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No Second Guessing

October 18, 2011

“100% of the shots you don’t take – don’t go in.” ~Wayne Gretzky

This past Saturday, a real estate agent scheduled a showing of our house.  We’ve had quite a few showings, but no offers so far.  A showing on a weekend is rare, so we optimistically did all the sprucing up chores to get it ready.  In all honesty, there’s not a lot of “getting ready” to be done for a showing.  We keep the place on “show standby” at all times.  But we put away the dishes that were drying in the sink (admit it, you have them, too), did a quick dusting and ran the vacuum cleaner.

The showing was right at mid-day, around lunchtime, and it was a beautiful day.  So we gathered sandwich makings, chips, canned drinks, and a cooler with ice, turned on all the lights and ceiling fans in the house (it really helps make the place look and feel nice), and locked up.  With Hemi the Mini Schnauzer along, we headed over to the storage place to have a picnic in the RV.

When an RV sits for an extended period of time, especially in a lot next to open fields, small critters are a problem, especially mice.  We had already tried dryer sheets.  No luck.  Then we tried mothballs.  We found out Saturday that mothballs not only really smell bad when you leave a lot of them around inside a completely closed up space, but they don’t seem to bother mice at all.  So, after opening all the windows and the door, and after cleaning up inside the closet and a number of drawers, we pronounced the RV acceptable for a picnic.  We agreed that we’ll continue to try various methods, but the real solution will be actually living in it, which we hope will deter most critters.

So we had our little picnic at the dining table while Hemi lay on the floor looking hopefully out the screen door, watching for rabbits, I’m sure.  It was a pleasant little meal, even if we were sitting in the middle of a parking lot full of boats, travel trailers and motorhomes.  Come to think of it, that will probably be the view at most RV parks, anyway.  I’m more looking forward to the time we’ll spend in state parks across the country.

Now, we normally eat in the living room, with plates on our laps.  We’re not terribly formal.  But this little meal at the table in the motorhome was so pleasant that, at one point, I told Nell that I wondered if we were making the right decision by removing the dining table and installing a desk/workstation/mini art studio.  She looked at me, smiled, and very kindly said, “No, sweetie, we’re really going to need the workstation.”  This morning, as I was touching up a painting, it really struck me:  Oh, yes we are!

The workstation in the motorhome will have a 7-foot flat work surface, sitting on two cabinets.  Inside one cabinet will be our Epson Artisan 810 printer and all the computer-related stuff (we’ll work with the laptop).  The other cabinet will hold art supplies.  Of course, there is overhead storage as well.  There is no doubt that the workstation will be an absolute necessity.

Incidentally, we’ve taken some measurements, and determined that we do have a place for “1000 Mile Checkup” in the motorhome.  This limited edition lithograph of a pencil drawing by Robert “Shufly” Shoofelt was one of the first Christmas gifts from Nell after we were married.  For 21 years, it has hung in a place of honor somewhere in our home.  Because it suffered a little smoke damage in the fire a number of years ago, it’s lost a lot of its value, but we both love it, and we’re happy it can go with us.

The people who looked at the house on Saturday, returned the same day for a second look with their realtor.  They’re from out of town, so we’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of it.

Meanwhile, we continue to just sit in a holding pattern, with no second thoughts, no hesitation.  Life on the road may not turn out to be quite the way we envision it.  But a lot of that will depend on how we approach it.  And the only way we can make it work is to be in all the way.

We’re ready to take the shot.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2011 8:16 pm

    Good Luck

  2. October 18, 2011 8:17 pm

    Good luck with the lookers, Ralph. Sent a prayer your way.

  3. October 24, 2011 12:25 am

    Sure hope the interested buyers are impressed enough to make an offer. Best of luck!

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