Monday, November 29, 2010

Ready for the Winter Snows

Since it snowed about 6 inches last week I figured it was about time I get ready.  I was slowly getting ready but did not have my main snow fighter ready yet.  I took care of that today.  Yep I put the 60 inch blower on the John Deere Compact Tractor.  Its main job is cleaning the 510 foot driveway.
The Blower is all ready to go

I even went ahead and put the chains on
Then I also have a Cub Cadet blower for cleaning around the garage and between the house and the garage.  It comes in handy as it is too easy to hit something with the big blower.

Cub Cadet and JD at the ready in the garage
I also have a small blower I use on the back deck to keep the snow off of there.

 I gassed it up and moved it up to the deck.  Then I remembered that the flags and flag pole needed to be taken down, taken apart and stored for winter. So thats done also.

One of several snow shovels used for clean up work.  Somedays to clear a path to the garage.
Then I cleaned up the snow that has not melted yet.  Rain is in the forecast with high winds so that could prove interesting.

I also made a run to Attica to do a little banking.  I also stopped at Attica Hardware and picked up a 100lb drum of ice melter.

So it has been a productive day, time to sit back and relax, I already took a couple ibuprofen.

I almost forgot my niece posted a picture of my GrandNephew and me.  Here it is:

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Meeting Dan Spence

Pretty laid back day.  Woke up to 6 inches of snow, but it is to warm up for the next couple of days so pretty much let it go.

The highlight of the day was meeting our our new Grand Nephew Dan Spence.

Bonnie got him as soon as he got in the door, after some coaxing she did share him.  I even got to hold him and his Dad took a picture of us, perhaps he will post it.

Dan was a real good boy during the visit and after some pizza his parents headed for Scio to meet some more relatives and prepare to return home tomorrow.

Thanks for the visit I really enjoyed it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

First Measurable Snow

As promised if not a few hours early it was snowing when I got up this morning.  Bonnie was already gone, headed out for a day of shopping at the Waterloo Outlets.  So Emily and I have started the wash and will be reading the mail and catching up on some podcasts.  If it continues to snow I will have some pictures.
This was 9:00am this morning
It did continue to snow all morning not that hard but they are still promising more by the time this ends tomorrow.  Here is a shot from around noon.

Noon on Friday

It pretty much snowed all day quit for maybe an hour around 2pm.  But there is still only an inch on the ground.  Bonnie is back from the outlets and in Warsaw, she is stopping by work and then should be home.
Just before Dark

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all !

Thanksgiving always brings back memories of large family meals and days spent playing with cousins that I only got a chance to be with once or twice a year.  We always had great times and great food wherever we were.  Today is a bit cold and right now outside there is a light drizzle.  However we are under a winter weather advisory for freezing rain and tomorrow for the dreaded "Lake Effect" snow warning for up to a foot of snow.  The bright spot is the forecast for the next 7 days shows warmer temps.  That will give me a chance to set up the snow blower on the tractor and officially switch over to winter mode.

No snow on the ground yet this year but it is in the forecast
Many of you have followed our travels on my old blog and I am just learning how to use this one so please bear with me and feel free to leave comments and offer suggestions.  If you have trouble with the comments, it asks for an identity if you do not have an online one, you can use the anonymous but put you name in the comment section so I know who you are.

My next trip is planned for the end of April out to Indiana.  I hope to blog from time to time this winter as a form of practice so you should be hearing from me.

Bonnie has finished the preparations for dinner and the oven is set on auto to heat it up.  Then we load up the car and head for Java Village for the family dinner at the church as there are to many of us to fit into any of our houses.

All this to say HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! to all our friends and family.  Have a great day and enjoy time with Family and Friends.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Refrigerator Recall

I have been reading for quite some time in the RV Blogs that I follow about refrigerator fires in RVs.  The refrigerators in RVs are for the most part gas absorption technology.  This enables them to work off or electric or propane.  Our refrigerator is made by Norcold and they have just issued a large recall that covers units all the way back to 1999.

This is the business side of the Refrigerator

So I called Buffalo RV a couple weeks ago, they ordered the recall kit.  I finally got a call last Saturday and today I had the recall done.  The recall basically puts in a temperature sensor that will shut down the unit if it gets too hot and hopefully before a fire starts.

I arrived at Buffalo RV around 10:30am for an 11:00am appointment.  Check in was easy and they took the coach to the shop about 10 minutes early.  This is their first time doing this recall so it may take longer than the estimated 30 minutes that Norcold says it will take.  They have a comfortable waiting area with power to plug in computers but no WiFi.  So I am using my phone to access the net.  I asked if I could take pictures of the process but Mike told me they usually do not allow customers back in the shop.  So I will try to get a copy of the instructions and look up inside and see if I can tell what was done.  Its almost 12 noon so it should be done any time now.  My plan now is to take out to storage latter today as there is snow in the forecast for later this week, you figure it is in the 50's today.

You can see the new module near the top.
The recall was finished just after noon and I signed the paperwork and after a quick look in the access panel I headed home.  Boy is it windy, one gust literally blew the MH halfway into the next lane which was thankfully empty.  I made it home safely and put out the slides to allow the awnings to dry some since we have had a few days of rain.

The shiny silver insulation on the right is new also.

I plan to leave shortly and head for the storage place in Gainesville.  Bonnie will pick me up after work and we should be set for the winter as far as the motorhome is concerned.

Well the Motor Home is all tucked in for the winter

Since I am new to this way of blogging I will try to post a few times this winter and both keep you informed and practice for next years travel.

Thanks for checking in and God Bless you and your family.