We took advantage of not having anything to do and slept in yesterday morning. It seems like it’s been a while since we could do that.
There were four or five RVs here with us in the camping area at Spartan on Friday night, folks who had finished up with their work but decided to spend the night instead of hitting the road late in the day. But they were all gone by the time we woke up. About midday a Mountain Air diesel pusher arrived and parked several spaces down from us.
I spent most of the day and evening writing, getting a lot done for the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which we will send to the printer this coming week. Terry was kept busy proofing things as I printed them out, and answering e-mails. Today I will start laying out the new issue.
We needed to pick up a few things from the grocery store, so about 4 PM we drove to the Meijer store out on the interstate. For those not familiar with Meijer, it is a popular regional store somewhat like a WalMart but on a slightly smaller scale. Folks in the Midwest seem to love their Meijer stores.
Back in our motorhome, I treated myself to a nap while Miss Terry made supper. Or is that dinner? I think it depends on which part of the country you are in. But whatever you call it, it was delicious. Just like everything Terry cooks.
The weatherman is predicting thunderstorms for today and Monday, and sometime around 7 PM it started to sprinkle. I told Terry that it looked like the storms had arrived a little early. As it turns out, just about the time I stopped talking, it stopped sprinkling.
After reading yesterday’s blog, I got an e-mail from someone asking if I really thought we needed to spend a lot of money on RV repairs, that if we were able to drive it here without major problems why spend the money? Why not wait until it really needed the work done? Huh? When you know you have a problem with your equipment, why wouldn’t you get it fixed? Especially when you’re right there dealing with the factory that made the chassis and has the parts and the expertise to do the job?
We have been running up and down the highway in RVs for over 13 years now, and if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that it’s always cheaper to fix a problem when you discover it, rather than breaking down somewhere on the side of the road and dealing with it when you have to.
I don’t like to spend money any more than the next guy does, but I’ve never understood some people’s reasoning. I got an e-mail a while back from a couple who bought a ten year old motorhome and were asking me for some advice. They said overall the coach was in good shape, except that the automatic rooftop satellite TV dish did not work and the paint was faded on one side because the rig spent most of its time parked next to the previous owner’s home.
The lady said they were going to replace the TV dish, and were going to get some quotes on getting the motorhome painted, but wanted to ask me about the tires. She said they were the original tires and still have a lot of tread left, since the motorhome only has 21,000 miles on it. They had been advised to replace the tires, and were trying to justify spending the money. I wrote back and asked her how much their lives and their motorhome were worth? If I were in their place, my priority would be safety over TV dishes and paint jobs.
Thought For The Day – We can’t do great things in this life. We can only do small things with great love. – Mother Theresa