Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our last night in Dowling Park

Today was a wash out - literally! It rained and rained and rained! Dan went over to Neil's today and helped him with a plumbing issue - they didn't get it fixed today - sooooo, he's back over there tonight seeing if he can help get it fixed. We'll see how it goes when he gets home.

I went over and went through the Yankee Candles (I can't believe how many candles I have - I should be ashamed of myself). Anyway, I got all the fall candles and put them in the new unit - I love to burn candles in the fall and winter - there is just something about having a candle burning in the house when it is cold and wet outside. Anyway, I shouldn't have to buy any new candles for awhile.

I guess I haven't done a very good job describing the new unit - I just said that it was a little bigger than our old unit - so let me address that question. Actually this unit is four feet longer - it is 37 feet long and has four slides - two in the living area, one in the kitchen, and one in the bedroom. I can't explain how much more room these four slides have made (the other unit only had two slides - living room and bedroom). As far as what kind of difference this will make in our fuel mileage we aren't sure - the unit weighs about 2,500 pounds more (two extra slides make a difference), so it will probably affect it some. However, when we bought our truck we wanted to make sure that we would be able to pull any unit we might have - that's the reason we have a diesel F-350 dually - it will pull a mountain. We got around 9 to 10 miles to the gallon with the old unit so we aren't sure what we will get. Of course, we won't be doing a lot of traveling for the next 6 months - we will just be moving down to Sebring for two months, then back up here for two months, then to Unicoi State Park in North Georgia for two months. It will be May before we hit the road again - so, I'll let you know then.

Tomorrow we are finally going to get over to the storage unit and see what we can load into the truck and what few boxes we can get into the house for our trip down to Sebring. I want to go through all the decorations and figure out what I want to keep and what I want to give away - I'll do the same with the Christmas decorations later. We also have to decide if we are going to keep our storage unit up here in Dowling Park or move our stuff down to Lake Placid/Sebring. We'll make that decision in the next month or so as I paid for six months of storage before we left in June - so I don't really have to worry until the end of next month.

We will be leaving for Lakeland on Thursday morning - we'll spend the day there - we might even go to the meeting about the stupid insurance Thursday night - we are sooooo confused about this. When Dan and I went to the doctor this morning I asked if they accepted that Medicare Blue program - and, of course, they don't. So, we are back to ground zero. We will see what happens at the meeting Thursday night. Oh, BTW, Dan had a fantastic doctor's report - his LDL was down, his total cholesterol was down and his blood pressure was way down (121/76). He had even lost two pounds in four months (I lost four pounds in four months - YEAH!) Next doctor's visit in January for Dan and we're not sure when I will because of the insurance thing. Oh well, one more thing to try and figure out. Until then ..........

Talk to you tomorrow!


  1. Mary and I are planning to go to the insurance meeting on Thursday night also. Perhaps we can meet you. I'll be the gray headed man there.

  2. We would love to meet you - Dan is the BIG gray headed man - with the beard and could pass for Santa Claus. We'll look for you!


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