Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 91, low 72) thunderstorms
Florida certainly hasn’t been having any drought issues this summer. We’re in our typical summer rainy season, which means thunderstorms every afternoon. Some of these thunderstorms have brought 6000-7000 lightning strikes per hour….according to the weathermen. We are the lightning capitol of the country, so this is normal, but it’s way too much lightning for me. I have started drinking a glass of wine during these storms and that seems to help my nerves. Most of these storm are in the afternoon, but if the winds shift, then we get morning storms….and yes, I drink my wine in the morning if there is a storm. Hey, it’s for medicinal purposes!
Al is continuing to ride with the various technicians who will be taking over his pest control accounts. They have assigned areas, so it’s not the same person for all of the accounts. It’s been a bit of a hassle working around everybody's schedules, but little by little he’s getting it done. We hope to be able to get out of town next week.
I have spent several days in the company of Tim and Ken from Stratton Mobile Rv Repair, with the leaking washing machine. We finally determined that we not only had a leaking water pump in the washing machine, but we had a leaky hose. We thought there was a bad cold water valve, but it appears to be okay now, so hopefully that ends the saga of the leaking washing machine.
We also had them look at our inverter. Since we’re at a site with electricity and in the summer we travel with the generator on, it took us a while to realize our inverter wasn’t working properly. The batteries were kept charged, but it wouldn’t invert when we we had a power outage or if we were disconnected from the generator and shore power. Tim checked it out and did a “hard reset” on it several times and for now at least, it’s working properly. We tried the hard reset ourselves following the instructions in the manual, but it didn’t work. He found no other issues with the inverter.
Now that those two projects are done, Al just needs to do his normal pre-trip check of the fluids and we’ll be good to go.
Thanks for all the comments from my previous post about how to avoid Atlanta. Going straight through Atlanta would definitely be the most direct route, but most everyone seems to avoid it if at all possible, unless you can go through on a Sunday. Jeff and Jan both suggested another route which will take us up on the east side of Atlanta, via highways 129, 441, and 76. I was a little concerned about highway 76, but per Jeff, it’s easily do-able in a motor home. I also did some checking on Google Earth, and I didn’t see any issues. Until recently, I had never done much route planning with Google Earth, because I didn’t really know how to use it. I’ve learned more now, and it’s really a wonderful tool to check out both campgrounds and the roads you are planning on taking. Thanks Google! We may have no privacy anymore, but I still like the benefits of all this technology!
The excitement today around Quail Run Rv Park is a new concrete rv slab being poured. Another one of my exciting posts was the day they removed a Park Model home from the site next door.
The mobile home had been gone since late May, and they are just now getting the concrete laid for a RV site. We have a birds eye view, since the site is next door. I like seeing how things are made, so I’ve been watching the concrete pour through the living room window.
It’s interesting seeing how nicely they are able to smooth the blob of concrete.
So far, they have made two loads, but that wasn’t quite enough to finish, so they will be bringing another truck for the remaining section.
You can tell we haven’t done anything exciting lately, can’t you?