Sunday, January 17, 2021

Trim.....

 7:42 am - Sunday - January 17th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM....cloudy today with a forecast high of 52° F.  On this date in 2015 our daughter, Sharon, was married to Rod......↴

A very happy day!

Sharon and Rod

Our 5 children: Meredith, Kate, Sharon, Chris and Tim

We finally got the promised sunshine Saturday.  It was so nice, in fact, that I opened all of the awnings....window and patio.....for the day to dry out the fabric which has been saturated the past weeks with a lot of rain.  Additionally, I cleaned the salt film off the front windows, and the rust off our air horns, as well as several spots of hardened tree sap.

To cap off the day of home projects I cut, painted and installed the final aluminum trim piece to cover the remaining gap at the bottom of our new Dometic Americana II.....


....I was out of the proper size black screws so I located 5 screws of the proper size and painted the heads black so they would blend in with the trim piece.  I had to cut out a 1.5" x 24.5" piece of aluminum, then paint it with several coats of black spray paint.  I think it came out quite well, and now the installation of our new fridge is complete.  We literally love this new refrigerator as it is considerably more efficient than the old one, plus the much larger freezer is a bonus.

Within a couple of hours the window awnings were all dry, so I re-stowed them, but I left the patio awning deployed.  When it is raining, but there is no wind, it is nice to step outside and not get immediately wet, so we will leave it out for the next 4-5 days.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

The coverup.....

 9:50 am - Saturday - January 16th - Seal Rock, OR - 46° F, 93% humidity, wind 13 mph out of the east......mostly sunny skies today with a forecast high of 53° F.  On this date in 2016 my good friend Stephen Dempsey took this drone picture of our encampment near Quartzite, AZ.......↴

You can see our 1982 Newell with trailer, then Stephen and Linda's Travel Supreme to our left, and then Mike and Lizzie's Class A gasser behind us

We were supposed to see some sun Friday afternoon, but the morning fog just intensified.  Time for some vitamin 'D', right?  The weather guessers kind of missed the mark Friday. I drove into Waldport around 10:15 am to get my ears lowered at Waldport Family Cuts.  Jeff owns this one chair barber shop located next door to Hi-School Pharmacy, and this is the third time he has shaped my quaff since we arrived here in mid September.  I was home by 10:45 am.  And that was the highwater mark of our Friday.

I did receive the new tire covers I ordered recently for the trailer.  I haven't had wheel covers for her for a long time, and I cannot tell you why it took me so long to take care of that long neglected necessity.....


.....I spent most of the afternoon reading, except for the few minutes it took me to install the new tire covers.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

The Jell-O Plan changes.......

 7:40 am - Friday - January 15th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....heavy cloud cover, sprinkling now....clearing later today with a forecast high of 52° F.  On this date in 2016 we were in Quartzite, AZ for the annual RV 'White Tent' extravaganza.........↴

An aerial shot of just a small section of Quartzite....it is estimated that up to 1 million people visit here each year in their RV's

Thursday we had light winds out of the east which means lower humidity, and warmer weather.....that is what we got.  The clarity in the air was the best in weeks, and the temp climbed all the way to 56° F....by and far the nicest day we have had in a while.

I met Blake at the golf cart shack at 10 am, and we proceeded up to the tool shed to retrieve the long pole chain saw, and the hand held chainsaw. Our task for the day?  Remove another tree limb from a tree which borders site # 39.  The high winds we experienced a few days ago had broken the limb, but it was still hanging by a thread, so to speak.  In all it took us around 1.5 hours to accomplish that task, and completely filled the trailer with the debris.  We then we closed the two hour shift out by covering the burn pile with two tarps to keep it as dry as possible in anticipation of burning it sometime early next week.  I met TLE the office, and we walked home together a little after 12 pm.

We've had a slight change in plans.  We are under contract to work at Seal Rocks RV Cove until the end of March, at which time we had planned to put a couple thousand miles on the coach by heading down to Arizona to pick up TLE's new recliner, get our alternator rebuilt, install some new steer tires, and get the coach serviced after which we would return to SRRVC to work the summer months.  That is still the Jell-O plan, but the timeline has moved up a little.  Our departure date for heading south for a month is now February 12th.

