Thursday, December 31, 2009
The explanation along with it was that they "valued our relationship" - and therefore had asked an unaffiliated company (Company B) to attempt to rip me off.
OK, that's not exactly the way they put it, but that's what it is.
If I were to cash the check without reading - or perhaps understanding - the information on the back of the page, doing so would enroll me as a member of said unaffiliated company B, for $15 a month for which they would debit my card on file with Company A. The fine print gives permission for Company A to "securely" transfer my information to Company B. And for Company B to debit my card monthly for the $14.99 or the then current rate (wild card!) unless I CALL them to cancel.
For this $160/year, I become eligible to receive 2% refund on all my credit card purchases up to $5,000. Cool - I can get $100 back, if I spend $5,000 on a credit card - if I pay $160 a year for the privelege??? I can do that math! Oh, and get this: it doesn't happen automatically. After a year of membership, you have to gather up all your credit card receipts and send them in. You have a full 90 days to do it. Then they have even more of your information. If you remember to send it in. If they are even still in business by then.
I think if Company A "valued our relationship" they would not have sic'd Company B on me.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Each winter before that happens, I let the fresh water tank get empty and drain the hot water heater. I use gallon jugs until I'm sure we've had the last hard freeze, because I hate fixing plumbing. Then I don't have to run the furnace when I'm not home, or asleep, just to keep the pipes warm. This makes my batteries last enough longer to be worth the aggravation.
When I have shore power, I preheat the bed with the electric blanket under the bottom sheet. 2 layers of feather comforter over top will keep you warm in most coldness. If it gets cold enough out I'll hook up the portable generator to do the electric blanket thing, but normally I wouldn't go to that much trouble because I wouldn't want to go out to turn it off. Hot water bottles work well for pre-heating cold beds, too.
Another winter comfort trick is, since the bathroom warms up the fastest and gets the warmest, I hang my pj's and tomorrow's clothes in the bathroom. I turn the heat on a bit before I get up in the morning, and by the time it's warm enough to get out of bed I have warm comfy clothes to put on.
While I seek shade in the summer, this time of year I look for sunny spots and try to park so my curb side faces south. Then I have solar heat through the big living room window.
I have a Mr. Heater for supplemental heat, which uses the one pound propane tanks. It's great for not using battery power, and for that "sitting by the fireplace" feeling. Someone tell me why Food Lion charges twice as much as Wal*Mart for those tanks??? I also have a little electric heater on board, but I rarely use it because so many places I plug in, it's too much for the incoming circuit.
I do not have any tricks to make cold stiff electric hookup cords cooperate, though.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I used to have a job in this town, working nights, and friends and I would walk in the mornings after work at the park in this picture.
Now I'm finished with today's work and headed to NC for tomorrow's. Holiday shopping's done. When this work week is over, I'll decorate the motorhome.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Now I can haul my Rendezvous gear, a tipi (next on my wish list), my canoe... Even a travel trailer if I ever want to do that. (Not as long as I have the Escaper.)
I have really missed having a van, so i'm really excited. Off to DMV I go...
Monday, November 16, 2009
It's break time and warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Life is good.
This Food Lion just received their shipment of Christmas Trees. Already. Here's where I come out as an old fogey. Can't we wait 'til after Thanksgiving? Sufficient unto the month are the holidays thereof? If we're focused on Christmas now, what about Thanksgiving? Did we observe Veteran's Day with full attention, or were we planning turkey dinners already? Be Here Now or you miss something. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
and I've been ignoring
Paperwork that grows in piles
Which should be put in trash or files.
No hiking trips for me today,
I'll make the piles go away.
I'm parked in Danville, VA, getting rid of accumulated paperwork, taking a break to enjoy the fall colors out the window through the rain and the warmth of my pseudo-fireplace, Mr. Heater. It's a good day to curl up with a good book and I intend to do so right after the last pile goes poof.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I am parked only a few miles from Monticello. Thomas Jefferson's estate. If you're ever in this area, do visit it!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I thought it might be an opportunity to get a nicer cabinet.
I went online - would you believe you can spend $784.99 on a medicine cabinet??? Not in MY lunch money!
Lowe's, on the other hand, is much more reasonable. I went there to look in person. The one I like is $50, a 3-door 24x24 oak-finished one - but it's a little bit heavier than the one I want to get rid of. I'm going to think about it some. And check the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. And the weekend's yard sales.
There's a really good chance I'll sand the rusty shelves in the old one, paint it, and put it up with wall anchors. Would you believe, it was NOT put up with wall anchors - just screws, right into the paneling - which has no studs behind it. I'm amazed it was still up there. It is a motor home, after all. Bouncing down the roads on a regular basis.
At least, everything ELSE in there is in working order now.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I spent the night there, drove the rest of the way supplied with Pat's amazingly yummy tiny tomatoes for road food, and got to camp around lunchtime.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
A mountain of mail to go through. Trips to the mechanic . Visits with friends. Summer clothes to take out of the rig, fall clothes & warm fuzzies & Mr. Heater to put in. Preparations to make for the Eastern Rendezvous.
I worked near home last week and will again this week, commuting by car. This is good: I can prepare for the Rendezvous without missing work, and take the time AFTER, to recover. The jet lag from fast-forwarding 200 years is - well, it's hard to go directly back to work.
Saturday: crisp but still pleasantly warm. The first hint of fall, the seeds of October. Riding weather.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I actually had to wait an hour for enough light to take this picture. We had a nice dinner & campfire last night. After my folks left for their climate controlled, wheelless homes, I put everything away, washed dishes, watched the fire dwindle in the peace of the night.
Saturday dawns clear and bright. The peace of the woods meets the anticipation of a wond'rous array of things to do. Music to play, Spanish to learn, trails to hike both literally and otherwise, Later today, friends & family to visit, new people to meet, lampwork beads to learn to make. Cats to cuddle.
Life is good!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
My new leveling blocks are neatly stowed in the compartment and on the scooter rack. I need to find a temporary spot for the old broken ones which will become firewood at my next campground.
My stove area got a good scrubbing, right down to the spice jar lids and the burners that never get used: the ones in back.
That slightly battered Revere Ware whistling teapot was the very first piece of kitchen stuff I bought for my very first motor home back in 1995. It has served me well despite numerous unplanned trips to the floor.
Yes, two of the stove knobs are missing. They were carefully put away one day after I turned a back burner on by mistake and cooked the nonslip mat on the stove cover and whatever was sitting on it. I don't ever want to do that again, and with the knobs hidden away no one ever will.
OK Gypsy, enough blogging, go back to cleaning.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The weekend is well begun: email's caught up, I've been for a walk & a scoot ride and the new song is down to the minor tweaking stage. It's a genre I never thought i'd write in, musically, but I don't really create songs. More like I give birth to them. So this 59 year old woman gives birth to a rap tune - what's up with that? Not that any gangsta would rap these lyrics.
30 years ago I was giving birth for real - Today is my younger daughter's birthday. I'm blessed with assignments near her all month so later today I'll go there and we'll celebrate.
Life is good. May there be a road!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Did I mention that last weekend the few boards I had left over were picked up for firewood? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't think of taking wood from an occupied campsite. Probably kids. I should have put it away when I finished leveling.
Anyway, this time the setting up was easy and it's time to kick back and enjoy life... edit the Song In Progress, clean house, grill food, walk the loop, hunt up some small firewood to go with the logs someone left in the site when they left.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Now that work's done for the day, I'm sitting in the doorway sipping SodaStream soda and watching the shoppers - and the medium sized mantid that scooted up the tree a moment ago. Just enjoying the good weather and wishing it were not bad manners to grill in the parking lot.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This was actually the yard for most of the past week, as the store I worked at was only 10 miles from her house. I got to have dinners with her and see my grandson, and even glimpse my son-in-law occasionally - he's working LOTS of hours. I love it when work schedules me to be near kids and friends - I know from experience that I wouldn't see them nearly as often if I had a stationary job somewhere 2-300 miles away.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Gypsy Jane's Rule #1: while coffee is brewing, make the rig drivable - even if you don't plan to drive. You never know when tumbleweed fever will strike.
I'd love to say I always do that! It's a goal, OK?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
It's a peaceful spot where I intend to reflect upon a life-changing event in my life 10 years ago today.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
When my daughter visited last week she said she couldn't live in such a small space as my motorhome. I told her I don't. I don't live in that small space: mostly I live out here, in the infinite and ever-changing yard.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
This morning we broke camp in a steady gentle rain. Cleanup, water chores, dump and drive. Need to be down in NC tonight for work tomorrow. I do love and appreciate my job but it just doesn't compare favorably with a weekend at the lake with friends. And I know I'll not be back here before Labor Day.
Ah but it was fun!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
So I'm at Izaak Walton in my favorite campsite, about to feed a friend some dinner.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Having just finished a book - if you get a chance, read Name of the Wind - I brought some magazines down. Then again, I might just sit & listen to the birds.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
I was SO glad to see the pool, after driving up from Santee for 3 hours. This is a private membership campground. I'm here this weekend to take their tour.
The internet access is in the Members' Lodge which is a turn of the (previous) century log lodge, made of huge logs harvested from the land the campground is on. It is large, well-preserved, well-appointed, and comfortable. There's the pool, and a jacuzzi, and a lake complete with boats... A pavillion for entertainment, a game room, another - multi-purpose room? - horseshoes, miniature golf - a doggie park - a playground for kids.
It's a family oriented campground, with lots of kids about and so far they all seem happy and well-behaved.
Life is good.
Oh, yes - the strange contraption in my yard is an INVERSION TABLE. I hang upside down and let gravity be my portable chiropractor. It's great. It really helps. Which is why I allow it to take up space in the motorhome. I want my next motorhome to be a toy hauler so I have room to set it up inside.
Camped at the Cypress View campground at Santee State Park, during one deluge of a storm. The white spots in the picture are not poor photography, they are raindrops. The thunder was constant and the wind was a'whipping. But it didn't last very long. Water was several inches deep but drained away quickly.
This is over by the park office, which has WiFi. Nearby are the cabins (which are octagonal), boat access, store, playground. This part of the park has the Cypress View campground also. There is another campground in the other part of the park, where 7/14's picture was taken.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Then I had some work done on the engine. The kind of work that involved removing the motor. Apparently, when everything was put back together, someone missed the extra wire coming from the alternator to charge the house system. Not that I blame them. My mechanic's not an RV'er. Most people are TOTALLY unfamiliar with such things as coach batteries, battery isolators, converter boxes.
I have 3 good house batteries, so I can run unplugged for a pretty long time. Using the generator occasionally and plugging in on weekends, I did not even notice until last week that my batteries didn't seem to be holding up so well. But I spent 2 weekends in a row visiting my daughter and not plugged in. The second weekend, when I parked, my lights seemed dimmer. My battery gage read Fair, not Good as I would have expected. I'd just driven quite a ways. What's going on?
In the morning I used the generator to charge the batteries directly. After the weekend, I drove back to Greensboro for work. Soon, the gage was reading Poor. I ran the generator whenever I was home. Wednesday I went to AutoZone and removed my batteries for charging and checking. They were fine. They should be, they were less than a year old. I then checked what I should have checked earlier - hindsight is great, yes? I checked the gage with the engine running. Normally it would show charging. It didn't.
OK, now I know what the problem is, but it will be a while before I am back where the mechanic is. Having someone else fix it at $80/hour or so? I don't think so. I'll wait. But I'm really glad I had a generator, and I'll be using it a lot in the next few weeks.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So Wednesday after work I went to the restored historical house, Liberty Hall. I watched the background movie, and was joined by 3 other ladies for the tour.
When we'd finished, we looked around at the outbuildings connected to the Cowen Museum. After a bit it occurred to me that since the buildings were still open, there might be someone still in the museum itself. I knocked, and sure enough, Ms. Cowan was vacuuming and let me come in and look around. She showed me lots of the cool things that were there before she finished cleaning and locked up. Then I parked at the park, ran my generator, recharged my camera as I'd gone through both batteries.
Thursday I returned to the museum to see the rest of it. It was a really nice collection and Ms. Cowan a fountain of information.
Then I drove to the campground I'd picked for the weekend - Neuseway Nature Center and Campground in Kinston.
For $10/night I expected something that looked rather like a small crowded trailer park. Nope: This is a small well-kept campground along the river, with full hookups recently installed and in excellent condition. I took the last open riverside site and it was perfect. A large class A motorhome between me and the bright night light. No one home in the campsite next door. Fire ring with wood from a previous occupant. Perfect weather. A nature center with live and taxidermized (Is that a word? It should be.) critters. A planetarium. Excellent fireworks display in town, clearly visible on Thursday night from my campsite. Friendly fellow campers to enjoy the weekend with.
I decided to dump all the productive "shoulds" and just enjoy it, and gee whiz, I'm actually being more productive after work this week.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I did find it on line, though, at ACE HARDWARE, and ordered one. It came today and water is boiling for coffee. YAY!
So what's up with the retail assumption that we all have lots of counter space to spare and can't pour water???
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Oh - the tee says
"Humans were meant to live in a pack
So each could scratch the other's back
or wash it clean, and that's why each
Of us has spots we cannot reach."
Monday, March 02, 2009
This pic is what I woke up to, so I don't know if the rest of the team will come. It could be good for a day off.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
http://www.visitedstatesmap.com/ and http://www.epgsoft.com/VisitedStatesMap/ have the US map - and territories...
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/TravelMap/ has a create and export map of the WORLD, in case you're itinerary's wider than mine!
It warmed up a little Christmas week, then turned cold again, even in South Carolina. Work bounced me back and forth between South Carolina and Central Virginia. With no running water in the pipes, things don't fill up very fast, which is a good thing - it's about impossible to dump when the waters in the valve area are frozen.
Then this past weekend it warmed up. I was in Clover, SC and rejoiced in the sunshine. I took the scoot off the rack and rode to the excellent Curves there, then visited with my daughter. When I returned to the rig, my nose told me that the aforementioned waters had thawed out. Time for some plumbing.
Fortunately I was scheduled to work this week at home base. I drove north knowing I would be parked with electric hookups and driving my little car to and from work this week.
Monday I got off work a bit early (TG!), dumped, rinsed, parked. At home, I back onto ramps whose purpose in life is to make the motorhome level in a driveway which is decidedly not. That keeps the fridge (and me) happy. The side benefit is they put whatever you want to work on up where you can do it. In this case, the offending plumbing was about 2.5 feet off the ground.
The bolts on the valves had been there since 1988 and they wanted to stay. Danny got them off anyway, and I went to the local RV shop for replacement valves. I had them on and functional by the time dinner was ready.
Now if I can just get the new back-up cam installed. And no, you don't want pictures for this post.