6/23/15

What a Difference!

 

What a difference 3 days made!  Three days after writing that last, kind of pitiful, post, we got an offer on our house!  One that we could accept.  And my sweet husband drove up to the duplex,  pulled a few nails from the wall, carted off more trash, spackled a bit and suddenly I am able to sleep through the night!

The place does not look that much different.  I am just choosing to see what it can be, rather than what it is! 

Last week some friends asked us to join them at Henry Horton, a state park in middle Tennessee.  It was time to try out our new-to-us trailer home.  The park is big…. boasts a golf course, restaurant, inn and cabins.  But it was so hot and muggy, we went into survival mode.  Spent more time inside with the A/C than we ever had and the hubby still managed to get two tick bites!

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We are working on getting a WDH.  Our buddies at the Townsend rally sang praises for the Andersen Weight Distribution Hitch with sway control.  Even those with full size pickups were using it with the 19’ Escape.  This is what we want, we think, but no one in our area sells it and the one RV dealer who was willing to get it from the manufacturer in Idaho told us he did not understand how it works….even after watching the video on You Tube.  Not sure if we want to spend $600 and not get it properly installed!!  Still trying to figure out what to do.

We have got a new transmission cooler on the Taco.  Our little truck pulled the trailer up the big mountain at Monteagle.  I just need to get accustomed to the engine noise in second gear and 3500 rpms!

Another challenge that we are facing, one we can barely discuss, is the issue of the cats….as in, too many cats!  Last week I finally made up flyers for the two older females, Sheba and Princess and began distributing them at local vet offices.  Several calls have come in but when I mention their ages, 11 and 13, the interest suddenly disappears.  (Please don’t try to shame us. If we had a motorhome, I could see us traveling with 3 felines, but the truck barely holds the two of us and Sylvester.)

After our short jaunt to middle Tennessee, we immediately got back on the road, minus the Escape, and headed for Louisville, KY, delivering a load of family antiques to one of the granddaughters.

That night we strolled across the Ohio River on an old railroad bridge.  Loved the views from the river.

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Louisville at night

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The Big 4 walking bridge with led color changing lights

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Ohio River

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Paddleboat

We are one month and one day away from closing on the house, assuming we can get all the necessary repairs completed.  Hope to find a contractor to take out a wall in the duplex and get new flooring before we move in. 

Can’t believe we are starting the next phase of “the dream!”

6/3/15

Panic! Can We Do This?

 

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The renter moved this past weekend.  Decided to go take a peak at our future home and came away shell-shocked!   It’s not that it was left in a bad state.  It’s just the reality of what must be done.  It’s got me wondering if we have it left in us?

I know we can make it into a lovely place to live….a place to call home in between all our ramblings.  But are we too old and too tired to make it happen?  Would it just be easier to take the house off the market and enjoy the results of all the cleaning, updating and the beautiful blooming yard?

This is the back yard of our future home.

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This is our present backyard.

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And we will have three closets in our future place, of which, currently, one has no doors.

The move has felt so right until today.  After returning home, I found myself just sitting, dumbstruck, with the reality of what we are doing.  I look at all the popular tiny houses and say, of course we can move into 900 plus square feet.  But??  Can we handle doing it?  The actual move?

Painting must be done before we can put down new floors.  And a major redo from the driveway must be performed as there is mud everywhere.  Not sure what kind of professional is needed to fix the mud problem?

We can do it…just having a temporary breakdown today.

Need to get into the new trailer and Escape for a few days!

Speaking of the Escape.  We are working on finding the right weight distribution hitch and a tranny cooler and monitor for the Tacoma’s transmission temps.  Just about got everything else ready to go.

The house showings have dropped off this week.  None in the past 3 days.

The daylilies have started blooming….these aren’t current photos but the flowers look the same as a few years ago.

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After rereading this post….thought I should explain for newcomers that we are downsizing from a medium size house to one side of a duplex that we own.

And back to using Windows Live Writer.

5/28/15

The new Escape and general ramblings


I promised photos...this is our new baby!  We are camped at Fontainebleau State Park in Louisiana convenient to the Walmart parking lot where the sale happens.  We spend two nights in Louisiana and one night at Gunter Hill COE in Alabama before we arrive back in Chattanooga.  




David manages to back the trailer 180 degrees down the driveway, around the house and into its tiny parking space.  Our previous 13 and 16 foot trailers were towed in and turned around.

    





And this is where our new toy has been for the last three weeks.
No plans to camp on the horizon as we are still in the middle of selling the house and downsizing.  

Each day presents new challenges, a new list of priorities, things that must be done yesterday....and it is getting old!
Much of our work has been manual labor, painting the deck, painting downstairs, cutting branches, small trees, scrubbing, washing, cleaning and cleaning.
Need to rant a moment..."All I do is work!!!"

But it will all be worth it some day...(maybe some year!)
This is mostly why there has been no recent posts and few comments.  Just too exhausted!

Also there needs to be some changes to the blog as there is no Casita in the driveway but this may take some time due to my computer ineptness.  The name did get changed and it is appropriate as our BIG goal is to spend our winters in the desert and our summers in the (cool) mountains and the shoulder seasons in our duplex on the side of the mountain.

The tenant will be moved out of our side of the duplex this weekend.  Good news...we will not be homeless if the house sells, bad news....another place to paint and do general rehab!

Closing with phone photos.  Seems like there's lots more to say but guess it can wait.




  


Left photo is of the mirror..little confusing...sorry.








The yard is blooming.












