Monday, May 30, 2011

Found Muscles That I Didn’t Know I Had


First of all I would like to wish you all a very Happy Memorial Day and to that all that have served to keep us free.

I have been really busy with the yard sale on Saturday,  The park put up 3 signs for a “Community Yard Sale”.  I put up two more of my own with my address and directional arrows.  It must have worked, because I had a lot of traffic and did better than I had hoped.  (Twice what I expected, which I attribute it to my “God Box”. )  Yesterday some other residents, on their walk stopped by.  They didn’t do as well,  maybe next year they will put up there own signs.  What is remaining is boxed up and under a tarp under the awning on my patio.


If this is left, can you imagine what I had before?  The rest of this will go to church for the yard sale next Saturday.  Moving and lifting will build muscles, right?  I also have bruises on my arms.  Tylenol works wonders. 

Sunday, I also packed up the things that my daughters asked me to save for them,after all the physical labor, I went to bed and it didn’t take long and I was asleep. 

Today after breakfast, I went out with a friend for lunch and then we went out looking for a truck.  He is willing to help negotiate a price so that they won’t take advantage of me.  I need to find a truck within by budget that can tow my 5th wheel.  (16,000 pound GVWR)

Tomorrow it’s back to work, so the warm bed is calling my name.  I hope you all had a great weekend and

Thanks for visiting


Susan and Angel

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Back To Work, Wedding, and I Did It !!!!!


Yes I am back to work, ugggh!  It was very hard to get back into the grove.  The next 6 months are going to be rough, but I know, it will go by fast. 

Thursday, I took another day off for more research and sent in my application for an RV park close by.  It is actually a little bit closer to my work.  I also met the property a manager, who seems to be really nice.  Most everyone in in the park is long term.  A few weeks ago I spoke with a couple of people that live there and they like living there.

More sorting on  Friday.  Ted arrived about 9:00 pm. 

Saturday, we went to a wedding.  Ted was their photographer and I helped with the reception that they had right after the ceremony.  We also went to the dinner that they had at a local Italian Restaurant.  Wonderful food and of course I ate too much.


                               The Bride and Groom, Karen and Pat

Another reason that Ted came was to get all his things that he had in the shed and his closet here in the house.  The main things that he took were a grandfather’s clock that he inherited from his grandmother and my chest freezer.

                                                The “ I Did It !!!!!!! “

I am now the owner of an RV.  At least I will be when I get a check from my 401K to them to pay for it. 


The PDI is scheduled for Friday the 3rd of June.  I know that it should take about 3 hours, but will probably be longer for me because I will keep asking questions until I understand how it all works.  It will be just me that will be there.  My son was here to help me.  He went through  everything and checked it all out.   

I signed a contract to purchase a 2007 Big Horn 5th Wheel by Heartland.   It is 38'3"long ,8'0", 12’12” high, 4 slides, Quad Slide, Rear Living Area w/2 Rocker/Gliders w/End Table, Comp. Desk/Entertainment, Center w/Opt. Fireplace, Hide-A-Bed Sofa, Dinette Table & Chairs, Lg. Counter, Double Sink, 3 Burner Range, Refrigerator, Pantry, Side Isle Bath w/Angle Shower, Lav., Double Bath Entrance, King Bed Slide, Walk-In Closet & More.

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                           Yes, that’s me and Angel in our new home.

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They will be delivering it to the park for me.  I don’t have a tow vehicle yet.  I’m searching for a 350 diesel, 4X4.  There are several people helping with the search.

The rest of today Ted helped me empty the Shed and move all of the furniture out onto the patio under the awning to get ready for the yard sale next weekend.  The rest of the week after work, will be getting the rest of the STUFF sorted and priced.

I sure hope that this isn’t too big for me to handle.  I will learn!

Thank you all for visiting and being there too.

Susan and Angel

Friday, May 13, 2011

Busy, Busy,Busy


It’s been really busy this past week.  I’ve been off all week on “vacation”.  I have been going through STUFF.  I did take some time to go to the Scottish Highland Games in Woodland CA last Saturday.  It’s fun to watch all the swirling kilts and listening to the bagpipes and fiddles.  The entertainers and food was good too.  Have you had your haggis today? 

