I don't drink the water in the coach anyway. I've been too used to being on a well system all my life, meaning lovely sweet water with no metal or bleach taste to it. That meant sooner or later, I would have some hard water troubles in the rig. It happened just before I left. I turned on a faucet and hardly anything came out.
I thought maybe it was the pump and it needed to be replaced. Why in the world the thought came to me to clean the faucet screens, I have absolutely no idea, but clean them I did. I took every end off and even though they were plastic, I soaked them in CLR. It cleaned up a glass coffee pot for me once and now I swear by it.
Amazingly, they didn't melt and when I put the faucet ends back on, water poured out just like it should. How cool is that? I just saved myself hundreds of dollars. Next up is the toilet, which seems to have the same problem. That's going to be a little trickier since there is no room whatsoever to maneuver around and remove the water line, but remove it I must. Won't THIS be fun!
Have I thought of a water softener? Yes I have, but they require you keep lots of bags of salt around, not to mention being here often for maintenance. Next up ... the little cord that holds the fabric in my window awnings is coming out one end, meaning it's not holding the fabric on the other end. I've no idea how to fix that, but I'm hoping when Mr. and Mrs. Chance return, maybe Dan can help me out.
The last repair involves cleaning out the drain tube on my household refrigerator because all the water drains into the bottom of the freezer. I've no idea what will be involved with that one. Thank goodness there is a La Mesa RV close to fix it if I mess up.
Not to be outdone in the repair department, I brought one of my bicycles on this trip, only to find it making a terrible noise with two flat tires. I took it to the local doctor for a checkup. $130 later, it works like a charm if I pedal fast enough.
Yesterday morning while on the patio, I noticed Mr. Dove came to visit again (same picture from before), but this time they traded places. How cool is that? He's sitting the nest just like Mom. About 6:00, she came back and they traded again. I can't wait to see babies!!
While I haven't seen anything of my favorite critters, Mrs. Bobcat, Mr. Coyote or the deer, I did get a glimpse of a couple of bunnies while on the patio with an Awning Contractor. While he won't install anything for my RV, he will install awnings along the South side of the house that receives the most sun.
I had more questions about the desert than the awnings, since he's lived here for some time. The reason for all the nasty critters is because the rain fills up their dens and holes, forcing them topside to harass me. Apparently it's going to be like this until the end of September when the monsoons stop. That means I'm going to revamp my schedule and try to be gone at least July and August.
As we talked, a few more storm clouds came through and I was able to get another lightning picture. I just love these!! It's funny it doesn't go in a straight line. In no time he had written up a contract for more than I wanted to spend, but it really needs to be done. I also added gutters all around since there are a couple of spots where water hitting the window ledge has caused damage to the window sills.
In case you were wondering, my kid is doing just fine. That cushion setup on the couch has worked really well and Cooper uses it constantly. He's back to playing the ball game, although I don't throw it more than a couple feet any more. At night he sleeps in the foldup jail on the floor and hasn't complained one bit. Now if I can just get Jessie over being thunder-scared, I might get some sleep at night.
Today's early morning project is to cut away the edge of the lawn in a straight line (haha that's going to be a good trick) in order to park some concrete blocks along the edge to make it easier to mow the lawn. I get to rake out underneath the shrubs and cactus first ... hoping I don't run into any more creepy crawlies! I'm wearing my cowboy boots for this one!!
Wait ....... listen ........... coyotes are howling!!!