Friday, December 23, 2011

Solar Installed, Gave Notice, Countdown


The solar installation is complete.  Tuesday I went into work for a couple of hours and then went home after it got light enough to see what I was doing, so that I could move “My Spot” over to Folsom Lake RV (FLRV) to get the rest of the stuff done,  Harry the service manager got George right on it.  The Inverter came in on Monday, so that got installed in the front compartment near the two new batteries.  There is still room for a portable generator, but that will have to be strapped in so a not to be able to interfere with the inverter.  He also finished whatever he had to do in the control panel.  I can now see the percentage of all the tanks rather that the lights that I couldn’t figure out. 

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           Harry  next to the new control panel        George installing the inverter

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I was going to go back to work for a few hours, but that wouldn’t be possible because I didn’t have any place to leave Angel, (I couldn’t leave her in the truck).  Instead I went over to the Social Security office to see what I have to do to sign up for  Part B.  She gave me the forms that I had to get my employer to fill out.  I then took a run out to IKEA to check out their Chair/Bed and how much it would weigh.  I also shopped in the Swedish Food section to stock up on some things that I usually get there.  On the way back I stopped off at the HR Department at my work to get the papers filled out, but had to make an appointment.  Then it was back to FLRV to see how they were progressing.


I made it home just before dark.  There was this magnificent sunset, unfortunately no picture.  With help from some neighbors as spotters, I got the rig in place, avoiding the tree, water tank and another parked RV.  It was already dark while I did the hookups.  I had a problem getting the water hooked up, even though I had a “quick connect” connection.  I just gave up and put some water in the tank so that I would have water in the morning and just use the pump.  Then went inside and put most everything away.  No fireplace and the tuner for the TV wouldn’t come on.  I was too tired to figure it out, so it was off to bed.  Three o’clock comes awfully early.  I would just deal with it when I got back home from work.    I just will have to get used to all the little “hiccups” and deal with them one at a time.  Such is life of a full-timer.

The other thing that I did on Tuesday was to give my notice at work.  I will retire on , drum roll please     January 5, 2012.  with the holidays, that’s only 7 days that I have to work.  It sure is a bit scary, reducing my income by so much.  So now the count is on.  I will probably pay my park rent for January and take that time to corral the rest of the ducks.

Thanks for visiting


Angel patiently waiting for her house to be finished.

Susan and Angel


  1. How exciting. I know it's scary too, but its more exciting then scary. We've all been at that point of fear and now when I look back, I am so grateful we didn't hesitate. Congrats on the job for the summer. And close to family is definitely a good thing.

  2. Goodness, you have a lot more than the normal excitement going on over these holidays. I'm so excited for you. If you are going to be heading out my way in Texas, we have Pink Flamingoes get togethers scheduled for April and November. Just a bunch of women who love to RV who get together, no dues, just fun.

  3. These are huge changes for you. I like your attitude.

    I just will have to get used to all the little “hiccups” and deal with them one at a time.

    I think that's life anywhere but being a full timer brings a whole different perspective.

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    blessings from Anne and John, New Zealand.

  4. Those 7 days of work will go soooo fast, and so will January. You'll soon be on the road!

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New to you Susan. Transitions can be a bit frightening. But congratulations on your retirement! Stay safe out there.

  6. Wow,'re really getting things done! Congratulations on the short time frame. Merry Christmas to you and I know you will have a Fantastic New Year. Kisses to Angel.

  7. Days are ticking down, wish I could be there.I was trying to figure out how I could be there to help out, but there is no way.Trying to get some of my ducks in a row. Love You Eve

  8. You're almost there, can you believe it? I think you're smart to take some time after you finish working to get things settled and figured out. I did the same thing. Left work a few days into June, and stayed in a park until July 1, when I started my journey on the road. And you can always take off early, stay the rest of January on BLM land in Arizona if you get antzy to leave sooner.

    Congratulations on the solar install. That will make a big difference! It's quiet and stable, doesn't move around, make any noise, or need to be turned on. It just simply gathers all the sunshine for your Spot all day long. I forget it's up there. :)