Before we go any further, let us take a moment to think about (and pray for) all of those who have been caught in the paths of yesterday’s storms. Lives have been lost. Millions, on top of millions, of dollars of losses have been incurred. And thousands have lost their entire way of life as they know it. As you probably know, there has been over 650 tornados across the county this April (a record). The storm that passed through Alabama and Georgia yesterday was one of the largest ever running on the ground for over 170 miles. Our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered loss. May God be ever close to them at this time. This has been a horrendous spring, to say the least.
Finally, after a week, the truck is free from the fifthwheel. The landing gear has been repaired and reinstalled – phew!, that took long enough. By doing the job ourselves we probably saved close to five hundred dollars. We would have been charged for no less than four hours labor and probably a hundred dollars for a replacement kit. Anyway, the job is done and it cost us less than twenty bucks.
Yesterday was quite a bit warmer, actually moved into shorts temperatures – nice, now if only we could get some sun to keep our tans nice and buff. One thing at a time. This is only April in Maine for Pete’s sake; what can one expect?
I threw together a nice seafood chowdah yesterday afternoon. It has two and half pounds of fresh haddock, one pound of shrimp, and two cans of baby clams along with potatoes, onions, and a little salt pork for flavor. It, also, has one and a half sticks of buttah, three cans of evaporated milk and about a cup of milk. This is not your basic Weight Watcher’s chowdah recipe, but it will certainly be yummy and is going to be served for tonight’s dinnah, with lots of love and plenty of yeast rolls. Can you say, “Ummm, ummm goood”?
Today is shopping day. We’ll get our basics at Wally World and will probably make a second trip to Hannaford’s for produce. Uncle Wally’s produce leaves a whole lot to be desired. This afternoon we will hitch up the rig to go to dump the tanks and take on more potable water. All part of the boondocking motif (or, in this case, almost boondocking motif as we have 30 amp power).
So, we have four days left before we go back to w*rk and no immediate plans as to how to spend them. One thing on the agenda is to assist Mike in changing out the rear brakes on his son’s car. That should only take us a couple of hours (emphasis on the word “should”).