Friday, March 20, 2015

It’s been raining for a day and a half so far, and the sound of the rain on the roof of my RV is so soothing. Taking a walk is more annoying because my shoes have very low rubber soles, so water gets in a lot faster.

Changing my socks more than once a day now. I’m one of those people that can’t wear socks after I’ve taken them off. Now, with the rain, I’m sure I’ll be buying more socks soon. It’s just a thing I have.

Walking in the park is also more serene with the rain. Very few people, to interrupt the quiet. The stream is becoming more of a river now, having risen more than a foot in a day.

What a difference one day can make! This first pic was March 19th, the second March 20th. This is a little man-made pond.

The rain has really brought out the green!

most don't know this, but I like really weird pets. Banana Slugs are one of my favourite. They're the second largest slug in the world. I want one, but I want one that is young. This little guy is adolescent, and about 5 inches long.

This creek became a strong stream.

I’m enjoying a night in, and watching movies on Netflix. This weekend, I pick up my cat, Loki, from my cousin in-law. It’ll be good to have a snuggle buddy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cause of leak located

So, today, I had to get that water leak fixed. I want coffee, and I don't want to be trudging outside to a hose every time I need water.

So I grabbed my screw driver, turned off the propane, burnt off the remaining gas in the range, and started unscrewing the screws that have the range and oven secured to the frame of the RV. I was able to slide the whole thing out a ways and locate my issue almost immediately. It's a pipe to the bathroom, and was very loose.

This also explains why I found green electrical tape inside the hose of the old shower head. Folks, I'm no plumber, but I'm pretty certain that ELECTRICAL tape isn't meant for your plumbing. There is this other crazy tape, it's even called PLUMBERS tape.

It's what is used to connect stuff together, and prevent a water leak. Glad I always keep some of that stuff on hand.

So I removed the electrical tape, which as it so happened, was also completely blocking the pipe. I'm not too sure when this occurred as I was able to use both taps in the bathroom for this past week.

Next, I put a healthy dose of plumbers tape on the one side, fit it back into the plastic connection, and retightened the fasteners. Then turn the water back on slowly. No leaks!

So, now, as I'm looking at all this jury-rigged mess. I'm looking into just replacing all the copper pipes with some updated plumbing material, and eliminating the weak points such as this plastic section that became a weak point and caused a flood.

Little by little, this old girl will end up being a brand new RV I think...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Disaster Strikes!

Luckily, I was awake, and watching a movie. I started to hear a weird noise, so I got up and listened. It sounded like it was coming from under my kitchen.

Curious, I went outside, and I watched as water was POURING out of my RV in several places. I quickly check the hot water heater and it's not coming from the drainage hole there. The water feels cool, so might not be the heater. I quickly turn off the city water, and go back to the RV, there's water pouring out of my passenger door as well!

I open my door, and where I was sitting not a minute before is flooded with water! What is going on?!?!?!

Now, I'm cleaning up water, rather than enjoying my night. It's too dark to look around, and I really don't want to be pulling my RV apart at 11pm. So, I am without water until I figure this out.

I turned on the water pump to see if the sound came back, and it quickly did, so I've burst a pipe somewhere.

This sucks. I don't have the finances to replace this damage right now.

A victim of theft

Someone actually stole my license plate...

Really? This is a thing?

Today, the guy from the registration office wandered onto my site. I poked my head out since a shadow wandered across my window. He said he was looking for a missing RV and was checking plates.

Okay, strange, but whatever.

Moments later, I get a knock on the door:

Him: "Hey, you need to make sure you have a valid plate on the RV when parked here. It's for insurance reasons."
Me: "I have a plate. It's an Alberta plate with another month left on the registration before I switch to BC."
Him: "Oh? Where? I don't see one."
Me: "What? It's right..... where the hell is my plate?"

Good thing I had taken a picture of the plate when I needed to register, so even the registration building is partially in the picture. When I got to the registration office, the guy and another were talking, and they both believe they know exactly where my plate went, but since it's part of another matter, they can't tell me specifically. They apologized, and assured me it wouldn't be happening again. Presumably because the bastard that stole my plate has left the park.

Now I need to file a police report for a stolen plate, and my plans for switching to BC plates has been bumped up a full month and a half.

The jackass even took the bolts...


Got the police file completed. The lady at the RCMP had to call me back for more information because basically, Alberta is a different planet compared to BC. In BC, your plate also contains information about your insurance. Basically, your plate IS your insurance.

In Alberta, the plate and insurance are two separate entities, and have nothing to do with each other. It took a couple tries for her to understand that my insurance expires in July, but my plate expires in April. It made no sense to her at all, and she laughed the whole time at how weird it was. lol

All in all, it was a good experience as I'm laughing at the absurdity of having my license plate stolen, and she's laughing at the absurdity of Alberta insurance and registration practices.

Tomorrow, I'm off to get my new insurance, registration and drivers license for BC, and will "officially" become a resident of British Columbia. Sooner than I had planned, but now a necessity.

Well, that was unexpected... WTF Google +?

So, I do not use Google+, in fact, I thought I had deleted it when I was given one after needing to sign up with my email address in order to continue using this blog.

I just got this email, clicked the link and it basically added photos from my trip, along with locations.

Some of the pictures that were in this "story" where not even uploaded to blogger. They're on my phone, and that's it. Now I need to figure out how they did this as I don't even have this specific email address (I have multiple email addresses because I like separation of lives) connected to my phone.

I deleted the story, and now to research. If I want to publish a story with my pics, I'll do it myself thank you very much. That's why I have a blog. I really despise that Google keeps trying to force their crappy social network down our throats.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cooking: Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Here is another of my favourites. This is a low carb alternative to Shake 'N' Bake. This list is for cooking four chicken breast.

The list:

  • 4 Chicken breast
  • 2 cups Crushed Almonds (I recently discovered that there's such a thing as 'Almond Flour', it's cheaper than crushing it yourself)
  • 1 1/2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Salt, Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups Minute Rice
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (I use frozen)
  • Feta Cheese

Feel free to alter as required. The pictures I will show has it altered as well. I like to experiment. As always, I prep everything first.

Place the rice in a glass pan, and leave it until you're prepared.
Take the eggs, and mix them with minced garlic in a bowl. Set aside.

In a new bowl, mix almonds and parmesan together, and add seasonings.

Pre-heat oven to 450F

Coat chicken breast in egg, and then place in fridge for 10 minutes. (This will help the coating stick better)

Time to mix in a cup of your veggies into the rice.

In a new bowl (or plate), take chicken breast, and coat thoroughly in breading. Place on top of the rice. (I like to use a different container so I can save my left over breading)

Add 2 1/2 cups of water around the chicken, and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

At 40 minutes, add Feta cheese to the tops of the chicken for additional flavour.

Pull out of oven at 45 minutes and enjoy!

This allows the chicken to cook fully and still be juicy. It's totally okay to eat a chicken juicy, just not pink. If, for some reason, the chicken is still pink, add a little more time to cook before serving.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Princess having a ball at the Calgary Zoo

I may not get to be there, but I get to live vicariously through my wife. We love going to the Zoo, and Princess loves seeing the Gorillas, and all the other animals. Today, my wife took Princess to the zoo with her family friend we call cousin.

Cousin's son is in love with Princess, he's only a couple years older, but just wants to be around her. Such a girl! She already has the love and protection of a boy! Mylaela sent me some pictures, and I got permission from cousin to use them as well. This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!

Gods, I miss my family.

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