Trying To Adjust

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 112015

We were up early again yesterday, or at least early for us. Terry and I are night people. We seldom get to bed before 2 or 2:30 a.m., and then we sleep until about 10 or 10:30. But with the Tampa RV Super Show next week, then our trip to Escapade, we are trying to adjust our schedules. We’ve been getting to bed earlier and setting the alarm for 8:30.

You wouldn’t think that a two hour change would be that hard to handle, but resetting our bodies’ internal time clocks has been a bit of a challenge. And I’ll admit that yesterday afternoon I gave in and took a nap.

It was another cold, gray day, as it has been for a while now. I spent much of the day reading through my new book and making changes before I print it out for Terry to proof, and she was busy at her loom. The project she’s working on now is more complicated than previous ones because she is using two shuttles passing from opposite directions with two different colors of yarn for the weft, sort of a double weave procedure. It took her a couple of tries to figure out how to get it right, but Terry loves a challenge, and I’ve never seen one that can beat her yet, including this one. She made a couple of false starts, but once she got the hang of it things have been going smoothly.

I got an e-mail from a reader asking me what kind of emergency alert equipment we use. He said he travels in a lot of areas where there are fire restrictions in the summer and doesn’t feel comfortable with the old style road flares. Here are some suggestions we and other RVers use:

Cyalume SnapLight Flare Alternative Chemical Light Sticks – Picture a road flare without the fire or the mess and you’ll see why these are so popular with RVers and truckers.


Emergency Triangles – The few times we have had a roadside emergency, the first thing I have done once getting the motorhome safely off the highway and onto the shoulder, I have deployed a set of these folding reflective triangles behind us to alert other drivers of a problem ahead.


LED Emergency Beacon Flares – These battery powered emergency warning devices are easy to store and very bright. They’re affordable and it’s a good idea to keep one set in your RV and another in your car.


Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for a copy of John and Kathy HugginsSo, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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 this evening.


If you like fantasy novels, you’ll enjoy Middle Demons, a brand new book by my friend Randy Morris, and you can save $2 off the regular price this weekend only.

And if you’re a fan of my Big Lake mystery series, try Alaska Justice, the first book in the Alaska State Trooper series by Jack Blake. I’m reading it now and enjoying it.

Thought For The Day – Why is bra singular and panties plural?

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  2 Responses to “Trying To Adjust”

  1. I know you’re not a morning person but good afternoon Nick
    Very short question on the nocold refrigerators what is it exactly goes wrong to cause an RV fire by that particular refrigerator and or components
    After going through numerous forums I’m still confused
    Thanks and please send some cinnamon buns to my house hopefully that would be for free and free shipping. Thanks enjoy your day

    there I go telling YOU what kind of a day to have

  2. Ed, this is from the Zimmerman – Reed law firm’s website and explains the problem.

    The refrigerators contain flammable gases – including hydrogen gas – under high pressure. The gases are heated by electricity or propane to circulate and provide the refrigeration effect. Fires are caused when defects in the refrigerator design release the flammable gases, which can then explosively ignite and spread quickly through the refrigerator compartment and into the passenger area of the RV.

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