Five reasons you should keep your house and not travel all the time. You will miss:
1. your church’s music, message, and fellowship programs
2. your community of friends and family all so nearby
3. watching your garden and trees changing with seasons
4. finding the right hair stylist again
5. having your rotating boom antenna on a tower always at ready
We returned yesterday to North Carolina, our real home state. Since we first started airstreaming we have been sensitive to the special effect returning through the Smokies has on us. There’s just nothing like it for us — the lush green and permanent granite of the mountains, red bud and dogwood blooming gloriously, the great food, and people who sound just like Debbie.
Debbie and I have for several years messed around with websites showing small home schematics. This year we found a drawing program for the MAC to allow us to take all those ideas and meld them into our affordable small home. Two years ago we told our dear readers we had found the perfect house but didn’t know where to put it. But we always did, in our hearts, know where we belong.
We have been negotiating with a couple of friends from our church in Charlotte. They have long-time ties to Lake Junaluska as so many thousands of Methodists do. And they approached us about buying their extra lot here. The financial markets are finally up a bit, we’ve been hauling around on the road almost five years, the trailer’s wearing out, the truck has almost 100,000 miles and is getting funky at times.
The timing seemed propitious. So we did it — we’re off the road. We meet with a builder in Waynesville this Wednesday evening, see how much it’ll take to get our sketches into permitting. We’ve had offers on our trailer and really like some of the small Born Free and Winnebago motorhomes. No hurry to get into one of them, our first priority will be living through the construction.
I want to do as much of the work as I can, Debbie is handy with tools and a great organizer of ideas and processes. We think we can, with the right builder, get this done within four months of permitting. That’ll allow us to live on the worksite in the trailer until we get our TCO and then sell the trailer with plenty of season remaining.
We’ll miss writing for all of you. To all we’ve traveled, stayed, adventured, caravanned, played tennis with all over the continent, we’re still here for you. Here. To all our ham radio friends, we will have a tower and room for a couple of dipoles too, so we’ll look forward to staying in touch with you.
And we look forward to living the RV full-timing life vicariously through your great adventures. Uh oh, Debbie was reading over my shoulder and is starting to drop tears on the keyboard so I better finish with, Thanks for all the adventures and friendships we’ve shared, and for your great thoughts and prayers.
Just Kidding, APRIL FOOLS!
Jim and Deb