Honoring Our Veterans at The Park

Today was another special day here at Pere Marquette Oaks RV Park.  It’s the Fourth of July holiday weekend and all our regular residents are here along with all the rental lots taken with first-time and return visitors.  Many of the guests are relatives of some of our full time residents.  Lots of little ones having tons of fun.

The day started out with our 2nd Annual 4th of July Bicycle and Golf Cart Parade.  Children started decorating their bikes last night, while Grandmas and Grandpas decorated their golf carts, scooters and such with all kinds of red, white, and blue banners, flags and other regalia.  We even had marching music blaring to keep the ranks in file.

We paraded throughout the park while throngs of on-lookers waved and cheered (and smiled) at the clever decorations.  Awards were given for the best entries in each class.

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After the parade, all the participants and spectators gathered around the new flagpole for the dedication of the plaques honoring our Veterans.  Both the flagpole and these plaques were donated by Bill VanDeVusse and Lee Presley and we all thank them for their generosity.

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And after the dedication, we all gathered in the pavilion for cookies, cake, punch, and Popsicles.  It was a wonderful cap to a great early afternoon.  I have to apologize for not getting any pictures of everyone during refreshments in the pavilion … I guess I was to busy stuffing my face with all the delicious goodies to think about picking up the camera, (duh!)

After the refreshments, many of the residents and visitors enjoyed some basking in the sun, playing in the pool, or relaxing in the hot tub.

A special shout out of THANKS goes to Chris for organizing the parade, Marianne and Mike for installing the plaques and the recognition of our Veterans, and finally Jean, Marianne, Sally, and Sue for getting all the goodies donated and the hall set up and serving everyone.

It’s always good when friends come together … can’t wait for the next opportunity!

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How well is our fridge working?”

When we started RV’ing we soon learned that the typical RV refrigerator could be susceptible to wide temperature variations and not real efficient at cooling.

We learned that it was best to “pre-chill” the fridge, letting it work at cooling down for at least 24 hours before loading it up with food.  We also learned that because it is not your typical household compressor fridge but rather an evaporation system that it’s best to put food that has been pre-chilled (from a conventional fridge) into the RV fridge.  Also …. DON’T stand there looking for something to eat with the door open!  Know what’s in the fridge and what you want BEFORE opening the door – that way you’ll be successful at keeping more of the cold air in the box instead of rolling down onto the floor and your feet.

OK, so we did all that …. but is it really working?  We installed a typical round-dial refrigerator thermometer and it kept showing 50 degrees or higher!  dial-thermometerThat’s no good.  We want to keep our refrigerated food somewhere between 34 and 40 degrees.  We turned the control on the front of the fridge to “Coldest”, but still showed around 50 degrees or so.

Finally out of frustration wondering if the fridge was working and if we needed to call a repairman, we installed one of those digital indoor/outdoor thermometers and “voila”, it shows us at a glance what the temp is inside at any time without us having to open the door to look at the grossly inaccurate dial thermometer that we hung on the shelf.

Since buying the digital indoor/outdoor thermometer for the fridge, we’ve also bought another one that I placed the outdoor sensor in the coach basement water compartment.  The water compartment has the fresh water supply piping so in that compartment I installed a 60 watt light bulb that is connected to a plug in thermostat that comes on at 35 degrees and shuts off at 45 degrees.  Now I can monitor that compartment temperature and be comfortable knowing my light bulb hasn’t burned out and the system is working and I can monitor this from my easy chair in the coach any time of the day (or night)

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