The Luxury of Choices

I’m sorry. Sorry it has taken me this long to write about where we are and what’s going on.

Where to start?

We’ve been very fortunate to have had a place to “hunker down” for the last several months. We were supposed to spend the summer workamping in New Hampshire. Like nearly everyone else, we had plans. Plans that were interrupted by the pandemic. We had the luxury of choices. So, what did we do instead? Well, as I wrote in one of my last posts (months ago, I know) we remodeled Waldo. We were truly looking forward to living in our new digs. When we made the decision not to travel to New Hampshire in early April, I thought a lot about what full-time RVers were having to contend with, campground closures, “safer at home” orders and the uncertainty of where the next roll of tp was going to come from. We had none of those issues, Waldo was safely parked in my dad’s yard, patiently waiting for the next adventure. We stayed IN my dad’s house. That is a big distinction and has made me question my saying we are full-timers. I’ve come to the conclusion that since we use his house as a homebase, eat, drink and sleep in it, we are more like 3/4 timers. And that’s ok.

While we waited to see how it would pan out, I knew I needed projects. I get bored easily and with no idea when we’d be back on the road it wouldn’t take long to be bored out of my mind. I started by updating the bathroom, the 1970’s wallpaper HAD to go…

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Once the wallpaper was gone and the walls were painted bright white, I knew it needed some color to tie in with the green ceramic tiles and this is what I came up with…

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. Now what?

I spent 2 1/2 weeks turning this…img_8534

into this…

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I added a bit of selfless promotion to Waldo (for when we got back on the road)…

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When the Florida state parks opened back up, Steve and I took a day trip to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It was SO good to be out for the day…

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We hiked over 5 miles and truly enjoyed the park.

With spring turning to summer, I spent a lot of time out in the yard (in the shade!). One day while walking back to the house, something caught my eye…

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Turns out these were Echo moth eggs. Soon the coontie plants were overrun with caterpillars…

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Which eventually turned into moths…

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With our NH summer job a no-go, we had to decide how we were going to make up that money. Since the fireworks sales at New Years went so well, we decided to do it again for 4th of July. Our site was a Walmart parking lot in Clermont, FL…

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With municipalities cancelling fireworks, our sales for consumer fireworks were crazy. We had a total of 3 stocking orders and were completely sold out by 2pm on the 4th. I’m confident, we could have sold MUCH more if re-stocking hadn’t been an issue. After 12 days parked on the asphalt in 98° weather, we needed a break! We were desperate for some R&R.

Crooked River State Park in Georgia was just what we needed. We booked a weeks stay and headed north…

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It felt SO good to be “Sleeping Around” again. We visited Fort Frederica National Monument…

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Neptune Park…

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Howard Gilman Park…

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Had a baby bird take refuge on our canopy…

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Visited the ruins of a tabby sugar works plantation built around 1825…

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Tabby is a type of concrete made from oyster shells.

And we hung out at Waldo, playing Yahtzee and drinking margaritas when it rained…

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And last, but not least, had a close encounter with a rooster…

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By the end of the week, we knew we had to get back on the road. Back to living in Waldo. We have to live our lifestyle despite pandemic and riot fears. We can’t and won’t “hide out” at Daddy’s forever. That is also the luxury of choices.

We hope you are all well and coping with this new normal. And I PROMISE to keep posting!

Up next – searching for waterfalls in the mountains of north Georgia

 

 

7 thoughts on “The Luxury of Choices”

  1. Good to see you guys back on the road and back to writing! It certainly has been a weird couple months, but it’s nice to be back to what passes for “normal” for all of us. I am sure you guys were thrilled to see a change of scenery after sitting in one location for a long while.

    I love what you did with the benches and table. What a transformation! And yeah, 70s wallpaper, (or any kind of wallpaper after too many years) just needs to come down. It’s a big project, but what a difference it makes!

    Anyway, glad to hear from you guys again and it looks like you’re getting back into the groove. Stay well and safe travels!

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  2. You have really been busy – renovating, painting, selling fireworks and traveling/camping. Fantastic!!! I wish I had your energy!
    We, too, were fascinated by tabby. As we travel, we’ve seen lots of historic buildings (fancy and plain) with a variety of building techniques. And it’s always something that interests me.
    Stay safe!
    Rusha Sams

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