RV Renovation: This Is What’s Happening Today


It's been weeks since we were able to work on our RV. Lately, it’s been too damn hot and humid outside to continue renovating it.

Finally, we have a nice cool day.


The only problem we’re running into is it’s too humid for the tape to stick to the wall.

WTF?

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

But we'll adapt, improvise, and overcome it.

-So, moving on, we unscrewed the cupboard handles and took them off. 








The process I thought went by fast. I mostly did that while Kevin started painting the cupboards.




His idea was to spray paint them, like he done when he distressed our cabinet below the kitchen sink.




Hey, work smarter not harder.

When we roll paint the walls, we’ll touch up the cabinets with that paint.




Honestly, you guys . . . Kevin is the artist here. I can write stories, articles, and blog posts, but when it comes down to painting, drawing, decoupaging, and distressing furniture to give it that boho vintage look, I’m not good at those things. Therefore, I trust Kevin’s ideas and allow him to create.

He amazes me with his creativity and mind.


. . . Anyway, our flooring comes in on Tuesday. I’m guessing once we’re done painting, we’ll be installing the new floor. I’m hoping I can help Kevin with that.

Oh, a couple weeks ago, we solved our refrigerator problem and bought a new fridge that's solar powered. I’ll write a separate post on it soon.

Right now, as I write this, Kevin is working on the RV. We took a break to eat lunch, and then he went back outside to work on it.

-Well, after I was done eating, I went to join him, and he was grumpy.

His vibe wasn’t good. 

The humidity is back up this afternoon, and he didn’t want to quit. So, I left him be.

I’m sure you can relate when your significant other is in a pissy mood and needs to be left alone.

Hell, when I’m in a shitty mood, I want to be left alone. Don’t you?

-Anyway, a lot is going on in my life, and I strive to at least post here once a week to keep you guys up-to-date on what’s going on—even if it’s a short post or a meme. Something.

Kevin just came into the house, and he’s in a better mood.

YAY!

I’m going to see what he’s up to and finish the goals I want to accomplish today and make new ones for this coming week.

UPDATE: I went outside and into the RV to see what Kevin was up to. Check out what he was working on . . . 




I love it! 

I wanted to share that with you.

Have a good one.


The Art Of Being Here Now


It’s been a miserable hot and humid summer here. Even my sunflower has lost its energy under the weight of the brutal sunrays and thick ass, suffocating air.





We haven’t been able to work on the RV in weeks now. However, we have continued to get things for it (flooring to install, lumber to build shelves, etc.), so when it cools off next month we’ll be able to finish renovating the inside.

In the meantime, while we lounge in our perfect climate control abode, we’re practicing to be here now—in the moment.

Tomorrow doesn’t exist.

What exist is right now.

-But the human brain gets in the way. The pestilent child emerges and wants to be entertained.

It loves drama, so worrisome or stressful thoughts run rampant through the mind.

"What if we can’t get done with everything before winter?"

"There’s a lot of shit to still do."

"It figures. We buy an RV, and this summer has been the hottest and most miserable one since we’ve been here (12+ yrs.). WTF?"

"I’ve been tired a lot lately and I’ve had a headache every day. What if it’s cancer?"

"That guy the other day was such an asshole. If he ever crosses my path again and is a dick to me, like he was to the poor cashier at the grocery store, I’ll tell him to fuck off (a scene plays out of that situation happening)."

See what I mean? The brain thrives off of that shit. It’ll create outlandish scenarios because it wants to be entertained, and most importantly, it’s a protection mechanism that’s hardwired into us.

What helps silence the mind?

-Meditation.

-Focusing on the moment and your surroundings.

-And when the pestilent child bombards you with bogus thoughts, recognize them, and then push them aside.

This takes a lot of practice. It's an art, but the more you do it the easier it’ll be and a lot happier and enlightened you’ll become.

The other day Kevin told me he read this quote that I found amusing:

“I have lived with several Zen master—all of them cats.”—Eckhart Tolle




Wow. I’ve been living with a Zen master for eleven years and didn’t even know it. :)






Would You Backpack Around The World?




If you had the chance, would you backpack around the world?

I was telling Kevin I want to backpack across Southeast Asia, and I’ve done some research on it. It’s totally doable, and the cost would be relatively low.







