I've been asked to post before and after pictures of the work we've had done.
The old carpet was hard and stained.
We cleaned it repeatedly, but it was just plain UGLY.
There was a stain next to the bed from the rollers. They have been cleaned and adjusted, so hopefully they won't do the same to the new carpeting.
I don't think the stain looks nearly as bad in the pictures as it did in person! Before, I tried to clean it a few times and it was much blacker.
The new carpet is soft to the step and a bit warmer in color. It goes very well with the light browns in the tile and the darker browns in the Pendleton blanket we have on the couch. I hope it will wear very well.
Several people have asked me why we didn't either extend the tile (Alfateers does still have a stock that matches the tile we have in our coach) or a wood laminate. Both of those would be good choices.
But the way our coach is laid out, we have a tile walkway from the coach door to the bedroom. The carpet area is reasonably narrow and is easy to maintain as a no-shoe path. Since we do not have any helpful little dogs that might clean up any fallen crumbs, I have a heavy clear plastic runner under the table.
I think the biggest reason for not replacing the ugly carpeting with a hard surface flooring is that I am a "night walker." I get up several times at night and need to stretch my legs. The carpet feels wonderful under bare feet. Hard tile would not be as relaxing.
The new carpet gets five stars. I am very happy to have finally gotten rid of the only thing I did not like about our Alfa!
Craig is very happy with the new TV installation.
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The other work we have had done are not things that can really be photographed. Installation of a satellite system, repair of a door hinge, repair of a leaky window, and replacement parts in the sewer bays, but they are all things that bring the coach up to snuff for our cross-country adventure.
We also got four new rear tires. We may have been able to get a few more miles out of the tires we had, but we feel safer with new ones. They were seven years old. We used the FMCA Advantage program to buy new Michelins We replaced the front tires with the same type two years ago, and the tire guy says they still look as good as the day they were put on. Now we don't have to worry about a blow out from an old tire. A blow out of a new tire is always a possibility, but less likely.
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Mansion. You may have guessed by now, that I really enjoy touring interesting houses.
This was the winter retirement home of the Kimberly family, as in Kimberly-Clark paper mills, inventors of Kleenex and creators of disposable diapers.
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We had hoped that the work on our Alfa would be finished by Friday, but it wasn't possible. They had to order a cable at the last minute and it won't be delivered until Monday. For me it was no big deal to have to stay there for the weekend.
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His work and the house he built are amazing. So beautiful! What a gift to the people his family has made in creating a foundation to preserve and share it with us all.
There was a beautiful sculpture and botanical garden on the grounds, but my back has been quite painful lately and I needed to get back to the Alfa ASAP for some Aleve, so we didn't stay to see it. If it had been cooler we might have. It looked very interesting.
I am writing this post on Sunday. The weather is fine. Craig is working on a few things around the coach and I have cleaned up the bays and the house a bit. My back is OK today. Not 100%, but OK.
If the cable arrives in the morning, and if they get a few other little odds and ends taken care of, we hope to be out of here by noon. If not, departure might be delayed till Tuesday.
Several people have asked where we will be heading next.