- Here in the Seattle area we will see a 91% eclipse of the sun. Many Rver’s have had reservations to witness this amazing site for some time and there are reports in Central Oregon that a few strange things have already begun to happen! I have witnessed 2 total solar eclipses and lunar eclipse and I can tell you that some strange things do happen! I was in grade school for the first one and the only thing I remember was that we all made these viewing boxes out of shoe boxes and held class outside so we could watch it and learn about why it happens. We were on the ranch in 1998 when we saw the last one and the cattle all ran and bunched in the corners of the pastures and the chickens went back in the chicken coop to roost! So maybe Chicken Little was right! To see how much of the eclipse you can see from your location you can go to this link and put in your zip code. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map. Just be sure not to look directly at the sun. When you’re living in an RV you can be anywhere you want when ever you want…a great way to see the eclipse and one of the best parts of this lifestyle.
Plans are slowly coming together to head southeast this winter after a stop in Salt Lake City to work on some genealogy with a relative for about a week which I am so excited about. Our first rally for the season will be the FMCA Six State Rally the end of October in Texarkana, AR. We’ll have to learn all over again how to set up since we have been stationary since a year ago in May although we have done a couple of smaller rallies. It’s been five years since we were at that rally and we look forward to seeing some of you there.
So my friend Tom, who is helping me with some new and fresh ideas, is having us do something new. We will be making a video showing one of our very favorite and most popular products…the Produce Keeper. Since this was our first attempt there are a few hiccups and I can’t publish it here as it is 2 minutes and that’s too much for this site (boy do we have a lot to learn) I am delighted at all the things people tell me they use them for…from a loaf of bread to pineapple, bananas and melons. While we have used them for bananas which lasted 8 days without getting black, we’ve not tried them for the other things. Ours seem to always be full of other kinds of produce. Now is the time of year when we have lots of great produce in the Seattle area except the berries are gone for the season. I use at least two of the Mini keepers for different kinds of berries during their season. In our opinion, western Washington has the sweetest berries ever! And we eat lots of them…our favorites: tayberries and blueberries but we like all the others too. Here is the link to the keepers. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77. One holds 4 quarts ($20.00) and the mini holds 2 quarts ($14.00). They both collapse to 1/3 their size for storage. And remember they are Replacement guaranteed for life. And many customers can verify that you pay for them in a hurry by being able to use all your produce instead of throwing part of it away.
TIPS from a READER: Run bacon under cold water before cooking and it will keep it from shrinking by 50%! Also cooking it in the oven saves a lot of mess. And also from Marilu…if you peel a banana from the bottom (which is easier anyway), you don’t get all those little “stringy” things. Thanks Marilu.
Tip from A Facebook poster on RV Tips: It’s the time of year when mud daubers, wasps and hornets are making their nests and orifices on a RV are a perfect place so be careful when when taking covers off the hot water heater, furnace and fridge on the outside. There are little screens you can put over some of them but not everything. Facebook friend Leonard says he puts a dog’s flea collar in each area by cutting it into thirds. He changes them out every 6 months. Thanks Leonard.
Tip from a relative: Peggy’s computer crashed and she had to take it in to get fixed. The tech had to use 3 different kinds of software to get all the viruses and malware off so it would work properly. The tech told her that recipes, those little quizzes and GIF’s on Facebook as well as all those requests you get that say “Don’t share this…copy and paste it to your page are full of viruses and malware and you should not open or do the quizzes or copy and paste. Great information Peggy…thanks for sharing. The tech told her that the reason they like to put them in recipes is because women love recipes and love to share them!
And this Tip from Danise: “Angel Eggs.” I have read about this but have never tried it. In the years when I was doing all the cooking for hired men, I sure could have used this great tip. Now Mike can’t eat eggs so we don’t use them but boy if you were making a big potato salad or lots of deviled eggs for a picnic or potluck it would sure be handy. http://www.flylady.net/d/flyladys-kitchen/baked-angel-eggs/. Thanks Danise
And this great organizing tip: I sure should have taken before pictures of this cabinet that we have struggled with forever. We love all our collapsible and space saving products and use many of them every day. I had them stored in this cabinet in 2 straight-sided baskets but what you wanted always seemed to be on the bottom or in the back. This is my final solution and we love it! I found 2 sets of expandable wire racks at WalMart that fit perfectly side to side and front to back and then bought 2 shallow rectangle clear plastic trays that fit between the legs for the small things…a perfect solution! As I always tell people in my seminars, I am always looking for better solutions not only for myself but others and this was a happy one.
Yesterday we had a surprise birthday celebration for our dear friend Marilu and a Bon Voyage party for friends Jim and Joyce who are going on an extended RV trip. Marilu loves to surprise and celebrate everyone else’s special days but never wants anyone to know about hers. Well this year we showed up with fresh flowers, a balloon arrangement and homemade cheesecake and surprised her! 🙂 We also had a taco stuffed potato bar and snacks. I made a Cilantro Lime Guacamole using the Salsa Maker, Avocado Tool and Lemon/Lime Squeezer. I put some cilantro (to your taste) in the Salsa Maker and pulled the rope until it was finely chopped. I then used the Avocado Tool to remove them from their skin and remove the pit, added them to the Salsa Maker, squeezed in a half a lime and sea salt to taste and pulled the cord until it was the consistency I wanted (I like it a little chuncky). WOW was it a hit. I never add tomatoes to Guac anymore as one of our sons-in-law doesn’t like it with tomatoes. So easy. You can find all the great tools here. http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.
An FYI from friend Marilu: Her grandson was removing a pit out of an avocado with a knife, cut himself and had to have several stitches…she immediately gave him an Avocado tool!
The redecorating project is coming along. We received the fabric samples I had ordered and chose the one we like the best which then allowed me to choose the paint color. The bathroom is finished unless we decide to paint the cabinets which won’t happen until next summer and the flooring which will all be done at once. The Gardz primer I used on the walls could not be used on the plastic trim so I used a Bull’s Eye1.2.3 primer for that..I still have art to hang but am pretty happy with the way it turned out. It sure brightened it up and it looks so crisp and fresh. Here are some of the photos of during, after and making choices.
We chose not to put back up the towel bars but got one that hangs over the cabinet so there will be art on the blank wall.
I found this beautiful piece of art that I used along with the fabric sample to choose the colors we will use…we’re loving it. Off to pick up the wainscoting (bead board) for the bottom two-thirds of the walls in the main living area.
Great Places to Visit: Macy’s Center City Store Philadelphia, PA Inside the store is a Wanamaker Eagle Organ that weighs 2500 pounds. They hold 45 minute recitals Mon-Sat at noon and M,T,Th & Sat at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome at the console area on the 2nd floor to meet the staff following the recitals. http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/events.php. Thanks for sharing Joyce…hope you enjoy it.
Remember we love hearing from you. And love having you share your tips, ideas, places to visit and any comments you may have. We are still looking for a buyer for our business and have put it in the Lord’s hands. When the time is right, HE will bring someone to us that loves it as much as we do. firstname.lastname@example.org
In our journey and travels we are never lost but some times mis-placed! And have seen things because of it. I found this quote that I thought very much applied to the journey.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. Douglas Adams
We look forward to our paths crossing with many of you once again as we end up where we are intended to be. Until next time…