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Today my father-in-law helped warm my bed. Wait. That sounds really wrong.

Due to highly compelling reasons*, we’ve broken the first rule of RV travel: park where it’s warm in the winter.

So for the next three weeks, we’re dealing with forecasts like this:

It's gonna be a problem.

That’s… yeah. That’s gonna be a problem. Also? Happy hour in the dark.

Tim’s dad to the rescue!

Normally when I refer to Rohrer & Son RV Repair, it’s Tim and one of our sons. Today, we go up a generation instead, to Doug Rohrer & Son! He and Tim bought, cut, and installed insulation between our plywood bed platform and our mattress, to help make it less drafty under there. Because Pacific Northwest cold is not a dry cold. It is soggy, and it seeps in through every crack, going straight to your bones, and making them shrivel in protest. We were stationed here for two winters, 2002-2004, and I swear they were the longest six years of my life. But I digress…

"Measure twice, cut once." It's a father-son thing.

“Measure twice, cut once.” It’s a father-son thing, repeated through the generations.

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See? It fits.

See? It fits.

Taping in preparation for second panel

Taping in preparation for second panel

Not snow. Styrofoam insulation turds.

Not snow.
Styrofoam insulation turds.

I was not rolling in the "snow." I swear.

I was not rolling in the “snow.” Nope. Never happened.

But not only did our helper clean up the mess...

But not only did our helper clean up the mess…

... he gave us an early Christmas present to help keep us even warmer!

… he gave us an early Christmas present to help keep us even warmer.

Happy and warm holidays to us!

 

* It’s the first Christmas season since losing our niece, Maddie, and we haven’t seen our older son since March, so western Washington felt like the right place to be for the holidays.

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  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your blog. I found it from a comment you left on thebloggess.com. Not only are your technical skills awe-inspiring, but you have a fabulous “voice”, if you know what I mean. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! And Happy Holidays.