To my delight, he was open to my suggestion, and then we talked about doing the same thing across Europe. I would continue with my freelance writing and writing books as well as creating a documentary of our journey and sharing it with the world.

. . . But, I will not leave this guy behind. So those plans are on hold for now.


I’m cool with that because currently we’re in the process of becoming minimalist and preparing ourselves to travel the US as digital nomads.

That’s a huge undertaking that one shouldn’t do on a whim. 

Don’tcha agree?

-So we’re taking our time and going with the flow.

I have to be honest here . . . since we’ve decided we want to live an alternative lifestyle as minimalist to where we’ll be living in the now, discovering self and no longer just existing, I've had a strong feeling of liberation and a happiness I’ve never experienced before.

-However, my happiness is not wrapped up in the RV (Aesop) or the idea of all the adventures Kevin and I are going to have or us backpacking across Southeast Asia.

My happiness derives from answering this simple question last August 2017:

Who was I before society told me who I should be?


After honestly answering that question and realizing I don’t need all the stuff I have, I got busy changing my life and returning back to who I truly am. I’m still working on it, btw. Fortunately, Kevin is on the same page as me, and he’s doing his own work beside me.

I’ve learned, though from past experiences that I’m the only one that’s going to make me happy, not another person, and not material objects. 

Happiness is a choice.

. . . But this post isn’t about happiness. I already wrote an article about that topic. Hereà https://medium.com/@authorrebekkahford/fifteen-things-you-can-do-to-make-yourself-happy-27612f0f9027

Anyway, I know this path we’re going to embark on will be a challenging one and there will be sacrifices, but I also know for me personally, if I were to continue on with the life I have now, I'd be just existing instead of living. Ten years from now, I’d be living the same life.

I don’t want that.

Yes, I’ll be totally stepping out of my comfort zone, but that’s okay. Growth happens when you step out of your comfort zone and you open yourself up for new opportunities that would normally not happen if you didn’t step out of your protective bubble.

Backpacking across a country or even your own, would be an experience of a lifetime and totally stepping out of your comfort zone.

-However, it’s not for everyone, which is fine.

I have no judgment here.

Do what makes YOU happy and live your life the way you want to.

. . . But, if I ever have the opportunity to backpack across Southeast Asia or Europe, I will, and I’ll share the experience with you. For sure. :)  






Can Your RV Propane System Explode & Kill You On The Road?



Hey, you guys. We didn’t do anything on the RV this weekend because of how hot and humid it was outside.

A guy we know was supposed to come over and check out our furnace and water heater because we don’t know what’s wrong with them.

-Well, he never showed up.

. . . Anyway, I came across an article I wanted to share with you that I thought was interesting and you might think so as well. If anything, knowledge for yourself and to pass along.

It might save lives. 


Here's how the article begins . . . 

One of the most popular questions RVers ask each other is: can my RV propane system explode on the highway? A propane safety expert will probably say that it can and you should leave it off will driving.




RV Renovation: Video Fail And Good News



Last month I bought a video editing program so I could edit my videos and share them on our YouTube channel—when we get our channel—but I’m having problems figuring out how to edit part of the video without editing out the whole section.

It’s a pain in the ass, but I’m not giving up.

I will master this.

Every expert was once a beginner.

So, I will continue to practice with this program, because it’s not the program. It’s me.

I’m not a techy by any means. Therefore, I ask for help when I need it.

There’s no shame in asking for help.

Anyway, this morning, I wrote a blog post and tried to upload the video I was talking about to share it with you, but for some reason it wouldn’t load. I think the file is too big.

I don’t know, but I’ll figure it out later.

. . . So enough about the video upload fail. Let’s move on to the good news.

Remember what I told you last week about the disaster we had while working on our RV? If not, you can read the post here. http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com/2018/07/rv-renovation-huge-bleeping-mess.html

We had to buy another battery, which cost us $130.00. Kevin did that last Monday.

Yesterday, we decided it was too hot and humid—not to mention the mosquitoes were out—to work on the RV. Kevin also needed help to rewire everything again.

Around three in the afternoon, the dude (I’ll call him Sam) Kevin had hired last weekend, who accidentally drilled the hole in our battery which created a disaster, and they had to undo all of the work they’d done that day, showed up at our doorstep.

Yeah, we were totally surprised.

Long story short, Sam came through for us. He rewired everything.

We have SOLAR POWER!!!




