Friday, January 27, 2012


Seems like a couple of new followers have signed on to read my posts.  I hope what I write is interesting, if not amusing.  

Welcome to Joe and BettyBob and JoPeter and Peggy.  I look forward to reading about your RV adventures, and other thoughts!

I've been having a bit of "blog block" lately.  I've written and deleted several posts because they just didn't seem interesting, nor complete.  

Craig has started working on the house this week. 

 The number and size of jobs needing to be done is overwhelming to me.  

As I look at all the painting I did last year, I see places that  need to be touched up again.  I know there are things I could be doing, but I don't want to have to do things twice.  

Our "new" roof is almost two years old, and the "new" dishwasher and double oven we put in are going on three. 

I haven't done much since the day  I "gave up" last May.  Hopefully, now that he is home,  I can be of help to Craig.  

I also feel overwhelmed by all of the "things" we have. When we got back from our trip and I brought all of the stuff we had taken along back into the house, it seemed I was returning it to overstuffed cupboards and closets.  I don't want any of it!

Someday ...


  1. Try keeping the stuff in the RV and just living with what is already in the house. Much easier than moving things back and forth. Most of us had duplicates of many items when we had a house.

  2. Good advice. Keep what you had in the RV in the RV. When we went full timing, it was AMAZING at how little we really needed to "keep house". I think that can go both ways. It's good to pare down what's in the house as well. Living in the RV has really helped us realize all that "stuff" that we thought we had to have in our brick and mortar homes is just stuff. I've got a storage shed full of things I think I still need to have back in Indiana, but I haven't missed it in a year. Well, much of it, anyway! :-) SH-h-h! don't tell Eldy! :-)

  3. Take it one step at a time..figure out what you need to do to get to where you want to be...even a hour a day does wonders! Stuff is just stuff...get rid of it!

  4. Take a breath, Merikay, and decide where you really want to go.

  5. I remember how overwhelmed I was, then I started doing one room at a time...closed all the other doors & started in the back bedroom. It helped to not see all the "stuff" in the other rooms. Good luck -- I'm sure you will get it done!

  6. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is always difficult. But you will conquer that the same way you conquered the acquisition of the Alfa. You put your mind to something and you always get it done. Hang in there Merikay, one step at a time.

  7. Just completed an hour or so of reading your blog from beginning to end. Didn't read every entry, but more than half. I like your writing style. You build good word "pictures". It looks like we may be entering the full time phase about the same time this spring/summer. Looking forward to following your adventures.

  8. Glad to be aboard. Just remember the old adage, How do you eat an elephant, One bite at a time.

  9. I've missed your blogs. I always find them interesting, even when you're not doing anything special.

  10. East to tell you how to do it, harder to get over being overwhelmed. I find the stuff that we lost in the flood isn't missed all that much. We got the basics to put in the RV, and as I find I need something, I get it. Anyway you can segregate things for the RV on an 'as needed' basis? If you use it in the house, you know you'll probably use it in the MH.

  11. It is easy to become overwhelmed - I'm there myself. What I plan to do is create a giant list - once something is on it I won't give it another thought until it is time to do it. When we want to get something done we'll pick off the list. I don't know if this will work or not, but I do know that once we start talking about all the jobs - by the time we are at 3 or 4 I'm freaked out!

    There are some good blogs out there about tackling organization and decluttering.

  12. It seems like things always move along way to slow for our tastes, but that's just the way of it, I think. Keep working on it and thinking about what you're doing and it will all come together. Tell Craig I really liked seeing his Willie Nelson music. He could digitize all his music, and upload it to "the cloud" and then play it back from just about anywhere! That's one way to take your music collection with you when you travel, without taking up all the space!

  13. It is hard, and sometimes overwhelming. Just take it one day at a time, and even one hour a day. Every little bit helps. Give yourself a couple of days off every week so you can relax.

    That's why I had an estate sale. I took everything I wanted in The Palms out of my condo and left the rest to be sold. I've never regretted doing it that way. But... I lived in a condo, much smaller than your home, and I was in the middle of a city, but still, some people will come quite a ways for a good estate sale.

    I know we all feel your pain.

  14. Oh Merikay, was it just a few months ago that you were encouraging me when I was in the same place????

    I am still overwhelmed, but trying to eat our "elephant" one bite at a time. It is so hard. Our goal to be out of here was two months ago and we still are not finished....

    Ooops....I'm supposed to be cheering you along...sorry.


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