Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Dream Begins!

We are in production!  

Today we received the email from Newmar confirming our coach is in production and has entered Building 7.  Last fall, when we were researching the type of motorhome we wanted for our full time adventure we drove up to Nappanee, Indiana to tour the Newmar plant.  We watched various models and sizes move through Building 7 during the hour long tour.  Each coach spends 4 days on this part of the production line before moving on to paint and completion.  This definitely influenced our decision to Go Newmar! Usually new owners can visit the plant and watch and take photos during the time their coach is in Building 7, however due to some plant remodeling, they've suspended that service for a few weeks.  But, the sales staff has been nice enough to take some pics and forward them on to us.  


These photos are looking through the future full wall slide into the kitchen/living area and the bedroom at the rear. There's a lot of electrical work going on.  The cabinets have been placed (covered with green tape at the moment) but you can see the backsplash tile and wall covering.

More wiring! This is at the front, probably headed to the generator.  There are roughly 5 MILES of wire in a motorhome this size!

This is the rear of the motorhome.  Notice the radiator and engine ( that's why it's called a diesel pusher).

The left rear corner and the open space where the full wall slide will be placed.  Wish we could watch that put hopefully we'll get some pics later this week.  These all make it seem much more real.  

Back at the brick house, we continue to downsize.  We are on the final countdown, as we take delivery of the motorhome on March 13.  

Going through clothes has been the activity of the week.  This and a stack of jeans and shorts is  what I want to take along.  I'm not sure if they will all fit yet, and of course I'm not including what my husband plans to take.  It's been easier for him.  Since he lost weight last year, he basically pulled out everything that fit and got rid of the rest. I'm having a hard time.  I think women form more of an emotional bond with clothes.  Plus, it makes me so sad and embarrassed that over the years, I've spent good money on things I haven't really needed. Today I tried to take a nice selection to a resale shop and they would only accept about half of them. We should've been working on this for the past two or three years!  But I did order some thin velvet covered hangers from Amazon and tossed all the chunky plastic hangers.  They certainly take up less space and look more organized. 

The kitchen is still a work-in-progress.  But I did go through all my spices and downsized there.  It's hard to know which ones to keep because I'm not sure how much baking I'll be doing.  My daughter will be inheriting a few of these along with all the cake/cookie decorating supplies.

We continue to donate, donate, donate.  This is the scene on our front porch tonight.  So happy some organizations offer home pick-up!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Forty-Five Days

Forty-five days.  Give or take a day or two or five.  That's the time frame we are working on.  There are so many things left to do, but D keeps insisting that there is not. I think he's under some type of delusion from his cold and mono.  This battle with all the viruses that have been going around is getting really old!  

This last week I packed up our wedding china, some glassware, antique crystal and the framed photos off of the walls.  We've also gone through several years of old bills and paperwork.  Our little paper shredder is getting a tough workout and I doubt it will make it through this move.  We might have to invest in a backyard fire pit!   I've also been working in my sewing room.  Another batch of fabric went to the Vendor's Village (flee market booth) where it does sell surprisingly well, and I put my Accuquilt Go Fabric cutter on a Face Book marketplace site.  Not much interest there, so I'll have to find another site to post it on.  I've got a little embroidery machine that I need to find a home for also.  

I am going to try to take my Husqvarna sewing/embroidery machine along in the RV if we can find room.  It might not go the first few trips, but I'm pretty sure that sometime in the future I will want to resume my one hobby.  So I've been trying to sort through and pare down my accessories and notions. For now, most of that along with my remaining fabric stash will be placed in storage. 

We've also begun to downsize our wardrobes.  I've actually been slowing working on this for several months but today D started on his.......socks 😊   Shoes were yesterday.  He also went through his collection of Harley Davidson t-shirts.  As most Harley riders do, we've collected souvenir t-shirts at just about every HD dealership we've visited on our motorcycle trips, plus the local ones and gifts. This is one of those things you look at when you are down sizing and wonder why.   I have my share of those too.   

Our intentions were to declutter, sort and pack one room at a time and we have made progress, but there are no rooms that are completely done.  The spare bedroom has become a staging area for the sell/donate/toss piles so  more has accumulated there than disappeared.  

The good news of the week is that our daughter and son-in-law have accepted an offer on their house! That means our moving time frame should be on schedule with the delivery of our motorhome.  Their home was on the market less than one week!  They had several showings right off the bat and lots of interest. The opening of the new Ohio River bridge and all the new businesses in the nearby industrial park have made their subdivision very desirable. 

** I'm slow getting this post published, but not much has changed in the few days since I began writing.  Still plugging away at "stuff".  A little baby quilt that is should have been gifted to a new niece a month ago, was finally finished so that sadly might be my last project for awhile.  Now to finish up the sewing room and take my machine in for much needed maintenance/service.  Everyone always asked where we are traveling to first and we hadn't made much in the way of plans.  But we now have reservations for a week in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area at a nice little RV park for the first full week of April.  After that, I'm not sure since it will be "rolling spring break".