Bright Spot in the Middle of the Desert

Our time in Gila Bend went fast, too fast.  The park turned out to be a really nice KOA…and we’re not fans of KOA but we’d recommend this place.  The rates are reasonable (unlike many KOAs) plus when the owner found out Michael was retired military he gave us a discount.  Any other KOA we’ve been to only offers their KOA discount, which you have to pay a yearly fee to receive…some discount.

Love it!

The park is fairly new and very well maintained.  The sites are enormous and very well placed.  No looking out your window straight into your neighbors.  We had a gorgeous view out or door-side living room window of the mountain range in the distance.

Gila Bend is small – only about 2,000 population.  There’s not much to do, but it’s quiet and peaceful and everyone we associated with was very friendly.  Buckeye is 30 miles north if you wanted to do something more than whats offered in Gila Bend.

Arvin & Vicki – maybe we’ll see them in Quartzsite.

Shortly after arriving in town I found out that our friends, Arvin and Vicki were in town, staying at the FamCamp.  We planned to drive over to that way on Tuesday to check out the base and the FamCamp.  However, we were surprised on Monday afternoon when there was a knock on the door.  Arvin and Vicki decided to surprise us!  It was really a surprise since we didn’t recognize Arvin as he’d grown a beard since the last time we saw him.  We visited for a couple of hours before work called to us and we had to put our noses back to the grindstone.

Burritos as big as your forearm!

Tuesday was a bit slower so we took some time to scout the area.  Our first stop was at Mercado De Amigos (Mexican Market).  Arvin had told us about the huge burritos that they make and Michael was set on trying one.  We each ordered one and we each have 1/2 of one in the refrigerator to enjoy later.  They were very tasty and the green sauce they provided to go with made it even better!

We needed a few groceries to take us through our stay in Quartzsite so we picked up a few items at the Mexican Market and then went over to Dollar General to pick up a few others.  We had to make due with those choices as there are no other grocery stores in Gila Bend.

Came across this big guy on the air base!

We drove south of town to the auxiliary airfield to check it and the FamCamp out (less than 5 miles out of town).  To say the base is small would be an understatement.  I’m pretty sure we covered the whole place in less than 5 minutes.  Not much too see…an airfield, lodging and a FamCamp is about it.  LOL

The FamCamp is pretty nice, nothing special though.  It has just 37 sites with only one that was available.  The sites are pretty nice sized…actually a few of them were big enough to play a game of football on!  We’d definitely stay there if there was room….but that seems like it might be a BIG ‘if’ as I think it might stay pretty full.

Gila Bend Welcomes You!

Before heading home we hit two Roadside America attractions.  The Gila Bend Welcome Sign is a bit different from the average sign for a couple of reasons.  It’s hand-painted and it boasts 1917 Friendly People and 5 Old Crabs (and lists the names of those people).  It seems that the crabby people change as looking online the list has changed over the years.  Cute!

Michael inspecting the beam

Gila Bend was awarded a piece of the World Trade Center after applying for it eight years earlier.  The town built a pretty little park in the middle of town where the artifact stands prominently.  We’ve visited several sites like this and it’s just as poignant each and every time.  I’m so glad that these pieces weren’t just scrapped but are on display across the country to help us always remember that day and for future generations to learn.

For dinner we went to Little Italy.  It’s about the only place that isn’t Mexican or McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway or Carl’s Jr.  It had good reviews so we were game.  Arvin had told us that Prince Harry had eaten there and had loved the pizza…so we had to try it!

Woohoo! My butt touched the same seat that Princess Diana’s sons butt touched!

We were seated in Prince Harry’s booth (I guess they thought we were royalty!) and had Harry watching over us the whole time as there is a cardboard cutout of him placed on the wall over the table.  The waitress told us that he had been training at the airfield and that’s why he was in town and happened to come in for pizza.  We were told he was very friendly, just a normal guy.  Here’s an article about his visit.

We ended up not ordering a pizza (we’ll save that for our next visit) and both went with pasta instead (lasagna for Michael, chicken Marsala for me).  Our meals were good…the only thing Michael said is that he likes his sauce a little on the sweeter side than what his lasagna was.

Feels a lot more like home now that my babies are up!

We got some time while in Gila Bend to do a little more home decorating.  We finally got our ‘grandbaby wall’ put together.  The only thing that needs done now is to get updated pictures of all of the grandbabies as most of the ones we have are a couple of years old and they have all grown just a LITTLE bit in the last two years.  Zoe (now three) was only a little over a year old in her pictures.  I’ll get those updated when we’re with them this spring.

Our dining nook

I also put up wall decals in the kitchen.  They work SO well for RV living.  No added weight.  No falling off the wall during travel.  Easy and versatile as they can be removed and replaced if needed.

We’re heading to Quartzsite for a week in an RV park, leaving Gila Bend Wednesday morning.  It’s only 130 mile drive…so very doable….nice and easy.  We’ll be visiting the Grand Design Rally and Michael will be doing a seminar.  The rally runs from the 11th to the 13th and is a boondocking event out on BLM land.  We visited last year as well.  We’re hoping to have a little bit of time while we’re at the RV park to wander around all of the vendors that are set up outside the Show grounds as last year we didn’t find any time do that.

Then on the 16th, we’ll move over to the RV Show grounds where we’ll be parked on the midway (just like last year).  We’ll have a display set up outside the coach and will work 9-5 (show hours) from the          19th – 27th.

 

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Plans Are Made to Be Changed…

The RV Park at the Pima County Fairgrounds

Our original plan was to leave Deming on Wednesday but with the snow threat (that didn’t amount to anything) we stayed an extra day.  The ‘plan’ was to get a site at the FamCamp on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a couple of days.  However, when I called to see if they had any sites available (they don’t take reservations) they didn’t have anything.  We quickly came up with plan ‘B’ and called the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park to see if they had sights available.  They did.

The next change came with plans for our next destination – Gila Bend.  Once again, we’d planned to stay at the FamCamp there but no reservations were taken so we were going to wing it.  We decided not to ‘wing it’ and made reservations at the KOA instead.  With all the snowbirds and our coach being four feet longer than the old one it’s been hard to find available sites so when I found a large enough site at the KOA we grabbed it.

Help has arrived!

