We’re staying at Mountain View RV Park at Huachuca City, AZ and today we woke up to 5 degrees! Arizona has never seen temps like these. When we went to coffee this morning, we discovered that nearly all our neighbors have frozen pipes and/or water pumps. Even those who are here from Michigan and other cold states! Our neighbor on the left knocked on the door this morning to ask for LeRoy’s help. The neighbor on the right had water running out the refrigerator vent panel and he wasn’t home. They were able to get into that compartment and shut off the water to his ice maker line, which had frozen and broken.
Thanks to LeRoy’s early preparation, we’re fine. When we went back to Kansas in November, he found a little plug-in device (Thermocube) for the bays that hold the holding tanks. He plugged 2 light bulbs into the Thermocube that now turn on when the temperature gets down to 35 and turn off when it gets to 45. We also left cabinet doors open and while that makes somewhat of an obstacle course in an 8′ wide bus, it also makes sure that warmth gets inside.
In the bedroom, we’ve been grateful for a heated mattress pad that we use to preheat the bed at night. We also have an oil-filled radiator that we put in the kitchen/bathroom door, but mostly we sleep better when it’s somewhat cool anyway. We just prefer it not to be frigid!
LeRoy’s been suffering from canker sores all over his mouth and tongue, so I’m trying hard to find things he can eat without causing a lot of pain. Coffee’s too hot and even rice is not soft enough. Since using the oven helps with heat, as well, I baked him a carrot cake for supper. Surely an inside piece with cream cheese frosting won’t hurt too much! I hope not, anyway, or I might have to eat it and that would not be good.
And speaking of ways to stay fit, like not eating cake, I bought a walking DVD at Christmas time and have walked to it inside the bus a few times. Now that we’re settled in a real RV park, I’ve been pleased to find that others are interested as well. The park has a Wii and some of the residents do Biggest Loser yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday right after coffee. They also do aerobics Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I don’t think either is heavily attended, but that certainly leaves room for me so I have no excuse. I’ll head over there soon!
Park activities are different for us, too. We’ve never been in a park that had planned activities until now. There’s a Super Bowl party scheduled for Sunday night and a Valentine’s potluck on the 13th. We like having more opportunities to get acquainted!