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Friday, August 5, 2016

Last Minute Camper Update

By the time you read this, we (hopefully) will be on our way to another camping adventure.  In preparation for this trip, and future camping in general, a little maintenance was necessary for the camper.   Unfortunately, we developed a significant leak in the last month or so and had to repair it before camping again.  Ron worked on sealing the roof with sealant tape while I worked on a project inside.

When we bought the camper last year, it had been well-loved and well-taken care of.  However, for some reason that completely escapes my comprehension, the manufacturer installed green carpeting around the toilet in the tiny bathroom.  Not on the floor, but surrounding the toilet.  

I've been wanting to rip that stuff out, and this was the perfect opportunity.  It's a small space, and it was attached VERY securely!
I cut and ripped and pried and finally got it all up (except around the edges (I guess they wrapped that wooden box before installing it in the bathroom).
I bought some peel and stick flooring for $.99 each (it took 4 strips) and used mastic as adhesive, just to be sure that I didn't have to worry about the edges peeling up.
I placed some heavy objects on it while it dried overnight.
Around the edges, I used peel and stick caulking that is made to go around a tub.
The front edge needed to be covered, so I bought a piece of unfinished mounding and used some of my acrylic paint TS to try and match the tiles the best I could.  Once the toilet was back in place, I glued the strip in place.   It is nothing fancy, but sure is an improvement over Olive green carpeting!


Monday, August 1, 2016

A Few More Balloons

Indulge me while I post a few more balloon photos.  Sunday morning, Callie and I got up very early, loaded the boys in the car and drove out to LSU-S while our hubs were still sleeping.  We set up lawn chairs and waited for balloons to arrive to compete at three different targets and for an instant cash prize.
There were a few other families that came out that morning, some even bringing picnic breakfasts. This time, I brought my "big girl" camera.  Because the stakes were so high for the pilots, we knew there would be many balloons to see and we were not disappointed.
You hear the balloons before you actually see them, as they light their fires to fill the fabric with hot air.
The object for this competition was to drop "bean bags" in several different locations.  In addition, there was a tall post that they could try to drop a ring onto.  If their ring made it onto the stake, there was an automatic $5000 prize.
As each balloon appeared over the trees, Baby D exclaimed "hot fire" and we watched to see how they did in the competition.
There were 31 balloons in all---29 piloted by men and 2 by women.
We didn't see anyone get their ring on the stake, but many were able to drop their bean bags onto the designated target areas.
It was so much fun to watch and really quite beautiful in the early morning light.
My favorite was a turquoise balloon with geometric shapes, while Baby D's favorite was one with cats all over it.  All of this before 8:00 a.m.!!

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