Hubby started his new job today. It will only be used as a temp position. He called me earlier and said that the other big company called and gave him a date for the physical. He couldnt talk, so thats all the info I have. He is also going to take a test for another company that is government related. Not in his field – but it would be a really good job. Which ever one comes through is what he is going to take. lol
I told son today that if he got through his schoolwork in a timely manner and with no arguments, then we would go to the pool. Our pool does not have a heater in it, and it is still a little too cool for swimming, but we went anyway. I did a lot of exercises in the pool, but son was like a little fish – he was all over that pool. Our temps are in the low 80s and the lows at night are in the mid 60s. It wont be much longer and the water will be a little warmer. Its crazy, huh? One would think that being in Florida that our pool water wouldnt be cold. lol
I have no idea what he is doing with his leg draped over the side. I think he said it was his version of pool yoga. hahaha They refurbished the pool this winter. It looks great. But I do not understand why no heater for the water!
We stayed about an hour or so and then came back. I have been perplexed with another issue around our “condo”. Our fridge has a big ole block of ice where the fins (I think thats what they are called) are at. I knew it had to be defrosted, but wasnt sure how to do it since the fridge is much different than one in a house. So google became my friend and I found an owners manual for the fridge. I found the section that I needed and have started the process. Oh gosh – I hope it doesnt take long. I should be able to tell ya’ll all about it tomorrow. lol
Need to go check on the fridge and freezer. The whole back side of the freezer was iced over too. Hope you all have a great day. Thanks for reading.
Whew, its late. We decided around 1pm that we wanted to go to the beach. Since hubby has not started his job yet, we thought it would make a great outing for a few hours. Ya know, this 250 sq ft of space and 4 walls just kinda close in on you at times. Beach time was just what was needed.
We decided to go to Cocoa Beach. Specifically, Lori Wilson Beach. Parking was free, but there are not a lot of parking places. We had to find someone who was leaving. I jumped out and as the other car backed out, I walked forward into the parking space to make sure nobody would try to come from the opposite side and snag our space. lol
The weather was beautiful, but very windy. The water felt wonderful until we got out, then it was just cold. hehehe
We were able to see the cruise ships leave Port Canaveral! Made me cruise sick! I wanna go. Oh well, all in due time.
I didnt get a picture, but someone brought their cute little doggie and he just played all in the sand and chasing his tennis ball. He was so cute and was having a great time.
Then we had a woman sit not 2 feet from us and her children started playing in the sand. They threw sand our way. Just as we were biting into our apples that we brought with. UGH!! A mouth full of sandy apple. YUCK.
All in all it was just a day, or few hours, at the beach. Have a good night!! Thanks for reading.
Hubby is spending a few days with son and I before he starts working at the new place. We spent the day out yesterday just having fun and doing nothing. Here are a few rambling thoughts as we went through the day.
First off, I woke up in a grouchy mood. I dont know why, but I was grumpy. I didnt want to go anywhere and kept feeling like I was getting signs that maybe we shouldnt. I pushed through because I know when hubby starts the new job, he will be working 9am-9pm every day. UGH!
So we went ahead and went out for the day. We stopped by the grocery so that we could pick up a few sandwiches. We still had water in the van, so I didnt need to worry about that. We then left and went and had a picnic lunch. We ended up going to one of the outlet malls to just walk around. Son was SO NOT HAPPY about this. lol One of the first things that I noticed. If you are not from Florida, and not acclimated to our climate – remember to bring or wear deodorant. Its not too much to ask for. If you dont have it, Dollar Tree has different ones you can purchase for a $1. I only say this because it is uncomfortable for anyone around you. We were next to a person who seemed to follow us through a part of the mall. He kept lifting his arms and OMGOSH, I almost vomited. Yes it was that bad. He was at least 4 feet from us. Sorry, I am not trying to be ugly, but its just hygienic.
Second, dad has been on my mind a lot. Maybe it is because his birthday just pasted and mine is right around the corner. Not sure, but he is in my heart and mind. While out, we saw a man who was wearing a pair of overalls. Dad wore his quite a bit in the past few years of his life. They were just comfortable to him. So when we saw this man in his overalls, I thought of dad and his overalls. I have his overalls. They are in storage right now. When we do get back into a real home, I want to have something made from his overalls, and well, all his clothes that I kept.
Last, we were in a store. A guy walked up to us to see if we needed help. When I looked at his name tag I almost burst into tears. I had to walk away. Hubby saw the name and explained that his name was also my dads first name.
I think he was trying to tell me that he is always with him. I did talk to one of his brothers last week and the brothers wife. They told me that every time the whole situation comes up about the funeral or my dad, my uncle tells their sister (my aunt – if thats what you want to call her) that what she did to me was just WRONG. He also said that he knew that their sister was my dads beneficiary for a few years. WRONG!! I have proof that he changed to my aunt being beneficiary just a few months before he passed. Still dont know what I will do with this information, if anything. I have proof that I was beneficiary since the early 90s and then it changed just a few months before passing.
So dad is always on my mind. I miss him a lot – grouchy ole thing! lol I miss the phone calls and I really wish that son could have spent more time with him.
Well, I dont know what we are doing today. Trying to talk hubby into taking us to the beach, even though its a little over an hour away. Its in the high 70s and beautiful today.Hoping you all have an awesome day. Thanks for reading.
Greetings my friends. It looks as if the sun is finally coming out today and the day is half over. WE woke up this morning with the camper being very dark. We looked out and it had been raining for a while. We have been in the low 80s lately, and with this rain – it should lower it to at least 75 tomorrow. lol HUGE difference!!
I decided to cook since we were stuck inside. Yes, Melissa – I have been using the slow cooker cookbook and will make something from it soon, and review. I am going to make a dish I already have made from it, but it was so good it needs to be made again. Check back during the week!!
But today was something totally on my own. I decided that I wanted a huge bowl of french onion soup. I already had the ingredients to make it. Around 11am, I got to cutting. I cut them really thin. When I had them all cut, I then sauteed them with a little butter (real stuff, not margarine). By 1245pm, we were taking our first bites of soup. Hubby absolutely LOVED it. Hey – he isnt the only one who knows how to make it. lol The last time it was made, he did it and all from scratch. I made so much that we might have some for dinner too.
Yesterday was laundry day. I thought I was going to melt at the laundry room. It took me hours to cool off once I got back. I always put my wash in the washer, come back to the camper and do things for about 25 minutes around here. Then I go back and throw the laundry into the dryer and stay. Each quarter I put in is about 6 minutes. Mostly, I put 4 quarters in each dryer and then check when done. If not all dry, I pull out some items that are dry and restart the dryer for another quarter or two. I fold the laundry there since there are tables. Not much room in the camper to fold anyway. I also take some of our shirts/shorts and hang them to dry when I get back to the camper since I dont put those items in the dryer. So, what did I do yesterday when I got back? I cooled off. I was so hot I just knew I was going to pass out. Guess where the laundry is at? Right in front of our door (inside) waiting to be put away. Perhaps I need to put it up so we can get OUT of our camper. hehehe
Waiting on hubby. Think in a bit we are going to head out to Disney Springs and just walk around some to get a little exercise. Hope you all are having a great Saturday and are a little more dry than we are. Thanks for reading.
During this whole ordeal with no job, etc, hubby received a scholarship to go to a class to get one of his certificates that will be necessary to help him find a job. Ok, easier to help him find a job. He can keep retaking the class until he passes the test that is necessary to receive the certificate. It is a very hard test! We had to go to another town during this whole time that my eyes were swollen so that he could take the class. This is going to be about the journey we had during that day.
We had to leave out of the Orlando area around 7am to get him to his class on time. He had to be there at 9am and traffic is usually bad. We also had to take our doggie with us because it is a 2 day class (Saturday and Sunday) and we couldnt leave him by himself in the camper. Our breaker flips too much and I didnt want him to be stuck in here with no air conditioner. I am a Choice Rewards member where I earn points toward free hotel stays through Choice Hotels (Quality Inn, Clarion Inn, Clarion, etc). I have done surveys online in the past that will give me points to Choice Rewards. For this stay at the Clarion, I had enough points to earn a free night.
