I was awake before 7 AM but did not get up until 7:15. I removed and cleaned my nighttime bite guard, as I do every morning. I then cleaned the cats’ food bowls and filled them with fresh food. Linda was still sound asleep so I worked at my computer for a while selecting and processing photographs for blog posts. I finished my selections for August and was part way through September when Linda got up so I put that work aside and made our morning coffee.
We both worked on our iPads for an hour doing our usual morning things. Linda texted John (Smitty) regarding going to Satchel’s this evening for dinner and I messaged our daughter regarding Facetiming with everyone on Friday, which is grand-daughter Madeline’s 3rd birthday. Linda proofread our 2015 Year in Review holiday letter and found a few things that needed to be corrected.
For breakfast we had granola with fresh blueberries, orange/grapefruit juice, and split a banana. After breakfast Linda got dressed and I took a quick shower (she took one yesterday.) I was going to use the bathhouse but decided to shower in our coach to use up more of the remaining fresh water and get it into our gray tank. The fresh water level dropped below 1/3rd yesterday which meant we still had 40 gallons, easily enough for two more days with a little reserve. I got dressed and we dealt with a few chores. Linda vacuumed the inside of the coach, which she had not done since we left Michigan. I dumped our holding tanks and filled our fresh water tank and updated our water usage spreadsheet.
I calculated our fresh water usage and waste water generation for this past winter. Over 128 days we averaged just over 13 gallons of fresh water per day and over 120 days generated an average of just over 15 gallons per day of waste. Those numbers suggest that a 130 gallon fresh water tank and a single 150 gallon waste tank would be well balanced and allow us to boondock for 10 days with some reserve. That’s only 280 gallons total, 40 gallons less than the 320 gallons (approximately) of the three tanks currently in the bus, so tanks that size would create the space I need in the bay for a water softener, filters, and fresh hose reel, and possibly a shorepower cord reel. When we pay more careful attention to water management and conservation we can reduce our fresh water usage to 10 gallons per day with a corresponding reduction in waste generation. That would allow us to boondock for 13 days. With slightly larger tanks we could stay out 14 days and still have room for the things I want to get into the bay. Final decisions will depend on more precise calculations and the actual dimensions of possible equipment.
With the chores done (for now) Linda started addressing envelopes and putting postage on them while I made final changes to our holiday letter and started printing copies. She folded the letters, stuffed them into the envelopes, and sealed them. It took about two hours to get 34 letters ready to mail. We skipped lunch and just had a few pretzels. We wanted to stop at Walmart on our way to Satchel’s so we left at 2:45 PM and drove to the Williston post office, sent the letters on their way, and headed to Gainesville. John and Ali followed later in their own car.
At Walmart we found Christmas cards for mailing checks to immediate family members. I got two pairs of shorts, as I forgot to pack mine when we left home, and we picked up two bags of Snyder`s sourdough pretzel nibblers. I also got a call from Pat Lintner. We chatted briefly and I said I would call him back when we got hone after dinner.
We were at Satchel’s by 5 PM and sat inside. We had the same selections as last time: small salad and medium pizza with Daiya mozzarella cheese, onions, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. We only ate half the pizza and brought the rest home. This pizza is soooo good. It’s one of the best we have ever had, including all of the non-vegan pizzas we have eaten over our lifetime. Only the original Luigi’s Pizza from St. Louis in the 1960’s stands taller in our memories, although the current Imo’s chain makes a similar and very good pizza.
We were back at our coach by 6:45 PM and went for an evening stroll to help settle our dinner. It was cool but humid and the clouds had cleared out so a pleasant enough evening for a walk. When we got back to our coach I called Pat and we talked for about 40 minutes with Vickie occasionally joining in on the other end of the call. They are not leaving Indiana until after Christmas and will spend New Year’s Eve at an RV park near Ocala, Florida as they have every year for many years. They will be less than 40 miles from Williston at that point but we will already be in Arcadia by then. Timing is everything.
Some nights I just do not feel like working at my computer, or iPad, or reading, and tonight was one of those nights. Unfortunately Wednesday evening is a bit of a TV wasteland, even on PBS, which is to say there wasn’t anything on that interested me. The best thing on was a Big Band retrospective on PBS but it was also part of the 24/7 fundraising that has become the network’s defining characteristic. Whatever the reason, the music did not grab me the way it normally would. CBS had a 3-hour Survivor finale. Nope, not going to watch that. Linda read and I scrolled through channels hoping something interesting would pop up but eventually I zoned out. Even Ask This Old House (AskTOH) was less interesting than usual. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood. It happens sometimes.