I avoided the blog yesterday. It’s embarrassing to say that I am failing miserably right now with the quitting smoking. I’m not giving up but I have changed my plan for certain. I am giving myself until the end of the month (October 31, Pagan New Year’s Eve, Halloween) to succeed at this horrid process of getting the cigarettes out of my hands, mouth, life. Apparently, my self-discipline in this area is severely lacking. Yes, I’m upset with myself for not being strong enough to stick with my original plan, but I’m going to keep moving forward with this and try not to beat myself up too much about the change in plan.
This weekend is the first weekend we have had both Saturday and Sunday off in a really long time. If it hasn’t been cleans, its been painting curbs. It feels really nice to not have to be hustling to get things done, both at home and at work.
The weather has been great! I believe this is Summer’s final good-bye for the year and Fall’s quiet, and somewhat comforting, hello. We could have gone out to paint curb addresses, but I firmly held on to the time off. We really have been going fairly non-stop for the past 4 months. We have earned the down-time without question.
With the approaching cold, we have been getting things ready for the winter. Winter has notoriously been a very lean time for us and we want to make sure we are prepared for when money is tighter than it has been. We filled all of our propane tanks, looked at various heaters for the kids’ space and started to make plans for how to best efficiently keep them warm. We also have been discussing building some sheds.
We would like to build a couple of sheds for the kids so they can both have their own space. They are sharing the space in our ’75 Dodge RV (20 feet long, we call him Marv) and its beginning to wear thin on both of them. Seeing as they are 17 and 23 years old, it is no wonder they are longing for more space and privacy. The sheds wouldn’t be huge, only 8′ x 10′ or 10′ by 10′, but it would give them each more than enough room to make it their own. Building materials will be relatively inexpensive per shed, especially if I can find some of the materials through Craigslist, preferably free.
While we were discussing the sheds for the kids, the topic of building a bathroom shed came up. It wouldn’t be too hard to build (no harder than any shed, really) and hooking up a water heater doesn’t appear to be a problem with our current electric and water availability. Lance has devised a plan for hooking up to the sewage for the toilet and other water draining that would still allow us to empty the holding tanks from the trailer. Having many years of construction experience/expertise definitely comes in handy living the RV life.
I have to admit that the bathroom shed has become my main focus, though I believe I should be more focused on the sheds for the kids. I think building the bathroom shed first is probably the best plan, though. Once the kids are in their own spaces, they are going to need somewhere to go potty and I won’t be holding onto Marv unless we decide to strip him down to frame and build a tiny house on wheels. We shall see how this progresses.
In some ways, to me, it seems rather sad that I’m excited about the prospect of having a bathroom shed with a shower — a flushing toilet without a holding tank to empty and a readily available shower that I don’t have to drive to. I love going to the Y for the pool and steam room, but, as busy as we get, sometimes fitting in the time to make it to the Y is a bit cumbersome. To be able to shower whenever I wanted would be such a luxury I haven’t had for so long. I told Lance I would probably shower twice a day for the first week just because I could…lol.
So, that’s what’s going on around here. Making plans to make our life a little more comfortable. Left foot, right foot, with a small twist.