothing.  Now all of a sudden there is a bucket full of ice!  I’m not complaining, not at all.  I’m just baffled and very happy.

I have the appointment made for next Tuesday to bring Winnie in to General RV and have the ice maker looked at, along with having the igniter switch on the stove installed.  I won’t need to spend money on having the ice maker looked at, but I still need the igniter switch installed.  And, as long as I am there, I think I will have them fill up the propane tank.  It is reading 1/2 full.  I am also going to ask them to look her over good to see if she needs sealant, especially the roof.  Neither of us can or should be up there.

As long as we have Winnie out and about over that way, we might as well go camping.  Right?  I made reservations at Proud Lake Recreation Area.  It’s the state park we went to last year.  It is very close to Clyde’s work, as well as my daughter Melissa and grandson Tristan’s home.

On the home front, we are moving along nicely, going through everything and readying the home for sale.  Hopefully we will be able to get it listed this Sunday or Monday before we leave to go camping.

Until next time,

Kathryn

New Folding Table

I love to read RV forums and other RV’ers blogs.  I find many good ideas from seasoned RV’ers that I can implement into our motorhome and our way of life.  Recently I was looking at a roll-up table that would fit in a bag no bigger than a camp chair bag.  We have limited space which makes that table very appealing.  On the down side, it is not made to use for dining or cards. The way it is made makes it hard when sitting to put your legs under it.  I also read that it was hard to get back in the bag and not very sturdy.

Other forum posters suggested a folding camp table the size of a card table that folded in half for storage.  I really liked this table.  It is identical in construction to the folding banquet table my daughter, Melissa, has that she purchased at Costco.  I measured the storage area I had in mind to store the table in and it would fit perfectly.  So, I asked Melissa to order it for me on her Amazon Prime account.  The table came yesterday.  We tested it out with our camp chairs.  My husbands chair is a bit higher than the other camp chairs and works perfectly.  My chair is a bit lower, but sitting on a pillow will bring me up to the perfect height.  I am really happy with this table.  It fits perfect in our storage bay, takes up very little space and will come in handy when a picnic table is not available or we are in need of extra table space.  I also prefer to sit in a chair with a back, which a picnic table does not have.  Another reason to love my new table.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Still No Ice

Ever since we brought Winnie back from getting repaired 2 weeks ago the ice-maker hasn’t made ice.  I’m not sure why.  We have her plugged in to the house’s electric, filled her up with water, checked to make sure valves were open, the refrigerator is set at the coldest setting, the pump is on, the coach battery is on and we have the metal bar in the ice machine down.  Still no ice.  The funny thing is we had ice the last time we went camping.

Yesterday I called General RV to make an appointment to bring Winnie in to get the ice-maker looked at and fixed.  I also needed to find out why I hadn’t gotten a call yet about the igniter switch for the stove, which was supposed to be ordered 2 weeks ago when we had her in for repairs.  First, I talked to the parts department about the igniter switch.  I found out the part was never order.  He transferred me to the service department.

The service department didn’t know why the igniter switch wasn’t ordered.  The service writer we dealt with was busy with a customer and was supposed to call us back.  That never happened.  No surprise.  I’ve never gotten a call back from them.

I told the woman I was talking to about the ice-maker and I told her I needed to make an appointment to bring her in and have it looked at.  She asked me if I had the metal bar in the ice-maker up or down.  I told her down.  She said it needs to be up.  She checked with someone else sitting next to her and they said up also.  It didn’t make sense to me, but I’d give it a try.  I always believed the bar was there to measure the amount of ice being made and when the container was full, no more ice would fall down.  If the bar was up, no ice would drop.  But what do I know.

I also told her that the connector under the kitchen sink either had a slow leak or it was condensation, but the part was damp.  She gave me her e-mail address and I sent her a picture.

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After trying her way with the bar up and still no ice, I e-mailed her and told her I needed to make an appointment.  She was nice enough to call me back. We set a date to bring Winnie in for August 15th.  I told her I still hadn’t heard from the service writer and she said she was still trying to find out about it for me.  I will e-mail her again today to check on it.  I want to make sure the part is in when I take her in on the 15th.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Plugging Along

Things are moving along here on the home front.  We are purging our belonging by selling and giving away what we do not want or need in the motorhome.  It is amazing how much stuff we have accumulated over the years.  It feels good to get it done now.

I hope to have our home close to being empty before we list it, except for what we need immediately.  I did have to rent a storage unit for all of my craft supplies.  I’ve got too much invested in it to just give it away.  And, I do use all of it during the year.  I’ve just got to decide what projects I will be working on while we are away so I can have what I need in Winnie.  But, I am sure I will have left something behind.

Wednesday we took my sewing machine in to have it cleaned.  It was a good time to do it being I was emptying out my sewing room.  I had previously spent many hours going through everything and putting it away in totes. My sewing machine should be ready to pick up tomorrow.

Today I took down the pictures around the house and hung some in Winnie.  I’m enjoying making her ours instead of the standard motorhome look.  I want her to feel like home.

As I said, we are plugging along and if all goes good, we should be able to list our home in the next couple of weeks.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Vacation in Ohio

 

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Indian Lake State Park, Lakeview, Ohio-site B062

 

We arrived at Indian Lake State Park in Lakeview, Ohio around 12:30 pm on Monday in time for lunch.  We left home at 8 am and with a stop 1/2 way for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Maumee, Ohio. It made it an easy relaxing trip of only 158 miles.  I hope to keep all of our travel days under 200/250 miles.

The campground is huge with 443 nice size sites.  Our site was 50 amps and $27 per night with both sun and shade.  Water is available at the restrooms which were very nice and kept clean. Playgrounds are dispersed throughout the campground, each a little different from the others, which our grandson Wyatt thoroughly enjoyed.  Many campers brought their boats and fishing poles to enjoy.  A large pool is being built by the commissary that is scheduled to be finished later this summer.

A nice size sand beach was within walking distance from our site, which we enjoyed a few days later with our daughter Karen and her family and our grandson Tristan who drove down on Thursday night after work for a couple of days.

Karen and family came on Tuesday from Kentucky with their new to them pop-up camper and set up in the site next to ours.

It sure was good to see them again.  Our times together are too far apart.

Clyde watched the Stanley Cup playoffs while the grandkids played a game of Trouble.

We couldn’t believe how brave the squirrels and birds were.

We really enjoyed our week together with campfires every day and night.  The wood in our new box was just the right amount for our trip.  Thanks again Kevin for our box.  It worked perfectly.  I had the best corn on the cob cooked over the fire.  We hadn’t had it cooked like that in years.  My dad used to cook it that way for us.  Thanks Rob, it was delicious!

Sunday came too soon.  Time to say good-bye and head home.  Vacation wasn’t long enough.  Can’t wait until we are full-time!

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Wood Box

We are getting ready for another campout.  This time we will be meeting our daughter and her family in Ohio, which is the 1/2 way point for both of us.  We made reservations at Indian Lake State Park.  Neither of us have been there before.  It is a large State Park and it looks like it should be fun.

We had the wood packed in plastic totes in the carrier behind Winnie to take with us.  We covered the totes with a tarp and bungee cords.  We thought it was good enough.  Apparently our son Kevin did not.  He decided a wood box would be easier and better for us, so he found some old scrap wood and made us one.  Our grandson Tristan came over and gave him a hand in finishing it up.  I really like it.  The box will make getting to the wood so much easier and it keeps the wood dry too.  The box even holds more wood than the original totes.  Nice job guys. Thank you!  Too bad there isn’t a way to use the carrier with the box and pull our car at the same time.

Until next time,

Kathryn