Projects and Phone Calls

6/5/14 Thursday in Parish, NY (Bass Lake-ROD)

The projects we accomplished were: put a wood cleaner on places that needed it, cleaned shower, deleted all the tire monitor sensors then programmed them in. This cleared up an issue where we’d set one or more wrong at some point so we had one that showed a fault message. Finally we cleaned out the inside of the CRV. It was just full of dirt and sand. That all felt very good.

Much of the morning I spent talking to Thousand Trails. I called to change some campground dates only to discover that somehow we didn’t have the July 4th holiday reserved. I had notes that I did, but no proof. Horrors! The lady was most helpful, getting us into an Encore park nearby. Unfortunately we couldn’t get into the park near Camping World earlier due to having the Labor Day holiday already on the books (reserved). We wanted to start the diagnosis/repair process sooner so we could continue on our path around the original time we’d planned on. The rest of the morning I talked with Lucas at Camping World, setting our appointment date and sharing the extended warranty information.

You could say the good news is that due to all these efforts to get the repairs done in Massachusetts we found out that we didn’t have July 4th reservations. So we were able to get alternate reservations made.

In the afternoon we talked to our local Social Security agent in Spokane. Very informative and helpful guy. The good news is that I was right: when we are BOTH of full retirement age (66 years for us), then we can both apply for and suspend our SS benefits. THEN John can apply for spousal benefits. He said it’s a loophole in the Social Security Act and Congress is considering taking it out. He also said that very few people do it. So in October of 2015 (3 months before John turns 66) we’ll start that process. He also explained that Social Security didn’t need 3 months to process your information, that it takes just a few days before your benefits (money) are deposited into your bank. It’s like your information is in a holding pattern waiting for the moment you’re allowed your money. They recommend 3 months for those with complicated situations that may take more time to resolve – like documents to be retrieved.  UPDATE:  John should not apply/suspend his benefits.  See the post for 6/6 for details.

Trying to be good, we finally took a walk around the campground. Wow, this place is large, with many great sites (maybe for members). They have 2 swimming pools and a wonderful lake where we saw Mama and Papa Canadian Geese with their 12 little goslings swimming along. Our friend Naomi said this is her home park and her favorite. I can see why. She recommended the cafe. It started serving today, so we treated ourselves to dinner. Yum! For a reasonable price too.

Today was cloudy and even cooler, windy, highs in the mid 60s, so it was perfect for phone calls and projects. Here is a bit of spring. These beauties were at the Canadian Visitor Centre at Niagara Falls.

Flowers 2**flower 2

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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