WE dropped hubby off at the office where this class was at and then son and I headed over to the area where the hotel is at. I knew that it was just too early to check in, so we walked into the mall for a bit. We had a few odd looks because I have a stroller that I put our doggie in. lol He has asthma and I hate for him to get an attack when we are out in public, so I push him around.
Since I had just been at the ER two days earlier with my eyes, we decided to head out to the van. I just needed to rest. I packed us sandwiches to have for lunch so that we wouldnt need to pay for lunch.
After we ate, we went across the street and tried to check in. I knew it was a long shot since it was a little after noon, but I had to try. My eyes were just hurting. The very nice lady at the front desk was not able to check me in. Son and I sat in the van. Ok, I fell into a light sleep while he played video games. I would have taken him to the pool, but it was raining. I just felt it was safer to sit in one place and lock the doors.
It was about 230pm when I walked back into the lobby. The lady told me that our room was still not ready. I had already told her about my allergies and that I needed to sleep when I was in there earlier. She told me to hang out for a minute while she got her manager. He was on the phone right next to her. When he got off the phone, she brought me to him, and explained the situation. He looked at me and could tell I was not feeling good. He got on the phone with housekeeping and found that the rooms were available. Wait – ROOMS????? I only reserved one room.
He told me that I had reserved an executive room and it was not available when they blocked the rooms the night before. So they put us into two rooms that connected. OH MY GOSH!!! I almost cried. We had a separate room where we could shut the door so son could sleep. I told him that I knew I had to put either a credit card or a cash deposit and that I would prefer to leave a cash deposit. He told me to put my money away – deposit was not needed. I have always had to leave a deposit at each choice hotel I have ever stayed at. I told him that I had to bring our lil dog and I knew there was a $30 charge for him. I told him that our dog was so little and so good that they would never know he was there. So he made a bet with me – if housekeeping called and told him the next day that they detected a dog in the room, we would be charged the $30, but if not then we would not be charged. I promised him, he would never know the dog was there. Sure enough, there was no proof he was there, so we didnt have to pay that either.
Son and I walked into the first room (on first floor) and found a king bed and a huge accessible bathroom. I unlocked the connecting door, left son and went and got our overnight bag. I went into the second room and found another room just like the one son was in. The bathroom was not accessible, but still HUGE!! I opened up the connected doors and we were very happy with the space we had. I would say that we had almost triple the amount of room that we normally have in the camper. Son watched TV on the flat screen TV and I went into the other room and tried to rest. We also had microwaves and tiny refrigerators. When it was time, we left and went to get hubby. We didnt tell him about the two rooms.
When I picked him up, he could tell I was miserable. We headed to the hotel and decided to just rest. We stopped by the grocery to buy drinks for the room and lunch for the next day. We ended up ordering out since we didnt have to give a deposit. We couldnt leave the dog in the room, so we couldnt go out to eat and I didnt feel like it.
The next morning, we quickly checked out and headed over to the place where hubby is taking class. Son and I were allowed to go inside and use one of the conference rooms to sit in and be a little more comfy. We had lunch with hubby and then son and I settled down in the conference room. Son turned the light out to make it better and more soothing for my eyes. I ended up laying my head on the table and falling asleep. But at least we were inside in the air conditioning and safe. lol Of course, our dog was in there with us. lol
During this time, son told me that he left his charger for his games at the hotel. We called and they said they would look for it. Before we headed home, we stopped back by the hotel and sure enough, the super nice manager was there with our charger. I have to say that this was one of our better stays. The rooms were recently renovated. The lobby was beautiful. They also had free breakfast that consisted of scrambled eggs, toast, oatmeal, sausage, bacon, waffles, etc. What was so nice is that usually you just go through, and you place what you want on your plate. They actually had people serving us. The breakfast was ok, not the best but not bad either. They were also doing renovations on the outside of the hotel. I wish we could have gone to the pool. This is definitely a hotel that I would consider staying at again!!
