Running Water, a Big Rock, Chili Cheese Chicken, Rose Crochet Pattern & a Casita Project

Chili cheese chicken.  A 5 star recipe whether you are low carbing or not!

Chili cheese chicken. A 5 star recipe whether you are low carbing or not!

We have running water.  Showers work!  Toilets flush!  I am in heaven!

The well guys were supposed to be here 1st thing in the morning, but they were late.  As it inched toward noon, I decided I would wait until after lunch and call them.  Just then Ron announced, “They’re here!”

One of the guys unexpectedly had to go to the doctor first thing this morning.

They replaced the tank, and all above ground plumbing and wiring.  The pump itself is a submersible pump, so it wasn’t damaged.  I asked the guys how long I could expect the pump to last.  They said generally 10-12 years.  I did NOT want to hear that, since we had the well drilled 15 years ago!  But he said it depended on a lot of things, and some of them go 30 years.

Since our water is not hard and doesn’t leave mineral deposits, I am hoping we can go the full 30!

The new pump house!

The new pump house!

When they were doing the estimate yesterday, I had asked them about a replacement pump house.  They said they had a couple of models –one fiberglass and one polyresin.  I think we ended up with the polyresin one.   I was picturing a little white wood pump house with a shingled roof.  I was shocked when a big rock turned out to be the new one!

It’s kind of cool.  It will just visually disappear into the woods.  They also ran an electrical outlet so I can plug in a light to keep everything from freezing when it gets below 20 again.

The pump tank, wiring and plumbing were burned, but it doesn't look nearly as scary as I expected.  Only the pump house was totally destroyed.

The pump tank, wiring and plumbing were burned, but it doesn’t look nearly as scary as I expected. Only the pump house was totally destroyed.

Insurance is covering everything except our $250 deductible, so that’s a huge relief!

The recipe for my chili cheese chicken in the header photo is from Linda’s Low Carb Recipes, and it is superb whether you are low carbing or not — if you like spicy Mexican style food.  Here’s the recipe.  Do add the extra cheese she suggests.  I added 2 ounces of cheddar.

I had lost the pattern for my raised rose afghan, so went looking to see if I could possibly still find a vintage crochet pattern from the ’70’s.  I’m not sure this is exactly the same granny square motif, but it’s close.  Here’s the pattern if you’d like to do it.  Since the photo in the pattern is not good, I am inserting a better photo that I found online.  Like I said, maybe not exact, but close.

I am definitely going to do this one again someday!

My next Casita project will be replacing cabinet latches.  Some of the push buttons are becoming uncooperative and are hard to open without hitting them several times.  Ron could not get his sock cupboard open our last trip so kept banging on it trying to get it to cooperate.

It broke instead.

So instead of just replacing that one, I think I’ll go ahead and redo all of them.  I’ve read that they are using better fitting bezels now.  If that’s so, the problem shouldn’t recur.

Ron's afghan.  I am slowly making myself one to match.

Ron’s afghan. I am slowly making myself one to match.

Also, the hinges on the large cupboard over the refrigerator are rusting so badly that they leave a little pile of rust on top of the refrigerator when I open the cupboard door.  Some of the lower cupboard hinges are getting rusty, too.  So, if I can remember to call Casita tomorrow, I’ll go ahead and order them.

I posted a photo of Ron’s afghan the other day.  But I found a better picture, so I replaced it in the original post.  I’ll add it here just cause I want everyone to see how truly gorgeous it is!  That’s the nice thing about a blog.  You can show off to your heart’s content!  😀

After all the stress and excitement of the past couple of days, I think I’m coming down with a cold again.  So now I have an excuse to have homemade chicken soup and spoil myself.  And go to bed early tonight!

Not too bad!

New Rain Cap & Antenna Advice Needed

Casita with new rain cap for the fan

Casita with new rain cap for the fan

Since it will be a couple of weeks before we can get out camping, I am working on my project list in the meantime.

Yesterday we got the rain cap for the new fan installed.  I am so excited to have that done!

Then today I washed the trailer.  She sure does look beautiful — to me, anyway!

Sun rotted vent cover

Sun rotted vent cover

While Ron was on the roof yesterday helping me tighten bolts, he started to slip, so grabbed the antenna and the black water vent cap.  The vent cap is so sun rotted that it shattered.  And the antenna got turned around a bit.

I have ordered new caps for the black and gray vents, and will have to buy a rivet gun and rivets and learn how to use them.

I am very tempted to just take the antenna down.  We don’t watch TV when we are camping.  We get our news on the net.  And the antenna is a pre-digital TV model.  So I may just take it off and patch it with a piece of the fiberglass I cut out for the fan installation.

Crooked antenna

Crooked antenna

I would appreciate suggestions on whether or not to keep the antenna.  As I understand it, it is an amplified antenna, but it is not directional.

If I keep it, I will need to remove the old sealant and reseal it tomorrow.

Electric’s Fine, Grab Handle & Marine Sealant

Whatever the mystery problem I was having charging my MiFi at the campground was NOT a problem with the Casita.  Everything works fine with the trailer plugged into the greenhouse.  I am so relieved!

Grab handle by door repaired

I did have a mystery repair to make, though.  When we were at Flint River, I think we suffered some petty vandalism.   I can’t fathom why anyone would do it, but the grab bar by the door was pulled out about 3/8″ from the fiberglass at the top and about 1/2″ at the bottom.  It looked like someone yanked it just to see if it would come off.

In any case, the bolts were stripped out of the wood holding it.

So today I removed the bar, cleaned all the silicone off, and packed the holes with toothpicks dipped in waterproof glue to provide a new wood base for screws to bite into.  Then, to keep the gel coat from getting scarred, I covered the area around the holes with masking tape, sawed off the toothpicks that projected out of the hole, and filed them smooth.

I also sanded and repainted the grab bar with Krylon plastic paint because it was looking a little dingy.  Then I drilled a small hole in the toothpick wood filler for guide holes.

Next I coated the holes with marine sealant, then screwed the grab bar back on.

Looks as good as new!

Tomorrow I need to replace the caulking between the kitchen sink and refrigerator cabinets.  There are some small cracks in it.  I’m debating on whether to use marine sealant for that, too, as the area gets a lot of water from sink splashes.  Or maybe I should just stick to regular caulking.

If anyone has any comments about whether the marine sealant would be okay, I’d appreciate hearing them.  🙂


Our Little Aliner Camper

Welcome to my blog and to our Aliner camping adventures!

We’ve had the little Aliner for 3-1/2 years and have done a lot of camping in it, so I thought I’d introduce you to the little trailer itself before I continue recording our travels in it.

It didn’t start off well.  We had a lot of problems that mostly appeared after the one year warranty expired.  But after I had a bent frame fixed and reinforced, gutted everything but the kitchen and repaired the floor, replaced the leaking water heater and remodeled, we have been very happy with it.

Also the Aliner’s windows and skylights — and 8′ ceiling — give a wide open, spacious feel to the tiny 12′ cabin. That feeling of spaciousness is priceless to me.

So the little Aliner is probably our forever camper.  Here are some photos of what it looks like, except that we’ve added two 6-volt batteries to the front storage bin since these pictures were taken.

Click the photos to enlarge them.

Aliner trailer folded for travel

Aliner folded for travel

Aliner trailer popped up

Aliner popped up for camping

Aliner kitchen

Aliner kitchen

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom. The aisle is larger than it appears in this photo.

Aliner bathroom

Aliner bathroom with cassette toilet and shower

Aliner twin bed modification

My Aliner twin bed mod with lots of open, easily accessible underbed storage

Aliner floorplan modifications

My remodeled Aliner floorplan

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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