TOUR AMERICA, 2021: ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

Monday, June 5, 2021

Scattered Showers, Temperature 88 Degrees

Getting Caught UpElvira, The House, Medical Front

Well, we’re more or less settled in. As you can see from the picture above Elvira is tucked into her new home.

I finally figured out a way to park Elvira under the port in such a way that I can, when I want, open all four slides. I put two safety cones a measured distance from the right side port columns and back her in alongside them. That gives me the room I need to open the slides on both sides.

It is really nice having your rig right next door. You can clean, pack, and just wander out and check on it whenever you want. In addition, since it is under cover no more worry about the sun beating down on it and drying out seals and caulk and such. Sweet!

Moreover, you can do what you want even in the pouring rain. The other day despite the rain, which was an all day affair, I was still able to get some work done on Elvira. I changed the anode rod in the water heater and cleaned out the burner tube. I was able to clean the black tank using Tank Blaster – this stuff really works. The following day I was able to get her washed and waxed. I then installed the front privacy screen, the covers on the windshield wipers, and finally the covers on the mirrors.

I’ve also had new brakes and grease seals installed. Lately, stopping had been somewhat of an exciting adventure. You needed to plan to do so a mile in advance. Which meant if someone cut you off, well, you slammed on the brakes and hoped for the best. But, no more. Josham Truck and Frame worked their magic and now my baby stops, well maybe not on a dime given her size, but you can really haul her down when you need to. They also replaced the grease seals on both front wheels since they were cracked and leaking. It’s one of the things I like about these guys, they don’t just do what you ask them to do, they make a complete check of everything and advise you of what also should be done. That’s why I keep going back to them. They are true professionals and their price is always reasonable.

On the house front, our turtles are out front. A sure sign that this is, for now, our new abode.

Harper has also joined us in the house. He thought it was pretty silly to stay by himself in Elvira.

In terms of the house, we’re down to the many five minute projects, such as replacing the outside back porch light and painting the back porch railing.

We also have some major projects to possibly complete, such as our grilling area. These projects may be dealt with in time. We’re going to wait a bit until we decide exactly how long we’ll be here. If this becomes our permanent home we’ll turn the area behind Elvira into a sort of outdoor entertainment area. We are also thinking of converting the downstairs portion of the storage shed into a Florida Room. Time will tell.

About the house. Maybe some of you will remember the program The Many Loves Of Dobbie Gillis. If you do, you will also probably remember the beatnik sidekick by the name of Maynard G Krebs. You’ll also remember whenever the word work was mentioned he would yelp Work! and jump with fear. That’s sort of the way I react right now to the words Our House. Whenever I think of this as being our permanent abode I sort of get a weird feeling and just shutter. Time will tell if that will change. It’s beginning to, but?

On the medical front. The latest MRI shows that after two hormone shots my cancer is in retreat. The doctor has informed me that areas that once showed indications of cancer, are now cancer free. Now, how about that!

However, the battle is not over. Today, we leave for three days of tests and preparation for radiation therapy. I’ll know by Wednesday exactly when radiation therapy is to begin. The tentative date is July 20th. The length of treatment? That we don’t know yet either. Things are moving in the right direction. It will just be a big relief for me to get the show on the road.

So that is where we are at on The Road of Retirement. Life is good. God is Good All The Time. Time to get the car packed since we have a three hour drive to Jacksonville and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Enjoy your day.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

Though we’re stationary for the moment, it will not be for long.  Our continuing mission remains: 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!

2 thoughts on “TOUR AMERICA, 2021: ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

  1. That is great news about the cancer! Prayers will continue! How nice to have Elvira right outside your door. For a time last year, we were able to park our trailer in front of our home. (A nearby dike had breached,and there were flood waters near the storage yard.) I went out to the trailer most every afternoon to eat lunch, read, write or just sit. Glad you found a good place to take care of Elvira. That’s a blessing, too. Good luck with the next step in your treatment. Have a good day!

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  2. Great news about the cancer!! Prayers will continue for you both. You are so blessed to have a stationary home and a movable one. We have the RV in the driveway right now because we want to do a few minor repairs. Rt 70 in Ohio was so rough a few screws vibrated lose and a few latches failed and cabinet doors would open. That was the worst road we have encountered in a long time. Make your week a good one.

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