Day 50. It’s been 114 days as full-timers and 50 days on our journey. I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to share with all of you on how living the RV lifestyle on the road has differed from living in the sticks and bricks we’ve both been used to all of our lives.
In a way my life changed drastically when I got sick. So, some of the things I am experiencing now I would have had to adjust to in the sticks and bricks too. As you all know I love to craft. I am not picky. I love all types of crafts but I am most proficient at knitting, crocheting, needlework, quilting and craft type sewing. After I got sick I didn’t have any energy to create. It’s only been since we’ve been full-time that I’ve felt well enough to try to create anything. The problem is my body says no. I’ve got neuropathy in both my hands and my feet. It is a side effect from the radiation and chemo. I’ve been told it could take a year or more for it to go away. Not cool. I am plugging along anyway. I do a little and take lots of breaks. I’m determined not to let it stop me.
The neuropathy in my feet makes it uncomfortable to walk. I love going for long walks and while living on the road we’ve had some absolutely wonderful trails to explore. It is so much nicer than walking the same neighborhood day after day. I’m not giving up, I’m just not as motivated to get out as I was before or would like to be.
I’m a big reader. I love to lose myself in a good book. While in the sticks and bricks I utilized the resources of our local library so often they knew not only me by name but my husband too (he was the book picker upper). I loved being able to call up and reserve books from other libraries within our state. It took a while for me to feel well enough to concentrate and stay awake long enough to read a book, but reading was something I was able to do while I was sick. I read exactly 100 books last year. Reading is one of the things I’ve had to adjust to doing differently. I no longer have a library close at hand. I’ve got a few books to read from book sales, but mostly I must choose books to read on-line. I don’t mind reading books on my phone or a tablet, but the selection isn’t always the greatest unless you want to pay to read. I love my library.
Using the internet on the computer hasn’t changed too much. We use the hotspot from our phones. So far so good.
To watch television we have an antenna on the roof that we crank up and down. We can get the basic channels; ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, along with an assortment of other channels. You wouldn’t believe the number of really old programs available. Many are in black and white. We no longer are able to record programs or get some of the channels that have programs we watched, but that is ok. It is no different from our choices we had growing up. You plugged the TV in to the electrical outlet and got ABC, NBC, CBS and a Canadian station, along with PBS. It was free. What we have now is free also. Yes, we could pay and use the satellite dish on our roof, but we’ve found we don’t really need it. We’ve found other things to do.
Shopping is something that has changed somewhat. We no longer shop in a familiar grocery store. We shop in a variety of different chain, as well as local stores. That is ok, just don’t be in a hurry. It takes time to acclimate yourself to the layout of each store. You also find new and different selections to try. We are shopping more often than before as our pantry, refrigerator and freezer are much smaller than in the sticks and bricks. Being a Michigander, I like my Vernors ginger ale (they no longer call it ginger ale, it is ginger soda). Problem is you can’t find it too far away from home. We were surprised to find it in the Walmart in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I guess there are enough snow birds from Michigan there to make it worth their while to carry it. We haven’t found any here in Texas yet.
I’ve mentioned before that I like my little kitchen. Still do. I’ve just had to adjust what I make and when. When electricity is plentiful I can use the oven, the crock pot, toaster etc. with no problems. When we are not hooked up to 50 amps I must plan more stove top meals or meals cooked on the grill. It’s not a problem, just different from before.
As far as adjusting to each other, it hasn’t been hard. I like having him around. I do however enjoy “me time”. Living in such small quarters makes it a little difficult but not impossible. We do have the biggest of backyards.
Speaking of backyards, last night we had the prettiest sunset over the lake.
Today we had a very enjoyable time visiting with our friends who live here in the Dallas area. Thank you Gary and Gayle.
Until next time,