Its been a busy past couple of weeks. In short, we had the house on the market for about a month, when I was contacted by someone interested in leasing it for 18 months. Since this would allow us to leave Florida as soon as Sean’s work obligations are fulfilled, rather than hanging around for who knows how long until the house sold, we agreed to lease it. Now a nice Australian family lives there. The only drawback to this was they needed to get in right away, to register their kids for school, which starts August 18. We can’t leave Florida until mid-September, so here we are, in the RV, hanging out around Orlando for the next month. So far, it pretty much stinks. Nothing has changed except now we live in a shoe box. We are still stuck in this wretched heat. We moved in last Sunday, and every day has brought a new disaster, or some kind of calamity. All while Sean is still working full time. Sunday – we got here pretty late in the day, so the RV was a disaster area with boxes of stuff everywhere. We quickly found that the master bedroom mattress was like sleeping on a bed of tree roots. It was definitely the most uncomfortable night I can remember. We had already gotten new mattresses for the kids, so they were fine. Monday – We spent the morning shopping at Camping World for all kinds of stuff we needed. Then we came back to the park to move the RV to a better spot. It was mid-90’s, and here we were moving in the middle of the day. Being newbies, it took us awhile to figure out how to get everything hooked up. The air conditioner was off during this time so the RV got incredibly hot inside. Sean went off to work, and I started organizing stuff. It took a good 6 hours to get it cooled down inside again. What a nightmare afternoon. But, I went shopping by myself, and got a topper for the mattress, now its very comfy. Tuesday – I took Sophie out for a walk about 7am. There is a fenced in dog area across the street from us. I let her off leash to go do her thing, she came back black. I thought she had found a mud puddle somewhere. I had walked the area already and didn’t see any water. I didn’t see the plants full of beggar lice though. Its a seed pod that is incredibly sticky on both sides. Now Sophie was wet too from all the morning dew. I had to wait until she dried to try to brush her out, but it was impossible. www.topspying.com/flexispy-app/. These things immediately got matted all through her butt and elbow fluff. I spent an hour and a half trying to get them out, but she started getting really annoyed with me. I ended up cutting a bunch out and now she has hacked up butt fluff. She looks terrible. You wouldn’t think stuff could get too lost in 240 sq ft, but Ian lost the one pair of shorts he will wear this morning. I searched everywhere, in every box, in every cupboard, but could not find them. He stayed naked most of the day. It wasn’t until after Sean came home that Ian told me the shorts were hidden in the couch. Sure enough, they were buried down between the cushions. Wednesday – This day wasn’t too terrible, but it was the first time we had to empty the black water. Of course the hose came out and spewed sewer water all over the place. It was so gross, but at least it didn’t get on anything but the ground, and we were able to wash it away. Thursday – Laundry was somewhat less than successful. There is a laundry area next to the pool, so the kids were swimming while clothes were washing. But then it started raining. I put the clothes in the dryer, but missed the teeny tiny sign that said the dryers run for 15 minutes only, then you have to put more money in. I found that out when I came back in the rain, without any more money, to get the clothes. I took them back to the trailer and started to hang them up, but they were still too wet. I had to wait for a break in the rain to take them back, then make another trip to get them. To top it all off, I had no internet access. Darn free wi-fi. I was over it by then, so I took the kids shopping, we spent a bunch of money at a book store, and everyone felt better. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I knew it would be this way though, so its not a surprise. I expect it will be much more fun when we can leave and start seeing new places.