Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fun chores (for a change)

I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to have the AC working!  I can actually do things inside of the rig without carrying a towel along to mop my face every few minutes.  :)  This morning, I headed to Rochester to take care of quite a few chores.  I needed to pick a few things up to help make this rig mine.  There was only one thing that I forgot, and that’s because I didn’t write it down on my list.  :(
IMG_8483In the old rig, I had a clock right above the door.  There was no clock in the new rig except the microwave which is hard to see.  Many retired folks throw away all clocks, but I like to have one that can be seen from the main living area.  Since there’s not much room to place it on any of the walls, I decided to put it on a glass fronted cabinet at the front of the rig.  I always use industrial strength Velcro for hanging anything in the rig.  It doesn’t result in any holes in the walls, and I’ve never had anything fall down during traveling.  It also comes off cleanly if I want to move the item.  The door next to the clock contains some of my traveling buddies that I’ve accumulated along the road.  I used to put them on the dashboard, but since Emma joined me, they’ve been kept in a drawer.  Not any longer.  :)  You can see that my view out the windshield is of railroad tracks and a retirement apartment complex.  I can’t wait to get back to a more nature type setting.

Yesterday I figured out that I had inadvertently left a few items in the old rig. IMG_8486So I stopped by Universal to pick up two disks that were in the DVD players and these maps that I never got around to putting on the outside of that rig showing my travels.  I kept the maps under my mattress, so I’m not surprised I forgot them.  I’m thinking I’ll put them on the side of my front slide out (eventually). 

I took the suggestion of one of the commenters yesterday, and got a couple of those furniture mover discs made out of dense felt.  Since they had sticky backings, I stuck two together and then tried to cut an X in the middle to slip over the end of the TP holder.  What a battle that was!
After a struggle, I pushed it on.  Now, if anything, I have the opposite problem.  I’m lucky to get two little sheets with a tug on the roll.  :)  Hmmm…I need to refine this a little.  :-)

Next chore was to install a sprayer to the end of the kitchen sink faucet.

It had a static end which didn’t allow for directing the spray to wash down the double sink.   I really like these swivel sprayers, and it aerates the water.  That way I use less water when doing the dishes and keep a clean sink.  :)

I have collected quite a few magnets from the places I’ve traveled, and in the old rig I put them around the fan vent over the stove top.  The fan in the new rig is located in the bottom of the microwave/convection oven and doesn’t have a hood.
IMG_8484This is one of the wall hangings behind the booth seat.  I don’t like it, but don’t have the time right now to get rid of it.  It is made out of metal, so I put some of the magnets I’ve accumulated around it.  (click to enlarge)  I enjoyed being able to do these chores today.  It sure beats laundry and vacuuming.  :)

Late this afternoon, the Fed-Ex man arrived with a package for me.
IMG_8488It came from Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  This nice jacket with fleece lining and insulated arms signifies 3000 hours of volunteer service with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  I’m very proud of those 3000 hours.  :-)  I’m thinking it will keep me nice and warm this June in the mountains around Yellowstone NP.  Boy, am I ready to head out!

Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later,  Judy


  1. We have that same dumb leaf hanging and use it for our magnets too. I keep thinking I will make something else but haven't so far. Also have the same dumb TP holder. Enjoy your new rig.

  2. Is it possible to take the rig back to the dealer and ask them to install a different and more practical TP holder? They should take care of that for no charge, since it is certainly not very usable the way it is.

  3. We want to be sure and get together with you and Emma when you come to Yellowstone!

  4. Oh we did the same thing with a clock in our rig too! LOVE that velcro!

    Congrats on your 3,000 hours! We hope to make that our way of life someday soon too.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  5. Congrats on your 3000 hour award. It's a nice jacket! The disks were a good thought anyway :0) Maybe using just one? LOVE what you did with the magnets. Big improvement to the 'art' that came with the rig. I'll put one of those swivel sprayers on my list of stuff to get for my rig. There is a more natural setting in your future soon. Take care!

  6. So many good hints to make the rig more functional! I don't think you are really finished with the TP holder, and a solution will come to you one day as you fall asleep or are driving along!

    Please post more information about the sprayer as well. I've actually wondered about that after our brief rental experience.