I think y’all have been waiting long enough… Sorry bout that… I never meant for it to be such a teaser…the process took longer than I was expecting and I wanted to be 100% sure before we let the cat outta the bag. We have 2 big announcements, and no I’m not pregnant and we aren’t joining the circus. Though the latter did cross our minds from time to time…
Our first announcement shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to any of you that have been following for more than 5 minutes – We are officially hanging up our keys. I think I may have mentioned this in one of my recent pity party posts but without further explanation…so here goes.
Y’all know Snowball. She’s isn’t very big in comparison to most of the beasts people choose to fulltime in, she’s a dinosaur at 28 years old, she chugs gas worse than Chris chugs coffee and she has more than her share of ‘issues’. But she is our home and she’s been our home for 8 months now. She’s kinda like that first apartment you had on your own…ours consisted of a horrific flight of stairs straight up with our ‘laundry room’ at the top of the stairs without a door to enclose the machines, downstairs neighbors that loved to play Spanish Polka music all day and night as loud as their little boombox could handle and a pretty rough neighborhood to boot. But it was our first apartment all our own, we picked it…like it or lump it…and we were proud of it regardless. Snowball is so much like that little apartment but at some point you have to move on. Snowball is a slum, as much as I hate to call our home such a thing, it’s true. I have to confess that I have sugar-coated her issues along the way but for a couple of very good reasons – 1. I didn’t want y’all to worry even more than you already do about us. 2. We love y’all but we didn’t want anyone’s pity. Still don’t. So now that my confession is out I can air the honest to goodness truth about the state of poor Snowball.
Oh where oh where to begin… Y’all know there’s NO running water here, everything we do has to be done true tent camping style; fetching every drop of water we use in gallon jugs, manually flushing the toilet, heating water for dishes, no shower facilities etc. I challenge you, just for a day, to think every time you use your precious running water of what you’d have to do differently if it wasn’t there. Just for a day…and then let me know how it goes. Our next biggest issue is the roof. The previous owners were idiots when drilling holes in the roof for their satellite dish and the lack of sealant used. I mean seriously!! Anywho, I digress. We patched and sealed everything before we took to the road but so much damage had already been done the only way at this point to fix the roof is to completely strip it and start from scratch. We have had up to 6 leaks at once during heavy continuous rains including one that was a waterfall down the bedroom wall with no visible source from inside or out that soaked every piece of clothing I own, our pillows, sheets and mattress. Chris has repeatedly patched and sealed all the known areas that are leaking but the roof is now buckling and the water just pools, seeps and eventually leaks. Our only relief at this point is for Chris to sweep the roof as the rain slacks but depending on the degree of the storm, time of day, mph winds etc that isn’t always an option either. And as anyone that’s ever had a roof leak before knows it inevitably does damage to the floors. Our flooring is no exception as we have more weak spots than solid at this point. We’re assuming the leakage is also playing a part in the ceiling electrical as we have been having switches burn out right and left since the beginning and even some with water or condensation in the covers. After the 3rd round of replacing the switches we gave up and now have 2 working overhead lights and two we manually use by splicing the wires with either a paperclip or bobby pin. And then there are a few other issues like the poor layout, lack of heat, inefficient AC, busted out window, missing awning, lack of storage, lack of adequate electricity, broken door handle, no leveling jacks, then there’s the whole engine thing and so on. Can y’all see how she got her name?? At this point she’s earned it too!!
Conclusion – Snowball needs help, help that we can’t facilitate while living in her. Finding a place to do any repairs or remodeling may prove to be equally as difficult but we’re waiting to see on that one.
The condition of Snowball has led us to the sad but necessary decision to hang up our keys for an undetermined amount of time, though we’re estimating it’ll be years before we have the option of fulltiming again. It took a lot of discussing, researching online and soul-searching to come to this decision. As much as we love this lifestyle and everything it has to offer we need a safe place to live first. We started realizing our original plan to replace Snowball wasn’t going to pan out when I couldn’t fulfill the job stent at Amazon. The only option left was to seek permanent employment for both of us after Chris was done at Amazon. We’ll be announcing the new jobs soon, promise!!
Are you wondering what will happen to the blog?? Me too!! Most everyone that stops by does so because of our mutual fulltiming status or the desire to go fulltime. There could be sporadic blogs on the repairs to Snowball but they’ll be a ways out and fewer and farther between than we’re all used to. I’ve thought about closing the blog down but I don’t want to do anything rash… What do y’all think?? Would you still hang out for recipes, crafting/upcycling projects, crazy cat pictures and general info about what we’re up to even though it may not be such an adventure?? I suppose the other option is to start a new blog… I just don’t know. Leaving the blog just seems so…formal…final…and I’m not sure I’m ready for that.
Announcement 2 coming shortly…
With Much Love