Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warmer Weather is on the Way

Tampa, Florida

Yesterday was another very cold day in Tampa.  The wind had died down quite a bit but not all the way, so it stayed cool all day due to the temperature and wind combo.

We stayed warm overnight running the furnace, but in doing so we are sucking up our very expensive propane!  We can stay warm under the electric blanket, but the kitties get cold so we keep some heat on for them.  Yes, I know they have fur coats, but remember, they are Florida kitties!  I've done some looking for other heaters, but I don't know what to use.  I'm paranoid about space heaters and propane is expensive.  The furnace is wasteful with so much heat being vented outside.  We saw some Olympic heaters at Camping World yesterday, but they were in boxes so I didn't get to look at them.  One was fairly small in size, so that would be the best.  I need to do some more research I guess.

We got up early and walked over to the clubhouse for a newspaper and then out around the golf course.  We wanted to get some pictures of the local deer that hang around the course.

Here is our campsite

The golf course is  to our left and the snack bar and recreation center is behind us. There are only 2 other rv's here right now. They expect to be full late January when they have some big trap event.

We walked around the edge of the golf course and found some green grass that hadn't been damaged by cold.  It was very pretty with the palm trees in the background.

We found the deer.  They were definitely watching me!  I thought I counted 6 of them, but once I looked at the picture, I only counted five.

The laundry/library area is right behind the rec center area.  It looks pretty nice.  There are restrooms next door to that but we didn't go inside.  I'm not sure if they are just bathrooms, or if there are showers there as well.  This used to be a campground, but now mostly is a snowbird mobile home park, so there may not be shower facilities.  That doesn't bother me because I always use our shower.

Al got some of his pest control accounts done and we made a quick stop at Camping World and Sam's club. We also got some Christmas gifts mailed and I spend the rest of the day with Mom.

Today will be more of the same.  Nothing fun or exciting going on here.  It's only supposed to get to 55 here today, but 75 by Friday and no more freezing temps for a while.

We're also having trouble with out door lock.  It seems the colder it is, the harder it is to unlock.  That's one more project for Al.


  1. Enjoy the weather you have we are going to have freezing rain today.O BOY

  2. Just give the door lock a quick shot of WD40 and it'll be as good as new!

    Glad to see it's going to warm up down there in the 'great frozen south'!

  3. I thought of you today as I flew out of the Tampa airport this afternoon. Love so much looking down on all that beautiful Florida water. If you know Laurie and Odel, of Semi-True Tales of the Road, drop a note to them: they have some kind of really cool, really economical propane space heater that is safe and they say works great.

  4. We carry a small ceramic heater with a fan only setting and two heat settings with a thermostat that also shuts down if it is tilted. Ours is made by HomeBasix. It works fine and does hot use excessive power.

  5. We use our fireplace during the day if we need it and then the furnace at night but never higher than 65 degrees as we like it cold for sleeping. Our propane seems to be going a long ways. the fireplace is just an electric heater really so a small heater may be just what you need. Hope you find what you are looking for.


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