Sunday, September 25, 2022

Done with Covid!

 After eleven days I finally got a negative test result. I followed up the next day with another test and another negative so I am done! I feel pretty good with no lingering effects except exhaustion! It took more out of me than I expected and turns simple jobs like taking the garbage down to the highway into a major project. But I will survive and I will keep checking every couple of days to make sure it stays away.

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I discovered ordering groceries online and will keep doing it on a semi regular basis, it is sure easier than pushing a cart up and down isles buying more than I need. My local grocery store has waived the fee for a personal shopper, probably because of covid. All I do is pick a time, pull into one of the designated parking spots, call the store, open the trunk and my groceries are loaded for me. Easy peasy!

I have found a local handyman to help with some of the heavier projects around here, I hired him to clean my gutters and he did an excellent job in less than two hours! You can't beat that. He is a healthy 60 year old working two part time jobs and is happy to get the extra work.

The evenings and nights are starting to turn cold so I have decided to delay getting the motorhome on the road until spring, I just don't feel like dealing with it right now,

Saturday, September 17, 2022

It Finally Got Me!

 On Monday I started feeling poorly. Headache, bad cough, sore throat and generally hurting all over. I suspected Covid but put that thought aside. Tuesday I spent in denial but stayed away from people and Wednesday morning I tested myself. POSITIVE. Crap! I called the government hotline to turm myself in and after I answered a few questions he told me that I must isolate for five days and if I felt "better" on the sixth day, I could go back to my regular activities. However I will be even more cautious and will stay in isolation until I test negative. I tested positive again yesterday and will test again tomorrow.

It has not been a huge problem, I feel fine, it is affecting me no worse than a mild/medium cold. I ordered groceries online and did a contact free curbside pickup yesterday. Tylenol keeps the headache at bay and other than that, I am fine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Daren the Mobile Mechanic


I had the local mobile mechanic come over to check on the motorhome's steering column interlock. The last time I started it and exercised the transmission I could not turn the engine off! I tried everything and finally called BCAA. After a couple of hours he arrived and turned the engine off by slamming the shifter into park. I have been afraid to try it since. Daren explained how it worked and sprayed it with lube. It worked for him but was sticky. Taking it all apart would be very time consuming so he just said to exercise it often and call him if the problem came back but he thought it was just some corrosion from being unused for so long. One more step to getting it back on the road. Putting plates and insurance on it is next.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

What Have I Been Up To?

 Wow! I am not keeping up here. 

Last week I drove down to Victoria to visit an old high school friend and helped her fix up the patio on her new apartment. It turned out really nice and we went out for an all you can eat sushi feast. It was nice having someone to talk to for a couple of days.

Other than that I have been sticking around home. I haven't even been down to visit my son in about a year! I have to get off my butt! My youngest granddaughter, Sierrah and her partner, Luke were up for a visit a month or so ago. Luke is a refrigeration tech and replaced the thermostat in the motorhome. It had been acting up for a long time so he replaced it with a regular household digital model. Thanks Luke!

I found a guy willing to do odd jobs around the house and I had him clean all the gutters on the house. He charges $25 per hour, works his butt off and did the gutters in under two hours. A real deal.

I had him back today to wash the motorhome. It has been parked under a tree and beside a large hedge and the roof and one side were just covered with moss and mold. It was not easy to do but he started on the roof and worked his way down and in four and a half hours it is looking pretty much as good as new. $125 well spent in my opinion. One day he will come back and wax it with his buffer. He is a hard worker and a bit of a perfectionist.

One of my son's customers was telling Brooks that he was having company and had no room for them in his house and was thinking about renting an RV to park in his yard for a week for them to sleep in. Brooks mentioned that his dad had a motorhome and wanted to bring it down to his place to have some mechanical work done on it. Well, the bottom line is, he is going to pay me a bunch of money to drive it down to his place in Mill Bay and park it there for a week. The money he is paying me will pay my gas and probably most of the cost of the repairs (engine, transmission and generator service). It will just be parked there, he will not be driving it anywhere so no risk for me. It should work out well.