Saturday, April 22, 2017

Internet and our RV Set Up (photos)

Well, we finally got the internet installed today while I was working!  MY GOODNESS!  It is fabulous - so freaking fast!  I wish we could get this at the land.  All of us are on our computers having been without for over a week.  I know this is bad, but we are people that use the internet a lot for work, play, entertainment, etc.   We dealt and quite nicely, but it is so good to have this again.

Any, on to more interesting things.  Bad pictures because the lighting is horrible in RVs and we like a lot of natural light - albeit indirect light.  We had coffee on the deck this morning before it rained and brought in a cold front that has our windows open enjoying the fresh, country air!

Here is a before shot of part of our RV.






Here is the aftershot with the renovations.  OK, what we did is pull out the dining set and that countertop thing with little storage.  We put in a set of Ikea shelves and an Ikea cabinet that is deep for storage of appliances (crock pot, toaster oven, electric skillet, toaster, can opener, rice cooker, 2 pots and 2 stove top skillets).  The top is used to put one of the appliances and a permanent spot for the coffee pot. 

We are using command strip hooks like crazy and put up a key rack that has space for Darrell to drop his wallet and cell phone when he gets in daily.  I also hang my purse there.  The trash can (you cannot see it) is behind the cabinet and butted between it and the shelves.  It is a full size trash can with lid that came from our house - I love it! 

The book shelves house 98% of the homeschool items.  I also gave one bin for Laney and one for Koen.  This is where they keep everything they wanted to bring from home.  In the drawers, it holds all the sharps for the kitchen, the dishtowels and rags, cloth napkins and a catch all drawer (batteries, clips, etc.)  We store 2 fold out TV Trays that we use outside, inside - for eating, homeschool, games.  We also brought one lamp that gives softer light at night.





Oh, we move around the chairs as well.  The TV is above the coffee pot area.  It is a great central location and Darrell put an arm on it that swivels and comes out far.  The storage above is the pantry - housing all our canned and boxed food.  The larger open area holds bottled water and distilled water for our neti pots as well as an air filter.

Here is the Kitchen/Living Area:





We have a small strainer to use for during the day dishes.  There is a spice rack behind the stove top.  I bought a behind the sink shelf that is working out fabulously!  We put up a magnetic strip, but I could do without it.  Below the sink is a cabinet that holds the cleaning supplies, then another cabinet with 2 pull out drawers - one for silverware and one for serving spoons, ladles, measuring cups and spoons - all the kitchen items that are not sharp.

The couch is also from Ikea and fits 2 easily and comfortably.  The shoe bin is housed under the couch.  Since the slide stays out constantly, it is an easy place for the shoes.  We also put up a paper towel holder and have the router on a shelf on the side that you cannot see.  Angles are tough in an RV.

Bathroom:





What can I say - it is small.  So small, that I stood in the shower to get this crappy angle.  You could not see the sink if I stood outside the bathroom.

Nothing too special - we bought an over the door rack for 2 bath towels and a basket for rags and handtowels.  We put one hook for a towel over the window because it is not private enough for me - so it plays double duty.  The 4th towel hook is over the toilet.  All towels get dry now!  For the sink, we bought little $1 pails from Target and used command hooks to put them up for our toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Under the sink, we keep extra toiler paper, descreet wipes, and cleaning wipes.  We used hooks inside the cabinet to hold a plastic grocery bag for trash.  All other bathroom items and medicines go in a cabinet right outside the bathroom.

The Master Bedroom:



This is our bedroom.  See the the privacy curtain!  LOL - It is a full size queen bed, which is fine.  The 2 side cabinets hold our clothing.  We use the rolling method and plastic shoeboxes for our undies and socks.  The upper cabinets hold everything else.  Our computers, a homeschool art supply box, a paper cutter, external hard drive, etc.  

The black drawers you see on my side of the bed are what I bought at Container Store to hold my nighttime/evening time things.  Such as lotion, nail polish, emery board, nail clippers, chapstick, headphones, etc, etc. 

We installed clear magazine racks to store incoming paperwork and Darrell's tools.





On my side of the bed, we put in our favorite wine bottle clock that we have had for years and years (to feel like home), plus you can see it from the couch.  Also, we installed a fan for me at night.  Perimenopause - need I say more?

If you caught the hanging black fabric - that is what we put over the windows at night.  Rather than installing curtains, we used command hooks and grommets.  I like the natural light during the day, but hate the rope lighting the neighbors have on at night.  It works perfect.  Darrell has one on his side as well.


Well, folks that it is our RV and some of the renovations we did.  The kids did want their area on-line and I appreciate that.  Though in the Homeschool picture - you can see Koen on the top bunk.  We gave them magazine racks to store some more of their things.  They have a cabinet for their clothes and I had them print off pictures and quotes to decorate their areas.  It is quite cozy in there.

We have cooked here 3 nights so far and other than trying to figure out counter space, it is starting to work well.  We are getting into the flow of things.  I know getting the internet today is helping tremendously with our feeling like it is home - we can watch Netflix again and check all of email - anytime.  Plus, I can issue receipts to my customers again!  Always a good thing!

I hope you are having a great weekend - we are enjoying the cooler weather and a reduction in the stress!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

RV Showers

Ugh!  This is the only thing that turns me off about RVing.

So, the park we are in has really nice, large and private showers.  They are kept clean and the day we looked at them, they were air conditioned.

So, we took showers at the house until the very end, but the time came to break down and take the BIG shower.  You know - the shaving shower.

I woke the kids to get going because we have lots of errands today.  We gathered our bins.  Laney was dragging so Koen and I left her.  I took bleach cleaner and sprayed the showers, we still wore shoes though.

Uh oh, forgot the wash cloths.  Back to the RV to motivate Laney and get the washcloths.

Back to showers.  It was very humid due to no vent.  There is a fan, but it did not look vented.  It was also quite hot since the doors are kept shut at all times.

During the shower, I thought, "That's it, we are renting a house, I am done."

I read about this though - at about a week in, you want to give up.

So, I went back to the RV.  Koen was already done.  I told him that the was only shower we would take there, we will deal with our micro sized shower in the RV.  He agreed.

Laney came back.

She agreed.

We are staying on the RV.  It really is not bad, just the shower sucks.  However, we have a fabulous shower waiting for us at the end of this journey.

I am still typing on my phone - damn hand is numb.  No pictures until we get service.  We have signed the contract, just waiting for an install date.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I am sick - Crap!

Yep, one day after moving completely, I am sick and feel like crap.  I think it is a let down from the weeks of stress.

5 nights in the RV and we are setting in well.  I really think we can do this.

Today, before I knew for sure I was sick, we woke up early to pick out brick for the house.  Our builder brought the full size plans which is so cool!

We picked out the brick, 10-12 weeks and we will have pallets full!


Things are moving along and the builder wants to clear the land very soon.  So exciting!

I cannot write often because we have no internet yet.  We are working on it, but it may take a while - ah, RV life.  We are doing a hotspot, business Comcast.  They owners of this park have a deal with Comcast and the long-term rvers are able to get it.

Take care, taking my sleepy medicine and heading to bed!