We made all of these ‘changes’ on Thursday morning before we started prepping to leave.  Once the changes were made Michael went out to start the truck so it could warm up (low 20s over night).  Unfortunately, it wouldn’t start.  He waited a while and tried again…but still no.  He ended up calling our Roadside assistance plan to have someone come out.  He was pretty sure it just needed a jump.  And he was right!  The guy who gave us a jump was at the park less than 5 minutes!  We immediately hitched up and were on the road within 15 minutes.

We had a nice uneventful drive to Tucson and got settled into our site easily enough.  Matter of fact, Michael was backed in and ready to unhitch when I got there after paying for our three-day stay.

We had a fairly relaxing visit to Tucson (we’ll be back in March for the Escapade).  We took time to go to a movie (Bumblebee), which turned out to be really cute.  If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted, fun movie…this would be right up your alley.

We also took a ride to the Saguaro National Park (only about 20 miles from the park).  We’d forgotten about the government shutdown but it didn’t keep us from taking the 9 mile loop drive through the park.  The only thing that we weren’t able to do was go into the Visitor’s Center as it was closed.

There were a lot of visitor’s there the day we went…everyone was well-behaved, there were no overflowing trash cans, no garbage strewn about.  Matter of fact…someone had gone to Sam’s Club and purchased a large package of toilet paper and left in one of the bathrooms for others to use.

The 9 mile drive took us a couple of hours as we stopped a lot to take pictures and to marvel at the beauty.  It was fascinating to us to wonder about the large cacti…what did the seedlings look like (the smallest we saw were about 2 feet tall), why were some so green and healthy looking and others near death.

I did some ‘Googling afterward and found out the following interesting tidbits:

  • It can take 10 years for a saguaro cactus to grow to one inch tall!
  • By 70 years old a saguaro cactus can be 6.5 feet tall and finally produce its first flower
  • It can take 95-100 years for a saguaro cactus to reach 15 feet tall and start producing its first arm!
  • By 200 years old a saguaro cactus will reach its full height and can reach up to 45 feet tall!

These plants are absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed our visit to the park and it would be one that we would suggest visiting if you’re ever near Tucson.

There are roughly 25 different species of cacti within the national park and we were able to figure out several but not nearly what are actually there.

Sunday morning we woke up to rain but didn’t have plans to leave until 10:00 am.  We took our time with breakfast and getting moving that we didn’t actually pull out until closer to 11:00 am.  Unusual for us to not hit our ‘goal’.  We only had 137 miles to travel so we just kinda took our time.

On our way to Gila Bend we drove through part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument and were, once again, in awe of the huge Saguaro Cactus scattered all over.  Sadly, most of the saguaro’s we saw were sick with disease…bacterial necrosis, I believe (thanks to Google!)  The poor plants look so sad, slowly rotting away.

No problem fitting our 45 foot home into site 118 at the Gila Bend KOA!

We arrived at the Gila Bend KOA early in the afternoon and were welcomed by the owner who was especially friendly (completely the opposite of the hosts at the Pima County Fairgrounds).  We were escorted to site 118 by another very friendly gentleman.  What a nice trend!

Set up goes very quickly these days as most everything has a home so there’s not much that needs to be ‘unpacked’.  There’s no messing with a satellite dish anymore….just push a button and it does its own thing.  I put out the five slides while Michael hooks us up to water and power.  I slowly open cabinet doors and the refrigerator doors to ensure that nothing comes flying out after having been shifted during travel.  If anything needs to be put back in order I do that before Michael comes along because he inevitably will whip open a cabinet door without thinking and items will fall out.  🙂

The heat vents in the bedroom and bathroom haven’t been pushing out any heat so Michael dug into the basement when we arrived at the KOA to see what the problem was.  He found that the hose wasn’t hooked up to vent…therefore no heat coming through.  Quick fixes are great!

We are here for just 3 days before we head to Quartzsite to gear up for a Grand Design Rally (January 11 – 13) and then the Quartzsite RV show (Jan 19 – 27).

 

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Fort Stockton, TX & Deming, NM

We finished up the last of Michael’s VA appointments on Friday morning.  By a fluke we found out he has a hernia.  An incisional epigastric hernia to be exact.  Caused by gall bladder surgery he had done in 2008.  It doesn’t really bother him but we’ll have it looked soon.

Ft Stockton RV Park – site 4

We set sail about 8:30 Saturday morning, headed for Fort Stockton, Texas…just over 309 miles.  We like to make this stop as our friend, Herb, is the manager of the Fort Stockton RV Park.  So we were hoping to visit with him as well as make a pit stop. Unfortunately, he had gone out of town for a few days so we didn’t get to see him this visit.

Roadrunner Cafe Menu

The park has a small cafe that we usually have dinner at and also breakfast the morning that we depart.  This visit was no different. We were at the cafe after 5:00 (when the open for dinner) and had an enjoyable dinner (Michael – chicken fried steak, Me – hamburger steak).  Both were good as usual.  And of course each meal comes with either vanilla or chocolate Blue Bell ice cream…yum!

It was so cold that when we got back home (we were parked right across from the cafe) we went straight to bed to snuggle under the covers.  We watched an episode of  ‘Station 19’, did a little reading and turned out the light by 8:30!

We were awake about 6:30 but laid in bed snuggled under the covers until 7:00ish when we got up, made the bed, got dressed, brought in the slides and then headed over to the cafe when it opened at 7:30.  We had a nice hot breakfast while perusing the news on our phones and then headed back home to hitch up and hit the road.  We pulled out of the Fort Stockton RV Park just about 8:30.

Kelly’s Kitchen

Both days we stopped at Kelly’s Kitchen for lunch.  Saturday we ate or salads in the truck cab as we couldn’t get the steps (hate these steps!) to lower enough so that we could close the door to the coach.  Sunday we were parked on a level enough area that the steps weren’t in the way of closing the door so we at in the coach at the dining room table.  I will say that I do love my kitchen nook…nice big windows placed low enough that we can see outside while we dine.

Roadrunner Park – Site 65

We pulled into the Roadrunner RV Park in Deming about 3:00 pm, got checked in, settled in our site (65) and cranked the heat (only 35ish outside) and then headed over to the China Restaurant for an early dinner.  This is the third time we’ve been to this restaurant…in three visits to Deming…it’s that good.

We’ve ordered the same dishes each time and have tons of leftovers to gorge on for several days – hot & sour soup for me, egg drop for Mikey.  Egg rolls for me, cheese puffs for Mikey.  Strawberry chicken for Mikey, Vegetable chicken for me and pork fried rice to share.  Oh so yummy!

We had planned to eat dinner there on New Years Eve but found out that they were closed so we made a change in plans and went a day early since they’ll be closed on New Years day too.

As we were eating dinner on Tuesday, I noticed an older man outside his trailer acting kinda weird. He was kinda piddling but strangely.

I sent Michael over to see if he could help him with something. Michael was with him 10 minutes or so and came home and told me to call 911 and then went back over to stay with him.  I called 911 and then went over to help. He was very disoriented, confused, incoherent.

Police & EMS

Police and ambulance arrived and found the same as us and decided to take him to the hospital to check him out. He became very combative when they tried to get him on the stretcher and it took three men and one woman all they had to get him on the gurney and handcuffed to it.  The police officer thought that he may have had a stroke…which was my thought as well.

Two police cars were at his place at 7:00 am Wednesday morning.  I’m thinking they were trying to lock his trailer as we weren’t able to lock it when they took him to the hospital.  We haven’t heard anything more but do know that he has not come back to his trailer.

We had planned on leaving Deming on Wednesday but were expecting snow between Deming and Tucson and decided to hang out an extra day as we didn’t have any reservations anywhere anyway.

While it did snow in Deming…nothing really stuck but according to the internet, roads were kinda iffy.  It was cold, cold, cold so we stayed inside with the fireplace, furnace and heat pump going.

 

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Making It Our Own

PTB has been pretty quiet which was nice as it gave us time to get some chores done around the new coach.  Slowly the new coach is becoming home.

Much more organized

We’ve done several organizational projects like adding office organization trays to the big drawer in the entertainment center which helped immensely with being able to find things easily.

Organization is key in small places

We also added baskets in the bathroom linen closet to help with organization as well as to help keep everything from floating all over the cabinet while traveling.  Since the bathroom is in the very back of the coach there’s quite a bit of movement back there while in motion.

We also added a few storage bins in the residential refrigerator.  Since the fridge is so much larger than our old RV fridge there’s lot of extra space which isn’t necessarily a good thing when traveling.  Now that some of the things are contained within bins we’ll have less to worry about on travel days.

Sweet!

We also added a few helpful mods in the pantry/laundry room.  A hand hook to hold the broom off of the floor, a plastic bag holder also went on the wall out of the way.

Cargo net in place for travel!

Plus, Michael added a couple of hooks above the door inside the pantry so that I can hang the cargo nets that we’ll be using to keep everything on the pantry shelves during travel.  It’s awesome and works really well.

 

 

Ta da! A new throne for the new palace!

We added a Dometic 320 toilet in the bathroom.  We’d installed one in the old coach and really liked it so we went with the same thing this time too.  Michael ordered it from PPL and got a good deal.  He had it shipped to our mailbox so it was waiting when we got back from Wisconsin.  Andrew (our mailman) messaged us when it came in and said, ‘Yay!  Now I know you’ll be back soon!’.  LOL

 

New door catch

Michael has also done countless small projects:  added outlets and usb ports on either side of the fireplace, hung a magnetic spice rack next to the stove, added a magnetic door catch to the bedroom door to help keep it open…just to name a few.

How fun is that?

When you purchase a Heartland Landmark 365 you also get a personalized light sign for the side of the coach.  You can personalize it however you like and many use their last name.  We decided to go with our nickname, ‘2psnapod’.  If you’re unsure of what that is….you read it as ‘Two Peas in a Pod’…that’s us!  We started calling ourselves that when Michael was in Iraq (2006/2007)…since we always seemed to say (type) the same thing at the same time while we chatted online.

Don’t think it’s been all work and no play around here!  We’ve found plenty of time for fun too.

The cast of Boogie Woogie Christmas

Fort Sam has a theater on post (the Harlequin Theater) that put on a Christmas show called Boogie Woogie Christmas.  We attended the performance on the 15th.  It was a good way to get into the spirit of the season…listening (and participating) in Christmas carols.

We also saw, A Christmas Carol (the musical) at the Roxie Theater on the 23rd.  I think it’s the smallest theater we’ve ever been to and the play was different from the traditional story but it was fun and cute.  The actors who played Scrooge and Bob Cratchit really did an excellent job…acting and singing both.

There was also a little girl of about 3 who played Cratchit’s daughter, Martha, who had me mesmerized.  She didn’t have a speaking part but she sure new the songs…even when she wasn’t supposed to.  LOL

Dinner on water

I’ve always wanted to go down to the San Antonio Riverwalk during the Christmas season and this year we made sure to make time to do just that!  We strolled around for a while, then had dinner at the Original Mexican Restaurant…sitting outside along the river.

Michael’s little buddy

The food was ok…nothing special but the company was wonderful.  Including the duck who kept pecking at Michael’s leg because he wanted more tortilla chips!

Fun! I’d do it again!

After dinner we took a boat ride along the river.  It was a very enjoyable ride as the boat captain told us about certain things along the way and pointed out various landmarks.  The entire cruise was made even better as the trees and buildings along the way were lit with Christmas lights.  The cost of the cruise was $9 (military) for about 35 minutes or so…worth it in my book.  It was the perfect way to end an already wonderful day.

We have also taken in a several movies over the last couple of weeks.  We watched ‘Instant Family’ with Mark Wahlberg and we both really enjoyed it.  The day we went to the Riverwalk we started the day with a movie at the Riverwalk Center AMC.  We saw ‘The Mule’ with Clint Eastwood.  I didn’t watch many of his movies from his younger days…but some day I may just have to do that because I absolutely adore him in his golden years.  At 88 years old he is just absolutely awesome!

Christmas Day we opted for our traditional double feature.  This year we saw ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘The Favourite’.  We both enjoyed Mary Poppins as it was quite similar to the original…with a guest appearance by Dick VanDyke even…who’s 93….can you believe it!?!

The Favourite…well…that was a different story.  While it was based on the true story of Queen Anne of England it had some content that was just kinda out there.  Not that it was a bad movie…just not one of our favorites for sure.

Before heading to the movie theater we had lunch at Furr’s Cafeteria where they served a traditonal Christmas feast (and had other things as well).  We didn’t have to wait in line at all since we arrived shortly after they opened.  We sampled several dishes and took our time since our first movie didn’t start until 1:30 pm.

The truck has been at the Ford dealer since the 18th.  It needed an oil change and we also had a ‘check engine’ light on that needed to be addressed.  We’d stopped at an O’Reilly’s to have them check the issue and were told it had something to do with the DEF heater.

We got word on the 20th that the oil change had been done and they were still hoping to get the other items addressed before we have to leave on the 29th.  By the 27th we gave up and picked up the truck and will try to get the rest of the issues addressed while we’re in Arizona.  Apparently, when you make an appointment at Jordan Ford it’s not an appointment to have work done…it’s an appointment to get it line to have work done.

There she goes….

We made a trip over to T&S RVs after Christmas to switch out our screen door for another as the one we had gave us problems from the beginning and eventually Michael realized that the screw holes were stripped out which kept the hinge loose which prevented the door from closing properly.

While we were there we witnessed our old coach leaving the property with is new owner.  We didn’t meet the gentleman but were told he was very excited…which says a lot since he traded in a 2018 Hideout for our 2011 Landmark.  It was a bit bittersweet to see her go…but I’m glad she’s got a new home.

Michael has one last VA appointment (just a CPAP check) tomorrow morning and then we’ll be pulling out on Saturday morning.  We’ll be heading toward Arizona with several stops along the way…the first of which is to see our friend Herb at the Fort Stockton RV Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a week!

The clouds were so fluffy I couldn’t not take a picture

On Friday 11/30 we hopped a Delta flight that took us to the freezing cold of Wisconsin so that we could stay with two of our grandchildren (Paityn and Cameron) while their parents flew off to the Dominican Republic to bask in the warmth.  See anything wrong with this picture???

Miller Park as seen from the visitor’s dugout

Zack picked us up at the airport in Milwaukee and drove us the two hours back to their home in Mount Horeb…although not before stopping at Miller Park to check out the Brewers Clubhouse Sale.  Zack found a few things and I picked up a 3 pack of socks with ‘Milwaukee Brewers’ printed on them.

Shortly after getting to the house we all climbed into the car and drove to Barneveld where we met the Verona Barnett’s (Dan, Amanda, Alex, Ben & Zoe) for dinner at Glacier Ridge Pub & Grill…a new place none of us had ever been.  Most everyone had fish (Dan had steak) and it was ok…but not the best by any means.  Dan’s steak, a tenderloin, had to be sent back because it wasn’t good to desired temp and was super fatty.  The salad bar was kinda pathetic and was out of most everything (very few people at the place) and we had to wait for them to fill it.  All in all…probably not a place we’d go back to.  You win some, you lose some.

All so busy creating masterpieces

Saturday Nana and Papaw took all five grandbabies to Fired Up! Pottery in Madison so that they could each pick up and paint a piece of pottery.  The ‘Mama’s & the Papa’s’ tagged along and Zack and Kelsea ended up painting their own projects too.  The babies did great on their pieces (Paityn – small jewelry box, Alex – cereal bowl, Cameron – puffer fish, Ben – Santa plate, Zoe -butterfly dish.)

The pieces were supposed to be ready to be picked up in 7-10 days but ended up being ready in 5…so we were able to pick everything up on Thursday.  Everything turned out so good…the babies should be so proud of their work!

Fun & tasty lunch

Dan has been wanting us to try a place called Mod Pizza for a while so after finishing up at the pottery place we all headed there for lunch.  What a different and fun kind of place.  It’s kinda like a Subway but for pizzas.  You go down an assembly line having the employee add your favorite cheeses and toppings to a pizza crust (single serving or larger) and at the end they pop it in the brick oven.  They also do the same thing for salads.  It turned out very yummy and I’d go again, no problem.

Zack and Kelsea left in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday so we woke up to having to be responsible adults caring for a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old, a yellow lab and a chocolate lab for a week.  Eeek!

We spent Sunday afternoon at Dan and Amanda’s house visiting.  The five cousins played in the play room while the adults played a new game…one of those strategy types that I usually suck at but ended up winning this time!  Woohoo!  Go me!

Picked up from school and smiling!

Monday started our true test…could we get the kids up, fed and on the school bus and survive!  Don’t forget having to let the dogs out of their kennels, let outside, fed and let outside again.  We did that all week with success.  Plus, making sure that they wore hats on ‘hat day’, library books went back when they were supposed to, gym shoes went to school on gym days, snacks were packed in their back packs, etc.

Paityn’s flippin out!

Now throw in having to pick the kids up from school three days a week (M, W, Th) and get Paityn to her 3 hour-long gymnastics practice on time.  Making sure that she had her gym bag with all of its necessities and Cameron’s ‘keep him from being bored bag’ with it’s necessities with us when we picked them up, for them to use at the gym.

Keep in mind that Dan flew to NYC on Tuesday and Amanda works Tuesday and Wednesday so to help them out we watched their 3 (Alex, Ben & Zoe) those nights.  So on Tuesday night, Amanda brought her 3 out to Mt. Horeb and on Wednesday we watched everyone (except Paityn who was at gymnastics) at Dan and Amanda’s house.  Whew!

Pizza chefs in the making!

Having them all actually went very well.  Tuesday they made their own DIY pizzas and were all very proud of how tasty they were.  We also watched several Christmas movies I’d recorded so it was fairly peaceful.

On Wednesday, Papaw picked up McDonald’s for everyone (Paityn got hers after practice) and we ate at home and then started watching a Christmas movie before Amanda came home and we had to rush off since it was everyone’s bedtime.

To make it even more hectic, Michael and I had dental appointments with a new dentist on Tuesday in Madison…just cleanings but the appointments went well and we’ll be back in May or so for follow-up appointments.  It also worked out well that we dropped Dan off at the airport to catch his flight to New York and then just headed straight over to the dentist…perfect timing.

Crazy elf got into all kinds of mischief!

If that wasn’t enough to make your head spin….throw in Elf on the Shelf, a nightly ritual of posing an elf if some silly position or doing a goofy action.  The elf is a reminder to the kids to be good and to have fun while anticipating the arrival of the ‘Big Guy’.

Checking out their haul!

And don’t forget St. Nick stopped by on the night of the fifth and left goodies in the kids stockings to be found by them on the morning of the sixth.  Perhaps you don’t celebrate St. Nick…it’s a very German tradition and quite popular in German communities.  Something I grew up with as a kid, Michael did not.  I’m glad that the boys are keeping the tradition alive with their babies too.

By Friday we were all pretty pooped and ready to stay home.  The kids got off the bus and were immediately ready to build their gingerbread creations.  Paityn worked on a house and Cameron a train.  They’d been waiting all week but with so much going on they had to wait until after school on Friday to begin.

Proud babies!

