Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4th Still at Wilderness Lakes

Hi Folks, 
I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, but we have been really busy.  Now I'll try to bring you up-to-date.  The day after we arrived, we attended one of the coffee and donut meetings with the park manager.  We found out that among the things they want to put an end to is using the quilted foil window covers on any of the windows or front windshields.  We had the foil on our front windshield, which I thought looked OK, but they think it looks bad.  We went online and ordered a vinyl windshield cover from Camping World that is designed specifically for our make and model of motorhome.  It got here in just a few days, and we really like it.  It has a "one-way" screen so we can see out during the daytime, but people can't see in.  However, at night we have to put up the attached cover because with it dark outside, and lights on inside, people can see everything in here. 
In the daytime, you can also open the panels on the driver and passenger windows, but we have not done that yet.
 The dogs love being able to see outside too.  We also got covers for the mirrors and wiper blades too.

 As many of you know, we have two tablets that we had not yet learned to use.  About two weeks ago, we went to the Verizon store to find out when they would have a tech class we could attend.  It turned out they had one, with two seats left, on Sunday, 2/28.  Since we've been paying for the service every month, we jumped at the chance to take the two hour class.  We learned a lot, but also found out we have SOOOOO much more to learn.  

We also found out about Fitbits.  They weren't actually trying to sell anything at the class, but someone asked questions about the Fitbit, so afterwards we asked more questions about them, and ended up getting one for each of us.  We can now track our heart rates, steps taken each day, and even monitor our sleep each night.  These have encouraged us to be more active.  Yea!  We are so competitive, and that's good.  Later, we found out that the tablet Jim has been using (the one we got last year in March) is unable to support the Fitbit, so we ended up investing in a second new tablet for Jim to use.  So if anyone would like to buy an Ellipsis 7 tablet, let me know.  We also bought cases for the tablets, because it was kinda tacky to walk around carrying them in red cardboard boxes!  All good.  We have ended up going to the store eight times in the last six days!  OMG.  

Wednesday, we thought we were all done, when Jim spotted a box called HUM.  He asked what it was, and when Jesse explained it, I said "we don't need that, we have Onstar."  He asked me what it is costing us.  It turned out we could save over $6.00/month, AND this offers even better service AND we don't have to BUY minutes every year from Onstar.  After telling us all this can do, he told us that it is being offered right now for free......we'd only have to pay the sales tax on it, and they would wave the first month fee!  I couldn't find a single reason not to sign up for it and did so immediately.  I cancelled Onstar, and we are very happy with the new HUM in our car.  It is much easier to use than Onstar, and sends auto health reports to my tablet daily.  WOW!  

On Tuesday we drove up to Yucaipa for lunch with Donna (my sister) and her husband George. Thanks again for lunch George.  It was a lovely day and we had a great time.  We had our lunch at Denny's.  It was very nice, and our waitress was great.

We had planned to go birding with Almita & Rueben on Thursday, but Jim was not feeling well enough to go, so we had to pass this time.  We are looking forward to doing this as soon as we can.  I had hoped we could go next Monday, but it's supposed to rain on Sunday and Monday, so we will have to wait a little longer, but we will go, and post pictures when we do.
Last Saturday we were sitting outside, when a lady stopped to ask us about our Anser satellite dish for DirecTV.  We got chatting with Judy and thus began another campground friendship.  Yea.  Later that day we stopped by their site and met Judy's husband Frank.  They ended up coming over here Saturday night.  We  all went to a seminar the next afternoon at the Family Center on the subject of electrical and fire safety in the RV.  They had to go to LA from Monday until Friday morning, for Frank's cardiac rehab, and just got back today.  

They got home to find their electricity was not working.  They ended up calling out the same guy we had called when we had the leak from our shower.   They just called now and said Brad has their electric working again.  Yay!!!  It turned out to just be a GFI outlet that went out, and some switch was off, so thank God it wasn't anything major wrong.  Judy asked Jim to come over and help them move some stuff so they could  set up their bed, and he has gone over there now.  They have a cute little 1994 (I think) Roadtrek van camper.  Next time I'm over there, I'll take a picture of it to post.  

Tomorrow morning the four of us are going to check out the Winchester Swapmeet.  Our former neighbor, Ron told us about it last week.  We've been coming here for YEARS, and never knew about it before.  That's why it's so great to meet and chat with other campers.  Who'd have thought a guy from Washington would tell us about a place near here that we'd never heard about???

I love to tell you about products we have found to work well and to be inexpensive.  I have arthritis in my hands, wrists and more.  Mary made me a 4 strand magnetic bracelet, and I've been wearing it on my right wrist, because that one seemed to be worse than my left wrist.  I wasn't sure just how much it was helping, but I wore it anyway.  Since that was on my right wrist, I put the Fitbit on my left wrist.  Tuesday evening my left wrist and hand became VERY painful.  It was so bad I couldn't move my fingers or thumb and it was just terrible.  In desperation, I moved the Fitbit to my right wrist and put the magnetic bracelet on the left.  Within 30 minutes, I could move my fingers, and flex my wrist with NO pain at all.  I was amazed!!!!  Mary is going to teach me how to make these bracelets, and I will be offering them for sale to anyone interested in purchasing them.  If you are unaware of the health benefits of magnets and magnetic jewelry, you can do a Google search for information.  As for me, I'm convinced and the first bracelet I make will be for Jim.  

I think that's it for tonight, so I'll sign off, wishing everyone good health, happiness and safe travels.    


  1. Hey Sue and Jim. Sounds like you two have been very busy. I'm in Homosassa, FL for the month of March. Thanks for the update.

  2. Yes, we really have. We're retired.......isn't life supposed to slow down a little? LOL. Where is Homosassa? Have not heard of that place.

  3. I want the bracelets. Two please. One for each wrist. Maybe I should put them on my ankles too. haha. I have arthritis everywhere. Can you make a body suit?
    Sounds like all is well. Gotta go
    love you cindy

  4. Can your incorporate magnets into knee braces ?