I LOVE our RVing life. It has simplified so many aspects of the way we live that I often start thinking it’s too good to be true. We really do have an easy setup, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But….there are things. I never realized just how much I missed them until I got a most pungent package in the mail yesterday.
You see, my father in law is gardener. And he’s not just any old gardener hoping that his crops will grow and produce enough food so that they can have a few good meals during the summer. By profession he is a scientist, and he utilizes his knowledge while gardening thus producing some of the most delicious goodies in mass quantities in a very small space. This man knows what he’s doing. So yesterday I went to the post office to collect the mail. It’s the Hubs 50th birthday, so packages have been showing up regularly. Anyway, what I found was a package for me! And as soon as I opened the locker I could smell exactly what the contents of that package were. It was a box of garlic!!
For weeks now, the Hubs and I have been venturing to local farmer’s markets to get fresh garlic, but there hasn’t been the availability like there was last year. So it’s taken some work, and it had even started to worry me that we wouldn’t have enough garlic to get us through the winter. And it has been years since I’ve bought it at the grocery stores. More times than not, if you’re paying attention you will notice that the garlic at the store is a product of China. I once watched a documentary that really spoke to me, and in it one of the gentlemen said, “Your food should never arrive in a cargo box from another country packaged alongside thousands of pairs of flip flops.” And he’s right. So, back to the story.
When I opened my box of garlic I literally teared up. Who cries over a box of garlic, right? Inside of that box was enough garlic to carry me through until next year! And there were amazing varieties of garlic too. Did you know that there are over 600 sub-varieties of garlic in the world? (http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/garlic-information.html )I kid you not! But there was something about opening that box of garlic. A gift from the heart that I can consume. There is so much beauty in growing a garden, and I truly miss that. I just didn’t realize how much until I got that box yesterday. The gift of garlic from my precious father in law filled a void that I didn’t even realize was there. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s a gift that helps complete my RV lifestyle. I am so grateful for the gift of garlic!
It was a rainy 4th of July here in Southern Arizona. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but we had some really good rain over the holiday weekend. If you live in a part of the world that gets regular rainfall then you might be disappointed by this. But because we don’t see rains on a regular basis we were pretty doggone excited! So we settled in for a quiet weekend. The area of Arizona that we live in is actually more high desert and gets more rain than the areas around us. We have grass and trees and all those things that most people don’t have when they live in Arizona.
We live about 4 miles outside of town, so we were curious on the night of the 4th if we would be able to see the fireworks from our RV. Not wanting to venture out into the crowds, we came up with a plan. So about 15 minutes before the excitement was to begin we hauled my camara and ourselves onto the roof of our RV. Then, we sat and waited.
All of our neighbors were also out picking their premium spot for the spectacle, but no one had the view that we did! Before long, neighbors were walking by asking if they could join the rooftop party! They wanted to know if we were serving drinks on deck. Everyone was excited for the fireworks but also excited to see their two neighbors rooftop surfing on their RV to get a premium view of the fireworks. And it was worth the climb! Not only could we see the fireworks in town, but we could also see the fireworks throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. We could even see the fireworks show over in Tombstone, AZ! Now that was pretty cool.
I hope your 4th was as wonderful as ours was. We’re learning that there are so many ways to enjoy RV life, and it often affords you the best seat in the house!
One of the most exciting things about living in a home with wheels is that you can move it anywhere! Yes, anywhere. So it’s important to consider the things you like about the space that surrounds you before you make a choice.
1. Do you want to own the property you park your home own?
2. How much work do you want to do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis around your home?
3. Do you prefer privacy over living close to someone?
4. What amenities will make life more comfortable?
For us, because we move every 3-5 years, we’ve opted to rent a piece of land or stay in an RV resort. Purchasing land and getting all of the hookups put in just doesn’t seem cost-effective for us and the market of the area where we live. So, after looking at all the RV resorts within a decent driving distance to work we decided on a 55+ community to park. Wait, what? No, we’re not 55+ yet, but we love the amenities of this park. We like that we both have a decent driving distance to work, and we like that it’s quiet here. Very quiet! When you’re living close to someone as you may do in an RV Resort, you’ll appreciate quiet. Our slot comes with all utilities included (minus internet) and a small storage unit. We also have additional parking for our Casita travel trailer which we use for a guest house or when we’re traveling. We have a laundry facility on site. The RV park is actually attached to a 55+ community. Technically, we can’t buy a come in the “community”, but we get all of the perks of living in the community like use of the pool, a variety of outdoor activities such as putt putt (if you’re interested) and free wi-fi at the clubhouse.
We are originally from the South. So we’re no strangers to yard work. And for two years I was a caretaker on a large ranch that had more yard work than anyone in their right mind should have attempted to do on their own. That says a lot about my mental state! So, we wanted a very low maintenance place to live, and we got it! So consider all of these options when looking for a place to park your home. And the nice thing is that if after staying a while you see the setup just isn’t working for you, then you can hook your home up and move on! Yes, home IS where you park it!!