Random thoughts; we are developing a routine that works as we are remain in one location. We work in the morning and pursue adventures in the afternoon and evening. I take Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday (until evening) off, while Sharon usually, works weekdays. Of course, there are also chores; such as laundry, housekeeping, and tanning.
We found a church that we like. Unity Church in the Woods (Bradenton) is a small, but welcoming congregation. The pastor, Greg Williams, is a talented musician with a positive, encouraging message. We are happy to consider ourselves members! The services begin at 10: oo Sunday mornings; followed by fellowship and A Course In Miracles gathering.
The two most frequent comments we encounter are, “I would love to do that” and what about your mail?”! Our answer to the first is that you can; we work and continue to create income through subcontract work for a major university and building our wellness business. Plan, organize, and take action; that is what it takes. As for our mai, these first months, we simply made a temporary forward with the USPS. Later, when we become mobile, our mail will be transferred to our son, Adam. He has offered to sort and forward important mail. Other travelers use mail forwarding services that help them establish residency. We are not at that point.
Seven weeks into our “adventure”, we’re finding the transition from three bedroom house to one bedroom – 31 foot motor home has been less of a challenge than we had imagined. Doing more with less has become a way of life; but we are not feeling deprived. In fact, we find ourselves enjoying a rich abundance of warmth (Florida in the winter, don’t you know), new affiliations (I am now a “Moose”), and proving that one can be financially responsible & productive on the road!
Our RV camp is close to several beaches and we have strolled the sands and enjoyed picturesque sunsets. Last Monday, we met a couple enjoying the setting sun at Apollo Beach. Snowbirds from Ohio, they return weekly for “Margarita Monday” and we plan to join the party for some of the future displays.
We both contine to work, mostly mornings, so that our afternoons & evenings are free to both roam and meet people, who might be possible business partners. Our zero debt goal remains an important target. We are proving that you can travel the country on a budget, have tons of fun, and generate income. You just need to move a little bit outside the proverbial comfort zone. As the guys at Nike say, “Just Do It!” Knock on wood, “we are doing it”!
Three weeks on our adventure. The traveling to reach Florida was so much fun. The view from the panoramic front windows is breath taking as you see the mountains and valleys roll by. Stopping in Winchester VA and seeing the Lewis clan there just awesome. We were treated to two delicious home cooked meals with the best company in the world. Then on to Florida with some interesting boondocking – Walmart and Cracker Barrel. One tire adventure along the way but found the experience pleasant with some great help along the way. Maxi our dear dog adjusting to his new home along the way. Seemed fine as long as he knew we were there.
Now having spent some time actually living in this tiny space, I notice that I do not really miss the”stuff” I left behind. Miss my friends and family and routines but not the material things. I can live with less!
One bout with ants and we quickly learned how important anti bug stuff sprayed around tires and wires outside can be. We did a little as advised by friends but not enough. Lesson listen well to the locals and ask questions.
Cooking is an experience who knew it could take an hour to boil water using propane gas. So pasta and hard boiled eggs can be a challenge. Adjusting to this as well. Went to a potluck at our RV park and learned a lot. Crockpots rule!
Laundry duties seem to be back in my court as we now do that once a week at the shared laundromat. Good way to mingle though. Hoping Dave and I will take turns with this chore. But then again he is dealing with the grey tank and the black tank and all the “daring” that goes on.
Exploring the area has begun. Beaches and rivers and restaurants and pet stores. Maxi goes to the doctor on Monday. The little growth on his head is getting bigger. We may have to have it removed. We shall see. Many dogs here so he is making friends at the dog park.
Much more to share as we meet locals and other snowbirds. So far it is a great adventure. Will look forward to more sharing as the months go by.