Well, thats all for today. I dont know when they are going to schedule his test for his certifications, but hopefully SOON. lol Hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading.
So, another issue we had during all this sickness is that we were unable to get on the internet. Well, I was able to use my phone and get onto FB, but I was not able to log onto my blog or post pictures through here.
I have stated it before. Centurylink – our internet provider – absolutely SUCKS! We are not able to get fiber optic lines where we are. We are connected through a phone line that comes from a little box and straight into our camper. I feel like we are living in the early 90s!! It takes so long to do anything on the internet most days. I thought we were just having issues with our internet and would not be able to get on these last few weeks or so.
Partly, I didnt care either since we were so sick. I spent more time being ill and caring for the ill than I wanted to be online. Now that we are coming out of our “sick” fog, we started to investigate a little more. On Saturday, while I was making dinner, hubby called centurylink to find out what the heck was going on with our service. After unplugging and replugging the modem, etc, they told us they could not detect anything wrong with our service. I do not remember if it was my idea or hubbys (we will just say it was his for arguments sake), but he went outside with the phone still attached to him to see if there was something going on outside. You know, like maybe the cord became loose or came out of the little box.
A few minutes later he came back in, giggling, and said, “I found the problem!” Ok, so whats up? Well, it looks as if the latch became undone and opened up the box. Either rain or lightning hit it and totally messed up our connection. The phone cord was all black where it attaches inside the box. UGH!! Good ole Florida weather. lol We had to schedule a time for a repair man to come fix it.
They were scheduled to come on Monday evening. Surprise!!! They came early. Monday, by noon, I was back online and ready to go. In this day and age – it just feels like I had lost an arm or something because I could not get online. lol Anyway, here is a picture of what the box is like.
Hope you all are having a wonderful day. Thanks for reading.
Aye Kurumba. I think an attitude has rolled in with my son just like this crazy weather. Lol Yes, Hurricane Son has rolled through and Tsunami Mom is about to go bat-poop-crazy on him.
I don’t have a whole lot of time today to work on my blog – dang it. Son has been really slacking with his school work and I have had to stand over him to make sure he is doing it. I had said that I was going to post a picture of my “couch” and I am. This is sons twin mattress on the cot dressed up. It is not as high as it was when it was on the real couch that came with the camper. Bless his little heart – he kept falling off the bed at night. Now that we have changed it, he gets into a groove and hardly moves. Lol
I also found a few little ottomans at Walmart for $19 each, plus tax. These are working out really well for us. We are able to place our feet up while watching tv at night. Makes it a lot more comfy. They are small, so they do not take up a whole lot of room. They totally go with the décor of the two chairs that were given to us, which is a good thing. They are a pleather type material, but that’s ok. It just makes them more durable for us. They can hold up to over 200 lbs on top of each of them. WHAT????? Lol, yup, that’s what the packaging said on them. We got two so that hubby and I would each have one and not fight over them. What is best is that they open!! We have put our shoes in them as a way to store them and keep them out of the way.
Have a great night. Hey, Valentines Day is coming up – any plans?? I feel like everything we have been doing to the condo – every day is Valentines day. lol Thanks for reading.
Hope everyone had a very happy Super Bowl Sunday. Ours was interesting and sad. First of all – our cold/hot weather is going crazy. Super cold at night and warmer, much warmer during the day. Someone has said that our weather is bi-polar – and I agree!!! We also took son to a couple of open auditions on Saturday, while it rained all day. Still waiting to hear back for call-backs.
lol, you would think it was -44 outside, not 44 this morning.
So Sunday morning, we woke up kinda late for us. We came into the living area with our son. He had woke up about 30 minutes before we did and was already watching tv. We sat down on our chairs and watched tv with him. I also picked up my tablet and decided to see what was going on in facebook world. After about 30 minutes or so, I decided to look at the emails I had received. I wanted to see if son had gotten any call backs. I see an email from my husbands uncle.
