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Good neighbors, good grub, Happy Thanksgiving    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of group at dinner

Part of the group at dinner


I give thanks mostly for a wonderful and loving wife - Elaine Violette - who makes my every day worth living. I also give thanks for a couple of faithful furry friends - Kerby and Gizmo - who bring so much to our lives. And I give thanks for all the many opportunities that have been made available to us to live a full and rich life, and reasonable health to be able to enjoy it. I have many family who bring us joy and make our lives more full with their love. And we have many friends around the country, but also here in Phoenix at the Royal  Palm RV Park. Today we had a Thanksgiving dinner with some friends and with another group of people we had never met before. Our lives are full.




AC fixed; pain in the back; Ostlunds    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Our front roof top unit is working properly again. This is the one that kept making squealing noises when running, but not always. Obviously something was rubbing when the fan was running. Mike from ASAP Mobile RV Service came out to install the replacement thermostat and temperature sensor for our middle unit, and fixed the front unit while he was here. I am very glad to finally have the front unit running again, for I sometimes need its added capacity in either heating or cooling in those respective seasons. That front unit has been making those noises off and on since last spring, so it has been a while since we have been able to use it.




Beginning physical therapy    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Elaine and I both started a six-week course of physical therapy today, and it kicked our butts! Our session was this morning, and this afternoon we both took naps - two hours for me and more than an hour for my sweetheart. This initial session was not strenuous, nor was it physical torture. We each went through slightly different sets of stretching and other movements designed to improve our range of motion and leg strength. This will help to prepare us to better handle eventual  knee replacement surgery, and will probably help us recover from those surgeries faster and better. And perhaps it will improve our condition in the meantime. We will see.




Web work; cabinet    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of sunset and moon

A golden sunset with a sliver of moon greeted us tonight


Another reminder tonight of why we enjoy Phoenix in the evening and why we enjoy Royal Palm RV Park - we get so many great sunsets! We also get great sunrises as well. But the open space and low buildings to the west from our Q379 site offer a great view of the western sky, with drama added by all the tall royal palm trees from which this park gets it name. The photo at the left is just one example.




Various RV stuff on Sunday    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of pressure regulator

My water pressure regulator and filter


It was time to do some routine tasks around OurHous; stuff that has to be done as part of motorhome living. This morning I spent much of the time on web systems work, but this afternoon it was time to pay attention to other work. Draining our waste tanks is part of the routine; I leave the black tank valve closed until it is time to drain the tank - usually about a week. I leave the grey tank valve partially open for about five days and then close it to build up some level in the tank so that I can use it to flush the sewer hose after draining the black. This system has worked well for me over the eight years we have been living in a motorhome. This way, with the grey tank valve partially open when Elaine does laundry we don't have to worry about the tank overflowing as happened to us once a couple of years ago.




A 33 GB hit    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

I thought we had solved a problem for once and for all. Verizon notifies us by text and email when we reach 75%, 90%, and more of our monthly data limit. But this month I had taken the offer Verizon made to double our data limit for the same price we were already paying. I debated at first, because we could  also keep the same limit for half the price. A good deal either way. But though we had been using close to our limit earlier in the year, we had been taking steps to reduce our use and had been staying well below our limit the last few months. In fact, I had toyed with the idea of reducing our limit since we had not been using the whole amount.