I’m in the middle of building a new website and it’s turning out to be a difficult endeavor. I signed up with a new hosting service, and I’m switching from Blogger to WordPress, so I’m starting from scratch! My photography website will now be integrated with my blogging site, and I’m trying to design something really different. And I’m going with a much shorter URL: www.sherrysworld.us
, which should make some people very happy. This building process is taking up a lot of my time, which is why this blog is late. . .
There hasn’t been much going on this week, but I’m coming up on 3 months in my RV, which makes me somewhat experienced at this (at least more so than when I first came to Florida). The main thing I’ve learned in that time is that I can do this! I came down here with just the possessions that would fit in the back of my CRV and some ideas about this lifestyle gleaned from reading blogs and RV sites on the internet. But I had never been so completely on my own, nor had I driven such a large vehicle. It’s funny how many women come up to me to say “I could never do what you’re doing – although I wish I could!” And I tell them “Yes, you could.” People are so much more capable than they give themselves credit for! I am not without fear; I just don’t let it hold me back from doing what I want to do.
So far, my moving mishaps have included driving with my step out (twice), pulling away from my site without disconnecting my electric cord, and driving without securing my vent covers (losing one in the process). In the grand scheme of things, those are not huge mistakes. The main things to keep in mind are to start early getting things ready to go and try to follow a checklist (I have one on my phone, although I forget to check it). I now use more stabilizers in my cabinets to keep things from falling out if I happen to hit a curb (happens periodically), and I ensure all loose items are more secure throughout the RV. I have broken one Corelle plate during a move, and that’s it – not bad!
I have added a couple of things to my RV as a result of issues, such as my coffee pot getting fried by unstable electric (I now have a surge protector at the box), and I have a water filter on my line due to the bad water here, to protect my plumbing. My current issue is with my shower, which isn’t draining properly. I got online to find a solution, but the baking soda with vinegar suggestion isn’t working, so I’ll have to try something more caustic, I think. It’s all trial and error, and I’m learning to roll with the punches as a result. In fact, I found a little plaque at the local ‘Florida’ store, Bealls, that pretty much sums up my philosophy these days:
The good news is I’m still enjoying myself! I’m not as excited on a daily basis as I was when I first started out, but I still get up each day thinking about everything I could do — if I want — and I’m so busy I can’t squeeze it all into one day. The weather here is, for the most part, amazing! Today, the sun is shining, and it’s supposed to be in the mid-70s, which is perfect weather. In fact, I think I’ll go for a bike ride around the park just to celebrate! Next week, I’ll have pictures from Stump Pass and the Nokomis drum circle — stay tuned . . .