It's funny, if you think about it.  I was just starting to get a little 'hitch itch', and began day dreaming about being on the road again, but realizing it would be just under two months until that was reality made me a little sad, but now we are due to do just that in less than 4 weeks......6 weeks early.  I'm already beginning to plan our travel route!

To cap off our delightful day we watched the last 7 episodes of season 3 of 'Flash', and we have 4 more seasons to go.  It began raining again around 10 pm, and it continued raining all night long.  As I write it has stopped raining, and we should see some blue sky in the next few hours.....YAY for us!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

A 250 year old prophecy of tyranny.....

 7:23 am - Thursday - January 14th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 76% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the east......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 56° F.  On this date in 2013 I posted this Thomas Jefferson quote on Facebook....how true it is today.......↴

"Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." – Thomas Jefferson.....a follow up to my post a few days ago about the 2nd amendment. Our founding fathers understood the true nature of government, why don't we?

Wednesday morning I received a text message from Terry that the alarm at the WDS plant was alarming. This is the first time since we arrived here at SRRVC this has happened. He advised he was not feeling well, and would I meet the folks from our septic service company (M&E) at the WDS plant when they arrived to open things up. When we worked at Ramona Oaks last year the septic alarm would go off after a heavy rain because of all the extra water overwhelming the lift pumps, and we had a lot of rain over the last 24 hours.

Chris from M&E arrived about 9:20 am, and I walked down the hill to meet he and Blake at the WDS plant. As it turned out the alarm which was sounding was for the recirculation system, which had been overwhelmed by the very heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours. It was a matter of taking the pumps off of 'AUTOMATIC' to the 'MANUAL' setting so they would run continuously until they caught up with the flow from our settling area up the hill (you will recall Blake and I trimmed the hedges around the settling area a couple of weeks ago). Within minutes the alarm went off, and order was restored.....well, not quite.

As it turned out order was not restored. Once the recirculation pumps caught up the extra flow of water began to overwhelm the discharge pumps, so a second discharge pump had to be activated. Over the course of an hour we managed to get everything back into balance, and were able to turn all the switches back to 'AUTOMATIC', and lock things up once again.

It was too wet to do anything else, so Blake and I bid adieu to Chris, and headed home around 11 am. TLE was already at work, and due to be home by noon, so at her suggestion I picked her up in the VW at noon as I needed to go into Waldport to pickup my prescription for my cholesterol medication I had transferred the other day from the COSTCO in Sequim, WA to Hi-School Pharmacy in Waldport. As with my blood pressure medication transfer a month ago this transfer went through without a hitch.

I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up the storm debris from around our site, and raking the debris, which had accumulated over the past few storms, off our artificial turf.  It appears we will have mostly nice weather for the next few days with a little rain overnight, but mostly sunny skies during the day through Sunday, which will be a very nice change.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Storm watch......

 7:49 am - Wednesday - January 13th - Seal Rock, OR - 41° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM....finally!  Rain stopped a few hours ago, and no rain forecast for today, with a high of 52° F....I can actually see some blue sky overhead as I write.  On this date in 2016 we were on our way from Borrego Springs to the Indio Elks Lodge with friends Steve and Linda, and Mike and Lizzie after 12 days boondocking.......↴

Steven Dempsey took this picture as they passed us going northbound on SR-86 near the Salton Sea, CA

The rain fell relentlessly all day Tuesday, and the wind blew with a ferocity we had not previously seen here in Seal Rock, OR.  At times the coach rocked with such severity it felt like an earthquake was in progress.  For our part we just huddled inside our Newell thankful we were warm and dry.  Most of the time we love that our lifestyle brings us in close contact with nature, but there are some days, like Tuesday, it was a little unnerving.

TLE worked from 10 am to a little after 12 pm, and I went out with Blake in the golf cart for an hour at 11 am to check for storm damage at each of our sites, plus the two homes on the property.  All was well, but we did get a little wet as the wind blew sideways into the cart.

Unfortunately it became apparent shortly after I arrived home that dumping the black tank could not wait until Wednesday when it would NOT be raining, so I headed back outside to spend about 20 minutes getting a little wetter, while clearing the effluent from our black tank for another 8-10 days of use.

