We were here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve a few yeas ago when we bought our Ford Explorer. It came with every option available the year it was built, and driving back to the campground I was playing with all the buttons and gizmos to see what they did.
After I while I realized it was getting warm so I put the vents on, and then the air conditioning, and I was still hot. Especially my back and tush. It was a warm day, but not that warm, and when I complained to Terry she thumbed through the owners manual (who ever reads the manual?) and then pointed to an icon on the dashboard and said, “You have your seat heater on.” Seat heaters? Really? Why in the world would I need a seat heater? I’m a fulltime RVer, I don’t go any place where I would ever use a seat heater.
That was then and this is now, and I’m here to tell you that I love my seat heaters! As it turns out, we have found ourselves in a lot of places where they come in very handy. I was sure glad for them yesterday when we drove to Clermont for dinner at the Green Garden, one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the whole country. The last couple of nights have been down in the low 40s and that’s about 20 degrees less than I find acceptable. But with one touch of a button, I can feel that welcome heat soaking in as we drive along.
It’s been two years since we ate at Green Garden, a small family run place on the side of a strip mall, and the food was just as good as we remembered it to be. Terry had shrimp with mixed vegetables and I ordered the shrimp fried rice and cleaned my plate. We’ll definitely go back again while we’re here.
As I reported here last week, John and Kathy Huggins interviewed Terry about her Miss Terry’s Kitchen cookbook in their Living The RV Dream podcast, and yesterday they did another podcast talking to me about my book The Frugal RVer and ways to save money as you travel. It was a fun time and I always enjoy talking with John and Kathy and sharing tip and tricks to make the RV lifestyle easier.
I’ll be presenting my Frugal RVer seminar at the Escapes Club’s 55th Escapade RV rally at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson March 8-13. Actually, I’ll be doing five hour-long seminars at Escapade; The Frugal RVer, Highway History & Back Road Mystery, Full-Timing FAQs, The Reluctant RVer, and Welcome to My Arizona. We’ll also have a vendor booth, selling Gypsy Journal subscriptions and our books and RV guides. I hope we see you there.
Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s excellent Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.