Our Home Away from Home!

Our Home Away from Home!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Avalanche is Home...Safe and Sound!!!!!

Good news......the fifth wheel is home.  We picked it up yesterday morning. I have to tell you the last time we were this nervous bringing something home on the roads was when we first brought each of the girls home. Art was so nervous with Lindsay he drove off from the hospital leaving some of my items sitting on the hospital curb. And with Hannah he went the wrong way. Well we didn't leave anything at the dealership or go the wrong way but we were still nervous. This fifth wheel is 37 ft long and the Sundance was 31 ft long so there is a ''little bit'' of a difference.  Here it is sitting in our drive way....looking so long and not one bit of damage!

Look! It was actually warm enough for us to have to door open as we worked inside. This is November in IN???  Yep and we love it!
We had a wonderful surprise when we were signing all the paperwork at the dealership. We bought it from Modern Trailer Sales in Anderson In. in case you didn't remember from the last blog. Art went to write them a check for $500 which was our deductible on the insurance. They said they were going to pay it for us because they felt like they were partly responsible for the accident. The lot was very very crowded and Art was trying to get over for a truck backing out of a garage. So that was a very pleasant surprise. :)) Ah...maybe our luck is going to turn around. No more accidents for us.

 It is fun but a lot of work reloading a trailer. We line all the drawers and shelves with that non slip shelf liner so things stay in place when bouncing down the road.  It is not hard but time consuming. And this fifth wheel has a lot more shelves and drawers than anything we have ever had before. I took a picture of  the back of the trailer and only the back because the rest of it looks like a tornado went through it.

You can see the barn in the back window :)  I really like the built in end tables. Something we don't have to pack up or tie down when traveling.  That is my Mom's lamp on the table on the L side of the sofa. It is a little cabin she loved it and I am thrilled to have it with me.
I will post more pictures of the inside as it gets cleaned up. I have most of the contents put away but there are still things sitting around. I have to do the bathroom yet and put some things up in the bedroom. Art washed all the windows today as they had so many water spots on them you couldn't see out. I just love how there are windows on both sides of the trailer. Now I can see more nature.

We have slowly begun to go through some items in the house. Ok, I have to be honest it is not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I talked to my friend Dee on the phone this evening (remember her from Hardin Ridge) and was telling her this. She said it is funny how an item can sit on a shelf for 20 yrs and you don't give it a second thought but then you have to make a decision whether to keep it or not and then all the memories of that item start flooding back. Where you got it, if it was a gift or not, who gave it to you... Sheesh! I wasn't expecting this.  At least since Dan and Hannah are going to be here in our house after we leave we can leave some things here and not have to worry about them.  I remember when I started to read Barbara's blog from Me and My Dog how she made it look so easy to down size. I am sure it was "not" easy for her either. I was thinking today about some pictures hanging on the wall that I would miss and then I remembered her saying she took pictures of the ones she couldn't take with her but really liked and that way she would have them with her on the computer. That is such a neat idea, I am going to do that also...thanks Barbara for that idea. If any of you full timers have any other ideas or suggestions that you did when you started out I would sure love to hear them.  I do know this, we will be having one HUGE yard sale in March.  If you are going to be in the neighborhood you will need to stop by. Oh don't worry I will be reminding you. :))
I wanted to take this time to thank all of you again for the words of encouragement you sent during this rough time for us. It helped soooo much! And I hope you know how much we appreciated it. 
                            From Thorntown we send hugs and best wishes.   


12 comments:

  1. I just keep putting things in big boxes in the garage. I figure when the time comes it will be so much easier to get rid of it all because
    i won't have usedit or seen t for a long time.

    Everytime we go on a trip I load the Alfa. When we et home I take it all out again because I figure if I need it in the Ala, ?i robaby need it in te huse and I don't want to buy doubles of anything. I do have a few secial things I have bought for the Alfa, but not many.
    Its a lot of work, but each time I evaluate what I packed and where. I hoe this will make it easier to figure out what we will need full time, and how to ft it all in.

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    1. I am going to need more boxes I can see that already!

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  2. I really should proof before I hit the publish button when I'm pecking out a comment on the iPad. ;-)

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    1. I proof read mine and I still miss my mistakes. I had no problem reading your comment. Thanks for the ideas.

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  3. Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up
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    1. Thank you so much... and welcome to the blog. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures.

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  4. So glad you got it home safe and sound. I too took pictures of all the things I had to let go. Give as much stuff to your kids and relative you visit often. Then you can see your things in their homes. Oh, the baggage we carry!!

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    1. I think the girls are wondering where in the world they are going to put all they inherit :)

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  5. I am also retired from the P.O.(32yrs in). I took photos of most all my "precious" things and also scanned a lot.
    Photos of memorial t-shirts, then off to freecycle. Photos of my wedding bouquet, headdress & veil, ring bearer pillow and also off to freecycle. I brought all our photos along (4 tubs worth) and have been scanning them into my computer. Only 1.5 tubs left! Scanned most of my craft books and then gave away.
    I tried to get the mindset of if we had a fire and everything was burned, what would I do? Go on without them and still be happy for what you do have.
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    1. First of all welcome to the blog, I hope you enjoy it.
      I checked out your blog and enjoyed what I read. I am doing just that, noting what I would be devastated to loose, and you know not as much as I thought.

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  6. Home safe and sound!! Great news. And a beautiful home it is. Looking forward to more pictures of it. I'm not a stuff person so getting rid of my stuff was pretty easy. We have brought a couple of things with us that were really important - like a picture that we gave my Mom that was her favorite, a boston terrier iron door stop that was my Grandma's, Jim's Dad's small dial looking telephone that as a pen holder from when he worked for the phone company. Little things that are easy for us to put out and put away and yet have all the memories of family with us.

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    1. Thank you so much. I am almost done "putting" it together so more pictures will be on the way. Things that were my parents really take priority since they both are gone. :(

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