Monday, August 23, 2021

Odds and Ends

 After the doctor evaluated Jim's neck on Friday, he determined that two more visits were needed and Jim agreed with him. He still has a little trouble turning his neck and has a pain running up into his head. Update: After two more sessions Jim is feeling great and can turn his head.

On Sunday we had a cold front move through. Wind gusts of 55 mph and a little rain. Then the temperatures started to drop. Down into the 40s tonight. But I'll take that over the 100s. Especially when the campground is full with big electric motor homes and fifth wheels running three air conditions and the wattage drops to 106 or 104.

A rather unique towing situation. A Tesla towing a retro rv. 

We had a couple of days of blue skies and I could see the lake and the mountains. It even cleared enough that we could see the sleeping giant in Helena. But the smoke and heat came back and the mountains disappeared. 

The water in the lake is receding and they keep moving the dock further out. Jim is still able to get the boat in the water but the catching is lousy.  This really has not been the summer we wanted it to be. 

 We headed into Helena to run errands and have Jim's final appointment with the chiropractor on Friday afternoon. It was hot outside and we soon realized that the truck was not cooling down at all. Not a good thing. It made for a very hot and windy trip to and from town with windows down.

After the doctor appointment we went to Meineke. The young man working there asked what year our truck was and then looked through the grill. He could see that we were leaking freon and the condenser was shot. They had to order the part and we have an appointment next Thursday to get it repaired. An estimate of $988. There is always something.  (Update: the repair has been done for $10 less than the estimate.)

The last time it rained we had a leak over on my side of the bed. Could not figure out where the water was coming in at. Jim climbed up and took a look. Saw a couple of small holes so when we were in Helena, we stopped at D&D RV and bought some Eternabond. Great stuff.

I do not want him on the roof but I'm not sure this arrangement was much better. 

The mask is because the smoke was so bad. This is the water test. No more leak. Which is good because the next day we had several days of rain. Most of it light but a couple of downpours.

Looks like rain to me.  And the rain was more than welcomed. It put a really big dent in our fires and gave the wonderful firefighters a chance to catch their breath. Some of the fires won't be out until it snows but most are under control.

Jim defrosted our freezer.

The Sturgis Rally is over.  It's hard to get a clear picture when the smoke is so thick.


This rig pulled into the campground for a night. We figured maybe it was being transported to it's destination. You don't normally see this kind of trailer on the road.

A big rock thrown by a big semi gave us quite a dent. I'm glad it didn't hit the windshield which would have shattered. Hopefully we can get it undented in Billings.

Like the title says - odds and ends of life.



  1. Motorcycles and Mobile Homes. That is a little bit of everything. Glad the roof leak was easy to fix after the ac problem.

  2. Eternabond is awesome! We have traveled a lot thismsummer and have had quite a few 30 amp sites. Usually we cwn run both ACs on that, but when everyone is doing you say, the voltage drops, kicking one off. Ugh.

  3. Yes, life is full of odds and ends that keep us "entertained"?

  4. I could sure go for some of that 40F weather. Glad Jim's neck is improving.

  5. So happy it cooled off and rained. It's odd to think of the fires burning until it snows. Currently Spokane is having weather perfection and we are missing it due to our relentless emptying of boxes.

  6. I could do without all those odds and ends but they keep following me around no matter where I go!

  7. You sure have been doing a bit of this and that. I would love those temps here. We are back into the triple digits again. will it ever end?


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