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Friday, November 9, 2018

Preparing for winter temps....

4:18 am - Friday - November 9th - Campbellsville, KY - 40º F, 96% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the north by northwest.....cloudy, rainy today with a forecast high of 46º F.

We had planned to get out of the house Thursday, but laundry (TLE) and defrosting the freezer (TLE) took their toll on the day, and by early afternoon we had decided to stay inside.  The high for the day was just over 50º F.  Eventually the sun did make an appearance for about 3 hours and kind of dried everything out from the last rain storm.  However, another bout of rain will be hitting us overnight and it will once again be wet and soggy outside.  In fact, we have a lot of inclement weather coming through this part of Kentucky over the next two weeks including sub freezing temperatures.

Speaking of sub freezing temps, I did undertake one project that required a trip to Lowe's for some necessary insulation items.  Here at Heartland Campground the water spigot is below ground level in a large one foot diameter PVC pipe.  They stuff the pipe, around the spigot, with Fiberglas insulation help insulate the area from the cold.  When one hooks up their city water hose there is a large plastic PVC cap which has a notch in it for the hose to pass through.  There is room in there for me to attach my inline water filter and still put the PVC cap on, however, I am concerned that the water filter may freeze, so I used the last heat tape I have (purchased two when we were at the Grand Canyon) to wrap it then used rubberized 2.5" diameter insulation tape to wrap around the water filter.  I neglected to take pictures of that process, but it came out well, and now I am a little more confident it will not freeze.  So, I have now wrapped heat tape around our filter, and around the hose bib on the exterior of the coach where I connect the city water hose in anticipation of the freezing weather this weekend.  I also spent a little more time working on our sign for our friend's sign post in Florida.  Not done yet, but getting there!

Other than that it was a stay inside kind of day involving more resting, and elevating of legs and feet in preparation for another work day Friday.  We will only be working 4 consecutive days this 'work week' as there is no 'MET' (Mandatory Extra Time) on Tuesday.  We could have worked Tuesday by claiming 'VET' (Voluntary Extra Time), but chose to be off work that day.  Instead we accepted VET for Thursday.....just half a day, mind you.  TLE will work a five hour day in the morning (6:30 am to 12 pm) and I will work a five hour stint from 12 pm to 5 pm.  There shouldn't be another MET day called until the 27th.....we hope.

We watched a recorded episode of 'Survivor', and a few recorded episodes of 'Bull', and that was it for our Thursday.....we were off to bed by 8 pm and girding ourselves up mentally for another 40 hours in the concrete bunker.

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1 comment:

  1. Electric heat tape is your friend! Well it is if you're not going to use your wheels & take your house to someplace where it's not needed...

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