Our New House
It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.
Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…
We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.
I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.
So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.
Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.
I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
I just found out that a long time friend has passed away from Cancer at the age of 52. He was a hard worker sometimes putting in 14 hours a day leaving him little time for anything else.
I’m thinking about you David and good luck on your ultimate journey.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
I think I have figured out that 1 month is the max I want to stay in one place. September 17th is the day we leave. We have a house sitting job while the Aerbus is in the shop. This will only be a week then we can move on.
I got the electric bill yesterday. Yes we pay electricity on top of the rent here. $29 for 38 days. Running the air conditioners, convection oven and fans, I think this is very reasonable. Much less then it was living in the house.
I watched some poor lady struggling to take out the trash cans the other morning on my way to work. I remember that. Life is so much easier living in the Aerbus.
Escrow still hasn’t closed… Another day – Another $100. Not sure I told you but every day escrow is late the buyers have to pay me $100. However, I am anxious to close so I can cancel the utilities at the house. Also I need to get our finances in order and accounts setup for the road.
As of today I have 5 more working days left. Can you imagine not working? I still can’t. With all that time I will have the shiniest motorhome in the park.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
This is a photo of the catfish that we feed everyday. Actually all you can see in this picture is its gaping mouth with a hunk of bread in it. I have never seen a catfish come to the surface to feed until now. I always though they were bottom feeders. This guy is so big that it can devour a whole slice of bread in one gulp. I reminded Susan that she is spending over $30 a month feeding the fish and ducks and that she is not allowed to feed the Bison when we get to Yellowstone. That would put a serious hurt on our budget.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
You meet all kinds of people in this lifestyle. Some of the people I have met so far Have to work and some Choose to work to support this lifestyle. As of this writing I have only 16 more working days.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Found out that escrow will not close on the house until this weekend. That’s almost 3 weeks late. The good thing about it is that the buyer has to pay $100 a day everyday they are late. Good thing too because I figured out that it’s costing us about $30 a month to feed the fish and ducks at our present location. Not that we have to, but they make you feel pretty guilty looking up at you every time you walk over to the rail on the deck. Yes even the fish are looking up at us…
Got my Verizon bill and found out that using the Verizon network as my ISP is not costing any extra. It is included in my plan. So Cool!
So what is it about living in an RV that is different than in the house? Let’s see, I got phone, TV, Internet, all the comforts and conveniences of a house…No difference there. Oh Yeah, We got no yard work, the freedom to roam, new friendly neighbors every week, inexpensive living, awe…that’s the difference. I think we can handle it.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Funny how you don't realize the rut you are in until you make a change. My life used to be the same routine every day and every weekend. Now that I have abandoned the stick house and moved into our house with wheels. The routine will be changing quite often. So instead of ruts they will be mere surface scratches.
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Friday, August 6, 2004
It's getting harder and harder to go to work. I didn't think it would be any different as I got closer to retirement but it sure is. I have decided to take every Monday off (indefinitely) to spend time with my Grandson before we hit the road. He is 3 years old and I'm not sure he understands what we are doing, but he now refers to the motorhome as Nana and Papa's new house.
So far living in our 300 sq ft 1 bedroom motorhome after living in our 1500 sq ft 4 bedroom house is great! We DO NOT miss the house a bit.
We started feeding the Mud Hens that float around below our deck, then the Croppy started to feed, and now we have 2 giant Cat Fish that come up and eat. I don't know what they all are going to do when we leave. After dinner every night we take a walk around the lake to see who has pulled in and who has pulled out. It's a rough life but don't you worry, we will handle it for you all ;-)
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