Bushnell, FL - Events of Thursday, December 5 to Tuesday, December 10, 2013
After pulling into Blueberry Hill on Wednesday afternoon, we worked on settling in the rest of that day and the next. When we stop for longer periods of time like this, we usually do more than we normally do for stops of only a couple of weeks or less. For example, we turned the pilot and co-pilot chairs around to make our living space seem a little bigger and to provide extra seating. We also got out our patio mat, our outdoor chairs and a small outdoor table. The other thing Paul did was to get the bikes out of the car.
On Thursday, we walked up to the clubhouse to take our trash to the dumpster and to check for mail. On the way, Paul stopped for a photo of ibis hunting for food along the banks of the retention pond.
Since Freeway had been cooped up for several days while we were traveling, we stopped at the dog park to let him run. As always, Freeway had a good time chasing his ball.
Freeway plays hard, and he usually gets thirsty. Blueberry has thoughtfully provided a spigot and water bowl for the pups.
We got an e-mail from Sam's Club saying they were having their annual Holiday Open House with samples of appetizers and other holiday foods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Since we needed a couple of items from Sam's anyway, we headed there on Friday to check it out.
We enjoyed numerous samples, and after we finished our shopping, we also each had a Nathan's jumbo, all-beef hot dog at the snack bar. It was so crowded, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the hot dogs, and then we had trouble finding a table.
We also made a quick stop at Walmart in The Villages for a couple of essential items. As crowded as Sam's Club was, Walmart was worse. After driving up and down several rows looking for a parking place, we finally gave up and parked at the far perimeter of the lot. We did our shopping, and made our way back to Blueberry Hill where we relaxed for the rest of the day.
Margery caught up on laundry on Saturday, and Paul worked on a couple of minor projects around the motor home. After church on Sunday, we relaxed most of the day.
One of the projects Paul worked on was making a spacer for our Euro recliner. As we get older, we find the chair is just a little bit too low for us, and we have been sitting on a pillow for the last year or two. The company that makes the chair also makes a spacer ring that goes under the base of the chair to raise it up, so we must not be the only ones who find it too low. The only problem is the spacer costs $80 to $150, depending on where you order it.
Paul tested raising the chair by various amounts by using blocks of scrap wood and found raising the chair an inch was just about right. That is about the same amount the commercially available spacer raises the chair. You wouldn't think an inch would make much difference, but it does.
When we were out on Friday, we stopped at Lowe's to get some wood so Paul could make our own spacer ring. He glued together two layers of ½-inch plywood, cut a ring using his hand-held jigsaw, sanded the ring and painted it black.
On Tuesday, he finished off the ring by making a couple of brackets to hold the ring to the bottom of the chair so we could move the chair easily without having to move the ring separately.
The result is a more comfortable chair for less than $15. Now we can relax in our recliner without sitting on a lumpy pillow.
Tuesday was our day for putting up our Christmas decorations. Some RVers go all out with their decorations. We prefer to keep things simple with just a few.
On Tuesday, we also went for a bike ride around the campground. Numerous RVs have arrived in the past few days, but the real influx won't happen until after Christmas.
We'll probably continue in relaxation mode for the near future. Our blog posts will be a bit less frequent, but we'll still have periodic updates.