Terry and I have been as busy as bees the last few days, and we’ve gotten a lot accomplished, but we still have more to do.
I’ve been working hard on my new Big Lake mystery novel, cranking out an average of 4000 words a day. I’m over two thirds done now and I’m looking forward to getting it finished. At the rate I’m going, I should have it out by the end of the month. I’m excited about that.
While I have been busy doing that, Terry has been just as busy purging, sorting through cabinets, throwing away things we don’t need any more, and setting other stuff aside to be donated to one of the local charity organizations. It’s amazing how much space she’s made already. If nothing else, we should get better fuel mileage with all the stuff we’re not going to be carrying around anymore. I wish I could lose weight that easily!
There is a rule among fulltimers that when something new comes into the RV, something else has to go out. I’ll admit we don’t always follow that rule, and I don’t really know any that stick to it. It seems like every year or so we sort through things and ask ourselves, “Do we really need this? How long has it been since we’ve used it? Have we ever used it?”
Some people say if you haven’t used something in a year, you don’t really need it so it’s time to pitch it. The problem with that is, every time I do that, a week later something comes up and whatever I just got rid of is exactly what I need. So I go buy a replacement and carry it around for a while. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle.
Sometime during the afternoon yesterday I walked down to the office to pick up our mail, and had a quick chat with a couple who are brand new fulltime RVers. In fact, this was their very first stop and they are absolutely loving it. The wife asked me if the feeling ever wears off. No, not really. We have been at it 17 years now and we’re still excited every time we pull into a new place, or an old favorite like here at Elkhart Campground.
Now, I will say that we are slowing down somewhat. For most of our time on the road we have been bouncing around the country from one RV rally to another, to Life on Wheels, and other places where we had obligations. In the last couple of years we’ve cut out about 90% of that, and we have really enjoyed a more relaxed schedule. And while we still like all those fun places, to be honest, the trip is not as much fun as it used to be. We are finding that we enjoy the being there a lot more than we enjoy the going there. And we like sitting still for a few weeks at a time rather than constantly being on the move. I wonder if eventually that happens to a lot of fulltimers.
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Thought For The Day – I’m never quite sure if it’s a warning or suggestion when the sticker on a prescription bottle says “Alcohol may intensify the effect of this medication.”