Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Can You Believe It???

Well, it's been over a month since my last update. Rod had some health issues to deal with this summer and we're still here in Port Angeles parked at Rod's mom's house. The house is now our house along with Rod's sister, Sue. Rod's mom suffered a severe stroke and passed away peacefully in her sleep on the 21st of July, one day after our 18th wedding anniversary. We are going to miss her terribly but we find peace knowing that she's in a better place and she's now back together with her husband.

Rod is still painting the inside of the house but is almost done. Sue and her husband, Rich were here for a few weeks getting all the furniture out and doing some major cleaning. Rich was also putting laminate in the entryway, dining room and kitchen. We had a local charity come for a HUGE pick up and will still have some more later. We have contacted a realtor and it should go on the market in the next few days. We won't be staying here until it sells, though. Everything can be done by phone and fax so we plan on leaving here right after Labor Day. It'll be SOOO good to be back on the road. We have saved a lot of money by staying here at the house but this wasn't what we had in mind when we decided to live fulltime in our RV. We're hooked up to 20amp power and water but no sewer. It's a good thing the weather is quite cool here because we can't run the A/C without turning everything off and even then if somebody turns on something in the house it will trip the circuit.]

We had been contemplating replacing the carpet in our rig with laminate flooring but we weren't too sure on how to go about doing it ourselves. We've never done anything like that before. Rich had purchased the laminate to go in the house so we asked him if he'd like to tackle the 5th wheel too. He said his son-in-law, Joe was coming to help him and Joe knew A LOT about installing it. So, we went to Home Depot and purchased the laminate and when Joe came to help Rich we enlisted him to do the rig too. It turned out really nice and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Thank you SO much, Joe! Hopefully we can get the stairs done too.

Here's Joe hard at work

Rich was helping by cutting the "planks"

The finished product, isn't it beautiful???

We got to meet another one of my RV chatroom buddies Paul & Mary (aka Boris & Natasha) who sold their home in the Oakland area in four days and have now joined the ranks of us fulltimers. They've been on the road for about 3 weeks now and are loving every minute of it. I recommended a park to them by Salt Creek which is the park where we camphosted last year. Salt Creek doesn't have sewer hookups and that was something Mary really wanted (I have to say, I don't blame her). It's right across the street from the water and they could see Canada across the Straight out their front window. We went out to meet them and as we were driving into the park we were stopped by someone who told us that we needed to register at the office. Okay then. I went inside to register and told them we were just going to meet somebody and were leaving to go to dinner. I still had to pay $10 to do that!! What a ripoff. I sure won't recommend that park to anybody again. Sorry Dortha and Ellie but we won't be coming out to see you much if you're staying there, we'll have to meet you somewhere else. We ended up going into town to Gordy's pizza after getting our $10 worth of visiting. LOL We invited them to our place for dinner on Friday night so we could spend some more time together before they left for the Seattle area. We had such a nice time and hope we can get together again one day down the road.

Mary & Paul

We still don't have a whole lot going on here besides getting the house ready to sell. Rod is back to painting full time. We had three windows that had to be replaced because they are double pane windows and had lost their seal. That was done today so Rod has to sand the window sills and repaint those. Other than that our excitement is driving to Sequim to buy more paint.