03.21.13 Spring has sprung, house for sale OR RENT, He is Risen!!

555136_169970859819963_1514941800_nWe are having such beautiful springtime weather and I’ve been enjoying sitting in my rocker outside under our RV’s awning reading in the evenings and weekends.  Even though we are parked in our driveway, the view is beautiful and very peaceful.  All of our azalea bushes are blooming in varying shades of pink and white.   I sometimes imagine what it will feel like when we’re at different RV locations, sitting out under the awning in our rockers.  I picture looking out over a body of water, or sitting in a forest and wonder how azaleasit will compare with our little driveway spot!  When we’re finally on the road, wherever Roy and I are together will be our home.

I didn’t realize how many books I owned until I started selling them.  A few years ago I thought I downsized my book collection but it seems to have multiplied while on the bookshelves and when transferred to boxes, one box became two and then three and then four.  Of course we cannot take all those with us so I sold them and am now increasing my Kindle library of books.  What a space saver and it fits in my purse and for many more reasons I love it!  Even my Bible is on my Kindle, in three translations!  Gotta love technology in cases like this.

I went to Sam’s Club after work today(Friday) and bought lots of fresh fruit.  Madisyn and I are feasting out on nectarines and plums. She’s never had them before and is loving their wonderful flavors.  Best way to describe her eating them is that she actually gobbled them! She’s spending the night tonight so all’s well in Grannie and Paw Paw’s world!!

We just had a visit from our nephew Greg and his precious daughter Sally.  They haven’t seen Dora before and Sally was quite curious about the little house where Rosie and Roy are living.  With the computer he dropped off for Roy to work on, Roy officially has a full week of computers to keep him busy and out of trouble.  There are computers all over this place!

Roy’s made great progress on clearing out the computer room.  Madisyn and I chipped in some help and it’s now completely empty!  His computer sale is set for April 6th.  Some of the things he’ll be selling are: 10 computers with monitors and keyboards, hard drives, CD drives, some Linksys wireless products, document scanners, a printer, some ink cartridges, computer fans, lots of little computer parts, cables, dozens of computer programs, PrintMaster software and lots more including desks, bookshelf and salt water fishing rods/reels.  My own personal computer is for sale with two 19″ monitors and super dupper UPS, keyboard and lots of great programs, video card and more!  It’s a Roy Chauvin built computer which only has the best!  At that point we’ll be 100 percent finished clearing out the entire house and selling everything we’re going to sell!  FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since the house’s computer room has been disassembled and Roy is 2013-03-18_17-18-29_695still repairing computers he seems to have expanded his allotted computer space in Dora.  In the middle of Dora’s kitchen floor is a folding table with computer “stuff” all over it.  Here’s a picture of him repairing someone’s computer in the middle of the kitchen.  What a weird life we now live!

The housing market in our area is about as down as it gets.  There are so many houses for sale and so very few buyers.  Of those few buyers only a few of them have the down payment and good credit to make it happen.  Of course we pick now to try to sell our house!  It’s believed that the market should be better in a year or two or three, just not now.  Having realized this and gotten some good advice from realtors we’ve decided to rent our house for the next year or two or three.  When and if the housing market gets better we’ll try again to sell the house and hopefully then not lose money on the sale.  Now, we just to find some really good renters! Otherwise we’ll have to start a blog about how to live in an RV in your driveway for FOREVER!

As always we sang some beautiful songs in church this morning.  And as always, they were about God, go figure yes in a church we do sing about God.  If you haven’t been lately you should try it!  Even though said jokingly, I’m quite serious about that. This Sunday was Palm Sunday which in the Christian faith is the observance of the day Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The people, recognizing his significance, placed palm leaves in the streets ahead of him. This coming Friday is our day of observance of when Christ as killed on the cross to save Christians from our sins.  Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord have had our sins washed away by the very act of Christ dying in agony and pain.  He chose to do that for us and we, mostly me, are so unworthy of that.  My absolute favorite part of Easter is Resurrection Sunday when those at Calvary realized that “He is Risen”.   Jesus’ death, without his resurrection, would have meant nothing.  Yet, because of the Resurrection, it means everything!

