Friday, May 16, 2014

FINALLY MANAGED TO ‘UN-SCROOGE MYSELF THIS MORNING

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We had quite a drop in temperature overnight so it was back to my T-Shirt & warm flannel shirts again.  Nice for working outside though without that draining humidity we had a couple days ago.  Hauled out the house vacuum & cleaned out the rig's bins in preparation for organizing what goes where & where goes what.   I was anxious to get our carport floor clear of RV stuff. 

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TRILLIUMS, HOSTAS, & FERNS IN OUR BACK YARD

Kelly headed off to the Clinton Hospital this morning for a bone density test.  Upon her return I took over the Jeep (Santa Fe is still in the garage having a new clutch installed) & made my way to the Maitland Medical Center to leave some blood.  All the way to Goderich I had Shop-Vac on my mind.  Upon leaving the Medical Center I headed myself on over to the Canadian Tire store with the intention to check on & see what condition my Scrooge condition was in.  Grabbing a red cart inside the entrance door I quickly made my way over to the hardware department & grabbed a Shop-Vac right off the shelf before it even knew I was there.  Made a bee-line for the cashier before I got into an argument & totally Scrooged myself again.

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SAW THIS OLD DODGE IN GODERICH THIS MORNING & I’M GUESSING EARLY 50’S SOMETHING

Upon arriving home I soon had that vac out of the box & pressed into service.  Lucky for me there was no assembly required except for attaching the hose & I was even able to do that myself.  Wasn't long & I had all the bins vacuumed out in the Big EEE.  Not that they were overly dirty but I just wanted to start things off with a clean slate.  I find it's best for me to go at something full bore when I first get it while my interest, enthusiasm, & excitement are peaked.  I have a tendency to get a little lazy in the cleaning department after a few months.

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WE DO NOT HAVE A POWER AWNING LIKE WE DID ON OUR LAST 2 RIGS, REALLY GOING TO MISS THAT

Spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the wet bay & electrical bin plus the generator & propane tank.  Managed to get one bin organized & loaded as well.  Would you believe this rig has 4 on-board fire extinguishers.  Also did a bit of crawling around underneath to have a look at all the undercoating & insulation Triple E builds into their products.  Also noticed some fairly new BILSTEIN shocks.  Bonus:))

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YEP, THAT THERE’S OUR NEW SHOP-VAC ALRIGHT & THAT’S THE RIG’S ‘WET BAY’ --- CAME TO THE CONCLUSION TODAY IT’S BEST TO HAVE THE SEWER OUTLET PIPE OUTSIDE THE RIG INSTEAD OF IN A BIN BECAUSE THAT WAY IF ONE HAS A ‘CRAP EXPLOSION’ ALL THE LITTLE BURGY BITS WILL END UP ON THE GROUND & NOT IN THE BIN

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SCRUB A DUB DUB

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COACH EVEN HAS A SPECIAL COMPARTMENT FOR THE ‘NEVER USED’ SEWER HOSE

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LARGEST PROPANE TANK IN A RIG WE HAVE EVER HAD --- SHOULD BE ENOUGH PROPANE IN THERE TO POWER US TO THE MOON

We are still coming across things Don has left for us in the rig like a BBQ & some great like new birding & nature field guide books.  A complete set of tire covers as well as blocks of wood he had made for placing under the hydraulic jacks.  Other blocks made for levelling as well.  We just keep finding little perks & goodies.

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DON LEFT THIS BBQ FOR US

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ONE OF 4 FIRE EXTINGUISHERS & QUALITY BILSTEIN SHOCKS

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ALWAYS WANTED ONE OF THESE WIDE REAR MUD GUARDS AS WELL

Because of the cold temperatures Kelly didn't come out to the rig today but with things warming up Saturday she plans on spending time inside getting a bunch of our stuff organized & put away.  It's a good time to do that because we have a long week-end going on here in Canada & in our area the roads will be full of tourists.  Always a good time to stay home.  Because of the close proximity of trees & shrubs around our rig I can't really get a good photo of it so next week (weather permitting) I'll back the Big E out on the road or take it for a short drive in the country to grab myself a photo for our sidebar.

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This is actually the third time I have written tonight's post.  Something has gone wrong somewhere with either Live Writer or Picasa.  I generally write my post first then add the photos last.  About a week ago while adding photos my whole post suddenly disappeared & I had to start all over.  Tonight the same thing happened again while I was adding photos & despite my repeated clicks on the ‘Save’ button as I was going along.  Right now I am writing this as an email in Hotmail.  At least if I lose it again I will not lose all my written text.  I have no idea what has gone wrong or why but it just started happening about 5 days ago.  Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this using Live Writer & Picasa.  I've been using these 2 programs together for probably 5 years now & this is the first time this has ever happened.  Can you spell ‘F.R.U.S.T.A.T.E.D’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AWNING DOWN & DRYING OUT FROM PREVIOUS DAYS HEAVY RAINS

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A woman's husband has been slipping in and out of a coma for several months yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business fell, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. When I consider all that..................... I think you bring me bad luck!"

12 comments:

  1. Loved reading groaner's corner tonight...awesome. I agree with the clean up of the rv close to when you get back from your trip. It is still fresh in your mind and the longer it sits, the more it can be put off to clean.
    take care and have a great weekend.

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  2. Hope your Saturday is much warmer!

    Loved the Groaner's Corner...

    I agree with the cleaning...much easier to clean and then load stuff!

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  3. Fantastic Groaner tonight, loved it.
    Bet you were having more fun than work today exploring your new rig. It looks mighty nice.

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  4. Hi Al, I always write my blog in a word doc then copy and paste so if the post disappears, I still have my typing. My photos are sitting in my pictures ready to insert.
    John

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  5. The weather should get a bit nicer in the next few day and all will be wonderful.
    i always insert my photos first from Picasa, then write the text, no live writer though.

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  6. I wonder if downloading a fresh version of Live Writer would solve your woes. It shouldn't disappear like that methinks. I've had that issue with Blogger once upon a time, but switched to Live Writer and it's worked fine ever since.
    Maybe check the "forums" or whatever after doing an internet search? Good Luck.

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  7. Nice that you have Bilstein shocks on the Big EEE. They are worth their weight in gold for the great ride they give.

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  8. Haven't had that problem with Live Writer and Picasa, and sure hope I don't. It takes me forever to write up a post as it is.
    Gayle

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  9. I always wanted to get covers for my tires but somehow never got around to it. It's a bonus for you to find them included.

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  10. Oh Al, with all we have been through, this makes John and I laugh till our sides hurt! Did you put that there just for us....NOT!

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  11. Oops! So busy laughing that I forgot to add that Live Writer will no longer let me in! I must do all my blog in blogger. Now, aint that fun

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  12. You are just having TOO MUCH fun playing with your new toy!

    ps we have 5 fire extenquishers, and if you think about it... what happens if you bail out the back bedroom window in a fire at night? You can't get back in your door because it is most likely locked.. and I bet you don't carry your keys in your jammies pockets? It's good to have some on the outside in an unlocked bin. And at both ends of your rig inside in case there is a fire mid-ship such as in the kitchen area? Lots of scenarios that more than the one tiny RV supplied extinguisher, more could come in handy!
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