They, first, constructed their projects and let them dry while we ate dinner.  After dinner they decorated their respective ‘buildings’ with a little help from Nana and Papaw.  They did a great job and had a good time too.  They couldn’t wait to start eating them once Momma and Papa got home and to see them first.ZackWe spent the rest of the evening watching Christmas shows, playing Cat’s Cradle (Paityn’s gift from St Nick) and making & flying paper airplanes (Cameron’s gift from St. Nick).  It felt good to not go anywhere!

Paityn & Auntie Amanda playing Cat’s Cradle

We spent Saturday afternoon at Dan and Amanda’s since it was our last day in town and we wouldn’t see everyone until probably May.

Don’t forget that on Saturday, Paityn had a birthday party to go to at Gymfinity.  After dropping Paityn off at the party the rest of us went out to dinner.

And on top of all of that….don’t forget…Performance Trailer Braking was still in business so we were fielding phone calls and emails all week as well.  Thankfully, it’s our slow time which helped tremendously.

Zack and Kelsea arrived back home about 9:00 pm on Saturday night and the kids stayed up to get hugs before heading to bed.

Home is where the heart is

We caught our flight out of Milwaukee, with a stop in Minneapolis and arrived in San Antonio about 30 minutes before our scheduled landing.  We picked up our luggage, Michael called Lyft for a ride and we walked outside to our waiting car.  We ended up arriving home about 6 minutes after our flight was originally supposed to land.  It was awesome.  We unpacked, ordered a pizza to be delivered and then relaxed for the rest of the night.

Would we do it again?  You bet your sweet patootie we would!

 

 

 

 

 

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Historic Castroville, TX

We took the day on Saturday (11/24) to go and explore Castroville, which is about 25 miles east of Hondo.

Visitor’s Center

Our first stop was at the Steinbach Haus Visitors Center which is in a building that was originally built in Alsace, France in the 1600s.  The home was dismantled (its built with pegs) in 1988 and stored and then gifted to Castroville in 1998.  For three summers volunteers from Alsace came to Castroville to assemble the building and finish it off.

It’s fairly small but has two stories and is quite interesting to see.  It’s furnished with furniture that was sent/donated from France to make it that much more authentic.

We picked up a walking tour map of many of the area homes and set out for that when we left the visitor’s center.  There we 60+ stops on the tour so we decided to drive it rather than walk as it would have taken us a LOT more time than the 3+ hours it took us to drive it.

The guide shows the year the home was built, current owners, address and then a write-up about the building’s history.  We really enjoyed it as its fun to see the different types of architecture in an area and much of this had a German influence.

St. Louis Catholic Church

One of the stops on the tour was at the St. Louis Church which also has a small tour inside that you can participate in, which we did.  The tour takes you around the church describing the people depicted on the stained glass windows, as statues, etc.

A little over halfway through the tour, the tour crosses the highway and we took a brief break to get something to drink and to stop at Haby’s Bakery…an Alsatian bakery with lots of goodies.  We’ve been to many different bakeries (German, Italian, French, etc) and this was similar…however, we did each pick out a couple of cookies to snack on.

Could be very calming if it weren’t for the traffic overhead.

The first stop after our break was at the Landmark Inn, a state Historic Site with several buildings on the premise including a gristmill (in quite a bit of disrepair).  The main building houses a bed & breakfast, small museum and gift shop.  We watched a video that gave some of the history of the place and then wandered a bit before heading outside to check everything out.

The Landmark Inn is situated along the Medina River where there is a man-made dam…which is a very pretty setting.  There are a few grills and tables down there for picnickers to enjoy.

Yikes!

The river must get pretty high at times as there was a flat bottom boat wrapped around a tree…way up off the ground.  Pretty sad.

The ‘walking’ tour ended right next to our next stop…Dziuk’s (pronounced Jooks) Meat Market.  Friends, Mike and Tina, had recommended we stop…so we did.  It’s similar to the Opa’s Meat Market in Fredericksburg, which we like so much.

Yummy! Can’t wait to try it all.

We picked up a few things to try:  chicken cordon blue, chicken Caliente (bacon wrapped chicken breasts stuffed with cheese & jalapenos) and sausage sticks.  And also tried their specialty…Parisa.

Parisa (pronounced ‘Pah-ree-sa’) is similar to something you might know as Cannibal sandwiches, Steak Tartare or Ground Round.  Parisa is ground round, cheese and onions.  It’s served on saltines or by itself.  At Dziuk’s you can also get it with jalapeno’s.  We tried it without jalapeno’s and while it wasn’t bad…it wasn’t anything we’d buy but would eat if we were somewhere that was serving it.

Monday we were back in San Antonio for a couple of doctor’s appointments.  I had a GYN appointment at BAMMC (or SAMMC…whichever you prefer) which is the Army hospital/clinic on Ft. Sam.  Before my actual appointment I had some blood work done and also tried to see if I could get in for a mammogram.  The mammogram will have to wait until we are back in town next year, this time as they were booked until January and we’ll be gone by then.

Michael in the hot seat

Then it was over to the other side of the city for Michael’s appointment with his primary provider at the VA.  The person he saw last time is gone so he got a temporary person who neither of us were pleased with…thankfully, she’s only temporary.  She did however, order a back x-ray to check on the progress of his degenerative disc disease as his back just seems to get worse and worse, causing him more and more pain.

Chicken fried steak

Finally done with doctor appointments we headed northwest to Bandera as we were meeting Mike & Tina at Brick’s River Cafe.  A nice, cozy place with plenty of seating and if it were light enough out we might have been able to enjoy the view of the river.

Southwest chicken & fried green tomatoes

We all got something different:  Michael, chicken fried steak, Mike, seafood platter, Tina, vegetable platter and me, Southwest chicken.  Michael and I also ordered Devil’s on Horseback (Gulf shrimp w/Monterey jack & jalapeno wrapped in bacon) as an appetizer.

Everything was very good.  Tina and I each had a cup of cream of squash soup…and it was delicious!  The bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer was awesome.  I’d recommend the place.

We really enjoyed our visit too…so much so that we’re already talking about meeting up in Fredericksburg next month after Michael and I are back from Wisconsin and Mike and Tina have changed locations.

Michael and I are moving to Ft. Sam on Thursday 11/29 and then flying to Wisconsin on Friday (11/30).  We’ll be staying with Paityn and Cameron while they’re mom and dad head off to the Dominican Republic to enjoy some time with Kelsea’s family.

