Boy howdy am I ever going to impress you with my photographic skills today!!! Here I am parked at Orange Grove. The very close trains stop by at 3:30 am and blow their horns to say hello. Might as well get up. After a short semi cool walk, I threw everyone in the truck and we were on the road by six.
Friday, June 30, 2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Wow ... sometimes driving over the exact same roads over and over again can be SO exciting!! I finally got packed up and headed out about 11:00. Naturally I packed all the food for the kids and practically nothing for me. My plan was to hit up Panda Express, but I ran out of time. We were OFF with Jonathan seat belted in the back seat and Cooper chained to the headrest. Safety first!
Here we are on a nice slant going through the big town of Madera. I'm about 30 miles in and just getting used to the buck and roll of California underpasses. It's like riding a bronc with nothing to hold on to!
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Oh what a night!! I'm just full of song titles this morning. The good news is I got my truck back. YAY!!
First off ... this was a local shop, run by two guys I've known for years. I asked around, and no one had a bad word to say about them, including me. I did NOT know they had moved to this new shop, so I'm glad I was able to hook up with them again.
Here's the diagnosis. My truck actually had three codes. The first was the air sensor. They replaced the air cleaner at my request with a Delco one, just to be sure that wasn't the problem. After a lot of diagnosis, they also replaced the sensor. Next up, there was a code saying the temperature wasn't where it should be. It's a long story, but they had to replace two thermostats, add coolant and fix something else.
Add to all that the ridiculous $17 an hour they have to pay their employees (thanks to the Federal and State laws) who do nothing more than go for parts and drive people home if need be. With that, you have to pay your mechanics really high wages and even more employee taxes. That's the main reason it costs so much.
The last code ended up being the EGR valve. They took it apart and cleaned everything up, but it needs to be replaced. They can't get the part for a week, so that one will have to wait. When I get to Arizona, I'll check with my neighbor at his shop and see what his cost might be.
So there you have it ... my truck is okay for now ... but could probably use a little TLC.
Let's get to BINGO!! I arrived a little too late. There was a glass of white zin waiting for me. It's better to arrive early and get a coke. Not wanting to offend anyone, I drank it ... WAY too fast. Since I'm such a lightweight ... I could feel it right away. The infernal machine knew it too and took advantage at every turn.
We sailed right along with little mumbling from the peasants until the second game. It was won by the same lady who won the first game. Oh my goodness ... the pitchforks came out in a flash. They get really mad if you win TWICE ... but THREE TIMES??? I thought they were going to trample her into the carpet when she yelled Bingo on the fourth game.
She knew it too ... she tried to push off the burning torches onto her daughter who was sitting next to her, but the people KNEW. Sometimes it's good NOT to win Bingo. The crowd was rowdy all night long after that. There was some loud name calling and a little pushing and shoving, but no police had to be called.
All I could think about was all the packing I had to do. In spite of my best efforts, the infernal machine was $200 off. Ugh ... I'm ready for bed and I had to spend another 30 minutes getting it straightened out. Operator error ... I told it I paid out that money twice.
Home sweet home at last ... I celebrated with the rest of the container of ice cream that won't fit in my tiny RV freezer. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. Note to self ... late night ice cream makes for some terrible nightmares.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Other than for breathing, air comes in quite handy. I knew I needed to check all my tires. I was pretty surprised to find my truck didn't even need a top off before heading to the repair shop.
As you know, mechanics don't like anyone "suggesting" what might be wrong. Try as I might with every breath of air I had, I didn't get anywhere except please put in a Delco air filter. My truck needs air as much as I do.
We'll check it out they said ... just because that's what the code says, doesn't mean that's what is wrong. Big sigh ... what could I say? I'm a girl. So I saved my air and left my truck.
Monday, June 26, 2023
It couldn't be much nicer in sunny California, but that is all going to change VERY soon. I'm trying to get things done before I hit the road and get out of Dodge.
Here's my trusty steed that's going to the Doctor this morning, so it's going to be a short blog. I'm having them check the air filter, then the air mass sensor. I'm thinking she has low blood pressure that needs to be amped up a bit.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Things are starting to heat up around here. One week from today it's supposed to be 106 degrees. Woohoo! Surprisingly, it going to be 102 in Tucson Arizona. Maybe not in town, but up in the foothills where I'm located, it shouldn't be as hot as here. People ask me why I go to the desert in summer. Because it's cooler!!!
