Thursday, July 26, 2007

Countdown clock observation

I'm amazed at the time that's gone by on the countdown clock. When I first added it, there were 1418 days to go. As of today, there are 1162! On top of that, if the planets all align properly and we hold our mouths just so, there is a possibility we could move that target date up. We now have a "target window" of 3/1/2010 to 10/1/2010. That could subtract up to 183 days :)

Not that we're counting...

Motor home vs. Fifth Wheel vs. Motor home

Well, over the months, we have gone from wanting a motor home to wanting a fifth wheel back to a motor home. What a ride! It did give us so much more to research that we feel quite well versed in the subject by now. A fifth wheel seems so much homier to us. So, we researched and researched and narrowed our choices down to an Elite Suites by Doubletree and a couple others of the same quality. Seemed easy enough. They are gorgeous...even have granite counter tops! Well, when you buy something that solid, they weigh a ton...actually, more like 10 tons loaded. That takes a special truck to haul it. More research. Although some people haul these things with one ton pickups, it's not very safe to do so and they are not rated to do so. The general consensus was either a MDT (medium duty truck) or an HDT (heavy duty truck). In simpler terms, an HDT is basically a semi tractor with some modifications done to it. That was WAY too big for me. A MDT is a smaller version of that with a lot more pulling and stopping power than a pickup truck. That seemed to be the answer. Until the reality of only having that to drive around sightseeing, grocery shopping etc. Gas mileage would be about 10 mpg's and finding a place to park might also be a problem. That, and the fact that these things cost 2 to 3 to 4 times that of an HDT caused us to sit back and re-evaluate. What if we got an HDT and a small other vehicle like the RX-7 convertible that we currently have. We could drive both. Rick could drive the rig and I'd follow in the little car. We had even thought of that scenario with an MDT.

Time out. We were looking to simplify our lives and see this great country. Instead, we were complicating everything! In the end, we decided that if a motor home didn't seem homey to us, it was up to us to change it and make it so. We've spent years doing just that to our home. Why not our home on wheels also?

So, decision made...again. It'll be a motor home with a "toad" in tow. We'll only drive one vehicle as we cross the country but after we're parked, will have the "toad" to tour in.

It's funny how the thought process works. Even though Rick and I look at things in a completely different way as we dissect them, we almost always come to the same conclusion and usually at the same time. Such was the case here. So, as of Sunday, July 22, 2007, it's a motor home.

Stay tuned to see if it sticks :)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Profound Play

Thought for today:

“Make play a high priority in your life for if you die tomorrow no one can play for you, but someone can and will do your work for you.”
Ken Beebe, aka Dr. Play

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Snow in North Carolina

We awoke this morning to snow...about an inch or so. It was rather pretty, as it had been awhile since we'd had any. The snow quickly changed to rain and that quickly melted the snow and that was that. They say we may have more on Sunday. We'll see. This is our first taste of winter this year and it's almost spring!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Therma Care and Original Bed Buddy

If any of you have lower back problems, you know about the Therma Care product. It's a wearable, disposable heating pad that stays hot for 8-12 hours. Actually, I think you get more hours out of it than that. It's a great portable solution but if used daily could be rather pricey. For those times you can be at home and fashion is not an issue, I recommend the "Original Bed Buddy" back wrap. It's a microwaveable heating pad filled with all natural seeds that can be worn and attached with a belt like velcro. It can also be frozen and used as a cold pack. Versatile and reusable...very cost effective. This is not your choice to leave the house, however. it's much too bulky. Therma Care would be my choice in that case. It's very thin and easily worn under clothing.

I've been having lower back problems (again) for the past several months. I blame my weight gain since I quit smoking 3 years ago. I really need to exercise more and get on a healthy eating plan. I think I'd benefit in more ways than one if I would finally make up my mind and do it. The heating pad is just a stop gap before making a more important decision. It's time I got serious...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I'm a terrible blogger!!!

When I started this blog, I intended to post frequently. Where has the time gone??
I promise to try to be better :)

Rick and I went to the RV show in Greensboro last Friday. Having never been to one before, we were excited to see what they were all about. We stayed for 6 hours and totally enjoyed it! In the process, we ruled out 5th wheels as a possible choice of vehicle. From the very beginning, we thought we wanted a Class A DP (diesel pusher) but as we researched, we realized that a 5th wheel was also a viable option. After touring several at the show and comparing them to the Class A's we toured, we unanimously decided that the Class A was the only choice for us :) Guess we were right in the first place! There are still several manufacturers that we haven't seen and hope that the next show we go to (Raleigh in February) will have them represented. If not, we may have to travel some to see the ones we are interested in. Right now, there are about 4 manufacturers we'd seriously consider. There are just so many things to consider when choosing. This, in itself, could take a couple years!

In the meantime, I'm going to start least in my head. It's hard to discard of things when you will still be in the current house for a few years. So, I think I'll work on purging things we don't ever use anyhow. Lord knows, we must have a lot of that stuff because this house is full!

I've also started purchasing things that my research has shown will be invaluable in our new home...just small things but they all add up. I thought it would be easier on the pocketbook if accumulated gradually as we prepare. Besides that, I love to shop :)