[This is part two of my moving process. You can read the first part here.]
Well, the last post covered the drama. Now, to the other side of things. While going back and forth between the two RV’s I couldn’t help but notice the size difference. But rather than thinking how large the new RV is in comparison to the old one, which I would think would be the more normal response, I found myself blown away by just how small a space I was moving from! How did I ever live in that little space for 8 months and find it to be okay? I still can’t believe the difference! I feel like I’m coming out of a cramped hotel room and into an actual home! There is no comparison. Two very different experiences. But the first RV really did serve its purpose and I’m very grateful for it! It got me to the beautiful mountains in North Carolina!
The next thing I couldn’t help but notice was how much stuff I crammed into that little RV!!! It just kept coming and I thought for a while that I’d never get done – ever! Yikes! The thing is that while I was able to pack all this stuff into that RV, I didn’t use a whole lot of it because I couldn’t get to it easily enough. Now things are much more spread out and more accessible. It will be interesting to see how this affects me and how I use things differently.
As I write this I am almost completely done with the move. I have only the desktop computer and my TV to be moved. I need some help with the computer for sure since it is probably a two person operation to get it off the table with its monitor arm. On my own I’d risk dropping it since I just don’t have enough hands! The TV I could probably do on my own but my back really has had enough and if I can get a little help, why not! Better still, pretty much everything is put away in the new RV. Now that doesn’t mean the move-in process is actually done. Because I have to leave Tuesday (tonight is Sunday) I don’t really have the luxury of doing a great job of things. Tomorrow I have to spend doing a bunch of errands, things that have to get done before I leave. I’ve got all winter to reorganize things!
Now to my conclusion – I am so happy that I swapped RV’s! I wanted a fifth wheel to begin with and now that I’m in this one I can really see why. I feel like I’m in a real home now, something I never felt with the other one. Don’t get me wrong – I loved that little RV but I quickly outgrew it! The views from this RV are nothing short of stupendous! Every window with a view!
I’ve only been here for three nights but already it feels quite a bit like home to me. I’m pretty sure it will continue to grow on me since I’ve not done a whole lot other than unpack so far! I cannot wait to begin to use the kitchen with its expansive counters! When I get back I still have to get a fair amount of winterizing done. The drafts through the windows are horrible so I’ll need to work on that. I still need to get a skirt for the bottom of the RV to keep the wind from blowing underneath it. But I love it here even if I’m a bit chilly and wondering if I will need a mortgage to pay for the propane to heat it! Once I get to working on it, though, it should be fine. Oh, and Picasso loves it! He likes to romp and stomp throughout it and seems really happy here!
I found it utterly weird to move but still be in the exact same location. That’s a first for me! I doubt there are too many who’ve done that! I kept thinking I’d walk out the door and be somewhere else but, nope, I was still here but my experience of “here” was quite different now since the outside was now part of my inside experience because of the windows.
But perhaps the piece I cannot help but notice is the healing that being here has brought to me. I’ve had such a hard time trusting people as well as my own intuition ever since I lost my business. By nature I’m a rather trusting person so this has been tough on me. Throughout this whole process I kept doubting either myself or that Brian could possibly be who he presented himself to be. I thought I’d be snookered or that this RV was going to be a piece of garbage. Having some of those odds and ends going wrong didn’t help but I stuck with it.
Tonight (Monday now) Brian came over and this RV is officially mine and the old one is gone. The swap has been completed. Brian was here with Scott, his employee. The hot water heater turned out to need a new element, just as Brian predicted. [Update on the hot water heater – although it appeared to work after the element was replaced, by morning the water was again only lukewarm. Not willing to make the same mistake twice, I didn’t take a shower that morning! Brian will be back again to fix it after Thanksgiving.) The door got fixed needing just a little adjustment. The circuit breakers were checked and all was good. The thermostat turned out to be working properly although the LED was a bit wonky so numbers appeared different than they should. I now know how to work it while Brian looks for a fully working replacement. Furthermore, Brian is here for the long haul and will be available to help with whatever work might be needed and at prices that will be much more realistic and reasonable.
I cannot tell you just how grateful I am for the help I’ve received since moving here. Brian singlehandedly has helped my broken truster to start healing. I followed my intuition, also broken, and have been well rewarded. I have to admit that my life has been just a little strange since I decided to go for this adventure and has been absolutely nothing like I would have expected it to have been. My favorite activity so far in my new RV is to just sit in one of the lounge chairs with a cup of tea and just take in the wonderful pine tree outside my window as peace envelopes me in her loving arms.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I leave for Indianapolis to be with my family. I am so grateful that we will be seeing each other again after such a relatively short period of time.
I cannot express fully how grateful I am to see this healing come over me. It has been quite a long time and, to be honest, there were many times I had lost hope that my life would ever come together again. I just had to keep holding on while moving forward, neither of which was easy at times.
I have to admit to wondering what will be next on my agenda. I’ve been asked what I would be doing here all on my own for a whole winter. The reality is I don’t have a clue! I’m hoping to be writing but I don’t know yet. Seems whenever I have an idea it turns out to be something different anyway which makes me wonder if I should make plans at all!
I’m also very grateful to each and every one of you who takes the time to read about my crazy, adventurous, healing life. It’s a real pleasure to have you with me! Life can be good again even after falling apart. When I first decided to get the original RV it was because “my body” told me that the experience would bring healing. I thought it would be about the travel but apparently that isn’t the case. I just needed a new, healing location. I feel like tremendous healing is and will continue to take place in my life while I’m here. I’ve met some wonderful people and I’m grateful to each and everyone of them.
May this Thanksgiving season find you with people you love enjoying each other’s company. May there be a great many things for you to hold in your heart with gratitude and, if not, know that things can really change. They have for me; they can for you. Blessings and love to you all!
© 2015 deborah kauffeld