Reggie Tip of the Day: Do the unexpected! Zoom!
Reg and I are out for a walk on the road to the mountain when suddenly he has an attack of happiness, changes course, and zooms!
Reg and I stop at Valley Palms RV Service to see about the refrigerator on order. I’m not surprised when I’m told it hasn’t arrived. My experience tells me that one little snag in a process has a way of expanding into a big snag, like Lucy and the chocolates on a conveyor belt.
Reminds me of The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Remember that one? The short version states that “All natural systems degenerate when left to themselves.” I think purchase orders follow a similar law.
Even when NOT left to themselves.
The woman at the Valley Palms office is doing her best to expedite the situation but there’s only so much she can be expected to accomplish. I’m not going to get into the details because they are convoluted and tedious, plus it’s pointless to do so.
This photo reminds me to clip Reggie’s nails. At first he struggles, then settles down to soak up my praise: “You’re such a good boy, Reggie!”
Please understand that there is absolutely NO basis for criticizing either Dometic or Valley Palms. The chain that brings my new fridge from manufacture to delivery consists of several links. We all know what happens when one link is weak or broken.
I have the luxury of being in a situation where I can be patient. I don’t have to worry about a 14-day camping limit or mounting camp fees. With the Sept. 15 – April 15 permit I bought to camp at Midland LTVA ($180), we’re good for a long time!
In other words, The First Law of Patience applies: “It’ll all work out in the end.”
Looking further on the bright side . . . .
Reg and I are doing great without a refrigerator! We have a pleasant routine that works well. For Reggie’s chicken breakfast, I buy cooked chicken breast in small cans. On alternate days I cook my meals at home. The other days I obtain the main meal from take-out or Albertson’s deli (which I’ve discovered makes excellent chicken tenders).
I’ve also found that outside temperatures are low enough that certain foods, such as fresh vegetables, store well in containers set on the table outside (shaded).
At the P.O. I pick up my new hat!
As expected, my sister Pauline wouldn’t let me buy myself one of her hand-crocheted hats. In an email she insists it be a gift.
I reply, “No, I want to buy it.”
She says, “No, it’s a gift.”
We have a stand-off.
“Okay,” I email her, “but only if you let me buy a hat for a friend.”
Pauline fires an email back . . .
The two hats arrive, one gray and one oatmeal with flecks in it. I love them! I’ve decided to keep the oatmeal hat (matches my hair) and give the gray one as a gift.
At home I put the oatmeal hat on a bowl and hold it up to take a photo.
Great hat, blah photo.
“Reggie, honey. I need a model for this hat. Come here, baby.”
“Much better! Now put some energy into it!”
NOTE: You can see more of Pauline’s hand-crocheted items at her Facebook page: “Nana’s Off The Hook.” Thanks for the hat, Pauline! Also thanks to readers who placed orders! — Sue
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