Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 74, low 60)
It was fairly warm yesterday, but it was cloudy and dreary all day. I’m trying not to complain though because at least we didn’t have any severe weather or thunderstorms. We’re in an extended pattern of cloudy, rainy weather for the foreseeable future. Hey, this is supposed to be the sunshine state! Years ago, the St. Pete Times Newspaper gave free papers anytime the sun didn’t shine at all during the day. They didn’t have to do that very often because we normally have at least some sunshine during the day.
Yesterday, we went over to Mom’s and Al installed a new medicine cabinet for her. I helped her get her USAA auto insurance set up for automatic payments and checked a few other things for her. I also vacuumed her bedroom and managed to get a load of stuff for the goodwill/dump.
She’s been feeling pretty well, but her memory is really getting bad. I’m wondering if she’s feeling better because she can’t remember all her ailments? :) We have a follow up appointment with the neurologist next week. I’m anxious/nervous to see the results of the EEG test she had done last month.
A couple years ago we discovered, Beasley Manufacturing, in nearby Center Hill, Florida. We made a day trip there on Thursday.
A lot of our neighbors were buying rv sunshades and grass mats from them.
Our first trip there sent us home with fabric for grass patio rugs. We like these much better than the thicker mats you buy at Camping World. They lay down flat on the grass, concrete, or sand and rarely blow up.
This fabric is what we chose 2 years ago and it still looks as good as new. Water runs through it, it doesn’t blow when it’s windy and it doesn’t kill the grass underneath. It’s cheap enough that we could afford a large rug. The only thing is it’s narrow enough that we needed two separate fabrics. We just lay one over the top of the other. You can see the “seam” if you look carefully.
You can see in the following picture what a big supply they have of this wonderful fabric. It’s basically the same fabric as in the MCD daytime shades. It comes in a wide variety of colors.
A lot of people also buy pre-made sunshade’s here. The prices are very inexpensive for pre-made sunscreen’s, or you can buy your own fabric and make your own. They have all the hardware for making sunscreens, tire covers, or whatever you want to make.
If you’re in the central Florida area, it might be worth the trip.
Last year, we went back and got some black fabric to make some tire covers.
Unfortunately, due to some strong winds over the past year, we lost a few pieces of our mounting system and needed to head back to Beasley for some extras. We needed a few $.20 pieces to attach them to the suction cups. We could have ordered them, but decided to get a couple of the heavy duty beach bags they sell for $3.95 and a piece of black fabric for a sunshade on the left side window. Al often gets sun/heat there when he’s driving and we figured we could suction cup a small piece there when we’re driving. We have the automatic sunshades in the front, but nothing on the side.
See the blog post here, if you’re interested in seeing how to make some inexpensive tire covers.
The following picture is what they look like. All you do is use the suction cup to hold them on. They are easy to set up and easy to remove.
Well it looks like the SUN is out! I see blue skies for the first time in a few days. Boy that sure helps your mood to see the sun.
We have some errands to run and may even be able to get in a hike.
I haven’t ordered the automatic fire extinguisher yet. We weren’t sure which one to order. There is one with a 90 degree angled head and a straight one.
I think we’ll go with this one. It’s all about which will fit behind your refrigerator.
I emailed back and forth a few questions and got prompt and helpful responses from David Force at the Rv Cooling Unit Warehouse. I think what we’ll probably do is buy the fire extinguisher for now and mount it behind the refrigerator. When and if we have problems with the cooling unit of our new refrigerator, we’ll replace it either with the Amish cooling unit, or a residential refrigerator. He feels we should be safe as long as we have the fire suppression system. I know it will help make me feel safer.