This & That & Mail Service

Almost empty campground

Almost empty campground

The campground is almost empty today.  I guess that all the sane people are home preparing for Christmas.

Today is in the mid sixties with bright sunshine.  Perfect for a long walk without getting overheated.  And nights are chilly–perfect sleeping weather.

Some of you have asked me to review my St. Brendan’s Isle mail service.

We are very happy with it.  The way it works is you fill out a form from the post office — or St. Brendan’s will send you one.  You have that notarized and send it (along with photocopies of ID) to St. Brendans.  You provide a credit card that they will draw $100.00 on to use for the monthly fee and for postage when they send you your mail.  When that $100 is exhausted, they will take out another $100, and so on.

Simply beautiful

Simply beautiful

If you don’t need that address for driver’s licenses and so forth, you can deactivate the account when you are not traveling.  Then you can re-activate it when you need their services again.

When they receive your mail, they will scan each envelope and send you an email telling you that you have mail.  You can view the envelopes online and select scan, hold, send or shred options.  I have them scan things that are time sensitive so I can read them online.  I put the others in Hold until I am someplace I can receive mail.

So far, I have had mail sent to one of my sister’s houses, and to General Delivery at the post office in Chattahoochee, about 5 or 6 miles from the campground.

Every interaction I have had with St. Brendan’s has been positive, including phone calls to ask questions.

When you set up your address forwarding to St. Brendan’s, you use their street address.  You also need to include your personal mail box number (PMB),  You can’t just put a suite or lot number.  The regulations, new this year apparently, specify it needs to be written like PMB 1234

If you don’t put “PMB” on your mail forwarding order, the post office will simply send it to St Brendan’s street address.  If that happens, St. Brendan’s has to enter your box number by hand, and that can delay your mail for a week.

I found that out the hard way.  🙂

Just another pretty shot

Just another pretty shot

Ron and I have both had stomach bugs that left us without much energy.  But today I was feeling great, so was able to take Sheba for a long walk.

And speaking of long walks, the walks with Sheba this trip are doing wonders for my strength and stamina.  When we first started this trip, if I squatted down to take a photo, I could not get up without help.  Now deep knee bends are easy and I am just thrilled with the improvement.

We plan to go out to dinner in one of the nearby towns this evening and will leave the dogs in the trailer.  Yay!  Freedom! 😀

On the downside, I have a leak in my water lines somewhere.  The bag of dog food I keep under my bed had a wet bottom last night.  Today I discovered more water.  It is not coming from the bathroom, so maybe it is from the water line attached to the city water inlet.

So that’s my project now — tracking the source of the leak–and then trying to figure out how to fix it.

P.S.  It’s December 7.  Remember Pearl Harbor.


  1. Great info on the mail service! I filed it away. ;-}

    Here’s hoping the leak will be easy to find and easy to fix.


    • I just added something I had forgotten. Photocopies of ID go along with the notarized form for St. Brendan’s. That’s the kind of info I was looking for when I was checking out mail services.

      I am getting ready to check or the source of the leak now. I’ve procrastinated all morning. I wish that what I didn’t know wouldn’t hurt me!


  2. cozybegone

     /  December 7, 2014

    Pups make you move them bones…hard sometimes to realize how important movement is. We are learning…back to light weights at the gym, elliptical and feeling tons stronger and sleeping better. Get them soup cans out sista!!!! Ps….cool temps feel great with that “cold pillow” again….


    • My doctor has been after me to exercise, but I didn’t want to walk where we live because there are a lot of lonely roads and loose dogs. And I really dislike exercise for the sake of exercise. But getting outdoors and going and doing is just fun — and it is also helping my lung capacity and speeding up my sluggish metabolism!

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  3. I keep a lot of things in dish pans or at least sitting on something plastic. Water intrusion can happen at the most unexpected times and places. I keep triple layers of $2. dish pans in the cabinets with my dishes in one, and other disparate things in others. This gives me extras to use in an emergency, or as a makeshift bucket, if needed. Also makes it easy to haul things up or out of where they are stored and onto a surface that doesn’t require a lot of bending over, which can play havoc with one’s spine. Might work for Ron’s snack shelf. ;->


    • Judie, I finally got everything back together tonight. I was able to get almost everything in plastic by sacrificing my dish pan. I keep my canned goods in little plastic drawer units. I switched things that can be damaged by water into them. Will get more plastic storage things next time we go to Walmart.

      I never did find the source of the leak. But I have toilet paper wrapped around all the pipe joints I could get to. The slightest drip will be visible on the tp.

      I also discovered the exterior water heater is dripping. It’s not from the anode plug or the overflow valve. They are bone dry. But it’s coming from the bottom left corner of the water heater’s exterior. But the inside of the trailer back there is bone dry.

      So it will take me a while to trace the source. I sure hope it doesn’t cause my floor to rot!


      • P.S. Ron’s snack shelf is still not corralled. It will be after our next Wally run! 😀


  4. Good luck finding your leak – water can be pure evil! 😦


  5. Yes, I read that sad story!


  6. the mail service sounds pretty good. the water leak does not. hope it is and easy fix.


  7. Running behind again with my blog reading but must comment on this St Brenden’s post. Thank you so much for all the great info! Currently trying to decide about the mail. Want to give them a try but have a house sitter coming that will be able to retrieve the mail from the box.
    Started to say that we never missed anything important….but just remembered that we neglected to pay our home insurance when we were in AK. Anyway…great, informative post!!!


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