While my Janet was visiting, I bought a humidifier. Since I am mechanically deficient, I occupied myself doing something I was good at (can’t remember what that was), while she kindly put it all together and it worked beautifully. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay any attention to how she did it or look at the directions to see how to care for it. Yesterday, just as I was duly filing the Instruction leaflet in the Equipment file (I do that reasonably well), I realized I probably should read it. I had been using the machine for approximately four weeks. Imagine my surprise that it is supposed to have Daily Maintenance or Weekly Maintenance. Hmmm!
When I dutifully and carefully took it apart, imagine my further surprise to find the humidifier base nearly filled with lime deposit. Line 28 said, “Failure to clean device per cleaning instructions…may result in overheating or fire.” Great! Apparently I discovered all this just in time to become a fire bug. I followed all the directions to the letter – well, mostly. I used clean towels, clean washcloths, Q-tips, Clorox (where appropriate), white vinegar, and patience (not known for this).
I did all this while making oatmeal from scratch. Whatever possessed me to buy oatmeal that was not in a pre-measured packet? Oh well, when all was said and done, I don’t think I mixed up any of the directions. Well, the oatmeal did taste a bit strange but I am used to that with my cooking…
I finished eating the oatmeal about the time the “Allow 15 minutes for Automatic shut off to reset” on the humidifier was ready. If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know I did something wrong and either the oatmeal got me or the humidifier. Either way, God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”