It’s been a LONG time since Michael and I spent a week alone with little folk.  Little folk that have LOTs going on.  (Don’t forget their puppy siblings, Oakley & Maggie!)  We may need a vacation when we come back to Texas…but we’ll love every second of being with them as well as their cousins and their Uncle Dan and Auntie Amanda.

 

 

 

 

 

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Peacocks and Turkey

There was an ice cream social at the community room on Sunday evening (a weekly event) and a friend we know from the oil field (Peggy) invited us to meet her there.  Since we’d never met in person, we thought it was a good excuse to go enjoy some ice cream.

As ‘visitors’ we were asked to introduce ourselves…which I let Michael do.  🙂  Afterward we enjoyed some ice cream and cake too.

Card Bingo

After the ice cream social the group played card bingo, we watched for about 1/2 an hour or so before heading home.  Neither of us had ever played or seen the game played…seemed easy enough and something the we could handle.

We found we were out of propane and thankfully on Tuesday a local propane company came by and filled any tanks that needed it.  Michael took our tanks out and placed them in the specified location before we headed into San Antonio for appointments.  When we came home that evening they were full.  $40 for our two 30 pound tanks.

I had an appointment with a new provider on Tuesday afternoon on Ft. Sam.  We switched from Tricare Standard to Tricare Prime recently and I am now allowed to see providers on military installations as well as network doctors off post.

This appointment was mostly just to establish myself as a patient and get my meds refilled.  I really liked everyone I saw.  I was given a flu shot and told to get a mammogram and fasting blood work, which is all planned for before we leaving the area at the end of December.

Delicioso!

We also made stops at the commissary and PX as well as at our mailbox.  Both Andrew and his girlfriend, Juli, were there so we got nice big hugs from both.  We chatted for a while and were introduced to Andrew’s new employee, Chris, who works three days a week so that Andrew can get some time away.

Trying to avoid a bit of rush hour traffic (which didn’t happen) we stopped at Capo’s Pizza for dinner.  We were there about a year ago and really enjoyed it….and we did this time too.  The pizza is delicious and the garlic knots are wonderful.

Papaw making a face for Paityn.

Wednesday we were back in San Antonio for Michael’s appointment with his Sleep Medicine doctor who ordered some tests (ct scan of his lungs & a pulmonary function test).  Hoping to get those out of the way before we leave the well.  We were in and out of the VA Hospital in about an hour which is almost unheard of!  He also got a flu shot and I made sure to get a ‘good’ picture of him getting the shot for our granddaughter, Paityn, who had asked the day before if I was a crier while getting a shot.

This isn’t even half of the birds that were around…there we several more up in the tree…outside the yard and behind the vegetation!

After his appointment we had a couple of errands to run before heading back home.  We let Google show us the way from the VA to the next stop and it took us through the back streets where we discovered a ‘herd’ of peacocks.  At first we saw about six near the street in someone’s yard, not fenced.  But as we started to drive away we found the real ‘herd’ in the next yard over (fenced).  There had to be 25 or more total…7 or so of which were males.  Most were on the ground but there were about 6 or so that were roosting in a tree.  It was really pretty cool

Yum!

Back home, I made a pot (Instant Pot) of Broccoli Cheese Soup and some crusty bread for dinner and we ate it while relaxing in our new theater seat watching TV.

Back in 2009 we spent our first Thanksgiving alone since the Army had moved us to Montgomery, Alabama and the boys were on their own.  We started a tradition of going to two movies and having dinner out.  We’ve done it every year since if it’s just the two of us.  We did the same thing this year.

Nice seating in the VIP area for the second movie.

We saw, Green Book and Widows.  We both really enjoyed Green Book as it’s a story based on true facts.  It was serious yet had enough humor stirred into keep it from getting too serious.  The story is basically about a white man chauffeuring a black piano player around the deep south in the 1960s…obviously a bit unusual at the time.

Widows on the other hand kinda kept us wanting more.  A story about the widows of 4 thieves who were killed following a heist and how the man who they stole from wants the women to repay what their husbands stole.  It just needed more…oomph.

The Thanksgiving Menu

We had dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy a place we had never been but I think we’d go back.  They offered a family style meal with several choices to choose from.  We had ham, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, Tuscan creamed corn, butternut squash ravioli, rigatoni, 2 different salads…there was definitely enough food as we brought home 2 bags of leftovers.  Plus we each got dessert.

Barely got it all on the table!

Everything was very tasty…the only thing I didn’t care much for was the sauce served over the ravioli…a bit too sweet or something…couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  The butternut ravioli itself had very good flavor though.

It was a pleasant surprise to find Maggiano’s open.  We normally go to a Ryan’s or Golden Corral as when we first started our tradition there wasn’t much of anything else open.  Each year it seems there are more and more restaurants open…which is nice for in one way but in another I’d like to see places closed to ensure that the workers are getting time with their families.

We had left the house about 9:00 am and didn’t get home until roughly 9:00 pm so we were pretty pooped…and we went straight to bed to do some reading before turning the lights out.

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Fun Discovery!

Our first day in Hondo was spent running errands in San Antonio.  Michael had to have blood drawn at 8:00 am so we left shortly before 7:00 am but should have allotted more time as we didn’t end up arriving to the clinic until 8:15.

Oh my…good stuff!

From there it was time for breakfast so we headed to the Blanco Cafe to enjoy some yummy Chilaquiles    (mixture of eggs, tostadas, Serrano chiles, onions, tomato, and topped with cheese).  We stumbled upon this place a couple of years ago and usually end up there for breakfast after Michael has to have a fasting blood draw done.

Then is was off to our mailbox…and favorite postmaster, Andrew!  We were surprised to see that Andrew’s fiance, Juli, was there too!  We got big hugs and chatted a bit as we had a lot of catching up to do!  We’d accumulated quite a bit of mail & packages over the last couple of weeks in anticipation of being back in San Antonio so we didn’t have anything forwarded.

We made a couple of stops at stores to make purchases and returns and ended our trip into San Antonio with a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes.  We’d seen the preview for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ a while back and have had several friends that have seen it and enjoyed it so we were really looking forward to it.

It didn’t disappoint.  The soundtrack, of course, was awesome and the story line (based on true facts) was very interesting.  While I know most of the Queen hit songs…I didn’t really know much about the band itself or Freddie Mercury…other than he was quite flamboyant and died of Aids related illness.  We both enjoyed the movie and would recommend seeing it.

Guests in our new home!

