Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lent - Week One

Lent started a week ago and surprisingly it has been harder to stay focused that I had thought it would be. I keep finding myself craving a beer or a glass of Jack Daniels. I haven't given in to the urges yet and don't plan on it. My other obstacle that I wanted to try and avoid is spending money on wants instead of needs. This has proven to be even more difficult than the giving up of the alcohol. I slipped one day but I am back on track and plan to finish out the remaining weeks without another mishap.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Crystal Bridges Museum

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The Crystal Bridges Museum located in Bentonville, AR is such an amazing place. Who would have thought tucked away in the rolling hills of the Ozark mountains is such a wonderful place to experience such a rich and diverse collection of some of the worlds most incredible works of art. From the landscaping, to the architecture and the art itself there is something for everyone. I was able to experience paintings from Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin and many other amazing artists. Wandering from one exhibit to the next was such a thrilling and enlightening experience that everyone should experience. I find myself quite lucky to have such an incredible person in my life that wanted to share this experience with me. Thank you so much for taking me +Jehan Day. I can't wait until we get to experience it again.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Clean Power To the rPod

I figured since I leave my rPod connect to shore power all of the time and the power at the camp grounds can be a bit iffy at times I should install some protection for my camper. I wouldn't plug my television into an electrical outlet without a surge protector, so why wouldn't I do the same for my camper. There are a lot of electronic devices including a radio, television, microwave, refrigerator, and much more in our RVs and campers today. Why would we want to risk these devices to a power surge or over / low voltage? Ok Ok Ok. I Can't take full credit to coming up with this idea. I have to give some credit to my colleagues on the rPod Facebook group for reminding the importance of this.

After some research and asking my colleagues on the Facebook rPod page I decided purchase the Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C. This unit provides many features including a low power and high power shutoff, surge protection, grounding checks, reverse polarity and much more. Also this unit provides a lifetime warranty and the device is module so you don't have to replace the entire unit if something should fail. One of the main reasons for me choosing this unit over the portable version is that I don't have to remember to plug it in each time I camp, no worries about someone stealing it from the power pole while I'm out and about and I can monitor it from inside the camper. Useful if you're stuck inside during a storm and the power goes out.

On my rPod 178 I wanted to install the unit near the other controls however the space was not available. The second option and the one that was suggested on the rPod Page was to install the unit under the slide out near where the power enters in. This proved to be the location for my installation as well and it also makes sense because if there is a problem with the electric it is corrected as soon as it enters the camper. Installation is pretty straight forward and wasn't that hard. The instructions proved to be accurate and everything was a breeze. The hardest part was trying to maneuver in the tight space beneath the counter. Installation took me about an hour and I didn't run into any issues. I located the main connection and found a suitable place to cut the wire in half. Once the wire was cut I stripped the ends and feed the wires into the box and connected to the marked locations. Then I secured the box to the floor, routed the remote wire over to the side of the cabinet and then placed the cover on the box after one last check all connections were secure.

The next step was to find a location to place the remote read out. Originally I was thinking about installing it above the sink but couldn't find a way to route the wire to the over head cabinet. So the next place of choice was next to the refrigerator on the side of the cabinet. This proved to be one of the easiest places to route the cable and have it secured out of the way. As you can see on the display it shows 12 amps of current. This was because I had connected a small space heater to help keep me warm while I finished up the installation, it also showed the the current / amp meter was working correctly.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Saving Lives With OBI

#savingliveswithobi
Donating blood always makes a person feel good. Not sure exactly the cause but it could be the fact that donating to someone else is a good thing. Could be that fact that your donation may be the one that saves a person. Regardless of the reason get out there and support your local blood banks. Its relative painless and only takes a couple minutes and you get to hold your head up high knowing that you did something for someone else.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Warcraft Woes

After leveling up to the cap and trying out the new garrison feature of World of Warcraft I have decided that it was time to cancel my account. I shall return in the future once I have more time to play but I couldn't see in continuing to pay for something I don't use. So for now... its a so long, a good bye, a until we meet again.

Rabbit Food Thats Good

Some of the best salads I have ever had the pleasure of consuming have come from our local grocery store called Reasors. They have an amazing salad bar with all fresh vegetables and toppings. Some of favorites are the chicken, bacon, and dried raspberries. Reasors has made it so simple to use the salad bar as well. Simply pick your container size, build your salad to your liking and then have it weighed at the register. Its a flat rate by pound so you dont have to worry about what you choose to pile on. It has been so nice to have another choice in town to find something that is healthy to eat that is easy and quick to grab during the lunch hour. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Giving it up for Lent

So I have decided that this year I would try and do something for lent. Even though I am not Catholic I figured it wouldn't hurt and would be good for me. After some considerations I decided that drinking three to five times a week probably isn't good for my health and really isn't on my diet so alcohol is off my list for the next 40 days and nights. This shouldn't be too hard but as Ash Wednesday approaches I have found myself wanting a nice class of Jack Daniels or even a six pack of Blue Moon beer. Reflecting on this I confirmed to myself that this is going to be more of a challenge than I had originally thought. Looking forward to the journey that I will embark on starting tomorrow.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Power to the Pod, the RPod that is

What a fun task to take on. Digging through rocks, cutting up roots, and setting a post. It was a lot of hard work but in the end it will be worth it. No more not having AC in the summer when working on or packing up the camper. No more having to deal with an ugly extension cord strung through the back yard.

Started digging the trench for the conduit and power.
Dug the hole for the post and set the post and installed the electric box. Afterwards ran the electric wire through the conduit and up to the attic.

Finishing running the electric through the attic and added a new circuit to the panel. Now the RPod has its own dedicated circuit and box.
A special thanks goes out to +Jehan Day for helping me get all of this done. She was an amazing helper during this process.

Winter Weather

Enjoying the day off with some fresh snow on the ground. Glad that I got my outside task done yesterday. More about that on another post. Plan on spending this nice chilly day inside with my coffee and curling up on the couch possibly and watching a movie. I may be finish the project that was started yesterday. Who knows, the day has just begun and the possibilities are endless. Regardless what happens I am sure I will enjoy it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fitforfood

I joined up with #fitforfood to help raise money for the Feeding America organization and so far the users have burned over half a billion calories in just over a week. At this rate the target will be meet in about half of the estimated time. Job well done to everyone that participated. Thank you to Fitbit and Feeding America for making this happen.

Keeping those screws tight

A little trick I learned some time ago when dealing with screws that like to back out or rattle loose is to put a small dab of clear silicon / chalking on the threads. This helps keep the screw in place but will also allow you to remove or later on if you need to.

Hopefully this tip will come in useful to some of you fellow campers and rv'ers out there.