Camp Lakewood Campground : Effingham, ILAlthough I had a lot of phone calls to make today, I did not feel stressed or rushed.
This RV park has super fast wi-fi and the stereo in the coach is a really good quality with good speakers. I have listened to a few TV programs on the computer, also. I am glad that I decided not to mount a TV screen in here, and decided to go with a good laptop, instead. I can listen to the news or other programs on the computer.
After the mad rush to make sure the house was empty and trying to get out of Chicago before the RV freezes, it is soooo nice to be able to take my time with things. It would have been smarter to make this move in the spring, but actually the timing of everything has worked out.
I still have to organize the cabinets and drawers and empty a few boxes of stuff that I put in the coach.
I don't want to keep these boxes in the space behind the drivers seat, this is just a temporary thing until I figure out what I need and what I can get rid of.
Many bloggers talk of selling their houses and going full-time.
I am so glad that I made this decision.
But, it is not an easy thing to do.
Emotionally and physically, it is exhausting. (I'm not trying to discourage anyone.)
And then there is the guilt for doing what I want and not staying around to help others.
If you are planning to do this, you will probably question yourself about why you accumulated all of this "stuff" in the first place. In 1988, we moved out of our first home into the house I just left. Back then, 23 years ago, I remember saying that this house would be sold with all of the contents included, that I did not want to go through the process of moving stuff again.
I think of my Grandma Mary's house, it never seemed to be cluttered and her basement was empty except for the washer and dryer. It seemed like maybe things were simpler then.
I didn't learn my lesson, and the difference now is that I didn't just pack it all into boxes and move it into the basement of the next house. I could have put things into storage, it would have been less stressful and easier - just pack up the boxes and drive over to the storage area.
Storage is costly and I probably won't ever use the items again.
I had to deal with it now, I didn't want to think about it anymore.
My family and friends have most of the larger items from my home, I am glad that someone could use them.
I am not living a spartan life in the coach. I have kept some things that I like to have around me. I have some quilts that I have made or purchased. I have decorated the walls and have photos. I have enough, but not too much.
It's been raining on and off all day, I am all warm and cozy in my little house.
There is more rain in the forecast. I am waiting for some phone calls tomorrow, so I will stay here Tuesday night, also.
large site with deck, table and firepit
The rain stopped around 3pm, I went for a walk around the campground, this is a very nice place, well maintained and clean and it's probably very busy in the summer. They have a boat ramp and its looks like they rent canoes and rowboats.
Update: Ended up staying here for 4 days, didn't want to drive in the rain and it was very peaceful here, parked by the lake.