Moved In

I moved the camper in on Sunday. There’s a little cubby-hole the perfect size, between two rows of nice bushy pinon trees.

Concho Carport

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I’ve made a walkway with some old plywood, and put out my solar lights, and it feels like Home already. I’m working on getting the rock collection out of my car. I have to force myself to put them on the ground here; they’re going to get dirty! But I remind myself that they’re ROCKS, for heaven’s sake, and they’re washable.

I have this lovely deluxe “toolshed” right next to the camper. It’s made of old pallets and looks like scrap pieces of corrugated plastic roofing…..it leaves a lot to be desired!

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I am very impressed though that she (the former landowner) worked the roofing around a tree branch! (See it sticking up through the roof on the right side?)

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I do need a place to keep my tools but I’m not sure this is it. I suppose I could wrap the sides with a tarp if it’s going to rain, but it does need a different door. Dragging a big ol’ pallet back and forth is way too much work.  I can’t do much of anything just yet because I bought a cordless saw & drill, charger and batteries on ebay and they’re just now all trickling in. I’ve got all the materials to make a couple sawhorses….maybe tomorrow. I had all the 2×4 pieces cut at Home Depot, and bought one of the brackets at a ReStore for $2; the other I bought for $4 at Harbor Freight.

I bought some plants yesterday! A nice big mum that was on Clearance for $4.10 (and is in a pretty pot that I can reuse) and a really pretty bright red Cyclamen for $1.55. I guess with the weather getting colder they won’t last long, but it’s great to have some color around here! And so nice that I don’t have to find a space to carry them in the car when I move.  I still have little Celery but she’s not doing too great. The leaves are nice and green but she’s not growing at all. I don’t think this weather agrees with her. I read that celery likes 70/60, and it’s been a good bit colder than that at night. I do put her in the car at night, and now also the mum & cyclamen too. Maybe they’ll stay pretty longer if they don’t get frosted. It’s starting to get colder; forecast in the low 30’s for the next week or so at night.

I am realizing that I can’t build my own shack. For one thing, I don’t have enough money. And the other thing is that I just don’t have the stamina and strength any more. I sure hate to admit that. (You all probably knew that before I did) So I’m looking at buying a pre-built shed on the Rent To Own plan, which carries a horrendous interest rate.  I’ve found a place in Tucson that really does a nice job; their sheds have roof overhangs, soffit and continuous roof vents, and 2×6 floor joists 12″ on center. And the roof trusses are nice-looking, without those ugly galvanized plates holding everything together like most of the shed manufacturers use.  I’m still gathering information right now & trying to make sure I can afford it. Otherwise I’ll be living in the camper for another year or so, and I REALLY would like to be in a real structure before the hard winter weather hits.  Well it’d be pretty tough to keep the camper cool enough in the summer here too. If that happens I’ll probably have to take to the road again in summer, and maybe this winter too, if it gets too cold here.  So I’m hoping I can figure out a way to get a pre-built shack.

Some of you have already noticed that I removed the link for convenient shopping. The rules have changed, and I can’t post a general link; I have to post links to actual products. So here are few things that I like and use a lot. (Clicking on any of these product links will take you to where you can do a search for what you really want) Thanks! (Please copy and paste into your browser)

Stuff we like:

Camco Handy Mat. This is a great little mat for in front of the camper door, or under your dog’s exercise pen. It folds up very small and is cheap enough that you can just toss it out when it starts getting frayed or horribly dirty! http://amzn.to/2yjuQcV

Bonavita Coffee Dripper. I love this thing…it was a gift from a friend, and it’s a little pricey but I love that the porcelain keeps the coffee hot, and it doesn’t drip right through immediately. It will hold the brew until you’re ready to dispense it into your cup.  http://amzn.to/2yj4ojJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Responses to Moved In

  1. MB Dillard says:

    I’m very excited for you. And I’m watching and learning too. 🙂

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    • MB Dillard says:

      BTW…..I love rocks too. I can sit and sift through stones for hours………….

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    • MB Dillard says:

      OH! And I would be really interested to hear about what the people and towns are like….when you actually live there and are not just passing through. I love that area and think I would like to make a home there someday but have never gotten the chance to spend enough extended time there to get a feel for what full-time life would be like. I look forward to your posts as you begin to become a part of the “community” there. Have fun!

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    • janispaqu says:

      Thank you! I guess we can learn together.

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  2. Denice Rayburn says:

    Sorry to hear that you had to remove your general link, I had that bookmarked for when I did my shopping 😦 I AM glad that you’re getting settled in…poco a poco as we say here! I love reading about your adventures, and am so happy for your new adventure in home building! Best of everything Janice!

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    • janispaqu says:

      That link is still good! I just can’t publish it in my blogs any more. And THANKS for using it! Can you get Amazon shipments there? The one time I tried to order something, it got stolen at the Servientrega office! I eventually got my $250 back but it took months and was a huge hassle.

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  3. Nancy Cotter says:

    Looks very cozy. Glad you have decided about the shed.

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  4. Joyce says:

    So glad to hear you are off the road and getting settled, wish you well.

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  5. Tom & Deb says:

    Glad to read you are settling in. Congratulations, on your new home spot. It looks like a lovely “cubby-hole”. Enjoy!

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  6. Jerry K says:

    We have mixed feelings about your move- Extreme joy for you to find an affordable property & and wishing you could keep your wandering adventures to wonderful places. Wishing you success and much pleasure in AZ! We’ve been parking our Aliner on vacant property my wife’s family inherited in Michigan and have yet to travel with it–you’ve been a great inspiration for when time allows us to wander a bit! My wife and I have copied your link previously; glad it still works! It’s on our browser “favorites” tab!

    Jerry & Lisa

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    • janispaqu says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Jerry! I’ll still be doing a little bit of wandering….and you need to get out there too! There are lots of free places to camp in the U.P. you know, and what better place to spend some time in the summer?!

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