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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post. Honestly, it’s been a while since I really had time to do much writing.
Life has been crazy.
Our granddaughter, Squishy, was born on March 5th, 4 days after my 39th birthday. Witchlet popped her out in about 20 minutes like it was nothing and I watched the whole thing.
Squishy is amazing and Draco and I are completely in love with her.
We are finally living in our RV and it’s been a massive adjustment for both of us.
The amount of room available had been its own adjustment, but it hasn’t been the only one.
If, like us, you’d never really spent time in a camper, you might not be aware of the fact that day to day living is a bit different as well.
While we’ve work endlessly on the plumbing, we’ve come to realize what a commodity fresh water can be.
Propane is our only way to heat the camper and our main way of cooking. It has become another commodity that I watch closely after spending a few barely over 20 degree nights without it.
Cooking takes more planning than it once did because of space. Prep-work really does need to be done in advance so you have room for the actual cooking process.
There are also various buttons and switches to become familiar with. A whole set of them tells us how our holding tanks are fairing, another turns on the water pump, a crank on the ceiling raises and lowers an outdoor antenna…it’s a lot to learn.
I’ve also learned some about our plumbing, gas lines and hook-ups and holding tanks.
It is a simpler life in some ways, but vastly different than anything I’ve done before.
As for right now, I’m going to enjoy the fruits of Draco’s labor and soak in a rare hot bath.
Life is full of them, I suppose. Honestly, I guess I should be thankful that it wasn’t worse.
I haven’t said a whole lot publicly about the living situation we were moving out of to move into our camper. In truth, I did that on purpose.
This was the second time we’d lived with this person and the first time, other than a few issues with feeling like my privacy had been violated, things were pretty good.
Going back the second time turned out to be quite different and neither Draco nor I were very happy being there. That was part of the reason why we were planning to move out.
Last week, in the middle of a snow and I’ve storm, she texted me saying she thought it was time for everyone to move on.
While I agreed with the sentiment whole-heartedly, we were due to get our taxes last week as well and would have been leaving soon anyway. Something she knew.
Her timing was obviously intentional and instead of having the camper in the back yard last weekend and possibly being ready to move it this weekend, we have instead been sleeping on an air mattress in Witchlet’s living room and my camper is still sitting.
Hopefully our second check will arrive this week like the website says.
I was finally able to make arrangements with my Aunt to pull the camper to her house to get it park-ready so I’m hoping we’ll be able to move it this weekend n not have to keep staying here.
Even if I’m in someone’s yard, at least I’ll be home.
I think I mentioned it before as well, but Draco and I have decided to get mopeds and give up our car. We just can’t afford it anymore. I’m actually looking forward to it and with the temperatures reaching 70 degrees today, I’d love to go for a ride.
Unfortunately, because I still have to get my stuff moved to the camper, I can’t give up my car just yet.
That about sums up what’s been going on around here. I’m having to do everything from my phone right now though so I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging until we get settled.
Oh, I did get Witchlet and her mate into experimenting with regrowing from scraps. She currently had 2 heads of romaine lettuce, celery, garlic and onions going. I’m so proud!
This whole thing with the RV has had me nervous. Yes, we’ve been making the payments and we’ve now filed our taxes, but we were still unsure about a lot of things, like how the hell we were going to get it moved from where it is to where we are so that we can do the work we need to do to it.
The search for a truck big enough to haul the camper within our price range has not gone so great. I’ve been worried about gas mileage in a truck as well since it’s already costing me an arm and a leg to get Draco back and forth to work in my car. I’ve also been concerned about the safety of having Wee Witch’s car-seat in a truck. Would our insurance go up? Do we even have to cover it? All that and more.
I’ve managed to find solutions to most of the questions this morning, and I’m thankful that it seems like everything is working out well.
I found out that our local Home Depot rents trucks, so I will simply rent a truck from them to move the camper when I need to move it. That means that I can find a car, which will be cheaper, better on gas and will have a true backseat for the car-seat.
Although I will need to register and tag it through the DMV, I won’t have to have separate coverage on it on my
insurance because my liability insurance should extend to cover the camper when we’re moving it. All of this is great news to me.
Also, this past weekend was Tiger’s birthday party and we went down the day before and spent the night. While we were there, conversation eventually turned to the camper and our plans for that. We got to talking about me wanting to learn to can and all of that. Tiger, apparently, has canned before and knows at least SOME of what she’s doing and said that she wants to start doing it again, too and suggested I come to her house to do my canning and we’ll do it together! That means I may have to transport stuff back and forth to her house when we’re doing it, but I won’t have worry about how to set it up in my limited space in the RV!
I guess this is what the Goddess means for us to do. Every time I think there is a road block we can’t get around with it, a solution presents itself to whatever the problem is (so far anyway).
The tax check should be here by the end of the week, so by next weekend, I should have the RV sitting in the back yard with us living in it while we get it ready to go to the park.
Also, I made arrangements last night for 2 mopeds. One belongs to Chicklet, who has been trying to figure out how to buy my car from me when we get ready to buy something else, so I made arrangements last night for her to use her moped as a down payment. Then A brought home an E-Bicycle, which is basically an electric moped, and we’re
going to buy it from him until we can find a decent gas-powered one. That will give us 3 vehicles. A car for shopping and spending time with the grand-baby and a moped each for day to day stuff, which will save us on gas but
keep us from feeling trapped at home all the time.
It looks like this is really going to happen (although I’m a little worried about the weather at the moment and how that’s going to effect us getting the camper over here…they say a major winter storm is supposed to hit us tomorrow and it’s going to get bad from then till Thursday). I’m nervous and excited all at the same time and wishing like crazy that the check would hit before the weather does so I’d at least have my house here before it starts.
So, that’s what’s going on in the Tiny Hearth at the moment.
Are you being impacted by the weather where you live?
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do take the time to think about the types of energies I want to try to focus on most in the coming year. This year, one of the main things I wanted to work with was gratitude, or “an attitude of gratitude”. I wanted to try to focus on finding at least one thing in each day to feel grateful for, no matter how small or insignificant.
These posts won’t be scheduled for a particular day. I’ll post them when I have free moments and an “attitude of gratitude” or maybe just a stray thought hits me.
Today, I’m sharing one of those “little thing” gratitude moments.
I spent what felt like most of the day in the car. Up at 5 am picking up Draco from work, out at dinner-time picking up Witchlet and taking her to her doctor’s appointment. Back to pick them up and run Draco to work, them home, then back home myself.
On the ride home, I was exhausted. My brain has been in overdrive it seems like for months now and I just wanted a few moments out of my day when I didn’t really have to think, talk to anyone, or do anything except drive the car and maybe listen to the radio.
It doesn’t happen often, at least not for me, that I turn on the radio and immediately hear the first strands of a really good song. Usually, as luck would have it, the song is almost over and the rest of what you hear for the next 15 minutes (at least) is either crappy, or stuff you’ve never heard before. Today, it happened for me.
As I turn up the volume on the radio, I hear the first strands of a song from my teenage years (I’m telling my age a little here, lol). Metallica ~ Unforgiven 2
The very next song is Puddle of Mudd ~ She Hates Me, which was popular when Draco and I were dating.
Those two were great, but just as I was getting close to home, I hear Stone Temple Pilots ~ Plush, also popular when we were dating.
I was in music heaven! Granted, I know to some of you, you’ll probably think they’re a little less than hearts and unicorn farts, but it’s music that I love just the same, and hearing 3 songs I really liked at the end of a long day, was a moment worth a little gratitude because of it’s singular rarity!
Hope you enjoyed my Random Gratitude for today.
What are YOU grateful for?