November 23, 2014 (by Angela)
Yesterday, we moved from Mountain Lakes in Alabama to the Texas T. No, the Texas T Campground is not in Texas; it is in southern Middle Tennessee, not too far from several members of my family. This is a convenient place to stay for the week of Thanksgiving, and we will probably stay here several weeks unless a contract gets signed for December.
It was a gorgeous day for traveling yesterday – lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Jim plotted a great route, and from my vantage point behind the camper, I could tell that his comfort level and confidence in driving the rig was growing; he did a fantastic job. I took a brief detour at Decatur to meet my dad and step-mom; they were delivering some items ordered for the camper and sent to them since we were not going to be anywhere long enough to ensure delivery. Jim waited for me at a Cracker Barrel in Athens, Alabama, where we had lunch.
Once at this campground, Jim and I got to practice a new skill: leveling the camper. The Jellystone site was level as it was, and we arrived so late to the Mountain Lakes site that we let well enough alone for the three nights there. Not knowing exactly how long we will be at the Texas T, we decided to level it as well as we could. While not perfect, it is working out fine. Jim and I decided we need to have some thinner boards cut to use also to give us more options for leveling.
After a good night’s sleep (I slept 9 1/2 hours), we went to our apartment in Hermitage (Nashville), Tennessee, to continue moving items out. Weather last week was not conducive to getting that chore done, and today’s weather did not cooperate either, so more trips will occur this week. It has rained almost all day long, and it continues to rain now. Actually, I find the rain on the roof of the 5th wheel much like that of rain on the tin roof of a house: soothing.
Hopefully, the wind will not get too gusty tonight, and Jim and I can get another good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, I’m to go to my mother’s to help her with some paper work and then take her shopping. Afterwards, Jim and I will make another stab at emptying the apartment. Tuesday, I’m helping our daughter-in-law get her house ready for the family to have Thanksgiving lunch there, and that night, two of the grandchildren will sleep at the camper with us. That could be interesting. Wednesday, we need to wrap up things at the apartment and move our freezer to our son Matt’s house; his family is going to “babysit” it for us. Finally, we are to pick up an extra table and chairs rented for Thanksgiving lunch. Somewhere in there, I need to cook something for Thursday’s lunch, and Jim needs a haircut.
Whew! I’m exhausted reading everything I’ve just typed. Add to all of this that there is a chance we may have to move out on Friday to a client site, destination yet unknown. Friday, Jim had a recruiter contact him to verify his availability beginning December 1st, asked for his desired rate per hour, and indicated Jim would be receiving some pre-contract forms for a Materials Management job. Thus, we don’t know if we will be here a week or a week plus a month.
Life is moving fast and is unpredictable at the moment, but things are going well.