Monthly Archives: February 2015

All packed and no place to go

Well, we are moving to a new vacation rental today. The good news is that it’s only a few miles away. The downside is that we’re getting better at packing. 

So, we’ve packed the trailer and cleaned the house. But, we’ve got a couple hours to wait until we can check into the next house. 

We’re happy the weather’s nice today so we can wait on the screened in porch. 

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3 houses down 

Jodi and I were talking last night about whether we miss our old house. Turns out we don’t. We’ve given up some conveniences, but that’s about it. So far the houses we’ve bee in are much smaller than our old house. That’s taken some getting used to. But we’ve managed just fine. The financial freedom we feel is well worth the smaller spaces. 

      We’re in our third house and third state now. We move to a new location in a couple of days. We’re also getting a better handle on packing and unpacking.  

      So, I don’t have any more words this morning. If you like to read short blog posts, then this ones for you. 

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Are you guarding your stuff?

Letting go of possessions can be hard.  Not just hard, but it can be emotionally difficult as well.  Whether many of us like it or not, we have a tendency to get attached to our things.  As I posted before, when we sold everything it was at times extremely difficult.  I don’t want to admit it, but I had become attached to a lot of inanimate ‘things’.  It was extremely freeing to get rid of most of our stuff.

In the house we’re staying in right now, there is a house next door that is obviously protective of their stuff.  They have a couple of old, rotting RV’s, a few piles of old junk, etc.  From what I can see from a short distance it’s all just rotting to the ground in place.  They have also posted no trespassing signs in order to keep their stuff safe.

I still have a little bit of an issue with stuff.  Even though we have very little now, I’m still occasionally driven to protect it.  To make sure I still have it. Etc.  This is something I’m still working on and slowly getting better at.

Things will not bring joy, happiness, accomplishment, or peace.  We’ve found that more stuff actually brings more stress.  So far on this journey we’ve done well and only bought what we needed.  We spend more time and money on experiences now.  We also are able to give more.

It’s hard to give up ‘things’.  It’s hard to go against the grain.  But, it is possible and it’s very freeing.  You don’t have to be a slave to things.  It’s a choice and it’s your choice.


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Car Wash near Perdido Key

As you can imagine, traveling with two dogs can leave a car looking like a kennel.  I have a hard time dealing with a dirty car, but it is what it is when you’re on the road.  Our Jeep also needed an oil change, so yesterday we went on the hunt for a oil change and car wash place.  We most often use Yelp to find the places around us and read the reviews.  I searched on Yelp and found Hi-Tech Car Wash and Oil Change Center nearby.  It had 4.5 stars out of 5.

I’m glad we went there.  They were very nice and so thorough that we weren’t sure they’d ever get done with it.  They weren’t slow, just very good.  To their credit, they got rid of all of Daisy’s white hair.  We were impressed and will definitely go back if we’re in the area and need another.

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Video of our vacation rental in Perdido Key

Here’s a short video of our latest vacation rental in Perdido Key.  It’s a 3 bedroom trailer that is very clean, well decorated and comfortable.  We really like the screened in front porch.

We’ll be here for a week until we move to the next place that is nearby.  We’ve got a lot to do here since this area will be our new permanent address.  Drivers licenses, plates, etc.


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Will we beat the snow?

Well, we’re almost totally packed. Now we wait for morning to head south.

Our main concern right now is will the weather cooperate? It’s already started snowing. We’re not too worried about the snow, it’s the hills and ice.

We shall see what tomorrow holds.

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My face hurts

I don’t know why the weather hates us, but I think it does.
We’re back in Georgia for a week and its brutal cold. At least for Georgia.
A house right next to a lake probably doesn’t help. A couple more days and we head further south. Maybe we’ll find temps above freezing.


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Holiday Marina Harbor

It’s been a few days since our last post.  It’s been kind of a whirlwind since we got here to Acworth, GA.  We’re staying in a small cabin on Lake Allatoona in Acworth, Georgia at a place called Holiday Marina Harbor.  It’s kind of nice back here.  Quiet and nobody has knocked on the door to let us know of all the rules we’re breaking.  It’s not a 5 star resort back here, but it’s clean, comfortable and peaceful.  The rear of the cabin overlooks Lake Allatoona.

Unfortunately, we haven’t been outside much.  The weather has turned very cold, so staying inside is a much better experience.  Jodi has had the time and convenient location to see several of her customers and I’ve been busy getting things ready for the next trip down to Florida.  Part of that preparation included four new tires on the jeep.  I would have rather not spent that money, but we have been saving for auto related repairs in the budget.  So all is well.

We’re ready to find some warmer weather for a while.  But, I’m sure we’ll be complaining about the heat and humidity soon enough.  We’ve also dumped a few things from our load that we found we didn’t need with us.  I made the trip to our storage unit that is nearby today to put those items on standby for now.  Maybe we’ll need them later.  If not they’ll probably be donated at some point in the future.

Lake Allatoona, as seen from Red Top Mountain ...

Lake Allatoona, as seen from Red Top Mountain State Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I lost my pants today

So, today’s our last full day on Fripp Island.  We’ll hook up the the trailer and head to our next stop tomorrow morning.  Today, Jodi has been away and I’ve been packing everything back into the trailer.  I’ve almost got it done, except for a few odds and ends.

So, I decided to call it quits for a little while and finish my laundry and take a shower.  I started the laundry and then jumped in the shower.  What I realized a little too late is that I forgot to leave out any pants.  One pair is in the washer and the rest are outside in the trailer.

I have two options.  One, wait for the laundry to be done.  Two, make a mad underwear dash to the trailer by the street.  Based on the rest of my luck with Fripp Island security, I think the best option to wait out the laundry.  Sigh.


Loon Pants

Loon Pants (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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One last dance with Fripp Island security

It is Thursday night and we’ll be leaving Fripp Island bright and early on Saturday morning.  Yesterday evening we stopped on our way back to the house and picked up our trailer from the lot we parked it in.  If you read our earlier posts, you’ll remember that on our first night on Fripp security came to tell us that we can’t park our trailer at the house, but there just happens to be a construction office on the island where you can pay to park it.  Very convenient.

So earlier today I saw an older man stop his car in front of our house and was on the phone while looking toward our Jeep and trailer.  I told Jodi about him and told that I bet it wouldn’t be long before security knocked on the door.

Sure enough, it wasn’t long before one of Fripp’s finest came knocking.  Oddly enough, it was the same guy as the first night.  He informed me that we can’t park the trailer here.  I let him know that we have it here to pack so we can leave early on Saturday.

You might think that he responded by saying, “Oh, ok.  Well have a good night and thanks for visiting Fripp Island.”  You thought wrong!

When I told him that we have the trailer here to pack so we can leave Saturday morning, his response was, and I quote “It’s only Thursday.”  WHAT!!!!!  

I was able to keep my calm and let him know that the trailer is here to be packed, we’re leaving Saturday and the trailer is staying.  He left and we are back to counting the hours.  Common sense is severely lacking on some parts of this island.  Jodi was kind enough to make a large sign to hang on the trailer letting all know that we’ll be leaving soon, so stop calling the cops about a little box trailer. Fripp Island Trailer sign

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