Hello and greetings from the Anamosa Public Library. I’ve started working on blog posts here. It’s clean, quiet, the Internet is jet-fast, and the computer time is free. Not having wi-fi at home saves about $50 / month!
Things are going reasonably well. Last week I was having to ride a bike to work and occasionally beg rides from co-workers. No more! I got a temporary fix in place for the van. So far it’s holding… but there will need to be more work done in a week or so.
Now the only problem is anxiety. I about had a meltdown this morning when I saw a puddle under the engine… then realized it was snow and slush dripping off. (Thank goodness!) Life has been stressful lately and a person doesn’t need any more problems! 🙂
Here was the problem. The lower radiator hose is a quick disconnect type and it likes to disconnect itself, slowly inching backwards under pressure – it is missing a needed wire clip that locks it from movement. I’ve got a new hose ordered but for the time being a compression clamp and duct tape are holding things together. The van will get a more permanent fix next week!
The patch job on Saturday was in the nick of time with a storm fast approaching. There was a limited amount of time to work on it during my break between split work shifts. This time I’d had the battery and battery tray out and was ready to perform some “outpatient surgery”. As soon as things were buttoned up and the coolant added, the wind picked up. It started to rain, then sleet, and it had eventually turned to snow around 4PM. That was a close one!
Our latest 4″ of snow came on Monday – right on time; February is an active weather month most years. This one surely will be. Between now (Tuesday) and Monday the 12th, we are looking at up to 11 more inches of snow. Ugggg… There are no plans to do any camping until March or so… It’s time to enjoy more hibernation time.
But somebody else was apparently camping. This van was parked at the Anamosa Walmart Tuesday morning. I had to chuckle. They have all the comforts of home on board, including the barbecue grill.
Not much else is going on here other than restocking food. A quick visit to the local food pantry yielded a lot of goodies including frozen steak, chicken, and $15 in vouchers to buy hamburger and cheese from the local grocery store. I marked the hamburger packages and froze them all. Some of the burger meat will be going on fishing/camping trips this coming spring!
That’s about it for now. Take care and safe and happy travels!
Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa
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