This is not the time of year where you need to be inside on your computer, so now that you know what the Chauvin’s have been up to, get outside, enjoy the sunshine and beauty of God’s world! Have a blessed Easter and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

03.11.13 Wonderful food and saying goodbye to Roy’s computer toys…..

Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NL

Roy finished his work on the washer/dryer after recovering a hand full of change, a Saints earring and a necklace from the pump.  He’s totally familiar with the little washer/dryer that was a total mystery to him before.  I am now charged with searching all clothing before washing it to make sure nothing is left in them that could clog up the pump again.

My retired husband surprised me one day this week by vacuuming, taking out the trash, doing 3 loads of laundry, cooking dinner and several other wonderful things to chickenbrocollicome home from work to.  He cooked baked chicken and fresh broccoli and cauliflower with cheese.  He even served it to me!  What a nice thing to come home to after a long work day!

Another day he cooked real mashed potatoes to go with the roast and carrots that were cooking in the crock pot.  That’s an ongoing issue between us.  I make mashed potatoes from a box of potato buds and he’s always wanting real mashed potatoes so when it was his turn to cook he made the real ones.  One of the presents in his care package from his co workers when he left work was a bag of potatoes and a recipe from our boss, Donna, for real mashed potatoes.  He made good use of that and they were delicious!!  Here’s a picture of  that meal.  I promise I won’t post a picture of every meal we have but this was such a big deal I just had to!

We’ve begun the formidable task of going through all his computer accessories, programs, disks, parts and computers getting them ready for his computer sale.  Chip and his friend Stan helped us by moving the two desks and bookcase out to the garage this past week.  Yesterday at work I received a text message from Roy that said:  “I’m a hoarder.  I can’t do this by myself.  I need your help.”  I could just hear the desperation in his voice.  When I got home we spent Friday evening getting the garage ready with the tables, two desks and bookcase.  He placed 6 of the computers, monitors and keyboards in place.  Today we worked in the computer room for several hours dividing things into piles of things to keep, sell or trash.  The sale pile got priced and packed in storage bins to make out to the garage. Seeing him sitting in the middle of all his little toys with a dozen jump drives around his neck I had to take a picture of him.  He made comments like “This is a sad, sad day.” and I made comments like “You have more computer stuff than any 10 families should have.”

royincomputerroomHowever we look at it, we’re making progress and hopefully by tomorrow night the room will be mostly empty if not totally empty!!!  Hopefully we’ll have the computer sale the Saturday after Easter.  Here’s a picture of the garage with a few of the computers set up.  There are more to come! computers in garage

We’re having our family over to our empty house for Easter.  It will be totally different from any other holiday we’ve had but with everybody bringing their own chairs and a table and food, we’ll have fun just being together, hunting Easter eggs and playing games! My sister and her children’s families are very special to us and this might be our last holiday at our sticks  and bricks house with them.  Some parts of this taking off and traveling does make me sad and leaving our families is one of those.

I was especially thankful to our friend Rhonda who is buying our garden wagon but has allowed us to keep it until we’re finished with it.  We made very good use of it today hauling things out to the garage.  We stopped sifting through computer “stuff” long enough to cook dinner and eat and we’re going back up there to do some more.  Having a completely empty house is the goal and we can see the goal in sight!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

03.04.13 Madisyn’s 4th birthday, bad bad Dora, new asking price and hot nutritious dinner!

We have had visitors to our blog from Greece, Australia, Pakistan, Italy, Panama, Qatar and Ireland since the last time I updated countries.  Still can’t figure out why but I think it’s cool!  We also have 23 followers now.  I love to look at the stats and see the countries, how many followers and what they searched for to reach us.