Friday we received a surprise treat from friends we met this summer at the Redwood rally in Shipshewana.  Mike and Tina messaged us saying they were in Castroville and wanted to stop by!  Michael and I raced around the house trying to make it presentable before they arrived about 45 minutes later.  We a very nice visit catching up since we last saw them in August.  Of course, we should them around the new digs and discussed getting together in San Antonio while were all still in the area.

Gorgeous!

I did a search on Roadside America to see if there was anything nearby to check out and hit pay dirt!  Less than a mile from the park is the ruins of St. Dominic’s Church.  I kinda like to surprise Michael with these things so I don’t normally tell him where we’re going…just have him follow directions to each destination.  This time was no different and I got my reward when we drove up and he said, ‘ohhhh cool’!

Killed by Indians…

Not only were we rewarded with the ruins of the church (built in 1868 and abandoned in 1914) but there was also a small cemetery next to the church!  We roamed the cemetery, reading gravestones, many of which were in German, for quite a while.  Michael found that the oldest person was born in the late 1700s…that’s a LONG time ago.

Good for me…not so much for Mikey

For lunch afterward we stopped at Billy Bob’s Hamburgers in Hondo before heading to the grocery store.  (Never go to the grocery store hungry!)  Michael ordered the Billy Bob’s Special burger which is basically a normally burger and he had cheese added to it.  I ordered a Fried Egg Burger…a  bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on it.

Michael wasn’t pleased as soon as he received his burger since the bun wasn’t toasted and by the end determined that he’d had better (Gonzales Burgers, Rosa’s Hamburger Stand etc).  I enjoyed my burger…the egg was fried perfectly…nice and runny…although I would agree that we’ve had better burgers elsewhere.

We took a walk around the park and checked out the ‘community room’ and met a woman (Sharon) who’s been living here 22 years!  Her husband passed away in May and they’re having a memorial for him on Monday.  She was very welcoming and told us about all the highlights of the park.  They have a HUGE library, large kitchen, small area for crafters to sell their wares, an area for donations, pool tables, shuffleboard set ups, game areas, etc.  Very nice place.  We still have 11 days left here.

 

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We Flew the Coop!

Taking the old coach away so we could pull the new coach out and hit the road.

Tuesday 11/13

After a week living in the T&S parking lot…we finally hit the road!  While everyone (Tim, Tex, Ashley, John, Albert, etc) were wonderful to us we were both anxious to hit the road and set up in a park somewhere and really get to ‘know’ our new home.  If you’re ever looking to purchase a Heartland RV or a used SOB (some other brand) we’d highly recommend that you check out T&S.  They’ll treat you right!

We had planned to stay at Lackland Air Force base (southwest side of San Antonio) for a couple of weeks as they don’t take reservations and we didn’t know how long we’d be at T&S.  I called several times to see if they had any room and never got an answer to my phone calls the morning that we left.  I called a friend who stays there quite often and had been there recently and found that there had been no room at the ‘Inn’ when they tried to stay there the week prior.  Hmmmm…we decided to deviate from the original plan and find something else.

I called a couple of local parks and found prices ranging from $660 to $893.47 (for 16 nights!)…holy smokes!  Michael remembered that there was an SKP park in Hondo (about 45 miles west of San Antonio) and suggested I try there.  We’re SKP members but have never stayed at an SKP park so were not sure how things worked.

I called the park and got a hold of a very helpful young lady who informed me that they did, in fact, have room for us for 16 nights and could fit our 44.5 foot coach!  (we grew from 40.6 feet!) Annnnddd…the price would be $55 for the first week (1st timer special!) and $110 for the second week (plus electric).  Who could say no to that!?

Fueling up at Buc-cees

We had a nice, uneventful drive.  The coach did not fall apart of explode…thank goodness!  (yes, I’m still nervous about this whole thing!)  We made a stop about 1/2 way through our 240 mile trip. at Buc-cees…our first since being back in Texas.  It was time for a potty break and to get some lunch.  Michael had his usual brisket sandwich and I had a made to order turkey club…both were very good and we ate them on the road as it was getting late in the day.

San Antonio rush hour traffic wasn’t bad at all but the setting sun was terrible!  There were points where we could barely see the road!  Sunglasses and visors did little to help.

Alamo Area SKP Park – site 93

We pulled into the SKP park (Lone Star Corral) about 5:30 pm.  The office was closed (which I’d known) but we were met by one of the camphosts who was expecting us.  He helped us get our packet and then led us to our site and helped us get backed in.  From what we could see (it was getting dark) it’s a pretty darn nice park.  The sites seem to be ‘owned’ and then rented out when the owners aren’t in residence.  Everything is nicely manicured and many of the ‘sites’ have ‘out buildings’ of some sort.  We’ll learn more once we get the lay of the land.

After getting backed in and leveled (wow, was that easy!) Michael hooked up the sewer hose (we needed to dump!) and the electric while I went inside to start letting slides out (five of them!)  One of the first things I noticed was that the pantry door was open.  I kinda figured that the entire contents of the pantry shelves was going to be on the floor since we hadn’t yet fashioned a barrier to keep it on the shelves while we were on the road.  I had taken somethings off the shelves and set them on the floor to alleviate a little bit of a mess.

Not too bad…I expected MUCH worse!

What I found was that everything that I had set on the floor had shifted enough to open the door and it all spilled out into the kitchen.  Surprisingly, the only things that actually fell off the shelves were 4 boxes of storage bags of various sizes.  Everything else was still on the shelves!  Score!  Now once we get something in place for travel days we’ll be golden!

After getting all of the slides out and looking over the rest of the house we found that very little had moved during travel.  Michael was a ‘happy camper’ when all he had to do to get the satellite dish set up was to push a button!  We invested in a roof-mounted dish that allows for the push of a button and it goes to work.  It stands itself up and then searches for the satellites and locks in on them.  Voila!  No more messing with a tripod and meter to get TV.  While most places he didn’t have much trouble getting it set up some places (Ft. Sam being #1) were a real pain in the hiney!

After getting settled in we both sat down in our respective ‘offices’ and did some work that had accumulated over the day.  We were done in about 45 minutes and were able to relax in our new theater seat (still miss the old one!) and watch some TV before calling it a day.

We are here at the SKP park until 11/29, when we’ll move to Ft. Sam until 12/29.  It’s time for our annual doctors appointments…which begin right away!

