Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

April 28, 2020

Temperature 95 Degrees

We’re Holding Our Own

Gathering Materials For New Projects


We don’t need sweaters or jackets yet but we are holding our own.  Today I tried something different.  Given the problems I was having yesterday with the front A/C unit continually shutting off I figured let me try the back unit.  I turned it on at around 10 am and it has been running every since.  Go figure.


The back A/C unit is primarily for our bedroom.  I mean it is cold back there right now.  How to get that nice cold air out front?  Some of it comes through the duct work.  The rest we pull from the back with the use of a box fan.  Truth be known we are spoiled because of the A/C unit we had in Graybeard.  That was an actual residential unit that could freeze your toes off on the hottest day.  Alas, they don’t install such units in RV’s anymore because of the cost and the desire to be able to offer more storage space underneath.  That old unit if it had to be replaced would have cost every bit of four thousand dollars!  The most expensive roof top A/C unit today is only about thirteen hundred dollars.   It’s what called building an RV to a price point.


This is my secret weapon when working on the computer at the table.  It is a little six bladed twelve volt fan that really pushes a lot of air.  You plug it into the USB Port on the computer to recharge it.  Don’t worry, Barbara has a larger oscillating fan by her recliner.


Today for supper we had Taco’s.  I guess since it is Tuesday and we had Taco’s you could say today in our house was Taco Tuesday.  They were good, really, really good.  How could they not be, I mean the chop meat had just the right amount of seasoning.   Along with it there was fresh grated cheese, fresh lettuce and fresh ripe tomatoes.  Put it all together and you definitely had a winner.  Yup, I was once again a member of the clean plate club.


Once we finished with lunch it was time for another trip to the Post Office to pick up packages that Fedex was unable to deliver because no one was at home.  We’re used to this by now, not happy with it, but used to it.

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We made a quick run into Ace Hardware primarily for reflectix and then some other odds and ends.  We were able to get some of what we needed but no reflectix.  That is coming in on tomorrow’s truck so guess where we’ll be going back to tomorrow.


After leaving the hardware store we stopped at Dollar General and picked up another case of water and


a new cushioned bath mat for outside of our shower door.


This is the sum total of packages picked up and items purchased at the hardware store.  We have:

  • larger L Brackets to reinforce the slide motor shelf
  • a 100 count box of lever nuts which are my new all time favorite way of joining two wires together.  So simple, so secure and so easy to use.
  • Silicone caulking for around the sink and an area between the bathroom wall and the floor
  • larger washers to hold our kitchen sink in properly
  • self taping screws and bolts and nuts for installing the L Brackets
  • a new propane detector.  Our current one is working but they advise replacing them every seven years.  The one we have now is the original one that came with the rig

Finally, I have some projects I can work on tomorrow.  Honestly, working on odds and ends around Elvira is how I keep my sanity during this time of self imposed isolation.

So another day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end.  Time for some spirits and time to assume the position – not what you’re probably thinking.  I’m referring to feet up and me leaning back in my recliner.  I’ll tell you what just getting out today sure felt great.  I can’t wait to get our wheels rolling again.  I watch rig after rig leaving each day and I’m really, really, really getting restless!

Before I go, remember when?

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Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Keep safe.  Wear your mask.  Wash your hands.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!



  1. Yes, getting out for incidentals can make a difference in your day. Yesterday we went to Tractor Supply for 4 types of birdseed and girl scout cookies. WAHOO!!!


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