Monday, February 1, 2016

Living Full Time in Our Fifth Wheel RV - Reflections after a Decade....

Still a Road Warrior Even with the Legs Down!
It seems like just yesterday I was a "Raw" Beginner, Greenhorn".. a Newbie who bought every little miniature plastic kitchen device she saw in stores the decade before in anticipation of someday pulling out of the yard in my new "Doll House".

Yes! We are still alive after 10 years on the road living the RV Lifestyle!
I plan on blogging again so I hope you're ready for more!

Both Doyle and I became very ill the last couple of years and somehow we managed to survive, well, the truth is, we survived BECAUSE WE LOVE EACH OTHER! When he was hooked up to the IVs I stood vigil over him and he stood vigil over me when I was drenched in sweat and writhing in pain in my bed. If you have that going for each other, your life on the road will not be hard. I'm not saying we don't have our moments and that we are perfect, far from it. But we know we got it where it counts and The Rest does Not Matter...

We are an Odd Couple. But we are a Happy Couple who wouldn't trade our way of life for anything.

I still feel no regrets for choosing to live this way and I love my Road Warrior RV more and more everyday. A quality build, with a little maintenance can last forever in temperate climates. I daresay they hold up better being lived in by two people, a dog and a cat than being stored for the season. We see a lot of nightmares opened up in the Winter when people return from the North.

While we are ever more enthusiastic about our smaller carbon footprint and more natural way of living, so many of our "Land Bound" friends are having nervous breakdowns about downsizing and losing their "Stuff". They are at a complete loss as to what to do when their personality has been hard wired into every possession in the house, whether you use it or not.

Stuff=Happiness for most of us trained in the good old fashioned American School system. "Hard Work makes a Big Check which buys Happiness" is the American credo. We were also raised absorbing programming and commercials on media with the clear intent of making us slaves to their products. This was some really bad stuff to do to people and that is why there was a "Back to Nature" movement that was labelled "Hippie" behavior by our future Masters of War and Industry. We folded like cheap suits and got on the treadmill.. had out Kids and amassed fortunes. Well, small fortunes. Fortunes that disappeared. Illness, financial ruin, all sorts of things have happened to turn loose about 4 million more RV owners out there than before 2008... a sad milestone when you think most were forced from their homes.

There are good people here but you don't see them, they have lives and are mostly seasonal, but there is trouble in our little slice of heaven, and I would not have you ignorant about how life can be in an RV Park, so stay tuned for the frustrations of a few people ruining things for everyone...sigh.. Drama is EVERYWHERE Folks, even among the "retired".

Join me as I continue my Full Time RV Journey!
Florida Sunset from The Hot Tub

3 comments:

Karen and Tony said...

Glad to see you back to blogging and hopefully healthy again!

Gypsy Jane said...

Terri! I had stopped reading blogs entirely for a while, and have just now cleared up my Feedly feed, deleting most of them so I can actually find and read the ones I care about. What a treat to find you feeling better and blogging again! Saw Doyle at Alafia, and much as I was disappointed not to see you too, I'm glad you missed that Weather! Gypsy Jane / BuffaloWoman

Gypsy Jane said...

Terri! I had stopped reading blogs entirely for a while, and have just now cleared up my Feedly feed, deleting most of them so I can actually find and read the ones I care about. What a treat to find you feeling better and blogging again! Saw Doyle at Alafia, and much as I was disappointed not to see you too, I'm glad you missed that Weather! Gypsy Jane / BuffaloWoman

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