Painted on one of the sheds

I had a tough time getting to sleep last evening as my mind was buzzing with the things that I needed to do like, work on the lock, talk to Daniel about working on the reclining chair and maybe packing it for return and such. I finally dropped off and woke at the usual time around 9:00 am. As usual, after showering and changing clothes, we went out for our morning walk around the park. I stayed away from the lower end as the contractors were back blacktopping the gravel roads that they put in last year. This park is spending a lot of money on upkeep and improvements, but it is paying off as there are very few empty sites. Today, as I was writing, several RVs pulled into the temporary lots in front of me and now the whole row is full, again… 

I have things I need to do if I can work up enough enthusiasm to do them. Fixing the lock is my main priority and deciding what to do with the recliner is also high on my list, although, I cannot do that without help from Daniel. He is busy working with the Blacktop Contractors, but much to my surprise, he did stop by and fixed the recliner for which I was very grateful. He also took a look at the lock and made a couple of adjustments and observations which helped a bit. It still needs some work though as I am not able to change the entry code or get the key fob to program in. I must remember to always carry my keys with me, just in case. 

I checked my emails and much to my surprise, I had received an email from the reclining chair manufacturers offering me $120.00 to find a local person to fix the chair. Now, all I must do is find that person… 

The rest of the day was spent in the usual fashion, writing in the blog, walking around the park, and watching TV after the evening meal. 

We awoke later than usual even for us. Funny, the dogs seem to be very content to snooze right alongside of me although when we do make a move, they are generally in a hurry to get out of the door for obvious reasons. Ignoring them, I took a shower and changed clothes, and at the same time, admiring the hamper that contains dirty laundry and observing just how full it is. Time to make that trip, I guess. 

We went out for the morning walk but with little activity and observed several open slots. The blacktop contactors have gone including all their equipment, so it was nice and peaceful. It had warmed up and I did not need a jacket and we walked one of the outside lanes, but the traffic is a bit of a problem. Some drivers slow down and give us a wide berth, but others treat the lane like their own private speedway regardless of who or what may be walking there. No one should be in that much of a hurry. 

Incidentally, the new latte machine works just fine. I just have to learn the different techniques for this one. It is only a coffee maker for gosh sakes, how hard can it be? I also looked at the new roaster oven as I need to put it to use cooking the chicken, I bought a couple of days ago. It does not appear to be too difficult, but neither is boiling water and I can mess that up too. 

I threw the bag of clothes in the car as all the detergent and stuff is there and made my way over to the laundry room. At least, that is where I was heading but I ran into Daniel and spent a pleasant half hour shooting the breeze with him before finally making it over. For the first time ever, none of the machines were in use and I chose the ones closest to the window in the hope that I could get the app to work. After loading the laundry, I got the App to work on the first machine but had to resort to the old fashioned, stick the quarters in the slot, for the other one. At least, the one will tell me when I need to go and put the laundry in the dryer. 

Back in Mr. George, I sat and wrote for a while as I was waiting for the laundry to do its thing. The App told me that the laundry was ready, and I made my way back. Apparently, another camper had need of the machine and had taken the laundry out of the washer and had placed it in the closest dryer. That was OK as I understand that there are just not enough machines. Pity they had not put in quarters and started it while they were at it…I got the App to work on both dryers and made my way back to Mr. George to wait for it to tell me when to go and fold and get out of there. Interesting that when I went in the first time, none of the machines were in use. When I went back, they were all in use. Timing is everything in life especially the washing machines.

With the laundry folded and put away for at least another couple of weeks, I turned my attention to researching the electronic locks and how to program one. It seems simple enough, but for some reason, I cannot get it to work. The lock works fine using the manufacturers issued code but as that is a standard code for all new electronic locks. it is not much of a deterrent. Something else to work on. Because of my inability to reprogram a new code, I cannot recode the key fob either, darn it. Still, even punching in the current code is an improvement on having to use a key every time. 

We went for the final walk of the day and managed to cover 1.5 miles total and when we got back to Mr. George, we sat outside for a bit passing comment to the neighbors as they walked by. Finally, we adjourned back inside, and I put the new cooking unit to work on the chicken breasts I had bought a couple of days earlier. This time around is a bit of an experiment both in the cooking and the amount of heat the unit generates on the marble countertop. Well, imitation marble. The unit worked like a dream and the chicken was beautifully browned and cooked, in a very short time. 

I fed the dogs, but they turned their noses up at the canned food that I normally serve them, waiting patiently and expectedly for some of the wonderful chicken they could smell. They each got a taster but that was all. OK, a bit more than a taster which of course, made them ignore their regular food even more. The way I see it, they can knuckle down and eat what is in front of them or as Marie Antionette once said, “Let them eat cake” only in this case, dry dog food, which is always available to them.  

The rest of the day was spent in the usual fashion of watching Seal Team on the TV with a glass of cheap wine. BTW, it amazes me that none of the team ever gets shot with all of those bullets whizzing around and yet the bad guys are falling left, right and center.

Written 03/25/2022. Read my other blog at https://pondblog2011.com