Living Lightly~7

Things at the crib have been going rather nicely. I think we have hit a stride that seems to work, balancing our busy work schedules with the need to rest, exercise and nourish our bodies.

Meal preparation is still one of the biggest struggles for me…mind you, I have always struggled in the kitchen, no fault of the rv.  In a kitchen I am like a fish out of water, flopping around not knowing what in the hell I’m suppose to be doing. Now I just have less room to flop and I do a lot of flopping of food. Seems like I’m always wiping up the floor. Hence the reason why Bella feels she must be under foot. She feels her duty is to be a vacuum cleaner of all things edible. So while I’m spinning between the sink and the dining table (aka my desk) she is scrabbling. The clicking of her nails on the wood floor is a constant. So the kitchen becomes a cacophony of “oh shits”s and “watch it”s. But I don’t care to always go out to eat. We could, but sometimes we don’t care to deal with the crowds, and it is really getting crowded down here.

We successfully had a family dinner at the nest, a welcome-back for mom and dad. Fit everyone quite well. Helped that I prepped dinner before hand and put it in the crock pot. Nothing like a good bowl of chili, some corn bread and a fresh salad from vegis from our very own farmer’s market on sight on Saturdays. Mom and dad seemed to have enjoyed it, along with leftovers.

Ramblers Rest is getting fuller and fuller. It’s fun to see people coming in and setting up their outdoor arrangements of tables, snappy colored chairs and landscaping their squirt of space with yard art and plants.  Satellite dishes are all facing the same way, like flowers reaching for the sun on their floral faces.

My favorite camp/home sights are the eclectic and colorful ones. Those that show personality and pizzazz. Some come alive at night with party lights and the smells of campfires in the air, now that it’s cooler, takes me right back to my childhood and camping at the Waterloo Recreation area on SE MI. Camping is in my blood.

Now that it gets dark early it’s entertaining to walk or ride the golf cart around at night. I love being able to see inside some of the park units and see how people decorate. I guess I am a voyeur..my bad. But what the hell, some people just don’t care if they live in a fish bowl. I, personally, don’t like people looking in, so my shades get shut at night. Ha.

Randy’s been steadily, and sometimes not so tolerantly, working on getting satellite tv in our rig. For the last 2 weeks he’s been positioning between the trees. Finally got a signal Friday, just in time for non-stop, pre-thanksgiving, Christmas movies on Lifetime TV.  Fuck me~lol.

Here’s some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

November decorations at a nearby site.

November decorations at a nearby site.

This colorful and funky little place makes me happy.

This colorful and funky little place makes me happy.

A street in the hood.

A street in the hood.

Yard ornament.

Yard ornament.

A view of the pool.

A view of the pool.

A slew of canoes.

A slew of canoes.

Park unit.

Park unit.

Moon over a repurposed school bus.

Moon over a repurposed school bus.

The magnificent and majestic Myakka River.

The magnificent and majestic Myakka River.

Even tho’ we love our little nest, one still needs to fly. Gotta go spread my wings…until next time.

Living Lightly~4

What a beautiful morning!  It’s finally not blazing hot.  It’s currently 78, just about perfect.

So let me take this time to introduce you to Rambler’s Rest RV Resort.  You can continue to read and experience it through my eyes, or you can click on the link and discover it for yourself.

Welcoming arches.

Welcoming arches.

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We’ve been coming to Rambler’s for many years as campers.  We have always owned some sort of camping apparatus.  Started over 28 years ago with a slide-on camper.  Oh boy, that was fun!   We remodeled that too.  So we had become familiar with it, and really loved the feeling we would get when we would drive through the arches.  It’s one of many RV resort style campgrounds that are familiar to the Florida landscape; offering both full-time residents as well as long-term and short-term campers.

What appeals to me about Ramblers that the other resorts around here lack is that it feels like camping.  It is not a place where the units are neatly lined up, same distance from the road, same size concrete pads, same tidy lot…way too sterile for this girl.  I love the eclectic array of park units in various positions, the many difference camping units peppered between the stationary units and towering pine trees.  There is green space, lawns, various Florida flora, vegetation, personalized displays of fun and fancy.  It has a communal feel, yet doesn’t feel too invasive.  Now keep in mind, this is October in FL, come January, I may be bitching up a storm about all the people. Right now the park is relatively quiet and very laid back. But once the birds all return it could get to be crazy, but hopefully it’s the kind of crazy I flourish in.

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Some of the amenities the park offers is first, my favorite place, the Myakka River.  I love rivers, they calm me, like most bodies of water do, but a river seems to take the cares and carries them away.  They have a great size pool with tables, umbrellas, cabanas and misters.  There’s a hot tub and a seating area with a fire pit, it might be gas, haven’t really checked that out yet.  There’s volleyball, shuffle board, boccie ball, tennis, a kid’s play structure, a splash park for the wee ones, pavilions, a life-size chess set, a sweet weight room, a billiards room with (i think) 3 tables, ping pong tables,a bike shop and even a wood shop.

They also have activities such as pool exercising, karaoke, concerts (a Motown group, a Frankie Vale group, a Whitney Houston show, stuff like that, cheap!), bus tours (some nice trips!), cookouts, they are always adding things. There are groups that meet however often like quilting, and even a Michigan group.  Maybe I’ll have to start a poetry group! .

They also offer park units and trailers for rent (or purchase), so anyone planning a winter visit, this is a nice alternative to a traditional motel or condo.  Here are pictures of some of those units:

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trailers for rent

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park units for sale or rent

We”re on site C51.  We are quite close to 75, and about equal distance to greater Venice, Englewood and North Port. Rather handy.

red arrow, HERE, is our site

red arrow, HERE, is our site

Hope you enjoyed your little tour of our new community, and as I learn things, I’ll be sharing with you.  I enjoyed having you stop by…see you again soon.

