Spring Cleaning and Killer Donuts

The Trekker Van taking on some tasty donuts in Marion, Iowa

Hello and welcome to the blog this Friday morning.  It’s been a very, very busy week – with no time for camping or leisure – just a lot of work cleaning at home and at the Golden Arches.  More about the killer donuts a little bit later in the post… First, a winter weather update and some great news about the homebase.

A nice coating of ice on the metal artwork made by my late neighbor, Steve W.

We had a nasty storm toward the beginning of the week.  It was a rain / ice / snow / rain / snow event in that order… even adding in some thunder.  About 4-5 inches of sloppy snow fell.  Our power flickered but stayed on.  Sadly, a giant tree in friend Lois’ yard fell on her garage.  Lois is  the widow of a friend I worked with 30+ years go;  she occasionally needs some help with yardwork in exchange for a little fishing money.

The weather here improved quickly as the storm moved out and attacked the east coast… But as is the case in March, the temp will be back in the 60’s again soon!

On Monday and Tuesday I was off from work and did a massive house cleaning project.  There was good reason.  On Wednesday a person from HaCAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) did a 4 hour inspection of the homebase.  Anything found to be energy inefficient was marked for repair / replacement.  I’m getting a couple new bathroom exhaust fans, smoke / Carbon Monoxide detectors, a new range fan, repairs under the trailer, furnace tune-up, and the list goes on…. all paid for with funds provided by the federal government.  What an amazing deal!  A person can only get this upgrade once per address… It was worth the ’round the clock cleaning in preparation!


Attack of the Killer Donuts… Enough of them would kill this diabetic but I’d die happy!

On Wednesday an unexpected package arrived in the mail with this movie…  “Attack of the Killer Donuts”.  I knew immediately it was sent by my sister.  Since I had to run an errand to Cedar Rapids on Thursday with the van (which is running perfectly now), a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts seemed like a good plan  – just to see how deadly donuts are.  Oh, that “Thin Mint” Girl Scout donut was heavenly and I would have died happy but the Humalog insulin was there to combat the carbs.  The movie itself was predictably silly but what the heck… Some times a person needs that kind of thing to shut the brain down and clear out the stress.

I’m back in Cedar Rapids again this morning (Friday) to take care of some legal stuff.  It’s good to be able to trust the van again.  The Express van is cleaned out and ready to go camping at any time but I’m likely going to hold off on any trips until the first week of April – the opening week of trout stocking.  Jenny is getting antsy to go outdoors and she will definitely go on the first outing!

In the meantime the local river is clearing now after the ice has gone out.  Perhaps next week I can venture out and see about catching some early spring fish.  In the meantime it’s back to doing more cleaning… I’m not sure where all this motivation is coming from but when a person feels like doing housework it’s best to get it done!

Don’t forget about this coming weekend!  Happy Daylight Saving Time to the friends who enjoy the extra period of sunlight!

Thanks for stopping by.  Safe and happy camping!

Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

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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"

4 Responses to Spring Cleaning and Killer Donuts

  1. my_vantasy says:

    What a great opportunity to update the home base. I had not heard of “Attack of the Killer Donuts”, but I have seen “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”! I’m guessing they are equally silly. Our Ohio weather has been wacky, too. Blinding snowstorms followed by blinding sunshine off and on for two days now. Happy cleaning and good luck if you go fishing!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Good morning! So far so good on the weather. We’re going to miss another storm but it might go up the Ohio River valley. We might get one more winter blast at some point but so far it looks like we’re in the clear for the moment. The van (and driver) are ready to go. I’m saving some pennies for the trip in early April. At the least, I might head down to the river on Monday or Tuesday. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Jo says:

    That is so great to be able to get all that work done on your house for free. Its good to keep the place clean so no bugs decide it’s a great place to live.
    But tsk tsk on the donuts. but it sure looks good but the needle next to it not so good.

    My plans to go camping got shot down again due to medical tests that kept getting rescheduled. Next week my friend is coming, and then of course the follow up appt. to follow. Will I ever get out of here?
    Hope you do and enjoy yourself. I’ll be waiting to here all about it.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Yep, those donuts do have a lot of sugar and carbs but in moderation it’s okay to have just one… and then it was starvation for a while after that. 🙂

      Sorry to hear about the camping getting shot down. I’m contemplating going Monday but am not sure yet. I feel just as you – a person wants to get out and have a good time. Well, I hope you will get a chance soon! Take care! — Brad