Rain, Thunder and Hail Plus Dryer Lesson Learned

9/4/15  (Friday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

Super cold this morning (27 degrees)-neither of us slept well. Forgot that we usually put our space heater in the bedroom for cold nights….How easily we forget. When I got up (real early) for a bathroom visit John asked that I turn on the gas furnace. When I returned, knowing that he was awake too, we snuggled. He’s SO warm-heavenly. Unfortunately, it got really hot in that bedroom by the time we were ready to get up – so that sleep wasn’t the best either.

I spent some time prepping for our next WC lesson, then we gathered at the lodge around 11. Since I didn’t have a lot of time before lunch, I primarily talked about composition and ways I approached certain technique issues rather than getting out our paints. By noon we were both freezing cold (they don’t seem to heat or cool this building), so I drove Janet to her site, deciding that we wouldn’t meet any more today because of the cold. It started raining then, so I was really glad I had brought the car and driven Janet. It was pouring by the time I got to our coach, including small hail. Finally, we’re getting the rain we’ve been hoping for. Then it poured most of the afternoon. With that prospect in mind, John and I went to Bend for Costco (hearing aid repair + a couple items), Fred Meyer (groceries with coupons expiring soon) and the auto parts store for the CRV air filter. When we reached Bend the traffic (and crowds) were crazy and the rain included snow. I guess the skiers call it tapioca snow (very wet). In the photo, can you find the blots of snow? Enlarge (click on) if you can’t.

rain

As we left Bend the rain tapered off. So nice to get so much.

I got hold of our dryer technician, explaining that our problem was persisting. I wondered if the fan was not working. He said that it was connected with the heat, that if there were no fan, there would be no heat. Then I noted that I’d washed the clothes in the campground laundry. Ah!! He explained that was probably the problem. Those washers use much more water, spin once (not as strongly) and thus leave clothes wetter at the end. Our camper (Splendid/Ariston) washers use very little water, rinse and spin 3 times, then have a really long spin at the end. They also spin much harder than those in laundry (homes too I imagine) because they want to wrest every drop of water possible out of the clothes before sending them to our 110 volt dryer. THAT explains why the laundromat washer took ½ hour (similar to mine at home) while my RV washer takes 1 hour 21 minutes. Hard to believe that it spins faster in our coach than the one at home does. He wished I’d told him that in the beginning. I thanked him-it wasn’t his fault I’d misdiagnosed the situation and failed to give all relevant information. Lesson learned, so I’m sharing with you all-tell your repair person everything you can think of that might pertain. The solution: I’ll spin dry in my washer any clothes I’ve put through a laundromat before trying to dry them in my dryer.

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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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