My goal today was to get the awning and add-a-room up and running.  Easy peasy, right?  For most peeps, I reckon.  I couldn’t even find the dang pull strap to pull the awning out.  I frantically ordered another one, thinking my awning just didn’t come equipped with one.  Then, I realized I didn’t have the goofy sumpn sumpn all the way up to “open.”  Fixing that did the trick, and viola, the pull strap appeared.  Thankfully, I was able to cancel my replacement order.

OK, so I dig out the add-a-room pieces and manual.  I made it to step 4, where it said, “Zip the short zipper insert onto the door panel.  Zip the long zipper insert onto the front panel.”  Hmmm.  Ok.  I found the door panel as well as the front panel already attached to one another, but I could not for the life of me find a short or long zipper insert.  I finally figured out they were already attached.  WTH?  For my own sanity, I deduced that I was sent a returned item, and the previous owner had completed step 4 already.  Yea, that’s the ticket.

It took me awhile, but as you can see in the pic above, I was able to get the front panel on.  Note that it is in “rain mode.”  The white panels roll up to reveal a screen.  Then the directions got all mathematical on me, AND they included the use of a drill.  Crap.  Well, at least I had Sammie around to help me:

Ya, I dunno what I would’ve done without her.  Woo wee!

So the mathematical stuff … every time it said to measure “in” or “up” and mark the spot, I went the wrong way.  Does “up” not mean north, and “in” not mean toward the center?  Not according to the pics in the manual.  And the drilling stuff, well I didn’t dare drill in the wrong place.  I did, however, search for and find the necessary 5/16” drill bit.  Did you know that some drill bits have their sizes engraved on them and some don’t?  However, the ones that do you need a high-powered magnifying glass to read?  I did end up finding what I needed after breaking into my neighbors’ garage.  They are away … nobody will ever know.

But then, I had visitors … Miss Julia and Good Golly Miss Folly Freak Dog:

I had to entertain; rudeness is just not my nature.  Sammie took care of the rudeness by growling at this poor li’l pup who is 1/100 of her size.  Earlier in the day, Sammie had let Folly lay across her neck.  I guess it’s a love/hate relationship.

So I did my good deed for the day, and then I decided to put the add-a-room project on hold and work on the plumbing.  I got as far as printing out instructions on how to “de-winterize” a motor home.  Then mother nature took over and the rain came.  I was so sad.  Time is running out.  I feel like I did in grade school when a book report was due the next day and I hadn’t even read the book OR bought the Cliff Notes.

Not really.  I don’t really care.  It will all work out.  Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff.  I ain’t gonna let this add-a-room beat me or the plumbing.  Every campground I made reservations at has showers and bathrooms, so if worse comes to worst, I will use them.  Everything else seems to be working, so I betcha the plumbing will too.

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