After being gone for so long it was absolutely wonderful to sleep in our own bed Wednesday night. In fact, it was so good that neither one of us wanted to get up yesterday morning. But we did, because we had a lot of catching up to do.
The first order of business for me was to start whittling away at a huge backlog of emails that came in while we were on the road. With all of the medical issues going on with my daughter and my daughter-in-law, all I had been doing was replying to the most pressing emails. The end result was that I had somewhere around 450 of them sitting in my inbox. Easily half of them were forwards of jokes, Internet hoaxes, political BS, and all the other nonsense that I ask people over and over not to send me, but still managed to get through the filters I have set up. One person alone sent me over 30 of them. Needless to say, her email is now blocked and she won’t do that again.
I had several emails from people asking me how we like traveling in the van and sleeping in motels as opposed to RV travel. Rather than answer all those individually, I’ll share some thoughts about that in an upcoming blog. For now, all I will say is that it’s a very different way of traveling, and like everything in life, there are pros and cons to both.
There were also about a dozen emails from people asking us to stop by on our trip west or on the return trip back east, offering us a place to stay, a home-cooked meal, and a chance to visit. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take anybody up on those offers because the trips out and back were both rather hurried. And while we do appreciate the generosity, neither Terry or I are comfortable staying with somebody when we travel. Her folks and other family members on both sides are always inviting us to stay with them but it just works better for us to get a hotel room somewhere. Trust me, nobody wants to bump into me in my skivvies when I get up to make a late night potty visit!
I also checked our Ford Explorer to see if it would start, and again the battery was completely dead. So I put it on a long slow charge for several hours but I don’t think that’s going to do the job. I called the local Walmart to ask about the warranty on the battery, since it is only two years into its supposed five year lifespan. The first thing they did was suggest I take it back to the Walmart where I bought it in Arizona. No, that’s not going to work. Isn’t one of the reasons you buy something from a store with nationwide locations is so you can return merchandise anywhere, if needed? Then they said I would have to take it to one of the Walmarts in Port Orange, about 22 miles from here, since the New Smyrna Beach Walmart does not have an automotive service department and has no way of testing the battery to determine whether or not it’s dead. So that project will have to get put off for a day or two.
While I was doing all of that, Miss Terry was busy doing all the laundry we had a accumulated on the trip and starting to wade through her own backlog of paperwork that had piled up while we were out of town.
Our friend Jim Lewis came by in the afternoon and we visited for a while, then we all went to Fiesta Maya for dinner. They serve the best shrimp chimichangas I have ever had, thick and filled with large, tender shrimp and cheese that are a delight to the taste buds.
Back at home, after dealing with some more email, we decided to catch up on just relaxing, so we spent the evening watching several episodes of the TV series Queen Sugar that I had recorded while we were gone. We sure missed our recliners and our quiet time at home!
Since I didn’t make it through all the emails, today looks to be more catch up for us. Hopefully I’ll get the rest of them answered by the end of the day. I appreciate everybody’s patience.
In just one day, over 125 people have entered our latest Free Drawing and I’m not surprised because we’ve got a great prize this week. My friend Al Hesselbart is donating an autographed copy of his brand new book RV Capital of the World: A Fun-filled Indiana History. It’s an interesting look at how the RV industry grew up in and around Elkhart, Indiana, where Al was the historian at the RV Museum for many years. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Leisure is the most challenging responsibility a man can be offered – Dr. William Russell