Thursday, October 1, 2015

They Come in Threes


It is likely true that good things come in threes as well, but do we make note of them?

Of course not.

Bad things we expect will not cross our paths as solo incidents. And that expectation is generally met.

While at the ranch in Lakeview I thought we ran out of propane. We only use it for the range, and the gauge said we had 2/3 of a tank. But when the burner wouldn't stay lit, and the propane switch light went out twice, it seemed the logical conclusion. So we just didn't cook on the range for a few days.

Arriving in Susanville, the tank would only take 4 gallons. Hmmmm.......

Put the question out on a couple forums, got some ideas on what to check. Didn't try any of them. Instead turned the switch on and it stayed on. Burners all worked, not turning off after thirty minutes of cooking. Will have it double checked at our maintenance appointment. Yay, one down.

Cooking breakfast while Bill's in the shower and suddenly there's water running from under the kitchen sink. He is not showering in the kitchen. I'm not doing dishes.

But when the shower is turned off, the water under the sink stops. Hmmmmm........

Given the issue with the sewer line elevation at this park, our first thought is that the problem is related to that. But why didn't the shower back up instead? Bill checks and the hose is empty, as is the grey tank. That end of things seem to be working.

Pull out the trash can and cast iron pots, and see that the elbow has come loose. Oh good, an easy fix! The pipe to the gray tank runs along the back of the kitchen sink and is why the water made it's way where it did. He secures the compression fitting. Do some dishes, run a load of laundry. No more water where it doesn't belong. Yay, two down.

Breakfast includes smoothies this morning and when I pull the honey bear from the pantry it has leaked. A lot. 

I immediately see that the nose and tip of one ear are missing.  Hmmmmm......

Our first night here the "camp cat" came in the rig for a minute until we put her out. Later Tessa is sniffing like crazy in the corner. We think it's the cat scent, but she is scratching under the dinette and looking at the pantry. I open doors and look with a flashlight but see and hear nothing.

However, the condition of the honey bear and pieces of a dressing bottle wrapper pulled away means it is very likely that what she was after is an unwanted guest. Most probably picked up at the ranch.

So number three is pending extermination and prevention therapy, but it too will be resolved.

It's so nice to know they only happen in threes.......

23 comments:

  1. You are so calm and collected about the problems. These are traits I definitely need to emulate. Now who would want honey and dressing?

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    1. LOL - didn't touch the dog treats so definitely a different palette :-) As long as we're parked I don't get too ruffled about stuff, yet.

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  2. Lucky that all problems were relatively easy fixes. Probably the worst one is that honey that leaked out...sticky mess, for sure:) Hope there are no more problems as you move our way tomorrow:) Site 94 is still open so we can be in a row!!

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    1. Had to scrape it up with a spatula - such a mess :-( How fun! We can't wait :-)))))

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  3. A mouse wouldn't have a chance in our rig with Rosie on patrol! Maybe Tessa needs a kitty buddy!

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    1. Thought she was going to have one when the camp cat kept trying to come in every day! She did alert us but not sure what she'd do if she actually found one :-)

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    2. Thought she was going to have one when the camp cat kept trying to come in every day! She did alert us but not sure what she'd do if she actually found one :-)

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  4. I think we all get little problems but I only count the big ones as bad enough to come along in three. It'd be much more fun to found the good things that come in three but then we'd probably be counting more often than we realize. Thank goodness for that.

    Good luck in extracting your unwanted guest. We've had more than enough of those in the past.

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    1. I'm hoping if I count the small ones the universe won't find it necessary to send bigger ones :-) Would love to leave this critter for the camp cats.

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    2. I'm hoping if I count the small ones the universe won't find it necessary to send bigger ones :-) Would love to leave this critter for the camp cats.

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  5. We had a mouse while we were in the Teton Valley. Steven saw it, put out a trap and literally one minute later, SNAP! and that was the end of that. I'm always on high alert, but so far, so good. Now we are at Santee and fighting ants. Oh, joy!

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    1. Hoping we left it behind in Susanville as no sign of it so far. Ants sound harder to get rid of, but less potentially damaging - any unwanted critters are a pain.

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  6. I thought maybe the "Camp Cat" chewed on the honey bear...lol. What a sticky mess!

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    1. That was such a pushy cat I should have thought of that! I'm surprised we didn't end up with two critters!

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  7. Uh-oh -- yep, stuff happens. And when we're living in a home that spends a fair amount of time traveling down the road (sometimes bumpy roads), then there's always the opportunity for things to shake loose. We've also had mice and learned to never leave the outside compartment doors open, even for a few minutes. A couple of years ago we had a mouse running around in the middle of the night -- we lured it out of the cabinet with corn chips and swept it out the door. :-)

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    1. Bet it had nightmares every time it smelled corn after that!!

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  8. We've had mice before near Yellowstone. Peanut Butter and two old fashioned snap traps, BAM. Gone. Funny that I had just spread Downy Dryer sheets all OVER the place!

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    1. Looks like a tiny mouse and that he's still here, so the poison coming out today. The tea tree oil on cotton pads is keeping him out of the pantry, think he's hiding behind the dinette and comes out when we're gone. Sneaky b@$!rd

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  9. No matter what kind of "home" we live in things break and go wrong. You did good to find most of these problems. After returning from vacation I found a live chipmunk and dead mouse in the tall lidded trash can. Think the mouse may have ODed on the dark chocolate kisses.

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    1. There truly is no "dodging" issues with any size home. Death by chocolate sounds so much better than most options!!

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    1. We left for Carson City on Friday to meet some folks here. Debbie told me you guys were there and then the shop kept the Jeep for two days and we couldn't get out to see you :-((((( Otherwise we would have definitely stuck our heads in for a quick visit! Hopefully we'll be able to connect this winter :-)

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    2. We left for Carson City on Friday to meet some folks here. Debbie told me you guys were there and then the shop kept the Jeep for two days and we couldn't get out to see you :-((((( Otherwise we would have definitely stuck our heads in for a quick visit! Hopefully we'll be able to connect this winter :-)

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