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 7~

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.

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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!

~~check out the new floor, click here~~

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We took the beast for a trial run this weekend. Didn’t venture far, just an hour away to Arcadia, FL, cow country.  It’s good to get away from the eddy that is living on the edge, also known as the coast. Went to hang with my parents for a spell.

So we packed up our tools, paint, yada, yada, you know it can’t be a relaxing vacay.  Only went from Friday to Sunday so I can’t really even call it a vacay.

We just needed to give the ol’ girl a try. Did I tell you she is a 2000, with 47k miles?  She handles good on the road according to Randy. We had an Indendence motor home a while back and he did NOT like the way it drove. He said it felt top heavy and light. He never felt comfortable driving it. Thank goodness his brother didn’t mind chauffeuring us around.

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Independence RV

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Randy and I have different styles of attacking a project.  I like to let a house ‘talk to me’ and tell me what would bring it to life.  So no-doubt that is how I thought we’d approach the rv remod.  But I’ve been married to my husband for 27 years, you would certainly think I would know better, perhaps it’s more a matter of wishful thinking.

Randy wakes up in the wee hours of the morning, I’m talking like 2:00 a.m.  I have to admit, we do go to bed way earlier than normal folk. I’m the daughter of a farmer, so it’s natural to me to go to bed with sun and wake up with the sun. We LOVE the mornings, but he really loves the mornings.  So before I even got used to the fact there was this monstrosity in our yard, he had the old carpet tore out.  Not complaining, ’cause he sure does get things done, and beside that…the carpet was some kind of Ugly!

It has great bones!

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Yep, that’s us, my husband and I.  Between the two of us, we can tackle almost anything, and have often put ourselves to that test.  We started off small; fix up a car here or there for a little flow money.  Then we tried our hand at designing, cutting and painting craft items.  Those were mostly given as gifts throughout the years to friends and family along the way.  I have pieces of me all over the place.

After trying other things on for size, we moved on to buying, living in, fixing up, having fun in…did I say living in, a lot of houses, did i say a lot?  (I’ve moved 28 times in my life.)  We could be professional movers, we have it down to a science. But…

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