What a day….

June 2 finally arrived! We got to the dealer around 11, and started our pre-delivery inspection. Thankfully we found no issues and were on the road home around 2:30.

My “no I’m not at all nervous about bringing it home” hubby must have been a lot more nervous that he wanted to admit! He snapped at me every time I tried to talk to him! Admittedly tho, driving a new fifth wheel down a major interstate on a Friday afternoon probably wasn’t the best idea. By the time we got to the Delaware tho, he was a bit more relaxed.

We stopped by the house and loaded up all the things we’d been collecting over the past year to outfit our new digs. Headed to the campground and backed in with no trouble… then when reaching under the bumper to grab the electrical cord, hubby proceeded to slice his arm open on the sharp diamond plate on the rear bumper! If he had turned his arm just a few degrees the wrong way, it could have been a *major* injury severing an artery. It took a trip to the emergency clinic and 6 stitches to close the wound.

The rest of the weekend went fairly uneventfully. We brought the dogs down, but they were too excited and nervous so we took them back home after about an hour. Got up early the next day and ran home to feed them and get a shower.

The cat enjoyed herself tho – until daughter stopped by with her puppy – then she went into hiding!

It’s in!

It’s in! It’s in! It’s in!

Our new fifth wheel has arrived at the dealer! I can’t wait to see it.

We decided rather than fight the holiday traffic that we would wait until June 2 to do our PDI and bring it home. We’ve got camping reservations at Lums Pond State Park (a mere 3 miles from home). We thought this would be a good “practice” session with the new rig. It’s close by and if we have forgotten something, we can just run home.

HOC

Yesterday I joined the Heartland Owner’s Club. We don’t even have the RV yet! I have already met a bunch of folks online that live close by. Really looking forward to making new friends. There are lots of rallys waiting for us too. I think we’ll sign up for the 5-state rally that’s to be held in DE and the MD one to be held near Ocean City MD.

I think this is going to be a fun adventure. Wonder how it will work with the dogs…

RV There Yet?

Well this year we decided to venture into the world of RV-ing. We’d been looking for about a year – found a brand and model we fell in love with – and at a price we could afford. We decided on a Heartland Sundance 3300QS.

We decided to order from Fretz RV in Souderton, PA. on April 11, after discovering the decor we wanted was going to be discontinued. It is going to be a lonnnnnngggggg 6 week wait until it arrives!

Gardening time again

Ok. Enough of the winter stuff already. It has warmed up a bit and we thought we would use the bean tower and plant some early snow peas. Hopefully they will be done by the time we are ready to plant the pole Limas. This will be our first early spring crop. I am already thinking about adding bed number 3. I don’t know about the seeds but I am looking forward to warm weather – as long as it doesn’t shoot up in the 80’s.

And we’ve got a great start to the solar production. We only paid for 14 kwh in February and we are now watching the meter run backwards. They read the meter March 8 and it was 1111. Today it was down to 990.

These last couple of months I hung the clothes on racks in front of the woodstove. I plan to do the same all of next winter.

Pickles!

The summer veggies are about done – I managed to get enough cucumbers for two batches of Bread & Butter pickles – made 10 pints.

My mother’s recipe:
5 cups sugar
3 cups white vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric (if desired)
Pickling cucumbers – thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
Onions – thinly sliced (1-3 as desired)
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Coarse ground Sea Salt (no iodine!)

In a ceramic or non-metal crock or pan (I use the crockpot crock) layer about 1/4 of the cucumber/onion, cover with a layer of ice, and 1/4 of the salt. Repeat with the remaining. Allow to sit for 3-4 hours.

About an hour before the brining is done, fill your canning pot with water, add your empty jars and lids and bring to a rolling boil. It will take a while to bring that amount of water to a boil. While the jars are sterilizing, add the sugar, vinegar, mustard seed and tumeric to a pan large enough to hold the cucumbers and onions. Bring to a boil, and add the drained, but NOT rinsed cucumbers and onions – discard the garlic cloves either now or before ladling into jars. Continue to heat over medium heat until mixture boils. Ladle into clean sterilized hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean cloth, add lid and tighten rim.

Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, remove jars and cool naturally. The lids should seal and stay down. Store when totally cool.

Great book for preserving all kinds of food:

First Solar “Year”

Thanks to a wonderfully sunny spring and summer, we saw a 12-month solar production of 8,179kwh! That is more than I expected. We had two months of over-generation and no electric bill (so to speak). If it were not for the swimming pool and running the filter 24/7 at startup, it most likely would have extended into 3 months.

It’s been a HOT summer here on the east coast, I am counting the days till fall already. While I’m loving the sun, I’m not loving the 90+ degree days we’ve been seeing. We’ve also received our second REC check, for a total repayment of $1718 not counting the electric savings!

Google’s updated the maps of the area – now showing the solar arrays on the roof: