Secondly, youngest daughter Nicole moved to Italy this month. Her last week here was a bit hectic and I spent most of that week running errands for her. Everything worked out fine and she successfully made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare and is now living in Florence, sharing quarters with several flatmates.
Once she was squared away, I could turn my attention to finding a place for the Bus to live with us in it! Our area, the Raleigh/Durham Metro area has very little to offer in terms of RV parks. There are 2 State parks (Jordan Lake and Falls Lake) and the NC Fairgrounds but, they all have a 2 week limit. On top of that, the State Fair was about to start so that took care of the fairgrounds. Previous research had shown us that there were 4 campgrounds in the little community of Moncure south of us in Chatham County and about a 40 minute drive from the apartment. I made some phone calls but there were no vacancies. The RV parks in Moncure are fairly close to the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant in NC and supposedly, they were replacing a turbine and workers from all parts of the country came to work on the project. Many bring their home on wheels with them. Hence, no vacancies. But I didn't give up :) As luck would have it, for us, not the person leaving, we were able to get a spot in the Jordan Dam RV Park starting Sunday, October 10th. The gentleman vacating the spot had recently been diagnosed with cancer and had to leave to begin treatment. It was a lousy way to get a spot but we gratefully took it anyway.
I have spent the last 2 weeks driving back and forth with my car loaded, slowly moving us in. Last weekend we drove out to the Bus on Friday evening and stayed until Sunday evening. We even had visitors. Jim and Dee, RVing friends we met back in 2007, were in town visiting family and having their annual doctor appointments. They will soon have a year under their belts in the full time RVing world and are loving every single minute. Soon, we'll be out there too :) A BIG thanks to Dee for the new profile picture :)
This weekend, we stayed at the apartment last night (Friday) so Rick could ride the American Tobacco Trail on his Trikke Saturday morning. It was our last night in the apartment. That morning, I loaded all the food out of the refrigerator, packed our toothbrushes and laptops and headed out. By the time Rick arrived after his ride, I had everything put away, had made myself some lunch and was busy paying bills. Ugh! It was a very expensive month but the biggest expenses should be behind us. It's just like building a new house...always something to add :) Sure was fun buying stuff though!
So, it is now official. We are all moved in. We are fulltime RVers. We still have the apartment until Nov 1st so I'll go back over there during the day this week to clean and sell what's left of our "stuff". There isn't much; a couple bar stools, a couple file cabinets, a couple recliners, a bed etc. I'll be working Craigslist heavily for the next few days. If there is anything left by next weekend, we'll donate it. Here are a few pics of home. The plan is to remove one of the sofas and add 2 recliners but we want to live in it for a few weeks before doing that-just to be sure :)
Today, we are expecting more visitors, our friends Mike and Kathy. They were with us on Ocracoke Island when I took my fall and have been great cheerleaders in my recovery. It should be a fun afternoon.