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November 28, 2011

Vagabonds: drifters… itinerant wanderers who roam wherever they please, following the whim of the moment.  ~Wikipedia


We started the day with coffee in the new recliners, watching the sun come up.  Then we headed back to the “old” house to  meet the plumber, and finish cleaning the house.  $170 later, we had a new cold water faucet in the laundry room (actually now the new owner has a new faucet).  We got the house finished, ran some errands, then went back to the house.  We pulled the cargo trailer out of the garage and headed back to the RV Park.  The cargo trailer is now filled with a few items for some of the kids, a number of larger paintings that we don’t have room for in the motorhome, and a few miscellaneous items.  We’ll deliver, dispose of, and relocate those items, then sell the trailer.

We got back to the RV Park and found that the local RV mechanic, who lives here, had returned from a weekend away.  Much as I hated to do it, I walked over and introduced myself, then told him I was having trouble getting the water heater to work.  He didn’t hesitate.  Came over, showed me what I needed to do, and now we have hot water.


We’re considering a change in plans where the Trailblazer is concerned.  It’s going to cost quite a bit more to have it modified for flat (four wheels on the ground) towing, either with a lube pump or a driveshaft disconnect.  Nell has suggested that maybe we see about selling the Trailblazer, then buying an inexpensive small car that can readily be towed.  That would be our sightseeing and errand running vehicle.  On those occasions when we do a festival that won’t accomodate the big rig, we’ll rent a van or small U-Haul truck for a couple of days.  The idea has a lot of merit, and I’m going to do some research on it.



We’re starting to sleep a little better.  For the past few weeks, our sleep schedules have really been screwed up.  Waking up at 3 or 4 am, thinking of all the things that needed to be done, worrying about when the house would sell, then wondering if the buyer’s deal would go through.  There are a lot of things to occupy one’s mind when trying to sell a house.  Waking up so early, naturally, makes one sleepy early in the evening, which just perpetuates the off-kilter sleep cycle.  But we’re beginning to stay awake a little later, and waking up a little later as well.

Nell goes back to her usual schedule tomorrow, but at least her stress will be limited to her job, without all the house stuff that’s been on her mind.

We headed across town to McKinney this morning to sign the final documents to close the sale of the house.  By 11:30, we had signed everything.  A weight was gone.  No more mortgage.  We stopped at a couple of places, looking for some small items for the motorhome, then wandered through IKEA, trying to find a small storage table to fit in a specific spot.  All we ended up getting at IKEA was lunch.  It really wasn’t bad.  We arrived back home in early afternoon to a big welcome from Hemi.  It was his first almost-full-day alone in the RV, and he did fine.

We moved the cargo trailer inside the fenced storage area at the RV Park, then went through a few boxes and cleared out some more floor space in the motorhome.  The realtor called and informed us that the deal had funded.  Nell checked the account online, and transferred some funds, and just like that…

…the motorhome is paid for.

We are now, almost, rootless vagabonds… wanderers.  Someone recently wrote in a blog that we artists who do festivals and street shows are, to the general public, the ones who ran away to join the circus.  I guess we really fit that description now.  I have a visual of one of those gypsy wagons, pulled by a couple of big work horses, with a lantern hanging off the back.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Yorky permalink
    November 29, 2011 7:33 am

    Bon Voyage Ralph, won’t be long before Nell retires. You are living my dream. Unfortunately it will never happen here as my wife is disabled and couldn’t live in a motor home.


  2. Loretta permalink
    November 30, 2011 8:33 pm

    Just a comment to Doug, they do have ‘accessible’ motorhomes. We saw many at the Hershey show.


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