This time last year we were overwhelmed and not sure if we wanted to sell the house.  This year we are so ready for the perfect buyer to appear.  Someone who will love the flowers we are leaving behind.

4/26/15

The Townsend Eggscursion 2015 and a Tale from the Past!

 

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This is our 6th year to attend the fiberglass rally held in Townsend, TN which borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We manage to get a site on the Little River.

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We love spending time with our friends while enjoying spring in the Park.  Unfortunately we have rain every day!  Not all day rain but enough to not leave camp without the raincoat.  My fun with the Nikon is very limited.

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Visiting during the pot luck.

Lots of great photos of the gathering can be found on Jon's website.  It is great to see him and his lovely 17 foot Escape.  I get to thank him in person for adding this blog to his list of fiberglass trailer Links.

Going to shift gears now…probably should have created two posts but that’s not the way I do things!  Going to flash back in time to 2009, several years before this blog is born.

It is May 4th, 2009, four days after retiring from my state government job, and we are heading to Yellowstone and parts west, our first long trip in our little 13’ Casita.  My flowers in the back yard are blooming beautifully. I am sad to leave them.

The plan is to see Yellowstone NP and other places that lie along our path.

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This is what we look like back in 2009.  Our precious 1990 13 foot Casita has everything but a table and a bathroom!  We love our Casita and are fascinated by all other fiberglass trailers.

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We see Old Faithful and a lot of ice and snow. Headed Idaho and it started getting colder.  Turned around and went south into Utah…which is the point of the story.

We are at Bryce National Park and we spy anew fiberglass trailer across the campground.  It is  strange looking

We had never seen anything like it! As we walked by, the owners appeared.“It’s an Escape” they said. “We have traveled from Vermont to British Columbia to pick it up.”    

Thus began our relationship with the Eddy’s.  Did not realize how important this chance meeting would be.  No photos of the trailer or our meeting.  Just a few of the Park.

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We have  tea inside the Escape, the four of us sitting around their table.  They share a little trailer history…former Casita owners…and we share our story of rehabbing a pitiful old Casita that was formerly owned by the Navy Recreational Services.  We have breakfast at  the  lodge the next morning and say our goodbyes.

One year later, with a small suggestion from yours truly, they arrive at the rally at Townsend!

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The Egg Camping Club of TN, GA and AL enjoy meeting the folks from New England.  This is when the club only had 30 to 40 trailers at a rally…..and almost none from out of the area.

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Our new friends became our mentors in all things boon docking.  They taught us how to manage without electrical hookups.  Later that summer we managed to visit their area and see Ian’s  blacksmithing company.  He does beautiful work!

So the Escape trailer is introduced to the southeast and Houdini, their trailer, has  managed to make the trek south to the Eggscursion almost every spring.

Fast forward to January, 2012,   David and I are at our favorite  place  in Arizona, Tortilla Flat.  We are walking through camp and come across two Escapes, a 19 ft. and a fifth wheel.  A nice gentleman emerges….much like what happened in 2010…and we meet two lovely couples from south Texas. 

The gentleman strongly suggests that we not miss the RV show in Quartzsite.  We spend maybe 20 minutes talking, and chatted  briefly later that day.

One week later we find them on Dome Rock Road and  more      precious relationships are made.  These two Texas couples became our mentors for the trip to Alaska.  We meet up with one couple in Quartzsite, AZ each winter and the other in Alabama.

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Now one of the couples have given us an opportunity that we never thought to get. 

Last week we sold our beloved 16 foot trailer.  She will be living in the western North Carolina mountains and we will be heading south to pick up our new to us 19 foot Escape.

I apologize in advance to any of my loyal Casita followers who might not like this decision.  We have adored our Casita and believe it is one of the best made trailers.  But it is time for a change for us…..remember I said changes were coming?

Our house is also on the market and lots of people are               seeing it.  Don’t know what’s next…we are just hanging on for the ride…and it feels like a roller coaster right now!!!

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                                                           For Sale!!!!

4/4/15

Home & the Green Eggs Rally!

 

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We hit the ground running after arriving home less than three weeks ago.  It’s the price we pay for doing nothing all winter but sitting in the sun and enjoying the scenery!

The yard is showing signs of spring.

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(All photos in this post are from the phone camera and unedited!)

We have a box with three months of mail to shred or file. (Will do mail forwarding next time!)  There’s the septic work that must be done immediately.  Income taxes to file.  Doctor appointments to be made.  A trailer to clean after 3 months of use.  And a house and yard to be made ready to sell! 

It feels like there are a dozen chores to do for every hour of the day!  And the blog update  keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.

We have another rally coming up in 10 days.   Looking forward to seeing friends in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Speaking of rally's….the Green Eggs and Ham in Montgomery, Alabama was great fun.  It is right on our way home and a great way to transition from our time in the southwest to the southeast. 

We arrive two days earlier than planned which gives us 7 days to visit…enough time to get caught up with those we have not seen in a long time.

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There is the traditional Dutch oven demonstration.

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Great music each night!

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An appreciative audience.

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Friends with their dogs!

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The lake is just across from our site.

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It’s the relationship with other egg owners that makes this such a special time.  We feel blessed to be a part of so much love.

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The new camping “must have” is the Clam.   They are scattered throughout the campground.

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Hope this post is not confusing.  We were at this rally from March 8 to March 15, 2015. 

Today is April 4, 2015 and our yard is blooming….

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and we are glad to be back in time to enjoy the redbud and dogwood blooms.

We are excited about our life and all the upcoming changes!  Lots of changes…..