Felt the need for needles tonight, in the form of acupuncture. Helps calm my mind of the insistent chatter and helps me to feel balanced. Thought of all weeks, this is the week I definitely needed the needles, with the closing and the move and all.
Love Dr. Karen here in Venice FL. Great people and a very relaxing atmosphere. I go to the NADA nights. Check out their website if you want more info. Here’s their website: www.myvenicechiropractor.com for those in the area.
Well, things are getting real folks. We are ever so close to beginning of the Living Lightly series.
Our house has a solid offer (5 days on the market) and closing is set for this coming Friday! We are realists (well, some days I am, other days, not so much) and we know one must know how to roll with the flow when it comes to real estate. Can’t get excited until the ink is dry. But if all goes as scheduled, and it WILL, Saturday we will “officially” be RVing it, not hitting the road, but living in a campground style RV park 5 minutes down the road, ok, maybe 7.
So, to say that the air is thick with swirling energy is an understatement, we are trying hard not to get sucked into the eddy. Seems like every minute of every day for this past week, month, year obstacles of odd proportions have been tossed our way. As if selling our house, shedding our lives of everything we own (nearly) and moving into a slightly larger than 400 square foot space (a palace, mind you) isn’t enough!? For real?? Let’s just throw in some hurdles that make your heart rate go up and test you coping abilities and see if you can survive what would give most people a panic attack, a heart attack or stroke out. My shingles areas have been as active as an angry hornets’ nests, luckily no outbreak though, whew. But what can one do but keep swimming, upstream, barefoot, through 8″ of snow (oh, wrong story, focus Linda).
The setting up of the homestead in the motor home is coming along relatively easy at this point, only if everything else in life were going that smooth. Randy has built a few custom items to make momma happy, cuz you know what they say “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. That’s a proven fact! I like to be organized, I look at it as a huge time saver and stress reliever.
I’ve also been adding some things to make it feel like home, I like a few things that comfort my soul and bring me joy, I don’t require much, not really. Doesn’t take much to make me smile.
Of course, I had to honor peace in some way in the new digs (above left), but I told myself that I would not go over board with it this time. So I will inject it tastefully in a few choice spots.
Also added some art work, some favorite trinkets (like those in the picture above right). Then I found the cool shelf that hangs on the outside of the shower for added storage and I can hang necklaces on the bottom hooks. Adds a nice pop of color and gives an eclectic vibe that I favor in my surroundings. Click on the image for a closer look.
In the above picture is my favorite thing!! Randy built me this awesome bookcase right above the head of our bed (click on the pic to get a better look). Holds my dearest books, a few choice music and poetry cds, my writing journals, and my most precious of poetry books given to me as gifts. I love to surround myself with good reading material, some favorite sounds, smells and pen and paper. I imagine this to be my hideaway, my creative cave. Above the sign is storage, two large storage areas. There’s 4 average size (for an RV) closets to hang clothes in, 6 drawers (4 average and 1 small drawer on each side of the bed) and storage underneath the bed.
I have to laugh at the sign above the bed. Randy made it, and I painted it in chalk paint. I wonder how many times that sign will get changed in the first couple weeks of adjusting, you know, I just have to verbalize~teehee.
A few more personal effects.
I’ve added mesh shoe holders that I stapled to the bed frame to keep shoes up off the floors and not taking up closet space. They are easily hidden by the quilt hanging off the bed. Clever if I must say so myself.
Since I work primarily out of my home (wherever that might be now that home has wheels), Randy has built under-shelves, short shelves that hang under the upper cabinets over the sofa and dinette. These I can use for office supplies that I need at my disposal. Also, I love this collapsible faux leather storage container with a lid. It’ll double as my file cabinet and also as our coffee table. Booya!
So we are well on our way to wanting to get this show on the road, pun intended!
When we get done with September, we might, maybe, hopefully (can I get an amen?) we can exhale for a few fine moments. We just want to sit in a lawn chair and stop doing for a minute or ten and just BE. Here’s hoping! And I hope you’ll join us for a visit, virtually or otherwise.
Keep checking on us…keep coming back to see how it goes; the good, the bad, the ugly…Living Lightly.
Are we crazy??? At times, I really think we are. But when we talk things over, and pencil things out, it just seems like our unorthodox ways work for us. And in this particular case, they had better.
This decision did not come lightly, took a lot of research, questions, and some questions with answers, a lot of “i don’t knows” and a wee bit of gypsy on our part. Randy really appealed to me when he said that it would be a fun way to test our skills. I have to say that’s true, we pretty much know what we can do with a typical property, so let’s see how we do living in this rather Bohemic way. Well, not totally Bohemic, if you’ve seen our RV in previous posts, you know…
But it’s been a process. A process of changing the way we look at things, the items we’ve accumulated over the years. Things that have been near and dear to my heart for the time, the place, the people that are connected to those items. So things have been gifted to many, sold and donated. It takes time and the proper state of mind. I’m kind of an expert packer…this will be my 29th time moving in my 58 years. The catalyst is that both of my husband’s wrists are deteriorating and he needs to take a much needed break from using tools, which means we are through, for the time being, of fixing houses up for ourselves. Home ownership will not be in our future for perhaps a year or so, longer if we like living lightly. Living Lightly…I like the sound of that.
We will stay local for the time being, not wanting to leave the Venice area, family and friends, and of course we will continue to work. Not near enough to retirement age. Just need to take a time out, won’t help the damage done to Randy’s wrists, but it may prolong the inevitable (they are talking a double fusion).
So stay tuned for what could be the ride of our lives~the good, the bad, and the ugly.