Today it was on to Livingston, where I'll be volunteering at the Escapees CARE Center for the next two months. I'm getting started a few days earlier than originally planned; but that's okay because I would have had trouble finding another place to stay for this very busy holiday weekend.
Along the way I stopped in Queen City at the Post Office to buy additional stamps to go with the remaining old ones to equal 41 cents. I have all sorts of old stamps that I need to use up. The next stop was in Atlanta to buy propane. I didn't need much, but I wanted to make sure I had enough to last the two months in Livingston so I won't have to unhook and drive somewhere just to get propane.
In Livingston I fed Daisy (2.989 per gallon). This will be her last meal for a couple of months. :>) I checked the mileage for the first time since I began towing Sweet Pea and was pleasantly surprised. It was 9.97 miles per gallon. The trip today was 234 miles.
As I was getting ready to back into my site at the CARE Center, the Volunteer Coordinator, Deborah, stopped by just long enough to introduce herself and to give me the schedule for this week end and for all of next week. She doesn't work on the week ends but said that she would drop by on Saturday to pick up my medical form.
I'll be working in the kitchen once or twice a day on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, usually for the evening meals. There is also a weekly volunteers' meeting on Thursday mornings. There is free WiFi in the volunteers' section of the park but I can't get a signal from my site because it is the farthest one from the antenna. I'll have to take my computer to the CARE Center library. Oh, well. At least I won't have to drive into town.
Things were going pretty well until I started hooking up. Then I scored a double: no electrical power and an overflowing toilet. Aarrgghh!!! I first checked to make sure I hadn't done something less than brilliant, but couldn't find the problem. Then I called the office and the maintenance man came. He discovered that there was a problem at the pole. He fixed me a temporary connection and will repair the problem on Tuesday.
I don't know what's going on with the toilet. When I turned the water on and came inside, it was overflowing. This is the second time it has happened. All I had to do was step on the pedal and then let off quickly to make it stop flowing. Then I had a wonderful mess to mop up. I'm thankful it was just clear water!
A little about Livingston: It was founded In 1846, has a population of about 5,500 and is situated in the southern part of the Piney Woods region. It is the seat of Polk County and is a trade center for the lumber and agricultural district of the Trinity River Valley. The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is nearby in the Big Thicket forest. Southwest of town is the Lake Livingston State Park, situated on the east shoreline of Lake Livingston in pine and hardwood forest. It is a very pretty area.