Slowly But Surely

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122023

We are making progress on our upcoming move, getting things packed and loaded into the cargo trailer slowly but surely. As I said in the blog the other day, it’s like the only way you can eat an elephant, one bite at a time.

I’m amazed at how much we are able to cram into our 14-foot Spartan cargo trailer. It’s rated to hold about 5,000 pounds, though we are nowhere near that limit. Most of what we have been putting in there are big bulky items.

So far for this trip, I have our two inflatable Sea Eagle kayaks in the nose, along with some boxes of books and weaving supplies, and Terry’s Baby Wolf folding loom. I told her it must be one of the most traveled looms in history since it crossed the country back and forth with us several times in our motorhome when we were still fulltime RVers.

We had four upright metal storage racks in the garage that measured 4 feet wide by 6 feet high by two feet deep. We put two on each side of the trailer and secured them to the trailer’s tie downs. We have been stacking boxes of things on the shelves, paying careful attention to weight so it’s distributed correctly in the trailer. We still have quite a bit of room on the shelves to go, and we also put two 6-foot tall bookcases on one side of the center aisle, Once everything is secured down, they will help keep the things on the shelves in place as we go down the road. We will do the same on the other side, too.

Terry is very good at packing and figuring out what will go into which boxes and where they should go in the trailer so that the things we will need first will be most accessible once we get to our new home in Alabama. One of the things she will be packing is her Aladdin lamps. We’re both a little apprehensive about those because of the large glass globes on them, but we’re going to be very careful with them, and I’m sure they will make the trip fine by the time she is done padding them with bubble wrap.

We didn’t get quite as much done yesterday as we have in previous days because Terry had an appointment with her eye doctor down in Titusville. Every few months, she has to get plugs put into her tear ducts, which help contain tears because she has a severe dry eye condition. While she was there for that, he also did Yag procedures on both of her eyes as a follow-up to the cataract surgery she had a while back.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been researching small tractors online, and since we were going right by the Kubota dealer in Titusville, we stopped to check out what they had. I’m not looking for a big farm-type tractor but rather a small sub-compact, which isn’t much bigger than a riding lawn mower but has a lot more power and can use implements like tillers and bucket loaders and such. It will come in handy for both our place and our son’s once we get moved and settled in.

I think I’ve decided on the Kubota B-Series 2680. It’s more than capable of doing everything we will need and small enough that it will fit in our cargo trailer when we need to take it over to the kids’ house. We won’t be buying it here in Florida because there is a large and well-respected Kubota dealer in Tuscaloosa, and it only stands to reason to buy it from the dealer who will be servicing it if we need something.

A blog reader told me the other day that people with bad backs like I have may find spending a lot of time on a tractor to be uncomfortable. If I know my son and my wife as well as I think I do, that probably won’t be an issue because they will spend so much time on it that I will have to fight them to be able to get in the seat and play with it myself.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I guess after they started making us use those self-checkouts at Walmart, we should have known this was coming.

Thought For The Day – Don’t let the past make your decisions for today.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Slowly But Surely”

  1. WOW! I haven’t read your blog in a while! Moving to Alabama! We live a bit from the Tuscaloosa area, up in Cullman. You might get addicted to a tractor. One of the first things we bought when we settled here was a Mahindra. Leonard loves clearing land and knocking over trees. When we first moved here I had about 1 1/2 acres to mow. I now mow more than 3. Oh well, he is the happiest when on that tractor.

    Congrats. We can no longer RV so we do the next best, we are Boondockers Welcome hosts. We have our 191st and 192nd RV parked here now. The East Estate. A fun way to meet lots of interesting people. Since we are less than 8 miles off I-65 we get lots of folks traveling between Indiana, Illinois, Ky, TN, etc and south Alabama and Florida.

    Again, congrats on the move. I sure will read more often.

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