Jun 122018

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. This is another post in a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.

One of the biggest issues keeping a lot of people from becoming fulltime RVers is the lack of affordable health insurance. This is a hotly debated issue and a lot of people have a lot of opinions, much of it factual, and just as much based on hearsay. The Escapees RV Club has partnered with Independent Truckers Group to provide club members an alternative to traditional medical insurance. The arrangement provides exclusive insurance programs for Escapees members. The cornerstone of this program is WellMEC, a plan that meets the minimum essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act and pick and choose what kind of additional coverage you want. Plans start for as little as $24.95 a month, and optional dental and vision care are available. For more information, click this Escapees Healthcare Solutions link.

Speaking of healthcare, today I have an appointment with a civilian doctor to discuss switching my care away from the VA medical system. Overall, I’ve been happy with the service I have received from the VA, but now that I’m on Medicare, combined with the fact that my books have raised my income level considerably, they’re telling me I may no longer qualify for VA care, and what I am getting is being charged to my Medicare account anyway. So I might as well see about getting set up with a civilian doctor who will be easier to see when I need something, and is a lot closer to home than driving all the way to Daytona Beach for an appointment.

I got an email from somebody the other day thanking me for mentioning the new Winegard TV Signal Finder app in a blog post a few days ago. He said that he and his wife get along well and love spending long weekends in their travel trailer, but every time they arrive in a campground and have to set up their portable satellite TV dish, it becomes a battle. He said after reading the blog post he downloaded the app and tried it out in his backyard at home. He was amazed how quickly he was able to locate the appropriate satellites. In fact, he said it was so easy that he didn’t really believe it, so he got the satellite dish and tripod out of the garage, connected it to the TV in their travel trailer, and sure enough, he had a signal and was online in record time. Don’t thank me, I’m just doing my part to preserve domestic harmony.

After his email I was reminded of a time when Terry and I were teaching at Life on Wheels and how, after sitting through several of our seminars about fulltiming, a couple up to thank us because we had convinced them that it wasn’t a good choice for them and probably saved their marriage. They said they absolutely loved each other, and also loved traveling, but “fought like cats and dogs” (their words) when staying in a motel room. According to him, she spent way too much time occupying the bathroom putting on her makeup, and her take on it was that a bathroom is for doing bathroom things, not reading a magazine for an hour. They said they came to the conclusion that if they couldn’t get along in a motel room for a few days at a time, they would probably kill each other if they had to live fulltime in the close confines of an RV. They decided it was better to keep their big home and travel occasionally, knowing they had a place to go back to where each has their own space when it was time. Fulltime RVing is a wonderful lifestyle, but it really isn’t for everybody.

And that brings me to another couple we know who did something similar to us, buying a home here in Florida, but they kept their motorhome for traveling in the hot summer months. The husband wrote to tell me that their first big roadblock was getting the RV ready to go again after it had been in storage for several months, because like us, they were surprised at how many things went wrong while it was parked. They expected to spend a week getting ready to go and it stretched out to three weeks. He said that was okay, they hope to do a better job of preparing ahead of time in the future, but that the real eye-opener for them was that life is very different in a motorhome with just one bathroom as opposed to a house with two. He said they’ve reached the age where neither one of them can wait sometimes. Well, if you’ve got enough money, they make motorhomes with two bathrooms. All you have to do is get out your checkbook!

Yesterday the nice UPS man delivered a package with two new shirts I ordered from Amazon. I have several shirts with sayings about writing, and this one will fit right in.

And this one is because we all know people like this, don’t we?

And finally, I’ve written over 17,000 words on my new Big Lake book in the last three days and I expect to have it done and pass it on to Miss Terry so she can start the proofing and editing process in another couple of days.

Thought For The Day – I’m not really good at giving advice, but could I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “How About Some Potpourri?”

  1. C’mon Nick, I’ve rarely seen you (or Miss Terry) wear anything except a Gypsy Journal T-shirt! 😉

  2. Trailering en groupe is only for some. My best friend and I have shared a very small tent for years while hiking. The 13 ft trailer seemed roomy. We did fine. My SIL and I were always in each other’s way because we don’t have practice sharing a small space. Re the friend and small spaces: Occasionally we will be asked to stay at someone’s house and they will apologize because they only have one guest bed- sometimes a regular double but often even larger. We laugh and say it’s fine. The bed is larger than the tent we share.

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