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Moving Day Has Arrived

Tuesday 11/6

Everyone thinks I should be excited…and I guess I should be…but…so far…not so much.  There are just so many things I’m not thrilled about:

  1.  Lack of carpet
  2.  Rig paint color
  3.  Lack of space on the sides of the bed
  4.  Having to leave our awesome theater seat behind
  5.  Storage for my pots and pans
  6.  There’s more….just not going to continue

Our old coach positioned in front of the new coach for easy transfer.

We got to T&S about 9:30 and after signing paperwork and getting the old coach situated so that we could move things from one to another it was probably 11:00/11:30 before we actually got the first boxes moved.  We worked until about 6:00 pm when our bodies were so tired we couldn’t go anymore.

We got the living room, bathroom and fridge/freezer contents moved over and pretty much unpacked and put away.  However, I’m sure that things will move around some until they find a permanent home.  We also brought the bedding over so that we could sleep in the new coach as there was no power in the old coach and it was still near 80 at bedtime.

Wednesday 11/7

We were awake about 6:30 am, made the bed and I did some PTB work before we each and a kolache and 1/2 an orange for breakfast.

Getting moved in

Michael and I got most everything moved over to the new coach, including much of the basement.  We still had some odds and ends inside the old coach but a lot of it was to go into the new pantry that was being built.

The pantry/laundry room mod didn’t get a whole lot further as Tim had a sick child at home to deal with.  However, between he and Tex they did get our washer and dryer moved over from the old coach to the new coach.  They got it in place and hooked up but still had to secure it in place.

Thursday 11/8

I was kind of at a stand still with things I could do until the pantry is finished so I concentrated more on PTB than moving.  Although, I did get the last few bits of stuff out of the old trailer.

Pantry shelves almost done

Michael worked on getting all of the things he’d put into little hidey holes all over the trailer as well as switching out the RVLock on the old trailer and putting the original door lock back on.  He also tried to switch out our ‘fancy glass’ in the door.  Unfortunately, the new coaches door window is bigger than the old so we won’t be able to bring our ‘fancy glass’ with us.

Tim did a great job working on the pantry…he got 6 shelves in place and just needed to trim them out.  It took him a while to get his momentum going…but once he did it came together pretty well.  The problem was that the walls had strange angles and weren’t square so he did a lot of measuring and re-measuring and made several prototypes before actually building anything.

Cousins dinner

We were blessed to have dinner with Michael’s cousin, Clinton and his wife T’Shana.  They live in Bryan and made the 25ish mile trek down to Navasota to meet us at Las Fuentes.  Clinton is the son of Uncle Kenneth and Aunt Frances who we visited a few weeks ago in Canton (and brother to Jeannie who we also met with a few weeks ago).

We had an excellent meal with great conversation and then had them follow us back to T&S so that we could show them the old and new coaches.  We realized it had been 9 years since we’d seen each other at Michael’s Dad’s funeral…definitely can’t wait another 9 years to get together again!

Friday 11/9

It started raining in the wee hours of the morning and continued until about mid-morning.  With everything wet and muddy the day got off to a slow start.  Though Michael did get down on the floor in the bedroom to check out underneath the bed to see if there was room to put the pump for our Sleep Number bed and to see if he thought that the Sleep Number and the new bed that raises and lowers would be compatible.  He thinks they will so we’ll be switching out the two mattresses.

Completed project!

We’ll most likely sleep on one of the pull out couches in the living room for a few nights when we leave here until Michael can get the Sleep Number bed all set up as he’ll have to do a couple of modifications first.

Tim was able to complete the pantry/laundry room project.  Now we have to get something put up for travel days so that everything doesn’t end up on the floor.  We’re thinking some sort of cargo net that can easily be put up and taken down on days that we travel.

Saturday 11/10

Working on the TV that had been rubbing on the woodwork

Tim worked off our punch list…though there wasn’t really much on it…which is a good thing!  Things like:  a cabinet door that wasn’t closing properly, a bathroom drawer that wasn’t closing properly, bedroom shade that had a small hole in it, no heat coming out of the living room vent, TV rubbing on the entertainment center…all things that were easily fixed.

We have a couple of bigger things that we’ll need to have fixed a Heartland next summer:  front ac is supposed to have a heat pump but doesn’t, a misaligned basement door that will mess up the paint if/when fixed.

In the afternoon we ran away to College Station…we’d never been and needed a few groceries.  (Woohoo!  HEB!) We also made a stop at Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up some fridge storage bins and bathroom shower organizers.

I was hankering for some hot & sour soup (it was only 45ish outside!) and Tim recommended Chef Cao’s in College Station.  Cute little place with very good food….and HUGE portions.  We have enough leftovers for at least 2 more meals each.

Sunday 11/11

We had a fairly quiet day.  T&S was closed so there was no one coming in and out of the new coach doing work.  In between rain drops we moved our Sleep Number mattress from the old coach into the new coach.  We originally thought we’d leave it behind as we didn’t know if it would work on the new bed as the new one’s head raises and lowers but Michael did some investigating and thought it would work so we gave it a try…and it works!  Hooray!

Monday 11/12

Watching from the living room window while the generator gets moved over

T&S moved our old generator over to the new coach and also installed our backup camera onto the new coach.  After installing the generator we found that we couldn’t start it from inside the coach using the ‘mother board’ just inside the front door.  The guys did some investigating and found that that portion of the board was bad…so they took one out another coach and put in ours.  Tada!  Now we could start the generator from inside the coach.

About a half an hour or so after they left I decided to turn off some of the lights inside the coach as when the guys are working they use the ‘master’ switch that turns on/off every light in the house using the ‘mother board’.  Well…I couldn’t turn off the lights individually…I was only able to turn them all off or all on.  It was all or nothing.

Tim came over to take a look and between he and Michael they finally got things squared away…but not after a LOT of trial and error.  The ended up getting the original board and taking the part for the lighting from one and the part for the generator from the other and combing them to make a fully functioning board.

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I guess I should revisit my concerns from the beginning of the move and see how I’m feeling now after having moved into the new coach and lived in it a few days.

  1.  Lack of carpet – still not a fan at this point…but need to get out of this dirt parking lot before I make a final decision.
  2.  Rig paint color – I guess it kinda grows on you.
  3.  Lack of space on the sides of the bed – Absolutely HATE this…and there really is no way to improve on it other than going to a queen size mattress.
  4.  Having to leave our awesome theater seat behind – Still sad.  But it is what it is.
  5.  Storage for my pots and pans – I found some…but time will tell.
  6.  There’s more….just not going to continue.  – Overall it’s not as bad as I thought.

 

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