Thank you everyone for the prayers and well wishes for Mr. Cooper, my constant companion. Here's the before picture. Other than his loud bark, which I can't fault him for since he's such a good watch pup, he's just the sweetest thing ... especially if you have a ball in your hand. Stay tuned for the AFTER.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Yesterday was filled with the mundane. I actually had to do laundry while trying to figure out what I needed to get packed in the rig. I don't remember who it was that said to put the tag on the sheets in the bottom right hand corner, but thank you ... THANK YOU! You have made my bed-making life SO much easier. No more twisting and turning the bottom sheet, trying to get it on the bed the right way.
One more thank you to whoever said I should get air fryer liners. I think it was Mr. Ed that sent a link to me that has changed my air frying forever. No more cleanup .... except for bacon, I don't think these will work well for bacon, but for everything else, they are GREAT!!
Friday, June 23, 2023
I think I'm still recovering from all that pan tossing in the big kitchen ovens. I was a little sore yesterday ... or maybe it's just too much couch sitting. At Cooper's insistence, we went for a long walk-jog around the neighborhood. I swear, he can outrun me every time!!
Now that I was limber enough to crawl under the rig to open the dump valve on the water tank, I got to work sanitizing the tank. Seriously ... why would they put the handle completely behind the wheel and right over the axle. I can just see them now ... laughing hilariously at everyone who is going to get wet trying to open that valve.
Sanitizing means bleach, which has it's down side. Never EVER wear your best go-to-town shirt while doing this task. Oh yeah ... bleach all over me from top to bottom. Once it was done, I was off to town while giving it a couple of hours to work.
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Yet another gorgeous day in sunny California. Not too hot, not too cold, but just baby bear perfect. I was pretty wiped out from Bingo's late night, so Cooper and I snoozed on the couch longer than necessary. I have to say he loves sleeping next to his Mom, so I stayed extra long while catching up on a little Reno Rodeo on TV.
Then I was off to the repair shop. This is weird ... I think I know these guys. I had a kind of deja vu when I walked inside. I talked to the nice young guy for a bit, telling him what the problem was, and he actually listened. That's unusual when talking to mechanics since I'm a gal. Yes, they really do treat you differently ... usually discounting everything you say.
He said they would check it all out, trying the air cleaner suggestion first, then possibly replacing the air sensor. Maybe their diagnostic tools can provide more information, I don't know. The problem is me ... I should have done this two months ago. Once the light goes out, which it does after a few days, I forget all about it. They can't get me in until Monday. That doesn't leave me much time, so I'll just have to wing it. Worst case, my diesel RV towing buddy said to slow down going uphill.
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
First off, thank you all so much for the Code comments. My other trailer-pulling diesel buddy said basically the same thing ... except for the air filter part, which I'm going to check on today.
Good Morning California!! That sounds a lot more enthusiastic than I actually am this morning. Late Bingo nights always get me. To add to my uncomfortableness (is that a word?) it was cold all last night, making my hip feel like I got kicked by a mule ... which basically happened.
I was a little too wild trying to carry three big containers of fabric into the rig, when my hip bone caught on the stair handrail. OUCH that hurt!!! It ached just enough to wake me up at 2:00 am, followed by shivering. I can't believe it's the end of June and it's so cold at night, I need to put a quilt back on my bed once again. I'm not complaining about the weather though ... I love the cool air!!
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
I creaked and crackled as I walked across the bedroom floor this morning, followed by two big yawns and six sneezes. Even though I tried to rest up, things had to be done. Just for kicks, I got online to a Western Wear site and found this too cute outfit!! It's perfect cowgirl wear, right? I don't know who came up with this, but they need to go back to fashion school. Maybe Daisy Mae could wear it.
I did take note that even though I scrolled through website after website, there are no clothes for us crazy old ladies. If you're 17-25, you've got it made. For the rest of us, we are completely out of luck. Now I know where all those sweatpants come from that I see at Bingo. There just isn't anything else to BUY!!