We’re still stuck on not knowing what state to consider our domicile.  We have been researching Tennessee heavily due to its extremely low automobile insurance rates.  It would be perfect for all aspect except for mail forwarding. We’re still trying to find a good mail forwarding service there.  I’ve searched Google, Yahoo, many RV forums and don’t find that one key thing.  If we don’t find one in Tennessee we’ll go with South Dakota.  They have all the attractive RV friendly aspects and a few mail forwarding services.   I see us more as Tennessee residents but if we must do it, off to South Dakota we’ll go since you have to spend one night there to get our driver’s licenses!

Precious Madisyn’s 4th birthday party was this past Sunday, the theme was Pop Rock Princess and she certainly was just that!  For once I’m very thankful we hadn’t sold our house already because the party location was changed to our 574862_301198886673503_305735208_nsticks and bricks house (where her mom and dad live) due to the cold, windy weather and it was a smashing success.

2013-03-02_18-22-20_260Our empty dining room provided plenty of space for setting up three tables and all the decorations. Her mommy Liz’s creative ideas all came together with some really cute decorations, food and favor ideas.

The children had a blast jumping in the castle inflatable, dressing up, breaking open the rock guitar pinata, eating rock candy, star shaped sandwiches, rock star cake and just plain old playing!

46954_300842490042476_853496952_nThe rock candy I wrote about before wasn’t a total success. About half of them didn’t grow any rocks and the other half grew about half the rocks we hoped for. It still 2013-03-02_18-20-21_977came out cute and we used the ones that did grow. Check out the picture of the ones that did grow!  That was probably as much sugar as the kids needed anyway! We believe they didn’t grow to what we hoped they would because the directions said to set them in a warm sunny window and they sat in a cold house with very little sun coming in the window.

Some of the Pop Rock Princess theme foods and decorations 2013-03-03_13-54-05_764 2013-03-03_13-54-14_629are shown in the pictures.

It’s events like this that cause us to pause and wonder how we’ll handle not being around for all this fun when we’re on the road.  We’ll just have to plan to be back for birthdays and Christmas.

We’ve really enjoyed Madisyn’s little visits when we get home from work and other times.  Now that Roy’s retired he’s getting to spend more time with her which he cherishes. She puts a smile on our face when we’re down or not feeling good and is just so loving and such a bright little girl.  Since we’ll be 602723_300839843376074_436011214_ntaking to the road soon, I guess this good thing will come to an end in due time.  I like to think that God is giving us this time with her to build memories that will hold us in between visits when the time comes for us to leave.

On to why there is a Bad, Bad Dora in the title.  Dora has been difficult about filling her rear air bags, the motor in one of her slides broke and was changed, the lights went out in the bedroom night before last and the air conditioning that runs when we’re driving wasn’t putting out cold air.  I’m sure she could be doing worse things than this and we are thankful this is all that Dora’s up to but it’s frustrating to Roy to say the least!  Hence Bad Bad Dora! They are probably all things Roy will be able to take care of now that he’s retired. He’s already changed out the slide motor, he found the fuse that was causing the lights to go out, and when time allows he’ll work on the air suspension and air conditioning.  The two air conditioning units in the RV works great, just the dashboard a/c is a concern.   Being retired you’d think Roy would have the time to just jump right on it, but as of about an hour ago he has 5 computers he’s working on for customers.  It’s a good start to his part-time business!  When we go on the road he’ll be offering his services for hire to other RVers at parks where we stay.  If anyone reading this in an RV ever need their computer worked on look out for our Dora and the Explorers sign!

My honey had a hot nutritious meal ready for me when I got home from work yesterday.  What a treat that was!!!  As busy as he is now, he is still at home and I’m not.  It sure is nice to come home from a hard day at work to a nice dinner.  Really makes me feel loved!

We made the decision to once again lower our asking price for the house and our agent is making the change known.  The current problem in our area is that contractors are building brand new homes for between $85 and $95 a square foot.  Since we are competing with them for sales we have to lower our price to at least $95 a square foot.  Another couple we know who are selling their house got the same advice from their agent and dropped their price.  I asked our agent to shout this drastic reduction from the rooftops if necessary!  Git ‘er sold!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!!