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Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This

I was going to write about Sugar Snap Stir Fry tonight but other things came up.

Momma said there’d be days like this…

It was very hot.

Then the rains came and that was a good thing. The temperatures dropped into the 90’s and the caliche tamped itself temporarily down.

Then the wind changed. The rain rained itself sideways right into the vent on the kitchen slide making the refrigerator go out.

Heidi still had the phone number of a roving RV repair man that she talked to a few months ago when the rig washers were washing oil based mud off the RV and soaked the vent, knocking the frig out the first time.

He had talked her through a magical magnet resetting trick over the phone. We sent him a thank you check for $25. She called. He called back and said he’d forgotten how to do it. Maybe we should have sent $35.

She asked him how we could prevent this from happening in the future (it rains sideways a lot on the Oregon coast).

He said, next time you buy an RV, get one with the vents on the top.


While I was sleeping and Heidi was running back and forth between the gate and the soggy vent, one of our guys stopped by and offered to help.

He accidentally dropped the magnet inside the vent where it found a metal home and he lost it completely.

When I woke up yesterday afternoon, that much of the drama had unfolded. I hobbled out with the umbrella that we were surprised to find still tucked under the front seat (not really much need for it in Texas between the wind and the drought). I held it while Heidi fished around with dueling screwdrivers, trying to grab the magnet.

The sun broke through making the umbrella even more superfluous than usual so I worked the gate while Heidi continued her vent project. She found the magnet, took a guess and, viola! the frig came back on!

We were relieved not to have to haul all of our food down to the Company Man’s extra frig (we did have to do that after the rig washer incident). We were celebrating Heidi’s magnet magic with a close game of Whist when we heard a LOUD thunk.

Heidi went out to find water gushing out from under the RV. She came inside with this:

The filter canister cracked and plunked right off. We called our dealership in Iowa to see if we could still use internal water. Well, that would be a no but they did assure us that it was an anomaly, a defective part andΒ  it wouldn’t happen again.


Next we called the other roving RV repair guy who had just replaced our grey water valve and toilet this month and our micro/wave convection oven last month. He never called back. Heidi will start the phone calling over again this a.m. The part will have to be ordered so we’ll be waterless for a while (we have plenty of drinking water – just no tap).

Sooo, Heidi bleached a bucket that had previously held who knows what – probably rattlesnake heads – and filled it from the tank outside so we’d have water to do dishes. While she was beaching the snake and scorpion remnants out of the bucket, our mud logger stopped by to tell her to tell me to be careful tonight because they’ve seen 5 rattlesnakes in the past 2 nights under their trailers (about 100 yards from us).

Heidi came in with the bucket and the snake news.

By this time we no longer cared about health and fitness so we ate an entire DiGiorno’s thin crust pizza. Heidi was pretty tired by all this problem solving and went to bed.

A little later, I opened the freezer to get an ice pack for my knee. When I opened the door, a bag of ice cubes fell out on Henry’s head. It wasn’t a very big bag but he doesn’t have a very big head. It didn’t hurt him but it did scare him. He jumped backwards, into his water dish and flipping his dog food all over the floor.

Seeing his dog food all over the floor didn’t make him hungry so I picked it up. But seeing his water all over did make him thirsty which led to Henry drinking a quart and needing to go right outside where the rattlesnakes are gathering in the dark to rumba. They call a group of rattlesnakes a rumba. I have no idea why.

Momma said there would be days like this…

JustΒ  now, as I was finishing writing, there was a knock on the door. I’m used to the bells but a knock on the door at 3:30 in the morning is always a little startling. There was a man with all gold teeth standing on my fake green carpet perilously near the potential rumba. He said in a semi-desperate voice:

Ma’am, I don’t suppose there’s any chance you have jumper cables? There’s gotta be at least 50 men on this site and not one of them, I’m not kiddin’ now, not one of them has a set of jumper cables.

Our frig is iffy, we can’t take a shower or flush the toilet (well, we can but without water so it’s more of an inside outhouse) and I suppose, before it’s all over, we may smell a little ripe, but by golly WE have jumper cables!

I got them out of the truck and he said:

Ma’am, you just saved my life. I mean it! Really!

I’m not sure why the cables were a life line but hey, any day that ends by sharing life saving jumper cables is a really fine day!

27 thoughts on “Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This

  1. I am sorry I have been so out of the loop. Thanks for laughter – sorry for pain and days like this and something about surgery….I’ll read before I pray more. You are definitely having adventures ladies.

  2. I am glad you are back (writing). Missed your writing and worried about your well-being. My husband and I are gate-guarding here in South Texas this year, like your descriptions of what we are to expect.

    • Kathy –
      Thanks so much for writing! How kind of you to be concerned about me!
      Looks like we’re in for some warm weather here in southern Texas, doesn’t it?
      I hope you two enjoy your time at the gate.
      I look forward to hearing more about your experiences!

  3. Have missed reading your blog. Have been watching the weather in your area, unusual amount of rain. We left end of May, having quite the extra rain here in NE TN. How’s your knee, noticed you mentioned limping? Keep the good, no great attitude!

    • Well hello there, Lynn!
      Nice to see (read) you. πŸ˜€
      So you’re sloshing around in TN now? Such a beautiful state!
      Knee story coming right up!

  4. Looks like today we will be washing our hair dipper by dipperful. I ordered the filter housing and it will take a week to get here. No local suppliers had it. I remember the days of ‘running’ the water up the steps from the lake to the hut and heating it on the stove to do dishes. God prepared me for this life, but you?… sorry about this. I know roughing it wasn’t really in your dream plan. Your attitude makes it easier than it might be. Thanks for your amazing gift of humor!

