Friday, June 20, 2014

Wednesday . . . Late Posting

I published this post on Wednesday, but didn't check until today - it didn't publish.  Sorry for the delay . . .

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I’m getting settled here in Cottonwood and am discussing the possibility of using this as my [kind of] home base.  I have to keep the address of my house in Roseville to maintain my Kaiser membership for healthcare; Cottonwood is located too far from the closest Kaiser facility to qualify as a permanent residence.  I'm currently researching the plausibility of some upgrades to Jeff's property for RV use.  I'll update readers as I progress trough the process.  The Roseville house has renters who love it and want to stay for the foreseeable future; which makes my mobility much easier.  I don’t have any set plans for when or where I’ll venture next, but I certainly want the option to be able to pull the plugs and head out whenever I feel the urge.  A couple of thoughts are Pacific Northwest this Fall and Southwest next Winter - suggestions welcomed!

As I continually mention in this blog, summer in the Central Valley of California is HOT.  This first week at Jeff’s has been balmy by our standards, only in the mid- to upper-80s.  Today begins the rise with 94F expected – and hotter tomorrow.  Last evening my nephew, Gregg, electrician extraordinaire, came over and installed a 30-AMP outlet for me to plug into, making the use of the AC in Floribunda much easier.  As all fellow RVers are aware, these “metal boxes” can turn ambient 90F into over 100F inside!  The installation was easy, with knowledge and proper tools for the job; he did it in about 30 minutes.  However, my 30-AMP extension cord is not long enough, and I can’t find one here or in Redding; so, no luck for today.

I took this shot with my iPhone, while driving from Cottonwood to Redding yesterday.  It's a warning of what's to come . . . dry, hot, dangerous summer!

I’ll be driving south to the Sacramento area today for doctor and physical therapy appointments tomorrow morning; I’ll hopefully be able to find an extension cord at Home Depot or somewhere and get it back up here to have AC in Floribunda tomorrow afternoon.  I’m leaving Eleanor, kitty, in the rig, and will ask Malia and Samantha to check on her, from time to time, making sure she isn’t passing out from the heat later today.  I’ll take Lacy with me and we’ll stay at Bob and Judy’s tonight, where she can play with their four Chihuahuas and kitty.  It’s going to be just as hot there but I can park in the garage at Kaiser and leave Lacy there while I’m at my appointments.

Time to get moving so I won't be in the dreaded Sacramento commute later this afternoon.  I kid you not, I've been there, done that.  One of the greatest, if not the greatest, joys of retirement is the ability to avoid commute nightmares.

Have a great Wednesday!  


  1. Mary-Pat, find a electrical supply house in your area. They can make you an extention cord exactly the lenght you need. I use to clean houses and got tired of extentions either being to short or to long for the vacuume cleaner.

  2. Sorry about the spelling. Three hours of sleep last night apparently wasn't enough. ;-)

  3. You can get a 30 amp extension cord at any rv parts store like Camping World etc....

  4. Hi. I really enjoyed my brief visit on your site and I’ll be sure to be back for more.
    Can I contact your through your email?

    Please email me back.


  5. When I was temping, I used to drive from Placerville to Sacramento every day - trust me, I enjoy driving during off hours too. That was quite the killer drive! Honestly, though, most of the places I drive now don't have a lot of traffic. California is just BAD that way. I don't like driving through cities like Albuquerque, NM or Phoenix, AZ. Normally they aren't bad traffic-wise, it's just that I don't know the area. Thank God for Garmin.

    Hope your appointments went well. It sounds like you're on schedule to be back to normal; that's good!

  6. Hi Mary-Pat! It's great to see you posting again. I have tried sending several emails over the past month but had no reply from you (which is not like you). I'm just wondering, do you have a new email address? If so, would you please email me with the updated info? Thanks so much! Happy to hear you are doing well. XO

  7. Hi Paula:
    I'm so sorry - the only excuse I have is that I'm so enjoying my brand new knee and also living in my RV at my son's house that I've been remiss with all my online activities. Some of that is good and some bad. Good to not be purchasing online but bad not reading or posting!!!! I have answered a couple of emails but will send one right now!

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