Monday, December 19, 2016

Santa Paws 2016

As you know, though my wife and I full time, we still hold down regular jobs which pretty much keeps us close to the Sacramento Area most weekends out of the month. This last weekend, I got to serve as 'Santa Paws' for a Rescue that my wife Carol and I have volunteered at for several years. We had lots of dogs, big and small come through to have pictures with Santa, including even posing with a very mellow cat! Glad to be able to do my part once in a while! :-)

On the electrical front, I found out, through a lot of input from a lot of people, that our problem with the water heater was some connections that had gotten warn over time. I replaced all of the connectors that I could gain access too and I am very happy to report that everything is working just fine now! Glad we didn't have to replace the entire water heater! :-)

Safe Travels!

Eric and Carol Anderson

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fighting a pesky electrical problem

So, we have had some periodic problems with the 110 Volt thermostat of our water heater failing. After replacing the thermostat several times. Each time, Eric was concerned about the discoloration of the connections for the 110 Volt thermostat. This time, when the thermostat failed, the plastic insulation of the connectors broke because it was so brittle.

After doing some investigation on the internet, Eric came to the conclusion that the connections were poor between the connector on the wire and the thermostat. Eric also found the same problem on the on-off switch for the 110 Volt portion of the water heater. You will notice the discoloration on one of the connectors on the switch.

Eric will now look into the best way to ensure that the connections are appropriately tight the next time he attaches them.

We will keep you posted!

Eric and Carol Anderon

We are back!

Well, it has been a couple years since we have been blogging and we have regained full control of our blog so we are back on the air! We got really involved in Dog Rescue for the last four years here in the Sacramento area, and the vast majority of our free time was spent microblogging to help dogs get adopted from a rescue by the name of Chako Pit Bull Rescue and Advocacy. After four years, Eric found that he was running behind on his honey do list around the motorhome and both Eric and Carol were suffering from some Compassion Fatigue so they needed to take a break from rescue. During our involvement with Chako however, we have met some wonderful friends who we will cherish for years to come. We have adopted out countless dogs, and also put together over 200 adoption videos of dogs that we and other Chako volunteers have worked tirelessly to find homes for.

In the last two years, Carol has been promoted from Personnel Selection Technician to Staff services Analyst and then most recently to Associate Government Personnel Analyst, all while she has been working for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or Cal-Fire.

Eric was promoted to Senior Programmer Analyst at the California Department of Social Services and in September of 2016, Eric took a Lateral transfer to California Department of Corrections. Eric took the lateral because he wasn't able to come to an agreement with his management on the way his career was going. Eric is happy to report that he is very happy in his new position! :-)

We have been living comfortably full time in the Allegro Bus motorhome for  over 6 years now and we still live in the same park in Rancho Cordova California, just east of Sacramento.

Some of the projects that we have been working on around the house lately include:
  • Updating the flooring in the living room.
  • Updating the window blinds.
  • Updating the kitchen and sink area back splashes.
  • We've also been to a couple of east coast weddings as well, one of which allowed us to see the White House and a little bit of the Washington DC area as well

So, as you can see, we have been very busy. But, we still try to get out in our rig every month or so, so we are still loving the RVing life style!

We still have Charlie and Rosie to enjoy the vast majority of our adventures with. They are doing great and always a pleasure to have in our lives!

We promise to try to do a better job of keeping our blog updated in the months and years to come!

Safe Travels!

Eric and Carol Anderon