Living in an RV is a very interesting experience. As I sat this week planning our next move I started to reminisce about how much my life has changed and yet in many ways how it is the same. I have never lived anywhere for very long. My apartment in Bellevue, Washington was the longest. I moved in August 2004 and out September 2009.
Five years is a long time in one house for me so living light isn’t something new to me. To Bill it is an entirely different thing. The house Bill lived in when I met him he had purchased just at 20 years before. Living light is newer for him.
However, when I move I usually put things in boxes and pack everything up. When we move the RV we have to pack things away but it is an entirely different process and there are things I have to concern myself with that you wouldn’t have to worry about. I never get to really “start” over. You know how nice it is to move into a brand new house or apartment, right? No dust, no dust bunnies hiding in corners, fresh clean carpets, often even the windows are clean. The oven doesn’t have splatters, the stove top is pristine and sometimes even brand new! When we move the RV the dust that has settled stirs. I am not Molly Homemaker. Anyone who has ever been to my house can tell you that. I think cleaning house is a last resort. There are so many things in life that are so much more productive. Dusting… why? It’s just gonna get dusty again. Heh
Now dust in a house with wheels is a whole different problem. Think about leaving your car somewhere for months where it could collect dust inside and then think about what that would be like with the windows down. I swear if you are traveling down I-95 behind us we must look a little like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration but I spent hours this week cleaning dust and pollen. This year the pollen in Florida was HORRID! Thank goodness Sunny, the Jeep, was already yellow. I saw cars that were not yellow going down the street with a nice yellow tinge to them.
We always try to vacuum and clean as much as possible before we leave for an extended drive and with this drive being at least 4-6 weeks it needed to REALLY be done. Also with the last few months I had to make decisions like this:
Let’s see today I can go to Disney for the day or I could dust. (Or)
I could clean the kitchen today or I could go sit and snuggle with the Nugget (aka Harrison my four-month old nephew) and the Nieceling (aka Isabella the painfull adorable two-year-old).
So you see my dilemma don’t you?
Well now we are cleaned up for the most part and off to Red Bay, Alabama which of all the places we have traveled still remains my least favorite (and we got stuck in South Jersey for two weeks so that is saying something).
Red Bay, Alabama is the home of the company that built Serenity, the RV. We make an annual pilgrimage to Red Bay to have repairs done to the RV. As we are on the edge of the RVs warranty we want to make sure and have a few minor warranty repairs done while we are still on the East Coast, which won’t be for much longer. Then we will be prepared for the main part of our journey back to Seattle.
Now another thing about living in an RV is I can’t really say, “I am going home” when I refer to our trip to Seattle. While I consider Seattle one of my homes and it is the place we started this fantastic journey technically our home is where we park. I am, however, happy to be able to go “home” to see many of my friends and family and maybe even have a somewhat traditional holiday season this winter (we will see). While I love our RV life there are a few things about my old life I do miss and family at Christmas and more importantly Thanksgiving is one of them. We have an odd little family with Bill and his kids and his ex and me but we have so much fun being together and that is a big part of what I have missed.