Losing Weight

 Posted by at 1:56 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 032013

Except for a couple of trips out to the dumpster with trash, we never left the motorhome all weekend, which was just as well because it was windy most of the time. I’ve not sure if we’ll drive out of here when we leave next week, or attach a pair of wings to the Winnebago and fly!

I’ve been working hard on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal so I can upload it to our printer’s webserver this week, and have 25 out of 36 pages done. Since we’ve been pretty stationary the last few weeks, I’m using up a lot of leftover stories from our travels in New England last summer that we have not had room for until now.

While I was busy with that, Miss Terry was losing weight, not that she needs to. But like just about every RV on the road, our motorhome can always afford to shed a few pounds. We’re well within our weight limits, but it never hurts to get rid of stuff you don’t need, if for no other reason than to hopefully lighten the load and increase our fuel image just a bit. So she spent part of the time cleaning out the refrigerator, medicine cabinet, and cupboards.

In a couple of weeks we will start our fifteenth year of fulltiming, and every year we go through our closets, cupboards, and storage bays and find stuff we no longer use or need. Like most newbies, we started with way too many clothes for example, and have been shedding them as we go. The RV lifestyle is pretty laid back and casual clothing is the uniform of the day. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and sweatshirts, and a couple of light jackets are all we need. If it gets cold enough to require a coat, we’re in the wrong place and head somewhere warmer! We each have a set of nice clothes for special occasions. A couple of times, when she needed a dress for a wedding, Terry has bought a nice outfit at a thrift store and donated it afterward, saving both money and space in our closet.

Tools are another thing a lot of fulltimers start out with too many of. I actually met a fulltimer once who carried not one, but two, posthole diggers! I guess you never know when you’ll need to erect a fence at your favorite campground! We’ve got a lot of tools too. (Okay, Terry has a lot of tools.) But since we sold our bus conversion, she has hung up her tool belt and started thinning them out.

Books are one of our vices. We love to read, but books add a lot of weight. We both have Kindles, but still have a lot of printed books, too. Some books, especially the reference books I use in researching my writing projects, and the spinning and weaving books Terry uses, are not available as e-books. Every so often we sort through our books and lighten the load a bit.

One mistake a lot of new RVers make is packing too much food, toilet paper, etc. They don’t seem to realize there are grocery stores all over the country. Eventually they find them and don’t carry as much. Few fulltimers shop at places like Sam’s Club and Costco because we don’t have room to store 48 rolls of toilet paper and six gallons of ketchup.

Gee, maybe when I get done with the new issue I’ll take a walk and see if I can lighten up my load somewhat too!

Thought For The Day – I don’t have a dirty mind. I have a sense of humor with adult content.

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