August and September 2023 Fun Life Happenings

I was hoping to take a trip in the camper van for a few months but it didn’t work out for that to happen. The generator in the camper van decided to not work and it took a while for me to find someone local to fix it. Since it’s mounted underneath the van it’s not easy to get to. After going to many mechanics, etc. I finally through someone recommending me to ask a motorbike place, which I didn’t think would be able to help me, the owner gave me the name of someone he knows that works on small engines and generators. I went to that shop and a nice man named Oliver who owns it took the generator down and serviced it so it now works great. It takes a few tries to get it to stay running, but it then works well. I didn’t want to take a trip without the generator working to recharge my batteries that run my lights, fridge, microwave, etc.

But it worked out great being home because some of my friends I met online were visiting nearby and I got to meet them in person and a good friend from Toronto came too and we got to go to the beach and walk in the water, take pictures, and go for ice cream with him and his friends. We also had several meals together and on the day my Toronto friend was leaving we went earlier in the day to Morikami Japanese Gardens in Boca Raton. I had not been there before and it’s really beautiful and peaceful. I took lots of pictures so I will post some soon in an album.

I’ve been doing a bit of baking again and trying new things. I found a recipe for copycat Cheese-It crackers and they came out really good and I found an easy bagel recipe using only 2 ingredients yogurt and flour and they too were good.

Next week I am planning on going to Naples, Florida on the western coast of Florida to meet some friends for the weekend and then come back home and meet some about 20 minutes north of me the next weekend. I love getting to meet people in person that I have met online but never in person.

Today, September 8th, I went to a free watercolor class at a local County library. The lady who was supposed to teach the class wasn’t feeling well so we were on our own to paint whatever we wanted. Some people, especially one lady that seems to be a serious artist painted a bouquet of flowers from a picture in a book and it was really good. I just painted some abstract designs and one of the volunteers liked one of my paintings so I gifted it to him. He said he’s going to hang it in his apartment. It was fun to paint and it was sort of an underwater scene to me.

When I was going to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta I put the bumper stickers in the back window of the camper and over time they have fad ed, so I bought some fabric I liked and attached it to a piece of cardboard and put it in the back window, it looks really nice now.

Here is a link to some of the pictures I took related to this story.

I will have to make time to upload more pictures to my laptop and then add them to the photo album.

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