July 14, 2021

Rain Showers, Cloudy, Temperature 78 Degrees

First Major Upgrade Compete

Ready to Roll Tomorrow

When we purchased the house here in Florida we both agreed that there were two major upgrades we wanted as soon as possible.

We absolutely wanted to install a whole house water softener. We have always had a water softener in Elvira and would not be without it. So, why would we not have one for the house? They have been proven to keep water lines from clogging in areas of hard water as well as extending the life of appliances and water heaters. Florida, is the land of hard water. Thus, a water softener in my mind was a must.

The first question before the install could proceed was Where is the main water line for the house? There is a shut off valve out by the curb but we needed to find the main supply line for the house. The first place the tech thought he might find it, well it wasn’t there. Then, knowing where I wanted it installed he decided to take a skirt panel off, and there it was! The water line comes in from the curb underneath the RV pad, underneath the concrete pad for our home and then pops up right where we wanted to install the water softener. Perfect.

OK, main water line located now the tech went to work cutting and splicing water lines. The setup is such that all water now first goes through the water softener and then into the house. The added benefit is that I can now shut the water off for the house at the water softener.

The water softener completely installed. The brine tank is to the left, the two tanks to the right are the softener tanks. Two tanks means that while one is regenerating the other is still suppling softened water to the house. I especially like that sticker on the one tanks that states Made in the USA.

Enough salt, probably, for the remainder of the year.

First major upgrade completed. Next, new double pane windows later in the year.

Next subject.

Tomorrow will be our first travel day in a long time.

It will feel so good to be back on the road. We’ve repacked the refrigerator and freezer. We’ve restocked the cabinets. Our clothes are back in the closet. I’ve checked and rechecked all systems. Tire pressure is correct. Fluid levels are good. Slides are in. Jacks are up. Tomorrow morning we’ll air up and be on our way. We’re both so ready for this and excited to be finally back in Elvira.

We have no idea how long we’ll be gone. It could be anywhere from six to ten weeks. Time will tell. But we really don’t care. It’s just going to be great to be home where the heart is.

One exciting piece of Good News – Harry is on his way home. He’ll need to be back next week for a checkup but he is ecstatic to be going home at least for now. Thanks again one and all for your prayers.

That’s it for now on The Road of Retirement. Things are moving along on all fronts. Never a dull moment, indeed, for the two of us lately. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve said it before and will continue to say and believe it we are two of the most blessed and fortunate people in the world.

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!


  1. First things first. So glad to hear Harry came home. Praying you’ll go through treatment and be back in your home quickly, but in the meantime you will have each other and a great place to hang out in Elvira. Safe travels and know prayers are going up for you both.


  2. So glad to hear about Harry. Your sentence “It’s just going to be great to be home where the heart is.” is so very telling. Safe travels tomorrow, and I will continue to keep you in my daily prayers.


  3. I have a love/HATE relationship with my water softener. When I lived in a small town in illinois we did not need a water softener and they had the best water ever. Now, I live in a suburb of minneapolis and our water is AWFUL and the water is so bad that I have to constantly clean with CLR and the softener keeps the water from being super hard but I have a feeling I will have to invest in a water purifier too because its just not good. I only drink bottled water because the water just tastes “weird”. If I didn’t love my job I’d consider moving back to IL!
    Good Luck with your treatments and I hope you have a safe trip! 🙂


    1. When we’re in Elvira we usually only drink bottled water because we just don’t know what the quality of the water is in so many locations. How about a small water purifier at your sink? That is what we have here in the house. Have a great day.


      1. I will look into that, but from what the water folks here have said it would be best for my appliances to get the whole water purification system. Just need to saw enough money so that I don’t have to put it on credit! I would like to only have my home mortgage point forward as I have paid off my student loans, car loan, etc. so maybe in the next month or two! Thanks for the idea and I will look into it!


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