Tuesday, February 28, 2023

No more Sun......

7:18 am - Tuesday - February 28th - GNHS - 43° F, humidity 60%, wind 4 mph out of the south by southwest.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 63° F.  On this date in 2013 TLE and I were in St. Augustine, FL dry camping at a local RV resort......↴

Here comes the sun - Beatles

I find myself in a holding pattern once again. I can't swing a golf club until I get the stitches removed from my latest outpatient surgery, and I cannot workout, either, for the same reason.  If fact, there area  lot of activities that must be put on hold awaiting suture removal.  Nurse TLE, following close examination of the wound,  informs me that I am 24-48 hours away from suture removal, and, therefore, being free to be active once again.

The LED light over the sink recently decided to begin its death spiral, which is disappointing since we've only had it a couple of years, so I checked Amazon to order a replacement, but the ETA for delivery was sometime in mid March, so I sourced a different manufacturer for something similar, and received it in 4 days.  It was significantly smaller, and not quite as bright as the failing one, but that's okay, because we both thought the failing one was a tad too bright.  TLE's nickname for it was 'THE SUN'....lol.  It was perfect if you were doing micro surgery and needed lots of light, but too bright to leave on all the time.  Here is a picture of that light.....

.....now, here is the new one.....

....as you can see, it is not as bright, and about 1/3 the size.  For the first time in a couple of years we don't feel compelled to turn it off when we are done using it.  We've had the new light for over a week, but I have been dragging my feet to remove the old one, and install the new one.  Why?  Well, originally there was a fluorescent fixture which left a large hole when it was removed.  The old light perfectly covered that hole, but I knew the new one would not, so I would need to cover that hole before installing the much smaller fixture....

.....I knew I had a piece of 1/8" plywood that was about the right size to cover the hole, and provide a good mounting surface for the new light, but I've had it hanging around the trailer for a decade, and it was a little rough, and, therefore, would need some work to improve its appearance.  All that aside, TLE began to press me a couple of days ago about replacing the old, occasionally flickering LED fixture, and this is something I could do without a lot of exertion, so I decided to do the project mid morning Monday.

I have a Makita vibrating sander so I got it out of 'mothballs', and sanded the plywood surface, then applied a coat of clear urethane (spray can) to seal it, then installed it using 6 brass, Phillips head screws.  I drilled a hole for the wiring, then installed the light.  In all it took about 2 hours beginning to end, but turned out nicely.  What's more important is TLE likes the new installation.  On my part, I got use some tools I haven't used for a while.

I've got four more projects which need my attention: 1) Finish cleaning the rear, and passenger side of the Newell, 2) Remove the sewer dump valve on the passenger side and install the new gasket and paddle, 3) Finish the replacement of the 3/4" plywood flooring in the bathroom, and, finally, 4) Install the new vinyl plank flooring throughout the Newell.  We've got about 5-6 weeks before we depart GNHS, and that is when I want to be finished with those four projects.

We headed back out to the 'lido deck' Monday evening to play a game of 'Phase 10'.  It was a back and forth affair, and we were tied 'Phase wise' entering the last Phase, where TLE won going away.

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