In this email that was sent to several people, we received word that hubbys aunt (the uncles sister) had passed during the night. This woman has been like a second mom to him and he had even lived with her for a while when he was in college many moons ago. I had to break the news to him. This is not easy. I sat there really quiet for several minutes trying to decide how to do it. Finally, I just blurted it out that I had received an email from uncle that Aunt had passed during the night. He picked up the phone and called his uncle to inquire. She had pulmonary disease. She had been really ill for a while. We knew she was not feeling her best.
She is going to be missed so much. I have talked to her on the phone for hours at a time. She would always say, “Well, young lady…” or “Hello, young lady…” Yes, she knew my name, but just always called me young lady. Lol I wish I would have had more time to spend with her. Out of the 13 years hubby and I have been together, I have only had one face-to-face with her. With her living in a northern state and us being all the way here – it was just never possible to visit with her. We thought we were going to see her in July when we take hubbys dads ashes up to his home state to be put on his families land. I am sure hubby has many funny stories with his aunt, and when he is ready to share – I will be here to listen. Right now, he has been very quiet. This is just how he deals.
So we forgot diet foods for the day. We had to run to the store anyway (more on that tomorrow), so we went ahead and got finger food type things for the Super Bowl that we do not watch. HAHAHAHA Yeah, we are not a sports type family. Ok, we recorded the super bowl and will watch it today or tomorrow ONLY for the commercials. We zip through the actual game. I know, I know – but we just have other interest. Son doesn’t like to play sports either.
So for our non-super bowl eating experience, I made the little cocktail sausages in BBQ sauce, cheese bites, croissants and veggies. I also took pizza sauce, pizza dough, cheese, and pepperoni and made pizza rolls. The croissants, I unrolled them, took them apart and then cut them all in half to make small ones and baked. They were the perfect size! Now the pizza was interesting. So I bought the dough that comes in the little roll from Pillsbury. I unrolled it and used my rolling pin to make it a little more flat. Then I topped all of it except for the last 3 inches with sauce, minced garlic, pepperoni and cheese. I took the part that was topped and started rolling it toward the part that was not topped. I made a pinwheel with them. I then cut it into 8 pieces and baked. Son absolutely loved them. We also had chips and salsa. We just kinda grazed during the day. Lol
I have things I need to go and do today. Hopefully I can post a few pictures of what I am working on in the “condo”. Have a great day and thanks for reading. The Perpetual Campers
Well, if its not one thing – its another! Sorry I have been MIA lately. We have had things around the condo that we needed to repair.
First off – we know we have to fix the leak. We don’t have a whole lot of money and we don’t really have the money to have anyone come out and fix the leak. We are pretty sure that where it is located – it is coming from where the slide-out comes in and out only on one side. We went to home depot and bought this foam that goes around air conditioners. It does not retain water – but repels it. Hubby took this foam and squished it under the foam seal that has become weak. It is a temporary fix and we know that. He also took metal flashing and placed it on the top of the slide-out in a way where water will run down the flashing instead of going into the slide out. Our neighbor also had a waterproof tape that we put on the top and bottom of the flashing. Kinda like a cover. It has not rained yet, so we do not know if it is going to work. Keep your fingers crossed.
You might wonder what we did with the tarp. Well, we took it down. When hubby and the neighbor put it up, they put it over the air conditioner. I tried to tell them that it could not go over the top of the air. But do you think they listened to me? Heck no! At some point over the weekend, we started to smell a funky burning smell. The fan in the air conditioner was also rattling. Great, no air. We had it turned on, but there was no cool air coming through. All day Saturday and Sunday, we were here with no air. It wasn’t that bad, but the next few days were projected to reach in the mid to low 80s. Monday morning, we were on the phone trying to find a repair person. We talked to one guy, who said he wouldn’t be able to come until next MONDAY!! We left messages for a few others but had no calls back. We opened all the windows and went to storage to grab our huge cyclone fan. Lets just say that it was HOT.
