Fixing up an Eyesore

A horse bridal medallion found a few years ago on EBay.  I often wear it fishing for good luck.  The logo on the shirt has also brought good fortune lately.

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  It’s Monday and I’ve got a day off.  Things are really hopping at work… We have a yearly inspection coming this week so everything has to be perfect.  Looking at the homebase you would never think this person enjoys cleaning.  Maybe it is because nobody pays me to clean at home.  🙂

The new job is very enjoyable.  It’s much easier on the mind and body.  That makes a huge difference both emotionally and in terms of the blood sugars.  A month ago I was at 350 to 400 all the time.  Now the sugar is around 110 (normal) and there is so much more energy.   It’s good to feel good.

Today an eyesore went away.  For the last six years I’ve stared at these unfinished holes in the van.  This nasty opening is in the pillar to the left of the TV and next to the side doors.  I’d carpeted it before and the carpeting was too heavy and kept falling off.  The plan today was to cut a board to fit in there and bend it enough to fasten the wood down.

That did not work.  There was too much curvature in the wall.  Instead, carpeting seemed like the best solution.


Walmart had sets of two cheapie carpet mats for just $3.96.  I needed a color that would contrast the green walls and beige doors.  The carpeting on the floor is also beige.  This color seemed to work with its subdued browns.  Using very strong double stick tape to tack the carpet in place, I traced the door opening from outside of the van.  The material was trimmed with heavy shears.  The left edge of the carpet tucked nicely under the door gasket.  As far as the TV cables on the left, they are also homely and need to be addressed.  The plan is to buy some plastic automotive wire sheathing and conceal them if possible.

The end of an era… Luster Heights in NE is closed. It was a minimum security farm.   Note the star that shows the location in Iowa.

The van goes in to get two new rear tires tomorrow.  It got stuck a couple of months ago near the Mississippi River and had to be pulled out.  The same thing nearly happened last week; I was in the boonies checking out Luster Heights – a former prison facility that Iowa closed due to budget cuts.  When the sign on the farther down the gravel road forbid entry, I went to turn around and could barely back up the wet and muddy incline.  Hopefully the new “shoes” for the van will help.

Take care and thanks for visiting!  Happy and safe travels!

Bradford and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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2 Responses to Fixing up an Eyesore

  1. Jo says:

    It always makes me happy when I know you are happy with your life and doing so much better with your sugar.
    Love your little medallion.

    I have fixed a few ugly places in the camper with that type of carpet too. And once I got the hang of the right way to make is stick was even better. Your fix looks much better

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Jo! Not sure why the comment didn’t get approved – the computer crashed right in the middle of everything last night. It’s warm here and the wanderlust is kicking in again. I’m putting in three 3 hour shifts today in preparation for a big inspection tomorrow. Camping next week will be welcome! Talk to you again soon… I might be vising “Jungletown” (a small settlement along the river) one of these days. More about that soon!