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tossing the caber                 pipers                               haggis               

                                                                                 ( half eaten )       

I also stopped by my clan’s tent and donated some books and a couple of painted valances. 


It was a normal Sunday, church and I had to do something, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it was.  I must be having a “senior moment”.

Monday Linda came over to help me go through all my art things.  I sorted out what I want to keep (trying to keep it to one bucket).  I donated a large bag of Artist’s Magazines to the local high school art department.  More sorting to be done.

Tuesday, Marti (Gypsy) and I met for lunch and then took a look of a couple of local RV parks and another RV dealer on Folsom Blvd.  There were a couple of Class As that were nice and within my budget, still looking.  We parted wishing each other happy and safe travels.  Then for me it was back home to more cleaning and sorting. 

Wednesday, doctor appointment and more of the same.

Today I found a fifth wheel that I really like and the price was in my budget, only I can’t make any decisions for another week or so.  Does anyone have a Cameo by Carriage?  It has everything that I want and plenty of storage in the basement. 


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I was planning on going to meet Marikay at the RV Show in Pleasanton on Friday, but plans have changed and we won’t be going, although we will get together one of these days.  Instead I will be getting everything ready for the yard sale, sorting and pricing. 

Next week on Monday I will have to go back to work. I sure  am not looking forward to that, but it is necessary. 

It is late and I need to get to bed.   I hope that you all have a great weekend.

Thanks for visiting


Susan and Angel

PS Tried posting this last night, but blogger was down, Since then I’ve been able to get quite a bit of the STUFF sorted and priced.  Trying to get as much done now before I go back to work next week.

Bye again


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Catching Up



I guess that it is time that get another post in.  I’ve been working as usual and have been busy going through more stuff.  I am trying to sort some of it for my kids and setting aside a box for each of them. They don’t want much, but I may have to find a place to store the boxes until I travel that way.  Two daughters are in Arizona and the other one is in Texas.  My son will be taking his stuff later this month.  I’m also trying to use up everything that I have in the refrigerator and freezer and not going to the store unless I have to get something that I absolutely have to have.  Someone has decided that they want the washer, dryer and fridge.  They will give me a deposit in a couple of weeks and will pay the rest when they pick it up when I move into an RV. 

More details in the near future regarding an RV.  I will be actively looking for one after May 20th.  In the meantime I will be off work for the next two weeks so that I can get ready for the annual yard sale that they have here in the mobile home park where I live.  It is on the 28th of May and then there is the yard sale at church the next week on the 4th of June.  I hope to be rid of everything by then.  In the meantime I will put an ad in the “Penny Saver”.  I’m not sure that I want to put anything on Craig’s List (safety reasons), but I have been spreading the word. 

It is getting real close and it is a bit scary.  It will be a big change in my life.  The plan is to get a 5th wheel and put it into a park and continue to work until early next year.  This will give me time to transition into this lifestyle.  I will learn how to live in an RV, how the systems work and monitoring my usage of water, propane as well as space. I will later get a truck and then take some short trips to get to know how to handle the whole thing.  It will also give me time to line up a workamping job for next year.  At least that is the plan.


Time just is going by so fast. I took off this week and next week as vacation so that I can get all this stuff done.  Monday someone came over to look at the printer and heat press.  Hopefully they will take them off my hands along with all the product that goes along with them.  It’s a really good deal.  Then Tuesday I took my van to the dealer to find out why the A/C wasn’t working.  It took all day. After I was there for five hours they got the OK for a one day rental car.  This morning when I picked the van up I was so glad that I have an extended warranty, otherwise it would have cost $766.00. 

Today I brought some books on watercolor to my former art class to see if they would like them.  One more stack of books, GONE!  One day next week Linda will come over to help me go through my art supplies to see if there is anything that can be used in her classes.

I guess that I had better get to bed so that I can get an early start in the morning.There is so much to do in a short period of time.

Thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel