May 14, 2012

First Weeks "At Home"

We've been at our house for six weeks! What’s it like? It’s a load of projects that we’re itching to get done, but will be accomplished over time. It’s days rising with the sun at 5:30 and ending with a late dinner, worn out. We take a break in the hottest part of the afternoon, and I actually often take a little nap. I've never napped! Chuck has amazing stamina, he works while I doze. Incredible!


After working about three days, we go shopping. Home Depot and thrift shops are the favorites. And, we joined Costco. After all, we've a place to store the toilet paper, supersize packages and frozen goods.

We make discoveries. Many things need repairs, from the old aluminum garden shed to the electric box and water heater leak damage. We won’t get to the large things till fall or winter. I love to work in the yard! Is it a yard if there's no grass? 

The wildlife is very entertaining, mainly small animals and birds. We watched a coyote dash up the wash that crosses the property!

There are surprises, too, like sudden blooms on a tree I’d thought dying. What looked like dead branches were flower buds on the smoke trees. There are 10 or more, several are large.
We've had overnight company! And welcome more. RV hookups are in, and there's a bed (still wrapped in plastic) in the house. Check to be sure we're here, though. Our home is still the trailer, and will be till we’ve new siding and windows. Inside now, there's also a rocker, bookcase, large table for the craft room-guest room and a glass patio table with four folding chairs that is our living room strategy center. Chuck’s already installed a HAM radio and antennae, so the basics are done.

Next week we'll head for Bastrop, TX, to empty our storage locker and tote back all of our souvenirs and miscellany, a pile that's been growing since we sailed away from San Francisco in 1989.

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