It’s so darned cold out that even I’m ticked off at me for coming to Florida! At noon yesterday it was 41 degrees in Ocala, but it was 54 in Bismarck, North Dakota, and 51 in Kansas City, Kansas! Would somebody please explain that to me? 🙁
Yesterday was a triple whammy for me. I had to get up early, it was frigid cold, and I had to spend huge amounts of money. If this is any indication, I’m not liking the way this new year is starting off!
We had to be at Cummins Coach Care in Ocala at 10:30, and besides the cold, there was a stiff wind blowing that made me glad we only had about 45 miles to go. I was really impressed with the Cummins shop. It was easy to get to, just a little over a mile from Interstate 75, and Service Advisor Rich Stewart greeted us when we arrived. Besides the heater core problem, I had some other issues I wanted to go over with Rich.
I wanted to change over to synthetic transmission fluid, I needed a new air filter installed, and I wanted the cooling system checked and flushed if necessary. The service tech (that’s a fancy name for mechanic) took our motorhome right in and got started on it. The shop had a customer waiting area, but because it was near the front door, and because it was so incredibly cold outside, we were chilled all day long.
And it took all day. They tried to locate a replacement heater core locally, with no luck, so they finally had to order one from Winnebago. Rich told me I had two choices on shipping; Second Day for about $70, or Ground for about $20. Since we’ll be around the area for a while yet, I chose the cheaper option, and we’ll go back on Thursday of next week for that.
Terry and I took a break and drove the Explorer to a nearby Gander Mountain store to look at the goodies, and I decided I need to stay out of that place. Talk about a big boys toy store! Actually, I was amazed at their prices on firearms, as much as 25% less than I have seen anywhere else on a couple of handguns I’ve lusted after for years, and if I were a Florida resident and could buy one here, there would be a new toy in my desk drawer right now.
We have never eaten at a Zaxby’s, so we had lunch there, since it wasn’t far from the Cummins shop. While we were eating, we were watching footage of people shoveling snow in the upper Midwest and East on the Weather Channel. I didn’t even feel sorry for them. If I have to be cold and suffer, it makes me feel a tiny bit better to know that somebody else has it worse. I’m shallow that way. 🙂
I’m no meteorologist, but I do have a theory about why it’s warmer in the Midwest than in Florida; Tuesday was the Iowa Caucus, and I think maybe all of those politicians up there spouting all their hot air might have something to do with it. Could that be possible?
It was about 4:30 by the time they pulled the motorhome out, and I paid a bill that would keep a couple of banana republic dictators in cigars and cognac all year long. A hundred dollars here, a hundred dollars there, it adds up fast! But I don’t mind paying for good service, and I was really impressed with the Cummins shop. They have complimentary RV parking, with water and electric, but we wanted to get back to the Escapees campground before dark. So we hooked the Explorer to our tow bar and hit the road. Since our dash heat doesn’t work, due to the heater core, Terry fired up our Onan generator and we ran the Winnebago’s electric heat pump all the way back to Sumter Oaks.
We made it to the campground, got backed into our site, and I hooked up our utilities, finishing just as the last light faded. It sure felt good to get back inside, where it was warm! Terry did a load of laundry and I filled our fresh water tank, then went back outside to unhook our water hose so it would not freeze overnight, with the forecast for a low of 24 degrees.
Terry wasn’t feeling well, a combination of a sinus infection, and being so cold all day long, so we had a quiet evening, and got to bed earlier than usual. This cold spell is supposed to hang on a while yet, and we don’t plan to do much of anything for the next couple of days, until it warms up again.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding with our minds exactly what we want our hearts to feel. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow and just enjoy life.