Saturday, December 19, 2009

Best of Friends

Spinner is a re-homed Jack Russell Terrier and his new home is with our friends Dock and Lori. Spinner and Guinness have become best of friends and love playing together. We had a visit from Dock, Lori and Spinner today and after playing hard all afternoon, Spinner and Guinness decided to put together a picture to wish everyone Merry Christmas. They're in the spirit, too.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another Good Day

Every day here is a good day. Some are just better than others. What makes one better? Well, maybe we were more productive that yesterday? Maybe it was warmer? Maybe we just lazed around? No matter, all days are good here.

We woke to a temperature of 33F/0.5C. That is very cold here. We already knew of the freeze warning so we made our preparations the night before with our plants and other things regarding the RV's safety. Some hot coffee and a great cheese omelet and bacon breakfast made the start of our day hearty.

I was off to Lowe's early to pick up a few things to finish the electrical upgrade for the RV. We currently have 20 ampere service and the RV requires 30 amperes. The breakers had tripped often this past summer and had continued to do so since we arrived last week. To correct the problem I needed to add a 30 ampere breaker to the main electrical panel and install a 30 ampere connector for the RV electrical cable.

With all the materials in hand I began the installation. Keep in mind my entire adult life has been working with electricity, of one form or another, and I was very careful with the installation and made sure I followed the local electrical codes. I took my time and after an hour or so we had our full electrical service. That made it a good day in itself.

Meantime, Joyce had been doing some more clearing and burning and in between she made sure Guinness was getting his exercise. Once I had finished with the electrical upgrade she asked me to sit and rest for a while. We did that while sipping a small adult beverage in front of a nice fire she had made in our block fireplace. It was almost 4 PM and the temperature was already dipping back into the 40s. Nice and warm, dog at our feet, sun going down and we are here.

Now isn't that another good day? Every day is a good day here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dibilitated Doodle

Yesterday was an all day rain. Guinness was cooped up in the trailer except for the times he had to go out to potty. He was very good and took advantage of his down time by sleeping most of the day.

This morning, however, was a different story. The day broke clear and crisp and all he wanted to do was run and play. Well, we accommodated him. Between our chores, we threw his ball and Frisbee many, many times. We had to make him take breaks which he does on command and needs, for he does not know when to stop. By the late afternoon, he was running and jumping noticeably slower and with more effort. Good. He needs and enjoys the exercise.

He'll sleep well tonight.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Living Large

We are pretty much set up the way we want. There are a few more minor things we need to do, but for now we are comfortable. From now on we will be just doing house keeping, brush clearing and relaxing.

The weather has been great with the highs in the 60F-70F (15C-21C) range and the lows at night in the 40F-50F (4C-10C) range. During the cooler periods and at night we have a small electric heater that works quite well in our small space. This saves us from using the RV heater which runs on propane. Electricity here is much cheaper than propane and almost one quarter the price as electricity in Maryland. We still keep it cool (62F/16.5C) and wear our sweats in the evening.

We are having an all day rain event so we will be having a down day and just do some reading and listening to some quite music. Even Guinness is enjoying the relaxing.