The air conditioner has finally arrived! Luckily it hasn’t been that hot. It has been so incredibly windy that we were afraid of the solar system being damaged. Thank goodness it has been fine.
Brian has to figure out how to install the AC now and he’s not sure if he knows what he’s doing. He does NOT. LOL. He doesn’t like figuring out as he goes but I’m sure he’s going to do a great job.
We spent the last weekend in Mexico at our condo in Rocky Point. I love it so much. I am so glad we have a little place to get away to. We went out in our inflatable kayak and swam in the ocean. Laid by the pool and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I wish we could go more often or stay longer but since it’s a rental condo we share it with others. We can’t afford it otherwise. Someday it will be paid for and will be all ours. For now it is pretty much rented out for the summer. We can probably get in during weekdays on occasion though.
Our next project will be to get our other mattress in the RV. It’s a little bit larger than the one we have now and we will have to make some adjustments because it’s going to be longer. Going to have to put a piece of plywood under it. I really miss my old bed though so it’s good that we will have it back again! After that we will be bringing the washer out of storage and hooking it up! Yea!!!
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Our AC started blowing warm air so we called an RV technician out. He wanted way more than we wanted to pay and we decided to go with something called a mini split. It is an air conditioner in a heater on in one. This way it will be more energy-efficient and you said a lot less of our solar energy. Luckily this happened now and not the hottest part of summer. It has made it difficult with cooking though since it heats the RV when I cook. We are having lots of salad.
We still have the condo in the rental pool in Mexico. We are going to go visit there on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to relaxing on the beach. Hopefully the water will be warmer and I can swim in the ocean. Can’t wait!
This has been such a fun and exciting weekend! Brian, Derek, and Liam have worked their butts off for the past week. Liam is from Connecticut and is only 21. He is possibly the smartest person I know now! (Don’t tell Brian and Derek I said that!) He and Derek built Derek’s solar setup together and they are hoping to start a business helping other people do what they did for us. We were kind of a test project (extremely lucky for us!). Derek has filmed the whole process and I will include a link when he puts it on YouTube.
So the guys finished it up and brought it over here from Derek’s Friday afternoon. They did some more finishing touches, none of which I understand, but we had power within a few minutes. It was a very happy moment to say the least!
Our friends from Tucson, Bill and Jodi Roberts were here in their Minnie Winnie so we were sitting over in their place playing dominoes. We came back to go to bed around 11pm and noticed we didn’t have power. We were like “OH NO!” What the heck? We texted Derek and they came over right away Sunday morning (today). We figured out that there is a secondary water heater under the kitchen sink and we had inadvertently hit the switch. It uses electricity and not gas. I thought it was odd that we had hot water but thought maybe it was because it had been hot outside. Anyway, that was on all night and drained the batteries because apparently that thing sucks out a tremendous amount of power.
So now we are all good and have power again. Unfortunately the AC is out so we are going to get someone to look at it tomorrow. Also still working on getting the RV toilet working correctly without running us out of here gagging! Just been so busy with solar setup that we haven’t had time. Brian said he is going to work on it this evening.
For lunch today Derek and Liam drove us to Bisbee and we had a vegan lunch that was SO good. I had Beyond Meat burger and French fries that was amazing. Bisbee is such a cute little town in the mountains. I want to go back again sometime.
I feel so good about our decision to do this. We are working hard but at the same time, it feels good to be working toward a goal and working together with like minded people. So happy!
These past few days have been rather “Shitty“. There is something wrong with the toilet in the RV. The previous owners didn’t take care of it or something.
It started smelling weird and then got progressively worse. We bought some chemicals to pour in it but that did nothing. It was so bad one morning when Brian had it open working on it, I had to run out of here because I was gagging… HARD! Lol
Lucky for us we have the compost toilet in the shed. Since it isn’t real close it is sort of a pain in the middle of the night. Today has been gusty winds, sometimes as high as 40 mph. The AC is not cooling anymore and it is about 85° in the RV.
Dallas (our dog) is terrified when the wind blows’s. The whole RV is rocking and the blinds make noise and flap all over the place. I put her in the bathtub and got her all wet and she liked that a lot.
The guys are almost finished putting together the solar system. Only one more day and it will be connected. The wind hasn’t made it easy for them. Tomorrow is supposed to be another windy day but I hope that everything goes well with them getting it hooked up. There have been a couple of setbacks with the air-conditioner and the toilet and the wind. LOL. I’m just trying to keep a good attitude. Everything will work out for the best.
We have been very busy as usual. We should have solar power by the end of the week if all goes as planned! I hope so because it’s getting pretty hot.
We went to Joann fabrics and got material and cushions for the RV. The seats at the table we’re very worn out and the material was brown and gross looking. We added up the price of the material and the cushions and then found out how much it would be to order them online and pay someone else to do all the work. Turned out it was double the price and so we decided to do it ourselves.
Brian did a very good job on them and he made a video which will be posted on the YouTube channel later on. It was amazing how much different and better the place looks. I also put up a little decoration that I made out of old pallet wood. I like the distressed wood look. I want to eventually get the RV floors done in that kind of old wood look.
We went to Tucson to visit our friends. They gave us a little ATV that doesn’t run and we are going to try to fix it up so we can ride it around here. Hopefully we can get it running.
We made another video and I feel like we are getting better but I don’t know. Not a lot of people are watching yet but it is still early. We talk about composting in this video and using a compost toilet. A lot of people don’t understand what it is and they are turned off by it. I hope that everyone will take a moment and just go read about “humanure” before you make a judgment on it. There is a man named Joe Jenkins who has done it for 30 years and has never had a problem. It sounds weird yes. A lot of people don’t want to think about things that they don’t understand or find strange but I felt the same way too in the beginning and then I read about it and it completely changed my mind.
The channel is up and running! Brian made one today that has some good footage of our property. I’m planning on adding more later but here is the link.
I was worried when we moved here that we wouldn’t be able to find a way to recycle. However, there is a place right here in Saint David that we can take all of our recyclables. We don’t have a garbage disposal here in the RV so I am taking all of my scraps and putting them in the compost bucket. If you take sawdust and put it over your scraps they don’t smell bad at all. We just use a 5 gallon bucket and put the scraps and then cover it with sawdust and put the lid on.
We have discovered that most of our garbage is recyclables. We usually have a very small bag of trash at the end of one or two weeks which we take into town and put in a garbage can at Walmart.
We have a neighbor who gave us some pallets of wood. We are going to build a compost bin with them. I can’t wait to start my own garden someday soon.
I hope that everyone will try to recycle. It’s amazing how much gets put into landfills.