Crazy Car Drama

I think the crazy is still following us since our last post.

We borrowed Kiddo #2’s car (the Xterra) to make a trip to the landfill.  Kiddo #2 was driving our car in downtown Los Angeles and was hit by a driver making a left turn in front of her on April 25th.  She is not at fault but now the car needed to be repaired.  Thankfully we pay a little extra to have a deductible of $250.  The insurance company said it may take a year to get it back since they will have to deal with the other driver’s insurance company.  We used Caliber Collison and they were AWESOME!!  They even delivered the car to Kiddo #2 when it was completed at her apartment!

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John was in an accident on May 5th – of course the extra car was with Kiddo#2!!  Someone got a new mail box and fence from our insurance company because of this one.   It is moments like this that make you glad you have insurance.  It took them until May 13th to decide they were going to consider his car A TOTAL LOSS!

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Now keep in mind, his car was the one we towed behind the motorhome.  We also were due to leave on May 30th.

After much car and soul searching, we purchased a 2019 Nissan Sentra on May 19th – just like his old one, but newer and dent-free!  Getting it ready to travel is a separate post all its own!

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Feeling . . .

We are feeling a little overwhelmed emotionally.  Sometimes life throws lemons at us and it feels impossible to make lemonade.

Barb’s mom started having medical issues in January requiring surgery, rehabilitation facility, hospital again, rehabilitation facility, and hospice diagnosis in early March.

John’s uncle passed away in early March the same week Mom was put on hospice with a funeral on March 23.

Our brother-in-law (John’s sister’s husband) committed suicide on April 2.  We are still feeling shock, anger, and guilt at not noticing anything out of the ordinary.  Services are next weekend.

Discussing and putting all of this in writing made us realize we’ve had a lot happen in a short amount of time.   We know things will get better, not on our timeline, but on His.

 

Decluttering Update March 2019

I can’t believe another month has passed!  We’ve been taking little trips and really need to write about those.  This has got to be the best part of a decluttered home!

Cleaning hardly takes any time.  Laundry is now put away when it comes out of the dryer.  (I am guilty of leaving it in the dryer longer than I should!)  This almost seems like it should be a separate post!

On the decluttering front, we removed 28 items in March.  Our 2019 total is now 392 items!!

Some of the stuff removed:  holey shorts, holey tshirt, DVD player, receipts, loofah, calgon (really, when was the last time I took a bath?), empty lotion, candy found under the bed, empty box found under the bed, empty docking station box (from John’s work, why under our bed??),  book (yes, I know I already took a picture of it but it came back!  Why do people return things when you say they don’t have to??), tea strainer, weird spork.

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Some Weeks Should Never Be!

This was one of those weeks which should never be experienced by any homeowner!  To those of you who recently mentioned you love being a renter – I agree with you when stuff like this happens!

Our hot water heater decided to spring a leak Monday afternoon.  John had to take 2 days off for estimates and replacement.  He received estimates for both a traditional water heater and a tankless version.  Needless to say, traditional water heater got installed on Wednesday.

Thursday evening, we heard a weird noise – almost a gurgling sound.  When we went into the master bathroom, the toilet bowl had very little water and there was a weird coating on the floor of the shower.  Yep, the sewer line was backed up.  A call to Roto-Rooter was made – $500 minimum charge to come immediately or $250 to come in the morning.  John took Friday off!  It seems the main sewer line has a crack and roots entered and blocked the flow of YUCKY stuff from our house.  Roots are now gone but a decision needs to be made about the cracked pipe.  Maybe next month??

$2500 later we have hot water AND our sewer line is cleaned out.  Gotta love home ownership!!

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Mojave Narrows Regional Park

We spent last weekend at Mojave Narrows Regional Park camping with friends.  This is a hidden wetland/small lakes gem in the middle of the desert.

We would recommend this county park during the fall and spring.  The temperature varied from a low of 25 to a high of 42 during our visit in mid-February.  There was a storm passing over and we received some rain and plenty of wind (about 20-30 mph).  A couple of days after we visited, they received a couple of inches of snow.

There were a fair amount of birds in/near the lake:  pelicans, canadian geese, turkey vultures, and ducks.  We did not see any mammals or reptiles.  Many fisherman were catching fish – not sure what type – with crows hanging out near the fishermen.

They have a decent play area for kids.  The water feature is only available during the summer months.

Many of the sites during the winter have no grass.  It seemed like our site (#14) was in a low area with rain runoff pooling in the area.  We didn’t have any issues on the paved part of the site.  Picture taken showing our site and a view south showing location of restroom/shower building.

Location:  Victorville, San Bernardino County, California  It is about 7 miles (about 15 minutes)  from the I-15 and Bear Valley Road exit.

RV sites:  there are about 40 RV sites with full hookups.  There are a 8 “dry” RV sites as well as about 30 tent sites.

Wifi/cell reception:  wifi is not provided.  Our ATT phone had 3 bars and LTE the entire visit.

Negative:  The train tracks are close by.  In our site, I only felt the rumble of the trains once all weekend.  They blow their whistle several miles away and some might hear them.  In the RV at night with windows/vents closed, the trains did NOT wake us up.

Cost: $40 per night.