Living Lightly


imageWell, we made it!!  We are now block and mortar homeless, which was the goal at this juncture of our lives. We have made our way to our new home at Ramblers Rest approximately 7 miles from the house we just sold. Living the river life along the Myakka. Should and could be very interesting.

Can’t say we didn’t make it without a hitch or two.  Flat tires happen, and the slide-out on the rv wouldn’t go in.  Makes me far more anxious than it makes Randy  I get hung up on logistics to begin with, then when a wrench is thrown in the mix where one isn’t needed or expected gets me nervous.  I like things to run smoothly.  Ha, when will I ever learn that that is not the way of the world.

So here are pics of moving day yesterday, enjoy (because it’s not you going through this, baha).

Today, may we rest and play.  Dinner is in the crock pot and wash is in our little washer/dryer combo unit.  Time to exhale.

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Getting Real

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.

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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.

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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.

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A few more personal effects.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

crazy mofos 9~

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I think we are getting darn close to completion, all except for the bathroom, which at this point seems like a minor undertaking, one we’d like to get going on, but the weather has been so fabulous here in SW FL that we’re having too much fun taking it out and playing!!

 

 

I left off showing you the new changes to the bedroom; headboard, ceiling and valances.  We have moved on to the valances in the living area and a few small additional items.

First off, what does one man do with so many damn remotes?

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You marry a woman with sewing skills and creative abilities to surprise you with your own remote holder…he’s a happy man!!

It looks great and keeps them handy for a quick flame in the fireplace, just in case he wants to make a move, or to put on some funk and bust a move.  Or how about a fast dose HGTV, or disco lights on the ceiling…yep, he has them all!

 

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Here’s a reminder of some of the faux leather and faux naugahyde we purchased to go with the couch fabric.  The lighter color was used to redo the valances around the windows in the living/dining areas.

 

 

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On the upper valance above Randy’s chair, we decided to add a swatch of the couch fabric, just to tie things in within the living area.

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The darker brown naugahyde was used to wrap the backs of the dinette.  We figured it would give it a little more pizzazz not to have the lighter color, also adds some texture and wouldn’t show dirt/markings.  We have yet to tackle the ugly ass fabric on the cushions of the dinette.  I’ll find the perfect fabric in time, looking for shades of brown, leaning towards stripes.  You’ll just have to wait to see…

Hope all is fine in everyone’s world. Take a walk, smell the air…breathe deep.

Namaste~

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And we keep on keeping on, changes are a coming, and they are looking good.  Our RV is a great cozy nest, I find I don’t want to leave the extra comfy bed or the awesome couch that wraps its arms around me and won’t let go!!

 

 

Last we left off, I was teasing you all with some delicious fabrics we found to work with. This is the items we bought for the bedroom.

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Aren’t they fun?  I fell in love in love with them.   So this is what we did with the material…

 

 

 

 

This is what we did with the solid gray fabric.

 

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BEFORE-the UGLY headboard

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took the fabric off the upper decor and painted it with chalk board paint so I can change the words. Now it reads “a couple of happy campers”.

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we wrapped the headboard in the gray suede-like fabric and added diamond buttons for aesthetics. I love them.

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AFTER-the finished product, much improved. Pic does it no justi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I wanted to keep gray as my accent color in the bedroom, we wrapped the valance on the 2 bedroom windows with a solid gray and used the print for something different.  Now they are fresh and clean, no more “other people’s fabric”!  The shade color will just have to do, not going through the expense of changing them out.  They go with the brown ceiling.

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i like the clean lines and the retro look of this fabric

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New bedroom ceiling.

 

Yes, Randy even recovered the bedroom ceiling to match the new ceiling in the living room.

 

 

So that’s it for today folks, hope you enjoy!  Next blog I’ll show you what we’ve been doing in the living room with the brown (fake) leather.

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Are you ready?  Have you been eagerly waiting on the edge of your recliner?  Have you digested your turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? Well, I’m ready to reveal the motor home thus far!  Got it to a point where we are actually gonna take it on the road for a little R & R, but I have a hunch Randy will be stowing away some tools and “play things” for him to work on while we are away.  Can’t slow that man down…and don’t want to!

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Light fixtures have been painted, check. New cabinet hardware, check. New color on the bathroom cabinets doors!!  Yes, brilliant idea.

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I like it, gives the bathroom area a whole different look, a little more masculine feel.  I like to try and keep a balance.  Yin and Yang.

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Fabric, fabric everywhere, I was having dreams about all this fabric!!

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This kind of project can sure try your patience, but we are remembering to have fun with it and not to put pressure on ourselves to get it done.  Randy’s in charge of upholstering the frame, I am redoing cushions.

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My first EVER attempt at this. Took the old cushion apart and cut the new fabric to size. They had zippers in them, but I elected to make a flap in the back to stuff the stuffing back into it. Worked out great! 140

The old UGLY with the new. I’m gonna like this!!144 ~~click here to see what else is getting done~~

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Things have been in motion, stuff is getting done, progress is in effect!

Let me remind you of how UGLY the flooring in the motor home was before, Randy couldn’t take it!! That was the very first thing he did to it…rip and tear, and he’s off and running.

Flooring BEFORE

Flooring BEFORE

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We had 4 choices of colored flooring to consider, only 2 were viable options compared to the color of the cabinets.  The lighter wood color with gray tones and a beach ‘feel’ lost out to the darker wood color with warm undertones. It seemed to offset the color of the cabinets and went better with some ideas I had rolling around in my head already. Randy liked it better and I had to agree. I hate when he’s right!

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