Last night around 11:00 o’clock, Kevin and I had a nightcap in our RV. 

We had tunes and light without being hooked up to the power grid.

It was all solar, baby!

All-natural energy from the sun. 

That rocks!!!

We’re making progress.

Next is figuring out our furnace problem, the water heater, recharging the a/c, and getting a three-way refrigerator.

If anyone knows where we can get a three-way refrigerator for a good price, let me know.

Have a good week.








RV Renovation: A Huge Bleeping Mess



On step forward, two steps back.

Yesterday wasn’t a good RV renovation day for us. 

At first it started out great.

We hired someone to help Kevin with some things on the RV that needed to be done.

Wiring up everything went great.

-Well, Kevin built this box to put our batteries in and just as an added safety precaution, he wanted to screw it to the bottom of the RV compartment it would be housed in. The reason being, if he had to suddenly break or if we ended up in an accident, the box wouldn’t slide.

Good idea, right?

Kevin and the guy (I’ll call him Sam), got busy drilling the holes to the bottom of the wooden box he made, while it was in the RV basement compartment, with the batteries in it.

Kevin went inside to cool off because it was horribly hot and humid out, not to mention the mosquitoes were everywhere.

-So, imagine being miserably hot, your clothes were sticking to you, your energy was quickly getting depleted, AND you were constantly getting bit by mosquitoes.

Yeah, note to self: don’t work on the RV when it’s hot and humid out.

Kevin went back outside and Sam said, “I accidentally drilled a hole into one of the batteries, and I have battery acid all over my pants.”

Kevin thought he was kidding because Sam liked to joke a lot.

It wasn’t a joke.

Seriously.

There was battery acid everywhere!

All the hard work of wiring everything up had to be undone.

They had to take all of the batteries out of the basement compartment and the wooden box Kevin made for it. 

Sam was okay, but he felt bad and wouldn’t let us pay him for his labor because the battery he drilled a hole into was going to cost us $130.00 to get a new one.


*sigh*

What a bleeping mess!!!

We all make mistakes, but this RV renovation is kicking our ass.


-But, we’re not giving up.

We realize it’s actually the heat and humidity that’s kicking our ass, not the RV itself.

Plan B:

  • ·       Breathe.
  • ·       Don’t be in a hurry.
  • ·       Don’t work on the RV when it’s miserably hot and humid outside.
  • ·       Focus on one project at a time.
  • ·       Remember, everything is how it should be.
  • ·       Go with the flow.


 

Today is Sunday. On Sundays we prepare food for the week, do laundry, I set my personal goals, work on my writing, and future plans.

It’s time to regroup and reenergize for the coming week.

Life comes with struggles and frustrations.

That’s how we grow.

I told Kevin what happened was now a memory we could revisit: “Remember, back in the summer of 2018, when Sam accidentally drilled a hole into one of our batteries, and you had to undo all of the work you'd done. Omg, that fucking sucked! But we got through it.” We also have this memory to share with other people, like what I’m doing now with you guys.

-So, everything is how it should be.



It’s all good.





RV Maintenance: Don’t Make This Mistake



We made a mistake last weekend when we were sealing things up on the fiberglass frame of the RV that’s going to cost us more work and time.

We used latex caulk instead of silicone.

(LOL I couldn't resist. That my friend is a Beavis & Butthead moment.)

Latex caulk with silicone added is supposed to last 40 yrs.

Cool, right?

-Well, on the back of the tube, in tiny ass font it says it takes up to 7-14 days to dry. 

If it rains within that time frame guess what?

You’re totally screwed.

Last Sunday evening we sealed all of the windows, seams, etc. on the outside of our RV.

And then this happened on Monday morning.






We had a major thunderstorm and it poured and poured and poured.

When I got home from the office Kevin told me he wanted to show me something.

We went outside, and he showed me this.





It was a gooey, yucky mess.

Lovely.

-So, we have to scrape all of the sealant off and reseal everything with silicone.

We decided to do it today.

But, we needed a scraper.

How do you walk into a hardware store and say, “I need a caulk scraper?”

That was Kevin’s question earlier.

He bought the scraper, and he scraped the latex off while I picked up the goobage and handed him a paper towel when he needed to wipe that shit off his fingers.







He resealed everything, and now we think we’re good.

-So, learn from our mistake. Read all of the instructions on everything you do, just to be on the safe side.