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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Another plague?

In my early time at Tamarac, I was plagued by ticks, mosquitoes, and deer flies.  After most of them were done, I had almost six weeks of pretty bug free weather.  Then last week, with the lowering temperatures, the mice decided to try to live with me.  I’ve pretty well conquered them for the time being.  We’ve most recently had some beautiful sunny afternoons, and that has brought on a new plague.

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Now there’s an invasion of those miserable little Chinese beetles that look like ladybugs.  Ugh!  My poor rig is covered with hundreds of them.  It has red freckles everywhere!  And they’re all trying to get inside.  I don’t want to squash them because, if I remember correctly, they stink to high heaven.  I just tell myself, this too shall pass.

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Some of you may be wondering what happened yesterday when the repair man finally arrived.  Well, first I had to get someone to get the thing out of where it was installed and out into the middle of my floor.  Luckily the LE guy for the refuge showed up in the afternoon, so I grabbed him and the refuge manager to accomplish the fete.  They thought it would be a snap, but I knew better.  After an hour’s struggle, they were successful, and here it sits.

The repairman was scheduled to come sometime between 8:00 and 5:00. Isn’t that always the way?  Like people don’t have anything better to do but sit and wait by the phone.  He got here about 4:00, and it took him about five minutes to figure out that the compressor was shot.  As he figured out the estimate for repair, I whipped out my Samsung handbook, and mentioned it was covered under the five year warranty.  All I had to do was produce the sales slip from when I bought it.  Not to worry, I keep every receipt from work done on the rig.  Open-mouthed smile

Of course, A & E Factory Service doesn’t keep compressors in stock, so it has to be ordered.  I expected that.  Now I’m waiting for it to be delivered.  My guess is it will be next week before I get to leave.  I did complain about having to wait so long for service, and he gave me a special number to call when the compressor arrives to help speed things up.  I hope it works.

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There’s not much else happening around here besides watching the life and death of my mushroom village in the front yard.  Tonight’s challenge will be trying to watch TV from my favorite chair with the blasted refrigerator in front of me.  However, I think maybe I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

29 comments:

  1. I have been holding my breath. And it is easy for me to say this, but in a week you should be on your way to a new adventure. Hopefully, it will be problem free and free of bugs.

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  2. Lets hope that light is the refrigerator light. You have so much more patience than I.
    you sure have some odd looking mushrooms up there.

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  3. Lets hope that after he gets the compressor in some other problem does not raise its ugly head. Here is hoping that the part gets there on time:)

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  4. Wow, you are patient. I would have been through the ceiling about a week ago!

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  5. I agree I have no patience at all and would be demanding everything as far away as the moon. Not like it would help any.
    I hope it shows up really fast and you are done.

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  6. I sure hope the compressor arrives in speedy time! Hope the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter and brighter!

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  7. Good luck with your battle with the "ladybugs". The invasion started here (in Ohio) last week, but the cooler temps kind of brought it to a quick (but probably temporary) halt. If you're like us, you'll find them in your motorhome months from now. Nasty little critters!

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  8. You have Chinese beetles; we have thousands of butterflies.

    Wonderful news that you had the receipt. We keep all our receipts also. Hopefully they can get that compressor in much sooner than one week.

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  9. Good luck with the refrig. Looks like the same on we had installed. Hope ours holds up forever. I remember when you never heard of a refrigerator failing. That was the one appliance that seem to last forever. I'm ready to post about "stink" bugs. I'll trade you bugs.

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  10. That's one plague we don't get here, lady bug critters. Wonder why that refrigerator is giving you such fits???

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  11. Judy, You definitely know your birds and rarely make any factual mistakes that I can detect. You were also a mathematics teacher, if I remember correctly, so I should cut you some slack. But, you know how the student always loves to catch the teacher making a mistake. Well, it seems that you have confused a FETE with a FEAT not to be confused with feet.
    A mild chiding - I really, really do like your blog!

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  12. What I do when it is a critical part is ask to have it shipped overnight and I eat the cost. Usually around $30-50. I'd rather do that than having to wait for normal delivery time.

    Of course, the last time I did that, my exhaust clamp went from Ohio to Colorado overnight and I was in Missouri. Sometimes even UPS screws things up. Must have gotten some of those Chinese bugs in their computer system. ;c)

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  13. dang.... fake lady bugs, a fridge in front of your teevee ... dying mushroom garden BUT you have your warranty all ready... one outta four ain't too bad... not good but ... at least a light ;)

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  14. Man, sure hope you are on your way in a week. So very frustrating. Good news that your warranty covers it but why doesn't it keep breaking.

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  15. It's good that you have patience, because I doubt that pitching a fit would get it done any faster.

    Enjoy your last (hopefully) few days there.

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  16. Here's wishing you speedy delivery of parts and service so you can get away from the killer Chinese beetles - but they are cute! Judy, what kind of camera are you using? Could you send me a quick note with the brand and model? Thanks...marypatsherman@gmail.com

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  17. Your delays and frustration with your fridge repairs just shows that despite the prevailing idea that private companies always operate efficiently is not true at all. This kind of incompetence is really inexcusable today for such large companies. If this were a government department of some kind folks would be screaming that they should operate more "like a business". I sure hope they don't mean "like a fridge repair business"!!

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  18. Fingers crossed that the right part comes! I would think not having the fridge working would drive Craig up the wall. By the way. Trains seemed to stop after 9 last night. I slept well.

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  19. Are those mushrooms really purple? Sorry for your lingering refrigerator problems.

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  20. That is a giant fridge! Who knew you could get a fridge that big in a RV!!!!

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  21. Yes, the beetles do smell - and they also stain! Do not crush them. When or if they do get inside, vacuum them up and return them outside.
    Signed
    Sally (Voice of experience)
    I hate the little things. BTW, they may decide to crawl up in your awning and travel with you. :(

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  22. Howdy Judy & Emma,
    Judy, those Chinese beetles will also BITE; they're CARNIVORES... THOSE THINGS ARE NASTY; BITE, STAIN, SNEAK INSIDE; ALMOST as bad as the mice you had last week, PROBABLY STINK too, also !!!!
    Did your shrooms get frostbite???
    Hopefully after next week we can welcome you back to TEXAS and HAPPY DAYS !!!!

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  23. Paul has a great idea. . .pay for the overnight shipping. . .we did that when we were waiting for an A/C part. . .worth every penny to no longer be delayed. . .fingers crossed for ya!

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  24. Good thing that refrig isn't stocked full of food...Being that close I would be constantly snacking on something...

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  25. I like those pretty blue-purple 'shrooms!

    We gotta get you on your way south before the snow flies!

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  26. The Asian Beetles are really bad...there was also some kind of hatch of a long flying bug last night. They covered our windows. It was the compressor..darn that you have to keep waiting:(

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  27. We are fighting the beetles here in southern Michigan, too! What a pain in the patootie. I vaccuum them with glee and a really wicked "ha, ha, ha"

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  28. How you maintain your cool is beyond me. I would be climbing the telephone tree. "I would like to speak to your supervisor, please." "May I have your name? Thank you. Please connect me with your manager." "Hello, I would like to speak to the vice president on an urgent matter." Etc. i would be nice until that moment when someone would hold the phone out away from their ear and go, "OMG Mr Smith, YOU talk to this crazy woman!"

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  29. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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