Hello and welcome to the blog. First of all, the van is now fixed. I had ordered a new quick disconnect radiator hose on Sunday. Santa himself couldn’t have gotten it here much faster. The hose arrived on Tuesday afternoon and unknown to me, had been sent 2 day priority mail. (And Amazon said 10 days for free shipping? LOL) The shop installed it on Wednesday.
The job itself required a lot of disassembly but was not difficult… but doing it in 15 degree weather would have sucked. It was worth spending the money! We have to pick our battles and this was not one worth trying!
The shop selected was Anamosa Automotive Sales and Service. They do work for Affordable Heating and Cooling, a company that runs a large fleet of Chevy Express vans. It was in good hands! Any needed work in the future will go to these guys. The rates are reasonable and they’re close to the home base.
Right now we are in the midst of a winter storm warning in Eastern Iowa. I added some detail to this map of the warning area. Note that Anamosa is in the bull’s eye of the mess. We’re looking at up to 8 inches of snow overnight. We already have 5 on the ground. More is predicted this weekend, as well! The boss is letting me “flex” the work hours a little to provide snow removal coverage for the restaurant. It’s going to be a busy time! I’ll get some good pictures along the way!
Things have been going a lot better this week. The beginning of the year was overwhelming at times but is rapidly improving… and not just for me. All the while I’ve been taking care of a frail little friend and nursing her back to health for the coming year. I’ve named her “Edna”.
Edna was rescued from a state park following a suddenly killing frost. The large, host Coleus plant was destroyed and one tiny little sprig was clinging to life. Confronted with my own health issues several times the last two years, I felt sorry for this little lifeform and decided to rescue her. The last living bit of the plant was clipped and carried in my jacket through the frigid air to the van. The clipping sat in a jar of water as the roots grew and the few leaves started to wither a bit. But once planted, Edna slowly came back to life… even surviving several feline attacks from Jennifer. With the sunlight getting strong she is growing quickly and will get planted this spring… Resilience is a good thing!
Well, that’s about it for now. The snow is coming down very quickly and I’ve got to punch in and help at work. Thanks for visiting! I’m not sure when the next camping will happen but there are some really tasty foods planned for a future outing. As always, new recipe ideas are getting tried all the time… although most of them are lower carb and healthier this year. In the meantime I hope to get some cool snow pics from the ground and/or using the little drone.
Take care and thanks for visiting! Safe and happy camping, friends! And thanks for the well wishes in recent days.
Brad, Jenny, and “Edna”