The day was conducive to lots of reading throughout the rest of the day, and a great beef/barley stew for dinner courtesy TLE's Vita Clay Pot, as the rain and wind continued without a break.

We continue to be asymptomatic to the Wuhan Flu, and happy to be living here in Seal Rock, OR in spite of the weather conditions the last 6 weeks.  The Newell continues to remain level, and all of our appliances are working as they should....for what more could we ask?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I'm not a prepper.....

7:58 am - Tuesday - January 12th - Seal Rock, OR - 52° F, 100% humidity, wind 36 mph out of the south by southwest......rained all night, raining now, and will rain all day today with a forecast high of 54° F.  On this date in 2017 we were having our Newell serviced at All Aboard America in Mesa, AZ......↴


I was called off work Monday due to rain, and it appears that will be the case on Tuesday, and probably Wednesday.  I was able to work 1.5 hours on Sunday, but it was just too wet to do very much beyond that 1.5 hours.

Around mid morning Monday, since I was called off work we drove into Waldport so I could get a prescription filled, stopped briefly at Ray's, then headed into Newport to Fred Meyers to do a very, very big shopping.  Between Ray's and Fred Meyers we bought enough food to last us two to three weeks.  On the way home we topped off the VW gas tank.  Our fresh water tank is full......160 gallons full, and we have enough gasoline to run our small Honda generator for a couple of weeks.  If you have been watching the news, and feel a little uneasy about that which you are seeing unfold you should fee uneasy.  We live in perilous times where half the voting age population of the nation is being demonized, and threatened with reprisals for supporting the wrong political party.  All of the major social media platforms have cut off anyone who questions the election results, or has a contrary political opinion.  Banks are freezing accounts of prominent companies, and politicians who occupy the right side of the aisle.....it is a scary time.

So, I say all that to say this.....take reasonable precautions to be sure you have adequate cash on hand, food, water, fuel, etc. for the next few weeks.  Maybe it will blow over, but maybe it won't....maybe it will get worse.  I believe it will get worse before it gets better.  Please understand....I am not what you would call a 'prepper', but I also have two eyes and two ears and see and hear what is going on around me.  This is a dark time in our nation's history.

There are a number of people in my life whom I have known for years, and have my utmost respect in all areas of life.  They are anything but conspiracy theorists, so when they call me and tell me to be concerned, then I get VERY concerned.

I have said for years, and on numerous occasions right here on my blog, that the corruption inside the Beltway is widespread, and overwhelming.  Both political parties are corrupt.  I am not disputing that there may be a handful who may be honest, but the number is far too small to counterbalance the widespread corruption. All three branches of government have been compromised.  The lines of demarcation between branches of government have been so blurred there is really no separation of powers any longer....they all work together now, and it is not for our good that they do so.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Freedom is on the line......

 7:45 am - Monday - January 11th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 82% humidity, wind - CALM.....heavy cloud cover today with rain later, and a forecast high of 53° F.  On this date in 2013 I wrote the following Facebook post:

"Was the 2nd amendment to the Constitution added to protect the right to hunt with single shot firearms? Or was it the desire of our founding fathers to keep the citizenry armed against the threat of future tyranny of individuals, and governments? In the context of the times they lived in, and had just lived through, what do you sincerely believe their intent was? For Bill Clinton to ask "who needs a 30 round clip to go hunting" misses the entire point of the 2nd amendment. Have we come to the point in history where tyranny is no longer a threat, and we will allow our government to dictate what kind of clips we may own for our guns? For the record, I do not own any firearms, but if we are going to have this debate about the 2nd amendment, let it at least be an honest one without "straw men". Have we as a nation become so complacent, and naive that we no longer consider tyranny in any form a threat?"

Ironically, it is even more important today that we have this discussion, not only about the 2nd amendment, but the 1st amendment.....Freedom of Speech is in peril. Freedom of Religion is in peril....everything is at stake. We are now experiencing the tyranny of high tech overlords telling us what we may believe, to whom we may listen, or what we may read. Half of the voting age population has been isolated, and cut off from freely communicating our thoughts, and ideas. This is the tyranny our forefathers foresaw. We are accused of insurrection, of treason and are being threatened daily by the 'protected class'.....the rich, high tech oligarchs, politicians, entertainers.

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