Finally, yesterday, one of the repair people called us back. We told him what was going on and he said that it sounded like it would be an easy fix. He wasn’t sure if he was able to get here or not on the same day, that he would try but warned that it may be Wednesday. Hey – its better than next Monday. Lol Hubby went on to work while my little munchkin and I sat here. Ok, it was so hot that I became sleepy and ended up taking a nap. Let me ask you, when it is hot, do you ever just want to veg and not do anything? I get to the point where all I want to do is just sit around with a fan and a cold washcloth on my neck. This was just bringing back too many bad memories. See, last August when my dad passed, our apartment air was on the fritz. We went off and on for over a month without air. Yes, they gave us portable air conditioners, but it only cooled one room and we all had to sleep in the living room like we were in a commune. Here we are, almost six months later having air issues again. Not good in Florida. Especially with our crazy weather. One day we are cold and the next we are hot.
So as I am sitting here dozing off in the chair, I hear a knock on my door. The very nice repair man showed up. He got onto our very soft roof and got to work. He replaced the return something or another switch and was done in about 30 minutes at the most. Thank you Jesus the air is working! Best of all, he gave me a discount for paying with cash. After all was done, it cost us $106 for the repair. We were really scared that the tarp had done bad damage to the air and that we would need a new one. So darn glad that this was not the case.
What else have we done, you may be wondering. The couch that came with this unit was old and tilted to one side a little. I know we have sons twin mattress on top of it since it lays all the way down, but I didn’t think he was getting quality sleep. We decided to pull the couch out. We had to unbolt it from the sides of the wall, but it was relatively easy to get out of here. We put it in storage with the rest of our junk. We went to Walmart and found a camping cot to use as a frame. We priced bed frames and the cheapest we could find was $75 and they we would need to get a box spring, which would have been another $100. YIKES!! We went with the camping cot because it was only $32. We put his mattress on top of it and fixed it just like we had it before. The mattress hangs off the right and left sides by about 3 inches each. After son slept on it, we asked him how it was and he said that it was some of the best sleep he had ever had. Lol
Well, I just wanted to catch up on everything that has been going on. One think we are learning in this little journey is that we will always have something going on that requires our attention. Have an awesome day and thanks for reading.
I have taken a few days to myself. They were much needed. I have not felt completely well, and that is probably from the warm-to-cold-to-warm-to-cold. You know, all the typicals with a cold. Stuffy nose, scratchy throat, etc, etc. I will be glad when the rain goes away. We are going to need to go to an RV store this weekend and see if they have a tarp that we can pull over the top of the camper. We have discovered that where the slide out is at – there is ANOTHER leak. UGH. We need a sealer to go in the front of the camper at the top – right where our heads are when we sleep. Lol Luckily we have yet to feel the water drop on us. I have opened up those cabinets and put industrial size garbage bags down with towels on top of them to catch any water that may come in. Suggestions on where to go: camper sales (like camping world) VS camping equipment store (like Bass Pro Shop)?
Have you ever seen the movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn? Well, there is one segment of the movie where she is asleep on the couch and water is leaking into the home and hitting her right on the forehead. But she is so exhausted that she sleeps right through it and dreams that the drip is really a piano playing and she is at this huge New Years Eve party. I only imagine that I would sleep right through it and have a dream of being anywhere but where I am at. Lol Just like Goldie Hawn.
We are on the search for a car. Hope to have a not-so-new new car for me this weekend. I absolutely HATE being stuck at home. Hate it. Not much I can do though since I cannot drive the truck. Its just too big. I would hit everything in my way. Buildings, cars, people – I mean EVERYTHING. Hehehe I will feel like I am part of the living again. Yeah, I don’t do good with being dependent on others. I know that I probably would not go to many places. I am very much a homebody. But there are times that I really need a vehicle. I need to be able to take son to auditions, or run to the store, etc. So, hopefully a new car will be in the cards for this weekend.
That’s all for me folks. I am going to lay down for a bit. Hopefully I am not getting a cold from the cold. Its been warmer the last few days, but cooler climates are coming again. Lol Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading.