16 – 23 Dec 14; Sewing, 3D, Santa, Electronics

Well, it has been a week!  We cannot believe how fast the time is going.  There is so much going on getting ready for Christmas and all.  I start this off on a sad note, as a very close friend of mine lost his father last night.  He was 82 years old, and apparently fell off a horse at a full gallop and never recovered.  I hope I can ride a horse at a full gallop when I am that age.  We love you Dan and family, and our prayers are with you!!

It has been so many days since my last post, that it is hard to catalog what all has happened.  First off, not much with the Coach!  That is a good thing.  All systems are go, and (knock on wood) we have not had any “issues” of late.  What makes a Coach more comfortable in the cold temps?  A fireplace!!  Who says you cannot have a fire in a Coach??

Doesn't throw off much heat, but it sure feels like it!!

Doesn’t throw off much heat, but it sure feels like it!!

Wednesday and Thursday were a blur, as we were shopping for gifts and food for Christmas, as Ashley and her family are coming down on the 27th to join us all here in Sumter.  Too bad that Mandi and Justin cannot make it, as we were all together last year.  Terri has got her groove on, in turning the Coach into a sewing Center.  She has gotten real good at making blankets and many other things.  Don’t ask me about her Chinese made sewing machine however…it does not speak Greek, but it seems like it does.  If that does not make sense to you, ask me when you see me in person please.

Have materials, will travel.

Have materials, will travel.

 

Oh Brother my Brother sewing machine!  She's busy making baby blankets.  We plan to get a table that will fit in the Rig better when we get a chance.  The table she is using is not to "user friendly."

Oh Brother my Brother sewing machine! She’s busy making baby blankets. We plan to get a table that will fit in the Rig better when we get a chance. The table she is using is not too “user-friendly.”

On Friday, we were pleased to be able to attend Peyton’s Christmas Program at her pre-school.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of that, and for her future betrothed, that is probably a blessing.  Saturday and Sunday were busy with Santa, making Christmas cookies and Jason and I trying to get the electronics bay in the Rig shored up.

Logan was all into Santa, but Peyton was a bit uh, hesitant.

Logan was all into Santa, but Peyton was a bit, uh, hesitant.

Peyton is a master crafter, as this of yo that saw the Ginger Bread House know.  She is busy at work with the cookies...and feeding herself.

Peyton is a master crafter, as those of you that saw the Ginger Bread House know. She is busy at work with the cookies…and feeding herself.

Had to throw this in...got this picture of our grandson Toby out Christmas shopping...or is he shopping for Halloween??

Had to throw this in…got this picture of our grandson Toby out Christmas shopping…or is he shopping for Halloween??

Before I forget, Jason is always busy with something.  Not only is he holding a full-time job, has a newborn and an almost two-year-old, but he always has to “putz” as well as help his  “old man” shore up the electronics in the Rig.  I’m sure glad that Meghan understands his need to putz.  Below is a pic of his latest project.  He ordered a kit to build a 3D printer…why you may ask?  Well, he wants to use the kit built 3D printer to build a better 3D printer, that’s why!  I’m sure he many other useful things for the household he wants to make as well…right Jason??

3D printer assembly in progress.

3D printer assembly in progress.

Tech Tip:  I blogged a while back about the electronics bay up front and how much we have done to relieve the coach of the extra power drags, cable, etc., etc.  Well, we finally got to the point that we are trying to make a front fascia for the area that we “re-engineered.”  We got some plexiglass at Lowes and Jason used his router and some other skills, and we have a few more adjustments to make before we install the cover for the bay, which is actually a cover behind a door.  It will look much better when completed.  You will have to use your imagination in the photos however.

Ready to measure and cut.

Ready to measure and cut.

Measurements taken, now time to rout it out!

Measurements taken, now time to rout it out!

First final product after I coated it with some black paint form the back side.  We still have to trim it a bit before we put it in the bay, and drill the holes for the screws to secure it.

First final product after I coated it with some black paint form the back side. We still have to trim it a bit before we put it in the bay, and drill the holes for the screws to secure it.  It looks little ragged, but what you see is the film that I have not yet removed from the side that will face forward.

This is the area we are trying to clean up.

This is the area we are trying to clean up.

RV Travel/Tech Tip:  Not much else has been going on.  Terri and I got some much-needed exercise this morning in the fog.  There are storms passing through here right now, and I pulled in all of the awnings tonight, as there are supposed to be wind gusts in the 30-45 MPH range overnight.  I really like having the awnings out when it rains, as it keeps things dry, but I do not want to see my main awning flipped over the top of the coach as we have seen in some high wind scenarios.  We will keep an eye on the weather, and if need be, “turtle up,” which means brining the slides in if the storms get too bad tonight.  With all of the electronic things you have available to you when living in an RV, one of the best things you can have is an emergency weather radio.  We had one, but Dumb Ron destroyed it when he forgot to take it off of the side of the bed before he brought the bedroom slide in way back in September.  We need to get a new one, as these radio’s can be set to alert you in the event severe weather moves in when you are not expecting it.  The shelter for us here at the FamCamp at Shaw is only about 50 yards from the Coach, so hopefully if anything weird happens, we will hear it in enough time to move out.  ALWAYS ask where the storm shelters are when you get to a new location.  Your life may depend on it.  There are many resources to learn about the right way to prepare for sever weather or other situations when you live in a house on wheels available on the internet.  I’ve mentioned them before, but worth mentioning gain.  John and Kathy Huggins of LivingtheRVDream.Com have a weekly PodCast and have in their archives many good suggestions for what you need to do to prepare for these types of scenarios.

We are really looking forward to Christmas with most of our kids and grand kids.  We will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with Jason and Meghan’s family, and then Ashley and her family arrive from Wisconsin on Saturday for a week.  Mandi will be here in early January.  We are REALLY looking forward to seeing everyone, and enjoying this magical season.

As mentioned previously, this blog is our Christmas card this year.  Hopefully next year this time, our house is sold, and we have an address we can use permanently.  Please know that we are wishing you all the best for this blessed time of the year, and hope you are all enjoying your time with family and friends.  Also, please remember and do what you can for those that are not as fortunate as you are, or are experiencing a loss at this time of year.

Love to you all!!

Ron and Terri

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