Temporary Change of Dwelling

It's been a long time since I've posted. From February to the 18th of August, 2011 we did a lot of traveling and absolutely loved living in the 5th wheel full time. It was wonderful being able to stop whenever we liked to spend a few days exploring an area. (I haven't posted about our time in British Columbia in August but will do so soon.)  Below is a map showing our travels for 2011.  (You can click on it and make it bigger.)  We covered a lot of ground!


On August 18th we landed in Coffeyville, KS where Mike had gotten a seasonal workamping job with Amazon.com at their 1,000,000 sq. ft. warehouse there. Amazon gave us a great deal – paid for our site and all utilities except propane as well as a good wage.

Mike looked forward to being busy and bringing in supplemental income – and I understood that – but I still drug my feet all the way from British Columbia. I knew it was going to be horribly hot where we were going, flat, windy (think lots of dust), and no family around. We have friends in the Joplin and Tulsa areas but all were over 1 hour away. When you're driving a diesel truck that gets low mileage and you're on a fixed income, you think long and hard about the trips you're going to make and what you're going to accomplish on those trips.

Sure enough, when we got to Coffeyville, the temp was over 100° with high humidity for almost a solid month. (Locals told us we missed the really bad heat; it had been as high as 117°!) The air conditioner on the RV decided to go on the fritz and there was no shade anywhere to park under. Then the refrigerator stopped keeping things cold. (We ended up replacing the fridge with a household-type fridge.) In the middle of all that my allergies kicked up big time. I haven't had so many problems in years! I am allergic to all sorts of farm 'dust' - wheat, corn, hay, etc. There we were in a newish campground in farm country. Up until a year ago, that campground had been a hayfield. After the RV hook-ups were installed, they just let the hayfield grow back.  I learned very quickly when they were mowing the campground to get away from there for several hours!

By the middle of October the campground was completely full – 133 RV's. Mike and I are country people; we like our seclusion and privacy. That full campground was like living in RV suburbia! Not our cup of tea.  The neighbors were nice but there were just too many of them.

This picture was taken 2 weeks before the whole park filled up.  It was solid
RV's no matter where you looked.

Mike enjoyed the people at Amazon and they liked his work; they very quickly put him in charge of a crew. But spending 10+ hours 4 days a week walking on concrete floors with lots of up and down bending made an old back injury flare up and affected his knees. As time went on, there were evenings when he'd open the door to the camper and just stand there mentally preparing himself to climb the 3 steps into it. Then Amazon announced they were going to make a 5th 10-hour day mandatory.  As it was, Mike needed 3 full days off to recuperate.  No way was he going to be able to handle 5 long days and only 2 off.

Add to that that I was miserable from the heat and allergies; plus we were both missing family.

Our joy at being full timers came to a screeching halt!

We were trying to figure out where we were going to spend the Winter because our 5th wheel didn't have an arctic package so we couldn't go north. Neither one of us likes the south.

To make a long story short, we put the 5th wheel in storage in the Joplin, MO area and came 'home' to New England for the Winter. We're in a Winter rental cottage that is adorable.  Lots of other houses around but they're mostly summer places.  Plus there's so many trees that everyone is pretty secluded.  

Are we seeing snow? Sadly, no. (I love snow.) But we are back in the trees of New England, very near a saltwater pond (Quonochontaug) and the Atlantic Ocean. Two of our children live nearby as well as some of our grandchildren. And lots of friends. It is wonderful being here and we treasure every day.

We're hoping to go back to Joplin to pick up the 5th wheel the end of April then go back up to BC to our other son. It's all in God's hands; we'll see what happens.

Til Next Time,

Gloria - The Internet GADabout