I typed a nearly complete update and because of the poor connection, I lost the whole thing. I won't even try to recreate it.
I have decided on the 15" MacBook Pro. While I would like the 17" screen it costs several hundred dollars more, and I think the smaller one will be much better for the RV and for portability. Now I just have to get Mike to order it (at his discount) and hopefully I will get used to it quickly. I haven't decided for sure whether to order the MS Office package or go with the Apple iWork (I think that's what it is called). I've never really cared one way or another for Word, but it's familiar to me and I can use both Word and Excel. I think it is about $80 more than iWork, so that may be the deciding factor. I don't do anything fancy with it but use it more as a temporary storage for text I plan to do something else with.
I decided not to go to the fire house Open House today as they didn't get started until about 11:30 this morning. It takes at least an hour to get there, and I was worried about getting back to walk Lady this afternoon. I drove over to Camper's Barn, only a few miles from here, to check on vent covers for over my shower. They told me that the installation would only take me about 1/2 hour - that means I should allow a full hour, or maybe two. I am not even sure I can do it myself, and I HATE to get up on that roof!
I've been cleaning the carpet a small section at a time, by hand, and it looks a lot better. I bought a heavier duty vacuum cleaner than the one I had, and that makes a big difference - at least it gets up more of the dog hair. Life would be so simple without a dog.