    • You two are blessed with each other for sure. Take care & keep smiling… y’all wear your smiles well πŸ™‚


      • Thank you, Vicki – you’re so kind.
        And yes, we are blessed to have each other.
        It’s a perfect partnership.
        Heidi does all the work and I mile and keep the lights on for her.
        (Someday, hopefully, I’ll be able to do my part again but I’m pretty sure she’ll never let me on the roof.)

  5. Great guggamugga Deb that’s one heck of a day. It makes me want to never live in an rv. But hey I suppose any of those things could sort of happen in my house. I have five dogs just now so dog food and water on my floor is a common occurrence.

    • Hello JEL (I almost wrote hello jello but that would be inappropriate) πŸ˜€
      You are so right. It doesn’t matter whether your home rolls around or stays in one place – either way you have to fix the pipes and mop the floor.
      Five dogs – wow! Just imagine how much havoc five dogs and I could raise in a 40 foot RV. Heidi never would get any sleep!

  6. I think you needed ice-cream too, with your pizza, after all of that. phew! I’m scared to read what happens next! I think I have a one or two things going wrong limit. I’d be useless in your shoes! Love and hugs and prayers!

    • Debbie –
      Yesterday Heidi went to the gas station and came home with ice cream drumsticks as a reward for – well, I’m not sure what for – but they were good! πŸ˜€

  7. Oh gosh, I’m laughing hysterically–and I promise to do some sort of penance for it. You make my life sound easy-peasy, but having such a compassionate heart, it kills me a little that you have so much to contend with. Arrggh. And I about had heart failure, reading about mon amour Henri getting bonked on the head! Shoot! mon petite! Maybe you should put him on a plane, send him up here with me till some of the drama recedes to a trickle (as opposed to your water situation). Y’all are saints, no question about it–and I’ll keep praying BIG. I wonder if there’ll be an RV section in Heaven…… I’ll hold your reservations in Camp Caddo dorm, just in case. God bless you BIG, love Cj

    • Henry (your Henri) tried to go on line and purchase a one way ticket to the PNW (I should never have taught him how to surf the Web).
      He is truly a perfect therapy dog and you would be good for him, dear Cj.
      But – alas and alack, I still need him to coach me through my rehab so he must stay with me and steer clear of the frig.
      Oh and any spot with an ocean view will be just perfect! πŸ˜€

      • Bless his baby heart! He really is a renaissance dog, surfing the web and everything! I absolutely understand that his 1st priority must be to you–does he whimper sympathetically as you rehab?? Oh goodness–praying for y’all BIG.

  8. My oh my ! I am thinking today is going
    to be a much better day for sure. I am
    sending big heart hugs and wishing you
    a happier days to come !!!!

  9. You and Heidi must have that “Dark Cloud” over you guys when it comes to your Rv. I am sure you have looked but is there any way to connect a hose somehow where the water filter was?

    I am assuming that you are running your fridge on electric, right? If so you might want to check out where it plugs into the socket. Or check out where the circuit board is located and see if water from the rain is hitting it. Magnet or no magnet (even though it seems to fix it) shouldn’t have a bearing on the fridge. Good Luck.


    • Hey Nick!
      There was a character in Lil’ Abner named Joe Btfsplk who perpetually had a rain cloud hovering over his head ( I don’t really remember the cartoon but we used to use Joe as an illustration in our seminars).

      We’ve ordered that replacement canister from Florida (called all over TX – nope!). It should be here in a week. In the meantime, the bucket is working for the dishes and we hose our heads every other days to clear out all the caliche! πŸ˜€

      Oh and yes, we know the water is hitting the circuit board. We’re trying to find options that will protect it while keeping it ventilated.

  10. You made my day! Why is it that misery loves company. Your troubles make mine seem trivial. Good luck!

  11. I am sorry I am laughing at your bad day. Boy you know how to write.
    We are back in MI. I have missed your stories.
    Hope life is back to normal soon.

    • Oh Linely – Never apologize for laughing. If I can’t make it fun to read, what’s the point in writing, right?
      I’m so glad y’all are back in MI! Sounds like your weather up there has been all over the map!

  12. Dang you have a good attitude!. I think any of your hardships listed would qualify for AT LEAST a large pizza and a bunch of phone slamming, massive cursing, and gun-shots on rattlesnakes (and free-floating tree-shots). Do you have trees in Southern Southern, TEXAS)?!

    I think you’re going to enjoy Jen and my new book, The Dark-Humoured, Realistic Woman’s Guide to The Gratitude List”. Something to that effect. I’ll be decorating the cover: Black.

    Jumper Cables. Give me a JUMP today. Honey, today the big old movers come and move me 4 miles away from the office I’ve been in for 21 years. More/less. I’ve had 5 adjustments on my mouth, a crown popped off, had another ultrasound on ye olde ovary, therapy, packing packing packing, miscommunications, etc. I’m thinking of renting an apartment next to my dentist. I’m thinking of being her personal servant so I don’t have to dip into my retirement fund to live.

    And I’m feeling JUST fine today. Can I move to Oregon with you ? Soon?

    Ok, where you can be positive, I’m going with “realistic” …. (and a bit dark). I expect MANY THINGS to go wrong, and THAT way, anything that goes right is,
    well, like having JUMPER CABLES!

    LOVE YOU TO PIECES and PRAYING!!!! Yes ma’am(s) Debbie and Heidi Ho!

    • You crack me up, Mel. You are one witty wonder!
      About the trees – we had one real tree a year or two ago. Mostly we just have mesquite and cacti.:D

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