Ranger E likes lists, so they are everywhere and he has been tackling nine different items on his lovely lists every day on his days off. I have my own lists, just not sure where I put them last Thursday….Hmmm, I should find that.
Here are a few accomplishments from
that those many lists:
– Both Ranger E and my bikes have been secured and covered on the rack on the back, along with the lovely purple box used for shooting arrows at, my 10′ outdoor rug (I need it!) and the spare (which we are reeeeeally hoping to not have to use based on last time.)
– Practicing truck-bed-tetris. Never played that? Oh boy are you in for a treat. Take all the extra crap that doesn’t fit anywhere inside or on the RV (think kids bikes, the bbq, and a wagon we can’t seem to live without) and figure out how to arrange it into a truck bed that also has a fifth wheel hitch in there. Have fun!
– Convert the generator over to use propane. I can almost hear you asking “But whhhhy?”. In a nut shell, because we always have propane on us as that’s what the RV uses for the fridge, furnace, gas stove and bbq. Propane, although not inexpensive, is currently cheaper than gasoline, and by converting the generator we actually have the choice of gasoline, propane or natural gas. On top of that, it’s been said to be quieter.. plus 10 for me. He got it to work perfectly and we cannot wait to go boondocking (RV camping without any hookups) and try it out!
– Pull RV forward and move wood chocks being used to level us so they can dry out. I mention this only because it was the start of a disaster.
1. Ranger E hooked us up (without my help which was mistake #1), pulled forward without realizing the tailgate was still up and promptly dented it.
2. In a frantic state, and with me b*tching at him for the dent, he pulled forward again, this time wedging the site #123 marker in the wheel well.
3. With me now yelling profanities and an audience watching, he manages to pull forward, get the chocks out, and as we are pushing it back, 15 gallons of dirty water pours from underneath the enclosed belly of the RV.
4. Stare at each other and lose faith that we will ever leave.
We had to spend half of the following day filling, emptying, testing, watching for leaks on all FOUR of our tanks trying to figure out where so much water was coming from. Turns out it’s the most used, the galley-grey (the kitchen sink’s water) which was spraying water from the top of the tank when it reached full capacity. This makes sense, unfortunately, because we fill it to the brim every few days so it is constantly holding water being used so frequently, and roughly.
Camping world (where we purchased the RV last year) has by far the worst service you could ever imagine. It is well known knowledge throughout the RV community that they will take weeks to order your part, then another few weeks to do the work, for you to receive it back possibly with more defects than before. One call to them, and we were encouraged to go through a local repair guy which would still be covered under the warranty. Called him, nope, the mobile RV repair man is booked solid for the next 3 weeks. Can you tell we’re in Florida at the end of ‘Snow-bird Season’?
Ranger E of course proceeded to fix it himself, being a man of many, many talents 🙂 So used an RV epoxy to re-seal the seam around the top of the tank. Fast forward three days later, we fill it to test it briefly, it’s still leaking profusely at full capacity. There’s not much more we can do without pulling the whole tank off and replacing it with another $500 tank, which we are not equipped to do, nor have the time to for. Lovely camping world (notice the lack of caps there?) has told us to try and book it in California when we get there. Okie dokie then, we will be dumping the tank every day and hoping for the best. Stay tuned on that one
Jade and Amber
This was Jade’s last week at VPK (Voluntary Pre-K, a free program in Florida for 4-5 yr olds in preparation for Kindergarten), we have been preparing her for a while, she is ready and excited about California, but still showing signs of being upset about leaving her friends and teacher at school.
This is her whole class, all five of them, so they all got pretty close in the last 6 months. Again, really hard to say goodbye but she was thoroughly spoiled on her last day (she is missing class graduation also) with a party thrown by her teacher including gifts, balloons, donuts and free play all day. Her teacher is one of those teachers who seriously loves her job and is amazing at it. An incredible woman who Jade grew to love and was the hardest one to say goodbye to.
So much love for this amazing lady.
Amber is 2 so she did what she does best, play, get pissed off, take naps, act crazy and follow her sister around everywhere.
I did take them to see one last thing that you can’t live in this part of Florida and not see:
A rocket launch of course! This time I managed to high-tail it all the way to Kennedy Space Center with literally 30 seconds to spare before it launched, so we ended up watching it from the parking lot. It’s a ROCKET launch, it doesn’t matter where you watch it from, it’s awesome.
No more than a minute or two and it’s gone from vision, but it’s a fantastic experience.
NASA is mother freaking expensive. Unless you are going to spend the entire day there and your kids will actually remember it, the $40 per child and $50 per adult might not be within your budget when you are planning to cross the country for the next month. Take the picture-op and move on.
I have been doing a whole lot of this this week-
Being glued to the internet and following the news stories and private updates on our fellow nomadic traveler family aboard the s/v Rebel Heart, who have been through more than most could possibly imagine this week. I have been thinking of them and trying to help, every day. Please keep them in your thoughts.
And then this. I have been glued to InDesign and Illustrator finishing up some important projects for someone who shall not be named 😉
In between those there has been a lot of stowing, cooking, preparing, organizing, cleaning, shopping, donating, waiting and sucking in the last few drops of unlimited internet for a long time. Tear :’-(
(Find the Husky!)
Kayla has a hard life, I don’t know how she does it.
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