December 1, 2014 (by Angela)

Tap…tap tap…tap…tap…tap tap.

Rain falls on the roof of the camper with a rhythm that almost lulls me to sleep. Our tummies are full, and a musical Christmas show plays on the TV, cable compliments of the campground. We’re all dry and warm and cozy in the 5th wheel. Chewie, our almost 100-pound lab mix dog is sprawled out on his orthopedic dog bed, rather than the sofa, which he thinks is his second bed. Jim and I are seated in the matching black swivel/recliner faux leather chairs doing our independent computer stuff. I’ve got a heated massage pad attached to the back of my chair, and the small ceramic space heater, which only needs to cut on every now and then, is between us, but pointed more toward Jim’s cold sock-covered feet.

1417483925125This is the 19th night since Jim and I picked up our new-to-us 2010 Keystone Outback Sydney Edition 5th Wheel. We’ve had 3 or 4 days and nights of heavy rain spread out over that time frame, tonight being the most recent. Temperatures at night have ranged from 17 degrees to the low 50s, which has caused our electric blanket settings to range from 4 or so on the colder nights to Jim kicking all the cover off him (and some of it off of me).

We ate out way too much the last few weeks, partly because we didn’t have the right cooking utensils or groceries in the camper and partly because we have been so busy trying to get everything wrapped up at the apartment and settled into the camper while also making runs to family, Goodwill, and the storage unit or traveling in the RV. In the last week or so, I’ve gone from burning biscuits in the gas oven to cooking an almost perfect chocolate chip pecan pie as I get the knack for using the small RV gas oven.

You can read about the lessons we have learned so far in other posts, but I don’t think a day has gone by of the last 19 that we have not learned something new related to our new home and our new lifestyle.

We’re almost completely settled in the camper; one more day should have everything put away somewhere, and most of it is labeled or makes sense in terms of where items have been put. I know that in the next couple of months we will probably re-arrange at least part of what we’ve done as we become more aware of what we need most often and what storage options work best for us, but it is a good start to have everything (finally) put away. I just hope we will not be overweight once on scales.

As I’ve sat here this evening listening to the rain, watching the dog sleep, quietly being with my sweetie, I can say that we are truly home even if it is still a bit messy. I’m looking forward to our adventures yet to come, but for now, I’m happy and content being parked at the Texas T Campground in southern Middle Tennessee with my dear husband and the spoiled dog, all warm and cozy, while we listen to the rain on the roof and Christmas Carols on TV.

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