That #*!&% Curtain, Other Projects & Camping Plans

The door curtain with dowel hanging from curtain ring so we can open it at night with the screen door closed

The door curtain with dowel hanging from curtain ring so we can open it at night with the screen door closed

So I got the curtain up today and discovered that one magnet on each end of the curtain rod is not strong enough to hold the curtain up.  I added some sticky tape to hold it up while I took the picture, and as soon as I got the photo, the curtain fell down.

I really rue the day I decided not to use riveted rod holders!

Tonight I’ll glue on another magnet per side and hold my breath that it works!

Dowel with cup hook hanging from curtain rings

Dowel with cup hook hanging from curtain rings

I screwed a small cup hook into a 1/4″ dowel that I hung from one of the curtain rings.  This is so, when the screen door is closed at night, I can reach it from the door lock area to open the curtain it without having to open the whole door.

While I was at it, I removed the old, rusty kitchen rack.  I’ll replace it with a similar spice rack to hold small bottles of dish soap, vitamins, and such.  But installing the new one won’t happen until tomorrow.  I’m still unbelievably disappointed at the curtain rod problem.

I also bought new wire racks for the inside of the closet and the bathroom.

I removed this old, rusty kitchen rack today.  Will put up a shiny new one tomorrow.  :)

I removed this old, rusty kitchen rack today. Will put up a shiny new one tomorrow. 🙂

We are planning to go camping Tuesday.  We originally thought Monday, but there’s a 70% chance of thunderstorms.  There’s only a 20% on Tuesday, so that will be our travel day.

We’ve decided to go to the mountains in spite of daily thunderstorms.  We’d get the storms anyway if we camped in the Talledega National Forest in Alabama or in the North Georgia COEs.  And it will be 10 degrees cooler at Mt. Pisgah.

On a happier note, I did find several boletes today.  I probably won’t have time to identify them, but I do know that one is a bolete and one a suillus.  One is unknown.  Also found a new amanita.  So assuming I calm down from today’s Casita mod disasters, I’ll work on that this evening!  🙂



Uncle, Already!





The weather is wearing on all of us, including the dogs.  We are coping with extra naps, snacks and comfort food.  😀

I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll be able to make it to the North Carolina mountains this month.  It will depend on the weather.  I don’t think camping on top of a mountain without hookups in daily thunderstorms would be a lot of fun.

Maybe I’ll concentrate on more Casita projects and just look forward to camping weather, whenever it comes.  Maybe August?  The cooler mountains would be a real treat then.

But, soggy as it is here, I would much rather have our weather than the hot, dry fire weather out West.



Rosie the Riveter

My first riveting job

My first riveting job

Another dragon slain!  I got the black and grey tank vent covers replaced today!

I was unsure if I would need 3mm or 5 mm rivets, so I got a package of each.  I practiced riveting — and drilling out rivets — on the piece of fiberglass I had cut from the roof when I installed the fan.

Working with the 3mm rivets was easy.  But I did not have the hand strength to pop the 5 mm rivets.  I was so hoping that the 3mm size was what I would need for the job.

After I scraped the caulking off the rivets on the old vents, I was thrilled to see that they had used 3 mm!

It was pretty easy removing the old vent caps.  The caulking was another matter.  But I used a good silicone remover and was able to get every trace of the old stuff off.

I did discover a wasp tending a nest in the gray water pipe.  I squirted her with Raid, then used tongs to remove the nest.

I lined the vent caps with butyl tape, then fit them over the pipes.  I was disappointed that the new vents have a different hole pattern than the original ones.  But I just stuffed a ball of butyl tape in the old holes, drilled new ones… then very proudly did my first riveting jobs!

I don’t know if I needed to caulk the rivet caps, but I felt better putting a dollop of self leveling caulking on them.

With self leveling caulking over the rivets

With self leveling caulking over the rivets

I am tired, but feel such a sense of accomplishment.  There are so many little things I was afraid to do in the Casita because I was afraid of rivets.  Now I can remove the vent on the side of the kitchen cupboard and get rid of the rust in the corner and repaint it.  And I have plans to add larger cupboard vents and also vents at the bottom and top of the closet.  And I can add a vent to the bench where the water tank is so heat can get to it and the pipes in winter.  I’m also thinking of maybe adding vents to the side of the dinette seats for the same reason.

Also, I have ordered another Maxx Air window vent.  I tried the fan with just the rear vent open.  The fan sounded like it was straining, and there was no air circulation over the dinette.  So then I opened the dinette window the same distance it would open if I had another vent there.  The fan motor sounded happier, and I got a delicious cross breeze in the dinette area.

I’ve also ordered a clear, smoke colored opening window for the front door.  And a new wire kit for the battery so I can replace the stiff wires that I’m always afraid will break. So I have mods galore planned!

We want to go camping later this month after we get past vet visits for Sunny and Sheba.  But I’m afraid it’s going to be way too hot to enjoy being outside.  We’ll plan on a couple of days, and if we enjoy it, we can extend it for several more days.

Also, I REALLY want to get to the mountains in July or August.  That was the real impetus for the fan and vents — so we can be comfortable there without electricity.

So I am happy. I’m looking forward to learning the things I need to learn to do my new projects.  And I’m betting that by the time I get them finished, I’ll be confident enough to tackle the fan motor replacement on the furnace!

Cherokee to Lake Allatoona

Pretty impressive drive for a flatlander Florida native!

On the way to the rally in Cherokee, I didn’t take any photos.  Mainly because it was my first experience with twisty, winding, steep, two lane roads bordered on one side by mountains and on the other side by white water churning just feet from my window.   I was a nervous wreck!

However, since I knew what to expect, the drive back was simply awesome.  Unfortunately, the white water was on Ron’s side and I didn’t get any good photos through the windshield.  But the mountain scenery was glorious!

We are at Lake Allatoona again this evening.  It is so beautiful and so peaceful.  We’ll be here for 7 nights, then head back home until we leave for Florida in November.  I’ll post pictures of the campground tomorrow.

And, as promised, I’m posting a photo of Scott and Allison and family with their new Parkliner.  It is so much fun to see a young family with a new camper and think of all the camping experiences and memory-making adventures that lie ahead for them.


I hope we see them at other rallies.  It was so nice to see little ones being exposed to camping and hopefully a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors.

Scott, Allison & Family with their new Parkliner at the Cherokee rally

Blue Ridge Mountains in September

We’re making plans to head for the North Carolina mountains around mid-September.  It should be a little cooler then, and hopefully even cooler at the higher elevations.

We want to stay a few days at Mile High Campground on the Cherokee Indian lands, then at a National Forest campground or two to stay in budget.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of Sunny, our dear little camping buddy.  He adores exploring trails and new places with us.

Sunny the Maltese

Sunny, our best buddy

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