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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Things Come In Threes

This has been quite the season for our medical issues, my gut, my eye and now it's been Marti's turn.  She had to have a procedure for a partial removal of her thyroid gland.  Nothing serious but a preemptive surgery for some non malignant nodules that grew on the gland.  Like my gut, it appears this is something that runs in her family, several of her family members have had the same issues.  Thankfully all has turned out well and she is back to her normal routine.

I am looking forward to my final gut surgery on September 13, can't wait for my plumbing to be reconnected.  It's been a long time and I certainly won't miss this colostomy bag.  It doesn't slow me down from normal activities, but it can make the most embarrassing noises at the most inopportune times.  I have no control over it, it does what it wants to do whenever and wherever it wants.  After the surgery, I hope to recover what ever dignity I have left...  ;c)

It has been a hot, slow summer here at the lake.  I've been working nights doing radio watches for the rangers that are out on patrol around the campgrounds and day use areas.  It's not a terribly exciting job, but I don't mind it, I have made good use of my Kindle and devoured quite a few books.  With Labor Day weekend approaching, that job will end after the weekend.  We'll be covering a day use gate house for those three days, a job we can do together for a change.

With the drought conditions here at the lake, we've seen the lowest water levels ever in the three years we've done volunteer work here.  One downside is many of the volunteers here at the campground have been fighting ants in our RVs.  We've been battling ants now for the better part of a week inside areas of the Journey, we've tried our trusty Terro ant baits and they are not working,  I have vaseline around all my hoses and cables and the ants have walked right over it, we've had to spray all over the cement pad under the Journey with various home remedies and commercial products and have still found ants around.  The downside is these little suckers bite and we've both gotten munched on at various times.  Hopefully we'll get this battle over sooner rather than later.

We check up on our new home base house usually once a week.  It's been interesting to see it coming along and I've been documenting the build, taking pictures of all the wiring, plumbing and framing. We've been buying some necessities to furnish the house when we close on it in mid October.  We sold everything we owned when we sold our last house instead of paying for storage, it was a smart move, we saved lots of money and now have funds to buy new items to outfit the home.  Some of that old furniture was pretty beat up from our military moves, so no loss there.

We are still going to travel in the Journey, still going to do volunteer work too, in between time spent at our "home base".  It will be nice to off load some of the items we have in the Journey to the house because we won't need to carry everything we own/need on the road.

We are trying to figure out our travels for the winter, we have grand kids in California and New Jersey that we want to visit, as well as some needed repairs on the Journey at the Winnebago factory service center that are beyond what I can do by myself, can't put them off too much longer.  Funny how life can make you a juggler.

One project I've been "picking at" (literally) on the Journey is the removal of the Diamond Shield plastic covering on the front.  Initially it was installed at the factory to protect the paint.  Good idea, sort of.  Seven years later, the glue that holds the shield on has grown mold behind the plastic, leaving the Journey's nose looking very unsightly.

Some sections of the shield peeled right off in one piece.  Very nice result.

Other sections are so brittle, it comes off in tiny pieces, leaving behind some glue residue, which comes off with a bit on WD-40 on a rag.

I watched a number of YouTube videos on how to remove this stuff, some were interesting but I'm unable to use one technique because I don't have a steam gun (whatever that is).  One guy used a high pressure washer and blasted the plastic off along with his paint and put holes in the fiberglass.  Not going to do that, for sure.  

I originally was picking at it with my fingernails, but after a while, it hurt too much, so what I've been using a little bit at a time are these plastic razor blades I got at Ace Hardware.

They work better than fingernails, but it's slow going.

I've been doing small sections at a time, hitting them for a few minutes here, a few minutes there.  It's been so hot here at the lake, I get drenched with sweat in no time.  Hopefully with cooler fall weather approaching I'll be able to spend more time to remove it all.  Until then, a little bit at a time is all I can do.


I'm open to suggestions if anyone has a better, easier, faster way to do this.  I (and my fingernails) will be eternally grateful!   ;c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


  1. 3M makes a disc type device you put on a drill to remove decals. You might give that a try. part is 3M 7498.

  2. Nice to see that the medical issues are coming together and hope that you can get on the road soon.
    That 3 M product looked good but glad that we did not go for it cheaper and easier to repaint the front of our coach than to deal with that coating.
    Good luck !

  3. Boy you two have had the medical summer. I'm glad to hear that it is all going to come to an end soon. At least they are just temporary set backs and not something rather permanent like David's. Ugg, Ants...I hate ants and ants that bite...boy do I feel sorry for you. Amazing that nothing will work on those buggers. Did you call an exterminator and ask what they use? Everybody around you is having the same problem? No one has any solutions. Ugg! Well I guess misery loves company. But biting ants. I don't think we have that gel coat on our 2004 Brave but the fiberglass sure looks a lot like those gray spider veins in your pictures. Nice looking new house.

  4. Glad the medical issues are coming to a close soon. As for you recovering your dignity-good luck with that:)))

  5. Paul, hope you took good care of Marti, as good as she took care of you.

  6. So sorry to hear about Marti's issues too. Glad it's all taken care of. Maybe all your medical issues will be limited to 2016 :) Love your house!

  7. OK...3 and out...time to be done with medical issues!!! Just glad to hear that all is well and come September you will be all back together;o))

  8. Hope this will be the end of the medical issues. Have you tried a hair dryer to heat the plastic covering?

  9. It's amazing all the tricks you can learn on YouTube! I'm glad we'll probably be catching up with you after your "noise" problems go away. That might make for a more interesting conversation. :) Sorry to hear about Marti. It seems you both have had more than your share of not so fun stuff. However, the new house and visiting the grandkids should make up for all of that!

  10. Glad to see most the medical issues are behind you, hope your last surgery goes well and that you can ditch the "bag", Paul.

    Have you tried using Goo Gone it might make it a little easier to remove.

    Your house is really coming along nicely. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

  11. Hopefully no more medical situations. The house looks great, but it seems like just yesterday that you went on the road.

  12. Hopefully no more medical situations. The house looks great, but it seems like just yesterday that you went on the road.

  13. Ants avoid anything with orange scent. Try orange cleaner from the dollar store or just scatter orange peel where you see them. Good luck.

  14. Praying that your medical goes well this month and all ends well. Good luck with the decal removal - looking good so far. And good luck with the ants. Don't fall for the "white chalk will keep em away" cause it doesn't.

  15. Try a wall paper remover steamer. You can buy steamers for cleaning too. Google handheld steamer.

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