Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013

The last time I wrote was on 7/14,  We said goodbye to my sister on the evening of the 14th because she had to work on the Monday, and we were leaving on Monday the 15th.  We drove to North Tonawanda, which is between Buffalo and Niagara Falls,  where we have been staying in Larry & Carolyn Jarvis’ side yard.  Our service appointment with Colton RV went fine on Wednesday the 17th, and they identified our electrical problem as a dead inverter.  The service writer said he would order a new one from Tiffin, which could be in as early as Friday or Monday.  I started calling Friday, Monday and Tuesday to be told the inverter was not in.  On Wednesday, I went to Colton’s.  The service writer was no longer with them, and Sean had the parts department check on the inverter’s status.  Sean said Tiffin had not had one in inventory, but assured me that one would be shipped that afternoon and probably be in next Monday.  We shall see.

Since we have been here at Larry & Carolyn’s, we have continued walking 3 miles most mornings.  We have shopped at Sam’s, WalMart, and various other stores.  One day we drove to Crystal Beach in Ontario, CA.  It is a beautiful beach on Lake Erie, where Larry’s son has a cottage for his family to enjoy on weekend get-a-ways from Buffalo.  Marilyn and Carolyn also shopped for some Canadian brand grocery items (President’s Choice  cookies and Salsa plus some special hand cream) that Marilyn has been wanting since our supply from last summer’s trip to Nova Scotia and PEI ran out.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


We have been keeping busy for the past week.  Last night and the night before we attended my 50th high school reunion activities.  It was very nice seeing my friends that I have not seen since our 40th reunion.  Even though we come to my home town, Oswego, NY, once every year, and drive and shop around town, we do not run into those friends that stayed in the area.

Other than that, I have been busy doing genealogy research.  I have been several times to the Oswego Public Library where they have the local historical society’s various cemetery lists.  They were helpful in finding a few of the graves that I have photographed.

Last weekend we went to Peck’s Cemetery in Scriba NY for the more recent Forbes’ burials and to St Peter’s Cemetery in Oswego for McDonald grave stone pictures.

Last Wednesday, we drove to Scripture Cemetery in Sandy Creek NY; then Stone Mills NY to look in the Stone Mills Cemetery; stopped in Clayton NY to get some good XXX Sharp Cheese from River Rats; and our final stop was Old Evans Mills Cemetery in Evans Mills NY.

Last Thursday we drove to North Boyslston Cemetery in Boylston NY; then Riverside Cemetery in Copenhagen, NY; followed by Osceola Village Cemetery in Osceola NY.

Friday and Saturday we tried finding some Putney’s in Riverside Cemetery in Oswego NY,  I have only found 2 so far.

This afternoon we will have a family gathering and potluck at my sister’s home in Scriba, and tomorrow we will drive to North Tonawanda so we can visit Larry and Carolyn Jarvis and get the motorhome fixed on Wednesday.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


We drove up to my sister’s and her husband’s home (driveway rv parking) last Sunday afternoon.  They live a mile outside of the city limits of Oswego, in the town of Scriba.  We stretched out the electric cords and plugged in to her outside 20 amp circuit.  Tuesday our shore power died.  Wednesday morning about 1:30 am, our inverter electric died.  There are two circuits on our inverter; the top one (a/c, microwave) works, but all other electrical plugs do not work.  The generator will power the air conditioners, but no other electrical outlets.  All 12 volt functions work.  I called Tiffin (manufacturer) and the tech guesses that the transfer switch or the inverter is bad.  Then I looked for Tiffin repair places in NY.  There is one in Amsterdam (150 miles east) and another in North Tonawanda (150 miles west).  Since our great friends (Jarvis) have a driveway we can park in in North Tonawanda, I obtained an appointment for July 17th.  In the meantime we are doing well with one extension cord plugged in to the refrigerator, one to a battery charger, and one to the interior of the motorhome to which we connect one at a time – CPAP, coffee, toaster, fan, plugs for charging phones and computers.  Temperatures have been up to the mid 80s, so we survive by going in to my sister’s air conditioning during the day.

I have been spending my time working on genealogy, and we have both been reading.  We will be glad when we have more electrical functions returned.

Hugs, and Type at You Later.