Let’s go…

We hunkered down to wait out the ice storm, which was quite doable for us. Especially for Norm and Tucker, as you can see.  Initially, I had nothing down in front of my Wave 3 Catalytic Heater and they were both hugging the heater.  The white mat, is the worthless as a bath rug that Camping World sells. I now use it for a mat for the cats.

Ahhh warmth!!!

Below, the back window is too wet to show the icicles on the ladder rungs, but they were there, melted off and re-appeared later yesterday. When the rains slowed to a mist, the trees surrounding this lake I’m by, turned white with icy fingers.  Fortunately, it didn’t last very long. Not too many branches came down, but heard other places further inland were hit hard.

Icicles on ladder rung, ice and rain on window

Mid morning… Norm had quite the conversation going with me. He was so animated, you had to just watch and smile…  Perhaps I’m becoming the Cat Whisperer… laughing here. But the way he carried on, I ended up grabbing one of the cat beds… bit more chattering and far less animated… and I put it in front of the Wave 3 heater.  And this is the result, below.

Not a peep out of him the rest of the day!!!

When this heater has cooled off and is not in use – I put the cover over it and its protected until the next use.  I have it mounted in the only place in my rig it could go – right smack under my oven. It is T’d into the oven/cook top source of propane. And right next to the Propane detector.  Its one of the most efficient heater, as it does not use much propane at all.  Speaking of which… here in South Carolina, propane prices have skyrocketed to $4.65/gallon. Egads!

I’m ready, are you? Laughing here.  These “ants in the britches” wants to go NOW, not tomorrow.  Well, they will just have to wait.  Today would not have been a good travel day anyway – quite gusty out there and I’m sure it would be blowing like crazy closer to the beach.  Icy conditions are spotty in the areas going north as well, but they won’t last long if the temps get to the predicted high of 45º, right now its 35º. Tomorrow its suppose to be sunny and in the 50’s the whole way northward. Yippee!!  For right now, everything is put away that can be put away. Already dumped tanks, refilled water this morning.  So when done here, will go work on my loom. Enough to keep me out of trouble… sort of… well maybe a little…

Big winds and no balloons

Its been a few days since I last posted.  The balloons have been fantastic for at least two days, other days they look like they are speeding toward us, then hit a brick wall, climb and then head away from us. Very interesting to see that happen. Then other days they just flat out head west and don’t even try to come toward us.  And today… the balloons did not fly, but the special characters inflated on ground.

International Children’s balloon

I’ve taken a ton of pictures, but many were repeats of others I’ve taken and posted on this blog and/or just weren’t that good. I did save one in the batch, the one above is one of the pretty ones and since it was over my neighbors (Steve & Pam) Lazy Daze, I decided to include it.

Tires. Michelin would not honor the warranty as their opinion my cracked sidewalls is not bad enough to replace. Excuse me!  They told me I still had many more miles I could put on those tires and that a ballpoint pen would have to fit in the cracks before they would swap them out. Egads, I hope no one is driving with that wide of a crack.  My crack was at the base of tread all around the tire. Expensive to replace, but since my life depends on my wheels to get me down the road, I bought two new tires.

Have eaten some great foods, gotten to see how some folks have their RV’s set up, including one with the fireplace. My cats have met tons of folks as they came into my rig to see the loom. Its been most enjoyable visiting with my Lazy Daze friends, but also working on my loom. I had high hopes to have been weaving by now, but must admit there have just been too many distractions.  So decided to post one picture, then another once I start weaving this project.
Act of dressing the loom, as I’m threading the heddles

The winds are just downright nasty today. Have tried to venture out to retrieve things I’ve seen blow briskly by, but have now given up on that. Its hard as heck to get my door open to enter or leave. So I’m staying put today. Got plenty to do to keep me busy inside and the worst of the winds has yet to arrive.  So everyone is hunkered down.  Nasty…

Getting things done… I stocked up at the grocery store yesterday and have been re-packaging and storing away since then.  Need to fine tune it, but at least the cold stuff is put away.  Due to high winds, I’ve had to bring in my Sun Oven (pictures will come later). That has now found a home in my passenger seat – but all that needed to be rearranged to fit that in and protect the seat as well. Doubt now, that I will take it out again before I leave.

The itch to move on is strong.. but can’t quite pull it off yet. I plan to leave here on Sunday, head to Bernalillo for two nights to do laundry, etc.  Then and only then am I heading out, so let’s hope the weather behaves itself.  I’m taking I-25 north to Springer, then will head east on the back roads of good ole U.S.A.. I originally had plans to head to Denver, but I haven’t heard from anyone, so am heading east before Colorado.

Pots and pans…

Due to a quest by a wannabe Lazy Daze owner, I went digging to find something similar to my nesting pots and pans that are no longer made.   This find makes me excited as it has all my features plus an extra dutch oven pot. Worth checking out by all:  http://www.galleyware.com/stainless-steel-cookware-set-nesting/

I looked at Amazon options for nesting pots and pans – nothing compares to this or to my set. My set, I bought at least 2 years before I got a RV. Always thanking my lucky stars to have bought it when I saw it as there hadn’t been anything close to it since then.  A few of the features that are in my set that are not found in most nesting pots and pans I’ve seen since is the removable handles and the plastic lids. Now the set shown in the link has only one lid for each of the pots vs individual pot lids. This might be an issue, but not so sure I’d let it be an issue.