Friday, November 4, 2011

Windy in Tucson...Really Windy

Thanks for all the comments on my last post..I really appreciate the input. However, Barbara, while I get what you're saying, I can't even fathom getting rid of my Volvo.  I'm very happy with it and I hope to have it for a long, long time.  On the other hand, if I did get rid of it, sometime in the future I could order another one with European Delivery, like I did this one, and go back to Sweden.  Hmmm.   Renting when I need to makes a lot of sense, if I wanted to become car less, which I don't.  Again, I appreciate all the input.  It certainly gives me other things to think about.  

I went back today and looked at a Winnebago Explorer that I saw a couple days ago.  I'd like to test drive it, but I'm going to wait until the winds die down.  I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound and movement of the wind.  The movement being Olivia rocking back and forth.  It continues as I sit here typing.  I’m sure glad I’m not out on the freeway today in any type of vehicle.  This is the second day for the winds and it's supposed to drop our temps into the 60s for the next couple of days.  

Marilyn and Lloyd live two spaces down from me and I go to water aerobics with Marilyn.  They live in a park model and showed it to me the other night and it's pretty nice. I found out that Lloyd was a mechanic for GM for 22+ years and asked him if he'd be willing to look over any motorhome I might be interested in and he said yes.  He also said he's a fantastic negotiator and he'd help me all he can to get the best price.  How fortunate I am that he's so close and willing to help.  

I’m meeting with the lady whose water aerobics class I go to because she’s also a personal trainer.  I left Seattle on October 9th, and sadly, I haven’t followed through on my routines.  I’m hoping we’ll be able to work well together and get me back on the straight and narrow.  I don’t even want to say how far off the beaten path I’ve gone…trust me, it’s truly awful.

My new next door neighbors, neighbors of the constantly barking dog while they’re gone neighbors, got home right after I finished walking my dog.  I went over and asked them if they realized one of their dogs barks almost continuously when they’re gone and they were horrified.  Apparently they have a barking prevention collar and they’re going to get it out.  Lucky me, I have barking dachshund’s on either side of my space. 

Another neighbor down the street was trying to be helpful and introduced me to a homeowner who wants to rent his park model for “The Season.”  I went and looked at it yesterday and while it’s larger than Olivia it isn’t that much larger to warrant paying $1500/month for it.  We’re talking 400 sq feet of living space, furnished with their stuff and no room for mine.  That amounts to $9000 for six months. Yikes and no thanks but I appreciate the thought.

There's going to be a park wide "garage sale" in the near future and I've been looking at my stuff in storage to decide what I can try and sell.  Since it appears that I'm going to be full timing instead of renting a house, I can lighten my load even more.  I like the activities here too much to go anywhere else.  Besides, I think I'd end up as lonely as I was in Seattle if I rented a house and that's what I want to get away from.  

I have problems with my Mifi, especially at night, when I usually write my posts and I'm so frustrated.  Once again I'm behind on reading all your posts.  I get caught up, something happens, and I get behind.  

I think there's a wifi section by the restaurant here at the Voyager that I'm going to check out.  If anyone comes here you can find me at space 11-272, in the pet section.  

Rocking in the wind,



  1. hope the wind stops eventually!! least it will rock you to sleep!!

  2. Hope that wind dies down real soon.

  3. Boy do I know about the wind. This place is rocking good and has been all day. I hope it dies down some tomorrow. And the weather says rain. I always pick the best times to come out here. :( But then I look at it as I am somewhere other than home.
    Good luck with the test drive.

  4. Just catching up on blog reading myself. Between this post and your last, it sounds like you're in quite a dilemma about your living situation. So here's a wild-haired idea I've not yet heard you contemplate online-- what about a small, lightweight trailer that your Volvo could tow for the times when you wish to travel, and then for the times you want to stay in one place, rent a park model at a nice RV park? (or even buy one if you really think you'd want to return to the same place every winter).

    The thing is, I've not heard you voice too often the desire to travel extensively and travel often. That, in my mind, would be the main justification for buying/owning a motor home (that is, afterall, the main reason for giving up so much to live in one--to get a motor and wheels on your home!).

    I just fear you might continue to be unhappy even with a larger motorhome-- trying to tow your Volvo with it will be exceedingly difficult (as you'll need a car trailer so that all 4 wheels are off the ground), and if you're planning to stay in one place each season and just travel in between summer and winter seasons, it may be a rather expensive solution overall (eng maint, depreciation, etc) compared to a smaller trailer for your Volvo during those shorter times when you wish to travel.

    I saw a lot of great park model units at the park I stayed at in Florida last year-- many for sale for $25K or less, but some were willing to rent too, so they seem to be very popular option for folks who like to snowbird, like the RV park lifestyle, but don't like being so confined into an RV, and don't wish to be limited in the cars they can drive due to MH or 5th-wheel requirements.

    I'm seriously contemplating just this solution for my retirement. I love traveling in my View for shorter or "extensive travel" trips, but want more comforts if I'm staying in 1 place for longer time periods. I, too, want to stay at RV parks for the social life and activities.

    I've got friends from Seattle who have owned a park model in Yuma for years. They have an SUV and small lightweight 18' trailer with full bath that they use to travel from one to the other, and also go out for weekend trips when they're in AZ or WA.

    So, do give this option some thought as you contemplate your next living arrangement.

  5. Hi Jeana - remembering that you might be considering a replacement for your View - take a look at this beauty that just sold on eBay for 57,500 - - - I have them looking for another one for me. It's the cat;s meeeoowww

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