Well, I had my hip replacement surgery just over five weeks ago, and I’m doing great. I can walk pain-free with one cane and, on occasion, without any canes. The Lord has truly blessed me. Thanks to all of you for your prayers, whoever you may be.
We are still at Painted Sky Ranch outside of Mooresville, NC, thanks to the graciousness of Jeff and Debra Shook, owners of the Ranch. Connie (the Princess) has also been working hard in the barn. Our plans right now are to head south after Christmas. Unfortunately, we waited too late to make reservations at our “home park” in Bushnell, FL, Sumter Oaks RV Park, so they were full for January, February and March. However, we were able to find a space at Sunshine Village in Webster, FL, a few miles east of Bushnell. It’s just across the road from the Webster Westside Flea Market, which is open each Monday. Webster is a very small town, but it has Jackie’s Market and a Dollar General. Should be an interesting stay.
We probably should have headed to Florida sooner. The weather’s really taking a plunge this week with snow forecast for today and temperatures dropping into the twenties for the next several days! Right now it’s a cold drizzling rain. Thank goodness we have an auxiliary 100 gallon propane tank and an electric space heater. Our rooftop AC/heat pump is not very efficient when outside temperatures are in the thirties or lower. Our heated water hose should keep things flowing in the motor home.
Speaking of water, our water flow in the MH had really dropped. I knew the whole house water filter needed changing, but I also suspected that our cheap inline water pressure regulator might also be a culprit. I replaced the regulator with a Watts 263A Adjustable Water Pressure Regulator with a 4-5 gpm flow rate. What a difference that made, especially after I replaced the water filter, which brings up another topic.
For some reason, the “whole house” water filter in our MH is a half-size unit with a 5″ filter. Could be because it’s mounted under the bed right above the water pump. That 5″ filter is way too small for full-time use. I’ve ordered a standard size Dual Filter Kit along with extension hoses to relocate and replace our present filter. That should really make a difference.
We still have several things to do before we pull up stakes and roll out of here. We’re in the process of putting several things in storage to help lighten our load. Not what we’d like to do, but we don’t want to run heavy. And there are several other little “projects” that need to be done before we hit the road. When we leave here, we’ll be taking a detour to M&R RV Repair in Hickory, NC to have our generator serviced and get some repairs to our holding tank sensors. Then we’ll head South.
Well, the rain has started turning to snow, so I’ll wrap this up for now. Everyone stay safe and warm this week.
The Princess and the Frog