We were both up at 7:45 AM but the cats were active long before that. Besides their usual jumping on and off the bed they were unusually frisky and spent quite some time chasing each other back and forth the full length of the coach, often taking flying leaps onto the bed. I fed them and Linda cleaned their litter tray after which I made coffee and she made oatmeal for our breakfast. While we finished our coffee Linda played word games on her iPad and I put the finishing touches on yesterday’s post, e-mailed it to myself, and started working on today’s post.
My sister called at 9:30 AM and we talked for about 30 minutes. When we were done I got dressed and gathered up the first load of laundry, drove it down to the laundry room, loaded the washing machine, and started it. I then drove to the NAPA store to get the E-clips for the awning window lever pins. This time they had them. I ordered 12 but they came in bags of 20 and were cheaper per piece in that quantity. There are 16 of these clips securing the lever arms for the eight awning style windows, so I bought the whole bag. I also bought some J-B Weld that I plan to use to repair the broken weld on one of the passenger side living room window latches.
When I got back to the coach I gathered up the second load of laundry, which included the bed sheets and pillow cases, and drove it down to the laundry room. The first load was done so I loaded it in the dryer and then put the second load in the washer. I returned to the coach for 25 minutes and then went back to put the second load in the dryer. It took several more trips to get all of the laundry in/out of washers and dryers, put in on hangers or fold it, and get it back to the coach.
For lunch we split a mock turkey sandwich with lots of greens, a tangerine, and a pear. It was like a salad on a bun. I had a text from my sister asking me to call a social worker at a different medical center and let her know that Patty would call her back later in the afternoon. After lunch I called Amy and left a message. Amy called me back and we chatted briefly. Presumably she also talked to Patty later in the day.
Linda resumed work on her counted cross-stitch project and suggested that I select a bottle of wine for this evening and put it in the refrigerator. None of the wines we had struck my fancy so I drove to the Grocery Depot and bought a 3L box of Naked Grape Moscato. We received notifications from Amazon that two packages had been delivered so I stopped in the office on the way back and picked them up. One was the two bath mats for the bathroom and the other one was our 8.5×14 brochure paper for our holiday letter. I put the box of wine in the fridge when I got back to the coach.
I finished the 2-column formatting of Part 1 of my 2-part BCM article titled What To Do With Your Bus: Building with Habitat For Humanity and e-mailed it off to Gary, the publisher of Bus Conversion Magazine. By the time I finished going through e-mails it was 3 PM and had gotten warm in the coach, even with the windows open and the roof vent fans running. I laid down on the sofa and took a nap for a couple of hours.
When I finally got up from my nap the sun was low in the southwest sky and it had cooled off just a bit so we both sat outside with our iPads for a while. It was a beautiful day today with clear skies and a warm sun and highs in the mid-70s. Today is Friday, which means we gather at the fire circle at 7 PM for fellowship and music, so we had dinner at 6 PM, earlier than usual. Linda made a nice green salad, as she does most evenings, with walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries. She reheated the leftover seitan stroganoff and heated some frozen broccoli. She rarely uses frozen ingredients, but they are always handy to have around for a quicker, easier to prepare, meal.
Linda opened the box of Naked Grape Moscato wine and filled a small coffee thermos. She put the thermos and our two plastic wine gasses in our wine tote and we walked down to the firepit. We took the recyclables with us as the bins are just beyond the firepit. When we got there at 6:40 PM John already had the fire going but no one else had arrived. We like to get there early so we can sit near John and Ali.
As was the case two years ago I ended up tending the fire. Not that I mind; I am actually pretty good at it, but the available firewood at the moment is not good. It is very heavy for its size and I suspect it is not very dry. I convinced John that we should leave the natural gas on under the logs. Normally the gas is only used to start the fire but leaving it on, even on low flame, seemed to help reduce the amount of smoke. I also used some of the scrap construction lumber which was very dry and burned hot and clean.
We stayed at the fire until 10 PM and enjoyed John’s guitar playing, singing along, and conversation. Around 9:30 he got a call from a couple who had just arrived at the gate and he had to leave to escort them to their site. They had been delayed by a traffic jam that resulted from an accident. Every RVer who has been on the road for more than a few months has experienced this. As was the case last weekend it was just the two of us with John and Ali at the end. We would have stayed longer, as I had a small but nice fire burning, but John had to close up the resort buildings and check the gates and Ali was starting to get cold. I turned off the gas, spread out the logs, and we headed home.
When we got back to our coach we turned on the TV and doodled on our iPads for a while before going to bed. Linda inadvertently locked Juniper in the bathroom closet but after hearing an unusual thumping sound several times, and not seeing her anywhere, I investigated and found her. She likes to climb in the closets and get behind things, and was actually reluctant to come out, but she finally did and ended up in bed with us and the other cat, as is the case almost every night.