Happy New Year!
Steve and I managed to stay awake till midnight, and then someone upriver of us started lighting off fireworks into the night sky. Well, the booming and thumps woke up the dogs, who started to bark furiously. That in turn woke up sleeping Allegra, who was upset and crying! Once we got her calmed down, then she was WIDE AWAKE and ready to party! We popped her into bed between us to get her back to sleep. Reading stories, singing lullabies, saying ABC's and 123's, even turning on a boring tv show was not enough to get her to konk out again till almost 2 am! Once asleep, she flips and flops all over the bed. At one time Steve got feet in the face and another time I got a diaper butt in mine! Oh, the adventures of sleeping with a toddler----- She slept in till 7:30 which was nice for us.
After a pannycake breakfast, we got her changed into her Clay Matthews jersey (after all it IS a Packer Game Day) and we went over to join her little cousins at Erin and Mark's house.
This is how we spent New Year's Day... getting in lots of hugs and cuddles!
The wee ones all got together for a Toddler Party... and enjoyed the visiting and playing together.
We wanted to get the two stinkers delivered back to their Mommies and Daddies in Green Bay before the roads got any worse. It was snowing, freezing, blustery winds and gusts were going to increase up to 40-50mph later in the day. Plus, we wanted to get back in time to Oconto to watch the Packer Game at noon. We drove them home carefully. I glanced back at them and quickly snapped this shot over my shoulder to the back seat. It's so cute when they impulsively clasp hands in love and companionship. We adults need to learn from them!
We got back home safe and sound as the winds picked up. I wanted to watch the game out in the motorhome in the driveway. It was quite cold so we decided to sit in the house to watch the game rather than heating up the motorhome at the last minute. Of course, the Packers won, even with their second string players taking over most of the game, so the first string can stay healthy and uninjured for the playoffs. Steve made up a pot of homemade chicken soup for lunch and we were cozy and comfy as the weather outside blasted us into winter. Later for supper he even went out and grilled some burgers on the lee side of the house! What a nut!
Because we are going to face a long cold winter here in Wisconsin, my blog will be pretty boring to the RV readers. I decided to post one Motorhome Modification in each post, going through my files one by one. Hope to make it interesting. Some will be items we have changed or altered in our rig, others will be handy items we bought that make RVing easier.
Today's Motorhome Modification is starting the A category.... ADAPTER
When we are parked in our driveway, the only available electrical service is a 20amp plug from the garage. Why bother taking out the huge black heavy 50amp cord for our motorhome when this will do? That heavy cord is also a target for unscrupulous folks looking to swipe them for copper. A Wisconsin RV dealer once had ALL their cords from all the rigs on their lot cut off and stolen! The orange cord you see in the photo is still a heavy #10 wire, not a cheap thin orange utility cord. We are able to run one electric heater or one AC unit if nothing else is on using this setup. Good for when we are packing up to go somewhere, it's nice to have power available. 30 amp versions of this adapter are available too. I think we got this one from Camping World.
Poor Steve drove all the way into work this morning on icy roads at 6am, just to sit in the parking lot and wait for the bosses to come in to unlock the building. Nobody came except the workers. The bosses never bothered to tell the workers they were off today. With all the disorganization of the state workers in Wisconsin right now, nobody tells anyone anything.... so the workers showed up and all had to go home again. That is a 76 mile commute round trip and wasted gas just to come back home.
When the unions were in charge, the workers knew what days were on and what days were off, designated floaters or mandatory days off, and had printed schedules of what was expected of them. ARRRGGGHHHHHHHH
Imagine my surprise when 2 hours after he left, he is back home again!
Today my plans are to be taking down the tree, tucking away the most precious holiday ornaments into my steamer trunk and the rest will be put into boxes for a rummage sale this spring. As we go through the house now and prepare it for the market in April, we are going to neatly stack boxes of rummage sale and Ebay items into the garage. We do not know if we are here in the house for just a few more months or for a whole year. All depends on the market. If the house sells fast, we will quick rent a storage bin for the remaining items until they can be sold. The only things being kept will fit in my steamer trunk and sealed up and stored at Erin and Mark's house. I found this steamer trunk on the side of the road destined for garbage pickup, and I restored it myself. It's one of my "Precious Things" that I will be keeping.
Interesting to note, INSIDE the trunk was a set of child play dishes of Fiesta Ware, and some old paper dolls from the 40's and 50's. I sold them all on Ebay for a tidy sum!
I have a few orders to get out from items that sold over the weekend, plus a new sock order from some RV blogger friends Al and Kelly of http://thebayfieldbunch.com/ I think their feet are cold out in Arizona and they need some warm socks to make them happy.
So my day is set. How about yours?