Monday, September 26, 2011
1/27/1993 - We went to camping World and the University of Southern Florida yesterday. I ran around by myself for a couple of hours in the morning, then went to see Frank by myself from 7:30 to 11 in the evening. We watched a movie on TV – channel 13 here – “Next 48 Hours”, which was pretty good.
The BW is worried about fixing her bike, and we bought lots of “stuff” to hang up. I put up six more towel racks and have a few left – lost 16 cup hooks, and have just generally been working on making the place livable. We bought a water purifier from Sears on Sunday and now have an automatic still. We still need some white vinegar, however, to clean the tank.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I did my laundry yesterday and made a big pot of soup again today - the same sort as last time except black beans, half of a large cabbage instead of a bunch of celery, and no mushrooms. That way the BW can eat the stuff because there's nothing that she's allergic to in the pot. I have been walking the dogs, leaving around six when it's till dark and getting back around seven, before the sun comes up, if it does come up, but I took today off. I was going to mow the grass but it was wet, and a little later when I ran over to Sweetbay to get some milk and chips for the BW, the thunderstorm caught me. Fortunately I had a Tilly hat in the back seat, so after sitting in the parking lot for awhile I gave up and went into the store. the had saved my hearing aids, but my feet got soaking wet.
1/24/93 Sunday – Stayed in Chiefland at a Good Sam park on the 20th where the big attraction was someone’s golf card which a plywood body painted in zebra stripes to look like the Flintstone’s car. There were people there living full time in old, tiny travel trailers up on cement blocks. We got here (Clearwater) on the 21st, and check into Alcove Park which Frank found for us. It’s really a mobile home park but they have a few RV parking spots with full hookups next to a creek. I paid for a month’s stay, so we should have plenty of time to visit Frank and see the wonders of Pinellas County.
I dumped the holding tank last Tuesday and again just now. We visited with Frank (my younger brother) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – and went to church with him this morning.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
1/19/93 Tuesday – Up at 6:30 today (BW already up) and had coffee before my shower and shave. I spent $147.59 today, which leaves me with $744.44 in my pockets. I have been spending about $85 on “fixing the trailer” every day. Today it was $94.42 in the K-Mart (but $25 was for shoes) and $33.16 at Ace Hardware for the makings of a 30 amp extension cord. I used 25 feet of “12-3 because they didn’t have 10-3. After I made up the cord, I pried out the board put together by Mr. Gray and/or Ted Keilich. Now I’m running the refrigerator on electric and the lights still don’t dim when we run the microwave. I forgot to mail a letter to Gogola today – can’t remember what I said, either. Maybe the BW will.
Tomorrow we venture into the unknown – no reservations and no place to stay. We’ll see how stopping early works. We will either go about 55 miles or 110 – fee $2 (at a membership campground) or $20. That’s the plan.
Friday, September 23, 2011
1/18/93 Monday – Found a post office and mailed off all of the bills that we had and paid a few that we didn’t have. It turns out the BW sent Discover $114 and I sent $370. We can only account for about $200 in charges, but I had the Sears Service desk call for me ant the computer claimed I had $364 charged. (?) It will be interesting to see the next couple of bills.
I also sent $560 to Mastercard even though I showed a $73 credit. That should cover the $505 for Stout’s fussing with my brakes, $75 for an advisory service, and a few bucks extra for good luck.
The post office was closed for Martin Luther King Day, but we know where to get stamps tomorrow. Also, I now know where to get goodies – we found the Ace Hardware (Miller’s Hardware) and K-Mart today. I told Ace that any town of 40,000 had to have a k-Mart, and I was right! There’s a Win-Dixie and another great, nice grocery right there, too.
Tomorrow I have to buy more towel rods and stuff to make a 30 Amp extension cord – about 25 feet long. I need to straighten out the mess left by Mr. Gray so we can get some power into this thing. Right now I’m using a 50 foot 14 AWG two wire extension, and any one of the refrigerator, water heater, or microwave will make the lights dim. As a consequence the water heater and refrigerator are running on gas.
I got the right tank filled this morning ($10.40 for 30 pounds or 7 ½ gallons) after it went empty last night. Right now both tanks are full, but the furnace still runs at night (even though it is hot in here in the daytime.) I got a little sunburn yesterday. Also put up 10 coat hooks and stored my cold weather clothes in the water pump space. The space under the refrigerator is huge – would hold nine cubic feet – about 37 gallons. I put a three gallon storage tote in there and didn’t make a dent. The trailer is neater every day.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
1/17/93 Sunday - Got the van serviced at Sears, bought Batteries for the camera which was accidentally left on for a week ($19.50 and $13,50), got three more throw rugs for the coach, dirty clothes bags, a stool for the BW, etc. at Wal-Mart ($65), did the laundry ($6), and bought a map of Valdosta ($2.40). Counted my pocket money and came up with $913 total – from $1315 on January 2 and about $1200 on the 14th when we finally left home. I also charged $505 on the MC and $82 on Discover (yesterday at Wal-Mart.
More trailer stuff. At the rate money is flowing I would be in trouble without the leave payment. I also figured out a way to show and designate the 50 storage compartments in the trailer. We have got to get some order to our storage soon. With all the holes in here plus all the storage in the van, it is a wonder we find anything. At least the car-top carrier on the van is limited to camping equipment right now.
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